Jeff Nagel

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake says the provincial government will regulate the sale of e-cigarettes if the federal government does not.

Province pledges e-cigarette regulation if feds won’t act

Health minister stresses need for sale restrictions, non-committal on extending smoking bans to 'vaping'

  • Sep 29, 2014
B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake says the provincial government will regulate the sale of e-cigarettes if the federal government does not.
Municipal mayors and councillors voting on proposed resolutions Friday morning at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler.

B.C. cities demand greater oil pipeline scrutiny, safety

Kinder Morgan pipeline twinning draws resolutions from Burnaby, Vancouver and Victoria at UBCM convention

  • Sep 28, 2014
Municipal mayors and councillors voting on proposed resolutions Friday morning at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler.
The Coastal Inspiration pulls into BC Ferries' Tsawwassen terminal.

Province floats gas tax shift to ferries

Transportation Minister Todd Stone's idea for BC Ferries funding called 'red herring'

  • Sep 26, 2014
The Coastal Inspiration pulls into BC Ferries' Tsawwassen terminal.
Licensed medical marijuana home grows can be just as problematic in terms of fire and other safety hazards as illegal grow-ops

Cities want licensed medical marijuana grows revealed

Public safety tops pot privacy concerns for municipal leaders in UBCM debate

  • Sep 25, 2014
Licensed medical marijuana home grows can be just as problematic in terms of fire and other safety hazards as illegal grow-ops
Transportation Minister Todd Stone at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler.

Stone rejects fare rollback at BC Ferries


Ferry system savings, not higher taxes, must power fare restraint, says transportation minister

  • Sep 24, 2014
Transportation Minister Todd Stone at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler.
A report to UBCM aims to quantify damage to the provincial economy from reduced use of B.C.'s ferry system.

Analyst stands by report on ferry fares impact

Coastal communities want province to rethink fare hikes based on economic damage

  • Sep 23, 2014
A report to UBCM aims to quantify damage to the provincial economy from reduced use of B.C.'s ferry system.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation B.C. director Jordan Bateman.

Soaring municipal pay criticized in provincial review

Divided cities need unified defence against unions, report advises government

  • Sep 15, 2014
Canadian Taxpayers Federation B.C. director Jordan Bateman.
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC) is B.C.'s anti-gang police force. The agency released its second annual community report this week.

‘Significant decline’ in gang killings: CFSEU annual report

Community report from anti-gang police unit notes more big cases go to trial in 2015

  • Sep 8, 2014
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC) is B.C.'s anti-gang police force. The agency released its second annual community report this week.
BCTF president Jim Iker responds to the government and Premier Christy Clark

Updated: Fassbender rejects BCTF arbitration call

Education Minister calls union proposal 'empty effort' giving false hope for end to B.C. teachers strike

  • Sep 5, 2014
BCTF president Jim Iker responds to the government and Premier Christy Clark
Premier Christy Clark has been criticized in recent days for keeping a low profile as the teachers strike rolled into September without a deal.

Updated: BCTF rejects premier’s call to suspend school strike

Christy Clark insists union's demands remain too high, urges pause in picketing to allow schools to open (WITH VIDEO)

  • Sep 3, 2014
Premier Christy Clark has been criticized in recent days for keeping a low profile as the teachers strike rolled into September without a deal.
More than 500 Nelson residents marched down Tuesday as part of the Parents Etc. for Public Education March on what was supposed to be the first day of public school classes.

Arbitration unlikely path to end teachers strike

Too risky for government as negotiators take different tacks on legal battle overhanging labour dispute

  • Sep 3, 2014
More than 500 Nelson residents marched down Tuesday as part of the Parents Etc. for Public Education March on what was supposed to be the first day of public school classes.
Mediator Vince Ready arrives to meet with B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers' Association negotiator Peter Cameron in Richmond

Teachers strike at ‘impasse’ after talks fail

Parents told to brace for long shutdown of schools as strike blocks start of classes

  • Sep 2, 2014
Mediator Vince Ready arrives to meet with B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker and B.C. Public School Employers' Association negotiator Peter Cameron in Richmond
The government's latest step in liquor policy reform is to contemplate altered penalties for bars and stores that run afoul of the regulations.

B.C. eyes looser liquor penalties for bars, stores

Industry seeks more flexible system for punishment as province takes next step in liquor regulation reform

  • Aug 29, 2014
The government's latest step in liquor policy reform is to contemplate altered penalties for bars and stores that run afoul of the regulations.
A 'fire tornado' erupts from the Chelaslie River fire in west central B.C.

Updated: 2014 wildfire season now ranks sixth for most area burned

No homes lost in B.C. fire season but 338,000 hectares burned now exceeds 2010 tally (WITH INFOGRAPHIC)

  • Aug 28, 2014
A 'fire tornado' erupts from the Chelaslie River fire in west central B.C.
B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender.

Ready enters talks as BCTF mulls two-week strike truce

Pause in picketing would allow schools to open on time, open window for mediation if BCTF agrees

  • Aug 27, 2014
B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender.
ICBC will send refunds totaling $38 million to customers it overcharged since 2008.

ICBC seeks 5.2 per cent hike in basic auto insurance rates

Distracted drivers' use of personal electronics cited as factor in injury claims rise

  • Aug 26, 2014
ICBC will send refunds totaling $38 million to customers it overcharged since 2008.
Penticton schools were behind picket lines again this week

BCTF, Fassbender meet as teachers strike threatens to delay school start

Meeting comes on cusp of new school year as government, union spar over mediation, escape hatch from next court ruling

  • Aug 26, 2014
Penticton schools were behind picket lines again this week
ICBC will send refunds totaling $38 million to customers it overcharged since 2008.

ICBC to mail out $38 million in refunds for overcharges

Management knew of errors on auto insurance rates since 2009, hid problem from board: Auditors

  • Aug 8, 2014
ICBC will send refunds totaling $38 million to customers it overcharged since 2008.
A ban on getting loyalty reward points on prescription drug purchases has been struck down in court after a challenge by Canada Safeway and Thrifty Foods.

Pharmacy rewards ban struck down in court

B.C. Supreme Court Judge finds rule against loyalty points on drugs was 'unreasonable'

  • Jul 29, 2014
A ban on getting loyalty reward points on prescription drug purchases has been struck down in court after a challenge by Canada Safeway and Thrifty Foods.
B.C.'s 'Happy Hour' upset some customers

Beer pitcher cost cut as province revises minimum liquor prices

Initial rules did not meet expectations, admits liquor reform czar John Yap

  • Jul 25, 2014
B.C.'s 'Happy Hour' upset some customers