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The Central Cariboo Arts Centre is a busy place on Saturday mornings. Recently there was a tapestry weaving workshop taking place with instructor Marg Evans, potters working and learning new techniques from each other, and an artist’s group participating in a framing workshop. Here Cariboo Potters Guild member Joan Beck describes how to make wheel-thrown plates to learners Kim Kaytor and Tyanna Dixon, before demonstrating the art. The potters are among local groups to receive grants under the new Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Function of the Cariboo Regional District. For more on those grants and what they are for turn to page A22.
The Sam Ketcham Pool is scheduled to re-open on Friday at 5:30 p.m. A liquid chlorine injection system is now in place to disinfect the pool water, and approvals have been given from regulating authorities. Facility maintenance staff will be trained on the system this week and lifeguards will participate in some training as well. All chlorine gas has been removed from the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Work on a long-term solution for the pool continues. A mechanical engineering firm is working on an analysis of systems and will provide a report outlining options, costs, and a recommendation on which option to use. This report is not expected before April. Costs for the new system have yet to be finalized. Registration is available for Tuesday and Thursday swim lessons.
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Candidates’ campaign spending released Campaign spending for the November 2011 William Lake municipal election reveals that mayoral candidate Scott Nelson spent the most at $34,399, while two of the people running for council, Geoff Bourdon and Tanessa Fairburn, each spent zero. All of the candidates had to file
the amounts they had expended by March 19, and Wednesday the city confirmed the above and following amounts were spent by the candidates. Kerry Cook, who ran for mayor, spent $11,046. Walt Cobb, who also ran for mayor, expended $9,842.90.
The amounts spent by the others running for council were Surinderpal Rathor, $5,644.24; Richard Vollo, $5,050.18; Laurie Walters, $4,776.76; Peter Bowman, $2,796.76; Michael Bouchard, $2,789.42; Sue Zacharias, $2,147.69; Ivan Bonnell, $1,566.07; Mike Ja-
cobson, $1,636.70; Gordon Keener, $795.65; Danica Hughes, $522.85; and Steve Forseth $343.84. Paul Kandola has not filed yet. Cook was elected mayor, along with councillors Bourdon, Rathor, Bonnell, Hughes, Walters and Zacharias.
Bruce MacLeod gets ready for Hansen celebration Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Williams Lake’s final medal bearer for the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Tour is getting ready for the big day. Speaking from his home in Horsefly, Bruce MacLeod says the first time he saw Hansen was when he was letting the world know that he was planning to wheelchair around the world. “He was in Mike Harcourt’s office when Mike was the mayor of Vancouver and he was announcing his goal to the world,” MacLeod recalls. Hansen had a huge gold fish
bowl in his lap and Harcourt put some cash in the bowl. “Rick was announcing his goal and it was outrageous. I remember thinking for a man to do something like that and put it all on the line before he’s even done it is huge,” MacLeod says. Throughout the 25th anniversary tour, MacLeod has watched some of the footage on the Internet and continues to be impressed. “I watched the relay as it arrived in Calgary. See CELEBRATION Page A3
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Bruce MacLeod (left), helps people to make Japanese Gyotako fish prints during the Horsefly Salmon Festival last fall.
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WL Minor Hockey recognized
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On behalf of Williams Lake Minor Hockey, the club’s administrator Pam Povelofskie (left) and president Jonathan Jackson accept a Community Spirit Certificate from the city, presented by Mayor Kerry Cook (right) on Tuesday.
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Celebration starts at 4 p.m. Sunday Continued From Page A1 “They’ve sure been out there in the cold weather,” he adds. Voicing his admiration for Hansen, MacLeod says he did something no one else is ever going to do. “Try and do that today, with security and all, it wouldn’t work,” MacLeod says of the original Man in Motion World Tour. MacLeod says he is putting the final touches on his three-minute speech, and he’s a bit nervous because giving speeches is not something he does much of these days.
