Monday, October 31, 2016

BC Conservatives out of BC 2017 Election?

This past Friday - the Times Colonist reported that BC Conservative Party Leader Dan Brooks was stripped of his leadership as the BC Conservative Party Board of Directors' lacked a sufficient quorum to approve his candidacy as a leadership contender for the BC Conservative Party Leadership which was decided back in September at a BC Conservative Party AGM held in Prince George - read more here

Meanwhile - Kamloops political blogger (and my uncle) Alan Forseth wrote on this subject which you can read here, here and here

It seems that the BC Conservative Party have effectively shut themselves out of the 2017 BC Election and now will have to work towards being ready (IF they can) for the 2021 BC Election

The BC Conservatives were not going to have any meaningful impact in the two Cariboo ridings of Cariboo-Chilcotin/Cariboo-North in next year's provincial election.  Without the BC Conservatives running in either Cariboo-North or Cariboo Chilcotin next year, it looks like the riding to watch in the Cariboo-Chilcotin is Cariboo-North as I expect Donna Barnett to easily hold her seat of Cariboo-Chilcotin vs any challenger from the BC NDP/BC Greens or other parties/Ind. MLA Candidate

Meanwhile - only the BC Liberals have announced their candidates for both Cariboo ridings (Donna Barnett in Cariboo-Chilcotin & Coralee Oakes in Cariboo-North). 

The BC NDP have not yet named their candidates in these two ridings.  The BC Greens will be putting up Rita Giesbrecht in Cariboo-Chilcotin but no word yet in Cariboo-North and no other parties or independent candidate for Cariboo-Chilcotin/Cariboo-North have announced to date although they have until April 2017 to do so...

~SF




Friday, October 28, 2016

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Oct 31st - Nov 4th

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin meet next week as follows:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Various Committee Reports
* Council Standing Committees
* Economic Development
* Northern Development Initiative Trust Grant Applications - 2016 November Intake
* Five Year Financial Plan Amendment
* Clean Water and Wastewater Fund - Grant Applications
* Business License Follow Up (Amended Business License Schedule A5)

View the full Agenda here

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

* Report of Councillor Nelson re: WL Indian Band Specific Claim Tribunal Appeal to Supreme Court of Canada
* Revitalization Tax Exemption Renewal - 240 Oliver Street - Wave Properties Ltd.

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District: Meetings as listed below

First Nations Relations Committee - Meeting at 10am on Thursday, November 3rd in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* FCM Pathways to Reconciliation Guide

View the full Agenda here

Committee of the Whole Board - Meeting at 12:30pm on Thursday, November 3rd in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Corporate Priorities Reports
* 2017 Public Meetings - Meet 'n' Greet/Multi Agency Forum
* Request from Director Forseth - Bi-annual Electoral Area Directors' Meetings
* Use of Parcel Taxes/User Fees for Asset Management/Long Term Financial Planning for CRD Water/Sewer Utilities
* Proposed Regional Airport Service

View the full Agenda here

CCRHD Board - Meeting at 9:30am on Friday, November 4th in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda

* Delegation: Interior Health re: Provide Update
* Hospital Consent Calendar
* Capital Expenditure Bylaw -- Cariboo Memorial Hospital Portable Ultrasound Machine
* Request for Funding from West Chilcotin Health Care Society
* Request from Director Sorley re: Request to add community of Likely to Community Paramedicine Initiative & request to Interior Health to establish primary care clinic in Likely/Horsefly

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board - Meeting at 9:45am on Friday, November 4th in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: West Fraser Timber (D'arcy Henderson) re: Update on Operations/Timber Supply Issue
* Various Planning Items
* BC Rural Dividend Application - Cariboo Strong Initiative
* Various Committee or Commission Recommendations for Endorsement by the Board
* Request from Director Sorley for $500 from Area F Discretionary Fund for emergency oxygen/consumable supplies for Likely/District Volunteer Fire and Rescue Society

An In-Camera meeting will also be held under Sections 90(1c/k - labour/negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

Community Events This Weekend/Next Week:

Mt Polley Meetings:

Friday Oct 28th - 7 to 9pm at the Horsefly Community Hall
Saturday Oct 29th - 3 to 5pm at the Big Lake Community Hall
Sunday Oct 30th - 3 to 5pm at the Likely Community Hall 

Also on Saturday, October 29th starting at 6:30pm - the Oasis Pub in downtown McLeese Lake is holding a Halloween event.  More details here

Finally - on Thurs Nov 3rd at 6:30pm, local author Chris Harris will be hosting a book launch at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.  More details here

150 Mile VFD celebrates 35th Anniversary

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

he Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) 150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is celebrating their 35-year anniversary this year. The community is invited to join the celebration at the 150 Mile House VFD’s annual Halloween event.
“It is with great pleasure that I extend congratulations and heartfelt thanks to this remarkable team of volunteers for 35 years of service to their community. I would also like to give special thanks to Fire Chief Stan McCarthy who has been a part of the department since its inception and is also celebrating 35 years of service,” stated Joan Sorley, CRD Electoral Area F Director.
The 150 Mile House VFD hosts a family-friendly Halloween event every year with food, activities and treats for the kids. The evening always ends with an impressive fireworks display. This Halloween, the event will also celebrate the department’s 35th anniversary.
Bring your family out for a great Halloween event and celebrate with the CRD and the 150 Mile House VFD.
Date:                Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
Time:                Starts at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at 8 p.m.
Location:         150 Mile Fire Hall, 3038 Pigeon Road, 150 Mile House, B.C.
The 150 Mile House VFD was formed in 1981 and became a tax-based department through the CRD in 1982. For more information about the CRD’s volunteer fire departments or information about joining these groups of dedicated volunteers, visit our website at cariboord.ca

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Quesnel Council Highlights - Oct 25th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Bylaw – Business Licenses – Public Consultation

Business Regulation and Licensing Bylaw No. 1810, 2016 proposed amendments to business licensing.  In response to proponent letters, Council resolved to amend the customer age requirement under Pawn Shops from 19 years of age to 18 years of age.  Council also discussed Bylaw No. 1811 regarding Business License Fees and deferred the Bylaw to the next Council meeting.

BC Transit Service Review & Update Presentation

Representatives from BC Transit presented findings from the recent service review update they conducted of the Quesnel Transit system.  BC Transit provided a number of short and long term recommendations for consideration by Council to improve efficiency and access for both conventional transit and the HandyDART system.

2016 Calendar of Special Meetings & Strategic Initiatives

Opportunitites for Public Engagement on Quesnel’s “Official Community Plan” include:

·        Nov 4 at 6:30 pm – Royal Canadian Legion

·        Nov 5 at 9:30 am – West Park Mall

·        Nov 5 at 2:30 pm – Tower Inn Banquet Room

·        Nov 6 at 9:30 am – Carson Elementary School

·        Nov 6 at 2:30 pm – Dragon Lake Elementary School


Larch Avenue/Juniper Road – Request for Waiver for Minimum Frontage

Council provided an exemption to allow the frontage of a proposed lot to be less than 10% of the perimeter as per the Local Government Act for a subdivision on Larch/Juniper Road.

