Community forum works to build partnerships

Council attended a very successful Community to Community forum with the Cariboo Regional District and the Williams Lake Indian Band.

Council attended a very successful Community to Community forum with the Cariboo Regional District and the Williams Lake Indian Band last week.

Under the theme “Understanding Conflicts and Realizing Opportunities,” we had collaborative discussion on our respective roles as governments, and how to turn opportunities for conflict into opportunities for potential partnerships.

This was an excellent way to begin the new year as we work together to enhance relationships and work for the people of the Williams Lake area.

Many thanks to Williams Lake Indian Band for showing strong leadership in facilitating this discussion; we look forward to establishing a working group as we move forward.


The RCMP has reported the crime statistics for 2013, and we continue to see the numbers drop.

All categories of crime have dropped since both 2008 and 2012, with the exception of auto thefts, which rose to 124 in 2013 from 100 in 2012.

This is still a dramatic reduction from 2008, when nearly 300 cars were stolen in Williams Lake.

Overall, property crime has fallen 34 per cent since 2012.

It is heartening to see that spousal assault cases have dropped 22 per cent from last year, which is a significant improvement.

The RCMP is spearheading a new project to assist both victims and perpetrators which will soon be implemented province-wide. Inspector Warren Brown, Safer Community Co-ordinator Dave Dickson, the RCMP members and staff, and all of the Community Policing volunteers continue to do an excellent job of enhancing safety and reducing crime.

There is still much work to be done to help reduce crime in our community, and I am excited to have an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Province’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction coming up on Jan. 30.


This week, I attended a lunch with Minister of Justice and Attorney General Suzanne Anton. Also in attendance were MLA Donna Barnett, Chief Ann Louie, Dave Dickson, and RCMP members from Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, and Alexis Creek.

We had a good discussion on community safety and using community resources to address crime.


I was recently reminded of how fortunate we are as a community to have our hospital facility.

I had a recent trip to emergency with my daughter (note—all ok) and was impressed with the professional, helpful and efficient treatment we received.

Thank you!

Kerry Cook is the Mayor of Williams Lake.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Speed reader data collected between March 1 and April 28, 2021 indicated 94.68 per cent of vehicles traveling through kept below or to the 50 km hour speed limit. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City council agrees further speed restrictions not warranted for Westridge area of Williams Lake

Staff bases decision on speed reader data collected over six-week period

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Overall, B.C. is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases

Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson speaking in the legislature Monday, May 10. (Video screen shot)
Cariboo Chilcotin MLA calls for rural infrastructure renewal fund

Lorne Doerkson said central parts of rural B.C. devastated by flooding, crumbling infrastructure

(File photo)
Firearms offence at McLeese Lake tree planting camp under RCMP investigation

On May 10 Williams Lake RCMP were called to the camp, located at the 2200 block of Beaver Lake Rd.

Lil Mack has been a member of Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy since its inception. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Lil Mack of Williams Lake honoured with BC Achievement Community Award

Mack has been an ever-present, quietly powerful literacy force in Williams Lake for several decades

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

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

Keith MacIntyre - BC Libertarian
Penticton’s Keith MacIntyre new leader of the B.C. Libertarian Party

The Penticton businessman was voted in by members of the party on May 8

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a 'person of interest' in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
Man sought in suspicious Kootenay death found in Lake Country

Philip Toner is a person of interest in the death of Brenda Ware

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP reported to 287 mental health calls between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 1. (Black Press files)
‘It’s not the police’s responsibility to deal with mental health calls’: Vernon RCMP

RCMP remind public to take care of mental health and well-being, while better solutions are sought

Thompson Rivers University campus is in Kamloops, B.C. (KTW file photo)
Thompson Rivers the 1st B.C. university to supply free menstrual products

The university will offer the products this September

Fraser Health is using ‘targeted’ vaccination clinics in high-risk areas of the Lower Mainland. (Fraser Health photo)
B.C.’s COVID-19 decrease continues, 515 new cases Tuesday

426 seriously ill people in hospital, up from 415 Monday

The site of Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, will be open for camping this summer. (Citizen file)
Sunfest country music bash won’t be shining on B.C. in 2021

Annual Vancouver Island Festival cancelled due to COVID-19, along with Laketown Shakedown

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation elected chief councillor Moses Martin, who was also Chantel Moore’s grandfather, speaks to media in Port Alberni on Aug. 16, 2020, during a visit from NDP leader Jagmeet Singh following the police shooting of Chantel Moore. (Elena Rardon photo)
Mother of 2 shot by police in critical condition, says B.C. First Nation chief

Community ‘devastated’ by third member of 1,150-person Vancouver Island nation shot in less than a year

Most Read