Ingrid Mapson benefit concert a great success

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Cariboo songstress Ingrid Mapson connected with approximately 80 people who attended the Chiwid Transition House Benefit Concert at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Williams Lake on Sunday.

Ingrid related her performance of 'Somewhere' by Bernstein from West Side Story, which tells about a place where peace and quiet is attainable, to helping abused women and children finding a safe place. "She touched the concert go-ers on a personal level and even brought some to tears," explains one of the event organizer's and St. Peter's own pianist Sherry Day Foster.

Ingrid Mapson's fundraiser concert in Williams Lake on Ocotber 19, 2014 hit a high note with concert-goers.


TRU Williams Lake to host Tsilhqot'in Title decision panel

Posted in Williams Lake Events

On Monday, November 10, 2014, Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake Campus will host a discussion panel regarding the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling of the Tsilhqot'in Nation land title (Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44).

The panel is jointly organized by the Tsilhqot'in National Government (TNG) and the TRU Law School in Kamloops. The purpose of the panel is to provide information to Cariboo-Chilcotin residents regarding the history and implications of the Tsilhqot'in Land Title Decision.

Dr. Ray Sanders, Executive Director of the Williams Lake Campus, says this is an excellent opportunity for both the community and the university, "TRU WL is happy to bring an amazing group of people together who are all volunteering their time and energy to provide expertise on one of the most important Supreme Court of Canada decisions in recent history," he says. "We need public forums to better understand the implications of the decision."

First election forums have been scheduled

Posted in Cariboo Election News 2014

The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will be hosting two municipal candidate forums in Williams Lake for the 2014 municipal election in partnership with the Social Planning Committee and the Northern Real Estate Board.

One forum will be for City Council candidates and the other will be for Mayoral candidates.

Historically the Chamber has organized and hosted All Candidates Forums for numerous years. The forums provide an opportunity for candidates to be seen and heard at a public venue. They also give the public an opportunity to meet the candidates and hear their plans for the future of Williams Lake.

The first forum for all City Councillor candidates will be Monday, October 27 at the Gibraltar Room-Cariboo Memorial Complex starting at 6:00pm.

You know the elections are official when election signs begin popping up all over the place

(Photo: You know the elections are official when election signs begin popping up all over the place.)


Human trafficking workshop presented by experts

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Williams Lake Community Policing and the Women's Contact Society have announced that they will be hosting another Human Trafficking workshop on October 23rd and 24th in the City of Williams Lake council chambers.

Guest presenters, Larissa Maxwell of Deborah's Gate and Detective James Fisher from the Vancouver Police Department will be the keynote speakers. Eva Navrot, project manager with the Women's Contact Society will be giving a community update on actives that have been happening in our community.

Deborah's Gate is the only high security safe house and rehabilitative program in Canada for victims of human trafficking age 18 and up. Since its inception in 2009, Deborah's Gate has provided emergent support and long term residential programming for victims of labour and sex trafficking, and is nationally recognized as a leader in human trafficking rehabilitation and community reintegration. Working in partnership with government, social services, and especially law enforcement, Deborah's Gate assists high profile victims across Canada access trauma informed, emergent, and individualized, long term support and care.

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Williams Inn in state of disrepair

Posted in Williams Lake News

Two of three dilapidated buildings on the Williams Inn/Howard Johnson property at 55 South 6th Avenue have been condemned, according to sources at the City of Williams Lake.

"The buildings have been vacant for some time and almost all of them, including the main building where the office is located, have reached a state of disrepair," says Ken MacInnis, Communications Coordinator at the City, adding that orders from the Fire Chief with respect to potential fire hazards are a separate process.

The boarded up section had unauthorized people residing in the rooms even though there was no water or power. Those people were removed and the buildings were boarded up to keep unauthorized people out, as it is a fire hazard. "It is up to the building owner to decide what is next," explains MacInnis.

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2014-15 Flu shot campaign underway

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The flu is highly contagious and can cause severe complications for the very young, old and those with underlying health conditions. Getting ill with the flu can mean several missed days of school, work and other activities. Learn more about influenza.

