Click here to read the April edition of The East Shore Mainstreet – in digital format only for the first time ever! Due to Covid-19 and our choice to reduce exposure and stay at home, the paper is only available online for April 2020. We hope you take advantage of it (it’s free this month after all!) and read it cover to cover. There’s all sorts of good information from local health experts, some armchair theorizing, some good opinion pieces and so much more. This world will go on… we may just have to bend a bit. Thanks for your understanding and patience!
IS YOUR BUSINESS CLOSING FOR A WHILE? IS YOUR ORGANIZATION DOING SOME SOCIAL DISTANCING?
DO YOU HAVE A COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT / CANCELLATION/ BUSINESS MESSAGE THAT YOU’D LIKE MAINSTREET TO HELP RELAY?
EMAIL MAINSTREET@ESHORE.CA OR CONTACT US ON FACEBOOK AND WE’LL POST IT HERE FOR THE COMMUNITY’S INFORMATION.
FROM SHERRI SUTCLIFFE: The Riondel Community Centre is closed due to COVID 19; we have no reported cases in the area, but it’s best to be safe. Reopening of the Centre is entirely dependant on the future status of the health situation. All programs of the Seniors Association, the Art Club, and the Library/Museum are suspended until the building reopens. In the interim, take a walk in the sunshine, work in your garden, clean up your golf clubs, keep in touch with friends and family … from a distance! Stay well!
FROM WENDY SCOTT: Riondel Community Centre is closed and the Library’s Open House has been cancelled.
FROM NORSE ARTS: We have decided to close the gallery temporarily. We will continue to post items that we are creating and keep you updated as time goes by. We wish you all the best during this difficult time. Thank you for your support.
FROM RDCK RECYCLING AND WASTE RESOURCE: Effective Saturday, March 21, the following measures are being adopted at all RDCK-operated Resource Recovery facilities (landfills, transfer stations and depots, excluding Edgewood, Burton, and Yahk):
- We will no longer accept ANY payments from residents who wish to dispose of waste and recyclables at our facilities.
- Residential loads will be limited to household garbage only, and no bulky items will be accepted. We will accept up to one pick-up truck load (or equivalent) maximum per week per customer.
- Commercial loads will continue as per normal. We will still accept all material types and charges will placed on accounts. During this time, receipts will not be provided.
- Site staff have the right to refuse any load that contains prohibited items or does not meet the limitations above.
- Staff will use social distancing protocols to allow 6 feet of distance between themselves, their colleagues and the public. This will include restricting the number of users on site.
- Other measures will be taken to adapt staff duties as needed.
These are emergency measures during very challenging times. We ask that you respect the free tipping limits so our sites are not overwhelmed, and can remain open and operational. Please follow the direction of staff at our facilities. We anticipate these measures will result in longer lineups and delays at the facilities. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Regular disposal services and operating hours at all facilities will continue according to their regular schedules. Hours of operation can be found here. Please do not visit one of these facilities if you are feeling unwell, experiencing flu-like symptoms or have been potentially exposed to the coronavirus. The RDCK is closing the re-use buildings, commonly called “Free Stores”, located at many Resource Recovery facilities. Users will not be able to enter re-use buildings to deposit or collect items until further notice.
FROM MILA AT MILA’S YUMMIES: We are open and our entire menu is available through takeout. You can order ready made or frozen. Please allow at least two hours for ready-made. All menu items available while supplies last. Orders can be made through phone at 250.505.3780 or email: email@example.com.
FROM EAST SHORE COMMUNITY LIBRARY: In this time of uncertainty, some things and institutions which I have always thought of as constant, have had to change. It is with reluctance, therefore, that I post that the Eastshore Community Library board has decided to close the library here in Crawford Bay until the present emergency has abated sufficiently. Please do continue to return books into the dropbox outside, as it will be emptied regularly.
FROM PAM AT NEWKEYS: Newkey’s is closing for the time being… hopefully not for too long!
