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Victoria no longer flushes raw sewage into ocean after area opens treatment plant

The Greater Victoria area no longer uses surrounding ocean waters to flush away raw effluent now that a $775 million sewage plant has started treating the equivalent of 43 Olympic-sized pools of waste daily.

Former residential school in northern B.C. slated for demolition: premier

A building in northern B.C. where locals pick up their mail, look for work and seek government help is a place of pain and fear for those who remember it as a residential school.

B.C.'s new economic recovery minister says getting through pandemic will be team effort

The B.C. cabinet minister appointed to lead the province's COVID-19 pandemic recovery says he plans to mount a large team effort from inside and outside of government to spur economic success.

B.C. Lottery Corp. acted too slowly on dirty money in casinos, inquiry hears

British Columbia's Lottery Corporation should have moved faster to protect the integrity of gaming more than a decade ago when it was under attack from organized crime, the public inquiry into money laundering heard Friday.

B.C. lottery corp.'s anti-money laundering chief tells inquiry lack of police response concerned him

A former police officer who heads the British Columbia Lottery Corporation's anti-money laundering programs says he was concerned and surprised about the lack of observable response from police agencies over his reports of illegal money in casinos.

As final vote count begins, lead in 2 B.C. ridings shifts from Liberal to NDP

The four undecided ridings are: Abbotsford-Mission, Chilliwack-Kent, Richmond-South Centre and Vernon-Monashee.

B.C. leaders debate is a chance for voters to truly assess candidates in impersonal, virtual campaign: experts

The leaders of B.C.'s three main political parties will meet Tuesday in a televised debate that political experts say could be one of the few events where voters get a chance to truly assess the leaders in what has been a largely scripted online election campaign.

New faces bring renewal, political opportunity after B.C.'s Oct. 24 election

The number of people not seeking re-election for the New Democrats, Liberals and Greens leaves the door wide open for political opportunity and party renewal, say political experts.

Group behind Victoria mural agrees with police chief that anti-cop acronym is offensive

The group sponsoring a Victoria, B.C., mural spelling "More Justice, More Peace" agrees that a portion of it is offensive.

Norma Fitzsimmons, founder of Victoria's 'cheeky' winter flower count, dies at 97

The Victoria woman who started a light-hearted campaign to count flower blossoms sprouting in British Columbia's capital when much of Canada remained locked in winter's grip has died.

Premier John Horgan says B.C. restart making gains as more people come out of their homes

British Columbia's gradual restart is gaining ground as some industries resume operations and more people leave their homes to participate in the economy, Premier John Horgan said Thursday.

Peacock removed from apartment doorway after attack on resident

Animal control officers in Victoria have evicted a male peacock from an apartment entrance after the bird's daily courtship activities escalated to an attack on a resident over the weekend.

B.C. politicians return for 'unique' sitting of legislature during pandemic

In a building where face-to-face debates between political opponents are normal activities, the British Columbia legislature will be a much different place when it returns Monday for a summer sitting.

Chantel Moore's mother says she wants justice after fatal police shooting

A grieving mother says she wants justice for her daughter, Chantel Moore, who was fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B., earlier this month during a check on her well-being.

Politics as normal suspended in B.C., but will that change when house returns?

British Columbia's Opposition leader says fighting the pandemic produced a unified health front among traditional adversaries, but with the province facing its darkest economic crisis in decades, political battle lines must go beyond working together to flatten the COVID-19 curve.