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New affordable child care launching in BC

Parents of roughly 2,500 children are set to benefit from 53 prototype child care sites launching over the next 2 months. Thanks to a 60 million dollar investment from the Federal Government’s Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, the sites will offer child care at just 200 dollars a month per child. An application process took place in June which ... Read More »

Coast Mountains School Board Trustees to be sworn in on Tuesday

With the dust finally settled on local elections season, the Coast Mountains School District is set to officially swear in their new Trustees on Tuesday. This term’s trustees include: Art Erasmus and Margaret Warcup of Terrace, Sandy Watson representing Thornhill, Raymond Apna-Raj and Karen Jonkman for Kitimat, Angela Brand Danuser for Stewart, and Shar McCroy representing Hazelton. An informal ceremony ... Read More »

Smithers Fire and Rescue recognized nationally for fundraising efforts

Smithers Fire and Rescue has been recognized nationally for their fundraising efforts in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Since 1991, the department has raised more than 1 million dollars for the charitable organization. As a result, they were honoured with the National 2018 Doctor David Green Impact Award during a ceremony last month. According to the department, raising money to ... Read More »

Air quality advisory and burning restrictions issued for Burns Lake

An air quality advisory has been issued for Burns Lake due to a high concentration of fine particulate matter. Along with the advisory, restrictions have been placed on open burning in the Lakes Timber Supply Area, which will remain in effect until Sunday morning. While the advisory remains active, the use of woodstoves will also be prohibited within Burns Lake, ... Read More »

Province launches public consultations in to real estate money laundering

In an effort to curtail money laundering in BC, the province will be undertaking a public consultation process. BC’s Expert Panel on Money Laundering in Real Estate was formed earlier this year as part of the province’s 30 point Plan for Housing Affordability. Maureen Maloney, BC’s former deputy attorney general, will head the panel which will investigate existing laws, financial ... Read More »

Rotating postal strike hits northwest B.C.

Rotating strikes at Canada Post have been delivered to the Northwest. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says its members are taking job action in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, and Smithers today. CUP-W members have expanded their rotating walkouts this week to push for a contract settlement with Canada Post. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that the government may ... Read More »

Electoral reform debate punchy, but not a knockout

Premier John Horgan and Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson squared off in Thursday night’s electoral reform debate. But if viewers were hoping to find out more about the choices on offer for the referendum, they may have come away disappointed. It was often heated as both the NDP and Liberal leader traded shots and talked over each other during the televised ... Read More »

Williams Lake Officer named 2017 Conservation Officer of the Year

Williams Lake based Conservation Officer Len butler has been named the 2017 Outstanding Officer of the Year. Butler has been a member of the BC Conservation Service since 1991, after moving over from Alberta. Currently, Butler oversees operations in three different zones as the inspector for the Thompson-Cariboo region, and as one of three leads for the Predator Attack Team. ... Read More »

Applications now being accepted for the 2018 Stewards of the Future program

Support for youth environmental leaders will continue for a fifth year with the launching of the 2018 edition of the Stewards of the Future program. Funded by the Government House Foundation and supported by the Lieutenant Governor of BC, the program supports and encourages youth to connect with their environments and explore their communities. Funding will go towards field trips, ... Read More »

Fundraisers launched after fire claims Grassy Plains Store

A Southside family that helped so many during this year’s wildfire season is now in need of assistance. The Grassy Plains Store burned to the ground Wednesday morning, destroying the business. The store, owned by Gary and Fayth Martin, was a hub for families impacted by the devastating Southside Summer wildfires. The Martins opened their doors to the community, providing ... Read More »

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