A few of the representatives at the meeting had to leave early for other engagements

Business community talks B.C. Jobs Plan

Director of Outreach, Pamela Martin shared the fact that “community concerns are familiar across the province.

Representatives of the major business sector, small business, the Princeton & District Chamber of Commerce along with RDOS Area H and Town Council gathered together last week with John Les, M.L.A. Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Pamela Martin, Director of Outreach, Office of the Premier to discuss Premier Christy Clark’s Canada starts here: The BC Jobs Plan.

“The three pillared plan to help deal with today’s economic uncertainty and emerge from it stronger than ever includes; working with employers and communities to enable job creation across B.C., strengthening our infrastructure to get our goods to market and expanding markets for B.C. products and services, particularly in Asia.” The plan is available for viewing and comments are most welcomed. Visit www.bcjobsplan.ca, join on Facebook www.facebook.com/BCJobsandEconomy or join in on Twitter at #BCJobs.

The Princeton & District Museum housed the meeting which was most graciously hosted by Mr. Bob Wicks, President of The Princeton & District Museum Society.

Part of initiating the BC Jobs Plan consists of visiting with communities across the province and finding out what the government could do to assist with the maintenance and creation of jobs throughout the communities of B.C.

A shared concern with Princeton Wood Preservers (PWP) and Princeton Co-Generation Corporation (Co-Gen) was that of forest licensing and stumpage rates. Left over tree tops unused by Weyerhaeuser could be used by PWP or Co-Gen, but the stumpage rates are so high it is not worth it for either company to use them. These tops  end up either rotting or are burned as waste, resulting in a huge loss of a recyclable resource.

Elizabeth Marion of PWP said that, “our licensing requires that we take in 35 per cent bug kill wood to create product, however the Ministry of Transport won’t take fencing product from us if it contains the least amount of blue stain.”

Bill Vowles of The Hut, brought forth the issue facing many recycling depots. They want to include the recycling of other products such as small electronics. He noted, “We pay for these programs, but we can’t get them here.”

Other local concerns shared around the table included; growth and retention strategies (the need to attract and retain professionals and those with higher skilled trades), education (cost prohibitive) – getting programs for upgrading skills such as nursing, recreation (development of further infrastructure) to attract and retain individuals/professionals,  and last, but hardly the least— the issues revolving around medical services. (senior health care, doctor/nursing shortages, ER services and transportation to specialist services)

Director of Outreach, Pamela Martin shared the fact that “community concerns are familiar across the province. Hospital— medical concerns—all the red tape. We can’t promise to solve all these issues, but we want to hear from you and hopefully we can help you solve them.”

Chamber of Commerce Director, Jerome Tjerkstra asked, “what can we do as a follow up to this meeting?”

Secretary Les responded by saying, “We will take responsibility for follow up. It is our responsibility to go back and figure out solutions.” He also noted that due to infrastructure blocks already in place, “It looks to be a pretty good future in Princeton.”

On behalf of the community members present, Mayor Randy McLean extended his thanks to Secretary Les, Pamela Martin and their assistants for their time.  He also extended appreciation to Premier Clark for reaching out with this initiative.

Just Posted

Sex assault numbers tell strange story for Princeton

Police organizations across the country were roughly shaken last week by a… Continue reading

COLUMN: Just because you’re stupid doesn’t mean you’re stupid

A little page five levity from this week’s Spotlight

Police warn small planes away from Princeton airport

RCMP are warning planes away from the Princeton airport. Well, really small… Continue reading

Regional district and city hoping to curb bad recycling behaviours

City of Penticton and the RDOS are teaming up to eliminate contaminates

What you can burn, where you can burn it

The laws about what you can burn, and what you can’t burn,… Continue reading

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Who is Curtis Sagmoen?

The Observer reveals what we know about the man attached to the Silver Creek property where human remains were found

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Foreigner feeling like the first time after 40

Foreigner doesn’t miss a beat after 40 years

Octoberfest is the toast of the town

Eighth annual night of fun, music and brews

Five decades of volunteering

Even though she is approaching 70, Merle kindred continues to volunteer around the world

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Most Read