Williams Lake wants to avoid court by using mediation
The City of Williams Lake is asking the Cariboo Regional District to enter into mediation on the rural fringe fire protection issue. The Regional District filed a court injunction earlier this month to force the city to continue to provide fire protection to rural residents. Those residents had voted in a referendum to continue paying for fire protection from the city. However the city pulled its offer off the table which sparked the filing of the court injunction. Williams Lake Mayor Kerry Cook says the city and the CRD need to find a way to work together.
A.F.N. National Chief Shawn Atleo gains support in B.C.
The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations has earned the public support of a key political ally in this province. After taking a doctor ordered medical leave, Chief Shawn Atleo resumed the top job at the assembly, saying aboriginals are united against a common enemy, the status quo. Thousands of First Nations and their supporters have also taken to the streets recently as part of the Idle No More movement and are protesting treaty rights. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says the status quo is absolutely unacceptable and is killing aboriginals, and leaders must focus on the high level discussions
with the Prime Minister's Office.