Sunday, March 29, 2020

Community Spirit during COVID-19

A heart posted on the Lac Le Jeune bulletin board 

To all residents of Lac Le Jeune:

It is an anxious time for us all. Let’s join other communities in saying THANK YOU to those who are on the front lines including medical staff, grocery and food industry staff, gas attendants, truckers, and all those who continue to work with the public in various capacities!

Here are some suggestions:

  • Hang hearts in your windows.
  • Keep outside lights on for a few hours at night.
  • Step out your door and make some noise at 7:00 pm each night; call out, sing, use pots and spoons, whatever (Kids like doing it, make it their responsibility!) We truly are all in this together and some of us are dealing with other issues in our lives besides COVID-19. We can let them know we are thinking of them as well!

~Jacquie Brugger on behalf of the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Society~

Community Mailboxes

We made it almost a full year without a community mailbox incident!

Waiting for repair: March 26, 2020

Thankfully, the boxes were repaired quickly this time so we weren't faced with having to travel to Kamloops to pick up mail.

There have been a few good suggestions from residents over the years:


  1. Pick up your mail daily.
  2. Put up a security camera. (Anybody have a spare camera?)
  3. Go paperless whenever possible, especially for banking and investment mail.
  4. Move the mailboxes to a more suitable location. (How can we make this happen?)
  5. Rent a mailbox in Kamloops or other nearby location (Many residents already do this.) 

Friday, March 27, 2020

No open burning in Thompson Okanagan!

News Release 

See full release

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As cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in BC continue to increase, the BC Centre for Dis- ease Control recommends implementing measures that help to reduce excess air pollution in populated airsheds across the province. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollu- tion increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function. This means that:
  • Deterioration in air quality may lead to more COVID-19 infections overall,
  • Deterioration in air quality may lead to more cases of severe COVID-19 infections, adding
    further demand to our healthcare system, and
  • Improvements to air quality may help to protect the whole population from COVID-19 and its potentially severe effects.

    Evidence suggests that air pollution from combustion sources is most strongly associated with increased risk of viral infection, particularly vehicle emissions and biomass burning. At this time the BC Centre for Disease Control strongly recommends that open burning of biomass fuels be restricted in areas with high or moderate risk of population exposure to the resulting smoke. While the focus should remain on social distancing to prevent the spread of infection and re- duce the number of cases, keeping our air as clean as possible will also help to protect the population during this difficult period. For this reason The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is restricting open burning in some parts of the province. These restrictions will be evaluated on a daily basis; the area to which they apply may grow or diminish accordingly.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Transfer Station Job Opening

SCV Contractors is looking to fill a position at the Lac Le Jeune transfer station. The position is part time Wednesdays & Sundays.
If you or anyone you know are be interested, please contact Carson at 250-545-8883 or carson@scvcontractors.ca.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Moose in mourning

Snapshot from Steve Roy's webcam http://www.laclejeune.ca
What started as a shared moose-spotting from Steve Roy's webcam in our Lac Le Jeune community group soon turned to a tragic story as residents chimed in with reports of a drowned calf.

A moose and calf have been frequent visitors to Provincial Park and east end of the lake for the last few months. Earlier this week the calf fell through a hole in the lake, apparently at a weak spot created by otters. Three men pulled the calf out but sadly it was too late. The distraught mother has been pacing the area since the incident.

Photo by Sandra Putnam
Sandra Putnam and her pug fell in the same hole on the weekend. Luckily Sandra caught herself waist deep and was able to get them both out to safety. She cautions that piles of dirt on the lake are likely caused by otters leaving a hole. These holes can then get covered with snow so it's difficult to know where they're located.

~Sylvia Currie~


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Pumpkins and bears, oh my!

We all know not to put out bird seed this time of year, but did you know that pumpkins attract bears? Be sure to bring your pumpkins inside at night. How to discard after Halloween? f you know anyone with chickens they'll appreciate the donation!



