Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mt Polley Likely Mtg today!

Later today from 2-4pm at the Likely Community Hall (6271 Rosette Lake Rd) - there will be an update in regards to Mount Polley.  There will be presentations from Ministry of Enviroment & Mt Polley Mining Corporation,

Reps from Ministry of Energy/Mines, Cariboo Regional District, and Interior Health will be present to answer questions.  MLA's Oakes (Cariboo-North) and Barnett (Cariboo-Chilcotin) plus the Hon. Mary Polak (Minister of Environment) will be present as well.

The community of Likely is encouraged to come out and ask questions. Coffee/tea will be provided

Saturday, November 22, 2014

SD27 SOFI Report for 2013/14 School Year

In one of its' last pieces of business before the 2011/14 Term ends - the Board of Education for School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) will receive the Statement of Financial Information or SOFI Report for the 2013/14 School Year.  Board Trustees received remuneration ranging from $18,791.93 (Tanya Guenther - Board Chair) to $13,840.92 (SD27 Zone 5 Trustee Sheila Boehm)

As far as expenses go - Tanya Guenther claimed top spot with $9,724.16 which is down from $11,515.43 in the previous year while Zone 7 Trustee Joyce Cooper submitted the lowest expenses being $5,678.79

As far as SD27 Staff go -- In 2012/13 - remuneration for employees making above $75,000 was $16,296,632 with expenses claimed being $126,233.  In 2013/14 - this was $10,037,119 with expenses totaling $135,068

In the category of employees making less than $75,000 - in 2012/13, remuneration was $23,898,921 with expenses being $123,495.  For 2013/14 - this was $27,333,770 with expenses being $149,332

View the full 2012/13 SOFI Report here

View the full 2013/14 SOFI Report below:




RBC Sports Day in Canada gets Williams Lake residents moving

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

To mark this year’s RBC Sports Day in Canada, a national celebration of sport, the City of Williams Lake is hosting free family swim lessons at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex from 4:30-6:30 p.m.. These lessons will teach families basic swimming and drowning prevention skills. Following the lessons, families will be invited to stay for games, a movie and a snack from 6:30-8:30 p.m.. KidSport™, Big Brothers and Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Pregnancy Outreach and the Child Development Centre will provide information on their organizations in the Complex lobby.

“We’re thrilled to be part of RBC Sports Day in Canada,” says Geoff Paynton, Director of Community Services. “The City of Williams Lake has a long tradition of swim lessons.”

“Sport has the power to build community and get Canadians moving,” said Elio Antunes,
President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport
participation in Canada. “Fostering opportunities for sport at both local and national levels allows
us to build a better and stronger society, while also becoming more physically active leading to
healthier, more active lifestyles.”

RBC Sports Day in Canada caps off a week of more than 1,800 local events and activities, such
as community-wide festivals, try-it days, open houses, games, competitions, meet-and-greets,
tournaments, fun runs, spectator events and pep rallies, and concludes with a special broadcast
on CBC Television on November 29.

Children need every opportunity to develop the confidence and skills they need to enable them
to play and also recognizing there are lifelong lessons gained through sport,” said Jane
Broderick, Chief Brand and Communications Officer, RBC. “RBC Sports Day in Canada is part
of our larger commitment to kids and youth through the RBC Believe in Kids Pledge, a five-year,
$100 million promise to help one million kids with a wide range of programs.”

“When sport is inclusive, fair and fun, Canadians and their respective communities are able to
reap the benefits associated with a positive sport experience,” said Karri Dawson, Director of
True Sport Operations at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. “Good sport instills character
in our kids, strengthens our communities and increases opportunities for personal excellence.”

About RBC Sports Day in Canada

RBC Sports Day in Canada, celebrated on Saturday, November 29, 2014, is a national
celebration of the power of sport to build community and get Canadians moving. The official day
caps off a week of more than 1,000 local events and includes a special broadcast on CBC
Television.

RBC is the title sponsor of RBC Sports Day in Canada, which is presented by ParticipACTION,
in partnership with CBC Television, ICI Radio-Canada Télé and True Sport, working in
collaboration with national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and
sports enthusiasts across the country. RBC Sports Day in Canada is generously supported by
Sport Canada and in BC through Healthy Families BC. For more information about RBC Sports
Day in Canada, please visit: http://sportsday.cbc.ca

Friday, November 21, 2014

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Nov 24-28

A number of local governments are having final meetings of the 2011-14 term as follows:

Quesnel - Orientation Session for the 2014-18 Quesnel Council on Monday, Nov 24th

Williams Lake - Final meeting of the 2011-14 Williams Lake Municipal Council at 6pm on Tuesday, Nov 25th in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Dylan Matheson, Wildsafe BC Coordinator re 2014 Williams Lake Wildsafe Program Summary
* DVP #14-2014 - Lorne Marshall - Interior Lot Line Setback Reduction for Proposed Shed - 1265 Eleventh Avenue North
* BC Mountain Bike Tourism Association 2015 Symposium - Application to Host
* Farewell Speeches from Mayor Cook, Councillors Bourdon, Hughes and Rathor

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Final meeting of the 2011-14 100 Mile House Municipal Council at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov 25th in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  View the Agenda here

School District #27 - Final meeting of the 2011-14 Board of Education at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Nov 25th in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue North, WL).  Agenda is available here

Cariboo Regional District:

South Cariboo Joint Committee - Meeting on Monday, Nov 24th at 5:00pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Ave).  Items on the Agenda include Lisa DePaoli and Rita Giesbrecht to appear before the Committee to discuss South Cariboo Early Years Centre & South Cariboo Food Security Committee; Josh Dickerson from Canlan Ice Sports to appear before the Committee to present the 2015 2015 Annual Operating Plan for the South Cariboo Recreation Centre plus resume consideration of the 2015 Grant in Aide applications.  View the full Agenda package here

New Prosperity Mine Just Doesn’t Pass the Test

This afternoon - British Columbia for Prosperity, a group of private citizens for practical resource development said "New Prosperity does not meet the test" after multiple attempts by Taseko Mines to get New Prosperity or "Prosperity" approved by Ottawa, only to be rejected 3 times running while Victoria has given its' blessing. Taseko Mines is currently in legal proceedings as a result of the New Prosperity mine proposal rejection in Feb 2013

Read the Op-Ed here

As a result of the William Title Case win and its' legal implications - I would argue it will be a very long time, if ever, if we'll see Taseko Mines attempt a 4th time to get their proposed mine approved near Fish Lake...

~SF

Mental Health service improvements

Editor's Note - the BC Government's version of this announcement is here

Courtesy of Interior Health:

Individuals living with mental health and substance use disorders will benefit from Assertive Community Treatment teams and a crisis response team providing targeted supports for Kamloops, Kelowna and the Cariboo-Chilcotin, a first-of-their kind for the Interior, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

“While we have a strong base of services for people with mental health and substance use issues, there are some clients who require more intensive intervention and support to live a healthier life,” said Lake. “This will be possible with these new ACT and crisis response teams, and is just one example of work going on throughout the province to support those in need of additional support.”

Funding for the ACT teams and the crisis response team is provided jointly, with Interior Health contributing $2 million and the Ministry of Health providing $2 million for a total of $4 million. IH will establish Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams in Kamloops and Kelowna and a crisis response team in Williams Lake to serve the Cariboo-Chilcotin and 100 Mile House.

