Tom Fletcher

Victoria Police acting chief Del Manak

Fine for passing school bus more than doubles

Fine goes up to $368 for ignoring flashing lights as children get on and off, same as new distracted driving penalty

Victoria Police acting chief Del Manak
B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake

Fentanyl overdoses rise, emergency reporting takes effect

B.C. averaging 60 overdose cases a month, half involving fentanyl that users likely don't know they are taking

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake
The Beatton Airport Road fire north of Fort St. John caused brief evacuations and has been battled by 130 firefighters

Arson investigated in northern B.C. fires

Conservation officers investigate signs that up to 10 wildfires were deliberately set

The Beatton Airport Road fire north of Fort St. John caused brief evacuations and has been battled by 130 firefighters
Public Safety Minister Mike Morris uses a driving simulator to show the effect of texting and driving.

Distracted driving ticket will soon cost $543 and up

Cost for first texting and driving offence $543, up to $888 for a second within one year and licence may be suspended

Public Safety Minister Mike Morris uses a driving simulator to show the effect of texting and driving.
Mountain caribou in the South Selkirk range are in danger of local extinction. Larger herds of northern caribou in the Peace region are also declining in numbers.

B.C. caribou herds decline, wolf kill to continue

Habitat protection, penning pregnant females showing results as biologists continue to shoot wolves from helicopters

Mountain caribou in the South Selkirk range are in danger of local extinction. Larger herds of northern caribou in the Peace region are also declining in numbers.
The Siphon Creek wildfire north of Fort St. John has spread east across the Alberta border.

B.C. wildfire crosses into Alberta, medical teams to help evacuees

B.C. mobile hospital, counsellors preparing to help care for thousands evacuated from Fort McMurray

The Siphon Creek wildfire north of Fort St. John has spread east across the Alberta border.
Premier Christy Clark

Clark’s party pay OK, commissioner says

Donations to B.C. Liberal Party not a personal benefit for Premier Christy Clark, says Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser

Premier Christy Clark
Premier Christy Clark and Jobs Minister Shirley Bond announce two-stage boost to minimum wage at the B.C. legislature Wednesday.

B.C. to top up minimum wage by 40 cents

Cost-of-living formula left B.C. in last place, NDP says Premier Christy Clark added more because she was embarrassed

Premier Christy Clark and Jobs Minister Shirley Bond announce two-stage boost to minimum wage at the B.C. legislature Wednesday.
Tailings storage facility construction for Red Chris mine in northwestern B.C.

B.C. resists call for outside mine oversight

Mines Minister Bill Bennett admits more enforcement needed, says ministry is likely the best able to run it

Tailings storage facility construction for Red Chris mine in northwestern B.C.
Premier Christy Clark makes about $200

NDP protests Premier Christy Clark’s party pay

NDP's David Eby asks conflict of interest commissioner to examine relationship between extra pay and exclusive fundraisers

Premier Christy Clark makes about $200
The Nimpkish is to be replaced with a larger ferry to serve the Bella Bella-Bella Coola route on the B.C. Central Coast.

BC Ferries projects now eligible for federal funds

Replacing the Nimpkish on the Bella Coola run and upgrading the Langdale terminal on the Sunshine Coast are top priorities

The Nimpkish is to be replaced with a larger ferry to serve the Bella Bella-Bella Coola route on the B.C. Central Coast.
Bear eats grass next to Highway 3 in Manning Park

‘Bear jams’ on B.C. highways bad for people, animals [with video]

Conservation officers have 300 bear conflict calls so far this month, with roadside bear viewing, feeding among problems

Bear eats grass next to Highway 3 in Manning Park
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall says the increase in heroin and related overdose deaths requires rapid reporting of cases.

B.C. declares fentanyl drug overdose emergency

Overdoses involving fentanyl now up to a third of cases, as synthetic drug mixed with heroin, cocaine and marijuana

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall says the increase in heroin and related overdose deaths requires rapid reporting of cases.
Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell

Single parent employment growing

Up to 100 income assistance clients a week signing up for job training, child care and transportation, minister Michelle Stilwell says

Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell
Tla'amin Chief Clint Williams holds a copy of his community's treaty at a ceremony in Powell River.

BC VIEWS: Making treaties in under 600 years

Governments seeking ways to settle aboriginal land claims more quickly, says Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad

Tla'amin Chief Clint Williams holds a copy of his community's treaty at a ceremony in Powell River.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong

BC Liberals bag $10 million, refuse donor reform

Corporate donations more than half BC Liberal total, NDP's donations mostly small sums from individuals

Finance Minister Mike de Jong
B.C. Nurses' Union president Gayle Duteil speaks to a rally at the B.C. legislature

B.C. nurses to vote on five-year agreement

Two years of talks finally settle dispute over staffing levels for 45,000 nurses

B.C. Nurses' Union president Gayle Duteil speaks to a rally at the B.C. legislature
Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux

Another child support clawback ends

Spousal child support payments no longer count as income for those applying for low-income child care subsidies in B.C.

Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux
The B.C. government has put its recent focus on subsidizing electric cars and charging stations like this one at Egmont on the Sunshine Coast.

Decision time for B.C. carbon tax

Public comments accepted until April 8, and then Premier Christy Clark has to decide on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The B.C. government has put its recent focus on subsidizing electric cars and charging stations like this one at Egmont on the Sunshine Coast.
Installation of a fifth and sixth generating unit at Mica dam has taken eight years.

Dam expansion done as BC Hydro demand slumps

Four per cent rate increase expected next year to keep up with big maintenance, construction of Site C on the Peace River

Installation of a fifth and sixth generating unit at Mica dam has taken eight years.