Wednesday, December 11, 2019

South Cariboo culture & recreation boundary referendum postponed to 2021

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The South Cariboo Joint Committee has decided to slow down the process for a proposed expansion of the taxation boundary that supports recreation, arts and culture facilities in the South Cariboo. Originally, the goal was to hold a referendum on the topic in June 2020, but it has now been postponed to 2021.
“The South Cariboo Joint Committee heard the feedback from our residents and decided to slow down the process for a proposed boundary expansion,” explains Margo Wagner, co-chair of the South Cariboo Joint Committee and Chair of the Cariboo Regional District 
“We are definitely still interested in this proposed expansion, but we want to take our time. Changing the boundary is a big decision and a complex process, so we want to make sure residents have the time they need to get information about the project and make an informed vote in a referendum.”
The Cariboo Regional District will continue to share information and meet with stakeholders about the project throughout 2020. However, the referendum is being rescheduled for June 2021.
The goal of the proposed new boundary is to more accurately reflect all the residents that benefit from the recreation, arts and culture facilities and activities that are important to the quality of life in the South Cariboo. These benefits can be direct for residents that use the facilities, or indirect through the important role recreation and culture plays in attracting and retaining people to the area, especially for locally under-served professions such as health care.
An updated Frequently Asked Questions document is available at cariboord.ca/southcariboorec along with an interactive map to search your address and see if you are in the current area or the proposed expansion area.
More information and opportunities for public engagement will take place in 2020.

2019 Cariboo RD Year in Review

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

Members of the Board, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are once again at the last Board meeting of the year. As such, I would like to give you a quick report to review the Regional District’s accomplishments this past year.
First, I would like to recognize each of you on the Board for your hard work and dedication this year. The first year of a new election term is full of learning and relationship building and I thank you for your efforts. I look forward to the next three years with you.
I also would like to thank our staff for their continued efforts and to thank our residents for their support. Our residents are why we all ran in last year’s election.
This past year has been a full one. As a Board and staff management team, one of our big tasks has been developing our strategic plan for the next three years. I feel this has been a beneficial process and look forward to considering all we have achieved by the end of 2022.
We have also been focused on relationship building. Throughout the year, we have heard from a steady stream of delegations from local organizations, provincial ministries and First Nations leadership to learn about their goals and priorities and to identify ways to work together well and partner on projects. We were also fortunate to have a Community to Community Forum with the Williams Lake Indian Band and City of Williams Lake in March. I look forward to continuing to build these relationships in the new year.
This year, in addition to attending the Electoral Area Directors and Local Government Leadership Academy Forums, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference and the Union of BC Municipalities convention, our Board had the pleasure of co-hosting the North Central Local Government Association conference with the City of Williams Lake in May. What a great opportunity to show off our beautiful region, support our local businesses and network with our colleagues.
Thankfully this year brought a reprieve from wildfires, but the CRD’s Emergency Operations Centre supported our residents through spring flooding and the significant flooding in the Chilcotin this summer. We will continue to advocate for those impacted by the flooding, especially the ranching community.
Along those lines, this year has also brought tremendous change and upheaval to the forest industry. I want to acknowledge the hardship this has brought to many of our residents and businesses. Thank you to the various transition teams in the North and South Cariboo who we are working with on ideas, supports and programs to help our communities in this time of transition.
In positive news for our communities, we were very pleased at the Province’s announcements this year for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital and GR Baker Hospital upgrades. These are vital investments in our region and help support our economic growth.
There have also been numerous successes and growth in our CRD services in 2019, such as:
  • Introducing a policy to reduce our use of single use plastics at the CRD;
  • Constructing a new Emergency Operations Centre;
  • Facilitating a regional labour market study and supporting the North Cariboo housing study;
  • Installing recycling depots in McLeese Lake and Tatla Lake;
  • Finalizing our policies and bylaws for cannabis sales and production in the CRD;
  • Finalizing the South Cariboo Official Community Plan; and
  • Purchasing new fire trucks for the Lone Butte, Kersley and Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Departments.
Some other highlights from 2019 have been:
  • assisting numerous non-profit groups and supporting funding requests for community initiatives through our grant writing program for a total of $18.9 million in grant funding applications;
  • receiving approximately $3.5 million from the Community Works Fund to support green initiatives and energy efficiency projects; and
  • applying to several different funding programs or organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross and Union of BC Municipalities and receiving about $1.85 million in grant funding.
Some of the projects we have been able to support through that $1.85 million in grant funding include: our free FireSmart wood waste disposal program, new equipment for Central Cariboo Search and Rescue, our Community Liaison program, our website redesign, a CRD Community Wildfire Protection Plan, a flood plain mapping project, Emergency Operations equipment and updates to legal resource materials in the Cariboo Regional District Library network.
So often we forget how far we have come and the challenges and issues we have overcome or resolved along the way. Part of the reason for this report is to remind you of our accomplishments, and to compliment you on your successes.
Creating new partnerships, enhancing services, undertaking capital projects, informing the public and responding to residents’ needs is what building this region is all about. Our organization will continue to respond to community and residents’ needs thereby achieving our goal of Building Communities Together.
Thank you.

