New BC Early Years Centres opening for 100 Mile House families

Posted in 100 Mile House News

Parents and families in 100 Mile House will soon be able to connect to early learning, health and family services in one convenient location.

The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre Society is one of twelve community organizations throughout the province to have been selected to host new BC Early Years Centres that will help support families with children aged 0-6. The centres are expected to open this fall.

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VIDEO: Secwepemc demonstators set up near Mount Polley

Posted in Williams Lake News

Kanahus Manuel from the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation, who staged a demonstration at the at the Toronto Stock Exchange on August 8 to directly target Imperial Metals, is the spokesperson for a group of demonstrators who have gathered at the entrance to Mount Polley Mine near Likely.

The Secwepemc is made up of 17 bands representing the Shuswap Nation, including the Neskonlith Indian Band who recently issued an eviction notice to Imperial Metals impacting the Ruddock Creek project, a proposed lead and zinc mine in the headwaters of the Adams River. "The Secwepemc people in the (Likely) area are calling on the government to appropriately address and clean up the spill," said Kanahus.

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(Photo: The group of seven defenders of the land who have gathered to light a scared fire at the Mount Polley site were joined by Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs on Monday afternoon.)

Quesnel RCMP warn of furnace repair scam

Posted in Quesnel News

Quesnel RCMP are investigating a suspicious occurrence in which a male who claimed to be an employee of the City of Quesnel attended a residence and asked to examine the furnace. The homeowner provided entry to the male who then performed some work on the furnace and advised that he required payment and that he may return to conduct follow up work at a later date.

The male suspect is described as a Caucasian male with dark, possibly tanned skin, approximately 35-40 years old, with dark hair. He was carrying a bright red hand bag.

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Notification of election legislation changes

Posted in Quesnel News

The 2014 Local Government Election will see major changes from previously held elections. There are two new pieces of legislation, the Local Government Campaign Financing Act and the Local Elections Statutes Amendments Act, that will implement changes to election campaign financing, election advertising and term of office, for the 2014 Local Government Elections.

The Local Government Campaign Financing Act, states that Elections BC will now oversee significant changes to local elections campaign financing and election advertising. Elections BC will manage campaign financing disclosure requirements, investigations and enforcement of campaign financing and election advertising provisions. In 2014, election advertising has undergone significant changes such as what is the definition of advertising, inclusion of third-party sponsors and all election advertising during the Election Period, which is from September 30, 2014 to November 15, 2014, will have to list sponsorship information.

New pumper truck in the works for Williams Lake Fire Department

Posted in Williams Lake News

At last night's regularly scheduled City Council meeting, the decision was made to award the Request for Proposals to purchase a fire pumper truck to Rocky Mountain Phoenix for the bid price of $514,068 plus applicable taxes, for the 2015 budget with the down payment of approximately 10% being approved from the equipment reserve.

The Fire Underwriters Survey states that apparatus should be retired from service after 20 years of age. The proposed new fire engine is to replace Engine 12, which is 20 years old, and requires replacement in order to avoid a 5-15% insurance grade adjustment for to all users of the fire protection services.  

The Williams Lake Fire Department is due for a new pumper truck



Tsilhqot'in Nation withdraws from negotiations for Gibraltar Mine

Posted in Williams Lake News

Tsilhqot'in Nation calls for new approach to government-First Nations partnerships for mines: Tsilhqot'in Nation withdraws from negotiations for Gibraltar Mine

The Tsilhqot'in National Government (TNG), along with ?Esdilagh First Nation, have chosen not to sign an Economic Community Development Agreement (ECDA) with the province of British Columbia for the Gibraltar Mine, located less than one kilometre from ?Esdilagh reserve lands, until the Province fundamentally changes its approach to engagement and benefit-sharing with First Nations on major projects. In the wake of the Tsilhqot'in title decision and the recent Mount Polley Mine disaster, the Provincial status quo for revenue sharing agreements with First Nations is not acceptable.

BCGEU welcomes independent Mount Polley investigation

Posted in Provincial

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) issued a statement supporting an independent third party investigation into the Mount Polley mine disaster today, and urged the expert panel to consider the impact of staffing cuts on the ministry's ability to provide oversight of industry.

"The BCGEU welcomes an independent third party investigation of the Mount Polley disaster," said BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "The public and our members need to know that the process will be open, transparent and fair.

"We are also encouraged that the dam safety inspections ordered by government will now require an independent third party review process. Until today, there has been no requirement for an independent review of these industry-created safety reports."

Summer outdoor concert series Performances in the Park hosts final show on August 21

Posted in Williams Lake Events

The final performance in this summer's outdoor concert series on features some of the best young performers from Williams Lake.

Robyn Ferguson and guests, as well as Oren Barter, are returning to the stage once again and are sure to entertain.

Sam Tudor is a songwriter originally from Gavin Lake who has spent the last two years playing his haunting folk songs in Vancouver. After a year in Vancouver that was both performance-intensive and full of genre bending musical projects, Sam is back at home, playing songs from his new album.

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Gas line compromise blocks local road access

Posted in Williams Lake News

Fortis BC is at the scene of a significant gas line breach near the intersection of Hodgson Road and Terra Ridge which was detected at about 8:45 this morning.

Maintenance crews have roads blocked, including access from Highway 20 to Terra Ridge and Hodgson Drive to Terra Ridge. Residents of the subdivision in that area can access their homes using Wotzke Drive.

Fortis investigating the cause of a large gas main leak in Williams Lake today.

(Photo: Fortis investigating the cause of a large gas main leak in Williams Lake today.)

Quesnel man in custody for stabbing

Posted in Quesnel News

Quesnel RCMP arrest one in stabbing incident on August 17, 2014A 40 year old Quesnel man remains in custody following a stabbing on Saturday afternoon.

Shortly before noon on Saturday, August 16th, Quesnel RCMP were called to a report of a stabbing in the 200 block of Front Street near the footbridge in Quesnel.

Police attended and located a 21 year old male suffering from a stab wound. Investigation determined that the 21 year old had been fighting with another male who pulled a knife during the altercation. The 21year old victim was transported to Quesnel's G.R. Baker Hospital where he was treated for his stab wound and later released.

A 40 year old Quesnel man has been arrested in connection with this crime. He is facing one count of Assault with a Weapon and is set to make his first formal court later today.