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Freya Phillips Energy Specialist Can you change the world in less than 10 minutes? It seems unlikely, BUT the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has launched its climate change survey and it needs people in its electoral areas to complete it. Now.

So yes, you can make a difference, maybe even change your world, within a matter of minutes.

“We’re seeking local opinions on climate change. We need to hear stories from our RDKB rural communities to know what citizens are thinking. We want to understand their concerns and challenges, know how their lives and livelihoods are affected, and identify what barriers there are to taking action so we can tailor the help and support we provide,” says Freya Phillips, Senior Energy Specialist with the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary. Phillips helps the RDKB lead from the front as an exemplar of best practices. “This survey is all about creating an action plan, one that effectively reduces energy and emissions, prepares local people for climate change and helps them adapt. It’s happening, we see it all around us and we collectively can do something about it. We just need residents’ input,” she adds.

The survey aims to drill into the experiences and priorities of those living and working in rural communities, rather than their urban neighbours, to provide a tailored approach. RDKB’s subsequent help, support and action will then be appropriately shaped to the nuances of the region.

If you live or own a business in Areas A, B (Lower Columbia – Old Glory), C (Christina Lake), D (Rural Grand Forks) or E (West Boundary), you can take action, and give local government the information it needs to ‘walk the talk’ on climate action.

The survey can be filled in Climate Action Plan | Regional District of Kootenay Boundary - Join the Conversation (rdkb.com). Paper copies can be completed at the following venues: RDKB office reception (Trail and Grand Forks), the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre, Christina Lake Welcome Centre, The Riverside Centre in Rock Creek and Beaverdale Post Office. Survey closes 31 May.

Only 19 quick-fire answers stand in the way of you and resiliency against fire, drought, flood, food insecurity, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the Kootenay and Boundary areas.

The results of the survey will determine priorities and how the RDKB moves forwards to reduce emissions, increase building energy efficiencies, conserve water, Firesmart properties and remove barriers for individuals and businesses to take climate action, either directly, in partnership with others or advocating at a provincial and federal level.

 

Hike Our StoryA new hiking challenge launched in the Boundary is motivating residents, as well as visitors to the area, to get outside, explore local trails, have fun and win some prizes along the way.

To celebrate this year’s 125th anniversary of Grand Forks, the ‘Hike our Story’ Challenge is a collaboration between outdoor enthusiasts from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Recreation Commission and The Grand Forks Community Trails Society.  Their collective aim is to empower people through connectivity to nature and build an appreciation of Indigenous heritage. 

By the end of June, when the Challenge has run its course, the hope is that all participants will have discovered new routes as well as the heritage behind them by walking in the footsteps of others who have come before.  With many local sponsors on board providing weekly prizes, it’s also hoped that Boundary businesses sponsoring the event will get a piece of the action and benefit from the subsequent footfall.

“This initiative is going to put more boots on the ground and help increase the visibility of our local businesses and trails which are packed full of history as well as natural beauty,” says Melina Van Hoogevest, RDKB’s Recreation Supervisor at Grand Forks and District Recreation.  “For many, walking is fantastic for mindfulness, can become a fitness catalyst, and provide ‘me time’, health benefits or an opportunity to socialise.  It can be a great stress reliever, an escape from the grind or a way to walk right into the hiking community to see where it takes you.  Whether you choose to do one or all of the ‘Hike Our Story’ trails over the next couple of months, you’ll discover so much more than you’d ever expect,” she adds.\

Nine mini hiking adventures, varying in difficulty, length and terrain, span the team’s favourite trails in Christina Lake (2), Grand Forks (6) and Phoenix (1).  Described and featured on www.rdkb.com, trails can be accessed and assessed for suitability ahead of time.  With a broad mix of easy, moderate and hard grades there will be a trail to suit those new to the benefits of walking as well as the seasoned hiker.

“Some are a grind and have steep climbs while others are short, level or more family-friendly,” says Michelle Millette, Grand Forks Community Trails Society Vice-President.  “The hiking challenge incorporates iconic views, breathtaking vistas and spectacular sights.  Some trails are stroller and wheelchair friendly, some are suitable for cyclists, and others pass by great swimming spots, a waterfall to admire or will take you through natural forest and giant cedars.  On others watch out for osprey, eagles, historical relics, and indigenous artifacts!” she adds.

Giving an additional reason to participate, QR codes on each trail are waiting to be discovered and will unlock the possibility to win weekly gift cards courtesy of Thistle Pot Gifts Ltd,. Fresh Tracks Outdoors Club, The Wooden Spoon - Bistro & Bake Shop, Seasons Outdoors, Work n Play Clothing, Pharmasave Grand Forks, Grand Forks B.C. Community Trails, Grand Forks & District Recreation, Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.  One lucky hiker will win the Wildways Adventure Sports grand prize.

For more information on the epic ‘Hike Our Story’ Challenge visit RDKB - Regional District of Kootenay Boundary > Recreation & Culture > Grand Forks & District > Trails, and follow @Grandforksrec (Insta), Grand Forks & District Recreation or RDKBdotcom (FB). 

photo caption, left to right: Louise Popoff, Grand Forks Community Trails Society Director, Cheryl Ahrens, Grand Forks Recreation Commission Member and Grand Forks Community Trail Society Member

John Grandy, President of the Grand Forks Community Trail Society.

Contact:

Anitra Winje
Corporate Officer
250.368.0225
corporate@rdkb.com

 

Abbe Watersmart Ambassador Residents living in the Beaver Valley, Rivervale and Christina Lake will be able to significantly reduce their water consumption and conserve H20 more effectively this summer with help from the RDKB’s latest seasonal recruit, Abbe Teasdale.

Abbe, who has just finished the second year of her Civil Engineering degree at the University of Calgary, is the latest post-secondary student to join the burgeoning talented crew at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

As the RDKB WaterSmart Ambassador she hopes to replicate the success initiated by the Columbia Basin Trust when it first launched the program to address high seasonal outdoor water use and achieve the basin wide reduction goal of 20%.

Based from its headquarters in Trail, Abbe will work with the RDKB’s environmental services team to conduct free sprinkler system assessments in a bid to identify defects and address inefficiencies across local lawns and gardens. Part of her remit will be to promote free indoor water conservation kits comprising of faucet aerators and shower heads designed to effectively reduce water flow.

“I’m looking forward to gaining an insight into local government, being the RDKB’s public interface, working with local people and addressing their concerns. Water conservation is a huge passion of mine and I’m looking forward to learning more about how the real world of work aligns with my degree. Simple changes made on a local level can make a big difference and I’m on hand to share tips and advice on how to bring down residents’ water use,” says Abbe.

“We’re sure it will be a huge success,” says RDKB Manager of Infrastructure and Sustainability, Goran Denkovski, who appointed the Fruitvale local for her strong customer service skills, willingness to learn and her friendly, approachable nature. “WaterSmart Ambassadors have a huge impact on the ground,” says RDKB Engineering and Safety Coordinator, Gabe Wiebe. “They are really effective at raising community awareness on how to avoid overwatering. This new appointment is a big step forward for local water conservation and will significantly help us meet our strategic priorities,” he adds.

To schedule your sprinkler system assessment, authorize the watering of new sod/grass seed, order indoor water conservation toolkits and for any other WaterSmart and related landscaping enquiries, call 250 231 5384 or email.

 

Caelum Dudek IT Helpdesk Caelum Dudek has joined RDKB’s IT team as its Helpdesk Career Path Student for a second consecutive summer co-op position. The 20-year old, who is originally from Saskatchewan but spent most of his formative years growing up in Rossland, will return to the University of Victoria to resume his Software Engineering degree once his four- month practicum with the progressive employer ends.

Working within the small, close-knit unit that underpins the online safety, security and integrity of regional government in the Kootenays and Boundary areas, Caelum will be tasked with fixing computers, troubleshooting, hardware diagnostics, website development and network infrastructure.

“Working for the RDKB within such an innovative, fun, supportive team has been an enormous help. There’s never a dull moment and the live projects I’ve helped with have been really exciting. As an engineering student you can’t learn the theory of IT software or networks without the practice. I’ve gained so much useful hands-on experience which has served me well. It’s definitely helped further my understanding and has boosted my grades,” says Caelum, who would like to eventually pursue a career in Data Science.

“We feel really lucky to be welcoming Caelum back on our team. He’s a natural – great at troubleshooting and we’ve already benefited hugely from his fresh perspective,” says RDKB’s website developer Ian Johnston who heads its IT helpdesk. As Caelum’s mentor he is responsible for overseeing his training, development, learning, growth, and professional support. “Every IT student should undertake a helpdesk position. I can draw a line directly from where I am today to my first co-op. So, without it I just wouldn’t be here today. You can’t beat learning in the real world and converting knowledge into practice. Co-op programs offer a win-win situation which provide meaningful learning experiences as well as good value and we’re delighted that Caelum is back on board. We love having him around and really appreciate his skills, enthusiasm and input,” adds Dale Green, RDKB’s Manager of Information Technology.

 

avian flu detected in kootenays

If you are a commercial poultry producer or have backyard chickens, there are steps you can take to reduce the spread caused by human movement and migratory birds.

 

DO NOT take sick birds off your property.

DO NOT transport dead poultry, or dispose of them in green bins or the landfill.

Visit this website link for more information. It details how to protect your flock, the signs of infection, additional resources and who to contact if your birds get sick or die.
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/.../reportable.../avian-influenza-ai

 

Colin MacAskill - RDKB Safety AdvisorThe Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has appointed Colin MacAskill to its team to continue fostering a safe workplace culture for all while creating a buzz around safety matters throughout the organisation.

