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Rob Shaw: Crises crowd Horgan’s last legislative session

Premier John Horgan reconvened the legislature Monday. His final session is shaping up to be a public drubbing over inaction on several crises

Survey: Real action needed now on Indigenous reconciliation issues, poll finds

Over the past few weeks, politicians have been particularly active in three Canadian provinces. British Columbians and Ontarians are in the middle of municipal election campaigns, and Quebec will...

Press and politicians imperilled in the new age of rage and cynicism

In the environment I’ve occupied for four decades, it has never been this unstable and unsafe, this disabled and distrusted. Our craft of journalism is facing a heightened physical threat, in part...

Survey: Growing number of British Columbians say health-care system in need of major rehab

For many months during the COVID-19 pandemic, satisfaction with the performance of the provincial government in British Columbia was one of the highest in Canada. While Ontario and Alberta...

Anjali Appadurai’s campaign threatens to derail David Eby’s BC NDP coronation

Could the politically unbelievable happen?  Might we soon have NDP Premier Anjali Appadurai?  Sources in the party say her campaign has persuaded significantly more British Columbians to buy NDP...

Editorial: Lower outcomes from higher education in Canada

Canada has a serious diversity problem in a place that should be a cultivator of diversity: The halls of academe. Places of higher learning, it appears, are increasingly becoming places of learning...

Bikeshare station against public art depicts a city arguing with itself

A quintessential Vancouver debate emerged a few days ago, this one with an unexpected twist, a turn so sharp that it likely caused city officials pause, confusion, and panic.  Full disclosure. This...

Canadians leading the politically correct parade in North America

Canadians and Americans take to social media every day to register their displeasure about politics, sports and entertainment. The events of the past three years have provided a unique opportunity to...

Canada moving at geological speed in tapping its resource riches

This ought to be Pierre Gratton’s moment. The 11-year CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, by any objective measure, ought to be beaming at the confluence of events making possible an historic...

Survey: Popularity of Royal Family picks up in Canada

Six and a half months ago, Research Co. and Glacier Media asked Canadians about the monarchy. Our annual survey gauges the perceptions of Canadians on our head of state and the constitutional...