Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Mining in the Bridge River Valley

Mining Exploration: Amarc HDI - IKE property Update
Amarc HDI has operated for the last two years out of our area on their drilling/exploratory work on their IKE Property.

















              The claims are nestled between the South Chilcotin Mountain Park and the Tsylos Provincial Park.
The property is outside of the St'at'imc Territory and within the Tsilhoqt'in territory. Please see the article below re Tsilhqot'in views thus far.

The actual mineral claims are in the Cariboo Regional District and I have put the company in touch with the Regional District Director in that area.

Amarc will be undertaking a 6 week program again this year mobilizing in early July.

The crews will be staying in one and possibly more locations in the Bridge River Valley.  Helicopters will be involved again for transport and some further mapping activities.

They have hired at least one local person.

Amarc HDI donated $2,000 last year to the Bralorne Ball Diamond Fence project.  Diane Nicholson, their president will be attending the Ball Tournament and we also hope to have her involved in some other meetings while she is in the Valley.

The actual claim in outside of the Statimc Territory and within the Tsilhoqtin territory. Please see the article below re Tsilhqotin views thus far.

The actual mineral claims are in the Cariboo Regional District and I have put the company in touch with the Regional District Director in that area.

Here are some informational links that will provide background on the IKE project:

http://www.amarcresources.com/i/ahr/pdf/Amarcs-IKE-project-excites-mine-builder-R-Dickinson-RE.pdf

https://www.biv.com/article/2016/5/tsilhqot-tells-junior-miner-look-elsewhere/

http://www.amarcresources.com/ahr/IKE_Project.asp

http://www.amarcresources.com/ahr/NewsReleases.asp?ReportID=740906&_Type=News-Releases&_Title=Amarc-And-Thompson-Creek-Complete-Definitive-Agreement-To-Advance-Ike-Proje...

http://www.amarcresources.com/ahr/MapsFigures.asp


Potential Placer Mine:Deep Valley Gold - Gun Creek 

I have spoken to the principal of this company, Alex Slautin.  He is a Geologist.

Here is the website:  http://deepvalleygold.com/goldbridge.asp



This placer mine has received Ministry of Mines approval to do some testing. They are at the proving the concept stage. They will know after they do testing etc what the potential is.
The Size/foot print  is under one hectare


Mr. Salutin estimates if this were to get going it would be a 2 man operation. He plans to do this himself.  They would mine 20 cm/hr, daily 150 cu. metres, total probably a couple of thousand cu.m.’s.

Mr. Salutin says that if this placer mines goes ahead the area must have topsoil removed and stockpiled, same with overburden.  They must have a tailings pond for the water to go into.
When they reclaim, it gets filled in with the topsoil on top and trees replanted. Under the supervision of the mine.

Mr. Salutin has been in contact with the St'at'imc and beleives they will be undertaking some cultural studies.  It is my understanding that this company must have the approval of the St'at'imc to proceed and has approached them re partnering and/or job opportunities.  I have requested information from the St'at'imc re this and where this proposed placer mine is in their "approval" process, have not heard anything back.

Bralorne Gold Mines

As you may or may not be aware, Bralorne Gold Mines is now owned by Avino Silver & Gold Mines.

I have spoken to the supervisor of the Bralorne project recently.   This update which I have included below is taken from their website:  http://www.avino.com/s/bralorne.asp.  This update matches closely with what the supervising engineer of the project has told me with the exception of the need for additional geotechnical work being required on the tailings dam and likely not completed until this coming fall.

"During the first quarter of 2016, Bralorne continued to prepare and evaluate a strategic mine plan, including an assessment of more cost effective mining methods and capital expenditures needed to bring the project to a profitable position. The Company has acquired new mining equipment including two new scoop trams and a rock breaker from Sandvik, and a loader from Caterpillar as well as a new medical facility and woman's dry. Further, the Company has ordered a new development jumbo from Sandvik and expects to take delivery in the coming months. This brand new equipment will help to reduce maintenance costs while increasing mining productivity and efficiency when the project resumes operations. Ongoing maintenance and improvements continued in 2015 and the Company has been reviewing the requirements to increase processing capacity should the resources and mine plan prove feasible and viable. A raise to the embankment dam for the tailings storage facility was completed in October 2015 and the Company is currently in the process of obtaining the permits to resume processing and mining activities from British Columbia's Ministry of Energy & Mines and Ministry of Environment.

