Elliott Morton shows off some of the parsnips he was selling at the first Quesnel Farmers’ Market of the year on Saturday, May 1. The Quesnel Farmers’ Market will be running every Saturday morning this summer, in front of Helen Dixon Centre on 241 Kinchant Street. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Elliott Morton shows off some of the parsnips he was selling at the first Quesnel Farmers’ Market of the year on Saturday, May 1. The Quesnel Farmers’ Market will be running every Saturday morning this summer, in front of Helen Dixon Centre on 241 Kinchant Street. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

2021 Quesnel year in review: May

Some of the most important stories covered in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer this year

May 5: Over 100 marchers in Nazko participated in a 10 km walk to raise awareness on the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIWG).

After the walk, survivors, RCMP and family members of MMIWG spoke to the crowd.

May 5: The federal ministry of citizen’s Services announced it was awarding an $800K grant to expand cell coverage on Barkerville Highway. The grant is partially funded by the provincial Connecting B.C. Program, and administered by Norther Development Initiative Trust.

May 10: Two Quesnel tree planting businesses were ordered closed by Northern Health after workplace COVID-19 transmission was detected.

MikeGroSite Consulting Ltd. and Dewan Ltd. were the first businesses ordered closed in Northern Health under new provincial expedited workplace closure powers. A man who caught COVID-19 in the outbreak died.

May 14: The spring freshet played havoc on Cariboo roads. Over 100 roads in the region were damaged, prompting the ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to active a district operations centre to help fix the roads.

As part of those efforts, nearly 80 additional staff were brought into the region.

May 15: All British Columbians over 18 became eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. People needed to register online to book a spot at an immunization clinic.

May 19: Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes sounded the alarm on potential legislation which could see the number of rural ridings in B.C. get reduced.

Oakes called on the electoral boundary commission to visit communities like Wells, Horsefly, Narcosli and Nazko, and for other MLA’s to consider Cariboo North residents when voting.

May 20: A construction flagger was awarded $500K by the BC Supreme Court after they found a pickup driver deliberately hit her in 2016.

The driver of the truck was ordered to pay damages for pain and suffering, medical costs and reduced earning potential, after Phoenix Rea was struck by a United Concrete and Gravel truck.

May 29: Survivors, Indigenous leaders and settlers gathered in LeBourdais Park to mourn the discovery of 215 Indigenous Children buried in unmarked graves at a former residential school in Nazko.

“Those are children that never came home,” ?Esdilagh First Nation Councillor Chad Stump said.

READ MORE: First Nations honour victims from Kamloops residential school in Quesnel

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: cassidy.dankochik@quesnelobserver.com


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