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Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Eight groups have responded to a request from Tsilhqot’in chiefs regarding the environmental assessment of the New Prosperity mine. The chiefs sent a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel asking for clarification on whether its mandate will be to consider, assess and make recommendations concerning the potential impacts of the mine project on asserted and proven aboriginal rights. Parties wishing to comment had until Aug. 17. All submissions have been posted on the CEAA website. In a letter, Xeni Gwet’in (Nemiah Valley) Chief Marilyn Baptiste says the Tsilhqot’in people need to know whether the panel will have the same mandate to report on the project’s impacts on aboriginal rights and title as the previous panel. See LETTERS Page A3
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Emergency crews attend a collision between two trucks at the intersection of Mackenzie Avenue North and Soda Creek Road Wednesday afternoon. According to personnel on scene, there were no major injuries but the trucks retained extensive damage.
City invited to crime stat meeting Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Mayor Kerry Cook says when she’s gone to workshops and meetings, she’s shared Williams Lake’s successful strategies in reducing crime. So when the city received a letter from Thompson Mayor Tim Johnston inviting the city to attend a meeting with other Canadian municipalities that fell in the top five rankings in the latest crime severity index, Cook immediately viewed it as a proactive measure. “I would love to hear what the other mayors and municipalities perceive what we do have in common,” Cook said. “What’s working in certain communities and how we can share some positive things and learn from each other to work together to find some solutions.” Johnston told the Tribune Wednesday the response to his letter — also sent to the mayors
of North Battleford, Portage la Prairie, Prince Albert, Yorkton, Prince Rupert, and Yellowknife — has received an overwhelming positive response. “We have not heard a negative response in terms of participation. In fact, most have indicated a willingness to travel and it looks like we’ll proceed with a meeting late September to mid October,” Johnston said, adding they want to avoid any elections or conventions such as the Union of BC Municipalities taking place in Victoria Sept. 24 to 28. Thompson ranked first overall in terms of violent crime and second overall in both overall crime and non-violent crime for communities with a population of more than 10,000; however, the community has been working on some interesting ways of tackling crime. “Prince Albert in Saskatchewan are doing some very interesting things,” Johnston said. “What really struck us when
we looked at the numbers and did a little bit of analysis we saw very clearly there were an awful lot of similarities between the communities placing in the top five.” His council felt it was important to have those communities come together and talk about the index itself, because in some ways smaller communities may be challenged by the index because of per capita. “There’s nothing there that pre-qualifies in terms of the data other than per capita. One major incident in a small community doesn’t look very good.” Johnston suggested the meeting will be an opportunity to look at the index, but more importantly to share some ideas that are taking place. “I truly believe we have to be very strong as municipalities and approach senior levels of government, whether that’s provincial or federal, and have a discussion because if we’re starting to see some of those common elements
in communities then maybe we have to look at an approach where we start to target those things for those communities.” The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has also shown a strong interest in the proposed meeting and becoming involved. “I think that’s important and will take it to a new level. In all honesty the response has been far more positive than we even anticipated.” A location for the meeting hasn’t been determined. However, Johnston indicated many have said they’d be willing to travel to Thompson, even though his letter indicated Thompson would be willing to hold the meeting in a more central location. Cook and council discussed the invitation during the regular council meeting Tuesday and showed enthusiasm for the idea. See VIDEO Page A2
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Video conference preferred Continued From Page A1 Most council members, however, felt a teleconference or video conference meeting would be the best option because of travel costs. Coun. Surinderpal Rathor said Williams Lake has been in Thompsonâ€™s shoes, rating first on the crime index, and that it would be useful to participate in the discussion. â€œWe should be fully concerned for all Canadians and I think it would be worth it to share from our expe-
rience and learn from other people,â€? he said, adding the cityâ€™s participation should cost taxpayers the minimum. Coun. Sue Zacharias said she is not totally opposed to someone going to the meeting in a central place like Calgary, for example, or even inviting people to come to Williams Lake. â€œI think itâ€™s worth pursuing, especially when itâ€™s enough cities that could get together and do something and come out of it with a message to the federal or provincial government,â€? she said.
