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A woman was arrested following a report of an armed robbery at the Subway restaurant in Williams Lake Monday evening. The Williams Lake RCMP say they responded to the armed robbery call at about 6:30 p.m. A 22-year-old woman, who is known to police, was arrested in the incident. The RCMP say that limited information can be provided at this time, as the details of the robbery are sensitive. The investigation is still ongoing.
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Williams Lake Secondary School drama students will be staging the musical Alice — A Wonderland by Canadian writers Roy Surette and Sandra Head in the school commons June 12 to 23. The play, based on Lewis Carroll’s popular classic Alice In Wonderland, is being directed by drama teacher Sidonie Boll who is very familiar with the play having played Alice in the first professional production of the Canadian musical staged at the Carousel Theatre in Vancouver. In the WLSS version, Boll was given permission to expand the play’s original small cast to include 25 drama students. Although just 14 and in Grade 8, Nicole Curbello won the role of Alice, but despite her young age, Boll is confident Nicole will be brilliant in the part. “We have a better Alice than even I was,” says Boll, who was a professional actor of 29 when she took on the role. Look for more on the story in future editions of the Tribune.
More and more information found on the Internet is being used to verify the character of scholarship or job applicants, deny insurance claims, or lead children as young as seven to live pornography sites, says social media expert Jesse Miller. Speaking before two dozen parents and youths at Columneetza Secondary School in Williams Lake Tuesday evening, Miller described how he has worked for eight American universities this year to identify character and ethics of scholarship applicants by searching them on the Internet, how he’s worked with the RCMP to help them with cases and been called into schools where students are involved in illegal activity because of the information they are sharing via social media. Last year Miller spoke to 175,000 students in B.C. schools and is convinced society needs to take the Internet back. “People haven’t changed that much, but the Internet has amplified human behaviour that we’ve chosen to ignore,” Miller says, adding a student known as a motivator letting the world know he’s lazy or disgruntled through his Facebook or Twitter feeds will come back to haunt him. See SHARING Page A3
Separate fires set to vehicle, stairs Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Two nuisance fires this week have not amounted to much damage, but have required the Williams Lake fire department and RCMP’s attendance. The first, an abandoned vehicle fire at the Dairy Fields on Monday evening, resulted from youths throwing Molotov cocktails at the vehicle,
fire chief Randy Isfeld says. He says the vehicle has been there for a long time. “I have no idea how long. It was pretty much wrecked at the time. There wasn’t much to burn. The seats inside caught on fire, but the fire was almost out by the time we got there. It only took us a couple of minutes to get it out,” Isfeld says, adding the act itself was disturbing. The second fire took place Tues-
day and involved the stairs at an abandoned building on Mackenzie Avenue. Sgt. Rick LeBeuf says the RCMP were advised that a person walking a dog noted the back of the building had been burnt. “Police attended and noted smoke coming from part of the building and the fire department was called to the scene.” Isfeld adds that someone had lit
part of a staircase on fire at an abandoned building. “The fire itself was pretty minor, but the act itself wasn’t. Somebody had lit it, although it was actually just smoldering,” Isfeld says. LeBeuf adds there are no witnesses to the fire, but a bottle located at the scene contained a possible flammable substance. The case is still under investigation.
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Nations • Resilient economy • Local food and agriculture The submission deadline is June 15. A submission committee made up of City of Williams Lake councillors and representatives of the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society board will select the winning submissions. Winners will be invited to attend the installation of the vinyl wrapping of the utility boxes, their biographies will be posted on the city website, and will be recognized by city council for their contributions to the City of Williams Lake. “This initiative is an opportunity to partner with artists and the art community, to make our city even more beautiful, and to protect city infrastructure from graffiti,” says Coun. Laurie Walters, chair of the Community Services Committee in a press release, along with councillors Geoff Bourdon and Sue Zacharias, a member of the Submission Committee. “I encourage everyone to submit their work and be part of this excit-
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Trial dates set for mountie accused of assault The trial dates have been set for the assault case involving Const. Andy Yung. Yung has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault, following a Sept. 10, 2011 incident when 17-year-old Jamie Haller was alleged to have sustained injuries while in the custody of Williams Lake RCMP. Yung will appear in
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court on Nov. 7 for a pre-trial conference with a judge regarding the confirmed trial dates of Jan. 21-25, 2013. In March 2012, the Abbotsford Police Department concluded its investigation of an incident involving the arrest of the teen. At that time, it recommended a charge of assault against Yung.
