Highlights / British Columbia

Health, International

B.C. health authorities confirm first case of coronavirus

Health authorities in British Columbia have confirmed the first case of the coronavirus in the Western Canadian province after lab results for a suspected case came back positive for the potentially deadly virus. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Pipeline project clears one hurdle, but divides Canadians

The ever controversial Trans-Mountain Pipeline project passed another legal hurdle at the Supreme Court of Canada, but faces another in the seemingly growing opposition in the court of public opinion according the latest public opinion survey. When stiff public opposition» 

Society

Multiple fatalities confirmed in British Columbia plane crash

Authorities in British Columbia are reporting multiple fatalities following a plane crash on Gabriola Island, near the city of Nanaimo on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, on Tuesday evening. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment on Gabriola Island» 

Economy, Politics

Canada History: Nov. 19, 1858; British Columbia comes into being

The vast area in what is now Canada’s Pacific province, was once known as New Caledonia, and was under the control of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Gold rushes of 1857 and 1858 meant vast numbers of American and other prospectors» 

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics, Society

“Extinct” Indigenous group fights for recognition

Canada’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of an American indigenous man who claims to be a descendant of the Sinixt First Nation, formerly of British Columbia. The problem is that the Canadian government declared the group “extinct”» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Oil companies explore loophole in shipping restriction

A Canadian law passed in June prevents Alberta oilsands crude being shipped from the British Columbia terminals along Canada’s northern Pacific coastline. This was due to fears of the environmental damage if there was an oil spill. But a test» 

Economy, Environment

Federal Court grants B.C. injunction against Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps law

The Federal Court has granted the British Columbia government a temporary injunction against Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps legislation, which would allow the landlocked energy-rich province to cut shipments of oil and gas to jurisdictions that oppose pipeline projects. The Alberta bill was» 

Environment, International

Asian carp, ash borer beetles, and now giant hornets

Various Canadian agencies concerned with the environment have been battling invasive species for years, and now a destructive new threat has arrived. A giant hornet from Asia has now joined threats from the invasive fish species known as Asian carp» 

Society

B.C. cyclist fights off grizzly bear with camping knife

A British Columbia man is crediting a camping knife, a gift from his father, for helping him survive a terrifying attack by a grizzly bear earlier this week. Colin Dowler, 45, was cycling on his mountain bike around backcountry logging» 

Society

Canadian police scale down search for B.C. murder suspects

Frustrated by their inability to track down two fugitives believed to be hiding in the vast wilderness of northern Manitoba, Canadian police announced Wednesday that they will be scaling down their search for the teenage murder suspects. After coming up»