ORN hit the streets

The Prince George Citizen - - Local -

Op­er­a­tion Red Nose Prince Ge­orge will have 18 teams on the road tonight to pro­vide safe rides home to party-go­ers.

To get one, call 250-962-7433 be­tween 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Clients must have a ve­hi­cle with valid B.C. li­cense plates.

All do­na­tions go to­wards youth and ama­teur sport or­ga­ni­za­tions in Prince Ge­orge. As for vol­un­teers, 214 peo­ple have signed up, in­clud­ing 47 who are help­ing out for the first time. An­other 36 vol­un­teers are re­quired for New Year’s Eve. Those in­ter­ested in help­ing out can ap­ply on­line at www.ornpg.ca. The process in­cludes a crim­i­nal record check. Op­er­a­tion Red Nose is or­ga­nized by the Ro­tary Club of Prince Ge­orge-Nechako in part­ner­ship with ICBC and the Prince Ge­orge RCMP.

City’s un­em­ploy­ment rate 5.2 per cent

The city’s un­em­ploy­ment rate stood at 5.2 per cent in Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a Statis­tics Canada labour mar­ket sur­vey is­sued Fri­day.

In all 46,100 peo­ple were work­ing, 2,500 look­ing for work and 24,300 of work­ing age not par­tic­i­pat­ing. For the same month last year, the un­em­ploy­ment rate was 5.3 per cent with 49,800 work­ing, 2,800 seek­ing em­ploy­ment and 19,900 not par­tic­i­pat­ing. Ac­cu­racy of the Novem­ber 2018 un­em­ploy­ment rate was plus or mi­nus 0.9 per­cent­age points, 68 per cent of the time and for the Novem­ber 2017 un­em­ploy­ment rate, it was 0.8 per­cent­age points, 68 per cent of the time. The un­em­ploy­ment rate for the prov­ince as a whole was 4.4 per cent, the low­est in the coun­try.

Call out for Christ­mas light dis­plays

The Cit­i­zen is once again seek­ing out those bea­cons of light and Christ­mas cheer as the city em­braces the tra­di­tion of light­ing up houses. Christ­mas cruis­ers can travel along Candy Cane Lane, which is part of Prince Ge­orge res­i­dents’ tra­di­tion. The event starts on McKen­zie Av­enue, just off Up­land Street, where the en­tire neigh­bour­hood lights up and of­fers many dif­fer­ent themes, rang­ing from the rea­son-for-the-sea­son tra­di­tional to su­per he­roes and clas­sic tales like Char­lie Brown’s tree and the Grinch who stole Christ­mas. Send ad­dresses of par­tic­u­larly spec­tac­u­lar dis­plays to [email protected]­i­t­i­zen.ca, with the sub­ject line of Christ­mas lights and we’ll com­pile a tour­ing list to put in the news­pa­per the week be­fore Christ­mas.

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