Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WL Council Highlights - Feb 9th mtg

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

Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of the Jan 26th WL City Council meeting approved

Delegation:

Williams Lake Indian Band Councillor Rick Gilbert appeared before Council to discuss a Multicultural event to take place in June 2016

A Question/Answer period ensued
Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Councillor R. Gilbert for his time/information

Resolved - Council authorized a letter of support for their application to the ‘Inter-Action, Canada’s Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program’ through Citizenship and Immigration Canada for funding towards the Williams Lake Indian Band's Multicultural Gathering event being held in June 2016.

Business:

a) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings for the periods ending January 28 and February 4, 2016

b) Council approved travel and associated expenses for Mayor Cobb to attend the 2016 Council of Forest Industries (COFI) Convention from April 6 to 8, 2016 in Kelowna, BC and for Councillor Ryll to attend the BC Ferry Working Group Meetings being held in Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 and in Victoria, BC on Thursday, February 25, 2016

c) Council adopted recommendations from the Jan 27th Central Cariboo/City of WL Joint Committee meeting as follows:

i) The agenda item summary from Darron Campbell, Manager of Community Services, Cariboo Regional District dated January 20, 2016 regarding a proposed contribution agreement with the Williams Lake Cycling Club to support management and operation of its public recreation trail system be received; and further, that the City of Williams Lake enter into an agreement with the Cycling Club for a term of three years at an annual cost of $10,000, which will be allocated from the Central Cariboo Recreation function.

ii) The agenda item summary of Darron Campbell, Manager of Community Services, Cariboo Regional District dated January 21, 2016, together with the letter from the Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Association dated January 21, 2016 and addressed to the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society requesting amendments to the Fee-for-Service agreement between the Cariboo Regional District and the WLCBIA be received and referred to the Fee for Service Management Committee.


d) Council received an Development Variance Permit Application from Northern Vac Services Ltd. (Grosso Pre-Cast) at 4665 Collier Place to reduce the Front Lot Line Setback. The DVP application will be considered by Council formally at its' March 8th meeting

e) Council approved the use of City equipment for the purpose of hauling dirt into the arena for the 2016 Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, and the use of a loader to remove the earth post-event, in conjunction with Municipal Services volunteer labour.

f) Council referred to a future Committee of the Whole meeting the proposed 2016 Road Rehab Projects Report for consideration of Council

g) Council adopted Solid Waste Disposal and Recycling Amendment Bylaw No. 2241

h) Council ratified one Committee of the Whole recommendation as follows:

That pursuant to Committee of Whole Council Report #03-2016 and the report of the Planner dated January 22, 2016, the letter from Central Builders Home Hardware dated November 9, 2015 inquiring on the potential closure and sale of that part of Sixth Avenue South adjacent to their property at 250 Sixth Avenue South be received, and Council request from the proponent:

a copy of the Title Search of the property addressed as 250 Sixth Avenue South, as well as all non-financial registrations registered on Title;
a written commitment from the proponent that upon taking ownership of the Sixth Avenue South lot, it will be consolidated to the proponent lot;
a reference or explanatory plan prepared by a BCLS land surveyor, indicating dimensions and area of the area of road proposed to be closed, as well as building locations and setbacks on the affected lots;
a commitment by the proponent that the water connections from the current City water main connecting to 285 Sixth Avenue South and 648 Mackenzie Avenue South will be addressed by a civil engineer. Preferably, a new connection to 648 Mackenzie Avenue South will be put in place with City service from Mackenzie Avenue South only; and the City sewer line under Sixth Avenue South will be turned over to the owner, with sewer service from Mackenzie Avenue South only;
a confirmation by the owner of Lot 19, Block C, District Lot 71, Cariboo District, Plan 7977 (Lot B) that they are receptive to consideration of a proposal to convert the road to a driveway access as well as the proposed water servicing plan; and
a confirmation of the owner that it will allow consolidation of Lot 4, District Lot 71, Cariboo District, Plan EPP2301 and Lot 2, District Lot 71, Cariboo District, Plan EPP2301 (the “C” lots) and commitment of the proponent to do so;

and further, that upon satisfactory submission of the required materials above, staff be directed to obtain a property appraisal of the roadway property and report back to Council with an update on findings.


i) Council gave approval to a request of the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo for a Special Occasion Liquor License for April 15th, 16th, 17th at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, pursuant to City Policy and subject to RCMP approval.

j) Council gave approval for the 2016 Graduation Parade scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2016 between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM, along the route as proposed

k) Council gave approval for the CMHA's 4th Annual Ride Don't Hide fundraising event on Sunday, June 26, 2016, starting in Boitanio Park and along the route as outlined and the community be encouraged to participate

l) Council received a letter from the Cariboo Regional District concerning the nomination period for appointments of a Cariboo Regional District representative to the NCLGA Executive Board

m) Council received the Jan 27th, 2016 minutes of the Central Cariboo/City of Williams Lake Joint Committee meeting

n) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as of Feb 9th as follows:

• January 25, 2016 - Press Release re Walmart Canada Aims to Reduce Plastic Waste;
• January 29, 2016 - Environment & Climate Change Canada re Consultation on Amending List of Species Under the Species at Risk Act.

Members' of Council gave oral reports on their activities in the City

Meeting adjourned at 6:57pm

COW Mtg (CRD Board) - Feb 9th mtg

Present: Chair Richmond; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Forseth, Kemp, Sorley, Wagner, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Cobb and Campsall

Meeting called to order at 10:30am

Meeting Agenda approved and Mins of the Oct 22nd, 2015 COW Meeting Approved

Business:

1) Strategic Plan Update

The Committee received a report of the CAO
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received and that the current reporting structure be replaced with the following reports to be provided on a quarterly basis:

Routine operational goals;
Strategic goals; and
Additions to workplan.

And that the Corporate Priorities policy be amended in accordance with the recommendations contained in the report. Further, that the Agenda Item Summary format be amended in accordance with the recommendations contained in the report.

2) Directors’ Remuneration and Expense Bylaw

The Committee received a report of the CAO
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received and That the expense reimbursement and remuneration processes be separated. Further, that to the degree possible, the
monthly remuneration rate include the main business aspects of being an elected member of the Cariboo Regional District Board. Further, that any remaining
meetings that require remuneration on the basis of attendance at a session, be simplified by establishing a minimum number of different rates. And further, that once the preferred remuneration method is implemented, a revised electronic process for any remaining remuneration and/or expenses be developed and implemented and that Directors be provided with three months to transition from the manual paper remuneration and expense forms to the new electronic formats and C2C events be a remunerated event

Meeting recessed for lunch at 11:53am
Meeting resumed at 12:30pm

3) Application Referral Documents

The Committee received a report of the Mgr of Development Services
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received and that the Board direct staff to use the new format and adapt the example for the other types of planning applications.