 

Bylaw of the Month – Snow Removal Reminders

City of Quesnel Comprehensive Street, Traffic & Parking Bylaw No. 1773, 2015 s.6.1 (l) can be viewed at www.quesnel.ca

 

Please avoid parking on the street during & after a snow fall

 


            

              


 

      www.quesnel.ca/snowclearing.html


Next Steps for Proposed Public Works Facility
Replacing the existing works yard is a proven need in this community.   
§  Council affirmed the importance of this project, supporting the vision of a unified site, central in the community, with modern facilities which help create a safe and efficient workplace.
§  Staff has been engaged in making changes to the project to improve its efficiency and lower the construction costs with significant progress.
Balancing the need to make improvements for our workforce, are the economic realities which must be considered before asking the community to commit to more long-term debt.   Some of the current issues which are adding to the uncertainties include:
§  The uncertainties in the Canadian lumber markets related to the Softwood Lumber Agreement expiration.   
§  The Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) determination is still being determined for the next 5 year period by the Province.

Both may have a large impact on our local economy.

Given these uncertainties, and the importance of major industry in Quesnel, it is the most fiscally prudent approach to delay the decision on the Public Works Facility until such time as greater clarity is achieved.
Council resolved approval of the proposed new-build of a Public Works Facility being presented to the community for approval using the referendum process; and that the referendum General Voting Day be set to coincide with the General Voting Day of the next Local Government General Election of October 20, 2018.

Mount Polley Mining Corporation – Proposed Permit Amendment for Water Discharge

Public Engagement in Quesnel on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion.


Bylaws  

Bylaw 1810 – Business Licenses (Second & Third Reading, as amended)

Bylaw 1811 – Amend Comprehensive Fees and Charges Bylaw 1683 (Deferred)

Bylaw 1812 - Amend Comprehensive Fees and Charges Bylaw 1683 (Final)

Bylaw 1814 – Cemetery Regulations (First, Second & Third Readings)


Next Meetings

Nov 1/16 at 6:15 pm – Special Closed Council Meeting

Nov 1/16 at 7:00 pm – Regular Council Meeting
Nov 8/16 at 5:30 pm – North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Strategic Planning



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

CC Joint Committee Highlights - Oct 26th mtg

Present from City of WL: Councillors Bonnell, Nelson, Walters and Zacharias

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

Meeting chaired by Director Sorley and she called the meeting to order at 5pm

Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of the Sept 14th CC Joint Committee meeting received/adopted

Business:

1) 2016 Arts & Culture Society Third Quarter Report

The Committee had before it a report from the CC Arts/Culture Society re: 2016 Arts & Culture Society Third Quarter Report
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the 2016 Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society Third Quarter Report be received

2) 2016 Performances in the Park Year-End Report

The Committee had before it a report from the CC Arts/Culture Society re: 2016 Performances in the Park Year-End Report
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the 2016 Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's Performances in the Park Year-End Report be received

3) 2016 Review of CCACS Project Grants Program

The Committee had before it a report from the CC Arts/Culture Society re: 2016 Review of CCACS Project Grants Program
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the 2016 Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's 2016 Review of CCACS Project Grants Program report be received

4) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture 2017 Business & Financial Plans

The Committee had before it a report from the CRD Manager of Community Services regarding the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture 2017 Business & Financial Plans
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved -- That the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture 2017 Business & Financial Plans be endorsed

5) Central Cariboo Recreation & Leisure Services 2017 Business, Financial & Capital Plans

The Committee had before it a report from the CRD Manager of Community Services regarding the Central Cariboo Recreation & Leisure Services 2017 Business, Financial & Capital Plans

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Central Cariboo Recreation & Leisure Services 2017 Business, Financial & Capital Plans be endorsed as amended (Inclusion of Business Plan Goal in 2017 - continue with accessibility improvements to the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex)

6) Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project - Monthly Status Report for September 2016

The Committee had before it a report from the CRD Manager of Community Services regarding a Pool Upgrade Project - Monthly Status Report for September 2016
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project - Monthly Status Report for September 2016 be received

7) Proposed 2017 Central Cariboo / City of Williams Lake Joint Committee Meeting Schedule

The Committee had before it a report from the CRD Deputy Corporate Officer regarding a proposed meeting schedule for 2017
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the proposed schedule of Central Cariboo Joint Committee meetings be endorsed

8) Verbal Report from City of Williams Lake CAO M. MacDonald re: Museum Property

The Committee received a Verbal Report from City of Williams Lake CAO M. MacDonald re: Museum Property
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report received

9) Ratification of Joint Committee Resolutions

CRD Manager of Community Services reported on this item
Discussion ensued thereon

No resolution made

10) Action Page

Resolved - Action page received

Meeting adjourned at 6:20pm

CC Rural Caucus Highlights - Oct 26th mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 3pm

The Chair acknowledged that the meeting was being held on traditional Shuswap territory

Meeting Agenda approved

Minutes of the CC Rural Caucus meeting held on July 20th adopted

Delegations:

1) Insp. Jeff Pelley -- Williams Lake RCMP Detachment Commander appeared before the Committee to provide an update on RCMP affairs within the Central Cariboo sub-region

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, thanked Insp. Pelley for his time/information

2)  Ms. Lisa Mueller appeared before the Committee to discuss the upcoming Nation 2 Nation event in Williams Lake in mid-November

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, thanked Ms. Mueller for her time/information

Business:

1) 2017 Grants for Assistance applications

The Committee reviewed its' 2017 GIA Applications

2) CC Victim Services Agreement

The Manager of Community Services reviewed his report with the Committee
Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - That the agenda item summary from Darron Campbell, Manager of Community Services, dated September 2, 2016, regarding the Central Cariboo Victim Services Contribution Agreement with the City of Williams, be received. Further, that agreement with the city be renewed for a three-year term with a contribution of $24,750 annually to the city for supplying victim services to rural areas. And further, that the agreement to support victim services in the Chilcotin from the Alexis Creek RCMP detachment be renewed with the Punky Lake Wilderness Society for a three-year term with a contribution of $1,250 annually.

3) Discussion Item from Director Sorley -- School District #27 Proposed Boundary Changes

The Chair presented a report updating where things stood on the topic of SD27 Trustee Electoral Zone Boundary review.

