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.

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Critics say budget 2020 offers little to families struggling with affordability

The province's 2020 budget promises spending for roads, hospitals and schools, but some families were hoping to see benefits closer to home.

With Olympics in reach, SFU swimmer seeks answers for coach's mysterious absence

A top swimming coach at Simon Fraser University has been on a leave of absence for a month at a crucial time for the team. Athletes fear the distraction and disruption to their training could sink their chances but neither the coach nor the school will explain the situation.

Man who stole 150 wigs, some for kids with cancer, gets 3½-year sentence

Martin Wiegelt was sentenced for the break-in to Eva & Co. Wigs and two other break-ins after pleading guilty. Police have called him one of Vancouver's most prolific property offenders with over 100 criminal convictions since 1987.

'You feel ashamed': Despite tighter rules, struggling British Columbians still embrace payday loans

The rules keep tightening on payday lending but a credit counsellor says he's still seeing people run into problems with them. Advocates are asking if payday lending is really just for emergencies anymore or if some are relying on them to make ends meet.

We ask kids, seniors and a philosopher: Does time really go faster as you age?

As a wise song once said, "the years start coming and they don't stop coming;" at least it sure feels that way. It turns out time can speed up for adults, but age isn't the real story.

'Why is this happening to me?' Immigration issues keep B.C. man and wife apart for 20 years of marriage

Paramjit Basanti has been married to his wife, Charanjit, for over 20 years. In all that time, they've only been together about 18 months because multiple attempts to sponsor her for Canadian permanent residency have failed. His lawyer says it's a symptom of bigger problems.

Drunken, heated argument about sugar daddies gets server fired — but leads to sweet payout

Was it fair for an upscale Vancouver seafood restaurant to fire an off-duty employee having an argument about sugar daddies while she was on the premises? A labour lawyer says these issues are becoming more common.

Mysterious Uber ban has B.C. man seeking answers — and a higher standard from tech giant

It wasn't until CBC News began making inquiries that Yuanhang Yang found out why he was banned from ride-hailing giant Uber's system. A professor says this case illustrates the problems letting an algorithm decide who gets to use ride-hailing services, which are about to arrive in B.C.

To mark a mother's death, cookies, gloves and a message of hope on the Downtown Eastside

To honour her mother, who died a year ago Friday, Chelsea Brent walked through the Downtown Eastside Friday and distributed 150 care packages. She wants to spread a message her mother didn't hear enough: that everyone matters.

In election's wake, Trans Mountain still looms large in B.C. and beyond

In the riding of Burnaby North-Seymour, the Trans Mountain pipeline was a major issue in the tight contest. Incumbent Terry Beech held on to his seat but a political scientist says the pipeline could remain a political point of contention in a minority Parliament.

B.C. man sues Monsanto, Bayer, alleging Roundup herbicide caused his cancer

Cliff Sissons of Cranbrook, B.C., is suing the makers of the well-used herbicide, alleging exposure over the years caused him to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The maker of Roundup says the product is safe.

Food for pot: Cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals now legal but can't be sold for some time

The rules for those products — cannabis edibles; cannabis extracts including vaping products; and cannabis topicals — have been the source of some criticism, however.

Canadians may not be as 'obsessed' over immigration this election, but it remains a key issue for parties

A pollster says Canadians aren’t invested in the issue of refugees in the 2019 election like they were in 2015 — but misperceptions are widespread on the issue. We look at how the parties are addressing refugees in this campaign.

Then and now: How Metro Vancouver has changed since Canada entered WWII 80 years ago

Canada's entry into the Second World War took place decades ago, but a historian says those years brought some lasting changes to the city. A comparison of photos from then and now puts those changes into perspective.

Child care in Sea-to-Sky region going from 'bad to worse to crisis to chaos'

Families in places like Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton are facing increasingly dire child-care circumstances as their communities grow rapidly. It's left some families facing tough choices.