4) Request for Discussion regarding Neighbourhood Planning - Director J. Bruce

The Committee received a report of the Corporate Officer
Discusion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

5) Request for Discussion (Debrief Session - 2015 NCLGA/UBCM Conventions) - Director S. Forseth

The Committee received a report of the Corporate Officer
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

6) Discussion of the Electoral Area Discretionary Fund Policy - Chair A. Richmond

The Committee received a report of the Corporate Officer
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

7) Referred Item from Oct 23rd, 2015 Board Mtg – Minutes and Recommendations of the October 22nd, 2015 First Nations Relations Committee Meeting

The Committee received a report of the Corporate Officer
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received, minutes of the Oct 22nd First Nations Relations Committee be received and the following be approved

1) The Terms of Reference for the First Nations Relations Committee be amended to include reference to Main Purpose of the Committee to build on local relations

2) Committee Recommendation #3 (Residential School Cemeteries) be endorsed
3) Committee Recommendation #5 (Aboriginal Athlete Development Funding, as amended - include consideration of other athlete funding as well) be endorsed

The Committee adjourned at 2:43pm

Momentum Building for Upcoming 2016 NCLGA Convention

Courtesy of the North Central Local Gov't Association:

Local government officials are preparing for what is being dubbed the “power event of the year” in Northern BC. From May 4th to May 7th, decision makers from all three levels of government will descend on the South Peace to discuss major issues and identify common solutions.

“We have evolved a bit in our communications as community leaders,” says North Central Local Government Association President, Brian Frenkel. “We don’t just point a finger at Victoria and say ‘it’s their fault’ anymore. It’s the northern way – you pull together, rather than finding someone to blame. As community leaders, we weren’t elected to complain, we were elected to lead.”

The NCLGA’s 2016 convention in Dawson Creek promises to be one of their biggest on record. Starting with a visit to BC Hydro’s Site C project and ending with a sponsored flight to the Albertan oil sands, northern BC’s chiefs, mayors, councilors, and NGO executives will have an opportunity to ask the tough questions, share best practices, and work on solutions.

“This isn’t an idle, three-day meet,” added Frenkel. “This is an intense, often emotional, sleeves-rolled-up event where we discuss everything from decaying infrastructure to the Highway of Tears; from BC Ferry cuts on the Coast to the future of agriculture in the Cariboo.”

This year, the NCLGA’s agenda includes sessions ranging from water scarcity to the future of forestry. Panelist include key newsmakers like Chief Roger William and Frank Leonard, Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission. The NCLGA’s membership includes all communities from 100 Mile House to the Yukon border, and from the Nisga’a villages to Valemount.

“Our region has never been so strategically important,” says NCLGA Vice President, Laurey Roodenburg. “Site C is the single biggest investment in BC’s history. TransCanada’s projects and the Northern Gateway pipeline alone are multi-billion dollar investments that have garnered international attention. We’ve also just witnessed one of Canada’s most important legal decisions around aboriginal title. All eyes will be on Dawson Creek this May, for sure.”

“It is important to stress that this is not a private event at all,” says the NCLGA’s Executive Director Oliver Ray. “Everyone is welcome to attend. Our only constraint is the amount of available accommodations, but if you can find a place to stay, you can register and be part of the discussion.”

Dysfunction in local governments costing $$$

Last Wednesday - CBC Daybreak South host Chris Walker interviewed Dermod Travis - Executive Director of Integrity BC about the infighting in local governments, censure brought upon a member of local government (municipal council or regional district) and salary cost of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), dismissal or resignation of a local CAO in such places like:

a) Tumbler Ridge
b) Central Okanagan RD
c) Grand Forks
d) West Kelowna
e) Williams Lake
f) Saanich

And the fact that these events (infighting or censure or dismissal/resignation of a CAO) end up, in one form or another, costing local taxpayers either direct money or just unwanted media attention.  Mr Travis says that there could be as many as a dozen local government suffering through these problems of either infighting on municipal councils' or regional district boards', censure issues or CAO's leaving a local government

Mr. Travis speaks to what is occurring and what he feels may be a solution(s) to avoid these problems all together, where possible

Listen to the interview below:



Monday, February 8, 2016

2015 Population Stats - Cariboo-Chilcotin area

Recently - BC Stats, the Central Statistics Agency for British Columbia, recently released Population Stats for 2015 (latest year available) for all regions in the Province

For the Cariboo-Chilcotin area - the regional population was 62,263 in 2015 vs 62,882 in 2014 or a drop of 1%.  For the Regional Districts just north and south of the Cariboo Regional District:

Fraser-Fort George RD - 2015 Population (91,277) vs 2014 Population (93,288) or a drop of 2.2%

Thompson-Nicola RD - 2015 Population (133,191) vs 2014 Population (133,349) or a drop of 0.1%

For the municipalities within the Cariboo Regional District:

Wells - 2015 Population (232) vs 2014 Population (234) or a drop of 0.9%
Quesnel - 2015 Population (9,160) vs 2014 Population (9,761) or a drop of 6.2%
Williams Lake - 2015 Population (11,215) vs 2014 Population (10,949) or an increase of 2.4%
100 Mile House - 2015 Population (1,913) vs 2014 Population (1,883) or an increase of 1.6%
Electoral Areas (A-L) - 2015 Population (39,743) vs 2014 Population (40,055) or a decrease of 0.8%

The full report for 2015 covering all Regional Districts/Municipalities with those Regional Districts can be viewed here

You can also review historical population data going back to July 1st, 1867 to present here

~SF







Saturday, February 6, 2016

Government takes action to keep mine workers on the job

Courtesy of the BC Government:

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett today announced action to help keep thousands of B.C.’s metal and coal mines workers on the job by allowing mining companies to temporarily defer a portion of their hydro bills – supporting families and communities during the current slowdown in the sector due to low commodity prices.

“Rural communities across B.C. depend on the high-paying jobs that their mines provide residents,” said Bennett. “We are in the midst of a challenging time for the sector and this will provide some temporary support to help the mines stay open as long as possible, hopefully until commodity prices bounce back.”