Discussion ensued thereon

Resolved - Report of the Chair be received

4) Action Page

Resolved - Action Page received and that Items 2 and 3 be removed

Meeting adjourned at 4:53pm

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BREAKING: City of WL CFO takes new CFO Job in Revelstoke

The Revelstoke Review (sister paper to Williams Lake Tribune) is reporting this evening that William Wallace, the current City of Williams Lake Chief Financial Officer, has accepted the role of Director of Finance with the City of Revelstoke starting early November 2016.  Mr Wallace was hired by the City of Williams Lake back on September 14th, 2015

I personally will miss him around Williams Lake City Hall and wish him the very best in his new role with the City of Revelstoke

I expect the City of Williams Lake will post for this position ASAP as they will have need for a CFO to continue/complete their 2016 Budget Discussions

Read more here

~SF

Wi-Fi coming to BC Rest Areas

Courtesy of the BC Government:

Free, public Wi-Fi will soon be installed at select rest areas throughout the province, thanks to a partnership between the Province, TELUS and ICBC, announced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

“Our rest areas are critical to the tourism industry, as well as the commercial trucking sector by allowing drivers to rest and access washroom facilities,” Stone said. “Earlier this month my ministry committed $9 million in funding over three years to improve the safety, comfort and convenience of rest areas. These improvements, along with the addition of Wi-Fi will be a key part of ensuring we deliver a competitive, world-class travel experience to visitors.”

In total, 25 rest areas throughout the province will have Wi-Fi installed. The following rest areas will have Wi-Fi installed by the spring of 2017, with the additional 20 sites being delivered in the coming years.

Britton Creek Highway 5 – 67 kilometres south of Merritt
Mt Terry Fox Highway 16 – 6km east of Tete Jaune
Galena Bay Highway 23 – 49km north of Nakusp
Glacier View Highway 16 – 7km north of Smithers
Taylor River Highway 4 – 37km west of Port Alberni

“Expanding our free Wi-Fi network to rest stops along remote highways will complement our ever expanding 4G wireless network, helping travellers stay connected with loved ones, check the weather or traffic, and instantly share great road-trip photos in social media,” said Tim Draper, TELUS vice-president of sales. “We share the government’s vision of a connected British Columbia and look forward to completing this next step on that challenging but important undertaking.”

“We’re very pleased to contribute to Wi-Fi being installed at rest areas around B.C., which will allow drivers to stay connected and avoid using their phones on the road,” said Mark Blucher, ICBC’s president and CEO. “More than 800 crashes occur every day in B.C., many of these caused by distracted driving. We need help from all British Columbians to help keep roads safe. By driving safely and following the rules of the road, you can help lower our claims costs and directly lower the rates you pay.”

Travellers will be able to identify which rest areas have Wi-Fi by the Wi-Fi graphic on the rest-area sign. For an example of what the signs look like, click here: https://flic.kr/p/M5eykS or here: https://flic.kr/p/M5ey8Y

The expansion of public Wi-Fi at rest stops illustrates that technology and innovation supports a wide range of industries throughout B.C. Helping businesses such as commercial trucking companies grow is an important part of the #BCTECH Strategy and a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to strengthen British Columbia’s diverse innovation economy.

As part of B.C. on the Move, the Province’s 10-year transportation strategy, the ministry is committed to delivering up to 30 rest area improvement projects per year.

Quick Facts:

Approximately 81% of B.C.’s 177 rest areas are wheelchair accessible
72% are open year-round
74% are suitable for large commercial traffic.

Learn More:

#BCTECH Strategy: www.bctechstrategy.ca

Saturday, October 22, 2016

BC Gaming Grant distributed for PAC/DPAC's

Courtesy of the BC Government:

The British Columbia government has allocated over $12 million in community gaming grants to support extracurricular activities for students, while keeping parents connected with their local schools.

Those parent advisory councils (PACs) and district parent advisory councils (DPACs) that work with public and independent schools and applied for grants will share a portion of the overall allocation based on the number of students at their schools. The grants provide support for extracurricular sports, arts, class trips and other school activities.

For a list of the 1,363 PACs and DPACs community gaming grants that have been approved to date, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BG_PAC-DPAC_GamingGrants_Oct2016.pdf

The Hon. Peter Fassbender, BC Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development said:

“Organizations that help people work together, like parent advisory councils, are an essential component of healthy communities. These gaming grants help bring together parents, teachers and school officials in partnership to support our youth. The grants also benefit B.C. students by providing extracurricular opportunities that enrich their educational experience.”

While the Hon. Mike Bernier, BC's Minister of Education stated:

“B.C. schools provide an excellent quality of education for children and youth in communities throughout the province. These gaming grants provide significant funding to local parent advisory committees so they can purchase playground and sports equipment and musical instruments, while supporting other important learning opportunities for students.”

Quick Facts:

Every year, the Province distributes $135 million in community gaming grants to benefit over 5,000 non-profit organizations representing virtually every community in the province.

Eligible organizations in sectors including arts and culture, sport, environment, human and social services, public safety, parent advisory councils and district parent advisory councils can apply for community gaming grants.

A PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents in their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff on matters relating to the school and student education.

DPACs advise the board of education on any matter relating to education in their school district. DPACs advocate for parental involvement in the education system and give input into the development of education policy and curricula.

Learn More:

To apply for a B.C. community gaming grant, visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants

Check out the Government of British Columbia’s role in supporting sport, arts and culture through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/cscd

For PAC/DPAC's in the Cariboo-Chilcotin:

100 Mile House:

Peter Skeene Ogden PAC - $11,160.00

108 Mile Ranch:

108 Mile Elementary PAC - $4,000.00

Lac La Hache:

Lac La Hache PAC - $380.00

150 Mile House: 

150 Mile House PAC - $4,080.00

Williams Lake:

Chilcotin Rd Elementary PAC - $4,480.00
DPAC for SD27 - $2,500.00
GROW PAC - $383.00
Lake City Secondary PAC - $26,960.00
Mountview Elementary PAC - $3,400.00
Nesika Elementary PAC - $6,860.00
Sacred Heart Catholic School PAC - $2,500.00

For PAC/DPAC's in Cariboo-North:

Quesnel:

Barlow Creek Elementary PAC - $1,960.00
Bouchie Lake Elementary PAC - $2,820.00
Carson Elementary PAC - $3,260.00
Correlieu Secondary PAC - $14,460.00
Dragon Lake Elementary PAC - $4,280.00
Kersley Elementary PAC - $1,140.00
Lakeview Elementary PAC - $5,140.00
St Ann's Catholic School PAC - $1,920.00
Parkland Elementary PAC - $1,600.00
DPAC for SD28 - $2,500.00
Quesnel Secondary PAC - $8,380.00
Red Bluff Elementary PAC - $2,860.00
Voyageur Elementary PAC - $3,580.00

Friday, October 21, 2016

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

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

Quesnel - A Regular Council Meeting will take place in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* 2 Delegations -- Proposed Business License Amendments (Open Discussion) - Public Consultation; BC Transit - Results of the Transit Service Review Update - Shilpa Panicker, Senior Transit Planner, and Chris Fudge, Senior Regional Transit Manager

* Various Committee Reports
* Various UBCM Reports
* 2016 Calendar of Special Meetings and Strategic Initiatives
* Larch Avenue/Juniper Road - Request for Waiver for Minimum Frontage
* Cemetery Bylaw
* Next Steps for Proposed Public Works Facility
* Application to the Museum Assistance Program
* Bylaw of the Month - Snow Removal Reminders

