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All categories of open fires now banned in Coastal Fire Centre

As of noon today, all open fires have been officially banned within the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. The lone exception to the ban is Haida Gwaii, which will still see Category 2 fires banned. While Category 2 fires were already banned throughout the rest of the area, the ban will now encompass category 3 fires as well. The Coastal Fire ... Read More »

Black Diamond picked for pipeline contract related to LNG Canada project

A Calgary-based firm has been awarded a multi-million dollar work camp contract related to the proposed LNG Canada development. Black Diamond Group says the $42.5 million dollar deal will see it provide remote workforce accomodations for construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. The company says it has partnered with the West Moberly First Nations to secure a 908-bed camp ... Read More »

Haisla hip-hop group shortlisted for Polaris Prize

A Haisla hip-hop duo have been nominated for a prestigious music award. The Snotty Nose Rez Kids are one of ten recording artists named to the 2018 Polaris Prize short list for their release “The Average Savage”. The Polaris Prize awards $50,000 for the Canadian Album of the Year,” judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record ... Read More »

Stewart RCMP arrest Terrace man after drugs, gun seized

A 44-year-old Terrace man is facing charges after RCMP searched a home in Stewart last week. Police turned up cocaine, suspected methamphetamine, pot, a gun, and some cash at the residence. RCMP say the man is facing possible drug and weapons charges. He’s expected to appear in court November 22nd. Read More »

City of Quesnel helps complete North Cariboo Wildfire Recovery Plan

The City of Quesnel has completed their North Cariboo Wildfire Recovery Plan. Emergency Management BC issued funding to the City last October to come up with a plan to promote economic, social, and environmental recovery in the region. Highlights of the report include: Fuel management, transition planning, forestry research, ecological collaboration, and additional support for rural communities. You can find ... Read More »

Burns Lake woodlot audit reveals string of non-compliance

An audit of Burns Lake area woodlots has revealed some troubling issues. The audit found that all 7 woodlots examined in the region had failed to comply with either the Forest Range PRactices Act or the Wildfire Act. Four of the lots in question had issues stemming from their failure to prepare fire hazard assessments. The audit did, however, determine ... Read More »

Severe thunderstorm watch for Bulkley Valley/Lakes/Prince George

An expected change in the weather could lead to more wildfire starts across the Northwest. Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Bulkley Valley and Lakes districts along with Prince George. Forecasters say conditions are ripe for intense lightning, strong wind, large hail, and heavy rain. Read More »

Wildfire breaks out near Vanderhoof

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a fire in the central interior. Officials say crews and aircraft are tackling a 70 hectare blaze by Gordon Lake, approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Vanderhoof. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding area. There’s no word on what may have caused the fire. Read More »

Doctor Jennifer Charlesworth unanimous recommendation for next Children’s Rep

Doctor Jennifer Charlesworth is the Legislative Assembly of BC’s recommendation to become the new Children and Youth Representative. Charlesworth is the unanimous recommendation of a special committee formed to appoint a new rep. Doctor Charlesworth’s experience lies in the service sector of BC where she has worked with Indigenous organizations, multicultural service providers, and children and family organizations through the ... Read More »

Wood production in BC helps Canada increase May manufacturing sales

BC is being commended after a wood product increase led the way to a 1.4 percent jump in Canada’s manufacturing sales for May. According to StatsCan, the hike brought Canada’s May total to 57.1 billions dollars from the industry. Surprisingly, the improvement follows an April that say a 1.1 percent drop in the industry and is almost triple the rise ... Read More »

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