Bridgette Watson

Bridgette Watson writes and produces for news and current affairs at CBC British Columbia. You can reach her at or @Beewatz on Twitter.

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Cuddly robots charm B.C. seniors as researchers study benefits of AI pals in elder care

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are pairing Japanese social robots with seniors to see how they interact and examine the potential benefits the robots, which can recognize voices and faces, could bring to seniors seeking some companionship.

We asked every school district in B.C. how many portables they have. Here's what we found

The issue of school portables in British Columbia aren't just confined to Surrey, B.C. — and depending on how you look at the numbers, the city is nowhere close to the largest hot spot. 

Okanagan wildfire evacuees wait to learn if they have homes to return to after harrowing night

Thousands of properties are under evacuation order as fire crews battle blazes on both sides of Okanagan Lake.

Aggressive wildfire threatens major Okanagan cities

The night sky above West Kelowna was awash in a terrifying orange glow Thursday as a fast-burning wildfire threatened thousands of properties, forcing residents to flee their homes and local authorities to declare states of emergency.

Tugboat owners plead guilty to safety charges connected to fatal sinking near Kitimat, B.C.

The owners of a tugboat that sank in coastal waters south of Kitimat, B.C., causing the death of two mariners, have pleaded guilty to safety charges under the Workers Compensation Act.

6 years after its rejection, Chinatown condo project is back on the table and dividing the neighbourhood

A proposed development in the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown that has divided the local community for years is back on the table at city hall and stirring up tensions once again.

B.C. Holocaust survivor shares stories of harrowing history — and hope — in 2023 memoir

Marie Doduck, author of A Childhood Unspoken, spent years hiding from the Nazis until she was sent to Canada to start a new life. To mark Canadian Jewish Heritage Month, Doduck shared fascinating snippets of her life story with CBC's The Early Edition.

Residents urged to evacuate as wildfires continue to rage in northeast B.C.

As of Monday afternoon, three "fires of note" — those that are particularly visible or pose a danger to the public — are burning in the Prince George Fire Centre in northern B.C.

B.C. couple safe in Egypt after fleeing Sudanese conflict

Hassan and Joesette El Ashi pushed through sandstorms and multiple checkpoints to safety and will soon reunite with their son in New Westminster who has been anxiously waiting their return since intense fighting broke out in the country in mid-April.

Vancouver police, city staff begin removing encampment on East Hastings Street

Police moved into Vancouver's Downtown Eastside on Wednesday as the city prepared to remove a street encampment from the neighbourhood. Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim later said eight encampment residents who have asked for shelter have been accommodated.