Quesnel volunteer firefighter Christian Lemire pushes up his helmet while battling a blaze on April 9. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel volunteer firefighter Christian Lemire pushes up his helmet while battling a blaze on April 9. (Karen Powell Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

2021 Quesnel year in review: April

Some of the most important stories the Quesnel Observer covered in April

April 8: Home sales in the Cariboo surged in the first quarter of 2021, according to a report from the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board.

Quesnel Realtors reported 117 sales worth $23.3 million, up from 47 sales worth $8.7 in the first quarter of 2020.

April 12: The city of Quesnel declared a state of emergency due to the risk of a landslide. Properties in the South end of the city were given evacuation orders and alerts.

Carson elementary school was also affected, with their playground remaining closed throughout the year due to landslide risk.

April 12: Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty took to social media to send a stern message to a person threatening his family.

“I don’t run, I don’t hide. You threatened my family, you approach my family and I will take appropriate action, and that’s not a threat. That’s a promise,” he said in a video.

Doherty declined to comment further on the matter.

April 14: Quesnel’s vaccination clinic moved to Arena 2. The previous vaccination clinic was hosted at the Quesnel hospital

The move allowed space for separate entrances and exits, and more immunization stations.

“We needed a facility to host the clinic that had the capacity to be elastic, depending on the vaccine allotment we get,” COVID-19 vaccination clinic lead Vanessa Salmons said.

The clinic was opened with performance and smudging from the Nazko drummers, lead by chief Leah Stump.

April 15: A spike belt was used to stop a speeding Mercedes in South Quesnel.

Police seized drugs, cash and a loaded handgun after arresting the driver of the car.

April 19: Product was once again flowing through the former C&C mill in Quesnel, as Kandola Forest Products began operation.

The mill had been closed since June of 2020, and many of the employees who started work on April 19 were former C&C employees. Kandola Forest Products is a value-added mill which turns boards into siding and shiplap.

April 23: A non-essential travel ban took effect, aimed at preventing COVID-19 from spreading between health regions in B.C.

Northern Health and Interior Health were treated as the same region in the updated orders.

READ MORE: Quesnel mill is reborn under new ownership

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