(L-R) Ryan Teddar, Sarah McLachlan, Arkells’ Max Kerman, Scott Borchetta, Marie-Mai, and Liz Trinnear confirmed for Season 2 of CTV’s THE LAUNCH (CNW Group/CTV) Login/Register With: “I’m truly so excited to kick off Season 2 of THE LAUNCH! We have great artistic talent from all across Canada, a new permanent second-seat mentor with the amazingly talented Marie-Mai, and we’ve landed the host with the absolute most, Liz Trinnear,” said Scott Borchetta, Founder/President/CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and co-creator and Executive Producer of THE LAUNCH. “Ryan (Tedder) is coming back and is so fired up about producing another LAUNCH winner, Sarah McLachlan will be amazing to work with as will my new friend Max Kerman… LET’S. ROCK. THE. LAUNCH. S2!” Facebook Advertisement TORONTO – Days before production kicks off on the highly anticipated second season of its hit original series THE LAUNCH, CTV announced today the first wave of celebrity mentors on deck to guide this season’s round of hand-picked emerging artists vying for an opportunity to create a new hit single. Recording superstar Ryan Tedder, the creative force behind THE LAUNCH Season 1 certified platinum hit single “Ain’t Easy”, returns to the series in a dual role as celebrity mentor and producer, along with Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlanand Max Kerman, the 4x JUNO-Award winning frontman for Hamilton rock band Arkells.THE LAUNCH also announced today that Québec pop icon Marie-Mai (STAR ACADÉMIE, LA VOIX) joins the series’ as a permanent mentor on the weekly celebrity panel alongside music industry powerhouse Scott Borchetta. In addition, fan favourite entertainment reporter Liz Trinnear (ETALK) joins the show in a new hosting role. THE LAUNCH begins production on its second season Sept. 26 in Toronto. Audience tickets are now available; see details below.“Marie-Mai is an amazing artist and performer, and her vast industry know-how will provide a powerful counterpoint to Scott’s expertise, bringing a new and engaging dynamic for both artists and viewers,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We also welcome the superb energy that Liz brings as a host as she guides the performers and the audience through the emotional journey of launching new artists and new songs each week.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
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APTN National NewsGood news greeted the Yukon’s education system this year.A record number of graduates are going into the summer with a high school diploma.APTN’s Shirley McLean reports.
APTN National NewsThe Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students say the Harper government’s Fair Elections Act will actually suppress voting in Canada.The two groups were in a Toronto court today asking an Ontario judge to strike parts of the law that deals with voter identification.APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports.
APTN National NewsThe Shoal Lake 44 First Nation will be taking its case to the United Nations.A delegation from the community is expected to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, next February.The community has been cut-off from the mainland for 100 years and has been under a boil water advisory for nearly two decades.It seems public support to build a so-called “Freedom Road” for the community is finally taking hold and it’s now part of the federal election campaign.APTN’s Dennis Ward spoke with the candidates hoping to represent the riding that includes the community.
Brittany Hobson APTN National NewsAbout 40 Indigenous teenagers from across the province are celebrating some big hockey wins.The National Indigenous Hockey Championships took place in British Columbia.With eight teams in the running, both Manitoba teams came back wearing email@example.com
Danielle Rochette APTN NewsAPTN’s hit series Mohawk Girls is coming to an end after five seasons.Mostly set and shot in Kahnawake, Que., the popular TV show followed four modern Mohawk women into their struggles and sex lives.The final episode airs Dec. 19 and it expected to end with a few surprises.
Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsMaori artist and activist Mihirangi came to Montreal thinking her all-female haka workshop would be held in a smaller venue.But due to high demand – over 950 RSVP’s on the Facebook event – it was decided that the workshop would be held on main stage at Place des Festivals, on the first night of performances for the city’s First Peoples’ Fest.“The women who attend the workshops are really searching,” she said. “Some are just curious.”The Haka taught to Wednesday’s diverse gathering of women was written to empower and celebrate women in the era of MMIWG.It’s a common theme in her performances as Mama Mihirangi & the Mareikura – a dance-electronica trio comprised of women who strive to honour their traditions.“The haka has always been used as a form of challenge- whether it’s a personal challenge, or a challenge for others, or a challenge of the issues,” Mihirangi explained. “It’s an opportunity for people to come together as one unit, with one voice, expressing themselves in a really passionate way.”The outdoor space filled quickly despite a heavy rain warning.There’s a common misconception that haka is a Maori ceremony reserved for men.Mihirangi says that women and children also participate: it’s a way of harnessing critical energy and life source, or “mana.”“Globally we’re going through a big crisis, and women must stand up,” she said.“The women’s haka is an opportunity for women to embody the virtues, you know, feminine virtues and their own personal power and strength.”firstname.lastname@example.org@sentimtl
NEW YORK, N.Y. – President Donald Trump is threatening NBC’s broadcast licenses because he’s not happy with how its news division has covered him. But experts say his threats aren’t likely to lead to any action.The network itself doesn’t need a license to operate, but individual stations do. NBC owns several stations in major cities. Stations owned by other companies such as Tribune and Cox carry NBC’s news shows and other programs elsewhere. Licenses come from the Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency whose chairman is a Trump appointee.Trump tweeted Wednesday, “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”He returned to the topic Wednesday night, tweeting: “Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!”NBC spokeswoman Hilary Smith had no comment. The FCC did not respond to messages seeking comment.These days, license renewals are fairly routine. A station could be deemed unfit and have its license stripped if it were telling lies and spreading fake news, as Trump claims. But Harold Feld of the consumer group Public Knowledge says that’s tough to prove.“The reality is it is just about impossible to make that showing,” he said. “All this stuff is opinion.”Feld said he can recall just two instances in the past 20 years when there has been a renewal challenge. One involved an owner of radio stations who was convicted of child molestation, and the other when someone died as part of a radio station’s contest. Both lost their licenses.Although yanking a license is rare, just the threat could put pressure on NBC’s news coverage.“The words ‘license renewal’ are ones which have had a chilling effect in the past on broadcasters,” said lawyer Floyd Abrams, an expert on the First Amendment, citing Richard Nixon’s attempts to sway news coverage as president. “The threat, however unlikely, is one that broadcasters will have to take seriously.”The National Association of Broadcasters, a trade group, said it was contrary to First Amendment principles “for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.”Following his tweet, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write and people should look into it.”Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican who has been occasionally critical of Trump, took him to task in a statement released Wednesday night. “Words spoken by the President of the United States matter,” Sasse said. “Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?”The president has long railed against mainstream media organizations, deriding them as “fake news.” He has also said he wanted to “open up” libel laws so he can more easily go after press outlets for stories he feels are inaccurate. That would require a constitutional amendment or reversal of Supreme Court precedent on the First Amendment.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a Trump appointee, but experts say he can’t pull a license just because he feels like it. Renewals come up every eight years, and challenges are heard by an administrative law judge.The judge’s decision can be overruled by political appointees at the FCC, however. And the agency could start a special proceeding to revoke a license, said Erwin Krasnow, former general counsel of NAB.Even so, Krasnow said a challenge is unlikely because of the First Amendment and because the Communications Act governing the FCC doesn’t allow for censorship.Pai’s past statements also suggest he wouldn’t use the agency’s powers to regulate news coverage. In a September speech, he noted that, while people want the FCC to take action against cable news channels like Fox News, MSNBC or CNN because they disagree with the coverage, “these demands are fundamentally at odds with our legal and cultural traditions.”Feld, who is a frequent critic of Pai, said the chairman is a fan of deregulation and “the last person in the world who would want to revive the license challenge process.”“NBC can sleep easy knowing Ajit Pai is chair,” Feld added.Both Democratic FCC commissioners touted freedom of the press in opposition to Trump’s tweet.“Revoking a #broadcast license on such grounds will only happen if we fail to abide by the First Amendment,” tweeted Mignon Clyburn. “Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy. Hope my @FCC colleagues can all be on the same page with respect to 1st Amendment,” wrote Jessica Rosenworcel.