Read the full Agenda here

Then on Wednesday, Oct 26th at 1pm - the Policy/Bylaw Review Standing Committee will meet.  On the Agenda:

* Removal of Maple Trees near the Rose Garden at Lebourdais Park
* Bylaw Enforcement Best Practices Guide
* Draft 2017 Meeting Schedule
* City Hall Central Posting Boards
* Residential Landfill Fees

View the full Agenda here

Wells - A Regular Council Meeting will take place in Wells Council Chambers on Tuesday, Oct 25th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Ave).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

Central Cariboo Rural Directors' - Regular Meeting on Wednesday, Oct 26th at 3pm in the CRD Committee Room (Suite D - 180 3rd Avenue in Williams Lake) .  On the Agenda:

* 2 Delegations: Insp. Jeff Pelley, WL RCMP re: Update and Lisa Mueller re: Nation2Nation Event in mid-November

* Review of 2017 Grant for Assistance applications (12)
* Central Cariboo Victim Services Contribution Agreement with the City of Williams Lake
* School District #27 Proposed Boundary Changes at request of Director J. Sorley - For Discussion

View the full Agenda here

Central Cariboo Joint Committee - Regular Meeting on Wednesday, Oct 26th at 5pm in the CRD Boardroom (Suite D - 180 3rd Avenue in Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* 2016 Arts & Culture Society Third Quarter Report
* 2016 Performances in the Park Year-End Report
* 2016 Review of CCACS Project Grants Program
* Central Cariboo Arts & Culture 2017 Business & Financial Plans
* Central Cariboo Recreation & Leisure Services 2017 Business, Financial & Capital Plans
* Pool Upgrade Project - Monthly Status Report for September 2016
* Proposed 2017 Central Cariboo / City of Williams Lake Joint Committee Meeting Schedule
* Museum Property - Verbal Report of Williams Lake CAO M. MacDonald
* Discussion re Ratification of Committee Resolutions

View the full Agenda here

Community Events this weekend/next week:

Oct 22nd - Williams Lake -- 2nd Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cataline Elementary School

Oct 22nd - Soda Creek Sweet Corn -- Fireworks Celebration. Drive along Soda Creek Townsite Rd from Highway 97 North and follow the signs.  More details here

Oct 22nd - 100 Mile House -- Canadian Mental Health Association South Cariboo presents-Comedy Night at the 100 Mile House Community Hall

Mt Polley Meetings: (Imperial Metals hosted)

Quesnel – Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Quesnel Legion


Williams Lake – Thursday October 27, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Royal Canadian Legion downstairs


Horsefly – Friday, October 28, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Horsefly Community Hall

Mt Polley Meetings: (BC Ministry of Environment hosted)

Likely -- Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2016 from 7-9pm at Likely Community Hall

Williams Lake -- Wednesday, Oct 26th from 7-9pm at WL Council Chambers

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rita Giesbrecht runs for BC Greens in Cariboo-Chilcotin

Today - the 100 Mile Free Press (sister paper to Williams Lake Tribune) reports that Rita Giesbrecht, who ran for 100 Mile District Council in the November 2014 Local Government Election has agreed to run for the BC Greens in the May 2017 Provincial Election

Ms. Giesbrecht says the following as to her reasons for running (from the BC Green Party's website):

The decision to step forward as a candidate for election is based in the same values I have lived my whole life. My family were first-wave refugees four generations ago. I was taught that as Canadians we enjoy a privilege that surpasses any other birthplace in the world. This privilege is not earned, and it makes me responsible to contribute in every possible way to my community.

I do so now under the Green banner because this movement recognizes that we need a new political model. Simply put, our culture, which includes our economy, cannot exist if we do not have air, water, and soil. Every decision we make about every resource that we access, must be filtered through that understanding.

Decision makers for the 21st century must move away from 19th century, growth-above-all, thinking and into a value system of a thriving, contained society.

We must also seek basic social justice for all our human family, and work to eliminate inequity. Natural environment, social environment, and economic environment, balanced, one not sacrificed for the other.

The Cariboo-Chilcotin can take leadership for the 21st century; this election is the time to get it right for BC
The only other candidate in next May's provincial election in the Cariboo-Chilcotin provincial Electoral District is current Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett who will be running for the BC Liberals seeking a third consecutive term

The BC NDP have yet to name their candidate in Cariboo-Chilcotin.

~SF

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Quesnel Council Highlights - Oct 18th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

The War Amps Child Amputee - Presentation
Mayor Simpson recognized Ms. Hannah Trimble, who is 12 years old, for her efforts in Quesnel regarding The War Amps Child Amputee program.  Ms. Trimble has spoken at her Quesnel school to encourage kids to “spot the danger” in their play environment to “PLAYSAFE”.  As well Ms. Trimble has presented The War Amps Military Heritage Series at local libraries. 

2017 Quesnel City Council Meeting Schedule  

Council approved the 2017 Quesnel City Council Regular Meeting Schedule.  Please visit the Council page on the City’s website.

Public Engagement Plan

The City is undergoing a review of the Official Community Plan and Master Zoning bylaws.  This extensive review commenced in June 2016 and is now ready to go out for public engagement that will continue into mid-2017.  The Public Engagement Plan will outreach to the general public and 23 community stakeholder groups through public workshops, neighbourhood road shows, a forum, a fair, an open house, Council Standing Committee meetings, Public Hearing(s), and Regular Council meetings.   The upcoming public outreach sessions are:

#Quesnel2030 Speakers Night – Hear How to Get Involved

Friday, November 4, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion

Neighbourhood Roadshow – West Quesnel – Provide Input

Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:30 am to Noon at West Park Mall

Neighbourhood Roadshow – Downtown/North Quesnel – Provide Input

Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Tower Inn (Best Western) Banquet Room

Neighbourhood Roadshow – Johnston/Carson Subdivisions – Provide Input

Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 9:30 am to Noon at Carson Elementary

Neighbourhood Roadshow – South Quesnel – Provide Input

Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at Dragon Lake Elementary
Please visit http://www.quesnel.ca/OCP2030.html for upcoming event schedule and progress of the Official Community Plan updates and Zoning Bylaw revisions.

Master Fees Bylaw – Annual Amendments

Council approved the first three readings of Bylaw 1812 that, if approved, will see fee increases to water rates; trade waste container rates; landfill rates; airport rates; additional fees/services for the cemetery and impounding fees that will be effective January 1, 2017.  For full details of this report and attachments, please visit the City’s website under Council/Agendas. 

Disposal of Surplus Equipment 

Council has approved the City to dispose of surplus equipment “as is/where is” through a sealed bid process.  To view this equipment, please contact the Public Works department at 250-992-6330 after October 26, 2016.  

