Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WL Council-in-Committee - Aug 25th mtg

Present - Mayor W. Cobb (Chair); Councillors I. Bonnell, J. Ryll, C. Smith, L. Walters S. Zacharias and S. Nelson (entered meeting at 6:10pm)

Meeting called to order at 6pm
Meeting Agenda approved and Mins of Special COW Meeting held Aug 4th and Regular COW Meeting held July 14th

Delegations - None

Business:

1) Joint CRD-City of WL Grant in Aide Process Discussion

Letter from Cariboo Regional District dated July 29th, 2015 was presented to the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the letter from the Cariboo Regional District dated July 29th, 2015 be received

2) BC Rail Lands, River Valley Extension

The Director of Development Services presented her report to the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the report of the Director of Development Services be received and report back as per tonight's Committee discussions

3) Donation of Historic 153 Mile Store - Patenaude Family

Letter from Patenaude Family re: Donation of Historic 153 Mile Store dated July 19th was presented to the Committee

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the letter from Roger Patenaude, dated July 19th, be received and that Staff report back as to cost and other implications to the City

4) Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Parking Concepts

The Director of Community Services presented his report to the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Committee recommend to Council:

Support in principle of the redevelopment of the ball field beside the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, and further staff be directed to develop a proposed agreement with the CRD around use and maintenance of the space, and further, staff investigate options for the 5th Avenue North and Proctor Street intersection redevelopment and funding options for said project.

The Committee agreed to adjourn at 8:07pm

Quesnel Council Highlights - Aug 24th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Miss Quesnel Royalty
Outgoing 2014 Miss Quesnel Royalty members, Mierie Sabbarwal (Miss Quesnel) and Sierra Cook (Princess) as well as incoming 2015 Miss Quesnel Royalty members, Telise Gauthier (Miss Quesnel), Courtney Moore and Maneesha Johal (Princesses), were recognized and presented with gifts from Council.  The Royalty members thanked Council for their continued support and for the many opportunities this self-development program provides for youth in the City.

Cariboo Regional District – Realignment of Administrative Costs
The Cariboo Regional District passed a resolution at the August 21, 2015 Board meeting to realign the Administrative Services Tax Rates between Municipal and Rural residents.  This will equate to $3.25/$100,000 assessment in savings to City residents, while Electoral Area Residents will see an increase of $5.00/$100,000 assessment.

Second Quarterly Report for 2015
The following are brief highlights from the Corporation’s second quarter report on its 2015 to 2018 Strategic Plan:
·   $7.2 million in funding has been confirmed for Phase II of the West Quesnel Land Stability Project with a 1/3 share provided by the Federal, Provincial and Local government bodies;
·   we have a successful physician attraction and retention initiative underway and Northern Health is moving ahead with plans to open a Primary Care Clinic  at Family Health Centre on Front Street (old Avery Clinic location); 
·   the development of a Community Forest proposal is ongoing with the City’s consultant having completed first-round discussions with community, industry, and first nation stakeholders, as well as developing geographic layouts to ensure community values for wildfire protection and recreational uses are considered;
·   80% of the 2015 Paving Program has been completed.  This program’s budget was doubled for 2015 ($784,000);
·   the report lists many works completed by the three active Council Standing Committees (Executive, Policy and Bylaw Review, and Financial Sustainability and Audit).
Residential Garbage Truck Purchase 
Council approved the $329,083 purchase of a new automated residential garbage truck.  The City is scheduled to receive this piece of equipment in May 2016.

2014/15 Transit Performance Summary
The summary denoted that transit ridership is up 1.7%, transit revenue increased by 5.4% and the City’s paratransit system operates more efficiently than the majority of similar systems in similar sized communities. 

Transit Services - North Cariboo Community Campus
Council passed a resolution directing City staff to bring back a report regarding the feasibility and potential implications of providing free transit service as an interim measure to users of the North Cariboo Community Campus.  A Special Open Meeting of Council has been scheduled for Monday, September 28, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers with the College President, Mr. Henry Reiser, and Board Chair, Mr. Vince Prince, to discuss the College’s pay-parking initiative that commenced August 1, 2015.  

Bylaws
- Bylaw 1769 – Secondary Suite for 545 Jones Street – Received Third Reading
- Bylaw 1770 – Secondary Suite for 791 Beaubien Avenue – Third Reading Defeated
  
Office Space Lease – MLA Cariboo North
As of September 1, 2015, the MLA Cariboo North’s office space will be located on the fourth floor of City Hall.  Council approved this lease which will generate approximately $28,000 in annual revenue. 

Community Garden – South Quesnel
A request for a community garden by the Quesnel Community Living Association will move forward.  This community garden is to be located at 464 Racing Road with a scheduled start-up for the spring of 2016.

Next Meetings:
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee
Council Clippings provides a summary of some of the business conducted by Council at regular Council meetings. For specific details, visit www.quesnel.ca, click the “Council” link and the “Agendas and Minutes” section.


Cariboo-PG Ballot set

250News.com reports that Prince George resident Trent Derrick has been selected as the Federal NDP Nominee for Cariboo-Prince George.  Read more here

With that - here are the nominees for the Federal Electoral District of Cariboo-Prince George for the 42nd Canadian General Election to be held on Monday, October 19th:

Conservative - Todd Doherty

NDP - Trent Derrick

Liberal -Tracy Calogheros

Green Party - Richard Jacques

Christian Heritage Party - Adam de Kroon

Independent - Sheldon Clare

While it is possible that we may see another candidate or two - it is probable that the above list is what will be put to the voters' in Cariboo-Prince George and to select an MP for this riding for the 2015-19 Term

~SF


Friday, August 21, 2015

CRD Board Highlights - Aug 21st mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 9:45am
Meeting Agenda approved and July 10th CRD Board Meeting Minutes adopted

Delegations MOB received

Business:

Development Services:

a) Bylaws #4967/4968 (Area I), 4969 (Area A), 4974 (Area D) were all given 1st and 2nd Readings

b) Bylaws #4953 (Area H), 4954 (Area F), 4960/4961 (Area A) were all given 3rd Reading

c) Development Procedures, Guidelines and Fees Bylaw No. 4973 was adopted

d) Bylaws #4468 (Area F), 4925/4926 (Area L), 4942 (Area E), 4943 (Area F) were adopted

e) DVP #25-2015 (Area F) was deferred to the Sept 11th Board Meeting

f) ALR Applications #A20150033, #G20150032 and #L20150023 were approved for submission to the Agriculture Land Commission

g) At the request of Director Forseth - the Board deferred consideration of a renewal application for Temporary Permit #18-2012 so that the Area D Advisory Planning Commission could review and provide comment on the renewal of TP#18-2012. The matter will be revisited at the Sept 11th Board meeting. The Board also deferred consideration of TP #29-2015 (Area G) pending receipt of an engineer’s report regarding water and sewage disposal systems.

