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Memorial Arena Recycling Bins to Be Removed

May 20, 2020 - 9:37am

The yellow recycling bins at the Memorial Arena in Cranbrook will be removed at the end of the month. Both the RDEK and City of Cranbrook have had increasing concern regarding the bins at the arena and the City has formally requested the bins be removed. “One of the primary issues at this site is safety as our drivers routinely encounter people inside the bins.  In spite of repeated warnings and the drivers’ best efforts to check the bins, we are concerned about the potential for someone to get trapped in a bin as it is being dumped,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin...
Online Engagement Opens for Columbia Lake Management Plan Process

May 14, 2020 - 1:49pm

As people continue to strive to stay safe and stay apart, an online engagement process has been launched for the Columbia Lake Management Plan process to gather feedback and provide a way for residents to be fully involved in the process. “There are several ways people can provide their initial comments and thoughts,” explains RDEK Planner Kris Belanger. “The survey tool is aimed at getting a general sense for people’s thoughts and priorities, the ideas board gives people a chance to share what makes Columbia Lake great, and the places tool is a great way for people to mark special spaces...
Self-Fill Sandbag Stations Established as Snow Melt Continues

May 12, 2020 - 8:23pm

With the arrival of warmer day time temperatures and an anticipated seasonal rise in creeks and rivers, a series of self-fill sandbag stations has been established around the region. “It is important for people to protect their homes and properties early,” says Regional Emergency Operations Centre Director, Terry Balan. “To assist in that effort, we have established numerous sandbag stations around the region to help residents in flood-prone areas proactively prepare.” Sandbag stations are currently located at Cranbrook Public Works Yard, the Old Barn at Fairmont Mountainside Golf...
Columbia Lake Management Plan Process Gets Underway

April 27, 2020 - 1:52pm

Work is set to begin on the new Columbia Lake Management Plan process. The plan, which will replace the existing 1997 Columbia Lake Management Strategy, will guide local government decisions affecting Columbia Lake and its shoreline. “Columbia Lake is home to many significant ecological, cultural and recreational values and this planning process will provide us with tools to help ensure local government decisions continue to protect those values into the future,” says RDEK Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. The project is being led by the RDEK in partnership with the Village of...
Escaped Fire Leads to Fine

April 20, 2020 - 10:18pm

Members of the Hosmer Fire Department responded to a quickly spreading grass fire in the Hosmer area this afternoon. “In spite of the Provincial ban on open burning, a property owner was burning yard waste on his property,” explains Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Michael Hockley.  “When we arrived on scene, the fire had spread into the grass and onto two adjacent properties.  We were very lucky the situation wasn’t more serious and our firefighters did a good job of extinguishing the fire.”  No structures were impacted by the fire. A total of six firefighters...
Escaped Fire in Elko Area Contained by Firefighters

April 11, 2020 - 9:19pm

Members of the Elko and Baynes Lake Fire Departments responded to a grass fire in the Elko area this afternoon, preventing what could have been a much more serious situation.   “A contractor was burning slash piles in an area where burning is currently permitted. Although he had taken safety precautions and had equipment on site, the fire got away in the windy conditions,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Michael Hockley.  “When we arrived on scene, the fire had spread into the grass and was quickly growing. Our firefighters did a good job of containing the...
RDEK Calls on Provincial Health Officer to Introduce Additional Measures to Control Influx of Travel in East Kootenay

April 03, 2020 - 9:18pm

The RDEK Board of Directors has unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Provincial Health Officer to introduce stronger measures and provide additional clarity around travel between communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a region we are united in our desire to reduce the impacts of this virus on our health care system and our communities,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “While the Provincial Health Officers on both sides of the border have been clear in their messaging that people need to be staying home, that message is not being heeded. We are gravely concerned...
Suspected COVID-19 Case in Canal Flats Prompts Call for Residents to Obey Social Distancing

March 22, 2020 - 4:53pm

Canal Flats Mayor Karl Sterzer is issuing an important advisory for residents of Canal Flats after a suspected case of COVID-19 within the small community. “On March 8th, an event was held at our community centre, with a number of people in attendance. A few days after the event, one person started to feel sick and attended their clinic and self-isolated with what they believed to be the flu. When the symptoms continued to worsen, the family attended the Invermere District Hospital where they were advised late on March 21st that at least one family member likely has COVID-19 and were told...
Upcoming RDEK Public Hearings, Community Meetings Postponed While Board Meeting Will Proceed with Changes

March 20, 2020 - 1:20pm

The message this week has been clearly delivered by both federal and provincial health officials: the time for social distancing is now. As a result, the March RDEK public hearings and community meetings have been postponed and a new approach is being planned for the April Board Meetings. “I cannot stress enough the importance of listening to the public and federal health authorities. Each of us needs to be doing our part. This is not just about protecting ourselves and our communities, it’s about protecting our health care system so it is available for those who need it most,” says RDEK...
RDEK Remains Open for Business as Offices/Facilities Close to Public Access

March 16, 2020 - 6:42pm

As the importance of social distancing continues to be stressed by Provincial and Federal health authorities, the Regional District of East Kootenay is closing its offices and facilities to public access effective immediately. “Our Cranbrook and Columbia Valley offices are closed to public access; however, we remain open for business and are encouraging the public to contact us via phone or email with any inquiries, payments, questions, or applications,” explains RDEK CAO Shawn Tomlin. The Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena and public access to RDEK fire halls has also been closed. The move...
Quiet Room to be constructed at Cranbrook Public Library

