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#ExploreBC this summer

Taking a holiday is going to be more complicated this year, but that doesn’t have to ruin your vacation or spoil your summer plans. As British Columbians begin to explore our beautiful province, here are some tips and advice on how to plan and travel safely this summer and fall. Ask the experts The local Visitor Information Centre will be reopening their doors on July 1st. Not only does this mean visitors will have a ready resource to help them plan and navigate changes in travel – but locals can take advantage as well. Many visitor guides from across British

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Planning a conference in the time of COVID-19: Tips for organizing a successful online event

Krystin Dubuc // Community Futures Fraser Fort George Picture this: You are in the process of planning your inaugural conference and have already done so much. You have recruited a committee of dedicated volunteers, booked your venue, met with sponsors, and lined up speakers. All seems to be falling into place when disaster strikes – in our current scenario, it’s a global pandemic that puts strong restrictions on crowds. Suddenly, your event is in jeopardy. How can you organize a conference now if you aren’t allowed a room of more than 50 people who can’t stand more than two metres

CMHA staff at an event in Prince George

The invisible line between mental and physical health

Mary Lu Spagrud // Canadian Mental Health Association – Prince George Branch The time has come that we need to stop talking about mental and physical health as two separate concerns and focus on health. One of the most widely believed and damaging myths is that mental illness is not a physical disease.  We have come a long way in understanding our mental health but there are still misconceptions that mental and physical health aren’t related. The World Health Organization, defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or

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7 steps you can start today to safely re-open your business

Camila Sanchez On May 6, the provincial government announced BC’s Restart Plan. This is a four-phase approach that outlines the safe re-opening of BC businesses and sectors that were previously closed due to COVID-19. BC is currently in Phase 2, which means these businesses can now re-open (in addition to sectors that were never ordered closed): (Source: BC Government) Restoration of health services Re-scheduling elective surgery Medically related services: Dentistry, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, and chiropractors Physical therapy, speech therapy, and similar services Retail sector Hair salons, barbers, and other personal service establishments In-person counselling Restaurants, cafes, and pubs (with

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6 ways that you can create a memorable 2020 May long weekend

Kirstyn Wallace The May long weekend is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and celebrate some much-deserved time off. While the 2020 long weekend may look a little different from years past, there are still many ways that you and your family can enjoy what Prince George has to offer.  This long weekend, we’re really encouraging people to stay close to home, practice safe physical distancing and enjoy the great activities right in our own community’s backyard. It’s important that we all continue to do our part to “plank the curve” to minimize the impacts of COVID-19.  Right now is

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4 ways mentoring helps in tough times: Applications now open for women entrepreneurs

Kaitlyn McConnell As the Mentoring Program Manager, I talk to a lot of women business owners. They tell me all the time, “I can only talk to my friends and family so much about my business.” These days, when your friends and family are dealing with their own stresses due to Covid, you might feel even more reluctant to share your business issues with them. Connecting with a mentor who is an established entrepreneur can provide that much-needed support – whether you’re struggling to make it through, or using this time to innovate in your business. At Women’s Enterprise Centre

Mr. PG colouring page created by artist Erin Stagg

Celebrate Mr. PG’s 60th birthday!

Kirstyn Wallace There’s no better symbol of Prince George’s community spirit than Mr. PG – so it’s only fitting that his birthday would become such a demonstration of that spirit in action. When the original plans for a birthday party at the site of Mr. PG were cancelled because of provincial health orders, various local organizations, artists, and entrepreneurs banded together to come up with new plans. The result is a variety of activities that can be enjoyed from home or by practicing physical distancing. The group of presenters now includes the Prince George Farmers Market Association and their food

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Avoid burnout while working from home

Kendall Robertson It’s hard to believe that May 1st is right around the corner. For many of us, the beginning of the “work from home period” started in mid-March as businesses around the city started to shut down their offices out of an abundance of caution. A lot of people we’ve heard from in recent weeks have reported feeling more tired than normal and even emotionally drained since starting to work from home. Did you know that burnout is possible even when you’re not at the office? Here are a few ways to stay healthy and avoid burnout while working

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Community Futures Business Resource Assistant: Helping you make sense of information overload

Krystin Dubuc Over the past few weeks, announcements of new supports for small business have become a daily occurrence. While designed to provide a lifeline during these uncertain times, the constant stream of information hitting our inboxes can create more questions than answers and has left small business owners with more questions while scratching their heads while trying to make sense of it all. As if owning and operating a business doesn’t come with enough tasks, the added task of sifting through information can lead most entrepreneurs feeling overwhelmed. As a small business resource centre, Community Futures Fraser Fort George

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Join the heart hunt

Kirstyn Wallace The original #heartsofpg campaign exploded across Prince George back in March and is now spreading love across the world with over 13,000 #aworldofhearts posts on Instagram alone! #heartsofpg was originally created by local Bailey Grose to encourage our community to come together, get outside and do something fun. To participate, simply put a heart in your window – colour them, paint them, print them and more! Then go outside, walk around and see how many you can find in your neighbourhood or across Prince George. A perfect activity for kids (and adults) of any age! Follow #heartsofpg on

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