In February 2016, Bralorne, in conjunction with North Island College, the government and First Nations completed a 4 month long underground mining fundamentals educational cohort for 12 students from St'at'imc First Nation communities around Lillooet. Following three months of classroom instruction, Bralorne provided support and access to the mine site for hands-on training. All 12 students graduated the program with a number of industry certification tickets which will help towards Bralorne's long-term goal of enhancing the local labour force. The Company is maintaining open lines of communication with First Nations communities, and management continues its efforts to build meaningful positive relationships with its stakeholders."

Monday, May 23, 2016

Spill at Terzaghi Dam Increased!  New Bylaw Notice Enforcement System

Spill at Terzaghi Dam revised and increased to 200 m3/s!  Be careful.

As outlined in late March, BC Hydro began the process of managing the Downtown Reservoir to a new normal operating maximum of 734 meters. At the time, they anticipated a gradual increase in water flows for the Lower Bridge River and the Seton River as the snowmelt increased through the spring and early summer. 

As a result of warmer conditions over the past month, the spring snowmelt in the region is well ahead of the seasonal pattern. Starting next week, they plan to accelerate their release schedule from Terzaghi Dam and raise the maximum release up to 200 m3/s across May and June. The increase in flow from current levels (55 m3/s) will be conducted in stages. It is important to note that, in addition to the higher flows, river levels can change significantly without notice during this time.

This revised release schedule is designed to provide additional flexibility to manage both Downton and Carpenter Reservoir elevations should the increased water supply forecast continue across the spring and summer.

BC Hydro reminds residents and visitors to stay away from the edges of the Lower Bridge and Seton Rivers during this high flow period and continue to be mindful of water safety throughout the year.

For additional information on climate, snow and reservoir conditions, please see www.bchydro.com/water.

My previous post on this topic(scroll down about halfway): http://www.debbiedemare.com/2016/03/updated-wildfire-threat-analysis-and.html


SLRD INTRODUCES NEW BYLAW NOTICE ENFORCEMENT AND DISPUTE ADJUDICATION SYSTEM

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has implemented a new system for enforcing the regulatory provisions of many of its bylaws. Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 1447-2016 was adopted by the SLRD Board on March 16, 2016 in conjunction with a new ticketing and dispute adjudication system. With the bylaw and system in place, both the police and SLRD staff can be authorized to write bylaw notices (i.e. tickets) for bylaw infractions. A part-time Bylaw Enforcement Officer has been hired to oversee the program.
Under this new system, Bylaw Notices (i.e. tickets) may be issued to people or corporations who contravene the provisions of many of the SLRD’s bylaws, including those related to zoning, noise, signage, unsightly premises, land clearing and debris pollution management, and soil deposit and removal, among others. A person or company receiving a bylaw notice may either pay the ticket, or they can dispute it through a screening process and, ultimately, to an independent provincially appointed adjudicator, rather than through the court system.
“In recent years, the number of complaints the SLRD receives regarding various bylaw infractions has been increasing,” says Jack Crompton, SLRD Board Chair. “This system gives us a new tool to enforce SLRD bylaws while at the same time providing residents and businesses with a fair, affordable and effective means of resolving disputes outside of the Provincial Court system.”
The goal of the SLRD Bylaw Enforcement system is not to penalize people, but to achieve compliance with SLRD bylaws in order to maintain a safe and livable region for all residents. Incentives are provided by way of discounts for early payment or penalties, and surcharges may be added for late payments. Reduced penalties combined with appropriate terms and conditions may also be available in some cases through Compliance Agreements.
The Bylaw Enforcement and Ticketing system is complaint driven.  Area A has fewer nuisance type bylaws (noise, dogs etc) at the current time than the other areas, although we do have some including the Soil Removal Bylaw and the No Firearms Discharge Bylaw and of course all the building bylaw requirements.
More information about the SLRD’s Bylaw Enforcement system, including links to the bylaws, witness report (complaint) form, Frequently Asked Questions, and background information can be found at www.slrd.bc.ca/BylawEnforcement

============================================================Here is the April Edition of the Regional District Wide Update:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOcGRjNFhzZEJlams/view?usp=sharing


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Have your say!!! Meetings & input opportunities

Tyax Resort Heli-House Rezoning - Public Hearing May 19

Tyax application page

The meeting will be Thursday, May 19 @ 6 PM.  You have an option to teleconference in.

