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Westshore Water Quality Advisory Removed - December 1, 2020

After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has rescinded a Water Quality Advisory for customers of the Westshore Estates water system in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.                

The advisory affecting designated properties on Westshore Road, Colombia Way, Valley Drive, Bluebird Drive and Hillside Drive has been in place as a precaution following a leak repair on Wednesday, November 25.  Since the work was completed, the impacted portion of the system has been flushed and testing results indicate turbidity is within acceptable and safe Canadian guidelines for drinking water quality. 

The Regional District provides water service to just over 1,000 connections in six service areas.

For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (rdco.com/water) or contact RDCO Engineering Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

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Additional Greenway Dike Maintenance - November 26, 2020

Additional dike vegetation maintenance work is scheduled next week along a portion of the Mission Creek Greenway.

Monday through Friday (November 30 – December 4) from approximately 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, crews will be falling, removing and pruning hazard trees and vegetation between the KLO Road and Lakeshore Road entrances to the recreational trail.

Greenway users can expect temporary closures while crews are working along this 4.2-kilometre section of the trail.  No other areas of the 16.5-kilometre Greenway corridor will be affected. 

While physically distancing, residents are encouraged to explore any of the 30 regional parks that protect over 2,100 hectares of land across the Central Okanagan.  For information visit: rdco.com/pickapark

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Wilson's Landing Fire Safe Santa Food Drive - November 26, 2020

The COVID pandemic is not stopping Wilson’s Landing Fire Department members from safely helping those in need over the holiday season.

Monday night December 7, they’ll visit the Westside Road communities they serve, collecting donations for the annual Christmas Santa Run food drive.

The flashing lights on their fire vehicles will be seen between 5:00 and 9:00 pm as they pick up non-perishable food and cash donations for the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank facility in West Kelowna. 

For everyone’s safety, residents are asked to leave their front exterior lights on and place their food donations outside their door or at the end of their driveway.  Wilson’s Landing fire fighters will be joined by Santa as they travel the streets of neighbourhoods from Traders Cove to Shelter Cove including Lake Okanagan Resort.  Physical distancing will be practised to ensure everyone, including the jolly old firefighter from the North Pole, is healthy and safe for Christmas!

For more information email WLFD.command@rdco.com or call 250-469-6161.

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RDCO Business License Renewal - November 26, 2020

Renewal notices are in the mail for Regional District of Central Okanagan business licenses.

All businesses operating in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas are required to have a business license with the Regional District.

December 31st is the deadline for existing business license renewals at the rate of $85.  After that date, all license renewals will be $110 which includes a $25 late fee.

The two electoral areas include communities such as Joe Rich, Ellison, south Lakeshore Road, Brent Road, Trepanier, North Westside, Traders Cove, Shelter Cove, Wilson’s Landing, Fintry, Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates.

Business owners in the electoral areas are encouraged to take advantage of the convenient and secure online renewal/application option by visiting the Regional District website rdco.com/payments.  Those using this option will find a new look and easier to use payment portal. You can also pay by mail, online banking or in person at 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna BC V1W 3Z4.

The Regional District participates in the Inter-Community Business License program.  In order to take part in this program, qualifying local companies based in or doing work in the electoral areas must first have a Regional District business license before they apply to purchase the Inter-Community Business License for an additional $150.   The inter-community license allows qualifying businesses the flexibility to work in one or more of the other participating municipalities in the Okanagan-Similkameen without having to purchase a business license for each.

For more information on business licensing visit the rdco.com/businesslicense, contact Community Services at 250-469-6211, email business@rdco.com or visit in person at 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - November 25, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, November 23. 

And here's where you can listen to audio from the:

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Snowshoe Hikes - November 23, 2020

Save spots now for your family (age 10 plus) for our Snowshoe Hike as we explore KLO Creek Regional Park. There are two opportunities to participate in this event.

  • Wednesday, December 9 - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 16 - 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This guided outing is along a trail rated easy. We provide the snowshoes for all participants. Depending on the conditions you may wish to use poles. All outings will go ahead in any weather condition, so please dress appropriately and be prepared for weather changes!

Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spaces available to ensure everyone is safe and physically distanced in order to follow health guidelines. Register at https://www.rdco.com/your-services/parks-services/events-and-programs.aspx - See Guided Hikes and select Snowshoe Hike in KLO Creek Regional Park.

