Saturday, September 14, 2019

Public washrooms closed due to safety concerns

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

The City of Quesnel has now closed the public washrooms located across from Ceal Tingley Park.
The washrooms are frequently vandalized and littered with drug paraphernalia and residual drug substances, all of which have become a danger to City employees and the public. Although the City has tried to mitigate these issues, it can no longer provide reasonable assurance for the safety of its employees or the public.
Other public washrooms are located at Spirit Centre, LeBourdais Park and on the Riverfront Trail below Bowron Ave and at the Sugarloaf Dog Park.
For more information on what the City is doing about homelessness, addictions and crime, please visit:www.quesnel.ca/city-hall/major-initiatives/homelessness-addictions-and-crime.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of Sept 16-20

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin will meet next week:

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, Sept 17th at 6pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Committee Reports
* Council Discussion -- Arts & Recreation Passes for R.C.M.P. (previously discussed at a North Cariboo Joint Committee meeting)
* Administration Report #84/19 - Remedial Action - 878 Abbott Drive
* Administration Report #85/19 - Permissive Tax Exemptions
* Administration Report #78C/19 - Cannabis Retail Sales - Maximum Number of Stores
* Administration Report #83/19 - 2020 Annual Council Meeting Schedule
* Invite to Open House - Community Based Mental Health Service Office in Quesnel
* Letter from Lewis Drive resident David G. Haley re: Speeding, Acceleration and Noise

View the full Agenda here

School District #28 (Quesnel) - Regular Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at 7pm in the SD28 Boardroom (401 North Star Road).  When available, the Agenda can be viewed here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6pm in WL Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Request for approval - Mayor Cobb to attend COFI Dinner in PG - September 19th
* Williams Lake Downtown Business Improvement Area Amendment Bylaw No. 2314 - Boundary Expansion - Adoption
* Central Industrial Revitalization Tax Exemption Application - Tolko Industries Ltd. - 180 Hodgson Road
* Fire Department Pre-Incident Planning Project - Sole-Source Approval
* Consideration of 6 Committee of the Whole recommendations

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

Emergency Preparedness Committee - Regular Meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at 9:30am in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Stephanie Masun, Community Liaison Coordinator, will appear before the Committee to provide a verbal report on the Summer 2019 Flood Recovery as well as a progress report on the Community Liaison Program.

* Report from CAO J. MacLean re: Emergency Preparedness Updates

View the full Agenda here

Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus - Regular Meeting on on Wednesday, September 18th at 3:00pm in the CRD Williams Lake Committee Room (180D North 3rd Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Williams Lake RCMP Based Victim Services 2018 Annual Report
* Discussion Items

i) Central Cariboo Economic Development Business Plan
ii) Renewal of HandyDart Agreement with City of Williams Lake
iii) Renewal of Cemetery Services Agreement with City of Williams Lake
iv) Memorandum of Understanding with City of Williams Lake

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board Highlights - Sept 13th mtg

Present: Chair M. Wagner/Vice-Chair J. Massier and Directors M. Sjostrom, B. Bachmeier, S.Forseth, A. Delainey, M. LeBourdais, A. Richmond, J. Glassford, G. Kirby, C. Mernett, W. Macdonald, G. Fourchalk, B. Simpson, W. Cobb and M. Campsall

The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:45am.  Meeting Location - Tatla Lake Community Hall (Electoral Area 'J')

The Chair acknowledged that the meeting was taking place on traditional Tslhqot'in Territory

Meeting Agenda approved & Minutes of the August 23rd CRD Board were received/approved

The Board received the Delegations MOB

Business:

Development Services:

1) The Board adopted the following Resolution in respect of DVP #1938 (Area F/Weatherby - 3142 Wise Place):

That a Development Variance Permit to vary Section 4.14 (e) of the Williams Lake Fringe and 150 Mile House Area Zoning Bylaw No. 3502, 1999 as follows:
i) That the increase in maximum floor area for ancillary structures from 350 sq. m (3,767 sq. ft) to 525 sq. m (5,651.23 sq. ft) for constructing a new RV storage be rejected.
ii) That the increase in maximum floor area for ancillary structures from 350 sq. m (3,767 sq. ft) to 453.66 sq. m (4883.23 sq. ft) for legalizing the existing non-conforming ancillary structures be approved.
2) That a Development Variance Permit to vary Section 5.19.2(iii) of the Williams Lake Fringe and 150 Mile House Area Zoning Bylaw No. 3502, 1999 as follows:
i) That the application for a Development Variance Permit to reduce the minimum required interior yard setback on the southern property line from 7.6 m (24.93 ft) to 6.096 m (20 ft) for legalizing the existing non-conforming shop setback be approved.


Environmental Services:

1) The Board directed staff to submit the proposed Board Chair letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regarding the Clean BC- Plastics Action Plan

2) The Board agreed to support the submission from the Districts of Squamish and Tofino in response to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s proposed amendments to the Recycling Regulation of the Environmental Management Act

Community Services:

1) The Board agreed to support an NDIT application from the Williams Lake Cycling Club to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for $30,000 from the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program to improve local trail networks with traditional place names and map kiosks

Protective Services:

1) The Board received a report from the CAO in respect of a FireSmart Program in the Electoral Areas...

Finance:

1) The Board received and ratified the monthly cheque register for the month of August 2019, in the amount of $5,003,527.29

2) The Board approved Year Round Intake Grant for Assistance applications, as follows:

a) McLeese Lake VFD Society - $1,000 for Fire Prevention Week activities (funded by Area 'D' Grant for Assistance fund)
b) Wildwood Community Association - $500 for Fire Hall Open House (funded by Area 'D' Grant for Assistance fund)

Administration:

1) The Board reported out on an adopted In-Camera Resolution, as follows:

That the Board appoints Ms. Janis Bell to represent the Regional District on the Local Government Side Table for the NStQ treaty discussions. Further that Ms. Bell will report back to the Board through Director John Massier as the Board’s Treaty Advisory Committee appointee. And further, that the Board authorizes the payment of Ms. Bell’s expenses in relation to her duties and authorizes a meeting per diem of $100 per day for meetings over four hours.

