Justine Hunter, The Globe and Mail

Justine Hunter

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Victoria, BC, Canada

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Past articles by Justine:

B.C.’s Public Safety Minister promises reforms ahead of police manslaughter trial

Mike Farnworth says changes to the Police Act this year will improve accountability, as two RCMP officers charged with manslaughter in the death of an Indigenous man are set to go to a first hearing → Read More

B.C.’s budget is long on promises for conservation, but short on dollars, say conservation groups

Groups say B.C. government is taking the province’s natural resources for granted as funds for natural-resource management has shrunk to one per cent of the provincial budget since 1990 → Read More

B.C. promises to tackle gender pay gap through proposed transparency legislation

The move is not ambitious enough, according to advocates who are calling for a pay equity law to require employers to close the gap → Read More

B.C.’s budget rings up $4.2-billion deficit, carbon tax to fund new housing and health-care spending

New initiatives include tax breaks for low-income families and a renter’s rebate. Here are five key takeaways from the 2023 budget → Read More

B.C. expected to boost budget spending as economists forecast slowdown in growth

B.C’s economy is set to stall this year, but government spending won’t slow accordingly → Read More

B.C. announces a plan to tackle cancer wait times

B.C. government adding $440-million in funding to province’s cancer agency → Read More

Preliminary search shows there are at least 17 unmarked graves at Alberni residential school

Researchers have also documented 67 students who died and are calling for access to records of the province’s three Indian hospitals where some students were sent, and didn’t return → Read More

B.C.’s changes to prescription rules have reduced family doctor calls

Number of British Columbians getting prescriptions renewed without first contacting a physician has more than doubled since the province gave pharmacists more prescribing powers → Read More

B.C. moves to fast-track its overdue old growth protection commitments

On Wednesday, Premier David Eby pledged $25-million to help First Nations participate in land-use decisions on old-growth forests, and added $90-million to the BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund → Read More

B.C. Premier moves to carve out province’s share of bilateral health money

Premier David Eby met with federal colleagues Tuesday to lay the groundwork for deal which would bring in an additional $600-million to the province’s strained healthcare system → Read More

Premiers agree to accept Ottawa’s health care funding proposal

Move paves the way for a lift in transfers in the coming federal budget, but premiers still have concerns about long-term sustainability → Read More

Premiers agree to accept Ottawa’s health care funding proposal

Move paves the way for a lift in transfers in the coming federal budget, but premiers still have concerns about long-term sustainability → Read More

Behind the push to expand mandatory treatment for mental health and addictions in B.C.

Even some of B.C. premier’s strongest allies are pushing back against involuntary treatment as a solution to drug crisis → Read More

Faced with slowing economy, B.C. promises to keep spending taps open

The B.C. government says it is already planning ‘historic’ new spending levels on the public health care system → Read More

B.C. Hydro to ask heavy emitters how it can help them meet climate targets

B.C.’s clean energy policy is going to have to shift into a higher gear, or it will be left behind in meeting the net-zero challenge → Read More

‘Ambitious’ conservation targets demand agreement between B.C., Ottawa

Despite the strong political alignment between the two governments, a nature agreement that would fast-track conservation has proved elusive → Read More

B.C. backcountry users warned to avoid avalanche terrain after five deaths from unstable snowpack this month

Volatile conditions began with the same series of storms that dumped record-breaking rains over California, and could continue to the end of the winter season in some regions → Read More

Canada’s premiers will meet next month with hopes of a health-care agreement breakthrough

Ottawa has signalled it is willing to negotiate a 10-year health funding deal that will see a hefty increase for both Canada Health Transfer, or CHT, and bilateral financial agreements with individual provinces and territories → Read More

Preparing for ‘Firmageddon,’ researchers watch B.C.’s forests for die-offs and droughts

Across the Pacific Northwest, firs are dying in record numbers as beetles, extreme heat and fires test the trees’ endurance → Read More

First Nation declares large portion of British Columbia’s Taku River watershed a protected area

Taku Tlingit say 60 per cent of biologically diverse area will be preserved, while the rest will be treated as ‘specially managed landscapes’ → Read More