Tom Fletcher

Reconstruction of Ruskin Dam is underway

B.C. VIEWS: Bills come due at BC Hydro

Decades of political interference and deferred maintenance, not private power contracts, are behind the push for big rate increases

Reconstruction of Ruskin Dam is underway
Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap is parliamentary secretary for liquor reform

Richmond MLA John Yap questions booze sales in grocery stores

The B.C. government's consultation on liquor reform has begun with a debate about allowing alcoholic beverage sales in grocery stores.

Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap is parliamentary secretary for liquor reform
Energy Minister Bill Bennett

Hydro rates going up, ‘but not 26%’

Energy Minister Bill Bennett has denied reports that BC Hydro rates are poised to go up more than 26 per cent in the next two years.

Energy Minister Bill Bennett
Local government representatives vote at last year's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.

B.C. VIEWS: How to cure the community cash crunch

Premier Christy Clark's government will be asked to end a couple of decades of meddling in local government financing

Local government representatives vote at last year's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.
NDP leader Adrian Dix

Leader Adrian Dix to announce his future with BC NDP next week

Adrian Dix is expected to announce next week whether he will continue as leader of the B.C. New Democratic Party.

NDP leader Adrian Dix
Finance Minister Mike de Jong tables his post-election budget in June.

B.C. legislature likely silent until spring, says de Jong

The B.C. government is not planning to recall the legislature for a fall session, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said Tuesday.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong tables his post-election budget in June.
Union leaders meet with Premier Christy Clark at cabinet office in Vancouver Monday.

B.C. unions pledge skills partnership

Construction unions accept olive branch from Clark over their role in skills training and apprenticeships

Union leaders meet with Premier Christy Clark at cabinet office in Vancouver Monday.
Dana Larsen is hoping to stop prosecution of people for simple marijuana possession.

Sensible BC’s 90-day marijuana legalization drive begins

A 90-day countdown began Monday for a petition drive to force the effective legalization of simple possession of marijuana in B.C.

Dana Larsen is hoping to stop prosecution of people for simple marijuana possession.
Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May

Tanker research ‘subsidy’ to Enbridge, Greens say

Elizabeth May accuses the Conservative government of "doing Enbridge's homework" on oil spill hazards off B.C.'s North Coast

Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May
CUPE and other government unions rally in support of striking teachers in 2012. CUPE may be next to target public schools.

BC VIEWS: Back to school labour disputes

CUPE has done a great job portraying its school workforce as a low-wage ghetto. Problem is, that's not true.

CUPE and other government unions rally in support of striking teachers in 2012. CUPE may be next to target public schools.
Helicopter drops water on a hot spot as BC Forest crews wait on the ground to move in at the White Lake fire near Penticton in late July.

Fewer forest fires in sunny B.C. summer

B.C. has emerged from one of its sunnier summers in recent years with relatively little forest fire damage.

Helicopter drops water on a hot spot as BC Forest crews wait on the ground to move in at the White Lake fire near Penticton in late July.
Crash on Scott Road in Surrey: ICBC says the number of injury claims and the size of awards continue to rise.

ICBC seeks 4.9% insurance rate hike

ICBC has applied for a 4.9 per cent rate increase to its basic vehicle insurance rates to take effect Nov. 1

Crash on Scott Road in Surrey: ICBC says the number of injury claims and the size of awards continue to rise.
Wind turbine components await construction at independent power project near Chetwynd in 2008. High construction costs stalled B.C.'s first commercial wind energy project

B.C. pulls plug on power projects

BC Hydro has cancelled or deferred four electricity purchase contracts with independent power producers, and the total may reach 20

Wind turbine components await construction at independent power project near Chetwynd in 2008. High construction costs stalled B.C.'s first commercial wind energy project
Education Minister Peter Fassbender

Bargaining returns with school year

Negotiations with unions representing more than 25,000 school support staff are back on next week, with a strike mandate already in place

Education Minister Peter Fassbender
New Brunswick Premier David Alward and B.C. Premier Christy Clark are looking for a solution to a dispute with Ottawa over redirecting skills training money.

B.C. VIEWS: Pressure on for skills training

Province spurs students to pursue trades careers, but more program seats, loan reforms needed

New Brunswick Premier David Alward and B.C. Premier Christy Clark are looking for a solution to a dispute with Ottawa over redirecting skills training money.
A new liquor licence for party buses could help reduce impaired driving.

B.C. VIEWS: Province eyes new round of liquor reforms

Liberal government seeks creative ways to liberalize alcohol sales without social damage

A new liquor licence for party buses could help reduce impaired driving.
Wineries such as Nk'mip Cellars in Osoyoos can now get licences for tasting rooms

B.C. liquor laws get another look

A glass of wine at the spa? A craft beer at the farmer's market? Can B.C. survive the next wave of modernization?

Wineries such as Nk'mip Cellars in Osoyoos can now get licences for tasting rooms
Passengers watch killer whales on BC Ferries' Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay run. Sunny days through July have given a boost to tourism.

Dry July one for the record books

No rain at Vancouver or Victoria airport, a first since rainfall records began being kept in 1937

Passengers watch killer whales on BC Ferries' Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay run. Sunny days through July have given a boost to tourism.
Jobs Minister Shirley Bond

Clark sworn in, launches core review

Premier Christy Clark took a break from cabinet meetings in Vancouver Tuesday to be sworn in as MLA for Westside-Kelowna

Jobs Minister Shirley Bond
A crude oil tanker is escorted by tugboats out of Second Narrows. Pipeline proposals are being considered to increase heavy oil exports from Vancouver and Kitimat.

Kitimat ocean program set for oil tankers

Green MLA says ocean monitoring plan shows Ottawa intent on oil exports to Asia 'come hell or high water'

A crude oil tanker is escorted by tugboats out of Second Narrows. Pipeline proposals are being considered to increase heavy oil exports from Vancouver and Kitimat.