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Anonymity promoting more reckless attacks from social media rats

I am reminded of the old joke about the restaurant: “Waiter, what’s this fly doing in my soup?” “The backstroke, I believe.” If you don’t find that funny – understandable if not – there is a local...

Why BC NDP will be weighing odds of winning a snap spring election

Midway in a mandate is when a government’s impact is finally felt and its direction usually made clear. But what I wonder is whether the BC NDP will distract us from the impact with a fresh batch...

Climate change could chill Liberals’ chances in next federal election

Last month, about 200 governments around the world agreed to set newer targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland. The actions of the...

Editorial: Resource Riches 101 for Canadians

Here’s what would provide British Columbians and their fellow Canadians with a profitable start to 2019: begin cultivating a better appreciation of how much natural resource riches contribute to...

Business community blazes trail for leadership and innovation

2018 was a year of new opportunities and challenges. Infrastructure decisions were made without business plans and organized public engagement. The hold on pipeline infrastructure investments,...

Housing and transportation top of mind in B.C. as new year dawns

Conversations related to public policy in British Columbia were dominated by housing and pipelines in 2018. But other issues, such as marijuana legalization, the opioid crisis and transportation,...

Rights recognition and modern treaties: no more status quo

This past year was one of progress toward reconciliation. This time last year we challenged you to consider what you would do in 2018 to advance reconciliation, such as “educate yourself and others...

Canada driving sustainable growth of ‘intelligent industry’

The digitalization of the physical world has sparked the emergence of “intelligent industry” – a transformational opportunity to drive climate-friendly growth to a degree that the adoption of...

BC Greens chalk up wins for near term and next generations

2018 was a productive year for the BC Green Party caucus. We saw many initiatives from our 2017 election platform, such as lobbying reform, ride-hailing-enabling legislation and investments in child...

Voters fault process for failure of electoral reform referendum: survey

The outcome of the electoral reform referendum in British Columbia was announced last week with little fanfare, accompanied by a few statements from politicians. This was a different postal vote than...