OP/ED: BC's Explanations for Harmful Changes to Grizzly Bear Management Misleading

The Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) says the BC government is not being up front with the public about a major intended change to grizzly bear management. The proposed change is revealed in a draft Grizzly Bear Stewardship Framework that is currently under public review. Over fifty-five environmental groups and conservationists have signed an open letter […]

Legislation introduced to rein in short-term rentals, deliver more homes for people

Turning short-term rentals into homes for people is at the core of newly introduced legislation to regulate the rapidly expanding short-term rental market. “Anyone who’s looking for an affordable place to live knows how hard it is, and short-term rentals are making it even more challenging,” said Premier David Eby. “The number of short-term rentals […]

ICBC, police say pedestrian safety a serious concern this fall as visibility worsens

The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) and police are launching a pedestrian safety campaign in response to the sharp increase in pedestrian injuries and fatalities on the road at this time of year. ICBC said that nearly half (43%) of crashes involving pedestrians happen between October and January as visibility and weather worsen in B.C. […]

Interior Health releases inaugural five-year Climate Change, Sustainability Roadmap

Interior Health (IH) has released a five-year Climate Change and Sustainability Roadmap that provides long-term, strategic direction for preparing for and mitigating the health impacts of climate change. IH is committed to being a leader in creating a sustainable and resilient health-care system that equitably contributes to the well-being of clients, patients, staff, communities and the […]

Cst. Frederick “Rick” O’Brien honoured with a celebration of life at RCMP regimental funeral

Family and friends joined along with the RCMP to honour Constable Frederick “Rick” O’Brien with a full regimental funeral on October 4 at the Langley Events Centre. Cst. O’Brien was remembered by his friends and family for his love of family, his passion for helping others and his commitment to serve. The RCMP wishes to thank […]

BC Ombudsperson finds gaping holes in BC emergency relief programs

In a report released today, the BC Ombudsperson finds emergency support programs are outdated, under-resourced, inaccessible for vulnerable evacuees and poorly communicated and calls on government to take urgent action to better support people who are increasingly being displaced from their homes for long periods by extreme weather events. The report Fairness in a Changing […]

North Van RCMP stop 'L' driver travelling 199 km/h

This past weekend, officers from the North Vancouver RCMP Traffic unit pulled over a new driver for speeding after the vehicle was clocked going almost 200 km/h. RCMP said on Friday September 29th 2023, a Learner “L” driver was stopped after being clocked travelling at 199 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone. The Learner […]

Input from sheriffs to strengthen access to court services

B.C.’s justice system will be strengthened by the B.C. Sheriff Service’s (BCSS) comprehensive plan to support sheriffs and make sure people have consistent, safer access to court services. “The work sheriffs do is critical to ensure people have access to courtroom services,” said Niki Sharma, Attorney General. “With law-enforcement agencies across the country experiencing recruitment […]

BC Minister makes statement on lives lost to poisoned drugs in August

Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has released the following statement regarding the BC Coroners Service report on illicit drug toxicity deaths in August: “Today’s BC Coroners Service report for August 2023 tells a story we have heard too often. We are not just talking about numbers, we are talking about people. We’ve […]

BC Wildlife Federation's BC Rivers Day: The New Normal is anything but normal

September 24, B.C. Rivers Day highlights the decline of the province’s vital arteries  It is tempting to shrug off the latest catastrophic wildfire season as The New Normal and throw up our hands about the damage that incinerated forests do to B.C. rivers and fish habitat. Forest fires are normal, natural, and even rejuvenating for […]

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