Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Working with New BC Government

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

When Council attended the Union of BC Municipalities convention this year we enjoyed unprecedented access to ministers of the new provincial government. Our access included eleven formally booked sessions with ministers and their senior staff plus a number of ad hoc meetings with other ministers and staff and a meeting with the Premier (with the Chair of the Cariboo Regional District and other mayors from the Cariboo region). This past week, two other provincial government ministers visited Quesnel, with one, the Minister of Agriculture, spending the entire day here meeting with a robust cross-section of the agriculture sector.
This direct and continuous access to the current decision-makers in the provincial government stands in stark contrast to the very limited access and exposure we had to the previous government. Despite the fact that Premier Clark and many ministers visited Quesnel on numerous occasions, neither Council nor I were given the opportunity to have the kind of access and influence we now have over the provincial agenda. It’s refreshing, and very hopeful, that we now have such direct, continuous access and influence over the priority setting for our region and community.
The key agenda we are pushing with the provincial government is to see critical public sector investments made in our community over the next few years, projects that will create real jobs and local economic benefits while enabling us to increase our ability to attract and retain residents, visitors, and investment. For example: we’re asking the Minister of Health to fast track the decision to build a new intensive care unit and emergency facility at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital and also consider building additional seniors’ care beds here to alleviate the current demand on our hospital beds; we’re asking the Ministry of Education to commit to building the long asked for new junior secondary school; and, we’ve asked the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to approve an addition to the Quesnel campus trades facility to expand the power engineering program that’s offered here. Our collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is also back on track, and we’re looking forward to working with ministry staff as they engage the public in a consultation process on options to see significant capital improvements made to the Highway 97 corridor through Quesnel.
Another key message we are promoting with the provincial government is that we were already undergoing a significant economic and social transition before this year’s fire event and that the wildfire impact on our forest ecosystems and timber supply has merely accelerated the need for us to innovate and re-invent our traditional forest sector while ensuring all our other job creating sectors (agriculture, mining, tourism, small business, education, etc.) are firing on all cylinders. This message is resonating with the provincial government and we’ve been provided with additional financial resources from the Province of British Columbia to develop a comprehensive transition and recovery strategy that we will present to the provincial cabinet in the New Year.
Our provincially funded transition and recovery team will be announced in the coming weeks and we look forward to engaging the public, not for profit organizations, and businesses across all sectors in the development of an innovative and exciting strategy to ensure our region remains resilient during this challenging transition period.
Bob Simpson is the Mayor of Quesnel.  He can be reached via email here

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

WL Council Highlights - Oct 17th mtg

Present -- Mayor W. Cobb; Councillors I. Bonnell (via phone), J. Ryll, C. Smith, L. Walters and S. Zacharias

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Meeting Agenda Adopted and Mins of  the Oct 3rd WL Council Meeting adopted

Delegations:

1) Scott Bone, CEO & Cory Klein, Vice-Chair - Northern Regional Construction Association appeared before Council to provide an Introduction, Trends and Advocacy Work with Local Governments

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked the delegation for their time/information

2) Tom Hoffman, Randy Chadney & Kevin Sytsma from Tolko Industries appeared before Council to discuss 2017 Wildfires, Operating Stance, Wood Supply and General Updates on Lakeview/Soda Creek Locations

A Question/Answer period ensued

Mayor Cobb, on behalf of Council, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Resolved -- Council agreed to provide Tolko with a letter of support encouraging the Provincial government to adopt policies, including stumpage rates which would make the harvesting and extraction of fire damaged timber economically viable

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable cheque listing for the periods of October 5 and 12, 2017

2) Council authorized submission of a grant application to the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) Façade Improvement Program and, if approved, directed Staff to implement the program based on the attached program guidelines and application from the report of the Director of Development Services

3) Council endorsed a Committee of the Whole recommendation, as follows:

Staff continue to report back to Council as per the proposed budget timeline presented, including options for both a zero percent tax rate increase and an inflationary cost of living rate increase.

4) Council approved the Winter Lights Christmas Magic Light-Up Event and Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2017

5) Council agreed to provide a letter of support to Gibraltar Mines for their application to permanently increase its annual authorized discharge rate to the Fraser River watershed from 0.19 m3/s to 0.285 m3/s between the period of April 10 and November 10

6) Council agreed to proclaim:

a) "Foster Family Month" - October 2017
b) "BC Aware Days" - January 29 to February 9, 2018

7) Late Item #1  - Council agreed to defer the pavement rehabilitation of Westridge Drive and Woodland Drive to start of the 2018 paving season.

8) Late Item #2 -  - Council agreed to support an application to the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalitition and, if the grant application is approved, add the Atlantic Power Heat Feasibility study to the City's 2018 budget as a strategic priority.

9) Late Item #3 - Council reconsidered/adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2249 (101 Mason Road)

10) Late Item #4 - Council approved the urgent capital work to re-roof the City's Works Yard Complex and further authorized waving Purchasing Policy No. 138 in favour of direct contract award to the local roofing company to facilitate the urgency of the work.

11) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as of Oct 17th, as follows:

October 5, 2017 - Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's Support Grant Applications Intake;
October 5, 2017 - Community Energy Association re Invitation to Council to Upcoming Climate Leadership Institute Workshop;
October 11, 2017 - Letter from MLA Barnett re Thank You for Hard Work During Wildfires
October 16, 2017 - Red Cross re BC Fires 3 Month Donor Report.

Members of Council provided oral reports on their recent activities

The CAO (M. Macdonald) provided an oral report on his recent activities

Media Question Period -- Provincial Cabinet Ministers visiting Williams Lake

Council agreed to adjourn at 7:16pm

Monday, October 16, 2017

2 New Cariboo RD Libraries in works!

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) is building new community libraries in McLeese Lake and Bridge Lake/Interlakes. While the summer wildfires delayed the projects significantly, the libraries are expected to open before the end of the year.
The new library building in McLeese Lake is in place and library staff are working to ready it for opening. Located directly behind the old library, the new building is a significant improvement with more space, air conditioning and room to accommodate two computer stations. The old building will be removed and repurposed.
“I am very excited to see a new library constructed in McLeese Lake. This project has been a long time coming and it is great to see library services expand in the community. The new building already looks amazing and the library isn’t even fully moved in yet,” said Steve Forseth, CRD Electoral Area D Director.
In Electoral Area L, the Cariboo Regional District recently purchased a piece of property in the Interlakes area for the new library. The community library was previously located in the Bridge Lake elementary school. Construction of the foundation for the building will begin mid-October and the installation of the new building will follow.
“I am pleased to see the library services improved in Electoral Area L. Libraries are important parts of communities and I look forward to see how the new building will benefit the residents in the area,” stated Electoral Area L Director, Brian Coakley.
The new libraries are modular buildings manufactured by Horizon North out of Kamloops. They were purchased with a view to shorten construction time and increase the ease of installation. Going forward, these buildings will be a standard design for all stand-alone rural libraries within the CRD. The design offers the space and functionality required to meet the needs of library users, with computer stations as well as reading and study areas.
The Cariboo Regional District Library is an integrated public library system that currently provides library services to residents of the regional district through fifteen branch libraries.
For further information about the Cariboo Regional District Library network or library events near you, visit the website at cln.ca or call 250-392-3351.

