first_imgSome of the highlights and challenges of last year are included in the City of Dawson Creek’s 2010 Annual Report that was released recently. The report is a detailed summary of the corporation’s operations in 2010, including the goals and objectives set by city council and each of the city’s departments and the performance standards by which those goals were measured, and the goals and objectives going into this year. It also includes audited financial statements for 2010.The report will be presented to council for approval at its annual meeting on July 18, but council is seeking input from residents prior to the report being approved.“We put out this annual report so people can learn more about the community they live in, and we encourage everybody to go online and read it – or if you want a hard copy, you can come down to City Hall – and take a few minutes to see how great your community really is,” said Mayor Mike Bernier.- Advertisement -He said one of the highlights for him in the report is the amount of private investment and new construction that happened last year – 276 new business licences were issued and the value of building permits totaled a record-setting $59 million.“When most of the country was still trying to get out of an economic downturn, it was one of our busiest year’s on record,” said the mayor.He said it also encouraging to see all the new houses going up and the new residents moving into them – new residential housing starts totalled 76 units in 2010.Advertisement “We’re seeing a lot of new families move in, and it’s really great to get out and meet them and start to hear their issues and concerns and get them involved in the community,” said Bernier.Of course, a prolonged drought caused the City to implement Stage 4 water restrictions – the highest level possible – last August. The mayor said while the city can`t control the weather, the water shortage did emphasize the need for a new water reservoir to increase the city`s stored capacity, and for the council to implement changes to the city`s water and sewer rate structure.Those changes were approved late last year and implemented at the beginning of this year, and they have caused quite a bit of controversy, as many residents and business owners are irate over substantial increases to their water bills. City council has maintained the new rate structure is necessary to ensure the physical and financial sustainability of the city`s water and sewer systems, and Bernier said he is not worried about the political consequences of that decision heading into a civil election later this year.“I don’t make my decisions based on if it’s going to be popular in the community and get me re-elected – it’s is this going to be the right thing for the citizens of Dawson Creek and to make sure the city runs properly. We worked for three years to get all of the information and come up with a plan to have our water fund sustainable so we can continue running the water system.”Advertisement Preliminary work begun in 2010 on the new Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts, being constructed inside in the old post office building downtown. The project hit a snag last October after bids for construction came in substantially over the approved budget, forcing council to seek voter consent to borrow up to $4 million to cover any shortfalls once the project was re-tendered.Bernier said it was clear from the town hall meetings held and the counter-petition process that the majority of the community supported the project and wanted to see it move forward.“The arts community is a big part of Dawson Creek, and obviously they were 100 per cent behind this. If you look at any community, they need to have an arts centre, it’s kind of an anchor and all part of our well-being of life.”Council also pursued another ambitious project last year, finalizing a deal with Shell Canada in September that would see the company fund the majority of the construction cost for a facility to treat the citys effluent water in exchange for a large proportion of that treated product over 10 years to use in its natural gas operations. Councils goal was to provide local oil and gas companies with an alternative to using potable water in their operations.That project was also met with controversy, as some residents questioned whether it was the best deal the city could have got to build the facility, some business owners expressed concerns about there not being enough product available to them once Shell took its portion, and even local pilots were concerned about the resulting reduction to their floatplane base at the airport.Advertisementcenter_img Bernier said council remains firmly behind the agreement.“It just makes sense when you’re trying to save water in your community and trying to reduce the amount of water industry is using to do something like this. Somebody else is paying for it, it’s going to save our water, it’s keeping the industry in town – there’s just so many positives with it that it made sense from council’s perspective that we had to pursue this.”For those interested in providing feedback on the annual report, written comments received before July 12 will be included in the agenda for the July 18 annual meeting, though comments will still be received at the meeting prior to the final approval of council. For enquiries about the report, contact Brenda Ginter, director of corporate administration, by fax at 250-782-3202, by email at or by mail at Box 150, Dawson Creek, B.C., V1g 4G4.The full annual report has been attached here for your convenience.last_img

first_img– spend at least several hours each day in an air-conditioned facility (such as a shopping centre, library, community centre or restaurant).– use public splash pools, water parks or pools or take a cool bath or shower.– at current temperatures, fans alone are not effective. Applying cool water mist or wet towels to your body prior to sitting in front of a fan is a quick way to cool off.– wear loose, light-weight clothing. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.– keep your home cool. Open windows, close shades, use an air conditioner and prepare meals that do not require an oven.Advertisement 4. Get informed.– check the local news for health and safety updates.– for more information on heat-related illness, call healthlink BC at 811.– contact your Local Government to find out what services (such as air conditioned buildings and public splash parks) are available in your area.Hot, dry weather can lead to higher fire risk. Please see the B.C. wildfire management branch website at for more details and fire safety tips. 1. Stay hydrated.– drink cool beverages (preferably water) irrespective of your activity intake. Don’T wait until you are thirsty.– if your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask about increasing the amount of water you can drink while the weather is hot.2. Keep cool.Advertisement Issued at 2014-07-13 19:33 UTC by Environment Canada: Special weather statement continued for:   B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)  B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320) Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100) Current details: Extremely hot weather will continue…Very warm air from the desert southwest of the United States has moved into the British Columbia Interior. Afternoon temperatures from the mid 30’s to 40 degrees will continue through Wednesday. Temperatures may exceed 40 degrees in several regions. A cooling trend will occur later in the week.- Advertisement -This bulletin will be updated at 11 AM Monday.Coping with the heat.There are many symptoms of heat-related illness, including thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness and fainting/collapsing. Medical health officers are reminding residents to protect themselves from the heat by staying hydrated, keeping cool and checking on others.Advertisement – avoid sunburn, stay in the shade or use sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.– avoid tiring work or exercise in the heat. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour.– never leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52 c within 20 minute s in an enclosed vehicle when the outside temperature is 34 c. Leaving the car windows slightly open or cracked will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.3. Check in on others.– check regularly on people living alone who may be at high risk of severe heat related illness. This includes seniors, those who are unable to leave their homes and anyone who may not be spending at least several hours every day in air conditioned places. – if they are unwell, move them to a cool shady spot, help them get hydrated and call for medical assistance if required.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgJim McGuinness has been offered a part-time post with Celtic as performance coach with the club’s Youth Academy, reports in Glasgow suggest.The Donegal senior football team manager will retain his position with the GAA as part of the deal if he formally accepts the offer.It’s understood he has agreed “in principle” to take up the Stg£120,000-a-year post. The 39-year-old All-Ireland winning manager has been offered the job three days per week.This would allow him to commute between his home here in Donegal and Glasgow.It’s understood McGuinness, who was a guest of Celtic on Wednesday night for their historic 2-1 win over Barcelona, likes the deal he has been offered.He now plans to discuss the offer with his family. Jim’s role as Donegal GAA manager is a voluntary one; he earns his living as a sports psychologist and has helped sports clubs including Derry City and Finn Harps in the past.He has also worked with golfers like Paul McGinley.The Glenties man told the BBC last month that he would always consider job offers and would never rule out switching codes.Celtic pour huge resources into their Academy teams and their scouting systems with manager Neil Lennon keen to push youth to the fore at the club.The goalscorers on Wednesday were 18-year-old Tony Watt, who’s Scottish, and 21-year-old Kenyan Victor Wanyama. One Celtic insider is quoted as saying: “We expect an announcement in the coming days. The club would love to have a coach of Jim’s calibre working with the club.”Appointing McGuinness to a role in the club would once again cement relations between Celtic Football Club and County Donegal, a tradition going back to the foundation of the side in 1887.Meanwhile Celtic have drawn St Mirren in the semi-final of the League Cup.‘JIM McGUINNESS OFFERED PERFORMANCE COACH JOB AT GLASGOW CELTIC’ was last modified: November 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:’JIM McGUINNESS OFFERED PERFORMANCE COACH JOB AT GLASGOW CELTIC’ – REPORTSceltic fcDonegal GAAlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal Rose Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly has missed out on taking home the coveted crown tonight in the 58th International Rose of Tralee Festival.The 2017 title went to Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne.Offaly Rose Jennifer ByrneThe past two nights have been filled with many memorable moments – both emotional and comedic. There have been many moving interviews and interesting performances which have affected the nation and viewers all over the world.Donegal Rose Amy made a major impact by being outspoken in her interview about mental health in young people. She told host Daithi O Se about her own struggles as a secondary school student.The 22-year-old gave an encouraging account of how she found help after enduring her own ‘blip’ as a teen:She made an important point about being glad she sought help with her mental health when she most needed it.Watch a snippet from Amy’s inspiring interview here: The young Donegal woman has earned much praise from mental health awareness groups all over the country for her bravery in breaking the stigma. She was applauded for using her time on stage in the Dome to address the importance of mental health in a relatable manner for people of all ages.There were signs that Amy was a front runner following her interview last night. Her bravery, as well as her proud party piece outfit being a Donegal jersey, certainly impressed the home audience.Party pieces from the 32 Roses were far reaching in diversity, from CPR demonstrations, cooking, puppeteering and the traditional music and dance pieces. Amy, a dance graduate, had a stand-out aerial performance while suspended from a Lyra hoop.Other Donegal links to this year’s show were Caoimhe Gallagher, the London Rose who was born in Donegal and grew up in Kerry. Caoimhe sang a modern medley of Irish songs as her party piece.London RosePlus, Buncrana man Daniel Mc Laughlin won the hearts of the crowd with his touch of Donegal humour – “Jeez I’m kilt hi!… it hasn’t been easy” was his take on his duties as an Escort for two Roses over the week. An entertaining and fascinating year for the festival comes to a close tonight as Jennifer Byrne dons the crown for the year. Well done to Amy, and all other local participants who did the county proud.Inspirational Donegal Rose misses out on Rose of Tralee title was last modified: August 22nd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more