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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KOOTENAY

MEDIA RELEASE

January 25, 2023

For immediate release

RDCK Board Highlights – January 2023

Click here to view on the RDCK website

Moment of silence

The Board had a moment of silence in memory of Nelson Police Detective Wade Tittemore who tragically passed away in an avalanche on January 9. Since the Board meeting, Nelson Police Constable Mathieu Nolet also passed away due to his injuries suffered in the incident. The RDCK Board offers their condolences to the family and colleagues of both officers.

BC Rural Health Network

Executive Director Paul Adams and Colin Moss, former RDCK Board Director and current Vice-President of the BC Rural Health Network (BCRHN) Board appeared as a delegation on behalf of the BCRHN to request the RDCK’s membership in the network. The objective of the BCRHN is to advocate for rural healthcare equity and address the unique healthcare system challenges facing rural communities. Over the years, there has been a reduction in healthcare services in rural BC and BCRHN is focused on providing community based solutions for what is needed. The RDCK Board will discuss membership in the network at the February 2023 Board meeting.

Castlegar & District Community Complex arena floor replacement

The Board direct staff to prepare an Invitation to Tender for the Castlegar & District Community Complex area floor replacement project. Staff will undertake the procurement and award the contract with the lowest valid bidder which meets all required scope. The arena floor was originally installed in 1976 and has outlived its intended life of 35-40 years. The construction process is expected to take approximately six months.

Nelson and District Community Facilities, Recreation and Leisure Services Bylaw

The Board adopted the Nelson and District Community Facilities, Recreation and Leisure Services Establishment Amendment Bylaw. This is the service bylaw for all recreation programing covering the City of Nelson, Electoral Area F and defined portions of Electoral Area E, including all facilities, parks and trails. A service review was first initiated in 2019 to address concerns related to the scope of the operations of the service. The amended bylaw prioritizes lifecycle budgeting for all RDCK facilities to ensure an asset management approach to planning for repairs, refurbishment and redevelopment. As well, the bylaw allows for the acquisition of property owned by the City of Nelson to facilitate the construction, renovation or expansion of community, recreation and leisure facilities.

Resident Directed Grant Program

Formerly known as the Community Initiatives and Affected Areas program (CIP/AAP), the Resident Directed (ReDi) grant program launched January 9, 2023 in the RDCK and applications are now being accepted until February 17, 2023. The program is funded by Columbia Basin Trust and delivered in partnership with the RDCK to support local projects that benefit public good and provide additional value to Basin communities. The granting allocation for the RDCK in 2023 is $1,515,940.

A core component of the ReDi program is each community directs the allocation of their assigned funds. RDCK Board members will select a date for a public meeting and appoint members to a local selection committee who will consider all funding applications and make recommendations to the RDCK Board for grant awards. Staff have been directed to review options for the required community engagement meetings to be held throughout the RDCK in the spring of 2023. 

Local Conservation Fund Service Establishment in Electoral Area F

Voter approval for Electoral Area F to join the Local Conservation Fund Service will be undertaken by means of Alternative Approval Process (AAP) instead of assent vote. The AAP for Electoral Area F is expected to take place sometime in 2023, and will include public engagement about the Local Conservation Fund service. The AAP process enables local governments to directly engage citizens about a proposed bylaw. If more than 10% of the eligible electors sign and submit response forms, the RDCK may not proceed with the matter proposed in the bylaw. 

Regional Invasive Species Strategy

The Board directs staff to negotiate an agreement with the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society for development and coordination of the Regional Government Invasive Species Working Group. The goal of this group is to reduce the economic and environmental risks of invasive species in the RDCK. It will include annual training and resources for staff, developing region wide education materials, and providing expertise and consultation on the development of the program. As well, the RDCK will initiate the Good Neighbour pilot program which will support the agricultural community, specifically the adjacency concerns with regards to Ministry of Transportation right of way and abandoned private fields.

Directors Reports

RDCK Directors provide monthly reports explaining what they have been working on. Click here to read the January reports in the Board minutes (agenda item 4.5, pg. 152).

Discretionary Grants

AREA A                                                                                       

Crawford Bay Elementary/Secondary School – Recreational Events                                                                  $400

Creston Valley Shine Club – Harvey Sayles Fishing Derby                                                                                                       $500

Kootenay Region Skate Canada BC/YT Section – Kootenay Region Figure Skating Championships                        $350

South Kootenay Lake Community Service Society – Meditation group                                                                             $350

South Kootenay Lake Community Service Society – Self-Defence Classes                                                                       $700

AREA B                                                                                       

Creston Valley Shine Club – Harvey Sayles Fishing Derby                                                                                                       $500

Kootenay Region Skate Canada BC/YT Section – Kootenay Region Figure Skating Championships                        $600

AREA C                                                                                       

Creston Valley Shine Club – Harvey Sayles Fishing Derby                                                                                                       $1,000

Creston Valley Team Ropers Association – Timing Equipment                                                                                             $1,000

