Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Are you missing your German Shepherd?

UPDATE: This is Riply! She is safe and sound at home with her caretaker. 

A German Shepherd arrived at Paul Jorgensen's house this afternoon and never left. The dog has a collar, including a shocking device, but no identification.

Paul can be reached at 778.994.6788.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dog rescued from ice fishing hole

photo by Chad Cooper
UPDATE: The dog was Pepper Wynne and is safe and sound! She found her people on the ski trail and was taken home right away to warm up by the fireplace.

A dog fell through a hole in the ice left by fishers today. Fortunately, Kelly Krawchuck spotted the big black lab in distress while cross-country skiing on the lake, and was able to lie down on the ice and pull him out by the collar. Kelly then attempted to warm the dog up the best she could.

It is assumed that the dog's owners were on the other side of the lake because the dog ran off in their direction. Hopefully they noticed that he was wet and cold, and checked for signs of hypothermia. Frostbite may show up on extremities as well (ears and pads especially). If you know of LLJ residents or visitors who have a black lab, please contact them to see if this was their dog.

The hole in the ice was in a terrible location -- close to shore and right beside frequently used ski tracks. It was also very large, and will likely take 2 days or more to freeze over.



So this is a reminder to all ice fishers, you should never leave a large hole unmarked. From what I understand, it is common practice to mark holes with branches. Also, it probably goes without saying, but you should never fill the hole with snow. 

From the Criminal Code of Canada 263:
Duty to safeguard opening in ice263. (1) Every one who makes or causes to be made an opening in ice that is open to or frequented by the public is under a legal duty to guard it in a manner that is adequate to prevent persons from falling in by accident and is adequate to warn them that the opening exists.
Thanks so much to Kelly Krawchuck for saving that dog's life!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Refugees and Friends Together

Thanks to Corinne Shock for raising awareness in our community about the opportunities to donate time, money, and household items to support the 5 Syrian families coming to Kamloops.



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Stay informed


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

TRU Animal Health Technology Adoptions: Ash and Tara

UPDATE: Ash and Tara have both been adopted
Ash
Tara


We are still in need of loving homes for a few remaining animals from the Animal Health Technology program Fall 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 3 cats that need homes.

Ash and Tara are both very nice cats and would love to find a permanent home by the end of the month. Ash is more of a loner and would prefer to be the only cat in the household. Tara is indifferent to other cats so she would do fine with or without another feline companion. 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!

Sonia Walczak, AHT, RVT
Lecturer Animal Health Technology
Thompson Rivers University

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Does this dog look familiar?

UPDATE: Owner has been found. Thanks everyone for your help keeping this dog warm and safe, and spreading the word!

This dog was found wandering around Marmot Rd in Lac Le Jeune late afternoon today. He has a collar but no identification. James Medford has been going door to door for the past few hours trying to find some leads. THANK YOU, James! 

If you have any information please contact Sylvia Medford at 250-320-3863. You can also post a comment to the blog, or in the LLJ Facebook Group


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Notice of Power Interruption

This notice was posted on our community bulletin board and mailboxes. Just in case you didn't receive one...


Monday, November 16, 2015

Have you seen Onyx?


The Morash's cat has been missing for almost 2 weeks. Onyx is long haired, mail, yellow/green eyes with a mark in his right eye, about 7 years old. Please contact Karen Morash with any sightings or information: 250-828-7123

Friday, November 13, 2015

Minutes: Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association AGM - August 30, 2015

Special thanks to the Bruggers for hosting our AGM and picnic! We estimate that approximately 44 members attended the event. The weather cooperated, the food and conversations were excellent, and the kids enjoyed the fun activities planned for them.



LAC LE JEUNE
CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
August 30, 2015

Moved by Howie Mattfeld, seconded by Steve Roy. Carried.

2. Increase in membership dues (from $5 to $10 per year)
Corinne Schock proposed an increase in membership fees in order to offset costs of the liability insurance the association will be purchasing.

Motion to approve the increase in membership dues as proposed. Moved by Drena Baker. Seconded by Carolyn Chandler. Carried.

3. Water Monitoring Project
Hugh Burton reported on the Water Monitoring Project progress, as well as the process for gathering water sample. We are nearing completion of data collection. A full report will be prepared in collaboration with Marg Sidney, Ministry of Environment, and published this winter.

