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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.

Op-Ed: Plight of Abbotsford's homeless reaches a pivotal point Saturday

Abbotsford - For those readers following the story of the illegal campground set up in Jubilee Park in Abbotsford, B.C., it has been one of legal ups-and-downs, with accusations of police using unauthorized force and the campers threatening to sue the city.

B.C. shoppers may soon buy beer and wine in grocery stores

British Columbia's 672 private liquor stores have done quite well under the Liberals, especially after many of the liquor laws were expanded. Times are changing and grocery stores may end up selling beer and wine, much to the chagrin of the liquor stores.
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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.
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 Elaho Giant.  Truly spectacular.
The Elaho Giant. Truly spectacular.
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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 outside of Tim Hortons in Squamish  BC.
The outside of Tim Hortons in Squamish, BC.
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.
view up Kootenay lake
view up Kootenay lake
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.
Tall pine forest along the trail where Centennial Loop joins the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake tra...
Tall pine forest along the trail where Centennial Loop joins the Helen Mackenzie Battleship Lake trail 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.
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.
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)
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.
Log booms on Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
Log booms on Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
The Cretaceous world of allosaurus and ankylosaurus.
The Cretaceous world of allosaurus and ankylosaurus.
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The steam-powered clock on the corner of Cambie and Water Street in Vancouver s Gastown displays the...
The steam-powered clock on the corner of Cambie and Water Street in Vancouver's Gastown displays the time on four faces and announces the quarter hours with a whistle chime that plays the "Westminster Quarters".
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.
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.
Carlos Delgado
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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