Review of 1st Debate - BCLib18

Yesterday - 6 of the 7 candidates to succeed Christy Clark as Leader of the BC Liberal Party attended their first debate in Surrey.  Those candidates were Todd Stone, Mike De Jong, Sam Sullivan, Andrew Wilkinson, Michael Lee and Dianne Watts.  The seventh candidate, Lucy Sager, was not able to attend

View the video below of the entire debate:



While you can read the wrap of the 1st debate from the Vancouver Sun here.  The next debate in Prince George will be on Saturday, November 4th and it will be livestreamed as yesterday's debate in Surrey was.

While the debate itself was tame and no major sparks flew in the 2 hour debate, two candidates from my perspective rose to the top -- Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone and Abbotsford West MLA Mike De Jong.  Props to Todd Stone for his mention of the NDP Government "Missing in Action" for the immediate needs of the Cariboo-Chilcotin, following this summer's unprecedented wildfires.  Questions asked at the debate yesterday (3) related to needs of urban voters but again, Todd Stone was the only candidate who made any mention of Rural BC

Finally - current BC Liberal Party MLA's in Todd Stone's support camp include Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar, Revelstoke-Columbia River MLA Doug Clovechok, Cariboo-North MLA Coralee Oakes and finally North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite

Looking forward to Debate #2 occurring in Prince George on November 4th with Rural Questions being asked at this debate forum!

~SF

Saturday, October 14, 2017

BC Above and Beyond Award

Courtesy of the BC Government:

The B.C. government has created the Above and Beyond Awards program to recognize people who made a big difference in their communities during 2017’s devastating floods and wildfires, BC Premier John Horgan announced today.

“People deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond to help each other in the midst of this year's devastating wildfires and floods,” said Premier Horgan.

“Those who opened their homes to people and pets, cooked meals for evacuees, and offered up comfort in a difficult time showed a true community spirit that needs to be celebrated.”

When this year’s floods and wildfires were at their most challenging, thousands of British Columbians stepped up and showed their commitment to their communities and those in need throughout the province. Their strength of character made everyone whose lives they touched grateful for their kindness, generosity and tireless efforts.

“Through the adversity of the floods and wildfires in the Interior over this past spring and summer, the strength and resilience of British Columbians shone through,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson. “We need to recognize and celebrate the incredible work that people from all walks of life offered to help neighbours and strangers in need.”

The Above and Beyond Awards program allows anyone in the province to nominate firefighters, first responders or anyone else in B.C. to acknowledge the exemplary service that they provided in response to difficult situations, as they assisted friends, neighbours and complete strangers.

“I’ve had the privilege to meet many extraordinary people this past summer who have gone above and beyond to assist their families, friends and neighbours. I know there are countless other instances of these everyday heroes and this award program is an opportunity to let them know about the lasting impact they have had on our communities,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness.

A website has been set up so people can learn more about this awards program and submit their nominations online: engage.gov.bc.ca/aboveandbeyondawards

Everyone who is nominated will receive a certificate of distinction, signed by Premier Horgan.

Nominations for the Above and Beyond Awards close on Jan. 15, 2018.

Quick Facts:

During freshet, close to 20 communities and thousands of homeowners were impacted by flood waters, and emergency social service supports were provided to more than 2,500 residents. The Province deployed 7.5 km of gabions, 6.7 km of Tiger Dams, and more than 4 million sandbags to support local authorities in their flood response.

Over the course of the wildfire season, approximately 65,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Over 1.2 million hectares were burnt and direct wildfire fighting costs reached over $552 million.

Friday, October 13, 2017

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

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

Quesnel - Meetings noted below in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor - 410 Kinchant St)

Executive Committee - Tuesday, Oct 17th at 9am.  On the Agenda:

* Community Engagement Calendar
* Items from Bylaw Review/Policy Committee -- Meeting Norms, Code of Conduct, Renumeration Policy, Oath of Office, Social Media Policy, Council Disclosure Statement Process

View the full Agenda here

Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee - Wednesday, Oct 18th at 1:30pm.  On the Agenda:

* Comprehensive Fees Bylaw Update
* Discussion Items -- Purchasing Policy/local purchasing; Recovery/City options; Financial Amendment Bylaw

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, Oct 18th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 17th at 6:30pm in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue North, Williams Lake).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

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

* 2 Delegations -- Scott Bone, CEO/Cory Klein, Vice-Chair - Northern Regional Construction Association re Introduction, Trends and Advocacy Work with Local Governments and Tom Hoffman, Randy Chadney & Kevin Sytsma, Tolko Industries re Wildfires, Operating Stance, Wood Supply and General Updates on Lakeview and Soda Creek Locations

* 2018 NDIT Façade Program Grant Application
* COW Recommendation for Endorsement -- 2018 Budget and 2018-2022 Financial Plan - Additional Information
* Letters for consideration -- Santa Parade and Winter Lights Event - Saturday, December 2, 2017 & Gibraltar Mines re PE-00416 Permit Amendment Application - Increase to Maximum Fraser River Discharge Flow Rate

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District -- Meetings noted below in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake):

Finance/Budget Committee -- Thursday, Oct 19th at 5:30pm.  Review of the 2018 Business Plans.  View the full Agenda here

Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Board -- Friday, Oct 20th at 9:30am.  On the Agenda:

* Consent Calendar
* MLA Donna Barnett - Letter to Minister of Health re Cariboo Memorial Hospital
* Interior Health Capital Projects and Planning Status Reports for August 2017
* Northern Health - Second Quarter Capital Status Reports
* Revised Northern Health Authority Memorandum of Understanding
* Delegation at 11am -- Interior Health Update

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District Board -- Friday, Oct 20th at 9:45am On the Agenda:

* Various Land Use Planning Items (Electoral Area Directors' only vote)
* Various Grant for Assistance applications from Areas G, F
* Letter from SD27 Board re: 2017 Wildfire Concerns
* Consent Calendar
* Various Committee Minutes/Recommendations for receipt/endorsement
* Requests from Director S. Forseth for Red Cross Presentation/Cariboo Strong Program/NCLGA Resolution for Provincial Financial Support for SAR's/VFD's in Provincial State of Emergency Events

* In-Camera Session as per Section 90 (1e/k - land and negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 International Day of the Girl

Today marks the 5th Anniversary of the United Nations declaring October 11th as the International Day of the Girl

First declared on October 11th, 2012 -- it is to raise awareness of issues facing girls internationally including education, nutrition, child marriage, legal and medical rights. More on this from Wikipedia here

Here in Canada, here are some facts about today (Courtesy of Status of Woman Canada):

* Sexual offences are eight times more likely to be committed against girls aged 12-17 than male youth.

* For girls, depression typically stems from “low self-esteem, negative body image, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and stress.”

* Young women from 15 to 24 experience nearly 6 times the rate of dating violence as young men.

* Girls with higher mathematical ability are less likely to pursue STEM fields at university than boys with lower mathematical ability.

* In 2012/2013, only 2.5% of girls aged 12 to 17 met the current physical activity guideline of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) daily

Why is today important? According to Status of Woman Canada:


Equal opportunity for girls is good for all of us.

Girls throughout the world face higher rates of violence, poverty, discrimination. In Canada, girls have higher rates of depression, sexual harassment and dating violence.

There is a growing recognition around the world that support for girls and their basic human rights is key for healthy communities.

Improving girls' lives has a ripple effect. What is good for them is good for all of us.

