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Students get into idle-free movement Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Nesika Elementary School students Nathan Thomas, Ivy McKay, Delilah Brown and Nolan Lindsay show off one of the new signs that will be erected around the school to remind parents and visitors to turn their engines off while they are parked in the school’s parking lot. Several schools and Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake Campus are participating in the challenge promote being idle-free this week. See story on page A2.
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NEWS A2 Lakecity schools go idle-free.
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COMMUNITY A15 Pregnancy outreach helping the community. Weather outlook: Cloudy today, tomorrow with showers.
A growing number of people are wearing plastic purple bracelets with a message that pertains to one of Williams Lake’s own. One one side of the bracelet is the name of Rayel MacDonald, the 20-year-old nursing student hit by a truck and killed last April in Williams Lake. The other side says, “I Promise Mom.” The bracelets are produced through Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.) and are a reminder not to drink and drive. MacDonald and a friend were hit by a pick-up truck at around 2 a.m. while crossing Carson Drive with a group of friends after attending the Indoor Rodeo Dance on April 22. Martin William Michael Gentles, 27, was charged with impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm. The charges were stayed in provincial court on June 27, for the
Bracelets being produced by M.A.D.D. speak to Rayel MacDonald’s memory.
police to gather more expert reports to bring the case back for the Crown to look at again. Soon after the accident, a friend of MacDonald’s, Trina Snodgrass, saw the bracelets on the M.A.D.D. website. Snodgrass mentioned the bracelets to the MacDonald fam-
ily, they ordered 300 in July, and all were sold within three weeks. This time M.A.D.D. Williams Lake has ordered another 300. “Already we’re on a roll selling them out again,” MacDonald’s mother Andrea said, adding her daughter was often the designated driver for her friends. The ironic thing is that the week before she died, MacDonald tweeted “being a really good drunk driver is not something to brag about.” Six months after MacDonald’s death, her family continues to grapple with their loss, yet Andrea said everyone, even strangers, has been overwhelmingly supportive. At the 54th Annual Williams Lake & District 4H Show and Sale, Olivia, the youngest MacDonald daughter, showed and auctioned a pig. “Her uncle wanted to buy the pig, and then we were going to get the pig back and sell raffle tickets to raise money for the Memory Garden where the accident happened below Williams
Lake Secondary School,” Andrea said. Auctioneer Wilf Smith decided they should sell the pig again instead. “By this time, it’s the end of the week of 4H and we’re all exhausted. I’ve known Wilf along time and said ‘OK, that sounds like a good idea’,” Andrea recalled. Olivia sold the pig for $3,800, a sum her mom described as normally unheard of at the auction. Then Peterson Contracting, the purchasers, donated it back at the end of the evening. The place was packed, the crowd was geared up, the auctioneers were going crazy, and the pig sold again to PMT Chartered Accountants. “All the money is going to the memorial site near the community garden. We’re going to buy some benches, and there’s going to be a garden and a monument.,” Andrea said. See COMMUNITY Page A3
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Schools challenged to become idle free Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer
physically active, and car is using more fuel they breathe faster than than it takes to turn off adults and inhale more and restart theÂ engine. air per kilogram of body Maybe your teen drives weight. a car; does he or she â€œEven healthy chil- know not to idle?Â Start dren, who are active them out right with a lesoutside during high pol- son on car maintenance lution episodes, may de- and the ten second rule velop respiratory symp- of idling,â€? Keetch sugtoms, such as throat gests. irritation, coughing, Vehicle exhaust conwheezing, and shortness tains more than 40 hazof breath or chest tight- ardous air pollutants ness,â€? she says, adding and carcinogens. Studadults need to be advo- ies show that exposure cates for children. to vehicle exhaust can Taking the challenge increase risk of respirameans anytime your car tory illness and cancer. is running, but stopped In Williams Lake, the for more than 10 sec- major air quality issues onds, except in traffic, include unhealthy levturn it off.Â els of fine particulate â€œExperts have de- matter (PM 2.5 and 10) termined that after ten and ground-level ozone. Trim: 5.81â€? seconds of idling your Idling contributes to
these issues, Keetch says, adding PM 2.5 is of more concern, because it is small and can penetrate deep in the lungs. With winter coming up Keetch says once a vehicle is running the best way to warm it up is to drive it. â€œWith computercontrolled, fuel-injected engines, you need no more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days before driving away. The tires, transmission, wheel bearings and other moving parts also need to be warm for the vehicle to perform well. Most of these parts donâ€™t begin to warm up until you drive the vehicle.â€?