FROM BEN & VENUS ROCKWOOD CAFE: Open for take out service from 12-7pm everyday but Monday.
FROM LOIS AT LAKEVIEW: Reduced hours just a bit…Mon-Thurs 9-2pm, Fri/Sat 9-5pm
FROM CB HALL AND PARKS: In following other communities we are closing the Enchanted Playground until further notice.
FROM EAST SHORE INTERNET SOCIETY:
|The rapidly changing COVID-19 situation is unprecedented and disruptive to our daily lives. With this great level of uncertainty we want you to know that ESIS values the health and well-being of our member-subscribers and staff. As a response to the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately, all ESIS subscribers will have access to unlimited data until June 1st. During this time people are being encouraged to use social distancing and to self-quarantine when necessary. Please use your Internet service responsibly.
We will be monitoring usage levels on all accounts and excessive users may face slowdowns to help keep the network in balance for everyone.
In order to help protect you and our office staff we encourage customers to avoid coming into the ESIS office and consider paying your bill using one of the following methods:
• If you bank with the Nelson and District Credit Union, you can pay ESIS using the Bill Payment function (this option is not available with other banking institutions)
• use e-transfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• phone the office to pay by VISA or Mastercard
• mail or drop off your cheque (into the locked mailbox outside the
East Shore Internet Society
#10, 16210 Hwy 3A,
P.O. Box 145
Crawford Bay, BC
Our office staff are available by phone from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you experience any connectivity issues and need technical assistance, please continue to phone our ESIS support number. Our technicians will consult with you by phone to resolve your issues remotely. If a visit to your home is required our technicians will consult with you to determine the best approach to resolve your problem while maintaining a healthy distance for all.
Director, ESIS board
FROM JANET WALLACE: Barefoot Handweaving is closed to the public until further notice. Stay safe!
FROM CAM MUIR, CRAWFORD BAY MARKET: We, at the Crawford Bay Market, are working hard to ensure our community has access to groceries and fuel at this trying time. We want to assure our customers that we are doing our part to keep the community safe while shopping in our store. We have increased sanitation practices – including disinfecting pin pads, buggy handles, tills, and high-volume areas of the store, while encouraging hand hygiene, avoiding skin to skin contact through hand shaking, etc. as per the BC Public Health guidelines. The health and wellness of our team and customers is paramount. If you are experiencing illness or are self-quarantined due to travel, please do not come into the store, as it is important that our staff remain healthy to provide necessary services to our community. To assist you at this time, we ask that you call the store at: 250-227-9322 and we will endeavour to make other arrangements ( by phone orders, email or delivery) to ensure you have everything you need to see you through this difficult time. As manager of the Crawford Bay Market, I ask for patience for my staff as we work to ensure your grocery needs are met. I would like to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to our community. If further changes due to the fluidity of COVID-19 affect our business, we will let you know as soon as possible. At this time, we are experiencing some supply issues (we have toilet paper at this time), although delivery days for groceries may change. Thank you for your continued support. Our store hours remain the same: Sunday 9-5 and Monday to Saturday 9-6:30
FROM CRAWFORD BAY HALL: Crawford Bay Community Hall and Community Corner will he closed until further notice. Also, The Silent Auction Fundraiser for the hall has been postponed until the fall. The kind and beautiful donations that have already been collected will be kept safely. At present, it is neither practical nor safe for our volunteers to continue to solicit donations, so we will set a new date when we can see our way clear. Thanks everyone and take good care.
FROM THE FORGE: Forge & Furnace Gallery will be closed to the public until further notice.
FROM SHELBY AT CBESS: The school district is closing all after-school, extracurricular or community events at the school until further notice. Further, see Minister Fleming’s announcement below:
FROM ROB FLEMING, EDUCATION MINISTER: The health and safety of our students, staff and their families is our highest priority. The global pandemic COVID-19 is moving quickly and its impact on British Columbians is growing. We have followed the direction – daily – of public health officials and scientists in making fact-based decisions when it comes to B.C.’s school system. Today, (March 17, 2020) under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer we are directing all schools to immediately suspend in-class instruction until further notice. While classroom lessons are suspended it is expected that schools will implement a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students. More info can be found here:
FROM BLANCHE TANNER: We will be postponing the Health, Healing and Harmony ( Family Constellation workshop at the Gray Creek Hall on March 28th until a later date).
