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Summer Nature Camps Registration Begins June 1st

Registration starts June 1st at the EECO (Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan) in Mission Creek Regional Park for this summer’s Nature Camps

This popular half-day morning summer program for youngsters returns during July and August with camps for youth aged 5 - 7. There is also a special program for pre-school children age 3 and 4 years running mornings July 6th to 9th and August 4th through 7th.

The camps use two Regional Parks (Mission Creek or Bertram Creek) as a backdrop for fun, active indoor and outdoor activities with a focus on environmental education to foster an appreciation for our natural environment. 

For more information on camp locations, dates and registration prices check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’, go online to regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact Regional Parks Services at 250-469-6232 or the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(May 26, 2015)

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Families in Parks

Get the whole family active and celebrating the outdoors in one of your Regional Parks!

Join Regional Parks staff as they provide some free activities for the entire family at our ‘Families in Parks’ events.  Activities take place between 10:00 am and 11:30 am and require pre-registration.

  • Sunday, June 21st celebrate Dad’s special day and ‘Go Fishin’ at Shannon Lake Regional Park, just off Shannon Lake Road in West Kelowna.  It’s a final opportunity for youngsters age 15 and under to try catching a small rainbow trout stocked in the special fishing area in Shannon Lake, stocked by our friends at the Summerland Trout Hatchery and BC Freshwater Fisheries Society!

To register your family for these free events, or other ‘Families in Parks’ events, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6139.

(updated May 26, 2015)

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New Trail to Expand Access at Shannon Lake Regional Park

Construction of a new accessible trail is anticipated this summer in Shannon Lake Regional Park. 

The trail is possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund which helps thousands of Canadians to eliminate barriers and gain better access to facilities in their communities.

The new paved trail will improve access to the park for visitors in wheelchairs from the Shannon Lake Road parking area to a new floating fishing dock on Shannon Lake.  It substantially upgrades the existing gravel trail that leads to the washroom building in the park and will see a new paved trail from the washrooms to the shoreline dock.  View Design Images

The Regional District is contributing $15,700 towards the improvements to the park and the trail project.

Over the next few weeks, it’s also anticipated that the new accessible floating dock will be installed.  The T-shaped structure will extend approximately 48-feet into Shannon Lake with safety handrails along the main span ending with a six foot wide and 32-foot long fishing platform across the end.  The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and their funding partner, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation are proudly donating the $15,000 structure.  New Wave Docks Ltd. and the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will install the dock and a transition ramp from the shoreline.

For more information about Regional Parks and programs visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks.

(May 20, 2015)

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Regional District Information Open Houses

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is holding a series of Information Open Houses for residents in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas.

Representatives from a number of RDCO departments will be on hand at each event with information and to answer questions residents have in the areas of Budgets and Financial Plans, Crime Prevention, Crime Stoppers, Economic Development, Parks Services, Planning, Emergency Preparedness and the Fire and Inspection Services programs.

Customers of five RDCO water systems will also be able to get information and details about the proposed water rate adjustment options.  Environmental Services staff will be available to answer questions and receive feedback regarding the three options for restructuring consumption and user fees for water rates on each of the systems. 

Each session runs from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 11th

Killiney Beach Community Hall – 516 Udell Road

Thursday, June 4th

Joe Rich Community Hall – 11481 Highway 33 east

Monday, June 8th

Sunset Ranch Golf Clubhouse – 5101 Upper Booth Road 

Tuesday, June 9th
Ellison Heritage School Community Hall - 
4411 Old Vernon Road 

Community Services Environmental Services staff will contact customers of the Star Place water system individually to discuss the water rate options.

An online Water Estimator will soon be available that customers can use to see how their water use might be affected by each of the rate options.  When available a link to this and information for each water system will be on www.regionaldistrict.com/water. For more information contact Environmental Services at 250-469-6241.

(May 19, 2015)

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New Interim Fire Chief for Joe Rich Fire Rescue

A new interim Fire Chief has been named by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to serve residents in the Joe Rich Fire Protection District.

Effective immediately, Greg Robson will, on a temporary basis, take over the Chief’s duties for the paid on-call department serving the Joe Rich community.  Acting Chief Robson has been an Assistant Chief with the Joe Rich department since July 2005.  This interim appointment is effective with the departure today of Curtis Nyuli.

Nyuli served as Chief of the Joe Rich department since August 2003.

