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B.C. Ombudsperson finds 'systemic mismanagement' in hiring at public service agency

B.C. Ombudsperson finds 'systemic mismanagement' in hiring at public service agency

Victoria Jun 24, 2024 / 12:11 pm

B.C. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke says dozens of public service jobs meant to help develop the careers of public servants wrongfully went to government appointees...

Mass mortality: A fish scientist follows a tip about die-offs at B.C. salmon farms

Mass mortality: A fish scientist follows a tip about die-offs at B.C. salmon farms

Vancouver Island Jun 24, 2024 / 5:51 am

On June 1, Stan Proboszcz loaded up his kayak and caught the ferry from his home in Powell River to Comox on Vancouver Island. The ­ensuing two-hour drive...

A new generation embraces a First Nation language that was nearly extinguished

A new generation embraces a First Nation language that was nearly extinguished

Vancouver Island Jun 23, 2024 / 7:30 am

Tsartlip councillor Curtis Olsen says he’s amazed — and a little bit jealous — when he sees his nation’s youth learning and speaking the...

Man 'didn't deserve to die,' family says as guilty verdict returned in murder case

Man 'didn't deserve to die,' family says as guilty verdict returned in murder case

Victoria Jun 21, 2024 / 7:36 pm

A man accused of fatally stabbing 30-year-old John Dickinson after an altercation in a downtown Victoria bar in 2022 has been found guilty of second-degree...

In a smoky long house, Indigenous leader seeks First Nations unity to save salmon

In a smoky long house, Indigenous leader seeks First Nations unity to save salmon

Victoria Jun 21, 2024 / 4:43 pm

A beam of sunlight poked through the log beam roof of Victoria's Mungo Martin House, creating smoky shadows as Indigenous dancers circled a fire in a...

B.C. launches class-action lawsuit against makers of 'forever chemicals'

B.C. launches class-action lawsuit against makers of 'forever chemicals'

Victoria Jun 21, 2024 / 2:30 pm

The British Columbia government has filed a class-action lawsuit against manufacturers of so-called "forever chemicals," involved in what it calls...

Truck driver a hero for evading head-on collision with SUV: RCMP officer

Truck driver a hero for evading head-on collision with SUV: RCMP officer

Nanaimo Jun 21, 2024 / 5:54 am

A semi-trailer-truck driver who was seriously injured after he swerved to avoid an SUV travelling the wrong way on a highway is a hero, says a Nanaimo RCMP...

Surrey, police officer charged with excessive speeding

Surrey, police officer charged with excessive speeding

Victoria Jun 20, 2024 / 4:50 pm

Prosecutors say they have charged a Surrey, B.C., police officer with speeding following an incident last year. A statement from the BC Prosecution Service says...

Victoria police say fatal dog shooting was justified

Victoria police say fatal dog shooting was justified

Victoria Jun 20, 2024 / 1:39 pm

Victoria police say they have full confidence in the decision of an officer to shoot and kill a dog that was chasing him. Police say they're releasing the...

Orphaned B.C. sea otter pup found off Tofino in critical condition

Orphaned B.C. sea otter pup found off Tofino in critical condition

Tofino Jun 19, 2024 / 2:13 pm

Animal rescuers at the Vancouver Aquarium say an orphaned sea otter pup is receiving 24-hour care to "ensure her survival," after it was found in...

Health firm settles with B.C. medical commission on extra-billing for health services

Health firm settles with B.C. medical commission on extra-billing for health services

Victoria Jun 19, 2024 / 11:32 am

British Columbia's Medical Services Commission says it has reached an agreement with a Vancouver company over allegations that it was extra-billing for...

B.C. lowers rebate cap on electric vehicles, triggers industry backlash

B.C. lowers rebate cap on electric vehicles, triggers industry backlash

Victoria Jun 18, 2024 / 7:08 pm

The heads of major Canadian automobile industry associations slammed the B.C. government Tuesday over what they claim was a unilateral decision to cut about 75...

BC's 'war in the woods' battlegrounds to be permanently protected

BC's 'war in the woods' battlegrounds to be permanently protected

Victoria Jun 18, 2024 / 5:31 pm

Old-growth forests that were environmental and Indigenous rights battlegrounds over clearcut logging in the 1980s and 1990s during British Columbia's...

Man convicted of murder 20 years ago dies in B.C. prison

Man convicted of murder 20 years ago dies in B.C. prison

Victoria Jun 17, 2024 / 4:36 pm

A man convicted of first-degree murder for killing his business partner in Port Coquitlam, B.C., in 1994 has died in prison. Correctional Service Canada says...

Fire at Nanaimo, B.C., supportive housing displaced more than 50 people

Fire at Nanaimo, B.C., supportive housing displaced more than 50 people

Nanaimo Jun 17, 2024 / 2:35 pm

More than 50 people from a supportive-housing complex in Nanaimo, B.C., have been displaced after a fire in a mattress that was started by a cigarette. Troy...

Mattress fire at Nanaimo supportive housing facility displaces 57

Mattress fire at Nanaimo supportive housing facility displaces 57

Nanaimo Jun 16, 2024 / 9:14 pm

All 57 residents at a Nanaimo supportive-housing facility were displaced by an early-morning Sunday mattress fire that was started by a lit cigarette. People at...

Mass mortality event kills hundreds of tonnes of B.C. farmed salmon

Mass mortality event kills hundreds of tonnes of B.C. farmed salmon

Vancouver Island Jun 15, 2024 / 1:45 pm

On June 1, Stan Proboszcz loaded up his kayak and caught the ferry from his home in Powell River to Comox on Vancouver Island. The ensuing two-hour drive would...

Death sparks calls for naloxone on university campuses, high schools

Death sparks calls for naloxone on university campuses, high schools

Victoria Jun 15, 2024 / 7:40 am

The death of an 18-year-old at the University of Victoria has prompted calls to make naloxone, a medication that reverses an opioid overdose, widely available...

South Island could be in most quake-prone part of the Pacific coast: study

South Island could be in most quake-prone part of the Pacific coast: study

Vancouver Island Jun 15, 2024 / 6:45 am

Southern Vancouver Island could be in the most dangerous part of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 1,000-kilometre-long area stretching from B.C. to California...

Cheaper medications saved B.C. $730-million, report says

Cheaper medications saved B.C. $730-million, report says

Victoria Jun 14, 2024 / 4:36 pm

A British Columbia provincial policy that forced people with chronic illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis to switch to cheaper...