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The Williams Lake RCMP are investigating what they describe as a suspicious occurrence. Last week, an 11-year-old girl was approached by an adult male who was unknown to her. Police say the male was driving a full sized black van and pulled in alongside the girl and offered her a ride to school. The young girl responded appropriately, saying “no,” and then quickly walked away toward her school. She was unharmed. The van is described as a full-size, black, older-model van, with all windows tinted and a broken tail light. Police are reminding students to be vigilant and walk in pairs if possible. If a related incident occurs, the police encourage that person to immediately tell an adult (parent/teacher) or someone else they trust immediately. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Williams Lake RCMP.
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Williams Lake Stampede Princess Terris Billyboy graciously loaned the use of her horse to rodeo clown JJ Harrison during a break in the regular rodeo action at the BCRA Finals Rodeo in Quesnel this past Sunday afternoon. Then she climbed on behind Stampede Queen Alexis Forseille, riding double on Forseille’s horse as the girls participated in a round of full-rodeojousting (using tubular floating devices as lances) in a bout versus the rodeo clown, It was a battle that closed in a draw as no rider was brought down (thank goodness)!
Fringe fire protection options presented Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Cariboo Regional District rural residents living in the Williams Lake fringe fire protection area learned of options for new fire agreements at a community meeting held Sept. 13 in the Gibraltar Room at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. The 250 people in attendance heard a bylaw needs to go to the CRD board on Oct.4 and a referendum has to take place some time in November. “The province is currently taxing you for fire protection services and has said that they aren’t going to do that anymore so we have to make a decision,” CRD chief administrative officer Janis Bell said. New agreements will need to be put in place because the present ones will expire on Dec. 31.
The new rate offered by the city for people under the Williams Lake Fire Department is $130 per $100,000 of residential assessment. Under present agreements residents are paying either $199, $102 or $191, depending which agreement they are under. Residents accessing the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department, under the new agreements, will pay $111 per $100,000 of assessed value, while under the 150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department the rate would be $68 per $100,000 of assessed value. “The current formula only uses residential assessment to calculate who is going to pay what. It disregards the fact that there is an industrial tax base and a business tax base. The proposed new agreement considers all of that. It considers the entire tax base as one tax base, regardless of the one assessment base,
regardless of where the boundaries of the regional district are,” Bell said. “It isn’t costing any less money for the city’s fire department. It just means the rural taxpayers are going to pay less.” To be prudent, the CRD will probably set the rate at $140, to build in a bit of leeway, Bell added. A map prepared by the CRD indicated areas where residents could opt for protection under Wildwood or 150 Mile House; however, Bell said residents are required to be within 13 kilometres of a fire hall to realize reduced reductions with their fire insurance. “There’s only a certain segment of the population that has the option to go with one of the other fire departments,” Bell said, explaining if a number of people opted out of being covered by Williams Lake, then the rate would increase to about $140
for everyone else. People who can’t be serviced by Wildwood or 150 Mile House, and who choose not to remain with Williams Lake, will have to go without fire protection, or accept to without it temporarily until residents can start up a rural fire department. The CRD estimated a new fire hall would cost property owners $100 per $100,000 of assessed value. That amount is based on land, a building, new pumper truck and equipment, amortized over a period of 20 years, chief financial officer Scott Reid explained. Esler resident Bud Walters recalled helping organize rural fire departments on Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island, and said the local situation is problematic. See QUESTIONNAIRE Page A2
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Mine panel invites public comment The federal review panel for the proposed New Prosperity gold-copper mine project invites public comment on the draft hearing procedures and confidentiality procedures. The panel invites persons or groups who wish to participate in all aspects of the review during the public hearing to apply for interested party status. The panel invites written comments on the proposed hearing procedures, which detail how the upcoming public hearing will unfold, as well as input on the confidentiality procedures, the process for requesting that information be submitted to the panel in confidence. The panel is seeking input
from aboriginal groups, the proponent, the public and other participants on both these documents. The panel is proposing to hold three different types of hearing sessions during the public hearing. General hearing sessions are proposed to be held in Williams Lake to provide an opportunity for public input into the review in this central location. Community hearing sessions will be held to allow members of the local communities to express their views to the panel in an informal setting. The panel will also hold topic-specific hearing sessions in Williams Lake to allow opportunity for experts to present technical
information. The general and community sessions will provide an opportunity for comments from the public and Interested Parties. At the topic-specific sessions, members of the public may attend as observers but the panel will allow only those who are granted Interested Party status to participate in the proceedings. The panel has determined the process for applying for interested party status. While the panel will allow opportunity for general public input within the environmental review, only those with interested party status will be permitted to participate in all aspects of the review dur-
ing the public hearing. Participants who wish to be registered as an interested party must submit an application to be designated an interested party by the panel. The directions for applying for interested party status are available on the online public registry. Once the panel has made its decisions, the list of Interested parties will be posted on the public registry. Interested party applications, written comments on the hearing procedures and on the confidentiality procedures must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2012. All applications and comments on the procedures will be made public through the online regis-
try. Forward your application and written comments to the attention of Livain Michaud, panel manager, at NewProsperityReview@ceaa-acee. gc.ca . The application for interested party status, the hearing procedures, the confidentiality procedures along with more information on this project are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at www. ceaa.gc.ca, registry number 63928. Taseko Mines Ltd. proposes the construction and operation of a large open pit gold-copper mine development, approximately 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake.
