Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Xat'sull Chief By-Election 2018

UPDATE at 2:02pm, Jan 23rd, 2018 - Elections results, as below, are now OFFICIAL

Original Blog Post:

Yesterday, the electors of Xat'sull First Nations (Soda Creek Indian Band) voted to elect a new Chief to serve out the reminder of the 2015-19 Xat'sull First Nations Chief term of office.  Result of the election is listed below:

Andrea Gilbert - 56
Sandy Sellars - 30

The above noted result is unofficial until certified official by the Electoral Officer, Bruce Mack

Given the spread between the two candidates, I expect the result between unofficial to official will not change

Congratulations to Chief-elect Andrea Gilbert and a genuine/sincere thank you to Ms. Sellars for running and giving the people of Xat'sull First Nations an opportunity to choose between two wonderful people to serve them as Chief of Xat'sull First Nations.

I look forward to working with Chief-elect Andrea Gilbert and her Council

~SF

Monday, January 22, 2018

Christine Dyment resigns!

Tomorrow night (January 23rd) at the Board of Education for School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)'s meeting - SD27's Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Futcher will report the following:

In accordance with Section 51 of the School Act (Act), The Secretary Treasurer hereby
notifies the Board of Education of the resignation of Trustee Christine Dyment,
effective 09 January 2018.

Under Section 36(1) (of the Act), the Board must hold an election if a trustee resigns under
section 51 (of the Act). However, section 36(2) (of the Act) provides a provision to allow the Board, if the vacancy occurs after January 1 in the year of a general school election, to hold the vacancy open until the election as long as at least 3 trustees continue to hold office.

If the Board decides to hold an election, the Board must, by February 8, appoint a
Chief Election Officer and notify the Minister of Education. As Trustee Dyment was elected as Vice-Chair and BCPSEA Representative, the Board is advised to conduct an election for these positions. The Board Chair may also need to re-consider trustee appointments to committees.

Recommended Motion:
THAT the Board of Education, in accordance with the School Act holds a by-election
for the vacant position of trustee of Zone 4 and appoints Secretary Treasurer Kevin
Futcher as Chief Election Officer and Connee Newberry as Deputy Chief Election
Officer.



OR

THAT the Board of Education, in accordance with the School Act, section 36(2)
holds the position of trustee for Zone 4 vacant until the 2018 General School
Election, as long as at least 3 trustees continue to hold office.


I was saddened to read this but I do feel that Ms. Dyment has been a very good School Trustee for the people of SD27 Trustee Electoral Zone 4 which covers the entirety of Cariboo RD Electoral Area 'F' (150 Mile - Horsefly - Likely) and I wish her very well in her future endeavours

~SF

9 months to 2018 Local Elections

This past Saturday (January 20th) marked the 9 month point before electors in Wells, Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and in Electoral Areas 'A' to 'L' of the Cariboo Regional District proceed to voting booths, on Saturday October 20th, 2018, to elect new Mayors, Councillors, Electoral Area Directors' and School Trustees in School Districts #28 (Quesnel) and #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) for the 2018-2022 term

Thus far -- only Cariboo Regional District Area 'F' Director Joan Sorley and Williams Lake City Councillor Sue Zacharias have announced they will not seek re-election while Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb has announced that he will seek re-election.  The rest of the local elected officials in the Region have made no announcements and are likely not to do so until closer to Summer 2018

Meanwhile - electors today in Xat'sull (Soda Creek Indian Band) will be voting for a new Chief to serve out the remainder of the 2015-19 term.  The candidates are Andrea Gilbert and Sandy Sellars.  The candidates platform can be viewed from the Xat'sull Facebook page here.  Results may be known later tonight or sometime Tuesday.  I am personally looking forward to hearing who the successful candidate is, as both CRD Area D/F are within the traditional territory of the Xat'sull First Nations and I have partnered with them regarding their Heritage Village and look forward to working with them on future joint projects...

~SF

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Williams Lake Firefighters Wanted!

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The City of Williams Lake Fire Department is currently accepting applications for paid on-call fire fighters. If you are motivated, physically fit and over the age of 19, you may have a future in fire fighting! Applicants must live within the Williams Lake Fire Protection District.

An information session will be held at the Williams Lake Fire Hall, located at 230 Hodgson Road on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7 pm, where selection criteria will be reviewed and application forms will be available.

For more information, contact the Fire Department at 250-392-4321 or visit the City of Williams Lake website at www.williamslake.ca / Departments / Protective Services / Fire Department / Recruiting Information to view or download the information booklet, which may answer some questions prior to attending the information session.

Applications close on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

For more information, contact:

Des Webster, Fire Chief/Director of Protective Services
dwebster@williamslake.ca
250-392-4321

Friday, January 19, 2018

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Jan 22-26

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week, as follows:

Quesnel - Meetings as noted below.  All meetings take place in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant Street):

Policy/Bylaw Review Committee - Tuesday, Jan 23rd at 1:15pm.  On the Agenda:

* Petitions and Public Hearings - Policies and Brochure
* Solid Fuel Burning Bylaw
* Video Surveillance Policy
* Business Licences - Nightclubs/Bars

View the full Agenda here

Regular Council  - Tuesday, Jan 23rd at 7:00pm.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Community Wildfire Protection Plan - Quesnel and Surrounding Area (Fraser Basin Council/Morrow Forest Consulting Ltd)
* Change to Regular Council Meeting Start Time from 7pm to 5:30pm?
* Community Wildfire Protection Plan - Quesnel and Surrounding Area - Endorsement
* 2018 City of Quesnel Budget Survey Summary
* 2018 City of Quesnel Operating Budget
* Development Permit (691 Johnson Avenue)
* 5 Bylaws for Adoption

View the full Agenda here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Regular Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan 23rd at 6:30pm in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 23rd at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Paul Lawson - Director, Ken Day - Manager (outgoing) & Stephanie Ewen - Manager (incoming) re Update on UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest and Announcement of Retirement/New Staff