“I’m usually the guy in the back room, putting the right people together or making suggestions,” he says. This will be the second time MacLeod’s spoken to a large crowd. When he was in college, he was invited to the Robson Media Centre. “I was living on Vancouver Island at the time and I went over on the ferry, got in there, had a speech prepared, but when I got up on the stage and there was all the bright lights, I was like a deer in the headlights,” he recalls. Hopefully this time around, he’ll be at ease because he will be among people he knows.
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A composite drawing of the Rick Hansen monument shows the design and size of the statue, which will be unveiled Sunday. Amongst the crowd on Sunday will be MacLeod’s two grandsons who are coming up for the event from Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
“I’ll at least know someone,” he says, chuckling. The Man in Motion 25th Anniversary Tour takes place in Williams
Lake at the Cariboo Memorial Complex on Sunday, March 25. With an End of Day Celebration beginning at 4 p.m. at the Cariboo Me-
morial Complex, locals and visitors will enjoy a traditional First Nations welcome and smudging, entertainment, a family barbecue, and a celebration cake. The line-up of entertainment includes the Cariboo Men’s Choir, Robyn Ferguson, LeRae Haynes and friends, Cindy Lightfoot and friends, and Don Alder. At 5:30 p.m. the official speeches will begin, and Miss Canada International Anna Dell will sing the national anthem. Of course, the height of the event will be when Hansen addresses the crowd. By the time Hansen arrives in Williams
Lake, the tour will have spanned almost 12,000 kilometres and involved 7,000 Canadians who have made a difference. Several other people from Williams Lake and area are medal bearers and can be seen throughout the city before MacLeod reaches the complex. On Monday, March 26 Hansen will visit Columneetza Secondary School — his former high school. Then, at 11 a.m., the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour commemorative statue will be unveiled at the Tourism Discovery Centre. On Tuesday, the relay will continue south to 150 Mile House.
MoneySense ranks Williams Lake in bottom two Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Williams Lake has ranked 189 out of 190, in MoneySense Magazine’s latest 190 Best Cities to Live findings. In 2010 the city ranked 177 out of 180. The city received its best rankings in per-
centage of discretionary income. It ranked 37 for having 28.4 per cent of incomes being discretionary, and a rank of 49 for having 136.8 days of precipitation. The worst rankings, however, were for 5,257 violent crimes, ranking the city at 188; for total crimes of 29,356, result-
ing in a ranking of 187; and for crime severity at 211.6, ranking it at 186. Those crime rates, however, were based on 2010 Canadian Centre for Justice statistics, MoneySense states in the explanation of its rankings. Other measurements included the percent-
age of people biking and walking to work, which was 7.1 per cent; the average house price, $273,900; and the percentage of people driving 2009-2011 vintage cars, which was 8.96 per cent. In the category of population growth, MoneySense deter-
mined that an annual rate of 7.9 per cent was considered ideal. Anything below or above that rate lost points and cities with a population loss got zero. Between 2006 and 2011, Williams Lake’s population rate declined by 1.4 per cent, causing it to receive a rank
of 164. The same is true for the subcategory of precipitation, which makes up part of the weather category. The ideal number is 700 millimetres a year, with anything above or below that losing points accordingly. Williams Lake had 450.3 mm
of precipitation, and ranked 78. It ranked 153 for pollution and 178 for employing 0.68 per cent of the population in arts, culture and sports. Ottawa, Ont., ranked the highest, New Glasgow, N.S. ranked the lowest, while Quesnel ranked 173 and Kamloops ranked 44.
Cariboo-Chilcotin trails receive gov’t funding Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Trail systems in the Cariboo Chilcotin have received a shot in the arm from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s Recreation Program to the tune of about $1.3 million. One of the recipients, the Cariboo Regional District, will receive $410,250 to develop or expand wheelchair accessible wilderness trails. “The funds will cover 75 per cent of the projects and we’ve applied to Cariboo Chilcotin
Beetle Action Committee and Northern Development Initiative Trust to cover the rest,” CRD chair Al Richmond says, adding the CRD is trying to access as much grant money for the Cariboo as it can. Additional support will also come in the form of in-kind work that community groups involved with each particular trail will contribute. There’ll be a combination of hiring local contractors, sourcing from local suppliers, and a considerable amount of volunteer work, Richmond explains.
