Cariboo-Chilcotin school start-up schedule

Posted in Williams Lake News

Some frequently asked questions about the school start-up schedule in the Cariboo were answered by School District No. 27 today.

When will school be starting?

If both the BCTF and boards of education ratify the tentative Provincial Agreement over the next two days, school will start for students in Grades 1 through 12 this coming Monday, September 22. All other answers below will be applicable only if the tentative Agreement is ratified by both parties.

Will Monday, September 22 be a half day for students in Grades 1 through 12?

Yes. As always with the first day of school, Monday September 22 will be a half day (specific school hours in table below) for students in Grades 1 through 12. This will allow students to meet their teachers in the morning and allow schools to organize classes on Monday afternoon. While principals and vice principals have done everything they can to prepare for school start-up, they have not been able to meet with teachers or, in many cases, with their support staff for a few months. Staff meetings on Monday afternoon will be very beneficial as schools will be better prepared for all classes the next day.

Cariboo-Chilctin return to school schedule following teachers strike


Hands on healing with Jamie Bourdon

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

Jamie Bourdon is a fourth generation business owner in her family. Her Great Grandfather started Woodland Jewellers in 1933 and the business remains in her family today.

After graduating high school in Williams Lake, Jamie spent a year working and travelling in Australia. She said the adventure helped her learn and develop her strengths, and boosted her self-esteem. Jamie decided to return to Williams Lake, and while she may have strayed away from family jewellery business, she is still in the business of making people happy. "With Hands On Healing Holistic Therapies, I help people achieve health and wellness through massage and alternative healing," she explains.

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VIDEO: An interview with Mayoral candidate 'Bushman' John Bjornstrom

Posted in Cariboo Election News 2014

John Bjornstrom, a local log hauler in says he will complete the Local Government Election Nomination package and toss his hat in the ring in a bid to become the mayor of Williams Lake for the next four years.

The nomination period begins at 9:00am on September 30, 2014, and ends at 4:00pm on October 10, 2014. Mr. Bjornstrom said he actually intended to run for Mayor during the last civic election, but didn't get the paperwork completed or returned on time, so was disqualified from the process.

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Police respond to thefts and vandalism over the weekend

Posted in Williams Lake

On Saturday September 13th, at approximately 9:00pm, Williams Lake RCMP responded to a call that a vehicle was on fire at a residence on the 1100 block of Moon Avenue in Williams Lake. The caller believed that the vehicle had been fire bombed while parked in the driveway. Officers attended the scene and found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames in the driveway. The Williams Lake Fire Department extinguished the fire. This matter is still under investigation.

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Bobbie-Jo Macnair seeking a position on Williams Lake City Council

Posted in Cariboo Election News 2014

Bobbie-Jo Macnair's campaign slogans include 'a fresh perspective on your city's council' and 'our future starts here'.

Bobbie-Jo was born and raised in Williams Lake. She was an active member of the Williams Lake Figure Skating Club throughout her entire childhood and teen years.

Since graduating high school from Columneetza, she has attended TRU's Williams Lake campus. As well she has been an active participant in the Williams Lake Studio Theatre, acting in a local production.

Bobbie-Jo Macnair in the running for City Council seat in Williams Lake


Native court workers' strike vote signals push for parity

Posted in Provincial

Native court workers' strike vote signals push for parityWorkers at the Native Court Workers and Counselling Association of BC have voted 98 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary to support their demand for parity with other Aboriginal workers in the province, the BC Government and Service Employees' Union announced today.

In 2003, the BC Liberal government passed the Community Services Labour Relations Act, which created a sectoral bargaining unit for CSSEA members who provide aboriginal services. But the native court workers were never brought into this agreement, due to a lack of commitment to funding by the government.