* Ratify Email Poll of Council - Mayor Cobb's Travel to BC Natural Resource Forum / Northern Mayors & Chairs Roundtable (Jan 17-19, 2018)
* City of Williams Lake Permissive Property Tax Exemptions Amendment Bylaw No. 2269, 2018 - 1st,2nd and 3rd Readings
* UBCM Grant Application - City of WL Emergency Operations Centre
* Derelict Building Permit Extension - 1238 Broadway Avenue South (Shell)
* Receive application for Development Variance Permit No. 1-2018 (211 & 253 First Avenue North - Williams Lake Association for Community Living)
* Receive application for Development Variance Permit No. 2-2018 - Evangelical Free Church - 1100 Eleventh Avenue North
* Receive application for Development Permit #1 - Construction of 39 Unit Apartment Building - 211 and 253 First Avenue North - Williams Lake Association for Community Living

* Appointment of Chief/Deputy Chief Election Officer for Oct 20th, 2018 City of WL Local General Election
* Storm Drainage Phase 4 Project - Award of Contract
* Proclamation - "Chamber of Commerce Week" (Feb 19-23, 2018)

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan 23rd at 6pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* In-Camera Session from 6-7pm, as per Sections 90(1c/e - labour/land) of the Community Charter
* By-Law Officer's Report for December 2017
* 2018 Grant in Aid Contributions
* Support for Cariboo Wagon Road Project Application
* Rural Dividend Application - Martin Exeter Hall
* Martin Exeter Hall Sidewalk Project
* 2 Bylaws for Adoption - OCP Amendment Bylaw #1317/17 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw #1318/17
* Parking and Traffic Amendment By-Law - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus - Wednesday, January 24th at 3pm in the CRD Committee Room (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Election of Rural Caucus Chair for 2018
* Appointment of CRD Co-Chair for Central Cariboo Joint Committee in 2018
* Appointment to Central Cariboo Community Committees
* 2016-17 Annual Victim Services Report to CRD from City of Williams Lake
* Reports from Director Forseth re: Conventional Transit into portions of Electoral Areas D/E & Public Meetings re: CRD Wildfire Community Consultations Final Report
* Letter to SD27 re: Bus Stop on Clear Rd - Referral from Dec 2017 CRD Board Meeting
* Action Page

View the full Agenda here

Central Cariboo Joint Committee - Wednesday, January 24th at 5:30pm in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Vanessa Moberg, Coordinator, Sustainable Life Education, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society - Presentation on a Water Wise/Salmonid-themed semi-permanent art exhibit proposed to be installed at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre

* Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society - 4th Quarter of 2017 Report
* Central Cariboo Recreation Management Agreement (2013-2018) between the City of Williams Lake/CRD for CMRC - Consideration of 2 year extension
* CMRC Rear Parking Lot Final Options
* Williams Lake Minor Hockey Request for Support - Midget Female Rep BC Hockey Championships
* Williams Lake Hockey History Murals
* Discussion Items - Joint Committee Terms of Reference, Museum of the Cariboo-Chilcotin and 2019 NCLGA Convention

View the full Agenda here

Special Committee of Whole Board Meeting - Thursday, January 25th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Rural Grant Applications
* Cariboo Strong Long Term Regional Development Plan/Grant Program
* Grant for Assistance Policy (Year Round Intake)
* Communications regarding Planning Applications and related matters
* Community Plans/Studies
* Delegations Memorandum of Business
* NSTQ Agreement in Principle Language

View the full Agenda here

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Quesnel Council Highlights - Jan 16th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Skateboard Park – 3D Conceptual Drawings
The City has entered into a contract with New Line Skateparks for construction of the updated Skateboard Park by October 31, 2018. On January 11, 2018 another round of consultation was held with the Skateboard Park users to review the draft Skateboard Park 3D conceptual drawings. This $300,000 project has been included in the City’s 2018 Capital Plan.
BC Rural Dividend Fund – Grant Applications
Council approved staff proceeding with the following three BC Rural Dividend Fund grant applications:
  • Project Development – Quesnel Economic Transition Strategy
    This project will compile the ideas related to Quesnel’s economic transition into a cohesive Economic Transition Strategy.
  • Single Applicant – Quesnel Waterfront Development Plan
    This project will create a vision and plan for the development of Quesnel’s waterfront properties at the confluence of the Fraser River, Quesnel River and Baker Creek with the aim of visitor and resident attraction/retention.
  • Special Circumstances – Quesnel Community Marketing Program.
    This project will provide funding to market Quesnel as a destination for visitors, home buyers and investors over the next two years.
2017 Façade Improvement Grant Program – Completed Projects
The City received $20,000 from the Northern Development Initiative Trust to help improve local businesses storefront façades. All five businesses completed their 2017 Façade Improvement Projectsand have now received rebates. The five businesses that took part in this grant program are: Spa Rivier, Quesnel Curling Club, Hello Promotions, Full Throttle Motorsports and Quesnel & District Child Development Centre.
Fraser River Foot Bridge Lighting
In 2010, the Fraser River Foot Bridge was refurbished with the addition of safety lighting and programmable decorative lighting. Over time the fixtures and lighting connections have proven to be problematic. Council approved a $20,000 annual maintenance budget for the decorative and safety lighting on the Fraser River Foot Bridge. Further, City Staff will research options to update and upgrade the existing lighting to LED lighting to a future Capital budget.
2018 Local Government Election
Council appointed the Chief Election Officer (Gina Albers) and the Deputy Chief Election Officer (Rhya Hartley) for the upcoming City of Quesnel October 2018 Local Government Election. Council approved the first three readings for revisions to various Elections bylaws that includes updated 2016 Local Government Act sections, and an extended application timeline for mail ballots. To review the entire Elections Report, please visit the City’s website.
Bylaw-of-the-Month Program – Business Licences
New and existing business owners/operators are reminded to renew/apply for their 2018 Business Licence. Any business operating within the City of Quesnel is required to have a Business Licence, even if the business is based outside of City limits. Also, rental properties with two or more units (where the owner does not occupy) are required to obtain a Business Licence. To review the entire Bylaw of the Month Report, please visit the City’s Website.
Bylaws
  • 1802 Zone Amendment (Multi-Purpose Recreation Facility on Valhalla/Racing Roads) – Rescinded
  • 1835 Election Procedures - First Three Readings 
  • 1836 Electoral Registration - First Three Readings 
  • 1837 Automated Voting Machines - First Three Readings 
  • 1838 Mail Ballots - First Three Readings 
  • 1839 Council Procedure Bylaw - Section 6 - Final Adoption 
  • 1840 McLean Street Housing Development- Housing Agreement - Final Adoption 
  • 1842 Elected Officials Oath of Office - First Three Readings 
Next Meeting
  • 7:00 pm, January 23, 2018 – Regular Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Byron Kemp passes away (1940-2018)