Many of those groups have done preliminary work, but will now be able to do more detailed work now that they know how much money they will have to work with. Community groups benefiting from the funds in the vicinity of Williams Lake are the Lac La Hache Community Club (Felker Homestead Garlic Festival Trail), Horsefly River Roundtable (Salmon Spawning Trail), Gavin Lake Forest Education Society (Gavin Lake River Mouth), Alexis Creek Community Services Soci-
ety (Bull Canyon and Alexis Creek), Likely Chamber of Commerce (Quesnel Forks and Bullion Pit Lookout), Friends of Churn Creek/ Canoe Creek Band (Churn Creek Protected Area) and Russet Bluff Comm. Assoc./Williams Lake Band (Russet Bluff/Sugar Cane Forest). Other groups falling under the same application include Parkland Recreation Commission, 108 Greenbelt Commission, Hun City Bike Club, Roe Lake and District Rec. Commission, Friends of Barkerville, Cariboo
Ski Touring Club and Bouchie Lake Recreation. The project will see the widening of trails, reduction of steep grades, improvement of trail surfaces, brush clearing, installation of wheelchair accessible benches, picnic tables and outhouses. “The best part of this thing is that it’s communities from the south Cariboo right through to the north Cariboo. There are a variety of recipients and it’s a great opportunity to share that money throughout the region,” Richmond says, adding he has
also received calls from many young moms with babes in strollers who also really appreciate using the wheelchair accessible trails that are already in place. Cariboo MLA Donna Barnett was in Williams Lake Monday to let media know about the funding announcement. She says the funds are part of a $30 million dollar grant program announced by the premier in the fall. “We were very successful in the Cariboo and received four grants — three in my riding — one for Williams Lake for $550,640 to extend
the city’s river valley network through the development of an underpass to link the trail system to the Stampede Ground’s Equestrian trail system,” Barnett says, The current layout of that trail system does not provide access to all parts of the trails. The new connection will result in more than 16 kilometres of trail extending from the Stampede Grounds to the Fraser River, greatly enhancing its utilization. See FUNDING Page A4
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Advisory Planning Commission may be disbanded After much deliberation city council decided at its regular council meeting Tuesday to bring forward a bylaw to disband the Advisory Planning Commission. It also advised staff to bring back a report outlining additional public consultation options for all development and land-use planning matters. Reading from a report from planning staff, Coun. Sue Zacharias said while the commission considers proposed land-use bylaws or permits, and over the years has been seen as play-
ing an important role to council, its legitimacy has been questioned. “Membership and recruitment, commitment of members, quorums, and research by members into the landuse applications before them, and general interest in the commission are some of the issues the APC faces,” Zacharias said. Staff polled various cities to see how they are addressing APCs. Some had APCs, some had had them, some didn’t have them anymore, and some were in the process of thinking about forming one because of overwhelming participation.
“We’ve come to this point, but there will be a process to find better ways to deal with development and landuse planning matters,” Zacharias said. Coun. Ivan Bonnell described the APC as a discretionary authority that was established in the community in the 1960s and continued through the years. “Changes in development, changes in planning subdivisions, and other development processes also have public input on them. Given the fact that all those changes have been happening, the current structure of the APC has been diminishing,” Bonnell
said, adding it has nothing to do with anyone in particular. Opposing the disband, Coun. Surinderpal Rathor said he’s heard from people that the APC should remain in place. If recruitment is the problem, he suggested that council members should take it on themselves to recruit members, and that refresher courses be offered for members on the APC. “I personally feel we should not abandon it,” he said. Cook responded that the decision wasn’t arrived at easily. “This has come about because over the last two
years we have very few meetings of the APC that had a quorum and sometimes we only had two people,” she said, adding the APC has only been able to forward notes of meetings to council because it can’t make recommendations without a quorum. Bonnell added he
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Mayor Kerry Cook says she remembers very well when council was at UBCM in September and Premier Christy Clark announced the funding opportunity. “We were wondering as a community what projects we should put
forward,” Cook recalls. “I’m very excited we were one of 98 successful applicants,” Cook says. “It’s great news for our community.” The funds from the province will cover 80 per cent of the cost of underpass link — council has committed the other 20 per cent, which is $138,000. Improved access to
the River Valley will promote pedestrian transportation and a healthy lifestyle via a trail that is accessible to people of any level of ability, Cook adds. Barnett also announced that 100 Mile House received $280,000 for improvement to the Bridge Creek trails in the city’s park, while Wells re-
disbanding it then and it just never happened,” he said, adding that council and the public have access to all the documents that come before the APC. In the end Bonnell, Zacharias, Coun. Danica Hughes voted to disband. Rathor was opposed.
