Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quesnel Council Highlights - Dec 15th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

New term = new policies, bylaws and committees

Council approved the following recommendations from the Committee of the Whole session on December 8:

- Council Policy - Code of Conduct and Ethics;
- Council Appointments Schedule;
- 2015 Acting Mayor Schedule;
- DRAFT Terms of Reference for Council’s Standing Committees: Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee, Executive Committee, and Policy and Bylaw Committee. Here is a look at the DRAFT Terms of Reference:

The Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee was formed to provide leadership in the budget preparation process within the framework established by Council’s Strategic Plan and Budget Principles Policy, to work with staff to present alternate budget scenarios to Council, with due consultation to make a final budget recommendation to Council as well as recommendations regarding the acceptance of the financial statements and the appointment of an external auditor. Finally to fulfill the oversight function required under the Community Charter by reviewing the audited annual financial statements and audit reports and by meeting with the external auditors in the spring to review those statements and reports.

Members of this Committee are Mayor Simpson (Chair), Councillors Elliott and Thapar and staff.

On the recommendation from the Committee of the Whole session Dec. 8, the Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee was directed to work on the Budget Principles Policy to outline Council’s principles for developing the Annual Operating Budget, Five Year Capital Budget, Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw, and Tax Rate Bylaw for 2015. Further to bring a recommendation to the January 12 regular meeting for Council’s consideration. This recommendation will assist Council during the Strategic Planning and Budget Policy process scheduled for mid January.

The Executive Committee is to provide leadership and coordination to Council’s planning processes: strategic plan, budget, OCP, and ourQuesnel. They are tasked to research and assist in utilizing best practices for planning, public consultation and communications; investigate formal complaints about breaches of Council’s Code of Conduct and provide Council with proposed remedies and disciplinary actions; act as a sounding board for the City Manager on personnel matters; take the lead on behalf of Council on matters related to the performance of the City Manager; work with senior staff on recommendations to Council with respect to collective bargaining with CUPE; and act as the final step grievance Committee under the collective agreement with CUPE. This Committee consists of Councillor Coleman (Chair), Mayor Simpson and Councillor Roodenburg. Alternates are Councillor Roodenburg (Chair) and Councillor Paull.

The Policy and Bylaw Committee are tasked to review and update existing policies and Council-related bylaws on a priority basis as defined by Council and/or staff and recommend revisions to Council for approval, amend existing or draft new policies and/or bylaws as required or requested, explore best practices for bylaw creation and implementation for recommendations to Council, and research policies and bylaws that will assist Council in achieving its Strategic Plan and ourQuesnel objectives. This Committee consists of Councillor Paull (Chair), Mayor Simpson, Councillor Brisco, and staff.

Once finalized, Council’s Policies and Bylaws will be available on our website through the “Agendas and Minutes” link to the right on the main page.

Other

- Council approved entering into an agreement with the Cariboo Regional District for Relief Building Services to cover City staff while away. Also approved were amendments to an existing Building Inspection Agreement to provide Building Inspection Services to the Cariboo Regional District.
- Council approved entering into an encroachment agreement with the Fraser Village Homes Society to permit the construction of a vestibule that will extend partially into City-owned property. This addition will provide greater accessibility for residents of the facility living above ground floor residences.
- Council approved the use of fireworks for the Winter Carnival on Feb. 7 at the West Fraser Timber Park. The festivities begin at noon with fireworks at approximately 5 p.m.
- Council granted a 90-day extension to the owner of property at 730 Oval Road in order to accommodate the completion of the project.
- Council received a response from Minister Thomson regarding the future of Cottonwood House. The request for Expressions of Interest closed on October 17 and Council has asked staff to provide an update at their regular meeting on January 12. Expressions of Interest were sought from agencies, societies and businesses for the future use of the Cottonwood Lands.
- Council gave the first three readings to Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1750 of 2015. The changes to this bylaw are highlighted on our website at http://www.quesnel.ca/CouncilNews.html.
- Council appointed Lori McKee, Brandee Schutz and Poonam Miglani to the Quesnel Museum and Heritage Commission for a two-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2015.
- With Council’s approval, the Quesnel Museum and Heritage Commission will apply to the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage - Legacy Fund to restore the waterwheel.
- South Hills and Area Neighbourhood Association submitted their request for capital projects in their area which include park development, repair of Westland and Britton Roads, ditching on Enemark and Brears Roads, and t-line/dual water lines removal. Council referred their request to the Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee for inclusion in budget discussions.

Proclamations
Feb 16 (week of) - Rotary Week in Quesnel
(outdoor event Feb 20, call 250-992-5760 for information)

Important dates
Dec 25 - Christmas Day

Future Meetings (all in Quesnel Council Chambers)

Monday Jan. 12 and 19, 2015 @ 7 p.m.

Regular/Committee of the Whole Meeting

NEXT North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Meetings:

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 and Jan. 13, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m.

Dutch Point RD Boat Launch access restored

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

At its December 16th meeting, Williams Lake City Council rescinded a November motion and restored access to vehicular, boat, snowmobile and pedestrian access at Dutch Point Road.

“Access to the lake is important for all types of recreation users,” says Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb. “By restoring the Dutch Point Road access, Council members are fulfilling their campaign pledges to enhance opportunities to make use of this important resource.”

Council also directed staff to bring forward options to create additional boat accesses to Williams Lake and prepare a budget for Council's consideration during 2015 budget discussions.

CRD Area 'D' Questions - Support for Ind. Fire Departments

Yesterday - I was asked by two constituents a number of questions and as it may be of public interest to many -- here are their questions and my responses:

1) "Why would you lobby for renovations that would extend the time frame for a new hospital facility?" 

Answer -- I campaigned and got elected to help fully implement the Final Concept Plan for a renovated Cariboo Memorial Hospital (CMH) when it becomes available in the Spring of 2015. Once that plan is available - the CC Regional Hospital Board of which I am 1 Director of 17 will lobby Victoria and our local MLA's for the business plan to fully implement that plan. The Final Concept Plan for CMH will be funded 60% Victoria and 40% CCRHD. The CCRHD has begun to put aside its' 40% for this project

In the meantime, you can review the Master Site Plan for CMH which underwent a year and a half public and stakeholder consultations and to which the Final Concept Plan for CMH will be based upon at:

https://www.interiorhealth.ca/AboutUs/Accountability/Documents/CMH%20master%20site%20plan.pdf

2) "What support are you offering Tyee Lake Fire Dept or WildWood Fire Dept? We have a multitude of new staff at waste management facilities but ZERO CRD fire staff to support the efforts of all the volunteer departments across the CRD"

Answer - Tyee Lake/McLeese Lake VFD's are Independent Fire Departments and as such, I will support them as I'm asked to do so through researching available grants/used fire department equipment or approving Grants in Aides like McLeese Lake VFD will be receiving in 2015 ($5,000) however Independent fire departments are "master of their own proceedings". As far as Wildwood and the other 13 taxpayer supported Volunteer Fire Departments throughout the CRD go, they follow a process of consultation between the Area Director, Fire Chief and the CRD Manager of Protective Services as to their Operational and Capital Needs. However, if the Independent Fire Departments within the CRD wish to have staff or other types of support provided to them, they do need to put that in writing to the CRD and it will be appropriately considered... As far as attendants at the the 9 manned Transfer Stations go, that was already approved through the new Solid Waste Management Plan which underwent a long public consultation process and a number of public meetings

3) How many of the directors live or own property in the area they represent?

