Meera Bains


Meera Bains is a reporter/editor for CBC News Vancouver. Contact: @meerakati,

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Site C dam budget nearly doubles to $16B, but B.C. NDP forging on with megaproject

The B.C. NDP government is forging ahead with the Site C dam project after receiving technical reports concluding the project is safe and financial estimates indicating the cost of reversing the project would have a "severe" impact on taxpayers.

Travellers struggle to book quarantine hotels in B.C., as phone lines back up

A couple who travelled to India due to a family funeral and now need to return say they have been trying for three days to book a quarantine hotel in Metro Vancouver through the phone line designated by the Canadian government.

Haisla woman and partner sue B.C.'s Northern Health after baby's death, alleging racism

A Haisla woman and her partner are suing Northern Health, two hospitals and health-care staff after their baby girl died. They allege they were not provided proper care and were subjected to racial stereotyping.

South Asian community leader Charan Gill, dead at age 84, leaves long legacy of social justice activism

Tributes are pouring in for Charan Gill, who is being remembered as a passionate community leader who championed social justice in B.C. by fighting racism and supporting causes including better standards for immigrant workers and women's rights.

Vancouver student settles human rights complaint over anti-Black video circulated by fellow student

A student has reached a settlement in her human rights complaint against the Vancouver School Board for how it dealt with anti-Black racism at Lord Byng Secondary School after a threatening video surfaced.

Family frustrated by lack of refund from Whistler Blackcomb after cancelling trip due to pandemic

Susan Nichol says her Saskatoon family is being responsible by not taking the trip to Whistler, B.C., which was scheduled for Feb. 13-20, and that means at least some of the $1,700 they spent on ski passes should be returned.

Snowboarder rescued after being partially buried by avalanche in North Shore mountains

North Shore Rescue says ground crews have rescued a snowboarder who was caught in an avalanche in the backcountry on Tuesday afternoon in Cypress Provincial Park. 

Vancouver School Board adds more in-person class instruction after complaints from parents

The Vancouver School Board says changes are being made to secondary school schedules to boost in-person class hours after complaints from parents who are concerned over a lack of instruction compared to other districts.

Churches violating COVID-19 rules should lose tax grant, says Township of Langley councillor

Churches in the Township of Langley could lose property tax grants after being fined for breaking COVID-19 rules if a local councillor succeeds with a motion presented to council this week. 

Popular West Vancouver hiking trail closed after landslide damage

West Vancouver Police say a portion of the Capilano Pacific Trail near Moyne Drive is closed to the public after a significant portion of the pathway gave way due to a landslide.