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Unnecessary idling of a vehicle is something everyone can be guilty of. Yet if Canadian motorists avoided unnecessary idling for just three minutes every day of the year, it would prevent 630 million litres of fuel from being wasted and 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being needlessly pumped into the environment. â€œAnnually, that would be the equivalent of taking 320,000 cars off of the road,â€? says Tammy Keetch, Williams Lake air quality educator. This week Keetch has challenged students, staff and parents at local elementary schools and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Williams Lake to take the pledge to be idle free. â€œWeâ€™re just trying to raise awareness about the facts about idling. There are lots of myths out there. This campaign is about getting the right information,â€? Keetch explains. Participating schools include Mountview, Chilcotin Road, Cataline, Nesika, Big Lake, Horsefly, and Lac La Hache Elementary along with the Nursing Department at TRU. Some of the schools have participated this week, others will at a later date. Keetch has distributed information to the schools and the school board, along with free Idle Free Zone signs for school parking lots. â€œParents are the worst offenders,â€? she adds. The Idle Free pilot campaign supports the School Districtâ€™s recent
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Timber recommendations met with mixed reactions Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer The government’s 11 new recommendations to increase the midterm timber supply are being met with mixed reactions by Cariboo Chilcotin politicians. Last week the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations released a series of recommendations, ranging from more community engagement around forestry, introducing legislation to enable the conversion of volumebased to area-based forest licenses, to perhaps opening up designated sensitive areas. The recommendations follow a series of meetings hosted by a special committee on mid-term supply that toured the province to hear from a range of stakeholders. During a press conference held for media Oct. 9, Minister Steve Thomson said now that the mountain pine beetle infestation is running its course, the government will update
its forest inventory and reforestation plan. “The rapidly changing situation in our forests, dictated that we hold off updating those plans until the situation stablized. Now we can proceed,” Thompson said. Parliamentary secretary for forestry, John Rustad, who chaired the special committee on mid-timber supply, said moving to area- based tenures is something he’s pleased about; however, he cautioned it will have to be done carefully and slowly. “It will be a great benefit for what we can potentially do for growing more fibre and more value on the land base.” The utilization of non-sawlog components, is another key point, Rustad said. “To truly utilize marginally economic stands, which has enormous potential to reduce the impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic on our midterm fibre supply, will become more important over the coming years for our bio-economy.”
“To truly utilize marginally economic stands, which has enormous potential to reduce the impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic on our mid-term fibre supply, will become more important over the coming years for our bio-economy.”
- John Rustad, Parliamentary Secretary Weighing in on the recommendations, Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson is critical of the government’s plan to rethink the inventory over the next ten years, while proceeding to make decisions right away. “You juxtapose the fact that there’s an admission here that they don’t have the inventory required to manage the public forest, but they’re going to make fundamental decisions about increasing public access to that forest today to keep today’s industry going,” Simpson said, adding it’s a recipe for disaster. “We’ve seen this movie before everywhere that we put economics and community dependency ahead of what
the natural resource is capable of providing on a sustainable basis.” It’s not new territory, Simpson said, comparing it to forestry and fishing in Eastern Canada and farming land in the Middle East. “Throughout history we have always extinguished the resource in the name of economics and stability. That’s what they’re doing today. “There’s not creativity or innovation here. It’s an eleventh hour panic. I, and I am certainly not alone, have been asking for a more reasonable, thoughtful, forward-looking response since 2005 when I was first elected.” Simpson said the recommendations are all about justifying re-
building the mill in Burns Lake. “Because that begins to establish the precedent for everywhere else, you have this overarching change. Area based tenure — absolutely, I’ve been an advocate, but not the way this government is going to do that, where they’re going to give the cabinet the power to award an area-based tenure in order to get a mill rebuilt.” It will establish a legal precedent that everyone else will come after them for, he warned. Tsilhqot’in National Government chair, Anaham chief Joe Alphonse cautioned forestry companies and the government the need to properly consult with all resource users.