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Committee to negotiate fire protection with CRD Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Three fire protection agreements affecting the fringe and rural areas around Williams Lake will expire at the end of this year. As a result, the city has appointed a committee to negotiate new agreements with the Cariboo Regional District. Members of the committee include councillors Laurie Walters, Geoff Bourdon, and Sue Zacharias with support from chief administrative officer Brian Carruthers and director of finance Pat Higgins. In July the provincial government alerted the city that the provincial fire agreement presently in place for fringe areas outside the city would be discontinued by the end of the year, and that an alternative arrangement would need to be made. The other two agreements with the CRD include areas beyond the provincial agreement and include Fox Mountain, Esler, and upper Dog Creek Road. A meeting with the committee and the CRD is scheduled for tonight (Aug. 23), which Mayor Kerry Cook said shows the importance of getting both bodies together to work toward a solution. Coun. Danica Hughes wondered if residents would be consulted and asked what they want, but
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Cook answered the residents are outside the city and would be consulted with by the CRD. Carruthers explained the agreements had been in place for a number of years. However, the one the provincial government wants to remove itself from is one of only two left in the province. “The issue is that the province wants out of the agreement. It’s no longer common practice. So it becomes the regional district’s responsibility to provide that service and they’ve indicated to the city that they are interested in negotiating for us to continue to provide that service to the people in that fire service area,” Carruthers said. In a letter to the city dated Aug. 2, CRD chief administrative officer Janis Bell said in order for the CRD to gain authority to tax those residents, it would be necessary to create a new function and the CRD is under significant time restraints to make that happen. The CRD is interested in pursuing a negotiated agreement with the city, she added, but said those negotiations would have to come to a positive outcome in a very short time frame. “Alternatively, the regional district would need to consider other options to provide fire protection services directly,” Bell noted.
About 30 riders took part in the Third Annual Williams Lake Toy Drive from Williams Lake to Likely. Toys collected by the group, organized by Dave Hansen, will be donated to the Salvation Army, the Child Development Centre and Victim Services. Here, riders, loaded up with stuffed animals, head toward Oliver Street.
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Letters make recommendations Continued From Page A1 “To our people, it is simply not possible to separate our rights as aboriginal peoples from the lands and resources that sustain these rights. It cannot be done. Our communities will not understand or accept such an artificial distinction.” Baptiste suggests the public and First Nations are looking to the panel for an independent, impartial second assessment of the project impacts. “If this panel cannot assess impacts on aboriginal rights and title, in the same manner as the previous panel, then it cannot carry out this important role.” On behalf of Taseko Mines Ltd., Karl E. Gustafson, Q.C., submitted a letter outlining the company’s recommendations. Taseko lays out a breakdown of responsibilities for the panel and government in a table and recommends changes to the panel’s terms of reference. Those recommendations include the panel having the ability to consider and assess the potential impact of the project on potential and established aboriginal
rights and title. In that sense, Taseko says, it may make findings about the manner or extent to which the project would have adverse impacts on such asserted rights or title after consideration of the relevant mitigation measures proposed by the proponent through the Environmental Impact Statement or as modified by the proponent during the hearing process. The second recommended change is for the panel, in its report, to also identify other mitigation measures that could further mitigate adverse impacts on asserted or established aboriginal rights or title. But, Taseko says, the panel should not recommend which, if any, such additional measures are necessary to discharge the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate, and in the case of established rights, the Crown’s obligation to determine whether any infringement of such rights would be justified. “In making any such findings, the panel shall also indicate the views of interested aboriginal groups and the proponent concerning such additional mitigation measures, and may also indicate whether, in the
