April 2023 Board Meeting Highlights

Board Meeting Highlights

RHD approves funds for hospital equipment

The Fraser-Fort George Regional Hospital District approved $713,200 in funding to support the purchase of new medical equipment for UHNBC.   The approved funding includes:

  • $143,600 – OR Anesthesia Unit for UHNBC
  • $155,600 – OR Eye Microscope for UHNBC
  • $93,600 – OR Image-Guided Stereotactic System for UHNBC
  • $93,200 – Ultrasound Replacement for UHNBC
  • $227,200 – X-ray Replacement for UHNBC

The funding represents 40% of the total cost of the equipment.

Economic Impact of Veterinary Medicine

The RDFFG partnered with the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and the BC Cattleman’s Association to study the economic impact of veterinary medicine in BC.  The study found that the economic impacts generated by veterinarians in BC are $2.4 billion in total output, including direct output of $1.5 billion and indirect and induced output of $0.9 billion. It also determined that veterinarians play a critical role in ensuring the sustainability and viability of the livestock sector. They provide medical and surgical services to livestock as well as consultation on disease prevention and treatment. They also support food security and safety through veterinary oversight of agricultural operations.

REAPS contract renewed

The Regional District has renewed a contract with the Recycling Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS) for waste reduction and promotion services.  Since 2007, REAPS has worked with the Regional District to provide promotion and education throughout the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George on waste reduction and home composting. The new contract will cover 2023-2027.

New trail bridges for George Hicks Regional Park

The walking trail bridges at the George Hicks Regional Park in Valemount will be getting replaced. The Board approved awarding a contract valued at $168,255.73 to Cabin Operations Ltd. for the planning, permitting and replacement of

the George Hicks Regional Park Walking Trail bridges.  This work will allow for continued use of the walking trail and improve safety within the park as users will not have to walk the access road to access the visitor’s centre from the park.

Community Grants

The Board approved the following requests for Community and Recreation Grants:

  • $2409 to the Nukko Lake Recreation Commission for insurance and event expenses
  • $40,000 to the Red Rock Volunteer Fire Department Association for generator and enclosure expenses
  • $2500 to the Buckhorn PAC for field trip expenses
  • $40,000 to the Cariboo Ferndale Community Association for community hall upgrade expenses
  • $4500 to the Willow River Recreation Association for operating and program expenses
  • $5000 to the Dunster Community Association for grounds remediation expenses
  • $4000 to the Yellowhead Ski Club for trail improvements and operating expenses