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BC unveils $550 million Indigenous Housing Fund

The BC government has announced $550 million dollars over ten years to create 1750 new homes for Indigenous people on and off reserve. Premier John Horgan made the announcement at the Prince George Native Friendship Centre in Prince George Monday morning. Housing Minister Selena Robinson says her ministry will work with First Nations, Metis, and Indigenous housing providers to create ... Read More »

NWCC now known as Coast Mountain College

As of today, Northwest Community College is no more. The post secondary school is now known as Coast Mountain College. Coast Mountain College President and CEO Ken Burt says the school’s “new, unique” name reflects its goal to become the college of choice for experiential place-based learning. The college says the name change comes after two and a half years ... Read More »

Province reaches tentative agreement with support staff

The provincial government continued their efforts to renew expriring public service contracts over the weekend. This time they have reached a tentative agreement with the K-12 support staff, covering over 34 thousand employees. The newest agreement under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate will cover custodians, maintenance workers, education assistants, clerical staff, and accounting staff. This is the fifth agreement under ... Read More »

Government makes commitment to improving men’s health

1.5 million dollars in funding is being made available by the province to support healthy lifestyles among males. Announced yesterday in honour of Father’s Day, the funding will go to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation. The fresh funding comes following an extremely successful “Don’t Change Much” campaign that saw 72 percent of men involved report health improvements. The campaign brought ... Read More »

Environmental Assessment changes open to public consultation

After months of closed discussions with numerous groups, the government is now looking for public input on their Environmental Assessment process. Numerous changes to the process have already been summarized in a discussion paper following months of engagement with First Nations groups, environmental organizations, local governments, and more. The new Environmental Assessment process is focused on: enhancing public confidence, collaboration ... Read More »

Nine children taken to hospital after swimming pool incident in Smithers

Smithers RCMP say nine children were taken to hospital after they became sick while at a local hotel pool over the weekend. Police say the children and youth were playing at the Aspen Inn pool Saturday night when an employee began to add chemicals as part of routine maintenance. Emergency crews took the affected kids to hospital after they had ... Read More »

Heat wave expected for Northern BC

Much of Northern BC is expected to get its first heat wave of the summer this week. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement as a ridge of high pressure will lead to sunny skies and temperatures in the 30 degree range. The North and Central Coasts, Dease Lake, Bulkley Valley and the Lakes, Central Interior, Prince George, Cariboo, ... Read More »

Wildfire breaks out near Mackenzie

Wildfire season may be heating up again, with crews tackling a small blaze south of Mackenzie over the weekend. Fire information officer Ryan Turcot says the BC Wildfire Service contributed 13 firefighters to help local departments battle the 25 hectare blaze. Mackenzie RCMP temporarily closed a section of Highway 39 Saturday to allow a water bomber to help fight the ... Read More »

BCFED president to visit Mount Polley Mine workers

BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger will visit picket lines at the Mount Polley Mine today. Lanzinger is scheduled to meet with members of United Steelworkers Local 1-2017 who say they were locked out over three weeks ago. The union says rights and benefits for temporary workers are among key issues. Imperial Metals says a three-hour lockout was imposed ... Read More »

Northwest Regional Airport celebrates expansion project completion

It’s been a slow and steady climb, but the Northwest Regional Airport’s air terminal expansion project is complete. The two-and-a-half year expansion saw the creation of a new departures terminal check in area, airline offices, renovations to the security screening and hold room, and new board and training rooms. The airport held a grand opening celebration, ribbon cutting, and 75th ... Read More »

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