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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.

Government collaborates on new program to reduce wildfire risks

Following the two worst wildfire seasons in BC’s history, the province will be taking new strides to reduce wildfire risks. Announced today, the new Community Resiliency Investment Program will see the provincial government provide local and First Nations governments with up to 50 million dollars over the next 3 years to better protect their communities. The new program is a ... Read More »

CRD rescinds three evacuation alerts and downgrades an order

Three evacuations alerts that had been affecting more than 400 properties in the Cariboo have been lifted. All of the areas are to the west of Quesnel and had been in place due to a combination of the Chutanli Lake, North Baezaeko, and Blackwater wildfires. In addition, an order that had been covering a section of land 40 kms north ... Read More »

First Nations Technology Council hosting regional gatherings in northern BC

Indigenous people in Northern BC interested in how technology will affect their communities are in luck this fall. A series of regional gatherings hosted by the First Nations Technology Council are set to kick off tomorrow in Prince George. Communications Specialist Trevor Jang says the gatherings offer a tremendous opportunity to both learn about the impacts of technology, and have ... Read More »

Haida Gwaii grounded barge awaits further evaluation

Explosion risks relating to a possible fuel leak have the Ministry of the Environment taking the situation surrounding a graounded barge in Haida Gwaii very seriously. The luxury fishing barge, operated by Haida Enterprise Corporation ans owned by Westcoast Resorts, ran aground just south of the Village of Queen Charlotte late Saturday night. High winds are believed to have ripped ... Read More »

56 structures damaged by Alkali Lake wildfire

Clean up efforts have started in the community of Telegraph Creek after the Alkali Lake wildfire forced residents to evacuate last month. Official numbers now list 56 structures damaged by the flames, with 27 of those being homes. Tahltan Chief Rick McLean says that, as it stands, the community looks like a scene from a war movie, with lots of ... Read More »

Portion of armed forces heading home after wildfire assistance

Roughly half of the armed forces that had been deployed to assist in wildfire efforts in BC are headed home. In July, the provincial government formally requested the assistance of the Federal Armed Forces in their efforts to combat the worst wildfire season in the province’s history. As a result, nearly 200 troops, mostly reserve forces, were deployed to various ... Read More »

Northern Health’s “Heart Health in Northern BC” tour to kick off later this month

Heart health will take centre stage when Northern Health embarks on their newest public consultation tour on September 17th. The goal of the consultation is to widen community-to-community understanding of heart health, and the conditions that effect northern residents. Education and engagement will be the key topics for the consultations, which look to listen to, record, and learn about the ... Read More »

UBCM annual convention kicks off in Whistler today

Representatives from communities across the province will gather in whistler today for the beginning of the 115th annual Union of BC Municipalities Convention. The 5 day event represents the best opportunity each year for local governments to come together to share and discuss their plans for the future while lobbying with provincial reps. While hundreds of topics will be discussed, ... Read More »

24 new provincial funded tourism events announced across BC

To date, the provincial government has awarded nearly 2 million dollars in Tourism Events Programing funding to festivals across BC. More than 35 events province-wide are benefiting from the funding, including 24 new events announced yesterday. While most of the new events centre around the southern portion of the province, the Cold Snap Music Festival in Prince George will be ... Read More »

Pope Road north of Kispiox reopens

Pope Road, just north of Kispiox, which had been closed for some time due to local wildfire activity has officially been reopened. While heavy smoke will still be visible in the area, the BC Wildfire Service has determined that the actual fires in the area are no longer a threat to spread. It is still recommended that pedestrians stay clear ... Read More »

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