DATE: November 6

POSITION: 2019Constituency Assistant Doug Donaldson

LOCATION: MLAConstituency Office, Stikine

HOURS OF WORK: 17.5 hours per week,

CLOSING: January 1 to April 30, 2020Applications will be accepted until 10:00 am on Thursday, November 28, 2019


Applications must include a resume and two references with contact information.

only those applicants short-listed will be contacted;
email applications to Doug.Donaldson.mla@leg.bc.ca with “CA Application- Stikine” in the Subject Line



Why I’m voting Yes to Proportional Representation

There are many good reasons to support democratic reform by voting yes in the current proportional representation referendum.

On principle, it makes sense — replacing an old system where a party with 40 percent of the vote gets 100 percent of the power, with a new voting system used in the majority of democracies around the world where the number of seats a party wins is reflective of the number of votes it received. That just seems a matter of fairness.

Read More Here.

New cell service increases safety along Highway of Tears

For Immediate Release
Oct. 26, 2018

Photo by Chris Gareau / Smithers Interior News

Ministry of Citizens' Services

New cell service increases safety along Highway of Tears

WITSET - The only First Nation without cellular service along Highway 16 will soon have access to new wireless coverage, increasing safety, enhancing communications and bringing economic opportunities for people in Witset and surrounding areas.

"This new cell tower will make it much easier for people to call for help during an emergency and is another essential element to further improve safety along Highway 16," said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens' ServicPhoto by Chris Gareau / Smithers Interior Newses. "Expanded cellular connectivity, along with the new affordable and reliable BC Bus North service and additional Wi-Fi for many provincial highway rest stops, are making B.C. a safer place to live, work and travel."

This project will result in continuous network coverage from New Hazelton to Smithers. It will benefit not only Witset First Nation, but also residents in the Smithers-New Hazelton corridor, as well as commercial and personal traffic along Highway 16. After the Rogers cell tower is in service, every Indigenous community along the Highway of Tears will have access to modern cellular connectivity. Approximately 900 people in Witset First Nation and 5,000 Smithers-and-area residents will benefit from improved cell service.

Bringing new wireless service to the area will also enhance delivery of education and health care, support businesses and help to grow the local economy. The project is the result of a partnership between the Witset First Nation, Rogers Communications, Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Province of B.C.

Construction of the Rogers cell tower began in late September 2018 and is expected to be completed in the coming months. When operational, the cell tower will enable voice, data and text services via high-speed wireless and internet coverage on 4G and LTE networks for Rogers and Fido customers. Customers using other providers will be able to dial 911 in the community and along the highway.

Up to six local jobs will be created during construction of the cell tower.


Chief Victor Jim, Witset First Nation -

"In addition to being a critical lifeline during an emergency, cell service will help improve people's access to education, employment and health-care services. Our Nation is excited for the benefits that cellular service will unlock, especially in regards to the safety of the highway."

Chastity Davis, chair, Minister's Advisory Council on Indigenous Women -

"For too long, our sisters, daughters, mothers and aunties have suffered because of the isolation on the Highway of Tears. Better cell phone coverage means women can reach loved ones or emergency services in times of need, and it will create security and reassurance to everyone travelling on Highway 16."

Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine -

"Digital connectivity has become an essential tool to do business in today's world. The expansion of cellular services to Witset First Nation will help grow the regional economy, in addition to the important safety benefits it provides. British Columbia is working to build a strong and sustainable economy that works for everyone, including rural and Indigenous communities."

Rick Sellers, B.C. president, Rogers Communications -

"We are pleased to be working with the B.C. government, Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Witset community to build reliable connectivity for residents in Northern British Columbia. We know our customers want high quality wireless access, whether travelling the highway, accessing community resources, or connecting with family and friends."

Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust -

"The construction of a cell tower in Witset First Nation will help strengthen the regional economy and provide an important tool to increase safety along Highway 16 between New Hazelton and Smithers. The Northern Development Initiative Trust is thrilled to see the co-operation that enabled this project to become a reality."

Quick Facts:

* The new cell tower will provide wireless coverage along an additional 22 kilometres of Highway 16 between New Hazelton and Smithers.

* The road between Prince George and Prince Rupert along Highway 16 has become known as the Highway of Tears due to the number of missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls associated with the route.

* The project was made possible by a one-time $1.2-million grant from the Province, administered by the Northern Development Initiative Trust, to expand cellular services along Highway 16. Northern Development Initiative Trust selected Rogers Communications for the project following an open-procurement process.

