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🔍Read Full ArticleNegative Space

Negative Space

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 04, 2018

What do you see?

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Economic Expanse

The Economic Expanse

👤Dan Mesec 🕔May 04, 2018

Making sense of the shifting Northwest economy is no small task

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🔍Read Full ArticleSaltwater Hank

Saltwater Hank

🕔May 04, 2018

Getting back to bluegrass basics.

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🔍Read Full ArticleEternal Spaces

Eternal Spaces

🕔May 04, 2018

These are the graves of sailors and captains. Of fishermen whose blood runs thick with salt. This place tells the story of how they lived. And that is the power of cemeteries.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCreative Space

Creative Space

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔May 04, 2018

Whatever we create, the environment we are in leaves an imprint on our work. Many artists crave isolation during the creative process, but some encourage outsiders to interrupt and even influence the direction of the pieces. Six northern BC artists discuss their creative spaces and what makes them so significant to the work they produce.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePtarmigan Mountain

Ptarmigan Mountain

🕔May 04, 2018

Close to Prince Rupert, Ptarmigan Mountain provides great access to the open alpine.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLast Word - Tiny Fish

Last Word - Tiny Fish

🕔May 04, 2018

The Nisga'a new year kicks off with the arrival of the saak eulachon.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCoal in the Water

Coal in the Water

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 09, 2018

CN spill leaves water quality questions in Hazelton

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🔍Read Full ArticleRevolving Doors

Revolving Doors

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Mar 09, 2018

What happens when you come to a place temporarily and never leave? Or when you leave everything behind and venture out to northern BC for a job, but it doesn’t pan out? As our economy becomes increasingly reliant on transient workers, Dan Mesec investigates the temporary world in our half of the province.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStealing Time

Stealing Time

🕔Mar 09, 2018

Photo Essay by Talon Gillis

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🔍Read Full ArticlePassing Through

Passing Through

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Mar 09, 2018

Yawning and leg stretching at the visitor centre. The city connects highways and breaks up a train route, but the distances are vast. Some travellers collect brochures and pile them in their car doors. Others invest in small mementos: a printed mug or a wooden Mr. PG. A few leave behind their stories.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Penguin

The Penguin

🕔Mar 09, 2018

Patrick Williston gets the last word

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🔍Read Full ArticlePaint Swatch Writing Contest

Paint Swatch Writing Contest

🕔Feb 22, 2018

Sharpen your pencils & your wit for Northword's first writing contest!

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🔍Read Full ArticleBeginnings - Editor’s Note

Beginnings - Editor’s Note

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 17, 2018

When do things really start?

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🔍Read Full ArticleHunters

Hunters

🕔Feb 17, 2018

The smell of satisfaction is a roast in the oven

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🔍Read Full ArticleReconciliation

Reconciliation

👤Tania Millen 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Searching for the true meaning of Canada's future

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn Ancient Ice

On Ancient Ice

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Tatshenshini-Alsek Park is iconic Canadian wilderness. It’s rugged, remote, and truly remarkable. Perched on a confluence of borders—BC, Yukon, and Alaska—the park is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest protected natural area in the world.

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🔍Read Full ArticleIn Utero

In Utero

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Melissa Sawatsky's devastingly honest personal essay

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🔍Read Full ArticleEdge of the World

Edge of the World

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Feb 17, 2018

The beginning of a thing is often not recognized as such until long after, or indeed until an ending appears on the horizon. Such was the case in the fall of 1994, when four dirtbags pooled their limited resources and headed north from Vancouver and the Kootenays to undertake a month-long sea-kayak trip in Gwaii Hanaas National Park Reserve.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Crawl

The Crawl

🕔Feb 17, 2018

Patrick Williston lives in Smithers in a mountainside home with a dark and spidery crawl space. When days are longer, you will find him and his family gunkholing around the Chatham Sea in an old sailboat. This is his first piece of fiction for Northword.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLemur

Lemur

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 17, 2018

I dreamt you were a lemur...

