Jeff Nagel

Flu vaccination rates dipped last year in B.C. after problems with the vaccine composition poorly matching the prevalent influenza virus.

Deadlier flu season may be brewing for B.C.

Vaccine mismatch unlikely to impede protection this year, but most dangerous H3N2 strain expected to be dominant

Flu vaccination rates dipped last year in B.C. after problems with the vaccine composition poorly matching the prevalent influenza virus.
Greater naloxone availability has been part of B.C.'s strategy to counter a growing crisis of opioid drug deaths.

Drug overdose deaths this year now more than all of 2015

555 lives lost in B.C. in first nine months, fentanyl detected in 61 per cent of cases

Greater naloxone availability has been part of B.C.'s strategy to counter a growing crisis of opioid drug deaths.
A Titan accelerometer is lowered to the sea floor in Barkley Canyon off Tofino to form the first node in a network of earthquake early warning sensors.

Quake early warning systems slowly taking shape

Seafloor sensors being installed, land-based network already activated at some schools

A Titan accelerometer is lowered to the sea floor in Barkley Canyon off Tofino to form the first node in a network of earthquake early warning sensors.
Crash during Saturday night's storm on Highway 1 caused severe head injuries for the driver of this car.

Third storm to hit B.C. coast packs less punch than feared

The remnants of Typhoon Songda ended up tracking further north, bringing fiercest winds to Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast

Crash during Saturday night's storm on Highway 1 caused severe head injuries for the driver of this car.
Home buying affordability fades for millennials with new mortgage rule (with VIDEO)

Home buying affordability fades for millennials with new mortgage rule (with VIDEO)

Federal move slashes purchasing power of first time buyers by up to 20 per cent: economist

Home buying affordability fades for millennials with new mortgage rule (with VIDEO)
Recovery of discarded needles will be one focus of a new harm reduction strategy being pursued by Fraser Health.

Needle collection, peer outreach focus of new Fraser harm reduction plan

Little sign of progress yet by health authority on development of supervised drug use sites

Recovery of discarded needles will be one focus of a new harm reduction strategy being pursued by Fraser Health.
So far 66 B.C. residents have ended their lives through physician-assisted death.

More than 65 B.C. patients choose doctor-assisted death since June

Some Fraser Health staff refuse to deliver death wish for terminally i

So far 66 B.C. residents have ended their lives through physician-assisted death.
Foreign tax hurting realtors but not homeowners as Metro Vancouver sales dive, prices unchanged

Foreign tax hurting realtors but not homeowners as Metro Vancouver sales dive, prices unchanged

Home sales down 33 per cent since 15 per cent tax kicked in, detached house benchmark flat at $1.58 million

Foreign tax hurting realtors but not homeowners as Metro Vancouver sales dive, prices unchanged
Feds target housing market speculators

Feds target housing market speculators

Tighter mortgage rules, crackdown on capital gains exemption abuse expected to help tame wild real estate market

Feds target housing market speculators
Gravel or sand bars along the Similkameen River and other scenic rivers in B.C. often attract campers.

UBCM BRIEFS: River camping, treaty impacts, max fines, gender neutrality

Gender-inclusive language and a potential ban on riverbed camping were among debates of B.C. municipal leaders last week

Gravel or sand bars along the Similkameen River and other scenic rivers in B.C. often attract campers.
Dangerous dogs should be recorded in a registry that applies across B.C.

B.C.-wide registry of dangerous dogs urged

Municipal leaders say it's too easy for owners of dangerous dogs to skip town and evade tracking and restrictions

Dangerous dogs should be recorded in a registry that applies across B.C.
An upstairs apartment above a plaza in Revelstoke rents for $250 a night on Airbnb.

Airbnb pledges to help B.C. cities regulate, tax vacation rentals

UBCM forum told of growing concern about impact on housing supply, options for local regulations

An upstairs apartment above a plaza in Revelstoke rents for $250 a night on Airbnb.
RCMP coverage is a major cost driver for B.C. municipalities and those costs jump sharply when a population exceeds 5

B.C. cities seek policing cost reform at UBCM

Smaller communities want to smooth out abrupt jump in RCMP costs when their population tops 5,000

RCMP coverage is a major cost driver for B.C. municipalities and those costs jump sharply when a population exceeds 5
B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver speaking after his speech to the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention Wednesday.

B.C. Greens to shun corporate, union donations

Leader Andrew Weaver presses BC Liberals, NDP to follow Greens and take 'big money' out of politics

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver speaking after his speech to the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention Wednesday.
Uber Canada public policy manager Michael van Hemmen

B.C. cities split on steering future to Uber or reformed taxis

Communities 'held hostage' and 'begging for change' from new transportation technology, UBCM hears

Uber Canada public policy manager Michael van Hemmen
Health Minister Terry Lake.

Fraser youth detox beds plunged but set to rebound

Health Minister Terry Lake rejects NDP criticism of government response to deadly drug overdose crisis

Health Minister Terry Lake.
The number of Metro Vancouver homes sold to foreign buyers has plunged.

Foreign buying of Metro homes plunged after new tax

Less than one per cent of Metro deals involved foreigners in August, down from 13.2 per cent in the previous six weeks

The number of Metro Vancouver homes sold to foreign buyers has plunged.
Fentanyl pills seized by police.

B.C.’s drug overdose death toll climbs to 488

Fraser region accounts for most deaths so far this year, province deregulates naloxone

Fentanyl pills seized by police.
Townhouses under construction in Surrey.

BC Liberals pledge 3,000 new units through $500m housing fund

Few details yet on new affordable housing projects, to be funded in part by foreign buyers tax

Townhouses under construction in Surrey.
Minimum wage workers now get $10.85 an hour in B.C.

B.C. minimum wage rises 40 cents today to $10.85 an hour

Pay raise for 120,000 B.C. workers criticized as too small as labour, NDP push for $15 minimum

Minimum wage workers now get $10.85 an hour in B.C.
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