Under the five-year term of the program, which will be delivered by BC Hydro, companies operating metal and coal mines in B.C. will be able to defer a portion of their BC Hydro electricity payments. The amount any mine will be allowed to defer is capped at the equivalent of up to 75% of its electricity costs over two years of the program. As commodity prices recover, the mines will repay the amounts deferred, plus interest.

“With Family Day right around the corner, I think it’s important to remember that mining provides thousands of families with good paying jobs,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “This industry is the economic lifeblood of many communities in this province.”

Low copper and coal prices have put operations at a number of British Columbia mines at risk and some have already been forced to reduce production and employee levels. There are currently eight metal mines and five coal mines operating in the province, employing approximately 7,500 workers. These metal and coal mines generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic spin-offs in local communities.

While this program can’t guarantee mines won’t eventually go into temporary care and maintenance, it will help mines stay open for as long as possible.

“This offers immediate and meaningful relief to mining companies facing significant power costs during a steep economic downturn,” said Mining Association of B.C. president Karina Brino. “This is an important measure that will help keep mines open and support an industry that provides over 30,000 direct and indirect jobs for people in this province.”

Mines will be encouraged to borrow funds from other sources, if they can, before deferring a portion of their power bills. Companies with relatively lower levels of debt will pay an interest rate of 12%. Others will be charged the interest rate that BC Hydro currently charges to accounts over 30 days – prime plus 5%, or about 8% annually.

Mines will be encouraged to borrow funds from other sources, if they can, before deferring a portion of their power bills. Companies with relatively lower levels of debt will pay an interest rate of 12%. Others will be charged the interest rate that BC Hydro currently charges to accounts over 30 days – prime plus 5%, or about 8% annually.

“It’s been 12 years since we re-opened the Gibraltar Mine and we now employ more than 600 people who live here in the Cariboo Region – largely in Williams Lake, Quesnel and 100 Mile House,” said Gibraltar mine general manager Richard Tremblay. “We are invested in our employees and these communities.

Gibraltar spends roughly $1 million every day to operate, most of which goes directly into the local economy
and this flexibility from government will help us continue to operate.”

Each company that chooses to participate in the program will be required to enter into a formal agreement with BC Hydro.



Learn More:

For more details about mining in British Columbia and its economic impacts visit:

Metallurgical coal prices: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/5F55Lp
Copper prices: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/Md1HD4
Map of operating mines in British Columbia: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/e2n9e0
Impact of mining on communities: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/4kz2fA

Land Transfer Builds Opportunity

Courtesy of the BC Government:


NStQ Treaty Group w/Minister John Rustad
Land transfers under incremental treaty agreements with British Columbia will open new economic opportunities to four First Nation communities in the Cariboo.

The incremental treaty agreements provide for the transfer of up to 3,760 hectares of Crown land to Tsq’escen’ First Nation (Canim Lake), Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe/Dog Creek), Xat’sūll First Nation (Soda Creek) and T’exelc First Nation (Williams Lake), in advance of a final treaty.


The First Nations are represented by the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) treaty group which is negotiating a treaty with British Columbia and Canada.
The incremental treaty agreement lands will support forestry, tourism, commercial and industrial business opportunities for NStQ First Nations. The agreements also include funding for construction of fencing to address the interests of cattle ranchers affected by the agreements.
Incremental treaty agreement lands will be transferred in two phases. Phase one would occur after members of the NStQ communities successfully ratify their treaty Agreement-in-Principle and move to Final Agreement negotiations. Phase two would happen after British Columbia, Canada and NStQ conclude a Final Agreement.

The NStQ communities are voting on their treaty Agreement-in-Principle on Feb. 11, 2016.
Phase one land transfers:
  • Tsq’escen’ First Nation will receive 105.4 ha in two parcels.
  • Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem First Nation will receive 551.6 ha in two parcels.
  • Xat’sūll First Nation will receive 137.8 ha in two parcels.
  • T’exelc First Nation will receive 1,178.4 ha in one parcel.
Phase two land transfers:
  • Tsq’escen’ First Nation will receive 648 ha in two parcels.
  • Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem First Nation will receive two parcels selected from three options, up to a maximum of 827.2 ha.
  • Xat’sūll First Nation will receive 78.9 ha in two parcels.
  • T’exelc First Nation will receive 230.8 ha in one parcel.
The First Nations will own their respective incremental treaty agreement lands in fee-simple, and the lands will be included as treaty settlement lands in a final treaty.

Through careful land selection and provincial engagement with potentially affected cattle ranchers, lands provided for under the incremental treaty agreements will not affect grazing rights or herd sizes.

The Province of British Columbia created incremental treaty agreements to build goodwill with First Nations and provide treaty-related benefits in advance of Final Agreements, which can take many years to negotiate.
The early agreements also provide increased certainty on the land base for First Nations, industry and all British Columbians.

Including the new agreements with the NStQ First Nations, 24 First Nations have incremental treaty agreements.

John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation stated –

“Incremental treaty agreements provide the NStQ nations a sense of the economic opportunities and prosperity they would see through a final treaty. These agreements will help create jobs and economic opportunities for both the First Nations and surrounding communities. Incremental treaty agreements are made-in-B.C. innovations, and one of the many ways B.C. is partnering with First Nations to advance reconciliation, and economic and social development.”

Chief Donna Dixon, Xat’sūll First Nation (Soda Creek) and NStQ Tribal Council Chair also stated - 

“The lands identified by the community have historical and cultural importance for Xat’sūll (Soda Creek). The signing of the incremental treaty agreement is an opportunity to immediately reclaim lands that we have been isolated from for many years. These lands were identified for the purpose of supporting job creation, future planning and development, and give us renewed access to lands that had supported our community for generations. We are encouraged by the fact that we can begin to move toward positive progress now, prior to a final treaty agreement.”

Ron Kaufman, Dunlevy Ranch finally stated –

“Provincial negotiators met with me several times and listened to my concerns. I appreciate the efforts of the Soda Creek Indian Band and the provincial government in reaching an agreement that supports my continued ranching operations and allows the First Nation to pursue an economic development opportunity.”

