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Today, Tuesday, Sept. 4 is a noninstructional day for teachers only, but students will be back in class for the new school year starting tomorrow. Wednesday is a half day for students with students arriving at school before 9 a.m. and leaving about 11:30 a.m. Classes resume for the regular school schedules on Thursday. “I’m very optimistic as we head into this year. We have so many good things happening at our schools, and it’s great to get back at it,” says School District 27’s new Superintendent Mark Thiessen. “I remind all of our drivers that students will be back in school on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and school zones will be back in effect. We want all of our students to be healthy and safe as they arrive back at school.”
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SPORTS A9 Bull riding finals this weekend. COMMUNITY A12 Window frames add rustic touch. Weather outlook: Expect sunny skies this week.
Williams Lake has been known to receive heavy rain and even hail in the summer months but last Wednesday’s hail storm in the city was more powerful than usual turning the skies black, issuing deep roars of thunder and lightning (one striking a tree near 11th Avenue) and turning lawns at the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club white with hail stones.
Government services picketed tomorrow Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer B.C. Government workers across the province will go on strike tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 5. The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), Professional Employees Association (PEA) and Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378 announced the strike last Wednesday. Approximately 27,000 BCGEU, PEA and COPE 378 members who work for the B.C. government will go on strike in 153 communities and 1785 government worksites across B.C. including Williams Lake. The strike will last all day. Oliver Rohifs, BCGEU communications officer, told the Tribune the strike means public govern-
ment liquor stores will be picketed and closed on Wednesday. “Service BC counters and the like will be picketed with minimal service levels. So we’ll be encouraging people if they can, to do their business on another day because there will be longer waits for the public,” Rohifs explained. For the rest of the government there are essential service levels and the union has looked at those with the employer to determine what is needed to keep BC safe and healthy. “For example, forest firefighters are not going off the job. Child protection workers in the Ministry of Children and Family Development are not going off the job. Other workers, who are deemed nonessential will be and the buildings will be picketed,” Rohifs said. In a press release issued by the union, BCGEU president Darryl
Walker said “workers are looking for a fair and reasonable agreement, but the government is not listening. We have no choice but to send a clear message on Sept. 5: there can be no more falling behind for all government workers. We’ve not taken the decision to strike lightly. Our last strike in direct government was over 20 years ago.” The union said since 2010, B.C. government workers have suffered a real wage cut of five percent. The government’s last offer, which has been withdrawn, would see pay cheques fall further behind inflation. “Our professional members have in almost all cases chosen public service because of their commitment to serving the public”, said Scott McCannell, PEA Executive Director. “Without some protections to stop a clear trend of downsizing licensed professionals in the
public service, the public interest will not be served. “Our members will be taking job action for the first time in their 38 year history to send a message to the government that this issue needs to be addressed and that we need a fair settlement.” “We’ve exhausted our other options with ICBC and the provincial government,” said COPE 378 President David Black. “Our members have spent over two years without a collective agreement doing more work for less pay.” The BCGEU represents 25,000 direct government workers. The PEA represents over 1,200 licensed professionals employed directly in BC’s public service. COPE 378 represents about 4,600 workers at the Insurance Corporation of BC, a crown corporation. With files from the BCGEU
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Cariboo theme sign bylaw a bone of contention Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer After being questioned by a business owner about the city’s new signage bylaw requiring signage fit within the “Cariboo Theme,” city council is considering amending that requirement to “voluntary” compliance with the general guidelines of the theme for businesses spending less than $30,000. At its committee of the whole meeting Aug. 28, council and staff received and discussed a report from city planner Liliana Dragowska about the sign bylaw requirements and complaints about the bylaw received by Gustafson Chrysler Jeep. In the city’s official community plan, the Cariboo theme is defined as encompassing the area’s ranching, forestry and mining history. The plan says the theme was reflected in downtown buildings as early as the 1930s, with the construction of the western style Delainey building on Oliver Street being an example. “The past official community plan encouraged the use of natural materials such as wood, river rock, and stones that help to build that Cariboo character in our downtown core and in the community in general,” states an excerpt from the present OCP. Some examples of architectural suggestions in the bylaw are the use of river stones or paving