TORONTO – Crossing the US$60 oil barrier wasn’t enough to steer the Toronto stock index out of the red ahead of the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend, as Canadian cannabis companies experienced a volatile trading day.The February crude contract climbed 58 cents to US$60.42 per barrel on Friday, its highest level since June 24, 2015.Despite oil’s momentum, energy stocks fell on the S&P/TSX composite index, declining 12.82 points to 16,209.13 as the TSX retreated from its two-day record streak. On Wednesday and Thursday, the commodity-heavy index closed at all-time highs of 16,203.13 and 16,221.95, respectively.“It’s a bit mixed,” Steve Belisle, a senior portfolio manager of equities at Manulife Asset Management, said of the divergence between crude prices and oil and gas stocks.“That said, a lot of focus is put on the spot prices on the short end of the curve but what’s important is the long of the curve and where it’s heading. … Stocks have already been pricing in higher crude prices.”Moreover, Belisle added, “it’s pretty quiet day in terms of volume. Any movement you’re seeing must taken with a grain of salt.”Included in the TSX’s broad-based decline was the health-care sector after major pot producers such as Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) had their stocks temporarily halted earlier Friday after share prices dropped by nearly 15 per cent within a short time frame.Canopy Growth and Aurora, as well as other marijuana companies, recovered most or all of their losses at the end of trading on Friday. Aurora closed at $9.60, up 66 cents or 7.38 per cent, while Canopy was down 2.20 per cent or 67 cents at $29.74.South of the border, U.S. stock indexes experienced modest losses on the final day of trading for 2017.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 118.29 points to 24,719.22. The S&P 500 index was down 13.93 points to 2,673.61 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 46.77 points to 6,903.39.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.71 cents US, up 0.27 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract gained four cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The February gold contract climbed $12.10 to US$1,309.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down one cent to US$3.30 a pound.North American stock markets will be closed Monday.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Canada’s main stock index plummeted more than 250 points Friday, down 4 per cent over the past week, in a broad-based decline that included drops in every sector.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 254.89 points to 15,606.03 today.The last such drop was more than seven months ago when it lost about 269 points on May 17, 2017.While all sectors finished Friday in the red, shares in health care saw the steepest losses of an average 6.18 per cent.Cannabis stocks led the decline in the sector, with Canopy Growth Corp. dropping $3.44 or 12.49 per cent to $24.11, while Aphria Inc. shares fell $1.60 or 10.34 per cent to $13.88. Both were among the top three worst performing shares on the TSX Friday.Aphria’s losses came the same day it announced a $20-million deal to sell its stake in an Arizona cannabis company to an affiliated U.S. firm. The Canadian licensed marijuana producer is looking to reduce its direct involvement in medical pot in the U.S.Things weren’t any better south of the border.The Dow Jones industrial average shed 665.75 points to 25,520.96. The S&P 500 index lost 59.85 points to 2,762.13 and the Nasdaq composite index slipped 144.91 points to 7,240.95.“(The market) was priced to perfection, meaning certainly not a cheap market, so you would expect that any major negative news would be badly taken,” said Patrick Blais, a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investments.Investor mindsets are shifting to realize that interest rates in the U.S. will go higher and likely at a quicker rate than originally anticipated, he said, which means all asset values probably need to be reassessed to the downside.“Maybe the market needs to temper its bullishness on valuations,” he said.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.78 cents US, down 0.60 of a U.S. cent.The March crude contract fell 35 cents to US$65.45 per barrel and the March natural gas contract slipped by a penny to roughly US$2.85 per mmBTU.The April gold contract dropped US$10.60 to US$1,337.30 an ounce and the March copper contract lost about 2.2 cents to roughly US$3.19 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:WEED, TSX:APH)