Quick Facts:
  • Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) treaty group is negotiating a treaty on behalf of its four member bands, which together have more than 2,500 members.
  • NStQ is in Stage 4 Agreement-in-Principle negotiations with British Columbia and Canada through the B.C. treaty process.
  • The Province has issued a First Nations woodland licence to Tsq’escen’ First Nation through a program designed to provide long-term, area-based logging rights to First Nations.
  • Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem First Nation and Xat’sūll First Nation have respective forestry revenue sharing agreements with British Columbia.
  • T’exelc First Nation and Xat’sūll First Nation signed a letter of understanding with British Columbia in August 2014 to work in partnership to address all aspects of the breach of the tailings storage facility that occurred at the Mount Polley Mine.
Learn More:

NStQ incremental treaty agreements: http://ow.ly/WVu16
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation: ow.ly/PBGQi
NStQ Treaty Group: nstqtreaty.ca
Tsq’escen’ First Nation (Canim Lake): canimlakeband.com
Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe/Dog Creek): canoecreekband.ca
Xat’sūll First Nation (Soda Creek): xatsull.com
T’exelc First Nation (Williams Lake): williamslakeband.ca

Friday, February 5, 2016

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Feb 8-12

The following local governments are meeting next week:

Quesnel - Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, Feb 9th at 9am in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Discussion Items - Housing/Development in the City of Quesnel

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Feb 9th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St). On the Agenda:

* Delegation: WL Indian Band Councillor Rick Gilbert re: Multi-cultural event in June 2016

* Business:

i) Requests for Mayor Cobb/Councillor Ryll to attend events out of town (COFI - Mayor Cobb; Aboriginal Tourism - Councillor Ryll)

ii) Recommendations from Jan 27th Central Cariboo Joint Committee
iii) Recommendation from Feb 2nd Committee of the Whole Meeting - Road Closure/Sale of 6th Avenue South
iii) Consideration of DVP #1 - 2016 (Northern Vac Services Ltd. (Grosso Pre-Cast) - Front Lot Line Setback Reduction - 4665 Collier Place)
iv) Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association - Request to Utilize City Equipment for the Annual Rodeo
v) Pavement Rehabilitation 2016 - Street Selection

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Feb 9th at 7pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District:

Committee of the Whole - Meeting on Tuesday, Feb 9th at 10:30am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Strategic Planning Update
* Discussion on Directors' Remuneration Bylaw
* Discussion on Revamp of Development Referral Document
* Discussion from Director Bruce - Neighbourhood Planning in Parkland Community
* Discussion from Director Forseth - Debrief Session on 2015 Attendance at NCLGA/UBCM and 2016 LGLA

* Discussion from Chair Richmond - Electoral Area Discretionary Fund
* Review Minutes/Recommendations from the Oct 22nd First Nation Relations Committee of the CRD Board

View the full Agenda here

CCRHD Board - Meeting on Wednesday, Feb 10th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Receive Hospital Consent Calendar
* Consider two Capital Expenditure Requests from Northern Health - Quesnel area

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board - Meeting on Wednesday, Feb 10th at 9:45am in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* 2 Delegations - Harold Stolar from Ministry of Forests re: Landscape Fire Planning; Grant Erickson re: Land Slippage/CRD OCP designation for high risk lands

* Business:

1) Various Planning Matters
2) Approve recommendations from Various Committees
3) Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project – Right-of-Way Amendment to Allow Building Construction
4) Nazko Community Association – Request Support for Installation of Cellular Tower
5) Authorize 2016 NCLGA Resolutions for consideration at the 2016 NCLGA AGM/Convention in Dawson Creek, BC
6) Receive Consent Calendar as of Feb 10th, 2016
7) Red Bluff/Dragon Lake Sewer Management Amendment Bylaw No. 5001, 2016 (For Adoption in one meeting)
8) Request from Director Wagner – Electoral Area H Director Initiative Fund
9) Request from Director Anderson – Electoral Area K Discretionary Fund
10) Items from Director Sorley - CCBAC Report - January 2016 and NCLGA Briefing Notes - January 2016
11) Requests from Directors Sorley/Wagner - Request to Access Area F & H Director Initiative Funds for FCM Conference

View the full Agenda here

Community Events this weekend or next week:

* Saturday from noon - 5pm.  Quesnel Winter Carnival at the West Fraser Timber Park.  More details here

* Sunday - Outhouse Races at Interlakes Service Centre.  View more here

* Monday - Family Day events.  WL - view here. &

Quesnel - Twin Arenas - Skating is FREE from 1 – 3 p.m.
Arts and Recreation Centre - Swimming is FREE from 1 – 4 p.m.

* Wednesday from 3-8pm - District of 100 Mile House hosts an OCP Open House. More details here/here
* Wednesday from 7-9pm at McLeese Lake Community Hall.  Local bluegrass music concert.  For more details - contact Howie Chamberlin at 250-297-6429

Last day of LGLA 2016

Earlier today - the last day of the 2016 Local Government Leadership Academy took place.

In the morning - there were talks on "Loose Lips sink Battleships" by the Municipal Insurance Authority along with a presentation from BC Assessment on their work

Then the following workshops took place:

* Harassment/Bullying in the Workplace/Requirements of Bill 14
* 94 Recommendations from the Truth/Reconciliation Commission - Reconciliation in Action
* Open Meetings
* Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy: What Every Elected Local Government Officials Needs to Know

Following the Workshops - the Hon. Peter Fassbender (Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development) was pleased to give a speech to the LGLA Delegates present, following which he took questions from delegates including Delta and Kamloops

To wrap up the session - LGLA delegates heard from Forum Rapporteur Ken Cameron with his final observations with wrap up comments from LGLA President Rhona Martin

In the next few days (as I committed to previously) - I will post an "Post-Event" report, both here and my Steve Forseth - CRD Area 'D Director Facebook page detailing costs to attend and the workshops I personally attended at the 2016 LGLA Leadership Forum

~SF

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LGLA 2016 Leadership Forum - Day 2

In a full Day 2 of the 2016 Local Government Leadership Academy Forum - Respectful Leadership, I attended the following sessions:

* Balance Work and Personal Life
* Reconciliation with Local Governments/First Nations
* Conflict Engagement/Communications
* Effectively Managing Meeting and Encounters with the Public
* CIVILITAS - Respectful Leadership, Your Personality Impact by Dr. Gord Macintosh

Tomorrow is the last day of the 2016 Local Government Leadership Academy Forum - Respectful Leadership Conference before delegates head back home to their home communities

I'm looking forward to the final learning sessions...

