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L'il Roadies is open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday
.The Ridge winter hours are Noon to Close
Monday thru Saturday.
We will be closed on Sunday's till further notice.
Sign Up For Emergency Notification
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Emergency notification systems will be tested at the end of the month, and it’s time to make sure you’re signed up to receive emergency messages.
“The Strathcona Regional District is reminding people to make sure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible in an emergency by signing up for early notification. This will help you know what to do and where to go in the event of a disaster,” says Shaun Koopman, protective services coordinator. “Local governments and emergency responders have systems in place to inform the community when disaster strikes, and to make sure people know how best to react. The best thing people can do ahead of time is prepare, with supplies, plans and by signing up for emergency notification.”
Connect Rocket is the emergency mass notification system used by the Strathcona Regional District. Voice messages are sent to landlines, voice and text messages to mobile devices within a cell coverage area.
“Provided that there is access to the Internet, we would use this service to notify residents within the different communities of the Strathcona Regional District,” Koopman says. “When we test the system, or use it in the event of a real emergency, residents will receive a text message, landline voice message, and cell phone voice message for notifications.”
Koopman urges people living within the Strathcona Regional District to save the Connect Rocket community number (778-762-3201) in mobile devices – under a such as Emergency Notifications.
Testing schedule for Connect Rocket on Thursday January 31st, 2019. Note: if you have only signed up to receive notifications for only one area, you will receive only one message. If you have signed up for every list, then you will receive 17 notifications throughout the day.
10:00amCity of Campbell River12:15pmVillage of Zeballos
10:15amArea B – Cortes Island 12:30pmVillage of Gold River
10:30amArea D – Oyster Bay / Buttle Lake12:45pmArea C – Quadra Island
Residents and visitors can sign up and manage their contact details at the Strathcona Regional District’s Connect Rocket web page https://strathconard.connectrocket.com/.
Alert Ready is a Canada-wide program that allows Emergency Management Operations in each province and territory to issue emergency alerts. These are sent to all mobile devices in an area (no signup required) and are not initiated by local governments.
To receive Alert Ready emergency alerts, a wireless device must be:
– a smartphone able to use the LTE (or 4G) network for high-speed wireless communication
– wireless Public Alerting compatible;
– have up-to-date software
– connected to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued and
– within the emergency alert area.
Alert Ready was most recently tested in B.C. on Wednesday November 28th.
Section 2(3)(e) of BC Reg.380/95 (Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation) requires that local authorities establish procedures by which those persons who may be harmed or who may suffer loss are notified of an emergency or impending disaster. This responsibility is recognized by public agencies who rely on the local authorities to be the primary source for public emergency alerts. The Strathcona Region District’s Emergency Program utilizes Connect Rocket to provide mass notifications.
The Strathcona Regional District will give advance notice of the next emergency notification systems test once announced by the Province.
The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 43,000 residents.
Protective Services Coordinator
Open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Help Us Catch A Poacher!
January 10, 2019
North Island Zone COs are investigating the illegal killing of 2 elk that were discovered on Sunday January 6th near Gold River. An adult cow elk was discovered in a cut block at approximately 120 km of the Nimpkish Mainline, near the Alston Rd. A calf elk was also discovered in a cut block at approximately 26.5 km of the Gold Mainline near Gold River. Only the four quarters were removed from either elk and the remainder was left to waste. Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters line at 1-877-952-7277.
Mobile Mammogram In Gold River
January 10, 2019
Screening saves lives! The Mammography Mobile will be in Gold River January 16th and 17th.
To book your appointment call 800-663-9203
Council Report From Jan 7
January 10, 2019
Gold River Village Council - January 7, 2019
Present at the regular council meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Brenda Patrick, Rachel Stratton, Kirsty Begon and Joe Sinclair. Village Administrator, Larry Plourde was also present. There was one member of the public, and the press, in the gallery.
During open session resident Colleen Campbell spoke to a letter she had on the agenda regarding the poor service we are receiving from Telus these days. Suzanne Trevis, from the Literacy Resource Centre and Councillor Sinclair both spoke of their own struggle to get Telus out to the community in a timely fashion. Mayor Unger said he would contact Telus to talk about the problem.
The agenda was approved and minutes from the Regular Council Meeting held December 17, 2018 were received.
Council received four reports. The first, from the Administrator, was in regards to the siting of a cell tower, should the community choose to move forward with an application for cell service. Four areas had been proposed: the old CBC tower site above Heber Heights, the water tower at the top of Scout Lake Road, behind the Aquatic Centre, and at the Telus property on Trumpeter Drive, the site of the current tower. Telus had eliminated two, leaving the pool, which is village property and poses a number of obstacles of its own, and the Trumpeter Drive location, which faced a lot of opposition a few years ago. There was much discussion. If we choose to move forward, we will in all likelihood make the list for 2019. However, this option will not include Tsaxana, or reach much of the highway. In general it was felt that it would at least be a step to bigger things. Without committing themselves fully, council did agree to move forward with a public meeting. This will allow the community to get more information from Telus, and let council see what the current community needs/wants are.
The second report touched on a discussion from the last meeting regarding a room at the Jack Christensen Centre for Emergency Social Services. Members had a chance to get together with staff over the holidays and agreed that room #115 would suit their needs.
