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Drug war triggers gun violence in Prince George, B.C.

RCMP are now blaming a turf war over drugs for a surge in gun violence in Prince George. Over the last week, officers have responded to targeted attacks almost every day.

Fort St. John, Downtown Eastside health regions saw biggest COVID-19 surges in August

The health service delivery areas containing Fort St. John and Vancouver's Downtown Eastside had the highest proportionate jumps in positive cases of COVID-19 for the month of August, according to new numbers from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Bear conflict calls surge in B.C.'s northern Interior this year

Following the death of two black bears in Prince Rupert and Prince George, two conservation officers in northern B.C., say the uptake in bear sightings is due to continued mismanagement of household garbage.

B.C. author Eden Robinson having a productive year despite pandemic disruptions

It's been an eventful year for novelist Eden Robinson. The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't prevented the motion picture adaptations of her novels from hitting the silver screen, and it hasn't kept her from completing her Trickster trilogy.

B.C. First Nations council is moving to Indigenous-developed library system

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is replacing the Dewey decimal system with the Brian Deer classification system. The council's archivist Kat Louro said the geographically-based taxonomy can better represent the worldview of Indigenous communities.

Renowned Haida carver remembered as beloved artist and family man

Benjamin 'Ben' Ray Davidson died of a heart attack in August on Haida Gwaii. He was 44 years old and is survived by his parents, his wife and five children.

Bannock doughnuts win fans at new First Nation-owned café

Oreo, maple bacon and huckleberry are just a few of the flavours on offer at a new café owned by the Lheidli T'enneh Nation in Prince George, B.C.

Totem pole to be raised on B.C.'s Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

The pole, being raised Friday near Terrace, B.C., honours the many women who have gone missing along a stretch of highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert since 1969. Carver Mike Dangeli hopes it provides a sense of healing.

Calls for change at Prince George city hall as more than $10M lost to ballooning construction costs

Four projects have cost Prince George, B.C., taxpayers a combined $13 million more than expected over the past three years.

This B.C. city had the rainiest summer on record in over 100 years

Prince Rupert residents only had one dry day during the entire month of August and got a third of their annual rainfall in three summer months.

Rare cinnamon black bear with cubs captured and moved out of Fort St. John, B.C.

A family of black bears that was generating hourly calls to the conservation officer service in Fort St. John, B.C., has been tranquilized and relocated, wildlife officials say.

Here's what it will be like returning to pools in some B.C. municipalities this fall

You will have to pre-register for a dip but you probably won't have to fight for space in a swim lane.

Northern Health issues COVID-19 alert for rural community of Prespatou, B.C.

Health authorities say anyone who attended events or gatherings of any size in the area in the month of August may have been exposed to the virus if physical distancing and masking guidelines were not being followed.

Prince George Roll-A-Dome — used for weddings, flea markets and more — needs new operators to survive COVID-19

The operator of the Prince George Roll-A-Dome, a multipurpose recreational building, says he will not be renewing his lease due to financial problems caused by COVID-19.

'I have a brother who's an addict': Emotional mayor highlights personal toll of northern B.C. overdose crisis

Northern British Columbia now has the province's highest overdose death rate per capita, leading to calls for more services such as safe consumption and overdose prevention sites.

Large parts of B.C. have had low COVID-19 infection rates for weeks — but outbreaks can happen fast

Prince George, the Kootenays and Vancouver Island are among the areas that have had "minuscule infection rates since June, but travel, house parties and a false sense of security all pose risks.

They don't wanna live with a cinnamon bear: Colour morph black bear with cubs sparks curiosity, concern

Singer-songwriter writer Neil Young once sang "I wanna live with a cinnamon girl," but while the colour is certainly eye-catching, residents of a Fort St. John neighbourhood don't quite share the same attraction for the cinnamon-coloured black bear that's been dropping around lately.

It could take 5 years for this B.C. airport to economically recover from COVID-19

The Prince George Airport Authority realizes it will take longer than initially predicted for the airport to bounce back and at least one other B.C. airport is worried it will never recover at all.

COVID-19 alert issued for northeast B.C. after Alberta prayer meeting attendees test positive

Northern Health says anyone who attended the It Is Time Canada prayer gathering in Deadwood, Alta., between July 30 and Aug. 2 should self-isolate, self-monitor for symptoms of the disease and seek testing if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

Visitors crowd out locals at small-town pool, prompting call for priority swim times

Residents of the small community of Hudson's Hope in northeastern B.C. are calling for "locals only" swim times as visitors flock to one of the region's few pools still operating amidst COVID-19 shutdowns.

