New position for Cache Creek CAO
Melany de Weerdt, chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Village of Cache Creek, has accepted the position of CAO for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. De Weerdt came to Cache Creek from Taylor, where she was chief financial officer and deputy CAO, in June 2015, and will become the RDBN’s acting CAO as of July 1. She will transition to CAO in January 2017. Bill Miller, chair of the RDBN, says that they are excited to have de Weerdt join them. “The RDBN board of directors is very excited to have filled the CAO position with someone who brings significant local government management experience; we look forward to working with her.”
The Gold Country Communities Society’s annual familiarization tour, which explores a different local community each year, will take place in the Village of Lytton on Tuesday, May 31. The tour is open to anyone who works in tourism or local government, or who would like to learn more about the historic town and the services, amenities, and attractions it offers. There will be a guided tour of Lytton, as well as opportunities to visit nearby attractions, and snacks and lunch are provided. The tour starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Lytton visitor centre at 400 Fraser Street, and runs until 3:30 p.m. A detailed itinerary and map will be provided by May 23 to all those who RSVP with attendance, and transportation costs will be covered at $0.52 per km. travelled (carpooling is encouraged). For more information, or to RSVP, contact Terri Hadwin at (250) 457-6606 (toll-free at 1-877-453-9467), or email@example.com.
Kindergarten registration open
Kindergarten registration is now open for any children who will be five years on or before December 31, 2016. Parents need to bring an original birth certificate, immunization records, and a care card for each child at the time of registration. Registration can be done at your local school during regular school hours, Monday through Friday.
Higher fines for failing to stop for school bus
The provincial government is more than doubling the fine for passing a school bus with its lights flashing, which indicates that children are getting on or off the bus. The previous fine of $167 was one of the lowest in the country; the fine now stands at $368, plus three penalty points for a first offence. A second offence within 12 months would mean a $300 penalty point assessment on top of the $368 fine, plus a review of the driver’s licence that could result in a suspension. Between 2009 and 2014 police in B.C. issued 1,100 tickets to drivers for failing to stop when school bus lights are flashing.
Moving? Do your research
Moving season is here, with many people changing jobs or schools. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers to do their homework before hiring a moving company, and is backed by the Canadian Association of Movers (CMA), which says the industry is riddled with “theft, fraud, and extortion”. The CMA claims that this is because there are no barriers to entry into the moving industry, meaning criminals gravitate there. The BBB advises consumer to do their research to find a reputable moving company; ask for references and get several estimates; find out how much insurance the company carries; be wary of companies that ask for a large deposit, or request full payment, up front; make an inventory of the goods being moved, and supervise the loading and unloading; avoid cash deals that promise to save you money on the GST; and get everything in writing.
Celebrating family caregivers
There are more than one million unpaid people in B.C. taking care of family members or friends with chronic disability, disease, mental health, or age-related challenges; and the Family Caregivers of British Columbia (FCBC) is there to help. Barb MacLean, executive director of FCBC, says that these caregivers are “the silent pillars of our health care system. For every hour of care provided through the formal system, 10 are provided by family and friend caregivers. This unpaid care often comes with financial, emotional, or physical costs.” The FCBC offers a toll-free Caregiver Support Line at 1-877-520-3267, which provides caregivers with assistance in navigating the health system, free education, support groups, an online resource centre, and more. For more information call, or visit the website at www.familycaregiversbc.ca.