Nicole Oud


Nicole Oud is a journalist with CBC British Columbia. You can email her at

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'Our community is not ready': Heiltsuk Nation relieved fishing lodge not opening

Fishing lodges on B.C.'s central coast have cancelled their 2020 sport fishing seasons as the Heiltsuk Nation works to keep tourists away over COVID-19 concerns.

More than 100 damage claims filed to ICBC after maintenance mishap turns road into sticky mess

A road near Prince George, B.C., left a thick tar-like coating on the tires and undersides of dozens of vehicles three days after maintenance crews resurfaced it.

Tensions between B.C. fishing lodges, Haida Nation escalate over COVID-19

RCMP in northwest B.C. say they will review video of a confrontation on the water near Haida Gwaii between members of the Haida Nation and staff of a local fishing lodge. 

'Where have all the lifeguards gone?': Shortage forces northern B.C. pools to reduce hours

Northern B.C. pools are cutting hours due to a shortage of qualified lifeguards. A Prince Rupert recreation director said the intensive certification process to become a lifeguard can be a barrier. 

Former Burns Lake mayor sentenced to 2 years less a day for sex crimes against youth

Former Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold pleaded guilty to 4 sexual offences against youth under the age of 16. Some of the offences took place while Strimbold was in office.

'We took a giant leap forward': Northern B.C. First Nation holds 1st potlatch in 73 years

After more than seven decades, the Lheidli T'enneh hosted a potlatch on its traditional territory. The ceremony focused on strengthening relations between the nation and the Prince George school district.

Seven-year-old gets serious about fun, helps design new playground in Prince George, B.C.

The City of Prince George listened to an expert when designing its newest playground. That expert? An enthusiastic seven-year-old.

First Nations renew legal fight against Site C dam after talks end with B.C. government

Talks between the West Moberly First Nations and the province over the Site C hydroelectric dam have ended without a resolution. The First Nations are moving forward with legal action aimed at ending construction of the multi-billion dollar project.

Forestry job losses just as important as SNC-Lavalin and auto sector, B.C. leaders argue

The B.C. government joins mayors and local MPs in calling for federal assistance for thousands of workers affected by sawmill shutdowns across the province.

Plastic production could create jobs as mills shut down in B.C. Interior

A Calgary company wants to build a multi-billion dollar petrochemical facility in Prince George. City leaders hope it helps diversify the local economy as the forestry sector suffers.

Dense forest and no communication, factors in death of man shot by RCMP, inquest hears

John Buehler died in 2014 when police attempted to arrest him in a densely forested area near Valemount, B.C. A coroner's inquest into his death is underway in northern B.C.

Exhibit celebrates Prince George's iconic Mr. PG mascot

It's hard to miss the towering Mr. PG when you drive into Prince George. A new exhibit details the popular mascot's long and surprisingly international history.

This B.C. comedian quit his six-figure pulp mill job to chase his stand-up dreams

Prince George comedian Alex Mackenzie was a third-generation pulp mill worker. But he's quit his job, sold his house, and is set to travel to stand-up gigs around the country in his RV.

Residents south of Quesnel face years-long wait for road replacement

The Ministry of Transportation has unveiled new plans to replace washed out sections of West Fraser Road near Quesnel. However, residents cut off by the washout will have to continue using a detour drivers say is dangerous for years to come.

Prince Rupert water safe to drink for 1st time in 3 months as city lifts water quality advisory

Prince Rupert residents can once again drink from their taps after more than three months of concern over water safety. The city says the test showing high parasite levels may have been a false positive.