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B.C. government lawyers defend certification of Coastal GasLink pipeline

Arguments over the extension of the environmental assessment certificate for a controversial natural gas pipeline resumed today in British Columbia Supreme Court.

Chinese Canadian Museum of B.C. opens first exhibit in Vancouver's Chinatown

A giant, intricate dragon mask and a hand-painted wok greet visitors to the first-ever exhibition of the Chinese Canadian Museum of British Columbia in Vancouver's Chinatown.

Ex-UVic rower Lily Copeland sues women's coach, school over alleged verbal abuse

A former member of the University of Victoria's varsity women's rowing team is suing the head coach and the university over allegations of demeaning and aggressive treatment.

Lack of bees, pollination limiting crop yields across U.S., B.C., study finds

A lack of wild bees and managed honeybees is limiting pollination and yields for certain crops on farms in British Columbia and across the United States, a collective of researchers has found.

Proposed class action lawsuit led by former constable alleges racism in RCMP

One of the first Indigenous women to join the RCMP in Manitoba is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges systemic racism within the force.

Advocates call for community-led crisis intervention, not police

Deaths and injuries involving police during so-called wellness checks coupled with recent protests against police brutality are generating scrutiny over how officers respond to people struggling with mental health challenges.

'Salmon cannon' up and running at B.C. landslide, but fish slow to arrive

Fisheries and Oceans Canada says early runs of chinook can begin arriving in the area in late May but very few fish have arrived so far because of abnormally high snowpacks around the Fraser and its tributaries.

Canadian research network examining pregnancy and COVID-19

Clinicians and epidemiologists don't yet know much about COVID-19 and pregnancy, says the leader of a newly formed national network that's examining maternal and infant outcomes among pregnant women who fell ill with the disease.

'Almost complete loss' of early salmon runs at Fraser River slide last year: DFO

Early runs of Stuart sockeye and chinook salmon were devastated last year because they couldn't make it past a massive landslide on British Columbia's Fraser River, government officials said Tuesday.

B.C. government, advocates spar over success of moving homeless people into temporary housing

The British Columbia government and advocates for homeless people are at odds over whether moving hundreds of people into temporary housing amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been successful.

Allan Schoenborn case returns to B.C. Review Board for annual hearing

The British Columbia Review Board has reserved its decision on whether the director of a psychiatric hospital should have the discretion to allow limited, unescorted community outings for a man who was found not criminally responsible in the killings of his three children.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a 'public health crisis,' says B.C. researcher

A British Columbia mother in her late 30s says there was "no support in sight" after she suffered two serious blows to the head at the hands of different partners more than a decade ago.

Caribou habitat restoration may be ineffective in the short term, says UBC study

A new study done in northeastern Alberta suggests habitat restoration may not be enough to save threatened woodland caribou, at least in the short term, and researchers at the University of British Columbia say their results make the case for a more rigorous analysis of conservation methods.

Switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds, B.C. wildlife experts tell hunters

Hunting season in British Columbia can have toxic consequences for birds of prey and it's time to get the lead out of ammunition to stop them from being poisoned, say raptor expert.

Smoke from 2017 B.C. wildfires helps expert model climate impacts of nuclear war

Unprecedented smoke from British Columbia's wildfires in 2017 is helping scientists model the potential impacts of nuclear war on the Earth's climate, says a study from Rutgers University.