Rochelle Baker joins Canada's National Observer as a reporter, thanks to a grant from the Local Journalism Initiative of the Government of Canada. Rochelle has worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer in BC's Lower Mainland for over 7 years.
Bound by love and loss, mothers of the dead gathered outside the legislature in Victoria on Wednesday to demand government decriminalize the personal possession of drugs and provide people who use drugs better access to a safe supply.
The Pacheedaht leadership does not welcome old-growth activists within its territory on south Vancouver Island, and it is the nation's right to determine how forestry resources will be used, read a statement from elected and hereditary chiefs on Monday.
Meanwhile, increasing numbers of people, frustrated by the rate at which the province is protecting old-growth, are heading to the Fairy Creek blockades near Port Renfrew in the B.C. premier’s Vancouver Island riding.
A Federal Court judge has ruled in favour of Mowi Canada West and Saltstream, which challenged Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan’s policy decision to ban the restocking of pen sites in the Discovery Islands ahead of the June 2022 fish farm phaseout.
Fairy Creek activists say Thursday's court decision to remove blockaders protecting old-growth trees from logging in cut blocks on southern Vancouver Island will only act as a “flashpoint” for growing public support.
An environmental coalition is in court to try and prevent salmon farm companies from securing a ruling to allow the transfer of 1.2 million fish to sites in the Discovery Islands this summer, despite a federal ban around restocking the farms.
Displaced from their traditional territories and scattered across Vancouver Island and beyond for more than 50 years, the Tlowitsis First Nation is on the cusp of breaking ground on a home for its people.