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Dec 7

Mount Washington set to open this week; limited water supply a concern

The countdown to opening day is officially on with 1 day to go until the lifts are spinning this winter at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Opening day is set for Friday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m., and the chair lifts are set to run until 3:30 p.m. to Dec. 15. Holiday lift hours and night skiing start Dec. 16 to Jan. 3, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

As of Dec. 6, the Hawk base is at 45cm, with 9 cm of fresh snow arriving within the past 48 hours.

One concern this year the resort is facing is its potable water supply. Earlier this month, they released a statement that noted there are concerns about potential water shortages due to an increase in visitors and record low production of water from nearby springs.

Snowpack in the upper watershed is less than 25 per cent of what is considered normal for the time of the year; because Mount Washington is at the top of the watershed, they are the first to be affected by water shortages.

The resort will be implementing a variety of strategies to help reduce water use, such as shutting off water refill stations; using disposable plates and cutlery to reduce the use of dishwashers; providing bottled water for sale at outlets and retail locations around the resort; adding porta-potties outside to reduce indoor use and encouraging overnight and arriving guests to bring a supply of bottled water with them.

The resort is preparing to house a backup water supply for emergency needs but warned there is a potential for a boil water advisory that may affect resort operations, guests and community residents.

For those living or overnighting on the mountain, they are encouraging residents to take shorter showers, reduce the number of toilet flushings and recycle unused water.

 

Dec 5

REMINDER TO PLEASE ATTEND THE MOUHSS THIS MONDAY, DECEMBER 12TH 2022
**in order for services to continue to be supported and funded, access and use needs to remain consistent!**

We will be hosting an information and access day to introduce Kaylin and the second go-around for the MOUHSS on MONDAY, DECEMBER 12TH 2022 10:00AM-12:30PM on the unit at the JCC parking lot. (Weather dependant)

Here you can check in with both Kaylin and myself (RSW), provide your feedback about what you hope to see on the unit over the next 8 months, and access the services and supplies on board. We hope to see as many folks as possible out to this event on the 5th to show our funders how much this service is needed in community. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you out at the December 5th check in day!!!

To reach our coordinator;
Kaylin Fowler 778-348-3581
grmouhss@gmail.com
 

 

 

Dec 5

Co-op Update: A message from Glen Morrison

There have been questions on FB about benefits of membership. "If anyone can shop at the Co-op, why would I want a membership which costs $300?"

The main reason to want a Co-op membership is to invest in food security for the community of Gold River. The initial membership drive was to raise enough money to secure financing for start-up costs. The more members the Co-op has, the more funds are available to develop the store: more coolers, shelving, point of sale and accounting software, signage etc. In other words, joining the Co-op makes the Co-op a better place for you to shop.

As a member, you also have access to membership pricing on special purchases, will be able to place orders from the Co-op's suppliers online (still under development), are able to vote at the annual general meeting, thus having a say in how the Co-op is run and are able to be proud of helping create and support Gold River's community owned grocery store!

As the Co-op grows and succeeds (with your support), your membership investment will also grow. My personal experience with my previous community Co-op saw my $120 membership investment grow to over $1800 over the 30 years I was a member!

A Co-op is a wonderful business model. Like Costco, your initial investment entitles you to membership advantages. Unlike Costco, membership costs are a once for a lifetime membership and the profits of the Co-op remain in the community: all profits are plowed into improving the Co-op or increasing membership dividends.

You are always welcome to shop at the Gold River Village Co-op even if you don't live in Gold River or surrounding communities. But, by investing in a membership, you are investing in and supporting Gold River's community owned grocery store.

Dec 1

Alleged drug traffickers on Vancouver Island with Hells Angels ties face ‘serious charges

Four alleged drug traffickers with ties to the Hells Angels on Vancouver Island are facing charges following a four-year joint law enforcement operation.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. held a press conference Thursday, Dec. 1, to announce the charges, which came as a result of the joint operation with the RCMP’s federal serious organized crime unit.

The investigation, which began in June 2018, led to the seizure of 22 guns, more than 13 kilograms of illicit drugs, and charges approved against four men from Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Campbell River and Port Alberni.

The investigation and subsequent charges have “helped prevent the expansion of Hells Angels Motorcycle Club chapters on Vancouver Island,” noted the press release from CFSEU-B.C.

The special enforcement unit said the investigation targeted “the criminal networks of members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Nanaimo and their support clubs, the Savages MC and Devils Army MC and their alleged drug trafficking operation on Vancouver Island.”

CFSEU said the seized drugs included 7.75kg of cocaine, 4kg of cannabis, 1.9kg of methamphetamine, 248 oxycodone pills, and more. The guns seized included an Uzi, five pistols, 12 rifles and four shotguns, as well as ammunition and explosives. Law enforcement officers also seized 25 electronic devices and three motor vehicles related to the case.

Manny Mann, chief officer for CFSEU-B.C., said in the release that the lengthy and complex investigation resulted “in significant seizures of potentially deadly drugs and serious charges.”

Supt. Richard Bergevin, officer in charge of B.C. RCMP’s federal serious organized crime major projects, said bringing the case to prosecution demonstrates the law enforcement partners’ “collective ability to effectively collaborate across federal and provincial lines in order to fulfill our shared mandate of protecting B.C. against the most serious threats.”

The men facing various charges include Kristopher Stephen Smith, 44, of Nanaimo; Sean Oliver Douglas Kendall, 44, from Port Alberni; William Bradley Thompson, 58, from Ladysmith; and William Karl Paulsen, 51, from Campbell River. Thompson has been arrested and released on a promise to appear in court. Arrest warrants have been issued for Smith, Paulsen, and Kendall and anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact a local police detachment or Crime Stoppers.

Nov 28

Widespread snowfall expected next week for Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast

It appears old man winter might be paying the Island  a visit this week with temperatures near zero and snowfall likely.Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist Derek Lee says cold air from the north will start making its way to the Island starting on Monday, combining with some damp air.

“We are looking at a pacific system bringing moisture and colliding with the cold air,” said Lee. “So, we are looking at a rather widespread chance of snow even down to the lower elevations across Vancouver Island on Tuesday night and into Wednesday.”

Lee adds the area could see snowfall upwards of 10 centimetres and higher amounts inland. The amount of snow will depend on the timing of the storm, whether or not it comes overnight with lower temperatures.

The reason for the snowfall is because of this year’s La Niña weather pattern with colder air. Snow this early happened last year and earlier, with 23 centimetres falling in November 2006.

“La Niña generally brings colder than average temperatures to B.C., but colder does not always mean we get more snow,” said Lee. “Arctic air can often be very dry, but it does create certain conditions to be cold enough to see widespread snow.”

While the snow will lock in more water higher in the mountains, Lee says it is not the best system to see when water is required coming out of the drought.

Lee cautions drivers and those commuting to be mindful of the conditions on the roads.

“Prepare for rapidly changing weather conditions, heavy snow can lead to slippery conditions and reduced visibility,” said Lee. “As always we encourage the public to stay tuned to the forecast to get the latest timing of the event.”

Nov 25

Construction beginning on Connected Coast project in Gold River

The Strathcona Regional District’s Connected Coast project has come to Gold River, bringing the village one step closer to faster, more reliable internet.

Construction has started on the village’s new fibre optic network, with the first step being the necessary backbone infrastructure that will deliver the services in the future.

“CityWest is thrilled to see the progress being made. Beginning construction in Gold River is another great milestone in our plan to bring better connectivity to Vancouver Island,” said Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest, the SRD’s partner in the project.

From there, the village will be connected to the rest of the project’s infrastructure, giving locals full fibre-optic connection.

The project in Gold River is expected to be finished next year.

 

 

Nov 23

New funding announced to beef up specialized units and rural police forces

The B.C. government will be spending $230 million over the next three years to help rural police forces and specialized units to have enough officers.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe, and my government is working on every front to protect our communities and make them stronger,” said premier David Eby in a release.

“As part of our Safer Communities Action Plan, we will help ensure that the RCMP can operate to its full capability to keep people safe. The actions today will help stabilize policing and provide our provincial police force with the staff resources they need to address public safety concerns head on.”

Money will go towards filling vacancies in rural police detachments in communities of less than 5,000 people, allowing provincially funded regional RCMP units to reach their fully authorized staffing levels of 2,602 officers and beefing up special units.

 

Nov 19

Enjoy A Drink On B.C. Ferries But Prepare To Dig Deep Into Your Wallet

Fancy a beer or wine while you sail aboard a major route on BC Ferries?

Well, you’re in luck. As of November 9th, travellers aboard BC Ferries vessels travelling between Victoria and Vancouver can now purchase alcoholic drinks from the Coastal Café.

This comes after a successful pilot project where BC Ferries sold wine and beer at its Pacific Buffet for five months without incident back in October 2019.

Travellers aged 19 or older can now purchase up to two alcoholic beverages on board sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, from the Coastal Café.

“We’ve heard from many passengers that they would like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with their meal while on board,” the website reads. “We are adding alcoholic beverages to the menu in select Coastal Cafes as a way to improve the customer experience.”

The drink options include 355 millilitre cans of beer, cider, or a “refreshment beverage,” as well as a 250-millilitre glass of wine.

These are the drink options that will be available:

  • 12-ounce glass of cider costs about $7.49 plus tax

  • 12-ounce refreshment beverage costs about $7.49 plus tax

  • 8.5-ounce (250ml) glass of wine costs about $13.99 plus tax

  • 12-ounce (355ml) glass of beer ranges from $6.99 plus tax to $7.99 plus tax

Customers won’t be allowed to take their alcoholic drinks out of the Coastal Café area, and children are still allowed to sit in the cafeteria area, just as they would at a typical restaurant.

Currently, alcoholic drinks are only available between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, however, BC Ferries says it plans to expand the sale of alcohol to sailings between Tsawwassen and Duke Point, and between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay.

Nov 18

Twighlight Madness is coming your way November 25th 6pm-8pm!

Businesses will be open late for your shopping needs! Plus it’s sounding like we’ll have some fun treats out for the family to enjoy as well!

The Gold River Literacy Society will be open, and will have cookie DECORATING! That’s right! Come down and decorate your own cookies! Three7Five Cafe will be open with holiday hot drinks and treats for sale too.

Businesses open will include: Gold River Telepharmacy, Green Gold, Fields Gold River, Gold River Liquor Express, Marion and Christina's second hand store and Tool Rentals, and Bubbles & Biscuits Spaw + Boutique

Each business is planning its own specials/sales, so please make the rounds and check in. Also don’t forget to check out the craft fair at the same time!! It’s gonna be a GREAT evening/weekend in Gold River.

Nov 17

A Message from VIW MOUHSS.  Great  News!

I am writing to you all today with some really wonderful news for those that do not already know; the VIW MOUHSS has been approved for a second round of funding meaning the Mobile Outreach Unit for Health and Social Supports (MOUHSS – “Moose”) will continue one day a week in the community of Gold River until July 2023!!! The new coordinator, Kaylin, will be supporting this project which will continue on MONDAYS from 10:30am-12:30pm and will continuously be located at the Jack Christiansen Centre parking lot in Gold River.

Access to the MOUHSS is free, confidential, and for anyone and everyone (all ages, backgrounds, demographics, otherwise). With this funding extension we will be looking to expand our project to incorporate potential paid peer programming, weekly hot meals, and increased connections and resources. It is vitally important to the success of this project, that everyone assist in spreading the information and/or come to check the mobile unit out yourselves. As we all know, for regional resources to be funded, we must continue to see a need & utilization. We see this through the number of folks who access the space weekly, your assistance in ensuring those who may benefit from this resource know how and when to access is so very much appreciated.

We will be hosting an information and access day to introduce Kaylin and the second go-around for the MOUHSS on MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH 2022 10:00AM-12:30PM on the unit at the JCC parking lot. (weather dependant)

Here you can check in with both Kaylin and myself (RSW), provide your feedback about what you hope to see on the unit over the next 8 months, and access the services and supplies on board. We hope to see as many folks as possible out to this event on the 5th to show our funders how much this service is needed in community. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you out at the December 5th check in day!!!

To reach our coordinator;

Kaylin 778-348-3581

grmouhss@gmail.com

Drivers to prepare for winter driving conditions across Vancouver Island

Remember to turn on your headlights and tail lights to help other drivers see you.

That reminder from Mainroad, a highway maintenance contractor on Vancouver Island.

As fog and snow moves in, they create poor visibility too.

Road crews will be continuing to service highways over the winter season, to apply ‘specific material’ to the roads ahead of weather conditions.

“Road cones don’t disappear in winter… slow down and drive with extreme care near a Cone Zone, watch for crews. Stay alert and minimize distractions. Show respect for the person working at the side of the road. Make sure to give them space (move over to another lane, if it’s safe to do so) and obey traffic control,” says General Manager Chris Cowley.

Crews will also be pre-salting the roads for snowy and icy conditions.

Anyone wanting to know about/report traffic delays or road conditions is asked to call Main Road’s call center at 1-877-215-7122.

Nov 18

Grieg Seafood Is Hiring

It takes a big, committed team to raise our fish, from egg to healthy, beautiful salmon.

We are an inclusive employer, and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. See our open positions online by visiting our website at griegseafood.com/bc-careers

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Nov 14

Fast ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver slated to start next summer

A company planning a fast ferry between Nanaimo and Vancouver promises the service will start next summer.

The new Vancouver Island Ferry Company held a launch event Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Port of Nanaimo.

“This is the stuff ferry tales are made of,” joked Rupesh Amin, CEO of Conqora Capital Partners, the company’s financial backers.

The foot-passenger-only ferry service is slated to start in summer 2023 with terminals at the Port of Nanaimo’s cruise ship terminal and the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre in downtown Vancouver.

Two high-speed catamaran vessels are being built by the Netherland’s Damen Group and will each hold more than 350 passengers in three classes of seating, referred to as business, premium and comfort class. Fares haven’t been announced, but the company says the price points will be “family friendly.”

Sailing schedules are also yet to be determined, but there will be multiple sailings per day and the crossing time will be approximately 70 minutes. Alastair Caddick, the company’s CEO, said sailings will be early enough for commuters and late enough to come home after sporting events or concerts, for example.

Seats will be fully reservable, but there will also be availability for walk-on passengers. Caddick said the company can promise a “modern, comfortable experience” for travellers, with wi-fi and food and beverage available on board.

The vessels will each be powered by four engines.

“We will only operate them safely and to ensure passenger comfort, but we’re very confident in their ability to sail in these waters reliably and with a high frequency,” Caddick said.

The Port of Nanaimo, Snuneymuxw First Nation and Conqora announced a long-term lease agreement a little over a year ago. The Nanaimo-based Vancouver Island Ferry Company has since been set up and its website, http://vifc.com, is now live.

“We’re committed,” Amin said. “I know that there’s been a lot of questions and sometimes there still are around whether this is real, but let me guarantee that this is real, it’s here and it’s here to stay.”

He said he thinks the new service will be a “transformative” addition to the transportation system on the coast.

“We’re here to connect people to the other side, whichever way you’re coming, but also to connect people to possibilities,” Amin said.

Donna Hais, Nanaimo Port Authority chairperson, said the community has needed greater access for a very long time. She said while the existing B.C. Ferries routes, helicopters and planes provide great service, they can’t keep up with the service demands of a rapidly growing city.

Greater access to friends and family members, health services, sports and entertainment and tourism opportunities are some of the benefits a foot-passenger ferry would bring, she said.

“I know what Conqora’s projections look like for capacity. I know about the 600,000, 650,000 passengers,” Hais said. “I know as a member of this community, we’re going to surpass that. Two vessels will quickly be filled up.”

Snuneymuxw Coun. Erralyn Joseph said a foot passenger ferry has been a priority for the First Nation for many years and said it was a “momentous” occasion to reach this point after working with Conqora and the port authority to overcome so many challenges.

Mayor Leonard Krog credited those who have worked toward and remained optimistic about a foot ferry service over various iterations, operators and proposals over the years. It’s something people in Nanaimo have “hoped for, wished for, waited desperately for, panted for, practically,” the mayor said.

Nov 14

BC Parks gears up for opening of camping reservations

The online reservation system for BC Parks campsites will open early in the new year, and they are gearing up after last year’s very busy season.

Jan. 3 will be the opening date for reservations and people will be able to book earlier in advance with a four-month window instead of only two.

Last year, more than 317,000 bookings were made on the new BC Parks reservation service. That’s an increase of 26.5 per cent, according to the province.

“Through our ongoing visitor engagement, we’ve heard the majority of campers prefer a four-month rolling window, allowing people to book a site well in advance of their visit,” said minister of environment and climate change, George Heyman

 

“We will continue to listen to public feedback so we can improve people’s park experiences, and everyone can easily access the many beautiful parks and backcountry areas our province has to offer.”

More campgrounds are also being added to the new reservation service for the 2023 season, according to the province.

There are more than 10,000 reservable day-use and overnight accommodations available that range from day-use passes, parking permits and campsites. The province adds they are working to expand its opportunities for outdoor recreation.

“We are fortunate to live in a province that has an abundance of spectacular parks for people to connect with nature and learn about Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture,” said parliamentary secretary for environment, Kelly Greene.

“We continue to expand opportunities for camping and improve accessibility so more people can experience the natural treasures of our beautiful province.”

Over $21 million is being invested for new campsites, trails and upgrades to existing facilities, according to B.C.

A complete list of reservable dates can be found on the BC Parks website. The in-progress reservation site can be viewed here.

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Nov 10/22

ELK RIVER BRIDGE NOV 18th CLOSURE NOTICE

CMF Construction Ltd. is currently working on replacing Elk River Bridge, 20km
east of Gold River, BC on Highway 28 for Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure. To ensure safety of drivers and road users during our construction
activity, road closure will be required in coming days.

CMF will need to conduct full 2-hour closure of Elk River Bridge from 1:00 PM to
3:00 PM on Friday, November 18th. This closure is required to launch and install
temporary detour structure. Traffic will not be allowed to cross the existing bridge
during this time, with exception of emergency vehicles. Please adhere to
instructions by traffic control personnel stationed at edge of closures and do not
enter the work area for your own safety.

For emergency vehicles requiring to cross the bridge during road closure period,
all efforts will be made to clear the road for safe passage. Please note, depending
on which stage of work we are at, it may take some time to clear the road.

Thank you for your patience during this project.

Highway Webcams

24 km West of Campbell River 

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Crest Lake webcam 14 km east of Gold River CLICK HERE

Important: If you want to see how the roads are but its dark outside you can see what the roads were like just before it got dark.  Click the webclam link and you will see the "replay the day" tab.

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Nov 8

Our New Mayor & Council

Congratulations to Mayor Lott and Councillars Pringle, Fossen, Pichert and Wehlmeier

 

Nov 6

Grieg Seafood has been awarded the Best Aquaculture Practices certification by the Global Aquaculture Alliance, the leading standards-setting organization for aquaculture seafood.

The Best Aquaculture Practices standards are developed by a committee of diverse stakeholders including leading progressive environmental organizations.

The review process involved an audit of Grieg’s social responsibility, food safety, animal welfare and traceability processes and systems, as well as audits at its farms. Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards for salmon farms incorporate ongoing guidelines and quantitative criteria for veterinary care, nets, and feed content and feed ratios.

Nov 1

Island Health issues drug poisoning advisory for Campbell River

Overdoses increasing in Campbell River

Island Health is warning people who use drugs of an increase in drug toxicity in Campbell River.

According to an Island Health release, overdoses and drug poisoning are increasing in Campbell River. This puts people who use opioids and stimulants at an increased risk of overdose from injection and inhalation.

If someone overdoses, Island Health advises people to call 911 and stay with the person, to administer naloxone, and give one rescue breath every five seconds.

Tips for safer drug use include getting drugs checked at the Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) at 1330 Dogwood Street, Unit 5. Drug checking is immediate, and available Tuesdays and Fridays between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sample drop off is also available. The OPS is also open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.Island Health also recommends that people carry naloxone, and visit naloxonetraining.com for a training refresher.

Those who do use drugs are recommended to not mix substances, including alcohol and prescription drugs, as these can increase the risk of overdose. People using drugs are urged to start low and go slow, to know their tolerance (which can be lower after not using for a while, or if people are sick). Island Health also suggests staggering use with a friend to ensure someone can respond if needed.

If a person uses drugs alone, Island Health recommends letting someone else know and asking them to do periodic check ins, to download the Connect by Lifeguard app (lifeguarddh.com) and to call the National OD Response Service at 1-888-688-6677.

 

Nov 1

On-land salmon farms have potential- Gold River

With a transition from open-net pen salmon farms coming in 2025, the president of a land-based salmon farm project says with more time it could be a possible solution.

Gold River Aquafarms Limited is working on getting an on-land steelhead salmon farm up and running. President Robert Walker says the system is fairly simple and is a matter of putting parts together.

“It’s just about containing water in which you grow fish,” said Walker. “We will have two wells, one salt water and one fresh water and we’ll blend them. We’ll use the fresh water in the hatchery area and blended salt water in the juvenile area.

“We’ll be using the existing warehouses that are on the mill site and they will house a capacity of 3,000 tons a year in production.”

