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Air quality improving

The air is starting to clear in parts of northwest BC. The environment ministry and Northern Health have ended an air quality advisory for Burns Lake and Houston. A road dust advisory has been called off for Terrace. Officials say the arrival of precipitation has cut the concentration of pollutants in the air. Read More »

Pickets up at UNBC in Terrace and Prince George

UNBC campuses in Terrace and Prince George are behind picket lines today as the university’s faculty association takes strike action. Eleventh- hour talks between the union, which represents professors and instructors, and the university ended without an agreement last night. UNBC Faculty Association President Jacqueline Holler says members want comparable wages to other Canadian universities. Holler says the faculty association ... Read More »

Fatal stabbing in Prince George

Prince George RCMP are investigating after an apparent stabbing turned fatal. Police were called to an area near the downtown core shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday where they found a 46 year old man with life-threatening injuries. The man was taken to hospital but did not survive. The Prince George Serious Crime Section has assumed control of the investigation. Those ... Read More »

Unions now allowed at Site C

Premier Christy Clark has intervened to reverse BC Hydro’s decision to switch to an open-shop format that would prohibit union organizing on the $8.8-billion Site C dam. Clark says Hydro went too far and that she has spoken to the utility’s CEO Jessica McDonald, who has agreed to change the policy regarding the project on the Peace River in the ... Read More »

Lax Kw’alaam leadership endorses Eagle Spirit Energy Project

Several members of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation expressed their support for the Eagle Spirit Energy Project when they met with representatives on Monday in Prince Rupert. Lax Kw’alaams leaders endorsed the Eagle Spirit Energy Project, saying it will give the First Nation much needed economic and employment opportunities. Councilor Chris Sankey said Eagle Spirit will offer the highest level of ... Read More »

First Nation sues BC over alleged breach of Treaty 8

A Northeast BC First Nation is suing the province for alleged breaches of its treaty. The Blueberry First Nations argues that unprecedented industrial development in its traditional territory means members can no longer practice their way of life. Chief Marvin Yahey fears that things will only get worse with what he calls the LNG goldrush in Blueberry’s territory. Lawyer John ... Read More »

Air quality remains poor, advisories continued for Northwest

Air quality advisories for the Bulkley Valley and Lakes District are likely to continue until there’s a change in the weather. The environment ministry and Northern Health have continued the advisory for Houston, Burns Lake, Smithers and Telkwa because of high concentrations of coarse and fine particulates. A road dust advisory has also been issued for Terrace. Air Quality Meteorologist ... Read More »

Kitimat discloses finances after union challenge

The war of words between the District of Kitimat and its striking workers is escalating. The district has released financial information after Unifor Local 2300 members claimed that the community has $54 million in reserves yet isn’t willing to meet worker’s wage demands. Figures from Kitimat’s 2013 financial statements show that it has $54.3 million in assets. But officials say ... Read More »

Kitimat to offer recreation refunds due to strike

With Kitimat’s civic facilities affected by the strike, some residents are wondering about fees they’ve paid for programs. The district says it will offer refunds or credit for things like swim lessons, workshops, and fitness classes once the labour dispute is over. Check the District of Kitimat website for more details. Read More »

Quesnel gas station robbery

RCMP were called to an armed robbery at a gas station in Quesnel last night. Police say just after 9pm, a gas station located on Malcolm Street was robbed. The suspect is described as a white male, wearing all black clothing, with a black cloth over his face. He showed a knife to the clerk and demanded money. He was ... Read More »

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