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Somewhere on the road to political correctness, we lost Christmas

This article was originally posted in 2016 as part of Business in Vancouver's Year in Review special edition. In 1974, I recall my sisters returning from school in tears after a Christmas break,...

Massey mire shows government removed from reality

If the BC NDP government were a football team, it would punt on second down. Policy after policy, study after study, to wit in its short history: Ride hailing. Mobility pricing. Money laundering....

Parking management firms faced with lots of parking-fine laggards

A vehicle can elicit a wide range of positive emotions. We can experience the joy of turning into a street at the exact moment a parked car is leaving. There is also the elation of noticing that the...

Mining innovation helps lead B.C.’s economy into high-tech future

B.C.’s mining industry is an essential part of the economic and social foundation of the province. A vibrant, competitive, growing industry provides benefits to British Columbians in all corners of...

Editorial: Yes, ministers, it's time to tackle tax and trade

If Canada’s first ministers meetings are to contribute anything to the country’s cohesion as a global economic player, more than political theatre needs to be on their agenda. The most recent...

Most Canadians feel merrier about their personal finances than they did last Christmas

As a complex and challenging 2018 comes to an end, Canadians report little change in their economic status compared with one year ago. In a nationwide Research Co. survey conducted earlier this...

Potholes ahead on BC NDP’s road map to a low-carbon future

Approximately 10 years after the B.C. carbon tax was introduced to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and politicians were jetting around the world to receive accolades for work they didn’t do, we now...

In wake of Huawei CFO’s arrest, Canada should revisit its relationship with Chinese tech

Really, this mess with Meng Wanzhou had better be worth it. The trouble we are being or might be put through: threats and deeds of reciprocity, punitive boycotts, discouragement of tourism and...

No easy way for Metro to build its way out of its housing crisis

In the weeks leading up to last October’s municipal elections in British Columbia, housing was the most ubiquitous issue for voters. There were endless conversations, distinct policy platform...

Editorial: NDP’s labour of love a love of labour

BC businesses will be hoping that the new BC NDP is not as infatuated with old Labour as the old BC NDP was. Upcoming changes to the B.C. Labour Relations Code will provide a good reckoning of...