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Westgate Church

Posted on October 11, 2017
Category: Religious Buzz


Posted on October 19, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

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Fire Hall Halloween

Posted on October 11, 2017
Category: Fire Hall Buzz

Garage Sale

Posted on October 11, 2017
Category: Community Buzz


Posted on October 10, 2017
Category: Village Council Buzz, Village of Gold River Buzz

UBCM 2017 Report

I attended the UBCM Convention which was held in Vancouver from September 25 – 29

The first meeting I attended was the Mayors Caucus meeting which was on Monday.

We were welcomed by the Chair of the Mayors Caucus, Nils Jensen Mayor of Oak Bay, he reviewed the Agenda, we were then welcomed by the UBCM 1st Vice President Wendy Booth, she is from the Regional District of East Kootenay.

We then had a panel presentation on “ code of conduct- tools or traps- a Mayors guide to preventing and addressing behaviour at the table. After the presentation we went into groups to discuss the issues.

The Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing then addressed us. She welcomed us on behalf of Premier Horgan to the UBCM meetings. In her speech to us she addressed many topics including the funding for Sports and Playground infrastructure. Council will be discussing our Nimpkish revitalization project.

This was only the 5th year of the Mayors Caucus, and it was decided that we will continue to meet twice a year, in the Spring and at the UBCM meetings.

The BC Mayors Caucus purpose is to:

Share information on common issues, and innovative policies and solutions

Collaborate with UBCM on determining Province wide municipal priorities and potential solutions on common issues

Advocate issues with UBCM to the Provincial and Federal Governments, and make statements to the media in collaboration with UBCM from time to time

The last item on the Agenda was deciding where the Spring meeting would be held, in which Oak Bay was selected.


UBCM 2017 Convention Report

On Tuesday September 26th I did a presentation to all the small communities (Population under 5000) during the Small Talk Forum. The presentation subject was Cell Service for rural communities and isolated highways. There were about 400 Mayors, Councillors in attendance. There was also representatives from Telus in attendance, in which i had a conversation with later on that morning.

Some of the other discussions that other Communities brought forward were, Microcell transmitter placement, Provincial and Federal downloading, Ministers visiting smaller Villages, Ambulance Services and Paramedics, Assisted Living, BC Timber Sales, Rural and Remote School Funding, and OCP Consultation Process.

We also had Special Presentations on, Financial Housekeeping, Communication in the Age of Social Media, Building Inspection Services and By Law Enforcement, and Wildfire Preparedness.

We then heard from The Honorable Selina Robinson Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Councillors Begon, Waterman and I then attended the Small Communities Luncheon.

After the lunch break we met up with our CAO and proceeded to our meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of the RCMP Brenda Butterworth-Carr and some of her Staff. Our discussion topics included Road safety- Highway 28, lack of cell service in Emergency situations, Financial/ time resources spent on mental health patients that local resources are limited to provide care/assistance. She was very appreciative of our issues. We also brought up the appreciation we have for Sgt. McGee and his Staff for the dedicated work they do for our Village.

We all then headed to our next meeting which was with the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the Honorable Doug Donaldson.

Our discussions with the Minister included, retaining a Community Forest License and retaining a Joint Management agreement with the MMFN for Antler/Scout Lake. There is a lot of work to do on these issues and they asked for some time to look into them.

We had a small break before Larry and I headed to the Municipal Insurance Association Annual general meeting. The MIA is our Village Insurance provider.

We started Wednesday by attending the Business sessions in the morning, and we heard from the In term Leader of the Liberal Party Rich Coleman.

We met with BC Hydro in the afternoon they updated us on their project, the power line from the Village to the Waterfront (Municipal Wharf Facility). The clearing of brush will begin in the next few weeks with the project finishing by the end of March 2018. We discussed the possibility of running power to the Village Campsite, they were in favour of looking into the possibility, and we (Council) will look into the costs attached to this.

Thursday morning we attended more of the business sessions of the UBCM, resolutions.

