Local Journalism Initiative

A B.C. government snowpack monitoring station. Photo: Province of B.C.

January sees Kootenay mountain snowpack levels drop to below normal

This year’s average is well below the same time last year

A B.C. government snowpack monitoring station. Photo: Province of B.C.
A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

B.C. communities chase better strategies for living with bears and cougars

Human behaviour needs to shift for coexistence with wildlife, say specialists

A black bear mother and cub fish for salmon in a creek near Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
The old curling club building in the centre of Slocan is slated for demolition, to be replaced with an affordable housing development. Photo: Mark Page

Former Slocan curling rink to be torn down for affordable housing

Bidding for the development is expected to start soon

The old curling club building in the centre of Slocan is slated for demolition, to be replaced with an affordable housing development. Photo: Mark Page
Antidote general manager Ian Carpendale, chief operating officer Stacy Johnston and CEO Shannon Ross pose at the open house for Antidote Processing in December 2022. Photo: John Boivin

West Kootenay cannabis producers hope new facility will solve industry troubles

Antidote Processing hopes to ship products this spring

Antidote general manager Ian Carpendale, chief operating officer Stacy Johnston and CEO Shannon Ross pose at the open house for Antidote Processing in December 2022. Photo: John Boivin
(Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C. family shares agonizing wait for care as concern for child’s eyesight mounts

Lack of qualified technician, bureaucracy preventing necessary test from occurring

(Special to Langley Advance Times)
The Ruby Princess docked at the Prince Rupert Cruise Ship Terminal on May 17. (Melissa Ash/The Northern View)

Prince Rupert port set to ban cruise ships from dumping contaminated wastewater

Port of Vancouver adopted similar regulations last March

The Ruby Princess docked at the Prince Rupert Cruise Ship Terminal on May 17. (Melissa Ash/The Northern View)
Colorado Mammoth forward Brett McIntyre, front left, scores a goal against Buffalo Bandits goalie Matt Vinc, back, on June 11, 2022, in Denver. Injured players working in the US are typically eligible for workers’ compensation, but not in Canada. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Pro athletes chasing workers’ compensation for their injuries

Canadian athletes not eligible if they’re injured in a game or practice, B.C. asked to change that

Colorado Mammoth forward Brett McIntyre, front left, scores a goal against Buffalo Bandits goalie Matt Vinc, back, on June 11, 2022, in Denver. Injured players working in the US are typically eligible for workers’ compensation, but not in Canada. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A new Indigenous nursing program is being built at six B.C. universities. (File)

Master of Indigenous Nursing program coming to 6 B.C. universities

Program aims to empower Indigenous nurses to serve communities within their own knowledge systems

A new Indigenous nursing program is being built at six B.C. universities. (File)
Ralph Wolfe prepares fresh salmon for his family in Yakutat, Alaska. (Courtesy Photo / Bethany Sonsini Goodrich)

Fishing for answers: who gets to fish for B.C. salmon in the future?

Canadian government has shut down about 60 per cent of B.C.’s commercial fisheries since 2021

Ralph Wolfe prepares fresh salmon for his family in Yakutat, Alaska. (Courtesy Photo / Bethany Sonsini Goodrich)
A Kaslo man is awaiting trial after allegedly trying to burn down this Home Hardware store. Photo: Google Maps

Kaslo man who allegedly tried to burn down business to receive addiction treatment, judge rules

Alejandro Calderon’s next trial appearance is January in Nelson

A Kaslo man is awaiting trial after allegedly trying to burn down this Home Hardware store. Photo: Google Maps
This bear cub in New Denver died after it was relocated to a wildlife shelter in Smithers. Photo: Submitted

Bear cub rescued in New Denver dies at animal shelter

It’s not clear how the cub died

This bear cub in New Denver died after it was relocated to a wildlife shelter in Smithers. Photo: Submitted
A young Krestova community member donates $5 for the purchase of land for a new regional park in her neighbourhood. Photo: John Boivin
A young Krestova community member donates $5 for the purchase of land for a new regional park in her neighbourhood. Photo: John Boivin
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B.C. health-care workers facing an epidemic of violence

2010-21: B.C. nurses reported nearly 4,500 violence-related injuries that caused them to miss work

(Stock photo)
A dead chum salmon in the Delta River after it had returned more than 1,000 miles from the ocean to spawn. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)

Keepers of Cheewaht: Restoring a Vancouver Island ecosystem for generations to come

After years of neglect, salmon are returning to remote West Coast river system

A dead chum salmon in the Delta River after it had returned more than 1,000 miles from the ocean to spawn. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)
Heritage Credit Union Interim CEO Doug Eveneshen presented the case for the institution’s merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union to members in Slocan Park on Nov. 24. Photo: John Boivin

Slocan Valley residents express concerns over Heritage Credit Union merger plans

The credit union is considering a merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union

Heritage Credit Union Interim CEO Doug Eveneshen presented the case for the institution’s merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union to members in Slocan Park on Nov. 24. Photo: John Boivin
Whitewater Ski Resort is seen here Dec. 2 from its lodge’s webcam. The mountain has already received plenty of snow ahead of opening day.

West Kootenay ski hills anticipate early start to the season

Conditions are looking good at Whitewater, Red and Summit

Whitewater Ski Resort is seen here Dec. 2 from its lodge’s webcam. The mountain has already received plenty of snow ahead of opening day.
Resources being diverted to emergency care is disrupting scheduled surgeries across B.C. (Pixabay photo)

B.C. boy needing heart surgery waits, and waits some more

Insufficient staffing, skyrocketing respiratory illness have caused mass B.C. surgery cancellations

Resources being diverted to emergency care is disrupting scheduled surgeries across B.C. (Pixabay photo)
Victoria Police Chief Del Manak snaps a selfie with three Victoria High students who were presented with a civic service award on Friday for their actions in helping someone who was overdosing in a school washroom. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Saving lives from B.C.’s overdose crisis, one bathroom at a time

Safer Bathroom Toolkit aims to help organizations make lifesaving changes to their washrooms

Victoria Police Chief Del Manak snaps a selfie with three Victoria High students who were presented with a civic service award on Friday for their actions in helping someone who was overdosing in a school washroom. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Aquatic science biologist Howie Manchester picks a salmon to collect samples from during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

Writing on the wall for West Coast fish farms, conservationists say after closures

Washington joins ranks with Alaska, California and Oregon in not having industrial fish farms.

Aquatic science biologist Howie Manchester picks a salmon to collect samples from during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
Living on B.C.’s below-poverty levels of disability assistance and already in debt means every treatment brings a Vancouver woman closer to running out of money and choosing the option to die. (Pixabay photo)

‘Jump or burn?’: B.C. woman is chronically ill, but dying of poverty

System will fund Medical Assistance in Dying but not treatments that help chronic fatigue syndrome

Living on B.C.’s below-poverty levels of disability assistance and already in debt means every treatment brings a Vancouver woman closer to running out of money and choosing the option to die. (Pixabay photo)