Answer:

Most do... however I fully acknowledge I do not however this was not an issue for Area D voters' that voted me in for the next 4 years...


~SF

1st Full Meeting of the 2014-18 WL City Council

Last night was the 1st regular meeting of the 2014-2018 Williams Lake Municipal Council

11 items were on the Agenda which saw the meeting last a total of 57 minutes

Councillors Ivan Bonnell and Laurie Walters on more than 1 occasion raised concerns about rushing ahead without 'due diligence' and following process however the majority of Council including Mayor Walt Cobb and Councillors Jason Ryll, Scott Nelson, Craig Smith resolved to more forward notwithstanding their concerns

It appears that what I observed last night will be the new norm for Williams Lake City Council meetings

For video of the two more divisive items:

a) Dutch Point Rd Boat Launch site re-opening to all vehicles - view here
b) Restoration of the Central Cariboo Economic Development Corporation:




Like their counterparts in Wells, Quesnel and 100 Mile House -- Williams Lake City Council should be holding their Strategic Planning Session during the 1st Quarter of 2015 (Jan-March 2015) and we'll know what strategic plans Williams Lake City Council has for the City for the 2014-2018 Term

As for the Cariboo Regional District Board -- our Strategic Planning Session is currently scheduled for late April 2015

~SF

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WL Council Highlights - Dec 16th mtg

Present: Mayor W. Cobb; Councillors I. Bonnell, S. Nelson, J. Ryll, C. Smith, L. Walters and S. Zacharias

Staff:

Darrell Garceau - City Manager (CAO)
Rena Schill - Corp Services/Records Mgmt Coordinator
Des Webster - Director of Protective Services/Fire Chief
Margaret Stewart - Director of Finance
Tom Chung - IT Manager
Ken MacInnis - Communications Coordinator

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Meeting Agenda approved with 1 Late Item

Minutes from Nov 25th Regular Council and Dec 2nd Inaugural Council meetings approved

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings for the periods ending November 27, December 4 and 11, 2014

2) Council approved the proposed amendments to Council Policy No. 22, Bank Signing Authority, to allow for electronic signatures to be used on cheques issued in the amount of $25,000 or less and updates to titles and positions within the organization.

Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Mayor Cobb; Councillors Nelson, Ryll, Smith and Zacharias
Negative - Councillors Ivan Bonnell and Laurie Walters

3) Council gave 1st, 2nd and 3rd Reading to Fees & Charges Bylaw 2224

Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Mayor Cobb; Councillors Nelson, Ryll, Smith, Walters and Zacharias
Negative - Councillor Ivan Bonnell

4) Council rescinded Council Resolution #438/14 regarding closure of Dutch Point Rd boat launch access and directed that Dutch Point Road be re-opened to the public for vehicular, boat, snowmobile and pedestrian access, and Staff were directed to bring forward options to create additional boat accesses to Williams Lake and prepare a budget for Council's consideration of cost in the 2015 budget for new access.

Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Mayor Cobb; Councillors Nelson, Ryll, and Smith
Negative - Councillors Ivan Bonnell, Laurie Walters and Sue Zacharias

5) Council approved the interim appointment of Councillor Laurie Walters to the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) Board of Directors until May 2015.

6) Council awarded the contract for the supply of unleaded gasoline and diesel fuels to Suncor Energy Products for the tendered price of $1.024 per litre of unleaded fuel and $1.203 per litre of diesel fuel.

7) Council adopted one Council-in-Committee recommendation as follows:

That pursuant to Council Committee Report #42-2014, the report of the Director of Financial Services dated October 23, 2014 be received and the 2015 Grants in Aid be recommended as follows:

Canadian Mental Health Association - $250.00
Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium - $5,000.00
Gavin Lake Forest Education Society - $0.00
Hough Memorial Cancer Fund Society - $0.00
Linwood House Ministries - $0.00
Navy League of Canada Chilcotin Branch - $3,025.00
Potato House Community Sustainability Society - $0.00
Williams Lake Association for Canadian Living - $305.00

Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Mayor Cobb; Councillors Bonnell, Nelson, Ryll, Smith and Zacharias
Negative - Councillor Laurie Walters

8) Council received a letter from the Canadian Cancer Society - Williams Lake Unit regarding the regulation of electronic cigarettes and referred it to the Community Services Committee for a recommendation back to Council

9) Council received the memo from the Union of BC Municipalities regarding notification of Executive vacancies as a result of the 2014 Local Government Elections

10) Late Item - Council endorsed a recommendation of the Executive Committee dated December 11, 2014 that the Central Cariboo Economic Development Corporation be reinstated, with amendments to the established Terms of Reference to be made as deemed necessary, and with an announcement to be made before the end of December 2014

Approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Mayor Cobb; Councillors Nelson, Ryll, Smith and Zacharias
Negative - Councillors Ivan Bonnell and Laurie Walters

10) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as of December 16th as follows:

• October 1, 2014 - Women's Contact Society re Thank You for Event Hosting Incentive Grant;
• November 14, 2014 - Ministry of Energy & Mines re UBCM Discussion on Mount Polley Mine Tailings Dam Failure;
• November 20, 2014 - UBCM re Gas Tax Agreement Community Works Fund Payment for Fiscal 2014/2015;
• November 22, 2014 - Old Age Pensioners Organization Branch #93 to Minister of Health re Cariboo Memorial Hospital Redevelopment;
• November 24, 2014 - Ville de Lac-Megantic re Thank You from Fonds Avenir Lac-Megantic;
• December 5, 2014 - Coal Alliance re Congratulations on Election.

Members of Council gave oral reports on their activities within the City

Meeting adjourned at 6:57pm

Dutch Point Rd Closure re-opened

At tonight's WL Council meeting - newly elected City Councillors Jason Ryll, Craig Smith and Scott Nelson will table a motion calling upon Williams Lake City Council to rescind the closure of the Dutch Point Rd boat launch done by the previous Council - read here and here

Meanwhile - local resident Stuart Westie says:

"On a related matter, I understand there are thoughts of developing further boat launches. Before proceeding in that direction I suggest (Williams Lake) Council conduct an environmental assessment of the lake’s viability in relation to motorized vehicles. I suspect it’s a lake at risk and perhaps banning motorized vehicles should be considered"


Read Mr. Westie's full letter to the editor in Wednesday's Tribune here

New Chair of CCBAC

At their AGM today - the members of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition selected Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson as its' new Chair.  More on that here

I suspected upon Bob Simpson's election as Mayor of Quesnel that he would eventually become Chair of CCBAC so this is good news.  I look forward to hearing what new direction that Chair Simpson plans to take CCBAC in the next period of time...

~SF

2015 Armchair Travel line-up announced

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

Get your boarding passes ready! The Cariboo Regional District’s Williams Lake Area Branch Library announced today the 2015 Armchair Travel line-up of destinations. 

The Thursday evening presentations which have been pulled together by event organizer Pam Hedley-Smith, begin Jan. 8 and include presentations by local residents who have travelled to different destinations around the globe. The presentations will be multi-media including photographs, stories, sometimes even music, food and video.


