Commentary

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Little enthusiasm in Canada and U.S. for heating up abortion debate: poll

For weeks, it seemed that the issue of abortion, which used to dominate the airwaves in political campaigns in the United States, would not be a feature of this year’s presidential election....

How businesses in Western Canada can stay resilient through times of crisis

When disruption catches you off guard, the results can be devastating.  We’ve witnessed it first-hand while working with clients over the past few months as they’ve struggled to overcome challenges...

Premier offers frail justification for calling B.C. vote

A government in pandemic is supposed to be about healing, not opening wounds – a collective aim to flatten the curve, to lessen the divide. Leadership ministers to differences, fosters collective...

Horgan’s election call is ill-timed and opportunistic

It is not an election the province needs. It is an election John Horgan wants. His governing NDP has no requirement for any new mandate. It has dealt with the pandemic for six months and no...

Canadians, Americans divided on issue of zoos and aquariums: poll

Late last year, Research Co. and Glacier Media took an initial look at the relationship between Canadians and animals. At the time, the country’s residents appeared to express outright dismay at...

Travel tailspin grounds YVR ambitions

The decision to cancel the Vancouver International Airport’s multimillion-dollar expansion was not difficult. It was unavoidable. The global economy made it so; the COVID-19 crisis made it so. The...

‘Devil in details’ in Vancouver mayor’s new affordable housing pitch

Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s plan would allow multiple homes on one single-family property

Recovery plan slaps Band-Aid on major economic hemorrhage

May we be clear?   The purported NDP economic recovery plan is designed to be a NDP majority government recovery plan.  Not for nearly two decades, when Netflix was only mailing us DVDs, when water...

Liberals hold thin advantage federally as possible election looms

Over the past few weeks, the notion of the federal government holding an early election has been discussed at length. Capitalizing on the inexperience of an incoming leader of the Opposition can...

B.C. tourism and travel bear brunt of pandemic economic fallout

In looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across the economy, one broad sector stands out for the extent of the damage inflicted on businesses and their employees: tourism and travel...