Regional District Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says, “We want to assure Joe Rich residents that the safety and needs of the Joe Rich community are extremely important.   Dedicated and trained members of Joe Rich Fire Rescue continue serve their neighbours by responding to calls for medical first response and fire emergencies.  They are also available to help as requested and resources are available through the mutual aid agreement with the Big White Fire Department.”

Wildeman adds, “This temporary placement will ensure going into this potentially busy summer fire season that there’s consistency in providing the leadership, training and mentoring for those paid-on-call fire department members who are committed to serving their community.”

A formal process to select a new Chief within the Joe Rich Fire Department will begin soon in order to ensure continued community protection and the integrity of the area fire service heading into the summer season.

(May 14, 2015)

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Regional District Website Goes Mobile

www.regionaldistrict.com is a familiar website address, but now it sports a new, mobile-friendly look.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, the Regional District website has been redesigned with updated navigation making it easier for users to find what they are looking for.  For example, the Waste Reduction Office and Parks Services areas are more intuitive with sections about Garbage, Recycling, Yard Waste and Parks and Trails, Events and Programs.

“More than a third of our monthly visitors are using mobile or tablet devices,” says Smith, “and that number will continue to grow.   In order to help them find the information they want, we’ve redesigned our website to be mobile-friendly.”

He adds, “We’ve also improved the search functionality using Google technology. Now hundreds of documents that were previously unavailable to searches on the site, can be found thanks to the search engine’s Optical Character Recognition feature.”

And the site also includes a new Waste Reduction Office tool for visitors.  “You can select your municipality, type in an item that you want to recycle and you’ll find out where you can safely recycle that item.  It also gives you a direct link to your curbside waste collection schedule, what you need to know about curbside garbage, yard waste and recycling and tips on how to reduce and reuse.  That’s in addition to the online, downloadable and mobile-friendly MyWasteApp which has been available for a few years.”

Smith says, “This is the first complete overhaul and upgrading of the Regional District website since 2003.  As technology continues to advance and provide more opportunities to be interactive with our users, we’ll introduce improvements and refinements to our website.”

(May 13, 2015)

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Three Awards for Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers

The Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers received three awards at the recent BC Crime Stoppers provincial conference held in Prince George.

The Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers was awarded the Program of the Year Award, recognizing this program as the top producing program in the province of British Columbia for illegal drugs seized and the recovery of stolen property. During 2014, the Okanagan Crime Stopper program recovered $431,000 in stolen property, and was responsible for the seizure of $750,600 of illegal drugs. Since the program was established in 1987, $84 million in illegal drugs has been seized, and more than $4 million in stolen property has been recovered.

Gerry Guiltenane, Coordinator with the Central Okanagan Crimes Stoppers was awarded the Coordinator of the Year Award. Gerry was recognized for his commitment to the Crime Stoppers Program and his outstanding work with law enforcement, media partners, and the public. To be eligible for the award, recipients must demonstrate leadership qualities such as dedication, initiative, responsibility, reliability, persistence and integrity.

Corporate and Community Partner Award – The Canadian Royal Purple Society, Kelowna Lodge #56. This award recognizes the Society for its ongoing financial commitment to the Okanagan Crime Stoppers program as a Corporate Partner.

“Gerry is a key player on our Crime Stoppers team and his relationship with our stakeholders is crucial to the success of the Crime Stoppers Program”, says Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers President Dino Cabalfin. “On behalf of the Board of Directors I want to congratulate Gerry on receiving this award, and thank him for his continued efforts to make our community safer”.

Crime Stoppers is an international program that empowers the public to fight back against crime by submitting an anonymous tip using the tips line (1-800-222-8477). If that tip leads to an arrest, the individual may receive a reward of up to $2,000 for their efforts. Programs of the Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers include: TIPS program, Mug Shots, Unsolved Crimes, Hot Recs, “Turn in a Tagger” Graffiti program, and the Fortis Energy Theft program.

The Crime Stopper program in the Central Okanagan is operated by the Central Okanagan Crime Stopper Society, a volunteer organization responsible for the programs, fundraising, special projects, and promotions. The program is operated in partnership with the Regional District of Central Okanagan which provides operational and administrative support to the program.

(May 12, 2015)

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Please Keep Dogs Off Sportsfields, School Grounds and Beaches

Many outdoor sporting activities are in full swing in the Central Okanagan.  Our municipal sportsfields and school playing fields are busy most nights with team practices and on weekends with scheduled games.

