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Passengers wear masks to prevent an outbreak of a new coronavirus in a subway station, in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The first case of coronavirus in Macao was confirmed on Wednesday, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The infected person, a 52-year-old woman, was a traveller from Wuhan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Passengers wear masks to prevent an outbreak of a new coronavirus in a subway station, in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The first case of coronavirus in Macao was confirmed on Wednesday, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The infected person, a 52-year-old woman, was a traveller from Wuhan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Laura Jones, Chief Strategic Officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (submitted)

COLUMN: Governments should modernize their processes, get with the times for 2020

Laura Jones is the chief strategic officer at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

  • Jan 22, 2020
Laura Jones, Chief Strategic Officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (submitted)
Actors from Grand Forks Secondary School took to the stage last weekend to present two performances of The Outsiders, a play based on the novel by S.E. Hinton. The students told an an emotional story of identity, societal divides and understanding.                                (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

OPINION: Reflecting on a Greaser’s last words

What it means to stay gold and to look for the gold in others

Actors from Grand Forks Secondary School took to the stage last weekend to present two performances of The Outsiders, a play based on the novel by S.E. Hinton. The students told an an emotional story of identity, societal divides and understanding.                                (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
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Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. VIEWS: Finding hope for B.C.’s salmon

B.C. VIEWS: Finding hope for B.C.’s salmon

Is enough being done to save the iconic species?

B.C. VIEWS: Finding hope for B.C.’s salmon
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B.C. VIEWS: Magnetic interest in latest property prices

In recent years, property owners have pored over assessments much more closely

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B.C. VIEWS: A toast to civil debate in the new year

Not only is name calling juvenile, it is unproductive

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Before looking forward with resolutions, look back on accomplishments

Before looking forward with resolutions, look back on accomplishments

It’s not just the big goals of the year that indicate success

Before looking forward with resolutions, look back on accomplishments
Logging trucks gather from around the B.C. Interior to head to downtown Vancouver, Sept. 27, 2019. (B.C. Logging Convoy/Facebook)

B.C. VIEWS: An unpredictable year ahead

B.C. economy continues to do well generally, with low unemployment rates and good job creation numbers

Logging trucks gather from around the B.C. Interior to head to downtown Vancouver, Sept. 27, 2019. (B.C. Logging Convoy/Facebook)
Let’s be conscious about consumption around the holidays

Let’s be conscious about consumption around the holidays

Newspapers offer limited edition and eco-conscious wrapping paper

Let’s be conscious about consumption around the holidays
B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season

Despite innovations in food distribution, the need is still there in B.C. communities

B.C. VIEWS: Hunger does not end with the season
When ‘downloading’ hits the last tier

When ‘downloading’ hits the last tier

Small communities are being asked to shoulder more former provincial responsibilities

When ‘downloading’ hits the last tier
Muriel Protzer is a policy analyst for B.C. and Alberta with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

COLUMN: Avoid the online temptation and buy local

Muriel Protzer is a policy analyst with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

  • Dec 10, 2019
Muriel Protzer is a policy analyst for B.C. and Alberta with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Khelsilem (Dustin Rivers), right, elected councillor and spokesperson for Squamish Nation, embraces Tsleil-Waututh Nation councillor Charlene Aleck in celebration before First Nations leaders respond to a Federal Court of Appeal ruling on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, during a news conference in Vancouver on August 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Khelsilem (Dustin Rivers), right, elected councillor and spokesperson for Squamish Nation, embraces Tsleil-Waututh Nation councillor Charlene Aleck in celebration before First Nations leaders respond to a Federal Court of Appeal ruling on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, during a news conference in Vancouver on August 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: B.C.’s biggest economic and business stories of 2019

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • Dec 2, 2019
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
B.C. VIEWS: Don’t let anger over homelessness get in the way

B.C. VIEWS: Don’t let anger over homelessness get in the way

Frustration in B.C. grows as the problem persists

  • Dec 1, 2019
B.C. VIEWS: Don’t let anger over homelessness get in the way
Fewer local reporters means fewer ‘people stories’

Fewer local reporters means fewer ‘people stories’

More reporting means more opportunities to understand neighbours and other communities

Fewer local reporters means fewer ‘people stories’
B.C. VIEWS: Regulating fuel prices not a new idea

B.C. VIEWS: Regulating fuel prices not a new idea

Fuel prices seem to remain stubbornly high in many places of B.C.

B.C. VIEWS: Regulating fuel prices not a new idea
Claiming ‘free speech’ in Don Cherry firing is willfully ignorant
Claiming ‘free speech’ in Don Cherry firing is willfully ignorant
A bus in downtown Vancouver, Friday, November, 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. VIEWS: Transportation options can be few

Frank Bucholtz is a columnist and former editor with Black Press Media

A bus in downtown Vancouver, Friday, November, 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward