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No age group immune to stress over Metro housing market

Since 2013, British Columbians have enjoyed a holiday in February. For six years, Family Day was observed on the second Monday of this month, putting the province at odds with other regions of...

Editorial: Lip service to money laundering won't wash

The incessant information is troubling. The issues are complex. The public is clearly calling for clarity. But the provincial government has so far chosen to avoid calling a public inquiry into money...

Provincial electricity report is politically charged

You just knew from the cover of “Review of BC Hydro’s Purchase of Power from Independent Power Producers” commissioned by the B.C. Ministry of Energy that it was a political document. On the cover...

SNC-Lavalin scandal holds fast to timeless political formula

Political scandals – usually about money, sometimes about sex – have their own laws of physics. Their pathologies rarely deviate. In the case of l’affaire SNC-Lavalin, what we are witnessing is...

Canada and China don’t need to be friends

In May 2018 I went to Shanghai with the Toronto Board of Trade. The purpose of the trip was to connect Canadian businesses with Chinese buyers. We also met with the Canada/China Chamber of Commerce....

Balance tops business wish list for B.C. Budget 2019

As the BC NDP government prepares to table its 2019 budget, there is no reason to believe that Finance Minister Carole James is contemplating any major course corrections. The province’s finances...

Hard allegations threaten to shatter Trudeau government like glass

  Note: This column has been updated. Today the Liberal government finds itself cornered by a credible allegation, a cabinet resignation and a competence test. In any such existential position, it...

Most Metro Vancouverites on board with plan for SkyTrain to UBC

During last year’s municipal election campaigns in the Lower Mainland, housing was by far the most important issue for residents of the city of Vancouver and most adjacent municipalities....

Threat of downturn demands caution

The spectre of a recession should be informing our provincial and federal budgets this month, but we are worried that will not be the case with two governments casually treating the public balance...

Poll finds broad support for Ottawa’s handling of Huawei dispute

For the past two months, the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver has captured headlines across Canada and the world. We have witnessed several...