Museum – Intern Position

Council gave staff the go ahead to enter into a funding agreement to hire a museum intern under the Young Canada Works in Heritage Program.  This temporary position is from November 2016 to March 2017.  Please visit the City’s website under Careers for further details of this temporary employment position.
Marihuana Legislation Changes Update
Council heard an update on the new federal medical marihuana legislation.  The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations merges the previous regulations for the development of commercial production facilities with that permitting a registered individual to grow a specified amount for their own use.  
Regulations for commercial production facilities have seen minor changes, but registered individuals authorized to grow their own marihuana saw notable changes including allowing individuals to alter dried marihuana into other products such as oils.
It is still illegal for medical dispensaries as well as a person who is registered to use medical marihuana, under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, to sell, provide, or give cannabis to another person.

 

Bylaws 

Bylaw 1812 - Comprehensive Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw (Schedules) – First, Second, Third Readings

 

Next Meetings

7 pm – Oct 25/16 - Regular Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

WL Council Highlights - Oct 18th mtg

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

Meeting to order at 6pm
Meeting Agenda adopted/Mins of the Oct 4th, 2016 meeting of WL City Council adopted

Delegation:

Leslie Wirth from Engage Sport North appeared before Council to provide an overview of their organization and services

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked Ms. Wirth for her time/information

Business:

1) Council received the accounts payable computer cheque listings for the periods ending October 6, 7 and 13, 2016

2) Council agreed with TELUS' proposal to construct two wireless telecommunications facilities, provided they are constructed substantially in accordance with the plans as submitted along McKenzie Avenue in Glendale

3) Council awarded the Landfill Drainage Replacement contract to Peterson Contracting Ltd. for the total tendered amount of $165,250.00, excluding GST

4) Council adopted two Bylaws as follows:

a) Fire Protection and Control Amendment Bylaw No. 2248, 2016

Mayor Cobb/Councillor Zacharias both declared a conflict of interest on the next item and left the meeting at 6:32pm

Acting Mayor (Councillor) C. Smith assumed the Chair

b) Permissive Tax Exemption Amendment Bylaw No. 2250, 2016 was adopted

Mayor Cobb/Councillor Zacharias re-entered the meeting & Mayor Cobb resumed the Chair at 6:33pm

5) Council approved the 2016 Annual Memory Tree Celebration on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at City Hall

6) Council, as it relates to 2016 Remembrance Day, :

a) approved the Poppy Campaign sale days from October 28 to November 11, 2016;
b) encouraged the community to attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Gibraltar Room on November 11, 2016;
c) approved the parade route on November 11, 2016 as indicated, and Staff coordinate the placement of barricades as requested;
d) approved the use of the City Hall lobby for accumulation of Wreath and Crosses before and after the service parade; and further,
e) authorized the Legion Flag to be displayed on the City's flag pole for the week of November 4 through 11, 2016.

7) Council provided a letter of support for the Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin Branch's Community Gaming Grant application through the Province's Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch for their multiculturalism program and outreach advocacy and support program

8) Council received In-Camera Report #7/2016 and the following In-Camera Resolution was reported:

“That the report of the Director of Development Services dated September 27, 2016 regarding Hamel property trail acquisition be received and Council request the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the biking Associations to install new signage on Fox Mountain trails and remove all routes on the Hamel property from trail maps, including digital apps.”


Late Items:

1) Council authorized the submission of an application to the BC Rural Dividend Program to seek $500,000 in financial support toward the costs for the development of a Heritage Park, which will serve as the new location of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin and the 153 Mile Store

2) Council agreed to support the Tl'esqox (Toosey) First Nation's application to the BC Rural Divident Program for funding toward their Tiny Home Project

Members of Council reported out on their recent activities

Meeting adjourned at 6:56pm

Quesnel Library reveals new carving

From L-R: CRD Area 'B' Director Jerry Bruce, carver Mat Johnston
and CRD Area 'A' Director Ted Armstrong 
Yesterday - CRD Electoral Area A Director Ted Armstrong/Electoral Area B Director Jerry Bruce, along with local carver Mat Johnston, revealed a new carving in the Quesnel CRD Library

Johnston donated his carving to the Quesnel Branch and it is now a feature piece in the library. The carving depicts an owl from the popular Harry Potter series and includes space to display books.

“After I carved this owl I thought it would be perfect sitting in the Quesnel Library. As both a teacher and a carver, I am happy to donate my work to encourage the love of reading in our community,” explains Johnston.

CRD Electoral Area A Director, Ted Armstrong, expresses his appreciation, “The artistry in this piece is incredible. On behalf of the Cariboo Regional District, I would like to thank Mat for donating such a wonderful carving to be featured in our library.”

For information about other upcoming events at the CRD’s Quesnel Branch Library, call 250-992-7912 or email quesnelib@cariboord.ca. You can also learn more online at cln.bc.ca.


Forest Grove Fire Chief’s passing a Line of Duty Death

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF) has recognized the passing of Fire Chief Bob Felker as a Line of Duty Death. Bob Felker was a long time Fire Chief of the Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department (VFD).

When Fire Chief Bob Felker lost his battle to cancer in September of this year, the CRD sent an application to the CFFF to have his passing considered as a line of duty death. The CFFF has approved the application and the Foundation has added Chief Robert Felker’s name to the national list on their website.

In addition to this honour, Bob’s name will be engraved on the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa and he will be remembered during the annual memorial ceremony in Ottawa in September 2017. Chief Felker’s widow, Colleen Felker, will be invited by the CFFF to attend and participate in that ceremony. 

The CFFF was created to honour and remember firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. The list of fallen firefighters on their website dates back to 1848.  It recognizes all those that have given their lives to protect our families and neighbourhoods across Canada for the past 168 years. To learn more about the Foundation, visitwww.cfff.ca.

Like Bob Felker, all of the CRD’s volunteer firefighters are professionally trained firefighters. They train hard, give of themselves selflessly, step forward when others step back and keep our families and communities safe.  All of these volunteers are people that have decided they want to make a difference.

The CRD is actively seeking community spirited and motivated men and women to join its VFD teams. Call your local fire department and become a member today. Visitcariboord.ca to learn more about the CRD’s VFDs and fire protection services.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

2017-19 CC Arts/Culture Fee for Service Contracts announced

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD), City of Williams Lake and Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society (CCACS) are pleased to announce the recipients of 2017-2019 Arts and Culture Fee-for-Service agreements. The agreements are intended to provide a stable source of annual funding on a multi-year basis to allow non-profits to undertake effective planning and make the most of the often substantial volunteer time also required to deliver services.

A committee made up of governance representatives from the CRD, City of Williams Lake and CCACS reviewed the selected participants for the Arts and Culture Fee-for-Service agreements.

The CRD Board of Directors approved the committee’s recipient recommendations at its Board meeting on Oct. 14. The agreements are delivered through the CCACS.

“We are excited to announce the CRD Board’s approval of the 2017-2019 Fee-for-Service recipients. This funding is an important part of furthering arts and culture in the Central Cariboo and supporting our local non-profits,” commented CRD Electoral Area F Director Joan Sorley.

“The City of Williams Lake deeply values the important contributions that non-profit organizations make to our community,” says Williams Lake City Councillor Laurie Walters. “We are pleased to be able to support these groups that are so dedicated to celebrating and promoting arts and culture. They truly enrich the fabric of our community, and we are thankful to them for their ongoing efforts.”