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🔍Read Full ArticleBeginnings

Beginnings

🕔Feb 13, 2018

Check out Northword's latest publication, a collection of northern stories and amazing images.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWhen Dark is Light

When Dark is Light

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 06, 2017

The dark is mystery. It is the unknown. It can be comforting or terrifying, or both at the same time.

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🔍Read Full ArticleAvalanches

Avalanches

👤Tania Millen 🕔Nov 06, 2017

Travelling in northern BC’s backcountry means taking risks. Why we do we do it? Tania Millen weighs in, as she explores the dark side of risk vs. reward, and nudges us in the right direction for finding balance.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSkip Mountain

Skip Mountain

🕔Nov 06, 2017

Skip Mountain is a great accessible scramble between Prince Rupert and Terrace.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn Beaches

On Beaches

🕔Sep 11, 2017

As the world’s oceans fill up with plastic, the beaches along BC’s coast are quietly accumulating garbage. Talon Gillis's photos offers us a glimpse into a group of individuals working to protect and restore impacted habitat.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Future of LNG

The Future of LNG

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Sep 11, 2017

In wake of Petronas decision, northerners agree: It’s time to work together.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSimbiyez Wilson

Simbiyez Wilson

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Her name means “child of the stars.” And Witsuwit’en singer-songwriter Simbiyez Wilson seems to be living up to the name.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFuture Past

Future Past

👤Paul Glover 🕔Sep 11, 2017

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” - Søren Kierkegaard

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Future is a Strange Beast

The Future is a Strange Beast

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Fear of the future is pointless. There's no escape from our perceived passage of time. “At some point the future becomes reality. And then it quickly becomes the past.” Haruki Murakami.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFishing for Future

Fishing for Future

🕔Sep 11, 2017

Opening day on the Skeena came late this year. Kitsumkalum fish monitors were there working with recreational anglers to gather data. Britta Boudreau takes us to the river, and gives us a glimpse of what’s at stake if the salmon stop swimming, and who is working to protect the resource.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Last Salmon Stronghold

The Last Salmon Stronghold

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Salmon are a way of life in northern BC. This season’s closures of the sockeye and Chinook fisheries on the Skeena River are causing ripples of fear for a future with no fish in the rivers. Dan Mesec investigates the issues, and the potential cultural implications of declining stocks.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMount Hays

Mount Hays

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 01, 2017

Prince Rupert’s resident mountain. Words by Matt Simmons & map by Morgan Hite

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🔍Read Full ArticleStill Growing

Still Growing

👤Sheila Peters 🕔May 01, 2017

Sustaining northern agriculture

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🔍Read Full ArticleOui, je parle francais

Oui, je parle francais

👤Sarah Artis 🕔May 01, 2017

Is this the end of French Immersion as we know it?

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🔍Read Full ArticleCreative Connections

Creative Connections

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔May 01, 2017

From Prince George to Prince Rupert, creative folks join forces to enhance their respective cultures, and northern BC culture as a whole. Collaboration at its best in three northern communities.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBrewing Community

Brewing Community

🕔May 01, 2017

Northern BC breweries team up to quench thirst across the region.

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🔍Read Full ArticleUnder the Water

Under the Water

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 01, 2017

Can collaboration exist in isolation?

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🔍Read Full ArticleIn Retrospect

In Retrospect

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Feb 27, 2017

JRP chair Sheila Leggett on due process, yoga and the search for common ground

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🔍Read Full ArticleMind (over) Mountains

Mind (over) Mountains

🕔Feb 27, 2017

"Everyone deserves to enjoy the mountains." Talon Gillis inspires with his photo essay.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Grizzly Business

The Grizzly Business

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Feb 24, 2017

One of BC’s iconic creatures, the grizzly bear is responsible for a significant portion of our province’s economy. The question is: should we shoot bears with guns or cameras, or both?

