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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.

Category 2 fires allowed in Cariboo Fire Centre tomorrow afternoon

Beginning at noon tomorrow, category 2 fires will once again be allowed within the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Decreased wildfire risks have prompted the BC Wildfire Service to lift the ban early, though the ban on category 3 fires will remain in place until September 29th. This means that residents will be able to burn fires smaller than 2 thousand ... Read More »

Premier issues statement highlighting Indigenous projects

With today marking the 11th anniversary of the UN’s Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Premier John Horgan has released a statement showing the progress his government is making. Premier Horgan says his government is answering the calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by implimenting First Nations history and language education, allocating 50 million dollars in funding to ... Read More »

Open fire ban lifted in Smithers

Smithers Fire and Rescue has rescinded the open fire ban that had been in place in the municipality. A ban separate from those issued by the province was placed on the town in August, but officials have determined that it is now safe to burn within the town once more. Even with the lower risk, residents are still asked to ... Read More »

Cariboo Regional District rescinds and downgrades last remaining evacuation orders

Evacuation orders for 84 properties in the Cariboo Regional District have been lifted, while another 25 have been downgraded to alerts. The changes affect the evacuation zones in the Tweedsmuir Park and Dean River areas. The changes mean that there are now no more evacuation orders in place in the Cariboo Regional District, and just four evacuation alerts. Residents returning ... Read More »

Dentists in BC over-prescribing anti-biotics, says BC Centre for Disease Control

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, dentists in the province are prescribing too many anti-biotics. The Centre is concerned that the over-prescribing of the drugs is leading to drug resistant infections in the province. While doctors across the province have lowered prescription rates by 30 percent over the past 20 years to combat the problem, dentists have not ... Read More »

Province denies local governments ability to opt out of speculation tax

Despite holding the approval of 80 percent of British Columbians, local governments are still not sold on the NDP’s housing speculation tax. During day 3 of the Unions of BC Municipalities annual convention yesterday, attendees gave near-unanimous support to a resolution that would allow them to opt out of the program. Local government officials are concerned that the tax would ... Read More »

Category 2 and 3 fires allowed once more in Northwest Fire Centre

Thanks to wetter and more temperate weather, category 2 and 3 fires are once again allowed within the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Now that the restriction has been lifted, residents will once again be able to burn fires up to 2 thousand square metres, as well as use burning barrels and cages, tiki torches, air curtain burners, sky lanterns, fireworks, ... Read More »

Provincial and Federal governments partner on new funds for small communities

Smaller communities in BC are set to benefit from two new funding streams made possible by a partnership between the Federal and Provincial governments. Rural, remote, and Indigenous communities with less than 25 thousand residents will gain access to 95 million dollars in funding thanks to the new Rural and Northern Communities Fund. The fund will support projects that improve ... Read More »

Cheslatta Lake and Island Lake evacuation orders rescinded

All evacuation orders that had been in place due to the Cheslatta Lake and Island Lake wildfires have been rescinded in their entirety. While the evacuation zones are no longer in affect, area restrictions on Crown Land that had been imposed on the areas earlier in the week remain in place. Residents returning home are reminded to exercise caution as ... Read More »

Communities vote against open net salmon fishing in BC

Representatives from communities across BC voted today to rid the province of open net salmon farms. Instead, attendees of the UBCM convention voted in favour of resolution A2, which asks the province to begin the transition process from open net farms to land based salmon aquaculture. BC is currently the only section on the North American west coast which still ... Read More »

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