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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.

UBCIC Grand Chief endorses collective vision for Canada - Part 2 Special

Vancouver - UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip warns that a human rights conflict is imminent if the Indian Act is dissolved, dismantling Indigenous land rights and allowing unprecedented resource development by foreign investors causing environmental consequences.

Photo Essay: Hiking Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island Special

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the oldest Provincial Park in British Columbia, surrounded by the Vancouver Island Mountains, where nature has been conserved for all to view with accessible trails, maps and parking.

Photo Essay: Travel, adventure and discovery in British Columbia Special

Vancouver - The city of Vancouver and Vancouver Island in British Columbia with its many historical and natural attractions including mountains, waterways and wildlife invite travellers to discover the sights and wonders of one of Canada’s most scenic provinces.

Canadian oyster killing parasite isolated

Some tiny, elusive parasites that have plagued oysters from British Columbia to California have been detected and identified for the first time.

Two arrested in an alleged Canada Day bomb plot

Surrey - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested two Canadian citizens in Abbotsford, B.C. Monday in connection to an alleged terror plot to blow up the British Columbia legislature on Canada Day.

Japanese racing pigeon flies from Hokkaido, Japan, to BC, Canada

Comox - A racing pigeon crossed the Pacific Ocean, flying from Japan to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, a distance of nearly 8,000 kilometers. The pigeon is recovering in Courtenay, BC, and will be assigned to breed long-distance racers.

New fossil species from Canada named after movie star Johnny Depp

London - A 500-million-year old marine fossil with scissor-shaped claws was described and named by a British researcher as "Kooteninchela deppi" inspired by the character in the movie "Edward Scissorhands" starring Johnny Depp.

Op-Ed: British Columbia Election — The stakes for Canada and Alberta

Victoria - British Columbians head to the polls tomorrow and the stakes couldn't be higher for both Canada and Alberta. New Democratic Party Leader Adrian Dix opposes and will nix pipelines, while Christy Clark, Liberal leader has set five conditions to proceed.

British Columbia provincial election slated for May 14

Victoria - The British Columbia election campaign doesn't begin officially until April 16 but parties are already gearing up for the race. The opposition New Democratic Party finished selecting candidates in all 85 ridings.

Unseen dangers from the Japanese tsunami may linger for decades

The debris from the tsunami which struck eastern Japan two years ago today could still be washing up on the western seaboard of Canada and the United States decades from now with, as yet, unknown consequences for marine life.

Op-Ed: Canada — The politics of carbon tax, sustainable energy, economy

Ottawa - According to the Sustainable Prosperity think tank ten of Canada's top energy companies already factor in a carbon price into their business planning. They say it is necessary to manage risks arising from future carbon restraints.

Op-Ed: B.C. Grey wolf faces new threat

A little over a week of reflection and my blood has slowly decreased to a simmer, allowing me to finally write this Op-Ed.

British Columbia's Jumbo has mayor, councillors but no voters

Invermere - British Columbia's Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett announced that the mountain resort of Jumbo, the newest municipality, will have a mayor and councillors, but there isn't a single voter.

7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits BC Coast — Tsunami Warnings Issued

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) Region of British Columbia, Canada October 27, 2012. The coordinates given by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center gave the location as 52.9 NORTH 131.9 WEST, at a depth of 10 km.

Op-Ed: Canada-China corporate rights pact needs debate says Maude Barlow Special

Calgary - The NEXEN takeover by China National Offshore Oil Corp has been given a 30 day extension and may be extended again as opposition continues to grow from all factions with the exception of investors and the energy sector.

Monster 1000-lb Sturgeon caught in British Columbia river: Video

For the second time this year, a massive Sturgeon has been caught and released from BC's Fraser River weighing in at over one-thousand pounds.

B.C. prepares for an estimated 1.5 million tons of tsunami debris

Vancouver - Although no one knows exactly when or where it will land, officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Victoria, BC know it's coming and they are expecting approximately 1.5 million tons of it.

SPCA searches for owner of puppy found with horrific rope burns

Surrey - The BC SPCA in Surrey, British Columbia is asking for help to find the owners of a puppy that was found in some bushes, with severe rope burns on its muzzle. It's being investigated as a case of animal cruelty.

Health authority demands retraction about oil of oregano ad Special

Vancouver - A Canadian company's newspaper ad that claims oil of oregano is a safer alternative to vaccination to prevent whooping cough has health officials demanding a retraction.
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B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
BC Ministry of Finance
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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.
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Harrison Lake during the daytime  BC.
Harrison Lake during the daytime, BC.
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Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
Stratcona provincial park trail head marker for Paradise Meadows.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Old forests in Klaskino Inlet  British Columbia
Old forests in Klaskino Inlet, British Columbia
Ingmar
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Kooteninchela deppi. Fossil discovered with scissor hand-like claws named in honour of movie star.
Kooteninchela deppi. Fossil discovered with scissor hand-like claws named in honour of movie star.
Imperial College of London
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Kirstie Girard and Kirsten Collins  Miss Teen Prince George British Columbia  and Miss Teen Calgary ...
Kirstie Girard and Kirsten Collins, Miss Teen Prince George British Columbia, and Miss Teen Calgary share a laugh and mutual respect backstage before things get started
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9 2014
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Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9,2014 © Wildfire Management Branch
Wildfire Management Branch
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view up Kootenay lake
view up Kootenay lake
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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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