This international day promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls around the world in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse.
It is important to build up strong girls including standing up for what is right, no matter how hard it is, so that, one day, they become strong woman and that is important for future generations of Canadian society

~SF

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

SD27 Public Consultation Session - Cataline Elementary Bus Loop

Cataline Elementary School


From 6:30pm to 8:30pm this evening -- School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) hosted a Public Information Open House in the Cataline Elementary School Gym, in regards to SD27's Bus Loop Proposal for the Cataline Elementary School Site

The entire Board of Education for School District #27 along with SD27 Superintendent Mark Wintjes & SD27 Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Futcher were all in attendance along with roughly a dozen people of the general public



Background documents:

1) Traffic Flow Information - click here
2) Bus Loop Backgrounder - click here
3) ICBC Report - click here

From what I observed from 6:30-7:30pm tonight, I was pleased to see people engaged with SD27 Board Members and SD27 Staff.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, Nov 7th at 6:30pm - Cataline Elementary - Formal Public Input on the draft Cataline Elementary Bus Loop Plan

~SF

Friday, October 6, 2017

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Oct 10-13

With the Thanksgiving Long Weekend upon us - next week will be an abbreviated one but the following local governments' of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week, as follows:

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 10th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Swearing In of New Councillor-elect Lindsay (Read) Kay
* Wells Snow Removal Contract
* District of Wells Water Supply Update
* NDIT Applications - Business Facade/Marketing Initiatives
* Update to the Grant in Aid Process
* Staff Informational Reports
* Consent Calendar
* In-Camera Meeting, as per Sections 90(1a,c,g,h,i,j) [appointment, labour, potential/actual litigation, receipt of legal advice, information protected from public disclosure] of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

Quesnel - Policy/Bylaw Review Committee on Tuesday, Oct 10th at 9am in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Official Community Plan Update Review & Urban Chicken and Bees
* Single-Use Plastic Bags and Plastic Recycling Contamination
* Shipping Containers (Commercial Use in Development Permit Areas/Communications with Existing Residential Owners)

View the full Agenda here

School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) - Public Consultation Session #1 on new Cataline Elementary School Bus Loop/Traffic Flow.  6:30-8:30pm at Cataline Elementary School (1185 Blair St, Williams Lake).   More details here

Williams Lake - Committee of the Whole session on Tuesday, Oct 10th at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (Basement - 450 Mart Street).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation - Jeff Pelley, RCMP Inspector/Detachment Commander & Dave Dickson, Manager of Community Safety re Police Commission Report
* 2018 Budget and 2018-2022 Financial Plan Timeline and Direction - Additional Information
* Comments on Proposed Greyhound Service Reduction

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 10th at 7pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  When available, you can view the Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus - 3pm on Tuesday, Oct 10th in the CRD Quesnel Office (101-410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Mary Sjostrom, President, Tom Weckworth, Treasurer, and Bruce Broughtin,Vice-President, of the Quesnel Community Foundation to appear before the
Caucus to discuss the CRD's contribution to the foundation

* Discussion Items -- Relationship with School District 28 Board/North Cariboo Recreation Commissions

View the full Agenda here

North Cariboo Joint Committee - 5:30pm on Tuesday, Oct 10th in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* West Fraser Centre Grand Opening Acknowledgment; CRD Director J. Bruce
* Recognition that West Fraser Centre received the 2017 Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Award at this year's Union of BC Municipalities Convention

* Arena Project Status Report
* 2018 North Cariboo Recreation/Parks Draft Budget for review
* Alex Fraser Park Facility Condition Assessment
* Liquor Permits and Licensing at the West Fraser Centre
* Northern Development Initiative Trust Applications
* Age Friendly Initiative
* Recovery Initiative Funding Update

View the full Agenda here

Finance/Audit Committee - 9am on Friday, Oct 13th in the Cariboo Regional District Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Referred Item from Aug 31st CRD Board Meeting - Request from Area F Director J. Sorley re: Compensation for Electoral Area Directors' Working during Emergency Situations
* Review of Services Process

View the full Agenda here

Post Event Report - 2017 UBCM Convention

As is my practice following attendance at a Convention/Seminar -- find below my Post Event Report outlining my attendance at the 2017 Union of BC Muncipalities Convention held in Vancouver, BC from September 25th - 29th, 2017



Thursday, October 5, 2017

CCACS launches new pilot Support Grants Program for 2018

Courtesy of the Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Society:

Four new support grants of up to $1000 are available for non-profit/community groups or individual artists to support and develop arts and culture in Williams Lake and the Central Cariboo (CRD Areas D, E, and F) via a pilot Support Grants Project. The funding for these grants is made available from the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society (CCACS).

The CCACS will be offering two pilot application intakes for 2018.
Intake #1: December 1, 2017 application deadline for grants to be completed by June 30, 2018.
Intake #2: June 1, 2018 application deadline for grants to be completed by December 31, 2018.

Non-profit/Community Group Support Grants

• Capital Acquisition Grants are available to facilitate and support the artistic activities of the organization or group through capital purchases.
• General Program Support Grants are available for activities such as workshops, professional development, or any other activity designed to enhance an existing program.
• Community-Based Support Grants are available for community-based artistic activities.

Individual Artist Support Grants

• Professional Development Grants are available to individual artists to assist with course fees, related necessary materials and travel on the understanding that applicants will be required to show how the professional development activity will benefit not only their own practice, but also the general community and local artists.

For further information/application forms please visit www.centralcaribooarts.com/grants or contact CCACS Executive Director Leah Selk at 778-412-9044 or email info@centralcaribooarts.com.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Quesnel Council Highlights - Oct 3rd mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development
In order to address the significant uncertainties of the proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing development, Council approved the following process before moving forward with the proposed Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment Bylaws 1829 and 1830:
  1. The Proponent, BC Housing, must provide the Operations model for the proposed facility that will then be appended to the Housing Agreement;
  2. A Housing Agreement Bylaw has been prepared and has received First, Second and Third Bylaw readings;
  3. A Good Neighbour Agreement has been prepared and entered into with the Operator of the proposed facility and required stakeholders;
  4. Items 1-3 above must be completed before October 31, 2017;
  5. Provided Items 1–3 above have been completed before October 31, 2017, a second Open House, hosted by BC Housing, is recommended prior to moving forward with proposed Bylaws 1829 and 1830; and
  6. Provided Item 5 above has been completed, a second City of Quesnel Public Hearing, for proposed Bylaws 1829 and 1830, be held.
Council passed a further motion requesting BC Housing to issue a formal News Release responding to the October 3, 2017 News Release issued by the Quesnel Shelter and Support Society regarding the proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing development.
Bylaw of the Month 
This month’s educational awareness Bylaw-of-the-Month campaign is around the storage of large vehicles for the City’s residential areas. The City’s Zoning Bylaw 1662, Section 4.23, states that it would be ideal to totally conceal within a building when parking or storage a large vehicle on one’s property, but if that is not possible, then the following applies:
  • Must be parked behind the front wall of the house 
    • One truck, or large vehicle, not exceeding one tonne rated capacity.
    • A combination of up to 3 trailers, recreational vehicles, boat trailers or boats, each not exceeding 10 m (33 ft.) in length, except on lots greater than ½ acre where the length shall no exceed 12.2m (40 ft.).
    • If no lane access to the back of the lot, or the siting of the house does not allow vehicles to be placed behind the front wall of the house, storing of these types of vehicles is permitted, as long as visual quality and sightlines are maintained.
    Please contact the Bylaw Services Department at 250-992-5743 for more information.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies
Council approved the temporary roadway closures requested by the Royal Canadian Legion Quesnel Branch #94 for the Remembrance Day Parade from 9:30 to 11:30 am on November 11, 2017. The roadways that will be affected are the 200 Blocks of Kinchant Street and McLean Street, and the 300 Blocks of Barlow and Carson Avenues.
Bylaws 
  • Bylaws 1829 & 1830 – OCP & Zone Amendments – Supportive Housing (Elliott Street) – Deferred further Bylaw readings until conditions have been met. Please see above.
  • Bylaw 1833 – Permissive Exemption Amendment – Second and Third Reading
Next Meetings 
  • 5:30 pm, October 10, 2017 – North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee
  • 7 pm, October 17, 2017 – Regular Council Meeting

NCLGA 2018 Draft AGM/Convention Agenda available!

