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B.C. rainforest has botanical bounty of newly discovered species

Vancouver - Scientists and students from the University of Northern B.C. spent three years conducting a field study of the province's Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Provincial Park, the only inland rainforest in the world. They found over 2,400 plant species.

Shell Canada gives up exploration permits for protected area

Vancouver - Shell Canada Ltd. has voluntarily given up it offshore exploration rights, clearing the way for the creation of Canada’s first protected marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act.

B.C. fires are the 'new normal' says Premier John Horgan

When wildfires get as ferocious as the ones ravaging Western Canada right now, firefighters can't do much more than letting them run their course, says a risk management expert. But what if this is now the "new normal?

Hard to breathe and hard to see — Pacific Northwest wildfires

Thick smoke from wildfires in the western United States and Canada have clogged the skies across western North America, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon and Colorado to British Columbia and Alberta.

B.C. declares a provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

Vancouver - On Wednesday morning, he B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Nearly 600 wildfires burning across B.C. after lightning storms

There are nearly 600 fires burning across B.C. with the danger rating rated at ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ in virtually every part of the province. Of those fires, 47 are considered to be serious, and a potential threat to public safety.

New Canadian radio telescope opens new doors in astrophysics

A new radio telescope in British Columbia, Canada is doing its job picking up mysterious signals from deep space known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs).

Sockeye salmon run and cold-water trout — The water's too warm

Anywhere from five to 22 million sockeye salmon are nearing the mouth of British Columbia's Fraser River, heading home to spawn. But the waters of the river are so warm right now there is a good chance the salmon will die.

Nearly 1,000 homes on evacuation alert in B.C. due to wildfires

Kelowna - Some 123 fires are burning across the province, of which 41 are in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Okanagan. There are also significant wildfires raging in central and southeast B.C. and in Ontario.

BC government sues Alberta over plan to restrict fuel shipments

The British Columbia government has filed a lawsuit and is prepared to ask for an injunction and damages against Alberta over that province’s recently passed fuel restriction law that would allow the province to shut off oil and gas shipments to B.C.

Craft cannabis growers ignored in rush to legalize pot in Canada

Vancouver - The craft cannabis industry in British Columbia is very concerned over the federal government's lack of progress in creating a promised "micro-cultivation" license for those in their industry and they are demanding action.

Alberta premier — 'I am ready and prepared to turn off the taps'

While Ottawa was announcing it will backstop the $7.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Wednesday, May 16, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was reiterating her threat to “turn off the taps” of oil and gas to B.C.

Alberta tries ads to win hearts and minds of anti-pipeline groups

Alberta has no intention of giving in to the opposition when it comes to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, as British Columbia residents are now finding out.

B.C. announces recreational salmon fishing ban on North Coast

Vancouver - Low numbers of returning salmon have forced Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to announce a ban on recreational salmon fishing on the Skeena and Nass Rivers on the North Coast of British Columbia, effective immediately.

Alberta unveils legislation designed to cripple B.C. citizens

Premier John Horgan was assured by Prime Minister Trudeau the federal government would not punish B.C. citizens over the Trans Mountain dispute, but that promise did not include Alberta - which has unveiled legislation that will cripple B.C.

Alberta plans on imposing 'serious economic consequences' on B.C.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion threatens the rule of law in Canada and says she made it clear in a phone call to B.C. Premier John Horgan that her province is retaliating.

Kinder Morgan halts non-essential spending on pipeline

Kinder Morgan Limited (KML) on Sunday suspended all non-essential activities and related spending on its $7.4 billion oil pipeline expansion project in the face of mounting legal challenges from British Columbia.

B.C. government wants to move forward with LNG Canada project

Kitimat - The proposed liquid natural gas export terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia is back in the news, with Premier John Horgan announcing plans to move forward with tax breaks for the proposed LNG project, even though it will create more pollution.

Alberta premier threatens to turn off the oil tap in B.C. dispute

Edmonton - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has ratcheted up the stakes in her fight to get the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion built, threatening to cut off the oil taps to British Columbia and even the rest of Canada, if necessary.

B.C. government looks to the future with land-based aquaculture

British Columbia's minister in charge of aquaculture tenures for the province is hinting at a major change in the provincial government's approach to Atlantic salmon farming in Pacific waters.

Washington state bans Atlantic salmon farming in state waters

Seattle - Atlantic salmon net-pen farming will be phased out in Washington state by 2025 under legislation passed by the state Senate on Friday after a tough floor fight and some fancy parliamentary footwork.

Alberta — B.C. dispute heats up over Trans Mountain pipeline

The dispute over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline between Alberta and B.C. continues to heat up. On Wednesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley put her 19-member task force to work, tasked with taking the fight to B.C. over the pipeline.

DONG Energy propels British Columbia into new energy economy

Vancouver - DONG Energy and NaiKun Wind Energy Group have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) giving DONG exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement for the Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project in British Columbia, Canada.

British Columbia engulfed in Massive wildfire never seen before

Vancouver - The 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia broke the one million hectares (two-five million acres) mark on Monday. However, firefighters are now battling a wildfire of historical size after 19 fires merged, creating one massive blaze today.

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.
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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.
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Athabasca glacier and Mount Andromeda in Jasper National Park  Alberta  Canada. The glacier has retr...
Athabasca glacier and Mount Andromeda in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. The glacier has retreated 1,500 meters in the last century.
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The MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite captured this image of the Little Bobtail Lake fire in Br...
The MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite captured this image of the Little Bobtail Lake fire in British Columbia. (NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner)
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9 2014
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9,2014 © Wildfire Management Branch
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Pyrosoma atlanticum Description Channel Islands, California.
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:If the tanker ban become law  Eagle Spirit has an alternative plan that would make use of the Portl...
:If the tanker ban become law, Eagle Spirit has an alternative plan that would make use of the Portland Canal to bing tankers to Hyder, Alaska for loading. Image shows docks at the head of Portland Canal at Stewart, BC...
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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.
The formal Italian Garden at the Butchart Gardens in  Brentwood Bay  Vancouver Island  BC.
The formal Italian Garden at the Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island, BC.
The Ancient Forest Trail provides a glimpse of a primeval forest  where ancient cedars have grown un...
The Ancient Forest Trail provides a glimpse of a primeval forest, where ancient cedars have grown undisturbed for many thousands of years, and is one of BC's best kept secrets.
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Store front of  OK Boot Corral - BC s Western Boot Headquarters   a colourful shop in historic Gasto...
Store front of "OK Boot Corral - BC's Western Boot Headquarters", a colourful shop in historic Gastown, Vancouver, B.C.
Hosts Kenny Shaw and Sue Finneron keep things moving at the 2013 Comox Valley Child Development Cent...
Hosts Kenny Shaw and Sue Finneron keep things moving at the 2013 Comox Valley Child Development Centre Telethon in Courtenay, B.C.
The Elaho Giant.  Truly spectacular.
The Elaho Giant. Truly spectacular.
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Log booms on northern bank of Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on northern bank of Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
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.
Photo courtesy of Javier Ortega-Hernández (University of Cambridge)
May 4  2016 footage of Siphon Creek fire in BC. Early snowmelt  coupled with hotter than normal temp...
May 4, 2016 footage of Siphon Creek fire in BC. Early snowmelt, coupled with hotter than normal temperatures increases the possibility of a record fire season.
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An aerial view of the Red Deer Creek wildfire near the B.C. / Alberta boundary.
An aerial view of the Red Deer Creek wildfire near the B.C. / Alberta boundary.
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Current map for snowfall in BC.
Current map for snowfall in BC.
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