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Will Vancouver ever turn the corner on homelessness?

If you spent any time in the city this week, you likely came across a homeless person. It wasn’t always this way, as housing advocates who have been around longer than I have attest. Coun. Jean...

Pandemic fails to move public-opinion needle on morality: poll

The past 13 months have provided many opportunities for Canadians to reassess their views on how the world operates. Our direct interaction with other human beings has decreased on account of the...

Editorial: Transit a key driver of urban economies

The rapid rise of the work-from-home movement will have repercussions well beyond employee-employer relationships and individual company productivity. It has the potential to undermine the health of...

Wellness must be key focus of construction industry

To say that as a society, we have a challenge with mental wellness, is to vastly understate the seriousness of a health crisis that is raging out of control. An epidemic before COVID-19, the mental...

For underground alerts in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call?

We are just a few weeks away from the Victoria Day weekend, which is regarded as the unofficial start of gardening season across the country. This year has a special significance for British...

Cancel culture has fundamentally changed corporate decisions

I served almost my entire journalism career in a time when traditional media was the public’s only means of learning about issues and events. The public’s only means to comment was to write a letter...

Business leadership missing in the battle to end B.C.’s opioid crisis

The pandemic has intensified our mental health challenges. The stress of loneliness, of loss and sorrow, of job disruption and desperation, of business problems and pressures, of daily uncertainty...

Intoxication’s role in workplace tragedies needs a closer look in B.C.

Nobody will ever claim that occupational health and safety (OHS) law is sexy. Even among workplace lawyers, it is obscure and complicated. So let me tell you a story instead. When I was 19, I...

So now what happens to Vancouver’s NPA party?

Three of its four city councillors left the party Wednesday

Canadians continue to find no shortage of disinformation, vitriol on social media, poll

The last couple of years have not been particularly great for the dissemination of news in North America. First, we went through extremely divisive political campaigns in the United States and...