When B.C.'s provincial election campaign kicked off in April, Liberal Leader and Premier Christy Clark was trailing by nearly 20 per cent in some polls. It seemed NDP Leader Adrian Dix was a sure bet to take over after a dozen years of Liberal government.
The march was part of Reconciliation Week, which brought together First Nations from across B.C. and non-aboriginals, to share stories of the cultural devastation wrought by the residential school system.
The march came after historical records were unearthed in July, showing how native students at a Port Alberni school were used as human guinea pigs in nutritional experiments in the 1940's, deliberately denied food and vitamins to measure their effects on humans.
Initially, hospital officials apologized for the decision, but a few days later, Fraser Health CEO Dr. Nigel Murray called it "good clinical practice and common sense," and told the public not to expect any major changes to protocols at the cash-strapped facilities.
When the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. raided the illegal dental clinic of so called 'bedroom dentist' David Tung Sheng Wu in August, they found mould, filth and a dusty old sterilizer.
Up to 1,500 of Wu's patients were warned to get tested for HIV/AIDS. But Wu, who was first ordered to stop practising in 2003, disappeared. In his absence, he was sentenced to three months in jail for ignoring the court order.
In February protesters vowed to drive the upscale Pidgin restaurant out of Pigeon Park, a notorious drug-dealing hotspot near the boundary of Vancouver's trendy Gastown neighbourhood and the city's troubled Downtown Eastside.
The anti-gentrification protesters said they were fighting to save the neighbourhood from developers, but as tensions rose, police arrested two protesters for alleged theft, mischief and allegedly illegally blocking access to the eatery.