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Cut police, build affordable housing instead, says B.C. human rights commissioner

British Columbia's human rights commissioner says cutting the number of police officers and using the money saved to build affordable housing should be considered by a legislative committee looking at changing the Police Act.

Premier John Horgan says cross-border tent gatherings at Peace Arch Park a federal issue

Premier John Horgan says concerns about spreading COVID-19 as people from British Columbia and Washington state meet in a cross-border park should be directed at the federal government.

B.C. government 'ill suited' to manage gambling, former lottery corp. chair tells inquiry

The former chairman of the board at the British Columbia Lottery Corp. says he advised cabinet ministers in two different governments to get out of high-end gaming where bet limits reached $100,000.

B.C. lottery president says cash limits at casinos no panacea against illegal money

The president of the British Columbia Lottery Corp. says the former Liberal government called for tighter controls on cash at casinos but didn't order the Crown corporation to impose buy-in limits on gamblers as part of its overall anti-money laundering strategy.

Plans underway for race to replace outgoing B.C. Liberal leader

British Columbia's Liberal party took the first steps Thursday toward selecting a new leader while also addressing a constitutional technicality that still has Andrew Wilkinson as party leader.

Victoria firefighters use homeowners' jackhammer to rescue cat trapped in tiny pipe

Using a jackhammer and other home repair tools to save a cat stuck in a tiny drainpipe ranks as the strangest rescue call one Victoria firefighter can recall responding to in his 20-year career.

Victoria no longer flushes raw sewage into ocean after area opens treatment plant

The Greater Victoria area no longer uses surrounding ocean waters to flush away raw effluent now that a $775 million sewage plant has started treating the equivalent of 43 Olympic-sized pools of waste daily.

Former residential school in northern B.C. slated for demolition: premier

A building in northern B.C. where locals pick up their mail, look for work and seek government help is a place of pain and fear for those who remember it as a residential school.

B.C.'s new economic recovery minister says getting through pandemic will be team effort

The B.C. cabinet minister appointed to lead the province's COVID-19 pandemic recovery says he plans to mount a large team effort from inside and outside of government to spur economic success.

B.C. Lottery Corp. acted too slowly on dirty money in casinos, inquiry hears

British Columbia's Lottery Corporation should have moved faster to protect the integrity of gaming more than a decade ago when it was under attack from organized crime, the public inquiry into money laundering heard Friday.