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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.

Public safety minister says new law empowers people to report drug-and-crime houses, so they can be shut down

"People living near "crack shacks" and other dangerous nuisance properties have been waiting more than half a decade for this law to actually help them," Mike Farnworth said.

B.C. herring roe fishery ends for another season amid ongoing controversy

As the herring roe fishery closes for the season, opponents gear up to fight its reopening next year. Conservationists and environmentalists worry that overfishing of herring stocks could lead to further decline of chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales.

B.C. introduces law to prevent money laundering, tax evasion in real estate

The British Columbia government introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at preventing tax evasion and money laundering by shining a spotlight on anonymous real estate owners hiding behind shell and numbered companies.

B.C. legislature committee calls for no regulatory roadblocks to ride hailing

An all-party committee is examining ride-hailing regulations in British Columbia. It recommends few restrictions when it comes to boundaries, fares, and supplies of vehicles and drivers. But Transportation Minister Claire Trevena is staying firm with a Class 4 requirement because it provides more safety for passengers.

B.C. hospital's use as shelter 'clarion call' about housing crisis, says mayor

The 10-bed regional hospital that serves the medical needs of 5,000 people on the remote west coast of Vancouver Island has been doing extra duty lately as an emergency shelter for the homeless and poorly housed, says the mayor of Tofino.

B.C. Finance Minister says budget will battle poverty, climate change

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James says the 2019 budget will invest in social, environmental and economic initiatives as other provinces across the country cut programs and rein in spending.