September 2021 – Williams Lake Tribune


September 2, 2021

Expansion of the First Nations fishery on the Chilcotin River

A limited opening for sockeye salmon on the Chilcotin River has been extended until the fall for a First Nations subsistence fishery. The chief of the Tsilhqot’in tribe, Chief Joe Alphonse, said this year’s salmon rebound was the highest the country has seen in five years.

“In 2017, we lost our fishery because of fires, in 2018, the same thing. In 2019 we had the Big Bar Slide and we lost two years of fishing.

Opposition to vaccine passports puts pressure on Cariboo politicians

Cariboo leaders are feeling the pressure of the ongoing and evolving COVID-19 restrictions, which are forcing many members of the public to challenge the government.

Liberal Cariboo Chilcotin MP Lorne Doerkson did not attend a large Fight 4 Freedom rally in Williams Lake on Wednesday, August 25, despite posters saying he would be available for questions. Doerkson said he had nothing to do with the posters or the organizers.

“I will not challenge public health orders to attend any type of public meeting or gathering,” Doerkson told the Tribune Thusday. “However, the public health order allows me to meet much smaller groups of people, and in this case, I have encountered a number of participants in the march.”

September 9, 2021

COVID Card Website Launch

The BC government has started issuing COVID-19 online vaccination cards for entry into restaurants, sports and entertainment, with an early surge in demand that has created similar safeguards for vaccines and other services in the long-lasting pandemic.

The province’s tech team opened access to the website on Tuesday morning, imposing a wait time as the system was tested and capacity increased.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the immunization card was aimed at boosting the confidence of individuals and businesses as British Columbia adopted 77 percent of full immunizations for all people 12 years of age and older .

September 9, 2021

Youth-led mural unveiled in Williams Lake

Thanks to 36 young artists working over 15 days of painting, a vibrant 15-by-90-foot mural adorns downtown Williams Lake.

Under the mentorship of Tiffany Jorgensen of Cariboo Art Beat, the Youth-Led Mural is the largest mural in town and painted on the side of the new Cariboo Chilcotin Foundry building on South Fourth Avenue.

Renovation work on the building will start in a few weeks and should be ready to open in March 2022.

September 16, 2021

Jury finds Kyle Gilpin guilty of manslaughter in 2018 Tsideldel homicide

A jury found Kyle Gilpin guilty of manslaughter in a homicide case in Tsideldel First Nation on October 19, 2018.

Gilpin was found not guilty on a second charge of attempting to obstruct justice and uttering threats.

The jury trial began at the Williams Lake Supreme Court on Monday August 9, 2021 and ended with the jury’s decision on Sunday September 12, 2021. He will be sentenced in the New Year.

September 16, 2021

Student numbers increase in many schools in School District 27

School enrollment has increased dramatically in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region as more people move to the area and more return to class after a year of home schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both Mountview Elementary and Chilcotin Road Elementary Schools in Williams Lake saw an increase in student numbers. Horse Lake and Forest Grove elementary schools also welcomed more students this year, according to School District 27 superintendent. Chris van der Mark.

“We are seeing a significant increase in our projected numbers – we have had a lot more children than we expected,” said van der Mark. “Obviously some people have moved to the area and we have a lot of new families coming into the community. “

September 16, 2021

Elks Hall sold, closing at Williams Lake, club continues

Selling and shutting down the Elks Halls in Williams Lake was not the club’s wish, but with just six members they couldn’t go on, the club president said.

“We don’t really want it to close, it’s such a community center,” Randy Schellenberg told the Tribune Wednesday September 8. “The only other big room is the Gibraltar Room and it’s going to hurt.”

Schellenberg said a local building contractor showed up, bought it and was going to get it on board for the time being.

“He bought it to speculate,” he added.

September 23, 2021

Doherty travels to Ottawa to represent Cariboo-Prince George

Conservative candidate Todd Doherty was re-elected as MP for Cariboo-Prince George for a third term. During the campaign, Doherty traveled 7,800 kilometers in 36 days to visit the constituency.

“Without COVID it would be normal, but it was a lot of miles in a short time,” he said.

September 23, 2021

Northern District RCMP Apologizes for Role in Residential Schools

Esk’etemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Fred Robbins received a formal apology from the Northern District RCMP for his important role on behalf of Canada during the residential school era in Williams Lake on Tuesday September 21st.

Williams Lake RCMP Inspector Myron Friesen presented Robbins with a framed letter written by the Chief Superintendent to the North District Commander. Warren Brown.

“I want to recognize and convey my heartfelt sadness and condolences to your community and to the Indigenous peoples across Canada who suffered and continue to experience the horrors of residential schools,” said Brown.

September 30, 2021

Leaders for Truth and Reconciliation

Canada will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021, which the two founders of the Orange Shirt Society, Phyllis Webstad, and former Cariboo Regional District Director, Joan Sorley, are striving for. to achieve for years.

Webstad is North Secwépemc from Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek / Dog Creek).

In April 2013, with Sorley’s encouragement, Webstad shared his story that inspired the first Orange Shirt Day that year, September 30.

The book Orange Shirt Day September 30 Written by Webstad and Sorely received the Indigenous Literature Award from Periodical Marketers of Canada in September and a documentary featuring Webstad – Go home – created Orange Shirt Day at UBC.

September 30, 2021

Young people lead the climate strike

A dozen people took part in a climate strike in Williams Lake on Friday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Hosted by Third Planet Crusade Williams Lake, the event saw attendees walk around together armed with signs, a banner, and even a portrait of climate activist Greta Thunberg.

The march started and ended at Williams Lake Town Hall, where, after their return, teenage organizers Ella Kruus and Julia Zirnhelt gave short speeches.

Kruus, who despite his young age has been one of the local leaders of such events for several years now, noted that similar protests were taking place in cities across Canada and around the world.

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West Chilcotin nurse practitioner Patrice Gordon arrives in Haiti where she has been deployed with the Canadian Red Cross. (Photo submitted)

Williams Lake area residents like Charlie Bourelle and Lauren Beaulieu await their turn with dozens of others who voted in the advance poll on Monday afternoon at the Williams Lake Seniors Activity Center.  Voting day is Monday, September 20, 2021. (Photo by Angie Mindus - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake area residents like Charlie Bourelle and Lauren Beaulieu await their turn with dozens of others who voted in the advance poll on Monday afternoon at the Williams Lake Seniors Activity Center. Voting day is Monday, September 20, 2021. (Photo by Angie Mindus – Williams Lake Tribune)


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