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Nisga’a Lisims Government signs first of its kind tourism agreement

A first of its kind Statement of Collaboration agreement has been signed between the Nisga’a Lisims Government and the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association. Indigenous Tourism BC made the announcement of the joint agreement, which aims to improve tourism experiences, this morning. The joint agreement lays out a framework of initiatives that will support the development of Indigenous tourism experiences ... Read More »

New physicians coming to Fort St James area

Just days after the long awaited announcement of a new hospital, residents of the Fort St James area are getting more improvements to health care. Thanks to a partnership between First Nations in the area, and the Fort St James Primary Care Society, Northern Health will be contracting two new full-time physicians. Minister of Health Adrian Dix made the announcement ... Read More »

Nothing criminal about pipeline blast: RCMP

RCMP say there doesn’t appear to be anything criminal about a pipeline blast and fire near Prince George. Police have been working with Enbridge, the National Energy Board and Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the natural gas pipeline explosion earlier this week. With no indications that the explosion was criminal, RCMP have turned over the probe to ... Read More »

Nazko fisher population could face elimination

BC’s independent forestry watchdog says the fisher population west of Quesnel is at high risk of decline or even elimination. A Forest Practices Board began its investigation after a complaint from two trappers in the Nazko region. The Nazko area was decimated by the Mountain Pine Beetle which led to widespread salvage logging in the complainants’ trapping area between 2002 ... Read More »

Wild Salmon Advisory Council report released to public

A report released last month by the Wild Salmon Advisory Council has now been made public. 14 recommendations are made in the report, which looks in to how British Columbia can better support the health, habitat, and sustainability of the wild salmon industry. The report has already been released to the government, but in the interest of transparency, can now ... Read More »

Terrace all candidates debate in full

Council hopefuls in Terrace gathered with community members at the REM Lee Theatre last night to debate a number of hot button topics. Candidates answered questions relating to a number of issues, including the LNG boom, affordable housing, drug use, safe needle disposal, recycling, and, of course, the pool. Questions were posed by both the media, and residents who attended ... Read More »

Prince Rupert gets rolling on pot zoning bylaw

The City of Prince Rupert has started rolling on its marijuana zoning bylaw as legalization of cannabis approaches. Council passed first reading of the bylaw that will see retail cannabis sales restricted to an area stretching from about Second Avenue West through downtown Prince Rupert to Cow Bay. However, Mayor Lee Brain says it’s early days yet, noting that many ... Read More »

Prince Rupert Council picks Victoria firm for airport ferry refit

The City of Prince Rupert has chosen a Victoria firm to do a refit of the Digby Island Airport Ferry. The vessel, which transports cargo and passengers to the Prince Rupert Airport, requires a refit every three years. Council awarded Point Hope Maritime the $347,000 contract, which was the lowest of three quotes. The City will also spend $264,000 on ... Read More »

UNBC second best Primarily Undergraduate school in Nation, according to McLean’s

UNBC has reaffirmed its standing as one of the best universities in the country, placing second on McLean’s annual rankings in the Primarily Undergraduate category. This year marks the 5th year in a row that the University has finished in the top 2 of its category. Only Mount Allison managed to pace the school in this year’s rankings, with UNBC ... Read More »

Supreme Court rules Ottawa doesn’t have a duty to consult Indigenous groups when drafting legislation

Canada’s highest court says federal ministers do not have a duty to consult Indigenous groups when drafting legislation. The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision Thursday involves an Alberta First Nation,  the Mikisew Crew, which argued that the former Conservative government should have consulted them on laws that would affect their treaty rights. In 2012, the government introduced two omnibus bills proposing ... Read More »

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