Monday, November 30, 2015

Mt Polley Short Term Water Discharge Permit approved

Courtesy of the BC Government:

After thorough public consultation, the Province has approved Mount Polley Mining Corporation’s application for a short-term permit to treat and then discharge water outside of the mine site.

The permit is needed because it is estimated that, under normal precipitation conditions, water levels in Springer Pit will reach permitted capacity in April 2016. Springer Pit is an existing open pit on the mine site where tailings are currently being managed.

In accordance with the approved short-term water treatment and discharge permit, treated water will be discharged into Hazeltine Creek and flow to a sediment pond. From there, the treated water would enter a pipeline that will discharge approximately 30 to 40 metres below the surface of Quesnel Lake.

Any treated and discharged water will be required to meet Ministry of Environment water quality guidelines for aquatic and public health.

Final approval was made by a statutory decision maker from the Ministry of Environment after a 30-day public consultation and comment period and a comprehensive technical review by the Cariboo Mine Development Review Committee.

The committee includes 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. There was extensive engagement with the Williams Lake Indian Band and Soda Creek Indian Band as well as the residents of Likely.

The approval of this permit is the second of three steps the company needs to continue operation.

The first step was authorization, from both the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Energy and Mines in July, for the company to conditionally re-start restricted operations. One of the re-start conditions was to have government approve the short-term water discharge permit. The final step for Mount Polley Mining Corporation will be to submit a long-term water treatment and discharge plan by June 30, 2016.

Learn More:

For more information, please visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/eemp/incidents/2014/mount-polley/

Sunday, November 29, 2015

McLeese Lake VFD Christmas Market

McLeese Lake VFD Christmas Market at
McLeese Lake Community Hall
Yesterday afternoon - multiple vendors descended upon the McLeese Lake Community Hall to take part in the McLeese Lake VFD Christmas Market - a fundraiser for the McLeese Lake VFD Society (MLVFD)
 
I saw at least 40 or so people attending - either as vendors or members of the public

As for myself - I picked up a copy of the McLeese Lake VFD Cookbook, a stress ball (comes in handy for those stressful meetings) and a package of Sudz Bath Soak.  

Next weekend at the Hall is the annual community dinner - starts next Sunday at 5pm with Santa himself making an appearance.  

Congrats to the MLVFD Society for another successful fundraiser and for the community coming out to support this fundraiser...

~SF

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Government awards funding for anti-racism programs in Williams Lake

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

The Canadian Mental Health Association has received $10,000 from the B.C. government to help eliminate racism in Williams Lake.

The CMHA’s Cariboo Chilcotin branch is using the funding to establish an anti-racism committee to build community engagement and education through a media-based public awareness campaign. Anti-racism education, events and presentations will be organized and offered to community groups and the general public.

“By funding anti-racism projects and supporting multiculturalism, we can help strengthen communities and help end racism in B.C.,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said. “It is up to us all to learn about racism and speak out against racist behaviour.”
“We are truly grateful to live in a community, province and country that promotes, welcomes and values diversity and multiculturalism,” said Bettina Egert, multiculturalism and advocacy program manager, Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin branch. In many cases, people inadvertently perpetuate institutionalized racism in social and political structures because they lack understanding. Our media and poster campaign will create multiple exposures and opportunities for public engagement, which we believe will stimulate conversation and learning.”
The CMHA’s Cariboo Chilcotin branch is one of 14 organizations throughout British Columbia participating in B.C.’s Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program.
These 14 organizations are sharing $240,000 in funding from the provincial government towards activities in 24 communities that connect area networks in their common goal of wiping out racism. This includes local outreach, educational events, workshops and community engagements. 
The OARH program helps communities address racism and create a long-term plan to eradicate violence, discrimination and hate in their communities.

Under the program, all activities must be developed using a collaborative, community-based process. This results in many communities combining efforts regionally to maximize funding.

Almost 30 per cent of British Columbians emigrated from another country, making it the most ethnically diverse province in Canada.

To learn more about the Organizing Against Racism and Hate program, go to:embracebc.ca/embracebc/funding/organizing/index.page

Friday, November 27, 2015

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Nov 30th - Dec 4th

The following local governments are meeting next week:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Monday, Nov 30th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Various Committee/Council Reports
* Mutual Fire Aid Memorandum of Understanding
* 4 Notices of Contravention of Municipal Building Regulations
* Gook Rd Service Extension
* Streets, Traffic and Parking Bylaw

View the full Agenda here.  Quesnel Council will hold an In-Camera meeting on Monday, Nov 30th at 6pm in the Fraser Room in Quesnel City Hall (410 Kinchant St, Quesnel) as per Sections 90(1c - labour, e - land) of the Community Charter

Wells - Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, Dec 1st at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  When available, the Agenda may be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Dec 1st at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Various Council Appointments (CRD Board, CCBAC, NDIT, etc) for 2016
* Travel to Attend BC Natural Resource Forum in Prince George, BC - January 19 to 20, 2016 (Mayor Cobb to attend)
* Annual Council Meeting Schedule for 2016
* Designation of Councillors as Acting Mayor - 2016
* Wrestling Day Proclamation - January 2, 2016
* DVP #09-2015 - Tango Management Group (Cariboo Regional District) - Lot Line Setback Reduction - 525 Proctor Street - Approval
* Dutch Point Road Agreement
* SCADA Upgrades 2015 Contract Award
* Recommendations for endorsement from Nov 25th CC Joint Committee Meeting

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District:

CC Rural Directors Caucus Mtg (Special) - Wednesday, Dec 2nd at 3pm in the CRD WL Office Committee Room (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* WL Cycling Club - Grant for Assistance Application reconsideration (Director Kemp)
* Discussion Item - Victim Services Agreement with City of Williams Lake
* Letter from City of WL re: CC Search and Rescue

View the full Agenda here

Upcoming Community Events:

The Winter Market takes place every Friday until the end of December at 10am in the upper level of Boitanio Mall.

