Tom Fletcher

Fraser Health nurse draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. reaches 80% of adult COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday

New daily infections stay low, 33 more Tuesday

Fraser Health nurse draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender. (B.C. Human Rights Commission photo)

Caution urged on COVID-19 vaccine rules for B.C. employers, landlords

Human rights commissioner concerned about marginalized people

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender. (B.C. Human Rights Commission photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam. (B.C. government photos and Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospital cases continue to decline

66 in hospital, 14 in intensive care, 30 new cases Monday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam. (B.C. government photos and Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)
A farm tractor and baler sit in a hay field on a misty morning, ready for a day’s harvest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

B.C. to ease restrictions on secondary farm homes – in 2022

Agricultural Land Commission approval won’t be needed

A farm tractor and baler sit in a hay field on a misty morning, ready for a day’s harvest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Tunnel boring machine works on the largest of Trans Mountain trenchless crossings, 2.6 km under Burnaby Mountain, May 2021. (Trans Mountain)

B.C. river crossing tunnels part of Trans Mountain pipeline plan

3 under North Thompson River, replacement under Coquihalla

Tunnel boring machine works on the largest of Trans Mountain trenchless crossings, 2.6 km under Burnaby Mountain, May 2021. (Trans Mountain)
Rose Sawka, 91, reaches out to her son Terry Sawka, on a daily visit through the window at a Prince Rupert senior care home in early 2021. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

No COVID-19 vaccination, visits restricted in B.C. senior care homes

Most staff vaccinated, others to be subject to 3 tests a week

Rose Sawka, 91, reaches out to her son Terry Sawka, on a daily visit through the window at a Prince Rupert senior care home in early 2021. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Natural gas well pad in the rural community of Penobsquis, N.B. in 2014. B.C.’s gas development is centred on the northeast of the province, greatly expanded in recent years with development of shale gas deposits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

B.C. natural gas well cleanup shifts to Indigenous land sites

Court says network of wells, roads violated 1899 treaty rights

Natural gas well pad in the rural community of Penobsquis, N.B. in 2014. B.C.’s gas development is centred on the northeast of the province, greatly expanded in recent years with development of shale gas deposits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)

B.C. set to relax long-term care visit rules as outbreaks fall to zero

Care home workers, visitors must report vaccination status

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)
Bjorn Dihle inspects the acid mine drainage flowing into the Tulsequah River from a containment pond filled by effluent from the Tulsequah Chief Mine in B.C., October 2018. The mine cleanup has been a point of dispute between B.C. and Alaska for many years. (Chris Miller photo)

Northwest B.C. mines safe for salmon, Alaska legislators told

Projects developed in Stikine, Taku, Unuk River watersheds

Bjorn Dihle inspects the acid mine drainage flowing into the Tulsequah River from a containment pond filled by effluent from the Tulsequah Chief Mine in B.C., October 2018. The mine cleanup has been a point of dispute between B.C. and Alaska for many years. (Chris Miller photo)
New daily cases of COVID-19 in B.C., seven-day moving average to July 7, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 cases creep back up, 59 on Wednesday

7-day average for new cases remains below 50

New daily cases of COVID-19 in B.C., seven-day moving average to July 7, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
A tunnel boring machine drills to accommodate pipelines through Burnaby Mountain to connect to the expanded Westridge Marine Terminal, May 2021. The twinning project is a quarter completed, with active construction in Alberta and across B.C. (Trans Mountain photo)

Latest Indigenous bid for Trans Mountain backed by pipeline company

Pembina Pipeline partners on oil expansion, northwest B.C. LNG

A tunnel boring machine drills to accommodate pipelines through Burnaby Mountain to connect to the expanded Westridge Marine Terminal, May 2021. The twinning project is a quarter completed, with active construction in Alberta and across B.C. (Trans Mountain photo)
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

B.C. premier, ministers fly over Lytton and other wildfire sites

People who lost their homes carry on with firefighting

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Stickers are distributed at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey May 7, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Nowleader)

46 more cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Tuesday, 78% vaccinated

Active infections down to 602, 87 people in hospital

Stickers are distributed at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey May 7, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Nowleader)
Hydrogen fuel pump in Vancouver is one of four in B.C. There were 10 stations funded by the B.C. government in 2020. (Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)

B.C. targets heavy trucking for next hydrogen fuel development

Mixing with natural gas part of Canada’s first hydrogen strategy

Hydrogen fuel pump in Vancouver is one of four in B.C. There were 10 stations funded by the B.C. government in 2020. (Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)
B.C. Premier John Horgan congratulates provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on her management of the COVID-19 pandemic as restrictions are about to lift, June 30, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. sees only 20 new COVID-19 cases Monday as decline continues

Active cases down to 652, 3 more deaths over weekend

B.C. Premier John Horgan congratulates provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on her management of the COVID-19 pandemic as restrictions are about to lift, June 30, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. forest firefighter lights a backburn to remove fuel from an area to keep a wildfire from spreading, 2017. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

Firebreaks, controlled burns help surround B.C.’s bigger wildfires

Helicopters, ground crews attack between wildfire edge, firebreak

B.C. forest firefighter lights a backburn to remove fuel from an area to keep a wildfire from spreading, 2017. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
Cattle walk past burned-out forest area along Highway 20 west of Williams Lake during the 2017 B.C. wildfire season. (Coast Mountain News)

Disaster assistance program activated for B.C. communities, ranches

ICBC has emergency program for lost ID, wildfire claims

Cattle walk past burned-out forest area along Highway 20 west of Williams Lake during the 2017 B.C. wildfire season. (Coast Mountain News)
Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. records 49 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 35 more Friday

Active cases down to 729, hospitalization drops below 100

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Helicopter carries water bucket in B.C. Wildfire Service response. (Phil McLachlan/Penticton Western News)

B.C. saw 70 new wildfires Thursday, more lightning starts expected today

As many as 70 more expected across dry B.C. Interior, Okanagan

Helicopter carries water bucket in B.C. Wildfire Service response. (Phil McLachlan/Penticton Western News)
Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. farms, industry risk losing water rights as licence deadline nears

Non-domestic groundwater claims must be filed by March 2022

Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)