Monday, December 9, 2019

2020 Property Assessments will Reflect BC's Moderating Real Estate Markets

Courtesy of the BC Assessment Authority:

Editor's Note -- For BC Assessment Authority's Northern BC Region where the Districts of Wells/100 Mile House; the Cities of Williams Lake/Quesnel and the Cariboo Regional District's 12 Electoral Areas are located -- they advise a preliminary look at the 2020 Property Assessment Roll suggests for example in the City of Williams Lake -- residential/condo properties will see property assessments range between no increases to 10% increases while commercial properties will see either no increases to 15% increases.  This data is preliminary until the confirmed 2020 Property Assessment Roll is released on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

Many soon-to-be released property assessments will show a moderating market, with more modest changes in property values compared to previous years based on trends in the real estate market as of July 1, 2019.
"We first saw signs of moderation during the 2019 property assessments," says Assessor Tina Ireland. "For 2020 assessments, we are seeing a continued ripple effect of a moderating market expanding across the province."
Northern BC Region Residential Condo Commercial Industrial
Prince George0% to +10%0% to +10%+15% to +30%+15% to +30%
Williams Lake0% to +10%0%  to +10%+0% to +15%0% to +15%
Dawson Creek-5% to +5%-5% to +5%+5% to +15%0% to +15%
Terrace+15% to +25%+10% to +20%+30% to +50%+5% to +10%
*All numbers are preliminary projections only and are subject to change. The final numbers will be released on January 2, 2020.
All British Columbia property owners will receive their annual property assessment notice in early January 2020. However, to make sure property assessments are fair, they are all calculated based on the same date of July 1st every year.
"When properties similar to your property are sold around July 1, those sales prices are used to calculate your assessed value," explains Ireland. "Our job is to make sure your assessment is fair and accurate as compared to your neighbours." 
During December, BC Assessment is providing notification letters to property owners whose assessments are changing significantly more than the average change.
The contents of this news release is based preliminary information only and subject to change when all confirmed 2020 property assessment information is finalized and released on January 2, 2020.
Visit bcassessment.ca on January 2 to access a variety of 2020 assessment information including searching and comparing 2020 property assessments as well as market movement trends.

Winter in Williams Lake/Your Responsibilities

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:


As the snow starts to fall, the City of Williams Lake would like to remind residents of a few of the responsibilities that we all share. These responsibilities are put in place to help both our municipal works crews and the community to ensure everyone can enjoy the winter season.
The snow and ice clearing of sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner. We want to make sure that sidewalks adjacent to properties are kept free of ice and snow accumulations, and we encourage you to offer assistance to any neighbours that might be in need. “If your sidewalk becomes slippery, there is sand provided free-of-charge at the City’s public works parking lot,” said Matt Sutherland, Manager of Public Works. “Unmaintained sidewalks could result in a fine, so please make arrangements in advance if you are going away this winter and won't be home to maintain them.”
Please avoid poling snow onto the road, as it can work to remove sand and/or salt placed there for your safety. Also, clearing large amounts of snow from your driveway onto the street is prohibited and should be limited to a patch no larger than 1m wide to avoid any penalties.
Even in the wintertime fires can still occur, so please help out our Williams Lake Fire Department by ensuring no snow is piled in a way that would block access to Fire Hydrants on your property. “The Fire Department really appreciates it when property owners clear the snow around their Fire Hydrandts to ensure our team has quick and easy access to them,” said Erick Peterson, Fire Chief. “The time it takes to clear a Hydrant so that we can reach it with our lines can be a huge difference in how effective we are at putting out a fire in winter.”
Our Public Works crews will be working hard to ensure the streets are as clear as possible for drivers, so please give them a hand by not parking along the sides of the road during snow clearing operations if possible. This will allow snow removal equipment to access the entire road. Vehicles who consistently impede snow removal may be towed at the owner’s expense. This also applies to garbage and recycling carts that can make snow removal difficult. We ask that you please place your cart out at 7:00am on the day of collection, and have it retrieved by 7:00pm the same day. If carts continuously impede snow clearing operations, it could result in a fine.
The City appreciates your cooperation as we know that winters can be lengthy and at times frustrating. However, if the community works together on these responsibilities then the winter can be easily enjoyed by all

