Tom Fletcher

Jury selection at B.C. Supreme Court: Chief Justice Robert Bauman has warned of a crisis in the making.

Court system close to collapse

Drug dealers are walking free from clogged courts, while Ottawa gears up for more drug prosecutions.

  • Nov 30, 2011
Jury selection at B.C. Supreme Court: Chief Justice Robert Bauman has warned of a crisis in the making.
Police in B.C. have broad powers to impound vehicles for 30 days and impose steep penalties on drivers who fail a roadside breath test for alcohol.

UPDATE: B.C. suspends its strictest roadside penalties

The toughest of B.C.'s new impaired driving penalties infringe people's constitutional rights, a judge has ruled.

  • Nov 30, 2011
Police in B.C. have broad powers to impound vehicles for 30 days and impose steep penalties on drivers who fail a roadside breath test for alcohol.
The RCMP musical ride performing in Surrey in February 2010.

B.C. reaches deal for RCMP contract

B.C. has reached a new 20-year deal for RCMP services on the day a deadline was set by Ottawa.

  • Nov 30, 2011
The RCMP musical ride performing in Surrey in February 2010.
Paramedics at a crash scene near Penticton Nov. 18. Bodily injury claims have been increasing in recent years.

ICBC to seek 2012 rate increase

ICBC is applying for a basic insurance rate increase, as bodily injury claims increase.

  • Nov 29, 2011
Paramedics at a crash scene near Penticton Nov. 18. Bodily injury claims have been increasing in recent years.
Finance Minister Kevin Falcon

B.C. deficit forecast tops $3 billion

Falling revenues have pushed B.C.'s deficit forecast above $3 billion, due to

  • Nov 28, 2011
Finance Minister Kevin Falcon
Former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford and B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins present Peckford's report on the RCMP to reporters in Victoria Monday.

RCMP ‘inept, outdated,’ Cummins says

B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins is calling for an independent review of a force he calls "inept and outdated."

  • Nov 28, 2011
Former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford and B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins present Peckford's report on the RCMP to reporters in Victoria Monday.
Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner with his daughter Fintry.

Penner retires, triggers second by-election

Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner is leaving politics early next year to work in a Vancouver law firm.

  • Nov 24, 2011
Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner with his daughter Fintry.
B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond

B.C. judge upholds polygamy law

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has upheld Canada's law against polygamy, because of potential harm to women and children.

  • Nov 23, 2011
B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond
Laurel Middelaer (front left) joins Premier Christy Clark

Impaired deaths down in B.C.

B.C.'s tough new impaired driving penalties have helped reduce deaths by 40 per cent in the first year.

  • Nov 23, 2011
Laurel Middelaer (front left) joins Premier Christy Clark
Simon Fraser University criminology professor Neil Boyd

Guards protest B.C. prison conditions

B.C. needs more prison guards to protect against a rising number of assaults in crowded jails, their union says.

  • Nov 22, 2011
Simon Fraser University criminology professor Neil Boyd
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former B.C. premier at climate conference in Copenhagen

Chilly climate for B.C. carbon plan

B.C.’s carbon emission trading plan died last week at the age of four. No service was announced.

  • Nov 22, 2011
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former B.C. premier at climate conference in Copenhagen
B.C. Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer

B.C. wants teens signed up to vote

B.C.'s new chief electoral officer wants to extend voter registration to 16-year-olds while they are in high school.

  • Nov 21, 2011
B.C. Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer
Attorney General Shirley Bond

New injunction sought for Occupy Vancouver

The B.C. government is seeking another injunction after Occupy Vancouver moves one block to courthouse.

  • Nov 21, 2011
Attorney General Shirley Bond
Waste Management's Scott Sadler with one of the company's 20 natural gas-powered trucks.

Natural gas vehicles catching on

With gasoline and diesel prices soaring, truck fleet operators in B.C. are discovering the benefits of converting to natural gas.

  • Nov 17, 2011
Waste Management's Scott Sadler with one of the company's 20 natural gas-powered trucks.
Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Kash Heed announces his resignation as public safety minister after an investigation began into his 2009 campaign spending last year.

Case closed on Heed’s tainted election

Elections BC has dismissed complaints from an opposition MLA and the candidate Heed defeated in the 2009 B.C. election.

  • Nov 17, 2011
Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Kash Heed announces his resignation as public safety minister after an investigation began into his 2009 campaign spending last year.
B.C. Federation of Labour vice-president Irene Lanzinger and president Jim Sinclair speak to reporters at the legislature Wednesday.

Minimum wage still too low: B.C. Fed

B.C. Federation of Labour wants another dollar added to bring the wage to $11.25 next fall.

  • Nov 16, 2011
B.C. Federation of Labour vice-president Irene Lanzinger and president Jim Sinclair speak to reporters at the legislature Wednesday.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

B.C. child advocate reappointed

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been reappointed for a second term as B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth.

  • Nov 15, 2011
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
Retired hockey star Scott Niedermayer joins Ktunaxa Nation chair Kathryn Teneese and NDP leader Adrian Dix at a news conference to urge rejection of the Jumbo Glacier Resort.

Former NHLer Niedermayer backs anti-Jumbo resort group

Retired hockey star Scott Niedermayer joins a local aboriginal group to press for rejection of Jumbo Glacier Resort.

  • Nov 15, 2011
Retired hockey star Scott Niedermayer joins Ktunaxa Nation chair Kathryn Teneese and NDP leader Adrian Dix at a news conference to urge rejection of the Jumbo Glacier Resort.
UBCM president Heath Slee introduces Premier Christy Clark and Community Minister Ida Chong at the annual municipal convention in Vancouver

Local government neglected again

Local government is ignored by most independent people, and run by insiders for their own interests.

  • Nov 15, 2011
UBCM president Heath Slee introduces Premier Christy Clark and Community Minister Ida Chong at the annual municipal convention in Vancouver
Tracy Porteous

Family law updated for modern times

The B.C. government has introduced changes to family law, to reflect modern trends from test-tube babies to common-law relationships.

  • Nov 14, 2011
Tracy Porteous