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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.

Sinkhole in Prince George could cost hundreds of thousands to repair

A major sinkhole causing traffic delays in Prince George could apparently take up to two months to fix. Though the city believes the sinkhole at Winnipeg Street and Carney Street can be repaired, they have yet to determine the exact cause of the problem. At this point a corroded stormwater pipe, or a break in the pipe where the material ... Read More »

Trans Mountain protests not hindered by arrests

Trans Mountain protestors say that threats of arrest will not hinder their efforts to stall the pipeline. Participants in the protests say that they will continue to grow their numbers despite facing up to 14 days in jail, and fines of up to 5 thousand dollars. Protestors are actually predicting the number of arrests to eclipse those of the War ... Read More »

Bc International tuition rates need better regulation according to report

A report by the BC Federation of Students is calling for the fair regulation of tuition for international students. According to the report, international students are a massive addition to the province’s economy, contributing over 3 billion dollars in spending each year, and adding 26 thousand jobs to the market. The report finds this contribution at risk however, if the ... Read More »

Experts say that with help Greyhound void could be filled

As the fallout from Greyhound’s announced departure from the west continues to pile up, so too do the possible solutions. Experts now claim that, while the void would be next to impossible for existing Canadian companies to fill, they could become part of a bigger equation. Professor of urban studies at Simon Fraser University, Anthony Perl, says that a combination ... Read More »

Book box burnt to the ground in Prince George

A shocking act in a Prince George inner-city neighbourhood will leave many residents without access to books. An incredibly popular pop-up library book box near Ron Brent Elementary School was discovered burnt to the ground earlier this week. The box offered a way for local children and teens to swap reading material free of charge. While school principal Dan Watt ... Read More »

Government releases new guidelines for cannabis grow-ops on reserve land

The government has released new guidelines for growing cannabis on Agricultural Reserve Lands ahead of its upcoming legalization. Effective immediately, the changes will allow First Nations and local governments to have more control over who grows the product on their lands. Local and Indigenous governments will be able to prohibit cement based, industrial style, cannabis grow-ops on Reserve Lands. However, ... Read More »

NDP releases first report in Poverty Reduction Strategy

BC’s first report as part of their new poverty reduction strategy was released yesterday. The “What We Heard” report is the result of a six month consultation process that ended in March. According to the report, poverty is nearly twice as likely among Indigenous peoples, those with disabilities, people of colour, and single parents. A lack of affordable housing in ... Read More »

Province turns to Federal Government for help with Greyhound situation

The Provincial government is turning to the federal government for help dealing with Greyhound’s unexpected departure from the west. After meeting with ministers from BC and Ontario yesterday, BC Transportation Minister Claire Trevena will be penning a joint letter to her federal counterpart Marc Garneau. In the letter, Trevena plans to address safety and reliability concerns. The topic will reportedly ... Read More »

CUPE and BC Public School support staff take second stab at tentative agreement

After returning to the negotiating table after their first agreement was declined, the Canadian Union of Public Employees have reached another tentative deal with BC Public School support staff. The deal is with the BC Public School Employers Association, but will still have to be approved by the K-12 Presidents Council before it is made official. A tentative deal made ... Read More »

Province supplying fresh flood mitigation funding

The provincial government is looking to lend a hand when it comes to flood mitigation. The Union of BC Municipalities has released 9.5 million dollars in emergency preparedness funding to go towards structural flood mitigation in BC communities. Funding will be added to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund as part of 33.5 million dollar plan. The funding will focus on: ... Read More »

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