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Stefan Labbé

Stefan Labbé

Stefan Labbé covers climate and environment solutions for Glacier Media's Central Desk.

That means he tells stories about how people are responding to problems linked to climate change — from the energy transition to migration and everything in between.

Labbé has broken stories on the B.C. government's unexpected axing of a municipal climate adaptation fund, the development of a federal atmospheric river warning system, and a story of the first doctor in the world to diagnose a patient with climate change, among others.

His on-the-ground reporting has been featured in interviews with national broadcaster CTV, and on such podcasts as The Big Story.

As a freelancer he has reported on returning jihadist fighters in Jordan, the fallout from a government-guerrilla peace deal in Colombia and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean.

Labbé's writing, photography and documentary work have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Guardian, The Tyee, the Globe & Mail and PBS NewsHour.

He holds a Master’s of Journalism from the University of British Columbia and previously worked as a staff reporter at a local newspaper, where he wrote features, shot photos, and covered the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Recent Work by Stefan

Mass mortality event kills hundreds of tonnes of B.C. farmed salmon

Mass mortality event kills hundreds of tonnes of B.C. farmed salmon

DFO and operator attribute mass die-off to low oxygen, but one scientist who visited one far-flung site in a kayak worries the real cause could be more complicated.
'Grolar' hybrid bears confirmed in Canadian study

'Grolar' hybrid bears confirmed in Canadian study

Few hybrid bears suggest Canadian polar bears not yet getting 'genetically swamped' by grizzlies, say researchers
B.C. coal mining company penalized $41,100

B.C. coal mining company penalized $41,100

Between 2020 and 2023, the company failed to properly monitor mine waste flowing into a nearby fish-bearing tributary, according to a recent decision.
Fired B.C. environmental officer who feared for safety given years of back pay, job back

Fired B.C. environmental officer who feared for safety given years of back pay, job back

Former Canadian environmental officer who feared for her life at work wins multi-year case. The labour board ruling raises concerns she was fired as an example to other government employees.
Canadian minister waited too long to recommend spotted owl emergency order, judge rules

Canadian minister waited too long to recommend spotted owl emergency order, judge rules

The ruling found Canada's environment minister waited too long to issue a call to halt logging threatening the B.C. owl. It could guide future action on endangered species in Canada.
Flat tax on big polluters could fund basic income, finds UBC study

Flat tax on big polluters could fund basic income, finds UBC study

Authors say flat tax on companies who release carbon emissions and overexploit natural resources could largely fund a basic income program, while boosting Canada's GDP by $541 billion
Canada launches coastal flooding alert system

Canada launches coastal flooding alert system

System meant to warn Canadians of high-impact coastal flooding events, give emergency authorities time to prepare. 
Canadian teleworkers save over an hour a day, finds StatCan study

Canadian teleworkers save over an hour a day, finds StatCan study

Share of Canadians working from home remains triple that of pre-pandemic levels, a Statistics Canada study has found.
Chilliwack penalized $11,000 for removing bear fence and exposing landfill

Chilliwack penalized $11,000 for removing bear fence and exposing landfill

Chilliwack was found to have removed an electric bear fence, but says reported bear sightings at the landfill were a result of 'miscommunication or misunderstanding.'
Make Metro Vancouver an elected board, councillors ask B.C. premier

Make Metro Vancouver an elected board, councillors ask B.C. premier

Metro Vancouver's current governance model includes 41 appointed board members from 23 local governments.
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