“ACT teams provide a very intensive, team-oriented range of supports for individuals with serious mental health issues and substance use challenges,” said Kamloops South Thompson MLA Todd Stone. “I’m proud these teams will now help our communities, and hope to see the same successes ACT teams have shown in other areas of the province.”

The ACT teams will be comprised of mental health and substance use professionals from various professional backgrounds, working together to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support to individuals who are suffering from severe substance use and mental health challenges.

Different from traditional programs, as the name states, the ACT team reaches out directly to clients 24 hours per day, seven-days-a-week, making client contact in the community as often as two to three times per day, based on individual needs.

“Interior Health is pleased to bring the ACT teams to our communities and clients in need, and will benefit from the experience of similar teams implemented in other health regions,” said Interior Health Board Chair Norman Embree.

In addition to the ACT teams, a crisis response team will be created to support clients in the Cariboo-Chilcotin geographical region. This team will consist of two nurses alternating to provide seven-day-a-week coverage and service and will also work closely with mental health and substance use and emergency department staff to support clients requiring intensive treatment and follow-up.

“We know that many individuals with serious and complex mental health and substance use illnesses use our emergency departments,” said Dave Harrhy, Mental Health and Substance Use Network Director. “One of the goals of these teams is to support clients to the point that they are better managing their symptoms and health in the community and are less likely to need to visit the emergency department.”

Interior Health is in the process of hiring staff for the ACT and crisis response teams, and hopes to see them in place by February with clinical programs starting in the late spring and early summer.

Today’s announcement is partially funded by the $20.25 million earmarked for health authorities to invest in more local programs and supports to improve care for the severely addicted and mentally ill population. This announcement builds on significant progress on the action items outlined in the Ministry of Health’s November 2013 report for individuals with severe addictions and mental illness, with even more programs to be announced in the upcoming year.

Interior Health is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and providing a wide range of quality health-care services to more than 742,000 people living across B.C.’s vast interior. For more information, visit www.interiorhealth.ca, follow us on Twitter @Interior_Health, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/interiorhealth.ca.

More funding for Mental Health/Substance Abuse in Cariboo-Chilcotin

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:


Individuals living in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region with mental health and substance abuse will benefit from Assertive Community Treatment teams and a crisis response team providing targeted supports.

“Mental health and substance use challenges affect the lives of individuals, families and communities,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “This funding will increase access to meaningful, positive support and help take action and find innovative ways to address mental health, substance use and unhealed trauma.”

Funding for the ACT teams and the crisis response team is provided jointly, with Interior Health contributing $2 million and the Ministry of Health providing $2 million for a total of $4 million.

“Mental health challenges can affect anyone in our communities,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “This funding will not only strengthen services in the Cariboo region but will enable those affected with mental illness, the support and improved social connections that they deserve.”

The ACT teams will be comprised of mental health and substance use professionals from various professional backgrounds, working together to provide treatment, rehabilitation and support to individuals who are suffering from severe substance use and mental health challenges.
Different from traditional programs, as the name states, the ACT team reaches out directly to clients 24 hours per day, seven-days-a-week, making client contact in the community as often as two to three times per day, based on individual needs.

“Interior Health is pleased to bring the ACT teams to our communities and clients in need, and will benefit from the experience of similar teams implemented in other health regions,” said Interior Health Board Chair Norman Embree.

In addition to the ACT teams, a crisis response team will be created to support clients in the Cariboo-Chilcotin geographical region. This team will consist of two nurses alternating to provide seven-day-a-week coverage and service and will also work closely with mental health and substance use and emergency department staff to support clients requiring intensive treatment and follow-up.

“We know that many individuals with serious and complex mental health and substance use illnesses use our emergency departments,” said Dave Harrhy, Mental Health and Substance Use Network Director. “One of the goals of these teams is to support clients to the point that they are better managing their symptoms and health in the community and are less likely to need to visit the emergency department.”

Interior Health is in the process of hiring staff for the ACT and crisis response teams, and hopes to see them in place by February with clinical programs starting in the late spring and early summer.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mt Polley Mtgs - Nov 23rd/24th


T.J. Grewal out!

T.J Grewal who had been in the race to become the next Federal Conservative Party nominee for the Federal Electoral District of Cariboo-Prince George is now officially out after exhausting all of his appeal avenues.  The Conservative Party of Canada denied his nomination package because he had not been a standing Party member for the required 6 months prior to submitting a nomination package.

Read more here

With Grewal's departure - that leaves City of PG residents Shari Green, Todd Doherty and Nick Fedorkiw in the race to become Dick Harris's successor.  The deadline to become a Federal Conservative Party member is 8:59pm tonight in order to be eligible to vote in the forthcoming nomination meeting with that occurring sometime in mid-December

~SF

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SD27 Board of Education - 2014-2018 Term

Zone 1 - Linda Nielsen
Zone 2 - Tanya Guenther
Zone 3 - Chris Pettman
Zone 4 - Christine Dyment
Zone 5 - Dr. Sheila Boehm
Zone 6 - Brice O'Neill
Zone 7 - Joyce Cooper

SD28 Board of Education - 2014-2018 Term

1) Tony Goulet
2) Julie-Anne Runge
3) Gloria Jackson
4) George Natalizio
5) Wendy Clement
6) Howie Schonke
7) David Chapman

Cariboo RD Electoral Area Directors - 2014-2018 Term

Area A - Ted Armstrong
Area B - Jerry Bruce (Newly Elected)
Area C - John Massier
Area D - Steve Forseth (Newly Elected)
Area E - Byron Kemp
Area F - Joan Sorley
Area G - Al Richmond
Area H - Margo Wagner
Area I - Dylan Cash (Newly Elected)
Area J - Roger William
Area K - Betty Anderson (Newly Elected)
Area L - Brian Coakley

District of 100 Mile House Council - 2014-2018 Term

Mayor - Mitch Campsall

Councillors' - Ralph Fossum, Bill Hadden, Spence Henderson and Dave Mingo


City of Williams Lake Council - 2014-2018 Term

Mayor -Walt Cobb
Councillors - Ivan Bonnell, Scott Nelson, Jason Ryll, Craig Smith, Laurie Walters and Sue Zacharias

Inaugural Mtg - Tuesday, Dec 2nd, 2014 at 6pm in Williams Lake Council Chambers

City of Quesnel Council - 2014-2018 Term

Mayor - Bob Simpson

Councillors' - John Brisco, Ed Coleman, Scott Elliott, Ron Paull, Laurey-Anne Roodenburg and Sushil Thapar

Inaugural Meeting: Monday, Dec 1st at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers

District of Wells Council for 2014-2018 Term

Mayor - Robin Sharpe

Councillors - Mandy Kilsby, Lorraine Kozar, Richard Wright, and Virginia Wilkins


Newly Elected Officials eager to start

With the 2014 Elections over and the City of Quesnel having released the official election results as has the District of 100 Mile House and the City of Williams Lake releasing theirs later today at 4pm - the newly (or returning) elected officials are eager to start their new posts:

a) CRD Directors for Areas D, E, and K - read here
b) Mayor-elect Walt Cobb - read here
c) WL City Councillor-elect Scott Nelson - read here
c) School District #27 Trustees for Zones 4/5 - read here

As per Section 136 of the Local Government Act - Chief Election Officers' are required to release the official results of the local elections by 4pm today!

