In Beautiful Gold River!
Myra Falls One Step Closer To Opening
October 16, 2017
Unifor has reached a tentative agreement with Nystar at its Campbell River ore mine.
"This is great news for workers and the community that has been impacted by unpredictable closures," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Our members are eager to get the mine fully operational again."
A combination of factors led the mine to slow operations nearly two years ago, reaching a total shut down in April 2017. Since then, Unifor has been working to help miners get re-training and find other work.
"Unifor members are critical to the success of mining operations in this region. It is important that they have a fair collective agreement," said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
Christmas Craft Fair-Gold River Reveller's
October 15, 2017
It's the annual Craft fair, Saturday December 2nd from 10-2. Fore more information or to book at table call 283-2653 or 283=2281.
A Message From Francis Jack
Hello and good day,
My name is Francis Jack, I am the Social Development Assistant for the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation.
As part of my position I look for workshops, employment and training opportunities for our members to attend, as a courtesy we would also extend our invitation as well when we are able to host such events.
I am putting this out there to connect and collaborate with the community of Gold River, if there are any workshops, employment or training opportunities could that you are aware of or that may be of interest to the community could you please email myself or Renee Mitchell @ the emails on the letter head.
Your time and consideration is greatly appreciated.
Social Development Assistant
Mowachaht/ Muchalaht First Nation
Box 459 Gold River, BC
Shotgun Kelly At The Ridge
Oct 27th for a Rockin' Halloween Party
You will probably never need this is Gold River but we all have friends or relatives who live in high rises in the city. This was too cool not to share, check it out.
The Record From 2006
Reports From The Mayor
October 06, 2017
UBCM 2017 Report
I attended the UBCM Convention which was held in Vancouver from September 25 – 29
The first meeting I attended was the Mayors Caucus meeting which was on Monday.
We were welcomed by the Chair of the Mayors Caucus, Nils Jensen Mayor of Oak Bay, he reviewed the Agenda, we were then welcomed by the UBCM 1st Vice President Wendy Booth, she is from the Regional District of East Kootenay.
We then had a panel presentation on “ code of conduct- tools or traps- a Mayors guide to preventing and addressing behaviour at the table. After the presentation we went into groups to discuss the issues.
The Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing then addressed us. She welcomed us on behalf of Premier Horgan to the UBCM meetings. In her speech to us she addressed many topics including the funding for Sports and Playground infrastructure. Council will be discussing our Nimpkish revitalization project.
This was only the 5th year of the Mayors Caucus, and it was decided that we will continue to meet twice a year, in the Spring and at the UBCM meetings.
The BC Mayors Caucus purpose is to:
Share information on common issues, and innovative policies and solutions
Collaborate with UBCM on determining Province wide municipal priorities and potential solutions on common issues
Advocate issues with UBCM to the Provincial and Federal Governments, and make statements to the media in collaboration with UBCM from time to time
The last item on the Agenda was deciding where the Spring meeting would be held, in which Oak Bay was selected.
UBCM 2017 Convention Report
On Tuesday September 26th I did a presentation to all the small communities (Population under 5000) during the Small Talk Forum. The presentation subject was Cell Service for rural communities and isolated highways. There were about 400 Mayors, Councillors in attendance. There was also represenitives from Telus in attendance, in which i had a conversation with later on that morning.
Some of the other discussions that other Communities brought forward were, Microcell transmitter placement, Provincial and Federal downloading, Mnisters visiting smaller Villages, Ambulance Services and Paramedics, Assisted Living, BC Timber Sales, Rural and Remote School Funding, and OCP Consultation Process.
We also had Special Presentations on, Financial Housekeeping, Communication in the Age of Social Media, Building Inspection Services and By Law Enforcement, and Wildfire Preparedness.
We then heard from The Honorable Selina Robinson Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Councillors Begon, Waterman and I then attended the Small Communities Luncheon.
After the lunch break we met up with our CAO and proceeded to our meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP Brenda Butterworth-Carr and some of her Staff. Our discussion topics included Road safety- Highway 28, lack of cell service in Emergency situations, Financial/ time resources spent on mental health patients that local resources are limited to provide care/assistance. She was very appreciative of our issues. We also brought up the appreciation we have for Sgt. MacGee and his Staff for the dedicated work they do for our Village.
We all then headed to our next meeting which was with the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the Honorable Doug Donaldson.
Our discussions with the Minister included, retaining a Community Forest License and retaining a Joint Management agreement with the MMFN for Antler/Scout Lake. There is a lot of work to do on these issues and they asked for some time to look into them.
We had a small break before Larry and I headed to the Municipal Insurance Association Annual general meeting. The MIA is our Village Insurance provider.
We started Wednesday by attending the Business sessions in the morning, and we heard from the In term Leader of the Liberal Party Rich Coleman.
We met with BC Hydro in the afternoon they updated us on their project, the power line from the Village to the Waterfront (Municipal Wharf Facility). The clearing of brush will begin in the next few weeks with the project finishing by the end of March 2018. We discussed the possibility of running power to the Village Campsite, they were in favour of looking into the possibility, and we (Council) will look into the costs attached to this.
Thursday morning we attended more of the business sessions of the UBCM, resolutions.
We were fortunate to meet up with our MLA the Honorable Claire Trevena Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Wednesday night at the CUPE reception, we discussed that we were not able to set up a meeting with her, she looked at her schedule for Thursday, the only time available was noon, so we decided that we would make that work. In our meeting we discussed Highway 28 conditions including getting the lines painted, Cell Service within the Village, Highway 28, Tzxanna, ( I gave her a copy of my presentation at the Small Talk Forum) Sighnage at the entrance of town stating Road conditions on the Highway, condition of the main road in town going to the Municipal Wharf, and an Assisted Care facility. We realize this was a huge list, her staff will look into everything and we plan on meeting either late the fall or early next year.
In the afternoon we had a meeting with the Minister of Citizens Services, the Honorable Jinny Sims.
We discussed the Federal and Provincial Governments support programs for High Speed Internet but we feel Cell Phone coverage is just as important to remote communities/isolated highways. This is important to Tourism, small Business, community livability and safety. Telus has fulfilled its cellular expansion obligation under the Connect BC Agreement but we believe an expansion of the program is needed.
The Minister was well aware of our Highway, as she was once the BCTF President and has been to Gold River. She was well informed of the previous contract with the BC Govt. and Telus. We discussed future discussions that we will have to have and the partners that must be included.
We were back at it early Friday morning to resolutions. There was a late resolution put on the Agenda regarding Fish Farming. The North Island Mayors and other Mayors of the AVICC had some discussions regarding this very important issue. As this issue was not discussed by the AVICC members we thought it must go to the next AVICC meeting to discuss. Therefore we put forward a motion of “ not to admit the resolution for debate” which was passed. There were only a couple more resolutions to deal wth.
As usual the last speaker of the convention is from the Premier,
Premier John Horgan addressed us with his speech, spoke of some of the Provinces most important issues, which included Homelessness, Drug issues, and the rebuilding of everyone affected by the fires this year. He promised he will work with every community in B.C.
I look forward in working with our Council, Staff and the Ministers in the coming year,