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Columbia Valley Temporary Office Closure

February 22, 2024 - 11:05am

The RDEK's Columbia Valley office will be temporarily closed tomorrow (February 23). Staff will still be available by phone or email. The office will reopen at 8:30 am on Monday, February 26. All telephone inquiries can be directed to 1-888-478-7335.
Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire in Fairmont

February 21, 2024 - 9:06am

Firefighters remain on scene this morning after a structure fire at a duplex in Fairmont. Firefighters arrived to find a significant amount of smoke coming from the home, where a chimney fire had extended into the attic space. “The extremely hard work of the responders on scene prevented the fire from progressing and saved the home with little damage,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Assistant Chief Joss Advocaat. “Two occupants and their two dogs evacuated the building and are safe.” Firefighters from the Fairmont Fire Department responded to the call along with...
Family Day Closures

February 16, 2024 - 1:49pm

RDEK transfer stations and landfills will be closed on February 19 for Family Day. This is one of only five days out of the year that our facilities are closed, so we wanted people to be aware to plan accordingly. If you’re planning on doing a clean-up this weekend, please make a trip to your local transfer station or landfill on Saturday or Sunday. The closures include the Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford transfer stations and the Columbia Valley and Central Subregion landfills. Our offices in both Cranbrook and the Columbia Valley will also be closed on...
East Kootenay FireSmart Program to Host Upcoming Workshop

February 16, 2024 - 9:10am

The East Kootenay FireSmart Program will be holding an educational workshop for prospective and current Neighbourhood Champions of the program next month.  The workshop will be split into two parts: An open session in the morning for anyone in the region interested in learning more about FireSmart and how to help make their home and property more resilient to wildfire; and, An afternoon workshop for current Neighbourhood Champions. “We want to be able to answer questions for anyone who is interested in the program and give them some insight to what would be involved in getting the...
Clear Sky Retreat Centre to Host FireSmart Information Session

February 15, 2024 - 11:14am

Clear Sky Retreat Centre will host its 2nd Annual FireSmart Information Session February 24th. “This is a way for friends and community neighbours to learn more about how they can protect their properties from wildfire and develop FireSmart plans on rural properties and farms that will include livestock and pet considerations,” says Local FireSmart Representative Carla Hayday. The information session will get underway at 3pm on Saturday, February 24 at the Clear Sky Retreat Centre on Cockell Road in Bull River. It will include a brief introduction to the FireSmart Program and focus on...
Public Consultation Begins on 2024 RDEK Five-Year Financial Plan

February 15, 2024 - 9:13am

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors has completed its first review of the draft 2024-2028 Financial Plan, which is now open for public review and comment. “A couple of years ago, we designated a separate day to review the draft financial plan.  This has been a highly effective decision-making tool for our Board as we are able to solely focus on the draft plan separate and apart from the other important business associated with the regular monthly meeting,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “I want to acknowledge the work of staff and all those who’ve contributed...
Wycliffe Regional Park Open Year-Round

February 09, 2024 - 4:09pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay’s Wycliffe Regional Park is open to the public year-round. “Wycliffe Regional Park is set in a beautiful location along Perry Creek and offers great winter recreation. We are happy to be able to offer a space for residents and visitors to get outside and enjoy the area year-round,” says Recreation and Control Services Supervisor Jamie Davies. “The addition of groomed winter trails are an exciting addition to our recreation services.” The 164 hectare regional park is open to winter users with walking and snowshoeing trails, disc-golf and groomed...
RDEK Climate Action Plan Engagement Summary Released

February 06, 2024 - 8:28am

The Regional District of East Kootenay has just released a Climate Action Plan engagement summary, including the results of the recent public survey. In total, over 1080 people responded to the survey. “We are grateful for the many residents who took the time to share their thoughts through the survey. Noting the strongest areas of concern will help us to determine where we should be increasing resilience, or climate adaptation measures, which will help us adjust to impacts already felt in our region and reduce our vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change,” says RDEK Planner...
Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire Near Fairmont

January 29, 2024 - 1:02pm

Firefighters Respond to Structure Fire Near Fairmont Firefighters are on the scene of a structure fire at a two-storey home in Columere Park at this hour. Firefighters were dispatched just before 10:00am after a neighbour saw smoke and called 9-1-1. “We responded immediately and, with the help of the aerial truck, have worked hard to keep the fire confined to the one structure,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Chief Drew Sinclair.  16 firefighters from the Fairmont and Windermere Fire Departments responded to the call, along with five pieces of apparatus.  RCMP, Emergency Health Service and BC Hydro are also on site....
RDEK to Hold Special Budget Meeting Focused on Five-Year Financial Plan

January 25, 2024 - 9:24am

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors will be meeting on Wednesday, February 7 to go over the draft Five Year Financial Plan. “Unlike a municipality that has one boundary and one set of taxpayers, different areas of the RDEK require different services which makes our full financial plan quite complex,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “We have found that scheduling a separate meeting day to focus only on the Five-Year Financial Plan has been beneficial to both the Board and the public.”  The RDEK Board will meet on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, in the RDEK...
Slight Delays on Elk Valley Transit Route Today

