BC politics

Premier John Horgan as seen during Question Period on April 25, 2022. (Screenshot/Hansard)

‘Fuddle duddle’: Horgan adds to a litany of unparliamentary words in Canada

B.C. premier apologizes after using f-word in the chamber April 25

Premier John Horgan as seen during Question Period on April 25, 2022. (Screenshot/Hansard)
B.C. Attorney General David Eby takes questions at the legislature, April 25, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. cities protest ‘prolific offenders’ with hundreds of arrests

Mental illness driving downtown disorder, Eby says

B.C. Attorney General David Eby takes questions at the legislature, April 25, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Premier John Horgan answers questions during a news conference in the press theatre at the legislature in Victoria, Friday, March 11, 2022. Politicians and media members met each other face-to-face at the British Columbia legislature after more than two years of COVID-19 protocols that had limited interactions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Politicians, media return to hallway habits at B.C. legislature after COVID-19 rules

Media back in the building providing a hallway gauntlet and looking for stories

Premier John Horgan answers questions during a news conference in the press theatre at the legislature in Victoria, Friday, March 11, 2022. Politicians and media members met each other face-to-face at the British Columbia legislature after more than two years of COVID-19 protocols that had limited interactions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon during a press conference at legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. A byelection that could put new British Columbia Liberal leader Kevin Falcon back in the province’s legislature is a race about the past and future, say both the candidates and political experts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Byelection a battle over past and future for BC Liberal leader Kevin Falcon, experts

Falcon, 59, was elected party leader in February after more than a decade away from B.C. politics

B.C. Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon during a press conference at legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. A byelection that could put new British Columbia Liberal leader Kevin Falcon back in the province’s legislature is a race about the past and future, say both the candidates and political experts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
“Save Old Growth” protesters block Monday morning commuter traffic at Burnside Road and Douglas Street in Victoria, Jan. 10, 2022. Similar blockades were set up in the Lower Mainland this week. (Victoria News photo)

‘Use the Google,’ B.C. premier tells road-blocking logging protesters

Organizers trying to provoke people, raise money, Horgan says

“Save Old Growth” protesters block Monday morning commuter traffic at Burnside Road and Douglas Street in Victoria, Jan. 10, 2022. Similar blockades were set up in the Lower Mainland this week. (Victoria News photo)
David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The British Columbia government says it has developed “a new approach to litigation” as part of its process to implement its 2019 legislation adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. prioritizing negotiation over litigation for Indigenous rights

Policy in line with United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples legislation

David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The British Columbia government says it has developed “a new approach to litigation” as part of its process to implement its 2019 legislation adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino was built incorporating the former St. Eugene residential school. (Cranbrook Townsman photo)

B.C. gives $74M to make up for Indigenous casino, lottery losses

COVID-19 pandemic sank revenues after sharing agreement

St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino was built incorporating the former St. Eugene residential school. (Cranbrook Townsman photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after chairing a meeting of premiers across Canada, Feb. 4, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. premier calls being banned from Russia ‘a badge of honour’

Province joined boycott of Russian goods, welcomes refugees

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after chairing a meeting of premiers across Canada, Feb. 4, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan at announcement of primary care centres across the province, June 5, 2018. (B.C. government)

B.C. hospital housekeeping staff transfer as service contracts end

Fraser Health first in phased return to direct employment

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan at announcement of primary care centres across the province, June 5, 2018. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s new trade office in Binh Duong province, Vietnam. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. opens trade office in Vietnam, focused on wood products

Forestry Innovation Investment already in China, India

B.C.’s new trade office in Binh Duong province, Vietnam. (B.C. government photo)
Registered nurse Dana Pagazzi receives supplies as she attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. aims to make it easier, cheaper for foreign nurses to start work

Current approval can take 2 years or more, costs thousands

Registered nurse Dana Pagazzi receives supplies as she attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Artist’s rendering of the Woodfibre LNG terminal near Squamish, halfway between Vancouver and Whistler. The site has power and natural gas supply, having operated a pulp mill for nearly 100 years before the mill closed in 2006. (Woodfibre LNG)

Woodfibre LNG moves ahead with Squamish B.C. natural gas terminal

Prices soaring in cold spring, globally with Russian invasion

Artist’s rendering of the Woodfibre LNG terminal near Squamish, halfway between Vancouver and Whistler. The site has power and natural gas supply, having operated a pulp mill for nearly 100 years before the mill closed in 2006. (Woodfibre LNG)
Work continues on the spillway for the Site C dam near Fort St. John B.C., March 16, 2022. (B.C. Hydro photo)

B.C. Hydro awards final four contracts to complete Site C dam

Nanaimo company gets three contracts for finish work

Work continues on the spillway for the Site C dam near Fort St. John B.C., March 16, 2022. (B.C. Hydro photo)
Port Alice pulp mill site on northern Vancouver Island, shut down since 2015, is being cleaned up under a court-ordered receivership after it changed hands and was abandoned in 2019. (North Island Gazette photo)

‘Polluter pays’ the goal of B.C.’s industrial performance bond

Ministers seeking ways to enforce up-front fund for risks

Port Alice pulp mill site on northern Vancouver Island, shut down since 2015, is being cleaned up under a court-ordered receivership after it changed hands and was abandoned in 2019. (North Island Gazette photo)
B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham introduces Sarah Wilson of Pendleton Farm in the Comox Valley, one of more than 200 farmers using the B.C. Land Matching Program, Merville, April 13, 2022. (Scott Stanfield/Comox Valley Record)

B.C.’s young farmer lease program grows to 203 properties

Retiring farmers get matched with those starting out

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham introduces Sarah Wilson of Pendleton Farm in the Comox Valley, one of more than 200 farmers using the B.C. Land Matching Program, Merville, April 13, 2022. (Scott Stanfield/Comox Valley Record)
Kimberley’s Centre 64 arts centre has needed roof and truss replacement since 2019, and is among 57 projects receiving federal and provincial infrastructure funds this year. (Kimberley Bulletin)

B.C., Ottawa announce 57 recreation projects in province

Federal funds require Indigenous consultation on each facility

Kimberley’s Centre 64 arts centre has needed roof and truss replacement since 2019, and is among 57 projects receiving federal and provincial infrastructure funds this year. (Kimberley Bulletin)
Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair (left), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan meet at the premier’s office in Victoria after touring flooding in the Fraser Valley, Nov. 26, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Horgan, other premiers pan Ottawa’s lack of help for health care

Trudeau’s budget expands to dental care in deal with NDP

Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair (left), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan meet at the premier’s office in Victoria after touring flooding in the Fraser Valley, Nov. 26, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Trans Mountain pipeline twinning work continues in December 2021 near Blue River on B.C. Highway 5, about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, Alberta. (Trans Mountain photo)

B.C. employers blindsided by construction union raiding changes

Site C, Trans Mountain and LNG Canada all open-shop projects

Trans Mountain pipeline twinning work continues in December 2021 near Blue River on B.C. Highway 5, about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, Alberta. (Trans Mountain photo)
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)
There have been “missed opportunities” to develop density along SkyTrain lines, B.C. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says. (TransLink photo)

B.C. to force higher-density development along transit lines

Agency will have authority to buy land along rail corridors

There have been “missed opportunities” to develop density along SkyTrain lines, B.C. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says. (TransLink photo)
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