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Volunteer Fixers Needed!

Are you handy fixing small appliances, or electronics, a real whiz at bike repair? Want to volunteer a few hours of your time to share your special skills with others? If so, the Regional Waste Reduction Office wants to hear from you as it gears up to host its semi-annual Repair Café, November 7th at Okanagan College. 

Repair Cafes encourage people to think about repairing their broken items instead of tossing them. As a volunteer fixer you would spend 4 hours fixing random items that people bring to the event. It’s fun; you meet lots of new people, teach a bit about repairing things, and visit with like-minded fixers.

If you’re able to fix one or two things or a whole bunch of things email recycle@cord.bc.ca, or call the Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250 before November 2nd.

(October 6, 2015)

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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 BWP Consulting are providing four passenger tire drop-off opportunities in Kelowna and Lake Country.  Any old passenger vehicle tires or transport tractor-trailer tires (no agricultural tires), with or without rims, can be dropped off for recycling on the following dates and locations between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Saturday, October 24th

  • Okanagan College - Parking Lot #17 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna
  • North Glenmore Elementary School - 125 Snowsell Street North, Kelowna 

Sunday, October 25th 

  • Swalwell Park - 10070 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country
  • Casorso Elementary School - 3675 Casorso Road, Kelowna

Residents in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country or Central Okanagan East or Central Okangaan West Electoral Areas of the Regional District that are unable to attend the scheduled events may arrange a pick-up of their unwanted tires.  Only residents in those areas should contact BWP Consulting at 1-866-679-TIRE (8473) or email bwp@shaw.ca before October 20th to schedule a pick up.

RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “Old tires sitting around a property can create the perfect breeding ground for mosquito larvae, with just a small amount of water collected inside.   By recycling unwanted tires at any of our four free, drop-off locations or by having the mosquito control contractor collect these tires from your property, you’ll remove opportunities for mosquitoes to reproduce around your home.  That helps protect your family and neighbours and helps reduce the potential risk of spreading West Nile Virus.”

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.

(October 5, 2015)

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New Playground for Joe Rich

By the end of November, a new playground structure will be in place for visitors to Joe Rich Community Park. 

The park will be closed from Monday, October 5th until approximately November 30th so crews can remove the existing wooden equipment and tire swing, complete required excavation work and install the new playground equipment.   A new woodchip safety surface  will also be put in place for the expanded playground area.  

View Existing Playground Structure / View Construction Closure and Project Information Sign

During construction, the washroom facility at the park will remain open.

The park is located next to the Joe Rich Community Hall and Fire Hall/Station 51 at 11481 Highway 33.

For more information about this Federal Gas Tax funded infrastructure improvement project please contact RDCO Parks Services by email at parks@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6232.

(October 1, 2015)

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Open Burning Season Begins in the Central Okanagan

Open burning season in the Central Okanagan will begin this Thursday, October 1st

In order to reduce the impact on our air shed, open burning is restricted to those property owners that are eligible and have a permit from their local fire authority and only when air quality and venting conditions are appropriate. 

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws when the fire hazard allows, permitted open burning may start October 1st and must be complete on April 30th.  Fire chiefs may change the dates depending on the fire hazard in their area.

Eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their local fire department.   Those eligible to burn within the four Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West electoral area fire districts 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.

Before lighting any fire, 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 will also be available each day after 8:00 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, City of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.  Yard waste such as leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, weeds and other garden waste are not allowed to be burned.

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.

Those property owners eligible to burn should follow this Best Practices Guide to reduce smoke:

  • If conditions allow open burning, ignite fires after 10:00 am when venting conditions are usually more favourable;
  • Only burn dry pruning’s and branches and stumps and branches dried for a minimum of two years;
  • Make smaller piles with good air ventilation for more efficient burning.

All Central Okanagan property owners regardless of property size may use 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 pruning’s inside their wheeled yard waste cart with the green lid closed.  Residents may also use the year-round free yard waste drop off 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.

Agricultural burning is allowed under Provincial Right to Farm legislation and accounts for most of the burning permits issued in the Central Okanagan.   However, before starting any fire farmers must also call 1-855-262-2876 (BURN) or visit regionaldistrict.com/airquality to ensure burning can take place on a particular day.  The Regional Air Quality Program is working in cooperation 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 28, 2015)

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Parking Area, Greenway and Cottonwoods Bridge Closures

The Springfield/Ziprick Road parking area near the Mindy Tran Memorial in Mission Creek Regional Park will be closed from Thursday, October 1st through Monday, October 12th.

