• No COVID-19 Cases In B.C. Linked To Black Lives Matter Protests, Says Dr. Bonnie Henry

    There have been no new COVID-19 cases linked to recent large Black Lives Matter protests in British Columbia, says the province’s top doctor.In a news conference Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry said  there was no spike in cases following the demonstrations, contrary to many predictions.. “Currently we do not have any cases that have been associated with the protests,” Henry said.Early June saw a slew of protests and demonstrations around the world in support of the Black Liv
  • The Tear Gas Burned For Hours. The Effects On My Body May Last A Lifetime.

    I was working as a legal observer in San Francisco when I was exposed to the chemical agent known as tear gas.Touted as the safest known “riot dispersion” tactic in civilian uprisings, the compound is categorized as a chemical warfare agent and its use is banned in warfare. Yet it was recently used in Montreal to break up a Black Lives Matter protest in the wake of the death of George Floyd, and has been deployed countless times across the United States over the last month.My own enc
  • Will And Kate Send Thanks To B.C. Hospital Workers In Video Call

    Hospital workers in B.C. received a special royal thank you for the work they’ve done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge participated in a Canada Day video call with six Fraser Health staff members at Surrey Memorial Hospital.Prince William and Kate spoke with the health care workers about the challenges the workers faced fighting COVID-19, including dealing with being away from their families.“[We] just wanted to touch base and say how proud
  • Is It Mandatory To Wear A Mask In Public In Canada? Depends On Where You Live.

    Do you have to wear a mask? Well, it depends on where you live. While Canada’s chief medical officer Dr. Theresa Tam formally recommended mask use when social distancing is not possible in late May, most provinces have not taken steps to implement regulations around mask-wearing. But recent weeks have seen numerous municipalities move to mandate mask wearing through bylaws and regulations. Provinces and the feds have shied away from straight-up mandating masks for a host of
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  • Vancouver COVID-19 Cases Linked To Brandi's Strip Club

    The health authority in Vancouver is warning that people who visited a strip club this week may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) said several people who were at Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. from June 21-24 have tested positive for COVID-19.“As a precaution, we are advising people who attended Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge during those hours to monitor themselves for 14 days,” said VCH. “As lo
  • Name Change For British Columbia? People Have Been Calling For It For Years

    Every day, it seems, another statue comes down.From crowds pulling down monuments to Confederate leaders in the United States to painting John A. MacDonald red here in Canada, there is a reckoning happening for the problematic figures of the past and the monuments and places built to honour them.It’s also prompted a reckoning on place names and the people they’re named after.Here in Canada, many provinces (and Canada itself) are named for misspellings of Indigenous words and phrases
  • B.C. Moves To Phase 3 Of Reopening But Horgan Urges Caution

    VICTORIA — British Columbia’s success at flattening the curve on COVID-19 will allow the easing of more restrictions on businesses, recreation and travel, says Premier John Horgan, who urged people to celebrate carefully when visiting a lake or the beach.The premier said Wednesday the gradual move into B.C.’s third phase allows hotels, motels, spas, resorts, hostels, RV parks, provincial campgrounds and the film industry to resume operations after being shut down or restri
  • The Pandemic Presents The Chance To End Homelessness In Canada For Good

    This story is part of After The Curve, an ongoing HuffPost Canada series that makes sense of how the COVID-19 crisis could change our country in the months and years ahead, and what opportunities exist to make Canada better.Canada’s public health messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic has been clear and consistent: stay home, stay safe.But Canadians experiencing homelessness don’t have that option, whether they’re camped out in streets or parks, or packed into crowded shel
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  • UBC Student Sues RCMP Over Alleged Brutality During Health Check

    KELOWNA, B.C. — A B.C. nursing student alleges she suffered physical and emotional injuries at the hands of an RCMP officer after her boyfriend called emergency services to request a health check.Mona Wang alleges Cpl. Lacey Browning’s conduct was “abusive and repetitive in the extreme” after the officer found Wang lying in a state of semi-consciousness on the floor of her apartment on Jan. 20.Wang, who studies at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus
  • Green Party Leadership Debate Exposes Fault Lines Over Party’s Future

    OTTAWA — Ten candidates vying to replace Elizabeth May as leader of the federal Greens squared off in two rounds of debates Tuesday, exposing a range of perspectives on the party’s political positioning, the case for cap and trade over a carbon tax model, even a call to abolish — not just defund — the police.Moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin, the debates were broken into two 37-minute sessions with mostly the same questions posed to each group of five contestants. Whi
  • B.C. Ports Quiet As Workers Stop Operations In Support Of Juneteenth