4. Ajax Mine Community Advisory Group
Corinne Schock explained that LLJCA is part of a Community Advisory Group (CAG), which consists of approximately 25 organizations, such as BC Grasslands, Physicians for a Healthy Environment, and BC Cattlemen. The Application Information Requirements (AIR) has been issued [see http://laclejeune.blogspot.ca/2015/07/application-information-requirements.html] and once Ajax submits the application a 180-day review process will begin. The application will be made public for 75 days following a governmental review.

Corinne prepared a booklet for individuals to document the concerns regarding the Ajax Mine Project that they would like to for the Conservation Association to address. She mentioned examples of concerns that have already come forward: Light pollution, air quality, water use, use of the Lac Le Jeune highway, and risks to wildlife. Corinne asked that any concerns be added to the booklet, or sent to her directly.

5. Citizens on Patrol
Carolyn Chandler reported on the COP program at Lac Le Jeune, which has been in operation for the past two years. She also outlined the time commitment and duties of a volunteer, and the reasons this program is of value to our community.   Volunteers go out 2 times per month to patrol the area, looking for any unusual activity and paying attention to any concerns or situations brought forward to them. There are monthly meeting held in Logan Lake. Overall, this position requires approximately 4 hours per month.

6. Community Directory
Steve Roy volunteered earlier this year to update the Lac Le Jeune Community Directory (also used as an emergency contact list). He provided draft copies at the meeting for residents to check and edit as necessary. Steve will distribute the updated version via email.

7. Treasurer’s report
Carolyn Chandler referred to the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association Balance Sheet and Income Statement circulated at the meeting. There were no questions regarding the reports.

Carolyn will be moving away from Lac Le Jeune so this position needs to be filled. Update: Leyla Johnson has agreed to take on the role of Treasurer.

Motion to approve the Treasurer's report: Moved by Carolyn Chandler. Seconded by Howie Mattfeld. Carried.

8. Guest Speakers
Corinne Schock welcomed invited speakers and pointed out the various brochures and information kits available for residents to take home. She also encouraged everyone to take one or two fridge magnets listing important phone numbers.

TNRD – Ronaye Elliot was unable to attend.

BC Parks – Michelle Wiebe, Area Supervisor, sent her regrets but provided an informative handout which was distributed at the meeting and posted on the Lac Le Jeune blog [see http://laclejeune.blogspot.ca/2015/09/introduction-by-michelle-wiebe-bc-parks.html].

RCMP – Cpl. Brian Washbrook spoke briefly to the group before leaving for another engagement. He requested the move from 15 years in Prince George to the Logan Lake detachment and is looking forward to serving this area. Cpl. Kathleen Thain has relocated to Keremeos.

Kamloops Bike Riders Association – Craig Campbell updated the Lac Le Jeune community on the association’s application to formally manage summer Stake Lake recreation area trails. This would entail a land use agreement with the province for non-motorized mountain biking and hiking trails. The scope of the agreement would be the maintenance of existing trails, and potentially developing new single track trails. KBRA requested a formal Memorandum of Understanding from LLJCA, which was provided.

9. Other business
The association is seeking area representative for Lac Le Jeune Park Drive East.

Update: The following residents volunteered:
Pat Carroll and Anna Folk will share the LLJ Park Drive East area.

Pat Burton asked for volunteers to take over Heart and Stroke canvassing.

Corinne thanked TNRD for their contributions to the community, in particular the water monitoring project. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lac Le Jeune Halloween Family Bash

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Lac Le Jeune Halloween Family Bash! What a great party!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Clocks change November 1!

Countdown to Pacific Daylight Time

Halloween and animals

Halloween can be a scary and challenging time for animals -- both pets and wildlife.

The SPCA website outlines some things to consider for your pets during trick or treating and fireworks. Strange looking people in costumes can cause friendly animals to feel threatened and become aggressive. Running from loud noises is a typical response for many pets.

Keep in mind that fireworks might continue for the days following Halloween; it seems if people get their hands on fireworks, they must set them all off!

