Village has New Chief Admin Officer


Gold River hires a new Chief Administrative Officer!

Mayor Brad Unger and Council welcome W Michael Bolch as the new CAO of the Village of Gold River.

Council reviewed many applicants and finally shortlisted and interviewed them in Gold River last weekend.

Michael has extensive and deep experience from Western Canada, including The City of Victoria, the Powell River Regional District and most recently as CAO of a Vancouver Island Water Improvement District. He is also currently a Director of the Coastal Water Suppliers Association.  He takes over control mid-March from retiring Village CAO Larry Plourde, former top executive of Gold River Municipality and trusted employee for many years.

‘For decades Larry led a small dedicated staff and advised Mayors and Councils equally and well. Larry leaves our Village in great shape. He will spend a few more months on special project files and helping Michael into a smooth transition to the new CAO position.

We appreciate Larry’s dedicated service to the Village over the years.’

We also look forward to Michael’s many talents and welcome him and his family to our municipality. ‘

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Strathcona Reg District Media Release


February 1, 2019

To help prepare for the 2019 wildfire season, presentations on the FireSmart principles and wood debris removal will be offered this month

Campbell River, BC: Living in forested areas, residents need to be aware of the wildfire threat and ways they can take action to make their home and community become “FireSmart.” From home owners, to industry and government we all have a shared responsibility to prepare for and to lessen the effects of wildfire. Wildfires are unpredictable and interface fires present unique challenges and obstacles but by being practical and proactive it’s possible to reduce the risk of wildfire before it threatens your home and community

Throughout the month of February, the Strathcona Emergency Program will be offering presentations on the FireSmart Principles with a representative from Strategic Natural Resources. Residents can learn more about the unpredictable nature and unique challenges and obstacles in fighting wildfires – and practical, proactive ways to reduce the risk of wildfire by attending the following free sessions:

SAYWARD – Thursday Feb 7th from 7 to 8:30pm Free FireSmart information session at the Kelsey Recreation Centre

ELECTORAL AREA D Oyster Bay / Buttle Lake – Tuesday Feb 12th from 7-8:30pm Free FireSmart information session at the Oyster Bay Resort

 ELECTORAL AREA D Oyster Bay / Buttle Lake – Saturday Feb 9th & Feb 23rd from 10am – 3pm

Free wood debris removal in Maple Park (29 Anton Rd)

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) received a FireSmart Grant through the Union of BC Municipalities, making wood-chipping at Maple Park possible. Please bring your brush, yard waste and tree debris during the dates and times listed above. There will be no invasive species accepted, such as Scotch Broom, English Holly, Giant Hogweed and Knotweed and no nails, roots or rocks as it may damage the machinery.

Regular maintenance and cleaning the corners and crevices of your home and yard will leave nothing for embers to ignite. Fire embers may seem small, but they should not be under-estimated. 50% of home fires caused by wildfires are started by sparks and embers.

For more information please contact Shaun Koopman, SRD Protective Services Coordinator at 250-830-6702 or skoopman [at] srd [dot] ca. Find more info about FireSmart at

The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 43,000 residents.

 Media contact:
Elaine Popove – Communications Coordinator, 250-830-6724,  epopove [at] srd [dot] ca

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RCMP Media Release

Nootka Sound RCMP 2019-62

January, 30, 2019

Structure Fire

On Wednesday January 30th, 2019 the Nootka Sound RCMP assisted the Gold River Fire Department with a report of a structure fire at 601 Matchlee Drive in Gold River.  A male occupant of the residence was transported to the Gold River Medical Clinic with non-life threatening injuries by EHS.   The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing which appears to be accidental in nature.

Cst.D.R.Walker 55623

Nootka Sound RCMP


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