National Newswatch

B.C. launches heat alert and response system to help people, communities stay safe

Jun 6 2022 — Dirk Meissner — VICTORIA — A two-stage heat response system will be introduced in British Columbia to help people and communities stay safe as temperatures rise and the threat of a deadly heat-related emergency increases.  The B.C. Heat Alert and Response System will include two categories: heat warnings and extreme heat emergency alerts, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth […]

Report on housing costs examines role for municipalities in easing affordability

Apr 5 2022 — Dirk Meissner — VICTORIA — Municipalities across Canada face housing development constraints in their communities that could be eased through more co-operation between all levels of government, says a report by a local governance think tank. The report from the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto examined what researchers say would be the […]

Cooling-off period to provide homebuyer protection in hot market, says minister

Mar 28 2022 — Dirk Meissner — VICTORIA — Homebuyers in British Columbia will soon be protected by provincial regulations that include a cooling-off period that allows time to back out of a real estate agreement, the provincial finance minister says.  The Property Law Amendment Act introduced Monday will help build the framework for a protection period for homebuyers to properly assess, […]

B.C. government remodels cabinet portfolios to make resource stewardship ministry

Feb 25 2022 — Dirk Meissner — VICTORIA — The British Columbia government announced the creation of a new ministry Friday that will focus on reconciliation with Indigenous people, economic growth and environmental sustainability. Premier John Horgan appointed Josie Osborne as the new minister of land, water and resource stewardship. She will also be the minister responsible for fisheries. The new ministry […]

B.C. prepares to remove some housing approval powers from local governments: minister

Feb 21 2022 — Dirk Meissner — VICTORIA — The British Columbia government is considering taking away some of the permit powers municipal governments have to approve housing construction in an effort to get more homes built in the province, the housing minister says. David Eby, who's also the attorney general, said the government is considering introducing legislation and regulatory changes this […]