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OBSERVER QUESNEL - CARIBOO
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
VOL. 98 NO. 73
Pieceful Pleasures Quesnel Quilters Guild held their quilt show at CNC/ UNBC this weekend with beautiful quilts hanging from the rafters, on frames and displayed in booths were vendors offered a variety of quilting-related items for sale. Crowds fill the atrium and entry to the facility. For more photos see Friday’s Observer. Annie Gallant photo
Q-Town scores in bottom 18 Bank robber nabbed AUTUMN MacDONALD Observer Reporter The Gold Pan City, once again, has been named one of the worst places to live in Canada. MoneySense has released its findings of the best and worst places to live in the nation; Quesnel scored 172 out of 190. Last year the Gold Pan City sat 176 out of 180. “While we can’t gauge many of the elements that people enjoy in their cities, the nearness of family, the friendliness of neighbours or even great sunsets, we
have measured what can be measured and compared what can be compared from towns and cities across our provinces and territories,” the article explains. The 2012 piece measures 190 cities (up from last year’s number of 180). The rankings are based on information gathered from Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomeration areas. Each community ranking was based on 105 points: Walk/bike to work – seven points. Weather – 18 points. Air quality – two points. Population
growth –10 points. Unemployment – 10 points. Housing – 15 points. Household income – four points. New cars – four points. Income taxes – two points. Sales tax – one point. Crime – five points. Doctors – six points. Health professionals – four points. Transit – five points. Amenities – three points. Culture – bonus points (up to five). The piece, Best Places to Live 2012, displays cities’ ranking in each category and total ranking, but not the points allocated. Quesnel’s weather came in at 40 out of
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190, while culture scored 183. Topping the list for best place to live was Ottawa, while New Glasgow bottomed out the list in last place. Williams Lake took second to last at 189. The following is the Gold Pan’s rankings in the category out of 190 cities. Walk to work, 146, housing, 50, household income, 96, discretionary income, 76, new cars, 189, population growth, 59, low crime, 184, doctors per 1,000 , 161, weather, 40, jobless rate, 181, culture, 183.
AUTUMN MacDONALD Observer Reporter A 41-year-old male is in police custody following a bank robbery in Quesnel. Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, Quesnel RCMP received a report of a bank robbery. Staff at the Scotiabank called 911 after a lone male entered the bank, demanded money and quickly fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Members of the Quesnel RCMP were in the area and apprehended the suspect within minutes – less than one block away. The man was arrested for robbery and will remain in police custody awaiting a bail hearing.
Suspicious fire Investigation continues into the suspicious fire which caused
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more than one million dollars in property damage to logs and machinery near Nazko First Nations Reserve last Tuesday night. Shortly after 10 p.m. May 8, Quesnel RCMP were called to the scene of a fire burning on Baezaeko Road near Nazko. Upon arrival, RCMP observed a large log dump pile (containing approximately 4000 cubic meters of wood) fully engulfed in flames. The fire is estimated to have caused well over one million dollars in property damage to logs and equipment and has been deemed suspicious. RCMP and Forest Services continue their investigation. Anyone with any information, call the Quesnel RCMP, 250-9929211. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Quesnel Cariboo Observer
GR Baker addresses service CRD News
Margaret information about Sadlon of the CCCTA, visit Northern their website at www. Health provided landwithoutlimits. the Cariboo com. firstname.lastname@example.org Chilcotin On the Road Regional Hospital District Board with June 14 and 15, Cariboo an overview of current health Regional District directors are issues in the Northern Health travelling to the Barkerville administrative service area. Heritage site for the first of The presentation included two Board on the Road events information on orthopaedic, in 2012. mental health and addictions In celebration of the 150th out-patient, dietary, primary Anniversary of Billy Barkerâ€™s health care and elderly Gold Strike, the CRD is care services at GR Baker holding its Board meeting Memorial Hospital in June 14. June 15, the board is Quesnel. holding a Committee of the Sadlon also discussed the Whole meeting in the morning facilities and services at followed by a joint meeting Dunrovin Park Lodge and the with the Regional District of de-commissioning of Baker Fraser Fort George to discuss Lodge. Further information issues of mutual interest. A about Northern Health is free community BBQ will be available online at www. held in Barkerville, 3 p.m. â€“ 5 northernhealth.ca p.m. in honour of Barkervilleâ€™s anniversary.
Phyllis Webstad presented an update to the CRD board on the Stswecemâ€™c Xgatâ€™tem/High Bar First Nations petroglyph repatriation. The repatriation of the petroglyph will be held at 3 p.m. June 13 at the Churn Creek kiosk.
Tourism Amy Thacker, CEO, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA) presented current information about tourism in the Cariboo Chilcotin. For further
Support The Cariboo Regional District is contributing $5,000 to the Barkerville Heritage site. The funds will be used to help reproduce the original Williams Creek Schoolhouse in Barkerville. The original Williams Creek Schoolhouse, an iconic Barkerville landmark, was destroyed by fire decades ago. The funds will be presented in June when the CRD Board of Directors travels to Barkerville for its first 2012 Board on the Road event.
Funds The Cariboo Regional District approved up to $500 of Electoral Area D Director Initiative Funds to conduct two meetings within the electoral area. The first meeting is planned for June and the second meeting will be in September The board also approved authorization of the allocation of up to $500 of the Electoral Area D Special Initiative Funds for two communication signs to be erected at McLeese Lake and Wildwood Transfer Station sites. Later in the meeting, up to $151 of Area H Special Initiative funds were approved for a sign that will promote the new Forest Grove Farmersâ€™ Market. In the north Cariboo, up to $2,000 of Special Initiative Funds will be shared equally among Electoral Areas A, B, C, and I to support North Cariboo Agricultural Marketing Awareness projects.
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HOST FAMILIES URGENTLY NEEDED FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS ARRIVING AUGUST! Shecana International Schools is seeking
HOST FAMILIES For exchange students who are arriving August 25th. These students will be coming to Quesnel, for the school year, as part of a cultural high school exchange program. Students come to experience Canadian lifestyle and contribute fully to the home and family environment. The students agree to ďŹ rm but fair behavioral expectations. Homes must have a bedroom for the student. Families will receive a fee for hosting the students. Students are ages 14 to 18, from a variety of European countries such as Italy, France, Switzerland, and many more! An exciting and rewarding cultural experience awaits your family! The students are anxiously waiting to hear who their Canadian families will be. If you are interested in more information or applying to be a host family, please contact: Nikki Ribeiro, 1-800-297-1551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website to download and ďŹ ll out the host family application www.shecana.ca.
The Cariboo Regional District is providing letters of support for The Potato House Sustainable Community Society for three grant applications to be submitted in 2012. The Society is submitting grant applications to Farm Credit Canadaâ€™s Agrispirit Fund, the BC Community Gaming Grant program and CCBAC to support the Potato House Project.
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