Caller pretends to be a cop During the past few weeks, several citizens of Williams Lake have reported receiving suspicious phone calls from a male identifying himself as a police officer. On occasion, the caller has requested money or directed citizens to attend the local hospital because a family member has died or has been
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injured. The Williams Lake RCMP want the public to know that these calls are not being made by a police officer and encourage anyone who may have received similar calls, or who may have any information regarding this incident, to contact the detachment at 250-392-6211.
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Columneetza high school Parent Advisory Council member Tom Hoffman and social media expert Vancouver-based Jesse Miller after an information session held at Columneetza May 15. Miller was handing out information cards for parents on social media safety and awareness programs. He was also presenting to high schools students Wednesday.
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Insurance companies could cancel a theft if it turned out a kid posted that he was “bored in Maui on a family holiday,” hence letting the world know the family home is empty. Or, if someone who is texting on his/her phone while driving ends ups in a collision, ICBC will be able to trace the phone activity. Most alarming are the growing number of incidents where children are seeing or are involved with pornography via social media. Miller visits many schools where children are being disciplined for issues around “sexting,” where they’re saying explicit things in text messages and are also producing associated photos of themselves. More and more schools are dealing with these issues and are having to involve the police because, under the Criminal Code, it’s considered child pornography if children under 18 are
involved. Recently Miller was called to a school where the boys in Grade 8 were encouraged by the girls in Grade 8 to take pictures of their private parts. They got more points if they were exposing themselves in class. “Fifty-four kids got letters home saying this is what your kid’s doing,” Miller said Tuesday at the forum that was sponsored by the parents’ advisory council and the RCMP. “Most parents didn’t show up to the parent advisory meeting because it wasn’t ‘my kid.’ How do we get our kids to pay attention? After they are in handcuffs?” Miller checks out Twitter and Facebook accounts before he goes into a high school to give a presentation so he can give local examples. Before arriving in Williams Lake he learned that local youths were complaining about “Cariboo” problems, “firstworld” problems such as not knowing what shoes to wear, or the fact the
RCMP broke up a bush party on the weekend. Suggesting that most kids have already seen inappropriate things on the Internet, Miller encourages parents to make their children feel comfortable in telling them so that parents can report those sites. “There are so many websites out there that parents should be afraid of. You just don’t know about them yet. Tomorrow I’m going to mention a couple of websites that you don’t know about and your kids are going to laugh because they’ve seen these things and know that these websites exist.” More and more content is being shared through “friendship,” especially on Facebook. Showing how easy it is to connect by typing in Williams Lake and the name of one of the high schools, he shows how suddenly he accesses hundreds of people in Williams Lake. He also demonstrates how photographs taken on Iphones show the location where the photo-
graph was taken. “Go to the happy little sunflower where your pictures are. At the bottom of the screen it will say albums and places. Click places and the red dots that appear will broadcast where you were when you took the photo. The metadata includes the longitude and latitude of where you were standing,” Miller explains, adding it also applies to the Ipod, Ipad, Blackberry and Android phones. “More and more we need people aware of what our phones do.” Ninety-five per cent of Canadian schools are connected to the Internet, kids are connected at home, and if they aren’t they will use it at libraries or friends’ homes. “I would like to see Facebook and Twitter in the schools as tools to learn because these devices are amazing, but you can’t do that when every single kid out there is thinking they have to capture something right now.” Parents are encouraged to get involved with why their kids like what
they like on the Internet. “If they’re playing Angry Birds find out why? It could be the physics,” Miller says. He also says credit cards are better to use to purchase items on the Internet, rather than gift cards, because parents can see what their kids are buying. A credit-card bill might be better than a lawyer’s bill down the road, he adds. “More and more parents need to be involved when kids are buying things on the Internet. And if they are free there could be stipulations like going on a webcam for 20 minutes — some kids do that.” To keep kids safe he advocates not giving out excessive personal information online, to refrain from posting anything that would embarrass someone later, and not to believe everything seen on the Internet. More tools can be found at www.mediatedreality.com, www.cybertip.ca, www.deal.org, www.commonsense.org and www.bc.rcmp.ca.