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Green Christmas - November 17, 2020

 Join us for a seasonal classic with a new twist! 

This year, Green Christmas heads outside. We'll lead you on a guided walk in the park to learn the names of familiar plants and after the walk we'll craft a wreath out of evergreen boughs. 
COST: $15 per person 

The Green Christmas event on Friday, November 27 is in Bertram Creek Regional Park while the Saturday, November 28 outing is in Shannon Lake Regional Park. Both run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Two events run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Thursday, December 3  in Kaloya Regional Park and Thursday, December 10 in Scenic Canyon Regional Park

Please pre-register as there is a limited number of participants for each date in order to keep everyone safe and physically distanced. No drop-ins allowed. All ages are welcome - children must be supervised with an adult.

Here's where you'll find a link to register - https://www.rdco.com/your-services/parks-services/events-and-programs.aspx - Select Nature programs and Green Christmas.

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Family Winter Hike - November 17, 2020

Save spots now for your family for our Family Winter Hike as we explore Mill Creek Regional Park. This outing take place Sunday, December 6 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

This guided outing is along a fairly flat trail. Depending on the conditions you may wish to use traction devices or poles. All outings will go ahead in any weather condition, so please dress appropriately and be prepared for weather changes!

Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spaces available to ensure everyone is safe and physically distanced in order to follow health guidelines. Register at https://www.rdco.com/your-services/parks-services/events-and-programs.aspx - See Guided Hikes and select Family Winter Hike in Mill Creek Regional Park.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - November 12, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, November 12. 

And here's where you can listen to audio from the:

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Curbside Cart Collection in Winter Conditions - November 9, 2020

With another blast of snow and winter conditions expected this week in the Central Okanagan, residents are asked to be patient with curbside waste collection during excessive winter weather events.

Whenever there’s a heavy snowfall, excessive inclement weather and icy roadways, if your garbage, yard waste or recycling collection is missed on your regular collection day, please leave your carts out until they’re picked up and emptied.

The Regional District Waste Reduction Office says safety is paramount, not only for collection staff and their vehicles, but also for residents. Slippery un-plowed roads may not be safe for large collection vehicles. The first priority is to clear roads to make them safe for curbside waste collection. 

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.

In winter months, it may be necessary to alter the regular placement of your carts, so that the collection vehicle can reach them.  Find or clear an unobstructed site to put your carts out for collection.

  • Put carts as close as possible to the street, without obstructing the street, sidewalk or bike lane. (Often placing your carts on either side of your driveway allows for greater ease for the collection trucks and for you.)
  • Keep carts off the travelled portion of the roadway so they don’t interfere with snow plows- do not place carts in a location where the snow plow will hit them.
  • Please have your carts out for collection by 7 a.m.
  • Clear your cart of snow and ice to ensure the lid opens when cart is tipped.
  • The cart should be no closer than three feet from any obstacle, parked car, or other cart - an arm’s length spacing is required between each cart.
  • Do not place carts behind or on top of snow banks.
  • General Safety: As the waste collection carts are equipped with wheels, please use extra caution when wheeling them in snowy and icy conditions.

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

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Joe Rich Fire Rescue seeks new members - November 3, 2020

Whenever there’s a neighbor in need, Joe Rich Fire Rescue members are always ready to answer the call for help!

If you’d like to join them, they’d welcome hearing from you during this month’s fall recruitment drive.  Applications are being accepted through the end of November for new members of the Joe Rich Fire Rescue Department.

Prospective members must live within eight kilometers of Station 51 (11481 Highway 33) or Station 52 (6550 Goudie Road).  As well, they must be between the ages of 19 and 65 and in good physical condition.

If you’re interested in becoming a Joe Rich paid-on-call firefighter please call 250-469-6179 or email joerichfirecommunity@rdco.com and include your name, phone number and email address.  Potential recruits will be contacted regarding the next steps involved in joining the department.   Applications and recruitment information is also available for downloading and printing on the RDCO website rdco.com/firerecruit

Interviews and physical testing for potential candidates will take place later this fall.  Training will be provided for successful applicants during the department’s regular Tuesday evening or weekend sessions.

Joe Rich youth ages 16-18 – ask us about our Junior Firefighter program.

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More Time for Yard Waste Clean Up - November 3, 2020

You’ll have a little longer to get your yard cleaned up for fall before the snow flies again. Fall curbside yard waste collection continues until the end of December.

