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Deals on Wheels at Fall 'Trunk Sale'

Love a good bargain? If so you’ll want to check out this weekend’s huge garage sale on wheels - Saturday from 8am until noon at Okanagan College. The annual fall Trunk Sale, organized by the Regional Waste Reduction Office, features over 130 vendors selling their stuff straight from the trunks of their vehicles in the parking lot  next to the Student Residence Buildings.

Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator says these Trunk Sales promote reuse and recycling, and deals are the order of the day. “People are really figuring out how to rethink and re-use, and second hand is a lot more chic than it used to be, which is great. This event is basically one community style garage sale, one convenient location, good food, tons of bargains, great for families.  It’s a terrific way to spend a Saturday morning.”

Stewart adds they’ve been holding two Trunk Sales a year for the past few years’, they’re always quick to fill to capacity, and this fall has been no different. “We always have a wait list, and this time is no exception.”  Stewart adds, “We initially designed these events for people in condos or apartments, those who don’t traditionally have the opportunity to host their own garage sales, but we don’t limit it, anyone can take part. We are full to capacity again this fall, but there’s always the next event in the spring if you want to sign up to be a seller. And of course we welcome you to come out this Saturday, shop to your hearts content, and experience the fun for yourself.”

Stewart adds the premise beyond reuse and recycling is to keep any unnecessary and perfectly good material out of our one remaining landfill. “After the Sale is over we always have a number of charities on site so those participating don’t have to lug their items home again, they can simply donate them if they choose.  This Saturday Kelowna and District SHARE Society will be on hand to accept donations, as will Big Brothers Big Sisters, Planet Earth Recycling and the Canadian Diabetes Clothesline group.  Plus, the Okanagan Mission Lions Club volunteers en masse, will be selling pancake breakfasts by donation, and helping with traffic control. We couldn’t host the event without their huge support!”

The Trunk Sale runs this Saturday from 8am until noon at Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road. It’s free to attend, rain or shine. The Trunk Sale will be held in parking lot 17 next to the Student Residence Buildings.  

For further information on the Trunk Sale, visit regionaldistrict.com/trunksale, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

(September 22, 2016)

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Household Bulky Items Collection for North Westside Road Residents

North Westside Road residents within the Central Okanagan will have a special opportunity to dispose of your unwanted bulky items.

Wednesday October 5th through Monday October 10th during regular operating hours at the North Westside Road Transfer Station, you can dispose of large household items for a cost of $20 per truckload.  This special disposal opportunity is available for residential items only: including appliances, scrap metal, lawn mowers and other motorized parts, household and lawn furniture.  No hazardous waste (including computers, electronics, etc.) will be accepted. Unwanted fridges and freezers will be accepted at $15 per item, the Freon decommissioning charge. Cash or cheques will be the only accepted method of payment. 

The North Westside Road Transfer Station is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon (plus open on holiday Mondays where applicable.)  It is located at the Sugarloaf Mountain/Whiteman Creek Forest Service Road. (Turn at the corner of Westside Road and Sugarloaf Mountain Forest Service Road.)

For more information and details about this collection please contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email recycle@cord.bc.ca.

(September 21, 2016)

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Specialized 9-1-1 Text Service Now Available for Deaf and Speech Impaired Residents

Today regional districts in BC’s central and southern interior announced the availability of a specialized text service that allows people who are Deaf/Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing or Speech Impaired (DHHSI) to communicate with 9-1-1 call-takers by text.

This service is called Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) and is being delivered by E-Comm—the emergency communications centre responsible for answering 9-1-1 calls in the central and southern interior—in partnership with local emergency service agencies. The service is now available throughout the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, Central Kootenay, Columbia-Shuswap, Okanagan-Similkameen, Thompson-Nicola, East Kootenay, Kootenay-Boundary and Squamish-Lillooet regional districts.

“T9-1-1 is a vital connection to police, fire and ambulance and enables quick communication between a Deaf caller and emergency services,” remarked Gordon Rattray, Treasurer of the Okanagan Valley Association of the Deaf (OVAD). “In the past Deaf people were limited by communication barriers and would have to use phone relay or TTY (telephone typewriter) which would take five or ten minutes longer. The OVAD is very excited to have T9-1-1 in the interior regional districts and we look forward to helping promote the availability of this service with the DHHSI community. We’re proud of this enhancement to emergency services that E-Comm provides.”

