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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...
RDEK Yellow Bin Contract Renewed

November 18, 2019 - 4:56pm

The RDEK’s Yellow Bin Recycling Program has been renewed for another five years. “We have had the yellow bin program for the last 20 years and the contract generally is signed in five-year increments. We are pleased to have reached another five-year agreement with our contractor Green For Life to continue with this service,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “There are over 700 yellow bins located throughout the region and all of the materials collected in the yellow bins are sorted in Cranbrook and sold to market.” The yellow bins and curbside recycling...
Interruption in Water Service - Edgewater

November 14, 2019 - 1:54pm

UPDATE: Nov. 14 - 9pm - Water service has been restored. ORIGINAL POST: November 14 - RDEK Operators are currently working on a water main break in Edgewater.  As a result of the break, water has been shut off to areas on Riverview, Selkirk, Sinclair and Cordillera.  We also have someone going door to door to let people in the affected area know.  At this time, we do not know how long the water will be off for; however, we will provide updates as we know more.
Unit Fire in Panorama Quickly Contained

November 06, 2019 - 12:20pm

Members of the Panorama Fire Department remain on scene following a single-unit fire in Taynton Lodge in Panorama this morning. “We had 14 firefighters and all four trucks respond to the call and the crew was able to keep the fire contained to the single unit,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Chief, Jim MIller.  “The quick action of our crew made the difference between an isolated fire and a potentially much larger situation. They did an outstanding job.” The fire was confined to the vacant unit and has been completely extinguished. The Lodge did not have full...
Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Adopted

November 01, 2019 - 5:23pm

The RDEK Board has adopted the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP). “This has been an extensive process that spans over two years,” says RDEK Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. “One of our goals was to create a document that will guide development for the next five to ten years while balancing diverse community interests and I believe we have done that with this Plan.” There were numerous community meetings and open houses throughout the process and Clovechok says they’ve worked closely with a community based advisory committee from early on. “I want to thank the...
Annual Windermere Fire Halloween Haunted House Will be Bigger Than Ever

October 17, 2019 - 9:46am

Members of the Windermere Fire Department are once again hard at work preparing props for their annual Haunted House and they have some exciting new tricks in store. “As we continue to try to offer up a frighteningly fun experience for all ages, this year we will have two separate timeframes for the Open House,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service Chief, Jim Miller. “We will open the Haunted House for the youngest trick or treaters from 5pm to 6:30pm. The full-scare experience for older ages will run from 7pm to 9pm.”  Firefighters will be on hand to guide people. The...
Open Houses Scheduled as SWMP Review Consultation Continues

October 16, 2019 - 6:31pm

The RDEK has scheduled three open houses as part of its ongoing public consultation on the Draft Solid Waste Management Plan. Because of the varied geography and combination of full time and seasonal residents, the consultation has been centered largely around the online platform at engage.rdek.bc.ca. This allows residents, regardless of geographic location, to have the ability to access the same information and provide the same feedback. “We do recognizing there is still a portion of the population that does not have access to computers, or that prefer face-to-face discussion, and we...

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