Jane Skrypnek

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The B.C. Coroners Service reported 192 more deaths in the month of July 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver on Saturday, August 15, 2020. The B.C. Coroners Service reported 192 more deaths in the month of July 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. health minister Adrian Dix speaks on the healthcare crisis at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler Sept. 13. (Credit: Union of B.C. Municipalities)

Dix offers words but no prescription as B.C. municipalities demand healthcare solutions

Mayors, councillors gathered in Whistler for Union of B.C. Municipalities convention

B.C. health minister Adrian Dix speaks on the healthcare crisis at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler Sept. 13. (Credit: Union of B.C. Municipalities)
The Tiny Home Village in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood welcomed 30 residents in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tiny home villages as solution to homelessness? 3 B.C. mayors say yes

Sites up and running in Victoria and Duncan, Port Alberni on its way to do the same

The Tiny Home Village in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood welcomed 30 residents in May 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Battleship Mountain wildfire burning near Hudson’s Hope, as seen Sept. 10. The town, as well as surrounding areas in the Peace River Regional District, have since been evacuated. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)

Much of B.C. under air quality advisory as wildfires force evacuations, spread smoke

Evacuation orders in effect around Hudson’s Hope and Hope

The Battleship Mountain wildfire burning near Hudson’s Hope, as seen Sept. 10. The town, as well as surrounding areas in the Peace River Regional District, have since been evacuated. (Photo courtesy of BC Wildfire Service)
A doctor examines a patient with a stethoscope. In B.C. more than a quarter of adults don’t have a family physician. Those who do have one say it’s hard to get in. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thomas Kienzle0

More than 60% of B.C. adults have no family doctor or poor access to one: poll

Of those who do have a family doctor, just 7% say they have easy access to them

A doctor examines a patient with a stethoscope. In B.C. more than a quarter of adults don’t have a family physician. Those who do have one say it’s hard to get in. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thomas Kienzle0
Kids gather on one of the main docks in Tofino, as they participate in a massive global climate strike, in Tofino, B.C. on Sept. 27, 2019. In a national report released in 2022, study authors found climate change to be one of the top 10 threats facing children and youth in Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Melissa Renwick)

Climate change now considered one of top threats facing Canadian children: report

Racism, poor mental health, bullying also identified by authors

Kids gather on one of the main docks in Tofino, as they participate in a massive global climate strike, in Tofino, B.C. on Sept. 27, 2019. In a national report released in 2022, study authors found climate change to be one of the top 10 threats facing children and youth in Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Melissa Renwick)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update news conference in February 2022. On Tuesday (Sept. 6), she announced the province plans to roll out fourth dose invitations this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

4th COVID vaccine doses to roll out in B.C. as Omicron-specific shots arrive

More than 100,000 Moderna bivalent vaccine doses expected to arrive by Sept. 9

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks during a COVID-19 update news conference in February 2022. On Tuesday (Sept. 6), she announced the province plans to roll out fourth dose invitations this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. filmmaker Eric Brunt is working to preserve as many Second World War veterans’ stories on film as possible. (Credit: Phil Hossack)
B.C. filmmaker Eric Brunt is working to preserve as many Second World War veterans’ stories on film as possible. (Credit: Phil Hossack)
John Nuttall, right, and Amanda Korody sit at B.C. Supreme Court after a judge ruled the couple were entrapped by the RCMP in a police-manufactured crime, in Vancouver on Friday, July 29, 2016. The two are now suing police and government for damages related to the entrappment. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

B.C. couple entrapped in 2013 legislature bomb plot suing police, government

RCMP provided John Nuttall and Amanda Korody with explosives and fake detonators, then arrested them

John Nuttall, right, and Amanda Korody sit at B.C. Supreme Court after a judge ruled the couple were entrapped by the RCMP in a police-manufactured crime, in Vancouver on Friday, July 29, 2016. The two are now suing police and government for damages related to the entrappment. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
People hold banners during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver in 2021. British Columbia’s chief coroner says at least 1,095 people died from suspected illicit drug overdoses from January to June in 2022, the highest death toll recorded in the first six months of a calendar year during the province’s overdose crisis. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Thousands in B.C. will continue to die until there is a safe drug supply, say advocates

Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day

People hold banners during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver in 2021. British Columbia’s chief coroner says at least 1,095 people died from suspected illicit drug overdoses from January to June in 2022, the highest death toll recorded in the first six months of a calendar year during the province’s overdose crisis. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Raye is an 18-foot fully-autonomous sailboat designed and constructed entirely by UBC students. It’s set to attempt a solo voyage from B.C. to Hawaii in either September 2022 or the following year. (Courtesy of UBC Sailbot)

B.C. to Hawaii: UBC students launching fully-autonomous sailboat on epic maiden voyage

‘Raye’ will attempt to cross the Pacific without human assistance or feedback

Raye is an 18-foot fully-autonomous sailboat designed and constructed entirely by UBC students. It’s set to attempt a solo voyage from B.C. to Hawaii in either September 2022 or the following year. (Courtesy of UBC Sailbot)
The Weasel Creek wildfire as seen by an air attack officer on Aug. 13. The wildfire is one of only two fires of note, as of Aug. 29. (BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. wildfires: Fires of note reduced to 2

Connell Ridge fire near Cranbrook reclassified as of Monday (Aug. 29)

The Weasel Creek wildfire as seen by an air attack officer on Aug. 13. The wildfire is one of only two fires of note, as of Aug. 29. (BC Wildfire Service)
Save Old Growth protesters block morning commuter traffic in Victoria, Jan. 10, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. judge accuses Save Old Growth of using volunteer protesters as ‘sacrificial lambs’

Protester’s vulnerability to being ‘seduced’ into blockade activities considered in sentencing decision

Save Old Growth protesters block morning commuter traffic in Victoria, Jan. 10, 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
A holstered taser is seen on a police officer’s belt. In B.C., incidents of police-involved interactions that result in serious injury or death have been steadily increasing. The province’s police watchdog says it’s struggling to keep up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A holstered taser is seen on a police officer’s belt. In B.C., incidents of police-involved interactions that result in serious injury or death have been steadily increasing. The province’s police watchdog says it’s struggling to keep up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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ICBC liable for customer privacy breach that ended in targeted attacks, court rules

ICBC claims adjuster sold private information to member of criminal gang

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A firefighter sprays down an area of the ground at the Briggs Creek wildfire near Kaslo. As of end-of-day Aug. 25, the wildfire will be downgraded from a fire of note. (BC Wildfire Service)

B.C. wildfires: Fires of note set to reduce to 3

Briggs Creek fire near Kaslo and Mount Docking fire near Radium Hot Springs to be downgraded

A firefighter sprays down an area of the ground at the Briggs Creek wildfire near Kaslo. As of end-of-day Aug. 25, the wildfire will be downgraded from a fire of note. (BC Wildfire Service)
A tree struck by lightning near Vernon in 2021. So far in 2022, lightning strikes have started 70 per cent of the total 1,144 wildfires. (Makayla Hentges/Facebook)

B.C. wildfires: Lightning continues to spark fresh blazes

Lightning responsible for 80 per cent of current 234 wildfires

A tree struck by lightning near Vernon in 2021. So far in 2022, lightning strikes have started 70 per cent of the total 1,144 wildfires. (Makayla Hentges/Facebook)
BC Wildfire Service crews are battling 215 active fires throughout the province as of Aug. 23. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. wildfires: 215 fires burning, 72 of them out of control

Close to 40,000 hectares have burned this year

BC Wildfire Service crews are battling 215 active fires throughout the province as of Aug. 23. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Aerial crews work to extinguish a wildfire in the Kamloops Zone. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

B.C. wildfires: Close to 40,000 hectares burned so far in 2022

Burn area far lower than 2021’s more than 850,000 hectares

Aerial crews work to extinguish a wildfire in the Kamloops Zone. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
In this file photo members of the BC General Employees Union rally outside the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

BCGEU bans overtime work by members as job action intensifies

Union hoping to highlight issues of under-staffing, excessive workload with latest move

In this file photo members of the BC General Employees Union rally outside the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre. (Photo: Lauren Collins)