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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is among 16 people honoured with the 2021 Order of B.C. Aug. 2 for their contributions to the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Dr. Bonnie Henry among 16 awarded Order of B.C.

2021 honourees include Indigenous leaders, artists, doctors

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is among 16 people honoured with the 2021 Order of B.C. Aug. 2 for their contributions to the province. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
The ‘Who To Call When To Call’ brochures contain information for businesses and residents on when to call the RCMP’s emergency and non-emergency line, the bylaw department, the BC conservation officer service, and animal control. (Kitimat Chamber of Commerce photo)

Kitimat Chamber of Commerce spreads insight on ‘Who To Call When To Call’

The brochures give necessary phone numbers for when authority is needed

The ‘Who To Call When To Call’ brochures contain information for businesses and residents on when to call the RCMP’s emergency and non-emergency line, the bylaw department, the BC conservation officer service, and animal control. (Kitimat Chamber of Commerce photo)
The office space proposed by Jack Oviatt, owner of J. Oviatt Contracting, has been put on pause until district staff can tackle the application from a policy directive to figure out how the Strawberry Meadows area will develop in the future. (J. Oviatt Contracting photo)

Strawberry Meadows office buildings paused

The development has been denied until more community engagement is made

The office space proposed by Jack Oviatt, owner of J. Oviatt Contracting, has been put on pause until district staff can tackle the application from a policy directive to figure out how the Strawberry Meadows area will develop in the future. (J. Oviatt Contracting photo)
Claire Rattée is the Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate for the Skeena - Bulkley Valley riding in the next federal election. (File photo)

Conservative candidate named for next federal election

Runner-up in 2019 Claire Rattée running once again against incumbent Taylor Bachrach

Claire Rattée is the Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate for the Skeena - Bulkley Valley riding in the next federal election. (File photo)
The Kitimat fire crew stood in front of the flags at half mast on Sept. 11 to remember and honour those firefighters who served in 9/11. Pictured are Probationary Firefighter Johnston, left, Acting Captain Bemis, Firefighter Jerrett, Deputy Chief Collier, Chief Bossence, Deputy Chief Bizarro, Firefighter Miller, Probationary Firefighter Wakita, and Firefighter Ortiz. Sept. 11, 2020. (District of Kitimat photo)

Kitimat emergency responders facing employee burnout

“For us, it’s extremely busy and it’s something we’ve never seen nor really had to deal with.”

The Kitimat fire crew stood in front of the flags at half mast on Sept. 11 to remember and honour those firefighters who served in 9/11. Pictured are Probationary Firefighter Johnston, left, Acting Captain Bemis, Firefighter Jerrett, Deputy Chief Collier, Chief Bossence, Deputy Chief Bizarro, Firefighter Miller, Probationary Firefighter Wakita, and Firefighter Ortiz. Sept. 11, 2020. (District of Kitimat photo)
Northwest B.C. is witnessing a dramatic real estate boom in the first half of 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic-induced recession slowly begins to wane across the province. (Black Press file photo)

Kitimat records dramatic real estate boom in first half of 2021

Real estate prices and demand projected to increase more in future says provincial real estate board

Northwest B.C. is witnessing a dramatic real estate boom in the first half of 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic-induced recession slowly begins to wane across the province. (Black Press file photo)
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Campfire ban lifted in Kitimat

Category 2 and Category 3 fires still prohibited

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of the Rio Tinto smelter in Kitimat BC. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

Unifor Local 2301 publicly states what they are fighting for in collective agreement

Unifor said Rio Tinto proposed cutting vision and dental coverage for retired employees

Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of the Rio Tinto smelter in Kitimat BC. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
3D rendering of the potential spray park made by Graham Pitzel and RecTec Industries. Though Pitzel offered two potential site options for the spray park, the rendering in this photo is conceptualized for the Lions Park site, in the downtown core beside the Tamitik Status of Women building. (RecTec photo/design)

District exploring idea for Kitimat water park

Pitzel believes the location of the waterpark would be ideal at Lions Park in the downtown area

3D rendering of the potential spray park made by Graham Pitzel and RecTec Industries. Though Pitzel offered two potential site options for the spray park, the rendering in this photo is conceptualized for the Lions Park site, in the downtown core beside the Tamitik Status of Women building. (RecTec photo/design)
Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of Rio Tinto. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

BC Labour Relations Board lay down the law during labour dispute

Contractors are being heckled by union members as they drive through the picket lines

Unifor Local 2301 members picketing outside of Rio Tinto. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Sylvia, a long-term care resident at Mountainview Lodge in Kitimat, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic on January 21. (Northern Health photo)