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“When I look at the map the CRD has what I see is a logistics nightmare. We have the Esler area, we have a Dog Creek area, and we have a Fox Mountain area that are completely separate and would require three new fire halls.” One fire hall couldn’t service Esler and Dog Creek unless a highway was built between Thunder Mountain and Mountview School, Walters said. Monica Lachapelle
from Hub International Barton Insurance Brokers told the crowd some insurance companies require people to live within eight kilometres of a fire hall; others allow for 13 km. She also said rates don’t change if a resident is served by a volunteer fire department or the Williams Lake fire department. “The insurance company isn’t distinguishing between which fire hall; if it’s within the required distance your rate stays the same.” Lachapelle explained
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within city limits, people living near fire hydrants might pay $500 for insurance, in a fringe area they might have fire hall protection and pay $1,000. No fire protection could cost $2,000, she said. To help frame the referendum questions, the CRD has created a questionnaire, requiring feedback by Sept. 20 because the board will meet to go over the results on Sept. 21. Depending on responses, there could be one or three separate
questions on referendum day, Bell said. “If there seems to be a fairly strong majority of the people that could go to Wildwood or 150 that prefer that, and a clear indication that’s their preference, then we would structure the referendum accordingly so they didn’t even vote on the issue of Williams Lake.” After the meeting Area E director Byron Kemp said he was pleased with the turnout and the presentation done by the CRD staff. “I don’t think every-
one can agree. In my area, however, we need the Williams Lake fire department and fire service. From my point of view right now, I don’t think we can afford to put in our own fire department, unless we’re going to expand out further into Chimney Valley and the Flett Road area, which we looked at back in the late 90s,” Kemp said. Information about the options and the questionnaire are available at www.cariboord.bc.ca or by calling 250-3923351.
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Free SportSmart Injury Prevention Workshop October 4th The Gibraltar Room will host a free injury prevention workshop next month. The workshop, organized by SportMedBC, is designed to increase injury prevention knowledge among parents, coaches and managers of children and youth ages 5 to 19 who are involved in community sport programs. Through various resources, information and tools, sports leaders can learn how they can successfully apply proven injury prevention and athlete development principles drawn from the best research-based evidence. In the fast-paced, 90-minute workshop session, SportSmart participants will learn how they can make a difference: • How to ensure players are properly prepared for activity. • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of serious injuries, including concussion, administer basic onsite sports first-aid. • How to set up a safe, enjoyable environment. • Where to ﬁnd evidence based advice and guidelines. • Where to turn in the event of an injury to their children. The workshop will be held on October 4th at 7 p.m. in the Gibraltar Room. The workshop is free, but participants must pre-register. For more information and to register your team, club or community for the workshop, please contact info@sportmedbc. com or Recreation Coordinator Denise Skarra at 250-392-7665.