Destination
Date
Time
China Yangtze Tour
Reta Seibert
Jan. 8
7 p.m.
Castles of Ireland
Debbie Turcotte and Kathie Cadrin
Jan. 15
7 p.m.
The Arctic
Allison Ruault
Jan. 22 
7 p.m.
Thailand and Vietnam
Tony Saville and Maggie Pugh
Jan. 29
7 p.m.
New Zealand
Pat and Deb Radolla
Feb. 5
7 p.m.
Botswana, Africa, By Horseback
Marion and Elizabeth Bayliffe 
Feb. 12
7 p.m.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m., while presentations start at 7 p.m.

Pre-registration for the Armchair Travel presentations is required, as seating is limited. Registration opens today, Tuesday, Dec. 16.

For further information about this series or other CRD Library events in Williams Lake, please contact the library at 250-392-3630 or email wlake@cariboord.ca. You can also visit us online at cln.ca.

NC Rural Directors' Caucus meets today

Prior to the North Cariboo Joint Committee meeting today at 5:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers - the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus will meet to consider the following matters:

2015 Grant in Aides:

* CHAAPS
* Gold Rush Trail Sled Dogs Association
* Quesnel Horseshoe Pitch Club

The NC Rural Caucus is made up of the Directors for CRD Electoral Areas A, B, C and I (Ted Armstrong, Jerry Bruce, John Massier and Dylan Cash).

The meeting will take place at 3pm today in the CRD Quesnel office meeting room on the Quesnel City Hall complex site (410 Kinchant St) - just up the street from the Quesnel Library

View the full Agenda here

~SF

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bruce Rattray gives his Farewell message to CRD Area L constituents

In his final message to his constituents - previous Cariboo RD Area 'L Director Bruce Rattray speaks to Area L voters in regards to his last 6 years as the Electoral Area 'L Director.

Having served previously last term (Feb 2013-Oct 2014) as the CRD Area 'D' Alternate Director, I will personally miss Mr. Rattray's wisdom and experience in matters that came before the Regional Board last term but it is my sincere hope that he will now enjoy "life after politics" :)

Two initiatives that one can point back and thank Mr. Rattray for are -- the new CRD Director Remuneration Bylaw and the Board Public Consultation Policy

Find Mr. Rattray's final message to the constituents of Electoral Area 'L' below:


Dear Constituents

This is my last day as a CRD Director. The new Director, Brian Coakley, will be sworn in at tomorrow’s board meeting in Williams Lake. If you need to reach him, he can be contacted at: directorareal@cariboord.bc.ca or bcoakley@cariboord.ca

This is also my last newsletter so I am taking the opportunity to say thank you to a few people who I have had the pleasure of working with over the past six years.

First, I have to say thank you to my Alternate Director, Peter Crawshay. Peter pinch-hit for me on a few occasions when I couldn’t attend a Board meeting. He also provided me with advice and encouragement throughout my two terms.

Second, I wish to thank the members of the Area L Advisory Planning Commission. Over the six years, membership on the Commission has included Hank Hackett, Peter Crawshay, Alan Boyd, Walter Levick, Joanne Macaluso, Art Guimond, Peter Bonter, Chris Lance, Vance Kroeker, Sharron Woloshyn, Gyl Connaty, and Harold Mobbs. The Commission has consistently provided me with good advice on development applications.

Third, I have mentioned before that, throughout my term, I have been impressed by CRD staff. As an Area Director, I rely on the information and advice that I receive from staff in order to make decisions on issues affecting residents. Public sector work can be thankless. Employees are frequently held to public scrutiny and expected to meet standards that are rarely applied to the private sector. Criticism can be vitriolic and personal. The staff that I have worked with have consistently risen above such challenges and carried out their duties in a professional manner. They have provided sound advice and guidance and exhibited a high degree of integrity in their work. My thanks to them for their assistance to me and their work on behalf of residents.

Fourth, I would like to thank the staff at the 100 Mile Free Press and compliment them on their coverage of local news and events. Over the past six years I have had the pleasure of dealing with Chris Nickless, Ken Alexander, Carole Rooney, Diana Forster, Heather Nelson, Karen Schuurman, Sharon Woloshyn and Joan Silver. The paper is an important source of information for local residents and in my view the staff at the Free Press have worked hard to inform residents and provide balanced coverage of issues.

Finally I would like to thank the many Area L residents who have provided their support and encouragement over the past six years. There have been many controversial issues to deal with over my two terms. Unfortunately some of these have led to decisions which resulted in winners and losers. These are never easy and I am particularly appreciative of those, who despite finding themselves on the losing side, were still able to recognize and accept that the decisions were made after careful consideration and with the best of intentions.

I am discontinuing my newsletters effective immediately and my website at the end of the month. However, I encourage you to make the effort to stay informed about local government activities and issue. It is my hope that the new Director will rise to the challenge of informing residents of CRD activities that affect them. CRD staff also provide news and information through the CRD website as well as their Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages. The 100 Mile Free Press is also a source of information through their articles, community news and formal advertisements.

Best wishes for the holiday season and the new year.

SD 28 Inaugural Mtg held last week

At their inaugural meeting for the 2014-18 Term last Wednesday - the Board of Education for School District #28 (Quesnel) held their usual elections for Chair/Vice-Chair and Trustee Tony Goulet was re-elected to a 2nd term as Chair of the Board of Education

Chair Goulet talks more about his plans in his 2nd term as SD28 Chair here

~SF

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Doherty wins (updated)

Update at 7:08am, Sunday Dec 14th:

Vote Breakdown as follows:

T. Doherty - 1,002
N. Fedorkiw - 572
S. Green - 419

More on the above here

Original Blog Post - Saturday, Dec 13th at 11:25pm

After a campaign that has lasted for a few months now - Federal Conservative party faithful have selected Todd Doherty as their nominee for the Oct 2015 Federal election in the riding of Cariboo-Prince George over Shari Green and Nick Fedorkiw

There is no breakdown of how each candidate did.  

I congratulate Mr. Doherty on his win... and look forward to the federal election race in Oct 2015 and seeing who the Federal Liberals and Federal NDP put up against Mr. Doherty,,, Last election, it was a race essentially between the Federal Conservatives and Federal NDP... Will it occur again, time will tell...

More on this story at 250News.com here

~SF

NC Joint Committee Mtg Tuesday

On Tuesday - the North Cariboo Joint Committee will meet.  The Committee consists of members of Quesnel City Council and those of CRD Electoral Areas A, B, C and I Directors

The Committee makes recommendations to Quesnel Council/CRD Board typically on recreation matters

At the meeting, the following will be discussed:

* QCEDC Quarterly Report
* NC Arena Project - Steering Committee report
* Grant Application for NC Arena Replacement Project
* Resume discussions for 2015 NC Parks/Recreation Budget
* Receipt of report from former CRD Area B Director Heloise Dixon-Warren re: Rural Recreation needs within the NC Parks/Recreation Function

View the full Agenda here

As for other Regional Joint Committees - they will meet in January 2015 as follows:

South Cariboo Joint Committee (CRD Areas G,H, L and 100 Mile Council)- Jan 12th in 100 Mile Council Chambers (meeting usually starts at 5pm)

Central Cariboo Joint Committee (CRD Areas D, E, F, J, K and WL City Council) - Jan 28th in the CRD Boardroom in Williams Lake (meeting usually starts at 6pm)

~SF

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Apply for BC Rural Advisory Council

Courtesy of the BC Government:

Applications to participate in the province’s Rural Advisory Council are now being accepted until Jan. 9, 2015.