T9-1-1 allows any DHHSI person who has pre-registered their cellphone with their wireless carrier to communicate with police, fire and ambulance call-takers via text during an emergency. Callers must first place a voice call to 9-1-1 in order to establish a voice network connection and initiate the special messaging technology.  

“This new enhanced level of service is something we’ve eagerly anticipated being able to provide for residents with hearing or speech impairments who need help from police, fire or ambulance services,” said Gail Given, Chair of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. “It is important for people in the Central Okanagan DHHSI community who have not yet registered for this service to do so now, and for them to learn more about how the service works and what to expect should they need to use T9-1-1 during an emergency.”

When E-Comm receives a 9-1-1 call from a DHHSI person who has pre-registered for the service, an alert will trigger at the 9-1-1 centre to indicate there is a DHHSI caller on the line. The 9-1-1 call-taker will then launch the special messaging system, allowing them to communicate with the caller through a special text session. This will ensure they get the emergency service they need.

“Being able to communicate with 9-1-1 using this technology allows for greater access to important 9-1-1 lifelines in the event of an emergency,” added David Guscott, E-Comm president and CEO. “E-Comm is proud to be able to offer this enhanced level of service to our partners in the central and southern interior of B.C.”

It is important to emphasize that this service is only available to the DHHSI community.

Voice calling remains the only way to communicate with 9-1-1 services for a person who is not Deaf/Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing or Speech Impaired. Text messages sent directly to the digits “9-1-1” do not reach emergency services anywhere in Canada. Text with 9-1-1 for the public-at-large is anticipated in the future as the nationwide 9-1-1 infrastructure evolves.

Members of the DHHSI community should visit www.TextWith911.ca to register their cellphone with their wireless service provider and to learn more about how the system works.

(September 21, 2016)

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Fire Departments Thanked with Donations

The work of two regional district fire departments has been acknowledged with some generous donations.

Residents living in the Shelter Cove Estates strata subdivision along Westside Road have come together to contribute $5,000 to the Regional District specifically for the Wilsons Landing and North Westside paid-on-call departments.  The donations recognize the work each department’s firefighters did to protect the homes and properties in the subdivision during the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire in July 2015.  While the lightning-ignited blaze consumed 560-hectares, no homes were lost.

Regional District Chair Gail Given says, “The Wilsons Landing department has received $2,500 from Shelter Cove Estates Limited and the North Westside received a donation of $1,500 plus it received another $1,000 that was used for auction items during the recent North Westside Fire/Rescue community fundraising barbeque.  These much-welcome donations will help purchase equipment and support programs to benefit the paid-on-call departments.”

Given adds, “On behalf of the men and women of each department, the Regional District thanks the Shelter Cove residents for their generosity which recognizes the valiant service provided during the wildfire last summer.  We’re pleased that due to the efforts of everyone involved in fighting the fire, residents who were evacuated were able to safely return to their homes.”

On September 11th, residents from Traders Cove held a community BBQ to thank their Wilsons Landing firefighters along with those from the North Westside and supporting agencies and other first responders who protected their homes during this summer’s Bear Creek wildfire.

(September 20, 2016)

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Bring Your Old, 'Retired' Tires and Help Curb Mosquitoes

Old, unused tires stacked up around your property can be the source of some prime mosquito breeding habitat.  Once again this fall, gather up those old tires and recycle them for free!

The Regional District of Central Okanagan and its Mosquito Control Program contractor D.G. Regan and Associates have joined forces with Tire Stewardship BC to provide a one-stop passenger tire drop-off event for any old vehicle tires with or without rims.

Saturday, October 1st

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Okanagan College

Parking Lot #17 (off Campus Road West)

1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “We’re excited this year to work with Tire Stewardship BC on this special collection event.  You may not realize that just a small amount of water sitting inside old tires can be the perfect breeding ground for mosquito larvae.   By recycling unwanted tires at our drop-off event, you’ll remove opportunities for mosquitoes to reproduce around your home.”

Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit society that manages BC’s tire recycling program.  Eco fees paid by consumers purchasing tires are used to pay for transporting and recycling scrap tires in environmentally responsible ways rather than having them take up space in landfills.  For information on programs offered by Tire Stewardship BC visit www.tsbc.ca.

There are excellent resources available to help you and your family during the mosquito season.  Visit the Mosquito Control page on the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/mosquitoes for information about the program.

