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Nothing funny about replacing local sports talk with comedy filler

The TSN 1040 we have known broke from its morning show around 9:30 last Tuesday. That TSN 1040 never returned. A monotone corporate message announced the station’s sport talk format was no more,...

Wanted: investors to fund B.C.’s second life sciences renaissance

British Columbia is experiencing a second major renaissance in life sciences. Twenty years ago, our province had several multibillion-dollar biotechnology companies that had developed some of the...

Pandemic heats up thermostat wars in Canadian homes, poll finds

This winter has been particularly draining for many Canadians. Many hoped to have an opportunity to travel to warm destinations, only to see the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic make...

Editorial: Resource extraction addition and subtraction

January’s BC Natural Resources Forum provided a refresher course for anyone in need of instruction in what continues to drive British Columbia’s economy. As underscored by the discussions and...

Empty homes tax doing little to increase Metro housing availability

A recent Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corp. (CMHC) report found that 11,118 condo units were added to the Metro Vancouver market in 2019, due in part to taxes on empty homes and restrictions on...

Vaccine vacillation brings Canadians late to the immunization party

Today we are enduring quite the coronavirus combo. Variant infecting. Insufficient vaccinating. Impatient awaiting. Ambiguous directing. Weak revitalizing. Uncertain supporting. Tardy...

Ken Sim touts ‘movement’ in run for Vancouver mayor

Sim came within 958 votes of being city’s mayor in 2018 election

Youngest adults driving the move to online food delivery in B.C.

It has been particularly difficult for the restaurant industry to bounce back during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some venues have opted for limited, social distanced dine-in service, while others have...

Barber returning dignity to Downtown Eastside, one trim at a time

“How would you like to look?” For most, it’s an innocent question in a hair salon or barber shop when we book a time and place. We answer a variation of the question without much thought every few...

Major changes looming in B.C.’s labour relations landscape

B.C.’s labour relations code was amended in May 2019 following the appointment of a panel tasked to review the legislation and following a comprehensive consultation process that invited businesses,...