News & Press: 2013

Four-in-Five British Columbians Feeling Charitable This Season

More than half of those who will donate to charity will do so because it’s Christmas. Vancouver, BC – Many British Columbians will make a significant contribution to charitable causes in the weeks leading up to the end of 2013,... Read more

British Columbians Were “Nice” in 2013, Politicians Seen As “Naughty.”

Most British Columbians dislike shopping in crowded malls to buy gifts—other holiday worries are the credit card balance and gaining weight. Vancouver, BC – Residents of British Columbia suggest Santa Claus will be good for them and their families this... Read more

BC Government Doing Well on Public Safety, Economy and Energy

Most residents are unhappy with shutting down the Legislative Assembly, and handling of BC Ferries and BC Hydro. Vancouver, BC – As 2013 draws to a close, British Columbians hold differing views on some of the recent decisions taken by... Read more

A Year Later, Residents Still Oppose Port Mann Toll But Keep Using Bridge

One-in-four residents are driving over the bridge less often than they did a year ago, while almost half of frequent users rely on it as they always have. Vancouver, BC –The Port Mann Bridge toll, which is scheduled to increase... Read more

Vancouverites Not Sold on Downtown Casino Project

More than half of city residents would either reject the development permit, or postpone the decision until more research is conducted. Vancouver, BC – The proposed relocation of the Edgewater Casino near BC Place is not instantly endorsed by a... Read more

A Third of British Columbians Call for Higher Speed Limit

There is little appetite across the province, or among drivers, to bring back photo radar. Vancouver, BC – A sizeable proportion of British Columbians feel it is time to implement a higher speed limit on the province’s highways, a new... Read more

Eagle Ridge Hospital Scores Highly Among Tri-Cities Residents

Large majorities of residents consider Eagle Ridge their “community hospital” and support plans for expansion. Vancouver, BC – Residents of British Columbia’s Tri-Cities show a high level of identification with their community hospital, and large support for its expansion plans... Read more

Your Insights on 2013 Dream Employer of BC

British Columbians pick their "Dream Employer," but the results might surprise you: 39% name a particular private company, 36% choose a government or crown corporation as their dream job, and 14% select self-employment. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians think the... Read more

British Columbians Denounce Trophy Hunting, Furring

More than two thirds of residents have no problem with hunting animals for meat. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians draw a very clear line when they look at their relationship with animals, a new Insights West poll has found. The online... Read more

Views of British Columbians Shifting on Northern Gateway

Across the province, 42% of residents support the project—a seven-point jump since February. Vancouver, BC – Opposition to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines has subsided over the past 10 months in British Columbia, with the province’s residents now being... Read more

British Columbians Not Shy to Take Complaints to Social Media

Three-in-ten British Columbians (31%) have complained about a brand through social media—and few are satisfied with the response they received. Vancouver, BC – A sizeable proportion of British Columbians have used online social media platforms to criticize and complain about... Read more

Just Half of B.C. Drivers Plan to Use Winter Tires This Season

BCAA Annual Winter Driving Survey reveals one-in-three B.C. drivers admit to "freaking out" when they have to drive in snow Burnaby, B.C. – A new survey for the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) reveals that British Columbians... Read more

Your Insights on Belief in Ghosts and Other Supernatural Entities

According to our BC Halloween poll, a surprisingly large number of BC adults believe in the supernatural, from the afterlife (60%) and angels (54%), to ghosts (48%), demonic spirits (36%), Satan (37%), and spirits of deceased individuals (41%). Most residents... Read more

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Fifty-five per cent of employees in BC would seriously consider leaving their job if a better one came along, according to BC HRMA and Insights West. Vancouver, BC — More than half (55%) of all BC employees are susceptible to... Read more

Civility on the Decline for Most British Columbians

Seven-in-ten residents ay they have to deal with rudeness a few times a month when driving or riding in a vehicle. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians identify a deterioration in the way people behave with each other, and most point... Read more

City Governments Regarded Positively in Calgary and Edmonton

Calgarians are more concerned about transportation, while economic development is the main worry for Edmontonians. Calgary, AB – As voters in Alberta prepare to cast their ballots in municipal elections, the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton hold extraordinary approval ratings,... Read more

British Columbians See No True Champion in Wireless Industry Debate

A large majority of BC residents want to see more competition, but a foreign carrier is only appealing to half of them. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians have been paying attention to recent discussions about the state of Canada’s wireless... Read more

British Columbians Endorse Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Mandate

Residents are in favour of more education, official apologies and conferences, but are divided on the question of monetary compensation for victims. Vancouver, BC – People in British Columbia are decidedly supportive of policies that would foster a deeper understanding... Read more

Residents in Alberta and British Columbia Diametrically Opposed on Fracking

People in the two Western provinces are familiar with the concept of hydraulic fracturing, but while practically half of Albertans support the method of gas extraction in their province, only a third of British Columbians concur. Vancouver, BC – The... Read more

MEC’s new branding geared to inspiring outdoor activity in city or backcountry

New research reveals regional differences in activity participation levels Vancouver, BC – MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) today unveiled its new brand platform, as the national retailer intensifies... Read more