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An Evening on Building Community Resilience in a Changing Climate - (January 17, 2020)

Evidence of our changing climate is all around us. What will our future climate look like? How will our communities adapt and respond?

On Wednesday, February 26, environmental, cultural and human rights advocate, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier will provide a global perspective on climate change and a vision for the future during a special event (Poster) held at the UBC Okanagan Commons Lecture Hall (COM 201).  Registration is at 6:30 pm with the main event starting at 7:00 pm. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance for $15 through EventBrite (http://SheilaWattCloutier-Okanagan.eventbrite.com)

Following the keynote speaker, hear from a panel of experts who will share their thoughts on how we’re adapting to climate change in the Okanagan in the areas of agriculture, health, emergency response, and water resources.

The evening will also feature syilx/Okanagan cáptikʷɬ (storytelling) as well as the public launch of the Climate Projections Report for the OkanaganRegion– a report on how our local climate is projected to change over the next 30 to 60 years.

Representatives from a number of valley organizations will be on hand to showcase the work underway across the region to address climate change and how you can get involved.

Supporting partners for this event include: Regional District of Central Okanagan, Okanagan Basin Water BoardOkanagan Water Wise, UBC Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience and Ecosystem Services (BRAES), Okanagan Nation Alliance, and the Planning Institute of British Columbia - Okanagan Interior Chapter.

For more information, please contact 250-469-6227 or email planning@rdco.com

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Take a Hike - (January 15, 2020)

Our Regional Parks are home to a wide range of animals.  Learn more about these wild neighbours during our Take a Hike events

We’ll explore a new theme each month during these two to three hour outings in different regional parks.  Our Park Interpreter will help you discover the inhabitants of these natural ecosystems.

  • Animal Signs: Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 pm and Thursday, January 23 at 10:00 am learn how to read animal tracks and scat as we explore Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park starting from the north Glenmore Road parking lot.

To save a spot or for more information email eeco@rdco.com or phone 250-469-6140.

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Time to Renew/Purchase Dog Licenses - January 14, 2020

It’s the time of year for all Central Okanagan dog owners to renew or purchase a new dog license.

The Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw requires all dogs to be licensed in the Central Okanagan and in 2019, over 22,000 were.  A license makes it easy to return a dog to its owner if it gets away.

Purchase a new or renew an existing dog license before February 29th in order to save $20 off the regular annual license fees.

Until the end of February, a license for a dog that’s spayed or neutered costs $20.  If the dog isn’t spayed or neutered the fee is $60.  On March 1st, licenses return to the regular annual rates of $40 and $80.

Renewing is quick and easy using the secure My Dog Matters App.  Download it from the Apple store or Google Play.  With the App you don’t have to stand in line waiting to renew or purchase a new license.  It also allows you to manage your license account, update information and it has your digital My Dog Matters rewards card.  You can easily see participating businesses that offer special discounts and services for dog owners showing the card.  More information can be found at mydogmatters.ca/MDMApp.

License renewals or new license purchases can also be made online at rdco.com/dogs.

If owners wish to renew or buy a new license in person visit the Regional District office in Kelowna (1450 KLO Road), the Regional Dog Pound (890 Weddell Place), municipal offices in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland or the Kelowna branch of the SPCA.  North Westside residents can purchase a license or renew at the main firehall (514 Udell Road) in Killiney Beach.   Please call 250-545-1195 in advance to make sure staff is available.

The Regional District reminds all dog owners to keep their license up to date as there is zero tolerance and a hefty fine for unlicensed dogs. 

For more information about dog licensing and Responsible Dog Ownership in the Central Okanagan visit rdco.com/dogs.

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North Westside Fire Rescue Open House - January 8, 2020

Members of North Westside Fire Rescue are kicking off the new year by welcoming their neighbours!

They’d like you to join them at an Open House, Tuesday, January 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  The doors to Station 101 in Killiney Beach (514 Udell Road) will be wide open for residents to stop by in this family-friendly event!

