Mines, highways, schools and Olympians

The visit to Ottawa last week to make sure politicians heard about the support for the New Prosperity project was a productive one.

The visit to Ottawa last week to make sure politicians heard about the support for the New Prosperity project was a productive one.

Our group (MLA Donna Barnett, Chamber president Jason Ryll, former Chief Ervin Charleyboy, and a number of Cariboo businesspeople) met with the BC Conservative caucus, and I believe our message was heard.

There is support in the Cariboo for an environmentally responsible mine, which MP Dick Harris noted in his member’s statement in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Thank you to Dick and Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod for their support while we were in the capital. The minister’s decision is expected before March 1.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Ms. Lahaise’s Grade 4/5 students this week at Nesika Elementary about government.

I always enjoy speaking to students, who are enthusiastic and ask really great questions. I always leave the school confident that these students mean we have a bright future in Williams Lake.

Council has made its final decision about the Highway 97 four-laning project.

We have asked staff to inform the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to proceed with Option 1 for connections from the highway to city streets.

This includes a number of refinements, including a new bike path and new sidewalks.

This has been a long and thorough process, and council is grateful for all of the passionate feedback from the community about the project.

I’ve heard lots of positive response from the Timber Kings series on HGTV, featuring our very own Pioneer Log Homes expert craftsmen.

I’ve been enjoying the show myself. Make sure you tune in!

Our hometown hockey hero Carey Price was in net Thursday to help Canada win its first game at the Olympics, with a 3-1 win over Norway.

Way to go Carey!

I’m looking forward to the rest of the tournament and a gold medal for Canada!

Kerry Cook is the Mayor of Williams Lake


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