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Comments Invited on RDCO 2020-2024 Financial Plan - February 14, 2020

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is preparing its 2020 – 2024 Financial Plan and there are several opportunities for residents to share their comments on the fiscal priorities outlined in the budget.

Unlike municipalities, the regional district does not have one tax rate.  The RDCO has more than 80 individual services provided and paid for by different combinations of taxpayers across the Central Okanagan.  Each service budget is separate and all assets, revenues, expenses, reserves, surpluses or deficits remain within the service.   Backgrounder about the RDCO

The Regional Board determines how local services will be financed and has outlined its Strategic Priorities, providing staff direction on implementing this vision. Focus areas for the Board include:

  • Transportation and Mobility
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Economic Development
  • Environment

Residents are invited to attend these public budget meetings at 8:30 am on Thursday, February 20 and Thursday, March 12 in the Woodhaven Boardroom at the RDCO office, 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna. Staff presentations will be made and there will be opportunities during each meeting for residents to comment. 

For those unable to attend, Financial Plan information will be available and feedback may be provided online at rdco.com/budgets.

The Regional Board will give final consideration and adopt the 2020 – 2024 Financial Plan at its public meeting Monday, March 23 at 7:00 pm. 

For more information please visit rdco.com/budgets or contact the RDCO Finance Services staff by phone at 250-763-4918 or email at finance@rdco.com.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - February 13, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday evening January 27.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Notice of Parcel Tax Roll - February 12, 2020

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has prepared the 2020 Parcel Tax Roll as required by Section 203 of the Community Charter.  The Parcel Tax Roll lists the parcels eligible to be taxed for the following services:

Lakeshore Road Improvements (Bylaw 1087)

Ridgeview Fire (Bylaw 909)

Upper Ellison Fire (Bylaw 1112)

Upper Fintry Water (Bylaw 1254)

Waste/Environment Management
(Bylaw 1298)

The Parcel Tax Roll may be viewed starting February 13 at the Regional District of Central Okanagan office, 1450 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Requests for an amendment to the Parcel Tax Roll must be received in writing to the Regional District of Central Okanagan, 1450 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC, V1W 3Z4 no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Property owners may request a correction to the Parcel Tax Roll only with respect to their own property and only for the following reasons:

  • There is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the Parcel Tax Roll
  • There is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel
  • An exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed

Marilyn Rilkoff, Director of Financial Services/Deputy CAO
Phone: 250-763-4918    Email:   Marilyn.Rilkoff@rdco.com

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Climate Projections Report Completed for the Okanagan - February 11, 2020

Climate change is challenging our ecosystems, communities, and our economy. Wildfires, flooding, and drought have already tested local infrastructure, caused economic losses, and posed health risks to communities. This is why the Regional Districts of the North, Central and Okanagan-Similkameen have partnered with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium and Pinna Sustainability and developed a Climate Projections report for the region. 

This report is intended to support a local understanding of how our climate is projected to change and inform regional planning on how to prepare for future climate events. In particular, climate projections for both the 2050s and the 2080s have been identified. Findings indicate that the Okanagan can expect significant changes to climate in the coming decades, including:

  • Warmer temperatures year-round;
  • Summers will be considerably hotter;
  • Increased duration of growing season;
  • Warmer winter temperatures;
  • Increased precipitation across all seasons except summer;
  • Summer is expected to remain the driest season, and become drier; and
  • We can expect shifting seasons.

RDCO Chair Gail Given adds, “We’ve all seen the impact climate change is having on our environment and economy. The Climate Projections Report lays the groundwork for everyone to respond and act in a meaningful way to help mitigate the potential challenges in the years ahead.”

The Climate Projections report can be accessed on the RDCO website

Those interested in learning more about this report are encouraged to attend the upcoming event “Building Community Resilience in a Changing Climate – an Evening with Sheila Watt-Cloutier and guests”. This event will feature a public launch of the Climate Projections Report for the Okanagan and provide an overview of how our climate is projected to change over the next 30-60 years. The event is set to take place on February 26, 2020, at the UBCO Commons Lecture Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.      

This project was made possible with support from Natural Resources Canada through the Adaptation Platform, the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Water Conservation & Quality Improvement Grant Program and Fraser Basin Council.

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Register for Spring Break Nature Camps - February 10, 2020

Registration is underway for this year’s Nature Detectives Spring Break Camps at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads). 

Indoor and outdoor activities for children age five to seven will run from 9:00 am to 12 noon, March 16 to 20 and again March 23 through 27.    

