Canadian Natural Resources fined $40,000 for spill

The British Columbia Energy Regulator has fined Canadian Natural Resources $40,000 for a Sept. 20, 2021 spill at one of its well sites, with the company failing to exercise due diligence under the Energy Resource Activities Act....

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Trapping popular, despite notions it’s inhumane

Anyone who thinks trapping is an outdated pastime has never tried to obtain a trapping licence. The reality is that snagging a space in a trapper’s course can sometimes be harder than ensnaring a rabbit.A 40-hour course to...

Auto theft has Albertans stressed, survey says

More than three-quarters of Albertans say the rise in auto theft is causing them stress, according to a new poll commissioned by insurance company Aviva Canada. Along with fear of losing their vehicle, 77 per cent of Albertans...

Prince George man busted for large-scale drug operation

A Prince George man has been sentenced to three years in jail for trafficking cocaine, after entering a guilty plea. From January 2020 to February 2021, Derek Charles Macnicol Timmins, 51, sold 39 ounces of cocaine, 10 pounds of...

Vauxhall Mikan House Inc creates a new gaming adventure

A local group of video game developers have set out to make their mark on the gaming scene, and their ambitions are large. Mikan House Inc. is an indie game studio spearheaded by Donna Sato of Vauxhall. She started the company...

CANADA WIDE COMMUNITY NEWS - HAPPENING NOW

Around 100 people gathered this week in the Kashechewan First Nation High School gym to celebrate a milestone in the creation of a new Indigenous-led Marine Conservation Area on the James Bay coastline. Once established, the project will be ultimately managed by a partnership of Parks Canada and the Mushkegowuk Marine Conservation, which includes eight […] ...More

The Municipality of Grey Highlands will increase a road maintenance grant that it provides to private local road associations. At its meeting on Feb. 21, Grey Highlands council reviewed a staff report about the municipality’s Private Road Grant Policy and its various private road maintenance agreements. In 2017, Grey Highlands implemented the grant policy in […] ...More

Fort St. John RCMP seeking to return surveying equipment

After recovering $225,000 worth of stolen items on Feb. 1, the Fort St. John RCMP says they’re seeking the rightful owners to a set of surveying equipment. The equipment consists of a tripod stand and two surveying head pieces. “If you believe this to be your equipment, please attend the Fort St John RCMP detachment […] ...More

Too few Nunavik municipalities regularly test their water: KRG

Kativik Regional Government’s public works director sounded an alarm this week over the lack of routine water testing being done in Nunavik’s communities. The regional government mandates weekly physical and chemical tests of the water, and that results be reported to the municipal public works department. In the first five weeks of 2024, KRG received […] ...More

Recent reports have confirmed the presence of avian flu in the Kingston area. So when Melanie Dugan found a dead crow in her downtown Kingston driveway on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, she followed Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health’s direction and contacted both the City of Kingston and the Canadian Wildlife Health […] ...More

CAT LAKE – The Ontario government has left Cat Lake First Nation with no choice but to take legal action against a road permit for a mining company, Chief Russell Wesley says. The remote First Nation 180 kilometres northwest of Sioux Lookout has filed for an injunction to stop First Mining Gold (FMG) from building […] ...More

Shelters struggle to support asylum seekers despite new funding

Shelter providers across many of Canada’s major cities are saying that even with the federal announcement last month that $362.4 million will go into refugee funding this year, they’re worried the money won’t be enough, or might not make it to them at all. Sam Watts, CEO of the Welcome Hall Mission of Montréal, said […] ...More

New land-use bylaw gives KRG ‘the power to say no’

Kativik Regional Government has adopted a plan giving it greater control over the way non-Inuit organizations use land in Nunavik. A new bylaw approved by regional council Tuesday is a “legally enforceable tool” the regional government can use to oversee activities happening across the region, said lands and environment assistant director Veronique Gilbert. Gilbert said […] ...More

A Prince George man has been sentenced to three years in jail for trafficking cocaine, after entering a guilty plea. From January 2020 to February 2021, Derek Charles Macnicol Timmins, 51, sold 39 ounces of cocaine, 10 pounds of marijuana, and 4.8 grams of MDMA to an undercover agent with the BC Combined Forces Special […] ...More

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK) is awaiting a decision from the Ontario Superior Court now that hearings between them and Ontario’s online gaming regulator wrapped up Wednesday in Toronto. The MCK is hoping to overturn legislation in the province surrounding its online gaming regulator, claiming Ontario is allowing online gaming and single-event sports betting […] ...More

Residents are asking the District of Muskoka to expand garbage and  recycling collection onto more private roads, but they’ll have to wait  two years for an answer. Here is what happened at the Feb. 21 engineering and public works committee meeting. HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW By Julian Orlando Chaves, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter […] ...More

KIRKLAND LAKE – A northern town is calling for provincial help due to a labour shortage of qualified heavy equipment operators. Kirkland Lake is petitioning for help from David Piccini, Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training, Immigration and Skilled Trades, to fully fund a municipal equipment operator course in 2024 through the Skills Development Fund. At […] ...More

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