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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.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham

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.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 9 comments

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.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Gene Kosowan - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 9 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 8 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Parker - 4 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Igor I. Solar - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 26 comments

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.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 12 comments

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.
In the Media by Karl Gotthardt - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Richard Smith - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Andrew Moran

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.
In the Media by C. Schroeder - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 10 comments

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 9 comments

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.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Darren Weir - 8 comments

British Columbia Finance Minister resigns, announces retirement

Vancouver - British Columbia Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced that he is stepping down from his position and will retire from the public sector. Falcon will stay on as a backbench Member of the Legislative Assembly.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 1 comment
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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.
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Harrison Lake during the daytime  BC.
Harrison Lake during the daytime, BC.
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Screenshot of video showing a bench-clearing brawl at a Canadian lacrosse game
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Screenshot of video showing a bench-clearing brawl at a Canadian lacrosse game
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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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Southeastern BC: A wall of mud came down near the village of Johnson s Landing
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Southeastern BC: A wall of mud came down near the village of Johnson's Landing
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B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
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B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
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Ben Marr kayaking down a drainage ditch into Lions Bay  British Columbia at 34 miles per hour
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Ben Marr kayaking down a drainage ditch into Lions Bay, British Columbia at 34 miles per hour
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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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Log booms on Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
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The outside of Tim Hortons in Squamish  BC.
The outside of Tim Hortons in Squamish, BC.
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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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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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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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Store front of  OK Boot Corral - BC s Western Boot Headquarters   a colourful shop in historic Gasto...
Store front of "OK Boot Corral - BC's Western Boot Headquarters", a colourful shop in historic Gastown, Vancouver, B.C.
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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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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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Kooteninchela deppi. Fossil discovered with scissor hand-like claws named in honour of movie star.
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Kooteninchela deppi. Fossil discovered with scissor hand-like claws named in honour of movie star.
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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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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".
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