Occasionally, information provided to the public and local media by the Regional District may be misinterpreted or misunderstood. As a result, sometimes a correction is needed when media stories or Letters from the public are published containing a factual error/errors.
As needed, on this webpage you’ll find ‘Just the Facts’, with corrections or clarifications.
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January 20, 2017 - In response to an editorial in the Vernon Morning Star on Sunday, January 15th the following Letter to the Editor was sent by RDCO Chair Gail Given:
On behalf of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board, I’d like to thank the Morning Star for its ongoing coverage related to the Governance study for the North Westside Fire Protection Service Area.
It’s important for all residents in the area and throughout the Central Okanagan to be aware of important issues like this, which come before Board Directors.
I would however, like to clarify one statement made in the editorial ‘Westside study a good start’ in the Sunday, January 15th edition.
It was written, “RDCO only wants the study to explore issues within the existing electoral area structure”. Actually, the Regional District has in its request for Provincial funding for the study, reiterated the position put forward by Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender in his letters to the Board. He’s stated the study should consider, “approaches within the existing Regional District electoral area structure” and “I believe a small-scale review, with a focus on local decision making and input into Regional District services, would be a good starting point.”
For my part, as the editorial indicated, “I am hopeful that we can come to a better place at the end of this process.”
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January 19, 2017 - In response to a few media stories about increases in the licensing fee for dangerous dogs in the Central Okanagan:
It's important to note that the license fees for dogs deemed nuisance, aggressive and dangerous came into effect last February (2016) with Regional Board adoption of the amendments to the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw including increasing the maximum number of dogs allowed from two to three, along with opportunities for owners of nuisance and aggressive dogs to have a second chance by having those designations removed if a dog has not had any further infractions after a period of time and increased fines and impound maintenance fees for violations affecting owners of dangerous dogs. http://www.regionaldistrict.com/media/194180/Item_9.2_Amendments_to_Responsible_Dog_Ownership_Bylaw_No._1343.pdf. That report outlines reasons for the increases and that other local governments charge higher licensing fees for Dangerous and Aggressive Dogs as it takes more time for staff to handle these dogs as a result of their behavior designation.
The fees were not retroactive to dogs that had already been licensed for 2016 and deemed. For them the fees would take effect upon renewal for 2017. A previously unlicensed dog deemed aggressive or dangerous after the adoption of the bylaw amendment would pay the new licensing fee.
Last spring we sent a letter to the owners of licensed aggressive and dangerous dogs advising them of this higher license fee which would be effective when they renewed their license for 2017 and to let the owners of aggressive dogs know that after three years without any further incidents, the aggressive designation is removed and regular license fees would apply at their next license renewal.
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