Friday, June 24, 2016

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of June 27 - June 30th

The following local governments are meeting next week:

Quesnel - Special Open Meeting on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:15pm.  Council will receive a Branding Exercise update from the City's Ec Dev Officer. View the full Agenda here

Following the meeting, a Public Hearing at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St) on Tuesday, June 28th will occur.  On the Agenda:

* Bylaw 1802 - Zone Amendment to C-8 Regional Shopping Centre - Recreation Centre and Accessory Dwelling Unit

View the full Agenda here

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 28th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Regular Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30pm in the SD #27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 28th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegations (2) -- Presentation of 2016 WL Stampede Queen and Contestants; Fred McMechan, Williams Lake Field Naturalists re Causeway Road

* 2015 Statement of Financial Information Report
* Report of Councillor Bonnell re Budget 2016 - Reallocation of Funds from General Revenue Fund to Sanitary Sewer System Fund
* Report of Councillor Bonnell re Scout Island Causeway
* Poll of Council - Donation & Installation of Totem Pole for Boitanio Park

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 28th at 7pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue, 100 Mile House).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District:

CCRHD - Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, June 30th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Hospital Consent Calendar
* Alexis Creek Outpost Hospital
* Northern Health -- NCLGA Convention 2016

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, June 30th at 9:45am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Various Planning Items
* Delegation at 11:30am -- Diane Nicolson, President, and Jason Quigley, EVP Stakeholder and Regulatory Affairs, HDI Amarc
* Fees for Wood Waste Disposal
* Amendment to Proposed Volunteer Chief, Deputy Chief and Training Officer Recruitment and Retention Bonus Policy
* UBCM – Call for Nominations for 2016/2017 Executive
* Consent Calendar for Receipt
* Various Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations
* Requests from Directors Wagner (Area H Director Initiative/Discretionary Fund) and Forseth (Area D Director Initiative Fund, Staff report for Purchase Card system for Electoral Area Directors', Meeting Request with Minister Rustad)

View the full Agenda here

Community Events This Weekend/Next Week:

Friday, June 24th - WL Stampede Queen Contestants -  Speaking Competition/Fashion Show.  6pm at WL Campus - Lake City Secondary.

Saturday, June 24th - WL Stampede Queen Coronation for Queen/Princess for 2016.  5:30pm at the Pioneer Complex (350 Hodgson Road)

Sunday, June 26th - McLeese Lake Farmers Market from 9am -1 pm between the Oasis Pub and Cafe

Tuesday, June 28th - 4-8pm at the Gibraltar Room, 2nd Open House for the Atlantic Power Proposal (Burning of Rail Ties).  More information here

Thursday, June 30th - 90th Williams Lake Stampede Begins.  1st Rodeo Performance at 6:45pm.  More details here

Friday, July 1st - 149th Birthday of Canada.  Events throughout the Cariboo-Chilcotin.  Check out the web or your local newspaper for specific event details...

Expansion of West Quesnel Land Stability Project

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

At the June 21 meeting of City Council, the Director of Capital Works and Infrastructure Ken Coombs brought forward a report outlining the projected budget surplus for Phase 2 of the West Quesnel Land Stability project. This is a very substantial drainage project which is funded equally by the Federal and Provincial Governments and the City of Quesnel. In addition, the City is also funding an expanded program of road and sidewalk rehabilitation once the drainage works are completed. In total the budget for this project was estimated at $8.5 million.

After awarding all the large components of this project through a competitive bidding process the City is estimating a budget surplus for this project of $1.6 million. This surplus is a result of highly competitive bids received on the work and a project change which improved the efficiency of the work. With some strategic land purchases and a donation of land along Baker Creek the City acquired a large enough piece of land to serve as a project staging area, and a location to place the gravel and fill resulting from the excavation work. This significantly reduces the trucking costs related to this project. By the end of the construction work, this area will be developed as a storm water infiltration area and a greenspace, improving the environmental outcomes of the project. 

Council decided to use the dollar savings discussed above to make even more drainage and road improvements in the West Quesnel Land Stability area. Project improvements include:

1.      Extending the storm water upgrade on Abbott Drive from Flamingo Avenue to Dawson Avenue. This includes complete rebuilding of the road, curb and gutters on both sides of the road and a sidewalk on the North side only. 
2.      Extending the storm water upgrade on Anderson Drive from Abbott Drive to Avison Avenue. This will involve replacing a 5 meter wide strip of asphalt, installation of the drainage system, new curb and gutters and rebuilding the sidewalk. 