The council’s mandate is to provide independent and impartial advice to government on matters related to rural development. As committed to in the report, Supporting Rural Development: Creating a Voice for Rural British Columbia, the initial focus of the council will be to provide advice on:

Avenues to support greater rural access to capital;
Stronger business development support for rural entrepreneurs and businesses; and
Moving forward on the Rural Dividend.
Government is inviting individual British Columbians to apply for council membership by submitting a resume and cover letter, identifying relevant business, economic development and community experience, and expressing their personal vision for supporting rural economies. To submit an application, or for further details, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraladvisorycouncil

The council will include 10 to 18 members, representing a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and regions. Members will be appointed as individuals, not as representatives of an organization, business, or municipality. Donna Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development, will chair the council.

Deadline for applications is Jan. 9, 2015. Council membership will be announced early in 2015.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson said –

“We need to ensure that rural British Columbians have an equitable share in the economic benefits generated from resource-based industries. The Rural Advisory Council offers a strong new voice for rural citizens and will help support rural prosperity and thriving rural communities across B.C.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for Rural Development & Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett also stated –

“The Province recognizes the importance of rural communities; they are the lifeblood of B.C. and government is committed to fostering thriving rural communities. Members of the Rural Advisory Council will play a key role in bringing rural concerns to the forefront and ensuring that rural British Columbians have a stronger voice.”

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Dec 15-19

In the final local government meetings of 2014 - Quesnel, Wells and Williams Lake Municipal Councils' meet next week as follows:

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Dec 16th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Ave).  View the full Agenda here

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Monday, Dec 15th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Ratify recommendations from Dec 8th Committee of the Whole meeting
* Adopt new Code of Conduct & Sign same by all members of Quesnel Council
* Reports from QCEDC Meetings
* Letters from Forestry Companies re: Next Budget Steps
* Half-Masting of City Flags for Mourning Policy
* Winter Carnival Fireworks
* Building Inspection Contract with Cariboo RD
* Responses from Ministry of Forests re: Cottonwood House & removal of Indian Point Crk Bridge (Bowron Forest Service Rd)

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake- Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Dec 16th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Change Cheque Signing Policy
* Fees/Charges Bylaw
* Dutch Point Rd Boat Launch Access - Rescind Closure
* Recommendation to approve interim appointment of Councillor Laurie Walters to NCLGA Board until May 2015

* Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

View the full Agenda here

After these meetings - Local Government Meetings will not occur until the week of Jan 12 - 16th, 2015

~SF

Cariboo RD 2014 Year End Address

The following address was delivered by CRD Chair Al Richmond at yesterday's CRD Board Meeting:

“Members of the Board, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, I have the distinct pleasure of reviewing the Cariboo Regional District’s key accomplishments and successes for 2014. Looking back over the past year, our region can be proud of its achievements. The CRD experienced many successes in 2014.

The year started with three sub-regional budget consultation meetings taking place in 100 Mile House, Quesnel and Williams Lake. During these meetings we presented the proposed 2014 budget to our residents to seek feedback from them, before adopting the budget at the end of March.

In May of 2014, the CRD attended the North Central Local Government Association Conference which was held in Fort St. John. Delegates and their partners were able to attend some great workshops, business sessions and of course some spectacular entertainment and social events. I would also like to take this opportunity to again thank the many volunteers from who dedicated their time and efforts to put on this conference. The hospitality which was offered to delegates and their partners was second to none.

On May 20, 2014, The Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) new Anahim Lake Airport terminal was officially opened. The terminal was built with support from our partners, the BC Government of British Columbia’s Towns for Tomorrow program, the Government of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund, the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and the CRD.

At the beginning of June, the Cariboo Regional District unveiled its new corporate website which is located at cariboord.ca.
The goal of the redesign was to modernize the look and feel, and make the website more useable, professional and adaptable. The CRD website was developed to provide information and interactivity for and with residents, visitors and the general public who live, work or play within the Cariboo Chilcotin. The budget for this project was $7,500

In June, the CRD Board of Directors and staff travelled to Alexis Creek for the 2014 Board on the Road event. The traditional Board on the Road BBQ was put on in support of the Alexis Creek Community Association to raise funds for the 100 Centennial celebrations for the community of Alexis Creek.

On June 17, The Cariboo Regional District’s Chief Election Officer declared the results as official for the North Cariboo Arena Replacement Project Referendum. A total of 3,235 North Cariboo residents participated in the referendum through advance polls, mail ballots and general voting day.

During the month of July, the CRD unveiled a new online public mapping system on the CRD’s corporate website. The new proprietary online mapping system, designed and built internally by CRD staff, is an interactive tool which will allow residents and visitors a new way of locating existing facilities and landmarks within the region. It will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the Cariboo Regional District and the services it provides as a local government.

We participated in Community to Community forums this year with two of our First Nation Communities. In January we participated in a Community to Community forum with the Williams Lake Indian band and in October with the Tsilhqot’in First Nations as part of the first steps in strengthening our relationship, exploring sharing services and developing a MOU’s with these communities. We look forward to continuing discussions in the coming year and the formalization of agreements between our communities. Discussions have taken place with the Canim Lake First nation with the goal of holding a Community to Community Forum with them in coming year.

August 4th brought a tragic event to the Cariboo with the breach of the tailings pond facility at Mount Polley Mines near Likely. Our Emergency Operations Centre was opened to provide assistance to residents and co-ordinate efforts to ensure public safety. Our EOC Web Site and Face Book page became the go to place for news media, agencies, and the public for up to date information on the during the early weeks of the event. Our staff and many volunteers worked tirelessly side by side to meet the needs of the people directly affected by the breach for many months. We were joined by representatives of many Provincial Ministries forming a formidable team committed to working through the challenges presented by this event and finding solutions to problems not experienced in past emergency events. We are most appreciative to Emergency Management BC for putting a representative in our EOC to work with our staff to ensure there were no road blocks in providing services to the people affected by the event.

While we were able to lift the local state of emergency last week put in place as a result of this event we recognize the impacts of this event will require continued monitoring for many years to come. As with the Fires of 2010, our staff is to be commended for their dedication to helping those in need and finding solutions to daily challenges as the presented themselves.

I would like to thank the Provincial Government for their partnership and support throughout this event.
I believe both levels of governments clearly recognize the value of partnerships made during this event and look forward to building a stronger relationship with them in the coming year.

From September 22 to 26, the Cariboo Regional District Board of Directors attended the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention and AGM which took place in Whistler, BC. Throughout the convention the CRD met with provincial ministers, attended workshops and spoke to CRD resolutions.

During the conference, the CRD met with the Premier of BC, the Honourable Christy Clark, the Minister of Environment, The Honourable Mary Polak and staff from the Minister of Energy and Mines to discuss the next steps in the clean-up and recovery from the Mount Polley Mine Tailings Pond Breach.

Throughout the week, CRD Board members and staff also met with four provincial ministers including the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Steve Thomson; the Minister of Health, the Honourable Terry Lake; the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Honourable Todd Stone; and the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Michael de Jong to discuss regional issues.

