The Whispers Of Hope Benevolence Association held their Annual General Meeting May 15, 2019 at the Legion Hall.
Deb Mcintosh from Castlegar addressed the meeting. She shared hers, and Castlegar’s, experience supporting those in need and the homeless. Melissa Shulga talked about the past years’ trail for Whispers. It has been a tough one with being evicted from their facilities, criticism from some in the community and city hall. And the flood. Melissa’s slide show didn’t work out during the meeting but we’ve recreated it to play alongside her talk in the video. The financial report got the same treatment.
Over 50 people showed up for the meeting. It was contentious at times – some in attendance have been critical of the organization and concerned about the behaviour of some of its clients. But the meeting proceeded in a civil fashion and people generally behaved themselves well.
The Board had 7 positions open and there were more than 7 nominees so a vote was held. Counting the tally took just over an hour. And there was a tie. That was settled by a show of hands from those still present. By the end of the meeting at least one of the people critical of some of Whisper’s operations found herself a member of the Board.
We had hoped to live stream the event but technical issues prevented that from happening. So we have the next best thing – the recorded for later viewing on-demand AGM meeting.
On May 6 , 2019 Grand Forks’ City Council had a bunch of meetings. 4 of those were public. Links to agendas for the meetings today Committee Of The Whole as a web page or as a PDF doc Public Hearings as a web page or as a PDF doc Regular meeting as a web page or as a PDF doc
First there was a Committee Of The Whole at 9AM. The presenter for the Community Forests was not present so that did not happen. There was a presentation by Angela Nichols on a Community Courtesy Circle – this was previously presented on this website here. A School Re-Wilding project by teachers and students of Perley School was brought before council looking for water access. But without a teacher to present it council was unsure of what exactly was being asked for and who was actually doing the asking. Bylaw 2064, the Smoke and Vape Bylaw came back and it still makes it an offense to light up on any city sidewalk . . . An Elections Amendment bylaw, 2042-A1,was discussed as well.
At 6 PM there were two public sessions One was a Hearing about a proposed Subdivision, Rezoning and Consideration of approximately 0.5 hectares for parking lot expansion to relieve traffic congestion and alleviate safety concerns at John A. Hutton Elementary School and the other a Feedback Session regarding an application by Non-Medical Cannabis Retail store.
The Evening meeting had a couple of requests for liquor permits by events taking place this summer. For the first time council covered them as one item on the agenda. Another was a temporary use permit application by Cannafest to use land adjacent to Brycen Place for parking. They also covered the 2019 Tax Rates in bylaw 2058
Last night (May 8) it was a cloud on the western horizon – today it’s a smelly haze hanging over the town. What’s Burning? It is an “Ecosystem restoration burn planned for Gibbs Creek” according to the BC Wildfire Service.
According to the site page: The key goals of this burn include:
rejuvenating the shrub, herb and grass layer, which will enhance habitat for mule deer, white-tailed deer and elk;
improving overall biodiversity in the area and promoting more climate-resilient tree stands; and
accumulations of dead and combustible material, which will decrease the
risk of future catastrophic wildfires in the area.
We can all hope that it goes well and the smoke quickly dissipates.
Meanwhile it’s a reminder that fire season is coming. The time to check your readiness is Now before it’s too late to be effective. Check those fire extinguishers to see if they still have a charge. Clean up any dry debris that could become kindling. Give some thought to exactly what you will take if you have to leave in a hurry because you won’t be clear about it in the moment.
A Public Meeting was held at Perley School on May 1, 2019. The group Citizens For A Better Grand Forks put the event on with the City sponsoring it. Over 160 people showed up.
The meeting was Moderated by Michael Strukoff.
The links in the list below should open a new window with the meeting video cued up at the position in the meeting that the link referred to. All you have to do after that is press Play.
OR you can watch the video in its entirety below.
Apologies in advance to anyone whose name I’ve misspelled or associated with the wrong organization. And if I’d had more time I’d have put in the actual question text instead of ‘question ##’ . . . but people who did not show up want to see it so I’ve put it up in this fashio for now.