Cole Schisler

A man wears a face mask as he leaves a metro station in Montreal, Saturday, March 12, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Two public health experts say Quebec has already entered a sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic driven by the BA.2 subvariant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Most Canadians want public inquiry into governments’ pandemic response: poll

66% of Canadians want a review of the federal government’s pandemic management

A man wears a face mask as he leaves a metro station in Montreal, Saturday, March 12, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Two public health experts say Quebec has already entered a sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic driven by the BA.2 subvariant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A large-scale fire broke out in a structure at the corner of Abbott and Water streets in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood April 11. (Credit: Matt Piercy)

UPDATE: Second body found during demolition of burned Vancouver hotel

Investigators have not determined a cause of death or identified the individuals

A large-scale fire broke out in a structure at the corner of Abbott and Water streets in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood April 11. (Credit: Matt Piercy)
A registered nurse takes a moment to look outside while attending to a ventilated COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Hospitalized COVID cases rise by 100, ICU holds steady in B.C. since last week

As of April 21, 485 people are in hospital with COVID-19

A registered nurse takes a moment to look outside while attending to a ventilated COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
64 per cent of British Columbians polled by Research Co. believe repeat distracted drivers should have their phones seized. (Shutterstock)

Should prolific distracted drivers have their phones seized? Majority says yes: B.C. poll

64% of those polled say repeat offenders’ phones should be seized, 55% favour doubling current fines

64 per cent of British Columbians polled by Research Co. believe repeat distracted drivers should have their phones seized. (Shutterstock)
Vehicles lined up at the Pacific Highway border crossing in south Surrey. (DriveBC photo)

B.C. holiday travellers find long waits at borders, ferries, airports

Some have waited for hours to get to their final destination

Vehicles lined up at the Pacific Highway border crossing in south Surrey. (DriveBC photo)
The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

B.C. COVID hospitalizations up as province releases weekly report

1,770 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, but likely an undercount as PCR testing is limited

The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A plaque commemorating Terry Fox’s Metis heritage was unveiled at Terry Fox Plaza in Vancouver on Thursday, April 14. From left to right: MP Parm Bains, MP Marc Dalton, Darrell Fox, Louis de Jaeger vice president of Metis Nation BC, Metis Elder Phillip Gladue, B.C. Minister for Tourism, Art, Culture and Sport Melanie Mark, Chair of the B.C. Pavillion Corporation Dr. Gwendolyn Point, and Tom Mayenknecht with the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Terry Fox’s Metis heritage honoured with new plaque outside B.C. Place

“Many of the 12 core values of Metis people are Terry’s values,” Terry’s brother Darrell Fox said

A plaque commemorating Terry Fox’s Metis heritage was unveiled at Terry Fox Plaza in Vancouver on Thursday, April 14. From left to right: MP Parm Bains, MP Marc Dalton, Darrell Fox, Louis de Jaeger vice president of Metis Nation BC, Metis Elder Phillip Gladue, B.C. Minister for Tourism, Art, Culture and Sport Melanie Mark, Chair of the B.C. Pavillion Corporation Dr. Gwendolyn Point, and Tom Mayenknecht with the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)
B.C. Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen announced further supports for Ukrainian refugees at a news conference with federal immigration minister Sean Fraser, Immigration Services Society of B.C. president Chris Friesen and Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC CEO Katie Crocker. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)

B.C. expands employment, education, mental health support for Ukrainian refugees

Minister of Municipal Affairs Nathan Cullen announced the expansion of support on April 13

B.C. Municipal Affairs Minister Nathan Cullen announced further supports for Ukrainian refugees at a news conference with federal immigration minister Sean Fraser, Immigration Services Society of B.C. president Chris Friesen and Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC CEO Katie Crocker. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Incidents of Lyme disease remain low in B.C., but the BCCDC is remaining vigilant in their tracking of potential for infections across the province. (Paul Connors/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

The BCCDC needs your help identifying ticks and limiting Lyme disease

A new app called eTick can help identify tick species and the risk of Lyme disease

