Saturday, April 30, 2016

MLVFD Society receives $21k grant from Province

Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes with members
of the McLeese Lake VFD Society
Yesterday afternoon - Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes presented the McLeese Lake VFD Society with a $21,000 provincial grant cheque to be used for:

* First Responder Supplies
* Additional Fire Truck
* Seed money toward a Fire Hall

The response of the Society and McLeese Lake community members in attendance was one of utter shock who was expected their local MLA to present a $2-5,000 provincial grant cheque

In talking with Society and community members later after the announcement, they will now make plans to spend the funds strategically, as per the grant requirements and begin planning for the eventual Fire Hall for the McLeese Lake VFD

I should note, in addition to provincial dollars to the Society, the Cariboo Regional District has also provided grant dollars from the Area 'D' Grant for Assistance Fund to the Society totalling almost $10,000 since I became the CRD Electoral Area D Director (Commodore Heights-McLeese Lake) in the 2014 Local General Election.

Once a concept plan for the Fire Hall is complete - I expect that the Cariboo Regional District will be there, along with other funders, to see the Fire Hall for the McLeese Lake VFD become a reality!

Congrats to the McLeese Lake community, it is great to see your 2012 vision becoming more and more into reality! And a BIG THANK YOU to Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes/Provincial Government for investing in McLeese Lake, a RURAL BC Community!!

View photos from the day here


Friday, April 29, 2016

Mount Polley Mine Restricted Ops permit amendment approved!

Courtesy of the BC Government:

Statutory decision-makers with the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Environment have authorized an amendment of the restricted operations permits for Mount Polley Mining Corporation, allowing the mine to extract an additional one million tonnes of ore.

The amendments to the Mines Act and Environmental Management Act permits for Mount Polley Mine will increase the mine’s allowable production level from four million tonnes to five million tonnes of ore, and will allow the mine to continue restricted operations while its application to return to full production is under review.

The tailings storage facility (TSF) will not be utilized during restricted operations. Mount Polley Mine will continue to use Springer Pit, an existing open pit on the mine site, to manage the tailings. However, construction of buttresses around the embankments of the TSF continues to ensure that required factors of safety are being achieved.

It is anticipated that statutory decision-makers with the ministries of Energy and Mines and Environment will make their decisions on the Mount Polley Mining Corporation’s application to return to full production this summer.

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of May 2-6

Next week is the 2016 North Central Local Government Association Convention/AGM in Dawson Creek, BC from May 4-6.  View the 2016 NCLGA AGM/Convention Agenda here.  At the Convention - NCLGA Delegates will consider some 30 Resolutions - view those here.  Many, but not all, local elected officials from the Cariboo-Chilcotin (Municipal Councils/Cariboo RD Electoral Area Directors) will be attending.

I will be providing daily reports here from the Convention/AGM along with a comprehensive "Post-Event" report following my return from the NCLGA Convention/AGM

Meanwhile - the following local governments' in the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week, as follows:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St.).  On the Agenda:

* Delegations -- Veterans Ride Across Canada - Overview and Next Steps - Paul and Terry Nicholls; Baker Creek Enhancement Society - Dragon Creek Enhancement

* 3 Committee Reports for review
* Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society - Request for Free Shuttle Bus Services (Recommendation from Policy and Bylaw Review Committee)
* Dragon Creek Daylighting Proposal
* Multi-Family Housing Incentives Consultation
* South Quesnel Parkland/Greenspace Enhancement Proposal
* Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - Office Space Lease
* Letters from -- BC Government and Service Employee Union - Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores; Accessibility and Inclusive Advisory Committee - Proposed Projects for 2017 City of Quesnel Budget; Fountain Tire - Movie Night at West Fraser Timber Park

View the full Agenda here

Wells - Committee of the Whole meeting/Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

SD#27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Governance Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd at 3:30pm in the SD27 Committee Room (350 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Approval of Ethnobotany 11 as a Board/Authority Authorized Course

View the full Agenda here

Community Events:

* Bicycle Safety Magic Show - Friday evening Apr 29th at 6:30pm in the Gibraltar Room (Tickets -- $2/person)

* Bike Rodeo at Canadian Tire on Saturday, April 30th - More details here

* Fundraising Dinner for the Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre on Saturday, April 30th - More details here

* Youth Week - May 1st - 7th -- more details below:

3) BC Youth Week - May 1 -7th - lots of events taking place
Youth Activity Passports can be picked up at Concrete Fitness, Cariboo Bowling Lanes, Williams Lake Gymnastics Club, Williams Lake Golf & Tennis Club, Satya Yoga Studio. For more information please contact the NOOPA Youth Centre at the Boys & Girls Club at 250-392-5730.

There is a very long list of events taking place that week available on Facebook (the Social Planning Council shared the link from the Boys & Girls Club of Williams Lake page.

4) BC Youth Week Event - Get Your Music On - May 1st from 10am - 5 pm
Get your Music On with Beka Solo and Rich Mac at the Boys & Girls Club in Williams Lake from 10 am - 5 pm for ages 12 - 17. Twelve youth are being invited to participate in this music program so please contact Samantha Dick at 250-392-3918 to reserve your spot. For more info contact Samantha by phone or email

Some highlights of the program include:
Two song performances, music history, group writing, individual writing, optional recoding session, choosing a path, basic understanding of music, and benefits of music.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Open House Meeting to Discuss the Merits of Disposing (Selling) Parkland

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The City of Williams Lake, on Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, will hold a Public Open House in the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 450 Mart Street, to provide an opportunity for any member of the public and/or organization to learn about and provide feedback on proposals to dispose of (sell) five parks throughout the City.
Pursuant to the Imagine Our Parks, 2020” Plan, the City is considering whether or not to proceed with selling the following five parkland properties:
1. Twelfth Avenue Tot Park;
2. Johnson Street Park;
3. Beauchamp Park;
4. Gibbon Street Park; and
5. Patrick Reid Park.
City staff will provide an overview of the proposal and there will then be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and provide feedback. Response sheets will be available.
Information materials presented at the open house will be on display at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre from May 14th to 24th, 2016. Response sheets will also be available at City Hall and the Recreation Centre during this time, as well as on the City’s website at Responses will be received at City Hall and the Recreation Centre until May 24th.
This open house is the first step in a long process. The sale of parkland is one that requires either an assent of the electors or an Alternative Approval Process. Further notice will be provided at future stages of consultation. Notice will be provided on the City’s webpage, social media, and by local newspaper advertisements.
Further information on this open house and the proposals may be obtained at City Hall, or by telephone to Chris Hutton, Planner at (250) 392-1770.

TNG Nation concerned about rising violence

Courtesy of the Tsilhqot'in National Government:

The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) leadership, comprised of six Tsilhqot’in Chiefs, is deeply troubled by the level of violent activity occurring in Williams Lake and surrounding communities. Over the past few years a number of Tsilhqot’in members and members of other First Nations have lost their lives through the increased violence in the region.

It is very clear that there are not enough resources devoted to First Nation communities to handle this escalating situation – from prevention to operating emergency response teams. The TNG urges the government to work directly with the First Nation communities to devise a strategy to combat these situations.

The TNG leadership encourage youth and other individuals to make positive choices in their lives. The escalation of dangerous activities will only lead to more heartbreak within all of our communities.

Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chairman of the Tsilhqot’in National Government and Chief of Tl’etinqox:

We all hold a role in working to reduce violence in the region and pull ourselves out of this state of emergency. For those youth that are involved directly in these activities – there is a better life out there, there is a better future for you and your family.”

“As leaders, it’s our responsibility to make sure that every youth growing up knows that there is a bright future available to them. A majority of the prolific offenders have been in and out of the Ministry of Children and Families custody and are not having their basic needs met. Only we, as Tsilhqot’in, can develop solutions to these generational issues that our people face. It’s up to the Province to stand by their word and provide us with the resources we need to help our youth.”

Chief Roger William, Vice-Chair - Tsilhqot’in National Government

“This issue goes very deep. We need to make sure that all of our communities come together. Our Nenqay Deni Accord does have a justice component to address this reality but we need an interim process that addresses the immediate issues.”

“For years, our communities have been having peace keeping circles, gatherings, and other cultural events that connect our youth with our Elders and cultural practices while getting out on the land. We need resources to ensure this learning of traditional knowledge and practice is bolstered to support our youth.”

Chief Bernie Mack, ?Esdilagh First Nation

“We need to be helping those youth at risk who find themselves without any options. Along with cultural and social support we also need leaders to provide jobs for our youth. We need to ensure our troubled youth are employable – with their grade 12 and driver’s license.”

Chief Ervin Charleyboy – Tsi Deldel First Nation

“We need to revamp our whole justice system and address the challenges that we are facing out here. The Tsilhqot’in will be establishing our own committee to come up with a strategy that works for us.”

Becoming an Informed/Engaged Citizen

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Weekly Column by Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CC Joint Committee Highlights - Apr 27th mtg

Present from CRD - Co-Chair J. Sorley; Directors Forseth and Kemp

Present from City of Williams Lake - Councillors Bonnell, Ryll, Walters and Zacharias

Meeting chaired by Co-Chair J. Sorley

Meeting called to order at 5:09pm

Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of the March 27th CC Joint Committee meeting adopted


1) CCACS Report to CCJC - 1st Quarter 2016

Harry Jennings, Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Society President, was in attendance for this item

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

2) BC Games Bid Update

The Committee received a report from the City's Director of Community Services (G. Paynton)

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

3) City of Williams Lake - 2015 Statutory Holiday Programs and Financials

The Committee received a report from the City's Manager of Active Living (S. Miranda)

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

4) Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project - Monthly Status Report for March 2016

Lewis Reilly from Tango Management was in attendance for this item

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

5) Regional Prosperity – Partnership with Community Development Institute

The Committee received a report of the Cariboo Regional District's CAO (J. Bell)

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received/CRD CAO J. Bell & CDI Co-Chair M. Morris be invited to present on this item at a future Joint Committee meeting

6) Action Page

Discusion ensued thereon

Resolved - Action Page received and Items 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 be deleted from the Action Page

The Committee adjourned at 6:07pm

Premier Clark takes action against sexual violence on campuses

Courtesy of the BC Government:

The Province introduced legislation today to make campuses safer and more responsive to the needs of victims by requiring public post-secondary institutions to establish sexual misconduct policies within one year of the bill receiving Royal Assent.

“As parents, we expect our sons and daughters will be safe,” said BC Premier Christy Clark. “And for students, university is often the first place they’re on their own. They have every right to feel safe on campus and today is a step in the right direction.”

Currently, public post-secondary institutions in the province are not required to have policies that address sexual violence or misconduct or have prevention initiatives or complaint response procedures established.

Bill 23, Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act, requires every public university, college and institute in the province to develop a sexual misconduct policy. The bill defines sexual misconduct to include a wide range of acts of a sexual nature, ranging from voyeurism to harassment and sexual assault.

The bill fulfils a commitment made by Premier Clark who said that government would work promptly with Oak Bay Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver to pass legislation as soon as possible.

“Adding the weight of the law sends a clear signal that acts of sexual violence against students will not be tolerated on post-secondary campuses,” said Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver. “It is welcome news that government has stood up along with post-secondary institutions to say enough is enough.”

Institutions will be given one year from the date of Royal Assent to establish a sexual misconduct policy that is consistent with the legislation. Institutions may establish and implement their policies earlier.

“Our government takes student safety very seriously and is committed to working with the post-secondary sector to tackle the issue of sexual violence and misconduct,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “The legislation will be supported by a framework developed with input from public universities, colleges and institutes on the best way to address sexual violence and misconduct.”

Once established, sexual misconduct policies will need to be reviewed – with student consultation – at least once every three years, or as directed by the minister.

“It is important to break the silence on violence against women wherever it happens,” said Tracy Porteous, executive director of Ending Violence Association of BC. “Despite the growing number of sexual violence incidents on campuses, very few people know what to do should abuse or violence appear. Legislation that requires clear policies on how to respond to and prevent sexual violence will ensure safer campuses, while giving higher profile to the issue.”

Each year, the president of a public post-secondary institution must report to the board on the implementation of the policy.

Sexual assault and other acts of sexual violence are not tolerated on our campuses,” said University of British Columbia interim president and vice-chancellor Martha Piper. “This legislation will underpin work already under way at UBC to create a specific sexual assault policy in collaboration with students, faculty and other members of our community to ensure we are supporting survivors of sexual assault.”

“Post-secondary students throughout British Columbia welcome today’s legislation as a necessary first step to protect students,” said Sacha Fabry, chairperson of the Alliance of BC Students. “Sexualized violence on campuses is a growing problem and requires the entire sector to work together to tackle the issue, in consultation with students and survivors of sexual violence.”

