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October 27, 2017 5:56 pm

McBride Working Towards ‘Rejuvenation’

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 5:55 AM

Prince George, B.C.-  It has been  a little over two weeks since the BKB  Cedar Manufacturing  Mill in McBride went up in flames and the community  continues to rally in an effort to recover.

Councillor Rick Thompson  told  his colleagues on the Board of Directors  for the Regional District of Fraser Fort George   the blaze   was not only devastating to the owners of the company,  but  caused the loss of  35 plus jobs in the Robson Valley.

Still,  Thompson says  the community is  working together “We have an excellent transition team  at the moment, consisting of Provincial representatives,  Regional District representatives and other  service providers , the Red Cross to mention on.   The  employees are  being looked after as best they can at this difficult time” says  Thompson.  He adds  the employees still have a  long road ahead “The difficulty will come in  couple of months  when  they find out their pay cheques aren’t there.”

Thompson  says  McBride and the Robson Valley  are  trying to move forward “Our goal is to get the mill rebuilt and get our residents  re-employed and get more diversity in the Robson Valley and McBride and to rejuvenate McBride.”


Mining, there has to be something that is worth something in all those mountains. That is if we really truly want these people to have long term employment.

    “there has to be something that is worth something in all those mountains”. Yes there is, the McBride/Valemount area is a backcountry tourist mecca. Backcountry sledders, skiers, climbers, hikers & at least 3 different heli-ski operations contribute heartily to the local economies. This area, while well known to those who frequent it, is probably one of BC’s best kept secrets. While the more affluent flock to areas quite well south, they are missing out on some truly magnificent areas. Hopefully the new Valemount expansion will bring some long overdue exposure to this gem of an area.

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