Firefighter Recruit Fall Intake training begins soon. Applications for Recruit Firefighters can be picked up at the Fire Hall or District Office.
The Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) is a group of 21 local governments across the Northwest from Masset to Vanderhoof, committed to achieving a resource revenue sharing agreement for the region through negotiations with the provincial government. Over the past five years more than $13 billion has been spent on major capital projects in the region, including pipelines, transmission lines, mines, clean energy projects, port expansions, LNG plant site preparation and an aluminum smelter replacement just to name a few. At the same time, the provincial government has earned at least $500 million in incremental revenue associated with these projects. None of this revenue has come back to the communities. Local governments estimate that current infrastructure needs in total $600 million. Usually, local governments' access cost-shared provincial and federal grant programs to help meet their infrastructure needs but this model does not work for everyone. Infrastructure spending by both levels [...]
Fire Chief Michael Navratil has tendered his resignation, to pursue other career opportunities. He will continue to lead the Fort St. James Fire Department until the end of May, and is now actively assisting the municipality with the transition to new leadership. Mr. Navratil began working as Fire Chief in November of 2013. Since then he has worked diligently to develop and improve the standards of training and safety in the department. Mayor Rob MacDougall said, “On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank Mike for the exceptional work he has done leading the Fire Department. During his time here he has increased the base of fire fighters, improved the level of usage at the Fire Training Centre, and built up the cohesiveness and camaraderie that now exists in the department. He will be greatly missed as a valuable member of the management team of the District.” View full press [...]
Council jumped right into the New Year with budget deliberations, a community forum held February 7th, new bylaws and new policies. Council is excited to announce that in January they passed a resolution on the right to a healthy environment. This declaration is part of the national Blue Dot movement sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation. The declaration recognizes that people are part of the environment, and that a healthy environment is inextricably linked to the well-being of our community. The resolution reads: “Therefore Council supports the concept that all people have the right to live in a healthy environment that includes the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, consume safe food, and to know what pollutants and contaminates are released into the environment.” Council also sent letters to the Provincial and Federal government encouraging them to support these rights and work towards inclusion of these rights into [...]
The District of Fort St. James had a busy year in 2016 with lots of exciting projects and programs taking place. Council was able to support the community with $15,000 in Grants in Aid. These grants went to diverse community groups and individuals pursuing exciting opportunities around the world. Grants ranged from $100 to $5,000. Council is always excited to sponsor community projects and individual achievements. If you would like to apply for a grant in aid, please visit the District website or contact the Office for more information. There were over $31,000 worth of building permits sold in 2016, representing over 4 million in construction value. The amount of these permits is positive and shows that our community is growing and developing. Grants totalling $19,000 were awarded to five successful applicants through the Business Façade program. This is up from 2015 when just over $12,000 was distributed. This is [...]
Judy Greenaway has been declared the elected Councillor in the December 10 by-election. Official results of the by-election were announced at 9:00 a.m. on December 13, 2016. The total votes received were as follows: 71 - Judy Greenaway 45 - Hallan Mtatiro 41 - Bev Playfair 30 - Allan Howell Ms. Greenaway will be sworn in at the first regular Council meeting in 2017.