For full story click here

Oct 28

CHEK TV Features Gold River Co-op

CHEK TV did a nice story on our new Co-op, complete with video.

To view it click here  

Oct 28

CO-OP  A Message From Greg Dobson

During the AGM for the Village Co-Op last night, several people mentioned that there may be a misconception around membership and the ability to shop in the store, so I thought it was important to clarify the issue.

First, ANYONE can shop at the Co-Op, not just members. There are several benefits to being a member, but it's certainly not necessary - anyone can stroll in and enjoy some fantastic organic carrots.

Now, there are several benefits involved with being a member - there will be member pricing sales or selections as I understand it, and also once the website is up, members will be able to place and prepay for orders online, direct from the Co-Op's supplier, which can be picked up from the store once delivered. Additionally, as with most Co-Ops, once the store hits a certain level of profitability you will earn dividends which are paid out yearly in most cases.

If you're concerned about the upfront cost, why not have a chat with the GM of the store? Maybe there are alternative ways to purchase or earn a membership - never hurts to ask! But in the meantime, I hope this clears up any confusion about who can enjoy the Co-Op - because that would be everyone

 

Oct 24

Life on the edge: Will Arnett narrates new Netflix docuseries on Vancouver Island

Island of the Sea Wolves just released

A Canadian actor and comedian is lending his voice to a Netflix nature documentary series focused on Vancouver Island, set to be released in October.

Will Arnett is narrating Island of the Sea Wolves, a docuseries that explores natural life on the Island, ocean life, bald eagles and sea wolves.

Season one is set for release on Oct. 11, and is directed by Jeff and Chelsea Turner of River Road Films, a Vancouver-based production company that specializes in natural history documentaries.

Jeff Turner has created more than 40 natural history documentaries for BBC, CBC, PBS, Discover Channel and National Geographic. He’s also worked as a producer, director and cinematographer on the BBC series, Planet Earth, and produced, wrote and shot the IMAX feature film, The Great Bear Rainforest.

Chelsea Turner, the daughter of River Road Films co-founders Jeff and Susan Turner, has also worked as a film producer and director, creating natural history stories.

Island of the Sea Wolves features sweeping photography of some of the Island’s iconic locations and species including bears, bald eagles, Vancouver Island Marmots, sea otters and sea wolves.

“This is life on the edge; it’s life on Vancouver Island,” Arnett notes.

Click here to view the trailer for the documentary: https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/81341781

Oct 24

MP Blaney calls for federal investments to keep North Island emergency rooms open 

OTTAWA – This Friday in Question Period, NDP MP Rachel Blaney (North Island-Powell River) took the federal government to task over the lack of emergency health care services in North Island communities. 

“Hospital emergency rooms in Port Hardy, Alert Bay and Port McNeill have been closing, repeatedly for the past few months, because there isn’t enough staff to keep them open,” said Blaney. 

Since August, Island Health has been announcing closures of emergency departments in North Island due to limited staffing availability, primarily nursing coverage. According to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), 45 per cent of nurses have been clinically diagnosed with burnout and there is no plan in place to stabilize the workforce. 

“Residents of North Island are extremely concerned that emergency rooms are not there when they need them,” said Blaney. 

Decades of cuts to federal health care transfers by Liberal and Conservative governments, exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have undermined our healthcare system’s ability to keep emergency rooms open and fully staffed. $31 billion has been taken out of Canadians’ health care over 10 years, and the federal share of health-care spending in Canada has plummeted from the original 50 per cent to 22 per cent. 

“Will this government provide significant and stable long-term funding for health care and address this crisis?” said Blaney. 

In addition to calling for an increase to federal health care transfers, New Democrats have advocated for the federal government to address Canada’s ongoing health-care system issues, such as staffing shortages and emergency room closures in hospitals, by reducing red tape for internationally trained health-care workers to become qualified in Canada, and hiring at least 50,000 long-term care workers. 

Oct 22

BC Ferries fares get more expensive

BC Ferries is changing its fuel surcharge for the third time this year.

Starting on November 1st, its current fuel surcharge of 2.5% will increase to 4%.

The cost for an adult will increase 70 cents and $3.15 for a vehicle and driver on the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes.

For inter-island routes, it’ll increase an average of 40 cents for an adult and $1.70 for a vehicle and driver.

In a news release, BC Ferries says that for the past 18 years, it has been using a fuel rebate/surcharge mechanism to manage the volatility in the price of fuel and it does not benefit financially from surcharges or rebates.

When fuel prices are lower, that price is passed to customers through a fuel rebate.

When fuel prices are higher, BC Ferries adds a surcharge specifically designed to cover the additional cost.

There have also been periods where neither option is used.

Oct 20

Co-op AGM

The Gold River Village Co-op's members AGM is this Monday 7pm at the Gold River legion. We are looking to replace and/or add some board of directors. You must be a paid member to be on the board, so if you are interested we will be taking memberships before the meeting from 6:30-7pm.

 

It takes a village. A lifetime membership is $300, we will accept etransfer, cheque or cash at the meeting. Thanks for your continuing support.

Oct 20

STRATHCONA REGIONAL DISTRICT – REGIONAL RECREATION COLLABORATION SURVEY

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is researching opportunities for regional collaboration in recreation services through a feasibility study and survey conducted by project consultants, RCS Strategies.

“This study is important for us to better understand how to best provide regional recreation opportunities in the future. We encourage residents within the region to participate in the survey because it will help the project team better understand the recreational activities that are most important, discover local recreation trends, and, identify opportunities for the various organization and local governments in the region to better work together” said Renée Laboucane, SRD Manager, Strategic Initiatives.

The regional recreation services feasibility study project will:

  • Analyze existing recreation services, assets, facilities and programs currently available through local governments within the SRD;

  • Identify future needs and trends;

  • Identify a range of collaborative options and models; and

  • Recommend potential operational efficiencies (training, program software, purchasing, etc.) that could arise as a result of increased collaboration and/or an integrated recreation services model.

This project is scheduled for completion in early 2023 and the feasibility study will be used as a resource by the SRD Board and local governments to inform future discussions and decision-making regarding recreation.

Please complete the online survey by October 30th for a chance to win a $100 grocery gift card.
www.srd.ca/regional-recreation-study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 15  

Gold River Has A New Mayor!

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Our New Mayor & Council

Congratulations to Mayor Lott and Councillars Pringle, Fossen, Pichert and Wehlmeier

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Oct 6

Curling ice is being installed!

Clinic date to be announced once the ice is in, but we need to get people to let me know who is interested and in! Regular league curling will be Wednesday nights.

There will be no charge for the clinic, just come out and give it a try. Contact Candice or Sheila Millard you are interested,.

Oct 1

Vancouver Island Regional Library budget reflects economy, demand for services

The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL)’s recently-passed budget will help maintain service levels for libraries in Campbell River and the rest of the Strathcona Regional District.

The budget, which was adopted at the Sept. 24 meeting of the VIRL board of trustees, reflects both the state of the economy and the demand for services felt throughout the region. VIRL’s budget for the year is $33,140,504, of which municipal and regional levies will contribute $27,501,775. Over 2022, it is an average increase of 8.10 per cent. Support came from 86 per cent of trustees in attendance at the meeting.

“With costs rising everywhere, these are challenging times for organizations, governments, families, and individuals in every corner of VIRL’s service area,” says Gaby Wickstrom, Chair of the VIRL Board of Trustees. “I truly believe now more than ever is the time to commit to investing in our libraries. After all, libraries ensure equitable access to technology, educational materials, children’s resources, and so much more, no matter your circumstances or challenges. As always, I am proud to lead a Board that was able to deliver a budget that will not compromise on service, and that affirms our confidence in and commitment to our world-class library system.”

Joëlle Samson, who is library manager for the Campbell River branch as well as other branches throughout the Strathcona region, says that the budget will help maintain current levels of service through the large service area she manages.

“The passing of this budget means that all VIRL branches, including Campbell River, will be able to maintain the service levels that folks expect from their library, including no fines on materials,” she said. “For libraries located in the Strathcona Regional District, which are supported by the Campbell River Branch, it means that staff can continue to travel to each library on a semi-regular basis to provide programming and outreach to communities. Branches supported by Campbell River include Quadra Island, Cortes Island, Tahsis, Gold River and Sayward libraries.”

September 30

VI Regional Library Gold River

What does your dream library look like? Join us on Oct.4, from 6-8pm, to share your ideas and to help us shape our 2023-2027 strategic plan.

Sign up here: http://ow.ly/VOFv50KTIrP

Province urging vaccines as we head into flu season

The B.C. government is expecting a surge in both COVID-19 and influenza this fall and is recommending people get their boosters as well as the yearly flu shot.

Provincial officials said influenza is especially expected to rise because of two years of low rates due to travel and socialization restrictions.

The province expects up to an additional 700 patients will need hospitalization over the coming months due to COVID-19.

They expect the peak hospitalizations for patients with the flu to be up to 1,200.

Invitations for fall booster shots for COVID-19 will be available to those who had their last shot at least six months ago.

People in long-term care and assisted-living facilities will be able to get their flu shot starting the week of Oct. 3.

The rest of the province can get theirs the week of Oct. 11, following the Thanksgiving long weekend.The flu shot is free for everyone six months or older.

For the first time, provincial officials said seniors older than 65 can get a free enhanced influenza vaccine that gives better protection against the flu.

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Thanks Kelsey!

We would like to take the time to say a big thank you to Captain Kelsey Kargus for all her service at the fire hall over the past four years. Kelsey was very dedicated to the hall and will be missed by everyone! Today was Kelsey’s last day with the GRVFD. We want to wish her all the best in her future adventures!

All the best Kelsey!

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Sept 26

Clothing Exchange

Clothing exchange, Wednesday September 28 at 7:00 pm. Check your closet, bring your gently used clothing and accessories that you no longer wear...just in time to refresh your wardrobe for fall.

Sept 22

Smoke visible as crews work on wildfire near Gold River

The BC Wildfire Service says a fire near Gold River has grown, prompting action from fire crews.

According to the BC Wildfire Service dashboard, the Herber River fire north of Gold River was started on Sept. 6 by lightning.

The fire was not being targeted directly by fire crews because of its location. The service says the fire is burning in very difficult-to-access terrain and was being monitored.

A monitored response means trigger points are set up and if the fire starts to get near those points action might be required, according to the service.

They say the fire has now increased to about 120 hectares in size. A 20-person Salish Unit Crew is on location at the fire.BC Wildfire Service says there is no danger to communities or infrastructure at this time.

Sept 22

Status update on the Heber River Fire.

It has grown to 120 hectares and it’s NOT moving closer to the community at this time. Originally it was a ‘Monitor Fire’ because it was burning in inaccessible and unsafe terrains. 20 personnel from the Salish Unit Crew are enroute to the Quinsam Fire Base so you’ll start to be seeing helicopters and personnel attacking this fire but that is because it is moving closer to timber values NOT because it is moving closer to Gold River. No critical infrastructure or lives are at risk, nor are they predicted to be in the future from this fire. Forecast shows rain in the future.

Below are some frequently asked questions:

When will we know if we have to evacuate?

If there is any indication that a wildfire may be a concern to lives or critical infrastructure BC Wildfire Service personnel will contact Gold River and Strathcona RD emergency personnel to inform them of the situation. In this case, this has not happened because there was never a prediction that lives or critical infrastructure would be at risk from this wildfire. If a wildfire, or any emergency situation, requires the community to take protective actions our most immediate dissemination method is our Alertable mass notification system and you can sign up for free at https://alertable.ca/signup/index.html?site=BC16.... If you had an account with our previous Connect Rocket system your account has been transferred over to Alertable.

 

Alertable also has a wonderful App that everyone should please download to their cellphone (if you have one of course). RCMP and Search and Rescue are the organizations tasked with delivering door-to-door evacuation notices if we ever get to that point to ensure no one is missed.

The emergency program also maintains community group email lists to send out weather alerts that are rated FYI or above (the four categories being FYI, Significant, Severe and Extreme), as well as upcoming training and news related to the emergency program. Let me know if you would you like me to add your email to my Gold River emergency group email list. All group emails are sent BCC so information is kept confidential.

Where can I get updated information?

Your best source is always the authority that has jurisdiction over the event, which in this case is BC Wildfire. You can call the Coastal Fire Centre information line at 250-951-4209 or visit their Wildfires of Note website http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/.../WildfireNews/OneFire.asp

How can I help?

Please seriously consider joining the Gold River Fire Department, Emergency Support Services or Emergency Communications Team.

What is the risk of wildfire in Gold River?

You can view Gold River’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan at this link https://srd.ca/.../gold-river-community-wildfire.../ as well as a complementary YouTube educational video summarizing the CWPP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q9P9FFAuww&t=7s

Where can I learn more about Evacuation Stages?

Visit https://srd.ca/services/emergency-preparedness/. If anyone is ever placed under an Evacuation Alert we will provide the attached list of protective actions they can consider taking to better protect their home and property from wildfire damage.

 

 

Sept 18

Dental care for kids ‘step in right direction’ — MP Rachel Blaney

Canada’s new dental care program is a “step in the right direction” towards helping Canadians have more affordable lives, North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney says.

“Constituents have told me their household budgets are stretched to the limit with the rising cost of living and the lack of affordable housing,” said Blaney. “That’s why New Democrats pressed the government to deliver these measures that will put money back in your pockets and help you get ahead.”

The program is a product of the federal NDP’s confidence and supply agreement with the Liberal government.

 

The agreement was reached in March, where one of the NDP’s terms was that Canada adopt a national dental care program. On Sept. 12, the first step toward that program was announced with a temporary dental care benefit for most families with children under 12.  For full story click here

Sept 16

ALL CANDIDATES MEETING

Gerry Morgan Memoria Cente Sept 29. 

Doors open 6:30, Meeting starts 6:45

 

GUIDELINES

This is an informal kind of All-Candidates Meeting. Doors will open, and constituents and candidates are given 15 minutes to walk around the room, get to know each other and discuss issues that matter to the community.

 

Meeting will be called to start. The moderator will welcome candidates and guests, thank them for attending the event and review of the agenda for the evening and the chosen format.

 

Candidates are each given an equal length of time 1.5-2.5 min to introduce themselves, why they are running and/or present a broad issue that are important to them.

 

Residents submit their questions in writing at the beginning and during the event. Moderator will randomly draw questions and screen them to ensure that they are on topic and that have not been asked, are appropriate, are on issues that would affect the community as a whole (and not just one or two members) and are respectful. If question is not addressed to one candidate, the panel will have an opportunity to answer by raising their hand

 

Moderator asks for questions from the audience. Residents wanting to address the candidates can do so by walking up to the microphone. Questions will be formed in 30 seconds or less.

 

If time warrants, we will allow candidates to respond to each other, especially if they are discussing issues that are contentious or important to the community. We will give the candidates a specific amount of time to speak so that they do not go off on tangents or engage in arguments! Candidates are each given an equal length of time 1.5-2.5 min to make any closing comments.

 

Rules

 

A reasonable decorum will be expected by the guests and candidates to ensure a fair and reasonable discussion. The moderator will ensure and maintain a productive and respectful environment.

 

If anyone acts out of line and fails to maintain a reasonable decorum, they will be asked to leave the event immediately. We take the respect of candidates and guests very seriously. . We ask the candidates to respect each other by not speaking over one another and

 

speaking to each other in a civilized manner. We ask the audience to respect the candidates and applaud good ideas rather than the candidates themselves.

No campaign related information can be passed out inside the room-if you wish to hand out material, do so before and after the question and answer period at your table. No campaign related buttons, banners or posters are allowed in the room.

 

Sept 16

Gold River Men's Reunion Hockey Tournament

September 23 & 24. Games times are the same both nights

Old Timers: 6:30pm-8:00pm

 

Young Timers: 8:00pm-9:30pm

 

Lounge is open both nights starting at 6:30pm.Come down have a beer or pop,some great laughs while cheering on current and past residents of

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Sept 15

Legion Open House October 10, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Legion

Alcohol Free Family Event Burgers, Hot and Cold Beverages, Come see who we are & what we do! Military Displays, Memorabilia, Membership Drive,

Information on Supporting Veterans, their Families, & our Community, And even Entertainment!!!

Sept 11

Two  Gold River Properties On Tax Sale

As per section 645 of the Local Government Act, the Village of Gold River will be auctioning off two properties in a tax sale unless delinquent taxes are paid. See attachment for details.

Information on the tax sale process can be found here:

Sept 11

Who Wil Be The Next Mayor & Council of Gold River?

Check to see who is running for office this election and click here

Sept 8

Gold River Days What a fantastic weekend!!!  (msg from our mayor)

I would first like to thank the major sponsors again this year, without your support events like these would not take place.

WFP, Cypress Creek Logging, Grieg Seafood, Village of Gold River

There are many groups and people to thank,

For the parade- Chamber of Commerce, Rangers, Royal Canadian Legion, Mowachat Muchalaht First Nation, WFP, Cypress Creek, First Responders, Dave Dakin, old vehicles, Doug Vandenburg,

The Show and Shine- Chamber of Commerce, North Island Cruisers, Gold River skating and minor hockey clubs.

Gold River Nootka Sound Art Society- Keit

h and Chris Broad, Brenda Patrick and all the incredible artists we have here.

The Gold River Reveller- Duck Race, G R Fire department for making a river

The Ball tournament- Tre Amos and her helpers, umpires, and all the Teams who participated.

Beer Garden in the park- Monika Manhas, Amy Dupuis and all their supporters

The Band - Alex, Graham, Christina, and Glen

Party in the Park- Christina Hodkinson-Crook

Grieg Seafood- BBQ Salmon

WFP- Burger/Dogs/drinks

Rod and Gun (John and Bea Bruce) fishing tank

Bounce a Rama

Gold River Volunteer Fire Department and BCEHS (Ambulance)

Gold River Skating Club- putt off

And all the vendors selling their merchandise

Thanks also to our Village Staff and Employees

Thanks everyone, can’t wait until next year.

I hope I have not missed anyone, if I did my apologies.

On behalf of Council

Mayor Brad Unger

Sept 7

Gold River Skating Club

Just a reminded that the registration night for this years season is Mnday September 19th between 6:30 and 8:30 at the Gold River High School Lobby.

Sept 1

Village of Gold River:  Rogers Update

For those interested in tracking the approval process for the Rogers tower see below:

1. The public can forward their questions and comments to Brian Gregg of SitePath Consulting until September 16, 2022. Where he will respond to questions. briangregg@sitepathconsulting.com

2. After September 16, 2022 Brian will include public comments with his responses in his report to Council asking Council to approve the Rogers Cell Tower.

3. Village Staff will also write a report for Councils consideration.

4. Council will determine if an additional public hearing is required, or determine when they would like to receive delegations before they make their decision.

5. Council will then vote on the matter.

6. This process is separate from any land use approvals that may be required in addition to the approval of the cell tower.

There has been some confusion about the approval process and some wanting to present directly to Council, but we are not at a stage to confirm these requests. Hopefully this helps clear that up.

 

Sept 1

Village of Gold River

Nominations are now being accepted at the Village Office for those interested in running for Mayor, Councillor, Electoral Area A, or School Board Trustee.

Nomination paperwork can be picked up at the front office and must be filled out at returned during business hours before September 9, 2022 at 4:00pm.

Aug 29

Island grocery shelves sitting empty due to ‘internal supply chain challenges,’ Walmart says

Walmart Canada says it’s working on restocking grocery shelves currently sitting stark in stores across British Columbia, including on Vancouver Island.

A corporation spokesperson tells CHEK News that several B.C. Walmart Supercentres are experiencing “some recent internal supply chain challenges” affecting both fresh and frozen food categories. 

Walmart customers in cities like Victoria and Campbell River have taken to social media this week, posting photos of shelves once filled with items like fruits, vegetables and meats now sitting bare. 

“This is not what our customers expect and deserve,” said Felicia Fefer, Walmart Canada corporate affairs manager, in a statement Friday. 

But it’s an issue already seen in recent years.

At the beginning of the pandemic, people on the Island and beyond started panic buying in bulk at grocery stores, stocking up on items like toilet paper as the reality of COVID-19 unfolded in 2020.

Fefer says Walmart Canada is prioritizing its latest supply chain issue and notes that product availability continues to improve daily.

“We apologize to our customers for this short-term inconvenience and thank them for their understanding,” she added.

Aug 29

Crews battle wildfires near Campbell River, in Strathcona Provincial Park

A few fires have sparked near Campbell River in the last few days, ranging from difficult to reach backcountry fires to human-caused conflagrations near the city.

Closest to Campbell River is a fire roughly three kilometres away from an inhabited area at the north end of the city. Gordon Robinson, an information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre, said that the fire was in an old cut block and had grown to 0.6 hectares by Friday afternoon. On site are a few abandoned buildings, and the Campbell River Fire Department is providing assistance to extinguish those.

“It’s suspected at this point to be human caused, given the nature of small fires and not having lightning right there,” Robinson said. “It can’t really be confirmed yet.”

Though there is no immediate risk to inhabited structures, Robinson said the crew would remain on scene for some time to ensure it does not spread. The BC Wildfire Service has nine fire fighters on scene, as well as two helicopters. One crew of Campbell River fire fighters and two trucks were also sent for the initial attack, which included establishing a hose line to contain the fire.

