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Next Wing Dec 5th
Open for breakfast Sat & Sun
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mount Washington Getting a
3.5 Million Dollar Zipline!

Time To Get Your Blood Pressure Checked

October 15, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Changes Coming To B.C Ferry System.

October 15, 2018

Changes are coming to the way reservations are made on BC Ferries.

Over the past few years, the company has been upgrading its IT infrastructure.

In the next year or two, it will roll out a new reservation system.

It promises to be similar to airline booking.

“You log on at home on your computer and you check: two weeks from now I want to sail from A to B, here’s the options, there might be different routing options, here’s the sailing times, here’s the prices for all those. You can book and pay now,” said Darin Guenette, BC Ferries’ manager of public affairs.

Guenette says it would give BC Ferries a better understanding of the incoming load and also give customers more certainty.

BC Ferries might also increase deck space for reservations. Currently, it’s made on a case-by-case basis depending on the incoming load.

Overall, BC Ferries’ goal is to reduce or even eliminate wait times.

“Imagine… I just drive down to the terminal at an appropriate amount before, instead of queuing up, instead of waiting in the terminal, and I essentially drive into the terminal and get onto the ship,” Guenette said.

Under this model, reservations would be paid in full prior to boarding with no extra reservation fee.

There could also be lower fares for less popular sailing times.

Halloween Party Moved To Friday Night At The Ridge

October 10, 2018

Gold River likes to party, especially at Halloween!

That is why we are changing our party to Friday night, now you can party the night away Friday at The Ridge with Shotgun Kelly and then take in the Legion party Saturday night. Tickets are just $10 and when you buy early, you're entered in our early bird draws. It's going to be a fun weekend in Gold River!

A Grocery Store Update From The Mayor

October 10, 2018

I’ve been hearing lots of promises about grocery stores so I thought it was time I shared with all of you what I have done in that regard over the last couple of years. I have been contacted and had conversations with; True Value, Discovery Foods, Buy Low Foods (Save On), Co-op, Thriftys, Red Barn, Loblaws, Country Grocer and Quality Foods. I have also had contact with 2 independent businessmen. Each time I spoke with them I gave them the information they requested and offered to meet with them at their convenience.

 

I had several phone calls, meetings and also attended viewings of the old Super Valu building when requested. Each of these respected corporations did their due diligence and unfortunately for us came up with a sorry but not viable at this time. Please see attached a letter from Dan Bregg President of Buy Low Foods telling us his decision not to move forward in Gold River at this time and also some other options that may or may not be viable.

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Be Bear Aware

November 25, 2018

1. SECURE YOUR GARBAGE BINS OR KEEP THEM INSIDE.

2. PUT YOUR TRASH OUT THE MORNING OF PICKUP, NOT THE NIGHT BEFORE.

3. SEAL YOUR COMPOST BINS AND ADD LIME TO MASK THE SMELL.

4. AVOID OVERSTOCKING YOUR BIRD FEEDER – IT MAY ATTRACT MORE THAN BIRDS.

5. KEEP PET FOOD INDOORS.

6. CLEAN YOUR BARBECUE GRILL AFTER EACH USE.

7. PICK UP FRUIT AS IT FALLS OR CUT YOUR FRUIT TREES DOWN.

8. REPORT RESIDENTIAL BEAR SIGHTINGS TO YOUR LOCAL CONSERVATION OFFICER, ONLY IF THEY ARE CAUSING HARM.

9. MAKE YOUR PRESENCE KNOWN BY TALKING LOUDLY AND WAVING YOUR ARMS IF YOU SPOT ONE WHEN HIKING OR CAMPING.

10. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE AND AVOID EYE CONTACT.

Mount Washington Getting L|ots Of Snow

November 23, 2018

MOUNT WASHINGTON, B.C. – Get your skis and snowboards ready – Mt. Washington’s scheduled opening is right on target.

As of noon today, it is snowing “very heavily” on the mountain, according to spokesperson Sheila Rivers.

“We’re anticipating anywhere from 30 to 40 centimetres today with probably another 10 (centimetres) tomorrow,” Rivers said.

This bodes well for Mt. Washington’s anticipated Dec. 7 opening date.

“It’s pretty exciting,” River said. “We’re really looking forward to starting winter here, for sure.”

Last year, the alpine resort received snow earlier in November but the amount of white stuff that has fallen thus far this year is on par with the average this month.

“B.C. resorts tend to see infrequent spikes and dips within the temperatures which we’re seeing this November and we’re looking at having a bit more of a steadier lower temperature for us to be able to get the snow to accumulate which it seems to be within the next few days,” Rivers said.

All of the lifts are expected to be operational on opening day, but that will depend on just how much snow the resort has.

“We do our best to get at least the full front of the mountain open,” Rivers said.

On top of skiing and snowboarding, Mt. Washington offers a tube park, cross country skiing, and new this year is ‘fat tire’ biking on the snow within the Nordic area.

For more on Mt. Washington, visit its website. 

Coming Soon- The Daily Gold Christmas Radio Station

November 23, 2018

We are delighted to annunced that we will begin broadcasting an online Christmas Station on the Daily Gold beginning December 1st.  The statiion will feature traditional Christmas favourites as well as some newer tunes as well, tune in!

