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Storm clouds swirling around Kinder Morgan pipeline plans

Vancouver - In the midst of the B.C. election count, and the chances of the Greens holding power if a minority government is confirmed, Kinder Morgan's plan to raise money for the Trans Mountain pipeline extension at this time may perhaps, be a bad idea.

Premier Clark wants to ban or tax U.S. coal exports leaving B.C.

Vancouver - In a move that could only be considered retaliation for the new U.S. tariff on Canadian softwood, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seriously considering a request from BC's premier to ban or tax U.S. thermal coal exports going out of the province.

B.C. emergency responders — Record 130 overdose calls in one day

Vancouver - April 26, turned out to be one of British Columbia's worst ever days for preventable drug overdose calls, with health officials recording 130 calls for assistance province-wide. This is nine more than the previous record set on November 20, 2016.

Alaskan whale deaths in 2015 could have been due to toxic algae

Anchorage - Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are saying a toxic algae bloom could have caused the deaths of 44 whales in 2015 in the Gulf Coast of Alaska, but they are not ruling out other possibilities.

BC overdose deaths are still rising, despite preventive measures

Vancouver - Today marks one year since a public health emergency was declared in British Columbia in the wake of an alarming rise in opioid-related drug overdose deaths. Preventive measures have been put in place, however, the number of deaths continue to rise.

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.
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The Elaho Giant.  Truly spectacular.
The Elaho Giant. Truly spectacular.
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B.C. Premiere Christy Clark prepares to board helicopter for close up look at wildfire on Friday.
B.C. Premiere Christy Clark prepares to board helicopter for close up look at wildfire on Friday.
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Log booms on Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
As warmer springs melt more of the snow pack  flooding will become more of an issue every year.
As warmer springs melt more of the snow pack, flooding will become more of an issue every year.
Province of BC
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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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)
view up Kootenay lake
view up Kootenay lake
Phaeocollybia piceae? 20090927.83 Canada  BC  Incomappleux Inland Rainforest in british Columbia.
Phaeocollybia piceae? 20090927.83 Canada, BC, Incomappleux Inland Rainforest in british Columbia.
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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.
Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9 2014
© Wildfire Management Branch
Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9,2014 © Wildfire Management Branch
Wildfire Management Branch
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.
Goleta Air and Space Museum
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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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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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.
 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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B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
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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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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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Premier Christy Clark arrived at the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation in a blu...
Premier Christy Clark arrived at the 2016 Globe Conference on Sustainability and Innovation in a blue Chevrolet Volt.
Province of BC
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.