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Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Services Donate to Firefighters Without Borders

July 14, 2022 - 4:46pm

Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Services Donate to Firefighters Without Borders The Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Services recently made a significant donation of equipment to Firefighters Without Borders, a non-profit organization that provides training and equipment to communities throughout Canada and in countries all around the world. “We are pleased to be able to donate this equipment that is still in working order, but past the end of its service life by WorkSafeBC and North American standards. The equipment will help support Firefighters Without Borders initiatives in South America and Ukraine,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Services Fire...
Small Grass Fire Actioned Near Windermere

July 14, 2022 - 4:34pm

Small Grass Fire Actioned Near Windermere Members of the Windermere Fire Department (WFD) responded to a small grass fire adjacent to Kootenay #3 Road just before 6:30pm on Wednesday July 13th. On arrival, a grass fire was found being actioned by neighbours who had called 911. WFD responded with 3 apparatus and 12 members and the fire was quickly extinguished. “While the recent rain and green grasses did slow the fire spread, the depth and degree of the fire to mineral soil was a reminder of the coming seasonal fire hazards” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Services (CVRFRS) Deputy Fire Chief Jon Tames. The cause of the...
2022 Volunteers of the Year Celebrated

July 14, 2022 - 11:20am

The RDEK is celebrating its 2022 Electoral Area Volunteer of the Year award recipients. “At a time when volunteerism is declining in many places, we are so grateful to have such strong support from our community members, year after year,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “This year’s award recipients have shown up time and again to show their support for their communities and those who live and work around them.”  This year’s award recipients are: •    Area A – Todd Weselake •    Area B – Heather Serafini •    Area C – Don Flowers •    Area E – Stan Yawney •    Area F – Tex Deagnon...
Regional Household Hazardous Waste Depot Reopened

July 12, 2022 - 2:31pm

The Regional Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Cranbrook Transfer Station is once again open to the public following a closure to repair damages caused by vandalism. “We are happy to have this important facility available once again to our residents,” explains Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.  “A big thank you to everyone for their patience as the repairs were completed and new doors installed.” The Regional Household Hazardous Waste Depot was opened in 2019 to provide a service that would divert hazardous materials such as cleaners, solvents, and various chemicals...
New Collective Agreement Reached

July 12, 2022 - 1:48pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay and CUPE Local 2106 have ratified a one-year collective agreement. “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement that meets the needs of both parties and provides support to our employees, while at the same time creating certainty in light of current inflation,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  The agreement covers the 12-month term January 1 to December 31, 2022. It includes a 3% wage increase retroactive to January, and a further 1% increase effective July 1.  “I’d like to acknowledge the excellent work by both parties throughout the bargaining...
South Country Firefighters Respond to Vehicle Fire

July 12, 2022 - 1:20pm

South Country Firefighters Respond to Vehicle Fire Highway 3/93 west of Jaffray was closed briefly late yesterday afternoon due to a vehicle fire. “When we arrived on scene, we found a tow truck fully engulfed in flames,” says Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Hockley.  “Our team did a good job of keeping the fire from spreading to the long grasses in the ditch and knocking down the fire as quickly and safely as possible.” Six firefighters and four pieces of apparatus responded to the fire and there were no injuries. The highway was closed for approximately 40 minutes for safety reasons and to allow crews...
Windermere Beach Facilities Damaged by Vandals

July 11, 2022 - 10:11am

Windermere Beach Facilities Damaged by Vandals The RDEK has temporarily reduced the opening hours of the public washroom facilities at Windermere Beach following a string of vandalism over the past week. “Vandals not only broke a sink and toilet and left graffiti all over the facility, they broke the Automatic Defibrilator (AED) case. There is no excuse for this behaviour and it’s beyond frustrating to see such flagrant disrespect at our Park,” says Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. The RDEK has reported the damage to the RCMP and will be temporarily closing the facilities at 7:00pm nightly in the hopes that no further...
FireSmart Information Session Planned for Hosmer

July 04, 2022 - 11:34am

An introductory information session will be held in Hosmer in early July and the East Kootenay FireSmart Program is hoping for a strong turnout. “Given the back-to-back fire seasons we’ve seen in the last couple of years, it’s important for residents to look for ways to make their homes and properties more fire resilient. FireSmart can help come communities come together and work toward that goal” says RDEK Interface Fire Prevention Officer Thomas Dobbin. “This session is open to everyone, and we encourage you to come and learn more about how we can support you in your efforts to be...
RDEK Fax Machine Line Outage

July 03, 2022 - 12:48pm

The RDEK's fax line is experiencing issues and technicians are working to get it restored.  Incoming faxes are NOT being received and it appears it has been several days since the outage occurred.  If you have documents you need to send to the RDEK, you can scan and send them via email to info@rdek.bc.ca or contact our office directly to make other arrangements.
2022/2023 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs Funding Approved

June 28, 2022 - 1:25pm

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors has approved funding for 100 projects around the region over the coming year. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs, which are administered by the RDEK.   “The approved 2022/2023 projects represent $1,235,802.53 in funding for everything from awareness, outreach and support initiatives to recreation programs, history projects, stewardship programs and facility upgrades,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “The Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs make an incredible...
Property Tax Notices Arriving in Mailboxes

June 27, 2022 - 1:38pm

As the deadline to pay property tax notices approaches, the Regional District of East Kootenay is sharing information with residents on how to interpret their notice and where to pay. “The RDEK is not a taxing authority, so for all rural properties in the East Kootenay, your tax notices are sent from the Surveyor of Taxes in Victoria,” explains RDEK Chief Financial Officer Holly Ronnquist.  “The Province collects the provincial-rural, police, school and regional district taxes and then sends the regional district its portion on behalf of the rural residents.” The RDEK’s portion of the...
Residents Reminded of Changes to East Side Lake Windermere Watering Schedule

June 24, 2022 - 3:02pm

As the Canada Day long weekend approaches, the RDEK is reminding East Side Water System users that there is no watering of lawns and gardens over the long weekend. “Outdoor watering accounts for the largest water use, and on the East Side Water System, the July and August long weekends are the two times of the year where we see peak demand being placed on the system,” says RDEK Utilities Superintendent Tom Altmann.  “As a result, we have updated our watering hours for 2022 and are asking residents to adjust their watering habits and sprinklers to abide by the new guidelines.” Watering...
Overnight Structure Fire in Edgewater Confined to Basement

June 16, 2022 - 9:38am

Overnight Structure Fire in Edgewater Confined to Basement Members of the Edgewater Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 5700 block of Vermillion Street in Edgewater overnight. “When we arrived, it was determined the fire originated in the basement. Thanks to the quick and coordinated efforts of the firefighters, they were able to confine the fire to the basement and save the structure,” says Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Duty Chief Joss Advocaat.  Eight firefighters from Edgewater responded to the scene and were joined by five firefighters and an Engine from Radium and four firefighters and an engine from the Windermere...
Caution, Awareness and Preparedness Urged as Flood Watch is Issued for East Kootenay

June 12, 2022 - 8:42pm

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a Flood Watch for the East Kootenay with three days of heavy, prolonged rain in the forecast over the next 72 hours and rivers already swollen in the midst of spring freshet. “While we are encouraging residents across the East Kootenay, particularly those with flood-prone properties or those situated near waterways, to use extreme caution and take steps to prepare now in the event of flooding, there are a few key areas that could be susceptible to debris floods or flows if the forecasted rain materializes,” says Regional Information Officer Loree...
Final Draft of Columbia Lake Management Plan to be Presented

June 07, 2022 - 8:38am

The final draft of the Columbia Lake Management Plan will be presented to the RDEK Board of Directors for consideration and adoption this week. “This has been an extensive planning process and we are looking forward to presenting it to both the RDEK Board and Canal Flats Council over the next few weeks” says RDEK Planning Supervisor Karen MacLeod. “I want to thank everyone who participated in the process over the past two years as all of the feedback and engagement we have had throughout the process has helped shape the plan.” The Plan can be found on engage.rdek.bc.ca/columbialake and...
Area A Director Presents Local CO with Gift of Appreciation

June 03, 2022 - 11:42am

Area A Director Presents Local CO with Gift of Appreciation RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski recently presented Conservation Officer Patricia Burley (right) with a limited-edition print by local artist Sam Millard in recognition of Officer Burley's extraordinary dedication and service to the RDEK Access Guardian Program. Officer Burley has been the face of our Access Guardian Program since its inception.  In making the presentation, Director Sosnowski noted that the moose symbolizes strength, solidarity and togetherness - all traits that Officer Burley brings to the Program and that have contributed to its success.
RDEK Seeking Election Officials

May 27, 2022 - 2:25pm

As it begins to prepare for the General Local Elections this fall, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is hoping to hear from residents interested in acting as Election Officials. “We have had a number of our long-time Election Officials retire or move away and, as a result, we are hoping to recruit a number of new Election Officials in advance of the fall election,” explains RDEK Chief Election Officer Tina Hlushak. Duties include directing voters and providing information on the process, registering new voters and supervising ballot boxes and voting booths.  “While previous...
Galloway Lands Public Hearing Cancelled 

May 27, 2022 - 10:33am

A public hearing regarding bylaw amendments to permit new residential development on private property known as the Galloway Lands adjacent to Fernie Alpine Resort has been cancelled. “We have received notification from the developer that following comments and concerns received from the public and RDEK Board, they are withdrawing the current application,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “As a result, the public hearing scheduled for mid-June has been cancelled.”   The public hearing had been scheduled to run over the course of three nights on June 14, 15 and 16.   “We understand that...
Self-Fill Sandbag Stations Set Up in Preparation for Spring Melt

May 26, 2022 - 12:55pm

With warmer temperatures in the long term forecast, delayed high-elevation snowmelt and the anticipated start of spring freshet, the RDEK has set up two self-fill sandbag stations and is reminding residents about the need to be prepared and cautious around all waterways. “The cool temperatures we’ve had through May mean the spring melt has been somewhat delayed and we are expecting to see water levels rise in the coming weeks,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. “We encourage people to stay clear of creek banks and rivers during spring run-off and urge anyone who lives in an area...
Area A Director Presents Cheque for $500,000 to Elkford Housing Society

May 24, 2022 - 3:16pm

Area A Director Presents Cheque for $500,000 to Elkford Housing Society RDEK Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski recently presented the cheque for $500,000 to the Elkford Housing Society for the Elkford Senior’s Housing Project. “It is an honour to support a project that will make such a lasting and positive impact for seniors and the whole community,” says Sosnowski. The grant is from Electoral Area A’s portion of the Elk Valley Property Tax Sharing Agreement funds. Located in the downtown core, the facility will provide 25 separate apartments for seniors. Pictured left to right: Mayor Dean McKerracher (District of Elkford), Director Mike Sosnowski...

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