British Columbia

Sarah Cox
BC Hydro secretly handed out more than $430 million in Site C dam contracts, without asking for bids, over a recent three-year period, The Narwhal has learned through a freedom of information request. Illustration: Carol Linnitt and Shawn Parkinson / The Narwhal

Apr. 26, 2023

Beleaguered engineering firm SNC-Lavalin was among the big winners of no-bid contracts for the over-budget hydro project on B.C.’s Peace River, according to documents obtained by The Narwhal

Over the past three years, undisclosed BC Hydro employees quietly awarded more than $430 million in contracts — without any competition — to three dozen companies and consultants for work on the troubled Site C hydro dam, according to a list obtained by The Narwhal. 

Rochelle Baker
University of Victoria researchers with the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery’s (PRIMED), deploying a wave energy monitoring buoy above, just got $2 million for a tidal energy project in B.C.'s Discovery Islands. Photo UVic

Apr.25, 2023

A new tidal energy pilot project to reduce dependence on diesel in B.C.’s remote coastal communities is set to launch after getting some critical funding.

Zak Vescera
Several major unions and the BC Federation of Labour have criticized the City of Vancouver’s approach. Photo by Jen St. Denis.

Apr.27, 2023

CUPE local that represents workers involved condemn the city’s approach.

Claire Wilson
Ten organizations support the creation of new housing roundtable, including the BCREA. | Chung Chow

Apr, 20, 2023

Initiative would work to address unintended consequences of housing policies and create new ideas and legislation

The B.C. Real Estate Association (BCREA) and various housing organizations across the province are calling on Victoria to establish a permanent housing roundtable to address the ongoing housing crisis.

The roundtable aims to bring together housing experts alongside municipal, provincial, federal and Indigenous governments to create a review and advisory panel. 

Geoff Meggs
The Sen̓áḵw development in Vancover ‘ticks every box of contemporary housing strategy,’ says Geoff Meggs. Image from Sen̓áḵw.

Apr. 21, 2023

An Indigenous Vancouver project shows a way forward.

Andrew MacLeod
Critics warn that as long as the oil and gas sector continues to grow, BC won’t meet its emissions targets. Photo via Coastal GasLink.

Apr. 21, 2023

But minister and experts say the government is making good progress.


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