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.
Linnaea Farm's seed library will preserve Cortes Island's stock of heritage seeds, but it will also help the local community, and others across Canada, to improve food security and resiliency to climate change.
The once common treasures of the tidal pool are at risk of being eradicated along the Pacific coastline from a deadly combination of disease and warming oceans due to climate change, says biologist Alyssa Gehman.
Judy Darcy, B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, says a controversial bill that would allow youth to be involuntarily hospitalized after they overdose is on hold. But critics want it permanently nixed.
Food insecurity can only be solved by raising incomes and food banks are an ad hoc solution that senior levels of government rely on to avoid repairing a frayed social safety net, says expert Graham Riches.