‘Police Ahead: Stay Off Your Phone’ read the warning signs. Read the story to find out how many people didn’t read the sign and got busted. Photo: North Vancouver RCMP.

Local News Briefs: Not everyone read the signs

Plus the Rotary Citizens of the Year dinner, a seminar for disaster responders, and more.

16 Mile Community Association Society AGM

The 16 Mile Community Association Society will be holding its AGM on Sunday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the restaurant at Historic Hat Creek.

Among the items under discussion at the meeting will be a debris flow preparation update, a wildfire recovery update, and planning for the upcoming year. Elections will also be held.

For more information contact Al Midgley at 1-778-207-7468 or email him at caribooal@gmail.com.

Seminar for disaster responders

A Psychological First Aid (PFA) Guide for Disaster Responders seminar will take place on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ashcroft HUB. There is no cost for the seminar, and lunch is provided.

The seminar will provide humane, supportive, and practical help to people impacted by serious crisis events and disasters. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture, and abilities.

Participants will learn new PFA strategies designed by the World Health Organization (WHO), such as practical care and support; assessing needs and concerns; helping people to address basic needs; listening to people; comforting; helping people connect to information, services, and social supports; and protecting people from further harm.

Those who should attend include school counsellors, mental health providers, emergency managers, faith-based organizations, First Nations, municipal EOC staff, and support agencies. The seminar will be facilitated by Pat Jeanotte, Disaster Psychosocial (DPS) Volunteer, MA F Psych, and Program Manager, Langley RCMP Client Support and Victim Services.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the DPS Program, part of the PHSA Health Emergency Management BC Program, which provides psychological and social support during disaster response and recovery, for both responders and impacted people alike.

For more information, or to register, contact Ashlee Hyde at (250) 302-1641 or email her at Ashlee@unitedwaytnc.ca (please include name, contact information and organization, and any dietary restrictions). You can also register online at http://conta.cc/2FFaJwK. The deadline for registration is March 21, 2018.

Rotary Citizens of the Year

The Rotary Club of Ashcroft and Cache Creek will be honouring its Citizens of the Year at a dinner on April 7, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m. at the Cache Creek Community Hall; dinner starts at 6 p.m.). Recipients from Ashcroft and area and Cache Creek and area, as well as a youth recipient from the entire region, who all went “above and beyond” will be recognized and honoured at the event.

Tickets ($20 in advance or $25 at the door) include your choice of a roast turkey or roast vegetable lasagna dinner with all the trimmings. There will also be a no-host bar, and members of the Sage Sound Singers Choir will be on hand to perform a few songs from their upcoming “Made in Canada: A Tribute to Canadian Music” concert.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate some of the great people in our communities and their contributions. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased online (https:/rotarycitizen2017.eventbrite.ca) or at Interior Savings Credit Union (Ashcroft) or the RBC branch in Cache Creek.

The Equality Project website

Now in its fourth year of helping those in need in the Cache Creek and Ashcroft areas, The Equality Project has launched a website to provide news and information about the organization, its aims, projects, and events, how to become (or sponsor) a member, and more.

To view the website and find out more about The Equality Project, go to https://theequalityproject-ca.jimdo.com/.

Support Dry Grad

BC Liquor Stores are giving dry graduation events the “thumbs up” as part of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch’s annual Support Dry Grad fundraising campaign.

Throughout the month of March, BC Liquor Store customers are encouraged to donate a dollar or more to support alcohol-free graduation celebrations in their communities. In return, customers will receive a bright “thumbs up” sticker to write their name on and then display in-store to show their support for dry graduation events.

All donations go to the local school district in which the BC Liquor Store is located, and are distributed to public high schools and participating independent schools that are planning alcohol-free graduation activities. The contributions by liquor store customers top up funds raised by parents, students, and teachers who work all year to raise funds for dry graduation celebrations.

“Year after year, BC Liquor Store customers continue to generously support our efforts to prevent underage drinking and promote safe graduation events across the province,” says Blain Lawson, general manager and CEO, Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB). “The LDB’s dry grad campaign is one of our more significant initiatives, and highlights our commitment to social responsibility and keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.”

In 2017, 55 school districts (including School District No. 74) and the Federation of Independent Schools participated, representing more than 270 high schools throughout the province.

Thanks to BC Liquor Store customers, more than $322,000 was raised during the BC Liquor Stores’ 2017 Dry Grad campaign. Since its inception in 2001, the campaign has raised more than $6.54 million towards alcohol-free graduation events.

Not everyone read the signs!

On Tuesday, March 6, the North Vancouver RCMP held a Distracted Driving enforcement campaign. In order to give fair warning to motorists, several large electronic messaging boards stating “Police Ahead—Stay Off Your Phone!” were placed in full view of passing motorists, to warn them of police enforcement ahead of them.

“We are giving out this very public warning in the hopes our officers will not catch any violators,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP on March 5. “That may be wishful thinking!”

It was. Even with the warning signs, the two-hour operation, which took place between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on March 6, saw police ticket a total of 89 drivers: 74 of them for driving while distracted, and the remainder for various Motor Vehicle offences.

“The use of personal electronic devices while driving has been banned in B.C. since January 1, 2010,” said De Jong. “It is evident there is still more education and enforcement needed to make our roads safer.”

Police around the province are cracking down on distracted driving throughout the month of March, so leave the phone alone and concentrate on the road.


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