The document Guidelines and Principles for Developing Policies and Actions to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence at BC Public Post-Secondary Institutions is expected to be available to all post-secondary institutions in the coming months.

Quesnel Council Highlights - April 26th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Miss Quesnel Self Development Society

The following 2016 Miss Quesnel Royal candidates were formally recognized at a banner presentation ceremony:  Emma de Blois; Erica Vahaaho; Neha Clair; Amy Oester; Alexis Poulin; Harkirat Kaur; Hailey Nipshank;  and Kassidy Rutledge.

BC Transit Review 

Shilpa Panicker, Senior Transit Planner, and Chris Fudge, Senior Regional Transit Manager highlighted for Council four key areas of the upcoming BC Transit Review for the Quesnel and area’s transit system:

-    Complete a review of Route 2 (Red Bluff) and Route 4 (South Quesnel Express)

-    Examine impact of unmet HandyDART trips

-    Increased services for College/University campus

-    Recommendations for efficiency and effectiveness

BC Transit will commence the transit system review in May/June and will present their findings in the fall of 2016.

2016 Tax Rates

Council passed final adoption of the City of Quesnel Tax Rates Bylaw No. 1800 of 2016.  The average family home in Quesnel will see an increase of $45.29 to the municipal portion of their property tax bill.  Rates have been received from the Cariboo Regional District, BC Assessment Authority and Municipal Financial Authority.  School tax rates are still pending.

Political Campaign Sign Regulations

Council asked the Policy and Bylaw Review Committee to bring forward recommendation(s) for regulations around political campaign signs to be included in the City’s Sign bylaw to look at specific timeframes that aim to reduce pollution of the City’s viewscape; reduce vandalism to political campaign signs; and reduce landfill sign waste.

Required 2015 Statement of Financial Information

The 2015 Statement of Financial Information (“SOFI”) was approved by Council.  SOFI contains the following financial information:  Council and employee remuneration; Council benefits; Council expense allowances, all Council expenses; City Contracts with Council; list of suppliers receiving aggregate payments exceeding $25,000/fiscal year and severance payments.

Nazko First Nation – Community Transit

The Community Transit Partnership Agreement between the City and the Nazko First Nation was approved by Council whereby the City will supply transit services in accordance with the Nazko First Nation’s request of one day per month.  

Bylaw of the Month – Disabled/Accessible Parking

May 2016 will see City Bylaw Enforcement staff educating the general public about disabled parking stalls located on public property.  Disabled parking stalls are designed for individuals that have mobility issues, and who have a valid disabled parking permit, to gain access to buildings and services in the community.  This permit is displayed from the vehicle’s rear view mirror or dash, and must be visible from the street.  It is an infraction to park on the yellow lines of a disabled parking stall as this provides the space for disabled individuals to exit/enter their vehicle.  There is a $150.00 fine for parking in a disabled parking stall without a valid permit.  The City will provide information around this initiative through the City’s website, social media channels, email notices to stakeholders and Council’s media releases, such as Council Clippings. 

Proposed Municipal Regional District Tax

A strategic initiative of Council is to develop a Municipal Regional District Tax (“Hotel Tax”).  Council believes a Hotel Tax collected and administered locally will result in a more strategic approach when promoting tourism in Quesnel.  The funding collected locally will be spent to promote City of Quesnel events and initiatives resulting in more “heads in beds”.  The local hotels will have input into the marketing programs funded by the Hotel Tax.  Council passed the following resolution:

-    Council does not support the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (“CCCTA”) in their application to administer a Municipal Regional District Tax in Quesnel;

-    Council directs City staff to continue with Council’s strategic direction and work with local accommodators in developing a plan for implementing a Municipal Regional District Tax in Quesnel;

-    Council requests the CCCTA to stand down on their current efforts to administer a Municipal Regional District Tax in Quesnel.


-          1795 – Licensee Retail Stores – Final Adoption

-          1800 – 2016 Tax Rates – Final Adoption

Next Regular Council Meetings

-          7 pm - May 3rd and 10th, 2016

Community paramedicine program to expand to Wells

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

Wells is one of 73 rural and remote B.C. communities that will welcome the Community Paramedicine Initiative, a program that offers residents enhanced health services from paramedics. Wells will get one half-time equivalent.

The program is part of the B.C. government's plan to enhance primary care service delivery to British Columbians. Under this program, paramedics will provide basic health-care services, within their scope of practice, in partnership with local health-care providers, delivered in non-urgent settings, in patients' homes or in the community.

"Improving health care services is a priority," Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said. "By expanding primary health care service through the Community Paramedicine Initiative, more Wells residents will receive the care they need."

The services provided may include checking blood pressure, assisting with diabetic care, helping to identify fall hazards, medication assessment, post-injury or illness evaluation, and assisting with respiratory conditions. The paramedics will perform assessments requested by the referring health-care professional, and record their findings for the patient's file. The enhanced role will not replace care provided by health professionals such as nurses, but will complement and support their work.

Initially introduced in the province in 2015 in nine prototype communities, the Community Paramedicine Initiative is now expanding provincewide, including 18 communities in northern B.C.

Community paramedics are expected to be delivering community health services in northern B.C., including Wells, Anahim Lake and Alexis Creek this fall.

BC Emergency Health Services has been co-ordinating the implementation of community paramedicine with the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, the Ambulance Paramedics of BC (CUPE 873), the First Nations Health Authority and others.

