British Columbia

Brandi Morin
Uncle Rico continues to sing and drum as RCMP CIRG officers arrest them at Savage Patch, a camp blockading old growth logging, in Pacheedaht territory near Port Renfrew, British Columbia. All photos by Amber Bracken

Aug. 23, 2023

Inside the fight to save one of the last ancient old growth forests on the planet

Not long past the break of dawn, along a remote road deep in the unceded, forested mountains of southern Vancouver Island, the steady blaring of a conch shell sends a warning through the trees.

A raid is coming.

In the Savage Patch camp, a new front in a years-long struggle over the fate of some of the country’s oldest trees, a small group of forest defenders scurry to pack sleeping bags and douse the fire that kept them warm through the night.

Sidney Coles
Kai Nagata, communications director at Dogwood BC, presenting at the third annual Peace and Unity Summit.

Aug. 17, 2023

Presentation highlights darker truths behind violence and intimidation against Indigenous land defenders resisting resource extraction

John Vaillant
Smoke from the McDougall Creek wildfire fills the air and nearly blocks out the sun in Kelowna. DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Aug. 18, 2023

The Beast is back, and this time it’s coming for the news cycle.

Christopher Cheung
More ‘nimble, proactive and direct’: Burnaby will join five existing municipal and regional housing corporations taking direct responsibility for delivering affordable homes. Photo by Christopher Cheung.

Aug. 14, 2023

Why Burnaby Decided to Develop Its Own Housing

BC’s third-largest city is aiming for rents at 50 per cent below market. Here’s how.

Derrick O'Keefe
Photo - Flickr - coal mining

Aug. 14, 2023

As wildfires rage around the world, Canadian billionaire Jim Pattison is doubling down on the dirtiest fossil fuel

British Columbia continues to expand its exports of the dirtiest fossil fuel on Earth. And even though Canada’s federal government has promised to end thermal coal exports by 2030, B.C.’s richest person keeps increasing his investment in Canada’s busiest coal export terminal.

Stefan Labbé
Level 4 and 5 (high to extreme) drought conditions impacted more than 80% of B.C.'s river basins as of Aug. 4, 2023.B.C. government

Aug. 5, 2023

Persistent dry and hot weather pushed Metro Vancouver to enact Level 2 watering restrictions Friday for the first time since 2015.

More than 80 per cent of B.C.’s river systems face high to extreme drought conditions.

Benjamin Shingler
Air quality in Windsor, Ont., was among the worst in the world in late June, as wildfires raged in northeastern Canada and Quebec. Here, the Detroit skyline is barely visible through smoke and haze on June 29. (Dax Melmer/CBC)

Jul. 13, 2023

When tallying the economic toll of climate change, flooding tops the list in Canada. But the wildfire smoke that has blanketed many parts of North America this summer also comes with a financial cost.

Amanda Follett Hosgood
The Babine fish-counting fence sits near the start of the river, where warm surface water funnels into the narrow channel. It means that salmon waiting downstream to pass are left hanging in higher temperatures, making them vulnerable to disease, parasites and exhaustion. Photo by Lake Babine Nation.

Aug. 3, 2023

Lake Babine Nation says the federal regulator is pulling its temperature thresholds for sockeye salmon ‘out of a hat.’

Zak Vescera
The BC Wildfire Service faces challenges in hiring and retaining firefighters. Photo from BC Wildfire Service.

Aug. 3, 2023

BC is scrambling to retain experienced workers in the face of mounting challenges.

Riel Allain loved fighting fires, and he had no plans to stop.


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