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Unpredictable winds make wildfires an erratic adversary: experts

Hot weather and dry conditions are the usual suspects in any wildfire season, but a complex interplay of topography and unpredictable winds can create particularly challenging adversaries for firefighters, experts say.
Creator Network

Filmmaker, conservationist swoop in to change perceptions of pizza-stealing gulls

Conservationist Connel Bradwell and filmmaker Ryan Wilkes are trying to change how we view the birds, which are often considered a nuisance.
CLIMATE CHANGERS

First Nation, tech company collaborate to prepare for climate change's effects on harvesting waters

The T'Sou-ke First Nation is working alongside a B.C. tech company to learn more about how climate change is affecting the waters it harvests food from.

Close encounter with humpback whale terrifies — and delights — B.C. family

A B.C. family had a thrilling experience off the coast of Vancouver Island when a humpback whale spent almost an hour rubbing up against their boat, spinning around, and flapping its fins. 
SITUATION CRITICAL

B.C. 911 dispatch operators plead for more staff amid rising emergency call wait times

The union representing E-Comm 911 dispatch operators says staff shortages are leading to unacceptable wait times for callers.

Advocates in Victoria call for policies to preserve affordable housing units, implement vacancy control

The amount of affordable housing in Greater Victoria continues to dwindle, according to a new report. Advocates are calling on all levels of government to implement policies that help preserve existing affordable housing units and control rent increase.

COVID-19 numbers in B.C. holding steady, according to the province's latest weekly report

British Columbia is reporting a slight increase in patients in critical care and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, according to the latest pandemic data provided by health authorities Thursday.

Police-reported hate crimes up 21% in B.C. during 2nd year of pandemic

Hate crimes as reported by police forces in B.C.'s metropolitan areas are up for the second straight year of the pandemic, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada released Tuesday.

Stay at least 100 metres away from whales: B.C. officials offer etiquette tips for summer recreation

As more people get out on the water and trails this summer, conservation officers and park managers are reminding boaters, kayakers and hikers about etiquette on and off the water.

More people in B.C. buying pot from licensed shops, new study finds

A B.C. Stats study commissioned by the B.C. Cannabis Secretariat found that 71 per cent of marijuana consumers in B.C. reported making their pot purchases at licensed retailers, while 14 per cent grow their own.

Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir and soccer star Christine Sinclair among 14 appointed to the Order of B.C.

Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Kúkpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir, Canadian soccer legend Christine Sinclair and outspoken former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould have all been appointed to the Order of B.C.

New program aims to help brain injury survivors return to workforce

A new program in Victoria will help brain injury survivors develop skills they need to get back into the workforce.

Buzz off, 'murder' hornet! Scientists rename insect to reduce fear, stigma

The Entomological Society of America has announced it has renamed Vespa mandarinia — commonly known as the murder hornet or Asian giant hornet — as the northern giant hornet. The Entomological Society of Canada has followed suit.

New festival in Victoria aims to be safe space for people recovering from addiction

A new summer music and comedy festival is aiming to create a safe space for people recovering from alcohol or substance abuse.

B.C. warns of increased risk of wildfires over long weekend

B.C. forest and fire officials are warning residents, travellers and campers in the province to be prepared for heightened wildfire risks this long weekend, leading up to British Columbia Day on Monday.

B.C. Ferries advises travellers to be patient during its busiest long weekend of the year

B.C. Ferries says this will be its busiest long weekend of the year, with plans to move around 140,000 vehicles and 400,000 passengers across 2,500 sailings from Thursday to Monday.

As monkeypox outbreak spreads, B.C. releases details of vaccine availability

The British Columbia government says monkeypox vaccine is being made available to eligible patients in most areas of the province in response to a growing outbreak.

Snuneymuxw First Nation, B.C. Ferries sign formal agreement guiding business decisions in nation's territory

B.C. Ferries and the Snuneymuxw First Nation say they've entered into a historic formal agreement recognizing the nation's treaty rights, that will guide the ferry company's business decisions in Snuneymuxw territory in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.

ICU admissions with COVID-19 up 16% in B.C., but hospitalizations down slightly

British Columbia is reporting a slight uptick in critical care admissions due to COVID-19, with a small decrease in overall hospitalizations, according to the latest pandemic data provided by health authorities Thursday.

What you need to know about heat alerts in British Columbia — and how to respond to them

After nearly 600 British Columbians died as a direct result of last year’s heat dome — in what is considered to be Canada’s deadliest weather event on record — the province created a committee to plan for future extreme hot weather.

Unrelenting heat breaks more temperature records across B.C.

Temperature records are melting across British Columbia as a prolonged heat spell grips the province but Emergency Management B.C. says it is not anticipating an extreme heat emergency.

Rural Vancouver Island community of tiny homes facing evictions calls for bylaw changes

Nearly a dozen tenants about to be evicted from their small mobile homes are calling on the District of Metchosin to enact an emergency bylaw that would allow them to stay in the rural community, especially given the region's housing crisis.

Heat warnings cover most of B.C. as records set and risk of heat stress rises

Ongoing heat warnings cover most of British Columbia, and Environment Canada says the sweltering conditions have toppled more than a dozen daily temperature records.

Filming survival series in B.C. was an 'extreme sport,' producers say

Two Canadian writers and producers say they're excited to have the opportunity to shoot a television series in Canada without passing the landscape off as somewhere else.

Pope's historic apology for residential school abuses draws mixed reaction in B.C.

Monday was an emotional day for many residential school survivors in B.C., as the Pope apologized on behalf of the Catholic Church for the abuse they had to endure.

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