Harry Jennings, Past President of the CCACS and member of the Fee-for-Service Committee states, "This committee, and the very positive results of its discussions, demonstrates the great working relationship between the CCACS, the City of Williams Lake and the CRD. More arts and culture groups are able to plan and operate sustainably in the Central Cariboo, enhancing our quality of life and continuing the development of arts and culture."

The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture service of the CRD was established in 2009. It provides the funding for project grants, Fee-for-Service agreements and the operation of the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. The taxation area for this function includes the City of Williams Lake and Cariboo Regional District Electoral Areas D, E and F which encompasses the communities of Wildwood, McLeese Lake, Soda Creek, Dog Creek, Alkali Lake, Sugar Cane, 150 Mile House, Horsefly, Big Lake and Likely.

2017-2019 Arts and Culture Fee-for-Service Agreement Recipients:

• Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin ($35,000)
• Station House Gallery and Studio Society ($12,000)
• Community Arts Council of Williams Lake ($5,000)
• Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak, Stampede Parade ($5,000)
• Horsefly Historical Society, Horsefly Pioneer Museum ($3,000)
• Likely Chamber of Commerce, Cedar City Museum ($3,000)
• 150 Mile Greenbelt, Trail & Heritage Society, 150 Mile Schoolhouse ($2,000)
• Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association, Metis Jamboree ($2,000)
• Scout Island Nature Centre, Art in Nature/Nature in Art ($2,000)
• Women’s Contact Society, Williams Lake Children’s Festival ($2,000)


For further information or for interviews please contact CCACS Executive Director Leah Selk at 778-412-9044 or email info@centralcaribooarts.com.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Oct 17-21

Next week, the following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin meet:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 18th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Executive Committee meeting of September 7th
* 2017 Regular Council Meeting Schedule
* 2016 Master Official Community Plan Review - Review Engagement Process
* Master Fee Bylaw Annual Update
* Disposal of Surplus Equipment
* Quesnel Museum Intern Grant
* Marijuana Legislation Changes Update

View the full Agenda here

Then on Wednesday, Oct 19th at 10am, the Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee will meet.  On the Agenda:

* Fee for Banner Installation (deferred from previous meeting)
* Financial Amendment Bylaw
* 2017 Tax Scenarios
* In-Camera as per Section 90(1k - negotiations) of the Community Charter to receive Closed Meeting Minutes and to discuss Public Works

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Regular Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Regular Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30pm in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue North, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Delegations: Nature Kindergarten - Joan Lozier and Sylvia Swift & Dave Corbett (Coordinator Career Programs), Shane Sliziak (Principal Alexis Creek School), and Linda Black (Rural Education) will showcase the welding program, house building program, and trades event that have occurred over the summer

* Soda Creek Local Education Agreement Signing Ceremony
* Adoption of Consent Agenda
* Trustee Vacancy - Zone 7 (Chilcotin)
* Amendment to Policy 1161 Trustee Remuneration (at request of SD 27 Zone 6 Trustee B. O'Neill) re: no pay for Trustees who are absent from meetings (exception for illness reasons)

View the full Agenda here

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

* Delegation: Leslie Wirth, Engage Sport North re Overview of Organization and Services

* Installation of TELUS Wireless Cell Towers in Glendale
* Landfill Drainage Replacement Contract Award
* Adopt Fire Protection and Control Amendment Bylaw No. 2248, 2016 and Permissive Tax Exemption Amendment Bylaw No. 2250, 2016
* 2016 Annual "Memory Tree" Celebration
* 2016 Remembrance Day Ceremony
* CMHA Request for Letter of Support for Multicultural Program
* In-Camera Report #07-2016 re Hamel Property Trail Acquisition

View the full Agenda here

CCRHD Board Highlights - Oct 14th mtg

Present: Chair J. Massier; Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, M. Wagner, R. William, B. Anderson, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, W. Cobb, M. Campsall and TNRD Area 'E' Director S. Watson (entered meeting at 9:32am)

Meeting called to order at 9:30am

Meeting Agenda adopted/September 23rd minutes of the CCRHD Board adopted

Business:

1) The Board adopted Capital Expenditure Bylaws 121, 122 and 123 for the following capital projects:

a) Replacement of Elevators - Dunrovin Park Lodge
b) Installation of Standby Generators – GR Baker Memorial Hospital
c) Implementation of Electronic Medical Record - Northern Health region within CCRHD

2) The Board received the Hospital Consent Calendar, as of October 14th, 2016

3) The Board received an update from BC Emergency Health Services in regards to the implementation of the Community Paramedicine Initiative in communities within Interior Health

4) The Board received a press release from Northern Health - New Digital Mammography Machine for GR Baker Memorial Hospital

5) The Board approved a request from the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust for $33,649 representing 40% funding of a portable ultrasound machine for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital and directed a Capital Expenditure Bylaw be prepared for the November 4th CCRHD Board meeting for consideration of 3 Readings/Adoption

6) The Board received a letter from Hilary Crowley, requesting support for a full academic physiotherapy program at UNBC and that
a letter of support for a full academic physiotherapy program at UNBC be provided as requested with a copy of the letter being sent to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Advanced Education, the MLAs, UBCM and NCLGA.

7) The Board received an written capital project update from Interior Health for the month of September 2016

8) The Board received a Public Service Announcement from Interior Health, dated October 13, 2016, advising that a project team will be available at Cariboo Memorial Hospital and 100 Mile House District General Hospital in October to offer access to MyHealthPortal

The Board adjourned at 9:43am

CRD Board Highlights - Oct 14th mtg

Present: Chair A. Richmond; Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, J. Sorley, M. Wagner, R. William, B. Anderson, Coakley, R. Sharpe, W. Cobb, and M. Campsall

Meeting called to order at 9:45am

Meeting Agenda approved/Minutes of the CRD Board meeting held on Sept 23rd adopted

Delegations MOB was received

Business:

Development Services:

a) Planning Bylaws 5060/5061 (Area F) was given 1st and 2nd Readings 

b) Planning Bylaws 5012/5013 (Area L) was adopted

c) The Board agreed to support ALR Application #F-49/2016 (Area F) 

Environmental Services:

a) The Board received the Proposed Water/Sewer Project & Refuse Sites Reports 

Community Services :

a) The Board agreed to enter into an operating agreement with Ducks Unlimited for water management structures to encourage wildlife habitat at the 108 Greenbelt with no cost to the Regional District and a term of 30 years

b) The Board agreed to removal of the danger trees identified in the danger tree assessments at CRD Recreation Properties proceed with the costs allocated as appropriate to each sub-regional recreation budget and that the policy for management of danger trees on recreation properties be such that an assessment and removal project following the provincial standards is undertaken on a regional basis in the spring of each year and that any immediate danger tree concerns in the interim be dealt with as basic maintenance by the groups operating each recreation property.

