Meera Bains

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Meera Bains is CBC's Provincial Affairs reporter. Contact: @meerakati, meera.bains@cbc.ca

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Modest momentum driving B.C. economy as province set to unveil budget, but questions for the long-term remain

As the province prepares to table its budget, experts say B.C.'s economy is expected to remain moderately strong, however questions remain over how it will sustain long-term economic growth.

B.C. Liberals seek renewal but face divisions on the road to choosing a new leader

The B.C. Liberal Party is electing their new leader on Saturday with more than 40,000 members voting from Feb. 3 to 5.

Surrey mayor's court date for public mischief charge moved to February

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum did not appear in person for his first court date on a charge of public mischief over a police complaint he made in September, with his lawyers attending online on his behalf instead.

Federal government to spend $8.9M to expand Indigenous justice centres in B.C.

The federal government will spend nearly $9 million over five years to expand Indigenous justice centres in B.C. as part of a new agreement with the province and First Nations Justice Council to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system.

Surrey mayoral race heats up as long-term MP says he's considering run

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum could be facing strong competition in the next civic election as long-running Member of Parliament Sukh Dhaliwal considers running for the city's top job.

Interim B.C. Liberal Party leader pushes for alert system during provincial emergencies

Interim Liberal Leader Shirley Bond says she's looking forward to handing over the reins to a new party leader and says British Columbians need more responsive government guidance during emergencies.

Interim B.C. Liberal leader prepares to hand over reins, calls for better response to provincial emergencies

Interim Liberal Leader Shirley Bond says she's looking forward to handing over the reins to a new party leader and says British Columbians need more responsive government guidance during emergencies.

B.C. Green Party leader pushing for more transparency, collaboration and climate-framed policy in 2022

B.C. Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau says, for her, the need for more transparency and collaboration in government are two of the biggest takeaways from the province's three states of emergency this year.

B.C. government brings in $10 application fee for freedom-of-information requests

B.C. is charging for Freedom of Information requests for the first time, although the government announced Monday it's waiving the $10 fee for some First Nations organizations.

Nurse reports being assaulted at Royal Columbian hospital, sparking renewed calls for better security

A nurse who says she was assaulted while working at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster on Halloween night is demanding better security for health-care workers.

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