Schools will remain closed tomorrow and likely beyond

Posted in Williams Lake News

In School District 27's ninth Parent Information Bulletin, Superintendent of Schools Mark Thiessen had this to say today:

"This is usually a very exciting time for students, parents, and staff as we anticipate the first day of school. Unfortunately, tomorrow will not be the first day of classes for our students. As most of you know by now, respected mediator Vince Ready stepped away from the provincial exploratory discussions with the teachers' union and the employer this past Saturday. At this point, no new provincial talks are scheduled, but that could change at any moment.

"Although schools will remain closed tomorrow and likely beyond, principals and vice principals will be in schools should you have any questions. However, they will be unable to offer either supervision or instruction. As such, we are asking families not to send their children to school on Wednesday, September 3rd. Those parents who send their children to school will be contacted and asked to pick up their children as quickly as possible.

 Schools across British Columbia will remain closed as the regular 'back-to-school' date passes


Stabbing suspect to appear in Quesnel court

Posted in Quesnel News

RCMP logoA 34 year old man remains in custody awaiting his first formal Court appearance scheduled for later today.

At approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday, August 30, 2014, Quesnel RCMP received a report of a stabbing in the 400 block of Reid Street, Quesnel. Information received stated that a male had been stabbed and that the male suspect had fled the scene in a nearby vehicle.

Within minutes of receiving the initial report, Members of the Quesnel RCMP located the vehicle in the nearby area and arrested a 34 year old male suspect.

The male suspect was arrested without incident and remains in custody awaiting his next court appearance scheduled for Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. RCMP have recommended one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Assault with a Weapon.

The 47 year old male victim sustained multiple stab wounds and was treated on scene and later transported to Quesnel's G.R. Baker where he was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

This was a targeted attack between two individuals who are both known to police.

This was a brazen attack which occurred in the busy downtown area. The Quesnel RCMP would like to commend the numerous citizens who came forward with information regarding this incident. The information received from witnesses on scene provided valuable information and assistance that ultimately led to the swift apprehension of the suspect

Sue Lachance announces run for Williams Lake City Council

Posted in Cariboo Election News 2014

Sue Lachance, long time resident and business owner has announced her intention to run for City Council. "Williams Lake needs strong leaders who come to the table with new ideas, not ideology," she said.

A resident of Williams Lake for 33 years, Lachance said, "I care deeply and passionately about my community and I consider serving on council not as politics, but as public service. I want to do all I can to contribute to preserving all that's great about Williams Lake and to getting it back on course." Sue Lachance announces bid for Williams Lake City Council seat in 2014 municipal election

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.