Byron Kemp - CRD Electoral Area E Director
1999-2005/2011-2018 (Photo Credit: Black Press)

This past Monday night - Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Electoral Area 'E' Director Byron Kemp passed away at the age of 78

Director Kemp previously served as an CRD Area E Alternate Director prior to his 1st election as CRD Area 'E' Director in the 1999 local government election and served until his defeat in the November 2005 local government election and returned to public office in the November 2011 local election and re-elected in the 2014 election.

He long advocated for Mountview water/sewer and the Esler Sports Complex in his 13 years of elected office.  He also was a firm believer in mining, including support for Prosperity/New Prosperity and Gibraltar Mines, located in Electoral Area 'D' and ranching

When I became the Area D Alternate Director in February of 2013 - he was most welcoming and helpful as I performed my role.  Then, upon my Area 'D' Director election in November 2014 - he/I sat beside each other at the CRD Board table and talked up the issues affecting our respective Electoral Areas.  I will miss him profoundly.  As of this writing, I am currently not aware of any funeral arrangements

Byron Kemp will, to the best of my knowledge, become the 1st Cariboo Regional District elected official to pass away, while in public office and just the 2nd elected official in the Cariboo-Chilcotin following former Williams Lake City Councillor Patrick Reid who himself passed away while in office in the 2002-2005 term

Pursuant to Section 201(5a) of the Local Government Act - Melynda Neufeld, the Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area E Alternate Director will now take over the position of Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area E Director

My deepest condolences and prayers to the Kemp family on the loss of a great public servant.  He has left a mark on the people of the Cariboo-Chilcotin for many years to come

~SF

Full Statement of the Cariboo Regional District:

Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area E Director Byron Kemp passed away Monday night at the age of 78. He leaves behind his wife Diane, their two children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Byron Kemp was first elected as Electoral Area E Director in 1999 and has served four terms with the CRD. He served as an Alternate Director prior to 1999 as well.

Byron lived in Chimney Lake with his family; his property and his electoral area were his pride and joy. Even in his last days, Byron was talking about the Regional District and the topics discussed at the Board table.

Byron worked in many capacities in the education field throughout the Cariboo. He was vice principal at Anne Stevenson Junior Secondary School in the 1970s; he taught at the school in Big Creek; and he was principal at both the Chimney Creek and Glendale schools. Byron was instrumental in starting the year-round schooling program at Glendale and he founded the Williams Lake rugby club.

Byron also was a school counsellor at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake. He helped train many student teachers through the university as well.

“Byron’s dedication and commitment to his electoral area and the broader community is an inspiration,” says CRD Chair Margo Wagner. “He leaves behind a tremendous legacy and big shoes to fill.”

Melynda Neufeld, the Alternate Director for Area E, is stepping in as the Director for the area ahead of the local government elections this fall.

NDIT/Ottawa commits $480K for First Nations Government Internship program extension

Courtesy of the Northern Development Initiative Trust:

A pilot project that supports First Nations government internships in northern B.C. just received a significant boost thanks to a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Government of Canada.

The Trust and the Department of Indigenous Services Canada have together committed $480,000 over the next three years to support First Nations Government Internships for First Nations and tribal councils located within the Trust’s service area.

The program is modeled after the Trust’s successful Local Government Internship Program, and will see four 12-month internships available each year in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The internships pay the equivalent of $40,000 per year, and offer recent university graduates an opportunity to pursue fulfilling and rewarding careers in band or First Nations government administration.

The pilot project was launched in 2017 between the Trust and Indigenous Services Canada and saw three interns successfully placed in host communities that included the Kitselas First Nation near Terrace, Skidegate Band Council on Haida Gwaii and the Tsilhqot’in National Government in Williams Lake.

The goal of the program is to boost capacity in First Nations communities, support administrative excellence and create rewarding career opportunities for indigenous youth.

The program meets one of the Trust’s strategic goals to support investments in indigenous communities, and represents a 50-50 partnership between the Trust and Indigenous Services Canada, with each organization committing $240,000 to the project over the next three years.

Applications for interested intern candidates and host First Nations communities are now available on the Trust’s website at https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/first-nations-government-internship/

Gerald Wesley, Vice Chair, Northern Development Initiative Trust said:

I am pleased that Canada will work with Northern Development in support of building capacity and valuable experience for first nations within our area. This initiative will provide opportunity for talented graduates to experience and contribute to important community and area requirements both during their internship and beyond

While the Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada went on to say:

The Government of Canada is proud to support the First Nations Government Internships program that provides First Nations youth with the tools and experience they need to launch their careers. I am pleased to see this program extended for the next three years, and look forward to the continued success it brings for both First Nations youth, and the participating communities

Snow Removal in Quesnel

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Editor's Note -- this week's Quesnel Council column is written by Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson.  He can be reached via email here

I spent some time in Kelowna during the Christmas holidays, as my children are taking their post-secondary education at UBCO and OK College. There was a snow event during our time there and it was interesting to experience directly how the City of Kelowna responded to this event and residents’ reaction to this response.

My kids rent a place in Upper Mission, in one of the new subdivisions built in the area that was burnt over during the 2003 wildfires. When the snow came people went out and cleared their driveways and the area of road in front of their driveway (they don’t have a sidewalk in this relatively new community). No snow plows came, but people didn’t really expect them to, as Kelowna has a large number of feeder and collector roads that require immediate attention and continuous maintenance. As long as these main roads are plowed and maintained residents are generally happy.

Over time the side streets in my kids’ neighbourhood started to get compacted and quite slick, especially on one downhill corner that leads into the subdivision. For the most part, people simply adapted their driving patterns to the road conditions and either avoided that corner or took it really slowly and carefully.

