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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.

B.C.'s only college rodeo team gallops to success with 3 national championships this year

Twitter: B.C.'s only college rodeo team is a galloping success with three national championships this year and like other college varsity teams offers sports scholarships and student housing — complete with horse stalls.

Saving bears takes a lot of gas. This B.C. rescue says it needs more funds to keep doing the work

A wildlife refuge in northern B.C. says rising fuel costs are threatening the rescue of orphaned bear cubs and the return of yearling bears to their native ranges across the province.
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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.

Heiltsuk woman unable to restore Indigenous surname on ID because system can't handle its spelling

B.C. officials say government systems can't currently incorporate the diacritic marks — the accents and symbols used to change the meaning and pronunciation of words — that Jess H̓áust̓i considers an essential part of her Indigenous surname.

Site C, B.C. Hydro slapped with environmental non-compliance order over potential acid rock drainage

Eight months after an inspection of the hydroelectric project, B.C. Hydro has been ordered to comply with conditions of its environmental certificate as they relate to acid rock drainage and heavy metal leaching.

Prince George RCMP seeking suspect in downtown arsons

Prince George RCMP say they are treating two downtown fires as suspicious, with one already deemed an arson by investigators.

B.C. to pay $10M to train new veterinarians as those in the profession burn out

British Columbia is doubling the number of seats it will subsidize for first-year veterinary college to address a shortage of animal doctors in the province. The funding comes after those in the profession have warned about high rates of burnout and suicidal thoughts.

'I'm 84 years old and rapping': Elder helps bring Haida language to new generation as one half of rap duo

Haida Nation elder Jiixa and Julia Weder, who was adopted into the Haida Eagle Clan, write and perform rap songs in the Haida language, which has only two dozen fluent speakers left, according to the nation's council.

Families left high and dry as B.C. cities struggle to meet demand for swimming lessons

Prince George has 700 people on its swimming lesson waiting list, Kamloops and Kelowna are in the midst of a lifeguard shortage while in Vancouver parents exchange advice on how to game the registration system.

B.C. municipality asks provincial Crown counsel to take action on repeat offenders

Last week, Terrace city council passed a resolution highlighting what it says is the B.C. Prosecution Service's failure to charge offenders who have repeatedly broken into downtown businesses.

B.C. hockey goalie forges unique path from Smithers to Beijing Paralympics

Adam Kingsmill lost his right leg at age two, and excelled in goal playing the stand up game through minor hockey before being scouted for Canada's para hockey team.

B.C. Housing conducts review on supportive housing deaths, but falls short of investigating their cause

In a report published last Tuesday, B.C. Housing said it had hired two external consultants to conduct a review to find out whether Goodacre Place is a safe place for Indigenous people to live — not an investigation of the deaths that occurred.

Proposed sale of forest tenure to B.C. First Nations offers hope to hard-hit forestry town

Forestry company Canfor Corp. says the sale of its rights to manage the forest and harvest timber in B.C.'s Mackenzie region, to the McLeod Lake Indian Band and Tsay Keh Dene Nation, is subject to approval from the provincial government.

City of Prince George violated court order in destroying homeless people's belongings, judge rules

The city of Prince George "inflicted serious harm on vulnerable people" when it destroyed shelters and belongings in a homeless camp that was meant to be protected by a court ruling, a B.C. Supreme Court justice has ruled.

New Wordle clone contributes to revitalization of Gitxsan Nation's language

'Not Wordle - Gitksan' is modelled after the popular online game — but features words in Gitxsanimx, the language of the Gitxsan Nation in northwestern B.C.

B.C. Environment Ministry urges more protection for Haida Gwaii slugs

A species of small slugs found only in Haida Gwaii off B.C.'s North Coast and a remote area of Vancouver Island are under threat from climate change and habitat destruction, according to a recent report.

How this immigrant landed the top job at a B.C. curling club — without knowing how to curl

Edelaine Penaflor is channelling her experience in five-star hotel events management in the Philippines toward her new role as executive director of the Fort St. John Curling Club.

Man pleads not guilty to attempted murder of police officer after alleged 'attack' on RCMP detachment

A man charged with the attempted murder of an RCMP officer in northern B.C. last year has pleaded not guilty.

Northern B.C. artist tells stories of Filipino diaspora in Fort St. John with help from grant

Artist Ovvian Castrillo Hill has won a $10,000 grant from the inaugural Telus Storyhive Voices program for her documentary project, Ex-Situ: Thriving in Our New Bayan, where she will tell stories of Filipino immigrants in Fort St. John, B.C.

CN won't pursue contempt charges over Gitxsan rail blockade in northern B.C.

Canadian National Railway says it will not be pursuing contempt charges against a dozen people, including three hereditary chiefs who were arrested for blocking a major rail line in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northwestern B.C. in February 2020.

Man's abusive texts to former spouse amount to family violence against their daughter: B.C. judge

A "staggering volume" of abusive text messages sent by a man to his former partner constitutes family violence committed against their seven-year-old daughter, according to a decision in Prince George provincial court.

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