This extra work still falls within the scope of our grant application, with the original funding sources still contributing to the work. This extra work is anticipated to be completed this construction season as well. We ask all residents and road users to please be patient through this very busy construction season.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mt Polley returns to Full Operations

Update at 4:56pm Thurs Jun 23rd - Elected Officials, both Provincial and Local, and Steelworkers' Union reps express relief at return to full operations of the Mt Polley Mine - view here

Courtesy of the BC Government:


Statutory decision makers with the Ministry of Energy and Mines have authorized the Mount Polley Mining Corporation to return to full production using the repaired and strengthened tailings storage facility (TSF) to manage tailings.
The permit amendment authorizes the Mount Polley Mining Corporation to continue operations in previously permitted areas of the Cariboo Pit and underground workings. Under the permit amendment the mine is authorized to process up to 22,450 metric tonnes of ore per-day and store tailings in the repaired and strengthened TSF.
Prior to approval, the company’s Mines Act permit amendment application underwent a lengthy review process, including a thorough geotechnical review, a 30-day public consultation period and a detailed technical review by members of the mine development review committee (MDRC). The MDRC consisted of representatives from provincial agencies, First Nations, local governments (City of Williams Lake and Cariboo Regional District), the community of Likely, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada.
The geotechnical review was completed by two senior geotechnical engineers and both found that the proposed design and construction of the repaired Tailing Storage Facility met appropriate engineering standards for tailings facilities. Additionally, the review found that the recommendations from the independent expert panel and chief inspector of mines investigations were adequately taken into consideration for the design and operation of the repaired and reinforced TSF, including:
  • Conducting adequate site analysis.
  • Having defined quantified performance objectives.
  • Establishing an Independent Tailings Review Board.
  • Appointing a qualified individual responsible for oversight of the TSF.
In the months since the Aug. 4, 2014, breach, the Mount Polley Mine Corporation has completed repairs and reinforcement work on the TSF, including extensive foundation investigation and additional buttressing of the main and perimeter embankments. The company has also established an Independent Tailings Review Board (ITRB) consisting of four professional engineers. The ITRB has full-independent oversight over all aspects of the design, construction, operation and closure planning for the Mount Polley Mine TSF.
As a condition of the Mines Act restricted re-start permit amendment authorized on July 9, 2015, Mount Polley Mining Corporation must submit a draft technical assessment report in support of the long-term water management plan to government by June 30, 2016, in order to continue operations.
Learn More:
Additional information regarding government`s response to the Aug. 4, 2014, Mount Polley Mine tailings storage facility breach is available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/11360
To view a video of buttress construction visit: https://youtu.be/8gRaMpxPNAI
To view a video of Lower Edney Creek visit: https://youtu.be/zNem6F_1ShY
To view a video of water treatment visit: https://youtu.be/EV74oOFr-8Y
For a photo of planting near Quesnel Lake visit: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/QLJ02E
A photo of Lower Hazeltine Creek is available at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/iGHUWm
View a photo of Lower Edney Creek at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/pe7107
A photo of the buttress is at: https://www.flickr.com/gp/bcgovphotos/0Y1zsW

2016 Canada Day Event - City of WL

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

Everyone in the Williams Lake area is invited to join the Canada Day celebrations happening at Boitanio Park on Friday, July 1.
The family festivities begin at 11:00 am with face painting, games and activities that celebrate being Canadian and the cultures that make up our fabulous country. Watch for the Suffragette March in celebration of Canadian Women starting to get the vote in 1916. There will also be a Money Tree showcasing our colorful past and present currency.
Don’t pack a lunch, enjoy some of the diverse flavors of Canada. There will be delicious foods such as poutine, sausages, curry, burgers and mini- donuts as well as many local businesses at the Farmers Market selling jewelry, handmade soaps, blankets and more. The Farmers Market opens at 9:00 am.
Performances on the Gwen Ringwood stage will begin at 11:00 am. Official ceremonies by the Royal Canadian Legion and the Williams Lake Pipe Band will be at 11:30 am.
Stroll up to the skateboard park to watch some tricks at the Skateboard Jam starting at 11:00 am. All ages and levels of skateboarders are encouraged to participate.
Save on Foods and Telus will be serving cupcakes at around 1:00 pm.
The event concludes at 2:00 pm.
This event is organized by a passionate group of volunteers and Recreation Services. Funding for the Canada Day is provided by the Canadian Government, Cariboo Regional District and City of Williams Lake.
A copy of the poster can be viewed here

