News/Canada/British Columbia

B.C.’s balanced budget includes more money for most families with children

February 19, 2019

New subsidies for families and the elimination of interest on student loans were the big announcements in what was primarily a status-quo budget delivered by the B.C. government on Tuesday.  Finance Minister Carole James announced the elimination of operating debt for the first time in 40 years, an estimated surplus of $274 million for 2019/2020, and […]

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B.C. posts balanced budget, pledges more money for low-income families

February 19, 2019

New subsidies for families and the elimination of interest on student loans were the big announcements in what was primarily a status-quo budget delivered by the B.C. government on Tuesday.  Finance Minister Carole James announced the elimination of operating debt for the first time in 40 years, an estimated surplus of $274 million for 2019/2020, and […]

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Father at centre of measles outbreak didn’t vaccinate children due to autism fears

February 17, 2019

The man whose family is at the centre of a measles outbreak in Vancouver said he didn’t vaccinate his children because he distrusted the science at the time. In an exclusive interview with CBC News, Emmanuel Bilodeau said he and his then-wife were influenced by reports that linked the vaccine that prevents measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) […]

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PR firm suspends ties with Gordon Campbell pending U.K. sexual assault investigation

February 16, 2019

Public relations firm Edelman says it’s suspending its consulting arrangement with former B.C. premier and former high commissioner to the U.K. Gordon Campbell pending a British police investigation. The firm says it hired Campbell on a retainer as a part-time consultant in July 2018.  “In light of the recent allegations, Edelman and Mr. Campbell have […]

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Thousands facing night without power as wind batters B.C.’s South Coast

February 9, 2019

Thousands of residents were facing Saturday night without power after a powerful windstorm blew through B.C.’s South Coast Friday and Saturday. British Columbia’s power utility has worked to restore power after around 70,000 customers were cut off by damage due to high winds, some up to 90 kilometres an hour. “We want to thank you for your […]

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‘We’re holding up a floodgate’: B.C. fights off superbugs brought home by medical tourists

February 9, 2019

The risks involved in medical tourism aren’t just personal. Having surgery abroad could also mean bringing back a drug-resistant superbug and putting people in this country at risk, B.C. officials warn. That alert comes after the recent discovery that two patients at New Westminster’s Royal Columbian Hospital had been colonized with the multidrug-resistant yeast Candida […]

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Quadriga CEO, whose death ignited a cryptocurrency storm, a kind man with taste for fine things, say friends

February 7, 2019

Four years ago, QuadrigaCX founder Gerald Cotten grinned as he helped two preschoolers try out Canada’s first bitcoin ATM in Vancouver. A toddler fed a $100 bill into the machine, converting it to bitcoin with the touch of a button. “Done, now your wallet is funded,” said Cotten, in a video shot by the two girls’ dad at […]

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B.C.’s top doctor calls for regulated opioid supply after almost 1,500 overdose deaths in 2018

February 7, 2019

There were 1,489 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths across British Columbia in 2018, and health officials say the province needs new approaches to the problem before the numbers will start declining. That number from the B.C. Coroners Service is up slightly from a year earlier, but the 2018 total is expected to grow as the coroner wraps up […]

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RCMP in B.C. arrest man in shooting of transit police officer

February 3, 2019

Surrey RCMP have arrested Daon Gordon Glasgow in connection with the shooting of Transit Police Const. Josh Harms on Wednesday at the Scott Road SkyTrain Station in Surrey, B.C. According to Surrey RCMP, Glasgow was arrested at a home in the 7500 block of Boundary Road in Burnaby at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. In a […]

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B.C. people smuggling investigation alleges Rwanda, Kentucky, Alberta connections

February 1, 2019

Court documents obtained by CBC News provide an intriguing glimpse into an alleged people smuggling case that started in the African nation of Rwanda and ended in Aldergrove, B.C., with stops in Kentucky and Washington state. On May 13, a Rwandan woman dragged a suitcase across a ditch separating the U.S. and Canada just east of […]

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