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Asian-Canadian Frontline Workers Face Rampant Discrimination: Report

Asian-Canadian Frontline Workers Face Rampant Discrimination: Report

By Fernando Arce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Chinese-Canadian frontline workers are largely employed in low-wage and high-risk sectors and work long hours, which increases their vulnerability to health risks due to the pandemic and socio-economic exploitation and marginalization, a new report has found. The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) released the 53-page report on Sept. 1 as a way to reflect “demands…

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B.C. residents line up to get vaccine passports in-person

B.C. residents line up to get vaccine passports in-person

By Norman Galimski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Prince Rupert residents spilled out of the Service BC Centre into the parking lot and down the sidewalk on Sept. 8, as they queued to get their vaccine passports verified, set up and printed due to a myriad of difficulties.  Some residents said they attended in person to simplify the vaccine passport registration process but…

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Fort Nelson fire hall family keeping strong

Fort Nelson fire hall family keeping strong

By Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative The Northern Rockies Fire Department has had a quiet season this summer, but continues to keep busy training and serving the community.  Deputy Fire Chief Hayward Sheppard says two challenges when it comes to firefighting are the small community and the amount of area the department covers.  “You’re always working with a small group, and you…

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‘This is a crisis’: Yukon minister urges action on climate change

‘This is a crisis’: Yukon minister urges action on climate change

By Lawrie Crawford, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Yukon might be the only jurisdiction in Canada with a climate scientist sitting in cabinet.  In the 1970s and 1980s, John Streicker committed himself to convincing others that climate change was real. In 2007, he was one of the reviewers for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for the polar chapter. In…

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City planning more community gardens

City planning more community gardens

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The city is hoping to add more community gardens to address the long waiting list of interested residents, and is looking for public feedback. “These gardens build community by bringing people together to share their gardening knowledge and stories. The numerous benefits derived from community gardens deem them special places and the city would like…

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No gas in Fort Providence as community loses power

No gas in Fort Providence as community loses power

By Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Fort Providence’s Big River and Snowshoe Inn gas stations lost power on Friday, warning drivers the community was unable to provide fuel. Linda Croft, the Big River gas station’s acting manager, told Cabin Radio an incident involving a truck damaging a power line caused a community-wide blackout at around 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The Snowshoe…

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Oji-Cree man among inaugural cohort of prestigious writers program

Oji-Cree man among inaugural cohort of prestigious writers program

By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Windspeaker.com Though he had applied to participate in the prestigious WarnerMedia Access Writers Program last year, Corey Payette insists he was not actually counting on becoming part of the program. When the call for applications was sent out last year, it was announced between eight and 12 Canadian individuals would be selected, but program officials…

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Lake Manitoba dynamic sure to change with invasion of zebra mussels, says commercial fishing prez

Lake Manitoba dynamic sure to change with invasion of zebra mussels, says commercial fishing prez

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A commercial fisherman who has been fishing on Lake Manitoba for decades says he and other local fishers are now on edge and wondering how the lake and their livelihoods will be affected, after invasive zebra mussels were discovered in Lake Manitoba earlier this week. “All of the fishers I have spoken to who fish…

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