Commentary

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Canada needs a serious debate now on tax reform at all levels

Our inequity, our demography and our comparable station in the world demand it. But our current statistics, our employment situation and our complacency about our challenges resist it. Our taxes,...

Courts seek to answer question of how old is too old to find a job

In negotiating a severance package for an employee in his or her late 50s or early 60s, the availability of alternate employment is a significant factor to consider. It is common to hear from...

Cannabis legalization has been better for California than for B.C.

San Francisco and Vancouver share a long and rich parallel history. Major hubs during the gold rush, population centres that housed many ex-railroad workers, and the centres of North America’s...

No reason people shouldn’t cull their old social media posts

In the latest Research Co. survey of Canadians, only 29% of respondents acknowledged that they rarely experience someone being rude or impolite when using social media. In Canada, you are more...

A new city plan will set the course for Vancouver’s future

Vancouver is at a watershed moment in its history. With over 50% of the world’s population now living in cities, and with the majority of Canadian GDP concentrated in a few urban centres, the...

Cannabis edibles open a new frontier for Canadian entrepreneurs

Last October’s legalization of recreational cannabis brought opportunities and challenges to licensed producers (LPs) and future entrepreneurs who want to sell cultivated and edible products. If...

Don’t bet on Alberta turning off the oil tap any time soon

Game on. The taps won’t be turned off soon. But the tap-dancing has begun. Jason Kenney, barely through his first cup of coffee as Alberta premier, has proclaimed a law that may be proven lawless....

Technology throwing work-life balance out of whack in B.C.: poll

Take a quick look at any recent political speech – federal, provincial, municipal or international – and the word “jobs” is certain to appear in some form at some moment. British Columbia has been...

Editorial: A positive start to cut B.C. truck stops

Removing one long-standing thorn in the side of Vancouver port operations bodes well for the continued reliability of cargo movement through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway. But implementing...

Time for city hall to start acting locally before posturing globally

I have seen the city’s future, and it is expensive. Full disclosure: I lament my generation’s failure worldwide to earlier adequately mitigate climate change, and I know we have to turn more of our...