Commentary

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Editorial: Hydrogen economy reality checks for B.C.

Be it grey, blue or green hydrogen, the road to harnessing it for mainstream transportation applications is littered with potholes and detours. Just ask B.C.’s hydrogen fuel cell pioneer Ballard...

Pandemic politics playing into hands of federal Liberal strategists

One of the inherently selfish features of the modern parliamentary system is the ability of governments to call elections at the time of their choosing. The current federal administration will not be...

Canadians’ trust eluding O’Toole but sticking to tarnished Trudeau

You could understand, as a federal election beckons, if Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole felt entitled to a little sympathy. He is less popular than his party, which is less popular than the...

Canadians see light at end of pandemic tunnel, poll suggests

As residents of British Columbia undoubtedly learned over the past few days, we are headed into a federal election campaign. A visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau included “campaign-style”...

Compulsory trades certification is a big step backwards for B.C.

As we come to the end of the global pandemic, companies are facing the challenge of rethinking the workplace. Construction contractors are no different – whether it’s on the job site or in the...

Editorial: Prepare for more food chain price pain

When food chain dysfunction collides with logistics chain disruption, sticker shock is coming soon to a grocery store near you. Local food chain dysfunction issues were brought into sharp focus in...

Support for weeding out gas-powered landscaping gear is growing

Last month, two very similar motions were introduced in Vancouver City Council to address the current and future use of landscaping equipment. Couns. Adriane Carr and Sarah Kirby-Yung want to...

Why Horgan should rethink his opposition to hosting World Cup games

In recent days sports bars were saturated and living room couch cushions compressed as men’s teams sought the Euro 2020 and Copa América soccer titles. This is not news: We know the Lower Mainland...

Back to the office: employers’, employees’ rights and responsibilities

Planning for the return to a physical workplace is quickly becoming a top priority for many employers. As workplaces return to the “new normal,” there will inevitably be tension between an...

Technology grabbing a bigger slice of law business pie

Flash back to the year 1988 in Vancouver.  That was the year that Howard Shapray QC, one of British Columbia’s most well-known litigators, appeared in the Supreme Court of British Columbia to...