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“Important announcement” scheduled for Highway 16

Two BC government ministers will make what the province is calling an “important announcement” about a notorious stretch of BC highway Monday.

Aboriginal relations minister John Rustad and transportation minister Todd Stone are scheduled to make the announcement regarding the Highway 16 corridor at 12:40 in Victoria.

No other details about what the announcement is regarding have been made available.

Also known as the Highway of Tears, the road has seen the murders or disappearances of 18 women and girls since 1969.

A symposium examining transportation issues on the stretch of Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George road was held in Smithers last month.

The meeting was aimed at finding safe travel options for those living in remote communities along the corridor.

First Nations and communities along the highway have advocated for a shuttle bus since Commissioner Wally Oppal’s 2012 report on BC’s missing women recommended the service.

The government has previously said that a shuttle bus is a non-starter and documents indicate it would cost a million dollars a year to operate.

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