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A new report laments the under-representation of women and people of gender minorities on municipal councils in B.C. and Alberta and includes several recommendations. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Women, gender minorities under-represented on B.C. councils: report

Report calls for better childcare, better pay and other measures to improve representation

A new report laments the under-representation of women and people of gender minorities on municipal councils in B.C. and Alberta and includes several recommendations. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
A firefighter works on the Peacock Creek wildfire, south of Smithers, B.C. The fire is 1,444 hectares in size and burning out of control as of Sept. 13. (Credit: BC Wildfire Service)

Wildfires may continue to burn into 2024 in northern B.C., say officials

Severe drought conditions expected to last into the fall

A firefighter works on the Peacock Creek wildfire, south of Smithers, B.C. The fire is 1,444 hectares in size and burning out of control as of Sept. 13. (Credit: BC Wildfire Service)
Premier David Eby says a yet-to-be named independent person will look into why the suspect in the recent Chinatown stabbings was out on day parole. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Eby ‘white hot angry’ about Chinatown stabbings, promises action

Premier pledges independent review of weekend stabbings that left three people injured

Premier David Eby says a yet-to-be named independent person will look into why the suspect in the recent Chinatown stabbings was out on day parole. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
B.C. Premier David Eby and Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma are visiting the province’s wildfire-hit southern interior Monday to meet with those affected by this season’s devastating wildfires. Eby, here seen in West Kelowna on Aug. 22, used the occasion of Monday’s visit to announce a task force to deal with climate-related emergencies. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

B.C. launches task force to deal with climate emergencies

Premier David Eby announced the task force Monday morning as part of visit to Southern Interior

B.C. Premier David Eby and Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma are visiting the province’s wildfire-hit southern interior Monday to meet with those affected by this season’s devastating wildfires. Eby, here seen in West Kelowna on Aug. 22, used the occasion of Monday’s visit to announce a task force to deal with climate-related emergencies. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Residential construction as measured by new units created dropped in B.C. this July by 29 per cent. (Black Press Media file photo)

New figures show residential construction in B.C. down in July

‘Nothing is off the table’ when it comes to building more housing, says housing minister

Residential construction as measured by new units created dropped in B.C. this July by 29 per cent. (Black Press Media file photo)
The provincial unemployment rate dropped in August, but economic headwinds are on the horizon. (Black Press Media file photo)

Provincial unemployment drops, but economic struggles on the horizon

B.C.’s unemployment dropped to 5.2 per cent in August: StatsCan

The provincial unemployment rate dropped in August, but economic headwinds are on the horizon. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Greens are calling on the provincial government to introduce a universal school food program, but the provincial government says local districts know best how to serve their communities. (Black Press Media file photo)

Calls for universal school food program in B.C. get sent back

Provincial government says local district knows best in response to BC Greens’ demand

BC Greens are calling on the provincial government to introduce a universal school food program, but the provincial government says local districts know best how to serve their communities. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kookipi Creek wildfire, near Boston Bar, Boothroyd and Nahatlach Lake. Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma and Forests Minister Bruce Ralston provided the latest update on the wildfire and drought siuation in the province Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. (BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)

Disaster relief available for communities impacted by 2023 B.C. wildfires

It comes as more than 2.2 million hectares have burned in the province since April 1

Kookipi Creek wildfire, near Boston Bar, Boothroyd and Nahatlach Lake. Emergency Management Minister Bowinn Ma and Forests Minister Bruce Ralston provided the latest update on the wildfire and drought siuation in the province Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. (BC Wildfire Service/Facebook)
School zones are back in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in Vernon. (Vernon RCMP Photo)

Crashes injure 51 children every year in school and playground zones: ICBC

Education minister, police chief urges British Columbians to slow down near schools

School zones are back in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in Vernon. (Vernon RCMP Photo)
Education Minister Rachna Singh, here seen in June, says B.C. won’t follow Quebec’s example of a province-wide ban of cellphones in classrooms as school returns. (Photo courtesy of Langley School District).

