British Columbia

Zak Vescera
Thousands of people work in the gig economy in BC without basic protections like minimum wage and WorkSafeBC coverage if they get hurt on the job. Photo via Shutterstock.

Dec. 14. 2022

Uber and the rest have changed the game, and solutions are complex — and slow. Part one of two.

Workers, unions and experts say B.C.’s government is dragging its feet on pledges to improve conditions for drivers and food courier workers eking out a living in the digital gig economy.

Rob Miller
We know these ancient forests are worth more standing. We understand the consequences of losing them. There is a sense of urgency for change. We need binding agreements from international negotiations like COP15. Photo via Flickr

Dec. 14, 2022

During Biodiversity Day at COP27, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault committed $855,000 to ensure non-profit environmental groups and Indigenous partners can participate at COP15, the UN biodiversity conference in Montreal. This funding levels the playing field as industries increasingly send their paid representatives to participate in the negotiations.

Seth Klein
But what early climate signals can be found in B.C. Premier David Eby's new cabinet and their mandate letters? asks Seth Klein. Photo via Province of British Columbia/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Dec. 13, 2022

The past few years have hit most British Columbians hard — from COVID-19 to floods and fires to the escalating cost of living. The new premier has hit the ground running, delivering an ambitious string of initiatives in his first weeks.

Natasha Bulowski
Steller sea lions, such as the one pictured here eating a salmon, often frequent the Howe Sound and would interrupt construction of the Woodfibre LNG project unless changes are made to the project conditions, the company says. Photo via Shutterstock.

Dec. 13, 2022

The company says the animals’ ‘ubiquitous presence’ will cause ‘regular and prolonged full project shutdowns.’

Construction on the Woodfibre LNG project in Squamish is set to take off in 2023, but the “curious and gregarious” nature of sea lions could make the construction “neither technically nor economically feasible.”

Amanda Follett Hosgood
Many of those who fought the historic Deglamuukw-Gisday’wa gathered in the Wet’suwet’en community of Witset on Friday to celebrate. ‘We’ve got to get back to the original vision of our Chiefs and leaders and people who brought us there,’ says Wet’suwet’en Dinize Satsan, Herb George. Photo by Olivia Leigh Nowak.

Dec. 11, 2022

The Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa case had impact around the world. What has it done for the nations who fought it?

It was sometime after midnight on a winter night in 1988 that Simogyet (Chief) Neekt took his farm tractor and dragged a log across the Kispiox Valley Road.

Moira Wyton
Claudia Zamorano, her husband and daughter face deportation on Dec. 19 after their refugee claim was denied. Photo supplied.

Nov. 11, 2022

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix is calling on Ottawa to stop the impending deportation of a New Westminster health-care worker and her family to Mexico.

Hospital housekeeper Claudia Zamorano, her husband, nine-year-old daughter, and her husband’s mother and brother fled from threats of violence in their home city of Colima in 2017, but their refugee claim has been denied.

Zamorano works full time at Royal Columbian Hospital and her husband, Andres, is a carpenter.

Jane Skrypnek, Hollie Ferguson
Protestors gathered outside Government House in Victoria on Dec. 7, 2022 to fight against proposals that would see an expansion in the fossil-fuel industry in B.C. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

Dec. 7, 2022

Members staged demonstration at Government House in Victoria ahead of swearing-in ceremony

People attending Premier David Eby’s cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Victoria Wednesday morning (Dec. 7) were welcomed by a display of fracking rigs and signs.

The demonstration was the work of a new alliance of environmental groups called Frack Free BC. They’re calling on the new premier to stop expanding fossil-fuel infrastructure and fracking in particular.

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Nov.22, 2022

The October 15 municipal elections saw an unprecedented number of far right candidates fielded in the races for mayor, council and school board positions across the province. A minimum of 129 candidates were provably and publicly aligned with antivaxx, conspiracist, antisemitic or other far right ideologies in one form or another. (This is an underestimate of the total of far right candidates, possibly a significant understatement.)

Jen St. Denis
The number of tents on E. Hastings Street often impedes access to doorways and the sidewalk, leading to conflict in the neighbourhood. Photo for The Tyee by Jen St. Denis.

Dec. 5, 2022

People who are homeless on Vancouver’s East Hastings Street continue to have tents and other belongings removed by city workers, a situation advocates say is leaving some without shelter as temperatures drop.

PHS Community Services Society, an agency that runs permanent and emergency winter shelters and other housing, says space is extremely tight right now, with people turned away every night from two shelters the organization runs in the Downtown Eastside.

Amanda Stephenson
The terminus for the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline is seen at the LNG Canada export terminal under construction in Kitimat, B.C., on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. File photo by The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

Nov. 30, 2022

TC Energy Corp. is expecting what it calls a "material increase" in the cost of its Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

The Calgary-based pipeline company said in an investor presentation Tuesday that it is facing significant cost pressures in Western Canada related to labour costs and shortages of skilled labour, along with contractor underperformance and disputes.


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