“Given the size… it looks like they’ll probably be at it for a little while,” Robinson said. “It’s not one of these spot fires that they can knock down in an afternoon. There’s a bit more there.”

Dry conditions through August have brought on a number of fires in the area, including notably a 40 hectare fire on the slopes of Golden Hinde in Strathcona Provincial Park.

“This season, most things on the Island have been pretty small for sure. (The Golden Hinde fire is) the biggest one we’ve had on the Island this year,” Robinson said.

“Largely, that’s a factor of just where it’s burning. It’s in an area that’s really difficult to access, you can’t really put people on the ground around that fire safely, just given how steep it is there. It is being monitored right now, they’ve established a set of check points around it and if it grows beyond those it’ll receive some action, but it’s not being suppressed right now.”

That fire is under a “Modified Response,” which Robinson can mean a few different things. In that case it means it is being monitored for further growth. In the case of the Nimpkish River fire further to the north, it has a different meaning.

For full story click here

Aug 29

BC Ferries announces Wi-Fi at more terminals

Wireless internet will be more common at ferry terminals after being installed at multiple locations.

BC Ferries says 14 terminals received Wi-Fi connection at the end of July, bringing the total number of terminals with access to 21.

The project was funded with a $1.5 million grant from the Ministry of Citizens Services’ Connecting British Columbia program.

BC Ferries says the Wi-Fi will allow more travellers to stay connected for work, leisure and general trip information.

The following terminals now have a Wi-Fi connection:

  • Cormorant Island (Alert Bay)

  • Cortes Island (Whaletown)

  • Denman Island East (Gravelly Bay)

  • Gabriola Island (Descanso Bay)

  • Galiano Island (Sturdies Bay)

  • Mayne Island (Village Bay)

  • Nanaimo (Nanaimo Harbour)

  • Pender Island (Otter Bay)

  • Port Hardy (Bear Cove)

  • Quadra Island (Heriot Bay)

  • Salt Spring Island (Long Harbour)

  • Salt Spring Island (Vesuvius Bay)

  • Saturna Island (Lyall Harbour)

  • Vancouver Island (Buckley Bay)

The coverage includes BC Ferries’ terminals, public lounges and vehicle holding compounds.

Aug 29

Gold River Days: A HUGE success

A great day had by all.  Mother Nature co-operated and everything had a fabulous day.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who made this weekend such a great success!

August 25

Mayor Unger To Run For Third Term

Mayor Brad Unger is throwing his hat in the ring again for the position in the upcoming municipal election, hoping to see ongoing projects through and keep up the work of making the village a better place.

“There’s projects… that after years of vested interest in getting them to this stage that I want to see finished. I want to get them going,” he said. “I’ve got the energy to move forward, the commitment from family to carry on with this crazy lifestyle.”

Unger is running for his third term as mayor. Over the last eight years he says he has built up relationships with representatives from all levels of government. Unger, who also currently sits as chair of the Strathcona Regional District board, said that the collaboration between municipalities, as well as other levels of government are really beneficial for smaller communities.

For full story click here

 

August 25

From Donna Rawling Schneider

Make sure you stop by our tent in the park on Saturday after the parade! We have free swag, Blood Pressure & Blood Glucose Monitoring as well a FREE kits for Living with Diabtes, Living with Chronic Conditions and Living with Chronic Pain.

Learn what Community Paramedicine is all about.

Don’t forget to purchase your Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock 50/50 tickets $2 ea. to help support our BCEHS participant Rachelle Cole from the Ucluelet station.

There will info on recruitment as well

August 23

Out-of-control fire near Woss grows to 25 hectares

An out-of-control wildfire is burning on Vancouver Island between Tahsis, Woss and Gold River.The fire, which is on a mountainside about 10 km east of Vernon Lake, has spread to an estimated size of 25 hectares. The Coastal Fire Centre has deployed a modified response to the fire.

“What that means is… it’s based on a mix of factors, based on crew safety considerations, distance from communities and values, and accessibility of the terrain,” said Fire Information Assistant Nadia Linning. “It uses a combination of suppression techniques. The idea is to monitor and contain it within a pre-determined perimeter.

“This is the type of response that we’d use when there aren’t values at immediate risk. Once we’ve decided that we’re going to do a modified response, we do a fire analysis, which identifies different parameters. If and when those are reached and passed, it’ll prompt a reassessment of the fire and we would reassess how we’re actioning that.”

As of Monday, there are two helicopters monitoring the fire as well as two smaller fires nearby. Linning said that the decision to go to a modified response was because of the remote nature of the fire, adding that it would be difficult to get a crew on site.

“The accessibility is part of the reason we’re doing a modified response,” she said. “It’s a fairly big factor. Oftentimes we’ll use that on fires that are in really steep terrain or just are difficult to get crew members on the ground.”

The cause of the fire is undetermined. The Coastal Fire Centre received a report on Saturday (Aug. 20). At the time, a storm with dry lightning passed over Vancouver Island, sparking a few fires its wake.

“We did have a couple of lightning events at the end of last week, so we had quite a few new starts as a result of those,” Linning said. “Lightning-caused fires, just due to the nature of them, they can smoulder for sometimes days before we receive reports of them. Some of these are likely hold-over fires from that lightning event. We do anticipate that we’ll see a few more over the next few days, just because conditions are going to warm up again as of (Tuesday).”

Though the fire is relatively remote, Linning said that the Coastal Fire Centre does get most of its reports quickly after fires are started, due to people either working or recreating throughout the Island.

“We’re able to get crews on a lot of these before they’re able to spread further. We’re able to keep them on spot fires in most situations,” she said. “That’s one of the benefits for us: the quick reports we’re able to get from the public.”

As of Monday, 18 fires were located on Vancouver Island or in mainland inlets nearby.

August 23

Provincial funds will help support unhoused people in Campbell River and the North Island

People who are unhoused will be getting more access to support services in communities across Campbell River and the North Island as a result of provincial funding.

“These investments are so important to support North Island communities in their response to homelessness, while prioritizing the needs of vulnerable populations,” said Michele Babchuk, MLA for the North Island. “With these investments, all residents can benefit from community led projects and services.”

The Strathcona Regional District, in Partnership with the City of Campbell River, is receiving $382,300 to respond to the impacts of homelessness through the project Strathcona 2022-23 Unsheltered Homelessness Response. This project will extend programs that have already been established but have seen an increased demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs provide support for unsheltered individuals by helping increase food access, medical support, and social services, while assisting different organizations in working together to build a coordinated and community-led approach that prioritizes health and safety of the community.  Full story here

August 21

BC Ferries records highest ever first quarter for vehicle traffic

It appears even more vehicles are travelling on BC Ferries despite the impacts of crew shortages.The ferry line released its first quarter results Thursday for the three months leading up to June 30.

The report shows vehicle and passenger traffic increased 42 per cent and 74 per cent respectively compared to the same period the year before. They add this quarter marked the highest ever first quarter for vehicle traffic, at 3.8 per cent higher than in pre-COVID fiscal 2020.

Passenger traffic was about 6.3 per cent lower than fiscal 2020, according to BC Ferries.Revenues for the three months also increased by $35.7 million compared to the same period last year. They say this is because of higher traffic volumes and net retail sales.

While revenues increased BC Ferries says expenses were $242.1 million, an increase of $31.3 million compared to the same period in 2021.  For full story click here.

August 20

TEAAM Aeromedical opens rescue centre in Campbell River

Vancouver Island industry and adventurers can benefit from a new search and rescue base located in Campbell River.

Technical Evacuation Advanced Aero Medical (TEAAM) has its newest location in the city. It’s one of four bases in the province including Prince George, Fort St. John and Squamish – its home base.

The program is unique in Canada, according to the president and co-founder, Miles Randall. The program is a non-profit, medically directed rescue program and is similar to programs in Switzerland and New Zealand.

Randall says they started the program after experiencing gaps in Canada’s rescue system.

“We started the program back in 2017 after the loss of a friend in 2014,” said Randall. “We responded as traditional ambulance paramedics to a cardiac arrest in the backcountry which turned out to be our station chief, our search and rescue team leader and friend of 20 years.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to go up the trail to get to his side and were required to have the patient brought to us. He didn’t survive the event.”

He adds another incident about four months later in Squamish saw them approach the situation differently, leading to the rescue of a hypothermic girl in cardiac arrest in the backcountry.

The program is membership-based and is a combination of memberships and insurance, according to Randall. He says they base it on Switzerland’s Air Zermatt model.  For full story click here

August 17

ELK RIVER BRIDGE REPLACEMENT CONSTRUCTION NOTICE

Location: Elk River Bridge, 20km East of Gold River, BC

What is happening:
• Single lane traffic will be in place 24/7, with up to 15
minute delays starting August 24th, 2022.
• Emergency vehicles will be prioritized through
construction zone.

Construction Emergency Contact
CMF Office: (250) 754-6223 (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM)
Ricky Lee (Traffic Control Manager): Cell (250) 714-6455
Monte Rollins (Traffic Control Supervisor): Cell (250) 714-5221

Visit DriveBC.ca for regular update

Aug 17

Parent Support Services Virtual Summer Camp sessions for kids are back again in August.

These camps are interactive, free and can be attended from the comfort of your own home!

Tuesday, August 23rd - kids will be learn about NATURE’S GARBAGEMEN (Slugs, Snails & Other Decomposers) with the Galiano Conservancy via Zoom.

· Kids 6yrs to 8yrs old will join an on-line session at 9:30 am

· Kids 9yrs to 12yrs will join an on-line session at 11:00 am

 

Wednesday, August 24th - kids all ages can join an energetic and fun Zumba Dance Party via Zoom.

· 6yrs and up - From 12 pm to 1 pm

 

Thursday, August 25th 28th – kids will join a Story-telling & musicor Drama session via Zoom

· kids 6yrs to 8yrs old will make music shakers with a few household items at 9:30 am

· Kids 9yrs to 12yrs old kids will stretch their imaginations through games, improv, and character building, to create a theatrical world all their own at 11:00 am

 

Thursday, August 25th – 7:30 pm - Parenting Matters - Topic: A discussion for parents and kinship caregivers. - Summer is soon coming to an end and school will resuming soon. Join us for a discussion with other parents and caregivers to share ideas about transitioning from summer break to school routines.

 

For a supply list and registration form: https://bit.ly/psskids

Parent Support Services offers several Parenting Support Circlegroups, including a support circle for parents raising teens, for single parents, we offer some language specific circles and a circle just for dads. Many of our groups will continue over the summer!

We also offer Support Circle groups and other services for kinship caregivers (grandparents and others raising a relative child). Parents & Kin can self refer by completing our on-line referral form: – ONLINE: https://bit.ly/provcircleform

Virtual Parenting Workshop – Monday, August 29, 2022 10 am to 11:30 am –

Navigating Tricky Transitions

To register: https://bit.ly/pssparentingworkshop

Aug 17

Strathcona Regional District Wants to Hear About Your

Transportation Needs.

The SRD invites community members to provide input on transportation needs and opportunities through online and paper surveys, available from now until August 31st, 2022.

 

The transportation survey is open to community members within the larger SRD area including First Nations and Electoral Area A but does not include Electoral Area B (Cortes Island), Electoral Area C (Discovery Islands) or the southern part of Electoral Area D (south of Campbell River) in this study.

The survey is part of a larger study initiated by the Strathcona Regional District to identify options for providing public transportation to people living in small or remote communities on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The intent is to determine whether public transportation is feasible for connecting members of these communities to larger regional centres.

Community feedback matters and will help us understand the following:

  • Existing regional travel patterns

  • Willingness to use a public transportation service

  • Acceptable round-trip fares

  • Other ideas on how to improve transportation options in your community

  • TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY CLICK HERE

Aug 13

Commercial fishers and wild salmon advocates cheer large returns to B.C. waters.

The summer of 2022 is shaping up to be a bumper season for both pink and sockeye salmon in British Columbia rivers, with one veteran Indigenous fisherman reporting the biggest catches of sockeye in decades.

Mitch Dudoward has worked in the salmon industry for more than 40 years and says fishing on the Skeena River in northwest B.C. has never been better.

"This is the best season I can recall in my lifetime with the numbers we are catching," said Dudoward, who recently completely a big sockeye haul aboard his gillnetter Irenda.

Bob Chamberlin, chairman of the Indigenous-led First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, meanwhile said that thousands of pink salmon are in Central Coast rivers after years of minimal returns. For the full story click here

August 13

GOLD RIVER DAYS UPDATE

Pancake Breakfast At The Legion: Aug 28 9 to Noon.

Payment by donation.  Come on out and enjoy a fine breakfast!

Show & Shine

Sunday Aug 28.  10-2. at the Gerry Morgan Memorial Centre.

Locals and visitors are welcomed to bring down your "Ride" for everyone to admire.  For details and free registration contact Linda, 283-2902.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT

11:30 AM Sign up @ Nimpkish Park Saturday Aug 27

Teams of 3+ People

ALL AGES Camera Required for Photographic Evidence.Participants must return to the park by 3 PM to be entered in the prize draw.

 

4 PRIZES VALUED @ $38

FUNDED BY THE GOLD RIVER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

Nursing shortages hitting North Island communities hard

Island Health says challenges with the pandemic and low nursing staff have contributed to temporary emergency department closures on Vancouver Island.

Central and North Island clinical operations vice president James Hanson says staffing has always been a challenge in remote areas. He says this is because of a loss in available staff for the areas.

“Rural/remote has always been a challenge for us to recruit and retain staff,” said Hanson. “We used to rely quite heavily on agency nursing, so private nursing.

“Now systems, regional systems, provincial systems, national systems are relying on agency nursing, not just rural/remote but pretty much everywhere throughout.”

He adds that combined with the pandemic, housing has become an issue for nurses to stay.

“We are actually seeing an impact on housing, so the availability of housing is something we hear about quite regularly from folks that want to work in our regions,” said Hanson.

Hanson says they are working with municipal leaders and leasing apartments to try to attract individuals.

Despite this, many closures have been seen in Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Port Alice and more recently in Ucluelet.

Hanson says they have about 40 per cent nursing vacancies in both Port Hardy and Port McNeill and sick calls are adding to the strain.

One strategy they have been trying is to overstaff in those areas, according to Hanson. But that has presented its own challenges.

“The challenge has been recruiting people to the region,” he said. “So, while we have a plan in place and the funding in place and the nursing lines to do that, we haven’t been able to attract long-term staffers.”

For the full story click here

Aug 11

How Lucky Lager became a Vancouver Island institution

If you live on Vancouver Island, chances are you’ve crushed a Lucky Lager or two.

With its iconic red-and-white logo, the beer brand is known for being affordable, crisp and refreshing — and is intrinsically linked to our corner of the world.

But how did that happen? The company, now owned by Labatt, has no current ties to the region.

As it turns out, the story goes back nearly a century.

Matt Poirier, a beer expert who runs the website Matter of Beer recently sat down with Joe Perkins and KC Kyle of the MicCHEK podcast to discuss the brand’s rise to prominence on Vancouver Island.

“The story of Lucky as a brand itself actually starts in 1934 in San Francisco,” Poirier explained. “Even then the story of the brands that were built behind Lucky go back even further than that. The breweries that were involved that actually amalgamated and became partners and that, that eventually were brewing Lucky here on the Island go back to 1858.”

The General Brewing Company, which started up in 1934, opened to specifically brew Lucky Lager — a classic, crisp lager — and the president of the brewery was none other than the grandson of Adolphus Busch, the founder of the Anheuser-Busch beer empire.

“Part of it maybe was for prestige, but one of the things that happened right away was there was a group of breweries here, based here in Victoria, that actually partnered up with General Brewing Company in San Francisco.”

That group was called Coast Breweries, and it essentially took over General Brewing as it was in the process of opening, bringing the recipe to Victoria and brewing Lucky Lager right on Government Street.

To read the rest of the story click here

Aug 8

Artist Call

Are you one of the many talented artisans residing in Gold River, Tsaxana, Tahsis, Nootka Sound, and surrounding areas? We would like to invite you to participate in the Gold River days art show. Gold River, Nootka Sound Society for the Arts is hosting an art show and silent auction at the Gerry Morgan Memorial Ctr 10am to 4pm on August 27th & 28th.

If you are interested in participating in the art show, and would like to fill out a registration form we would love for you to contact us by email or phone at grns.arts@gmail.com or by phone Keith at 250-283-7164

We would like to ask for an artist bio with examples of your work for promotional purposes, which can be sent by messenger to this page or by email to grns.arts@gmail.com

Criteria for the show are pieces need be appropriate for all age groups, artist will need to provide their own tripod, plinth, or hangers as there is limited 'soft' wall space. No screening.

Donations of items for fundraising for the Gold River, Nootka Sound Society for the Arts silent auction would be warmly welcomed and arrangements can be made by contacting us at grns.arts@gmail.com or by phone (Keith) 250-283-7164

 

 

Aug 8

PUBLIC NOTICE GOLD RIVER PROPOSED ROGERS TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITY 40.0-METER LATTICE TRIPOLE STRUCTURE PROPOSED STRUCTURE:

 

As part of the public consultation process required by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada and the Village of Gold River, Rogers is inviting the public to comment on a proposed telecommunications facility consisting of a 40.0-meter tall self-support tower scture and ancillary radio equipment situated on municipal owned land in Gold River.

 

LOCATION: 549 Eagle Crescent, Gold River, BC (vacant municipal-owned property) COORDINATES: 49.782274, -126.052335 ANY PERSON may comment by close of business day on September 16th, 2022 with respect to this matter

Aug 4

79-year-old man missing after heading up Island on solo camping trip   UPDATE!   FOUND SAFE!

A man thought to be headed north from Nanaimo on a camping trip has been reported missing.

According to a press release, Nanaimo RCMP said it seeks the public’s help finding Roy Olson, 79, who hasn’t been seen since July 25. He told his family he would go to Campbell River, followed by Gold River and then to Port Hardy. His family stated he usually goes between four and five days, but has never been gone this long. They are extremely worried for his safety and well-being, the press release said.

He was travelling in a white Dodge camping van with B.C. licence plate MN7 43L. He is travelling with his tan and black Rhodesian Ridgeback dog. He is known to hike along trails with his dog and if possible, avoids crowds and campgrounds, the press release said.

Anyone with information on Olson is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP’s non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, citing file No. 2022-26644.

Aug 4

Campfire ban on Vancouver Island goes into today

Following a couple weeks of hot and dry conditions, a campfire ban for Vancouver Island takes effect at noon this coming Thursday, August 4th.

The campfire ban covers both public and private land within the BC Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction—which encompasses all of Vancouver Island.

The prohibition will remain in effect until October 15th, or until the orders are rescinded.

A campfire is defined as any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.

In addition to campfires, the ban will also cover fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description.

The ban is not applicable to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres – so you’re still good to cook while camping this summer.

The ban comes as two wildfires burn on northern Vancouver Island. Both are believed to be human-caused.

The fires, south of Sayward, are under control and being monitored.

Anyone found in violation of the open burning prohibition could be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to a year in jail.

If the violation causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

In addition to campfires, Category 2, and Category 3 open fires, the following activities are also prohibited:

  • the use of fireworks

  • the use of sky lanterns

  • the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description

  • the use of binary exploding targets

  • the use of tiki and similar kinds of torches

  • the use of chimineas

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell phone.

Aug 4

Village of Gold River Election Notice

Please be advised of the following Election Notice that will also be delivered by mail. The Village has created a webpage with further election information at: https://goldriver.ca/village-hall/2022-municipal-election/. If you have any questions regarding the election please call the Village office at 250-283-2202.

 

Aug 2- Celebration Of Life For Larry Henkelman

Larry's family invites you to join them in the celebration of

life this Sunday, August 7 at 2 p.m. Celebration will take place at the Gold River Golf club

Aug 2

2020 Gold River Community Wildfire Protection Plan- update

Near the end of September consultants from BA Blackwell & Associates will be in Gold River developing Wildfire Fuel Prescription. As recommended by the 2020 Gold River Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Wildfire Fuel Prescriptions are being developed for 9.1 hectares of Village owned land over the following 3 areas:

  • TU 4 (Herber River)

  • TU 3 (Peppercorn Park Trail)

  • TU 1 (Mobile Home area)

You can view the maps and read Gold River’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan by clicking the link below.

https://srd.ca/.../Gold_River_CWPP_FINAL_2020-06-25...

Aug 1

Covert Your Old VHS & Home Videos To Digital- At The Library-Free

We all have a collection of VHS tapes and home videos and many of us don't have a machine to play them on.  You can even digitize your records, cassettes and more. Come on into the library and digitize them, it's easy and free.  Find out  more and click here

July 28

(From Strathcona Regional District)

Do you need to travel to Campbell River for your medical needs? What about for recreational or shopping trips?

Your feedback matters. Tell us about your transportation needs and help us identify public transportation options by completing our survey by Wednesday, August 31 2022.

Visit srd.ca/wc-transportation-study to complete the survey and learn more.

