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High-speed connectivity cable arrives in Haida Gwaii

July 4, 2022

HAIDA GWAII – The $45.4-million Connected Coast project has reached a new milestone with 87 kilometres of fibre-optic cable stretching across the seabed of Hecate Strait, which will bring high-speed connectivity to Haida Gwaii.

“Anyone, anywhere in the province, should have access to reliable high-speed internet,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “Through Connected Coast, people and businesses in remote and underserved communities along B.C.’s coast can stay connected and participate in local and global economic opportunities. We thank all of our partners, including the federal government, CityWest, Strathcona Regional District, Indigenous communities and local government for helping connect British Columbians to the opportunities and tools they need to succeed and build a secure, sustainable future.”

The arrival of the subsea cable-laying vessel in Haida Gwaii marks the completion of fibre-optic-cable-laying activities between Haida Gwaii and the B.C. coastal mainland, and the first step toward better connectivity for Haida Gwaii residents. Announced in 2018, the Connected Coast project will bring high-speed internet to approximately 139 rural and remote communities, including 48 First Nations communities, along the B.C. coast from north of Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii, south to Vancouver and to Vancouver Island. The project is approximately 45% complete with more than 500 kilometres of fibre-optic cable laid and 21 landing sites completed.

“We need to close the connectivity gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of British Columbia has access to reliable high-speed internet,” said Gudie Hutchings, federal Minister of Rural Economic Development. “The Government of Canada is proud to partner with British Columbia to connect households in the Haida Gwaii region. We will continue to make investments like these to help achieve our national target of connecting 98% of Canadians by 2026 and 100% by 2030.”

On June 29, 2022, the cable-laying ship arrived in Tlell and began laying cable across Hecate Strait toward Bonilla Island, building backbone infrastructure for high-speed connectivity in Haida Gwaii. Network commissioning and activation activities are expected to occur over the coming months and will begin once this section of cable laying is complete. The Connected Coast project is expected to be complete by March 2023.

In March 2022, the Province partnered with the federal government to provide as much as $830 million to expand high-speed internet services to the remaining rural and First Nations communities that are underserved.

The plan to connect every household in B.C. to high-speed internet by 2027 will level the playing field for British Columbians and ensure every community has better access to jobs, education, training and health care.

The Province’s investment is part of the StrongerBC initiative under B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan to build economy with an eye toward inclusive growth for communities.

Quick Facts:

  • Of the $45.4 million invested in Connected Coast, $22 million will come from the Connect to Innovate program, a federal program to provide underserved communities with access to high-speed internet; $12 million from Indigenous Services Canada; and $11.4 million from the Province of British Columbia through the Connecting British Columbia program.
  • The subsea fibre-optic cable will run more than 3,400 kilometres along the coast of B.C. and it will be one of the longest coastal subsea networks in the world.
  • The fibre is protected to ensure it is not damaged and consists of glass strands approximately as thick as a strand of human hair.
  • When it’s operational, hundreds of gigabits of data will stream through the subsea fibre-optic cable every second.

Learn More:

Connected Coast: https://connectedcoast.ca

Connecting British Columbia, administered by the Northern Development Initiative Trust: https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/fundingprograms/partner-programs/connecting-british-columbia

Connectivity in B.C.: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/connectivity-in-bc

StrongerBC: B.C.’s Economic Plan: https://strongerbc.ca/plan

Contact:

Ministry of Citizens’ Services
Media Relations
250 356-7959

BACKGROUNDER

What people are saying about the Connected Coast milestone

Christine Smith-Martin, CEO, Coastal First Nations –

“High-speed internet is an essential part of our digital world, and workers and businesses need it in order to compete and thrive in today’s economy. Improved connectivity on Haida Gwaii, and across B.C.’s north and central coast, will bring transformational change to our communities and a range of new educational, employment and economic opportunities. It will allow us to showcase Indigenous technology and stewardship innovation to the world.”

Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast and B.C.’s Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness –

“This is a huge milestone for Haida Gwaii. While it is known for being one of the most isolated places in B.C., high-speed internet will reduce the strain of that isolation and allow residents of Haida Gwaii to fully participate in today’s digital world. This opens up a world of opportunities and provides access to services critical for safety. This project would not have been possible without First Nations leadership and the federal and local governments. Hawa’a to everyone involved – your hard work has paid off.”

Roly Russell, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development –

“COVID-19 demonstrated, like never before, the critical importance of connectivity for community economic vibrancy and personal well-being, especially for us British Columbians in rural and remote communities. Access to fast, reliable internet will allow people and businesses in Haida Gwaii to get online to energize their economy, connect with distant family, access health and education supports, and build a brighter future for their community and the province.”

Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest –

“Laying the subsea cable from Bonilla Island to Tlell is another amazing milestone for Connected Coast. We have been working with the Council of the Haida Nation, Skidegate Band Council and Old Massett Band Council to develop connectivity to each of their communities. As a social enterprise, we are excited about our future together and we are grateful to the Province and the federal government for their support. This project will continue to gain momentum throughout 2022, paving the way for a summer of significant cable laying along the coast of British Columbia. Bringing this fibre-optic backbone infrastructure across the Hecate Strait is another step toward better connectivity for all of British Columbia.”

Brad Unger, chair of the Strathcona Regional District –

“The connection to Haida Gwaii is a significant milestone for the Connected Coast network. We are excited about the construction progress and look forward to these coastal remote communities having the same digital opportunities as urban centres. High-speed internet will help re-invent our small rural communities and improve our ability to participate in education, e-commerce and health programs.”

Contact:

Ministry of Citizens’ Services
Media Relations
250 356-7959

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BCUC Issues New Rules for Participant Cost Awards

VANCOUVER – Today, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued Order G-178-22, which establishes Rules of Practice and Procedure for Participant Cost Awards (PCA Rules). The PCA Rules replace the Participant Assistance / Cost Award Guidelines (PACA Guidelines).

The PCA Rules take effect immediately and will be applicable for all proceedings initiated from today (June 30, 2022) onward. The existing PACA Guidelines will continue to apply for all in-progress and past proceedings, unless otherwise determined by the BCUC. The purpose of the PCA Rules is to encourage effective participation in BCUC proceedings that contributes to a fair, cost effective and timely completion of every proceeding.

The BCUC initiated a review of its PACA Guidelines in 2020 following feedback from stakeholders as part of a stakeholder survey. The review was aimed at improving and clarifying the BCUC’s participant cost award process; it included an internal review of the PACA Guidelines, a jurisdictional scan of other regulators and administrative tribunals, as well as engagement with external stakeholders.

In July 2021, the BCUC released Draft PCA Rules and sought feedback from stakeholders on the proposed changes, the associated forms, and the transition approach. The BCUC received feedback from 13 participants including municipalities, interveners representing a variety of customer types, and regulated entities. This feedback was used to finalize the new PCA Rules and associated cost award forms.

To review the BCUC’s PCA Rules, please see section VI of the BCUC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure here.

Background

The BCUC’s jurisdiction to award participant costs is set out in section 118 of the Utilities Commission Act, which states that the BCUC “may order a participant in a proceeding before the commission to pay all or part of the costs of another participant in the proceeding”.

A panel of BCUC Commissioners appointed to the proceeding will decide whether PCA will be available. If PCA is available, eligible participants can submit PCA requests to the BCUC at the end of the proceeding, within five business days of the final order or report being issued. The panel will review PCA requests and determine the amount awarded. Prior to this review, the BCUC’s PACA guidelines were last updated per Order G-97-17 on June 15, 2017.