~SF

South Cariboo OCP Review underway

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) has launched a process to update the Official Community Plan (OCP) for the South Cariboo Area.  The existing Plan was adopted in 1996 and many changes have taken place over the past 20 years. This guiding document will be updated to align community values, aspirations and perspectives for growth within the South Cariboo Area.

Some of the issues the updated OCP will address include economic development, agriculture policy, shoreland management practices, environmental protection and climate change.

The Plan area includes the communities such as 108 Mile Ranch and 93-97 Mile areas Electoral Area G, Gateway/Buffalo Creek, Forest Grove, Ruth Lake and Canim Lake in Electoral Area H and Lone Butte and Horse Lake in Electoral Area L.

The CRD will be hosting open houses in the South Cariboo on the following dates:

·          Thursday, February 11th, 2 – 4:30 p.m. - Forest Grove Community Hall
•       Thursday, February 11th, 6 – 8 p.m. - 108 Mile Community Hall
•       Friday, February 12th, 2 – 4:30 p.m. - Lone Butte Community Hall

These sessions will be a great opportunity to learn about this important project and help make sure your voice is heard,” says CRD Chair Al Richmond. “Community support is critical to the success of an OCP and we want to ensure that residents are provided with opportunities to contribute to this OCP review process.”

Assisting the CRD will be an Advisory Committee of residents from the South Cariboo Area representing a diversity of backgrounds and offering a wealth of experience.

For more information about the South Cariboo Area OCP Review Process visit the CRD online at www.cariboord.ca or contact the CRD’S Manager of Development Services at 1-800-665-1636 or email  kmoores@cariboord.ca

Quesnel Council Highlights - Feb 2nd mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Imperial Metals Corporation Delegation
Council invited Imperial Metals (Mount Polley Mine) to update Council of the mine’s operations and planned discharge of water into the Quesnel Lake and Quesnel River watershed.  The mine’s tailings pond dam was breached on August 4, 2014 emptying the tailings pond contents into this watershed system.  The mine’s  Don Parsons, Chief Operating Officer, and Dr. Lyn Anglin, Chief Scientific Officer updated Council on the following:
Operations Update
- Over 300 people presently employed
- Mill operating at 18-20,000 tpd
- Tailings/contact water (rainfall) discharged into Springer Pit
Treated Water Discharge
- Water Treatment Plan operational since Dec. 1/15 with water being discharged into Hazeltine Creek (non-fish bearing creek)
- Treated water mixes with Polley Lake water in Hazeltine Creek and discharges into Quesnel Lake via diffusers at 30-40 meters depth
Long Term Water Management Plan
- Ministry to review the mine’s Alternative Discharge Design and Construction Plan that will required the mine to submit two alternative discharge systems.
Council was advised that the mine’s expected lifespan is a further 5 to 10 years.

Capital Budget Overview
Council approved staff moving forward to build the City’s Five Year Financial Plan denoting:
- Proposed Capital Budget for 2016 is $13,403,830
- In 2016 $721,064 is budgeted for General Capital projects, down from previous years to allow for extra funding for the Official Community Plan review process
- Any projects that were not completed in 2015 are financed by funds brought forward from 2015
- Remaining Capital Budget is financed from a variety of grants and reserves.  The Utility Capital projects are funded through their respective surpluses.
- Proposed 2016 Capital Budget Highlights:
   $6,504,155 West Quesnel Land Stability
$1,900,000 Roads                            $1,151,500 Water
$853,045 Misc. Public Works          $684,650 Storm Sewer
$395,000 Public Works Building      $366,000 Equipment
$350,000 Emergency Services         $319,500 Airport
$224,480 Parks                                $100,000 Sewer         
For a complete list of proposed 2016 Capital Projects, as well as the detailed information regarding the City’s Five Year Capital Program (2016-2020), please visit the City’s website.
 Arena Replacement Project – Cost Savings
Council agreed to waive and reduce fees charged by the City for the building permit and tipping fees at the landfill to assist with cost savings measures for Arena Replacement Project estimated at $20.6 million.  Through crediting landfill tipping fees and reducing building permit fees, it is estimated that $100,000 will be saved.
Public Feedback – Proposed New Public Works Facility
A public open house was held on January 28, 2016 for the proposed new Public Works Facility.  The key questions and answers highlighted were:
How will the City ensure maximum local procurement?
Answer:  A Request for Qualification process will be used where respondents will list their use of local contractors, labour and suppliers.  Through the evaluation process points will be awarded for local procurement.
What is the taxation requirement due to this project?
Answer:  The taxation impact could be as high as $26.17 for the average residential property in Quesnel, this translates to approximately $16 per $100,000 of assessment.  The City’s intent is to eliminate this impact through cost-savings achieved by more efficient public works operations due to the new building, and there is “tax room” created by some major cost items being completed for the City.
Did the City consider lower cost alternatives, such as other buildings that could be repurposed?
Answer:  Yes, the City considered various other sites:  airport buildings; previous Finning building; and existing CANFOR shop.
Next Steps:  the City has submitted the $10,000,000 Loan Authorization Bylaw 1786 (that received the first three bylaw readings on January 5, 2016) to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.  Pending this approval, Council, at an open Council meeting, will then consider the Corporate Officer to undertake an Alternative Approval Process as Bylaw 1786 requires Elector Assent before Council may consider final adoption of this Loan Authorization bylaw. 
Bylaws
Bylaw 1791 – Zone Amendment – Shipping Containers – First/ Second Readings  and Public Hearing set for February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers
Bylaw 1792 – Zone Amendment – Accessory Buildings/RV Storage/Retail Licensee Stores - First/ Second Readings and Public Hearing set for February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers
Next Meetings
- 7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee
-  7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – Regular Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

UBCM Electoral Area Directors' Forum Day 2/LGLA Annual Forum - Day 1

In the last day of the UBCM's Electoral Area Directors' Forum, the following topics were covered in the morning (8:30am - 12:15pm):

* Over an hour discussion on respecting the Office of Electoral Area Director and whether a name change is warranted.... very healthy and passionate debate from all sides...