Tired of livestreams? Community arts groups across B.C. are bringing back in-person performances

Community arts groups across British Columbia are plotting the return of live events this fall, putting together scaled-back, more intimate performances in order to meet COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Classic films are keeping some indie theatres afloat, but survival is uncertain without new releases

Independent movie theatres are turning to family favourites and classic films to try to stay afloat this summer, as major summer blockbusters are being delayed or sent straight to streaming services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

73-year-old photo album belonging to 'Miss Joyce Mallett of Dawson Creek, B.C.' found in Kamloops gravel pit

Stolen memories were put together by a 23-year-old woman before she died

Prophet River First Nation pulls out of lawsuit over Site C dam in northeastern B.C.

The Prophet River First Nation have pulled out of a lawsuit against the B.C. government over the Site C dam project, leaving the West Moberly First Nation to fight the legal battle alone.

Human remains found in northern B.C. between Prince George, Purden Lake Provincial Park

RCMP and the coroners service are investigating after human remains were found 40 kilometers east of Prince George, B.C.

Space, access to outdoors drawing homebuyers to B.C.'s Interior during pandemic: real estate groups

Property sales in B.C.'s Interior are on the rise, and real estate agents say a growing number of their clients are people looking for more space to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northern B.C. border town pushes for international bubble with Alaskan neighbours

Residents of a small B.C. border town want to be recognized, along with their Alaskan neighbours, as an "integrated trans-border community" so they can travel freely from one side of the border to the other.

'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.

Northwestern B.C. sees spike in COVID-19 cases

The health region that includes B.C.'s North Coast and Haida Gwaii has recorded a spike in COVID-19 cases, with 11 people testing positive for the virus over the past week.

Americans travelling through B.C. are 'scared' of breaking rules, RV park owner says

Despite reports of some American tourists flouting rules surrounding COVID-19 while travelling in Canada, the owner of an RV park in Fort Nelson, B.C., says the few U.S. visitors she's receiving seem to be taking the pandemic more seriously than their Canadian counterparts.

Northern British Columbia records first new cases of COVID-19 in nearly six weeks

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Northern Health Authority Friday, the first since June 8.

Concerns raised about 'festival vibe' in Kelowna despite cluster of COVID-19 cases

Interior Health says private parties are a common link in most positive cases, and young people are the most affected.

Multiple Site C workers in isolation following positive case of COVID-19

The worker came from Alberta and is now isolating at the work camp and being cared for by onsite medical staff.

RCMP investigating arson, criminal negligence after three bodies found in motel fire that set off no alarms

Investigators are trying to figure out how three people died after their bodies were discovered in a deliberately-set motel fire that didn't sound alarms.

Haida Gwaii 'staycation grants' help locals play tourist in their own backyard

The Gwaii Trust Society is giving grants of up to $250 to Haida Gwaii residents who want to explore the area and support local tourism operators who have been hit hard by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

B.C. First Nation secures funding for multi-million-dollar project in ancient rainforest park

The Ancient Forest Park, or Chun T'oh Whudujut in the local Lheidli language, is located 120 kilometres east of Prince George and protects a portion of the only inland temperate rainforest in the world. Project plans include new hiking trails and an interpretive centre.

Child performers showcase Congolese dance to appreciative audiences in Prince George

The African Dancers' child performers are practising their Congolese rumba moves at home in Prince George now, waiting until they can get back on stage.
They & Us

Beyond binary pronouns: Listen to every episode of new podcast about gender identity

Gender identity. Gender expression. Non-binary. While you may hear these terms in the news, social discussions and academia, for many, it's unfamiliar territory. Are you up to speed?
They & Us

In a house without gender roles, a trans child faces resistance in new podcast episode

Bryn Hanks was raised in a home with few gender rules: Boys wore dresses, girls could be whatever they wanted. But when he told his parents he was trans, he hit a wall of resistance. He shares how that felt, and his mother explains why she had such a hard time accepting her child's identity.
They & Us

Latest podcast episode looks at what it's like for your body to transition from male to female

From cystic acne to severe mood swings, a conversation with a trans individual about what they wish more people knew about the experience of changing your body, and how to prepare yourself to get through it.
They & Us

New podcast episode reveals how a Haida legend helped a trans woman explain her experience to her grandmother

A young student uses a North Coast legend from her grandmother to explain why she wants to stop living as a man and start living as a woman. Plus: Using sitcoms and culture to talk about sexuality, on a new episode of 'They & Us' from CBC British Columbia.
They & Us

Police and Pride: Why activists say celebrations need to stay political

The decision to bar police from Vancouver's Pride parade aligns with the celebration's roots in political protest, activists say.
They & Us

Research indicates attempts to repress sexuality, gender identity, are still widespread in Canada

The practice of conversion therapy — trying to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or expression through counselling, medication or prayer — is still widespread in Canada despite a growing movement to make it illegal, according to recent research published in the Canadian Journal of Psychology.