Paper surveys are available at the following locations in Gold River:Village of Gold River Offices, Village Co-op Board,
Gold River Post Office

July 27

B.C. Ferries prepares for busy B.C. Day long weekend

B.C. Ferries plans to operate at maximum capacity this B.C. Day long weekend.

With all four vessels in service on the busiest route between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, 32 sailings a day are scheduled between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay route has three ships in service, with a total of 24 sailings scheduled. Two vessels will deliver up to 16 sailings on the Tsawwassen to Duke Point (Nanaimo) route.

An additional ferry will boost the number of sailings between Horseshoe Bay and the Sunshine Coast (Langdale) route from Thursday to Monday. Between Tsawwassen and the Southern Gulf Islands, a second ferry will offer four additional sailings from Friday to Sunday.

It’ll be fingers crossed for the company and travellers alike, as staffing shortages have had an impact on recent schedules, with some weekend sailings cancelled due to a lack of available crew to meet Transport Canada safety regulations.

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July 27

Long weekend heroes needed in Campbell River to donate blood and plasma

Patients need donors to book and keep appointments for lifesaving treatments.

As the August long weekend approaches, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is asking for long weekend heroes in Campbell River to support patients this summer by booking and keeping appointments to donate blood, platelets and plasma.

Summer is short in Canada and everyone is eager to soak up sun and fun, but it’s not a time to forget about the many hospital patients who rely on donors for lifesaving treatments.

Although one in two Canadians are eligible to donate, only one in 81 does. Be someone’s hero by taking an hour of time to book an appointment to donate over the long weekend and help ensure patients’ needs continue to be met.

At the Campbell River Community Hall, 401-11 Ave., there are 18 open spots to fill at a donation event that runs 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11. Take the time by this long weekend to book one of those spots.

For full story click here

July 27

More fibre optic cable coming to households and businesses

The $45.4 million Connected Coast project begins construction in the Strait of Georgia this week. The undersea fibre optic cable project starts off Gabriola Island and will move north to Campbell River and the Discovery Islands over the next few weeks. Construction will also include 26 landing sites where the cable comes ashore. These sites will provide the necessary infrastructure for Internet Service Providers to connect businesses and households with high-speed internet.

“High-speed internet is essential to daily life in our increasingly digitized world, and people need access to it to participate and thrive in today’s economy,” said Adam Walker, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “I’m excited for more people and business along the Salish Sea to benefit from the range of opportunities unlocked through high-speed connectivity in this region.”

Construction of the 3,400 km project began this past winter in the north near Prince Rupert and progressed down to Bella Coola. More than 600 km of cable has been laid along with 21 landing sites constructed in rural, remote and First Nation communities. An important project milestone took place earlier this month, when the fibre optic cable was laid across the Hecate Strait bringing a connection to Haida Gwaii,

For full story click here

July 24

Gold River Outdoors - Shop Local

Beautiful video shots of the scenery in Gold River and Nootka Sound with locals describing the businesses that are established here

To see this well produced video click here

July 23

Mowachaht/Muchalaht plans a welcome house as a ‘launching ground’ for tourism in Nootka Sound

Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation is one step closer to building a new welcome house in Nootka Sound, with funding support from Island Coastal Economic Trust’s Capital (ICET) and Innovation Program.

The Ahaminaquus Welcome House will function as a visitor centre, community hub and museum. It will also host ceremonies, workshops and educational sessions focusing on the nation and settler history in the region, including Captain Cook’s first landing in Nootka Sound in 1778.

Azar Kamran, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation CEO and administrator, said the nation’s culture will be highlighted through signage and art.

Located 13 kilometers from the village of Gold River, the project represents a key component of the nation’s redevelopment plans for their Ahaminaquus lands.

Kamran said the house is a “very small piece of the overall development strategy” the nation is working on.

A new RV park and campground, trail network and satellite museum on Nootka Island are also in the planning phase.

“The nation believes economic development in its territories is vitally linked to forestry, fishery and tourism,” said Kamran. “Ahaminaquus Welcome House is a major first step in coordinating [the] tourism industry in the region … further promoting Nootka Sound as an adventure destination on Vancouver Island.”

Built with cedar wood planks and Douglas fir beams, the house’s design will reflect the traditional style of Nuu-chah-nulth architecture, according to ICET.

While the trust is contributing $300,000, additional funding is needed to bring the $1,303,000 welcome house to life.

Founded by the province in 2016, the Island Coastal Economic Trust has approved over $55 million towards economic development initiatives which have attracted more than $270 in new investment to Vancouver Island and the surrounding region.

Kamran said the welcome house will be a place where visitors can stop in to ask questions about the region.

“[It’ll be] a launching ground for all the various activities that visitors can do in the region,” he said.

Mowachaht/Muchalaht’s welcome house and tourism development plan has been “long awaited,” said Kamran.

“This is just the very start,” he said.

July 18

CRD supports settling land claims for Vancouver Island rail corridor

The Capital Regional District is calling on the federal and provincial governments to settle land claims with Indigenous groups in an effort to revive Vancouver Island's rail corridor.

In a news release Thursday, the CRD board announced its support for the Island Corridor Foundation's call to settle the land claims to advance rail travel as a transportation option on the island.

"We need to have meaningful conversations with communities along the Island Rail Corridor about our shared future," said CRD board chair Colin Plant. "We want to keep options open for growth and development while listening to and respecting interests of local First Nations."

The 295-kilometre rail corridor is owned by the non-profit foundation, which has long advocated to restore rail service along the former Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway route.  For full story with video click here

Business case for bringing rail back to Vancouver Island released

The Island Corridor Foundation (ICF), which manages rail on Vancouver Island, released last week an initial business case stating the need it sees for safe, efficient, reliable, transit-like rail as the island's population grows.

“When the province is forecasting by 2038 we could be looking at transit times of upwards of two and a half hours from Mill Bay to Victoria, I would suggest that it’s time for us to start exploring other options,” says Larry Stevenson, CEO of the ICF.

The study lays out four distinct operations of rail that can be delivered on the island, and bringing back the day-liner is not included.

Operations would include a commuter train from Langford to Victoria, an inter-regional train running from Courtenay to Victoria twice a day during peak hours, freight trains focusing on Port Alberni and Nanaimo ports, and excursion trains.  For full story click here with video report click here

July 15

Tsunami Warning Sirens Coming For Gold River

Tsunami warning sirens, better radio communications and more are coming to the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) thanks to a $180,000 grant from the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM).

The funding will also be going to ways to provide backup power to Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) and mobile EOC kits, though the tsunami warning sirens are going to be the priority.

“Tsunamis are one of the most destructive events triggered by Mother Nature, these extremely powerful tidal waves are capable of crushing everything found in their path. This grant complements the achievements of our recent tsunami mapping initiative and helps us realize our consistent commitment to enhancing the safety of our west coast communities to this hazard,” said SRD Protective Services Coordinator Shaun Koopman. “Fair Harbour and the Gold River estuary areas will each receive their first tsunami siren. Secondary sirens will be installed in Zeballos, Tahsis and Walter’s Island to enhance the coverage of the primary siren already in those communities.”  For full story click here

 

July 15

Enjoy A Sample Of Salmon Jerky

Grieg Seafood’s Gold River office is open all summer, Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am - 2 pm. Stop by and say hello — and enjoy a sample of our delicious salmon jerky! Located next door to Uptown Cappuccino.

 

July 12

Herber Bridge Closure

Surespan Construction is currently working on the replacement of the Heber River Bridge for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The Heber River Bridge is located approximately 10 kmsEast of Gold River on Provincial Highway #28, British Columbia.


As part of the continued work, Surespan will need to complete a full 2-hour closure of the Heber RiverBridge between the hours of 10am to 12pm on July 26th, 2022. This specific closure is required to be able to remove the detour bridge structural steel. Traffic, with the exception of emergency vehicles, will notbe able to cross the Heber River Bridge during the hours noted above.


If an emergency vehicle is required to cross the bridge, Surespan will work diligently to remove crew and equipment from the bridge to facilitate crossing. Please keep in mind that this process may take a little
time to complete but we will endeavor to do so as fast as possible.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work to complete the project as fast as possible.
Kind regards,
Steven Wilson | Project Manager
Surespan Group of Companies
301-38 Fell Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3S2
t: 778-265-0557 f: 604-998-1132
e: steven@surespan.com

July 12

The North Island is receiving over $250,000 in emergency operations centre funding

The Strathcona Regional District, Campbell River, the Ehattesaht First Nation, the Nuchatlaht First Nation, Gold River, Sayward, Tahsis, and Zeballos are receiving $180,200 in joint funding for the Public Warning Capacity Enhancement project. This regional project will enable the communities to upgrade infrastructure to alert the public in the event of a disaster.

The North Island is receiving over $250,000 in emergency operations centre funding.  For full story click here

July 11

Gold River girl summits Mount Kilimanjaro on her seventh birthday

Very few children have celebrated their birthday atop Mount Kilimanjaro and maybe no other seven year-olds at all.

But that’s exactly what Autumn Sarah Lott from Gold River did on Thursday.

“It was hard hiking to the summit but it was really cool from the top,” she told CHEK News via Zoom from a tent she was sharing with her mom in the Serengeti region Sunday.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a long way from Vancouver Island, 14,500 km from Gold River to be exact.

The mountain is a dormant volcano in United Republic of Tanzania and stands 5,895 metres above sea level and about 4,900 metres above its plateau base.

“We had to wake up at midnight and then we started hiking at 1 in the morning so we had to hike in the dark by headlamps so that was a bit tough and I think it took us about 6.5 hours to get to the summit,” said Autumns’ mom Francesca.

In total it was a seven-day trek preparing for the final summit day.

Francesca Lott has literally been planning this trip she says since she was pregnant with Autumn.

To see a video report click here

July 7

New addiction recovery centre proposed for Campbell River

 A new addiction recovery centre and second-stage housing development in Campbell River is in the works.

The Turning Point Recovery Society, the City of Campbell River and the North Island Supportive Recovery Society (Second Chance) agreed on a memorandum of understanding to support the development of the project.

The proposal is for a 20-bed recovery facility to be built with approximately 36 second-stage housing units on land owned by the City of Campbell River at 1720 Willis Road.

Staff would be at the building at all times and counselling services, a bed, meals and prescribed medications would be provided.

For full story click here

July 6

A Message From

Enid O'Hara

Manager health services

I know you have all been hearing about the closure of some emergency rooms throughout BC. This is distressing because it means people have to travel, often considerable distances to seek emergency care. It is a fact that there simply are not enough Physicians or nurses to make the current system work as it used to.

 

All units Gold River Included are running on bare bones staffing at times. During these times, we ask that people not use the emergency room for routine and non urgent services. That includes regular monthly injections, issues you have had for weeks, etc. If you think of it this way "if I were in Campbell River would go to the emergency for this". If the answer is no, then please do not come to the Gold River Emergency when we are bare bones.

 

The staff are all working very hard to keep the doors open and the place functioning. Telling staff they do not care or you insist on coming anyway is not helpful and adds to staff burnout that is a leading cause of the loss of nurses and physicians in practice.

 

We are doing are best to make sure the service is there when you most need it. Gold River does not have a maglc bubble over it that means we are immune fromwhat happens in the rest of BC.

 

We are letting you know when we are at 'essential' services levels. Please

respect that.

July 3

Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. Celebrates Gold River Hatchery Expansion

Gold River, BC – On June 28th, 2022, Grieg Seafood celebrated the completion of the Gold River Hatchery expansion project, known as RAS 34. The expansion project represented a $25 million investment in the region and the creation of almost 60 full-time site positions at the peak of construction.  

 

At the June 28th Grand Opening event, Rocky Boschman, Managing Director stated, “the completion of the facility marks the culmination of years of planning, construction, trialing and now finally production. In April, our teams transferred the first fry into the facility, and we are happy to report that the system has been functioning beautifully, and the fish are performing very well in the new system. The expanded facility doubles the smolt capacity at the hatchery and the new technology will allow Greig to explore keeping fish in the hatchery for longer, reducing the amount of time required in the ocean, known as post-smolt farming or production”.

 

“The expansion to the Grieg Seafood site is fantastic.  To see a project like this in our small community, which is state of the art with some of the newest technology available, is just incredible” said Brad Unger, Mayor of Gold River and Chair of the Strathcona Regional District.  “This project was constructed during the pandemic, assisting with the recovery of our economy. It enhances our community, moving it forward a little faster than others.“

 

For further details on the expansion please visit: https://griegseafood.com/news/grieg-seafood-bc%E2%80%99s-newras-facility-completed-and-performing-well

June 29

Legion Pancake Breakfast

The Legion will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 9-Noon on July 3rd,

Everyone welcome!

June 29

Over $100,000 has been raised for Campbell River’s Qwalayu House from Radiothons with Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (CHFVI) and Jet FM.

The Radiothon returned for its second fundraiser event to support Qwalayu House. The home runs off of donations and provides a home away from home for North Island residents accessing health care in Campbell River.

The home is owned and operated by the CHFVI. It has been open for nearly a year, and they say over that time 46 babies have been welcomed by mothers staying at the house.

Around $450,000 is required to run the home every year.

https://www.mycampbellrivernow.com/64975/news/over-100000-raised-for-campbell-rivers-qwalayu-house/

June 25

North Island Resident’s Contributions Influence Parliamentary Committee Recommendations

A North Island resident’s testimony to the parliamentary committee on veterans affairs had a direct impact on the committee’s recommendations that were released earlier this week.

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney’s office sent out a release on Friday (June 24) saying that Sgt. Nina Usherwood — who testified about her experience as a transgender member of the armed forces to the committee for their study on fairness offered to Francophone, women and LGBTQ2S+ veterans — had a direct impact on the recommendations put out by the committee.

“It is clear that members of the (LGBTQ2S+) military community continue to face bureaucratic obstacles during their transition to civilian life as a direct result of a lack of understanding at Veterans Affairs about the LGBT purge and their unique needs,” said Blaney. “I am grateful to Sgt. Usherwood for her bravery in talking openly about her personal matters at Committee.”

June 25

Feds move to phase out open net salmon farms in B.C

A decision on how the farms will be removed from the Pacific will be released next spring.

Canada’s minister in charge of fisheries and oceans has temporarily renewed dozens of fish farm licences in B.C., while strengthening reporting requirements to contain pathogens harmful to wild fish.

The long-awaited decision, released Wednesday afternoon, is part of move to close all open net pen salmon farms from B.C. waters. The phase out, however, will not be immediate.

Outside of the Discovery Islands, B.C.’s remaining 79 open net pen salmon farms will be given a two-year licence. During that time, the federal government will hold a consultation process with First Nations, industry, and all levels of government.

“Wild Pacific salmon are an iconic keystone species in British Columbia that are facing historic threats,” said Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, in a written statement.

“Our government is taking action to protect and return wild salmon to abundance and ensure Canada is a global leader in sustainable aquaculture.” 

A final decision on how the farms will be removed from the Pacific will be released in the spring of 2023.

Murray was not immediately available to comment. But the ministry’s press secretary, Claire Teichman, said the decision reaffirms the minister's commitment to minimizing contact between farmed salmon and wild fish. 

“That means that after tomorrow, if you put farm fish in a pen, you might not be able to grow them,” said Alexandra Morton, an independent scientist who has worked on Pacific salmon for 30 years. 

“It’s basically ‘grow your fish and get out.’”

Bob Chamberlain, chair of the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance — a group representing 100 First Nations opposed to open pen salmon farms in B.C. — said the federal announcement is “another inch forward on a very long journey” to secure a future for wild salmon.

“All the First Nations have food security issues,” he said, pointing to one B.C. nation that spent $750,000 on Alaskan salmon due to dwindling local stocks. 

“If we get rid of the farms, we give a chance to the fish when they get out in the ocean.”

Discovery Islands farms to see final decision in 2023

In rendering her decision, Murray has signalled the end to an ocean-based salmon farming industry that has sparked fierce claims of scientific bias and regulatory mismanagement. 

The debate has played out across industry groups, First Nations, hundreds of scientific studies and multiple levels of government. 

Even Canada’s Federal Court has weighed in, deciding in April former federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan had breached B.C. salmon farmers' rights to procedural fairness when she ordered all salmon farms out of the Discovery Islands — a decision made in late 2020 as a measure to open up a bottleneck for migrating sockeye salmon.

On Wednesday, the ministry said it will consult First Nations and fish farm licence holders in the Discovery Islands on the future of the salmon aquaculture. Those consultations will culminate in a final decision on their future in January 2023.

While that process is underway, the ministry will not reissue licences for Atlantic salmon facilities in the area, said a spokesperson for the ministry in a statement. 

“This is a very clear signal that this government is going to protect wild salmon from the salmon farm industry,” said Morton. “Life on Earth has to be given the priority if we’re going to survive.”

Describing the announcement as “an incredibly brave” decision, Morton said there still remain a lot of unanswered questions, including how the government will regulate the transfer of fish from one pen to another — something Morton said has been known to introduce pathogens before. 

“What are you going to do when your sea lice levels go over the limit?” she said.

For full story click here

June 24

Fish farm licences outside Discovery Islands renewed for two years

Fish farm licences outside the Discovery Islands are renewed while the government looks to transition from open-net pen farming.

In an announcement, Wednesday, Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard minister Joyce Murray announced next steps in transitioning from open-net pen salmon aquaculture in the province.

The government says over the next few weeks, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will share draft framework for the transition. Consultations will take place with B.C. government, First Nations, industry, local governments and British Columbians, according to the province.

During the time the transition is developed, licences for farms outside the Discovery Islands have been renewed for two years. They add the licences have stranger requirements for aquaculture facilities like standardized reporting requirements and sea lice management plans. Full sotry click here

Jue 24

Province launches heat event alert system

The B.C. government has launched a new alert system to inform the public of any heat emergencies.

This comes after almost 600 people died in B.C. last year from heat-related deaths.

Provincial officials say they are also bringing in additional measures to bolster B.C.’s ambulance system in response to heat emergencies.

“Last summer’s unprecedented heat dome tragically resulted in hundreds of fatalities, making it clear we need to do more to be better prepared for future extreme heat events,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in a release.

“We’ve developed a new heat framework so we’re ready for the next heat event, and we are ready to issue broadcast intrusive alerts for extreme heat emergencies to ensure people are aware.”

In the event of an emergency, the government will issue alerts through the national public alerting system and Alert Ready which is already used for tsunami, wildfire and flood warnings and Amber alerts.

“It’s vital that we take the lessons we learned from last year’s devastating heat dome to make sure that the province and our health-care system are as prepared and resilient as possible during extreme heat,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health in a release.

“The new heat alert and response system and actions we’re taking to strengthen the ambulance system and emergency care will help ensure people across B.C. are safe during future heat waves.”

The province has also created a new extreme heat preparedness guide to give information on how to stay safe.

June 23

Repairs Coming To Road To Tahsis

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation has promised to fund repairs for a forestry road that serves as the only way in and out of a small North Vancouver Island village.

The repairs are coming to the Head Bay Forest Service Road, which links the Village of Tahsis, B.C., to the municipality of Gold River.

Tahsis is located on the northwestern coast of Vancouver Island, and residents have long voiced concern over the state of the road, which they say is littered with potholes and is the only access to and from their community.

"We actually refer to them as craters, not potholes, because they are getting pretty big and numerous," said resident Jack Taylor in February.

"There isn’t a space on the road that you can travel to get out of them and if you slow down when you’re going through them they’re actually really gut-wrenching," he said.

About a dozen Tahsis residents took matters into their own hands in February and decided to use gravel and shovels to fill the potholes themselves.

On Monday, the province said it would begin road resurfacing, chip-sealing, and general rehabilitation this summer.

Eleven culverts on the Head Bay Forest Service Road will also be replaced, according to the Ministry of Transportation.

The province plans to open a tender for the chip-sealing work "in the coming weeks," and work on that will begin once a contract is awarded.

The project is expected to complete by this fall. During construction, drivers should expect single-lane alternating traffic, according to the province.

"While forest service roads fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Forests, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure maintains this road to ensure Tahsis residents continue to have reliable and safe road access outside their community," said the province Monday.

June 20

Mail Ballot Voting Option Available for the October 2022 Local Government Elections

On June 15th, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) Board adopted Bylaw No. 462 which will allow voting by mail ballot as an option for any qualified elector who prefers to use this form of voting instead of voting in-person at a polling station in the upcoming local government elections to be held on October 15, 2022.

 

Previously, only electors who were ill or disabled, lived in a remote area or expected to be absent from their voting jurisdiction during an election could qualify for the mail ballot option.

 

The mail ballot option includes several safeguards to ensure public confidence in the voting results including:

 

  • Applications for a mail ballot will be subject to the same documentary requirements for verifying elector identity and residence location as in-person voting.

 

  • All mail ballot applications will be accessible by scrutineers before a ballot is provided to the applicant. This will allow challenges of an elector’s right to vote in accordance with the Local Government Act.

 

  • Once a mail ballot has been provided to an elector, that elector will be disqualified from receiving a ballot at any other voting location.

 

The use of the mail ballot option will also be extended to other types of voting such as referenda, assent voting and by-elections. Voters will still be able to vote in-person at any authorized polling station if they so choose.

