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The 54th annual Williams Lake & District 4-H Show and Sale starts tomorrow. It runs from Friday, Aug. 17 to Wednesday, Aug. 22 and will take place at the Williams Lake Stockyards. The 4-H supplement, presented by the Williams Lake Tribune and 100 Mile Free Press, is included in today’s paper and details a schedule of events and some of the projects 4-H kids have been working on. Some livestock projects include beef, sheep, swine, and poultry, as well as other animal projects such as horse and dog. Non-animal projects include clothing, crafts, photography, gardening, and small engines.
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A unanimously endorsed report was released by the Special Legislative Committee on Timber Supply Wednesday morning, followed by a press conference with the committee’s chair MLA John Rustad. The report’s 22 recommendations range from ensuring the province meets its legal consultation duty and any required accommodations with First Nations, to the province funding the preparation of a five-year provincial inventory action plan. It also recommends finding ways to grow more fibre and maximize its value by utilizing economic stands and/or investing in fertilization, as well as increasing the type of form of area-based tenures to support enhanced levels of forest stewardship and private sector investment. “We heard very clearly from First Nations that they would like to participate within the forest industry. There seems to be a desire and appreciation for the new woodland forest tenures for First Nations,” Rustad said, adding the committee is not recommending a take-back of tenure from existing companies. “One of the mandates we were given is that we could not have a significant financial impact on the province. A take-back would have had a significant financial impact on the province so it wasn’t a place that we could go, plus the amount of uncertainty that would bring across the area to industry.” Rustad told reporters he believes the largest significant recommendation going forward from the report is around marginally economic stands. See WILLIAMS Page A2
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Debbie Lloyd of Whiskey Creek Acres Farm whiles away long cold winter nights making baskets from bean vines, bull rushes, and even pine needles. She gathers grasses in summer and fall, makes them in the cold winter and sells them at the Farmer’s Market Fridays during the summer and fall in Boitanio Park.
Williams Lake AAC may stay the same for 15-20 years Continued From Page A1 “That’s where the greatest opportunity is in terms of the future for mitigating some of that mid-term timber supply. There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity to partition that out to see if companies would like to and can operate in those areas to achieve fibre.” In the report the committee calls on the chief forester to examine the potential of marginally economic forests to determine harvest opportunities. It is estimated the pine beetle epidemic has killed 53 per cent of the pine throughout the impacted areas. “That’s estimated to continue over the next few decades, at a lower pace, to be somewhere between 53 and 70 per cent. Most analysts now are thinking that it will be closer to around 57 per cent when all is said and done,” Rustad said. As a result, if no
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changes to forestry are made going forward, close to 10 million cubic metres of annual allowable cut will be lost in the next 10 to 20 years in pine-beetle impacted areas. When asked about possible resulting mill closures, Rustad said that amount is enough to supply eight reasonably sized sawmills. “I do want to emphasize that in the Williams Lake area the reduction in the annual allowable cut may not be for another 15 or 20 years,” Rustad said. The committee visited 15 communities and met in Vancouver for three days to hear from communities, including 22 First Nations groups. “To date it was one of the more significant committees engaging in discussion with First Nations on such an important topic, such as timber supply,” Rustad said, adding there were 650 presentations of written or oral nature submitted. Rustad voiced opti-
mism about the future of forestry in the province and the focus to grow more fibre and achieve more value from that fibre through intensive silviculture and what could be done through a gradual shift in the types of tenures on the land base. “All of that has led me to be fairly optimistic. There will be some changes, but I think the changes we’ll see over the next decade in the forest industry will be of a more positive nature.” Cariboo Chilcotin Liberal MLA Donna Barnett agreed saying the report includes recommendations that will help growth and yield. “The report is universal and encompasses all the TSAs.The only one that was singled out was the Burns Lake and the fire up there and how trying to move that community forward is urgent.” One of the things Barnett thinks is significant in the report is the recommendation to respect existing land-
use plans. If land-use plans are going to be reviewed they have to be reviewed with consultation, she said. “I think it’s important that the minister do his assessment as quick as possible and have the land-use consultation processes back in place as soon as possible. I personally believe a lot of the problems are created in our resource industries because of lack of consultation. More consultation with communities will result in better understanding.” Barnett said she’s pleased with the report. “I think we addressed the concerns and our terms of reference. It was an all-party committee of the opposition and the government that worked together to come up with best recommendations for the pine beetle communities in the province.” To access the full report visit http://www. leg.bc.ca/timbercommittee/.