Inaugural Meetings of Local Governments for the 2014-18 Term will be held as follows (ones I'm aware of):

Quesnel - 7pm on Monday, Dec 1st, Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St, Quesnel)

Williams Lake - 6pm on Tuesday, Dec 2nd, Williams Lake Council Chambers (450 Mart St)

Cariboo Regional District - 9:30am on Friday, Dec 12th, CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

McLeese Lake VFD - Winter Fundraiser

The McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department is excited to partner up with
                Regal Gifts for one of our Winter Fundraising Campaigns!

Our Fundraising purpose is to continue to raise funds for training, equipment, and a Fire Hall!

Regal offers more than 1000 products with hundreds being priced under $20.
We are sure everyone can find something either for themselves or as a gift for family and friends!

The McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department is a non-profit organization providing fire protection
services to the McLeese Lake Community and surrounding area.

Please help support this great cause!

Start Shopping Here! -> www.mlvfd.shopregal.ca

Additional info FYI:
  1. The website can be viewed using any internet browser at address line but cannot be found using a search tool
i.e. Google, it will not direct you to the website. So please forward this email to all of your friends and family!
  1. You can start placing your orders immediately and all orders must be placed by December 31st, 2014 (campaign ends)
  2. After placing your order on our web store, the products are delivered directly to you.
In stock items generally arrive within 7-10 business days. Please shop early in order to have gifts shipped to you by Christmas!
  1. To ensure your order is delivered quickly, we need you to either enter a physical address (not PO Box)
or include your phone number when asked during the order process. For speedy delivery we recommend including both.
  1. Product Exchanges are done directly through Regal’s Exchange Centre – www.regal.ca/exchangecentre.
Refunds can be requested through the Centre as well as long as your campaign is open.
After the campaign closes you will only be able to receive an exchange

Official Results: NC HandyDART Referendum

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District’s Chief Elections Officer has declared the results of the North Cariboo HandyDART Referendum held this past Saturday as official. A total of 1,223 residents cast their ballots with seventy-two per cent saying yes to an increase in requisition. The referendum asked residents if they support an increase to the maximum allowable taxation under the North Cariboo HandyDART service from $15,000 to up to $70,000.  

The following is a breakdown by advance polls, polling locations and mail ballots.


Polling Station
 Yes
 No
 Total
Advance Polls & Mail-in ballots 
  88
  24
   112




CRD Quesnel Library
79
24
  103
Kersley School
78
34
  112
Red Bluff School
288
105
 393
Bouchie Lake School
176
74
250
Parkland School
33
21
54
Barlow Creek School
47
17
64
West Fraser Fire Hall
88
47
135




Totals
877
346
 1223

Official Results: SKP Referendum

Joint Release from the City of WL/Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District’s Chief Election Officer has now declared the results as official for the Sam Ketcham Pool (SKP) Renovations and Upgrades Referendum. A total of 4,240 central Cariboo residents participated in the SKP Referendum through mail-in ballots, advance polls and general voting day held this past Saturday.  Sixty-eight per cent of participating voters voted in favour of the Cariboo Regional District borrowing up to $10 million over 20 years for renovations and upgrades to the Sam Ketcham Pool at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. The remainder of the cost of the approximately $11.3 million project will need to be made up from grants, fundraising and capital reserves.

The following is a breakdown by advance polls, polling locations and mail ballots.



Polling Station
Yes
No
Total
CRD Advance Poll #1 – Nov. 5
87
35
122
CRD Advance Poll #2 – Nov. 10
42
15
57
WL Advance Polls – Nov. 5 & 12   
759
343
1,102




CRD Board Room
141
81
222
Mountview School
136
73
209
Chilcotin Road School
52
28
80
Wildwood School
81
28
109
150 Mile House School
75
63
138
WL – Nov. 15
1,50  5
684
2,189




Mail Ballots
5
7
12




Totals
2,883
1,357
 4,240

Simpson: Different Kind of Leadership

Quesnel Mayor-elect Bob Simpson spoke to CBC Daybreak North on his election win and what lays ahead for Quesnel for the next 4 years.  Was disappointed that he made no mention of working with the Cariboo Regional District while mentioning the City of Prince George:

Interview below:



Monday, November 17, 2014

Oakes congratulates new local governments'

Courtesy of the Hon. Coralee Oakes - Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development:


“Putting your name forward for public office is a significant commitment of an individual’s time and energy in service of your local community. Congratulations to all the candidates who sought local government positions on Nov. 15 and who have previously served their local communities.

“I would also like to thank all of the citizens who exercised their democratic right to vote for the more than 3,000 candidates seeking elected positions in municipal governments, regional districts, school boards and park boards.

“As the minister responsible for local government, I look forward to working with all of the newly elected local government representatives, as we work together to ensure a strong economy, and a secure future for all B.C. residents.

“This year, government introduced changes to the Local Elections Act, the most significant changes in 20 years. It is encouraging to see that voter turnout is generally up throughout the province, and we are encouraged that peoples’ voices were heard.

“In the Capital Region (Victoria-area) , a number of municipalities asked ballot questions about governance structures at the local level, and results indicate many citizens in the region are open to examining changes to the local government structure and/or service delivery.

“There is always value in dialogue about whether current governance structures are meeting local community needs. There is only one taxpayer, and it is the responsibility of all levels of government to ensure the most efficient and effective delivery of public services.

“The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is now in the process of reviewing the referendum results related to this highly complex matter in greater detail, as I am sure the newly-elected councils will wish to do so when they take office.

“I remain committed to provide the support and resources required by the newly-elected local governments, once they have had an opportunity to discuss and review the results in greater detail.”

Newly Renovated Childcare Space in Wells

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Funding for 24 new licensed child-care spaces that will serve families in Wells has been approved to proceed, thanks to funding through the provincial government’s B.C. Early Years Strategy.

The provincial government is providing the Wells and Area Community Association with $21,794 in capital funding to renovate their Huckleberry Daycare at Wells-Barkerville Elementary School, adding 24 multi-age spaces.

“Child care is not only a crucial part of early childhood development, but it also means that parents can pursue career, education and training opportunities, knowing their children are safe, happy and well-cared for,” said Coralee Oakes, MLA for Cariboo North. “As part of our government’s commitment under the B.C. Early Years Strategy, this newly renovated space will be an important part of the community of Wells and will provide enhanced quality care for families.”

These 24 new licensed child-care spaces are part of the provincial government’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 new spaces by March 2015.

This investment marks the first phase of the provincial government’s Child-Care Major Capital Funding roll out, and will allow child-care providers to:
  • Build a new child care facility, including the cost of buying land or a building.
  • Assemble a modular building and develop a site.
  • Renovate an existing building.
  • Buy eligible equipment (including playground equipment) and furnishings to support new child-care spaces in an existing facility.
The provincial government is now in the process of working with the child-care providers to sign project agreements that include the specific requirements that providers have identified for each site, such as the need to lease or buy property, obtain local zoning permits and hire contractors to renovate the sites. 

Construction and renovations for the new spaces are expected to begin by March 2015.

In addition to these 1,000 new spaces, the provincial government aims to support the creation of a further 1,000 spaces by March 2016 under its B.C. Early Years Strategy. This builds on the approximately 107,000 spaces that government currently supports throughout the province.


Applications for the next phase of child care major capital funding will start early in 2015. Interested child care providers can visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/major_capital.htm for more info.

