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BC Greens Leader Sonia Furstenau, here seen in 2018, has tabled a private member’s bill that would have prevented former premier John Horgan (right) from joining join the board of a resource company 24 hours after resigning as MLA. (Submitted)

BC Greens want minimum 12-month wait for former politicians starting new jobs

MLA Sonia Furstenau tabled the bill weeks after John Horgan resigned, joined board

BC Greens Leader Sonia Furstenau, here seen in 2018, has tabled a private member’s bill that would have prevented former premier John Horgan (right) from joining join the board of a resource company 24 hours after resigning as MLA. (Submitted)
Penticton will be among several communities across B.C. holding Enough is Enough rallies in drawing attention to public safety. (Black Press Media file photo)

Premier David Eby ‘agrees with folks’ rallying across B.C. for public safety

Eby made the comment Thursday hours before several rallies scheduled for noon

Penticton will be among several communities across B.C. holding Enough is Enough rallies in drawing attention to public safety. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MLA Norm Letnick said he won’t seek re-election in 2024. (Black Press Media file photo)

Long-time Kelowna MLA Norm Letnick won’t seek re-election

Letnick, who was first elected in 2009, says he will continue to help community

Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MLA Norm Letnick said he won’t seek re-election in 2024. (Black Press Media file photo)
Michael Goehring, President of the Mining Association of B.C., says a new survey shows that the public digs the industry because of its role in fighting climate change.

Critical mineral chase may be opening B.C. up to new mining opportunities

Climate change has changed ‘conversation’ about mining in B.C., says head of industry association

Michael Goehring, President of the Mining Association of B.C., says a new survey shows that the public digs the industry because of its role in fighting climate change.
Surrey South MLA Elenore Sturko said Crown prosecutors say B.C. already has the toughest bail policies in repeating her demand for federal policy changes. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC United MLA wants bail denied for all violent offenders with a history of breaches

NDP Attorney-General Niki Sharma repeated demand for bail reform by federal government

Surrey South MLA Elenore Sturko said Crown prosecutors say B.C. already has the toughest bail policies in repeating her demand for federal policy changes. (Black Press Media file photo)
As construction of Site C continues, BC Hydro is asking to leave behind debris large enough to cover 28 soccer fields prior to flooding 80 kilometres of the Peace River. (Photo courtesy of BC Hydro)

BC United questions Site C proposal to leave behind debris in Peace River

Up to 45 structures including giant concrete anchors and barge pad could remain behind

As construction of Site C continues, BC Hydro is asking to leave behind debris large enough to cover 28 soccer fields prior to flooding 80 kilometres of the Peace River. (Photo courtesy of BC Hydro)
Access to public charging stations has increased, but concerns about their availability remain.(Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. drivers love their EVs, but many worry about long road trips: BCAA survey

Survey notes 67% still own gas vehicles for longer journeys

Access to public charging stations has increased, but concerns about their availability remain.(Black Press Media file photo)
Access to public charging stations has increased, but concerns about their availability remain.(Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. drivers love their EVs, but many worry about long road trips: BCAA survey

Survey notes 67% still own gas vehicles for longer journeys

Access to public charging stations has increased, but concerns about their availability remain.(Black Press Media file photo)
As construction of Site C continues, BC Hydro is asking to leave behind debris large enough to cover 28 soccer fields prior to flooding 80 kilometres of the Peace River valley. (Photo courtesy of BC Hydro)

BC Hydro applies to leave some Site C construction debris to be flooded over

Hydro: Leaving up to 45 structures behind could be easier on the environment than removing them

As construction of Site C continues, BC Hydro is asking to leave behind debris large enough to cover 28 soccer fields prior to flooding 80 kilometres of the Peace River valley. (Photo courtesy of BC Hydro)
As crews continue to replace the Pattullo Bridge in Metro Vancouver, BC Liberals are wondering about the future of the aging Taylor Bridge in northern B.C. (Photo courtesy of pattullobridgereplacement.ca)

‘Long-term solution’ for Taylor Bridge still underway by province

Shadow Finance Minister Peter Milobar says the aging bridge is a vital economic link in northern BC

As crews continue to replace the Pattullo Bridge in Metro Vancouver, BC Liberals are wondering about the future of the aging Taylor Bridge in northern B.C. (Photo courtesy of pattullobridgereplacement.ca)
A rendering of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, located to the northwest of the existing Roberts Bank terminals in Delta. Ottawa has approved the project subject to 370 legally binding conditions to protect the environment, including to prevent harm to local species, but environmentalists fear the worst. (Port of Vancouver image)

