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New Highway 16 passing lane

The Highway 16 corridor will be getting an additional passing lane between Prince George and Vanderhoof. Work on the $2.68 million contract is to begin this month at Telacheck East Road, approximately 27 kilometres west of Prince George. The province says the additional passing lane will help make travel safer for residents, tourists, and commercial drivers in the region as ... Read More »

Mounties bust grow-op near 105 Mile House

Mounties from multiple detachments busted a marijuana grow-op near 105 Mile House yesterday. A large indoor marijuana grow operation and small clandestine lab manufacturing butane honey oil was discovered at the site. The RCMP seized approximately 50 pounds of drying marijuana bud, 491 high yielding marijuana plants, several firearms, over $7,000  in cash, along with a pickup truck and a ... Read More »

Head of non-profit housing assc. says federal gov’t must step up funding

The head of the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association is in Terrace today holding a regional event. Tony Roy is the association’s Executive Director, and he says the conference will bring together housing providers and other stakeholders to shine a light on the acute need for affordable housing in the northwest. He says it’s also an opportunity for collaboration and knowledge ... Read More »

Lowest level of total employment in northwest in a decade

Northwest BC saw its lowest level of total employment in a decade in 2014 according to a report from the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. The Regional Check-up noted that the region stretching from Prince Rupert to Vanderhoof saw an overall loss of 1,600 jobs in the services sector. Jeanne MacNeil, a partner with Edmison Mehr Chartered Accountants in Smithers, ... Read More »

Vulnerable children start behind and stay behind peers

The latest report from B.C.’s children’s rights watchdog says vulnerable children in the province start life behind their peers and stay there. The report by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and co-author Dr. Perry Kendall, the provincial health officer, says life remains challenging for vulnerable children, especially for those in government care and aboriginal children and youth. Turpel-Lafond says fewer teens are ... Read More »

Researchers to see if Douglas Channel at tsunami risk

Researchers will be mapping the ocean floor in the Douglas Channel and Kitimat Arm this summer. Natural Resources Canada researchers will be using sonar to map underwater rock and mountain formations, looking for geohazards. Gwyn Lintern is a geoscientist and says it’s important to know what’s above and below the water, in the steep sided fjords that make up much ... Read More »

LNG Canada Export Terminal in Kitimat gets environmental approval

LNG Canada Development has been issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for it’s multi-billion dollar LNG Canada Export Terminal project in Kitimat. The decision was made after considering a review led by the province’s Environmental Assessment Office. The LNG Canada Export Terminal is the first project to be granted a certificate following a substituted environmental assessment. The substituted assessment is a ... Read More »

Aboriginal curriculum for all B.C. students

Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad says B.C. students will soon study the impacts of colonialism, aboriginal history and oppression. A new curriculum will teach kindergarten to grade 12 students about Canada’s residential schools and their ongoing impact. Rustad says kindergarten students will also be expected to learn about indigenous plants and animals, while grade 5 students will learn about aboriginal ... Read More »

Challenges of gang prevention

Community leaders will be attending a meeting tomorrow in Williams Lake to discuss on-going gang violence. The RCMP says while the city has higher than average crime rates, there’s no current spike in crime activity or major crime wave. One of the known gangs operating in Williams Lake draws many of its members from the Anaham Reserve First Nations, about ... Read More »

Small wildfire at Lakelse Lake

There’s a small wildfire burning at the south end of Lakelse Lake about 19km southwest of Terrace. The Wildfire Management Branch says the 1.5 hectare fire was sparked by lightning, and no structures or properties are threatened at the time. This fire is located in steep, rocky terrain and smoke, flames and firefighting aircraft may be visible from cabins along ... Read More »

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