March 10, 2020 - 2:03pm

REPOSTED FROM CRANBROOK PUBLIC LIBRARY: Silence is a rare commodity in the community hub that is today’s public library. Yet the need for a quiet space within the library still exists. To meet this need, the Cranbrook Public Library Board is pleased to partner with the City of Cranbrook, RDEK Electoral Area C, and the Friends of the Library on the construction of a Quiet Room. “The purpose of this project is to create an oasis of calm within the busy Library to provide people a space to study, take examinations, read, or simply take time out of a hectic life in a calm environment,”...
Regional District of East Kootenay Draft 5-Year Financial Plan Open for Review

February 20, 2020 - 2:19pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors is seeking public comment on its draft five-year financial plan. “The RDEK Board has completed its first review of the Financial Plan; however, the work on the plan is certainly far from complete,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “Staff will continue to meet with Directors, other municipalities, and various commissions over the coming weeks and a public comment period will be open until the first Monday in March.” The Financial Plan lays out how tax dollars are being spent on the more than 100 services offered in the RDEK....
Structure Fire in Fairmont

February 18, 2020 - 9:53pm

UPDATE ON STRUCTURE FIRE IN FAIRMONT (posted; Feb 18.20 9:45pm) Members of the Fairmont and Windermere Fire Departments have extinguished a structure fire on Wilder Loop Road in Fairmont and have left the scene for the night. Security will remain in place throughout the night and no entry is permitted into the site. 13 firefighters, including eight from Fairmont and five from Windermere, battled the blaze into this evening. Although the home is a total loss, the crew did an exceptional job of keeping the flames isolated to the structure involved and away from the trees and neighbouring...
Columbia Valley Office - Phone Line Service Restored

February 05, 2020 - 11:01am

Monday, Feb.10/2020 - Phone line service has been restored for our Columbia Valley RDEK office. ORIGINAL POST: Our Columbia Valley Office is experiencing significant issues with its phone lines. We are working with the service provider to rectify the situation as quickly as possible; however, they have not provided us with any estimated timeline for repair. If you need to reach someone in the Columbia Valley office, you can email lhitchman@rdek.bc.ca or contact our Cranbrook office at 1-888-478-7335 or 250-489-2791.
Funding Announcement Moves Regional Composting One Step Closer to Reality

January 30, 2020 - 3:03pm

The RDEK will now begin more detailed planning for a regional composting program after its application for 2/3 funding was approved by the Province through the Organics Infrastructure Program. “Over the past year and a half, we have been undertaking a review of our Solid Waste Management Plan.  We are all committed to reducing the amount of waste we bury and organics currently represent 29% of the waste going into our landfills.  Developing a regional program that gives people an option to keep organics out of the landfill presents a significant opportunity to move us forward in our waste...
New Recycling Depot Set to Open in Elk Valley

January 27, 2020 - 4:34pm

The RDEK will be officially opening its newest Recycle BC Depot at the Fernie Transfer Station next Monday, opening up dozens of new recycling opportunities for residents and visitors. “The new Recycle BC Depot at the Fernie Transfer Station provides residents with the ability to recycle a wide range of items that are not accepted in the local yellow bin program or Fernie’s curbside recycling,” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. Some of the items that will be accepted at the new Depot include Styrofoam, #7 plastics, milk substitutes, zippered bags like Ziplocs and...
Draft Panorama Official Community Plan Open for Comment

January 02, 2020 - 4:32pm

Over 50 people participated in an open house Monday to get their first look at the draft Panorama and Area Official Community Plan (OCP). “Having the participation and feedback from the community is pivotal to this project’s success, so it was wonderful to have such a strong turnout from the community throughout the day,” says Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok.   The draft OCP, associated maps, copies of the poster boards from the open house and more have been posted on the Panorama & Area OCP project page on engage.rdek.bc.ca. A public comment period on the draft plan is now...
2020 RDEK Board Chair and Vice Chair Elected

December 06, 2019 - 4:16pm

The annual election of RDEK Chair and Vice Chair was held at the Regional District of East Kootenay this morning and Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay will continue on as Chair for 2020. This will be the Electoral Area C Director’s ninth term as RDEK Chair. He has served on the Board since 2005. “I’d like to thank my fellow Directors for their ongoing support. It is an honour to serve as Chair of this organization and I look forward to another rewarding year,” says Gay. Village of Radium Hot Springs Mayor Clara Reinhardt was elected Vice Chair for her second term.  “I have thoroughly...
New Recycling Depot Set to Open in Cranbrook

November 29, 2019 - 3:08pm

The Cranbrook Transfer Station will soon be home to a host of new recycling options as the RDEK opens a Recycle BC Depot on the site. “This will be our third Recycle BC Depot to open at our facilities and we are excited to provide residents with an opportunity to easily recycle so many more items than are accepted in the yellow bin system,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. Some of the items that will be accepted at the new Depot include Styrofoam, #7 plastics, milk cartons, tetra containers for soup and milk substitutes, zippered bags like Ziplocs and pet food bags, aerosol cans and...
Draft Panorama Official Community Plan to be Presented in December

November 29, 2019 - 1:27pm

After several months of consultation, the RDEK will be presenting the draft Panorama and Area Official Community Plan (OCP) to the public next month. “We have received feedback from the community from our open houses, two surveys, workshops and online engagement tools and all of the feedback provided has been compiled and considered in the preparation of the draft OCP,” says Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. A summary of the recent survey results is posted on engage.rdek.bc.ca. The next step in the process will be a third open house, where the draft Official Community Plan will...

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