Throughout the fall months, the CRD unveiled four new wheelchair accessible trails throughout the region including Hallis Lake, Churn Creek, the Interlakes Low Mobility Trail and the 99 Mile Accessible Trail. The CRD’s accessible trail network received accolades from Williams Lake’s own Rick Hansen who took the time out of his busy schedule to tour both the Gavin Lake low Mobility Trail and the 99 Mile Accessible Trail. Rick gave both trails rave reviews and applauded the CRD for its efforts in making these facilities accessible to people of all abilities.

The Cariboo Regional District declared September 30 annually as Orange Shirt Day. The municipalities within the region, along with School District 27 and 28 have also made this same declaration to aide in the healing and reconciliation process and to create a better future for generations to come.

In 2014, the CRD successfully applied to a number of different provincial and federal funding programs such as the Building Canada Fund, the Towns for Tomorrow program, Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Community Tourism Opportunities program and UBCM’s Fuel mitigation fund for a total of approximately $1 million. The CRD also received approximately $1.7 million from the Community Works Fund which focuses on green initiatives and energy efficiency projects.

So often we forget how far we have come, and the challenges and issues we have overcome, or resolved along the way. Part of the reason for this report is to remind you of our accomplishments, and to compliment you on your successes.

Creating new partnerships, enhancing services, undertaking capital projects, informing the public and responding to residents’ needs is what building this region is all about. Our organization will continue to respond to community and residents’ needs thereby achieving our goal of:

Building Communities Together

I would like to thank all the Board members and staff for your dedication perseverance and support throughout 2014. Thank you.”

Friday, December 12, 2014

CRD Board Highlights - Dec 12th mtg

Present - Directors J. Massier, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, B. Simpson, W. Cobb, M. Campsall; Directors-elect T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, D. Cash, and B. Anderson

Staff:

J. Bell - CAO
S. Reid - CFO
A. Johnston - Corporate Officer
S. Burich - Mgr of Communications
K. Moores - Mgr of Development Services

Meeting called to order at 9:30am by J. Bell - CAO and welcomed everyone to the Inaugural Meeting of the CRD Board of Directors' for the 2014-18 Term

Willie Sure from the Williams Lake Indian Band performed a traditional welcoming ceremony

The CAO then invited Mr. John Russell, Barrister/Solicitor, to come forward to administer the Oaths of Office for the 12 Electoral Area Directors & 4 Municipal Directors

The CAO then invited Mr. Jeremy Vogt (Cariboo Bethel Church) to perform the Invocation (Prayer)

The CAO then called for nominations for the Office of Chair - Cariboo RD for 2015:

Director Wagner nominated Director Richmond.  Director Richmond accepted his nomination

The CAO then called three more times for nominations for position of Chair.  None received

Director Al Richmond acclaimed as Chair of the Cariboo RD for 2015

The CAO then called for nominations for the Office of Vice-Chair - Cariboo RD for 2015:

Director Kemp nominated Director Armstrong  Director Armstrong accepted his nomination

Director Forseth nominated Director Sorley.  Director Sorley accepted her nomination

The CAO then called three more times for nominations for position of Vice-Chair.  None received

Directors Armstrong/Sorley briefly addressed the Board.  After a secret ballot vote, the CAO declared Director Armstrong as Vice-Chair of the CRD Board for 2015

Resolved - That the ballots for Vice-Chair be destroyed

The CAO declared a recess at 10:05am with the meeting resuming at 10:20am

Chair Richmond read out the 2014 Year End Address

CAO Bell updated the Board on Canada Winter Games 2015 event in PG...

Meeting recessed at 10:55am
Meeting resumed at 11:15am

Delegation:

Steve Robertson, from Imperial Metals, appeared before the Board to discuss an update as to the situation at Mt Polley

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair Richmond, on behalf of the Board, thanked Mr. Robertson, for his time/information

Lunch recess at 12:25pm
Meeting resumed at 1:04pm

Meeting agenda approved/CRD Board Nov 14th meeting minutes approved
Delegation MOB received

Planning Bylaws:

a) Bylaw #4940 (Area F) given 1st/2nd Reading
b) Bylaws #4816/4817 (Area L) was given 3rd Reading
c) Bylaw #4888 (Area L) was given 3rd Reading/Adoption

Development Variance Permits:

a) DVP #1439 (Area D) was approved
b) DVP #46-2014 (Area E) was approved

Planning/Building Inspection/Bylaw Enforcement - Other Business:

a) Municipalities’ Building Inspection Reports, Cariboo Regional District Statistic Reports and the
Inspection Activity Reports for the month of October, 2014, was received

b) Provincial Agricultural Land Commission Decisions report as of December 1, 2014 was received

Environmental Services:

a) Board received the Water/Sewer projects report
b) Rural Refuse report was received

Community Services:

a) Board authorized the Northern Secwepemc Cultural Society's application to the Northern Trust’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program for a grant of up to $250,000 toward the cultural centre and museum project

Finance:

a) Cheque Register for November 2014 was approved in amount of $1.7 million

b) Proposed 2015 Five Year Financial Plan Overview was received

c) The Board endorsed the 2015 Business Plans in principle, for public consultation

d) The preliminary five-year financial plan was approved in principle for public consultation

Administration:

a) Sam Ketchum Pool Referendum results received
b) North Cariboo HandyDART Referendum results received
c) 2014 CRD Electoral Area election results received
d) The following In-Camera resolution was confirmed in open meeting:

That the memorandum from Janis Bell, Chief Administrative Officer,
dated November 4, 2014, regarding the closure of CRD offices during the
Christmas holidays, be received. Further, that the Cariboo Regional District
Williams Lake, Quesnel and 100 Mile House offices be closed on December
29th, 30th and 31st with a re-opening date of January 2, 2015.

e) Chair/CAO work with WL Indian Band/Xat'sull First Nations re: Mt Polley re-start application

Approved by following vote:

Affirmative - Chair Richmond; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Kemp, Sorley, Wagner, Cash, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb and Campsall

Negative - Director Forseth

d) Board authorized a letter of support to ABC Communications for their Digital Canada 150-Connection Canadians Program Application

e) Board received an Agenda Item Summary concerning two vacancies on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Board of Directors

f) Board received Consent Calendar as of Dec 12th
g) Board received FCM Report to Board - Nov 2014
h) Board received UBCM Executive notice re: vacancies on UBCM Executive.
i) Level 1/2 Corporate Priorities Reports received and Item 7.5 from Level 2 Corporate Priorities Report was removed
j) Letter from City of WL re: 2015 Canada Winter Games request of CRD was received

Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

a) Heritage Committee Mins of Oct 14th received and 1 recommendation from the meeting was endorsed
b) South Cariboo Joint Committee mins of Nov 24th received and recommendations from that meeting (2015 Grants for Assistance) were approved

c) Heritage Committee Mins of Nov 25th received and 1 recommendation from that meeting (Ltr to Mrs. Motherwell) was approved

d) Fin/Budget Committee Mins of Nov 13th received and 3 recommendations from that meeting were approved