Saturday, December 7, 2019

British Columbians benefit from safety, environment programs

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

Editor's Note -- congratulations to the Big Lake Community Association ($25,000); Horsefly VFD ($29,450); Likely VFD ($9,000); McLeese Lake VFD ($43,000); Baker Creek Enhancement Society ($44,000); West Chilcotin SAR Society ($74,150); Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society ($25,000) and Invasive Species Council of BC ($120,000) for being recipients from the latest round from the BC Community Gaming Grant Program - Public Safety/Environment Funds 

Not-for-profit organizations providing life-saving emergency and environmental conservation programs throughout B.C. will benefit from annual Community Gaming Grants.
“We support programs that make our communities safer and empower people to protect and preserve British Columbia’s natural environment,” said the Hon. Selina Robinson, BC's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are pleased to fund not-for-profit organizations in this important work, including strengthening volunteer fire departments and enhancing community conservation efforts to protect our environment.”
In 2019-20, the Province is providing approximately $5.6 million to nearly 125 organizations in the public safety sector and approximately $4.6 million to more than 135 organizations in the environment sector.
Environmental programming gives British Columbians the opportunity to learn about and connect with nature. The grants also support wildlife rehabilitation programs and shelters for animals.
“British Columbia is a leader in climate preparedness and adaptation, and through our CleanBC plan, we’re taking a range of actions to create a stronger, cleaner future for British Columbians,” said the Hon. George Heyman, BC's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “From composting programs to creating local food systems and appreciation for nature, these local programs support our environmental goals and help communities take part in climate action for today and tomorrow.”
Through public safety programs, non-profit organizations provide emergency and life-saving services including search and rescue activities, volunteer fire departments, emergency preparedness, and community and restorative justice for people throughout the province.
“Funding from the Community Gaming Grant is essential to supporting the work of Restorative Justice,” said Christine Bomhof, executive director, Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association. “As an alternative to the court process, the program provides an opportunity for the person who caused harm to take responsibility, for the victim who is affected to have a voice and, through a restorative justice process, creates a meaningful solution that repairs harm, restores relationships and rebuilds community.”
Quick Facts:
  • Every year, commercial gambling generates revenue that the Government of B.C. invests in key services that benefit communities around B.C. These include health care and education, as well as a wide array of organizations representing arts and culture groups, sport, environment, public safety, human and social services, and parent advisory councils.
  • Up to $140 million of the revenue generated is directed into the community through the Community Gaming Grants program that supports over 5,000 community organizations each year.
  • Eligible organizations can apply for gaming grant funding in one of the following six sectors: arts and culture; sport; environment; public safety; human and social services; and parent advisory councils/district parent advisory councils.
  • The next round of the Public Safety and Environment grants will be open from July 1 to Aug. 31, 2020.
Learn More:
For the full list of Public Safety and Environment sector grants, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/CGG_2019_Public%20Safety_Environment_Grant_Awards_Backgrounder.pdf
For more information about B.C. Community Gaming Grants, visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/gaminggrants

Friday, December 6, 2019

Williams Lake and 100 Mile House Councils' meet next week

Only Williams Lake/100 Mile House Municipal Councils' will be meeting next week, as follows:

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

* Delegation: RCMP Insp. Jeff Pelley/Dave Dickson re: November 2019 Police Commission Report