Police violence in northern B.C. adds local focus to Black Lives Matter rallies in Prince George

Hundreds of people came out to two Black Lives Matter rallies in Prince George, B.C., with the deaths of two Indigenous men in RCMP custody underscoring conversations around police violence against racialized communities.

Prince George replaces outdated climate action plan with new emission targets

The city has set a long-term goal of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, with incremental reduction targets to be met along the way.

Prince George librarian saddened by city's decision to remove free library box during pandemic

City staff have removed a free library at Rainbow Park at a time when the public library system is closed due to COVID-19.

Controversial proposed plastics plant moving out of Prince George, following environmental backlash

Plans to build a $5.6 billion plastics plant in Prince George, B.C., have been scrapped, following a backlash from community members worried about air pollution from the proposed petrochemical facility.

Some teachers returning to classrooms as early as May 11, as B.C. schools plan gradual reopening

School districts across B.C. are drafting up plans to reopen, with teachers returning to classrooms as early as next week in some parts of the province.

After feast hall and Zoom meetings, Wet'suwet'en chiefs set to negotiate rights and title agreement

The First Nation hereditary chiefs who earlier this year were at the centre of protests over a natural gas pipeline in northwestern B.C. say they are ready to begin talks about rights and title over their traditional lands.

CN lawsuit alleges $270M in freight was hit by rail blockade in northern B.C.

A CN Rail lawsuit says a two day rail blockade in New Hazelton, B.C., in February affected almost 5,000 freight cars, carrying $270 million in commodities.

Massive replant of B.C.'s fire-ravaged forests threatened by fears of spreading COVID-19

A massive reforestation effort in the B.C. Interior slated for this summer is raising concerns about tree planters from across Canada spreading COVID-19 to remote communities.

Northern B.C. doctors urge residents to wear masks

Doctors in Prince Rupert are "strongly encouraging" residents to wear homemade cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a city with just two ventilators.

B.C. family stranded in India says repatriation plan feels like punishment

At $2,900 per seat, Jameel Khan's family of five will have to pay close to $15,000 should they be chosen to come home on one of the six flights returning Canadians from India.

'We will deliver right to the border': B.C. town vows to look after U.S. neighbours in pandemic

Residents of a small B.C. border town have pledged to help their Alaskan neighbours during the COVID-19 crisis, even as the border between Canada and the United States closes to non-essential travel.

More detailed breakdown of COVID-19 testing needed in northern B.C., says region's former health officer

The former chief medical health officer for Northern Health is calling on the B.C. government to provide individual communities with COVID-19 test results.

Prince Rupert orders anyone entering city to self-isolate for 14 days

The City of Prince Rupert is leading several municipalities in northwestern B.C. in a push for isolation and quarantine rules that go well beyond what the province already has in place.

B.C. distilleries are lifting spirits by making free hand sanitizer

"We're not an essential service at the end of it. We make alcohol for a living and this is just a teeny way that we can actually help and give back to our community."

B.C. musicians performing virtual concerts to connect with audiences

In light of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, artists have taken to social media to stream live shows from empty theatres, their bedrooms and their basements.

Many shelters, drop-in centres struggle with social distancing but vow to keep offering services

Social distancing is proving difficult for many shelters and drop-in centres in B.C. striving to keep homeless and vulnerable people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CN derailment spilled 40 tonnes of petroleum coke by creek in Fraser River watershed, B.C. government says

The CN derailment east of Prince George, B.C., last week spilled 40 tonnes of petroleum coke in and along a creek in the Fraser River watershed, according to the provincial environment ministry.

She used to help victims of crime. But a daytime, drug-fuelled robbery ended her career

"I just wanted her bag," says the man who pleaded guilty this week to attacking veteran social worker Diane Nakamura in downtown Prince George, B.C., in 2018, leaving her with a permanent brain injury.