(September 19, 2016)

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Stage One Water Restrictions Return

RDCO water system customers should be aware from September 16th to June 15th unless otherwise noted, Stage One water restrictions are in place.   This means customers are able to water outdoors on alternate days, depending on their odd or even street address number.   More details available on our Outdoor Restrictions page.

  • Properties with Automated irrigation may only operate between 12 midnight and 6:00 am on their allocated watering day
  • Properties with Manual irrigation may only operate between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and 12 midnight on their allocated watering day

(September 16, 2016)

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Tracks Walking Clubs

Register for the free fall ‘Tracks Walking Clubs’.  Our 11-week beginner graduated walking program offers your choice of location on either side of Okanagan Lake: 

  • Each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:00, from September 13th to November 24th join us as we travel around the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna.

There’s no cost to sign up and members receive a walking journal, walking tips, seminars and motivational tips that keep you moving.  People at a beginner fitness level are encouraged to take part gradually increasing their health, stamina and walking duration to 60 minutes. 

‘Tracks’ is recognized as a BC Heart and Stroke Foundation ‘Hearts in Motion’ walking club.

To register, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park  at Springfield and Durnin Roads or email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6139.

(August 31, 2016)

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Kokanee Exhibit at the EECO

The land locked Kokanee salmon are making their annual spawning run along the many tributaries of Okanagan Lake or along the lake shore itself. During the late summer and fall, local streams will be full of the red, fresh water cousins of the Sockeye.

Now through mid-October, you’re invited to learn more about this interesting and important fish to the Okanagan at the ‘Kokanee’ exhibit in the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan or EECO.  It’s open Tuesday through Sunday in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

For more information on this and other EECO programs, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’, visit the Regional District website (regionaldistrict.com/parksevents) or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(August 26, 2016)

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Kokanee Interpretive Programs

You’re invited to witness an annual rite of nature while learning more about the life of the Kokanee salmon.  Check out the Regional Parks Kokanee Spawning Interpretive Program’ weekends in Mission Creek Regional Park off Springfield Road and Hardy Falls Regional Park in Peachland. 

Each weekend until Sunday, September 11th a Parks Interpreter is at Hardy Falls Regional Park (off Highway 97 south at Hardy Street in Peachland).  The interpretation program also runs each Saturday and Sunday until October 2nd at Mission Creek Regional Park.  Interpreters will be on site at each location from 12 noon to 4:00 pm.  

Weekday school tours and special presentations for community groups start September 8th and may be booked by donation through the EECO (Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan).

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

(August 26, 2016)

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January - June 2016 Video Highlights

From a new mobile-friendly Crime Stoppers website, to Parks activities and events and successful events organized by the Regional Waste Reduction Office.   We've created a short video of Regional District highlights during the first half of 2016 to show you some of the RDCO programs and services at work!

The video was presented to the Regional Board at its meeting August 22nd.

View Video

(August 24, 2016)

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BBQ'ing Big Bucks

It may have been the barbeque burgers, smokies and good food.   Or perhaps it was the great music and camaraderie.  Quite possibly it was the wide variety of charity auction items.   Whatever the reason, people from the North Westside communities have again shown their great support for their non-profit Fire Rescue Society and its members!

Last Saturday’s annual Community BBQ Fund Raiser held in the amenities area of La Casa Lakeside Cottage Resort set a new record, raising more than $16,200 for the North Westside Firefighters Society.  That’s about $5,000 more than was raised at the event in 2015.  The Society will also be raising funds during the upcoming Friends of Fintry - Fall Fair on Sunday, September 18th at Fintry Provincial Park.

Fire Chief Jason Satterthwaite says “On behalf of all the men and women of the department, we thank everyone from the area who came out to have a good time with their friends and neighbours while contributing to the Society’s largest fundraiser of the year.  We also want to thank our many sponsors and those businesses and individuals who donated items for the auction, including a generous donation from the Shelter Cove Strata owners in recognition of the work done by the department during last year’s threatening wildfire.   And it’s of course it’s great to have the ongoing support of the strata owners and management of La Casa Resort, which is the perfect venue.”

Satterthwaite adds, “Firefighters Shawn Barnes, Val Zimmer and their enthusiastic team deserve a huge vote of thanks for their outstanding work in organizing every aspect of this fun and profitable event.    Activities like this and our weekly driver training, get our firefighters out into the community, often handing out stickers to youngsters and giving them tours of our trucks.”