No angling on the Gold River and tributaries starting from December 1st

November 21, 2018

There will be no angling on the Gold River and tributaries starting from December 1st, 2018 until May 31st, 2019.

According to a release, the provincial government is closing the Gold River downstream of the Muchalat River, including tributaries but excluding the Muchalat River and Heber River, from angling to support steelhead conservation.

Catch-and-release angling only accounts for a small percentage of steelhead annual mortality, but the closure will help protect the population from angling-induced stress and mortality.

The release also stated that stock assessment information indicates the winter steelhead population in Gold River is vulnerable to local extinction.

The province and the B.C. Conservation Foundation are working with local First Nations to investigate factors to steelhead decline and consider ways to positively influence fish stocks.

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RCMP Seeking Help

November 19, 2018

The Nootka Sound RCMP is currently investigating a motor vehicle collision where a light pole at the corner of Nimpkish Drive and Cedar Crescent was struck and the driver failed to report it to the police.  The incident occurred on the evening of the 30th or early morning of the 31st of October. The light pole suffered significant damage which will require it to be replaced.  If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Nootka Sound RCMP at 250-283-2227 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-222-8477.

 

Cst.D.R.(Ryan) Walker

Nootka Sound RCMP

Media Relations Officer

B.C. Ferries to revamp reservation fares on major routes

November 18, 2018

On the busy Remembrance Day long weekend there was one Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferry sailing that had 50 unredeemed reservations.

It’s one of the reasons why B.C. Ferries is planning “variable-priced fares” for its three major routes between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.  

“We might offer variable pricing if you book a discounted fare at our off-peak time and fully prepaid for that,” said B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall. “And then this issue of no-shows will certainly be a lot less frequent than it is now.”

The changes are to be introduced in the spring and B.C. Ferries hopes they will help to balance out sailing loads.

“While some [fares] may be a little bit more, that allows us to offer a discount so we balance out,” Marshall said. “The less popular sailings would be cheaper, for example. If we can attract customers to travel at a less popular times, if they are more flexible with their travel times, that would generally free up more popular times. It’s demand management.”

However, the drive-up or standard rate will not vary depending on time of day and day of week, Marshall said.

“This will not be ‘surge’ pricing where the cost increases as inventory is reduced.”

“What we’ve been finding is customers are booking multiple reservations — we assume because they are cheaper than they used to be,” said Marshall. “They may not know exactly what sailing they want to travel on so they might book the 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. sailing. They’ll show up for one and they won’t cancel the second one.”

Currently, reservations cost $10 if booked more than seven days in advance, $17 if less than seven days, and $21 for same-day.

In the spring, reservation fees were reduced to $10 from $15 for customers booking at least a week in advance — part of $78 million in fare reductions as part of an agreement between the ferry corporation and the B.C. government to make ferry travel more affordable.

“If they prepay their fare in full, they will be less likely to no-show,” said Marshall. “Right now, $10 is proving not to be an incentive to cancel.”

B.C. Ferries is obliged to keep a reservation until 30 minutes prior to sailing; only then is it able to open up the space.

“Because we have that [uncancelled] reservation in our system when you look at our website it will have that reservation included,” said Marshall. “It artificially inflates the wait times for standby traffic.”

As B.C. Ferries traffic has increased over the past several years, customers have been booking more reservations.

“Five years ago you could look on the website on the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay run and there was always space available and now you look and the reservations are fully subscribed already,” said Marshall.

The amount of reservable spaces varies between 45 per cent and 75 per cent depending on factors including the sailing time, size of vessel, and ratio of expected commercial vehicles versus private cars.

“The reservation, it would all be rolled in, you wouldn’t be paying a separate reservation fee and it wouldn’t be as high as $21,” said Marshall. “The farther you book in advance, the more opportunity there would be for the variable pricing,” said Marshall.

Last year, B.C. Ferries carried its largest number of passengers since 2008, and more vehicles than any year since 2010.

Reservation fees brought in $18 million for the corporation, which had total revenue of $859 million in 2017.

“We will be rolling out a new pricing structure next year and we’re still working out the details,” said Marshall. “We plan to seek customer feedback as we roll out the new structure.”

Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation Members Honour Deceased Whale

November 18, 2018

The bodies of two whale were found in the waters near Vancouver Island this week.

One humpback whale body washed up in the shallow waters of B.C. Ferries’ Tsawwassen terminal on Friday, and the body of a young orca was found on a beach on Nootka Island on Wednesday.

The humpback whale was discovered this morning, and the Department of Oceans and Fisheries (DFO) are currently responding to the incident. A necropsy will later be performed to determine the marine mammal’s cause of death.

Meanwhile, B.C. Ferries says their sailings will remain uninterrupted, though they are saddened by the whale’s passing.  

The young orca corpse was found on Wednesday by a hiker near Beano Creek on Nootka Island.

Soon after it was discovered, the DFO brought the body to Gold River where Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation members performed a ceremony.

The DFO will also be performing a necropsy for the calf to determine its cause of death and which orca population it came from.

According to Fisheries and Oceans, only about 74 southern-resident killer whales remain, and they are considered critically endangered.