“Take for example the amount of fuel out there that has to be dealt with. We’d like a huge fire guard logged around our community and any other community that’s out in the Chilcotin where it’s needed. Companies have to commit to logging beyond the areas close to Williams Lake and quit using the economy as an excuse,” Alphonse said. His community was evacuated in 2009 and twice in 2010 because of fires. There has to be a plan to deal with the fuel that’s out there, he said. “BC forests have an estimated value of one trillion dollars,” NDP candidate Charlie Wyse said. “The Liberal government has failed to invest adequately in BC forest’s inventory, silviculture and tree planting over the last 11 years. The Forest Practice Board and BC’s Auditor General have criticized the Liberal’s inept stewardship regarding BC’s forests and its health. In 2011, the Liberals stood by while a record num-
ber of interior logs representing thousands of jobs for forestry workers were exported. Similarly in 2005 and 2006, the Liberals stood by while the coastal logging industry spiraled into crisis.” Defending the recommendations, Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said nobody is going to go into any old growth or constrained areas without having local community input. “Any resource management plans will go back to communities and will be sciencebased. Other than that we have no intentions of going back and touching these sensitive areas, as the Opposition is saying.” In rural BC, Barnett said, so many uses of the land have to be taken into consideration. “Our tourism operators, ranchers, trappers, our habitat, and our ecosystems all have a stake. “When you take into consideration the pine beetle infestation, it’s difficult to balance,” Barnett added.
Community kindess appreciated by family Continued From Page A1 The community garden took us in to be a part of it all,” Andrea explained. In Big Lake, at the family home, friends have helped build a beautiful garden there. Andrea says, it all really helps. “As dark and as sad as this is for us, the kindness has brought so much comfort and
warmth to our hearts and souls.” Pam Herman, the president of the M.A.D.D. Williams Lake chapter, noted the bracelets are available at Excelsior Jewellers Ltd. on Second Avenue, Red Dogs on First Avenue, and at Tory Kier Ltd. on Oliver Street. Proceeds from the sale will go toward something in MacDonald’s honour in the M.A.D.D. garden
in Boitanio Park. “We’re also hoping to send the family to a national candle light vigil conference in Toronto at the end of April, and will be putting the money toward that,” Herman said. People can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy bracelets. Or if they would like to volunteer for the organization, they can phone 250-2672809.
Bracelets honouring the memory of Rayel MacDonald, 20, who was hit by a pick-up truck and killed in Wililams Lake on April 22 have been selling rapidly. A campaign by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will go toward a plaque in the M.A.D.D. garden in Boitanio Park.
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Govt’s professional employees raise awareness Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Professional Employees Association (PEA) members in Williams Lake participated in a public information session Tuesday at the provincial government building on Borland Street to raise awareness of the importance of licensed professionals in the public service. The campaign was part of rallies held across the province a day before the association returned for two days of bargaining Wednesday and Thursday. Martin Sills, an employee for the Ministry of Agriculture, said he has seen the number of professionals working in government steadily decline. When he first arrived in Williams Lake in 1977, there were 60 professional employees working for the provincial government. Today there are about 35. “We’re shrinking rapidly and the impacts to the public won’t be felt until there’s a problem and no one caught it in time. That’s what we’re here for, to catch issues in time. I know when I retire they won’t be replacing me. I’ve been told that,” Sills said. He estimated the BCGEU is roughly 24,000 strong, while the PEA is roughly 1,200 strong. “There’s a ratio of one to 20. In the past two years alone, the PEA has been reduced by 10 per cent. The
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Darcy Lillico, BC Timber Sales, Harry Jennings, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Erica Nitchie, Ministry of Agriculture, were among members of the Professional Employees Association attending an information session held Tuesday. BCGEU has been increased by one and half per cent. Why is the government trying to decrease the professionals that are dedicated to the safety and security of the public sector?” Sills said. “The job action is not to ask for more money. It’s the de-professionalization that’s got us very concerned because the job cuts that are within the PEA are significant.” Over time through various efficiency programs and budgetary restraints, there has been an erosion of the number of licensed professionals within government, said Harry Jennings, PEA employee with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
That’s a worry for professionals, Jennings added, because professionals have to answer to a broader set of public objectives, that cannot be encompassed by a single professional working for a company. “Our accountability to the public as a whole
is to the legislature. All professionals inside and outside of government work to a code of ethics and do a great job, but working in the public service requires you to look to a broader set of value objectives,” Jennings said. While the BCGEU and COPE have signed