Finance:

a) The Board ratified the cheque register of September 2016, in the amount of $4,295,847.19, consisting of $3,599,220.06 paid by cheque, $615,305.16 paid through electronic funds, and $81,321.97 paid by MasterCard

Administration:

a) The Board approved an amendment to the Administration Charges Policy as follows:

Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital Districtwill pay $2,500 annually in respect of insurance premium participation, and $75,000 annually to the Administrative Services function and all overhead costs associated with administration of the Hospital District shall be borne by the Administrative Services function.

b) The Board approved the amended 2017 Meeting Schedule

c) The Board received a report from the Corporate Officer concerning the the Forest Enhancement Program (FEP) in the Cariboo Region and asked Staff for a report on this item

c) The Board received the Consent Calendar of October 14th, 2016 and at the request of Director Forseth - the Board referred the item from the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee in regard to bins at manned transfer stations to deposit invasive plants to Staff for a report to be presented at the November Finance/Budget Committee meeting

d) The Board received a letter from the Green Communities Committee in regards to BC Climate Action Community 2015 Recognition

e) The Board received letters from:

i) Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Rural Dividend Fund Application Requirements
ii) Minister of Environment - Mount Polley Post Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report

Committee/Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

a) The Board received the July 7th meeting minutes of the Heritage Steering Committee

b) The Board received the July 12th meeting minutes of the North Cariboo Joint Committee

c) The Board received the September 22nd meeting minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting held at the Wells Community Hall and endorsed the following motions:

i) Barking Dog Log Policy - 4 days

On Item "i" - Adopted by the following Vote:

Affirmative - Chair Richmond; Directors Armstrong, Bruce, Massier, Kemp, Sorley, Wagner, William, Anderson, Sharpe, Cobb and Campsall

Negative - Director S. Forseth

Resolved - That Staff bring forward previous letters to RCMP in regards to dog control in rural areas

ii) Reallocation and Disposition of Cariboo Regional District Accumulated Operating Surpluses

d) The Board received the September 14th meeting minutes of the Central Cariboo Joint Committee and endorsed the following recommendations:

i) Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Fee for Service Agreements 2017-2019
ii) Performances in the Park Services agreement for 2017-2019

Invitations:

a) The Board received an invitation to attend the UNBC Housing Conference in Prince George on November 17 + 18, 2016

b) The Board received an invitation to attend the annual Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast Tourism Association's AGM in Clinton, BC from Oct 26-28

Corporate Bylaws:

a) The Board gave 3 Readings/Adoption to Red Bluff/Dragon Lake Sewer System (Gook Road Extension) Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 5064, 2016

b) The Board gave 3 Readings/Adoption to CRD Procedure Amendment Bylaw No. 5065, 2016 (change election of Chair/Vice-Chair of CRD Board to nearest Board Meeting after November 1st in each year)

Directors' Reports/Requests:

a) The Board received a report from Director Sorley concerning the CCBAC's September 19th Board Meeting

b) The Board received a report from Director Forseth concerning his attendance at Fraser Basin Council meetings on Wednesday, October 5th/Thursday, October 6th

At 10:37am - the Chair declared a brief recess

At  10:45am -- The Board then convened an In-Camera Meeting as per Sections 92 and 90(1a - appointment) of the Community Charter

At 10:48am -- The Board resumed its' public meeting

Directors' Roundtable:

Directors gave oral reports on their activities in their Electoral Area or Municipality

Resolved - That policy be waived and that up to $1,000 from the Electoral Area L Discretionary Fund be authorized for the Deka Lake Ratepayers' Association for a local project

Resolved - That staff investigate the legalities of posting signs at lakes for the use of electric motors only and report back to Directors, for their information only

Resolved - That the following resolution be released from in-camera and confirmed in open meeting:

That the Board rescinds the appointment of Jamie Moberg as Interlakes Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) Deputy Chief, and that Eric De Vries is hereby appointed as Deputy Chief for the Interlakes VFD effective immediately. And further, that staff be authorized to cancel and enter into the necessary contracts.

Delegation:

Cathy MacLeod, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo appeared before the Board to provide an update

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair Richmond, on behalf of the Board, thanked MP MacLeod for her time/information

The Board adjourned at 12:57pm


Thursday, October 13, 2016

CRD Fin/Budget Committee - Oct 13th mtg

Present: Chair M. Wagner; Directors T. Armstrong, J. Bruce, J. Massier, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, J. Sorley, A. Richmond, B. Coakley, R. Sharpe, and M. Campsall

Meeting called to order at 12:30pm

Meeting Agenda adopted

The Committee commenced its' review of the Draft 2017 Business Plans with the CAO/CFO responding to questions from the Committee

Meeting recessed at 2:28pm
Meeting resumed at 2:38pm

The Committee then resumed consideration of the Draft 2017 Business Plans

Meeting adjourned at 3:45pm

CRD Utilities Asset Management Committee - Oct 13th mtg

Present: Chair A. Richmond; Directors T. Armstrong, S. Forseth, B. Kemp, J. Sorley, M. Wagner, and B. Coakley

Meeting called to order at 10am

Meeting Agenda approved

Business:

1) Communications with the new Manager of Environmental Services

Discussion ensued and questions from Committee members being responded to by the Manager of Environmental Services

2) Review of CRD Water/Sewer Utilities Business Plans

Discussion ensued with questions from Committee members being responded to by the Manager of Environmental Services/CFO and CAO

Director B. Kemp left the meeting at 10:45am

Meeting adjourned at 11:11am

Gaming Grant Workshops

Courtesy of the Cariboo RD Grant Writer:

Is your organization interested in applying to the BC Community Gaming Grants program?

The Northern Interior Communities Association (NICA) will once again be delivering a series of grant writing workshops in the Cariboo region next week. These workshops are
geared towards organizations applying to the BC Community Gaming Grant program. Attendees will learn how to write and submit a successful application to the program which funds arts and culture, sports, public safety, environment, and social programs.

Workshops are being held between Wednesday, October 19th and Friday, October 21st  in  the communities of 100 Mile House (Wednesday, October 19th), Williams Lake (Thursday, October 20th), and Quensel (Friday, October 21st).

Each workshop will follow the same format, with a presentation on the B.C. Gaming Grant programs, including instructions on how  to write a successful funding application to these programs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Following this, 30-minute one-on-one consultation sessions with the coordinator will be available from 1:00 p.m. onwards. Sessions will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

These workshops are being offered free-of-charge for the benefit of community non-profit societies and charities, though participation is welcomed by any and all community members.

Workshop Locations

100 Mile House:              District of 100 Mile House Office – Council Chambers, 385 Birch Ave
Williams Lake:                 Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin Office, 266 Oliver Street
Quesnel:                           Community Futures North Cariboo Office, 335A Vaughan Street


For further information on these workshops, please contact Curtis Mayes, NICA Coordinator by phone: 250-562-2553 or by e-mailcoordinator@northernica.org

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Quesnel restricts Political Signage in Public Spaces

Courtesy of Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson:



CRD Transfer Stations now on Winter Hours Schedule

Back on October 1st - the Cariboo Regional District's Transfer Stations reverted to Winter Hours

For your local transfer station operating hours from October 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2017, click here

If you are in Quesnel - click here
If you are in Wells - click here

~SF

2016 UBCM Presentations now available

This morning, the Union of BC Muncipalities made available presentations made at the 2016 UBCM Convention in Victoria, BC.