Earlier this month, the federal government announced an investment of $61.5 million to protect these cetaceans.

In October, Victorians held a 17-day vigil in honour of a mother orca who carried her dead calf for 17 days through the Salish Sea.

Blood Pressure Clinic

November 16, 2018

Free BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC @ the Pharmacy November 22 10:00-2:00 Have your blood glucose levels checked too. Bring in any unused/expired meds. We will dispose of them for you free of charge. Please don't flush them down the toilet or put them in the garbage.

Island Real Estate Market Doing Just Fine

November 13, 2018

VANCOUVER ISLAND, B.C. – The real estate slump in Metro Vancouver hasn’t made its way across the Strait of Georgia. While housing sales in the Vancouver region are at their lowest levels in six years, the island saw a slight uptick in sales from September to October, according to newly release stats from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB).

On Vancouver Island, sales of single-family homes in October were 11 per cent higher than in September.

But it isn’t all good news for sellers, as sales dipped by 16 per cent last month compared to October 2017.

Last month, 385 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service System compared to 347 in September and 458 one year ago.

The number of apartments and townhouses changing hands across Vancouver Island in October dropped by eight and 21 percent, respectively.

This year’s housing market has moderated after the record-setting pace set in 2016 and 2017.

According to the VIREB, the cooling of the market can be attributed to government policy-side measures including the mortgage stress test and higher interest rates, which the board says “are taking their toll on housing sales throughout the country.” Homes are taking longer to sell and there are more listings, which the VIREB notes creates a more balanced market.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,966 in October 2018, a 34.9 per cent decrease from the 3,022 sales recorded in October 2017, and a 23.3 per cent increase compared to September 2018 when 1,595 homes sold.

Given the shift in the market, VIREB president Don McClintock has some advice for sellers.

“Realistically pricing your home is important in any market, but when fewer buyers are competing for a property, sellers need to be prudent when determining a sale price,” McClintock said. “Overpriced homes take longer to sell, so it’s a good idea to consult a local realtor who can help determine the optimal price for your property.”

Free Presentation

November 11, 2018

November is Financial Literacy Month. 
Come and join us at the Gold River Literacy Centre on Saturday, November 24th at 3pm for a free presentation on estate planning with Christine Hepting.

Local Police Investigating Serious Assault

November 11, 2018

Nootka Sound RCMP investigate serious assault on youth

Nootka Sound, General Investigation Services

2018-11-09 12:37 PST

File # 2018-790

 

The Nootka Sound RCMP with the assistance of Island District RCMP General Investigation Section are investigating a serious incident where a 17 year old youth was forcibly confined, assaulted and shot several times with a bb gun.

The incident occurred on Nov 5th, 2018 at a residence in Gold River. A search warrant was later executed on the residence with the assistance of the RCMP Forensic Investigation Section.

Four people are now in police custody and facing multiple charges including; Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Assault with a Weapon, Robbery, Forcible Confinement and Uttering Threats.

All parties are known to each other and the incident is alleged to have started over a stolen cell phone.

The file remains under investigation.
 

Released by

Cpl. Tammy Douglas

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Island District
2881 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, B.C. V8T 4Z8
Office: 250-380-6174
Cell: 250-213-5944 

Beware Of The Ragged Hobo

November 08, 2018

We've all been there, we're stuck in traffic at an intersection and there is a "homeless guy"  in the median walking up and down trying to get drivers to donate spare change.  BUT, what you might not know is that this fellow could be an undercover cop, checking to see if you are using your smartphone...or have your seat belt done up. When he spots a guility person, he radio's to his partner in the next block and you will be pulled over.  So to be safe, buckle up and put the damn phone away when you're in your vehicle.

Survery Says....

November 09, 2018

We have completed our local survey as to what Gold River residents think about the Electoral Reform Referendum that is underway.  45% are in favour, 45% are against and 10% are confused and undecided.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the poll.  If you have any suggestions on future polls on an issue that is important to Gold River please send us an email.

Council Meeting Minutes

November 07, 2018

Gold River Village Council - November 5, 2018

Suzanne Trevis

Present at the regular council meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Brenda Patrick, Rachel Stratton, Kirsty Begon, and Joe Sinclair. Deputy Corporate Officer Maxine McLean was also present. There were 14 members of the public, and the press, in the gallery.

Prior to the start of tonights meeting we had the swearing in ceremony for the Newly Elected Mayor and Council. There was the official photo and each member of council read the oath of office.

Open Session

This is the public’s opportunity to ask questions of council. There was one concern regarding Hydro - it was asked if they could be more explicit about when/where power is going to be shut down. There were a number of issues last Friday went the schedule they had provided seemed to go out the window. The Fire Chief stated it had been an issue for them as they have equipment that is affected when the power goes out.

With no further questions the meeting was called to order and the agenda was approved.

Minutes from the Special Council Meeting held Oct 24th were received. The meeting had been convened to adopt the minutes from the last Regular Council meeting.

Reports

There were nine reports on the agenda tonight.

The first concerned the official counts for the vote. Incumbent Brad Unger retained his seat as mayor with 67% of the vote. Rachel Stratton(501) and Kirsty Begon(470) had a clear lead over the other five candidates who were all separated by less than 35 votes. Brenda Patrick(287) and Joe Sinclair(277) picked up the last two seats. 30% of the votes this year, were cast in the advance poll.