FROM TINA AT TIMBUKTU: We have shut down all our vacation rentals for the foreseeable future and cancelled all our upcoming reservations, politely and proactively. We are hoping all other community members who offer short term rentals understand the need for each of us on the East Shore to do our part. For those of us in hospitality, that unfortunately means shuttering our doors to travellers from anywhere else and focussing on social distancing and looking out for our vulnerable community members. Stay safe dear friends.
FROM THERESA AND WILL MORRIS: Dear Members of the Kootenay Sound Healing Centre Community: After much deliberation, we have decided to close the centre in advance of any known SARS Cov-2 (COVID-19) epidemic activity in this region. The KSHC will remain closed between March 16 and April 16 of 2020. Updates will be forthcoming.
FROM EAST SHORE FITNESS PLACE: East Shore Fitness Place is CLOSED until further notice. Please do not go to the gym. We are going to deactivate the key card reader as soon as possible but in the meantime, please stay home and respect our decision to close the facility. Memberships will be put on pause until we re-open. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Julia at 250-777-2497 or email@example.com We appreciate your understanding.
From Gord McMahon: With everything that is going on regarding the coronavirus and precautions being implemented across the province, I thought it was best to cancel the planned geothermal presentation on March 24th at the Crawford Bay Hall.
From Gerald Panio: To err on the side of caution in these challenging times, I’m going to temporarily suspend the Marquee Monday movie showings, and my Tuesday art lectures. We have some vulnerable people in our community, and I want to do my bit to minimize risks over the short term. I will resume both activities as soon as I have a sense that the situation is less volatile.
From Kris Lymbery at Gray Creek Store: Here at the store, we are working with the following priorities. As members of our local community, citizens of Canada, and fellow human beings on this planet Earth, the staff and owners of Gray Creek Store are committed to:
1) Protecting the health and safety of our staff and customers.
2) Helping slow the transmission of the coronavirus so that our health care system can handle those who need to be hospitalized
3) Helping people get the supplies they need.
We are trying to think ahead and take the necessary steps so that if this becomes a worse case scenario we can hopefully get supplies from our suppliers and get those supplies to those in need. Also just an FYI, when we came across the border on Saturday (March 14) and when friends flew in from Mexico, we received no information about self-isolating. In other words, we are hearing one message from our government but what they say they are doing, has not been implemented.
FROM MEGAN ROKEBY-THOMAS AT LADYBUG CAFE: Due to COVID19 the Ladybug will be closed from March 16 until further notice. We want to be part of the solution to stop the virus from spreading in our community faster than our healthcare system can handle and before they have a treatment or vaccine. This time of year there are many travellers travelling. We don’t want to risk someone bringing COVID19 to the Ladybugs and our community. We will keep everyone posted through our Facebook page and we monitor the situation daily and stay in touch with the local health authorities. In this time of closure we will be doing a little outdoor work at the Ladybug and working on the development of our year round Meals on Wheels type of service. This service will be intended for people who need it, not a restaurant delivery service. We will provide more details as we figure it out over the next weeks. If you know anyone who may need this delivery service over the next couple of uncertain weeks, please PM us at the Ladybug. We will be happy to help while we work out the systems.
by Garry Jackman, RDCK Area A Regional Director
As is the case during most winters, I have received a number of questions about how to voice concerns (or express appreciation) for the winter road maintenance from various residents.
In the past YRB and highways reps have been willing to provide an opportunity to answer questions and provide some general information about their maintenance operations plus how best to call in your concerns.