November 27th – 5th Annual Earth Friendly holiday event at the Cariboo Arts & Culture Centre. Friday from 5-9pm and Saturday, November 28th from 10:30am - 2:30pm

Nov 27th-28th – Dial M for Murder play by the Williams Lake Studio Theatre Doors open 7:30pm and Curtain at 8:00pm.

November 29th – Skate with Santa from 1-2:30pm at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Nov 29th – Dec 19th – 1st Festival of Trees at Signal Point Convention Centre. Bring a toy or a non-perishable food item for the hampers and receive a ballot to vote for your favourite charity tree. All funds go to Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development centre association and the salvation army.

Nov 29th - 9am to 3pm - McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Market at the McLeese Lake Community Hall on Forglen Road

December 1st – Official Launch Event for the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program for Thompson Rivers University from 7-9:30pm at the Tourism Discovery Centre. Everyone Welcome!



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Environmental groups in Williams Lake receive funding

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Four organizations in Williams Lake have received a combined $142,000 from the province’s Community Gaming Grants program.
·         Invasive Species Council of British Columbia: $100,000 for its education, awareness and training program;
·         Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society: $19,000 for sustainable life education and watershed education programs;
·         Williams Lake Field Naturalists: $12,000 for community programs, and natural history and ecoprint school programs.
·         Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee Society: $11,000 for education and outreach programs.
“This funding will help these four great organizations continue their very important work,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said. “I would like to thank the volunteers and staff of these groups, who do so much for the environment in our region.”
“Through education, training and eco-friendly programs, all of these organizations help preserve and protect our environment,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said.
This grant was awarded under the Environment category of the Community Gaming Grants program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues.
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 athttps://www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/.

BC Arts Council awards grants in Cariboo-North

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:


The Island Mountain Arts Society, Sunset Theatre Society and Maeghan R. Watkinson have received $33,200 in BC Arts Council funding.

The Island Mountain Arts Society has received $15,200 to design and implement a development plan.

The Sunset Theatre Society has received $13,000 to create a new production of Hamlet and other original works.

Maeghan R. Watkinson of Quesnel has received a $5,000 scholarship.

“The arts contribute to economic development and add to our quality of life here in Cariboo North. This funding helps organizations and individuals continue to create and share their art,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said. “Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers at the Island Mountain Arts Society and Sunset Theatre Society and congratulations to Ms. Watkinson.”

The B.C. government is providing $24 million again this year for the BC Arts Council –  the highest level of funding in the council’s history. Overall, the government is investing $60 million in B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions in 2015-16.

As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, The BC Arts Council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists and arts administrators to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government. 

Since 2001, the B.C. government has provided more than half a billion dollars for arts and culture in B.C.

For more information, visit the BC Arts Council’s website at bcartscouncil.ca.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CC Joint Committee - Nov 25th mtg

Present:

City of WL - Mayor W. Cobb (Co-Chair); Councillors Bonnell, Ryll, Smith, and Walters

CRD - Directors J. Sorley (Co-Chair); S. Forseth and B. Kemp

Meeting chaired by Mayor Cobb

Meeting called to order at 5pm

Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of the Oct 28th CC Joint Committee adopted

Business:

1) Request for Additional Funds to Hire Permanent Part-Time Staff Member - Museum of Cariboo-Chilcotin

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Item be received

2) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Fee for Service Management Committee - Memo from CC Arts/Culture Society

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the memo from the CC Arts/Culture Society be received and Director Sorley/Councillor Walters/Smith & the CRD Mgr of Community Services and the City Director of Community Services be appointed to the Committee

Delegation:

Trevor Barnes from the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice appeared before the Committee to discuss the Doctor Shortage situation in Williams Lake

The Chair thanked Mr. Barnes for his time/information

Business, cont:

3) Request for Letter of Support - Williams Lake Cycling Club, Report from CRD Mgr of Community Services

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That a letter be provided by City Council and the Regional District Board to the WL Cycling Club in support of the The BC Endure Series coming to Williams Lake on May 21st/22nd, 2016

4) Williams Lake Police-Based Victim Services - Report of the Williams Lake City Manager (CAO)

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Item received

5) Pool Upgrade Project - Working Group October 28 Meeting Notes - Report of the CRD Mgr of Community Services

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received & request to City of WL to consider limit of building permit fees to a maximum of $10,000 and that a process be established with the City and Cariboo Regional District such that there will be no solid waste disposal charges for demolition or other waste provided all the waste sorting requirements are met.

6) Action Page for November 25, 2015

Resolved - Action Page as of Nov 25th deferred to next meeting

At 6:50pm - Meeting recessed to In-Camera as per Section 90(1b) of the Community Charter
At 7:11pm- Meeting resumed in public

Meeting adjourned at 7:11pm

CC Rural Directors' Caucus - Nov 25th

Present - Chair S. Forseth; Directors B. Kemp and J. Sorley

Meeting called to order at 2:30pm
Meeting Agenda approved/CC Rural Caucus Mins of Oct 28th adopted

Delegations - None

Business:

1) 2016 Grant for Assistance applications
2) Letter from City of WL - Offer to move 153 Mile Store as Heritage Building
3) School District #27 Bursary
4) Late Item - 2016 Rural Caucus Meeting Schedule
5) Action Page

Meeting adjourned at 3:55pm

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Statement by Canadian Prime Minister Rt. Hon Justin Trudeau, PC,MP:

“Today, I join Canadians – and people around the world – in recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“Violence against women is a violation of the most basic human rights. It destroys lives, tears families apart, impacts entire communities, and has no place within our society.