Council Appointments for 2018-2019:

Strathcona Regional District                Director - Mayor Unger              Alt - Councillor Begon

Vancouver Island Regional Library        Director - Councillor Patrick       Alt - Councillor Begon

Island Coastal Economic Trust             Mayor Unger

These positions are approved by council through resolution.  The following appointments were also made at the Mayor’s discretion.

Liaison to Village Portfolios:

Economic Development             Mayor Unger                    alt - Councillor Stratton

Tourism                                    Councillor Patrick            alt - Councillor Begon

Parks & Recreation                    Councillor Begon             alt - Councillor Stratton

Public Works                             Councillor Sinclair            alt - Councillor Begon

Protective Services                    Mayor Unger                    alt - Councillor Stratton

Wharf                                       Councillor Sinclair            alt - Mayor Unger

Liaison to other Organizations

Chamber of Commerce              Councillor Patrick            alt - Councillor Stratton

First Nations                             Mayor Unger

Fisheries / Watershed                Councillor Sinclair            alt - Councillor Patrick

Restorative Justice                    Councillor Begon             alt - Councillor Stratton

Broom Busters                           Councillor Begon             all

 

The third report concerned the Guide for Municipal Council Members.  Staff is currently in the process of updating the Council Orientation Manual and should have it ready prior to the next council meeting. Two key documents that are referred to regularly are the Conflict of Interest and the In Camera restrictions and requirements.  The Community Charter outlines for Council ‘Conflict of Interest Guidelines’ and specific rational for any meeting Council chooses to move ‘In Camera’.  Staff stressed how important it was for Council to be familiar with both of these sections as they are consistently  raised during Council’s term.

A “Guide for Municipal Council Members” was provided to each council member.

 

 As the ‘Councillor Academy’ training for new council members does not take place until mid February. Council will also take part in a 4 hour workshop sometime in the next two weeks, to go over some of the more important subjects.

The 3rd Quarter Financial Report was received. It included 2018 Major Projects update.  Total estimated costs on these projects is $316,000 with the biggest ticket item being the waterline at the Gold River bridge. To date it has cost $25k for the bypass pipeline & $30k for the engineering plan to replace the line. A final solution has yet to be decided.  Other items include maintenance to sewer/water lines and pumps, and some road and curb repairs. A major chemical test on water at all three of the Village’s wells is scheduled for the fall.  The Mayor confirmed that the village is on budget at this point.  There was a Capital Status report that outlined Capital Projects the village is working on. These include new rescue equipment for the Fire Department ($50k) and the pavilion at Nimpkish Park ($65k - project on hold).  The Sewer Project, budgeted for $1.2 million is on hold pending a second grant application that will go forward in the new year.  The report also included the 2018 Corporate Strategy Update on Goals and Objectives.  The new council will be reviewing this in the coming weeks, to familiarize themselves with ongoing items, and to be prepared for budget sessions in the new year.

Council approved the Payment of Accounts for September.

Fire Chief, Lisa Illes submitted a 3rd Quarter Report for the Fire Department.  New members are recruited in September to make training easier.  The volunteer department currently has 23 members; 10 Live Fire trained firefighters, 6 firefighters, 2 First Responders, 1 Dispatcher and 6 rookies.  The department was kept busy this summer with 6 fire calls, 9 first responder/BCEHS assists, and 1 motor vehicle accident between July and September.  The Fire Chief also attended a training workshop on attending callouts where an autistic person may reside. She is now training people in our own department as well as the RCMP, BCEHS and other Fire Departments in the region.  The Fire Department also turned out for a number of public relation events over the summer.  Volunteers will be attending a number of workshops and training events in the coming months that include live fire training, survival techniques and rescue training, as well as auto extrication, forcible entry and gas and hydro safety. 

Councillor Patrick questioned the Chief on a request to run equipment out along the highway once a month, as a way to help burn off emissions.  The chief explained that this is a big issue in small places that don’t have a reason to run their equipment more than a few kilometres at a time.  Twice this year they have had problems, but the truck is still under warranty and they contacted Inland Kenworth. They were advised by their mechanics to take it for a decent drive once a month as a preventative maintenance measure. The Chief went on to explain that they would only take one vehicle at a time, and that the community would not be left unprotected.  Councillor Patrick advised the Chief of other steps they could take and was told those options had already been considered, mechanics at Kenworth had recommended this course of action.  Council eventually approved the request.

The Parks & Recreation/Public Works & the Aquatic/Utility Supervisors both had quarterly reports on the agenda. Both outlined maintenance projects etc that have been taking place over the summer.  The recreation report included stats on the Summer Fun program and stats from the Tourist Information Centre.  Summer Fun ran for six weeks and averaged about 10 youth per session.  Although the village received a grant to offset some of the expenses involved, the program still cost taxpayers over $1600 to run.  The Info Centre also received some grant funding. Service Canada’s Summer Job Grant covered $6.33 per hour per student for a total of $3,038.  Destination BC also provided $10,000 to operate the centre this summer. The centre logged more than 2,700 visitors between May and September.

