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Businesses need to prepare now for the end of temporary layoff period

If your business had to lay off workers for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may know that the end of the temporary layoff period is fast-approaching. As a business, it is important to...

Is the Strathcona Park homeless camp in Vancouver here to stay?

Plan to vacate Oppenheimer Park encampment in April doesn’t extend to Strathcona tent city

Editorial: Energy efficiency enterprise upsides

The pandemic-induced no-normal era that B.C. finds itself in with the rest of the world affords opportunities to make once-in-a-generation changes to business operations. Improving energy efficiency...

Canadians might want to brush up on dental hygiene, poll suggests

Health care has long been regarded as a source of pride for many Canadians. The fact that most of us share the same language as residents of the United States has led to many social media threads...

City’s blank-cheque COVID recovery plan in serious need of reality check

The City of Vancouver has a strategy for the community’s COVID-19 recovery. Good news: Ottawa and Victoria can take care of us, we will keep on keeping on. The city’s Report of the Council COVID...

Canadians’ financial worries easing as lockdowns lift, poll finds

In April, when no province had a clear idea of when the lockdowns brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic would end, Research Co. and Glacier Media asked Canadians about their financial concerns. The...

How the pandemic has transformed our idea of leadership

In a time of heightened fear and uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, good leadership has never been more critical. However, as a collective community, our idea of what makes a good...

Poll results underline B.C.’s proud, independent streak

As the province prepares to observe a socially distanced and possibly contactless B.C. Day, residents of British Columbia could be forgiven for feeling a little smug. Following the advice of Dr....

What Canada can learn from America about small business survival

COVID-19 has put unprecedented financial strain on Canada’s small to medium-sized business (SMB) sector – as well as on SMBs around the world – leaving companies to rely on government aid to remain...

Canadians and Americans immune to travel bug while COVID-19 persists: poll

In April, at a time when the federal government in the United States harboured high and unjustified expectations for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, a $25 billion U.S. federal payroll support...