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Trudeau is playing dangerously with Canadians’ COVID-19 expectations

Yes, at times, the truth hurts. But in this swirl of conflicting COVID-19 information, the truth from the federal government would help, even if it hurts, even if it carries uncertainty, even if it...

COVID-19 recession scenarios for B.C.: one is bad; one is worse

By now it is clear the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic will be widespread and unusually painful. The shuttering of much of the provincial economy is unprecedented. The halting of...

Crisis brings opportunity to fight fear with clear communication

Here’s some irony. Just days before COVID-19 came on our radar, I was enrolling in a program at the Harvard School of Public Health called Applied Risk Communication for the 21st century. I wanted to...

Op-ed: Dr. Bonnie Henry – No boundaries with COVID-19

When an outbreak hits a community, one of the most urgent things people want is information. This is human nature, as information allows us to protect ourselves, our families and our loved...

Editorial: More chapters remain in Port of Vancouver's Terminal 2 saga

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s (VFPA) multibillion-dollar bet on its choice for expanded container cargo handling capacity for the Port of Vancouver cleared another hurdle last Monday with the...

Editorial: Huawei is not the right way for Canada

Does anyone remember Huawei and the concerns over its involvement in Canada’s 5G infrastructure? In the country’s current COVID-19 war footing, it’s easy to forget about pretty much any subject that...

COVID-19 pandemic worries Canadians more than 2008 crisis did: poll

It seems that every press briefing brings a new announcement about the plans from the federal government to assuage Canadians about the economic stability of the country during the COVID-19...

No surprise in Trump’s shot at hijacking Canada-bound respirators

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Tough guys sometimes just run. Or hide. Or hoard. The leader to the south, never without his hands on a large spoon to stir the pot, has ordered 3M...

How COVID-19 crisis has turned what I would do to what I can’t do

I would love to be holding my newborn granddaughter. She lives in the Netherlands. I would be in my beer-league hockey playoffs this week. I’m the goalie, so admittedly our prospects would be...

COVID-19 isolation spurs Canadians to read, exercise, call loved ones more: poll

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, most Canadians were compelled to spend another weekend without many of the regular distractions that the season usually brings. The country will have to prepare...