Zahra Premji


Zahra Premji is a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver. She has worked in Victoria and Winnipeg and is now back to tell stories at home in B.C. You can reach her at

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MMIWG recommendations prompt additional training for Alberta legal aid lawyers

Two weeks after the MMIWG released recommendations on reconciliation, lawyers working for Legal Aid Alberta say they need to do better in representing their Indigenous clients. 

New playgrounds coming to B.C. schools

50 schools in 34 school districts across the province will be getting new standard and accessible playgrounds

Psychologist says it's OK for kids to be bored during spring break

For some parents, spring break can be a stressful pressure cooker, trying keep the kids entertained for 14 days straight while balancing the day-to-day of everyday life.

Cuts threaten future of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's music program, students say

After KPU announced it will not be taking in any new music program students next school year, students are standing up and challenging the administration's decision.

Is this the worst crosswalk in Vancouver?

A Vancouver man recorded a video of the busy intersection at Homer and Cordova Streets in Gastown and posted it to Twitter. The city responded.

Proposed East Vancouver detox and social housing complex draws mixed reviews

The City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, and B.C. Housing are proposing a project incorporating social housing and addiction treatment in one space in the middle of the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood.
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Drivers on the hook for $1.25M repair of overpass hit by truck

The province is sending the bill to ICBC, with the auto insurer saying it will not be seeking restitution from the driver or the trucking company — and that's angered many drivers, residents and businesses in the area.

Furry friends could be costing you hundreds more on your hydro bill

A new study commissioned by BC Hydro shows more than half of British Columbians would rather spend more on their hydro bill to keep their pets comfortable.

B.C. Women's hospital preemie baby biobank first of its kind in Canada

Doctors hope the research and cord blood can be used to study diseases and infections related to premature babies in a non-invasive way.

Focus on crime: camera captures camera thief in camera store

North Vancouver RCMP are searching for a suspect in a high-end camera theft from a camera rental store.

RCMP search for suspect after officer struck in hit and run

Burnaby RCMP have released surveillance video and photos of a man they believe to be a suspect in last week's hit and run.

Drop the phone: New campaign asks parents to cut their own screen time

Creators of a new campaign aimed at parents said the focus is to increase parents' and caregivers' awareness of the importance of dropping the screen and picking up the baby.

Devastated mother flies to Vancouver from Kenya in frantic search for son

A Kenyan man in his 20s was camping with friends in Squamish when friends say he fell into a river around midnight. More than two weeks later, the search continues.

Barwatch introduces lifetime bans for weapons infractions at Granville Street bars

A new set of rules aimed at protecting people partying or hanging out along the Granville strip came into effect Monday.

Thousands of Ismaili Muslims in B.C. prepare for Aga Khan visit

The Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader arrives in Ottawa May 1 and comes to Vancouver May 5 for his diamond jubilee tour.