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Winnipegger ready for liftoff

Winnipegger ready for liftoff

By Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter14-Jul-21 A British billionaire’s successful trip to the edge of space has left one Winnipegger over the moon about the ticket she purchased to get aboard his rocketship. “It seems much more feasible now to go up in space,” said Judy Anderson, a self-described amateur astronomer who made a down payment on such a voyage via…

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Northwest B.C records dramatic real estate boom in first half of 2021

Northwest B.C records dramatic real estate boom in first half of 2021

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter10-Jul-21 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. While the number of properties sold in 2021 has doubled since 2020, the real estate prices have significantly increased too. Realtors in the Terrace area sold 200 properties…

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Conquering northwest B.C. with briskets and BBQ

Conquering northwest B.C. with briskets and BBQ

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter11-Jul-21 Bevan Sweeney is a neighbour everyone would love to live next to in Terrace. The smell of wood-smoked, flavourful briskets and pork shoulders is what Sweeney’s whole neighbourhood smells like at six in the morning when he pulls out the meat from the smoker pits in his backyard. And to add to it, he loves…

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Northern tourism need open borders to bring ‘ghost town’ back to life, says Wapusk Adventures owner

Northern tourism need open borders to bring ‘ghost town’ back to life, says Wapusk Adventures owner

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter David Daley says he has watched over the last year as the pandemic has devastated his business and his mental health, and turned his home community of Churchill into a “ghost town.” “Mentally I’m just done,” Wapusk Adventures long-time owner David Daley said on Thursday morning from his home in Churchill. “We’re in trouble, we…

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Eyes in the sky temporarily shut down wildfire fighting operation near Nakusp

Eyes in the sky temporarily shut down wildfire fighting operation near Nakusp

By Timothy Schafer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The use of civilian drones near Nakusp has caused some problems for those fighting wildfires. Although the use of drones near a wildfire is strictly prohibited and illegal, it may not be widely known. People operating unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) on Saturday, July 10 near the Kimbol Lake fire — 10 kilometres east of Nakusp…

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Iqaluit mayor holds off on motion to tax churches

Iqaluit mayor holds off on motion to tax churches

By David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Iqaluit’s mayor no longer plans to bring forward a motion to make the city’s churches pay municipal property taxes. Mayor Kenny Bell announced Monday he was backing off on the proposal, which he announced in late June, shortly after national news stories drew attention to graves containing the remains of former residential school students in…

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Drag racing returns to northwest B.C. after pandemic hiatus

Drag racing returns to northwest B.C. after pandemic hiatus

By Binny Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Vintage cars, high horsepower, the smell of burnt rubber and adrenaline returned to Terrace with the first drag race of Northwest Regional Raceway’s 2021 season held over the weekend of July 9-11.  The race operated by the Terrace Drag Race Association (TDRA) took place at an unused airstrip of the Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat, where…

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Artists have a picnic painting pop-up tables

Artists have a picnic painting pop-up tables

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The work of local artists adorns picnic tables around the city this summer as part of a Tourism Richmond pop-up project. There are 31 tables in total, grouped in seven areas. Each area has at least one table painted by a local artist. At Britannia Shipyards, two tables are painted by Phoenix Art Workshop owner…

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Make sure you’re wearing a hat when the Northern Lights appear, cautions Inuk Elder in film

Make sure you’re wearing a hat when the Northern Lights appear, cautions Inuk Elder in film

By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com Correction please: Paragraph 3. There are 11 short films that will play at this year’s Future of Film Showcase not 16 as reported. Inuk Elder Naulaq LeDrew now gets a chuckle out of a story that has been passed down through generations to children. LeDrew recalls she might have been as young as three…

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Wildfires continue, province-wide ban in place until October

Wildfires continue, province-wide ban in place until October

By Melissa Renwick, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After many parts of B.C. experienced record-breaking temperatures, a province-wide fire ban was implemented from June 30 through to Oct. 15. Around 88 per cent of the 337 wildfires that occurred between April 1 and June 24 were caused by people, according to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.  Despite…

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