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Lauren Collins

Lauren Collins

I joined Black Press Media at 19 years old, starting with an internship and freelance work with the Surrey Leader and the Cloverdale Reporter before making the move to the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. It was through that work that I became inspired by community journalism and the need for local news.
In 2018, I made the move back to the Surrey Now-Leader, covering crime, education, homelessness and data reporting before moving into my provincial reporting role in 2023.

Phone
604-999-6721
Email
lauren.collins@blackpress.ca

Recent Work by Lauren

February was the 20th month in a row of at least 175 overdose deaths in B.C.

February was the 20th month in a row of at least 175 overdose deaths in B.C.

BC Coroners Service says monthly reported deaths down 12% from January 2024
Discriminatory jokes, gestures part of new B.C. Police Act misconduct definition

Discriminatory jokes, gestures part of new B.C. Police Act misconduct definition

Legislation in response to 2019 and 2022 reports on reforming Police Act, police complaint process
B.C. tables house-flipping tax, to come into effect Jan. 1, 2025

B.C. tables house-flipping tax, to come into effect Jan. 1, 2025

Those who resell property within 2 years will be subject to the tax; retroactive to 2023 and 2024
1 dead, another hospitalized after stabbing in downtown Victoria

1 dead, another hospitalized after stabbing in downtown Victoria

Charges have yet to be laid in early Easter morning incident
17-year-old dead after stabbing in Prince George: RCMP

17-year-old dead after stabbing in Prince George: RCMP

Police say 3 youth suspects were arrested
Petition calls to keep health library open, accessible to doctors in B.C.

Petition calls to keep health library open, accessible to doctors in B.C.

Worry for rural, remote doctors who rely on college’s online and physical library
BC Ferries cancels sailings between Victoria, Tsawwassen due to severe winds

BC Ferries cancels sailings between Victoria, Tsawwassen due to severe winds

Environment Canada warns of wind gusts between 70 and 90 km/h
B.C. snowpack at lowest March 1 levels in 2 decades, 2nd lowest ever

B.C. snowpack at lowest March 1 levels in 2 decades, 2nd lowest ever

Head of River Forecast Centre says there could be a decrease in flood risk in some areas of B.C.
Federal RCMP seize 27 tonnes of contraband cigarettes in B.C.

Federal RCMP seize 27 tonnes of contraband cigarettes in B.C.

Police say the investigation has led to dismantling criminal networks
Driver hits vehicle, 2 people on side of highway north of Qualicum Beach

Driver hits vehicle, 2 people on side of highway north of Qualicum Beach

3-vehicle crash sends 3 people to hospital
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