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B.C. grain farmers struggling as historic drought continues in province's northeast

Early this month, B.C.'s Ministry of Forests made an announcement encouraging all water users across northeastern B.C. to take voluntary water conservation measures and monitor their water supply in light of a Level 5 drought.

Haida Gwaii residents stuck in Prince Rupert four days after B.C. Ferries cancelled sailing

Haida Gwaii residents Margo Hearne and her husband were two of the many passengers who were stranded in Prince Rupert, B.C., over the weekend after their ferry home on Thursday afternoon was cancelled due to a storm.

Why a veteran in Prince George runs 11 km at 2 a.m. to commemorate Remembrance Day

Early morning on Friday at 2 a.m. PT, Dutch veteran Derk Grooten will lead a group of residents in Prince George, B.C., in an 11-kilometre run across the city to mark Remembrance Day.

4 people die in 3 vehicle collisions on northern B.C. highways over past 2 days

In light of three fatal car crashes on Sunday and Monday, B.C. RCMP is asking drivers to slow down while travelling on highways in unpredictable weather.

RCMP, government vehicles set on fire in 'targeted attack' in Smithers, B.C., police say

Four RCMP cruisers and several government vehicles, including an ambulance, were burned in a hotel parking lot in Smithers, B.C., early Wednesday in what police are describing as a "targeted attack on emergency service vehicles."

UNBC welcomes back classes of 2020 and 2021 for the in-person convocation they missed

On Friday afternoon, hundreds of University of Northern British Columbia students who graduated in 2020 and 2021 will be able to attend the in-person make-up ceremony they missed due to the pandemic.

Mobile overdose prevention clinic in northern B.C. destroyed by fire

A mobile clinic providing overdose prevention services in Fort St. John, B.C., has been destroyed by fire.

Tsimshian farmer's harvest of Ozette potatoes brings hope for greater Indigenous food sovereignty

Tea Creek Farm in Kitwanga has completed its first harvest of Ozette potatoes, which farmer Jacob Beaton says are one of the oldest kinds of potatoes that Indigenous people grew in the coastal areas of what is now British Columbia.
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Clinic in B.C. Peace region closes after change in doctor payment model

The only clinic in the District of Taylor, about 18 kilometres south of Fort St. John, near the B.C.-Alberta border, is closing permanently on Saturday, making it more challenging for seniors living there to access medical services.

38-year-old man missing after fishing trip on B.C.'s Central Coast

Hundreds of people on B.C.'s Central Coast are searching for a 38-year-old man who was last seen nine days ago.

This B.C. village council has to appoint 2 councillors because no one is running for election

Valemount Mayor Owen Torgerson and incumbent councillors Hollie Blanchette and Pete Pearson were re-elected by acclamation after running unchallenged. Now, they will have to appoint two more councillors after Sheri Gee and Donnie MacLean decided not to seek re-election.

Satellite 'trains' are lighting up B.C. skies but astronomers say they're bad for research

Since 2019, SpaceX has launched more than 3,000 communications satellites into orbit for its Starlink network to provide internet services to remote and rural areas around the world.

Prince George, B.C.'s Jared Young helps team win in his first Major League Baseball game

Jared Young, 27, hit a double in his debut game Friday with the Chicago Cubs.

People in Prince George frustrated they need to travel hundreds of kilometres to give blood

People who want to give blood in Prince George, B.C., are frustrated they have to travel hundreds of kilometres to the Okanagan, the Lower Mainland or Vancouver Island if they want to donate.

September is when you're most likely to be sent to hospital by a moose in northern B.C., study finds

People whose vehicles strike a moose are more likely to suffer serious injuries than those who collide with a deer on highways in northern British Columbia, according to peer-reviewed research in the B.C. Medical Journal.

Mayor of Prince George, B.C., latest to announce he won't be seeking re-election in the fall

Lyn Hall joins other multi-term B.C. mayors who have announced they won't be running in municipal elections on Oct. 15, including New Westminster's Jonathan Coté, Abbotsford's Henry Braun, Kamloops' Ken Christian and Fort St. John's Lori Ackerman.

Northeastern B.C. district issues 'do not consume' order after water treatment plant failure

On Tuesday, the District of Hudson's Hope and the Northern Health Authority issued a "do not consume" order for potable water, almost three weeks after a local water treatment plant stopped working.

Indigenous women have generally poorer health than Indigenous men, UBCO professor finds

Indigenous women living off-reserve across Canada tend to have poorer physical and mental health than Indigenous men, according to research published by an economist at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus (UBCO) in Kelowna.

Taxi operator closure has 'left a gap' in local transportation services, says northern B.C. mayor

Some businesses in Smithers, B.C., home to a little over 5,300 people, say they have been impacted by the closure of Bulkley Valley Taxi in May.

New theatre program in Prince George helps inmates find their voice and communicate better

A theatrical company in Prince George, B.C., is providing a unique opportunity for local inmates to find their voice through acting and storytelling.

Province announces new sobering centre, supportive housing units for Prince George

The province announced Monday that a new sobering and assessment centre is being created in downtown Prince George while 50 supportive housing units are being built a few blocks away.

Residential school principal's name being removed from Prince George street

O'Grady Road is set to become Dakelh Ti, which translates to "First Nation Road" in the Dakelh language of the local Lheidli T'enneh First Nation as people across the country re-evaluate the legacies of individuals associated with Canada's residential school system.
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Renowned carver adopts solar power as clean-energy alternative to diesel on not-so-sunny Haida Gwaii

Master carver Jaalen Edenshaw is making the switch to solar power for his creations on not-so-sunny Haida Gwaii to encourage alternatives to the region's reliance on diesel.

Latest research into bee mortality in B.C.'s Peace region focused on parasitic mite reduction

A group of Canadian scientists is looking for solutions to save honeybees from a parasitic mite that is undermining their survival in northeastern B.C.'s frequently harsh winter. 

Cockroaches have become more common in northern B.C.'s biggest city, say ecologist, exterminator

Insect experts say they aren't sure why the cockroach population is growing in northern B.C., but increased mobility of people and goods could be a reason.

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