Councillors contemplate tax on vacant homes

!Coun. Colin Plant and Coun. Vickie Sanders have raised the possibility of an empty-house tax that would help fund affordable housing initiatives in Saanich. They are standing in front of Cottage Grove, a housing facility for previously homeless seniors that the Cool Aid Society operates on Quadra Street in Saanich. - Wolf Depner/News Staff
  •  updated Feb 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Statistics show that about five per cent of private homes in Saanich – 2,770 – are unoccupied

B.C. transplant specialist says drug overdose organ donors on the rise

  • B.C.  updated Feb 18, 2017 at 8:59 AM

The Canadian Transplant Society said it makes no difference to transplant recipients if an organ comes from someone killed by drug overdose.

B.C. to get $10-million boost to fight opioid crisis

  • B.C.  updated Feb 17, 2017 at 3:02 PM

The federal government announces $65 million across Canada in response to the opioid overdose crisis.

B.C. and Ottawa reach $1.4-billion mental health and home care deal

  • B.C. updated Feb 17, 2017 at 3:40 PM

The province is the sixth to sign a separate deal after failed attempts to secure a multilateral accord.

UPDATE: Overdose deaths down in January, but risk still ‘extreme’: coroner

  • B.C.  updated Feb 17, 2017 at 3:20 PM

An average of seven people died every two days last month, according to the latest numbers.

B.C. government investigates PharmaNet data breach

  • B.C. updated Feb 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Prescription drug information of 7,500 people exposed in breaches at four doctors' offices, Health Minister Terry Lake says

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