* Witset First Nation, formerly known as the Moricetown Band, is located approximately 34 kilometres north of Smithers and along the Bulkley River Valley. Witset comprises seven First Nation communities.

New bridge in the works for Nass River crossing

HAZELTON – The Nass River crossing is about to improve for drivers, with construction of a new two-lane bridge scheduled to replace the existing single-lane timber structure.

“The replacement of the Nass River Bridge will increase safety for local residents, help regional businesses transport their products more efficiently and contribute to long-term prosperity within the community for years to come,” said Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am very pleased to see this project advancing. Smart infrastructure investments like these improve the quality of life for communities and help to increase sustainable economic development.”

The new bridge, located on Highway 37, approximately 75 kilometres east of Stewart, will be built just upstream from the current structure. The two lanes will be able to accommodate heavier commercial vehicles, and will have shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Replacing this single-lane bridge from 1956 with a new two-lane bridge will greatly improve safety and mobility for people in the region,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The new bridge will be built to modern standards and help keep traffic flowing smoothly along Highway 37, a key north-south connection for British Columbians and our resource sectors.”

As part of the project, approximately one kilometre of Highway 37 will be realigned on each end of the bridge to improve sightlines. The new design will allow traffic to cross the bridge deck at 90 kilometres per hour, instead of the original 30 km/h speed limit.

In addition, the rest area at the east end of the bridge will be relocated and will include a new pedestrian viewpoint and new washroom facilities. A left-turn lane and a deceleration lane will provide safe access.

“Replacing this bridge is vital to support the region’s growing forestry and mining industries,” said Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and MLA for Stikine, Doug Donaldson. “It will also benefit residents of the surrounding communities and tourists by improving access to recreational activities in northern British Columbia.”

A successful bidder has been selected and the ministry is in the process of awarding the construction contract. The total value of the project, including planning, design and engineering work and construction, is $24 million.

The Government of Canada is contributing $10.7 million to this project. The Government of British Columbia is covering the remaining costs.

Construction will begin in spring 2018, with completion scheduled in fall 2019. During this time, the existing bridge will remain in use. Drivers are advised to follow instructions of traffic control personnel and obey the construction zone speed limit.

The ministry is committed to rehabilitating highways and bridges throughout British Columbia, and to building new infrastructure where it is needed. The B.C. government will continue to invest in transportation infrastructure for the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods.

ViewfFly over the animation of Nass River Bridge replacement project herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=OgFOIca2B8Q

Learn More:

Nass River Bridge project page:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/transportation- infrastructure/projects/highway-37-nass-river-bridge

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www.drivebc.ca or (mobile-friendly site) www.drivebc.ca/mobile

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Help build a rural development strategy for B.C

The Government of British Columbia is seeking input into a new rural development strategy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced today.

“Coming from a rural community, I know first-hand the challenges facing rural B.C.,” said Donaldson. “I look forward to people’s ideas and input, as we build a long-term rural development strategy that will work for all rural British Columbians by building resilient Indigenous and rural communities.”

The strategy’s foundation will be based on the principles of community economic development (sustainable, participatory, asset-based, self-reliance and community-based), which will ensure a broader and more-inclusive approach to rural development.

British Columbians are invited to share their comments and ideas on rural development until 4 p.m. (Pacific time), on Feb. 28, 2018.

Government will be holding a number of targeted face-to-face sessions with community partners around the province. All feedback gathered will help define the framework for the rural development strategy, which will support ongoing dialogue between rural British Columbians and government.  

After the public feedback process, government will analyze the results and make a summary report available to the public.


Bulkley residents talk poverty reduction

THE INTERIOR NEWS - January 17, 2018 

Edward Quinlan grew up below the poverty line. He was raised by single mother who had just immigrated to Canada from Serbia.

A few decades later Quinlan is doing pretty well for himself; he’s now a business analyst at Community Futures but he still remembers the challenges he faced as a child, so when he heard about the poverty reduction strategy meeting coming to Smithers he knew he had to speak up.


Input sought on moose winter tick survey

For Immediate Release
Jan. 9, 2018

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Input sought on moose winter tick survey

VICTORIA - The B.C. Wildlife Health Program is once again asking members of the public for help assessing the effects of winter ticks on the province's moose population as part of its annual moose winter tick surveillance program.

