Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Air quality in Lac Le Jeune

Air quality is a concern during wildfire season. Did you know there is a monitor in Lac Le Jeune? The installation of a PurpleAir monitor was a collaborative effort by Amie Schellenberg, and Dr. Michael Mehta, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Thompson Rivers University with a research interest in air quality. 

This is a reading from July 17, 2017. As you can see, the reading was 'very unhealthy'. No jogging! 

~ posted by Sylvia Currie ~

Thursday, July 13, 2017

LLJCA Info Sheet

This is the updated one-pager to outline what the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association is all about. Have a look, pass it along to your new neighbours, and be sure to come to the August 13th Annual General Meeting and barbecue!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

News Release: Provincial State of Emergency Declared. July 7, 2017

Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister responsible for Emergency Management BC, this evening announced a provincial state of emergency to ensure a co-ordinated response to the current wildfire situation and to ensure public safety.
Today alone there have been 56 new wildfire starts throughout the province. Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Princeton. These are in addition to the evacuation orders and alerts issued yesterday for 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House. The extended weather forecast is calling for continued hot, dry weather, with risks of thunderstorms in many parts of the province.
Given the current wildfire situation and the expected increase in wildfire activity, the Province is taking this extraordinary measure of declaring a provincial state of emergency.
This is an urgent situation and public safety is the top priority. The Province will continue to keep the public informed in this rapidly evolving situation.
The state of emergency gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the RCMP authority under the Emergency Program Act to take every action necessary to fight these wildfires and protect residents and their communities.
Declarations of provincial states of emergency are issued by the minister responsible under the Emergency Program Act. The last provincial declaration of state of emergency was issued in August 2003 to deal with wildfires.
Learn More:
For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
Keep up-to-date on the provincial wildfire situation: www.bcwildfire.ca

Friday, July 7, 2017

News Release: Campfire Ban

See map (PDF) 

Campfires to be banned within the Kamloops Fire Centre

7/7/2017 12:19 PM
KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires are prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

The Kamloops Fire Centre is currently experiencing hot and dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally "high" or "extreme" throughout the fire centre. Prohibitions on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are already in effect throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.

To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans - or review the open fire regulations poster at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

Specifically, prohibited activities once the campfire ban takes effect will include:

  • campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirelegislation
  • the burning of waste or other materials
  • stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
  • the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice)
  • the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)

These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel - as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. The use of a campfire apparatus that does not meet these specifications is prohibited.

These prohibitions cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department. Always check with local authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in place before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Jody Lucius
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Kamloops Fire Centre
250 554-5965

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lake Data for June 2017

From Hugh Burton:

I did the lake profile on June 17. Everything looks good. Lots of O2 almost to the bottom and the water is clear (if a bit on the brown side). The specific conductance is normal for the time of year.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Public Town Hall Meeting - Ajax Mine

From the City of Kamloops website:

June 19, 2017 Public Town Hall Meeting
6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Coast Hotel and Conferencce Centre, 1250 Rogers Way

Public is invited to attend the presentations by Interior Health Authority and SLR Consulting Ltd. of the results of their reviews of the KGHM Ajax Mine Application. The presentations will be followed by a public question period. All questions must wait until the end of both presentations. The City thanks the public in advance for maintaining a respectful and informative meeting.

The meeting will also be live streamed online.

» Technical Peer Review - Proposed Ajax Mine - Final Report (PDF)
Prepared by SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.
June 22, 2017 Special Council Meeting
9:00 am-12:00 pm
City Hall - Council Chambers

City Council will have the opportunity to ask questions of SLR Consulting Ltd. regarding their review and final report. Please note, although this meeting is open to the public, there is limited seating in Council Chambers. There will be no opportunity for questions from the public at this meeting. Please attend the Town Hall Meeting on June 19, 2017 if you wish to ask questions (questions only, no comments).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lac Le Jeune Community Garage Sale Map

The Lac Le Jeune Community Garage Sale takes place Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Over 17 households participating! Plenty of free stuff! Be sure to tell all your friends. :)

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Logan Lake Skating Club

Blades and Edges is designed to teach the necessary skills for all skaters whether they are hockey skaters, figure skaters, or recreational skaters.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Learn to Fish

The next Learn to Fish program is July 5 from 10 - noon at the Lac Le Jeune park. For details about all Learn to Fish programs visit Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC website -- Tip: view the events listing by region and month to see more opportunities like this. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Letter from Network BC regarding internet service

The letter below was received by Kathy Wyse following an inquiry regarding poor internet service in Lac Le Jeune. It is shared with permission.

