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WL baby dies Big Bike brings in big support in Kelowna Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer An eight-month-old boy who had currently been living in Williams Lake died in Kelowna on Monday morning. He was staying in a motel with his family when he began having difficulties breathing. When the family contacted BC Ambulance, the call was also referred to the Kelowna RCMP. “At about quarter to ten in the morning we received the report. When we arrived both the ambulance and fire department were on scene and had commenced life-saving efforts, but when the boy was transferred to hospital he could not be revived,” says Kelowna RCMP Cst. Kris Clark, adding the infant’s death is not considered suspicious. “It will be up to the coroner. The autopsy may show more, but right now we have no cause for suspicion,” Clark says.
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The City of Williams Lake, the Cariboo Regional District and the Royal Bank of Canada ride the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike through the lakecity Tuesday afternoon. The bike, which is on its way across the province, helped the organization raise more than $10,000 in Williams Lake through pledges raised by riders from multiple teams who participated.
Contaminated soil to be cleaned up Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer It is anticipated that soil contamination at the old fire training area at the Williams Lake airport will be cleaned up by 2015, says acting chief administrative officer Geoff Goodall. “The city’s understanding is that the site will be cleaned up earlier than anticipated,” Goodall said. “They have a mobile system that comes up to the airport for pumping ground water out.” Mayor Kerry Cook requested the item be discussed at Tuesday’s city council meeting after she, other councillors and city staff members were contacted by Joe Minor, a biologist from Hamilton, Ont., who has been advocating on a local level that the federal government clean up similar contamination at the Hamilton airport. Reading from a report prepared by chief administrative officer Brian Carruthers, Cook said the city entered into an agreement with the
federal government for transfer of the airport to the city in July 1996. At the time, Transport Canada contracted UMA Environmental Limited to conduct a baseline study of the airport. Soil contamination was identified at the fire training areas and Transport Canada confirmed in a letter date Nov. 29, 1996 to then chief administrative officer Wayne Thiessen it would perform the required remediation. That work would involve remediating contaminated ground water and surface soil contamination at the existing fire training area and remediating deep soil contamination at the existing and former fire training areas. The consultant’s report identified a number of priority items; however, it stated there were no known threats to human health or safety. Of those priorities, 28 were noted around violation of federal, provincial and municipal law, 21 for noncompliance with a policy, guideline, and code and 16 not reflective of
good environmental practices. Under a contract with Public Works Canada, a private environmental engineering firm began the remediating work in 2005 and has continued every year since. Coun. Ivan Bonnell asked about changes in the timeline slated for cleanup at the airport. Originally it was 2038, but has now been reduced to 2015. “I don’t know what the impact of all that means,” Bonnell said. Minor told the Tribune Tuesday morning, the main thing Williams Lake should worry about is that for several years running the federal government said it would stay and help Williams Lake clean up this mess until 2038 and on May 4 of this year changed its mind and decided it was going to leave in 2015. “All that pollution will become the city’s responsibility, he warns, adding the city needs to be told more by the federal government about what’s happened. Because it hasn’t been cleaned up, it will continue to spread, and you’ll be responsible
for figuring out how far it’s spread. That costs a lot of money, that ongoing monitoring.” Minor voiced concerns about the water affecting nearby wells; however, Bonnell said he thinks that people in Hamilton probably think the airport is closer to residential areas than it actually is. Minor described Hamilton and Williams Lake as two cities linked in a tale-of-two-cities-kind-of-way, because both airports were “badly” contaminated with chemicals. “I was the person, as a citizen volunteer, who figured out that these chemicals were leaching off Hamilton’s airport into a local waterway where they were badly contaminating fish and making them unsafe to eat,” Minor said. For more than a year Minor has attempted to retrieve information about what chemicals were used in Hamilton and in Williams Lake. See ONTARIO Page A3
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courthouse locked down Wednesday morning Monica Lamb-Yorski photo Williams Lake RCMP members stand outside the courthouse building on Borland Street Wednesday morning. The building was on lock down due to reports of someone brandishing a firearm inside. Insp. Warren Brown of the Williams Lake RCMP says that at about 10:30 a.m. a male phoned the Williams Lake RCMP detachment to say that a male dressed in a black hoody attended an office at the courthouse and had a gun. The RCMP, along with Sheriff Services, locked down the building and conducted a systematic search. However, the search did not confirm that there was someone inside with a gun. “The investigation is continuing to determine whether or not this was a hoax,” Brown says. “Due to the vague details, we could not determine which floor or office the alleged incident occurred nor could we determine the source of the call.”