In his newly created position of Safety Advisor, Colin will be based at its Trail’s headquarters where he will be responsible for engaging the entire workforce on best practice.  Following an audit of the RDKB current safety program policies and procedures, he will be identifying where improvements can be made to ensure its workplace, fire halls, municipality buildings and treatment plants are kept up to date on hazardous assessments and certification district-wide.

Originally a carpenter by trade, Colin was born in Trail, lives in Fruitvale and as Hil-Tech Contracting’s former safety coordinator, is highly experienced in all matters relating to his new role.

“We’re really pleased that Colin has joined the RDKB team.  He has a genuine, long standing interest in safety, knows how to implement safety programs in the field and has demonstrated that he is a passionate advocate for improving standards within construction,” says Goran Denkovski, RDKB’s Manager of Infrastructure and Sustainability.

Of his move to the RDKB, Colin said he was looking forward to drawing on the resources of one of the leading employers in the area, as well as working in a team that has a firm understanding and appreciation for safety.

“It’s great to be able to progress my career in safety and still remain in the Kootenays,” says Colin who loves everything to do with the outdoors and balances his working life with his family, camping, skiing, biking and hiking.  “The size, scope and nature of the work here is the perfect fit and I’m looking forward to the shift in focus and pace that this new role demands,” he adds.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has received over $1.78 million from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - Rural and Northern Communities. The funding will pay for major treatment and storage upgrades to the RDKB Christina Lake Water Utility Service designed to improve drinking water quality, as well as fire flow, for 1627 residents in Electoral Area C/Christina Lake.

The joint federal-provincial funding includes $1,068,330 from the Government of Canada, and $712,220 from the Government of British Columbia. Totalling $1,780,550, the grant will pay for 100% of the costs required for upgrades identified from the 2015 Christina Lake Water System Study.  These include a second barrier of treatment alongside increased storage capacity to meet residential and fire flow guidelines.

Construction of the project’s civil components will begin next summer for completion in 2025.   A new water treatment plant will house a re-chlorination system and enable UV light disinfection of source water to meet Provincial treatment objectives.  The scope of works also include a 200 cubic meter expansion of the Wolverton reservoir.

“This grant from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will help build the RDKB Christina Lake Water Utility Service resiliency to fire and extreme weather events, protect our firefighters, improve our area’s structural and water assets and ensure continued access to safe drinking water,“  says Director Grace McGregor for Area C/Christina Lake.  “We’re extremely thankful to all levels of government for recognizing that this investment is crucial to the future health of our community and its robust development,” she adds.

“We’re really happy that our water treatment project has been included in this round of federal and provincial investments,” says Goran Denkovski, RDKB’s Manager of Infrastructure and Sustainability.  “The RDKB is focused on a continual program of modernisation works that sustainably future-proof our communities and prevent an aging infrastructure.  This grant will enable us to create an effective second barrier of water treatment to service the homes and commercial properties within the RDKB Christina Lake Water Utility Service that will ensure residents and visitors benefit from improved water quality for many years to come,” he adds.

Together, the expansion of reservoir capacity and installation of new disinfecting systems and their connection to existing structures will increase access to potable water and fire flow. The new UV light equipment will avoid an overreliance on chemicals. The new infrastructure will be Installed above any historical flood zones, the building will have an irregular shape, to fit within the site’s constraints presented by existing topography and the presence of bedrock.

“This project is a win-win for Christina Lake and the region at large,” said Roly Russell, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen and Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development. “We know how fundamentally important access to clean safe water is for all of us.  Investments in infrastructure like this help build strong resilient communities and I’m excited to see this major upgrade become a reality.”
 
The Christina Lake Water System Upgrade is one of 57 projects across British Columbia to benefit from joint federal, provincial, and local government funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.  Other Projects include new and upgraded community, cultural, and recreational spaces, active transportation infrastructure, and wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

The Government of Canada is investing over $56.8 million towards these projects through the Community Culture, and Recreation and Rural and Northern Communities Programs and the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of British Columbia is contributing over $53.4 million. Recipients are contributing over $27.1 million to these projects

Staff at The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) are celebrating after receiving over $277K in FireSmart funding from the Union of BC Municipalities Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) Program.

The grant, the largest awarded to the RDKB for its FireSmart programming, means that individuals and communities across the Kootenays and Boundary region are poised to become more FireSmart Savvy than ever before.

Carlene Pires RDKB Emergency Program Coordinator“Funding helps to build resilience during fire season so this is fantastic news for anyone living in the regional district, particularly within our hard to reach electoral areas,” says Carlene Pires, Emergency Program Coordinator at The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.  “This injection of financial support will provide a real boost to our public engagement activities which have taken a hit during the pandemic.  It will also improve our wildfire response & readiness, as well as our ability to enhance community connectivity. Moving forwards, we’ll be in a much better position to empower the public with the FireSmart knowledge and tools they need to reduce wildfire risks and impacts,” she adds.

The community based FireSmart planning project, funded by the grant, will enable the Emergency Program team at the RDKB to identify wildfire risks, reduce existing wildfire threats, build forward thinking communities and facilitate more region-wide Firefighter training opportunities.   It will also encompass a Community FireSmart Education program to deliver FireSmart principles to the public and allow more cross-training projects to take place between fire departments and emergency staff within the region.

Carlene said the CRI funding was greatly appreciated and would be used to holistically manage the FireSmart program, widen its reach and support a range of activities to be delivered collaboratively in partnership with local organizations.

The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program, introduced by the provincial government in September 2018, provides communities in British Columbia with funding and support to complete FireSmart initiatives. 

On March 30th, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Board of Directors approved the largest budget in its history at $92.5 million after adopting the 2022-2026 five-year financial plan.

Together with the use of reserve funds, property and parcel taxes, and short and long term borrowing, the RDKB is utilizing a significant amount of grant funding to balance the 2022 budget. Government grants comprise 34% of the revenue ($31.5 million). $22.8 million of those grant monies will support the Columbia Pollution Control Centre (wastewater treatment plant) located in Trail. 

Capital expenditures make up 51% ($47.3 million) of the budget and includes significant projects such as the start of the Columbia Pollution Control Centre upgrade at a cost of $31 million in 2022. Other capital projects include the completion of the Boundary organics facility upgrade in Grand Forks, new fire apparatus in Christina Lake and rural Grand Forks, the continued development of the Food Hub in Rock Creek, and other economic development initiatives throughout the region.

Also on the horizon are two infrastructure projects associated with the continued regional development of the organics diversion programs: the McKelvey Creek Landfill Upgrade Project in Trail and the purchase of organics processing equipment. Future projects include the implementation of a green bin curbside collection for 8,200 homes in the McKelvey Creek Wasteshed (May 2023), which includes residents of Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale, as well as those living in Areas A and B.  This program was initially implemented as a pilot program in the Boundary and has proven to be highly successful.

“Our directors and staff have worked incredibly hard to develop a budget that effectively meets the needs of residents and has the capacity to deliver a vast range of improved services, wherever they live in the Kootenay Boundary,” says Linda Worley, chair of the RDKB board of directors.  “This year we ran a successful series of virtual town hall meetings across Areas A to E to engage the public in our budget process and give them a voice.  Thanks to the contributions of our federal and provincial government partners, this budget will allow us to forge ahead with much needed infrastructure upgrades, improvements, and implementation of exciting new projects,” adds Worley.

The full 2022-2026 five-year financial plan can be viewed here

RDKB operates over 70 services in eight incorporated municipalities and five unincorporated electoral areas spread across 8,200 km2 .   They include environmental services (57% of expense budget), protective & public safety services including fire, emergency preparedness, and building inspection (13%), recreation and culture services (12%), transportation services (4%) as well as general government services (7%) and development services (5%).  The remaining 2% of expenses by category is municipal debt, which is a flow through process with no costs being borne by RDKB rural residents.

 


Trail, BC
April 4, 2022
The Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR) service is launching a major new recruitment drive urging people who live and work in Fruitvale, Montrose, Genelle, Warfield and Rossland to join its team.

Community minded people of all ages and from all walks of life are being encouraged to apply as Paid On-Call (POC) Firefighters to help save lives and support their fellow officers who respond to emergency situations across the district 24/7.

The campaign will feature local Paid On-Call Firefighters speaking about the job in the hope their experiences and unique backgrounds will inspire a new wave of recruits to follow their footsteps. 

“Our Paid-On-Call Firefighters are integral to our team and help us protect our communities. They are people just like you and if they can be Firefighters, then you can be too,” says Paul Marrandino, who is a pipefitter for Teck Metals, four days on/four off.  He has been a POC Firefighter for seven years and will head the Montrose Fire Station 375, as Station Officer, come June. 

Montrose Station 375 is hoping to attract the largest number of applicants throughout its response area, which stretches from the Walmart intersection to Bluebird Rd. Corner near Fruitvale.

“Our message is simple.  If you have the enthusiasm, drive, commitment and fitness to work as part of our team, then you are KBRFR and we want you to apply,” adds Paul.

Rossland POC firefighters Jessica and emilyLieutenant Emily Rindler, mom of two, was the first female firefighter to join Rossland’s Fire Station 371 and stay longer than one year. Over the last six years she has risen within it to become one of the highest-ranking women in the KBRFR and much has changed in the service.

“It’s less about gender and more about a group of really good people doing a bunch of really good things. Yes, there are more men than women but the dynamics are brilliant, the people are amazing and you never stop growing,” says Emily, who juggles her Paid-On-Call position with that of Development Services Clerk and is currently in training to become a Building Official for the City of Rossland.

When asked why she initially signed up as a POC Firefighter, she explains; “I really like hands-on work, getting to know people and serving the community.   At the time, I didn’t know it was a paid position, as that didn’t matter to me but I’ve learnt so many fantastic life skills - you just can’t get that sort of training anywhere else.” 

