Drug crisis ‘unabated’ for First Nations in B.C., doctor says

Indigenous people, especially women, are dying from toxic drugs at disproportionately high rates in British Columbia as the overdose crisis continues “unabated,” nearly seven years after the province first declared a public health emergency, said the top doctor for the First Nations Health Authority. Dr. Nel Wieman, the acting chief medical officer, said illicit drugs … Read more

One dead following crash on Highway 97 near Monte Creek, B.C.

BC Highway Patrol confirmed Tuesday evening that one person has died following a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 97 around the Monte Creek area, near Kamloops. DriveBC closed the highway Tuesday morning around 11:30 a.m. due to the crash and later re-opened it around 7:30 p.m. The incident involved two vehicles, a semi-truck, and a car, … Read more

B.C. already moving on new long-term care standards, but ready to do more: Dix

British Columbia’s health minister says the province has done much to improve conditions in its long-term care homes, but is ready to do more if necessary to meet new national standards released Tuesday. The new standards, drafted by the Health Standards Organization with the input of 20,000 long-term care residents, workers and community members, include … Read more

‘Wayne’s a special guy’: B.C. community comes together for resident paralyzed in car crash – BC

Friends and family members of a man who was left paralyzed after a crash last year are coming together to help raise more money for his care. On Feb. 21, 2022, Wayne Wiltse suffered catastrophic injuries when he was on his way to work as a director of lift maintenance at Whistler Blackcomb. His car … Read more

Intense winter storm forecast to hit north and central B.C. Monday night

People in central and northern British Columbia are being warned that an intense winter storm is on the way. Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for communities along Highway 16 from Fraser Lake to McBride, including Vanderhoof and Prince George, communities along Highway 97 from McLeese Lake to Bear Lake including Quesnel, Fort … Read more

2nd man charged in fatal stabbing of 66-year-old Coquitlam, B.C. man

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has made a second arrest in relation to a fatal stabbing of a Coquitlam, B.C., man last year. On Feb. 10, 2022, Coquitlam RCMP were called to 228 Schoolhouse St. after a 66-year-old man, later identified as Terry Miller, was stabbed. Miller was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but … Read more

Weak B.C. snowpack pushes risk of avalanche to highest in two decades – Okanagan

A weak, and unpredictable snowpack caused by cold, dry conditions back in November has pushed the risk of a deadly avalanche to a 20-year high in B.C. “Many avalanche professionals have been comparing it to 2003. That was one of the most dangerous years for avalanche accidents on record. We had 29 avalanche fatalities that … Read more

B.C. transfers 20,000 hectares of land back to Lake Babine Nation

The B.C. government and Lake Babine Nation have taken steps together to recognize and implement the Nation’s rights and title by signing a new land transfer agreement on Friday. The agreement will give Lake Babine Nation control of 20,000 hectares of waterfront and forestry lands inside its territory. Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and … Read more

Extreme cold weather alert issued for parts of B.C. Interior

An extreme cold weather warning is in effect for Elk Valley and Yoho Park. According the Environment Canada the alert went into effect Sunday morning and is expected to remain in place until Monday. “A cold arctic air mass has settled over the BC interior resulting in extreme wind chill values near minus 35 this … Read more

54-hectare wildfire project underway in Lake Country, B.C.

A 54-hectare Wildfire Risk Reduction project is underway near Spion Kop in Lake Country. According to BCWS it’s being done through the Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction funding stream. “The provincial government has made significant investments to help communities and land managers mitigate wildfire risks and create more fire-resilient landscapes,” said BCWS. The Okanagan Shuswap … Read more