Tom Fletcher

Children play at a Vancouver daycare centre, Sept. 5, 2019. (B.C. government)

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

Before and after school care expanding to 25 districts

Children play at a Vancouver daycare centre, Sept. 5, 2019. (B.C. government)
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)
Daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, up to Oct. 11, 2021. White line is seven-day moving average. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C. counts 605 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, 4 deaths

Hospitalized patients up to 374, most new cases in Fraser

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, up to Oct. 11, 2021. White line is seven-day moving average. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
Senior in care home in Langley. (Langley Advance Times)

B.C. senior care staff now 96% vaccinated against COVID-19

Most of unvaccinated are casual, not scheduled, minister says

Senior in care home in Langley. (Langley Advance Times)
Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. adding addiction treatment, transition services, minister says

Women’s residential care in Interior, day programs in North

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 2021. (Hansard TV)
With the South Island COVID-19 vaccination rate near 90%, clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre also taking virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate slowing, 28 die over weekend

Intensive care rises to 154, North continues to struggle

With the South Island COVID-19 vaccination rate near 90%, clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre also taking virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Intensive care unit at a U.S. hospital. (AP Photo/Kyle Green)

COVID-19 infection, illness still critical for Northern B.C. hospitals

More aircraft added to transfer intensive care patients south

Intensive care unit at a U.S. hospital. (AP Photo/Kyle Green)
Independent economists’ analysis of B.C.’s natural gas royalty program shows how decades of incentive programs have led to decreased royalties. (B.C. energy ministry)

B.C.’s biggest natural gas leak is revenue loss from Crown sales

Outdated incentives are ‘fossil fuel subsidies,’ minister admits

Independent economists’ analysis of B.C.’s natural gas royalty program shows how decades of incentive programs have led to decreased royalties. (B.C. energy ministry)
A drop-in vaccine clinic at Paradise Cinemas in Williams Lake, Thursday, Oct. 7. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C.’s COVID-19 spread stabilizing, 743 new cases Friday

Five more deaths, three in Fraser Health region

A drop-in vaccine clinic at Paradise Cinemas in Williams Lake, Thursday, Oct. 7. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Grocery stores, libraries and other indoor public spaces in B.C. are again subject to a mandatory mask order that will soon extend to age five and up. (The Canadian Press)

Mask rule going beyond school for B.C. kids aged 5 and up

Indoor public space order currently applies to age 9 and up

Grocery stores, libraries and other indoor public spaces in B.C. are again subject to a mandatory mask order that will soon extend to age five and up. (The Canadian Press)
ICBC sells its products through a network of 900 private insurance brokers around B.C. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

ICBC joins employers requiring COVID-19 vaccination for work

Effective Nov. 15, joining B.C. Hydro, provincial public service

ICBC sells its products through a network of 900 private insurance brokers around B.C. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about B.C.’s COVID-19 pandemic, April 30, 2020. (B.C. government photo)

Another 624 COVID-19 cases in B.C. Thursday, 4 deaths

Now 374 people in hospital with active coronavirus

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks about B.C.’s COVID-19 pandemic, April 30, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
Gas flare near Dawson Creek B.C., the province’s main region for gas and oil production. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

B.C., Blueberry River make deal to keep most industry going

20 oil and gas, forestry, land permits suspended

Gas flare near Dawson Creek B.C., the province’s main region for gas and oil production. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart calls for action on wildfire recovery at Lytton, B.C. legislature, Oct. 7, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C.’s wildfire recovery taking too long, Premier John Horgan told

Temporary housing in works for burned-out Lytton residents

Fraser Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart calls for action on wildfire recovery at Lytton, B.C. legislature, Oct. 7, 2021. (Hansard TV)
COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre is being used for virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

B.C. COVID-19 infections rise, 752 confirmed Wednesday

9 more deaths, hospitalized patients up to 350

COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre is being used for virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)