• Sunday, November 06th, 2011

I would like to invite everyone to attend the All Candidates Forum which will be held on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Pouce Coupe Community Hall.  This will be a candidates forum for Electoral Areas D and E candidates who hope to serve on the Peace River Regional District board. In Electoral Area D (rural areas surrounding Dawson Creek), Wayne Hiebert, Ian Marchuk and Elaine Peterson are seeking election, while in Electoral Area E (rural areas surrounding Chewtynd), Elmer Kabush and myself, Jerrilyn Schembri.

The other dates I have booked next week are on Wednesday, November 8th afternoon in Moberly Lake.  I am looking forward to seeing the firehall and community hall and meeting residents in the area.

Thursday I will be in Chetwynd attending a “Housing Opportunities and Needs” forum.  The purpose of this meeting will be to hear from industry on their present and future operations and expected workforce growth projections, and how they see this translating into direct worker housing demands.  The District of Chetwynd will presenting on what they as a municipality are prepared or able to do to assist in attracting new housing to the community.  B.C. Housing will be present to review their role and interests in the local housing market.  There will also be discussion on local Crown Land opportunities.

The Northern Development Initiative Trust will outline their role in working with local communities to provide incentives for new developments.  Banking institutions and CMHC will be invited to the meeting to hear first hand accounts of future industrial and service sector growth expectations and projected worker housing demands.

Accommodation/housing shortages are becoming an issue throughout the region and Area E will be very impacted by these shortages.  I am looking forward to this meeting and applaud Chetwynd for their proactive move on this subject.



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