Briar Stewart

Briar Stewart is a senior reporter with CBC News. For more than a decade, she has been covering stories for television, radio and online. She is based in Vancouver and can be reached at or on Twitter @briarstewart

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Northern towns straddling Canada-U.S. border push to become a pandemic bubble

Travel restrictions have disconnected two small, remote towns that have traditionally shared a special sense of community across the Canada-U.S. border.

How COVID-19 worsens Canada's digital divide

When the pandemic thrust most school, work and services online, it further highlighted not just how essential the internet has become but also the urban-rural divide around access. 

Government-sanctioned safe supply not enough to get some off fentanyl-laced street drugs

Nearly 2,000 people in B.C. have been prescribed hydromorphone, a synthetic opioid, under the province's safe-supply program, but fatal overdoses continue to rise and reached a historic high in June, with 175 deaths.

Luck and timing: How B.C. has managed to avoid the worst-case COVID-19 scenario

B.C.'s COVID-19 death rate of approximately 33 deaths per million people is one of the lowest among jurisdictions in Canada, the U.S. and western Europe with populations of five million or more. Officials and health experts credit its success to a combination of sound decision-making and good fortune.

COVID-19 travel advisories create tensions in B.C. tourist towns

Tourist communities in the B.C. Interior are appealing for calm after at least five vehicles bearing Alberta plates were allegedly vandalized, left with nasty notes the drivers were aggressively confronted, telling them to go home.

Slow return for Canada's dental offices as pandemic restrictions ease

As dental offices start to reopen across the country, they are concerned about having sufficient protective gear and protocols to safely see patients, and seeing enough of them so they can keep the office running. 

Travel restrictions turn peak season into bleak season for tourism sector

The May long weekend typically marks the beginning of the peak travel season within Canada, but border closures and travel restrictions have thrust the country's tourism sector into what industry insiders are calling an unprecedented crisis.

Anxiety rises for tenants and landlords as May rent comes due

Uncertainty is growing around how many Canadian tenants will decide not to pay all or part of their monthly rent on May 1 because their finances have been hit by job losses and business closures as a result of the pandemic.

Researchers study whether 'life in lockdown' is making us more active outside

Researchers from the University of the Fraser Valley are surveying people about their physical activity levels during the pandemic.

'I felt a tiny bit invincible until I got this': Vancouver ER doctor with COVID-19 shares his story

Dr. Joseph Finkler of Vancouver is among dozens of front-line health-care workers who have been infected with COVID-19 in Canada. He says it has been a humbling experience, but he is looking forward to the day when he's cleared to return to work and continue fighting the pandemic.

'We can't talk to him': Father's COVID-19 infection puts B.C. family in separate quarantine

Rosa, a 24-year-old student, and her mother are in self-isolation at home with symptoms, while her father is in a Vancouver intensive care unit, having likely been infected with COVID-19 at a dental conference.

'A big gamble': U.K. government faces criticism over its coronavirus plan

The British government is facing growing criticism from scientists and even a former Conservative health secretary over its plan to try to delay the spread of the coronavirus as its number of confirmed cases totals nearly 800.

The prince and the rocker: Harry teams up with Bon Jovi at Abbey Road

Prince Harry was at the place made famous by the Beatles to meet American rocker Jon Bon Jovi in one of his last events before stepping back from his official duties for the Royal Family.

Canadian researcher to lead largest known study on transgender athletes

A Canadian-born researcher is helping to launch the first substantial study of transgender athletes in a bid to better understand how transitioning and hormone therapy affects athletic performance. 

Where are the endangered whales? Southern residents haven't been spotted in B.C.'s Salish Sea

Southern resident killer whales which are often spotted in the Salish Sea near Vancouver throughout June haven't been seen this season, and scientists believe that could be because of the lack of chinook salmon.