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Author Archives: Jeff Blagden

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.

Eight candidates for six Council seats in Terrace

Eight candidates will be vying for six City Council positions in Terrace as the race gets underway. Current councillors Sean Bujtas, Lynne Christiansen, James Cordeiro, and Brian Downie will all be seeking re-election, while Councillors Micheal Prevost and Stacey Tyers will vacate their seats. Four new candidates are seeking election: Martin Holzbauer, Jessica McCallum-Miller, Evan Ramsay, and David Try will ... Read More »

Mayoral races in the northwest begin to take shape

With last week’s deadline for municipal election nominations come and gone, the election picture in the northwest has begun to take shape. A withdrawl announcement from Terrace mayoral candidate Danny Nunes means incumbent Carol Leclerc will be running unopposed. Nunes has also withdrawn his candidacy for the Kitimat position, meaning only activist David Johnston sits between Mayor Phil Germuth and ... Read More »

Improved intersections coming to parts of Prince Rupert this fall

Improved visibility and safety is on the way for Prince Rupert intersections this fall. Upgrades are on the way for the provincially controlled McBride Street and second Avenue thanks to the Ministry of Highways. 89 street lights along the streets will be replaced with LED lights over the course of the next two months, with countdown timers and audible signals ... Read More »

Support funding on the way for Historic Barkerville

Support for Historic Barkerville Town and Park staff is on the way via a 500 thousand dollar provincial grant. The money comes by way of the Rural Dividend Fund’s special circumstances provision and looks to provide assistance to licensees and independant businesses impacted by wildfires. Historic Barkerville brings in nearly 70 thousand tourists per year and, according to Minister of ... Read More »

Province sends $500,000 in agricultural support to Cariboo

500 thousand dollars in provincial funding is on the way to help the agriculture industry in the Cariboo recover from the last two wildfire seasons. The funding will come from the Rural Dividend Fund and will see additional agricultural courses added to the College of New Caledonia’s roster, support for agriculture related tourism, and the upgrading of the Alex Fraser ... Read More »

Pacific Salmon Commission recommends 12.5 percent cut for BC Chinook fisheries

In an effort to preserve salmon stocks, the Pacific Salmon Commission has recommended a conservation plan that would see a 12.5 percent reduction in BC chinook fisheries. Two years of intense negotiations with First Nations, the Federal government, and Provincial government helped structure the agreement, which must still be approved by both Canada and the U.S. If approved, the plan ... Read More »

Grounded barge in Haida Gwaii still leaking dangerous fumes

Crews are continuing to make progress in their efforts to move a barge that ran aground in Haida Gwaii two weeks ago. A strong presence of dangerous gas vapours both in and around the barge makes the process of moving the barge a difficult and lengthy one. While the vapours are a strong indicator of a possible fuel leak, environmental ... Read More »

Open fire ban in Coastal Fire Centre to be lifted tomorrow

As of noon tomorrow, the burning of all types of open fires will once again be allowed within the Coastal Fire centre’s jurisdiction, which includes Haida Gwaii. Following the rescinding of the order, all levels of fires will be allowed, including both category 2 and 3 fires. Anyone wishing to start a fire larger than 2 thousand square metres must ... Read More »

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 »

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