Williams Lake's RCMP Inspector Brown to assume new position in Prince George this fall

Posted in Williams Lake News

Inspector Warren Brown has been named the new Officer in Charge of the Prince George RCMP detachment. Inspector Brown will likely start at his new position early in the fall.

Inspector Brown became the Staff Sergeant in Williams Lake in 2009. He started the detachment's first annual awards and recognition for RCMP and auxiliary members, Community Policing Volunteers, and other partners. The Williams Lake RCMP detachment service area includes the City of Williams Lake, 150 Mile House, Wildwood, McLeese Lake, Horsefly, Likely, and the First Nations communities of Sugarcane, Toosey, Alkali Lake, Dog Creek, Soda Creek, and Canoe Creek. Warren Brown was promoted to Inspector in July of 2011.

Inspector Warren Brown moving to Prince George to continue his police career.

Mount Polley Mine employee bus rolls with eleven aboard

Posted in Williams Lake

Ten employees and the Charter Bus Lines driver were en route to the Mount Polley Mine site near Likely at about 6:00pm this evening when the bus left the road.

The bus travelled through the ditch and came to what appeared to be an abrupt stop down a shallow embankment on the right hand side of Morehead-Bootjack Forest Service Road, about 2 kms off Likely Road.

Bus carrying Mount Polley Mine employees to work crashes, several injured.  July 24, 2014.

Campfire ban rescinded in a portion of the Cariboo

Posted in Williams Lake News

Effective at noon on Friday, July 25, campfires will once again be permitted in the Cariboo Fire Centre east of the Fraser River. The Cariboo Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire prohibition in this area due to cool and wet weather conditions.

The following uses will now be allowed in areas east of the Fraser River:
- campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation
- open fires in an outdoor stove

Campfires remain prohibited in the Cariboo Fire Centre west of the Fraser River, due to dry conditions and higher fire danger ratings.

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Outdoor movie part of July 31 night of entertainment in Boitanio Park

Posted in Williams Lake Events

The evening starts with Cariboo Idol on the Performance in the Park stage.  Cariboo Idol has been running since 2004. It has always been about supporting community events and teamwork. United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo is sponsoring the Cariboo Idol portion of the performance.

The second sure-to-please performance is by Soupbone, a funk powered blues/rock band from Williams Lake. If you took some crazy Texas-style blues guitar, mixed with some smooth Soul and R&B and add a pinch of the funkiest rhythm section this side of Motown, strong vocal performances, great song writing and a bunch of fun -- you get Soupbone. Their current lineup consists of Dean Fulton on keys and lead vocals, Shane Boxeur on bass and vocals, Joel Gyselink with guitar  and vocals and Kent Bernadet on drums.   The group is putting the finishing touches on a second album slated for release in late 2014. Soupbone is sponsored in part by Evening Sponsors Safeway Canada and PMT Chartered Accountants / Business Advisors LLP.

Movie in Boitanio Park on July 31, in Williams Lake

Gaming grants benefit organizations in Williams Lake

Posted in Williams Lake News

Two organizations in Williams Lake are receiving Community Gaming Grants totalling $51,400.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Gymnastics Association will receive $35,400 for a gymnastics instruction program. The Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo will receive $16,000 under the arts and culture category to assist with costs for their event.

Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo to receive $16K in Gaming Grants

Williams Lake's Crime Severity Index down from last year

Posted in Williams Lake News

The City of Williams Lake says the Crime Severity Index (CSI) produced by Statistics Canada for 2013 shows a 9% reduction in the CSI value compared to 2012, and a nearly 34% decrease since the Index was first published for the year 2008.

Compared to a decade ago, the CSI in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia decreased by at least one-third.

(Image:  Compared to a decade ago, the CSI in Canada’s largest provinces Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia decreased by at least one-third.)

