Rafferty Baker

Rafferty Baker is CBC Vancouver's mobile journalist. Follow him @raffertybaker

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Cannabis stores in B.C. mark first year of legal sales with mixed reviews

One year on, dispensary owners in B.C. have mixed reviews of cannabis legalization. Some are enjoying the profitability, while complaints about packaging and quality persist.

Conservatives eject B.C. candidate over 'offensive' comments about LGBTQ people

The Conservative Party of Canada has removed Heather Leung as its candidate for Burnaby North-Seymour, saying the party does not tolerate her comments about the LGBTQ community.

B.C. government distributing $100K for urban deer management programs

The B.C. government is accepting applications for a $100,000 fund to help reduce human-deer conflicts in urban areas in the province.

Crime is a hot topic in the Surrey Centre riding. Here's what the candidates plan to do about it

Most types of crime have been decreasing in Surrey since the last federal election, but it's still an issue that could sway the way voters cast their ballots. This is especially true in the Surrey Centre riding, where the combination of poverty, addiction and mental health issues create specific challenges in the community.

Jury begins deliberations in trial of B.C. man accused of killing his kids

A B.C. Supreme Court jury is now deliberating the fate of Andrew Berry, who pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his two daughters.

One-punch killer, Lawrence Sharpe, sentenced to 2 years and 6 days in prison

The man convicted of manslaughter in the one-punch death of Michael Page-Vincelli, 22, after an altercation in a Burnaby Starbucks parking lot in 2017 has been sentenced to two years plus six days in prison.

Cost of Hwy 1 upgrades at Kicking Horse Canyon rises to $601M

The final phase of a highway improvement project on the Trans Canada Highway east of Golden, B.C., is now expected to cost $601 million.
Pomp and Pressure

Why high school grads might want to choose a career in the trades

Despite social pressures, university isn't for everyone — there are plenty of reasons to go into the trades, including reduced financial burden, engaging work, and employment opportunities.

Case of teen's gender-affirming treatment before B.C. Court of Appeal

The B.C. Court of Appeal is now hearing a case that could determine what power — if any — a parent has to block their transgender child from undergoing hormone treatment.

With Uber on the way, Metro Vancouver taxi boundaries called into question

The B.C. Taxi Association, along with the B.C. Liberals, want the rules restricting taxi passenger pickup to municipal boundaries eliminated, as ride-hailing services won't face similar geographic limitations.

Kelowna bachelorette party ends in 'nightmare' as Swoop cancels flight

A Winnipeg woman who spent the weekend in Kelowna, B.C., for a bachelorette party says the trip turned sour when the group's flight home was cancelled and Swoop airline left her frustrated over poor customer service.

Deadline looms for charity trying to buy 800-hectares for park in B.C.'s Princess Louisa Inlet

The B.C. Parks Foundation has just a few more days to raise about $135,000, before a private seller will consider other offers. The huge swath of wilderness the charity wants to buy to turn into a provincial park is in the remote Princess Louisa Inlet on B.C.'s west coast.

Racetrack raid followed accusations of B.C. gaming employee misconduct

The provincial employee implicated in a Canada Border Services Agency enforcement action this week at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver no longer has access to any gaming branch offices, according the ministry of the Attorney General.

Hastings Racecourse workers ordered out of the country

Seven workers who were arrested during a Canada Border Services Agency raid at Vancouver's Hastings Racecourse on Monday have been ordered out of the country after Immigration and Refuge Board of Canada hearings.

Volunteer trail builders in Fraser Valley describe provincial crackdown

Volunteer trail builders in the Chilliwack. B.C., area say provincial enforcement officers are cracking down on their unauthorized trails on Crown land, but gaining permits takes years in some cases.