British Columbia

Liberals score shock win in British Columbia polls

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. Photo: Reuters

British Columbia's centre-right premier Christy Clark has scored a stunning election victory, contradicting every poll to trounce the opposition New Democratic Party and silence critics of her Liberal Party's pro-business agenda.

Thursday, 16 May, 2013, 2:43am

Chinese trade barbs in British Columbia election campaign

Frank Yunrong Huang (right), during a campaign stop in Richmond in the build-up to British Columbia's provincial election. Photo: Reuters

Campaigning for British Columbia's provincial election has been marred by vicious infighting among the Chinese community, with one candidate branded a secret member of China's Communist Party.

10 May 2013 - 3:30am 2 comments

'Vote ploy' uproar stalls BC premier's plan to apologise for Chinese head tax

The head tax, represented by this certificate showing a C$500 payment for a 10-year-old boy, was levied until 1923.  Photo: SCMP Pictures

Plans by British Columbia's government to apologise for the "head tax" that Canada once imposed on Chinese immigrants appear to have been shelved, amid uproar over a leaked government strategy paper on how to woo the ethnic vote.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:54am

Tsunami alert for Hawaii after quake off western Canada

The Earthquake struck near the Queen Charlotte islands.

A magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, with residents in parts of British Columbia evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed, with no reports of major damage.

A tsunami alert triggered by the quake set off alarms in Hawaii, with authorities forcing a state-wide evacuation.

29 Oct 2012 - 4:56pm

Fresh look

Crispy bun with fried pork chop marinated with shrimp paste at Tai O Lookout

Once you've taken in the decor and gimmicks, it's the quality of the food that matters after all.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

TOP table


FARE Japanese.

AMBIENCE Dining areas sectioned off with wooden-framed screens for privacy. Panoramic views of Victoria Harbour.

COST HK$2,320 including one beer.

WHO TO BRING Clients to impress or a special family occasion.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am



FARE Japanese.

AMBIENCE Mostly dark with colourful graphic designs, a large bar in front and a robotayaki station and booths at the back lined with sake drums.

COST HK$1,024 for two including sake.

WHO TO BRING Friends for a casual meal.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

FRESH fields


While chef director Chris Woodyard doesn't want Madam Sixty Ate classified as a fine dining restaurant, it does present gourmet dishes at a price.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

APPEALING alternative

The attractiveness of Canada has often been overshadowed by more glamorous countries, until now. With the United States and Europe facing uncertainties, a lot of global funds are turning to the Canadian dollar - as well as the Swiss franc and yen - as a safe haven.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Second home away from home

A second home might not be high on everyone's list of priorities in the present economic climate, but for those who are in the market, British Columbia and its largest city, Vancouver, stand out. Chinese investors, in particular, are strongly represented among foreigners buying in the westernmost province of Canada.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Island life

The Victoria-bound Spirit of Vancouver Island lets out a droning blast of its horn and turns hard to port. The ferry's decks shudder as the engines churn to get her around a tight bend in the channel. Then comes the echoes of another sonorous horn and the Vancouver-bound Spirit of British Columbia steams into view.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Landslide marks a rocky road to Winter Games


When thousands of tonnes of rock collapsed on Highway 99 - the road that connects Vancouver to the mountain resort town of Whistler - last week, it really couldn't have come at a better time.

4 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Consultation with aboriginals is crucial to changing place names from colonial past


Fittingly for an explorer, Captain George Vancouver had nerve in spades when he arrived on the shores of British Columbia's coast in 1792, albeit 9,000 years after the first prehistoric settlers.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

National parties make wealthy constituency a test case


The fortunate residents of Vancouver Quadra are heading to the polls for the third time in four years.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

British Columbia to ban smoking in cars carrying children

Smoking in cars when children are inside will be banned, and all schools and restaurants will be trans-fat-free within two years in British Columbia, the provincial government said in its key annual policy statement.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am