Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

The grounds of Fraser Valley Institution for Women, located on King Road in Abbotsford. (Vikki Hopes/Black Press Media)

Overrepresentation of Indigenous women in custody reaches historic levels in B.C.

Replicating ineffective systems not working, say advocates

The grounds of Fraser Valley Institution for Women, located on King Road in Abbotsford. (Vikki Hopes/Black Press Media)
B.C.’s Attorney General, David Eby, responds to questions asked by Skeena BC Liberal MLA Ellis Ross in the Legislative Assembly on March 30. (Screenshot/Hansard videos)

‘Every excuse in the book’: Eby under fire over B.C.’s handling of prolific offenders

David Eby admits to increased no-charges decisions, defends Crown counsel by citing pandemic-related limitations

B.C.’s Attorney General, David Eby, responds to questions asked by Skeena BC Liberal MLA Ellis Ross in the Legislative Assembly on March 30. (Screenshot/Hansard videos)
Mark Ruffalo along with Gidimt’en Checkpoint oppostion leader Sleydo’ called on RBC to stop financing fossil fuel projects like Coastal GasLink in northern B.C., during a virtual conference this morning. (Screenshot/Gidimt’en Checkpoint)

Hollywood A-listers push for RBC to stop financing Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C.

‘No More Dirty Banks’ has over 65 Hollywood signatories calling on banks to pull out of fossil fuel projects

Mark Ruffalo along with Gidimt’en Checkpoint oppostion leader Sleydo’ called on RBC to stop financing fossil fuel projects like Coastal GasLink in northern B.C., during a virtual conference this morning. (Screenshot/Gidimt’en Checkpoint)
Stoli vodka bottles up for sale at the Skeena Liquor Store in Terrace. All proceeds from the sale will go towards the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (Binny Paul/ Terrace Standard)

Northwest B.C. bar raises money for Ukraine with Stolichnaya vodka

Latvian Stoli vodka is not on the list of banned Russian vodka but has historic origins in Soviet Union

Stoli vodka bottles up for sale at the Skeena Liquor Store in Terrace. All proceeds from the sale will go towards the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (Binny Paul/ Terrace Standard)
(Adam Amir/Tahltan Central Government)

Aerial project takes B.C. First Nation elders to revisit remote homelands

The project is part of an information-gathering exercise by Tahltan Central Government

(Adam Amir/Tahltan Central Government)
Jessica McCallum-Miller, extreme left, with the mayor and council during the inaugural meeting on Nov.5, 2018. McCallum-Miller has filed a Human Rights complaint against the city and select council member, a year after she resigned citing systemic racism.
From left: Jessica McCallum-Miller, Lynne Christiansen, Sean Bujtas, Mayor Carol Leclerc, RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn, Brian Downie and Evan Ramsay. (file photo)

Former councillor files human rights complaint against B.C. city alleging systemic racism

‘I’m still hurt by what took place,’ says Jessica McCallum-Miller about leaving the Terrace council

Jessica McCallum-Miller, extreme left, with the mayor and council during the inaugural meeting on Nov.5, 2018. McCallum-Miller has filed a Human Rights complaint against the city and select council member, a year after she resigned citing systemic racism.
From left: Jessica McCallum-Miller, Lynne Christiansen, Sean Bujtas, Mayor Carol Leclerc, RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn, Brian Downie and Evan Ramsay. (file photo)
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada closes recreational salmon fishing in the Skeena River watershed, including the Bulkley River. (Contributed Photo)

Northwest B.C. First Nations outraged by Alaskan interception of salmon

Gitxsan, Gitanyow, and Wet’suwet’en call on government to protect constitutional fishing rights

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada closes recreational salmon fishing in the Skeena River watershed, including the Bulkley River. (Contributed Photo)
Gidimt’en Checkpoint, a Wet’suwet’en group opposing the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, released this photo with a statement in which they claim to have reoccupied the pipeline site near Houston from where they were ousted last month by the RCMP. ( Gidimt’en Checkpoint/Facebook)

Pipeline opposition group reoccupy northwest B.C. worksite a month after police action

Gidimt’en Checkpoint once again issue eviction notice to CGL workers from the key pipeline drill site

Gidimt’en Checkpoint, a Wet’suwet’en group opposing the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, released this photo with a statement in which they claim to have reoccupied the pipeline site near Houston from where they were ousted last month by the RCMP. ( Gidimt’en Checkpoint/Facebook)
An encampment on Hwy 16 in New Hazelton near the CN Rail tracks was set up in solidarity with Coastal GasLink pipeline opponents following arrests made at the company’s worksite near Houston. Two men were arrested near the camp triggering a request by Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen to review police actions. (Deb Meissner photo)

B.C. RCMP will review Hazelton arrests following Northwest MLA’s “complaint letter”

Two Gitxsan men were arrested on Nov. 21 while protesting in solidarity with pipeline opponents