Voter Participation in Municipal Council Elections

With the 2014 Election now over - let's look at overall voter participation in the 4 Municipal Council elections

Wells - 113 voters cast ballots out of a possible 244 eligible voters meaning an overall voter participation rate of 46.3%.  In the 2011 Election, the overall voter participation rate was 58.7%

Quesnel - 3,020 voters cast ballots out of a possible 7,217 eligible voters meaning an overall voter participation rate of 41.8%.  In the 2011 Election, the overall voter participation rate was 40.2%

Williams Lake - 3,565 voters cast ballots out of a possible 7,400 eligible voters meaning an overall voter participation rate of 48.1%.  In the 2011 Election, the overall voter participation rate was 50.7%

100 Mile House - 580 voters cast ballots out of a possible 1,641 eligible voters meaning an overall voter participation rate of 35.3%.  In the 2011 Election, the overall voter participation rate was 36.12%

Civic Info does not report on voter participation rates for School Districts 27/28 plus the Cariboo Regional District

Conclusion:

While the voter participation rates in Wells, Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House may appear to go down in 2014 vs 2011 - this info is misleading as the number of eligible voters in these communities went up in 2014 from 2011, however the voter participation numbers overall look pretty decent... in my opinion

Next Steps:

Election Results are still preliminary until Wednesday at 4pm as per Section 136(1) of the Local Government Act when the Chief Election Officers' for all local elections will declare the official election result at that time

~SF

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sam Ketchum Pool Referendum Result

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, qualified electors within the Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services Area (City of WL and portions of CRD Areas D, E, F) voted on the following question:

Are you in favour of the Cariboo Regional District adopting Bylaws 4906 and 4907, which will authorize the borrowing of up to $10 million over 20 years and increase the Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services annual taxation limit to a maximum of the greater of $3,500,000 or $1.98/$1,000 of assessed value of land and improvements, to provide for the upgrade and renovation of the pool and amenities at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex? (Based on 2014 assessed values, the estimated annual cost to undertake this borrowing and operate the upgraded pool translates to a residential tax rate increase of approximately $40/$100,000. The new taxation limit for recreation services of $3,500,000 translates to a residential tax rate of $148/$100,000 of the net taxable assessed value of land and improvements.)

And the preliminary final result is:

Yes: 2,883
No: 1,357

These bylaws can now proceed to adoption.  The CRD Board of Directors' are expected to adopt this bylaws at its' Dec 12th Inaugural Meeting

~SF

Thank you note from Bobbie-Jo Macnair

Provided by Bobbie-Jo Macnair:

Well I didn't quite make it. Congrats to those who did, I think Williams Lake did a fine job of selecting their councillors. I've learned a lot over the past few months and met some really great people. Thanks to everyone that helped me along the way. Let's see what the future has in store.

Thank you note from Tovi Pare

Provided by Tovi Pare:

I would like to send out a HUGE Thank You to everyone who came out to support me as well as all the people who have campaigned to help improve our city. I am fortunate to have friends, family and community support behind me, through my various involvement in Williams Lake, I am prouder that ever to call this my hometown. 

This has been an incredible learning experience, as well as an exciting newchapter in my life. I look forward to continuing to become an involved and active member in making our city as amazing as I believe it is, and still can be...

I offer my congratulations to Walt Cobb our new Mayor and the Council members Ivan Bonnelle, Scott Nelson, Jason Ryll, Craig Smith, Laurie Walters and Sue Zacharias. I am excited to see what can be accomplished in the next 4 years.

Thank you note from Sue Lachance

Provided from Sue Lachance:

I would just like to send a huge congratulations to all of the newly elected Council in Williams Lake. Walt, may you lead in the professional, fair manner I know you can. Scott Nelson, you will bring your unbridled enthusiasm, energy, spirit and knowledge, Sue Z. & Laurie and Ivan, may you continue the course which has been set before you, Jason and Craig, may your new energy, ideas and business ability help to bring a new beginning for the city. All of you are there for a reason, to bring Williams Lake back to the strong, healthy community it once was and will be again. Blessings to all of you and I wish you all a heartfelt good luck into the future. You have four years of hard work ahead. We will all be watching and hopefully helping where we can along the way.

Sue Lachance

Thank you note from CRD Area D Director-elect S. B. Forseth

Good afternoon - thanks to everyone for their congratulatory emails, phone calls, phone texts and Facebook messages.

I am humbled and honoured to have been elected for the first time as the CRD Area D Director and thank you to the 138 Area D residents' who placed their faith in me, it will not be misplaced.  Also - thanks to Blaine Wiggins and Pennie Daffurn for running and advancing their ideas in the election.  Their ideas will be advanced for the betterment of Area D.  My campaign commitments were:

a) Complete McLeese Lake Library by 2018
b) Work with the McLeese Lake VFD Society on their goal to becoming an full Independent VFD (Volunteer Fire Department)

c) Lobby for new 2nd Floor at Cariboo Memorial Hospital
d) Continue "Community Conversation" on dog/off-road vehicle issues at Wildwood

Upon assuming my post on Dec 12th - one of the first things I hope to get started is streetlighting for residents' of Lagerquist Rd. in McLeese Lake

Other issues will obviously come up in the next 4 years and I look forward to working with the residents' of Area D to finding solutions to these problems...

If you should have any questions/concerns - I am always accessible:

PH: 250-267-6725
E: sforseth000@hotmail.com

Or connect with me via my Facebook page here or drop me a private FB message here and I will get back to you as quickly as I can...

~SF

Thank you note from WL City Councillor-elect S.D. Nelson

Provided from WL City Councillor-elect S. D. Nelson:

thank you williamslake 

its a honor to represent a great community like williamslake congrats to all of the new council members jason(ryll)  ,craig(smith), sue (zacharias) laurie (walters) ivan (bonnell) and to mayor walt cobb 

many thanks go out to kerry cook for her hard work over the last 6 years and to surrinder (rathor) for his outstanding 21 years of community public service in wiliams lake

thanks to tovi (pare) sue (lachance) bobby-jo (macnair) wayne (lucier) peter (bowman) and marnie (brenner)  john (bjornstrom) for taking a positive leadership role in williamslake
congrats to steve (forseth) at the crd - area d

thank-you to the community for creating such a positive change
and thank-you to all of the campaign supporters that worked tirelessly day in and day out to create change

cheers scott nelson

Unofficial Results - School District #28 (Quesnel)

1) Tony Goulet
2) Julie-Anne Runge
3) Gloria Jackson
4) George Natalizio
5) Wendy Clement
6) Howie Schonke
7) David Chapman


Unofficial Results - Cariboo RD Electoral Area Directors (2014-18 Term)

Area A - Ted Armstrong
Area B - Jerry Bruce
Area C - John Massier
Area D - Steve Forseth
Area E - Byron Kemp
Area F - Joan Sorley
Area G - Al Richmond
Area H - Margo Wagner
Area I-   Dylan Cash
Area J - Roger William
Area K - Betty Anderson
Area L - Brian Coakley

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Unofficial Results - District of 100 Mile Council for 2014-18 Term

Mayor - Mitch Campsall

Councillors - Ralph Fossum, Dave Mingo, Spence Henderson and Bill Hadden

Unofficial Results - District of Wells Council for 2014-18 Term

Mayor - Robin Sharpe

Councillors - Mandy Kilsby, Richard Wright, Virginia Wilkins, Lorraine Kozar

Unofficial Results - School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)

Zone 1 - Linda Nielsen
Zone 2 - Tanya Guenther
Zone 3 - Chris Pettman
Zone 4 - Christine Dyment
Zone 5 - Dr. Sheila Boehm
Zone 6 - Brice O'Neill
Zone 7 - Joyce Cooper

Unofficial Results - Quesnel Council for 2014-18 Term

Mayor - Bob Simpson

Councillors - Scott Elliot, Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, Ed Coleman, Sushil Thapar, Ron Paull, John Brisco

Unofficial Results - WL Council for 2014-18 Term

Mayor - Walt Cobb

Councillors - Scott Nelson, Jason Ryll, Craig Smith, Sue Zacharias, Laurie Walters and Ivan Bonnell

Friday, November 14, 2014

General Voting Locations - 2014 Election

With the 2014 Election campaigning all over - it is over to you, the voter, to decide the candidates' fate... Find below the voting locations for all local government and Boards' of Education elections.

