• Home Owners Want new Kitchens, Bathrooms as Renovations Boom July 10, 2014A New Kitchen is Top of the List for a Third of Home Owners in B.C. BY MARIO CANSECO Summer is usually a great time to launch home renovation projects. The weather is generally not an inconvenience, the days are longer, and contractors and the average do-it-yourselfer are usually happier working in ...
  • Smartphones More Pervasive than Ever June 27, 2014Gone are the days when a popular excuse to postpone tasks was that your smartphone lacked the proper software to read a particular document. BY MARIO CANSECO Just a few years ago, it was difficult to predict what smartphones would be able to do for users. While we could send emails with ...
  • Sky-high Gas Prices Causing Financial Stress June 12, 2014Most of us need to stay on the road, but Insights West finds many are driving a bit less BY MARIO CANSECO One of my television rituals of spring is to watch local and national newscasts and wait for a story on gas prices. The set-up usually begins with a quick shot of ...
  • Working at Home would Ease Traffic Woes May 29, 2014Employers can help clear road congestion BY MARIO CANSECO Discussions late in 2013 about a transportation referendum in Metro Vancouver dominated the agenda for municipalities. In spite of the sabre-rattling between various levels of government, there was little research conducted on how commuters currently feel about the roads and services they rely ...
  • British Columbians Oppose Foreign Worker Program, but don’t Want it Scrapped May 15, 2014We have started to question the rationale behind the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program BY MARIO CANSECO British Columbians have in recent weeks started to question the rationale behind the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program, following a series of stories related to the fast-food industry. Federal Employment and Social Development Minister ...
  • How would Western Canada feel if Quebec separated? May 2, 2014BY MARIO CANSECO The oldest residents are more likely to say “Good riddance.” In a lengthy 1992 interview with Peter C. Newman that was featured originally in “The Secret Mulroney Tapes”, then prime minister Brian Mulroney lamented the double defeat of his constitutional reform proposals with one simple phrase: “For thirty years, ...
  • Ten Things We Learned About Religion in British Columbia April 24, 2014BY MARIO CANSECO In April, Insights West conducted one of the largest provincial surveys to explore the views of British Columbians on spirituality, faith, prayer and morality. Along with the usual analysis based on age, gender and regional differences, we looked into how British Columbians registered along religious and spiritual lines. ...
  • Dealing with Social Media Complaints April 18, 2014BY MARIO CANSECO Technology and social media now allow us to complain in an easier way than ever before. This week’s astonishingly horrendous tweet from someone at U.S. Airways has reignited debate about the care that brands should take when faced with social media complaints. If this is the first time you ...
  • British Columbians relatively happy with health care delivery April 3, 2014BY MARIO CANSECO Most complaints concern wait times and access to doctors, survey shows Health care has long been one of the main concerns for Canadians, usually chiselled into the top three answers when people are asked what the most important issue facing the country or their province is. Doctors and nurses have ...
  • Younger, wealthier B.C. residents most likely to bypass province’s airports for U.S. March 20, 2014BY MARIO CANSECO Southern connection: Airlines and airports here and likely to suffer as Bellingham and Seattle become more attractive options Spring break presents an ideal opportunity for British Columbians to take a holiday. It also provides a chance to take a closer look at the love-hate relationship the province’s residents have ...