Meeting Notice:


http://www.slrd.bc.ca/inside-slrd/notices/public-hearing-or-meetings/tyax-lodge-public-hearing

See my previous post at:  http://www.debbiedemare.com/2016/01/tyaughton-lakegun-creek-rd-two-issues.html

Fire Services Delivery Public Consultation Meetings: June 12

This is a very important meeting to attend.  Areas other than Gun Lake and Bralorne, take your pick of which meeting to attend. 

The Fire Services Review was finalized in 2013, and we will update you on the work done to begin implementing some of the recommendations made in the Review.

The SLRD’s Emergency Manager will outline various options for the potential restructuring of each community’s volunteer fire departments and protective services, based on the recommendations received in the Fire Services Review.


If you’re unable to attend, or don’t plan on being in the region on that weekend, we will record the meetings, and post the presentation and recording to our website, so you can fill out the survey and provide your feedback on your preferred approach moving forward.

As your elected representative I need you to understand Fire Services delivery in today's terms and provide your input so I can assess how property owners throughout Area A want the SLRD to go.  If you don't attend and have no input please do not complain later about decisions and their implications to your tax bill and the services that are provided.  

Read all the background and information here:  http://www.slrd.bc.ca/inside-slrd/news-events/rural-residents-asked-weigh-future-fire-services-delivery


Last Chance for Input!   South Chilcotin Mountains Park and other area parks - Final Draft Management Plans

·    The final draft plans are now available for public review before moving forward in the approval process for these parks:
           South Chilcotin Mountains
·         Big Creek
·         Gwyneth Lake
·         Bridge River Delta
·         Yalakom
·         Fred Antoine


 Input from the public review of the first draft management plans were assessed and changes made where appropriate. Thank you for your interest in the future management of these parks. The final draft plans are available for public comment until May 22, 2016 on the BC Parks website at:




Community Paramedicine Program announced for Province and our Area

73 rural and remote B.C. communities that will welcome community paramedicine, a program that offers residents enhanced health services from paramedics, our area being one of those 73.  I think this is a very positive step for our area.

Under this program, paramedics will provide basic health-care services, within their scope of practice, in partnership with local health-care providers. The enhanced role is not intended to replace care provided by health professionals such as nurses, but rather to complement and support the work these important professionals do each day, delivered in non-urgent settings, in patients' homes or in the community.

Community paramedicine broadens the traditional focus of paramedics on pre-hospital emergency care to include disease prevention, health promotion and basic health-care services. This means a paramedic will visit rural patients in their home or community, perform assessments requested by the referring health-care professional, and record their findings to be included in the patient's file. They will also be able to teach skills such as CPR at community clinics.

At least 80 new full-time equivalent positions will support the implementation of community paramedicine, as well as augment emergency response capabilities. Positions will be posted across the regional health authorities. The selection, orientation and placement process is expected to take about four months.

Community paramedics are expected to be delivering community health services in northern B.C. this fall, in the Interior in early 2017, on Vancouver Island and the Vancouver coastal area in the spring of 2017.