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Child struck by falling tree The Williams Lake RCMP responded to a number of calls on the weekend, including a report of a child being struck by a tree. • On Sept. 15, at about 3:37 p.m., the Williams Lake RCMP received a report of a single vehicle incident on Hodgson Road at Birch Lane. Police say a black Toyota rolled down Hodgson Road almost hitting another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that was rolling out of control got out of his vehicle and left the scene in another vehicle. Police attended the scene and initiated an impaired driving investigation. The matter is still under investigation. • Later, at about 6 p.m., police were dispatched to a complaint of a collision between two vehicles in the parking lot of Save On Foods. One of the vehicles had been struck by a vehicle that had rolled approximately 100 feet. The driver had put the parking brake on but failed to engage the transmission. As a result, the vehicle rolled and struck another parked vehicle and the building. No one was injured. • On Sept. 16 at 11:26 a.m. police received a complaint of an assault that had occurred sometime overnight near Deep Creek. Bear spray had been discharged in a residence and there was an assault. The matter is still under investigation
by police. • On Sept. 16 at 2:17 p.m. police responded to a report that a family was biking in front of a residence on Western Avenue in Williams Lake when a child was hit by a falling tree. After arriving, police found the child was on the sidewalk lying with her head and chest on her mother’s lap. The child was conscious and alert, police say. Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported the child to Cariboo Memorial Hospital. The resident of the house where the incident occurred was in the process of falling a free on his/her property; however, the tree fell toward the road just as the child was biking past. The tree also struck a pedestrian walk sign and some of the branches hit the child on the back of the head. There was some damage to her helmet but otherwise she appeared she was shaken but unhurt, police say. • On Sept. 16 at 9:51 p.m. police responded to a report that a residence on Fourth Avenue had been broken into while the owner was away. When returning, the owner noticed the basement door was open and basement lights were on. The residence was cleared and nothing appeared to be touched or missing. The RCMP also responded to a number of bear complaints. (See story on this page).
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More bears spotted and killed Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Bear complaints continue to keep the RCMP and local Conservation Officer Service busy. Between Sept. 14 and 16, 17 bears were destroyed in the Williams Lake and Quesnel areas. On Sept. 15, conservation officers responded to bear complaints near Westcoast Road. Sgt. Len Butler of the BC Conservation Service in Williams Lake confirms a black bear sow and three cubs were put down as a result. “The bears had been getting into garbage and ripping sheds apart
The city placed a bear warning sign on a path at Scout Island Sept. 12. The Conservation Officer Service put in a bear trap on the same day but has since removed it, having seen no new evidence of a bear. and having too many confrontations with people in the area,” he says. Around 9 p.m. Sept. 15, officers responded to an alleged black bear attack of a teenager near the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club near Fairview Drive. “We interviewed the
young male and learned he had gone into a camp in the woods at night in the dark. He heard some noises and when he looked up he saw a bear in the tree above the camp. The bear made some threatening gestures and a lot of noise, but the teen took off,” Butler says,
adding the teen was not attacked. The conservation officers went back into the woods with the teen and destroyed the bear that was still up in the tree. “We didn’t take any chances in case there was more to the story.” Many people are
asking why the bears aren’t being relocated because of what they’re seeing in the Lower Mainland, and Butler says that’s a fair question. During his 30-plus years as a conservation officer, Butler has seen relocation doesn’t work. “We used to relocate all bears and generally they come back. When a bear becomes habituated we have no other recourse.” There are so many cows and cubs this year, and it’s catching the conservation office off guard. “Usually it’s the young male boars that are in town roaming around.”
Cariboo firefighters sent to the U.S. Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Thirty-seven firefighters from the Cariboo Fire Centre were deployed in trucks to Omak, Wash-
ington on Sept. 15 to help fight fires. Fire information officer Jenny Fremlin says the firefighters were joined by eight single resource personnel who
will perform various functions. “We always send at least one resource person who will act a liaison,” Fremlin says. The marshalling point
will be in Omak and from there it will be dependent on where resources are needed. At this point there are no fires of concern in the Cariboo region, while
the cause of the small fire in the River Valley Trail across the creek from the area known as the ashtray that took place Sept. 6 remains under investigation.
