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Fire Hazard Debris Removal in Glen Canyon Regional Park

A small section within Glen Canyon Regional Park will be closed starting Monday, July 4th until Friday, July 8th to allow removal of fire hazard wood debris.  

Informal trails will be closed into this approximately one hectare area of the park, located just southwest of the City of West Kelowna’s Westbank Centre Park and west of Pineridge Place.  The access into Glen Canyon Regional Park from the Pineridge Place walkway will also be closed.  View Map

Designated trails from the Paynter-McKay Trailhead along Hebert Road and from Westbank Centre Park may be closed for short periods to allow the movement of equipment and removal of collected debris from the work area.

For the safety of park visitors and that of workers on site, the Regional District thanks everyone for their cooperation while the closure is in effect.

(June 30, 2016)

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Summer Story Time

Rain or shine, children age three to five and their caregivers are welcome to join us for a twice weekly edition of ‘Summer Story Time’.

It’s a free, drop-in program during July and August starting at 10:00 am with an hour of fun, interactive stories and activities and a mini-nature walk to explore nearby flora and fauna!

Each Tuesday morning we meet under the trees near the playground in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads in Kelowna.

On Thursday mornings, join us in the pastoral setting of the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, 2375 Whitworth Road (off Gellatly Road) in West Kelowna.

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO staff at 250-469-6140.

(June 30, 2016)

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Fun Zones in Lake Country

Our Regional Parks staff wants to have some Friday fun with you this summer.  That’s why they’re gearing up for the Park Fun Zones program. 

Here’s where you can catch up with them between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for games and activities in two of our Regional Parks in the District of Lake Country!

For more information please visit regionaldistrict.com/parks, check out ‘Your Guide to Regional Parks’ or contact the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan at 250-469-6140.

(June 30, 2016)

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Roll and Stroll Each Thursday Morning

Our newest weekly walking club is underway for moms and caregivers with babies and little ones.

‘Roll and Stroll’ sees parents meeting other parents while spending time active and outdoors in a family and baby-friendly environment.  The program runs every Thursday morning at 9:30 am until July 28th.   

Meet at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads) and set out for a 45 minute walk through the park and along the Mission Creek Greenway.  Everyone returns to the EECO for refreshments and some baby basics.   Participants are encouraged to use strollers and baby carriers that are suitable for rough terrain.

The program is free, but registration is required by calling the EECO at 250-469-6139 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

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.

(June 30, 2016)

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Safe Harbour Extended Canada Day Hours

To accommodate anticipated boat traffic for those watching the Canada Day fireworks display on Okanagan Lake, the Regional District of Central Okanagan will keep the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park open until midnight only on July 1st.

Usually between May 1st and the end of September, the park gate is locked each night at 10:00 pm. 

Boaters returning later in the evening following the Canada Day fireworks should leave enough time to trailer their vessel and leave the park before the midnight gate closure.  In light of the extended late evening boat launch hours, we ask facility users to be respectful of neighbours who live near the park and boat launch.

The Regional District thanks everyone for their cooperation with this once a year, extended operation of the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park.

The park gate closing will return to the normal 10:00 pm time on Saturday, July 2nd.

(June 28, 2016)

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North Westside Hazardous Materials and Electronics Collection

Saturday morning July 16th North Westside Road residents with have a special opportunity to dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products.  View Poster

From 8:00 am to 12 noon residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste materials from around their homes at the North Westside Road Transfer Station.  Household paint and aerosol paint, flammable liquids and aerosols, domestic pesticides with the poison symbol and PCP number, gas (in an approved ULC container), household and automotive batteries, electronics and computer equipment, along with small appliances, lights and light fixtures  will all be collected. No propane tanks, chemicals or commercial waste products will be accepted.

The Transfer Station is located along the Sugarloaf Mountain/Whiteman Creek Forest Service Road.( Turn at the corner or Westside Road and Sugarloaf Mountain Forest Service Road.)

For more information and details about this collection please contact Battery Doctors at 250-860-2866 or the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email recycle@cord.bc.ca.

(June 28, 2016)

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More Time To Share Thoughts On Future Plans For Woodhaven

The deadline has been extended for submitting an online survey with your thoughts for the future of Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park.

