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UN Committee says Canada not doing enough for aboriginal women

A United Nations committee is echoing the call of critics who say Canada should establish a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women says Canada has violated the rights of aboriginal women by failing to thoroughly investigate why they are targeted for violence. The body is adding its voice to ... Read More »

Prince George sawmill explosion inquest continues

A coroner’s inquest has heard a worker killed in a Prince George sawmill explosion had to be driven to an ambulance in the back of a truck. A firefighter who found Allan Little after the explosion says he waited for an ambulance for seven to nine minutes before loading him into a fire chief’s pickup. He says Little was burned ... Read More »

Prince George RCMP identify body of Jordan Taylor McLeod

Prince George RCMP have identified the body of Jordan Taylor McLeod. Human remains were found off the Kaykay Forest Service Road northwest of Prince George on February 22nd. Following an autopsy, the RCMP confirmed the remains are those of the 24-year old man who was last seen on January 16th in Prince George. The RCMP are asking people with information to ... Read More »

Terrace to get prenatal clinic

Northern Health says expectant mothers in Terrace will be able to access consistent care throughout their pregnancy with the development of a prenatal clinic in the city. The clinic will feature five physicians, two obstetricians, and three family doctors providing 24-hour maternity care in collaboration with labour and delivery services at Mills Memorial Hospital. The health authority says the clinic ... Read More »

Group alleges LNG ad campaign misleading

A northwest BC environmental group is crying foul over ads promoting a liquefied natural gas project near Prince Rupert. Friends of Wild Salmon calls Pacific NorthWest LNG’s advertising campaign misleading because it claims the project design would protect eelgrass beds at Flora Bank critical to Skeena salmon. Luanne Roth of the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation says the full-page ads ... Read More »

No funeral director on Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii residents currently do not have access to a licensed funeral director. For many years, a volunteer helped grieving families. But late last year, Consumer Protection BC ordered the volunteer to stop because he doesn’t have a license. While the law says a close family member or friend may help with the family of the deceased, Jennifer Rice, NDP ... Read More »

Air quality advisory ended – update

The Ministry of Environment and Northern Health has ended the Air Quality Advisory for Smithers and Telkwa. Improved air quality due to increased winds, precipitation and the stoppage of open burning has decreased fine particulate PM25 readings below provincial objectives. For more information go to: Read More »

Province to set new rules for e-cigs

The BC government says it will introduce new legislation to ban e-cigarette sales to youth under 19. Health Minister Terry Lake says the legislation will also prohibit e-cigarette smoking in certain spaces including workplaces and school grounds. Lake says the new rules are meant to limit children’s exposure to e-cigarette vapour and prevent e-cigarettes from making smoking appear normal. The ... Read More »

Celebrate Your Breasts Project at Terrace Art Gallery

Celebrate Your Breasts is an art project that encourages women to accept themselves. The project began with Nancy Pratt’s experiences after her breast implants ruptured. She realized how interconnected breast implants are to a woman’s sense of self-esteem. The project spun-off from her experiences connecting with other women who suffered from ruptured implants. Pratt wants women to accept their body ... Read More »

Haida Nation in court seeking herring fishery injunction

The Haida Nation is seeking an injunction to stop the herring fishery off the coast of Haida Gwaii. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans say herring stocks have rebounded to the point where a commercial fishery can be supported. But the Haida Nation disagrees, and are in court in Vancouver asking a judge to stop the fishery. Last week, the ... Read More »