Changes to meat inspection needed

I am following up on Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson’s article entitled “Let’s fix this Mess” in the Oct. 2 issue of the Tribune.


I am following up on Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson’s article entitled “Let’s fix this Mess” in the Oct. 2 issue of the Tribune.

Early in December 2011, a group of producers wrote up a proposal for government to consider regarding changes to the Meat Inspection Regulations (MIR). At the time, many South Cariboo producers and residents were concerned with the pending end of slaughter at Findlay Meats, which took effect on Dec. 31, 2011.

We firmly believe that the current MIR legislation had created a gap in licensed slaughter. We asked that the government explore the establishment of another level of licensing which would close that gap: veterinary inspection at small facilities for farm gate sales and own use only.

This level of license would not allow for retail or restaurant sales, which is what the current Class A and B licenses provide but would provide rural residents with affordable access to a clean slaughter of local meat through farm gate sales.

We requested that the government run a pilot project to that end at Findlay Meats in 100 Mile House where they could assess the success of the project and study the model for future consideration in other rural areas of the province left high and dry without slaughter facilities in their communities.

We took our proposal to Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett and asked her to forward it through the appropriate government channels.

Since that time, MLA Barnett has supported our efforts in every possible way, working tirelessly in advising us on how to wind our way through the bureaucratic haze involving this issue, engaging her colleagues, setting up conference calls and meetings with Ministers for us. In short MLA Barnett has been fabulous.

Our proposal for veterinary inspection has received support for many corners, including letters of full support from the Cariboo Regional District, the Canim Lake Indian Band, a letter of intent from our local veterinarian, a letter of support from the BC Cattlemens Association, to name a few.

In addition, Cariboo Regional District Area G director Al Richmond, from the South Cariboo, has also fully supported this proposal in every way possible, alerting his colleagues in different regional districts throughout the province, some of which are experiencing the same frustrating lack of facilities as we are.

We are delighted that Mr. Simpson has also joined aboard this movement, seeking to improve the MIR to meet the needs of rural BC, for the sake of his constituents in the North Cariboo. Our group and MLA Barnett welcome all the support for our proposal. We encourage rural residents to have their voices heard.

Diana Wood

Lac la Hache

Just Posted

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
One death, 39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 484 active cases of the virus in the region currently

Central Mountain Air confirmed it does not plan to resume service to Williams Lake at this time. (Betsy Kline photo)
Central Mountain Air not resuming route to Williams Lake at this time

Scheduled CMA flights will return to Quesnel at the end of June

Gibraltar Mine has started calling back 34 workers laid off on April 27 because it has received its permit to reactive the Gibraltar East Pit. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
Gibraltar Mine receives permit, calling back laid off employees

Mining has begun in the Gibraltar East pit

(RCMP logo)
RCMP investigating early morning assault in Williams Lake

An insecure firearm was located in a residence

Williams Lake City Council rejected a proposal Tuesday at its regular meeting for the city to host a junior A hockey team for the upcoming 2021/22 season. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Council rejects junior A hockey bid in Williams Lake

The proposal has been up for debate the past several months

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Surrey RCMP is releasing sketches of a suspect in an “indecent act” at the Coyote Creek Elementary playground on April 30, 2021. Police said the suspect was clean-shaven “during some interactions” and on “other occasions had stubble outlining a goatee and mustache.” (Images: Surrey RCMP handout)
Vancouver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart addresses supporters in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says there’s no time to redo details of drug decriminalization plan

Kennedy Stewart says a federal election could see the small window of opportunity close on the city’s bid for an exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession of small amounts of drugs

Premier Mike Horgan received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Facebook/John Horgan)
More than 50% of people eligible in B.C. have received 1st vaccine dose

‘We’ve made extraordinary progress together over the past few weeks,’ says Premier Horgan

Most Read