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Ride-hailing in Vancouver gets off to a contentious start with detours to courts

The long-awaited arrival of Uber and Lyft in Metro Vancouver is facing legal challenges less than a week after they began operating as Surrey's mayor also vows to keep the companies' drivers off the city's streets.

B.C. school board launches public effort to rebrand school named after 'racist' former federal MP

A Vancouver Island school district is embarking on what could be a difficult exercise to rename an elementary school named after a long-serving, controversial former municipal, provincial and federal politician.

Mom of girls murdered by their father says facing Christmas is devastating

Sarah Cotton told a B.C. Supreme Court sentencing hearing she never imagined her former partner, Andrew Berry, would murder his own defenceless daughters.

B.C. treaty commissioner expects UNDRIP bill to speed treaty talks, more deals

The B.C. government's recent passage of Bill 41, legislation implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, should result in smoother and less cumbersome treaty negotiations.

B.C. forest industry facing uncertain future as mills close across province

It seems barely a day goes by without an announcement about layoffs, temporary closures or permanent mill shut downs in British Columbia's struggling forest industry.

B.C. rental crisis goes far beyond impact of short term rentals, say experts

British Columbia's rental housing crisis goes far beyond factoring the impact of short-term rentals, say housing experts who say more building is needed to help families find affordable homes.

B.C. climate plan changes hold government accountable, minister says

British Columbia's environment minister says the province is trying to be more transparent in reporting its progress in fighting climate change through legislative changes introduced Wednesday.

Addiction recovery centre for women faces eviction over B.C. farm rules

An addiction recovery home for women has received an eviction notice after the pastoral property in the Fraser Valley was deemed not to have met regulations governing the use of British Columbia's agricultural land.

Canadian baby boomers being banned from U.S. for admitting they used pot years ago, lawyer says

Canadians in their 50s and 60s are being slapped with lifetime bans from the United States after telling border officers the decades-old truth when asked if they've ever smoked pot.

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Canucks camp opens

Vancouver Canucks newcomer Micheal Ferland was singing the praises of Elias Pettersson on Friday after skating on a line with the NHL's reigning rookie of the year on the opening day of training camp.

Up to 800 forestry jobs lost as Teal-Jones halts harvesting in southwest B.C.

The difficulties facing British Columbia's forest industry are compounding as the Teal-Jones Group says it is immediately shutting down its coastal harvesting operations.

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.