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TUESDAY August 14, 2012
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The Cariboo Regional District’s West Chilcotin Landfill share shed in Anahim Lake was burnt down Sunday, Aug. 5. The cause of the fire is not yet known. However, arson is suspected and surveillance camera data is currently being reviewed. Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact the CRD’s solid waste management department at 250-392-3351 or toll free at 1-800-665-1636. Tips and information reported to the CRD will remain anonymous. The CRD says the abuse and vandalism of share sheds is increasing the maintenance and operating costs to taxpayers throughout the region. The West Chilcotin Share Shed could be replaced, but the CRD needs feedback from community members that a new shed is desired. To provide comments, or for further information about the CRD’s Solid Waste Management program, call 1-800-665-1636, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit cariboord.bc.ca.
Inside the Tribune NEWS Panel visits mine site.
SPORTS Swimmers break records.
COMMUNITY Children’s art showcased.
Weather outlook: Showers/ possible thundershowers today, high of 20 C. Sunny Wednesday, high of 25 C.
Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Williams Lake RCMP Const. Colby Hendrickson and local coroner Scott McLaughlin have fun spraying kids with water guns while getting bombed with water balloons back during the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District Street Party held Friday, Aug. 10 at the parking lot and alley in the 100 block of Fourth Avenue South.
Landslide repairs to cost $1M-plus Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer The cost to repair a process line from the energy plant and a storm water line that were damaged by a slide in the river valley in April will be more than a million dollars, says the city’s acting chief administrative officer. Reporting to city council during a special committee of the whole meeting Aug. 7, Geoff Goodall explained the city will cover the cost of the process line, using surplus funds from the sewer budget, and the project should not cause any financial stress. However, the specific costs of the process line have not been determined.
Prior to the slide in April, the plan for replacing the process and storm water lines was slated for Phase 5 of a five-phase replacement project. However, the slide caused the city to switch priorities and do Phase 5 before completing Phase 3. “The one that does have some significant financial implications is the storm water project,” Goodall says. “We have been approved to use Phase 3 funding for Phase 5.” Phase 3 had a budget of $771,000, which is covered 100 per cent by a grant. Phase 5, however, will cost around $1.1 million, according to the engineers. “The concern is what kind of constraints this is going to put on council in the future. It would appear that
this project easily qualifies for community works funding,” Goodall explained. An additional $350,000 is available in unallocated funds, which means the city may not have to dip into general revenue surpluses to complete the project. “We will know more once the engineering design is completed,” Goodall said. Due to the nature of the project, it will be broken down into two stages — one for the process line and one for the storm water line. Goodall told council there have already been significant challenges with the process line. The piece that was under the river was plugged with sand and debris when the failure occurred, and ini-
tially the city was worried the cost of replacing it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. “In the old days you could just dig right through the river. You can’t do that anymore; you have to auger 10 metres below the river bed. We have since cleaned the old pipe and we’re preparing to do the pressure test on it to make sure that it’s competent. We’re hopeful that it is and we can use it.” There are some challenges augering from the landfill and coming down to the river. Geo-technical drilling is taking place to make sure the augering can be done. The project is still on track and the city is hoping to have it completed by the end of November, Goodall noted.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Williams Lake Tribune
Panel visits proposed New Prosperity site A letter written by the chair of the federal review panel for the proposed New Prosperity gold-copper mine project near Williams Lake outlines a site visit made by the panel on July 12 and 13. In the letter, chair Bill Ross says the panel made the site visit with its secretariat and did not meet or interact with the proponent, Taseko Mines Limited, or with any registered parties during the tour. On July 12, the areas visited by the group included Lower Fish Creek at the intersection of Taseko Lake Road/White Water Road, the north shore of
Fish Lake, the proposed location of the southern part of the Open Pit and Big Onion Lake. Access roads viewed by the panel included Highway 20 from Williams Lake to Hanceville, Taseko Lake Road/White Water Road from Hanceville to Big Onion Lake, 4500 Road to close to the proposed location of the Access Road to the mine site, and Fish Lake Road to Fish Lake from Taseko Lake Road. On July 13, the panel conducted an aerial tour of the proposed project area via helicopter, making a number of ground stops at several
locations. Features and locations visited or viewed included the existing BC Transmission Line from Williams Lake to the proposed tie-in station at Dog Creek, the location of the tie-in station at Dog Creek, the entire route of the proposed transmission line and the location of its proposed crossing at the Fraser River. They visited the location of the proposed open pit and water bodies in the project area including Fish Lake, Little Fish Lake/Nabas, Big Onion Lake, Wasp Lake, upper and lower Fish Creek, Beece Creek and the Taseko
River near the mine site. They also visited the location of the proposed main and south embankments of the tailings storage facility as marked by cut lines, Taseko Lake Lodge and the historical settlement at Y’anah Biny (Little Fish Lake).
