British Columbia

B.C. hopes to attract marquee events and conferences to boost the tourism economy. (File photo)

B.C. announces further supports to revitalize tourism economy

Funding aimed at attracting events, conferences and training workers

B.C. hopes to attract marquee events and conferences to boost the tourism economy. (File photo)
Physician assistant Joanna Chan, left, assists plastic surgeon Dr. Michel Gallant, right, with the placement of a skin graft to a child’s head during an operation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in a 2018 handout photo. Chan was part of a medical team with the organization Team Broken Earth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Team Broken Earth

Plan for associate physicians in British Columbia is stalled by pandemic

Potential candidates sidelined as pressure grows on health-care system

Physician assistant Joanna Chan, left, assists plastic surgeon Dr. Michel Gallant, right, with the placement of a skin graft to a child’s head during an operation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in a 2018 handout photo. Chan was part of a medical team with the organization Team Broken Earth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Team Broken Earth
(Black Press Media File)

B.C. implements changes to the Elections Act to ‘modernize’ voting process

Changes were approved by the Legislative Assembly in 2019

(Black Press Media File)
Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance announced the Fraser River Discovery Centre will receive $150,000 from the federal Tourism Relief Fund on March 10, 2022. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

VIDEO: Federal tourism relief fund begins rolling out to B.C. operators

The Fraser River Discovery Centre was the first B.C. organization to receive funding

Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance announced the Fraser River Discovery Centre will receive $150,000 from the federal Tourism Relief Fund on March 10, 2022. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
For the second straight Saturday, a Penticton rally in support of Ukraine could be seen at the intersection of Main Street and Warren Avenue. Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the neighbouring country on Feb. 24 (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘They want to stay and fight’: B.C. woman rallies in support of her Ukrainian family

‘I don’t even know what more to do, all we can do is gather and rally together,’ says Cyndy Bishop

For the second straight Saturday, a Penticton rally in support of Ukraine could be seen at the intersection of Main Street and Warren Avenue. Russia launched a full-scale invasion of the neighbouring country on Feb. 24 (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
RCMP underwater recovery team members Cpl. Todd Kaufmann, left, Cpl. Steve Wells and Const. Tim Cucheran worked with ‘Fab’, a Seamor Marine Chinook ROV to recover a bulldozer operator’s body in Nunavut in February. (Photo submitted)

B.C. tech recovers body after bulldozer breaks through Arctic ice and sinks

Seamor Marine remotely operated vehicle used in deepest recovery operation in RCMP history

RCMP underwater recovery team members Cpl. Todd Kaufmann, left, Cpl. Steve Wells and Const. Tim Cucheran worked with ‘Fab’, a Seamor Marine Chinook ROV to recover a bulldozer operator’s body in Nunavut in February. (Photo submitted)
Thousands of foreign-trained doctors are unable to practise medicine in Canada, despite severe doctor shortages. (Unsplash)

Regulations prevent foreign-trained B.C. doctor from practising

Despite severe doctor shortage, international medical graduates face years of barriers in Canada

Thousands of foreign-trained doctors are unable to practise medicine in Canada, despite severe doctor shortages. (Unsplash)
Some child care costs in B.C. will drop to an average of $20 per day by the end of this year. (Photo courtesy of B.C. government)

B.C. Budget: Child care fees for infants, toddlers dropping to $20 per day by 2023

Province expects 40,000 new spots to open in next seven years

Some child care costs in B.C. will drop to an average of $20 per day by the end of this year. (Photo courtesy of B.C. government)
B.C. moving to a community hub model for those with autism and other support needs will cost $172 million over three years. Participants at an event outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 9 that called for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

B.C. Budget: Transition to controversial autism funding model to cost $172M

Province says funding to help cover costs of essential medical equipment, transition

B.C. moving to a community hub model for those with autism and other support needs will cost $172 million over three years. Participants at an event outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 9 that called for the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Guy Ridler was out for some fat biking on Fox Mountain’s mountain bike trail network on Sunday, Jan. 30. On parts of the trail, faeries and other little creatures can be found amongst the trees. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Fat biking trending this winter around one B.C. Interior town

Groomer helps cyclists get some turns in over the winter months around Williams Lake

Guy Ridler was out for some fat biking on Fox Mountain’s mountain bike trail network on Sunday, Jan. 30. On parts of the trail, faeries and other little creatures can be found amongst the trees. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Statistics Canada's offices at Tunny's Pasture in Ottawa are shown on Friday, March 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

B.C. population tops 5M in 2021, province grows by 7.6% since 2016

Province’s population topped 5 million, Statistics Canada says

Statistics Canada's offices at Tunny's Pasture in Ottawa are shown on Friday, March 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
BC School Sports tournaments can now resume after a Feb. 3 decision from the Ministry of Education. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

‘It’s official’: BC School Sports gets green light to resume tournaments

The Ministry of Education initially prevented such events from happening, amid the pandemic

BC School Sports tournaments can now resume after a Feb. 3 decision from the Ministry of Education. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

B.C. boasts lowest unemployment rate in Canada as jobs return to pre-pandemic levels

The economy lost 200,000 jobs in January, but B.C.’s unemployment rate remains low

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
FILE – Thousands of people gather for a peaceful demonstration in support of George Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet and protest against racism, injustice and police brutality, in Vancouver, on Sunday, May 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

26% of British Columbians witnessed or experienced hate since pandemic began: poll

B.C.’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner leading inquiry into rise of hate since March 2020

FILE – Thousands of people gather for a peaceful demonstration in support of George Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet and protest against racism, injustice and police brutality, in Vancouver, on Sunday, May 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Pacific Wild has taken the government of B.C. to court over the legality of contracting civilians to shoot wolves from helicopters. (Black Press file photo)

Animal advocacy group condemns B.C.’s extension of the wolf cull

The cull, which has killed 1,400 wolves since initiated in 2015, has been extended five years

Pacific Wild has taken the government of B.C. to court over the legality of contracting civilians to shoot wolves from helicopters. (Black Press file photo)
Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C. photographer working to unearth province’s forgotten camera artists

Don Denton collecting and preserving details of mostly unknown photographers

Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Outdoor group urges B.C. government to expand budget for recreation

Recreation Sites and Trails BC manages recreation resources on public lands

Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria museum puts call out for maritime stories from B.C.’s LGBTQ2S+ community

Queer at Sea exhibit launches at the Maritime Museum in May

Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)
After a two-day hiatus, Pacific Coastal Airlines flights will resume on Jan. 4. (File photo)
After a two-day hiatus, Pacific Coastal Airlines flights will resume on Jan. 4. (File photo)
Black Bear Reports in B.C. this year. All reports are made through the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program. (WildSafeBC)

Record-setting number of black bear sightings across B.C. in 2021

WildSafeBC reports nearly 20,000 reported sightings from January to November this year

Black Bear Reports in B.C. this year. All reports are made through the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program. (WildSafeBC)