The online survey where you can provide comments and feedback is open until July 11th.

The Regional District is developing a long-term Management Plan for the park that will help guide future development and amenities.

Information can be viewed online at www.regionaldistrict.com/planourparks, or in person at the RDCO office, 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna and at the log kiosk near the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park. 

The original 8.7-hectare park located off Raymer Road in the lower Mission area of Kelowna has been a regional park since the 70’s.  In 2013, two additional properties were acquired, adding more than 21-hectares to the original park boundary.  One of the properties is being utilized by the University of BC Okanagan campus Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies for the unique Eco-Cultural Centre program.

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Dog Owners Best Friends are Back!

You can’t miss their bright, florescent coloured shirts as they check out the popular people and dog hot spots across the Central Okanagan.

The hugely popular Regional District Dog Ambassadors are back for the summer season visiting local beaches, parks and multi-use recreational corridors from Lake Country to Peachland.

They’re on the lookout for dogs and their owners to provide information and resources specially designed for them.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “Our Dog Ambassadors have treats, leashes and dog-related information to help dog owners.   They’ve been extremely popular over the past two summers because they make a positive connection to promote the principles supported by the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.  They’re out as an information resource for dog owners.   They don’t hand out tickets.”

Smith adds, “We’re a hot spot for visitors during the summer months and many of those bring their dogs.   Our Dog Ambassadors are there to help them with questions they might have about dogs and dog matters in the Central Okanagan to ensure everyone has a great visit and they don’t unknowingly violate the rules for dogs in our region.”

The Dog Ambassadors will be cycling and walking in popular parks, trails and areas, anywhere large numbers of people gather from Lake Country to Kelowna, West Kelowna and Peachland.

They’re are armed with information on dog beach locations, leashed and off-leash parks as well as local vets, groomers and kennels.

During the summer months, more Dog Control Officers will be out on patrol.  All dog owners in the Central Okanagan are reminded that they must have a current license or they’ll be subject to a fine of $300 under the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.  There is Zero Tolerance for unlicensed dogs in the Central Okanagan.  Dog owners who fail to pick up after their pet could face a fine of $150.  If you lose or find a dog, please contact the Regional Dog Pound as soon as possible so that we can help reunite the dog and its owner. (250-469-6284 or info-dogcontrol@cord.bc.ca

Everything you need to know about dog licensing and Responsible Dog Ownership in the Central Okanagan can be found at regionaldistrict.com/dogs.

(June 21, 2016)

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New North Westside Fire Rescue Chief Confirmed

The Regional District of Central Okanagan confirms the appointment of a new chief for North Westside Fire Rescue.

Jason Satterthwaite’s appointment comes three months after he took on the duties as Acting Chief on an interim basis following the departure of Doug Gardiner in late February for a position with the Fraser Valley Regional District.

Satterthwaite was the Deputy Chief of the department since 2014 and played a major role in the North Westside response and resource deployment last summer during the Shelter Cove/Westside Road wildfire.  He’s been a member of the department since 2006.

Community Services Director Chris Radford says “Jason’s extremely well respected by all members of the department and throughout communities served within the North Westside Fire Protection Area.  He’s dedicated to the job and brings continuity in leadership that’s very important to members of the paid-on-call fire department as they remain committed to serving their neighbours in need during fire emergencies and calls for medical first response.”

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is responsible for fire protection and suppression services provided through four paid-on-call departments in the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing communities within the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.  Each department provides services specifically for its fire protection area and is funded by property owners living within the fire department jurisdiction.

To learn more about RDCO Fire Protection Services and each department visit www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/fire-protection.aspx

(June 20, 2016)

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Roll and Stroll Begins Thursday

We’re introducing a new, free walking club for moms and caregivers with babies and little ones.

‘Roll and Stroll’ is a great opportunity to meet other parents and spend time outdoors in a family and baby friendly environment.  The program starts Thursday morning June 23rd at 9:00 am and continues each week until July 28th.   

We’ll meet at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads) and set out for a 45 minute walk through the park and along the Mission Creek Greenway.  We’ll return to the EECO for refreshments and some baby basics.   Participants are encouraged to use strollers and baby carriers that are suitable for rough terrain.

