Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Committee of the Whole (WL Council) Session - March 2nd mtg

Present: Mayor W. Cobb (Chair); Councillors Boehm, Bonnell, Brenner, Ryll, Smith (in WL Council Chambers) and Nelson (via electronic means)

Meeting called to order - 6pm

Procedural Motion - Close Meeting to Public Attendance:

RESOLVED: That members of the public are not permitted to physically attend the March 2, 2021 Committee of Whole Council meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the December 2nd Gathering and Events Public Health Officer Order. As per Ministerial Order No. M192 from the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and, for the purposes of Division 3 of Part 4 of the Community Charter, the meeting is not to be considered closed to the public and will be livestreamed on the City of Williams Lake's YouTube Channel, located at https://www.youtube.com/user/CityWL, to ensure openness and transparency

Meeting Agenda adopted
Minutes of the Committee meeting held on Feb 16th, 2021 were received/adopted

Delegations:

1) Sydney Redpath, from the Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast Tourism Association appeared before the Committee to provide a Regional Tourism update.  Presentation here

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair thanked Ms. Redpath for her time/information

2) Laurie Walters, PASS Program Coordinator - Community Futures, Cariboo-Chilcotin and Larry Stranberg, Program Manager of Community Futures, Cariboo-Chilcotin appeared before the Committee to present on Introduction of Planning A Successful Succession (PASS) program

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair thanked the delegation for their time/information

Business:

1) COVID 19 Safe Restart Funding - Further Allocations

The Committee received a report of the CFO - click here
Discussion ensued thereon...

Resolved -- That the Committee recommend: 

That Council allocate the remaining unallocated $546,205 from the COVID‐19 Safe Restart Grant to boost the uncollected taxation revenues, directing the funds to City’s capital program.

2) Extension of Rent Relief at Williams Lake Regional Airport (YWL)

The Committee received a report of the Economic Development Officer - click here
Discussion ensued thereon... 

Resolved -- That the Committee recommend:

That Council extend the facility rent relief extended to commercial tenants at Williams Lake Regional Airport (YWL) terminal for an additional period of six months ending September 30, 2021

The Committee adjourned at 6:58pm

BC State of Emergency (COVID-19) extended to March 16th

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

The Province of British Columbia has formally extended the provincial state of emergency, allowing health and emergency management officials to continue to use extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act (EPA) to support the Province's COVID-19 pandemic response.

The state of emergency is extended through the end of the day on March 16, 2021, to allow staff to take the necessary actions to keep British Columbians safe and manage immediate concerns and COVID-19 outbreaks.

“Vaccines have already saved the lives of some of our most vulnerable, and yesterday we announced the next phase,” said BC Premier John Horgan. “Every single day we’re making progress, thanks to the hard work of public health experts, front-line health-care workers, essential workers and British Columbians who are committed to doing their part to keep us all safe. We’re going to get through this together.”

The extension of the provincial state of emergency is based on recommendations from B.C.‘s health and emergency management officials. The original declaration was made on March 18, 2020, the day after Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer (PHO), declared a public health emergency.

“We need to keep following public health orders so we can all get through this next period safely until more vaccines are ready,” said the Hon. Mike Farnworth, BC's Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “In the meantime, orders will continue to be enforced for those who refuse to do their part and risk undoing the progress we’ve made so far.”

The Province continues, with the support of police and other enforcement officials, to use measures under the EPA to limit the spread of COVID-19, including issuing tickets to owners, operators and event organizers who host an event or gathering contravening the PHO’s orders.

On July 10, 2020, the COVID-19 Related Measures Act came into force, enabling provisions created for citizens and businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to continue as needed should the provincial state of emergency end.

Learn More:

On Dec. 16, 2020, enforcement measures were expanded.
Details are available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0108-002083

On Nov. 24, 2020, a mask enforcement order was introduced under the EPA, requiring masks for people over the age of 12 in public indoor settings, unless they are exempt.
Details are available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EMBC0061-001960

For information on all recent orders and guidance, as well as general COVID-19 information for all British Columbians, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19

For more information and latest medical updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the centre‘s website: http://www.bccdc.ca/ 

March 2nd, 2021 BC #COVID-19 Numbers Update

Joint Statement from BC's Provincial Health Officer/Minister of Health (Dr. Bonnie Henry/Hon. Adrian Dix):

“Today, we are reporting on three periods: Feb. 26 to 27, we had 532 new cases, Feb. 27 to 28, we had 508 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 438 new cases.

