Commentary

Tune in regularly to Commentary on BIV.com, where you can find the latest insight into issues facing Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada

Editorial: Renewable energy power rankings

Renewable energy development promises to do far more than reduce global reliance on fossil fuels. It could redraw political and economic maps worldwide. A recent report from the International...

BC NDP’s budget suffers from an innovative growth strategy deficit

Journalism sometimes fails to deal properly or proportionately with differing perspectives. The most extreme example these days is how some media continue to include a denier in a climate change...

NEB’s Trans Mountain recommendation casts feeble ray of light in Trudeau’s month of gloom

To twist a term: February has turned out to be a monthis horribilis for Justin Trudeau. The 28 days cannot end soon enough. The election looms and the Liberals are a tragic comedy. Most polls have...

Will that be cash, debit, credit, smartphone or iris scan?

The 21st Century has brought many alterations to the way Canadians relate to currency. The penny is gone (something that Americans should probably consider soon), our paper money has been completely...

Future of work requires both digital skills and emotional intelligence

Speaking only ‘digitally’ is not enough to influence and motivate others

Making better choices demands strict discipline of thought

Lately I’ve been thinking about my choices. So much so that not too long ago I attempted to take inventory of every choice I made over the course of a day. It was exhausting, and went something...

No age group immune to stress over Metro housing market

Since 2013, British Columbians have enjoyed a holiday in February. For six years, Family Day was observed on the second Monday of this month, putting the province at odds with other regions of...

Editorial: Lip service to money laundering won't wash

The incessant information is troubling. The issues are complex. The public is clearly calling for clarity. But the provincial government has so far chosen to avoid calling a public inquiry into money...

Provincial electricity report is politically charged

You just knew from the cover of “Review of BC Hydro’s Purchase of Power from Independent Power Producers” commissioned by the B.C. Ministry of Energy that it was a political document. On the cover...

SNC-Lavalin scandal holds fast to timeless political formula

Political scandals – usually about money, sometimes about sex – have their own laws of physics. Their pathologies rarely deviate. In the case of l’affaire SNC-Lavalin, what we are witnessing is...