Train that derailed near B.C. school was carrying extremely flammable propane: TSB

The Transportation Safety Board says seven rail cars carrying dangerous goods were among the 27 that derailed March 5, about 40 km east of Prince George.

Actress Grace Dove throws her support behind B.C. school name change

The Prince George school board has voted to rename a high school with an Indigenous name and the decision has sparked controversy in the community.
In Depth

Canada has enough pipelines to circle the globe several times. Can they ever be incident-free?

With enough pipelines to circle the globe 20 times, the Canadian industry has a low incident rate. But some say energy companies can, and must, do more to stop accidents from happening in order to win the public over — and to protect lives.

Months after sex crimes arrest, Grand Chief Ed John has yet to appear in court

Months after he was arrested, a B.C. Grand Chief charged with sex crimes has yet to appear in court. Ed John's first appearance, set for December, 2019, was re-scheduled. On Wednesday, court officials postponed a hearing until March 25.

B.C. mom upset at being asked to get out of the pool to breastfeed

Williams Lake resident Brianna Stennes has become frustrated after being asked on two separate occasions by a lifeguard to not breastfeed her son in the pool.

This B.C. ski resort town has never had a good snow removal plan — but that's about to change

Fernie, B.C., where more than 300 centimetres of snow falls each year, and which thrives on winter activities like skiing, snowboarding and winter cycling, has been operating under the same snow and ice removal policy for 20 years. 

This cat was found skinny and scared in a shipping container from China. Now she's ready for adoption

Journey, an orange female tabby cat, has come a long way since she was found inside a shipping container that had travelled all the way from Shenzhen, China to Prince George, B.C. last April. She now loves to play and is ready to be adopted after 10 months of being in the care of the B.C. SPCA.

'It was love at first sight': How this B.C. couple has made it work for more than 60 years

After 60 years of marriage, two kids and five grandchildren, Frank and Katie Walters, who moved to Salmon Arm in 1995, say there are a few things that have helped them make their relationship work.

Why Coastal GasLink says it rejected a pipeline route endorsed by Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

Before construction of the controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline started, hereditary chiefs with the Office of the Wet'suwet'en proposed an alternate route through their territory. The company behind the project said the path wasn't feasible and moved forward without the chiefs' support.

CN rail blockade in northern B.C. set to end

The protest near New Hazelton, B.C., has blocked CN Rail's main line through the northern part of the province, halting transport between Prince George and Prince Rupert.

Blockade supporting Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs continues to halt rail traffic in northwestern B.C.

A protest near New Hazelton, B.C., in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, is blocking CN Rail's main line through the northern part of the province, halting transport between Prince George and Prince Rupert. 

Athletes, spectators wear T-shirts supporting the Wet'suwet'en at All Native Basketball Tournament

The conflict over a natural gas pipeline in Wet'suwet'en territory in northwestern B.C. was top of mind for many participants at the opening ceremony of the 61st annual All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert.

'He hit me so hard, I flipped over him': Escort tells assault trial Curtis Sagmoen ran into her with ATV

The Crown's main witness in North Okanagan resident Curtis Sagmoen's assault trial told a Vernon, B.C., courtroom Sagmoen ran into her from behind with an ATV with so much force, she flipped over him and landed face first on the ground.

Family pets killed in house fire despite attempt to save with special oxygen masks

A house fire in Prince George has killed two dogs. But people living in the house were able to escape, and were treated for smoke inhalation.

Site C dam's main builder fined almost $1M for 'high risk' worker safety violations

The violations include a worker shocked with 1,000 volts of electricity, and the possible exposure of workers to dangerous silica dust.

Accounts of sex assaults in B.C. tree planter camps 'deeply disturbing'

For the first time, many tree planters are sharing their experiences of harassment and sexual assault in remote B.C. camps.

Drawn to Canada by love of winter, Chinese artist in hospital after car crash in Prince George, B.C.

A Chinese artist visiting Canada to take in winter scenery is in hospital following a serious vehicle crash in Prince George, B.C.

New trial ordered in 'brutal' 2012 death of Fribjon Bjornson in northern B.C.

One of the men convicted in the brutal slaying of a northern B.C. man will get a new trial after the Court of Appeal ruled the judge erred in answering a question from jurors.

UNBC president, vice-president off the job weeks after faculty strike

UNBC president Daniel Weeks is on indefinite medical leave from his position, while the VP of finance and chief negotiator Barb Daigle is retiring Friday.