 

For further information about the 2022 Local Election and voting process, please visit www.srd.ca/local-elections-voting

June 20

A Sign Of Respect For A Former Mayor

The Village of Gold River will be flying their flag at half mast to acknowledge the passing of former Mayor Anne Fiddick.

 

Mayor and Council, along with staff, wish to relay their deepest condolences to the Fiddick family in this difficult time. The Village sincerely thanks former Mayor Fiddick for her service to all the residents of

June 16 

FireSmart Free Yard Wood Debris Pickup

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is encouraging community members to FireSmart their properties by bringing excess yard wood debris to the end of driveways on the following dates:

  • Sunday June 19 by 9:00 am - Road accessible Electoral Areas A, B, C & D properties and Village of Sayward

  • Monday June 27 by 9:00 am - Gold River and Tsa’xana 

  • Wednesday June 29 by 10:00 am - Tahsis

 

Depending on how many residents participate, it may take a couple of days for the chipper to get to your property. Debris will be disposed of for free as part of the FireSmart Community Chipper program through the 2022 Community Resiliency Investment grant.

 

No sign-up is needed, but if you feel your driveway may be hard to find, then please let the SRD know and your address will be added to a special list. Debris must be brought to a public roadway since the chipper cannot enter onto private property under the grant program.

 

Wood Chipping Rules:

  • No rocks, no nails, no roots & no treated lumber.

  • Ideally all the “butt ends” of branches are pointed the same way so they can be fed efficiently into the chipper.

  • Tree trimmings must be under 16 cms in diameter and 10 m length max.

  • No invasive species such as Scotch Broom, English Holly, Giant Hogweed and Knotweed.

  • The contractor reserves the right not to pickup any piles that they feel does not meet these rules.

  • Do not block traffic by piling debris on the road.

  • Any debris brought to the end of driveways after the service date start time will not be picked up.

  • As long as these rules are adhered to, there is no limit on the amount of debris you can pile to be disposed of.

  • Wood chips cannot be returned to residents as they are considered fuel under the FireSmart principles.

June 16

Clothing Swap  At The Legion

Where : Gold River Royal Canadian Legion #270

When : June 29th AT 7:00 pm !

How it works : Bring clean gently used clothing or accessories you no longer use. Swap for items you love ! ALL FOR FREE!

Feel free to bring an appy, and let’s make a night of it ! See You there!

June 16

Community Market

Saturdays from 11-3 at 4:25 Nmpkish Driver.

Come one, come all there are produce stands, various foods, crafts, live music, BB! and more.

Tiny bear cub wanders into Campbell River home via cat door 

A tiny bear cub likely separated from its mother and seeking shelter wandered into a Campbell River home through an open door on Tuesday.

The cub was rescued by the Conservation Officer Service and delivered to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre near Errington, where it is receiving food and care and will be a candidate for release in a year, said Robin Campbell, a bear specialist at the centre.

The cub weighed 13.8 pounds and is estimated to have been born in January or February in a den during hibernation, said Campbell.

Conservation officer Steve Petrovcic, who answered the call with RCMP, said the cub had treed itself outside the home in the Ocean Grove neighbourhood and was darted with a tranquilizer. Once the drug took effect, he said the cub fell several metres into a blanket held by a wildlife vet and others at the scene.

Petrovcic said there were no signs of a mother bear after conservation officers searched the area and canvassed the neighbourhood. The cub showed a “healthy fear of people,” was physically in good condition and had an appetite, which made it a good candidate for the recovery centre, he said.

Campbell said the sex of the cub hasn’t yet been determined and the cub has not been thoroughly checked because caregivers don’t want to add extra stress so early after capture.

“Physically it looks good, and being fed out of a bowl … we just need some time for it to get used to where it is,” said Campbell. “As you can imagine, it’s pretty strange for the cub now and it’s very scared of people. Going from its mother to capture is really challenging for any little bear.”

Campbell said the rescue of a cub from inside a home is “definitely a first” for the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, which has seen hundreds of black bear cubs over 30 years.

In most cases, the mother has been killed, said Campbell. “There always a sad reason.”

So what do you feed a young cub? Bear milk formula, he said, along with apple sauce, cottage cheese, yogurt, pablum, a little puppy food and a blend of sardines and water. After a few more weeks, fruits and vegetables will be added to its diet.

“Right now we’re just trying to settle [the cub’s] tummy,” said Campbell. “It’s going to be a long journey for this little guy.”

The cub, currently in isolation, will be raised at the recovery centre for about a year, going through several stages and pens, with the final being an area where it builds its own den and hibernates.

Campbell said the cub will then be released back into the Campbell River area, where there are similar black-bear bloodlines.

 

June 13

Campbell River Bus Driver helps catch suspect after daytime bank robbery

A bank robbery was foiled in Campbell River thanks to an observant bus driver Thursday afternoon.

Campbell River RCMP responded to a report of a bank robbery at the Bank of Montreal downtown around 2:30 p.m. on June 2. According to witnesses, a masked man entered the bank and presented a note demanding money from one of the tellers. He was given what police call a “substantial amount of cash” and fled the bank on foot. Witnesses also saw the man changing clothes a short distance away.

BC Transit driver Doug Gallant saw the RCMP vehicles heading to the scene, and continued on his normal route. Near the Campbell River Community Centre he picked up a rider who was wearing all camouflage, had his face covered and, according to Gallant was “kind of jittery.” Knowing something was up, Gallant let the man ride the bus, and continued on his route.

As he passed the Bank of Montreal, Gallant’s suspicions continued.  For the full story click here

June 13

Campbell River author earns recognition for Strathcona Park book

Local author and historian Catherine Marie Gilbert earned a third place prize Lieutenant Governor’s award for historical writing, for her non-fiction book, A Journey Back to Nature, a history of Strathcona Provincial Park.

The writing award was presented by the BC Historical Federation at their AGM during the gala and closing ceremony June 4.  For the full story click here

June 13

Gold River Hiring Summer Leaders

Please be advised that the Village of Gold River is hiring Summer Fun Program Leaders for the 2022 Summer. Applications can be submitted to Glenn Morphy at gmorphy@goldriver.ca. Closing date for position is June 10, 2022 at 4:00pm.

https://goldriver.ca/employment/

June 9

Signed up for your high-speed fibre internet connection yet?

If not, watch for CityWest staff door-to-door this Thursday and Friday June 16-17 answering questions & registering homes for free fibre installations.

They look forward to seeing you soon.  Learn more at www.citywest.ca/dropping-in

June 9

INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS FIELD DAY – SUNDAY JUNE 26, 2022

Campbell River, BC – The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) wishes to inform residents that members of the Strathcona Emergency Communications Team, as well as the Campbell River Amateur Radio Society will be participating in the International Emergency Communications Field Day on Sunday June 26, 2022, in Maple Park (Electoral Area D) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

 

International Emergency Communications Field Day organized by the Amateur Radio Society is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

 

By participating and exercising during Field Day, these valuable Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators will enhance their capacity to report on status and needs in their area that might otherwise not be reported due to normal communications methods being damaged.

 

“Amateur (Ham) Radio Operators are among the unsung heroes when hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and floods occur. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many cell sites were flooded or lost prime power, and landlines, where available, often were overloaded. Even the 9-1-1 system was unable to handle the unusual number of urgent calls. Operators were involved in many rescues, providing the only communications link to the rescuers” said SRD Protective Services Coordinator Shaun Koopman. “We encourage the public to visit us at Maple Park on Sunday June 26th to learn more about Amateur Radio and feel free to ask any questions about our activities.”

 

The SRD extends our gratitude and appreciation for not only the local volunteers participating in this valuable exercise, but all Ham Radio Operators worldwide that devote their time and energy to emergency communications.

 

To learn more about Field Day visit www.arrl.org/field-day

 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Emergency Communication Team volunteer, please contact preparedness@srd.ca or call 250-830-6702.

June 6

Community Virtual Care (formerly Home Health Monitoring)

Is a free program to support people living with the following diagnoses to manage their condition from the comfort of their home. 

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 

  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

  • Diabetes

  • Heart failure

  • Hypertension 

  • A progressive, palliative illness

By participating in this service, you will improve your knowledge of your disease and your ability to manage your health through education, coaching and remote patient monitoring. 

All of the tools used to help manage your condition will be provided to you at no cost, and may include:

  • Education Binder

  • Weigh Scale

  • Blood Pressure Monitor

  • Pulse Oximeter

  • Computer tablet

This service is not a replacement for hospitalization or doctor/nurse practitioner visits. The Community Virtual Care program is intended to provide educational support, so that you can become more independent and confident in managing your own health conditions. 

Life threatening or significant symptoms will still require you to seek medical attention.

 

 

Island snow pack 150 per cent of normal, cooler weather to persist

Many mountains on Vancouver Island north of Nanaimo are still covered in snow, a sure sign that it’s been a cold spring.

“Campbell River received its fourth coolest spring on record and much of Vancouver island was an average of a degree and a half to two degrees cooler that what it would be usually,” said Environment Canada Meteorologist Derek Lee.

“And it was definitely wet in the last three months across the area receiving somewhere between 200 and 300 mm of precipitation which translates to about 130 per cent wetter than average.”

In the mountains that translates to a snow pack that is now about 150 per cent of normal for this time of year.

Experts say even if it suddenly warms up, we’re not likely to see flooding on the Island, but the longer the snow hangs on the better.

“Prolonging that period where the snow melt continues to have an influence on the stream flows is a good thing so that can help keep temperatures low in the river later into the summer and can also keep the flows, the base flow period a little bit later into the summer. Those tend to be positives particularly from the fish habitat side of things,” said Dave Campbell of the BC River Forecast Centre.

MCommunity cleanup day ALERT!!!!

 

Please join our LFR Kelsey Kargus who is organizing the community clean up day. This is to clean up wood debris around Gold River to get it ready for the wood chipper that’s coming through town on the 27th of June.

When: Saturday June 25, 2022 9am - 1pm

Where: meet in the back parking lot of the Gold River Fire Hall

What to bring: Bring some work gloves, rakes, pruning shears 

Prizes and Swag!!

If you attend the community clean up day you will be entered in to win a WASP sprinkler ($350 value gutter mounted sprinkler system) and some awesome swag!

Kelsey will be hosting a BBQ at the fire hall afterwards for all the volunteers who attend to come enjoy some food and refreshments! 

Please contact Kelsey through our Facebook page or goldriverfd.firesmart@outlook.com if your interested in helping or want more information.

Help make a difference in the community and work together to make our community FireSmart

Notice From Village Of Gold rRiver

Please be advised that the 2021 Annual Municipal Report is now available for public inspection at goldriver.ca/documents/. Council will consider and review the Annual Report at the Annual Meeting during the Regular Council Meeting time on June 20, 2022 at 7:00pm.

 

 

May 31

'Covered in blood': Woman in good spirits after eagle attack in Campbell River, B.C.

To say Campbell River, B.C., woman Chelsea Cheeba is an eagle fan would be an understatement. She loves photographing the majestic birds.

"All the time," she told CTV News on Friday. "I've even taken a few selfies with an eagle."

"I'd just taken some pictures and then I started walking away and then next thing you know the eagle dive-bombed me and got me good in the back of the head," said Cheeba.

"Then I felt the back of my head, looked at my hand and it was pretty much covered in blood," she said.

Cheeba says the eagle attacked her not once, but twice.

Cheeba ran towards a nearby TD Bank, where another woman saw what was happening.

"Well she was running, like ducking," said Natisha Fournier.

"I asked her if she was OK just because she looked scared, and then when she turned around I saw blood all over the back of her head," she said.

Fournier rushed the injured Cheeba into her car and then took her to a nearby store, where Fournier grabbed some first aid supplies.

"I'm just like, 'Come with me. I'll get you an ambulance,'" said Fournier.

"It was scary but then afterwards I started laughing about it," added Chee

Fournier says she was glad to be in the right place at the right time to help Cheeba, who ended up going to the hospital for an exam and a tetanus shot.

Cheeba was out the very next day spotting eagles. However, she says she might avoid taking photos of that particular raptor again

"It was probably tired of me taking its picture," she joked.

For CTV video on the story click here

PROTECTING NEST

Experts at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) in Merville, B.C., have another theory.

"It's likely that it was protecting a nest, so not hunting but just protecting its young," said Gyl Andersen, manager of wildlife rehabilitation at MARS.

"Eagles could do a lot of damage if they wanted to, so it was probably just trying to scare her off," Andersen adds.

"We see that really commonly with other types of birds, like crows or ravens, even songbirds."

BC Ferries plans to expand the Coastal Cafe menu to include alcoholic beverages

VICTORIA – Following a successful introduction of wine and beer service in the Pacific Buffet between October 2019 and March 2020 with no issues, BC Ferries applied for licences to sell alcoholic beverages with the purchase of a meal in select Coastal Cafes on board its vessels that sail the three major routes connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Recently, the company received approval in principle, subject to inspectors’ review, from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for these licences.

In the coming months, BC Ferries looks forward to introducing B.C. wine, craft beer, ciders and other alcoholic beverages to the menu in Coastal Cafes on vessels sailing the following routes:

  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Swartz Bay (Victoria)

  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Duke Point (Nanaimo)

  • Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) – Departure Bay (Nanaimo)

BC Ferries continually seeks ways to enhance and add value to our customers’ experience and offering alcoholic beverages in select Coastal Cafes is in response to customer feedback. It will be served in limited quantities by staff who have their Serving It Right certification. Under the conditions of our licenses, alcoholic beverages will be limited to two drinks per customer 19 years of age or older, and must be purchased with a meal.

BC Ferries expects to begin introducing the new offerings by the end of summer 2022 and will provide customers with an update when the details are finalized.


VICTORIA – Following a successful introduction of wine and beer service in the Pacific Buffet between October 2019 and March 2020 with no issues, BC Ferries applied for licences to sell alcoholic beverages with the purchase of a meal in select Coastal Cafes on board its vessels that sail the three major routes connecting Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Recently, the company received approval in principle, subject to inspectors’ review, from the provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for these licences.

In the coming months, BC Ferries looks forward to introducing B.C. wine, craft beer, ciders and other alcoholic beverages to the menu in Coastal Cafes on vessels sailing the following routes:

  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Swartz Bay (Victoria)

  • Tsawwassen (Vancouver) – Duke Point (Nanaimo)

  • Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) – Departure Bay (Nanaimo)

BC Ferries continually seeks ways to enhance and add value to our customers’ experience and offering alcoholic beverages in select Coastal Cafes is in response to customer feedback. It will be served in limited quantities by staff who have their Serving It Right certification. Under the conditions of our licenses, alcoholic beverages will be limited to two drinks per customer 19 years of age or older, and must be purchased with a meal.

BC Ferries expects to begin introducing the new offerings by the end of summer 2022 and will provide customers with an update when the details are finalized.

Lung cancer screening program announced for communities in BC

36 health centres in BC will be screening for lung cancer.

That’s according to Minister of Health Adrian Dix, who said they are planning to screen 2,000 patients, and build that up over the years to 20,000.

“In September of 2020, we announced that BC Cancer is leading the development of a provincial cancer strategy, including a lung cancer screening program. Today, I am excited to announce that the program has launched, and is providing lung cancer screening to eligible, high risk individuals.”

Screenings will take place in every health authority, and include places like:

  • Bulkley Valley District Hospital

  • Cariboo Memorial Hospital

  • GR Baker Memorial

  • Kootenay Boundary Hospital

  • Powell River General Hospital

  • University Hospital of Northern BC

  • North Island Hospital

  • East Kootenay Regional Hospital

  • Cowichan District Hospital

A full list of the communities taking part in this screening program can be found here.

$2.9 million is going to the BC Cancer Agency, with almost two million supplied by the BC Cancer Foundation.  For the full story click here

High-risk areas for ticks in B.C. highlighted in new online map...and most of Vancouver Island is highlighted

As weather warms, risk grows of bites and possible infection with bacteria that causes Lyme disease. 

It's the season to start being cautious about ticks and Lyme disease, and this year the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has launched an interactive map to help people assess their risk of being bitten.

As the weather warms and people start trekking more into tick territory, the public health arm of the provincial government has created a map where users can enter their address and find out if they are in a high-risk area for encountering an infected insect.

The map, which is now available online, currently shows people are at greatest risk on the South Coast and in the valleys of the southern Interior.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and in British Columbia the western black-legged tick Ixodes pacificus poses the biggest threat of carrying it. The greatest risk of tick bite occurs during the spring and summer.

Janet Sperling, president of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, says the map is a wake-up call, especially for people who thought the risk was lower than elsewhere in the country. To see map an dfull story click here

May 26

ICF Releases Business Case for Full Restoration of Rail Service on Vancouver Island

The Island Corridor Foundation is once again pushing the provincial and federal governments to bring rail service back to Vancouver Island.

The foundation has released a Business Case for the full restoration of rail service on the island at a cost of 431-Million dollars.

It calls for a full upgrade of the entire 290-kilometre rail system from Victoria to Courtenay and from Parksville to Port Alberni.

The mixed-use railway would offer peak hour commuter service in the Langford to Victoria corridor.

There would also be passenger service twice daily between Victoria and Courtenay.

Freight would be shipped across the entire system, including the ports in Port Alberni and Nanaimo.

Island Corridor Foundation CEO Larry Stevenson says the new business plan defines the very real and urgent need for safe, reliable, and environmentally sustainable transportation for the island.

May 26

Community Virtual Care-Island Health

Community Virtual Care (formerly Home Health Monitoring) is a free program to support people living with the following diagnoses to manage their condition from the comfort of their home. 

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 

  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

  • Diabetes

  • Heart failure

  • Hypertension 

  • A progressive, palliative illness

By participating in this service, you will improve your knowledge of your disease and your ability to manage your health through education, coaching and remote patient monitoring. 

All of the tools used to help manage your condition will be provided to you at no cost, and may include:

  • Education Binder

  • Weigh Scale

  • Blood Pressure Monitor

  • Pulse Oximeter

  • Computer tablet

This service is not a replacement for hospitalization or doctor/nurse practitioner visits. The Community Virtual Care program is intended to provide educational support, so that you can become more independent and confident in managing your own health conditions. 

Life threatening or significant symptoms will still require you to seek medical attention.

Learn more about Community Virtual Care:

Community Virtual Care Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

May 23

Baby formula shelves dwindle as Health Canada announces shortage

Baby formula shelves in Vancouver Island grocery stores are starting to dwindle as Health Canada issued a shortage alert.

The shortage of extensively hydrolyzed formulas, announced Thursday, is straining the already limited supply of amino acid-based products. These are intended for babies at risk of severe allergic reactions.

Health Canada said this is linked to the a recall that closed the Abbott Laboratories plant in Michigan, which manufacturers Similac and Alimentum.

“You only have three manufacturers in the U.S.A. dominating the market. If one goes down of course it affects everyone else,” Sylvain Charlebois, with Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, said.

He said with this shortage, families may be looking for other formula options, making it only a matter of time before other brands and types start to run low.

“As soon as you have fewer products on the market it does put pressure on other types of products as well,” Charlebois added.

Victoria stores are starting to feel the shortage.

Fort Royal Pharmacy stores on Oak Bay and Hillside Avenues have been limiting baby formula purchases to one per customer.

Fort Royal Pharmacy owner Vikram Bawa was not available for an interview but told

 

CHEK News that his baby formula shelves are now empty.

Health Canada has implemented an interim policy allowing formula manufacturers in Europe to ship products to Canada, to try and mitigate shortage issues. The temporary policy is set to expire on June 30th.

May 23

As Protesters Prepare to Gather in Victoria Government Promises Action on Doctor Shortage

BC Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan met with doctors yesterday to discuss the shortage of family physicians.

A million people in BC do not have a family doctor.

Following the meeting, the Premier issued a statement saying his government and Doctors of BC agree that people “should be attached to primary care and have predictable access to their physicians.”

He adds that continued dialogue and cooperation with doctors will provide solutions to transformational change in BC.

According to the premier, they are committed to working closely with doctors on solutions, including a clear process with firm timelines in order to make tangible progress.

Meanwhile, a grassroots organization in BC plans to hold a protest at the legislature on Thursday over the extreme shortage of family doctors.

BC Health Care Matters says people are deeply frustrated by the ongoing exodus and shortage of family practitioners in BC.

Group founder Camille Currie says primary health care is in crisis, and it’s time to stand up and demand a solution. Currie says the government hasn’t provided any evidence it’s addressing the crisis with tangible solutions and has instituted band-aid short-term measures.

May 18

BC Ferries schedules 110 extra sailings to prepare for May long weekend

BC Ferries is adding extra sailings on some of its routes from May 19 to 24.

There will be 25 additional crossings on the Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay route and 11 extra sailings on the Horseshoe Bay to Langdale route.

The Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay route will see 74 additional sailings.