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🔍Read Full ArticleWelcome to the Truth

Welcome to the Truth

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 24, 2017

If Truth can be found at the bottom of a bottle, it can also be found in the crumbs of a vanished sandwich.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBaby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Staying warm with live music

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🔍Read Full ArticleDigby Disturbed

Digby Disturbed

👤Frances Riley 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Tiny communities off BC’s northwest coast standing up to LNG threat

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Skeena River

The Skeena River

👤Brian Smith 🕔Oct 03, 2016

The Skeena is the second-longest river, after the Fraser, to flow entirely within the boundaries of British Columbia and supports salmon and steelhead runs that are arguably the finest in the world.

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🔍Read Full ArticleUnseen Labyrinth: Northern BC’s amazing limestone karst topography

Unseen Labyrinth: Northern BC’s amazing limestone karst topography

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 03, 2016

The dog slips farther into the hole and it becomes suddenly apparent that we’ve found exactly what we were expecting.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGone but not forgotten:Port Edward’s defunct canneries offer everything from history to beachcombing

Gone but not forgotten:Port Edward’s defunct canneries offer everything from history to beachcombing

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 01, 2016

A freight train rumbles past not 50 feet from our red-hued cottage, a throwback to an age when rail was the only way into this once-remote outpost on the northwest coast.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOrchestra North:  summer music program is serious fun

Orchestra North:  summer music program is serious fun

👤Paul Glover 🕔Mar 30, 2016

The audience hushes as the conductor and co-director stride down the aisle. At the front of the room, the orchestra members fall quiet.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHave Sticks, Will Travel: Exploring the North on skis

Have Sticks, Will Travel: Exploring the North on skis

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 24, 2015

My breath hangs in frozen bursts and dissipates behind me

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🔍Read Full ArticleWinter Cities: Designing communities for whatever way the wind blows

Winter Cities: Designing communities for whatever way the wind blows

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Whoever built my former house did not know or understand the direction of the prevailing wind or how drifts are formed.

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Monster Snowfalls

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 24, 2015

You can tell when the big snowfalls are coming.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePetronas and Lelu Island: The cutting edge of LNG in BC? (Commentary/Op Ed)

Petronas and Lelu Island: The cutting edge of LNG in BC? (Commentary/Op Ed)

👤Greg Horne 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Wrapped in north coast fog, a small island in the Skeena River estuary 15 km south of Prince Rupert has become a lightning rod for Christy Clark’s strained liquefied natural gas (LNG) ambitions.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCamping with Wolves on Porcher Island

Camping with Wolves on Porcher Island

👤Keith Billington 🕔Jul 31, 2015

“Wolves? Yes, we have them, but they leave us alone and we leave them alone.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleUp the Clore: Shifting landscapes on a projected pipeline route

Up the Clore: Shifting landscapes on a projected pipeline route

👤Al Lehmann 🕔Oct 09, 2014

“Let’s go up the Clore,” one of the boys suggested one evening at yacht club—an informal weekly gathering at Terrace’s Back Eddy Pub.

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Oil-by-rail terminal in Rupert could jeopardize salmon and seafood

👤Louanne Roth 🕔Oct 09, 2014

We northerners fought for and achieved a de facto north coast ban on oil tankers.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWheelin’ in the North

Wheelin’ in the North

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Road trips are great, but there’s really no better way to see a new place than from the seat of a bike.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDiversity, adversity and prosperity:  A colourful history meant ups and downs for BC immigrants

Diversity, adversity and prosperity:  A colourful history meant ups and downs for BC immigrants

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Aug 04, 2014

In the mid- to late-1800s, northern BC’s non-aboriginal population exploded.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMountain garden: Discovering grace in the great northern wilderness

Mountain garden: Discovering grace in the great northern wilderness

👤Al Lehmann 🕔Aug 04, 2014

It was another perfect Saturday among the many this summer.

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🔍Read Full ArticleRainbow Carrots:  New farmers bring promise to north coast agriculture

Rainbow Carrots:  New farmers bring promise to north coast agriculture

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Aug 04, 2014

“So how did you become so enthusiastic about being a farmer?” I ask Anita Hein, owner of Anita Farm in Jackpine Flats outside Terrace.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCetaceans & citizen science in the North

Cetaceans & citizen science in the North

👤Caitlin Birdsall 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Phooooouuuuuuughhhhhht. A humpback whale exhales.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

Bug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Aug 04, 2014

A slight movement on my sleeve catches my attention: A spider—the size of a nickel. Yeow!