When the plows eventually came to do the side streets they put the blades down hard and deposited pretty chunky and heavily compacted snow/ice in front of everyone’s driveway. Up and down the street people simply grabbed their shovels (snow blowers were not an option for that stuff) and cleared their driveways. Individuals coming home from work to blocked driveways simply parked their vehicle on the street and grabbed a shovel. No one had the expectation that the City would clear their driveways as it is not a service the City of Kelowna offers.

Based on my experience in Kelowna (and elsewhere) I have to say that Quesnel has very high standards for snow removal. Not just for our priority roads (the main feeder and collector roads) but also for clearing and sanding our side streets and sidewalks. We also have a policy that if there is a snowfall of four or more inches, public works will clear the driveways after the plows have finished clearing the road. In order to maintain these high standards, the current Council has consistently increased the annual snow removal budget and has created a snow removal reserve to buffer any incremental costs associated with a heavy snowfall year.

Council believes that maintaining high standards for snow removal is necessary because we have an ageing population and because we want to ensure the safety of our residents as they drive and walk in our community during the winter months.

However, these high standards have led to high expectations among our residents which often leads to complaints when those standards are not or cannot be met in a timely manner. Our “new normal” for winters seems to be continuous freeze/thaw, as the temperatures swing from above to below zero on a daily basis. We now often experience freezing rain, mixed snow and rain events, and our snow tends to come in big dumps. All of this makes for very difficult conditions to sometimes meet our standards and the expectations people have of our public works crews.

I have full confidence that our public works employees and management make every effort to adhere to our snow removal standards. However, it is always up to us to drive (and walk) to the conditions and to manage our expectations of what our City crews can do in certain weather conditions. Our crews always do their best, and I hope residents will continue to respect their efforts and work with them to make sure our City is a safe place to move about in the winter.

View the City's Snow Removal Guide here

Local Gov't Leadership Academy's 2017 Chief Elected Official Forum Summary

Courtesy of the Local Government Leadership Academy:



Materials from the 2017 Chief Elected Officials Forum can be viewed here


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WL Council-in-Committee - Jan 16th mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Meeting agenda approved/Mins of the COW Meeting held on December 12th, 2017 received/adopted

Delegations:

1) Jordan Davis, Harm Reduction Coordinator - Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and RCMP Staff-Sgt Del Byron appeared before the Committee to present the topic "Understanding the Overdose Crisis"

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair, of behalf of the Committee, thanked the delegation for their time/information

2) John Dumbrell, RPP and Rick Collins, P.Eng from Urban Systems Limited appeared before the Committee to provide a Development Cost Charges Bylaw Update - Presentation here

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair, of behalf of the Committee, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Business:

1) Development Cost Charge Bylaw Update

The Committee considered a report from the Director of Development Services - click here
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved -- That the Committee recommend:

"Council receive the report on the January 16, 2018 Development Cost Charge Bylaw Update and instruct staff to host an information meeting with members of the development community and report back to the Committee of the Whole

The Committee adjourned at 8:12pm


Fuel management in Walker Valley Greenbelt

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:


Walker Valley - 108 Mile Ranch
Fuel management work is scheduled for the Walker Valley Greenbelt in the 108 Mile Ranch area over the next month to reduce the risk of an interface fire and remove hazardous burnt trees. The 108 Greenbelt Commission is coordinating the project with support from the Cariboo Regional District and the 108 Mile Volunteer Fire Department.

Last summer’s wildfire burned about 50 hectares of forest on the far side of the Walker Valley Greenbelt near Tatton Station Road. Many of the burned trees are still standing and have become a danger. Not only are they weakened and at risk of falling, those that survived may attract bark beetles, which could spread to other healthy trees in the greenbelt or other forested areas in the community. This work will remove the hazard and help prevent the potential impact of bark beetles.

Further, the forested area on the west side of Walker Valley will be selectively thinned by an average of 40 per cent in order to restore the forest density to its historic norm. This is a continuation of the Fire Smart fuel management work undertaken in recent years in greenbelt areas throughout the 108 Mile Ranch area.

“This work is necessary and timely for our community following the 2017 wildfires. It is important we take steps to protect our community and the health of our forests,” comments Electoral Area G Director Al Richmond. “One of our 2018 business plan goals is to assess the fire-impacted areas of the greenbelt to determine if rehabilitation activities or further fire prevention measures are necessary. This is one of the steps forward in that regard.”

Work is expected to begin shortly and will take four to six weeks to complete. During that time, the public is asked to stay out of this area – including the old logging road. There will be active logging underway with trucks and equipment going back and forth from Tatton Station Road. Please stay safe by staying clear of the area.

The attached map outlines the approximate area where logging will occur.

Inevitably, there will be noise from the logging operations, especially for those living close to Walker Valley. Work will begin as early as 5 a.m.

“On behalf of the 108 Greenbelt Commission, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and patience. The contractor will complete his work as quickly as he can,” says Ron Soeder, 108 Greenbelt Commission Chair.

The 108 Greenbelt Service was established by the Cariboo Regional District in 1996 to provide for the management of the 108 Greenbelt lands, which cover approximately 575 hectares throughout the 108 Mile Ranch community, and provide opportunities for public recreation. The property is held under title by the CRD and managed by the 108 Greenbelt Commission whose members are appointed by the Board upon the recommendation of the Electoral Area G Director.

New funding programs to drive innovation/economic priorities in BC North

Courtesy of the Northern Development Initiative Trust:

Northern Development Initiative Trust announced two new funding programs today that will support innovation projects in traditional northern B.C. industries and key community-based strategic economic priorities. The Northern Industries Innovation Fund and the Strategic Initiatives Fund will provide up to $1.65 million annually in grant funding for projects throughout central and northern B.C.

These funds are part of the Trust’s ongoing response to mitigate the economic impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, with priority given to projects within the regions and communities most impacted by the pine beetle and decreasing timber supply.

Northern Industries Innovation Fund

Following the success of the Forest Innovation Fund, Northern Development has restructured the program with a commitment of up to $750,000 annually to create the Northern Industries Innovation Fund and support innovation projects across a variety of northern industries.

