Commentary

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Totally vacant: City of Vancouver’s push for an empty stores tax

The pandemic has ravaged many businesses. But hey, why stop there? Vancouver council has a mind to go further. No joke: It has asked the province to explore granting it permission to tax . ....

Underground economy shortchanging workers and the public purse

Dishonest construction contractors who under-report income or deliberately misclassify their workers to evade tax and employment fees are costing the B.C. economy at least $308 million a year. That...

Canadian ban on ‘conversion therapy’ supported by clear majority: poll

In January 2022, legislation came into effect which makes it illegal in Canada to promote, advertise or profit from providing “conversion therapy,” or to subject a person, consenting or not, to...

How CEOs can rebuild public confidence in corporate leadership

About a week before Russia invaded Ukraine and the Ukrainian president gave the world a lesson in leadership under fire, Edelman released its annual survey of Canadians’ trust in societal...

BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon set to make provincial politics a lot more interesting

Typically, historically, graciously, when a byelection is called to permit a brand new party leader to gain a legislative seat, the opponent parties typically, historically, graciously run candidates...

New legislation looming for workers in 21st century’s gig economy

People involved in B.C.’s gig economy are watching with interest recent legislative amendments in Ontario targeted at “gig-workers.” Bill 88 (the Working for Workers Act, 2022) received royal assent...

Editorial: Consternation over inflation conflagration

The 21st century’s version of the Roaring Twenties is doing a lot more than roaring. It is doing a lot of shaking, especially when it comes to economic and social foundations. Leaving aside for a...

Britain’s relationship with Canada is going from strength to strength, and our trade relationship is at the heart of it

Canada and the United Kingdom have a profound and positive relationship. British Columbia and its business community are an important part of that relationship, which we want to grow further. As a...

Views on vaping are softening in post-pandemic Canada

In 2018, Health Canada took some major steps to deal with the use of vaping products across Canada. The measures, which arrived after news stories in the United States focused on a marked increase in...

Agritech investments needed now to shore up B.C. food security

The well-worn line is that economists have predicted nine of the last five recessions. The 2022 version ought to be that nine of the last five have insisted the inflation was a passing problem, gone...