“Today serves as an important reminder that women and girls – particularly indigenous women and girls – continue to be vulnerable to violence in our society. This must change.

“That is why the Government of Canada will continue to raise awareness of violence against women, help prevent it, and support the victims who have experienced it, both here at home and around the world.

“As leaders, as parents, as community members, we need to make sure we are combating misogyny in all its forms, wherever it is found.

“On this day, I urge all Canadians to make a commitment to stopping violence against women and girls. You can start by taking the online pledge to #EndViolence at women.gc.ca

“Together, we can create a Canada and a world where all citizens are respected, valued equally, and safe from violence.”

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bill Bennett blasts WL Mayor Cobb over Mt Polley Short Term Water Discharge Permit concerns

Over the last couple of weeks - both the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Board & Williams Lake Council sent letters of concern about the delay to issue a Short Term Water Discharge permit to Mt Polley

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb and CRD Chair Al Richmond have both raised concerns about the delay - read here (Cobb) and here (Richmond).  In addition, Imperial Metals last week raised concerns about this item as it could impede on Mt Polley's ability to operate, given their Restricted Operations permit issued earlier this year - read more here

Yesterday - BC's Energy/Mines Minister Bill Bennett reached out to local media to "correct the record" on this matter.  Minister Bennett stated in response to Cobb's concerns:

It is unfair to the people who depend on the mine to paint a picture of panic that there is going to be a disaster or that the mine is not going to be able to operate
Read more from the Williams Lake Tribune here and My Cariboo Now here

With great respect to the Minister - instead of blasting local elected officials in the media, perhaps he could come here and meet with elected officials directly and hear our concerns in a respectful manner and not accuse us of being "fear-mongerers".  We have an obligation to let Victoria know when we have concerns, on behalf of our constituents

~SF

Monday, November 23, 2015

Quesnel/Wells receives Grants in Lieu of Taxes

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

 The B.C. government has distributed $58,464.49 to the City of Quesnel and District of Wells in compensation for municipal property taxes.

The City of Quesnel has received $57,458.18. The District of Wells has received $1,006.31.

Approximately $17.3 million in compensation for municipal property taxes has been paid to 56 communities around the province. Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed every November as a way to reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection. 

“Provincial government properties benefit greatly from the services provided by local government, and in exchange we give back to the community through grants-in-lieu of property taxes,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said. “This funding will help the City of Quesnel and the District of Wells provide quality services for residents.”

Grants are issued in accordance with the Municipal Aid Act and are payable on land and improvements owned by the provincial government such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses. Grants-in-lieu provide funding to local governments that can help pay for local services.

Payments are based on the municipality's tax rate and the assessed property values from BC Assessment.

Schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes and are not part of the grant-in-lieu calculation. Other provincial assets such as highways, forests, ambulance stations, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation under the act.

Since 2002, the government of British Columbia has distributed more than $237 million as grants-in-lieu to B.C. communities. The funds are distributed electronically on behalf of government by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

Williams Lake receives grant-in-lieu of taxes of more than $56,000

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

The B.C. government has distributed $56,140.65 to the City of Williams Lake in compensation for municipal property taxes.

A total of about $17.3 million in compensation for municipal property taxes has been paid to 56 communities around the province. Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed every November as a way to reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection. 

Grants are issued in accordance with the Municipal Aid Act and are payable on land and improvements owned by the provincial government such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses. Grants-in-lieu provide funding to local governments that can help pay for local services.

Payments are based on the municipality's tax rate and the assessed property values from BC Assessment.

Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are an important source of revenue for the City of Williams Lake,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said. “These funds help offset the costs of providing services to B.C. government properties and enables city hall to pay for important local programs.”

“Provincial government properties benefit greatly from the services provided by local government, and in exchange we give back to the community through grants-in-lieu of property taxes,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said. “This funding will help the City of Williams Lake provide quality services for residents.”

Schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes and are not part of the grant-in-lieu calculation.  Other provincial assets such as highways, forests, ambulance stations, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation under the act.

Since 2002, the government of British Columbia has distributed more than $237 million as grants-in-lieu to B.C. communities. The funds are distributed electronically on behalf of government by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

100 Mile receives more than $21,000 in Grants in Lieu of Taxes

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

The B.C. government has distributed $21,840.30 to the District of 100 Mile House in compensation for municipal property taxes.

A total of about $17.3 million in compensation for municipal property taxes has been paid to 56 communities around the province. Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed every November as a way to reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection. 

Grants are issued in accordance with the Municipal Aid Act and are payable on land and improvements owned by the provincial government such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings and warehouses. Grants-in-lieu provide funding to local governments that can help pay for local services.

Payments are based on the municipality's tax rate and the assessed property values from BC Assessment.

“Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are an important source of revenue for the District of 100 Mile House,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said. “These funds help offset the costs of providing services to B.C. government properties and enables city hall to pay for important local programs.”

Schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes and are not part of the grant-in-lieu calculation.  Other provincial assets such as highways, forests, ambulance stations, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation under the act.