Corporate Bylaws:

a) South Cariboo Regional Airport Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4941, 2014 was given 3 readings/adoption

b) Cariboo Regional District Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services
Amendment Bylaw No. 4906, 2014 was adopted following the successful Nov 15th referendum

c) Cariboo Regional District Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services
Pool Renovation Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 4907, 2014 was adopted following the successful Nov 15th referendum

d) North Cariboo HandyDART Transit Contribution Service Amendment Bylaw
No. 4917, 2014 was adopted following the successful Nov 15th referendum

Directors Requests:

a) At the request of Chair Richmond - Board authorized request for Area G Director Initiative Fund for the cost of hosting an appreciation lunch for the 108 Greenbelt Commission

b) At the request of Director Forseth - Board rescinded Area D component ($5,000) to Grant in Aide for Chimney and Felker Lakes Landholders Association for the expansion of their fire hall

Directors' gave oral reports on matters occurring in their Electoral Area/Municipality

At 2:35pm - Board went In-Camera under Section 90(1e) of the Community Charter
At 2:47pm - Board resumed its' public meeting

Meeting adjourned at 2:47pm

CC Regional Hospital Board Highlights - Dec 12th mtg

Present - Chair J. Massier and Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, D. Cash, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, B. Simpson, W. Cobb and M. Campsall

Staff:

J. Bell - CAO
S. Reid - CFO
A. Johnston - Corporate Officer
S. Burich - Mgr of Communications
K. Moores - Mgr of Development Services

Meeting called to order at 10:58am
Meeting Agenda approved/CCRHD Mtg mins of Nov 14th mtg approved

Business:

1) Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Capital Expenditure (Furnishing, Fixtures and Finishing of the Palliative Care Unit - Quesnel) Bylaw No. 97, 2014 was given 3 readings/adoption

2) Hospital Consent Calendar of Dec 12th received

3) Letter from Terry Lake re: Concerns with Hospital Master Plans for GR Baker/CMH Hospitals was received

4) News Release from Interior Health, dated November 21, 2014,regarding mental health and substance use services, was received.

5) Board to send letter to IHA/NHA re: Car 40 Program

6) CCRHD 2015 Provisional Five Year Financial Plan and Proposed Business Plan was approved for public consultation

Meeting adjourned at 11:09am

Cariboo Reg Hospital Board Highlights - Dec 12th mtg

Present - Chair J. Massier and Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, D. Cash, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, B. Simpson, W. Cobb and M. Campsall

Staff:

J. Bell - CAO
S. Reid - CFO
A. Johnston - Corporate Officer
S. Burich - Mgr of Communications
K. Moores - Mgr of Development Services

Meeting called to order at 10:55am
Meeting Agenda approved/CRHD Mtg mins of Apr 17th approved

Business:

1) CRHD 2015 Provisional Five Year Financial Plan and Proposed Business Plan was approved for public consultation

Meeting adjourned at 10:58am

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Financially reward voters for voting...

At a time that the number of eligible voters casting a ballot in all government elections (federal, provincial, and local) is on the downward trend - Ken Nicholson of Kamloops writes in today's Kamloops Daily News to float the following idea:


A Kamloops residential property owner who votes would receive a $100 credit on his or her 2015 property-tax bill; a non-property owner would receive a $100 voucher to any City of Kamloops recreation facilities.

Contrast that to Australia where voters' are fined for not voting.... I think Mr. Nicholson's idea certainly has merit and society should discuss his idea in a positive way to engage more voters.... because we do know that when voters are encouraged in 'positive' ways to vote, they tend to become more motivated to do so....

Read Mr. Nicholson's full letter here

~SF

"Love Williams Lake" website launches

Today - Love Williams Lake, a website dedicated to small businesses and what they offer to people of Williams Lake and those who come in from our surrounding rural areas (CRD Areas D, E, F, J and K) launched.  You can view the website here

This website is part of a larger project called Small Town Love which is coordinated by the Northern Development Initiative Trust.  Similiar websites are now available in 100 Mile House (click here) and Quesnel (click here)

Small business pays a small one time fee of $100 for access.  More questions can be answered and viewed here

~SF

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Balanced Budget 2015-16

Weekly Column from Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes in Dec 10th Williams Lake Tribune:

Some may find that the holidays are a more challenging time to stay on track with finances, especially with Christmas just around the corner. It is not only during the holidays, but every day, month and year that we each continually are trying to budget our money to save, invest and plan for the future.

The government is faced with the same challenge in the global and domestic economies. Fortunately, for the past two years, our government has been able to balance the budget, because B.C. has demonstrated with hard work, due diligence and fiscal discipline, it is not only possible to have a balanced budget, but also forecast successive modest surpluses.

Private sector economists are forecasting B.C. to be among the strongest economies in the country over the next couple years. B.C. remains on target to balance the 2014-15 Budget with a projected year-end surplus of $444 million, up by $178 million since the First Quarterly Report. B.C.’s real GDP is forecast to grow by 1.9 per cent in 2014 and 2.3 per cent in 2015, unchanged from the First Quarterly Report.

Further, the independent Economic Forecast Council projects B.C. will see stable real GDP growth of 2.3 per cent in 2014 and 2.7 per cent in both 2015 and 2016 on average, unchanged from the January 2014 forecast. The council also projects B.C.’s real GDP will grow by an average of 2.5 per cent for the 2017-19 period.

Government will continue to exercise fiscal discipline to ensure B.C.’s budget remains balanced. Keeping the budget balanced is the first step towards a stronger economy and allows us to continue to make investments that reflect the priorities of British Columbians.

The Economic Forecast Council’s projection published with Budget 2015 will determine future potential salary increases in public sector agreements negotiated under the government’s Economic Stability.

As we move forward into the New Year, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that we have our third consecutive balanced budget.

City of WL seeks nominations for Merit Award

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

Williams Lake is the hometown of Rick Hansen, Carey Price, and many others who have achieved national or international recognition for their achievements, and the City of Williams Lake would like to recognize those individuals.

City Council is now accepting nominations for 2014 Certificate of Merit Awards to recognize any citizen of the City of Williams Lake or the fringe area of the city that has accomplished an achievement that brings national or international fame to the City of Williams Lake during 2014. Their achievements will be recognized by City Council meeting in early 2015.

To nominate an individual, provide his or her name and a short resume of their contributions for City Council to consider. Nominations can be dropped off at City Hall by January 9, 2015. For more information, contact Cindy Bouchard, Manager of Legislative Services, at 250-392-1773 or cbouchard@williamslake.ca.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WL Council-in-Committee - Dec 9th mtg

Present - Mayor W. Cobb (Chair) and Councillors I. Bonnell, J. Ryll, C. Smith, L. Walters and S. Zacharias

Staff:

D. Garceau - City Manager
C. Bouchard - Corporate Officer/Mgr of Legislative Services
M. Stewart - Director of Finance
A. Madrigga - Mgr of Economic Development
G. Muraca - Director of Municipal Services
K. MacInnis - Communications Coordinator

Meeting called to order at 6pm
Agenda approved/Mins of last Council-in-Committee meeting on Oct 28th, 2014 approved

Business:

1) Tourism Discovery Centre Fee for Service Agreement Renewal

The Manager of Economic Development reviewed his report with the Committee along with a brief presentation from Mark Law, Claudia Blair and Jaylyn Byer from the local Chamber of Commerce

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

Refer to Community Services Committee for a report back to Council

2) Fee for Service Contracts - 2015

The Director of Finance reviewed her report with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

