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Families in Parks - Greening the Season
Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, you’re invited to take part in the ‘Greening the Season’ at Mission Creek Regional Park at Springfield and Durnin Roads in Kelowna.
Join our interpreter for a winter walk and learn about what animals do when winter comes. That’s followed by some eco-friendly holiday crafting and of course hot chocolate! It’s the perfect way for your family to start your holiday season.
Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
(November 24, 2014)
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Declaration of Electoral Area Director Election Result
On Saturday, November 15th, an election was held for the Regional Director to represent the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. Chief Election Officer Mary Jane Drouin has declared the result to be official.
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “In the election for Central Okanagan West Director, Wayne Carson has been declared elected receiving a total of 414 votes out of a total 586 ballots that were cast. There are an estimated 7,807 eligible voters in the Electoral Area.”
Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Director
% of Votes Cast
Eric Von Krosigk
In the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area, incumbent Patty Hanson was not challenge and was acclaimed as Director for the next four year term. In addition, Zone 1 School Trustee Deb Butler and Zone 2 School Trustee Moyra Baxter have also been elected by acclamation.
Smith adds, “Regional Board appointments from our member municipalities will be confirmed after their Inaugural Council meetings in early December. Six Directors will be appointed from the City of Kelowna, two from the District of West Kelowna and one each from the District of Lake Country and District of Peachland.”
The Inaugural Board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm Monday, December 8th where Directors will take their oath of office and a Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected.”
(November 19, 2014)
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Interior 9-1-1 Initial Call-Answer Service Successfully Transferred to E-Comm
As of 10:33 a.m. today, 9-1-1 calls from the Central and Southern Interiors are being answered by E-Comm—British Columbia’s largest 9-1-1 public-safety answer point. The changeover to E-Comm will be transparent to residents, who should dial 9-1-1 as usual. Calls will be routed to the same local police, fire and ambulance dispatchers who currently dispatch first responders to emergency situations.
After four months of collaborative technical and operational planning that included the engineering, design and installation of new 9-1-1 infrastructure, the transfer of 9-1-1 services for the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, Central Kootenay, Columbia-Shuswap, Okanagan-Similkameen, Thompson-Nicola, East Kootenay, Kootenay-Boundary and Squamish-Lillooet (North) regional districts occurred seamlessly. Representatives from the new service areas were onsite at E-Comm to witness the official cutover.
“This is a significant event for all nine interior regional districts involved,” said Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Robert Hobson. “Public safety is always our top priority. E-Comm’s outstanding track record means residents will receive the same high-quality level of service they are accustomed to, but with added operational and technical benefits. These include a larger workforce to handle high call volume and increased security and resiliency.” Hobson added that there will also be significant cost savings for each of the regional districts.
The approximately 230,000 emergency calls placed each year from the regional districts will now be routed to E-Comm, where highly-trained 9-1-1 call-takers will quickly confirm which agency the caller requires and for which location. Police calls will then be transferred to the same dispatchers in Kelowna, fire calls will continue to be dispatched by centres in Cranbrook, the Fraser Valley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Surrey, Trail and Vernon while ambulance calls will continue to be managed by the BC Ambulance Service’s dispatch centre in Kamloops.
Part of the robust preparations surrounding this morning’s transition included more than 240 test calls across all regional districts. Geography familiarization was also a priority for E-Comm call-takers in the lead-up to today, with the many geographical and other special attributes of the new service area being a focus of their training program, along with the policies and procedures for individual agencies.
“9-1-1 is a lifeline, which is why thorough preparation was our top priority for today’s transition,” explained David Guscott, E-Comm President and CEO. “We’re eager, and ready, to share our large team of experienced 9-1-1 staff, our technology and purpose-built facility with residents in the Central and Southern Interiors and we are proud to be their partners in public safety.”
Okanagan Calls Answered by E-Comm
RDCO Chair Robert Hobson Interview
(November 18, 2014)
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Grant-in-Aid Application Forms Available
Application forms are now available for community organizations that would like to be considered for Regional Grant-in-Aid funding.
