Burns Lake mayor meets with minister to discuss family programs  

“No services the ministry was delivering from CNC are being cut,” says ministry.

A delegation of Burns Lake residents including Mayor Luke Strimbold recently headed to Victoria in an effort to ensure that no services offered at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) will be lost.

The Burns Lake delegation spoke directly to Stephanie Cadieux, B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development. The ministry is the primary funder of the CNC family programs and has been overseeing the transfer of these programs to other agencies.

The CNC board of directors decided to transfer all family programs offered at the Lakes District campus to other agencies by March 2016.

According to Mayor Strimbold, since the contracts were surrendered by CNC, the ministry has been reassessing their priorities for the region, which means some changes to programming may be implemented. Strimbold said the ministry recently issued request for proposals that did not include many of the existing services.

However, according to Bill Anderson, a ministry Spokesperson, “no services the ministry was delivering from CNC are being cut.” When asked about the request for proposals that have been issued, the ministry simply repeated their previous statement.

The decision to transfer all family programs offered by CNC to other agencies could significantly impact the community. According to Anne Guarasci, FASD Training Lead for CNC, a loss or change in service structure could cause an increase in teenage pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, FASD and dependence on social assistance, as well as a decrease in stable housing and access to medical and prenatal care.

“The loss of these services is extremely concerning to our community,” said Mayor Strimbold. “This is not acceptable for our community; we cannot afford to lose these services.”

 

Just Posted

Residents shocked at Soldiers of Odin posters

Some Burns Lake residents were shocked over the March 16-17 weekend to… Continue reading

Big sale of big bulls

Southside residents Ken and Cathy Rose participated in the Maple Leaf Charolais… Continue reading

B.C. minister says rural internet is ‘railroad of the 21st century’

Jinny Sims talks details about the $50-million provincial and possible $750-million federal funds

Herders, experts converge in Burns Lake for Sheep Fest 2019

Farmers and experts working in the sheep industry gathered in Burns Lake… Continue reading

Premier in Witset for reconciliation discussions

We need to be here together: Horgan at Wet’suwet’en feast.

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

Kids found playing darts with syringes in Vancouver Island park

Saanich police is urging people to throw out their syringes properly and safely

Most Read