National Newswatch

Police should be part of mental health strategy: B.C. death review panel

Jun 4 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — A British Columbia death review panel says police play a crucial role in the province's mental-health system and there are ways for officers to reduce fatalities and improve public safety. The BC Coroners Service say in a report release Tuesday that provincial police respond to more than 74,000 calls every year related to mental-health issues and substance-use concerns. The aim of the review is to determine […]

Tentative agreement reached in B.C.’s port dispute just as picket signs went up

May 30 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A tentative agreement has been reached in a labour dispute that threatened to shut down all ports in British Columbia and have a ripple effect across the Canadian economy. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Thursday the deal was reached after all-night bargaining with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association. About 6,500 longshore workers at ports from Metro […]

B.C. man who scaled Everest says climb is not for ‘faint of heart’

May 29 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — When Chris Dare stood on the roof of the world he had tears behind his goggles. The British Columbia man has climbed mountains on seven continents in less than 10 years, but last week he feared he wouldn't make it down the 8,848-metre peak of Mount Everest. Dare, 35, who's an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, said he stood atop the peak […]

Trudeau’s action plan on climate change brings B.C. politician out of retirement

May 22 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party's action plan on climate change has brought one former British Columbia politician out of retirement and back into the arena. At his nomination event Tuesday night for the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Terry Lake, a former B.C. health minister, described to the prime minister the conditions the area faces […]

Trudeau’s action plan on climate change brings B.C. politician out of retirement

May 22 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party's action plan on climate change has brought one former British Columbia politician out of retirement and back into the arena. At his nomination event Tuesday night for the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Terry Lake, a former B.C. health minister, described to the prime minister the conditions the area faces […]

Another adult Southern resident killer whale and her calf found in poor health

May 18 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A female adult Southern resident killer whale and her three-and-a-half-year-old calf are rapidly declining in health in what appears to be a troubling situation for the creatures. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States recently released photos taken by a drone that show the adult known as J17 had deteriorated in health since she […]

Edmonton Pride Festival cancelled this year citing ‘current events’

Apr 11 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The organizers of the Edmonton Pride Festival have cancelled this year's event, citing "current political and social environment."  A letter from the board of directors says the decision was made with a "heavy heart," adding there will be other community organizations putting on events in June. The letter posted on the Edmonton Pride Festival Society's […]

Edmonton Pride Festival cancelled this year citing ‘current events’

Apr 11 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The organizers of the Edmonton Pride Festival have cancelled this year's event, citing "current political and social environment."  A letter from the board of directors says the decision was made with a "heavy heart," adding there will be other community organizations putting on events in June. The letter posted on the Edmonton Pride Festival Society's […]

Groups believe not having children is a way to cut a person’s carbon footprint

Apr 9 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — When Roy Sasano told his parents he was getting sterilized a few years ago to reduce his carbon footprint, he remembers they weren't surprised. After all, he had already taken other steps to fight climate change by becoming a vegan, "virtually" eliminating single-use plastic and reducing his consumption as much as is practicable. "I think there was a […]

B.C. premier says wood to be used in two provincial megaprojects

Apr 5 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUER, B.C. — British Columbia is moving to help revive the provincial forest industry by requiring the use of engineered wood on the new St. Paul's Hospital and the upgrade to the Royal B.C. Museum. Premier John Horgan told the Council of Forest Industries convention in Vancouver Friday that he has also directed the use of engineered wood, where possible, for the $20 billion […]

Trudeau delivers campaign-style speech while introducing candidate Taggart

Mar 25 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Justin Trudeau delivered a feisty, campaign-style speech in Vancouver-Kingsway Sunday night as he introduced former TV news anchor Tamara Taggart as the riding's Liberal candidate in the fall federal election. The prime minister fired off a flurry of verbal jabs at Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, and also former prime minister Stephen Harper, giving a glimpse of […]

UBC study shows honey bees can help monitor pollution in cities

Mar 17 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Honey from urban honey bees can help pinpoint the sources of environmental pollutants such as lead, a new study from the University of British Columbia suggests. Scientists from the university's Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research analyzed honey from urban beehives in six Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods where they tested for lead, zinc, copper and other […]