2) The Board received the Consent Calendar as of September 13th, 2019

Committee or Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

1) The Board received the following Committee or Commission Minutes:

a) Policy Committee - August 22nd meeting

2) The Board adopted recommendations from its' Committees or Commissions, as follows:

a) Policy Committee (August 22nd meeting) -- Draft Grants for Assistance Policy; Proposed Media Relations Policy; Revised Social Media Policy and Cariboo Regional District Director Credit Card Policy

Invitations with No Funding:

1) The Board received an invitation from the University of British Columbia to attend UNBC's annual Donor Appreciation Evening in Prince George on October 3, 2019

2) The Board received an invitation to attend the Climate Strike and March taking place in Williams Lake on Friday, September 20, 2019

Corporate Bylaws:

1) The Board gave 1st, 2nd, 3rd Reading to Cariboo Regional District Barlow Creek Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 5237, 2019

2) The Board agreed to adopt the following Bylaws:

a) Quesnel-Hixon Subdivision Erosion Protection Works Service Parcel Tax Bylaw No. 5243, 2019
b) Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area E Economic Development Service Establishment Bylaw No. 5235, 2019
c) Forest Grove Fire Protection Service Area Expansion Bylaw No. 5240, 2019

Also, the Board, at the request of Area 'D' Director S. Forseth, directed Staff to bring forward a bylaw to merge Areas D,E,F,J,K Economic Development Services into one new service called "Central Cariboo Economic Development Service" for implementation in 2020

Directors' Requests:

1) At the request of Area 'D' Director S. Forseth:

a) Received a memorandum from him in regards to Crime Activity in Rural Areas

Discussion suspended until after Delegations

Delegation:

John Kerr, representing Tatlayoko Think Tank, appeared before the Board to discuss rural broadband issues

A Question/Asnwer period ensued

The Chair, on behalf of the Board, thanked the delegation for their time/information

Meeting recessed for lunch at 12:30pm
Meeting resumed at 12:55pm

Business, cont:
Directors Requests, cont:

The Board resumed consideration of a memorandum from Director Forseth in regards to crime levels in the Electoral Areas - after some time, it was resolved that the memorandum from Director Forseth be received and at the request of Director Richmond, that the 3 RCMP Detachment Commanders from Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House be invited to a future Board meeting to discuss the issue of crime in the Electoral Areas

The Board deferred consideration of a request of Director Forseth to waive policy and approve up to $1,000 for crime watch signs in the McLeese Lake community until the Policy Committee reviews the Director Initiative Fund policy...

The Board received the activities report of Chair M. Wagner for the period up to September 11th, 2019

Directors' reported out on their activities in their Electoral Area or Municipality

The Board agreed to adjourn at 1:45pm

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cariboo RD Committee of the Whole Session - Sept 12th

Present: Chair M. Wagner/Vice-Chair J. Massier and Directors M. Sjostrom, B. Bachmeier, S.Forseth, A. Delainey, M. LeBourdais, J. Glassford, G. Kirby, W. Macdonald, G. Fourchalk, B. Simpson, and M. Campsall 

The Chair called the meeting to order at 1:00pm

Meeting Location: Tatla Lake Community Hall (16451 Highway 20 - Area 'J')

Meeting Agenda approved
The Chair acknowledged that the meeting was taking place on traditional Tsilhqotin territory

Director G. Kirby (Area 'J' Director) welcomed the Committee to his Electoral Area

The Committee held a discussion on the following topics:

1) Landslides in the Electoral Areas
2) OCP Impacts to Property Owners
3) Voting Rules at Cariboo RD Board Meetings

The Committee adjourned at 4:00pm

Prescribed Burns coming for areas near Quesnel Lake/100 Mile House

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

1) 100 Mile House

BC Wildfire Service crews are planning to burn piles of woody debris in two locations southeast of 100 Mile House over the next six weeks to reduce wildfire risks in the area.

Smoke and flames from these controlled fires may be visible from 100 Mile House and surrounding communities.

This work is part of an ongoing series of fuel management projects. Cariboo Fire Centre crews have been piling up accumulated debris in the two locations listed below. By removing this material, less fuel will be available to burn in the event of a wildfire and any such fire will burn with less intensity.

Bridge Lake Ice Caves:

Located on the southwest side of Bridge Lake, these pile burns will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, and continue periodically until Oct. 31, 2019.
Nolan Creek Provincial Park:

Located on the south side of Green Lake along Nolan Creek, these pile burns may begin as early as Sept. 16, 2019, and continue periodically until Oct. 31, 2019.

2) Quesnel Lake

The BC Wildfire Service plans to burn piles of woody debris on the southern shore of Quesnel Lake near Haggens Point, about one kilometre northeast of Klinne Lake.

This work is part of a fuel mitigation project to reduce wildfire risks. Crews will remove hazardous trees, pile up woody material and burn it to reduce the amount of fuel available if a wildfire occurs in the area.