h) The Board adopted a new policy with regard to Non Commercial Recreational Use with RV's

i) The Board received the Building Stats reports for the month of June 2015

j) The Board received a report of the Manager of Development Services in regard to proposed Dog Control services in Red Bluff (Area A)

Environmental Services:

a) The Board received the Proposed Water and Sewer Projects Report

b) The Board received a report of the Mgr of Environmental Services in regards to comments on Water Sustainability Act policies

c) The Board received the Refuse Site Inspection Report

d) The Board received a update report on Solid Waste Management and requested Staff to report back to the Sept 11th meeting in regards to the Steward Choice Plan

Meeting recessed at 10:58am
Meeting resumed at 11:05am

Community Services:

a) The Board agreed to support NDIT Applications for Xat’sull Heritage Village Trails Initiative, Hallis Lake Lighted Trail Modernization Project and Interlakes Community Centre Upgrade

Communications:

a) The Board deferred the 2016 and 2017 Board on the Road Schedule (2016- Areas B/C and 2017 - Areas L/I) to the Sept 11th Board Meeting

Meeting recessed at 11:27am
Meeting resumed at 11:30am

Delegation - Taseko Mines

Representatives of Taseko Mines appeared before the Board to discuss their Gibraltar Mines water discharge permit application

A Question and Answer period ensued

Chair Richmond, on behalf of the Board, thanked the delegation for their presentation

Meeting recessed for lunch at 12:27pm
Meeting resumed at 1:00pm

At 1:02pm -- The Board agreed to hold an In-Camera Session (closed to the public) as per Sections 90(1) (f), (g), (i), (j) and (k) of the Community Charter

At 1:24pm -- the Board resumed its' public meeting

Business, cont:

b) The Board received a report of the Mgr of Communications regarding Town Hall and Budget Consultation Processes and that Multi-Agency Meetings along with a Director Meet and Greet be supported

Finance:

a) The Board received/ratified the July 2015 Cheque Register in the amount of $1,584,862.25

b) The Board authorized the Chair, Vice-Chair or Finance Chair (Director Margo Wagner), together with the Chief Administrative Officer or the Chief Financial Officer, be appointed as the signing officers for the Cariboo Regional District’s cheques

c) The Board authorized access to Areas A, B, C and I Discretionary Funds to sponsor the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Excellence Awards. Authorized amounts (Area A - $250, Area B - $150, Areas C/I - $50)

d) The Board endorsed the new Directors Remuneration Schedules

Administration:

a) The Board endorsed a request for a letter of support for ABC Communications NDIT Application

b) The Board received a report from the Corporate Officer in regards to letters from S. Willson, addressed to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, regarding the condition of Highway 20

c) The Board received a report from the Corporate Officer in regards to Provincial Response to the CRD’s 2014 UBCM Resolutions

d) The Board gave approval to submit to UBCM its' Forest Industry Assistance Resolution

e) The Board agreed to defer consideration of the Corporate Priorities Policy until the October COW Meeting

f) The Board brought forward an In-Camera Resolution as follows:

That the agenda item summary from Karen Moores, Manager of Development
Services, dated June 24, 2015, regarding regulatory amendments affecting the
production of medical marihuana on the Agricultural Land Reserve from the
Ministry of Agriculture, be received. Further, that a letter be sent to the Ministry
of Agriculture requesting clarification in regard to why the Ministry has chosen
to take such firm actions to advocate for the development of this industry as an
agricultural business. Further, that staff in consultation with legal counsel,
bring zoning amendments forward to remove restrictions for medical marihuana
operations in the ALR. Further, that this topic be combined with others at the
public hearing stage to save costs should the opportunity arise


g) The Board received a report of the Corporate Officer in regards to frequency of CRD Board Meetings and that bi-monthly Committee of the Whole meetings be scheduled

h) The Board adopted amendments to the Board Meeting Schedule for 2015 as follows:

Committee of the Whole – Thursday, October 1st , 2015 at 9:30 am
Finance/Budget – Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at 5:30 pm

i) The Board received a report of the CAO in regards to regarding a review of the current state of governance in the Interlakes area and that George Abbott be hired to conduct the governance review within the Interlakes area

j) The Board agreed to change the Director Initiative Fund/Discretionary Fund Policies to reflect the fact that that voting on specific expenditures from the approved funding levels is an electoral area director’s stakeholder vote

k) The Board adopted a new Allocation of Administration Costs and it would be effective for the 2016 Fiscal Year

l) The Board agreed to refer to the 2014-18 Strategic Plan to the October COW Meeting in conjunction with discussion around the Corporate Priorities Report

m) The Board received a report of the Corporate Officer regarding a request from the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) for two appointees to sit on the UBCM Committee on Aquaculture

n) The Board received the Consent and Financial Consent Calendars as of August 21st

o) The Board received Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)/North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) Member Items as follows:

i) Hilary Crowley - UBCM Resolution regarding Northern
Physiotherapy Program

ii) NCLGA July Newsletter

iii) Green Communities Committee - Climate Action Charter Level 2
Recognition

p) The Board received the Level 1 Corporate Priorities Report

q) The Board received responses to Board Correspondence as follows:

i) Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure - Pavement Markings and Hwy 97-Enterprise Road Junction

ii) Minister of Environment - Impacts to Local Governments associated with Biosolids Management Practices

iii) Ministry of Transportation - Speed Limit Signs on Westcoast and Mountain House Roads

And directed that a letter restating the request for Speed Limit Signs on Westcoast and Mountain House Roads be re-sent to the Ministry of Transportation and a copy of same be forwarded to Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes

r) The Board received the Prioritization of Board Resolutions as of July 10, 2015

Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

a) The Board received the North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Minutes - March 10, 2015
b) The Board received the Finance/Audit Committee Meeting Minutes of July 7th, 2015 and adopted 1 Recommendation from the Committee (Refer Discussion on Grants for Assistance to the next Committee of the Whole meeting)

c) The Board received the South Cariboo Joint Committee Minutes - July 13, 2015 and adopted recommendations from that meeting as follows:

i) Lodge Architectural Review
ii) Proposed Water Park Location / South Cariboo Recreation Budget
iii) Proposed Capital Plan Amendment for Ball Field Lighting
iv) Appointment to CRD/ School District 27 / Thompson Rivers University-Williams Lake Campus Joint Use Agreement Committee
v) Letter of Thanks - Greeny Lake VFD
vi) South Cariboo Aquatic Society

d) The Board received the North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Minutes - July 14, 2015
e) The Board received the North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Minutes - July 14, 2015 and adopted recommendations from that meeting as follows:

i) Amendment to North Cariboo Recreation and Parks Budget
ii) Additional Security Camera at the Quesnel & District Arts and Recreation Centre
iii) Quesnel Agriculture & Exhibition Association
iv) Skyfest - Quesnel's International Airshow
v) Alex Fraser Park Society Mural Project

f) The Board received Central Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Minutes - July 20, 2015 and adopted two recommendations from that meeting as follows:

i) Grants For Assistance Process
ii) Victim Services

g) The Board received the special Central Cariboo / City of Williams Lake Joint Committee Minutes - August 4, 2015 and adopted recommendations from that meeting as follows:

i) Award of Construction Management Services for SKP Upgrade Project to Tango Management
ii) Parking and Traffic Flow Options Report for the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project

h) The Board received North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Minutes - August 12, 2015

Invitations:

a) The Board received an invitation to attend the 13th Annual BC Natural Resource Forum at the Prince George Civic Centre on January 19 - 21, 2016

Corporate Bylaws:

a) The Board adopted Quesnel-Hixon Subdivision Erosion Protection Works Service Parcel Tax Bylaw No. 4975, 2015

Directors' Reports/Requests/Appointments:

a) The Board received a report of Director Sorley concerning NCLGA Meeting Overview - July 2015
b) The Board endorsed a request to access up to $300 from the Electoral Area G Director Initiative Fund for a plaque and appreciation lunch for the Electoral Area G Advisory Planning Commission Chair

c) The Board endorsed a request to access $500 from the Electoral Area F Discretionary Fund for the Xat’sull Save-the-Salmon Traditional Pow-Wow being held at the Horsefly River spawning channel on September 11, 12 & 13, 2015

Resolved - That consideration of a letter of support for Taseko Mines' water discharge permit application be deferred to the Sept 11th Board meeting, pending consultation with the BC Ministry of Environment.

Meeting adjourned at 4:08pm

CCRHD Board Highlights - Aug 21st mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 9:30am

Meeting Agenda approved.  July 10th CCRHD Board Mins approved

Business:

1) The Board adopted Capital Expenditure Bylaw #103, 2015 ((Energy Conservation Measures Project – Dunrovin Lodge)

2) The Board adopted Capital Expenditure Bylaw #106, 2015 (100 Mile Urology Services Equipment)

3) The Board received the Consent Calendar as of August 21st

4) The Board received letters from Northern Health along with a Facility Condition Assessment for Quesnel health facilities as well as a thank you note in regards to a meeting held at the 2015 North Central Local Gov't Association Convention held in Prince George, BC from May 6-8

5) The Board received a PSA from Interior Health regarding the recent algae bloom at Horse Lake

6) The Board received a News Release from the Ministry of Health regarding New Doctors Welcomed to Practice in Rural and Remote
Communities

7) The Board received a Information Bulletin from Northern Health regarding a modified schedule for Northern Health's Connections Program
during the month of August

8) The Board received a letter from the District of Stewart indicating support for the Cariboo RD's UBCM Resolution for a UNBC Northern Physiotherapy Program

Meeting adjourned at 9:40am

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

The following local governments are scheduled to have meetings next week:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Monday, August 24th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Presentation: Miss Quesnel - Outgoing/Incoming Royalty
* Second Quarterly Report Update to the 2015 - 2018 Corporate Strategic Plan
* Purchase of Automated Residential Garbage Truck
* 2014/15 BC Transit Annual Performance Summary/Transit Service to the North Cariboo Community
* MLA Office Lease
* UBCM Meeting Invitations - Northern Health/Green Party of BC

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Council-in-Committee Session on Tuesday, August 25th at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (450 Mart St basement).  On the Agenda:

* Grants in Aide Discussion - from Aug 4th CC Joint Committee meeting
* BC Rail Lands, River Valley Extension
* Donation of Historic 153 Mile Store - Patenaude Family
* Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Parking Concepts

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile Council is scheduled to have a meeting on Tuesday, August 25th.  Should that meeting go forward, it would be held at 7pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue)

The Cariboo Regional District, District of Wells, and School Districts #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) and #28 (Quesnel) are not scheduled to have further meetings until September

As for weekend or next week events:

Sunday - 9am to 1pm, McLeese Lake Farmers' Market

Tuesday - 7pm at Likely Community Hall - Mt Polley meeting

Wednesday - 7pm in the Gibraltar Rm at CMRC in Williams Lake - Mt Polley meeting

Thursday - 7pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Quesnel  - Mt Polley meeting


~SF

TNRD/Kamloops Council reject Climate Change Signs on Gas Pumps

This week - both Kamloops City Council and the Thompson Nicola Regional District Board rejected supporting the placing of climate change warning signs on gas pumps to remind people about the use of fossil fuels on the environment.

Matt Hulse from Our Horizon presented on this item to both Kamloops Council/TNRD Board this past week.  Read more here

This matter will also be considered at the 2015 Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver from Sept 21-25th.  TNRD Area 'P' Director Mel Rothenburger writes on the conversation at the TNRD Board Meeting yesterday here

Had this matter been before the Cariboo Regional District Board - I too would have rejected this as I don't think that the placing of climate change signs on gas pumps would influence behaviours of vehicle owners, considering the same approach was done with smokers and I haven't seen evidence that this approach to dissuade smokers from their bad habit has worked with overwhelming success...