The 2018 Draft Agenda of the North Central Local Government Association AGM/Convention being held in Fort Nelson, BC from May 7-10, 2018 is now available

Some noteworthy items on the Draft AGM/Convention Agenda include:

* Rural Roundtable (Electoral Area Directors' only)
* Alaska Highway Experience
* First Nations Cultural Experience
* Walk & Talk with the Mayor & CAO of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality
* Asset Management: Best Practices
* Increasing Revenues

You are strongly encourage to register early here as it is expected to sell out quickly while you can read the full Draft Agenda here

~SF

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

WL Council Highlights - Oct 3rd mtg

Present - Acting Mayor C. Smith; Councillors I. Bonnell, S. Nelson, J. Ryll, L. Walters and S. Zacharias

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Meeting Agenda approved/Mins of the Sept 12th meeting of WL City Council adopted

Delegation:

Laura Klassen & Linda Evans from Community Living BC appeared before Council to request a proclamation for "Community Living Month" (Oct 2017) in the City of Williams Lake

A Question/Answer period ensued thereon

Acting Mayor/Councillor C. Smith, on behalf of Council, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Resolved -- That pursuant to the request of Community Living BC, the month of October 2017 be proclaimed as "Community Living Month" in the City of Williams Lake, pursuant to City policy

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings dated September 14, 21 and 27, 2017

2) Council approved a request to the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing for the powers, pursuant to Section 781 of the Local Government Act, for the disposition (write-off) of property taxes receivable, including penalty and interest amounts, on the manufactured home properties, identified as:

a) Folio #70170041, manufactured home registry #058377, civic address: 4-1700 South Broadway Avenue, Williams Lake BC V2G 2W5, owner: Gray, Lawrence O.

b) Folio #70170371, manufactured home registry #004274, civic address: 37-1700 South Broadway Avenue, Williams Lake BC V2G 3W5, owner: Scott, Clarence Edward.

c) Folio #70490101, manufactured home registry #021603, civic address: 10-1406 South Broadway Avenue, Williams Lake BC V2G 0A1, owner: Rosette, Cynthia M.

3) Council ratified email polls to authorize the following:

a) submission of an application for funding by the Fraser Basin Council on behalf of the City of Williams Lake to the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative before October 6, 2017, with the City contributing a maximum of 20% in cash or in kind and City staff providing the overall management of the funding

b) submission of an application for funding by the Williams Lake Community Forest on behalf of the City of Williams Lake to the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative before October 6, 2017, with the City contributing a maximum of 20% in cash or in kind and City staff providing the overall management of the funding

c) change the Public Hearing date for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2249 to October 3, 2017, from October 17, 2017

d) increase in the 2017 pavement rehabilitation budget by $567,000, and directing Staff to amend the 2017 Road Rehabilitation Program to include Fox Mountain Road, Westridge Drive and Woodland Drive upon approval of a contract within this budget

4) Council accepted an application to permanently close and remove part of the laneway dedication for the lane dedicated on Plan 1553, abutting lots 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 AND 16, all in Block 4, District Lot 71, Cariboo District; and further, "Williams Lake Laneway Closure and Removal of Laneway Dedication Bylaw No. 2267, 2017" was given 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings, and Staff was directed to issue notice of the proposed laneway closure to adjacent property owners and tenants (Rona Building Supplies - Proctor St)

5) Council awarded the contract for the supply of dried bulk highway salt for the 2017/18 winter season to Lafarge Asphalt Technologies for the tendered price of $131.00 per metric tonne, excluding applicable taxes

6) Council approved the annual Halloween Fireworks Show & Bonfire on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:15 PM at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds

7) Council received a report of the Recreation Coordinator in regards to the 3rd Annual Fall Harvest Run and Event on Sunday, Oct 15th

8)  Council authorized the following, in respect of 2017 Remembrance Day activities:

a) Poppy Campaign sale days from October 27 to November 11, 2017
b) Parade Route on November 11, 2017 as indicated, and City Staff coordinate the placement of barricades as requested
c) approve the use of the City Hall lobby for accumulation of wreaths and crosses before and after the service parade
d) approve the Legion Flag to be displayed on the City's flag pole for the week of November 4 through 11, 2017

9) Late Item Council agreed to rescind Third Reading of Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2260 (1704 Broadway Ave South) as given on April 25, 2017 by Council Resolution No. 157/17; and Staff was directed to issue notice of the application to surrounding property owners and tenants within a 100 metre radius of the subject property and a new Public Hearing be scheduled for November 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers

10) Council received the 'Council Information Package' as of October 3rd, 2017, as follows:

September 15, 2017 - CRD Board Highlights

Members of Council provided oral reports on their recent activities
The CAO (M. MacDonald) provided an oral report on his recent activities

Media Question Period -- Sept 28th Museum Society Meeting (item to come forward at Oct 10th Committee of the Whole meeting)

Meeting recessed at 6:42pm to 7pm Public Hearing on Zoning Amendment Bylaw #2249 (101 Mason Rd)

Meeting resumed at 7:03pm

11) After a public hearing, Council gave 3rd Reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2249 - Leif & Sarah Dressler (101 Mason Rd). The bylaw will now need approval of the Minister of Transportation/Infrastructure as the subject property is with 800 metres of a controlled highway, namely Highway 97 North

Council agreed to adjourn at 7:04pm


City of Quesnel response to Quesnel Shelter/Support Society on Elliott St Proposal

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

The board of the Quesnel Shelter and Support Society (QS&SS) issued a press release today which “condemns, in the strongest possible terms” Mayor Simpson and City Council’s “obstruction” of the proposed supportive housing development for Elliott Street. City Administration believes that the Shelter Board does not understand the development process and as a result is mis-characterizing the role of elected officials in the development process.
The press release by QS&SS indicates a lack of understanding of the role of the Mayor and Council. City Council only has a voice through voted resolutions of Council, requiring a majority of Council voting in the affirmative. One Council member does not control the agenda. In addition, Council resolutions are almost always made with the benefit of staff reports and recommendations which take into account the legislative and policy framework already established at the City. To suggest that Mayor Simpson and fellow Councillors are “recklessly peddling” misinformation is offensive.
As part of the re-zoning process the general public has a legal right to clearly understand what is being proposed. The public hearing held by the City on September 18th, resulted in a number of questions that still need to be answered. City staff will be suggesting to Council that BC Housing hold another public information session to answer questions and clear up misunderstanding about the development. City staff will also be recommending to Council to hold another formal public hearing following the information session.
To help look after community interests the City needs to know how the new facility will be operated. Without a clear understanding of who will be served by the new development, and what services will be offered, it’s impossible for the City to develop an understanding of the community impacts. This is why the issue of drop-in services is important.
It’s important to understand the roles of BC Housing, QS&SS and the City in this development proposal. As the developer, BC Housing’s role is to develop housing and provide supportive services to its clientele through a contractual relationship with the Service Provider. QS&SS is the service provider that has been operating the existing Season’s House and whom BC Housing has suggested they will contract for the new facility. The City’s role is to consider the interests of the whole community, not just a targeted clientele.
With regards to the Housing Agreement and the Good Neighbour Agreement which the City is requiring to be completed; these are the tools that will hold this new development accountable. It would be negligent if the City did not require these.
The City commits to continuing its work with BC Housing and other key stakeholders as this development goes through the normal process. The City supports seeing the continued improvement of services and facilities for our most vulnerable residents and recognizes our role in ensuring an evaluation of all land use impacts for landowners and the community as a whole.

