City Services, facilities to be affected by political protest

October 17, 2005
News Release

QUESNEL, B.C. – The City of Quesnel is advising the public that many of its services and facilities will be affected tomorrow due to a political protest by members of CUPE Locals 1050 and 3176.

It’s anticipated that City employees will not report for work tomorrow in support of striking teachers and to make their displeasure with the provincial government and Bill 12 known.

“We apologize to City residents for the disruptions in services and facility closures,” said City Manager Charles Hamilton. “We recognize this is a broader provincial issue and an emotionally charged one. We’ve discussed this issue with the union and are doing our best to minimize the impact on the public. We’re hopeful this is a one-day event that doesn’t escalate.”

Union officials stated employees have no issue with their employer and assured the City of Quesnel that essential services will be unaffected. Police dispatchers and guards will report to work, public works employees will respond to emergency calls and the airport will be unaffected.

City Hall will remain open for business, albeit with a reduced staffing level.

The Quesnel and District Arts & Recreation Centre, Quesnel and District Twin Arenas and the Museum will all be closed to the public and any programs scheduled to run in those facilities Tuesday are cancelled. Those with residential garbage pick-up scheduled for Tuesday will have it moved to Friday.

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