Tom Fletcher

Jobs Minister Shirley Bond

B.C. minimum wage to get boost

Last increase was 20 cents to $10.45, and Premier Christy Clark's government has decided inflation formula isn't enough

Jobs Minister Shirley Bond
B.C. casinos are required to label and report cheques issued to customers who bring in cash and redeem chips.

B.C. casinos track cheques traded for cash

Man arrested at Chilliwack had thousands in cash and casino cheques, civil forfeiture office going to court to confiscate it

B.C. casinos are required to label and report cheques issued to customers who bring in cash and redeem chips.
Deputy Premier Rich Coleman (left) has carried the housing file through a variety of ministries over more than 10 years. He's pushing 'low barrier' housing now.

BC VIEWS: Alternatives to drug ghettos

Rich Coleman expands supports for street drug addicts where they gather, instead of offering them a way out

Deputy Premier Rich Coleman (left) has carried the housing file through a variety of ministries over more than 10 years. He's pushing 'low barrier' housing now.
Kids join rally in Fort St. John in support of natural gas export industry that featured truck parades in northeast communities.

B.C. LNG projects get new momentum

Woodfibre LNG wins federal approval, major shift by Las Kwa'laams to support Prince Rupert port with conditions

Kids join rally in Fort St. John in support of natural gas export industry that featured truck parades in northeast communities.
Trails through the Ancient Forest built by a local volunteer society saw 20

Old-growth forest park proclaimed

Microclimate east of Prince George has giant cedars more than 1,000 years old, to be nominated as UN World Heritage Site

Trails through the Ancient Forest built by a local volunteer society saw 20
Green Party leader Andrew Weaver

Premier backs Green bill on sex assault

Andrew Weaver calls for mandatory policies and education at colleges and universities

Green Party leader Andrew Weaver
Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell

B.C. changing orphan benefit policy

Government stopped deducting child support and CPP orphan benefits last year, but WorkSafeBC benefits were overlooked

Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell
Tent camp next to Victoria courthouse persists even as shelter and housing spaces are added. Housing Minister Rich Coleman says some campers are there as a protest and they want a confrontation.

BC VIEWS: Welcome to B.C., freeloaders

Word is out across the country, if you want handouts and housing, no questions asked, the West Coast is best

Tent camp next to Victoria courthouse persists even as shelter and housing spaces are added. Housing Minister Rich Coleman says some campers are there as a protest and they want a confrontation.
Plan for developing Bonanza Ledge mine near Barkerville uses spiral tunnel to reach gold below existing pit.

Signs of spring for B.C. mining industry

Gold projects at Barkerville and in the northwest moving ahead, as metal prices and steelmaking demand revive in Asia

Plan for developing Bonanza Ledge mine near Barkerville uses spiral tunnel to reach gold below existing pit.
Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham

Ex-provincial staffer charged in email affair

Two charges of making false statements to information and privacy commissioner laid against George Gretes by special prosecutor

Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham
Wilson's Mountain Road fire threatens farms and homes in Oliver

Fines increasing for forest fire violations

Fine for ignoring fire bans or interfering with forest firefighting efforts will be tripled, but vehicle seizures off the table

Wilson's Mountain Road fire threatens farms and homes in Oliver
Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend first ministers' meeting in Vancouver last week.

BC VIEWS: Premiers do the carbon shuffle

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declares victory, George W. Bush-style, as premiers reject his promised national carbon price

Premier Christy Clark and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend first ministers' meeting in Vancouver last week.
The B.C. legislature

Lead from old pipes hits home for MLAs

After Prince Rupert schools showed elevated lead levels in water, tests at the B.C. legislature showed similar results

The B.C. legislature
B.C. Seniors' Advocate Isobel Mackenzie says people are moving into residential care prematurely

Assisted living rules to be relaxed

Health Minister Terry Lake removing restrictions on number of services offered by assisted living facilities

B.C. Seniors' Advocate Isobel Mackenzie says people are moving into residential care prematurely
Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson

Minister monitoring new college fees

Fees increasing above 2% cap for colleges and universities must be for new services, Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson says

Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson
Agricultural Land Commission chair Frank Leonard

Farm regulator raising fees, adding enforcement

ALC chair Frank Leonard says some farmers waiting two years for a decision, changes to restore 'credibility' to commission

Agricultural Land Commission chair Frank Leonard
Protesters are joined by NDP MLAs at a rally in front of the B.C. legislature Wednesday against a charge for bus passes introduced along with an increase in disability assistance.

Protesters call for more disability support

Minister Michelle Stilwell under fire for introducing monthly charge for bus passes along with $77 a month disability assistance increase

Protesters are joined by NDP MLAs at a rally in front of the B.C. legislature Wednesday against a charge for bus passes introduced along with an increase in disability assistance.
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (centre) and the Supreme Court of Canada

BC VIEWS: Bowing to the power of judges

From 'medical' marijuana to 'assisted' dying, courts have free hand to tell the Justin Trudeau government what to do

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (centre) and the Supreme Court of Canada
Site C dam on the Peace River is budgeted to cost $8.8 billion to construct

Judge orders Site C protest camp removed

Latest court loss for opponents of Peace River dam allows land clearing upstream of dam site

Site C dam on the Peace River is budgeted to cost $8.8 billion to construct
Construction of tailings facility at Red Chris copper-gold mine in northwestern B.C.

New penalties coming to B.C. mine regulations

Administrative penalties already exist in forestry and oil and gas industries, prosecution penalties also increasing

Construction of tailings facility at Red Chris copper-gold mine in northwestern B.C.