Sweeping cellphone ban not incoming for B.C. classrooms

Education minister says ban will be up to individual schools, defends letter grade decision

Education Minister Rachna Singh, here seen in June, says B.C. won’t follow Quebec’s example of a province-wide ban of cellphones in classrooms as school returns. (Photo courtesy of Langley School District).
Premier David Eby announces state of emergency in B.C. on Aug. 18, 2023. (Black Press Media graphic)

BREAKING: B.C. declares state of emergency over wildfires

The declaration comes as the province sees its worst wildfire season on record

Premier David Eby announces state of emergency in B.C. on Aug. 18, 2023. (Black Press Media graphic)
Premier David Eby announces state of emergency in B.C. on Aug. 18, 2023. (Black Press Media graphic)

BREAKING: B.C. declares state of emergency over wildfires

The declaration comes as the province sees its worst wildfire season on record

Premier David Eby announces state of emergency in B.C. on Aug. 18, 2023. (Black Press Media graphic)
The McDougall Creek wildfire burns on the mountainside above a lakefront home, in West Kelowna, B.C., on Friday, August 18, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

WILDFIRES: 4,500 on evacuation order as Okanagan becomes B.C.’s ground zero

Several wildfires around burning in the Okanagan, specifically in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country

The McDougall Creek wildfire burns on the mountainside above a lakefront home, in West Kelowna, B.C., on Friday, August 18, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People without vehicles lineup to register for a flight to Calgary, Alberta in Yellowknife on Thursday, August 17, 2023. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to convene an urgent meeting with ministers and senior officials today as residents of the capital of Northwest Territories are ordered to evacuate the area because of an encroaching wildfire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden

‘Difficult days’: B.C. may be facing worst wildfire conditions of the summer

‘An evacuation order is not the time to wait and see, especially not under the conditions forecasted’

People without vehicles lineup to register for a flight to Calgary, Alberta in Yellowknife on Thursday, August 17, 2023. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to convene an urgent meeting with ministers and senior officials today as residents of the capital of Northwest Territories are ordered to evacuate the area because of an encroaching wildfire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden
B.C. Premier David Eby says the provincial government will provide all possible support to neighbouring Northwest Territories. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

‘Our hearts are with the people of the Northwest Territories’: Eby

B.C. pledges to provide all possible support as Yellowknife is ordered to evacuate

B.C. Premier David Eby says the provincial government will provide all possible support to neighbouring Northwest Territories. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Selina Robinson, B.C.’s minister of post-secondary education, says a $48 million investment by the province to help Capilano University purchase the former Quest University campus for a total of $63.2 million will help the growing Sea-to-Sky region. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. invests $48 million in new Capilano University campus in Squamish

Capilano assumes ownership of what was formerly the private Quest University campus

Selina Robinson, B.C.’s minister of post-secondary education, says a $48 million investment by the province to help Capilano University purchase the former Quest University campus for a total of $63.2 million will help the growing Sea-to-Sky region. (Black Press Media file photo)
Legislation to regulate short-term vacation rentals is coming in the fall and Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon says it will help return housing stock to the non-vacation rental market. (Black Press Media file photo)

New law will help track and enforce vacation rentals: housing minister

Ravi Kahlon also did not rule out province-wide registry for short-term vacation spots

Legislation to regulate short-term vacation rentals is coming in the fall and Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon says it will help return housing stock to the non-vacation rental market. (Black Press Media file photo)
Harbour Air’s electric-powered de Havilland Beaver was among the projects that had benefited from previous funding through the CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization program. The province recently announced $5 million for another round of funding. (Photo courtesy of British Columbia Aviation Museum)

Province defends size of investment in zero-emission vehicle research

Transportation sector responsible for 40 per cent of all greenhouse gases in B.C.

Harbour Air’s electric-powered de Havilland Beaver was among the projects that had benefited from previous funding through the CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization program. The province recently announced $5 million for another round of funding. (Photo courtesy of British Columbia Aviation Museum)
Latest figures from Elections BC show the BC NDP with a fundraising edge over BC United, BC Greens and Conservatives. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC New Democrats maintain fundraising edge over opposition

NDP raised just under $1.8 million through first half of 2023, BC United just under $1.4 million

Latest figures from Elections BC show the BC NDP with a fundraising edge over BC United, BC Greens and Conservatives. (Black Press Media file photo)
Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon, here seen in Vancouver Thursday (Aug. 10) annoucing 170 mixed-use homes and 80 shelter beds for the Downtown Eastside, said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the federal support will help support the provincial housing agenda, but acknowledged that B.C. needs to play catch up. (Flickr/Government of BC)

Building B.C.: Housing minister promises ‘ambitious plan’ for the fall

Ravi Kahlon is ‘cautiously optimistic’ that Ottawa will support provincial efforts

Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon, here seen in Vancouver Thursday (Aug. 10) annoucing 170 mixed-use homes and 80 shelter beds for the Downtown Eastside, said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the federal support will help support the provincial housing agenda, but acknowledged that B.C. needs to play catch up. (Flickr/Government of BC)