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COVID-19 crisis should spark misinformation eradication mission

The first time I heard the term “social distancing,” it reminded me of the “conscious uncoupling” term actress Gwyneth Paltrow and pop star Chris Martin used when they separated. We laughed then,...

Horgan budget makes B.C. less attractive to top business talent

In light of the latest provincial budget tabled last month, it’s now clear that the current B.C. government, like its federal counterpart, is not interested in competitiveness – that is, making sure...

Half a year after election, federal NDP, Liberals top poll of B.C. residents

The minority government led by Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada has gone through its fair share of ups and downs.   Almost six months have passed since the last federal election, and...

Canada’s most misunderstood politician shares his Manningfesto

The thick glasses are gone, replaced by contacts. The hair has gone silver, replacing the brown. Preston Manning is an inimitable public figure with that imitable voice, albeit a bit raspier and...

Public indifference to Britain’s Royal Family rises in Canada

The past few weeks have provided an opportunity for Canadians to reconnect with the Royal Family. The visits to British Columbia by the current Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and Meghan...

Editorial: Proactive supply chain reaction needed

Adversity is a good test for the reliability of critical infrastructure and processes. In B.C., it is vital that the province passes that test when it comes to its transportation corridors. After...

COVID-19 pandemic response is by turns panicky, plodding

We thought we had dodged a recession, but the black swan we feared has appeared. COVID-19 will corrode our political, economic, medical and social systems. Happier times are not imminent. We need...

Gender discrimination is stubbornly persistent in B.C., poll suggests

The United Nations is observing International Women’s Day this Friday. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, a global policy framework introduced to advance...

Vancouver footballers need to win big with local fans

Much as many of us are gripped with distress about the playoff prospects of the Vancouver Canucks, my main anxieties about our city’s sports franchises concern the businesses of the footballers....

Rural British Columbia faces economic transformation challenges

In January we published our State of the North economic report, an annual exercise that makes this journalist turned public-sector CEO’s palms sweat because I’m never quite sure what the political...