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe certainties of LNG development (Commentary/Op Ed)

The certainties of LNG development (Commentary/Op Ed)

👤Michael Price 🕔Jul 16, 2014

While it is true that wrapping our minds around the implications of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is anything but straightforward...there are some certainties worth considering.

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🔍Read Full ArticleA buffet of summer music

A buffet of summer music

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 30, 2014

Heading to a music festival often means embracing all styles and genres of music.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSticks, stumps, and twigs: The DIY lumberyard of the North

Sticks, stumps, and twigs: The DIY lumberyard of the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

“How about this one?” The tide was low and we were looking for solid sticks to brace ourselves as we waded across the Tlell River.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

Dandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

👤Michele Genest 🕔May 30, 2014

The dandelion is a plant that gives and gives...

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🔍Read Full ArticleSuper Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

Super Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

No one was eating the mashed potatoes.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFish on! Rolling in the deep off BC’s northwest coast.

Fish on! Rolling in the deep off BC’s northwest coast.

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔May 30, 2014

It’s 5 a.m. and people are everywhere, scuttling onto boats like tiny crabs searching for shelter.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSlow boat to Prince Rupert: Camping aboard an Alaska ferry

Slow boat to Prince Rupert: Camping aboard an Alaska ferry

👤Betsy Trumpener 🕔Aug 01, 2013

The summer weekend I travelled from Vancouver to Prince Rupert the long way—via Alaska—I slept on a lawn chair through the Inside Passage, gambled on deck with American bikers, and spotted a rare white spirit bear on shore.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCampania Island:The Beauty of Emptiness

Campania Island:The Beauty of Emptiness

👤Al Lehmann 🕔May 30, 2013

The impermanence of being—the idea that everything that is, is nothing; or that nothing is what is—is central to Zen Buddhism.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Salmon Cycle: Keeping Salmon sustainable and close to home

The Salmon Cycle: Keeping Salmon sustainable and close to home

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 29, 2013

It’s unknown exactly how long the Lake Babine people have relied upon salmon. For countless generations, ocean-run sockeye made its way from the Pacific, up the Skeena River, to the Babine River and its spawning grounds at Babine Lake, sustaining the nation while also providing a resource to trade with other nations.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Accidental Activist: how a back-woods crew of local yokels mobilized the North.

The Accidental Activist: how a back-woods crew of local yokels mobilized the North.

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 28, 2013

When faced with environmental threats, community advocates became environmental activists. They've won the battle for the Sacred Headwaters, but their biggest fight may be yet to come.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWalk low—Spring hikes in northern BC

Walk low—Spring hikes in northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Mar 28, 2013

The first hikes of spring in northern BC.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePurges and Pies: the strange story of northern rhubarb

Purges and Pies: the strange story of northern rhubarb

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Mar 28, 2013

How rhubarb came to northern BC.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSilence on the Sacred Headwaters: What happens next?

Silence on the Sacred Headwaters: What happens next?

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Dec 01, 2012

As the clock winds down on the province’s moratorium on coalbed methane drilling, the Ministry of Energy and Mines remains tight-lipped about its plans for northern BC’s Sacred Headwaters.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGhost town on the Skeena: Days of Dorreen

Ghost town on the Skeena: Days of Dorreen

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Feb 01, 2012

Approximately 30 miles northeast of Terrace, across the Skeena River from Highway 16, is the historic community of Dorreen. There, running along the railway track from the old station to the railway bridge over Fiddler Creek, are the remains of a community that at first glance seems to have been simply left behind. Alders grow on the flat deck of an old round-fendered truck, horse-drawn farm implements peek out from the bracken ferns, a one-room schoolhouse sits vacant. But it wasn’t always like this.

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