Polley Lake plug stable, more tailings clean-up can begin

Posted in Williams Lake News

During a live interactive webinar this morning, Amy Crook an Executive Director with Fair Mining Collaborative explained that while at a Mont Polley clean-up related meeting she was part of this morning, she learned that the plug in Polley Lake has now been deemed stable, and this will allow the next step in clean-up of the tailings matter to begin.

"At a meeting I just came from today, the company (Imperial Metals) continues to put together a clean-up plan as they get more information and more plans available," says Amy Crook. "What has slowed things down is when the damn breached, it caused a plug in Mount Polley – I think everyone knows that." They couldn't let anyone into Hazeltine Creek until they determined is the plug was stable,. ""As of today, they have put in place a 'safe work' agreement, they believe the plug is stable, so they are going to commence work downstream, They have a plan in place to notify and evacuate workers if anything happens with the plug. It's pretty serious to try to get out of that area because the sides of the stream were cut down sometimes 30-40 feet deep and you can't get egress out fast enough if the dam were to break. It is a very serious issue for workers safety.

2014 New Holland utility vehicle stolen

Posted in Williams Lake News

091114 side-by-sideOn September 10th, a 2014 New Holland 'side-by-side' diesel utility vehicle was stolen from Grassland Equipment Ltd. in Williams Lake.

The vehicle is bright blue, with a windshield and a black roof. It may still have the 'Grassland' decal on the side.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this theft to call the Williams Lake RCMP at (250) 392-6211 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

(Vehicle is similar to the vehicle shown here, though not exactly the same model.  Photo provided by the RCMP.)


Teachers vote 99.4 percent in favour of binding arbitration

Posted in Provincial

Tonight, BC teachers voted overwhelmingly to back the call for binding arbitration that would see an end to the strike and open schools. BCTF president Jim Iker said 99.4% of the of 30,490 teachers voted 'yes' to end the strike through binding arbitration.

"This government has said no to arbitration, has tried to stall and block mediation, and has not moved on any monetary proposals in negotiations since June," said Iker. "Not one new dollar to deal with the learning needs of our students. If we are going to get a deal and get schools open, the government must show some good faith."

Williams Lake Stampeder try-outs show signs of a strong team for the upcoming season

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The 2014 Provincial Coy Cup Champions, the Williams Lake Stampeders, are hosting try-outs each Tuesday and Thursday during the month of September.

Each new season, all players have to try-out for the team again, just as all of the Stampeder executives are re-elected annually. The age of the players currently range from 35 years old to players as young as 18 years old, though parents can authorize players under 18 years of age to try-out and play in the Central Interior Hockey League, as well.

WL Stampeders President Marko Zurak, who has been on the Board of Directors for 15 years and has been President of the society since 2009, says of how the 2014-15 team is coming together, "We have such a high calibre of players. They sincerely get along well and they play for each other," adding that says something about the character of the individuals.

Williams Lake Stampeders hockey club President Marko Zurak has a quick chat with one of the players near the end of one of the try-outs.

(Photo: Williams Lake Stampeders hockey club President Marko Zurak has a quick chat with one of the players near the end of an evening of try-outs this week.)


Christy Clark in Nemiah Valley for signing of Letter of Understanding with TNG today

Posted in Williams Lake News

Premier Christy Clark and the Tsilhqot'in Nation Chiefs signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) today that provides a response to the Supreme Court of Canada's Tsilhqot'in Nation judgement, commits to building a more positive relationship between the Province and the Tsilhqot'in Nation and sets the groundwork for long-term reconciliation efforts.

"This agreement commits us to working together in partnership as we explore how to implement the Tsilhqot'in Nation judgement," said Premier Christy Clark. "The Supreme Court of Canada has provided us with clarity, direction, and a profound opportunity to build a more positive relationship between the Province and the Tsilhqot'in Nation. The way forward starts with a renewed and strengthened vision of First Nations as partners in the economic, political and social future of this province."

Photo: handout Office of the Premier Government of British Columbia

(Photo: handout Office of the Premier Government of British Columbia.)