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Vancouver Pen Shop move is another chapter in downtown decay

There is a nifty, newly-lit sign that juts on to Howe Street heralding a more spacious and modern Vancouver Pen Shop, relocated after 36 years on West Hastings. It begs a story. The official premise...

Housing market regaining its footing in B.C.

It is still early, but B.C.’s housing market may have found its footing. October Multiple Listing Service (MLS) housing data recorded a strong bump in sales of 5.8 per cent to mark the first...

Canadian opportunities, Chinese momentum, global shared success

China’s 20th National Congress is an Important Milestone for Canada-China Relations, writes China's ambassador to Canada

Rob Shaw: Why the BC NDP should consider an early election

Premier David Eby continues to insist he has no plans for a snap election. But there is a compelling and growing political case that could change his mind. At the centre of it all is B.C.’s...

Survey: Majority of respondents disagree with decisions to remove statues

In 2018, at a time when words like “reconciliation” were not being mentioned prominently to discuss the relationship of Canadian governments with Indigenous residents, the City of Victoria removed a...

Kirk LaPointe: Long-awaited Indo-Pacific Strategy falls short

The streets are filled with protests on its zero-COVID dictate. The Chinese government is showing signs of worry. The Mounties are investigating China’s infiltration in Canadian affairs. The Chinese...

Carson Binda: It’s time to put out the ICBC dumpster fire

Drivers in British Columbia deserve better than ICBC. The government monopoly auto insurance provider is a dumpster fire that burns hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars without providing the...

Rob Shaw: The privatization of health-care services jobs was harmful then and would be now

Cora Mojica clearly remembers the moment when she found out her food prep job at Vancouver General Hospital was being repatriated from a private company back into government. It was 2018, and she...

Editorial: High water mark for ocean carrier profits

When it comes to rolling up COVID economy profits, it is hard to beat the bonanza reaped by container shipping lines over the past 18 months. However, the multibillion-dollar question now for all...

Jacquie Griffiths: As a recession looms, how can Metro Vancouver best protect its economy?

In the wake of the financial crisis in 2009, it was clear that the Metro Vancouver region fared far better than other jurisdictions. But we should not assume we will automatically fare as well in...