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Province introduces legislation based on mill explosion inquests

The province has introduced Bill 35, saying the legislation takes decisive action to address inquest recommendations stemming from the fiery, fatal explosions at the Babine and Lakeland sawmills. The bill requires employers to immediately report all workplace fires or explosions that could harm workers, and to provide the findings of any investigations to the mill’s health and safety committee. New legislation ... Read More »

Criticism over how the province takes care of children under care

BC’s newly appointed senior adviser on aboriginal child welfare has added his voice to those of other influential First Nations leaders calling for an untainted investigation into the death of Alex Gervais. Grand Chief Edward John is one of the signatories to a letter from the First Nations Leadership Council, demanding the independent probe of the 18-year-old’s death while in ... Read More »

Conservation groups say poll indicates support for BC mining reform

A recent poll conducted on behalf of two conservation groups indicates strong support for changing BC mining laws. SkeenaWild Conservation Trust and Salmon Beyond Borders say results from a BC survey indicate 75 percent of people are concerned about a tailings pond breach and 54 percent felt BC mining threatens health, environment, and local tourism and fishing industries. SkeenaWild Executive ... Read More »

Severe weather impacts BC Ferries

Rough weather expected on the North Coast is starting to impact ferry traffic to Haida Gwaii. BC Ferries has cancelled the Thursday 10 a.m. sailing of the Northern Expedition from Prince Rupert and the 10 p.m. sailing from Skidegate. The next sailing of the Northern Expedition is scheduled to leave Prince Rupert Sunday at 10 p.m. BC Ferries is adding ... Read More »

Batten down the hatches! Hurricane remnants to hit North and Central Coasts

Heavy rain and high winds are expected to batter the North and Central Coasts Thursday and throughout the weekend. Environment Canada says the remnants of Hurricane Oho will approach the the North Coast Thursday night bringing heavy downpours to Haida Gwaii and the North Coast. Forecasters say stronger southeasterly winds and rain are expected Friday as an intense storm develops ... Read More »

Attempted child luring in Terrace

Terrace RCMP are asking parents to remind their children after an attempted luring yesterday. Police say a man approached a 12 year old girl and demanded she get into his truck. The girl had just gotten off the school bus at Williams Creek Avenue at approximately 4:10pm. She said no and ran into the bush to hide. The man is ... Read More »

It’s the season to Be Bear Aware

Just a reminder for everybody that bears are packing it in, preparing for their long winter sleep. Just last week, Kitimat RCMP were called to a Cablecar residence where two grizzly bears were eating fruit from a tree in their backyard. Tracy Walbauer is a Conservation Officer in Terrace and he says it’s foraging time for bears, and encourages people ... Read More »

Hazeltons making a pitch for arena funding

The Hazeltons are currently without their ice arena. The roof on their former arena was condemned and torn down, creating an outdoor arena. The community is currently looking for funding to build a new recreation centre that will include an arena, gym, fitness centre, climbing wall, and a walking track for elders. Funding has reached $5-million says Dr. Peter Newbery ... Read More »

Northern real estate numbers steady despite energy slump: report

The BC Northern Real Estate Board remains optimistic despite a reduction in sales volume during the first nine months of the year compared to 2014. Vice President William Lacy says it’s reassuring to see that overall numbers are holding strong despite a slump in energy prices and an overall economic lull. The board says 3833 properties worth $979.3 million have ... Read More »

Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates field questions in Terrace

Four federal candidates running in Skeena-Bulkley Valley attended an all-candidates forum in Terrace Tuesday night. The REM Lee Theatre was over half full as the Conservative, NDP, Liberal, and Christian Heritage Party representatives took questions from a media panel and audience members. Infrastructure, First Nations issues, the Stewart-Hyder border crossing, and economic development in the Northwest were some of the ... Read More »

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