Fort St. James Council held a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Oct. 12. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:
“Your Recovery Journey” is a program being offered to the community on behalf of Healthy Minds Peer Support and the BC Schizophrenic Society starting Oct. 12 for 10 weeks to help people in recovery find the support they need and build new life skills.
UBCM was a success. Mayor MacDougall and Councillors attended the convention and they were keen to put forward requests of a replacement hospital and medical clinic in Fort St. James. They also voiced the issue of timber supply and community sustainability options to help facilitate agreements in keeping local saw mill operations open and sustainable.
Stuart Lake Outreach is in need of funding.
In the last year, they have doubled the amount of hampers they are giving out and they continue to serve meals to the needy twice a week.
“We are one community. We all need to pitch in,” Mayor MacDougall said.
A Clean Water and Waste Water Fund including federal and provincial contributions has been approved in the amount of $312,910. Plans on current and future projects in Fort St. James are in the works.
“Water is going to be more and more precious,” Mayor MacDougall said. “I’m not just thinking about the future. We need to look at this now and perhaps we can partner with Nak’azdli. We need to look after our community.”
Garbage clean-up options at Mount Dickenson were discussed.
It’s Foster Family Awareness Month. It’s important to raise the issue of the lack of foster homes in the community currently.
The Youth Empowerment in the Arts Project received a donation from Nak’azdli Band in the amount of $10,000.
Through this project, students in Fort St. James will learn the “arts” from professional musicians and performers and artists, create their own projects and perform their own creations once completed.
Fort St. James Secondary students earn elective credits towards graduation through this program.
The Bulkley Nechako Regional Transit Service Committee is now in place. This committee will serve as an advisory body to local governments and First Nations funding partners of the Highway 16 Regional Transit Service.
A survey is available for everyone to fill out online regarding Canada Post Service in Fort St. James. This is in response to a recent Canada Post Review and options that include the possibility of post office closures in rural and small towns.
To fill out the survey, visit: parl.gc.ca/OGGO-e until Oct. 21.