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Unifor Local 2301 have confirmed with its members that they are absolutely on strike and will be withdrawing their services as of midnight tonight. (Rio Tinto)

Unifor Local 2301 confirms strike to commence as of midnight tonight: July 25

The union confirmed they are absolutely on strike and will be withdrawing services starting July 25

Unifor Local 2301 extended its strike notice until midnight on July 24. If no agreement is made, picketing will begin to take place on the road leading to the smelter cafeteria gate and the main smelter gate. (Rio Tinto)

Union extends collective agreement process for another 24 hours: Unifor Local 2301

The deadline extension will give the union an opportunity to satisfy the mandate given by membership

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Smithers lags behind Northwest and rest of B.C. in vaccine uptake

65% of residents 12+ in the local health area have had one dose compared to 80% for B.C. as a whole

People’s Pary of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, left, and local PPC candidate Jody Craven take a private tour of the Pacific Inland Resources (PIR) sawmill during a visit to Smithers on Bernier’s “Mad Max B.C. Summer Freedom Tour” July 21. (Thom Barker photo)

PPC leader Maxime Bernier stops in Smithers during B.C. pre-campaign tour

Bernier attends a number of private events with Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidate Jody Craven

People’s Pary of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, left, and local PPC candidate Jody Craven take a private tour of the Pacific Inland Resources (PIR) sawmill during a visit to Smithers on Bernier’s “Mad Max B.C. Summer Freedom Tour” July 21. (Thom Barker photo)
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada identified snow as a contributing factor in an incident at the Northwest Regional Airport Jan 31, 2020 that resulted in the collapse of a WestJet aircraft’s nose landing gear. (Northwest Regional Airport/Transportation Safety Board of Canada)

Snowy conditions the main factor in landing gear collapse at Terrace airport: TSB

Jan. 31, 2020 incident resulted in ‘substantial damage’ to plane, closure of airport but no injuries

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada identified snow as a contributing factor in an incident at the Northwest Regional Airport Jan 31, 2020 that resulted in the collapse of a WestJet aircraft’s nose landing gear. (Northwest Regional Airport/Transportation Safety Board of Canada)
The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Main Street in Smithers will be permanently closed July 31. (Thom Barker photo)

Sally Ann to shutter Thrift Store

The Salvation Army’s store on Main Street will permanently close July 31

The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Main Street in Smithers will be permanently closed July 31. (Thom Barker photo)
Former Smithers and Telkwa mayor Carman Graf (left) in a vintage fire department cruiser at the annual parade held on Main Street August 21 to kick off the 100th Bulkley Valley Exhibition held in Smithers from August 22 to 25. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Fall Fair returns to normal with addition of parade

With B.C. now in Step 3 of its Restart Plan, fairs and festivals are back on track

Former Smithers and Telkwa mayor Carman Graf (left) in a vintage fire department cruiser at the annual parade held on Main Street August 21 to kick off the 100th Bulkley Valley Exhibition held in Smithers from August 22 to 25. (Trevor Hewitt photo)
Unifor Local 2301 members have commenced a work stoppage starting July 24 at 12:01 a.m. (Rio Tinto photo)

Unifor Local 2301 set to commence strike

The union has served a 72 hours strike notice, clearing the way for a work stoppage starting July 24

Unifor Local 2301 members have commenced a work stoppage starting July 24 at 12:01 a.m. (Rio Tinto photo)
Popular reality show ‘Jade Fever’ aired its last episode on July 19, following a controversy in May when the Tahltan First Nation called for the show to be taken off air owing to mining issues on their territory. ( Jade Fever/ Facebook)

Popular reality show ‘Jade Fever’ pulls the plug amidst mining controversy with northwest B.C. First Nation

After 7 years the show was asked to be taken off air in May 2021 by the Tahltan First Nation

Popular reality show ‘Jade Fever’ aired its last episode on July 19, following a controversy in May when the Tahltan First Nation called for the show to be taken off air owing to mining issues on their territory. ( Jade Fever/ Facebook)
Vancouver-based mineral exploration company Doubleview Gold Corp issued a public apology to Tahltan First Nation and entered into a communications and engagement agreement with First Nation’s government in July following years-long dispute. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Mining company apologizes to Northwest B.C. First Nation, signs communications agreement

Agreement comes after previous disputes over exploration activities in the Tahltan’s Sheslay Valley

Vancouver-based mineral exploration company Doubleview Gold Corp issued a public apology to Tahltan First Nation and entered into a communications and engagement agreement with First Nation’s government in July following years-long dispute. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
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District of Houston losing another official to Smithers

Duncan Malkinson will become development services director for Smithers

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A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
There’s a reason why electric clocks are running faster these days. (Black Press file)
There’s a reason why electric clocks are running faster these days. (Black Press file)
Former Telkwa mayor Darcy Repen is filing his final argument this week saying ICBC discriminates against rural drivers when it sets premium rates. (Contributed photo)

Campaign continues for ICBC rate fairness in rural areas

Former Telkwa mayor submits argument to provincial regulator

Former Telkwa mayor Darcy Repen is filing his final argument this week saying ICBC discriminates against rural drivers when it sets premium rates. (Contributed photo)
An Airbus A230 taxis to the terminal after landing at the Northwest Regional Airport on June 30, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Northwest Regional Airport to host Airbus A320 flights

Flights to be operated by Air Canada three times per week

An Airbus A230 taxis to the terminal after landing at the Northwest Regional Airport on June 30, 2021. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
The provincial government has officially named the contractor who is building the new Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

New Terrace hospital officially a ‘go’

Price tag leaps to $622.6 million

The provincial government has officially named the contractor who is building the new Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)

2 Interior Health employees withdraw from Aboriginal health positions over criticism

The employees were not Indigenous, and the positions weren’t made publicly available

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)
Kitsault from the top of the residences. (Submitted photo)

Skeena Voices | Time travelling in some of northern B.C.’s exclusive ghost towns

Rob Bryce’s exclusive tours include abandoned mining towns like Kitsault, Anyox and Alice Arm

Kitsault from the top of the residences. (Submitted photo)

More businesses want proof of vaccination: lawyer

A Toronto-based privacy lawyer says an increasing number of Canadian businesses are…

Jeanine Siemens and Paul Trudeau are offering tours on e-bikes in Parksville Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
Jeanine Siemens and Paul Trudeau are offering tours on e-bikes in Parksville Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)