Monday, October 2, 2017

LGLA 2017 Certificates Awarded

Courtesy of the Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) :



The Mission of the Local Government Leadership Academy is to provide local government and First Nations elected officials and senior administrators with comprehensive, timely and dedicated leadership development opportunities throughout their terms of office/employment in the interest of improving governance at the local level and is governed by a 7-9 member board of directors drawn from the Union of BC Municipalities, the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the Local Government Management Association, and the Municipal Finance Authority, with representation from the First Nations sector and up to two directors at large appointed by the Board.  The Municipal Insurance Association and BC Assessment also have the opportunity to sit on the LGLA Board. The President of the LGLA Board is currently Columbia Shuswap Regional District Chair Rhona Martin

~SF

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Steve's Meeting/Expense Calendar -Sept 2017

In the month of September 2017 - I attended the following meetings/events:

* Sept 1st - 2018 Wildwood VFD Budget Meeting
* Sept 6th - McLeese Lake Recreation Commission Meeting
* Sept 15th - CRD/CCRHD Board Meetings
* Sept 18th - Wildwood Community Association Meeting
* Sept 25th - 29th -- 2017 Union of BC Municipal Convention in Vancouver BC

For expenses submitted in the month of September 2017:

Sept 15th - $185 for CRD/CCRHD Board Meetings

Sept 25-29th -- for the 2017 Union of BC Muncipalities Convention

i) Mileage between WL-Vancouver Roundtrip -- $593.60

ii) Daily Attendance Fees  -- $555.00

~SF

Kamloops elects new Mayor/2 new City Councillors!

After a triggered by-election, this past June, as a result of former Kamloops Mayor (and now Kamloops-North Thompson MLA) Peter Milobar and former Kamloops City Councillors Marg Spina and Ken Christian, all resigning from local elected office - the citizens' of Kamloops, last night, elected 1 new Mayor and 2 new City Councillors for the remaining portion of the 2014-18 term, which will be October 2017 - October 2018. The citizens of Kamloops had 21 people to chose from, for 2 City Councillors and 6 people to chose from, for the position of Mayor of Kamloops

After the polls closed at 8pm last night - it only took 30 mins to learn that the citizens' of Kamloops chose Ken Christian (formerly a Kamloops City Councillor and former SD73 Trustee and SD73 Board Chair) as its' Mayor and Kathy Sinclair/Ray Dhaliwal as their 2 new City Councillors until October 20th, 2018.  See the full unofficial results here.  As many have done already, many congrats to those who ran but were not successful, democracy is also best served when the citizens are given choices.  21.17% of eligible voters' in the City of Kamloops cast a ballot which is significantly higher than the usual 5-8% in a standard by-election and about 10-12 points below casted ballots in a general local government election.  Kamloops This Week (KTW) interviewed Kamloops Mayor-elect Ken Christian about his priorities going forward here while KTW interviewed Kamloops City Councillors-elect Kathy Sinclair/Ray Dhaliwal about their priorities going forward here

It is fair to assume the vast number of candidates for Kamloops Mayor or Kamloops City Council in this by-election will review their election performance and make decisions about another Council bid in the fall of 2018. Former Kamloops-North Thompson MLA (and Kamloops City Council candidate) Kevin Krueger, who came within 250 votes of election has already confirmed his intention to run again in October 2018 - click here

Key Dates going forward:

Tuesday, October 3rd - Chief Election Officer confirms election results as official

Saturday, October 14th - 1st available date that successful candidates for Kamloops Mayor/Kamloops City Councillor can take their Oath of Office

Kamloops Mayor-elect Ken Christian & Kamloops City Councillors-elect Kathy Sinclair/Ray Dhaliwal will take their respective Oaths of Office on Monday, October 16th

~SF


Friday, September 29, 2017

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

After last week's Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver, the following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 3rd at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Reports from Sept 15th CRD Board Meeting and 2017 Union of BC Municipalities Convention'
* Elliott Street Supportive Housing Proposal
* Bylaw of the Month - Storage of Large Vehicles and Equipment
* Letter from Royal Canadian Legion #94 - Request for Remembrance Day Parade Street Closures

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 3rd at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Laura Klassen & Linda Evans, Community Living BC re "Community Living Month" Proclamation

* Request to Write Off Uncollected Taxes
* Poll of Council - Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) Applications - Community Forest & Wildfire Urban Interface Funding
* Poll of Council - Change to Public Hearing Date for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2249 for 101 Mason Road
* Encroachment Agreement - School District No. 27 - 1175 Blair Street (Cataline Elementary)
* Poll of Council - Additional 2017 Pavement Rehabilitation Opportunities
* Remembrance Day Ceremonies & Poppy Sales

View the full Agenda here

Then at 7pm, Council will hold a Public Hearing on Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2249 for 101 Mason Road.  View the Public Hearing Agenda here







UBCM 2017 - Day 5 of 5

Good morning:

Today is the final day of the 2017 Union of BC Muncipalities Convention being held in Vancouver

Today - I will be attending:

* Conclusion of Resolutions Debate
* Installation of new UBCM President Wendy Booth
* Address by the Hon. John Horgan, BC Premier to UBCM Delegates

After the Convention adjourns at 10:30am, UBCM Delegates will then make their way back to their home communities

Have a wonderful Friday

~SF

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cariboo RD welcomes new CAO!

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District Board is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), John MacLean. 

MacLean was previously the CAO for the Kootenay Boundary Regional District and, prior to that, Corporate Officer for the Cariboo Regional District. MacLean is scheduled to begin work Oct. 2, 2017, and will replace long time CAO Janis Bell who will be retiring later this year

Council Disappointed to Lose First Mural

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The City of Williams Lake is extremely disappointed to learn that the city’s first mural, on the side of the Kondola’s Furniture building, has been painted over.
After learning that the owner of the building was intending to paint over the mural in order to upgrade the building’s appearance, Council and staff both reached out to building owner Paul Kondola repeatedly over the past few months, in an effort to persuade him to reconsider. The City also advised Mr. Kondola that funding was available to restore the mural at no cost to him. 
“It is extremely disheartening to hear of the lack of respect for Williams Lake’s first mural,” said Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb. “We have worked hard to establish Williams Lake as the Mural Capital of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, and this iconic part of our downtown core is now lost.”
Local artist Dwayne Davis painted the mural in 2000, depicting Farwell Canyon and other local Cariboo scenes such as Three Sisters mountains and Tsuniah Lake. It was one of 19 murals featured throughout Williams Lake.

