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Virginia McKeown is dwarfed by the back hoe she operates at a placer mine claim she and her husband Peter work near Likely, B.C. (Ric Ernst Photo)

Moratorium called on new placer mining claims

A First Nations organization critical of British Columbia's mining industry is calling on the province to put a moratorium on new placer-mining claims adjacent to rivers and streams over pollution concerns and damage to fish habitat.

Whistler cyclist Kelly Blunden. Blunden was struck and killed by a vehicle on May 31 2015. (Submitted Photo)

Lawyer calls for 2-year sentence

A lawyer for a drunk driver who killed three people including two cyclists is calling for a sentence of two years less a day in jail for his client.

Melvin Nielsen and his wife Wendy combining durum wheat in their fields near Hussar, Alberta. Nielsen's family has been harvesting crops here at this time of year since 1945. Weather dictates the pace of harvest. The combines don't roll when the grain is wet and the fields are muddy. (Leah Hennel/Postmedia Network)

Agriculture pushed into election by Green-party

Agriculture and food processing is a $13-billion-and-growing industry for British Columbia, but it still faces problems with land use and labour issues that could become fodder for the May 9 provincial election.

Canada's richest man, Jim Pattison, December 17th, in the library of his Vancouver office. (Ward Perrin/Postmedia Network)

Pattison donates $75M towards new hospital

Vancouver billionaire Jimmy Pattison has made what’s being described as the largest donation in Canadian history to a medical facility by an individual. The donation will support the redevelopment of St. Paul’s Hospital on its new site in False Creek flats.

B.C. NDP leader John Horgan speaks to media following the speech from the throne at her office at the Legislature Building Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Victoria, B.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

NDP vows to curb log exports, create jobs

B.C. NDP opposition leader John Horgan released a forestry plan Monday that is long on ambitions for curbing log exports and investing in value-added manufacturing to create jobs, but short on details about how an NDP government would accomplish them.

Newly appointed VSB trustee Dianne Turner at the School Board office in Vancouver October 24, 2016. (Mark van Manen/Postmedia Network)

WorkSafeBC: VSB bullying took place at meetings

The bullying at the Vancouver School Board all comes down to conduct and comments made at two meetings — one a private meeting of the board on Sept. 6 and the other the public meeting on Sept. 26 about school closures, WorkSafeBC has ruled.

Ready for the season-- Environment Minister Mary Polak announced the opening of 154 new campsites in provincial parks, across British Columbia. Polak made the announcement from the M.E.C. outdoors store in in Vancouver on March 23, 2017. (Mark van Manen/Postmedia Network)

Polak pledges new campsites throughout B.C.

Environment Minister Mary Polak stood at a makeshift campsite in Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Vancouver store Thursday for an election-style announcement of 375 new campsites to be open by spring and summer throughout B.C.