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Editorial: Canada’s trade winds stuck in doldrums

Canada’s prescription for economic recovery needs to include far more than stimulus survival allocation decisions and other domestic initiatives. The wider world of trade requires attention now...

B.C.’s safety-first budget strewn with dangerous details

Repeat after me: We are better off than we thought we’d be. We are better off than we thought we’d be. We are better off than we thought we’d be. Tuesday’s British Columbia budget has that...

Good and bad bets in Trudeau government’s pandemic budget

You can dream a lot in two years, even when one of them is a living nightmare. The Justin Trudeau government’s at-long-last budget Monday fulfils much of a Liberal vision that had been held back for...

Most Canadians not ready to expand drug legalization beyond cannabis

Canada has had just over two and a half years of legal marijuana. The 4/20 commemorations that used to captivate large audiences in some municipalities are gone, especially now that we are being...

Canada, U.S. likely to apply brakes to post-pandemic inflation

While Canada seems unable to put the COVID-19 health crisis behind it, around the world economies are rebounding and the overall global outlook has improved. The April 2021 forecast from the...

Mandatory vaccination may not be an option for construction employers

Vaccination delivery programs are finally ramping up across Canada. As a result, many construction employers are questioning whether they should be drafting and implementing mandatory COVID-19...

B.C. government’s withholding of COVID-19 data sows harmful distrust

An Open Letter to Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry: In my capacity as vice-president, editorial, of Glacier Media, I am writing to...

Despite some improvement during pandemic, many B.C. residents still struggle with work-life balance

Two years ago, Research Co. and Glacier Media took an initial look at the complexities of people who work in British Columbia.   At the time, we were curious about the way employed residents felt...

Construction jobs expected to rebound, but recruitment problems persist

After a year of economic uncertainty, pandemic-related lockdowns and ongoing concerns over the spread of new COVID-19 variants, most Canadians welcomed 2021 with great anticipation and an expectation...

Another day, another batch of Vancouver mayoral candidates for the 2022 election

Within six minutes Wednesday morning, emails arrived hailing the candidacy of Mark Marissen for mayor and the launch of ABC (A Better City) Vancouver as the vehicle Ken Sim will use for his...