Tom Fletcher

B.C. Lt. Governor Janet Austin (red jacket) enters the legislature to present the government’s throne speech, Feb. 8, 2022. (Hansard TV)

Skills development, spending promised in B.C.’s throne speech

Legislature session starts with list of past achievements

B.C. Lt. Governor Janet Austin (red jacket) enters the legislature to present the government’s throne speech, Feb. 8, 2022. (Hansard TV)
Staff at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Burnaby, B.C., Monday, April 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

32 more COVID-19 deaths over weekend, hospitalization rises

11 more outbreaks declared in B.C. senior care facilities

Staff at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility in Burnaby, B.C., Monday, April 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Former B.C. premier Christy Clark and Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes at the Quesnel Rodeo, July 2016. After an era of urban leaders Clark and Gordon Campbell appealing to the heartlands, the B.C. Liberal Party is working to restore urban support lost to the NDP. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. Liberals saddle up for urban comeback with Kevin Falcon

Opposition critics reassigned for NDP throne speech Tuesday

Former B.C. premier Christy Clark and Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes at the Quesnel Rodeo, July 2016. After an era of urban leaders Clark and Gordon Campbell appealing to the heartlands, the B.C. Liberal Party is working to restore urban support lost to the NDP. (B.C. government photo)
Expected job openings in B.C. by region between 2021 and 2031. (B.C. government)

Immigrants, automation unable to fill B.C.’s expected labour gap

Retirement wave to drive 1M job openings from now to 2031

Expected job openings in B.C. by region between 2021 and 2031. (B.C. government)
COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre being used for virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

Decline continues Friday for B.C.’s COVID-19 hospital patients

Increase to 19 more deaths, 1,799 new cases confirmed

COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre being used for virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after chairing premier’s meeting from Victoria, Feb. 4, 2022. (B.C. government video)

Provinces need $28 billion more a year for health care, premiers say

B.C.’s John Horgan chairs Council of the Federation meeting

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after chairing premier’s meeting from Victoria, Feb. 4, 2022. (B.C. government video)
Construction continues on the Site C dam on the Peace River, December 2021. (B.C. Hydro photo)

B.C. cabinet lifts agricultural land rules to mine gravel for Site C dam

Mine, road sites not farmed, to be returned to ALR by 2026

Construction continues on the Site C dam on the Peace River, December 2021. (B.C. Hydro photo)
Rochelle Lamont administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Jon Caverly at the South Cariboo Health Centre, March 2021. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press)

13 more COVID-19 deaths, 1,518 new cases in B.C. Thursday

Hospital patients holding stable as fifth wave declines

Rochelle Lamont administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Jon Caverly at the South Cariboo Health Centre, March 2021. (Patrick Davies/100 Mile Free Press)
As B.C. nears two years since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed, Health Minister Adrian Dix in Vancouver and Dr. Bonnie Henry in Victoria update pandemic conditions, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. records 18 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, 1,776 new cases

Hospital patient numbers decline along with new infections

As B.C. nears two years since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed, Health Minister Adrian Dix in Vancouver and Dr. Bonnie Henry in Victoria update pandemic conditions, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. Farm irrigation in Abbotsford. (B.C. government)

Deadline approaches for B.C. irrigation, commercial water licences

March 1 cutoff means stopping water use, applying as new user

Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. Farm irrigation in Abbotsford. (B.C. government)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry describes the latest COVID-19 modelling projecting a rise in cases from the Omicron variant, at the B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s top doctor says seniors in care can choose a social visitor

Second visitor for those who have essential service provider

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry describes the latest COVID-19 modelling projecting a rise in cases from the Omicron variant, at the B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions from reporters in Vancouver about the return to classroom instruction in schools, Jan. 7, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s COVID-19 hospital cases show decline Tuesday, 9 more deaths

New data show 44% of new admissions for other conditions

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions from reporters in Vancouver about the return to classroom instruction in schools, Jan. 7, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outline holiday season gathering restrictions to reduce COVID-19 infections, B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

44% of B.C.’s infected patients not admitted for COVID-19, tests show

Omicron variant now most of positive tests in hospitals

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outline holiday season gathering restrictions to reduce COVID-19 infections, B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
The University of British Columbia has launched a 13-week COVID-19 rapid testing clinic for students and a select group of people living and working on campus. A file photo of a rapid test ket is shown here. PHOTO BY FRANK GUNN/THE CANADIAN PRESS

B.C.’s rural schools first for COVID-19 rapid testing for students

Schools already screening staff, administrators for infection

The University of British Columbia has launched a 13-week COVID-19 rapid testing clinic for students and a select group of people living and working on campus. A file photo of a rapid test ket is shown here. PHOTO BY FRANK GUNN/THE CANADIAN PRESS
Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

1,000 people in B.C. hospitals battling COVID-19, marking an all-time high

Nineteen more deaths from coronavirus pandemic since Friday

Registered nurse Cayli Hunt puts on her personal protective equipment prior to entering a COVID positive room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Chips feed operation of Harmac pulp mill near Nanaimo. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

5 B.C. pulp mills get provincial aid to replace natural gas use

$70M carbon tax fund also assists natural gas industry

Chips feed operation of Harmac pulp mill near Nanaimo. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Red Chris mine’s Canada-themed dump truck tray pays homage to the partnership of the three nations involved on the mine near Dease Lake in northwestern B.C. (Newcrest Mining photo)

B.C. mine laws must conform to UN rights, Indigenous group says

Unregulated placer mining, ‘jade fever’ relics of the gold rush

Red Chris mine’s Canada-themed dump truck tray pays homage to the partnership of the three nations involved on the mine near Dease Lake in northwestern B.C. (Newcrest Mining photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie head for an update of the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, June 30, 2020. (B.C. government)

13 more COVID-19 deaths in B.C. Thursday, cases still above 2,000

Outbreaks detected at Nanaimo hospital, care home

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie head for an update of the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, June 30, 2020. (B.C. government)
Seven-year-old Mabel Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn gives her a COVID-19 vaccine at family clinic in Toronto, Jan. 13 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

21 more deaths, 2,086 more COVID-19 cases in B.C. Wednesday

Outbreaks at Vic General Hospital, four more care homes

Seven-year-old Mabel Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn gives her a COVID-19 vaccine at family clinic in Toronto, Jan. 13 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Work continues at 3 Mile Bridge on B.C. Highway 8, which was washed out or damaged in 23 places in record rain and flooding mid-November 2021. (B.C. transportation ministry photo)

B.C. crews aiming for spring for Highway 8 resident access

Working west from Merritt, east from Spences Bridge

Work continues at 3 Mile Bridge on B.C. Highway 8, which was washed out or damaged in 23 places in record rain and flooding mid-November 2021. (B.C. transportation ministry photo)