“This results in a total of 1,478 new cases, with no new epi-linked cases, for a total of 80,672 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,464 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 8,210 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 74,776 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 236 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 65 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 327 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 857 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 88 in the Island Health region, 92 in the Interior Health region, 114 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been 42 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 158 cases. Of the total cases, 10 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 137 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant and 21 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant.

“To date, 275,681 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 83,777 of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard: www.bccdc.ca

“There have been eight new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,363 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19.

“There have been four new health-care facility outbreaks at Glacier View Lodge (Island Health), Chilliwack General Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital.

“The outbreaks at St. Paul’s Hospital, CareLife Fleetwood, George Derby Centre, Eden Gardens, Wexford Creek and Noric House are now over.

“Today, we begin Phase 2 of our COVID-19 immunization program, which will immunize more than 400,000 people in B.C. between March and early April.

“Phase 2 continues to focus on high-priority, higher-risk individuals, in advance of the age-based general population immunizations that will follow.

“With the additional supply from the newly approved AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India viral vector vaccine, combined with setting the second dose interval at 16 weeks, everyone moves up the line, meaning more people will be vaccinated more quickly.

“Every day we are one step closer to widespread community immunity and post-pandemic life. Let’s ensure we are continuing with our efforts until we get there.”

Learn More:

Mental health support:

Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com
Or: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/mental-well-being-during-covid-19
Or: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19

To share your feedback in the Personal Impacts of COVID-19 survey, visit: https://www.bcchr.ca/POP/our-research/pics

Provincial health officer orders and guidance:

Orders: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Guidance on new restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

Vaccine and outbreak info:

For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data Or: www.bccdc.ca

For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data#outbreak

The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:

The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

Non-health related information:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc.): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

2021 Business Facade Improvement Grants

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

Northern Development Initiative Trust has approved the City of Williams Lake’s application for a $20,000 Business Façade Improvement Program grant for another year. The funds will be delivered through a local Business Façade Improvement Program to improve retail and commercial building façades in the City’s downtown and highway commercial corridor.  A primary purpose of the program is to assist in improving the physical appearance and/or functionality of commercial buildings for the betterment of business viability and service to the public.

 

By facilitating improvements to business façades, business areas can become more appealing to consumers, thereby increasing the marketability of commercial spaces and assisting business viability and retention.

 

Existing buildings in the Downtown and Highway Corridor Development Permit areas of the City of Williams Lake are eligible for the program. Building owners, or business owners with written authorization of the property owner, can apply to the City for a 50% reimbursement grant up to a maximum of $5,000 for approved façade improvement projects.  Projects must have a minimum value of $2,000.  

 

Please note this program is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, and applications will be approved as completed applications are submitted.

 

The City is accepting applications until May 29, 2021.

 

The Business Façade Improvement Program application and guidelines are now available on the City’s website at https://www.williamslake.ca/852/Business-Facade-Improvement-Program.     

 

For more information about funding programs and Northern Development Initiative Trust success stories, visit their website at www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca.

 

For more information on the program, please contact Linda Evans, Development Services Coordinator, at (250) 392-1765 or levans@williamslake.ca. 

Central Interior parents to benefit from new child care spaces

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

Editor's Note -- 100 Mile House is to receive 5 daycare spaces while Alexis Creek is to receive 76 spaces.  Purpose (100 Mile House): Renovations will add five licensed school-age spaces to the existing seven child care spaces currently at Small Explorers, expected to open in September 2021. The facility is wheelchair accessible and offers inclusive care for children with support needs. 

Purpose (Alexis Creek): Tl’etinqox Government is building the new ‘Anaham Children’ child care centre next to the community school and adult learning centre. A total of 76 new licensed spaces will be created – 12 infant/toddler spaces, 16 spaces for children aged three years to kindergarten, 16 preschool spaces and 32 spaces for school-age children. The centre will deliver cultural and language programs, along with parenting workshops and a breakfast and lunch program with traditional foods. The centre is expected to open in August 2021.

