Meera Bains


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

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Opening of new Richmond pool facility delayed until mid 2020

The much delayed Minoru Centre for Active Living in Richmond is now set to open before the fall of 2020 after construction problems which resulted in cracks and a leak in the lap pool.

'Don't take a chance, dump your stash,' says lawyer after Air Canada flight diverted to U.S.

A Vancouver-bound Air Canada flight forced to land at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport due to mechanical issues has sparked a discussion about what domestic air passengers should know if they happen to land on U.S. soil without advance warning.

Patchy weather leads to pumpkin problems — but Insta-success makes up for it

Farmers have been battling bouts of wet weather in B.C. which have caused a lower yield of pumpkins this Halloween, but social media has helped attract people to their fields for the all-important selfie.

Burnaby approves creating 100-year plan to turn Metrotown into city's downtown core

Mayor Mike Hurley and city councillors voted Monday in favour of a motion to start working on the Metropolis at Metrotown Master Plan, with the goal of replacing the shopping centre with high rises, plazas, parks and walkable streets.

Richmond bans ads for vaping products on city property

The City of Richmond has moved to ban advertisements for vaping and vaping-related products on city property including transit shelters and benches.

NBA pre-season game in Vancouver attracts pro-Hong Kong, pro-Grizzlies protest rallies

A group of protesters who support democracy in Hong Kong say they are going to demonstrate at a pre-season NBA game in Vancouver Thursday and test whether the league supports freedom of speech after fans were removed from two other games in the U.S.

Surrey sign ban forces election candidates to shift campaign strategy

A Surrey city bylaw against posting election signs on public property has resulted in campaigns adapting to the new rules by diverting resources to social media and door-knocking.

Vancouver hotel worker strike causes downtown event cancellations

Groups are scrambling to change venues for events and conferences at four downtown Vancouver hotels that are behind picket lines. It's unclear when workers will be back on the job.

Hong Kong-China tensions spill over at Burnaby high school

A high school student at Burnaby North Secondary was yelled at and pushed by another student for putting a pro-Hong Kong poster on her locker.

Sikh teacher moves to B.C. over Quebec law banning religious symbols in public-sector jobs

A new teaching graduate who practises the Sikh faith has moved to B.C. to avoid Quebec's new secularism law, which makes it illegal for certain public-sector workers to wear religious symbols while on the job.

Tech entrepreneur to run for federal Liberals against Jody Wilson-Raybould

Taleeb Noormohamed has been acclaimed as the federal Liberal candidate and will run against former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, now an Independent candidate.

Parking lot brawl caught on video now being investigated by RCMP

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a video showing a fight involving around a dozen youth at a strip mall was posted to social media. 

Storm-damaged White Rock Pier to reopen at end of August

The White Rock Pier which was left heavily damaged and torn apart in a storm last December will reopen to the public Aug. 31, after undergoing millions of dollars in repairs.

'Birdwatching weekend in a backpack' on offer at Fraser Valley libraries

The Fraser Valley Regional Library is hoping people will flock to their new kits for birdwatching, which is becoming a hot hobby among millennials.

Court documents outline alleged scheme to evade B.C. property transfer tax

A court fight between two Vancouver real estate companies details an alleged scheme to evade B.C.'s property transfer tax.