BCTF too far from affordability zone for mediation

Posted in Provincial

Minister of Education Peter Fassbender issued the following statement today:

Mediator has left talks between the BC teachers' union and the provincial government "Today veteran labour mediator Vince Ready determined that the parties are too far apart for mediation at this time.

"I'm very disappointed for students, parents and teachers. What should be a time of excitement and anticipation will instead be marked by frustration and uncertainty.

"I wish I could tell British Columbians when students will be back in school. But right now, I don't see any quick or easy solutions.

"Everything we've tried to do was to have schools open on time and to reach a settlement. Unfortunately, the BCTF leadership has stubbornly refused every effort to reach a fair deal and they have even refused to give teachers a chance to vote on suspending the pickets while an agreement is mediated.

Fire prohibitions still in effect in parts of Cariboo

Posted in Williams Lake News

Despite cooler temperatures and recent rain showers in some areas, campfires are still prohibited in a large part of the Cariboo Fire Centre. Campfires are allowed east of the Fraser River, but remain banned in areas west of the Fraser River.

In order to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety, the Cariboo Fire Centre will not be lifting the current campfire ban west of the Fraser River at this time. The fire danger rating for areas west of the Fraser River currently ranges from high to extreme. "Dry conditions are expected to continue and no substantial rainfall is in the forecast for those areas," according to the Cariboo Fire Centre.

Fire safety urged this Labour Day weekend

Posted in Provincial

British Columbia is experiencing one of its most active wildfire seasons in the past decade.

Members of the public are reminded to obey campfire bans and open fire prohibitions in effect wherever they may be over the Labour Day long weekend.

The Wildfire Management Branch is urging BC residents and visitors to use extreme caution while out camping or enjoying the backcountry. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighters and other critical resources away from naturally occurring fires.

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Full withdrawal of teaching services in School District No. 27 expected

Posted in Williams Lake News

In a bulletin released by Mark Thiessen Superintendent of Schools, he says, "As we near our regular school startup time, there is much uncertainty as to whether we will be able to start on time. While we remain hopeful that a negotiated provincial settlement can be reached before school for students is supposed to begin on Wednesday, September 3rd, we have no way of knowing if this will be the case.

"As of today, some of our schools and other district sites in School District No. 27 are back behind teacher picket lines.

Down the creek with an eight hour paddle

Posted in Williams Lake

By Michael Toay

"Just to know that something like that is going on in my backyard, I was absolutely disgusted. They didn't listen to warnings and now we have to deal with their mistakes." That's how 17 year-old Williams Lake resident Orden Mack described his feelings upon learning of the Mount Polly incident, the shocking spill from the tailings pond that is leaking into local lakes and potentially threatening the Fraser River.

At that time, Mack was in the midst of a twenty-five day journey, a community canoe trip down the Fraser River as part of the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP), under the leadership of Fin Donnelly, the SLLP's founder. The youth travelled 1,400 kms along the mighty Fraser River, by canoe, raft, shuttle van, and on foot.

A 1,400 km trip[ along the Fraser River through Orden Mack's eyes.

Ladies soccer team destroys weeds during United Way's 'Day of Caring'

Posted in Williams Lake Events

The idea is simple, a United Way Day of Caring® happens when a local organization needs some TLC -- a paint job, some painting done or, as in the case of the Williams Lake Boys and Girls club today, some landscaping.

"Usually, a local business donates a team made up of their employees to get the job done," says Melinda Mitchell, United Way's Resource Development Coordinator. However, today's Day of Caring had a little twist. The group of ten young ladies who worked their hearts out today are members of the Ladies U17 Rep Soccer Team, and are the first local sports team to participate in this program so far.

Ladies soccer team in Williams Lake rocks United Way 'Day of Caring'.  Click to view more photos.

Linda Thorstad appointed to Taseko's Board of Directors

Posted in Provincial

Taseko recently announce the appointment of Linda Thorstad to its Board of Directors as a non-executive director.

Ms. Thorstad, P. Geo, is a registered professional geoscientist who brings over twenty-five years of senior management experience in the mining industry to Taseko. Her experience spans exploration and development companies as well as key roles with mid-tier producers. Ms. Thorstad currently serves as the Director, Government and Community Relations and Permitting at Alamos Gold. Prior to Alamos, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Orsa Ventures until it was acquired by Alamos Gold in 2013. Additionally, she has been involved in two special government commissions focused on sustainability, land use, resource and environmental management.

Imperial announces agreement with Tahltan Central Council on Red Chris project

Posted in Provincial

Imperial Metals Corporation report earlier today that it has entered into an agreement with the Tahltan Central Council (TCC), the focal point of which is a review of the Red Chris tailings impoundment to confirm that world class standards have been incorporated in its design, engineering, construction and operation.

The review will be conducted by an independent third party engineering firm that has been selected by the TCC and is targeted for completion by September 24, 2014. Imperial has agreed to address all material issues, if any, identified by the review in a timely manner and to the reasonable satisfaction of the TCC.

Burning ban lifted in Williams Lake

Posted in Williams Lake News

The City of Williams Lake open burning ban that came into effect on July 16 has been lifted, effective immediately.

Outdoor cooking fires that do not use natural gas or propane and fire pits are now permitted.

For more information, please contact the Williams Lake Fire Department at 250-392-4321.

All category two and category three open fires remain prohibited throughout the entire Cariboo Fire Centre. This includes sky lanterns, burning barrels and fireworks. Campfires are permitted in the Cariboo Fire Centre for areas east of the Fraser River and remain prohibited west of the Fraser River.

Williams Lake emergency services agencies aim to raise funds and awareness with 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Around the country, Canadians have embraced the 'Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS', raising unprecedented awareness for the terminal disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and opening their wallets to the national non-profit organization ALS Canada as well as ALS Provincial Societies with a goal to raise 1.5 million dollars.

The Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease and encourage donations to research. There are many variations of the challenge, but most include being nominated or challenged by someone else and within 24 hours of being challenged, participants are to announce their acceptance of the challenge followed by pouring ice into a bucket of water. Then, the bucket is to be lifted and poured over the participant's head. The participant can then issue a challenge to other people.

Williams Lake emergency services agencies aim to raise funds and awareness with 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

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