tentative agreements with government that have yet to be ratified, the PEA has not. “Yesterday and today through a poster campaign and here doing a bit of a rally we’re trying to raise the profile of our group both within our office and outside,” Jennings said.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 27 (CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN) Have your say... The Board of Education requests your input On 25 September, at its public meeting, the Board unveiled its Initial Options Report for Public Consultation (available online www.sd27.bc.ca). Stakeholders and public are invited to the following public consultation meetings to hear the Board’s rationale to the Report and to give feedback to the Board:
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“Are you in favour of the adopƟon of Bylaw No. 4776, 2012, which would establish a re protecƟon service in porƟons of Electoral Areas D, E and F, with a maximum annual requisiƟon of the greater of $619,167 or an amount raised by applying a tax rate of $1.55/$1,000 to the net taxable value of land and improvements in the service area? (Based on 2012 assessed values, the current rate would be $1.37/$1,000, which translates to a residenƟal rate of $129/$100,000.)” ScruƟneers for and against the quesƟon must be appointed if applicaƟons are received from persons who wish to volunteer for the posiƟons. Only persons enƟtled to vote as electors on the quesƟon shown above are enƟtled to act as scruƟneers. One scruƟneer for and one scruƟneer against the quesƟon will be appointed for the voƟng place if suĸcient applicaƟons are received. ApplicaƟons to act as a scruƟneer will be received by the Chief ElecƟon Oĸcer during regular oĸce days and hours at the oĸce of the Cariboo Regional District, Suite D - 180 North Third Avenue, Williams Lake BC: during the period: 9:00 am, Monday, October 29, 2012 to 4:00 pm, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 ApplicaƟon forms are available at the Cariboo Regional District oĸce in Williams Lake at the above address. Interested persons can obtain informaƟon on the requirements and procedures for making an applicaƟon by contacƟng the following persons at the Regional District oĸce (phone: 250-392-3351 or 1-800-665-1636): Alice Johnston, Chief ElecƟon Oĸcer Rick Hodgson, Deputy Chief ElecƟon Oĸcer Alice Johnston Chief ElecƟon Oĸcer Cariboo Regional District
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New parking lot needed downtown Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Chiropractor Dr. Mike Bos has asked the city to consider adding another municipal parking facility downtown. He recently renovated the old Movie Gallery building at 232 Third Avenue North for his business and says with the proposed Spruce Lee Construction Ltd. development for the corner north end of the block, parking needs will increase. “Looking around the city with open eyes we see that there are many municipal parking facilities throughout the downtown core. Maybe it’s our turn. “We have petitioned the local businesses, ranging from TNG, Sears, Fabric Land, and Cariboo Friendship Society,” Bos told council at its Oct. 9 regular meeting. His business alone is adding a volume of up 120 patients a day, and next door a recently-added real estate office is also substantially increasing the traffic flow. “I’d like to ask the city to put its money where its mouth is. You want us to
better the community and the downtown core. I’ve invested $600,000. We don’t have the capacity to create anything larger for parking on our lot,” Bos said. While he was at the council meeting to speak in a favour of the Spruce Lee Development during a public hearing, Bos seized the opportunity to draw attention to the parking issue. He told council if a
parking lot was created in the empty lot behind his building next to the Tsilhqot’in National Government office, it would improve the look of the area and ease overflow parking. “It’s very unpleasant, it’s not maintained. It’s an area for less than desired activity,” he said of the empty lot. “If it were maintained as a municipal parking lot it would probably be less attractive to
less-than-desirable activity.” The parking lot could also used by Kiwanis Park users, he suggested. “Right now people with young families have to park across the street. It could also act as overflow parking throughout the entire year for the recreation complex, graduation, grad parades: all that parking overflows onto Proctor Street.” In its development
design, Spruce Lee Construction Ltd. proposed a commercial building containing two units for office or retail, plus a total of 72 parking spaces. Bos, however, suggests the parking lot will be used up by people working at or visiting the site. Council received a petition about the parking lot proposal from Bos and has referred it to staff for a future Committee of the Whole discussion.
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Clarification on proposed Williams Lake Rural Contracted Fire Protection Service Further to the News Release regarding One Referendum for Williams Lake Fire Protection issued by the Cariboo Regional District on October 12, 2012, and subsequent news stories, some clarification on the issue and negotiations between the CRD and the City may be of assistance.
intent is that there will be only one service agreement for Fire Protection for rural areas between the city and the regional district. This will correct the current situation where regional district property owners are paying different rates in the three current Fire Protection Agreement areas.
Referendum Question At a specially convened meeting last Friday and after reviewing newly received information, the board elected to go to a single referendum, rather than the two as previously reported. All those CRD Williams Lake Fringe area residents who have been receiving fire protection services from the Williams Lake Fire Department will be asked to vote whether to continue to receive fire protection services at an approximate residential rate of $129/$100,000. A no vote would result in a discontinuation of fire protection services for an indefinite period of time.
