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B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham introduces Sarah Wilson of Pendleton Farm in the Comox Valley, one of more than 200 farmers using the B.C. Land Matching Program, Merville, April 13, 2022. (Scott Stanfield/Comox Valley Record)

B.C.’s young farmer lease program grows to 203 properties

Retiring farmers get matched with those starting out

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham introduces Sarah Wilson of Pendleton Farm in the Comox Valley, one of more than 200 farmers using the B.C. Land Matching Program, Merville, April 13, 2022. (Scott Stanfield/Comox Valley Record)
The B.C. government is crowd-sourcing pictures and locations like this one of debris from the November flooding in southern Interior waterways. (Ministry of Environment)

B.C. deploys helicopters to extract debris from flood-struck rivers

Lifts begin from Nicola, Thompson and Coldwater Rivers

The B.C. government is crowd-sourcing pictures and locations like this one of debris from the November flooding in southern Interior waterways. (Ministry of Environment)
A home on Othello Road near Hope about to fall into the Coquihalla River, November 2021. (Facebook/Sarah Giraud)

B.C. urges residents to check their fire, flood insurance this year

Provincial disaster assistance not available for wildfire losses

A home on Othello Road near Hope about to fall into the Coquihalla River, November 2021. (Facebook/Sarah Giraud)
Design drawings for a new Enderby outdoor pool. (City of Enderby)

Grants buoy new Enderby and Vernon pools

New Peanut Pool with spray park, Enderby pool with lazy river, hot tub

Design drawings for a new Enderby outdoor pool. (City of Enderby)
Kimberley’s Centre 64 arts centre has needed roof and truss replacement since 2019, and is among 57 projects receiving federal and provincial infrastructure funds this year. (Kimberley Bulletin)

B.C., Ottawa announce 57 recreation projects in province

Federal funds require Indigenous consultation on each facility

Kimberley’s Centre 64 arts centre has needed roof and truss replacement since 2019, and is among 57 projects receiving federal and provincial infrastructure funds this year. (Kimberley Bulletin)
Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair (left), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan meet at the premier’s office in Victoria after touring flooding in the Fraser Valley, Nov. 26, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Horgan, other premiers pan Ottawa’s lack of help for health care

Trudeau’s budget expands to dental care in deal with NDP

Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair (left), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan meet at the premier’s office in Victoria after touring flooding in the Fraser Valley, Nov. 26, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Trans Mountain pipeline twinning work continues in December 2021 near Blue River on B.C. Highway 5, about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, Alberta. (Trans Mountain photo)

B.C. employers blindsided by construction union raiding changes

Site C, Trans Mountain and LNG Canada all open-shop projects

Trans Mountain pipeline twinning work continues in December 2021 near Blue River on B.C. Highway 5, about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, Alberta. (Trans Mountain photo)
B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains takes questions about his decision to keep secret-ballot votes for union certification, demanded by the B.C. Green Party, B.C. legislature, Nov. 20, 2019. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. moves to drop employee vote from union certification drives

Construction workers to be allowed to change unions once a year

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains takes questions about his decision to keep secret-ballot votes for union certification, demanded by the B.C. Green Party, B.C. legislature, Nov. 20, 2019. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card scanned on entry to a restaurant, a requirement since the fall of 2021. The restriction is being lifted as of April 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card no longer required as of April 8

Vaccination rule also lifted for post-secondary residences

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card scanned on entry to a restaurant, a requirement since the fall of 2021. The restriction is being lifted as of April 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
There have been “missed opportunities” to develop density along SkyTrain lines, B.C. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says. (TransLink photo)

B.C. to force higher-density development along transit lines

Agency will have authority to buy land along rail corridors

There have been “missed opportunities” to develop density along SkyTrain lines, B.C. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says. (TransLink photo)
People take part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the German embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnation after evidence emerged of what appeared to be deliberate killings of civilians in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Thousands of displaced Ukrainians expected to come to B.C.

Website to help locate housing, schools, take donations

People take part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the German embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, April 4, 2022. Russia is facing a fresh wave of condemnation after evidence emerged of what appeared to be deliberate killings of civilians in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Livestock farmers are experiencing a shortage of veterinary care in B.C. (North Thompson Star-Journal photo)

B.C. doubles subsidized training seats for veterinary medicine

Global shortage of vets, training costs $68,000 a year

Livestock farmers are experiencing a shortage of veterinary care in B.C. (North Thompson Star-Journal photo)
B.C. Premier John Horgan meets with local leaders in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley on March 22. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

B.C. premier tests positive for COVID-19 as vaccine card set to end

John Horgan working from home as legislature resumes

B.C. Premier John Horgan meets with local leaders in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley on March 22. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Carl Archie, an elected councillor of the Canim Lake Band, describes impact of forest changes on traditional Indigenous culture of the Cariboo region, April 1, 2022. (B.C. government video)

B.C. old-growth logging deferrals exceed Great Bear Rainforest

Canim Lake Band reserves right to alter its plans

Carl Archie, an elected councillor of the Canim Lake Band, describes impact of forest changes on traditional Indigenous culture of the Cariboo region, April 1, 2022. (B.C. government video)
With the Peace River diverted through tunnels, the powerhouse for the Site C dam takes shape, Nov. 28, 2021. (B.C. Hydro photo)

Pilings, pandemic push up unexpected costs for B.C.’s Site C dam

BC Hydro still implements small cut to electricity rates today

With the Peace River diverted through tunnels, the powerhouse for the Site C dam takes shape, Nov. 28, 2021. (B.C. Hydro photo)
B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston tours Cellcentric’s hydrogen fuel cell plant in Burnaby, August 2021. Cellcentric is a German-based partnership of Mercedes Benz and Volvo, developing zero-emission heavy trucks. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s hydrogen fuel project seeing big investor interest, Horgan says

Dedicated permit office aims to streamline development

B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston tours Cellcentric’s hydrogen fuel cell plant in Burnaby, August 2021. Cellcentric is a German-based partnership of Mercedes Benz and Volvo, developing zero-emission heavy trucks. (B.C. government photo)
Mitzi Dean, B.C.’s minister of children and family development, speaks in the B.C. legislature, Nov. 24, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. lagging behind Ottawa in support for Indigenous children, study finds

Gap in funding ‘troubling,’ children’s representative says

Mitzi Dean, B.C.’s minister of children and family development, speaks in the B.C. legislature, Nov. 24, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks to the legislature, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)

B.C. government prepares to impose real estate cooling-off period

Bidding wars don’t allow inspection, financing consideration

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks to the legislature, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
More than half of Canada’s forests have no industrial activity, and the remainder is strictly regulated, the Forest Products Association of Canada says. (B.C. government photo)

Forest poll part of anti-Canadian trade campaign, industry says

Ottawa funds group targeting U.S. wood product purchases

More than half of Canada’s forests have no industrial activity, and the remainder is strictly regulated, the Forest Products Association of Canada says. (B.C. government photo)
British Columbia Premier John Horgan attends swearing-in ceremony for cabinet changes at Government House in Victoria, Feb. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. premier urges patience as Ukraine refugees head for Canada

B.C.’s volunteer groups overwhelmed by response, Horgan says

British Columbia Premier John Horgan attends swearing-in ceremony for cabinet changes at Government House in Victoria, Feb. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito