Commentary

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Tax equity, fairness fundamental to small-business survival

Many important issues were discussed and highlighted during this year’s municipal election in Vancouver, the most urgent being housing, affordability and homelessness. The city is facing serious...

Weighing a mixed bag of results from American midterm elections

Canada's neighbour to the south has always provided quirkiness when it comes to politics. There’s the Electoral College, which essentially turns the presidential ballot into 51 first past the post...

Editorial: Renewable energy aspiration realities

The Tesla factor is fuelling international focus on electricity’s potential for shifting global transportation away from reliance on fossil fuels. But electricity remains a bit player in the real...

Debate lays bare the need for less partisanship in push for PR

Debates in campaigns are hit-and-miss in determining voter outcomes. Consider last Thursday’s (November 8) debate – Premier John Horgan supporting proportional representation, BC Liberal leader...

Young people in crisis continue to be neglected in our affluent city

I hate to have to do this. Again. And again. And again. And I fear I will do it again. And again. And again. Our city is awash in affluence. It has extraordinary wealth in pockets. The supercar...

Arbitration errs on the side of workplace safety in cannabis case

Few headlines have garnered more attention in the Canadian media this year than the legalization of cannabis. While the announcement has been well received by some, many employers remain concerned...

Documenting the dangers of assumptions in the workplace

A few months ago, I decided it was time to hire a housekeeper – someone who could come once, maybe twice a month to my small, 650-square-foot downtown apartment and give it a good scrub. In addition...

When it comes to transit funding, all roads lead to disagreement

In the first days of November, the political attention of the province has shifted away from municipal politics. Provincial representatives are worried about the outcome of the referendum on...

More rehab, fewer prescriptions among opioid action plan priorities

The use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs ceased to be only an urban problem in British Columbia a few years ago. Reports of deaths from drug use have multiplied across the entire...

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