All proceeds from this fundraising raffle are going towards Leon Murphy and family as Leon is fighting cancer. Tickets can be purchased at Super Valu, The General Store, The Gold River Deli and A lot on the Side.
A big thank you to Lee Yateman for creating and donating this one of a kind Christmas tree!Email This Post
Significant Drug Seizure in Tahsis
2015-11-23 15:22 PST
File # 2015-751
The Nootka Sound RCMP executes search warrant at a residence in Tahsis after significant drug seizure resulting from traffic stop.
On Wednesday November 18th, 2015 as a result of an on-going drug investigation a suspect vehicle was stopped attempting to leave Tahsis in the early hours in the morning. As a result of the traffic stop a male was arrested and a significant amount of packaged marihuana ready for distribution was seized after the male originally resisted arrest and attempted to flee from police.
As a result of the traffic stop and the ongoing investigation a search warrant was granted and executed by members of the Nootka Sound RCMP with the assistance of the Campbell River RCMP Forensic Identification Section at a residence located at 452 Alpine View Road in Tahsis where a multi-stage marihuana grow operation was located and dismantled.
The following charges have been approved by a Judicial Justice of the Peace against Mario KURTAKIS(29)
The male was released from custody on strict conditions with a future court appearance scheduled for April 15, 2016.
Cst. D.R. (Ryan) Walker
Media Relations Officer
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Cell phone found today. Please call Denise Watt at 283-2683 to identify and claim.Email This Post
Come out and join the Gold River Revellers Senior’s Club Christmas Dinner
Held on December 12th, 2015 at 6:00pm
Turkey is catered.
Please bring a dish of food to complement the Turkey. (Salad, vegetables, desert ect.)
Member are $5.00 Non-members are $8.00
(Tickets are limited and can be purchased from Gabriella 2281 or Anne 2653)
Raffling prizes after dinner, donated by members.Email This Post
Via Suzanne Trevis:
Gold River Village Council
November 16, 2015
Present for the regular meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Rod MacLeod, Darcy Curr, Gordon Waterman and Kirsty Begon. Administrator Larry Plourde was also present. There were four members of the public and the press in the gallery.
During Open Session the press asked if there was any update on the situation at the Saunders Creek bypass. Councillor Waterman confirmed that the flashing red lights were up and running and it was his understanding they were going to stay that way. He said there was no word on the bridge deck and highway crews had just lifted their blades when ploughing the road earlier in the day.
Three reports from council members were added to the agenda before it was approved. Minutes from the Regular Meeting held November 2 were then received.
There was a report from the Administrator regarding a Crown Land Application made by the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation for a 30 year license of occupation over the Boat Ramp that accesses Nootka Sound between IR#12 and the Municipal Wharf (referred to as Block C). The Village of Gold River gave a letter of support when the application was first made last spring, and the current Referral Response Form is part of the process. The administrator gave everyone some background on the boat ramp and the piece of provincial highway that currently crosses A’haminiquus, the #12 reserve that sits along the mouth of the river and part of the original foreshore. There was some discussion about the drawings where the ramp, the highway and block c seemed to overlap, but Council had no objection to approval of the project provided concerns about liability at that spot could be answered.
Councillor Begon gave a report on the Union of BC Municipalities conference that took place at the end of September. Cell coverage was discussed with both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Technology & Innovation. They met with the Ministry of Forest & Land to discuss the Village’s community forest agreement and the impact market shut downs are having on WFP. A meeting with the Minister of Transportation gave them an opportunity to discuss the Saunders Creek Bridge rebuild, the main Gold River Bridge and the Highway crossing IR#12. She also had an opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from three different playground / waterpark companies.
Councillor Curr reported on a webinar he participated in last month on attracting International Students to communities in BC. It was hosted by the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Thompson River University in Kamloops. The business of International students in BC topped $2.3 billion in 2013, creating $80 million in tax revenue for the province. More than 114,000 students came here for the 2013/14 school year from countries like China, South Korea and Japan.
Councillor Curr has consulted with the school district, who are very interested in the idea. Other districts, who are of course in competition with us for students, are reluctant to share information or resources, but they are continuing to investigate opportunities.
Another item discussed in the report was an initiative that would give away building lots for new home building, aimed at building up the residential tax base. Unfortunately, the report states, the village does not have land available to explore this initiative.
Councillors Curr & MacLeod also submitted a report on the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Summit, stating that it is the only non-government organization focused on the Island Economy as a whole. Keynote speakers included: President and CEO for Transformix Engineering, Peng-Sang Cau; Premier, Christie Clark; Shqwi Qwal for Indigenous Dialogue, Shawn Atleo; Manager for Economics & Research Consulting, Susan Monbray. Breakout sessions included ‘our forests – a renewable resource with untapped potential’, ‘can we make it – growing specialty manufacturing to strengthen the island economy’, ‘beyond boundaries – how small communities and first nations are unleashing economic potential by taking a regional approach’ and ‘Which Way Is Up – Balancing Land Use With Long Term Community Goals’.