BC Ferries says it will transport more than 100,000 vehicles and 300,000 passengers from Thursday to Monday

Nearly 500 workers were recently hired by BC Ferries to keep up with the demand.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

Pursuant to Section 464 of the Local Government Act RSBC 2015, the Council of the Village of Gold River gives notice it will hold a Public Hearing:

 

Date: June 7, 2022 7:00 pm

Community Centre (Arena), 350 Muchalat Drive

 

To consider the proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 706.9, 2022

 

The proposed bylaw is a text amendment to add a Small Animal Veterinarian Clinic as a permitted use for Central Commercial Zone - C.1. All persons who believe their interest in property may be affected by the proposed bylaw and wish to register an opinion may do so by:

 

1. Appearing before Council at the said Public Hearing and/or

 

2 Forwarding written submissions for Council's consideration, prior to 5:00 pm on Wednesday June

 

1, 2022, to Village of Gold River, PO Box 610, Gold River, VOP 1G0; Fax: 250-283-7500 or email info@goldriver.ca. The bylaws and other written information pertaining to this matter may be viewed at the Village of Gold River office located at 499 Muchalat Drive, Gold River, BC between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm,

 

Monday to Friday inclusive, excluding statutory holidays, from May 3, 2022 to June 7, 2022

 

Any inquiries should be referred to the Village of Gold River, Telephone: 250-283-2202, Fax: 250-283

May 15

B.C. salmon abundance ‘a sixth’ of what it was half-a-century ago: study

48 Indigenous knowledge keepers from 18 Nations spoke to UBC researchers about the decline in salmon.

Catches of wild pacific salmon on the Fraser, Skeena and Nass Rivers are only a sixth of what they were half a century ago, according to a new study from UBC.

The lead author of the study Angela Reid, an assistant professor with the Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries, interviewed 48 Indigenous knowledge keepers in 18 First Nations communities along the rivers to get a sense of what salmon catches were like in past decades.

“It was really devasting and beautiful at the same time,” Reid said. “I was spending much of that time moving between different communities. There were moments between interviews because all the sudden it hits you where it’s the fourth or fifth time where you’re hearing something that’s hard to stomach. It was an incredible learning experience and privilege to get to speak with these people, but also really heavy given what has happened with salmon over the last five to seven decades.”

For full story click here 

May 15

Proposed long-term care facility should alleviate over-capacity issue at Campbell River hospital – city councillors

The proposed long term care facility for Campbell River will alleviate the shortage of beds the Campbell River hospital has suffered since it opened, according to city councillors.

“This will relieve significant pressure on acute care beds at Campbell River Hospital and provide a much better environment for our seniors,” Campbell River mayor Andy Adams said at the May 9 regular city council meeting.

RELATED: Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District board supports long term care facility in Campbell River

Earlier this month it was announced that the Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) has approved cost sharing with Island Health for a proposed long-term care facility in Campbell River.

Creating additional local long-term care capacity can relieve pressure on hospitals by reducing waitlist times for eligible patients who may otherwise need to remain in a hospital bed, the CSRHD announcement said. Further, reducing waitlist times for people waiting in community to access long-term care can create better availability for community-based services, enabling more people to receive necessary care in their homes and lessening the need for higher levels of care such as hospitals or long-term care.

“It’s a good thing for our community, long overdue,” Coun. Charlie Cornfield, who serves as CRHD board chair, said.

For the full story click here

May 13

Strathcona Regional District to allow all voters to request a mail in ballot

Some directors against idea, concerned about potential for voter fraud.

The Strathcona Regional District board was split on whether or not to allow voting by mail to all residents of the regional district, or to remove the option entirely.

The province recently changed rules around voting by mail. In previous years, mail-in ballots were only for people who would be unable to vote in person. The new rules allow local governments to decide whether to allow all electors to be able to request to vote by mail, or not allow any mail voting.

At the May 11 meeting, four directors were against allowing voting by mail, Directors Mark Baker, Andy Adams, Gerald Whalley, and Brenda Leigh. Those opposed who spoke on the matter were concerned about the potential for voter fraud in elections.

For the full story click here

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May 10

B.C. Ferries to increase fare surcharge June 1 due to record fuel prices

The surcharge increase expected next month will total 45 cents per adult ticket and $2 per vehicle and driver on routes linking Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. For inter-island routes, the surcharge will total 25 cents per adult ticket and $1.05 per vehicle and driver.

Curbside Giveway June 11  10 a.m.- 7p.m.

Place used items that are in good condition on your property

for others to take.

Gold River Children's Health Fair

Families with Children 6 yrs and younger Monday May 16th 10AM to 2PM Location: Children's Hub 500 Trumpeter Dr. (Between the Clinic and the School) Gold River BC (There will be school buses helping transportation from Tsaxana and Tahsis) Lots of great information about your child's health and resources.

 

We will have professionals such as Hygienist, Audiologist, FASD, Child Development and other health specialists in town to attend families and their children. FREE TOYS, CLOTHING, SNACKS Lots of fun Activities for the children and adults More info@ (250) 283-7108 Facebook Group: VIW Children's Health Group

May 5 

Gold River Job Fair

Come and meet employers in the area and discuss employment opportunity.

May 14, 10-2  at the Gerry Morgan Memorial Centre

May 5

Time To Protect Your Property

Time to think about starting to make your property FireSmart! 68 fires already this month in BC. Contact your local LFR Kelsey to get your free home assessment. Help take the steps to make your property FireSmart!

B.C. has recorded 68 wildfires this month, and residents are being urged to make their homes and communities more fire-resistant to avoid the types of tragedies seen during the 2021 Wildfire Season.

More than 800,000 hectares of the province burned last year, including much of Lytton where two people died. While it's too early to tell whether the province will see similar conditions, the 2022 season began April 1, and as of Monday, there are nine active fires in the province. None of those pose threats to public safety.

But fire officials warn that homes adjacent to forests can become particularly at risk in the coming months, especially in areas that were hit by last year's heat dome that killed nearly 600 people.

"The truth is the climate is changing. It's getting drier and drier," said Lt. Kim Saulnier, acting captain of North Vancouver's Fire and Rescue Services. "Last summer, we saw that intense heat dome in this area, and that was combined with a looper moth infestation ... so that even made the forest even more vulnerable."

May 5

Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District board supports long term care facility in Campbell River.

The Comox-Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) has approved cost sharing with Island Health for a proposed long-term care (LTC) facility in Campbell River.

“There is a significant need for investing in long-term care spaces in our community,” CSRHD Board Chair Charlie Cornfield says in a press release. “On Vancouver Island, Campbell River has the highest proportion of people assessed for long-term care and waiting for a placement, experiences some of the longest wait times for a local placement and has a very low number of spaces available for long-term care.

 

By supporting this proposed project, the potential for increased spaces will benefit local health care in multiple ways and not result in higher property taxes through the CSRHD.”  For full story click here

May 3

Campbell River requests airport, float plane base, marine port reestablished as points of entry

Campbell River council has voted to write to the federal public safety minister to request the city’s airport, float plane base and marine port be reestablished as points of entry for international travel.

At the start of the pandemic, the federal government restricted the number of Canada Border Services Agency points where international passengers could enter Canada, and during that time Campbell River was taken off the list.

Now, council would like to see that reestablished before the busy summer period.

“This is a big issue,” said Coun. Sean Smyth in an April 25 council meeting. “We’re missing out on a big finance opportunity with these private jets coming through and we want to make it as convenient as possible for them.”

According to city staff, the airport normally has around 350 private jets land per year, which brings about $15,000 in landing fees and $12,000 in service charges.

Additionally, if an airplane parks overnight, they are charged $60 per night in parking as well as any refuelling for the jets.

The change would only apply to private planes as there are not currently direct international flights in or out of the airport.

May 2

More Surgeries Available On The Island.  Island Health acquires private surgical centres in View Royal, Nanaimo.

The province has purchsaed two Vancouver Island private surgical centres and brought them into the public portfolio.

The View Royal Surgical Centre (VRSC) in Greater Victoria and Nanaimo’s Seafield Surgical Centre (SSC) have had their leases taken over and equipment purchased by Island Health.

The move will see residents access an additional 4,600 surgeries and endoscopies (2,300 each) annually. Health Minister Adrian Dix said it will increase capacity and reduce wait times for people who need surgery.  For full story click here

Gold River Job Fair

May 14- 10-2 p.m.  Come and meet your future empoyers at The Gerry Morgan Memorial Centre.Sponsored by the Gold River Chamber of Commerce and BCEHS
Employers who are interested in a table should contact alawrence@goldriver.ca
Or Donna.Schneider@bcehs.ca

April 27

Islanders line up for hours as passport backlog grows

A line-up extends outside of the front doors of Service Canada's Passport Centre in Victoria's Bay Centre Monday, April 25, 2022.

Frustrations are growing on Vancouver Island and beyond as Passport Canada deals with an influx of hundreds of thousands of passport applications leading to some delays.

Jesus Rivera took the day off work Monday and drove to Victoria from Nanaimo, desperately hoping he would be heading home with his passport. He is supposed to leave for Mexico City Tuesday morning.

“It’s frustrating, it’s really stressful, it’s really stressful because I’m in limbo I don’t know what to do,” he said.

Rivera mailed his application on Feb. 24. The process is only supposed to take 20 business days, but he’s still waiting.

“I was here at 6 a.m. and I was in the office and they said we can do nothing you have to wait for our call.”

Rivera isn’t alone. The lineup outside Victoria’s Passport Canada office at the Bay Centre downtown stretched all the way out into the mall over two floors on Monday morning shortly after opening.

Liam Singleton has a flight to Mexico next week but still hasn’t his received passport. It is the second time he’s had to drive down from Nanaimo in the past week and believes he’ll have to come back yet again.

April 27

Federal court judge quashes minister's plan to shut down B.C. fish farms

A federal court judge has set aside a decision by the former federal fisheries minister to close open-net pen fish farms in the Discovery Islands area between northern Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland.

In a news release issued on Dec. 17, 2020, then Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan ordered the closure of 19 fish farms in the Discovery Islands region, saying that all fish farm licences would not be renewed on June 30, 2022.

During that time, no new fish of any size would be allowed to transfer to the affected farms, the news release added.

The announcement blindsided operators in the region, including four operators involved in the recent court decision: Mowi Canada West, Cermaq Canada, Grieg Seafood B.C., and an unnamed company.

On Friday, Justice Elizabeth Heneghan set aside the former minister's plans, largely due to what Heneghan describes as unfair warning to the farm operators involved, and inadequate reasons for why the closures were ordered in the first place.

For the full story click here

April 22

Strathcona Regional District to switch emergency notification platform

A new app will be used to communicate emergency notifications within the Strathcona Regional District.

The new system will come into effect on May 2 with the district switching from Connect Rocket to Alertable. The district says the new system will be used because it “provides additional ways to notify people.”

Alerts can be sent with the mobile app with an “Override Silent Mode” feature for critical alerts along with websites, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Alexa, Apple Homepo and Google Nest, Slack, Microsoft Teams and others.

The SRD says the previous system only provided notifications through landline calls, cellphones and text messages.

For the full story click here

April 22

'Priced itself out of the retirement market': Realtors weigh in on changing age of Vancouver Island residents

Vancouver Island has long been known as a place where people come to retire, but a new report shows that is no longer the case. The island’s immigration is now being fuelled by young, working families.

Jlo Magneto and his young family recently moved to Langford from just outside of Toronto. According to a new report from the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, the young family fits perfectly into the changing demographics of the island’s newcomers.

"I lived here back in my college days and I loved it out here," said Magneto. "I always wanted to come back so when I saw an opportunity to come, I definitely pursued it."

Megneto is in the Canadian Armed Forces and his wife is a nurse. The jump was expensive, but manageable.

"It all did work out," said Magneto. "We sold for over double our asking price back home before moving out here, so that was our only saving grace for finding a place out here."

The economic alliance report found that between 2014 and 2021, 89,000 people moved to Vancouver Island.

April 20

$250,000 available for local charitable and Indigenous organizations, UWBC

Local central and north Vancouver Island charitable and Indigenous organizations can now apply for grants from United Way British Columbia (UWBC).

A total of $250,000 is available this year, according to the charity. They say organizations can apply for up to $15,000 in grants specifically for mental health services to children and youth.

Activities that qualify for the funding include adaptability, resiliency, communication skills, emotional regulation skills, problem-solving and optimism in children and youth.

United Way says the applications are now open until May 9, at 4 p.m. Applications can be filled out on United Way’s Vancouver Island website.

The group adds anxiety levels have risen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and action from local organizations is needed.

For full story click here

April 18:  Legion

Easter Egg Hunt A Big Success

Huge THANK YOU / SHOUT-OUT to the Legion for once again putting on another wonderful Easter Egg hunt, hot dogs and goodies for all the kiddies here in Gold River! We are so grateful!

April 15

SRD building lodge in Campbell River for out-of-town patients

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) will be building and operating a place for patients and their loved ones to stay while travelling to Campbell River for specialized medical care.

The Just Like Home Lodge will be next to the Campbell River Hospital and will have 10 bedrooms.

The lodge will also include a shared kitchen, communal living space, laundry facilities and private washrooms.

“The SRD board is committed to a goal that high-quality health and social care is available regionally,” said SRD board chair Brad Unger in a news release.

For full story click here

April 11

Google installing first-of-its-kind undersea cable connecting Vancouver Island and Japan for faster service

Google has announced it will be installing a first-of-its-kind undersea fibre-optic cable to connect Canada and Asia, running through Vancouver Island.

Google says the investment into the first-ever subsea fibre-optic cable between Canada and Asia is to allow faster access to services such as Gmail and YouTube when it ultimately begins service in 2023.

The cable, which is called Topaz, will run from Vancouver to Port Alberni and then across the Pacific Ocean to the prefectures of Mie and Ibaraki in Japan.

Google is spearheading the construction of the project but will also be linking up with a number of local partners on either side of the Pacific Ocean in order to complete the task. Once finished, the tech giant says that other network and internet service providers will be able to benefit from the additional capacity of Topaz, whether for their own use or to provide to third parties.

The undersea fibre cable is about the width of a garden hose and will house 16 fibre pairs that will stretch across the floor of the Pacific Ocean, offering a total capacity of 240 Terabits per second.

Google says part of the project has involved consultation and partnership with First Nations and the cable will be built alongside the traditional territories of the Hupacasath, Maa-nulth, and Tseshaht.

As part of the announcement of the project, these three Vancouver Island First Nations voiced their support of the project and the work being done alongside Google.

“Tseshaht is very proud of this collaboration and our partnership with Google, who has been very respectful and thoughtful in its engagement with our Nation. That’s how we carry ourselves and that’s how we want business to carry themselves in our territory,” said Tseshaht First Nation Elected Chief Councillor, Ken Watts.

“Google’s respect towards our Nation is appreciated and has good energy behind it,” added Hupacasath First Nation’s Elected Chief Councilor, Brandy Lauder.

BC Hydro’s electric vehicle fast charging site open in Gold River

A new BC Hydro electric vehicle fast charging site is now operational in Gold River and adds to the company’s growing network of more than 100 public fast chargers in B.C.

“We are working to make it easier for drivers in B.C. to go electric and take advantage of B.C.’s clean, reliable hydroelectricity,” says Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation. “This location in Gold River will help make public charging more convenient as a growing number of people on Vancouver Island shift to an electric vehicle.”

The new site in Gold River opened March 31 and is next to the Gold River Tourist Information Centre near the junction of Highway 28 and Scout Lake Road.

“This charge site in Gold River opens another section of Vancouver Island to electric vehicle tourism,” says Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. “The site is convenient for drivers using Highway 28. The location is also wheelchair accessible and has newly installed lighting to enhance safety for all users.”

The charge site includes two 50-kilowatt charging units. Each unit can add 50 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes.

“We are very happy to see our community move forward with an electric vehicle fast charging site in Gold River,” says Brad Unger, Mayor of Gold River. “The number of electric vehicles in B.C. is growing and this site will make it possible for travellers to visit our community and the surrounding area. We are thankful for BC Hydro’s efforts to make this a reality.”

Transportation accounts for about 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in B.C. In September, BC Hydro revealed its Electrification Plan, with initiatives to encourage B.C. residents, businesses and industries to switch to hydroelectricity from fossil fuels to help reduce carbon emissions. The plan encourages switching from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles.

“As the primary fuel supplier for electric vehicles, we are building out charging infrastructure to ensure we can accommodate the volume and variety of electric vehicles that will be on B.C. roads in the coming years,” says Chris O’Riley, President and CEO of BC Hydro. “BC Hydro will add 325 charging units to it’s network at 145 sites within the next five years.”

BC Hydro’s provincewide fast charging network currently includes 114 fast charging units at 78 sites in communities throughout B.C. The chargers are funded in a partnership with the Province of B.C. and Natural Resources Canada.

April 10

Free Wood Debris Chipping Available

The Village received funding this year to provide the free curbside wood debris chipping service again. The woodchipping date is still to-be-determined but likely mid-June. I just wanted to let you all know right away because I'm aware this service is very popular amongst residents. The woodchipping service is anticipated to follow the same rules as last year.

Rules

  • Bring the wood debris to the end of your driveway at the pre-determined date/time

  • No rocks, no nails, no roots

  • Ideally all the “butt ends” of branches are pointed the same way so they can be fed efficiently into the chipper

  • Tree trimmings must be under 16cms in diameter and 10 meters length max

  • No invasive species

  • The contractor reserves the right not to pickup any piles they feel does not meet these rules

  • Do no block traffic by piling debris on the road

April 6

Sea Lions feasting on farmed salmon

As dozens of sea lions feast on Atlantic salmon in Cermaq Canada’s Rant Point fish farm site in Clayoquot Sound, Ahousaht First Nation officer Skookum John is saying the fish have escaped into the ocean the same way the sea lions got in.   For full story with video click here

 

April 6

Island Health awareness campaign targeting men aims to reduce overdose deaths

sland Health is launching a campaign targeted at men to raise awareness of overdose prevention services available in the region, in an effort to reduce the number of overdose deaths.

In 2021, 327 people died of overdoses in Island Health, the majority of those deaths were men aged 30-59.  For full story  click here

April 3

North Island arts organizations benefit from provincial recovery grants

Recovery funding will be supporting 10 different arts organizations in the North Island.

In an April 1 announcement, North Island MLA Michele Babchuk announced the strengthened support for the region that will help local artists and organizations recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

For the full story click here   https://www.northislandgazette.com/news/north-island-arts-organizations-benefit-from-provincial-recovery-grants/

April 3

Another Fatal Police Incient In Campbell River

The office tasked with investigating police incidents that kill or seriously injure a member of the public in B.C. was called to Campbell River on Saturday.

The Independent Investigations Office confirmed to CTV News that it had been deployed to an incident in the Vancouver Island community, but could not provide any further details as of early afternoon.

In a tweet shortly before 4 p.m., the IIO added that the incident was fatal.

A person who lives near the Park Road crime scene says she heard yelling, but couldn't make out what was being said. That was followed by a shot, more yelling and then a second shot.

For the full story click here   https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/b-c-police-watchdog-called-fatal-incident-in-campbell-river-1.5845938

March 31

Strathcona Regional District

Have you signed up for your FREE Fibre Drop Home Installation?

Exciting news! The SRD & partner CityWest are happy to announce that infrastructure that connects high speed fibre internet directly to your home will be constructed in the regional district this summer via the Connected Coast undersea fibre optic project.

Sign up to ensure your home is included! There is no obligation to sign up for internet services & install is free while construction crews are on site.

SIGN UP AT WWW.CITYWEST.CA/DROPPING-IN

More info & FAQ's > www.srd.ca/connected-coast

 

March 31

Attention hikers and students. (From Kevin Mcarthy)

The riverside trail along the Heber between the Matchlee bridge and it’s end on Maquinna is in extremely poor condition at this time. There are a couple of sections that are dangerous with collapsing raised short stretches that a person could go right through.

Lots of fence down or just plain gone.

Be aware.

 

March 31/2022

Golf Course is Ready For 2022 (From Kim  Buzit)

It’s official!!! We are now open for our 2022 Golf season. A few things worth a mention....

The lock for the locker room has been changed so if you rent a locker please see the clubhouse for a new key.

We will be having our early bird draw again this year. If you get your membership paid in full by April 15 2022 you will be eligible to enter the draw for half of your membership back.

With the covid mandates being lifted our calendar is filling up fast so if you have plans for a golfing event I recommend you give us a call sooner rather than later.

And finally the answer to the question I have been ask repeatedly

The kitchen will be open ....

APRIL 15th @ 12noon - 7pm

Anti-Mandate (idiots) convoy travels to Campbell River

A convoy of vehicles made its way up the east coast of Vancouver Island on Saturday, March 26 with Campbell River as its final destination.

The city asked organizers to use a gravel parking lot just north of the ferry terminal for a gathering spot.

A crowd of between 60 and 70 were there just before 12:30 p.m. when the convoy was supposed to arrive.It had rained in the morning, and was still quite chilly.

Ralliers of all ages held flags of all types: Canadian, British Columbian, American, Thin Blue Line, and Don’t Tread on Me.

An occasional chant of, “Freedom,” was uttered through a megaphone every few minutes, which elicited yells of, “Freedom,” back.

The odd car honked their horn at the sign holders on the side of the street. A passenger in one SUV leaned out of the window and give the ralliers the finger.

For the full story click here

Strathcona Regional District to receive wildfire training, education with funding

The Strathcona Regional District has received $200,000 through the Union of BC Municipalities FireSmart Community Funding and Supports grant. The funding will be used for the following

wildfire prevention activities: Wildfire training for fire departments. FireSmart renovations for community buildings

CityWest is expanding our fibre-optic network into your community! Sign up for a free fibre-optic drop to your residence or business.