Staff report back on the various Fee for Service recipients and resume 2015 Fee for Service discussions

3) Grant in Aid Applications - 2015

The Director of Finance reviewed her report with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

That the following 2015 Grant in Aides be approved:

* Cariboo Mental Health Association - $250

Approved by following vote:

Affirmative - Councillors Bonnell, Ryll, Smith, Walters and Zacharias
Negative - Mayor W. Cobb

* Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium - $5,000
* Navy League - $3,025
* Aux Police - refer to 2015 Budget Discussions
* WL Cross Country Ski Club - Defer pending discussions around Mt Timothy funding request
* WL Curling Club - $17,500 conditional on confirmation that funding from CARIP or Community Works Fund can be used instead

The Committee adjourned at 8:33pm

City of WL looks for Heritage/Accessibility Advisory Committee Members

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The City of Williams Lake is currently accepting applications for positions on the Heritage Advisory Committee and the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

The Heritage Advisory Committee’s purpose is to investigate any matters pertaining to heritage conservation, and provide Council with recommendations on heritage matters. Members serve for a two year term.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee’s mission is to remove physical and social barriers so that persons with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community life. Members are appointed for a one year term.

Applications must include name, address, home and work telephone numbers, together with an outline of the reasons for your interest in serving on the committee. A Striking Committee of Council will consider all applications.

Application deadline is Jan. 9, 2015. To submit your application, or for more information about advisory committees, contact Cindy Bouchard, Manager of Legislative Services, at 250-392-1773 or cbouchard@williamslake.ca.

$20,000 in funding helps students in SD27 get foundation in trades

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Cariboo-Chilcotin’s School District #27 is one of 26 districts across B.C. that will receive funding from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to continue the district’s Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) Program for the 2014/15 school year.

$20,000 will help fund the Cariboo Chilcotin’s SSA program, a dual-credit program that allows students who are 15 years of age and over, in Grades 10, 11, or 12, to begin the work-based training component of an apprenticeship program while still in high school. 

“Ensuring we have the right skills in place at the right time to create a highly skilled workforce throughout the province is a top priority,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “With the growing demand for skilled trades people, it’s important B.C.’s young people are offered the opportunity to get the skills and training they need to get ahead.”

“Our government is delivering on our commitment outlined in the BC Skills and Jobs Blueprint to fund critical trades’ seats,” said Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes. “This funding will continue to support British Columbians to be first in line and ready to take advantage of the one million new job openings expected in our province by 2022.”

Through SSA programs, students “earn while they learn”, receiving credit toward both a high school diploma and an apprenticeship. In 2013/14, there were 952 new students registered in SSA programs across BC, representing a 7.5 percent increase from the previous school year. As of October 31, 2014, there are a total of 1,732 youth apprentices registered in SSA programs in the province.

Finding an employer who will sponsor their apprenticeship is one of the biggest challenges facing youth looking for a career in the trades. Today’s ITA funding will help school districts cover staffing costs that will support and guide youth through the B.C. apprenticeship system by helping them to secure jobs and employer sponsorship. This funding will also help youth transition from technical training to work-based training, and build further awareness of opportunities in the skilled trades among youth, parents, educators and employers in their communities. 

“Building a skilled workforce for the future depends on the youth of today,” says Erin Johnston, Director, Training Investment. “Our goal is to support the B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint objective and increase youth participation for continuing into apprenticeship and a skilled trades career by making sure we are providing the best support to youth along the apprenticeship pathway.”

ITA’s youth programs focus on awareness building, practical work experience, and apprenticeship technical training. For more information on the youth programs ITA offers, go to www.itabc.ca/youth.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Quesnel COW Mtg - Dec 8th

Present: Mayor Simpson (Chair) and Councillors Brisco, Coleman, Elliot, Paull, Roodenburg and Thapar

Staff:

Byron Johnson - City Manager (CAO)
Gina Albers - Deputy Corporate Administrator
Tanya Turner - Director of Development Services
Jeff Norburn - Director of Community Services
Ken Coombs - Director of Public Works/Engineering
Kari Bolton - Director of Financial/Corporate Services

The Chair called the meeting called to order at 7pm
Agenda approved

Business:

1) Draft Code of Conduct and Ethics Council Policy IWC-4

The Chair reviewed this item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

Draft Code of Conduct and Ethics Council Policy IWC-4 be approved with the approved edits

2) Draft Council Procedure Bylaw 1750

The Chair reviewed the Draft Procedure Bylaw with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

That Council give 1st, 2nd and 3rd Reading to Council Procedure Bylaw #1750 with the approved edits to be included in the final Draft Council Procedure Bylaw

3) Annual Committee Appointments and Draft Terms of References

The Chair reviewed this item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

That the list of Committee & Liaison appointments be approved with the Draft Terms of Reference for the 3 proposed Standing Committees be received

4) 2015 Acting Mayor Schedule

The Chair reviewed this item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

That the 2015 Acting Mayor schedule be approved


5) Draft Agenda Development Process

The Chair reviewed this item with the Committee
General discussion ensued thereon

6) Strategic Planning and Budget Policy Process Questions

The Chair reviewed this item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee be tasked with bringing forward a new Budget Principles document and present that to Council in mid-January

7) Council email addresses

The Chair reviewed this item with the Committee
General discussion ensued thereon

Meeting concluded at 9:30pm

New health-education seats at College of New Caledonia

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

The College of New Caledonia has received $265,200 in one-time funding for 34 spaces at its Health Care Assistant Certificate program, as part of a provincial-wide initiative to provide additional support for short-term health education programs.

“It’s important that we continue to support programs across B.C. to train health-care professionals,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “This funding will support the College of New Caledonia continue to play an integral role in training health-care professionals who can deliver the front-line quality of care, making a tangible difference in our community.”

Being offered at its Quesnel and Vanderhoof campuses, CNC’s program gives the skills to care for disabled individuals living in long-term-care facilities or private homes. To help clients meet their needs in all dimensions of health in their home or in a facility, the program prepares to help with assessments, communication, and activities of daily living, such as nutrition and personal hygiene.

The College of New Caledonia is one of seven public post-secondary institutes that is receiving this one-time funding. All totaled, the provincial government is providing $1.5 million towards 188 student spaces in short-term health education programs. 