Since 2002, the government of British Columbia has distributed more than $237 million as grants-in-lieu to B.C. communities. The funds are distributed electronically on behalf of government by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Nov 23-27

The following local governments are meeting next week:

Quesnel - Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Nov 23rd at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

Delegations (2) - Youth in Action Initiative / Community Paramedic Initiative

Business - Master Official Community Plan/Master Zoning Bylaw Development

View the full Agenda here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Regular Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 24th at 6:30pm in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue, WL).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 24th at 7pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Ave).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District:

CC Rural Directors Caucus - Wednesday, Nov 25th at 2:30pm in the CRD Committee Room (180D North 3rd Ave, WL).  On the Agenda:

* Review of 2016 Grant for Assistance applications
* Review Letter from the City of Williams Lake re: 153 Mile Store proposal
* Discuss SD27 Bursary from CRD

CC Joint Committee - Wednesday, Nov 25th at 5pm in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, WL).  On the Agenda:

* Consideration - Funds for Part Time Position (permanent) for Museum
* Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Fee for Service Management Committee - Selection of 1 CRD Director/1 Member of WL City Council
* Request for Letter of Support - Williams Lake Cycling Club
* Williams Lake Police-Based Victim Services - Report from WL CAO D. Garceau
* Pool Upgrade Project - Working Group October 28 Meeting Notes
* Discussion Item - Dr Shortages in Williams Lake
* Action Page

View the full Agenda here

Community Events coming up:

The Winter Market takes place every Friday until the end of December at 10am in the upper level of Boitanio Mall.

Nov 20th-21 Nov 25-28th – Dial M for Murder play by the Williams Lake Studio Theatre Doors open 7:30pm and Curtain at 8:00pm.

November 20th – Stampeders host Tomahawks puck drops at 7:30pm

November 21st – Made in the Cariboo Craft Sale at the Tourism Discovery Centre from 10-3pm! Over 20 Vendors! The coffee shop will have drink specials and baking from Taylor Made Cakes! Free Admission

November 21st – Pet Photos with Santa at the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital from 9-3pm $15 for one photo and $10 extra for additional.

November 21st – Cowboy Christmas Craft Sale & Concert at the Gibraltar Room from 10-3pm free admission.
Cowboy Concert at 7pm at the Gibraltar Room. Tickets are $15 and available at Museum or at door.

November 21st-22nd – Medieval Market at Lake City Secondary on Carson Drive from 10-4pm each day. Admission $5 for the weekend or $3 for Sunday free for children under 12.

November 21st-22nd – Cataline Christmas craft sale from 10-4pm each day.

November 21st – The Williams Lake Speed Skating Club is inviting anyone who wants to try the sport to come out to one of the practices at the Cariboo Memorial Complex from 1-2:30pm.

November 24th - BC Seniors' Advocate comes to Quesnel at the Quesnel Seniors Centre (461 Carson Avenue) from 10am - 12 noon

Barkerville Brewery supported...

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Barkerville Brewing Co. is interested in selling its craft beer at the local BC Liquor Store as part of BC Liquor Stores’ new policy to accept applications for non-listed products from each store’s six closest community craft breweries.

Earlier today, BC Liquor Stores announced a plan to put local small-scale brewery products – brews not listed for sale with the major liquor retailer – on their shelves, in an effort to help meet the demand of customers interested in supporting their local manufacturers.

To help promote the initiative, MLA for Cariboo North Coralee Oakes toured Barkerville Brewing Co. – Quesnel’s first small-scale craft brewery – to celebrate the success of a northern B.C. start-up that’s staking its claim in the craft brewing industry.

“Buying local products and celebrating our local small businesses is such an important piece of the economic puzzle in this day and age,” Oakes, who is also Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch, said. “The craft beer industry is thriving – growing at an unprecedented rate – and I want to help ensure its growth continues. I will work to help this industry be successful, and, I am confident craft brewers across B.C. will continue to grow, create new jobs, and enjoy continued success in the industry.”

“We are happy anytime attention is brought to the craft brewing industry. Microbreweries represent their communities by engaging and educating people about the process and quality of craft beer,” Barkerville Brewing Co. general manager Justine Wittingham said. “This has truly become a sub culture that shows no signs of slowing down and we are happy to see the BCLDB recognize that.”

The original Barkerville Brewery, built in the 1860s, was located in the town of Barkerville, more than 80 kilometres away from its current location. Unfortunately, the brewery burned down, along with the rest of the town, in the great fire of 1868.

From their award winning 18 Karat Amber Ale to their Wandering Camel IPA – made with ingredients sourced mostly from B.C. – Barkerville Brewing has taken the stories of lore and transformed them into the tastes of today. Offering their products by the bottle, can, growler or key, Barkerville Brewing is supporting a niche market in northern B.C., supplying unique, craft beer products.

Learn more about Barkerville Brewing Co. at barkervillebeer.com/.
Learn more about BC Liquor Store’s program at news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2015SBRT0023-001933.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mt Polley Shut Down Again?

Earlier this week - Williams Lake City Council passed a Resolution directing that a letter be sent to Victoria imploring that the Mt Polley Short Term Water Discharge Permit be issued forthwith.

