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An opening inventory of take-aways from the SNC-Lavalin affair

We could choke the internet with take-aways from the SNC-Lavalin controversy. It’s far from over, but let’s start with these: 1. The combined cabinet portfolio of justice and attorney general has to...

Be prepared to sell your business – even when it’s not for sale

My clients often ask, “When should I start thinking about selling my business?” Business owners tend to assume there will come a time in the business life cycle when succession planning starts to...

Queen reigns supreme among royals in Canadians’ affections: poll

As 1992 was about to come to an end, Queen Elizabeth II referred to the previous 12 months as an “annus horribilis” – a horrible year. There were plenty of reasons for the monarch to feel that way,...

Too soon to tell whether SNC-Lavalin affair is the Liberals’ Watergate – or Tunagate

The resignation of federal cabinet minister Jane Philpott has brought increased scrutiny to a Canadian government already blemished by the discussions related to the SNC-Lavalin affair.   Two...

Editorial: A call for more information accountability

The good news is that real news is still valued. The bad news is that many of the new news conduits continue to shirk any responsibility to ensure the information they aggregate and distribute has...

Empty stomachs, not empty homes, Vancouver’s top social issue

I’m unconvinced we have an empty homes problem in Vancouver, but I know we have an empty stomachs problem. In a city of such affluence and conspicuous consumption, do we even need to have a...

Most Canadians don’t think Big Sky Country is worth big-ticket price tag

   We have all been exposed to online petitions in the past few years, but one that caught the eye of the media on both sides of the 49th parallel this month was unique. Someone identified as Ian...

Wilson-Raybould and Cohen: a tale of two testimonies

Editor’s note: This column has been updated. In two national capitals, two former insiders told two devastating stories under oath Wednesday that shook the foundations of their two national...

B.C. residents want government to get tough on birth tourism

The history of Canadian citizenship is not particularly lengthy. For the first 80 years of the country’s existence, people in Canada were considered British subjects. It was not until 1947 that the...

Editorial: Renewable energy power rankings

Renewable energy development promises to do far more than reduce global reliance on fossil fuels. It could redraw political and economic maps worldwide. A recent report from the International...