~SF

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Defibrillator installed at McLeese Lake Community Hall

Yesterday, I received confirmation that the McLeese Lake Community Hall now has an installed defibrillator, thanks to the BC Heart and Stroke's "Public Access to Defibrillation" program which you can find more details at

https://www.bcpadprogram.ca

The free defibillator also comes with training, also free of charge

My thanks to Cariboo RD Area 'C' Director John Massier, who also chairs the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District, who brought this innovative program to my attention and of all Directors' of the Cariboo Regional District Board

This will ensure that if one is having a heart attack at the McLeese Lake Community Hall that life saving medical intervention can be delivered quickly until paramedics can arrive

~SF

CRD Finance/Audit Committee Mtg - Aug 20th

Present: Chair M. Wagner and Directors J. Bruce, S. Forseth, A. Richmond, M. Campsall and B. Simpson

Meeting Agenda approved

Minutes of the Committee's May 15th and July 7th meetings were reviewed

The Committee reviewed the following matters:

a) Value for Money Audit - North Cariboo Recreation and Parks
b) Recommendation - Allocation of Admin Costs
c) Role of Chair of Finance/Audit Committee
d) Terms of Reference - Finance/Audit Committee
e) On-Line Expense Claim Form

Backyard Burning Rules

As I have received a couple of backyard burning complaints on Fox Mountain since March of this year - a friendly reminder that, in rural areas, the following is prohibited from backyard burning:

tires;
plastics ;
drywall;
demolition waste;
domestic waste (household material and food waste not including newspaper and cardboard);
special waste;
biomedical waste;
asphalt and asphalt products;
treated lumber;
railway ties;
manure;
rubber;
paint and paint products;
tar paper; and
fuel and lubricant containers.

However, the following is permitted for backyard burning:

the burning of leaves, foliage, weeds, crops or stubble for domestic or agricultural purposes

fires set or controlled by a person acting under a notice of a designated forest official as that term is defined in the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, or under an order issued by a local assistant as that term is defined in the Fire Services Act

If you feel or observe the above being violated - I encourage you to contact the BC Conservation Service at environmentalcomplaints@gov.bc.ca or via phone at 1-877-952-7277

Please share this information with others as I believe education is the best way to deal with this problem...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 Shutdown - Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex

Annual CMRC Maintenance Shutdown Now In Effect

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Please note the following annual maintenance shut down dates for the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, and please note the ice will be Rink 1 on Aug. 24, and in Rink 2 Sept. 14.

2015 UBCM Annual Report, Resolution Book and Nomination Committee Report available

In the run-up to the 2015 Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver from September 21st - 25th, 2015 - UBCM has made the following available

* 2014-15 Annual Report
* 2015 Resolutions
* 2015-16 Nomination Committee Report

Those can be viewed here

With regard to the Nomination Committee Report - while the positions for President and 1st Vice-President will be acclaimed (unless nominations are made from the floor) - there are 3 people for 2nd Vice President and 2 for 3rd Vice President.

For the record - my vote will be for Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper for 2nd Vice President and Kamloops Councillor Arjun Singh for 3rd Vice President

As for Director at Large - there are 10 nominations for the available 5 positions

For the record - my votes will be for Cariboo RD Area H Director Margo Wagner, Dawson Creek Councillor Cheryl Shuman and TNRD Area 'B' Director Willow Macdonald

With the annual Resolutions - the book itself is 152 pages long and covers 166 Resolutions, many of which are likely not to receive detailed debate.  6 Resolutions from the Cariboo Regional District are on the Agenda while 1 is from Williams Lake and 2 from Quesnel.  Both 100 Mile House and Wells have not submitted any Resolutions.  Reviewing all 166 Resolutions will be on my Agenda in the next number of weeks...  Quesnel's UBCM Resolution for restoration of door to door mail service did not make the Resolution Book and my read of the rules say that Quesnel Council will not be allowed to present the Resolution on the floor

As this is my 1st UBCM Convention - I'm looking forward to renewing existing relationships and making new ones!

~SF

Report illegal Open Fires!

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

The BC Wildfire Service has received reports of people not complying with the partial campfire ban in the Cariboo Fire Centre.

Members of the public are encouraged to report any open burning violations they see so that illegal fires can be investigated.

Within the Cariboo Fire Centre's jurisdiction, campfires are not allowed west of the Fraser River. Campfires are allowed east of the Fraser River, but they cannot be larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high.

Enforcement of open burning prohibitions is done by the ministry's Compliance and Enforcement Branch, the Conservation Officer Service and the RCMP. Charges may be laid or fines assessed under the Wildfire Act and wildfire regulation if the responsible party is identified.

Members of the public can report abandoned campfires or open burning violations by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. The more information they can provide about the location, activity and people involved (including licence plate numbers), the easier it will be to investigate the incident.

The BC Wildfire Service takes open burning prohibitions very seriously as a means to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. As recent wildfire activity in the province has shown, wildfires can have far-reaching implications. Even one human-caused wildfire is too many.

Campfire bans are dependent on weather conditions, current wildfire activity and whether the BC Wildfire Service is encountering widespread non-compliance. Cariboo Fire Centre staff will continue to assess the situation east and west of the Fraser River.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can follow the latest wildfire news:

* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WL Council Highlights - Aug 18th mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 6pm
Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of July 21st WL City Council Mtg approved

Delegations:

1) Jack Simpson appeared before Council to discuss Wounded Warriors of Canada Week 2015" Proclamation & Events

A Question and Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Mr. Simpson for his time/information

Resolved - That the week of September 14 to 21, 2015 be proclaimed as "Wounded Warriors of Canada Week" in the City of Williams Lake

2) Members of the Central Cariboo B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) Temp Chapter (Hooligan, Bubbles, Ulfric, Stitches) appeared before Council to introduce themselves and what they do

A Question and Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings for the periods ending July 23, 30, August 6 and 13, 2015

2) Council authorized travel and associated expenses for Mayor Cobb to attend a community dinner meeting on September 17, 2015 in Prince George, BC, hosted by the Council of Forest Industries.

3) Council authorized registration, travel, accommodations and associated expenses for Mayor, Council and the CAO to attend the 2015 UBCM Annual Convention from September 21 to 25, 2015 in Vancouver, BC at an approximate cost per person of $3230, excluding applicable taxes

4) Council approved DVP #5-2015 for 1011 Hubble Road ( MacPine Developments Ltd)

5) Council approved DVP #6-2015 for 555 Wotzke Road (Grosso Developments Ltd.)