Forms are available for download:
Completed applications and supporting documentation must be received by Friday, January 9, 2015. Late applications will not be received or considered.
(November 5, 2014)
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New Bush Truck for Wilson's Landing Fire Department
An almost 35 year old fire truck has been replaced by a newer, more flexible bush vehicle for the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department.
The 2015 Dodge 5500 crew cab is a 4 by 4 diesel truck that’s designed to transport five firefighters who will initially attack wildfires or respond to other incidents in more isolated areas of the fire district.
The body of the bush truck has an additional three inches of clearance and is designed to avoid dragging on the bottom while driving steep grades. The truck’s equipped with a removable Wildfire Striker 3 skid load fire pump which delivers 102 gallons of water per minute at 345 PSI. It carries 300 Imperial gallons of water and Class A fire suppression foam.
Other features include onboard radio chargers, all L-E-D lighting, a slide out compartment for breathing apparatus and a 15,000 pound front mounted winch.
The new bush truck replaces a 1975 Dodge 4 by 4 manual shift power wagon that carries two people. It has a small onboard fire pump and a 200 gallon water reserve. View Photos
Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire and Inspection Services Manager Dan Wildeman says “the new truck provides greater function and flexibility as a quick response initial attack vehicle. It’ll serve the Wilson’s Landing community well for many, many years.”
The new truck was purchased from HUB Fire Engines in Abbotsford for $171,615 and was paid for through the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department equipment reserve.
The Wilson’s Landing Fire Department is one of four paid-on-call fire departments managed by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
(November 4, 2014)
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Story Time at the EECO
Little ones will love ‘Story Time at the EECO’. It’s a free weekly one-hour drop-in program for children aged three to five and their caregivers. View Poster
It features nature-themed stories and songs followed by an art or craft project. The program is an excellent way for younger children to interact with others while learning more about the natural world.
‘Story Time’ runs each Tuesday morning at 10:00 from November 4th until December 16th. It breaks for the Christmas – New Year’s holidays and runs again Tuesday mornings from January 6th to March 10th. (no program November 11th, December 23rd and December 30th)
The EECO or Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads. For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parks, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.
(November 3, 2014)
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Green Christmas Decorative Workshops
The EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park is once again hosting its popular ‘Green Christmas’ workshops. Learn how and make decorative wreaths and swags for the holiday season.
As this program for adults is so popular, Regional Parks Services encourages anyone interested to register quickly starting November 1st at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan by calling 250-469-6139 or emailing email@example.com. There is a cost of $10 per person to participate in the workshops.
The workshops go Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th with a morning session each day from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. There’s also a Saturday afternoon session from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Greenery and other natural materials will be provided including prunings of Douglas fir, Cedar boughs, Oregon grape leaves, snowberries, and other natural items gathered from Regional Parks during our fall pruning. Participants are asked to please bring their own gloves, pruning shears and scissors, as well as any seasonal ribbon or old ornaments to reuse.
For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website www.regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.
(November 3, 2014)
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RDCO Protected from POODLE Browser Security Issue
The Regional District of Central Okanagan has proactively disable SSL 3.0 as an encryption protocol on our website www.regionaldistrict.com due to the security vulnerability nicknamed 'POODLE'.
Most new browser versions are not affected by this risk as they default to newer TLS encryption protocols.
The Regional District anticipates that a limited number of customers wil be affected.
Customers with browsers set to only use SSL 3.0 encryption software will not be able to access the secured areas of our website until they take one of the following actions:
- Internet Explorer versions can change the security protocol in the Advanced Security Settings and switch to TLS.
- An add-on can be downloaded from Firefox to set the connection protocol to TLS.
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause in order to maintain security for our website and customers.
(October 17, 2014)
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Breakwater Walkway Construction at Regional Park in Lake Country
Construction work is about to begin on a new walkway along the north breakwater at Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park.
The 53-meter aluminum walkway and associated steel piling infrastructure will be installed in six sections along the 58-meter breakwater on Okanagan Lake. The park and its main boat launch are located on Okanagan Centre Road West in Lake Country.