Waterworks and Street Repaving 2016 - City of WL

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake

Please be advised that the City of Williams Lake will be performing water service upgrades and street repaving at the below locations during the months of July through to September. 
The following list of streets may be affected by water and paving works:
• Mayfield Avenue (Proctor Street to Broadway Avenue North )
• Broadway Avenue North (Mayfield Avenue to Summit Drive )• Broadway Avenue South (Speedy Petey’s to Rowat Road)
• Soda Creek Road (Frizzie Road to Mackenzie Avenue)• 7th Avenue (Pinchbeck Street to Mackenzie Avenue)
• Birch Hill (South Lakeside Drive to Juniper Street)• Dog Creek Road (Approx. 500m from Highway 20)
During the upgrades, water interruptions may occur, as well as traffic delays and parking restrictions. A detailed notice of work will be delivered to affected properties by the contractors at least 24 hours in advance of work starting.
Your co-operation and patience during this time is greatly appreciated.

New Collective Agreement with IUOE/City of WL

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

City of Williams Lake Council unanimously ratified the terms of a new three-year Collective Agreement covering outside and inside workers represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882-B. The settlement provides for wage increases totaling 5.25% over the three years of the contract (1.5%, 1.75%, 2%). These adjustments are generally aligned with inflation projections.

“Both the City and the Union worked extremely well together,” states Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb. “Bargaining was successful with a 96% member vote on ratification. The contract is the product of working together to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome, and we look forward to continuing our positive relationship.”


Councillor Scott Nelson states, “I am very pleased that both sides felt heard and respected at the bargaining table. Council deeply appreciates the strong dedication of the City of Williams Lake’s employees, and recognizes the significant efforts of the negotiating team.”

Public Comment on 2nd Edition of Mt Polley PEEIAR Report

Courtesy of the BC Ministry of Environment:

British Columbians have 30-days to comment on Mount Polley Mining Corporation’s Post Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report (PEEIAR).

As a requirement of the pollution abatement order, Mount Polley Mining Corporation must submit a report to the ministry outlining the environmental impact caused by the breach of the tailings storage facility and assesses physical, chemical and biological information collected from the spill.

Public feedback will help inform the company’s long-term environmental remediation and restoration plan.

Findings in Mount Polley’s report include:

Remediation and restoration work is resulting in re-vegetation and recolonization of impacted areas, including Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, the mouth of Edney Creek and the West Basin of Quesnel Lake

Geochemistry investigations continue to indicate the tailings are not acid-generating and have low leaching potential.

Surface water and toxicity tests show total metals and turbidity are not toxic to various aquatic species and are decreasing in concentrations.

Additional information regarding sediments lost to Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake still needs to be collected by the company. More detailed information regarding sediment quality in Polley and Quesnel lakes also needs to be collected to determine the impact of the deposited materials. 

This work will be carried out in 2016.

Phase 2 of the environmental remediation and restoration plan is ongoing and current activities include assessing the impacts and extent of the breach (including impacts on fish and fish habitat), determining risks to human health and the environment, and developing and implementing long-term monitoring, mitigation and remediation plans.

First Nations, local community members, the regional district, provincial and federal government representatives and their associated consultants have all received advanced copies of the report.

This is the second version of the PEEIAR being released for public comment. The first report was posted last June and has since been updated with new information gathered over the past year.

Final comments to the ministry on this report are due on July 21, 2016. Please submit comments to MtPolleyEnvironmental.Enquiries@gov.bc.ca with the subject line “Comments on second version of the PEEIAR”.

Mount Polley’s Post Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report can be found at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/mount-polley/

All information on the incident can be viewed on the ministry’s dedicated webpage: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/mount-polley/

The Hon. Mary Polak - BC's Minister of the Environment said:

“I encourage British Columbians to offer their feedback on this important report so we can continue and improve upon the great remediation work that’s been done to date. Full environmental remediation will take years of dedicated work and the Province will continue to work alongside First Nations, the company and local communities to ensure a strong and robust long-term plan for restoration and remediation is put in place.”

