Jeff Nagel

Pipeline protesters may tear a page from the playbook of Fight HST leader Bill Vander Zalm, whose initiative petition forced a successful referendum in 2011 to repeal the harmonized sales tax.

Greens eye referendum to thwart oil pipeline

Activists ready to use citizen initiative to force province-wide vote on Trans Mountain twinning

Pipeline protesters may tear a page from the playbook of Fight HST leader Bill Vander Zalm, whose initiative petition forced a successful referendum in 2011 to repeal the harmonized sales tax.
A first phase of transit expansion would include improved bus service in Metro Vancouver, if extra funding can be obtained in the region to secure generous grants from the federal government.

Push resumes for higher TransLink taxes

Metro Vancouver mayors in closed door talks with TransLink Minister Peter Fassbender on how to fund transit expansion

A first phase of transit expansion would include improved bus service in Metro Vancouver, if extra funding can be obtained in the region to secure generous grants from the federal government.
Fentanyl may be passed off as Oxycontin or can be added to other opiates sold by dealers.

CHARTS: Drug overdose deaths in B.C. by city, region

Vancouver is top B.C. city for drug fatalities, but high numbers also in Surrey, Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Kelowna

Fentanyl may be passed off as Oxycontin or can be added to other opiates sold by dealers.
Snow levels are far below normal on the mountains above this South Coast inlet.

Drought risk up as snowpack melts away

Alpine snow levels down sharply in most B.C. watersheds after warm, dry April

Snow levels are far below normal on the mountains above this South Coast inlet.
Invasive zebra mussels could create havoc with the ecosystems in B.C. lakes if they gain a foothold.

Boats intercepted with zebra mussels in B.C.

Illegal hunters, 'bear jams' and wildlife rescues all part of the job for conservation officers

Invasive zebra mussels could create havoc with the ecosystems in B.C. lakes if they gain a foothold.
The Port Mann Bridge is getting more traffic from toll-paying drivers now that the Pattullo Bridge is undergoing rehabilitation work.

Port Mann Bridge use jumps as Pattullo slows to a crawl

10 to 15 per cent traffic increase at Surrey-New Westminster toll bridge as more drivers pay to avoid severe congestion

The Port Mann Bridge is getting more traffic from toll-paying drivers now that the Pattullo Bridge is undergoing rehabilitation work.
Real estate prices began to climb steeply in the Fraser Valley region in 2015.

INTERACTIVE: Lower Mainland real estate prices hit new highs in April

Explore the data on how house prices have climbed in each Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley city

Real estate prices began to climb steeply in the Fraser Valley region in 2015.
Census envelopes began arriving in the mail this week.

Mandatory long-form census is back

Most households will answer short version of 10 questions, not 36-page long form

Census envelopes began arriving in the mail this week.
Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller on the set of Deadpool in Vancouver.

B.C. trims film tax credits for foreign firms

Subsidies for film, digital productions were reaching 'unsustainable' levels, says Finance Minister Mike de Jong

Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller on the set of Deadpool in Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver regional district board chair Greg Moore.

Province unfairly taxes Metro Vancouver, region charges

Urban politicians chafe at 'subsidizing' rural B.C., cite school taxes, carbon tax breaks

Metro Vancouver regional district board chair Greg Moore.
Getting around could get more complicated for Metro Vancouver bus riders if a strike vote by drivers and support staff leads to a full walkout.

Strike vote ups pressure in Metro Vancouver transit negotiations

98 per cent vote gives unions strike mandate against TransLink but more bargaining is expected

Getting around could get more complicated for Metro Vancouver bus riders if a strike vote by drivers and support staff leads to a full walkout.
An oil tanker loads at Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Burnaby.

B.C. begins its own oil pipeline review

Trans Mountain twinning faces fresh hurdle after court ruled province could not rely solely on federal NEB review

An oil tanker loads at Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Burnaby.
Premier Christy Clark taking questions from Black Press reporters in Surrey Tuesday.

Premier talks bridge tolls, hot real estate (VIDEO)

In conversation with Christy Clark on Lower Mainland issues

Premier Christy Clark taking questions from Black Press reporters in Surrey Tuesday.
Transit buses in Metro Vancouver could be sidelined if drivers and support staff go on strike.

Bus, SeaBus workers in Metro Vancouver to hold strike vote



Unions cite demands from TransLink for concessions in setting April 28 strike vote

Transit buses in Metro Vancouver could be sidelined if drivers and support staff go on strike.
More water could be drawn from the Coquitlam reservoir over the short and medium term.

Metro Vancouver to study water metering for conservation

Regional district set for early start of sprinkling restrictions this summer, eyes long-range options

More water could be drawn from the Coquitlam reservoir over the short and medium term.
The City of Surrey has 330 intersection cameras for traffic management.

Plate-scanning camera use by police remains limited

No plans to connect City of Surrey traffic cameras to licence plate recognition technology: RCMP head

The City of Surrey has 330 intersection cameras for traffic management.
TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond is defending the Compass card rollout.

TransLink CEO defends Compass rollout despite challenges

No turning back despite paper ticket hacks, wheelchair access trouble, says Kevin Desmond

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond is defending the Compass card rollout.
Regulations are expected to curb shadow-flipping of homes, a practice some argue has contributed to escalating real estate prices in the Lower Mainland.

Beefed up penalties among expected real estate reforms

Carolyn Rogers signals her probe of shadow-flipping and other real estate misconduct will call for major changes

Regulations are expected to curb shadow-flipping of homes, a practice some argue has contributed to escalating real estate prices in the Lower Mainland.
Compass fare gates are supposed to keep fare evaders out but some are using smartphone apps to rewrite ticket data.

Fare evaders hack Compass tickets to open gates

TransLink so far reluctant to upgrade system to thwart 'minimal' problem of fraud by ticket tamperers

Compass fare gates are supposed to keep fare evaders out but some are using smartphone apps to rewrite ticket data.
Charging every vehicle on the road a fee for each kilometre travelled could be one way to fight congestion and create reform quickly, according to Nancy Olewiler.

Simple road pricing scheme could happen fast, forum told

Political will by B.C. government only hurdle to rapid reform to cut congestion in Metro Vancouver, says Olewiler (WITH VIDEO)

Charging every vehicle on the road a fee for each kilometre travelled could be one way to fight congestion and create reform quickly, according to Nancy Olewiler.