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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...

Apathy replaces controversy over future of Senate: poll

Apathy replaces controversy over future of Senate: poll

Jan 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

When the Reform Party was being established in the late 1980s, the concept of a “Triple-E” Senate of Canada (equal, elected and effective) was...

Some couples grapple with supporting family members

Some couples grapple with supporting family members

Jan 26, 2022 / 4:00 am

“People will sooner aid a sick dog lying on the sidewalk than to try to find shelter for a sick person. It's too much to deal with.” Michael...

Manufacturing human organs with farm animals

Manufacturing human organs with farm animals

Jan 24, 2022 / 11:00 am

At any given time, 4,000 to 5,000 people are waiting for organs in Canada. And every year, 200 to 250 people in Canada die while waiting In an unprecedented...

Time to cure what ails Canada’s health-care systems

Time to cure what ails Canada’s health-care systems

Jan 23, 2022 / 4:00 am

Health reform has been talked about enough. The need to reform Canada’s health-care systems has long been a hot topic of debate. After all, Canada is an...

PM needs to shelve plan to ban unvaccinated truckers

PM needs to shelve plan to ban unvaccinated truckers

Jan 19, 2022 / 4:00 am

The federal government has pushed ahead with its plan to require all truckers entering from the United States to show proof of vaccination. But the plan creates...

Support runs high for sidelining violence in hockey, poll finds

Support runs high for sidelining violence in hockey, poll finds

Jan 18, 2022 / 11:00 am

The video of Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins shoving Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens into a stanchion was played endlessly. It went beyond sports...

UBC committed to ambitious climate action agenda

UBC committed to ambitious climate action agenda

Jan 16, 2022 / 4:00 am

The extreme weather events that British Columbia experienced last year showed, only too clearly, why climate change is the most pressing issue of our day. The...

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