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NDP releases first report in Poverty Reduction Strategy

BC’s first report as part of their new poverty reduction strategy was released yesterday. The “What We Heard” report is the result of a six month consultation process that ended in March. According to the report, poverty is nearly twice as likely among Indigenous peoples, those with disabilities, people of colour, and single parents. A lack of affordable housing in ... Read More »

Province turns to Federal Government for help with Greyhound situation

The Provincial government is turning to the federal government for help dealing with Greyhound’s unexpected departure from the west. After meeting with ministers from BC and Ontario yesterday, BC Transportation Minister Claire Trevena will be penning a joint letter to her federal counterpart Marc Garneau. In the letter, Trevena plans to address safety and reliability concerns. The topic will reportedly ... Read More »

CUPE and BC Public School support staff take second stab at tentative agreement

After returning to the negotiating table after their first agreement was declined, the Canadian Union of Public Employees have reached another tentative deal with BC Public School support staff. The deal is with the BC Public School Employers Association, but will still have to be approved by the K-12 Presidents Council before it is made official. A tentative deal made ... Read More »

Homestay families sought for Mexican students coming to Terrace

Families in the Terrace area are being sought to host international students coming to Coast Mountain College this fall. Canada Homestay Network Managing Director Jennifer Wilson says homes are needed for a group of Mexican students attending the college for four weeks starting November 24th. Wilson says opening your home to an international student gives families an opportunity to learn ... Read More »

Province supplying fresh flood mitigation funding

The provincial government is looking to lend a hand when it comes to flood mitigation. The Union of BC Municipalities has released 9.5 million dollars in emergency preparedness funding to go towards structural flood mitigation in BC communities. Funding will be added to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund as part of 33.5 million dollar plan. The funding will focus on: ... Read More »

Passenger Transportation Board not optimistic about rural Greyhound replacement

According to the Passenger Transportation Board, the prospects of finding a replacement for Greyhound’s rural BC routes are looking slim. Yesterday, the Board launched a plan to fast track applications to replace inter-city bus routes, and have apparently had early interest. Unfortunately, Board Chair Catherine Read, says that most of that interest has centered around the more densely populated Southern ... Read More »

Haida Nation move to have marine area better protected

The Haida Nation are calling for stricter rules around a marine-protected area 180 kms off the coast of Haida Gwaii. Three volcanoes are containe din the area in question, rising to just 24 metres below the ocean surface. Though the area is of significant cultural importance to the Haida Nation, it is currently only classified as a “voluntary exclusion zone”. ... Read More »

12 new seats coming to Prince George ECE program

A program expansion at the College of New Caledonia is opening up opportunities for Early Childhood Educators in Prince George. With the help of a 109 thousand dollar investment by the provincial government, the CNC will add 12 new seats to its September ECE program intake. The expansion is part of a commitment by the government to bring 620 new ... Read More »

Thornhill Fire Department quells blaze at Terrace Paving Asphalt Plant

An oil fire at the Terrace Paving Asphalt Plant kept Thornhill fire fighters busy for about 3 hours yesterday evening. According to the Thornhill Fire Department, the blaze necessitated the closure of Highway 16 east of Terrace. The fire was due to an oil heater failing and igniting some of the product. Crews were able to quickly quell the blaze. Read More »

Four workers sent to hospital after incident at Fairview Container Terminal

DP World says four workers were taken to hospital after an incident at the Fairview Container Terminal in Prince Rupert Wednesday. A company official says all four were working in a specific area of the terminal when they suffered respiratory irritation around 11:30 a.m. They were treated in hospital, but no other details about their condition have been released. DP ... Read More »

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