Finally - As I did in 2011, Elections BC regulations require that I not blog during the day Saturday. So, the next blog post will be Saturday after 8pm letting you know the unofficial results for local government and Boards of Education elections.

Best of luck Saturday to ALL candidates:

~SF

Voting Locations by local government or Board of Education:

Wells - 8:00am to 8:00pm in the Wells Community Hall (4269 Sanders Avenue) (Vote for up to 4 Councillors only)

Quesnel: - 8:00am to 8:00pm at Quesnel City Hall (410 Kinchant St) , Correlieu Secondary School (850 Anderson Drive) and Dragon Lake Elementary School (2655 Hydralic Road) (Vote for 1 Mayor, up to 6 City Councillors and up to 7 SD28 School Trustees)

Williams Lake: - 8:00am to 8:00pm at Marie Sharpe Elementary (260 Cameron Street).  Free Transit available - for more information, click here (vote for 1 Mayor and 6 City Councillors & Sam Ketchum Pool Referendum).

100 Mile House: - 8:00am to 8:00pm at 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue) (vote for 1 Mayor and 4 Councillors)

Cariboo Regional District: - 8:00am to 8:00pm at the following voting locations for Areas A, B, D, E, I and K - click here (vote for 1 Director in Areas A, B, D, E, I and K plus referendum votes in Quesnel - NC HandyDART + Williams Lake - Sam Ketchum Pool Referendum in Areas D + E only)

School District #28 (Quesnel - Rural Voters Only in CRD Areas A, B, C and I):

a) Barlow Creek Elementary (816 Highway 26)
b) Bouchie Lake Elementary (2074 Blackwater Road)
c) Kersley Elementary (2800 Arnoldus Rd)
d) Nazko Elementary (9560 Nazko Rd)
e) Parkland Elementary (5016 Bjornstrom Rd)
f) Cariboo RD Quesnel Library (410 Kinchant St)
g) Red Bluff Elementary (1533 Maple Dr)
h) Wells Community Hall (4269 Sanders Avenue)
i) West Fraser Fire Hall (243 Jackpine Flats)

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin, Zones 4 and 5 Election only) - Click here

** Please bring two pieces of ID (ie: Drivers License, BC ID Card, Health Card, Debit Card, Credit Card, Utility Bill) that shows a residential address and a signature plus meet the following criteria:

• 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
• Canadian citizen (land immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not eligible to vote)
• resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration;
• resident of OR registered owner of real property in the local government jurisdiction for at least 30 days
immediately before the day of registration
• not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an
election or otherwise disqualified by law **

Cariboo RD Board Highlights - Nov 14th/2014

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice

Sally Errey, Recruitment Liaison Coordinator and Trevor Barnes, Executive Director from the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice, appeared before the Board to provide an update on recruitment activities in the Cariboo Chilcotin. The organizations focus is currently on the recruitment and retention of health care professionals to the region. Further information about the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice is available online at divisionsbc.ca/cird.

The Telegraph Trail

The Cariboo Regional District Board of Directors endorsed a resolution to include a portion of the BC’s Telegraph Trail on the CRD’s Heritage Registry. The Telegraph Trail includes the Yukon Telegraph Line section north of Quesnel and the Collins Overland Telegraph Line section which extends south of Quesnel. The Statement of Significance includes a tribute to the late Andy Motherwell, former CRD Electoral Area B Director. The CRD will now notify the Minister responsible for Heritage Conservation, to make sure that the property can be added to the provincial and federal heritage registries.

South Cariboo Trades School support

The CRD Board endorsed a resolution from the South Cariboo Joint Committee to look at a proposal for the development of a trade school and research centre. The Board also authorized that funds of up to $15,000 be committed as support funding for the creation of a business plan shared equally between the District of 100 Mile House and the Cariboo Regional District's South Cariboo Economic Development service.

Director’s Initiative Funds Approved

During today’s CRD Board of Directors meeting, the Board authorized up to $400 from Electoral Area H Director Initiative Funds. The funds will be used to advertise a public meeting regarding a proposed parcel tax increase in the Area H Community Hall requisition.

NDIT Applications supported by CRD

The Cariboo Regional District agreed to support three separate applications to the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT).

The Forest Grove and District Recreation Society’s application to Northern Development’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program is for a grant of up to $30,000 toward the roof replacement project. The Forest Grove and District Recreation Society is undertaking replacement of the compromised roof on the Forest Grove Community Hall and curling rink, which is connected. The request is for $30,000 in grant funding from the Regional Development Account, under the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program. Other funding for the project, which has a total value of $89,288 is proposed to come from the applicant (Forest Grove and District Recreation Society), the Regional District Community Works Fund and other sources to be determined.

The Williams Lake Indian Band is undertaking development of a business plan in order to attract investors and access other funding opportunities for needed upgrades to the Chief William RV Campsite. The request is for $10,000 in grant funding from NDIT’s Capital Investment Analysis Program. The Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Development Account has a balance of approximately $1.5 million available for grants in 2015.

The Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government is undertaking improvements and upgrades to the Xeni Gwet’in Community Airport. The request is for $190,000 in grant funding from Northern Development’s Regional Development Account, under the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program. The project has a total estimated value of $295,000 with other funding proposed to come from the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government, the Province of BC and the Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Employment and Training Society (CCATEC).