UBCM 2017 - Day 4 of 5

Good morning:

Today is Day 4 of the 2017 Union of BC Muncipalities Convention being held in Vancouver

For a quick rundown for UBCM activities yesterday - click here

Today - I will be attending:

* Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation in BC - Clinic
* Resolutions Debate
* Forestry 101 - Principles and Opportunities for Strengthening Community Interaction - Afternoon Workshop
* UBCM Banquet

Meetings I have scheduled today:

1) Provincial Staff meeting regarding use of Community Gaming Grant (Public Safety Envelope) and VFD Training

2) Emergency Management BC meeting re: Paying Rural VFD's for their service rendered to the Province

3) Meet with Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson in regards to revising the service boundary for Building Inspection within Area 'D'

Have a wonderful Thursday!

~SF

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

UBCM 2017 - Day 3 of 5

Good morning:

Today is Day 3 of the 2017 Union of BC Muncipalities Convention being held in Vancouver

Today - I will be attending:

* Convention Opening Session
* Keynote Address: Terry Milewski (former CBC Reporter)
* Annual Trade Show
* 2017 UBCM Resolutions Debate
* Cabinet Town Hall Session on Infrastructure and Economic Development
* BC Government Reception

I do not have any meetings scheduled today

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

~SF

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

UBCM 2017 - Day 2 of 5

Good morning:

Today is Day 2 of the 2017 Union of BC Muncipalities Convention being held in Vancouver

Today - I will be attending:

* Uncivil Civic Engagement - Clinic
* Electoral Area Directors Forum
* Leading Through Crisis: Flooding and Fires in 2017
* Address from the FCM President (Winnipeg City Councillor/Deputy Mayor Jenny Gerbasi)
* Update on Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Dispute - Provincial Policy Session
* UBCM Welcome Reception

For meetings today --

I will be participating in a Network BC meeting with Chair Al Richmond/CAO Janis Bell about rural cell coverage and more specifically, coverage for the Xat'sull/Blue Lake area and a meeting with Ministry of Transportation Staff in regards to garbage collection at the McLeese Lake Boat Launch site

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

~SF

Monday, September 25, 2017

UBCM 2017 - Day 1 of 5

Good morning:

Today is Day 1 of the 2017 Union of BC Muncipalities Convention being held in Vancouver

Today - I will be attending:

* Funding for Local Governments -- Study Session
* Advancing Local Government and First Nations Relations -- Study Session
* Electoral Area Directors Meet and Greet

As of scheduled meetings today -- I have a meeting with Todd Stone (MLA - Kamloops-South Thompson) and the BC Liberal Official Opposition Critic for Local Government to brief him on local government matters pertaining to my Area

Have a wonderful Monday!

~SF

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cariboo Local Gov'ts off to UBCM 2017

Elected officials from the Districts of 100 Mile House/Wells, Cities of Quesnel/Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District are off to Vancouver to attend the 114th Convention of the Union of BC Muncipalities (UBCM) being held from September 25-29, 2017

The full 2017 UBCM Convention Guide can be viewed here along with the 2017 UBCM Resolutions Book here

The Convention consists of two days of Pre-Convention events (Mon/ Tues Sept 25-26) with the Convention officially getting started on Wednesday, Sept 27th with the Convention adjourning at noon on Friday, Sept 29th

I will be posting daily reports from the Convention so stay tuned for those here, starting Monday morning

If you are on Facebook - you can follow my UBCM posts here
If you are on Twitter - you can follow my UBCM posts here

Upon my return from Vancouver  - I will publish an Post Event Report on my attendance at the 2017 UBCM Convention

~SF

Friday, September 22, 2017

School District #27 Board meets Tuesday

The Board of Education for School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) will be the only local government in the Region to meet next week (Tues Sept 26th) at 6:30pm in the SD27 Boardroom (350 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Consent Agenda
* Reports from the Superintendent of School and Secretary-Treasurer
* 2016-17 Audited Financial Statements
* Unexpended Funds Targeted Dollars - First Nations (Request to BC's Minister of Education)
* Ministry of Education Finance Audit of SD27
* 2017 Wildfires Issues - Report from SD27 Board Chair Tanya Guenther
* Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

View the full Agenda here

~SF

Campfire Ban rescinded in Cariboo Fire Centre!

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

Effective at noon on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, Southeast Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre. A return to more seasonal weather conditions and recent precipitation has reduced the wildfire risk in these areas.

The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, which are fires larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, remain prohibited in these three fire centres. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

The use of sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, air curtain burners, fireworks (including firecrackers) and burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description remain prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, but will be allowed in the Kamloops Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre as of noon on Sept. 22. The use of tiki torches and chimineas will be allowed in all three fire centres as of noon on Sept. 22.

People wishing to light a campfire must have ready access to eight litres of water or a shovel during the entire time the campfire is lit. They also must completely extinguish the campfire and the ashes must be cold to the touch before they leave the area for any length of time.

Open burning prohibitions apply to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department. Always check with local authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in place before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Although the off-road vehicle prohibition in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre was rescinded on Sept. 20, 2017, the public is reminded that area restrictions are in effect in the vicinity of some wildfires in these fire centres.

More information about current area restrictions and open burning prohibitions can be found online at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can follow the latest wildfire news on:

* Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quesnel Council defers further readings of the Elliott Street supportive housing bylaws

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Due to significant and ongoing confusion surrounding the operating model for BC Housing’s proposed supportive housing complex on Elliott Street, Quesnel City Council has voted to defer any further readings of the two bylaws needed to give this project the go ahead. Despite pressing pause on this particular project, Council remains committed to enabling BC Housing to invest in supportive transition housing in Quesnel and to working with our community’s health and social service agencies to provide much needed mental health and addictions services to some of the most vulnerable and marginalized citizens in our community.
Quesnel City Council will not consider these bylaws again until the following conditions are met:
  1. The operating model for this supportive housing facility is clearly communicated to Council and to the public.
     
  2. All questions from the public received at the September 18 public hearing have been answered and posted on the City’s website.
     
  3. A Housing Agreement (between BC Housing and the City of Quesnel) is finalized and signed by BC Housing, and a Good Neighbour Agreement is approved by Council and signed by the operator.
     
  4. A transition plan is developed that clearly outlines what services will not be offered at the proposed supportive housing complex and where those services will be delivered in the community. This transition plan must also outline how the current facility (Seasons House on Carson Avenue) will transition to the service delivery model proposed for the new supportive housing facility as soon as possible.
“We hope that BC Housing will work with the community to clarify the confusion about what services will and will not be offered at their proposed supportive housing facility,” said Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson. “This confusion has come as a result of the proposed operator (the Quesnel Shelter and Support Society, which currently runs Seasons House) refusing to work cooperatively with the City to develop agreements that will avoid a repeat of the significant community safety issues created by the way the current homeless shelter is being managed.”
Council also passed a resolution strongly advising BC Housing to issue an open Request for Proposals for the operations of their proposed new facility so all qualified service providers interested in operating this new facility can bid on the operating contract, including the Quesnel Shelter and Support Society. “Unfortunately, the Quesnel Shelter and Support Society has lost the confidence of too many citizens in our community to simply be awarded the contract without having to compete with other qualified organizations,” stated Mayor Simpson. “There are a number of agencies in our community and in Williams Lake and Prince George that should be given an equal opportunity to bid on this contract; agencies that have strong and unblemished track records and years of experience running supportive housing facilities.”
Mayor Simpson reaffirmed the City’s commitment to work with Northern Health, the RCMP, and all the other social services and mental health and addictions agencies to develop a strategy to provide comprehensive supports to people with addictions and mental health issues. The City has been actively working with Northern Health in an effort to develop this strategy since early March this year, but these efforts have been stymied by the refusal of the Quesnel Shelter and Support Society to engage in this process in a proactive and productive manner.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quesnel Council Highlights - Sept 19th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development