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Internet voting considered Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Reacting to news that her government has officially requested chief electoral officer Keith Archer examine the potential for using Internet voting in B.C., Cariboo Chilcotin Liberal MLA Donna Barnett says there are some things that need to be ironed out. “Most people I’ve talked to have said it’s very important to go to the polls and vote like they always have,” Barnett says. “It’s a democratic right they want to keep. Others have said they are very interested in electronic voting, but there are many issues that have to be ironed out in my mind.” Those issues include security, cost-effectiveness, and how it will affect people living in rural communities that have no access to Internet. “There are a lot of places that have no Internet yet. We have a lot of people that do not use computers, so that’s a concern.” In a letter, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond requested Archer to appoint an independent panel to review the best practices for Internet voting from other jurisdictions. Barnett says it’s interesting that the minister has put the request out there and she’s anxious to see how much public consultation takes place and what the panel comes up with. “I think there are a lot of things that have
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to be taken into consideration. You would have to take a model of Internet voting, and how it was developed, and have a trial run,” Barnett says, adding she anticipates it will take a while. Williams Lake city councillor Geoff Bourdon applauds the order in which the government is approaching Internet voting, by looking at the pros and the cons. “Especially with anything electronic, the biggest thing that people want to know is that it’s secure. I think it’s a good idea because our voting system and the way we do public interaction with politics is extremely dated. It needs to come into the 21st century and this is a good way to have that done,” Bourdon says. Some people won’t like the idea, he suggests, adding there will be those who do want the option. “People are still going to be able to go out and vote however they want, and in person, so I think it’s a great idea.” While the Cariboo Regional District board hasn’t had a chance to discuss Internet voting, chair Al Richmond says elected officials support anything that will gain greater involvement in the election process. “We’ll look forward to the report, which we assume will outline how they are going to protect the integrity of the electoral process. See GOV’TS Page A4
Rescued grizzly bear at zoo since 1999 Greater Vancouver Zoo photo
Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer A grizzly bear found abandoned at a Cariboo landfill in 1999 continues to thrive at the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove. The zoo received Shadow in the winter of 1999 after she was rescued by conservation officers. At the time, she was roughly a year old and had been left by her mother and siblings to fend for herself at a landfil, where she had been surviving on garbage for about two weeks. Marketing and communications manager Jody Henderson says Shadow is the zoo’s only grizzly bear and has always been a real draw. Alternatively she would have been eutha-
Shadow, a teenaged grizzly, has been living in the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove since being rescued in 1999 at a landfill in the Cariboo. Shadow lives alone in a 1.5-acre enclosure where she can be observed from a distance.