The last day for bi-- weekly yard waste pick-up in the Central Okanagan is Thursday December 31st. Collection resumes again March 1, 2021.  Until last year, yard waste was collected only to the end of November.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart with the Regional District says the longer service offering has come as welcome news to many. “The extended yard waste collection program is something residents had been asking for over many years. Often those leaves don’t fall until very late in the season, so the additional month of collection allows residents to get their yard cleaned up before winter really hits.”

To help collection crews do their job effectively and provide the best service possible, you’re asked to please not overload your yard waste cart. Instead, place the material in as loosely as possible. Waste hauler E360 says really wet, frozen and compacted carts do not always empty properly.

Stewart adds it’s important to keep what you put in your yard waste cart to yard waste only. “All the yard waste collected curbside is given new life by composting and reusing it. Plastic bags, flower pots, rocks, sod, kitchen scraps or garbage, none of that belongs, and not only damages machinery but will also contaminate the final product- and needs to be left out.  We collect close to 15 thousand tonnes of green material from the curb annually, all of that is composted and turned into the soil enhancer GlenGrow, which you can use in your garden come springtime.”

Accepted items include:

  • PUMPKINS
  • Leaves
  • Wood chips, bark
  • Pine or other tree needles
  • Garden plants
  • Grass clippings
  • Fruit droppings
  • Branches and pruning’s up to 5 centimeters (2 inches) in circumference and less than one meter (3 feet) in length

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. To determine your yard waste collection week, you can refer to the Living Greener Calendar, download the handy Recycle Coach App or visit rdco.com/yardwaste.

If you’re looking to upgrade your yard waste cart, contact your municipality or visit rdco.com/yardwaste.

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Face Coverings - Masks Required for RDCO Visitors - November 2, 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic across the province and in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission, effective immediately all visitors to indoor RDCO facilities are required to wear a mask or face covering.

This update follows the expectation of the Provincial Health Officer that masks be worn in public areas of buildings in the province.

This includes the main KLO Road administration office, the Environmental Education Centre (EECO) in Mission Creek Regional Park and the Regional Dog Pound on Weddell Place.  For visitor safety, each facility is currently open with restrictions on the number of visitors, personal hand sanitizing requirements on entry, physical distancing and protective barriers.

For those without a face covering, non-medical masks will be available at the main entrance to each facility.

RDCO staff will also wear a mask when having any indoor or outdoor interaction with the public, unless a physical barrier is in place.

Residents are encouraged whenever possible to reduce their in-person visits by continuing to contact staff by phone or email or seek out information online through the rdco.com website.  As well, customers requiring specialized services like development applications and building inspections should continue to arrange appointments with staff by phone or email.  A department directory is available at rdco.com/directory.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - October 29, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, October 26. 

And here's where you can listen to:

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Economic Indicators Report July through September - October 27, 2020

In an effort to keep residents and the business community informed on the economy of the region, the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission - the Region’s primary business resource - has compiled its quarterly Economic Indicators Reports.  This information highlights key economic data for the Central Okanagan during the third quarter of the year.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - October 9, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, October 8. 

And here's where you can listen to:

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Open Burning Permits Required - September 29, 2020

Starting October, 1, open burning permits will be available for eligible Central Okanagan property owners from their local fire service.*

Permits will be issued to those who qualify and meet the requirements of local fire protection bylaws.  If necessary, each fire jurisdiction enforces its own bylaw regulations.

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 service.

Those issued an open burning permit are reminded they are also required to separately ensure compliance with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Strategy Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. Detailed information is available on the Ministry website to assist any property owner.  Questions about the regulation should be directed to the Ministry.

Anyone eligible to conduct open burning should consider alternatives such as chipping, grinding or if applicable, yard waste disposal at the Glenmore landfill or the RDCO Westside Residential Waste and Recycling Centre off Asquith Road in West Kelowna.  The RDCO Air Quality program has more information available on other disposal options.

Before lighting any fire, 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) 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. 

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 may 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 30 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, chimineas and other outdoor wood burning devices are not allowed in the City of Kelowna.

* Fire Department Jurisdictions for Permits

(phone only unless otherwise noted)

  • 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 - Walk-in only
    • 2255 Enterprise Way (Main hall Station 1)
  • 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

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Take Responsibility for your Trash - Keep Bears Out - September 17, 2020

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is reminding residents-please do your part to keep your neighborhood safe by managing all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.

