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.
Sincerely,
Network BC |Office of the Chief Information Officer for the Province
Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
Province of British Columbia

Further comments or follow-up questions for AJAX?

The following document from KGHM is a response to the questions and concerns that the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association submitted during the recent Ajax Project Public Comment Period. 

Do you have any comments or follow up questions to the response we received? Please add your comments below or contact a Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association area rep. The Association will compile your input and send a letter of concerns. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Concerned about mosquitoes?

Given the high water table this year, nuisance mosquitoes have been a hot topic!

Do you have any standing water on your property or near by? The Kamloops Green Living Expo featured the TNRD Nuisance Mosquito Control Program. It is FREE to you as a resident of Lac Le Jeune.

Mosquitoes are controlled in the larval stage using a biological control agent called Bacillus thuringiensis var israelensis (Bti) Bti is applied to snowmelt water, standing water, where is kills developing mosquito larvae. It is virtually nontoxic to other organisms including people, birds and fish. For more information visit TNRD Nuisance Mosquito Control.

They will come to your property or standing water in your area. They are coming to Lac Le Jeune in the next two week so if you are interested you should call as soon as possible. You can contact the 24-hour Mosquito Advisory Line at TNRD 250.372.5700 or the Contractor (BWP Consulting) directly 250-319-4415 or bwp@shaw.ca

~ Corinne Schock ~

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Community Garage Sale - June 17 , 9-3

Got stuff? Then this event is for you!

If you plan to participate, add your street address in the comments. We'll include all locations in a  community map for visitors to our garage sale. Maps and signs will be printed on Friday June 16th.
~ Sylvia Currie ~

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ice Off!

Today is the day! Ice off! 

We're all cheering except for the damage to the Lac Le Jeune Park Wharf. 

Thanks to Mike Brugger for the photographs. 






Sunday, April 30, 2017

Little Free Library Gets a Makeover

It appears as though the Little Free Library was snatched in the night, but don't worry! It's in John Krawchuk's garage undergoing some repairs and upgrades: sturdier latch, glued laminate, new sign, fancy siding, and fresh paint.

Meanwhile, hold on to your books! The library will be ready to fill up again in a week or so.

Thanks John! And a special thanks to Ed Kingsnorth for donating the cedar siding.

Waiting for repairs



Ginger and Sylvia being rather unhelpful. Check out the siding!

~ Sylvia Currie ~

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fishing license

Time to purchase your fishing license! 100% of the revenue generated from the sale of licenses directly benefits recreational fisheries.

 http://www.gofishbc.com/

Photo by Pierce Martin https://flic.kr/p/GZCkaQ

Friday, April 21, 2017

Want better internet service?

UPDATE
Jackie Tegart initiated a conference call with Perry Wingenbach in response to a letter sent regarding our poor internet service. The next steps are Jackie Tegart's office will meet with Telus Wednesday, May 10th, and follow up with Perry. Stay tuned!

If we all continue to write letters and make phone calls to express our dissatisfaction with Lac Le Jeune internet service, we'll make some progress. 

Please contact MLA Jackie Tegart
(Jackie.Tegart.MLA@leg.bc.ca)

No Internet
Photo by Marcelo Graciolli https://flic.kr/p/5h48hK

Members of our community have been inquiring about better internet service for some time now. However, service seems to continue to get worse. Many residents are frustrated with paying for high speed internet yet experiencing dial-up speeds.

Telus has stated:
There is no plan to make any upgrades at Lac Le Jeune area as there is no concentration of population.
Currently there are NO PORTS available for anyone wanting new internet service at Lac Le Jeune.

Steve Roy reported that he promptly heard back from the MLA's office and they are willing to bring up the fact that Telus isn't prepared to do anything for the residents of LLJ with the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens Services. Steve was also advised that the more people emailing their concerns to our MLA the better.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

All Candidates Round Table + Forum

On April 27th there are two separate events in Merritt providing an opportunity to hear from Fraser-Nicola MLA candidates.

 From the Merritt Herald:

All four candidates will square off in Merritt on April 27 for two all-candidates forums. At 1:30 p.m. Q101 will broadcast an all-candidates roundtable at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, which people can attend in person.  
The Chamber of Commerce will present another all-candidates forum the civic centre, which will be hosted by Herald editor Cole Wagner. At the civic centre forum, each candidate will be given four minutes to make an opening statement, followed by a question and answer period. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and will be closed as of 6:30 p.m.

This CBC article profiles the Fraser-Nicola riding.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Animal Health Technology - pets ready for adoption!

Hello everyone:

We are still in need of loving homes for a few remaining animals from the AHT program Winter semester. If you are interested in adopting a cat or dog from the AHT Program or you know someone that may be interested PLEASE call 250-828-5174 to make an appointment to view the available animals. We still have 4 cats and 3 dogs that need homes. I'm sharing photos of Rocky and Phoebe. You can also check out our pet adoption website at www.tru.ca/science/programs/aht/adoptions

All animals have been spayed /neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, tattooed and dewormed. The current adoption fee is $75.00.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Phoebe

Rocky


Sonia Walczak, RVT
Lecturer
Coordinator, Onsite Program
Animal Health Technology
Thompson Rivers University