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Coastal First Nations says Eagle Spirit still a no-go

In reaction to this week’s Eagle Spirit announcement, Coastal First Nations says opposition to oil exports off the coast of BC remains as strong, if not stronger, than it’s ever been Art Sterritt, Executive Director of the alliance which represents First Nations on the North and Central Coast, calls the Calgary news conference misleading. Sterritt says he’s spoken with a ... Read More »

Eagle Spirit Energy says pipeline support growing

The proponent of a First Nations-backed oil pipeline proposal says support for the project is growing. Eagle Spirit Energy Chairman and President Calvin Helin held a news conference in Calgary this week alongside a number of BC First Nations leaders. Helin announced that Chief Dan George of the Burns Lake Band, Stellat’en Nation Chief Archie Patrick, Head Chief Art Mathews ... Read More »

Lheidli T’enneh Pavilion opens to the public tomorrow

The Lheidli T’enneh’s Canada Winter Games Pavilion opens to the public tomorrow in Prince George. The pavilion’s main stage will have traditional and cultural performances, and facilitated workshops. The reception hall inside the pavilion will showcase a variety of cultural performances; including singing, drumming, dancing, jigging and other art forms. Not all the shows will be traditional; performances will also ... Read More »

Squamish Nation to study proposed LNG project

The south coast Squamish Nation is studying a proposed LNG project through its traditional territory. The nation is working with technical experts to gather scientific data around the potential impacts and risks. They will compare their findings with those from the federal and provincial governments. The First Nation held a community meeting last night as part of an independent assessment ... Read More »

BC coroner wants review of licensing program and deaths of young drivers

In a report released today, the coroners service is asking the province to review the deaths of 106 youth who were killed behind the wheel between 2004 and 2013. Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe says the Graduated Licensing Program has reduced young driver deaths since the program was introduced in 1998. But she says it’s time for a review to emphasize ... Read More »

New labour legislation will hold employers responsible for hurt workers

The province will introduce legislation that will hold employers legally responsible when their workers are seriously hurt or injured. Labour Minister Shirley Bond says the legislation stems from recommendations in a report into two separate sawmill explosions that killed four workers in northern BC in 2012. Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills were not charged, partly over the Crown’s concerns ... Read More »

Province announces Canada Games Week

The province has proclaimed February 13 to March 1 as Canada Games Week. The games begin on Friday in Prince George, and will see 2,400 athletes from across Canada compete in 19 sports over 18 days. Team BC’s contingent consists of 350 athletes, coaches and support staff. The Canada Winter Games is the largest sporting event in northern BC. It’s ... Read More »

NWCC and Student’s Union concerned about Adult Ed cuts

The Northwest Community College Student’s Union is worried about the impact of provincial cuts for Adult Basic Education. The BC government announced in December that it would stop funding the programs which provide high school courses at no charge. Student union Chair Steve Verblac says charging tuition for College and Career Prep courses at NWCC will put the college at ... Read More »

Senior’s housing survey later this year

A housing survey of Terrace seniors will be conducted later this year. Greg Steves of the province’s Housing Policy Branch, told Terrace council that the telephone survey will assess the needs of seniors in light of rising housing costs. The survey will focus on the northwest, but may expand to the entire province. Steves says the goal of the survey ... Read More »

Wet weather for Northwest could mean trouble

Just as Terrace and Kitimat residents are getting back to normal after a huge dump of snow, Environment Canada warned of more wild weather Wednesday. Freezing rain and snowfall warnings were issued for inland sections of the North Coast this morning, although the freezing rain warning has since been lifted. Meteorologist Jennifer Hay says added moisture could cause problems for ... Read More »