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December 15, 2018 10:00 AM ‘Soft’ skills key for young people looking for work, says study

Those sectors are the best bets for youth looking for an entry-level position, according to a study which is being released Monday by Civic Action. And employers in all those industries are looking for some of the same abilities: most sought-after are skills such as communication and empathy — not just the latest technical knowledge or courses 6

December 14, 2018 6:53 PM Fresh start for Warriors extends to roster as Richardson focuses on local talent

After a new ownership group moved and rebranded Vancouver’s National Lacrosse League franchise, new general manager Dan Richardson was given a mandate to remake the entire roster. Canucks Sports and Entertainment bought the NLL’s Stealth in the off-season, moved them from the Langley Events Centre to Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver and renamed them the Warriors 8

December 11, 2018 5:22 PM Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

McConnell said he was moving the bill as soon as this week “at the request of the president” and following improvements to the legislation. A revised bill makes some changes requested by Senate Republicans and law enforcement groups who had concerns it would be too soft on some offenders. Cornyn announced Tuesday morning that he had requested changes 8

December 11, 2018 2:48 PM Former Canadian diplomat detained in China amid rising tensions, reports say

In a statement, the organization says it’s doing everything possible to obtain additional information about Kovrig’s whereabouts and that it will work to ensure his prompt and safe release. News of Kovrig’s detention comes after China warned Canada of consequences for its recent arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver’s airport — but it is unclear 9

December 10, 2018 1:11 AM Lawyer versus consultant? Immigration data shows visa applicants have best shot with former

Foreign nationals who prepare their own Canadian visa applications are nearly as successful in being accepted as those who spend money on a consultant to do the job. But chances of success are much higher if they hire an immigration lawyer to help get their study, work or visitor visas, according to immigration data obtained under an access to information 7

December 8, 2018 11:02 PM NHL expansion in Seattle opening up new possibilities for Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER—Sitting high above the ice of Rogers Arena, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has fond memories of his time playing junior hockey for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League and their trips up Interstate 5 to play at the old Mercer Arena against the Seattle Thunderbirds. “They had chicken wire, and the fans were rowdy 10

December 7, 2018 2:31 PM Drake, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer: Who got nominated for the 2019 Grammys

— Album of the year: Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B; By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile; Scorpion, Drake; H.E.R., H.E.R.; Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone; Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae; Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves; Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By, Kendrick Lamar. — Record of the year: “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin 9

December 6, 2018 2:36 PM Canadian trade deficit grew in October as oil prices weighed on exports

Total exports fell 1.2 per cent in October to $49.3 billion, despite increases in seven of 11 sections, as exports of energy products fell 12.4 per cent to $8.8 billion in October, due in large part to a 15.4 per cent drop in crude oil prices. Exports excluding energy products were up 1.6 per cent. Total imports fell 0.6 per cent to $50.5 billion in October 11

December 6, 2018 1:21 PM CWB Financial Group reports profit and revenue up from year ago

EDMONTON— CWB Financial Group reported a profit of $64.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $60.8 million a year ago. The Edmonton-based bank says the profit amounted to 72 cents per diluted share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from 68 cents per diluted share a year ago. On an adjusted cash basis, CWB says it earned 78 cents per share for the quarter 18

December 5, 2018 7:16 PM Singer Tom Cochrane to invest in Halifax CFL bid, ownership group says

HALIFAX—The group trying to land a CFL franchise for Halifax says singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane has confirmed his intention to invest in the newly named Atlantic Schooners. A short statement from the ownership group says the Manitoba-born Cochrane, a multiple Juno Award winner, has been a long-time friend of Bruce Bowser, one of the group’s founding 14