Most recently meetings were held in Riondel and Boswell. After a series of attempts to coordinate a date we have landed on Wednesday (February 26) from 2:20 pm to 3:30 pm at the Crawford Bay Hall as an opportunity to hear an update on changes to the new maintenance contract (as of June 2019) and ask some questions. Please share this information and attend if you can.
Kootenay Lake Ferry. Possible ferry service interruption between Feb 8 and Feb 13. Starting Sat Feb 8 at 6:30 AM PST until Thurs Feb 13 at 2:45 PM PST. Ferry will be out of service due to required maintenance. The Osprey 2000 ferry will be out of service for February refit.
The smaller capacity MV Balfour ferry will be in service operating on the regular winter schedule. For up-to-date sailing information please check www.drivebc.ca.
Western Pacific Marine would like to thank you for your patience.
Laura Laing, Marine Clerk
Western Pacific Marine
Kootenay Lake Ferries
7721 Upper Balfour Road
Balfour, BC V0G 1C0
UPDATE: Water Quality Advisory Rescinded for the Riondel Water System
February 10, 2020
For immediate releaseView it on the RDCK Website: https://rdck.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2020-news-archive/water-quality-advisory-rescinded-for-the-riondel-water-system.html
Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has rescinded a Water Quality Advisory for users on the Riondel Water System. The system is located in the community of Riondel, on the east shore of Kootenay Lake with access off of Highway 3A. Riondel is within RDCK Electoral Area A.
On January 31, 2020, the RDCK issued a Water Quality Advisory due to a water main break resulting in low reservoir levels, impacting the effectiveness of chlorine disinfection through decreased contact time. The notice was issued as a precautionary measure due to the reduction of chlorine’s ability to remove or inactivate viruses for a short period of time.
The water main break has been repaired and reservoir levels have been restored. Results from two consecutive water quality tests indicate that water quality is good and the Water Quality Advisory may be removed.
The RDCK appreciates Riondel water users’ cooperation and patience during this time and apologized for the inconvenience experienced.
Nelson, BC: The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued a Water Quality Advisory for users on the Riondel Water System. The system is located in the community of Riondel, on the east shore of Kootenay Lake with access off of Highway 3A. Riondel is within RDCK Electoral Area A.
The WATER QUALITY ADVISORY has been issued due to a water main break resulting in low reservoir levels, impacting the effectiveness of chlorine disinfection through decreased contact time. Reservoir levels have since recovered and the break identified and isolated. The notice has been issued as a precautionary measure because of the reduction of chlorine’s ability to remove or inactivate viruses for a short period of time.
While health risks are considered low, the RDCK recommends that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice. For these at-risk populations, water intended for drinking, washing fruits or vegetables, making beverages or ice, or brushing teeth should be boiled for one minute. Boiled water should then be refrigerated in a clean, covered container. Customers could also choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water that has been filtered through a well-maintained treatment device.
Owners of all public facilities must post a WATER QUALITY ADVISORY at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off). As opportunities arise, they must also advise their clientele verbally of the WATER QUALITY ADVISORY.
The RDCK will be taking measures to reduce risk; water quality will be monitored and the public will be notified when the RDCK is able to lift the WATER QUALITY ADVISORY.
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, and appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. For more information contact the RDCK 250-352-8171 or visit our website at www.rdck.ca/water.
The Crawford Bay School Drama class would like to very warmly invite you to this year’s drama group’s end of term presentation of “Alice”, a Lindsay Price adapted play of Alice in Wonderland on Friday January 31 2020 in the performance space.
The play is suitable for all school age children, so come out for a community evening of delicious pizza, nice conversation, and an entertaining play.
5:30 – PIZZA ($3 per slice)
6:30 – PLAY (45 min duration)
Entrance is free but donations in support of our student’s travel to the famous Shakesfest in Vernon would be greatly appreciated. There will be a donation jar in the lobby.