Firefighter Shawn Barnes is the President of the independent, non-profit Society, which is made up of all active firefighters.  They determine where the funds raised will be spent in order to benefit the North Westside communities through the purchase of additional, often specialized pieces of equipment that are outside the regular fire department equipment budget.  As well, the Society has provided a $1,000 scholarship for members of the department who are considering a professional emergency services career and wish to further their education.   Last year funds raised by the Society were used to purchase and donate to the department equipment inventory a large bore high volume monitor nozzle, four CPR training dolls and ten pairs of forestry boots.   Past Society donations were used to help provide equipment for the boathouse boat lift and generator.

(August 19, 2016)

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Busy Bruins on Berry Hunt

The early bears get the best berries!

And with Kokanee salmon expected to return soon to Mission Creek, there will likely be more bear activity in and around Mission Creek Regional Park and the spawning channel.

Signs and information has been posted in the park advising visitors to be ‘Bear Aware’ as there’s been evidence that some bruins have already been loading up on berries in parts of Mission Creek Regional Park and along the Mission Creek Greenway in Scenic Canyon Regional Park.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “With ripening fruit in valley orchards and the annual salmon spawning, it’s not unusual for visitors to many of our Central Okanagan Regional Parks to come across animals in their natural home especially those parks with corridor connections to the higher elevations.”

Each year, evidence of their presence is also often found in other more natural regional parks like Rose Valley, Hardy Falls, Bertram Creek, Glen Canyon, Johns Family Nature Conservancy, Kalamoir and Mill Creek.

Smith adds, “People should respect all bears and anticipate and avoid encounters with them.  Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs.  They also have excellent senses of smell and hearing.  Dog owners are reminded unless otherwise designated their pets must be leashed and kept on trails at all times.  It’s not only the law, but will help avoid any potentially serious encounter with wildlife.”

Where possible, visitors should travel in a group, make noise or carry something that makes noise in order to make your presence known.  During the fall fish spawning season in local creeks and rivers visitors may encounter bears bulking up on this food source.  Bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the creek water.   If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it.

Residents also have a role to play in preventing animal confrontations on their property by keeping any garbage securely stored and only wheeling their garbage cart out on the morning of their regular curbside collection.  That helps to reduce the potential temptation for bears or other wildlife.

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(August 16, 2016)

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Professional Services Thriving

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) conducted its first Business Walk to the professional services sector from July 11-15, 2016.  Of the 57 companies interviewed, 16% of the businesses rated their environment as fair/steady and 84% rated their environment as positive and growing for a total of 100% of the businesses.

The 57 businesses interviewed represent 760 total employees (110 PT/contract, 650 FT).

The July Business Walk saw industry stakeholders connect with businesses ranging in size from 1 to 130 employees.  They represent a broad range of professional services from computer service providers, architects and financial institutions to legal, engineering, investment and insurance firms.

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (PST) sector is one of the region’s fastest growing sectors and a source of mainly full time, year-round positions.  Many of the professional services companies visited provided information not only on their own companies, but information on trends, opportunities and challenges affecting their diverse clients.

Other highlights from the Professional Services Business Walk:

  • An increase of 14% in the number of full-time, part-time and contract/temporary workers over the next 3 years was projected – from 760 to 863 full time, part time and contract/temporary employees.
  • 44% of professional services businesses expect their total number of full time employees to increase over the next 3 years, contributing 103 additional full time jobs to the Central Okanagan economy.
  • Challenges related to recruitment and retention of skilled professionals were the major barrier to growth cited by professional service businesses.  Of the 53% of that were experiencing difficulty, hard to fill positions included lawyers with specialized experience, legal assistants, conveyancers, certified insurance advisors, engineers with specialties and architects.
  • The large majority – 96% - said they did not plan to exit their businesses in the next 5 years, for example by selling or closing.

Information from the Professional Services Business Walk is communicated to multiple stakeholder groups for consideration in the development of programs and services that can assist professional services throughout the region.

Stakeholder groups throughout the region will conduct the annual Regional Business Walk on October 5, 2016.

Read the full report

(August 16, 2016)

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Cash In:  Woodstove Exchange Rebates Still Available

Here’s how you can save some money now and reduce harmful air pollution!

Thousands of dollars in rebates are still being offered for replacing your old wood burning appliance.  And you can save money every year from lower heating costs.

