Cole Schisler

Demand for construction and skilled trades workers is higher than ever, but there aren’t enough workers to meet the demand. (Pixabay photo)

Labour shortage hampers B.C. construction industry amid high demand for work

Survey from Independent Contractors and Businesses Association finds 75% of companies are short-staffed

Demand for construction and skilled trades workers is higher than ever, but there aren’t enough workers to meet the demand. (Pixabay photo)
Solar panels can be seen on the school grounds on Lasqueti Island, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

$134 million in new funding announced for B.C. clean energy projects

The funding is available through the CleanBC Communities Fund starting Jan. 26

Solar panels can be seen on the school grounds on Lasqueti Island, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP

B.C. Children’s Hospital still seeing few admissions for kids with COVID-19

11 kids are at B.C. Children’s with COVID, but only a quarter of them were admitted due to the virus

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP
(File photo)

Medical confirmation no longer required for gender identity changes on B.C. IDs

Applicants can now self-declare their gender identity for government documents

(File photo)
B.C. Judge Geoffrey Gomery has ordered the province to pay damages to homeowners for a nuisance claim over a long-term state of local emergency. (Image courtesy Creative Outlet)

Judge orders B.C. to pay damages for ‘unlawful’ state of emergency caused by sinkholes

Justice Geoffrey Gomer wrote that a state of emergency cannot be used to delay action indefinitely

B.C. Judge Geoffrey Gomery has ordered the province to pay damages to homeowners for a nuisance claim over a long-term state of local emergency. (Image courtesy Creative Outlet)
B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon announced that businesses can apply for COVID-19 Relief Grants on Jan. 12, 2022. (BC Government/YouTube)

B.C. businesses closed by COVID orders can now apply for relief grants

Program opens just six days before public health order is set to expire

B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon announced that businesses can apply for COVID-19 Relief Grants on Jan. 12, 2022. (BC Government/YouTube)
Ministry of Transportation staff survey the damage at the last remaining northbound strand of Bottletop Bridge. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

State of emergency extended as B.C. continues to grapple with storm-damaged highways

The state of emergency will remain in place until Jan. 18

Ministry of Transportation staff survey the damage at the last remaining northbound strand of Bottletop Bridge. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Langara College in Vancouver. (Wikimedia Commons)

B.C. post-secondary students launch petitions calling for online learning

Students call for online classes and enhanced safety measures in the classroom

Langara College in Vancouver. (Wikimedia Commons)
Shown is an aerial view of the Nechako River. (Black Press File Photo)

B.C. Supreme Court finds Nechako River ‘dramatically’ harmed by Kenney Dam

The Court ruled both levels of government must work to protect fishing rights on the Nechako

Shown is an aerial view of the Nechako River. (Black Press File Photo)
A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BCTF calls for N95s, boosters, enhanced ventilation to curb Omicron spread in schools

BCTF president Teri Mooring spoke at a news conference after the province’s plan was announced

A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Brian Mark, co-owner of Iron Energy Gym in West Kelowna has been publicly defying the health order and refuses to close. (@therealbrianmark/Instagram)

OPINION: Gym owners defying health orders are in the wrong

A vast majority of gyms in B.C. have complied with public health orders and continue to do so

Brian Mark, co-owner of Iron Energy Gym in West Kelowna has been publicly defying the health order and refuses to close. (@therealbrianmark/Instagram)
Gas prices are up across B.C.’s South Coast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Price spike makes gas on B.C.’s South Coast most expensive in Canada

Gas prices range from 169.2 in Vancouver to 154.3 on parts of Vancouver Island

Gas prices are up across B.C.’s South Coast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
(Facebook/E-Comm911)

Mixed-up coffee orders, messy roommates top E-Comm’s 911 nuisance calls

E-Comm handles 99 per cent of B.C.’s 9-1-1 calls and urges the public to call for emergencies only

(Facebook/E-Comm911)
Snow removal crews will be working around the clock, but it could be up to 48 hours before some roads are cleared. (Jacqueline Gelineau/ Kelowna Capital News)

West Kelowna says snow removal crews working around the clock ahead of storm

Main roads will be cleared first while some local streets could go 48 hours without maintenance

Snow removal crews will be working around the clock, but it could be up to 48 hours before some roads are cleared. (Jacqueline Gelineau/ Kelowna Capital News)
A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a Canadian property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Interior home sales continue at record highs as prices soar

Double-digit increases were recorded across the region in every home category

A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a Canadian property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Rock House is Kelowna’s highest assessed home. It’s worth is $14 million. (Capital News file photo)

Assessed home values jump by more than 30 per cent across Central Okanagan

‘Assessments do not automatically translate into an increase in property taxes,’ assessor said

Rock House is Kelowna’s highest assessed home. It’s worth is $14 million. (Capital News file photo)
Rose Sawka, 91, waves to her son through the window of Acropolis Manor. She has been looking through the glass for contact since a COVID-19 outbreak at the long-term health and care home care facility on Jan. 19, 2021, locked the world outside. (K-J Millar/The Northern View)

B.C. restricts long-term care to essential visitors only

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the move is necessary to protect seniors and staff

Rose Sawka, 91, waves to her son through the window of Acropolis Manor. She has been looking through the glass for contact since a COVID-19 outbreak at the long-term health and care home care facility on Jan. 19, 2021, locked the world outside. (K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Samantha Knight Weston Family Science program manager for Nature Conservancy Canada, says leaving your Christmas tree in your backyard over the winter can provide many benefits for backyard wildlife. (Submitted photo)

Looking to dispose of your Christmas tree? Try tossing it in the backyard

Backyard decomposition makes for great Christmas tree disposal and biodiversity

Samantha Knight Weston Family Science program manager for Nature Conservancy Canada, says leaving your Christmas tree in your backyard over the winter can provide many benefits for backyard wildlife. (Submitted photo)
Kelowna Courthouse. (Phil McLachlan-Capital News/FILE)

Prominent Kelowna anti-lockdown protester faces assault charges

David Lindsay faces two counts of assault related to an incident on August 19

Kelowna Courthouse. (Phil McLachlan-Capital News/FILE)
A draft design of UBCO’s vertical downtown Kelowna campus included in their development permit application. (UBCO photo)
A draft design of UBCO’s vertical downtown Kelowna campus included in their development permit application. (UBCO photo)