Upcoming Meetings


Dec.12, 2014 – CCRHD Board Meeting & Inaugural CRD Board Meeting for 2014-18 Term

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Nov 17 - 21

After Saturday's General Election Vote - only the District of Wells & School District #28 (Quesnel) will be meeting next week as follows:

Wells - Final Regular Council Meeting for 2011-14 Term.  7pm on Tuesday, Nov 18th in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  When available, Agenda can be viewed here

Quesnel - Final Regular Council Meeting for 2011-14 Term.  7pm on Monday, Nov 17th in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant Street).  ON the Agenda

* Term End Reports from Mayor Sjostrom and City Councillors'
* Provincial 10 Year Transportation Plan - City Manager B. Johnson to report
* Accessible Parking Awareness Campaign

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Final Board of Education Meeting - 7pm on Wednesday, Nov 19th in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd).  When available, Agenda can be viewed here

Final meeting of Williams Lake/100 Mile Municipal Councils & SD27 Board of Education will take on Tuesday, November 25th

~SF

City looking for partners for Cariboo Lodge project

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:


The City of Williams Lake has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a non-profit housing society to enter into a partnership for redevelopment of the Cariboo Lodge site, to help address the City’s affordable housing needs.
The vision of the partnership is for a non-profit society to work alongside the City of Williams Lake to vision and design the project. The Society would take on the role of managing the development process, including taking a lead role in identifying funding, and would eventually be responsible for operating the project. This EOI will be followed by a Request For Proposal for a Development Consultant to initiate a preliminary design and feasibility plan for the project.
The City acquired the Cariboo Lodge property in 2008 from Interior Health. It had been vacant for some time and there was considerable damage to the interior of the building. In 2009 a preliminary building audit identified substantial problems with the two older portions of the building, with limited options for renovation or repair. The newest portion of the building was leased in 2010 to the Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin Branch for a residential tertiary mental health program.
In 2011, the City retained City Spaces Consulting to conduct a Need and Demand Analysis for Williams Lake. The report was updated in early 2014 to provide additional information and up to date data analysis in preparation for next steps informing affordable housing needs in Williams Lake. The study process was overseen by the Cariboo Lodge Task Force, and managed by the City of Williams Lake’s Manager of Social Development.
In Williams Lake, housing developments have primarily been single family, large lot developments both inside and outside city boundaries. Of the total housing stock in Williams Lake 63% of the housing is owner-occupied while 37% is rented. The average house price in Williams Lake is $259,203, an increase from 2013.
Affordable housing is not only an issue for those who are not employed and are in receipt of government subsidies. While income assistance recipients find it nearly impossible to find rental housing that is within their shelter funds (maximum $375 for a single person and $570 for couples), many of those who are employed in the retail and service industries and in other low paid positions have problems finding affordable rents. Rental rates have generally increased since 2008 despite economic decline. Rental rates ranged from $436 for a bachelor unit to $586 for a one-bedroom apartment, and average $825 for a three bedroom apartment. Vacancy rates have come down considerably from 2010 and were an average of 3.7% in spring 2014.
Expressions of Interest will be accepted until Dec. 15, 2014, and the City will be moving forward with a feasibility study in early 2015.
Additional Info...

Jason Ryll's Final Msg to WL Voters'

Message from Jason Ryll (WL City Councillor candidate) to electors of Williams Lake:




Advanced Poll #'s - CRD/SD27

The Williams Lake Tribune is reporting that the Cariboo RD & School District 27 Advanced Poll Numbers are as follows

Cariboo Regional District - in Williams Lake, 138 Votes were cast on Nov 5th with 61 votes cast on Nov 10th.  Meanwhile in Quesnel - 60 votes were cast on Nov 5th with 59 votes cast on Nov 10th

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - 25 Votes cast in the 2 Advanced Poll Days for Zones 4 and 5.

General Voting Day is tomorrow from 8am - 8pm

BC Communities receive Grants-in-lieu-of Property Taxes

Courtesy of the BC Government:

Today the B.C. government will distribute approximately $17.1 million in compensation for municipal property taxes to 59 communities throughout the province.

Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed every November to reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.

Grants are issued in accordance with the Municipal Aid Act and are payable on land owned by the provincial government such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses.

Schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes and are not part of the grant-in-lieu calculation. Other provincial assets such as highways, forests, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation under the Act. BC Emergency Health Services is responsible for grants-in-lieu payments for ambulance stations.

Since 2002, the government of British Columbia has distributed more than $220 million as grants-in-lieu to B.C. communities. A portion of the funds are paid by each community to its regional district, and both levels of local government use grants to help pay for local services.

This years’ payment from the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services is $1.1 million less than last year’s total of $18.2 million. The reduction is attributed to a number of factors, including decreases in assessed property values from BC Assessment, transferring ambulance stations to BC Emergency Health Services, and government no longer having a presence in some municipalities due to selling or transferring of property assets.

The funds are distributed electronically on behalf of government by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

Grants Distributed by Community:

Wells - $974.79
Quesnel - $53,991.52
Williams Lake - $56,928.95
100 Mile House - $21,738.88

Last Day of 2014 Election Campaign

Today is the last day of campaigning for those seeking election or re-election as a CRD Electoral Area Director, Councillor, Mayor or School Trustee prior to Saturday's general voting session from 8am - 8pm

According to a Williams Lake Tribune poll being run earlier this week -- 94.1% of participants indicate that they have decided who they are voting for in Saturday's election for the City of Williams Lake City Council/Mayor

Meanwhile - let us look at minimum numbers (From 2011 Election data) to get elected as a Councillor on the 4 Municipal Councils:

Wells - 65 votes (with 5 people running for 4 seats)
Quesnel - 1,233 votes (with 10 people running for 6 seats)
Williams Lake - 1,156 (with 14 people running for 6 seats)
100 Mile House - no Councillor election as the 4 seats were acclaimed

School District #28 (Quesnel) - 1,690 (with 10 people for 7 seats)
School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Zone 4 needs 138 votes to win in 2 way race with Zone 5 needing 337 votes needed to win in 3 way race

As for Mayor - here are the minimum votes required  to win (2011 Election data)

Quesnel - 1,057 votes in 3 way race
Williams Lake - 1,777 in 3 way race
100 Mile House - 257 votes to win in 2 way race (race is same in 2014 vs 2011)

As for municipal councillor incumbents running again- here are their 2011 vote totals:

Wells - Richard Wright (77),  Virginia Wilkins (67)
Quesnel - Ed Coleman (1,733), Scott Elliot (1,679), Laurey-Anne Roodenburg (1,348), Sushil Thapar (1,333) and John Brisco (1,233)

Williams Lake - Laurie Walters (2,296), Sue Zacharias (2,004), Ivan Bonnell (1,742)
100 Mile House - All 4 Councillors were acclaimed - no election

When the results are in Saturday night (after 8pm) - I personally will be comparing incumbents re-elected Saturday vs their 2011 Numbers...

As for the Cariboo Regional District - in 2011, there were 4 Elections in Areas E, H, J and L.  This time out, there are 6 Elections in Areas A, B, D, E, I and K.  So for comparative purposes, to win in Area E, current Director Byron Kemp will need to receive 98 or more votes to retain his Area E Directorship however in that election - 4 people were in the running...

As I have stated repeatedly - please get out Saturday, no matter the local election race, and let's make this the biggest voter turnout for Cariboo-Chilcotin local elections ever

~SF

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Incumbents do not deserve re-election

Letter to the Editor from local Williams Lake resident Kim Herdman:

Dear Editor:

Election day is fast approaching. The Citizens of Williams Lake have the opportunity and responsibility to elect 7 individuals who will lead, support, promote, and govern our fair city. Will those elected lead with vision? Will they support not only the businesses but the people of Williams Lake and, not to be forgotten, the environment? Will they promote good business practices but also good citizenship and more important will they promote a citizenship that is engaged in the social/political arena? Will they govern with fiscal responsibility and wisdom that bases their decisions on the laws of the land, the sustainability of the land and enriching the quality of life for its citizens?