While it’s great to see so many families out and supporting an active lifestyle, dog owners should leave their dog at home.

Central Okanagan Dog owners are reminded that unless otherwise designated, all sportsfields, school properties and beaches are off limits for dogs.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “It’s not fair to the dog to bring them into an area where there are so many people and there’s so much activity taking place.  Dogs can get excited and there could be an unnecessary bite or other confrontation.  As well, if you’re watching a sporting event, you aren’t giving your dog the attention it deserves and you may miss them leaving a deposit behind.   No one likes to step in dog pooh, especially in an area were so many people are gathered for healthy pursuits.”

As available, Dog Control Officers will pay special attention to sportfields and school properties.   Those found with a dog in a prohibited area will receive a $100 fine.

Responsible dog ownership involves having a current license on your pet, keeping it leashed (two meters or less in length) unless you’re in a designated off-leash park and in control of your dog at all times.  Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pet and properly disposing of any poop, which can be a public health concern.

Dog owners who fail to pick up after their pet could face a fine of $150.  All dog owners in the Central Okanagan are reminded that they must have a current license or they’ll be subject to a fine of $300 under the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.  There is Zero Tolerance for unlicensed dogs in the Central Okanagan.

A license costs $20 for a dog that’s spayed or neutered, $60 if it isn’t.  They can be purchased online at regionaldistrict.com or at the Regional District office (1450 KLO Road), at the Dog Pound (860 Weddell Place), each municipal government office and at the Kelowna branch of the SPCA (3785 Casorso Road).

One of the benefits of licensing a dog is the My Dog Matter rewards program.  The card can be used for discounts and special services at more than 50 businesses listed on the mydogmatters.ca program website.  Another incentive is that dogs with a current license get a one-time, free ticket home, should they end up at the Dog Pound.

Dog owners are reminded that if their pet gets away they should contact the Dog Pound as quickly as possible as the Regional District is only required to hold a dog for up to 72 hours.

There’s plenty of information available about dog licensing and Responsible Dog Ownership in the Central Okanagan.  Check out regionaldistrict.com/dogs for information about the Regional Dog service and what to do if you lose or find a dog. 

(May 12, 2015)

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Community Benefits Behind Award for Regional Park

A historic working nut orchard and regional park has been recognized by the BC Parks and Recreation Association (BCPRA).

Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park received the Association’s 2015 Parks and Open Spaces award at the BCPRA annual symposium in Victoria on May 8th.  The award recognizes the park’s successful focus in delivering cultural and recreational benefits to residents across the Central Okanagan.

The waterfront park in West Kelowna is a gathering place for the community.  Last year it hosted 14 interpretive tours, 29 weddings and a dozen individual Regional Parks programs.  The annual Harvest Fair in September attracts more than 2,500 people and the Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk each Halloween sees hundreds of families stroll the nut orchard trails, illuminated with more than 100 creatively carved pumpkins.

In addition, the award recognizes the importance of volunteer and citizen involvement through the efforts of the Gellatly Nut Farm Society.  It’s raised over $260,000 to assist the Regional District in purchasing the four hectare Okanagan Lakefront property in 2002.  Last year alone, Society volunteers raised about $30,000 through the annual harvest and sale of nut varieties and other fundraising endeavors.  These funds are used to further preserve and improve amenities and buildings in the park.

The BCPRA award also acknowledges the unique nature of the regional park.  It’s a 110 year old active nut orchard that provides visitors with a historic perspective on the internationally-recognized testing and breeding of unique nut species by the Gellatly family dating back to the early 1900’s.

For more information about any Regional Parks program and our detailed online section for Regional Parks, visit regionaldistrict.com/parks or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(May 11, 2015)

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Going Wild at the EECO

Students of all ages are welcome to join in as we ‘Going Wild at the EECO’.

This new program is a perfect activity to fill that after-school void.  During the hour long program, there’s a hand-on activity designed to teach students about a new nature theme each month.  It’s free and there’s no need to register, just drop in and have fun!

  • Thursday, June 4th – we’re focussing on ‘Bees’ as we explore the inner workings of a hive and the flowers that bees pollinate.

The one hour program begins at 4:00 pm in the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads

For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.
(updated May 19, 2015)

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Explore Your Parks

Here’s a great opportunity to get outside and active and ‘Explore Your Parks’.

