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Increasing alarm over Canada’s growing social assistance addiction

The last nine months and the last decade has been a bewildering time. After the Great Recession’s financial system bailout in 2008-09, central banks and governments around the world turned on the...

Vancouver voters support ward system, tougher nomination rules: poll

More than two years have passed since the last time voters in British Columbia participated in a municipal election. The victories of some high-profile candidates in last month’s provincial ballot...

BC Lions struggle to gain yards in lopsided match against pandemic

About everything that could go wrong for a business has gone wrong lately for the BC Lions. Start with its heavy investment in 2019 in quarterback Mike Reilly, made the highest-paid player in the...

Google and Facebook profit from reliable journalism. They should help pay for it

The viability of publishing credible news has become seriously challenging over the last number of years in Canada and around the world. Newspapers, television and radio have all experienced...

Masks are one of the important layers of protection for yourself, your community

British Columbians have been nimble in adapting their individual actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities over the last ten months, and it has had a big impact. Our actions have...

State of the city: A look at Vancouver by the numbers

Vancouver lost 32,000 jobs between February and August

Editorial: Canada’s onerous business cost burden

Surviving a global pandemic is just the latest barrier to business survival in Canada. The country’s costs and complexities of doing business have been major barriers for decades, and governments at...

Pollution, climate change weigh on most British Columbians’ minds: poll

In this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proportion of British Columbians who refer to the environment as the most important issue facing the province has remained in single digits. Concerns...

Long-term recovery hinges on reshaping B.C. business environment

As Premier John Horgan puts the finishing touches on his new cabinet following the BC NDP’s decisive election win, he will be under pressure to reflect the priorities of the various elements of his...

B.C. needs strategy now to deal with pandemic restrictions fatigue

It is good that the premier and his health minister, and not the public health officer, have taken the lead in enforcing discipline in how the province is behaving during the pandemic. Dr. Bonnie...