When asked about what barriers there are for prospective recruits, she echoes the thoughts of many: “Women can be persuaded out of the fire service by thinking they’re not strong, fit or big enough but all the lifts and carries are mostly down to good technique.  You’ll learn how to get the most out of your equipment, partner and body so that you can do your job effectively, whatever your size or frame.”

Kelton Kinch who recently turned 20, is the youngest of KBRFR’s POC Firefighters and balances the role he loves at the Montrose Fire Station with being a full time business student at Selkirk College and a manager at McDonalds.   “I love helping people and being that positive change for someone in my community on what could be the best or worst day of their life, “ says Kelton who was drawn to the service after taking the wildlife firefighting course at JL Crowe as part of its Outdoor Education program.  “I thought my age would be a problem when I first signed up and I wouldn’t fit in because here I was, the youngest kid, joining such a close knit, established team but from the very first day I opened the door everyone was so welcoming.  My age just didn’t matter.”

“Being a POC Firefighter is easily the greatest decision I have ever made,” says Jessica Woolsey.  She had ‘zero training as a first responder’ the first day she walked into Station 371 Rossland in 2019 but had grown up with POCs - her dad, his brothers and her grandfather, who was a POC Chief. “I’m so proud of what they gave, how they spoke of their station and the camaraderie that came with it. 

For me?  I love the sense of purpose, the family that comes with the job and the constant learning.  The small town reality is a tough part of it though - you're bound to know most of your patients. That’s something you need to process in order to stay mentally strong but the support you get to deal with it, is endless,” she adds.

On-the-job training for POC Firefighters takes place once a week from 7pm – 9pm at your local Fire Station.  Many POC Firefighters have to juggle the demands of life, kids, shiftwork and partners around these practice sessions and the subsequent pager calls.  “There's no set time the bells go off.  You will miss some dinners, pivotal hours of sleep, or maybe a bike ride with friends.  We go because we are called to, because we are all there for very similar reasons and being able to give back to our community is on the top of that list,” says Jessica. 

Rossland Firefighter weekly training session“If you’re looking to become a Career Firefighter or want to add some purposeful work in your life, I think it’s a great thing to be a part of,” says Travis Allen who is a 30-year old shift worker at Teck who had no prior firefighting experience before joining the KBRFR as a POC Firefighter.  “The adrenaline rush you get from hopping in the fire truck and pulling up to a call is pretty cool. With experienced Firefighters looking to retire over the next couple of years and the training for new ones already underway, now is a great time to jump on board and join us to become part of our team!”

Applications and enquiries for each Station are via KBRFR’s headquarters in Trail. To find out more about what the role and application process involves, interested candidates can email kbrfradmin@rdkb.com, or telephone 250.364.1737.

 


Trail, BC
March 29, 2022
 

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has scored an asset win for Fruitvale’s pickleball fans, which is set to fuel the juggernaut that the low-impact, social sport has become.

The Columbia Basin Trust has earmarked $34,500 to help the Beaver Valley Regional Parks and Regional Trails Committee fund the cost of an outdoor regulation pickleball court in Beaver Valley Family Park, adding to those already built over recent years in Genelle and Oasis.Site for new BV pickleball court

“Demand for outdoor activities and recreation assets has grown because of the pandemic and we’ve seen a resulting societal shift towards their use,” said Will Nixon, Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust. “These grants help communities create or improve outdoor recreational facilities that support active, healthy lifestyles.”

Ali Grieve, Electoral Area A Director, and Chair of Beaver Valley Recreation Committee says that the sport of pickleball has really taken off in North America with an increase in participation of 21.3% between 2019-2020, making it the fastest growing sport in North America. “The great thing about pickleball is that virtually anyone can play and there will be no user fees to use the court”.

Over the last 10 years, Beaver Valley Family Park, located just seven minutes east of Fruitvale, has witnessed a steady increase in overnight camping and visitor numbers due to amenity improvements including an 18-hole regulation disc golf course and a new children’s playground.  

With minimum disruption expected to park users during its construction, having a dedicated pickleball court built on the existing basketball site is good news for building a growing community of cross-generational players who usually have to overcome line confusion and unnecessarily chase balls over larger areas, when courts are multi-use or converted.

Mark Daines, Manager of Facilities and Recreation at the RDKB explains, “This project has been driven by pickleball’s rising popularity as well as the low usage of the current basketball court and may not have been possible without the help of the Columbia Basin Trust. We are truly grateful for their financial support, which will give local people of all ages, as well as visitors to the area, even more reason to have fun together, keep mentally fit and stay physically active in our outdoor spaces.”

Combining the elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, pickleball has lower barriers to entry than technically demanding sports and hooks first timers in quickly with its promise to get good at it, fast.  Players who discovered the benefits of the pandemic-era hobby and have fueled its explosive growth used it to get outside and have fun from the moment they picked up their first paddle.

The total cost of the project is $70,000 which will be part funded by the Beaver Valley Regional Parks and Regional Trails’ budget.  Local contractors will complete the build of the new pickleball court in August 2022, which will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once it’s officially opened this summer, players will be able to sign out equipment if they do not own their own paddles and balls.

 


Trail, BC
December 20, 2021
 

TAKE NOTICE:

That pursuant to section 225 of the Local Government Act and Part 4—Board and Committees Meeting Details, Notices and Agenda Delivery of the RDKB Procedure Bylaw No. 1720, 2020 and with approval from the RDKB Board as per Resolution No. 539-21:
A Special Board Meeting be scheduled for:

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 1 p.m. Via Zoom
The reason for the meeting is for 2022 budget deliberations.

and

That pursuant to section 225 of the Local Government Act and Part 4—Board and Committees Meeting Details, Notices and Agenda Delivery of the RDKB Procedure Bylaw No. 1720, 2020 and with approval from the RDKB Board as per Resolution No. 539-21:
A Special Board Meeting be scheduled for:

Wednesday, February 24, 2022 at 1 p.m. Via Zoom
The reason for the meeting is for 2022 budget deliberations.

 

NEWS RELEASE
Trail, BC

December 20, 2021
3:30 p.m. PT

RDKB receives $46 million in funding toward $63-million sewage treatment project

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has received $46,115,037 from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - Green Infrastructure Environmental Quality Stream. The funding will help pay for major upgrades to the Columbia Pollution Control Centre (CPCC) that serves about 13,000 residents in Rossland, Trail, Warfield and in the Electoral Area B/Lower Columbia-Old Glory communities of Oasis and Rivervale.

Funding includes $25,154,800 from the Government of Canada, $20,960,237 from the Government of British Columbia and $16,771,963 from the RDKB for a total of $62,887,000 to upgrade the CPCC from primary to secondary sewage treatment.

“Investments in modernizing wastewater infrastructure create jobs, protect the environment and increase the resilience of communities,“ said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “By partnering with British Columbia to make major upgrades to the Columbia Pollution Control Centre, our Government is supporting rural economies while ensuring residents across the Greater Trail Area benefit from improved water quality and healthier local ecosystems.”

“This sewage treatment facility helps keep our waterways clean and our communities healthy,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “I’m proud to work alongside all partners to deliver provincial funding for these upgrades to support the well-being of people in our region and help protect the natural environment.”

“On behalf of all thirteen members of our Board of Directors and all our staff who worked diligently on this project for so many years, I want to thank the federal and provincial governments for funding one of the largest and most impactful projects in our region’s history. Secondary sewage treatment is vital to the health of the Columbia River ecosystem and to tens of thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border,” said RDKB Board Chair Linda Worley.

“This project is a critical component of our region’s Liquid Waste Management Plan that took over 14 years to complete. I am extremely thankful to all levels of government for recognizing that investing in wastewater treatment is crucial to rural economic development and to our environmental health,” said Robert Cacchioni, chair of the RDKB’s Utilities Committee and Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) Steering Committee.

CPCC upgrades will improve wastewater treatment by adding new headworks facilities, new primary and secondary treatment systems, a new ultraviolet disinfection system, upgraded biosolids handling, and an effluent heat-recovery and reclaimed water system.

The project will also create local jobs, spending and an economic boost for the Greater Trail area during and after construction and provide much-needed infrastructure to allow for future development in the region, while lowering the RDKB’s greenhouse gas emissions and improving water quality.

The project was led by LWMP Steering Committee members from the cities of Trail and Rossland, the Village of Warfield and Electoral Area B/Lower Columbia-Old Glory. The Committee consulted with residents, First Nations and a wide range of stakeholders to develop the project.

 

NEWS RELEASE
Trail, BC

December 3, 2021
4:00 p.m. PT

RDKB receives $700,000 for green bin collection program in the West Kootenay

- Residents will see curbside food waste collection in 2022

An additional 8,000 households in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) will benefit from green bin collection of food waste materials in 2022 thanks to a CleanBC Organics Infrastructure and Collection Program (OICP) grant of $702,905 from the Province of B.C. The funding will allow the RDKB to expand its Green Bin Curbside Collection Program to include Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose, Fruitvale and Electoral Areas A and B/Lower Columbia-Old Glory. The RDKB has a green bin collection program already in place for 5,900 households in the Boundary.

“We are grateful to the Government of British Columbia for funding expansion of our green bin collection program. This project is a key initiative toward the RDKB addressing climate change and becoming a carbon neutral local government,” said RDKB Board Chair Linda Worley.

Composting food waste greatly reduces greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted. When organic materials like food waste are composted in an oxygen-rich environment they produce some carbon dioxide (CO2) as they break down. If those same organic materials are buried in a landfill, they produce methane, a GHG that is up to 27 times more potent than CO2.

