Bridgette Watson

Bridgette Watson is an associate producer and writer at CBC Vancouver. You can reach her at or @Beewatz on Twitter.

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Advocates for sex trade workers raise concerns about VicPD human trafficking probe

Project No More aimed to identify area sex trade workers who are, or are at risk of, being victims of human traffickers, but critics of the project say police tactics were manipulative.

B.C. First Nation secures funding for multi-million-dollar project in ancient rainforest park

The Ancient Forest Park, or Chun T'oh Whudujut in the local Lheidli language, is located 120 kilometres east of Prince George and protects a portion of the only inland temperate rainforest in the world. Project plans include new hiking trails and an interpretive centre.

Journalists of colour react to CBC host resigning over lack of Indigenous, Black representation

Canada's media institutions have been under the microscope in the past few weeks for their part in perpetuating systemic racism, and the CBC has been no exception.

Tribal council to restrict entry to most of Vancouver Island's west coast until COVID-19 safety conditions met

The tribal council, representing 14 First Nations along 300 kilometres of the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, is calling for more consultation with government and the assured health and safety of members, before welcoming visitors back to their land.

Race-based COVID-19 data collection should be mandatory, says City of Vancouver committee

The city's racial equity committee joins health advocates, elected officials and human rights commissions across the country who say racialized communities are at high risk of contracting the disease and gathering information is critical to protect vulnerable groups.

Peaceful Vancouver protest against anti-black racism gives organizer feeling of hope

Prominent members of black community say while it is encouraging to see people wake up to injustice, there are still many on the sidelines whose silence is part of the problem, not the solution.

Did Neanderthals draw? This B.C. researcher is going to test DNA in old cave art to find out

University of Victoria paleoanthropologist Genevieve von Petzinger has been awarded a National Geographic grant to scrape and test genetic material from cave art created around 40,000 years ago to find out who did the drawings.

Resuming family court should be a priority as B.C. eases pandemic restrictions, former AG says

COVID-19 restrictions during the past two months have had a big impact on how family law cases are being processed and the province says putting health and safety measures in place to reopen is a 'massive undertaking'.

Vancouver's Central Library celebrates 25th anniversary with takeout book service, new computer lab

The West Georgia Street location opened on this day in 1995 and this year, staff are opening a new computer lab and launching 'take out' book service to mark the occasion.

B.C. religious leaders taking a cautious approach to reopening places of worship

The province is now in Phase 2 of its restart plan, but some faith leaders are not planning to reopen for weeks to ensure safety measures are in place in places of prayer.

B.C. leaders from every level of government condemn rise in anti-Asian racism

In the wake of an alleged racially motivated assault on Vancouver transit, and a widely condemned Instagram post by Canadian singer Bryan Adams, politicians at the municipal, provincial and federal level are speaking out against anti-Asian hate during the pandemic.

B.C. marine biologist wins $250K award for work protecting seahorses around the world

Amanda Vincent, a professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of B.C., has won the prestigious Indianapolis Prize for exposing the global trade of seahorses and establishing projects to protect them.

'We need to fix this': Horgan pushes feds to foot the bill for paid sick leave

In order to reopen businesses, B.C. employers must have clear policies to make sure that anyone who has symptoms of a cold, the flu or COVID-19 does not go into work.

This cat will come back: Fred Penner's anniversary tour sidelined but not squashed by COVID-19

The popular children's entertainer was in the midst of his The Cat Came Back 40th Anniversary Tour when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Here's how B.C. schools will return to classroom learning

The Ministry of Education has released a five-stage plan for all 60 school districts in B.C. to put into action.