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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.

Wildfire forces evacuation alerts for area near Telegraph Creek

A wildfire sparked by a lightning strike last night has prompted an evacuation alert for an area near Alkali Lake. The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikie has issued the evacuation alert for the area west of Sawmill Lake on Highway 51 to Gelorna. Residents in the effected area are asked to prepare for evacuation by readying all family members, gathering and ... Read More »

Evacuation alerts issued for Nadina Lake and Verdun areas

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued two new evacuation alerts due to wildfires in the area. The first alert is the result of a 280 hectare wildfire and covers the east end of Nadina Lake and includes the Nadina Lake Lodge, Nadina River Spawning Channel, and Nadina Lake Recreation Site. A 2 hectare wildfire near Oosta Lake has also ... Read More »

New transition housing coming to Kitimat

A new partnership will add housing options for women and children fleeing abuse and violence in Kitimat. The project, which is funded through the province’s Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund, is the result of a partnership between the Tamitik Status of Women’s Association, the Haisla Nation, and the District of Kitimat. 12 beds of transition housing and up to ... Read More »

New contract reached between province and health support workers

The province has brokered a new deal which will see senior and disability support workers under contract for 3 more years. Members of the Community Bargaining Association and the Health Employers’ Association both agreed to the deal, which is the first under their multi-union mandate. The agreement includes wage hikes of two percent per year and benefits, plus a 40 ... Read More »

July shatters power usage records in BC

July was a record shattering month in BC for more than just temperatures. According to BC Hydro, July marked 14 days with more than 7 thousand megawatts of peak hourly power usage, a new record for a single month since BC Hydro has been keeping records. On top of that, yesterday marked a new record for single-day consumption in the ... Read More »

Stikine and Skeena-Nass now included in north coast drought

The Level 3 drought issued earlier in the week has been continued and expanded across the BC coastline. Level 3 is the second highest stage that can be declared by the Ministry of Forests and Lands and the highest since 2015. Areas included in the drought now include the Stikine and Skeena-Nass, as they join the Central Coast, South Coast, ... Read More »

Evacuation alerts issued for Quesnel Lakes areas

Wildfires have prompted two new evacuation alerts in the Quesnel Lake area. 93 properties in the Haggen’s Point and Hen Ingram Lake areas were issued evacuation alerts by the Cariboo Regional District’s Emergency Operations Centre this morning. Evacuation alerts are issued in order to give residents ample time to prepare should an evacuation be required. Residents are asked to prepare ... Read More »

New supportive housing for homeless coming to Prince Rupert soon

Construction is slated to begin on 36 new affordable supportive housing units in Prince Rupert. The units are intended to ease the burdens of homelessness so that residents can focus on improving other areas of their lives. Around the clock support services, as well as meal programs, skills training, and health and wellness services will be available thanks to the ... Read More »

Seven new fires in Cassiar Fire Zone

Seven new fires have been reported in the Cassiar fire zone since yesterday afternoon and are currently producing smoke visible from the highway. The most concerning of the fires is a lightning caused blaze near Elbow Lake that is stretching for 5 hectares and described as out of control. Three small fires have clustered together near Dease Lake, all less ... Read More »

Organic food marketing deadline approaching in BC

The deadline for food producers to apply for organic certification ahead of new, stricter, regulations is fast approaching. As of September first, any producer looking to market their food as organic in BC will need to acquire certification through a provincial or federally accredited program. Anyone continuing to market their products as organic without the proper certification following the deadline ... Read More »

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