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PPC candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, Jody Craven was scheduled to be transferred to Prince Rupert from Smithers for surgery on Aug. 31. (Contributed photo)
PPC candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, Jody Craven was scheduled to be transferred to Prince Rupert from Smithers for surgery on Aug. 31. (Contributed photo)
A photo of Lakhwinder Jhaj, from an opinion column for Abbotsford News on Oct. 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
A photo of Lakhwinder Jhaj, from an opinion column for Abbotsford News on Oct. 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kitimat Fire Department responding to a fire at Kuldo Apartments in Kitimat during the evening on Aug. 27, 2021. (Misty Johnsen/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
Kitimat Fire Department responding to a fire at Kuldo Apartments in Kitimat during the evening on Aug. 27, 2021. (Misty Johnsen/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
The Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service responded to a large structure fire Aug. 27 in an apartment building located at 730 Kuldo Blvd. Crews were first called at 5:36 p.m., and according to the Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service there were people trapped inside the building when firefighters arrived. There were 13 to 15 firefighters at the scene fighting the fire. Ambulances from Kitimat and Terrace attended the scene, and Kitimat RCMP closed Kuldo Blvd. to regular traffic. The District of Kitimat set up an Emergency Reception Centre at Riverlodge for tenants who could not return to their homes, and others in the area needing shelter from smoke exposure. According to a Haisla Nation media release , clothing donations can be dropped off at Riverlodge from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and cash donations for those affected by the fire are being handled by the Kitimat Rotary Club. “Haisla Nation staff are in touch with all tenants of the buildings to better understand their needs in the days, weeks and months ahead,” the release stated. “Once we have compiled a list of exactly what would benefit these tenants, we will share a list of useful items for donations once we know more.” The Haisla Nation Council purchased the Kuldo Apartments from Kuldo Suites Inc. in 2019.

UPDATE: Fire, ambulance crews respond to Kitimat apartment fire

Emergency Reception Centre set up for evacuees of 730 Kuldo Blvd.

Kitimat Fire Department responding to a fire at Kuldo Apartments in Kitimat during the evening on Aug. 27, 2021. (Misty Johnsen/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
Kitimat Fire Department responding to a fire at Kuldo Apartments in Kitimat during the evening on Aug. 27, 2021. (Misty Johnsen/Kitimat Northern Sentinel)
The Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service responded to a large structure fire Aug. 27 in an apartment building located at 730 Kuldo Blvd. Crews were first called at 5:36 p.m., and according to the Kitimat Fire and Ambulance Service there were people trapped inside the building when firefighters arrived. There were 13 to 15 firefighters at the scene fighting the fire. Ambulances from Kitimat and Terrace attended the scene, and Kitimat RCMP closed Kuldo Blvd. to regular traffic. The District of Kitimat set up an Emergency Reception Centre at Riverlodge for tenants who could not return to their homes, and others in the area needing shelter from smoke exposure. According to a Haisla Nation media release , clothing donations can be dropped off at Riverlodge from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and cash donations for those affected by the fire are being handled by the Kitimat Rotary Club. “Haisla Nation staff are in touch with all tenants of the buildings to better understand their needs in the days, weeks and months ahead,” the release stated. “Once we have compiled a list of exactly what would benefit these tenants, we will share a list of useful items for donations once we know more.” The Haisla Nation Council purchased the Kuldo Apartments from Kuldo Suites Inc. in 2019.
Unifor Local 2301 members outside of the Rio Tinto smelter on July 26, 2021. (Black Press file photo)

Rio Tinto, Unifor resume negotiations to resolve month-long Kitimat smelter strike

The strike between Rio Tinto and its 950 unionized employees represented by Unifor Local 2301 began on July 25

Unifor Local 2301 members outside of the Rio Tinto smelter on July 26, 2021. (Black Press file photo)
Real estate agency in Kimberley. Paul Rodgers file

Rising number of Kootenay real estate sales to out of region buyers

Most out of region buyers from Lower Mainland and Alberta

Real estate agency in Kimberley. Paul Rodgers file
Electric vehicle charging station at the Savory Rest Stop east of Burns Lake. (Plugshare.com photo)

Northwest B.C. electric vehicle fast chargers out of service

Replacement parts proving difficult to acquire due to supply chain disruptions

Electric vehicle charging station at the Savory Rest Stop east of Burns Lake. (Plugshare.com photo)
Taylor Bachrach and Rod Taylor election signs beside Hwy 16 in Terrace on Aug. 23, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

In their own words: Candidates weigh in on their most important issue

Two of five candidates responded to a request for submissions

Taylor Bachrach and Rod Taylor election signs beside Hwy 16 in Terrace on Aug. 23, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
A Situation Table to support vulnerable people was proposed for Kitimat in April, earlier this year. (Black Press file photo)

Kitimat Situation Table gets $45,000 provincial funding to go ahead

The grant comes from Crime Reduction and Gang Outreach unit under Minister Mike Farnworth

A Situation Table to support vulnerable people was proposed for Kitimat in April, earlier this year. (Black Press file photo)
FILE – A voting package for the 2018 electoral reform referendum. Vote-by-mail packages for the 2020 provincial election will look similar, according to information provided by Elections BC. (Katya Slepian - Black Press Media)

