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• DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH CARIBOO • MAY 11, 2012
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Hospitality appreciated… Sylvia Gunther, centre, served some warm food to Judy and Rob Newell from the BulkleyNechako Regional District during the welcoming barbecue at the 108 Heritage Site. This was the first social of the North Central Local Government Association convention and AGM hosted by the District of 100 Mile House, May 2-4.
Dump carbon tax, B.C. Liberal says
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The B.C. Liberal government should quit pretending it can influence global climate and scrap the carbon tax on fossil fuels as soon as possible, Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett said April 30. Bennett called for the move in debate of an NDP motion to relieve hospitals, colleges and universities of the obligation to purchase carbon offsets for their fuel use. The B.C. Liberal government has already offered rebates to the province’s 60 public school
districts to offset their mandatory payments this year, while it reviews the carbon tax program. Bennett, a former B.C. Liberal energy minister, clarified he was expressing his own opinion, and not attempting to speak for the government or party. He said it would take time to phase the carbon tax out, and there would be costs associated with the income tax cuts that have been phased in at the same time to keep it revenue neutral to the government. “In fact, I would go a little further and say the whole
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policy regime that’s based on the notion that the British Columbia government can do something about the amount of human-caused carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere should be rethought – again, in my opinion.” He added Canada’s carbon emissions represent two per cent of all human sources, and B.C.’s emissions are roughly one-10th of that. NDP environment critic Rob Fleming began the debate, arguing that colleges, universities and hospitals should keep the money paid in carbon offsets to improve
the fuel efficiency of their operations, rather than pay it to the Pacific Carbon Trust for distribution to other greenhouse gas reduction projects in industry. Fleming said carbon offsets will cost public sector operations $25 million this year, and B.C.’s public sector is only responsible for one per cent of the province’s greenhouse gas emissions. The government has committed to one more increase in the carbon tax on July 1, which will add about a cent to the 5.56-cent tax on a litre of gasoline.
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Free financial education available By Melody Newcombe What the heck are financial literacy and financial planning? “Financial literacy, as defined by www. jeodigeorge.org, is understanding how to manage money effectively. What does it mean to be financially literate? It means you know basic money principles. You understand financial principles, such as interest rates, risk and return, credit management, guaranty, banking, insurance, time value of money and taxes. Financial literacy can help people buy a home, save money for emergencies, afford college tuition, start a business, and live comfortably in retirement. Financial illiteracy can subject an uninformed person to excessive debt, predatory lending, misleading investments, unreasonable interest rates, and other deceptive practices. Says Elaine Hanson White from RBC: “At RBC, financial planning doesn’t begin with your money. It begins by setting your priorities and life goals on your own terms. Goals can vary from person to person and it is important to explore your thoughts with your partner and or loved ones.” Financial literacy co-ordinator Diana Badke will facilitate a workshop on
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Deb Summers, left, Mary Packham, Elke Lattmann and Diana Badke, sitting, take a break from their preparation for the upcoming financial planning workshop. financial planning at the 100 Mile House RBC branch n May 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. Hanson White guest speaker will be there to answer questions on financial planning. If you have questions about your money and would like to learn about
financial planning, this workshop is for you. At the workshop, you will be provided with great resources, a binder full of information, websites for you to check out and brochures. You will have fun participating in group activities and you will have
have said the material and presentations were excellent. The workshops are free because of the grant money given to Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy from SEDI/TD. The final workshop in the series will feature Judy Simkins from Money Concepts for seniors about government programs and retirement. Call Badke at 250706-8542 to register for the workshop, or if you feel more comfortable meeting with her in a one-to-one appointment, give her a call. Melody Newcombe is a literacy support worker.
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time to ask Badke and Hanson White questions about financial literacy and financial planning. Badke has put on several workshops in the past three months that have included income tax, food security and financial literacy. Participants at these workshops
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1st Annual CMHA SOUTH CARIBOO COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE! 3 Scenic Rides : 7 km (108 Lake), 10 km (108 & Sepa lakes), 15 km (lakes and trails) Registration: $10 (individual), $20 (family up to 4)
Registration pkgs. available online or at Nuthatch Books, Didi's Boutique and 100 Miler Gear Garage All riders will be eligible to WIN the GRAND PRIZE of a 15' Silver Norco Storm Mtn. Bike! Organize a team to compete for the most original team theme to win the GOLDEN SPOKE CUP! Win Prizes For Pledges! For more details go to: www.cmhasouthcaribooride Have fun, connect with others and raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle in building our mental health! Thanks to our community sponsors: Dominion Securiti ities
The Louisiana Hayride was a live radio show, broadcast over KWKH Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and ran successfully from 1948-1960. It was instrumental in establishing the careers of such artists as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Roy Orbison and many more artists. Our rendition in story and song, takes you back to those days and that live radio show. Find out why Roy Orbison wore dark sunglasses and where and when the phrase “Elvis has left the building” was ﬁrst spoken. Great stories, great songs. For more information on the show, google Gil Risling Hayride.
Cariboo Connector Friday, May 11, 2012
Be prepared near waterways
MLA REPORT Weâ€™ve had some colder weather lately, and itâ€™s creating high snowpacks with associated high risks of flooding across the province. In fact, snowpacks in the Upper Fraser Basin, which includes the Cariboo-Chilcotin, are at record levels. Since flooding often occurs when high snowpacks are combined with warmer temperatures and/or heavy rainfall, we should all be aware of how to prepare for and deal
with a flood. I urge everyone to be extra careful near any waterways, as floodwaters can be unpredictable and carry debris in the fast-moving waters. Please keep an especially close eye on your children and pets near the waterâ€™s edge, and be aware of changing conditions. Small creeks and rivers tend to have narrow channels that fill up quickly, and eroded riverbanks often result in unstable ground. Flooding also poses the risk of basement floods, which can be costly, messy, and a huge inconvenience. More importantly, they also pose significant health and safety concerns. Some of these concerns include explosions or electrical shock from compromised electrical and gas systems,
Know before you go Spring rains combined with melting snowpacks and rising streams can affect road and highway conditions. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure urges you to be prepared for spring driving conditions by checking DriveBC before leaving on a trip. Heavy snowfall this winter has resulted in the fifthhighest snowpack in the province since the 1950s. Several days of warm weather have led to high snowmelt rates and quick moving rivers and streams in parts of British Columbia. This, combined with saturated hillsides, caused six washouts on provincial roads recently. Motorists should drive with caution and look for pooling water in low-lying areas, near creek and river crossings. Drivers can check current highway conditions on the
DriveBC website. Folks can also see the highway conditions in real time, with 200 highway webcams strategically placed throughout the province. See DRIVEBCâ€Ś page 4
contaminated flood water, weakened walls and ceilings from water damage, and dangerous or corrosive cleaning agents, irritants, mould and mildew left behind after flooding. When you are cleaning up after a flood, make sure to wear protective clothing, such as overalls, gloves, protective eyewear, rubber boots, and a face mask. Open the windows, stay clear of electrical equipment, and if possible, shut off the power. You may also wish to set up fans and/ or dehumidifiers to speed the drying process. If water is backing up from your
building drain, call a plumber. Do not flush the toilet, run the washing machine or dishwasher, or turn on the taps. Call your local municipal government to report severe flooding, and call your insurance company to report any damage and clarify your insurance coverage. Take pictures of the damage and keep receipts of any work done. For more information on preparing for a flood and dealing with the cleanup, visit these websites: www. e m e rg e n c y i n f o b c . gov.bc.ca or www. pep.bc.ca/hazard_ preparedness/flood_tips/ Floodproof.pdf. Be prepared, stay safe, and keep dry.
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