The lot closure is needed while crews remove and replace the Cottonwoods Bridge over Mission Creek.  There have been ongoing issues with the existing surface of the bridge and it is due for replacement.  The new bridge has an oxidized, weathered steel coating that will help reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

The Mission Creek Greenway will be closed as needed throughout the bridge replacement project.  It’s expected the recreational trail will be open when work on the project doesn’t require it to be closed, such as evenings and weekends.

Environmental protections and protocols are being followed throughout the bridge replacement project.

Park visitors may continue to access Mission Creek and the Mission Creek Greenway Regional Parks through the main parking area off Springfield and Durnin and Springfield and Leckie Roads.

Regional Parks Services thanks park and Greenway visitors for their understanding and patience during this infrastructure improvement project.

(September 28, 2015)

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EDC is the 'Best of the Best' Winning Two Awards

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) is the proud recipient of two awards from the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC) at its Nation Economic Development Conference in Whitehorse.

The COEDC received the Marketing Canada Award for Best Brand Identity/Application for its continued support for the local business community and efforts around attraction and retention of new and innovative companies and skilled talent, the COEDC led the creation of the Make it Here campaign kicked off by the campaign video released in May 2015. The Commission would like to thank those organizations within the local tech community that provided in-kind expertise and staff resources to develop the brand and video.  To view the Make it Here Video click here . If you wish to learn more about the Make it Here Campaign or use the video for your promotion and recruitment efforts contact the COEDC at info@investkelowna.com or 250-469-6280.

The COEDC also was presented with the 2015 EDAC / RBC Royal Bank Economic Development Achievement of the Year Award for its Okanagan Young Professionals (OYP) Collective program.  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.

Corie Griffiths, Manager for the COEDC, states “It is a great honour to have the COEDC’s Okanagan Young Professionals Collective program selected among the many exceptional economic development projects taking place across Canada. We are very thankful for the recognition and want to acknowledge the collaboration and continued support from many organizations and individuals in the community that contribute to the OYP’s continued success”.

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

(September 23, 2015)

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Online Comments Will Help Shape Two New Regional Parks

There’s still time to share your thoughts and help the Regional District shape plans to manage two of its newest Regional Parks

Information from two open houses held last week is available for viewing along with links to online surveys to share your comments and thoughts regarding Management Plans for Goats Peak Regional Park which encompasses 52-hectares overlooking Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna and the 540-hectare Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’ntən (sinch-keel-en-tin) Regional Park along the eastern slopes of Kelowna

The online surveys will be available until September 27th for Goats Peak Regional Park and October 7th for Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park at www.regionaldistrict.com/planourparks

Information about public engagement and participation in the Park Management Plan process is also presented on the Regional District website:  www.regionaldistrict.com/planourparks

(September 23, 2015)

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Award Winning Program Focuses on Growth Solutions for Central Okanagan Businesses

The 4th Annual Central Okanagan Business Walk will help launch Small Business Month in the Central Okanagan with over 70 volunteer “Walkers” representing business stakeholder organizations throughout the Region ready to hit the pavement and connect with up to 400 businesses.   The walk takes place from 9 am to 12 noon in Lake Country, Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, West Kelowna and Peachland. 

Since the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) introduced the Business Walk to Canada in 2012, the program has become a model for more than 15 communities in BC and Alberta which have since conducted Business Walks.   The COEDC Business Walk was awarded Community Project of the Year from the British Columbia Economic Development Association of BC (BCEDA) in 2012 and is recognized as an Economic Development Best Practice by the Provincial Government.

Powered by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, the program is a partnership between COEDC, municipalities, Westbank First Nation, business improvement associations, Chambers of Commerce/Boards of Trade and other stakeholder organizations that support the Central Okanagan business community.

Through a brief conversational survey, the Business Walk gathers important information that identifies program and service opportunities aimed at helping Central Okanagan businesses grow.  This year’s Walk will include questions about employee retention and recruitment challenges, an increasing area of need in many parts of Canada.  The COEDC conducted a human resources-focused Business Walk to 50 Central Okanagan manufacturers in April of this year, and will conduct another HR-specific Walk to 50 tourism/hospitality businesses in November, 2015.