Great information at this link:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Updated Wildfire Threat Analysis and More

Updated Wildfire Threat Analysis

The BC Wildfire Service recently issued an update to the Provincial Strategic Threat Analysis (PSTA), a collection of datasets that are used together to identify interface areas that may be at risk of wildfire.
Local governments, First Nations, natural resource management agencies and resource-based industries use the datasets to prioritize community wildfire protection planning, and to guide mitigation of wildfire in areas identified to be at risk. The mapping layers include vegetation types, historical wildfire data, forest fuel classification, fire behaviour patterns, geography and other factors.
The PSTA 2015 Wildfire Threat Analysis presents these relative wildfire threats at a provincial scale only. In an area where a high risk is indicated, a qualified professional should confirm the actual rating at the forest stand level.Click here for the: 2015 Wildfire Threat Analysis and associated maps . If you have a look at this map closely, you will see areas in the upper Bridge River Valley range from high to extreme and many of these are in interface zones with residential areas.
The PSTA informs the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) and the government’s landscape fire management planning and fuel treatment programs. Fuel treatment is the process of modifying forest or rangeland fuels.
Since 2004, the SWPI has provided funding to local governments and First Nations for wildfire protection planning and fuel treatment. The SLRD has obtained funds to undertake a fuel mitigation project in and and around Gun Lake (see previous post)
While wildfire is a key process and component of ecosystems in British Columbia, the present wildfire situation in British Columbia presents challenges:
  • Continued growth of the wildland urban interface (WUI) and the expansion of infrastructure related to energy development (and other industries) on the forested landbase
  • Suppression of naturally occurring wildfires has contributed to unhealthy forest and range ecosystems and unnaturally high fuel loads
  • The effects of climate change are resulting in longer and more extreme fire seasons.

Terzaghi Dam Spill Notification
Thanks to BC Hydro for providing this information.  If you have been by on Rd. 40 downstream of Terzaghi Dam you will notice the release.   Please be careful, the river is now moving quite quickly and in one spot only metres below the road bed.   Note below on the chart that the release will almost double in volume in future periods and then gradually decrease again. 

BC Hydro definition of a Spill Release condition:
- Occurs when water is released in a controlled manner from the reservoir ("spilled") through a dam's spillway or other outlets to reduce the rate of rise inflow and water level. In so doing, the flows along the Bridge River system are expected to change.
- Considered routine operations for BC Hydro to manage reservoir levels and not an emergency event for BC Hydro.
- No flooding is anticipated but rivers may be flowing up to the tops of banks.



























South Chilcotin Mountain Park Management Plan Process continues
A revised draft management plan will be released for additional public comment in the future. 

For additional information on the management planning process, please visit the BC Parks website at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/  On this webpage, there is an RSS feed mechanism that allows users to sign up for messages regarding management planning stages.  A notice for the next stage of public input into the South Chilcotin Mountains Park will be sent out via the RSS feed mechanism upon release of the draft plan for public input. 

HIGHLINE RD. TRAVELLERS, keep an eye on this
SLRD ENGAGED IN RESPONSE PLANNING FOR ELEVATED FLOOD RISK ON ANDERSON LAKE DUE TO SPRING FRESHET




MacGillivray Pass Trail Exploratory Process

The MacGillivray Pass Trail was original constructed between 1885 and 1945 as a public highway and maintained by public expenditures.


Parts of the original road are passable now, with other parts grown over and otherwise obstructed. The original route is clearly visible.

I initiated a process aimed at addresings issues/conflicts and establishing a process/plan to revitalize this legally gazetted trail.  ,Along with the Electoral Areas  B and C we each are contributing $2,000 from our respective Select Funds (total $6,000) for initial staff time to provide support/research into the proposed plan to restore the McGillivray Pass Trail as well as potentially hire a contractor/facilitate a meeting and provide an outcomes report regarding same.

My report to the Board is here and has some good info re the trail::
https://slrd.civicweb.net/FileStorage/5ED866DE52A34DFEB2FDA996A1B2BA01-DRMcGillivray%20Pass%202016Optimized_DemareMack.pdf

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Indigenous People and the upper Bridge River Valley

Indigenous People and the upper Bridge River Valley

I want to share this information so that the people that live and own property in the upper Bridge River Valley understand the current context of territorial claims and processes underway that potentially could impact our area.  

St'át'imc 

The St'at'imc consider the upper Bridge River Valley to be part of their territory.   The St'at'imc are not involved in the treaty process and to date, are not involved in any legal proceedings regarding their territory.

You can find more basic information on the St'at'imc at www.statimc.net.














