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WorkSafeBC overhaul could have huge employer cost implications

WorkSafeBC is a complex organization that plays an important role in today’s economy. According to its website, WorksafeBC is: … a provincial agency dedicated to promoting safe and healthy workplaces...

Large proportion of Canadian job-seekers are skeptical about hiring process

For some Canadians, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an internal debate about career choices.   We have learned that those who are labouring from home are happy with their current arrangement, and...

B.C. government girds its barricades against freedom of information

Just as leaves turn red in autumn, governments can be counted upon eventually to hide their secrets. John Horgan professed difference as he arrived in office but has proven no different than his...

Editorial: Opportunities abound for B.C. ports in cargo quagmire

It’s raising cost concerns for businesses and consumers, but the congestion that has plagued major maritime trade lanes since mid-2020 is providing opportunities for Canada to leverage two key...

Cannabis legalization acceptance differs along ethnic lines in B.C., poll reveals

Three years ago, the legal consumption of marijuana became a reality across Canada. Every Canadian province quickly established its own set of sales guidelines, even if it took a bit longer to...

Quality helping Knowledge ascend television network rankings

The pandemic has been bad for many, but good for Knowledge. Not pandemic knowledge, per se – that is a beguiling hot mess at times – but capital-K Knowledge. As in the Knowledge Network, the...

Raising supply, not blaming foreigners, can solve housing affordability problem

Housing is a fundamental human need and a basic piece of economic and social infrastructure. For decades, housing affordability has been a challenge in British Columbia, particularly in Metro...

Most Canadians agree on steps toward Indigenous reconciliation: poll

The year 2021 was supposed to be unique in the effort to rebuild the broken relationship between the Canadian government and the country’s Indigenous communities.   The federal election campaign...

Businesses must act soon to avoid labour shortage consequences

Media outlets, political leaders and financial markets have closely followed the number of jobs created and lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but less attention has been given to the number of job...

Legal Specs: The hidden pitfalls of reference clauses in trade contracts

It is common for trade contracts to incorporate “by reference” the terms and conditions of the prime contract. While these reference clauses are frequently used, the consequences of doing so are...