panel’s view, such additional mitigation measures are reasonable and practicable in the circumstances.” The letter concludes by suggesting it is appropriate to ensure that the panel does not make recommendations around additional mitigation or whether the government’s duty to consult and discharge related obligations have been met. Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek Band) Chief David Archie, in his letter, urges the panel to rely on and not “second guess” the panel report from the first Prosperity Mine review and that when the panel makes its decision that it answers whether the new proposal addresses the problems with the project that were identified by the first panel. “As with the first panel, you cannot make any final decisions on our rights or whether Canada has fully consulted us. However, by reason of what is stated in the introduction and by the fact that you can make recommendations for measures to address infringements of our rights we believe you can and must decide whether anything has been done by Taseko, Canada or
B.C. to address the concerns identified by the first panel,” Archie states. In his submission, Bill Carruthers, chairperson for Share Cariboo/ Chilcotin Resources, suggests the panel should not be making recommendations concerning aboriginal rights and title, and to do so is outside the panel’s mandate. “The subject is complicated and has had court rulings that do not make it clear what rights and title the Aboriginal people have or don’t have,” he notes. Rights and title is an ongoing issue that will not be solved easily,” he states, adding, “please don’t try to solve a complicated issue at the expense of development potential that will benefit all the people of the Chilcotin.” Echoing Carruthers, the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce’s letter, signed by president Jason Ryll and past president and chair Walt Cobb, suggests the panel should not be making any recommendations based on aboriginal rights and title. “If the mine will have an impact in some way on the aboriginal people, then it should be reported in the findings, but the
issue of non-identfied rights and title is outside the panel’s mandate. Aboriginal rights and title is the responsibility of the federal government, not the panel,” the chamber letter says. A submission from the Esketemc First Nation, prepared by Janes Freedman Kyle Law Corporation, proposes the panel’s ability to recommend mitigations is restricted to the point of being meaningless, given “the recent legislative changes and TOR (terms of reference) amendments respecting CEAA 2012 and the other limitations in the panel’s mandate, which have yet to be addressed in any concurrent Crown consultation process to date.” The letter also raises concerns that the panel’s ability to recommend mitigation is limited to addressing effects that are based on its assessment of environmental effects. “This conflicts with consultation law, which requires a direct assessment of potential adverse impacts from the project to rights — which is not solely limited to impacts that arise from a consideration of what constitutes environmental effects.”
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Woodland Drive residents form neighbourhood watch Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Woodland Drive residents are stepping up to keep an eye out after a couple of quads were stolen and attempts were made to steal a few more and a pick-up truck from the neighbourhood. “It’s really unfortunate,” resident Martin Sills says. “Crime in the city is a big concern. On Woodland we’re lulled into a safe sense of security because of the privacy. It’s a dead-end street so thieves normally avoid something like that because if they get stuck in there, they’ve got no place to run.” As a result of what he describes as a “rash” of
incidents a neighbourhood watch has been resurrected. “We have a group more specific to our water and sewer issue. Woodland Drive is all well-connected. We all have distribution lists so we can contact all of the neighbours with a couple key strokes.” People are reporting to neighbours any strange vehicles and their descriptions, licence plate numbers, or if somebody is driving around late at night. “We are quite used to our own vehicles,” Sills says, explaining neighbours recognize each other and their vehicles. “We know all the people that come around and walk their
dogs. We’ve become very vigilant in terms of reporting to all the neighbours and to the RCMP anything that is a little strange.” The residents are also vamping up personal security by acquiring security systems if they don’t have them and making sure to set their alarms if they do. The focus, Sills explains, is to drive thieves out, or better yet, catch them. “We want to stop this in its tracks. By sharing on the Internet everyone is made aware of what to look for immediately.” Williams Lake RCMP Insp. Warren Brown says police are aware of a few recent
hot spots in Williams Lake where they have seen an increase in property crimes related to theft of and theft from vehicles. “Police are aware of a few individuals in the community who are persons of interest and will be making diligent and focused efforts to thwart and deter their continued determination in committing these criminal offences,” Brown says and reminds citizens not to turn a blind eye when they observe suspicious behaviour, but rather report it to the police. Brown also reminds citizens not to leave valuable possessions in plain view in a vehicle.