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City’s CAO takes two-month leave Brian Carruthers, the city’s chief administrative officer, has taken a
leave of absence. At the Williams Lake city council meeting
Tuesday night, Mayor Kerry Cook said the CAO is expected to re-
turn to work Aug. 1 and that Geoff Goodall, general manager of of plan-
ning and operations, will act as CAO until Carruthers returns.
Chiefs protest at Taseko AGM Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Tlet’inqox Chief Joe Alphonse, along with other First Nations leaders from B.C. and leaders from South America, protested outside of Taseko Mines Ltd.’s AGM held Friday in Vancouver. “There were supporters from various groups. There were about 50 or 60 people, which was
better than what we could have expected,” Alphonse says, explaining that he was one of several speakers at the event. “We wanted to show and demonstrate that there is opposition to the development of the New Prosperity mine. We wanted to be consistent with our message. If we let up then Taseko will say there’s no protest and that the Tsilhqot’in are in support
of the development.” There was extra security personnel outside and Alphonse says Taseko was not willing to meet with the media. For Alphonse the support and media coverage of the protest was more than he could have hoped for. “We were supposed to be there for two hours, but when all was said and done I think we were there for three and a half
hours.” Inside, Taseko’s AGM was actually completed in seven minutes, vice president of corporate affairs Brian Battison says. “It’s a regulatory requirement. The formal part of the meeting involves the appointment of auditors, re-appointment of board members, procedural things. The formal part was over in a very short period of
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Ombudsperson speaks on seniors report Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer B.C.’s ombudsperson is optimistic that if seniors speak up about reasonable expectations seniors care will improve in the province. Speaking to local seniors at a meeting hosted by Independent MLA Bob Simpson at the Pioneer Complex in Williams Lake Tuesday, ombudsperson Kim Carter and her colleague Bruce Ronayne, executive director of intake and systemic investigations, presented the ombudsperson’s latest report — The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 2). The report was first released in February and outlines 143 findings and 176 recommendations to the Ministry of Health, Ministry Responsible for Housing, and five regional health authorities. It investigated home and community care issues, home support, assisted living and residential care and a spirit of ensuring people are treated fairly. “We found people need assistance to navigate the system, that people who deliver care need support, and that there needs to be clear, objective, enforceable standards,” Carter says. “There also needs to be a straight forward and responsive complaints process. We found they weren’t there and in some cases people
were not getting any answers.” Highlighting statistics, the report shows payments for home and community care can range from $10 a day for home support to more than $2,900 a month for residential care. Seniors can be paying up to 80 per cent of their income as long as they have $325 left for themselves. Carter says seniors are the consumers and have the ability to have an influence. When it comes to reporting abuse and neglect, the report looks at the requirement of staff to report abuse, and discovered that some workers said they were afraid to speak up. The report includes both shorter-term and longer-term recommendations. For the shorter term, one of the key recommendations suggests standardized training and registration for community health workers. Under its longer-term recommendations, the report calls on the Ministry of Health to report out every year. “An annual home and community report needs to be put out there so people understand what’s happening,” Carter explains. In 2009/2010, at least 24,500 seniors received subsidized long-term home support services, of which health authorities spent approximately
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Around 60 people attended a meeting about the Ombudsperson’s report on Seniors Care in BC. Ombudsperson Kim Carter was there on the invitation of Independent MLA Bob Simpson. $339 million providing subsidies. Interior Health expended 582,632 hours in subsidized long-term home support services and supports of independent living in 2009/10, down from 882,283 in 2008/09 and 919,999 in 2007/08. “These are the types of figures people need in order to have a good conversation,” Carter says. Specific cases are outlined in the report, one about a woman’s home support hours being reduced by half. “We learned that health authority staff had approved a reduction in services because they believed that the same number of tasks could be performed in less time,” Carter says. Later the health authority acknowledged that wasn’t
