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Editorial: 2020 shipping news getting grimmer

As that familiar flashing road sign warns: expect delays ahead. That’s the forecast for global goods movement as the COVID-19 pandemic’s first wave gives way to gradual economic reopenings in B.C....

Pandemic has pumped up popularity for PM and most premiers

When a government is forced to face an unexpected crisis, its original plans usually become the first victim. There were few mentions of U.S. President George W. Bush’s push for “compassionate...

Is Vancouver city manager’s desire to hire social media guru an overblown controversy?

You may have heard the news this week that Vancouver city manager Sadhu Johnston wants to hire a $95,000-a-year “senior social digital communications strategist” for his office. The delivery of the...

Trudeau’s Huawei 5G decision is critical for Canada’s tech future

I’m pretty sure Justin Trudeau must have deeply sighed last Wednesday, run his hand through his ’80s-sized hair, and said sarcastically: right, thanks rule of law. Thanks a lot. Really....

COVID is changing the nature of work

The economy we are reopening after COVID-19 is vastly different from the one we shut down to stop the spread.  Physical distancing has been a months-long natural experiment for business. It has been...

Handling of pandemic boosts fortunes of Horgan, BC NDP: poll

While no provincial election is scheduled in British Columbia until October 2021, there were many discussions earlier this year about the possibility of an early ballot. A series of events,...

Should feds make a Hail Mary play to save the CFL?

For Justin Trudeau, one of the deeper challenges in battling the pandemic is to preserve the qualities of our way of life. It is little good to economically recover if socially we do not.  Which is...

Editorial: Pandemics and power megaprojects

BC Hydro’s prescription for battling the ill effects it’s suffering from the COVID-19 economy is missing a key consideration. The province’s power utility released a report in early May documenting...

Cash no longer king as COVID-19 rewrites purchasing behaviour, poll finds

In February 2019, when few would have predicted that a pandemic would alter our lives so massively, Glacier Media and Research Co. asked Canadians about the way they had paid for things in the...

Ten entries in Canada’s new national sport: pandemic speculation

Speculation has become a national sport in the pandemic. We all have theories on how this stage will move to the next stage and the stage beyond that and how that stage will bring us to another...