The days of the one-industry town in British Columbia are not quite over, but the people of Prince George are already getting used to the idea that there's a choice of jobs out there, if you know where to look - and you know how to prepare yourself.
There's a one-stop shop for job seekers at the Prince George Friendship Centre. Frank Siegrist, manager of the Employment Services Unit, says the centre has offered career and job assistance since 1979, with thousands of people walking through the doors each year to access services.
Popular wisdom would suggest the middle of a forest industry recession isn't the best time to open a heavy machinery dealership in B.C.'s northern forestry capital. Tim Martin begs to differ with popular wisdom.
A proposal to short circuit the current north-south route of ore from the Kemess Mine by building an east-west road to the port of Stewart is drawing fire from one community in danger of being cut out of the loop and praise from another.
A round of pie, a round of hot chocolate. The tables at the only coffeeshop in Wells have been pushed together so everyone can huddle up around a stack of blueprints and renderings. People shuffle through the huge pages, look out the window, then back to the pages.