Completing the tour, they drove from Williams Lake to the Gibraltar Mine concentrate load-out facility near Macalister, also on July 13. “This visit has greatly improved the panel’s and its secretariat’s understanding of the geography of the proj-
participants who provided comments and suggestions prior to the site visit.
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CITY OF WILLIAMS LAKE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BY THE CITY OF WILLIAMS LAKE ON A BYLAW TO CHANGE THE LAND USE (ZONING) TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Williams Lake on Tuesday, the 21st day of August, 2012 at the hour of 7:00 p.m. will hold a Public Hearing in the Council Chambers at 450 Mart Street, to hear all persons interested in supporting or objecting to Williams Lake Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2162, 2012 being a Bylaw of the City of Williams Lake to amend the “Williams Lake Zoning Bylaw No. 1825, 2002”. A copy of the proposed Bylaw(s) and relevant background documents may be inspected between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, inclusive, excluding holidays, from July 4th, 2012 to August 21st, 2012, both inclusive, at City Hall, 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, B.C.
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ect,” Ross states in the letter, adding the panel thanks all registered
DATED at Williams Lake this 4th day of July, 2012.
326W.3 Minimum Building Setbacks (See Sections 212 and 221)
Type of Building
Front Lot Line Setback
Rear Lot Line Setback
Exterior Lot Line Setback
Interior Lot Line Setback
1.5 m (a)
Accessory Buildings & Structures
(a) Or 10% of the lot width, whichever is greater. (b) Shall be sited to the rear of the front face of the principal building. 326W.4 Maximum Lot Coverage: 35%
Cindy Bouchard, Manager of Legislative Services City of Williams Lake 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1N3 EXPLANATORY NOTE OF THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF BYLAW NO. 2162 The purpose of Bylaw No. 2162 is to amend the Williams Lake Zoning Bylaw No. 1825, 2002, to change the Zoning of the following property:
Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Big Twang Daddy — Lyle Tribe (drums), Joel Stern (bass/vocals) and Tom Salley (guitar/vocals) — perform Aug. 9 in Boitanio Park.
City council starts to talk budgets Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer With summer more than halfway through, plans are percolating to make 2013’s city budget discussions strategic with direction. At an Aug. 7 special committee of the whole meeting, mayor and council shared some of those plans. “We want to have a provisional operational budget by Dec.1,” Mayor Kerry Cook said. Director of finance Pat Higgins confirmed it’s possible to meet that target; however, there
will be some necessary tweaking because capital projects could suddenly emerge, estimate revenues won’t be known, or other unexpected things could occur requiring a budget adjustment. “As long as we have a draft there, we won’t have to have a bylaw in place really until May 15 when it has to be adopted,” Higgins explained. Cook said she understood when other councils have a provisional budget in place by September, they still wait until the spring to put the bylaw in place.
