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B.C. First Nations seeking injunction on Taseko mine permits

Vancouver - Tsilhqot’in National Government representatives were in the B.C. Supreme Court this week, asking for an immediate injunction to stop Taseko’s exploratory drilling for the controversial open-pit New Prosperity Mine, set to begin August 7.

Continuing wildfires in B.C. impacting Canadian timber harvests

Vancouver - Three weeks ago, when lumber companies began scaling back or halting operations due to the wildfires burning in British Columbia's interior, no one really knew just how bad it would become.

B.C. residents returning home after wildfires face a new problem

Kamloops - While wildfires in British Columbia continue to burn out-of-control, the province is already looking at the complicated logistics of returning evacuees back to their homes.

With BC wildfires, lumber prices jump despite U.S. tariffs

Vancouver - The conditions that led to the spike in wildfires in British Columbia's interior forced lumber and some mining operations to halt work because of safety concerns. However, the fires have also caused a supply-squeeze, forcing a jump in lumber prices.

B.C. Wildfires: New evacuation orders issued for Williams Lake

The number of evacuees in British Columbia is expected to rise considerably above the 17,500 people who have already been forced from their homes as wildfires, fed by gusting winds, continue to roar across the province's interior.

Interior wildfires in B.C. are hitting several industries hard

Over 300 wildfires burning in British Columbia's interior are now placing an economic toll on several industries, including the lumber and mining sector, forcing companies to scale back or suspend operations for the safety of their employees.

Over 230 active wildfires raging across British Columbia

Gusting winds, coupled with hot and dry conditions are taking their toll on firefighters battling over 230 wildfires across central and southern British Columbia today.

British Columbia declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

Vancouver - Over 240 wildfires raging in Canada's western province of British Columbia have prompted the evacuation of over 3,000 people and the province's first state of emergency in over 14 years.

Thousands of sea creatures invading British Columbia coastline

Vancouver - The bioluminescent sea creatures started showing up along the coastline of British Columbia about two years ago. The soft, spongy, animals are called pyrosomes and they are not normally found in the Pacific Northwest. So why are they in BC's waters?

Storm clouds swirling around Kinder Morgan pipeline plans

Vancouver - In the midst of the B.C. election count, and the chances of the Greens holding power if a minority government is confirmed, Kinder Morgan's plan to raise money for the Trans Mountain pipeline extension at this time may perhaps, be a bad idea.

Premier Clark wants to ban or tax U.S. coal exports leaving B.C.

Vancouver - In a move that could only be considered retaliation for the new U.S. tariff on Canadian softwood, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seriously considering a request from BC's premier to ban or tax U.S. thermal coal exports going out of the province.

B.C. emergency responders — Record 130 overdose calls in one day

Vancouver - April 26, turned out to be one of British Columbia's worst ever days for preventable drug overdose calls, with health officials recording 130 calls for assistance province-wide. This is nine more than the previous record set on November 20, 2016.

Alaskan whale deaths in 2015 could have been due to toxic algae

Anchorage - Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are saying a toxic algae bloom could have caused the deaths of 44 whales in 2015 in the Gulf Coast of Alaska, but they are not ruling out other possibilities.

BC overdose deaths are still rising, despite preventive measures

Vancouver - Today marks one year since a public health emergency was declared in British Columbia in the wake of an alarming rise in opioid-related drug overdose deaths. Preventive measures have been put in place, however, the number of deaths continue to rise.

PHAC investigating norovirus outbreak linked to B.C. oysters

A norovirus outbreak linked to B.C. oysters is now under federal investigation with PHAC taking the leadership role prompted by cases being reported in Ontario and Alberta, as well as B.C.

B.C. forest recovery gets $150 million to combat climate change

Vancouver - In its latest climate action plan, British Columbia is spending $150 million for forest rehabilitation and tree planting, while creating 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the province.

Cold snap pushes spike in energy demand in British Columbia

Vancouver - On Tuesday this week an 11-year-old record for electricity usage was broken in British Columbia, Canada. With temperatures remaining low and more snow forecast for the weekend, there has been an unprecedented demand for power by BC Hydro customers.

B.C.'s Foody World closed because of Listeria contamination

Vancouver - Foody World, a popular international grocery store in British Columbia, has been closed by Vancouver Coastal Health authorities because of Listeria contamination and will remain closed until it meets all health and safety standards.

Pacific NorthWest LNG project will be a massive 'carbon bomb'

Vancouver - One day after the Royals, William and Kate, visited the Great Bear Rainforest in B.C., the Trudeau government gave its approval for the construction of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in northern British Columbia.

B.C. stunned at spike in heroin overdoses in last 48 hours

Vancouver - Canada has not escaped the recent surge in heroin overdoses this week, with Vancouver seeing literally dozens of cases in the past few days at their injection site and on the streets.

British Columbia may be facing wildfires and drought this summer

Vancouver - The snowpack in British Columbia started melting early this year and because of the generally warm and dry conditions we had in April, the melting was quick.

Heat and high winds leave BC with 40 active wildfires burning

Vancouver - A deadly combination of high winds, elevated temperatures and little snow this past winter has resulted in an early start to the wildfire season in British Columbia, Canada.

