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Nike Pop Up Store in Tokyo

One of the newer innovations that we have seen in retailing over the past few years is the development of “Pop-up Stores”. You will recognize these, as they seem to just appear in a particular space for a relatively short period of time and then disappear. As we approach the Halloween and then the Christmas Season, we will see more of them. The trend has been adopted by a number of well-known companies including Nike, Walmart and Target to name just a few. These...

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 Although we have already posted a couple of blogs concerning the problem of metal theft, a recent development in British Columbia has prompted us to revisit this issue.

Last November, the Province of British Columbia passed Canada’s first metal theft law. The new regulations were just signed-off by the lieutenant governor and will come into force on July 23rd,   2012. They will affect both metal dealers and recyclers, and also their customers.

Some of the key points of this legislation are as...

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Metal Theft --The Epidemic Grows

Our friend and associate Jim Murray of Onwords & Upwords, who has been working with us for a number of years helping us manage our communications, passed on an Associated Press Article this week  concerning a bronze sculpture which had been stolen from the Johannesburg Art Gallery in South Africa and destroyed for its scrap value. This was not the first such incident and unfortunately, it likely won’t be the last.

Sadly, the art gallery is not in the financial position to provide sufficient...

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Over the last few weeks, the world has witnessed the horrific events unfolding in Japan.

First an earthquake of enormous proportions. Then a tsunami which leveled everything in its path. There has been untold tragedy, the displacement of thousands of people and now the problem of radioactivity contaminating the environment, including the food chain.

Even for the third largest industrial economy in the world, it will be a massive undertaking to work through this disaster.

Caution Is Critical ...

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The Only Resource On The Planet That Is Not In Decline

If you haven’t figured this out, there is no need to be embarrassed.  The answer is not a word that we would commonly put in the same sentence as resource.”

Resources have a special place in our ecological wordspeak. They are aligned with Mother Earth, sustainability, ecosystems and a host of other soothing terms we use to describe the types of positive synergies and interrelationships between ourselves and our environment. 

These are all ideas we are trying to achieve before we manage to...

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The Dvorkin Family –– A Century In Scrap Metal

The history of our family in the Scrap Metal Industry begins with my Grandfather,  David Dvorkin, who arrived in Calgary from Russia in 1912.  In 1918 he started Western Hide & Fur and his children arrived in Calgary in 1922.

Ted Dvorkin, who was David’s oldest son started working for his father at the age of thirteen in the mid-1920s. He was taught to sort such things as furs, rags, bottles, animal bones, scrap steel, cast iron, copper, brass and a number of other items so that they could be...

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The Electric Vehicle Conundrum - Problemas Dilemnas

 On the way in to work the other day, the host on the radio station spoke of the frustration of a man in Toronto who couldn’t get a permit to build an EV (electric vehicle) charging station outside his home. This despite the city’s green guidelines which encourage electric vehicles, despite the large incentives offered by the province of Ontario to buy electric vehicles and the willingness of this individual to invest a large sum of money in new technology. He was intending to buy a Model S...

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