Restoration work is planned for part of the historic Cariboo Waggon Road between Clinton and Lac La Hache, and people can learn more about the project at a public meeting in Clinton on Oct. 22. Photo: New Pathways to Gold

Restoration work is planned for part of the historic Cariboo Waggon Road between Clinton and Lac La Hache, and people can learn more about the project at a public meeting in Clinton on Oct. 22. Photo: New Pathways to Gold

Learn more about Cariboo Waggon Road restoration at public meeting

Plus a free movie night, Change Happens workshop, co-ed hockey, and more

Interior Health public meeting

In last week’s print issue of The Journal, it was reported that the public meeting in Ashcroft being held by Interior Health (IH) to discuss health care issues in the area would take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 starting at 7 p.m. at the Ashcroft Community Hall on Bancroft Street. All area residents are welcome to attend the meeting, which will see a presentation by IH officials and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions about local health care.

Adult co-ed hockey

Starting Thursday, Oct. 17 there will be drop-in co-ed hockey for those aged 19+ at the Drylands Arena in Ashcroft. It’s simply for the enjoyment of the game, and for those of all skill levels, with players divided into two teams each week: no ref, and no scores kept.

Each player pays $10 for insurance for the entire season on the first night, and $10 for every night played. Any participants who live outside the Village of Ashcroft boundaries pay an additional $30 for the entire season.

Anyone interested should contact Deanna Horsting at (250) 682-4438, or email for more information.

Cariboo Waggon Road public meeting

The New Pathways to Gold Society and partners invite you to an information/partnership-building session for the Cariboo Waggon Road Restoration Project. There will be a session in Clinton at the Memorial Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and attendees can discover maps of the original route of the historic Cariboo Waggon Road from Clinton to Lac La Hache; share your stories of the road in your backyard or a family history about the road; have your say about the amenities, interpretation, and trail uses; and identify partnerships and business opportunities down the road.

The Cariboo Waggon Road Restoration Project is a partnership between the New Pathways to Gold Society, District of 100 Mile House, BC Parks, and the Province of British Columbia. For more information contact Don Hauka, Communications/Creative Director, New Pathways to Gold Society at

Free movie night

Come on down to the Ashcroft HUB on Friday, Oct. 25 for a free screening of this year’s hit movie Shazam! The movie starts at 7 p.m., and a concession will be available.

Quieres aprender español?

Do you want to learn Spanish? The Ashcroft HUB will be offering beginner Spanish lessons if there is enough interest. There will be 10 sessions offered on Thursday nights at 7 p.m. if enough people want to take part.

The price of the course, and the start date, are to be determined. Anyone interested should contact the HUB at (250) 453-9177, or email

Change Happens workshop

Local businesses and not-for-profits affected by the 2017 wildfires are invited to the “Change Happens” workshop, which will feature an evening with community leadership professional Mo Douglas. The free event will celebrate our resilience through the tough times behind us, and inspire us to face new challenges and opportunities going forward.

Douglas will share her personal stories of resilience from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and business successes in crisis and natural disasters. She will facilitate a panel of local businesses for honest conversations and stories of challenge, strength, and success within our own region.

The free workshop starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Cache Creek Community Hall, and there will be hot appetizers, tea and coffee, and a no-host bar. There is a limit of two free tickets per business/organization. RSVP by Nov. 1 by calling Community Futures Sun Country at (250) 453-9165, or go to

The workshop is sponsored by the Wildfire Business Transition Program, which is funded by the Red Cross and Western Economic Diversification.

Registered Disability Savings Plan

October is Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Awareness Month. More than 31,000 people with disabilities have opened an RDSP in B.C., and this month is an opportunity to further increase awareness of RDSPs and how they can help to ensure a stable and independent financial future for people with disabilities.

Only 40 per cent of eligible British Columbians have signed up, which means there are still tens of thousands of people who are qualified but don’t have an RDSP yet. They are an excellent savings tool that help people with disabilities, and their families, plan a financially secure and independent future without affecting disability assistance.

Anyone under the age of 60 who qualifies for the disability tax credit can open an RDSP. The federal government matches up to $3 for every dollar deposited through the Canadian Savings Grant program; up to $3,500 annually to a lifetime maximum of $70,000. People with low incomes can also receive a Canada Savings Bond of up to $1,000 annually, to a lifetime maximum of $20,000, even if they aren’t able to contribute.

More than 926,100 British Columbians aged 15 to 64 years—almost 25 per cent of the population—identify as having a disability.

If you want to find out more information about the Registered Disability Savings Plan, go to

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Ashcroft hospital emergency closed sign, 2016. Photo credit: Barbara Roden
Ashcroft Hospital emergency department closed this weekend

Closure due to unexpected limited physician availabiliy, says Interior Health

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

Heidi Roy of the Cariboo Jade Shop in Cache Creek with the 3,000 jade boulder, which is now on secure display inside the shop. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Massive jade boulder returns to Cache Creek store six months after daring heist

The 3,000-pound boulder was stolen on Dec. 19, 2020 and found abandoned in the bush a week later

Dr. Albert de Villiers, chief medical health officer for the Interior Health Authority. (Contributed)
Child sex crimes charges against Interior’s top doc won’t impact pandemic response: Dix

Dr. Albert de Villiers is charged with sexual assault and sexual interference

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Websit back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials watching U.K.’s Delta variant struggles, ‘may need to slow’ restart plan

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Most Read