Highlights of the UBCM Executive Meeting - Apr 13-15

Courtesy of the Union of BC Municipalities:

Presidents Committee
The Committee received reports on member services and group benefits; financial statements; staffing and plans for the 2016 Community Excellence Awards. A preliminary report on the results of the 2016 Member Satisfaction survey was received and staff will be bringing forward recommendations for acting on member feedback regarding youth engagement and other UBCM activities.  The Committee proposed developing an investment strategy for UBCM following a delegation from investment policy advisors.
Final direction on the 2016 advocacy plan was considered as well as compensation and the FCM process of handling UBCM resolutions.  The Committee also recommended that the 2015 resolution B90 – Change in Position Title of the Electoral Area Director be referred back to the sponsor recognizing that there was a lack of consensus on this issue from directors at the Electoral Area Forum, and due to the fact that the sponsor has proposed a new resolution for 2016.
Community Economic Development Committee
As part of its provincial outreach efforts, the Committee met with three Cabinet ministers to discuss common policy areas: Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Hon. Shirley Bond; Minister of Technology and Citizens Services, Hon. Amrik Virk and Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Hon. Steve Thomson.
Committee members discussed next steps in regard to its forestry survey report: Forest Policy Decision-Making: The Case for Greater Community Consultation and Engagementincluding outreach to forest industry associations about the findings and potential Convention session on forestry matters.  Reports were received on the rural dividend; forest enhancement program and other forest stewardship initiatives. Discussed furthering the arts and culture mandate for the Committee, learning more about the streamlining initiative for natural resource permitting and received preliminary results from a joint survey on local economic development practices conducted by UBCM, Economic Development Association of BC and the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.  A follow up meeting with Ministry staff will be held to determine how best to support the economic development needs of local governments.
Community Safety Committee 
The Community Safety Committee met with Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, Naomi Yamamoto, and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Morris. Conversation topics with Minister Yamamoto included the Emergency Program Act Review, Emergency Social Services Program funding, and the Fire Services Act. In meeting with Minister Morris, Committee members discussed the Five Year Review of the RCMP Contract, the Province’s proposed 911 call answer levy on cellular devices, electronic ticketing, and DNA analysis services costs.
Members discussed the potential provincially led call answer levy on cellular devices, and considered referred Resolution B122, Payday Loan Regulations. Reports were received regarding policing activities; the Five Year Review of the RCMP contract; DNA analysis services costs in BC; federal Bill C-7, which provides the RCMP the right to collective bargaining; the Province’s recent resolution of a municipal budget dispute; the Emergency Program Act; liquor policy developments; the provincial Access to Justice Committee; and Syrian refugee resettlement.
Healthy Communities Committee
The Healthy Communities Committee met with Honourable Terry Lake, Minister of Health, to discuss the shortage of physicians in BC, mental health, and the change in duties and responsibilities for health care practitioners.
Committee members also discussed a proposal to sign a Memorandum of Agreement on a National Seniors Health Care Strategy; a request for an advocacy contribution from the BC Healthy Living Alliance; and an invitation to attend the Ministry of Health’s upcoming Rural and Remote Health Forum.
Information was received on the Emergency Medical Assistants Education Fund, the Healthy Families BC Communities Initiative, Physician’s Assistants, and the Gatekeeper Training program through the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Environment Committee
The Committee met with Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Environment to discuss the provincial land-based spill response framework, the timelines behind the rollout of the climate leadership plan, and the status of the packaging and printed paper program.
Information was also received on BC’s Spill Preparedness and Response Regime, Transport Canada’s consultations on Spill Preparedness, Tsunami Debris Funding, Urban and Rural Deer, Climate Action, and the Water Sustainability Act and Regulations.
First Nations Relations Committee 
The First Nations Relations Committee met with Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR), John Rustad, to discuss current UBCM and MARR priorities. These included: the 2016 Provincial Community to Community Forum; PHSA ICS training; the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; the BC Treaty Process and Non-Treaty Agreements; the Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop Initiative; and UBCM First Nations Relations Survey results.
The Committee also met with Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Suzanne Anton. Discussion focused on local and provincial engagement on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. UBCM Advocacy priorities were also discussed with both Ministers.
The Committee also discussed ongoing reconciliation activities, the 2016 Provincial Community to Community Forum, the 2016 First Nations Relations Survey, and a potential 2016 UBCM Convention pre-conference session topic.
Convention Committee
The Committee provided an update on Convention programming details, presented the 2016 budget and registration fees, and gave an overview of speaker gift and Partners’ Program selections. It was also noted that banquet entertainment will be provided by The Timebenders.

SKP Project Goes High-Tech!

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

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD), the City of Williams Lake unveiled a new online feature for the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project during today’s media and tour. A video camera, which updates every 10 minutes, has been installed on the West Fraser Aquatic Centre at the Cariboo Memorial Complex construction site to allow residents, the media and stakeholders the ability to check on the project progress from the comfort of home. The camera can be viewed through the Cariboo Regional District website at Each month, a time lapse video of activity from the previous month will be posted as well providing an entertaining look at the construction progress. Once the project is complete, a time lapse video of the full 18 months of construction will be available.

“The addition of the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project camera shows what can be done with a little ingenuity, creativity and collaboration,” says Joan Sorley, SKP Working Group Co-Chair and CRD Director. “We feel that it is vitally important to keep the community apprised of the status of the project and what better way to do so than providing a virtual window into the construction site.”

“The Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade project is a high priority for our community, and we are committed to ensuring it meets our high standards for timeliness and quality,” says SKP Working Group Co-Chair and Williams Lake Councillor Laurie Walters. “We are thrilled to be employing state-of-the-art technology to inform all Cariboo Memorial Complex users of the exciting developments as they unfold. With the click of a mouse, we can keep our community up-to-date, and showcase the project’s milestones as we work toward the official unveiling in Fall 2017.”

A Facebook page dedicated to helping provide information to residents and an opportunity to ask questions can be found at A Twitter feed can also be found at @SKPProject. Further information is also posted on the Cariboo Regional District website at and on the City of Williams Lake site

Renovations/Upgrade Construction Underway for Sam Ketcham Pool

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

From L-R: WL City Councillors Craig Smith,
Laurie Walters, NDIT Reps Margo Wagner
and Tom Hoffman, Jenny Huffman (CA for
MLA Donna Barnett), Dave Walgreen from
West Fraser, UBCM 3rd Vice Arjun Singh and
CRD Area 'F' Director Joan Sorley
Today, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD), the City of Williams Lake, along with representatives from West Fraser, Northern Development Initiative Trust and senior levels of government, toured the media and elected officials through the construction site of the Sam Ketcham Pool (SKP) Upgrade Project at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre in the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Construction and renovations, which are well underway, are being undertaken to facilitate a new leisure pool, a new tank for the existing pool, a new multi-purpose space and fitness centre. As part of the project, a parking improvement plan for the project will also be carried out during the construction phase. Completion of the SKP Upgrade Project is slated for the Fall of 2017.

To support the project, the Regional District and the City of Williams Lake continue to pursue funding from other sources and have confirmed $250,000 from Northern Development Initiative Trust, $500,000 from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, $4,427,500 through the federal Gas Tax Fund, including $427,500 in Regional District Community Works Funds for specific energy efficiency upgrades, and $4 million from the Strategic Priorities Fund. This support is in addition to the $500,000 donated by West Fraser to support the project in recognition of the long-standing connection between the facility, the company and the Ketcham family.