Councillor Sinclair asked about the status of the hole that is still covered with a board at the bottom of Muchalat Drive, near the pull off for the Peppercorn Trail, as it’s status on the report was ‘done’.  Mayor Unger said he would have staff clarify for the next meeting.

Councillor Patrick had asked for information on two grants that have recently been announced - Rural & Northern Communities Fund and Community, Culture & Recreation Fund.  Although the information had been provided to the previous council, the Mayor explained the deadline wasn’t until January, and asked for any ideas the new council members would like to bring forward.  He also explained that the application process can be time consuming and depending on the project, may require expertise from outside engineers.  Councillor Patrick said she would like to see a seismic upgrade done on the Jack Christiensen Centre, however the Deputy Corporate Officer explained that a previous report on the building had indicated this was not feasible.

Council Information Items

Mayor Unger advised that a new Bylaw Officer has been hired.  There was a mail out to the community advising that Municipal Ticketing was about to become a reality.

Councillor Begon reminded everyone of the $10,000 tourism grant that the village received earlier this year. She reported that Vancouver Island University students, who had been given the task of gathering information from the community this summer, gave the public an opportunity to view their Tourism Presentation.  Thirteen residents turned out to see what they had put together.  There were posters and displays highlighting what they had learned.  They will be bringing the presentation forward to Council in the near future.

Councillor Sinclair asked for more information on how we could go about acquiring land outside the municipality.  Our village boundaries are small and access to acreage would be a huge asset to the community.  Staff was asked to bring forward information explaining what was involved.

Councillor Sinclair also asked if Council could revisit the bylaw restricting backyard fires.  He felt that adequate restrictions could be in place and that it would be a ‘nice thing to have’.  DCO McLean said she would have staff bring forward previous reports on the issue. 

Mayor Unger reported that he and the Administrator had met with Doug Anastos to discuss some funding opportunities that are coming available through Telus regarding cell service. 

He also met with Doug Meske, Western Forest Products Ltd, who said his company, one of the largest employers in Gold River, is struggling to find workers.  They presently have 8-10 jobs available, but can’t find people to work.  He also advised that Gold River Bridge #1, the main bridge on Muchalat Drive at the Gold River, had been downgraded and could only support 75% of its previous capacity. This is a problem for the logging company who move equipment across this bridge on a regular basis.  

Both Mayor Unger and Councillor Begon reported they had had an opportunity to go out to Tsaxana to view the ‘Fighting for Justice’ presentation put on by the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University and sponsored by the Land of Maquinna Cultural Society.  They both said they had enjoyed the presentation and were a little upset it could not have been available longer, as a number of people missed the chance to see it.  Some of the panels, those specific to Nootka Sound, are being retained by the MMFN and will be available for viewing at a future date.

The Mayor also had an opportunity to meet with Shawn Greenway, the new owner of the Parkview Apartments (formerly the Gold Crest Apartments).  He reported that they plan to continue renovating blocks 4, 6 & 7, but will probably be tearing down the remaining units.  There is no hard plan in place as to what they will do with the space after that.

Mayor Unger touched briefly on the Tourism Presentation. He advised that at the last Regional District meeting they had invited Destination Campbell River to meet with them. He went on to say there are so many different Tourism Organizations out there now, its hard to keep up with them all.  The best opportunity we have as a community / region, is to share with the RD and maximize our value.

The Mayor also thanked the Fire Chief for the great demonstration that the Department put on a few weekends ago.  It showcased the new equipment the department purchased this year, and gave new recruits a chance to practice in a real life situation.  He went on to touch on a subject that has been an issue for small communities for decades, and was discussed, again, at UBCM this past September. Most of the calls that First Responders attend are on the highway - outside of our municipality. Yet our community bears the costs involved in most cases, the same as every other rural community in BC.  Chief Illes thanked the Mayor and Councillor Begon for coming out to watch the demonstration.

Correspondence

There were three items tonight.

Lana Owens sent a letter congratulating council and proposing monthly meet and greets, where councillors could take turns meeting with the public and discussing current events in the municipality.  She said one of the biggest complaints she had heard during the election was about transparency and ‘no knowledge of what council members actually do. Mayor Unger replied by stating he felt council is very open and transparent.  He said he, and he felt all council, were available to the public, that they were approachable and always willing to answer questions.  He also explained that meeting with councillors one on one first of all, was opening them up to negative feedback as well as positive, not a position everyone wants to be in. It also means you are only getting one persons opinion, not that of council. He went on to explain that council is a team, and the public is always welcome to come and ask questions.  Councillor Patrick explained that she is already very busy with ESS (Emergency Social Services) and expects her council duties to take up most of her spare time. She also said she was available to answer questions any time.  Councillor Sinclair repeated that also, saying his door is always open.

Council received a Certificate of Appreciation for their continued support of the ‘Military Service Recognition Book’ of the BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Sharon Charette sent a letter asking to sit on the Economic Development Committee.  The committee was short a member following the resignation of Keith Broad.  As they had only received four applications in the initial call for volunteers, council felt no need to re-advertise the position and agreed to Mrs Charette joining.