You can view those here

~SF

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Graham Kelsey Room

WL City Councillor Laurie Walters
CRD Area 'F' Director Joan Sorley and Mr. Graham Kelsey
Earlier this evening, a number of community members including Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Area D/F Directors Steve Forseth/Joan Sorley, WL City Councillors Ivan Bonnell/Laurie Walters, former CRD Area F Director Duncan Barnett (1999-2010) came out and paid homage to Mr. Graham Kelsey as the Great Room at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre was renamed in his honour, given his passion/dedication over a number of years to the Central Cariboo Arts/Culture sector and thanks to his efforts, the CRD established the Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Function in late 2008

Speeches were made by current Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Society (CCACS) President Jane Perry, past CCACS President Harry Jennings, CRD Area D/F Directors' Steve Forseth/Joan Sorley, WL City Councillor Laurie Walters and former CRD Area F Director Duncan Barnett (1999-2010)

Graham Kelsey then took the floor and thanked everyone for their time this evening and being quite gracious in their appreciation for what he has done in the Central Cariboo, whether advocating for local government investment in arts/culture in the Central Cariboo or assisting various non profit groups

As I said this evening, Mr. Kelsey should be thanked for his boundless time/energy for not only advocating for Arts/Culture in the Central Cariboo sub-region but also assisting various non-profit groups within the Central Cariboo sub-region and his legacy will be long lasting for all that he did for the Central Cariboo Region for many years to come...

~SF

Monday, October 10, 2016

World Mental Health Day

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

World Mental Health Day is a time to reflect on the importance of mental health and wellness, and to foster open discussion in our families, places of work, and communities.

This year’s theme, Psychological First Aid, brings attention to the impact a helping hand can have in the life of someone experiencing a traumatic event or difficult change. Thousands of Canadians provide much needed social and psychological first aid to those who need it most: from the paramedic speaking with someone who has just witnessed a violent accident; to the immigrant services worker helping a refugee claimant integrate successfully into a new community; to a family member, friend, or colleague supporting someone close to them.

In recognition of the importance of mental health and wellness, the Government of Canada is taking action to help Canadians create resilient communities that are supportive of mental well-being. This includes working with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples, community partners, and other stakeholders to address the stigma attached to mental health issues, and to improve access to quality mental health services.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank all those Canadians providing assistance and care to those facing mental health issues. I would also like to thank all those – including my mother Margaret – who have contributed to the public discussion on mental wellness through the openness and courage they have shown in sharing their personal struggles.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Oct 11-14

Next week will be a shortened week for local government within the Cariboo-Chilcotin, due to the Thanksgiving long weekend.  However, the following local governments are meeting next week:

Quesnel - Policy/Bylaw Review Committee on Wednesday, Oct 12th at 1pm.  On the Agenda:

* Committee Terms of Reference - Review and Approve
* Committee Draft Meeting Schedule - Review and Approve
* Standing Resolution for Standard Grant Applications - Discussion Only
* Dog Parks
* Cemetery Bylaw
* Water Metering (Commercial/Industrial Only)
* Marijuana Legislation Changes Update
* Quesnel Ladies Softball Association - Request for Naming of Sugarloaf Ball Park

View the full Agenda here

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 11th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  The Agenda, when available, can be viewed here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 11th at 7pm in 100 Mile Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  The Agenda, when available, can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District:

North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus
-- Regular Meeting on Tuesday, October 11th at 3pm in the CRD Quesnel Office (101-410 Kinchant Street, Quesnel).  On the Agenda:

* Invitation - Salmonid Enhancement Program Community Workshop 2017
* Deferred Item - Invitation from Northern Health - Quesnel Connect Invite

View the full Agenda here

North Cariboo Joint Committee - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, October 11th at 5:30pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (2nd Floor - 410 Kinchant Street, Quesnel).  On the Agenda:

* 2 Delegations: Northern Health - Quesnel's ER/ICU Renovation - Chief Operating Officer - Northern Interior Penny Anguish, Director Capital Projects and Developments Albert Sommerfeld and Health Service Administrator - Quesnel Debbie Strang & Quesnel Healthier Communities Committee - Youth APP Overview and Community Launch - Mike & Denise Williams - Introduction by Committee Chair, Quesnel Councillor Laurey-Anne Roodenburg

* Sr. 'A' Hockey Rates
* School District #28 Joint Use Agreement
* MKT Project Status Report (Quesnel Arena Replacement Project)
* North Cariboo Recreation and Parks Business Plan and Five Year Financial Plan
* Draft NCJPC 2017 Annual Meeting Schedule - Review, Assign Strategic Planning Dates & Approve
* Rural Dividend Application - North Cariboo Trails Inventory and Master Plan - Councilor Roodenburg to Discuss Seeking a Motion of Support
* UBCM Minister of Health Meeting - Councillor Roodenburg to Discuss Seeking a Motion of Support
* Barlow Creek Recreation Commission - Request for Funding

The Committee will also hold an In-Camera Meeting under the provision of Section 90(1k - negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

Finance/Budget Committee - Regular Meeting on Thursday, October 13th at 12:30pm in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

Review of Draft 2017 Business Plans for CRD Functions
View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District - Regular Meeting on Friday, October 14th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Interior Health (Peter Du Toit, Acute Health Services Administrator, James Kinakin, Director of Business Support, and Trisha Shetler, Community Integrated Services Manager)
* Capital Expenditure Bylaws for GR Baker Hospital/Dunrovin Lodge
* Update on Community Paramedicine Initiative - Interior Health Schedule
* Northern Health Press Release - New Digital Mammography Machine for GR Baker Memorial Hospital
* Request for Shared Funding for Portable Ultrasound at Cariboo Memorial Hospital
* Request for Support for a Full Academic Physiotherapy Program at UNBC

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Regular Meeting on Friday, October 14th at 9:45am in the CRD Boardroom.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Cathy MacLeod, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo
* Various Land Use Items
* CRD Recreation Properties – Danger Tree Assessments and Removal Costs
* Operating Agreement with Ducks Unlimited for Water Management Structures to Encourage Wildlife Habitat at the 108 Greenbelt
* Response Letter from Min. of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Rural Dividend Fund Application Requirements
* Response Letter from Minister of Environment - Mount Polley Post Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report
* Items from Regional Committees or Commission for endorsement
* 2 Bylaws for Adoption -- Red Bluff/Dragon Lake Sewer System (Gook Road Extension) Temporary Borrowing; CRD Board Procedure Bylaw Amendment

There will be also an In-Camera Meeting as per Section 90(1a - appointment) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

Community Events next week:

* Multi-Agency Forum on the subject of the Fentanyl Crisis - Thursday, Oct 13th at 7pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St)..  More details here