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B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains takes questions about his decision to keep secret-ballot votes for union certification, demanded by the B.C. Green Party, B.C. legislature, Nov. 20, 2019. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. moves to drop employee vote from union certification drives

Construction workers to be allowed to change unions once a year

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains takes questions about his decision to keep secret-ballot votes for union certification, demanded by the B.C. Green Party, B.C. legislature, Nov. 20, 2019. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card scanned on entry to a restaurant, a requirement since the fall of 2021. The restriction is being lifted as of April 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card no longer required as of April 8

Vaccination rule also lifted for post-secondary residences

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card scanned on entry to a restaurant, a requirement since the fall of 2021. The restriction is being lifted as of April 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People take part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the German embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnation after evidence emerged of what appeared to be deliberate killings of civilians in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Thousands of displaced Ukrainians expected to come to B.C.

Website to help locate housing, schools, take donations

People take part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the German embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnation after evidence emerged of what appeared to be deliberate killings of civilians in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Surrey South MLA Stephanie Cadieux has announced plans to resign. (Contributed photo)
Surrey South MLA Stephanie Cadieux has announced plans to resign. (Contributed photo)
Protesters with Save Old Growth block traffic at Finlayson and Douglas streets Monday morning. (Courtesy Save Old Growth)

Three Save Old Growth supporters arrested for blocking Douglas Street

Monday morning arrests the beginning of more disruptions, group says

Protesters with Save Old Growth block traffic at Finlayson and Douglas streets Monday morning. (Courtesy Save Old Growth)
Livestock farmers are experiencing a shortage of veterinary care in B.C. (North Thompson Star-Journal photo)

B.C. doubles subsidized training seats for veterinary medicine

Global shortage of vets, training costs $68,000 a year

Livestock farmers are experiencing a shortage of veterinary care in B.C. (North Thompson Star-Journal photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan meets with local leaders in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley on March 22. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

B.C. premier tests positive for COVID-19 as vaccine card set to end

John Horgan working from home as legislature resumes

B.C. Premier John Horgan meets with local leaders in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley on March 22. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
(Black Press file photo)

B.C. Liberal leader gets a shot at a seat in April 30 byelection

Premier John Horgan announced the byelection on April 2

(Black Press file photo)
Carl Archie, an elected councillor of the Canim Lake Band, describes impact of forest changes on traditional Indigenous culture of the Cariboo region, April 1, 2022. (B.C. government video)

B.C. old-growth logging deferrals exceed Great Bear Rainforest

Canim Lake Band reserves right to alter its plans

Carl Archie, an elected councillor of the Canim Lake Band, describes impact of forest changes on traditional Indigenous culture of the Cariboo region, April 1, 2022. (B.C. government video)
With the Peace River diverted through tunnels, the powerhouse for the Site C dam takes shape, Nov. 28, 2021. (B.C. Hydro photo)

Pilings, pandemic push up unexpected costs for B.C.’s Site C dam

BC Hydro still implements small cut to electricity rates today

With the Peace River diverted through tunnels, the powerhouse for the Site C dam takes shape, Nov. 28, 2021. (B.C. Hydro photo)
B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston tours Cellcentric’s hydrogen fuel cell plant in Burnaby, August 2021. Cellcentric is a German-based partnership of Mercedes Benz and Volvo, developing zero-emission heavy trucks. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s hydrogen fuel project seeing big investor interest, Horgan says

Dedicated permit office aims to streamline development

B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston tours Cellcentric’s hydrogen fuel cell plant in Burnaby, August 2021. Cellcentric is a German-based partnership of Mercedes Benz and Volvo, developing zero-emission heavy trucks. (B.C. government photo)
Mitzi Dean, B.C.’s minister of children and family development, speaks in the B.C. legislature, Nov. 24, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. lagging behind Ottawa in support for Indigenous children, study finds

Gap in funding ‘troubling,’ children’s representative says

Mitzi Dean, B.C.’s minister of children and family development, speaks in the B.C. legislature, Nov. 24, 2021. (Hansard TV)
A real estate sign (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Mixed reviews on B.C.’s attempt to ‘cool off’ housing market by giving buyers more assurances

Despite allowing buyers time to rescind their offer, it must be balanced to protect sellers: experts

A real estate sign (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks to the legislature, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)

B.C. government prepares to impose real estate cooling-off period

Bidding wars don’t allow inspection, financing consideration

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks to the legislature, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan attends swearing-in ceremony for cabinet changes at Government House in Victoria, Feb. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. premier urges patience as Ukraine refugees head for Canada

B.C.’s volunteer groups overwhelmed by response, Horgan says

British Columbia Premier John Horgan attends swearing-in ceremony for cabinet changes at Government House in Victoria, Feb. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A music therapy program created for isolated seniors brought a little groove into the lives of White Rock and Surrey care-home residents in the summer of 2021. (Peace Arch News)

B.C. senior homes bracing for increase in visitors after March 18

Operators asking for option of COVID-19 rapid tests at home

A music therapy program created for isolated seniors brought a little groove into the lives of White Rock and Surrey care-home residents in the summer of 2021. (Peace Arch News)
Declines in daily cases (left scale) and daily hospitalizations and deaths (right scale) have allowed relaxation of visitor rules at senior care homes, as well as mask rules for public indoor spaces. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 care home visitor limits to be removed by March 18

Proof of vaccination, rapid tests still required for senior homes

Declines in daily cases (left scale) and daily hospitalizations and deaths (right scale) have allowed relaxation of visitor rules at senior care homes, as well as mask rules for public indoor spaces. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, July 20, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. removes COVID-19 restrictions for kids’ camps, religious services

Return to normal starting Friday as mask mandate removed

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, July 20, 2020. (B.C. government)
Grace Lore, B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. (File Contributed)

B.C. seeks input on pay transparency bill to close the gender wage gap

The work will be led by Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity

Grace Lore, B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. (File Contributed)
Communication tower goes up to provide high-speed internet service to the Bridge River Valley in B.C.’s southern Interior, June 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. commits to reach last 115,000 remote households with internet

Five-year federal-provincial effort includes satellite links

Communication tower goes up to provide high-speed internet service to the Bridge River Valley in B.C.’s southern Interior, June 2021. (B.C. government photo)