In Friday's Williams Lake Tribune/Weekend Advisor, Imperial Metals VP of Operations, Steve Robertson, says that the current water mark in the Springer Pit at the Mount Polley mine site is 6.5 metres below the critical 1030m level while Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says the Ministry of Environment's timeline to issue the permit by Nov 30th is not acceptable.  For their part - both the Williams Lake and Soda Creek Indian Bands held meetings this week to review the Permit however Kirk Dressler from the Williams Lake Indian Band says the two Bands need to do their due diligence but do sympathize with the urgency required

Read the article from the Williams Lake Tribune here

~SF

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WL Council Highlights - Nov 17th/15

Present: Mayor Cobb; 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 Nov 3rd WL City Council adopted

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings for the periods ending November 5 and 12, 2015

2) After hearing from 4 persons and receiving a number of letters in opposition - Council agreed to reject DVP #01-2015 (Jim Willson - 18 Woodland Drive)

3) Council directed Staff to issue a Request for Proposal for professional engineering, planning, financial and legislative services in preparing an updated Development Cost Charge Bylaw for the City of Williams Lake; and further, that the update include examination of a Parks Development Cost Charge and analysis of market responses to rate options.

4) Council rescinded first three readings to Good Neighbour Amendment Bylaw No. 2236 as given on April 28, 2015 and Good Neighbour Amendment Bylaw No. 2236, as amended, be introduced and read three times and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 2239 be introduced and read three times

5) Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2237 - Joe Hamel - Addition of 'Carriage House' Use - 1999 Broadway Avenue South was adopted

6) Council approval was given for the Santa Claus Parade (being held during the Winter Lights Festival taking place Friday, December 4th through Sunday, December 6th) on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM

7) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as of Nov 17th, 2015

8) Council agreed to send a letter to the Province impressing the need to approve the Mt Polley Short Term water discharge permit ASAP

Council agreed to adjourn at 7:34pm & after a short recess, Council convened an In-Camera Meeting as per Sections 90(1c - labour and d - security of property of municipality) of the Community Charter

Quesnel Council Highlights - Nov 16th, 2015

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel: 

Proposed Changes to Council Procedures
  Council has proposed further refinements to its meeting procedures bylaw that include:
·         Meeting Tuesday nights at 7pm instead of Mondays.
·         Holding only regular council meetings and allowing delegations to present at any Council meeting. This will allow more flexible scheduling of delegations.
·         Commence any public hearings at 7pm followed immediately by the regular council meeting.
·         Enabling individual Councillors, during their time as Acting Mayor, to chair an entire regular council meeting and participate in the agenda setting process for that meeting.
·         Adding “events and announcements” to the final agenda item of each meeting.
These proposed changes are to enable council meetings to be more effective and productive.

Grant Submissions
  The City is applying for various grants for projects totaling $927,180 that will support the City’s budget constraints, capital plan objectives and strategic plan.  The funding for these grant submissions would be derived from a combination of resources; specifically: the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet Regional Account and the NDIT Pine Beetle Recovery Account, the Beetle Action Coalition, the City’s Federal Gas Tax funds, the City’s capital budget, and contributions from participating local businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
These grant applications include:
·         Creation of a downtown public washroom and community festivals/marketing common space;
·         Building a “destination dog park” at Weldwood Park;
·         Replacing the heating and air circulation system at the indoor soccer facility;
·         Restoring the Hudson’s Bay building (new foundation);
·         Downtown Revitalization - engineering support to assess the potential for second-floor and above residences and a comprehensive accessibility assessment;
·         Creating a comprehensive plan for Baker Creek Park;
·         Creating a plan for a RV/truck pull-out in South Quesnel;
·         Development of conceptual drawings for Gymnastics facility;
·         Improved business fa├žade improvement program;
·         Economic Development Intern;
·         Planning Intern;
·         Incremental funding for Grant Writer position;
·         Increased funding for Economic Development Officer position;
·         City brand re-design, implementation and marketing strategy.

Quesnel Lions Housing Society
Council heard the results of the Quesnel Lions Housing Society’s Open House for the proposed Affordable Seniors’ Housing complex to be located on the corner of Reid Street/McNaughton Avenue.  The proposed development is 30 one-bedroom apartments ranging from 534 to 654 square feet.  The Open House summary highlighted the need for more on-site parking for this proposed development.  The proposed development currently has 11 on-site parking spaces with one parking space designated for accessible parking.  The Public Hearing scheduled for November 23, 2015 has been cancelled until a Housing Agreement and parking issues are addressed.  

Proposed Public Works Facility 
Council heard an overview of the proposed Public Works Facility project.  Currently this project is estimated at $9.9 million.  The next step is for Council to consider a Business Plan for this project that will outline the taxation impact for Quesnel’s taxpayers and how this capital project fits within Council proposed tax framework for 2016-2018.  The goal is to conduct an Alternate Approval Process for this project in early 2016 and, with the public’s approval, construction to commence in 2017. 

Bylaw
·   Bylaw 1784 – Council Procedure – 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings
Next Meetings:

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 7pm
Committee of the Whole Session

Monday, November 30, 2015 at 7pm
Regular Meeting

Council Clippings provides a summary of business conducted by Council at Regular Council meetings. For specific details, visit www.quesnel.ca, click the “Council” link and the “Agendas and Minutes” section.




SKP Trades Construction Session on Thursday

If you are in the trades (electrical, plumbing, etc) and want to be involved in the construction of the Sam Ketchum Pool Project - there is a meeting Thursday you need to be at - details below:


Monday, November 16, 2015

2016 BC Budget Consultation Report available

This past Friday - the BC Legislature's Standing Committee on Finance/Gov't Services, which is an all-party Committee, released its' 2016 BC Budget Public Consultation Report.

