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Describing the territory covered by Area P (Rivers and the Peaks) is a challenge — the best way is probably to refer to some of the communities it includes.
Area P runs along the North Thompson River from Tk’emloops Band land to Heffley Creek, where it jogs around and takes in Black Pines and Whispering Pines on the other side, and McLure and Vinsulla opposite. Heading east it includes Knouff Lake, Heflley Lake, Whitecroft and around Sun Peaks to Adams Lake.
It then follows the South Thompson River pretty closely through Neskonlith, Rivershore and to Sun Rivers. Pintanan and Paul Lake are also part of Area P, which, says the TNRD, is 1,777.3 sq. km. with a population of almost 6,000.
Thompson-Nicola Regional District
The following is from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District website. (Click for the website page to learn more.)
The Thompson Nicola Regional District covers an area of approximately 45,279 square kilometres running from the former toll booth on the Coquihalla Highway, Highway 1 south of Lytton through to Big Bar Country west of Clinton, 70 Mile House, Clearwater, Wells Gray Park, Albreda north of Blue River on Highway 5, Chase on Highway 1, east of Westwold on Highway 97c and Douglas Lake Country. The population of the area is 122,286 (2006 Census).
Regional districts are local government authorities unique to British Columbia that exist to meet certain local government service needs that neither municipalities nor the province are well-suited to address. Every regional district is made of municipalities (member municipalities) and unincorporated areas (electoral areas). Member municipalities and electoral areas work together to enable regional districts to fulfill their primary purposes, to:
• Provide services such as community planning, solid waste management, water and sewer, 911, fire protection, and regulatory services in the region
• Manage administration functions, for example:
1. Borrowing from the Municipal Finance Authority, the central borrowing agency for municipalities and regional districts in British Columbia, and
2. Raising capital funds for hospital facilities in regional district boundaries in the role of Regional Hospital Districts,
• Provide the political and administrative frameworks necessary for member municipalities and electoral areas to collaborate in the provision of regional and sub-regional services.
At present, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has 26 Directors, comprised of 10 Electoral Area Directors and 16 Directors representing member municipalities. Each Electoral Area Director appoints an alternate to provide voting representation at Board and Committee meetings in their absence.