Quick Facts:

Version one of the PEEIAR released in June 2015 included findings relating to overall environmental impact – the following are also included in this updated report:

Approximately 132 hectares (236 acres) of land were impacted by the spill.
Approximately 181 hectares (447 acres) of Quesnel Lake bottom are covered by sediment with a depth of up to 10 metres.
Turbidity levels in Quesnel Lake are near or at normal levels and water quality has improved over time.
Turbidity levels in Polley Lake have returned to pre-event levels.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fuel Management Project - Fox Mountain Area

From the BC Wildfire Service:




If you live in or near Williams Lake, you might see some smoke around the Fox Mountain area over the next two weeks. 

Cariboo Fire Centre crews will be burning some piles as part of a fuel management project.

Quesnel Council Highlights - June 21st mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

City Wins Award – Healthcare Recruitment 

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Political Campaign Signs

Council asked staff to bring forward a Political Campaign Sign bylaw that may allow each candidate a restricted number of campaign signs, where and for how long these signs can be installed on publicly-owned lands.  The regulations would apply to federal, provincial, local government and school district elections (including referendums) and are thought to:

- Create equal opportunity for all candidates

- Maintain community aesthetics

- Promote environmental sustainability

- Reduce administrative burden and costs

- Reduce campaign workload and potential conflict

Potential New Statutory Reserves

Council approved the first three readings of a bylaw that, once passed, would create three new statutory reserves:  Water Capital – $3.4 million; Sewer Capital - $2 million and Gas Tax Funds - $2.65 million.  These funds have already been collected and set aside for future capital requirements.  In addition to the new Statutory Reserves, the City will retain one year’s operational expenses for both water ($910,000) and sewer ($770,000) in surplus.    A statutory reserve better reflects the nature of the funds being set aside for capital and planning projects that meet the requirements of Gas Tax funds.  The City receives approximately $475,000 in Gas Tax funds annually and historically has been allocated to trails, building upgrades, and solid waste management.  Council referred to the Financial Sustainability and Audit Committee how Gas Tax funds may be allocated in the future and to bring forward any policy changes for Council’s consideration.

Billy Barker Days Casino Hotel – Development Permit/Encroachment Agreement

Council approved, as part of a development permit review, the Billy Barker Casino Hotel to occupy two parking spaces via an extension of the sidewalk on Barlow Avenue that will accommodate the encroaching front entrance and façade of the building.  The development permit also includes the Proponent voluntarily developing the adjacent parking lot to the Billy Barker Casino Hotel by paving and creating approximately 41 lined-marked parking stalls that includes 3 accessible stalls that will be located in close proximity to the building’s entrance.  

West Quesnel Land Stability Project Phase II – Expanded Scope of Work

While still remaining within the original total budget for the West Quesnel Land Stability Project Phase II (“Project”) of $8,475,153, Council approved expanding the scope of work for the Project to include:

-    Extending the storm drainage and road works project to include Abbott Drive from Flamingo Avenue to Dawson Avenue

-    Replacing the water mainline on Abbott Drive from Flamingo Avenue to Dawson Avenue;

-    Extending the storm drainage and road works to include Anderson Drive from Abbott Drive to Wade Street.

Bylaws

Bylaw 1803 – Secondary Suite (Vacant Lots 4&5/Nickel Ridge Ave) – Final Adoption

Bylaw 1804 – New Statutory Reserves – First, Second and Third Readings

Bylaw 1805 – Multi Family Housing Incentives – Third Reading

 

Next Meetings

- 7:00 pm – June 28, 2016 – Regular Council Meeting

- 7:00 pm – July 26, 2016 – Regular Council Meeting

Quesnel wins BC Economic Development Award

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

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The award recognizes a community or regional partnership that works together in on-going economic development work and activities. Judging Criteria includes: the extent of the economic impact on its community; achievement of its stated objective with measurable results; development of strong relationships with relevant players and widespread support in the community; innovation, originality and cost effectiveness; and relevance and transferability of elements to other communities.

“This is an example of Quesnel taking the lead on a common problem facing communities across the Province,“ says Mayor Bob Simpson. “By proactively working together, we kept Quesnel out of a crisis situation and moved us into a position where we act as a model for others to look to.”

This program has been a true community project, involving Quesnel Mayor and Council, Cariboo Regional District Directors, the existing medical community, Northern Health, private business such as Regency Chrysler, and Susan Paulsen, contracted as the City of Quesnel’s Healthcare Recruitment Coordinator.