Families in the central Interior will have access to nearly 230 new licensed child care spaces as part of the Province’s ongoing commitment to increasing access to child care through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

“These new child care spaces for families in the central Interior are bringing us one step closer to delivering the quality, affordable and inclusive child care that all B.C. families deserve,” said Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care. “Child care for families is key to B.C.’s economic recovery, and these new spaces will make it easier for parents, especially mothers who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, to return to work or school.”

The Childcare BC New Spaces Fund is supporting four projects that will create 228 new licensed child care spaces in 100 Mile House, Alexis Creek, Kamloops and Logan Lake. These spaces are part of the fastest creation of child care spaces in B.C.’s history and were part of the September 2020 milestone that marked more than 20,000 new spaces funded throughout the province in just over two years.

New child care spaces are on the way for families in the following communities: 

  • 100 Mile House (five spaces)
  • Alexis Creek (76 spaces)
  • Kamloops (122 spaces)
  • Logan Lake (25 spaces)

“I’ve been teaching young children for 22 years and running Small Explorers Daycare for 13 years in our small town of 100 Mile House,” said Jamie Hughes, owner, Small Explorers Daycare. “Our daycare has established deep roots in the community and helped shape many of our young people into the wonderful little humans they are. For us, Small Explorers Daycare is not just a business – it’s about the personal relationships and bonds formed between the child care provider and families.”

An additional 4,110 spaces, funded through the 2017 Budget Update and the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada, takes the total number of new, licensed spaces funded in B.C. to more than 24,500 since July 2017.

“Supporting high-quality, inclusive child care is one way we’re helping children build the foundation they need to lead happy and healthy lives,” said Mitzi Dean, Minister of Children and Family Development. “The Tl’etinqox government’s work to build a new child care centre in Alexis Creek will give more children the opportunity to learn and grow surrounded by their community and culture.”

Quick Facts:

  • Since July 2018, more than 20,000 new licensed child care spaces have been funded in British Columbia, including 509 in Kamloops and 33 in Logan Lake.
  • Throughout the province, the Childcare BC plan has helped parents save up to $1,600 a month per child through the Affordable Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative. 
  • As a result of these investments, parents in Alexis Creek, 100 Mile House, Kamloops and Logan Lake have saved more than $21.7 million.
  • Early childhood educators in these communities have received more than $1.16 million in wage enhancements.
  • Through B.C.’s combined affordability initiatives, more than 36,000 children have received child care for $10/day or less since the beginning of the Childcare BC plan.

Learn More:

For information on health and safety standards for child care during COVID-19, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/ChildCareCovid-19Response  

Child care factsheet: https://news.gov.bc.ca/18430

To learn more about the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare/newspacesfund

For more about Childcare BC, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/childcare

For a French translation, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021CFD0019-000338#translations





2021 BC Search and Rescue Volunteer Memorial Day

Courtesy of the Government of BC:





“Today, we reflect on the sacrifice and dedication of British Columbia’s search and rescue volunteers – the thousands of hard-working specialists who help those injured or stranded in our province’s backcountry.

“B.C.’s search and rescue volunteers are among the best in the world, and I am so proud of the efforts they make to reduce the harm for those in dangerous situations. They deploy to rescue people in need at any time of year, in all conditions, at any hour of day or night. They spend countless hours training to the high standards set by the BC Search and Rescue Association, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) Air.

“With each deployment, these responders risk their own safety. Tragically, some of our best and brightest search and rescue volunteers have lost their lives in the line of duty in years past. To compound the challenges these volunteers face, the last 11 months have been the busiest in the history of B.C.’s search and rescue program.

“When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in early 2020, we were all challenged to adjust our approaches to daily life to stay safe and healthy. Many people responded by seeking out the beauty of B.C.’s trails and backcountry.

“This renewed enthusiasm to explore our wilderness has been heavily felt by B.C.’s 79 ground search and rescue groups and PEP Air teams. These groups normally deploy for approximately 1,700 ground search missions in a year. In the first 11 months of fiscal 2020-21, there were 1,985 incidents – more than any other year in the history of the program, with one month still to come.

“Today, I encourage all British Columbians to honour the memory of those who lost their lives trying to save the life of another and the incredible work these skilled responders do to keep us all safe. This can be done in many ways, including visiting the memorial at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, by taking a moment to reflect on their sacrifice and that of their loved ones and by ensuring we are all as prepared as we can be before heading out into the elements.