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SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 27 (CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN) REGISTRATION OF NEW STUDENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2012 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:
Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some of the smaller schools may only have one day of registration, so please call the school at the number below to check when they are open. Children beginning Kindergarten must be five years of age by December 31, 2012. Children enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2011-12 school year do not need to reregister for Grade 1 if they are attending the same school. A birth certificate or proof of age and presentation of the B.C. “Care Card” is required for registration. Students are to register at the school in their catchment area. Parents not sure of their catchment area may contact their nearest elementary school for information or consult www.sd27.bc.ca (click on “Schools” then “School Locator”). Parents wishing to register their children at Kwaleen Traditional School or at Glendale Elementary (Balanced Calendar School) should contact those schools directly. The French Immersion Program is located at Glendale Elementary School. For assistance, Williams Lake area schools and their phone numbers are listed below: 150 Mile House ........250-296-3356 Cataline ....................250-392-7154 Chilcotin Road .........250-392-5455 Glendale ...................250-398-7108 Kwaleen ...................250-392-4332
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Columneetza Secondary (Grades 8-12) Monday, August 27 to Friday, August 31, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Williams Lake Secondary (Grades 8-12) Tuesday, August 28 to Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. RURAL SCHOOLS: Pupils in these catchment areas may register with the principal at the school on or before September 7, 2011. Students who attended Williams Lake area schools in June, and beginners who registered previously, need not register again. Students who are changing schools should present report cards and documents, if any, from their previous school.
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he weather was perfect last Thursday for the final Performances in the Park and Kids Running For Kids barbecue, and it was a fantastic event! I enjoyed listening to the incredible local musicians, meeting the kids, and helping out at the barbecue. Councillors also had a great time serving up more than 500 hot From the dogs. An Mayorâ€™s estimated $1,000 Chair w a s Kerry Cook raised for the B.C. Childrenâ€™s Hospital that night, which will be matched by CN. Thatâ€™s on top of the roughly $90,000 Kids Running For Kids have already raised. Thank to all who participated and donated. After a recent scare with my granddaughter (she is OK now), I am even more thankful for our local hospital and the services we have. By raising money for the Childrenâ€™s Hospital, Kids Running For Kids recognize how health care, especially for children, affects us all. The Special Committee on Timber Supply has issued its report, and it appears the cityâ€™s messages were heard loud and clear. The city supports the committeeâ€™s recommendations, and Iâ€™m especially pleased to see the continued support for the three Beetle Action Coalitions, and that forest areas will be reviewed on a site-by-site basis rather than a onesize-fits-all approach. The forest industry has been and will continue to be important in our community. The province recognizes the need to work with communities, industry, and First Nations moving forward. We currently have three fire protection agreements for the fringe areas around the city. The city has just received notice that the largest agreement, with the province, will be expiring in December. That means the city and the Cariboo Regional District will have to get together and agree on how we are going to provide fire protection services after December. At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, the city appointed councillors Geoff Bourdon, Laurie Walters, and Sue Zacharias to a negotiating committee, to work with the CRD to ensure we address the issue. The city is committed to finding a positive outcome. Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.
ICBC mishandled The BC Liberals have completely mishandled ICBC, and the proof came last week, when a review showed that the company has been hiring boatloads of senior managers and paying them more each year â€” with the government apparently oblivious. There are 32 per cent more managers than in 2007, and they are paid (as a group) 70 per cent more than managers received in 2007. Fifty-four of them made more than $200,000 each in 2011. The Liberals insisted, on taking office in 2001, that ICBC didnâ€™t need to be privatized, nor did there need to be complete competition in the auto insurance sector. They have also insisted, especially in recent years, that substantial dividends from ICBC go back to the shareholder â€” the government. This means that all ICBC customers, and thatâ€™s everyone who owns a vehicle, are paying additional insurance premiums to boost government
revenues. Itâ€™s a tax grab, hidden in the guise of insurance costs. The government has now, very belatedly, said ICBC needs to cut its management costs and manager compensation. This comes just after ICBC has boosted insurance rates by 11.2 per cent. The simple fact is this: ICBC is being used by government for all sorts of purposes that are far afield from its ostensible role as a public car insurance company. This isnâ€™t new â€” the NDP did this with ICBC back in its earliest days. But it certainly points out that the Liberals are just as good as the NDP at mismanaging Crown corporations and sticking taxpayers with extra costs. ICBC needs to be privatized. There is no real need to have government operate a car insurance company that forces all drivers to buy at least basic car insurance. â€” Black Press
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