To date, more than 1200 Central Okanagan businesses have participated in the Central Okanagan Business Walk program.  One-on-one follow up assistance has been provided to 160 businesses related to such topics as signage, zoning, parking, exporting and B2B connections.  Barriers to conducting business and program opportunities have been communicated to municipalities, Chambers of Commerce and Business Improvement areas throughout the region.

Business owners and managers are encouraged to be at their business the morning of October 1st when the Business Walk teams are out.  By taking the time to answer just a few brief questions, you will be providing valuable information that can make a difference to your business community.

(September 22, 2015)

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North Westside Household Bulky Items Collection

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

Wednesday October 7th through Monday October 12th 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, 2015)

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Construction Area Closure at Shannon Lake Regional Park

On Monday, September 21st, construction equipment and crews start rolling into a section of Shannon Lake Regional Park.  Until the end of October they will be busy building some promised improvements to make the park more accessible.

The construction requires the closure of the gated parking area off of Shannon Lake Road and the trail and washroom facility including the area downhill to the floating fishing dock that was installed earlier this summer on Shannon Lake.

During the construction the washrooms will be open however the fishing dock will not be available for use.  For the safety of visitors and workers, please stay out of this closed construction area.  (See Map)  Drivers along Shannon Lake Road should also watch for trucks entering or leaving the closed parking area.

This work will see the existing gravel trail upgraded and paved and a new paved trail built down to the fishing dock in order to improve access for visitors in wheelchairs.

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 Regional District is also contributing funds towards this $73,000 project.

During construction, access to the remainder of Shannon Lake Regional Park will be from residential walkways off Karli Court, Ridge Place and from Shannon Ridge Park along Shannon Ridge Drive.

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

(September 18, 2015)

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Tracks at the Nut Farm

If you missed the start of the Fall Tracks program in Kelowna earlier this month, don’t worry, there’s a new program starting on the Westside to get you walking your way towards a healthier lifestyle.

‘Tracks at the Nut Farm’ begins September 29th and there’s no cost to register.  View Poster

This eight week beginner walking program goes each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:00 am until November 19th.  Participants meet at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna.

Those taking part will receive a walking journal and tips from our walking leader.  With each outing, they’ll gradually increase their health, stamina and walking duration until they are walking 60 minutes easily.    

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

Registration is underway by emailing eeco@cord.bc.ca or calling the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan at 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.

(September 16, 2015)

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Student's Pick Up Over A Tonne of Waste

Students at the Okanagan Adventist Academy ended their first week back to school exerting some elbow grease by tackling illegal dumping off  Postill Lake Road.  Thirty grade 8-12 students and their teachers hauled furniture, pallets, construction waste and bags and bags of litter out of the bush and loaded it into a huge dumpster donated by 4 Less Disposal.  

Adventist Academy teacher Cherri Gerber says “A big part of the teaching of our school is to help students find their purpose.  Taking part in an activity like this helps the students realize that they can make a difference in their own community.

According to Waste Reduction Facilitator Cynthia Coates this cleanup event came together very nicely.  “Ms. Gerber let us know that her students were interested in getting involved in the community, perhaps doing a cleanup or something similar.  At the same time we received reports of piles of garbage up in the Postill Lake Road area and 4 Less Disposal was willing to donate a bin too.  It’s great to see things like this come together so easily and make a difference.”  A total of 1.2 tonnes  of material was hauled out of the area, filling up a 30 yard dumpster.

Illegal dumping has been in the spot light several times this year and the Waste Reduction Office reminds everyone that the Glenmore landfill is open 7 days a week to drop off material while the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre is open every Friday through Monday.  Coates says “There is no reason any of this material should be ending up in the bush.  These students are cleaning up after adults, folks that are users of this area and should be stewards of the environment.  We are always grateful when groups step up and offer to do these cleanups.  It’s unfortunate that this happens though. “

The Postill Lake area has been cleaned up numerous times this year including having an abandoned camper hauled out in the beginning of June while other piles have been cleared by the Regional District’s contractor.  As well, one dedicated user of the area, Garrett Strong not only helped the Adventist Academy students on Friday but has also hauled numerous loads on his own to the landfill.  “Garrett was an incredible help for this cleanup, using his truck to haul additional material from further up the road” says Coates.  “We are grateful to have him clean up the mess caused by others.”

