Group shows support in Ottawa for New Prosperity

I was in Ottawa this week with a group to promote the New Prosperity project.

I was in Ottawa this week with a group to promote the New Prosperity project.

We met with the Conservative caucus and parliamentary secretaries to let them know there is very strong support for the project in the Cariboo.

Our group included MLA Donna Barnett, Chamber president Jason Ryll, former Chief Ervin Charleyboy, and a number of Cariboo business people.

Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq has until the end of February to make a decision on whether the mine can go ahead.

Council considered a staff report on the Highway 97 four-laning project at a Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday evening, and made a recommendation to proceed with Option One, which was presented to the community last June.

This option for the most part retains existing traffic patterns, though the signalized intersection on the highway will move from Carson Drive to Toop Road.

Refinements to Option Oneconsidered Tuesday include pedestrian improvements and the addition of a bike path on Broadway Avenue.

Staff at the City and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure also considered a Citizen’s Committee proposal for roundabouts on each side of the highway.

After producing a concept drawing taking into account road and safety standards, as well as terrain, the concept was found to have significant cost and property impacts.

Council will formally consider the recommendation to move forward with the refined Option 1 at the Feb. 11 council meeting.

Everyone is invited to come to the complex on Family Day Monday, Feb. 10 for a free family skate from 10:30 a.m. to noon, funded by a provincial grant.

There will be free skate rentals and the concession will be open.

A great way to spend some active family time together!


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

Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty chairs an opioid crisis working group pushing for policies to stop the flow of illicit drugs in Canada. (Victoria Police Department photo)
‘The opioid crisis impacts all of us’: Cariboo Prince Geroge MP Todd Doherty

Todd Doherty is co-chair of Conservative Party caucus opioid crisis working group

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Skating rink welcomed

This lake one will not last long but is still worth it

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: New batteries close to industrial level applications

The good news is the hope that this cost should come down each year

Researchers in B.C. say earlier than usual return of bats or dead bats can indicate trouble, such as signs of white-nose syndrome. (Cathy Koot photo)
Public help is essential for monitoring for bat disease

Anyone finding a dead bat is asked to report it to the BC Community Bat Program

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

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

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Most Read