Commentary

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Three Vancouver business leaders offer hope for change in Downtown Eastside

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has in the pandemic taken on a new density of despair. Once again, the summer heat has driven the traumatized and victimized out of sweltering warehousing riven with...

Almost half of Canadians think Canada should be a mosaic: poll

The past two years have provided several opportunities for Canadians to evaluate the state of race relations in the country.   Areas of Canada that were under severe lockdowns related to the...

Subsidizing fossil fuel is a bad bet for British Columbia’s future

When British Columbians should have been celebrating our renewed ability to visit with loved ones and travel our beautiful province, we were thrust right back into another public health emergency...

Controversial tweet's fallout holds lesson for employers, employees

You’ll often find the following disclaimer on social media profiles: “Tweets are my own and don’t represent my employer.” I shake my head at the naivety of even the most educated. If an employee...

Editorial: Time to deepen Canada’s homegrown talent pools

Canada has excelled at extracting natural resources from the country, but it has done a subpar job of developing human resources within its borders. Thus the ongoing push for immigration to offset...

Slim majority of B.C. residents see Indigenous territory acknowledgements as positive step

The practice of territory acknowledgements has become more common in British Columbia. A few years ago, it was not customary for elected officials to state that they were “on the traditional...

We may never have the luxury of a post-pandemic victory lap

It’s true, you can sense palpable relief now that pandemic restrictions are easing. Near-normal is new-normal. But does anyone really think it is time for a victory lap with the coronavirus? The...

Restarting a sustainable, export-oriented economy

How B.C. is committing to grow the provincial economy in a sustainable way

Tax regime undermining B.C.’s ability to compete for top tech talent

B.C.’s diverse advanced technology industry, and professional, scientific and technical services more broadly, have been expanding rapidly over the past decade. The pandemic accelerated many of the...

Poll pegs Pierre Trudeau as best of last nine prime ministers

Justin Trudeau places third in survey, behind former PM Stephen Harper