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Mayor and Council Tour Fort Green Energy Construction

On Friday May 22, Mayor Rob MacDougall and Councillors from the District of Fort St. James has the opportunity to tour the Fort Green Energy construction site.  At the site they were greeted by members of the Construction Team: Jon E. Lidwall (Iberdrola Construction Manager), Sherry Earles (Iberdrola Safety Officer), Antonia Salinas (Iberdrola Safety Manager), Muhammad Yahya (Dalkia Electrial Engineering Manager) and Derrick Statt (DWB Consulting, Environmental Manager).  Joining Fort St. James representatives were Mayor Gerry Thiessen from Vanderhoof and Partner Sheilke of Yekooche First Nation. The visiting party were given the opportunity to learn about how the plant will operate, see current construction in progress, take photos and have various questions about construction answered.  As a result of the visit, a community notice board is being set-up on site which will contain information about community events, rental units, and opportunities that may be of interest to construction workers. At [...]

By | May 25th, 2015|

Fort St. James – Carbon Neutral Since 2013

As a Charter signatory to the Climate Action Charter, the District of Fort St. James has demonstrated its commitment to work with the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its corporate operations and the broader community. We have met the goal of corporate carbon neutrality for the 2014 reporting year and have been awarded Level 3 recognition – ‘Achievement of Carbon Neutrality’ –  by the Green Communities Committee (a joint provincial/UBCM committee).  Click to view the District's Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program report for 2014. We’re proud to take action against climate change and be a carbon neutral local government for a second year. We have measured our total greenhouse gas emissions, reduced them as much as possible and offset the difference with Offsetters, a BC-based carbon management company. We have chosen to invest in two different initiatives this year: The Great Bear [...]

By | March 20th, 2015|

Fort St. James Signs Historic Protocol With Nak’azdli First Nation

On Sept. 15, 2014 Mayor and Council signed a Protocol Agreement with the Nak'azdli First Nation, outlining mutual respect between communities, acknowledgement of Nak'azdli Traditional Territory, and a quarterly meeting schedule between the two local governments.  To celebrate the historic agreement, a Block Party event was held on Kwah Rd, a road which outlines the jurisdictional boundary between the municipality and First Nation.  The event included many local food tables, traditional games, music by Nak'azdli and Fort St. James performers, speeches from Chief Fred Sam and Mayor MacDougall, and 100 'wish lanterns' sent off at 8p.m. to signify the positive hopes and desires residents have for the two communities.  As a whimsical addition to the event, magic show passing through town joined the block and brought with them some interesting lizards for the public to check out.  An estimated 300 - 400 attendees were present from the two communities.   Find [...]

By | October 1st, 2014|

WinterFest & Caledonia Classic

February 28 - March 9, 2014 Inspired by the inclusivity of the Dog Mushing world, this year’s Caledonia Classic Sled Dog Races will fall into the dates of a larger winter festival featuring a week of events and activities throughout the town of Fort St. James that support arts, culture, tradition and recreation. The District of Fort St. James has initiated an expansion of this existing recreational heritage event by collaborating with community groups to co-host WINTERFEST! We are so fortunate to have National Snow & Ice Competitive Carver, and owner of 'Cool As Ice' sculpting business in Nanaimo, visiting Fort St. James March 1-3 to demonstrate his skills!  Grant will be completing one large 128 cubic foot block in addition to guiding local participants on the carving of two more smaller blocks on Saturday March 1st during the races.  The pieces will be representational of the communities of Fort St. James and Nak'azdli.  This date will also [...]

By | February 12th, 2014|

Community Forest Update: Witch Lake Expansion Area

Fort St. James Community Forest has been relatively inactive for a couple of years, as we were awaiting the closure of the Witch Lake expansion process. We have been working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, BC Timber Sales, Major Licensees, Nak'azdli First Nation and several Keyoh holders to finalize the boundary areas and get the higher level plans in place.  The process was a long one, but on November 15th, we got the news that the Boundary of the Fort St. James Community Forest had officially been changed to include the planning cells around Witch Lake.  Thank you to everybody (Government, Licensees, First Nations and the District) who worked on this process and remained focused on the goal of expanding the Community Forest. Well done! The Witch Lake expansion area straddles the height of land between Chuchi and Witch Lake and is accessed from the [...]

By | December 10th, 2013|

Fort St. James Celebrates Local Businesses by Rolling out The Red Carpet

Fort St. James is "Rolling out the Red Carpet" for its local business owners, by hosting a Small Town Love launch party at the North Arm Pub this Friday, Nov. 22 from 7-9p.m.  The party is open to the public and will include a snack table as well as prizes, giveaways and games for attendees. Small Town Love is a buy-local campaign piloted this fall by Northern Development Initiative Trust in six communities, of which Fort St. James is one.  The project has resulted in a local website which initially highlights thirty-one local businesses  and can be viewed at www.lovefortstjames.com. The objective of the project is to deliver a unique marketing campaign that celebrates locally-owned independent businesses with an aim to strengthen their competitiveness and keep more dollars in the local economy “Small Town Love has helped the business community in Fort St. James collaborate in a new and innovative way that [...]

By | November 20th, 2013|
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