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Oprah Winfrey and a host of celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

VANCOUVER— The David Foster Foundation’s annual Miracle Gala and Concert that touted a celebrity guest list including Oprah Winfrey and Steven Tyler has come a long way from it’s roots as a softball tournament. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney said he was among those running the bases at Foster’s first fundraiser in British Columbia 30 …

Canadian researchers develop new model for early stage lung cancer detection

VANCOUVER — Canadian researchers have developed a predictive model for detecting lung cancer in early stages when the disease has a greater potential to be curable. The Pan Can Model, developed by a team of health researchers across the country, uses a wider range of factors that contributes to lung cancer compared with current screening …

Past mistakes, soul searching feature in first B.C. Liberal debate

SURREY, B.C. — Six of the candidates running to lead British Columbia’s Liberals laid out their ideas to rebuild the party Sunday in a debate that dwelled at times on what went wrong in last spring’s election. The field of candidates includes three members of Christy Clark’s pre-election cabinet and two of them did some …

Low wages, small workforce leaves booming B.C. restaurants without chefs

VANCOUVER — The restaurant industry may be booming in British Columbia, but a combination of the high cost of living, tight profit margins and a shrinking workforce has made it difficult for kitchens to find enough staff. Eric Pateman, president of Edible Canada, said the company’s restaurant at Vancouver’s popular tourist destination Granville Island has …

Two UBC students hitchhike across Canada, spending a total of $10

VANCOUVER — A travel fund of only $150 may not sound like enough to spend much more than a day out of town, but two students from the University of British Columbia managed to cross the country for a total of $9.99 thanks to the generosity of strangers. Philippe Roberge, 22, and Ori Nevares, 23, …

NDP commits to raising minimum wage in B.C. to $15 per hour by 2021

VICTORIA — The B.C. government says it’s planning to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. Labour Minister Harry Bains said Tuesday a fair wages commission will be established in the coming weeks to plan how to raise the rate without hurting businesses. “I think what we are doing is going …

B.C. bans trophy hunting for Grizzly bears, total ban in Great Bear Rainforest

VICTORIA— Killing grizzly bears for trophy will come to an end in British Columbia, but not before hunters get one more shot this season. Natural Resource Operations Minister Doug Donaldson said the province is moving to ban trophy hunting for grizzly bears and will complete ban the hunt of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest …

Dinosaur skull discovering in northeastern B.C. a first in the province

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C.—A piece of dinosaur skull unearthed in northeastern British Columbia earlier this month is the first of its kind discovered in the province, an expert says. The fossilized tyrannosaur skull was found near Tumbler Ridge, in an area that has produced hundreds of dinosaur teeth, bones and footprints since 2001, but until this …

B.C. Liberals won’t ‘prop up’ NDP government with a Speaker: De Jong

VANCOUVER—British Columbia Liberal House Leader Mike de Jong says it is not his party’s responsibility to provide a Speaker in order to “prop up” an arrangement between the NDP and Greens. New Democrat Leader John Horgan has suggested that if his party were to form a minority government with the support of the Greens, a …

Spring temperatures cause flooding, mudslides for southern B.C.

VANCOUVER – Two men are missing, homes have been damaged and more evacuation orders are in place as flooding and mudslides wreak havoc across southern British Columbia. A 76-year-old man in a community north of Salmon Arm is unaccounted for after a mudslide enveloped his home Saturday, RCMP said. Several other homes were damaged and …

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