We were fortunate to meet up with our MLA the Honorable Claire Trevena Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Wednesday night at the CUPE reception, we discussed that we were not able to set up a meeting with her, she looked at her schedule for Thursday, the only time available was noon, so we decided that we would make that work. In our meeting we discussed Highway 28 conditions including getting the lines painted, Cell Service within the Village, Highway 28, Tzxanna, ( I gave her a copy of my presentation at the Small Talk Forum) Sighnage at the entrance of town stating Road conditions on the Highway, condition of the main road in town going to the Municipal Wharf, and an Assisted Care facility. We realize this was a huge list, her staff will look into everything and we plan on meeting either late the fall or early next year.

In the afternoon we had a meeting with the Minister of Citizens Services, the Honorable Jinny Sims.

We discussed the Federal and Provincial Governments support programs for High Speed Internet but we feel Cell Phone coverage is just as important to remote communities/isolated highways. This is important to Tourism, small Business, community livability and safety. Telus has fulfilled its cellular expansion obligation under the Connect BC Agreement but we believe an expansion of the program is needed.

The Minister was well aware of our Highway, as she was once the BCTF President and has been to Gold River. She was well informed of the previous contract with the BC Govt. and Telus. We discussed future discussions that we will have to have and the partners that must be included.

We were back at it early Friday morning to resolutions. There was a late resolution put on the Agenda regarding Fish Farming. The North Island Mayors and other Mayors of the AVICC had some discussions regarding this very important issue. As this issue was not discussed by the AVICC members we thought it must go to the next AVICC meeting to discuss. Therefore we put forward a motion of “ not to admit the resolution for debate” which was passed. There were only a couple more resolutions to deal wth.

As usual the last speaker of the convention is from the Premier,

Premier John Horgan addressed us with his speech, spoke of some of the Provinces most important issues, which included Homelessness, Drug issues, and the rebuilding of everyone affected by the fires this year. He promised he will work with every community in B.C.

I look forward in working with our Council, Staff and the Ministers in the coming year,

Brad Unger





Halloween Dance at the Legion

Posted on October 10, 2017
Category: Gold River Legion Buzz

Karaoke at the Legion

Posted on October 7, 2017
Category: Gold River Legion Buzz

Legion Karaoke

Flu Season Is Here

Posted on October 5, 2017
Category: Health Buzz

SD#84 Consultation Meetings

Posted on October 3, 2017
Category: Uncategorized


  • District Review of Students, Staffing and Facilities
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Challenges
  • Questions and Feedback


  • Esperanza and Tahsis – October 10, following the 4 pm Board meeting at Captain Meares School;
  • Kyuquot – October 16, time and place TBA;
  • Zeballos – October 17, Zeballos School, time TBA;
  • Nanaimo – October 19, Tsawalk Learning Centre, time TBA;
  • Gold River – November 13, School Board Office, following the 4 pm public Board meeting

What’s New with Minor Hockey

Posted on October 3, 2017
Category: Hockey Buzz

Gold River Minor Hockey is in full swing for the 2017-2018 season.

GRMHA has a new interactive, website!!  goldriverminorhockey.ca has all the latest information on games, tournaments, jamborees, scores and other events. The Novice team has their first game this Sunday, October 8th in Campbell River. They are hosting a Jamboree on December 9th in Gold River and there will be a Power Skating Clinic put on by Bryce Cockburn of Next Level on October 21st and November 25th for all kids registered with GRMHA.

If you weren’t sure about playing hockey this year, there is still time to sign up.  Check out the new website at goldriverminorhockey.ca for all the latest info, fees and schedules or to keep track of your teams practice times and latest scores. To register just click on the email link at the top of the GRMHA website and request a registration package be sent to you.

This website will also show games for the Grey Hawks so you can come on down to the lounge and cheer on the old-timers.

GRMHA is also hosting a family skate every Sunday from 4pm – 5pm.  Come out, strap on your skates and enjoy this great facility with friends and family.

Please help make this a great year for hockey in Gold River!!

Your Gold River Minor Hockey Executive

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