The program relies on observations from wildlife professionals, wildlife enthusiasts and the general public to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution.

Winter tick infestations are generally observed on moose from January through April. Tick infestations can sometimes result in severe behavioural and physiological changes and directly impact the survival rates of moose, especially in younger animals.

Winter ticks (Dermacentor albipictus) can have a significant impact on moose populations when climate and habitat conditions promote high tick numbers. This species of tick goes through three life stages over the winter on one host and there can be as many as tens of thousands on an individual moose. As the ticks mature, they feed on the blood of the animal and can cause anaemia. In late winter, tick irritation can cause moose to scratch and groom themselves excessively. This behaviour results in hair loss and less time spent foraging, which can lead to weight loss. The extent of hair loss on a moose can be observed easily from a distance and is a rough indicator of how many ticks are present.

The findings of the surveillance program will contribute to the Provincial Moose Research Program, which was launched in 2013 to investigate factors influencing moose populations in B.C. Participants are asked to observe and report the amount of hair loss, if any, occurring on moose and check the survey box that most accurately describes the animal's appearance. There are five categories ranging from no hair loss to more than 80% loss of winter hair.

Anyone interested in contributing to this surveillance program can fill out a survey online or, alternatively, the electronic survey can be saved and completed on your computer, tablet or mobile device and returned via email to: FLNRMooseTickSurvey@gov.bc.ca(mailto:FLNRMooseTickSurvey@gov.bc.ca)

An online survey, downloadable survey forms and background information can be found on the moose winter tick program page at:www.gov.bc.ca/wildlifehealth/mooseticksurvey

For more information, email: FLNRMooseTickSurvey@gov.bc.ca (mailto:FLNRMooseTickSurvey@gov.bc.ca)

Quick Facts:

* Winter ticks pose no health risk to humans.

* Unlike the 32 other species of ticks found in Canada, the winter tick spends its entire life cycle on a single host, while the others require different hosts for the larval, nymph and adult stages.

* Adult female ticks may grow from 6.5 mm to nearly 15 mm in length.

* There are between 120,000 to 200,000 moose in B.C.

Learn More:

Download a copy of the moose winter tick survey form at: https://forms.gov.bc.ca/environment/moose-winter-tick-survey/

Read the latest winter tick study report at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/plants-animals-and-ecosystems/wildlife-wildlife-habitat/wildlife-health/wildlife-health-documents/provincial_moose_winter_tick_program_report.pdf

Review the provincial moose management plan at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/management-issues/docs/provincial_framework_for_moose_management_bc.pdf

Telkwa herd left out of new provincial and federal plan to save BC caribou

By Marisca Bakker Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Page A5 - Smithers Interior News

The provincial and federal governments have drafted a plan to help the declining southern mountain caribou in B.C., however the dwindling Telkwa herd is not part of their core recovery plan.

According to a press release from the provincial government recovery actions include range planning, habitat protection and restoration, as well as population management, including maternity penning and access control to sensitive caribou habitat. British Columbia will also lead in establishing a restoration fund under the agreement to support recovery actions for southern mountain caribou. 

The Skeena Region Technical Report estimates there are less than 20 Telkwa Caribou left in the region.

While there are efforts made by the province to protect the animals, such as a proposed Recreation Management Plan for the Telkwa Range, the herd is not listed in the core group, called the Central Group, the new plan aims to help first.

Stikine MLA and Minister for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson said this draft agreement may be helpful in the future for Telkwa.

“We’ve already taken steps to address the species at risk legislation federally with the Telkwa herd and supported public organizations that use that area. The one that was announced last week with the feds is similar but deals with the herds south of Dawson Creek,” he said.

“So it might have some implications down the road for the Telkwa herd in that it might be a good template, but immediately it doesn’t have any impact on what we are doing locally.”

The provincial and federal governments will consult with Indigenous communities and other stakeholders over the next several months and release a final agreement next spring.

The recreation management plan for the Telkwa Range should be up for public comment soon.

The Province’s official public review period for the draft plan is slated to open by the end of November.

The Telkwa Mountain Recreation Access Management group has been working since 2016 to provide recommendations to the ministry on access management in the Telkwa mountains. The plan is being put together because voluntary access for non-motorized and motorized use has not been effective. The ministry wants to manage access to help the declining Telkwa caribou herd grow.

The Ministry of Environment said the Telkwa herd is part of the broader Southern Mountain Caribou population, but is not part of the 

Central Group. They are part of the Northern Group identified in the Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Southern Mountain population (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada.

