Winter tire rules kick in today

Posted in Provincial

In BC, all four wheels of a passenger vehicle must use M+S or mountain/snowflake tires and commercial vehicles must carry chains on most major highways between October 1 and March 31. Studded tires are permitted between October 1 and April 30.

Sections of highways requiring winter tires or chains onboard are marked with roadside signs. Maps showing which roads require winter tires can be found on the ministry's web page.

Winter tire rules in effect in British Columbia as of October 1, 2014.

While RCMP, CVSE, and other policing agencies can prevent you from travelling and issue tickets if your vehicle is not properly equipped for road conditions, driving without winter tires will not void your insurance if you have a claim. It also won't mean you're automatically at-fault in a crash. However, if you get in a crash where winter tires could have helped, not having them may affect whether -- or how much -- you are at fault.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure encourages drivers to always drive to the road conditions and choose the best tires possible. Tires with the winter mountain/snowflake symbol provide the best level of traction and safety in severe snow and ice conditions.

The ministry has increased its commitment and funding in support of the multi-agency "Shift into Winter" campaign. In partnership with the ministry's road safety partners, this safety initiative reminds motorists to prepare their vehicles, check DriveBC and to drive to road conditions. For more information visit shiftintowinter.ca.

 

National abortion rights group asks Williams Lake to rescind 'Celebrate Life' proclamation

Posted in Williams Lake News

Each day this week, Carrie Julius has spent her lunch hours protesting a controversial proclamation made by Williams Lake City Council.

In the regular city Council meeting agenda of September 16 the clerks note reads, "That pursuant to the request of the Choice for Life Society in their letter dated August 29, 2014 the week of September 28 to October 5, 2014 will be proclaimed as Celebrate Life Week in the City of Williams Lake pursuant to city policy."

A local pro-choice activist in Williams Lake, Carrie decided this was her only choice to bring light to the proclamation after having repeatedly written to the Mayor and Council to protest the City Council's unanimous approval of the proclamation. "As a woman, mother, and citizen of Williams Lake, I object to this proclamation and am deeply offended," says Julius. "Reproductive freedom and women's right to choose is, in my opinion, not a matter for City Council members to challenge or disapprove of in any way."

 National abortion rights group asks Williams Lake to rescind ‘Celebrate Life’ proclamation in Williams Lake, BC

 

Occupants fortunate after serious collision on Highway 97 North this morning

Posted in Williams Lake News

Debris still litters the side of the highway and ditches this evening where two vehicles collided this morning on Highway 97 North, near Scharf Road between Pine Valley and Wildwood.

At 2:27 this morning, Williams Lake RCMP received a call from a driver saying a vehicle had just side swiped his vehicle causing his GMC pick-up to enter the ditch. The driver advised he could no longer see the other vehicle.

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41 year old Bella Coola resident arrested and charged after home invasion

Posted in Williams Lake News

Bella Coola RCMP call in additional resources after Bella Coola man flees following home invasion on Saturday night. On September 27, at 8:15pm the Bella Coola RCMP received a 911 call reporting a home invasion on Sawmill Road, which is located in the rural area of Bella Coola.

A lone male allegedly entered the residence with a sawed off shot gun and demanded money from the home owners.

When the gunman became distracted, one of the residents was able to flee to a neighbouring residence and call police.

Tailings storage facility heli-seeding already seeing results

Posted in Williams Lake News

Since the initial tailings breach of August 4 Mount Polley Mining Corporation (MPMC) has been working to reduce the flow of turbid (cloudy) water into Quesnel Lake.

They have been doing this through efforts to control the sources of turbid water or erodible materials. Erodible materials are soils or tailings that have been left exposed and, if rain falls on them, could lead to erosion and then generation of more cloudy water.

A specialty equipped helicopter was brought to the site on September 12 to help with the task of seeding exposed areas. Nine hundred 25kg bags of fast-germinating grasses, which were applied to exposed areas in an effort to provide vegetative cover.

Mount Polley tailings disaster area being seeded by helicopter

 

LakeCity Chess tournament looking to attract new players in the region

Posted in Williams Lake Events

The Williams Lake Chess Club is hosting a tournament at the Williams Lake Library, October 18th. Organizer Scott Richardson says it will be the first chess tournament in the Lakecity, perhaps the only one in the interior of British Columbia, and they are hoping players will travel from as far away as the Lower Mainland.

"The LakeCity Chess Open, will be an attempt to draw out chess players from the region," says Richardson. He and his partner Aki have organized the event because they believe it could benefit the Cariboo by developing a chess community within the library system. "Study after study has proven using the game of chess as a tool enhances the cognitive skills of a young mind," he explains. "As well as learning strategy it makes one think about what comes next, and then, what comes after that?"

Williams Lake BC's first ever chess tournament is coming up in October 2014.

(Photo: Kai Richardson and Rob Hamm, front left with Rob looking at Kai's position in a side event just before the GPO tournament in Victoria.)

Williams Lake businessman Craig Smith announces run for City Council

Posted in Cariboo Election News 2014

"It is with enthusiasm and a passion for the community, that I announce my intentions to run for a position on City Council during the upcoming election," says Williams Lake business leader, Craig Smith.

Smith has been a long time member of the community and an even longer resident of the Cariboo. After over twenty years of work, play and participation in the community, Craig feels it is time to give back in another way.

Having the opportunity to serve the community in this way, Craig feels that he can bring some of his knowledge and expertise to the Council table. His extensive business past has given Craig an inside look at what it takes to sustain business in the downtown and how to weather the ups and downs. He has a passion for business and understands that a community needs a healthy economy to support and sustain business. He has the drive to look for creative and innovative ways to make the business community prosperous. He feels that stimulation of economic development and the recruitment and retention of business is at the heart of what this community needs to stay healthy for generations to come.Williams Lake business leader, Craig Smith, announces bid for City Council seat in upcoming municipal election

Hail left over from evening storm creates driving challenge

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The Big Lake area experienced a massive storm around 5:45pm tonight. Drivers heading toward Likely were faced with lightening, thunder and slush from hail on Likely Road.

(Video courtesy of Cindy Loosely.)

Police turn to public to help locate missing Tatla Lake woman

Posted in Williams Lake News

092914 missingOn Saturday, September 27 at approximately 11:00am, the Alexis Creek RCMP received a complaint that 35 year old Allison McCreadie (also known as Allison Webster or Allison Rohatincky) was missing.

Apparently, around 3:30am on on September 26, Allison left her residence in Tatla Lake after asking a friend to watch over her children so she could attended the hospital in Williams Lake as she wasn't feeling well.

RCMP Auxiliary Fund bottle return program for charity

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

The Williams Lake RCMP Auxiliary have found a way to allowed seized alcohol to flow back into the community by way of a recycling program that the rest of the community can participate in, as well.

"I recently returned $59 worth of recycling from about one year's worth of confiscated alcohol at the local detachment," explains Williams Lake RCMP Auxiliary Constable Andy Walsh. Members will continue to take recycling in to the depot, and at the end of the year, the cash will be donated to a local organization that the group chooses.

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Serving on local government: myths versus reality

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Are you considering a run for City Council, the School Board, or the Regional District (as an Electoral Area Director)? Do you have questions about the work of an elected official and what it entails? As you may know, 2014 is a local election year. Nominations close on October 10th, and voting is on November 15th.

Potential nominees are invited to attend an evening information session on October 1st, 2014. The intent of this information session is to provide clarifications, address your questions, and help you make an informed decision about running for elected office.