“Our Government is making unprecedented commitments to support public infrastructure across Canada,” declared the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.      

These upgrades to the Sam Ketcham Pool at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre will ensure that residents of Williams Lake, and visitors to the Cariboo Chilcotin, will have the ability to swim, train and work out in an up-to-date facility that will assist them in living a healthy and active lifestyle for years to come,” states Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett.

"It's great to see this project get underway! The upgrades to Sam Ketcham Pool will support local efforts to retain and attract young families in the Cariboo, creating new recreation opportunities and ensuring this region continues to have the amenities it needs to attract and retain its workforce,” states Evan Saugstad, Chair, Northern Development.

“We are pleased to contribute to generations of citizens’ enjoyment at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre and Sam Ketcham Pool,” says Dave Walgren, General Manager of West Fraser’s Williams Lake Plywood. Jordan Townsend, General Manager of West Fraser’s Williams Lake Sawmill agrees. “Our co-founder Sam Ketcham loved this area, and we’ve been a part of this community since 1955. We are delighted to continue to play a part in making this community a great place to live and work.”  

“Recreation centres are the lifeblood of our communities,” said Al Richmond, President of the Union of BC Municipalities and Cariboo Regional District Chair. “The support of so many funding partners demonstrates the importance of the Sam Ketcham Pool for our region. I am very pleased to see this upgrade moving ahead.”

“I am confident that these renovations will greatly improve the recreation and fitness opportunities for all residents of the Central Cariboo,” states CRD Electoral Area F Director and SKP Working Group Co-Chair Joan Sorley. “Through the gracious support of our funding partners, the SKP project will ensure residents and visitors will have access to a modern, safe and beautifully updated facility, now and well into our future.”

“The community has waited a long time for these significant renovations; putting it into perspective, Fall 2017 is really just around the corner, and it will definitely be worth the wait,” says Williams Lake Councillor and SKP Working Group Co-Chair Laurie Walters. “I would like to remind all patrons of the Complex that the aquatic facility is in operation. Swim lessons and all other programs in the pool will still run during construction.”

A Facebook page dedicated to helping provide information to residents and an opportunity for residents to ask questions can be found at A Twitter feed can also be found at @SKPProject. Project updates will also be posted on the Cariboo Regional District website at and on the City of Williams Lake site at

For more information about Government of Canada investments in British Columbia, visit         

To learn more about Budget 2016:         

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

McLeese Lake VFD Society's 2016 AGM Meeting

Ian Hicks (standing), gives his President's report
on the activities of the McLeese Lake Volunteer
Fire Department Society since the last AGM
Before a crowd of 15 - the McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department Society held its' Annual General Meeting

Ian Hicks, President of the Society, gave the annual President's report on the past year activities of the Society as did other members of the Society's Executive

Mr. Hicks was returned as President of the Society as were other members of the Executive and Society Directors'

It was truly a pleasure to come and observe the AGM this evening.  The Cariboo Regional District has given a couple of grants to the Society to further their work as an Independent Fire Department and I remain proud as the Area Director for McLeese Lake of the community's hard work to build a fire department from the ground up since 2012 and look forward to their future progress and working with the Society to having a strong fire department serving the great people of McLeese Lake


Monday, April 25, 2016

2015 SOFI Reports - Cariboo RD/Quesnel

As per Section 2(3) of the Financial Information Act - local governments (Municipal Council/Regional Board) in BC are required to approve/send to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development by June 30th their Statement of Financial Information or SOFI Reports.  The SOFI Report includes details on elected official remuneration/expenses, financial statements, details around staff salaries over $75,000

Thus far - the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Board of Directors' has approved their 2015 SOFI Report at their meeting last Friday (read here).  Please note -- CRD Staff salary information over $75,000 is public information (no formal FOI Request required) but is not part of the standard CRD SOFI Report, unlike the Districts of Wells/100 Mile House and the Cities of Quesnel/Williams Lake's SOFI Reports.

If you wish to see the CRD Staff salary information over $75,000, please contact the CRD's Chief Financial Officer Scott Reid, via email (click here)

The City of Quesnel Council will consider their 2015 SOFI Report at their regular meeting on Tuesday (read here)

The City of Williams Lake, the Districts of Wells/100 Mile House Municipal Councils' will consider/approve their 2015 SOFI Reports in the next 60 days 

School Districts #27/28 (Cariboo-Chilcotin/Quesnel) will consider their 2015 SOFI Reports by December 2016 as their financial calendars are different than local government (School Districts run on a July - June financial calendar while local government operate on the January - December financial calendar)

SOFI Reports are required 6 months following end of the financial year of the local government or board of education

The long term debt position of the 4 Member Municipalities (Wells, Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House) of the Cariboo Regional District can be viewed here while the long term debt position of the Cariboo Regional District can be viewed here.

Finally, congrats to the District of Wells Council who will make their final payment on their long term debt and become debt free by December 1st, 2016


Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Pathways to Gold Society gets Prov. $$$

Courtesy of the New Pathways to Gold Society:

The Mile 0 cairn was a fitting spot for the New Pathways to Gold Society (NPTGS) to begin the next phase of its journey down the Gold Rush/Spirits Trails.

Thanks to new funding from the provincial government, NPTGS will be able to continue to create economic development opportunities via heritage tourism and First Nations reconciliation in the Hope-Barkerville corridor.

"The Mile 0 cairn marks the beginning of the Cariboo Waggon Road that helped lay the foundations of modern British Columbia," said Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart.

"This is an appropriate starting point for the New Pathways to Gold Society to begin a new chapter in its work in recreating the Gold Rush/Spirit Trails corridor."

Tegart and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett presented the funds to NPTGS representatives at an event at the cairn in front of the Lillooet Museum and Visitor Centre on Friday afternoon.

"NPTGS has had a tremendous track record of building partnerships with government and communities to create new heritage tourism assets and jobs since its inception in 2007," said Barnett.

NPTGS Co-chair Terry Raymond said the $500,000 in new funding will allow the Society to continue work on initiatives like the Alexandra Bridge Project, the Gold Rush All Seasons Trail and corridor marketing programs.

"We still have a lot of work to do," said Raymond, Fraser Valley Regional District Area A Director.

