Stampede spirit in full swing

It’s Stampede time again, and businesses and residents are decorated, dressed up, and ready to rodeo!

It’s Stampede time again, and businesses and residents are decorated, dressed up, and ready to rodeo! It’s great to see the whole city in the Stampede spirit!

The New Prosperity Mine panel review hearings are scheduled to begin July 22, and will last for no more than 30 days. This is the final stage of the public review process. These hearings are an opportunity for the pubic to give their views on the project and its relationship to the future of the Cariboo. New Prosperity represents $1 billion investment in the region.

After the public hearings, the Review Panel will have a maximum of 70 days to write and submit a report to the federal Minister of Environment. The Government of Canada will then have a maximum of 120 days to decide if it will grant authorization for the project to go ahead.

The Ministry of Transportation held its third meeting on the proposed four-laning of Highway 97 on a stretch between Carson Drive and Fox Mountain yesterday. This is a huge, important project that will improve safety on this stretch of the highway, and will have some impacts on City streets nearby.

There is so much fun for the whole family for the next four days, starting with breakfasts and two Stampede Performances on Friday, and ending with the Canada Day celebration in Boitanio Park Monday afternoon. In between are more Stampede performances, Rotary Steakouts, the Stampede Parade, and the Street Party, plus much more. Thanks so much to the hundreds of volunteers that put on these incredible events for us all. I encourage everyone to make the most of this weekend with your families. Have fun and see you there!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.

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