Lindsay Kines

Province buys Victoria hotel to shelter people at homeless camps

The B.C. government has purchased the Comfort Inn and Suites in Victoria for $18.5 million to provide temporary shelter with supports for 65 people living in homeless camps at Topaz Park and Pandora...

Premier resists limiting trips to Vancouver Island on May long weekend

Several municipal and regional leaders are pressing Horgan to put restrictions in place for next month's holiday

Province mulls Victoria’s call for hotels for the homeless

The B.C. government has yet to say whether it will heed calls by Victoria city council to requisition hotel and motel rooms for people without homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. Asked about the...

Victoria hotel owners balk at being forced to house homeless

Hotel owners don’t want people with mental-health and addiction problems staying in their properties

Victoria takes fight over plastic-bag ban to Supreme Court of Canada

The fight over Victoria’s ban on single-use plastic bags is going all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. Mayor Lisa Helps confirmed Wednesday that Victoria will seek leave to appeal a lower...

B.C.’s red-light cameras now recording 24 hours a day

Red-light cameras are now operating around the clock at 140 intersections in B.C. The cameras, which snap pictures of cars running red lights, previously operated for just six hours a day. They have...

Oyster-linked illnesses damaging B.C. shellfish industry

A norovirus outbreak linked to people eating raw oysters from farms in south and central Baynes Sound has hurt B.C.’s entire shellfish industry, a growers’ association said Wednesday (May...

Horgan says B.C. will not respond to Alberta’s wine boycott

British Columbia Premier John Horgan has pledged to stand up for vineyards on Vancouver Island and across the province but has rejected the idea of retaliating against Alberta over its boycott of...

ICBC announces plans to test devices to curb distracted driving

ICBC has announced plans to test two new devices – one for drivers and one for police – that it hopes may deter people from texting or talking on a cellphone while behind the wheel. “The point of...

BC NDP government asks for freeze on BC Hydro rates

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall said the Crown corporation has asked the B.C. Utilities Commission for permission to withdraw a planned 3% rate hike set for April 1, 2018. Mungall said the move,...