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BC sets minimum age for pot at 19

The provincial government has laid out some ground rules for how it plans to deal with the legalization of cannabis. BC will set the minimum age for pot possession, purchase, and use at 19, which officials say is consistent with the province’s minimum age for alcohol and tobacco. BC’s Liquor Distribution Branch will handle wholesale distribution of non-medical cannabis while ... Read More »

Work on Parsnip River Bridge replacement to start in 2018

Work to replace an aging bridge near Mackenzie is scheduled to begin early next year. The provincial government says the new Parsnip River Bridge will replace the existing steel truss span built in 1953 with a wider, open-top structure and increased weight capacity. A news release from the province says the new bridge will improved access between the Peace River ... Read More »

BC funds more child-care spaces

The BC government is hoping $33 million investment will help ease the child-care crunch facing many families. Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy says the funding will create over 3800 licensed child-care spaces in 52 communities, including infant and toddler spaces, spaces on school grounds or in a community hub, and Indigenous child-care spaces. The funding can be used ... Read More »

Terrace commits to downtown museum land

Plans for a downtown museum in Terrace have taken another step forward. The city has committed to providing a portion of land to the Terrace and District Museum Society. The society, which has been planning the project for a number of years, will get a half-acre piece of property on the eastern side of the old Co-op site. The eastern ... Read More »

BC launches independent wildfire and flooding review

The BC government has launched an independent review of this season’s unprecendented wildfire and flooding seasons. The province has appointed former Liberal MLA and cabinet minister George Abbott and Hereditary Chief Maureen Chapman of the Skawahlook First Nation to examine all aspects of the government’s response to both flooding and the record wildfires that displaced tens of thousands of British ... Read More »

RCMP looking for missing man

Fort St. John RCMP is asking for help finding a missing local man. Mounties say 46-year-old Michael Marshall was last seen November 28th. Investigators say there’s nothing to indicate foul play at this time. Marshall is described as: Caucasian male Slender build 5 ft 9 in / 177cm 170 lbs / 77 kg Blue eyes Brown hair Contact the Fort St. ... Read More »

Kitimat SAR helps rescue injured snowmobiler

Kitimat Search Rescue was called out Sunday to rescue an injured snowmobiler in the Anderson Lake area of Claque Mountain. BC Ambulance called out the SAR members after the male hit a tree on his machine and suffered multiple injuries. With daylight fading fast, search members worked with the Kitimat Fire Department and two paramedics to get the injured snowmobiler ... Read More »

Grinch comes early to Terrace Salvation Army

It’s a crime affecting those who can least afford it. The Terrace branch of the Salvation Army says it was the target of thieves over the weekend. According to its Facebook page, criminals broke with front window of its downtown Thrift Store early Saturday morning and stole display items for its silent auction. Officials with the Sally Ann say the ... Read More »

Tug and fuel barge leave Heiltsuk waters after near disaster

The Heiltsuk Nation says it’s relieved that a U.S. tug and its fully laden fuel barge have left their waters along the central coast. The Jake Shearer and its barge with its 12.5 million litres of diesel and gasoline found safe harbour near Bella Bella Monday night after becoming separated in a storm just off the rocky coastline last Sunday ... Read More »

Tsilhqot’in National Government wants public inquiry into provincial wildfire response

After BC’s worst wildfire season on record, First Nations in the Chilcotin are calling for a public inquiry. The Tsilhqoti’in National Government accuses the provincial government of failing to take appropriate action to prevent wildfires risks or prepare for a quick response. The TNG says a public inquiry is critical to ensure that the voices and experiences of those impacted ... Read More »

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