Commentary

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Hong Kong hot potato landing squarely in British Columbia’s lap

A statement: in support of the daily democratic demands in the streets of Hong Kong, rather milquetoast in language by western standards, to speak for the 300,000 there who hold Canadian...

Rising cost of public services outpaces inflation in private sector

Reviewing trends in inflation can provide useful insights into the evolution of the larger economy. Consumer price inflation in B.C., as computed by Statistics Canada, averaged 1.6% annually over...

Poll on Canadian food tastes is packed with regional flavour

One of the features of social media that users have grown to either love or hate is the discussion of food. Some people welcome the opportunity to learn from the experience of their friends and...

Data driving talent optimization in talent-starved marketplace

WorkBC's latest labour market outlook forecasts job growth across the province due to the increased number of retiring baby boomers and steady economic growth. Vancouver-based companies can either...

B.C. ride-hailing’s relaunch is dead end for passengers and drivers alike

I suppose the next-best thing for governments to do when they can’t please everyone is to ensure they don’t please anyone. Case in point is the regime emerging in British Columbia to launch –...

Poll finds support for system to boost number of organ donations

The life expectancy of Canadians continues to climb, particularly when compared with what is transpiring in the United States. A Canadian born in 2009 can expect to live more than 81 years,...

Editorial: Insights on increased BC Hydro oversight

There's more public oversight ahead for BC Hydro operations, but its financial outlook remains decidedly mixed. As illustrated in the power utility’s recent third-quarter financials, domestic sales...

Sober-minded Trudeau tale dodges dirt and sticks to the facts

The political book has been reshaped in the last quarter-century, for better and for worse, by the inner-working explorations of high-profile journalists like Bob Woodward and Michael Wolff. Their...

Technology sector bolsters province’s reputation for innovation

The message from the editor in Business in Vancouver’s 2019 BC Tech magazine (“Funding Cuts Represent Artificial Intelligence) described B.C.’s tech sector as “fragile and skittish.” In fact, the...

Trudeau’s excuses won’t shield him from fallout of bombshell ethics report

Justin Trudeau has been handed a live grenade as he enters the critical period to retain office. We might wonder: what might he do? Thumb into the hole? Toss it down the road? He has no easy call....