Tom Fletcher

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver

Premier backs Green bill on sex assault

Andrew Weaver calls for mandatory policies and education at colleges and universities

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver
Tent camp next to Victoria courthouse persists even as shelter and housing spaces are added. Housing Minister Rich Coleman says some campers are there as a protest and they want a confrontation.

BC VIEWS: Welcome to B.C., freeloaders

Word is out across the country, if you want handouts and housing, no questions asked, the West Coast is best

Tent camp next to Victoria courthouse persists even as shelter and housing spaces are added. Housing Minister Rich Coleman says some campers are there as a protest and they want a confrontation.
Plan for developing Bonanza Ledge mine near Barkerville uses spiral tunnel to reach gold below existing pit.

Signs of spring for B.C. mining industry

Gold projects at Barkerville and in the northwest moving ahead, as metal prices and steelmaking demand revive in Asia

Plan for developing Bonanza Ledge mine near Barkerville uses spiral tunnel to reach gold below existing pit.
Wilson's Mountain Road fire threatens farms and homes in Oliver

Fines increasing for forest fire violations

Fine for ignoring fire bans or interfering with forest firefighting efforts will be tripled, but vehicle seizures off the table

Wilson's Mountain Road fire threatens farms and homes in Oliver
School buses use a hinged stop sign as well as flashing amber and red lights to warn drivers to stop when students are getting on and off.

Crackdown coming on passing school bus

Children injured as drivers pass school buses with flashing lights and stop signs activated

School buses use a hinged stop sign as well as flashing amber and red lights to warn drivers to stop when students are getting on and off.
The B.C. legislature

Lead from old pipes hits home for MLAs

After Prince Rupert schools showed elevated lead levels in water, tests at the B.C. legislature showed similar results

The B.C. legislature
Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend first ministers' meeting in Vancouver last week.

BC VIEWS: Premiers do the carbon shuffle

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declares victory, George W. Bush-style, as premiers reject his promised national carbon price

Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend first ministers' meeting in Vancouver last week.
Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson

Minister monitoring new college fees

Fees increasing above 2% cap for colleges and universities must be for new services, Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson says

Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson
Agricultural Land Commission chair Frank Leonard

Farm regulator raising fees, adding enforcement

ALC chair Frank Leonard says some farmers waiting two years for a decision, changes to restore 'credibility' to commission

Agricultural Land Commission chair Frank Leonard
Site C dam on the Peace River is budgeted to cost $8.8 billion to construct

Judge orders Site C protest camp removed

Latest court loss for opponents of Peace River dam allows land clearing upstream of dam site

Site C dam on the Peace River is budgeted to cost $8.8 billion to construct
Escorted tanker passes sails through Second Narrows after loading at Westridge Terminal in Burnaby

B.C. moving to tighten oil spill law

Regulations for pipeline protection to take effect next year, Ottawa needed to reach 'world leading' oil spill protection at sea

Escorted tanker passes sails through Second Narrows after loading at Westridge Terminal in Burnaby
Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell

Disability benefits increasing

Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell says subsidized bus pass system continues, 40,000 rural people to get same value

Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell
Closed nursing home (background) located across the street from Christ Church Cathedral elementary school in downtown Victoria is being converted to a 'low barrier' shelter for tent campers.

BC VIEWS: Housing czar defends drug ghettos

Housing Minister Rich Coleman brushes off criticism of shelters and 'low barrier' housing for drug-addicted street people

Closed nursing home (background) located across the street from Christ Church Cathedral elementary school in downtown Victoria is being converted to a 'low barrier' shelter for tent campers.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong presents the 2016-17 budget in the B.C. legislature Tuesday.

BC BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS: Real estate, MSP, disability benefits

Luxury tax on new homes over $2 million, children exempted from rising medical fees, prosperity fund without LNG revenues

Finance Minister Mike de Jong presents the 2016-17 budget in the B.C. legislature Tuesday.
NDP finance critic Carole James responds to Tuesday's B.C. budget.

Opposition raps ‘fantasy fund,’ MSP fees

Premier Christy Clark's promised LNG prosperity fund financed by rising medical fees, says NDP's Carole James

NDP finance critic Carole James responds to Tuesday's B.C. budget.
Health Minister Terry Lake

Assisted living rules to be eased

Health Minister Terry Lake says changes to 'rigid regulations' coming on advice of BC Seniors' Advocate

Health Minister Terry Lake
One of the neglected dogs seized from a Langley dog breeder Feb. 4.

New standards coming for pet breeders

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says puppy mill operators should be subject to Canada's strictest animal abuse penalties

One of the neglected dogs seized from a Langley dog breeder Feb. 4.
“My communities still aren’t better places to live

BC VIEWS: Protesters fear peace in woods

Greenpeace-ForestEthics tactic of organizing boycotts is good for international fundraising, bad for poor people

“My communities still aren’t better places to live
Lt. Governor Judith Guichon reads the speech from the throne in the B.C. legislature to start each spring session.

Throne speech focus on fuel, food

Premier Christy Clark renews LNG, prosperity fund promises, adds new emphasis on food production and climate change

Lt. Governor Judith Guichon reads the speech from the throne in the B.C. legislature to start each spring session.
Tent camp on provincial property next to the Victoria courthouse has become an Occupy-style squat

BC VIEWS: Urban drug ghettos don’t work

BC housing czar Rich Coleman spending hundreds of millions on a failed containment strategy for addicted street people

Tent camp on provincial property next to the Victoria courthouse has become an Occupy-style squat