The Committee is chaired by Delta-North MLA (BC Liberal) Scott Hamilton and the Committee provided some 63 recommendations to Government on various topics including Health, Education, Arts/Culture, etc.  Read the full press release from the Committee here plus the Committee' full Report here

As far as recommendations pertaining to local government in this Region - there were quite a few that may tweak the interest of local elected officials in the Cariboo-Chilcotin including:

29. Take additional measures to train and recruit health care professionals and develop incentives for them to remain in or locate to rural and remote communities

33. Ensure sufficient funding for the proactive prevention and management of invasive species and noxious weeds and update existing legislation, where applicable, to prohibit the sale of invasive species and plants.

44. Explore the possibility of creating a homeowner expense deferral account to assist seniors with ongoing maintenance of their homes and to maintain residency in their homes.

45. Provide strategic investment and expansion of the Province’s “Buy Local” program and partner with industry stakeholders to develop implementation of a small grant program for farmer’s markets in rural and remote communities

46. Provide expanded programs for vulnerable populations and support school meal programs, school gardens, and food literacy programs in the classroom and other community settingsthat promote opportunities to create direct linkages to local producers.

50. Maintain tax credits for the mining industry and mineral exploration and collaborate with municipal, and federal counterparts to encourage policies that enhance B.C.’s competitive edge

52. Engage in ongoing, coordinated planning with industry, First Nations and municipal government and all other stakeholders to expand and improve the capacity of services and infrastructure in resource municipalities and rural areas.

53. Increase investment in the arts, including multiple-year funding commitments to arts, culture and heritage funding, increase the grant budget of the BC Arts Council and invest in a cultural facilities capital infrastructure program

54. Restore Community Gaming Grants levels to 2008 levels and provide incremental increases as gaming funds increase.

59. Commit to increased funding for public transit to provide improved services in urban centres and rural areas

61. Provide funding for mental health courts, alternative/restorative justice models, and expanded access to legal aid and to justice initiatives in communities.

62. Increase investment in activities that help communities prepare for earthquake, flooding and wildfire risk, and promote the adoption of FireSmart practices in areas susceptible to wildfires.

63. Provide increased funding for wastewater/storm water infrastructure to improve resiliency for extreme weather events associated with climate change.

It will be interesting to observe how many of the 63 recommendations find their way into BC Budget 2016...

~SF

Sunday, November 15, 2015

My 1st Year as an Elected Official

It was a year ago tonight that I was elected to the position of Electoral Area 'D' Director of the Cariboo Regional District and again, my thanks to those who placed their trust in me by way of voting for me and to those who could not, I will work hard at gaining your trust over the 3 remaining years of my 1st Mandate

Although I served as an Alternate Director for Area 'D' from Feb 2013 - Nov 2014 and it did prepare me, in part, for the life ahead as an Elected Official, I am very thankful for the many resources available to me as an elected official, whether it's Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Staff which I feel that we at the CRD Board are truly blessed with, my fellow colleagues around the Board table or throughout the Region/Province, by way of fellow local government elected officials

My new life as an elected official started with a sit-down with Janis Bell, the Cariboo Regional District Chief Administrative Officer, a few days after the Nov 15th, 2014 General Local Election laying out where I wanted to go during the term of 2014-18.

Once sworn in on December 12th, 2014 - I began the life of a Rural Elected Official, attending various CRD Board, Central Cariboo/City of Williams Lake Joint Committee or Central Cariboo Rural Caucus Meetings plus many local meetings in Electoral Area 'D'.  In addition, I attended the following Convention/Conferences:

Feb 4-6, 2015 -- Newly Elected Official Seminar, put on by the Local Gov't Leadership Academy

May 6-8, 2015 - North Central Local Gov't Association AGM/Convention

May 26-28, 2015 - "Keeping It Rural" Rural Economic Development Convention in Salmon Arm, BC

Sept 21-25, 2015 - 2015 Union of BC Municipalities AGM/Convention

Oct 1st, 2015 - Fraser Basin Council Strategic Planning Session, for CRD Area 'C' Director John Massier

In addition to the above, I made an effort, using my own personal money, to attend other Regional District Board meetings in BC throughout the year to learn how they operate and how to bring their best practices back home.  Those RD's included Fraser Valley (twice), Columbia-Shuswap and Fraser-Fort George RD's

In terms of successes in my 1st year as an elected official for Electoral Area 'D' - I was able to help get a new AED installed at the McLeese Lake Community Hall, get the renewal of the McLeese Lake Community Library back on track, assist in getting funds for the new McLeese Lake Farmers' Market and assist the McLeese Lake Ind. Fire Department in meeting their own goals as examples.

I was appointed by my colleagues in the Central Cariboo as the Chair of the Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus (a small working Committee consisting of the CRD Electoral Area Directors' for Areas D, E, F, J and K) for 2015.  I also have published my monthly expenses and meeting calendar, both here and my Steve Forseth - CRD Area 'D' Director Facebook page and I will be continuing the monthly updates (meeting/expenses) for the remainder of the term

Have I made mistakes? Yes, I have but I have learned much in my 1st year so the remaining 3 years should be much more successful, both for myself and for the people of Electoral Area 'D' (Commodore Heights - McLeese Lake) whom I am ultimately answerable to

I am looking forward to the challenges ahead in 2016 and looking for the opportunities that lie in those challenges and look forward as well to continue serving the very fine people within Electoral Area 'D'.

~SF






Saturday, November 14, 2015

Northern Brain Injury Association receives funding

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

The Northern Brain Injury Association is receiving $91,252 from the B.C. government to support people with acquired brain injuries.