In January, the SLRD and the St'at'imc had a community to community forum. You can see the report and follow up actions of the board at: https://slrd.civicweb.net/FileStorage/032F785EF15C4469978899E58D8025BC-C2C%20Forum%20Relationship-building%20-%20RFD.pdf

In mid-March I also attending a facilitated workshop that had considerable and elected St'at'imc representation as well as many community groups including our Bridge River Valley Community Association.  When I have the report on that I will share it with you all.

I have found both these forums very educational as we learnt the history of the St'at'imc from their perspective.  When you view the facts from their vantage, you are able to more deeply understand where we find ourselves today.  The harder question is how to move from here.  Both forums were good opportunities to ask questions and explore common issues and concerns.  

Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ),           

These communities are in the Treaty Process and are in the process of voting on an agreement in principle.   If it is approved, they will then move forward to negotiate the final details of the treaty.   You can find out more basic information about the NStQ at:  http://northernshuswaptribalcouncil.com/

Here is the Statement of Intent map for their treaty negotiations.

If you look carefully at the southern end of this map, you will see that it takes in signficant areas that overlap with Area A and Area B of the SLRD and of the St'at'imc identified territory.

Tsilhqot'in and the Nenqay Deni Accord

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a historic judgment in the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s Aboriginal title case. All 8 judges agreed with this decision. Aboriginal title declared – for the first time in Canada.

On February 11, 2016, the B.C. Government and the Tsilhqot’in Nation signed a five-year framework agreement (attached) that establishes a shared vision, principles and structures to negotiate a comprehensive and lasting reconciliation between the Nation and the Province. This agreement, named the Nenqay Deni Accord (or the “People’s Accord”), outlines 8 pillars of reconciliation to be negotiated in a holistic manner, including: 1) Tsilhqot’in Governance 2) Strong Tsilhqot’in Culture and Language 3) Healthy Children and Families 4) Healthy Communities 5) Justice 6) Education and Training 7) Tsilhqot’in Management Role for Lands and Resources in Tsilhqot’in Territory 8) Sustainable Economic Base

This is a very new and unique type of negotiation—a first of its kind in Canada. It is not a treaty, although it vaguely resembles one. The Nenqay Deni Accord (hereinafter “The Accord”, attached) is a framework for continued/ongoing – 2 – negotiation with the ‘bigger-picture’ being an outcome of ‘reconciliation’ whereby the Tsilhqot’in are redressed for all past grievances effected by the Government of British Columbia. The Accord will likely set a precedent for reconciliation with the Indigenous people

Of interest, is the map taken from the Nenqay Deni Accord.  Note that this territory is much much larger than the area the Tsilhqo'in Nation was awarded aborginal title to in the court decision.  You will also see some significant overlap with the NStQ Statement of Intent Treaty Map above.


Again, take a look at the southern end of the outlined Territory.  Portions of Area A and Area B and St'at'imc territory included in this map taken from the Nenqay Deni Accord.  

You can read "what this means"  at the SLRD staff report (it is short and clear) and the accord itself here:  https://slrd.civicweb.net/FileStorage/058B8AAA379C45C19994528D5B3F739D-Nenqay_Deni_Accord_03092016-IR.pdf

I would note that the SLRD, local government was not made aware or so far consulted on either the NStQ treaty negotiation or the Nenqay Deni Accord or the territory it maps out.   I want to assure you all that we are monitoring and asking questions.  I will keep you as informed as I can.




Monday, March 7, 2016

Budgets and Taxes

2016 Budgets for Area A

Links to budgets:
The Area A specific budgets are at this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOQ2pDVlRiN0pfR3M/view?usp=sharing
These are the services that only Area A property owners pay into or a part of Area A property owners pay into. (i.e. Bralorne Sewer is only 103 connections in the two townsites).

The entire SLRD financial plan is at this link.http://www.slrd.bc.ca/inside-slrd/notices/other-notices/draft-2016-2020-financial-plan-invitation-public-consultation   Please note this includes all services for all areas, services that combine one or more areas (called shared services) and the services that everyone pays into (General Government, Planning & Solid Waste Management).

