B.C.’s Sunshine Coast gets a taste of the raging wildfires

70 years of Smokey the Bear and aggressive wildfire suppression efforts filled the forests with a tinder load just waiting to blow

B.C.’s Sunshine Coast gets a taste of the raging wildfiresThis past week has been a record breaker for B.C.’s Sunshine Coast. People started to notice what at first was euphemistically called ‘haze’ on Tuesday. By Friday the view south from Skelhp, roughly two- thirds up the coast, was a series of increasingly brown clouds that completely hid Texada Island, and covered half of Nelson…

The prohibitive cost of living in Metro Vancouver

The extraordinary run-up in real estate prices like the one experienced in the Lower Mainland raises the odds of a painful market correction

The prohibitive cost of living in Metro VancouverHow can people afford to live in Vancouver? That question came to mind as I struggled to catch up with the latest torrent of media stories on the Lower Mainland’s seemingly inexhaustible housing boom. Metro Vancouver has long been the most expensive place in the country to purchase (or rent) a home. Indeed, relative to…

B.C. government’s pipeline paranoia putting safety at risk

Real world data shows that oil can be moved safely and less expensively by pipeline, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions

B.C. government’s pipeline paranoia putting safety at riskPipeline opponents are lining up again in British Columbia, but their case is off-point and exaggerates pipeline risks. The last several weeks have seen new, if somewhat contradictory, developments on the Trans Mountain pipeline file. Kinder Morgan received approval last year to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.…

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…

Forest fires torching a province’s economy

The long-term economic impact of the fires ravaging the British Columbia interior - including on the logging and tourism industries - will be devastating

Forest fires torching a province’s economyThe long-term economic impact of fires burning in British Columbia’s interior will be devastating. The blessing of a warm, sunny summer has turned into a curse as forest fires rage throughout much of the interior British Columbia. Weather forecasters predict ongoing warm, windy weather, so no immediate respite is expected for those trying to contain…

B.C. Greens should support Site C dam, for all British Columbians

Aboriginal rights are extremely important but, like any Charter right, they’re not absolute. They must be balanced against other competing critical interests

B.C. Greens should support Site C dam, for all British ColumbiansBy Kenneth Green and Joseph Quesnel The Fraser Institute Given the desire for green energy, you would think a Green Party leader would support more hydro power for Vancouver. Or for export to the United States and Alberta, which would allow Alberta to reduce emissions. That would mean the Site C Dam, a hydroelectric project under development…

How will B.C.’s NDP pay for deal with Greens?

Will a Horgan-led government keep the NDP’s election promise to balance the budget and, if so, how in the face of Green-driven spending plans?

How will B.C.’s NDP pay for deal with Greens?By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute The power-sharing deal struck by the New Democratic Party and Green Party means British Columbians could soon see an NDP minority government propped up by the Greens. But if NDP Leader John Horgan becomes premier, the deal with Andrew Weaver’s Greens would commit the NDP to policies and…

How an NDP-Green government can free up B.C.’s housing supply

If housing affordability for average British Columbians is the goal, local and provincial governments should reduce barriers to development

How an NDP-Green government can free up B.C.’s housing supplyBy Josef Filipowicz and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute In the wake of last month’s election in British Columbia, the NDP and Green Party appear poised to form the next government in Victoria. And yet, in their 10-page agreement, they make only brief mention of one of this province’s hottest issues: housing affordability. The agreement…

Why Trudeau and Notley are right to support pipeline expansion

We need the Trans Mountain project in order to protect the environment, keep costs in control, ensure the safety of workers and bolster the nation's economy

Why Trudeau and Notley are right to support pipeline expansionThe outcome of last month’s B.C. election raises serious questions about future energy policy in British Columbia. The election produced no clear winner, although the New Democrats and the Green Party have agreed to unite with an eye on forming the next government. That’s where the questions come in. During the campaign, the two parties…

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

B.C.’s political leaders should prioritize its citizens' economic well-being over party politics

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…