Coun. Ivan Bonnell said until council can do a line-by-line review of the budget, he wouldn’t be able to determine service levels. See BUDGET Page A2 Leftovers from your Garage Sale? Please consider donating your soft goods to Big Brothers & Big Sisters Recycling Program Purple bins are located at:
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Part of Lot 17, District Lot 8816, Cariboo District, Plan 7290 From: Highway Commercial (CS-3) Zone To: Comprehensive Development (CD-23) Zone And to amend the text of Williams Lake Zoning Bylaw No. 1825, 2002 by adding the following new part 326W Comprehensive Development (CD-23) Zone as follows: 326W.1 Permitted Minimum Lot Minimum Lot Land Uses Size Width Two Family Dwelling
Home Occupation (a)
Family Day Care
Bed and Breakfast
(a) Home Occupation shall be subject to the requirements of Section 207 of this Bylaw. 326W.2 Buildings and Maximum Maximum Maximum Structures Number Size Height Principal Building
Accessory Buildings & Structures
(a) Maximum Floor Area Ratio – 0.45; Maximum Gross Floor Area – 557 m2. (b) All accessory buildings combined shall not exceed a floor area greater than 10% of the area of the parcel.
326W.5 Minimum Building Width: 6.1 m 326W.6 Off-Street Parking Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with Division 400 of this Bylaw. The allowable uses in the Highway Commercial (CS-3) Zone are: a) Tourist Accommodation f) Public Service b) Commercial Recreation g) Accessory Uses Facility h) Destination Casino c) Restaurant i) Conference Facilities d) Drive-through Restaurant j) Bingo Facility e) Accessory Residential k) Beer & Wine Store The allowable uses in Comprehensive Development (CD-23) Zone, as amended, are: a) Two Family Dwelling d) Bed and Breakfast b) Home Occupation e) Accessory Uses c) Family Day Care The Subject property is located at 12 Lakeview Avenue described as part of Lot 17, District Lot 8816, Cariboo District, Plan 7290. The applicant has made this application to create a two-family residential lot.
Williams Lake Tribune Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Coming together to remember Greg Sabatino photo
Anglican Church’s Rev. Kris Dobyns, ministry developer, lights the candles of (from left) Pyara Singh Boyel, Daljit Saroya and Kulvinder Khakh Sunday evening during a candlelight vigil at City Hall held to remember the individuals killed in the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting July 29. The vigil was attended by roughly 80 people.
Budget sessions scheduled Continued From Page A2 “I don’t know how others expect to answer those questions without having that knowledge,” Bonnell said. Cook said if staff comes to council and explains rationale for new positions, staff will need to be prepared to restructure to find money to cover any new positions.
“That’s the type of direction that we could give, so we’re not saying no new positions, but we’re saying, yes that’s important, but it’s up to staff to figure out how they can make that work within the existing budget.” The clearer council is with direction at the beginning, the easier it will be for staff to plan, Cook said.
Coun. Geoff Bourdon said any increase comes in as a proposal on its own, with stated impacts. “It’s not about no increase of service, but about no increase to the operational budget,” Bourdon said. “That really is the bottom line of what we’re talking about.” Cook also pointed out that public input is an important priority to consider early and that
there is always room for improvement. “How we want the business plan and capital plan presented are things we need to discuss,” she said. A working session with city council and staff on budget discussions will take place Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. “We’re going to come out with a schedule and detailed priority of
what’s going to happen at each one of the meetings, how the public’s going to be involved,” Cook said. The city confirmed, under the Community Charter, the meeting will be closed because it will be to discuss municipal objectives, part of the annual report process. Council objectives will be made public at a later date. Ted Hlokoff photo
A smoky haze fills the air in Kleena Kleene Sunday evening. The smoke could also be seen in Williams Lake and in other areas of the Cariboo Monday. According to the Cariboo Fire Centre, the smoke is believed to be coming from Russia.