The Woodstove Exchange Program offers $250 rebates for residents of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. They’re eligible for the rebate when they recycle their non-EPA certified woodstove when purchasing a new cleaner technology electric, pellet, gas or wood stove or insert from seven participating retailers in the Central Okanagan.  These businesses will take care of recycling your old stove and provide all the necessary documents for the rebates.

Since 2001, the exchange program across has helped more than 680 Central Okanagan residents replace their old smoky wood stove for a cleaner technology product.  Based on BC Environment estimates, that’s kept about 44 tonnes of particulate matter from entering our airshed each year.

Since 1998, only wood burning appliances (included without limitation stoves, fireplaces inserts) that meet the CAN/CSA B415.1 or the EPA emission standards could be granted a permit to be installed within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. These devices use about one-third less wood and create 90% less smoke. That’s something that benefits everyone.

Smoke from residential wood burning produces particulate matter that affects the health of our residents and contributes to poor local air quality. Those particulates are small enough to get into our lungs leading to respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema and to various forms of heart disease.

This rebate program is made possible through a grant from the B.C. government in partnership with the BC Lung Association.

For more information on the rebate program through participating retailers and other Regional Air Quality initiatives in the Central Okanagan visit: regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

(July 27, 2016)

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Discovery Backpacks

Stop by the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park and sign out a ‘Discovery Backpack’.  The EECO is open Tuesday through Sunday. 

Inside you’ll find everything you need to do your own pond study or nature walk in the regional park at Springfield and Durnin Roads.  The Discovery Backpacks’ are a great way to get every member of your family actively involved in learning about our natural surroundings.

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO staff at eeco@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6140.

(July 18, 2016)

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Visitors Share Regional Parks Experience

People visiting Regional Parks in the Central Okanagan are being asked to share information about their experience.

Regional Parks Services has launched a multi-year program to survey visitors.  Between now and mid-September visitors to Mission Creek, Kaloya and Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Parks may be approached by Parks Services staff asking them to participate in a short Visitor Use Survey.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “It shouldn’t take any more than 15 minutes to complete.  We want to gauge and document park users’ satisfaction while receiving useful information about how people feel about the various activities, events and programs offered throughout their Regional Parks.”

During the survey engagement, participants will have the opportunity to receive maps and additional information about Regional Park activities and events.

Each year, surveys will be done in approximately four parks, revisiting those same parks every four years.   Smith adds “In order to understand how people use and think about our natural area parks, we need to engage with those visiting their Regional Parks.  The surveys provide us with a personal connection to park customers and an understanding of why, how and when parks are used.   The more data visitors provide from future surveys, the more it’ll help us evaluate our service performance and the ability to deliver a better park system: one that reflects the needs and desires of those using the Regional Parks that belong to everyone in the Central Okanagan.”

The survey program was developed in a partnership with the Capital Regional District Regional Parks program.  The answers given by visitors to some standardized questions in the survey will help with comparisons between the two organizations and provide a deeper understanding toward service delivery and overall trends within the parks industry.

There are currently 30 Regional Parks encompassing almost 2,000 hectares in the Central Okanagan.  The two main goals of the Regional Parks Service include delivering quality passive recreational opportunities and conservation of natural areas for future generations.  More information is available by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/parks; emailing parks@cord.bc.ca or calling 250-469-6232.

(July 14, 2016)

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Convenient Paperless Utility Billing Now Available

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is offering customers the option of having their utility bills delivered electronically.

Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas will be receiving a letter and authorization form with their next utility bill.  By completing the information and returning the form, they’ll receive future invoices directly to their email inbox, rather than through regular mail.  For those who wish to save paper and a stamp, they can fill out an online authorization form available at www.regionaldistrict.com/paperlessbill.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “This new paperless e-billing delivery is certainly more convenient for our customers and helps the environment by generating less paper.  And for those seasonal residents or snowbirds who may head out of the area for extended periods of time, electronic delivery will ensure they receive their billing notice so that they can pay by the due date and won’t be subject to any late payment penalties.”

Smith adds, “By offering a more convenient paperless invoice delivery, we’ll see cost savings through reduced mailing costs.”

If they wish, customers who choose not to take advantage of the email utility invoice option will continue to receive a paper invoice through the mail.

The Regional District invoices its utility customers four times a year.  This includes customers of the six water systems operated by the Regional District; customers of the sewer system that services the Sunset Ranch strata communities and those receiving garbage and recycling services from the RDCO.

Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Area property owners have an incentive to keep their utility billing account balance paid on time.   A four per cent late payment fee (compounded quarterly at 16.99% per year) is assessed on all outstanding balances not paid by the quarterly due date.   This helps reduce the number of customer utility accounts that are in arrears, requiring additional costs for mailing late payment reminder notices.

Payments can be made by direct withdrawal, by mail, in person at the RDCO office or any Financial Institution or they can be made securely and conveniently online at: www.regionaldstrict.com/payments.  Customers can also access their account information there.

Any utility accounts that aren’t paid by December 15th will be transferred for collection on the next year’s tax roll as arrears of taxes and will be charged interest at the rate authorized by the Local Government Act.  Payments must be received by December 15th to ensure adequate processing prior to the end of the calendar year.

For more information or to have questions answered please contact the RDCO Finance Services staff at 250-469-6239 or email utilities@cord.bc.ca.

(July 7, 2016)

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There's A Trail for Everyone!

The Regional District is making it easier for people to get out and enjoy trails through our Regional Parks.

Seven of the parks now have designated trails marked with names and rating signs so that visitors can see a degree of difficulty on a particular trail.  There are also trail profiles provided giving a visual snapshot of elevation changes and other features over the length of these designated trails.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “In our Guide to Regional Parks, we’ve always provided a simple rating system for many of our outings in the ‘Take a Hike’ and ‘Explore Your Parks’ programs.   But with a grant from the BC Community Recreation Program dedicated to improving trail signage and the visitor experience in our parks, we’ve been gradually rolling out a uniform trail naming/rating system along with trail profile information.  So a visitor can determine before starting their hike, whether the trail experience will match or perhaps challenge their ability.”

Green circles suggest a very easy/easy outing.  Blue squares provide a more moderate experience, while black diamonds indicate a more difficult or very difficult trail over steep, variable terrain with more obstacles and little maintenance.

Smith adds “Designated trails in Glen Canyon, Kalamoir, Rose Valley, Trepanier Creek Greenway, Johns Family Nature Conservancy, the Mission Creek Greenway and Mission Creek Regional Park all have trail name and rating signage in place.  The ratings are based mainly on slope and distance and provide visitors with a consistency across our park system.  The experience on one trail in one park should be the same with a similarly rated trail in another.”

Trail ratings and profile information is available at information kiosks in these parks as well as for individual park webpages online www.regionaldistrict.com/pickapark.  Smith says, “We’ve created some information pages to help explain our trail rating and profile system.  In addition, all our online park trail maps are GPS-enabled.  That means you can use your smartphone or tablet’s internal global positioning system to enhance your experience and navigate our parks and trails.”

Smith says “We’re also very excited about a unique relationship involving our Regional Parks staff and local First Nations.  Park visitors will notice recognition of the syilx/Okanagan culture with the new trail name signs.  We’ve been collaborating for some time now with cultural services staff at Westbank First Nation and Sncəwips Heritage Museum to develop and translate trail names in both English and the Okanagan nsyilxcǝn language.  We’re also starting to install interpretive panels in these areas to further explain the cultural and historical significance of the name in order to raise awareness and provide some context for this important aspect of life in the Central Okanagan.” 

For many years, the Regional District has promoted barrier-free access to its regional parks encouraging opportunities for everyone to get out and explore regional parks.  With the excellent volunteers of CRIS - the Community Recreational Initiatives Society – the Regional Parks system is open to people of all abilities. Contact CRIS www.adaptiveadventures.ca to join in on any Parks Services program.

(June 17, 2016)

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Remove Mosquito Hang-outs

Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to help join the fight against the bite by removing potential places for mosquitoes to hang out around their properties.

Since mid-March, crews have been out monitoring and treating mosquito larvae in known breeding locations across the region.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “It’s easy for people to disrupt potential mosquito breeding sites around their property. Start by removing any standing water sources and unused items that collect water such as old tires.  It doesn’t take much water to provide the right environment for mosquitoes.  Rain barrels should be covered with a screen to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs in the water.  As well, drain standing water from containers under plant pots or in garbage cans.  Change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet bowls at least twice a week.  And remove any water that gathers in unused swimming pools and on swimming pool covers and aerate water in ponds or add fish that will feed on mosquito larvae.”

