March 27, 2024


Neil Godbout

Neil Godbout has been named the new executive director of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.

The Prince George School District (SD57)  will receive $1.3 million for upgrades and enhancements from the Province’s $291.9 million Carbon Neutral Capital Program for school maintenance projects.

The UNBC Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN) will be led by Dr. Richard McAloney and Matt Sargent, with the goal of improving healthcare outcomes and treatment equity through the introduction of new technologies.

Re:BC plans to grow its initiatives by collaborating with Tourism Prince George, Tourism Sun Peaks, and Southern Gulf Islands Tourism to offer more opportunities for regenerative travel in British Columbia this summer.

The Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) will receive $250 million in the current provincial budget that will be given to 21 communities to improve infrastructure and core services.

Hope Farm Organics, northeast of Prince George, raised its water supply through the Agricultural Water Infrastructure Program to grow more produce.

Coastal GasLink contributes $65,000 over the next three years to College of New Caledonia bursaries, which support learners completing their education to provide essential community support services and those pursuing adult education upgrades.

Dr. Sarah de Leeuw, a professor in UBC’s Northern Medical Program, has been reappointed as the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Humanities and Health Inequities.

The national beer tax, which was scheduled to increase on April 1st, will stay at 2% for the next two years, according to a statement made by Federal Finance Minister

The province has announced a significant investment of 227-million dollars to hire 900 additional health-care workers. These professionals will be dedicated to supporting seniors who wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes.

A $5,000 grant from Arthritis Canada has been awarded to the Live Well Prince George Society, which supports the BC Northern Interior Arthritis Support Group.



The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Limited Partnership (PRGT), a permitted but unbuilt pipeline, has been acquired from TC Energy by the Nisga’a First Nation and its business partner, Western LNG. The pipeline is located near Prince Rupert and is part of the Ksi Lisims LNG project.

The Prince Rupert Health Unit is now offering IV Iron Infusions.

The Berry Patch Child Care Resource and Referral Centre‘s Toy Lending Library, located at 300-2nd Ave. West, is opening on April 3rd.

Prince Rupert Golf Club located at 523 9th Ave West, Prince Rupert, has officially opened for the season.

The BC Arts Council has awarded the Lester Centre of the Arts $167,500 from the provincial government for the “Please Be Seated” project, which will be utilized to purchase and install new theatre seats.



Buffalo Rail and Infrastructure Corporation bought the former Canfor pulp mill near Fort St. John for $7 million. Buffalo expects the 300-acre site to become a multi-use industrial distribution and logistics hub serving the region’s energy, agricultural, and forestry industries by the second quarter of 2025, creating 100 construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs.

The new Stuart Lake Hospital, set to replace the current facility, is anticipated to be fully operational by the fall of 2025.

The 51st Annual Talent Show of the Fort St. John Child Development Centre (CDC) brought in more than $92,000 to go toward the capital campaign for the expansion of the facility and its services.

The North Peace Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for three-year terms on its board of directors and community giving advisory committee. Applicants must be willing to act as advocates for the organization within its networks and spheres of influence, and they must be aware of the foundation’s goal.

The bylaw amendment that would have escalated the cost of filtered water at the Fort St. John Water Recovery Facility (WRF) from $3.50 to $6.00 per cubic metre has been rejected by the council on the grounds that it could cause business stagnation.

Grant funding in the amount of $173,510 was approved by the board of directors of the BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund for nine agricultural production and related projects in the Peace region. These projects include the Sunset Prairie Livestock Association, Ken Erin Price, Whiskey Creek Ranch, Cody Johnson, Kathleen Peck, Pegasus Ranch, Sunnyside Bookkeeping and Accounting, Kyle Bartels, and Dead Horse Creek Cattle Company.



Mike Penney has started a new position as Health & Safety Manager for Fluor Corporation at the LNG Canada Project in Kitimat.

Hatfield Consultants, founded by Chris Hatfield, celebrates dedicated service to its clients and the community.

The first phase of the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas export facility is nearing completion in the District of Kitimat, on the Haisla Nation‘s traditional territory.



Merritt-based company that makes hybrid electric heavy haul trucks, Edison Motors  is hoping to purchase property on the corner of Hwy 16 and Hwy113/Kalum Lake Drive. If rezoned, the Merritt-based company will move their growing business.

The Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance will receive $250 million over five years, according to Premier David Eby and Municipal Affairs Minister Anne Kang, who made the announcement during a Friday, March 15, visit to Terrace.

BC Emergency Health Services will be in Terrace for our Recruitment Info Session on March 27 at the Skeena Mall, 4741 Lakelse Ave, Terrace.

Formula Contractors will be front and center at next week’s Regional Career Expo and Forum on March 26th at Terrace Sportsplex and and March 27th, K5T Clubhouse.



Georgina Covey has recently joined Terra Archaeology Limited as a new Staff Archaeologist.

Travis Flanagan, a staff member of the Williams Lake Fire Department since 2016, has recently been designated as the newest FireSmart Educator by the district.

Vendor applications have been coming in from both long-time regulars and newcomers to the Williams Lake’s Friday Farmers’ Market, which officially opens to the public on May 10th.

Domino’s Pizza Team Knights acquired its 15th store in Williams Lake.

Walmart Canada Store, located at 1106-Williams Lake, was named Pharmacy of the Year.



Smithers, Houston, and Prince George hosted BC Hydro‘s North Coast BC Electrification Project community info sessions to meet northern demand for clean electricity for ports, mining, hydrogen, technology, and liquified natural gas.

The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce has proudly recognized the winners of the 2023 Community and Business Excellence Awards in various categories. The winners are:

Business of the Year: Foodie Heaven

Business Person of the Year: Ryan Hinds

Business Leadership Award: Ridgeline Physiotherapy

Excellence in Education: Brennan Anderson

Citizen/Volunteer of the Year: Brandy Hughes

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Shannon West

Home Based Business of the Year: Riverside Kitchen

Family Friendly Business of the Year: Smokescreen Graphics and Design

Zero Waste Circular Economy Business of the Year: Out of Hand

Major Contribution to Arts and Culture: Smithers Art Gallery

Enhancing our community through excellence in Residential Development: Lubbers Crew Construction

Enhancing our community through excellence in Industrial Development: DKG Ventures Ltd.

Enhancing our community through excellence in Mixed Use Development: Lloyd Tran

Public Service Excellence: BC Wildfire

Tourism Excellence: Hudson Bay Mountain Resort

Customer Service Excellence – Individual: Avi Ranjan

Customer Service Excellence – Business: Freelance Automotive

David McKenzie Award: Carmen Graff

100th Centennial Award: Smithers Interior News



Under new ownership, Ulysses Restaurant, Downtown Quesnel’s 122 Barlow Ave., has recently launched a new website,

The Kootenay International Hockey League (KIJHL or KI) is set to relocate to Quesnel, where the necessary preparations have been made.

The Quesnel City Council approves the Union of BC Municipalities’ application for a Disaster Risk Reduction – Climate Adaptation fund of up to $150,000 for Dragon Lake Dam planning, maintenance, and upgrades.

The deadline for Quesnel City to finalize amendments allowing for increased density on single-family or duplex residential lots is June 30.



 The District of 100 Mile House is seeking a Parks Facilities Attendant for the period of May 1st to October 31st of the calendar year to provide the following services, including Centennial Park, Visitor Center Outdoor Washrooms, Soccer Fields Park, and CRD Ballfields.

AcuComfort Wellness Clinic, located at #7 – 95B Cariboo Hwy 97, One Hundred Mile House,  is now offering a new massage service, the Oriental Massage, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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