BC Premier Christy Clark visits Powell River

Everyone Welcome

The Powell River Chamber of Commerce is honoured to be hosting a Meet and Greet with BC Premier Christy Clark.

Please join us on Tuesday January 24th,  3 to 4pm at Snickers Restaurant on Marine Ave.

MUST RSVP, $10 at the door, MUST RSVP office@powellriverchamber.com or 604- 485-4051

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BC Home Sales Post Record Year

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a record 112,209 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2016, an increase of 9.5 per cent from the previous year. Total sales dollar volume was a record $77.6 billion, up 18.8 per cent from 2015. The average MLS® residential price in the province climbed 8.6 per cent to $691,144 on an annual basis in 2016.

“Broad-based consumer demand driven by strong economic conditions, employment growth, consumer confidence, and an expanding population base pushed home sales to record levels in many BC regions last year,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “However, home sales have fallen back from their lofty peaks early last year.” The seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales activity was approximately 92,000 units in December.

A total of 4,721 residential unit sales were recorded by the MLS® in December, down 28.4 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $3.1 billion last month, a decline of 33.1 per cent compared to the same month the previous year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $654,699 in December, a 6.6 per cent decline from December 2015.

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2017 Property Assessment Notices in the Mail

In the next few days, owners of more than 360,000 properties throughout the Vancouver Island region (including Powell River) can expect to receive their 2017 assessment notices which reflect market value as of July 1, 2016.

“The majority of residential home assessments within the region are shifting between +5% to +25% compared to last year’s assessments,” says Regional Assessor Tina Ireland. “A robust real estate market over the past year resulted in assessment increases for many properties in the Vancouver Island region, most notably those in the Greater Victoria areas which have indicated increases up to 40%.”

As B.C.’s trusted provider of property assessment information, BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data throughout the year. The table below indicates the Vancouver Island region’s estimated typical percentage changes to 2017 assessment values by property type compared to July, 2016 (note that property assessments may vary by individual jurisdiction/municipality within the region).

Overall, the Vancouver Island region’s total assessments increased from $170.15 billion in 2016 to $193.21 billion this year. A total of almost $2.91 billion of the region’s updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties. The Vancouver Island assessment region includes all communities located within Greater Victoria, South Island, Central Island, North Island, West Coast, Northern and Southern Gulf Islands and Powell River.

Powell River
Powell River Regional District – Rural Areas(747) $217,000 $205,800
City of Powell River $234,000 $211,900
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Award-winning British Comedy Duo James & Jamesy Bring Holiday Cheer to Powell River with – O Christmas Tea –

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss will delight in this
rollicking Christmas romp through a world steeped in tea

Courtenay, Nanaimo, Duncan BC – As part of their Vancouver Island Tour, critically and audience acclaimed British comedians James & Jamesy make their triumphant debut in Courtenay, Nanaimo, and Duncan this holiday season with their uproarious Christmas comedy O Christmas Tea, on stage December 6, 2016 at 7:30pm at Max Cameron Theatre in Powell River. The 17-time ‘Best-of-Fest’ winners from theatre festivals across North America invite audience members of all ages to join them in their action-packed quest to save the world from drowning in tea.

“The Christmas season is a magical time of year that brings people of all ages together; a time when we are encouraged to dream big, embrace imagination and celebrate a child-like excitement for merriment,” says Jamesy, the quirky and playful half of London’s three-time Impresario Award-winning duo. “O Christmas Tea brings to the stage a celebration of that joyous holiday spirit, sweeping spectators into an immersive adventure, leaving them bubbling with laughter and brimming with holiday cheer.”

Catastrophe strikes at James & Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea. The friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Redefining immersive theatre, these masters of physical comedy—with over a dozen comedy awards to their name—sweep the audience out to sea in a jolly aquatic escapade brimming with whimsy, action, and ingenuity in a celebration of friendship at Christmas.

Regarded as “one of the most popular Fringe duos ever” (CBC), the charismatic James & Jamesy have toured across North America since 2012, performing their original works – including High Tea, 2 for Tea, and In The Dark – more than 400 times to more than 40,000 audience members, earning rave reviews and lifetime fans. Among other accolades, the physical comedians are 2-time finalists for the Just for Laugh’s Best Comedy Award, and finalists for the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Ensemble. They have also been awarded Best of Fest (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto), Most Outstanding Show (London), Best Comedy (Victoria), Patron’s Pick (London) and Best Script (Montreal).

This performance is part of a 7-city BC tour of O Christmas Tea, which will take James & Jamesy to the following additional cities this December: Courtenay, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Victoria, Duncan, and Maple Ridge.