Thank you all for supporting our amazing students. We are looking forward to see you all!
submitted by David Lalande, Communications Tech, Ktunaxa Nation Council
Jumbo Valley to remain wild through permanent retirement of development rights – Clears path for creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area in the Central Purcell Mountains Cranbrook/ʔa·kisk
̓aqǂiʔit, BC (January 18, 2020) – The Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) is honoured and heartened to announce that Qat’muk, which includes the Jumbo Valley, will remain wild. The Jumbo Glacier Resort, a source of great conflict for the last 30 years, will not be built now, or ever. Thanks to a collaboration between KNC, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, development rights in the Jumbo Valley have been fully and permanently extinguished. Public and private funding has enabled the buyout of all tenures and interests held by Glacier Resorts Ltd. This has been secured through an agreement between the Province and Glacier Resorts Ltd., in turn enabled by an agreement between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (on behalf of the Ktunaxa Nation) and Glacier Resorts Ltd.
After 30 years of resisting development of these traditional lands, KNC is excited to move forward immediately to ensure effective stewardship and conservation of the central Purcell mountains, encompassing Qat’muk. The KNC is working towards the creation of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) in the Central Purcell Mountains in southeastern British Columbia. An IPCA is distinguished by Indigenous creation and founded on the Indigenous relationship to land. It will serve to protect both cultural values and biological diversity in part of the Central Purcell Mountains for all time.
The creation of the IPCA will take several years of collaboration between KNC, the federal and provincial governments, and other parties. KNC envisions the area spanning about 70,000 hectares immediately north of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy and encompassing the Jumbo valley and parts of adjacent watersheds. Defining boundaries and stewardship objectives for a protected and conserved area is hoped to be underway by late 2020 through an agreement between the KNC and the BC government in consultation with local communities and stakeholders. Access in the area will remain status quo during discussions on the IPCA.
This initiative was made possible by a $16.2 million contribution from the Government of Canada through the Canada Nature Fund. An additional $5 million of funding has come from the Wyss Foundation, Wilburforce Foundation, Patagonia, the Columbia Basin Trust and Donner Canadian Foundation. A celebratory event is being held in Cranbrook on January 18 to thank the many organizations and individuals who have made tremendous contributions over the years to keep Qat’muk wild. KNC also acknowledges all those who will be working together to realize a cultural and biodiversity vision for the Central Purcells through the establishment of an IPCA.
“Qat’muk is the spiritual home of the grizzly bear and of profound importance to our Nation. Grizzly bear spirit’s home will become part of a larger Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA). So, today marks both an end and a beginning. Finally, we have achieved an end to 30 years of struggle by the Ktunaxa Nation and many other groups to protect Qat’muk and Jumbo, including court challenges all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. But more importantly, today is an important beginning as we work towards developing a Ktunaxa stewardship vision for an IPCA in the Central Purcell mountains. We are deeply thankful that all of this is being made possible by very substantial financial support from the Government of Canada, the Columbia Basin Trust, the Wyss, Wilburforce and Donner Canadian Foundations, and Patagonia. I am particularly pleased that the strong support and collaboration of both the federal and provincial governments is consistent with, and I think founded on their commitments to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I also thank the Ktunaxa Nation’s Qat’muk Advisory Council for all of their guidance and support for the work to protect Qat’muk.” Kathryn Teneese, chairperson, Ktunaxa Nation Council
“I would like to congratulate the Ktunaxa Nation Council and their partners, on their work towards the establishment of the Central Purcell Mountains Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area. It took foresight and leadership from local First Nations people and other communities to get to the point where we can now work toward conserving critical habitat for species at risk over this vast area, namely the Grizzly Bear, the Southern Mountain Caribou and the Whitebark Pine. Our government is proud to support you in this work by investing over $16M in this initiative. By working together, we will reach our nature protection goal to conserve 25% of Canada’s land, and 25 percent of Canada’s oceans by 2025.” The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