The pile burning could begin as early as Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, and continue periodically until Oct. 31, 2019. Burning will occur only on days when site and weather conditions are favourable and will allow the smoke to dissipate. BC Wildfire Service personnel will be on-site and monitoring these fires.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca
Follow the latest wildfire news:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Business and job seeker surveys to assess region’s labour market

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:


Two surveys have opened as part of the Cariboo Chilcotin regional labour market study. The study is a partnership between the Cariboo Regional District, municipalities and First Nations in the Cariboo Chilcotin with the goal of identifying labour gaps and future job needs.
Local project representatives have been connecting with businesses in-person over the summer to complete the business survey. Telephone outreach will continue until Sept. 21 to random select businesses. To maximize participation, all businesses across the Regional District are encouraged to complete the survey through an online link.
The business survey seeks to gather input from business owners related to accessing labour, challenges in labour recruitment and labour impacts on future business decisions, training and skills needs. The survey closes Sept. 21, 2019. Take the business survey: 
A job seeker survey has also launched for people interested in new careers or that are currently not employed. This survey will provide job seekers with an opportunity to share their perspectives on employment opportunities and supports and services to assist them in securing employment.
The job seeker survey closes Oct. 15, 2019. By completing the survey, you will be entered to win a new laptop. Take the job seeker survey: www.jobseekersurvey.ca
To wrap up the study, an education and training sector roundtable discussion is scheduled for Oct. 21, 2019 in Williams Lake. Potential workshop participants will be contacted directly to ensure a broad representation of educational institutions and their appropriate faculty, staff and administration are invited.
The labour market study is a partnership between the CRD, the municipalities of Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and Wells, and member communities of Northern Secwepemc, Tŝilhqot’in and Southern Carrier/Dakelh First Nations. The project is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
The study is being researched and written by MDB Insight (mdbinsight.com), a consulting firm that has worked extensively with communities, large and small, across Canada. The project is expected to be completed with a final draft in December 2019.
Read a Frequently Asked Questions document and learn more about the project at cariboord.ca/labourstudy
Margo Wagner - Chair of the Cariboo RD Board and Cariboo RD Area 'H' Director said:
“We have two main goals in this labour market study: One is to provide an assessment of current and forecasted labour market trends, opportunities and needs specific to the region. Secondly, the study will provide an evidence-based strategy to facilitate capacity building among the regional labour force and business sectors.
I encourage all our business owners and those looking for work to participate in these surveys to help us gain a solid perspective on the challenges our labour market is facing.”

43rd Canadian General Election underway!

Just a few minutes ago -- the 42nd Parliament of Canada was dissolved by Canada's Governor-General at the request of Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister

The date of the election is Monday, October 21st

As of this writing - here are the candidates in Cariboo-PG and Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo:

Cariboo-PG:

Todd Doherty - Conservative (incumbent)
Tracy Calogheros - Liberal
Mackenzie Kerr - Green Party
Jing Lan Yang (Young) - People's Party of Canada
Heather Sapergia - NDP

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo:

Cathy MacLeod - Conservative (incumbent)
Dr. Terry Lake - Liberal
Ken Finlayson - People's Party of Canada
Iain Currie - Green Party of Canada
Peter Kerek - Communist Party
Dock Currie - NDP
Kira Cheeseborough - Animal Protection Party of Canada

Cariboo-PG covers the communities of Vanderhoof, Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake and within the Regional Districts' of Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser Fort George and Cariboo

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo covers the communities of 100 Mile House, City of Kamloops and the rural communities outside of Kamloops and primarily covers the Regional Districts of Thompson-Nicola and Cariboo...

I expect that there will be plenty of all candidates forums in the next number of weeks for voters in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo and Cariboo-Prince George to make up their minds about their Member of Parliament for the period of 2019-2023

SF

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cat 2 open burning to be allowed in Cariboo region - Fri Sept 13th at 12pm

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

Effective at noon on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Category 2 open fires will once again be allowed throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre's jurisdiction due to a decreased wildfire risk in the region.

A map of the affected areas is available online: http://ow.ly/4lId30pvKsB

The rescinding of the current Category 2 prohibition will apply to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). People are asked to check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

As of noon on Sept. 13, the following activities will be allowed within the Cariboo Fire Centre's jurisdiction:

* one to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide;

* the burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares;

* the use of sky lanterns;

* the use of fireworks, including firecrackers;

* the use of tiki torches and similar kinds of torches;

* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice);

* the use of burn barrels or burn cages; and

* the use of air curtain burners.

However, larger Category 3 open fires will remain prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre until Sept. 27, 2019, or until the public is otherwise notified. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs, as well as the value of resources damaged or destroyed by the wildfire.

The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

Follow the latest wildfire news:

* on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* on Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

"The North Matters" - Williams Lake Event/Sept 15th at 1:30pm

I am posting this information for members of the public if they are interesting in attending the upcoming The North Matters Community Engagement Event in Williams Lake.  I will be attending to observe the discussions as will Walt Cobb, in a private citizen capacity and not as the Mayor of Williams Lake.  More here

Details about the event are below:

SF


Sunday, September 8, 2019

2019 Firefighters National Memorial Day

Today is Firefighters National Memorial Day. 

Within Cariboo RD Area D - we have three fire departments, one aligned with the local regional district and two that are independent. These are based in Wildwood, Tyee Lake and McLeese Lake. I am thankful for all the volunteers that serve on the three fire departments along with those who serve in the BC Wildfire Service. 

Thank you for all you do and for those that give the ultimate sacrifice, thank you for your service in protecting your local community... 

