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Prince George innovator given Order of BC

Prince George resident and entrepreneur Brian Fehr was among 13 civic leaders honoured with the Order of British Columbia today. Fehr was given the prestigious award for his extensive work bringing technological innovation to the lumber industry in rural BC. A champion of rural development, Fehr founded BID group which currently employs over 400 BC residents. This year’s appointees will ... Read More »

Pouce Coupe resident faces jail time for mistreatment of dog

A Pouce Coupe resident is facing fines of up to 75 thousand dollars and up to 2 years in jail for the mistreatment of a rottweiler. Animal cruelty charges were approved by the BC SPCA against the owner of the rottweiler after its 2016 seizure. According to animal protection officer Debbie Goodine, the dog was severely emaciated, registering a body ... Read More »

Spike in crime in Prince George pinned partially on wildfires

Officials are saying that wildfire evacuees could be responsible for an increase in crime and homelessness in Prince George. Over the past 2 wildfire seasons, the city has taken in nearly 12 thousand evacuees, just over 10 percent of their population. Now RCMP are saying a small percentage of those evacuees could be to blame for spikes in crime in ... Read More »

Elections BC says they can’t get more involved in Municipal Elections

Elections BC says there’s not much they can do amidst requests that they increase the profile of local elections. Some members of the public have raised concerns that stricter fundraising rules and an earlier election will lead to a low voter turnout. However, according to Elections BC, the fact that municipal elections are administered locally means that their further involvement ... Read More »

Smithers community gathers along Highway 16 in honour of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Community members near Smithers gathered along Highway 16 today in honour of murdered and missing Indigenous women. The rally corresponded with the return of human remains found near the community last week. Dressed in red, residents gathered at 9:00 this morning after a call sent out by the family of Jessica Patrick, who was reported missing on September 3rd. RCMP ... Read More »

Open fires to be allowed in Cariboo Fire Centre starting tomorrow

As of noon tomorrow, all open fires will once again be allowed within the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. This includes both category 2 and 3 fires, though anyone wishing to burn a fire larger than 2 thousand square metres must seek provincial approval. You can do so by acquiring a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797 1717. Category ... Read More »

City of Quesnel begins preparation for cannabis legalization

With the legalization of cannabis just around the corner, the City of Quesnel has begun preparations regarding the sale and public restrictions of the substance. During yesterday’s regular meeting, council approved the first 3 readings of a new bylaw which will regulate public vaping and cannabis use. The proposed bylaw will modify the existing smoking regulation bylaw to prohibit vaping ... Read More »

Supreme Court appeal of Trans Mountain pipeline decision unlikely, says MP Nathan Cullen

A Supreme Court appeal of the Federal Court of Appeals decision to shutdown construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion looks unlikely, according to Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen. Cullen says that, while further consultations are on the way, environmental laws will make approval difficult. A recent National Energy Board study identified that the risks of added tanker traffic to ... Read More »

MP Nathan Cullen stresses importance of certainty in Smithers remains investigation

MP Nathan Cullen took time today to address public concerns on the handling of an RCMP investigation in to human remains found near Smithers. Cullen went on to stress the importance of certainty before releasing information, citing the Humboldt tragedy where a body was originally misidentified. Plenty of speculation over the investigation and the identity of the remains has been ... Read More »

Northwest Fire Centre area restrictions to be rescinded at noon today

As of noon today, all area restrictions relating to wildfire activity that had been in place in the Northwest Fire Centre will be lifted. The restrictions had been in place in order to keep the public safe and away from wildfire control activities. Residents heading in to backcountry areas are reminded that many hazards still persist due to the charred ... Read More »

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