Clearing the air: How industry should respond to public concerns

In Prince George, Canfor accepted the challenge to address pollution issues. Other businesses can and should follow suit to deal with social conflicts

Clearing the air: How industry should respond to public concernsA few years ago, I was involved with a small team of people in my community of Prince George who gathered with the sole goal of improving the air quality. I was spurred on by a letter to the newspaper by a woman unknown to me, Betty Bekkering, complaining about the local air quality. I…

When property prices are a crime

The B.C. government balked at applying the foreign buyer tax to pre-sale contracts, so property flipping won’t slow down and it certainly won’t stop

When property prices are a crimeEveryone knew that Vancouver housing prices were criminal, they just didn’t know by how much. By now, many citizens are aware that offshore money, mostly from China, has been laundered through casinos and invested in properties that have often been flipped through shady realtors and unlicensed brokers. The new government in British Columbia talked a…

B.C.’s budget cools the economic climate

The B.C. budget does little to improve the investment climate or mitigate the effects of policy changes emanating from the U.S.

B.C.’s budget cools the economic climateBy Charles Lammam Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute The fact that the first full budget from B.C.’s new government includes major tax increases will likely go unnoticed by many – unfortunately. Instead, many economic commentators will focus on the government’s aim to balance the operating budget every year. A fiscal framework that avoids the deficit-financed…

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…

Safeguarding public confidence in B.C.’s forest management

The Association of BC Forest Professionals helps ensure that B.C.’s forests are well managed

Safeguarding public confidence in B.C.’s forest managementThe recent announcement from B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman setting the terms of reference for the government’s review of professional reliance in the natural resource sector brings some much-needed clarity to an item that was promised by both the NDP and Green Party during the election. As a professional regulator in the forest sector, the…

B.C.’s new business as usual: political and economic uncertainty

NDP election win prompts waves of uncertainty that threaten investment and economic growth in B.C.

B.C.’s new business as usual: political and economic uncertaintyA shadow hangs over British Columbia’s political and economic future. Last spring, B.C. went through one of its most tumultuous and uncertain elections in years. No party received the majority of seats in the May 9 election, creating a hung legislature and political uncertainty. And there was the uncertainty regarding who the Green Party would…

B.C. must develop a stronger corporate head office presence

Success on growing more locally-based companies and attracting firms from elsewhere would produce sizable economic dividends for the province

B.C. must develop a stronger corporate head office presenceBusiness analysts and economic development agencies understand that the presence of corporate head offices brings many benefits to cities and regions. The Metro Vancouver region needs to improve in this area. Not only do large companies and fast-growing mid-sized firms directly support high-paying jobs, they also help to sustain employment in other local industries that…

Sinking the myth of dangerous West Coast oil tanker traffic

As a change in government looms in British Columbia puts the Kinder Morgan expansion project in jeopardy, we need to realize just how safe oil tankers are

Sinking the myth of dangerous West Coast oil tanker trafficThe expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline system, to ultimately move Alberta crude oil by tanker through the Port of Vancouver, was a high-profile issue in the recent B.C. election. Liberal Premier Christy Clark agreed to support the federally-approved project in exchange for Ottawa’s commitment to a substantially upgraded emergency spill response plan…

Election results could spell trouble for B.C.’s tax competitiveness

B.C.’s political leaders should prioritize the economic well-being of British Columbians over party politics and that means tax cuts in several areas

Election results could spell trouble for B.C.’s tax competitivenessBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute While the final outcome of B.C.’s election is far from certain, it’s worth considering what a minority government could mean for provincial tax policy. As things stand, a majority of MLAs headed to Victoria belong to parties committed to raising economically-damaging taxes. This could spell trouble for British…

A pipeline straight to political disaster?

Both B.C.'s Christy Clark, and Justin Trudeau now face some difficult choices when it comes to the Trans Mountain Pipeline

A pipeline straight to political disaster?Few issues in recent Canadian history have been as divisive as the debate over the construction of new pipelines to carry crude oil to market. The uncertain results from the election in British Columbia only add fuel to a roaring fire. The “blue” Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark won the most seats in the…