About the BCUC

The BCUC is an independent regulatory body, responsible for regulating BC’s energy utilities, as well as its compulsory automobile insurance rates, and intra-and provincial pipelines rates. The BCUC is also responsible for administering BC’s Fuel Price Transparency Act. It is the BCUC’s role to balance the interests of customers with the interests of the businesses it regulates. The BCUC carries out fair and transparent reviews of matters within its jurisdiction and considers public input where public interest is impacted.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Krissy Van Loon
Manager, Communications
Phone: 604.660.4727
Email: [email protected]

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Indigenous youth group holds powwow at former residential school in Mission, B.C. – Global News

July 3, 2022

An Indigenous youth group held its first-ever powwow at a former residential school in Mission, B.C.

People from across the province descended on the site of the former St. Mary’s Residential School.

“Every child that touches the ground blesses (it here) because every child matters,” Indigenous Elder Malihatawa Gherrien said.

The youth group, Valley Youth Peers for Overdose Response, or VYPOR, is a youth-led peer group for current or past drug users in the Fraser Region Area.

Read More: https://globalnews.ca/news/8964006/residential-school-powwow-mission-bc/

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations unveil totem pole on Canada Day – Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

Jul. 3, 2022

Historical July 1 ceremony took place on the shores of the Opitsaht near Tofino

Calm seas and overcast Canada Day skies welcomed family, friends and visitors to the ancient village of Opitsaht on July 1 to bear witness to a historical totem pole raising ceremony.

People started arriving at approximately 10 a.m. and the totem pole was raised at 12:05 p.m. Located across the inlet from Tofino, Opitsaht is the origin place of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation people and is only accessible by water.

Master carver Joe Martin orchestrated the pole raising, which involved a string of people tugging on three blue ropes in the front and one rope in the back, while many more pushed the 32-foot pole from behind then swiftly shovelled mounds of soil around the base to seal the foundation. Elder Levi Martin could be heard chanting throughout the entire production.

Read More: https://www.westerlynews.ca/news/tla-o-qui-aht-first-nations-unveil-totem-pole-on-canada-day/

Indigenous Peoples Day at Rotary Park – Merritt Herald

Jul 4, 2022

Community members crowded Rotary Park for the first time in three years to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, marking a return to ‘normal’ for yet another beloved Merritt event. Warm weather and blue skies greeted participants for a day of culture and fun.

Hosted by Citxw Nlaka’pamux Assembly (CNA), an Indigenous community organization made up of eight local First Nations, in collaboration with other community organizations, the event drew an estimated 700 attendees throughout the day of activities. Organizers say response from Merrittonians was overwhelmingly positive, with those of all ages and backgrounds gathering to join in on the celebration.

Read More: https://www.merrittherald.com/indigenous-peoples-day-at-rotary-park/

Joy Macphail Appointed Chair of the Board Of Directors

VICTORIA – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (“BC Ferries”) announces that Joy MacPhail has been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of BC Ferries effective June 29, 2022. Previous Board Chair, Brenda Eaton’s term came to a close on June 23, 2022.

Joy MacPhail most recently completed a five-year term as chair of the Insurance Corporation of BC. Ms. MacPhail has also been a director of the boards of Delta Hotels and SilverBirch Hotels. Ms. MacPhail served as chair of the Expert Panel on the Future of Housing for the governments of Canada and B.C. and was also chair of the Mobility Pricing Panel. Ms. MacPhail is a trustee of Adler University in Chicago and Vancouver, and a director on the boards of Covenant House Vancouver and Arthritis Research Canada. Ms. MacPhail is the vice chair of Nch’Kay Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). The Governor General of Canada appointed Ms. MacPhail to the Order of Canada in December 2021.

The BC Ferries Board thanks Ms. Eaton for her commitment and valuable service as Chair and Board member. Her leadership and strategic direction, particularly during the global pandemic, has helped the company emerge from the challenge well positioned to serve the public interest.

BC Ferries is an independent company providing ferry services on the west coast of British Columbia.