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doesn’t think disbanding the APC will be a loss because there will still be a number of wide open opportunities for input on development applications. “The mechanism we had in the past was the APC. When I was back in office a decade ago we were considering
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Baby Jayce born with strong will to survive Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer When little Jayce Connor Parker makes his journey home to Williams Lake next month he’ll arrive here around his due date. Born on Dec. 26 at Cariboo Memorial Hospital at 25.5 weeks gestation and weighing one pound, 13 ounces, Jayce has spent the last three months at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. On March 19, his mom Megan Ward, 24, said her son was doing really well and is breathing completely on his own. The next step, she says, is learning how to feed. Up until now he’s had a feeding tube directly down his throat to his stomach. She’s been expressing milk every day, which is then poured down a vial into the tube, and he’s had formula to augment what she can provide. He now weighs five pounds, two ounces, which is a long way from December. “He was a little guy, pretty much the size of my hand. His arms and legs were about as round as a pinky finger,” Ward recalls, adding the first week she cried every time she saw him and wondered how he would survive because he was so tiny. Within 45 minutes of an emergency caesarian section Jayce and Ward were transported by air ambulance to Vancouver. Upon arrival, Ward and her partner Drew Parker were told their son had a 50/50 chance. “It really depended on him and his will to survive,” Ward notes, adding his lungs were very damaged. After they incubated him they had to stick a tube down his throat to help him breath. The tube, however, created scar tissue and made his lungs very stiff, not elastic like most babies’ lungs. He was on that breathing tube for two months and on a machine that vibrated non-stop to help release C02, Ward says. “It was odd, especially when you’d go in to touch him and he was shaking. It was very uncomfortable and you could tell he didn’t enjoy it at all.” When he was able to graduate to using a
been difficult, yet now that it’s almost coming to an end, and the family can head home, Ward’s feeling relieved. Looking back Ward figures because Jayce was born on Boxing Day that’s made him a toughie from the very beginning. “He’s a fighter, that’s for sure,” she says. ScotiaBank employees in Williams Lake fundraised $1,426 for the family through a raffle, with prints donated by local artist Randi Evans won by Duane Wycotte and a hockey package won by Mark Taylor. Ward’s mom, Margaret Ward, works at the bank and says they also received a big donation from an anonymous donor. “The support from the community has been unbelievable,” she says.
Jayce Connor Ward was born Dec. 26 at Cariboo Memorial Hospital, at 25 weeks and 4 days gestation. Here he is three months later. breathing mask, she was thankful. Jayce also experienced heart problems. His pulmonary diastolic artery didn’t close when he was born and fluids were rushing into his lungs. He was medicated in hopes that it would close. When it didn’t close up right away, the doctors waited a couple of weeks. Eventually it closed enough that they weren’t worried, and then it closed right up on its own. “There was a chance he was going to have surgery on it, but thankfully that’s no longer an issue,” Ward says. Intestinal problems also abounded, with blood in his stools. His health digressed to a point where his parents would lift his arm and he would let it drop because he was so exhausted. He even developed the start of pneumonia in the upper lobe of his lungs. However, the medication they used for his intestines also helped his lungs.