Ottawa cites jobs, capacity, approves B.C.’s Roberts Bank Terminal 2 port expansion

Approval of port expansion a ‘death sentence’ for southern resident killer whales: environmentalist

A rendering of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, located to the northwest of the existing Roberts Bank terminals in Delta. Ottawa has approved the project subject to 370 legally binding conditions to protect the environment, including to prevent harm to local species, but environmentalists fear the worst. (Port of Vancouver image)
A year-one-long agreement between Victoria and Ottawa funding home and community care, as well as services for mental health and addiction will see B.C. received $164 million with an extension in the offering. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C., federal government strike deal around home and community care

B.C. gets $164M injection this year, hopes to extend agreement another 4 years

A year-one-long agreement between Victoria and Ottawa funding home and community care, as well as services for mental health and addiction will see B.C. received $164 million with an extension in the offering. (Black Press Media file photo)
Minister of Finance Katrine Conroy said she is glad to see inflation go down, adding government remains in discussion with Ottawa about housing.

Inflation trending down in B.C., but housing costs up thanks to rising interest on mortgages

The Bank of Canada is holding the interest rate at 4.5%

Minister of Finance Katrine Conroy said she is glad to see inflation go down, adding government remains in discussion with Ottawa about housing.
Mandalorian and Groku a.k.a. Baby Yoda dropped into the provincial legislature Wednesday as the provincial government announced $42 million over three years for the creative industries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

$42M coming to B.C.’s film, creative industry hit by pandemic challenges

Funding boost aims aims to help industries recover following the pandemic

Mandalorian and Groku a.k.a. Baby Yoda dropped into the provincial legislature Wednesday as the provincial government announced $42 million over three years for the creative industries. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
BC Premier David Eby’s New Democrats raised more than $4 million in 2022, some $400,000 more than BC United, BC Green and Conservative Party of BC combined. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam)

B.C. NDP outhustle political opposition – combined – in donations

NDP received $4.01 million in 2022 while main opposition parties raised about $3.7 million

BC Premier David Eby’s New Democrats raised more than $4 million in 2022, some $400,000 more than BC United, BC Green and Conservative Party of BC combined. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam)
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said transit is safe and blamed BC United for the current state of social services in responding to charges that the NDP is soft on crime.

Question Period heats up in public safety debate following number of stabbings in B.C.

‘So when they ask those kinds of questions, you are darn right, I’m going to hit back,’ Farnworth says

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said transit is safe and blamed BC United for the current state of social services in responding to charges that the NDP is soft on crime.
The new riding of Kelowna-Lake-Country-Coldstream is one of six new ridings coming in time for the next provincial election. Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will gain two additional ridings each, while Vancouver Island will also gain one. Overall, British Columbia will have 93 ridings under changes to Electoral Districts Act.

Bill re-drawing B.C.’s electoral map receives first reading

Six new ridings to be added and the boundaries of 72 will be redrawn

The new riding of Kelowna-Lake-Country-Coldstream is one of six new ridings coming in time for the next provincial election. Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley will gain two additional ridings each, while Vancouver Island will also gain one. Overall, British Columbia will have 93 ridings under changes to Electoral Districts Act.
FILE – Williams Lake resident were encouraged to paint on a purple rock in memory of a loved one lost to the toxic drug crisis. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

6 people died per day from unregulated drug supply so far this year: BC Coroners Service

‘Unregulated drug toxicity continues to be the leading cause of unnatural death in British Columbia’

FILE – Williams Lake resident were encouraged to paint on a purple rock in memory of a loved one lost to the toxic drug crisis. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Lana Popham announced $600,000 Monday afternoon as the provincial legislature hosted local and provincial book and magazine as part of BC Book Day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Provincial grant to boost B.C. book publishers dealing with rising costs

B.C. book, magazine publishers receive $600,000 to help with shipping, printing costs

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Lana Popham announced $600,000 Monday afternoon as the provincial legislature hosted local and provincial book and magazine as part of BC Book Day. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir, here seen in September 2021, welcomes $100,000 in funding through the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program, whose funding has doubled to $66 million. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

B.C. doubles the amount of money available through new rural development fund

Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program now has $66 million for rural communities

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir, here seen in September 2021, welcomes $100,000 in funding through the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program, whose funding has doubled to $66 million. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)