How it all works - budgets and taxes:
The major revenue sources for regional district services include property taxes, parcel taxes and fees and charges.  In electoral areas, such as ours, regional district taxes are collected by the BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue.  Each year, the regional district submits tax requisitions for each service to the Ministry through the Inspector of Municipalities.  The Ministry applies a rate against assessed property values within each relevant service area to raise the revenue required.  Once collected, the revenues are paid to the regional district.

Your property tax notice will list a tax rate beside each of the listed services.  The amount owing is determined by multiplying the tax rate by the property's assessed value. The challenge comes in, I have found, in that they lump a whole bunch of the services in this area together on one line, and other services they show on a single line, so you really can't see exactly what you are paying for what.  This year, for the second year, the SLRD will include a notice in your taxes that explains Area A's Tax breakdown in more detail.   I support this as it provides more transparency and accountability to the community. If you are left to try and understand the Regional District portion of your taxes from the Tax Bill, good luck.

When you do get your tax notice you will see that the vast majority of your taxes each year go to school taxes and then smaller portions to the provincial government for general services and an even smaller portion goes to the regional district. If you have any questions about your tax notice please call me and I'll walk you through the part of your taxes that relate to the Regional District.


We have a number of services in Area A.  Some of them tax everyone in the Valley for Area A services, such as the Transfer Station, Library, Museum, Economic Development, Cemetary, Haylmore Site, Amenity Preservation.  Some of them tax specific taxpayers in certain areas, Bralorne Sewer, Bralorne Water, Gold Bridge Water, Bralorne Street Lights, Gold Bridge Street Lights, Gun Lake Fire Protection, Bralorne Fire Department.  There are also some services that everyone in the Regional District (Britannia Beach to Pavilion Lake and everywhere in between) pay into such as General Government and Planning.  We also have some services that our area, Lillooet and Area B share such as the Lillooet Rescue Service and the Lillooet Landfill. 


Each of these services are taxed and MUST be managed within their own little silo.  The regional district cannot by law, move money between services.  So each is like its own little business, and also by law, none of these services can run a deficit for any length of time.  So we must tax for what it costs to run them.  Additionally, the way and process that tax requisitions can be increased is strictly controlled by the Provincial Government by the Inspector of Municipalities.  The rules around how to increase tax requisitions would blow your mind and regional district's pretty much need one staff member who is an expert on all this stuff to navigate them.  However, the long and short of it is, the rules are for your protection as a taxpayer so that you can be assured that there is a process that goes along with each and every budget increase.


Highlights Budgets and Taxes - 2016This year the total assessment for Area A is up by about 4%.  
Some highlights of this year's budgeting are (if I don't mention something its because the tax requisition, parcel taxes or user fees are staying the same):
  • the 911 service (shared) tax requisition will DECREASE (yes go down!) by almost half
  • for the first time in 4 years the Library tax requisition will go up just over $1,000. Special thanks to Jean Shaw, Betty Weaver (overall system librarian) and Regan Dixon (Area A Library Trustee) for doing such a great job with our library.  We are also going to try to find ways to assist them with small capital using funds generated by the solar grid tied system on the roof.  We do not tax requisition for the building they are in, it self generates revenue (tenants).
  • Bralorne water, Bralorne sewer and Gold Bridge water services, although I have worked to gradually increase the revenue in these services are still far from collecting enough to put away a healthy capital reserve.  You can expect to see these services to have small increases every year in tax requisitions, user fees and so on.  To help build those reserves, I have recommended to the Board that $6,500, $3,500, $5,000 respectively be committed to each of these services from the re-allocated PILT funds.
  • Lillooet Rescue Service is shared between Area A, B and Lillooet.  This year the tax requisition will increase by about $8,000.  Area B director, Mayor Lampman and myself are going to meet with this society this year to review in detail their operations and their future plans.
  • The services that everyone in the SLRD pays into General Government has no increase , while the planning service has a very small increase in tax requisition.
Everything else is pretty much the same.

If you have any questions or comments please email me or give me a call in the next week.


Recognizing Russ Oakley - Area A Director for 15 years
Russ Oakley is the type of person I want to highlight as an example of the people who live in our area. Hard working, resilient, determined and honest. You may not always agree with an elected official, however you cannot deny their service and character. Thank you Russ for your service to our community.


