News Releases

NEWS RELEASE

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

RDKB to get moving on Green Corridor
thanks to Active Transportation Network Planning Grant

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.  


NEWS RELEASE

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

 

RDKB bylaw enforcement officer educates about,
does not enforce provincial health orders

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.


NEWS RELEASE

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

 

RDKB offices to close on September 30 to observe
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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.


NEWS RELEASE

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

RDKB and FortisBC continue climate action together

 

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.

 


 

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

 

Stage 2 Outdoor Water Conservation for Christina Lake Water Utility and Rivervale Water Utility 

 

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.Water Conservation Stage 2

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

Appointments to serve on the Columbia Basin Trust Board

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


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.
 


Christina Lake sprinkler program helps residents prepare for wildfire

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.


 

Christina Lake Fire Rescue Alternative Approval Process passes

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.

 

RDKB seeks input to Boundary Trails Master Plan

- 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.

 

New Enforcement Bylaw in effect across the RDKB

- 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.

 

RDKB moves to stage 2 of water conservation program in the Beaver Valley

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

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.

 

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

RDKB granted $395K to further upgrade Saddle Lake Dam

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.

 

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) crews 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.  

 

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

RDKB lowers flags to honour Indigenous children
found buried at Kamloops residential school

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.   

 

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

Thermal imaging camera donated to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue

- 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

Kootenay 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.

 

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

New outdoor water conservation measures
in Christina Lake, Rivervale and Beaver Valley

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).

 

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

Furnace fix for Fruitvale Fire Hall marks more climate action

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.

 

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

Boundary Food Hub Virtual Grand Opening

- 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.

 

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

Danna O’Donnell sworn in as new director for Electoral 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.

 

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

New ladder truck at Big White Fire Department product of five years’ work

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.

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