“This partnership with our residents to divert food waste from our landfills will reduce the financial and environmental costs that we all bear when new landfills are created. Even more importantly, it will lower green house gas emissions associated with managing solid waste. This has been a long-time plan of our committee,“ said Grace McGregor, Chair of the RDKB Solid Waste Management Plan Steering and Monitoring Committee.

“Our government is committed to reducing B.C.’s carbon footprint and strengthening local economies. The Province is pleased to support the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s continued work to improve the region’s infrastructure and lower emissions,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

The Green Bin Curbside Collection Program Expansion project will include food waste collection and delivery services to McKelvey Creek Regional Landfill and the transfer of those materials to a new composting facility at the Central Landfill near Salmo in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK). The RDKB will also provide bins, kitchen catchers and educational materials to residents; conduct a waste audit before and after the project is completed; and carry out a Bear Aware community education program. The RDKB and RDCK are working collectively on waste reduction programs including green bin collection.

The RDKB plans to complete a separate but integral upgrade project at the McKelvey Creek Regional Landfill in 2022. Upgrades to the landfill will allow it to serve as a transfer station for organic materials. The upgrade project will be funded separately and requires voter assent through an alternative approval process (AAP) before borrowing can occur. More information about upgrades to the McKelvey Creek Regional Landfill and the AAP will be available in early 2022.

Clean BC OICP grants fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting organic waste from landfills to composting facilities. The Province contributes up to two-thirds of eligible project costs, to facilitate the diversion and processing of organic waste.

 

NEWS RELEASE
Trail, BC

November 18, 2021
4:00 p.m. PT

Temporary changes to recycling in the RDKB due to highway closures from flooding

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary wants residents to know about temporary changes to recycling while transportation routes are closed or slowed due to the recent extreme rainfall and damage to highways.

On the Kootenay side of the region including in the municipalities of Fruitvale, Montrose, Trail, Warfield and Rossland and portions of Electoral Areas A and B/Lower-Columbia, RecycleBC Curbside (Blue Box) Programs will no longer accept segregated glass starting Monday, November 22, 2021. Containers and fibre products will continue to be collected.

The RecycleBC Depot Program at McKelvey Creek Landfill will no longer accept foam, glass, and plastic bags and overwrap, and other flexible plastic packaging – any materials that are normally collected in mega bags or liners. Containers and fibre/cardboard will continue to be accepted.

On the Boundary side of the region at Christina Lake, West Boundary (Greenwood) and Rock Creek, the RecycleBC Depot Program will no longer accept glass and foam. These depots will continue to accept containers/fibre/cardboard and plastic bags and overwrap, and other flexible plastic packaging.

For more information about recycling in your neighbourhood visit:

Residents are asked to store any recyclables not currently accepted, until further notice. The RDKB will update the public as soon as more information is available about highway openings and resumption of transportation of recyclable materials.

The RDKB thanks residents for patience and understanding.

 

NEWS RELEASE
Trail, BC

November 15, 2021
11:05 a.m. PT

RDKB Monitoring Flooding

-encourages residents to be flood prepared

Trail, BC – The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Management Program is closely monitoring river levels given the flood situation in other parts of the province.

“The rivers that we monitor are not showing concerning levels but we continue to monitor the situation,” says Mark Stephens, the RDKB’s manager of emergency programs.

The RDKB urges residents to be aware of changing weather and water levels, as well as debris flows.
For information on flood preparedness, please visit:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-management/preparedbc/know-your-hazards/floods

The RDKB encourages everyone to sign up for its emergency notification system at https://ca.voyent-alert.com/vras/client.html#!/user-registration

Information on RDKB emergencies is also available at https://rdkb.com/Public-Safety/Emergency-Management and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts:
https://www.facebook.com/rdkbdotcom
@RDKB_Emergency

The RDKB will continue to update the public as new information becomes available.

 

Trail, BC
November 10, 2021
3:35 pm PT

- Electoral Area ‘C’/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor re-elected as vice-chair

At its statutory meeting earlier today, Director Linda Worley was elected chair by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Board of Directors. The representative for Electoral Area B/ Lower Columbia-Old Glory, Worley was first elected to office in 2010.

Electoral Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor was re-elected as board vice-chair for a fifth consecutive term. McGregor has served as her area’s director since 2005. Both the board chair and vice-chair serve a one-year term.

“I would like to thank the Board of Directors for electing me chair for the coming year,” said Linda Worley. “I will, as always, endeavor to represent the will of the Board and respectfully listen and hear the diverse voices around our region. I will continue to advocate for the Board and our communities.” Worley added she looks forward to working with Vice-chair McGregor and learning from her “vast experience and knowledge.”

McGregor echoed Worley’s sentiments, saying she is delighted to work with the new chair. “I am grateful to the Board for once again placing its faith in me,” she said. “I will strive for unity and for positive changes to the Board,” adding that she anticipates the day when the Board can once again meet in person.

Outgoing chair Diane Langman served in the role since 2019 and said, "I want to thank our Board for the honour of being elected as Chair of the RDKB Board of Directors for the past two years. Overall it has been a wonderful experience where I have had the pleasure to work more closely with other Directors throughout our region, learn more about our area and to truly appreciate the amount of depth and knowledge our staff have at the Regional District. It has truly been an honour and a privilege and I look forward to helping to support Chair Worley as she transitions into this role. I wish Chair Worley, Vice-chair McGregor and our RDKB Board of Directors continued success and thank the RDKB management and staff for their support over the past two years."

The next meeting of the RDKB Board of Directors will take place at 1 p.m. on November 25 by Zoom Meeting.

 

Trail, BC
September 28, 2021
9:45 am PT

Trail, BC – Transportation will get greener in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) thanks to a $50,000 Active Transportation Network Planning Grant from the Province of BC.Green Corridor map

The funds, combined with a $50,000 contribution from the RDKB, will lead to the development of the Lower Columbia Rolling Green Ribbon (see image below), a biking/walking corridor that will link the downtown cores of Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale, as well as Electoral Areas A and B. The objective will be to link major employers, schools and other amenities for the benefit of commuters and recreational users. 

“This project is another step the RDKB is taking to meet our strategic priorities to address environmental stewardship and climate preparedness, respond to demographic and social change, and provide cost-effective services to our residents,” said Diane Langman, chair of the RDKB’s Board of Directors.

The project will include several stakeholders, including the South Kootenay Green Link (SKGL) & Active Transportation (AT) Working Group, which includes members from each of the electoral areas and municipalities involved in this initiative. Additionally, representatives from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as environmental and economic organizations will be involved. 

A steering committee will be created to engage with community members, representatives from business and industry, cycling groups, the RCMP and the school district, among others. 

The next step will be for the RDKB to issue a Request for Proposals to hire a consultant to move the project forward.  

 

Trail, BC
September 17, 2021
3:15 p.m. PT

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has one bylaw enforcement officer who investigates written reports of bylaw infractions related to zoning and other regional district bylaws, and issues tickets and fines when enforcement is required.

Over the last year and half during the pandemic, the Province of B.C. has asked local government bylaw officers to also help educate the public about health orders related to COVID-19.

“I always seek to educate residents about the purpose of our own bylaws so they can understand how and why to comply. In the course of my day if I can help someone understand the health orders that the provincial health officer has put in place, of course I do so,” said Brandy Rafuse, bylaw enforcement officer for the RDKB.

“Most of our bylaw enforcement officer’s work hours are spent out in the community carrying out much-needed local bylaw investigation and enforcement work to make sure our communities are safe and livable for all our residents. Our officer is not in a position to follow up on all calls related to the COVID-19 Vaccination Passport or mandatory masks in public places,” said Mark Andison, RDKB chief administrative officer.

The RDKB bylaw enforcement officer is responsible for responding to reports of bylaw infractions across a broad geographic area from Champion Lakes in the east and west to Bridesville and Big White.

Public inquiries about health orders or reports of people failing to follow those orders will be referred to other officials who have the legal authority to enforce health orders, including the RCMP, conservation officers and community safety units with Interior Health, gaming investigators and liquor and cannabis inspectors.

Find more information about RDKB bylaws or report a byalw infraction here, or email bylawclerk@rdkb.com or call 1-800-355-7352.

 

Trail, BC
September 13, 2021
1:30 p.m. PT

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th by closing its offices and facilities. The decision came after the Federal government announced September 30th would be a paid statutory holiday for federally regulated employees.

The day is meant to recognize and remember the tragic history and legacy of residential schools.

“The RDKB feels it is important that we honour the survivors and victims of the residential school system, as well as their loved ones,” says Diane Langman, chair of the RDKB. “Reconciliation involves respect and reflection. We will be flying our flags at half-mast on September 30th and sharing resources with staff, directors and our residents to help them learn more about this important topic.”

RDKB offices and facilities will be closed on September 30th.

 
Trail, BC

September 9, 2021
3:45 p.m. PT

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has entered into a new agreement with FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) to extend funding for a Senior Energy Specialist position over a two-year period through FortisBC’s Climate Action Partners Program. Senior Energy Specialist Freya Phillips has worked for the past two years to develop and support implementation of the RDKB Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Action Plan and to promote corporate and community energy conservation.  

“This is great news to know that we can continue with some key initiatives to move us closer to becoming carbon neutral as a local government. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I want to recognize the positive partnership we’ve developed with FortisBC as a result of this program and thank FortisBC for recommitting to it,” said Diane Langman, RDKB board chair.

“All our Senior Energy Specialists are crucial in helping the province advance a lower carbon future and we’re proud to continue working with the RDKB to reduce emissions,” said Dana Wong, public policy manager with FortisBC. “I’d like to thank the RDKB for its leadership in climate action, and specifically Freya for her ongoing commitment to this program.”