Unemployment rises in the Cariboo Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer The unemployment rate for the Cariboo region has risen to 8.1 per cent in July, up from 7.8 per cent in June, according to Statistics Canada. With the exception of a 0.1 per cent dip in June, the unemployment rate has been increasing in the Cariboo since March, when it was 7.5 per cent. The rate is also up compared to the same time period in 2011 when the July unemployment rate in the Cariboo region was 7.5 per cent. Responding to the overall 14,500 loss of jobs in July for the province, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation Pat Bell says it was news the provincial government did not want to hear. However, he suggested it is important to look at some of the details behind those statistics. “There were job gains in the full-time side of employment with a 9,600-person, full-time job gain. That was against a loss of 24,100 parttime jobs,” Bell says. The sector hit hardest was education, which was down 11,000 jobs. Bell suggested that was anticipated, given the time of year and the layoffs in public and private education systems. “Last year we saw significant job growth in the educational services sector in the month of September
and I’m confident we’ll see that again this year,” he says. Year over year numbers, compared to July 2011, show the province is up by 33,400 jobs, representing about a quarter of all of the job gains across Canada. “That puts us in third behind only Alberta and Ontario for that same period of time. The employment picture over the longer range is still very stable,” Bell says, adding “good” job growth continues in the areas of mining, forestry, natural gas and professional services. The minister says he is concerned about the decline of jobs in the food services and accommodation sector, which saw a loss of 2,300 positions. “That is really bucking a trend of what we should see at this time of year and we will be looking more closely at that area to determine what is causing that and what we can do to mitigate or ensure that area starts to grow again.” The recent stats also reveal that youth employment is on the decrease across the country. There was growth a few months ago, but that growth has been offset by recent decline. Their employment rate was 29 per cent, the lowest on record, with the unemployment rate being 31.2 per cent, the highest ever posted for the 15and 16-year-old age group.
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Wednesday Sunny High 250C Low 70C
Thursday Sunny High 280C Low 70C
Sunny High 300C Low 80C
Saturday Sunny High 280C Low 100C
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Mary Forbes (left) chats with gatherers at the opening tour of the 2011 Art Walk and Sale held Aug. 9. Mayor Kerry Cook (sixth from right) also attended. The Art Walk and Sale runs until Sept. 8, featuring 45 artists and merchants.
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Barker Minerals finds minerals Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Recent drilling by Barker Minerals Ltd. at its Black Bear silver/ gold project has resulted in some exciting news, said the company’s media spokesperson Robert H. Kuhl. Two drill holes — one 90 metres, the other 310 metres — have revealed consistently present gold pathfinders at the project site located 74 kilometres northeast of Williams Lake. “We took over 500 samples on the second hole, hole number seven, every 0.3 metres, and the pathfinder minerals were there as well as gold showing,” Kuhl told the Tribune. In a press release issued last week, Barker Minerals noted the top 90 metres of both drill holes were similar geologically and geochemically in alteration style and associated mineralization. “The alteration patterns are typical of an epithermal system, which is also significant, because it means it’s also near the surface. The alteration pattern carries on right to the bottom of hole 7 and it’s still open at depth.
Who knows how far it goes down? We stopped at 310 metres,” Kuhl explained. In the first hole — BB12-06 — the alteration patterns were pyrite, fuschite, calcite, sericite and silica. Identified gold pathfinder minerals were bismuth, arsenic, antimony, cadmium, tin, mercury and selenium. “A few narrow veins up to 0.49 metres in thickness occur with variable amounts of galena, pyrite and lesser amounts of molybdenum mineralization,” the press release noted. The second hole — BB12-07 — has alternating zones of argillite/ mudstones and felsic rocks from surface up to 145 metres. Alteration patterns in the second hole consist of pyrite, fuschite, calcite, carbonate, sericite, bioitite, hematite, epidote, silica and magnetite. There are a host of other minerals present, which Kuhl described as a “kitchen sink” of pathfinder minerals. “We’re very, very excited. What we need to do is drill more holes to see how extensive this mineralization is and whether
the patterns keep repeating themselves.” What’s interesting, he added, is that Barkerville Gold, with its nearby project, has recently announced an indicated resource of almost 11 million ounces, and Spanish Mountain Gold announced an indicated resource, also in proximity of the Black Bear Project.
“This is all interesting information and it’s going to draw people’s attention to the area. You could look at this as competition, but it really isn’t, because the more focus there is on this area the better it is for the economy of the whole area, whether it’s Quesnel, Williams Lake, Prince George or the whole area. It really bodes well.”
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