Join an interpreter as we visit a different Regional Parks each month and learn about its natural features.  Please wear appropriate clothing, have sun protection and bring along some water and a snack.  These free outings require pre-registration and take place between 10:00 am and 11:30 am on the following dates and locations:

  • Saturday, June 6th we’ll explore ‘Traditional Plant Uses’ throughout Glen Canyon Regional Park.  You will learn to identify some of the native plants in the Okanagan and some of their traditional uses.

To register your family for these free events, or other ‘Explore Your Parks’ events, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6139.

For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(May 5, 2015)

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Bike to Work and School Week - Register Now!

Cyclists across the Central Okanagan are gearing up for Bike to Work Week, May 25 to May 31 and it’s time to register now. Go to Biketowork.ca to sign up

New this year are even more Celebration Stations and an easy registration process, so you can register as a team, a school, or as an individual.

This provincially supported week long event encourages cyclists of all abilities to give commuter cycling a try. smartTRIPS rewards those who venture out on their bike with fantastic prizes from great sponsors, including daily bike draws and gift certificates. There is also a provincial grand prize of a Prague to Budapest cycling trip, so don’t miss out on all the fun.

Celebration Stations take place daily in different parts of the Central Okanagan to provide extra motivation. They provide an opportunity to get free refreshments from local sponsors and a complimentary bike check-up from local bike shops – all while socializing and meeting new people.

“Every year we have tons of fun at the Celebration Stations, with great food and prizes from our local sponsors. So many awesome people stop by, ”says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator.

The addition of more Celebration Stations this year, including a morning drop-in station at the Westbank First Nation office, evening stations in both Lake Country and Peachland, and five in Kelowna. There are even have Celebration Station Passports to be entered for prizes for those who visit three or more stations.

Bike and Walk to School Week takes place during the same week, so students and families are encouraged to participate for a chance to win prizes for their school. Twenty-six schools are participating so far. Check with school administration or Parent Advisory Councils to determine participating schools. Those not already signed up can email events@smarttrips.ca

Interested participants can register or get more information at smartTRIPS.ca/events. The Team Leader meeting is May 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Tree Brewing Institute, so sign up now!

(May 5, 2015)

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Stocked and Ready for Youngsters to 'Go Fish'

Over the past eight years, more than 34,000 young rainbow trout have been stocked in two Central Okanagan fishing areas for the annual ‘Go Fish’ program for youngsters.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and Summerland Trout Hatchery staff are adding 2,500 more 25-30 centimeter long fish into the special fishing areas in two regional parks as the youth urban fishery program is underway for its ninth season.

Each weekend through Sunday, June 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, youngsters 15 years of age and under will be able to fish for rainbow trout and are allowed to keep one each day, without a fishing license.   Each Saturday at the Hall Road pond in Mission Creek Regional Park, volunteers from the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club will provide equipment and expert fishing guidance while members of the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will lend their fishing expertise to ‘Go Fish’ participants in the netted area at the south end of Shannon Lake in Shannon Lake Regional Park.  Each Sunday, Regional Parks Services staff will provide equipment and will be available to help youngsters as they try their luck in the two fishing program locations.

And this year there’s a bonus ‘Families in Parks’Go Fishing event on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st from 10:00 – 11:30 am at Shannon Lake Regional Park.  The same regulations apply as the Go Fish program.

For some youngsters the ‘Go Fish’ program may be their first opportunity to experience the lifelong enjoyment of fishing.  Communication Officer Bruce Smith says, “This program is one of the best we offer each year.  It’s hugely popular and thousands of youngsters from across the Central Okanagan have learned patience and the thrill of catching their first fish.  Thanks to our dedicated volunteers with the Kelowna Fish and Game Club, the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association and Freshwater Fisheries Society, a new generation has had the opportunity to experience this lifelong sport.”

“If you plan to join us during any of the ‘Go Fish’ weekends” Smith says, “please respect our park neighbours by parking only in the designated areas or where directed by staff. While participants age 15 and under are not required to have a fishing license for this program we ask that they bring their own fishing equipment if possible, as there’s a limited number of rods and reels to borrow at each site.”

The ‘Go Fish’ recreational fishing program is put on by Regional District Parks Services and its volunteer partners, the Kelowna and District Fish and Game Club and Peachland Sportsmen’s Association along with the support of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the Summerland Trout Hatchery and the Ministry of Environment.

