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The Results Of The Daily Gold Poll
Here are the reesults of our first ever election poll. With 2 weeks to go, Mayor Brad Unger has a commanding lead. We would like to thank the 112 people who participated in this poll. Final numbers 78 Brad Unger, 23 Keith Broad and 11 for Michael McGee. The most important poll is election day, please get out and vote! if you would like to see a video of the all candidates meeting please click here:
L'il Roadie New Hours- Open For Breakfast Sat & Sun
October 06, 2018
Winter has arrived and with that a change of hours for L'll Roadie Grill
We will be open every Saturday and Sunday for Breakfast 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
As we know things can change and with your local support our hours will increase
Report From Claire Trevena
October 06, 2018
MLA Report – October 2018
It has been an historic week in the Legislature, our first week of the fall session. A final investment decision was announced which will lead to the development of a multi-billion dollar LNG industry in British Columbia. The same day, our government tabled a bill that will lead to a long overdue poverty reduction strategy.
Tens of thousands of jobs will be created during the construction and then operation of the LNG facility in Kitimat along with the construction of the pipeline from the gas fields in northeast BC. It is anticipated it will generate $23 billion in public revenue over 40 years.
The LNG industry is controversial. Our government has been very clear that we would accept its development if it met certain conditions. They are: a fair return on our resources, guaranteed jobs and training opportunities for the people of BC, that First Nations are fully involved as respected partners and that the province’s land, water and air are protected.
The LNG project that was announced will be the world’s cleanest in terms of greenhouse gas emissions; and it will be accommodated in our climate action plan, due to be announced later this year. As it is, our government has already committed to meeting stringent GHG targets – at 40 percent below 2007 levels by 2030, 60 percent by 2040 and 80 percent ten years later.
The revenue generated by this project will make a huge difference for the people of BC. It will help pay for housing, for healthcare, for public transit and highways. And it will be a real investment in our fight against poverty.
Over the last number of years we have seen other provinces design and implement poverty reduction strategies, but the previous BC Liberal government did nothing. I am proud that our government introduced a bill which will pave the way for a BC strategy. The bill itself is slight in page numbers but will have a great impact. It commits government to reducing our overall poverty rate by 25 percent and child poverty by 50 percent in five years. An independent advisory committee will be created which will include those with personal and professional experience dealing with poverty. And there will be annual reporting on government progress. The Strategy will be ready by next spring.
As Minister of Transportation, I have been answering questions in Question Period about our Community Benefits Agreement, the framework under which a number of major projects will be built. Any contractor, whether they are union or not, can make bids on the projects; the worksites will be union. The benefits are that hiring preference will be given to those living within 100km of the project, that indigenous people, women and those who are not usually able to get work on such projects have opportunities to be hired and that apprenticeships will be guaranteed on projects.
Through this, we will help tackle the skills shortage that BC is facing as well as investing in communities. It is an exciting way forward although not unique. The John Hart Generating Station in Campbell River was built under a similar agreement, as were most hydro projects since the early 1960s.
I’ve had a number of queries from constituents about when Blair Redlin’s report on BC Ferries will be released: it will be later this fall.
Although we have only been back at the Legislature for a week, we will not be there next week, because of Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to the Trailblazers event at Campbell River’s Maritime Heritage Centre on Tuesday evening. I will also be doing Ministerial work for a couple of days out of the constituency but be back by the weekend.
As always, I can be reached atClaire.email@example.com or by phone in Campbell River at 250 287 5100 or in Port Hardy on250 949 9473.
Full Report Oct 1 Council Meeting From Suzanne Trevis
October 03, 2018
Gold River Village Council - October 1, 2018
Present at the regular council meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Rod MacLeod, Kirsty Begon, and Gordon Waterman. Councillor Darcy Curr, was absent with notice. Administrator Larry Plourde was also present. There were 13 members of the public, and the press, in the gallery.