Some key achievements during the collaboration have included completion of energy assessments at ten RDKB facilities and upgrades for energy efficiency, a staff climate and energy awareness campaign, community and industry engagement on preparing for the Province mandating BC Energy Step Code in the 2022 building code, and the launch of the Build Energy Smart program to support and increase awareness of how to build more energy efficient homes.

As if that were not enough, Phillips also led the RDKB’s Low Carbon Fleet Project to replace three gasoline-fuelled vehicles with electric vehicles with plans to acquire more electric vehicles in the coming years and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at RDKB offices.

Over the next two years, Phillips will continue to support the development of policies, programs and actions to reduce the RDKB’s carbon footprint and she will work collaboratively with community organizations where possible to develop regional approaches to climate action.

About the Climate Action Partners Program

FortisBC’s Climate Action Partners program works with governments and organizations throughout BC to help them achieve their climate action goals using FortisBC’s suite of lower carbon and renewable energy solutions. FortisBC works collaboratively with its partners to hire a senior energy specialist who will help their new employer reach their climate action goals, whether that’s reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency and/or fostering green energy solutions in their community.

FortisBC’s Climate Action Partners program is an important part in helping the organization achieve its 30BY30 target, an ambitious goal to reduce its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

About the RDKB’s Climate Actions

The RDKB signed on to the BC Climate Action Charter in 2008 and committed to work towards being carbon neutral.

  • In October 2019, the RDKB declared a Climate Action Imperative, recognizing that the RDKB and its communities are already facing significant impacts of climate change and committing to take measurable actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • The RDKB annually reports its RDKB Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory to the public.
  • In 2020, RDKB net greenhouse gas emissions were 621 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) which is 45 per cent below our 2012 emissions and 52 per cent below 2008 emissions level.
  • The Government of B.C. recognized the RDKB on February 1 as one of the only rural regional districts in BC to embrace EVs in our fleet and include EV charging in future facility projects.

 

Water Conservation Stage 2

Trail, BC
August 5, 2021
10:00 a.m. PT
 

Trail, BC – With the Boundary Region in Level 5 – Exceptionally Dry Drought Level and the Lower Columbia Region in Level 4 – Extremely Dry Drought Level, Christina Lake Water Utility and Rivervale Water Utility Residents are in Stage 2 Outdoor Water Conservation effective August 5, 2021.

Even-numbered addresses are permitted to water on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Odd-number addresses can water on Wednesday and Sundays. Please be advised that sprinkling is not allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. Residents can water with a micro- or drip irrigation systems or hose with a shut-off nozzle any day of the week. See the infographic below for more information.

The water conservation measures are part of the RDKB’s Water Conservation Plan for Christina Lake Water Utility and Rivervale Water Utility.

To further promote water conservation, the RDKB is offering free water conservation kits to utility customers in Beaver Valley, Rivervale and Christina Lake. These kits, funded by FortisBC, include a low-flow showerhead, a kitchen faucet aerator, and a bathroom faucet aerator. All items are easy to install so residents can begin saving water, energy and money right away.

Residents are thanked for their cooperation.

Trail, BC
August 3, 2021
4:00 p.m. PT

 

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is inviting applications for the Board’s recommendations to the Province of BC on the appointment of an individual to serve on the Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors as the RDKB’s representative. The recommendation is for an appointment of two years (January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023) with a possible extension of a three-year term at the discretion of the RDKB Board.

In order to be considered for nomination you must be a resident of Electoral Area ‘A’, Electoral Area ‘B’/Lower Columbia/Old Glory, or the municipalities of Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose or Fruitvale for at least five (5) years and have the following capabilities/attributes:

  • An understanding of community development and engagement
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Trust and the Basin
  • Experience working as a member of a Board
  • A commitment to ethics and integrity
  • A proven ability to work toward consensus
  • The capability to consider the wider perspective
  • Sound business judgment
  • A proven background in policy development
  • A proven background in reporting back to constituent groups
  • Have knowledge of budget principles and procedures and the ability to understand financial statements

As well, the preferred candidate will have experience/competency in one or more of the following areas:

  • Business management
  • Investment management
  • Knowledge of how government works
  • Human Resource management
  • Finances/accounting
  • Communications
  • Labour Relations
  • Social development
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Economic Development
  • Legal expertise

If you are interested in serving your community as a member of the Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors, and are willing to dedicate considerable time to research and study of issues, consultation, meeting and the required travel, we invite you to put your name forward. Please submit your curriculum vitae/resume with a covering letter outlining how your experiences, training and education address the required capabilities/attributes and experience/competencies desired for this appointment. To view the Trust's Board Composition, Appointment, Skills and Attributes Policy, please click here.

Please submit your application package, via mail, in person or by electronic means, to:

CBT Appointment
 c/o Mark Andison, CAO
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
202-843 Rossland Avenue
Trail, BC V1R 4S8

Applications will be received until 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact Mark Andison at 250-368-9148 or via email at mandison@rdkb.com

NEWS RELEASE

Trail, BC
September 2, 2021
2:00 p.m. PT

NK’MIP CREEK WILDFIRE (K52061)
ALERTS RESCINDED

Trail, BC – The evacuation alert for residents in the Mount Baldy area due to the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire has been rescinded.

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds have enabled fire personnel to make progress on suppression efforts.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, 61 personnel are still actioning the fire with assistance from 9 pieces of heavy equipment.

 “We are grateful to residents for their understanding, patience and cooperation during what has been a stressful event,” said Mark Stephens, Emergency Operation Centre Director. “Our Emergency Operations Centre is thankful to everyone who has followed the alert,” adding that the RDKB’s primary concern is public safety.

The RDKB’s Emergency Operations Centre will now stand down. Residents are still encouraged to sign up for the Emergency Alert System and to check with the BC Wildfire Service for wildfire activity around the province.

View the Rescind Notice

View the rescind  map and addresses


Trail, BC
August 23, 2021
5:00 p.m. PT

NEW RELEASE
Update: Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire (K52061)
Order Downgraded to Alert

Trail, BC – An evacuation order has been downgraded to an alert for 123 properties in Electoral Area E/West Boundary in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB). Another 34 properties remain on evacuation alert due to the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire.

A full list of addresses as well as a map of the alert areas are available here.

Residents are asked to stay clear of structure protection equipment, which is still in place but will be demobilized by fire personnel over the next few days.

Reminders:

The RDKB will continue to update the public as new information becomes available.
 


 

Trail, BC
August 18, 2021
3:45 p.m. PT

August 18 update on the Nk'Mip Creek Fire K52061


Trail, BC
August 17, 2021
2:00 a.m. PT

August 17 update on the Nk'Mip Creek Fire K52061


Trail, BC
August 16, 2021
13:00 PT

EVACUATION ALERT RESCINDED
Wildfire N52624 near Bear Creek forest service road

Under the advice by the BC Wildfire Service, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has been advised that the potential threat of wildfire in the Electoral Area A from Wildfire N52624 Bear Creek has diminished at this time.

Click here for the latest updates on our emergency website.


Trail, BC
August 16, 2021
10:30 a.m. PT

August 16 update on the Nk'Mip Creek Fire K52061


Trail, BC
August 16, 2021
10:30 a.m. PT

August 16 update on the Bear Creek Wildfire (N52624)


Trail, BC
August 13, 2021
3:15 p.m. PT

 

August 13 update on the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire (K52061) 

Click here for the latest update on our emergency website.


Trail, BC
August 12, 2021
4:00 p.m. PT


The RDKB issued 10 Temporary Access Permits to residents in the Mount Baldy area for August 12, 2021 to collect essential items left behind after they evacuated.

However, given recent fire behavior and a forecast of sustained gusty winds and temperatures in the low 30s, the RDKB is SUSPENDING temporary access to residents on August 13, 14 and 15, on the advice of the BC Wildfire Service.

Click here for the latest update on our emergency website.


Trail, BC
August 11, 2021
1:30 p.m. PT

 

August 11 Temporary access to homes near Mt. Baldy for Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire evacuees

Click here for the latest update on our emergency website.



Trail, BC
August 10, 2021
3:30 p.m. PT

 

August 10 update on the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire (K52061) 

Click here for the latest update on our emergency website.


Trail, BC
August 8, 2021
4:00 p.m. PT

 

August 8 update on the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire (K52061) 

Click here for the latest update on our emergency website.


Trail, BC
August 5, 2021
1:00 p.m. PT

Evacuation Alert Update: Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire (K52061)
Alerts Downgraded

Trail, BC – Evacuation alerts have been rescinded for 286 properties in Electoral Area E/West Boundary in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), 34 properties have been downgraded from evacuation order to evacuation alert, while another 123 properties remain on evacuation order due to the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire.

The order and alert areas in the RDKB affect the communities of Sidley, Mount Baldy, Bridesville and Rock Creek in Electoral Area E/West Boundary. A full list of addresses as well as maps of the evacuation order and alert areas are available here:

“We understand how stressful it is for residents who are on evacuation alert or order,” said Mark Stephens, Emergency Operation Centre Director. “Our Emergency Operations Centre is thankful to everyone who has followed the order and alert as public safety is our primary concern.”

An evacuation alert prepares residents to evacuate should an evacuation order be issued. Anyone on evacuation alert should prepare for the possibility of an evacuation order. Click here for information on how to prepare for a wildfire.

If an order is issued, residents must leave their homes immediately.

The RDKB urges all residents and visitors to continue to stay alert and informed. They are also encouraged to sign up for the emergency notification system at emergency.rdkb.com so they can receive any alerts the RDKB may issue related to wildfires or other emergencies.

Anyone in the West Boundary who needs assistance signing up to receive emergency/evacuation alerts can go to the Midway or Greenwood public libraries, to the Riverside Centre in Rock Creek or to the Beaverdell Post Office during business hours and a volunteer will help them sign up.

