National Newswatch

Victoria police chief says dispatch calls on priority basis amid cost pressures

Jul 31 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — Victoria's chief constable says budget restraints and staff shortages are forcing his department to prioritize how, when and if it will respond to calls for help from the public. Del Manak said Wednesday the Victoria Police Department plans to transform its service priorities after Victoria and Esquimalt councils couldn't be convinced to increase the police budget. […]

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

Jun 18 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — Graduation rates for Indigenous students are rising in British Columbia, but closing the education outcome gaps that still exist requires more attention, says auditor general Carol Bellringer. An audit report Tuesday found the percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools hit its highest level ever last year at 70 per cent. During the […]

Report says government policies weigh on declining B.C. housing market

May 28 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — A real estate market outlook by Vancouver's Central 1 Credit Union says tougher federal and provincial government housing policies are behind a drop in demand for resale housing in British Columbia. The report released on Tuesday says Vancouver is the epicentre of a real estate downturn where home sales dropped 40 per cent since the end of last year as […]

B.C. to hold public inquiry into money laundering; final report due May 2021

May 15 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan launched a public inquiry into money laundering Wednesday, saying the depth of the criminal activity in British Columbia runs far deeper than previously believed. Money laundering has distorted the provincial economy, infiltrated casinos, fuelled the opioid overdose crisis and increased the price of real estate, he said at a news […]

B.C. to hold public inquiry into money laundering; final report due May 2021

May 15 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan launched a public inquiry into money laundering Wednesday, saying the depth of the criminal activity in British Columbia runs far deeper than previously believed. Money laundering has distorted the provincial economy, infiltrated casinos, fuelled the opioid overdose crisis and increased the price of real estate, he said at a news […]

B.C. spotted owl breeders hoping for new chicks as fertile eggs ready to hatch

Apr 28 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — It takes fake eggs, sterile incubators, some trickery and years of trial and error to breed Canada's almost extinct northern spotted owl in captivity. Researchers at British Columbia's Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program centre in Langley say their fingers are crossed this spring as they delicately tend to at least one fertile egg, due to hatch within days. "We've […]

B.C. spotted owl breeders hoping for new chicks as fertile eggs ready to hatch

Apr 28 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — It takes fake eggs, sterile incubators, some trickery and years of trial and error to breed Canada's almost extinct northern spotted owl in captivity. Researchers at British Columbia's Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program centre in Langley say their fingers are crossed this spring as they delicately tend to at least one fertile egg, due to hatch within days. "We've […]

B.C. money laundering report finds no federal officers dedicated to case

Apr 8 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — British Columbia needs more resources to fight money laundering after a report concluded no Mounties have been dedicated to working illicit cash investigations in the province, Attorney General David Eby said Monday. He said he's troubled that the report by former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German found the only dedicated money laundering resources for the […]

B.C. money laundering report finds no federal officers dedicated to case

Apr 8 2019 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — British Columbia needs more resources to fight money laundering after a report concluded no Mounties have been dedicated to working illicit cash investigations in the province, Attorney General David Eby said Monday. He said he's troubled that the report by former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German found the only dedicated money laundering resources for the […]

Lieutenant-governor says B.C. election decision not among her top three moments

Apr 23 2018 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — The NDP's rise to power after the B.C. Liberals lost a confidence vote last summer may have meant political upheaval, but it doesn't rate near the top of the most memorable moments for the province's outgoing lieutenant-governor. In fact, Judith Guichon said Monday her decision to invite Premier John Horgan's New Democrats to form a government last year […]

B.C. heads to court over pipeline jurisdiction as builder says doubt warranted

Apr 18 2018 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — British Columbia has announced it will head to court by month end to clarify the province's jurisdiction over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Also Wednesday, the CEO of the pipeline's builder, Kinder Morgan said the events of recent days have reinforced his concerns about the viability of the $7.4-billion project. Steve Kean said during an earnings report that […]

B.C. heads to court over pipeline jurisdiction as builder says doubt warranted

Apr 18 2018 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — British Columbia has announced it will head to court by month end to clarify the province's jurisdiction over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Also Wednesday, the CEO of the pipeline'sbuilder, Kinder Morgan said the events of recent days have reinforced his concerns about the viability of the $7.4-billion project. Steve Kean said during an earnings report that the […]

Horgan says Alberta legislation to raise gas prices in B.C. ‘provocative’

Apr 10 2018 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan says he's concerned and surprised that Alberta's latest move in an escalating pipeline feud is legislation that could drive up British Columbia's already sky-high gas prices. Alberta's New Democrat government served notice Tuesday of plans to introduce legislation that Premier Rachel Notley has said will give the province the power to reduce oil flows […]

B.C. makes changes to speculation tax after criticism from homeowners

Mar 26 2018 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — British Columbia is trying to more directly target urban areas with changes it announced Monday to a proposed tax on property speculation after some municipalities demanded exemptions and the Opposition accused the New Democrats of grabbing family assets. Finance Minister Carol James is also adjusting the tax rate after first announcing details of the levy in the budget last month. The changes […]

B.C. makes changes to speculation tax after criticism from homeowners

Mar 26 2018 — Dirk Meissner , The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — British Columbia is trying to more directly target urban areas with changes it announced Monday to a proposed tax on property speculation after some municipalities demanded exemptions and the Opposition accused the New Democrats of grabbing family assets. Finance Minister Carol James is also adjusting the tax rate after first announcing details of the levy in the budget last month. The changes […]