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Three key employer challenges in the COVID-19 era’s new normal

Employers have been reeling from the challenges posed by COVID-19 and related economic disruption since March. This article discusses three key COVID-related issues they face over the next year under...

Proportion of non-gamblers rises in B.C. as pandemic changes industry's odds: poll

For the past few months, British Columbians have cursed their luck at various times and for different reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic continues, and we are now in a period of semi-lockdown after an...

Tougher measures overdue to shake B.C. out of its COVID complacency

Dr. Bonnie Henry is the epitome of nice. Maybe, it turns out, too nice for our own good. What seems clearer in recent days is that her public health direction, profoundly skilled and occasionally...

Editorial: Pandemic power play opportunities

An energy overhaul revolution is at the gates, but, as with any 2020 initiative, COVID-19 will have the last word on when those gates open, because, as the International Energy Agency (IEA) points...

Less pipeline politics polarization now between B.C. and Alberta

In April 2019, right after the United Conservative Party (UCP) secured a majority mandate in Alberta’s election, the prospect of a unique conflict between provincial governments was palpable. Premier...

Rewrite needed for city hall’s climate emergency plan sci-fi thriller

As a fan of fiction writing, it has been hard to resist spending time in recent days with the 371-page City of Vancouver staff document on the climate emergency. This, even though I’m not much of a...

Poll shows 72% support but only 15% usage for ride-hailing in British Columbia

It was only three and a half years ago that the issue of ride-hailing took plenty of airtime and ink as British Columbians pondered their vote in the provincial election that ended in a tie in the...

Editorial: Government inaction is not an option

Enough talk; it’s time for politicians to act. B.C.’s five-week exercise in pandemic politics has yielded a majority decision from the electorate following a predictable parade of campaign promises...

U.S. presidential election math: unravelling unknown unknowns

Almost four years have passed since Republican Party nominee Donald Trump announced to the world that he had won a majority of the vote in the Electoral College to become the 45th president of the...

Business leaders need to fill wide gap in NDP’s financial expertise

Facts are facts. Business did not come out well in the 2020 British Columbian election. The party it wanted to win, didn’t; the party it definitely didn’t, did. No matter the money and messages, no...