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New Highway of Tears documents uncover residents’ deep concerns

At least 18 women and girls, many of them aboriginal, have been murdered or disappeared along Highway 16 and the adjacent routes, Highway 5 and Highway 97, since 1969. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

At least 18 women and girls, many of them aboriginal, have been murdered or disappeared along Highway 16 and the adjacent routes, Highway 5 and Highway 97, since 1969. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

36 pages of documents include reports about topics including missing women, hitchhiking and bus service

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Nov 4, 2015

Newly released documents reveal northern British Columbia residents have deep concerns about transportation services along the so-called Highway of Tears — despite government statements about improved safety, New Democrats say.

Maurine Karagianis, the NDP critic for women, said Tuesday a year-old freedom of information request reveals residents want better public transportation on Highway 16, which runs more than 700 kilometres, from Prince George to Prince Rupert. Read the rest of this entry