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Media Contact:
BC Ferries, Media Relations
Victoria: (250) 978-1267Customer Contact:
Victoria: (250) 410-1465
Toll-free: 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779)

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Western Forest Products Inc. Announces Release Date of Second Quarter 2022 Results and Conference Call Details

June 30, 2022 – Vancouver, British Columbia. Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX: WEF) (“Western” or the “Company”) second quarter 2022 financial and operating results will be released on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

Western will host its second quarter 2022 analyst conference call on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 09:00 a.m.

PDT (12:00 p.m. EDT).

Don Demens, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Stephen Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will discuss the Company’s second quarter 2022 results followed by a question and answer session with the analyst community.

To join the conference call, dial:
Toll-free from Canada and the US: 1-800-952-5114
From Toronto: 416-340-2217
Passcode: 7265917#

To access the instant replay of the call, dial:
Toll-free from Canada and the US: 1-800-408-3053
From Toronto: 905-694-9451
Passcode: 7954287#

The instant replay will be available until September 4, 2022 at 8:59 p.m. PDT (11:59 p.m. EDT).

About Western Forest Products Inc.

Western is an integrated forest products company building a margin-focused log and lumber business to compete successfully in global softwood markets. With operations and employees located primarily on the coast of British Columbia and Washington State, Western is a premier supplier of high-value, specialty forest products to worldwide markets. Western has a lumber capacity in excess of 1.0 billion board feet from seven sawmills and four remanufacturing facilities. The Company sources timber from its private lands, long-term licenses, First Nations arrangements, and market purchases. Western supplements its production through a wholesale program providing customers with a comprehensive range of specialty products.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Williams
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
(604) 648-4500

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Omineca Commences Placer Gold Recovery Operations at Wingdam

SASKATOON, SK – June 30, 2022 – Omineca Mining and Metals Ltd. (TSXV: OMM) (“Omineca” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the commencement of mining operations and placer gold recovery at the Wingdam Paleoplacer Project. Under the terms of the option agreement with 102107047 Saskatchewan Ltd. (“Hamilton Gold Royalties” or “HGR”) has now successfully completed the necessary work and funding to earn a 50% interest as a joint venture (“Joint Venture” or “JV”) partner in the Wingdam Paleoplacer Project, located in the Cariboo Mining District in south central British Columbia. With all permits and regulatory requirements in place, Lightning Creek Mining Corp. (“LCM”), a wholly owned contract mining subsidiary of HGR, has commenced mining operations at Wingdam. The recovery of placer gold will be reported as work progresses down the paleochannel.

Ken Hamilton, President, and CEO of HGR and LCM comments, “We are pleased to report that the project has come in on budget at just under CAD$20 million for the JV commitment and that mining operations and placer gold recovery has begun”.

Further, Mr. Hamilton states, “Having executed many challenging projects around the world, it is a great privilege to be part of the 130-year history of the Wingdam Project and the people that came before us. Throughout the 1930’s the town of Wingdam supported operations on the property for hundreds of miners. Due to the onset of World War II, labour shortages and limited technology, mining ceased, leaving behind “…some of the highest placer gold concentrations historically reported in all of the Cariboo Mining District and perhaps throughout British Columbia that remains unmined1”. After 80 years, we believe that a new chapter in the history of Wingdam is about to unfold. We are pleased to be partnered with Omineca and are thankful for their fortitude and foresight in advancing this project over the years”.

The Option Agreement:

The Wingdam Project Option Agreement as previously announced (see news release March 1st, 2019) allows for HGR to earn a 50% interest in the Wingdam Underground Paleoplacer Project with the essential terms being (but not limited to): HGR completing and funding the preparation work required to commence gold recovery operations, inclusive of all equipment, site services and consumables required, as well as the development of the initial access drift.

With all the terms and conditions of the option agreement having been met, including rehabilitation of the mine workings, dewatering and development of the first access drift, Omineca Mining and Metals will transfer 50% ownership of the Wingdam Underground Paleoplacer Project to HGR, forming a Joint Venture to operate the project going forward, subject to exchange and regulatory approval.