    VANCOUVER — Ports along the West Coast of Canada and the United States were quiet Friday as workers with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union stopped operations to support racial equality and social justice.A statement from the union said the eight-hour action was to honour Juneteenth, the celebration of the emancipation of slaves in the United States on June 19, 1865.The union has 60,000 members who work in ports in Alaska, British Columbia, south to California and Hawaii.
  • B.C. Emergency Room Staff Allegedly Guessed Indigenous Patients' Alcohol Levels

    VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s premier says there’s no excuse for “dehumanizing behaviour” as part of alleged racism by some emergency room staff accused of playing a game to guess the blood-alcohol levels of Indigenous patients.“I am outraged by reports of ugly, anti-Indigenous, racist behaviour at multiple health-care facilities in B.C.,” John Horgan said in a statement Friday after Health Minister Adrian Dix announced the launch of an investigati
  • B.C. Closes Peace Arch Provincial Park On Canada-U.S. Border After Influx Of Visitors

    VANCOUVER — A British Columbia park that straddles the 49th parallel with Washington state will be closed because it’s overwhelmed with visitors using it as a cross-border meeting point.The government says Peace Arch Provincial Park was scheduled to be shut Thursday evening to address public safety and traffic concerns after the volume of visitors reached nearly twice the number counted on a peak summer day.“The significant increase in visitors at Peace Arch Park has become unm
  • Banning Foreign Home Buyers Would Get Backing Of 78% Of British Columbians

    The vast majority of British Columbians would follow in New Zealand’s footsteps and ban most foreigners from buying homes in Canada, a new poll from Research Co. finds.In an online survey of 800 adults in British Columbia, 78 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of a New Zealand-style ban on foreign buyers, while 15 per cent opposed the idea and 7 per cent were undecided.“The notion of forbidding most foreigners from owning real estate in Canada is popular among all demog
  • Dawson Creek, B.C. Residents Come Together To Repaint Rainbow Crosswalk After Vandalism

    A small northern B.C. city’s residents are coming together to protect their local rainbow crosswalk after it was vandalized at least three times in the past few weeks.Dawson Creek, a city of about 13,000 near the province’s north-east border with Alberta, has painted a rainbow crosswalk outside the local secondary school to celebrate LGBTQ pride month every year since 2017. But before the paint could even dry this year, disaster struck.“There were two different trucks
  • Trans Mountain Pipeline Spill In B.C. Blamed On Pipe Fitting

    ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Trans Mountain estimates as much as 1,195 barrels, or 190,000 litres, of light crude spilled from its pipeline pumping station in Abbotsford, B.C.While an investigation is ongoing, the Crown-owned company said in a statement the cause of the spill appears to be related to a fitting on a one-inch, or 2.5-centimetre, piece of pipe.The statement said the pipeline was expected to restart Sunday after all safety protocols were completed.It said the spill was fully contai
  • Inmates Who Escaped B.C. Prison For 2 Days Charged With Murder

    LANGFORD, B.C. — Two inmates who escaped from a Vancouver Island prison have been charged with first-degree murder over allegations they killed a man during their brief break out. RCMP say James Busch and Zachary Armitage are accused of killing 60-year-old Martin Payne, whose body was found in his Victoria-area home on July 12 last year.Police were alerted on July 8 last year that the two men had escaped from the minimum security William Head Institution near Victoria and an off-duty
  • Rising House Prices And Tanking Rental Market Show Pandemic's Economic Divide

    MONTREAL ― The COVID-19 lockdowns have exposed a divide in Canada’s job market, with low-income earners getting hit much harder than high-income earners in the wave of layoffs that has taken place since March.Now that divide is making itself felt in the housing market. As those on the lower rungs of the income ladder struggle to make rent, middle and higher-income Canadians are jumping back into the housing market.The result? Rental rates rates are falling steeply across Canada, even
  • Recent Claims Of Police Brutality In Canada Are ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’ For Indigenous People

    A whirlwind of questionable police tactics against Indigenous people made headlines across Canada over the last two weeks, building demand from Canadians to see real change in how police conduct themselves.“This is definitely a rare moment,” Ryerson University criminology Prof. Tammy Landau told HuffPost Canada. “I have not seen such widespread discussion about transforming police as I have now.” However, Canada’s highest ranking police officials refused to ack
  • B.C. Family Shocked That RCMP Officers Involved In Indigenous Dad's Death Still On The Job