To report an illegal dumpsite visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, click on the Report An Illegal Dumpsite Form or contact the Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(September 14, 2015)

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Regional Parks Are Protected Areas

With hunting season underway, the Regional District of Central Okanagan reminds everyone that its regional parks are protected areas.

In the past few years, there have been a number of new properties acquired and added to the Regional Park system.   Johns Family Nature Conservancy, Goats Peak and Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’ntən (sinch-keel-en-tin) are all closed to the public while management plans are developed and amenities are added.

Under the Regional Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 1105, motorized vehicles, firearms or other weapons are not allowed within any regional park.  Violators could receive a bylaw violation fine ranging from $75 to $500.

Regional Park boundaries are clearly identified through map links available on each park’s webpage at regionaldistrict.com/pickapark.

The Regional District thanks everyone for respecting our park closures and protected park areas.

(September 10, 2015)

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Court Clarifies Dangerous Dog Judgement

A Provincial Court judge has clarified a judgement issued July 31st for two dangerous dogs involved in an unprovoked attack earlier this year in Peachland. The incident resulted in a 12 year old Lhasa Apso/Wheaton terrier being seriously injured and the owner deciding to humanely euthanize the dog.

In the original judgement, The Honourable Judge Anne Wallace ruled a Pitbull named ‘Buddy’ and a Presa Canario named ‘Jake’, are Dangerous Dogs as defined by Section 49 (10) of the Community Charter.    She found that ‘Jake’ is a grave danger to other dogs and should be humanely euthanized.  The judge determined that ‘Buddy’ while dangerous, should be returned to its owner with conditions.

At the request of the Regional District, Judge Wallace has clarified her judgement with an Order to reflect the requirements and higher standards of control for dangerous dogs as legislated in the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No 1343.  In order to protect the public and other animals from future potential incidents, ‘Buddy’ must be leashed and muzzled when outside a dwelling or enclosed vehicle, kept within a secure fence on its property, a sign must be posted advising the public that a dangerous dog is on the property and the dog must be microchipped.  Additional public safety conditions have also been outlined in the order for ‘Buddy’s’ owner, Drew Panton.  

Judge Wallace’s Order also extends the deadline for appeal of her decisions until September 14th.

View September 3rd Order

(September 8, 2015)

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Keep Animals Out of your Garbage

They’re hungry, beefing up for winter hibernation, and your garbage may be just the smorgasbord they’re looking for.

“We’re talking about wildlife, bears in particular at this time of year,’ says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart. “Now that fall is almost here, many animals are preparing for their long winter sleep, and they’re hungry and on the prowl for food. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife visitors is to reduce the risk of conflict by taking responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents not to put their garbage, recycling or yard waste carts out for collection until the morning of their actual collection day. “Bears and other animals have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily.  If they find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can pose a risk to you and your family, your pets, or to themselves by attracting the totally preventable attention of conservation officers.”

The BC Conservation Foundation WildsafeBC website also suggests keeping your garbage in a secured shed or garage until pickup day, and recommends not stockpiling or burying garbage. As well, it reminds that fish and meat remains should not be left outside and suggests freezing or keeping them in a cool place until they can be placed into the garbage on your collection day.

Stewart adds, “Some residents have had success with using bungee straps to secure the lid of their waste carts. Keep in mind though, any security devices you choose to deter wildlife from your trash must be released on the day of your collection so the lid can open freely and the container contents be emptied into the automated truck.”

You’re also reminded to take care with what you put in your backyard composter. Things like cooking oil, grease, and dairy products should never be left outside or put into a compost bin, as this can attract wildlife to your backyard unnecessarily as well. As for fallen fruit droppings, that too should be removed from your property and disposed in your yard waste cart.

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the WildsafeBC website: https://wildsafebc.com/about/.    For additional inquiries, visit  regionaldistrict.com/recycle, email (recycle@cord.bc.ca) or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

(September 3, 2015)

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Westside Recycling Depot Changing Days of Operation

Recycling Depot hours are changing for users of the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center on Asquith Road.  Effective September 18th, the Recycling Depot will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only, 7:30am until 4:00pm. The Recycling Depot will no longer be open Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Other Depot locations to take your recycling in West Kelowna are Planet Earth Recycling on Industrial Avenue, and the Boucherie Bottle Depot on Kyle Road.

