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Mount Polley mine disaster 5 years later; emotions, accountability unresolved

People are swimming and fishing in Quesnel Lake five years after the largest environmental mining disaster in Canadian history, but residents of Likely, B.C., are still struggling with unresolved emotions about what happened and who will be held accountable for the dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine.

Victoria police will be dispatched on priority basis, chief says, as force faces cost pressures

The Victoria and Esquimalt police board released a report Wednesday outlining plans by the police department to transform its delivery of services and deployment of resources.

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The British Columbia government's firm position on tougher driver's licence requirements for ride-hailing is a move in the right direction, given the experiences from other jurisdictions, a transportation expert says.

Plans to save threatened B.C. caribou on hold as NDP mends fences

The New Democrats continue to face widespread criticism in northeast B.C. over the government's attempts to introduce plans to save threatened caribou herds.

Vancouver Island treaty agreement in principle includes West Coast Trail

Portions of the 75-kilometre West Coast Trail and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve are included in the proposed land, cash and self-government agreement signed Friday.

'Beautiful boy' slipped between health-care cracks, father says after B.C. inquest

The parents of a Victoria-area teen who died of a drug overdose say they don't want other families to experience the trauma of having a child slip out of their caring hands.

Indigenous drummers lead pipeline protesters on 22-km march in Victoria

Indigenous drummers in British Columbia are leading an anti-pipeline protest along a 22-kilometre route that passes through Victoria and ends at a beach north of the city.

B.C. mom tells inquest of son's descent into drugs, finding him 'gone' in bedroom

Elliot Eurchuk's parents had been calling for an inquest since shortly after he died at home on April 20, 2018. The inquest began in Victoria on Monday morning.

B.C. garden keeper tried for 4 years to film this tarantula shedding its exoskeleton

Don't worry — this spider isn't deadly.

Crackdown on money laundering does not include federal public inquiry, says minister

Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair said Tuesday the crackdown on dirty money in Canada's economy will not include a federal public inquiry. Blair admits money laundering is occurring across Canada and internationally, but the federal government has already started implementing measures to combat illegal money.
Analysis

Green Party win in B.C. shows climate issues could impact October

British Columbia voters sent a message that Canadians are deeply concerned about the environment and climate issues will be at the forefront in October's federal election campaign, jubilant Green Party supporters said Monday night.

B.C. labour code changes to provide greater protection for workers

British Columbia plans to change the province's labour code in an effort to provide greater protections for workers and stability for employers.

B.C. government introduces legislation to raise the working age for children

The British Columbia government is changing employment standards to protect children on the job after WorkSafeBC paid a total of $5.2 million in work injury claims to children 15 years and under from 2007 to 2017.
Recap

Pacific defeats Halifax as part of Canadian Premier League's opening weekend

Pacific FC defeated HFX Wanderers FC of Halifax 1-0 in a fast-moving contest that kicked off the start of a new era in professional soccer in Canada on Sunday in Langford, B.C.

Elizabeth May's wedding dress was a 'walk through a garden' on Earth Day

Instead of marching for Earth Day, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May marched down the aisle in Victoria's Christ Church Cathedral.