Reminders:
• Register for the RDKB Emergency Alerting System.
• If you are an evacuee, please register with Emergency Support Services (EES).
• Stay out of areas under Evacuation Order
• Check road conditions at https://drivebc.ca/
• Check current wildfire activity at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfirestatus/wildfire-situation (BC Wildfire is the lead agency for information about wildfires in the Province)
• Should commercial livestock operators/ranchers need access to their animals, they are asked to contact the RDKB EOC Director at em@rdkb.com or 250.368.7037

The RDKB will continue to update the public as new information becomes available.


Trail, BC
July 30, 2021
3:30 p.m. PT

 

July 30 update on the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire (K52061) 

Click here for the latest update on our emergency website.


Trail, BC
July 21, 2021
4:45 p.m. PT

 

122 properties remain on evacuation order, 304 on alert in West Boundary

An evacuation order remains in place for 122 properties in Electoral Area E/West Boundary in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) and a further 304 properties remain on evacuation alert due to the 2000-hectare Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire that is burning in both the RDKB and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. Click here for the full release at emergency.rdkb.com.


Nk'Mip Wildfire Evacuation Orders Issued

Trail, BC
July 20, 2021
6:00 p.m. PT

 

Trail, B.C. - State of local emergency in Area E/West Boundary with 122 properties ordered to evacuate, 304 on alert due to Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. Click here for the full release at emergency.rdkb.com.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has declared a state of local emergency in Electoral Area E/West Boundary due to the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire’s advance eastward from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen into the RDKB. The RDKB has also ordered residents at 122 addresses to evacuate their properties immediately and placed a further 304 properties on evacuation alert in advance of a forecast for increased winds.

 

June 3 - July 15, 2021

 

Trail, BC
July 15, 2021
1:00 p.m. PT


Trail, B.C. —The Christina Lake Fire Department is helping Christina Lake residents protect their homes and prepare for wildfire through an innovative sprinkler program.

For a $200 investment, homeowners can have fire personnel install and test the WASP sprinkler, a gutter-mounted sprinkler system designed to fit any house. Firefighters also provide advice to homeowners on how to apply FireSmart principles to their property and help residents sign up for the RDKB’s emergency notification system.
Christina Lake sprinkler program helps residents prepare for wildfire
“Our approach with this program is, ‘Help us help you,’” said Christina Lake Fire Rescue Chief Joe Geary.

“The outreach is excellent training for our firefighters and enables them to connect with and educate residents about wildfire and how to prevent it and prepare for it.”

Since the program was initiated in 2020, Christina Lake Fire Rescue has installed 105 sets of sprinklers on 64 homes in the community.

In addition to protecting individual homes, the sprinklers benefit the wider community. Each home that has its own sprinkler system is one less home that may require emergency use of a regional Structure Protection Unit (SPU) deployed as available by structural firefighters during wildland urban interface fires. The closet SPU is located at the Grand Forks Fire Department.

“We know which properties have sprinklers in place so that we can monitor them in the event of an interface wildfire, and then we also know which homes may require deployment of an SPU sprinkler if it is available and not already deployed in another community,” says Geary.
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor was keen to have one of the sprinkler units installed on her home and encourages her constituents to do the same.

“As a homeowner, community member and elected representative for Christina Lake, I try to lead by example whenever I can. If we receive an evacuation order due to wildfire, we can turn on our sprinkler unit and be able to leave quickly with some small peace of mind knowing that FireSmart homes with sprinklers installed are more likely to withstand a wildfire than those without them.”

“I am so thankful to our fire department for developing this program and I think we all need to take advantage of it if we can,” said Director McGregor.

For more information on the Christina Lake Fire Rescue sprinkler program, contact Christina Lake Fire Rescue at 250-447-6611.

For tips on how to FireSmart your property, visit https://firesmartbc.ca/

To sign up for RDKB Emergency/Evacuation Notifications go to https://emergency.rdkb.com

 

Trail, BC
July 15, 2021
1:00 p.m. PT


The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary will use long-term borrowing to finance a $1,285,000 loan to buy a new tender/pumper engine, a primary fire rescue engine, a command vehicle, a heater and boiler, an exhaust removal system and a self-contained breathing apparatus cascading system for Christina Lake Fire Rescue.

Two electors of an eligible 1604 electors in the Electoral Area ‘C’/Christina Lake Local Service Fire Protection Area opposed long-term borrowing through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) that ended on July 12. For the AAP to fail, the RDKB needed to receive at least 10 per cent or 160 signed and submitted elector response forms opposing the proposed Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1758 that allows for long-term borrowing for the fire apparatus and equipment. As that threshold was not met, the bylaw will now go to the Board of Directors for adoption to initiate the long-term borrowing at their next meeting on July 29. 

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to learn about or participate in the Alternative Approval Process, whether they were in favour of our borrowing strategy or against it,” said Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor.

“It’s great news that we can now acquire the equipment needed to keep our community and our fire fighters safe and do so in a fiscally responsible way by spreading the cost over a longer period so the impact on those paying for fire protection and emergency response services is affordable.”

The new firefighting equipment will allow Christina Lake Fire and Rescue Service to maintain its current Class 1 Public Fire Protection Classification (PFPC) with the Fire Underwriters of Canada. Meeting this standard will continue to allow for lower home insurance rates for property owners in the region.

“This new equipment will allow us to comply with the National Fire Protection Association and WorkSafe BC regulations and will provide a safer work environment for our firefighters,” said Christina Lake Fire Rescue Chief Joe Geary.

The loan for the fire equipment will be repaid over a period of no more than 20 years and residents will pay an additional $4 to $14 dollars in property taxes per annum per $100,000 of property assessment over that period.

In an AAP, electors are asked whether they oppose a question, rather than providing their assent to a question, as they do in a referendum. An AAP is often used when regional districts propose loan authorization bylaws or when electors have already been actively engaged on a topic and there are reasonable indications that they are in favour of a proposal. It has the additional advantage of being less expensive to carry out than a full referendum that requires polling stations and other voting infrastructure. TT

 

- Trail users, stakeholders and partners are invited to complete a survey at jointheconversation.

Trail, BC
July 14, 2021
1:00 p.m. PT

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has launched a community engagement process to capture data related to recreational trail user habits. It includes a survey that will remain open until September 9, 2021 when results will be used to determine whether to develop a Boundary Recreational Trails Master Plan (BRTMP). The plan would apply to electoral areas D/Rural Grand Forks and E/West Boundary as well as the municipalities of Midway, Greenwood, and Grand Forks.

“The Boundary has a wealth of frontcountry and backcountry trails. This is a great chance for everyone interested in our trails to tell usCyclists enjoy the Kettle Valley Rail Trail near Rock Creek. The RDKB invites anyone and everyone interested in trails in the Boundary to complete an online survey at jointheconversation.rdkb.com. what is important to them, their experience on the trails and to help us understand who uses which trails and why,” said Area E/West Boundary Director Vicki Gee.

“Recreational opportunities are a big part of why people want to live in this part of B.C. I am excited to see what we learn from all those who have enjoyed our trails or who have an opinion about trails or a connection to trail. I hope we can get lots of people to participate,” said Area D/Rural Grand Forks Director Danna O’Donnell.

The RDKB is working with their consultant, Cascade Environmental Resource Group, to investigate, research, and consult with the public. Surveys will reveal local knowledge on inventory, types of trails, locations and potential opportunities. They will inform the RDKB about trail use demographics, identify existing and potential future areas of interest, and potential opportunities and constraints.

For more information about the engagement process and to complete a survey, go to the RDKB’s community engagement site, jointheconversation.rdkb.com.

 

 

- Bylaw enforcement officer can now issue tickets, fines and public can request adjudication.

Trail, BC
July 8, 2021
11:45 a.m. PT

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has enacted its 2021 Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw (Enforcement Bylaw) that provides the RDKB bylaw enforcement officer with the authority to issue tickets and related fines for bylaw infractions.

Local governments create bylaws for various purposes including to regulate, prohibit, or require certain actions or behaviours related to things like land use and zoning; building regulations; animal control; and noise.

Anyone who receives a ticket and wishes to dispute it can do so through a new administrative adjudication system that is part of the new Enforcement Bylaw. This means disputes can stay out of the provincial court system and lawyers and witnesses are no longer needed to adjudicate.

“My first approach is always to educate people about what the actual bylaws are and why they exist,” said RDKB Bylaw Enforcement Officer Brandy Rafuse.

Rafuse said situations can be corrected by the property owner once they understand what the bylaw requires, and a ticket or fine can be avoided in certain cases, depending upon several factors including whether a situation is unsafe.

“When I receive a written complaint and arrive at a property to investigate, I may discover that the owner has no idea they are contravening a bylaw, or what the financial and legal implications may be if they fail to comply.”

To educate residents about the new Enforcement Bylaw and other bylaws that exist across the region, the RDKB has mailed an informational flyer to all electoral area addresses this past week and has shared an educational video here and on social media to explain how the new process works.

“If we issue a ticket after someone has been educated about what the bylaws require, I always point out that on the back of any ticket are written instructions on how to dispute it, so residents know that a straightforward process exists for them to make their case.”

The RDKB bylaw enforcement process is complaint-driven, which means only written complaints sent to the RDKB can trigger an investigation into a possible bylaw contravention. Anyone can submit a complaint through an online form here or by email, mailed letter, petition, or verified fax.

All complaints are confidential, and the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act requires the RDKB to keep all personal information confidential even if someone makes an information request under the Act. The only case in which information may be disclosed is if the matter proceeds to court and the RDKB is required by law to disclose the information provided.

