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Like to eat or shop in BC? Get ready to get walloped by #hiddentaxes

February 23, 2014 10:40 am /Soapbox /Comments Off
Originally published in Huffington Post BC. As the only jurisdiction to publicly measure red tape, the B.C. government deservedly received its third “A” letter grade in a row — the highest in the country — ...

Vancouver Election 2014: Expect The Unexpected

January 21, 2014 7:41 am /Vancouver /Comments Off
Originally published at Huffington Post BC. In 2012, I correctly predicted the re-election of Christy Clark as B.C.’s premier as well as NDP Leader Adrian Dix’s rejection of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, both based upon my perception ...

2013′s Top 10 Stories for B.C. Small Businesses

December 23, 2013 10:16 am /Soapbox /Comments Off
Originally published in Huffington Post BC. Over the last 12 months in B.C., those of us at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) have seen several positive developments for small business, as well as some emerging ...

Small business not a bank machine for municipalities

November 10, 2013 1:50 pm /Soapbox /Comments Off
Opinion: Local governments could learn from entrepreneurs as spending balloons Originally published in the Vancouver Sun. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its sixth edition of the B.C. Municipal Spending Watch report. The ...

#smallbiz has role in municipal finance reform

September 18, 2013 9:08 pm /Cities, Soapbox /Comments Off
Originally published in Vancouver Sun. There will be a lot of talk about taxes among delegates at the 2013 convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) taking place in downtown Vancouver this week. British ...

How much are public sector ‘sick day’ benefits costing you?

September 4, 2013 7:15 am /Zeitgeist /Comments Off
When it comes to taking days off with pay, public sector workers seem to have it pretty good. This report by Brian Coxford of GlobalTV BC asked how much it was costing Canadian taxpayers. When ...
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