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Online sales pose a real challenge for local small business owners. (Postmedia Network/Files)

Online shopping makes for poorly stocked shelves

On Monday, I needed to buy a booster seat. My kids were going to spend the day with a friend and we needed something that would fit in between two other car seats in the back of a station wagon.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark holds a post-election press briefing in Vancouver on May 10, 2017. (Nick Procaylo/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

Delays in B.C. election results show just how outdated our voting system is

B.C.’s last provincial election took place on May 9 but now, more than two weeks later we are still waiting for results. Why? We are counting and recounting outdated paper ballots. It’s 2017 and most of our communication is done online. We can file our taxes and pay our bills over the Internet but we still have to mark a paper ballot by hand and sl

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Bring the baby box to B.C.

When you’re expecting a baby in Finland, the Finnish government sends you a box filled with baby clothes, toys and blankets.

A slow shutter speed creates the look of a speeding train as a SkyTrain makes its way under downtown Vancouver along the Canada Line on its way to the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond on Nov. 9, 2015. (Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/Postmedia Network)

Transit needs a carrot not stick approach

I was driving along Highway 1 from Chilliwack to downtown Vancouver and the SkyTrain was passing over the highway. Even though there was a fair bit of traffic on the road, the cars were moving faster than the SkyTrain.

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Fraser Valley needs help for homeless

According to the Fraser Valley Regional District’s count, there are 603 people living in the Fraser Valley without a home in 2017.

Marijuana at the 420 celebration in Vancouver is pictured in this April 20, 2013 file photo. (CARMINE MARINELLI/Postmedia Network files)

Marijuana is not the miracle drug pot pushers claim

There are some pretty substantial medicinal claims around marijuana. Children who no longer have seizures thanks to cannabis oil, symptoms of multiple sclerosis stalled or in some cases reversed thanks to the drug.

Homeless count volunteers gather information from homeless people on the streets of New Westminster, B.C. on March 8, 2017. (Jason Payne/Postmedia)

Homelessness follows house prices

There are 199 homeless children and more than 3,500 homeless people in the regional district of Metro Vancouver. That’s a 30 per cent overall increase from 2014. While the city of Vancouver itself say a 19 per cent increase, homelessness in Langley increased by 124 per cent, in Delta and White Rock, 142 per cent.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Dave Abel/Postmedia Network)

First 'feminist' budget has women all wrong

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has no idea what women really want. In last week’s federal budget, much touted as the country’s first “seen through a gender-based lens,” he muddled up mat leave and insulted stay-at-home parents.

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Parents left out of Vancouver’s parking priorities

Looking for a parking spot in downtown Vancouver with two screaming children in the backseat of your SUV is a frustrating experience at best. Then, just when you spot one that seems free, you start to turn in only to realize the spot is marked “small car only” or, better yet, reserved for electric vehicles. The number of these special spaces has in

Kevin Thomson and his company Legendworthy Quest Inc. is starting an adventure climbing business on the Lions Gate Bridge. (submitted photo)

Fun can’t trump function on B.C. bridges

This week, the B.C. government announced they have been in talks with a local entrepreneur to host guided climbing tours on the Lions Gate Bridge.