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Oil and gaslight­ing

Mus­tel Group con­ducted two sur­veys for Bcbusi­ness in the spring. The first, from May 28 to June 11, asked 500 peo­ple in Metro Van­cou­ver how they were deal­ing with high gaso­line prices. Of the 446 who drove, al­most half were chang­ing their be­hav­iour, notes prin­ci­pal Evi Mus­tel. “I think peo­ple are trying to stay closer to their com­mu­ni­ties and do their shop­ping and ac­tiv­i­ties,” she says. “They’re cut­ting out trips com­pletely and maybe switch­ing to a lit­tle bit more walk­ing and bik­ing.”

From June 9 to 12, Mus­tel Group polled 500 busi­ness­peo­ple across the prov­ince about the ef­fects of the #Me­too move­ment. The big story here is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the men and the women, ob­serves Mus­tel, point­ing out that al­though it may not be sur­pris­ing, it’s still in­ter­est­ing that one in four males dis­agree that #Me­too has brought about pos­i­tive change in the work­place.

Mus­tel had re­cently at­tended a con­fer­ence of cor­po­rate di­rec­tors where dis­cus­sion on the topic be­came heated. “Some of the male pan­el­lists felt it was con­strain­ing re­la­tion­ships in the of­fice,” she ex­plains. “There was now this real level of con­cern about hav­ing one-on-one meet­ings with women or go­ing out for lunch. They were feel­ing it was ac­tu­ally tak­ing away from their busi­ness deal­ings, so I think just hav­ing to be that much more cau­tious of their be­hav­iour.”

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