Scheck, like many residents of small communities along Hwy. 16 in central British Columbia, can’t afford to live in Smithers but also can’t find work — or even buy groceries — in his town. If he were able to work five days a week, he estimates he’d take home an extra $400 a month.
The province launched the $5-a-trip bus route from Burns Lake to Smithers in June. It also started a route from Prince George to Burns Lake, which operates Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A route that connects Smithers and nearby Moricetown has operated since January.
Still, advocates say the service is only a patchwork, and it arrived more than a decade after families and Indigenous advocates called on the government to provide public transportation along a notorious stretch of Hwy. 16 known as the Highway of Tears.
The RCMP says 18 women have gone missing or have been murdered on the
Gladys Radek has spent a lot of time walking since her niece Tamara Chipman disappeared 12 years ago.
She’s marched across the country to speak in the House of Commons about her niece and other missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
She’s also walked the Highway of Tears, the stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert, B.C., where Chipman was last seen.
On Monday, Radek completed what she says will be her final walk: a 300-kilometre journey from Prince Rupert to Smithers where she will testify at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
“The first walk that we did was to demand a national inquiry, so now that we have this national inquiry, what we’ll be doing is we’ll be walking into those
Gladys Radek holds a photo of her niece Tamara Chipman, who disappeared in 2005 along Highway 16 in northern B.C. The 700-kilometre stretch of highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert has been dubbed the Highway of Tears because of the number of women and
NEW BEDFORD — She’d tried writing about the killings.
The unsolved murders of 9 women and the disappearance of two others haunted her. One by one their bodies were discarded along the highways in Greater New Bedford. As a reporter for The Standard-Times in the 1980s, Maureen Boyle was there every step of the way.
She knew the cops, the prosecutors, the families.
She tried writing their stories in 2000-2001, but passages would not come together and she put it aside.
Then, long after she turned in her reporter’s notebooks for a teacher’s desk, Holly Cardoza sat in one of Boyle’s journalism classes at Stonehill College. Neither woman knew about the connection they shared.
Something that Boyle had said about the killings struck a nerve with Cardoza. Holly’s aunt, Marilyn Cardoza Roberts, was one of the victims who remained missing. Holly Cardoza, now a
On the evening of February 2, 2006 14-year-old Aielah Saric Auger said goodbye to her mother. That goodbye would be the last.
After going to the mall with her brother and sister, Aielah went to a friend’s house for a sleepover.
She enjoyed an everyday part of growing up, except her sleepover ended in tragedy.
Overnight, she was spotted walking north, in the 2100 block Quince Street
Video surveillance shows Aielah walking towards her home and passing the Save-On-Foods gas bar at 100- 1600 15th avenue at around 1 a.m.
Her family plastered missing posters all over downtown Prince George. Tragically, eight days after her sleepover – her young- lifeless body was found dumped in a ditch off highway 16, infamously known as the “highway of tears”
Mary Teegee has spent over two decades wondering how things could have ended up differently for her cousin if she’d had access to safe transit.
In 1994, Ramona Wilson went missing while hitchhiking near the central B.C. town of Smithers. Ten months later, her body was found, adding her name to the list of 18 women since 1969 who have been killed or went missing along that same stretch of Highway 16 from Prince Rupert to Prince George — commonly referred to as the “Highway of Tears.”
To this day, Wilson’s family is far from solving her murder, but Teegee says they’re not the only ones left with a lack of closure.
“We’d definitely still like to find out what happened,” she says, “but we can’t forget the other families where they haven’t found the remains of their loved ones. There’s still a threat out there, and we can’t forget that.”
The Highway of Tears, which is the subject of this week’s Martinis Murder podcast, is a 450-mile stretch that cuts through dense forests in British Columbia, from Prince George to Prince Rupert. But it’s not the rugged terrain that has earned the highway its sad name. Since 1969, women and girls—most of them indigenous—have been murdered or have vanished. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police officially link 18 cases to the Highway of Tears, but The New York Times writes that relatives and activists say the total is closer to 50. And the vast majority of the cases remain unsolved.
There are many small towns along the Highway of Tears, and a combination of poverty with a lack of public transportation has made hitchhiking one of the only ways that some people can get around, which has contributed to the problem. Among the victims: