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Pandemic realities eroding Canadian confidence in recovery

In March, some politicians and health authorities around the world dared to offer a forecast on the moment life would go back to the way it was before COVID-19 struck. They now live with the...

COVID-19’s cumulative effect hits Labour Day weekend hard

I cannot recall a Labour Day weekend like this Labour Day weekend.   The typical circumference of summer, proscribed by resting and recharging, was no more in 2020. We have been burdened in these...

Most Canadians want government to take harder look at birth tourism: poll

For the past three years, British Columbians have been exposed to stories related to “birth tourism.” Existing guidelines bestow Canadian citizenship to anyone born within the borders of the...

B.C. tourism’s most important indicators show much of sector on life support

As the summer draws to a close, and the province nears a decision on how to allocate its $1.5 billion recovery package, it would be easy for some people to make the false assumption that a strong...

Here’s why things will never be the same at your local grocery store

More than five months into the pandemic, we can start to see how life will look on the other side. At the grocery store, some changes will disappear while others will stay with us for the foreseeable...

Sombre fiscal update foretells gloomy outlook

The release Monday of the provincial financial results for 2019-20 feels from more like 2008-09, when the wheels were coming off the economy – the difference then being, the wheels later were...

British Columbia can do better: here’s how

Thirty ideas from 30 of the province’s business, political and community leaders

Editorial: Canada needs new road-to-recovery directions

The economy in B.C. and elsewhere across the country will continue to need a lot of government help if it hopes to recover from COVID-19 damage. The challenge is ensuring that help is grounded in...

Mixed emotions persist over our war on terrorism involvement

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, it became clear that Canada would play some role in what was yet to be described officially as the “War on Terrorism.”...

Trudeau missteps are opening windows of opportunity for O’Toole

The reflexive, dismissive take among many federal Liberals would be to suggest that new Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is an avatar for social conservatives who want to reopen the debate on...