British Columbia

  • Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire still smouldering the day after
    Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire still smouldering the day after CBC - 20 hours ago

    A chemical fire that broke out at Port Metro Vancouver's downtown terminal yesterday was still smouldering inside the shipping container Thursday. The fire broke out … More »Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire still smouldering the day after

    Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire still smouldering the day after

    A chemical fire that broke out at Port Metro Vancouver's downtown terminal yesterday was still smouldering inside the shipping container Thursday. The fire broke out just before 2 p.m. PT Wednesday, sending up a plume of toxic smoke that triggered a partial evacuation of parts of downtown and East Vancouver. It took firefighters …

  • E-cigarette restrictions in B.C. to be introduced in spring CBC - 17 hours ago

    E-cigarettes are to be restricted in British Columbia with legislation designed to stem their use among young people, the government announced Thursday. The legislation, … More »E-cigarette restrictions in B.C. to be introduced in spring

    E-cigarettes are to be restricted in British Columbia with legislation designed to stem their use among young people, the government announced Thursday. The legislation, expected to be introduced in the spring, will make amendments to the Tobacco Control Act, limiting sales of e-cigarettes to those over 19, with retailers …

  • Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire tested city's emergency reponse CBC - 16 hours ago

    The emergency response to the shipping container fire that sent a massive plume of noxious chemical smoke into the Vancouver air was a "good, solid" one, the city's manager … More »Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire tested city's emergency reponse

    The emergency response to the shipping container fire that sent a massive plume of noxious chemical smoke into the Vancouver air was a "good, solid" one, the city's manager says. Penny Ballem was one of several officials answering questions Thursday about the hazardous materials fire at Port Metro Vancouver that sent fumes …

  • Port Metro Vancouver by the numbers CBC - 10 hours ago

    The chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver is now out but Wednesday's emergency raises questions about just how much traffic passes through the port each year and how … More »Port Metro Vancouver by the numbers

    The chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver is now out but Wednesday's emergency raises questions about just how much traffic passes through the port each year and how much of that is handled by DP World, operators of the Centerm Container Terminal where the fire took place. - 1.6 million shipping containers (20-foot equivalent …

  • Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire is out, berm built CBC - 8 hours ago

    Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services has confirmed there is no further risk to the public. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and their hazmat consultants have advised that … More »Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire is out, berm built

    Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services has confirmed there is no further risk to the public. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and their hazmat consultants have advised that the risk is extremely low that the fire will reignite or that there will be any smoke during this operation, the port said in a statement. John Parker-Jervis, …

  • John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are shown in a still image taken from an RCMP undercover video.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-RCMP
    B.C. man accused of terror plot pleaded with undercover cop for explosives The Canadian Press - 5 hours ago

    John Nuttall was captured on surveillance video in a hotel room on June 29, 2013, speaking with the officer, who he believed was a powerful man from a Muslim country … More »B.C. man accused of terror plot pleaded with undercover cop for explosives

    John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are shown in a still image taken from an RCMP undercover video.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-RCMP

    John Nuttall was captured on surveillance video in a hotel room on June 29, 2013, speaking with the officer, who he believed was a powerful man from a Muslim country who had access to C-4 explosives. Nuttall and his wife, Amanda Korody, are on trial before a jury for several terrorism-related charges. Nuttall was introduced …

  • Margot Bentley case highlights irrelevance of living wills in B.C. CBC - Thu, 5 Mar, 2015

    The case of Margot Bentley is highlighting the uncertainty of living wills under legal scrutiny but there are other options for those who who want their end-of-life plans … More »Margot Bentley case highlights irrelevance of living wills in B.C.

    The case of Margot Bentley is highlighting the uncertainty of living wills under legal scrutiny but there are other options for those who who want their end-of-life plans to be honoured. Usher says Section 9(3) of the provincial Representation Agreement Act gives a representative the right to give or refuse consent to …

  • Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire may cause health problems today
    Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire may cause health problems today CBC - Thu, 5 Mar, 2015

    Health authorities are warning that people could feel the effects of the chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver up to 24 hours after being exposed. A massive chemical … More »Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire may cause health problems today

    Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire may cause health problems today

    Health authorities are warning that people could feel the effects of the chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver up to 24 hours after being exposed. A massive chemical fire Wednesday forced the closure of the port and hundreds of people were ordered to stay in and close their windows while heavy smoke drifted over parts …

  • The Burrard Iron Works building and the Main Street overpass, filming locations for the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey", are seen in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday March 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
    Tourism Vancouver promotes 'Fifty Shades' locations used by cast and cre … The Canadian Press - 13 hours ago

