Tom Fletcher

New daily cases of COVID-19 recorded in B.C. to Oct. 20, 2021. B.C.’s infection rate has levelled off in recent weeks, but remains high, particularly in the Northern Health region. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 case rate starts to decline, 20 more deaths in 3 days

Infection rate still high in Interior, Northern Health regions

New daily cases of COVID-19 recorded in B.C. to Oct. 20, 2021. B.C.’s infection rate has levelled off in recent weeks, but remains high, particularly in the Northern Health region. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise in recent years, and as of 2018 were 17% higher than 2007, the baseline year for the province’s carbon tax, mainly due to population growth. (B.C. government)

B.C. emissions, carbon tax keep rising as Ottawa rules catch up

Building, vehicle, fuel rules aim to bend emissions down

B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise in recent years, and as of 2018 were 17% higher than 2007, the baseline year for the province’s carbon tax, mainly due to population growth. (B.C. government)
Anna Lewald, left, a registered nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, gives Dave Aplin, right, an influenza vaccine at a flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

B.C. records 13 more COVID-19 deaths Friday, 649 new cases

365 people in hospital, intensive care patients up to 142

Anna Lewald, left, a registered nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, gives Dave Aplin, right, an influenza vaccine at a flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)

Modernizing B.C. forests starts with up-to-date facts, industry says

30% of old forests on high-productivity sites, 75% off limits

Each year, less than one per cent of the area designated for sustainable timber harvesting by B.C.’s independent chief forester is harvested. (B.C. government photo)
A B.C. vaccine card showing two doses is required to enter restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events as of Sunday, Oct. 24. (Peace Arch News photo)

B.C.’s two-dose COVID-19 requirement takes effect on Sunday

715 more cases Thursday, four more virus-related deaths

A B.C. vaccine card showing two doses is required to enter restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events as of Sunday, Oct. 24. (Peace Arch News photo)
Premier John Horgan speaks at a briefing in the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. premier defends freedom of information fee, may not be $25

‘Get real,’ Horgan tells B.C. Liberals seeking screen images

Premier John Horgan speaks at a briefing in the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy is leading an overhaul of the B.C.’s Crown forest management. (Hansard TV)

B.C. begins forest management overhaul to increase Indigenous participation

Province reasserting control over Crown forests, minister says

B.C. Forests Minister Katrine Conroy is leading an overhaul of the B.C.’s Crown forest management. (Hansard TV)
Citizens Services Minister Lisa Beare speaks in the B.C. legislature, June 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C.’s $25 information access fee ‘modest,’ to speed up service

Frequent filers slowing public access, Minister Lisa Beare says

Citizens Services Minister Lisa Beare speaks in the B.C. legislature, June 2021. (Hansard TV)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announces bar closings and other restrictions for parts of northern B.C., Oct. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. records 5 more COVID-19 deaths, 560 new cases Tuesday

Increase in hospital patients, 3 out of 4 not vaccinated

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announces bar closings and other restrictions for parts of northern B.C., Oct. 14, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
COVID-19 cases increased among children 5-11 years old during the first two weeks of the school year, primarily in regions with lower community vaccination. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

COVID-19 cases in B.C. kids under 12 have peaked, in decline

Jump ‘strongly associated’ with more tests as school started

COVID-19 cases increased among children 5-11 years old during the first two weeks of the school year, primarily in regions with lower community vaccination. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
A Victoria firefighter receives influenza vaccination in 2012. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. removes fees from influenza shot as part of COVID-19 effort

Health experts concerned about resurgence of seasonal flu

A Victoria firefighter receives influenza vaccination in 2012. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions in the legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The legislature has resumed sitting with most MLAs in attendance and vaccine required for all. (Hansard TV)

26 deaths, 1,846 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. over weekend

Four more outbreaks in long-term care since Friday

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix takes questions in the legislature on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The legislature has resumed sitting with most MLAs in attendance and vaccine required for all. (Hansard TV)
A compactor works at the Vancouver landfill in Delta. (City of Vancouver)

B.C., Vancouver to expand natural gas capture from Delta landfill

Province matches city’s $4.28 million methane project

A compactor works at the Vancouver landfill in Delta. (City of Vancouver)
Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen (left) and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside read to children after child care announcement in Langley, Oct. 18, 2021. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

B.C. expanding ‘seamless day kindergarten’ pilot program

Before and after school care expanding to 25 districts

Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen (left) and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside read to children after child care announcement in Langley, Oct. 18, 2021. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Fraser Health hosts same-day vaccine clinic at Newton Recreation Centre in Surrey, June 1, 2021. (Photo: City of Surrey)

B.C. reports 13 more COVID-19 deaths, 667 new cases Friday

Infection rate remains high in Northern Health region

Fraser Health hosts same-day vaccine clinic at Newton Recreation Centre in Surrey, June 1, 2021. (Photo: City of Surrey)
Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Paramedics and hospital staff are required to be vaccinated as of Oct. 26. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. vaccination order extending to hospitals, community care

Dentists, doctors, nurses, mental health, ministry contractors

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Paramedics and hospital staff are required to be vaccinated as of Oct. 26. (The Canadian Press)
A pop-up vaccine clinic stopped by Harrison Hot Springs in September. (Adam Louis/Agassiz-Harrison Observer)

Another 580 COVID-19 cases in B.C. Thursday, 9 deaths

Now 378 people in hospital as northern restrictions added

A pop-up vaccine clinic stopped by Harrison Hot Springs in September. (Adam Louis/Agassiz-Harrison Observer)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry have been working to contain COVID-19 transmission in Northern B.C. (B.C. government)

Northern B.C. COVID-19 restrictions don’t extend west of Kitwanga

Smithers, Prince George, Quesnel, Peace region see bars closing

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry have been working to contain COVID-19 transmission in Northern B.C. (B.C. government)
Carbon Engineering’s pilot project at Squamish B.C. began in 2018, extracting carbon dioxide from air to convert to liquid fuel. Huron Clean Energy is building a similar facility with the Upper Nicola Band at Merritt B.C. (Carbon Engineering photo)

B.C. government puts $2M toward carbon capture fuel plant at Merritt

Upper Nicola Band partners in hydrogen fuel conversion plant

Carbon Engineering’s pilot project at Squamish B.C. began in 2018, extracting carbon dioxide from air to convert to liquid fuel. Huron Clean Energy is building a similar facility with the Upper Nicola Band at Merritt B.C. (Carbon Engineering photo)
Pruning fruit trees is one of the jobs where temporary foreign workers may be used. B.C. moves to a minimum working age of 16 as of Oct. 15, with exeptions for “light work” on farms such as hand harvesting. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

B.C.’s minimum working age going from 12 to 16 on Friday

Some recreation, farm, administrative, retail jobs allowed at 14

Pruning fruit trees is one of the jobs where temporary foreign workers may be used. B.C. moves to a minimum working age of 16 as of Oct. 15, with exeptions for “light work” on farms such as hand harvesting. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)