Electric cars given green light to travel in HOV lanes in B.C.

Vancouver - Speaking at the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation on Wednesday, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced incentives for buyers of electric vehicles, one being a green light to travel the HOV lanes, even with no passengers.

Scientists scare the heck out of raccoons to save ecosystems

Raccoons are definitely cute and clever, and in habitats where they have predators, they keep to the trees and do most of their foraging for food at night. In areas where there are no predators, their cute and clever ways can wreak havoc on ecosystems.

Elite team of sniffer dogs smack down zebra mussel invasion

No zebra mussels have invaded B.C. waters yet, and an Alberta-based team that uses mussel-sniffing dogs intends to keep it that way. Discovered in the U.S. 20 years ago, it's believed the tiny critters hitchhiked in the ballast tanks of European ships.

Deadly salmon virus found in British Columbia waters

Based on a study of farm-raised salmon, a European variant of a deadly disease called infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV) has now arrived in British Columbia.

Asian bird makes rare appearance on Vancouver Island

Victoria - Much to the delight of bird enthusiasts on Vancouver Island, a small bird, native to Europe and Asia, has been spotted in the greater Victoria area a number of times since December, attracting bird-lovers from as far away as Michigan and Minnesota.

Asian Bush mosquito now in British Columbia poses health threat

Burnaby - The invasive disease-carrying Asian Bush mosquito, a native to Asia, has been found in British Columbia, the first such discovery in Western Canada.

Five fascinating facts you might not know about sea otters

Sea otters tickle our imaginations. Their charming antics make them the clowns of the sea, and for those of us fortunate enough to live alongside them, they are enchanting. The sight of mother otters cuddling young ones make them even more endearing.

Aw Shucks: BC health officials warning not to eat raw oysters

Vancouver - Vancouver Coastal Health officials are requiring local restaurants to cook oysters harvested in the province before serving them to consumers. The requirement does not apply to oysters harvested outside of British Columbia.
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Part of the fully accessible Centennial Loop found at the Strathcona Provincial Park  Paradise Meado...
Part of the fully accessible Centennial Loop found at the Strathcona Provincial Park, Paradise Meadows Trail Head as it heads back toward the Strathcona Wildlife Institute parking lot.
Helmetia expansa  a soft-bodied trilobite-like arthropod from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale.
Helmetia expansa, a soft-bodied trilobite-like arthropod from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale.
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view up Kootenay lake
A British Columbia ferry travels along Active Pass en route between Horseshoe Bay and Swartz Bay Fer...
A British Columbia ferry travels along Active Pass en route between Horseshoe Bay and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal on Vancouver Island.
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
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Wheelchair assessible boardwalk leads into the Ancient Forest.
Wheelchair assessible boardwalk leads into the Ancient Forest.
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Premier Christy Clark arrived at the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation in a blu...
Premier Christy Clark arrived at the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation in a blue Chevrolet Volt.
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Night-time view of Vancouver s skyline from the foot of Lonsdale Ave. in North Vancouver.
Night-time view of Vancouver's skyline from the foot of Lonsdale Ave. in North Vancouver.
In October 2008 the BC supreme court ruled the city of Victoria could not prevent homeless people fr...
In October 2008 the BC supreme court ruled the city of Victoria could not prevent homeless people from putting up shelter in the parks.
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Fire prohibitions in Kamloops  British Columbia start Sunday  May 15  2016  to help prevent human-ca...
Fire prohibitions in Kamloops, British Columbia start Sunday, May 15, 2016, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.
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Scene from project video showing what the finished hydroelectric dam on the Peace River would look l...
Scene from project video showing what the finished hydroelectric dam on the Peace River would look like. The Site C Clean Energy Project
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Looking across Battleship Lake to Mount Washington Alpine Resort from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship...
Looking across Battleship Lake to Mount Washington Alpine Resort from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship lake trail at Strathcona Provincial Park.
Softwood lumber prices in British Columbia have seen a jump because of the wildfires.
Softwood lumber prices in British Columbia have seen a jump because of the wildfires.
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Log booms on southern bank of Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on southern bank of Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
A Gray Jay or Whiskey Jack perches on a hand to feed on some seeds from lunch while hiking in Strath...
A Gray Jay or Whiskey Jack perches on a hand to feed on some seeds from lunch while hiking in Strathcona Provincial Park.
The Butchards Gardens. The gardens provide dramatic floral displays in various settings and styles a...
The Butchards Gardens. The gardens provide dramatic floral displays in various settings and styles amid mature trees, shrubs and fountains, linked by a network of serene paths.
As warmer springs melt more of the snow pack  flooding will become more of an issue every year.
As warmer springs melt more of the snow pack, flooding will become more of an issue every year.
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Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Pro...
Looking across the ponds and meadows of the Centennial Loop fully accessible trail at Strathcona Provincial Park to the Mt. Washington condominium accommodations.
The lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver  including the SeaBus terminal  Lonsdale Quay and the Lon...
The lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver, including the SeaBus terminal, Lonsdale Quay and the Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market.