Monday, February 4, 2019

Sorting items for the transfer station

ATTN ALL RESIDENTS:

In the interest of Taiyler not being terminated at the Transfer Station, everyone needs to be more diligent when sorting their recyclables. I know it’s not a simple system and procedure changes constantly. Even if you think you’re sorting correctly please double check. Taiyler will continue teaching the correct sorting strategies as well as try simplifying the signage for better understanding.

The woman who works most Wednesdays (Kristy) is who you can direct all complaints to as she is an administrative assistant of sorts to the owner. So hopefully you will be heard.

And as much as I hate to say this if you know you’ve been careless with the sorting of your recyclables, for the sake of Taiyler’s employment, the company would prefer that you throw it all in the garbage bin instead.

Thank you.

Catherine Edmondson

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Reminder about snowmobiling around Lac Le Jeune

Snowmobile tracks in the park
Snowmobiles are not allowed in any Provincial Park. They are not allowed on public roads either. In our area they are not allowed on the Gus Johnston Trail or the Stake Lake Trails.

The fine for diving snowmobiles in these areas is a minimum of $575.00. Please ensure your friends, relatives or renters are aware of this law when they are here. Thanks you!

~ Jacquie Brugger ~
A disappointed snowshoe and cross country ski enthusiast with no trails to enjoy

Friday, January 4, 2019

Mobile Library schedule

The 2019 schedule for the Mobile Library is available on the Thompson Regional Library website. You can download the full brochure (PDF) or pick it up next time you visit the bus. We're BLUE Fridays on the calendar.





Thursday, January 3, 2019

Let's talk about fireworks

Photo by Alexander Kagan on Unsplash
Aside from the mention of fireworks in the context of fire bans, we haven't shared very much on the Lac Le Jeune blog about this practice. There was one post to pass along advice from the SPCA for keeping pets safe. Then there were several reminders about the dangers of fireworks, but all related to wildfires. We haven't really addressed fireworks in the context of noise pollution and the impact on humans, pets, and wildlife. Given the firework activity during the holidays, including Christmas Eve, it seems like a good time to raise awareness.

Fireworks are a common form of celebration, obviously enjoyed by many. In Lac Le Jeune we have a long-time tradition of fireworks to bring in the new year. Some years we hear fireworks on halloween night and during Canada Day celebrations if weather/wildfire situation permits. In any case, the dates and times we could expect to hear fireworks have always been fairly predictable.

This winter there has been both scheduled and random firework activity. In some cases residents have made an effort to warn others through the LLJ Facebook group. Thank you! This is helpful for those of us who need to prepare our pets.

How do you help nervous pets?

It's multi-step and time-sensitive. You can download an entire book on the subject, but here's a quick list is from my own experience.

1. Get a thundershirt or other body wrap on well before the fireworks begin
2. Ensure all escape routes are closed off -- pets may bolt and NEVER return
3. Help pets gain access to locations where they can feel less traumatized -- e.g. basement, under a bed, corner of a bathroom -- there's something appealing about tile floors.
4. Play calming/drowning music. Vivaldi works for us.
5. Stay with them!
6. Help them recuperate (which is why it's helpful to know when the fireworks are going to end). I use treats and play.

What's it like for wildlife?

This is a well researched topic. The issues are too many to list -- permanent hearing loss, nesting animals flee,  panicked and disoriented animals get separated from their young, death from impact with buildings and traffic... and so on.

Trends 

What is the appeal of fireworks? Noise for some, but there is also the spectacular light display. I don't know if we have these spectacular displays in Lac Le Jeune because I'm in the basement :) However, some cities like Banff have implemented silent light shows.

Complete bans on the sale and use of fireworks are being implemented around the world because of the negative impact on wildlife.

What's legal?

There are no no bylaws governing fireworks in the Thompson Nicola Regional District. There is a bylaw regarding "excessive and persistent" noise. I don't expect it would ever come to that but it's good to know there is some recourse. And if we do feel there should be a specific fireworks bylaw this is something we can work toward.

Other solutions?

Personally I prefer a more community-oriented approach which involves education to raise awareness about the downside of fireworks. I've contacted WildSafeBC to see if there are any resources and programs in place.

