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First oral treatment for MS to hit pharmacy shelves PDF Print E-mail
Written by KALYN GILBERT   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 13:28

Mixed feelings for newest multiple sclerosis therapy

At press time, the first oral medicine for the treatment of multiple sclerosis was scheduled to hit pharmacy shelves in April. The drug, known as Gilenya, was approved by Health Canada in March.

It is intended to be prescribed for use in patients who have tried but not responded to other treatment options. The drug’s release has been welcomed by some, but dismissed by others in the multiple sclerosis community.

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‘Mommy-entrepreneurs’ follow their business instincts PDF Print E-mail
Written by SERENA ALIBHAI   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 12:41

Two Calgary women find local and international success in niche market

When Farin Ali Bharmal, a mother of two, discovered the products of local “mommy- entrepreneur,” Kristina Vanderwater, she breathed a sigh of relief. Bharmal’s 2-year-old son, Illy, has a uniquely crafted hockey stick hook to hold his Flames’ jerseys and hats. Her second son’s room bears wooden, hand painted letters that spell out his name “Noah” on his wall. The vibrancy of the pieces add a friendly feel and appear to bounce off the walls.

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Independent fashion boutique moves to 17th Ave. fashion hub PDF Print E-mail
Written by SERENA ALIBHAI   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 11:58

Female entrepreneurs leave CrossIron Mills, citing lack of customers in Balzac

Citing disappointment with the customer base at CrossIron Mills Mall, owners of independent fashion boutique Passione decided not to renew their 18-month lease. After months of research, they will move to 17th Avenue later this month. Their scheduled grand opening is slotted for April 14.

The grand opening of CrossIron Mills in August 2009, touted the theme “all things Alberta.” But store owners Natasha Jiwani, 28, and Malika Rajani, 30, wondered where the customers were.

They say that it didn’t make economic sense for Passione to stay at CrossIron Mills. “During the week, it was pretty slow,” Jiwani said. “Some days five people walked into our store – and that’s from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m..”

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New bank will appeal to Chinese Calgarians PDF Print E-mail
Written by LISA HALLET   
Monday, 28 March 2011 11:27

The Bank of China branch will focus on large corporate accounts and the Chinese community

The Bank of China recently announced its plan to open a branch in Calgary.

Three of China’s top energy companies already have offices set up in Alberta, said Rachel Yin, business development manager for the financial services sector at Calgary Economic Development.

She added that Chinese corporate accounts provide a strong incentive for the Bank of China to open in the city – though it’s not the only factor.

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