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Air purification sales surge as Canadians anticipate smoky summer stuck indoors

Health concerns are driving the creation of 'clean air shelters' in homes and public spaces across western Canada.

Hockey royalty: Prince George Spruce Kings celebrate winning 1st ever BCHL championship

It's a long-awaited victory for Prince George hockey fans: The Spruce Kings have been crowned league champions after a dominant playoff series.

West Moberly First Nations chief denounces 'fear mongering' over caribou protection plan

Roland Willson says the plan to save B.C.'s caribou should be a "proud moment for everybody" and denounces what he called "fear mongering" over job losses and backcountry closures.

500 dead wolves vs. 500 lost jobs: Town balks at potential cost of saving caribou in northeastern B.C.

The wolf cull in B.C. has been a lightning rod for controversy over the years, but for those who could lose jobs if land is set aside for caribou habitat, killing wolves may be the more palatable option.

Game of Thrones contest brings surge of visitors to small B.C. town in quest for Iron Throne

If you want your picture taken on the Iron Throne, you have until Sunday night to adventure north to Tumbler Ridge, B.C.

Oil and gas cleanup costs in B.C. are $3B and rising, auditor general finds

An audit published Thursday found the province has more than 10,000 inactive wells and that 7,474 of them had yet to be dismantled filled or capped — while the number of orphan sites increased sevenfold in three years.

'True reconciliation': City of Quesnel to restore ownership of city park to Lhtako Dene First Nation

The city of Quesnel is restoring ownership of a public park to the Lhtako Dene First Nation in a step toward what mayor Bob Simpson calls "true reconciliation" in the central B.C. community.
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Dear rest of Canada: There is more to B.C. than Vancouver and, yes, we know what snow is

Also: Saskatchewan has trees and the Maritimes are actually multiple provinces, small-town Canadians reveal

Judge asks B.C. attorney general to intercede in Unist'ot'en arrests

Twelve of the 14 people arrested by RCMP last month for blocking Coastal GasLink's access to a proposed pipeline made their first appearance Monday in B.C. Supreme Court.

One of the last fluent Dakelh speakers dies, taking 'a whole dictionary with her'

Just shy of 98 years old, Mary Gouchie took any opportunity she could to teach a new word in the Lheidli dialect of Dakelh to anyone who was willing to learn.

Holy statue stolen from Indigenous church dumped in snowy gravel pit

A large statue of a man in biblical robes stolen from a historic Indigenous church was dumped in a snowy B.C. gravel pit.

Are butter tarts the ultimate holiday treat?

The Canadian pastry topped shortbread, Nanaimo bars and other seasonal favourites in CBC Daybreak North's 'Sweet Sixteen' tournament.

Northern Health hopes new recruitment efforts will finally curb long-term nursing shortage

Months ago, B.C. Auditor General Carol Bellringer found hundreds of thousands of patients in Northern B.C. at risk because of a lack of nurses in the region. Despite the finding, Northern Health says there hasn't been much growth since then.

Ryan Reynolds set to narrate new B.C. documentary on the Great Bear Rainforest

It’s easy to think that convincing A-list celebrities like actor Ryan Reynolds and composer Hans Zimmer to sign on for a Canadian documentary would be a difficult task.

Christmas album by B.C. artist inspired by community resilience during wildfires

Francois Lake-based songwriter Rachelle van Zanten recorded her new Christmas album while wildfires raged across B.C. and she says the collection is inspired by the big hearts of the people in her small community during that time.

Magic card players gather to defeat municipal bylaw

Magic: The Gathering players are gathering to overturn a bylaw which inhibits their ability to buy and sell trading cards.

Prince Rupert has no midwives — but one advocacy group is pushing to change that

Northern B.C has the lowest number of babies delivered with the help of a midwife compared to other regions in the province and one advocate is trying to change that.

Saving B.C.'s caribou won't come without sacrifice, says conservation expert

The B.C. government is working on a protection plan for caribou herds in the north of the province, turning the conversation to the decision-making process behind these kind of protective measures.
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Vote for the ultimate holiday treat in CBC Daybreak North's Sweet Sixteen tournament

Ginger snaps? Shortbread? CBC Radio One's northern B.C. morning program Daybreak North wants to know what its audience believes is the ultimate holiday treat.