~SF

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Diversity of B.C. artists showcased in arts council grants

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

Editor's Note -- congratulations to Sunset Theatre Society for receiving $21,000 and the Island Mountain Arts Society for receiving $5,000.  Both of these groups reside in the District of Wells.  No arts groups in Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House or the 12 Cariboo RD Electoral Area received arts grants - SF


B.C. artists are featuring the vibrancy and diversity of the province’s arts and culture sector, with some groups benefiting for the first time from the latest round of BC Arts Council grants.
“B.C.’s rich cultural diversity gives people an opportunity to experience artistic traditions from all around the world and to promote inclusion and understanding in our communities,” said the Hon. Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “One of our goals in increasing BC Arts Council funding to record levels is to provide a platform for expression for artists and arts and culture organizations that were previously under-served, in order to showcase the variety of creative perspectives and voices of B.C. artists.”
The B.C. government is distributing more than $9.8 million in provincial funding through 394 grants in more than 50 communities in the latest round of funding administered by the BC Arts Council.
“The BC Arts Council’s renewed strategic vision focuses on strengthening arts and culture funding opportunities for all the people of B.C.,” said Susan Jackson, chair of the BC Arts Council. “Not only are we supporting more artists and organizations than ever before, we’re focused on making sure groups not previously funded have access to our grants.”
Part of the council’s new strategic plan to enhance arts and cultural development throughout the province is to increase equity, diversity and access. The result is more first-time recipients, such as the Royal Academy of Bhangra Society, which offers bhangra classes for all ages, genders and backgrounds, as well as creating collaborative, inclusive events that build cultural bridges in the community.
“We’re delighted to receive provincial support for our upcoming event Folk Lok Live: Borderless,” said Hardeep Singh Sahota, director of the Royal Academy of Bhangra Society. “The Folk Lok Live series is a way for us to come together and celebrate our rich culture and history by sharing our stories, dance and music. This year, we are connecting the Pakistani and Indian Punjabi community by celebrating the shared pre-partition heritage, because we strongly believe that art can be a mechanism for social change.”
The BC Arts Council, an agency of the provincial government, allocates grant funding for arts and culture throughout the province. BC Arts Council grants are administered through a peer-review adjudication process. Grant recipients represent a diverse group of artists and arts organizations, including Indigenous groups, scholarship students and community arts councils.
Quick Facts:
  • Budget 2019 lays out an investment of an additional $15 million over the next three years to the BC Arts Council, bringing its annual budget to a record-high of $34 million in 2019-20. This is the B.C. government’s second investment in the BC Arts Council since 2018.
  • Grants in this latest round of funding were awarded under several programs, including:
    • Operating Assistance: supporting dance, music, theatre, professional arts training organizations and art periodicals with base funding for better year-over-year support, including 11 new operating clients;
    • Arts-Based Community Development: supporting projects that create new work, produce events or develop resource materials to support community development;
    • Professional Development: supporting opportunities that require travel for arts and culture professionals or to undertake specific learning activities to advance their practice or career;
    • Touring Initiatives: supporting touring activities outside the province that will lead to enhanced professional opportunities;
    • Scholarship Awards: supporting B.C. residents with full-time arts training costs after they finish secondary school; and
    • Professional Projects (multiple disciplines): supporting initiatives in the development, creation, production and/or live performance of classical, experimental, original, traditional and contemporary art forms from all world cultures.
Learn More:
For a full list of BC Arts Council grant recipients, visit: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/funding/recipients/
For more information about the BC Arts Council and to apply for grants, visit: bcartscouncil.ca

Friday, September 6, 2019

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of September 9-13

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week:

Wells - Regular Council Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, September 10th in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  The Agenda is not currently available

Quesnel - Council Committee meetings, all in the Fraser Room - Quesnel City Hall (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant Street):

Financial Sustainability/Audit Committee - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th at 3pm.  On the Agenda:

* Permissive Tax Exemptions
* Finance Department Update
* Accounts Payable 2nd Quarter Update

View the full Agenda here

Executive Committee - Regular Meeting on Wednesday, September 11th at 9am.  On the Agenda:

* City owned lands
* Support for District of Wells Fire Department
* Update on RFP for Public Works Facility
* Gold Pan Relocation
* Waterfront food truck ideas
* In-Camera Session: Section 90(1c - labour) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Committee of the Whole Session on Tuesday, September 10th at 6pm in the Rick Hansen Boardroom (Basement - 450 Mart Street).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: WL RCMP Inspector Jeff Pelley/Community Safety Mgr Dave Dickson re: monthly Police Commission Report

* Ride Hailing Services
* 2020 Strategic Plan
* Discussion Items -- Weeds in Williams Lake and Winter Road Maintenance

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th at 7pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  The Agenda is not currently available

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

South Cariboo Rural Caucus - Regular Meeting on Monday, September 9th at 11am in 100 Mile House Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* South Cariboo Visitor Information Centre – Contribution Agreement Renewal
* 100 Mile House Wranglers Junior B Hockey Club - Grants for Assistance Application

View the full Agenda here

South Cariboo Joint Committee - Regular Meeting on Monday, September 9th at 12 noon in 100 Mile House Council Chambers.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: TELUS to provide an update in the 100 Mile House area
* South Cariboo Recreation Centre – Wranglers Media Booth Proposal
* In-Camera Session: Sec. 90(1k - negotiations) of the Community Charter

View the full Agenda here

North Cariboo Rural Caucus - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th at 3pm in the CRD Quesnel Office (101-410 Kinchant Street).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation: Emcon Services (introduction to Gerry Popoff, Operations Manager)
* Request from CCCTA for Sponsorship of 2019 Tourism Summit
* North Cariboo Joint Committee Proposed Terms of Reference
* Discussion Items -- North Cariboo Airport Contribution Agreement; 2019-2020 North Cariboo Economic Development Business Plan and North Cariboo Support for Orange Shirt Day

View the full Agenda here

North Cariboo Joint Committee - Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th at 5:30pm at the Barlow Creek Hall (3801 Tremblay Road - Area 'C'). On the Agenda:

* Quesnel Healthcare Recruitment Update
* Community Futures North Cariboo
* North Cariboo Recreation and Parks 2019 - 2023 Business, Financial and Capital Plan Review
* Options for RCMP Recreation Passes
* Cariboo Regional District Policy Amendment 12-12A-63 "Priority Criteria for North Cariboo Recreation & Parks New Services and Funding"
* 2020 North Cariboo Joint Committee Meeting Schedule - for approval

