Joel McKay

Grappling with the workforce attraction conundrum in B.C.’s north

Another smoky August made for miserable northerners as many were forced to temporarily move, ditch their summer plans or retreat indoors from the oppressive smog last month. Not the best conditions...

Wrestling with the north’s rural economic development riddle

One of northern B.C.’s most challenging questions is how best to support rural economic development. You’d think we’d have this nailed by now given that the “rural picture” has remained largely the...

Tech, tourism offer diversified growth opportunities in B.C.’s north Northern Initiative

Twice last month I was quizzed by media whether the current downturn in the resource sector spells the end for northern B.C.’s economy – the implication being the north is destined for the dole if it...

Savings essential for building a diversified northern economy

It was was easy politics for opposition MLAs and pundits to take shots at the province’s new $100 million prosperity fund last month. After all, the fund was supposed to be seeded with liquefied...

U.S. energy-sector sprint leaves Canada sucking wind

Another week, another dozen stories about the crisis in global energy markets and job losses in Canada. Let’s consider the role of the United States in this saga. The Obama administration has...

Prince Rupert’s mayor eyes global cargo trade

A year into his four-year mandate, Prince Rupert’s 29-year-old mayor, Lee Brain, has a bold vision for the north coast city: global transportation hub. Here’s his pitch: Prince Rupert (population...

Northern B.C. economy hitting severe global market headwinds

While most Vancouverites will barely notice the current global market slump, the northern half of the province is facing headwinds apparent in nearly every community. Northern B.C.’s continued...

B.C. could learn valuable economic lessons from Atlantic Canada

A recent tour of New Brunswick has left me feeling that leaders in our province would be wise to...

B.C.’s north needs a baby boom, not an industrial boom

Northern B.C. doesn’t need new gas plants, pipelines and mines – it needs young people