the case and agreed to restore most of the original time allotment. When it comes to home support, the report calls on the Ministry of Health to establish clear, specific and enforceable standards. Ronayne said there were 194 registered assisted living residences in B.C. as of May 2011, with five regional health authorities providing $74.7 million in funding in 2010/11. A total of 4,380 units were subsidized; 2,451 were not. The Interior Health Authority in 2010/11 had 57 residences, 926 publicly subsidized units and 904 private pay units. Subsidized residents pay a maximum of 70 per cent of their after-tax income — an amount that ranged from $801 to $3,860 per month,
and averaged $1,224 per month as of March 2010. In 2008/09 the average wait after assessment for placement was 185 days for residents in IHA, 146 days in 2009/10, and 160 in 2010/11. One of the shorter term recommendations around assisted living is to provide legal authority to recognize a wider range of relationships for residents who can no longer care for themselves. A longer-term recommendation focuses on legally-binding quality care of standards around things such as food safety and records keeping. Another recommendation advocates that the office of the assisted living registrar be expanded to have broader powers. In 2010/11 there were 5,279 publicly subsidized
residential care beds up from 4,304 in 2005/06 for IHA. Daily hours of direct care provided per resident in 2011 averaged 2.85 hours in IHA, up slightly from 2.80 hours in 2008. There are no legislative requirements around time, the number of staff or who should be on duty. While child-care facilities have strict guidelines, elder-care facilities do not, Carter observes. “In the Ministry of Health’s report to us, one of the recommendations was that the report would benefit from direct input from seniors,” Carter says. The Ministry of Health is also soliciting feedback on establishing a seniors advocate. While public consultation meetings are not being held in Williams
Lake, local seniors are encouraged to submit feedback either by mail, e-mail or phone. Simpson says people can either contact his office or MLA Donna Barnett’s for more information. Seniors Advisory Council member George Atamanenko wonders if there’s a “true” buy-in from government and public health authorities to the recommendations and how long it will take for any of them to be implemented. Carters says there’s the voice of buy-in. “We’ve made the recommendations. There can be buy-in, but it’s easy to be distracted. What’s really going to make a difference is that public interest in getting key recommendations implemented.”
Ontario resident concerned with soil by airport Continued From Page A1 “Like Sherlock Holmes on the Internet, I’ve been trying to figure out what was done with firefighting chemicals and came across little abstracts
that say in the Interior of B.C. there is a very bad problem with PFCs, PFOCs and PFOAs contamination and we’re working on it.” He added it was only by very carefully looking at every
record that contained the word “fire” that he figured out there was a mess being dealt with in Williams Lake. “I wondered if people in Williams Lake knew about this and I began sending out emails,” Minor said.
Minor read the CAO’s report for Tuesday evening’s council meeting and said he was disappointed. “It doesn’t tell you where the contamination is or how much there is. I’m telling the city to let me know if
I’m wrong, but please give me the data and show me why I’m wrong.” Carruthers’ report, however, said the remediation program is focused on removal of hydro carbons resulting from the burning
of petroleum products at the training areas and not PFC/PFOC, as these chemicals are not identified as requiring remediation by the provincial government. “The city’s interests are not affected by the
contaminated site as the airport groundwater source is isolated from the contamination. There are no other health or safety issues affecting the airport lands or operations,” the report stated.
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The city is asking owners of the closed Slumber Lodge Motel in Williams Lake to secure the building after receiving complaints that unauthorized persons have been occupying the building.
