Commentary

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Many brilliant lights brightened Vancouver in 2018

The year 2018 has been one for the record books: hotter, wetter, stormier, shakier. These are short, dark days here in Vancouver. At this time of year, we must be grateful for the slim eight hours of...

British Columbia leads country in advancing Indigenous rights

It's been a year of interesting developments from a First Nations perspective, with issues catching the headlines including the struggles of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous...

B.C. creative sector points the way in sustainability, diversity

B.C.'s creative industries now deliver $6 billion to the B.C. economy annually and support 94,000 people working across the sector. But the context within which our success is growing shared equal...

B.C. government works for a robust, sustainable economy

British Columbia is unique in the world. Our province is filled with unmatched natural beauty and resources, people brimming with talent and ingenuity and an economy that is thriving. The Economic...

Restaurant industry tackles taxes, transportation, staffing issues

With over 14,000 restaurants, bars and caterers and 180,000 employees, our industry plays a vital role every day in the lives of the people of B.C. According to Restaurants Canada research, our...

Exceptional year of giving by Telus helps the most vulnerable

Looking back on 2018, I can say without reservation that it was an extraordinary year for Telus, as our team continued to put our communities and our customers first. Beyond realizing strong...

B.C. tech sector poised to build on strengths, face challenges

Until a visionary B.C. entrepreneur invents a reliable crystal ball, we will continue to enjoy the year-end ritual of reflecting on the past and looking to the year ahead with optimism. At BC Tech,...

Education plays key role in meeting B.C.’s economic challenges

As 2018 draws to a close, we look forward to the fresh start and renewed opportunities inherent in a new year. It’s easy to look back on the outgoing annum with a certain degree of disdain. So, I...

B.C. passing seasonal stress test but losing religious faith

Sorry. Even with the opportunity to ask Canadians whatever I wanted in the final month of 2018, I chose not to dwell on the appropriateness of the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in the 21st...

Story of 2018 is a tale of the best and worst of B.C.’s economy

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens penned the famous line in 1859, but he also foreshadowed 2018. This year we have seen marvellous opportunity and achievements in...