Commentary

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Editorial: Canada’s business concentration crisis

Diversity is an increasingly complex challenge for Canadian business and its clientele. It goes far beyond human resources. Diversity in this case comes down to choice, without which consumers and...

Odds-on favourite in federal election race: none of the above

I suppose someone has to be prime minister. I suppose some party has to win the October 21 federal election. I’m just not sure who, what or why. As the campaign commences, it is hard to recall any...

Most non-European B.C. residents have faced ethnic discrimination, poll finds

While immigration is not currently one of the three most important issues facing Canada for most would-be voters in this year’s federal election, it has been a practically inescapable topic over the...

Getting women into science and tech is critical for businesses

In recent years, a lot has been written about how to get young girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and keep them interested. The calls of discouragement, saying, if...

Theft is theft: firing for shoplifting candy bar upheld at arbitration

A recent arbitration decision confirms that theft is a serious employment offence deserving of termination, even where the stolen item is of nominal value. In Canada Post Corp. vs. Canadian Union of...

Cold economic realities wither rosy B.C. budget projections

Ah, the rose. A beautiful presence. A short-lived bloom. But once done, just the thorns to see. The message of our province’s finance minister Tuesday as she delivered a quarterly economic update...

Are B.C. buying habits being influenced by consumer activism?

There has never been a better time to register our displeasure with how companies treat us. The days of letters that were never answered and endless hours on the phone waiting for a representative to...

Editorial: On the Trump trade tirade hit parade

Is The Art of the Deal co-author out of his depth when it comes to spinning that deal on the global political stage? That should be a key concern for Canada and other countries bracing for the...

Inside the job interview room with the Recruiter and the Applicant

Thank you for coming today. I want to discuss your application for the job of prime minister. There are other applicants for the role, as you know, and we will be filling the position October 21....

To diversify trade, Canada should strengthen its ties to Taiwan

Trade diversification is of paramount importance for trading nations such as Canada and Taiwan. Canada’s latest trade diversification strategy sets a target of 50% export growth by 2025. Canada has...