* Water Suitability - previous history, current status and the path forward

* Rural/Remote Health

Then in the afternoon - the LGLA (Local Government Leadership Academy) began its' annual Forum with the Theme Respectful Leadership, after a welcome from LGLA President (and Columbia Shuswap RD Chair) Rhona Martin, Richmond BC Mayor Malcolm Brodie and a representative from the Musqueam Indian Band who played a welcoming song for the 164 local government delegates in attendance from across BC.  Dr. Bev Busson, former RCMP Commissioner, gave an uplifting speech in 3 Dimensional Leadership, Introduction of the Forum Rapporteur, Mr. Ken Cameron (Adjunct Professor/Local Gov't Commentator) and a Community Engagement Workshop was put on by the SFU Centre for Dialogue and finally a 10 minute speech from the provincial NDP Critic for Local Government - Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville.  Following that, a reception was held for LGLA Delegates to socialize and connect

Tomorrow - LGLA Delegates will start the Forum in earnest with clinics like:

Morning Session (8:30am - 12:00pm)

1) Respect for Yourself – The Juggling Act: Balancing Work & Personal Life, Joyanne Landers

2) Respect for Others – Reconciliation for Local Governments & First Nations, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, OBC (I will be attending this forum)

3) Respect for the Office – Elected/Elected/Staff Relations, Allison Halkirk, Linda Adams, Gord Horth, Christina Benty (I will be attending this forum)

Afternoon Session (1pm - 4:30pm

1) Respect for Yourself – Self Leadership: Using Olympic Principles to Guide Your Personal Success, Dr. Jennifer Walinga

2) Respect for Others – Effectively Managing Meetings and Encounters with the Public, Christina Benty, Frank Leonard, Jordan Bateman, Councillor
Caleb Moss (I will be attending this forum)

3) Respect for the Office – Conflict Engagement & Communications Skills & Tools Workshop, Michael Shoop & Gerrie Waugh (I will be attending this forum)

In the evening - there is a Session on Respectful Leadership: Your Impact on Others by Dr. Gord Macintosh

~SF

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

UBCM Electoral Area Directors' Forum - Day 1

Today was Day 1 of 2 for the Electoral Area Directors' to hold a forum to discuss relevant issues.

Topics covered today included:

* UBCM Address by President (and Cariboo RD Chair) Al Richmond
* Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Presentation
* Wildfire Interface
* Rural Dividend
* Product Stewardship

One "hot" moment is when Cowichan Valley Area 'B' Director Sonia Furstenau openly challenged the presenter from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development on the BC Government's lack of actions relative to the dumping of tainted soil nearby the Shawnigan Lake watershed.  The presenter responded that she was unable to respond on behalf of Government

Later in the evening - I was able to have a friendly discussion with Director Furstenau about the issues in the Shawnigan Lake watershed issue that she and her community are fighting against the BC Government over... a very good discussion....

In addition - I was able to catch up with "old friends" like:

* RDFFG (Reg District of Fraser Fort George) Area C Director Lara Beckett
* FVRD (Fraser Valley Regional District) Area A Director Terry Raymond
* CSRD (Columbia Shuswap Regional District) Areas D/E Directors Rene Talbot/Rhona Martin

All in all - a great first day! Looking forward to the last day of the Forum

~SF

City of WL CAO resigns

Earlier today - Darrell Garceau submitted his resignation as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Williams Lake, citing personal reasons.

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb expressed both surprise/disappointment at the news and stated Williams Lake City Council will be holding an In-Camera meeting to discuss the next steps

Both local media cover the story here (Tribune) and here (My Cariboo Now)

Upon my arrival in Vancouver on CRD Business and learning the news, as with Mayor Cobb, I was disappointed at hearing the resignation of Mr. Garceau as City of WL CAO.  Since his appointment in July of 2013 - I have gotten to know him on a personal level and he was a great CAO for the City and obviously I wish him and his family well in their future endeavours

~SF


Final Report of Interlakes Governance Study Out!

At the Jan 15th, 2016 Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Board Meeting - a report on Governance Issues in the Interlakes Area (South Cariboo - southeast of 100 Mile House) prepared by Circle Solutions Inc and the lead author being George Abbott - the former Columbia Shuswap Regional District Board Chair and a former Provincial MLA representing the riding of Shuswap from 1996-2013.  From 2001-2013, he held a variety of provincial cabinet posts - was received by the CRD Board

Mr. Abbott was tasked by the CRD Board in mid-2015 to review the governance in the Interlakes area (South Cariboo region) and provide recommendations to the CRD Board.  The final report can be viewed here.  At its' January 15th, 2016 meeting, the CRD Board resolved the following:

That the agenda item summary from Janis Bell, Chief Administrative Officer, dated January 11th, 2016, with attached report entitled “A Review of Current Service Delivery Arrangements and Issues Related to Governance in the Interlakes Area of the Cariboo Regional District” prepared by Circle Square Solutions, be received. Further, that staff report back on how the recommendations could be implemented or fit into corporate priorities over the entire Cariboo Regional District.


The final recommendations from the report were:


Recommendation #1: That the CRD administration, in consultation with the Area L Director and local residents, attempt to identify an enhanced communication strategy.

Recommendation #2: That an incorporation study (for the Interlakes area) not be pursued at this time.

Recommendation #3: That the CRD be respectfully requested to give highest priority to an updating of the Interlakes Official Community Plan (OCP) in 2016.

Recommendation #4: That the CRD explore the potential opportunities for infrastructure funding to bring enhanced IT/ internet/broadband service into the Interlakes area, subject to consultations confirming local interest.

Recommendation #5: That the CRD welcome and await the advice of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association with respect to an enhanced model of tourism funding, planning, development and promotion.

Recommendation #6: Tourism operators in the Interlakes should work with the local M.L.A. (Donna Barnett) to shape the provincial commitment to update the Tourism Accommodation
(Assessment Relief) Act in a way that works to reduce business tax levels in the Interlakes.

Recommendation #7: The CRD should carefully consider a review of cost sharing and cost recovery formulas to determine if there are ways to better align tax levels with
services received and ability to pay.

Recommendation #8: As part of the Official Community Plan update (or as a separate initiative) the CRD consider, in consultation with the community, whether a new or
expanded service for amenities like trails, lake accesses or the Bridge Lake ice caves could be developed both to benefit local residents and to act to draw tourism. If such
a service is created the CRD should advocate for grant funding towards its development.

Recommendation #9: The CRD should work with the Cariboo-Chilcotin Board of Education to explore creative ways to see if it is practical to maintain an operating
school in the Interlakes, including complementary community uses of the school building and associated cost-sharing.

Recommendation #10: The Official Community Plan update process referenced in recommendation #3 should be designed in a way that enables community residents to
work at reconciling differing visions for the future community, find points of common ground and provide ways of advancing those areas of commonality.

