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Kanaka Bar Indian Band in Lytton is among the recipients of funding through the Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Partnership Program. It is distributing more than $1.1 million to 15 First Nations projects designed to improve food security and food sovereignty. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kanaka Bar Indian Band in Lytton is among the recipients of funding through the Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Partnership Program. It is distributing more than $1.1 million to 15 First Nations projects designed to improve food security and food sovereignty. Kanaka Bar Indian Band sign, no date. (Black Press Media file photo)

Indigenous-led projects get $1.1M to grow food security

15 projects get boost from Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Partnership Program

Kanaka Bar Indian Band in Lytton is among the recipients of funding through the Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Partnership Program. It is distributing more than $1.1 million to 15 First Nations projects designed to improve food security and food sovereignty. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kanaka Bar Indian Band in Lytton is among the recipients of funding through the Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Partnership Program. It is distributing more than $1.1 million to 15 First Nations projects designed to improve food security and food sovereignty. Kanaka Bar Indian Band sign, no date. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new report praises aspects of government's new Homes for People plan but also calls it a "work in progress" with key details yet to be announced. 
(File photo)

Report praises aspects of B.C.’s new housing plan, but it remains a ‘work in progress’

Report calls on government to step up support for non-market housing

A new report praises aspects of government's new Homes for People plan but also calls it a "work in progress" with key details yet to be announced. 
(File photo)
Premier David Eby is welcoming proposed federal bail reform changes, but he’s calling on Ottawa to pass Bill C-48 during its current session. Eby pictured at an announcement in Surrey on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023. (Anna Burns)

Proposed federal bail reform changes cannot become ‘political football’: Eby

Premier says it’s ‘imperative’ Ottawa passes Bill C-48 during current session

Premier David Eby is welcoming proposed federal bail reform changes, but he’s calling on Ottawa to pass Bill C-48 during its current session. Eby pictured at an announcement in Surrey on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023. (Anna Burns)
A BC United fundraiser featuring leader Kevin Falcon next month is charging the maximum permissible personal donation for 2023 down to the cent, namely $1,401.40. (Black Press Media file photo)
A BC United fundraiser featuring leader Kevin Falcon next month is charging the maximum permissible personal donation for 2023 down to the cent, namely $1,401.40. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC United fundraiser charges the maximum allowable donation – down to the cent

June 19 fundraiser at exclusive restaurant with leader Kevin Falcon charges $1,401.40

A BC United fundraiser featuring leader Kevin Falcon next month is charging the maximum permissible personal donation for 2023 down to the cent, namely $1,401.40. (Black Press Media file photo)
A BC United fundraiser featuring leader Kevin Falcon next month is charging the maximum permissible personal donation for 2023 down to the cent, namely $1,401.40. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ravi Parmar, here announcing his candidacy for the NDP on April 12 to fill the seat vacated by former premier John Horgan, will be part of a $700-dollar invitation-only breakfast Wednesday in Langford, which will feature Kahlon’s former boss, Ravi Kahlon, who is now serving as housing minister. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greens accuse NDP of hypocrisy over ‘pay-for-access’ event with B.C.’s housing minister

Ravi Kahlon to speak at $700-invitation-only breakfast for NDP candidate in former premier’s riding

Ravi Parmar, here announcing his candidacy for the NDP on April 12 to fill the seat vacated by former premier John Horgan, will be part of a $700-dollar invitation-only breakfast Wednesday in Langford, which will feature Kahlon’s former boss, Ravi Kahlon, who is now serving as housing minister. (Black Press Media file photo)
Oliver Elementary was the first school in B.C. to trial the Seamless Day Kindergarten. (Google Maps)

B.C. pilot that turns Kindergarten classrooms into daycare spaces deemed huge success

The program integrates before- and after-school care into the kindergarten classroom

Oliver Elementary was the first school in B.C. to trial the Seamless Day Kindergarten. (Google Maps)
Janice Abbott has resigned as Atira Women’s Resource Society. (Lauren Collins file photo)

Province, Atira look to restoring public confidence after CEO Janice Abbott resigns

Premier David Eby has welcomed Abbott’s resignation in the wake of BC Housing conflict controversy

Janice Abbott has resigned as Atira Women’s Resource Society. (Lauren Collins file photo)
Brenda Bailey, B.C.’s minister of jobs, announced a new youth in manufacturing initiative at a press conference held at VMAC Global Technology Inc. in Nanaimo on Monday, May 15. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Brenda Bailey, B.C.’s minister of jobs, announced a new youth in manufacturing initiative at a press conference held at VMAC Global Technology Inc. in Nanaimo on Monday, May 15. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
BC NDP House Leader Ravi Kahlon, here seen earlier in 2023, says the last legislative session was a success for the government of Premier David Eby, with BC United disagreeing. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Putting a wrap on the spring: B.C. government takes a break on a predictable note

NDP House Leader says government pleased, opposition says things are getting worse

BC NDP House Leader Ravi Kahlon, here seen earlier in 2023, says the last legislative session was a success for the government of Premier David Eby, with BC United disagreeing. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Vancouver has “a high risk” of experiencing a large earthquake in the next 25 years, according to a new federal report that finds widespread gaps in Canada’s ability to respond to earthquakes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Province acknowledges more needs to be done to prepare B.C. for earthquakes

Federal report finds gaps in capabilities and pegs cost of 9.0 magnitude tremor at $75 billion

