Province kills caribou meetings

While it originally appeared provincial officials were headed to the Peace region to talk caribou, insiders are saying the public nature of the meetings has made things difficult.

District of Tumbler Ridge officials noted their meeting was cancelled this morning, while PRRD says their meeting with Jennifer McGuire, assistant deputy minister of environmental sustainability and strategic policy, is no more.

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“The provincial government has cancelled its delegation to meet with the District of Tumbler Ridge,” say officials.

It had been thought that December 7, 1 pm at the George Dawson Inn was the place to be to meet with provincial representatives to hear outlines caribou recovery activities planned west of Chetwynd.

Provincial officials were scheduled to appear with a delegation from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. The regional district has demanded consultation on a pair of agreements being developed with Treaty 8 First Nations aimed at protecting endangered herds in Northeast BC.

The agreements could have major implications for local industry and the economy, tourism, and recreational backcountry access.

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