Commentary

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B.C. leads countrywide surge in immigration

A new wave of immigration is increasing Canada’s population and underpinning its economic growth. National population growth from July 1 to October 1 reached a robust 0.6%. B.C. led this charge with...

Canadians losing sleep over money, finances and employment

If you have not been bombarded by mattress commercials on television over the past six months, consider yourself lucky. Whether you are watching a sitcom, the news or sports, there are many companies...

Make time to review beneficial ownership of your B.C. company

By May 1, 2020, all private B.C. companies must have a “transparency register” of beneficial owners created and ready for law enforcement officials to inspect.   This transparency register tracks...

Editorial: Urban enterprise meets city limits

A tale of 10 cities provides a cautionary outlook for Vancouver. It comes in the form of two Oxford Economics briefings released in late 2019. The global economic forecasting and analytics company’s...

Time for government to pull the plug on electric vehicle subsidies

I switched to an electric vehicle a year ago. Quick-accelerating, so quiet its sound system seems it’s in my living room – and, of course, no fuel charges. When I draw near a service station now, I...

Workplace culture change needed to recruit more women in tech

When we talk about gender diversity in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, discussion often centres around education – how do we get more girls interested and involved in...

Outlook 2020: My hope for a new decade: more doing, less dithering by leaders

Let’s cut right to the chase: my hope for our province, people and communities is more action, less talking from every level of government, including the one I serve in as mayor of Port...

U.K. continues to hold special place in Canadians’ affections: poll

Last month, before geopolitics were thrown a severe curveball by the actions of the United States inside Iraq, Research Co. asked Canadians about their views on different countries. The exercise...

Outlook 2020: First Nations economic reconciliation to continue

To say the least, Canada’s First Nations have been playing in an unequal playing field for a long time. But I can confidently say the tides are turning – and, I believe, will continue to turn...

Outlook 2020: Technology, transfer of ownership opening windows of opportunity

If there’s one word I would use to describe the next decade, it’s “opportunity.” Look around the world and you recognize how fortunate we are to live in a region that provides so much opportunity....