The program is free, but registration is required by calling the EECO at 250-469-6139 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

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.

(June 20, 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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Economic Development Commission Wins Again

The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) announced the winners of the 2016 B.C. Economic Development Awards at BCEDA’s 2016 BC Economic Summit June 14 in Richmond, B.C.   

The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission was the recipient of the Community Project Award (communities over 20,000) for its Make Digital Media Here Workforce & Investment Attraction Campaign.

The objective of the campaign was to create awareness of and contribute to the growth of the tech sector in the Central Okanagan through multilayered, yet focused, programming that includes tactics to attract qualified talent, alumni as well as promote the Okanagan as a place for gaming, animation and digital media companies to relocate or expand.

The Make Digital Media Here Workforce & Investment Attraction Campaign was cited for its success highlighted by:

MakeItHereOkanagan.com launch and release of new Make It Here videos

Prior to April 2016, no one stop landing page existed to funnel inquiries about the region and drive viewers deeper into the community. MakeItHereOkanagan.com, a portal website designed by the COEDC, was launched in conjunction with the Make Digital Media Here campaign and is a one-stop-shop linking newcomers to various community sites promoting lifestyle, business resources and career development.

Videos can be viewed at MakeItHereKelowna.com or MakeItHereOkanagan.com

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International Exhibition

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) Exhibition is the premier industry and career fair event for the animation industry in Toronto. The COEDC facilitated a multi-jurisdictional and industry presence, both at the exhibition and around Toronto, showcasing the region’s unparalleled lifestyle and promoting the Okanagan as an emerging gaming, animation and digital media hub. Industry and partners in the delegation were provided the opportunity to connect with hundreds of talented animation professionals and studios through their participation in programming facilitated by the COEDC including a presence at the TAAFI exhibition, pitch sessions targeted to workforce and animation studios and a “Boomerang” event targeted to UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College alumni. Industry partners represented received over 240 qualified applicants over the course of the weekend and closed on a multimillion dollar production deal.

“This award is so well deserved. The work that went into this campaign was tireless and our local studio is using this campaign as a tool to successfully hire and relocate over 50 new residents to Kelowna” states Ashley Ramsay, CEO of Yeti Farm Creative.

(June 16, 2016)

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Stage 2 Outdoor Watering Restrictions Return

Stage 2 Water Restrictions begin this Thursday for customers of the six water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Each year, from June 16th to September 15th (unless other restrictions are in place) Stage 2 water restrictions are in effect for customers of the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems.  Stage 2 means outdoor watering is restricted for residents on those six systems to two days each week. RDCO water customers with even number addresses may irrigate outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses may only water outside on Sunday and Wednesday.

Under the Regional District Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370, customers with an automated irrigation system may only water on their allotted day between midnight and 6:00 am, while those with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering on their respective irrigation day to between 6:00 am and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and midnight.  If you don’t need to water outdoors on your allotted day or time period, please do not waste water.

Between September 16th and June 15th – Stage 1 Restrictions are in place allowing customers to water outdoors on alternating days.    Those with even-numbered addresses may irrigate on even numbered calendar days and customers with odd-numbered addresses may water outdoors on odd number days. 

By following the outdoor water use restrictions that are in effect all year, residents help ensure reservoirs are replenished and there’s an adequate water supply.  They’re reminded that new metered consumption rates have been in effect since January 1st. 

The Regional District water systems provide service to almost 900 connections in the following areas: Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Falcon Ridge, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Star Place.

For more tips on water conservation inside and outside your home, visit the Regional District Water System webpage at regionaldistrict.com/water. 

Customers may also sign up there to receive email notifications of any water advisories or special maintenance works affecting their water system.

(June 14, 2016)

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Applications Welcome for Advisory Commission Members

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

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “We’re currently looking for volunteer members to serve on the Agricultural Advisory Commission and Environmental Advisory Commission.”

He adds, “Each group works with our Planning staff to advise the Regional Board by reviewing appropriate development applications within the Electoral Areas for potential impacts on agriculture and environmental sustainability.”