March 24

FREE Fibre installations to homes in SRD communities will be constructed this summer!

Sign up today to ensure your home is included! There is no obligation to sign up for internet services & install is free while construction crews are on site.

SIGN UP > WWW.CITYWEST.CA/DROPPING-IN

More info & FAQ's > www.srd.ca/connected-coast

 

March 24

'Stop the bleeding': B.C. groups call on Alaska to halt interception of Canadian salmon

A coalition of environmental groups is calling on Alaska to halt the interception of hundreds of thousands of B.C.-bound salmon before they return home to spawn. 

In a letter addressed to Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, four salmon conservation groups presented data indicating that in 2021 more than 650,000 Canadian-origin sockeye salmon were caught in the waters of southeast Alaska. That is six times the 110,000 sockeye B.C. commercial fishers caught last year.

“We’re just talking about the fish we know that are getting killed up there,” said Greg Taylor, a longtime consultant with commercial and First Nations fisheries.

B.C. salmon populations have plummeted to record lows in recent years. In response, the federal government closed 60 per cent of B.C.’s commercial salmon harvest in June 2021 and announced a fishing licence buy-back program under its $647-million Pacific Salmon Strategy Initiative.

The result for B.C., says Taylor: “It makes us a spawning ground for Alaska.”

For full story click here:

March 21

Over $7 million given out to help North Island small businesses during pandemic

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk says that over $7 million in grants has been distributed to help small businesses on the North Island to adapt and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

“Island and coastal small business owners have done everything they can to keep people safe throughout these times,” said Babchuk. “Our government is right there with them. By providing these supports, we’ve helped businesses keep the lights on and people employed while they continue to deliver the services we all rely on.”

For full story click here

March 21

Island housing  prices continue to  rise, still not enough for market demand: 

The housing market on Vancouver Island is continuing to suffer from low inventory, says a Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) report.

The latest report for the month of February found that while the inventory for single-family homes rose by 34 per cent from January to February, the amount is still 12 per cent lower than February 2021.

Condos were much the same as they declined by 31 per cent a year ago but rose seven per cent since January. Townhouses dropped 27 per cent and the inventory stayed the same from last month.

Prices for single-family homes are also up 36 per cent year over year, with the benchmark sitting at $822,500 in February. The same goes for condos, which are up 28 per cent and townhouses have climbed 34 per cent.

For the full story click here

CBC Hometown Hockey Comes To Campbell River In April

Rogers Hometown Hockey makes its way to Campbell River, British Columbia and you can expect a great weekend of FREE, COVID-friendly, hockey-related activities, NHL Alumni appearances, music, and fun for the whole family!

The free, family-friendly festival takes place April 16th & 17th from 11am – 5pm. Join Ron MacLean and Tara Slone LIVE on site on Monday, April 18th for a special double-header broadcast as they tell the stories that celebrate the hockey history and culture that puts Campbell River on Canada’s hockey map, and stick around the catch the Calgary Flames take on the Chicago Blackhawks at 5pm, and the Dallas Stars take on the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30pm.

March 16

Don't Forget Herber Bridge Closed A Few Hours On March 17

Surespan Construction is currently working on the replacement of the Heber River Bridge for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The Heber River Bridge is located approximately 10 kms East of Gold River on Provincial Highway #28, British Columbia. As part of the continued work, Surespan will need to complete a full 2-hour closure of the bridge between the hours of 9am to 11am and 1pm and 3pm on March 17th, 2022.

March 16

B.C.'s Best Small Town

Head to the link below and vote for your village of GOLD RIVER!

About 3/4 down the page this week we are "up against Saratoga Beach" for this week's #BestSmallTownBC on CBC.

Voting is open until 10p, next Tuesday is the 2nd round.

Thanks and let's help put this Small Town on the map!

March 16

Gold River To Get Fibre-to-home infrastructure

The fibre-to-home portion for the Strathcona Regional District’s Connected Coast project is starting up for residents of the area.

The technology is being rolled out to Tahsis, Gold River, Quadra Island, Zeballos, Ehattesaht First Nation, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ First Nations, Walters Cove, Sayward Valley and Sayward. It will enable residents of these communities to have access to high speed internet. These communities were ineligible for grant funding, which was available to other areas of the regional district. Funds for these communities are being sourced through a borrowing agreement with CityWest. To pre-register with City West Click Here

For full story click here

SRD News

March 11, 2022 - SRD Housing Needs Assessment Project Launch

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) was awarded $60,000 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to assess the housing need in all four Electoral Areas within the SRD. Engagement activities, report writing, and sharing findings back to participating stakeholders will be completed by M’akola Development Services (MDS) on behalf of the SRD. 

 

MDS is a non-profit planning and housing development consultancy with over 30 years of experience building and operating affordable housing on Vancouver Island.

 

As the first step in this process, the SRD is inviting all Electoral Area residents, community organizations and First Nations to complete a survey to help us better understand housing in the Regional District. This survey asks questions to clarify:

 

  • The current state of housing in each Electoral Area, including the condition of current housing stock, costs, and adequacy to meet household needs (such as size, accessibility, and proximity to amenities);

  • Anticipated future housing needs; and

  • The number of Area residents who live in core housing need and extreme housing need.

 

Survey responses are completely confidential and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Respondents will be eligible to win one of two $100 gift cards!

 

This survey is available on the SRD’s website at: www.srd.ca/housing-needs-report-project.

 

Hard copies are also available by calling 250-830-6701 and can be returned to the SRD Corporate Office at:

 

SRD Corporate Office

Attn: Meredith Starkey

301-990 Cedar Street

Campbell River, BC   V9W 7Z8

 

For more information or any questions about the project can be directed to:

 

Sandy Mackay, MDS Project lead

Housing Research and Policy Lead

M’akola Development Services

smackay@makoladev.com

778-265-7489

Meredith Starkey,

Manager, Planning and Parks

Strathcona Regional District

mstarkey@srd.ca

778-346-9143

March 12

Employment Opportunity

We're looking for kitchen and serving staff!!

Apply with your resume by email to theridgeroadhouse@gmail.com

 

March 12

Campbell River’s Tyler Turner wins Paralympic Gold in snowboard cross

The cheering in Campbell River could almost be heard in Beijing as friends of 33-year-old snowboarder Tyler Turner won the gold medal in Para Snowboard cross Monday in Beijing.

“We were on our feet, screaming, crying,” said friend and co-worker Nicole Girard.

“It was electrifying. I have no voice from cheering him last night,” added Rob MacNeill, friend and co-worker at Capital City Skydiving in Campbell River.

But the cheering was more than just encouraging a friend to do well at the Paralympic games.

“Last night was very emotional for us because we saw him before the accident, we saw the accident and now we’re seeing him at the Olympics,” added Bob Verret, also a friend and co-worker at Capital City Skydiving.

The accident was a tragic and defining moment in Turner’s life. The all-around athlete also loves skydiving but in 2017 while filming a guest completing their first tandem skydive from 10,000 feet, Turner had a freak accident and both legs were eventually amputated.

However, soon after he was already talking about getting back on his snowboard and his determination led him to Beijing.  For full story & video click here.

March 12

Gold River 5 Year Financial Plan

The Village of Gold River is inviting the public to attend an open house at the Village Office to learn more about the five-year Financial Plan. There will be two sessions: March 15, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:00pm and March 16, 2022 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Open house will take place in Council Chambers at 499 Muchalat Drive with Staff and Council available to answers questions.

For more information see link: https://goldriver.ca/notices/financial-plan-open-house/

March 8

Feds leaving West Coast fishing sector to flounder after salmon closures, harvesters say

The West Coast fishing sector is being hung out to dry and deserves a just transition like other climate-affected industries after the federal government put in widespread closures to the salmon fishery last year, the fish harvesters union says.

Boat captains, crews, and shore workers are suffering dire economic hardship with zero emergency or transitional supports after the ministry of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) closed 79 salmon fisheries last June, said James Lawson, president of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union (UFAWU).

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been allocated to farmers and forestry workers in B.C. to deal with the negative impacts of climate change as well as new environmental policies to help the industries adapt, Lawson said, but nothing similar is there to help commercial fishers impacted by the same issues.

For the full story click here

March 8/22

Documentary shows Indigenous partnership to rebuild wild salmon

Efforts between three First Nations and the Province of B.C. to rebuild salmon stocks is being highlighted in a new documentary.

The partnership includes the Mamalilikulla, ‘Namgis and Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nations and efforts are focused on rebuilding the salmon in the Broughton Archipelago, off the coast of the North Island.

The film, called “Mi’ma’omakw: People of the Salmon”, follows the concerns of the Nations about fish farm impacts on wild salmon and the marine environment. They say this led to negotiations with the provincial government in 2017 and 2018. The result was nine fish farms being removed from the migratory pathways for juvenile wild salmon. For full story click here

March 6

Greig Seafood Hatchery Project To Support 4 Million Smolts

Greig Seafood BC Ltd.’s Gold River Hatchery project will see its salmon spend more time on land with the completion of a new project.

The $24.74 million project will feature six tanks housed within a building. Each is 3.5 metres deep and 11 metres across and holds about 326,000 litres of water. They will be adding water to the tanks and creating the necessary bacteria and water conditions for the salmon to grow.

They say the system will be able to support four million smolts (a stage in which salmon adapt to saltwater as they mature). They will be able to stay in the tanks until they hit a weight of 1 kilogram.

Greig says the system is part of their goal to move more farms on land

For full story click here

March 3

Herber Bridge Closed A Few Hours On March 17

Surespan Construction is currently working on the replacement of the Heber River Bridge for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The Heber River Bridge is located approximately 10 kms East of Gold River on Provincial Highway #28, British Columbia. As part of the continued work, Surespan will need to complete a full 2-hour closure of the bridge between the hours of 9am to 11am and 1pm and 3pm on March 17th, 2022.

 

These specific closures are required to be able to install the new bridge structural steel. Traffic, with the exception of emergency vehicles, will not be able to cross the detour bridge during the hours noted above. If an emergency vehicle is required to cross the bridge, Surespan will work diligently to remove crew and equipment from the bridge to facilitate crossing.

 

Please keep in mind that this process may take a little time to complete but we will endeavor to do so as fast as possible. Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work to complete the project as fast as possible.

March 3

Gold River explores waterfront potential

The unusual degree of separation stems from another era and a resource development boom in B.C., when Tahsis Company built the town to house employees for its pulp mill located in the river delta at the head of Muchalat Arm.

Gold River District was incorporated in 1965 — acquiring a reeve and village council before it had residents — with municipal boundaries including portions of the river delta.

Gold River Village was incorporated seven years later, Canada’s first all-electric community and the first to have underground wiring.

The community thrived until forest processing and fishing steadily declined through the 1990s. When the mill closed in 1998, the town lost half its jobs and a $1.8-million chunk of its tax base.

Two decades later, the landscape and times have changed dramatically. Since 2018, the village has been piecing together components of an economic development strategy to guide growth and development in the valley, rebranding and reinventing itself as a west coast tourism hub.

Another puzzle piece fell into place earlier this month when the municipality confirmed the start of a waterfront planning process with kickstart funding from Island Coastal Economic Trust.

“Gold River is now considered a tourism gateway to Nootka Sound, and the waterfront represents incredible potential to current and future users,” said Mayor Brad Unger. “Our vision for the waterfront is a place that supports and promotes a rich diversity of local economic activity and improved access to the incredible Muchalat Inlet.”

Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation (MMFN) has been integral to the planning process, having helped to shape the economic development strategy.

Ahaminaquus, a former village site where Mowachaht/Muchalaht residents from Yuquot were persuaded to resettle in the 1960s, lies squarely in the middle of the river delta. In Ahaminaquus, residents lived in the shadow of the pulp mill until health concerns led the village to resettle at Tsaxana, closer to Gold River.

For the full story click here

 

Island Health Team Reaches 500,000 Covid Tests!

Our small but mighty Molecular Diagnostics Lab (MDL) team is comprised of four lab clerks, four Medical Lab Assistants and ten Molecular Diagnostics Technologists. They have tested 500,000 COVID-19 samples over the past two years.

We want to thank the MDL team members who have provided a service crucial to clinical operations and patient care during one of the most challenging periods in recent history.

 

Feb 27

New aquaculture suppliers organization calls on federal government to support industry

Organization asking for ‘confidence-building measures’ including license renewals

According to a new national industry organization, the Canadian Aquaculture Suppliers Association, governments should move to restore confidence in the sector.

A federally registered non-profit, the Canadian Aquaculture Suppliers Association will work to encourage the growth of Canada’s aquaculture sector, advance the role suppliers play in the industry and be an advocate to protect aquaculture jobs, according to a press release from the organization.

“Those who supply our nation’s aquaculture sector directly employ thousands of Canadians, including in communities where jobs are scarce and economic opportunity is limited,” said Ben James, the association’s president, in a press release.

More than 20,000 Canadians are employed in aquaculture throughout Canada, including in some 250 Indigenous communities, and approximately $5.2 billion in annual economic activity is attributed to the industry.

For the full story click here

Feb 27

Strathcona Regional District Emergency Services

Have you wondered how a family receives help when they are displaced by a disaster? Then join us for a virtual information session on March 1 or 2. Emergency Support Services is the “heart of emergency response” by helping evacuees find shelter, meals and clothing through vouchers as well as supporting the reunification of family members. For those who are interested in “behind the scenes” initiatives there are positions needed to help ensure resources are ready and plans are prepared.

· Tuesday March 1st 3:00-3:45pm https://srd-ca.zoom.us/j/82838955623 Or Call 1-778-907-2071 Meeting ID 828 3895 5623

· Tuesday March 1st7:00-7:45pm https://srd-ca.zoom.us/j/85752718143 Or Call 1-778-907-2071 Meeting ID 857 5271 8143

· Wednesday March 2nd 7:00-7:45pm https://srd-ca.zoom.us/j/84228048003 Or Call 1-778-907-2071 Meeting ID 842 2804 8003

More information is available at: www.srd.ca/emergency-support-services

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Feb 26

Job Opportunity

Fuerste Vaccination Services is looking for casuals to join our team of Fin Clippers at Conuma Hatchery in Tahsis. Starting wage is $20/hour and transportation from Gold River to the hatchery will be provided.

For more information or to apply, please contact me at hr@fuerstevaccinations.com.

Feb 22

Gold River To Gte New Mobile Health Unit

Getting access to healthcare in rural and remote communities can be difficult, but some relief is coming to people in Gold River, Tsa’xana and Tahsis.

A new Mobile Outreach Unit is coming to the west coast of the Island, which will provide a space for services that until now residents had to travel to Campbell River to access. However, thanks to the new vehicle the services will be brought right to the communities that need them.

“Rural and remote communities have their own massive set of barriers,” said Kaitlyn Nohr, a rural and remote services and social worker with Island Health. “One is transportation. From our region to the closest urban centre, we don’t have any methods of safe or reliable transportation like buses, taxis, ride-shares or anything like that. It’s all through private drivers. If folks don’t have access to that, if they don’t have funds to pay those private fees then they’re kind of stuck here.”  For the full story click here

Feb 20

Strathcona Regional District sees 7.8 per cent jump in population 

Gold River: 1,246, up 2.8 per cent — Statistics Canada

The population in the Strathcona Regional District is growing, according to new numbers from the 2021 census released by Statistics Canada.

Overall, the population of the regional district is up 7.8 per cent since 2016. That year it was 44,671, and it reached 48,150 in 2021. Most of those people are living in Campbell River, which now has a population of 35,519. However, every community and rural area in the regional district saw growth, ranging from 2.3 per cent to 58.5 per cent.   For full story click here https://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/strathcona-regional-district-sees-7-8-per-cent-jump-in-population-statistics-canada/

 

Feb 20

New housing project for women and children escaping violence in Campbell River

Work is beginning on the newest BC Housing facility coming to Campbell River.

The Eagle Harbour facility will provide 55 units of transitional and permanent housing for women and children leaving violence. The building will be a five-storey facility with 34 units of second-stage housing that will provide short-term housing with on-site supports, as well as 21 units of affordable rental housing for women, transgender, non-binary and Two Spirit people who need a permanent home.  For the full story click here.  https://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/work-begins-on-new-housing-project-for-women-and-children-escaping-violence-in-campbell-river/

Strathcona Regional Distric:  Want To Be A ESS Volunteer?

Have you wondered how a family receives help when they are displaced by a disaster? Then please join us for 1 of 3 virtual information session about becoming an ESS volunteer. Emergency Support Services is the “heart of emergency response” by helping evacuees find shelter, meals and clothing through vouchers as well as supporting the reunification of family members.

 

For those who are interested in “behind the scenes” initiatives there are positions needed to help ensure resources are ready and plans are prepared.

· Tuesday March 1st 3:00-3:45pm https://srd-ca.zoom.us/j/82838955623 Or              Call 1-778-907-2071 Meeting ID 828 3895 5623

· Tuesday March 1st7:00-7:45pm https://srd-ca.zoom.us/j/85752718143 Or               Call 1-778-907-2071 Meeting ID 857 5271 8143

· Wednesday March 2nd 7:00-7:45pm https://srd-ca.zoom.us/j/84228048003 Or       Call 1-778-907-2071 Meeting ID 842 2804 8003

More information is available at: www.srd.ca/emergency-support-services

Feb 20

Gold River Supportive Housing

The Village of Gold River has been developing the case for a supportive housing solution with assistance from Providence Health Care, M’akola Housing Society, and M’akola Development Services. Senior’s housing and supportive housing has been on Council’s radar for the past several years with many discussions taking place with various provincial entities.

 

One of the major problems that has been noted with seniors living in community is the lack of support services available requiring some residents to move into long-term care prematurely, or move to a larger community to access these services.

The Goal of this project is to create supportive housing that will allow seniors to stay in their community of choice and offer services that support independence. This paper proposes that a 20-unit non-profit housing complex be developed with some hospitality services being offered on an as needed basis. At this stage in the process, the case has been outlined, and has been shared with our MLA, the Ministers of Housing and Health, BC Housing, and BC’s Seniors Advocate. The Village has been working with the province to identify grant funding that could help make this project a reality.

Staff report with housing strategy paper below: https://goldriver.ca/.../20220202-Supportive-Housing...

Feb 16

Ever Wonder What An Island Screaming Cougar Sounds Like- Spooky!

Of the estimated 4,000 cougars in Canada, 3,500 live in British Columbia.

Of this, nearly a quarter reside on Vancouver Island.

Living mainly in the forested mountain habitats of the Island, the continual expansion of humans into their territory forces these shy creatures to interact with humans.

Many times, residents have mentioned they’ve heard the cougar make what they described as “screaming woman” sounds, which of course sparked questions and curiosity.

Although fellow cats such as lions frequently are associated with loud roaring, cougars, on the other hand, often make piercing and shrill screaming vocalizations.

Cougars do not roar.

The screeching sound is similar to that of a human female screaming, and male and female cougars alike are capable of it. It also is sometimes described as the noise of a wailing child or a pain-induced, suffering and miserable shriek.

To see a video clip click here

 

Feb 16

Notice of Development Variance Permit

The RCMP has been approved to construct a new detachment at 495 Maquinna Crescent. However, the proposed accessory building behind the detachment will exceed the maximum height allowance for the current zoning of “Civic Use Zone - P.2”. This zoning allows for a maximum height allowance of 9.1 meters for the principal building and 4.6 meters for an accessory building. The Development Variance Permit being applied for will allow the RCMP to construct an accessory building with a height of 7.45 meters to accommodate a boat vessel.

Notice is hereby given under section 499 of the Local Government Act to residents of the Village of Gold River that this development variance permit will be presented to Council on March 7, 2022. The proposed permit will be available for public inspection at the municipal office at 499 Muchalat Drive from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday excluding stat holidays. Questions or concerns can also be directed to the undersigned.

Feb 13

EV Station Coming To Gold River

The Village of Gold River is getting an EV charging station! The Village has been working closely with BC Hydro to construct a EV Charging Station at the Visitor Information Centre. Construction on the new charging station is expected to begin on February 16, 2022 and is set to be operational by the end of March. Funding for this project was provided by BC Hydro and the contractor awarded this project is Knappett Industries.

 

Feb 13

Vancouver Island adds more than 65,000 people between 2016 and 2021

Looking at population jumps in other notable Island communities, Campbell River rose by 7.6 per cent to 35,519, Comox rose by 5.5 per cent to 14,806, Courtenay increased 10.8 per cent to 28,420 and on the west coast, Ucluelet took a 20.3-per-cent jump to 2,066 and Tofino grew by 27.9 per cent to 2,516.

Vancouver Island, like Canada, is experiencing greater growth in more urban areas, while many rural or resource based communities tend to be losing population.

Feb11

BC Ferries to add fuel surcharge to sailings, cites rising fuel costs

BC Ferries is adding a fuel surcharge to its ticket prices starting on March 1 due to rising fuel costs.

The surcharge will be a one-per-cent increase on average, marking a 15-cent increase for adult passengers on Metro Vancouver-Vancouver Island routes, and 55 cents for vehicles.

