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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
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Petroglyph returns home
The City of Williams Lake’s annual report is now available for the public to view. It can be obtained online at www.williamslake.ca or from city hall. Council will consider the annual report at a special meeting at 5 p.m. June 28 in council chambers. The public is invited to attend the meeting and to present submissions or ask questions with respect to the report. Copies of the report will also be available at the meeting. According to provincial legislation, a municipality must produce an annual report each year and hold a public consultation session before it is submitted to the province. According to the Community Charter, it must contain, among other things, the municipality’s audited annual financial statements.
A petroglyph that’s been in Vancouver since 1926 was being repatriated and permanently placed at the Churn Creek Protected Area Wednesday. The 11,000-pound boulder was loaded onto a Cabribou Interior Crane Services truck at the Vancouver Museum and brought up to the Cariboo. The rock departed from 150 Mile House Wednesday. From there the convoy will travel via Sheep Creek/Farwell Canyon, through Gang Ranch, although not along the Gang Ranch bridge because it cannot support the weight of the rock. The rock was to arrive at Churn Creek by noon, and from there a procession will begin at 2 p.m. for the last 1.5-kilometre journey to place the rock at the Churn Creek kiosk. The journey home kicked off Monday with a ceremony at the Vancouver Museum. In attendance were staff from the museum, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem and Musqueam First Nations leaders, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson and Cariboo Regional District board chair Al Richmond. In her speech at the ceremony, Phyllis Webstad focused on the time period of 1926 when the petroglyph was removed from the region and moved to Stanley Park in Vancouver, first using horses and then rail. Webstad described it as a time when Stswecem’c Xgat’tem or Shuswap were the only languages spoken — English wasn’t understood.The only mode of transportation was horse and wagon. There weren’t any roads, only trails. “My grandmother had just turned seven and was entering residential school for the first time in our history. We were put onto reserves and it was a time when we didn’t have a say about anything. We had to get passes to leave the reserves so basically anything could happen,” she said, adding today things have changed dramatically. Richmond said after following the repatriation effort over the last two years, it was great to finally see the petroglyph in person. “The fact that it was 1926 when it left and seeing the kind of condi-
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Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek) Chief Hank Adam and band member Phyllis Webstad with the repatriated petroglyph at 150 Mile House Wednesday morning before departing for its journey to be placed at the Churn Creek Protected Area southwest of Williams Lake. tion it’s in was good. It’s been well preserved in the main inner courtyard at the Vancouver Museum where it’s been since 1992.” Monday’s ceremony was wellattended, with about 70 people in attendance, Richmond said. “There was a wonderful blessing done by Stswecem’c Xga’tem First Nation (SXFN) member Gwen Therrian for the rock’s trip home. It’s good to see it coming home.” The best part, he added, was to watch the elders who attended the ceremony.
“They were quite emotional about seeing it come home, and the spirit of the rock, as they see it, being called home to its ancestry. A good deal of the people that were there for speeches and lunch stayed to watch the ceremony afterwards.” Describing the Vancouver Museum staff as having grown attached to the petroglyph over the years, Richmond said he could tell they were all very happy to be seeing it going home. Wednesday morning Stswecem’c
Xgat’tem chief Hank Adam was relieved the rain clouds had subsided and said it made a world of difference to see the sun. “I’m anxious about the road down into Churn Creek that it may be really muddy, but I’m glad we have the rock on the truck. That took 11 hours,” he said, adding there was a big applause when they got it out of the courtyard and onto the truck in Vancouver. Before departing from 150 Mile House, Adam said he was looking forward to laying the rock to rest.
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Petroglyph carvings Tsilhqot’in: Alphonse Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Tlet’inqox (Anaham) chief and Tsilhqot’in National Government chair Joe Alphonse told the Tribune Wednesday morning while he’s happy the petroglyph from the Vancouver Museum is being repatriated and placed at Churn Creek Protected area, his nation is concerned there’s been an error in the fact that the Tsilhqot’in people were not notified by the Museum of Vancouver about the repatriation project. “I think it’s very important that those things be returned to their original locations,” Alphonse says. “They should never have been removed. Whenever we can get them back it’s great and very meaningful. We’re not making an issue of it because we want the rock returned; however, we will deal with the fall out after the fact,” Al-
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The 11,000-pound petroglyph at 150 Mile House Wednesday before it was transported to the Churn Creek Protected area. phonse says. The TNG was to have a small delegation at Churn Creek Wednesday, but was planning to do their own Tsilhqot’in celebration at the location in the near future. At that time the Tsilhqot’in will tell stories about carved rocks and why they are placed where they are.