6) Council received an application for DVP #7-2015 (The BRICK sign) and will consider the matter formally at their September 15th meeting

Councillor Smith declared a conflict of interest on the next item and left the meeting at 6:39pm

7) Council received an application for Development Permit #4-2015 ( 1039 Cariboo Highway 97 South - A/W Restaurant) and will consider the matter formally at their September 15th meeting

Councillor Smith returned to the meeting at 6:40pm

8) Council adopted a recommendation from the Public Works Committee as follows:

That pursuant to Pubic Works Committee Report #05-2015, the letters from Exploring the Puddle Early Learning Centre and School District No. 27 dated June 16, 2015 and August 4, 2015, respectively, requesting the installation of a crosswalk on Mackenzie Avenue at the Comer Street Intersection be received; and further, letters be sent to both organizations advising that Council is actively investigating access to the River Valley and will take their requests into consideration as they deal with this issue further, and when possible to utilize the existing crosswalk at the bottom of Oliver Street for safer passage across Mackenzie Avenue in the interim.

9) Council adopted a recommendation from the August 4th Joint Committee meeting as follows:

That pursuant to Central Cariboo / City of Williams Lake Joint Committee Report #19-2015, the schematic design for the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project, as presented by Tango Management and Vic Davies Architect, be received and the Joint Committee support the presentation of the schematic design at the August 5th, 2015 Open House being held at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

10) Council adopted a recommendation from the August 4th Special Committee of the Whole meeting as follows:

That pursuant to Committee of Whole Council Report #14-2015 and the report of the Chief Administrative Officer dated July 30, 2015, Council authorize Staff to finalize the sponsorship discussions already in progress and to allocate funds, to a maximum of $50,000, from the 2015 lake access operating fund to complete the proposed Gateway Project, subject to approval of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

11) Council received the minutes of the August 4th Special Central Cariboo/City of WL Joint Committee meeting

12) Council endorsed 3 NDIT (Northern Development Initiative Trust) Applications as follows:

a) Contact Women's Group Society - KidCare Early Learning Centre

b) Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association - Renovation of the Aileen Hewett Facility (Kitchen, Gym, Office and Multipurpose Room Renovation)

c) Potato House Sustainability Society - Rehabilitation Work at the Potato House

13) Council received a letter from Ms. Sheila Wyse - Chair, Williams Lake Terry Fox Run Committee and gave approval for the Terry Fox Run at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 20, 2015

14) Late Item - Council awarded the contract for the Williams Lake Regional Airport Pavement Rehabilitation Project to Peters Bros. Construction Limited in the amount of $2,052,210.83, excluding GST.

15) Council received the Council Information Package as follows:

That the Council Information Package for August 18, 2015 containing the following be received for information:

• July 30, 2015 - Vancouver Island Building Trades re Asbestos Awareness & Registries;
• August 4, 2015 - Canada Post Form Letter re Delivery of Community Mailbox Keys & Instructions.
• August 6, 2015 - Cariboo Regional District - Thank you for Use of City Council Chambers

Members of Council gave oral reports on their activities

Meeting adjourned at 7:09pm and after a brief recess - Council held an In-Camera (closed to the public) meeting under Sections 90(1e and g - expropriation and potential/actual litigation) of the Community Charter

WL Council to hold In-Camera Mtg at 4pm today

Williams Lake City Council will be holding an In-Camera Meeting at 4pm today in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (450 Mart Street - Basement) under the provisions of Section 90(1g - potential/actual litigation) of the Community Charter

~SF

Saturday, August 15, 2015

AgriService BC to help B.C.’s farmers

Courtesy of the BC Government:

For individuals looking to start or grow their agrifoods business, accessing information has just been made easier. AgriService BC is now available, linking British Columbians to comprehensive and up-to-date information and tips to be a success in B.C.’s exciting agrifoods sector.

AgriService BC can quickly connect you to programs and information that includes:

Starting a new farm and effectively marketing your products.
Hiring and supervising workers.
Developing marketing plans and expanding your business.
Responding to risks – resources available to help protect your business.
Learning how to manage water and other resources effectively.

AgriService BC is available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/agriservicebc, by phone (1-888-221-7141) and email: AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca, or by visiting a Ministry of Agriculture office. If you contact AgriService BC, Ministry of Agriculture staff will either find the information you have requested right away or will put you in contact with the appropriate expert.

There are 20,000 family farms in the provincial agrifoods sector providing a vital role in B.C.'s food security and economy.

The B.C. agrifoods sector includes primary production in agriculture, sustainable aquaculture industry, commercial fisheries, and the processing of food and beverages. The sector generates almost $12 billion in combined gross revenues and in 2013 B.C. exported $2.7 billion worth of products to more than 140 markets.

BC's Agriculture Minister, the Hon. Norm Letnick says:

“I am focussed on creating more jobs, opportunities and wealth for farming families. AgriService BC provides valuable information that will ensure there is a strong future for farming in British Columbia.”

While BC Agriculture Council Chair Stan Vander Waal said:

“Having timely access to relevant information is key to building and maintaining a successful agrifoods business.AgriService BC is streamlining access to government information and resources and that’s good for B.C. agriculture. Any service that helps B.C. farmers and ranchers spend more time farming and less time doing administration is a welcome service. The BC Agriculture Council appreciates this new farming resource and looks forward to its continued development.”

Learn More:

AgriService BC:
AgriServiceBC@gov.bc.ca
1 888 221-7141
www.gov.bc.ca/agriservicebc

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cariboo RD Board/Williams Lake Council meets next wk

Both the Cariboo Regional District and Williams Lake Council will be holding meetings next week as follows:

Williams Lake - Regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Aug 18th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

Delegations (2) - Jack Simpson re: Wounded Warriors of Canada Week 2015 & Presentation Cariboo B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) Temp Chapter - Introduction and Overview of Services

Business:

* Authorization for Mayor Cobb to attend Council of Forest Industries Community Dinner in Prince George on September 17th
* Authorization to attend 2015 Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver from Sept 21-25
* Consideration of 3 DVP's (Development Variance Permits)
* Approve a Zoning Amendment application for 1908 Hamel Road (Carriage Home)
* Consideration of 1 DP (Development Permit)
* Endorse Recommendation of CC Joint Committee concerning Schematic Design for Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project
* Endorse Recommendation of Committee of the Whole (Gateway Project)
* 3 Requests for Support of various NDIT Applications

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District:

