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Four Teens killed in a collision near Grande Prairie

A tragedy that shook the entire country took place just outside of Grande Prairie. A 21 year old driver  of a pickup truck was charged in the drunk-driving deaths of four students from Grande Prairie Composite High School that were driving home from a party in a car.  A fifth teen was seriously injured

Prime Minister Harper visits the Peace Region

For the first time in recent memory, the Prime Minister of Canada visited the Peace Region. Stephen Harper made an appearance in Dawson Creek at Northern Lights College and in Fort St. John at the retirement party for long time area conservative MP Jay Hill.

School Bus rear-ends semi-truck

A truck driver and a young child were seriously injured after a School District #60 bus rear-ended a dump truck parked on the side of the Milligan Creek Road north of Fort St. John.

Luckily, there were only two children on the bus at the time of the accident.

Lori Ackerman elected Mayor of Fort St. John

In the municipal elections held in November, Fort St. John City Councillor Lori Ackerman made the move to the Mayor’s seat, after beating her primary competitor, Former Councillor Irwin by just 60 votes.

Ackerman replaced one-term mayor Bruce Lantz who did not run for re-election.

Locals still trying to improve Taxi Service in Fort St. John

Complaints about poor taxi service in Fort St. John have been making headlines for years. Several attempts have been made by new operators to open up a new taxi service in Fort St. John.

The two major taxi companies in town, Fort St. John Cabs and Teco Taxi, are both owned by the same company. The taxi company holds significantly more taxi licences then they currently operate. The Passenger Transportation Board, the regulatory agency that grants taxi licences in British Columbia have declined several approaches by operators to start a competing taxi service in Fort St. John.

Many local organizations including the Tourism Advisory Board, The Chamber of Commerce and the City have been working to lobby government to reconsider the regulatory structure for granting new taxi licences.
 

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