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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.

Wait times and MRIs to be improved in North

Reduced wait times are on the way for Northern BC residents in need of hip and knee surgeries, The government announced a new surgical and diagnostic strategy today that will see a reduction in wait times and a 70 percent increase in MRI exams. Hospitals in Prince Rupert, Kitimat, and Dawson Creek, are expected to benefit from the updates of ... Read More »

Long term care system sees drastic improvement in Terrace

Terrace Community Services and the Long Term Care team have united to improve the Long Term Care system in the city. The city is now seeing impressive results from a process stemming from a Reassessment review from 2014. Over the past 2 years, the Long Term Care Team in Terrace has managed to make a massive dent in the number ... Read More »

Black bear hunting changes in Haida Gwaii

New changes to the hunting season in Haida Gwaii are now in effect. The Ministry of Forests have announced the changes to black bear hunting rules that took effect at the beginning of the month. The changes mean that the black bear open hunt in Haida Gwaii is officially closed, and in its place is a limited entry system. The ... Read More »

Opioid crisis investigation called for

BC MP Don Davies is calling for a new approach to handling the opioid crisis in the province. Davies is requesting the federal government launch a criminal investigation in to the conduct of pain-killer manufacturers. The MP is also calling for changes to the province’s healthcare system that will prevent family from being barred from involvement in the care process ... Read More »

NDP government release new legislature to help first responders

The NDP Government introduced a new bill today that will help first responders seeking help of their own. Bill 9, which would help first responders suffering from traumatic stress related illnesses find help easier, has already been lauded by the BC Federation of Labour. The Federation calls it a “compassionate response” to first responders who work in incredibly traumatic and ... Read More »

UNBC receives federal funding for new lab

The University of Northern British Columbia is getting a significant funding boost thanks to the federal government. The newly announced 800 thousand dollar investment will go towards the University’s Wood Inovation Research Laboratory in Prince George. The money comes from the Canada Foundation for Innovation in hopes of discovering new ways to use wood in the design and construction of ... Read More »

Bears coming out early in northern BC

Get ready to see roaming bears earlier in the north this year. According to conservation officers, the quickly melting snow is springing the bears from their hibernation early this year. Officials say they have already received multiple reports of bears in the Cariboo. Residents are warned to be aware of possible bear encounters and to cover or remove items that ... Read More »

Category 3 fires prohibited in Cariboo

The BC Wildfire Service isn’t taking any chances following the worst Wildfire season in the province’s history. The service has issued a bulletin warning residents in the Cariboo that category 3 fires will be prohibited this season. The restrictions cover the Cariboo-Chilcotin, 100 Mile House, and Quesnel resource regions. Category 3 open fires include: flames larger than two meters high ... Read More »

OIPC denies Terrace downtown surveillance cameras

A request by the City of Terrace to install surveillance cameras downtown has been shot down by the Office of Information and Privacy Commission. After reports were sent to the Commission, it was determined that the city does not have the right to video surveillance on the streets after hours. Multiple options were brought up on how to move forward ... Read More »

UPDATE: Fishing vessel sinks, one dead

The Joint Rescue Coordination Center responded to calls yesterday morning of a boat taking on water off the coast of Prince Rupert. Three coast guard vessels, as well as the RCM SAR were dispatched to the site 32 kilometers off the coast of Prince Rupert. Upon arrival, crews discovered the 72 foot fishing boat, later identified as the ‘Western Commander’, ... Read More »

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