The Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District endorsed a resolution to provide 40 per cent funding of $31,334 for the purchase of a cardiac monitor/defibrillator for the West Chilcotin Health Centre.
Agricultural Land Use Planning
Dr. David J. Connell, Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management, UNBC, joined Friday’s meeting via teleconference to speak about the recently completed study of agricultural land use planning within the Cariboo Regional District.
Dr. Connell has identified four key principles in effective land use planning which include: maximize stability; integrate public priorities across jurisdictions; minimize uncertainty and to maximize flexibility.
Another key concept is the consistency among policies and their application. Dr. Connell’s assessment of the Cariboo is that the CRD does a good job of its land use planning practices and policies.
Further information about the UNBC Ecosystem Science and Management department can be found online at unbc.ca/ecosystem-science-management.
Urology Outreach Program Launched in 100 Mile House
The Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District received a news release issued by Interior Health regarding the new urology outreach program offered through the 100 Mile District General Hospital.
The program was made possible through the commitment of urologists from Royal Inland Hospital and the contributions of the South Cariboo Health Foundation and Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.
Effective immediately, three urologists from RIH will share a rotation of travel to 100 Mile House, two to three times per month, for nine months of the year (winter months will generally be excluded due to variable weather conditions). Urology is a specialty that involves the treatment of conditions of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.
Northern Health Update
Deb Strang, Quesnel Health Service Administrator, Northern Health, appeared before the board to provide an update on health issues in the Quesnel administrative area.
The focus of the NH presentation looked at the development of the Primary Care Clinic, medical staffing changes and recruitment efforts, the Master Planning process, CCRHD capital purchases and new/current projects. Ms. Strang was also available to discuss regional health care issues with residents attending the CRD’s North Cariboo Multi-Agency Forum on Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bouchie Lake Community Hall. More information is available online at northernhealth.ca.
The Cariboo Regional District hosted and will be hosting multi-agency forums in the north, central and south Cariboo.
The south Cariboo session was held on Oct. 26 at the 108 Community Hall, Oct. 27 at the Bouchie Lake Community Hall in the north Cariboo, and will be held at McLeese Lake Community Hall on Nov. 2. All meetings will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Agencies confirmed include the RCMP, Emergency Social Services, Interior Health, Northern Health, Interior Roads, Emcon Highway Services, the Cariboo Fire Centre and more. Further information is available online at cariboord.ca.
Support for GeoScience BC
The Cariboo Regional District endorsed a resolution to send a letter of support for Geoscience BC. GeoScience BC is working with the provincial government to establish a long-term funding model so that they may continue to deliver their mandate of attracting investment to B.C.
Assent Vote for 108 Mile Water System Improvements
An Assent Vote (Referendum) will be conducted for residents on the 108 Mile Water System in 2016 regarding a proposed water treatment plant.
The water system requires upgrades in order to address issues associated with high concentrations of manganese and lower lake levels caused by the existing wells.
A new ground water well is being developed, which will have less impact on lake levels.
This water source along with the existing water source has high concentrations of manganese.
A water treatment plant is required to remove the manganese from the water. Grant funds for two thirds of the capital cost of the treatment plant have been secured from the Small Communities Fund which was announced earlier this year.
Additional funding, provided by property owners, is required for the treatment plant and the infrastructure associated with bringing the new well on line. General voting day for this referendum is January 30, 2016. Further information about the Assent Voting process, will be available soon on the CRD website at cariboord.ca.
The next CRD board meeting is a Committee of the Whole on Oct. 29. CCRHD and CRD Board Meetings go Nov. 13.