Regulator halts fracking operations in northeastern B.C. while investigating earthquakes

The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says seismic events measuring between 3.4 and 4.5 magnitude took place near hydraulic fracturing operations being conducted about 20 kilometres southeast of Fort St. John by Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Contest winner will see idea to ban single-use plastics become private member's bill in Ottawa

Ben Korving has won MP Nathan Cullen's 'Create Your Canada' contest, which encourages constituents to submit ideas for a private member's bill.

Warm start to winter plus plentiful food keeps Prince George-area bears from deep sleep

The Northern Bear Awareness Society says unseasonably warm weather and residential waste availability is affecting bears' winter sleep habits.

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'I run because I know things don't last forever': B.C. woman places 2nd in ultramarathon after fiancé dies

Samantha Kasdorf took the mantra of “just putting one foot in front of the other” to cope with the death of a loved one further than most.

Withdrawal: Fraser Lake losing only bank in town

The community of Fraser Lake, B.C. will no longer have a brick-and-mortar bank by next fall. The next closest bank is a 40-minute drive away and mayor Sarrah Storey is worried about the impact on residents and businesses.

Northern B.C. officials concerned caribou protection plan could hurt jobs

The province is working on a protection plan for some herds that are on the brink of being lost forever but that has some with the Peace River Regional District concerned about the potential effect on local industry.

Earthquake near Fort St. John 'very likely' caused by fracking

"The likelihood this was induced ... there's a very high correlation," said Honn Kao, seismology research scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada.

4.5-magnitude earthquake strikes near Fort St. John

The quake was recorded about 16 kilometres from Fort St. John, according to Canadian officials.

River otters fatten up on bite-sized, at-risk sturgeon

The Vanderhoof Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative is releasing larger sturgeon to avoid numerous other predators, but the larger sturgeon are now the perfect-sized meal for local river otters.

Death of international student on Prince George highway prompts road safety changes

The death of an international student, who was struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 in Prince George this summer, has prompted changes to road safety in the hopes of preventing similar deaths.

'A brand new era': Reflecting on 30 years of CBC Daybreak morning radio

On Nov. 24, 1988, morning radio programs in Prince George and Kelowna went to air, marking the beginning of a new focus on reflecting stories from the province's Interior and North to local residents and the rest of Canada.

Spike in crime, homelessness in Prince George linked to some wildfire evacuees

Officials say an increase in crime and homelessness in Prince George, B.C., can be partially attributed to a "small percentage" of wildfire evacuees from neighbouring communities choosing to stay in the city.

A man dressed as a jug of Kool-Aid is the only reason there's a mayor's race in Terrace, B.C.

Election day may be more than a month away, but some communities in northern B.C. already know who will be leading them for the next four years.

Nearly 50 people held in cells during Quesnel's Billy Barker Days festival

The 2017 summer wildfire season shut down the Quesnel, B.C., festival, but it came back with a vengeance this year and police had their hands full.

Prince George facing backlash over reduced public access to running track following pricey upgrades

The City of Prince George, B.C. is facing a growing backlash after announcing upgrades to a popular outdoor running track will come with reduced public access when it reopens in August.

Central Coast First Nation preserves eulachon grease tradition as the fish returns to Bella Coola River

The Nuxalk College Eulachon Project aims to revitalize the First Nation's traditional practice of making eulachon grease despite 20 years without a healthy population of the fish in the Bella Coola River

Despite drowning, B.C. city wants to keep running man-made lake without provincial safety rules

Despite the drowning death of a 12-year-old girl, the city of Dawson Creek wants to continue operating a man-made lake without adhering to provincial safety regulations that govern other constructed swimming spots, such as pools.

12-year-old drowned after being sucked into drain pipe in man-made lake, coroner finds

A 12-year-old girl drowned after her legs were sucked into a drain pipe whose cover had been removed by several children playing in Dawson Creek's man-made Rotary Lake, the B.C. Coroner Service has found.

'I don't have my little girl anymore': parents don't want swim spot where their daughter died to reopen

The parents of a girl who died at a popular swim spot in Dawson Creek, B.C., said, during an emotional public meeting on the facility's future Monday, they don't want the man-made lake to reopen.

