Tom Fletcher

Patio space extende along White Rock’s Marine Drive during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Peace Arch News)

B.C.’s pandemic patios need local approval to operate past June 1

Opposition says $440 fee, red tape a business hardship

Patio space extende along White Rock’s Marine Drive during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Peace Arch News)
The Snukwa family home was among those destroyed when fire swept through Lytton B.C., June 30, 2021. (Family photo/Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. begins cleanup, reconstruction of fire-destroyed Lytton

Province covers costs for under-insured properties

The Snukwa family home was among those destroyed when fire swept through Lytton B.C., June 30, 2021. (Family photo/Salmon Arm Observer)
Facebook Marketplace and other online ‘facilitators’ will soon have to collect B.C. sales tax. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Online marketplaces required to start collecting B.C. sales tax July 1

7% ’Netflix tax’ being extended to ‘marketplace facilitators’

Facebook Marketplace and other online ‘facilitators’ will soon have to collect B.C. sales tax. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Kevin Falcon takes a spin in an early electric car at the B.C. Ferries Swartz Bay terminal in 2010, when he was transportation minister. After a decade away from politics, he returned as B.C. Liberal party leader in February. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. by-election coming soon for Falcon’s bid to return, Horgan says

Vancouver seat vacated by former leader Andrew Wilkinson

Kevin Falcon takes a spin in an early electric car at the B.C. Ferries Swartz Bay terminal in 2010, when he was transportation minister. After a decade away from politics, he returned as B.C. Liberal party leader in February. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Salish Heron, B.C. Ferries’ newest vessel, leaves shipyard at Gdansk, Poland in November 2021. (B.C. Ferries photo)

New control over B.C. Ferries isn’t a takeover, Horgan says

B.C. Liberals warn of another adventure in shipbuilding

Salish Heron, B.C. Ferries’ newest vessel, leaves shipyard at Gdansk, Poland in November 2021. (B.C. Ferries photo)
B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston and Premier John Horgan (B.C. government)

B.C.’s carbon tax going up April 1, adding to record gasoline prices

Fuel retailers would take it as profit if it was cut: minister

B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston and Premier John Horgan (B.C. government)
COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. health authorities to Feb. 26, 2022, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. hospitals start rebooking surgeries delayed by COVID-19

More than 8,000 postponed due to highways, fourth wave

COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. health authorities to Feb. 26, 2022, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. Housing bought the Comfort Inn Hotel in Victoria in 2020 to house people camping along Pandora Avenue and in Topaz Park. (Victoria News photo)

Auditor approves of B.C. motel purchases for pandemic shelter

9 Victoria, Vancouver properties bought at or below market rate

B.C. Housing bought the Comfort Inn Hotel in Victoria in 2020 to house people camping along Pandora Avenue and in Topaz Park. (Victoria News photo)
Michelle Joo joins a rally for Ukraine at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Phil Melnychuk/Twitter)

Support refugees fleeing Ukraine invasion, B.C. premier urges

Politicians can’t interfere in public service pension fund

Michelle Joo joins a rally for Ukraine at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Phil Melnychuk/Twitter)
B.C. Lands and Water Minister Josie Osborne and Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen are sworn in to their new cabinet roles by Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, Government House, Feb. 25, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. municipalities still waiting for climate action fund details

$76 million over 3 years to reduce greenhouse gases

B.C. Lands and Water Minister Josie Osborne and Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen are sworn in to their new cabinet roles by Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, Government House, Feb. 25, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. pulls Russian vodka from provincial liquor store shelves

$1 million to Red Cross to support assistance in Ukraine

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
A heat pump installed at a Victoria supportive housing facility, converted from a seniors home. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

Do heat pumps, electric vehicles make sense in northern B.C.?

B.C. Liberals question latest tax breaks for going electric

A heat pump installed at a Victoria supportive housing facility, converted from a seniors home. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen (left) speaks in 2019 at blockade on the Morice River Road near Houston B.C. attempting to stop Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Now B.C. MLA for Stikine, Cullen was appointed Feb. 25, 2022 as municipal affairs minister, with Mid-Island Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne moving to a newly created ministry of land, water and resource stewardship. (Facebook photo)

New B.C. minister to tackle industry permits, Indigenous cooperation

‘No easy decisions left’ for land, water, resource stewardship

Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen (left) speaks in 2019 at blockade on the Morice River Road near Houston B.C. attempting to stop Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Now B.C. MLA for Stikine, Cullen was appointed Feb. 25, 2022 as municipal affairs minister, with Mid-Island Pacific Rim MLA Josie Osborne moving to a newly created ministry of land, water and resource stewardship. (Facebook photo)
Repair work continues on Highway 8 Feb. 10, 2022 after mid-November flooding shifted the course of the Nicola River and destroyed sections of the highway south of Merritt. (B.C. transportation ministry photo)

B.C. extreme weather forecasting will take years to build

B.C. Wildfire Service to extend work to fire prevention

Repair work continues on Highway 8 Feb. 10, 2022 after mid-November flooding shifted the course of the Nicola River and destroyed sections of the highway south of Merritt. (B.C. transportation ministry photo)
B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson delivers 2022-23 budget at the legislature, Feb. 22, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. budget’s tax increases affect used vehicle sales, tobacco

Minister says she’s ‘closing a loophole’ on private car sales

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson delivers 2022-23 budget at the legislature, Feb. 22, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake, one of the tourism destinations hit hard by two years of pandemic restrictions. (Kelowna Capital News)

B.C. tourism industry hoping spring COVID-19 thaw continues

Rebuilding workforce, international visitors a big job

William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake, one of the tourism destinations hit hard by two years of pandemic restrictions. (Kelowna Capital News)
B.C. is creating a new ministry for Indigenous-led management of land and water. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. BUDGET: Province braces for shrinking forest industry, new lands ministry

Timber revenues fall as old-growth preservation continues

B.C. is creating a new ministry for Indigenous-led management of land and water. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on perimeter of a fire, July 2019. (B.C. government)

B.C. BUDGET: Wildfire service going year-round to reduce risk

Prescribed burns aim to reduce decades of fuel buildup

B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on perimeter of a fire, July 2019. (B.C. government)
Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks in the B.C. legislature. (Hansard TV)

B.C. BUDGET: Deficits to rise as COVID-19, rebuilding costs continue

Federal pandemic support ending, health care costs mount

Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks in the B.C. legislature. (Hansard TV)
Lehigh cement plant in Delta is one of the industries affected by B.C.’s carbon tax, giving a price advantage to U.S. and Asian producers. B.C. has among the highest carbon taxes in the world, with no protection for export industries. (Black Press files)

B.C.’s post-COVID economy faces export, labour, taxation issues

Business council says income, carbon taxes dampen investment

Lehigh cement plant in Delta is one of the industries affected by B.C.’s carbon tax, giving a price advantage to U.S. and Asian producers. B.C. has among the highest carbon taxes in the world, with no protection for export industries. (Black Press files)