Image: SPCA

If using fireworks, please also consider wildlife. Startled birds will collide with trees, cars, and buildings. Wildlife and farm animals become tangled in fences as they flee the loud and unusual noises.


Do you need some trees removed?

Photo by Gerry
Do you need any trees removed on your property? Lucy Lindros is hiring a tree removal company to take out one tree, so if there are others needing a tree service, the travel costs could be shared.

Please call 250-374-9864 if you're interested.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Break-ins at Walloper

photo by lyudagreen 
Ten cabins were broken into at Walloper Lake in the last week or so, with tools and equipment stolen.

Here are some tips to help keep your home secure.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Backyard Moose Family

We have a couple of munching moose in the neighbourhood. Thanks to Corinne Shock for the videos!




Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Free tire rims

FREE
Need Rims for Winter Tires
Fits Tire sizes 215 – 60/65 – R17
Set of four currently with summer tires mounted

Phone: 250-314-6760

Halloween Family Bash


What: Halloween Family Bash
When: Saturday, October 31st 12-4pm
Where: Provincial Park

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kamloops Bike Riders Association: Memorandum of Understanding

The Kamloops Bike Riders Association and the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure communication between the two organizations, and to provide support for KBRA in achieving their goals.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Getting ready for skating season

Photo by Dustin Gaffke https://flic.kr/p/iVeKcB
The Logan Lake Ice Arena will be opening soon! If you need to get your skates sharpened, Al Fitter offers that service right in Logan Lake. Drop off your skates at 313 Peridot Drive. Call first if you're making a special trip to make sure he Al will be there: 250-523-6399. The cost is $5 per pair.

Monday, September 14, 2015

BCIT wetland field trip - Logan Lake

Marge Sidney invites Lac Le Jeune residents to attend lectures and the Open House as part of the BCIT wetland field trip on the Golf Course at Logan Lake. Here is the itinerary for the week:


Sunday, Sept 13th
The 4th yr Ecological Restoration students are divided into small groups this morning learning how to use various types of equipment and then doing surveys on small mammals, vegetation, a damage assessment on the plants we planted in other years of wetland construction and water quality.  This afternoon we are going to be laying out the wetland that we are starting construction on tomorrow. This involves digging soil pits to find out the layers of soil and also where the water table is located, using a survey level and rod, flagging the perimeter and then flagging out the native vegetation we are going to be salvaging. The general public in invited to a lecture tonight in the Meadow Creek Club House (2nd floor) starting approx. 7 pm.  Topics include Soil Taxonomy and Texture (short topic) and then starting a lecture on the 10 Steps of How to Build a Groundwater Wetland.

Monday, Sept 14th
The day starts early (5 am) with groups of students starting bird surveys and doing small mammal trapping. At 8 am Shane Hardy will be arriving with his excavator and construction will begin on the wetland that was flagged yesterday.  This will be going on all day.  After supper the lecture will be the conclusion of the lecture started on Sunday night re "How to build a GW wetland". The general public is welcome to attend this lecture.

Tuesday, Sept 15th
The day starts early with more bird surveys and small mammal trapping and then continuing and finishing the wetland started yesterday. The students will be divided into 2 groups and the first group will be surveying, soil pits, etc on their "student wetland" which we hope will get started later this afternoon. After supper the general public is invited to a presentation by Lyn Baldwin, a professor/ecologist from the Natural Resource Program at TRU. She is a modern day Charles Darwin as her fieldnote book is awash with beautiful illustrations and prose.

Wednesday, Sept 16th
Another early day for the students with more bird survey and small mammal trapping. We hope to finish the first student wetland and have the second group of students survey and map the second student wetland. Start construction of this 2nd wetland.  In amongst this we hope the students can walk downstream to the lake and survey possible wetland site for future years.  They will be using the latest mapping techniques (geo-referencing onto satellite imagery so that they will be able to record onto an iPad directly.) This is required for the water licence that the District of Logan Lake is applying for so we will have more control over the water on the golf course and will eliminate the need for Section 8 & 9 permits. Give or take 2-3 hrs on either site on noon we will be having a presentation by Cheryl Phippen of BWP Consulting.  She works for the TNRD on mosquito control and is very knowledgeable on aquatic insects. We would like her to show and tell us about the insects contained in our wetlands.  After supper (approx 7 pm) in the Club House the general public is invited to a talk by Donna Lindblom of Rocky Ridge Vegetation Control. Conrad and Donna are the folks hired by the TNRD and others to do environmentally friendly invasive weed control with their herd of goats.

