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What business owners need to know about the temporary layoff period in British Columbia

Kendall Robertson // Prince George Chamber of Commerce The deadline for British Columbia’s temporary layoff period is fast approaching. On June 25th, the province extended the temporary COVID-19 layoff period to August 30th after recommendations to do so from the B.C. Chamber of Commerce network. So, what does that mean for business owners? What is a temporary layoff? The Government of B.C. states that an employee is laid off when they’re given less or no work with the plan that the employee will eventually return to a regular schedule. If an employee is laid off, they are still considered to

The Climb for Cancer might look a little different – but it’s back!

Christina Doll For four years, the Climb for Cancer has been held at the Prince George cutbanks to raise money for the Kordyban Lodge, which provides affordable and compassionate care for Northern BC residents receiving treatment in Prince George, helping make the mountain they must climb when battling cancer a little easier to overcome. This year, COVID-19 temporarily postponed the fifth edition of the Climb for Cancer, but it has been re-imagined and is now happening on August 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm each day. How the re-imagined Climb for Cancer will run The

Northern BC Tourism Resiliency Program Supporting Businesses on the Road to Recovery

Rita Dubman // Northern BC Tourism Association The Northern BC Tourism Resiliency Program provides Northern BC tourism businesses with meaningful, hands-on guidance and support to manage the immediate impact of the COVID 19 crisis, adapt and work towards long-term resiliency. “This program was designed by the tourism industry for the tourism industry and intended to provide guidance to tourism businesses through this challenging time,” says Clint Fraser, CEO, Northern BC Tourism Association. “We encourage businesses that need additional assistance to register for the program.”  The program is part of the province-wide Tourism Resiliency Network, a partnership between the British Columbia

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Ways to #ExploreBCNow this summer

Christina Doll // City of Prince George For many us, 2020 was going to be the year of exploration or relaxing vacations. Then COVID-19 hit and we were told to stay apart but stay connected. Fast-forward a few months since the March pandemic declaration and we’ve entered phase three of BC’s Restart Plan, which means we have the green light to travel within the province. If you normally trek across Canada or fly internationally for your summer vacation and are looking for some ideas on how to #ExploreBCNow, here are some ways you can safely be a tourist in Prince

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How Downtown Prince George re-imagined Downtown Summerfest

Alisha Rubadeau // Downtown Prince George On Sunday July 12 Downtown Prince George invites you to our re-imagined Downtown Summerfest! That seems like the easiest sentence to write, but it was no easy task getting to it. The idiom “we’re building the plane while flying it” has been our motto since February. The changes that we have seen this year have left many events in Prince George cancelled or postponed. When we had our first Downtown Summerfest Zoom meeting, the team at Downtown Prince George knew we wanted the event to go on – but none of us could imagine

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#ExploreBC this summer

Kirstyn Wallace // Tourism Prince George 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.

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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

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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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