nized because of her habituation to the landfill. Instead she was brought to the zoo for education purposes. Henderson guesses Shadow was probably the runt of the litter, which was probably why she was abandoned. Today she weighs
around 270 pounds. Henderson says her habitat consists of a 1.5-acre enclosure, with various berry bushes, lots of trees, a pond and several dens. It’s the size of football field and as natural as possible for a captive environment. In addition to the ber-
ries, she also eats salmon once in a while, fruits and vegetables. “She’s a bit of a diva,” Henderson says. “She likes to get up later in the morning. She’s super intelligent and plays non-stop. She’s a real ham in front of the camera so there
have been lots of videos and pictures taken of her over the years.” Henderson says Shadow will pick things up and balance them on her head or nose, or throw things up in the air. See SHADOW Page A4
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Shadow a ‘diva’ Continued From Page A3 “I’ve seen her several times doing somersaults down the hill. She has a super big personality. She’s not keen on construction around her and any kind of machinery agitates her.” Every time zoo staff does work around her Shadow becomes frustrated. “Several years ago we went into her enclosure to clean it out; we do that every so often to cut some trees and move things around. She was in her holding pen while we were doing this and immediately when we were finished and she was back on her own, I remember her putting everything back to where it was before. She has a place for everything. She’s very fun that way and very particular.” Henderson describes Shadow’s personality as big and says it’s apparent she knows her keepers and employees at the
zoo. “She very much reacts to our calling or being around her.” To observe Shadow, staff and the public stand on an observation deck above her enclosure. “This past week we opened up another area we revamped near her enclosure in the North American section. There used to be a bus that would go through a series of gates in that section and she was in the front, but we’ve eliminated the buses because we want it to be better for the animals and the environment.” Now there’s more of a walk-through area where observers can access the view of half of Shadow’s enclosure, as opposed to only a quarter, which was what the access was before the changes. “She is getting lots of enrichment now from the one long side where people can walk along. The kids are pretty excited to see her from there
when she’s on that side and she’s been enjoying all the attention.” Shadow is quiet but very busy. It’s not cold enough in the Lower Mainland for more than what Henderson calls semi-hibernation, when Shadow becomes less active and eats less during a period of time. “She dug a pretty serious den last year. She had one already, but she dug another one and spent hours working on it.” In the wild, grizzly bears live around 25 years, with the longest recorded wild grizzly living 34 years. In captivity, the longest recorded grizzly lived to 47 years of age. At the rate Shadow is going it’s anticipated she’ll live to 25 to 35 years of age in her captive environment. “She was brought here to live out her life. She has great people taking care of her, a wonderful vet, and all
Gov’ts interested Continued From Page A2 “It’s great to have the opportunity for electronic voting in some form, but we have to ensure that the integrity of the process remains intact,” Richmond says, adding the privacy of the voting process also needs to be protected. In a press released issued by the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Community Sport, and
Cultural Development on Aug. 9, Bond says the province is widely recognized as being technologically progressive and a leader in open government initiatives. “If the independent panel determines we can maintain the utmost electoral integrity, I’m optimistic Internet voting could increase accessibility for British Columbians to participate in the democratic
process,” Bond states. Weighing in Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong says several governments have expressed eagerness to adopt Internet voting as a way to increase voter turnout and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities has supported them. “We will look forward to receiving the independent panel’s report,” Chong adds.
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found an animal to see if a zoo can take them and save them,” she says. The North American section also features black bears, coyotes, cougars, bison, Roosevelt Elk, reindeer, and three injured bald eagles.
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Every place has a brand. If we don't actively deﬁne ours, others will do it for us. Instead of expending energy managing the fall-out from negative news and outdated perceptions, we're working to develop a strong placebrand for Williams Lake — something that has never really been done here. This is one way to help take control of our economic future and promote the quality of life we all enjoy.
Sprinkling regulations are in effect from April 1 to September 30, and watering of lawns is not permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Odd-numbered addresses can water on odd-numbered days, and even-numbered addresses can water on even-numbered days. ). In the case of mobile homes in mobile home parks and strata developments, watering days are determined by bay numbers or unit numbers.