stones, different types of siding materials, logs for columns or accents, detailed grills and railings, wooden trellises or arbors, different types of lighting or artwork. Things made with natural products that are found within the region’s resource economy, Dragowska said. In her report she pointed to Wal Mart, Safeway, Dairy Queen and Best Western as recent successes in complying with the theme in ways that weren’t too cost prohibitive or required major changes. “Within our OCP, the Cariboo theme is not prescriptive, it’s suggestive,” she added. The city is not asking businesses to change elements of a sign, but rather elements within the sign facade. “In the case of a freestanding sign, we’ve asked business owners to incorporate rocks in the base of the sign. We didn’t ask them to change the sign, or the branding of it, nothing like that,” Dragowska clarified. Kerry Gustafson, owner of Gustafson’s Chrysler Jeep, told the Tribune he’s spending close to $1 million in renovations to the dealership in Williams Lake. Having to fit his signage into the “Cariboo Theme” is not practical, he said. “When it comes to national brand signs there is no way for any business in Williams Lake to comply with the bylaw. When it appears all of a sudden at the end of a project
like this, it’s really really difficult, and uses up a lot of time and energy to get it changed, which is what we had to try to do,” Gustafson explained, adding the new signage bylaw was passed in the spring of 2012, months after the renovation work began. If Williams Lake wants national or brand companies to come to town, Gustafson advocated the theme requirement has to be removed completely, not only for work under $30,000. “We don’t need to have everything in Williams Lake looking rustic. My feeling is if a company is spending a lot of money on a renovation or a new project, the city government should allow business to do what’s reasonable. I’m trying to do an image compliant building for my dealership, but it feels like the city is trying to tell me how to spend my money,” Gustafson said, adding the OCP is a large document and it is not easy for a business person to know what it contains. “When you come up against this thing of logs, wood and rustic, you think ‘I don’t want that on my building.’ Why should I have to go fight with the city to spend my money because someone in the near present decided that’s the way Williams Lake should look?” During the discussion at the meeting, Mayor Kerry Cook said the challenge for council is to determine whether
Gustafson’s request is reasonable. “We’re just starting the process of going through the branding process, which is also developing a theme. I’ve had people talk to me about that and how that fits in with our current OCP. We also said in our business strategy that we want to be open for business as well. The challenge we have as elected officials is finding what is reasonable,” Cook said. Coun. Geoff Bourdon opposed amending the bylaw, saying it was recently amended and passed only a few months ago. “I look at it differently. If we want to be business friendly then we have to look at promoting our city. Some of the most successful cities in the world for tourism are successful because they have a theme. If we don’t stick with some theme that we’ve identified then there will be nothing to set us apart from any other city,” Bourdon said, adding if the city doesn’t require businesses to comply to a theme then there’s no point in having one. Coun. Sue Zacharias echoed Bourdon’s comments, adding the bylaw falls on the heels of the OCP process where the public expressed an interest in a unified design and facade program throughout the city. “Our city is starting to look really nifty, and I agree we should stand behind our process. There will be some complaints,
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and if someone wants a pickup load of rocks I will gladly give them that if all that’s standing in the way. I don’t think it has to be rustic and I don’t think personally I’d want a lot of logs out front at my business place, but I’m sure I could find something, even if it was a small element,” Zacharias, who owns a concrete business in the city, added. For small businesses the presentation of signs and buildings speak volumes about who the owners are, argued Coun. Danica Hughes. “I really disagree. I am not about let’s conform to the norm. I like diversity and I want people to feel that they have freedom of choice. If they like the Cariboo theme and want to go that route, they can have that choice,” Hughes said. “It’s one more thing for a business to deal with and when they’re trying to get up and running, it’s a huge amount of stress.”
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Agreement reached on moose management Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Additional moose management measures for Tl’etinqox-t’in Territory in the Chilcotin are about the preservation of moose first and foremost, says Tl’etinqox’t’in (Anaham) Chief Joe Alphonse. “We need to see moose 150 years from now. It’s not just about non-Native hunters. Our plan of attack also includes all the initiatives we are taking internally within our communities in reaching our goals.” On Thursday, the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations issued a press release saying the B.C. Government and Tl’etinqox’tin Government Office have
Chief Joe Alphonse agreed to implement a joint resource stewardship plan to recover the moose population in the Anaham Range, and mitigate causes for their recent decline. Moose inventories in the last two years have shown a considerable decrease in moose population in the Cariboo
Lac La Hache refuse station funds approved The Cariboo Regional District board members approved $170,000 of Community Works Funds to help complete the pilot project for the Lac La Hache refuse transfer station, during their Aug. 24 meeting. The Solid Waste Management Plan identified that substantial savings could occur if the regional district compacted the waste at transfer stations prior to hauling and controlling the sites with an attendant to reduce clean-up costs. The creation of a wood waste yard and an expanded share shed at the Lac La Hache site