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Paramount Pictures is ready for its comeback story.On Wednesday at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, studio chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos announced a sequel to the breakthrough thriller “A Quiet Place,” two new Star Trek movies and trotted out its biggest star, Tom Cruise, to dazzle the audience of theatre owners and exhibitors with stories of his death defying stunts in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.”“It’s no secret we’ve had some difficult years at the box office,” said Gianopulos in his first presentation as the studio chair to the CinemaCon attendees. For the past few years, the studio has trailed behind the other major Hollywood studios in box office returns.He said the studio has made significant changes in leadership and production and is ready to get back to a narrative of success and that “A Quiet Place” is “the first of what we hope will be many future hits.”The John Krasinski-directed thriller has earned over $135 million from North American theatres in just three weeks. It cost only $17 million to produce.The studio teased a lineup heavy with familiar brands, including the Transformers spinoff “Bumblebee,” with Hailee Steinfeld, a new “Cloverfield” sequel, several “Star Trek” movies, their “Terminator” project, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, a Sonic the Hedgehog movie, a World War Z sequel, a Dungeons and Dragons movie and a new “Spongebob Squarepants.” Save for “Bumblebee: The Movie” which comes out in December, most of the projects are years from release.One film that is likely destined for box office success in the more immediate future is “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” the sixth film in the Tom Cruise-anchored franchise, which have made over $2.7 billion worldwide.Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie (who he calls McQ) made an appearance to close out the presentation with a look inside one of the film’s most dangerous stunts — a free fall, at speeds ranging from 130 to 200 miles per hour, from an airplane at 25,000 feet. It’s a technique, McQuarrie said, that special forces use for infiltration.“How much we can do that is physically possible without killing Tom,” McQuarrie wondered while choreographing the 3-minute stunt that they said everyone told them was impossible.In the end, Cruise did 106 jumps to get three usable takes that will be cut together to make a single 3-minute action sequence in the film. CinemaCon audiences got a look at the early footage of Cruise pulling it off.“We shot this in the UAE,” Cruise said. “We never would have been able to do this anywhere else.”Later, Cruise’s co-star Simon Pegg joined them on stage and said of Cruise’s preference to do dangerous stunts himself that, “It is a daily stress going to work with him because you don’t know if you’re going to see him tomorrow.”Production on the film was put on hiatus last year after Cruise broke his ankle while filming a rooftop jump scene in London.“Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” and Cruise’s latest epic stunt, hit theatres July 27.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr
SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics and a group representing ailing Samsung computer chip and display factory workers said Tuesday they have agreed to end a years-long standoff over compensation for deaths and grave illnesses among Samsung workers.Samsung and Banolim said they will unconditionally accept terms of compensation and apologies to be drafted over the next two months by a mediator.Banolim said it will stop its protests outside Samsung buildings, where its supporters camped out for nearly three years to demand that Samsung apologize for making workers sick and provide compensation for their illnesses.The agreement represents a breakthrough in a more than decade-old civic movement that raised awareness about the health risks from toiling in the lucrative semiconductor industry.The grassroots movement was started by Hwang Sang-gi, a taxi driver who refused to accept a settlement when his daughter Yu-mi died of leukemia in 2007 at the age of 23 after working at a Samsung chip factory. Hwang’s search for the cause of Yu-mi’s death galvanized a broader movement to hold businesses and the government accountable for safety lapses in the chip and display industries, which use huge amounts of chemicals.“It’s regrettable that for more than 10 years we could not solve the problem of workers who had no money and no power and died from diseases due to chemicals,” Hwang said at a signing ceremony attended by the mediator and Samsung, wiping away tears. “But it is fortunate that we found a way to solve the problem of industrial diseases at Samsung.”More than 100 Samsung workers have reported grave illnesses such as leukemia but only a few won government recognition and compensation for suffering industrial diseases. Increasingly, workers denied such recognition and compensation have won court victories in recent years.Judges have acknowledged the need and the importance of using state funds to aid the sickened workers even when they were unable to prove why and how they became ill, sometimes due to a lack of information about the chemicals they were exposed to.Kim Sunsig, a senior vice-president at Samsung Electronics, said accepting the proposal without condition was a difficult decision for Samsung.