Volume 16, Issue 2

Tofino 2017: Adventure and Luxury abound at Long Beach Lodge

Tofino 2017: Adventure and Luxury abound at Long Beach Lodge

It was hard to imagine more beautiful scenery than what I see in my frequent visits to Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park and just looking out the window on my drive to university in Calgary every morning. Then I visited Tofino on Vancouver Island.

Even the drive with my dad from the ferry terminal in Nanaimo to Tofino was breathtaking. Each time there was a break in the forest of towering trees on the side of the highway, I could see the open water lined by majestic mountains. I had to have my camera ready at all times.

Long Beach Lodge Resort, nestled in the trees along magnificent Long Beach and just outside the town of Tofino, was the perfect site for our two-night stay. We were able to take in amazing views and some of the heart-pounding activities for which Tofino is best known.

As an adventure junkie, I was very excited to do a four- hour sea kayak and hiking tour through the Coquitlam Sound out of the Tofino Sea Kayaking Company early the morning after we arrived. Under clear blue skies and on thankfully calm seas, our sweet and encyclopedic tour guide Andy Murray led us on an incredible tour filled with fascinating stories about the surrounding islands. After a stop at Meares Island for a hike to learn about local wildlife and the beautiful trees that were unlike any I had seen, we hopped back in our kayaks and regrettably headed back to where we began our tour.

As soon as I got back to Long Beach Lodge, I rented a surfboard from their surf rental shop, which was conveniently right next to the beach. I ran straight out the front of the resort without even having to put my shoes back on! My full- length wetsuit kept me warm in the water, which seemed crazy for the middle of February. They say that late winter is one of

the best times to surf off Long Beach, and it was an absolute blast! The relentless waves made it very difficult for this rookie surfer, but I loved every minute of it and managed to stay up for some decent rides.

As the sun began to set, I ran back to the resort, straight up to the lodge, changed out of my wetsuit and enjoyed a delicious cocktail while watching a spectacular sunset from our window seats in the lounge. My curry chicken dinner was exceptionally good as was the service throughout our stay. After an exciting day and eventful day – I would say one of the best days of my life – a glass of wine in the hot tub in the backyard of our spacious, private lodge was the perfect finishing touch to an amazing stay in Tofino. Oh, and the extreme comfort of my king-size bed in the loft was another real treat.

It is a trip that I will remember forever and one I highly recommend to anyone

… even if it has to be with your dad!

You can follow Angela’s next adventure to Indonesia on Instagram - @angeladriscoll

(Note from the publisher: After enjoying a truly amazing vacation to Tofino on what many call the “real” West Coast on Vancouver Island, I asked my 22-year-old daughter Angela to write a 200-word sidebar to go with my main travel piece. Angela was on a much-needed, reading- week break after completing her final year as captain of the Mount Royal University basketball team, and she obliged. However, she submitted 500+ words and said it was hard to keep it that short, which literally speaks volumes about the trip. So I guess she gets the byline and I get to put my feet up and enjoy the great memories. I will just add that Long Beach Lodge Resort, with an unmatched package of luxurious rooms/cabins, meeting spaces and adventure opportunities, is an ideal location for corporate retreats/conferences/gatherings of any size.)

Business travel technology smarts | Business Edge News Magazine
Volume 16, Issue 2

Business travel technology smarts

Business travelers have gotten pretty complacent about travelling with their electronics. Need to finish that important presentation? No problem, there is power and probably even Wi-Fi on the plane. Want a friend or an Uber to pick you up at the airport? No drama, just take your phone off airplane mode as soon as you land and your ride will be awaiting. Those golden days may be ending.

While it’s unlikely that we will be forced to fly naked anytime soon, and that is indeed a horrible image when applied to most business-class cabins, things are changing in important ways. The recent ban on anything larger than a cell phone aboard flights from certain countries may be just the beginning.

Laptops and DVD players have always worried security experts because they have enough space to contain some pretty serious explosives.

Security screeners used to make you turn them on, holding up the lines while your sluggish Windows XP booted.

Laptops still get poked and swabbed quite often, much more than other items of hand luggage.

Numerous experts, including security guru Bruce Schneier, have called the new electronics ban illogical, pointing out that would-be terrorists can simply jump on a plane in a country that’s not on the list. This is why it might well be expanded. Another reason for banning laptops is logistical – it would speed up airport screening considerably.

There is an economic benefit to the airlines, too. Many are ordering planes without seatback screens since people are bringing their own laptops or tablets anyway. Not only do you get to watch what you want, usually for free, the quality and resolution of many consumer devices far exceeds those aircraft screens, which are not updated often.

Dumping the entertainment system also saves money – about $10,000 per screen – which could mean

$3 million per aircraft. Those things weigh about 13 pounds, and lighter planes mean less fuel consumption and more profits.

What will happen if security officials ban our devices? It could be a real boon to the airlines, who can offer pre-sanitized devices for rent. Westjet, for example, will currently rent you one of their tablets for $8.99 to $10.34 per flight, plus tax.

Let’s do the math. The brand new Apple iPad has just rolled out at $329 US (around

$440 CAD). If you bought a whole bunch of them, I’m sure the price would come down to no more than $300 CAD each. So, rent the thing out 30 times to tech-deprived passengers and it has paid for itself, then keep earning revenue. Oh yes, if those passengers want the Internet – that will be an extra charge on the credit card.

There’s another aspect to travelling with technology that relates to crossing borders.