Anyone who receives a bylaw infraction ticket can pay a reduced rate if they pay early and has access to an adjudication system in which an independent adjudicator renders an impartial decision about whether the offence occurred.

“Bylaws are in place to keep our communities safe and livable for everyone. We are committed to educating people about how and why to respect bylaws in place for their own and their neighbours’ well-being. We are also committed to enforcing those bylaws and providing the public with access to a fair, impartial adjudication process. Education and enforcement are both necessary to keep the Kootenay Boundary a great place to live,” said Director Ali Grieve, Electoral Area Services Committee Chair, the committee responsible for bylaw enforcement services.

For more information about bylaw enforcement and to find a link to RDKB bylaws in your area, check the Bylaw Enforcement page here.

 

Trail, BC
June 29, 2021
11:00 a.m. PT

Outdoor water conservation stage 2
Beaver Valley Water Service customers in the Village of Fruitvale have moved to Stage 2 of the WaterSmart Outdoor Water Conservation program . This means even numbered addresses can irrigate or run a sprinkler on Tuesday and Saturday and odd numbered addresses can water Wednesday and Sunday. No irrigation or sprinkling is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. Residents can water with a micro- or drip irrigation systems or hose with a shut-off nozzle any day of the week.

“We have had very little rain this spring and now we’re into day after day of high temperatures. We have seen a sharp increase in the amount of water being used in the Village of Fruitvale as a result. Going to Stage 2 now helps us manage consumption, continue to supply safe, clean drinking water and still meet outdoor needs,” said Gabe Wiebe, RDKB WaterSmart/Engineering and Safety Coordinator.

Outdoor water use accounted for over 30 per cent of the total water used in the Beaver Valley Water Utility in 2020. The water conservation program is designed to result in a lower volume of water treated, reduced stress on infrastructure, lower costs to maintain the water system, and fewer impacts on ecosystems.

To further promote water conservation, the RDKB is offering free water conservation kits to utility customers in Beaver Valley, Rivervale and Christina Lake. These kits, funded by FortisBC, include a low-flow showerhead, a kitchen faucet aerator, and a bathroom faucet aerator. All items are easy to install so residents can begin saving water, energy and money right away.

The WaterSmart Outdoor Water Conservation program supports environmental stewardship and climate preparedness priorities for the RDKB.
For more information, please visit:

https://jointheconversation.rdkb.com/rdkb-watersmart

 

Trail, BC
June 8, 2021
12:00 p.m. PT

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has received $395,027 in provincial funding for the second phase of a two-phase project to upgrade Saddle Lake Dam west of Grand Forks, B.C., it announced today.

The first phase of the project included design and construction of a $190,000 free overflow spillway completed in 2019—also funded by the Government of British Columbia. The second phase will increase dam stability above and below the concrete spillway.

“We are grateful to the Province of B.C. for funding this project and helping us further prepare for our annual freshet. This project will ensure we have a safer, more stable dam so residents who live and farm in the valley below can expect the spillway and dam to function predictably. We can continue to enjoy hiking, biking and bird-watching in the public access areas near Saddle Lake,” said Danna O’Donnell, electoral area director for Area D/Rural Grand Forks.

“This is the only dam the RDKB owns in the region, and it has been a concern for us for several years since a provincial dam safety review in 2014 identified it as being at risk of failure, with very serious consequences for anyone living downstream,” said Goran Denkovski, Manager of Infrastructure and Sustainability at the RDKB.

“We knew that both phases of this project were crucial to maintaining the dam over the long term and ensuring that it would continue to safely spill the water behind it during annual freshet and hold back the water at other times of the year,” said Denkovski.

Construction of the Saddle Lake Dam Phase 2 Stabilization project will begin in summer 2021, pending approval of permits, when the RDKB plans to install lock blocks on the top of the dam to tie the existing concrete face to the earthen section of the dam. They will then add filter fabric and additional fill on the downstream side to lessen the downstream slope and install rocky material, or riprap, on top of that to prevent erosion and add further stability. The project is scheduled for completion by fall 2022.

Saddle Lake is an artificial lake that formed behind the dam in a saddle-like depression between two hills above rural Grand Forks when local Doukhobor farmers built the reservoir dam to meet irrigation needs for the extensive communal orchards and grain fields below in 1912. The RDKB acquired the dam in 2012 and has maintained and monitored the dam under the supervision of the B.C. Dam Safety Program since then.

This funding was granted under the 2020 Structural Flood Mitigation category in the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF). Funding goes towards projects that enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations and communities in responding to emergencies, and is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).

 

Trail, BC
June 3, 2021
12:00 p.m. PT

Engine Boss wildland fire training hosted by Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue

- Office of the Fire Commissioner, Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. and the BC Wildfire Service cooperate to train local fire departments

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR)The Hospital Creek Firecrews along with other Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) firefighters from Christina Lake, Grand Forks and from fire departments across the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will participate in advanced wildfire suppression training this week. Thirty-nine structural firefighters will gain the skills and knowledge to lead a single fire engine and attached personnel to fight wildland fires this summer.  

Structural firefighters trained in wildland firefighting are dispatched to fight wildfires at the request of the BC Wildfire Service or the Office of the Fire Commissioner. The two-day Engine Boss course trains firefighters how to safely lead their crew and to take responsibility for crew safety and reporting to other incident supervisors during a wildland fire incident. 

“We’re really pleased that firefighters from across the RDKB and RDCK will receive training in more advanced supervisory roles during a wildfire and allow us to expand our capacity to help the BC Wildfire Service fight wildfires across the region this summer,” said Dan Derby, Regional Fire Chief, Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue.  

Derby, who is also president of the Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia (FCABC), said the course was developed in partnership between the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the BC Wildfire Service, and is supported by the FCABC and host fire departments including KBRFR.  

“This kind of training only happens when everyone involved in fire suppression – structural and wildland – cooperates toward the same goal of getting more structural firefighters trained to take on leadership roles during interface wildfires so we can respond as a team with BC Wildfire to keep people safe during wildfire season.”  

“We’re also really thankful to our instructors from the City of West Kelowna and the City of Penticton who took the time to develop and deliver this course. Everyone has stepped up to make sure we keep improving our fire suppression skills at the municipal and local government levels.” 

Field training for the course will take place on Saturday, June 5 in Trail after a one-day online training session. 

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue serves Lower Columbia communities including electoral areas A and B/Lower Columbia-Old Glory from fire halls in Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Genelle, Montrose, and Fruitvale. The RDKB also provides fire rescue services from stations in Christina Lake, rural Grand Forks, Kettle Valley, Beaverdell and at Big White.  

 

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Trail, BC
May 31, 2021
11:30 a.m. PT

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has lowered its flags to half-mast at its Trail and Grand Forks offices in response to the 215 children whose remains were found by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc at the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.   

“The loss of any child is a terrible thing and every parent’s worst nightmare. To hear of the deaths of more than two hundred children at one location is unfathomable. What is clear is that the residential school system continues to cause great pain for Indigenous peoples, families and communities, and by extension, all of humanity. This discovery is the most blunt, brutal reminder imaginable of what Indigenous peoples have suffered in the residential school system,” said Diane Langman, RDKB board chair.

“On behalf of our board of directors and staff, we honour the lives of these little ones whose families’ and communities’ hearts are broken, and who deserve our full support to find answers, bring their children home, and begin to heal.”

The RDKB periodically lower flags to half-mast in response to a tragic death or catastrophic event in the world.

 

Trail, BC
May 27, 2021
11:00 a.m. PT

- Retriev Technologies in Waneta has donated over $20,000 in life safety equipment to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary in the last 10 years

Thermal imager donated by Retriev TechnologiesKootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR) has added a thermal imaging camera to its fire fighting arsenal. Retriev Technologies in Waneta donated the $7,000 camera to firefighters at the Trail Station on May 26.

“We’re extremely thankful to Retriev Technologies for providing us with an indispensable tool to help us perform our duties more safely and effectively in the extremely hostile environment of a structural fire,” said KBRFR Regional Fire Chief Dan Derby.

“This tool not only helps our crews orient themselves in a building and locate the seat of a fire and any victims faster, but it gives us another vital piece of equipment designed to make sure we all go home safe at the end of a call,” said Chief Derby.

A thermal imaging camera (TIC) detects infrared energy, or heat, and converts it into a visual image. Firefighters often struggle to see through the intense smoke of a structural fire and the TIC allows them to see flames clearly and quickly, and to scan large areas to locate victims and make better decisions when every second counts. The handheld camera displays high resolution images on a bright, four-inch LCD screen so details of the environment are visible as firefighters move through a burning structure.

Derby said that recent studies of scenarios in which a thermal imaging camera was used and compared to scenarios without a camera, search times to find victims dropped by 75 per cent, time to locate the source of the fire was cut by 60 per cent, and firefighters located an exit 100 per cent of the time with the camera compared to 70 percent without a TIC.

“Retriev Technologies wholeheartedly supports firefighter and public health and safety. As a technology company, we are keenly aware that advances in equipment such TICs can help people do their jobs better and save lives, and we want to play a role making our communities safer,” said Kathy Bruce, Vice President of Retriev Technologies.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue serves the Greater Trail area as well as electoral areas A and B/Lower Columbia-Old Glory from fire halls in Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Genelle, Montrose, and Fruitvale. The RDKB also provides fire rescue services from stations in Christina Lake, rural Grand Forks, the Kettle Valley, Beaverdell and at Big White.

 
Trail, BC
April 28, 2021
4:00 p.m. PT

Today the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) introduced its new WaterSmart Outdoor Water Conservation program to customers of the Christina Lake Water Utility, Rivervale Water Utility and Beaver Valley Water Service (Village of Fruitvale).