“The carvings on that are Tsilhqot’in carvings and that was what our spiritual people would do. It was part of our ritual to do rock carvings for individuals that were wanting to become spiritual healers. They placed these rocks along the river and you’ll find some in Farwell Canyon, Hanceville area and Si-
wash area,” Alphonse says. He refers to burial grounds on the south side of Sheep Creek Bridge where bones were discovered about a decade ago. “We allowed both nations to come in and do their own celebration on the same given day. Chief Larry Camille at
the time from Dog Creek called the Tsilhqot’in and said they were going to rebury the bones and it was right in that Churn Creek area where they’re going to be bringing this rock.” Alphonse says the fact they haven’t been invited this time is disrespectful. “We’re not overly happy and impressed, but we’ll deal with it. I think the museum that released the rock should be fully aware that there’s an obligation to talk to and make an effort to consult with all First Nations in the area. They haven’t done that. The motives of the Shuswap are irrelevant. I think the museum has failed its obligation and as a result has put us in a situation where we have to protect our interests and pursue that.” Staff from the Vancouver Museum were unavailable for comment because they were attending the repatriation ceremony.
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Local forest company audited Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Amabilis Contracting Ltd. has been chosen to be randomly audited by the Forest Practices Board. A part of the Pioneer Family Timber Partnership, the company’s operations on forest license A79575 will be audited beginning June 18, 2012, wrapping up by about June 22. The audit is random, says the FPB. “We randomly choose our audits in the different regions of the province,” says FPB director of communications, Darlene Oman. “For the Cariboo region, this district was randomly selected for audit and our auditors looked at what activities were going on, who is actively harvesting, and they identified this particular operation as one of the larger ones in the district so that’s the one they chose.” An audit team will be on the ground for four or five days to examine operational planning, harvesting, roads, silviculture, fire preparedness and
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hazard abatement for compliance with forest practices legislation. “This particular licence is salvaging mountain pine beetleinfested timber,” Oman explains. Once the audit work is completed, a report will be prepared, and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond. The board’s final report and recommendations will then be released to the public and government. “We tend to spread our audits out and there will be another one announced in a different part of the province in another week,” Oman explains. In a press release the FPB describes itself as an independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to public and government. “The board audits forest and range practices on public land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement.”
Williams Lake Community Policing chair Andy Sullivan and safer communities co-ordinator Dave Dickson update city council and staff on programming at Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting. Thousands of volunteer hours go into implementing the programs each year.
Volunteers make our community safer Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Community policing in Williams Lake is alive and well, with programs that are racking up thousands of volunteer hours and catching provincial attention. From restorative justice, to citizens patrolling by horseback, or working with victims and offenders of spousal abuse, the program’s volunteers are knowledgeable of the community, said chair Andy Sullivan at Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting. Citizens on Patrol has been actively patrolling schools, parks and the community at large.
Volunteers have an Ipad they use to check licence plates in a national database to determine whether they’ve been stolen. At monthly meetings, COP members log different break and enters and vehicle thefts on a large map so they can identify where the activities are occurring. When asked if patterns are emerging, safer communities co-ordinator Dave Dickson said it varies. “This weekend, both Friday and Saturday night, the hospital was the hot spot, but we captured the suspects, so hopefully that’s going to see a drop. A lot of time you’ll see
a spike, intel will come in, the members do their work, it dies, and then there’s a lull.” Sullivan is one of the Mounted Citizens on Patrol and showed photographs of some training in April, where members learned to walk their horses over fire. “They also taught us how to move an emergency vehicle through a crowd,” he said. About eight members make up the Domestic Violence Prevention Committee. “One of our stats that isn’t on the way down is the number of domestic violence incidents. It’s up by about 25 per cent,” Sullivan said.
Coun. Ivan Bonnell asked if those occur across all demographics and heard from Dickson that he recently worked with Victim Services and pulled 74 files to look at them by date, time, day of week, location, sex, age, employment, weapons involvement, drug and alcohol involvement, employment, injuries, courts and children involved. Both the offender’s and the victim’s stats were also taken into account. “We attempted to paint a picture of what domestic violence looks like. I believe that if we can do our preventive things based on sound facts, we can be wise,” Dickson
said. Circles of Strength is a program that involves the domestic violence offender and victim. It doesn’t try to put them back together, but it helps them make wise decisions. “Maybe this relationship was never meant to be and when they get help they can look at it objectively,” Dickson explained. It’s one of the only programs in the province, Dickson said, adding he received an inquiry from someone in Nanaimo wanting to start a similar program. Because the program is new, Dickson said, it’s being watched very carefully.
Taseko tailings water spilled non-toxic: MOE Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer A tailings water spill at Gibraltar Mine on May 22 did not require follow-up, says the Ministry of Environment. On May 23, Taseko reported a spill to the Ministry of Environment and the nearby First Nations community of Alexandria.