The Healthcare Recruitment Coordinator connects with new potential physicians prior to their arrival for a visit in Quesnel, plans a community tour that matches their interests, arranges for a personalized welcome package to greet them at the airport, and then continues to connect with them to answer community questions afterward. Once they have committed to Quesnel, she works with them to find appropriate housing in our limited rental market, picks them up at the airport on their arrival, and helps them to settle in the community. This may mean connecting them with others with shared in interests, arranging a meeting with the French Immersion principal, helping their spouse find employment, or even lending her own children’s toys while the family waits for their belongings to arrive. Susan works with Northern Health to arrange a welcome dinner, inviting current physicians and their spouses to engage in networking and socialization. Regency Chrysler has loaned vehicles to locums, multiple homeowners have been flexible with short term leases, and others have given their time to help welcome new doctors to our community.

Over the past year, the recruitment team has placed five new doctors in the community, and nine more are scheduled to arrive before the end of the year. This program may be used as a model by other communities, noting that the key to success has been working together as a community, and personalizing the attention given to each potential physician. The program has been made possible by funding from the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Cariboo Water Tool

Courtesy of the BC Government:

Cariboo-North/Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA's Coralee Oakes and
Donna Barnett receive briefing on new Cariboo Water Tool
First Nations, industry and members of the public can now access science-based information on water supply in the central portion of the Fraser River watershed with the release of the Cariboo Water Tool. The water tool is a leading edge, GIS-based program that supports decision-making on water-use planning and approvals.

Traditional hydrologic data analysis requires up to a week to generate information to prepare and adjudicate water licence applications in British Columbia. With the Cariboo Water Tool, users can access that information within minutes.

Water licence applicants can use the information from the Cariboo Water Tool to assist with the application process. Likewise, regional water managers can use modelled flow and environmental flow needs information to support their water allocation decisions.

Building on the success of the Northeast, Northwest and Omineca Water Tools, and the Water Portal, the Cariboo Water Tool summarizes information on all water-use approvals and provides decision-makers with guidance on environmental flows and potential water supply in a format that is transparent, readily accessible and easily interpreted.

The Cariboo Water Tool uses innovative technology to summarize existing water licence information and estimate mean annual and monthly discharge for user-defined watersheds. It also provides an overview of watershed characteristics, including vegetation and topography, and an overview of current climate conditions. The tool uses climate change scenarios to gain an appreciation of potential climate conditions, which will influence the timing and volume of streamflow.

Cariboo Water Tool users can also access historical and current environmental monitoring information collected at more than 1,500 locations in the region. This includes information on streamflow and groundwater levels, surface and groundwater quality, and weather conditions.

The water tool also helps users understand not only what the long-term average water availability for their location of interest is, but also to see current conditions in relation to the historical monitoring record.

Developed by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, together with Foundry Spatial Ltd., the Ministry of Environment and the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the B.C. water tools are unique in North America as water resource decision-support tools.

Quick Facts:

The information used in the Cariboo Water Tool was developed through a modelling process that
used 119 long-term hydrometric stations in B.C.

The Cariboo Water Tool allows users to generate reports describing the hydrology of more than 180,000 watersheds in the region.

The Cariboo Water Tool includes information on currently active water approvals issued under the Water Sustainability Act, as well as historical and current environmental monitoring data from more than 1,500 locations in the region.

The Cariboo Water Tool can be viewed at http://cariboo.bcwatertool.ca/

National Aboriginal Day 2016

Courtesy of the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau - Prime Minister of Canada:


“Today, on National Aboriginal Day, let us take the time to celebrate and honour the unique heritage and outstanding achievements of the Indigenous peoples in Canada.

“National Aboriginal Day is first and foremost an occasion to celebrate the fundamental role First Nations, Métis, and Inuit have played – and continue to play – in shaping the identity of all Canadians. Coast to coast to coast, their remarkable art and cultures, significant contributions and history, are essential to our sense of nationhood.

“Events over the past few months – including the loss of life to suicide and the feelings of despair felt in some communities – remind us that we must work in genuine partnership with Indigenous peoples, the provinces, and the territories to better support the well-being of children and families, improve the quality of education for Indigenous students, and ensure health services meet the needs of Indigenous communities.