This one-time funding addresses the immediate needs of specific communities that do not have sufficient student and employer demand to support a program on a long-term ongoing basis. It was awarded after public post-secondary institutions answered a call for proposals. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Dec 8-12th

A number of local governments are meeting next week as follows:

Quesnel - Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday, Dec 8th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant Street)

On the Agenda:

* Draft Code of Conduct
* Draft Procedure Bylaw
* Council Meeting Agenda development
* 2015 Acting Mayor schedule
* Strategic Planning
* Council email addresses

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Inaugural Mtg of the 2014-18 Board of Education at 7pm in the SD 28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd) on Wednesday, Dec 10th at 7pm.  View the Agenda, when available, here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Inaugural Mtg of the 2014-18 Board of Education at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Dec 9th in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue North, WL).  View the Agenda, when available, here

Williams Lake - Council Committee Mtg (formerly Committee of the Whole) at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom at WL City Hall (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Tourism Discovery Centre Fee for Service Agreement Renewal
* Fee for Service Contracts - 2015
* Grant in Aid Applications - 2015

View the Agenda here

100 Mile House - Inaugural Mtg of the 2014-18 Municipal Council at 7pm on Tues Dec 9th in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue). View the Agenda, when available, here

Cariboo Regional District

On Friday Dec 12th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Ave, WL) - the 16 member Cariboo RD Board of Directors' (12 Electoral Area + 4 Municipal) will firstly have the Inaugural portion of the meeting by way of a blessing/drumming from WL Indian Band Councillor Willie Sure, then the Directors will be sworn into office by John Russell, Barrister/Solicitor, then the Invocation will be delivered by Cariboo Bethel Pastor Jeremy Vogt, the Board will select its' Chair/Vice Chair, a brief recess will follow and then the Board will continue with its' Agenda including meeting as both the CC Regional Hospital Board & Cariboo Regional Hospital Board. Links to Agenda below:

a) Cariboo Regional Hospital Board - click here
b) CC Regional Hospital Board - click here
c) Cariboo Regional District Board - click here

As the incoming Cariboo RD Area 'D' Director - I would invite you to attend our Inaugural Meeting, again at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom on Friday, December 12th...

~SF

Likely, BC State of Local Emergency rescinded

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District: 

Today, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) has rescinded the State of Local Emergency declared in Electoral Area F, the Likely Community Area. 

The State of Local Emergency was instituted by the CRD on August 5, 2014 in response to the tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine site, due to concerns about the stability of the tailings plug at Polley Lake and to enable the necessary resources to be coordinated and used in the protection of people’s lives, safety and welfare, and to limit damage to properties and the environment.  The order was lifted today based on an assessment completed by Golder Associates, that the plug is now deemed stable.

Although the Order to Restrict Access to the entire area is being removed by the CRD, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) orders to restrict road access from public use will remain in place.  The Ministry advises that due to the continued heavy industrial traffic operating in the area during remediation, in the interests of public safety, the following roads will remain closed:

-        Horsefly-Likely Forest Service Road (FSR) (aka “Ditch Road”) from the junction with Horsefly-Polley FSR to the Mitchell Bay recreation site.
-        Horsefly-Gavin FSR (aka “Gavin Road”) from the west side of Mount Polley’s operations through to the junction with the Ditch Road.
-        Horsefly-Polley Lake FSR in its entirety (access to Polley Lake recreation site).

The Ministry is committed to restoring public access as soon as possible.

The CRD’s Emergency Operations Centre is now closed. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cariboo-PG Conservative Nomination Mtg Dates set

Courtesy of CKPG-TV

The dates have been set for the Conservative nomination vote in the federal riding of Cariboo-Prince George.

Party members can vote in Quesnel on Friday, December 12th from 11:00 am to 1pm at the Sandman Hotel banquet room, following candidate speeches at 10:45.

Also on the 12th, will be the vote in Williams Lake at Thompson Rivers University cafeteria. Speeches start at 4:45 p.m. followed by voting from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The next day, the nomination vote will be held in Vanderhoof, at the Vanderhoof Arena. Speeches will begin at 10:00 a.m. then members can vote from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Also on Saturday, December 13th, the nomination vote will be held in Prince George.

It will take place at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club from 2:45-8:30 p.m. Voters must bring a piece of government issued photo ID, or two pieces of identification, one which contains photo ID and one which contains the member’s address.

There are 3 candidates in the running, Shari Green, Todd Doherty, and Nick Fedorkiw.

Grant Opportunities to Dec 3/14

This afternoon, the CRD Grant Writer brought the following grant opportunities to my attention and I'm sharing those with my readers...

1) 2015 Celebrate Canada Grant Funding

The 2015 Celebrate Canada funding application process has been launched.

The Department of Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities delivered during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1. These activities celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on July 1.

We are very pleased to announce that the 2015 application form and guide may now be found on the Canadian Heritage website at http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1290623024175/1290627748796 In order to ensure that your funding request is processed in a timely manner, you are invited to send us your request as soon as possible, before January 15, 2015.

Please ensure that your application is completed and signed. Whether applications are submitted by fax, e-mail or mail, signatures must be hand-written. Incomplete or unsigned applications will result in delayed processing and could be rejected. Please choose one method for submitting your application and do not submit duplicates.

Please note that your applications will be assessed using a variety of criteria. Some of these include:

- how the project adheres to Program objectives;
- the use of Canadian symbols (e.g. Canadian flag)
- the incorporation of themes related to Canadian history;
- the use of partnerships;
- whether events are taking place on their designated day;
- the accessibility of the site;
- whether anticipated attendance is realistic;
- whether the application is complete;
- whether the project is clearly explained, complete, and demonstrates good use of funds;
- whether the budget is balanced and realistic;
- whether other sources of revenue are identified;
- the number of eligible activities that are part of the event.

The budget submitted for the project must be balanced, realistic and reasonable. Inflated or exaggerated budgets or costs may result in rejection of the application.

Events funded are expected to be held on the date of the designated day. Priority will be given to events held on the actual date.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada, an important milestone in Canadian history. Applicants are encouraged to integrate this historic milestone into their events; however funding is not conditional on the inclusion of these elements in the celebrations during the Celebrate Canada period.

If you received funding in the previous year, you were required to submit a Final Activity Report, which was due on August 31, 2014. If you failed to provide us with a Final Activity Report prior to submitting a new application, your organization will not be eligible for funding.

Do not hesitate to contact your Regional Program Officer if you require further information:

Daryl Ostopowich
Senior Program Consultant | Conseiller principal de programmes
Celebrate Canada | Le Canada en Fête
Major Events and Celebrations | Événements majeurs et célébrations
Canadian Heritage | Patrimoine canadien
daryl.ostopowich@pch.gc.ca
Telephone | Téléphone: 780-495-6793
Facsimile | Télécopieur: 780-495-4873
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada

2) 2015 Canada Summer Jobs Program

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Canada Summer Jobs:

· provides work experiences for students;
· supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
· recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

The application period closes January 30, 2015. To learn more, visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml

3) Quesnel Community Foundation - 2015 Grant Round open

Quesnel Community Foundation grants support projects that benefit area residents. Funded projects provide a service to the community or take an innovative approach to needs and concerns within the North Cariboo region. The Foundation funds projects in the areas of health, environment, social programs, sports and recreation, and arts and culture.

The deadline for Letters of Intent is January 16, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.quesnelfoundation.ca/grants.aspx

4) 2015 Recreation Foundation of BC Grant

The Recreation Foundation of B.C.’s grant program provides up to $10,000 to non-profit organizations and registered charities that provide services in the areas of recreation, sport, culture, health, education, and the environment. Eligible costs include service expansion/improvements, new programs, and the purchase of equipment which will enhance the organization’s initiatives.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.recreationfoundationbc.ca/Grants.aspx

5) 2015 DASH BC Northern Connections Grant Program

Schools/School Districts within northern B.C. (including the Cariboo Chilcotin) may apply for up to $5,000 to support a healthy living initiative. Grants will support new or enhanced opportunities for students to develop their expressive lives and build resiliency skills through participation in enriched sport and arts activities.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2015. For more information, visit http://healthyschoolsbc.ca/healthy-schools-bc-resources/healthy-living-grants/northern-connections-grant.aspx