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Wireless network expanding along B.C.’s Highway 4

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The critical highway between Port Alberni and Tofino currently has limited cellular service, leaving travelers and commuters without any way of contacting family, friends or emergency services in the event of an accident.

That’s about to change, as Rogers announced it will be expanding its coverage along the 85-kilometre stretch of highway by building six new cellular towers, and upgrading two existing towers between the coastal communities. 

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Interview with Bruce Ellingsen p1: What is a sustainable rate of consumption for forestry?

In respect to British Columbia’s old growth trees, “Most of what is left is in the difficult-to-access areas and the not so productive sites. Most of the best and easy to get is gone” – Bruce Ellingsen, one of the founders of the Cortes Community Forest Co-operative. 

In the first of two articles about current forestry practices, Ellingsen looks to dynamics in nature for indicators toward a more sustainable harvesting rate.

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Prince Rupert SD 52 trustees at odds over selected Indigenous seat

By Norman Galimski,  Prince Rupert Northern View, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

School District 52 board members were at odds on implementing a permanent indigenous board member seat, when discussions arose on Jan. 18.

During the first SD 52 meeting of the new year, board members discussed a BC School Trustee Association (BCSTA) letter to the Ministry of Education regarding designated trustee seats for Indigenous persons.

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Northwest B.C. church group calls on province to rethink forestry policies

Terrace Standard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A Terrace church group is calling on the provincial government to rethink its forestry practices and “radical policies” and invest in sustainable options. 

The Social Justice Working Group, made up of members of Knox United Church in Terrace is concerned about the province issuing permits to clear-cut primary forests to produce wood pellets for export. 

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What CityWest will be doing on Cortes for the next 4-6 months

A CityWest construction crew will be on Cortes Island for the first four to six months of 2022, to hook individual homes for high-speed Internet.

“Now that we’ve been issued a permit from the ministry of transport (MOTI), we have a green light to proceed with the provincial government’s mandate of connecting Cortes Islanders under the ERI grant program,” said Eric Geall, Operations Manager for West Connect Infrastructure (WCI).

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