Vancouver has “a high risk” of experiencing a large earthquake in the next 25 years, according to a new federal report that finds widespread gaps in Canada’s ability to respond to earthquakes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. Minister of Housing and Government House Leader Ravi Kahlon called for changes in the leadership of Atira, the affordable housing provider at the centre of the BC Housing conflict-of-interest scandal, while continue to face tough questions from BC United. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Atira challenges accuracy of conflict-of-interest investigation into BC Housing

Opposition continues attack on Premier David Eby while government calls for changes at Atira

B.C. Minister of Housing and Government House Leader Ravi Kahlon called for changes in the leadership of Atira, the affordable housing provider at the centre of the BC Housing conflict-of-interest scandal, while continue to face tough questions from BC United. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
British Columbia, which opened a new trade office in Vietnam’s Binh Duong province to promote wood products in 2022, has identified Vietnam along with Mexico and Taiwan as new valuable markets under the Trade Diversification Strategy. (Photo courtesy of Government of British Columbia)

Chamber applauds B.C.’s new trade strategy with Mexico, Vietnam and Taiwan

B.C. set to open trade offices in Taiwan and Mexico

British Columbia, which opened a new trade office in Vietnam’s Binh Duong province to promote wood products in 2022, has identified Vietnam along with Mexico and Taiwan as new valuable markets under the Trade Diversification Strategy. (Photo courtesy of Government of British Columbia)
B.C. Finance Minister Katrine Conroy says Bill 5 gives government lawyers what they want, which is to join a union. But the BC Government Lawyers Association say they do not want join the Professional Employees Association. Conroy addresses Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce members on March 24, 2023. (Trevor Crawley photo.)

B.C. government lawyers protest bill that would prevent forming a new union

Province says ‘incredible number of unions’ can become a difficult situation for the employer

B.C. Finance Minister Katrine Conroy says Bill 5 gives government lawyers what they want, which is to join a union. But the BC Government Lawyers Association say they do not want join the Professional Employees Association. Conroy addresses Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce members on March 24, 2023. (Trevor Crawley photo.)
Aman Sood, a 40-year-old immigrant originally from India who came to Canada in 2019, suffered injuries during an attack from a fare while driving for Uber in Abbotsford last month. He and Sussanne Skidmore, BC Federation of Labour president, met with the media before meeting Minister of Labour Harry Bains to discuss the safety of workers for app-based companies like Uber. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Attack on Uber driver prompts call for better protection of gig workers

BC Federation of Labour president wants expansion of workers compensation coverage

Aman Sood, a 40-year-old immigrant originally from India who came to Canada in 2019, suffered injuries during an attack from a fare while driving for Uber in Abbotsford last month. He and Sussanne Skidmore, BC Federation of Labour president, met with the media before meeting Minister of Labour Harry Bains to discuss the safety of workers for app-based companies like Uber. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
B.C. Premier David Eby said government is taking serious the recommendations following the release of a forensic audit into BC Housing. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Ex-CEO of BC Housing called out for conflict of interest involving wife: report

Audit finds Atira Womens Resource Society received about $35 million more than other providers

B.C. Premier David Eby said government is taking serious the recommendations following the release of a forensic audit into BC Housing. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Premier David Eby, here seen in February, called on the forest industry to transform after another round of curtailments impacting northern B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

Premier David Eby says days of ‘high-volume’ raw log exports are over

He called on forestry sector to transform, otherwise province ‘will have to intervene’

Premier David Eby, here seen in February, called on the forest industry to transform after another round of curtailments impacting northern B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
Chief Harley Chingee of McLeod Lake Indian Band, second from left, says his people remain committed to the forestry sector despite its current struggles after signing two agreements with the province. Nathan Cullen, minister of water, land and resource stewardship, Josie Osborne, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation, and Murray Rankin, minister of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, helped to mark the agreements outside the legislature. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Chief Harley Chingee says forestry remains the ‘bread and butter’ of McLeod Lake Indian Band

Northern band becomes latest Treaty 8 signatory to sign revenue-sharing agreement with province

Chief Harley Chingee of McLeod Lake Indian Band, second from left, says his people remain committed to the forestry sector despite its current struggles after signing two agreements with the province. Nathan Cullen, minister of water, land and resource stewardship, Josie Osborne, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation, and Murray Rankin, minister of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, helped to mark the agreements outside the legislature. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The provincial government closed several loopholes involving children in 55-plus stratas. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. government closes loopholes around children in 55-plus strata buildings

BC United MLA says government was architect of its own mistakes

The provincial government closed several loopholes involving children in 55-plus stratas. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cache Creek, here seen on May 3, has been hit hard by flooding, but other areas of the southern Interior could also be in for significant flooding. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Scharfenberg)

‘Significant’ flooding could be in store for large parts of B.C., says expert

Ground zero stretches across the southern Interior with Cache Creek and Grand Forks most affected

Cache Creek, here seen on May 3, has been hit hard by flooding, but other areas of the southern Interior could also be in for significant flooding. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Scharfenberg)
Former mayor of Kamloops and BC United Shadow Finance Minister Peter Milobar calls for a province-wide drug use in municipal parks and playgrounds. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

B.C. MLA calls for provincewide ban on drug use in parks, playgrounds

BC United’s Peter Milobar says ban would end current confusion around municipal bylaws

Former mayor of Kamloops and BC United Shadow Finance Minister Peter Milobar calls for a province-wide drug use in municipal parks and playgrounds. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)