Moving from pandemonium to peace in uncertain times

Our stressful, crazy world can lead to insomnia and worse. But there are ways to cope

Moving from pandemonium to peace in uncertain timesInsomnia could be called the 21st century disease. Falling asleep, staying asleep and getting enough sleep is ever more difficult, especially as one gets older – and everyone is getting older. Couple this with the increasing number of studies that show that lack of sufficient sleep is a major contributor to ill health. Now we…

Proportional representation a perfect example of loser take all

Replacing the existing system with proportional representation will result in a government of chaos

Proportional representation a perfect example of loser take allThe B.C. referendum on how citizens elect those who govern them is fast approaching. The current system has given us viable government for a long time. But like most things in the real world, it’s not perfect. Those who live in a riding that’s considered safe for a party other than the one they choose…

Building lasting stability in the western Canadian economy

My advice for Western Economic Diversification Canada as it builds a 10-year strategy for growth

Building lasting stability in the western Canadian economyWestern Economic Diversification Canada is working on a 10-year strategy to make the four western provinces competitive, innovative and inclusive, attracting business and investment and generating good jobs. To build the strategy, they’re seeking answers to the five questions below. Here are my thoughts on those questions: What does a stronger western Canadian economy look…

Immigration built this country and will ensure its future prosperity

To keep our economy buoyant, we must increase the number of consumers, workers and entrepreneurs

Immigration built this country and will ensure its future prosperityNobody wants a recession. We all want to maintain our level of living and maybe even improve it with better housing, holidays or health care. For this to happen, our gross national product (GNP), the total pile of goods and services Canada produces, has to grow. GNP is measured in dollars but it’s not about…

Governments and the law of unintended market consequences

Things inevitably go off the rails when government gets involved in the marketplace

Governments and the law of unintended market consequencesI believe that the market is the best system for allocating goods and services in an economy. (I also believe that in a country as rich as Canada  no one should have to go cold or hungry, but that’s another subject.) There are many who would disagree, giving governments – through laws, regulation or fiat…

Building resilience into your personality and your business

When we learn how to deal with the cycle of hope, despair and forgiveness, we're well on our way to success

Building resilience into your personality and your businessA wag once said that the only one who really likes change is a wet baby, yet we face continuous, dramatic and ever-accelerating change in both our personal lives and work lives. What we learned at our grandparents’ knees half a century ago doesn’t fit the 21st century world. When our grandchildren sit on our…

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workers

Automation is taking over the workplace. That means our education system must adapt. So must the students seeking marketable skills

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workersMy bank machine just wished me a happy birthday. It wasn’t the exact day but it asked me: Did you think we would forget that your birthday is this month? This struck me as just one more example of automation taking over what people used to do. No biological being had yet wished me a…

Canada must abandon agriculture marketing boards

Why should the U.S. not put barriers up against our products when we so effectively keep out some of theirs?

Canada must abandon agriculture marketing boardsSometimes political parties and the governments and oppositions they form forget that they exist to improve and enhance the lives of the Canadians who vote for them. So it made me very happy to see the federal Conservatives pressuring the Liberal government to let us know what a carbon tax would cost the average Canadian…

Leave our electoral system alone

British Columbians are being asked, for the third time, to vote on drastic electoral changes. It would be a mistake

Leave our electoral system aloneAmericans look upon their government to ensure them life, liberty and the chance to pursue happiness. In Canada, peace, order and good government are what we expect from our leaders. For the last 150 years that is what we have received. Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live because we…

Like water flowing down hill, investment flows to areas of lower tax

Canada is losing the business tug of war with the United States, and it's not just about higher tax rates

Like water flowing down hill, investment flows to areas of lower tax“I want to pay more,” said no one ever. So says a sign at a discount grocery store and few would argue. Grocery stores have to be competitive to survive and prices are a big factor. Whether we like it or not, countries and provinces also have to be competitive to attract investment and jobs.…

Here’s how sad grads can adapt to the modern job market

Don’t ask them for a job. Ask them if they have any projects or problems that someone with your abilities could help them with on a contract basis

Here’s how sad grads can adapt to the modern job marketWe’ve all heard of them, probably met them and maybe even live with one or two: the sad grads. These are the young people who did everything expected of them. They did their high school homework and matriculated with good grades. They put together a resume of part-time work, community work and references almost before…

#TimesUp supplants #MeToo as a movement of positive action

#TimesUp has already raised more than $20 million, acquired legal support and reached out to help harassment victims

#TimesUp supplants #MeToo as a movement of positive actionIt is not always obvious what policies and practices our political leaders support. In Canada, however, our prime minister has made very clear that the removal of gender discrimination is a major focus that he’s already taken steps to implement. A major component of gender discrimination and one that should have been eliminated long ago…

The dangerous rebirth of mercantilism

Donald Trump wants to make American great again. But his trade protectionism will hurt Americans and trade partners alike

The dangerous rebirth of mercantilismHow do you make a country great? We in the enlightened West generally agree that a liberal democracy with free markets works best. Look at the United States in the 20th century – the richest and most powerful country. Its political power and military might were eclipsed only by the high and rising standard of…

Feel-good budget is fine, but don’t forget economic essentials

There are limits on what removing discrimination can do: fair taxation, fewer regulations and infrastructure should be the focus of the next federal budget

Feel-good budget is fine, but don’t forget economic essentialsI am a woman and I have faced discrimination. After I got my first degree, leading my university class in economics, I was told that a woman could never be considered for a man’s job. The job was market research. Quietly, confidentially, one on one, I was reminded that I was a married woman with…

Stuck in traffic: why won’t Vancouver embrace Uber?

The benefits of ride-hailing services are many, for both individuals and communities. So what's the holdup in B.C.?

Stuck in traffic: why won’t Vancouver embrace Uber?In a well-functioning city, we’ve long taken certain things for granted. We expect law and order, and a reasonable degree of safety. Drinkable water should flow from the taps. A reliable supply of electricity should ensure the lights stay on. Traffic should move. Recently, this list of basic requirements has expanded. We expect cellphones to…
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