“On this Search and Rescue Volunteer Memorial Day, I extend my deep gratitude to the thousands of selfless volunteers who put service above self and, in doing so, make British Columbia a safer place to live, work and play.”

Monday, March 1, 2021

March 1st, 2021 BC #COVID-19 Numbers Update

Joint Statement from BC's Provincial Health Officer/Minister of Health (Dr. Bonnie Henry/Hon. Adrian Dix):

“Today, we are reporting on three periods: Feb. 26 to 27, we had 532 new cases, Feb. 27 to 28, we had 508 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we had a further 438 new cases.

“This results in a total of 1,478 new cases, with no new epi-linked cases, for a total of 80,672 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,464 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 8,210 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 74,776 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 236 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 65 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 327 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 857 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 88 in the Island Health region, 92 in the Interior Health region, 114 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“There have been 42 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 158 cases. Of the total cases, 10 cases are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 137 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant and 21 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant.

“To date, 275,681 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 83,777 of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard: www.bccdc.ca

“There have been eight new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,363 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19.

“There have been four new health-care facility outbreaks at Glacier View Lodge (Island Health), Chilliwack General Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital.

“The outbreaks at St. Paul’s Hospital, CareLife Fleetwood, George Derby Centre, Eden Gardens, Wexford Creek and Noric House are now over.

“Today, we begin Phase 2 of our COVID-19 immunization program, which will immunize more than 400,000 people in B.C. between March and early April.

“Phase 2 continues to focus on high-priority, higher-risk individuals, in advance of the age-based general population immunizations that will follow.

“With the additional supply from the newly approved AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India viral vector vaccine, combined with setting the second dose interval at 16 weeks, everyone moves up the line, meaning more people will be vaccinated more quickly.

“Every day we are one step closer to widespread community immunity and post-pandemic life. Let’s ensure we are continuing with our efforts until we get there.”

Learn More:

Mental health support:

Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com
Or: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/mental-well-being-during-covid-19
Or: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19

To share your feedback in the Personal Impacts of COVID-19 survey, visit: https://www.bcchr.ca/POP/our-research/pics

Provincial health officer orders and guidance:

Orders: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Guidance on new restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

Vaccine and outbreak info:

For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data Or: www.bccdc.ca

For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data#outbreak

The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:

The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

Non-health related information:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc.): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC

Steve's Meeting/Expenses Calendar - Feb 2021

In the month of February 2021, I attended the following meetings:

* Feb 1st - NCLGA Executive Committee meeting, via Zoom
* Feb 2nd - UBCM Area Directors' Forum, via Zoom 
* Feb 3rd - Finish UBCM Area Directors' Forum and start 2021 Local Gov't Leadership Academy's Annual Leadership Forum, via online platform

* Feb 4th - Day #2 of 2021 Local Gov't Leadership Academy's Annual Leadership Forum, via online platform

* Feb 11th -- Meetings of the Regional Hospital District and Regional District Boards'

* Feb 16th - NCLGA Executive Committee meeting, via Zoom
* Feb 17th -- Cariboo RD Area "D" Virtual Town Hall Meeting, via Zoom

* Feb 23rd -- Area "D" Advisory Planning Commission meeting, via teleconference
* Feb 24th -- Meetings of the Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus and Joint Committee, via Microsoft Teams

* Feb 25th -- Half day session of the Gibraltar Mines Technical Advisory Committee
* Feb 26th -- Participated in an online session with the Connectivity lead at the CRD, Director LeBourdais with Ministry of Citizen Services' staff regarding an intiative at the Peace River Regional District

As well -- responded to inquiries from CRD Area "D" residents' via phone call, email, text or social media

As to expenses submitted in the month of Feb 2021 -- those were:

* Feb 2-4: $349 to electronically attend the 2021 UBCM Area Directors' Forum & 2021 Local Gov't Leadership Academy's Annual Leadership Forum.

