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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.

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.
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Screen shot of charred remains of a wildfire in the County of Lamont April 20  2016. It consumed two...
Screen shot of charred remains of a wildfire in the County of Lamont April 20, 2016. It consumed two homes on Monday evening; two firefighters were injured battling the blaze
CBC News
Protester holding sign stating No Pipeline  No Consent  during a Kinder Morgan Pipeline Rally on Sep...
Protester holding sign stating No Pipeline, No Consent, during a Kinder Morgan Pipeline Rally on September 9th, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
William Chen
Locations of Cassin’s Auklet colonies in Alaska (blue circles) and recommended diet monitoring sit...
Locations of Cassin’s Auklet colonies in Alaska (blue circles) and recommended diet monitoring site, (red circle)..
NPRB
view up Kootenay lake
view up Kootenay lake
Black tarpaulin in Maple Ridge garden  ∼3 by 6 m2 with many depressions up to 4 or 5 cm deep  fi...
Black tarpaulin in Maple Ridge garden, ∼3 by 6 m2 with many depressions up to 4 or 5 cm deep, filled with water and plant debris. Ae. japonicus larvae were collected from the depressions in both 2014 and 2015.
M. Jackson, Et. Al.
Screenshot of video showing a bench-clearing brawl at a Canadian lacrosse game
Screenshot of video showing a bench-clearing brawl at a Canadian lacrosse game
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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.
Vancouver Sun online
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.
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.
Govt. of British Columbia
Looking across Lake Helen Mackenzie at Mount Elma from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake loop at S...
Looking across Lake Helen Mackenzie at Mount Elma from the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake loop at Strathcona Provincial Park.
Southeastern BC: A wall of mud came down near the village of Johnson s Landing
Southeastern BC: A wall of mud came down near the village of Johnson's Landing
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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.
Gray Jays or Whiskey Jacks follow and perch close by when hiking at Strathcona Provincial Park in ho...
Gray Jays or Whiskey Jacks follow and perch close by when hiking at Strathcona Provincial Park in hopes of catching a snack from the hikers. They are very friendly and will feed out of your hand.
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.
Province of BC
Fraser River flooding in 2012.
Fraser River flooding in 2012.
Province of BC
Many homes in the U.S. are built using Canadian softwood lumber  like this home under construction i...
Many homes in the U.S. are built using Canadian softwood lumber, like this home under construction in Katy, Texas.
Jaksmata
Log booms on southern bank of Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on southern bank of Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
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.
Map showing Triquet Island.
Map showing Triquet Island.
MapCarta
British Columbia salmon farm.
British Columbia salmon farm.
Organic Slant