    The family of an Indigenous man who died in RCMP custody three years ago found out this week that five officers who could still face criminal charges related to his death remain in active duty in the community. “I was shocked to find out that they are not only still working, but they are still working as RCMP,” Dale Culver’s daughter Lily Speed-Namox, 17, told HuffPost Canada.“It makes me feel unsafe. I have this fear that an officer is going to stop me and  try
  • Elizabeth May Wants Canada To Accept U.S. Asylum Seekers Now That Country ‘No Longer Safe’

    Elizabeth May says Canada must welcome asylum seekers wanting to flee the United States because it isn’t a secure country for racialized communities under the president’s leadership.“We must not turn them away because Donald Trump has made the United States no longer safe,” the federal Green parliamentary leader told reporters in Ottawa Wednesday.May called the press conference to address the protests against anti-Black racism that have erupted after last week’s pol
  • The Coronavirus Crisis Exposed Gaps In Canada's Social Programs. Now's The Time To Fill Them.

    This story is part of After The Curve, an ongoing HuffPost Canada series that makes sense of how the COVID-19 crisis could change our country in the months and years ahead, and what opportunities exist to make Canada better.Ken Newell returned home from the battlefield in 1945 to a transformed Canada.Long gone were the days of his childhood as an orphan in Nova Scotia. His mother and father, a First World War veteran, both died of tuberculosis. Unsupported by any government assistance, he h
  • Is Travel Restricted Within Canada During The COVID-19 Pandemic? It’s Complicated.

    Right about now, a lot of Canadians probably dream of getting away, travelling somewhere and seeing the world. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we could all use a vacation. But international summer vacations are off the table. Flights are grounded, borders are mostly closed, and it could be awhile before they open back up again. In early May, international air travel was running at around 90 per cent less capacity than before the pandemic hit, according to Statistics Canada, and
  • How To Protest Safely During COVID-19, According To Canada’s Health Officials

    Canada’s health officials are reminding protesters that it’s their right to demonstrate, but they should keep in mind that there’s still the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Demonstrations sparked across the United States last week in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and ongoing anti-Black racism and police brutality there. Solidarity actions across Canada drew thousands of marchers this weekend from Montreal to Vancouver, and images of mask-clad people t
  • The Weather Network Says Canadians Can Expect Pleasant Summer Weather

    Most Canadians may have missed out on spring, but one of the country’s most prominent weather forecasters says they’ll likely get to enjoy a more seasonal summer.The Weather Network is calling for slightly warmer than normal temperatures across most of the country, with Ontario and Quebec slated for the longest stretches of significant heat.But chief meteorologist Chris Scott says the summery conditions in Central Canada may come with a price, predicting precipitation levels somewhat
  • B.C. School Reopening Will Be Watched Closely Across Canada

    On Monday, public school’s back in session in British Columbia — if only for a month.Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will return to B.C. classrooms June 1, many for the first time since March break in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While other provinces, including Alberta and Ontario, have opted to keep schools closed for the remainder of the year, B.C. is one of the few provinces that will see students back in physical classrooms before summer break.“These steps wil
  • Burnaby RCMP Release Video Of Senior Tripped Near Metrotown

    B.C. RCMP are looking for help to identify a suspect who attacked an 84-year-old woman who was using a walker. Police released a video (watch above) showing the April 3 Burnaby, B.C. incident near the Metrotown Skytrain station. The Asian senior was walking alone when she fell after she was tripped by the female suspect. The victim was “shaken and thankfully not seriously injured,” said RCMP Cpl. Michael Kalanj in a news release Thursday.The suspect is described as &ld
  • Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Executive, Ruled Against In Extradition Case

    VANCOUVER — A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled against a Huawei executive wanted on fraud charges in the United States.Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes says in a decision released today that the allegations against Meng Wanzhou could constitute a crime in Canada.The ruling means the court will continue to hear other arguments in the extradition case, including whether Meng’s arrest at the Vancouver airport in December 2018 was unlawful.It also means Meng will not be permitted
  • Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Executive, Faces Key Ruling In Extradition Case

    VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Supreme Court is scheduled to release a key decision Wednesday in the U.S. extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.Justice Heather Holmes is releasing her ruling on the issue of so-called double criminality.The legal arguments centre on whether the allegations Meng is facing in the U.S. would be a crime in Canada. RELATEDCanadian Detainees In China Given Better Food To Prevent COVID-19: EmbassyChampagne Pressing China On Detained Canadians At
  • Feds Postpone Action Plan On Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls

    OTTAWA — The federal government will not be able to deliver a national action plan to make life safer for Indigenous women and girls next month as promised because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said Tuesday.The one-year anniversary since an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls issued its 1,200-page final report and 231 “calls for justice” will come in early June. In recent days, Indigenous women’s gro
  • Trudeau To Push Provinces On Paid Sick Leave After Pressure From NDP

