National Newswatch

Mount Polley mine disaster five years later; emotions, accountability unresolved

Aug 4 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — People are swimming and fishing in Quesnel Lake five years after the largest environmental mining disaster in Canadian history, but residents of Likely, B.C., are still struggling with unresolved emotions about what happened and who will be held accountable for the dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine.   A five-year deadline for federal Fisheries Act […]

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

Jul 16 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — The British Columbia government's firm position on tougher driver's licence requirements for ride-hailing is a move in the right direction, given the experiences from other jurisdictions, a transportation expert says. "I would applaud the B.C. government for standing up, because most other governments have basically stood down," said Garland Chow, an emeritus associate professor […]

Ride-hail firms can apply to operate in B.C. Sept. 3, ahead of launch this year

Jul 8 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — The journey to bring ride-hailing to British Columbia came closer to a destination Monday as the provincial government announced it will start accepting applications in September for companies to enter the market. Safety, insurance and penalty rules and regulations were updated, but still to come this summer are rules covering fares that drivers can charge, vehicle boundary […]

Plans to save threatened B.C. caribou on hold as NDP mends fences

Jul 6 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan's New Democrats continue to face widespread criticism in northeast British Columbia over the government's attempts to introduce plans to save threatened caribou herds. Political friends and foes say deep concerns remain about plans to save jobs and the caribou, calling last month's introduction of an interim moratorium on new resource development […]

B.C. teen overdose inquest recommends improvements in substance abuse treatment

Jun 27 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — A British Columbia coroner's inquest jury recommends improvements in provincial substance abuse treatment, detection and prevention services for young people following an inquest into the overdose of a Victoria-area teen. The jury cites B.C.'s health and education ministries and the Vancouver Island Health Authority in its recommendations after hearing from more than 40 witnesses into […]

Indigenous drummers lead pipeline protesters on 22-kilometre march in Victoria

Jun 22 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — The government approval of the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion won't stop efforts in British Columbia to halt the project, protesters gathered outside Victoria's city hall said Saturday. About 300 demonstrators were adamant in their commitment to fight the pipeline twinning project, approved this week by the federal Liberal government, as they prepared to embark […]

Teens have privacy rights, doctor tells inquest into 16-year-old’s opioid death

Jun 20 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — Two family doctors and an orthopedic surgeon told a British Columbia coroner's inquest Thursday about the dilemmas they faced treating a 16-year-old patient who denied he was abusing drugs but showed signs of a growing opioid addiction. Elliot Eurchuk was found unresponsive in his bedroom on April 20, 2018 and the coroner's jury has heard he died […]

Butterfly garden keeper manages to film large tarantula shedding exoskeleton

Jun 15 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — A 20-centimetre tarantula capable of killing a bird has been filmed at its most vulnerable state shedding its armour-like exoskelton at a Victoria-area tropical jungle insectarium. Justin Dunning, living collections manager at Victoria Butterfly Gardens in Brentwood Bay, says after four years of trying he was able to capture the 10-hour moulting process of his […]

Victoria council to fund Remembrance Day ceremony; offers apologies to veterans

Jun 14 2019 — Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press — Victoria council dropped its plan Thursday to seek federal funds to cover Remembrance Day ceremony costs, deciding apologies to veterans and those currently serving in Canada's Armed Forces were in order. A council committee voted last week to approach the Defence Department and Veterans Affairs Canada about helping with policing costs for Remembrance Day events, but […]