The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board has supported my efforts to recognize the service of Russ Oakley both to our community and the entire Regional District.


Simon vs. the United States
On July 30, 2015, Bruce Simon, Bralorne Resident and business owner of Sally's Pub and The Mines Motel was arrested for transporting marijuana and MDMA into the United States.  Bruce was indicted on August 26 and denied bail.

Bruce initially pled non-guilty. However he changed his plea to guilty on November 3, 2015.

On February 19, 2016, Bruce was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison.

Sally's Pub and The Mines Motel is currently for sale.  Sally's Pub is closed.  The Mines Motel remains open.

I have included some key COURT documents from Washington State in roughly chronological order. They are not difficult to read or understand.


Complaint:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOY0JJNlAtVnhYeFE/view?usp=sharing


Indictment:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOcmhjU25tRUtlT2s/view?usp=sharing



Defendant's Memorandum at Bail Hearing - includes support letters  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOODhFUWo5Q2RtQlU/view?usp=sharing

Plea Agreement:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOeERWdGlPWXRBcXc/view?usp=sharing

United States sentencing document:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOSnlmaXVMb1h5Nmc/view?usp=sharing


Defendent sentencing document:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOYUF6VmUtclRZX0k/view?usp=sharing

Defendent sentencing Support documents (letters of support from Bralorne community members, friends and family) :  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOUFYyNUlWWmVWSDg/view?usp=sharing


Bralorne Sewer
If you missed all the hullabaloo about the funding announcement for the Bralorne Sewer you can find it here:  http://www.debbiedemare.com/2016/02/cue-happy-dance-bralorne-sewer-system.html.  Sewers are a local government responsibility (i.e. SLRD).  I have had some folks wonder why improvements in the roads were not funded. Roads are a provincial responsibility - the person you need to bug about the roads is Jackie Tegart your MLA. ( http://jackietegartmla.ca/contact/)  BELIEVE ME :-) if I, as your local government rep had any control over funding/budgets going to roads, there would be improvements in both maintenance, safety & infrastructure improvements of our two access routes - Road 40 & the Hurley River FSR.  Report after report, person after person indicates our road access hampers our ability to sustain ourselves as a community.

I digress.  The SLRD staff have also send out an information letter to residents of Bralorne and everyone that receives mail here in the Valley..  If you did not receive it, you can read it here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz8bmBXIlkCOam53eE1DeVJqYm8/view?usp=sharing

A lot of work goes into communicating about big news.  Here is what our staff did at the SLRD on our behalf:
*         Press release sent out on Friday 12 Feb, after the announcement
*         Facebook and twitter posts announcing grant and linking to our news release. (That reached 3216 people, inspired 412 clicks, and 96 likes, comments and shares as of February 19)
*         Mail sent to residents (attached letter)
o   132 copies of letter sent as unaddressed mail to Gold Bridge PO
o   75 copies sent via direct mail today to property owners who, according to BC Assessment Roll, had mailing address outside Bralorne

This is such positive news for the future of Bralorne, I want to express my thanks and highlight  our SLRD Communications and Utilities staff.  They do a great job for our rural community!


Friday, February 12, 2016

Cue the Happy Dance, Bralorne Sewer System Funded

Winterfest was fantastic!

Thank you to the BRVCA, its Staff Jane & Jenny, the countless and committed volunteers, and all of the sponsors from our local businesses and many of the Lillooet business.  See the list here: www.bridgerivervalley.ca/winterfest/


Photo courtesy of Ina Hunt, a visitor who came for Winterfest!  Ya!

This Winterfest was the 7th.  And it was SO MUCH FUN!!   If you couldn't make it this year, mark Family Day weekend in 2017 and be sure not to miss it!


Cue the Happy Dance, Bralorne Sewer System Funded

Cue the sound of a Happy Dance being danced up and down the Regional District…

I am pleased to share the news that the SLRD has been granted $1,999,530 from Canada’s Gas Tax – Strategic Priorities Fund, to replace Bralorne’s 90 year old sanitary sewer system.

