Vancouver, November 23, 2021 – The Pacific Gallery at Fairmont Pacific Rim has now opened with its inaugural exhibit, Green Light Red Light by Douglas Coupland, featuring a multitude of pieces from Canada’s iconic visual artist and novelist.

Visitors and guests can view Coupland’s works on the hotel’s second floor and in The Lobby Lounge, Vancouver’s living room and a place where collaborations with artists and musicians blend together for a unique experience.

Coupland is widely viewed as one of the most original commentators on mass culture of the late 20th and the 21st centuries. His exhibit, Green Light Red Light expresses a dynamic that fuses nostalgic pop culture with violence, a dynamic that was clearly expressed in the recent Netflix series, Squid Game.

Green Light Red Light explores the tail end of the twentieth century. Coupland’s pieces share a tone that is at once distinctly menacing, yet wryly camouflaged by his signature broad-spectrum color palette. The two large figures above the main fireplace, Future Boy and Future Girl, from 2016, vividly evoke that same sense of dread generated by oversized nostalgic anime figures commonly seen outside of Japanese and Korean retail stores in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

“It’s strange how quickly the past became ‘history,’ — and it’s even stranger how quickly the future is becoming the present. I think we maybe no longer have a present,” said Coupland. “I think we now inhabit the future 24/7.”

“The launch of The Pacific Gallery at Fairmont Pacific Rim is an exciting addition to our ever-growing art collection, allowing us to prominently feature local and international artists,” said Regional Vice President and Fairmont Pacific Rim General Manager, Jens Moesker. “We are excited to open The Pacific Gallery with renowned artist, Douglas Coupland, a Vancouver local whose work aligns with our ethos from not only an aesthetic lens but also from a sustainability perspective.”

The south wall features a series of 1970s muscle car hoods painted in a style reminiscent of the mineral Fordite, an anthropocenic neo-mineral that is excavated from the demolished automotive spray-paint booths of Michigan and southern Ontario — countless layers of automotive lacquer are sanded and buffed to make a new sort of jewel, its colors evocative of North American society at a peak cultural moment of exotic and brash colors and industrial plenitude.

The LED target forms so highly reminiscent of road infrastructure are direct overhead views of a series of 20-metre tall conical outdoor sculptures produced by Coupland in northern Toronto. Its colors are derived from coloured pencil crayons which have been seasonally separated into winter, spring, summer, and fall tones.

The Japanese film starlets of the early 1960s began as a series of work by Coupland in the early 2000s that explored the faces that appended the ends of film countdowns on celluloid heads and tails film trailers. Though seen for only a fraction of a second, these faces etched themselves more deeply in the brain than any film poster — or even the film itself — a classic instance of the medium overriding the message and becoming itself a far more resonant long-term memory.

The collection came to The Pacific Gallery at Fairmont Pacific Rim through its ownership group, Westbank, longtime collaborators with Douglas Coupland and one of North America’s leading mixed-use real estate development practices. The exhibit will be on display at The Pacific Gallery into the new year and pieces from the collection are available for purchase through Toronto’s Daniel Faria Gallery.


CINCINNATI – November 8, 2021 – Hydro Systems, a world leader in delivering chemical dispensing and dosing solutions, today introduced the Multi-Washer 3000 Series with EvoClean for reliable chemical dispensing for on-premise laundries. One system can support up to three washers and dose up to eight products, and offers detailed reporting and cost-saving opportunities.  

“The Multi-Washer 3000 Series is a single venturi-based dispensing system that provides reliable and accurate dosing across all the washers operating in a laundry facility. This helps our customers reduce water, energy and rewash costs,” said John Goetz, global product manager, Hydro Systems.  

Featuring PCB-based control, the system uses the EvoClean’s venturi dosing technology to deliver precise doses under 30 mL /1 oz and is easy to configure and maintain. It does not utilize squeeze tubes that negatively impact accuracy and is not subject to degradation like other peristaltic technologies.  

Multi-Washer 3000 also leverages Hydro Connect, a cloud-based management tool, that gives laundries insightful data and recommendations to improve operational efficiency and profitability. Hydro Connect also enables remote configuration changes from any global location with an internet connection. Users can drastically reduce maintenance costs by adding a formula, changing a dosing amount, or switching the dosing mode without traveling to a site.  

“Multi-Washer 3000 Series is yet another example of how Hydro Connect is giving chemical providers and end users increased visibility into their operations so they can optimize production, reduce costs and enhance customer satisfaction,” added Goetz.  

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GOLDEN, BC (November 17, 2021) – Basecamp Resorts has announced that their newest hotel, Basecamp Lodge Golden, will officially open its doors on December 10, 2021. The 15-unit property is situated just a short walk from downtown Golden, overlooking the Kicking Horse River and only a 12 minute drive to the world-famous Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Designed for families, avid adventure seekers and powder junkies alike, Basecamp provides epic views, modern amenities, top notch service along with all of the comforts of home. The announcement was made today by Basecamp Resorts CEO Sky McLean.

Basecamp Lodge Golden is the newest addition to the Basecamp Resorts family which already includes 4 properties in Canmore Alberta: Basecamp Resorts Canmore, Basecamp Lodge Canmore, Lamphouse Hotel and the recently opened Basecamp Suites Canmore as well as a 5th property in Revelstoke, BC, Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke, which opened its doors in December 2020.