Thursday, October 10, 2019

Minutes of the LLJCA AGM - September 22, 2019

This document can also be downloaded in PDF format

Lac Le Jeune Conservation AssociationAnnual General Meeting
Sept 22, 2019
Meeting called to order 11:12
Adoption of minutes for the 2018 AGM.
Moved Hugh and seconded by Howie.
Treasurer’s Report:  
Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association 2018 Financial Report
Balance at 04/30/2018
$1,630.06
$1,630.06
Revenue
Memberships
300.00
Interest
1.10
TNRD-Conservation Projects
1,500.00
Total
$1,801.10
$1,801.10
Expenses
AGM Expenses
BC Society Annual Report
40.00
Copying - Membership/LLJCA Info
16.02
Insurance
600.00
Total
$656.02
$656.02
Balanace at 04/30/219
$2,775.14
GIC Current Value
$2,621.47

We were recently notified that our BC Lake Stewardship Society dues were past due and rectified this with a $50 cheque being mailed and received by them in August. LLJCA is now in good standing with BCLSS. This is annual fee and will appear next year on the Treasurer’s Report.
Report adopted. 
Moved by Carolyn and Seconded by Steve.
Water Monitoring:
Speakers Hugh Burton and Marge Sidney
Hugh has done a few samples this year. He is looking again for volunteers to assist with the monitor. It takes an hour and a half to do both Big and Little lakes. Consistent dates for monitoring is his desire. He would also like to sample Pasca lake three times per year. If he had support, Hugh would also like to monitor McConnell Lake. Hugh would like to see a volunteer fish measuring and tracking plan for the Park. It would be great to know the information from anglers to help determine the health of the fishing in LLJ. Discussion ensued regarding the fish-health in Pasco and recent fish monitoring which evidenced very few fish caught. The belief is that Pasca has been over-fished. There is concern for our lake regarding the fish-stocking and the size of the fishing being taken from our lake. Marge suggested Hugh contact Randy Lambright CAO in Logan Lake as new survival suites were recently purchased and could possibly be borrowed for use during testing. Two volunteers came forward but Hugh is still looking for more assistance. Please contact Hugh directly if anyone is interested. Vital information is obtained and worth the time.
Marge Sidney has retired from her 40+ years in the Ministry but now is working with the BC Lake Stewardship Society. She recently spent March working with BMIT at Pasca lake and will be doing more testing up there in 2020.  BCLSS almost folded but has recently received a $100,000 GOVT grant and amalgamated data from several GOVT agencies. This agency is looking to reconnect with lake groups like LLJ. Funding is available from an unlikely source, LUSH, and BCLSS have funds available for projects, education and collection of data. Marge reiterated the importance of LLJ continuing to collect data on the lakes. The Secchi disk is a good example of a simple testing device, used from the mid 1800’s, but is still useful today. Marge had a good example of how important our water is: BC River’s day is today (Sept 22nd). When the salmon swim upstream to spawn, they rest in the cool water of the various creeks that pour into the main river they are traversing. Because of various reasons like climate change and logging, these streams are warmer and the fish are now stopping to rest. Less salmon are making it to their spawning areas and spawning because of die off. Marge will be our contact at BCLSS and will continue to work with us. Marge wanted to notify us of the BCLSS Conference in Winfield in October. Information will be posted on the blog regarding this. (Note: already posted here)
TNRD Area J Representative – Ronaye Elliot:
Ronaye announced that this is her last term with the TNRD and the job will be up for election in 2022. Ronaye was proud of the work she’d been able to accomplish including recent funding to the Overlander Ski club for the completion of their warming hut. She also was able to provide our LLJCA $1,500 last year. “Squatters” were a concern for the TNRD and was  mentioned in the media this past week.  Basically, people are prohibited from living in their RV whether it is in a community like LLJ or in the bush.  Many of us have seen these “squatters” along LLJ road. The TNRD doesn’t want to bang on people’s RV door but it is illegal and will be address if a complaint is made. A suggestion had been made to her to look into an area that residence can take their yard waste to, close to LLJ. Ronaye said she had made a point of investigating the logistics of that and basically, it can’t be done. Residents will have to continue to deal with it on their own property or take the yard waste to Logan Lake. There had been a site available to residents during the pine beetle die off but people were dumping garbage there and it had to be discontinued. Someone brought up the poor condition of the drive way leading into the transfer station and Ronaye suggested we contact the road contractor VSA to work on that. CC Jake Devion on the request. Ronaye did mention that there might be funds available to work on the bike path around the lake; these funds were available through the gas tax and to email her. 
Clean Drain Dry Partners:
Cindy Swain had been contacted by the Clean Drain Dry Partners regarding signage of the same. Somehow we had appeared on a partner list and were eligible to have up to three signs provided to us.  The boat launch at the park now had a sign but a suggestion came in to have a sign at the main entrance to the community. Cindy had emailed Michelle Weibe at BC Parks regarding the north side of the lake but had not received a response. It was also suggested that we might as well ask for the three signs and then find spots for them. Cindy will email the program back to make that request.  Marge knew of the group.  There are various BC Watercraft Inspection Stations in BC along the boards to prevent the spread of invasive muscles. There is only one 24 monitor station in our area at Kicking Horse east of Golden.  There are now two muscle sniffing dogs. There have been 40 documented cases of the Inspection Stations detecting muscles.
RCMP Logan Lake:
Although a representative from the Logan Lake detachment could not attend the meeting, they had asked that two topics be addressed: The detachment had received complaints of quads and dirt bikes riding on the community streets. This is illegal. Even if the quad is licensed, that does not make it legal to ride on community roads and logging roads. They have driven through the community a few times lately. They are also aware of the vandalism in the summer and it was addressed. However, there have been recent issues at the Park and people are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior and to report it. More volunteers are needed for the community watch/COP (Communities on Patrol) program.  The detachment has the application and applicants must agree to a background check. The minimum commitment is 2 hours per month. At present, there are three volunteers in LLJ.  
Greater Kamloops Motorcycle Association:
Because of the issue with illegal riding in LLJ, Denis Rombough was contacted regarding memberships.  Chuwels Mountain, Inks Lake, and Greenstone Mountain have 500 km of groomed, monitored and mapped trails. The closest staging area is less than 10 minutes down the road. Membership is $20 per Adult and $30 per family. This gives members access to trail maps on their smart phones. Residents of LLJ are encouraged to look into this.  
Invasive Plant Program:
No funding was available to the TNRD in 2019 but should be secured in 2020. Knapp weed is a big concern in area J. Residents are encouraged to pull the plants in your yard before it blooms and put it in your garbage. VSA are aware of the issue and are trying to mow the road shoulders prior to blooming periods. Dr Catherine Tarasoff will contact the Association in 2020 to move forward.
No other business was brought up or discussed.
Elections:
Sylvia Currie, Secretary of the Association, has decided to step aside. Sylvia has graciously offered to continue to assist with updating the blog with Association-related content. Jim Phillips has also decided to step aside as an area rep but was approached by two neighbours who have offered to take over his area as reps.
Leyla Johnson, Jacquie Brugger and Pat Carroll have agreed to let their name stand although they were not in attendance at the meeting.  
The following members were voted in:
Cindy Swain – President
Corinne Schock – Vice President
Leyla Johnson – Treasurer
Isabelle – Secretary
Meeting adjourned 12:27

