BCBusiness Report Card: 80 cases and heartbreak

We assess how different people/things and, of course, businesses fared this week

B.C.’s premier has asked Ryan Reynolds and Seth Rogen to warn people about partying during the COVID-19 pandemic

We assess how different people/things and, of course, businesses fared this week

Well, our leaders have gone past the “being disappointed” stage when it comes to B.C. and COVID-19 cases.

With the pandemic now hitting around 80 announced new cases per day, the province is dealing with a rather rude awakening.

Of course, one line in the article above—“the majority of the new cases are young people in the Lower Mainland, with exposures at events in the community”—was enough to start an age war.

And unlike most things boomers complain about, it’s hard to fault them for being upset this time around. If people can’t stop partying indoors when the weather is the nicest it’s going to be for a long time…well, better call Air Canada about those 2021 travel plans you had.

Here’s what else made the grade (and what didn’t) this week.

Pleading with young people
Grade: B+

John Horgan went into “how do we appeal to those young folks?” mode with his plea to famous Vancouverites Seth Rogen and Ryan Reynolds to help stress the importance of flattening the COVID curve.

Our premier actually used the words “This is a call-out to Deadpool right now,” like he’s Commissioner Gordon going up to the rooftop and smashing out the Bat signal.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, Michael Bublé pondered if he’s officially past it.

B.C.’s competitive advantage
Grade: C

The Business Council of British Columbia, whose 250-odd members include heavy hitters like LNG Canada and Teck Resources, has released a report calling on the provincial government to “include protections for emissions-intensive, trade-exposed (EITE) industries that other countries and jurisdictions incorporate in their CO2 pricing approaches.”

In short, the group is upset that companies from other countries often get a break on carbon emissions and then sell product in B.C.

Seems fair. But it’s also basically, “Kevin’s dad lets him have house parties! Why can’t I?” So yeah, hard to see anything moving on that front.

Going to the mall
Grade: C

Tough look for everyone’s favourite monolithic downtown mall, as two stores at Pacific Centre reportedly may have seen coronavirus exposures.

Bell Mobility and Saje Natural Wellness (when it rains, it pours, right, Saje?) are the outlets in question. Just feel bad for the Bell representative delivering the news to everyone who visited. Suddenly the company’s slogan seems very apt. “Let’s talk” indeed.

Mount Polley
Grade: D

Contaminants from the 2014 Mount Polley mine spill continue to affect Quesnel Lake, according to a new report published in Water Resources Research by a team of scientists led by UNBC geography professor Dr. Ellen Petticrew.

That can’t be a big surprise, given that the spill dumped 18 million cubic metres of wastewater and sediment into the lake.

But Petticrew and her team estimate that the pollution will continue to affect the fisheries that Indigenous peoples in particular rely on.

The one bright spot? If this keeps getting worse and gains more notoriety, no one in B.C. will be butchering the pronunciation of Quesnel.

Bad neighbours
Grade: F

A judge has ordered a Campbell River man to pay almost $17,000 for being a bad neighbour. Seriously.

Apparently, the fine is for damaging the partition between him and the folks next door—and for “taunting.” My god.

If anything, this proves it’s time for an American Idol–style competition for the Biggest Asshole in B.C.

Nominees, anyone?