Q&A: CRD Area J (West Chilcotin) Doug Wickenheiser

CANDIDATE: Q&A

Doug Wickenheiser is running for CRD Area J director. Photo submitted

Doug Wickenheiser is running for Cariboo Regional District Area J director, a post he has held in the past for two terms. He is a director on the West Chilcotin Gun Club, volunteer with the Anahim Lake Community Association and a past member of Anahim Lake Search and Rescue.

What do you think are the top issues for your CRD area?

The top issues I feel are economy, tourism, solid waste management and bylaws. We need to find ways for people to be able to find work, and want to stay living in the area, and possibly start businesses to entice tourists to the area.

Why do you want to be a CRD director?

To bring better communication between all the people in the area and the different levels of government. To help deal with different issues that can arise in the area. To represent all the people and the communities in Area J.

What previous experience do you bring to the table?

I served two terms as CRD director of Area “J” in the past.

What would you do to attract and retain doctors in the Cariboo Regional District?

I would have to meet with each community to find out their needs, and with Interior Health officials to discuss the funding available . Then a plan can be made with the communities, the CRD, and Interior Health to attract and retain doctors for areas needed.

What are your ideas to keep rural communities thriving with strong economies?

Each community would have to meet to decide their needs to build a stronger economy. Then a plan can be put in place to access grants and funds for people to be able to start a business and be able to hire employees and build the economy in their communities.

What role does the Cariboo Regional District play in relationship to all other levels of government, including First Nations governments, federal, provincial and municipal government?

Through property taxes, emergency services, solid waste management, economic development.

How has your area moved forward since the 2017 wildfires?

We have moved forward with people being able to return to their jobs, businesses and rebuilding where needed. Looking at ways to prevent wildfires in the area.

Just Posted

Williams Lake city councillor demands 39 affordable housing units for his city

New affordable housing project slated to open in December only has eight subsidized units

B.C. offers early retirement, training fund for forest workers

Communities eligible for $100,000 for permanent closures

New McLeese Lake Soul 2 Sole Trail Race raises close to $5,000 for McLeese Lake fire hall

One hundred and 34 runners and hikers took part in the inaugural race Sept. 15

CRIMESTOPPERS: Williams Lake RCMP seek public’s assistance

Williams Lake RCMP released three names of people they are looking for

CRD board on the road travels to Tatla Lake

Broadband, plastics, cycling, grants for assistance and economic development were on the agenda

VIDEO: Drone footage documents work to free salmon at Big Bar landslide

Video shows crews working to remove rocks and wood, and transporting salmon by helicopter

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Police investigate after intoxicated teens clash with security at B.C. fair

18-year-old woman arrested and RCMP looking at possible assault in Victoria-area fall fair incident

BC SPCA investigating after three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man accused in Salmon Arm church shooting

Lawyer tells court accused was diagnosed with psychosis hours after his arrest

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Winnipeg student, killed in bus crash, remembered as passionate, kind

University of Victoria student Emma Machado, 18, was killed in the bus crash near Bamfield on Friday

Most Read