Companies cannot be 100 per cent sure of the water quality leaving, so all spills have to be reported, MOE environmental emergency response officer Dale Bull says. In an e-mail sent to Chief Bernie Elkins of Alexandria, Taseko’s senior environmental engineer Todd Wambolt reported that at about 8
a.m. on May 23, water was discovered in an area of the reclaim water pipeline, which runs from the storage tank into the mill. The flow rate was estimated at 100 litres per minute and by 9:15 a.m. the flow was diverted through a portable pump into its surface collection system. As a result the mill was shut down and the pipe-
line repaired. Bull says 6,000 litres seems like a large number for people who don’t work with it all the time; however, he points out the Fraser River near Williams Lake or Prince George will pump that much water in a fraction of a second. “The released water isn’t toxic and won’t have any chemicals in it. The only thing it might
have is suspended solids, little bits of rock, that are floating in it. When they discovered it they put a pump into the natural stream and pumped it back into their containment system until they could make repairs and pump it out the way it was supposed to go.” Taseko’s vice president of corporate affairs Brian Battison says the hole in
the pipe was described to him as the size of the tip of the thumb. “It was water from the tailings facility, water that is discharged to the Fraser River in any event, so it’s clean water,” Battison says. “It was a pipe that takes water from the tailings facility to the mill and it had developed a leak. We’re required to report such matters
and report any kind of a spill.” Tsilhqot’in National Government chair and Tl’etinqox (Anaham) chief Joe Alphonse is concerned about the mine water flowing into the Fraser River. “I think it’s something worth reporting on. Those are fish-bearing streams and there are huge concerns,” Alphonse says.
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Awards recognize Sea and Army Cadets Numerous awards were presented to 202 Chilcotin Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps and 3064 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps members and volunteer leaders during their first ever combined review held at the Elks Hall in Williams Lake June 6. Cadets demonstrated drill movements and other aspects of training that they have learned during the past year. Major Rick M. Lewis, SBStJ, CD, AdeC of Prince George was the reviewing officer. The CO’s Achievement Award 2011/12 was presented to the Sea Cadet team which took second place in the provincial seamanship competition in Victoria this past year. The Eric Rowe Memorial Award was presented to Army Cadet Sgt. Sheldon Samra by Marilyn Rowe, her daughter Crystal Petryshen and granddaughter Kaylyn Petryshen. Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence awards were presented to Sea Cadet Master Seaman Mercedes Sigsworth and to Army Cadet Sgt. Alex Sheridan by Branch 139 president Joyce Norberg. Lord Strathcona Med-
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Matthew Nendick by Captain A. Vecchio. A Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal was presented by Navy League Presi-
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Well done, 2012 grads
rad weekend was busy, as expected, but a really wonderful time as well. My youngest daughter graduated with dozens of others, and they should all be very proud. I enFrom the joyed being part Mayorâ€™s of the cerChair emonies, shaking Kerry Cook hands and giving hugs to the graduates. Iâ€™m always impressed when I hear the many achievements and the talent of our young people, and Iâ€™m looking forward to hearing about their future success. I want to say a huge thank you to the school administrators, all of the volunteers, and the Dry Grad Committee, who worked so hard to put on grad this year. It is a massive undertaking and a lot of work. And a special thanks to all of our teachers who are in our schools every day helping our students become adults. Well done! You might have noticed as you drive up Highway 97 that the city is doing some work. The project to improve the irrigation system on the highway is going well. Not only is the system being upgraded to function better, but city staff will be able to measure water usage. The system will also become automatic, shutting off when it is raining, for instance, like the systems in our parks. These new efficiencies will help in our water conservation efforts. We are also seeing improvements along Oliver Street as the project to replace the sidewalk next to Herb Gardner Park progresses. The old asphalt sidewalk will be replaced with a concrete one and the lighting will also be improved. It will be a welcome addition to the downtown. There was a highlight for Williams Lake in the June issue of Western Investor, which had a cover story headlined Confidence in the Cariboo. It was about how the people of Williams Lake and the Interior and its economy are resilient, and about the huge benefits mining could have on our economy. We want to become B.C.â€™s service and training centre for mining, and that is one way we can make a real economic impact. Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.
Two sides of the debate Politics is all about debate (or at least it used to be when politicians actually debated issues). Debate, as we all know, is about arguing a position, whether we believe it or not. So when you reach the pinnacle of politics, you should be able to debate an issue. And we have a couple of the best in Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Christy Clark. There is plenty of debate this week over the Conservative governmentâ€™s omnibus budget bill. The government has lumped a multitude of items together into one bill in order to get them rapidly passed through the House of Commons. Debate on the actual items is severely limited. Harper and his gang arenâ€™t the first to do this. In fact many governments have used this loophole in our due process to push items through. The Liberals did it when Harper was leader of the Official Opposition. He debated then that lumping items together into an omnibus bill does not serve democ-
racy. Now, he argues, itâ€™s necessary to pass the budget so the government can get a handle on the deficit. Then thereâ€™s Premier Christy Clark. Earlier this week the provincial media pressed her to take a stand on the Northern Gateway pipeline project. She restated her position that Victoria will wait for the environmental review process to run its course before taking a stand. While making the comments she also praised the environmental review process as being thorough and rigorous. Who would want to pre-judge the process? This is the same environmental review process that she panned vociferously a few months ago when it rejected the Prosperity Mine project west of Williams Lake. Yes, it is good to be able to debate both sides of an argument. But when youâ€™re not in the debating club, it just comes across as being two-faced. â€” Bill Phillips
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