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News Reporter/ Anchor. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff has a background in sports journalism, and radio hosting. He comes most recently from his post as a morning show host in Chetwynd.

Southern spill response plan held after pipeline decision

A 150 million dollar oil-spill response plan has been put on hold following last week’s Trans Mountain expansion decision. The plan, undertaken by the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, had planned to enhance spill response times along the south coast dramatically in preparation for the pipeline. New response bases were planned to house 40 new vessels and employ 120 new ... Read More »

New grade 10 curriculum focuses on personalization and innovation

Grade 10 students returning to the classroom this week will be met with a freshly revamped curriculum. Flexibility, innovation, and creativity are the goals of the new curriculum, which aims to better prepare students for college. The new focus allows teachers to personalize the course material and gives them the flexibility to better engage all students. Also included in the ... Read More »

BC Labour Market Outlook projects 900 thousand job openings over next decade

More than 900 thousand jobs are expected to open up in the province over the next decade, according to the BC Labour Market Outlook report for 2018. 77 percent of those openings will require some form of post-secondary education, says the report, released this morning. Health-care and the social assistance industries are expected to see the biggest boom, with trades ... Read More »

New book highlights early relationship between Smithers and Witsuwit’en Nation

A book titled Shared Histories, which highlights the early relationship between Smithers and the Witsuwit’en Nation will be released this weekend. Author Tyler McCreary has spent the last 3 years performing more than 50 interviews and digging through archives to put together an indepth look in to the beginnings of the relationship between the two communities. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach ... Read More »

Quesnel begins work towards expanded recycling depot

Work towards a planned expanded recycling depot in Quesnel began today. Contamination rates in the City’s existing drop off locations have measured too high to create marketable products, therefore the locations will be systematically closed as the new depot proceeds. Contract details between Recycle BC and the city’s contractor have not yet been finalized, but the City says more details ... Read More »

Family searching for missing teen in Smithers

The family of a missing teenager in Smithers are asking for the public to come forward with any information. 19 year-old Jessica Patrick has not been seen since Friday morning and has been reported missing to Smithers RCMP. So far, RCMP have had no luck in the search for Patrick, whose disappearance is described by relatives as unusual. An image ... Read More »

Verdun and Island Lake wildfires grow closer to merging

Recent rainy conditions have not had the effect that firecrews working on the Verdun and Island Lake wildfires had hoped for. Spotty percipitation means there is still an abundance of fuels left dry for burning near the perimeter of the Island Lake fire. The 70 plus firefighters and 20 helicopters on site today are working to control the west flank, ... Read More »

First municipal election season under new spending rules kicks off

Election season officially kicked off yesterday for those seeking municipal government positions in BC. Hopefuls have until September 14th to submit nomination papers for mayoral, municipal council, or schoolboard positions. This year’s cycle marks the first for the government’s new campaign finance rules, which ban corporate and union donations, as well as individual donations over 12 hundred dollars, and put ... Read More »

BC Supreme Court dismisses Sasquatch’s existence

BC’s leading sasquatch hunter has had his dreams crushed by the BC Supreme Court. Todd Standing has spent years researching and hunting the mythical creature, an endeavour which led him to sue the province of British Columbia. The lawsuit was for the province’s failure, according to Standing, to recognize the creature as a protected animal, calling it dereliction of duty ... Read More »

RDBN rescinds evacuation alerts for two wildfires

An evacuation alert that had been in effect for the area around the Cheslatta Lake wildfire has been fully rescinded. There is still an evacuation order effecting the area west of Holy Cross Lake. The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has also rescinded an alert for the Island Lake wildfire in its entirety. An evacuation order remains in effect for the ... Read More »

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