It is important to get a flu shot yearly because flu viruses change from year to year. Each year the influenza (flu) vaccine is updated to include the current viruses that are circulating. This year's vaccine contains three different flu strains:

    • A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus
    • A/Texas/50/2012(H3N2)-like virus
    • B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus

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Prescribed burns to restore Cariboo-Chilcotin grassland

Posted in Williams Lake News

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations advises that a series of prescribed burns is planned in several areas west and south of Williams Lake until November 15, 2014, weather conditions permitting.

These controlled burns are managed under the Range Branch's Ecosystem Restoration Program and will be conducted with the assistance of the
Wildfire Management Branch and Cariboo Fire Centre personnel.

The following areas will be treated to help restore native grassland ecosystems:

  • Bald Mountain (south of Riske Creek): about 120 hectares
  • Deer Creek (Alexis Creek area): about 100 hectares
  • Crow's Bar (Fraser River area, south of Dog Creek): about 1,750 hectares

150 Mile House man identified as victim of vehicle incident on Horselfy Road

Posted in Williams Lake News

The Coroners Service has confirmed identity of driver who lost his life near Horsefly on October 11, 2014.

The BC Coroners Service says Howard Norman Rhodes, aged 58, of 150 Mile House was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck heading westbound on the Horsefly Road when, about 7:30 pm on October 10, 2014, when the vehicle left the road and ended up in a grove of trees.

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VIDEO: NDP's spokesperson for tourism visits with Likley businesses

Posted in Williams Lake News

The NDP's spokesperson for tourism, David Eby, flew into Williams Lake on Wednesday, October 15 and drove out to Likely to meet with businesses affected by the Mount Polley tailings dam breach.

Mr. Eby said he was disappointed by what he heard from the four local businesses he spoke with, adding that the impact on the businesses has been dramatic.

Eby also said he was aware that $50,000 had been presented to the Likely Chamber of Commerce by the provincial government recent. "It is my understanding that $400,000 has been given to two First Nations groups in the area," said Eby. "Certainly the local businesses are looking at that and are wondering why there is compensation for the local First Nations but not the local tourism industry. They understand $50,000 has been given to the Chamber of Commerce, but that money isn't connected to the plan that the Cariboo-Chilcotin Tourism Association and some of the local tourism business have for getting business back into the area and dealing with some of the impacts of this disaster."

David Eby visits the community of Likely, Ocotber 2014.

New training standards improve fire services

Posted in Williams Lake Events

New minimum training standards for BC's firefighters will provide a clear and achievable means of ensuring the safety of the men and women in the fire service.

Under the new training standards, which were crafted as part of a Playbook with the Fire Chief's Association of BC and is updated for the first time in more than a decade, local governments identify the level of service being provided and fire departments are then able to ensure their firefighters are appropriately trained to meet that level. This allows for an effective use of resources to meet the needs of the community without requiring unnecessary training.

"This new standard has been in the works for quite some time," says Williams Lake Fire Chief Des Webster. "It is really gratifying for the fire service to see it finally completed." Chief Webster added that the new standards won't really have any effect on the Williams Lake Fire Department as they already train to the Full Service Operational Requirements for firefighting.

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Grizzly sow and cub relocated after digging up septic tank in Bella Coola

Posted in Williams Lake News

Two Conservation Officers were in Bella Coola this weekend to deal with a number of grizzly bear complaints in the valley.

"I have lived here most of my life, but I've never seen the bear situation this bad," explained one adult woman Got News Network Inc. spoke with, adding she has chosen to stop jogging outside and is using her treadmill indoors instead of risking encountering a bear. "One was seen in the alley behind the post office, another walked right by my open bathroom window recently. Everyone I talk to is a little nervous."

"Unfortunately a grizzly was shot breaking into a smokehouse and we needed to follow up on that complaint also," explains Cariboo-Chilcotin Zone's Sergeant Len Butler. While the members were in Bella Coola, a sow and her cub who dug into a local septic tank were located, tranquilized and moved out of the area. Other non-lethal methods were also employed to try to move the bears out of the community.

Bella Coola grizzlies relocated after digging up a septic tank.