Lisa Johnson


Lisa Johnson is a reporter for CBC News in British Columbia, covering news around the province with a specialty in science, nature, and making sense of complicated things. Get in touch at or through Twitter at @lisasj.

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PNE extends mini-doughnut drive-thru due to overwhelming demand

With this year's Pacific National Exhibition cancelled, the fair tried something new to deliver warm bags of sugary fried dough, and support the concessionaires who have lost their income.

'This is not the time': Heiltsuk Nation tells yachters they can't visit during COVID-19 pandemic

Despite daily exhortations from health-care officials to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and repeated pleas by remote communities to stay away, the Heiltsuk Nation on B.C.'s Central Coast says travellers in yachts and sailboats are still showing up.

ER doctor says B.C. not testing enough for COVID-19, provincial health officer disagrees

An emergency room doctor on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 posted a YouTube video this weekend to share his concerns about testing and public complacency — and has gotten a response from B.C.'s provincial health officer.

No COVID-19 testing for cluster of illness after Vancouver memorial service

Nearly a dozen people who attended a memorial service on Vancouver's West Side when gatherings were still allowed have fallen ill. They'v been told they are not eligible for testing — illustrating B.C.'s changing strategy against COVID-19.

'Help is on the way' for renters during coronavirus crisis, says B.C. housing minister

If the COVID-19 pandemic hits vulnerable populations like Vancouver's DTES, plans are in place to move people to isolate them, while officials warn of the challenge next week when income assistance cheques are distributed Wednesday.

HIV rate in B.C. expected to hit record low in 2019

After years of steady decline from using HIV/AIDS treatment as prevention, B.C. officials expect 2019 may show the lowest number of new diagnoses since the peak of the epidemic in the mid-1990s.

Century-old wood used to pave early Vancouver splintering in heat

Hidden below the streets of downtown Vancouver, under decades of asphalt, there's a layer of history that reminds us how the City of Glass used to be built of wood — and paved with it too.

'Same company, 2nd spill': 1,000 drivers file claims after 2 acid spills wreck cars

Motorists who unwittingly drove through sulphuric acid spilled in Trail, B.C., this spring are crying foul after their vehicles were "totalled" by the corrosive chemical and some still don't have compensation.

'Slogging' killer whale J-50 gets live fish delivery in latest attempt to save her

Efforts to help an endangered orca off the B.C. coast hit new uncharted waters Sunday, as U.S. biologists tried to feed the killer whale known as J-50 live chinook salmon off a boat.

Ailing young orca J-50 gets novel medical treatment at sea

A young endangered killer whale at the centre of a cross-border "emergency response" has now been assessed and treated at sea off the coast of British Columbia.

'Hard to watch': Killer whale mother still grieving in unprecedented display

Scientists are watching the whale known as J-35 closely as she carries the body of her dead newborn, for an "unprecedented" 16 days and counting, while they mount an emergency response for another ailing orca.

Killer whale mother still carrying dead newborn 16 days later

In what observers have called an extraordinary display of grief, killer whale J-35 has been spotted again still carrying the body of her newborn 16 days after the calf died.

Canada not ready to treat endangered young killer whale under U.S. plan

The health of a malnourished young killer whale has made headlines for days, but no one has applied to carry out a U.S. plan to medicate her in Canadian waters, say fisheries officials.

'We needed to intervene': Cross-border efforts mounted to help starving orca

Unprecedented efforts are in the works to help a malnourished and possibly sick young killer whale last spotted off the B.C. coast — if officials can reach her in time.

Campfires still beckon, even when they're not allowed

There's something about a flickering flame even when dry summers and modern life make campfires harder to come by. Research suggests we find something there we don't get anywhere else.