Williams Lake RCMP Auxiliary Constables recognized

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The RCMP's Auxiliary Constables promote community-based policing by participating in community events and assisting RCMP regular members with some of their general duties. They are unarmed, unpaid, uniformed RCMP volunteer whose activities are governed under provincial legislation.

These men and women dedicate countless hours to their communities and to the detachments they support. The RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program offers specially trained volunteers the opportunity to contribute to their communities with experience they acquire from volunteering with the police.

Williams Lake RCMP Auxiliary Constables recognized for long service

 

Minister's statement on teachers' vote in favour of negotiated settlement

Posted in Provincial

Teachers in BC have voted to accept the contract deal the BCTF penned with the provincial government earlier in the week. An overwhelming 86 per cent voted yes, that's 27,275 out of 31,741 teachers who cast ballots.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender released the following statement shortly after the media began broadcasting the results.

"On behalf of government, I want to thank and congratulate BC teachers for voting in favour of the agreement reached earlier this week between the BCTF and BCPSEA bargaining teams.

'Wined up to Give' fundraiser, a fun night out

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Melinda Mitchell is the United Way's Resource Development Associate in the CaribooMelinda Mitchell, the United Way's Resource Development Associate in Williams Lake definitely thinks 'outside the box'. When she decided to organize a fundraiser for the United Way's local Community Fund, she asked herself what the community might really like to participate in. The end result is a fun evening out, aptly named 'Wined up to Give'.

"Folks are invited to come out to the Laughing Loon Pub for an evening of wine, food, and fun," says Melinda. "It is for a great cause."

The United Way's Community Fund is a pool of donations that draws on the combined strength of donors like you to strengthen individuals, families and communities by supporting services that improve people's lives in the Cariboo. "The Community Fund helps in the short term by meeting immediate needs—helping individuals when they need it most," Melinda says with obvious pride.

Latest Mount Polley water sample results

Posted in Williams Lake News

The latest water samples from Quesnel Lake and Quesnel River are consistent with previous results and Interior Health reaffirms the water located outside the 'Do Not Use' area remains safe to drink.

Ministry of Environment staff collected water quality samples from several different sites and depths on August 26, 2014. All samples results were within the drinking water guidelines with one slight exceedance for aquatic life guidelines (copper).

The copper exceedance does not automatically indicate impacts to aquatic life. Long term exposure to copper above the chronic guidelines is required to cause potential impacts. Further assessments will be conducted to address these concerns.

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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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.