A Public Hearing was held on Monday, September 17, 2017 regarding the proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development. Many questions were brought forward from the public stemming from the lack of clarity regarding the proposed operations of BC Housing’s proposed Supportive Housing Development. As a result, Council has deferred any further Bylaw readings for this proposed development until:

1) The operating model is clearly communicated to Council and to the public;

2) All questions from the public received at the September 18th Public Hearing have been answered and posted to the City’s website;

3) The Housing Agreement is finalized and signed by BC Housing, and the Good Neighbour Agreement is approved by Council and signed by the Operator; and
4) A transition plan is developed that clearly outlines what services will not be offered at the proposed Supportive Housing complex and where those services will be delivered in the community. This transition plan must also outline how the current Seasons House facility (located on Carson Avenue) will transition to the new service delivery model proposed for the new Supportive Housing facility.

Further, Council passed a motion recommending to BC Housing to issue a Request for Proposal for the operations of their proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing facility so all service providers interested may bid on the operating contract for this proposed facility.

Ministers Meetings

At the upcoming Union of British Columbia Municipalities Annual Convention, from September 25 to 29, Council will be meeting with 11 Ministers and the Premier to discuss various City initiatives. To view the full schedule, and topics to be discussed, please see the report attached to the September 19th Agenda.

Age Friendly Advisory Committee

Quesnel is now one step closer to becoming an “Age Friendly Community”. This initiative encourages and supports communities to ensure that older citizens can age in place, enjoy good health, and remain active in their home-community. Council passed the necessary motions required to create a Select Committee and approved this Committee’s Terms of Reference. Next steps include completing an Age-Friendly Community Assessment and accompanying Action Plan for the City of Quesnel.

Water Ambassador Program

Council heard the results of the City’s new Water Ambassador Program that ran this past summer from May 15 to August 26, where to two university students went door-to-door and attended the Farmer’s Market to promote education of water conservation, the City’s Watering Bylaw 1763 and the City’s West Quesnel Land Stability project. The students visited 2052 homes, spoke to 726 residents and increased awareness to where approximately 60% of residents canvassed were aware of Bylaw 1763 watering restrictions. Council has asked the Financial Sustainability Committee to look at incorporating into the 2018 budget an Environmental Sustainability Ambassador Program for next summer.

Maximizing Parking – Museum/Visitors Information Centre

One of Council’s 2017 strategic initiatives is to increase RV Parking for the City. With this in mind, Council approved the re-design and re-build of the Museum parking lot that will maximize parking, including some RV parking, by the relocation of the existing circular flower bed and Billy Barker wooden carving to the south side of the museum entrance.

Spirit Centre – Grand Opening on Sept 23rd

The City of Quesnel, in partnership with the Quesnel Downtown Business Association, will host the Grand Opening of the Spirit Centre facility on Saturday, September 23rd from 10 am – 3 pm. There will be a vendors’ market, speeches at 11 am followed by free cookies for the public. The Spirit Centre public parking lot will be closed to make way for this community celebration.

Bylaws

Bylaws 1829 & 1830 – OCP & Zone Amendments – Supportive Housing (Elliott Street) – Deferred further Bylaw readings until conditions have been met. Please see above.
Bylaw 1833 – Permissive Exemption Amendment – First Reading

Next Meetings

7 pm, October 3, 2017 – Regular Council Meeting

5:30 pm, October 10, 2017 – North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee

Timely Community Celebration of new West Fraser Centre!

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

The opening weekend for the new arena was a real, and very timely, celebration for our community. Timely, because for many people it signalled both the end of this summer’s challenging fire season and the end of a very long struggle to get this new venue built. Real, because everyone from our community was able to participate in an affordable and accessible celebration of what our entire community has accomplished together. From the sold out concert attended by over 1800 people, to the free afternoon tailgate party and free skate, to the sold out Canucks Alumni game enjoyed by over 1300 people, everyone in our community had an opportunity to participate in the celebration of this milestone achievement.

When the current North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee (NCJPC), which oversees the sub-regional recreation function and is made up of the four Northern Directors of the Cariboo Regional District and all of Council, was presented with the first real cost estimate for the arena days after being sworn into office in 2015 there was a collective gasp and groan, as the $27 million price estimate was $10 million over the cost estimate that had gone to referendum. We simply did not have the taxation authority to build that project without going to referendum again. It is a testament to the leadership of the NCJPC, our staff, the project team and the arena user groups that we were able to work together to come up with a project we could afford and a $20.6 million price cap that we could manage within the existing taxation authority and recreation budget without compromising the maintenance of our other recreation facilities.

Having set the budget, NCJPC established some key goals for the project that we expected staff and the project contractor to achieve: it had to be on time and on budget, the facility needed to be truly multi-use and be able to easily host entertainment and cultural events, the project itself had to deliver local economic benefits, and the final result should be a facility that our community would be proud of for years to come. I’m happy to report that the project was on time and on budget – a very major accomplishment! The opening concert this weekend immediately proved it is a venue that can easily host quality concerts and cultural events. And, over 50% of the project involved local contractors and suppliers. Our first three goals were handily achieved.

Only the public can determine if we achieved our final goal, but based on feedback we received all weekend and the applause of the hockey game audience when I asked if they were proud of the new arena, I believe that goal has been accomplished as well.

Over the first season in the new arena finishing touches and refinements will be made (including rubberizing the walking track). But, by all accounts, we now have a new community asset that will boost our local economy and assist us to attract and retain visitors, residents, and investment to our community. I want to personally thank everyone who had a hand in making the new arena a reality, this was truly a community accomplishment.

Bob Simpson is the Mayor of Quesnel.  He can be reached via email here

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ATV Ban gone tomorrow at Noon!

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

Editor's Note - the campfire ban will still remain in place along with forest area restrictions, as a result of the ongoing wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre area.  Read more here

The operation of off-road vehicles will once again be permitted on Crown land throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Cooler weather conditions and recent precipitation have reduced the flammability of fine fuels in these regions, which has significantly reduced the chance of a wildfire starting from a spark or a hot engine.

However, the BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that some area restrictions are still in effect on Crown land in the vicinity of large wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, to help protect public safety and allow firefighting operations to continue efficiently. The use of off-road vehicles will continue to be prohibited in the restricted areas around these wildfires.

Additionally, campfire prohibitions remain in effect throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre.

More information about these area restrictions and campfire prohibitions can be found online:

* Factsheet on fire-related prohibitions and restrictions: http://ow.ly/qUPm30fhyGz

* BC Wildfire Service website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans

Individuals found to be in contravention of an area restriction may be issued a violation ticket that carries a fine of $767, while individuals found to be in contravention of a campfire prohibition may be issued a ticket that carries a fine of $1,150. If a person's activities causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:


Monday, September 18, 2017

Editorial: 2017 UBCM Cabinet Minister Meetings

Editorial:

During the summer of each year - BC's 190 Local Governments' consisting of Regional District Boards and Municipal Councils ranging from small villages or districts' to big Cities will usually discuss which BC Cabinet Ministers' they wish to meet with at the annual Union of BC Municipalities' (UBCM) Convention held during the last week of September and is traditionally held in either the Cities of Vancouver/Victoria or the Resort Municipality of Whistler.  This is followed up by a letter from the Premier of BC and his/her Minister for Local Government, currently styled "Minister of Muncipal Affairs/Housing" with the deadline to apply for such meetings being late August (this year's deadline was August 18th).  View this year's letter to local governments here

UBCM Cabinet Minister Meetings are then usually confirmed with local government staff in early September so they can prepare binders for their elected officials as they travel to the UBCM Convention in late September. 

