National Newswatch

Haida Gwaii home to a distinct but vulnerable pocket of northern goshawks

Jan 20 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Haida Gwaii's population of northern goshawks are the last remnant of a highly distinct genetic cluster of the birds, a new study by University of British Columbia researchers has found. Researchers estimate the population of birds may have been evolving separately on Haida Gwaii for 20,000 years — right around the last time the glaciers melted, causing the sea levels […]

Study shows black bears need a variety of salmon species to be healthy

Jan 13 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Black bears need access to different species of salmon rather than huge numbers of a single variety in order to be healthy, a new study by Canadian researchers indicates. Lead author Christina Service said if bears have access to a "portfolio of different salmon species" then the animals have access to more food for a greater part of the year.  […]

B.C. housing market shows signs of moderation: assessment agency

Jan 2 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A drop by up to 10 per cent on the estimated value of some homes in Metro Vancouver reflects a broad softening in a once hot market that is being affected by wider economic shifts, say two experts. "It's been a long time since we've had declining assessments," said Tsur Somerville, an associate professor at the University of British […]

B.C. housing market shows signs of moderation: assessment agency

Jan 2 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A drop by up to 10 per cent on the estimated value of some homes in Metro Vancouver reflects a broad softening in a once hot market that is being affected by wider economic shifts, say two experts. "It's been a long time since we've had declining assessments," said Tsur Somerville, an associate professor at the University of British […]

Glaciers in Western Canada retreat because of climate change: experts

Dec 27 2018 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Climate change is prompting glaciers in British Columbia, Yukon and Alberta to retreat faster than at any time in history, threatening to raise water levels and create deserts, scientists say. David Hik, an ecology professor at Simon Fraser University, said the region is one of the hotspots for warming and the magnitude of change in the glaciers is dramatic. […]

B.C. admits to liability in civil claim alleging social worker siphoned funds

Dec 13 2018 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — The B.C. government has admitted to negligence and fraud by a social worker accused of siphoning off thousands of dollars in financial benefits from children in care. The Ministry of Children and Family Development says in its response to a notice of civil claim filed in November by the public guardian and trustee that it admits "vicarious liability for the acts and […]

Climate change, receding glaciers increase landslide risk on B.C.’s Mount Meager

Dec 11 2018 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Climate change is causing glaciers atop Mount Meager in British Columbia to shrink, increasing the chances of landslides and even a new eruption, says an expert studying the volcano. Glyn Williams-Jones, a volcanologist from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., has been studying the fumaroles, or gas venting, of water vapour, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide from the […]

Newly discovered cave in B.C. park might be the largest in Canada

Dec 4 2018 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A newly discovered cave in a remote valley in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park might just be the country's largest. The feature was spotted by a helicopter crew from the province's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in March, when they were conducting a caribou census through the northeastern part of the park. Geologist Catherine Hickson, […]

Newly discovered cave in B.C. park might be the largest in Canada

Dec 3 2018 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A newly discovered cave in a remote valley in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park might just be the country's largest. The feature was spotted by a helicopter crew from the province's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in March, when they were conducting a caribou census through the northeastern part of the park. Geologist Catherine Hickson, […]