The surcharge is roughly equal to a five-cent increase for adults on inter-island routes, and a 20-cent increase for vehicles along these sailings. Full story click here.

Feb 9

Once In A Millenium Rogue Wave Measured Off Vancovuer Island

A massive ocean wave that was tracked off the west coast of Vancouver Island in 2020 is now considered the most extreme rogue wave ever recorded, according to scientists at the University of Victoria.

At 17.6 metres tall, the rogue swell reached as high as a four-storey building when it was detected near Ucluelet, B.C., in November 2020.

The wave is the subject of a new research paper published last week in the journal Scientific Reports by UVic scientists Johannes Gemmrich and Leah Cicon.

For full story    https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/once-in-a-millennium-record-breaking-rogue-wave-measured-off-vancouver-island-1.5773395

Feb 9

Grieg Fish Farms To Install Semi-Closed Systems In Esperanza Inlet

Semi-closed systems will soon be installed at all three Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.’s fish farms in Esperanza Inlet.

The CO2 L flow system gives farmers the ability to lower or raise custom farm enclosures.

Grieg says this ensures farmed fish benefit from natural ocean conditions and will provide protection for wild salmon.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately $9 million, and the work is expected to take eight to 12 months to complete.  For the full story

https://www.mycampbellrivernow.com/63516/semi-closed-systems-to-be-installed-at-grieg-fish-farms-in-esperanza-inlet/

Gold River Co-op Gets A Home!

It's now reality. The Gold River Village Co-op has signed the lease. And even better news, we got Lil Roadies, where we originally preferred for future expansion. IT TAKES A VILLAGE, and you all replied. Congratulations  everyone. Stay tuned.

Feb 3/22

Strathcona Gardens reopening after union and regional district agree to mediation, arbitration

Strathcona Gardens recreation complex will reopen Tuesday after the union representing workers of the facility and the regional district agreed to mediation and arbitration.

According to a press release issued Monday, the Strathcona Regional District and the United Steelworker (USW) Local 1-1937 have agreed to resolve an ongoing labour dispute through a mediation and arbitration process.

As part of that agreement, Strathcona Gardens staff will return to work while sides use an independent mediator or arbitrator in an effort to hash out a new collective agreement. Workers have been on strike for the past 10-weeks.

“It’s exciting, it’s just been a stressful couple of months,” said Gillian Tew,  United Steelworkers member and gardens employee.

Strathcona Gardens will be available for booked ice user groups beginning on Feb. 1 and the entire complex will be open to the general public on Feb. 2.

Feb 3/22

Woman stops alleged Campbell River shoplifter

Video taken at a Campbell River Wal Mart on Saturday shows a woman confronting a man allegedly trying to leave the store with a shopping cart full of stolen goods.

To see the video and full story click here.

Feb 3/22

MUSICFEST call for volunteers

Volunteers are and always have been the backbone of Vancouver Island MusicFest. It takes more than 1,100 volunteers, on forty different crews to make the festival happen. VI MusicFest 2022 is going to be another amazing; memorable weekend and we want you to be a part of the Festival’s return! Volunteering for VI MusicFest is fun and comes with great perks too.

 

MusicFest volunteers receive: • A MusicFest Weekend Pass •

Free camping in the Volunteer Campground • Five meals provided on site • Reduced prices on festival merchandise • Invited to attend volunteer appreciation events

 

Vancouver Island MusicFest welcomes people from all backgrounds and abilities to apply to volunteer. A youth waiver is required for those volunteers between the ages of 16-18. We grateful for the many volunteers who will return this year and we look forward to those who are volunteering for the first time! The VI MusicFest volunteer application is available NOW. For all the information you need to know go to: www.islandmusicfest.com/get-involve

Jan 31

Human trafficking of teens and tweens a serious issue on Vancouver Island

For the last eight years, Mia Golden’s been trying to help young people in Greater Victoria who are the victims of human trafficking.

“The numbers are high — we have at least a couple hundred youth we’re working with that are being exploited in some degree or another, and that’s just the ones that we know of,” explains Golden, the crime reduction and exploitation division coordinator for the Pacific Centre Family Services Association.

Golden says human trafficking of young people of all genders — both from Vancouver Island and elsewhere in Canada — is actually quite common.

“It can be done via local sites like Sugar Daddy, social media sites, dating apps — it’s quite alarming,” she says.

And sadly, the numbers are only getting higher.

“It’s very concerning because the other piece that’s of concern is how much younger and younger the young people being trafficked are becoming,” Golden says.

For the full story  click here

Jan 31

Job Opportunity

VANCOUVER ISLAND WEST SCHOOL DISTRICT 84 IS SEEKING A PART-TIME SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION ASSISTANT 1 AT RWES 

Effective immediately, this posting is for four hours/day until March 18, 2022.  The rate of pay is $26.34 per hour plus 7% and 4%.

To view the posting, please visit https://sd84.bc.ca/about-sd84/employment-opportunities/ and deadline to apply is 4 pm, February 3rd.

Jan 27

Wood Stove Exchange Program

January 27 2022 - Time to change out your inefficient wood stove and qualify for SRD’s Wood Stove Exchange Program

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is offering its Wood Stove Exchange Program once again this year which provides an opportunity for property owners to receive rebates from $300 - $750, effective September 15, 2021. Rebates are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis to residents interested in exchanging their old wood stove for a new, high efficiency heat pump, gas insert, wood or pellet stove.

 

If you live in in the villages of Gold River, Tahsis, Sayward, Zeballos and the four electoral areas and you have been thinking about upgrading your wood stove, now is the time. There is a limited supply of rebates and offers expire December 31, 2022.  "By trading in your old, inefficient stove for a new, clean burning, high efficiency model you are helping to improve air quality for everyone in the region," said SRD Chair Unger.  “Not only do the new stoves burn hotter and slower, reducing smoke output by 70% and consuming less wood but it also reduces the fine particulate matter in wood smoke that are inhalable and can settle in the lungs”.

 

Rebate incentives are as follows:

  • Wood stove to wood exchanges – $300

  • Wood stove to natural gas, propane, and pellet stove – $500

  • Wood stove to heat pump – $750

All new stoves which have a CSA-/EPA certification are eligible. To participate, homeowners need to provide evidence that the old stove has been decommissioned, and the new stove has been installed in compliance with building codes.

For more information regarding the program, please visit www.srd.ca/wood-stove-exchange-program or contact the SRD office at 250-830-6718 or rebates@srd.ca.

The Strathcona Regional District's wood stove exchange program is made possible through funding from the provincial Ministry of Environment

Jan 27

Gold River Real Estate Assessment Way Up...Does That Mean Huge Incxrease In Propety Tax? 

Property Taxes and Property Assessments: What is the Relationship?

It is January, you check your mail and you have an envelope from BC Assessment. You open it and see your assessment has gone up 40%. When you pick yourself up off the floor, you are saying to yourself, my taxes are going up 40%!

Well, lets stop right there. There is a common misconception people have that a significant change in your assessed value will result in a proportionately significant change in your property taxes. The most important factor is not how much your assessed value has changed, but how your assessed value has changed relative to the average change for your property class in the village.

BC Assessment has some good information that better explains the relationship between property taxes and property assessment. There are even a couple of short videos on this. Check it out at their website by clicking on the following link.

Property Assessments and Property Taxes: A not-so complicated relationship (bcassessment.ca)

Jan 26

Free parking coming to an end at Campbell River hospital and hospitals throughout B.C.

With $78 million in parking fees waived since April 1, 2020, pay parking will be reinstated at B.C. health authority sites to ensure that parking spots are available for patients, staff, volunteers and visitors, and so that free parking can continue to be extended to those who regularly receive certain treatments in acute-care settings.

This change comes into effect March 4, 2022.

"Maintaining across-the-board free hospital parking is making it hard for patients, staff, volunteers and visitors to find a spot, as non-hospital users are taking advantage of the situation to park for free while conducting business that’s not hospital related," said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. "These hospital parking spots must be available for those who need them most."

Free parking at provincial health-care facilities will continue for patients receiving dialysis treatment or undergoing cancer treatment in acute-care programs, and for parents or caregivers of children staying in the hospital overnight. Volunteers will still be able to park for free, and financial hardship provisions will continue to be managed on a case-by-case basis by health authorities.

Parking rates have been frozen for more than four years, and this freeze will continue.

Jan 21

Looming Seaspan Ferries strike expected to impact Vancouver Island

The Canadian Merchant Service Guild has issued a strike notice to Seaspan Ferries Corporation after meetings with a provincial mediator came to an impasse.

The 72-hour strike notice was issued at 3 p.m. on Jan. 18, which means the union will be going on strike as of the same time on Jan. 21 unless the two groups come to an agreement.

In December, the two groups negotiated what is considered essential service at the BC Labour Relations Board.Under the agreement, there will be no more than one round trip between Tilbury and Duke Point, and one between Tilbury and Swartz Bay per day.

The trips will also be limited to 30 per cent of the loading capacity, and they will only be able to take essential freight.

A strike would stop the vast majority of Seaspan’s service between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

“Don’t expect all your favourite restaurants to have the food that you’re wanting to go get, expect grocery stores to actually probably become empty, any Rona, Home Depot that is not essential. All that freight comes from the mainland,” said Kendra Slawson, Penta Transport’s Logistics Coordinator.

Jan 21

Hells Angels: Firearms, cash and cocaine seized in Vancouver Island gang probe, six arrested

A year-long investigation into drug trafficking on Vancouver Island has resulted in six arrests and seizures of guns, drugs and cash.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. said it launched the probe into the drug network last January. Six people were arrested Jan. 13 as four search warrants were served in the Comox Valley and in Campbell River.

CFSEU called it “a complex investigation into an alleged organized drug-trafficking network with ties to members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.”

Seized at four Vancouver Island homes was 3.5 kg of cocaine, $160,000 in cash, several guns, a car and “Hells Angels” paraphernalia.

 

 

January 20, 2022 - Public Feedback Request – West Coast Prolonged Power Outage

 

Campbell River, BC - The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) in conjunction with the Village of Tahsis, Village of Zeballos, Ehattesaht/Chinehkint First Nation, Nuchatlaht First Nation and Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h' First Nations are asking community members of the areas affected by the recent prolonged power outage to provide their observations on emergency response activities.

 

This feedback will help make communities more resilient by ensuring that critical lessons and knowledge are captured immediately into a Community Level After Action Report that will be shared publicly when completed.

 

It is crucial to understand that the  ability of communities to implement recommendations is determined by a multitude of factors such as budget, personnel, capacity, and availability of volunteers. With some items, such as the condition of the Forest Service Road, the role of many communities is limited to that of advocacy, but organized information will allow the SRD to communicate the communities’ insights more appropriately.

Goals

 

  • Identify future areas for public education initiatives.

  • Assess the preparedness of household and grassroots neighbourhood emergency plans prior to emergency events.

  • Recruit new leaders and members for local emergency response programs.

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in the local emergency plan.

  • Help the SRD advocate to other levels of government beyond its jurisdiction (BC Hydro, Emergency Management BC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development).

 

Surveys will be mailed out to each community next week.  For more information or to complete the survey online, please visit  www.srd.ca/2022-srd-west-coast-winter-storm-feedback.

 

Media contact:

Shaun Koopman

SRD Protective Services Coordinator

250-830-6702   |   skoopman@srd.ca

Jan 18

Heading out on a B.C. Ferry.  Check first for cancellations

A B.C. Ferries spokesperson is encouraging passengers to check online for possible service disruptions before heading to a terminal.

Dan McIntosh says several factors could lead to sailing cancellations on some routes, including employees being sick with COVID-19, seasonal cold and flu, or severe winter storms. Four sailings were cancelled Saturday on the Queen of Cowichan between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo due to staffing issues.

McIntosh says B.C. Ferries has contingency plans in place as requested by the provincial health officer to deal with a rise in absenteeism as the Omicron variant sweeps through the province, and that includes cross-training staff to do other duties or deploying them to different locations.

"All it takes is for a few people to be sick, depending on the role they play on the ferries, and then all of a sudden that augments your schedules in a way that we've seen. And we can say, anecdotally, that because of the COVID situation, we know that that is impacting our staff."

He says service notices are posted online as soon as possible when sailings won't be going ahead as scheduled.

Passengers can check the B.C. Ferries website for any cancellations before heading to a terminal or register to get notices sent to their mobile device.

Jan 16

Mainroad crews working tirelessly to patch potholes at the mercy

of the weather

Mainroad is under contract with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to carry out maintenance on provincial roads within the Lower Mainland and central and northern parts of Vancouver Island.  The contract lays out what our responsibilities are and how much time we must respond to those activities, such as pothole patching.

To meet the conditions of our contract, Mainroad crews have been working at a tireless pace to patch potholes as we become aware of them – sometimes patching the same potholes multiple times in a day.  We have a very robust planning, scheduling, and inspection system in which we monitor our works.  The past several weeks of weather has been extremely unusual where we’ve gone from very cold overnight temperatures of minus 10 degrees to daytime highs of plus 10 degrees within a few days.  Add to this torrential rain and it is a perfect combination to aid in the breakup of the asphalt roads.

“I know it’s frustrating for drivers when they come across potholes. The extreme weather we’ve experienced is the root cause because potholes can develop very quickly under these conditions, especially with high volumes of traffic.  No B.C. Service Area is unique in experiencing potholes, and in fact, it is happening across all southern B.C.  Mainroad’s maintenance crews have been and will continue to work non-stop filling blown out sections of road, resulting from the recent winter weather,” Noel Mankey, VP, Operations.

Jan 15

A Message From Sean Coopman:  Regional District

If you didn't receive the phone call alert this morning be sure to create an account with Connect Rocket, or ensure your account is subscribed to the Tsunami Notifications list. If you have questions or require assistance please let me know.

Click here for contact information

Jan 12

Road to Recovery: Economist predicts Vancouver Island’s economy will ‘bounce back’ 

tions for Canada’s economy as well as provincial and local ones,” its website reads.

In this week’s episode of Road to Recovery with Douglas Magazine, CHEK’s Jasmine Bala sits down with Bryan Yu, Chief Economist for Central 1.

Central 1 is the member organization all of the credit unions in British Columbia belong to. The organization provides economic analysis, commentary, interest rate forecasts and weekly economic briefings. The team carefully scans the global economic landscape and analyzes how global tensions, trade issues, and oil and gas prices impact the province.

“Our economists provide insight into current economic events and developments from international and domestic sources with implications for Canada’s economy as well as provincial and local ones,” its website reads.  For the full story with video click here

 

 

Jan 12:  Introducing The New Logo

Today we are SO EXCITED to OFFICIALLY be sharing with you our brand new Gold River Food Network (GRFN) logo (see below)!!! Thank you to @chaos_consortium for the support in design and development of this.

The Gold River Food Network will continue to operate out of the Jack Christiansen Centre (396 Nimpkish) by providing;

1. Drop in emergency food access on Mondays (10-1) and Wednesdays (1:30-4 during winter months and 1:30-5:30 otherwise).

2. We will continue with our monthly 30+ pre-registered hamper program

3. We will soon be home to the Village Veggies - a Greenways Land Trust Project distribution (starting next week!)

and in addition will continue to support any and all food security initiatives & programming moving forward. We ask that you please like, share, and invite folks to this page who may benefit from being aware of our resources and services!!

GR Food Network/ food bank

THANK YOU to the communities of Gold River, Tsaxana, and beyond for the continued and ongoing support. We look forward to growing with you in 2022!

Kaitlyn Nohr - RSW
Marcie Carlsen- Program coordinator

grfnetwork@gmail.com

food network pic.jpg

 

jAN 10

Strathcona Gold River Good Food Box Orders are NOW OPEN!

Interested in getting fresh and healthy produce delivered right to your community?

The Strathcona Good Food Box makes nutritious fruits and veggies both financially and physically accessible. Order a box up to a week in advance and then pick up at a central community location on delivery day!

Boxes are available at $25 each, or $15 each if you are a member of a low-income household. Limit one subsidized box per household. Email Terra at Terra@greenwaystrust.ca to learn more.

Paper copy order forms will be available Tuesday from 10-1 at Westgate Church in the plaza. Payment and form can be left at the church.

Follow the link below for online ordering!

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx...

Pickup is at the Food Network at the Jack Christian Centre.

You can **donate **a box to a community member in need!

Give the gift of accessible, healthy food.

(Donate option is included in the order form)

Jan 7

Island hospitals over max capacity

The BC Nurses Union (BCNU) says hospitals up and down the island are seeing high numbers. The Campbell River Hospital is running at around 130 per cent capacity, according to BCNU president Danette Thomsen.  For full story Click Here

Jan 7

Canada Post to suspend delivery on Vancouver Island

Mail delivery has been suspended on Vancouver Island following another dump of snow.

Canada Post confirmed Thursday afternoon it has issued a red delivery service alert for the Island, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley due to winter storm conditions.

Red service alerts mean the corporation will not send its delivery agents out or is actively recalling them.

Jan 7

Island Health will no longer be updating its COVID-19 public dashboard

The dashboard, which contains information about new cases, case exposures, total cases and active case and provides a breakdown of active cases by north, central and south island, has not been updated since Christmas Eve.

Island Health confirmed to CHEK News in a statement Wednesday that the dashboard is being discontinued for a variety of reasons.

“With the roll-out of rapid testing and the evolution of case and contact management to prioritize high risk populations, active case information broken down by Health Service Delivery Area within Island Health is no longer reflective of the population as a whole, given that detailed information such as symptom onset, end of isolation and exposure information is no longer collected for all cases. For these reasons, Island Health has discontinued its COVID-19 dashboard,” the statement reads.

Jan 4

Snow Clearing - Vehicles on Street

With this heavy wet snow, our crews have been working to clear the streets. They have been running into challenges due to vehicles being parked on the road. This has been making it difficult and in some cases impossible for snow clearing equipment to do their job or work around the vehicles left on the road.

Due to the heavy wet snow, crews have been attempting to clear as many areas as possible before too much accumulation creates additional challenges to snow clearing operations and equipment.

Please make sure your vehicles are off the street so our crews can do their jobs efficiently and safely.

Jan 4

Vancouver Island hospitals struggling with ‘critical’ staffing shortage, says union

New COVID-19 case numbers are in, showing thousands more British Columbians have been infected with COVID-19.

On southern Vancouver Island, also announced are outbreaks. Oak Bay’s independent living Shannon Oaks reporting ‘several’ cases, resulting in closed dining rooms and the restricted movement of residents.

Also dealing with an outbreak is Victoria General Hospital, in two rooms of the general medicine unit on the 4th floor.

But the BC’s Nurses Union (BCNU) says staff on the South Island are dealing with an even bigger problem: a ‘frightening’ shortage of staff.

“Vancouver Island is, I would say it’s critical,” said Danette Thomsen, BCNU’s interim vice president. “Nanaimo is 25-35 per cent over capacity. Comox and Campbell River are well over 20 per cent most of the time. In Victoria, they are having a heck of a time with staffing. We’re hearing from nurses saying they’ve never seen it this bad.”  For full story with video click here

Dec 31 

CHEK News features Gold River In A Co-op Grocery Report

The former SuperValue grocery store in Gold River has been sitting empty since November 2016. Brad Unger, the current mayor, says he used to own the store but was forced to close it due to a combination of declining sales after the TD Bank closed its branch in the store in 2014, and the Royal Bank recalled a small loan.

To see the full video report on CHEK TV click here

Dec 31

Rural economic development a priority for 2022 — MP Rachel Blaney

Our local MP did an indepth people with the Mirror Newspaper earlier this week.  It's an interesting read on her plans for our part of the world, check it out and

click here

Dec 30

B.C. delaying start of school until Jan. 10 for most K to 12 students

As COVID-19 cases surge across the province, the B.C. government has delayed the start of the school year for most students.

Children with special needs and children of health care workers will return on Jan. 3 or 4 as planned, but everyone else will go back on Jan. 10 — one week later than initially scheduled.

Teachers and school staff will be expected back in the classroom next week.

 

 

 

Dec 27

The Aquatic Centre will resume normal hours on December 28-31 and will be closed again from January 1-3 then will resume normal hours on January 4th. 

 

 

Dec 27

Mainroad North Island Contracting Tandem Plowing

 

 

Dec 26

Grieg launching new vessel to tackle sea lice at its Vancouver Island fish farms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grieg Seafood BC will be using a new vessel to remove sea lice from its farm-raised salmon sometime in the new year.

On Dec. 21, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. announced it has entered a three-year contract with Njord Marine Service Ltd. valued at $11 million annually for the service of its delousing vessel. This 24-metre vessel, called Coastal Server, is equipped with a mechanical delousing system that can remove sea lice from farmed salmon.

Coastal Server and its delousing system will be used by Grieg at its farms on both the east and west coasts of Vancouver Island, as well as the Sunshine Coast. The vessel will also provide regular maintenance support to these farms.

The delousing system it features is the SkaMik 1.5, which uses a combination of soft rotating brushes and low-pressure water nozzles to remove sea lice. The mechanical delousing system can be used on fish of all sizes and can treat up to 150 metric tonnes of fish per hour under ideal conditions, helping to limit the use of chemical and medical treatments, according to the company.

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