Derrick Penner, The Vancouver Sun

Derrick Penner

The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Recent articles by Derrick:

Mines Minister Mungall addresses a B.C. mining exploration sector facing challenges

As the 2020 conference opened, mineral exploration is also a sector in B.C. facing its challenges → Read More

Jumbo Glacier deal enshrines Indigenous protected area, consigns mega-resort to history

'It's turning the page and ending a chapter of decades of defensiveness on our part' — Kathryn Teneese of the Ktunaxa Nation Council → Read More

Premier Horgan offers $5 million to help truck loggers suffering seven-month strike

"I'm happy to hear that they're willing to help and are doing something, but there's lots to do," Bill Nelson, president of the B.C. Truck Loggers Association. → Read More

As snow walloped Vancouver, health care workers were among many making long commutes

Getting to work at B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Wednesday morning involved planning and an hour-and-a-half worth of snow shovelling for labour-and-delivery nurse Aman Vashist. Then his usual 35-40 minute commute from White Rock to Oak and 29th Avenue turned into an hour-and-a-half odyssey along Highway 99 and Oak Street, which hadn’t been plowed, […] → Read More

Conference on UN declaration has no easy answers for Wet'suwet'en, Coastal GasLink dispute

"This is a discussion we have been waiting to have for too long," Cheryl Casimer, B.C. First Nations Summit. → Read More

Coffee shop owner got hooked on policing, now he's a Vancouver cop in training

The Vancouver Police Department has sworn in its latest class of new recruits → Read More

Metro Vancouver posted record housing construction in midst of falling prices

"I don't think anybody would look at Vancouver's market and say, 'Oh, OK, it's affordable now,' " said Randy Ryalls, general manager of Royal LePage Sterling Realty. → Read More

Second claim filed against LifeLabs alleging company failure to protect patient data

Two claims have been filed against LifeLabs in B.C. Supreme Court and at least two in Ontario Superior Court seeking unspecified damages related to the breach. → Read More

Sea lion makes a surprise Christmas visit to Sunshine Coast home

The animal's apparent penchant for hanging around in marshy water earned him the nickname James Pond. → Read More

Asa Johal, from poor immigrant to B.C. independent lumber baron

Asa Johal retired in 2016 at age 94 as a titan in British Columbia's coastal forest industry. His amazing life and business achievements have been chronicled in a new book by Jinder Oujla-Chalmers → Read More

B.C. makes history with legislation to implement UN declaration on Indigenous rights

“Most simply put, it’s about coming together as governments, as people seeking to find common ground,” said Terry Teegee, Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations in B.C. → Read More

Will the visibility of the youth climate strike translate into political influence?

Youth are hitting the streets demanding action on climate issues, but it remains an open question how that might translate to influence in the federal election. → Read More

Logging-truck protest convoy driven by plea for help in B.C. small towns

Logging truck drivers led the 17-kilometre-long convoy from its rally point in Merritt to downtown Vancouver to impress upon politicians at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention and urbanites that "small-town B.C. is dying." → Read More

Elizabeth May leads Green charge in Metro Vancouver campaign stops

The Green party is pinning its hopes on there being no pressure on voters to cast ballots strategically to unseat a government. → Read More

Scrapping limit on voting abroad sparks interest among Canadian expats

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down the law that set a five-year time limit on voting from abroad. → Read More

B.C. government unveils $69 million aid package for workers in beleaguered forest industry

The aid package includes $40 million in early retirement assistance that could be available to up to one third of workers on long-term layoffs. → Read More

Environment, economy top issues that could sway voters in board of trade poll

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade sought the views of its business members and a slice of the public to find out what was top-of-mind at the outset. → Read More

Green party is hopeful provincial success will translate to the federal landscape

Green Party leader Elizabeth May opened the 2019 election with a bit of a greener landscape in front of her in terms of provincial electoral success. → Read More

B.C. poised to take central role in election as Trudeau touches off campaign in Vancouver

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left Rideau Hall and headed to Vancouver Kingsway signalling the central role B.C. could play in the federal election. → Read More

Teal Jones to shut down coastal logging citing weak markets, high costs

The shutdown is immediate, the company said, which will result in not just the layoff of loggers but additional downtime at is Surrey sawmills. → Read More