Who wore it better? After Hammy, new accessorized deer spotted in Prince Rupert

After a Prince Rupert, B.C. deer achieved celebrity status for a shock of purple fabric stuck in its antlers, a new stag is trying out green for 2018.

'Oh daisy, oxeye daisy, you gotta go': invasive weed song contest hits radio gold

Fitting phrases like 'scentlesss chamomille' and 'toss into the landfill' a 'good challenge' for Peace-region musician Dori Braun.

Dude, where's my bus? Texas man looking for Volkswagen camper he left in B.C. 12 years ago

A Texas man is hoping to reconnect with the 1974 Volkswagen microbus he left in Prince George, B.C., after it broke down there in 2006.

'Why did my mom and brother have to die?' 2 years, no answers in police-involved shooting

Two years after a 73-year-old woman and her 39-year-old son were killed during an RCMP standoff in northwestern B.C, there are few answers as to what led to them being shot outside their home in a small village of around 300 people.

B.C. student successfully defends thesis in spoken-word poems

K. Darcy Taylor of UNBC used the poems to examine her experience navigating the health care system after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

How pop culture stereotypes shaped Métis artist's self-identity

Comic books and plastic toys meld with family history in Kim Stewart's new exhibit in Prince George, B.C.

Province converts Prince George school district to ward system against board's wishes

B.C.'s Ministry of Education is converting Prince George School District 57 into a ward system, against the wishes of the elected school board but with the support of the mayors of the outlying communities of Mackenzie and Valemount.

After Humboldt tragedy, mixed emotions for fans as B.C. hockey team boards bus for championship series

Over 200 fans gathered in Prince George, B.C., to see their junior hockey team off on a 900 kilometre bus journey for a shot at the BCHL championship, which is being played in the wake of the tragedy in Humboldt.

Draper, a cat named after wandering 'Mad Men' protagonist, returns after almost 2 years with another family

After spending nearly two years living off another family, a wandering B.C. cat has returned home.

Province has no plan to replace Greyhound in Northern B.C.

With fewer than two months of Greyhound service left in the region, there is no alternative lined up to take over service this June, and the B.C. minister of transportation's recent trip to the region leaves more questions than answers.

Smoky summer and cold spring cause uncertainty for northern B.C. bees

A Prince George beekeeper has lost two-thirds of her bees after unseasonably cold temperatures following last summer's wildfires.

Liberal MLA calls on province to save B.C.'s largest dinosaur collection

A B.C. Liberal MLA is calling on the province to step in after the Peace Region Paleontology Research Centre and Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge closed its doors this month.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in B.C. grain, lumber and other products sit idle due to rail backlog

Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of grain, lumber and other products are sitting idle in northern B.C. due to a months-long backlog on CN rail lines, causing industry groups to warn Canada is losing its competitive edge in international trade.

Matthew Good pulls out of Prince George concert after collapse, Our Lady Peace to still perform

Good has been on a cross-Canada tour with Our Lady Peace since March 1.

Vancouver-based carpool app makes pitch to replace Greyhound in northern B.C.

A Vancouver-based company thinks carpooling can replace bus service in northern British Columbia.

Musician hopes to salvage grandfather's legacy by turning destroyed cherry trees into instruments

An Edmonton musician is hoping to salvage his grandfather's legacy after some of the cherry trees he donated to the city of Prince Rupert in the 1950s and 60s were destroyed by the federal government Friday.

Future of B.C.'s largest dinosaur fossil collection in jeopardy as funding disagreement closes museum

A museum in northeastern B.C. that houses the province's largest collection of dinosaur fossils has closed and its future is in question after failing to receive funding needed to stay operational.

Athlete, hair stylist, advocate: Prince Rupert city councillor Nelson Kinney mourned

Longtime Prince Rupert city councillor Nelson Kinney died Saturday.

'They got murdered': anger after decades-old cherry trees destroyed in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Residents of Prince Rupert, B.C., are outraged after contractors working on federal government property destroyed several long-standing cherry trees in an effort to 'modernize' the landscaping.

Residential school survivor says Indigenous Court in Prince George, B.C., marks turning point for justice

A residential school survivor says the opening of a new Indigenous Court in Prince George, B.C., marks a turning point for reconciliation in the Canadian justice system.

