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A real estate sign (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Mixed reviews on B.C.’s attempt to ‘cool off’ housing market by giving buyers more assurances

Despite allowing buyers time to rescind their offer, it must be balanced to protect sellers: experts

A real estate sign (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
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)
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
A music therapy program created for isolated seniors brought a little groove into the lives of White Rock and Surrey care-home residents in the summer of 2021. (Peace Arch News)

B.C. senior homes bracing for increase in visitors after March 18

Operators asking for option of COVID-19 rapid tests at home

A music therapy program created for isolated seniors brought a little groove into the lives of White Rock and Surrey care-home residents in the summer of 2021. (Peace Arch News)
Declines in daily cases (left scale) and daily hospitalizations and deaths (right scale) have allowed relaxation of visitor rules at senior care homes, as well as mask rules for public indoor spaces. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 care home visitor limits to be removed by March 18

Proof of vaccination, rapid tests still required for senior homes

Declines in daily cases (left scale) and daily hospitalizations and deaths (right scale) have allowed relaxation of visitor rules at senior care homes, as well as mask rules for public indoor spaces. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, July 20, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. removes COVID-19 restrictions for kids’ camps, religious services

Return to normal starting Friday as mask mandate removed

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, July 20, 2020. (B.C. government)
Grace Lore, B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. (File Contributed)

B.C. seeks input on pay transparency bill to close the gender wage gap

The work will be led by Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity

Grace Lore, B.C. Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. (File Contributed)
Communication tower goes up to provide high-speed internet service to the Bridge River Valley in B.C.’s southern Interior, June 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. commits to reach last 115,000 remote households with internet

Five-year federal-provincial effort includes satellite links

Communication tower goes up to provide high-speed internet service to the Bridge River Valley in B.C.’s southern Interior, June 2021. (B.C. government photo)
The Snukwa family home was among those destroyed when fire swept through Lytton B.C., June 30, 2021. (Family photo/Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. begins cleanup, reconstruction of fire-destroyed Lytton

Province covers costs for under-insured properties

The Snukwa family home was among those destroyed when fire swept through Lytton B.C., June 30, 2021. (Family photo/Salmon Arm Observer)
Thousands gathered on the grounds of the B.C. Legislature for another rally on March 5 opposing pandemic-related mandates. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

B.C. anti-COVID mandate rally sees renewed support as thousands gather at legislature

We Unify Canada arranged a substantial list of speakers voicing concerns around mandates

Thousands gathered on the grounds of the B.C. Legislature for another rally on March 5 opposing pandemic-related mandates. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Facebook Marketplace and other online ‘facilitators’ will soon have to collect B.C. sales tax. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Online marketplaces required to start collecting B.C. sales tax July 1

7% ’Netflix tax’ being extended to ‘marketplace facilitators’

Facebook Marketplace and other online ‘facilitators’ will soon have to collect B.C. sales tax. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Kevin Falcon takes a spin in an early electric car at the B.C. Ferries Swartz Bay terminal in 2010, when he was transportation minister. After a decade away from politics, he returned as B.C. Liberal party leader in February. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C. by-election coming soon for Falcon’s bid to return, Horgan says

Vancouver seat vacated by former leader Andrew Wilkinson

Kevin Falcon takes a spin in an early electric car at the B.C. Ferries Swartz Bay terminal in 2010, when he was transportation minister. After a decade away from politics, he returned as B.C. Liberal party leader in February. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Salish Heron, B.C. Ferries’ newest vessel, leaves shipyard at Gdansk, Poland in November 2021. (B.C. Ferries photo)

New control over B.C. Ferries isn’t a takeover, Horgan says

B.C. Liberals warn of another adventure in shipbuilding

Salish Heron, B.C. Ferries’ newest vessel, leaves shipyard at Gdansk, Poland in November 2021. (B.C. Ferries photo)
B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston and Premier John Horgan (B.C. government)

B.C.’s carbon tax going up April 1, adding to record gasoline prices

Fuel retailers would take it as profit if it was cut: minister

B.C. Energy Minister Bruce Ralston and Premier John Horgan (B.C. government)
Craig James, former clerk of the B.C. legislative assembly, arrives back at B.C. Supreme Court after a break from his trial, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. A special prosecutor says British Columbia’s former clerk of the legislative assembly used public funds to enrich himself in “glaring and egregious” ways during closing arguments. James’s defence is expected to present its case Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Defence says no evidence of corruption in B.C. Legislature clerk fraud trial

Craig James pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of breach of trust

Craig James, former clerk of the B.C. legislative assembly, arrives back at B.C. Supreme Court after a break from his trial, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. A special prosecutor says British Columbia’s former clerk of the legislative assembly used public funds to enrich himself in “glaring and egregious” ways during closing arguments. James’s defence is expected to present its case Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. health authorities to Feb. 26, 2022, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. hospitals start rebooking surgeries delayed by COVID-19

More than 8,000 postponed due to highways, fourth wave

COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. health authorities to Feb. 26, 2022, seven-day moving average in white. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Craig James, former clerk of the British Columbia legislature, leaves B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 26, 2022. Former Speaker of the legislature, Bill Barisoff is testifying at the trial of James, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of breach of trust by a public officer in relation to allegations that he used his position for personal gain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘Glaring and egregious’: Closing arguments underway in B.C. clerk case

Fraud, breach of trust case against former clerk of the legislative assembly Craig James wrapping up

Craig James, former clerk of the British Columbia legislature, leaves B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 26, 2022. Former Speaker of the legislature, Bill Barisoff is testifying at the trial of James, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of breach of trust by a public officer in relation to allegations that he used his position for personal gain. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Housing bought the Comfort Inn Hotel in Victoria in 2020 to house people camping along Pandora Avenue and in Topaz Park. (Victoria News photo)

Auditor approves of B.C. motel purchases for pandemic shelter

9 Victoria, Vancouver properties bought at or below market rate

B.C. Housing bought the Comfort Inn Hotel in Victoria in 2020 to house people camping along Pandora Avenue and in Topaz Park. (Victoria News photo)
Michelle Joo joins a rally for Ukraine at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Phil Melnychuk/Twitter)

Support refugees fleeing Ukraine invasion, B.C. premier urges

Politicians can’t interfere in public service pension fund

Michelle Joo joins a rally for Ukraine at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Phil Melnychuk/Twitter)
B.C. Lands and Water Minister Josie Osborne and Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen are sworn in to their new cabinet roles by Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, Government House, Feb. 25, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. municipalities still waiting for climate action fund details

$76 million over 3 years to reduce greenhouse gases

B.C. Lands and Water Minister Josie Osborne and Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen are sworn in to their new cabinet roles by Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, Government House, Feb. 25, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
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