“No relationship is more important to our government and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples. Today, we reaffirm our government’s commitment to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, one based on the recognition of rights, respect, trust, co-operation, and partnership.

“We understand the importance of reconciliation and the process of truth-telling and healing in this renewal. With this is mind, we will continue the vital work of reconciliation as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, in partnership with First Nations, the Métis Nation, the Inuit, the provinces, and the territories. This work will build on our commitment last month to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“Together, we will think seven generations out – as the Iroquois have taught – as we listen to Indigenous voices on environmental matters, build necessary roads, bridges, and water and wastewater infrastructure, and ensure a better and brighter future for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

“I invite you to join the #IndigenousReads campaign to help raise awareness and understanding through shared culture and stories and encourage steps toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”

Editor's Note -- There are events celebrating National Aboriginal Day throughout the Cariboo today.  In Williams Lake -- there is a parade then events at Boitanio Park starting at 10am.  In Quesnel - at Helen Dixon Centre from 10:00am - 2:30pm.  If you can, please get out and let's support our First Nations neighbours...

Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 CFIB Report on Property Tax Gap

Every year, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, BC Division or CFIB-BC produces a report on all municipal governments on their property tax gap of the different mil rates between residential to business.

In the region defined as Kootenay-Rockies/Cariboo-Chilcotin, they ranked Warfield as #1 having the property tax gap as 1.00.  Meanwhile, the best municipal government in the Cariboo-Chilcotin was the District of 100 Mile House having a property tax gap of 2.14 while the District of Wells had the worst property tax gap of 3.32

For the record - here are all municipal governments in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and their property tax gaps:


Municipality
Property Tax Gap – 2015
Region Ranking
1 – best
29 - worst
Provincial Ranking

1 – best
161 - worst
One Year Change – 2014 vs 2015
District of 100 Mile House
2.14
16
47
0.0%
City of Williams Lake
2.19
16
47
1.5%
City of Quesnel
2.85
24
117
0.3%
District of Wells
3.32
26
133
0.0%


Read more full background details here 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of June 20-24

Of the 7 Local Governments in the Cariboo- Chilcotin -- only Quesnel City Council meets next week -- Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm

On the Agenda:

* Delegation -- Economic Development Officer Amy Reid re: City of Quesnel Recipient of British Columbia Economic Development Association Award

* Committee Reports
* Proposed 2016 UBCM Resolutions for endorsement
* Political Campaign Sign Bylaw
* Potential New Statutory Reserves
* Billy Barker Casino - Encroachment Agreement
* West Quesnel Land Stability Phase II - Expanding Scope of Work
* Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society - Request for Moratorium on LeBourdais Park Development
* Baker Creek Enhancement Society - Request for Letter for Support - Grant Application

The full Agenda can be viewed here.

Community Events this weekend/next week:

Sunday:

McLeese Lake -- Farmers Market on Sunday, June 19th from 9am - 1pm between the Oasis Pub and Cafe

McLeese Lake - Father's Day Quad Ride/Pig Roast from 1-7pm on Sunday, June 19th.  McLeese Lake Community Hall.  Dinner by donation at 5pm.

Williams Lake -- WL Stampede Queen Contestants Family/Child Tea on Sunday, June 19th from 1-3pm at Marie Sharpe Elementary.  More details here

Tuesday:

Williams Lake -- Annual Aboriginal Day Celebrations on Tuesday, June 21st.  More details here

Quesnel - Annual Aboriginal Day Celebrations on Tuesday, June 21st at Helen Dixon Centre (downtown Quesnel) from 10am - 2:30pm

~SF

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Minor hockey, youth soccer score B.C. government grants

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Minor hockey in Williams Lake and youth soccer in 100 Mile House will receive a financial boost from the B.C. government’s community gaming grant program, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett announced today.

·         The Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association is receiving $87,500 for programs for youth ages 5 to 18.
·         The 100 Mile House and District Youth Soccer Association is receiving $21,600 for various youth programs.

“Youth sports organizations are so vital for young people in our communities and I’m pleased that we are providing these grants,” Barnett said. “Sports promote physical fitness and teach young people many life skills such as discipline and teamwork. I’d like to thank the volunteers of these organizations who do so much for our communities.”

These grants are awarded under the Sport and Arts and Culture category of the community gaming grant program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Human and Social Services, Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils, and Environment.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for community gaming grants can find information and applications at gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/