View the full Agenda here

Special Closed CRD Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 11th at 1:30pm in the CRD Boardroom in Williams Lake (180D North 3rd Avenue).  Meeting *must* closed to the public pursuant to Section 90(2b -the consideration of information received and held in confidence relating to negotiations between the municipality and a provincial government or the federal government or both, or between a provincial government or the federal government or both and a third party) of the Community Charter.  View the Agenda here

Committee of the Whole Meeting on Thursday, September 12th at 1pm at the Tatla Lake Community Hal (16451 Highway 20) with Community BBQ to follow.  On the Agenda:

* Landslides in Electoral Areas
* OCP Impacts on Land Owners
* Cariboo RD Board Voting Rules

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board on the Road Meeting on Friday, September 13th at 9:45am at the Tatla Lake Community Hall. On the Agenda:

* Delegation: John Kerr from Tatalyoko Think Tank to discuss rural broadband internet issues

* Consideration of DVP #1938 (Area F/Weatherby - 3142 Wise Place)
* Request from Ministry of Environment for Stakeholder Feedback on the Plastics Action Plan
* Request for CRD Chair Signature on Joint Submission to MOECCS Clean BC – Plastics Action Plan
* NDIT Application – Williams Lake Cycling Club Traditional Place Names and Kiosk Project
* Update from CRD Staff regarding a FireSmart Program for the Regional District Electoral Areas...
* Grant for Assistance (Year Round Intake) applications - McLeese Lake VFD Society and Wildwood Community Association (Area D)
* Consent Calendar
* Committee or Commission Minutes/Recommendations
* 3 Readings of Cariboo Regional District Barlow Creek Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 5237, 2019
* Adoption of Quesnel-Hixon Subdivision Erosion Protection Works Service Parcel Tax Bylaw No. 5243, 2019; Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area E Economic Development Service Establishment Bylaw No. 5235, 2019 and Forest Grove Fire Protection Service Area Expansion Bylaw No. 5240, 2019

* Requests from Area D Director S. Forseth re: Crime Activity in Rural Areas (Discussion only) and Director Initiative Fund Use for Rural Crime Watch Signage

View the full Agenda here

TNG Welcomes Injunction Halting Taseko Drilling Program

Courtesy of the Tsilhqotin National Government:

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation welcomes the decision by the BC Supreme Court today, granting an injunction that prohibits Taseko Mines Ltd. (TML) from moving forward with its exploratory drilling program in Teẑtan Biny (Fish Lake) and Nabaŝ (the surrounding area).

The BC Liberal Government granted Taseko a drilling permit in July 2017, on its last day in power. The drilling program aims to advance the New Prosperity Mine – despite the fact that the Federal Government rejected New Prosperity in 2014 and the mine cannot be built as a result. The Federal Government rejected New Prosperity in part because of significant and unavoidable impacts onTŝilhqot’in culture, heritage and rights.

Teẑtan Biny and Nabaŝ is an area of profound cultural and spiritual importance for the Tŝilhqot’inpeoples. Two independent expert panels have confirmed the unique and special significance of thisarea for the Tŝilhqot’in as a place of ceremony and healing, as an active cultural school, as a resting place for ancestors, and as highly valued hunting, trapping and gathering grounds. It is also one of few areas in Canada subject to a court declaration of proven Aboriginal rights.

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation will now have its day in court to prove at trial that the drilling program represents an unjustified infringement of its proven Aboriginal rights. In the meantime, today’sjudgment protects Teẑtan Biny and Nabaŝ from disruption and degradation by TML before a full hearing of this important constitutional issue.

Joe Alphonse, TNG Tribal Chair stated:

The judgment of the BC Supreme Court today reinforces that New Prosperity is a dead project and will never proceed. Taseko has been nothing but disrespectful and the message to them here today is loud and clear – stop threatening our cultural and sacred lands because it’s a battle they aren’tever going to win. That is the way of the past. Industry needs to work with First Nations on projects that support our vision and our way of life; that’s the only way. Taseko is the poster child for what industry should not and cannot do.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

City of WL awarded Level 2 recognition through UBCM Green Communities Committee

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The City of Williams Lake has received recognition as a Level 2 community under the joint Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Green Communities Committee. The Climate Action Recognition Program was established as a way of acknowledging the progress and efforts undertaken by local governments as they work to achieve climate goals.
“The City of Williams Lake continues to demonstrate its commitment to work with the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in both corporate operations and the broader community,” said Tara Faganello, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in a letter to the City.
As a signatory of the Climate Action Charter, Level 2 recognition indicates that the City of Williams Lake has taken effective steps to fulfill its Charter commitments and additionally has completed a corporate carbon inventory and demonstrated its commitment and familiarity with the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory.
The City of Williams Lake will continue to work towards increasing its Climate Action Recognition level as it undertakes further projects and initiatives to achieve its climate goals

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Quesnel Council Highlights - Sept 3rd meeting

