Pacific Western Brewery looks for lounge licence Pacific Western Brewing Company has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) for a Brewery Lounge Endorsement and Special Event Area Endorsement for the existing brewery at 641 North Nechako Road. These endorsements will facilitate a lounge area on the licensed manufacturing site where patrons may purchase and consume liquor, and an outdoor area where special events can occur. The matter will come before city council on Monday. DBIA operates with slight deficit in 2015 The Downtown Business Improvement Association finished 2015 slightly in the red. According to financial statements presented to the city, the organization saw revenues of $458,534 and expenses totalling  $461,314, for a loss of $2,780. Marijuana announcement expected today Ottawa will be making an announcement today regading regulations for marijuana. The announcement will be made at 11 a.m. Fort St. John woman missing Fort St John RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing Fort St John resident. Renee Sowan was last seen August 7t 2016. Description of Renee Sowan: • First Nations female • 28 years • 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) • 189 lbs (80 kg) • brown hair • brown eyes There is nothing to indicate foul play at this time. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Renee SOWAN is urged to contact their local police, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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They’re coming, slowly but surely. The nine Veteran’s Affairs offices closed by the Conservative government are slowly being re-opened. Ottawa announced yesterday that the Saskatoon office will re-open in November. The Veterans Affairs Office in Corner Brook reopened to Veterans July 5, 2016. By May 2017, offices will reopen in Charlottetown, PE; Sydney, NS; Windsor and Thunder Bay, ON; Saskatoon, SK; Brandon, MB; and, Prince George and Kelowna, BC. A tenth office will open in Surrey, BC, and outreach will be expanded to Veterans in the territories. As of May 2016, more than 250 new frontline employees have been hired. The Department is continuing to hire up to 400 new employees to help ensure that Veterans, Canadian Armed
Forces members, RCMP personnel, and their families are provided with the best possible services when and where they need them. Hiring new employees will permit the Department to reduce case managers’ caseloads to a maximum of 25 Veterans. “I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to veterans and their families,” Defence Minister Kent Hehr said in a press release. “They have selflessly answered the call to serve our country, and now we are answering their call by enhancing financial benefits, restoring and expanding access to critical services, expanding service in British Columbia and the territories, and hiring more frontline staff. This was part of our commitment to Canadians, and we stand by this promise.”
Veterans Affairs office to re-open by next spring
The federal gas tax fund is helping build an aquatic centre in Vanderhoof. The Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre has been a goal for the District of Vanderhoof for more than 25 years. It is a much-needed facility for the community, for both recreation and rehabilitation. Ottawa announced last month it is contributing $6 million to this project through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The remaining portion of funding for this $12 million project is being provided through previously allocated gas tax funds of $1.4
million, numerous substantial supporters, fundraising and the District of Vanderhoof. “This grant will allow us to complete a vision we have had for well over 25 years,” said Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen in a press release. “The Aquatic Centre will provide the Nechako Valley the opportunity to attract and retain residents of all ages to our region. We will have a facility that will give our area a great environment to learn to swim.”
Federal gas tax dollars help with Vanderhoof aquatic centre