Kootenay Region Skate Canada BC/YT Section – Kootenay Region Figure Skating Championships                        $350

AREA E                                                                                       

Nelson Community Food Centre – Good Food Bank                                                                                                 $1,000

Nelson Blueliners Women’s Hockey – Amanda Asay Memorial Cup                                                                   $198

AREA F                                                                                       

2023 LVR Graduation Committee – 2023 LVR Graduation                                                                                     $1,000

Brent Kennedy Elementary School – Kids art program                                                                                                             $1,000

Brent Kennedy Elementary School PAC – Paint                                                                                                                           $1,000

Nelson Blueliners Women’s Hockey – Amanda Asay Memorial Cup                                                                   $198

AREA G                                                                                      

Kootenay Rockies Disc Golf Society – Ymir Disc Golf Improvement Plan                                                                          $5,000

Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society                                                                                                                    $1,000

AREA H                                                                                       

Brent Kennedy Elementary School Parent Advisory Council – School Spirit T-Shirts                                    $1,000

AREA I                                                                                        

Brent Kennedy Elementary School Parent Advisory Council – School Spirit T-Shirts                                    $500

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital & Health Foundation Society – Pledge Day 2022                                            $1,000

Castlegar Minor Hockey Association – Castlegar U7 & U9 Tournament                                                                            $250

Stanley Humphries Secondary School – Area I Community Service Bursaries                                                 $5,000

Castlegar & District Community Services Society – Swim Passes                                                                                         $250

AREA J                                                                                        

Castlegar Minor Hockey Association – Castlegar U7 & U9 Tournament                                                                            $250

Stanley Humphries Secondary School – Graduation 2023 Scholarship/Bursary Program                                           $3,000

AREA K                                                                                       

Arrow Lakes Cross Country Ski Club – Technical Support                                                                                                        $1,800

Community Development Grants

AREA D                                                                                       

Kaslo Housing Society – Winter in the Forest                                                                                                                              $1,000

Kaslo Community Acupuncture Society – Dope is Death Documentary Showing                                                          $780

AREA E                                                                                       

Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association – KERPA Informational Video Project                $1,250

AREA F                                                                                       

Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association – KERPA Informational Video Project                $1,250

AREA G                                                                                      

Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association – KERPA Informational Video Project                $1,250

AREA H                                                                                       

Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association – KERPA Informational Video Project                $1,250

Elk Root Conservation Farm Society – Regenerative Educational Community Foods Gardens                 $5,000

Slocan Solutions Society – Winter Carnival                                                                                                                   $3,000

Nakusp Ski Club Association – Summit Lake Ski Area T-Bar Rope Replacement Project                                             $5,000

AREA I                                                                                        

Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation – Light Up 2022                                                                                                       $1,000

Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association – KERPA Informational Video Project                $1,250

AREA J                                                                                        

Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation – Light Up 2022                                                                                                       $2,500

Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association – KERPA Informational Video Project                $1,250

AREA K                                                                                       

Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue Society – Emergency and Community Support Services                                          $1,000

Nakusp Secondary School – BC International Boat Show 2023                                                                                              $5,000

Nakusp Ski Club Association – Summit Lake Ski Area T-Bar Rope Replacement Project                                             $12,100

Burton Elementary School – Burton/Edgewood to Summit Lake                                                                                         $2,000

Nakusp Elementary School – Ski Program Support                                                                                                   $6,500

SALMO                                                                                      

Salmo Valley Trail Society – Salmo Valley Trail Society 2023 Season                                                                  $2,500

SLOCAN                                                                                     

Village of Slocan – Light Up                                                                                                                                                $500

Village of Slocan – Food Bank                                                                                                                                                            $600

Village of Slocan – BC Senior Games 2023                                                                                                                     $400

Village of Slocan – Winter Carnival                                                                                                                                  $3,000

Recreation Commission No. 7 – Salmo and Area G

 

Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre – Upgrades to basketball courts                                                 $5,000

 

 

 

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Community Support Needed

– submitted by Ali George

This is Cole, who is the son of our most excellent neighbours, Cindy and Ron Little, here in Crawford Bay. Last winter, just before he turned 21, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the same kind of cancer that Terry Fox had.  Since then, he has endured a lengthy course of chemotherapy to shrink a large tumour on his pelvis, and last October, he had surgery to remove the tumour, which resulted in the loss of half of his pelvis and his tailbone.  He developed a post-surgery infection which was then addressed with high doses of antibiotics and more surgeries. 

Before his diagnosis, he was at the beginning of a very promising career as a chef. Now, he is at the beginning of a two year (at least) rehab journey so that he can to learn how to walk again. 

Cole will need financial support during his rehab to help with basic living expenses, expensive leg braces, a specialized wheelchair, and other related costs.  A family friend of the Littles is raising money for Cole on GoFundMe.  You can read more about Cole’s story and make a donation by clicking on this link: GoFundMe for Cole Little .