Tom Fletcher

Deputy Premier Rich Coleman (left) has carried the housing file through a variety of ministries over more than 10 years. He's pushing 'low barrier' housing now.

BC VIEWS: Alternatives to drug ghettos

Rich Coleman expands supports for street drug addicts where they gather, instead of offering them a way out

Deputy Premier Rich Coleman (left) has carried the housing file through a variety of ministries over more than 10 years. He's pushing 'low barrier' housing now.
Barry Penner has been in private law practice since retiring as B.C. Liberal MLA for Chilliwack before the 2013 election.

Ex-cabinet minister named ICBC chair

Barry Penner's appointment comes as the Crown agency prepares its final arguments for a 5.5 per cent rate increase

Barry Penner has been in private law practice since retiring as B.C. Liberal MLA for Chilliwack before the 2013 election.
Lelu Island off Prince Rupert has been studied for two years as a site for a large-scale liquefied natural gas export terminal.

B.C. presses for LNG approval after delay

Natural gas minister Rich Coleman says latest delay to Petronas-backed project at Prince Rupert must be 'overcome'

Lelu Island off Prince Rupert has been studied for two years as a site for a large-scale liquefied natural gas export terminal.
Tent camp next to Victoria courthouse persists even as shelter and housing spaces are added. Housing Minister Rich Coleman says some campers are there as a protest and they want a confrontation.

BC VIEWS: Welcome to B.C., freeloaders

Word is out across the country, if you want handouts and housing, no questions asked, the West Coast is best

Tent camp next to Victoria courthouse persists even as shelter and housing spaces are added. Housing Minister Rich Coleman says some campers are there as a protest and they want a confrontation.
Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell

B.C. changing orphan benefit policy

Government stopped deducting child support and CPP orphan benefits last year, but WorkSafeBC benefits were overlooked

Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell
Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham

Ex-provincial staffer charged in email affair

Two charges of making false statements to information and privacy commissioner laid against George Gretes by special prosecutor

Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham
School buses use a hinged stop sign as well as flashing amber and red lights to warn drivers to stop when students are getting on and off.

Crackdown coming on passing school bus

Children injured as drivers pass school buses with flashing lights and stop signs activated

School buses use a hinged stop sign as well as flashing amber and red lights to warn drivers to stop when students are getting on and off.
The B.C. legislature

Lead from old pipes hits home for MLAs

After Prince Rupert schools showed elevated lead levels in water, tests at the B.C. legislature showed similar results

The B.C. legislature
Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson

Minister monitoring new college fees

Fees increasing above 2% cap for colleges and universities must be for new services, Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson says

Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson
Agricultural Land Commission chair Frank Leonard

Farm regulator raising fees, adding enforcement

ALC chair Frank Leonard says some farmers waiting two years for a decision, changes to restore 'credibility' to commission

Agricultural Land Commission chair Frank Leonard
Protesters are joined by NDP MLAs at a rally in front of the B.C. legislature Wednesday against a charge for bus passes introduced along with an increase in disability assistance.

Protesters call for more disability support

Minister Michelle Stilwell under fire for introducing monthly charge for bus passes along with $77 a month disability assistance increase

Protesters are joined by NDP MLAs at a rally in front of the B.C. legislature Wednesday against a charge for bus passes introduced along with an increase in disability assistance.
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (centre) and the Supreme Court of Canada

BC VIEWS: Bowing to the power of judges

From 'medical' marijuana to 'assisted' dying, courts have free hand to tell the Justin Trudeau government what to do

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (centre) and the Supreme Court of Canada
Nisga'a Nation musicians enter the B.C. legislature for swearing-in ceremony of MLAs Melanie Mark and Jodie Wickens Wednesday.

Nisga’a ceremony greets new MLAs

B.C. legislature now 36 per cent women, the highest level of representation in the history of Canadian legislatures

Nisga'a Nation musicians enter the B.C. legislature for swearing-in ceremony of MLAs Melanie Mark and Jodie Wickens Wednesday.
Closed nursing home (background) located across the street from Christ Church Cathedral elementary school in downtown Victoria is being converted to a 'low barrier' shelter for tent campers.

BC VIEWS: Housing czar defends drug ghettos

Housing Minister Rich Coleman brushes off criticism of shelters and 'low barrier' housing for drug-addicted street people

Closed nursing home (background) located across the street from Christ Church Cathedral elementary school in downtown Victoria is being converted to a 'low barrier' shelter for tent campers.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong presents the 2016-17 budget in the B.C. legislature Tuesday.

BC BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS: Real estate, MSP, disability benefits

Luxury tax on new homes over $2 million, children exempted from rising medical fees, prosperity fund without LNG revenues

Finance Minister Mike de Jong presents the 2016-17 budget in the B.C. legislature Tuesday.
NDP housing critic David Eby

NDP calls B.C. housing plan a step back

Housing Minister Rich Coleman returns to direct social housing investment; NDP's David Eby says some rents will go up

NDP housing critic David Eby
Finance Minister Mike de Jong

Medical fees top B.C. budget list

Finance Minister Mike de Jong looking at making MSP premiums reflect income, but he has no intention of eliminating premiums

Finance Minister Mike de Jong
One of the neglected dogs seized from a Langley dog breeder Feb. 4.

New standards coming for pet breeders

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says puppy mill operators should be subject to Canada's strictest animal abuse penalties

One of the neglected dogs seized from a Langley dog breeder Feb. 4.
LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz announces project proceeding to engineering and environmental assessment

Shell postpones LNG decision to late 2016

Shell, Mitsubishi, Korea Gas and PetroChina agree to stick with Prince Rupert project despite world-wide oil and gas price slump

LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz announces project proceeding to engineering and environmental assessment
Tent camp on provincial property next to the Victoria courthouse has become an Occupy-style squat

BC VIEWS: Urban drug ghettos don’t work

BC housing czar Rich Coleman spending hundreds of millions on a failed containment strategy for addicted street people

Tent camp on provincial property next to the Victoria courthouse has become an Occupy-style squat