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Help offered for beach cleanup Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Alex Miller with Community Corrections in Williams Lake might be able to help with Scout Island beach cleanup. He’s always looking for community work placements for people who owe community work to the courts, so when he heard from Coun. Danica Hughes about problems with goose droppings at the beach over the summer, he made the offer. “We’ve done some garbage cleanup before, and had people
do some hillside cleanup, depending on the weather and safety of the area. If it’s OK with the city and with Scout Island, we could send some people over there,” Miller said. During a report to council at its committee of the whole meeting Sept. 11, general manager of planning and operations Geoff Goodall said the city wasn’t as diligent as it should have been about cleaning the beach and adjacent grass last summer and will focus more of its attention on the beach in 2013. “Geese are definitely
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a problem as they fly in and graze on the grass near the beach and we have no means of cleaning up the grass. Years ago we tried a fence on the beach; that didn’t work. It would seem the number of geese is increasing and staff is having difficulty keeping up with maintenance,” Goodall said, adding the city has ordered a number of swan decoys that will be placed on the grass for next spring. When residents expressed concern about the abundance of goose droppings on the beach after resident Brenda
Ballas wrote a letter to the editor to a local news media outlet about the problem, people volunteered one day in August to clean the beach. The group raked for a little more than an hour and removed 18 20-pound bags from the area. Coun. Surinderpal Rathor described Scout Island as a “jewel in the community” that needs to be kept clean. “It should be made a priority. Swans will help, but there should be no question when it comes to cleaning. Whatever it takes.”
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erything changed that. Today,Â individuals donâ€™t count for much.Â Global interests come first, then the â€œgood of the nation,â€? with provincial interests coming next.Â Local governments are in there somewhere but individual rights and welfare are at the bottom of the political pile. For instance, global interests are number 1 with the Enbridge pipeline proposal given that U.S., Chinese, French, Thai, Korean and Norwegian corporations (and maybe others) have vested interests (megabucks) in our gas and oil industries.Â Prime Minister Stephen Harper has indicated Canadian interests overrule provincial interests.Â Premier Christy Clark is making noises but the concerns of local governments, including First Nations, are low on the list, and tough titty on the individuals who live along theÂ pipeline and tanker routes. We already have the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which let corporationsÂ sue nation states when they donâ€™t like theÂ rules. Canada has been sued, and has lost, a number of times. Canada is now negotiating to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), described as â€œbigger bolder and badderâ€? than anything yet in terms of corporate rule. It could get rid ofÂ whatever sovereignty we have left.Â In the late 1990s a similar plan,Â the Multinational Agreement on Investment (MAI) was defeated by world-wide public outrage.Â In spite of Facebook and Twitter, TPP seems to be going unnoticed.Â I realize that as the planet gets crowded we have to sacrifice some of the individual freedoms we think we deserve.Â More people mean more rules. And, as a resource-rich country, Canada should share ourÂ resources.Â But who are we sharing them with?Â â€œGlobalâ€? interests are corporate interests. Our sharing enhances the pocketbooks of their shareholders, not necessarily the lives of theÂ ordinary people of the world, or even ours. Is this a good thing? Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.
Tough test ahead Despite the brave faces over the mass exodus of several B.C. Liberal MLAs, including some high-profile cabinet ministers, Premier Christy Clark and the remaining members of her caucus have to be quaking in their boots on the inside. Two of the top contenders in the leadership race â€” George Abbott and Kevin Falcon â€” are not following the anointed premier into the May 2013 election. They are not alone as there are many other government MLAs who either retired earlier, or have also decided to not run again. While some of the B.C. Liberals opponents liken it to â€œrats abandoning the sinking ship,â€? we donâ€™t believe thatâ€™s necessarily the case, although a feeling of doom may have figured into the decision-making process. Would Abbott or Falcon be leaving politics if they had won the leadership race? Not likely. However, both these men will likely have much more productive careers in the private sector than they would toiling as politicians. A lot of these retiring MLAs have had long and busy political careers in public service in both the municipal and provincial sectors. Many are tired and they want some
time for themselves and their families. A lot of them were beaten up over the Harmonized Sales Tax, and after pondering their future during the summer, have decided itâ€™s time to hang â€™em up. Clark wanted to know what her caucus membersâ€™ intentions were going into the provincial election and she found out in no uncertain terms. She had to build a new and winning team if she was going to be elected as premier at the polling stations next year. Certainly, her reassuring words during the cabinet shuffle announcement that this was a â€œrenewed cabinet ... with a renewed commitment to our prioritiesâ€? ring a little hollow when we look at her restoration project. Clark had to go with the cabinet ministers with the most experience in the key ministries, and she had to even bring in people who had been banished from the inner circle to shore up the inner sanctum. It will be interesting to see how the BC Liberal Partyâ€™s resiliency stands up to this current test. It definitely wonâ€™t roll over and play dead. â€” Ken Alexander
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