Commentary

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For affordability, B.C. cities need stronger leadership

With inflation making life more unaffordable than ever in British Columbia as we head into a local government election cycle, it’s tough to muster much confidence that our political leaders at city...

In Pierre Poilievre, Justin Trudeau has at last found a true rival

If you could spare about 45 minutes Saturday late afternoon to come indoors to the television set, you got to see the end of the moderate, centrist Conservative Party of Canada.  The most intriguing...

Survey: Barometer rising on climate change concerns for Canadians and Americans

In June 2020, Research Co. and Glacier Media asked Canadians and Americans about their views on climate change. At the time, the two countries were slowly coming to terms with the early effects of...

An updated inventory of long-haul inflation implications and angst

Sigh, argh, crying out loud: Inflation and higher interest rates are back and staying put. For nearly a generation those two economic menaces were gone and staying so. Central banks and...

Poll finds Stewart and Sim leading mayoral horse race in City of Vancouver

Even when voters in British Columbia participated in municipal elections during the month of November, Labour Day was usually mentioned as the semi-official start of campaigns. With a vote scheduled...

Editorial: Invest in innovation, not confrontation

It might have less social media cachet for young and restless demographics, but it’s what Canada needs far more of today than traffic-stopping public protest: A new generation of citizens with the...

Survey: Opinions of driver quality in Canada heading back downhill

Canadians have enjoyed a few months without any lockdowns or mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fact has enabled many adults who worked from home to commute to an office again, providing...

Why the Broadway Plan is a misnomer

A city planning document to accommodate future population growth and spur transit ridership along the Broadway subway line would clearly propose high-density, mixed-use towers at Broadway subway...

A telling tale of two political polar extremes in Canada

In the space of a few days in the last week, I was able to experience the polar extremes of Canada’s politics. Not so much A to Z as AA to PP. In the personae of BC NDP leadership candidate Anjali...

B.C. doctors lack support while health-care administration costs soar

Imagine walking into your neighbourhood health centre and knowing that whatever your health-care needs, you’re in the right place.  A team of doctors, nurses, psychologists and allied health...