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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...

Underground economy shortchanging workers and the public purse

Underground economy shortchanging workers and the public purse

May 8, 2022 / 4:00 am

Dishonest construction contractors who under-report income or deliberately misclassify their workers to evade tax and employment fees are costing the B.C....

How much bark and bite is left in this Tory leadership underdog?

How much bark and bite is left in this Tory leadership underdog?

May 7, 2022 / 4:00 am

How is it possible to be the underdog in a political party leadership race when you are: a) a former leader who kept the lights on at the party’s lowest...

Eating for better heart health this Hypertension Awareness Month

Eating for better heart health this Hypertension Awareness Month

May 6, 2022 / 11:00 am

Eating for better heart health this Hypertension Awareness Month May is Hypertension Awareness Month and a great reminder for us to check in on our heart...

The world is on the brink of a food shortage

The world is on the brink of a food shortage

May 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

It’s likely that more than 100 million additional people will experience either famine or acute hunger, something we've never seen before Food supply...

BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon set to make B.C. politics more interesting

BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon set to make B.C. politics more interesting

May 1, 2022 / 4:00 am

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

B.C.'s court fight negates lofty rhetoric about devotion to Indigenous reconciliation

B.C.'s court fight negates lofty rhetoric about devotion to Indigenous reconciliation

Apr 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

B.C.'s NDP government has taken another run at proving its devotion to Indigenous reconciliation, but all it did was widen the gulf between what it is...

Primary care shortage is hurting care for everyone

Primary care shortage is hurting care for everyone

Apr 26, 2022 / 11:00 am

The impact on access for patients without a family doctor is no surprise. The alarms have been sounding for some time. While the cause of the crisis is...

Tale of the mansion Meghan and Harry stayed in on Vancouver Island

Tale of the mansion Meghan and Harry stayed in on Vancouver Island

Apr 24, 2022 / 4:00 am

During the Megxit madness of a couple of years back, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to step back from royal life, one of the great mysteries was...

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

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

Apr 23, 2022 / 11:00 am

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...

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

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

Apr 23, 2022 / 4:00 am

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...

Important to remember all your vaccinations, not just for ones for COVID-19

Important to remember all your vaccinations, not just for ones for COVID-19

Apr 22, 2022 / 11:00 am

Vaccines have been an important topic of discussion over the past two years. They play a critical role in keeping you, your loved ones and our community safe...

Poll finds human interaction trumps tech for some communications

Poll finds human interaction trumps tech for some communications

Apr 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

For the past few weeks, Canadians have begun to plan a return to life after the COVID-19 pandemic. In a country with high vaccination rates and no lockdowns, we...

Are meals in the metaverse a new frontier for restaurants?

Are meals in the metaverse a new frontier for restaurants?

Apr 14, 2022 / 4:00 am

The potential crossover between the real food world and a virtual one in the metaverse can help companies look at the market differently Some restaurants are...

Neighbourhood hubs needed as social isolation increases

Neighbourhood hubs needed as social isolation increases

Apr 12, 2022 / 11:00 am

As the City of Victoria runs its campaign to get a sense of what residents would like to see in future neighbourhood hubs to be built around the city, a recent...

B.C. finance minister defends scrapping balanced budget law

B.C. finance minister defends scrapping balanced budget law

Apr 10, 2022 / 4:00 am

The NDP government’s $172,568-a-year cabinet ministers have personally incurred several thousand dollars in penalties under a balanced-budget law during...

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