If we look back at all the fiascoes that this council not only wasted time and money on we see that not only did they waste time and money but more importantly they did nothing to enrich the quality of life but instead lowered staff moral, created a them versus us attitude throughout the City in regards to major resource industries as well as to the Republic of Life re-branding. It seems that while they are so star struck with the pie in the sky vision of mega projects they ignore the subtleties of supporting local businesses when they paid $35,000 to the American firm Civic Plus (https://www.civicplus.com/) to redesign the already newly redesigned City website. Their lackluster regard for employment and contract law has had them waste hundreds of thousands in legal fees and resulted with the unintended consequence of having a revolving door of staff and a strained relationship with the (Cariboo) Regional District.

The incumbents may feel that they did a good job; they may be well loved community members having long ties to the community but that does not mean that they deserve another term.

Jason Ryll speaks to WL Voters'

With just roughly 32 hours of campaigning time remaining -- WL City Councillor candidate Jason Ryll posts a quick two min video on why you should vote for him

Disclosure Note: On Wed Nov 5th - I personally voted for Jason Ryll as one of six Williams Lake City Councillors'

A reminder that all Advanced Voting opportunities have concluded and the final chance to vote will be on Saturday from 8am - 8pm at Marie Sharpe Elementary.  Unofficial results of the City of Williams Lake 2014 Election should be known by 8:20pm

Video:




2 Days of Advanced Voting - City of Williams Lake

After two days of Advanced Voting in the City of Williams Lake election, a whopping 1,195 voters took advantage.  In 2011 - the two day Advanced Voting amounted to 985.  In 2008 - 709 took advantage of the two days of advanced voting with 840 doing the same in 2005

Final chance to vote is this Saturday at Marie Sharpe Elementary from 8am - 8pm.  Unofficial results are expected by 8:20pm Saturday with final results certified by Tuesday afternoon

~SF

CRD Fin/Budget Ctme Mtg #1 (2015 Budget - Morning Session)

Present: Chair J. Glassford and Directors Armstrong, Massier, Bischoff, Kemp, Sorley, Richmond, Wagner, Rattray, Sharpe, Bonnell and Alternate Director Roodenburg (Quesnel)

Staff:

J. Bell- CAO
A. Johnston - Corporate Officer
S. Reid - CFO

Meeting called to order at 9:12am
Meeting Agenda approved

Consideration of the Draft 2015 Business Plans:

2015 Draft Business Plans approved unanimously

a) Airports
b) Contributions
c) Development Services
d) Environment Services (Bus Plan Goal added to start Recycling in Wells in 2015)
e) Protective Services (with amendments approved at the meeting)
f) Sewer
g) Streetlighting
h) Water
i) Library
j) Heritage Conservation

CC Arts/Culture 2015 Business Plan approved by the following vote:

Affirmative - Chair J. Glassford and Directors Armstrong, Massier, Sorley, Richmond, Wagner, Rattray, Sharpe, Bonnell, Campsall and Alternate Director Roodenburg (Quesnel)

Negative - Area D Director D. Bischoff & Area 'E' Director B. Kemp

Meeting adjourned to lunch at 12:05pm



2 Days of Advanced Voting - City of Quesnel

This morning - it is being reported that 651 voters in the City of Quesnel took advantage of 2 Days of Advanced Voting.  This is up from the 2011 Election

The final opportunity to vote in the City of Quesnel election for 1 Mayor and six Councillors is Saturday, Nov 15th, 2014

~SF

Caron withdraws from Conservative Cariboo-PG Nomination Race

250News.com is reporting Gerald Caron, a resident of Vanderhoof, is now withdrawing from the Conservative Cariboo-PG Nomination race and instead will seek the Conservative nomination for Skeena-Bulkley Valley

Caron commented "The (Federal Conservative) Party is in search of Conservative women, and I don’t think they want to hear any negativity about Shari Green..  Read more here

Meanwhile - that leaves outgoing PG Mayor Shari Green, and PG Residents Todd Doherty, Nick Fedorkiw and TJ Grewal in the running in Cariboo-PG with Grewal's status as a Conservative nominee in Cariboo-PG still in doubt.  Grewal is seeking a waiver from the Federal Conservative Party to stay in the nomination race as he had not been a Federal Conservative for the required 6 months prior to running for nomination.  Deadline to be a Conservative Party member and vote in the forthcoming nomination meeting for Federal Conservatives' in Cariboo-PG is Thursday, Nov 20th at 9pm Pacific Time

~SF

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

72 hours to go...

With 72 hours of campaigning left to go prior to Saturday's General Voting Day for all local government elections - here are some local election news:

a) Quesnel candidates (City Council, CRD Areas A/B and SD28) outline their platforms - click here

b) Bob Simpson challenges MP Dick Harris on his defence of Quesnel Mayor Mary Sjostrom - click here

c) Williams Lake City Councillor candidate Tovi Pare introduces herself to City of WL Electors - click here

d) City of WL Mayor/Council candidates /CRD Area D Director candidate Steve Forseth respond to Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society survey -- click here 

e) BC's Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes says Get out and vote Saturday! - click here

f) Area F resident Rob Gordon says proposed Pool Referendum taxation puts too much tax strain on those within Central Cariboo Recreation Function .... click here

g) Natural resource development could affect local government races on Saturday in Kamloops, Burnaby and Hudson's Hope - click here

~SF


Advanced Vote #2 - City of WL/Quesnel/SD Zone 5

For the electors of the Cities of Quesnel/Williams Lake and those electors in SD27 Zone 5 (CRD Areas D/E + portion of Williams Lake in Electoral Zone 5, School District #27) - you have a final opportunity today to vote in advance of General Voting Day on Saturday, Nov 15th, 2014 as follows:

City of Williams Lake:

WL City Hall Foyer (450 Mart St) from 8am - 8pm - Wed Nov 12th

School District #27 - Zone 5

School Board Office (350 2nd Ave, WL) from 8am - 8pm - Wed Nov 12th

City of Quesnel:

CNC/UNBC Campus (100 Campus Way - off of North Star Rd by McDonald's Restaurant) from 8am-8pm, Wed Nov 12th

Bring two pieces of ID that shows a residential address and signature

After 8pm today, ALL Advanced Voting Opportunities for all local government/Boards of Education elections will conclude and your final opportunity to vote will be Saturday, Nov 15th, 2014

~SF

Monday, November 10, 2014

2nd Advanced Vote -- Cariboo RD Areas A, B, D, E, I and K

For those who reside in Cariboo RD Electoral Areas A, B, D, E, I and K -- you have a 2nd Advanced Voting opportunity today.  See below for precise voting locations:

ELECTORAL AREAS 'A', 'B', 'I' & NC HandyDART Referendum

Cariboo Regional District Library
101-410 Kinchant Street, Quesnel

ELECTORAL AREA 'D', 'E', 'K' & Sam Ketcham Pool Referendum

Cariboo Regional District Board Room
Suite D, 180 North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake

After today - those electors in CRD Areas A, B, D, E, I and K will have their final opportunity to vote for a Director and participate in the NC HandyDART/Sam Ketcham Pool Referendums on Saturday, November 15th

~SF

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NSTC backs Kerry Cook's 3rd bid for WL Mayor

In an announcement I long expected -- the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, which covers First Nation bands like Soda Creek, Williams Lake, Dog Creek and Canim Lake, have announced that they are backing Kerry Cook for a 3rd term as Mayor of Williams Lake

As we enter the final week of campaigning for the 2014 Election - expect all of the Williams Lake Mayoral candidates and their campaign teams to push hard to get out every vote possible during the 2nd Advanced Vote on Wednesday and also General Voting Day on Saturday while convincing voters at the door that they (Cook, Cobb, Rathor and Bjornstrom) alone are the best choice for Mayor

View the announcement from the NSTC below:



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stolen iPads from WL Walmart

Courtesy of the Williams Lake RCMP:

On November 7, 2014, the Williams Lake RCMP responded to a complaint at Walmart, 1205 Prosperity Way, advising that this morning, an unknown male entered a locked case within the store and stole 18-20 Apple iPads. The suspect was described as Caucasian, wearing a ball cap, and grey t-shirt with red stripe.

