Mike Laanela

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

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Are Vancouver's sky-high rents finally falling?

The answer is lurking in the data and it might be good news for renters, says analyst Louie Dinh.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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 does away with alphabetical order on election ballots

The next time voters head to the polls in Vancouver, the names of the candidates won't be listed in the traditional alphabetical order.

Surrey mayoral candidate proposes referendum on city police force

A Surrey city councillor and mayoral candidate says he wants the city to have a referendum on starting its own municipal police force.

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.

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.

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.

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.