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Inspection of BC fish plant ordered after bloody disharge filmed

Vancouver - The B.C. government is sending an inspector to a Vancouver Island fish processing plant after new video emerged showing bloody discharge being dumped into seawater near Campbell River.

Layoffs and mill closings continue to plague BC forest industry

Vancouver - As B.C. politicians continue to argue in the legislature about the ongoing job losses in the forest industry, thousands of laid-off workers and the communities they live in are left facing an uncertain future.

First Nation people feed starving grizzlies in British Columbia

The impacts of the climate crisis on the food chain are already evident in British Columbia, Canada. With winter fast approaching, one family of starving grizzly bears are being fed farm-raised salmon by First Nation people.

Oil-sands crude sails from B.C. sidestepping tanker ban

Calgary - A Canadian law passed this summer bars oil tankers from carrying more than 12,500 metric tons along the northern B.C. coast. However, two Calgary-based companies, Melius Energy and BitCrude, have found a way around the law.

Stumpage system driving the crisis in BC's forestry industry

Vancouver - High log prices and dwindling timber supply are driving the crisis in British Columbia's forestry industry that has devastated communities and kneecapped the provincial economy, observers say. However, there is more to this story.

B.C.'s forestry industry is shrinking, leaving economy at risk

The B.C. lumber industry has its plate full — grappling with tough market conditions, a diminished domestic timber supply, U.S. softwood import tariffs and what many perceive as a lack of support from the provincial government.

British Columbia's forestry sector fighting for survival

Quesnel - British Columbia's forest industry started out 2019 with several temporary closures of sawmills for between one and six weeks. Six months later, about 20 temporary (and a few permanent) closures are having a direct effect on employees and communities.

Nine unauthorized Vancouver pot shops ordered to shut down

Vancouver - The City of Vancouver says nine illegal marijuana dispensaries must close down while they wait for the outcome of a legal challenge at the B.C. Court of Appeal.

Canada forecast: An uncertain summer with high impact fire season

The Weather Network has released its summer forecast for the months of June, July, and August - and it's a mixed bag - with two opposing summer patterns.

Wildfire in B.C.'s central interior prompts evacuations

Prince George - Warm and windy conditions have fanned the flames of a wildfire believed to be human-caused in British Columbia, Canada, near the community of Lejac, about five kilometers east of Fraser Lake.

B.C. readies for court battle as Alberta threatens to cut off oil

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney reached out to British Columbians frustrated by high gasoline prices at a news conference in Edmonton Wednesday to confirm Bill 12 has been enacted into law.

B.C. has oil and gas cleanup costs totaling $3 billion and rising

Vancouver - British Columbia's auditor general says the number of inactive oil and gas wells in the province has risen dramatically and warns the price tag for decommissioning them is $3 billion and rising.

B.C. government and First Nations to phase out 17 fish farms

Vancouver - B.C. First Nations and the provincial government have agreed to shut down 17 open-net fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago in what may be the biggest shake-up in the history of the controversial fish farm industry.

Senate makes a tough choice — Salmon or sea lions?

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Pacific Northwest has cleared the U.S. Senate.

Huge cave discovered while counting caribou in British Columbia

While doing an aerial caribou count in east-central British Columbia in April, officials from Canada’s ministry of national resources, quite by accident, came across a massive cave never seen by humans before — possibly the largest in Canada.

The last six mountain caribou in U.S. being sent to Canada

The six remaining members of the South Selkirk caribou herd remaining in the lower 48 states are being moved further north into British Columbia, Canada, a desperate measure to try to save the mountain caribou's most southerly herds,

Drug-resistant sea lice out of control on B.C. Coast

Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirms the findings of independent research that says sea lice on salmon farms are becoming resistant to SLICE, a pesticide used to kill sea lice.

Vancouver pot shops face uncertain future on October 17

Vancouver - For several years now, cannabis users in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have been able to buy just about any kind of pot, along with accessories and all the cannabis-infused products they wanted. But that is all going to change on October 17.

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.
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Canadian Gertie from British Columbia.
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The Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area covers more than 11 500 square kilometres off the no...
The Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area covers more than 11,500 square kilometres off the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island.
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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
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The number of wildfires in British Columbia  Canada have dropped to 169  from 177 earlier today.
The number of wildfires in British Columbia, Canada have dropped to 169, from 177 earlier today.
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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.
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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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.
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)..
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Strathcona Wilderness Institute center at the Paradise Meadows Trail head across from Mount Washingt...
Strathcona Wilderness Institute center at the Paradise Meadows Trail head across from Mount Washington Alpine Area.
Fraser River flooding in 2012.
Fraser River flooding in 2012.
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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.
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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.
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B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
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The B-36 crashed into a mountain in British Columbia on February 13  1950.
The B-36 crashed into a mountain in British Columbia on February 13, 1950.
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Viewing Vancouver Island s snowpack on April 17  2016  from a DeHavilland Beaver Seaplane. You can s...
Viewing Vancouver Island's snowpack on April 17, 2016, from a DeHavilland Beaver Seaplane. You can see the melt has started.
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view up Kootenay lake
Current map for snowfall in BC.
Current map for snowfall in BC.
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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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