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Central 1 Credit Union chief economist Helmut Pastrick.

B.C. dodging downturn: economist

Canada's baby recession reflects Alberta's dive, while B.C. sees continued slow growth

Central 1 Credit Union chief economist Helmut Pastrick.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone said Monday a potential 6.7 per cent hike to ICBC basic rates is too high but gave no indication of whether the government would reduce the dividend it takes from the public auto insurer.

ICBC may hike basic insurance rate 6.7 per cent

Soaring injury costs to drive up basic premiums at B.C.'s public auto insurer

Transportation Minister Todd Stone said Monday a potential 6.7 per cent hike to ICBC basic rates is too high but gave no indication of whether the government would reduce the dividend it takes from the public auto insurer.
An oil tanker is boomed off and docked at Kinder Morgan's Burnaby terminal to take on oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline. The number of tankers plying Burrard Inlet would increase from five per month to 34 if the pipeline is twinned.

B.C. NDP oppose oil pipeline approval

Criticism continues to grow as NEB hearings loom for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project

An oil tanker is boomed off and docked at Kinder Morgan's Burnaby terminal to take on oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline. The number of tankers plying Burrard Inlet would increase from five per month to 34 if the pipeline is twinned.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper met Governor General David Johnston Sunday morning to officially start Canada's 42nd General election. Voters go to the polls Oct. 19.

ELECTION 2015: Campaign officially underway, spending limits kick in

Stephen Harper's Conservatives gain edge by launching longest federal election campaign in modern history: political analyst

Prime Minister Stephen Harper met Governor General David Johnston Sunday morning to officially start Canada's 42nd General election. Voters go to the polls Oct. 19.
An unprecedented number of cases of gastrointestinal illness from eating raw oysters has prompted an alert from the B.C. Centre For Disease Control.

Illness from tainted oysters soars with heat

BCCDC reports unprecedented number of cases in June and July, shellfish risk grows with rise in water temperatures

An unprecedented number of cases of gastrointestinal illness from eating raw oysters has prompted an alert from the B.C. Centre For Disease Control.
It was several hours before containment booms were eventually put in place around the MV Marathassa after a fuel oil spill April 8.

Review flags denial, confusion in slow response to Marathassa oil spill

Nearly two-hour delay in deploying cleanup crews to Vancouver's English Bay caused by series of agency failures

It was several hours before containment booms were eventually put in place around the MV Marathassa after a fuel oil spill April 8.
Former Education Minister Peter Fassbender is now Minister of Community

Premier names new education, community ministers

Mini cabinet shuffle gives TransLink oversight to Peter Fassbender, who exits turbulent education ministry after 2014 strike

Former Education Minister Peter Fassbender is now Minister of Community
BC Ferries announced the names of three planned new vessels Tuesday.

‘Salish’ names for new BC Ferries honour aboriginal heritage

Salish Orca, Salish Raven and Salish Eagle will be names of three new dual-fuel vessels that can run on LNG or diesel

BC Ferries announced the names of three planned new vessels Tuesday.
Wineries can now serve craft beer in their lounges and breweries are no longer barred from offering wine after the latest provincial liquor policy reform.

Wineries, brewers can now sell booze they didn’t make

Cross-promotion between alcohol producers expected to be unleashed with latest B.C. liquor policy reform

Wineries can now serve craft beer in their lounges and breweries are no longer barred from offering wine after the latest provincial liquor policy reform.
The Canadian dollar has slid more than 15 cents against the U.S. greenback from a year ago.

Loonie’s drop hits consumers, helps B.C. tourism

SFU's Lindsay Meredith sees Canadian dollar sliding to 70 cents

The Canadian dollar has slid more than 15 cents against the U.S. greenback from a year ago.
Police say they uncovered more than 1

Police probe reveals ‘disturbing’ online trade in child porn in B.C.

RCMP uncover 1,200 instances of B.C. residents using peer-to-peer networks to transfer child porn photos and videos

Police say they uncovered more than 1
Support for legalization of marijuana has grown in B.C. over the years.

B.C. appetite for pot reform riding high: Poll

Two-thirds now endorse marijuana legalization, pollster says that number has climbed over the years

Support for legalization of marijuana has grown in B.C. over the years.
Money could get tighter for many people carrying debt if interest rates begin to rise.

Average household debt in B.C. up 26 per cent

Two-point rate hike would stress 71 per cent of B.C. households in debt: BMO report

Money could get tighter for many people carrying debt if interest rates begin to rise.
B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake.

Ombudsperson tapped to probe health firings

Government stops short of full public inquiry, NDP calls concession a 'positive step'

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake.
Microplastics

Salmon, whales ingest microplastics: study

Plastic particles eaten by plankton, then other species, researchers say

Microplastics
Overhead rendering of proposed Woodfibre LNG terminal site.

Woodfibre LNG aims to meet Squamish conditions

Aboriginal group sets its requirements for approval of $1.6-billion liquefied natural gas plant, pipeline

Overhead rendering of proposed Woodfibre LNG terminal site.
The fire in the Elaho Valley west of Pemberton is 40 per cent contained.

Campfire ban, heat wave warning issued for southwest B.C.

Wildfire risk high, with an expanding pocket of extreme near Harrison Lake

The fire in the Elaho Valley west of Pemberton is 40 per cent contained.
An advocacy group and a growing number of municipal politicians are pushing for the addition of climate change warning labels on gas pump handles.

Climate change warning labels urged for gas pumps

Pump pain may come with pang of greenhouse gas guilt as motorists fill up

An advocacy group and a growing number of municipal politicians are pushing for the addition of climate change warning labels on gas pump handles.
An oiled duck is handled by responders following the spill of bunker fuel oil from a freighter off Vancouver in April.

New cleanup agency for spills on land

Province says PRO could coordinate, respond to environmental emergencies from trains, trucks and pipelines

An oiled duck is handled by responders following the spill of bunker fuel oil from a freighter off Vancouver in April.
Are tougher fines needed for drivers who text? The province is asking B.C. residents for feedback on how far to go.

Stiffer fines, impoundments eyed for distracted drivers

Province opens online consultation on how far to go to deter drivers from texting and using cellphones behind the wheel

Are tougher fines needed for drivers who text? The province is asking B.C. residents for feedback on how far to go.