During Open Session Joe Sinclair asked why the Regional District was getting ‘free rent’ on the Transfer Station building in exchange for us getting ‘free transportation’ of our solid waste, when all the municipalities in the RD received free transportation as part of the overall deal? The Administrator said he did not know where Mr Sinclair was getting his information and went on to explain how it works. All communities get free transport of waste to the landfill. The transfer station is paid for through tipping fees. The Regional District pays roughly $100,000 annually to the Village for use of the building, and also paid to build the recycling area at the side. The Depot Shack and upgrades at the tipping area were paid for by the Regional District, and all wages and benefits associated with the area are covered by the RD. Mr Sinclair thanked him saying he was “only looking for clarification.”
There was a question regarding dead alder trees along the highway near RWES and the School Board office. There has been debate in the past regarding who is responsible, re various landowners and right of way on the highway, however, the Administrator confirmed he would have staff look into it, and contact relevant parties.
Fire Chief, Lisa Illes invited Council and the general public out to a Mock Accident Scenario scheduled for October 27th. The event will give first responders an opportunity to highlight their skills, utilizing some of the new equipment the Volunteer Unit acquired this summer.
The press asked whether there was any information available on the situation at the pool. Despite the facility opening mid September, the main pool is still closed. The administrator advised that originally the plan had been to rebuild the pump, but when that wasn’t feasible a new one had been ordered. Staff travelled down island personally to get it here in time for the reopening. Unfortunately we are putting a new pump on an older piece of equipment and other parts were needed, including one that needed to be fabricated. This set things back a bit more than they anticipated. They are hoping to have things in place and open within the week.
Mr. Sinclair then asked if council was doing anything about the number of illegal ‘campers’ we have in the community. The Administrator advised that he had been following up on a number of complaints including the motorhome that is now parked between the Chalet and the Jack Christiansen Centre, and a 5th wheel on Dogwood that is hooked into the municipal sewer system. The Mayor confirmed that infractions will generate a warning letter, followed up, when necessary, by a fine.
The meeting was called to order and minutes from the Regular Council Meeting held Sept 17, and the Special Council Meeting held Sept 27, were both received.
A letter from Joe Sinclair regarding illegally parked commercial vehicles and campers, was brought back for discussion. Councillor Waterman said he could empathize with the level of frustration behind the letter. The previous conversation was continued. The Mayor advised that the Municipal Ticketing system (MTI) is almost in place, but we are still lacking an Enforcement Officer. The municipality has advertised a few times, and may have someone interested, but it is a process. It was also suggested that the Regional District may be in a position to assist with a ‘shared person’, in much the same way we currently access a building inspector. The Administrator agreed to invite them up to have a discussion about this. Either way, Council is hoping to have the ability to write tickets and enforce bylaws in the near future.
Mayor Unger, Councillor MacLeod and Councillor Waterman all had reports on the agenda that they spoke to, regarding their recent attendance at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Whistler. (written reports can be accessed on the village’s website, attached to the agenda for this meeting). They all agreed the conference had been very beneficial with a number of good speakers and opportunities to talk with Ministers and other small community councils. It is always helpful to realize that you are not the only community dealing with certain issues, and to get ideas on what others are doing to solve them.
Council also received a report from Councillor Waterman in the Vancouver Island Regional Library board meeting held Sept 22. Gold River received a small, 2.33% increase in its budget this year, representing $1,061, or $.91 per capita.
The last report was on Permissive Tax Exemptions. There was some discussion regarding the Church house, which in the past has been used as a manse and meeting place for AA. It had been brought to staffs attention that that was no longer what it was being used for and as such, council needed to make the decision whether or not to continue including them in the exemption. The bylaw had been written to easily exclude this portion if necessary.
Council Information Items
A complaint had been received regarding the amount of water that accumulates at Nimpkish Park during certain times of the year. The Public Works Superintendent had advised that the catch basin located in the area (north end between the walking track, sidewalk and fence-line) was free and clear, but also advised that not all water in the area runs to the catch basin. The area was originally a swamp, filled in in the 60’s and in addition to natural run off, storm drains on the back side of the field drain towards the field, rather than into the villages waste water system. The item was tabled for budget discussions in the spring.