The Northern Industries Innovation Fund will provide rebate funding up to $50,000 to a maximum of 50% of a project’s budget for small and medium enterprises deploying innovative technologies in industries such as mining, energy, agriculture, aquaculture and forestry.

By supporting applied research, the development of new or improved products /services and the testing of innovative equipment or technologies, the program will help the northern B.C. businesses improve their competitiveness, generate incremental revenue and create jobs.

Eligible companies must be privately owned, incorporated, have less than 500 employees, revenues less than $100 million and be operating within the Northern Development Initiative Trust region.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the annual allocation for the fund is exhausted.

For more information visit www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/northern-industries-innovation-fund

Strategic Initiatives Fund

The Strategic Initiatives Fund is a new proposal-based program that allows municipalities and First Nations to apply for grant funding to support significant projects that focus on long-term economic transformation and sustainability.

The program is supported with a $900,000 commitment from Northern Development with grant funding only limited by the annual funds allocated to the program, up to 80% of a project’s value.

The program allows Northern Development to support strategic projects that may not otherwise fit into its suite of programs, but that are large in scale, regional in impact, enhance a community or multiple communities’ ability to overcome economic challenges and will result in incremental capacity or strategic economic infrastructure within a municipality or First Nation.

Applications for the Strategic Initiatives Fund will be accepted until March 15th with funding decisions determined in April.

For more information visit www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/strategic-initiatives-fund

Joel McKay - CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust stated:

The Trust is continuing to work with its partners and communities to find new ways to mitigate the impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. These two programs will help ensure that small and medium enterprise in our core industries will have the means to innovate, and that our communities have access to funds to support transformational economic development projects.

City of Williams Lake Launches Interactive Budget Consultation Tool

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The City of Williams Lake is currently preparing its 2018 budget and 2018-2022 Financial Plan, and encourages residents to provide their feedback by using a new, interactive online budgeting simulator.

This year, in addition to seeking feedback at Council meetings, the City has expanded its public engagement platform by launching this interactive tool. Residents can see how their property tax dollars are planned to be spent and provide valuable input on how they would like to see funds allocated to services and programs in our community.

The interactive online budget simulator can be found on the City’s website at

http://williamslake.citizenbudget.com

Any questions related to the City’s budget can be directed to the Finance Department at 250-392-2311

BC Red Cross's Community Partnerships/Small Business Support Programs

Last week at the Cariboo Regional District's Board Meeting -- BC Red Cross representatives provided an update to the Regional Board on the subject of the ongoing work of the Red Cross, as a result of the 2017 Summer Wildfires

For more information on the two programs that are currently ongoing (Community Partnerships/Small Business Support) - click here

In the link referred above - there is details about the two programs referenced above and contact details for Red Cross personnel to follow up

~SF

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 CRD Provisional Budget Available

The 2018 Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Provisional Business and Financial Plans are now available for public review at http://www.cariboord.ca/services/finance/business-plans

The 2018 Cariboo Regional District Provisional Business and Financial Plans are also available at the local CRD Libraries in Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House

Public feedback on the Provisional Business and Financial Plans can be provided in the following ways:

1) Email to the entire CRD Board of Directors -- mailbox@cariboord.ca

2) An individual Electoral Area Director or Municipal Director -- check for contact information at http://www.cariboord.ca/government/board-of-directors

3) Write to the CRD Board of Directors'

Cariboo Regional District
180D North 3rd Avenue
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 2A4

The 2018 Cariboo Regional District Provisional Business and Financial Plans will be fully adopted at the March 23rd, 2018 as the official 2018 Cariboo Regional District Business/Financial Plans

~SF




Friday, January 12, 2018

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

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week, as follows:

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Reports from the CAO/Community Grant Writer
* 2018 Grants in Aid
* Wildfire Recovery
* District of Wells Zoning and Tree Protection Bylaw No. 26, 2000 - proposed amendments to the Wells Commercial District (CW) Zoning Schedule
* Temporary Use Policy Adjustment, Bylaw No. 154, 2017 a Bylaw to amend the District of "Wells Official Community Plan Designation Bylaw No. 106, 2010"
* In-Camera Meeting, as per Section 90(1a/k - appointment/negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant Street).  On the Agenda:

* Committee Reports
* BC Rural Dividend Program Fourth Intake – Project Development, Single Applicant, and Special Circumstances Applications (City of Quesnel)
* Skateboard Park 3D Drawings
* 2017 Façade Improvement Program Follow Up - Completed Projects
* Fraser River Foot Bridge Lighting
* 2018 Local Government Election

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Regular Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, January 17th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Road, Quesnel).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Committee of the Whole session on Tuesday, January 16th at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (Basement - 450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegations:

a) Jordan Davis, Harm Reduction Coordinator - Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and Constable Sam Nakatsu re Understanding the Overdose Crisis
b) John Dumbrell, RPP and Rick Collins, PEng, Urban Systems Limited re Development Cost Charges Bylaw Update

* Development Cost Charge Bylaw Update

View the full Agenda here

~SF

CRD Board Highlights - Jan 12th/18 meeting

Present: Chair M. Wagner and Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, R. William, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, B. Simpson, W. Cobb, M. Campsall and Area E Alternate Director M. Neufeld

Meeting called to order at 9:47am

Meeting Agenda approved/Minutes of the CRD Board Meeting held December 15th, 2017 adopted

Delegations MOB Received and a letter be forwarded to BC Hydro requesting an update on their requested appearance before the Board

Business:

Development Services:

1) The Board approved 1st/2nd readings of Quesnel Fringe Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5120, 2017 (Area A)

2) The Board gave 1st/2nd Readings to Quesnel Fringe Area Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 5123, 2017 & Quesnel Fringe Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5124, 2017 (Area A)

3) Following a Public Hearing, the Board gave 3rd Reading to South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5111, 2017 (Area H)

Meeting recessed at 10:25am
Meeting resumed at 10:31am

Delegations:

a) Jeff Kelly, Safeguard Training, appeared before the Board to provide a presentation with regard to effective community wildfire preparedness, planning and response plans

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair Wagner, on behalf of the Board, thanked Mr. Kelly for his time/information

b) Kim Nemrava, Vice-President, Red Cross (BC/Yukon Division), Elysia Dempsey, Director, BC Fire Operations, Disaster Management, and Jon Jackson, Operations Manager, Disaster Management, from the Canadian Red Cross, appeared before the Board to provide a presentation regarding the 2017 wildfires and partnership program.

