Commentary

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BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon set to make provincial politics a lot more interesting

Typically, historically, graciously, when a byelection is called to permit a brand new party leader to gain a legislative seat, the opponent parties typically, historically, graciously run candidates...

New legislation looming for workers in 21st century’s gig economy

People involved in B.C.’s gig economy are watching with interest recent legislative amendments in Ontario targeted at “gig-workers.” Bill 88 (the Working for Workers Act, 2022) received royal assent...

Editorial: Consternation over inflation conflagration

The 21st century’s version of the Roaring Twenties is doing a lot more than roaring. It is doing a lot of shaking, especially when it comes to economic and social foundations. Leaving aside for a...

Britain’s relationship with Canada is going from strength to strength, and our trade relationship is at the heart of it

Canada and the United Kingdom have a profound and positive relationship. British Columbia and its business community are an important part of that relationship, which we want to grow further. As a...

Views on vaping are softening in post-pandemic Canada

In 2018, Health Canada took some major steps to deal with the use of vaping products across Canada. The measures, which arrived after news stories in the United States focused on a marked increase in...

Agritech investments needed now to shore up B.C. food security

The well-worn line is that economists have predicted nine of the last five recessions. The 2022 version ought to be that nine of the last five have insisted the inflation was a passing problem, gone...

Public fears of COVID-19 haven’t eased over past month: poll

April 2022 could have been a special month for Canadians.   COVID-19 restrictions were no longer in place and an Easter celebration loomed as a great opportunity to see family and friends. Still,...

BC NDP government’s “card check” unionization flip-flop raises workplace concerns

While there is no decision yet from the Supreme Court of Canada, given that certification after a secret vote already entails forcing the unwilling minority who voted against unionization to join,...

Federal 2022 budget shortchanges productivity improvements

The most important sentence in the 2022 federal budget appears on page 26. It references a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showing that Canada will...

City takes a wrong turn with low-wattage EV charger plan

Vancouver’s idea to gouge gas stations $10,000 annually if they don’t install electric vehicle chargers is one of the sillier schemes in memory. The city staff’s theory that a zippy in-and-out gas...