Funding will build services in Quesnel and northeast B.C., enhance services in the northwest and inform all Northerners about brain injury.

“These funds provide a dramatic increase to our client services as well as our brain injury education and injury prevention programs in the remote and often very isolated communities of northern British Columbia,” Northern Brain Injury Association program developer Will Lewis said.

“Brain injuries can play a significant role in developing other social impacts like homelessness and has psychological impacts,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said.

In May, the government provided $3 million in funding over three years to the Brain Injury Alliance, which has distributed funding to organizations in two stages. In the first stage, $10,000 was provided to each of B.C.’s 16 community-based, non-profit brain-injury service providers to help with operational costs.

In the second stage, brain-injury organizations in B.C. receive funding based on applications for programs specific to their needs. These organizations run programs and services to help reduce the incidence of injury or directly help those affected by brain injuries.

Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance at braininjuryalliance.ca.
Learn more about the Northern Brain Injury Association of B.C. at nbia.ca/.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Nov 16-20

The following local governments are meeting next week:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Monday, Nov 16th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Various Committee Reports
* 3rd Quarter 2015 Reports
* Report of Quesnel Lions Housing Project - Open House
* Proposal for Shopping Centre on Rita Rd
* Proposed Public Works Facility
* Amendment to Quesnel Council Procedure Bylaw - for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings

View the full Agenda here

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 17th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Regular Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, Nov 18th in SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 17th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Public Consideration of DVP #1-2015 (Jim Willson for 18 Woodland Drive)
* Development Cost Charge Bylaw Update
* Amendments to Good Neighbour and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaws

View the full Agenda here

Other Community Events Coming Up:

* November 16th- Thompson Rivers University Ranching and Agriculture information night at the Williams Lake Campus. Come meet with the instructors and learn about the program. This is happening from 7-9pm

* November 17th - City of Quesnel "Let's talk taxes" Session at 6:30-9pm - Quesnel Seniors' Centre

* November 19th – 1st Annual Baby Fest from 3-6pm at the Gibraltar Room. Every 2015 baby will receive a gift and a special welcome from Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb.

* November 19th - Trades Session hosted by Tango Management with respect to the Sam Ketchum Pool Project from 5-9pm in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake)

* November 19th - Open House for West Quesnel Land Stability Program at 6pm with presentation at 7pm.  Meeting to be held at Voyageur School Gym (1337 Lark Avenue)

~SF

CRD Board Highlights - Nov 13th mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 10:10am
Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of the CRD Board meeting held on Oct 23rd adopted

Resolved - That Board Resolution 2015-10B-14 (2nd Consideration of FirCrest RV Resort, Take over Water/Sewer System) be reconsidered.  Defeated by the following vote:

Affirmative - Directors Massier and Forseth

Negative - Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Kemp, Richmond, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb and Campsall

Business:

Delegation Business:

Board received the Delegation MOB and directed that MP's Doherty/MacLeod be added to the list

Development Services:

1) Bylaw #4966 (Area I) was given 1st/2nd Readings
2) Bylaw #4974 (Area D) following a Public Hearing on Nov 4th was given 3rd Reading/Adoption

3) The Board deferred consideration of DVP #39-2015 for up to 90 days.  Approved by following vote:

Affirmative - Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Kemp, Richmond, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson and Coakley

Negative - Director S. Forseth (Area D)

4) The Board directed Staff to draft amended criteria to be used when considering applications for Temporary Use Permits for temporary accommodation

Meeting recessed at 10:53am
Meeting resumed at 11:30am

Delegation:

Colin Hanson, Chair, Maureen LeBourdais, Regional Manager, and Erin Robinson, Assistant Regional Manager, Fraser Basin Council (FBC), will appear before the Board to provide an update on the activities of the FBC, inquire what the key issues facing the region are, and what role the FBC could play to address them.

A Question/Answer period ensued

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

Meeting recessed at 12:05pm
Meeting resumed at 12:45pm

5) The Board received Building Stats reports for September 2015

Community Services:

1) The Board endorsed NDIT Applications for McLeese Lake Community Hall and Soda Creek (Xat'sull) Community Building

Finance:

1) The Board received/ratified the Cheque Register for October 2015 in the amount of $1,561,450.80

Administration:

1) The Board endorsed, in open meeting, two In-Camera Motions concerning the 10 Mile Fire Chief Contract and closure of the CRD Williams Lake Office in late December 2015 - early January 2016

2) The Board received a letter from Neal Beckwith concerning burning of rail ties

3) The Board received the Consent Calendar as of Nov 13th, 2015

4) The Board received the NCLGA Newsletter for Oct 2015

5) The Board received a letter from the Hon. Mary Polak (BC Ministry of Environment) concerning permits issued for Mt Polley and Gibraltar Mines

Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

1) The Board received the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus Meeting Minutes of October 13th

2) The Board received the North Cariboo Joint Committee Meeting Minutes of Oct 13th and endorsed two recommendations from that meeting (Quesnel/District Arts/Rec Centre Stairway Project & Facility Condition Assessment for Bouchie Lake/Barlow Creek Recreation Properties)

3) The Board received the South Cariboo Joint Committee Meeting Minutes of Oct 19th and endorsed 4 Recommendations from that meeting (108 Lakes Beach Maintenance Agreement, Contribution Agreement for the South Cariboo Community Enhancement Foundation, Contribution to 100 Mile Ball Diamonds, South Cariboo Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre Society - May 4th mtg)