What's the ask? 

Nobody wants to be the fun police! My attitude is occasional noise in our community is fine as long as it's about having fun. Even though I don't personally understand the appeal of fireworks I appreciate that others enjoy them. A lot! So the ask is the same for any type of noise and for any day or occasion:


Consider celebrating with everyone in mind. 

In that vein, Christmas Eve is definitely not the time for fireworks. Let's not do that again, ok?

Sylvia Currie

Monday, December 24, 2018

Now open! Stake Lake ski trails

Open As in Yes

The Stake Lake Ski Trails opened today! It's a late start to the season and the classic tracks aren't set but you are able to skate on several of the trails. Until conditions improve day tickets are 50% off.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Moose alert


Keep an eye out when in and around the provincial park campsite area. Yesterday Dana Mattice was charged by a cow moose protecting her calf. 

Not the actual moose :) 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Election time!

Local government elections for TNRD regional district area representatives are held every four years. The next scheduled general local election is Saturday, October 20, 2018.

This website has information about the voting process, including when and where to vote, and what to bring.

Area J Candidates are:
Ronaye Elliot
Corine LeBourdais

There is very little information about the area J candidates. If you attended the candidate information sessions in August, or know where we can read about their platforms, please share!


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Minutes of the LLJCA AGM - September 9, 2018

Lac le Jeune Conservation Association 
Annual General Meeting

Sept 9, 2018

Meeting called to order 11:15

1. Adoption of minutes for the 2017 AGM. Moved and seconded.

2. Treasurer’s Report 

Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association 2017  Financial Report



Balance at 04/30/2017
$1,511.92
$1,511.92



Revenue:


Memberships
$310.00

Interest
$0.78

TNRD-Conservation Projects
$500.00




Total:
$810.78
$810.78



Expenses:


BC Society Annual Report
$40.00

Copying - Membership/LLJCA info
$72.64

Insurance
$580.00




Total:
$692.64
-$692.64



Balance as at 04/30/2018

$1,630.06



GIC Current Value

$2,613.63


3. Lake Monitoring report – Howie MattfieldThe small team of volunteers continue to test and report their findings for both the big and little lake. Marg Sidney has officially retired now but will try to continue to assist the group. BC Lake Stewardship Society (BCLSS), MOE, Provincial Lake Network Program might all be combined into one society in the future. Mike Socale in Penticton is the new contact for the monitoring program. The large lake will continue to be monitored regularly between ice off and ice on period. This information will be sent to the LLJCA. Significant changes have been evident in both lakes including the reduction in visibility and oxygen levels. Becoming a part of the watershed membership should still be looked at. Greg Louvros and Jim are interesting in finding out more about it. There may be funding through MOE and the TNRD. A committee will be formed to further investigate this and the funding aspect. Perhaps Marg will be interested in being on this committee. The watershed study includes the entire area around the lake including streams and would include stream enhancement. MOF (forests) may have program to assist with stream enhancement. Ontario has a group that we know of that did a project of this type but it was a lot of work and had many volunteers. Of course, improving the watershed will improve the lake and our water quality.

**Volunteers are still needed to assist in the monitoring. The time commitment is once per month, 1-1.5 hours, always in the daytime and in good weather conditions only.**

4. Water conservation was briefly brought up by Cindy Swain. She suggested we could work with REWIS (for the subdivision) in posting water conservation tips on line like low flow toilets or adhering to specific watering times but have this directed at all citizens of the community.

5. Increasing the bat population was also brought up by Cindy Swain. She has been in contact with Doug Burles who is registered with the BC Community Bat Program which is also part of the Kamloops Naturalist club. He provided two pamphlets for us to distribute: one is about building a bat house and the other about moving bats from your home if that is an issue. According to him, LLJ should have a good population but with the terrible summer we had with insects this past year, any improvement in numbers of bats would be beneficial. Some people had success with bat houses while others did not.

6. Steve Roy made the Lac Le Jeune Community Contact List available to everyone at the meeting. He asked that everyone check the information for accuracy and contact him with changes. Contact information is on the list. He is also setting up a private email list as a way to distribute this list in the future.

