A special proclamation gets square dance toes tapping

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

After a four month break, the Williams Lake Square Dancers are eagerly looking forward to another dance season.

Toes started to tap last week as the dancers welcomed the provincial government's proclamation of Square and Round Dance Awareness Week, September 14-20, 2014. The proclamation was signed by the Lieutenant Governor and recognized the many physical and mental health benefits of participating in this type of dancing.

Nick Turner, the club caller is quick to say, "What the proclamation didn't mention was how much fun square dancing is. Like many things in life, you won't learn square dancing in a single evening but dancers laugh a lot while they are learning and they have a blast! Loneliness and stress disappear out the door. Friendships are made and a variety of good music is enjoyed."

Williams Lake Whirlaways Square Dance group looking to expand

Police investigate possible remains near Williams Lake

Posted in Williams Lake News

On September 19, the Williams Lake RCMP received a report of possible human remains in Likely. Williams Lake RCMP are investigating along with the North District Major Crime Unit and the BC Coroners Service.

As the investigation remains ongoing no further comment is available at this time. An update will be provided when possible, and when the investigation allows.

Major Crimes unit investigates human remains found near Likely, BC

 

Williams Lake Stampede Board seeking news directors

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

There is an exciting opportunity to become more involved in your community

The Williams Lake Stampede Board of Directors is a diverse group of individuals; ranging from past rodeo competitors to professionals in our community. The Board is looking to fill; the positions of two new directors this year.

Join the Williams Lake Stampede Board of Directors for the 2015 world famous event!

 

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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