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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.

Province funds new French teach training spaces to combat shortage

Parents in BC wishing to enroll their children in French language programs are in luck with the province announcing 37 new French teacher training spaces. With the addition of the new seats, the total number of French teacher education seats funded by the province now sits at 74. A 41 percent increase in the number of French language speaking students ... Read More »

First Nations LNG Alliance issues support for Coastal GasLink pipeline

As concern grows over a challenge of the Coastal GasLink pipeline’s jurisdiction, one First Nations group is throwing their support behind the 4.7 billion dollar project. The First Nations LNG Alliance has joined the mayors of 14 BC communities and 20 First Nations along the pipeline’s route in support of the natural gas project. Last month, a challenge was issued ... Read More »

Universal Helicopters purchases Lakelse Air

With their purchase of Lakelse Air, Universal Helicopters has become the only Indigenous owned coast-to-coast helicopter service in Canada. Following the sale, the Newfoundland based company will inherit all of Lakelse Air’s assets, including 12 aircraft. The company will continue to operate out of Terrace as a separate company, retaining all pre-sale staff and management. A final sale price was ... Read More »

Western Gitxsan Residential School survivors to embark on spiritual journey

A group of 20 Western Gitxsan Residential School survivors are set to embark on a spiritual journey to address childhood trauma next Friday. The group, along with Chief Larry Marsden will travel to the site of the Port Alberni Residential School to conduct a Call Back the Spirit ceremony. A “Shaking the Blanket” ceremony will also be conducted during the ... Read More »

One dead following crash in Williams Lake

One man is dead following a single vehicle crash in Williams Lake over the weekend. RCMP responded to the incident on Spoken Lake Road early Saturday morning to find a Ford pickup that had rolled over. The 46 year-old driver and Chilliwack native was the only occupant at the time of the accident. Police believe alcohol and speed to be ... Read More »

New CNC facility to bring heavy mechanical trades jobs to the north

A boost is on the way for the heavy mechanical trades industry in the north with the opening a new facility at the College of New Caledonia. The new facility will help students develop modern skills in the forestry, mining, and transportation industries. 251 full-time equivalent spaces and up to 48 new spaces will be available at the 23 hundred ... Read More »

FortisBC rates to remain steady in October

Natural gas users in BC will be pleasently surprised when opening their FortisBC bills come October. The BC Utilities Commission has approved a request from the company to maintain the current cost of natural gas. This means that, come the October 1st deadline, natural gas customers will see no change in their bills. Over 58 percent of British Columbians use ... Read More »

Pro-LNG rallies planned for Kitimat and Terrace next week

With a final investment decision expected this fall for LNG Canada’s 40 billion dollar Kitimat project, two pro-LNG rallies are planned for next week. Kitimat will host the first of the rallies at the City Centre on the 28th at 4 pm, with a follow up rally set for George Little Park in Terrace the following day at 3:30. Organizers ... Read More »

New frameworks agreement reached for early Indigenous education and child care

Improvements are on the way for early Indigenous education and child care thanks to a new collaboration between First Nations groups and the Federal Government. The new Indigenous Learning and Child Care Framework is based off of extensive engagement meetings held between the government and Indigenous organizations in 2017. Bringing out a strong sense of cultural identity while providing flexible ... Read More »

Province releases cannabis regulation info ahead of legalization

With exactly one month until the Canada-wide legalization of cannabis, the province has provided a snapshot for how British Columbia will be effected. While the first store will open in Kamloops, the online application will become available regardless of location, as the more than 100 paid applications continue to be processed. The new BC Community Safety Unit will begin targeting ... Read More »

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