Mike Laanela

Mike Laanela is an online journalist with CBC News in Vancouver.

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BC Ferries accident triggers long delays on busy route

An accident involving two crew members has forced BC Ferries to cancel four sailings on its busiest route just ahead of the long weekend.

Derelict floating house in waters of Desolation Sound raises jurisdictional concerns

An apparent lack of action to deal with a derelict floating bunkhouse abandoned on the edge of Desolation Sound Marine Park is raising concerns from one boater who wants the mess cleaned up.

B.C. wildfires remain a threat this long weekend, officials warn

While temperatures have dropped and much of the smoke has cleared from the skies, drought conditions persist and the wildfire danger rating remains extreme on the east coast of Vancouver Island and parts of the Central Interior.

BC Ferries accident triggers long delays on busy route

An incident involving two crew members has forced BC Ferries to cancel four sailings on its busiest route just ahead of the long weekend.

'We are winning': Several B.C. First Nations celebrate Trans Mountain victory

Several B.C. First Nations are celebrating the Federal Court of Appeal's ruling this morning that quashed the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, while other FIrst Nations still hold hope it will proceed.

Vancouver Coastal Health cancels contract surgeries, opens up more public operating space

Vancouver Coastal Health is cancelling surgery contracts with a private health clinic and moving the operations back into public hospital operating rooms, B.C.'s health minister has confirmed.

Westjet cancels Hawaii flights as Hurricane Lane bears down on islands

Hurricane Lane, which could be the most powerful storm to hit Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992, was forecast to continue its northwest turn toward the islands on Thursday.

Burnaby loses fight to block Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application by the City of Burnaby, B.C., to appeal a lower court ruling involving the city's bylaws and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Liberal cabinet retreat draws pipeline defenders and protesters

The federal environment minister says B.C.'s intense forest fire season is another indication of climate change, but she not backing down on the decision to buy and triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Change in weather could blow wildfire smoke out of B.C.

A change in the weather could blow away much of the smoke blanketing B.C., but things may get worse in some regions before they get better.

Earthquakes off B.C., Oregon coasts felt by West Coast residents

Two earthquakes in as many days have been felt by residents of British Columbia and the U.S. West Coast.

B.C. declares state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires burn across province

The British Columbia government has declared a state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

B.C. Wildfires 2018: Smoky skies raise air quality concerns

Metro Vancouver and much of south and central B.C. are once again under a blanket of smoke and haze, and there is little relief in the forecast.

Smoke from hundreds of wildfires darkens skies over B.C.

Hundreds of wildfires burning across B.C. have blanketed large areas of the province in smoke and triggered air quality warnings.

All eyes on weather as Okanagan wildfires continue to burn

Firefighters are closely watching the weather in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, where several wildfires are continuing to burn out of control and thousands of properties remain under evacuation alerts.