Commentary

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Most Canadians agree on steps toward Indigenous reconciliation: poll

The year 2021 was supposed to be unique in the effort to rebuild the broken relationship between the Canadian government and the country’s Indigenous communities.   The federal election campaign...

Businesses must act soon to avoid labour shortage consequences

Media outlets, political leaders and financial markets have closely followed the number of jobs created and lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but less attention has been given to the number of job...

Legal Specs: The hidden pitfalls of reference clauses in trade contracts

It is common for trade contracts to incorporate “by reference” the terms and conditions of the prime contract. While these reference clauses are frequently used, the consequences of doing so are...

Landlords, renters seek relief from pandemic’s rental housing woes

On September 20, Canadians elected a minority Liberal government with Justin Trudeau as the continuing prime minister. No matter which party you support, the consensus is that housing has been key...

Editorial: Work-life rebalance needed for B.C.

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has permanently changed the way companies work and the way their employees want to work; there is less certainty, however, about the long-term effect of those changes...

Canadians’ faith in the country’s health-care system still strong

As Canadians enter the 19th month of life under the COVID-19 pandemic, our views on how governments have managed the crisis have gone through some changes. Quebec and British Columbia have usually...

It’s time to overcome your fear of fundraising in the pandemic era

Many people fear asking for money.  For the past 18 years, I have introduced myself as a professional fundraiser, and I’m usually met with something like “Oh my, how could you ask for money?” or...

Fight over who will foot city’s climate change bill is far from finished

The defeat at city council of a proposal to broaden parking permits in 2022 and introduce vehicle ownership fees in 2023 was a walk-back, a crawl-down, but not a back-down. Make no mistake: The game...

Pipeline project supporters outnumber opponents in B.C. by small margin

As Canadians were preparing to make their final decision before last month’s federal election, health care, the economy and housing dominated the landscape.   In the final Research Co. survey of...

Editorial: A new measure of Canada’s COVID misery

When it comes to economic and social misery, there is nothing quite like a global pandemic. Service industries across the country will attest to that. One of the upsides of misery, however, is that...