Finance/Audit Committee - Meeting on Thursday, August 20th at 1pm in the CRD Committee Room (180D North 3rd Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Receive Minutes from previous Finance/Audit Committee Meetings
* Discuss Value for Money Audit for the North Cariboo Parks/Recreation Function
* Discuss On-Line Directors' Expense Claim Form

View the full Agenda here

CC Regional Hospital District - Meeting on Friday, August 21st at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Adopt Capital Expenditure Bylaw for Dunrovin Lodge in Quesnel ((Energy Conservation Measures Project)
* Adopt Capital Expenditure Bylaw for 100 Mile General Hospital (Urology Services Capital)
* Receive Consent Calendar
* Receive a letter from Northern Health re: Facility Assessment for Health Facilities in Quesnel & NCLGA 2015 Meeting
* Receive press releases from Interior Health (Algae Bloom on Horse Lake), Ministry of Health (new doctor coming to Quesnel)
* Receive a letter from Stewart support CRD UBCM Resolution for new UNBC Northern Physiotherapy Program

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District Board of Directors' - Meeting on Friday, August 21st at 9:45am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation -- Taseko Mines in regards to Gibraltar Mines' water discharge permit

* Business:

* Various Planning Items
* Dog Control to Area A (Red Bluff) by City of Quesnel
* 3 NDIT Applications
* Various Administrative Items
* Adoption of 2015-19 Strategic Plan
* Town Hall/Budget Consultation Processes
* Various Committee or Commission Recommendations and Minutes
* Approval of UBCM Resolution - Forest Industry Assistance (Silviculture)

View the full Agenda here

Other Community Events include:

* McLeese Lake Farmers Market this Sunday between Oasis Pub/Cafe from 9am - 1pm
* Buddhist Exhibit at TRU this weekend - view here
* 4-H Event at WL Stockyards this weekend - view here

~SF

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Local Gov't Perspectives on AGLG Operations

Courtesy of the Union of BC Municipalities:

A new report prepared by the Union of BC Municipalities examines the impact of the operations of the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) on audited communities. 
The report is based on a survey of local government staff that participated in audits with the AGLG. The Executive of UBCM directed staff to undertake the survey in April of this year to complement an independent review of AGLG operations by Mr. Chris Trumpy. No local governments were interviewed as part of the independent review.
The Executive was pleased to see an independent review of AGLG operations get underway,” said UBCM president Sav Dhaliwal. “Our concern was that by not requiring the reviewer to interview communities that had been audited, the Province was missing an opportunity to hear from those who deal directly with the office.”
The survey data and comments provided by local governments show how a lack of understanding of local government operations combined with high turnover among staff contributed to inefficiency in the AGLG office. 
The report includes a set of practical recommendations aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the AGLG:
Recommendations for the Audit Council and AGLG 
- Develop and implement a basic course of study in local government operations for all AGLG audit staff and contractors to be completed in advance of undertaking audits.
- Correct the problem of high turnover on audit teams by a) scaling Annual Service Plans to the capacity of staffing available; and b) reducing the reliance on external contractors.
- Meet with UBCM to discuss the findings of this report along with the recommendations from the Audit Council’s review.
Recommendations for the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
- Prior to undertaking legislative or administrative amendments to the AGLG, consider and act on the findings within this report in an effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the office of the Auditor General.
- Consult with local government with regard to alternative governance and administrative models for the AGLG.
- Commit to undertaking an independent review of the office of the AGLG within two years of the next appointment of AGLG and make this review available to the public.
“I am looking forward to my first meeting as minister with the executive of UBCM and hearing more about the recommendations contained in this report,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink. “The contextual thinking behind the recommendations will benefit government as it considers changes to support the functioning capacity of this statutory office. The goal remains the same: that local governments, as the Province does, provide taxpayers with affordable, effective and accountable services that meet their communities’ current and future needs.”
Prior to undertaking the survey, UBCM met with the Acting Auditor General for Local Government, Mr. Arn van Iersel, who made suggestions for the survey design that UBCM was pleased to adopt. 
“I would like to thank the local governments who completed the survey and provided comments on how we can improve,” said van Iersel. “I have initiated a number of actions including reducing our reliance on contractors, setting realistic targets for audit production, balancing audits with Perspective Series booklets to assist local governments, and furthering the education of our professional staff. Together with the Audit Council I would be pleased to meet with UBCM to discuss the recommendations for our office and how they should best be addressed.”
Mr. van Iersel has described the challenges and opportunities facing the office in the current Service Plan for the AGLG.
UBCM will monitor the value of AGLG reporting for local governments over the period of the next Service Plan and share its findings with the membership.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

City of WL starts Roadworks

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The milling of old pavement is now starting and drivers may expect single-lane alternating traffic on a block by block basis during the day. The following roads will be affected:

• Yorston Street (4th Ave to MacKenzie)
• 1st Avenue (Oliver St to Borland St)
• 3nd Avenue (Proctor St to Oliver St)
• Cameron Street (3rd Ave to MacKenzie)
• Borland Street (4th Ave to MacKenzie)
• Mart Street (Borland St to Oliver St)
• 7th Avenue (Oliver St to Recreation Complex)
• Oliver Street (Fronting Boitano Mall)


Please watch for flag persons and proceed with caution whenever work is in progress.

The tender for this construction was awarded to Peters Bros Contracting. Please direct questions on the above to Contract Administrators, Dan Colgate and Chad Beaulieu, TRUE Consulting at 250 305-6605.

Quesnel to receive 1 new Doctor

Courtesy of the BC Government:

As part of the Province’s work to make sure British Columbians have access to high-quality primary care, 14 internationally-trained physicians will begin practicing in rural and remote communities in B.C. this month, including a new family doctor in Quesnel.

This program, funded for a total of $2.8 million by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues – a collaborative committee of the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC – is part of the Province’s strategy to strengthen access to family doctors and other primary care providers for individuals throughout British Columbia. Through this work, almost 66,000 patients in B.C. have been matched with a GP or other primary care provider since 2013.

“Congratulations to the physicians who have completed the Practice Ready Assessment and are now set to begin work in B.C.,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “We know that for patients, a strong relationship with their primary care team is an important part of proactively maintaining health. These new doctors will positively impact both the personal health of their patients as well as that of their new community.”

“The Province’s aim is to create a patient-centred primary care model that works best for all British Columbians,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes. “I’m pleased to welcome a new doctor to Quesnel; our community continues to work as a team to address the need of engaging and retaining doctors, these kinds of community partnerships and targeted provincial programs will ensure we have strong system of health care province-wide.”

