Commentary

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UNDRIP could open industry opportunity door for First Nations

There’s a prevailing perception among business leaders and investors and even within some First Nations communities that you can’t get a resource development project built in B.C. Of course, that’s...

Metro Vancouver commuting experience heading downhill: poll

Over the past five years, discussions about transportation in Metro Vancouver have revolved around issues such as bike infrastructure, the proliferation of parking meters, pinpointing needed...

Editorial: Shadow-banking interest alert

More light needs to be shed on the shadows identified in a recent Financial Stability Board (FSB) report because they pose a growing risk to global financial stability. The report’s data chronicles...

Lost family reconnections courtesy of dogged DNA sleuthing

A few weeks back I wrote about finding a sister through DNA testing. We share an unknown father; she was adopted at birth, I grew up with my single mother. A photo was emailed to me last week. My...

Three things you must do to improve your firm’s ranking on Google

Companies are fighting for the best spot on search engines for good reason. There are 3.5 billion searches performed per day on Google: this is how people hunt for the products and services they’re...

City’s tax shift gives short shrift to rental housing providers

In a 6-5 vote on April 29, City of Vancouver council decided to ignore city staff’s well-researched recommendations and come up with a bad decision to approve a tax shift of 2% from commercial to...

B.C. coffee shop survey highlights clash of the caffeine titans

Coffee has long been a staple of Canada’s beverage spectrum. Global studies consistently place our country in the top five when measuring the number of litres of coffee that each Canadian consumes....

British Columbians back making school bus seatbelts mandatory

One of many pending issues that may be derailed by the outcome of this year’s federal election is a task force that is currently studying the possibility of having all school buses in Canada fitted...

Is home-alone trend contributing to housing crisis?

The number of Canadians living all alone has more than doubled in a generation and is now the most common and least affordable form of habitation

Editorial: Canada’s insolvency anxiety rising

Darker clouds are forming on Canadian debt horizons. Combined with other economic forecasts, the country could be in for rough fiscal weather sooner rather than later. MNP Ltd. has added some...