Thursday, Sept 17th
The last early day of bird surveys and small mammal trapping. The morning will be used to finish wetland construction as we need to add peat to the organic soil, wood chips to the upland areas, habitat features such as snags, large woody debris, rock, as well as seed, plant a few token plants and then add a protective layer of straw (prevents the soil from drying out too quickly and the rodents and birds from eating the seeds).(Most of the planting will happen next May as we are too late in the season for hoping to get good survival now.) In the afternoon,from 2 to 4 pm, the golf course will be shut down and the general public will be invited on site (liability issues) for an Open House to view what we have down. The students will be on hand to explain what they have learned, etc.  We hope to have school classes come for a field trip, residents of Logan Lake and the local area, the media and whoever else wants to learn about wetlands. There is no lecture this evening.

Friday, Sept 18th
Final exam for the students and a site visit to natural wetlands in the Logan Lake area. Students leave in the afternoon and head back to the coast.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Introduction by Michelle Wiebe, BC Parks

At the LLJ Conservation Association Annual General Meeting, a number of guests were invited to speak about special projects and issues. Michelle Wiebe, BC Parks Area Supervisor for the Thompson Southern Rivers, was unable to attend in person, but prepared this update for us. As Michelle mentions in the report, she will continue to provide us updates through the blog. Much appreciated!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Have you seen Bella?

UPDATE 8 September: Bella was found!

Bella is a Bichon Frise/Shih Tsu. On Sunday, September 6th gun shots scared Bella and she ran from her property at Paska Lake. Please call 604-671-3721 with any information.





Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Have you seen this boat?

UPDATE AUGUST 26th: THE BOAT WAS FOUND NEAR THE PROVINCIAL PARK

This boat was stolen on or after August 22, 2015. It is a red Lund, and the motor a 9.9 Honda. The owners are holding out hope that the motor was removed and the boat sent adrift. If you have any information please call Ken and Elna Strand, 250-314-0647. 


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cougar sightings

https://flic.kr/p/5wUoUN
There have been several reports of cougar sightings today -- near the LLJ Lodge, across from Wilderness Resort, and near the Provincial Park.

Visit WildSafe BC for information about attractants and what to do if you encounter a cougar.

2015 Lac Le Jeune Summer Newsletter

Most of you will have received the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association (LLJCA) newsletter from your Area Rep. It was distributed along with the LLJCA Flyer and Membership Form. If you missed receiving yours, here's a version to read online or download and print.

These documents can be accessed any time in our Files Section. If you have new neighbours, please help to keep them in the loop by pointing them to the Lac Le Jeune blog and files.

Thanks to Jacquie Brugger for preparing the summer newsletter!

Agenda: Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association AGM

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




LAC LE JEUNE
CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


When: Sunday August 30, 2015, 10:00 – 12:00

Where: 3793 Water Street

There will be a BBQ lunch to follow for LLJCA families and guests. There will also be some fun activities for kids!

AGENDA

    10:00 – 11:00

1.   Approval of the AGM minutes of September 14, 2014
2.   Increase in membership dues (from $5 to $10 per year)
3.   Water Monitoring Project
4.   Ajax Mine Community Advisory Group
5.   Citizens on Patrol
6.   Community Directory
7.   Treasurer's report

11:00 – 12:00 Guest Speakers

8.   TNRD
9.   RCMP
10.    BC Parks
11.    Kamloops Bike Riders Association

12.    Meeting Adjournment

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Current Wildfires

There are two new wildfires in the area, both likely caused by lightning during the night. The Long Lake fire is currently reported to be 80 hectares, and the Ross Moore fire is .009 hectares.

Keep up-to-date on wildfire information by visiting the BC Wildfire website.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Western Toad Migration Part 2

Now it's really happening. Thousands of toads are crossing the old Lac Le Jeune highway for about 1 kilometre south of the Michell Ranch.