About the Crime Severity Index (CSI)

The crime rate and the Crime Severity Index (CSI) are complementary measures of police-reported crime. The crime rate measures the volume of crime reported to the police per 100,000 population, while the CSI measures both the volume and severity of crimes.

In 2013, the Crime Severity Index (CSI), which measures both the volume and seriousness of police-reported crime in Canada, declined for the tenth year in a row, dropping to 68.7.

Crime has declined in Williams Lake every year between 2008-2011, with a small increase in crime statistics in mid-2012. Some categories of property crime, such as vehicle theft, have decreased by as much as 80% since 2008.

Community forum suggested to help communities understand effects of Land Title Rights awarded by Supreme Court

Posted in Williams Lake News

At the regularly scheduled meeting on July 22, Council received a report by Williams Lake Councillor Bonnell, and acknowledged the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada to award of full Aboriginal Title to Lands to the Tsilhqot'in Nation.

Williams Lake City Council has offered to co-host a community forum to gain better understanding of the Supreme Court of Canada’s ground-breaking declaration of Tsilhqot'in land title

(Click on image to watch Council discuss this matter during the July 22 City Council meeting.  Video of this meeting provided courtesy of Shaw Cable Williams Lake.)

"The decision speaks for itself," said Councillor Bonnell. "The Supreme Court of Canada is the ultimate arbitrator in our society in terms of working out these matters. It's historic in our neighbourhood in relation to how First Nations issues on rights and titles are being addressed through the courts."

"What that means in terms of play in our region, I think is up to the Tsilhqot'in to advise us in terms of how they are now going to proceed with their lands and what activities may or may not happen on their land."

Another senior staff member at Williams Lake's City Hall resigns

Posted in Williams Lake News

The General Manager of Planning and Operations with the City of Williams Lake has resigned.

Geoff Goodall, who has been with the City for eight years, has resigned from his position as General Manager of Planning and Operations with the City of Williams Lake. He and his family are reportedly moving to Nanaimo.

Goodall held the position of Acting CAO for a year while the City was in search of a full-time person for that position.



Quesnel replaces aged fire engine

Posted in Quesnel News

The City of Quesnel has purchased a new fire engine for use at the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department.

The new engine which cost $630,000 is a replacement and, along with the 2009 fire engine, now provides the City of Quesnel with a modernized fleet to service the community.

"Our staff and volunteers at the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department have shown their commitment to the safety of
our community time and time again," said Mayor Mary Sjostrom. "This engine is just one way the City can assist in
providing a reliable, state‐of‐the‐art machine for our fire fighters and is certainly something we can all be proud of."

The community of Quesnel has added a state-of-the-art fire engine to their fleet.

Heavy equipment operators in the thick of things in a wildfire

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

When a wildfire starts, one of the least noticeable entities that rush to the scene to help contain the blaze, are the heavy equipment operators and equipment movers.

Brenda and Dave Phillips are two of those unsung heroes in the Cariboo. Their equipment and equipment operators are often on stand-by during fire season. "Some fires are a state of emergency," says Brenda. "As soon as we hear of a fire, we stick by the phones because we know the call could come in at any time." A Logistics Officer at the Cariboo Fire Centre contacts the Phillips', they're directed to a given point, the 40 ton D8 bulldozer is unloaded and the construction of a fire guard begins immediately.

The important role heavy equipment operators play in the suppression of wildfires can often go unnoticed, as they're often in the shadows.

Another successful Billy Barker Days

Posted in Quesnel News

RCMP in Quesnel report fairly quiet Billy Barker Days 2014.Quesnel RCMP report that Billy Barker Days was noticeably quieter this year.

Between noon on Thursday, July 17th and midnight on Sunday July 20th, 2014, Quesnel RCMP investigated a total of 231 police files, the bulk of which involved intoxicated persons.

Police arrested 72 people for being intoxicated in public and responded to several assaults, some property related crime and other general calls for service. These numbers are significantly lower than 2013 when RCMP received 289 police files and arrested 96 people for being intoxicated in public.