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Cheslatta Lake and Island Lake evacuation orders rescinded

All evacuation orders that had been in place due to the Cheslatta Lake and Island Lake wildfires have been rescinded in their entirety.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 »

BC Hydro hit with negative feedback over crisis fund

BC Hydro has been hit with a heap of negative feedback following the launch of their crisis fund project. The planned three year fund was set up by the BC Utilities Commission as a way to assist financially distressed customers. After the 25 cent per month charge was added to hydro bills, the utility began recieving a slew of complaints ... Read More »

Crews begin to release gas from grounded barge in Haida Gwaii

Crews have begun the process of carefully releasing gas trapped inside a luxury fishing barge that ran aground in Haida Gwaii this weekend. The Hippa Barge, owned by Westcoast Resorts, came loose on Saturday night and drifted to ground near the Village of Queen Charlotte. Crews on site finished the initial inspection of the barge yesterday using air quality monitors ... Read More »

Cell reception becomes discussion point at UBCM convention

As the Union of BC Municipalities heads in to day 3 of their annual 5 day convention, cell phone reception in the northwest has become an unexpected focal point. Members of local governments in the northwest are calling the vast dead spots in reception along Highway 16 west of Prince George unacceptable. Even local health authority members say improvements to ... Read More »

Provincial government addresses speculation tax at UBCM convention

Representatives from the provincial government addressed concerns over their housing speculation tax at the Union of BC Municipalities’ annual convention yesterday. The tax, which is expected to generate more than 200 million dollars annually, targets foreign speculators and owners of multiple vacant homes in larger urban centres. According to the provincial reps, the program is just starting to work, with ... Read More »

Postal workers could strike as early as the end of the month

After nearly a year of negotiations, a strike could be on the way for postal workers across Canada. Nearly 95 percent of mail carriers across the country have voted in favour of a strike should they be unable to work out a deal with Canada Post. Canada Post has failed to reach an agreement with either the rural and suburban ... Read More »

Study finds diluted bitumen exposure even deadlier than thought for salmon

Exposure to diluted bitumen spills is even more dangerous for salmon populations than initially thought, according to a new study by the University of Guelph. The study concluded that, even if the fish are promptly moved to clean water following exposure, they are still up to 2 times as likely to die. During the study researchers exposed four separate groups ... Read More »

Campfire ban rescinded for Northwest Fire Centre

Campfires are now allowed once more through the entirety of the the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. While some areas had seen the ban lifted already, the BC Wildfire Service has determined that it is now safe to rescind the ban across the entire jurisdiction. Along with campfires, the use of tiki torches, chimineas and stoves will also be allowed. Category ... Read More »

Minister of Transportation discusses ferry review with Masset Mayor

Minister of Transportation Claire Trevena met with representatives from the Village of Masset this morning to discuss concerns around ferry service in the north. According to Masset Mayor Andrew Marilees a ferry service review undertaken by the government has now been completed and submitted to Trevena. Marilees says that while discussions were not specific, Trevena assured him that the government ... Read More »

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