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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.

Auditor General releases report on tax expendatures

Residents looking to better understand tax expendatures are in luck, thanks to a new report by the Auditor General. Tax expendatures are tax breaks that the government offers in support of social services, and policy objectives that relate to things like the economy or environment. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the BC government reported 7 billion dollars in tax expendatures, ... Read More »

UNBC hosting annual Discovery Day event on October 20th

UNBC will be hosting their annual Discovery Day on October 20th for anyone interested in attending the University. All current highschool students or graduates, University or college students, or adults seeking an upgrade in education are invited to attend the event at the Prince George campus. The event will kick off at 9:30 in the morning and run until 4:30 ... Read More »

Government seeking public input on mining water use restrictions

Mining operations in BC could be facing permanent restrictions on water use, pending public consultation. In 2016 BC introduced the Water Sustainability Act and, with it, temporary restrictions on water use for mineral exploration and small-scale placer mines. Under the new restrictions mining operations were required to seek authorization to use water during prospecting operations for the first time. Now, ... Read More »

Housing starts in BC jump 29 percent compared to last year

British Columbia saw a 29 percent jump in housing starts this August compared to last, despite Canada as a whole dropping by 13 percent. The Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation released the numbers in a report today. With the number of single-detached home housing starts actually dropping by 11 percent province-wide, the jump can be largely attributed to multi-unit housing. ... Read More »

New acquisition saves forestry jobs in BC

Paper Excellence Canada has announced the acquisition of three Catalyst Paper facilities in BC, effectively securing jobs for more than 15 hundred forestry workers in the province. The acquisition comes following months of reviews and efforts by the government amidst tariff disputes with the United States. In July, the provincial government announced regulatory changes to protect the pensions of Catalyst ... Read More »

Teachers both past and present gather for plaque dedication

Both current, and retired teachers and administrators gathered outside the Terrace Sportsplex today to honour the Terrace Teachers’ Strike of 1981. The gathering took place around one of 19 BC Labour Heritage plaques being placed to commemorate the achievements of workers in BC. According to current Terrace Teachers Union President Mike Wen, the strike was instrumental in improving teachers’ negotiating ... Read More »

Government issues Environmental Assessment certificate for Red Mountain

An environmental assessment certificate has been issued for the Red Mountain Underground Gold Project. Following consultations with the Nisga’a Lisims Government, and a review from the Environmental Assessment Office, the government has decided to award the certificate to IDM Mining Limited. The 147 hectare underground gold and silver mine is located 18 kms northeast of the District of Stewart, in ... Read More »

Provincial and Federal governments team up to bring relief for farmers

5 million dollars in funding is on the way to help agricultural producers in BC recover from this year’s wildfires. The money comes from the 2018 Canada-British Columbia Wildfire Recovery Initiative with costs shared 60-40 between the Federal and Provincial governments. The Initiative will cover costs relating to animal health and safety, feed, shelter and transportation costs, fencing cost, irrigation ... Read More »

Northern Real Estate Board lists Fort St John, Prince George, and Terrace as most expensive

According to the Northern Real Estate Board’s third quarter report, Prince George, Terrace, and Fort St John are the most expensive places in northern BC to buy a home. For the third year in a row, Fort St John closes the third quarter as the most expensive with an average residential home selling price of over 367 thousand dollars. Prince ... Read More »

ThriveNorth announces winners of 4th Annual Business Challenge Competition

ThriveNorth has announced the winners of their 4th Annual Business Challenge Competition. A total of 35 thousand dollars was awarded to five winners during a ceremony in Fort St John yesterday. Under the aged 18-29 Best New Business category, Holly-Anne Ritchie and Shay Bergunder, of Dawson Creek, walked away with 10 thousand dollars for their company BowTie. Stephen Beard, of ... Read More »

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