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A year of trauma, catharsis, and finally peace for some survivors of Kamloops residential school

The year since the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced that ground-penetrating radar had located the suspected grave sites in a former apple orchard has been one of national reckoning about residential schools in Canada.

Work to exhume remains at former Kamloops residential school could begin soon, chief says

After a year of grieving since the detection of 215 suspected unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, a new phase begins in the journey of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation ⁠— bringing the missing children home.

B.C. Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon knocks museum 'vanity project' after taking seat in legislature

British Columbia Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon said that if elected premier he would halt plans to build a new Royal B.C. Museum, calling it a "billion-dollar vanity project" after he took his seat in the legislature.

Pickleball's growth raises a racket in Victoria, city bans sport in some parks following noise complaints

Pickleball players readily admit their sport makes noise, but complaining about the sound of people having a healthy good time is out of bounds, say players and officials.

Vancouver byelection a battle over past and future for B.C. Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon, observers say

A byelection that could put new British Columbia Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon back in the province's legislature is a race about the past and future, say both the candidates and political experts.

B.C. Liberal Stephanie Cadieux resigns seat, takes federal post to help people with disabilities

Stephanie Cadieux, who represents Surrey South, is resigning her Surrey-area seat after 13 years at the legislature to become Canada's first chief accessibility officer.

Reconciliation fund plan would allow Victoria homeowners to donate to First Nations via property tax

Homeowners in Victoria could soon have the option to voluntarily add between five and 10 per cent extra to their annual property tax bill as a contribution to local Indigenous nations.

Tofino, B.C. cuts out plastic forks, knives in growing pollution prevention effort

Tofino, B.C. Mayor Dan Law says the coastal British Columbia community, known for its beaches and surfer-friendly waves, has banned single-use plastic cutlery in a move to keep its ocean playground pollution free.

Permanent daylight time shift remains on hold as clocks set to move ahead Sunday

There is public support for a switch to permanent daylight time in British Columbia and Ontario, which have passed laws to allow the change, but the potential costs and risks of going it alone are holding up the move, say business and political experts.

By building in fire and flood zones, governments are still creating climate-change disaster risks, expert says

The province must do more than implement recovery programs for climate-change disasters, said Prof. Jean Slick, who heads the disaster and emergency management program at Royal Roads University in Victoria.