(updated May 5, 2015)

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Central Okanagan EDC Award-Winner

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) is the proud recipient of the Community Project of the Year Award from the British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) for its Okanagan Young Professionals (OYP) Collective program.  The award was presented at the BCEDA’s annual Economic Summit in Vancouver on April 28, 2015.

Established in February 2012, the OYP Collective, the first program of its kind facilitated by an Economic Development Organization in Canada, has become the collective umbrella that fosters and supports the existing community groups by opening the lines of communication, helping cross-pollinate memberships, as well as hosting its own outstanding events and activities, all with a focus and shared vision of creating a dynamic, vibrant and engaged culture that attracts and retains talented professionals in their 20’s and 30’s to the Okanagan Region.

The OYP has gained significant traction over the last three years:

  • To date the OYP has raised over $260,000 in funds and services for non-profits and charities.
  • Over 3000 volunteer hours of business service valued at $150,000 (accounting, web development, business planning, HR, etc.) have been provided to local not-for-profit agencies.
  • Social media reach has increased exponentially to 1019 followers on Twitter, 1162 likes on Facebook, 660 monthly website visitors, and 455 newsletter subscribers with a weekly reach of up to 1500.

The Community Project Award recognizes a community or regional partnership that demonstrates ongoing economic development work and activities.  Criteria for submissions include the extent of economic impact on the community; the development of strong relationships among participants; innovation, originality, cost effectiveness and relevance and transferability to other communities.  

To learn more about the OYP Collective visit www.investkelowna.com/our-programs  and www.oypcollective.com

(April 30, 2015)

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Westside Regional Wastewater Plant Biosolids

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is aware of the ongoing peaceful protest along Highway 8 in the Merritt area. 

For the second time since the information protest began yesterday, a truck hauling biosolids from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant has voluntarily turned back and not delivered its load to the approved BioCentral composting facility in a rural area west of Merritt. 

The Regional District is one of the suppliers to the composting facility and since October 1st last year has been sending approximately 100 wet tonnes of biosolids each week from the Westside plant to be further treated and composted under the BC Organic Matter Recycling Regulation for Class A land application. 

In light of the current situation, the Regional District will temporarily send biosolids from its wastewater treatment facility to an approved, active land application site with its previous supplier in the rural area outside of Clinton.

The Regional District is committed to working with its suppliers and partners and remains optimistic this situation can be successfully resolved.

(March 11, 2015)

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Climate Action Annual Report

Through the participation in the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) the Regional District of Central Okanagan publicly shares the accompanying CARIP Progress Report each year.

The report details actions taken during 2014 and proposed actions for 2015 related to the Regional District's effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(March 6, 2015)

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Applications Welcome for Advisory Commission Members 

If you live within the Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Areas and are interested in your community, the Regional District would like to hear from you.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “We’re currently looking for volunteer members to serve on the Environmental Advisory Commission and the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commissions.”

He adds, “These groups work with our Planning staff to advise the Regional Board by reviewing development applications for the potential environmental impacts, land use and planning issues within the Electoral Areas. They also provide input into the preparation of Official Community Plans and proposed bylaws or permits.”

Members of each Advisory Commission will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest and participation in community matters, academic and/or technical qualifications, availability, work experience, knowledge, professional expertise, and land use planning. 

Information about each of these Advisory Commissions is available online by visiting regionaldistrict.com/advisorycommissions or by contacting the Regional District Community Services Planning Section by email at planning@cord.bc.ca or by calling 250-469-6227. 

There’s a convenient link to an online form that can be completed and submitted on the Regional District website.   Forms may also be downloaded, completed and dropped off in person or by mail.

(March 5, 2015)

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Document Download Problems? 

Recently the Regional District has become aware of periodic problems regarding the inability of some users of our website to open Adobe PDF documents that had been previously accessible.  They've received an error notice saying that the document they were trying to open is not available. 

We understand that the problem has been caused by a recent Microsoft Internet Explorer Security update.  This update on the user's computer has broken the ability of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and access previously downloadable PDF documents in Internet Explorer. 

Should this problem occur on your computer system, please download and install the latest free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You can find this by following this link:  http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html or by clicking on the Adobe Reader icon on the bottom right corner on each page of our website. 

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your continued support of the Regional District of Central Okanagan website. 

For information or queries about our website please contact:  webmaster@cord.bc.ca 

 
 
 
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