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Fort Liard nears vaccine threshold for gradual border reopening

Fort Liard nears vaccine threshold for gradual border reopening

By Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 23, 2021 Residents of a Northwest Territories hamlet appear poised to reach 80 per cent full vaccination, the threshold required for the N.W.T. government to begin reopening the Highway 7 border. Highway 7, stretching down to the British Columbia border, is currently only open twice a week for people to leave the territory by appointment. The…

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Book by Winnipeg teacher, author on helping children cope with stress, anxiety now available in Cree, Anishinaabe

Book by Winnipeg teacher, author on helping children cope with stress, anxiety now available in Cree, Anishinaabe

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 23, 2021 A book that teaches young children to cope with issues like stress and anxiety is now available in two Indigenous languages, after the author says she was inspired to have her work translated into both Cree and Anishinaabe. “I feel as a settler on this land, I am called to work towards…

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Company finds space in hydrogen charger market

Company finds space in hydrogen charger market

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 22, 2021 A decade-old Richmond company is benefitting from the increased popularity of alternative fuel vehicles. Deriving its name from the infrared radiation that fuels its products, IRDI System is the brainchild of Edward Li, who after working at General Hydrogen for a number of years was inspired to create his own product. “(General…

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Manitoba school bus drivers in high demand

Manitoba school bus drivers in high demand

By Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 School bus drivers are in high demand as a longtime Manitoba-wide shortage of the professionals, made worse by COVID-19 and new public health orders, disrupts routes and student commutes. Transportation managers in school divisions across the province are increasingly facing challenges with driver recruitment and retention, according to Paul Ilchena, executive director…

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Suzuki outlines path to saving planet – from ourselves

Suzuki outlines path to saving planet – from ourselves

By John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 At the end of his 90-minute online appearance, Dr. David Suzuki offered a message of hope. “We don’t know much about nature, and nature will surprise us,” he told the roughly 120 Kootenay and Boundary residents attending his virtual lecture. “And a lot of it will be good. We won’t deserve it.…

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Former Brandonite elected Calgary’s first woman mayor

Former Brandonite elected Calgary’s first woman mayor

By Chelsea Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 A former Brandonite has been elected the first woman mayor of Calgary Jyoti Gondek was named mayor of Calgary Monday defeating 26 challengers for  the role with 174,649 votes, accounting for 45 per cent of all ballots  cast. Gondek originally hails from London, England but has close ties to Manitoba. Her family…

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‘Dire need’ for teachers’ housing in N.W.T. communities

‘Dire need’ for teachers’ housing in N.W.T. communities

By Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 Teachers in the Northwest Territories are struggling to find anywhere to live, a problem exacerbated by the impact of this year’s flooding in some communities. In the village of Fort Simpson, finding accommodation has already proved a barrier for incoming teaching staff. Failing to attract and retain teachers will affect the education…

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RCMP warn of phone scams in southeastern Manitoba

RCMP warn of phone scams in southeastern Manitoba

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 20, 2021 Manitoba RCMP are warning residents to be mindful of suspicious phone calls, after recent incidents of fraud saw two southeastern Manitoba residents defrauded out of more than $34,000. “No police agency or other government agency will request you send monetary payments to them by way of mail, wire transfers, cryptocurrency or QR…

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West Coast braces for another stormy season

West Coast braces for another stormy season

By Melissa Renwick, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 20, 2021 Tofino, BC – The west coast could be bracing for a stormier winter than normal as the climate pattern La Niña is back for a second straight year.  Marked by the natural cooling of sea surface temperatures in parts of the Pacific Ocean, La Niña intensifies winds and rainfall. In preparation, BC…

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Grandma’s life honoured with donation to Wigs for Kids

Grandma’s life honoured with donation to Wigs for Kids

By KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 20, 2021 On the 35th anniversary of her grandmother’s passing, Kendra Melanson, owner of Elementz Dance Studio in Medicine Hat, donated 19 inches of her hair to Wigs for Kids in her grandmother’s honour. Baba Lim, as her grandmother was known, passed away from breast cancer on Oct. 13, 1986. Melanson was only two…

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