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Team helps reduce footprint
The Salvation Army is in need of the following volunteers: Greg Sabatino photo
The Reduce Your Footprint team of (from left): Daybreak Rotary’s Lori Macala and Ron Malmus, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society’s Marg Evans, Central Cariboo Disposal and Paint Stewardship’s Micki Voth, Canadian Tire owner Brian Stefan, Huston Agencies’ Alexis Hemond, Big Brothers and Big Sisters John Hack, Cariboo Regional District’s Jesse Hohert, Stampede Queen Davana Mahon, Huston Agencies’ Taylor Hemond, Stampede Queen contestants Alexis Forseille, Christina Walsh and Terris Billyboy, and Stampede Princess Alexia Colton were on hand accepting all sorts of recyclables in the Canadian Tire parking lot Saturday.
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CMRC comes in under budget Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Financial figures at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex look rosy for 2011. Despite closures due to the pool shutdown to repair leaks in the summer, and an expected loss of up to $95,000, the CMRC was able to meet its targets budget-wise.
In a report to council, director of community services Geoff Paynton also noted that scheduled capital projects were completed in 2011 and the actual cost figures came in $160,000 less than the $448,000 budgeted. By August the Joint Committee was advised there could be shortfalls due to expenses and rev-
enue losses. As a result, measures were taken immediately by staff to try and control costs. “The measures mainly included reducing expenses in other areas, and attempting to increase revenue through several targeted market campaigns,” Paynton noted. Projected losses in revenue came in lower because after the pool
re-opened, users returned in large numbers, and increased revenue came from arena and rinkboard usage, advertising sales for the Active Living Guide, and modest increases in the Gibraltar Room and special events. “The end result of the increased revenue in other areas combined with cost saving resulted in a
small operating surplus of $15,000,” Paynton said. Council applauded staff for its work in coming in under budget. “It’s a small surplus, but fantastic for a recreation facility in this economy,” said coun. Ivan Bonnell. Coun. Laurie Walters added it’s not something seen very often.
High school grad gets boost Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer High school graduation ceremonies in Williams Lake will get a boost. While the city turned down a community grant application in the fall to support dry grad and the cap and gown ceremony because the grad committee had a savings account and couldn’t demonstrate
need, the city has now reached agreements to cover the costs of a three-day rental of the complex. “The total cost for both events is about $7,000. The intent is through the Joint-Use agreement to make the cap and gown event free. And the intent is to wave the dry grad fee under the fees and services provision as well,” said Mayor Kerry
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Cook during last Tuesday’s regular council meeting. “We’re saying we value these events because they are important,” Cook added. In addition, the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex will also absorb the direct
costs of removing arena glass and providing a lift for the cap and gown ceremony. Dry Grad chair Betty Turatas hadn’t heard the news until contacted by the Tribune but said it’s wonderful. “That will definitely
help us out. With the economy the way it is we’re not getting the donations we had hoped for. “It will make life easier for a lot of us and it shows the city’s support for out students.”
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Williams Lake Tribune Thursday, May 17, 2012
Day-care centre wins award Williams Lake & District Daycare Centre has been awarded a Child Care Legacy Award for 40 years of service by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. “It’s important for families to have the
support they need to be successful and the Williams Lake & District Daycare Centre has been that rock for busy families for over 40 year,” says CaribooChilcotin MLA Donna Barnett says in a media release. “ I want to con-
gratulate them on their incredible accomplishment and thank them on behalf of all families in our region.” The Child Care Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding contributions made by child-care profession-
als, innovative individuals, organizations and local governments who support child-care initiatives in their communities. Award recipients were nominated by peers, parents and local governments and
chosen by a selection committee made up of individuals knowledgeable in the childcare field and ministry representatives. The awards are held during the month of May to celebrate Child Care Month in B.C.