Meet your firefighters and check out the equipment including the new Bush/Rescue truck.  You can even try your hand at some firefighting skills with the hands-on equipment demonstrations.  And North Westside dog owners will also be able to purchase a new license or renew their existing tag for 2020 and save $20 off the regular annual rates!

This is a great opportunity to learn more about what your firefighters do and the commitment and training involved.  Recruiting information will be available for residents who’d like to join the paid-on-call department.

Anyone interested in becoming a paid-on-call North Westside firefighter should call 250-545-1195 and leave their name, phone number and email address.  Potential recruits will be contacted.   Applications and recruitment information is also available for downloading and printing on the RDCO website rdco.com/firerecruit.  

Training will be provided for successful applicants during the department’s regular evening or weekend sessions.

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Snow Causes Waste Collection Delays - January 7, 2020

Although the curbside waste collection schedule returned to normal this week, the large dump of snow has made it anything but normal!

In light of the heavy snowfall, Central Okanagan residents may see delays in their curbside garbage and recycling collection.

As crews do their best to clear snow from roads and side streets, curbside waste collection staff is also trying to maintain their regular pickup schedule while at the same time catch up on any routes where collection has been missed.

If your garbage or recycling has not been picked up, please leave your carts out and the waste hauler will pick them up as soon as it is safe.  To ensure your collection is not missed, please do not bring your carts back in until they have been emptied.

As well, to help both road clearing and waste collection staff, please place your carts as close to the street as possible, without blocking the street, sidewalk or bike lanes or impeding snow ploughs.  Carts should not be located behind or on top of snow banks and should be at least three feet from any obstacle or parked vehicle.

For more information on proper placement and how to handle your carts in winter conditions, visit the RDCO YouTube channel or rdco.com/recycle.

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Story Time at the EECO - January 6, 2020

Story Time at the EECO is back for a new season at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads).

Each Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 from January 7 until March 10, three to five year olds and their caregivers are treated to nature based stories, songs, and crafts! It’s an excellent way for preschoolers to interact while learning about the natural world. 

This program is free and no registration is required.

For more information please visit rdco.com/parksevents or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Roll and Stroll - January 6, 2020

Our popular free, weekly walking club for parents and caregivers with babies and little ones returns in January.  Starting January 9, they can get outdoors and active with Roll and Stroll.

It’s a great opportunity to meet other parents, casually exploring Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads). 

Each Thursday morning at 9:30 from January 9 until January 30, participants meet at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO). Then set out for a leisurely 45 minute walk through the park, before returning to the EECO for refreshments and some baby basics.   Participants are encouraged to use strollers and baby carriers suitable for winter conditions and rough terrain.

The program is free, but registration is required by calling the EECO at 250-469-6140 or email eeco@rdco.com

For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website rdco.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Chip Your Tree January 6, 2020

When you take down your Christmas tree after the holidays, keep in mind you can dispose of it in an eco- friendly way and have it chipped, not chucked.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office recommends giving your tree another life after the holidays by dropping it off at any one of the convenient free Chip It locations. Your tree will then be chipped down and composted into a nutrient rich soil enhancer called GlenGrow available at various locations including the Glenmore Landfill in the spring.

If you don’t want to haul your tree to a drop off location, you can also cut it down to size and put the pieces in your yard waste cart for pick up once yard waste collection resumes March 2nd, 2020. Keep in mind the prunings and branches need to be no longer than 5cm (2in) in circumference and less than 1 meter (3ft) long.

Please remove all decorations and tinsel before recycling your tree, plus any plastic bags or other materials used for transporting--all of these interfere with the composting process.

Christmas tree drop-off locations through January 31st are:

Kelowna and Area:

Ben Lee Park (parking lot at Houghton Road)

Cook Road Boat Launch (parking lot)

Glenmore Landfill (Glenmore Road)

Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 am – 4:45 pm. (*3 tree limit) 

Westside:

Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road)

Open Friday-Monday 7:30 am – 3:50 pm.

Lake Country:

Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Road)

Peachland:

Residents can take their trees and yard waste year round to the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna (see hours above).