Incidents of Lyme disease remain low in B.C., but the BCCDC is remaining vigilant in their tracking of potential for infections across the province. (Paul Connors/The Sun Chronicle via AP)
A number of products including Kinder Egg Hunt kits, Kinder Surprise Eggs and Schoko Bons have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. (Health Canda photos)

Multiple Kinder chocolate products recalled due to salmonella risk

There have been no illnesses related to the recall reported in Canada at this time

A number of products including Kinder Egg Hunt kits, Kinder Surprise Eggs and Schoko Bons have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. (Health Canda photos)
Juilet Bridge on the Coquihalla highway. (B.C. Transportation)

B.C. says highways are prepared for spring runoff

B.C. River Forecast Centre says there is an ‘increased risk’ of freshet flooding

Juilet Bridge on the Coquihalla highway. (B.C. Transportation)
The Directors Guild of Canada, B.C. District Council (DGC BC) has voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. film workers union overwhelmingly in favour of strike vote

Directors Guild of Canada, B.C. District Council members voted 92.2% in favour of a strike

The Directors Guild of Canada, B.C. District Council (DGC BC) has voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. (Black Press Media file photo)
A camper, green bin, mobile home and household debris floating in the Tulameen River. (BC Government photo)

PHOTOS: B.C. still finding cars, homes, debris in major rivers after November floods

Just this week, numerous vehicles and structures were removed from B.C. waterways

A camper, green bin, mobile home and household debris floating in the Tulameen River. (BC Government photo)
The Site C Dam project has seen two major outbreaks of COVID-19. (B.C. Hydro photo)

B.C. Hydro’s vaccine mandate ‘reasonable’, labour arbitrator rules

The electricity utility has faced significant challenges managing the spread of COVID

The Site C Dam project has seen two major outbreaks of COVID-19. (B.C. Hydro photo)
Tourists pose for photos at the base of Whistler Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Sunday, March 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Skier dies in an inbounds avalanche at Whistler

The avalanche occurred on Tuesday, April 5

Tourists pose for photos at the base of Whistler Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Sunday, March 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
16-year-old Wilson Gaglardi is spending 100 hours in a tent atop a flagpole in downtown Vancouver to raise funds for diabetes research. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: B.C. teen spends 100 hours atop a flagpole to raise funds for diabetes research

16-year-old Wilson Gaglardi was diagnosed with type one diabetes at age six

16-year-old Wilson Gaglardi is spending 100 hours in a tent atop a flagpole in downtown Vancouver to raise funds for diabetes research. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)
British Columbians have until May 9, 2022, to submit their feedback on the future of indoor cannabis consumption spaces. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Do you think B.C. should allow indoor cannabis consumption sites?

The province is looking for public feedback on whether to allow indoor cannabis consumption

British Columbians have until May 9, 2022, to submit their feedback on the future of indoor cannabis consumption spaces. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)

Cole’s Notes: B.C. could be the main star in films – but we can play any role

Film is a multi-billion dollar industry in B.C., but we rarely play ourselves on-screen

This image from the trailer of the 2021 Punjabi film <em>Honsla Rakh</em> was filmed in Surrey’s Brownsville Bar Park with New Westminster and the iconic Skybridge in the background. <em>Honsla Rakh</em> is a rom-com featuring superstar Diljit Dosanjh set in Vancouver and Surrey. Since its release, it has become one of the highest-grossing Punjabi films of all time. (Diljit Dosanjh/YouTube)
COVID-19 virus. (File photo)

B.C. to end daily COVID case counts, shift to weekly reporting

Weekly reports will begin April 7

COVID-19 virus. (File photo)
FILE: Amica White Rock resident Manfred Pohn receives the COVID-19 vaccine during a Jan. 15, 2021 clinic. (Tracy Holmes photo)

B.C. to roll out second booster doses for people aged 70 and up

Indigenous people aged 55+ and clinically vulnerable people also eligible for fourth vaccine dose

FILE: Amica White Rock resident Manfred Pohn receives the COVID-19 vaccine during a Jan. 15, 2021 clinic. (Tracy Holmes photo)