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Multi-Use Commercial/Residential Development – 726 Front Street
Council approved the Development Permit to the Dakelh and Quesnel Community Housing Society to develop a four-storey, 560.6 m2 (6034.60 ft2) multi-use building at 726 Front Street. The first floor of the building will be commercial, while the three floors above will be residential. Council approved this Development Permit with the following six conditions:
  1. Servicing, Grading and Drainage Plans
  2. Servicing Agreement
  3. Housing Agreement, with Provision for a Good Neighbour Agreement
  4. Landscaping Bond
  5. Paving Off-Street Parking Areas
  6. Parking Variance – From 49 Parking Stalls to a Minimum of 15 (summer) to 12 (winter) stalls
This development will be geared towards low-income indigenous singles, couples and seniors at risk of homelessness in the region.
Next Steps for Potable Water Treatment
Council approved $298,000 from the Water Capital Reserve Fund to fund the design of a Water Treatment System for the City's future potable water system. The objective is to have a grant-ready project developed which will be ready for the submission for the next round of Federal/Provincial infrastructure grant program. As previously reported in the June 25, 2019 Council Highlights, the City’s drinking water no longer meets Health Canada’s maximum acceptable concentration of manganese in the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines of 0.12 mg/L. Water samples for manganese at the City water wells vary between 0.014 mg/L and 0.582 mg/L. Expanded water sampling for manganese at additional locations is underway and Northern Health has been engaged regarding the updated guidelines.
In addition to the manganese issue, the City does not currently treat to prevent microbiological contamination. Even with the City’s excellent track record of high quality untreated water, the trend from the Health Authorities has been towards chlorination treatment to provide a higher level of assurance of non-contamination.
Next steps for this fall/winter include:
  • Public engagement to let the public learn more about the water treatment options
  • Urban Systems to start design work of a Water Treatment System and pilot testing of the design
Political Campaign Sign Bylaw
Council gave the first three readings for the proposed City of Quesnel Political Campaign Sign Bylaw No. 1875, 2019. The major change to the proposed Political Campaign Sign Bylaw 1875 is for political signs to be posted in the following six areas of the City:
Next steps include Council to consider final adoption of this bylaw at the September 17, 2019 Regular Council meeting.
Bylaws
  • 1869 – Nuisance Bylaw – Final Adoption
  • 1875 – Political Campaign Signs (Designated Political Sign Areas) – First, Second, Third
Next Meeting
  • 6 pm – September 17, 2019 – Regular Council Meeting

New Manager for Performances in the Park Program

Courtesy of the Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Society:

The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society (CCACS) is pleased to announce the award of the 2020-2022 Performances in the Park management contract to the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake and Area (CACWL). Performances in the Park is a well-attended, free, outdoor summer concert series held on Thursdays evenings at Boitanio Park’s Gwen Ringwood Theatre throughout July and August. The series features two family-friendly acts each week, with local, national, and international performers. The CACWL commits to upholding the quality of content produced to date in previous years of Performances in the Park, while also seeking innovative and creative ways to enhance the event, under the guidance and support of the CCACS. Funding is provided by the Cariboo Regional District and the The City of Williams Lake, with numerous local sponsorships making it all possible.

CCACS President Harry Jennings said:

"We are so pleased to be able to work with such a wonderfully creative and hard-working, local, arts organization to continue bringing quality, free entertainment to Williams Lake and the Cariboo next summer. Welcome Community Arts Council of Williams Lake to taking over Performances In The Park starting 2020!"


While Venta Rutkauskas, CACWL Program Manager / Coordinator stated:

“It's an exciting time for the CACWL, building on our previous successes with smaller performances and public arts engagement. We are very open to hearing from the public about their experiences with Performances in the Park, really looking to them to offer feedback and suggestions for our upcoming season. How can we make this event even better, more engaging for all ages? We look forward to finding out.”

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year

After a nice summer break - schools in the Region are back to work today and Wednesday...

Today -- all Schools in School District #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) (100 Mile House/Williams Lake) will open for a half day session.  You can look up your own school location and hours at the SD27 School website here

Meanwhile for the independent schools in Williams Lake -- they too will open Tuesday as follows:

Cariboo Adventist Academy - all day session.  Full details here

Sacred Heart Catholic School - half day session.  Full details here

Maranatha Christian School - half day session.  Full details here

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Meanwhile in Quesnel, School District #28 (Quesnel) will start their 2019-20 school year on Wednesday.  Full details at their website here

For the independent schools in Quesnel:

* North Cariboo Christian School - half day session - For full details, click here

* St Ann's Catholic School - full day session on Wednesday, Sept 4th.  For full details, click here

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Also - we are all reminded about obeying speed limits in school zones from 8am - 5pm while schools are in session, whether in the rural areas or in Wells, Quesnel, Williams Lake or 100 Mile House -- full details here.  Also - here are the fines if you are caught using your phone while driving:

Motor Vehicle Act - Sections 214.2 (1 + 2):

a) Using electronic device while driving ($368 fine + 4 points)
b) Emailing or texting while driving ($386 fine + 4 points)

Finally - here are some tips as your child(ren) return to school - click here (elementary school) and here (high school)

SF

Monday, September 2, 2019

2019 Labour Day Messages

From Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

On Labour Day, we celebrate the workers who have built our country and made workplaces from coast to coast to coast safer, more equitable, and more just.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, one of the most influential strikes in Canadian history. It launched a labour movement that fought for – and won – many of the benefits and protections Canadian workers can count on today. From universal healthcare to fair wages, weekends, and paid vacations, the movement transformed the lives of millions of Canadians, and laid the foundations of a growing economy and a strong middle class.

“A century later, Canadian workers remain at the heart of building a stronger Canada and a better future. Our government is proud to be their ally and partner. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has made major strides to support Canadian workers – thanks in part to the incredible advocacy of workers and unions across the country. Together, we protected collective bargaining rights, and repealed anti-union legislation passed in 2014 and 2015. We worked with our provincial partners to strengthen the Canada Pension Plan. We passed new regulations to stop the use of new asbestos in Canada, as well as legislation to protect employees from harassment and violence, and make workplaces safer. And in the last four years, we’ve seen the creation of over a million new jobs for people from coast to coast to coast.

“Our government has also made unprecedented investments in skills training, to help Canadians get the skills and experience they need to succeed in a rapidly changing job market and an increasingly competitive global economy. Budget 2019 announced the new Canada Training Benefit to help provide workers with the time and money to improve their skills or learn new ones. We are also making post-secondary education more affordable, promoting good-quality careers in the skilled trades, and taking steps to make sure that in the future there is a work placement for every student who wants one.

