Maryse Zeidler


Maryse Zeidler is a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver, covering news from across British Columbia. You can reach her at

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What's in stock, and what's still not due to COVID-19

First, it was disposable face masks. Then, it was flour. Over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains. Here are some of the items that have made a comeback — and some that are still in short supply. 

Beans replace begonias as Vancouver Park Board grows veggies for families in need

Vancouver's Sunset Nursery normally grows flowers for parks and green space across Vancouver. For the first time, the park board is using some extra space there to grow vegetables for non-profit organizations that provide food for families in need. 

Province hits pause on controversial bill that would allow involuntary hospitalization of youth who overdose

British Columbia's Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions says it's seeking further consultation on a controversial bill that would amend the Mental Health Act to allow youth to be detained for up to a week when they overdose, as critics call for the bill to be scrapped altogether.

113-year-old heirloom returned to family in Surrey after being swiped from porch

A 100-year-old christening dress that has been passed down along generations of a family in Surrey, B.C., has been returned after it was stolen from their front porch. 

Parking reduced at Sasamat Lake as municipalities grapple with busy parks, beaches

Outdoor enthusiasts hoping to swim at Sasamat Lake in Port Moody, B.C., this weekend should brace themselves for disappointment as the regional district tries to manage crowds by reducing parking by half. 

Alberta man displays confederate flag at anti-racism rally in Summerland, B.C.

The mayor of Summerland, B.C., says she has met with a man from Alberta who displayed a Confederate flag at an anti-racism rally on Thursday. 

Vancouver strata wins 5-year battle against Airbnb operator

A real estate agent who has managed several Airbnb listings in an East Vancouver building for years has been ordered to stop using his condos as short-term rentals. 

Demand for Vancouver outdoor pools crashes online booking system

A rush of demand for lap swimming at Vancouver's outdoor pools caused the park board's inaugural online booking system to crash Sunday morning.

As pandemic restrictions ease, Downtown Eastside organizations fear loss of extra funding

Organizations that serve some of Vancouver's most vulnerable people say they're concerned about losing one-time funding granted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police investigate sexual assault and robbery near King George Station in Surrey, B.C.

RCMP in Surrey, B.C., are warning people about a sexual assault and robbery that took place in the Whalley area on Friday night. 

Nearly 200 properties under evacuation alert in Cache Creek as flood risk rises

High waters seen in Cache Creek, putting homeowners on alert, are echoed throughout British Columbia this weekend as the River Forecast Centre lists about half the province under flood warning or advisory.

B.C. principal's apology for blackface yearbook photo criticized by students

Current and former students of the Langley Fine Arts School in Metro Vancouver say they're disappointed by the principal's apology for appearing in blackface in a yearbook photo more than a decade ago. 

Large exotic snake spotted near playground in Coquitlam park

Daphne Mercier was walking with her granddaughter near the playground when another woman walking by alerted her to the snake, which was lounging on a wooden fence.

As public transit ridership rises in Metro Vancouver, so do concerns about COVID-19

As British Columbia eases into Phase 3 of its pandemic reopening plan, more people have been taking transit — and some say they're worried about the lack of physical distancing on increasingly crowded buses and trains. 

New poll reveals Chinese-Canadians' experiences with racism

A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute and the University of Alberta suggests the majority of people who identify as Chinese-Canadian have experience some type of racism since the pandemic began.