Question Period

The press asked for confirmation that Question Period was still confined to items on the agenda following a comment from the Mayor. He confirmed that was the case but advised members of the public that Open Session at the beginning of each council meeting was open to questions concerning anything the public wished to bring forward.

The press then asked if the reason that WFP was struggling to find workers had anything to do with the lack of housing.  The Mayor stated he did not think that was the issue, Mr Meske indicated there was just a shortage of available workers.

She also asked that if council was going to reconsider back yard fires could they also bring forward whatever reports have been done on air quality within the village.  Previous councils have struggled with the number of woodstoves in the community, as smoke tends to get trapped in the valley causing air quality issues that can be detrimental to seniors and residents with breathing issues.  There are also the obvious concerns surrounding wildfire issues.

There was a comment from another member of the public, who claimed to be a mechanic,  regarding the fire trucks. He said they are big vehicles and need to move, running them periodically would definitely be justified in the long run.

With no further business to discuss, Council moved to adjourn in camera pursuant to the Community Charter section 90(1)(c) labour relations or other employee relations.

The next council meeting will take place Monday, November 19th at 7pm.

It's Going To Take Longer To Drive To Nanaimo

November 07, 2018

The highway from Parksville to Campbell River is getting slower.

According to an announcement from the provincial government, the highway route is one of 15 sections across British Columbia to get its speed limit dropped by 10 km/h as of this week.

This means the route will go from 120 km/h to 110 km/h.

All the of affected areas had their speed limits raised four years ago, with a rise in collisions recorded afterwards.

The speed limit from Bloedel to Sayward will be going down to 90 km/h from 100 km/h. Campbell River to Bloedel and Port Hardy to Port McNeill will remain the same at 90 and 100 km /h.

“Since the former government raised speed limits in 2014, serious crashes have been on the rise,” Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said in a statement.

“By rolling back speed limits slightly, our goal is to reduce accidents, keep roads open and protect the lives of British Columbians.”

According to the province, driver inattentiveness, road conditions and driving too fast for conditions were factors in the collision increases.

The original increases were put in place as part of the province’s Rural Safety and Speed Review, which was applied to 33 sections of highway. Increases for 16 sections will stay the same, where crash rates were not affected. Speed limit raises for two others were reduced in 2016.

RCMP enforcement will be getting boosted in crash-heavy areas, in order to ensure drivers are complying with the new limits. According to Inspector Tim Walton, who recently took charge of Island District Traffic Services, slowing down can reduce the severity of a collision and lower the chance of drivers getting killed or severely injured.

“As we shift into winter driving mode, police are reminding drivers to obey speed limits, adopt safe and defensive driving habits, and to drive sober and distraction-free,” Walton said in a statement.

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Sea Lice Out Of Control?

November 05, 2018

Sea lice are “out of control” at salmon farms on the West Coast of B.C. this year because they have become drug resistant, says a new report by two environmental groups.

The groups, Living Oceans and Raincoast Research, also claim that industry regulators have failed to protect wild juvenile salmon and other fish from the parasites.

The report, “Lousy Choices,” released Tuesday, says sea lice at fish farms on Clayoquot Sound have evolved a resistance to SLICE, an emamectin benzoate drug, approved for use to eradicate the parasite in Canada. The researchers say some resistance to the drug has also been observed at fish farms in the Broughton area.

This has “grave implications” for both the salmon farming industry and wild salmon, the report says.

This year, sea lice are responsible for “considerable losses” to wild salmon in Clayoquot Sound and at least one salmon farming company, Cermaq, the report said.

arlier this spring, independent researchers in Clayoquot Sound discovered juvenile wild salmon were heavily infested with sea lice. This after Cermaq Canada was found to have sea lice above management levels at its Clayoquot Sound farms. The company was forced to close one of its fish farms, Fortune Channel, this summer after a high number of lice were found at the site.

The report says that 96 per cent of wild juvenile salmon in the area were infected with an average of eight lice a fish, according to the researchers. Some were found with as many as 50 lice, the report notes, which concerns researchers, who say it only takes one to three lice to kill the young fish.

The report claims Fisheries and Oceans Canada knew as early as 2014 that resistance was developing in sea lice, but didn’t take measures to ensure the protection of wild juvenile salmon from the parasite. Measures could have included alternative treatments for sea lice ready for deployment when SLICE failed, the report says.

Fisheries has yet to respond to a request for comment.

“Eighteen years after this issue was brought to DFO’s attention there is still no protection for wild salmon,” said Alexandra Morton, one of the report’s authors with Raincoast Research and an outspoken critic of salmon farming.

“I don’t hold hope that much of this generation of wild salmon survived,” she said.

Karen Wristen, executive director of Living Oceans Society, said at a meeting in Tofino this summer that Cermaq reported resistance in the sea lice on their farms.

She said now they’re trying to set up another meeting with Fisheries to discuss the sea lice drug resistance.

“The last meeting we had (with the department) they were still denying that they are resistant to the drug,” said Wristen.

In June, the environmental groups were outraged when the B.C. NDP government refused to cancel 20 fish-farm tenures in the Broughton Archipelago that were up for renewal.

All B.C. fish farms are monitored for sea lice and the federal Fisheries Department audits 50 per cent of farms during the out-migration of salmon from March 1 to June 30, according to the department.

