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DONG Energy propels British Columbia into new energy economy

Vancouver - DONG Energy and NaiKun Wind Energy Group have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) giving DONG exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement for the Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project in British Columbia, Canada.

British Columbia engulfed in Massive wildfire never seen before

Vancouver - The 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia broke the one million hectares (two-five million acres) mark on Monday. However, firefighters are now battling a wildfire of historical size after 19 fires merged, creating one massive blaze today.

B.C. First Nations seeking injunction on Taseko mine permits

Vancouver - Tsilhqot’in National Government representatives were in the B.C. Supreme Court this week, asking for an immediate injunction to stop Taseko’s exploratory drilling for the controversial open-pit New Prosperity Mine, set to begin August 7.

Continuing wildfires in B.C. impacting Canadian timber harvests

Vancouver - Three weeks ago, when lumber companies began scaling back or halting operations due to the wildfires burning in British Columbia's interior, no one really knew just how bad it would become.

B.C. residents returning home after wildfires face a new problem

Kamloops - While wildfires in British Columbia continue to burn out-of-control, the province is already looking at the complicated logistics of returning evacuees back to their homes.

With BC wildfires, lumber prices jump despite U.S. tariffs

Vancouver - The conditions that led to the spike in wildfires in British Columbia's interior forced lumber and some mining operations to halt work because of safety concerns. However, the fires have also caused a supply-squeeze, forcing a jump in lumber prices.

B.C. Wildfires: New evacuation orders issued for Williams Lake

The number of evacuees in British Columbia is expected to rise considerably above the 17,500 people who have already been forced from their homes as wildfires, fed by gusting winds, continue to roar across the province's interior.

Interior wildfires in B.C. are hitting several industries hard

Over 300 wildfires burning in British Columbia's interior are now placing an economic toll on several industries, including the lumber and mining sector, forcing companies to scale back or suspend operations for the safety of their employees.

Over 230 active wildfires raging across British Columbia

Gusting winds, coupled with hot and dry conditions are taking their toll on firefighters battling over 230 wildfires across central and southern British Columbia today.

British Columbia declares state of emergency as wildfires rage

Vancouver - Over 240 wildfires raging in Canada's western province of British Columbia have prompted the evacuation of over 3,000 people and the province's first state of emergency in over 14 years.

Thousands of sea creatures invading British Columbia coastline

Vancouver - The bioluminescent sea creatures started showing up along the coastline of British Columbia about two years ago. The soft, spongy, animals are called pyrosomes and they are not normally found in the Pacific Northwest. So why are they in BC's waters?

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.
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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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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.
Wheelchair assessible boardwalk leads into the Ancient Forest.
Wheelchair assessible boardwalk leads into the Ancient Forest.
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Black tarpaulin in Maple Ridge garden  ∼3 by 6 m2 with many depressions up to 4 or 5 cm deep  fi...
Black tarpaulin in Maple Ridge garden, ∼3 by 6 m2 with many depressions up to 4 or 5 cm deep, filled with water and plant debris. Ae. japonicus larvae were collected from the depressions in both 2014 and 2015.
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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.
Coastal flooding is also an issue as the ocean levels rise.
Coastal flooding is also an issue as the ocean levels rise.
Province of BC
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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Log booms on Fraser River  New Westminster  BC  Canada.
Log booms on Fraser River, New Westminster, BC, Canada.
Pyrosomes are becoming a big problem off the coast of British Columbia.
Pyrosomes are becoming a big problem off the coast of British Columbia.
Nick Hobgood
Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9 2014
© Wildfire Management Branch
Euchiniko lakes Fire on July 9,2014 © Wildfire Management Branch
Wildfire Management Branch
 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.
ECCC Weather BC
The MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite captured this image of the Little Bobtail Lake fire in Br...
The MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite captured this image of the Little Bobtail Lake fire in British Columbia. (NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner)
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Southeastern BC: A wall of mud came down near the village of Johnson s Landing
Southeastern BC: A wall of mud came down near the village of Johnson's Landing
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While wildfires raged and First Nations people were under an evacuation order  Taseko got its mining...
While wildfires raged and First Nations people were under an evacuation order, Taseko got its mining permits.
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The Cretaceous world of allosaurus and ankylosaurus.
The Cretaceous world of allosaurus and ankylosaurus.
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B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon (L)
BC Ministry of Finance
Phaeocollybia piceae? 20090927.83 Canada  BC  Incomappleux Inland Rainforest in british Columbia.
Phaeocollybia piceae? 20090927.83 Canada, BC, Incomappleux Inland Rainforest in british Columbia.
Jason Hollinger
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
Hosts Kenny Shaw and Sue Finneron keep things moving at the 2013 Comox Valley Child Development Cent...
Hosts Kenny Shaw and Sue Finneron keep things moving at the 2013 Comox Valley Child Development Centre Telethon in Courtenay, B.C.
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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