BC politics

Coquihalla Highway collapse roughly halfway between Hope and Merrritt, Nov. 16, 2021. (BC government photo)

Coquihalla drivers warned of ‘pooling water’ before washouts

MLAs drove highway to Victoria Sunday, shortly before disaster

Coquihalla Highway collapse roughly halfway between Hope and Merrritt, Nov. 16, 2021. (BC government photo)
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth battles with opposition critics in the legislature, February 2020. (Hansard TV)

B.C. Alert Ready phone text system ready next spring, minister says

Opposition asks why all other provinces have it working

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth battles with opposition critics in the legislature, February 2020. (Hansard TV)
First Nations Summit executive member Cheryl Casimer and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee speak in the B.C. legislature in 2018 before a provincial law committing to adopt United Nations rights is implemented. (Hansard TV)

B.C. bolsters Indigenous rights protection as land conflicts continue

Old-growth forest, Coastal GasLink talks at critical stage

First Nations Summit executive member Cheryl Casimer and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee speak in the B.C. legislature in 2018 before a provincial law committing to adopt United Nations rights is implemented. (Hansard TV)
Daycare program operated by the Burnaby school district, March 2021. The B.C. government has shifted its emphasis to public and non-profit child care as it enters Ottawa’s national child care program. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. government shifting funds to public, non-profit child care

Private providers have led growth, internal document says

Daycare program operated by the Burnaby school district, March 2021. The B.C. government has shifted its emphasis to public and non-profit child care as it enters Ottawa’s national child care program. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks by video link to the annual Council of Forest Industries convention, April 8, 2021. (COFI video)

Timber buy-back, redistribution in latest B.C. forest overhaul

New rules to audit, enforce payment for log exports

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks by video link to the annual Council of Forest Industries convention, April 8, 2021. (COFI video)
Attorney General David Eby speaks in the B.C. legislature, Oct. 5, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. moves to create protest ‘bubble zones’ for COVID-19 services

Hospitals targeted by anti-vaccine mandate demonstrations

Attorney General David Eby speaks in the B.C. legislature, Oct. 5, 2021. (Hansard TV)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix have been leading the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Vaccination deadline for B.C. public servants arrives next week

Nov. 22 cutoff affects direct provincial employees

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix have been leading the province’s COVID-19 pandemic response. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Natural gas revenues to B.C. have fallen along with the price since the surge in shale gas production has continued across North America. (B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources)

B.C. begins review to restore revenue from natural gas sales

Falling royalties as province prepares for LNG exports

Natural gas revenues to B.C. have fallen along with the price since the surge in shale gas production has continued across North America. (B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources)
B.C. Lions vice-president George Chayka and Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad speak before a Lions home game featuring an orange team shirt giveaway, Sept. 16, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. partners with Lions football team to tackle racism in schools

Past players to take part in classroom sessions next year

B.C. Lions vice-president George Chayka and Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad speak before a Lions home game featuring an orange team shirt giveaway, Sept. 16, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Truck leaves log sort on the Fraser River at Maple Ridge B.C. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

U.S. softwood ruling, old-growth plan add uncertainty to B.C. lumber trade

Canfor, West Fraser get more time to argue against border duties

Truck leaves log sort on the Fraser River at Maple Ridge B.C. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. Children and Family Development Minister Mitzi Dean. (Hansard TV)

B.C. minister under fire for changes to child special needs support

Opposition calls new system ‘clawback’ of individual funds

B.C. Children and Family Development Minister Mitzi Dean. (Hansard TV)
FILE – B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. Premier John Horgan diagnosed with cancer following throat biopsy

Premier expected to make a full recovery

FILE – B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman speaks to business representatives at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 2, 2021. (Scottish North American Business Council photo)

B.C. forest carbon offsets showcased at UN climate conference

Minister speaks on CleanBC plan in Glasgow, Scotland

B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman speaks to business representatives at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 2, 2021. (Scottish North American Business Council photo)
Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development. (B.C. government)

DEAN: Hub model will provide care for thousands of B.C. families left without support

Mitzi Dean says province has consulted with 1,500 families, advocates and community partners

  • Nov 3, 2021
Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development. (B.C. government)
B.C. forests ministry map shows priority areas for harvest deferrals across the province. (B.C. government)

Two-year target set to finalize B.C.’s old-growth protection plan

Indigenous communities may decide on selective logging

B.C. forests ministry map shows priority areas for harvest deferrals across the province. (B.C. government)
Logging equipment waits for auction on Vancouver Island, 2009. The B.C. industry has seen a series of downturns in recent years. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. old-growth protection will hit hard, industry group says

B.C. Greens, environmentalists say changes overdue

Logging equipment waits for auction on Vancouver Island, 2009. The B.C. industry has seen a series of downturns in recent years. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy defends her latest plan to defer logging in more areas of the province in the legislature, Nov. 2, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. pauses logging on up to 2.6M hectares of old-growth forest

Timber sales to stop while Indigenous title holders consulted

B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy defends her latest plan to defer logging in more areas of the province in the legislature, Nov. 2, 2021. (Hansard TV)
Surrey Memorial and other hospitals in B.C. are coping with staff shortages and an influx of COVID-19 patients. (Surrey Now-Leader files)

B.C. hospitals cutting services as COVID-19 pressure builds

Layoff of unvaccinated staff adds to critical care burden

Surrey Memorial and other hospitals in B.C. are coping with staff shortages and an influx of COVID-19 patients. (Surrey Now-Leader files)
B.C. Liberal candidates assemble for a group photo as the leadership campaign moves toward a party vote in February 2022. From left: Kevin Falcon, Michael Lee, Renee Merrifield, Gavin Dew, Val Litwin and Ellis Ross. (B.C. Liberal Party)

Kevin Falcon drops campaign worker after rival’s allegation

Michael Lee campaign manager says supporter swore at her

B.C. Liberal candidates assemble for a group photo as the leadership campaign moves toward a party vote in February 2022. From left: Kevin Falcon, Michael Lee, Renee Merrifield, Gavin Dew, Val Litwin and Ellis Ross. (B.C. Liberal Party)
The B.C. Legislature flies the Canadian flag at half mast in Victoria, Friday, April 9, 2021 in honour of the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died today at the age of 99. The flag will remain at half mast until after his funeral. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Unvaccinated B.C. public service staff to be placed on unpaid leave as of Nov. 22

Partially vaccinated employees will have 35 days to get their second dose

The B.C. Legislature flies the Canadian flag at half mast in Victoria, Friday, April 9, 2021 in honour of the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died today at the age of 99. The flag will remain at half mast until after his funeral. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito