Editorial: Driving

For many it’s an automatic action. Hop in a vehicle and go to a job interview. Better yet, hop in a vehicle and go to a job...

For many it’s an automatic action. Hop in a vehicle and go to a job interview. Better yet, hop in a vehicle and go to a job.

But in countless conferences, workshops and job fairs held in the region for the past three years where the puzzle has been how to connect northwestern residents with the jobs that could come from potential large-scale industrial activity such as liquefied natural gas, one nagging reality kept emerging – the lack of a driver’s licence is a significant barrier to finding and keeping a job.

It’s why a donation from pipeline builder TransCanada of $77,000 being funneled through Northwest Community College for the purchase of a vehicle, simulator and instruction so that people can obtain a licence is so important.

Students in the first class to take place in Moricetown outside of Smithers this spring will go through 32 hours of class and driving time for an ‘L’ designation in the expectation of receiving an eventual ‘N’.

The process of obtaining a licence in B.C. nowadays itself reveals the complexity of becoming part of a modern labour force.

And to be sure,  the TransCanada money is part of its ongoing campaign to obtain broad-based community support for the pipelines it’s been hired to build for two potential liquefied natural gas plants.

But if employment is a ladder to be climbed, this program is a crucial first rung.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The pros have a plan to play, what about minor hockey?

Plans are in the works, but the process is moving slowly

City of Terrace creates bylaw framework for ride-hailing

No ride-hailing announced yet for region, but may be coming soon

BC Hydro building extension almost complete

Extension will serve as a heated parking space for vehicles

COVID-19 highlights lack of connectivity in First Nations communities

Many don’t have access required to utilize online platforms, says First Nations Technology Council

Northern Women’s Recovery House Society calls for public engagement

Society aims to plans to bring the first women’s recovery house to northern B.C.

Mission prison COVID-19 outbreak ends, 9 new cases in B.C.

New positive test at Port Coquitlam care home

Facing changes together: your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

Most Read