Archives for September 18, 2019
Rick Mercer is calling out the Conservative candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour for sharing a doctored quote from the TV personality on social media.
On Monday, the Burnaby North-Seymour Conservative Constituency Association, who is backing candidate Heather Leung, posted a photo of the comedian on Facebook with a quote taken from a “Rick’s Rant” segment that aired on his CBC show the Mercer Report in 2011.
The original quote said: “If you’re between the age of 18 and 25 and you want to scare the hell out of the people that run this country, this time around do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day and do what young people all around the world are dying to do. Vote.”
In the now-deleted meme posted by the association, the final part of the quote was changed from “Vote” to “Vote Conservative.”
When asked on Twitter if he was really endorsing the Tory party in the Oct. 21 federal election, Mercer said the quote wasn’t real and “just a straight-up fake by the candidate, I guess.”
Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be permitted throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, due to a decreased risk of wildfires in the region.
Use of the following equipment and activities will also be permitted:
- fireworks, including firecrackers;
- sky lanterns;
- burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description;
- binary exploding targets; and
- tiki and similar kind of torches.
The rescinding of this prohibition applies to all public and private land unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw).
A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5
Before lighting a fire in the Kamloops Fire Centre, ensure the following:
- If planning to conduct a Category 3 burn, one must obtain an active burn registration number ahead of time (at no charge) by calling 1 888 797-1717. Burn registration numbers are entered in the Open Fire Tracking System, which allows the BC Wildfire Service to track open burning activity throughout B.C.
- Check with local authorities (e.g., fire department, municipality or regional district) for any local restrictions, bylaws or regulations.
- Check the local venting index online: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting
The venting index must be “good” on the day the fire is lit and “good” or “fair” on the following day.
- Follow the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s open burning and smoke-control regulations: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-pollution/smoke-burning/regulations/openburningregulation
- Meet all equipment requirements for either a Category 2 or Category 3 burn (i.e., sufficient personnel, water and tools on hand to stop the fire from escaping).
- Use safe burning practices by creating a fireguard around the planned fire site and by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material. Never leave a fire unattended and make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
The Kamloops Fire Centre covers south-central B.C., from Blue River in the north to the U.S. border in the south and from Bridge River in the west to the Monashee Mountains in the east.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
By ROY WOOD
The Peanut Pond townhome development took another step forward today as council approved the “form and character” of the proposal while at the same time moving to ensure it will be family friendly.
The 54-townhome development will sit on the hillside between Peanut Pond and Highway 3, behind the Super 8 Motel.
Monday’s council vote was to authorize issuance of a development permit based on the developer’s presentation of what the completed development will look like.
According to a report from planning director Gina MacKay: “The proposal will consist of 54 townhome units in a total of 14 buildings, a common use area with a swimming pool and hot tub and appropriate visitor area parking. This development includes an opportunity to have up to 28 rental suites.”
According to MacKay, the form and character of the buildings are consistent with the town’s Official Community Plan.
Vedette Drive will be the primary access road to the development and will require a complete reconstruction. The developer has given the town $200,000 toward the reconstruction, a little less than half the expected cost.
MacKay said the developer is expected to begin construction this fall and the reconstruction of the road will likely take place in the spring.
Councillor Brian Harvey raised the issue of how the town can be sure that the development will remain open to families and not be subject to some sort of age restriction that potentially could bar children.
MacKay assured council that the developer has always seen the project as intended for families and that the multi-level designs are appropriate for younger people.
Harvey insisted that the town should move to ensure that age-discriminatory rules aren’t implemented sometime in the future. “Once the development is turned over to the strata council, all bets are off.”
After some discussion about options, council decided to insist that a “restrictive covenant” be registered against the title of the property ensuring that a future condo board won’t be able to institute age restrictions.
OSOYOOS COUNCIL BRIEFS
Craft brewery in the works for Watermark
Locally-produced beer may soon be available at the south end of the Watermark Resort complex after Osoyoos council gave initial approval of the idea this afternoon.
According to a report to council from senior planner Don McArthur: “Wesley Grieve has expressed interest in leasing space at the Watermark Resort to establish a craft brewery in the former Juice Box.”
One of the town’s zoning bylaws needs to be tweaked in order for the proposal to go ahead. The bylaw that allows for craft distilleries to be located in commercially-zoned areas so far doesn’t allow for breweries.
McArthur said staff recommended the change because “craft distilleries are already permitted in the downtown area, brewing and distillation are similar activities, and the revisions will facilitate the creation of a new business and potential employer in the community.”
Council approved the first two readings of the amendment. It will go to a public hearing in council chambers at 4 pm on October 7.
Notice miscue derails public hearing
Several residents of the Lambert Court neighbourhood went away disappointed this afternoon when a public hearing regarding a proposed townhouse development was abruptly cancelled because of a foul-up in the notification process.
The hearing was to hear public input on a proposed six-townhome development between 92nd Avenue and Lambert Court, just north of the City Furniture and Red Apple shopping centre.
A long letter from area residents Robert Abbott and Felicia Taylor outlined a large number of environmental, aesthetic and practical objections to the proposal. An 18-name petition opposing the development accompanied the letter.
Many of the petitioners were at council chambers this afternoon, hoping to convince council to deny the needed re-zoning.
However, just before proceedings were to get under way, Mayor Sue McKortoff and planning director Gina MacKay informed the crowd that the published notice of the hearing stated it would be held on “Tuesday, September 16,” instead of Monday.
Fearing running afoul of the notice rules, council decided to postpone the hearing until 4:30 pm – Monday October 7th.
by Roy Wood