Coastal GasLink opponents build new camp near pipeline route

Supporters of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs blocking a pipeline route near Houston, B.C., have built a third camp on disputed land covered by a court order.

'Share the love as much as you can': Iranian community in Prince George mourns flight PS752 victims

Roughly 120 people placed rose petals and lit candles inside a small Anglican church in Prince George Sunday afternoon at a memorial service for victims of the downed Flight P752 plane in Iran.

Kindness snowballs after online search for volunteers to help B.C. seniors with snow

What started as a random act of kindness by Revelstoke local has evolved into an online Facebook group where people volunteer to help seniors, and those who aren't physically able, with snow removal.

Premier's hand-picked liaison quits process to save endangered caribou in northeastern B.C.

A high profile politician has handed his resignation to B.C.'s premier over a controversial plan to protect endangered caribou.

Prince Rupert schools using bottled water until copper levels confirmed to meet standards

"The water has not changed, but the limits that we're allowed to have for our staff and students have changed," said Prince Rupert School Board chair James Horne.

Online dating only gets more daunting the older you get — but this new program is guiding over-50s through it

A Kamloops library has started a new program called Dating Over 50 to help people better understand the world of online dating and ways to make connections.

'My mind is blown': B.C. team places 5th with zero deductions at international cheer competition

Fans of the new Netflix documentary series Cheer know that it's not easy to hit zero on the score sheet at a cheerleading competition, but the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack Cheerleaders did it, when they competed at the ICU University World Cheerleading Championships over the weekend.

Brexit may be imminent, but this B.C. pub plans to keep the name going

Nearly two years ago, when British expat Martyn Lewis opened his pub in Penticton, B.C., he admittedly called it the Brexit Pub as a way of getting publicity. However, it's worked out so well, he's planning on keeping the name as a way of continuing his theme of poking fun at Great Britain.

'I was very ignorant': How being paralyzed changed one woman's view of how the world treats disabled people

A wheelchair user from Fort Nelson, B.C., is pushing for better accessibility for all, based on her own experiences struggling with moving around. 

Wife who lost husband to suicide wants Interior Health and RCMP crisis response program expanded

Elisha Hamilton has nearly reached her goal of getting 1,000 signatures for a petition she started in support of expanding an emergency response program for mental health and substance use issues in the Interior.

Gene Simmons dishes about a new music festival in Grand Forks, B.C., and his deep love of ketchup

Simmons called CBC's Radio West Thursday afternoon to chat about Grand Forks, the festival and some of his "peculiar" eating habits. 

3 people treated for gunshot wounds in two days in Prince George

Three shootings in just two days are keeping RCMP busy in Prince George. Mounties But RCMP say two targetted shootings are not linked.

New records broken as extreme cold and snowfall warnings persist across B.C. Interior and north

Schools are open in most of the B.C. Interior, but many bus runs have been cancelled as frigid temperatures set new records throughout the region.

Wife of horse rider hit by train says 'it's completely amazing' her husband survived

"All he said is, 'I just woke up and I don't know where I am,' and then he hung up the phone on me, and I knew instantly that something was drastically wrong."

'CEOs and Office Hoes' party at B.C. nightclub draws backlash

A "CEOs and Office Hoes" party being thrown by Cactus Jack's Nightclub in Kamloops, B.C., is stirring up a lot of controversy, with some calling the theme "sexist" and "tasteless."

B.C. doctor working to bring in new drug to help frostbite victims avoid amputation

Dr. Jamie Wilkie is confident the medication will be available to patients in northern B.C. next year.

'This kind of weather, it's fatal': How to help pets through bitter cold snap

Large dumps of snow and extreme cold warnings for most of the province mean it's not safe for pets to be left outside for long periods of time. Here are some ways you can help protect them and keep their minds stimulated indoors.

Tiny train and new jobs lead to tax increase in Prince George, but not without debate

A tiny train dominated budget discussions in Prince George this week, with some councillors questioning price tag to build a new storage shed for a 107-year-old steam engine — and wondering whether the city should be preserving historic items.

Wrestling program taking off in northern B.C. village, after 15 years without one

For 15 years the wrestling program in Hazleton was dormant, but in 2018 three coaches got together to bring it back, and now they're ready to take things to the next level.

Hackers attack City of Dawson Creek's computer systems

Mayor says attack was isolated quickly and no data appears to be lost.