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Hundreds of B.C. government staff redeployed as quarantine officers at border crossings
The province has quietly mobilized hundreds of its own employees to enforce the federal government's self-isolation orders for returning travellers at all of B.C.'s international border crossings.
B.C. agriculture sector bracing for 8,000 worker shortfall this year
The provincial government has launched a new online portal to fast-track farmers' abilities to hire domestic workers.
Could a 4-day work week boost B.C.'s COVID-plagued economy by spurring more travel?
Longer weekends are being pitched as a way to spur more regional trips and kick-start local tourism spending.
B.C. Legislature resumes work next month — but it's going to look a lot different
Premier John Horgan suggests the remainder of the spring session will look like Hollywood Squares when MLAs reconvene mid-June.
Cross-border couple faces indefinite separation as travel restrictions extended
COVID-19 travel restrictions have kept a married couple apart since early March, with one living in B.C. and the other in Colorado. But B.C.'s provincial health officer has offered a glimmer of hope, suggesting there could be an exception to reunite families.
B.C. health officials adamant Canada-U.S. border should remain closed to visitors
A total of 3,000 foreign nationals have been denied entry into Canada from the U.S. since March. The agreement banning non-essential travel is set to expire May 21.
B.C.'s reopening plans are coming. Here is what 5 sectors want to know
Industries are looking for guidance as Premier John Horgan reveals the province's strategy Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. PT.
Police make 500 home visits to enforce quarantine orders for returning travellers
Hundreds of British Columbians who recently returned home from abroad have had police show up on their doorstep to make sure they're complying with self-isolation orders.
In the 'hot zone': On the front lines of the COVID-19 battle at B.C.'s biggest hospital
An exclusive look inside the specialized COVID-19 unit at Vancouver General Hospital and how health-care workers leading it are coping with the pandemic
'It won't be enough': Vancouver mayor says provincial financial relief isn't sufficient
Mayor Kennedy Stewart is pushing the B.C. government for more help, saying new measures to support local governments won't fully address revenue shortfalls. The province is also making further cuts to the school tax rate for business owners, for an overall reduction on commercial property taxes of 25 per cent.
COVID-19 shut down B.C. schools — so why are daycares still open?
Some childcare operators are calling for B.C. to mirror other provinces by ordering daycares to close their doors alongside schools.
Province prepares to fast-track emergency legislation
The B.C. government is coming up with a plan to amend the Employment Standards Act with only a quorum of MLAs needed to make legislative changes.
B.C. braces for economic impact as coronavirus cancellations pile up
Local tourism industries are expected to take 'significant' hit as Canada bans cruise ships, big events are shut down, and major league sports are suspended.
Province says 16% of child-care spots promised are open, halfway through funding timeline
In 2018, the NDP promised 22,000 new licensed child-care spaces in three years. Halfway through that timeline, funding for about half of the spots has been announced — but only a fraction are actually open.
Carole James, pillar of the NDP, supported by all sides after Parkinson's diagnosis
B.C.'s finance minister and deputy premier has received a flood of well-wishes that knows no political bounds.