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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.

Wildlife officer suspended after refusing to kill bear cubs

Port Hardy - A simple act of kindness by a wildlife official in British Columbia has taken the Internet by storm. It started when conservation officer Bryce Casavant responded to a call about a black bear raiding a freezer stuffed with deer meat and fish.

Iconic 1,000-year-old 'Elaho Giant' Douglas fir saved from fire

Pemberton - Roots blackened, the mighty Elaho Giant, Canada's third largest tree, has survived a devastating wildfire, thanks to quick thinking by firefighters who worked tirelessly to "cool hotspots" near the huge tree's roots.

Mountie sentenced to 30 months for perjury in man's Taser death

Vancouver - A Mountie in British Columbia has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after being convicted of allegedly lying to a public inquiry regarding the death of a Polish immigrant.

Facebook wins privacy case in Canada

After losing an earlier case which ruled Facebook had violated user's privacy, the tech giant wins appeal at Canadian Supreme Court.

Teen hacker admits swatting female gamers who turned him down

Coquitlam - A teen hacker from British Columbia has pleaded guilty to 23 charges of public mischief, extortion, criminal harassment and making false police reports. His targets were usually young female gamers.

Little Bobtail Lake wildfire — Start of bad fire season in B.C.

Prince George - First spotted on May 9, 2015, the Little Bobtail Lake wildfire in British Columbia, Canada has grown significantly to over 130 square kilometers in size, and is "zero" contained.

B.C. scientists find 100mn-year-old tracks on dinosaur highway

Tumbler Ridge - A dinosaur highway studded with hundreds of tracks from extinct herbivores and the carnivores that followed them has been unearthed in northeastern British Columbia. The dinosaurs tromped their way across the squelchy mud around 115 million years ago.

Rock slide on the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, B.C. Sunday a.m.

Squamish - A massive rock slid off Stawamus Chief Mountain in Squamish, B.C. about noontime Sunday, alarming everyone in town and creating a huge dust cloud. The piece of rock appeared to be nearly 50 feet wide, or even larger, say many of the townspeople.

Western Canada will lose 70% of its glaciers by 2100

The loss of glacial ice in British Columbia and Alberta could profoundly affect not only local ecosystems but power supplies and water quality. As much as 70 percent of glaciers will disappear by the end of the 21st century.

Living off the grid on Lasqueti Island, B.C.

Lasqueti - We live in a world governed by our needs. if we want something bad enough, we run to the market, or to the refrigerator. Our lives are centered around public utilities and convenience, and God forbid if anything fails. We are literally left in the dark.

Construction work disturbs 500 garter snakes in B.C.

Delta - Metro Vancouver's wildlife rescue center now has a full house, caring for about 500 garter snakes rescued from their den at a Delta, B.C. construction site. The reptiles were rudely awakened from their winter rest because of construction activities.

Scientists puzzled over Pacific Coast seabird die-off

Scientists have been puzzling over the mass die-off of hundreds of Cassin's auklets. There have been reports coming in from British Columbia to as far south as San Louis Obispo, Calif., this past year.

Rising costs threaten to kill B.C. $7 billion dam project

Increasing costs in the construction of a hydropower station on the Peace River in British Columbia are threatening the project, even as the province champions the export of liquefied natural gas, a priority, according to Premier Christy Clark.

Hockey coach fired for posting pro-Nazi propaganda on Facebook

Vancouver - A hockey coach has been fired after his employer discovered his Facebook page was a tribute to the Nazis and contained extreme views. Christopher Maximilian Saundau maintains that the Nazis were doing their best to save the Jews.

B.C. government wages war on the European gypsy moth

An invasive species has invaded the city of Surrey, British Columbia, and could very well become a threat to the ecology and economy of the region. The invasion of the European gypsy moth has been taken quite seriously by the B.C. government.

Op-Ed: FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations – Don Davies Special

Vancouver - Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the NDP representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and its future impact on Canada and First Nations.