An encampment on Hwy 16 in New Hazelton near the CN Rail tracks was set up in solidarity with Coastal GasLink pipeline opponents following arrests made at the company’s worksite near Houston. Two men were arrested near the camp triggering a request by Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen to review police actions. (Deb Meissner photo)
Nathan Cullen, right, looks on as Wet’suwet’en hereditary leader Chief Woos, also known as Frank Alec, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relation, Carolyn Bennett and B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser address the media in Smithers, B.C., Sunday, March 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Northwest B.C. MLA calls on RCMP top cop to review pipeline opponents’ arrests in Hazelton

Nathan Cullen’s letter to Brenda Lucki comes after his eviction from Hazelton by Gitxsan chiefs

Nathan Cullen, right, looks on as Wet’suwet’en hereditary leader Chief Woos, also known as Frank Alec, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relation, Carolyn Bennett and B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser address the media in Smithers, B.C., Sunday, March 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A billboard sign of Stikine MLA Nathan Nathan Cullen, on highway 16 west of Smithers, was subject to anti-Semitic vandalism. (Deb Meissner/Smithers Interior News)

Northwest B.C. MLA’s billboard in Smithers vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

The blatant act of anti-Semitism is hurtful to his Jewish heritage and community, said Nathan Cullen

A billboard sign of Stikine MLA Nathan Nathan Cullen, on highway 16 west of Smithers, was subject to anti-Semitic vandalism. (Deb Meissner/Smithers Interior News)
The RCMP arrested, and subsequently released, two more opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline for setting up a blockade near the construction site in Houston on Monday morning, Nov. 29. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint/ Facebook)

Resistance activities continue on Northwest pipeline construction site, police make 2 more arrests

The individuals were arrested for contempt of court order and mischief and then released

The RCMP arrested, and subsequently released, two more opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline for setting up a blockade near the construction site in Houston on Monday morning, Nov. 29. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint/ Facebook)
Leonardo DiCaprio joins the environmental nonprofit Earth Alliance. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Northern B.C. MLA slams Leonardo DiCaprio for ‘misinformed’ support of pipeline opposition

‘Leonardo DiCaprio, you have no idea what you’re talking about’: Ellis Ross on actor’s pipeline tweet

Leonardo DiCaprio joins the environmental nonprofit Earth Alliance. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Sleydo (Molly Wickham) relays a video message after being released on Nov. 23. ( Gidimt'en Checkpoint/Facebook)

All arrested at Coastal GasLink pipeline blockade released under conditions

Upon release, Gidimt’en Checkpoint leader calls arrests and injunction a violation of human rights

Sleydo (Molly Wickham) relays a video message after being released on Nov. 23. ( Gidimt'en Checkpoint/Facebook)
A photo of the RCMP deployed at Morice Forest Service Road last week . (Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook photo)

Arrested journalists released with conditions as northwest B.C. pipeline dispute plays out in court

CGL is seeking to get those arrested to not return to the pipeline construction site in Houston

A photo of the RCMP deployed at Morice Forest Service Road last week . (Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook photo)
Women in the northwest don’t have access to surgical abortions in the region. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Teresa Crawford)

Access to surgical abortions in northwest B.C. a concern due to doctor shortages

Victims of abuse, low income and Indigenous women most affected says Vancouver Rape Relief

Women in the northwest don’t have access to surgical abortions in the region. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Teresa Crawford)
Gitanmaax chief councillor Tracey Woods, reads out the band’s decision to the social workers who had come to take back a six-year-old girl from the reserve. ( Git’luuhl’um’hetxwit/ Facebook)

Northern B.C. First Nation band blocks MCFD workers from taking 6-year-old off reserve

Chief councillor told ministry workers that child will remain in the community until further resolution

Gitanmaax chief councillor Tracey Woods, reads out the band’s decision to the social workers who had come to take back a six-year-old girl from the reserve. ( Git’luuhl’um’hetxwit/ Facebook)
Unifor workers strike outside the smelter in Kitimat July 25. (Contributed photo)

Northwest B.C. aluminum smelter strike ends as union votes and ratifies collective agreement

Both Rio Tinto and Unifor Local 2301 are working on restart plans to ramp up production in Kitimat

Unifor workers strike outside the smelter in Kitimat July 25. (Contributed photo)
A photo of Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of the Rio Tinto smelter in Kitimat BC, in July . (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Tentative deal reached in 2-month-old Kitimat aluminum strike

Rio Tinto and Unifor Local 2301 reach collective labour agreement for Kitimat BC Works smelter

A photo of Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of the Rio Tinto smelter in Kitimat BC, in July . (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Liberal candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, Lakhvinder Jhaj, on a visit to the riding form Sept. 14-16 (Black Press file photo)

Skeena-Bulkley Valley’s Liberal candidate pops up in the riding 5 days before polling

Lakhwinder Jhaj will be visiting Prince Rupert and Terrace from Sept. 14-16

Liberal candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, Lakhvinder Jhaj, on a visit to the riding form Sept. 14-16 (Black Press file photo)