Once he was over those two humps he began to make strides. Ward does recall a day where the doctor pulled her and Drew aside and said she wasn’t telling them to call a priest right away, but it wasn’t looking very good. But after that conversation, Jayce did an upward climb, proved the doctor wrong and showed her he was here to fight. In fact, there were many times throughout the first few months where the doctor would predict how things were going to transpire, and Jayce would do the opposite. “It was almost like reverse psychology,” Ward suggests. Describing the experience as a roller-coaster ride, riddled with ups and downs, Ward believes it has made her a stronger person. She never imagined going through something like this and says it’s made her very grateful for her family. “It brings a whole new
light to motherhood. That overwhelming love you have for your kids. It’s pretty hard to see your child in that situation. You just want to trade places with them and take away their pain,” says Ward, a first-time mom. The experience has
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ome excellent news for our trail network this week â€” the city has been approved for a $550,000 Community Recreation Program grant from the province for the construction of an underpass of the CN Rail line at the former Praxair site on Mackenzie Avenue. This underpass will be an important link in the From the cityâ€™s Mayorâ€™s developChair ment of Kerry Cook a trail network which connects the lake, River Valley, Westside, South Lakeside, downtown core, and the community. This is one of the top priorities in the Parks, Trails, and Outdoor Recreation Master Plan. This is another great example of how partnerships help build our community. Council has also committed about $138,000 to this project. I want to highlight all of the volunteers who made the celebration of the cityâ€™s 83rd birthday last week a standing-room only success. Council appreciates the hard work our dedicated Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin volunteers do to preserve, promote, and celebrate our heritage. It looks like spring might finally be on its way! I spent a wonderful afternoon with my grandson at Kiwanis Park, and it was packed. Weâ€™re fortunate to have accessible, safe, and family-friendly facilities like this. He told me, â€œGamma, I sure wike the park!â€? I want to invite everyone to help us celebrate this Sunday as our hometown hero Rick Hansen comes to town as part of his 25th Anniversary Relay celebrating the Man in Motion tour. Hansenâ€™s vision and leadership has been an inspiration to everyone. As someone who grew up with a family member in a wheelchair, I know how vital Hansenâ€™s passion and the work of his foundation is to promoting accessibility and supporting spinal cord injury research. The celebration starts at 4 p.m. with a family barbecue put on by Rotarians and local entertainers at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, and the official program begins at 5:30. Come out and celebrate! Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.
Welcome Hansen back Rick Hansen was in the back of a truck when it suddenly swerved and hit a tree. The collision caused the then-15-year-old Hansen to sustain a spinal cord injury, which paralyzed him from the waist down. Hansen, who grew up Williams Lake, worked on rehabilitation and completed high school and became the first student with a physical disability to graduate in physical education from the University of British Columbia. His achievements didnâ€™t end there. He won national championships in wheelchair volleyball and wheelchair basketball and became a world-class champion wheelchair marathoner and Paralympic athlete, to name a few of his many accomplishments. But it wasnâ€™t until 1985 when Hansen began his Man in Motion Tour, an achievement that has earned him recognition across the globe that he travelled around in his wheelchair. Hansen spent 26 months traversing more than 40,000 kilometres through 34 countries before re-
turning to Vancouver where he started his journey that was inspired by British Columbian athlete and fellow international hero Terry Fox. Hansenâ€™s tour raised $26 million for spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives, which continue to be his focus today. The Rick Hansen Foundation, of which Hansen is the president and CEO, has raised more than $200 million for spinal cord injury related programs. On Sunday, the Man in Motion will be back in Williams Lake as part of the 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay, and will be joined by Bruce MacLeod of Horsefly, the final medal bearer. MacLeod will be on the main stage to share his own story. Come out and attend the End of Day Celebration to welcome Hansen and MacLeod and others in attendance. It takes place at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, with entertainment to begin at 4 p.m. and official proceedings to begin at 5:30 p.m. See you there!
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