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Agriculture, local governments are top bailout priorities in B.C. poll

In late April, Research Co. and Glacier Media asked Metro Vancouverites about the survival of specific components of the local tourism industry. At the time, most residents believed governments...

Provinces need to manage debt by controlling Crown projects

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is staring bankruptcy in the eye, according to recent news reports. There are a variety of reasons, which are typical for provincial politics. Politicians...

Pandemic tax grab pounces on top earners

If you think the Horgan government’s pandemic generosity extends to the higher-incomed, then the 112th Edition of the Canada Revenue Agency Payroll Deductions Formulas is instructive reading. In it...

New legal terrain awaits businesses ready to reopen their offices

In case the COVID-19 health pandemic and ensuing economic catastrophe have not created enough additional stress and risk for B.C. businesses, many employers now face the prospect of cautiously...

Editorial: Over-assisted and underemployed in Canada

Getting the balance right in the federal government’s lockdown bailout funding is critical to the country’s economic survival. The question arising now is how much is too much after Justin Trudeau’s...

How the pandemic has changed what’s on Canada’s menu

One of the first aspects of our lives that the COVID-19 pandemic affected is what we eat. Canadians were told to stay at home as much as possible, minimize trips to grocery stores, sanitize...

China and U.S. are huge hurdles for Canada’s COVID-19 comeback

It’s metaphor time: The climbing vine has been pruned. What to do now about the unruly garden? Huawei’s colossal Canadian crash last week was extraordinary. Within hours, the two Canadian...

What's the deal with Vancouver council's obsession with booze during pandemic?

Lots of talk at Vancouver council these days about booze. Councillors say they are hearing that people want to be able to legally drink booze in public spaces and at beaches and parks. The argument...

Metro Vancouver residents report spike in crime during pandemic: poll

A few weeks ago, as the lockdown that would keep British Columbians at home was beginning, store owners in Vancouver reported break-ins and thefts. Some of them opted to board up and wait for the...

Communications key to managing health, medical emergencies

“A pandemic is a communications emergency as much as a medical crisis.” The premise of that core Epidemic Intelligence Service principle quoted in a recent New Yorker article is this: communicate...