Negotiations regarding Total Assessment v. Residential Only Assessment Contrary to recent comments, the current Agreement between the Province and the City, which will expire on December 31, 2012, was not always based solely on residential assessment values. Prior to 1994, it was based on total assessment of all classes, which is what the regional district is proposing for the new merged service.
Should the referendum on November 24, 2012 be approved by rural residents in the proposed rural service areas, the
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Total assessment includes all classes of buildings including industrial and commercial. Since industrial and commercial establishments in both the city and regional district fringe area benefit from fire protection services, the regional
district is proposing to include these categories in the overall allocation of costs. The City of Williams Lake has a higher proportion of Industrial and Commercial property in their tax assessment base than the Cariboo Regional District. In both the City and the CRD, Industrial and Commercial property taxpayers pay taxes at a higher rate than residential rates.
Current Proposal Based on the current total assessment proposal and the referendum question approved by the CRD Board, residential properties in the City would pay $72/$100,000 assessed value for fire protection, and regional district residential properties would pay $129/$100,000. The CRD has been attempting to negotiate residential rates closer together but there is insufficient time for further negotiations. The latest offer from the city is being put to referendum. The other scenario, to allocate costs based on residential assessment only, would have residential properties in the
city paying $66/$100,000 of assessment value, and regional district residents paying $160/$100,000, for the same Fire Protection service. All of the calculations above are based upon the 2012 Year Budgeted Costs for Williams Lake Fire Department, and Revised 2012 Assessed Values. Contrary to a recent news story, the City will not lose $172, 000 in revenue. Rather, costs for fire protection services will be re-allocated to be more equitable for all residents. For further information, please contact the local Area Directors or the Cariboo Regional District.
Area D – Alternate Director G. W. (Bill) Carruthers (250) 392-6763 firstname.lastname@example.org Area E – Director Byron Kemp (250) 392-5037 email@example.com Area F – Director Joan Sorley (250) 243-2261 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Williams Lake Tribune
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We must have debate
Great discussions going on
e just had a delightful lunch with special guests Minister of State for Seniors Ralph Sultan and MLA Donna Barnett, following a tour of Cariboo Lodge. The minister was made aware of the current state of the building, and also met with the Seniors Advisory Council and visited other seniorsâ€™ facilities. There is From the an opporMayorâ€™s tunity to Chair apply for Kerry Cook $20,000 to promote an age-friendly community. The City will work with seniors, building on the good work of our Accessibility Committee, and work together on other issues such as housing to become a truly age-friendly community. We were chosen as one of 18 communities to receive support from the United Way to establish a non-medical home support program called Better at Home. We will also welcome MinisterÂ of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, who will be meeting with the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition Friday to discuss the governmentâ€™s response to the MidTerm Timber Supply Report. I was at a great discussion on the future of the pool last week, along with members of the Pool Task Force and the public, as our consultants discussed a preferred option to repair and expand our pool. The option would see the current pool renovated and the addition of a leisure pool, change room space, and fitness space, at a cost of $11.3 million. Weâ€™re still waiting for the final recommendation to come to Joint Committee. Thanks to all those who came to the open house or visited one of the many kiosks around town last weekend we still want to hear from you. You can still comment on the proposal by e-mailing communityservices@williamslake. ca. The details are all at williamslake.ca. Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.
Beef recall scary People are concerned about the massive recall of beef products processed by XL Foods in Brooks, Alberta. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) shut the plant down on Sept. 27 when it was confirmed some products contained E. coli. This single processing plant supplies as much as 35 per cent of the beef products in Canada, and also ships meat to the U.S. Both Canada Safeway and Overwaitea Food Group are supplied product by XL Foods. While both parent companies state they were impacted by the recall, spokespersons said they were successful in removing â€œpotentially impacted productsâ€? from their shelves and replacing it with unaffected product. XL Foods has been given a limited opening so CFIA inspectors can ensure the processing problem has been corrected, and they will continue stringent inspections until they are positive beef is being processed safely be-
fore giving the green light to a full opening. The recall also makes a case for area residents who are very concerned about food security and the importance of consuming products that are raised, slaughtered and processed in our region. Ever since small abattoirs throughout the province have shut down because of stricter slaughterhouse regulations. It would be more economical for the producers and local consumers would know how the animals were raised and how they were being processed. Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett has been working with Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick to see if smaller slaughter facilities can get new licences so they can reopen. That would provide a boost to the cattle industry and give consumers some choices. -100 Mile Free Press
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