Vaughn Palmer joins us to take a look back at the big stories in Canada. From the pipeline proposals to the appointment of a Canadian to be head of the Bank of England to the hockey strike, we will look back on Canada's year.
Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 9:31 am
SALEM, Ore. - Governor John Kitzhaber called the Special Session after he said Nike was being courted by other states for a major expansion. The Democrat said he wanted lawmakers to authorize the governor to extend Nike an offer: In exchange for freezing the way Oregon calculates its taxes for as long as 30 years, Nike would agree to spend at least $150 million in capital improvements and expand by at least 500 jobs. Lawmakers grumbled about the short timeframe to consider the proposal, but in the end relatively few voted against it. Democratic Senator Mark Hass said it was a fair bargain.
Marijuana legalization in Washington is taking effect against a patchwork of conflicting city laws. Some cities don’t allow marijuana dispensaries. But Seattle began requiring business licenses for them last year. Some medical marijuana providers see benefits to playing by cities’ rules. Others are fighting their restrictions.
The Seattle City Council is debating a plan that would transform a huge swath of the city’s center, and that for the first time would allow developers to build residential high rises just a block from Lake Union.
Ross Reynolds interviews two prominent Seattle investors about business and politics. Nick Hanauer was the first non-family investor in Amazon. He’s currently a venture capitalist with Second Avenue Partners and a major Democratic donor and activist involved with a variety of causes. Richard Barton is a former Microsoft executive and the founder of the travel website Expedia and the real estate site Zillow. He also supports a number of philanthropic causes, in part through the Barton Family Foundation.
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton previews "The Hobbit." Then, we look at Northwest companies in the news with Michael Parks.
Jeff Rubin was a high-flying economist at a major Canadian investment bank, until he decided to write a book about how high oil prices were going to flatten the global economy. Ross Reynolds talks Jeff Rubin about the steadily mounting demand for cheap oil in a world of dwindling supply.
Maybe you’ve heard of the car-sharing service, Zipcar. It’s like a club where members can borrow cars for a set fee. On Monday, the Seattle City Council is expected to approve another similar car-sharing service to launch in the city next year.
Lots of people want to help pay to weatherize your home. But that money can be hard to get. Navigating all the public utility rebates and incentive programs — what a headache!
In Seattle, there's a program called Community Power Works to help. It's a partnership between the feds and the city of Seattle. And it's only here until the federal stimulus money runs out. Ross talks with the program's manager, Joshua Curtis.
Marijuana has been historically cast as a dangerous drug for outcasts and societal dropouts. But with the passage of I-502, marijuana is going mainstream. A Seattle web entrepreneur is building tools for the masses to bring marijuana – and its users – into the 21st century.
What happens when the demand for profit by media companies drives news coverage? Seattle reporter Claudia Rowe joins Ross Reynolds to talk about the changing landscape of journalism in 2012. She’s been in journalism for more than 20 years, writing most recently for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Constructed languages, or "conlangs," are the made-up tongues that bring the worlds of "Avatar," "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Trek" to life. We talk with linguist David J. Peterson, creator of the Dothraki language for HBO's "Game of Thrones," about what goes into creating a language from scratch.
Seattle City Light has an unexpected pot of money on its hands. The utility says it needs to give away $5 million before the end of the year.
The money is earmarked for businesses that want to become more energy-efficient. It will pay for up to 70 percent of the cost of new lighting, heating and cooling systems, or other energy-efficient equipment.
But even with the subsidy, businesses have been slow to sign on this year.