For more information on tree chipping or holiday recycling, visit rdco.com/recycle, download the free Recycle Coach App (Google Play or App store) , or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Highlights from the Regional Board Meeting - December 10, 2019

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday evening December 10.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Garbage Fees Up at Westside Transfer Station - December 5, 2019

Starting January 1, 2020 it will cost slightly more to dispose of garbage at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center on Asquith Road in West Kelowna.

This is the final increase of three increases approved by the Regional Board in April 2018 to cover additional annual disposal expenses and tipping fee increases at the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill.

Fees for garbage will rise on January 1 2020 at the transfer facility that serves residents in West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation reserves and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  Also new starting January 2020, fridges, freezers and other units with refrigerant such as portable and window a/c units will be accepted at no charge.  Note: drywall is no longer accepted at the Westside Transfer Station and should be taken to the Glenmore Landfill for proper disposal (disposal fees apply).

 

Current

Fees 2019

NEW

Jan 1, 2020

 

Load Description

Bag of Garbage

$4.00

$4.50

Bag

Garbage (Medium)

$16

$18

Vehicle or utility trailer with a hauling bed capacity up to 4’x8’

Garbage (Large)

$45

$50

Vehicles with a hauling bed capacity over 4’x8’ or a loaded vehicle and single axle trailer with a hauling bed capacity of up to 4’x8’

Garbage (Extra Large)

$75

$80

Tandem axle trailer

Ozone Depleting

Substance (ODS)

Containing Appliance

$10 each

FREE

Fridges, Freezers, Water Coolers, Portable A/C units

For more information on the Westside facility tipping fee increases, visit rdco.com/recycle

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Open Burning Changes with new Provincial Regulations - September 23, 2019

Starting October, 1st, open burning will be allowed for those eligible property owners with permits from their local fire department.

As in the past, fire departments in the Central Okanagan will issue permits to those who qualify and meet the requirements of local fire protection bylaws.  If necessary each department enforces its own bylaw regulations.

However, as of September 15th, with the introduction of the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations by the BC Ministry of Environment, before lighting any fire, anyone with a permit issued by their local fire department is also required to separately ensure compliance with those new regulations.

The new BC regulations divide the province into zones:  the Central Okanagan is within the High Sensitivity Zone which means many new requirements must be met including new setbacks near neighbouring properties, hospitals, schools and health care facilities. As well, they must make efforts to reduce the amount of vegetative debris to be burned through alternative methods (reducing, reusing or recycling).  The BC Ministry of Environment has detailed information available on its website to assist any property owner to comply with its regulations.  Property owners should contact the Ministry if they have questions about the Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulations.

Burning permits issued under Central Okanagan bylaws are available from local fire departments.*  Those eligible to burn within the four Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West electoral area fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing) may call the Regional District at 250-469-6223  to obtain a permit.  (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays).  Residents with questions about the burn permit process in the Central Okanagan should contact their local fire jurisdiction.

Property owners with a valid permit from their local fire service and meeting all of the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline:  1-855-262-2876 (BURN) before lighting any fire to determine if open burning is allowed on a particular day.  In order for burning to take place, both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good.  This information will also be available each day after 8:00 am at rdco.com/airquality.

Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, 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 Central Okanagan 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 of local bylaws could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire by their fire service.  Residents are encouraged to report anyone violating local bylaws by burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.  Potential violations of the Provincial regulations should be reported to the BC RAPP line (1-877-952-7277).

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws permitted open burning must be complete on April 30th although the date may be adjusted depending on the local fire hazard.  Central Okanagan residents should check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions on campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood burning devices.  Campfires are not allowed in the City of Kelowna.

* Fire Department Jurisdictions for Permits

  • Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas 
    (Residents of Ellison, Joe Rich, Wilson’s Landing, North Westside fire departments):
    • Call the Regional District 250-469-6223 weekdays only 8:00 am – 4:00 pm excluding holidays
      • Note:  North Westside residents may call ‘Collect’
  • City of Kelowna residents - Kelowna Fire Department  250-469-8801
  • District of Lake Country residents - Lake Country Fire Department  250-766-2327
  • District of Peachland residents - Peachland Fire Rescue Service  250-767-2841
    • Weekdays only 8:00 am – 4:00 pm excluding holidays
  • City of West Kelowna residents – West Kelowna Fire/Rescue  778-797-3200
    • All burning permits are issued from Lakeview Station 32, 2708 Olalla Road

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Open Burning Alternatives and Best Practises - September 23, 2019

With open burning season set to resume in the Central Okanagan October 1st, the Regional Air Quality program encourages all residents to consider cleaner air alternatives.

