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Dawn Dakin  Century 21 Arbutus Realty

Dawn Dakin Century 21 Arbutus Realty

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Century 21 Arbutus Realty

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Village of Gold River

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Via Suzanne Trevis:

Gold River Village Council

September 17, 2015

Present for the regular meeting were Mayor Brad Unger, Councillors Rod MacLeod, Darcy Curr, Gordon Waterman and Kirsty Begon.  Administrator Larry Plourde was also present. There were twelve members of the public and the press in the gallery.

During Open Session the press asked if council had had any talks with Western Forest Products with regards to some permanent layoffs that have recently been announced.  Mayor Unger said they had only been advised that week of what was going on and had not had an opportunity yet to speak with anyone.

Marcus Schluschen spoke to a letter that he had on the agenda regarding cell service in the community. The administrator explained that while the local community has input into decisions around cell towers, they have minimal control over what can be done as it is federally regulated.  Companies such as Telus look for input from communities and like to respect what they want, but are under no obligation to go along with it if they want something different.

The meeting was called to order and the agenda was approved.  Minutes from the Regular Council Meeting held September 8 were adopted.  Two reports were received.  The first dealt with Permissive Tax Exemptions, which must be posted publicly before being adopted as a bylaw.  The bylaw provides for certain properties to be exempt from paying the municipal portion of their property taxes. This list includes lands and/or buildings for public worship, charitable, recreation or other not for profit organizations.  They are as follows:

Organization Estimated Dollar Value of Exemption
2016 2017 2018
GR Golf & Country Club $39,261.00 $40,046.00 $40,847.00
St Peter St Paul Church $1,328.00 $1,355.00 $1,382.00
Royal Canadian Legion $5,310.00 $5,416.00 $5,524.00
Christian Fellowship Church $1,225.00 $1,250.00 $1,275.00
Village – Jack Christensen Bldg (misc Societies, Library, Daycare) $3,425.00 $3,496.00 $3,566.00


The second report was an amendment to the Council Procedure Bylaw, it changes the time of council meetings from 7:30 to 7pm and was passed unanimously.

Under Council Information Items Mayor Unger reported on the Regional District Meeting at which they discussed how the new hospitals are coming along.  The VIHA website has a new video that shows a unique view of the project and what stage things are at.  He stated that the Campbell River Hospital is on time and on budget.  They are hoping to have it open for September 9, 2017 – exactly 50 years since the first CR Hospital opened!

They also discussed Waste Management and difficulties some communities, such as Tahsis, are having with scavenging etc.  The Comox Regional District took part in a pilot project involving organic waste that has apparently left them with too much dirt!  Other communities are currently looking at similar projects.

Council then passed a motion to pay expenses for Mayor Unger, Councillors Begon and Waterman, and Administrator Larry Plourde to travel to UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities Convention) next week.

There were four items of correspondence received, with discussion on the following.

Norm & Ruby Paulson, thanked the community for hosting such an awesome event for the Villages Birthday.

WFP advised the village of a cut block that will have a (minimal) visual impact on the village (Ucona Road, toward Star Lake).

There were no questions for council, but under New Business the Mayor advised that Councillors Curr & MacLeod, as members of the Economic Development committee, have 3 items to look at while other councillors were at UBCM.

We look forward to hearing what plans council has when they return in October.

With no further business council was adjourned at 7:23.

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Two Men Arrested on Numerous Firearms Offences

Nootka Sound

2015-09-22 19:09 PDT

File # 2015-638

On Monday September 21st, 2015 at approximately 08:35 AM, members of the Nootka Sound RCMP along with the British Columbia Conservation Service were dispatched to a report of a bull elk having been shot on a logging road near Gold River.

As a result of detailed information provided by members of the public a traffic stop was initiated with a suspect vehicle that had been observed leaving the isolated area where the elk had been shot and left behind. Two male residents of Vancouver Island were subsequently taken into custody and held for a bail hearing.