Chilcotin, ranging from a 17 per cent decline in some areas, to a 60-per cent decline in others. Alphonse says if nothing’s done to mitigate the problem there will not be any moose in the future. “We have to make sacrifices for the future,” he suggests. One of the measures will see the ministry and First Nations jointly engage in hunter harvest monitoring, and management of predators and feral horses. Managing feral horses will be difficult, yet important, because wild horses compete for the same habitat as moose, Alphonse explains. “We have to go out there and control the overall population to make sure there isn’t an abundance of wild horses. Everything has
to be in balance. When one resource is affecting another, things are out of whack. That’s what we’re seeing right now.” In working out a stewardship plan, Alphonse had anticipated collaborating with government and industry, however he had not expected the BC Wildlife Federation to also come to the table. The issues became more complicated and layered than originally anticipated because there were many different levels of people to come to the table to talk about what measures need to be taken, Alphonse says. “Through it all I think we’re going to be able to develop a long-term relationship with one another. It was very encouraging,” Alphonse
said of the process. Alphonse hopes the public will appreciate and understand the measures. “We had five years of meetings where we hadn’t gotten anywhere before with getting our issues addressed. I think we have now, and we will continue to be involved with the process to ensure wildlife populations come back to respected levels,” he says. Rodger Stewart, manager of the Ministry of Forests, Lands And Natural Resource Operations for the Cariboo Chilcotin says reaching an agreement was both a relief to all involved, and a reflection of what needs to happen moving forward. “We’ve got a variety of stewardship initia-
tives, and I know that Chief Joe reached out to us for some help. We need his help as well to be able to do recovery of the moose population. With those kinds of joint objectives, which combine with the objectives of the wildlife federation and the forest sector, there was solid grounds for us to come together on an agreement.” West Fraser, Tolko and BC Timber Sales all have assisted in the discussions and looked at the need to manage active road densities in the area and taken some measures to assist with the agreement. Road deactivation will take place in some areas, and foresters have worked with the Tlet’inqox to identify roads that are of a concern and are adjacent
to sensitive habitats, Stewart says. “It ties in with the broad stewardship responsibility we all have. We know that higher density of resource roads can have negative impacts creating cumulative effects for things like wildlife. If we can take a concerted strategic and tactical approach to managing access, we can implement the right state of environment to help recover and sustain wildlife populations.” The ministry has looked outside of government for expert assistance to evaluate the moose population and evaluate what factors are having an impact. Stewart says the results of that study should be available late February or early March 2013.
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NEWS CRD approves funding for Big Lake The CRD board approved up to $6,100 of Community Works Funding for the Big Lake Community Association during its Aug. 24 meeting. The funds will be
used to perform lighting upgrades and, any other related minor energy efficiency improvements at the Big Lake Community Hall. The work will include exchanging fix-
tures, as well as lamps and electronic ballasts. Renovations will also see the replacement of incandescent bulbs with LED lights, and upgrading high pressure sodium exterior lights
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Two-year-old Tyler Lyons, enthralled with the music of local singer-songwriter Oren Barter, joins him to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at the Oliver Street Market Aug. 25.
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Proceeds will be used towards the purchase of a Digital Mammography Unit for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital. Box 2562, Williams Lake BC V2G 4P2
with LED wall packs for an increased annual energy reduction. Support for agriculture society requested The Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre Society has requested a letter of support from the Cariboo Regional District for upcoming operational and project based funding applications to the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and the Northern Development Initiative Trust. The Agri-Culture Centre is a non-profit society governed by a Board of Directors and supported by grassroots memberships. It is a centre for food producers, consumers, distributors, marketers and overall agricultural business development. The society is based out of 100 Mile House and serves the agriculture industry throughout the South Cariboo. MLA Update Donna Barnett, MLA, Cariboo-Chilcotin, provided the CRD board with information about some of the projects
she is currently working on throughout the region. Topics discussed included an update on the Nina Lake Dam in Likely, and the Special Committee on Timber Supply. Barnett also expressed her support for the South Cariboo’s and the regional district’s opposition to the proposed federal electoral boundaries. Airport funding approved The CRD board approved up to $25,000 of Community Works Funds to perform an energy efficiency upgrade at the South Cariboo Regional Airport. The renovations will include installation of a radiant tube heater, a high-efficiency furnace, a natural gas water heater, and additional insulation. Upcoming meetings Board on the Road — The CRD’s committee of the whole/board meeting will be held in the Kersley Community Hall Sept. 13-14.