* Feb 11th - $206 for Regional Hospital District and Regional District Boards' Meetings'

* Feb 24th -- $133 for meetings of the Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus and Joint Committee

SF

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Joe Alphonse: Us-vs-Them is holding back the Cariboo-Chilcotin Region

Back on February 18th -- Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb, long an advocate for responsible resource development (and he also sits on the ResourceWorks Advisory Council - a organization that advocates for responsible resource development across Canada), wrote an Op-Ed (Opinion-Editorial) in the Vancouver Province about how red tape is holding back the Cariboo-Chilcotin Region, the Province of BC and Canada respecting Responsible Resource Development, mentioning the hotly-debated Prosperity Mine, about 125 kms southwest of Williams Lake, located within Tsilhqot'in National Government territory and within Cariboo Regional District's Electoral Area "J" - the Area Director is Gerald Kirby.  You can read Mayor Cobb's op-ed here

The topic of Prosperity Mine is currently subject to confidential and BC Government-facilitated conversations between Tsilhqot'in National Government and Taseko Mines

Yesterday -- recently re-elected Chief of Tl'etinqox (Anaham) & Tsilhqot'in National Government Tribal Chair Joe Alphonse wrote a rebuttal op-ed in the Vancouver Province.  In his op-ed, he (Alphonse) said the following:

If Williams Lake wants to attract residents and investment to the area, then we need to have policies and practices that foster innovative actions. These must be inclusive and respect the values of everyone in the region, rather than doubling down on the “us vs. them” politics that are holding this region (Cariboo-Chilcotin) back.

Read Chief Alphonse's op-ed here

As we reflect on the above from Chief Alphonse -- there is truth in what he says as many Indigenous/Non-Indigenous communities across BC and Canada see much more value in cooperation and having inclusive relationships that benefits all sides than that to the contrary..... certainly something I try to practice in my Electoral Area in my relationship with my Indigenous Community neighbours at both Xat'sull (Soda Creek Indian Band) and ?Esdilagh (Alexandria), also a Tsilhqot'in community

SF

Friday, February 26, 2021

Local Gov't Mtgs: Wk of March 1st - 5th, 2021

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting during the week of March 1st - 5th, 2021, as follows:

Quesnel: Regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6pm via Zoom (meeting to be taped and uploaded to YouTube the following day).  On the Agenda:

* Committee Reports
* Draft 2021 Operating Budget - for approval 
* Forestry Initiatives Program Application to Community Resiliency Investment Program FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund 
* Union of BC Municipalities Poverty Reduction Grant Application 
* Appointment of City of Quesnel Fire Chief 
*Northern Development Initiative Trust Bike Park Grant Application 
* Zoning Amendment - Quesnel Tillicum Society/Friendship Centre Property

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Committee of the Whole Session on Tuesday, March 2nd at 6pm.  Meeting to be held in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  Due to current BC Public Health Orders, Public Attendance is prohibited but meeting to be livestreamed on the City's YouTube Channel.  On the Agenda:

* Delegation #1 -- Update from Sydney Redpath re Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism
* Delegation #2 -- Laurie Walters, PASS Program Coordinator and Larry Stranberg, Program Manager of Community Futures re Introduction of Planning A Successful Succession (PASS) Presentation

COVID 19 Safe Restart Funding - Further Allocations
Extension of Rent Relief at Williams Lake Regional Airport

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below.  Due to current BC Public Health Orders, Public Attendance is prohibited but meeting to be audio livestreamed (look for View Livestream) at https://www.cariboord.ca/en/regional-government/agendas-and-minutes.aspx

Committee of the Whole - Meeting on Thursday, March 4th at 10am.  On the Agenda:

Delegation #1 at 10am -- Dave Zirnhelt, Chair of the Cariboo Agricultural Research Alliance (CARA) and Serena Black, CARA Coordinator to discuss CARA's initiatives, its long-term vision to support an economically thriving agriculture sector and the opportunity to collaborate

Delegation #2 at 1pm -- Jane Nichol, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) (Water Stewardship Division);

George Roman and David Campbell, River Forecast Centre;

Heather McRae and Debbie Alexander, Emergency Management BC (EMBC); and

Sandi Griffiths, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) - to speak about water management, river forecasting, emergency management and MOTI preparation for the freshet.