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Abandoned Truck on the Gus Johnson Trail

There is an abandoned truck on the Gus Johnson Trail/Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park boundary. It is currently being investigated by BC Parks in collaboration with the Recreation Sites and Trails BC program.

This issue was initially brought forward to government via the Natural Resource Violation website

Does anyone have information about this vehicle?  

Please comment here, in the Lac Le Jeune Facebook group, or directly to Michelle Wiebe, BC Parks Area Supervisor | 250-371-6286 | Michelle.Wiebe@gov.bc.ca .


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Event: Kamloops Debate on the Environment

From the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association Website: https://www.bcsea.org/events/kamloops-debate-on-environment



Transition Kamloops and the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association invite the public to a pre-election debate on October 3 focussing on environmental issues of national and local interest.  The two groups, along with students and concerned local citizens, offer this non-partisan event to give voters in the Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo riding a chance to hear the federal candidates speak on this important topic.
The Kamloops Debate on Environment is one of the 100 Debates campaign taking place across Canada on October 3.  For more information visit greenpac.ca/100_debates.  The goal is to create a nationwide conversation about the environment, giving voters an opportunity to learn about what is shaping up to be one of the top issues of this federal election.  All debates will be strictly non-partisan.

When: Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: at TRU in the House of Learning, Rm 190 (the “pit house”). The moderator is Mel Rothenburger.
Cost: Free!  Just show up! (Parking on the TRU Campus is free in the evenings)

Focus and Format: Each candidate will provide an opening and closing statement and will respond to questions on local and national environmental issues that have been made available to them prior to the debate.
Participation: All candidates whose names will appear on the ballot for the forthcoming Federal Election for the riding of Kamloops--Thompson—Cariboo have been invited to participate.  
Public engagement: The public may submit written questions to the moderator prior to the start time of 7 p.m. These will be grouped, triaged and presented at the discretion of the moderator.  There will not be open mic questions.