* 2020 Grant-in-Aide Awards

* Letter from Daybreak Rotary re 2020 Stampede Parade
* All Nations Pow Wow in 2020
* Grants in Aid Policy No. 18 - Amendment
* Outstanding Accounts Policy No. 20 - Reinstatement
* 2020 Online Budget Consultation Results

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 10th at 7pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* 6:45pm -- In-Camera Session as per Section 90(1c - labour) of the Community Charter
* By-law Officer's report for November 2019
* Gold Wing Road Riders Association - Parade Route Request
* 2020 Grant for Assistance Award

View the full Agenda here

Cariboo RD Board Highlights - Dec 6th mtg

Present: Chair M. Wagner/Vice-Chair J. Massier; 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 recognized the meeting was taking place on the traditional territory of the Northern Shuswap peoples

The Chair read out the 2019 Year End Report to the Board

Meeting agenda adopted & minutes of the Cariboo RD Board meeting held November 15th, 2019 was received/adopted

The Board received the Memorandum of Business - Delegations

Business:

1) Development Services:

a) At the request of Area 'L' Director W. Macdonald - The Board rejected South Cariboo Area Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 5245, 2019 & South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5246,2019 (Area L/6640 Perrey Road (Kline)

b) Following a Public Hearing - the Board gave 3rd Reading to:

i) Interlakes Area Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 5208, 2019/South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5209, 2019 (Area L/Grossett Road)

ii) South Cariboo Area Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 5224, 2019/South Cariboo Area Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 5225, 2019 (Area L/6115 Little Fort Highway 24)

iii) Temporary Use Permit Bylaw No. 5230, 2019 (Area H/2750 Bradley Creek Road)

c) The Board approved Development Permit #53/2019 (Area A/1350 Maple Heights Road)

d) At the request of Director S. Forseth (Area D) -- the Board authorized submission of ALR Application 1954 to the Provincial Agriculture Land Commission with a recommendation to approve (Area D/6111 Soda Creek-Macalister Road)

e) The Board received the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission Decisions Report as of November 27, 2019

f) The Board received the Cariboo Regional District Building Statistics Report, Municipalities Building Statistics Report, and the Inspection Activity Report for October 2019

2) Community Services:

a) The Board authorized its' signatories to enter into Community Works Fund contribution agreements with the following groups:

i) 100 Mile Community Club - up to $9,100 for lighting upgrade and, if possible, any other related, minor services
ii) Williams Lake Curling Club - up to $25,500 for lighting, heating and hot water tank upgrades at the Williams Lake Curling Arena and, if possible, any other related, minor services

b) The Board authorized submission of an NDIT Grant application for $20,000 in funding from the Business Façade Improvement program to encourage private sector investment in local business improvements in the region

3) Environmental Services:

a) The Board authorized entering into a 5-year agreement with Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company to accept and treat sewage effluent, effective January 1st, 2020

4) Finance:

a) The Board dealt with Grant for Assistance (Year Round Intake) applications, as follows:

i) Forest Grove Quilting Club - $500 from Area 'H' Grant for Assistance Fund
ii) Kersley Community Association - $500 from Area 'A' Grant for Assistance Fund
iii) Forest Grove Legion Ladies Auxiliary - up to $500 from Area 'H' Grant for Assistance Fund

b) The Board received/ratified the Monthly Cheque Register for the month of November 2019, in the amount of $2,364,227.25

5) Administration:

a) The Board received a report of the Deputy CAO concerning 2020 NCLGA Resolutions

b) The Board received the Consent Calendar as of December 6th, 2019 and a letter of support be provided to ABC Communications for their application to NDIT for their Regional LTE Project

6) Committee or Commission Minutes/Recommendations:

a) The Board received meeting minutes from CRD Committees or Commissions:

* First Nations Relations Committee - Oct 25th meeting
* North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus - November 12th meeting
* North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee - November 12th meeting
* Finance-Budget Committee - November 13th meeting
* Committee of the Whole - November 14th meeting
* Policy Committee - November 14th meeting
* South Cariboo Joint Committee - November 18th meeting
* North Cariboo Joint Planning - November 26th meeting

b) The Board approved recommendations from CRD Committees or Commissions:

