BC legislature

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson delivers 2022-23 budget at the legislature, Feb. 22, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. budget’s tax increases affect used vehicle sales, tobacco

Minister says she’s ‘closing a loophole’ on private car sales

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson delivers 2022-23 budget at the legislature, Feb. 22, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake, one of the tourism destinations hit hard by two years of pandemic restrictions. (Kelowna Capital News)

B.C. tourism industry hoping spring COVID-19 thaw continues

Rebuilding workforce, international visitors a big job

William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake, one of the tourism destinations hit hard by two years of pandemic restrictions. (Kelowna Capital News)
B.C. is creating a new ministry for Indigenous-led management of land and water. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. BUDGET: Province braces for shrinking forest industry, new lands ministry

Timber revenues fall as old-growth preservation continues

B.C. is creating a new ministry for Indigenous-led management of land and water. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on perimeter of a fire, July 2019. (B.C. government)

B.C. BUDGET: Wildfire service going year-round to reduce risk

Prescribed burns aim to reduce decades of fuel buildup

B.C. Wildfire Service firefighter works on perimeter of a fire, July 2019. (B.C. government)
Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks in the B.C. legislature. (Hansard TV)

B.C. BUDGET: Deficits to rise as COVID-19, rebuilding costs continue

Federal pandemic support ending, health care costs mount

Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks in the B.C. legislature. (Hansard TV)
Lehigh cement plant in Delta is one of the industries affected by B.C.’s carbon tax, giving a price advantage to U.S. and Asian producers. B.C. has among the highest carbon taxes in the world, with no protection for export industries. (Black Press files)

B.C.’s post-COVID economy faces export, labour, taxation issues

Business council says income, carbon taxes dampen investment

Lehigh cement plant in Delta is one of the industries affected by B.C.’s carbon tax, giving a price advantage to U.S. and Asian producers. B.C. has among the highest carbon taxes in the world, with no protection for export industries. (Black Press files)
B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon speaks to reporters at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 17, 2022. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

Falcon calls B.C. NDP economic plan ‘propaganda document’

B.C. Green leader says it’s a ‘branding exercise’

B.C. Liberal leader Kevin Falcon speaks to reporters at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 17, 2022. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
B.C. Premier John Horgan visits trades training facilities at the B.C. Institute of Technology in 2018. A new trades and technology centre at BCIT was announced Feb. 17, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

New trades, technology school adds to B.C. NDP’s economic plan

Skills training full, 85,000 trade jobs in coming decade

B.C. Premier John Horgan visits trades training facilities at the B.C. Institute of Technology in 2018. A new trades and technology centre at BCIT was announced Feb. 17, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Asbestos was phased out of Canadian construction by the 1980s, but workers continue to be exposed in the renovation and demolition of older homes and other buildings. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. moves to licence, regulate asbestos removal industry

Mandatory training coming by end of year, minister says

Asbestos was phased out of Canadian construction by the 1980s, but workers continue to be exposed in the renovation and demolition of older homes and other buildings. (B.C. government photo)
An Abbott Laboratories Panbio COVID- 19 rapid test device. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

COVID-19 rapid tests to be distributed to B.C. students, at-risk public

Test supply growing, priority remains people with symptoms

An Abbott Laboratories Panbio COVID- 19 rapid test device. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
B.C. Premier John Horgan takes questions in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 14, 2022. (Hansard TV)

Health, not honking reduces B.C. COVID-19 rules, Horgan says

Weddings, night clubs, theatres return to full capacity Thursday

B.C. Premier John Horgan takes questions in the B.C. legislature, Feb. 14, 2022. (Hansard TV)
B.C. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth takes a question in the B.C. legislature as Citizens’ Services Minister Lisa Beare listens, June 16, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. cabinet minister didn’t mislead legislature over FOI fee, speaker rules

Dispute over NDP setting $10 fee for information requests

B.C. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth takes a question in the B.C. legislature as Citizens’ Services Minister Lisa Beare listens, June 16, 2021. (Hansard TV)
Jackie Larkin, a member of Elders for Ancient Trees, speaks at a rally for old-growth forest conservation outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 14. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Mostly elder crowd shows love for old-growth forests with Victoria legislature rally

On Valentine’s Day, demonstrators again call for end to all ancient tree logging

Jackie Larkin, a member of Elders for Ancient Trees, speaks at a rally for old-growth forest conservation outside the B.C. legislature on Feb. 14. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Craig James, former clerk of the British Columbia legislature, leaves B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 26, 2022. Former Speaker of the legislature, Bill Barisoff is testifying at the trial of James, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of breach of trust by a public officer in relation to allegations that he used his position for personal gain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Former Speaker of B.C. legislature doesn’t recall retirement payout documents: trial

Bill Barisoff told Craig James trial that he only saw some documents after investigation began

Craig James, former clerk of the British Columbia legislature, leaves B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 26, 2022. Former Speaker of the legislature, Bill Barisoff is testifying at the trial of James, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of breach of trust by a public officer in relation to allegations that he used his position for personal gain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Office building construction site in Victoria, 2019. The B.C. government is expanding mandatory certification for skilled trades. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. mandatory trades certification ‘phased in’ starting this year

Industry Training Authority renamed SkilledTradesBC

Office building construction site in Victoria, 2019. The B.C. government is expanding mandatory certification for skilled trades. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
A 2019 accident in Langley, knocking out power to the area. (Shane MacKichan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

B.C. police moving to licence plate readers to check insurance

ICBC offering online insurance renewals starting May 1

A 2019 accident in Langley, knocking out power to the area. (Shane MacKichan/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Leslie Mcbain (bottom left) stands with other Moms Stop the Harm group members gathered at the legislature Thursday morning to call for greater action on opioid overdose reduction. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Rallying moms; some dads, in Victoria to call for more action to reduce B.C. opioid deaths

Moms Stop the Harm leaders considering trip to Ottawa for discussion with PM on issue

Leslie Mcbain (bottom left) stands with other Moms Stop the Harm group members gathered at the legislature Thursday morning to call for greater action on opioid overdose reduction. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry described the regional spread of COVID-19 in a briefing from the B.C. legislature, Jan. 28, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. health ministry drops daily reporting of active COVID-19 cases

Omicron wave overwhelms testing, changes isolation rules

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry described the regional spread of COVID-19 in a briefing from the B.C. legislature, Jan. 28, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Provincial parks and campsites in B.C. have been busier than ever before during the COVID-19 pandemic. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. expands provincial parks as recreation demand rises

More than 14% of province now in parks, protected areas

Provincial parks and campsites in B.C. have been busier than ever before during the COVID-19 pandemic. (B.C. government photo)
Diane Pearce, right, with her daughter Madison Ross, speaks at a rally Wednesday (Feb. 9) outside the legislature that called on the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Parents, opposition scorn province over autism funding model at rally in Victoria

B.C. government phasing out individualized funding for neurodiverse children and youth by 2025

Diane Pearce, right, with her daughter Madison Ross, speaks at a rally Wednesday (Feb. 9) outside the legislature that called on the province to end its planned phase-out of individualized autism funding. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
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