New Poll Shows Strong Support to Reform Mining, Create New Protected Areas in B.C.

  NEWS RELEASE New Poll Shows Strong Support to Reform Mining, Create New Protected Areas in B.C. October 21, 2020 (Smithers/Vancouver) – Four out of five British Columbians (80%) would support the BC government creating more protected areas with Indigenous peoples to meet the target of protecting 30% of the land and water by 2030,… Read more »

School’s Out: New Survey Shows Concern for Injuries Or Worse As Kids Go Out To Play

BCAA provides free “Slow Down, Kids Playing” signs to save lives Burnaby, BC, June 22, 2021 – With the school year ending and travel restrictions starting to ease, a new BCAA survey reveals that many British Columbians are worried that increased traffic and more kids playing outside could be a recipe for disaster. In the… Read more »

One in three Canadians lack proper knowledge on where to safely dispose of unused or unwanted medications and sharps

Accidental drug poisoning and overdose have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic; it’s never been more important to participate in take back programs TORONTO — Today, the Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA) – a national not-for-profit that operates return programs for unused or unwanted medications and sharps across British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island… Read more »

Significant Number of BC Workers Who Worked from Home During COVID-19 Want to Continue (91%); 21% Likely to Quit if Post-Pandemic Work From Home Options Not Offered

60% of BC workers worked from home during COVID-19 and 84% expect they will continue some form of work from home arrangements post-pandemic Vancouver, BC — As pandemic restrictions lessen in British Columbia and September work life approaches, a new Insights West survey shows dramatic changes are coming to the workplace and employment in the months… Read more »

BC Residents Are Extremely Concerned (86%) About Declining Salmon Stocks As Well As Climate Change (76%) and Single Use Plastics (75%), and Most British Columbians (75%) Believe That Open-Net Salmon Pens Need to Be Transitioned to Land-Based Pens

BC residents attribute declining salmon stocks to open-net pens, stream habitat destruction, ocean contamination, overfishing, and climate change. Vancouver, BC — A new poll from Insights West, The Pacific Salmon Foundation, and Wild First shows that the decline of the wild salmon stocks is one of the most pressing environmental concerns in British Columbia, as most… Read more »

Approval Levels for Dr. Bonnie Henry Remain Sky-High, but Cracks Showing for John Horgan as Perception of Performance Overall and on Housing, Crime and Opioid Crisis Deteriorates

The NDP and John Horgan’s overall approval rating dips to 50% as public sentiment towards the handling of crime and public safety (27%), housing prices (12%), and the opioid crisis (17%) drops dramatically; still, 42% of decided voters would vote NDP compared to 31% for the BC Liberals, and 19% for the BC Greens Vancouver,… Read more »

Vast Majority (86%) of British Columbians Following Residential School Story Closely and 85% Have Participated in Activities that Further Reconciliation

94% support public funding to provide clean drinking water to Indigenous peoples, 86% support the idea of an official apology from the Pope, and 83% support the federal government providing funding for surveying the grounds of all former residential schools Vancouver, BC — In the aftermath of the discovery of the remains of 215 children… Read more »

Vaccination Hesitancy Drops Dramatically as British Columbia Reaches 75% Vaccination Rate and Most Highly Satisfied With Vaccination Experience

Of those not vaccinated, 15% will likely get the vaccine, 8% are unlikely and 2% are unsure; 92% of adult British Columbians who have received the vaccine are satisfied with the overall vaccination experience Vancouver, BC — In stark contrast to only eight short weeks ago, COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has since plummeted as the majority… Read more »

Vast Majority (85%) of British Columbians Want Action for Old-Growth Forests; Only 16% Think NDP Has Followed Through on Promises

78% concerned about logging of old-growth forests in BC; 74% support doubling protection of provincial lands; 66% are against using whole trees to make wood pellets Vancouver, BC — Sierra Club BC and Insights West partnered to examine public perceptions of several key forestry practices in British Columbia and found the vast majority of BC… Read more »

Slight Majority (55%) of British Columbians Support Olympic Bid for 2030 Winter Games; Support Skyrockets to 77% if No Public Funds Needed

Belief is high in substantial social and economic benefits of the games through job creation (83%), post-COVID-19 tourism boost (80%) and excitement (78%), but those who oppose believe cost will be too high (85%), money should be spend on other things (80%), and that COVID-19 should be the focus (48%). Vancouver, BC — Following a… Read more »