Monday, March 16, 2009

BC Rural Network AGM - Smart Planning for Communities,

I got this via Email today:

The BC Rural Network, and the Revelstoke Community Futures Development Corp. are pleased to invite you to participate in the BC Rural Communities Sustainability Forum to be held in Revelstoke BC, March 24th to 26th, 2009.

Whether you are in local government, a First Nations community, a community organization or the private sector, this forum offers an ideal opportunity to learn about current initiatives to address dramatic transitions in rural communities, identify innovative tools to take action in your community, share successes and lessons learned in economic and social development, and discover ways to integrate current strategies with new and innovative approaches. Together we will share stories of resilience in this time of dramatic change for rural and remote communities, and discuss challenges and opportunities in sustaining the rural economy and lifestyle.

The 2009 BC Rural AGM will be held in conjunction with the BC Rural Communities Sustainability Forum on Thursday, March 26, 2009. Details on the workshop agenda and speakers, and registration information are in the attached pdf document or on the BC Rural Network website. If you have any questions, please contact: Basha Rahn, Project Coordinator, BC Rural Network, Phone: 250-243-2380 Email:

Friday, March 6, 2009

Finally, the Boulder Creek one lane bridge to be replaced

I have driven the Duffy Lake Road between Lillooet and Pemberton more times than I can count. There are numerous single lane bridges that you come across on this road, most of them at a 90 degree angle. The government is getting rid of one more of them

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2009
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

LILLOOET – The Province has awarded a contract of $1.6 million for the construction of a new bridge to improve the safety and mobility of travellers in the Lillooet area, announced Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Falcon today.
“The new Boulder Creek Bridge will make travel safer and more efficient for residents, industry and tourists in the Lillooet area,” said Falcon. “In addition to improving infrastructure, this project will help create approximately 15 direct and indirect jobs at a time when they’re needed the most.”
The contract, awarded to Ruskin Construction Ltd. of Vancouver, includes constructing a new two-lane bridge and improving road alignment at Boulder Creek on Hwy 99, 28 kilometres west of Lillooet. The new bridge will replace the existing single-lane timber bridge and improve the safety and mobility of the travelling public. Work is expected to begin this spring and be completed by Oct. 31, 2009.
This is one of eight single-lane bridges slated for replacement on Highway 99 between Lillooet and Duffy Lake and the second project tendered. The construction of the Cayoosh Creek #4 Bridge began in August 2008 and is over 40 per cent complete.
This project will cause minimal delays to the travelling public. Motorists can visit for the most up-to-date information on provincial highways.