It says sea lice generally don’t harm adult fish, but can harm small juvenile salmon. It says most years more than 90 per cent of sites are below the regulatory thresholds for sea lice during out-migration.

Shawn Hall, a spokesman for the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association, says there is no question that sea lice need to be managed and, just like any farm that has to manage pests, they have regulations in place to deal with sea lice. He says they take multiple steps to manage the issue, including prevention methods such practising good animal husbandry.

B.C. farms also have strong regulations in place from the DFO to keep sea lice levels low. For instance, he said, depending on the circumstance they could use SLICE to treat the fish or they use baths to wash the lice off the fish.

Fish farms are using a new technology, Hall noted, called hydro liners, which is a barge or boat with a pool to “gently move a pen of fish into a well and use pressurized sea water to wash the lice off.” The lice are then collected and disposed of on land.

“Sea lice naturally occur in the ocean, and are on numerous fish species. Indeed, as smolts our fish move from land-based hatcheries to ocean pens without sea lice and pick them up in the ocean. We manage the risk of sea lice transferring back from farms to wild salmon with what’s called an integrated pest management approach, with prevention efforts, monitoring, federal regulation, and tools including the new hydrolicers,” Hall said 

Remembrance Day Ceremony

November 01, 2018

On November 11th, at sunset (4:37pm) outside the legion, there will be small ceremony called "The Bells of Peace" to commemorate 100 years to the day since the end of World War 1. There will be a short talk by the President of the Gold River Legion to explain about this, and then there will be 100 tolls of a bell, followed by a prayer by Pastor Rob Hoffman. Please join us then to remember those who gave their lives in the service of their country  

Thank You Gold River!

October 31, 2018

From Deidra Lisa Barker:

 I just want to thank everyone who baked goodies, those who bought goodies and those who just donated money. This bake sale was a blessing, it showed me who Gold River really is. WOW what a great place to live. We raised $900.00, just over the goal set. Henry, Susanne, and their son Isaiah have booked their tickets back to Alberta to spend time with Henry's dad. This community has given a priceless gift to this family.

Power Outages Planned For Nov 2

October 30, 2018

B.C. Hydro has a few planned outages for portions of Cortes Island and Gold River, and residents are advised to be ready for them.

A planned outage is scheduled for Gold River on November 2nd, lasting from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Crews will be working on equipment in the area. The outage will affect 181 customers in Gold River.

Another planned outage is scheduled for November 7th for Cortes Island. It will affect 1, 071 customers and according to community relations spokesperson Ted Olynyk, these are the areas that will be affected: Cortes Island, Lund, Manson Landing, Powell River, Squirrel Cove, and Whaletown.

The outage will be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as crews work on replacing electrical poles.

RCMP Needs Your Help

October 28, 2018

Media Release

Nootka Sound RCMP file 2018-748

 

The Nootka Sound RCMP is investigating the illegal dumping of garbage on the Z-71 spur road off of the Mill Road near the Conuma gravel pit.  It is an offence under the Environmental Measures Act to deposit litter and also creates an unnatural food source for wildlife in the area.

If you have any information regarding this crime please contact the Nootka Sound RCMP detachment or Crimestoppers at 1-877-222-(TIPS)8477.

RCMP Media Release

 

The Nootka Sound RCMP is investigating a mischief to vehicle where a large was thrown through the window of a commercial van while parked at the Gold River Chalet.  The incident occurred overnight between Monday September 4th and Tuesday September 5th.  The damage was significant and made the vehicle inoperable until a new windshield was able to be nstalled.

 

If you have any information regarding this senseless act of vandalism please contact the Nootka Sound RCMP at 250-283-2227 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers at 1-877-222-8477.

Still Time To Get Your Tickets To The Haloween Bash At The Ridge

October 24, 2018

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Safer Winter Driving? Hopefully!

October 23, 2018

NORTH ISLAND, B.C. – Mainroad North Island Contracting is getting set to make roads safer for local drivers over the fall and winter months.

Mainroad has been tasked with servicing the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s 10 year contract for Service Area 3.

According to Mainroad, the North Island Service Area has roughly 3,474 lane kilometres of maintained road, including approximately 983 lane kilometres of numbered highways, 11 rest areas, and 312 structures including 194 bridges, 74 major culverts, 33 retaining walls, and four tunnels.

It’s a big job that Mainroad North Island is looking forward to taking on, noted the company’s general manager Rick Gill.

“We want to bring some new maintenance ideas to the area,” Gill said.

Changes include the company’s anti-icing program, focusing on the use of liquid brine.

Mainroad has purchased several new tridem axle tankers with the capacity of carrying up to 20,000 litres of brine to perform pre-icing and de-icing in the event of the storm.

Also coming to the table are new wing trucks that will allow extra plowing in one pass.

The company also has a new facility in Port McNeill.

“We’re not in Port Hardy anymore,” Gill said. “When we looked at the whole program (Port) McNeill makes a lot more sense. You are kind of in the middle of the area, not at the end of the road.”

A new salt shed at the Port McNeill site has the capacity of holding up to 100,000 litres of brine.

