Editorial: Phoenix pay system payback time

The federal government’s interminable Phoenix pay system fiasco reinforces the need to bring meaningful accountability to the ranks of government bureaucracy, especially at its most senior level. At...

Infusion of private capital could help revive Vancouver’s lifeless public parks

A friend, broadcaster Jody Vance, swears to me she did not pull strings last week to get her issue heard on the local news. I wouldn’t have blamed her if she had, though. I’m about to do the...

Meeting the main man staking out Kinder Morgan middle ground

The man in the middle is quite a man. Ernie Crey, leader of the Cheam First Nation, has arguably emerged as the most important factor in finding the middle path in the national and provincial...

The case for more empathy in the new world of law

Theresa Wiseman, a nursing scholar from the University of Southampton, describes empathy as having four characteristics: •perspective taking – recognizing another’s truth as our own; •refraining...

Best ways for business to manage the new social media minefield

Privacy issues related to social media have been all over the news in the last few months. As public debate continues, employers should carefully consider how they use the personal information about...

Attorney General Eby, please help vulnerable people stand up to ICBC

To: David Eby, B.C. Attorney General. Re: Bill C-20. Dear Minister Eby: You may remember me from law school. I began my legal career at a large Vancouver firm, working for insurance companies,...

Editorial: Transportation electrification equation

Transportation electrification initiatives are making significant inroads into the marketplace, but they’re not about to displace internal combustion machinery any time soon. The provincial...

New taxes digging Metro deeper into housing affordability crisis

There is an old Yiddish curse that warns that you better be careful what you wish for – you might just get it. Many believe that new taxes recently announced by the BC NDP government are designed to...

Wrangling with the complex realities of proportional representation

We live in a world of instant gratification, in an age of just-good-enough products and at a time of impatience and distraction. That doesn’t mean we have to cater to it. With many things we might...

Government is a major contributor to higher Metro house prices

If we are serious about slowing the hyperactive escalator lifting our housing prices to higher and higher levels, then we have to push the emergency button and explore what part is...