The following charges have been approved by a Judicial Justice of the Peace against the two males, Xiao WU(34) and Song ZHANG(51):

  •  Careless Use of a Firearm x 4
  •  Possession of a loaded restricted firearm
  •  Unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm
  •  Unauthorized possession of restricted ammunition

The two males were released from custody on strict conditions and have a court appearance scheduled for January 15, 2016.

The investigation is currently ongoing with the assistance of the British Columbia Conservation Service and further charges under the Wildlife Act are anticipated.

The Nootka Sound RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter and would like to remind the public that if you observe any illegal hunting to please contact your local RCMP Detachment or the British Columbia Conservation Service at their Report All Poachers & Polluters hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

Released by

Media Relations Officer
Nootka Sound RCMP

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Gold River’s “Jewel of the Isle” Golf Tournament – 2015

Gold River’s “Jewel of the Isle” Golf Tournament – 2015

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 (under adverse conditions), the Gold River Ladies Club hosted our 23rd annual “Jewel of the Isle” Golf Tournament.

56 ladies from all over the Island participated. We are very pleased to announce that our own ladies club member, Kathy Allison of Gold River, was the winner of the Low Gross Trophy (sponsored by Gold River Builders) with a score of 85. The low net winner with a net score of 63 (sponsored by Cypress Creek Logging Ltd.) was Janie Cox of Storey Creek Golf Club.

Kathy Allison Winner of the Low Gross Trophy

Kathy Allison Winner of the Low Gross Trophy

Low Net winner Janie Cox of Storey Creek Golf Club

Low Net winner Janie Cox of Storey Creek Golf Club

Our Hole-In-One prize was not won this year, but our sincere thanks to the sponsors for this. They were: Gold River Golf & Country Club, Get West Adventures, the Ridgeview Motor Inn and the Ridge Roadhouse.

The low handicap KP was won by Grace Coulter (Comox) sponsored by GR Auto Parts Plus and the high handicap KP was won by Michelle Palmer (Storey Creek), sponsored by Reliable Auto Body. The low handicap long drive was won by Kathy Allison (Gold River), sponsored by HB Energy and the high handicap long drive was won by Michelle Palmer (Storey Creek), also sponsored by HB Energy.

Many thanks to Barb Brinkman, Trudy Annand, Kathy Allison, Nicki Hammell, Cathy Watson, Debbie Bono, Carol Donaldson, Patricia MacDougall, Denise Watt, Chris Annand, and Sheryl Parkes for all the help you provided. Thanks to Marion Last and Julie Schimunek who were our awesome entertainers at our Friday night social. To our hole spotters (Ray Hammell, Brian Watson, Pat Woitas, Aubrey Brinkman, Vanetta White), our cart drivers (Ron Bono and Danny Ball), and our course marshall (Larry Rich), a big thank you. Thanks to Dave McGeachy and his staff for having the course in such great shape. Once again, the golf club staff provided great service at the Pro Shop and Leanne and her staff provided an excellent spread for our Friday night appetizers and our Saturday luncheon.

Everyone had a wonderful time and we owe a great “thank-you” to the merchants that helped to sponsor this. They are as follows:

Accentz Hair Studio, Air Nootka, A Lot on the Side, Canada Post, Caroline Anderson, Coastal Mountain Fuels – North, Conuma Cable, Cypress Creek Logging, Fields Stores, GR Auto Parts Plus, GR Builders Supply & Garden Centre, Get West Adventures, Gold River Deli, HB Energy, Lee Yateman, Linda Vandenberg, Liquor Express, North Island Clayworks, Pat Fairhurst, Peoples Pharmacy, Reliable Auto Body, Ridgeview Motor Inn, Ridge Roadhouse Pub, Stop n’ Go, Super Valu, Tammy Hammell – PartyLite, The Lodge – Gold River, VI Insurance, Village of Gold River, Western Forest Products, Alberni Golf Club, Arrowsmith Golf Club, Cordova Bay Golf Club, Glacier Greens Golf Club, Gold River Golf Club, Morning Star Golf Club, and Sunnydale Golf Club.


Jewel of the Isle Committee

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