A new facility is also in the works in the Duncan Bay area of Campbell River. It will include a salt shed and a new building.

The headquarters and primary works yard for Mainroad North Island is located in Cumberland with supporting works yards in Campbell River, Gold River, Port McNeill, Sayward and the Gulf Islands of Quadra, Cortes, Denman and Hornby.

This service area contains four numbered routes: Highway 19 & Highway 19A connecting the North Island Service Area with the Mid-Island Service Area 2 and at Cook Creek, Highway 28 to Gold River, and Highway 30 to Port Alice.

North Island encompasses the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port McNeill and Port Hardy, along with the smaller municipalities of Port Alice, Alert Bay, Sayward, Gold River, Tahsis, and Zeballos.

Mainroad North Island  also services the following:

  • Denman Island

  • Hornby Island

  • Quadra Island

  • Cortes Island

“We’re really committed to delivering highway maintenance,” Gill said.

Using social media as a tool, MainRoad is focused on letting stakeholders and the public know about changes and winter weather, according to Gill.

“We anticipate an event and then MainRoad contracting is out there doing preventative de-icing to make the roads as safe as possible for the travelling public,” he said.

Village Council Report

October 18, 2018

Gold River Village Council - October 15, 2018

Suzanne Trevis

Present at the regular council meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Darcy Curr, Rod MacLeod, and Kirsty Begon, Councillor Gordon Waterman was absent with notice. Administrator Larry Plourde was also present. There were 8 members of the public, and the press, in the gallery.

Open Session

During Open Session Joe Sinclair asked about a large utility trailer parked on Nimpkish Drive, impeding traffic. Mayor Unger advised that an applicant for bylaw officer was being discussed in the ‘in camera’ session following the regular meeting.  He was hopeful that there would soon be resolution to the numerous bylaw complaints that are currently in the works.  Mr. Sinclair also advised council about a property on Matchlee Drive that currently has a wall of firewood extending up the side of the property all the way to the street. He was concerned it was a hazard and noted at the very least it was on the villages ‘right of way’ nearest the road. The Mayor advised staff would look into it.

Suzanne Trevis brought forward an invitation from the Land of Maquinna Cultural Society to Village Council and the general public, to view a series of panels on display in the House of Unity next week. 150 Years and Counting: Fighting for Justice on the Coast is a look at First Nations, Asian Canadians and their allies who have been fighting for justice on the Pacific Coast in the Face of colonial dispossession and racist exclusion.  The panels, which were on display at the Museum in Campbell River last spring, and at the church at Yuquot this past summer, will be available for viewing in the House of Unity at Tsaxana Wednesday October 24th and Thursday 25th.  All members of both communities are welcome to come out and view the display.

There were no late items and the agenda was approved. Minutes of the Regular Meeting held Oct 1 were accepted.

Reports

There were only two reports on the agenda.

Councillor Waterman had submitted a thank you and goodbye as he was unable to attend this last meeting.

The second was a draft of the VIU Tourism Strategy Report, which is not yet available to the public.  Council had just received the report that afternoon and had not yet had a chance to look it over.  There will be a public presentation of the report next Wednesday Oct 24th.  Doors open to mingle at 6:30 with a presentation beginning at 7pm.  Because of curling, the presentation will take place in the Community Hall at the Gerry Morgan Centre.

Bylaws

Annual Property Tax Exemption Bylaw No 713, 2018 received final adoption.

Council Information Items

Mayor Unger advised that there had been some rumours circulating that the Administrator, who announced his retirement last meeting, was receiving a massive payout from the village.  “This is not true,” he said.  For the next six months Mr Plourde will continue under the terms of his previous contract. At the end of six months he will go to an hourly rate until the new person is up to speed and his services are no longer required.

Correspondence

There were five items of correspondence:

Clair Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure - thank you for meeting at UBCM. She mentioned the placement of utilities on the Gold River Bridge, the tenure of the road through A’haminaquus and safety  improvements (lighting) along the Gold River Road going out to Tsaxana.  She also advised that Muchalat Drive will be paved at priority locations next year. Mayor Unger added that speed reader boards, flashing signs showing your speed, as you approach the community, had also been discussed.

David Eby, Attorney General - Local Government role in Licensing Non-Medicinal Cannabis Retail Stores.  The Mayor advised that they were following guidelines from the Provincial Government, and that any other concerns had been covered in the OCP (Official Community Plan).

Rhonda Vanderfluit, Registrar -  Youth Parliament of BC. This year is the 90th youth parliament.  No discussion.

Liam Edwards, Ex Dir - Local Government Infrastructure and Finance. Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. No discussion.

Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development - Re: October is Foster Family Month. No discussion.

Question Period

There were no questions from the public this week.

Notice of Motion

Mayor Unger took the opportunity to say what a pleasure it has been working with the current council and staff.   He said our community is what it is because of the hard work of its members, village workers and many volunteers.  He thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication.

With no further business to discuss, council adjourned in camera, pursuant to the Community Charter section 90(2)(c) labour relations or other employee relations.

The next council meeting will take place Monday, November 5th at 7pm

 

REMEMBER TO VOTE! 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH 8AM TO 8PM @ GERRY MORGAN MEMORIAL CENTRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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