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Chamber Update

December 11, 2017

A lot going on this week with the Chamber of Commerce. Member Mixer at the Vault 7-9 Tuesday eve. Dec. 12th. Snacks and refreshments. Door prize. ~~~ Christmas Market at the Vault Wednesday the 13th from 10-7:30. Contact Linda to see if you can get a space. 283-2902 Also the start of the Candy Cane Lane Christmas light contest. Is it your street? If it is, you will get the official Chamber of Commerce Candy Cane Lane Sign on your Street! Linda Vandenberg is creating the sign and it will be on display at the Vault this week. Watch for it!! Also Christmas Contata at Westgate on Saturday at 1:30. 20 member choir coming up from Campbell River. Should be wonderful!

Community Paramedicine Comes To Gold River

December 09, 2017

Residents in the Gold River area living with chronic conditions may soon have the support of a community paramedic visiting them in their homes on a regular basis. This service is part of BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program being rolled out in rural and remote communities throughout BC.

Gold River’s community paramedic is long-time resident Donna Schneider, who has been a paramedic since 1999 and became the ambulance station’s unit chief in 2008.

Donna is now completing a 14-week orientation program designed to help community paramedics develop the competencies for applying their current scope of practice in a primary health care setting, and will begin providing services to patients in their home by the end of this year.

“My first priority will be getting a deeper understanding our local community and the Tsaxana First Nations community, and helping them understand how community paramedicine can provide additional health care support in the home,” Donna said. “I’m looking forward to working with the other health care professionals in Gold River, and to helping patients better self-manage their health so they can stay in their homes longer.”

Donna will be working as a community paramedic 20 hours per week during two 10-hour shifts. While carrying out these duties, she’ll visit patients in a specially-marked community paramedicine vehicle.

Patients are referred by their physician or a member of the local health care team, who are also responsible for determining the patient’s care plan. Services provided by the community paramedic include checking blood pressure, helping with diabetic care, identifying fall hazards in the home, medication self-management assessments, post-injury or illness evaluation, and assisting with respiratory conditions.

To find out more visit the BCEHS website at


Minutes From Last Council Meeting

December 09, 2017

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The Ridge Is Hiring

December 09, 2017

The Ridge is looking for a cook and dishwasher. Please drop your resume off at The Ridge,

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Questions raised about farmed salmon processing plant effluent near Campbell River

November 30, 2017

This story is making news across the country, courtesy from our friends at CHEK TV in Victoria.


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New Report From Our MLA

December 04, 2017

It has been an exciting few months as we started what we hope and anticipate will be four years in government. A great deal has happened since the session began in September and a great deal more is in the works for the coming months.

But first I must apologise to you. From having been a regular correspondent, usually with a weekly email report when the Legislature was in session, I’m unfortunately no longer able draft a weekly report in order to keep you so up to date with legislative developments. While it is truly an honour to be a Minister in this government, the increased workload means I have far less time to keep people informed on what is happening. But I assure you I will continue to write and send reports as often as the work demands permit.

Our first three months in the Legislature have been busy. It is hard to say what is the ‘most’ important piece of legislation that has been brought forth – and is now law – but I would suggest that our approach to campaign finance has been foundational. No longer can BC be labeled, as the New York Times headlined, the “wild west” of election financing. We have passed a bill that will end donations from corporations and from unions and will limit personal donations to $1,200 a year. For too long people have looked at BC election financing almost as governments up for sale. John Horgan’s government has cleaned that up.

And we have taken the first steps to electoral reform with legislation that clears the way for a referendum next year to decide whether BC should move ahead with proportional representation.

We have also started to tackle social justice and inequality. We have an ambitious plan for housing across the province with thousands of new homes to be built in all areas: whether it is in Campbell River or Surrey we know there is a shortage of affordable housing. The welfare and disability rates have been raised $100 a month and we’ve started on a poverty reduction strategy. And we have a fair wage commission looking at how we can achieve the $15 an hour minimum wage as quickly as possible.

As Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure I’ve been working on a number of areas including trying to “green” the sector. That means putting investment into transit and recognising that you cannot build your way out of congestion with more and more highways. I received a great deal of flak for the decision to halt the planned 10-lane bridge as a replacement for the Massey Tunnel. But it was the emphatic view of all but one of the communities in the affected region that their priorities were public transit and densification not a big bridge, wider highways and more traffic. The BC Liberals ignored these community priorities.

I’ve been travelling around the province seeing the needs of our highway system firsthand. And I am very aware of the issues impacting the North Island’s road system. I’ve been working with the Ministry on fixing the Junction at Highway 19 and Campbell Way in Port McNeill. The most senior executive of the Highways Division of my Ministry has toured all our roads and we’re working on priorities. We’ve been in serious negotiations about the road to Zeballos. And a top priority for me is the impact Western Forest Products closure of its log haul rail line will have on Highway 19 and the road to Beaver Cove.

Like most North Islanders I was disappointed by WFP’s decision to end hauling by rail and moving to trucks. The accident in Woss earlier this year was a tragedy for the community and the loss of jobs because of this change is a further blow. In addition the reduction in number of log sorts will inevitably hit our region. I will be meeting North Island mayors to discuss the impacts to communities in the coming weeks.

Of course, our marine highway continues to be central to the work that I am doing. As you may have heard, Premier Horgan has said, “everything is on the table” when it comes to BC Ferries. We are committed to cutting fares in the next budget and doing a thorough review of the system. BC Ferries in its current form is a law unto itself. Under the structure the BC Liberals put in place, it is virtually untouchable by the government even though it is the main shareholder. This is because the share is held at arms length. This means it is impossible to compel BC Ferries does anything: the corporation can unilaterally decide what it wants to do. I’m not prejudging the outcome of the review of its structure and operational mandate but my bottom line is that BC Ferries must work for our communities, not the corporation.

While most of my time has been taken in Victoria and around the province, I was pleased to be able to spend a week in the constituency around Remembrance Day. It was a busy week: the official opening of our Campbell River hospital was held and I was pleased the Citizens for Quality Healthcare got special notice for their hard work in getting this new hospital for our community. I also used the week to meet with individual constituents facing challenges with the system.

And now the Legislature has risen following a full fall session. We’ll be back in Victoria in February. But I will be active both around the constituency as your MLA and in Victoria and around the province as the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

If you are in Campbell River on December 18th, come by my Community Office at 908 Island Highway for our annual Christmas Open House.

You can always get hold of me at You can of course call the Campbell River office at 1 250 287 5100 and Port Hardy at 1 250 949 9473.

My very best wishes for this holiday season,


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