The migration started early this year, then we had some starts and stops. There were several reports last night after that rain. Thanks to Hugh Burton, Cindy Swain, Sonia Walczak, Beverley Clayton, Monica Mattfeld, and Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit for keeping us up-to-date about the toads on the road!

Please consider driving the Coquihalla for your trips to Kamloops over the next few days.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fledgling Birds

This is a guest blog post by Georgi Clemens. Georgi is the author of the Pickles the Parrot book series, and is a resident of Logan Lake. Also, Georgi and her husband, Neil Abbott, used manage the Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park.


It's that time of year -- don't 'rescue' baby birds (of any species) on the ground! Here's a fledgling Robin in our yard - picture taken from a window. Mama was bringing him food.

Did you know (and check out the Fun Fact at the end) ...

  • Baby birds that are beginning to leave the nest are called “fledglings”. Their flight feathers haven't fully developed, but they can flutter from branch to branch. Don't be alarmed if you see a fledgling on the ground. It could be taking a rest from its first flight or it could be waiting for one of its parents to feed it. Do not attempt to replace such a youngster in the nest. Leaving the nest is a part of their normal development and it is best not to interfere with the process.
  • A chirping baby robin on the ground, for example, is most likely telling its parents that it is hungry and it is letting them know where they can find it. Parents coach their fledglings to find suitable cover and feed them even after they are able to fly. Like all parents, adult birds can't be everywhere at once, so if you watch a grounded fledgling for a half an hour you should see one of its parents bringing it several snacks. Keep all pets, children and curious adults away from the area and let the parents carry on with the process of rearing their young.
  • Robins are often ground-nesters, building their nests right on the ground.
  • ALSO - FUN FACT ... When the robins are searching through the grass to find dinner, they are doing it entirely visually, not by hearing or smell. When the robins run along the grass cocking their heads, it appears that they are listening but they are just looking. They look for the castings or pellets of mud on the soil surface indicating the entrance to a worm hole. And, after it rains, worms rest with just the tips of their bodies showing at the mouth of their burrows... making them easy targets for the keen eyed robin.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Watch out for the gaggle!

Of all the places to hang out, this gaggle of geese chose the highway between Lac Le Jeune and Walloper. Please stop and wait for them to move to the side, then  s l o w l y  pass through. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Application Information Requirements for the proposed Ajax Mine Project

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Agency (CEA) issued the revised Application Information Requirements / Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines for KGHM Ajax Mining.

The 249-page document (PDF) is available on the EAO Website.






Monday, July 27, 2015

Annual Meteor Shower

From Kamloops InfoNews:

This year the peak is expected in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 30, but should be visible a few days before and after as well. 
The shower is not a very prominent shower to begin with, but with a full moon expected Friday, July 31, only the brightest meteors will likely be visible. The meteor shower shows up as ‘shooting stars’ and can be seen anywhere in the sky, but the southern sky has the best view. 
On Friday, July 31, a full moon will light up the sky and Venus and Jupiter will appear close in the western sky. While the full moon will be visible from almost anywhere as it rises over the valleys, a dark location after midnight and into the early morning hours will be best for viewing the meteor shower. 
Find a dark place away from city lights, lay back and let your eyes adjust to the darkness. Soon you will be able to see a multitude of stars and hopefully some ‘shooting stars’ as well.

Logan Lake Day 2015

Logan Lake Day is a FREE family friendly event that runs all day on Sunday, August 2nd 2015. Admission is free to all attractions!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Position Available: Citizens on Patrol Program

Photo by San Jose Library https://flic.kr/p/6PPZyD
The Citizens on Patrol Program (COP) involves keeping a neighbourly watch over communities in an effort to reduce crime. In Lac Le Jeune, Coleen Krawchuk and Carolyn Chandler have been liaising with Logan Lake RCMP and other COP volunteers, and patrolling the area to watch for any unusual activity.

Carolyn will be stepping down from this position, which means we are looking for a volunteer to accompany Coleen on the regular patrols around Lac Le Jeune. The role of Citizens on Patrol is to simply observe and report back to the police anything that might require follow-up. This volunteer position requires four hours per month, and you would be contributing to the safety of our community -- a very important job!

If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch with Coleen or any of the LLJ Conservation Association reps.

