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British Columbia's oyster sector focuses on protocol, safety

The Globe and Mail (subscription) - ‎22 hours ago‎
When Canada's food safety agency announced a recall of B.C. oysters last August, it meant producers like Steve Pocock had to ensure every last oyster they had shipped after a certain date was accounted for.

British Columbia farmers brace for summer of drought

The Globe and Mail (subscription) - ‎22 hours ago‎
In British Columbia, the snowpack melt has not been consistent throughout the province. There is a decent snowpack in the Fraser River, but in the Merritt area, much of the snow has already melted - presenting a potential problem for cattle ranchers, Mr.
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Province announces extra funding for schizophrenia - ‎2 hours ago‎
To mark national Schizophrenia Awareness Day, the provincial government has announced a one-time infusion of $3 million to expand the B.C. Schizophrenia Society caregiver network. "This funding will literally save lives, in addition to reducing ...
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Police shooting, car fire, shut down Hastings and Cassiar - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Vancouver Police Department says a man has been arrested and taken to hospital after being shot by police near Hastings and Cassiar in Vancouver.
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Vancouver Island man charged with impersonating Fort McMurray evacuee - ‎7 hours ago‎
A man facing charges for allegedly impersonating a Fort McMurray evacuee is actually from Vancouver Island, B.C., the RCMP has revealed.

Thousands of sea creatures turn the shores blue - ‎2 hours ago‎
Thousands of little blue sea creatures have washed up on the shores of Haida Gwaii and have left a stench. Velella velella turn Tofino, B.C., shore into sea of blue. They are called Velella velella - small, carnivorous creatures related to the jellyfish.
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TransLink seeking public input on transit fares - ‎3 hours ago‎
TransLink wants to know what you think about transit fares and how they're structured. It's launching the first comprehensive review of transit fare policy in 30 years.

Greater Victoria School Board asks province for $8M - ‎9 hours ago‎
The Greater Victoria School Board says it's in danger of failing to meet its legal obligation to students because of underfunding.
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Online photos and video show massive fire in Saanich - ‎May 22, 2016‎
Online pictures and video show a massive fire lighting up a residential neighbourhood in Saanich B.C. on Vancouver Island while the Saanich Fire Department says it has knocked down the blaze, which started at a construction site and moved to ...
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Vietnamese refugees reunite in Vancouver after more than 40 years - ‎19 hours ago‎
It's been decades since Alan Truong and his family piled into a rickety old boat and fled from Vietnam in the 1970s, leaving behind his friends and neighbours in Mong Cai.

Seaplane regulation changes proposed after Lyall Harbour tragedy - ‎May 23, 2016‎
The recommendations follow a tragic crash near Lyall Harbour, B.C., that killed six people. A de Havilland Beaver crashed into the waters near Saturna Island on Nov. 29, 2009, killing all but two people on board.

Kamloops woman still grieves after losing possessions in fire - ‎8 hours ago‎
As families in Fort McMurray, White Rock and Saanich begin picking up the pieces after having their homes destroyed by fire, they will have to make tough decisions about the possessions they've lost.

The Okanagan's JoieFarm incorporates all that is great about wine from British Columbia

The Globe and Mail (subscription) - ‎4 hours ago‎
In an industry awash with such lofty-sounding designations as “château,” “domaine” and “estate,” it takes confidence to call your winery a farm.

Fort Langley celebrates May Day 2016 - ‎18 hours ago‎
Fort Langley, B.C., celebrated Victoria Day with their 94th annual May Day parade and festival on Monday. Thousands of onlookers lined the streets of downtown for the parade.
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Deadly salmon disease found in BC farmed stock, federal scientists say - ‎May 21, 2016‎
A feared viral disease proven deadly in Norwegian fish farms has been confirmed for the first time by federal scientists studying farmed salmon in B.C.. Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) has been linked to the deaths of up to 20 per cent of ...
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Canadian shoppers feel duped by US mall's at-par promotion - ‎22 minutes ago‎
Several Canadian shoppers are crying foul, saying a U.S. mall misled them when it offered "at par" sales this past long weekend.
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Walking tour honours 102nd anniversary of the Komagata Maru - ‎May 23, 2016‎
Dozens of people met at Vancouver's Coal Harbour for a walking tour to honour the 102nd anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident.
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Fatal crash in Surrey kills 2, hospitalizes 3 - ‎May 22, 2016‎
Two people are dead and three are in hospital, after a three-car collision in Surrey early Sunday morning. First responders arrived at crash at 88th Avenue and 152nd Street around 12:30 a.m.
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BC tourists flocking from Paris, Mexico - ‎May 21, 2016‎
"International tourists are putting B.C. at the top of their travel lists ... by all accounts, 2016 is off to a fantastic start," said Shirley Bond, minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

Former BC premier Ujjal Dosanjh reveals life details in memoir - ‎May 21, 2016‎
When he first arrived in Canada, Dosanjh worked in a mill and later received his law degree from the University of British Columbia. Dosanjh was a vocal opponent of violence and extremism. "I always thought that freedom was very important and that ...