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Three more B.C. Liberals bow out Tom Fletcher Black Press Shuswap MLA George Abbott has confirmed he is following his fellow B.C. Liberal leadership contender Kevin Falcon into political retirement. Chilliwack MLA John Les also announced Thursday that he will not run in the 2013 election, and Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeil released a statement saying she has made the same decision. Falcon, the three-term MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale, resigned as finance minister Wednesday. Aug. 29. Premier Christy Clark said all MLAs have been asked to declare their intentions by the end of the summer, and she will unveil a cabinet shuffle next week. Abbott said he expects to be dropped from cabinet as the B.C. Liberal election team is assembled, but he plans to continue to work on the election platform as he serves out his fourth term as MLA. With a total of 33 years in elected office at the local and provincial level, and at age 59, Abbott said he will not be making any comebacks in the future. Abbott served as health and aboriginal relations minister and is currently education minister. McNeil, elected MLA for Vancouver-False Creek in 2009, was ap-
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pointed to the children’s ministry by Clark last year. Les issued a statement from his constituency office, saying it was a difficult decision to leave a political career that started as a Chilliwack councillor in 1983 and four terms as a B.C. Liberal MLA. A former public safety minister, Les has most recently served as parliamentary secretary to the premier. “I trust I have been able to represent the people of Chilliwack well and hope they will forgive any shortcomings on my part,” Les said. Falcon, Les and McNeil have all confirmed they will serve out their current terms until the election set for May 2013. Premier Christy Clark issued a statement praising all three retiring MLAs. Commenting on Falcon’s decision
Wednesday, Clark downplayed the departures and said the turnover offers a chance for renewal. NDP leader Adrian Dix contrasted the departure of former leadership candidates Abbott and Falcon with his team, where his leadership rivals Mike Farnworth and John Horgan are staying on along with former leader Carole James. Dix agreed with Abbott’s assessment that Clark is a great campaigner, but added that doesn’t change the fact that the main government initiative since the 2009 election is the rejected harmonized sales tax. “What B.C. needs is a better government, not a better campaigner,” Dix said. Other B.C. Liberals who have announced they are not running again include KamloopsSouth Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger, Burn-
aby-Lougheed MLA Harry Bloy, VancouverFairview MLA Kash Heed, Surrey-Tynehead MLA Dave Hayer, Saanich North MLA Murray Coell and Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff. Former cabinet ministers Barry Penner and Iain Black resigned their seats last year and have been replaced by NDP MLAs in a pair of byelections. Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen quit the B.C. Liberal Party in March and joined the B.C. Conservatives. NDP MLAs Dawn Black (New Westminster) and Mike Sather (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) have announced they are retiring next year, and Dix said there may be more.
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alike. They donâ€™t now, but in Â some of their first Â pictures I wouldnâ€™t know who was who Â if it wasnâ€™t Â for Â their clothes or the backgrounds, and they each Â had different kinds ofÂ beds or carriFrench ers. Â Â Â Connection Our youngDiana French est son had the b e s t of all bed/carriers, a First Nations baby basket.Â He spent his first months in it.Â Â Â You donâ€™t see these baskets much these days, moreâ€™s the pity. Â If I had more space Iâ€™d explain just how greatÂ they are.Â Â They are narrow, made of woven willow branches. Mine was lined in sheepskinÂ and covered in a bright cotton print.Â It had a buckskin attachment toÂ lace baby inÂ during transport, and straps for carrying it like a back pack or for suspending it from something (like a hook in theÂ ceiling) so baby was at eye level for socializing.Â Â It had a wooden hoop Â over the middle for holding a blanket or mosquito net. Â It was a great carrier for camping or travelling (no car seat rules then.) Unfortunately, I loaned it to a neighbour and never got it back. Son #1 remembered how handy the basket was and he wanted one for his first born.Â By then they were hard to come by, but we managed to get one. His wife wasnâ€™t overly enthusiastic, sheâ€™d never seen one before and she had a cradle and crib ready. However, Â when son went to fetch her and baby from the hospital, he took the basket. Baby (GS#2) made it clear from the start that was where he wanted to be and Â he slept and travelled in it until he outgrew it. Ditto his sister, GD#2. GD#2â€˜s Â brand new son (GGS#3)Â inheritedÂ the basket. Re-covered, Â itâ€™s as good as new. HeÂ too knows Â a good thing. According to his mom, he lovesÂ it.Â Â Â Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.
Walking around the lakecity informative You notice things when you walk, something Iâ€™ve always known because I grew up in a family that did not own a vehicle. Walking around Williams Lake recently a few things have caught my eye. Thereâ€™s a man picking up garbage on his own accord. I saw him one evening near the Tribune and recently one afternoon near Red Tomato Pies. Not wanting his name or photograph put in the paper, I cannot give you any further details except that heâ€™s been picking garbage up off our downtown streets and sidewalks since mid-June. By last week heâ€™d accumulated 30 bags, he told me. Iâ€™ve seen several of the photo-
graphic coverings for utility boxes that have been installed. There are horses by Boitanio Park, blueberries by the mall, a mountain biker near the Sandman, mountain racers and salmon by Kondolas, and a rusting truck near the CIBC. The community garden below Williams Lake Secondary has a display board, several garden boxes, and a Memory Garden sign. Coming back up from a swim at the point on Williams Lake two weeks ago, I noticed there are little cactus bushes that can be pretty harsh. My nephew was visiting from Montreal and when he and my son raced back up, hoping to nab the front seat for the ride home, my
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