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair Wagner, on behalf of the Board, thanked the delegation for their time/information

c) Via teleconference - Albert Nussbaum, Forest Analysis and Inventory Branch, Min. of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and other FLNRO/RD officials appeared before the Board to provide a detailed update on fire recovery progress, AAC determinations and resulting impact from this summer's wildfires

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair Wagner, on behalf of the Board, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Meeting recessed for lunch at 12:09pm
Meeting resumed at 12:50pm

Business, cont:

Development Services, cont:

4) The Board received the Municipalities and Cariboo Regional District Building Statistics Reports for October/November 2017

Community Services:

1) The Board approved entering into a contribution agreement with the McLeese Lake Recreation Commission Society for Community Works Funding for up to $4,700 for energy efficiency projects in relation to improvements to the electric furnace and installation of two wireless thermostat units at the McLeese Lake Community Hall

2) The Board approved partnering with the District of 100 Mile House on its application to the BC Rural Dividend for $386,986 to support upgrades to the Martin Exeter Hall and that the Regional District provide a letter supporting the partnership

Protective Services:

1) The Board agreed to renew the five year service agreement for Fire Dispatch/911 Service from the Regional District of Fraser Fort George

2) The Board agreed to amend Board Policy #2016-06B-16 to reflect removal of the required training in the fire chief and officer contracts

Communications:

1) The Board endorsed the 2018 Heritage Committee Communications Plan.

2) The Board endorsed the following 6 items in relation to the CRD's 50th Anniversary in 2018:

a) Host ‘birthday parties’ at all 15 Cariboo Regional District libraries.
-The local Electoral Area Director(s) will host the event with staff support.
-Former Directors from that Electoral Area(s) will be invited to the events.

b) Create a 50th logo to be used as part of CRD branding throughout the year and on promotional items purchased for the 50th celebrations.

c) Create a timeline with the history of the CRD, including former Directors.
d) Host an online photo contest of pictures from the Cariboo
e) Purchase 50th anniversary promotional products for giveaways
f) Create a basic float that can be used by Directors in a variety of community events and parades throughout the year

Finance:

1) The Board received/ratified Monthly Expenditures Board Summary Report and Mastercard Summary Report for the month of December 2017, in the amount of $1,876,788.47

2) The Board approved a Grant for Assistance application from the Baker Creek Community Club in the amount of $ 1,000 to be funded from the Area I Grant for Assistance fund

3) The Board referred the Grant for Assistance application from the Quesnel & District Minor Hockey to the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus for consideration

Administration:

1) The Board received a report from the Corporate Officer in relation to feasibility and ramifications of video surveillance at CRD-owned properties throughout the Cariboo

2) The Board received the Consent Calendar, as of January 12th, 2018

3) The Board received items in relation to NCLGA/UBCM/FCM as follows:

a) District of West Kelowna - Request for Local Governments to Share in Cannabis Tax Revenue
b) Town of Oliver - Prevention of Quagga and Zebra Mussels
c) City of Parksville - Prevention of Quagga and Zebra Mussels
d) City of Dawson Creek - Prevention of Quagga and Zebra Mussels
e) NCLGA Board of Directors' Report - December 12th, 2017 and a letter of appreciation be forwarded to Oliver Ray, outgoing NCLGA Executive Director and wishing him the best in his future endeavours
f) Letter from BC Minister of Agriculture - 2017 UBCM Meeting

4) The Board received a letter from the office of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions in regards to Notification of Minister's Visits to the Cariboo-Chilcotin

Committee or Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

1) The Board received meeting minutes from the following Committees/Commissions':

a) North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Minutes - November 14, 2017, as corrected
b) South Cariboo Joint Committee Minutes - December 7, 2017
c) North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Minutes - December 12, 2017
d) North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Minutes - December 12, 2017

2) The Board endorsed recommendations from the above mentioned meetings, as follows:

a) Quesnel Healthier Communities Committee - Senior and Accessible Walking Program - North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee (Nov 14th, 2017 meeting)

b) Scematic Design Review Martin Exeter Hall - South Cariboo Joint Committee (Dec 7th, 2017)
b) 2018 Grant for Assistance Application Allocations (CRD Areas G,H,L and District of 100 Mile House) - South Cariboo Joint Committee (Dec 7th, 2017)
c) Lease Agreement with School District #28/Parkland Elementary School - North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee (Dec 12th, 2017 meeting)
d) Barlow Creek Recreation Commission/Vandalism - North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee (Dec 12th, 2017 meeting)

Corporate Bylaws:

1) The Board gave 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings & Adoption to Cariboo Regional District Central Cariboo Landfill and Transfer Station Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 5126, 2018

Directors' Requests:

1) The Board received a report of the Deputy Corporate Officer/Executive Assistant in regards to 2018 Municipal Finance Authority (MFA) appointments and agreed to re-appoint Director Al Richmond to the MFA with Director Brian Coakley as Alternate

2) Late Item - At the request of Director Massier, the Board approved up to $3,500 for him to attend the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Convention in Halifax, NS from May 31st - June 2nd, 2018 with funding being allocated from the Area 'C' Director Initiative Fund

The Board received the activity report of Chair M. Wagner, as at January 10th, 2018

At  1:27pm -- the Board went into an In-Camera Meeting as per Section 90 (1a,c,j - appointment, labour and information prohibited from public disclosure) of the Community Charter

At 1:36pm -- the Board resumed its public meeting

Directors' reported on their activities in their Electoral Area or Municipality

The Board adjourned at 2:13pm


CCRHD Board Highlights - Jan 12th/18 meeting

Present: Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, D. Cash, R. William B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, W. Cobb, M. Campsall, Alternate Director M. Neufeld (Area E) and B. Simpson (via teleconference)

The Corporate Officer (A. Johnston) called the meeting to order at 9:32am

The Corporate Officer called 3 times for the position of Chair for 2018

Director Bruce nominated Director Simpson

Receiving no further nominations - Director Simpson was acclaimed Chair of the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District for 2018