A report from Parks & Recreation Manager, Mick Mann addressed a resident concern raised last fall regarding roots etc obstructing the walking path at Nimpkish Park. He advised that the section near the tennis courts had been done last year. Plans for the area near the play park had not been finalized due to ongoing talks about a pavilion. The trees left in place during that discussion, will be removed this year as soon as weather permits. Once the trees are gone, roots will be removed and asphalt patched.
The final report concerned a grant application ‘Investing in Canada infrastructure Program Rural and Northern Communities Grant’, a grant to cover the cost of replacing the water main that currently runs under the #1 bridge across the Gold River (Muchalat Drive/Hwy 28). Council had already passed a motion to move forward with the option to replace the line, paid for with a grant, at the December meeting. Conditions of the grant application included a financial analysis and a currently endorsed Water Conservation Plan. There was quite a bit of discussion, most of which centred around Councillor Sinclair’s disagreement with the opinion of the Engineers and other professionals who are advising the Village as to what needs to be done. In the end everyone agreed to move forward with the resolution needed to apply for the grant, which in any case covers 100% of the costs involved.
Under Council Information Items, Mayor Unger asked staff to send a letter to Comox Wing #19 thanking them for attending our Remembrance Day Services and for bringing up their hockey team. The Air Force team have been battling it out against the Oldtimers for a number of years now and it is a much looked forward to event in the community.
The Mayor also advised council that he and the Administrator would be meeting the following day with Kevin Kowalchuck, Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation Band Manager, and Dorothy Hunt, their Lands Manager and EDO. They have a number of things to discuss as well as setting up a meeting between both councils.
The Mayor has also had some conversations with Western Forest Products with regards to obtaining wood for a pavilion in Nimpkish Park. To date, costs to erect a covered structure at the park have been rather high. Council is hoping local businesses such as WFP, the sawmill and the shake mill, could be a part of making it happen at a price the community can more easily afford.
There were eight items of Correspondence with action taken on the following:
• an ad in the Royal Canadian Legion, 15th Annual Military Recognition Book. This is a cause the Village has supported for a number of years. Council agreed to continue that support with an ad in the current issue.
• A letter from Gold River resident, Colleen Campbell regarding Telus service in the community. This had been discussed in open session and the Mayor will be looking into it.
• A letter from Sayward resident, Alex Turner regarding cell service along the highway had also been addressed in a previous discussion.
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 and 90(1)(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements.
The next Council Meeting will take place Monday, Jan 21st, 2019 at 7pm
The Latest From The Ministry of Transportation
January 08, 2019
First the good news, we actually had one of the highway webcams working at 1 p.m. Tuesday. By 2 p.m. it was down, both webcams not working. It's time we rolled up our sleeves and demanded that the the Ministry get off their butts and do something, lives are at stake. Our friends at Tourism Tahsis shared with The Daily Gold the response they got back from the Ministry of Transportation.
The picture you see below is a live webcam shot that I took half an hour ago.......in Antarctia!!!!
They can figure out how to give us perfect coverage of a penguin but they can't get our highway webcams figured out. Not acceptable. Contact Claire Trevena 1-866-387-5100
Rod & Gun Club News
January 06, 2019
Rod & Gun Members, and anyone interested in being a member. Our first members meeting of the new year is Jan 8, 2019 7pm at the club, please come out and meet your newly elected executive and bring your ideas for what you think the club should focus on for the year we would be happy to hear from you.
ICBC Rates Going Up April 1
January 05, 2019
I-C-B-C has received interim approval from the B-C Utilities Commission for a 6.3 per cent hike in basic insurance rates. The public auto insurer says the new rates will apply to new and renewed policies effective on or after April 1st. Attorney General David Eby says the government is undertaking a historic modernization of the auto insurer to make rates fairer. But B-C Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson called for a complete overhaul of the 45-year-old public auto insurer after the proposed rate increase.
HEALTHCARE CAREERS EXPLORATION PROGRAM A SUCCESS IN SD 72, STARTING UP IN SD 71 IN FEBRUARY
January 01, 2020
CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Aboriginal students interested in a career in healthcare can now have a behind-the-scenes experience.
Through a partnership between Island Health’s Aboriginal Employment Program and School District 72, a number of Campbell River students were able to shadow healthcare professionals.
The students shadowed hospital employees for a total of four weeks to get a taste of what it’s like to work in healthcare.
According to Aboriginal employment advisor Michele van der Wielen, students picked which departments they wanted to go to and who they wanted to shadow.
“They get to spend time with up to four different professionals for approximately four hours once a week over four weeks,” van der Wielen said. Students can choose from pharmacy to radiology, and even housekeeping.
“Pretty much anything in the hospital, they can shadow, including administration and food services.”
The program is available to Aboriginal students in grades 11 and 12, but van der Wielen said that spots open up and they are able to take in non-Indigenous students.
After two successful sessions in the Campbell River school district, van der Wielen said the program is coming to the Comox Valley in late February.
“We are trying to increase our Aboriginal workforce with Island Health and we recognize that the increase in our Aboriginal workforce not only meets our core workforce needs but also helps us create a culturally safe environment for all people.”
Van der Wielen said the program is also available in Port Hardy’s school district. Their first round was in early fall 2018, with another round coming in May or June.