12 Days of Christmas in Vancouver

Tis’ the season to be jolly in Vancouver because there is a horn of plenty of options for you and your family to experience this winter. Day 1: Ride the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park to experience the lights, festive displays and live performances along the train route.Day 2: Listen to Dan Mangan’s...

20th Anniversary at Kusic and Kusic

As the world turns...March 1994: The Loch Ness Monster photo is confirmed to be a hoax. Silvio Berlusconi wins the Italian general election. The 66th Academy Awards has Schindler's List winning 7 Oscars. Tonya Harding pleads guilty for her attack on figure skater, Nancy Kerrigan. The Church of England ordains its first female priests....

Why Private Investigators Should Drink Beer

“Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world.”–Jack NicholsonJim Rockford, of The Rockford Files always had a beer on hand. Inspector Morse’s favourite drink was beer because he was able to think better over a pint. And, Detective Inspector John Rebus frequently ordered a pint of beer at his favourite watering hole, the...

Drones in Canada: Interview with David McKay

“I think there is a lot of applications for [drones] and I think they will change our lives.”–David McKay, principal owner of Blackstone ForensicsDavid McKay was interviewed as a knowledgeable source in drone technology. He recently gave a speech about drone use at the PIABC’s (Private Investigators’ Association of BC’s) annual general meeting.McKay was...

What Brands Can Do to Fight Counterfeiting on eBay

“People have been selling counterfeits online since there have been counterfeits and since there has been online commerce” —Judith Zaichkowsky, author of Counterfeiting, The Psychology Behind Trademark Infringement and Counterfeiting Although it’s impossible to abolish the counterfeit trade, a brand can make it difficult for counterfeiters to sell its brand, which will encourage them to...

The Female Advantage to Being a Private Investigator

Women have a “distinct advantage… because of their ability to multitask and are better at playing a role… and superior to men when it comes to reading situations… and suppressing their ego in order to attain the goal.” - Tamir Pardo, Director of Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agencyWhat comes to mind when you think...

Working Together to Crackdown on Counterfeits

Counterfeiting is a criminal activity that tarnishes brand image and produces inferior goods to the tune of over $700 billion worldwide annually. Profits made from the illegal sale of counterfeit goods are often used to support organized crime and fund terrorist activities.Online collaboration efforts represent one line of defense against counterfeit goods. Websites and apps...

Combating Counterfeiting with Consumer Awareness

Counterfeited items, mostly coming from China, are a global problem. Knock-offs range from tobacco and air bags to baby formula and drugs.The consumer often ends up with an inferior product or even worse, gets a serious illness. The owner of the intellectual property suffers financially from a weakened brand image.What’s the solution to the...

Everyone has an Edward Snowden Working for Them

“In the digital age, it’s very difficult to control the flow of information. This is true not just in government but in business as well. Everyone’s on email. It’s all out there.” —James Goodale, leading First Amendment lawyerRecent news involving Edward Snowden demonstrates that even highly confidential information is ripe for the taking in...

The Fight Against Counterfeiting – A Global Problem

Counterfeiting is a global problem. The value of counterfeiting is estimated by the OECD to be $250 billion per year. In addition to the  considerable economic impact, counterfeits - such as for drugs, food fraud and liquor - can have serious health consequences.Counterfeit ClothingCounterfeit clothing  is extremely difficult to combat, especially since the quality of the...