When you enter that “no man’s land” between countries, you implicitly consent to some rigorous scrutiny. In most civilized countries, a police officer who wanted to stop you on the street and paw through your smartphone would need probable cause and a warrant. At the border, it’s often “Hand it over, please.”

According to a recent New York Times report, U.S. citizen “Haisam Elsharkawi was about to travel from Los Angeles to Saudi Arabia” when “officers from the United States Customs and Border Protection repeatedly pressured him to unlock his cell phone so that they could scroll through his contacts, photos, apps and social media accounts.” They threatened to seize the phone if he refused. He let them have a look, and they examined it for 15 minutes.

It turns out the U.S. border agents do not have the right to make you unlock your phone, but they can make your life very uncomfortable. For example, they could cause you to miss connecting flights, and even seize the phone and keep it for several weeks. There is also talk about compelling some people to give up their social media passwords as part of immigration screening process.

As a further complication to all this, trying the “Oh, darn, I forgot my password” argument probably won’t work in the U.S. According to a recent article in The Register, “The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling of contempt against an ex-cop who claimed he couldn’t remember the password to decrypt his computer’s hard drives.”

So, it’s time to re-think travelling with technology. Aforementioned security expert Schenier wrote a fine and very technical piece in The Guardian back in 2008 called “Taking your laptop into the US? Be sure to hide all your data first.” It advocates things such as full disk encryption and hidden partitions and is well worth a read.

While I rarely disagree with Bruce, I’d like to update his advice for 2017. My best suggestion is that you simply leave your laptop home. If you work for a multinational company, have them give you a computer at your destination. Or rent one. If you’re going on vacation, take a data holiday. Your smartphone is probably a pretty good replacement that will allow you to

answer urgent emails, watch videos (consider a projector accessory) and read e-books.

That smartphone could use some attention, too. If you have ever brought your phone in for repair and received a loaner phone, you may have noticed how easy it is to move all your contacts, photos, etc., to a new phone. The kid in the store probably did this is 15 minutes. You can, too. If you’re willing to play ball with Google, and enable backup

to your Google storage, it’s actually a quick no-brainer.

So, before travelling across borders, make your phone as clean as the driven snow with a full factory reset. When you’re safely in your hotel or remote office, just log on and reload the contents. Reverse the process prior to your return trip.

There is also this amazing old technology called books, magazines and newspapers. They may weigh a bit more than your electronics, but they never run out of power, and they make, I am told, excellent in-flight entertainment.

Dr. Tom Keenan (@drfuture) is an award winning journalist, public speaker, professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, Research Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and author of the best-selling book, Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy

Is the Green Economy here yet? | Business Edge News Magazine
Volume 16, Issue 1

Is the Green Economy here yet?

Hint: Tesla is worth $32 Billion USD

Is the Green Economy here yet?

The commercialization of technological innovation is a tremendous wealth creator.

Just look at IBM, Apple, Microsoft and Google: the list of companies which have created remarkable businesses riding technological waves is endless and expanding.

Apple started with computers, went big on software, pivoted to personal music devices and then Steve Jobs focused on the smart phone. In 1998, Google was founded as a search company. One among many. It evolved into a data company which sells billions of dollars a year in advertising targeted to what you want to buy.

This is why Lomiko (TSXV: LMR. OTC: LMRMF) CEO A. Paul Gill believes that you don’t pick winners, you build them. At the root of most successful technology companies is an insight into a new way of doing things: a process, a material, an understanding of how a particular technology will impact the world.

Tesla Motors Inc. ($TSLA) is currently building a massive “giga-factory” that alone will consume 120,000 tonnes of flake graphite by 2020, the equivalent of five new mines. The graphite market is expected to grow by 10% per year, and Lomiko aims to develop a resource of graphite for these markets.

“Graphite is a key element in the new green economy,” says Lomiko President and CEO Paul Gill. “High purity, large flake graphite is vital to the production of lithium-ion batteries, which run everything from your smart phone to electric cars. Demand increases every year, and we want to position the company to take advantage of that demand.”

Beyond the obvious market that is coming for Li-ion batteries and graphite, Lomiko Technologies’ key insight is that a one atom thick layer of carbon called graphene is changing the world. From batteries to smart phones to never-wash windows, graphene is working its way into materials science and from there into the cutting edge of technological innovation across the entire spectrum of advanced electronics, fabrication, coatings, components and computing.

Lomiko Technologies is a stand-alone company designed to profit from the opportunities presented by graphene and other advanced technologies.

Its roots are in Lomiko Metals, a TSX Venture listed graphite exploration company. Lomiko Metals has been involved in discovering, drilling and creating opportunity in the graphite sector. Its focus has been on graphite properties in the Province of Quebec and it owns or has options on a number of properties offering high purity, large flake near surface deposits.

How to Benefit From Graphene: The Plan

Lomiko Technologies will take the technology assets of Lomiko and operate as a technology company. Whether it is in the lighting industry, the graphene super capacitor space or simply as a minority shareholder in a successful graphene 3D printing company, Lomiko Technology will present a coherent, sector focused face to the investment world. In order to implement the plan, Lomiko Tech needs to finance and develop the new graphene projects and find partners in academia and the business community looking to develop and introduce new products that will benefit from the unique properties graphene has to offer.

Most of all, Lomiko Technologies will be able to continue and expand its relationship with Graphene Labs. A key factor in Graphene 3D Lab and Lomiko Technologies success in the current opportunity is Graphene Labs customer base of over 10,000 companies and laboratories world-wide.

Contact Lomiko Technologies at info@lomiko.com for more information, and follow developments at lomiko.com, lomikotechnologies.com or follow Lomiko on Facebook.