The SLRD is one of 57 communities, out of 222 applicants, to receive support in 2016 from the fund.

Minister Amarjeet Sohi just announced the allocations.

The news release, with other background info and the accompanying release from the Government of Canada, is also posted to our website: http://www.slrd.bc.ca/inside-slrd/news-events/news-slrd-receives-2-million-grant-new-bralorne-wastewater-treatment-system


Huge thanks to the entire SLRD board who supported this application as the TOP and ONLY application from our Regional District.  Also to the SLRD Utilities and Communications staff who did this proposal that obviously technically scored so that we received this grant!  So awesome folks!!   

And finally, thanks to the Federal Government for creating the Gas Tax funding system and showing that it can work for all types of communities in Canada, from the biggest cities to the smallest such as Bralorne.  We may be small but we are THE most spectacularly beautiful and most amazing (and affordable) place to live.

Want to know why this is so critical?  Read my previous posts (about 1/2 way down) on the topic:  http://www.debbiedemare.com/2014/10/results-hurley-river-rd-survey-more.html


$99k Awarded to SLRD for Phase 2, Fuel Mitigation Work around Gun Lake

I am very pleased to advise that a second round of Fuel Mitigation work has been funded.
$99k from the Strategic Wildfire Initiative (Provincial) and $10k from SLRD Area A Select Funds.

Fuel Mitigation completed at the south end of Gun Lake
Fuel mitigation involves thinning, lower limb removal and ground debris removal to provide few available ladder fuels in the event of a forest fire.  You can see the first phase of this work in and around the south end of Gun Lake.  Kind of looks parklike.



NORTHERN ST’ÁT’IMC, DISTRICT OF LILLOOET AND SQUAMISH-LILLOOET REGIONAL DISTRICT TAKE STEPS TOWARD STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS

On Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, the Chiefs and several
councillors from the six northern St’át’imc communities met for a Community to Community(C2C) Forum with several directors of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Boardand the District of Lillooet Mayor and Council to share learning and explore ways that the organizations might work more collaboratively. Each of the organizations contributed staff resources to plan and deliver the event, with partial funding being provided through a C2C grant from the Union of BC Municipalities and the balance of the costs being contributed by the SLRD. The Forum, which was facilitated by EcoPlan International, took place in the St’át’imc community of Xwísten, near Lillooet.


I will keep you all up to speed as the relationship building between the SLRD (your local government) and the Norther St'at'imc continues.

Our Favorite Topic:  The Hurley
Wondering about the Hurley and how soon it might be open this year?

This picture, taken by Ray Mason at end of January gives you a visual.  This is the sign at the summit, buried that someone has run over & managed to bend.


First point, if you're sledding on these roads watch out for the signs!

Backcountry Snowcats  groom the Hurley frequently and that whittles a little off the top, but it looks like we're going to have an average (i.e. lots of snow) year on the Hurley. By the way, the sign will be replaced in the spring with a 10 ft version.

Finally, do not drive up the Hurley just because it looks hard packed.    You will get stuck. Sledders on the road report back regularly about, and I'm sorry no other word for it, the idiots who drive up there, and yes, get stuck.  

E-Value BC
BC Assessment has come up with an easy to use and very useful online tool to get property value information, property sales in the area and also to compare your property with neighboring property assessments.

Give it a try:  http://evaluebc.bcassessment.ca/

Limey John Garrett

John Garrett, a war vet and very long time resident of the Bridge River Valley passed away recently.  On behalf of all the property owners and residents of the Bridge River Valley I expressed the following ...

On behalf of all the residents and property owners of the Bridge River Valley, I send my condolences to the family and friends of John Garrett. I would also like to express sympathy and thanks to John's caregivers, your steadfast friendship along with care, allowed John to live out his his days in Bralorne.

The Bridge River Valley was John's home. And while I did not know Mr. Garrett personally I do understand his love and commitment to this Valley which he demonstrated by his choices in his life. 

God bless you John Garrett, a life well lived.  May you rest in peace in this beautiful spot.

Debbie DeMare
Electoral Area Director,
Squamish Lillooet Regional District  




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