Spectacular marine and mountain views at Horseshoe Bay Village Special

Vancouver - Surrounded by the waters of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, the views from Horseshoe Bay Village are truly captivating. There is a park, a marina, a ferry terminal, art galleries, totem poles, and a variety of seafood restaurants

Annual telethon nearing for Comox Valley Child Development Centre

Courtenay - The 2014 Comox Valley Child Development Centre Telethon will happen Nov. 4 in Courtenay, B.C., Canada. Organizers hope to raise even more than the $77,000 from the 2013 telethon. The CVCDA assists more than 800 children and their families each year.

Review: Poet Shane Koyczan debuts new video-poem 'Troll' on cyberbullying Special

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan, best known recently for his To This Day anti-bullying video-poetry, released another poetic critique of cyber-bullying appropriately titled Troll. It's one of the most poignant looks at the pain caused by online bullies.

Former mining town of Bradian, B.C., up for sale

Bralorne - Bradian, a small town in British Columbia, is about 70 miles north of Whistler, B.C. and it is for sale. For just under $1 million, someone can own Bradian.

Water ban in B.C. after Polley mine tailing pond breach

A water ban is in place affecting about 300 people in B.C. after almost five million cubic meters of effluent from a tailing pond owned by Imperial Metals Mining Co. suffered a breach, releasing water into Hazeltine Creek.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project controversy rages on Special

Calgary - The long awaited Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project was approved on June 17th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper amid controversy and objection by First Nations groups, environmentalists, concerned Canadians and the political opposition parties.

Fossils found in Kootenay Natl. Park shed light on early origins

Paleontologists digging in British Columbia's Kootenay National Park in 2012 came across a most amazing "motherlode" of fossil specimens. The 44 fossils are of an ancient fish named Metaspriggina that swam in an ancient sea 500 million years ago.

Airline pet ban leaves dog stranded in Indiana

Vancouver - A Canadian woman was forced to leave her dog stranded in Indianapolis because Delta airlines wouldn't allow her pet on the return flight.

Twenty B.C. grocers refuse to sell genetically modified apples

If approved, genetically modified apples could hit Canadian shelves by end of year but twenty British Columbia grocers, including Olives Community Market in Function Junction, refuse to sell them.

Review: ‘Salmon in the Sea’ — Is farmed salmon a threat to wild salmon? Special

Campbell River - A recent segment of CBS’ “60 Minutes” focuses on the positive and adverse aspects of salmon farming, potential threats of this activity to wild salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest, and comparative facets of salmon products for the consumer.

Killer whale as old as the Titanic still going strong

Vancouver - Killer whales, more properly known as orcas, usually live between 60-80 years. However, one killer whale who was probably a youngster when the Titanic sank recently completed an 800 mile journey.

Photo Essay: Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area Special

Creston - One of the biggest secrets of British Columbia's interior is a plethora of walking trails to see close-up the natural wildlife in a setting that stresses conservation.

BC mother killed after attack outside hockey rink

Surrey - A 53-year-old British Columbia woman has died after she was viciously attacked outside of the Newton Arena on Sunday. The mother was waiting to pick up her son, who was refereeing a hockey game.
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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.
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
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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.
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.
Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
Lasqueti Island lies in the Georgia Strait off Vancouver Island.
Lasqueti Island lies in the Georgia Strait off Vancouver Island.
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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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Sewell s Marina and the BC Ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay Village in West Vancouver.
Sewell's Marina and the BC Ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay Village in West Vancouver.
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.
Vancouver  named by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world s most livable city for the 5th tim...
Vancouver, named by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world's most livable city for the 5th time.
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.
Log booms on Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
Deer attacks dog in defense of her fawn in a residential neighborhood in British Columbia. The dog a...
Deer attacks dog in defense of her fawn in a residential neighborhood in British Columbia. The dog and the deer both escaped without any life threatening injuries.
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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.
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 incapacitated 135-metre Russian cargo ship Simushir is under tow off Haida Gwaii  of British Col...
The incapacitated 135-metre Russian cargo ship Simushir is under tow off Haida Gwaii, of British Columbia, Canada
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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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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.
Ben Marr kayaking down a drainage ditch into Lions Bay  British Columbia at 34 miles per hour
Ben Marr kayaking down a drainage ditch into Lions Bay, British Columbia at 34 miles per hour
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Old forests in Klaskino Inlet  British Columbia
Old forests in Klaskino Inlet, British Columbia
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