The Mayor advised that the Vancouver Island University Tourism Report will be out soon. A public presentation will take place October 24th. The Administrator went on to add that one of the students involved has chosen to do their master thesis on the Service and Central Commercial Area of Gold River. “It is good to have fresh, young minds interested in our community,” he added. Council will likely get a report back on the project, some time in the spring.
Council moved all three readings of the Annual Property Tax Exemption Bylaw No, 713, 2018, deleting the portion of the bylaw pertaining to the church manse.
There were two items of correspondence; a letter from Cathy Watson and the Jewel of the Isle committee, thanking council for their ongoing support of the event, and the Vancouver Island Regional Library Board Financial Plan for 2019-2023. Both items were received without discussion.
Michael McGee questioned council on their decision to delete the church manse from the Permissive Tax Exemptions claiming “this is a classic example of making decisions without the proper information.” He went on to say that he had spoken with a representative of the church, who knew nothing of the loss of status. He stated that the current tenants were vacating the building and meetings would be going back to their previous location. The Mayor advised him that once they were in compliance, they were more than welcome to reapply for exempted status.
Keith Broad asked about the Asset Management Report. The administrator explained that the report was still being ‘tweaked’ as there were some minor details that were being corrected. He went on to say it would come to council first, and expects it some time within the next few weeks.
Bob Colquhoun asked for an update on cell coverage. The Mayor explained that both the Federal and Provincial governments have committed to bringing cell coverage to all communities and transportation corridors in rural areas. The SRD has created a stand alone corporation to oversee funding etc that will bring that service from the coast, into our communities. “Not just us, the whole province,” he said. The Mayor estimates about 18 months before we see this become a reality.
Jennifer Holbrook mentioned the fact that most of our infrastructure is more than 50 years old. The pump in the pool has gone and we have no parts. Earlier this year we had a water issue on Nimpkish and some residents went without water for a few days while they waited for parts. “Why is there no stockpile of parts?” She asked.
The administrator explained that both of these incidents were unfortunate. The pool in particular is ‘very upsetting,’ he said. Staff originally thought they could repair the problem, but sometimes these things don’t go as expected.
During one of the Minister Meetings at UBCM, the Mayor had reported talking about the ongoing processes of acquiring a new Community Forest License. The press asked whether council had any idea what this new license might look like. In short the Mayor said ‘no’, but did confirm it would be area based rather than the volume based license we had before. The next round of applications will be reviewed next summer and the village feels confident about getting approval.
Rise and Report
Council had met to discuss changes to the Honorariums currently provided for the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. Both received an increase, with some further discussion to take place, once additional information that has been requested, is received.
The Mayor also informed everyone that CAO Larry Plourde has official tendered his resignation. He will stay on for the next year, to transition a new CAO into place, and to help establish other staff replacements and a new council before officially stepping down. Mr Plourde, has been with the village since the early 1990’s and has seen numerous councils through some very trying times. As a community we have been fortunate to have someone with his expertise and sense of dedication helping guide us through.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
The next council meeting will take place Monday, October 15th at 7pm.
Get To Know The Candidates
October 02, 2018
September 30, 2018
OTTAWA, ON – The federal NDP wants the housing crisis across Canada to be addressed.
North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney spoke on the issue following the partie’s first opposition day of the fall sitting.
“The housing crisis in Canada requires urgent action now. The lack of adequate and affordable housing is a national disgrace,” she said.
“It’s unacceptable, in a country as wealthy as ours, that so many people are desperate for affordable housing. Funding coming in 2020 and beyond does nothing for the many people in our communities who need housing today.”
According to a release from Blaney’s team, measures announced by the Liberals do not address the urgency of the situation.
An NDP motion calls for the government to immediately bring forward 50% of the funding attached to the government’s housing strategy.
Blaney said that the province of BC and local municipalities are doing what their can to create solutions to the housing crisis, but help is needed from the federal government as well.
“Years of neglect on this file by Liberal and Conservative governments got us to where we are now,” she said.
“We know Canadians can’t afford to wait, and that’s why we will continue to push the Liberals to roll out funding now.”
September 28, 2018