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Northeast quake likely caused by fracking: Geological Survey of Canada

The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission says it is investigating a series of earthquakes that took place Thursday evening in the province’s northeast. The commission says the seismic events struck between 16 kilometres southwest and 25 kilometres southeast of Fort St. John. It says operations in the area were immediately shut down as a precaution and mitigation strategies will ... Read More »

B.C. First Nations facing huge debt from wildfire efforts

Many British Columbia First Nations that stayed behind to stop wildfires from destroying their communities in 2017 and 2018 are still waiting to be reimbursed by the provincial and federal governments for hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. Indigenous groups say they can’t afford to pay for training and equipment for firefighters before a crisis strikes, so they have ... Read More »

Telegraph Creek residents begin returning home

Telegraph Creek resident are finally returning home after fleeing destructive wildfires last summer. The emergency operations director for the Tahltan Band says when residents go home to Telegraph Creek they will find a changed community. Feddie Louie says the evacuation order from the enormous Alkali Lake fire imposed in early August will be lifted as of 6 p.m. on Thursday. ... Read More »

NEB to hear from Smithers resident on LNG-related pipeline

The National Energy Board says it will accept submissions until next Monday from Smithers resident Mike Sawyer, the provincial and federal governments, and other parties on whether the LNG Canada pipeline should be considered a federal project. And if it is considered a federal project, it will require the National Energy Board’s approval to proceed. The energy board says Sawyer’s ... Read More »

Enbridge says pipeline should return to service next month

The company that owns the natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned earlier this month near Prince George says repairs should be complete by the middle of November. Enbridge says in a statement that work to fix the 91-centimetre pipeline is underway, and subject to regulatory approval, it should be back in service in November under reduced pressure. The pipeline ... Read More »

Supreme Court rules Ottawa doesn’t have a duty to consult Indigenous groups when drafting legislation

Canada’s highest court says federal ministers do not have a duty to consult Indigenous groups when drafting legislation. The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision Thursday involves an Alberta First Nation,  the Mikisew Crew, which argued that the former Conservative government should have consulted them on laws that would affect their treaty rights. In 2012, the government introduced two omnibus bills proposing ... Read More »

Tahltan Chief urges other communities to prepare before disaster hits

The chief of a northwestern BC First Nation devastated by wildfires this summer is urging other communities to do as much as they can to prepare themselves before disaster strikes. Rick McLean of the Tahltan Band says fire is becoming the new norm as the climate changes, and it’s important that communities give members firefighting training, as well as clean ... Read More »

Smithers residents, Witsuwit’en come together on the Walk to Witset

Residents walked 32 kilometers from Smithers to Witset Saturday in celebration of a the shared history of their communities. The Walk to Witset was part of a broader release of a new book, Shared Histories, which highlights the early relationship between Smithers settlers and the Witsuwit’en Nation. Author Tyler McCreary has spent the last 3 years performing more than 50 interviews ... Read More »

First Nations say fragmented system hampering wildfire communication

Some First Nations say a fragmented system that makes the province responsible for regional districts but gives the federal government authority for reserves is hindering them in the BC wildfire fight. Miranda Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en near Fraser Lake says the regional district has been communicating with the First Nation by phone to let them know when it issues ... Read More »

RCMP defuse Prince Rupert standoff

RCMP say a ten-plus hour standoff with a man in Prince Rupert came to a peaceful conclusion Wednesday afternoon. The incident began at 2:30 that morning when Mounties were called to an assault with a weapon at a home in the 200 block of 5th Ave West. Officers found a 54 year-old man with a gash to his head who ... Read More »

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