Hoteliers bet on a bright future for Prince George, B.C.

A trio of new hotels are under construction in downtown Prince George, with more being built along highways leading in to town. The investments are part of the city's growing bid to be a business and conference centre for the province.

Woman's work? Early childhood educator worries sexism plays a role in low wages for care providers in B.C.

Early childhood educators in B.C. are disappointed the province's push for universal child-care isn't coming with a pay increase for those doing the work — and at least one worries sexism plays a role.

Indigenous musicians hope joint concert opens door to tough conversations

Songs from three artists tackle colonization, the Highway of Tears and coyotes hungry for chow mein.

First Nations leadership 'icon' Justa Monk dead at 75

First Nations in north-central B.C. are mourning a longtime leader and advocate for Indigenous rights in the province.

Impact of fracking on water, air and land in B.C. to be reviewed by scientific panel

A team of scientists will review the impact hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — has on water and air safety in B.C., as well as the industry's connection to earthquakes.

Q&A: Why B.C.'s tech sector must embrace reconciliation

The First Nations Technology Council is travelling the province to identify opportunities and barriers in the tech industry

B.C. ministry releases report on rural education after being accused of burying it

After weeks of lobbying from parents and the chair of the Prince George School Board, the province has released the Rural Education Report created under the previous government.

'If you don't step up, sit down': open letter criticizes undergrads for not running for student council

An outgoing member of UNBC's student government in Prince George, B.C., is frustrated after the latest round of undergrad elections saw every position filled by acclamation or, in some cases, not filled at all.

Eggceptional B.C. hen named Bell is laying eggs inside other eggs

The process known as counter-prestalsis contraction results in a regular egg being embedded inside a second, oversized one.

Blame Canada's history for low rates of cancer screening among Indigenous women, doctor says

A B.C. doctor says the colonial history of Canada's health care system is preventing Indigenous women from being screened and treated for cervical cancer, and hopes the solution to the problem can be found in health care experiments in Eastern Africa.

B.C.'s beauty inspires Mark Perry's 11th album, Right Here

Even though he's won Junos and Latin Grammys, Alex Cuba doesn't believe he is the most popular musician in his adopted hometown of Smithers, B.C. That honour, Cuba says, belongs to Mark Perry.

4 cities hoping to host 2020 curling Brier offer pre-sales to gauge community support

The stakes are an estimated economic impact of up to $15 million and 130,000 spectators.

If you can write a song about destroying daisies, this local government wants you in a recording studio

The Peace River Regional District in B.C.'s northeast is turning to local musicians to help raise awareness about why daisies must die.

B.C. flood fears grow amid rising temperatures and above average snowpack

Forecasters are urging people be on alert for flooding in the coming days and weeks due to rising temperatures and an above average snowpack in much of B.C.

Burns Lake residents in shock: 'Nobody knows what to say, nobody knows what to think'

Burns Lake RCMP have said they believe there could be more sexual assault victims after former mayor Luke Strimbold was charged last week with 24 sex-related crimes, some of which involve minors.

'Shocked, confused, hurt': B.C. village seeks answers as political star charged with sexual assault of minors

The small village of Burns Lake in northwest B.C. is grappling with news their former mayor has been charged with 24 counts of sex-related crimes, including offences related to people under the age of sixteen.

Veterinarian demands action after dead moose found tangled in abandoned telegraph line

The discovery of moose corpses tangled in old wire has prompted a B.C. veterinarian to start a campaign to clean up an abandoned telegraph line in northwest B.C.

Former Burns Lake mayor resigns from B.C. Liberal executive after multiple sex-related charges

The former mayor of Burns Lake, B.C., is facing multiple sex-related charges and is barred from playgrounds, schools and other places where people under the age of 18 are likely to be present.

Should B.C. prevent convicted criminals from being mayor?

The city of Terrace, B.C., is pushing for a new law preventing convicted criminals from becoming city councillors after a Pitt Meadows politician was convicted of sexual assault.

B.C. researcher's discovery brings him a step closer to dream of clean water worldwide

As a child in rural Uganda, Chris Opio was nearly killed by unclean drinking water. Now working in Prince George, he believes he is another step closer to solving the problem.

Snow problem: Is it time for B.C.'s northern capital to join Vancouver in declaring snow days?