Joint Venture Operations and Contract Mining:

As the mining contractor, LCM (a wholly owned subsidiary of HGR) will supply all labour, equipment, material, supplies and services necessary to carry out underground mining operations and paleoplacer material processing at a fixed rate of CDN $850 per ounce of gold recovered. The mining services agreement and rate will cover the initial 300-meter test mining phase (of 2.4 kilometers of potential paleochannel) and all subsequent underground mining activities at the Wingdam Underground Paleoplacer Project.

1“Wingdam Property NI 43-101 Report Deep Lead Channel Ground-Freeze Drift Sampling Program”, Stephen Kocsis, June 15, 2012

Qualified Person

All scientific and technical information in this news release has been prepared by, or approved by Stephen Kocsis, P.Geo., Lead Geologist. Mr. Kocsis is a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About Omineca Mining and Metals Ltd.

Omineca Mining and Metals Ltd.’s flagship Wingdam gold exploration and placer recovery project is located along the Barkerville Highway 45 km east of the City of Quesnel. The Wingdam Property includes mineral tenures totaling over 61,392 hectares (613 square kms) and in excess of 15 linear kilometers of placer claims, both encompassing the Lightning Creek valley where topographic conditions created thick layers of overburden, which preserved a large portion of a buried paleochannel containing placer gold-bearing gravels. Omineca also has an exploration and diamond drill program currently underway exploring for the potential multiple hard rock sources of the placer gold at Wingdam.

For further information, please contact:

Tom MacNeill
President and CEO
306-653-2692

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Trades Exploration and Skill-Building at Chalo School in Fort Nelson – CFBC

Fort Nelson First Nation and Chalo School invited CFBC team members into the community to host a month-long Trades Exploration workshop for FNFN members.

The workshop, organized and managed by CFBC Community Catalysts, Kathi Dickie and Cyndi Bonn, introduced participants to careers in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, and mechanics.

Randy Grey, Luke Oullette, and Shane Roy from CFBC were also onsite to provide in-person instruction for participants to get hands-on, practical experience with tools. While Justin Young and Roy Williams joined in virtually to help participants build the soft skills to fill their career planning toolbox.

The exploration workshop introduced participants to careers in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, and mechanics. For many of the participants, this was their first time getting hands-on with skilled trade related learning. Their projects and new design-build skills put broad smiles on their faces and left many participants dreaming of future opportunities as skilled trade professionals. In fact, one of the participants is moving on to post-secondary in the fall with dreams of becoming a shop class teacher to help empower the next generation!

Read More: https://www.constructionfoundation.ca/trades-exploration-and-skill-building-at-chalo-school-in-fort-nelson/

TDG Gold Corp. Files Technical Report for Shasta Deposit, Toodoggone District, B.C.

White Rock, British Columbia, June 30, 2022 – TDG Gold Corp – (TSXV: TDG) (the “Company” or “TDG”) is pleased to announce it has filed its technical report titled: “NI43-101 Resource Estimate for the Shasta Deposit” dated effective May 16, 2022, to support the initial Mineral Resource Estimate announced on May 17, 2022.

About TDG Gold Corp.
TDG is a major mineral claim holder in the historical Toodoggone Production Corridor of north-central British Columbia, Canada, with over 23,000 hectares of brownfield and greenfield exploration opportunities under direct ownership or earn-in agreement. TDG’s flagship projects are the former producing, high grade gold-silver Shasta, Baker and Mets mines, which are all road accessible, produced intermittently between 1981-2012, and have over 65,000 m of historical drilling. In 2021, TDG advanced the projects through compilation of historical data, new geological mapping, geochemical and geophysical surveys, and, for Shasta, drill testing of the known mineralization occurrences and their extensions. In 2022, TDG will prioritize drilling the known mineralization at Shasta which extends south for ~500 metres from the historical JM Pit. TDG currently has 96,343,142 common shares issued and outstanding.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Fletcher Morgan
Chief Executive Officer

For further information contact:
TDG Gold Corp.,
Telephone: +1.604.536.2711
Email: [email protected]

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