* North Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus (Nov 12th mtg) -- Request for Sponsorship of the Minerals North, 2020 Vision ($4,000 from Community Works Funding)
* North Cariboo Joint Committee (Nov 12th mtg) -- Quesnel Kangaroos Requests for Coy Cup
* Policy Committee (Nov 14th mtg) -- Clarification of Grants for Assistance Policy - Year Round Intake (refer applications to Area Director) & Clarification of Meetings and Remuneration Rates (sub-regional Rural Caucus/Joint Committee and attendance at North Cariboo Airport Advisory Committee (mileage only)

* Central Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus (Nov 18th mtg) -- 2020 Grant for Assistance (Main Intake) applications
* South Cariboo Joint Committee (Nov 18th mtg) -- Update on South Cariboo Recreation Boundary Amendment Referendum/Policy to Assist Unregistered Societies Access South Cariboo Foundation Funding and 2020 Grant for Assistance (Main Intake) applications and Policy be waived where required (Area D Director S. Forseth opposed to application #'s 2,7,9,19 and 20 and waiver of policy for said applications)

Delegations:

1) At 11am -- Martina Beck, Invasive Fauna Unit Head, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, provided an update, via teleconference, on terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, excluding plants, within the CRD

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair, on behalf of the Board, thanked Ms. Beck for her time/information

2) Gail Wallin, Executive Director, Invasive Species Council of BC, appeared before the Board to discuss non-plant species and provided an overview on work being done in partnership with the CRD

A Question/Answer period ensued

The Chair, on behalf of the Board, thanked Ms. Wallin for her time/information

Meeting recessed for lunch at 12pm
Meeting resumed at 12:41pm

Business, cont:
CRD Committee/Commissions Minutes/Recommendations, cont:

* North Cariboo Rural Directors Caucus (Dec 4th mtg) -- endorse Schedule L - Mutual Aid Fire Protection to full CRD/City of Quesnel Memorandum of Understanding

7) Directors' Requests:

a) At the request of Area 'D' Director S. Forseth -- the Board received a letter from Charge North Advisory Committee requesting a CRD Staff member be appointed to the Advisory Committee, that the request be denied and the Committee be advised accordingly

b) The Board received an update from Director A. Richmond (Area G) concerning a summary of the Thompson Watershed Disaster Mitigation Advisory Committee meeting, held September 16, 2019

c) The Board approved External Appointments for 2020, as follows:

Municipal Finance Authority:
- Director Al Richmond / Alternate: Director Jim Glassford

Fraser Basin Council:
- Director Bob Simpson / Alternate: Director Mary Sjostrom

NDIT Regional Advisory Committee:
- Director Wagner  / Alternate: Director MacDonald
- Director Mernett  / Alternate: Director Sjostrom

Resolved - That representatives from Fraser Basin Council be requested to present at a future Delegation Session....

d) At the request of Director W. Macdonald (Area L) -- the Board received her request for access to Area 'L' Director Initiative Fund to attend the 2020 BC Natural Resources Forum

The Board received both the CAO & Chair Reports covering their recent activities

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

CCRHD Board Highlights - Dec 6th mtg

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

The Chair recognized that the meeting is taking place on the traditional territory of the Northern Shuswap peoples

Meeting agenda approved and minutes of the CCRHD Board meeting held November 15th, 2019 were received/adopted

The Board received the Memorandum of Business - Delegations

Business:

1) The Board received the Interior Health's newly proposed Vision, Mission and Values statements, as provided by Vice-Chair Richmond

2) The Chair provided updates regarding GR Baker Memorial Hospital redevelopment project, CM Hospital Renovations and the Recruitment/Retention contract

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Taseko Mines/TNG enter into faciliated talks re: New Prosperity

Courtesy of Taseko Mines Ltd:

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation as represented by Tŝilhqot’in National Government and Taseko Mines Limited have entered into a dialogue, facilitated by the Province of British Columbia, to try to obtain a long term solution to the conflict regarding Taseko’s proposed gold-copper mine currently known as New Prosperity, acknowledging Taseko’s commercial interests and the opposition of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation to the Project. While the details of this process are confidential, in order to facilitate a dialogue the parties have agreed to a standstill on certain outstanding litigation and regulatory matters which relate to Taseko’s tenures and the area in the vicinity of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).”

