Commentary

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Editorial: Canada’s ongoing Asian power failure

If a new report on Asian power and influence is anything to go by, Canada is in dire need of a jump-start from within and without. The Lowy Institute’s Asia Power Index 2019 analytics track changes...

Federal New Democratic Party lurching along the road to irrelevance

Institutions fall quickly these days. The New Democratic Party would be well advised to understand that as it staggers almost helplessly into this federal election. Time appears to have passed it...

Television, microwave are major ingredients in B.C. mealtime habits, survey finds

Over the past few months at Research Co., we have taken a look at certain habits of British Columbians when it comes to food. We learned about their views on calorie counts and website visits in...

After re-approval of Trans Mountain expansion, most B.C. residents continue to support project

The federal government has re-approved the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, in a decision that was widely expected. Public opinion in British Columbia had been trending in favour of...

Test your northern knowledge with BIV’s Canada Day quiz

To fulfil the commitment to Canada Day, herein lies the annual Business in Vancouver quiz, which aims to test your knowledge of current events.   1. The most influential leader in our country is:...

B.C. employers should brace for impact from ESA amendments

Following through on its commitment to modernize the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the BC NDP government passed several additional important changes to the ESA effective May 30. Here are the key...

Survey reveals what’s most likely to give Canadians glowing hearts

With Canada Day approaching, I felt it was a good time to revisit a survey I had originally conducted in 2008. Back then, Canadian respondents were offered a list of 12 institutions and features that...

Free-trade deal with U.S. and Mexico divides regions, age groups

On the final day of November 2018, the heads of government of Canada, the United States and Mexico signed a new free-trade deal, known in this country as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement...

Editorial: Politicians need to do a better job of investing tax dollars

Government financial transparency is improving. That’s encouraging. But government-spending decisions are not. In its most recent report on the fiscal accountability of Canada’s senior governments,...

YIMBYs outnumber NIMBYs in Vancouver, housing survey suggests

Many British Columbians and Vancouverites continue to identify “housing, homelessness and poverty” as the most important issues facing the province. A federal election will take place in four months,...