Meera Bains


Meera Bains is a reporter/editor for CBC News Vancouver. Contact: @meerakati,

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RCMP mask policy for bearded front-line officers 'must be rectified': Ottawa

The RCMP is facing accusations of discrimination after some members were reassigned because of a policy requiring front-line officers to wear properly fitting N95 respirator masks, which may not be possible for those with beards, including Sikhs and Muslims who leave their hair unshorn for religious reasons.

3 Metro Vancouver cities vote to extend temporary patio season into winter due to pandemic

Metro Vancouver cities including North Vancouver, Delta, Surrey and Vancouver are extending temporary patio programs into the winter to help support physical distancing and other COVID-19 health protocols at restaurants, breweries, pubs and cafes.

Hospitality industry calls for changes to new COVID-19 liquor rules

Representatives from B.C.'s hospitality industry are urging the government to reconsider new COVID-19 rules which prevent liquor sales in all bars, pubs and restaurants after 10 p.m.

Snap election speculation mounts after B.C. premier comments on 2017 deal with Greens

B.C. Premier John Horgan's recent comments about a 2017 agreement with former B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver — who left the party to sit as an independent — are fostering more speculation that he will call a fall election in the coming weeks.

B.C. First Nation declares state of emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Tla'amin First Nation on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast has declared a state of emergency and issued a shelter-in-place order for 72 hours due to four lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Officials ask for caution over long weekend as B.C. confirms 121 new cases of COVID-19, 1 new death

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 121 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 new death on Friday. They are urging people to practice COVID-19 protocols during the long weekend and Canucks game celebrations.

North Shore residents upset after bear that frequented neighbourhood is put down

The Ministry of Environment says the B.C. Conservation Service had to destroy a female black bear in the North Shore community of Deep Cove after the bear became persistent and generated multiple complaints.

New campaign launched to help refugee children on 5th anniversary of Alan Kurdi's death

Tima Kurdi is in Germany on the fifth anniversary of her nephew Alan's death to help launch a new campaign for rescue organization Sea-Eye, which is planning to buy a boat to be named after Alan's brother Ghalib — who also drowned in the Mediterranean Sea on Sept. 2, 2015.

West End dance party disrupts visit from anti-gay preacher

Members of Vancouver's West End LGBTQ community held a rally and dance party at Sunset Beach to disrupt an event by an anti-gay preacher, who showed up surrounded by Vancouver police officers.

Battered Women Support Services asks for more volunteers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Battered Women's Support services is asking for more crisis line volunteers, saying the number of calls has risen by 300 per cent, with more people staying at home and more women being exposed to domestic violence because of it.

Police ask for public's help after teen with autism attacked on Richmond basketball court

Richmond RCMP say they are looking for a suspect involved in an unprovoked attack on a teen with autism. It happened last Friday night when the victim was playing basketball at a school. Police are hoping witnesses with information will come forward.

Eager but unemployed during COVID-19, Surrey youth host free day camp

A group of B.C. university students with experience in child and youth care didn't let an unemployed summer due to the pandemic get in the way of their goals. They held a free outdoor summer camp in North Delta instead and are hoping the volunteer experience will be a resumé builder.

B.C. health, bylaw officers to target large parties, banquet hall events to prevent spread of COVID

B.C.'s health minister says public health and bylaw officers are going to be checking banquet halls and large parties to make sure COVID-19 rules are being followed.

Chilliwack hops on bandwagon to allow public drinking in some parks during pandemic

Chilliwack is set to launch a pilot project to test public drinking in parks pilot later this month. A bylaw on Aug. 18 which will allow adults to drink alcohol in designated areas of Vedder and Crossing parks.

Tears, anger at Vancouver vigil for victims of Beirut explosion

Some demonstrators were critical of the Lebanese government; others urged people to donate aid for the thousands of people who are struggling to rebuild.