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We need accountability from local governments as we reopen

B.C. has a reopening plan, and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. As we look to reopen and rebuild, we should expect our leaders to deliver increased transparency and...

Mayor seeks political profit from housing-policy failure

Vancouver’s housing crisis is getting worse under Kennedy Stewart because he doesn’t understand his role as mayor and refuses to build the coalition on council required to solve it. During the 2018...

B.C. public continues to embrace lower residential speed limits, poll finds

One of the aspects of our lives that will face remarkable challenges once the COVID-19 pandemic ends is transportation. Cities across the country endured weeks and months of empty roads and few...

Vancouver aiming to add to its arsenal in city hall’s war on drivers

It is called an RFP. It does not stand – but could – for Really Freaking Perturbing. Rather, it is an acronym for Request for Proposals. Two of them are the latest battlefield weapons by the City of...

Vietnam should play a major part in Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy

Canada and Vietnam have shared a longstanding relationship based on trade, development and immigration. Over the past several years, this relationship has deepened considerably.  With Vietnam’s new...

Poll finds widespread dissatisfaction with Canadian justice system

Even in a year that has focused primarily on mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, certain aspects of life in Canada must continue without restrictions. One of them is the judicial branch.    Recent...

$1.1m payout warns employers to watch their contract language

Things at the fish oil factory had taken a dark turn for David Matthews. For 14 years, Matthews was a key senior management employee at Ocean Nutrition Canada in Nova Scotia. He was an elite omega-3...

Editorial: IATA rings airport efficiency alarm bells

Light from B.C.’s dimmer-switch reopening plan has raised optimism in tourism and other hard-hit industry sectors. But the route back to business before COVID-19 flipped the off-switch might be...

Major recovery promises business boom for agile B.C. companies

The global economy is in the midst of a powerful recovery, even as COVID-19 continues to pose a threat – albeit diminishing – to public health. In fact, the strength of the current global rebound has...

Verses offer Church a path to justice and reconciliation in aftermath of residential school tragedy

If an apology by the Catholic Church for the residential school horrors is not forthcoming, if the Church as an institution cannot by tradition be held as the agent of sin, but if there is any...