Commentary

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It’s time to embrace aquaculture that protects wild Pacific salmon

 This election marks a watershed moment for protecting wild Pacific salmon.  Three political parties have pledged to transition open-net pen fish farms of Atlantic salmon along our coast to closed...

Why Covenant House crisis program fundraiser needs your help

I suppose I can screen everyone for this test here and now: have you ever been taken in from the streets by a crisis program? I suppose the answer is no, so what I describe now will explain why you...

Wake me when this federal election campaign is over

It has been a meh-lection campaign. Like, who can possibly get excited about these last few weeks? Why are we voting for the least dislikable choice? Not a single, solitary, distinct, specific,...

More temporary foreign worker protections on the way in B.C.

Statistics Canada has estimated that there were 101,945 unfilled positions in B.C. during 2019’s first quarter, up 10% from the same quarter in 2018. As in the rest of Canada, employers in British...

Public attitudes toward pot hold steady as legalization turns 1

A year has passed since marijuana became legal in Canada, following a decision from the federal government that fulfilled a campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.   Legalization, under...

Canadians would welcome crackdown on bogus online news: poll

A few years ago, the most recurrent joke about social media was related to the arrival of “your parents” to Facebook. It was time for young Canadians to scrap all those photographs where they found...

Action on energy efficiency needed now

Do something. That’s now a familiar call to arms from climate action advocates. But most don’t readily have practical science-based specifics on what that something is that governments and businesses...

BC Green Party stock set for fall in wake of Weaver’s departure

If you like to play the long game in your career, then there is an attractive new job opening. You can be leader of North America’s most successful party whose defining theme will increasingly occupy...

British Columbians feel better about volunteering with others than about solo giving: poll

When Canadians ponder the meaning of the phrase “community engagement,” we often find stories that focus on negative traits.   Some individuals have blamed social media for turning residents...

Canada in danger of falling behind in the economic policy debate

U.S. politics have become a tinderbox of extreme inequality and nationalism, but the country’s continuing political crises are sparking major progressive economic policy proposals in response. Much...