“Only the complete resolution of the problem would be a consolation to the sickened workers and their families and also valuable for the society,” Kim said. “We will actively co-operate with the mediation committee.”It’s a step closer to resolving one of the company’s biggest headaches as its leader Lee Jae-yong, a vice chairman and a grandson of Samsung’s founder, solidifies his leadership.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Expect to see fewer help-wanted ads in Calgary in the new year, according to a new survey.A poll of Canadian employers finds the vast majority in Calgary are not planning to add to the payroll anytime soon.ManpowerGroup polled 1,900 firms across Canada.While the outlook was generally positive for most of the country, that is not the case in Calgary.“88 per cent of (Calgary) employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter,” said CEO Randy Upright.Upright said that suggests a “subdued hiring pace” to start 2019.Many analysts were surprised by Alberta’s job creation numbers for November.Statistics Canada reported 24,000 positions were added in the province, although many were in the public sector or government.Upright said that momentum is not expected to continue.“Based on the survey results, the highly robust hiring information that we received for November is not anticipated to continue at the same rate in the first quarter of 2019.”ManpowerGroup’s Darlene Minatel said the economic forecast means many firms will continue to find ways to cut labour costs.“Employees are being asked to do more work with less pay and an increasing number of employers are investing in automation to perform labour-intensive functions,” Minatel said.Outside of Alberta, the survey found a favourable hiring climate for the first quarter of 2019, with employers in the transportation and public utilities sectors expressing strong optimism.
BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry has denied knowledge of the detention of a former Canadian diplomat, as Chinese citizens rejoiced over a Canadian court’s decision to release a top Huawei Technologies executive on bail.The release of Huawei Technologies’ Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou (MUHNG’ Wahn-JOH’) prompted an outpouring of support for her and her Shenzhen-based company Wednesday on social media.A university student in Beijing told the AP that he thinks the detention of former diplomat Michael Kovrig was related to Meng’s case. He said that China cannot let Canada make ambiguous accusations against Chinese citizens.The U.S. sought Meng’s arrest on suspicion she misled banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.A justice in British Columbia released her on $10 million Canadian (US$7.5 million) bail after three days of hearings.The Associated Press
Boeing is keeping its title as the world’s leading maker of airliners, a nose ahead of Airbus.Europe-based Airbus, which assembles some planes in the U.S., said Wednesday it delivered 800 commercial aircraft in 2018.That’s six less than Boeing’s record year, announced earlier this week. The Chicago company has major manufacturing sites in Washington state and South Carolina.Both companies are riding strong demand from airlines reporting strong travel demand.Boeing says it received a net of 893 new orders last year, and Airbus got 747 orders.A Cowen analyst says Boeing deliveries were “a tad light” but deliveries of its new 737 MAX — the plane involved in a deadly October crash in Indonesia — beat expectations.The Associated Press
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea has announced plans to open its first New Zealand store.The company said Friday it would build the store near the largest city of Auckland over the next few years, and would open a pop-up store to give customers a taste of what was to come before the flagship store opened.The announcement was welcomed by many New Zealanders concerned with high prices and limited selections for home furnishings, due in part to the costs of shipping to the island nation of 5 million people.Ikea says planning is still underway for the location, size and opening date of the store, which would include a restaurant. The company says it would employ several hundred New Zealanders and offer 7,000 products in the store and online.The Associated Press
PARIS — France is spending 50 million euros ($57 million) to beef up security at airports and the Eurotunnel, hiring hundreds of extra customs officers and issuing emergency decrees to gear up for the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 without a plan.Germany is fast-tracking a debate on solving bureaucratic problems in case of a no-deal Brexit. And the Netherlands has made a special exception to let British citizens stay in the country temporarily once they no longer enjoy EU residency rights.A no-deal Brexit would shake up the rest of the continent in ways that many Europeans haven’t yet fathomed.Britain, which would face by far the biggest disruption, has devoted thousands of civil servants and several billion pounds (dollars) on measures to mitigate the worst effect — although officials can only speculate about what will actually happen on March 30 if Brexit happens without a deal.After the British parliament overwhelmingly rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brext divorce deal this week, other European governments are now bracing for chaos too.