The 14 internationally trained physicians represent the first group to participate in the new Practice Ready Assessment pilot program. In the program, doctors undergo a rigorous assessment process, spending three months with a B.C. physician who evaluates their skills as they care for patients. Physicians successfully completing the program commit to practice for at least three years in a designated rural community in need.

This fall, a second cohort of 16 physicians will go through the program, which is a partnership between the Ministry of Health, Doctors of BC, regional health authorities, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and the University of British Columbia.

“Internationally trained physicians continue to enhance and complement the physician workforce here in British Columbia,” said Dr. Alan Ruddiman, co-chair, Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues. “In many of B.C.'s rural communities these physicians are the backbone of primary care and hospital services, and we value their skills and expertise. The Practice Ready Assessment program supports this strong tradition of excellence in care.”

The Practice Ready Assessment program is part of the Province’s strategy to strengthen access to primary care services through improved recruitment, retention and innovative practice models, such as interprofessional teams. The Province, health authorities and Doctors of BC, in partnership with more than 30 Divisions of Family Practice throughout the province, are working to create targeted solutions to increase access to primary care driven by local needs, including:

recruiting new doctors and preparing for retirements,
introducing team-based practices, with a range of health professionals who work together to provide care to patients, and
helping general practitioners increase their office practice capacity in order to accept new patients.

The Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice specifically focuses on supporting physicians who work and live in rural British Columbia.

To help ensure improved health care for British Columbians in every region of the province, the Ministry of Health has developed the overarching strategy, Setting Priorities for the B.C. Health System. As part of this, a series of policy papers – with a focus on primary and community care, rural health services and health human resources – were created to help guide the province as stakeholders throughout the system work together to build a better health system.

WildSafeBC Fruit Gleaning Program in Quesnel

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Quesnel's WildSafeBC program will be partnering with other local volunteer groups and businesses to carry out a Fruit Gleaning Program within the City of Quesnel to remove all surplus fruit or fruit that residents are unable to utilize or dispose of.  

Of note, WildSafeBC will be participating in Culture Days Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for year-end fruit picking and clean up.

Specifically, fruit gleaning pertains to the removal of all types of fruit to prevent attracting wildlife (i.e. bears, deer, etc.) which in turn will keep the community safe and protect wildlife well-being. 

Fruit that is of good enough quality for use will be separated and distributed to local aid organizations.  The remainder will be disposed of at local agricultural operations or safely disposed of at the local landfill.

City residents with surplus fruit or those who wish to volunteer can contact Lita at WildSafeBC at 250-992-5743 or by email at Quesnel@wildsafebc.com to arrange for disposal of surplus fruit. Residents can also visit the Quesnel WildSafeBC Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/WildSafeBCQuesnel for more information.

Monday, August 10, 2015

NC Rural Caucus meets Wednesday

The North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus consisting of CRD Directors Ted Armstrong, Jerry Bruce, John Massier and Dylan Cash from Electoral Areas A, B, C and I will meet this Wednesday at 3pm in the CRD Quesnel sub-office (101-410 Kinchant St)

Items on their Agenda include:

a) Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Excellence Awards - Request for Sponsorship
b) In-Camera Session (closed to the public) as per Section 90(1k - negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the entire Agenda here

Friday, August 7, 2015

Sam Ketchum Pool Upgrade Open House Resounding Success

Joint Release of the City of Williams Lake/Cariboo Regional District:

Yesterday, the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake Sam Ketcham Pool (SKP) Upgrade Open House proved to be extremely productive for the local governments, Project Managers and Architects.

The schematic design for the SKP Upgrade project at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre was presented by VDA Architects to the Central Cariboo Joint Committee (CCJC) on Tuesday evening. During the meeting, the committee endorsed the design to be presented as part of the public open house on Wednesday.

Prior to the open house, which was held at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, meetings were offered to First Nations and stakeholder groups including the accessibility committee, seniors, School District #27, and the Blue Fins Swim Club for direct input to the design team. 

“The design was well received by the public with good feedback and suggestions provided,” says CRD Electoral Area F Director and Pool Working Group Committee member Joan Sorley. “On behalf of the working group, I thank the stakeholder groups and residents for taking time out of their busy schedules to provide some valuable input into this project.”

“The public input was greatly appreciated this past week on the Sam Ketcham Pool Renovations,” states Williams Lake Councillor Ivan Bonnell. “This is the natural evolution of projects, and now that we have the input from the public, the Pool Working Group Committee can now move forward with awarding contracts and proceeding with the planned timelines.  Design schematics are on display in the pool lobby for all to see if you missed the Open House.”

The next steps in this process will include detailed design development with an estimated completion by the end of September. The first tenders for the project will be released this fall with construction to begin in the spring of 2016. Completion of the SKP Upgrade Project is slated for the summer of 2017.

A parking improvement plan for the project was also endorsed in principle by the CCJC on Tuesday. The preferred option would see a redesign of the existing parking area at the complex as well as expansion into the ball field adjacent to the property. The expansion area will be under consideration by city council in August, 2015.

To view the current concept designs, or for further information about the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project, visit us online at cariboord.ca or williamslake.ca. Information is also available on Facebook at facebook.com/SKPproject or on twitter at @SKPproject.

Wells Council meets on Tuesday

The District of Wells Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  The meeting agenda when available can be viewed here

All remaining local governments are off this week and many of them will resume meetings in the next couple of weeks

As for community events this weekend

McLeese Lake - the annual Cariboo-Chilcotin Metis Association Music Jamboree takes place this weekend at the McLeese Lake Community Hall - more details here while the weekly McLeese Lake Farmers' Market takes place this Sunday from 9am - 1pm at the Oasis Pub/Cafe site.

Williams Lake - Annual ArtWalk takes place now until September 12th - more details here

Enjoy your weekend!

~SF

New Firefighter Facility at WL Regional Airport

Courtesy of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations:

The B.C. government is providing $5.88 million to construct a brand-new firefighting facility at the Williams Lake Airport for the use of BC Wildfire Service staff and crews.
The new one-storey, 2,045-square-metre (22,000-square-foot) main building and three upgraded outbuildings will be home to the Cariboo Fire Centre's main office, associated support services, and ground crew and air crew facilities. Planned amenities include the regional wildfire co-ordination centre, airtanker and pilot facilities, meeting and training rooms staff offices, workshops, firefighter changing rooms, laundry and shower areas, and storage areas.

