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BC’s Minimum Wage Insufficient

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As of June 1, minimum wage workers in the province earn $14.60 an hour, up from $13.85. But low wages, part-time or precarious work, coupled with low vacancy rates and high rents, are significant drivers of homelessness in the North Island region, said Kristi Schwanicke, co-ordinator of the Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness.

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Fatal Drug Overdoses Are On The Rise

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Fatal drug overdoses are on the rise in B.C., with more than three people dying every day during dual health emergencies, new data from the BC Coroners Service indicates.

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Methane Emissions: One Of The Gas Industry’s Worst Climate Offenders

By Natalia Balcerzak, The Narwhal, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

There are currently seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in various stages of proposal, planning and construction in B.C. To feed those facilities, B.C. is anticipating an explosion in the amount of fracking in the province’s northeast at the same time as it’s trying to get a handle on one of the gas industry’s worst climate offenders: methane emissions.

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Three Provinces Launch Economic Reopening Measures

By Michael Bramadat-Willcock & Carl Meyer, National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporters & Emma McIntosh, National Reporter, Canada’s National Observer

Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia launch COVID-19 economic reopening measures this week, and all three provinces are tackling the issue on their own terms.

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