Author: Fran Yanor

Municipalities want rules on drug use for safety of all citizens

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“These are substances that are incredibly lethal and incredibly addictive. And we, as part of decriminalization, haven’t put in any guardrails. None.” Ian Baillie In many ways, Rebecca Price-Baechle’s daughter is a typical seven-year-old. She goes to elementary school, takes gymnastics and has a family who loves her.  Unfortunately, that’s where her daughter and normal […]

Self-declared protected area is ‘beginning of conversation’

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In the latest twist to the land stewardship power-struggle unfolding in the northern interior, Simpcw First Nation unilaterally declared the Raush Valley an Indigenous protected area, a move B.C.’s resource stewardship minister said doesn’t change land use but does signal “the beginning of a conversation.” “With self-declared [Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas], they’re often the beginning […]

Two First Nations choose own path on old growth

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A year and a half after the New Democrat government recommended logging deferrals in almost 3 million hectares of B.C.’s old growth forests, two northern interior First Nations are still bristling at the “unilateral” process, saying they’ll participate in forestry management discussions, but the final decision will be theirs. “The province … [announced] they were […]