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The numbers behind B.C.’s lagging cannabis industry

By Shannon Waters August 16, 2019

In the first six months after the October 17, 2018 legalization date, British Columbians purchased just $9.3 million dollars worth of legal cannabis products, according to Statistics Canada.

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B.C. politicians look for answers as forestry sector and workers face sustained hardship

By Shannon Waters July 25, 2019

By any metric, forestry operations in B.C. are a shadow of what they once were.

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Two years of the NDP: Liberal MLAs on life in opposition

By rein July 18, 2019

Two years ago today, Premier John Horgan and the NDP cabinet were sworn in as B.C.’s government, more than two months after the 2017 election in which the B.C. Liberal Party won a plurality of votes and seats.

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Cannabis industry says politicians are to blame for B.C.’s sagging sales, while municipalities still wait for revenue sharing plan

By Shannon Waters July 5, 2019

B.C. never expected cannabis legalization to generate a “green rush” — even if the province’s reputation for cannabis connoisseurship made it seem like the perfect place for a legal weed industry to grow and blossom.

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B.C.’s benefit corporations law: innovation incentive or liability shield?

By Shannon Waters May 27, 2019

Last week, the B.C. Green Party celebrated a historic legislative event when leader Andrew Weaver’s private member’s bill M209, Business Corporations Amendment Act, was granted royal assent, making it the first private member’s bill put forward by a MLA from outside the ruling party to ever be passed in the province.

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Government gives cold shoulder to private member’s bill aimed at tackling gender pay gap

By Shannon Waters March 18, 2019

The opposition MLA behind a private member’s bill that would force businesses in B.C. to disclose pay gaps between male and female employees is hoping Premier John Horgan and his government will reconsider its standoffish approach to the legislation.

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Women and proportional representation

By Shannon Waters December 13, 2018

B.C. Today is conducting a deep dive into how a PR system could affect the number of women elected to the B.C. legislature and what that might mean for politics in the province.

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