4) The Board received the Policy Committee Minutes of Oct 22nd and endorsed recommendations from that meeting (proposed changes to the Policy Manual, rescind Board Policy for Proclamations and create a nomination package on expectations, etc for Candidates for CRD Electoral Area Director)

5) The Board received the First Nations Relations Committee Meeting Minutes of Oct 22nd and referred recommendations from that meeting (Referral Process, Staff Education concerning Aboriginal Peoples, Residential School Cemeteries, Residential School System - Historical Documents, Aboriginal Athlete Funding, Committee Terms of Reference) to a future Committee of the Whole meeting

6) The Board received the Finance/Budget Committee Meeting Minutes of Oct 22nd and endorsed recommendations from that meeting (Approval of 2016 Business Plans for Admin/EA Admin, Governance, 2016 Requisition Target, Community Works Funding Allocation Review, Directors' Pay, Insurance Deductible Contingency Fund, BC Hydro - Grants in Lieu of Taxes Allocation for Electoral Areas)

7) The Board received the Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus meeting minutes of Oct 28th and endorsed two recommendations from that meeting (Installation of Portable Washroom at Pullout near Reservoir Lake & Appointment of Director Forseth to Mt Polley Public Liaison Committee and establishment of WL Rural Fringe Fire Protection Working Group)

8) The Board received the Central Cariboo Joint Committee meeting minutes of Oct 28th and endorsed recommendations from that meeting (CC Arts/Culture Society agreements, CMRC Parking Lot Expansion Agreement, Amendment to CMRC Facility Management Agreement, Resolution concerning installation of Roundabout for CMRC Entrance, CMRC Rink Board Ad Sign Revenue, Field Maintenance Agreements at Esler Complex, Contribution Agreement with 150 Mile Greenbelt Heritage/Trails Society

9) The Board received the Fin/Audit Committee Meeting Minutes of Oct 29th

10) The Board received the Committee of the Whole Board Meeting Minutes of Oct 29th and endorsed recommendations from that meeting (2015-19 Strategic Plan, Corporate Priorities Policy, Grants for Assistance Policy, Ancillary Bylaw Amendments, Secondary Suites/Carriage House/Secondary Dwelling Bylaw Amendments)

11) The Board received the North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus Meeting Minutes of Nov 3th and endorsed 1 recommendation from that meeting (authorization for City of Quesnel to provide High Angle Rescue within CRD)

Corporate Bylaws:

1) The Board adopted Bylaws #4965 (South Cariboo Recreation Fees/Charges) and #4976 (CRD Fire Departments)

Resolved - That a NCLGA Resolution be drafted with regard to Treaty Negotiations and Ranching Lands and be brought back to the Board for consideration & Staff set up a meeting with Minister Rustad and possibly Premier Clark ASAP in regards to the Treaty Process..

Resolved - That Support in Principle be provided for the Chinese Martial Arts Performances program in the Cariboo region and further that Staff time be authorized to identify grant funding and provide capacity support in the coordination and delivery of these cultural events

Directors' gave oral reports from their Electoral Area/Municipality

Meeting recessed at 3:03pm
Meeting resumed at 3:10pm

The Board convened its' In-Camera Meeting at 3:10pm as per Sections 90(1c,e,k and l) of the Community Charter

The Board resumed its' open meeting at 3:16pm
The CAO provided an quick update to the Board on future plans in regards to regional economic development

The Board adjourned its' meeting at 3:25pm

CC Regional Hospital District - Nov 13th mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 9:30am
Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of the Oct 23rd CCRHD Board meeting approved

Business:

1) The Hospital Consent Calendar was received

2) The Board received an update from Northern Health regarding their meeting with the Chair at the 2015 UBCM Convention

3) The Board received two items from the First Nations Relations Committee concerning Recognition of Aboriginal Healing Practices and Healthcare for Aboriginal Peoples

4) The Board received a review of funding practices of all RHD's in BC

5) The Board received a item from the Board Chair concerning review of the Recruitment/Retention Policy and funding to the Northern Medical Program Trust and that a letter be sent to NMPT requesting the Road Show make an appearance in 2017 for the Cariboo-Chilcotin region and finally - that the Recruitment/Retention Policy and funding commitments be continued for an additional 3 years

Meeting recessed at 10:12am
Meeting resumed at 11:10am

Delegation:

Susan Paulsen, Healthcare Recruitment Coordinator, Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation appeared before the Board to provide an update on recruitment and retention activities in the Quesnel area

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair Massier, on behalf of the Board, thanked Ms. Paulsen for her time/information

Meeting adjourned at 11:29am

Thursday, November 12, 2015

WQLS Open House - Nov 19th at 6/7pm


Upgrade to signage for Highway 26

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Work is underway to upgrade signage on Highway 26 through the community of Wells thanks to a joint investment from the B.C. government and the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC).

“Upgrading signage along the Highway 26 arterial through the community will help provide clear directions for residents and tourists,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said. “Providing clarity helps drivers feel more confident on the road and contributes to safer travel.”

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has worked closely with the Village of Wells throughout the duration of the project. Work will include removing redundant signs and consolidating local services and attractions onto a single sign. 

The total project cost is $8,500 with ICBC contributing $5,200 through their local Road Safety program.

This project is part of the B.C. government’s Community Safety Enhancement program. Under this program, the government is investing nearly $5 million this year on more than 40 projects province-wide. 

The projects are chosen by the ministry in consultation with local governments and law enforcement, and will benefit recreational and commercial traffic, as well as local residents, pedestrians, commuters and cyclists.

Follow the work of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at tranbc.ca.