Commentary

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Most B.C. residents believe in God, but few attend church regularly: survey

Throughout the course of this century, British Columbia has been the most irreligious province in Canada. In the 2001 national census, 35.1% of British Columbians claimed to have no religion when...

Self-publishing consultancies turn page on industry transformation

When I started out in the book publishing industry as an editorial assistant, I managed what was disparagingly known as the “slush pile.” This substantial pile was where all of the unsolicited...

Policy, not personality, was winning factor in Alberta election

In the final years of the 20th Century, discussions about finding a way to unite Canada’s centre-right parties became increasingly important to conservative voters. Jean Chrétien was forming majority...

Alberta election hands useful political bogeyman to Horgan and Trudeau

Yes, indeed, Jason Kenney is a political nightmare for Justin Trudeau and John Horgan. But he is also their dream. Sure enough, the newly elected Alberta premier stands to be the foil that neither...

B.C.’s six-month cannabis checkup: legalization support strong

This month, Canada will observe six months since marijuana was legalized. The culmination of a Justin Trudeau campaign promise made in 2015 took longer than originally anticipated and has endured its...

Editorial: Applause for action on anonymity in B.C.

Because Canada is notoriously complacent when it comes to dealing with corporate corruption, word that B.C.’s NDP government plans to shine some light in one area of that dark corner of bent business...

The time for Vancouver’s 4-20 ‘protest’ to butt out is long overdue

Pot is a hot mess. Responsible people are irresponsibly bumbling legalization while irresponsible people cannot figure how to act responsibly. The black market remains, very conservatively,...

Conservative leader Scheer still finding his political feet

For the time being at least, the man of the moment in national politics is Andrew Scheer, the soft-spoken Saskatchewan MP who leads the Conservative Party of Canada. With the Liberals entangled in...

Government cannabis stores adapt to a fast-changing market

It's been just over a year since the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) got the nod to establish a network of government cannabis retail stores and an e-commerce channel along with a distribution...

Fewer court options for workplace harassment victims in Canada

Harassment claims are an all-too-frequent reality in the modern workplace. Depending on the circumstances, affected employees may have several avenues open to them to raise harassment concerns,...