In addition, this is a summary of a Kathy's telephone conversation with Network BC:

* The quickest way to get increased speed in our internet is to change our internet server to explore net. In the past month they have access to new satellites which can upgrade us to 25 MB.
 * We could contact a small internet provider (Copper Valley Business, Glen Whittrock). He may be able to put up a cell tower on top of the old LLJ ski hill to provide us service. We should remind him that there is funding available through ‘Connecting BC’ (see below).
 * We are currently paying for service through Telus that we are not receiving. Therefore we can make a complaint through CCTS (see below)

From: "Network BC MTIC:EX" <NetworkBC@gov.bc.ca>
Subject: High-Speed Interent in Lac le Jeune
Date: May 11, 2017 at 9:22:50 AM PDT
To: "Network BC MTIC:EX" <NetworkBC@gov.bc.ca>
Cc: "Network BC MTIC:EX" <NetworkBC@gov.bc.ca>

Dear Citizen: 
Your recent correspondence regarding high-speed Internet coverage in Lac le Jeune has been conveyed to Network BC in the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.  We are pleased to respond to your request for assistance.  Network BC understands the important role of telecommunications and in particular the Internet in enabling citizens to participate in a digital world.
The Province relies on the private sector to provide Internet services throughout British Columbia.  Telecommunications companies are regulated federally by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), therefore, the Province cannot compel Internet service providers where to make their investments and provide their services.    The Province does, however, work with Internet service providers and other levels of government to address the Province’s goal of achieving high-speed Internet access to 100% of British Columbians.    
Network BC has reached out to Internet service providers operating in the area to determine the status of connectivity.  In addition, we encourage you, and your neighbors who do not have access to Internet service, to reach out to TELUS and other Internet service providers to convey your interest in the expansion of high-speed Internet service in your area. Please find contact information below:
·         For TELUS, contact Aurora Sekela, Community Ambassador, at (604) 836-8788or at Aurora.Sekela@telus.com
·         For Copper Valley Computers ltd. (dba NicolaNET), contact Glenn Wittrock at(250)378-6986 or at Contact@coppervalleycomputers.com
·         For Shaw Communications Inc., contact Kiersten Enemark, Government and Regulatory Affairs for BC, at (604) 629-3103 or at Kiersten.Enemark@sjrb.ca
Recently, two new satellites have been launched bringing significant increase to Internet speed to rural citizens, offering speeds of up to 25Mbps.  Interested residents can visithttps://www.xplornet.com/new-satellite-program/ or call  1-877-959-5717 for more information.     
Community stakeholders in areas where high-speed Internet service is currently not offered are advised to reach out to service providers and local governments to consider cost sharing strategies and to take advantage of the programs referred to below to address the lack of broadband access in their communities.   The Province supports programs to incent Internet service providers to expand services into areas where companies would otherwise find it difficult to establish a business case.  For example, the Province conveyed funding to the Northern Development Initiative Trust to expand the Connecting British Columbia program.  Please see http://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/funding-programs/business-development/connecting-british-columbia/.    In addition, there are two other programs that may also assist: 
·         Third Rural Dividend Intake - The third intake of the BC Rural Dividend Program is open from April 3, 2017 to May 31, 2017. The new Program Guide and supporting documents is available at this link:  http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/economic-development/developing-your-community/community-partners/rural-economic-development/rural-dividend

·         2017 UBCM Strategic Priorities Fund Intake - Local Governments are invited to prepare applications for the 2017 Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) intake.  . All applications must be submitted by end of day on June 1, 2017.  The SPF Program Guide and instructions are available at this link:  http://www.ubcm.ca/EN/main/funding/renewed-gas-tax-agreement/strategic-priorities-fund.html

Telecommunications is regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The CRTC is holding two public consultations to explore the viability of telecommunications as an essential service under federal regulation associated with Telecom Regulatory Policy 2016-496  titled Modern telecommunications services – The path forward for Canada’s digital economy
·         2017-92 - Call for comments - Phase-out of the local service subsidy regime - Deadline for submission of interventions: May 25, 2017.  
·         2017-112 - Call for comments - Development of the Commission’s broadband funding regime – Deadline for submission of interventions:  June 28, 2017.
We would encourage you to participate in the above public consultations as well as contact the CRTC to voice your opinion over whether you believe high-speed Internet (broadband) should be a basic service and to convey your concern over the availability of broadband service in your area.  The contact information for the CRTC can be found at this link: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/contact/#internet_choice. It’s important for governments at all levels to hear directly from citizens and we urge you to share your views with the Federal government. 
Finally, complaints regarding issues related to your service provider should be directed to  the
Commission for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS). The CCTS is an independent organization that helps customers resolve complaints.  Some links below may be helpful: 
·         Complaints Process:  http://www.ccts-cprst.ca/complaints/complaints-process
·         Guide to Making a Complaint:  http://www.ccts-cprst.ca/complaints/guide
·         How to Make a Complaint:  http://www.ccts-cprst.ca/complaints/how-to
·         List of Participating Service Providers and their websites and their link to Filing a Complaint:  http://www.ccts-cprst.ca/complaints/service-providers
We hope the information presented above is helpful to the citizens of Lac le Jeune.
Network BC |Office of the Chief Information Officer for the Province
Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
Province of British Columbia