The four buildings will replace 11 separate structures and trailers, some of which are about 40 years old. The old Cariboo Fire Centre facility was originally set up to accommodate about half the number of staff that work there now, so its operational needs have long outgrown the older buildings.

Lauren Brothers Construction has been selected to build the state-of the-art firefighting complex through a competitive process. Construction is starting this month and should be completed by fall 2016.

About two-thirds of the project's trade contractors are companies in the Williams Lake area.

The new structure will be built on long-term leased land at the north end of the Williams Lake Airport, in the same spot where the previous Cariboo Fire Centre office and auxiliary buildings were located. Until the new building is completed, BC Wildfire Service staff will work in temporary trailers that have been set up near the construction site.

The new Cariboo Fire Centre facility will improve wildfire response and suppression capabilities in one of the most active wildfire regions in British Columbia. One of the goals of this project is to centralize staff resources and promote increased efficiency. When responding to wildfires, fast and effective communications can directly impact decision-making, help minimize fire damage and enhance public safety.
BC's Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Hon. Steve Thomson says:
"Our government is committed to safeguarding B.C.'s families, natural resources and infrastructure. This new facility in Williams Lake will enhance our firefighting capabilities, provide work for local contractors and benefit communities throughout the region."
While the two local MLA's -- Coralee Oakes and Donna Barnett said the following:
Coralee Oakes:
"I, along with our government, appreciate the extraordinary commitment that our firefighting crews and staff have made to this province and to safeguarding our communities. We are pleased to fund this brand-new firefighting facility at the Williams Lake Airport that will continue to improve wildfire response and help ensure that safety remains a priority."
Donna Barnett:
"Firefighters set an incredible standard of bravery and commitment by working tirelessly to put out multiple fires in difficult conditions. This funding from our government will help support these hardworking and dedicated individuals by constructing a Cariboo Fire Centre facility to enhance their firefighting capabilities and strengthen public safety in the Cariboo and across the province."

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Early Bird deal for MTB Symposium ends Aug 15th



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Full registration incudes: 
  • 2 full days of sessions featuring knowledgeable and entertaining speakers and presentations
  • Breakfast and lunch on each day of the symposium sessions
  • Welcome reception and other social events
  • Pre- symposium IMBA Canada Trail building workshop available to full symposium registrants
  • Guided rides on some of the best trails in the province
Sign up now by clicking here.
Sneak Peak at What's in Store
As in previous symposiums we will be delving into topics that are critical to BC's mountain bike sector.  Panel discussions involving people who deal with these issues from a regulatory level and from the view of local stakeholders will share their knowledge and experience and help provide practical solutions.  
  • Land use agreements - perspectives from land managers and tenure holders
  • First Nations partnerships - identifying common objectives and values
  • Regional Collaboration - pooling resources and building support at the regional level
  • Education, Certifications and Industry - employment training for the mountain bike industry
Plus lots presentations and keynotes including:
  • John Hawkings, Rec Sites and Trails BC - Recreational Land Use Agreements in BC
  • Mark Schmidt, Parks Canada - Planning tools for Sustainable Trails
  • Patrick Lucas, Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Project - Building partnerships with First Nations communities
  • Peter Larose, Larose Research - Kamloops MTB Economic Impact Study
  • Zachary Cole, University of North Carolina - Mountain Bike Visitor Market Analysis
And lots more to come!
Bring your Bike and Join in the Group Rides
Williams Lake has a variety of riding zones that are suited to wide range of abilities and riding interests all within a few minutes of where the symposium will take place.  
The group ride schedule will be posted soon, but plan on being able to ride every day; Friday afternoon prior to the welcome reception and Saturday and Sunday immediately following the daily sessions.  
For those interested in a staying an extra day for some extra thrills there will be shuttles on Monday to Desous (3000 foot descents to the Fraser River) including a BBQ for $40 per person hosted by the Williams Lake Cycling Club (sign up details to be announced soon). 
Flowy trails with views of the surrounding area.
Steep and challenging trails that will keep you focused.
Trails with impressive wood work and technical features.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Special CC Joint Committee Mtg - August 4th

Present from City of WL - Councillors I. Bonnell, S. Nelson, C. Smith, L. Walters and S. Zacharias

Present from Cariboo RD - Directors S. Forseth, B. Kemp and J. Sorley

Absent - Mayor W. Cobb and Councillor J. Ryll; Directors B. Anderson and R. William

Meeting chaired by Director J. Sorley (CRD Co-Chair)

Meeting called to order at 6pm and meeting agenda approved

Delegation:

Tango Management and VDA Design appeared before the Committee to present the Schematic Design for the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project

Discussion ensued thereon

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee thanked the presenters for the presentation

Resolved - That the Schematic Design be endorsed for presentation to the public

Business:

1) Pool Upgrade Project - Working Group Meeting Notes & TMG Monthly Status Report for June

The CRD Mgr of Community Services reviewed the item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Item received

2) Award of Construction Management Services for SKP Upgrade Project

The CRD Mgr of Procurement review the item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Recommend to CRD Board/City Council that the contract for Construction Management Services for the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project be awarded to Tango Management Group Ltd. at a value of $275,010, and that the appropriate signatories be authorized to enter into the necessary agreement.

The Committee divided - Motion approved as follows:

Affirmative - Councillors Bonnell, Nelson, Smith, Walters and Zacharias & Directors Kemp and Sorley

Negative - Director S. Forseth

3) Parking and Traffic Flow Options Report for SKP Upgrade Project

The CRD Mgr of Community Services reviewed the item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Recommend to CRD Board/City Council that the recommendation from the project working group to proceed with Option 1, which is a redevelopment of the existing parking area and Option 3, which is a parking expansion into the adjacent ball field, be endorsed in principle. And further, that the Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services capital and financial plans be amended to reflect implementation of these parking improvements at an estimated cost of up to $1.3 million.

4) Grants-in-Aid Process Discussion

General discussion ensued along with letter from CRD to City of Williams Lake dated July 29th

Resolved - That the letter from the Cariboo Regional District to the City of Williams Lake dated July 29th be received

5) Action Page

General discussion ensued

Resolved - Receive Action Page as of August 4th and delete Items 6 and 8

Meeting adjourned at 7:33pm