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Trump soap opera souring British Columbians on U.S. products

In past decades, the developments of the past week would have been enough to bring down sitting governments. In a span of hours, the campaign chairman of the current president of the United States...

Editorial: Canada’s counterproductivity problem

Add this atop Canada’s to-do list: improve productivity. It’s fundamental to the country’s ability to raise its wages and standard of living. However, a recent Business Council of British Columbia...

Leadership is still missing in action in Canada’s war on poverty

I was stirred into sadness last week when I started to read the 112-page federal report Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. The data about distress drained me. I was infuriated by the time I...

Growing tax burden hurts B.C. business competitiveness

In many sectors of our economy, the cost of operating a business has risen significantly over the past several years due to provincial government policy decisions. For a typical business, the most...

More to learn – and more to change – about money laundering in B.C. casinos

A few days before British Columbia Attorney General David Eby made public an independent report into money laundering in the province’s casinos, 76% of residents polled by Research Co. expressed...

The best managers help employees make the right connections

In a perfect world, managers would have the time, resources and ability to provide constant feedback to their teams. After all, this is what the research shows works best when it comes to creating...

Editorial: Car insurance joy ride slams to a halt

We have had it good for a long time. The bad times are due. Our auto insurance rates in B.C. have for years papered over particular disparities among drivers. Under the previous government we had a...

B.C.’s vintage system of liquor distribution leaves sour aftertaste

It is easy to betray your age by recounting how you first bought liquor. In my case, a) I entered a vast building of impersonal architectural feel, b) researched in a government book the alcohol I...

Everyone has a stake in defending freedom of the press

It seems difficult some days to get what are typically referred to as “the media” to agree on whether the Sun rose from the East or the West, so different are our perspectives. Upon one point,...

Canada’s premiers the main barrier to inter-provincial free trade

Opinionsvary as to whether the meeting of Canada’s premiers in mid-July in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, was a success. The expectations for those hoping for freer trade within Canada were high. But if...