Gang prevention program expands to keep more students safe

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

More at-risk students will get the supports they need to get off the path to gang life through the expansion of the Erase (expect respect and a safe education) school-based gang and gun violence prevention program.
The Province is investing an additional $4.93 million over the next three years to provide immediate support to students, parents, educators, law enforcement and community partners through gang prevention and awareness training programs in Campbell River, Chilliwack, Courtenay and Hope. The funding, building on $1.12 million previously announced for the program in March 2019, will also provide ongoing support in the 12 previously named communities: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Delta, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria and Williams Lake.
“Too often, we hear about the devastating effects of gang life on B.C. youth and their families, which is why we’re taking targeted action and offering intensive supports in B.C. communities that need help the most,” said the Hon. Rob Fleming, BC's Minister of Education. “By focusing on training and prevention, we are taking important action to support young people earlier and give parents, schools and communities a way to work together toward positive futures.”       
The gang prevention program, in its second year, provides education and training opportunities for students, parents, educators, law enforcement officials and representatives of community-based organizations.
The new funding, announced by Fleming and Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, will offer stakeholders newly developed training and resources focused on gang and gun violence prevention. Student and parent education sessions on gun and gang violence prevention will also be tailored for each community. To date, more than 8,000 students, parents, educators and community partners have participated in 110 training and education sessions in the initial 12 priority communities.
Each of the 16 priority school districts will receive grants to support the development of local programming, such as after-school clubs and other supports for at-risk youth. The new funding will also provide localized monthly reports on public social media activity related to gang activity to all 60 B.C. school districts.
“Our government is committed to supporting youth in B.C. who might be struggling with finding a constructive pathway forward,” Farnworth said. “Prevention and intervention at the community level are important parts of combating gun and gang violence. That’s why we continue to invest in programs like this that support our law enforcement partners, schools and communities in curbing violence and saving young lives.”
Safer Schools Together, the Ministry of Education’s service-delivery partner for the student safety components of Erase, is continuing to develop a new resource for B.C. educators, connected to the provincial physical and health education curriculum. The new resource will be made available in early 2020 and will include informational videos and a teacher’s guide to help students develop healthy relationships, avoid unsafe or exploitive situations and protect themselves from harm.
Learn More:
To learn more about the Erase school-based gang and gun prevention program, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase/school-safety
To learn more about Erase strategy resources for students, parents and education professionals, visit: www.erase.gov.bc.ca
For students worried about something at school or in their personal lives and interested in letting an adult in their district know who can help resolve the situation, visit: www.erasereportit.gov.bc.ca
To view gang prevention resources for parents, visit the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit B.C. website: www.cfseu.bc.ca/end-gang-life    

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Quesnel Council Highlights - Dec 3rd mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:





Quesnel Waterfront Development Plan
Council approved, in principle, the vision of the Quesnel Waterfront Plan. The Official Community Plan identified potential to capitalize on our community’s unique location of rivers and creeks. The Quesnel Waterfront Plan outlines a short, intermediate and long term vision with guiding themes for our future: destination development, resident attraction, innovative recreation, liveability and Indigenous culture.
Urban Systems has identified four key waterfront precincts: Downtown, Railtown, Quesnel River and West Village.
The final plan includes input from Council, community stakeholder groups, and the general public, gathered through two rounds of consultation events, including a series of walk-shops, a public open house and an online survey.
Next steps will include reviewing the proposed implementation plan with the Executive Committee to identify projects to be included in Council’s current strategic plan and potential grant opportunities for funding.

Quesnel Curling Centre – Gas Tax Funds
Council approved allocation of $60,000 in Gas Tax Funds in the 2019 Budget to contribute to replacement of the Curling Centre Ice Plant.


Bylaws
  • 1879 – Official Community Plan – Third Reading
  • 1880 – Zoning – Third Reading
  • 1882 – Comprehensive Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw – Third Reading, as amended
  • 1883 – Streets, Traffic and Parking Bylaw Amendment – Sidewalk Clearing – Final Adoption

Next Meetings
  • 6 pm – December 17, 2019 – Regular Meeting
  • 6 pm – January 7, 2020 – Regular Meeting
  • 5:30 pm – January 14, 2020 – North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Meeting

Council Highlights provide a summary of business conducted by Council at Regular Council meetings. For specific details, visit www.quesnel.ca. Contact: Gina Albers, Manager of Legislative Services at 250-991-7471.