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Editorial: Cashing in on Cascadian co-operation

News flash: Canada and America can get along. Political noise too often obscures that reality. Consider, for example, the aspirations of the recent Cascadian Innovation Corridor Conference held in...

First past the post fix-it guide to a better electoral reform option

When your computer doesn’t function quickly, you upgrade its software. When your car doesn’t run smoothly, you repair the engine. You don’t throw them out. So let’s agree, our rusty, dusty, fusty...

Two provinces, two identities: how B.C. and Quebec see themselves within Confederation

Over the past few years, British Columbia and Quebec have had their share of common goals. The two provinces consistently outrank all others as places where environmental concerns are paramount....

Avoiding collisions at the intersection of family and business

Imagine that you’re the CEO of a successful, third-generation family business and your niece, Casey, has just applied for the vice-president of marketing position, which is about to be vacated....

Editorial: Municipal logistics chain reactions needed

Pre-election transportation focus was predictably on people movement throughout Metro Vancouver. Post-election, however, more focus needs to be on goods movement. The people factor is where the...

Calgary vs. Vancouver: a city guide to career path prospects for techies

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi swooped into Vancouver this week to lure tech workers to his city from ours. He spent some time talking onstage, holding meetings and generally being more affable and...

Political donation limits radically redrew municipal campaign plans

Next month, Vancouver will have a new mayor and council after a historic election. Eight of the 10 councillors will be women, and three of them will represent the Green Party. The Non-Partisan...

Union monopoly on training for public projects hurts innovation

Human capital has become the critical success factor for companies and jurisdictions in promoting their economic well-being. Productivity, innovation and competitiveness will flounder without bold...

Parsing the vote: 10 points about the Vancouver election

A ten-spot of semi-early thoughts on Vancouver’s election results: 1) It was pretentious for the provincial NDP to claim its electoral finance reforms drove big money from municipal politics; it was...

Editorial: Debt clouds gathering on global economy’s horizon

Economic optimists continue to discount any imminent recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis and recession; however, economic realists are far less positive about the long-term vitality of global...