Commentary

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Spousal approval ratings from inside the COVID confinement pod

Over the past few weeks, several Canadian provinces have started to reopen after a prolonged lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic compelled Canadians to figure out certain things that few of us had...

Trade, economic priorities trump UN security council aspirations

Yes, prime minister, as you said in 2015, Canada is back. Indeed, Canada is well back. We took third place in a race for the United Nations Security Council seat in which only gold and silver...

Industrial lands strategy is key to the region’s economic health

Across all levels of government, the focus for the past few months has been on fighting COVID-19 and getting front-line workers what they need to do their important work, and rightly so. As we move...

More booze talk on tap at Vancouver council next week

New vote could see pilot program this summer on allowing legal drinking in public spaces

Poll finds steady support for B.C. government’s housing taxes

Last month, Research Co. and Glacier Media looked at the state of affairs in British Columbia’s political scene. For more than five years, concerns about housing, homelessness and poverty dominated...

Thicket of red tape is choking Metro Vancouver’s rental market

The only solution to higher rental demand is to quickly increase the supply and availability of additional housing options. This is possible. It is time for a concrete policy direction that puts an...

Export of services plays a strong and growing role in B.C. economy

As longtime students of the B.C. economy, we have been struck by the increasingly important role of service industries in driving business activity and employment growth. This trend is being...

Editorial: Minor league in major league gas game

Canada remains not ready for prime time when it comes to competing globally in major resource markets. That view is underscored by how this country is regarded by its two main trading partners....

Pandemic has weakened the fitness focus of many Canadians

In late March, when Canadians were still trying to process the notion of a lengthy lockdown, Research Co. and Glacier Media asked a question about physical activity. At the time, 30% of Canadians...

A day in the life of working from home: wins, losses, ties, tedium

WFH Today: 7 a.m. Meditate, watching Fox and Friends. Breathe, still the mind, empty it no differently than do the TV hosts. 7:30 a.m. Organize day’s plan, review yesterday’s, contemplate...