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In terms of stealing, theft under $5,000 was virtually unchanged with 29 incidents in 2010 and 30 in 2011; theft over $5,000 jumped significantly with six in 2012 compared to one in 2010. Rochette said the majority of these items were heavy-duty equipment, and four of the 2012 cases had been solved.
Drug offenses remained low, and Rochette said most arrests came when offenders were stopped for other reasons and then found to be in possession of narcotics. Motor vehicle accidents "saw a significant reduction," with incidents resulting in damage of over $1,000 dropped by more than half.
Other previously gathered information on the community which came out in 2012 included population levels taken from the 2011 census: Pemberton's population jumped by 8.1 per cent, while Area C dropped from 1,887 in 2006 to a population of 1,804. Area C includes the rural areas outside of Pemberton and the percentage decline equals 4.4 per cent.
Pemberton and District Museum and Archives Society received a grant of $66,375 from the federal government to equip a new archives and display building. The funding will complete a new, two-storey 2,600 square-foot building with flooring, wiring and lighting, insulation and plumbing; it will pay for the creation of additional museum storage, display and public access space.
"All the pieces fit together and I'm tickled pink!" Society president George Henry said.
In May, Toronto civic and grassroots activist Dave Meslin visited Pemberton to talk about how to promote open government, drawing on his own efforts. He praised the Village of Pemberton's communications efforts, including its simplified public information notices system, saying it was among the best he'd seen, and presented Mayor Jordan Sturdy with the "2012 Dazzling Notice Award" to laughter and applause.
This resulted in the Village offices getting calls from cities and municipalities across Canada, all interested in knowing more about its successes in increasing public engagement. Calls from the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the District of Squamish, and further afield from North Vancouver, Kamloops, Maple Ridge, Terrace, Nanaimo, and, wait for it, Waterloo, Ont.
The year ended with former president of the Pemberton Chamber of Commerce and three-term councillor Mark Blundell being presented with a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal to celebrate Elizabeth II's 60-year reign.
"I'm proud to be a citizen and business person here, and to be able to support whenever and however we can," Blundell said in an interview.
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