“Canadian workers are the backbone of our success, and our future. We will always stand up for workers and their families, and make sure they have the support they need to succeed in the jobs of today and tomorrow.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish all Canadians a safe and happy Labour Day.”


From BC Premier John Horgan:

“On Labour Day, we recognize the millions of working people in British Columbia and around the globe who have fought, and continue to fight, for workers’ rights.

“The rights we enjoy today would not exist without the hard-fought victories of unions. Minimum wage, weekends and holidays, job security, parental leave, vacation and overtime pay, protection from discrimination and harassment, and safety standards, are the result of collective action grounded in the belief that all working people deserve to be treated fairly.

“It is important that we continue to stand up for fairness, equality and security at work. We need to make sure our economy is working for everyone, workers and employers, not just the people at the top. This belief drives our government’s work to make life better for people in B.C. every day.

“This work includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021, so people with lower incomes can afford necessities. As of June 1, 2019, the minimum wage in B.C. is $13.85.

“This year, we made amendments to the Employments Standards Act that raise the working age for children, make sure people are paid the wages they are owed, and provide job protection for people dealing with domestic or sexual violence, or caring for the critically ill.

“We are providing more support for first responders who serve British Columbians and risk their personal safety in emergency situations. We have made presumptive coverage available to workers who experience trauma on the job and are at more risk of developing mental illnesses, like firefighters, police officers, paramedics, nurses, emergency dispatchers and publicly funded health-care aides.

“Our government is committed to making workplaces in British Columbia the safest in Canada. A review of B.C.’s workers’ compensation system is underway, so that every worker going through the system knows they will be treated with dignity and respect.

“And to improve protections and supports for foreign workers who are vulnerable to abuse, our government brought in the new Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act.

“We still have much more to do, but I am proud of the progress we are making. Together with our partners in the labour movement, we will continue to stand up for vulnerable workers and prioritize worker health and safety, so that we can build a better future for all British Columbians.

“Happy Labour Day!”

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Steve's Meeting Calendar/Expenses for August 2019

In the month of August 2019 - I attended the following meetings or events:

* August 8th - Public Hearing on Cannabis Zoning/Rural Land Use Bylaw Amendments with my CRD Colleagues Angie Delainey (who chaired this Public Hearing), Maureen LeBourdais and Walt Cobb

* August 9th - Met with Ian Grant from the BC Ministry of Transportation on road concerns in the McLeese Lake area....

* August 13th - Salmon Testing Event at the Xat'sull Heritage Village which is put on Gibraltar Mines and a Wildwood Community Association meeting

* August 21st - Area 'D' Advisory Planning Commission Meeting in respect of a DVP and Rezoning application in Macalister (former Cariboo Wood Shop)

* August 22nd - Policy Committee Meeting from 3-5pm

* August 23rd - CCRHD/CRD Board Meetings

* August 28th - Meeting with reps from the McLeese Lake Recreation Society and the CRD Manager of Community Services and his assistant, Kathleen MacDonald and I

* August 29th - Met with Lindsey Woods from FLNRORD in regards to forestry concerns at McLeese Lake and the Wildwood area...

In addition - responded to inquiries involved Area D or from Area D residents' directly via phone, email or social media (Facebook, Facebook Messenger, etc)

As to expenses for the month of August 2018:

* August 22nd - Policy Committee ($83.00)

* August 23rd - CCRHD/CRD Board Meetings ($206.00)

SF

Friday, August 30, 2019

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of September 3-6

Due to an abbreviated work week as a result of the Labour Day long weekend -- the only local government to meet next week is Quesnel City Council on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor - 410 Kinchant St).  On the Agenda:

* Committee Reports
* Report from Mayor B. Simpson re: requested 2019 UBCM Minister Meetings
* 726 Front Street - Multi Use Commercial/Residential Development - Development Permit 2019-24
* Next Steps for Potable Water Treatment
* Provincial Wildfire Recovery Funding Through Third Party Delivery
* Cannabis Retail Sales
* Request for City Branded Items for City of Quesnel Employees
* Political Campaign Sign Bylaw

The full Agenda can be viewed here

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Canada, BC and the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Sign Gwets’en Nilt’i Pathway Agreement

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

The federal and provincial governments have joined with the Tŝilhqot’in National Government and the six Tŝilhqot’in communities to celebrate the signing of the Gwets’en Nilt’i Pathway Agreement (“Towards it, We are Striving”), a historic reconciliation agreement to support Tŝilhqot’in self-determination, five years after the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Decision. 
Leaders from the Tŝilhqot’in Nation, along with Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations; Jonathan Wilkinson, federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard; and Scott Fraser, British Columbia’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; have signed the new five-year Gwets’en Nilt’i Pathway Agreement. The six Tŝilhqot’in Nation signatories included Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chair (Tl'etinqox); Chief Russell Myers Ross, Vice Chair (Yuneŝit’in); Chief Francis Laceese (Tl'esqox); Chief Roy Stump (ʔEsdilagh); Chief Otis Guichon (Tŝideldel); and Chief Jimmy Lulua (Xeni Gwet'in).
The Tsilhqot’in Nation Decision declared Aboriginal title for the first time in Canada, in the homeland of the Tŝilhqot’in peoples. Since that time, the federal and provincial governments have worked separately with the Tŝilhqot’in Nation to implement the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Decision and to chart a path to lasting reconciliation. The new agreement brings all three parties to the table to continue their work together.
The purpose of the Gwets’en Nilt’i Pathway Agreement is to bring transformative change to the lives of the Tŝilhqot’in peoples and to the relationship between the Tŝilhqot’in Nation, Canada and British Columbia. It is the first tripartite reconciliation agreement of its kind in the province.
A core principle of the agreement is to support the self-determination of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation. This agreement is a tangible expression of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which recognizes every Nation has unique and distinct paths to self-determination. 
The agreement commits the Nation and the provincial and federal governments to sustained progress on eight Tŝilhqot’in priorities: Tŝilhqot’in governance; language and culture; children and families; healthy communities; justice; education and training; Tŝilhqot’in Nen (lands, water and resources); and economic development. 
Recognizing the social and cultural importance of fisheries to the Tŝilhqot’in Nation, the agreement will also support the role of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation in stewardship, monitoring and fisheries management of Tŝilhqot’in fisheries.
The agreement will also support negotiations over the next five years to effect the practical transition to Tŝilhqot’in governance in the declared title area as recognized in the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Decision.
On behalf of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government –  Chief Joe Alphonse said:
“We have spent decades fighting in courts and on the front lines to protect our lands and our way of life. That fight is who we are as Tŝilhqot’in peoples – it is passed down directly from our Tŝilhqot’in war chiefs of 1864-65. But we also want to see a better future for our children, a better life. That is what this Agreement is about: building a better future for our people, based on our priorities and our solutions. We commend the prime minister, Minister Bennett and the Government of Canada for following through on the commitments made to our people when they came to declared title lands to deliver the statement of exoneration for our war chiefs. We are ready to be the authors of our own future as Tŝilhqot’in peoples.” 