    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’ll push the provinces to give workers 10 days of paid sick leave a year as the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.That appears to meet a key demand from NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, in exchange for the New Democrats’ support for a motion to limit sittings and votes in the House of Commons through the summer.Singh laid out the demands on Monday morning, shortly before a small number of members of Parliament returned to the House
  • Canada Weather: Here’s Your Summer 2020 Forecast

    The future of Canadians being asked to stay at home as much as possible is still unknown, but as different regions battle different stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook for summer weather across the country is expected to be equally as varied.According to AccuWeather, much of the west is expected to be hot and dry, while significant storms head for Ontario and people in the Maritimes can prepare for a “pleasant” summer this year.British Columbia, Alberta and the PrairiesSo fa
  • Internet Reminds TSN That Christine Sinclair Is Canada's Greatest Soccer Player

    The people running TSN’s soccer Twitter account got a pretty big wake-up call Saturday after posting what they likely thought was an innocuous poll question: “Has Alphonso Davies already become the greatest Canadian soccer player?” Davies, a 19-year old who grew up in Edmonton and developed with the Vancouver Whitecaps, plays for the German league team Bayern Munich. With an already impressive career, his skills were on full display Saturday when he scored a goal and an as
  • Trudeau Condemns Surge Of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes In Canada

    Asian Canadians have experienced a surge of hateful violence during the pandemic, a trend Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned Friday. “Hate, violence and discrimination have no place in Canada,” Trudeau said at his daily news conference. “This is not who we are as Canadians.”He acknowledged that this spring, businesses, buildings and statues have been vandalized and people have suffered verbal abuse and physical attacks. “To Asian Canadians across the
  • Trudeau Promises COVID-19 Contact Tracing Support For Provinces

    OTTAWA — The federal government will fund provinces’ efforts to test people for COVID-19, track the contacts of those who test positive, and help different jurisdictions share data, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday.The measures are essential because COVID-19 remains a serious health threat and the economy can’t fully recover until Canadians are confident that the novel coronavirus will be contained anywhere new it breaks out, he said.Federal contact-tracers a
  • Terry Fox 40th Anniversary Adidas Sneakers Sell Out In Minutes

    It’s been 40 years since Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope, but the legendary runner continues to inspire people everywhere and raise millions for cancer research.   Every step of his cross-country journey in 1980 was in a pair of royal blue Adidas sneakers, a shoe that some fortunate shoppers have just gotten their hands on. In honour of this 40th anniversary, the sportswear company made replicas of Fox’s signature kicks and commemorative shirts for a limited
  • Restaurants Reopening In Alberta And B.C. Face Many Challenges

    VANCOUVER — This time a year ago, St. Augustine’s pub in East Vancouver was packed to capacity every night as patrons swarmed in to watch the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA title run. On Tuesday, as the pub reopened for the first time in over two months after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the emptiness was apparent as a few dozen patrons gathered at tables meticulously spaced two metres apart.Gone were sports fans packed tightly together at the bar and the throngs o
  • Canadian Forces Snowbirds Plane Crashes In Kamloops, B.C.

    A Canadian Forces Snowbird plane has crashed in a Kamloops, B.C. neighbourhood on Sunday.Emergency crews are on scene, according to Castanet.com, with one person being rescued from the roof of a home.Snowbird crashes in Kamloops. pic.twitter.com/l5qQHOf7tR— Steve Delaney (@TheKamloopian) May 17, 2020A @CFSnowbirds just went down in Brock. Pilot ejected.#Kamloopspic.twitter.com/ZUJoM3Eby0— ᎷᎥᏦᏋ (@MikeGT79) May 17, 2020 The squadron were in the Okanagan and
  • Canadian Forces Snowbird Plane Crashes In Kamloops, B.C.

    A Canadian Forces Snowbird plane crashed in a residential B.C. neighbourhood Sunday, killing one crew member and leaving another with serious injuries.The day began with anticipation in the Okanagan region as people waited for a glimpse of the Snowbirds in the sky and their national tour to boost morale and salute front-line workers during the coronavirus pandemic. It ended with “heavy hearts” as the Royal Canadian Air Force confirmed the toll of the crash. Capt. Jenn Casey, a p
  • Canadian Rental Rates Are Falling Fast Amid The COVID-19 Shutdown

