Belle Puri


Belle Puri is a veteran journalist who has won awards for her reporting in a variety of fields. Belle contributes to CBC Vancouver's Impact Team, where she investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community.

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Last grads of Royal Columbian Hospital nursing school savour memories in wake of demolition

As a former nursing-school residence makes way for redevelopment of Royal Columbian Hospital, in New Westminster, two of the school's last graduates share memories of living there.

Surrey imam who misrepresented himself to immigration officials jailed for sexual assault

In 2003, Abdur Rehman Khan didn't tell immigration officials he had already once been deported from Canada when he used a different name to claim refugee status but was rejected. In 2020, while still in Canada, the Surrey imam was convicted of sexual assault and is now serving a three-year jail sentence.

B.C. couple married nearly 75 years died of COVID-19 fewer than 2 days apart

On Easter weekend, 98-year-old Joan Proctor and her 97-year-old husband Robert died within 37 hours of each other. To most British Columbians, they were two more nameless COVID-19 deaths. To their granddaughters, they were two perfect pieces of a puzzle that kept them together nearly 75 years.

A 'COVID fee' with your colour and cut? How your hair salon experience may differ as businesses reopen

More protocol, less pampering and higher prices — including a possible "COVID fee" — are among the things in store for clients who head back for personal services at outlets reopening across parts of B.C. this week.

Packed repatriation flight from India leaves Vancouver actor fearing COVID-19 exposure

A full repatriation flight from Amritsar, Punjab to Vancouver has passenger Bhavkhandan Rakhra concerned about the risk he took to come home. The ticket was four times the regular cost, which he thought would guarantee more room to distance.

High pressure door-to-door furnace sale leaves family steaming over $10K buy-out bill

A Delta, B.C., family was hit with a $10,633 bill — on top of what it had already paid — to break a furnace rental contract with an unsolicited door-to-door sales company that only settled her complaint after CBC News got involved.

Booking a road test in B.C. is free. But this third-party site is fooling people into paying $49

A road test booking website, based in the U.K., gets personal information from B.C. drivers like 27-year-old Matthew Fazakas, who paid $49 to have the site book a test with ICBC, which does not charge for online bookings.

Funeral director among those pushing for cremation alternative that dissolves bodies in water

A Victoria funeral director is among those advocating for an amended Funeral Services Act in B.C. to allow alkaline hydrolysis — also known as aquamation — as an alternative to cremation.

'The audience was spellbound': World-renowned violinist performs at maximum-security prison

Classical violinist Gidon Kremer played a concert for inmates at an Abbotsford prison to launch the fifth year of "Looking at the Stars," which brings classical music to those with no access to traditional venues.

Number of trials postponed in B.C. Supreme Court hit all-time high in 2019

British Columbians with ICBC claims in the courts say their trial dates are being bumped because there's a chronic shortage of judges and because the insurance corporation is low-balling offers and forcing people to sue.