WL City Council Highlights - Aug 27th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

Council Highlights from the August 27th, 2019 Council meeting.
KIDSPORT WEEK
Council unanimously approved that September 7th to 13th be proclaimed as KidSport week to recognize this important organization which contributes to a healthy and active community by making participation in sports accessible for all families.
MURAL APPROVAL
An interactive mural will soon be adorning the area of 29- Third ave South after unanimous approval from Council to provide $5,000 in support of its creation. Local artists Tiffany Jorgensen and Sarah Sigurdson with support from Downtown Williams Lake Business Improvement Association Chair Jordan Davis presented the idea to Council and explained the concept. Council made special mention of the continued effort to maintain the designation of Mural capital of the Cariboo.
BUS SHELTER AT BOITANIO PARK
Council discussed inquiring about funding for a shelter. Council made mention of the concerns that were had when the shelter was originally in place, and if an alternate solution such as leaning posts would be better suited. With the unanimous approval to move forward, Council stated that the good news is that there will be something in place, but what that looks like is yet to be determined.
DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURE BYLAW
Council discussed approving the recommended changes to the Development Procedure Bylaw and confirming that it would be brought before the public for comment before being adopted. Council wanted to make sure that developers themselves were engaged and feedback was retrieved directly. The public consultation process before the 2nd and 3rd reading will take approximately 2-3 months.
SOIL REMOVAL BYLAW
Council discussed the recommendation by the General Governance Committee to support the proposed new Soil Removal Bylaw and direct staff to open for public consultation. Council briefly raised some concerns about some of the restrictions in the Bylaw that developers might see as a minor issue to new projects. However, expected that the public consultation would address these issues as needed.
WASTE REDUCTION WEEK
Following a request from the Recycling Council of British Columbia, City Council unanimously approved the proclamation of October 21st to 27th as "Waste Reduction Week" in recognition of the City's efforts to conserve resources, protect the environment and educate the community.

Quesnel City Council Highlights - Aug 27th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Canadian Rangers Patrol 2IC – Quesnel Command Team

Paul Nicolls, Patrol Commander, highlighted the role and tasks of the Canadian Rangers.  The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Army Reserves working in remote, isolated and coastal regions of Canada.  The Canadian Rangers provide lightly-equipped, self-sufficient mobile forces to support the Canadian Armed Forces national security and public safety operations within Canada.  The Canadian Rangers protect Canada by:  conducting patrols; reporting unusual activities or sightings; collect local data for the Canadian Armed Forces; performing sovereignty or national security duties; assisting in search and rescue efforts; assist with natural disasters such as forest fires and floods, etc.  Currently, there are approximately 5000 Canadian Rangers, living in 200 plus Canadian communities, and speaking 26 different languages/dialects, many of these Indigenous.  For more information regarding the Quesnel Canadian Rangers Patrol, please contact Paul Nicolls at .

Carbon/Climate Initiative

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (“MCIP”), has provided 85% funding, with the City utilizing the City’s Carbon Reserve to fund the remaining 15% of a two-year Carbon/Climate Initiative Coordinator position for the City, with Kyle Aben filling this role.  Coordinator Aben’s presentation highlighted:
  • Why take climate action in Quesnel
  • MCIP Funding
  • MCIP Milestones
  • Quesnel Mitigation Goals
Next steps include MCIP milestones timeline*:
  • Milestone #1 - Green House Gas (“GHG”) Inventory of City and Community – August, 2019 - Completed
  • Milestone #2 - GHG emission reduction targets set – October 2019
  • Milestone #3 – Local action plan for reduction projects – February 2019
  • Milestone #4 – Implement GHG reduction projects – November 2020
  • Milestone #5 – Monitor GHG reduction progress – February 2021
*Timeline subject to change.

Nuisance Bylaw

Council gave the first three readings for the proposed City of Quesnel Nuisance Bylaw 1869.  The major changes to the proposed Nuisance Bylaw 1869 are:
  • Amalgamation of the Noise Bylaw into the Nuisance Bylaw
  • Addition of policy on vacant buildings
  • Addition of policy to restrict lying, sitting or loitering in specified downtown areas
  • Addition of policy to charge abatement fees for repeat nuisance calls
  • Addition of restrictions on panhandling under specific conditions as identified nuisance behaviours
Next steps include Council to consider final adoption of this bylaw at the September 3, 2019 Regular Council meeting.

Bylaws

Next Meeting

6 pm – September 3, 2019 – Regular Council Meeting