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Outlook 2023: The bill for Canada’s long run of low-interest rates is coming due in 2023

The year that just ended threw up some big surprises, including the first land war in Europe since 1945, spiralling inflation and an exceptionally compressed cycle of monetary policy tightening...

Outlook 2023: Voters: Are you ready to return to the ballot box in 2023?

As of this moment, elections will take place in three Canadian provinces in 2023: Alberta, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. There has been speculation that these will not be the only opportunities...

Chris Gardner: Canada needs to pick up its economic tempo

It’s a slam-dunk business deal if there ever was one; strategic for both Canada and Japan – with investment, jobs and climate change boxes all getting giant checkmarks. And, it supports democracy...

Rob Shaw: B.C. post-secondary minister ‘pushes haters back’ at drag queen story time protest

When barely a dozen protesters tried to disrupt a drag queen story-time event at Coquitlam’s public library on Saturday, they were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving, singing, cheering supporters who...

Outlook 2023: Increased inflow of newcomers will be Metro Vancouver’s greatest challenge, opportunity in 2023

Transformative periods in history are often recognized as such only with the benefit of hindsight, but their impacts are felt for years or even decades afterwards. Given the trends we anticipate in...

Outlook 2023: Canada’s economy enters 2023 with serious structural weaknesses

The year 2022 will be remembered as the “Great Reinflation.” Most advanced countries, including Canada, recorded their worst consumer inflation outbreak since the “Great Inflation” of the mid-1960s...

Rob Shaw: Eyes on Eby to support struggling B.C. forestry sector

Hopes are high in B.C.’s forestry sector that Premier David Eby might be ready to offer up some sort of financial assistance to a beleaguered industry that is shutting down mills and laying off...

No access gained from tepid Information Act review

If it is true that you can’t teach an old dog a new trick, I have regrettably discovered you can at least trick an old dog. Here I find myself, hoaxed by a government I mistakenly thought was...

Editorial: The high cost of low-carbon transportation

Are consumers ready to put their money where their mouths are on the road to low-carbon transportation? Ready or not, more of that money will be on the line this year, because, as of Jan. 1, the...

Survey: Russia fights its way to the bottom of Canadians’ rankings of foreign countries

Twice a year, Research Co. and Glacier Media review the perceptions of Canadians on foreign countries. The first iterations of this exercise usually saw positive perceptions for most fellow members...