Steve also added a few information items to add to the meeting:
He can bring people Mason Bees from his place at the coast. He has brought up some and housed them in tube nesting houses with much success. They do not produce honey but are excellent pollinators.

He also has a few LLJ t-shits available. He will make them available for a donation to the Conservation Association. As well, if anyone is interested in obtaining more LLJ glass wear, at a price of approx $5.60 per glass. Contact Steve if you are interesting.

7. BC Parks – Michelle Weibe. Michelle was able to attend the AMG and has been working with BC Parks since 2007. She managed 19 Provincial Parks in our area and is the area supervisor. Proceeds for the BC Parks license plates actually does go to PC Parks and this year it enabled her to have Rangers this year which is the first time in four years. She provided a newsletter for our perusal.

8. Invasive Plant Program – Dr Catherine Tarasoff. TNRD continues to offer the bio control program for its area and the spotted knapweed is still a concern. A specific type of weevil is used to eat the root system which over time, makes the weed smaller and smaller. The TNRD has a invasive plant control committee and she has suggestions how to start the eradication exercise in our area:
a.    Determine perimeter of area on a map
b.    Determine priority values (high/med/low)
c.     Determine risk rating of invasion (high/med/low)

This process will narrow down the scope of need and will determine where to start. Resources can then be put towards this process. She also suggested we determine:
a.    What resources we have (volunteers) and
b.    How much time do we allocate.

This will all assist in our community weed management plan. Catherine will be our contact to assist. The more the community is involved, the better change to eradicate invasive weeds. If LLJ does this, it will be the first community in BC. She also suggested a “BioBlitz” which is taking one hour, one day, or one week and concentrating on one area to get the ball rolling. This can also be done for bird counts, amphibian, mammal or plant recognition. She also has a concern about Erasion Millfoil in our lake and preventing it from entering our water system. Even signs at the boat launch to education boaters would be a good idea. Anyone interested in this, please contact Corinne Schock.

9. Wildfire Prevention planning needs to be addressed again. There is more work to be done in clearing in our area. Funding is being made available from the Provincial Govertnment. Although Clay Govett wasn’t able to attend the AGM, he is looking into this and the contact person to volunteer. More information will be posted on the blog.

10. TNRD – Ronaye Elliot: Ronaye had a donation cheque for the LLJ Conservation Association which she presented. The invasive plant issue was again brought up and the need for a committee. The TNRD voiced their concerns with the various GOVT Ministries and the lack of progress or accountability and the GOVT listened and has made funding available to assist with this.

Ronaye isn’t satisfied with the new recycling provider but we need to make ourselves aware of the new procedures and follow them. To not do so will result in the TNRD being fined. Jamie Vieira is the manager of the TNRD solid waste dept.

There has been a huge change with the regulation of volunteer fire dept in the TNRD district. The TNRD can no longer assist in funding the volunteers and have to own the dept outright. The TNRD will be taking over five such departments to ensure they continue to assist citizens in their areas.
There is also no funding available to small, private water systems like the LLJ REWIS. The IHA will continue to monitor as per the Canadian Drinking Water Standards act and work will have to be done to improve the system as the standards continue to get more stringent. Small water systems may not be able to sustain themselves and will have to be taken over by the TNRD. Ronaye does not agree with this and would like to avoid this.

There is federal money available, however, for trail improvements which we should look at. 18% of the taxes received through the TNRD are from our area.

11. Other Business

Sylvia has made the information and registration for the Bear Spray workshop available on the blog and the facebook page. Please register asap as it is being held Sept 13th.

Corinne Schock announced that since her house was for sale, she would be stepping down as president but will remain on the Association board. No one stepped forward so Cindy Swain was elected President. The Vice-President position will remain empty until next year’s AGM. Also, an Area Rep for the Little Lake is needed.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes prepared by Cynthia Swain

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Reminder: TNRD Mobile Library Visit

Quick reminder! The TNRD Mobile Library will be in Lac Le Jeune Friday, September 21, from 11:00 to noon. It pulls in beside the community bulletin board and mailboxes.