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Diver was charged $12,000 for getting too close to a pod of killer whales near Prince Rupert on July 22, 2022. An orca swims past a recreational boat sailing just offshore in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Scuba diver fined $12K for getting too close to killer whales near Prince Rupert Harbour

It is the largest fine on-record for this type of offence

Diver was charged $12,000 for getting too close to a pod of killer whales near Prince Rupert on July 22, 2022. An orca swims past a recreational boat sailing just offshore in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Travellers heading to other countries will now be able to get their Canadian passports in Salmon Arm at the Service Canada branch on Shuswap Street. (Pixabay photo)

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP calls for a northern passport office

‘Once again, northern residents are receiving unequal access to government services,’ Bachrach said

Travellers heading to other countries will now be able to get their Canadian passports in Salmon Arm at the Service Canada branch on Shuswap Street. (Pixabay photo)
Travellers heading to other countries will now be able to get their Canadian passports in Salmon Arm at the Service Canada branch on Shuswap Street. (Pixabay photo)

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP calls for northern passport office

Taylor Bachrach says lack of passport services another example of unequal treatment of northerners

Travellers heading to other countries will now be able to get their Canadian passports in Salmon Arm at the Service Canada branch on Shuswap Street. (Pixabay photo)
Bella Coola RCMP responded to a 52-year-old woman in cardiac distress on July 23 when no paramedics were available. RCMP then transported her body to the morgue in the back of a police vehicle. (Photo: Angie Mindus)

Dead Bella Coola woman transported to morgue in back of police truck

No ambulance staff were available to assist cardiac arrest call

Bella Coola RCMP responded to a 52-year-old woman in cardiac distress on July 23 when no paramedics were available. RCMP then transported her body to the morgue in the back of a police vehicle. (Photo: Angie Mindus)
A sockeye salmon spawns in a B.C. river. A DFO spokesperson stated that the regulations limiting commercial sockeye harvest are in place to protect wild Skeena stocks. (Photo: Ivan Hardwick)
A sockeye salmon spawns in a B.C. river. A DFO spokesperson stated that the regulations limiting commercial sockeye harvest are in place to protect wild Skeena stocks. (Photo: Ivan Hardwick)
Laskeek Bay Conservation Society monitors black oystercatchers on Haida Gwaii. (Photo: supplied)

Scientists on Haida Gwaii find oldest black oystercatcher on record

At 27 years she’s not a spring chicken but still in good shape

Laskeek Bay Conservation Society monitors black oystercatchers on Haida Gwaii. (Photo: supplied)
The United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union believes the DFO’s decision to close the sockeye fishery on Aug. 7, follows a “deeply troubling” trend. (File photo)
The United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union believes the DFO’s decision to close the sockeye fishery on Aug. 7, follows a “deeply troubling” trend. (File photo)
Commercial marine fishermen on the North Coast are frustrated by the DFO’s sockeye harvest regulations, despite large volumes of fish, Howard Gray of Prince Rupert said on Aug. 3. (Photo: File photo)

Prince Rupert fisherman frustrated by DFO salmon limits he says, despite millions of fish

A multi-million dollar travesty is happening as we speak - Howard Gray

Commercial marine fishermen on the North Coast are frustrated by the DFO’s sockeye harvest regulations, despite large volumes of fish, Howard Gray of Prince Rupert said on Aug. 3. (Photo: File photo)
Thirteen injured eagles were rescued on Haida Gwaii between December 28, 2021 and July 19, 2022. Volunteer Leila Riddall would like to see more preventative action to stop the injuries. (Photo: supplied)

Eagles being unnecessarily injured on Haida Gwaii

Leila Riddall would like to see more prevention

Thirteen injured eagles were rescued on Haida Gwaii between December 28, 2021 and July 19, 2022. Volunteer Leila Riddall would like to see more preventative action to stop the injuries. (Photo: supplied)
Kootenay B.C. campsite with campers and tent (Scouts Canada photo).

Haida Gwaii park makes list of national hidden gem campsites

Scouters cite lush rainforests, rich Haida culture and wildlife as the park’s appeal

Kootenay B.C. campsite with campers and tent (Scouts Canada photo).
DFO closes shellfish harvesting in Kitimat waters. Pacific oysters sit ready for market at a Vancouver Island shellfish farm. (File photo)

DFO closes Kitimat and Prince Rupert waters to shellfish harvest

Closures are for sanitary contamination and marine bio-toxin concerns

DFO closes shellfish harvesting in Kitimat waters. Pacific oysters sit ready for market at a Vancouver Island shellfish farm. (File photo)
Skeena anglers are frustrated by fishing regulations which they see as unfair and ineffective. (File photo)

Resident anglers fed-up with governments’ ‘short-sighted’ fishery management

Just closing recreational angling is not going to save the salmon or steelhead, fishing guide says

Skeena anglers are frustrated by fishing regulations which they see as unfair and ineffective. (File photo)
Coastal First Nations welcome new hunting regulations that will help protect spirit bear populations. (Photo: Kyle Breckenridge)
Coastal First Nations welcome new hunting regulations that will help protect spirit bear populations. (Photo: Kyle Breckenridge)
Gaagwiis (Jason Alsop), president of the Haida Nation, shared a verse, on July 13 to commemorate the restoration of the name Daajing Giids for the Haida Gwaii community formerly known as Queen Charlotte. (Photo: supplied)

Province announces historic decision to restore ancestral name in Haida Gwaii

Daajing Giids will be reinstated to replace the name Queen Charlotte

Gaagwiis (Jason Alsop), president of the Haida Nation, shared a verse, on July 13 to commemorate the restoration of the name Daajing Giids for the Haida Gwaii community formerly known as Queen Charlotte. (Photo: supplied)
Old Massett Village Council received 21,000 pounds of potatoes, which they are distributing to residents on Haida Gwaii. (Photo: Christopher David Horner)

The hot potato drop hits Haida Gwaii with 20,000 lbs of spuds

A bag of potatoes will be given to each household

Old Massett Village Council received 21,000 pounds of potatoes, which they are distributing to residents on Haida Gwaii. (Photo: Christopher David Horner)
Prince Rupert basketballer, Liam McChesney, accepted an invitation to training camp being held prior to the GLOBL Fives tournament in Toronto, Basketball Canada announced on June 14. (The Northern View file photo)

Prince Rupert basketball prodigy Liam McChesney makes Team Canada

Northcoast star debuted with Team Canada in international GLOBL JAM July 5

Prince Rupert basketballer, Liam McChesney, accepted an invitation to training camp being held prior to the GLOBL Fives tournament in Toronto, Basketball Canada announced on June 14. (The Northern View file photo)
Samantha Smith, a graduate student at UNBC, will be working at the new research centre in Prince George. (Photo: supplied)

Universities, health authority open medical research centre in Prince George

Centre hopes to improve care for northerners

Samantha Smith, a graduate student at UNBC, will be working at the new research centre in Prince George. (Photo: supplied)
Robert and Reg Davidson were recognized by the Order of Canada on June 29, 2022. (Photo: Kaitlyn Bailey/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Haida Gwaii brothers appointed to the Order of Canada

Recognized for their artistic accomplishments and advancement of Haida culture

Robert and Reg Davidson were recognized by the Order of Canada on June 29, 2022. (Photo: Kaitlyn Bailey/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation announced the establishment of a new Marine Protected Area in their traditional territory. (Photo: Tavish Campbell/Moonfish Media)

Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation creates their own Marine Protected Area in Great Bear Rainforest

After decades of talks with governments they couldn’t wait any longer

The Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation announced the establishment of a new Marine Protected Area in their traditional territory. (Photo: Tavish Campbell/Moonfish Media)
Haida artist, Jaalen Edenshaw has designed an emoji for Twitter to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples month in June.

Twitter partners with Haida artist to celebrate Indigenous History Month

Jaalen Edenshaw’s custom emoji will appear beside hashtags for the month of June

Haida artist, Jaalen Edenshaw has designed an emoji for Twitter to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples month in June.