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Industry, local mayors feel 'discarded' after not being consulted in B.C. fish farm phase-out plan

Several Vancouver Island mayors and members of B.C.'s salmon farming industry say a federal decision to phase out fish farming has left them feeling "disposable and discarded.''

NDP increase seat count to 57 after final ballots tallied in B.C. election

The New Democrats will govern British Columbia with 57 of 87 seats in the legislature, a decisive majority confirmed Sunday as the final ballot count concluded.

B.C. Liberals make policing pledges while New Democrats promise new cancer care centres

As B.C. Liberal Leader Wilkinson sought to boost the party's law-and-order brand, the New Democrats unveiled further details of the party's 10-year cancer care plan and the Greens announced supports for small businesses and the tourism industry.

B.C. Greens' election proposals include 4 day work week, free child care

British Columbia's Green Party wants to see free child care for children under three and free early childhood education for three- and four-year-olds.

The 'relentless underdog': Green Leader Sonia Furstenau ready for uphill battle

Green Leader Sonia Furstenau was driving Monday when she turned on the radio and learned an early election would be called that day in British Columbia.

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Migrant workers and advocates called for a "just recovery'' from the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally on Saturday based out of Vancouver.

B.C. man accused of killing high school teen to argue he's not responsible due to mental illness

A lawyer for a man who fatally stabbed a high school student four years ago in Abbotsford, B.C., says he will argue in court that the man is not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

Premier's office 'confident' temporary pandemic pay coming in October

The B.C. government says temporary pandemic pay that was promised to essential workers in mid-May should be coming in October.

Black bear that bit girl in North Vancouver 'habituated' to humans, says conservation officers

British Columbia conservation officers say they believe a black bear that bit a young girl in North Vancouver Friday was food-conditioned and habituated to humans.

Parents should prep a plan B in case full-time school foiled: premier

British Columbia Premier John Horgan says parents should prepare for a full return to classrooms this fall, but also have a backup plan in case the COVID-19 pandemic forces further closures.

Vancouver Pride Society bans B.C. Liberals from this year's virtual parade

The Vancouver Pride Society says the Opposition B.C. Liberals won't be part of next month's virtual Pride parade after failing to take action against a member of its caucus accused of homophobia and transphobia.

Haida matriarchs to occupy lands as fishing lodges reopen

A group of Haida matriarchs say they plan to occupy two ancient villages on Haida Gwaii after two fishing lodges decided to reopen on the remote archipelago, despite objections from the First Nation.

B.C. city in rare position to redefine policing amid calls for defunding

The City of Surrey is in a unique position to redefine policing at a time when anti-racism advocates are calling for an overhaul.

Fewer than 10% of police watchdog investigations in Canada end in charges against officers, analysis finds

An analysis of data from civilian police watchdogs in Canada shows that most of their investigations do not result in charges against officers, a review by The Canadian Press of their most recent annual reports largely covering 2018 and 2019 found.

Old Fort residents wrestle with evacuations as only road in or out of town slowly slides away

The residents of Old Fort, just outside Fort St. John, have been on evacuation alert since Friday evening, as the only road in and out of the Peace River community gradually slips down the side of a slope.