On the Government of Canada’s Species at Risk Public Registry it states the “northern” ecotype is on the BC Conservation Data Centre’s Blue list meaning special concern, and the “mountain” ecotype is on the Red list which means threatened and/or endangered.

The Central Group in the draft plan consists of the Pine, Narraway and Quintette Local Population Units in Northeastern B.C., covering large areas roughly centered along a line from Williston Lake to Kakwa Park.

This draft plan adds that once the final agreement is in place, their intention is to expand the agreement to other southern mountain caribou groups in British Columbia— which would then include the Telkwa Herd. 

Provincial infrastructure grants help local governments plan ahead

News Release: Provincial infrastructure grants help local governments plan ahead


Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Thirty communities throughout British Columbia are receiving a boost in funding of $282,000 in grants to help local governments plan, design and manage sustainable infrastructure.

The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program helps local governments determine how best to manage their assets and finances for the long-term benefit of their communities. These grants also help local governments meet the requirements to apply for significant capital infrastructure funding in their communities.

“The Infrastructure Planning Grant Program is a way for the Province to help set up local governments for success,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “In my conversations with local government representatives at the recent Union of BC Municipalities convention, I heard that infrastructure is a priority. These grants will help ensure infrastructure is delivered through careful planning and collaborative solutions, which will benefit local communities.”

Infrastructure Planning Grants of up to $10,000 are available to local governments to help improve or develop comprehensive long-term plans for infrastructure, such as water, wastewater and drainage. Eligible projects also include plans that address other aspects of community sustainability, such as energy and asset management, as well as feasibility studies for infrastructure initiatives.

The Village of Kaslo is a recent recipient of an Infrastructure Planning Grant.

“Over the years the Village of Kaslo has worked diligently to develop adaptive solutions to specific problems with stormwater and snowmelt,” said Suzan Hewat, mayor of Kaslo. “However, we recognize the need to develop a more permanent stormwater management strategy and the Infrastructure Planning Grant from the Province will help us to develop that plan. The community needs a plan to manage the effects of climate change, higher winter snow loads and significant rain events that are occurring with greater frequency. New solutions to stormwater challenges are needed throughout town and proper planning now will benefit our citizens during the decades ahead.”

In partnership with the federal government and local governments, the Province supported communities in B.C. through a number of infrastructure programs, including through recent commitments under the New Building Canada – Small Communities Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, which are fully subscribed.

Learn more about infrastructure grants available to local governments at: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/infra/infrastructure_grants/

Quick Facts:

The 29 local governments (representing 30 communities) receiving Infrastructure Planning Grants are: Burns Lake, Campbell River, Chase, Chilliwack, Clearwater, Clinton, Courtenay, Duncan, Enderby, Gold River, Harrison Hot Springs, Kaslo, Kelowna, Ladysmith, Lytton, New Westminster, North Vancouver (District), Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Wells, Zeballos, Bulkley-Nechako Regional District, Central Okanagan Regional District, Comox Valley Regional District, Fraser-Fort George Regional District, Kootenay Boundary Regional District (two communities), Nanaimo Regional District, North Okanagan Regional District and Powell River Regional District.
The Infrastructure Planning Grant operates on a year-round open intake.
The next round of decision for the program will be based on applications submitted by Jan. 17, 2018.
Local governments can use an Infrastructure Planning Grant for the assessment work needed for applying to a capital grant program.

Over $528,000 provides a boost to rural economies

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Over $528,000 provides a boost to rural economies

VICTORIA - The British Columbia government is distributing over $528,000 in project development grants to help rural communities develop strong, stable economies and create long-term local employment, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced today.

Under the Rural Dividend project-development funding stream, up to $10,000 is provided to eligible applicants to complete preliminary project components necessary to pursue larger community projects in the future.

Funding is being awarded to 53 local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations around the province to support project development in rural communities.

Successful project development grants range from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary to develop a concept plan for the Hardy Mountain Doukhobor Village site, to the City of Quesnel to develop a business case for a First Nations' cultural centre - and the British Columbia Cycling Coalition to conduct a mid-Vancouver Island cycling feasibility study for the Comox Valley Regional District.


Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson -

"I know this new funding will go a long way to ensure that folks in rural communities can share in economic gains, take control of their own economies, and plan and develop projects that will sustain their communities and families into the future."

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