March 23 Police Update

Attempted bridge jump, call for support to reduce downtown mischief, reminder on Kenney Dam Road load restrictions, commander tours north

A load limit of 7

A load limit of 7

The Vanderhoof RCMP lodged 71 files in the past week, including traffic incidents, assaults, as well as complaints on mischief and excessive speed.


Almost-jump from bridge

On March 13, a female called 9-1-1 at 6:45 p.m., stating that she was about to jump off Burrard Bridge.

As the police arrived on scene, a woman, sitting on the railing, was pulled into safety by a male bystander.

She has been taken into the hospital for observation.


Call for public support to reduce downtown mischief

Though calls and reports notify the police to apprehend offenders, public statements and witnesses would allow the RCMP to charge individuals and control their behaviour — with potentially stronger conditions such as court orders of detoxification, said Sgt. Svend Nielsen.

Reports on public disturbance in the downtown core increased as warmer weather arrives in Vanderhoof.


Reminder on Kenney Dam Road load restrictions

Over 15 complaints of overweight vehicles travelling on Kenney Dam Road were reported since January by both First Nation and non-aboriginal residents in the area.

A load limit of 7,200 kilograms is in place during all seasons for vehicles travelling on Kenney Dam Road — except for select authorized vehicles (left).

According to the Ministry of Transportation, the road limitations are the result of a B.C. Supreme Court injunction applied for and granted to the Saik’uz First Nation (Stoney Creek) in 2008 due to local concerns with industrial traffic passing through the First Nation area (IR1 and IR3), and the safety of the communities.

With pedestrians travelling along the road during all hours of the day, heavy vehicle traffic is a public safety concern in the area, Nielsen said.

The police is working with the Saik’uz First Nation to identify the offenders, and to establish a waiver for authorized drivers to keep on hand, in the event that they are stopped by the RCMP for heavy loads.


Commander tours north

Sgt. Svend Nielsen of the local RCMP detachment will be Vanderhoof’s RCMP representative in Cops For Cancer Tour De North this September.

Over seven days each September, the annual event features a team of northern B.C. emergency service members cycling from Prince George to Prince Rupert to raise funds towards cancer research for children.

Training has already begun, and the first fundraiser in Vanderhoof will take place in May.


– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP


Just Posted

The Binche Fishing Derby at Stuart Lake is fast approaching. (Binche Fishing Derby Facebook photo)
Binche shares excitement for upcoming fishing derby

“It’s more than just fishing,” says Dave Birdi

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Local youth vaccination clinics underway

Pfizer vaccine will be used

Priya Sharma. (Submitted)
Column: Why ultimatums don’t work

By Priya Sharma It is a common misconception that people can choose… Continue reading

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read