"Thanks to the continued support from the province, we can get these important projects to the next level to benefit communities from Hope to Barkerville and beyond.”

Since being founded in 2007, NPTGS has raised and/or leveraged over $4 million for projects and contributed over $3.5 million to local communities. Working with its partners, the Society has also built or restored over 230 kilometers of heritage trails, launched and/or completed 17 major projects and staged 150 events, performances, symposia and lectures.

"Partnering with First Nations has been a key factor in the Society's success to date," said Cheryl Chapman, NPTGS First Nations Co-chair.

“This new funding allows NPTGS to continue to work with First Nations communities, businesses and Aboriginal organizations along the Gold Rush/Spirit Trails corridor."

NPTGS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working with communities along the Gold Rush/Spirit Trails corridor. The Society is dedicated to heritage tourism, First Nations reconciliation and economic development. NPTGS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Provincial Government.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Province invests $$$ in Invasive Plants...

Courtesy of the BC Government Caucus:

The provincial government is providing $215,500 to two organizations to help control the spread of invasive plants.

The Cariboo Regional District is receiving $209,000. The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee is receiving $6,500.

These are two of 31 grants, totalling $1,727,000, that are being distributed throughout the province in 2016 to local governments, regional invasive species committees and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. This funding will be used to help raise public awareness of invasive plant concerns, survey invasive plant populations and actively treat high-priority sites to control the spread of these destructive plants.
This funding is in addition to the $935,000 already allocated by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations for invasive plant control and management in 2016-17.

Invasive plants are species that have been introduced into British Columbia from other areas. They displace native vegetation and can cause considerable economic and environmental damage. Some pose a health risk to people (e.g. skin irritation). Invasive plants can also disrupt natural ecosystems, reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops.

“Invasive species cause harm and we don’t want them to impact our regional economy,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said. “These investments will help the Cariboo Regional District and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee reduce the threat that invasive species pose.”

“This funding will help the Cariboo Regional District and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee minimize the risk that invasive species can cause to our industries here in the Cariboo,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said.

The provincial Invasive Plant Program identifies sites where new invasive plant species have been found and responds rapidly to contain and eradicate them before they become established and start spreading.

Currently, some of the targeted invasive plant species in B.C. are marsh plume thistle, European common reed, garlic mustard, knotweed, Spartina, orange and yellow (non-native) hawkweeds, knapweed, giant hogweed, blueweed, common tansy, tansy ragwort, hoary alyssum, field scabious, leafy spurge, purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris, Himalayan balsam and Scotch broom.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of April 25-29

Next week - the following local governments are meeting:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Presentations/Delegation -- Miss Quesnel Banners Presentation & BC Transit -Transit Review - Shilpa Panicker, Senior Transit Planner, and Chris Fudge, Senior Regional Transit Manager

* Special Meetings and Strategic Initiatives – May 2016
* Political Campaign Sign Regulations in City of Quesnel Sign Bylaw
* Proposed Resolution - Reinstate BC Ferry Services between Port Hardy and Bella Coola
* Statement of Financial Information for 2015 - City of Quesnel
* Community Transit Partnership Agreement - Nazko Frist Nation
* Bylaw of the Month - Accessible/Disabled Parking Stalls

View the full Agenda here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Regular Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30pm in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Ave North) - On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Mike Tudor, Camp Manager, Gavin Lake Forest Education Society, will present information regarding activities and educational opportunities at Gavin Lake.

* Consent Calendar
* Secretary-Treasurer Report
* Reports from Trustees
* Bridge Lake Elementary School - Proposed Closure (Further Consideration)
* Strategic Plan

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Presentation/Delegation - Certificate of Recognition Presentation to Vanessa Sulymka/Jobs and Fibre Flow Committee for the Group of Concerned Citizens re Atlantic Power's Proposal to Supplement Fibre Supply with Used Rail Ties

* Parcel Tax Roll Review - 2016
* Travel to 61st Annual North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) AGM & Convention - May 4 to 6, 2016
* 351 Hodgson Road - Covenant Agreement
* Parkland Disposition - Detailed Consultation Plan
* Frizzi Road Options
* Contaminated Site Regulation Review
* Encroachment Agreement - Drainage Works Along 845 Carson Drive
* Adopt Committee of Whole Recommendation re: Security System Cameras
* 3 Proclamations -- Day of Mourning (April 28th), Missing Children's Month & Day" (May 25th/May 2016) and French Immersion Week" (week of June 6-12)

View the full Agenda here

District of 100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District - CC Joint Committee on Wednesday, April 27th at 5pm in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* CCACS Report to CCJC - 1st Quarter 2016
* City of Williams Lake - BC Games Bid Update
* City of Williams Lake - 2015 Statutory Holiday Programs and Financials
* Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project - Monthly Status Report for March 2016
* Action Page

View the full Agenda here

Community Events This Weekend/Next Week:

* Friday - Sunday April 22-24 -- West Coast Amusements at Alex Fraser Park
   Friday -- 3pm to 10pm
   Saturday -- noon to 10pm
   Sunday -- noon to 7pm

* Quesnel Gold Show -- Saturday/Sunday April 23/24
   Saturday from 10am - 5pm
   Sunday from 10am - 2pm (more details here)

* April 27th (Wed) -- Groundbreaking Ceremony for Sam Ketcham Pool Renovations (more details here)

CRD Board Highlights - April 22nd mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 9:49am

Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of the CRD Board meeting held March 24th, 2016 were adopted

Delegation MOB received


Development Services:

a) Bylaws # 5022/5023 (Area D) were given 1st/2nd Readings, as amended.  Bylaw 5019 (Area J) was given 1st/2nd Readings by the following Stakeholder - Electoral Areas Vote:

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

Negative - Directors R. William, D. Cash, J. Sorley

b) Bylaws #5012/5013 (Area L) were given 2nd Reading

c) DVP's #12/2016 (Area B) and #17-2016 (Area I) were approved

d) ALR Application #F14/2016 was approved and the Board agreed to forward a letter to the ALC asking that applications like ALR F14/2016 be approved in the future