“Today reflects the strength, tenacity and courage of Kootenay people, especially the Ktunaxa Nation. To be able to say that Jumbo, Qat’muk, will remain wild is a long time coming. That we are working towards an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area is reconciliation in action and it is the right thing to do. Keep Jumbo Wild is no longer a bumper sticker pleading for the very center of our region. It is a reality.” The Honourable Michelle Mungall, BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
“Together with the Wyss Foundation, Wilburforce Foundation, Patagonia and the Donner Canadian Foundation, we are honoured to support the Ktunaxa Nation in their decades-long effort to protect and steward Qat’muk and its cultural and ecological treasures for current and future generations. Congratulations!” Johnny Strilaeff, CEO, Columbia Basin Trust, on behalf of the non-government donor group
“The Nature Conservancy of Canada extends our heartfelt congratulations to the Ktunaxa Nation in light of today’s announcement. This marks a significant step towards conserving Qat’muk in perpetuity, which will help to maintain crucial wildlife habitat connections while also safeguarding a living, cultural relationship with this land. We are honoured to support the Ktunaxa in achieving their vision of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area in the Central Purcell Mountains, and we welcome the opportunity for shared learning of Ktunaxa stewardship principles and natural law.” Nancy Newhouse, BC Regional Vice President, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Backgrounder on Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas
Backgrounder on funding partners
Backgrounder on planning and community engagement
Photos of Qat’muk area (and from the Jan. 18th event): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3srn3jvhqgjau4k/AABZDAqk4XeYhFnY3PgT2uUGa?dl=0
Provincial funding announced
Nelson, BC: Since 2009, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has been collaborating with local municipalities to help residents save money and improve local air quality through the Wood Stove Exchange Program. This program, funded by the Government of British Columbia and the BC Lung Association, provides homeowners with rebates when they exchange their old wood stove for a new emissions-certified one.
The RDCK is one of 20 regions across the province to receive funding from the Province and the BC Lung Association to administer a local wood stove exchange program. All RDCK electoral areas and municipalities have also committed “top-up” funding, bringing the value of rebates to between $350 to $800 (depending on the type of new appliance installed and location of the property within the RDCK).
A total of 50 rebates are available on a first-come, first- served basis. The Provincial base rebate is $250 for a new qualifying wood stove and $400 for a qualifying gas appliance. Top-up rebates are as follows:
City of Castlegar – up to 10 rebates of $100
Town of Creston – up to 20 rebates of $100
Village of Kaslo – up to 5 rebates of $100
Village of Nakusp – up to 10 rebates of $100
City of Nelson – up to 10 rebates matching Provincial grant amount
Village of New Denver – up to 5 rebates of $100
Village of Salmo – up to 2 rebates of $100
Village of Silverton – up to 3 rebates of $100
Village of Slocan – up to 3 rebates of $100
RDCK – up to 50 rebates of $100
In order to qualify for the rebate, residents must replace an old (pre-1994), uncertified wood stove with a new, locally purchased, EPA- or CSA-certified appliance. Qualifying replacement appliances include:
· wood stoves;
· gas stoves;
· pellet stoves;
· Enerchoice designated gas or propane fueled inserts or electric inserts;
· EPA-certified factory-built wood fireplaces that replace a non-EPA-certified wood stove or non-EPA-certified wood insert – not an existing factory-built fireplace;
· Electric heat pumps that meets the criteria for BC’s Home Renovation Rebate and Efficiency BC Program (https://efficiencybc.ca/incentives/home-renovation-rebate-and-efficiencybc-program/);
· EPA or CSA B415 certified woods or pellet furnaces ONLY if replacing an existing uncertified wood-burning furnace.
The replacement appliance must be in active use for home heating. One rebate permitted per property. Old stoves must be dismantled and brought to a RDCK landfill or transfer station for disposal.
For more information on the program, or for a copy of the rebate application, visit www.rdck.ca.
Incorporated in 1965, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves 60,000 residents in 11 electoral areas and nine member municipalities. The RDCK provides more than 160 services, including community facilities, fire protection and emergency services, grants, planning and land use, regional parks, resource recovery and handling, transit, water services and much more. For more information about the RDCK, visit www.rdck.ca.