Unwelcome guests squat at motel Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Owners of a closed motel in Williams Lake’s downtown are being asked by the city to do some remedial work by July 12 because the site is unsafe and poses a hazard. At its Tuesday meeting, council heard the city continues to receive several complaints about unauthorized person(s) occupying the Slumber Lodge Motel, which is located near Oliver Street and Seventh Avenue south. Options for the owners include beefing up security to prevent entry by unauthorized people or hiring the services of a security company to provide security 24/7. If the city does not hear back from the owner by June 25 of this year, the city will carry out remedial action itself at the owner’s expense. Mayor Kerry Cook says the RCMP has received several complaints and, on May 23, 2002, the Williams Lake Fire Department issued a BC Fire Code order for the owners to comply with certain provisions that have not been remedied. “The RCMP and Citizens on Patrol are doing
regular patrols of this area,” Cook says, adding there’s a high risk for death and serious injury. Williams Lake RCMP Insp. Warren Brown says some people use the Slumber Lodge to drink and/or sleep in. “They have no permission to do this; however, the central location, the lack of security, and accessibility make it a welcome place, not to mention there is no rent. There is still electricity to the building so this offers an added bonus to the ‘squatter.’” The RCMP is concerned that due to the high-risk behaviour that occurs in the suites, there is a high potential for a fire or some other looming accident that could cause risk to human life/safety. “The city has been very co-operative and is taking steps to remedy our concerns,” Brown says. Acting chief administrative officer Geoff Goodall says the city has been dealing with the issue over the last month and the activities are a real concern. “The remedial action that we’ve presented here is the quickest option for us to get some security to that building,” Goodall says.
Coun. Surinderpal Rathor asked who would be responsible if something were to happen within the next few weeks before the notice for remediation goes
out. Goodall says the option is the fastest, legal way the city can get authorization to go in and do something if it has to.
The Tribune visited the site after Tuesday evening’s council meeting and met with the owners. However, they declined to comment on the issue.
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NOTICE OF PARCEL TAX ROLL REVIEWS Parcel Tax Assessment Rolls for the following parcel taxes will be open for inspection at City Hall during regular office hours, Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm: Water and Sewer Parcel Tax – General Water and Sewer Parcel Tax – South Lakeside Downtown Parking and Beautification Tax Any complaints as to (a) the names of owners of parcels of land or (b) the parcels to be taxed must be made in writing to the office of the Collector at least 48 hours prior to the time appointed for the sitting of the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel. Parcel Tax Roll Reviews will only be held in the event that any complaints are received and are tentatively scheduled for Council Chambers, 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, BC on the following dates and times: Water and Sewer Parcel Tax – General Water and Sewer Parcel Tax – South Lakeside Downtown Parking and Beautification Tax
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The Cariboo Memorial Complex would like to advise all parking patrons of the following confirmed Cariboo Memorial Complex and Boitanio Park events that will affect the parking at the rear of the Complex. During these events, please park in the front parking lot of the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Thursday, June 21, 2012 the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council is hosting Aboriginal Day in Boitanio Park. The Cariboo Memorial Complex would like to thank you for your cooperation during these events. Should further events be booked, we will attempt to notify all parking patrons immediately. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL PARKING PATRONS MUST DISPLAY A VALID PARKING TICKET IN THEIR VEHICLE AT ALL TIMES.
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Please be advised that the 2012 Property Tax Notices have now been mailed out. If you do not receive your notice by the end of the month; please contact City Hall at 250-392-2311. Note that the due date for this year’s property taxes is July 3, 2012. New property owners are responsible for payment of their annual property taxes by the due date to avoid a 10% penalty, whether or not they receive a Property Tax Notice. To avoid a penalty of 10%, payments and properly completed applications for the Northern & Rural Home Owner Grant (N&RHOG) must be received by 4:30pm, on the Property Tax Due Date, without exception. It is not necessary to make payment in order to apply for the N&RHOG.
