Liam Britten

Digital journalist

Liam Britten is an award-winning journalist for CBC Vancouver. You can contact him at or follow him on Twitter: @liam_britten. Liam contributes to CBC Vancouver's Impact Team, where he investigates and reports on stories that impact people in their local community.

Latest from Liam Britten

Vancouver high schoolers suffering from too few instructional hours during pandemic, parents say

The Vancouver School Board is getting a failing grade from some parents who say their children aren't getting enough class time in high school. This perceived instructional deficit has them worried about their kids' academic prospects in the future and their mental health today.

Opera-loving, globe-trotting, sharp-dressing godfather and mentor dies of COVID-19

Rolf Hundvik, 88, died at an assisted-living home in Burnaby that has seen 28 deaths due to COVID-19. Those closest to him are describing the loss of a mentor who made a huge impression on their lives.

Pemberton-area avalanche victim loved the outdoors, had safety training, says his mother

“Nicholas did live his dreams,” Suzanne Bowker said of her son, who was found dead Tuesday. “And I am happy that he was happy. I'm not happy that he's gone but I'm happy that he was able to do so much in his 30 years.

2,206 new cases of COVID-19 and 74 deaths confirmed in B.C. over past 5 days

As of Tuesday, there are 7,580 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. A record high of 373 people are in hospital, including 80 in intensive care.

Meet the magnificent shop cats of Vancouver

The shop cat is an uncommon sight in Vancouver but you can find them in some businesses acting as mousers and mascots.

Stabbed in the head and suffering PTSD, ex-employee takes B.C. Corrections to human rights tribunal

A former correctional supervisor alleges his former employer discriminated against him for PTSD he developed on the job, costing him a career he took pride in. An expert on jails and prisons says it's a problem for correctional staff across Canada and one with implications for public safety.

Vancouver police officers criminally charged over violent takedown that victim says was racially motivated

Two Vancouver police officers have been charged with assault and assault with a weapon for the 2018 arrest of a Black man in downtown Vancouver.

Underinsurance leads to whopping bill after fire at condo building

A first-time homeowner and others in Chilliwack are grappling with extraordinary costs as a result of a fire in their condo building after discovering it was underinsured. An expert on condo policy says it’s an expensive cautionary tale for others.

Adrian Dix says PHSA must 'do better' after whistleblowers allege misspending

A review of spending at the Public Health Services Authority of B.C. has made several recommendations, including that an independent advisor look into a “problematic purchase” of personal protective equipment among other concerns.

Police say they have 'a very good idea' of what happened in Burnaby home where 18-year-old woman was killed

Police say the woman sustained life-threatening injuries in the home. She died in hospital.

COVID-19 claims 13 more lives, as B.C. confirms 887 new cases

B.C. health officials announced 887 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths on Thursday.

Homework assignment to list 'positive' stories about residential schools under investigation

A B.C. school district is investigating after students were asked to find positive stories about Canada’s residential school system for Indigenous children.

In B.C.'s malls, pet shops and more, visits with Santa Claus are being St. Nixed

Like almost every facet of our lives, events with Santa Claus — for little ones of all species — are in flux this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some malls and other venues are offering Santa visits but expect them to look quite different.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Nov. 19

Provincial health officials announced new restrictions, orders and guidelines Thursday on masks, socializing, and community and social events. The province also announced new case numbers.

Bereavement walking group on hold as Lower Mainland COVID-19 cases continue to rise

The Vancouver Hospice Society hopes a long-running walking program that supports people in mourning will resume soon. With COVID-19 cases reaching new highs in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions, the society felt it couldn't run safely.