Tom Fletcher

Finance Minister Mike de Jong shows how income and property transfer taxes (at left) were higher than expected in the first part of the year.

Retail, real estate help keep B.C. in black

Forest fire season tops $300 million in costs, but higher income tax, property transfer tax make up for it

Finance Minister Mike de Jong shows how income and property transfer taxes (at left) were higher than expected in the first part of the year.
Premier Christy Clark mingles with aboriginal leaders at second annual cabinet-First Nations meeting in Vancouver Thursday.

B.C., chiefs pledge to work on reconciliation

Premier Christy Clark launches aboriginal sports awards, scholarships, but chiefs want end to colonial rule

Premier Christy Clark mingles with aboriginal leaders at second annual cabinet-First Nations meeting in Vancouver Thursday.
Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit has been appointed to a six-month term to advise government on aboriginal child welfare.

Chiefs press demands with premier, cabinet

Northern First Nations want more input into energy projects after water licence for fracking cancelled

Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit has been appointed to a six-month term to advise government on aboriginal child welfare.
Queen Elizabeth II is is the 63rd year of her reign

B.C. marks Queen’s record reign

In addition to local events, Lt. Governor Judith Guichon is hosting a garden party in Victoria

Queen Elizabeth II is is the 63rd year of her reign
House in Surrey damaged by falling tree in late-August windstorm.

Urban society slides into helplessness

Emergency dispatchers flooded with calls for instant answers, some demand freezer compensation, fresh food deliveries

House in Surrey damaged by falling tree in late-August windstorm.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall

Mandatory vaccination records urged for schools

Canadian Medical Association wants disclosure for all students, and a national database to help control disease spread

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall
Conservative leader Stephen Harper mocks Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's plan to run 'tiny little deficits' for the next three years.

ELECTION 2015: Economic slump dominates campaign

Justin Trudeau's plan to run deficits for infrastructure spending changes focus for Thomas Mulcair, Stephen Harper

Conservative leader Stephen Harper mocks Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's plan to run 'tiny little deficits' for the next three years.
Paulson Pass fire northeast of Christina Lake. Evacuation alerts were lifted Monday for Grand Forks and Christina Lake

Forest fire season winding down in B.C.

Campfires are allowed in most areas as the Labour Day weekend approaches, most evacuation alerts lifted

Paulson Pass fire northeast of Christina Lake. Evacuation alerts were lifted Monday for Grand Forks and Christina Lake
About 60 used needles and many more empty packages and protective caps were found dumped behind a commercial building in Maple Ridge

Safety tops wish list

Communities struggling to cope with addiction and mental illness are near the head of the line for meetings with Premier Christy Clark

About 60 used needles and many more empty packages and protective caps were found dumped behind a commercial building in Maple Ridge
Red Chris mine has begun operation near the Iskut River in northwest B.C.

B.C. seeks mining agreement with Alaska

Northwest B.C. mine projects on major salmon rivers that flow into the Alaska panhandle

Red Chris mine has begun operation near the Iskut River in northwest B.C.
B.C. Provincial Court Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree

Chief judge reviews online provincial court records

Database of charges, convictions, peace bonds used for criminal record checks, but users may not be aware of later acquittal

B.C. Provincial Court Chief Judge Thomas Crabtree
Logging on Crown land in B.C. is governed by forest management plans.

B.C. forest stewardship plans failing

Crown land plans required from forest companies overlap, lack clarity and can't be measured, Forest Practices Board says

Logging on Crown land in B.C. is governed by forest management plans.
Parties in the federal election are competing to provide generous support for families who need child care.

Election 2015: Politicians pitch to parents

Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and Greens all offering generous support to parents to help with child care costs

Parties in the federal election are competing to provide generous support for families who need child care.
The Wood Lake fire near Harrison Lake was estimated at 1

Drought takes toll on B.C. rivers, land

Fraser River continues to warm, and stage four drought restrictions have been extended to the Okanagan

The Wood Lake fire near Harrison Lake was estimated at 1
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau

Sorting out federal election issues

Where do Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau stand on Canada's petroleum industry? Watch their actions

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau
B.C. NDP leader John Horgan's senior political staffer is staying on with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley

Horgan’s handyman stays in Alberta

Chief of staff John Heaney takes up new senior role with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley

B.C. NDP leader John Horgan's senior political staffer is staying on with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau

Leaders battle over jobs, pipelines, fighter jets

Pipeline policies put NDP's Tom Mulcair, Conservatives' Stephen Harper on defensive in first federal election debate

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau
Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have provided permits and investment credits to establish a liquefied natural gas export industry in B.C.

Prospects for B.C.’s biggest investment

Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have set a path for LNG industry in B.C.

Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have provided permits and investment credits to establish a liquefied natural gas export industry in B.C.
Nestle water bottling plant is a convenient target for an international protest organization that doesn't have the slightest idea what's going on in B.C.

Nestlé protest doesn’t hold water

Online petition against Hope bottling plant based on Stephen Colbert's 'truthiness': premise is false, but it 'feels' true

Nestle water bottling plant is a convenient target for an international protest organization that doesn't have the slightest idea what's going on in B.C.
B.C. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke

Ombudsperson to review drug researcher firings

Jay Chalke's office exempted from confidentiality agreements, NDP agrees to his independent probe into reason for dismissals

B.C. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke