Telkwa talks about trees, upcoming events and enforcing bylaws

Telkwa talks about trees, upcoming events and enforcing bylaws

Council has directed village staff to enforce a bylaw against a noisy dog owner

Two groups in the village are planning ahead for future events and asked the village for a helping hand at the Oct. 8 council meeting.

The Telkwa and District Seniors Society will once again host the Remembrance Day Service. The group has offered to organize the service and provide lunch as they usually do. They have asked for a council member to give a brief message and place a wreath on behalf of the village. Council agreed and will decide soon which member will speak.

The Faith Alive Christian Fellowship is currently planning a New Year’s Eve party at the Telkwa Hall. It will be a family friendly, drug- and alcohol-free event. There will be activities, games and entertainment for all ages.

The group asked council for a reduction in the cost for the hall rental. Council didn’t say no to the request at their meeting but discussed waiving the rental fee and just charging a clean-up fee. All of council agreed this is a community hall and should be used by the community, but felt these requests for in-kind donations for the hall use should be streamlined. Council directed staff to come up with a form that clearly outlines deposits and certain fees that must be paid.

Wilderness Committee Letter

A letter from the Wilderness Committee regarding the protection of old growth forests was sent to Telkwa Council. The letter called on municipal governments to influence public opinion and champion to save old growth forests and ancient rainforests, stating they are critical to Indigenous cultures, provide habitat to iconic endangered wildlife and anchor B.C.’s tourism industry.

Mayor Brad Layton said he personally didn’t support this.

“My concern, more than protecting ancient forests because we do have a lot tied up with The Great Bear Rainforest, TweedsMuir, and other national and provincial parks, there is a continual erosion on our working force. We are getting to the point where pretty soon we won’t have any of that left because we are turning everything into protection.”

Councillor Rick Fuerst echoed his remarks.

“We are seeing these groups rear their heads again, like they did in the 90s. Forestry was the old bug-a-boo, they moved on to a few others but it seems like they are going back to it again,” he said. “It’s true, we have a significant amount of our old growth in protected areas now, it won’t be touched. I’m not willing to support this either.”

Council moved to receive the letter for information.

Dog Barking Complaints

Council has directed the village’s bylaw officer to start enforcing fines on a dog owner

Jason Fennema wrote to council he has had complaints from one resident on Highway 16 that his neighbour’s dogs were barking throughout the night. He has encouraged the resident to be a good neighbour and speak to the dog owner to resolve the issue. Fennema even tried to facilitate a meeting but the complainant did not want to do that.

The complainant also submitted a petition to the village with other neighbours signing it saying the dogs were disturbing the general peace of the neighbourhood.

“Bylaws need to be actively enforced so we don’t have multiple residents having the same issue of unnecessary noise. Persistent barking, howling is prohibited. It is not comfortable to anyone,” said Councillor Annette Morgan. “When we talk about the good neighbour guide, it isn’t about who is a good neighbour and who isn’t, the message we are trying to send is ‘let’s talk about it first’ and to me it seems like that can’t be done.”

“It is a shame things have to come to this,” said Coun. Rick Fuerst. “You hope for a good outcome but when that doesn’t come the bylaws need to be enforced.”

Chief Administrative Officer Debbie Joujan explained why this has dragged on for so long.

“There was a period of time that the RCMP was involved because one of the dog owner’s dogs was poisoned and died and so that took a period of time,” she said. “As things progressed, the owner came and spoke to me personally and said he doesn’t want to anything like this to happen again.

“He now has a heightened level or degree of interest in working it out directly with members of the public. But yes, it has been going on for a long period of time, the bylaw officer has spent a lot of time, many hours camped out waiting for the dogs to bark, which didn’t happen. Obviously, there is problem that the neighbours are finding with the dogs barking in the middle of the night.”

After much discussion, council moved to direct the bylaw officer to start enforcing fines to the dog owner.

The complainant said he was happy with the outcome and hopeful things will finally get resolved.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The first of two massive turbines headed from Prince Rupert for the Site C Dam near Fort St. John on Jan 10. (Photo: Supplied by Tasha McKenzie)
Massive turbines begin trek across Northwestern B.C.

Hydro-Electric turbines headed from Prince Rupert to Site C Dam week of Jan. 10 to 14

Zhùr, the ancient wolf pup found mummified in permafrost at Last Chance Creek mine in July 2016. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)
‘Mummy’ wolf pup unearthed in permafrost paints a picture of ice age ancestors

Zhùr is the best preserved and most complete mummy of an ancient wolf found to date.

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question during a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Friday, January 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau says Canada’s COVID vaccine plan on track despite Pfizer cutting back deliveries

Canadian officials say country will still likely receive four million doses by the end of March

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon shared a handwritten note his son received on Jan. 13, 2021. (Ravi Kahlon/Twitter)
Proud dad moment: B.C. minister’s son, 10, receives handwritten note for act of kindness

North Delta MLA took to Twitter to share a letter his son received from a new kid at school

Lilly and Poppy, two cats owned by Kalmar Cat Hotel ownder Donna Goodenough, both have cerebellAr hypoplasia, a genetic neurological condition that affects their ability to control their muscles and bones. Photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror
VIDEO: Wobbly Cats a riot of flailing legs and paws but bundles of love and joy to their owner

Woman urges others to not fear adopting cats with disabilities

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada’s top doctor says to avoid non-essential travel as B.C. explores legal options

Premier John Horgan says he is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit interprovincial travel

Most Read