The LLJ Community would like to thank Carolyn Chandler for her work with COP!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Learn to Fish

This Learn to Fish program is already underway, but there are still more opportunities this summer to bring your kids to park for a hands-on lesson. Here's what they'll learn (from the GoFishBC website
  • Fish identification and biology 
  • Habitat and conservation 
  • Rods, reels, lines and tackle 
  • Knot tying Proper fish handling and ethics 
  • Safety and fishing regulations 
  • Casting and retrieving 
  • Where, when and how to catch fish 
  • Hands on fishing (all tackle and equipment provided)



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Western Toad migration has begun!

This is a repost from last year. Thanks to Sonia Walczak and Monica Mattfeld for passing along the word that the migration has begun. It's happening early this year!



These little guys migrate across Lac Le Jeune Road, starting around the Michell Ranch for about 1 km south, every mid to late August. The migration takes a few days.

If all residents took the Coquihalla during these few days there would be many less toads being killed on the road as they cross. They are so small right now I’m sure many people don’t even notice them on the road.

Today I saw 2 biologists meeting with the Ministry of Transportation to see if we can build a culvert for the toads to use to cross the road.

Western Toads are on the provincial Yellow List, and are considered a species of conservation concern!

Visit the “frogwatch” website for more information.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Grab and Go Kit

During wildfire season it's important to be prepared to evacuate on short notice. Here are some suggestions for a grab-and-go bag to keep in your home or car, published on the new PreparedBC emergency preparedness website.
  • ¢ Food (ready to eat) and water
  • ¢ Flashlight and batteries, headlamp 
  • ¢ AM/FM radio
  • ¢ Medication(s)
  • ¢ Seasonal clothing
  • ¢ Blanket
  • ¢ Pen and notepad
  • ¢ Cell phone charger
  • ¢ Personal toiletries
  • ¢ Small first aid kit
  • ¢ Extra pair of glasses or contacts
  • ¢ Cash in small bills
  • ¢ Local map
  • ¢ Whistle
  • ¢ Out-of-area contact card
  • ¢ Copies of important documents, family photos, etc. Consider storing copies on a USB stick

TIP: Always keep your vehicle’s gas tank half full in case you’re required to evacuate on short notice. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

They're here...

The new mailboxes have been installed, along with fresh notices about where to pick up your keys (Rexall Drugs). 

I'm assuming our mail that has been held at the Seymour Street Post Office will be placed in our new boxes, which would save us a trip to downtown Kamloops. In any case, it's best to check directly with Canada Post by phone if you're concerned about your mail: 1-800-267-1177



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tips for reduce your water use

photo by stacey.d https://flic.kr/p/5dqnuv
Kady Wong, an environmental geography student and Zero Waste Communications Assistant for the Simon Fraser University Sustainability Office, published the following tips for reducing water use. It is shared here with permission.
  1. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge rather than letting your tap run to get cold water.
  2. Water your gardens* in the morning to reduce water loss from evaporation. (And don’t over water them: They only need about one inch of water a week and this includes when it rains.)
  3. Repair any leaky faucets and toilets. A single dripping faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day!
  4. Use recycled water from a rain barrel to water your plants.
  5. Purchase native grasses, shrubs and trees as opposed to exotic plants. Native species require much less water.
  6. Reuse your cooking water. After boiling water for pasta or washing vegetables, use the leftover water to water your garden. 
  7. Only do a load of laundry or dishes when the load is full. 
  8. Use a broom to clean walkways and driveways rather than hosing off these areas. 
  9. Don’t use your toilet to dispose of waste. Flush only when necessary! 
  10. Place a bucket in the shower when you’re waiting for the water to warm up. Use this clean water for cleaning or watering your plants. (And keep those showers short: Try for 5 minutes or less.)
* The original post suggested watering lawns in the morning as well. In a natural setting like Lac Le Jeune perhaps it is best to refrain from watering lawns entirely. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Canada Post Notices, Deconstructed

For those of you who are trying to decipher how to get your mail now and in the future, I suggest you skip the notices and call Canada Post customer support network: 1-800-267-1177

We do have a report that the new keys are at the Rexall Drug Store location though!


