Chad Pawson

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Parts of West Vancouver property left to district to create a park can be sold, rules B.C. Supreme Court

A ruling in B.C. Supreme Court gives the green light to the District of West Vancouver to carve up a property left to it in trust in 1990 and use proceeds to expand Ambleside Park despite complaints from the province's attorney general.

Metro Vancouver sewing group celebrates making 10,000th cloth mask

A group of 20 women across the Lower Mainland who have been sewing cloth masks to give away as part of their effort to help with the pandemic celebrated making 10,000 of them with an early Canada Day party.

Room at the inn: B.C.'s tourism hot spots still have vacancies as locals plan summer trips

The B.C. premier's announcement this week to further open the province for travel is a boon to locals who want to explore the province and stay at some of the best spots often snapped up by travellers from abroad.
In Depth

Vandals take it out on trees in Metro Vancouver as observers ask, 'Why?'

It’s difficult to find anyone sympathetic to actions that cause damage to a tree whether it be in a private yard, park or urban forest, yet vandalism continues.

Reusable bags slowly return to B.C. stores as plastic ones used during pandemic pile up

Provincial officials lifted guidelines advising against reusable bags seven weeks ago, but some stores and shoppers have yet to return to the bring-your-own-bag routine. 

Vancouver police arrest man allegedly throwing knives at tree in Stanley Park

A 33-year-old man from Surrey, B.C., was arrested in Stanley Park Saturday after reports of someone throwing knives at a tree near Bridle Path and Lees Trail.

Conservationists in Langley, B.C., adopt new methods to catalogue biodiversity

Volunteers in Langley are hoping to catalogue hundreds of living things over a two-week period despite not being able to deploy teams en masse to the area's green spaces due to the pandemic.

North Vancouver considering open streets plan, allowing drinks outside

Councillors in North Vancouver will consider staff recommendations on Monday that would open up street space for gathering and dining outside as well as allowing for drinking at some outdoor public spaces.

Metro Vancouver's regional parks see surge in visits in April

Visits to regional parks in Metro Vancouver were up 67 per cent in April compared to the previous year. Officials say they expect the popularity of the region's green spaces to continue through the summer as people stay closer to home during the pandemic.

Canada's Bob and Doug take off — eh! — on social media with SpaceX rocket launch

Canadians familiar with the famous fictional Canadian brothers have fun on social media with the SpaceX astronaut duo of the same name.

Drive-in event organizers crestfallen over new 50-vehicle limit in B.C.

Organizers of concerts, movie nights and school graduations who had hoped drive-in versions of events would comply with COVID-19 regulations say they’ve been set back by a new provincial order limiting the number of vehicles.

2 hungry cougars killed in Port Alberni after showing no fear of humans

The Conservation Officer Service says two young cougars were destroyed after several reports of the animals approaching humans in the southeast area of Port Alberni, B.C.

Former Snowbirds commander, team member confident in safety of plane

A former Snowbirds commander and team member say even though the planes the team flies are close to 60 years old, they have no concerns about their safety.

B.C. fire-related fatalities on the rise in 2020, says province

Fire officials are asking people in B.C. to test smoke alarms and take care in the kitchen as 15 people have died in the province so far this year due to fires — three times the number of deaths for the same time period in 2019.

Now is not the time for Surrey police force transition, most residents say: survey

A survey commissioned by the union representing Mounties shows that Surrey residents want their civic government to rethink plans to transition to a municipal force during the pandemic.