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Athletes’ dark days provide path to enlightened business leadership

Athletes’ dark days provide path to enlightened business leadership

Mar 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

I recall the shock two years ago of an email alert from the organizers a few days following the annual Jewish Community Centre (JCC) Sports Dinner. Someone in...

Frito-Lay leaving Loblaws seen as supply-chain 'bullying'

Frito-Lay leaving Loblaws seen as supply-chain 'bullying'

Mar 1, 2022 / 11:00 am

We recently learned that Frito-Lay, a brand owned by giant PepsiCo Canada, stopped selling to Loblaws after the retailer refused requests by Frito-Lay to...

B.C. budget sees funds for emergencies jump substantially

B.C. budget sees funds for emergencies jump substantially

Feb 25, 2022 / 11:00 am

B.C. officials are bracing for bad weather on a scale that up until last year was hard to imagine. Tuesday’s budget earmarked serious new money for...

What lies ahead for COVID-19 in B.C.?

What lies ahead for COVID-19 in B.C.?

Feb 24, 2022 / 4:00 am

As the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in this fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is subsiding in B.C., we should ask the question: What lies ahead? It...

Importance of kindness and kinship can't be overstated

Importance of kindness and kinship can't be overstated

Feb 23, 2022 / 11:00 am

Today, Feb. 23, we’ll be donning our pink shirts in an effort to support anti-bullying initiatives across our nation and around the world. At Aberdeen...

BC NDP economic plan is long on goals, short on specifics

BC NDP economic plan is long on goals, short on specifics

Feb 22, 2022 / 11:00 am

It is the job, guided by DNA, of an NDP government to enhance the public sector’s involvement in the economy. It is presumably elected on that basis, too,...

Opinion: Police use kid gloves on convoy while crushing Indigenous protests

Opinion: Police use kid gloves on convoy while crushing Indigenous protests

Feb 17, 2022 / 4:00 am

For the past several weeks, Canadians have watched as a far-right, foreign-funded, protest movement has occupied Parliament Hill, shut down the city of Ottawa,...

Invoking the Emergencies Act will help Canada’s reputation abroad

Invoking the Emergencies Act will help Canada’s reputation abroad

Feb 16, 2022 / 12:30 pm

The last thing supply chains needed was more human-induced logistical predicaments created by the very disruptive truckers’ convoy In recent days, many...

Pharmacist dispels common heart health myths

Pharmacist dispels common heart health myths

Feb 16, 2022 / 4:00 am

It’s time for Canadians to put matters of the heart first. February is Hearth Month and, as a pharmacist, I am here to help Canadians navigate their...

Dairy industry and government milking unsuspecting consumers

Dairy industry and government milking unsuspecting consumers

Feb 14, 2022 / 4:00 am

Canadians’ love for dairy products is about to be put to the test since the prices of most of those products are about to rise significantly. It goes...

Challenge of mending party rifts among tasks facing new B.C. Liberal leader

Challenge of mending party rifts among tasks facing new B.C. Liberal leader

Feb 13, 2022 / 4:00 am

For its leader to take the party into the 2024 election and presumably beyond, the B.C. Liberals decided on a candidate who promises renewal for the future and...

Opioid crisis in B.C. just keeps getting worse

Opioid crisis in B.C. just keeps getting worse

Feb 11, 2022 / 11:00 am

There has never been a wider, more tragic gap between a specific goal sincerely set by governments and what they’ve delivered. The government of B.C....

The climate crisis demands courage not optimism

The climate crisis demands courage not optimism

Feb 10, 2022 / 4:00 am

The No. 1 movie on Netflix in recent weeks was Don’t Look Up, a fictionalized account of scientists struggling in vain to sound the alarm on a comet that...

Thoughts on the current turmoil gripping Canada

Thoughts on the current turmoil gripping Canada

Feb 9, 2022 / 4:00 am

It is with immense sadness that I see every day the disharmony and the tearing apart of Canadian society. I think the zenith of my despondency came in a recent...

First it was 'shrinkflation', now there's 'shelflation'

First it was 'shrinkflation', now there's 'shelflation'

Feb 8, 2022 / 11:00 am

You have likely heard of “shrinkflation,” in which companies reduce the quantity of an item they sell without changing the price. This packaging...

B.C.'s wildfire strategy is leaving whole communities behind

B.C.'s wildfire strategy is leaving whole communities behind

Feb 6, 2022 / 4:00 am

Again, in 2021, record-breaking wildfires burned in British Columbia, fuelled by the heat dome, drought, wind and excessive forest fuels. Our homes and...

We love word puzzles but are they good for our brains?

We love word puzzles but are they good for our brains?

Feb 3, 2022 / 4:00 am

In recent weeks, a web-based word puzzle called Wordle has become a popular daily distraction. Suddenly, millions of people are focused on their vocabulary of...

With Winter Olympics set to start, poll finds Canadians not supportive

With Winter Olympics set to start, poll finds Canadians not supportive

Feb 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

We are just days away from the start of the Winter Olympics and Canadians may be forgiven for not feeling in a particularly cheerful mood. The ramifications of...

Vaccine mandate for truckers puts extra pressure on grocers

Vaccine mandate for truckers puts extra pressure on grocers

Feb 1, 2022 / 11:00 am

The federal vaccine mandate has disqualified 8,000 to 16,000 Canadian truckers from crossing the Canada-U.S. border, leading a shortage food at the grocers In...

Festering fissures in BC Liberal ranks could widen with new leader

Festering fissures in BC Liberal ranks could widen with new leader

Jan 28, 2022 / 11:00 am

If the BC Liberals stand a strong chance of regaining power in 2024, at this stage they cannot bank mainly – as opposition parties typically do – on...

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