In 2020, outdoor water use accounted for over 30 per cent of the total water used in the Beaver Valley Water Utility, 40 per cent in the Rivervale Water Utility and 50 per cent in the Christina Lake Water Utility. Outdoor water conservation measures can drastically reduce water use. An effective program results in less water treated, reduced stress on infrastructure, lower costs to maintain the water system, and reduced impacts on ecosystems.

“The RDKB is working with residents to reduce water use by 20 per cent in each of these three water utilities in keeping with our regional water conservation plans,” said Gabe Wiebe, RDKB WaterSmart/Engineering and Safety Coordinator.

The WaterSmart Outdoor Water Conservation program also supports environmental stewardship and climate preparedness, both of which are priorities for the region.

Stage 1 outdoor water conservation measures are in effect now. This means even numbered addresses can water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and odd numbered addresses can water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No one is allowed to water on Mondays. Anyone with a programmable sprinkler system should update their system to follow the new watering schedule. If drought conditions change, the RDKB WaterSmart Team will inform residents about any change in the Outdoor Water Conservation stage, and the measures they need to follow.

To further promote water conservation, the RDKB is offering free water conservation kits to utility customers in Beaver Valley, Rivervale and Christina Lake. These kits include a low-flow showerhead, a kitchen faucet aerator, and a bathroom faucet aerator. All items are easy to install so residents can begin saving water, energy and money right away.

For more information, please visit: https://jointheconversation.rdkb.com/rdkb-watersmart

 

Trail, BC
March 25, 2021
11:30 a.m. PT

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has installed new high efficiency furnaces at the Fruitvale Fire Hall as part of its commitment to reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy efficiency in RDKB buildings and facilities.

“We knew before this project that we could find ways to reduce energy use in our fire halls. With the energy assessment and subsidies FortisBC made available, it was immediately apparent that replacing two old furnaces would shrink our carbon footprint at the Fruitvale Station by close to 15 per cent,” said Dan Derby, Regional Fire Chief for Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR), which includes six fire stations across the Kootenay side of the RDKB.

The RDKB is undertaking energy assessments at nine of its facilities including fire halls and recreation facilities after FortisBC offered free commercial energy assessments to its commercial customers. The new furnaces at the Fruitvale Fire Hall are eligible under the FortisBC rebate program that supports the replacement of old commercial furnaces with high efficiency.

“I am really pleased to see projects like this completed by Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Service,” said Linda Worley, Chair of the East End Services Committee that oversees KBRFR. “Our committee and our fire service are doing whatever we can to support our regional Climate Action Imperative. That imperative only means something if we act and I’m proud to say that this project is another action toward reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.”

In 2020, the RDKB launched its internal Climate and Action Awareness program. This program includes a quarterly newsletter to staff, quarterly reporting of energy consumptions at key facilities, quarterly information sessions for staff on a range of energy and climate topics and providing both work and home energy saving tips.

More information about commercial rebates and reducing energy consumption:

RDKB Climate Action Facts

  • The RDKB signed on to the BC Climate Action Charter in 2008 and committed to work towards being carbon neutral.
  • In October 2019, the RDKB declared a Climate Action Imperative, recognizing that the RDKB and its communities are already facing significant impacts of climate change and committing to take measurable actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • The joint Provincial-UBCM Green Communities Committee (GCC) has recognized the RDKB as a climate leader for achieving Level 3, the second highest level in a four-level program toward becoming fully carbon neutral.
  • GCC Level 3 recognition means the RDKB has accelerated its progress on commitments to act at the corporate and community levels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
  • The RDKB reports its GHG results to the GCC and the public through the RDKB Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and the annual Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Report.
  • The RDKB has steadily reduced net emissions by about 575 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) which is a 44% reduction since 2008.

 

Trail, BC
March 12, 2021
9:00 a.m. PT

- Public invited to attend on Saturday, March 20 at 2:00 pm through Facebook live

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and the Boundary Community Ventures Association (BCVA) will host a virtual grand opening of the Boundary Food Hub on Saturday, March 20 to celebrate a major milestone toward greater local food security and economic opportunities for regional food producers and processors.

To view the event, go to https://www.facebook.com/boundaryfoodhub. Attendees will be able to participate by asking questions and providing comments during the Zoom livestream and anyone can view the recording that will be posted on the Boundary Food Hub Facebook page following the event. The virtual event will include comments from supporters, partner organizations, and features a video with some Boundary processors. The Food Hub will assist individuals and businesses interested in commercial food production and processing opportunities across the region. It will provide facilities and support services to entrepreneurs who wish to create value-added food products and take their local food production to the next level, growing their businesses and showcasing the bounty the Boundary has to offer.

A shared-use commercial bakery will be the first Food Hub facility slated to open in May in Greenwood. It will feature pie making and processing equipment for a variety of baked goods. Construction of a value-added meat processing facility in Rock Creek is in the planning stages. The facility will provide cut-and-wrap and co-packing value-added services for meat producers. A community food-safe laboratory to be operated by FoodMetrics Laboratories, through a partnership with the Small Scale Food Processor Association, will be set up in Greenwood. The lab will allow smaller food producers to meet all required food safety standards to sell their products to commercial buyers, including those in the Hotel/Restaurant/Institutional and Retail markets.

The RDKB is hosting the Boundary Food Hub project which will be owned and operated by the Boundary Community Ventures Assn. This is a new organization created to foster economic ventures best suited to a region-based approach.

The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries provided an $800,000 grant to purchase food-processing equipment and to cover other start-up costs in partnership with the RDKB and the BCVA. The BC Food Hub Network helps small-scale businesses access shared food and beverage processing space and equipment to increase their production and sales.

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“The expansion of the B.C. Food Hub Network means that more communities in the Kootenay Boundary region can enhance food production at the local level,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. “Farmers and food processors work together to create local food options for British Columbians and I’m excited to see how this investment will help more bakers in Greenwood create new products and how meat producers are going to benefit from the technology in the Rock Creek location.”

"On behalf of our board of directors I gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries for making the Boundary Food Hub possible. This is exactly the kind of practical support we need to move closer to a sustainable and secure food system for all our residents. I am really proud of the work everyone did to make this project happen so fast – well done,” said Diane Langman, chair, RDKB Board of Directors.

“There is no better way to help people than by giving them the tools to help themselves. The Kootenay Boundary Food Hub is going to make a positive difference to many local food producers who need access to professional-grade equipment and testing facilities to build their businesses,” said Grace McGregor, chair/president, Boundary Community Ventures Assn and RDKB Board of Directors vice-chair.

 

Trail, BC
January 18, 2021
1:00 p.m. PT

Danna O’Donnell is the RDKB Director representing Area D/Rural Grand Forks.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Board of Directors welcomed its newest member when Danna O’Donnell swore her oath to represent the residents of Electoral Area D/Rural Grand Forks in local government today. She was acclaimed to the position after being the only candidate and nominee in a by-election triggered when former director Roly Russell was elected to the provincial legislature on October 24, 2020.

“On behalf of our entire Board of Directors, I welcome Director O’Donnell to the RDKB table,” said Diane Langman, RDKB Board Chair. “We congratulate Danna on her new position and look forward to working with her on many important projects and initiatives as we serve our residents for the next two years.”


“I am thankful and excited to have this opportunity to work for all rural Grand Forks residents and to bring my experience and knowledge as a farmer, Boundary resident, and regional advocate to the RDKB board table. I look forward to working with our twelve other directors on regional initiatives and find ways to cooperate within the Boundary and across our region to make the RDKB an even better place to live and work.”

Director O’Donnell has been a resident of rural Grand Forks for 19 years. She has served on the Boundary Organic Producers Association, Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society, and Grand Forks and District Fall Fair Society. Some projects she is involved in are the Community Centre Stakeholders Group, Central Kootenay Food Policy Council, and the Boundary Area Food and Agriculture Advisory Council. She will join her fellow RDKB directors at the next board meeting at 1:00 p.m. on January 28, 2021 on Zoom.

 

Trail, BC
January 14, 2021
3:45 p.m. PT

New Big White Fire Department ladder truck pushed into fire station

Christmas may be over, but the Big White Fire Department is still celebrating. The January arrival of their one-of-a-kind, 78-foot long Rosenbauer Viper Aerial ladder truck marks the end of a five-year project that started in April 2016. Crews have now ceremonially pushed Ladder 311 into its own bay in the Big White Fire Station, marking a tradition among firefighters that pays homage to the horsedrawn steam engines that were hand maneuvered into their stations a century ago.

“This has been a long time coming and I can’t emphasize enough how pleased our whole department is to see this modern, frontline apparatus in our station ready for deployment,” said Chief Chris Cormack, Big White Fire Department.

“I have to recognize the relentless efforts of retired Chief Jamie Svendsen who kept this project going throughout his tenure here. I also want to recognize the support from Director Vicki Gee and local residents who advocated strongly for this new truck to serve the residents, businesses and visitors at Big White and in Area E/West Boundary.”

Ladder 311 has a 500 horsepower Cummins 12-litre diesel engine that can hold 1136 litres (300 gallons) of water and 114 litres (30 gallons) of fire retardant foam. Its EZ Trac® hydraulic all-wheel drive system means first responders can get to fires and other emergencies even in deep snow at the top of a mountain in winter.

“Fire protection is essential to development at Big White. The ladder truck provides the capacity to protect the taller structures that are in place as well as future development. I’ve seen the work that’s gone into planning and execution of this purchase and adjustments to the fire hall. I am so thankful to everyone who made this happen,” said Director Vicki Gee, Electoral Area E/West Boundary.

The new ladder truck replaces a 25-year-old fire engine and brings the total apparatus count at Big White Fire Department to one ladder truck, one engine, one rescue truck, one bush/CAFS (Compressed Air Foam System) truck and three support vehicles.

 

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