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MOBILE FOOD VENDORS PILOT PROJECT 2012 The City of Williams Lake welcomes proposals from mobile food vendors for units to be permitted in four designated sites around the Williams Lake Downtown. The Mobile Vendors Pilot Project designated sites are proposed for Spirit Square, Kiwanis Park, Boitanio Park and Herb Gardner Park. Criteria for proposal selection and more information regarding the Pilot Project can be found on the City Web Site at www.williamslake.ca or on Facebook. For more Information on the Project please contact Cindy Walters, Business License Inspector for the City of Williams Lake at 250-392-8487 or by email at cwalters@ williamslake.ca
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PULL OVER FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES Recent incidents involving emergency vehicles have prompted the Williams Lake Fire Department to remind residents to pull over when an emergency vehicle is approaching with lights and siren on. The British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act, Section 177, states: “On the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving an audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle, and showing a visible flashing red light, except when otherwise directed by a peace officer, a driver must yield the right of way, and immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the nearest edge or curb of the roadway, clear of an intersection, and stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed.” Here’s how to help: • Signal, pull over to the nearest edge of the road on the approach of an emergency vehicle and stop • If at an intersection, move out of the intersection if it is safe to do so, and then stop at the edge of the road until the emergency vehicle has passed • Check for additional emergency vehicles before pulling back out onto the roadway • Use your rearview mirror(s) frequently to monitor for emergency vehicles approaching from the rear • You may see an emergency vehicle before you hear it. Be attentive to the flashing lights. It will give you more time to select a safe place to pull over
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ouncil has set its priorities for the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in late September, where local government leaders meet to discuss common issues and lobby provincial ministers on matters important to each community. O u r c o uncil From the wants to Mayorâ€™s discuss Chair resource revenue Kerry Cook sharing, infrastructure funding, RCMP resources, and a number of other issues. We will be providing updates to the public each day of the convention in Victoria. Earlier this summer, the city produced the second quarter Economic Indicators Report, and there are some good numbers to share: the number of business licenses is up, as are the number of new homes built. Congratulations to Diane Wright, superintendent of schools for School District 27, and Alison Ruault, health services administrator at Interior Health on your retirements. I have been grateful to know you and work with you over the past few years, and Iâ€™m grateful for all you have done for Williams Lake and the region. I wish you the very best in retirement! And congratulations also to Mark Thiessen (school district) and Deborah Runge (Interior Health) on your appointments to replace Diane and Alison. Iâ€™ve enjoyed working with you in the past, and I look forward to working with you in your new roles. A reminder to everyone that members of council and I will be cooking hot dogs tonight at Boitanio Park in between the two Performances in the Park sets. Sam Tudor, Marin Patenaude, and Drum and Bell Tower perform at 5 and 7 p.m. We will be serving hot dogs and recognizing the incredible Kids Running For Kids group at 6 p.m. This is the final Performance in the Park concert of the year, so if you havenâ€™t been, this is a chance to come enjoy the music, have a hot dog, and celebrate some of the amazing young people we are fortunate to have in Williams Lake. Kids Running For Kids are still collecting donations for B.C. Childrenâ€™s Hospital, which CN will match until Aug. 26. Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.
Chop Odaâ€™s pension When former International Co-operation Minister Bev Odaâ€™s resignation went into effect on July 31, it brought more questions about whatâ€™s wrong with the special treatment the folks we elect receive in Ottawa. Oda has been under a dark cloud of suspicion and ridicule for her outlandish spending habits that were being paid for by the countryâ€™s taxpayers. Her spending habits are well-documented, as she has billed taxpayers for everything from chauffeured limousines, a $16 glass of orange juice and luxurious accommodations at Londonâ€™s Savoy Hotel. She later paid back the difference between the costs of the two hotels. However, some other questions about Odaâ€™s spending habits abroad have yet to be resolved. Records show she modified the amounts related to expenses on a number of recent trips, but has refused to reveal why those figures were changed. She was later forced to apologize to the House of Commons when a document turned up, showing that Canadian International Development Agency officials had actually OKâ€™d the funding, but the then Minister of International
Development had the word â€œnotâ€? inserted into the approval form. She had become an embarrassment for the federal Conservative government, and the power brokers could no longer defend her by ignoring the public outcry. So, Ms. Oda was forced to take the high road and resigned. While she rightfully lost her $233,247 salary, her car and driver, and allowances for travel and housing, Canadian taxpayers are still on the hook for her gold-plated pension. Ms. Odaâ€™s pension will give her more than $50,000 a year. The pension is indexed to inflation, so it will be increased every year with the cost of living and itâ€™s guaranteed for the rest of her life. Should anything happen to the retired parliamentarian, a surviving spouse is entitled to 60 per cent of the money for life. Thatâ€™s a pretty nice payout for someone who has only served seven years. Itâ€™s outrageous that someone who has blatantly disrespected the taxpayers with her outlandish spending should live so high off the hog for the rest of her life. This has to change, but it will only happen if we, the taxpayers, make it happen. â€” Ken Alexander
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