If you have any knowledge of this offence that might assist with the ongoing investigation, or know who committed this offence, please call the Williams Lake RCMP at 250 392 6211, or Crimestoppers at 1 800 222 8477.

One Week to Election

In exactly seven days from today -- voters in the Cariboo-Chilcotin will heads to the polls to elect new Mayors, City Councillors, School Trustees and Regional District Directors in Areas A, B, D, E, I and K of the Cariboo Regional District

For the voters of Quesnel - there is a 2nd Advanced Voting opportunity today at Quesnel City Hall from 8am - 8pm.  You will need to bring two pieces as voter registration takes place on-site

As for future Advanced Voting:

Monday, Nov 10th - Advanced Vote #2 for CRD Areas A, B, & I (plus North Cariboo HandyDART) at the CRD Library in Quesnel (410 Kinchant ST) + CRD Areas D, E, and K (plus Sam Ketchum Pool Referendum for qualified voters of Areas D and E) at the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Ave in Williams Lake).  Both are from 8am - 8pm

Wed, Nov 12th - Advanced Vote #2 for City of WL from 8am - 8pm at WL City Hall.  Bring 2 pieces of ID with you.  Also - Zone 5 of School District #27 at the SD27 Admin Office (350 North 2nd Ave).  Both from 8am - 8pm

While the results for Quesnel/Williams Lake elections should come fairly quickly as electronic counting is used in these elections, other election results for CRD, Wells, 100 Mile, SD27 + SD28 may take a little while to be known...

As of this writing - there are currently no All Candidates Forums scheduled this upcoming week for 100 Mile, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Wells or SD27 + SD28.  There is an All Candidate Forum scheduled today at 2:15pm for CRD Area 'B' Director candidates Heloise Dixon-Warren (incumbent) and Jerry Bruce at the Parkland Community Hall and another one scheduled for Thursday, Nov 13th for CRD Area 'A' Director candidates at the Kersley Community Hall.

As a City of WL voter - I, plus many others, will be interested in the final results of the City of Williams Lake election as to who the new Mayor/Council will be.  No matter what election race or person(s) you are supporting -- please make the effort to come out and vote and let's make this the most successful local elections every!

~SF

Friday, November 7, 2014

100 Mile/Cariboo RD Board meets next week

Next week - only the District of 100 Mile House/Cariboo RD Board meets as follows:

100 Mile - Regular Council Meeting on Wed, Nov 12th at 7pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Ave).  View the Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District:

Finance Committee - Meeting on Thursday, Nov 13th at 9am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue).  Discuss 2015 Draft Business/Financial Plans.  Meeting is open to the public.  View the full Agenda here

CC Reg Hospital District - Meeting on Friday, Nov 14th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom.  Items on the Agenda include Hospital Consent Calendar, WL Seniors Council raising concerns about Cariboo Memorial Hospital project and presentation from Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice.  There will be an In-Camera (Closed to the Public) session as per Section 90(2)(b) of the Community Charter

 View the full Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board of Directors - Meeting on Friday, Nov 14th at 9:45am in the CRD Boardroom

On the Agenda:

* Various Planning Items
* NDIT Application from WL Indian Band to develop business plan for upgrades at Chief William campsite

* Recommendations from Joint Committees - North, Central and South
* Request from Area 'D' Director Deb Bischoff for up to $400 from Area 'D' Director Initiative Fund to host thank you dinner to members of the Area 'D' Advisory Planning Commission and to thank the long service of Area D APC member Ron Kaufman

* There will be an In-Camera Session as per Sections 90(1) a+c of the Community Charter

Please note - this is the final meeting for CRD Area D Director Deb Bischoff, Area K Director Chad Mernett and Area L Director Bruce Rattray.  Watch for farewell presentations to these Directors

View the full Agenda here

Other Dates to note:

Sat, Nov 8th - 2nd Advanced Vote for City of Quesnel election, 8am - 8pm at Quesnel City Hall

Mon, Nov 10th - 2nd Advanced Vote for CRD Elections in Areas A, B, I + North Cariboo HandyDART Referendum for CRD Areas A, B, C, and I & Areas D, E, K + Sam Ketchum Pool Referendum (Referendum applies to Areas D + E only)

Mon, Nov 10th - Xeni Gwet'in Title Case presentation at TRU WL Campus - 7pm

Tues, Nov 11th - Remembrance Day

Wed, Nov 12th - City of WL Election, Advance Voting Day #2


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mt Polley Review Panel seeks input

Earlier today - the Mt Polley Review Panel announced that it was asking for the public and informed interest groups to provide information relating to its investigation into the breach of the tailings storage facility (TSF) at the Mount Polley Mine on Aug. 4, 2014.

Review Panel Chair, Norbert Morgenstern, a well-recognized leader in the field of geotechnical engineering, stressed that the focus of the Review Panel’s investigation is on the factors related to the cause of the incident and not issues of environmental impact or liability.

“We are looking for input and comment from individuals and organizations that can contribute to our understanding of the factors and underlying causes of this dam failure so we can determine the cause and identify actions that can be taken to avoid future such incidents,”

Submissions are requested in writing only and can be delivered to the Review Panel by mail at:

Mount Polley Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel at 5B – 940 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C., V8W 3E6.

Submissions may also be made through the Review Panel’s web site at: www.mountpolleyreviewpanel.ca.

All submissions must be received by the Review Panel prior to midnight on Dec 7th with a final report due January 31st, 2015

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1st Advanced Vote - Quesnel/100 Mile

The Goat/Cariboo Country reports 1st Advanced Votes in Quesnel and 100 Mile House as follows:

Quesnel - 2014 1st Advanced Vote; 396 people voted.  In 2011 - this was 316

100 Mile House - 2014 1st Advanced Vote; 139 people voted.  In 2011 - this was 88

There will be an addition voting opportunity for Quesnel residents on Saturday, Nov 8th from 8am - 8pm at Quesnel City Hall with another voting opportunity at the CNC College on Wednesday, Nov 12th from 8am - 8pm.

While in 100 Mile House - the next voting opportunity will be on Saturday, Nov 15th (General Voting Day) in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Ave) from 8am - 8pm

New CRD Area 'D' Alternate Director

This afternoon - I was advised that a new Alternate Director was appointed for Electoral Area 'D'.  The appointment is effectively immediately and remains in effect until Nov 30th when the new Electoral Area 'D' Director will need to appoint an Alternate Director for the 2014-18 Term as per Section 787 of the Local Government Act

My personal thanks to outgoing Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area 'D' Director Deb Bischoff for giving me the opportunity to serve as her Alternate Director for just under the last two years... It was an honour to serve as her Alternate Director and won't forget the things I learned while serving for her at the CRD Board table in her absence and to be able to learn from many of the other CRD Electoral Area/Municipal Directors around the CRD Board table

~SF