    Much of the headline-grabbing movie "Fifty Shades of Grey," released last month, was shot in downtown Vancouver, a fact that Tourism Vancouver is playing up. The sites … More »Tourism Vancouver promotes 'Fifty Shades' locations used by cast and cre …

    The Burrard Iron Works building and the Main Street overpass, filming locations for the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey", are seen in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday March 4, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

    Much of the headline-grabbing movie "Fifty Shades of Grey," released last month, was shot in downtown Vancouver, a fact that Tourism Vancouver is playing up. The sites include the Gastown cafe Rainier Provisions, the Bentall 5 downtown office tower and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, scene of a steamy elevator episode.  …

  • A man demonstrates an e-cigarette at a store in Chicago, in an April 23, 2014 file photo, B.C.'s health minister is regulating electronic cigarettes with new legislation that will ban sales to young people and prohibit their use in indoor public spaces and workplaces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Nam Y. Huh
    B.C. to ban e-cigarette sales to youth, restrict indoor use The Canadian Press - 14 hours ago

    British Columbia is becoming the latest province to regulate electronic cigarettes, with legislation designed to prevent young people from using the devices or being … More »B.C. to ban e-cigarette sales to youth, restrict indoor use

    A man demonstrates an e-cigarette at a store in Chicago, in an April 23, 2014 file photo, B.C.'s health minister is regulating electronic cigarettes with new legislation that will ban sales to young people and prohibit their use in indoor public spaces and workplaces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Nam Y. Huh

    British Columbia is becoming the latest province to regulate electronic cigarettes, with legislation designed to prevent young people from using the devices or being exposed to their vapour. Health Minister Terry Lake introduced legislation Thursday that would ban e-cigarette sales to people under 19 and prohibit their …

  • Blueberry River First Nations lawsuit threatens Site C, fracking in B.C.

    The Blueberry River First Nations have launched a legal battle that could affect B.C.'s planned Site C hydroelectric dam, as well as oil and gas development both inside and outside the band's territory. The B.C. First Nation has filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court that alleges years of development, including mining, …

  • Vancouver Downtown Eastside high school graduation rates under scrutiny

    A new program to ensure more students from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside finish their high school education is aimed at increasing the current low number of graduates. The Our Place Graduation Strategy was initiated by organizations based in Vancouver's inner city, including the Ray-Cam Community Centre and the Aboriginal …

  • Vancouver City Council will rename a street outside Rogers Arena after hockey legend Pat Quinn, the former Canuck player, coach, general manager and president, who died in November. The 700 block of Abbott Street will be renamed Pat Quinn Way at a public celebration later in March. Andrea Reimer said Quinn was key to …

  • “The fire burning in a single shipping container at the Centerm Container Terminal on the south shore of Burrard Inlet is now considered under control, and the resulting smoke continues to diminish," Port Metro Vancouver said in an emailed statement. Vancouver Coastal Health said trichloroisocyanuric acid, a hazardous …

  • A medical health officer for the North Shore is encouraging opponents of a proposed drug and alcohol recovery centre to better understand what happens at such a facility. The proposal for the facility, which would be operated by Turning Point Recovery Society on Windridge Drive near Mount Seymour Parkway, is going before …

  • Migratory birds dumped in garbage bags in ditch in Delta, B.C.

    Five garbage bags filled with dead birds have been dumped in a ditch in Delta, B.C., and conservation officers from the B.C. government and Tsawwassen First Nation are investigating. A member of the public originally reported the birds to the B.C. Conservation Service as dead bald eagles two weeks ago. When the last of …

  • The substance burning at Port Metro Vancouver is a highly reactive chemical called trichloroisocyanuric acid, confirmed Vancouver Coastal Health. The acid "gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire," including chlorine gas, according to safety information posted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention …

  • Catherine Urquhart with the latest

    A chemical fire at Vancouver's port was declared fully extinguished Thursday night after burning for more than 24 hours, allowing investigators to start their work to determine what ignited it. The shipping container caught fire Wednesday afternoon, sending a plume of white smoke into the air, which prompted health warnings …

  • Port Metro Vancouver chemical fire may cause health problems today

    Health authorities say trichloroisocyanuric acid, which can be used as an industrial disinfectant, was burning at the container terminal. Vancouver fire department had closed off a portion of the downtown area while the heavy smoke billowed from the container fire. People living in Vancouver east of Main Street and north …

  • A British Columbia First Nation has launched a lawsuit alleging its treaty rights have been violated by decades of development — a legal challenge that could affect the province's planned Site C hydroelectric dam project, as well as the expansion of mineral, oil and gas extraction in the province's north. The lawsuit, …