Ashcroft Emergency Service Hours of Operation
Unless otherwise specified by Interior Health, the Ashcroft Emergency Department will continue to be open Fridays 5-10pm and Saturdays/Sundays 8am-8pm until further notice.
In case of an emergency outside these hours, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency department at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. You can also call 8-1-1 if you want free advice or information from a medical professional about a medical problem or concern.
Elders of Ashcroft-Cache Creek
The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors Association is holding an information meeting at 1pm on Thursday April 21st at the Seniors Centre, 601 Bancroft Street, Ashcroft (upstairs next to the village office).
Anyone aged 55 and over is welcome, as the association is trying to gauge support and see if there is enough interest in keeping the senior center open and active.
In addition to measuring interest, the organizers also want to receive ideas on the reopening of the center, which has been closed since March 2020.
BE on set
Want to learn more about working on a film set? BE On Set is a course designed to introduce beginning and novice artists to the information they need to work confidently, efficiently and safely on film sets. Topics covered include terminology, routines, rules, paperwork, continuity, performance expectations, and health and safety.
The next class will take place on Sunday, April 24 from noon to 4 p.m. The course will be delivered via Zoom, and the cost is $50 per person (must be paid in advance by e-transfer).
For more information or to register, contact Debra Sawarin at [email protected] or (250) 899-5312.
CAN-Pitch and CAN-Hit clinics are coming to Cache Creek April 22-24, for players of all skill levels. The CAN-Hit session (for players 6 years and older) will take place on April 22 (cost $25 per person), while the CAN-Pitch sessions for players 7 years and older will take place on April 23 and 24 (cost $50 per person; pitchers must have their own catcher). Pitchers will be split into two groups, with each group having a 1.5-2 hour morning and afternoon session. Every Cache Creek Minor Softball League team is required to have at least two pitchers, so this is a great opportunity to develop or hone your skills.
For more information or to register, contact Ashlene Minnabarriet at [email protected] Advance registration is recommended.
Ashcroft Community Garden
Work continues on Ashcroft’s new community garden, and anyone interested in planting and maintaining a bed can leave their name at the village office (call 250-453-9161 or email [email protected]) .
The beds measure 4′ by 8′ (including the frame). Each is supplied with an automatic sprinkler and will be filled with topsoil ready for planting. The site will also have a gazebo, benches and a small shed to store tools. There is a $10 deposit per bed and they are expected to be ready to plant in early June.
Wellness Support Group
Do you want to talk to someone in a positive, discreet and relaxed setting? The Ashcroft HUB hosts a free wellness support group every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. Come by for a cup of coffee and get peer-to-peer support for mental health and wellness.
Cache Creek Market
Cache Creek’s weekly market returns for the season – rain or shine – on Saturday May 7 and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until October 1 at the usual location (the crossroads from the highway next to the Chum restaurant). There will also be special Sunday markets on the Graffiti Days weekend (June 12); Canada Day weekend (July 3); and the August long weekend (July 31).
Opening day is free for vendors; after that the cost is $5 per site. You can bring your own tables and tents, or rent them on site. Anyone with questions can email organizer Wendy Coomber at [email protected] or find her on Facebook (either Wendy Coomber or Cache Creek Market, where a full schedule is available). You can also text him at (250) 457-0245.
The Clinton outdoor will be back this year, with the first market of the season scheduled for Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Hunnie’s Mercantile on Cariboo Highway. Vendors wishing to reserve a spot can call (250) 457-1020.
TNRD is set to replace its punch card-style eco-cards – which can be used at all TNRD eco-depots and transfer stations – with more permanent cards that can be reloaded with funds using the new online customer portal website. You don’t have a computer? TNRD can do it for you.
The new cards will eliminate the waste of punched cards sent to landfill. Current cards will continue to be accepted at all sites as long as there are still unmarked amounts. For more information on the new rechargeable cards, or to create an account, visit https://bit.ly/38y7ZRP; you can also call TNRD at (250) 377-2596, or ask to register at your local eco-depot or participating transfer station, including Cache Creek, Clinton, Spences Bridge, Lytton, and Logan Lake. New accounts come with a one-time $10 welcome credit from TNRD.
Free tool helps businesses prepare for disasters
Community Futures Sun Country has launched a new online tool that will help businesses prepare for and mitigate the impact of disasters that could affect them. The Business Continuity Planning Tool will help business owners identify hazards to their business, key assets and functions, and learn how to mitigate those risks.
The tool is free for all businesses. Any businesses located in the Sun Country area who would like to learn more about the tool and prepare for disasters can contact Community Futures Sun Country at [email protected] or (250) 453-9165.
Rehabilitation of Highway 8
The Department of Transportation provides regular updates on its repair/restoration work on Highway 8 between Spences Bridge and Merritt. There are 23 sites that need repairs, and as of April 5, temporary repairs were nine complete; construction had begun on nine others; and work is planned soon on the other five sites. Crews continue to create temporary access along the corridor and partner with BC Hydro to restore power along the highway.
The ministry expects the current phase – emergency access and temporary construction – to be completed in the spring of 2022 and is working to plan a long-term repair schedule for future work. For more information and updates on work in progress, visit https://bit.ly/3rP7SbM.
Record net migration figures
New data released by Statistics Canada shows that British Columbia broke a record for the number of people moving to the province in 2021. Year-end data shows that net migration from British Columbia reached 100 797 people in 2021, which is the highest annual total since 1961.
Net migration is the number of people who moved to British Columbia from another province or territory, or another country, minus the number of people who left.
Of the people who moved to British Columbia last year, 33,656 people came from other Canadian provinces or territories, the highest number since 1994 and the highest in Canada. The remaining 67,141 people who made British Columbia their home in 2021 came from overseas, and last year marked the second highest level of international immigration to British Columbia on record.