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Western stew on PM’s new minority government cabinet menu

As he starts his second term as prime minister, Justin Trudeau does not dare betray the challenges ahead: national unity, climate change, trade problems, housing affordability in a couple of big...

Spending cold winter night outside a reminder of the plight of being homeless

The first taste of winter cold was thankfully dry for the few hours of sleep outdoors, a morsel of what those inside the building knew all too well. The parking spaces behind the freshly built...

Non-residential construction set to buttress B.C.’s economy

With mounting concerns about a slowing global economy and a worrying downshift in per capita growth across the advanced economies, the recent release of Statistics Canada’s Provincial and Territorial...

Survey gauges evolving Canadian views about treatment of animals

The perceptions of Canadians on animal welfare issues have gone through noticeable changes over the past two decades. In Vancouver, we experienced months – if not years – of discussions related to...

Generations point fingers at each other over bad driving habits

The experiences of Canadians during the daily commute can be very different. In some municipalities, we continue to see arguments over proper infrastructure, public transportation upgrades and...

Editorial: Opening more trade doors and windows

Canada's trade doors and corridors need improving if the country is to take advantage of new global opportunities. Done right, those improvements could finally elevate Canada from its traditional...

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...