Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lac Le Jeune - B.C. Anti-Tuberculosis Association - 1907

In 1906, the B.C. Anti-Tuberculosis Association began accepting donations for the establishment of an institution for consumptives.

At the annual meeting of the Association, at Victoria, in early April 1907, Dr. C.J. Fagan, provincial heath officer, remarked that through the efforts of members of the provincial legislature and British Columbia senators, "the Dominion Government has granted us the right to take up four hundred acres at Fish Lake, in the Kamloops District." Dr. Fagan was recommending that when the snow had gone, a site be planned and the information be sent to Ottawa, so a grant might be favored the Association. He was recommending the building of a few small chalets and tents.

Sites, at a lower elevation were being looked at as well and the committee voted the area of Kamloops Lake.

Aldermen Brown and Smith, on Kamloops City council objected to Fish Lake land being used for sanitarium purposes.

Dr. Fagan spoke to City council, June 6th, and he and R.H. Lee went to Fish Lake to survey the ground. At the next meeting of Kamloops City council, another, Ald. Hargraves, spoke of not wanting a sanitarium at Fish Lake.

A meeting, at the K.M.& A.A. Hall, took place July 11th at which Dr. Fagan, corrected reports, of coast papers that the main building of the institution would be located at Fish Lake. Here again, Ald. Brown expressed his opinion that the institution not be located at Fish Lake.

As well as looking at the Fish Lake site, a 160-acre Lyon's ranch at North Bend, and 6 locations in the area of Savona, the society, in late July 1907, optioned property, at Tranquille, on Kamloops Lake.

Research: Kamloops Standard newspaper - Feb. 23 to July 27, 1907 editions - Thompson Rivers University Library.

~ submitted by Neil Burton ~

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TRU AHT Pet Adoptions


Luke and Cooper

We are still in need of loving homes for a few remaining animals from the TRU Animal Health Technology (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 2 dogs and 3 cats that need homes.

You can also check out our pet adoption website at 

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!

~ submitted by Sonia Walczak ~

Lac Le Jeune - The Baby Camp - 1914

On Tuesday, March 3, 1914, a Whist Drive, under the auspices of the 102nd Rocky Mountain Rangers' "B" Company, was held at the drill hall, in Kamloops. The netted funds were turned over to aid the Baby Summer Camp at Fish Lake, within a couple of weeks.

For St. Patrick's Day, the ladies of the Kamloops Social Club held an afternoon tea and evening of dancing, at the Italian Band Hall, on Seymour Street. This function was a financial success and the group handed the Baby Camp committee $25.00.

The Baby Camp, at Fish Lake was in operation, in July, and accommodation was available.

(Note: With the onset of World War I, Kamloops Press Ltd., began printing both the "Kamloops Daily Standard" and its bi-weekly paper. It appears that not all issues of the paper were available for microfilming.)

Research: Kamloops Standard newspapers - 1914 - Thompson River University - Library.

~ submitted by Neil Burton ~

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fire Centre Bulletin

Fire prohibition set for part of Kamloops Fire Centre

KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon on May 15, 2015, the size of open fires will be restricted in most of the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.
This prohibition applies to all of the Kamloops Fire Centre except the Clearwater Fire Zone and the Salmon Arm Fire Zone. Anyone conducting Category 2 or 3 fires outside of those two zones must extinguish any such fires by noon on May 15. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 15, 2015, or until further notice.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: See a map

Since April 1, Kamloops Fire Centre crews have responded to 12 wildfire incidents covering more than 129 hectares. Many of these wildfires resulted from poorly planned open burning. Above-average temperatures and an early drying trend in the Kamloops Fire Centre have increased wildfire risks, so residents are urged to use extra caution with any open burning.

Specifically, prohibited activities include:

* The burning of any waste, slash or other materials (piled or unpiled) larger than one-half metre by one-half metre.
* The burning of more than two open fires of any size at the same time.
* Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
* The use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description.

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller) and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but it does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions.

The Clearwater Fire Zone and the Salmon Arm Fire Zone will also become subject to this prohibition on June 15, 2015, when all open burning will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre.

The Kamloops Fire Centre stretches from the northern border of Wells Gray Park to the U.S. border in the south, and from the Bridge River Glacier west of Gold Bridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby.

For information about open burning and tips on making responsible burning decisions, please download one of the open burning guides at:

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bears in the hood!

Photo by Richard
It's that time of year! A bear has been hanging the upper subdivision lately. He seems to already has a taste for garbage.

Please, refrain from filling the bird feeders and never leave garbage or pet food outside.

The WildSave BC website has some good information about how to prevent human-wildlife conflict. Some neat photos, too!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mailboxes: Break and Enter

Once again our community mailboxes were tampered with. This notice, dated April 14, was taped to the front of the boxes. The letter states that the incident occurred on or around April 12, 2015.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Keep wildlife wild, and communities safe

Photo by Steve Marcyniuk

From Wildsafe BC:

This photo was originally posted on the Kamloops WildSafeBC page but because of developments in the story it is something that we should share throughout the province. This young bear was photographed around April 6th, 12 km. out of town, eating grass and doing what a bear should be doing at this time of year. 
Unfortunately, people, either through ignorance or just wanting to see a bear up close, have started feeding the bear. Reports now have the bear approaching vehicles that stop in the area and its expectation is to be fed. 
We know how this will probably play out. The bear, as it grows, will become more aggressive in its search for food from humans and at some point will become a safety risk and may have to be destroyed. 
The solution is simple: don't feed bears. If you see people feeding bears please contact 1-877-952-7277 to report their activity. 

Public Notice - Free Disposal Day Poster

Click to view or print larger image

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Videos from the BCIT students winter limnology field trip

In early March students and instructors from the British Columbia Institute of Technology came to Lac Le Jeune on a limnology field trip to study the lake under winter conditions. 

Marge Sidney, Environmental Protection Division - BC Ministry of Environment, is working with this group of students and the Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association to expand the lake monitoring program.  

Thanks Tyler Farley and Marge Sidney for sharing these informative and entertaining videos. Be sure to turn up your speakers for the second one!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The View From Here

The View From Here
Familiar scene? This quilt by Lac Le Jeune resident, Jenny Perry, is part of a Fibre Art Network traveling exhibit called "Canadiana" which opened in New Zealand in January 2015. 
"Participants were asked to explore, in fibre, their sense of place in Canada, considering its history, environment, the people, culture [including food, outdoor activities, music] and its uniqueness." 
(click on image for a detailed view)