Jeff Nagel

Minimum wage workers now get $10.85 an hour in B.C.

B.C. minimum wage rises 40 cents today to $10.85 an hour

Pay raise for 120,000 B.C. workers criticized as too small as labour, NDP push for $15 minimum

Minimum wage workers now get $10.85 an hour in B.C.
Grizzly bear near Squamish.

B.C. bear encounters soar with good weather, poor berries (with VIDEO)

Conservation officers contend with aggressive grizzly near Squamish, urge caution as wildlife conflicts surge

Grizzly bear near Squamish.
Rapid transit extensions including a SkyTrain subway in Vancouver along Broadway and light rail lines in Surrey are among the big projects under the Metro Vancouver mayors' plan.

NDP promises to boost transit cost sharing if elected

Leader John Horgan says jump to 40 per cent from one-third B.C. share would break transportation funding gridlock

Rapid transit extensions including a SkyTrain subway in Vancouver along Broadway and light rail lines in Surrey are among the big projects under the Metro Vancouver mayors' plan.
Poll finds most back foreign buyer tax, doubt it will cut prices

Poll finds most back foreign buyer tax, doubt it will cut prices

Insights West survey: 76 per cent support new 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers, but many think it won't improve affordability

Poll finds most back foreign buyer tax, doubt it will cut prices
B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver.

No plan to change B.C. Green party name over federal rift on Israel: Weaver

B.C. leader says federal Green party 'hijacked' by activists pushing sanctions

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver.
Canadian authorities seized $6.4 million in undeclared cash from passengers arriving from China in 2015.

B.C. urged to tighten scrutiny of foreign investors after spike in cash seized at YVR

Currency seized from Chinese citizens arriving in Vancouver more than doubled to $6.4 million in 2015

Canadian authorities seized $6.4 million in undeclared cash from passengers arriving from China in 2015.
Evergreen Line test train at Lincoln Station.

Evergreen Line set to open before Christmas

Passengers won't have to wait until 2017 to ride new SkyTrain line to Port Moody and Coquitlam

Evergreen Line test train at Lincoln Station.
Chronic overcrowding is a problem not just in Vancouver but on several routes in Surrey, TransLink officials say.

TransLink boss maps out transit surge option

Quick relief for crowded buses possible – if Metro Vancouver mayors and B.C. government can make a deal to deliver more money

Chronic overcrowding is a problem not just in Vancouver but on several routes in Surrey, TransLink officials say.
No way to make Ponzi fraudster repay B.C. victims

No way to make Ponzi fraudster repay B.C. victims

Disappointment as Surrey-based pyramid scheme draws no charges, $21.8 million in penalties likely to go unpaid

No way to make Ponzi fraudster repay B.C. victims
Rising numbers of crashes and higher claims costs are hurting ICBC's bottom line.

ICBC seeks 4.9 per cent basic rate hike as crashes, costs climb

$60 a year increase for most drivers once optional auto insurance increase is included

Rising numbers of crashes and higher claims costs are hurting ICBC's bottom line.
Pattullo Bridge work is wrapping up a month earlier than TransLink planned.

Pattullo Bridge work finishes a month early

TransLink says bridge repair work was done faster than expected over the summer, avoiding the need to continue closures in September

Pattullo Bridge work is wrapping up a month earlier than TransLink planned.
Just 853,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to be returning to the Fraser River this summer. That's about a third of what was expected, making it the worst Fraser sockeye run in 120 years.

Dismal sockeye salmon run is Fraser River’s worst return in 120 years

853,000 fish estimated returning is worse than the disaster year of 2009 that triggered the Cohen inquiry, but not as unexpected

Just 853,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to be returning to the Fraser River this summer. That's about a third of what was expected, making it the worst Fraser sockeye run in 120 years.
Map from tracking service Inside Airbnb shows locations of more than 4,700 Airbnb listings in Vancouver.

Airbnb, housing issues get spotlight at UBCM

Cities seek government action to 'level playing field' with existing hotels, avoid loss of long-term rentals to vacation market

Map from tracking service Inside Airbnb shows locations of more than 4,700 Airbnb listings in Vancouver.
New Mark III SkyTrain cars are now going into service on TransLink's rapid transit lines.

VIDEO: Slick new SkyTrain cars hit the tracks

Bigger windows, more room and a quieter ride among the features passengers will notice with new generation of SkyTrain

New Mark III SkyTrain cars are now going into service on TransLink's rapid transit lines.
New federal rules allowing home growing of medical marijuana take effect Aug. 24.

New medical pot grow rules draw praise, concern

Feds reopen licensing for home growers after court ruling

New federal rules allowing home growing of medical marijuana take effect Aug. 24.
Cloverdale resident Heather Bannah works on Annacis Island and is one of the employees there who has seen commutes become much longer because of other motorists short-cutting through Annacis to get ahead of other drivers on the Alex Fraser Bridge.

Alex Fraser Bridge cheaters in transportation minister’s crosshairs

Todd Stone vows action, Delta Mayor envisions gate, automatic tickets for drivers who take Annacis exit to beat bridge lineup

Cloverdale resident Heather Bannah works on Annacis Island and is one of the employees there who has seen commutes become much longer because of other motorists short-cutting through Annacis to get ahead of other drivers on the Alex Fraser Bridge.
Somerset Gardens is a three-storey rental apartment building in Surrey operated by Metro Vancouver's housing corporation.

Foreign tax could power rental building boom

Although new tax levied in Metro Vancouver, housing fund can benefit other regions as well, province says

Somerset Gardens is a three-storey rental apartment building in Surrey operated by Metro Vancouver's housing corporation.
Traffic over the Port Mann Bridge was up 5 per cent in 2015 and it's up even more this summer with the Pattullo Bridge lane closures in effect.

Toll revenue up but so is debt for Port Mann Bridge

Traffic up five per cent in 2015, and 24.5 per cent last month during Pattullo lane closures

Traffic over the Port Mann Bridge was up 5 per cent in 2015 and it's up even more this summer with the Pattullo Bridge lane closures in effect.
An Angus Reid Institute online poll has found strong support for government intervention in the real estate market.

Poll finds strong support for foreign home tax

Government waited too long to intervene in white-hot real estate market: survey respondents

An Angus Reid Institute online poll has found strong support for government intervention in the real estate market.
New graphic for use on social media released by Fraser Health.

More drug deaths in Fraser region, Surrey hospital averaging three overdoses a day

Fraser Health begins social media, poster campaign to educate drug users, warns all drugs may be contaminated

New graphic for use on social media released by Fraser Health.