Commentary

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Outlook 2020: Creativity will continue to power B.C.’s businesses

The world is changing at a rapid rate as technology advances how we communicate and work locally and globally. Exponential technologies are disrupting traditional business models, automating many...

Alberta premier’s unpopularity blunts spike in support for separatism: poll

The year that has just started will mark the 40th anniversary of the first referendum on Quebec sovereignty and the 25th anniversary of the last one. As the new decade begins, the alienation...

City council needs to build Vancouver’s economy, not bleed it dry

It is time in 2020 for city council to walk and chew gum at the same time. Fine as it is to be claiming to tackle the behemoth crises in housing, climate change and opioid use – and these are...

Outlook 2020: New financial technologies will radically transform commerce

I’m pretty sure cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology will play a more prominent role in our lives in the coming decade. I realize it can be difficult at times for the average business person...

Editorial: Canada’s watchwords for 2020: get to work

For optimists, the economic news at the tail end of 2019 was encouraging; for pessimists, it came with a lot of red flags. The best news for Canadian trading prospects, perhaps, was the...

Poll finds broad support for B.C. speculation, foreign-buyer’s taxes

During the last provincial election, British Columbians were primarily preoccupied with housing, homelessness and poverty – three issues that outpaced topics such as the economy and jobs, the...

Younger Canadians more likely to believe in astrology, survey finds

Astrology has been a fixture of newspapers since the days when reporters and editors could smoke inside their newsrooms. In some countries, radio and television newscasts featured hosts who would...

Removal of free parking won’t drive all Vancouverites away from Granville Island

Granville Island remains one of the most sought-after destinations for visitors to Metro Vancouver. The way in which residents and tourists alike can enjoy this place has been debated for years....

Top 10 tips from an entrepreneur after a decade of success

I want to get real with you about what it means to start, own and run a business for 10 years with 10 key lessons I’ve learned. No sugar-coating, just the real, raw truth – sometimes it’s beautiful,...

British Columbians dismayed by, disconnected on phone costs

Depending on where they live and how they get to school or work, British Columbians deal with entities they love to hate. Complaints about transportation are sure to flood social media when a ferry...