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Mid-mandate BC NDP makeover moves the party to middle ground

No matter what stripe the political party, the predictable pattern will emerge in government: you campaign radically and govern moderately. The left and right rhetoric slushily slides into the mushy...

Five secrets for building your customer service ‘wow’ factor

has changed profoundly in the last several decades as new digital and cloud technologies are reshaping our everyday business processes. At the same time, however, it looks like the fundamentals of...

Jobs weakness points to need for new focus on business climate

With the release of Statistics Canada’s December Labour Force Survey, it is now possible to tabulate annual employment growth rates and other key labour market indicators. Based on annual averages...

Three in five Canadians think Trump has been bad for Canada: poll

This year, Saskatchewan will hold a provincial election and there are plenty of rumours suggesting that British Columbia will consider having an early one as well.   Most of the political...

Canada boasts diverse mosaic of moralities, survey suggests

During the course of my career as a public opinion researcher, I have asked about topics that would be expected to garner unanimous backing. Still, it is impossible to say that all Canadians feel the...

Editorial: More taxing times for small businesses

The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) customer service function needs an upgrade. A recent Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) report underscores what most small businesses will already...

Big Taxi’s big roadblocks stalling ride-hailing competition in B.C.

We got ride-sharing last week in the Lower Mainland. People hopped a lift from neighbours in the cold and snow. We had ride-hailing, too. People waved their arms to flag a taxi. But we had neither...

Most B.C. residents recognize mining’s role in drive for zero-emission vehicles: poll

In British Columbia, any discussion that delves on the topic of resource development –whether it happens inside a classroom, in a pub or on social media – can be easily bogged down in absolutism....

Cold snap prompts power-usage record: BC Hydro

Peak hourly demand for electricity tops old old record set three years ago

B.C. stands to profit regally from having Duke and Duchess of Sussex as residents

Many of us have come to British Columbia to reinvent, even escape. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle picked up on this fact somehow amid the fake facts that dog them in the tabloids. Now they will be...