Commentary

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Cannabis in Europe: hotbed of opportunity awaits Canadian firms

As Health Canada continues to piece together the jigsaw puzzle that is the domestic cannabis market, many forward-thinking companies are looking abroad to secure their global leadership...

More Canadians would like to snuff out vaping, survey finds

Plenty of things have happened since we last took a look at Canadian attitudes towards e-cigarettes. The curious devices that entered our conscience as welcome additions to the realm of smoking...

Editorial: Invest in filling cybersecurity holes now

Cybersecurity should be the new watchword for Canadian businesses. The latest red flag comes courtesy of Quebec’s Desjardins Group. The financial institution revealed in a November 1 press release...

Green party’s top post-May challenge: find new leadership vision

Elizabeth May’s departure as the federal Green party leader is a loss and a gift. If, as the saying goes, 80% of life is showing up, it is also true that 80% is knowing when to leave. May led a...

Litterbugs, bad drivers top list of lawbreakers vexing Metro Vancouverites

The phrase “we are a nation of laws” has been used extensively to describe Canada on different occasions, including the observation of extradition requests, the development of immigration and refugee...

B.C. residents divided on province’s carbon tax as levy turns 11

Earlier this summer, British Columbia observed the 11th anniversary of Canada’s first carbon tax. Since then, other Canadian provinces, as well as the federal government, have established their own...

Editorial: B.C. could lead LNG bunkering boom

The B.C. government’s support for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine bunkering fuel service in the Port of Vancouver deserves applause. Investing in new refuelling infrastructure is an essential...

The City of Vancouver’s new council logs a year of living lazily

A year ago, Vancouver municipal voters sent an unambiguous message to change course. The decade-old governing Vision party was eviscerated and a diverse council and independent mayor were...

Before you fire, consider the duty to inquire about disabilities

Employers are generally hesitant to ask their employees about their mental or physical health, and understandably so. An employee’s medical information is highly sensitive and personal. It is...

Exit poll shows half of Canadian voters support changing federal electoral system

The jokes and memes that have invaded social media following the Canadian federal election have included a bit of everything. For every disenchanted Conservative Party supporter who points to a...