The Corporate Officer called 3 times for the position of Vice-Chair for 2018

Director Massier nominated Director Richmond

Receiving no further nominations - Director Richmond was acclaimed Vice-Chair of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District for 2018

Vice-Chair Richmond assumed the Chair at 9:34am while Chair Simpson participated by phone

Meeting Agenda approved/Minutes of the Dec 15th, 2017 CCRHD Board meeting approved

Business:

1) The Board gave 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings and Adoption to Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Capital Expenditure Bylaw #136, 2018 (Northern Health - PACS and Cardiology Upgrade)

2) The Board received the Consent Calendar, as of January 12th, 2018

3) The Board received the Interior Health - Capital Projects and Planning Status Report for November 2017

4) The Board received the Interior Health - IH West Year in Review

5) The Board received the Joint News Release from Interior/First Nations Health Authorities in relation to Aboriginal Supportive Recovery Beds Planned for Newly Opened Wellness Centre at Alkali Lake

6) The Board received a request from the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice to increase their Recruitment/Retention Contract with the CCRHD and deferred the request, pending a 2018 review of the CCRHD Recruitment/Retention Policy

7) The Board received/approved a financial request from Interior Health for 40% CCRHD Funding towards a number of hospital capital items for either 100 Mile General Hospital, Cariboo Memorial Hospital and Mill Site Lodge in 100 Mile House totalling $1,416,920 and directed Staff to bring forward the necessary capital expenditure bylaws at the Feb 8th, 2018 CCRHD Board Meeting

8) The Board endorsed in principle the the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District 2018-2022 Five-Year Financial Plan, for purposes of public consultation

The Board agreed to adjourn at 9:47am

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2018 Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek) First Nation Election

Yesterday - the electors' of Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek First Nations) went to the polls to elect a new Chief and Council for a 2 year term.  Tsi Del Del is one of the six bands that forms the Tsilqotin Nation

There were 3 candidates for Chief and 23 for Councillor to choose from

The successful candidates were:

Otis Guichon, Sr (Chief) & MaryAnne Boyd, Agnes Case, Clayton Charleyboy, Percy Guichon, Rocky Guichon and Nicole Setah (Councillors')

Congrats to the new 2018-20 Tsi Del Del Chief/Council

The next Indigenous (First Nations) election in the Region will be the Xat'sull (Deep Creek/Soda Creek) First Nations Chief By-election to elect a person to fill the position to serve the remainder of the 2015-19 Term.  The Xat'sull Chief by-election will be held on Monday, January 22nd, 2018

~SF

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2017 State of the North Report

Courtesy of the Northern Development Initiative Trust:

The 2017 State of the North report is intended to provide community and business leaders with comprehensive sector-specific and regional data that will help shed light on opportunities and inform investment decisions.

The report is designed with an easy-to-read format that includes supporting editorial context around each data set. The report includes traditional economic indicator information, overviews of core economic sectors such as forestry, agriculture, mining and energy and regional profiles for the Northwest, Northeast, North Central and Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet areas.

The State of the North economic report has been produced thanks to a partnership between Northern Development Initiative Trust and MNP. It is an impartial third-party report with data collection and interpretation provided by MNP.

View the full report here


Upcoming CRD Public Hearing on Secondary Suites - Jan 20th at 1pm

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Board has given 1st/2nd Readings to a number of bylaws to amend the Regional District's Rural Land Use/Zoning Bylaws which, if adopted, would permit secondary suites/detached accessory dwelling units in residential zones

Full details can be viewed at:

http://www.cariboord.ca/news/519/139/Public-Hearings-for-all-CRD-Zoning-and-Rural-Land-Use-Bylaws-Secondary-Suites-and-Detached-Accessory-Dwelling-Unit-Regulations/d,Career

The Regional District is also conducting an online survey related to this topic which you can fill out online at

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/secondarysuites

If you wish further details, please contact Francesca Sanna, the CRD's Planning Officer at 250-392-3351 or via email at planning@cariboord.ca

The Public Hearing for Electoral Areas D, E, F, J and K will be held on Saturday, January 20th at 1pm in the CRD Boardroom in Williams Lake. The Chair of the Public Hearing will be Area 'D' Director Steve Forseth along with a number of the Area E, F, J, K Directors in attendance as well

If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing but wish to provide feedback, please write an email to planning@cariboord.ca, write to the CRD Board by dropping a letter off at the CRD Williams Lake office (180D North 3rd Avenue - across from 7-11) no later than Thursday, January 18th at 4:30pm

After the Public Hearing adjourns on January 20th - the Regional Board will be unable to accept any further feedback on the proposed amendments to the Central Cariboo Rural Land Use Bylaw, 150 Mile/Williams Lake Fringe Zoning Bylaw and Chilcotin Rural Land Use Bylaw

~SF

Monday, January 8, 2018

Snow Removal - Hot Button Topic

Last Friday - the City of Williams Lake published a News Release reminding its' residents' around the  requirement to shovel snow from sidewalks adjacent to residential property 24 hours after a snow event - click here

The response to the News Release was swift and the consensus, on Facebook, was that the City was being unreasonable in its' request and the majority felt the City should be taking care of sidewalk snow removal as part of City wide snow removal operations.

As an observation, perhaps the City should take the opportunity to have a Town Hall meeting on snow removal operations to accomplish two things:

1) Educate the public around how snow removal actually is accomplished in the City
2) Discuss enhancing snow removal operations, if desired by City residents'

Cariboo Politics Dot Com also received the following two comments:

1) What about homeowners with chronic medical issues who are incapable or too frail to comply with the bylaw? Not everyone has the physical ability or financial means to comply, but they do have sleepless nights worrying about being ticketed for not complying. It's time for Mayor Cobb to make a public statement about this issue, especially when the senior bylaw officer has put out an insensitive news release that strikes fear into the heart of some citizens. The whole thing just sounded so damned authoritarian. Remember, Walt, you'll be asking for our votes again in short order ....