* Discussion Paper -- Agriculture Planning within the Cariboo Regional District


View the full Agenda here


Solid Waste Committee - Meeting on Thursday, March 4th at 11:30am (this Committee meeting will NOT be livestreamed).  On the Agenda:


* Status of the Solid Waste Management Plan


View the full Agenda here


Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District -  Meeting on Friday, March 5th at 9:30am. On the Agenda:


* Consent Calendar

* Announcement of more surgical services at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake


View the full Agenda here


Cariboo Regional District - Meeting on Friday, March 5th either at 9:45am or upon meeting recess or adjournment of the CCRHD Board Meeting, whichever occurs first.  On the Agenda:


* Delegations (2) -- Tera Grady re: Review Solid Waste activities in 2020 and look ahead into 2021 & Geoscience BC re: update on the Central Interior Copper-Gold Research series and other projects


* Approval for Community Works Fund projects in Areas C/J as well as for 100 Mile Snowmobile Club

* South Cariboo Track and Trail Dirt Bike Association to Northern Development Initiative Trust

* Grant for Assistance Application from the Cariboo Pioneer Centre BC OAPO 176, requesting $1,000 to pay for insurance


* Grant Funding Application to the UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for Detailed Flood Hazard Mapping – Bridge Creek (Area H/District of 100 Mile House)


* Committee Minutes and Recommendations, for formal endorsement


* 103 Mile Water System Service Boundary Expansion Bylaw No. 5313, 2021 (for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings only)


* Red Bluff/Dragon Lake Sewer Management Amendment Bylaw No. 5314, 2021 (for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Readings and Adoption)


* Directors' Requests -- Dir. Bachmeier, Area B (participating on the British Columbia Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee) and Dir. Delainey, Area E (access up to $600 from the Electoral Area E Director Initiative Fund to take a self-paced anti-racism training called Theory of Enchantment)


* In-Camera Session as per Section 92/90(2b - confidential negotiations between provincial/federal governments' and a 3rd Party) of the Community Charter



February 26th, 2021 BC #COVID-19 Numbers Update

Joint Statement from BC's Provincial Health Officer/Minister of Health (Dr. Bonnie Henry/Hon. Adrian Dix):

Note: today’s case information is provisional due to delayed updates in the lab reporting system. Full case information will be posted on the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) dashboard once verified.

“Today, we are reporting 589 new cases, for a total of 79,262 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 4,665 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 8,040 people under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 73,188 people who tested positive have recovered.

“Of the active cases, 232 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 63 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

“Since we last reported, we have had 157 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 317 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 31 in the Island Health region, 39 in the Interior Health region, 45 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

“To date, 252,373 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 73,808 of which are second doses. Immunization data is available on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.bccdc.ca

“There have been seven new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,355 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones to COVID-19.

“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks.

“Today, the Government of Canada announced the approval of two versions of a new COVID-19 vaccine – the viral vector vaccine produced by Oxford-AstraZeneca and the Verity-Serum Institute of India vaccine. This is very encouraging news for everyone in British Columbia.

“Unlike the vaccines that have been available to date, this new, two-dose viral vector vaccine has the benefit of being ‘fridge stable,’ making it much easier to transport and distribute around the province.

“This new vaccine will be integrated into our provincial immunization program as delivery and supply is confirmed in the coming weeks. The additional supply will allow us to look at accelerating immunization of priority populations and essential workers.

“This is another exciting and encouraging step forward for all of us. It means we have one more layer of protection available to us and are one step closer to getting through this pandemic.

“Let’s celebrate this milestone and also continue to do our part to keep our communities and our loved ones safe.”

Learn More:

To share your feedback in the Personal Impacts of COVID-19 survey, visit: https://www.bcchr.ca/POP/our-research/pics

Mental health support:

Mental health and anxiety support: www.bouncebackbc.ca
Or: www.anxietycanada.com
Or: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/mental-well-being-during-covid-19
Or: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19

Provincial health officer orders and guidance:

Orders: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Guidance on new restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions

Vaccine and outbreak info:

For vaccine information, visit the BCCDC dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data Or: www.bccdc.ca

For data regarding ongoing outbreaks in long-term care, assisted-living and independent-living facilities in B.C., visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data#outbreak

The latest updates, guidance and information on COVID-19, and where to get tested:

The latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

Non-health related information:

Financial, child care and education support, travel, transportation and essential service information: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.

COVID-19 exposure events, updates and information by health authority:

BCCDC (flights, work sites, etc.): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/public-exposures
Fraser Health: fraserhealth.ca/covid19exposure
Interior Health: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/public-exposures/
Island Health: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/outbreaks-and-exposures
Northern Health: https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/outbreaks-and-exposures
Vancouver Coastal Health: http://www.vch.ca/covid-19/public-exposures

For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGovNews
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ProvinceofBC