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Pilot in crash that killed 2 wanted men was reported for improper registration, B.C. instructor says

A British Columbia flight instructor alleges the pilot of a plane that crashed in northern Ontario with two wanted men on board had been advertising flight tours on a plane that wasn't registered for commercial use.

Alert Ready system to be in place for B.C. wildfires by June but not for heat domes

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says an automated alert system will be ready to warn British Columbia residents of spring flooding and summer wildfires but not for extreme heat.

B.C. flood survivor warns others to check insurance amid increase in climate disasters

Pam Velt thought she was fully insured. But after the November 2021 floods wiped out her property in the Nicola Valley, she was shocked at the payout amount from her overland flood insurance.

B.C. communities struck by wildfires and floods brace for spring thaw

Major wildfires, droughts and mudslides last year dramatically altered the landscape in parts of the B.C. Interior, raising questions about the Nicola River's ability to handle the spring thaw.

After the flood: First Nations along B.C.'s Highway 8 work on recovery from disaster and trauma

Many of those who lived along B.C.'s Highway 8 say they're still very much in the thick of recovery after wildfires and floods last year. Here are some of the stories of those people and their communities.

Chief of First Nation struck by B.C. wildfires, floods says moving may be safest bet

The chief of a First Nation in British Columbia's Nicola Valley that was evacuated by both wildfires and floods last year says he wants more land for the community in a safer area.

Debris from cargo ship spill last fall spreading along B.C. coast, say beach cleaners

Debris has been found as far as northeastern Haida Gwaii, hundreds of kilometres from the spill site, and Surfrider Foundation's Alys Hoyland said she is concerned that the longer it takes to clean up, the more material will degrade and spread along the coast.

Former B.C. house clerk broke public trust, say Crown lawyers during closing arguments

British Columbia's former clerk of the legislative assembly used public funds to enrich himself in "glaring and egregious" ways, a special prosecutor alleged Tuesday.

Proposed year-round B.C. Wildfire Service a good way to retain firefighters, expert says

A fire ecologist says new provincial funding to expand the B.C. Wildfire Service to a year-round endeavour is a welcome step toward preventing disasters, while others in the field say the funds could be better spent elsewhere.

Province to add hundreds of post-secondary nursing seats to address skills gap

The British Columbia government is adding 602 new nursing seats to public post-secondary institutions in a move the B.C. Nurses' Union calls a "promising step" toward addressing a staffing crisis in health-care.

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