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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Northwest Fire Centre area restrictions to be rescinded at noon today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 »

Eight candidates for six Council seats in Terrace

Eight candidates will be vying for six City Council positions in Terrace as the race gets underway. Current councillors Sean Bujtas, Lynne Christiansen, James Cordeiro, and Brian Downie will all be seeking re-election, while Councillors Micheal Prevost and Stacey Tyers will vacate their seats. Four new candidates are seeking election: Martin Holzbauer, Jessica McCallum-Miller, Evan Ramsay, and David Try will ... Read More »

Mayoral races in the northwest begin to take shape

With last week’s deadline for municipal election nominations come and gone, the election picture in the northwest has begun to take shape. A withdrawl announcement from Terrace mayoral candidate Danny Nunes means incumbent Carol Leclerc will be running unopposed. Nunes has also withdrawn his candidacy for the Kitimat position, meaning only activist David Johnston sits between Mayor Phil Germuth and ... Read More »

Improved intersections coming to parts of Prince Rupert this fall

Improved visibility and safety is on the way for Prince Rupert intersections this fall. Upgrades are on the way for the provincially controlled McBride Street and second Avenue thanks to the Ministry of Highways. 89 street lights along the streets will be replaced with LED lights over the course of the next two months, with countdown timers and audible signals ... Read More »

Support funding on the way for Historic Barkerville

Support for Historic Barkerville Town and Park staff is on the way via a 500 thousand dollar provincial grant. The money comes by way of the Rural Dividend Fund’s special circumstances provision and looks to provide assistance to licensees and independant businesses impacted by wildfires. Historic Barkerville brings in nearly 70 thousand tourists per year and, according to Minister of ... Read More »

Province sends $500,000 in agricultural support to Cariboo

500 thousand dollars in provincial funding is on the way to help the agriculture industry in the Cariboo recover from the last two wildfire seasons. The funding will come from the Rural Dividend Fund and will see additional agricultural courses added to the College of New Caledonia’s roster, support for agriculture related tourism, and the upgrading of the Alex Fraser ... Read More »

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