Highlights/British Columbia

Health

Overdose reversal training soon available online

So many people are dying of illegal drug overdose in the western province of British Columbia (B.C.) that one regional health authority is offering online skills training on how to reverse an overdose. Fraser Health is inviting people to join» 

Society

Fires get cabinet attention

Wildfires are so bad in the western province of British Columbia that the Canadian government has sent in the army and has formed an ad hoc committee of top cabinet ministers to consider what help is needed.  The province has» 

Health, Society

Supreme Court of Canada rules against tobacco giant in health data dispute

Canada’s highest court has ruled against tobacco giant Philip Morris International in its dispute with British Columbia over access to detailed provincial health databases to ensure the fairness of a multibillion-dollar damages trial. In a unanimous ruling today, the Supreme» 

Trees up to 1,000 years old being felled by logging companies in spite of rules against it

Economy, Environment, Politics, Society

The fall of giants: irreplaceable trees logged

(public commenting open on all RCI stories-scroll to bottom) These are some of the biggest, oldest living creatures that have ever existed in Earth’s history. It’s ethically wrong, it’s ecologically destructive”, Ken Wu, executive director, Ancient Forest Alliance After decades» 

Environment, Society

Bat warning in western Canada

White-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in eastern North America and the western province of British Columbia wants travelers to help prevent the fungal disease from spreading to that province. It is asking people to check “to make sure» 

Society

Ottawa deploys troops to help with flood relief in B.C.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed 300 troops to support the government of British Columbia in its flood relief efforts as the province braces for a second wave of record-breaking floods, officials at National Defence said Thursday. The majority» 

aerial view of mega house on former farmland, Richmond British Columbia

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Battle over monster homes on farmland in British Columbia

The loss of farmland in Canada is an ongoing concern as urban sprawl and speculation eats up more and more of this critical resource. In the city of Richmond, British Columbia, the battle has been over enormous “monster” houses being» 

Economy, Politics

Morneau says Ottawa willing to back Trans Mountain pipeline project

The federal government is willing to back financially Kinder Morgan or any other company that steps in to build the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to transport crude from Alberta’s oilsands to the coast of British Columbia, Finance Minister Bill Morneau» 

Society

British Columbia braces for second wave of flooding

Parts of southern British Columbia are bracing for a second wave of flooding after record water levels hit the area last week. Nearly 2,000 people had been ordered to evacuate from their homes by Monday and another 2,600 were on alert,» 

Environment

First, there were record floods in the east, now record floods in the west

(public commenting open on all RCI stories, scroll to very bottom to submit and read other comments) Even as  historically record flooding begins to slowly recede in the east coast province of New Brunswick, massive flooding is occurring in British»