Ideas and Policies Key to Robertson Win in Vancouver

Stability a deciding factor for supporters of Hepner in Surrey. Vancouver, BC – Vancouver’s mayor has been re-elected on the strength of his ideas and policies, while Surrey voters opted to continue with the status quo after pondering other alternatives, a new Insights West post-election survey of municipal voters has found. In the online survey… Read more »

Teachers, Not Government, Supported by Half of British Columbians

Two thirds of residents think the current contract dispute should be sent to binding arbitration immediately. Vancouver, BC – A large proportion of British Columbians continues to voice support for the teachers in their lingering contract dispute with the provincial administration after the first few days of a full-scale strike, a new Insights West poll… Read more »

Wide Support for New Physician-Assisted Suicide Law in Canada

Only 11% of Canadians think physician-assisted suicide should not be allowed under any circumstances. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians are in favour of enacting physician-assisted suicide legislation that matches this year’s Supreme Court ruling, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of a representative national sample, four-in-five Canadians (79%) either… 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 their provincial government, according to the new Insights West “BC Government Report Card” conducted in… Read more »

British Columbians Split on Whales in Captivity

While most residents consider animals in captivity as beneficial to research, there is no consensus on whether whale programs should be phased out. Vancouver, BC – Following weeks of deliberations related to the Vancouver Aquarium’s whale program, residents of British Columbia are deeply divided on the issue of keeping cetaceans in captivity, a new Insights… 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 in January, is still a divisive issue in Metro Vancouver, a new Insights West poll… 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 majority of Vancouver’s residents, a new Insights West poll conducted on behalf of Vancouver Not… Read more »

British Columbians, Parents Siding with Teachers in Dispute

Residents want to reduce class sizes, but also think salary increases for teachers should be in line with what other unions are getting. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians, and parents of kids enrolled in public schools, are more likely to express sympathy for the teachers in the province’s lingering education dispute, a new Insights West… 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 Insights West poll conducted in partnership with Black Press has found. The online survey of… Read more »

Robertson Leads, LaPointe Gaining in Vancouver Mayoral Race

Incumbent mayor still seen as the best choice for environment and housing, but NPA challenger connecting well with voters on development and city finances. Vancouver, BC – As the Vancouver municipal campaign enters its final week, incumbent Gregor Robertson of Vision Vancouver holds a slight edge over challenger Kirk LaPointe, with more than a quarter… Read more »