The Manager of Mount Polley, Dale Reimer, appeared as delegation before Committee of the Whole, and outlined current efforts underway in the wake of the August 5 tailings pond breach. The mine must obtain a number of permits in order to repair the tailings dam and return to normal operations.
In a report prepared for this meeting, City Councillor Surinderpal Rathor was quoted as saying, "I have been approached by both local and out of town residents, in particular the employees of Mount Polley Mine, sharing concerns about the future of the mine. As the Mine is a significant employer and contributor to the local economy, ceasing production will have significant effects on employees, suppliers, and those who are related to the Mine either directly or indirectly."
"I am extremely concerned about how this will affect our community. I have also been informed that mine employees have expressed concern that they have not had any support from our local community and are looking for some support. The investigations must continue, but the mine must also continue to generate revenue and employ its workers."
Meeting as Committee of the Whole on October 28, Williams Lake City Council passed a recommendation to write a letter to the Premier and appropriate provincial ministers expressing the importance of Mt. Polley returning to full operations.
The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors held their annual Election of Officers Thursday, October 30 at Signal Point Restaurant.
The Chamber holds its annual election of Officers the last Thursday in October each year. Nominations are solicited and received through the Past President Walt Cobb during the year and a slate of officers was presented as well as nominations were asked from the floor.
About 300 people had the wits scared out of them during the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake's 'haunted hospital' last week.
Staff spent six weeks collecting supplies and sewing. The actual set-up took 30 hours over about one week and was carried out by seven different people, both staff and volunteers. "Many of the volunteers dressed up on the night of the events were youth who attend our Club programs as well as staff and adult volunteers," said Operations Coordinator, Stefanie Hendrickson. "People loved the creepy nursery and maternity ward and the electric shock therapy area."
Stefanie says the club has had great feedback from this event, a few people have said it was their 'best one yet'. "It's always great to hear that people have such a good time," she smiled.
Man shot in Fort Nelson home
On October 28 at 8:30pm, the Northern Rockies RCMP (Fort Nelson) received a complaint reporting that a 25 year old man had been shot in a residence in the 1000 block of Sikanni Road.
On arrival officers located three individuals inside the residence and learned that the suspect, a 40 year old Fort Nelson man had fled the scene prior to police arrival. He was taken into custody later without incident and will appear in Provincial Court by the end of the week.
At yesterday's Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting, City staff recommend that to allow continued use of the Dutch Point Road lake access, and also provide for safe, accessible parking, the right-angle parking option would be preferable. This would block vehicular access to the lake, but would allow for some limited parking (3 to 4 parking spaces) and continued use of the location for passive recreation options such as walking, canoeing, kayaking, etc. Due to the limited width of the encroachment allowance of Dutch Point Road over the CN rail right-of-way, it would be costly and difficult to provide safe parking and adequate turn-around for a limited number of vehicles with boat trailers along the road.
At the April 29th, 2014 Council meeting, staff presented a report outlining emergency access issues on Dutch Point Road, due to lake users using an informal boat launch at a dedicated lake access, parking on the road and blocking access to the neighbouring properties. Neighbouring resident complaints also included noise and nuisance concerns, as some of the users are misusing the area as a latrine and leaving garbage behind.
"Live, work, and play!" This seems to be the message I get from the current City Council of Williams Lake, BC.
I have lived here all my life and this is a phrase I keep hearing, they want us to stay here, work and play in the City. If this is true, then why are they voting to close down access to the lake?
Our lake is the biggest feature in this City, wouldn't they want to promote that and encourage people to get out there and enjoy it?
The Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce hosted the Northern Real Estate Board sponsored City Councillor candidate forum in the Gibraltar Room last evening.
Eleven of the twelve Councillor candidates participated in the event, with Marnie Brenner being absent due to a family tragedy.
Due to the sudden death of my father-in-law in Saskatchewan, I am unable to participate.
I would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event.
If I were to be elected, I believe in being invested and engaged. I know that it will be a steep learning curve ahead, but hard work and learning curves are not new to me. I will not make any promises that I can't keep, but I will promise to be approachable. I believe in relationship-building and meeting people where they're at.
I will work hard for you and if you have a question, I will be available to help you navigate through the system to find answers.
I wish my fellow candidates all the best tonight and will look forward to reconnecting after this week.
Ivan Bonnell arrived at the event precisely as his turn at the microphone to introduce himself came up in the schedule. He was delayed at work.
On October 23 at 10:00pm, an 18 year old adult male attempted to break into a local residence. Occupants called the RCMP and patrols were made. The suspect had fled the scene before police arrived.
During the investigation the subject was identified and is known to police.
On October 24 at 10:45am information was received that this same subject was in the Cariboo Regional District Library on 3rd Avenue North in Williams Lake.
This afternoon, Christy Clark announced additional trades training seats for students in Quesnel and Williams Lake.
"Our government is working with local communities, employers and industry in the Cariboo to make sure trades training seats meet local needs," said Premier Clark. "We want British Columbians to be first in line for the one million job openings expected by 2022."
The Ministry of Advanced Education is providing one-time funding of $192,000 to support the additional trades training spaces.
Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review, announced today that the Province has tabled amendments to the Mines Act, to ensure there is more time available, if required, to conduct thorough investigations into offences under the act and for a decision by Crown Counsel on whether to pursue charges.
The amendment aligns the time limit for pursuing charges under the Mines Act with other natural resource legislation, such as the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Environmental Management Act.
Currently, under the Mines Act, the Province has six months to one year to pursue charges for offences committed under the act, depending on the nature of the offence. The amendment will increase this limit to three years from when the chief inspector of mines first learns of the incident.
(Photo: From Likely Town Hall in August 2014.)
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