Recommendation #11: That, through a combination of local consultation and comparative analysis of practices and approaches in other jurisdictions, the CRD
assess the feasibility of expanded summer openings of landfill/recycling facilities in the Interlakes area.
CRD Area 'L' Director Brian Coakley was scheduled to meet with the Board of the Interlakes Economic Association last night (Feb 1st) to review the recommendations with them and determine next steps.  I expect that when this matter next returns to the CRD Board - we all will have a better sense of where the recommendations from the report will go

~SF

Monday, February 1, 2016

Steve's Meeting Calendar/Expenses for month of Jan 2016

During the month of Jan 2016 - I attended the following meetings:

Jan 4th - Wildwood Community Association Meeting
Jan 5th - Closed Meeting of the WL Rural Fringe Fire Protection Working Group
Jan 15th - CCRHD/CRD Board Meetings
Jan 18th - Closed Meeting with Minister John Rustad
Jan 20th - CRD Solid Waste Monitoring Committee Meeting
Jan 21st - Mtg at Likely to discuss Mt Polley's Public Liaison Committee's Communication Plan
Jan 27th - CC Rural Caucus/Joint Committee Meetings
Jan 28th - Attended, on behalf of Central CRD Directors', WL and District Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

As for expenses submitted in the month of January 2016:

Jan 15th - CCRHD/CRD Board Meetings - $185.00
Jan 27th - CC Rural Caucus/Joint Committee Meetings - $75.00

~SF

Digital Mammography Unit to visit Xat'sull First Nation

Courtesy of the BC Cancer Agency:

Today, two new BC Cancer Agency digital mammography vehicles were launched and blessed during a ceremony at the Musqueam First Nation in Vancouver.
These large, comfortable coaches feature the latest technology and provide access to breast cancer screening for BC women in remote and rural communities.

Currently the BC Cancer Agency’s Mobile Mammography program visits 120 remote and rural communities annually, including more than 40 Indigenous communities. The ceremonial blessing, performed by a Musqueam Elder, honours these communities to increase acceptance of the coaches and remove barriers to breast cancer screening.

The blessing was witnessed by leaders from the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the Métis Nation BC, Chief Wayne Sparrow of the Musqueam First Nation, Dr. Moira Stilwell, MLA Vancouver-Langara and Dr. Malcolm Moore, BC Cancer Agency president.

After the blessing, the new digital mammography vehicles will begin providing mammograms for women on site at the Musqueam First Nation. The coaches will then visit communities across the province from Maple Ridge to Merritt, and Osoyoos to the Soda Creek First Nation. These new vehicles join a third coach, which was launched in February 2015. That coach is currently serving communities on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The BC Cancer Agency mobile mammography service is the first of its kind in Canada to use wireless cellular data to send the images through a secure VPN tunnel from the mobile unit to the reading centre, ensuring greater efficiency of the service.

The purchase of the two new mobile mammography vehicles was made possible by Ministry of Health capital funding and sponsorship funding support by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Shoppers Drug Mart at a total cost of $1,808,000.

Screening mammograms are available for women 40 years of age and older. Women are encouraged to discuss the benefits and limitations of mammography with their doctor. If they choose to have a mammogram, it will be available every two years and a doctor’s referral is not needed.

Eligible women can use the clinic locator at www.screeningbc.ca/breast to either find a year-round fixed location near them, or view the schedule for the mobile mammography service in their area. For remote communities that the mobile coaches are unable to access, assisted travel support is provided for eligible women in the community to attend either the nearest fixed centre or mobile stop.

Quick facts:

• Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in Canadian women.
• In 2015, an estimated 3,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in British Columbia, and approximately 610 will die from the disease.
• Mammograms help find cancer in its earliest stages when there are more treatment options and a better chance for successful treatment. B.C. has some of the best survival outcomes for those women who do get breast cancer.
• Research has shown a 25 per cent reduction in deaths from breast cancer among women who are screened through the Screening Mammography program.
• Only half of eligible B.C. women are taking advantage of this important free service regularly.
• The BC Cancer Agency’s Screening Mammography program, established in 1988, was the first organized population-based screening program in Canada for the early detection of breast cancer.
• The provincial program has 37 fixed screening mammography centres throughout the province, and three mobile screening units that serve more than 120 rural and remote communities in British Columbia.
• The mobile units perform about 10 per cent of the total number of screening mammograms in British Columbia. Overall participation in the screening program by Indigenous women over the past three years has increased by nine per cent, and is currently at 57 per cent.
• In 2014, 259,341 screening mammograms were performed in B.C., and 1,404 breast cancers reported (5.4 per 1,000 exams)

Dr. Malcolm Moore, president, BC Cancer Agency stated:

“The BC Cancer Agency has always been a leader in breast cancer screening, and with the launch of these two new vehicles I’m hopeful that we can continue to improve our breast cancer screening rates. BC has always led the way in breast cancer screening, first by launching the screening mammography program in 1988, and again today with these new digital mammography vehicles. We’re the first in Canada to use wireless technology to ensure faster, more efficient results.”

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Upcoming Grant Opportunities - via CRD Grant Writer:

GRO1000 Grassroots Grant

Grant funding available to establish community gardens, pollinator gardens and green spaces.

Deadline: February 22, 2016. To apply, visit the Scotts Canada website at http://scottsmiraclegro.com/corporate-responsibility/gro1000/canada/
AgriSpirit Fund

Grant funding available for capital projects such as hospitals and medical centres, childcare facilities, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, recreation centres and community gardens.

Intake: March 14, 2016 to April 18, 2016. For more information, visit the Farm Credit Canada website at https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/in-your-community/giving-back/fcc-agrispirit-fund.html
Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund

Grant funding available for projects that will improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada living with mental illness.

Deadline: March 31, 2016. To apply, visit the Bell Let’s Talk website at http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/our-initiatives/community-fund/how-to-apply/

Canada Summer Jobs

Grant funding available to non-profit organizations and small businesses 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.

Intake: January 4, 2016 to February 20, 2016. To apply, visit the Service Canada website at http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml
Co-op Community Spaces Fund

Grant funding available to improve community spaces such as parks, playgrounds, and community gardens.
Intake: January 18, 2016 to February 12, 2016. To apply, visit the Co-op website at http://crs.coopconnection.ca/communityspaces.html
BC Rehab Foundation Project Grants

Grant funding available to support initiatives and capital projects designed to benefit people with disabilities.