This year is no different, except for one exception, many local governments including my own, I have been told, have very few or no confirmed cabinet minister meetings and there is only one week left before the start of the 2017 UBCM Convention in Vancouver on Monday, September 25thI would not be surprised if some elected officials from local government bow out of UBCM because there don't have confirmed meetings by this Friday and they wouldn't see much point of attending the UBCM Convention without confirmed cabinet minister meetings.

I hope that these meetings can be confirmed this week, as it would be extremely stressful for UBCM Delegates trying to re-arrange their schedule at the UBCM Convention itself, if they had no cabinet minister meetings before leaving only to be told about confirmed cabinet minister meetings' while at the UBCM Convention itself!

~SF

The above editorial is my own and is not reflective of my elected position as the Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area 'D' Director

Saturday, September 16, 2017

SKP Construction moves to Final Stages

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

Starting Monday Sept. 25, some Phase One elements will be closed for three weeks as construction enters the final stages for the Sam Ketcham Pool upgrade project. The lap tank, hot tub, sauna and steam room will be closed starting Monday, Sept. 25 and will re-open on Monday, Oct. 16.  The fitness centre is unaffected by this closure and will remain open for regular hours during this time.

A short-term closure is necessary as crews remove the temporary wall and complete the tiling between Phase One and Phase Two. During this time, crews will also connect vital mechanical systems, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning and water treatment system, into the new leisure pool area. The lap tank area is unable to stay open while this work is completed.

When the lap pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room re-open on Monday, October 16, Phase Two will remain closed. Final cleaning and commissioning for Phase Two will occur over the following few weeks.

The wildfire evacuations this summer have affected the originally anticipated October opening of the entire project. The pool’s full completion is projected for mid-November, barring unforeseen circumstances. An opening date will be announced as soon as possible.

See a live webcam of the progress on Phase Two construction at the Cariboo Regional District website here: http://bit.ly/2f9OthA

The Sam Ketcham Pool upgrade project is a joint initiative of the Cariboo Regional District and City of Williams Lake. For more information and regular updates, follow the project’s Facebook page at facebook.com/SamKetchamPool or Twitter feed at @SKPProject. Find further information on the Cariboo Regional District website at cariboord.ca and on the City of Williams Lake site at williamslake.ca

Friday, September 15, 2017

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Sept 18-22

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

Wells - Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, Sept 20th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Draft Letter of Support for the City of Abbotsford's 2017 UBCM Presentation on the Prevention of the Opioid crisis, as per Council Resolution 17-222 from the September 12,2017 Regular Council Meeting - For consideration of APPROVAL

* Upgrades to District of Wells Water Supply System
* Proposed 2018 Permissive Tax Exemptions
* Tractor Report (report to be presented at the meeting)
* Consent Calendar

View the full Agenda here

Quesnel - Meetings as listed below:

Special Meeting of Council - Monday, Sept 18th at 5pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St) to discuss the Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development. On the Agenda:

* Executive Committee Report - Social Media Commentary on BC Housing Elliott Street Supportive Housing Project
* Administration Report #92E/17 - Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development - Draft Good Neighbour, Housing and Operations Agreements

View the full Agenda here

Public Hearing - Resumption of Hearing from August 29th at 6pm on Monday, Sept 18th in Quesnel Council Chambers for  the proposed Elliott St Supportive Housing Proposal (Bylaws 1829 and 1830). View the full Agenda here

Regular Council Meeting - Tuesday, Sept 19th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Committee Reports from Financial Sustainability/Audit & Policy/Bylaw Review Committees
* 2017 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Requested Minster Meetings
* Schedule of Upcoming Strategic Planning or Special Meetings (Closed/Open)
* 2017 Second Quarter Report for the City of Quesnel
* Quesnel Age Friendly Advisory Committee
* City's Water Ambassador Program
* Museum Parking Lot Rebuild
* Permissive Exemption Bylaw Amendment
* Spirit Centre Grand Opening
* Letters -- Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative - Approval of Community Wildfire Protection Plan/Update for Quesnel/Area & Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre – Take Back The Night – Request for Road Closure and Bridge Lights

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) -- Regular Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, Sept 20th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Rd, Quesnel).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

CRD Board Highlights - Sept 15th mtg

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

Meeting called to order at 1:00pm

Meeting Agenda/August 31st CRD Board Meeting Minutes, both adopted

The Board received the Delegation MOB

Delegation:

1) David Weir, Water Section Head for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, appeared before the Board to provide a presentation with respect to the Water Sustainability Act.

A Question/Answer period ensued

Chair Richmond, on behalf of the Board, thanked Mr. Weir for his time/information

Business:

Development Services:

1) The Board received the Municipalities’ Building Inspection Statistics Report, Cariboo Regional District Statistics Report, and the Inspection Activity Report for July 2017

Finance:

1) The Board received/ratified the Monthly Expenditures Board Summary Report and Mastercard Summary Report for the month of August 2017, in the amount of $5,166,906.65

2) The Board approved a request by Area 'F' Director Sorley for authorization of Grants for Assistance funding for community barbecues in Area F (Horsefly, Likely, Big Lake, Miocene and 150 Mile House)

Meeting recessed at 1:57pm
Meeting resumed at 2:04pm

Delegation, cont:

A delegation from the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development appeared before the Board to discuss the Post-Fire Recovery Process

A Question/Answer period ensued

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

Business, cont:

Administration:

1) The Board received a report of the Deputy Corporate Officer, in regards to an application before the Passenger Transportation Board to authorize Greyhound to eliminate routes in Northern BC and directed Staff to forward a letter indicated that the Cariboo Regional District is not in support of Greyhound's application and should it be approved, Greyhound should lose access to their freight routes in BC

2) The Board received a recommendation from the Sept 12th North Cariboo Joint Committee in regards Post-Wildfire Recovery wherein the recommendation was:

That the Cariboo Regional District support the City of Quesnel’s application for a Recovery Coordinator position to be funded by Emergency Management B.C. without delay.
And that the Cariboo Regional District support the concept of economic recovery efforts being managed and delivered on a sub-regional level, with significant involvement from key local stakeholders, with some coordination between all the Recovery Coordinators throughout the Cariboo.


3) The Board agreed to provide a letter of support to the City of Williams Lake for its' UBCM Application for Strategic Wildfire Protection Funding, with the understanding that Central CRD Directors' will be engaged

4) The Board received the Consent Calendar, as of September 15th

5) The Board received two items, pertaining to FCM, UBCM and NCLGA items, as follows:

a) Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and UBCM Green Communities Committee - Corporate Carbon Neutrality- Reduction of GHG Emissions
b) NCLGA - 2017 Resolutions

6) The Board received and endorsed the Prioritization of Board Resolutions reports, as of September 7th

At 4:21pm -- The Board recessed its public meeting to conduct an In-Camera Meeting, as per Section (90 1a - appointment) of the Community Charter

At 4: 33pm -- The Board resumed its' public meeting

The Board adjourned at 5:00pm