Category: News & Press

British Columbians Would Move Family Day to Third Monday in February

Seven-in-ten residents support the change, which would see BC observe the holiday on the same day as seven other Canadian provinces. Vancouver, BC – Most British Columbians are in favour of changing the date of the February statutory holiday, a... Read more

Community-Based Programs Enhance Seniors’ Lives in the Lower Mainland

Seniors aged 65 to 74 are more likely to be spending time on structured and informal activities than their younger and older counterparts. Vancouver, BC – Seniors who reside in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and participate in or... Read more

Canadians Give Trudeau High Marks for Foreign Affairs and Environment

Dissatisfaction with the federal government is highest on electoral reform, dealing with drug abuse and pending pipeline projects. Vancouver, BC – Two years after the Liberal Party’s victory in the 2015 federal election, Canadians are divided on which issues the... Read more

British Columbians Demand Urgent Action to Clean Up Local Politics

Legislature has until November 30 to bring in much-needed reforms. Voters across British Columbia want to see corporate, union and out-of-province donations banned in municipal campaigns before next year’s election, a new survey by Insights West has found. “The appetite to... Read more

Across Canada, Alberta is “Dream Province” for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

A majority of Canadians believe specific types of costumes are “inappropriate” for both kids and adults. Vancouver, BC – More than three-in-four Canadians will take part in activities to celebrate Halloween this year, with Albertans leading the country as the... Read more

British Columbians Would Legalize Marijuana, But Not Other Drugs

Two-in-five residents believe marijuana should be sold in stand-alone facilities, and not drugstores or liquor stores. Vancouver, BC – While a large proportion of British Columbians continues to voice support for the legalization of marijuana, very few are in favour... Read more

A Third of Canadian Social Media Users Have Encountered “Fake News”

Most time is spent on Facebook, but YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram are growing—particularly with young adults. Vancouver, BC – A surge in usage of Instagram and Snapchat across Canada, a worrying incidence of “fake news” and a high level of... Read more

Metro Vancouver Parents Reaping Benefits from Out-of-School Programs

Metro Vancouver Parents Reaping Benefits from Out-of-School Programs Parents say their kids are learning something new, becoming more sociable and improving their school performance. Vancouver, BC – Parents of children aged 6 to 12 report benefits from enrolling their kids in... Read more

British Columbians Support Ban on All Grizzly Bear Hunting

Nine-in-ten welcome the provincial government’s decision to ban trophy hunting of grizzlies in the province. Vancouver, BC – Three-in-four British Columbians believe no grizzly bears should be hunted in the province, a new poll by Insights West conducted in partnership... Read more

Half of British Columbians Skip Lunch at Least Once a Week

Residents aged 55 and over are more likely to watch television while having dinner than their younger counterparts. Vancouver, BC – A large proportion of British Columbians are skipping meals on weekdays because of work or other commitments, a new... Read more

Personal Connection Defines Charitable Giving in British Columbia

Three-in-ten residents have recently donated to health and health care-related organizations. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians are more likely to make a financial donation to charities that they have established a personal connection with, according to the Read more

British Columbians Still Divided Over Pipeline Expansion

Roughly the same proportion of residents support and oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan project. Vancouver, BC – The recent provincial election and the swearing-in of a new government in British Columbia have not moved the needle on the issue of... Read more

Canadians Give Mixed Reviews to Proposed Federal Tax Changes

Most Canadians have not followed the issue closely, and are more likely to believe that politicians and lawyers pay fewer taxes than doctors and surgeons. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians have paid little or no attention to the recent proposal... Read more

More Parents in British Columbia Are Driving Aggressively in School Zones

BCAA asks parents to make a “new school year” resolution to improve driving habits Burnaby, BC – BCAA’s second annual School Zone Safety survey, conducted by Insights West, shows that driving in school zones has gone from... Read more

Jean Seen as Better Option for United Conservative Party in Alberta

The former Wildrose Party leader outperforms Jason Kenney on favourability and in head-to-head electoral matchups against the governing New Democrats. Calgary, AB – Albertans seem happy with the prospect of Brian Jean becoming leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP),... Read more

Watts Would Give Liberal Voters Hope in British Columbia

More than half of residents approve of the performance of Premier John Horgan. Vancouver, BC – As the BC Liberals prepare to set the guidelines for the election of a new leader, former Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts has emerged as... Read more

Metro Vancouverites Support Deposit-Refund Program for Coffee Cups

Only one in every four cups of coffee or tea poured in Metro Vancouver stores goes into a personal reusable container. Vancouver, BC – Residents of Metro Vancouver have not fully embraced the concept of personal reusable containers for coffee... Read more

Drivers Putting Roadside Workers’ Lives at Risk in British Columbia

Law breaking, rubbernecking and speeding are some of the unsafe behaviours reported. Burnaby, BC – Summer is high season for vehicle breakdowns and a new survey— commissioned by BCAA and conducted by Insights West—shows that unsafe driver behaviours and ambivalence... Read more

Most Metro Vancouverites Welcome Pet Sale Prohibition

The by-law amendments proposed by Vancouver City Council are regarded as a “good idea” by three-in-four Metro Vancouver residents. Vancouver, BC – Most residents of Metro Vancouver think Vancouver City Council was right to put forward bylaw amendments to prohibit... Read more