For more info call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250 or email recycle@cord.bc.ca.

(September 1, 2015)

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Kokanee Interpretation 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. 

Beginning on August 29th, a Parks Interpreter will be on site each weekend until Sunday, September 27th at Hardy Falls Regional Park (off Highway 97 south at Hardy Street in Peachland).  The interpretation program runs each Saturday and Sunday from August 29th until October 4th at Mission Creek Regional Park.  Interpreters will be on site from 12 noon to 4:00 pm at each location.  

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 25, 2015)

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Keep the 'Wild' in Wildlife

It’s not unusual for visitors to many of our Central Okanagan Regional Parks to come across animals in their natural home. 

And while photos at a safe distance are encouraged, confrontations are not.

With ripening fruit in valley orchards and Okanagan Kokanee salmon spawning expected, more bears will be frequenting regional parks, especially those with corridor connections to the higher elevations. 

Evidence that bears are around is already occurring along the Mission Creek Greenway, in Woodhaven Nature Conservancy, Scenic Canyon and Rose Valley Regional Parks.  Each year, evidence of their presence is also often found in other more natural regional parks like Mission Creek, Hardy Falls, Bertram Creek, Glen Canyon, Johns Family Nature Conservancy, Kalamoir and Mill Creek. 

“This time of year, our field staff and visitors start seeing more signs that bears are around.  As sightings increase, we post signs advising that the animals may be active in the area” says Communications Officer Bruce Smith.

“To reduce your chance of an encounter” he says, “travel in a group if possible, make noise or carry something that makes noise.  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.”

People should respect all bears and anticipate and avoid encounters with them whenever possible.  Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs.  They also have excellent senses of smell and hearing, and better sight than you might believe.  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 wildlife encounter.

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

Related Information Links:

British Columbia Conservation Foundation WildSafe BC program   https://wildsafebc.com

Ministry of Environment Bear Smart program   www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/bearsmart/bearsmintro.html

(August 24, 2015)

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Our Planning Staff Wants To Hear From You!

One of the initiatives of our Planning Section for this year is to take a snapshot of customer satisfaction when it comes to Electoral Area and Regional Planning Services.

That's where you come in!  A Customer Satisfaction Survey has been created and we encourage you to take a few minutes to share your thoughts and comments.

There are two ways you can take part.  You are encouraged to complete an online survey or you can pick up a printed copy of the survey at the Planning Section office on the 2nd floor at the RDCO, 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna.  Completed hardcopy surveys can be deposited there.

All surveys must be completed by November 17th.  We appreciate your help!

If you have any questions, please contact our Planning Section staff at planning@cord.bc.ca or 250-469-6227.

(August 19, 2015)

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Mission Creek Greenway Trail Extension Underway

Work is underway to extend the Mission Creek Greenway upstream from KLO Creek.

Earlier this month, construction began on a new bridge that will cross KLO Creek.  Next month, it’s anticipated that crews will begin building on a new trail, extending the existing Mission Creek Greenway recreational trail by another 1.7-kilometers along KLO Creek.

Along this new section, trail users will find excellent views of Layercake Mountain and the unique geological features in Gallagher’s Canyon.

It’s expected the trail will be complete and ready for public use this October.  Until then, park visitors are asked for their safety and that of the workers involved, to stay out of this closed area.   View Map

The new bridge and trail extension were announced last year.   The Friends of Mission Creek Society are funding this project with $223,000 that was raised through individual and corporate donations.

The Friends of Mission Creek Society was formed in 1996 with a goal to create a trail along Mission Creek. In 1997, Phase 1 of the Greenway opened with 7.5 km leading from Lakeshore Rd to Mission Creek Regional Park. Phase 2 added 8.5 km of trail upstream from Mission Creek Regional Park to Scenic Canyon Regional Park in 2005.

For more information about the Friends of Mission Creek Society, visit the website www.greenway.kelowna.bc.ca

For more information about Regional Parks, visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parks.

(June 17, 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 Reports each year.

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

(June 1, 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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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 

Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)