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RCMP seek public’s assistance in relation to old Peace River Haven Seniors facility fire

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. - Dawson Creek RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in relation to a fire that destroyed the old Peace River Haven Seniors facility in Pouce Coupe on the night of May 15. RCMP say officers arrived on scene and determined that the structure on fire was in fact, the Peace River Haven building. Officers secured the...

Investigators now trying to determine cause of old Peace River Haven Seniors facility fire

POUCE COUPE, B.C. - As of today, May 17, fire crews are still on the scene following a fire that destroyed the old Peace River Haven Seniors facility in Pouce Coupe late Wednesday night. According to Pouce Coupe CAO, Chris Leggett, fire crews continue to deal with hot spots and security has been set up to prevent anyone from entering...

BC Coroners Service releases data showing MVI fatalities are preventable

VICTORIA, B.C. - The B.C. Coroners Service has released data that shows that motor vehicle fatalities are preventable. According to the most recent data published, a lack of restraint use, along with drug and/or alcohol involvement, was noted as a contributory factor to recent MVI deaths in British Columbia. Coroners Service released the updated data in its report, 'Motor Vehicle Incident...

PRRD to open Potable Water Stations in Electoral Area B

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District will be opening up new Potable Water Stations for Electoral Area B. According to Regional District Communications Coordinator, Kristen Danczak, the District has set up five new stations for the communities of Buick, Feye Spring, Prespatou, Boundary Lake, and Rose Prairie. Danczak says, once registered for a Flowpoint account with the District, users...

Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics releases agenda for upcoming meeting

OTTAWA, O.N. - The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has released the agenda for the upcoming second meeting on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy. From May 27 to the 29, expert witnesses will be in Ottawa to appear before representatives from at least 11 countries to give testimony on how governments can protect democracy and citizen...

Students from Peace Region bring home medals from Canada Wide Science Fair

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Five students and two delegates travelled from the Peace Region to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After successfully competing and winning their spots at the Regional Science Fair held in April, the group was amongst 409 other projects that were submitted to the Canada Wide Science Fair. Out of those 409...

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. - The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating 15-year-old Sydney Pennington. According to the RCMP, Pennington was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on May 14 and is believed to be travelling to Grande Cache. Pennington is described as: Caucasian Brown Hair Green eyes 5'8"/ 150 lbs There is a concern for her well-being. The...

Province reminds residents of wildfire safety ahead of Long Weekend

VICTORIA, B.C. - The Province of British Columbia is reminding residents to stay safe and aware of wildfire risks as they travel around and enjoy the outdoors this Victoria Day Long Weekend. According to Premier John Horgan, the Province has prepared and invested significantly in fire prevention and fire response in anticipation of this year's wildfire season, adding that it...

Old Peace River Haven Seniors facility deemed “total loss” in fire

POUCE COUPE, B.C. – The Pouce Coupe Fire Department and the Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a fire at the old Peace River Haven Seniors facility in Pouce Coupe late Wednesday night. Pouce Coupe CAO, Chris Leggett, says fire crews are still on the scene in an effort to extinguish the remainder of the flames. He also says that...

Hudson’s Hope man arrested in Vernon following the theft of a dump truck

VERNON, B.C. - A Hudson's Hope man was arrested by Vernon North Okanagan RCMP following the theft of a dump truck. According to RCMP, they received a report, on May 15, of a theft of a vehicle in progress located in the 9500 block of Eastide Road, Vernon B.C. RCMP say while en-route to the area, front line officers were advised...

Former Peace River Haven Seniors Home catches fire in Pouce Coupe

POUCE COUPE, B.C. - The Pouce Coupe Fire Department and the Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a fire at the old Peace River Haven Seniors facility in Pouce Coupe late Wednesday. According to posts on Facebook, the fire started late Wednesday.  The Peace River Haven Seniors Facility closed in 2012 and was put up for sale by Northern Health. ...

BC Government to hold public inquiry into money laundering

VICTORIA, B.C. - The Province of British Columbia has announced that it will hold a public inquiry into the issue of money laundering. According to the Government, money laundering has distorted the B.C. economy, fuelled the overdose crisis, and driven up housing prices. The decision to proceed with a commission of inquiry follows three independent reviews that found extraordinary levels of...

BC Coroners Service releases updated data on illicit drug overdoses for March 2019

VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released reports looking at illicit drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths for March 2019. According to the report, in March there were 104 suspected drug overdose deaths from across the Province. Within the Northeast, so far this year, there have been five reported drug overdose deaths. When it comes to fentanyl-detected deaths, across the...

Suits and Boots launches campaign in support of Canadian canola farmers

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - A Canadian grassroots group, Suits and Boots, has launched a nationwide 'Stand Up To China' campaign in an effort to persuade China to lift its ban on Canadian canola entering their country. The ban on Canadian canola imports to China was implemented in March following a decision made by the Chinese Government to not allow...

City of Dawson Creek opts-in on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw Watershed

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. - The City of Dawson Creek has made the decision to opt-in on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw Watershed. Back in December 2018, the Province requested Dawson Creek's comments on the impacts of direct cattle access in the Kiskatinaw River Watershed to assist with the development of Livestock Watering Regulations. In response to that request, the City’s...

Two K-12 support staff agreements ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate

VICTORIA, B.C. - The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that the first two K-12 support staff agreements have been ratified by local unions, their districts and the B.C. Public School Employers' Association Board. According to the Government, these agreements have been ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate. The Government says the agreements focus on improving services for people and...

Province reminds park users of safety tips for Victoria Day Long Weekend

VICTORIA, B.C. - With the Victoria Day Long Weekend coming up, the Province would like to remind British Columbians of the safety tips when visiting Provincial Parks and Campgrounds. According to B.C. Parks, when having a campfire you should have a one-metre fireguard around campfires where all flammable materials have been removed. You should also maintain a fire to 0.5...

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. - Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating 14-year-old Jordyn McCartney. According to RCMP, McCartney was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on May 13. McCartney is described as: Caucasian Brown Hair Brown eyes 5'2"/ 150 lbs There is a concern for her well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as...
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