January 24, 2024 - 2:51pm

FROM BC TRANSIT: The Elk Valley transit system is experiencing minor delays on route 41 this afternoon after the BC Transit bus lost traction this morning and got stuck in a snowbank on Dicken Road near Fernie. There were fortunately no injuries to the roughly 40 passengers and driver on board. Students on board were picked up by parents in 4WD vehicles and transported to school. The bus was pulled free around 11am by a tow truck and is now back delivering service.  To view the latest information on alerts or delays, visit the Elk Valley Service Transit page on www.bctransit.com.
Provincial Legislative Changes to Impact Bylaw Amendment and Public Hearing Process for Some Applications

January 19, 2024 - 10:40am

Recent legislative changes to the Local Government Act (The Act) by the Province of BC are going to impact the public hearing process and the way some Bylaw Amendments are considered by local governments across the province.   “These changes are part of the Province’s ongoing efforts to encourage residential development in the Province,” explains RDEK Planning Supervisor Karen MacLeod. “One of the big changes that our residents will notice immediately is a change in how the RDEK Board considers certain zoning bylaw amendments as the Province is now preventing regional districts from...
Cranbrook RDEK Office Closed to Public Access Jan 19/24

January 18, 2024 - 6:06pm

Due to a waterline repair being undertaken by the City of Cranbrook, our Cranbrook RDEK office will be closed to public access tomorrow (Friday, Jan 19). Though the office itself will be closed, staff will still be available by phone and email so we are still accessible. Our Columbia Valley office is open for regular hours and is unaffected. We apologize for any inconvenience but will do our best to help in any way we can via phone and email, including taking payments. Our main phone lines are 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 (toll free BC/AB).  If you don't know the person's email...
Cranbrook Transfer Station Reuse Centre to Temporarily Close Amidst Ongoing Break Ins

January 15, 2024 - 1:54pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay continues to experience ongoing break-ins, vandalism and inappropriate activity at its Cranbrook Transfer Station and will be temporarily closing its Reuse Centre for six months in an attempt to remove one of the key attractants on site. “For the past several months we have been dealing with continuous break ins and vandalism, costly damage to our fences, break ins to the buildings and general damages to the property that not only put those who are responsible at risk but could potentially put our staff and the public at risk,” explains General...
Province Seeking Input on Support for Evacuees

January 15, 2024 - 10:20am

REPOSTED FROM THE PROVINCE OF BC The Province wants to hear from people about the supports available when they must evacuate their homes during a disaster.  With the increasing frequency and severity of wildfires and floods due to climate change, the Province is revamping its approach to emergencies to ensure people and communities are receiving the supports they need. A part of this work involves updating the Emergency Support Services (ESS) program to better meet the needs of people requiring support when they are evacuated from their home due to an emergency. “During the 2023...
Nominations Now Open for 2024 RDEK Electoral Area Volunteers of the Year

January 04, 2024 - 9:13am

The Regional District of East Kootenay is currently seeking nominations for the 2024 Electoral Area Volunteers of the Year. “Volunteers are out there every day, making a difference in our communities. From flipping pancakes at a summer festival, coaching little league, or providing transport for seniors getting to medical appointments, their vast contributions are important and deserve to be recognized. Volunteers are often those who don’t ask for applause, so this is an opportunity for those around them to say, “we see you, we appreciate you, and we know how hard you work”. If you know...
Carbon Monoxide Leak Leads to Evacuation of Condo Units in Fairmont

December 28, 2023 - 4:32am

Carbon Monoxide Leak Leads to Evacuation of Condo Units in Fairmont A carbon monoxide leak has prompted the evacuation of 18 occupied condo units in a development in Fairmont Hot Springs. The call came in at 12:25am with the fire department, RCMP and BC Ambulance responding. “The call came in as a possible carbon monoxide leak, so our firefighters donned the proper protective equipment and monitors on arrival.  Upon entry into the building, carbon monoxide levels of over 200 parts per million were detected and we immediately evacuated all 18 units,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Service Chief Drew Sinclair. “One family of five has been sent...
New Collective Agreement Reached

December 22, 2023 - 2:56pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and CUPE Local 2106 have ratified a new collective agreement. “During these highly uncertain times, we have been committed to reaching an agreement that not only provides certainty in the immediate future, but for the next few years,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “After extensive work by both parties, we have reached a five-year agreement that received strong support from both the Board and CUPE Local 2016 membership, which speaks to the strength and balance we were able to collectively achieve.” The agreement covers the term January 1,...
Columbia Valley Office Re-Opens for Afternoon

December 22, 2023 - 2:44pm

The RDEK’s Columbia Valley office has reopened following a minor chemical spill in the water treatment plant earlier this morning.  Following the emergency response procedures, the building was cleared and the fire department was dispatched to ensure it was safe to re-enter. Everyone was able to safely exit the building and there were no injuries.   The building has been cleared for re-entry and the office is open until 4:30pm today.   The offices were already scheduled to be closed next week, so will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 8:30am. -30-  
2023 RDEK Year in Review: A Message From the Board Chair

December 20, 2023 - 2:21pm

It has been said that each year is like a book and as the page turns to January 1st, there are 365 blank pages to fill.  When I look back on 2023, the pages of the RDEK’s story are filled with numerous stories of success, accomplishments, and growth. While many people will remember the story of our summer being marked with wildfires, our Emergency Management Program personnel responded to numerous calls throughout the entire year. The Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated for over 120 days in 2023, in response to flooding at Mine Creek in Hosmer, Debris Flow events in...

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