Editor’s note: Up until this point, the Quadra Island RCMP detachment has served whatever need there is for police on Cortes and other remote Discovery Islands. Someday there may be a need for Citizens On Patrol to observe, document and report violations of the law and suspicious activities in our area.
By Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The District of Chetwynd has paired up with the Chetwynd RCMP and the South Peace Crime Prevention Society to start up a Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) for the Chetwynd area.
The C.O.P. program are the extra eyes, ears, and voice for the RCMP and the community. You need to be at least 19 years of age, complete an application form that can be found at the Chetwynd detachment and bring it back for a Criminal Record Check. Once completed and approved for the program, training can get underway.
Continue reading Northern B.C. RCMP looking for patrol volunteers
The Director of Cortes Island is considering the idea of having a dog control bylaw drawn up for his area, and the Director of Quadra Island has expressed some interest.
The idea was discussed at the Wednesday July 19 Electoral Areas Services Committee (EASC) Meeting.
Mark Vonesch, Regional Director for Area B (Cortes Island), explained, “This request for a bylaw came out of a situation where a dog was out of control multiple times, scaring people and ultimately ended up killing another dog on the island. The dog owners approached the RCMP and said, ‘this dog killed our dog.’ The RCMP told them that they weren’t able to do anything about it because there were no bylaws.”
Robyn Mawhinney, Regional Director for Area C, added, “On Quadra, I’m curious about this proposal.”
Continue reading Possible Dog control Bylaws for Cortes (and Quadra?) Islands
By Matteo Cimellaro, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Mining projects and protected land can co-exist, two provincial environment ministers said at a press conference on Friday after two days of meetings with their counterparts from across the country.
Continue reading Mining and conservation can go hand in hand, environment ministers say
By Anna McKenzie, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter.
People gathered outside of an RCMP detachment in Cowichan territories on Friday to demand justice for 15-year-old Carsyn Mackenzie Seaweed, whose sudden passing has rattled the community.
On May 15, Carsyn was found in “Duncan” in a “semi-conscious state under suspicious circumstances,” according to a statement from police issued Thursday. Family members of Carsyn say she was found covered under pallets, cardboard and twigs. Tragically, Carsyn did not make it.
Continue reading Community rallies for Carsyn Seaweed, as RCMP apologize for ‘miscommunication’ in her case
The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
B.C.’s three-year pilot drug decriminalization program is aimed at reducing the barriers and stigma that prevent people from accessing life-saving supports and services.
But since the possession of small amounts of drugs was decriminalized on Jan. 31, some municipalities have looked at bans on public drug use that advocates warn undermine the provincial effort.
In Campbell River, the city decided to implement its own bylaws three days before decriminalization took effect, banning and ticketing public use of controlled substances.
Continue reading Will BC Towns’ Bylaws Undermine Drug Decriminalization Pilot?