Conservation Officers confirm bears are regularly spotted in several neighborhoods from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna and Peachland. Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says that means we need to be extra vigilant. “This is the time of year bears amp up their foraging to build fat stores for winter denning. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is - reduce your risk of conflict- take responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents to securely store their trash and only put garbage out the day of pickup, not the night before. “Bears in particular, but other animals as well, have a keen sense of smell. The idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they have access to your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can become food conditioned. Then they pose a risk to you and your family, your neighbors, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart adds the Regional Waste Reduction Office in conjunction with their waste contractor E360s is now into phase two of a pilot project testing fully automated bear resistant garbage carts in select neighborhoods this fall. “Dependent on the results of the pilot and how those carts stand up to bear activity, and winter conditions, there may be bear resistant cart options for residents by next year.”

WildSafeBC has tips you can follow to help keep wildlife wild and the community safe:

  • Secure your garbage – store it in a secure location indoors or a bear-resistant enclosure. Also secure Yard Waste cart if it contains fruit.
  • Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before
  • Encourage neighbors to do the same, offer to help if needed
  • Consider freezing your kitchen waste until the morning of collection day
  • Manage your fruit trees, pick ripe & fallen fruit immediately
  • Maintain your compost so it doesn’t smell. Add fruit slowly. No meat/dairy.
  • Use birdbaths and houses to attract birds, instead of bird feeders

Please report human-bear conflicts to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the WildSafeBC website: https://wildsafebc.com/species/black-bear/.  For additional inquiries, visit rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meetings - September 11, 2020

The Governance and Services Committee and Regional Board met Thursday, September 10.  Here are links to information for those meetings:

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January - June 2020 Program Highlights- August 26, 2020

This video shows the highlights of various Regional District of Central Okanagan service and program accomplishments from January through June 2020 in the four key areas of the Regional Board Strategic Priorities: Economic Development, Environment, Transportation and Mobility and Sustainable Communities.

 

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - August 26, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, August 24.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting (Note regarding Audio recording)

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Canada - BC Grant helps build out access to Regional Park - August 14, 2020

Black Mountain - sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park will become more accessible, thanks to a large infrastructure grant.

Under the Canada-BC Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, the two senior governments will contribute almost $715,000 towards new features in the 640-hectare regional park.   The Park protects cultural assets as well as a unique Okanagan grassland habitat.

The federal government is contributing $390,000; the BC government $324,967, while the Regional District of Central Okanagan will provide $260,033 for a project that will build community inclusiveness, stewardship and connectivity within the regional park.

RDCO Chair Gail Given says “This is an exciting investment in our community and the largest of our 30 regional parks. The funds will help us realize one of the Regional Board’s Strategic Priorities to provide residents with greater opportunities to connect with nature in the Central Okanagan.”

Westbank First Nation Chief Chris Derickson says “lim ləmt, thank you, to both levels of government for investing in our culturally significant sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park, including, as part of the Regional Park Management Plan, improved access, safety, and information for its visitors. As stewards of the land, protecting areas of environmental and cultural significance is crucial to ensuring that these lands remain intact for future generations to visit, appreciate, and learn from.”

The Regional District and Westbank First Nation co-manage the protected 640-hectare regional park which is a significant cultural, historic and geographic namesake landmark.  It’s home to at least nine endangered or threatened species and ecological communities including grassland, open Ponderosa pine and grassland savanna. The park is vital to the syilx/Okanagan people for its wide variety of animals, plants and medicines along with resources for tool making found in the area. In nsyilxcín (in-SEALK-chin - Okanagan language), sntsk‘il’ntən (sins–te– KEEL–ten) translates to “the place where arrowheads/flint rock is found”.

The funds will be used to build three, new multi-use trails including one leading to the summit of Black Mountain.  In addition, important park amenities will be constructed:

  • washrooms
  • parking areas at Joe Rich Road and Swainson Road
  • information and kiosk signage
  • guard rail fences

The work is anticipated to begin this fall and be completed by summer 2022.

It’s expected an official park opening will take place this fall and while work in the park is still underway, some of the park is open now. The current temporary access to Black Mountain - sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park is through an off-street parking area on Tower Ranch Drive and the City of Kelowna Tower Ranch Mountain park.  The Swainson Road access is currently closed while the Black Mountain Irrigation District installs a new water main.  Residents are asked to stay on the trail so natural areas are not disturbed.

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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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