Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bears around Lac Le Jeune

Residents have spotted bears in and around Lac Le Jeune in the past couple of weeks. There was a bear grazing along Ridgemont earlier today. With the very dry weather the bears are no doubt coming to lower ground in search of food.

It's not unusual for bears to move through the community in search of food. As long as they continue to eat vegetation, insects, and small rodents and NOT garbage or other human-caused attractants, there will be no conflict.

Please check the WildSafeBC website to learn about black bear habits and behaviour, and how to keep everyone safe.


Black Bear

Friday, August 11, 2017

NEWS RELEASE: Ajax Mine Project - Public Comments Invited

NEWS RELEASE: Ajax Mine Project - Public Comments Invited
OTTAWAAugust 8, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Ajax Mine Project, located near the City of Kamloops in British Columbia.
The project is subject to both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Act, and is undergoing a cooperative environmental assessment with B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).
The Agency and the EAO invite the public to comment on the joint Federal Comprehensive Study / Provincial Assessment Report for the Ajax Mine Project. The joint Report includes the Agency's and the EAO's conclusions and recommendations regarding the implementation of mitigation measures and whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. A French version of the joint Report will be available on the Agency's website. 
The EAO also invites the public to comment on the potential Conditions, Summary Assessment Report, and Certified Project Description proposed for the provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate.
This is the final opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed project. All comments received will be considered public.
Written comments in either official language must be submitted by October 10, 2017 to either:

Ajax Mine Project
OR
Ajax Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Environmental Assessment Office
410-701 West Georgia Street

P.O. Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1C6

Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9V1
Telephone: 604-666-2431

Fax: 250-387-0230


As a next step, the federal and provincial governments will each make its environmental assessment decision according to the requirements of its respective legislation.
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SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency  
For further information: Karen Fish, Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 613-552-1195, Karen.Fish@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Declaration of State of Local Emergency

This TNRD declaration of state of local emergency pertains to Electoral Area J. A state of local emergency provides the TNRD with the authority to use necessary resources and to perform emergency work related to wildfires in the area.

Currently there are 14 wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares in Kamloops Fire Centre. This includes 1  fire of note: Elephant Hill (05/08/2017 15:26)



Friday, August 4, 2017

Off-road vehicles restricted in backcountry

While it seems like common sense during an extreme fire status, use of motorized vehicles and equipment in dry grass is extremely risky. Last weekend we witnessed someone riding a motorcycle up and down the Lac Le Jeune ski hill. Thankfully, this type of activity is now officially banned. 
Residents, please do not hesitate to call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 to report any motorized off-road activity.  
ATV!

====================================NEWS RELEASE==============================
KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, the operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. In addition, all on-highway vehicles must remain on defined road surfaces.
This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. The operation of any off-road vehicles in these regions during the current wildfire situation creates a potential wildfire risk. While jeeps, trucks and other on-highway vehicles are permitted on designated roads, they are not allowed off-road.

The prohibition of off-road vehicles and on-highway vehicles does not apply to private lands or national parks. It also does not apply to emergency responders or to agriculture or commercial/ industrial users who operate vehicles for farming, emergency response or business purposes.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://ow.ly/QTm330e9G5n

August is traditionally the most active part of the wildfire season. Given the number of fires currently burning in B.C., the elevated fire danger ratings and the extremely dry conditions in many parts of the province, the BC Wildfire Service is strongly urging British Columbians and visitors to stay out of the backcountry in these regions.

The BC Wildfire Service is continually monitoring conditions and this prohibition may be expanded or rescinded as needed.

In addition, the public is reminded that almost all provincial parks and all recreation sites and trails within the Cariboo Fire Centre are closed due to wildfire risk. The travelling public should visit "safety tips for B.C. travellers" at: www.bcwildfire.ca

Anyone found in contravention of this off-road vehicle prohibition may be issued a violation ticket in the amount of $767. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report an off-road violation, call the RAPP line at: 1 877 952-7277.

~ posted by Sylvia Currie ~

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Plastic bags are no longer accepted in recycling

News release: PDF

Plastic Bags Will Have to be Separated From Recyclables tnrd.ca For Immediate Release (July 28/17):

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s mixed recycling program will be undergoing a small change — starting Sept. 5, the TNRD will no longer be able to accept plastic bags in with mixed recycling.

Because recycling recovery facilities throughout B.C. have changed to meet new standards, these facilities are no longer able to process plastic bags in mixed recycling loads.

Plastic bags can still been taken to any TNRD Eco-Depot or Transfer Station to be recycled separately. Residents should also check to see if their grocery store has a plastic bag “take back” program, or inquire at their local bottle depot for recycling options.

There are also many ways to reuse plastic bags, such as garbage bags in vehicles or smaller garbage cans, or as padding in parcels and packages. They are also handy when cleaning up after pets.

If bags can’t be reused or recycled, they can be disposed of in household garbage.



Agenda: Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association AGM

This agenda is also available for download from our LLJCA Files Section. Here is a direct link to the document.


LAC LE JEUNE
CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

When: Sunday August 13, 2017, 11:00 – 12:00
Where: Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park Day Area Shelter
There will be a BBQ lunch to follow for LLJCA families and guests


UPDATE: Due to the extreme fire danger rating and smoke in the area, we will keep the outdoor meeting short and there will be no BBQ.

AGENDA

1. Adoption of minutes from the 2016 AGM
2. RCMP report – Cpl TBA
3. Treasurer's Report – Leyla Johnson
4. KGHM/AJAX Community Advisory Group – Corinne Schock
5. Water Monitoring Program – Marge Sidney MOE, Hugh Burton 

6. Fisheries Stocking Program – Hugh Burton
7. Invasive Plant Program – Dr. Catherine Tarasoff 
8. Nuisance Mosquito program – TBA
9. Fire Safe Community – Clay Govett
10. TNRD area J representative – Ronaye Elliot 

11. BC Parks – Michelle Weibe
12. Kamloops Bike Riders Association – Paul Berry (tentative) 
13. LLJ Community phone list – Steve Roy
14. Elections
15. Other business 

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.
Background
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

Contact:
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