School District 27 receives almost $11K in Dry Grad funds through BC Liquor Store campaign School District 27 has received $10,943 from the BC Liquor Store’s Support Dry Grad campaign to support alcohol-free high school graduation celebrations in their communities. A total of $540,692 has been donated by BC Liquor Store customers to support high schools across B.C. that are planning alcohol-free graduation events. The campaign is part of the Liquor Distribution Branch’s corporate social responsibility program to promote the responsible use of alcoholic beverages — a program that includes the prevention of underage drinking and promotion of zero consumption for minors. These funds will help local high school Dry Grad committees plan alcohol-free graduation events and activities such as boat cruises, ski trips and dances. The contributions by liquor store customers supplement funds raised by parents,
students and teachers who volunteer yearround to raise funds for dry grads. “I’m so proud of the kids for making it this far,” says CaribooChilcton MLA Donna Barnett in a news release. “It’s a really special time in their lives but it’s still really important to be careful and safe. “These funds will allow them to have exciting, memorable celebrations that are responsible as well.” From February 25 to March 31, BC Liquor Store customers throughout the province were asked if they would like to support dry grad celebrations in their communities by donating one dollar. This year, 55 school districts participated in the campaign. All donations collected are distributed to high schools hosting dry grad events. The Fort Street Signature Store in Victoria raised the highest amount this year, with a total of $12,509,
followed by the Fort St. John store with $12,290 and the Westshore Signature Store in Langford, which raised $12,168. Since the Liquor Distribution Branch’s
first annual Support Dry Grad campaign in 2001, more than $4.4 million has been donated by government liquor store customers for alcohol-free high school graduation
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ouncil received a presentation from Brian Groves, CEO of Spanish Mountain Gold, and the news is very exciting. The project continues to move forward, with the economics shaping up right for the company. Capital costs of the Spanish Mountain Gold mine near Likely would be at least $500 million; up to 600 construction jobs would be created, and the mine would employ up to 300 full-time workers. T h e From the c o m pany has Mayorâ€™s already Chair signed Kerry Cook protocol agreements with the Williams Lake Indian Band and the Xatâ€™sull First Nation. This project will be a very welcome addition to our regional economy. I attended the BC Summit on Cities Fit For Children last week, and joined mayors from Penticton, Vernon, Kamloops, and Nelson discussing our communities. I spoke of the great initiatives going on in Williams Lake â€” our Junior Council, the Cataline/Seniors Village Intergenerational Project, our bike park, Communities That Care, and others, as well as the Success by Six program, the Rotary literacy projects in the Chilcotin, and others. If we plan our cities through the eyes of children, we create a safe, accessible community for us all. This week, I am off to the firstever B.C. Mayorsâ€™ Caucus with more than 85 other mayors. We all have common issues, and one is the need for more partnerships with senior levels of government for infrastructure needs. Sixty-five per cent of all public infrastructure in B.C. is owned by municipalities; everything from roads to water and sewer systems, rinks, and swimming pools. Iâ€™m excited to share ideas and solutions with mayors from around the province. Local governments have the most impact on daily life in Canada, and the better a municipality can serve residents, the better off we all are. Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.
Itâ€™s a dangerous cyber world A speaker visited Columneetza Secondary School on Tuesday to educate parents and teachers about the dangers of social media and other aspects of the Internet (see story, pages A1 and A3). Many Facebook users have experienced that embarrassing realization that they were tagged in a somewhat embarrassing photo on their friendâ€™s Facebook page. Though their friend may find the photo hilarious, itâ€™s actually no laughing matter. That one picture could have devastating consequences if or when it is viewed by others, such as a potential employer. But Jesse Miller, the speaker at Tuesdayâ€™s forum, raised some even scarier scenarios, especially those that relate to our children. Though many adult social-media users understand some of the dangers of sharing personal information online, many children do not. It is our responsibility as parents and as teachers to
make sure our children know the dangers and potential consequences of sharing absolutely anything and everything online. Just as we make sure we know where they are going and what they are up to in â€œthe real world,â€? it is also important we know what our children are doing in the digital world. Even a child posting on his status that he is on a family vacation can literally open the door to his home being broken into. And the dangers donâ€™t just rest with Facebook, but also in other areas of the Internet, and even on cellphones, some of which can actually pinpoint the location of where a photo was taken. â€œPeople havenâ€™t changed that much, but the Internet has amplified human behaviour that weâ€™ve chosen to ignore,â€? Miller warned. We feel that itâ€™s an issue that should be ignored no longer.
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