With reference to the first session on forestry, Councillors commented that pulp mills still running on the coast are struggling for affordable wood. They say it is too expensive, that forest companies can get more for them shipping them overseas – i.e. raw log exports.
Council received three items of correspondence. The first addressed their discussion at the last meeting with regards to where to place the carved wood benches. Sharon Charette, who had been instrumental in getting the competition here this summer was very upset that her opinions had not even been considered during the debate. “I am disheartened, disappointed and yes angry at your decision,” she wrote, “It appears to show that you have little regard for volunteers and committee members who give up their valuable time and without whom, most events wouldn’t happen.”
Councillor Waterman said there must have been some kind of miscommunication as the subject had been discussed, but no firm decisions had been made. Councillor Begon went on to say that council does need to work with committees better, “we need to value our volunteers,” she said. She also agreed though, that the subject had only been discussed. With some input from Mrs. Charette, council went on to pass a motion that would see the whale and the octopus at Nimpkish Park, the Eagle near the Village Office and the other, single seat, on the boulevard between the Village Square and Larch Place, on your right as you drive into the plaza. She also asked that when placing the seat in front of the village office, could they please keep in mind that people will be taking lots of pictures on these benches and it should be placed/angled so that the village office sign is in the background. “Its all about advertising,” she said. There was some discussion about leaving the seats where they are until the weather improves and proper foundations can be poured, but it was decided to leave the decision to staff.
Council then went on to adopt November as Adoption Awareness Month
During Question Period the press asked Councillor Curr if the international students he mentioned in his report were attending schools all over the province or mostly in larger centres like Vancouver and Kamloops. He said while most were post secondary, they were all over the province. “There are some already on the island,” he said, “There are students in schools in Nanaimo and Powell River.”
With regards to the comment in Councillor Currs report about not having any available land, Mrs Trevis asked about the possibility of extending the village boundaries. She stated ten years ago council looked into extending the municipal boundaries out as far as Doulyn’s Pit and the Hydro Sub Station. The substation in particular, pays money to the regional district each year, that could come to the municipality if that land was incorporated into the village boundaries. Mr. Plourde explained that they had looked into the substation in the past, as well as some of the run of the river projects that are out there, as they are all paying taxes to someone. He went on to say that getting land out of the Tree Farm License (we are almost surrounded by TFL#19) is still challenging, and ANY changes to land use or tenure, have to have first nations input as well. Expanding boundaries might be okay, but securing land is a whole other thing. There are many limitations and everything comes with a cost.
With no further business council adjourned in camera pursuant to the Community Charter section 90(1)(a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality; (e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality; (g) litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality.Email This Post
Please note: PALS – Date change. Now December 9th – 9:00 am
There will be a P.A.L.S (Parents as Literacy Supporters) program offered to parents of children entering school next school year.
The parents and their 3/4 year olds are welcome to come to RWES for a free learning session and awesome kid pack give-aways. The first date of the first session, entitled, “ABC’s and Learning” will take place on December 9th at 9:00 am in the Primary Multipurpose Room. Flyers can be found at little Dino’s daycare, Strongstart and at the office at RWES.
Please contact RWES if you have any questions or require additional information.Email This Post
HOME BASED BUSINESSES
Christmas is fast approaching!
The Chamber of Commerce is offering
space at the Vault (free) to sell your products during the next two weekends
from 10:00 to 4:00.
For further information or to book table
space, contact any Chamber member
or call Sheila 283-7347.Email This Post
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Gold River Camera Club meeting on Wednesday November 18, 7:00pm
at The Vault in Village Square Plaza.
Bring your camera and manual and any
pictures you want to have viewed.
See you there.Email This Post
UFC FIGHTS AT THE LEGION ON THE BIG SCREEN SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14th.Email This Post
I’m hoping that no one very young reads this and I’m spilling the beans (I doubt it), but the organizers of the http://goldriverbuzz.com/revellers-village-craft-fair-and-santas-visit/ are in desperate need of a Santa.
If anyone can help, please contact Karen Bogie at 283-7110.Email This Post
Please note: Pierogi’s are on delay for the moment.
Pierogies are being made until the end of November. All proceeds are going to the Grad 2016 class.
They are $6.00 per dozen.
Please contact Victoria Williams through Facebook or call her at 283-7109 to order.
PS: I found a lot of different spellings for “pierogi”, so decided to go with the one that came up the most as the North American version. If you know of a more common or proper way, please let me know.
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