“I am stoked about our latest acquisition into the Basecamp family, which is Basecamp Lodge Golden,” said Sky McLean, Chief Executive Officer of Basecamp Resorts. “I am very excited about moving into the growing community of Golden, especially as we are ideally located next to the beautiful Kicking Horse River and within walking distance to all of Golden’s amenities. The property is a stunning lodge style timber-framed building and offers easy access to the famous Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and fabulous outdoor adventures, for both families and adventure seekers alike.”
Basecamp Lodge Golden is a beautiful British Columbia Douglas Fir dove-tail log building with 15 hotel-style visitor accommodation units. The hotel fronts the Kicking Horse River which is known for its world-class rafting, and has breathtaking views of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains. 

Amenities include patios and a fireplace lounge, a spacious reading area and an entertainment area. The hotel also offers a large backyard with a fire pit seating area and space to play bocce ball, croquet and badminton.

From its inception, Basecamp Resorts adopted a completely automated check-in system which enables guests to access units without having any physical contact with staff or other guests. Basecamp’s unique design has proven to be a lifeline in this new world of COVID-19, providing families and adventure seekers an incredible vacation option in these uncertain times. 

At Basecamp Resorts, the health and welfare of all guests, employees, and community is the primary focus. As COVID-19 continues to be felt around the world, Basecamp will be doing their part to keep everyone safe. Both federal and provincial government statements regarding COVID-19 cases are being closely monitored and all guidelines and best practices are being followed as instructed by these agencies and local health departments. 

All units are equipped with remote keyless entry, complimentary wireless internet, flat-screen LED TV with cable, Stearns and Foster mattresses, linens and towels, communal outdoor patio with outdoor seating, complimentary parking, and access to front desk staff 24/7.


TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colliers, a leading commercial real estate services and investment management company, published its 2022 Canada Outlook today detailing its expectations for the economy and the state of office, retail, and industrial space. The report also examines important themes including the increasing impact climate change and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies will have on the commercial real estate industry going into the new year.

Since the pandemic began, Colliers has published a series of reports on the recovery of each asset class: office, retail, and industrial. The 2022 Canada Outlook draws on this research to predict key trends that will shape the industry heading into the new year. This year’s report anticipates a more robust economic rebound into 2022 due to a successful vaccine rollout and a steady return to work. However, Colliers’ research also reveals that increasing supply chain woes, labour shortages, high inflation, and rising debt levels and interest rates will make for an unequal and fragile recovery.

“Based on our findings, we expect to see the economic rebound continue into 2022,” said Leo Lee, Director, National Research Operations at Colliers Canada. “The Canada 2022 Outlook also reveals that many of the trends we are starting to see now, including hybrid work models and increased demand for flexible office space, will continue into 2022 as companies implement their return-to-office strategies.”

Additional key findings from Colliers Canada 2022 Outlook include:

Economic Outlook: The economic rebound will continue into 2022 but growth will slow due to continued supply chain issues and labour shortages.

Office Outlook: Flexible return-to-office plans with the option for hybrid work will be the way forward.

Retail Outlook: Labour shortages, supply chain issues, inflation, and the growth of e-commerce will show an unequal rebound in retail.

Industrial Outlook: Demand for industrial space will remain strong with e-commerce, grocery, film production, manufacturing, data centres, self-storage, etc. all driving demand for space.

ESG Outlook: Implementing comprehensive environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies will be a priority for landlords, occupiers, investors, and lenders; impact of climate change will drastically reduce developable land, drive up costs for new buildings and improvements to existing buildings.

Find out more by downloading the Canada 2022 Outlook.


Ottawa, Tuesday, November 16 – Activar Hôtels has designated November 20, 2021, its very first Front Desk Appreciation Day and December 8, 2021, its very first Maintenance Appreciation Day, within its network of managed hotels. For almost two years now, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the backdrop of daily operations in the hospitality sector. Through these newly designated employee recognition days, Activar Hôtels wishes to underscore its Front Desk and Maintenance teams’ quest for delivering exceptional customer service and a very human experience during a time of uncertainty and increased responsibility.   

“We have witnessed our team members do amazing things during this pandemic, not only the housekeepers, who had to face a great deal of uncertainty at its onset, but also the Front desk and Maintenance teams who unequivocally, despite the challenges, delivered outstanding service. We have seen Maintenance team members cover night shifts and Front Desk team members work longer shifts. We want to recognize these front-line workers.”

-       Xavier Icardo, VP Hotel Operations, Activar Hôtels

General Managers in the hospitality industry, like in many other industries, have been juggling the challenges of the labour shortage. Activar Hôtels teams have been witnessing the ever-present desire to escape from home, welcoming travellers with open arms and thanking these guests for their patience and gratitude.

The idea to recognize Front Desk and Maintenance team employees is inspired by the International Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week designated by the Indoor Environmental Healthcare and Hospitality Association since 1981. We invite our colleagues to join us in this celebratory movement in recognition of employees that allowed for business to continue during this time of uncertainty and ever-evolving health crisis.


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