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The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

Tahltan themed dump truck tray at Red Chris mine. (Newcrest Mining photo)

Mining and mineral exploration briefs

Tahltan buy into Skeena Resources; Newcrest releases new mineral resource estimate for Red Chris

  • Apr 8, 2021
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

The Tahltan are arguably the most mining friendly First Nation in B.C., but have been known to oppose activity when it conflicts with their values as in this 2019 photo of Tahltan Central Government president Chad Day attempting to evict jade miners from the territory. (File photo)

Tahltan want exploration company out of their territory

Central Government president says Doubleview Gold is most disrespectful company he has encountered

The Tahltan are arguably the most mining friendly First Nation in B.C., but have been known to oppose activity when it conflicts with their values as in this 2019 photo of Tahltan Central Government president Chad Day attempting to evict jade miners from the territory. (File photo)
Tahltan driver Tom Inkster was one of the first to drive Red Chris’s dump truck with a new Tahltan-themed tray on it. (Newcrest Mining photo)

Red Chris mine themed dump truck trays represent various causes and values

Newcrest started with pink for breast cancer awareness and recently added a Tahltan Nation truck

Tahltan driver Tom Inkster was one of the first to drive Red Chris’s dump truck with a new Tahltan-themed tray on it. (Newcrest Mining photo)
Workers at Brucejack pour doré bars (a semi-pure alloy of gold and silver which are then further refined). (Pretivm photo)

Northwest B.C. mining and exploration briefs

Pretivm, Seabridge, Skeena Resources, Kutcho Copper, Couer Mining, Ascot Resources advance projects

  • Mar 4, 2021
Workers at Brucejack pour doré bars (a semi-pure alloy of gold and silver which are then further refined). (Pretivm photo)
Part of the rooftop design at Smithers Home Hardware (Deb Meissner photo)

Smithers Structural Engineer disciplined

Structural Engineer disciplined for two seperate projects

Part of the rooftop design at Smithers Home Hardware (Deb Meissner photo)
Bugwood Coffee Cafe. (File photo)

Recovery grant helps local businesses find new directions

Bugwood Coffee Cafe flourishes with help from provincial consulting funding

Bugwood Coffee Cafe. (File photo)
Smithers Town Hall. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Christian housing society receives grant in lieu of tax exemption

Due to a ‘miscommunication’ the society was not included in 2021 permissive taxation exemption bylaw

Smithers Town Hall. (Trevor Hewitt photo)
Smithers Town Hall. At their Oct. 22 meeting, the Town's Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Alan Harris said they have three dates being looked at to hold a mayoral by-election. All the dates are in the New Year. In the interim, Councillor Gladys Atrill is serving as deputy mayor for the Town. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Smithers Council briefs: Regular meeting, Jan. 26, 2021

Smithers Council Briefs for the Regular Meeting Jan. 26, 2021 Rezoning of…

Smithers Town Hall. At their Oct. 22 meeting, the Town's Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Alan Harris said they have three dates being looked at to hold a mayoral by-election. All the dates are in the New Year. In the interim, Councillor Gladys Atrill is serving as deputy mayor for the Town. (Trevor Hewitt photo)
An announcement regarding the recycling program is in the works for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (file photo)

Smithers Mayor highlights Town accomplishments for 2020

Gladys Atrill reports to Chamber of Commerce in annual Mayoral Outlook meeting

An announcement regarding the recycling program is in the works for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (file photo)
The Dik Tiy Housing Society would be demolishing old Hill Top bar and building a three-storey, 41-unit affordable housing unit on the old site. (Marisca Bakker photo)

Rezoning for affordable housing complex will go to public hearing

Council passed second reading of the rezoning bylaw at its regular meeting Jan. 12

The Dik Tiy Housing Society would be demolishing old Hill Top bar and building a three-storey, 41-unit affordable housing unit on the old site. (Marisca Bakker photo)
A coffin is cremated in the crematorium in Meissen, Germany, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The crematorium would typically have 70 to 100 caskets on site at this time of year, now it has 300 bodies waiting to be cremated and more are brought to the crematorium every day. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A coffin is cremated in the crematorium in Meissen, Germany, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The crematorium would typically have 70 to 100 caskets on site at this time of year, now it has 300 bodies waiting to be cremated and more are brought to the crematorium every day. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Copper staining at the Mitchell deposit. (Seabridge Gold photo)

Seabridge buys Snowfields gold deposit from Pretivm

The proximity of the deposit to Mitchell greatly simplifies the planning process, Seabridge said.

Copper staining at the Mitchell deposit. (Seabridge Gold photo)
Main Street, Smithers. (Grant Harris photo)

Shop local campaign paying off

COVID restrictions, community spirit drive surge in local shopping

Main Street, Smithers. (Grant Harris photo)
Cousins Jacob Kort and Rick Meima, both 28, founded the SPYCE food delivery app. They are seen here Nov. 12. (Jake Wray/Black Press)

Smithereens find success with delivery apps

The delivery service took off in Terrace and has since expanded to Smithers and Prince Rupert

Cousins Jacob Kort and Rick Meima, both 28, founded the SPYCE food delivery app. They are seen here Nov. 12. (Jake Wray/Black Press)
The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce coveted Alpine Man Statue for winners of the 2020 Community and Business Awards Nov 25. (contributed photo)

Smithers Feed Store named Business of the Year

Chamber of Commerce Community and Business Awards handed out in virtual ceremony via Zoom

The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce coveted Alpine Man Statue for winners of the 2020 Community and Business Awards Nov 25. (contributed photo)
The Kutcho Copper project is located 100 km east of Dease Lake (440 km north of Smithers). (Dease River Development Corp graphic)

Northwest high grade copper mine project enters feasibility phase

Kutcho Copper estimates a mine life of 12 years and projects $3.5 million in annual profit

The Kutcho Copper project is located 100 km east of Dease Lake (440 km north of Smithers). (Dease River Development Corp graphic)
The Bulkley Valley Credit Union was named Business of the Year at the annual Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Community and Business Awards gala Nov. 16.

Annual Business and Community Awards to be presented virtually

The Chamber of Commerce says this year it is more important than ever to celebrate business

The Bulkley Valley Credit Union was named Business of the Year at the annual Smithers District Chamber of Commerce Community and Business Awards gala Nov. 16.
Seabridge conduct a KSM site tour in July 2014. (Seabridge Gold photo)

Seabridge seeks emergency extension of environmental certificate

A public and First Nations comment period opens Nov. 19 and closes Dec. 3

Seabridge conduct a KSM site tour in July 2014. (Seabridge Gold photo)