64% of Kitimat residents are fully vaccinated and counting

Kitimat is staying on top of its vaccines by having one of the highest vaccine rates in the province

Sylvia, a long-term care resident at Mountainview Lodge in Kitimat, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic on January 21. (Northern Health photo)
Unifor Local 2301 have confirmed with its members that they are absolutely on strike and will be withdrawing their services as of midnight tonight. (Rio Tinto)

Unifor Local 2301 confirms strike to commence as of midnight tonight: July 25

The union confirmed they are absolutely on strike and will be withdrawing services starting July 25

Unifor Local 2301 have confirmed with its members that they are absolutely on strike and will be withdrawing their services as of midnight tonight. (Rio Tinto)
Unifor Local 2301 extended its strike notice until midnight on July 24. If no agreement is made, picketing will begin to take place on the road leading to the smelter cafeteria gate and the main smelter gate. (Rio Tinto)

Union extends collective agreement process for another 24 hours: Unifor Local 2301

The deadline extension will give the union an opportunity to satisfy the mandate given by membership

Unifor Local 2301 extended its strike notice until midnight on July 24. If no agreement is made, picketing will begin to take place on the road leading to the smelter cafeteria gate and the main smelter gate. (Rio Tinto)
Carrie Weir is the same female who robbed the Circle K gas station in Kitimat B.C., on May 18 around 3:00 a.m. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Kitimat RCMP at (250) 632-7111 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477. (Kitimat RCMP photo)

Kitimat RCMP looking for wanted female

Kitimat RCMP are looking for the female who allegedly robbed the Circle K in Kitimat on May 18

Carrie Weir is the same female who robbed the Circle K gas station in Kitimat B.C., on May 18 around 3:00 a.m. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Kitimat RCMP at (250) 632-7111 or Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477. (Kitimat RCMP photo)
(Black Press file photo)

Kitimat projected to receive just under $1-million after feds double 2021 gas tax funding

The money allocated through UBCM’s Community Works Fund stream is for local infrastructure priorities

  • Jul 23, 2021
(Black Press file photo)
According to the provincial government’s policy directive, retail owners of private cannabis stores have to own the vehicle that will be delivering the goods and the vehicle has to be commercially registered with a vehicle inspection. (Pixabay photo)

Kitimat cannabis retailer irked by delivery red tape

Local private retailers are saying the provincial government isn’t making deliveries easy for them

According to the provincial government’s policy directive, retail owners of private cannabis stores have to own the vehicle that will be delivering the goods and the vehicle has to be commercially registered with a vehicle inspection. (Pixabay photo)
Airbus A230 at the Northwest Regional Airport on June 30, 2021. Passenger totals increased by over 3,000 from May to June. (Black Press Media file photo)

Northwest Regional Airport passenger totals jump in June

Number over 3,000 higher than May, still under half of pre-COVID-19 levels

Airbus A230 at the Northwest Regional Airport on June 30, 2021. Passenger totals increased by over 3,000 from May to June. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada identified snow as a contributing factor in an incident at the Northwest Regional Airport Jan 31, 2020 that resulted in the collapse of a WestJet aircraft’s nose landing gear. (Northwest Regional Airport/Transportation Safety Board of Canada)

Snowy conditions the main factor in landing gear collapse at Terrace airport: TSB

Jan. 31, 2020 incident resulted in ‘substantial damage’ to plane, closure of airport but no injuries

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada identified snow as a contributing factor in an incident at the Northwest Regional Airport Jan 31, 2020 that resulted in the collapse of a WestJet aircraft’s nose landing gear. (Northwest Regional Airport/Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
Unifor Local 2301 members have commenced a work stoppage starting July 24 at 12:01 a.m. (Rio Tinto photo)

Unifor Local 2301 set to commence strike

The union has served a 72 hours strike notice, clearing the way for a work stoppage starting July 24

Unifor Local 2301 members have commenced a work stoppage starting July 24 at 12:01 a.m. (Rio Tinto photo)
A Unifor Local 2301 poster that highlights the Rio Tinto and Kemano workers are looking for jobs, pensions, benefits, health, safety, community, and respect within their new collective agreement. (Unifor Local 2301 poster)

Kitimat smelter and Kemano power operations workers vote unanimously in favour of a strike

The union decided that a strike is the most efficient way to get their demands across to the company

A Unifor Local 2301 poster that highlights the Rio Tinto and Kemano workers are looking for jobs, pensions, benefits, health, safety, community, and respect within their new collective agreement. (Unifor Local 2301 poster)