Quesnel RCMP looking for missing woman RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating Barbara Anne Smith. Smith is described as: Caucasian, 47 years of age; 5'5" tall; 300 pounds; red hair and blue eyes. Smith was last seen on Tuesday, June 28 in Quesnel. Anyone having any information about Ms. Smith's whereabouts is asked to call the Quesnel RCMP at 250- 992-9211 or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477." Boaters rescued near Moricetown On July 5 at 10:11 p.m., the Smithers RCMP recieved a report that four people had just capsized a canoe below the canyon on Bulkley River in Moricetown. All four individuals made it to shore; however, were stranded on the opposite side of the river. Moricetown Fire Services and Moricetown Fisheries utilized their jet boat and assisted in retrieving the individuals in a very short time frame. All parties were uninjured and declined Emergency Health Services. Boating safety was discussed with the canoeists. Boat operators are reminded not to exceed the seating capacity of vessels and to ensure all occupants have a personal flotation device. Smithers RCMP greatly appreciate the rapid and effective response provided by Moricetown Fire/Rescue and Fisheries. 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.
Briefing Room
MLA Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour; Prince George Chamber President Cindi Pohl; Industry Training Authority CEO Gary Herman; and MLA Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General announce a partnership on apprenticeships Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Chamber of Commerce

Chamber partners with ITA

The Prince George Chamber of Commerce and the Industry Training Authority have teamed up to increase community and industry engagement regarding apprenticeships in Prince George. The ITA and Chamber will work together to further engage employers, apprentices, and community members in conversations around skilled trades and increase participation in the apprenticeship system. Through this partnership, the ITA and Chamber will host an information session and share resource materials that will promote successful trade apprenticeships in the community. “We are pleased to partner with the ITA in order to help raise awareness of the benefits of hiring apprentices within
our community," said Chamber president Cindi Pohl in a press release. "Apprenticeship not only helps provide applied on-the-job training to those entering trades employment, but it helps the employer with their human resource development.  An added benefit to our community and region is potential job growth as we build the foundation for a stronger economy.” Herman said the ITA is excited about the partnership as well. "This collaborative relationship will broaden our reach with the community of Prince George and we are looking forward to connecting with the employers and apprentices, promoting the benefits of apprenticeship in BC.”