Notice #1

Notice #2


Monday, July 6, 2015

Media Release: Wildfire Management Branch

Province on high alert with increased fire activity across B.C.
http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=2415
VICTORIA - The Province is cautioning all British Columbians to be diligent with fire safety and report all wildfires to authorities as 184 active fires are being fought across British Columbia with 9 evacuation alerts and orders currently in effect, impacting over 800 homes.
Twenty-seven new fires started in B.C. yesterday, with extreme fire hazard rating in many areas, and hot and dry weather conditions continuing to present challenges to firefighting efforts. British Columbians are urged to be responsible and abide by all fire bans and evacuation orders until conditions change.

Campfire bans have now been implemented across the province. Failure to abide by the Wildfire Act, including open burning restrictions, can result in a $345 fine. Anyone who causes damage to Crown forest or grass land through arson or recklessness can be fined up to $1 million or spend up to three years in prison.

Air quality status:

If you see or smell smoke in the air, you're encouraged to avoid strenuous outdoor activities, especially people with chronic underlying medical conditions. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying respiratory conditions - like asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - or heart disease.

For information on current air quality readings in B.C. please visit www.bcairquality.ca

Supports for British Columbians impacted by wildfires:

Emergency Social Services (ESS) support has been provided for over 200 people in B.C. due to the wildfires east of Kelowna and in Port Hardy. ESS is temporary public aid that provides up to 72 hours of essentials like lodging and food service, as well as emergency supplies and absolute necessities.

Report all wildfires:

Human-caused wildfires are preventable and the public is B.C.'s first line of defence against forest fires. Please be diligent when in the backcountry, and report all wildfires to 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your mobile phone.

Learn More:

For current information on current wildfires and open burning prohibitions in your area, as well as fire safety tips, see: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcwildfire/ and http://ow.ly/PfwC6

For current Evacuation Alerts and Orders in B.C., see: www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca

To learn about how to prevent wildfires and what to do if your community receives an Evacuation Alert or Order, visit: http://ow.ly/PfsPl and http://ow.ly/PftLE

The Homeowner's FireSmart Manual helps inform people on how to reduce the risk of personal property damage due to wildfires: http://ow.ly/PfpqL

To keep up-to-date on emergency alerts & notices, follow @EmergencyInfoBC (https://mobile.twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC?max_id=505511422928093184) on Twitter.

Media Contacts:

For wildfire information:
BC Wildfire Service
Media Relations
250 312-3051
or
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Media Relations
250 356-5261

For air quality questions:
Media Relations
Ministry of Environment
250 953-3834

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Friday, July 3, 2015

News Release: Ban on all open burning

From the BC Wildfire Website
http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=2396

Campfires, open fires and fireworks banned throughout B.C.

KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, July 3, 2015, all open burning, including campfires and fireworks, will be prohibited throughout the majority of the province, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today.
This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

This extraordinary step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Unseasonably hot and dry weather is being experienced around the province and any preventable, human-caused fires divert critical personnel and resources from other incidents. The BC Wildfire Service is responding to over 150 active fires in the province.

Campfires will still be allowed in the area known as the "Fog Zone" along the western coast of Vancouver Island. A map of the area covered by this open burning prohibition and campfire ban is available online at: http://bit.ly/1IyUZG4

This ban applies to:

- open fires of any size, including campfires;

- the use of fireworks, sky lanterns and tiki torches;

- burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description;

- the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for rifle target practice); and

- the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems).

This prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. It also does not apply to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, with a flame length of 15 centimetres or less. The use of this equipment may be prohibited locally and at a later time if deemed necessary so check "current fire bans" online at: www.bcwildfire.ca The use of a portable campfire apparatus that does not meet the conditions noted above is prohibited.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.

The "Fog Zone" is a two-kilometre-wide strip along the outer coast of Vancouver Island, stretching from Owen Point (near Port Renfrew) north to the tip of Vancouver Island and around to the boundary of the District of Port Hardy. This strip extends inland two kilometres from the high-tide point. A map of the Fog Zone is available online at: http://bit.ly/1GMvwnU

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, 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 unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

Quote:

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

"We're committed to safeguarding B.C.'s families, natural resources and infrastructure from wildfires. Given the hot and dry conditions in most of the province, we are implementing this provincewide campfire ban to help protect our communities."

Learn more:

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