Belle Puri

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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.

Latest from Belle Puri

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.
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This paramedic commutes 6 hours to work in Vancouver because he can't afford to live there

Nearly 200 B.C. paramedics commute from places like Vancouver Island and the Okanagan every four days to get to their full-time jobs on the Lower Mainland.

ICBC cuts deal on year-old dispute with homeowner after CBC intervenes

Vancouver resident Binh Le says he is happy he finally has a settlement from ICBC reimbursing him for repairs to a fence around his home on 41st Avenue at Rupert Street but is frustrated the insurer didn't pay the full cost. 

'The wounds never go away': Baby Y-Dang named after Cambodian refugee camp remembers Canadian arrival

2020 marks 40 years since Y-Dang Troeung was named after the Cambodian refugee camp where she was born and her family arrived in Canada under the federal government's private sponsorship program.

'Til death do us part: Wedding fair operator's death leaves exhibitors out thousands

Exhibitors signed up for the 43rd Vancouver Wedding Show Jan. 11 and 12, 2020 are without a fair and out their deposits after the sudden death of 72-year-old founder Gary Meister.

'I got accepted for 2024': B.C. nurse outraged with 4-year wait to upgrade credentials

B.C. licensed practical nurses like Karishma Sekhon, who has six years experience, are frustrated with limited opportunities to upgrade their skills to become registered nurses.

Scotiabank refuses to honour forgotten GICs until CBC steps in

Scotiabank refused to cash two GICs worth $1,500 each bought by Brian Pike in 1991. Bank officials said the institution had no record of the investments even though Pike has the original certificates, which matured in 1992. With interest, Pike is owed $3,240.

'He saved our lives': B.C. woman among 1,000 Polish children adopted by Indian maharaja during WWII

Eighty-eight-year-old Karolina Rybka, of Kelowna, was one of the 1,000 Polish children adopted by the Maharaja Jam Saheb Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji of Nawanagar, in India, after they were released from Siberian camps during the Second World War.

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