The next intake deadline is March 2, 2016. To apply, visit the BC Rehab website at http://www.bcrehab.com/applications/project-grant-programs
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Community Contributions

Grant funding available for outdoor infrastructure projects that inspire and enable people to be active outdoors, environmental initiatives, and more.

The next intake deadline is March 10, 2016. To apply, visit the MEC website at http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary/Community/CommunityContributions.jsp
B.C. Community Gaming Grants Program – Arts & Culture Organizations and Sport Organizations

Grant funding available to support the delivery of community organization programs that benefit the citizens of British Columbia.
Intake: February 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016. To apply, visit the Community Gaming Grants website at https://www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/community-gaming.htm
BC Equestrian Trails Fund

Grant funding available for new trail construction, trail rehabilitation, signage, horse camp facilities, and more.
Intake: January 1, 2016 to April 15, 2016.

Quesnel students take their careers up a notch with Canada-B.C. partnership

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Local students will be among the nearly 1,400 British Columbians across the province receiving the training they need for jobs in their communities, thanks to the federal and provincial partnership under the Canada Job Fund.

This includes more than $295,000 for a Project-Based Training (PBT) program for First Nations youth offered at Quesnel Employment Services.

The program is now underway with training expected to finish by the end of February 2016. It is part of a total investment of more than $10.4 million in 46 training programs benefitting British Columbians across the province thanks to the Canada–B.C. Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

“By providing skills training opportunities for in-demand jobs close to home, our government is working to ensure that British Columbians can participate in our strong, growing and diverse economy,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said.

These skills training programs support B.C.’s regional labour market demands and provide opportunities to youth, women, Indigenous people, immigrants and other eligible participants to receive training as well as industry recognized certificates or credentials. 

Quick Facts:

  • In the next decade, B.C. will see nearly one million job openings due to retirements and economic growth.  Almost 8/10 of these openings will require post-secondary education or trades training.
  • The B.C. government invests more than $7.5 billion each year in education and training.
  • Over the next 10 years, the B.C. government will redirect $3 billion in training investments towards these in-demand jobs.

To learn more about the Canada Job Fund, visit: esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/training_agreements/cjf/index.shtml  

Family Day at the Quesnel Twin Arenas & the Arts/Recreation Centre

Joint Release of the City of Quesnel/Cariboo Regional District:

Quesnel & District Leisure Services has a lot to offer to all ages when it comes to activities on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 Family Day.

At the Twin Arenas, skating is FREE from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and at the Arts and Recreation Centre, swimming is FREE from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, in partnership with the BC Recreation and Parks Association, have made grants available to support local recreation departments in coordinating family-based, admission-free events.

Doctor Recruitment Videos -- Central/South Cariboo-Chilcotin Region

Recently - the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice has partnered with a video production company to recruit doctors to relocate to the Cariboo-Chilcotin (Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and Chilcotin Regions)

The videos cover:

* Locums
* Student Doctors
* Rural Lifestyle in the Chilcotin
* Rural Lifestyle in Williams Lake

The videos shows clips from well known local doctors like Dr. Glenn Fedor and Dr. Doug Neufeld (formerly a School District #27 Trustee from 2011-2014)

The videos also shows Recruitment Liaisons - Laurie Walters (also a Williams Lake City Councillor), Sally Errey and Jill Zimonick promoting the fantastic benefits of being a family doctor in the Cariboo-Chilcotin area

Video Clips:

* Lifestyle for Locums in Cariboo-Chilcotin -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVlTr8Q9DUs
* Rural Lifestyle for Doctors in Chilcotin Region - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfMD3vl4axE

* Rural Lifestyle for Student Doctors in Cariboo-Chilcotin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odtCMarpgLw

* Rural Lifestyle for Doctors in Williams Lake - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Airpm7TQeKc

I encourage you to watch the videos and share with your contact network and let's promote our Region to recruit the doctors' (and other medical professionals) we will need in the not too distant future...

~SF

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Local MP Committee Assignments

Yesterday - the House of Commons approved appointments of Members of Parliament (MP) to House Standing Committees.  Local MP's Todd Doherty (Cariboo-Prince George) & Cathy MacLeod (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo) were appointed to the following Committees:

Todd Doherty:

Standing Joint Committee (House/Senate) on the Library of Parliament

Cathy MacLeod:

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

MP's MacLeod/Doherty were also appointed as Associate Members to the various House Committees  which allows them to act in the place of the duly appointed member to the House Standing Committees, as necessary. More details on an Associate Member can be viewed here

Congrats to MP's Doherty/MacLeod on your new Committee assignments

~SF

Friday, January 29, 2016

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Feb 1-5

With most of the Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area Directors in Richmond, BC from Feb 2-5 for both the Electoral Area Directors' Annual Forum/Local Government Leadership Academy Forum 2016 - the Cities of Quesnel/Williams Lake Municipal Councils' and the District of Wells Council will be holding meetings next week as follows:

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

Delegation -- Mt Polley Operations/Water Release(s) Update - Don Parson, Chief Operating Officer, and Dr. Lyn Anglin, Chief Scientific Officer

Business:

* Various Committee Reports
* Open House Public Feedback - New Public Works Facility
* 2016 Capital Budget Overview
* Building Permit and Tipping Fees - Arena Replacement Project
* Co-signed letter by Mayor Simpson/CCRHD Chair Massier to BC Emergency Health Services - Request for Consideration for Community Paramedicine Program in Quesnel and Area
* Lhtako Dene First Nation - Follow Up Letter to Minister Polak - Lack of Consultation - Mt Polley

View the full Agenda here

Wells - Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, Feb 2nd at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Ave) .  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, Feb 2nd at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (450 Mart St, Basement).  On the Agenda:

* Road Closure and Sale at Sixth Avenue South (near Home Hardware)
* BeautyCouncil Western Canada

View the full Agenda here

Upon my return from Richmond - I will publish a Post Event report on my time at both the Electoral Area Directors' Forum/Local Gov't Leadership Academy event - both here on the blog site and on my Steve Forseth - CRD Area 'D' Director Facebook page here

Community Events this weekend/next week:

* Williams Lake Winter Carnival - Saturday, Jan 30th/Sunday, Jan 31st - more details here
* Cariboo Challenge Dog Race in 100 Mile House - Friday, Jan 29th to Sunday, Jan 31st - read here