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British Columbia Solicitor General Mike Farnworth
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More details are being released on COVID-19 travel restrictions within British Columbia. And discussions are underway that could allow Washington state to share vaccine with its northern neighbors.

British Columbia Solicitor General Mike Farnworth
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Authorities in British Columbia have announced more details on travel restrictions within the province as hospitalizations due to COVID-19 climb to an all-time high there. 

B.C. New Democratic Party Leader and Premier John Horgan is pictured during the last election campaign in May 2017 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
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New travel restrictions are being introduced within British Columbia. They're designed to help fight high COVID-19 numbers and relieve the strain on hospitals.

Boxes of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
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British Columbia has reached a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases, now averaging over 1,000 a day for the first time. This surge of cases in British Columbia is matching trends in other parts of the country.

British Columbia officials  shut down the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort until at least April 19.
Gero Breloer / The Associated Press file

While Washington state has eased restrictions on indoor dining and gathering, British Columbia is taking the opposite approach. B.C. is pausing indoor dining, until at least April 19, although outdoor dining is still allowed. 

Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, bottom, next to a native bald-faced hornet. The Asian hornets are deadly to honeybees, but bug experts say they’re not a big threat to people.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

Officials in Canada and the United States are coordinating efforts to detect and eradicate the Asian giant hornet. 

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Courts in British Columbia are now mandating that lawyers specify by which pronouns they wish to be addressed.  It is hoped this will provide clarity and put more focus on the legal issues.

B.C. New Democratic Party Leader and Premier John Horgan is pictured during the last election campaign in May 2017 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Craig McCulloch / KNKX

British Columbia Premier John Horgan has been re-elected with a majority government.

The election is the largest victory ever for the left-leaning New Democratic Party of B.C. and Horgan. Like the rest of Canada, British Columbia follows the Westminster Parliamentary system, where the party with the most seats forms government and their leader becomes premier.

The port of entry to Point Roberts, a tan building with a flagpole out front.
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The border between the United States and Canada remains closed to all but essential travel. The closure went into effect in mid-March and it has been repeatedly extended as the pandemic grows, particularly in the U.S.

It’s caused a lot of difficulty for the people who live and work along the 5,525-mile border. But perhaps no community in the United States is in the situation of Point Roberts, Washington.

The Cunard cruise ship Queen Elizabeth sails through Cook Inlet Thursday, May 16, 2019, for a port call in Anchorage, Alaska. The cancellation of the Vancouver to Alaska cruise ship season is taking a toll on tourism in B.C.
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The closure of the U.S.-Canada border has been extended to June 21 due to the novel coronavirus. This is having a pronounced economic impact in British Columbia, particularly in the tourism industry.

This is the second extension of the closure for land and sea crossings to all but commercial and essential travel.

This May 3, 2018 photo shows the Kirkeholmen oil tanker anchored outside the Kinder Morgan Inc. Westridge oil terminal in Vancouver, Canada, at the end of the Trans Mountain pipeline that begins in northern Alberta.
Jeremy Hainsworth / The Associated Press

British Columbia’s top court has issued a ruling that affects the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. While it may not stop the project, it could cause a further delay.

marijuana buds in the curing process

Canada legalized marijuana beginning Oct. 17, and officials in the country’s individual provinces and territories will decide how the new system will roll out in each place. So far in British Columbia, marijuana sales have been stifled by a lack of supply and a rotating postal strike, the latter causing delivery challenges.


A Washington man with tribal roots in Canada is back in court Wednesday in British Columbia. The nearly decade-long case could set precedent for tribal sovereignty issues in Canada.

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King County Executive Dow Constantine is encouraging people who want to protect Puget Sound to buy British Columbia wines.

It’s the latest volley in a minor trade war between B.C. and its neighboring province of Alberta. Earlier this month, Alberta announced a boycott on British Columbia wines, with premiere Rachel Notley directing regulators to block roughly $50 million a year in wine imports.

British Columbia is taking the next step in a decade-long battle over native tribal rights. The province has filed paperwork to appeal a decision that granted Washington state tribal members rights to their ancestral lands in Canada.

Tribal members are waiting for the next move from British Columbia’s provincial government in a long-running battle over sovereign rights. Last month, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ruled against the province, siding with a Washington man in an illegal hunting case.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has upheld the claims of a Native American man from Washington state that he has the right to hunt in the province.

The long-running case concerned Rick Desautel, a member of the Colville Tribes and a descendant of the Sinixt, an indigenous group which once roamed the Northwest.

Craig McCulloch

After a 28-day campaign, the results are still not final in the British Columbia general election. The current numbers are very tight, with the Green Party potentially playing a significant role in deciding which party will lead the next provincial government.

The results were expected to be close, but few political watchers expected them to be this tight.

The politically right leaning B.C. Liberal Party of incumbent Premier Christy Clark currently has enough elected members to form a minority government. 

Craig McCulloch

Voters in British Columbia are heading the the ballot box Tuesday to elect a new premier and provincial government.

During the official 28-day campaign, several cross-border issues were debated by the three major parties and their leaders.

Chief among them, the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline expansion, which would see a massive increase in oil tanker traffic through Puget Sound.

NASA's Earth Observatory

A number of forest fires are continuing to burn in British Columbia.  As Craig McCulloch reports, the cost and smoke permeating the Vancouver area is getting attention.

The British Columbia Wildlife Service is reporting that 76 active fires larger than 25 acres (10 hectares) are currently burning across the province. There are many more smaller fires engulfing forests.

British Columbia is getting get a new Premier.  Over the weekend, the province elected a new leader. The new Premier, which is equivalent to a state governor, is pledging to maintain good relations with Washington State.

What led to killings of 100 sled dogs in Whistler last spring? British Columbia's Premier Gordon Campbell has appointed a task force as part of a widening investigation into the animal deaths at a dog sled compound near the winter resort town of Whistler.