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Horgan and BC NDP face tough tests in their mid-term exams

It is easy to overstate junctures in a government’s history as important, but there is no doubt that John Horgan’s BC NDP administration finds itself neck deep in mid-term competence tests. Start...

Red tape ties entrepreneurs’ hands in Canada’s cannabis rollout

Last year, Canada legalized cannabis. With the promise of a public health/science-based approach, many existing organizations and newer ones all formed in a queue with stars in their eyes, and their...

Three in four British Columbians support current rules for physician-assisted dying

One of the most compelling moments of this year’s Canadian federal election campaign occurred during the televised French language debate, when Quebec resident Lise Pigeon asked a question about...

B.C. on the road to fewer drug-affected driving accidents

B.C. has toughened penalties for driving while under the influence of drugs – and to assess whether they work, we’ve obtained a pre-legalization snapshot of drivers’ cannabis use. In 2018, my...

Cannabis in Europe: hotbed of opportunity awaits Canadian firms

As Health Canada continues to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is the domestic cannabis market, many forward-thinking companies are looking abroad to secure their global leadership...

More Canadians would like to snuff out vaping, survey finds

Plenty of things have happened since we last took a look at Canadian attitudes towards e-cigarettes. The curious devices that entered our conscience as welcome additions to the realm of smoking...

Editorial: Invest in filling cybersecurity holes now

Cybersecurity should be the new watchword for Canadian businesses. The latest red flag comes courtesy of Quebec’s Desjardins Group. The financial institution revealed in a November 1 press release...

Green party’s top post-May challenge: find new leadership vision

Elizabeth May’s departure as the federal Green party leader is a loss and a gift. If, as the saying goes, 80% of life is showing up, it is also true that 80% is knowing when to leave. May led a...

Litterbugs, bad drivers top list of lawbreakers vexing Metro Vancouverites

The phrase “we are a nation of laws” has been used extensively to describe Canada on different occasions, including the observation of extradition requests, the development of immigration and refugee...

B.C. residents divided on province’s carbon tax as levy turns 11

Earlier this summer, British Columbia observed the 11th anniversary of Canada’s first carbon tax. Since then, other Canadian provinces, as well as the federal government, have established their own...