Cole Schisler

LifeLabs workers represented by BCEGU strike outside LifeLabs administrative offices in Burnaby on Oct. 23. (Cole Schisler photo)

LifeLabs workers union hold rally demanding better wages as labour negotiations resume

LifeLabs employees want better wages and pensions

LifeLabs workers represented by BCEGU strike outside LifeLabs administrative offices in Burnaby on Oct. 23. (Cole Schisler photo)
The employment insurance section of the Government of Canada website is shown on a laptop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston

Workers fired for refusing vaccines likely won’t get EI, minister says

Federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said refusing vaccination would be just cause for firing

The employment insurance section of the Government of Canada website is shown on a laptop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston
A woman receives a nasal swab test at a pop-up COVID-19 assessment centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A woman receives a nasal swab test at a pop-up COVID-19 assessment centre at the Angela James Arena, in Toronto, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Auditor General Karen Horgan assesses Canada’s efforts to procure medical equipment in the midst of a global pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

COVID-related medical cost coverage extended for B.C. residents without MSP

New residents must undergo a three-month wait period before becoming eligible for MSP

A woman receives a nasal swab test at a pop-up COVID-19 assessment centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A woman receives a nasal swab test at a pop-up COVID-19 assessment centre at the Angela James Arena, in Toronto, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Auditor General Karen Horgan assesses Canada’s efforts to procure medical equipment in the midst of a global pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Seaspan Ferries has become the first Canadian marine company to pilot the use of renewable natural gas for its marine fleet. (Seaspan Ferries photo)

Seaspan Ferries pilots use of renewable natural gas on LNG-powered fleet

Company estimates missions can be reduced by upwards of 85 per cent versus traditional diesel fuel.

Seaspan Ferries has become the first Canadian marine company to pilot the use of renewable natural gas for its marine fleet. (Seaspan Ferries photo)
Maverick, a young golden retriever, died of hemorrhaging during a China Southern Airlines flight. (Monique Collette photo)

Beloved dog dies on flight from China; B.C. woman demands action from airline

Owner Monique Collette wants answers, changes to airline policy and an apology

Maverick, a young golden retriever, died of hemorrhaging during a China Southern Airlines flight. (Monique Collette photo)
A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Is your face mask protecting you from COVID variants? Here’s what to look for

Masks4Canada is encouraging everyone to use masks with proper fit and adequate filtration

A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People walk pass a sign for flu shots. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

B.C. Children’s Hospital sees influx of emergency visits for respiratory viruses

Around 30 per cent of emergency patients are being seen for non-COVID respiratory infections

People walk pass a sign for flu shots. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)

Health experts launch B.C. COVID briefings out of ‘growing concern’ with government response

Protect Our Province B.C. aims to highlight the best available science to combat COVID

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
A pod of beluga whales. (NOAA/NMFS/National Marine Mammal Laboratory photo)

Microplastics found in stomachs of belugas highlight extent of pollution, researcher says

Lead author Rhiannon Moore says individual actions can reduce plastic pollution

A pod of beluga whales. (NOAA/NMFS/National Marine Mammal Laboratory photo)
UBC study finds 57 per cent of kids have witnessed race-based bullying in schools. (File photo)

Most Canadian kids experience racialized bullying at school: study

Fifty-eight percent of youth aged 12-18 say they’ve witnessed race-based bullying

UBC study finds 57 per cent of kids have witnessed race-based bullying in schools. (File photo)
Taan Forest Crew (L to R): Clarence Thompson, Ed Davis, Sophie Simons (Riparian Specialist) Charlie Thompson, Dustin Edgars, Vernon White, Todd Russ, Eri Foster (Riparian Specialist) Ron Hamilton. Taan Forest would like to acknowledge the passing of crew member Charlie Thompson and express our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. (Taan Forests photo)

Taan Forest enhances 300 hectares of wildlife habitat along Haida Gwaii’s longest river

The restoration projects received $1.6 million in funding from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC

Taan Forest Crew (L to R): Clarence Thompson, Ed Davis, Sophie Simons (Riparian Specialist) Charlie Thompson, Dustin Edgars, Vernon White, Todd Russ, Eri Foster (Riparian Specialist) Ron Hamilton. Taan Forest would like to acknowledge the passing of crew member Charlie Thompson and express our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. (Taan Forests photo)
An example of the affected units of dried cannabis. (Joint Ventures Craft Cannabis photo)

Health Canada recalls B.C. cannabis product due to powdery mildew contamination

Anyone who may have purchased the contaminated cannabis should stop using the product immediately

An example of the affected units of dried cannabis. (Joint Ventures Craft Cannabis photo)
(Black Press file photo)

B.C. rent rates highest in Canada, Vancouver remains country’s most expensive city: report

The average rent British Columbians paid in September was $2,108 per month

(Black Press file photo)
Damaged structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘When will the rebuild actually happen?’: TSB report findings cause stir over future of Lytton

Edith Loring-Kuhanga called on the provincial and federal governments to provide more resources

Damaged structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Canadian Pacific freight train travels on tracks covered with fire retardant in an area burned by wildfire above the Thompson River near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

No evidence found to connect railway activity to deadly Lytton wildfire, TSB says

Safety board says “significant” investigative work found no link between railway operations and fire

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels on tracks covered with fire retardant in an area burned by wildfire above the Thompson River near Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
BC Hydro is hoping more people will switch their homes from natural gas to heat pumps. (File photo)

B.C. Hydro says too many carbon emissions due to natural gas home heating

66 per cent of single-family homes use natural gas as their primary heat source

BC Hydro is hoping more people will switch their homes from natural gas to heat pumps. (File photo)
In September 2021, 142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service due to human conflict. (Black Press file photo)

Ex-conservation officer says ‘armed police’ don’t belong in B.C.’s wildlife response

142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service in September

In September 2021, 142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service due to human conflict. (Black Press file photo)
Cattle walk through wildfire smoke during the 2018 fire season, the worst on record in the province. Ranchers are once again being offered a variety of supports after the third-worst wildfire season in B.C.’s history. (Photo credit: Black Press files)

B.C. cattle ranchers left waiting for federal assistance to fix wildfire-damaged fences

Roughly 90 per cent of summer feed for B.C. cattle comes from grazing on crown land

Cattle walk through wildfire smoke during the 2018 fire season, the worst on record in the province. Ranchers are once again being offered a variety of supports after the third-worst wildfire season in B.C.’s history. (Photo credit: Black Press files)
Those opposed to the B.C. vaccine card allege the program is discriminatory and violates human rights, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal disagrees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal tosses complaints against Henry, Horgan over COVID vaccine card

Tribunal says “large volume” of complaints and inquiries have also been thrown out

Those opposed to the B.C. vaccine card allege the program is discriminatory and violates human rights, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal disagrees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Employees at the South Coast B.C. Boys and Girls Club will be able to substitute five statutory holidays starting January 1, 2022. (File photo)

B.C. organization giving employees cultural flexibility on stat holidays

Boys Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C. hopes substituting stats can make workplaces more inclusive

Employees at the South Coast B.C. Boys and Girls Club will be able to substitute five statutory holidays starting January 1, 2022. (File photo)