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON RENTAL SUITES IN SINGLE FAMILY HOMES The City of Williams Lake encourages residents to fill out a survey in order to collect public input on rental suites in single family homes. A survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NN38NPT and at City Hall, 450 Mart Street.
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The survey asks questions regarding whether the City should allow secondary suites where the homeowner does not live in the home, and how the City should approach duplexes with secondary suites. Currently, the Policy states that suites are not allowed in homes where the owner is renting both the main part of the house, as well as the suite. This requirement reflects a higher number of complaints about noise and property maintenance, where homeowners do not live in the home. It is believed that if the owner lives in the home, there will be fewer issues and complaints from both the neighbourhood and the tenant. Houses with both the main and secondary suite rented are not permitted and would either need to remove their suite or consider an application to rezone to an R-2 designation (Two Family residential).
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illiams Lake welcomed the Imperials Metals Annual General Meeting recently, the first time the company has held its AGM outside Vancouver. I attended the meeting, and later a tour of the Mount Polley mine. It was great to From the see ImpeMayorâ€™s rial Metals Chair making Kerry Cook the effort to show its shareholders and guests one of its key assets in person; and also giving those investors a glimpse of the communities and people who support the mine. The cityâ€™s Business Expansion and Attraction Strategy calls for the city to work with local mining companies to identify suppliers and urge them to relocate to Williams Lake. We want to be the provinceâ€™s supply and training centre for mining. There is so much happening around us in this industry â€” Mount Polley, Gibraltar, the New Prosperity and Spanish Mountain Gold proposals â€” and the city wants to be poised to capitalize on the economic development benefits. I attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference in Saskatoon, and what stuck out to me was itâ€™s not just Williams Lake, or the cities at the BC Mayors Caucus, but cities across the country that want to see better funding arrangements with the federal government. Municipalities get eight cents of every tax dollar, and that has not changed in years. More and more services are downloaded to municipalities. There needs to be stable funding for public infrastructure, such as roads and water systems, most of which is built and maintained by municipalities. Williams Lake has joined the chorus of municipal voices calling for a better funding arrangement. Lots of grads and their families are busy this week with pictures, family barbecues, and other activities as the big weekend approaches. Iâ€™m one of those parents, and it is a very busy time. But itâ€™s a good kind of busy. We are celebrating an important milestone in our childrenâ€™s lives, and they should be celebrated for their hard work. I wish all the grads of 2012 the very best as they start the next chapter of their lives. Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.
Protests begin Federal politics are getting stranger all the time, and more than a little bit scary. It is frightening to watch the antics of the federal Tories under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Conservatives had been straining at the long leash of a minority government for years, drooling at the thought of taking full control of the House of Commons. Well, their wishes have come true and they are steam rolling over the Opposition, as the federal NDP lost its leader shortly after the election and, undoubtedly, Canadians were relying on Jack Layton to temper the Tory enthusiasm. The former powerhouse federal Liberals are a shadow of what they once were, and now appear to be rudderless on the political landscape. It appears there is little opportunity to slow Mr. Harper in his push to reshape Canada. The prime minister will do what he thinks is best and folks better watch out if they get in his way. The Tories want to close the investigation on the F-35 fighter jet fiasco. Itâ€™s absolute nonsense to
close the investigation when so many things went wrong in this messy affair. Now, the Tory government wants to push Bill C-38, the Budget Implementation Bill, through the House. It includes some six dozen laws that will significantly affect the lives of all Canadians now and into the future. The trouble is most folks, including the folks we send to Ottawa, donâ€™t know everything thatâ€™s in the bill â€” let alone the fine details or the pitfalls it may create in the future. So, how do people slow down the Harper Express? They try to encourage their elected representatives to urge the prime minister to give more time to scrutinize the bill. If that doesnâ€™t work, they do what British Columbians did when the B.C. Liberals rammed the HST down our throats. This is exactly what 30 or so concerned citizens did when they held a protest rally in front of Cathy McLeodâ€™s office in 100 Mile House on June 2. The pebble has started rolling down the mountain. â€” Ken Alexander
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