Overdue camper found safe and sound An overdue camper has been located and is safe. On Tuesday July 5, the Prince George RCMP received a report of an overdue camper that has not been seen since Friday July 1. The 52-year-old resident of Prince George departed Prince George by himself on Friday July 1. The man had not returned home and failed to show up for work as scheduled this week. Although it is unclear where he was heading, there are some indications that he may be going to the Seebach Forest Service Road area or possibly to Pass Lake or Otter Lake. Extensive patrols were made throughout the night without success. During the early morning of Wednesday July 6, the Prince George RCMP requested the assistance of Emergency Management BC who activated the Prince George Search and Rescue Society. An extensive search of the area was conducted. Around noon the overdue camper was located and is in good health. The Prince George RCMP would like to remind the public - especially those that enjoy the outdoors - to ensure that you prepare for the conditions and plan for unexpected issues. Always bring extra clothes, matches, a flashlight, a first aid kit and water with you. Ensure that someone knows your plans before you leave and whenever possible, don’t go alone. Names of pair killed near Chetwynd released The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man and a woman who died in a motor vehicle incident near Chetwynd on June 24. They were Danielle Kristen Hill, 26, and Shawn David Taylor,43, both of Chetwynd.  Hill was the driver of, and Taylor the passenger in, a car which, at about 10:50 a.m. on June 24, 2016, was involved in a head-on collision with a pickup truck on Highway 97 about five kilometres east of Chetwynd. Both died before they could be transported to hospital. The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this incident. Province kicks in $4.3M for trades training at CNC The province has committed $4.3 million in funding for skills training in high-priority trades at the College of New Caledonia. The funding, through the Industry Training Authority (ITA), will fund 1,712 seats at CNC through to March 31, 2017, in various trades, including welding, electrical, millwright, carpentry and heavy mechanical group trades. The funding is part of the ITA’s annual allocation to B.C. post-secondary institutions and training providers to run various training programs throughout the province.
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RiverBend Seniors Community is getting some help from senior levels of government. The British Columbia government will provide $4 million for the purchase of 33 supportive units and financing of over $3.8 million to Oncore Seniors Society for the purchase of an additional 33 supportive units. The City of Prince George will provide $265,050 in development cost-charges relief, an affordable housing grant of $855,000 and a 10-year municipal tax exemption on the assessed value of improvements. Construction is now underway on the facility next to Gateway at 20th and Victoria. The new  new housing complex  will provide 66 supportive units, as well as 106 market units in Prince George. Residents will be provided with a range of support services, including three meals a day, assistance with laundry, housekeeping and hospitality services to help them stay independent in their homes and age in place. For a fee, these services will also be available to market- unit residents. RiverBend residents will also enjoy access to common space, including a lounge, library, gym, multi-purpose rooms and computer room. Oncore Senior Society will manage and operate the 66 supportive housing units, as well as oversee and administer all the services on site. “The City of Prince George is focused on meeting the needs of all of its citizens in every stage of life, which is why council has placed a high priority on affordable, accessible housing, equity and inclusion, a vibrant
economy and sustainable infrastructure," said Mayor Lyn Hall. "On behalf of council, I would like to thank Frank Quinn and A&T Ventures and the government of B.C. for their vital investments in our city. I would also like to acknowledge the leadership of council and the hard work of city staff in helping to ensure this project moved forward. We can all be proud to add this facility to the community because it ensures that seniors have the option to live affordably and comfortably in their chosen homes.” A&T Ventures LTD is developing RiverBend Seniors Community and will manage the sales of market units. “RiverBend will allow seniors to live the way they want to, independently in their private home, but also drawing services as they need them, so they can stay in their own home for the majority of their life," said Quinn. "The project would not have worked without the innovation of the City of Prince George through development cost- charges relief and tax incentives, plus fast-tracking the zoning and approval process. The Province took a leap of faith with this model and stood behind this project all the way.” Construction is estimated to be complete in late 2017. “Increasing affordable rental housing for seniors is a priority for our government," said Prince George- Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. "This project will make a substantial difference in the lives of seniors who wish to continue living independently at home for as long as possible.”
Frank Quinn (left), of A&T Ventures LTD, Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond, Mayor Lyn Hall, and Gary Limpright of OnCore Seniors Society at RiverBend Seniors Community Wednesday. Province of B.C. photo

Supportive housing get a boost

in Prince George at RiverBend