Teachers in Prince George say it's time for the northern city to join districts elsewhere in the province in declaring snow days during extreme snowfalls.

Ancient human footprints discovered by B.C. family on vacation in South Africa

A B.C. family's hobby of hunting for fossils has led to the discovery of a rare set of ancient human footprints on the south coast of South Africa.

WorkSafe investigating death at B.C. gold mine in far northwest

WorkSafeBC and the B.C. Coroner's Service are investigating the death of a man in his 50s near the Brucejack gold mine in northwest B.C.

Work on Site C suspended prior to First Nations lawsuit

Clearing for a power line near the Site C dam in northeastern B.C. has been voluntarily suspended by BC Hydro after two First Nations filed a lawsuit alleging the mega-project infringes on their treaty rights.

B.C. MLA under fire for suggesting Indigenous languages funding better spent on policing

B.C. Liberal MLA Mike Morris is under fire after comments he made in the legislature on Monday, suggesting that funding committed to Indigenous languages in the provinces would be better spent on policing resources.

Greyhound still selling tickets for discontinued B.C. routes but says will reimburse purchases

Greyhound Canada's online sales system is still allowing customers to purchase summer tickets for routes scheduled to be discontinued in the spring.

Ceremonial spoons repatriated to B.C.'s Nass Valley in celebration of Nisga'a lunar new year

To mark the Nisga'a lunar new year celebration Hoobiyee, spoons more than 100 years old have been repatriated from the Canadian Museum of History.
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Greyhound and the Highway of Tears: a timeline of the company's decision to leave northern B.C.

Company says improved public transit options hastened the decline of profitability in northern B.C.

From Haida Gwaii to Wakanda: Indigenous artist gets first major film credit with Black Panther

A Haida animator was responsible for helping the world of Wakanda come alive in a film that is breaking barriers at the box office.

Companies can skip Canadian taxes if shipping goods through new Prince George trade zone

Foreign trade zones are designed to encourage international businesses to operate in Canada by exempting them from duties and taxes. Prince George is the ninth Canadian city to be given a foreign trade zone.

Patient safety at risk due to lack of nurses in northern B.C., auditor general finds

A new report from B.C.'s Auditor General has found there are major shortages of nurses in rural communities in northern B.C., putting patient safety at risk.

Race, guilt, themes of new novel based on death of Prince George, B.C., track star

Author Kim Purcell's new novel draws heavily on the feelings of guilt and loss she experienced after her friend's body was found in the Fraser River in Prince George, B.C. shortly before she graduated high school.

Greyhound is leaving northern British Columbia: Here's what you need to know

Greyhound Canada will stop serving northern British Columbia this year, leaving many communities without reliable transport options. Here's what comes next.

Greyhound to stop serving B.C.'s Highway of Tears, Yukon and Vancouver Island

B.C. Passenger Transportation Board has given Greyhound Canada permission to stop serving northern British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

Decision on whether Greyhound can pull out of northern B.C. expected today

B.C.'s Passenger Transportation Board is expected to rule today whether Greyhound Canada can stop offering bus service in northern British Columbia, but the results of that ruling may not be made immediately public, a spokesperson for the board said.

No groceries, no rooms, few complaints: economic boom returns to northeastern B.C. community

A combination of pipeline projects and coal mining have added an influx of workers into Chetwynd, a small community in northeastern British Columbia.

Haida people shouldn't need permission to cross Canada-U.S. border within Haida territory, lawyer argues

A pair of Haida basketball players from Alaska were detained after entering Canada without checking in at the border, re-opening the legal debate over whether Indigenous people need permission to travel within their traditional territories when it straddles international lines.

Grieving B.C. mother joins advocates for drug decriminalization after daughter's overdose death

After losing her daughter to an overdose, a Prince George, B.C., mother is joining advocates across the country in rallying for reform to Canada's drug laws.

B.C. doctor who returned to her small hometown to practice shares ideas on how to get others to do the same

A doctor raised in northern B.C. has decided to open a clinic in her hometown of Smithers, B.C. She says the ability to live in the region while she was training was key to her decision to stay.

Four-legged guest checks in to Prince George hotel

Mooshew the dog is staying at the Coast Inn of the North in Prince George as part of a partnership with the Prince George Humane Society.