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How high gas prices are affecting the lives of British Columbians

With gas prices showing no signs of going back down soon, CBC News spoke with three B.C. residents about how the cost of fuel is affecting them and how they're trying to save money.

City of Vancouver cancels annual homeless count for 2nd straight year

The city said in a statement the 2022 homeless count will not be going ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a need to minimize the risk of transmission.

Vancouver PuSh Festival board apologizes for controversial firings from over a year ago

In summer 2020, the Push International Performing Arts Festival was plunged into controversy when its board terminated the jobs of two high-ranking racialized women, citing budget concerns. It is now apologizing.

B.C.'s River Forecast Centre understaffed, says new report

The report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says staffing levels at the centre that monitors the province's rivers and provides warnings for flood risk has remained unchanged for years, despite an internal warning.

Heavy storms headed for southwest B.C., threatening recovery from floods and landslides

Officials are urging British Columbians to prepare for heavy rainfall hitting southwestern B.C., this week, which could worsen an already precarious situation for that part of the province.

Vancouver council sends False Creek South plan back to the drawing board

About 171 people signed up to speak at Vancouver city council about a controversial plan to redevelop False Creek South, including many who live in co-ops in the area.

Holidays looking brighter in Metro Vancouver this year with return of popular events

Popular holiday events including VanDusen Festival of Lights, Stanley Park Christmas Train, and Lights at Lafarge have confirmed they will be open to the public this year after closures last year due to the pandemic.

Unionized staff at LifeLabs to take job action after months-long fight over contract issues

More than 1,500 workers at LifeLabs will begin taking job action at 7 p.m. PT on Friday, after talks over the last three days collapsed. The strike will begin with a refusal to work overtime, effective Saturday.

B.C. government extends COVID-19 medical funding for residents not yet eligible for MSP

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix has granted an extension to coverage of COVID-19 related medical costs for new residents who are not yet eligible for coverage under the province's Medical Services Plan.

Park Board and City of Vancouver seek public input for West End Waterfront design

The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board are looking for the public's input on the design for the West End Waterfront, which includes the shorelines of English Bay, Sunset Beach and Beach Avenue.

City of Vancouver issues vaccine mandate for municipal employees

The City of Vancouver said municipal employees are expected to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 6 or they will not be permitted in the workplace.

Lytton residents push for more involvement, government transparency in rebuilding their town

A group of Lytton residents told their town council they want a say in rebuilding their community.

Ski resorts across B.C. desperate for staff as seasonal workers struggle to enter Canada

Heavily reliant on seasonal workers from all over the world to stay afloat, staff shortages are one of the biggest concerns facing B.C. ski resorts right now — especially as the pandemic continues to prove a roadblock for many trying to enter the country. 

Vancouver police arrest suspect after woman attacked at bus stop

Vancouver police have arrested a suspect after a woman was attacked at a bus stop in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon. 

IHIT says deadly Surrey shooting was targeted, linked to gang conflict

Police identified the victim in Tuesday's fatal shooting as Sharnbeer Singh Somal, and said they suspect the violence is linked to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

Vancouver city council scraps controversial Climate Emergency Parking Program

Vancouver city council failed to pass a new Climate Emergency Parking Program designed to raise revenue to fight climate change, with 6 votes against the plan and 5 in support of it.

Man shot after Richmond RCMP responds to weapons call, IIO investigates

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has been called in after a police officer shot a man in Richmond Tuesday afternoon, resulting in the man being taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Infectious disease expert says B.C. needs to be more transparent with breakthrough COVID-19 cases

The province should release more detailed information about who among the fully vaccinated are contracting so-called breakthrough COVID-19 infections, says the expert.

Floating garbage bins help collect trash from Vancouver's waterways

Stationary cleaning machines called seabins, managed by the Fraser Riverkeepers, are collecting debris and garbage from Vancouver's False Creek.

Whistler resident fined $60,000 after feeding black bears with bulk groceries

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service say the woman, who had been purchasing food in bulk on a weekly basis to feed black bears, has now been fined the highest penalty in the province under the Wildlife Act.

Surrey school board mandates masks for kindergarten to Grade 12 students

B.C.'s two largest school districts, Surrey and Vancouver, have mandated masks for students in kindergarten to Grade 12 although health officials have not issued that requirement across the province.

2 people arrested for allegedly feeding coyotes in Stanley Park

Two people have been arrested and a vehicle has been seized in connection with the alleged feeding of coyotes in Stanley Park on Tuesday, said the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.

Changes to Sunshine Coast route will go ahead despite criticism, says BC Ferries

A trial to test major changes to BC Ferries' route from the Lower Mainland to the Sunshine Coast will go ahead, despite a petition gathering thousands of online signatures that criticizes the proposed changes.

3rd dose vaccinations begin in B.C. for immunocompromised people

The province announced earlier this week that 15,000 clinically extremely vulnerable people would be invited for a third jab.

Metro Vancouver named eviction capital of Canada in new UBC report

A new University of British Columbia study based on Statistics Canada data finds that renters in Metro Vancouver are evicted at almost twice the rate of renters in the Greater Toronto area.

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