Tom Fletcher

Similkameen River swells to the top of its banks near Cawston Thursday afternoon.

Rivers, smoke rise with temperature

High streamflow advisories have been issued across the Southern Interior, with the first fires reported across B.C.

Similkameen River swells to the top of its banks near Cawston Thursday afternoon.
Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan

NDP wants wider ethnic outreach probe

An investigation into a planned ethnic outreach program with ties to the B.C. Liberal Party doesn't go far enough, NDP MLAs say

Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan
Premier Christy Clark presents Lieutenant Governor Steven Point with a handmade guitar as he ended his five-year term at a ceremony at the B.C. legislature Thursday.

Point retires as Lieutenant-Governor

B.C.'s first aboriginal representative of the Queen ends his term in style

Premier Christy Clark presents Lieutenant Governor Steven Point with a handmade guitar as he ended his five-year term at a ceremony at the B.C. legislature Thursday.
David Black shows a sample of Alberta heavy oil at a news conference in Vancouver Friday.

$13-billion refinery proposed for Kitimat

Victoria businessman David Black, owner of Black Press, is heading up a proposal to build a $13-billion oil refinery in Kitimat

David Black shows a sample of Alberta heavy oil at a news conference in Vancouver Friday.

Chilliwack teachers saddened by legislation

Province will introduce legislation to bar any escalation by teachers of labour action

B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon

B.C. gets interest break on HST transition

B.C. has five years to repay Ottawa its $1.6 billion transition payment, interest free.

B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon
A review of B.C. taxation will include municipal rates imposed on mills and other industrial customers.

B.C. experts to look at municipal taxes

An expert panel has been appointed to examine B.C.'s business taxes, including municipal taxes on industry.

A review of B.C. taxation will include municipal rates imposed on mills and other industrial customers.
Graph from the B.C. Progress Board's final report shows B.C.'s performance relative to the rest of Canada through two decades and two economic slumps.

Progress Board served B.C. well

Provincial rankings were often misused, but core findings tell a valuable story.

Graph from the B.C. Progress Board's final report shows B.C.'s performance relative to the rest of Canada through two decades and two economic slumps.
BCGEU president Darryl Walker

BCGEU begins contract talks

The B.C. government begins contract talks with one of its largest employee groups this week, and the union wants a raise.

BCGEU president Darryl Walker
The last time teachers had a contract imposed

A hard year ahead for B.C. politics

The B.C. Liberal government and its rivals will define themselves in a harsh 2012.

The last time teachers had a contract imposed
Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond speaks at Nov. 23 ceremony to mark one year of B.C.'s new impaired driving penalties. A week later

Holiday impaired suspensions, charges up

Legal issues with B.C.'s new drinking and driving law didn't slow down police road checks and suspensions during the holiday season.

Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond speaks at Nov. 23 ceremony to mark one year of B.C.'s new impaired driving penalties. A week later
Construction and new developments have added $14.69 billion to the total value of real estate in B.C.

B.C. property value near $1 trillion

Property values stayed stable in most parts of B.C., with large increases in areas with high demand from Asian buyers.

Construction and new developments have added $14.69 billion to the total value of real estate in B.C.
Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre and other B.C. jails are overcrowded

Offender programs fall short, auditor says

The B.C. government is struggling to deal with a record caseload of nearly 24,000 convicted offenders who aren't in jail.

Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre and other B.C. jails are overcrowded
Premier Christy Clark and Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond introduce Richard Rosenthal as the new director of investigations for serious incidents involving police.

U.S. lawyer heads B.C. police oversight

The B.C. government has hired the former police oversight specialist from Denver as its first civilian director.

Premier Christy Clark and Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond introduce Richard Rosenthal as the new director of investigations for serious incidents involving police.
Oil tanker loads at Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby.

B.C. a playground for eco-stunts

If the propaganda flowing over “tar sands” crude shipments across B.C. were oil, the province would be out of deficit by now.

Oil tanker loads at Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby.
Coastal-class ferries docked at Swartz Bay. New BC Ferries president Michael Corrigan was responsible for the new vessel program and terminal upgrades.

BC Ferries appoints new president

BC Ferries' board of directors has appointed senior executive Michael Corrigan to replace outgoing CEO David Hahn.

Coastal-class ferries docked at Swartz Bay. New BC Ferries president Michael Corrigan was responsible for the new vessel program and terminal upgrades.
Jobs

Local economic forums set to start

The first local test of the B.C. government's jobs plan begins Thursday in the North Fraser region.

Jobs
Post-war baby boomers officially start retiring in 2012

B.C. boomer care study begins

Can the B.C. health care system withstand the retirement of baby boom generation?

Post-war baby boomers officially start retiring in 2012
B.C. Auditor General John Doyle

Big profit on B.C. driver’s licences

ICBC charges $75 for a new or renewed driver's licence, but it only costs the corporation $10 to issue a licence.

B.C. Auditor General John Doyle
B.C. Lions players Geroy Simon and Jason Arakgi meet visitors to the B.C. legislature for a photo session with the Grey Cup Friday.

Lions bring Grey Cup to legislature

B.C. Lions players celebrated their CFL championship with fans in Victoria Friday.

B.C. Lions players Geroy Simon and Jason Arakgi meet visitors to the B.C. legislature for a photo session with the Grey Cup Friday.