About James & Jamesy (jamesandjamesy.com)

Since 2012, James & Jamesy have been fearlessly embodied by Aaron Malkin as James and Alastair Knowles as Jamesy. Together, they create award-winning performances that blend theatre, physical comedy, and dance to take audiences on fantastical trips of the imagination. Their unique humour appeals to those of all ages – from children to adults – and fosters an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging of audience involvement. Complementing performances are workshops for students and the community that educate on improvisation and physical comedy techniques, while inspiring participants to overcome fears and find freedom in new and inventive methods of self-expression.


Date: December 6, 2016 at 7:30pm

Ticket prices: $26 Adult
$24 Senior
$15 Student
$22 Group of 10 or more adults

Address Max Cameron Theatre
5400 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC

Box Office: Tickets available at the following locations:
– The Peak: 4400 Marine Ave
– 2 Lakes Coffee: In Townsite
– Red Lion Pub: In Wildwood
– Old Courthouse Inn: 6243 Walnut St.

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Dr. Evan Adams Appointed To MSF Board

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evan Adams and Dr. Brendan Carr to its board of directors.
Dr. Adams is a Coast Salish physician from the Tla’amin First Nation located near Powell River. Adams, the chief medical officer for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), works closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians.
Prior to joining FNHA, Adams was deputy provincial health officer. In this role, he provided independent direction on First Nations and Aboriginal health issues to the BC Ministry of Health.
Adams completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Calgary, his Aboriginal Family Practice residency at St. Paul’s Hospital / UBC (as chief resident) and has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Carr was named president and chief executive officer for Island Health in 2013 after previously serving as executive vice-president and chief medical officer. Before joining the health authority, he was vice-president of medicine with the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax and an assistant professor with Dalhousie University.
Carr trained as an emergency department physician. He also holds a Master of Business Administration. Dr. Carr is a Certified Physician Executive, a Certified Healthcare Executive and has completed a research fellowship with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.
Active in education and health services research, Carr is an advocate for transformation in health care.
The new directors’ appointments were approved at MSFHR’s annual general meeting on September 23. The meeting also marked the retirement of Dr. Marco Marra and Cathy Ulrich from the board. Ulrich first joined the board in 2007 and was on the governance committee since 2008. She stepped down after serving the maximum nine-year term.
About the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research:
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) empowers British Columbia’s best and brightest health researchers to pursue world-class innovation and stretch the bounds of what health research can achieve. Inspired by the memory and passion of Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Smith, the Foundation was created in 2001 by the provincial government to build capacity for health research in BC. Since its inception, MSFHR has received more than $450 million from government to bolster BC’s capacity to develop new treatments and cures; help BC’s health system be more effective and responsive to emerging health threats; and keep BC’s health research sector globally competitive. The Foundation helps BC’s health research community discover solutions to our greatest health challenges; connect knowledge and action on provincial priorities; and engage partners to improve the research enterprise. Learn more at www.msfhr.org

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Townsite Brewing Included On BC Ale Trail

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-1-48-21-pmWith today’s launch of the BC Ale Trail, tourists and craft beer enthusiasts have a new definitive guide to exploring B.C.’s craft beer scene and local sightseeing attractions.

With the booming growth of craft breweries in B.C. – going from 54 breweries in 2010 to more than 125 today and more on the horizon – British Columbia is continuing to grow its reputation as the craft beer capital of Canada. Together, these breweries produce more than 40 different types of beer each day in every part of the province. The BC Ale Trail is an interactive website with detailed itineraries that include maps, restaurant and lodging, unexpected sites, and a variety of craft beer suggestions that encourages beer lovers locally and from afar to continue to explore craft beer in B.C.

The ale trail is based on the bestselling book, Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries. The project was spearheaded by the BC Craft Brewers Guild and supported by a $70,000 investment from the Province through Destination BC. The ale trail was also developed with the collaboration of seven of B.C’s destination marketing organizations, each in areas with a unique scenic and brewing landscape: Comox Valley, Kootenay Rockies, Nanaimo, Port Moody, Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Whistler. The BC Ale Trail targets tourists from the Pacific Northwest and within Canada, encouraging them to come to B.C. to explore the province’s bourgeoning craft beer industry and enjoy B.C.’s natural wilderness, activities and urban experiences.

To plan your trip on the BC Ale Trail: www.bcaletrail.ca

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Nathan E. Stewart aground on Edge Reef

Thanks for this link Stephen Chessor

Diesel fears after tug and petroleum barge run aground near Bella Bella


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