Commentary

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British Columbians concerned about health care wait times: survey

Last month, federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer sent a letter to provincial and territorial premiers in which he vowed to increase health transfers if he becomes prime minister after next...

Parents grapple with the complexities of their kids’ career paths

As children and teenagers across British Columbia go back to school this week, parents across the province may be thinking about their future earning potential. We have recently seen how workers are...

Editorial: B.C. ports need automation enlightenment

As Business in Vancouver documented earlier this year, unionized marine cargo employees all over North America share similar port automation concerns raised by International Longshore & Warehouse...

Report on B.C. gas prices a 'painful portrait' with no close look at the role of taxes

In the hours before the long weekend, where big news is brought to be buried, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) painted a frustrating picture Friday of why our gas prices are North...

Federal candidates face thicket of cynicism in B.C., poll suggests

In just a few weeks, Canadians will participate in the country’s 43rd federal election. Some candidates have already started to knock on doors to discuss why they want to represent their communities...

Mining clock measures where we are in speculative market bubble

I started in this business in 1996, and at the time I was too dumb to know what a speculative bull market looked like. 1997 rolled around and everything mining was golden. Vancouver Stock Exchange...

B.C. residents, Albertans don’t rule out cross-Rockies move: poll

For the past couple of years, it has been practically impossible to tune out the debate over the relationship between B.C. and Alberta. While opinions about the eventual conclusion of the Kinder...

Editorial: B.C. port connectivity challenges ahead

The Port of Vancouver’s continued strong showing in the volume of cargo it handles is encouraging for B.C.’s transpacific trade economy and the country’s vital Asia-Pacific Gateway. But the...

Hong Kong hot potato landing squarely in British Columbia’s lap

A statement: in support of the daily democratic demands in the streets of Hong Kong, rather milquetoast in language by western standards, to speak for the 300,000 there who hold Canadian...

Rising cost of public services outpaces inflation in private sector

Reviewing trends in inflation can provide useful insights into the evolution of the larger economy. Consumer price inflation in B.C., as computed by Statistics Canada, averaged 1.6% annually over...