ALR Application #H13/2016 was deferred until an agrologist report is done

Environmental Services:

a) The Proposed Water/Sewer Projects Report was received
b) Board resolved that -- Upon Benjamin Water & Utility Ltd. agreeing in principle to the transfer of the $20,000 Reserve Deficiency Fund to the Cariboo Regional District, a public assent process for the acquisition of the Benjamin Water system commence, and the Board agree to provide one third funding for capital improvements from the Community Works Fund up to $22,333 and Staff were directed to review costs for the system

c) The Refuse Site Inspection Report was received

Community Services:

a) The Board agreed to support up to $8,000 for the Cariboo Ski Touring Club Ski Track Lighting System Upgrade Project from the 2016 Community Halls Improvements envelope of the Community Works Fund and that the appropriate signatories be authorized to enter into the necessary contribution agreement.


a) Board received/ratified the Monthly Expenditures Board Summary Report and Mastercard Summary Report - March 2016 in the amount of $1,857,007.11, consisting of $1,213,621.04 paid by cheque, $594,904.65 paid through electronic funds, and $48,481.42 paid by MasterCard

b) Board approved the 2015 Statement of Financial Information Report


a) Board received the Special Vote results from a email poll held on March 30th resulting in the adoption of the following motion:

That up to $80,000 from the General Administration account’s budgeted surplus be authorized, to the extent necessary, for the Regional Economic Transition partnership with the Community Development Institute of the University of Northern British Columbia.

Meeting recessed at 10:52am
Meeting resumed at 11:00am


PMT Chartered Accountants/ Business Advisors LLP appeared before the Board to present the Audited 2015 Consolidated Financial Statements for the Cariboo Regional District.

A Question/Answer period ensued

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

Resolved - That the 2015 Audited Financial Statements be approved

Meeting recessed to CCRHD Board at 11:25am
Meeting resumed at 11:38am

b) The Board received a letter from the Hon. Peter Fassbender (Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development) concerning consultation pertaining to the provision of transportation and accommodation services and government’s role in regulating and facilitating any changes to how these services are provided in the new sharing economy and the Board referred the letter to the Manager of Development Services for review

c) The Board received the Consent Calendar as of April 22nd, 2016

d) The Board received UBCM/NCLGA Items as follows:

1) NCLGA Newsletter - March 2016
2) City of Victoria - AVICC Resolutions (Socially Responsible Investment/Barrier Free BC)
3) City of Burnaby - UBCM - BC Home Owner Grant Program

e) Board received responses to Cariboo Regional District letters as follows:

1) Ministry of Environment - Consultation on Lhtako Dene First Nation Territory
2) Ministries of Environment/Energy and Mines - Mount Polley Mine Breach - Code Review Points

Meeting recessed for lunch at 12:03pm
Meeting resumed at 12:48pm

Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

a) Board received the Heritage Steering Committee Meeting Minutes of January 14th, 2016

b) Board received the March 23rd Central Cariboo Rural Caucus Meeting Minutes and adopted recommendations from that meeting as follows:

1) Financial Contribution of $3,000 from Area D for repairs to viewing platform at Xat'sull Heritage Village
2) 153 Mile Heritage Store Relocation – Options for a Feasibility Study Contribution
3) Speed Limit Signs on Westcoast and Mountain House Roads - Clarification to MOTI
4) Signage to the Soda Creek Cemetery - Letter to MOTI

c) Board received the March 23rd Central Cariboo/City of Williams Lake Joint Committee Meeting Minutes and adopted recommendations from that meeting as follows:

1) Recommendations for Arts and Culture Project Grants
2) Scout Island Trails Fee for Service Agreement Renewal
3) BC Games Bid Application

d) Board received the April 11th South Cariboo Rural Caucus Meeting Minutes and adopted recommendations from that meeting:

1) Joint Use Agreement Renewal for Recreation Facilities
2) South Cariboo Recreation Pass Requirements
3) South Cariboo Tourism Marketing Agreement Renewal

e) Board received the April 11th South Cariboo Joint Committee Meeting Minutes and adopted recommendations from that meeting:

1) Canlan Ice Sports Corp. - South Cariboo Recreation Centre Update
2) Martin Exeter Hall Renovation Suggestions

f) Board received the April 12th North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Meeting Minutes and adopted the following recommendation from that meeting:

1) City of Quesnel - Request for Financial Contribution - Visitor Information Centre

Corporate Bylaws:

1) Board gave 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings to the following bylaws:

a) Red Bluff/Dragon Lake Sewer System (Gook Road Extension) Debt Service Establishment Bylaw No. 5002, 2016
b) Red Bluff/Dragon Lake Sewer System (Gook Road Extension) Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 5003, 2016
c) Quesnel Fringe Area Fire Protection Boundary Amendment Bylaw No. 5026, 2016
d) Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area “D” Economic Development Service Amendment Bylaw No. 5028, 2016

2) Board adopted the following Bylaws:

a) Cariboo Regional District Directors’ Remuneration and Expenses Bylaw No. 5029, 2016 as amended
b) Cariboo Regional District Deka Lake Fire Protection Service Boundary Expansion Bylaw No. 5025, 2016

Directors Requests/Appointments/Reports:

1) Board received a report of Director Sharpe concerning North Cariboo Healthier Communities Committee News Release

2) At request of Director Sorley, the Board authorized the following:

a) Up to $250 from the Electoral Area F Discretionary Fund to help with the costs of a barbeque for the Big Lake Community clean-up
b) Up to $200 from the Electoral Area F Director Initiative Fund for volunteer appreciation, to purchase a plaque for the Likely community centre in memory of Robin Hood
c) $300 from the Electoral Area F Director Initiative Fund toward the cost of a cake or other goodies to help with the Big Lake Volunteer Fire/Rescue 20th anniversary celebration on May 29, 2016

d) The Board received a report from Director Sorley concerning a Narrative Report of the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC) meeting held March 21, 2016, and the CCBAC 2016-2017 Strategic Plan

e) At the request of Director Anderson -- Board authorized up to $400 from the Electoral Area K Electoral Area Discretionary Fund for the placement of a business card advertisement in the Anahim Lake Messenger for one year

f) At the request of Director Forseth - Board authorized $500 from the Electoral Area D Discretionary Fund to assist the Wildwood Community and Recreation Association’s participation in the Williams Lake Children’s Festival to be held on May 28th

Directors' gave oral reports on activities in their Electoral Area/Municipality

Resolved - That the topic of the Community Development Institute Regional Ec Dev Initiative be referred to the North, Central and South Joint Committees for consideration

