BC politics

B.C. finance ministry projections show improvement in economic growth, declining next year as recovery continues from the initial slump due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (B.C. government)

B.C. forecasts $4.8 billion deficit as province’s revenues rise

Increased tax take, federal transfers reduce forecast by half

B.C. finance ministry projections show improvement in economic growth, declining next year as recovery continues from the initial slump due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (B.C. government)
Sawmill workers in Princeton, B.C., 2018. The B.C. government has committed to redistributing Crown forest resources to provide a greater share for Indigenous communities. (B.C. government photo)

‘Disrespectful’: B.C. First Nations blast NDP’s forest renewal effort

20 Indigenous communities call for more time, resources

Sawmill workers in Princeton, B.C., 2018. The B.C. government has committed to redistributing Crown forest resources to provide a greater share for Indigenous communities. (B.C. government photo)
Vaccination percentage of B.C. residents age 20-29, to Aug. 21, 2021. Red line is first dose, purple is two doses. Blue bars indicate case count by week for the age group. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. under-30s lead in shots as COVID-19 vaccine card arrives

Vaccination at schools, colleges a priority to close age gap

Vaccination percentage of B.C. residents age 20-29, to Aug. 21, 2021. Red line is first dose, purple is two doses. Blue bars indicate case count by week for the age group. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix announce vaccine card program at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Phone bank, website launched for B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card

‘Our way of keeping society going in the next few months’

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix announce vaccine card program at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Image of B.C. health ministry web page that links to COVID-19 vaccine record. Link in story below. (B.C. government)

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine cards available online, details coming today

Weddings, art classes to require proof of vaccination on Sept. 13

Image of B.C. health ministry web page that links to COVID-19 vaccine record. Link in story below. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s top health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reversed her position on requiring proof of vaccine for indoor entertainment and sports, as the province copes with an unexpected summer surge in COVID-19 transmission. (B.C. government photo)

COVID-19 entertainment passports a ‘nudge’ for vaccine ‘complacent’

B.C. vaccination cards not needed for fast food, takeout dining

B.C.’s top health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reversed her position on requiring proof of vaccine for indoor entertainment and sports, as the province copes with an unexpected summer surge in COVID-19 transmission. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Victoria as the province shifts to drop-in availability to increase community immunity, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Face shields don’t qualify in B.C.’s latest COVID-19 mask order

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced return of mask mandate Aug. 24

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Victoria as the province shifts to drop-in availability to increase community immunity, Aug. 3, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Classrooms will soon be busy as children across B.C. go back to school, again with pandemic procedures in place. (Black Press Media files)

Back to school: Children with special needs are being put in harm’s way, says Autism BC

‘How can my child on the spectrum be safe if the protocols are not in place,’ asks worried parent

Classrooms will soon be busy as children across B.C. go back to school, again with pandemic procedures in place. (Black Press Media files)
Getting new housing through municipal zoning and permitting is a major factor in high housing costs. (Vernon Morning Star)

B.C. communities get grants to speed up housing applications

’Throwing money at the problem’ won’t work, B.C. Liberal says

Getting new housing through municipal zoning and permitting is a major factor in high housing costs. (Vernon Morning Star)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan speak at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. Ending contracted out food and cleaning services in health care was an NDP election promise in 2020. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. ending contracts for health care housekeeping, food services

Reverses contracting out of services by B.C. Liberals in 2003

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan speak at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. Ending contracted out food and cleaning services in health care was an NDP election promise in 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan announces proof of vaccination program for B.C. restaurants, bars and other venues, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Call police on COVID-19 vaccination card refusers, B.C.’s John Horgan says

Premier says business owners asked for vaccine passport protection

B.C. Premier John Horgan announces proof of vaccination program for B.C. restaurants, bars and other venues, at the B.C. legislature, Aug. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Katrine Conroy visit B.C. Wildfire Service southeast fire centre in Castlegar, July 21, 2021. This week they toured the North Okanagan and stopped at Logan Lake fire department Friday. (B.C. government photo)

Premier says Logan Lake wildfire prevention a model for B.C.

FireSmart fuel management spared community damage

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Katrine Conroy visit B.C. Wildfire Service southeast fire centre in Castlegar, July 21, 2021. This week they toured the North Okanagan and stopped at Logan Lake fire department Friday. (B.C. government photo)
A doctor collects a nasal sample for COVID-19 testing in the U.S. B.C. senior home staff will be required to take rapid tests before each shift, and follow up with a PCR test if it shows positive. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Daily COVID-19 tests required for unvaccinated B.C. care home workers

Operators have until Sept. 1 to report employee status to ministry

A doctor collects a nasal sample for COVID-19 testing in the U.S. B.C. senior home staff will be required to take rapid tests before each shift, and follow up with a PCR test if it shows positive. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
University of B.C. Okanagan campus and other post-secondary institutions are preparing for in-person instruction this fall. (UBC photo)

Masks, vaccination proof needed for B.C. post-secondary gatherings

Vaccine required for student housing, masks for classes and events

University of B.C. Okanagan campus and other post-secondary institutions are preparing for in-person instruction this fall. (UBC photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and Dr. Bonnie Henry at news conference on arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, Dec. 9, 2020. (B.C. government)

Proof of vaccination to be required for B.C. sports, movies, restaurants

B.C. Vaccine Card program to take effect Sept. 13, Horgan says

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Dr. Bonnie Henry at news conference on arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, Dec. 9, 2020. (B.C. government)
A courtroom in Abbotsford with jury box on the right. Civil jury trials in B.C. are rare, with eight jurors assigned and the agreement of six required to settle a civil matter. (B.C. government photo)

Backlogged by COVID-19, B.C. considers ending civil jury trials

Juries mostly sought for vehicle accident claims, few go to trial

A courtroom in Abbotsford with jury box on the right. Civil jury trials in B.C. are rare, with eight jurors assigned and the agreement of six required to settle a civil matter. (B.C. government photo)
Merritt city councillor Mike Bhangu. (Mike Bhangu/Facebook)

Merritt councillor charged with uttering threats

Coun. Mike Bhangu claims the allegation is untrue

Merritt city councillor Mike Bhangu. (Mike Bhangu/Facebook)
(Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)

Kelowna-Lake Country MP asked not to attend Pride Festival

Local LGBTQ2S+ group has taken issue with Gray’s vote against a bill banning conversion therapy

(Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
Renee Merrifield speaking to media on her front doorstep after winning the Kelowna-Mission riding for the BC Liberal Party. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Renee Merrifield speaking to media on her front doorstep after winning the Kelowna-Mission riding for the BC Liberal Party. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Beach walkers on Sequim Bay on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

B.C. hospitals, ambulances gear up for weekend hot weather

Use blinds, fans, wet towels to keep cool indoors, experts say

Beach walkers on Sequim Bay on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)