Forget all those doom-and-gloom articles about BC being a have-not province. BC leads Canada in the only number that counts – we have the most millionaires per capita! bcIt’s time to banish once and for all Toronto’s CN-tower-as-centre-of-the-financial-universe condescending image of BCers as backwater hewer-of-wood hicks and Birkenstocked green-peaced-out hippies. Wake up and smell the stock options, you Yorkdale yokels – BC’s millionaires control 30 percent more provincial wealth than Ontario’s! And no jokes about BC’s top-rating in the bottom-line department being due entirely to our well-cached crop of BC Bud (or too much toking thereof). BC millionaires are an incredibly diverse bunch: hi-tech gameboys (Don “E=MyCash2 Arts” Mattrick), old-money sugar daddies (Stephen “Life is Sweet” Rogers), transplanted real-estate tycoons (Terry “Lil’ Ka-ching” Hui), ex-Olympian ski-hill moguls (Nancy “Gold-Grubber” Greene), media mini-magnates (David “No-Not-That” Black), conglomerated captains of industry (Jimmy…
When investment choices start to splinter too heavily, banks all too often take an either-or route: drop the business line altogether or move it in-house, despite the costs. cbPort, the holding company for Cambridgeport Bank, took a different path, one that a handful of other community banks are taking. It hired its own sales team and took on a new partner, LPL Financial Services, to provide research and execute customer transactions. The reorganization raised costs, since Port was now paying the salaries of the four customer reps it brought on, but the company spared itself the compliance and licensing expenses it would have incurred had it chosen to offer investment and brokerage on its own. Under the new arrangement, Port’s sales representatives work with customers to develop a financial plan, using LPL, which has headquarters in Boston and San Diego,…
The central political fact about abortion in America is that there’s a lot of it. While America’s annual abortion count has fallen to 1.3 million in the late ’90s, it averaged 1.5 million a year between 1973 and 1996, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood. That’s more than 34 million abortions. It’s worth noting that the National Right to Life Organization does not contest these figures. Because, if we cast the net as widely as we can–from women who were pushing 40 in the early ’70s to girls who are still teenagers today–only about 90 million women have passed through any part of childbearing age since Roe v. Wade. Even accounting for those who have had multiple abortions, that means close to half of American young women are using abortion–43 percent by age 45,…