2) Brendan Foote, Senior Bylaw Officer: one size does not fit all when it comes to physical work. My folks are a good example of good Williams Lake citizens who just cannot do the work and can't afford to have someone do it for them on their limited income. I am not in town all the time so sometimes it just doesn't get done. And it doesn't help when mom calls upset that it has snowed and they can't get the sidewalk cleaned because I'm not there. A bit of compassion without having to embarass yourself by having to let everyone at the city know about your circumstances in order to evoke understanding. We should all be in this together, not out there scaring the wits out of folks who fear the next snow fall.


Back in January of 2016 - residents' expressed their displeasure to members of Williams Lake City Council with respect to snow removal - click here

Will snow removal be a City wide election issue - for some, perhaps.  But I personally wouldn't be surprised if snow removal is one of many local issues discussed at the doorstep this fall as candidates for Williams Lake Mayor/City Councillor seek support for their election/re-election bid

~SF

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Reminder of Sidewalk Snow Removal Policy

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

As our snowy winter weather persists, the City of Williams Lake Bylaw Department wishes to remind all residents that City policy requires that snow be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall. Not clearing sidewalks may result in a $100 fine. Residents are encouraged to ensure that sidewalks adjacent to their property are kept free of ice and snow accumulations, and to offer assistance to any neighbours that may be in need.

For more information, contact:

Brendan Foote, Senior Bylaw Officer
bfoote@williamslake.ca

Phone (250) 392-4321

Friday, January 5, 2018

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of January 8-12, 2018

The District of 100 Mile House and the Cariboo Regional District will be holding meetings next week, as follows:

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

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

South Cariboo Rural Caucus - Monday, Jan 8th at 11:30am in 100 Mile House Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair for 2018
* Appointment of 2018 Co-Chair for South Cariboo Joint Committee
* South Cariboo Local Community Committee Appointments for 2018

View the full Agenda here

South Cariboo Joint Committee - Monday, Jan 8th at 12:30pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Michael Kidston, 100 Mile & District Outriders Club will appear before the Committee to discuss the Outriders Club's proposal for a covered riding arena
* South Cariboo Recreation Centre Expansion Working Group Meeting Notes of December 13, 2017 and Project Consultation Recommendations
* Rescheduling of September 2018 Meeting

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District - Regular Board Meeting on Friday, January 12th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Election of Chair for 2018
* Capital Expenditure Bylaw No. 136, 2018 (Northern Health - PACS and Cardiology Upgrade)
* Hospital Consent Calendar
* Interior Health - Capital Projects and Planning Status Report - November 2017
* Interior Health - IH West Year in Review
* Interior/First Nations Health Authorities - Aboriginal Supportive Recovery Beds Planned for Newly Opened Wellness Centre (Alkali Lake)
* Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice – Request for Amendment to Recruitment and Retention Services Contract
* Interior Health – 2018 Capital Funding Request (Williams Lake/100 Mile House)
* CCRHD 2018-2022 Five-Year Financial Plan

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Regular Board Meeting on Friday, January 12th at 9:45am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Delegations -- BC Red Cross in regards to the 2017 wildfires and partnership program & Ministry of Forests regarding detailed update on fire recovery progress, AAC determinations and resulting impact from this summer's wildfires.

* Various Land Use applications for consideration of the Regional Board
* Community Works Funding for McLeese Lake Community Hall - Furnace and related upgrades
* BC Rural Dividend Program Application – Martin Exeter Hall Upgrades
* Fire Dispatch and 9-1-1 Renewal Agreement with Fraser Fort George RD
* 2018 Heritage Committee Communications Plan
* Plans for Celebrating the CRD’s 50th Anniversary
* Grant for Assistance Applications -- Baker Creek Community Club (Area I) and Quesnel & District Minor Hockey (Areas A, B, C and I)
* Video Surveillance at CRD owned facilities – Ramifications, Information and Advice
* Consent Calendar
* Committee or Commission Receipt of Minutes and Endorse Recommendations
* Cariboo Regional District Central Cariboo Landfill and Transfer Station Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 5126, 2018 (3 Readings/Adoption)
* Municipal Finance Authority 2018 Appointments (Director Richmond/Director Coakley as Alternate)
* In-Camera Meeting as per Sections 90 (1a, c and j - appointment, labour and information prohibited from public disclosure) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

~SF

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 RD Chairs'

During the month of November 2017 - all Regional District Boards in British Columbia were required, by provincial legislation, to conduct an election of Chair of the local Regional District Board for 2018.  See below chart for the election results:


Name of RD
Chair
New
Continuing
Alberni-Clayoquot

John Jack

X
Bulkley-Nechako
Bill Miller

X
Capital
Steve Price
X

Cariboo
Margo Wagner
X

Central Coast
Alison Sayers
                 
                  X
Central Kootenay
Karen Hamling
                  
                  X
Central Okanagan
Gail Given

                  X
Columbia Shuswap
Rhona Martin

                  X
Comox Valley
Bruce Jolliffe

                  X
Cowichan Valley
Jon Lefebure

                  X
East Kootenay
Rob Gay

                  X
Fraser Valley
Jason Lum

                  X
Fraser – Fort George
Art Kaehn

                  X
Metro Vancouver
Greg Moore

                  X
Kitimat Stikine
Phillip Germuth
    
                  X
Kootenay-Boundary
Roly Russell
                 
                 X
Mt Waddington
Andrew Hory

                 X
Nanaimo
Bill Veenhof

                 X
North Okanagan
Bob Fleming

                 X
Okanagan-Similkameen
Karla Kozakevich

                X
Peace River
Brad Sperling

                X
Powell River
Patrick Brabazon

                X
North Coast
Barry Pages

                X
Squamish-Lillioet
Jack Crompton

                X
Strathcona
Michelle Babchuk
                 X

Sunshine Coast
Bruce Milne
                 X
 
Thompson-Nicola
John Ranta

                X

As you can see above - 4 Regional District Boards' elected a new Chair for 2018 - namely; Cariboo, Capital, Strathcona and Sunshine Coast Regional Districts'

Meanwhile - RD Chairs' still remains predominately a male domain with only 7 of the 27 Regional District Boards' chaired by a female

The Chairs' 1 year term expire at the inaugural meetings of Regional District Boards' in November 2018, after the mandatory Saturday, October 20th, 2018 local government elections

~SF