At 2:40 pm -- The Board convened an In-Camera Meeting as per Section 90(1a/k - appointments/negotations) of the Community Charter
At 2:43 pm -- The Board resumed its' public meeting

The Board adjourned at 2:44pm

CCRHD Board Highlights - April 22nd mtg

Present - Chair Massier; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Forseth, Kemp, Sorley, Richmond, Wagner, Cash, William, Anderson, Coakley, Sharpe, Simpson, Cobb (entered meeting at 9:32am) and Campsall

Meeting called to order at 9:30am

Meeting Agenda approved/CCRHD Board Mins of March 24th, 2016 adopted


1) The Board adopted Capital Expenditure (GR Baker Memorial Hospital - Patient Monitoring System Replacement) Bylaw No. 112, 2016

2) The Board received the Hospital Consent Calendar as of April 22nd

3) The Board received a Northern Health press release concerning IMAGINE Grants Awarded in Northern Interior

4) The Board received an item concerning Northern Medical Programs Trust AGM and Nomination of Directors and agreed to nominate the Chair to the Northern Medical Programs Trust for an additional term

5) The Board received a letter from Northern Health Board Chair Dr. Charles Jago concerning meeting with Northern Health officials at the 2016 NCLGA AGM/Convention

The Chair/Vice-Chair reported on their attendance at the semi-annual meeting with Interior Health

Meeting recessed at 9:49am
Meeting resumed at 11:25am

PMT Chartered Accountants/ Business Advisors LLP appeared before the Board to present the Audited 2015 Consolidated Financial Statements for the Cariboo Regional Hospital District and the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.

A Question/Answer period ensued

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

Resolved - That the Audited 2015 Consolidated Financial Statements for the Cariboo Regional Hospital District and the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District be approved

Meeting adjourned at 11:36am

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CRD Board-in-Committee -- April 21st mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 9:30am

Meeting Agenda adopted/Mins of the Feb 9th COW Mtg approved


1) North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus Recommendation – Hazardous Slide Area Designation

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That Staff review number of properties in hazardous slide areas and report back on next steps

2) Request from Director Massier to Discuss Dangerous Tree Bylaw

Director Massier reviewed the item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That a letter be forwarded to Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to request having regulatory power given to Cariboo Regional District to bring in a "Dangerous Tree" type function

Resolved - That Staff report back on a "dump free day(s)" for the Rural Transfer Stations/Landfills to drop off branches at local Rural Transfer Stations/Landfills

Meeting recessed at 11:14am
Meeting resumed at 11:28am


Darren Wait, Director Transmission South, Jay Morrison, Lead Government and Community Relations, and Mark Amundrud, Land and Community Rep, from Spectra Energy, appeared before the Committee to provide a general and project update.

A Question/Answer period ensued

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

Meeting recessed for lunch at 11:55am
Meeting resumed at 12:30pm

Business, cont:

3) Request from Director Coakley – Discussion Regarding Fee per Lot in Area L

Director Coakley reviewed this item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That Staff report back on options for boat launch support within Electoral Area 'L'

4) Quesnel Regional Airport – Request for Financial Contribution

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That $20,000 from the Feasibility Study Function be authorized to study the formation of a Regional Airport Function

5) Discussion of Processes for Prioritization of Grant Applications for Major Projects

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Item received

Director Simpson left the meeting at 1:44pm

6) Request from Director Forseth – Posting of Alternate Director Names on CRD Website

Director Forseth reviewed this item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Item received

Meeting recessed at 2:02pm
Meeting resumed at 2:13pm

7) Draft Volunteer Chief, Deputy Chief and Training Officer Recruitment and Retention Bonus Policy

The CAO reviewed this item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Item be deferred to a future meeting when Protective Services Mgr can join Board discussion on this item

Director Cobb left the meeting at 2:45pm

8) Corporate Priority Reports - Strategic Goals, Routine Business Plan Goals and Additions to Workplan

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Reports received and Items 2.0, 2.4, 2.8 and 3.13 be removed from the Strategic Goals Report

9) New Community Library Standards Policy

The CAO reviewed the item with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received and the Committee recommend to the Board that the Draft Policy be approved as presented and further that Staff be authorized to move forward in regards to the McLeese Lake Library Branch and that Staff report back as to options to move the Bridge Lake Library to another location

10) Amended Board Report Template with regard to Board Strategic Plan

CAO reviewed the amended Board Report Template with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Item received

The Committee adjourned at 3:38pm

Province awards multiculturalism grants in 100 Mile/108 Mile

Courtesy of the BC Government:

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett congratulates the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre and Mile 108 Elementary Parent Advisory Council for their successful bids resulting in $2,480 each in multiculturalism grant funding  to promote B.C.’s rich multicultural heritage, and nurture empathy and inclusion.

With its grant, the Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre and Stemete7uw¿I Friendship Centre aim to develop a program welcoming the community and social service providers with a forum based on cultural competency. In order to enhance a cultural identity fearless of repercussion or inferiority, the groups have identified the need for eliminating harmful language and actions stationed in racism.

Meanwhile, Mile 108 is planning to organize a cultural awareness week at the school. The week will be dedicated to multicultural awareness and anti-racism.

“Community organizations are the heart of multicultural B.C.,” Barnett said. “They nurture B.C.’s diversity and make our society stronger. That’s why I am proud of these two organizations and the work they do to promote understanding, empathy and diversity in our community.”

More than 120 community organizations throughout the province, from 100 Mile House to Abbotsford, are receiving funding to support multicultural initiatives, projects and events. In total, the Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism is contributing $300,000 in multicultural grant funding in 2015-16.

The Multiculturalism Grant Program celebrates B.C.’s cultural diversity by funding projects that raise awareness of our province’s rich multicultural identity. This can include festivals, community forums or cultural celebrations that support positive expressions of multiculturalism. The grants also support projects that challenge racism and hate, especially those that utilize a collaborative community approach.

Quesnel Job Fair happens today!

From the City of Quesnel website:

The General Contractor for this summer’s West Quesnel Land Stability Project roads and drainage work will be at the Quesnel Job Fair. This project will require pipe layers, road builders, concrete finishers, and general labourers. Stop in with your resume and look for Acres Enterprises at the Seniors’ Centre.
The General Contractor for the new arena/West Fraser Centre will be at the Quesnel Job Fair. Stop by with your resume and look for Vic Van Isle at the Seniors’ Centre.
The City of Quesnel will also be at the Quesnel Job Fair! See you there!