Under contract with the Regional District, D.G. Regan and Associates Ltd. conducts all larval mosquito control within these participating areas of the Regional District.  President Curtis Fediuk says, “Warm and unseasonable weather conditions this season resulted in an early onset to larval mosquito development again in 2016.    Field crews have been surveying, monitoring and treating developing larval mosquito populations since the third week of March.    Larval mosquitos are controlled using the biological control product VectoBac 200G which contains the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis.  Used safely since 1982 this product has no effect on non-target organisms including other insects, fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.”

He adds ”Although the program provides for regular surveying and treatment of known mosquito habitats, the program will not eliminate the local mosquito population and residents and visitors should expect to encounter adult mosquitos at some time during the season and in some places.  Residents can contribute to their control program by reducing or eliminating standing water on their properties, installing bird or bat houses and they can protect themselves from annoyance by using approved repellants, window screens, wearing loose fitting light coloured clothing and by minimizing activities near treed and bush areas at dusk and dawn where adult mosquitos prefer to rest.”  This monitoring and treatment is being done in almost 200 known surface water habitats as well as over 9,000 roadside catch basins in the participating areas.

Residents in the participating areas of the program (City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Central Okanagan East and a small section of West Kelowna Estates in the City of West Kelowna) can report mosquito concerns by calling D. G. Regan and Associates Ltd at 1-800-681-3472 or go to regionaldistrict.com/mosquitoes and fill out an online form.

Learn how you and your family can fight back and protect against mosquitoes by checking out the resources available on the Mosquito Control page on the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/mosquitoes.

(June 2, 2016)

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All Alarm Systems Must Be Registered

Since late last year, a new Security Alarm Systems Bylaw has been in place across the Central Okanagan.

It replaces the bylaw that was created just over ten years ago for the False Alarm Reduction program

The new bylaw (No. 1382) is more user-friendly and readable and simplifies definitions in order to improve compliance and registration of business and residential alarm systems.  

Annual fees for renewing or registering a new alarm system remain $10 for residential systems and $15 for commercial alarms although some penalties are increasing for unregistered alarm systems.  

All alarm systems in the Central Okanagan including non-monitored, must be registered.

The False Alarm Reduction Program works with all alarm system owners, including alarm companies, and has been successful in significantly reducing the number of false alarms that result in a police response.   By being a part of the solution, alarm owners help police deploy their resources where they are really needed for the benefit of all residents in the Central Okanagan.

If you have an alarm system, whether home, business or monitored by an alarm company, you'll find some great information pamphlets to help you get the most from your system.   Visit www.regionaldistrict.com/alarms for details and information on how to register your alarm system.

(May 17, 2016)

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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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Kelowna, B.C.  V1W 3Z4

Telephone: (250) 763-4918

Fax:  (250) 763-0606

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September 19, 2016

 

Bring Your Old, ‘Retired’ Tires and Help Curb Mosquitoes

 

Old, unused tires stacked up around your property can be the source of some prime mosquito breeding habitat.  Once again this fall, gather up those old tires and recycle them for free!

 

The Regional District of Central Okanagan and its Mosquito Control Program contractor D.G. Regan and Associates have joined forces with Tire Stewardship BC to provide a one-stop passenger tire drop-off event for any old vehicle tires with or without rims. 

 

Saturday, October 1st

10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Okanagan College

Parking Lot #17 (off Campus Road West)

1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

 

 

RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “We’re excited this year to work with Tire Stewardship BC on this special collection event.  You may not realize that just a small amount of water sitting inside old tires can be the perfect breeding ground for mosquito larvae.   By recycling unwanted tires at our drop-off event, you’ll remove opportunities for mosquitoes to reproduce around your home.”

 

Tire Stewardship BC is a not-for-profit society that manages BC’s tire recycling program.  Eco fees paid by consumers purchasing tires are used to pay for transporting and recycling scrap tires in environmentally responsible ways rather than having them take up space in landfills.  For information on programs offered by Tire Stewardship BC visit www.tsbc.ca.

 

There are excellent resources available to help you and your family during the mosquito season.  Visit the Mosquito Control page on the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/mosquitoes for information about the program.

 

 

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Contacts:


 


Bruce Smith

RDCO Communications

250-469-6339

 

 

Curtis Fediuk

D. G. Regan and Associates

1-800-681-3472

 

 

Karen Vantreight

Tire Stewardship BC

Program Administrator

1-866-759-0488



 

 
 
 
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