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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...

Love sharing funny animal videos? You’re part of the 'cute economy'

Jan 13, 2022 / 4:00 am

Was one of the last DMs you received on Instagram a video of ducklings wearing flowers for hats, or floating in a sink full of water? An overly zealous cockapoo...

How social media can crush your self-esteem

Jan 12, 2022 / 4:00 am

We all have a natural tendency to compare ourselves to others, whether intentionally or not, online or offline. Such comparisons help us evaluate our own...

Government-induced competition rarely works

Jan 11, 2022 / 11:00 am

The U.S. government has created a program to increase competition in meat-packing. It will result in easy political points but it won’t work. U.S....

Reason for hope as we battle the Covid-19 pandemic

Jan 9, 2022 / 11:00 am

The creation of multiple COVID-19 vaccines in an astonishingly short period was a stunning achievement by governments and the biotech industry. The vaccines...

Environmental disasters taking a toll on insurance industry

Jan 9, 2022 / 4:00 am

The massive floods in British Columbia in November 2021 demonstrated the devastation that natural disasters can cause in Canada. Prior to 2010, it was rare for...

Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples requires change to how our children learn

Jan 6, 2022 / 4:00 am

If the major goal of the Truth and ­Reconciliation movement is to bring healing and encourage reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous...

A how-to guide for combatting rising food prices

Jan 4, 2022 / 11:00 am

Even if prices are going up in 2022, it doesn’t mean you need to spend more Since 2022 is almost here, it’s time to reflect on what has happened the...

Nothing good comes from whining and complaining

Jan 2, 2022 / 11:00 am

I have a Facebook friend who once posted some insights into a challenging year she was coping with. She talked about how much time she had wasted focusing on...

Pay now for natural asset protection, or pay much more later

Jan 2, 2022 / 4:00 am

Sustained funding for ecosystem restoration in B.C.’s forests and waterways could reap billions of dollars in savings down the road. The systematic...

New poll finds consumer behaviour around plastic use has not changed much from 12 months ago

Dec 31, 2021 / 11:00 am

The year 2022 is expected to bring significant changes to the way British Columbians take their purchases out of stores. The efforts of municipalities to...

The top 10 food stories of 2021

Dec 30, 2021 / 11:00 am

We should be thankful for what the food industry is doing for all of us, every day, one miracle at a time 2021 was certainly another challenging one for most of...

Three resolutions to help grow a business in 2022

Dec 30, 2021 / 4:00 am

As 2021 morphs into 2022, more than numbers on the calendar are changing. Technology, communications, media, weather – even the way we work and earn our...

Resolved: I will make this year’s resolutions work

Dec 28, 2021 / 11:00 am

Most of us have a new year resolution in mind, even if we won’t say it out loud. The trick is to make it stick. We want to accomplish something or make...

Plant protein revolution is shaking up agriculture

Dec 26, 2021 / 11:00 am

The global plant protein market could double by 2026, reducing the need for meat While there are those who demand greater access to agricultural land for city...

Survey finds more optimism in Canadian festive feelings this year

Dec 26, 2021 / 4:00 am

As most of the world prepared for the holiday season, the perceptions of Canadians on the elements that give meaning to our lives did not changed dramatically...

B.C. health ministry should get failing grade in antigen test debate

Dec 23, 2021 / 4:00 am

It was a sad day recently to have to send funds to another province to buy a rapid antigen test to enhance my safety and the safety of those around me. It was a...

Dark stores on the rise as part of the campaign to deliver groceries

Dec 20, 2021 / 4:00 am

We recently learned that SkipTheDishes is building 38 dark stores across the country to support its e-commerce renewal. Its strategy includes selling food...

Empowering B.C. communities to protect their local watersheds

Dec 19, 2021 / 11:00 am

The time to create a watershed security fund is now. The extreme climate impacts experienced in B.C. in 2021 are ushering in new mainstream vocabulary as more...

New FOI fees in B.C. put a price on accountability

Dec 17, 2021 / 11:00 am

If democracy dies in darkness, the government of British Columbia just threw our freedom of information rights into a black hole. Victoria has slapped a brand...

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