How to vote on or before Sept. 20

Mail-in ballots are expected to be taken up by millions of voters

FILE – A voting package for the 2018 electoral reform referendum. Vote-by-mail packages for the 2020 provincial election will look similar, according to information provided by Elections BC. (Katya Slepian - Black Press Media)
Kitimat recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases between Aug. 8 to Aug. 14. New cases in Terrace doubled compared to the previous week. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)

New COVID-19 cases hit double-digits in Kitimat

Cases in Terrace doubled compared to last week

Kitimat recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases between Aug. 8 to Aug. 14. New cases in Terrace doubled compared to the previous week. (British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)
From left to right (in alphabetical order by last name) Taylor Bachrach (NDP), Jody Craven (PPC), Claire Rattée (CPC), Rod Taylor (CHP), Adean Young (GP). The Liberals have not yet nominated a candidate.

Meet the candidates for Skeena-Bulkley Valley

A federal election will be held on Sept. 20

From left to right (in alphabetical order by last name) Taylor Bachrach (NDP), Jody Craven (PPC), Claire Rattée (CPC), Rod Taylor (CHP), Adean Young (GP). The Liberals have not yet nominated a candidate.
Rio Tinto workers on strike in Kitimat pictured on July 28. As the strike enters its fourth week, officials from Rio Tinto and Unifor Local 23o1 will meet in Vancouver next week to see if negotiations can be renewed. ( Black Press file photo)
Rio Tinto workers on strike in Kitimat pictured on July 28. As the strike enters its fourth week, officials from Rio Tinto and Unifor Local 23o1 will meet in Vancouver next week to see if negotiations can be renewed. ( Black Press file photo)
The Northwest Regional Airport recently received a new Aebi Schmidt jet sweeper, pictured on Aug. 17, 2021, that is more efficient than the airport’s current equipment. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

New runway sweeper arrives at Northwest Regional Airport

The Aebi Schmidt jet sweeper uses a blade, brush and blower to remove contaminants from the runway

The Northwest Regional Airport recently received a new Aebi Schmidt jet sweeper, pictured on Aug. 17, 2021, that is more efficient than the airport’s current equipment. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Ships seen here in the Douglas Channel, Kitimat. The captain of a Norwegian cargo ship MV Indiana, trapped at RTA Terminal B dock since July 17, is calling on the the union and Rio Tinto to let it be refuelled. (Binny Paul/Terrace Standard)
Ships seen here in the Douglas Channel, Kitimat. The captain of a Norwegian cargo ship MV Indiana, trapped at RTA Terminal B dock since July 17, is calling on the the union and Rio Tinto to let it be refuelled. (Binny Paul/Terrace Standard)
A CF-18 of the Royal Canadian Air Force is flying over northwestern B.C. today. (Royal Canadian Air Force photo)

CF-18 flying over northwestern B.C. today

Part of a salute to health care and other front line workers

A CF-18 of the Royal Canadian Air Force is flying over northwestern B.C. today. (Royal Canadian Air Force photo)
The CF-18 demo team will conduct a fly past over northwest B.C. to recognize the efforts of frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Derek Heyes/ CF-18 Demo team)

CF-18 Demo Team to fly over Prince Rupert, Terrace and Smithers this afternoon

Starting 12:30 p.m. Aug. 14, a CF-18 hornet will pass over all the hospitals in tribute to frontline workers

The CF-18 demo team will conduct a fly past over northwest B.C. to recognize the efforts of frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Derek Heyes/ CF-18 Demo team)
Caitlin, Northern Health nurse, prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by mixing the vaccine with saline solution. Terrace’s vaccination rate lags behind the provincial average and most other northwest LHAs. (Black Press Media file photo)

New COVID-19 cases in northwest B.C. on the rise

Second dose vaccination rate in much of northwest below provincial average

Caitlin, Northern Health nurse, prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by mixing the vaccine with saline solution. Terrace’s vaccination rate lags behind the provincial average and most other northwest LHAs. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Black Press file photo)

Hot temperatures forecast for Terrace, Kitimat this week

Special weather statement issued, temperatures are expected to reach up to 28 C Aug. 11 to 14

(Black Press file photo)
A black bear is seen near Lake Louise, Alberta. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
A black bear is seen near Lake Louise, Alberta. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Residents gathered at Centennial Park in Kitimat ahead of a rally dubbed ‘save the northwest’ on August 5, 2021. People at the gathering called for Rio Tinto and Unifor Local 2301 to resume negotiations to resolve the labour disputes that led to a strike at the smelting facility. (Binny Paul/Terrace Standard)

Citizens rally to ‘save the northwest’ amidst Rio Tinto Kitimat strike

In wake of economic disruptions residents call on Rio Tinto and Unifor Local 2310 to resume negotiation

Residents gathered at Centennial Park in Kitimat ahead of a rally dubbed ‘save the northwest’ on August 5, 2021. People at the gathering called for Rio Tinto and Unifor Local 2301 to resume negotiations to resolve the labour disputes that led to a strike at the smelting facility. (Binny Paul/Terrace Standard)