Commentary

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Engagement, not enragement, the key to relationship with China

Understatement of the century: China doesn’t share the same values as Canada. It’s no secret that there are strains in the relationship between Canada and China, emphasized this week by the...

IMF report raises concerns over Canada’s fiscal fundamentals

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) walks tall and carries a big stick, so when it pronounces on our national government’s performance in trying to walk tall and carry a big stick in the pandemic,...

Security fraudsters eroding the integrity of B.C.’s investment market

It should surprise no one that Canada has the dubious distinction of being the world leader in securities fraud involving pump-and-dump schemes of micro-capitalized companies. During the past nine...

Two-thirds of Canadians oppose export of live horses for meat

Over the past few years, some Canadians have started to ponder moving towards diets that reduce or eliminate the consumption of animals. At this point, we are not near a scenario where most...

Canada’s patchwork pandemic response has failed the public

The Third Wave about which I am familiar was the sequel to my high school-era, alerting-to-the-world-out-there futurist book, Future Shock, by the generally on-point Alvin Toffler. It heralded the...

Bringing Commonwealth games back to Victoria would be a win for whole province

COVID-19 has hurt British Columbia badly. It won’t be easy to get our economy moving up again quickly. All countries in the world will race to increase their manufacturing and tourism. How will we...

Less public debt, more private sector help key to Canada’s recovery

As Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland works to develop the federal government’s 2021 budget, she faces conflicting pressures and numerous constraints. To start, the country is still grappling with...

Editorial: More civic math problems for Canadians

Here’s one business fundamental that COVID-19 has not affected: math. For a lot of Canadian small businesses, math’s bottom-line numbers following a year in the pandemic economy are painful and...

Appetite for independence varies widely among western provinces

With the glaring exception of Quebec, secessionist movements in Canada have a way of fizzling out, regardless of their intentions and intellectual gravitas. B.C. was briefly part of this trend in...

Can a company fire an employee for extremist beliefs or actions?

In an era of social media, smart phones and “cancel” culture, an employee’s after-hours words or actions can quickly attract public scrutiny, outrage and ultimately employer sanctions. For example,...