    MONTREAL ― It took a pandemic and an epic economic crisis to make it happen, but after years of rapid price growth, Canadians may finally get a bit of a break on the cost of housing.With an estimated three in 10 working Canadians either losing their job or having their pay cut in the past several months, advertised rental rates are on a downward slide in many cities.The average asking price for apartments nationwide fell 3.2 per cent in a month, to $1,842 per month for all housing types in
  • B.C. Gives Parents Option To Send Kids Back To School On June 1

    VICTORIA — Students in British Columbia can go back to school June 1 on a part-time, optional basis with no pressure on parents to send their kids to class, says Premier John Horgan.B.C. has managed to flatten the COVID-19 curve and the province is about to start lifting restrictions on some businesses and activities next week, which will be followed by a gradual increase in students returning to classrooms next month.Parents will be given the choice of allowing their children to retu
  • Canada's Average Home Selling Price Falls 11% In April, With Toronto Leading

    MONTREAL ― It didn’t take long for the coronavirus pandemic to tilt Canada’s long-resilient housing markets into a downturn.Prices fell in almost every major housing market in the country in April, with Toronto leading the way, data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) shows. The national average selling price fell 10.9 per cent, on a seasonally adjusted basis, to $475,310 in April from $533,504 in March. Thanks to earlier strength in the market, that’s just 1
  • Victoria Day Fireworks, May Long Weekend Will Look Different During Coronavirus

    The May long weekend is here, and this year Canadians are certainly going to be celebrating differently.Due to social distancing requirements and closures from the COVID-19 pandemic, many familiar activities like group camping or big fireworks displays won’t be happening for Victoria Day this year.Canadians are being advised to stay closer to home and avoid non-essential travel this weekend, as public health officials work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “This weekend,
  • May Long Weekend Will Look A Lot Different In The Age Of Coronavirus

    The May long weekend is here, and this year Canadians are certainly going to be celebrating differently.Due to social distancing requirements and closures from the COVID-19 pandemic, many familiar activities like group camping or big fireworks displays won’t be happening for Victoria Day this year.Canadians are being advised to stay closer to home and avoid non-essential travel this weekend, as public health officials work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “This weekend,
  • Jagmeet Singh: Feds Should Ensure Paid Sick Leave For All Canadians As Provinces Reopen

    OTTAWA — All Canadians need access to two weeks of sick-leave benefits as provinces start moving to reopen their economies while fighting COVID-19, and the federal government should pay for it, the federal New Democrats say.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Wednesday that workers without sick leave who are put back on the job during the pandemic will be left to decide between protecting others from infection and paying their bills.“We need paid sick leave, there is no question about it.
  • B.C.’s Reopening Plan Assumes People Will Make Good Choices. Will They?

    As we enter the third month of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, provinces are starting to reopen. Ontario will announce details of “stage one” of reopening on Thursday, Alberta is set to announce similar measures this week, while schools in Quebec have already started back up.But as provinces unveil and start to execute their reopening plans, people are going to be faced with some tough decisions. How many people do you let into your bubble, and who? Is a physical-distanced visi
  • Carolyn Bennett Faces Calls To Resign Over Wet’suwet’en Controversy

    VANCOUVER — The elected leadership of several First Nations split over a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia are calling for the immediate resignation of Crown–Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.In a statement released Monday, four elected Wet’suwet’en chiefs say the process by which the province, the federal government and the nation’s hereditary leaders arrived at a proposed memorandum of understanding on Wet’suwet’en rights an
  • Weather Across Canada Sure Is Weird When It's May

    We all love talking about the weather, and Saturday was something to talk about. Put up your hand if you put away your mitts and snow tires. And who already has sunscreen out? May 9, 2020 was a case study on how in some places had dreamy spring weather, and in others you take what you get: Vancouver had sun, Toronto had hail and New Brunswick had a whole snowstorm.It was one day in May in the same country, but no matter where you are, Canadian weather keeps everyone on their toes.RELAT
  • Social Distancing In Vancouver Needs More Work, Based On These Images

    As Canada fights the battle against COVID-19, every part of the country enacted social distancing guidelines to slow the spread of the disease. But as the weather warms up in places like Metro Vancouver, some people are starting to forget the importance of social distancing in the first place.In Vancouver, many have taken to the city’s beaches and parks over the past couple of weekends, disregarding recommendations that people stick to groups of two to six when they leave their homes.
  • Ottawa Ups Protections For Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

    VANCOUVER — Expanded protections for endangered southern resident killer whales off British Columbia’s coast focus on contaminants, noise, physical disturbances and accessibility of chinook salmon, the orca’s primary prey. The actions announced by several government departments Thursday include a ban on tourist or whale watching vessels with over 12 passengers until the end of June, a measure aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.Areas of the Juan de Fuca Strait

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