Jane Skrypnek

The Vancouver Police Department is among 11 defendants being sued by the family of a Vancouver police officer who took her own life in January 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Family of Vancouver cop who died by suicide suing police department, former officers

Lawsuit claims workplace sexual assault, negligence increased Const. Nicole Chan’s mental distress

The Vancouver Police Department is among 11 defendants being sued by the family of a Vancouver police officer who took her own life in January 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Andrew Berry is appealing his conviction for the murders of his daughters, four-year-old Aubrey and six-year-old Chloe Berry. (Submitted photo)

B.C. man convicted in Christmas Day murder of his daughters awaits appeal decision

Oak Bay’s Andrew Berry awaits ruling in appeal of double-murder conviction for the 2017 deaths

Andrew Berry is appealing his conviction for the murders of his daughters, four-year-old Aubrey and six-year-old Chloe Berry. (Submitted photo)
Dozens hold signs and show support at the BC Health Care Matters rally on May 19, 2022, at the legislature for World Family Doctor Day. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

B.C. reconsidering signing incentives for new family doctors following push back

Resident doctors say offer didn’t come close to addressing real problems

Dozens hold signs and show support at the BC Health Care Matters rally on May 19, 2022, at the legislature for World Family Doctor Day. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Province cancels controversial $789M Royal BC Museum rebuild

Premier says public engagement will now determine the future of the ‘seismically unsafe’ building

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People take part in a demonstration to highlight violence against women in Montreal, Friday, April 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Gun regulation great, but doesn’t address root domestic violence drivers: advocates

“Violence in relationships is a social problem and most of it is learned behaviour”

People take part in a demonstration to highlight violence against women in Montreal, Friday, April 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Canadian non-profit Informed Opinions is working to document the harassment and hate women and gender-diverse people are facing online at increasing rates. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

National campaign documenting online hate against women, pushing for change

Insults, slurs, physical and sexual threats pushing women out of online, public spaces

Canadian non-profit Informed Opinions is working to document the harassment and hate women and gender-diverse people are facing online at increasing rates. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
A B.C. man is facing charges connecting him to a international criminal organization and two overdose deaths. (Black Press Media file photo)

Alleged B.C. fentanyl trafficker charged in connection with U.S. Navy deaths

Vancouver man believed to operate an international dark web drug and money laundering organization

A B.C. man is facing charges connecting him to a international criminal organization and two overdose deaths. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. chose not to recommend charges against Prince George RCMP officers after a man they arrested was left in a cell overnight with a broken hip. (Black Press Media file photo)

No charges for cops, guards after B.C. man with broken hip left ‘screaming’ in cell overnight

Prison guard described by colleague as motivated by ‘revenge’

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. chose not to recommend charges against Prince George RCMP officers after a man they arrested was left in a cell overnight with a broken hip. (Black Press Media file photo)
Commissioner Austin Cullen listens to a question while meeting with reporters after releasing his report from his Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, June 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam

B.C. money laundering report calls for new law enforcement unit, provincial office

Commissioner estimates billions laundered in B.C. every year

Commissioner Austin Cullen listens to a question while meeting with reporters after releasing his report from his Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, June 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
Save Old Growth announced the return of their highway blockades as of June 13 during the 2022 Thrifty Foods Victoria Day Parade. A new group, Clear The Road, which is frsutrated with the regular blockades is now pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Save Old Growth. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. commuters consider lawsuit over logging protest highway blockades by Save Old Growth

Drivers have missed appointments and work shifts, lost out on money, says Clear The Road group

Save Old Growth announced the return of their highway blockades as of June 13 during the 2022 Thrifty Foods Victoria Day Parade. A new group, Clear The Road, which is frsutrated with the regular blockades is now pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Save Old Growth. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service public information officer Matthew Trudeau displays what a series of exploded lithium-ion batteries look like. The service is concerned about a growing number of deaths caused by the exploding batteries. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

Vancouver sees 5-fold increase in fire deaths caused by exploding lithium-ion batteries

Fire department says tampering with, overcharging batteries is the issue

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service public information officer Matthew Trudeau displays what a series of exploded lithium-ion batteries look like. The service is concerned about a growing number of deaths caused by the exploding batteries. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
The B.C. Securities Commission is asking ICBC not to renew the driver’s license of a man who owes $7.6-million in fraud fines. (Stock photo)

B.C. man owing $7.6M in fraud fines could have driver’s licence pulled: Securities commission

BCSC gained new licence-blocking power back in March 2021

The B.C. Securities Commission is asking ICBC not to renew the driver’s license of a man who owes $7.6-million in fraud fines. (Stock photo)
Honey bees flit in and out of their colony atop an apartment building in Vancouver’s West End. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Vancouver rooftops home to a new breed of honey bee: one made to survive

Ensure Hive Future breeding queen bees to be resistant to deadly mites

Honey bees flit in and out of their colony atop an apartment building in Vancouver’s West End. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
Advocates for decriminalization and safe supply of drugs stood outside Nelson’s city hall on April 14th. In the month of April, 161 British Columbians died from the toxic drug supply, according to the BC Coroners Service. (Bill Metcalfe/News Staff)

B.C. sees 161 people die to toxic drug crisis in April, amid calls for safer supply

April death rates highest in Northern Health and Vancouver Coastal Health

Advocates for decriminalization and safe supply of drugs stood outside Nelson’s city hall on April 14th. In the month of April, 161 British Columbians died from the toxic drug supply, according to the BC Coroners Service. (Bill Metcalfe/News Staff)
A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021. According to a survey 2022 survey by BCAA, most British Columbians fear more extreme weather events. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

85% of British Columbians fear another extreme weather event, but few are prepared: survey

Almost half of survey respondents taking “wait-and-see” approach, BCAA found

A wildfire burns in the mountains north of Lytton on July 1, 2021. According to a survey 2022 survey by BCAA, most British Columbians fear more extreme weather events. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
A 2019 pilot program in Vancouver found take-home fentanyl tests have the potential to increase safer consumption of drugs. (Credit: Amy Romer/BC Centre on Substance Use)

Take-home fentanyl tests could increase safer drug consumption in B.C.: study

2019 Vancouver study found 30% of participants made safer choices after using take-home test

A 2019 pilot program in Vancouver found take-home fentanyl tests have the potential to increase safer consumption of drugs. (Credit: Amy Romer/BC Centre on Substance Use)
A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. piloting fire dashboard to help identify communities most at-risk of blazes

Online dashboard will launch in Coquitlam, Surrey, and Port Alberni in July

A motorist watches from a pullout on the Trans-Canada Highway as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Lytton, B.C., July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Northwest B.C. communities were without Telus services June 7 due to a damaged cable. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: Leave it to beaver

A beaver felled the tree that caused a service outage in B.C.’s northwest June 7

Northwest B.C. communities were without Telus services June 7 due to a damaged cable. (Google Maps)
A B.C. high school teacher has been banned from practising in the province for life for having a sexual relationship with a student. (Credit: Pixabay)

B.C. high school teacher banned for life for sexual relationship with student

Teacher pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation in 2019

A B.C. high school teacher has been banned from practising in the province for life for having a sexual relationship with a student. (Credit: Pixabay)
Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. launches heat alert system following 2021’s deadly heat dome

System to have 2 levels: warning and extreme heat emergencies

Many cities across B.C. recorded the hottest days of their histories during the ‘heat dome’ heatwave that blanketed much of the Pacific Northwest at the end June, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)