Michelle Gomez

Michelle Gomez is a CBC writer in Vancouver. You can contact her at michelle.gomez@cbc.ca.

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Downtown Eastside residents cast ballots at mobile voting stations in special advance poll

Residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside were able to cast their ballots in advance of the upcoming municipal election on Tuesday.

Nearly 30 hectares of land along Vancouver Island river donated for conservation

A donation to the Nature Trust of B.C. will help ensure a large strip of land along the Englishman River, near Parksville — about 37 kilometres north of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island — remains protected.

Close encounter with humpback whale terrifies — and delights — B.C. family

A B.C. family had a thrilling experience off the coast of Vancouver Island when a humpback whale spent almost an hour rubbing up against their boat, spinning around, and flapping its fins. 

DFO restricts vehicle access to recreational area on Fraser River in effort to protect fish habitat

The DFO says Gill Bar is home to critical fish habitat and holds cultural significance for local First Nations.

Teens who died after Burnaby-New West crash identified as Samir Ali, 18, and Yasbrat Habtamu, 17

Both teens died in hospital after the car they were travelling in was hit by another vehicle that had sped away from a traffic stop, authorities said.

Staffing shortage forces B.C. Ferries to cancel evening sailings to and from Salt Spring Island

The cancelled sailings are due to a senior staff member being sick, says the Salt Spring Island ferry advisory committee.

Rent increase forces closure of Kitsilano brunch spot after 30 years of business

After serving eggs benedicts and other breakfast fare in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood since 1993, Nelly's Grill is closing at the end of the month due a rent increase, its owner says.

Number of mosquitoes 'higher than normal' in Lower Mainland this year

The increase in mosquitoes is concentrated in the Fraser Valley, especially Fort Langley, Walnut Grove, and Maple Ridge.

Expecting parents have to relocate to give birth due to midwife shortage on Salt Spring Island

Robyn Millerd wanted to give birth to her baby on Salt Spring Island, where she was raised and still lives. But instead, due to staffing shortages at the only hospital in the Southern Gulf Islands, she had to uproot her life and move to Vancouver Island at 38 weeks pregnant. 

This East Vancouver cafe made coffee from berries it harvested on site

Over the past few years, Laughing Bean Coffee has grown and harvested coffee berries from a plant that grows in the corner of the shop. This week, those berries were roasted and staff finally got to taste the hyper-local brew.