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Food inflation eases but some prices keep surging

Food inflation eases but some prices keep surging

Aug 31, 2022 / 4:00 am

Statistics Canada is reminding Canadians every month this year how painful their trips to the grocery store are. The retail inflation rate is at an astonishing...

Survey: Measuring integration of metrification across Canada

Survey: Measuring integration of metrification across Canada

Aug 17, 2022 / 11:00 am

The 1970s were a time of change in Canada, not just politically and sociologically but also in the way we measured things. The process of metrification took...

Farming is losing to misguided urban politics

Farming is losing to misguided urban politics

Aug 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

Most Canadians have never been on a farm, let alone lived on one, which makes more than 98 per cent of our population agriculturally illiterate. For many...

A looming chickpea shortage is on the way

A looming chickpea shortage is on the way

Aug 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

Since the start of the pandemic, we have heard about shortages countless times. Most sections of the grocery store have been hit by tightening supplies for one...

Three-quarters of British Columbians support mandatory calorie counts on menus

Three-quarters of British Columbians support mandatory calorie counts on menus

Jul 31, 2022 / 11:00 am

The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound effect on the way British Columbians eat. In 2020, we saw a significant increase in food delivery after restaurants were...

Light at the end of the food inflation tunnel?

Light at the end of the food inflation tunnel?

Jul 29, 2022 / 11:00 am

Once again, the numbers coming out of Statistics Canada were discouraging. The food inflation rate in the country was 8.8% in June, which is still higher than...

Inflation cranks up heat

Inflation cranks up heat

Jul 24, 2022 / 10:00 am

Summer heat isn’t the only thing making Canadians sweat this summer; abnormally high inflation and rising interest rates are putting the heat on many...

Extremes make for bad food policies

Extremes make for bad food policies

Jul 20, 2022 / 4:00 am

Not a day goes by without seeing a group, or even a government, changing rules for farmers. In the name of the planet, animal welfare or even our own health,...

Ladies and gentlemen: Are you ready for Premier David Eby?

Ladies and gentlemen: Are you ready for Premier David Eby?

Jul 15, 2022 / 11:00 am

We aren’t quite entertaining yet the idea of a Prime Minister Pierre Poilievre, but we need to accept the notion of a Premier David Eby before long. He is...

Charities hardest sell in world of online digital transactions

Charities hardest sell in world of online digital transactions

Jun 5, 2022 / 4:00 am

Last month, 71 per cent of British Columbians told Research Co. and Glacier Media that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic was “behind us” and a...

Crash course in opioid damage for B.C. politicians,

Crash course in opioid damage for B.C. politicians,

Jun 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

While the federal government was putting the finishing touches on the B.C. drug decriminalization project, provincial politicians were taking a crash course on...

Pharmacist offers tips to go tobacco-free

Pharmacist offers tips to go tobacco-free

May 31, 2022 / 11:00 am

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in Canada. Today, May 31, is World No Tobacco Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness...

NDP has dug itself into a deep hole with museum project

NDP has dug itself into a deep hole with museum project

May 30, 2022 / 11:00 am

The NDP government’s plan to tear down and rebuild the Royal B.C. Museum is an even tougher sell now than when they announced it two weeks ago....

Befriending self-checkouts seems inevitable

Befriending self-checkouts seems inevitable

May 29, 2022 / 11:00 am

Self-checkouts at grocery stores are now more popular than cashier checkouts. But as grocers embrace technology, are consumers benefiting? Self-checkouts have...

Pandemic’s retreat softening public opinion poll for politicians

Pandemic’s retreat softening public opinion poll for politicians

May 25, 2022 / 11:00 am

It is often said, albeit not always in the right context, that public opinion polls are a snapshot in time. There can be a very different outcome to a survey if...

Recessionary storm casting dark clouds over economic optimism

Recessionary storm casting dark clouds over economic optimism

May 22, 2022 / 11:00 am

At any other recent time, our economic indices would be considered enviable. We live amid full employment, with more jobs than pre-pandemic, as evidenced by a...

Canada has its own baby formula problem

Canada has its own baby formula problem

May 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

Parents of toddlers are concerned about baby formula shortages due to a combination of factors. A major recall in the United States affecting the top...

Gauging changing views on matters of morality

Gauging changing views on matters of morality

May 17, 2022 / 11:00 am

When Canada was about to celebrate its first centennial, a collection of legislative proposals was being considered by the federal government. In 1967, under...

Public health suffers when pro sports goes all in on gambling

Public health suffers when pro sports goes all in on gambling

May 15, 2022 / 11:00 am

On this issue I am prepared to be called a prude, a fogey and a knuckle-dragger. I am braced to be the wet blanket. While we’re batting around...

The world is running out of oil – vegetable oil

The world is running out of oil – vegetable oil

May 10, 2022 / 11:00 am

It’s funny how sometimes we take the simple things in life for granted. Cooking oil, or vegetable oil, is certainly one of them. Our appreciation for...

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