Coordinator Nancy Mora Castro says many options exist that don’t require outdoor burning. 

  • Starting this year the bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection program runs an extra month through December.  Please only place leaves, grass, pine needles and small pruning’s inside the yard waste cart with the green lid closed. 
  • The yard waste drop off program is available at the Glenmore landfill and Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre (Asquith Road in West Kelowna). Fees apply.  When transporting loads for disposal, please make sure they are covered.
  • Mow-Chip Rent-it Rebate program - Qualifying participants must have a property one hectare or greater in size with a small volume of wood for fuel reduction and/or agricultural activities that can’t be served through the regular Agricultural Chipping Program. The Regional Air Quality Program provides up to 80% of the cost of renting mow/chip equipment or services up to a $500 maximum. Visit the Mow-Chip Rent-it program for more information and an online application. Depending on your needs, you can hire a contractor or rent your own machine. Search online (wood chipping, stump grinding, tree service, machine rentals, etc.) to find a company that suits your needs.
  • Air Curtain Burning uses forced air to burn wood faster and with less smoke. Contact your local Fire Department to learn more about forced air incineration options for agricultural or land clearing wood waste
  • A number of private companies offer wood chipping and grinding services or rent portable chippers.  Some may also pick up yard waste for disposal.

She says “If a property owner cannot use any of these alternatives and they have a permit to burn under local bylaws from their fire department and they meet the new BC Environment Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations they should follow the Best Practices for open burning” including:

  • On days when conditions allow for open burning, light fires after 10:00 am when venting conditions are usually more favourable;
  • Pruning’s, branches and stumps 10 centimetres diameter or greater should be dried for a minimum of two years or have a moisture content less than 30%;
  • Smaller piles (3 metres wide x 3 metres long and 2 metres high) allow better control of fires and help reach proper dryness.

There are alternatives to open burning for agricultural producers in the Central Okanagan.  The Regional Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage use of the Agricultural Chipping Program.   The program offers a Best Management Practices handbook to help farmers.  Agricultural producers who wish to participate in the free chipping program should register online preferably one year in advance due to high demand and limited annual budget or contact the Regional Air Quality Coordinator at 250-469-8408 or email airquality@kelowna.ca if they have any questions.

A reminder that under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, 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.

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EECO Closed for Renovations - updated October 16, 2019

As of  September 26th, the EECO is closed until early in 2020 for a major renovation.

During that time, the main floor of the building will not be accessible.  Parks Visitor Services staff will be available by phone or email.  In addition, while construction is underway, no public group bookings will be accepted for the EECO. 

Our Parks Services staff will continue to offer programs previously scheduled at the EECO including ‘Nature Power Hour’ outside the EECO’ on Saturday mornings and Tuesday morning ‘Story Time at the EECO’ in the downstairs meeting area of the facility.

It’s anticipated the EECO will reopen early in the New Year.  When it does, there will be a new smaller space for exhibits showcasing our Regional Parks and programs.  As well, our Visitor Services and interpretive programming staff will be located in offices at the facility and able to provide more centralized services.

The Regional Board has identified in its Strategic Priorities, an environmental goal of providing residents with more opportunities to connect with nature.  Over the past year, our interpretive programs have encouraged residents to get outdoors and spend time in a wider variety of our parks.  We hope with the renovated Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan to provide even more inspiration for outdoor exploration in our amazing regional park system.  We’ll continue offering fun and engaging activities, programs and learning opportunities for all residents and visitors to the Central Okanagan.

Learn more about the Regional District’s 30 regional and 20 community parks protecting over 2,100 hectares for the enjoyment of all Central Okanagan residents by visiting rdco.com/pickapark.

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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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Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@rdco.com
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