“We strongly believe” Britain will leave with no exit deal, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Thursday, unveiling a raft of emergency measures to cope with that prospect. “Under these conditions, our responsibility … is to ensure that our country is ready, that the interests of our citizens are preserved and defended.”The French government will hire nearly 600 extra customs officers and veterinary inspectors and invest in new infrastructure at airports and ports. All are to be operational by March 30.Special security measures will be put in place for the tunnel beneath the English Channel. The company that operates the Eurotunnel says a quarter of all U.K.-EU trade passes through the tunnel, which could be a major chokepoint in a no-deal Brexit.The French prime minister insisted the measures are a “contingency plan” but says France can no longer wait for a potential deal or other developments.France’s emergency decrees will allow British workers and retirees living in France to continue staying there for a year after March 29 — but only if the British government agrees to do the same for French citizens living in the U.K.The decrees will temporarily let British companies transport goods in France, and allow certain British insurance and other financial activities to continue in France despite Britain’s loss of access to the EU financial market. The exceptional transfer of military equipment between the two countries will also be allowed.In Berlin, German lawmakers were debating a bill Thursday meant to solve some bureaucratic issues arising from Brexit. The bill is now being fast-tracked.“We want to keep the damage — and there will certainly be damage from Britain’s departure — as small as possible,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. “That’s why we will of course do everything to find an orderly solution, but we are also prepared if there is no orderly solution.”The Dutch government announced last week it will let British citizens living in the Netherlands remain in the country for 15 months in the event of a no-deal Brexit and offer them the opportunity to apply for residency permits.In Britain, the government has begun to recruit hundreds of extra customs officers and border staff and has passed laws to help cross-border trade continue to flow, such as permits for long-distance truckers. Britain says EU citizens will be able to stay temporarily in the event of a no-deal Brexit.___Jill Lawless in London, Frank Jordans in Berlin and Mike Corder in The Hague contributed.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitAngela Charlton, The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Highway 97 is closed between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd after a pedestrian was hit and killed early Tuesday. UPDATE – DAWSON CREEK, RCMP press release shares at approximately 7:25 AM, RCMP and Emergency Services were called to the scene of a fatal collision involving a pedestrian on Highway 97 and 275 Road near Groundbirch. Corporal Madonna Saunderson, District Advisory NCO Media Relation North District, RCMP, says crews are on scene as we speak, flaggers have been called and the Hwy will be closed until further notice.Drivebc.ca says the highway is closed between the 277 road and the 275 road for 1.8 km approximately 46 km south of Dawson Creek to 47 km north of Chetwynd.Detour via Stuckey Road and 271 Road. Large vehicle detour via Fort. St. John or Tumbler Ridge.At this time there is no estimate on when the highway will re-open. Drivebc.ca Upon arrival, it was determined that a male pedestrian in his 60’s was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck remained on scene and is cooperating with investigators.Highway 97 is currently closed in the area of the collision and will remain so until investigators have completed the scene examination. There is a detour in place and police ask that motorists obey the direction of traffic control personnel near the scene.Dawson Creek RCMP, North Peace Regional Traffic Services (FSJ), North District Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service and the BC Coroners’ Service continue to investigate this collision. At this time, the cause is undetermined.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call North Peace Regional Traffic Services in Fort St. John at 250-787-8140 UPDATE #2 – As of 12:46 p.m. – Highway 97 is now open to single lane traffic. Here is the update from Drivebc.ca – Highway 97. Vehicle incident between 277 Rd and 275 Rd for 1.8 km (46 km south of Dawson Creek to 47 km north of Chetwynd). Single lane alternating traffic. Estimated time of re-opening Tue Mar 19 at 5:00 PM MST. Next update time Tue Mar 19 at 5:00 PM MST. Last updated Tue Mar 19 at 12:38 PM MST. (DBC-6313)