Cindy E. Harnett

Half of ballots may be cast already for Saturday's provincial election

B.C.’s election day is on Saturday, but half the ballots may have been cast already. Nearly 800,000 ballots had been received by Elections B.C. as of late Monday through in-person voting at advance...

NDP announces $1.4b plan for new single-room seniors homes, continued wage top-up

NDP Leader John Horgan has announced a $1.4-billion decade-long capital plan to build new long-term-care facilities and eliminate multi-resident rooms, as well as providing greater oversight of...

406,000 mail-in ballots have been requested for Oct. 24 B.C. election

More than 406,000 people have registered for mail-in ballots since the Oct. 24 provincial election was called a week ago. Less than 24 hours after Premier John Horgan asked Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin to...

May backs Sonia Furstenau for leadership of B.C. Greens

Former federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May wants to see Sonia Furstenau as the next leader of the provincial Greens. May endorsed the Cowichan Valley MLA, who is deputy leader of the B.C. Green...

Don’t expect everything to go ‘back to normal’ next week, premier says

A provincial state of emergency has been extended for another two weeks, and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, B.C. Premier John Horgan said Wednesday. Horgan advised British...

Testing for virus ramped up ‘to avoid another spike’

Testing for COVID-19 is expanding based on the course of the virus in B.C., says provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. She is asking that everyone with symptoms be assessed for testing. “We’re...

Ocean advocate raises alarm as masks wash up on beaches

Single-use face masks are washing up on Hong Kong beaches, threatening marine life and raising questions about hygienic disposal of the masks, says a Saanich researcher in marine plastic...

Passengers toast beer and wine on BC Ferries

Ryan Kelly of Tacoma, Washington, couldn’t believe it Thursday as he rode Coastal Celebration to Vancouver while enjoying a surf-and-turf buffet and a beer while watching breaching whales. “I think...

BC NDP wins Nanaimo byelection

Party holds on as Sheila Malcolmson captures seat vacated by Leonard Krog