Construction is slated to begin next week and will be complete by mid-December.
During construction, the boat launch will be available for use, although there could be short, temporary closures while equipment is being positioned.
Earlier this year, the new concrete panel/steel piling breakwater was constructed at the waterfront park, replacing the deteriorating wood structure in place since the mid-90’s.
During the walkway installation, park users, boaters and other visitors are asked to be aware of construction activities for their safety and that of workers.
(October 10, 2014)
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Open Burning Season Begins in the Central Okanagan
In light of the current weather conditions, open burning season in the Central Okanagan will begin on October 1st.
Under Regional District and local fire bylaws, permitted open burning may start October 1st and must be complete by April 30th. Fire chiefs may change the dates depending on the fire hazard in their area.
Starting Wednesday, October 1st, those people with properties greater than one hectare will be allowed to burn outdoors, but only after receiving a permit from their local fire authority and only after confirming that burning is allowed on a particular day. Farmers and large lot owners must also follow any regulations before lighting any fire.
Eligible property owners within the Central Okanagan East or the Central Okanagan West electoral areas may obtain a permit by calling the Regional District at 250-469-6223 (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted) weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays. All other eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their municipal fire department.
Before lighting any fire, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline: 1-855-262-2876 (BURN). It will tell them if open burning is allowed on a particular day. Both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good in order for burning to occur within Central Okanagan fire jurisdictions. This information is also available each day after 7:15 am at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.
Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, creating nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, District of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.
Violators could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire. Residents are encouraged to report anyone illegally burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.
All Central Okanagan property owners regardless of property size are encouraged to take advantage of other options to dispose of their yard waste. The bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection program is underway through the end of November and residents are reminded to only place leaves, grass, pine needles and small prunings inside their wheeled yard waste cart with the green lid closed. Residents may also choose to use the year-round free yard waste program at either the Glenmore landfill (Open seven days a week 7:30 am to 4:45 pm) or at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Centre (Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Friday through Monday). Yard waste and pruning’s weighing up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and 20 centimeters or less in diameter may be dropped off for free at either location. When transporting loads for disposal, please make sure they are covered. As long as yard waste is separated from regular garbage, loads exceeding the maximum weight up to 20 centimeters in diameter will be charged $40.00 per tonne while those with a larger diameter will be charged $65 a tonne. As well, a number of private companies offer wood chipping and grinding services or rent portable chippers. Some may also pick up yard waste for disposal.
Most of the burning permits that are issued in the Central Okanagan are for agricultural burning, which is allowed under Provincial Right to Farm legislation. However, before starting any fire farmers must also call 1-855-262-2876 (BURN) or visit regionaldistrict.com/airquality to ensure burning is allowed. The Regional Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage the use of the Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate disposal method. In addition, the program offers a Best Management Practices handbook and DVD to help farmers.
Central Okanagan residents are reminded to check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions regarding campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood fire burning devices.
(September 29, 2014)
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Fuel Modification Work Continues in Rose Valley Regional Park
The third year of a staged fuel modification project is continuing in a section of Rose Valley Regional Park.
During the past two years, as crews have been available, the BC Wildfire Management Branch has been working in a portion of the park north of Bowes and Pettman Roads. Crews are brushing, thinning and removing fire hazard trees and ladder fuels as part of a multi-year fuel modification project on a ten hectare section in the north end of the park above Bear Creek Road. View Map
While BC Wildfire Management Branch crews are working in this area of Rose Valley Regional Park, visitors should be aware that some trails may be temporarily closed. For their safety and that of the workers, please stay out of any closed area.
Collected wood debris will be piled for disposal when open burning is allowed next fall and winter, on days when both air quality and venting conditions are favourable. This work has received approval by West Kelowna Fire Rescue and will be conducted in accordance with Regional District Air Quality and Open Burning regulations.
Prior to any decision to proceed with burning on a particular day, local fire authorities and media will be advised.
For more information visit the Regional District Parks Services webpage regionaldistrict.com/parks, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-469-6232.
(June 16, 2014)
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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.
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