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

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

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

(June 13, 2016)

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Regional Floodplain Management Plan Being Developed

Work is underway to develop a plan to better understand the risks and what can be done to reduce potential damage from flooding in the Central Okanagan.

The Regional Board has heard from the consultant who prepared the first phase report of the Regional Floodplain Management Plan which has identified and prioritized the criteria for further study of flood hazard areas.   Among the findings, the report identifies that only a few floodplain maps have been completed (Peachland to West Kelowna, Mission Creek and Mill Creek) and only five watercourses have permanent emergency flood protection infrastructure.  As well, based on available climate change research, the report says the magnitude of extreme peak flows is projected to increase which could cause an increase in flood and natural hazards within the region.

The Regional District hopes to begin the second phase of the Floodplain Management Plan later this year. This includes assessing the flood hazard and risk in identified high priority areas.  It’s proposed the third and final phase of the plan will further develop and expand upon existing flood risk mitigation strategies for the Central Okanagan.

Regional District Chair Gail Given says, “The overall goal of the project is to reduce the risk of flooding while improving emergency response and increasing various aspects of preparedness of potential flooding that may be due in part to climate change.  When complete, the plan will be extremely useful for planning staff in every local government and First Nation; will be an important component of our region’s excellent Emergency Response Flood Plan and may provide some suggestions that will help guide future flood protection infrastructure work projects.”

Funding for Phase one and Phase two of the plan has been provided through two grants from the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program (Phase 1 - $20,000 / Phase 2 - $25,000), the Federal Gas Tax Fund and the Regional District.

Information on the project and plan can be viewed at /your-services/planning-section/projects.aspx

(June 10, 2016)

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Pet Oxygen Masks for Joe Rich Fire Rescue

When Joe Rich Fire Rescue trucks roll, pet oxygen masks will now be on board.

That’s thanks to a donation from the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire (IODE).

Vice-President Monique Tanguay presented a pet mask kit to Joe Rich Fire Rescue Chief Ben Wasyliuk.*

The kit contains three different sized masks that form a better seal around an animal’s nose and snout, so that firefighters can deliver oxygen to an animal suffering from smoke inhalation.

Chief Wasyliuk says with the generous donation, it’s hoped that Joe Rich fire crews will be able to increase the chance of an animal surviving a fire.

Joe Rich is the second RDCO fire department to be equipped with pet oxygen masks.   In 2014, the Ellison Fire Department received pet oxygen masks that were donated by the Canadian Animal Disaster Response Team.

(June 9, 2016)

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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 June 29th, through Monday July 11th, 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.  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 and follow the signs.)

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.

(June 7, 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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Rural Property Tax Notices 

Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas will soon receive Rural Property Tax Notices from the Provincial Government in their mail.

The Regional District reminds everyone that it does not collect taxes directly and does not accept payment of Property Taxes.  Rural Property Tax Notice payments are collected by the Province and taxes for Regional District purposes are included on municipal tax notices and are collected from property owners within the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland.

Property owners in the two unincorporated rural electoral areas if they qualify may complete their Home Owner Grant Application (remittance coupon at the bottom of the property tax notice) and make their tax payment, payable to the Minister of Finance, at most financial institutions; through their mortgage agreement; by internet or telephone banking or:

By Mail

Surveyor of Taxes,
P.O. Box 9446 Stn Prov Govt,
Victoria, BC V8W 9V6

By Courier

Surveyor of Taxes
1802 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4K6 

Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas with questions about their Rural Property Tax Notice should contact the Surveyor of Taxes at 1-800-663-7867 and request a transfer to 250-387-0555; by email (ruraltax@gov.bc.ca); or they can go online to the Ministry of Finance website.

To avoid any penalty, please ensure rural property taxes are paid by July 4th, 2016.  There are also a number of Provincial Government property tax deferment programs available that qualifying property owners may wish to consider.  Details on these are available on the Ministry website.

Property owners in the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, and District of Peachland must direct their property tax payments to their local government.

(May 30, 2016)

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Climate Action Annual Reports

Through its participation in the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) the Regional District publicly shares the accompanying CARIP reports each year.

The report details actions taken during 2015 and proposed actions for 2016 related to the Regional District effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(May 20, 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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