• Poll finds support for taxing absentee property owners October 23, 2014Absentee property owners can threaten the character of neighbourhoods such as Vancouver’s west side. BY: MARIO CANSECO Housing affordability is the most important issue for almost half of Vancouver residents, an Insights West poll concluded recently and was reported in The Vancouver Sun this week. This was the highest level of concern ...
  • Stigma of ADHD still an Issue for Many October 10, 2014Survey suggests many, especially men and older people, would not discuss an ADHD diagnosis with their employer. BY MARIO CANSECO We tend to think of hyperactivity as something that affects just children. One of the images that inevitably comes to mind when the condition is mentioned is one of a child screaming ...
  • B.C. government failing to engage citizens on climate change September 25, 2014Polls suggest people are grappling with conflicting ideas — revenue from LNG is good, but many oppose greenhouse gases LNG will generate. BY: MARIO CANSECO In 2007, the environment briefly supplanted health care as the top issue facing Canadians in several national surveys. The economy was in great shape, health care problems appeared ...
  • Americans sour on Burger King deal with Tim Hortons September 11, 2014Many see move as a way to dodge U.S. taxes. BY: MARIO CANSECO When Burger King Worldwide Inc. announced it had reached an agreement to buy Tim Hortons Inc. for $12.5 billion last month, most of the discussion north of the 49th parallel involved the future of our beloved doughnut and coffee ...
  • Young B.C. residents turning away from traditional TVs September 4, 2014Generational switch to watching TV on tablets and phone has begun here. BY: MARIO CANSECO Last month, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications announced Shomi, a video streaming service that will provide subscribers with 11,000 hours of movies and television shows on computers, tablets and mobile phones. The deal aims to attract the millions ...
  • Public engagement is Vancouver mayor’s Achilles heel August 21, 2014People want opportunity to express their own likes and dislikes; not merely comment on a politicians’ short list BY: MARIO CANSECO Recently, the Alberta government provided a case study on the futility of poorly planned consultation. Three designs for a new licence plate were unveiled. The public was asked to vote for ...
  • B.C. residents show admiration for province’s entrepreneurs August 7, 2014In Alberta, politicians held in high regard. BY: MARIO CANSECO When Insights West asked British Columbians last month to choose the person from or associated with our province they admire the most, the final file included 142 names. (The Sun reported this B.C. Day poll in detail in the Friday, Aug. 1 ...
  • B.C. in a three-way split on the monarchy, poll finds July 24, 2014About a third of poll respondents defend the monarchy, a third want a republic and a third don’t care. BY: MARIO CANSECO For British Columbia, anything “royal” means business. Our capital is named after the longest-serving monarch. Our province is the only one in Canada that features the word “British” in its ...
  • 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 ...