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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.

Asian Bush mosquito now in British Columbia poses health threat

Burnaby - The invasive disease-carrying Asian Bush mosquito, a native to Asia, has been found in British Columbia, the first such discovery in Western Canada.

Five fascinating facts you might not know about sea otters

Sea otters tickle our imaginations. Their charming antics make them the clowns of the sea, and for those of us fortunate enough to live alongside them, they are enchanting. The sight of mother otters cuddling young ones make them even more endearing.

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.
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Log booms on Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
File photo: A look at a Marine Harvest salmon farm in British Columbia.
File photo: A look at a Marine Harvest salmon farm in British Columbia.
Marine Harvest Canada
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.
 Baby  it s cold outside.  Electricity usage will continue to be high until the cold snap breaks.
"Baby, it's cold outside." Electricity usage will continue to be high until the cold snap breaks.
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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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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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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.
Jim Howard
Clutesi Haven Marina on the Somass River in Port Alberni  British Columbia. The pulp mill can be see...
Clutesi Haven Marina on the Somass River in Port Alberni, British Columbia. The pulp mill can be seen in the distance.
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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.
Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
The Cretaceous world of allosaurus and ankylosaurus.
The Cretaceous world of allosaurus and ankylosaurus.
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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.
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.
Dragon Boat Festival 2014  Vancouver BC Canada.
Dragon Boat Festival 2014, Vancouver BC Canada.
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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.
Carlos Delgado
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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British Columbia salmon farm.
British Columbia salmon farm.
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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)
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.
Justin Trudeau is silly dreamy. Here he is shirtless on the beach. This has to stop  writes on Twitt...
Justin Trudeau is silly dreamy. Here he is shirtless on the beach. This has to stop, writes on Twitter Felicity Morse.
Felicity Morse