Each morning our camp friends will explore nature through play, crafts, games and stories and will discover park trails and ponds that will bring out their inner naturalist.

The cost is $125 per youngster for each five morning camp session. 

Learn more about the spring break camps at rdco.com/parksevents or register by contacting the EECO at 250-469-6140, email eeco@rdco.com or drop in at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.

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Celebrate Family Day Weekend - February 5, 2020

Get your family outside and active over the BC Family Day long weekend.

Come out Saturday, February 15 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm enjoy our special event in Kaloya Regional Park at the end of Trask Road in Lake Country (16061 Trask Road).

There’s no charge and no registration required, just roundup the family and join us for fun outdoor winter activities.

Build a snow fort, make a snow angel and slide the slopes!  Our parks staff will have toboggans and snowshoes to help you explore the park.  Complete your family outing around our fire pit by toasting some marshmallows and sipping some hot cocoa.  To help reduce the impact on the environment, please bring your own mugs!

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

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February Wild Walks - February 5, 2020

Join a Wild Walk and see your favourite Regional Park through new eyes.  During these free outings our Park Interpreter will share some secrets and point out special features of various Regional Parks.  

Each Wild Walks lasts approximately two hours, is suitable for all ages and ranges from easy to moderate.  Participants should dress for the conditions, wear appropriate sturdy footwear and consider poles and traction devices.

  • Wednesday, February 19 at 1:00 pm and Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 am set out from the parking area off Raymer Road in the south Mission area of Kelowna and take a trip through five climatic zones and view some special flying species in Woodhaven Nature Conservancy Regional Park.

To save a spot, please email eeco@rdco.com or phone 250-469-6140.

These free events are held in conjunction with the Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) to provide barrier free access to our regional parks.  To request the services of CRIS volunteers visit www.adaptiveadventures.ca.  

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

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Your Regional Parks Await - February 3, 2020

The invitation’s always open:  dress for the weather, get outside and experience your Central Okanagan regional parks.

Regional Parks staff has a great line up of activities, events and programs for every member of the family to enjoy.  See what’s planned in the new Winter-Spring edition of Your Guide to Regional Parks.

A new digital version is already available for downloading and printing online. If you’d rather a printed copy, pick one up at the EECO in Mission Creek Regional Park and at the Regional District office (1450 KLO Road) in Kelowna.  Copies are also on hand at other local government offices and visitor information centres. 

Join in our free Take a Hike sessions as we explore a new nature theme each month in a different regional park.  Or save a space for your family in our guided Wild Walks program and with the help of an interpreter see our regional parks through a new set of eyes!

Everything you need to know including our handy calendar of events and Pick a Park map can be found in the guide. While most of our programs are offered at no cost, people are encouraged to pre-register at 250-469-6140 or email eeco@rdco.com.

And it’s not too early for parents to start thinking about spring break for children age five to seven.  Registration is underway for this year’s five day, morning Nature Detectives Camps. Indoor and outdoor activities will run from 9:00 am to 12 noon, March 16 to 20 and March 23 through 27. 

During the winter months, please make sure you’re properly prepared for the conditions with appropriate clothing (layers), sturdy shoes, poles and traction or anti-slip devices.    So don a toque, gloves and boots and celebrate the winter season in our regional parks!

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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Burn Cleaner - Save and Make Your Woodpile Last Longer - February 3, 2020

If you’re using an old wood burning appliance, consider recycling it with a new, cleaner burning one.

And if you make the switch, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Air Quality Program and Provincial Government will put some money back in your pocket!

You can receive a $400 rebate for replacing an uncertified wood stove with a cleaner appliance such as a new pellet stove, an electric heat pump or a gas or propane stove. There’s also a $250 rebate available for those replacing and recycling their old wood burning appliance with a new EPA/CSA B415.1 certified wood replacement.   

There are six participating Central Okanagan retailers that will recycle your old stove and handle all the necessary paperwork for the applicable rebate.

“Last year in the Central Okanagan, 15 old burners were replaced and recycled, with $4,800 in total rebates provided,” says Nancy Mora Castro, Regional Air Quality Coordinator. “However, there are still many old wood burners out there, with an estimated 11,000 uncertified appliances still used in the region and negatively impacting our air quality.”

Newer, cleaner burning technology appliances reduce smoke polluting emissions by up to 90% and use less wood, as they burn much more efficiently.

Additional incentives may be available, so be sure to check with your local retailer or Fortis BC for more information. To take part in the program, visit one of the participating Central Okanagan retailers or contact the Regional Air Quality Program for more information at airquality@kelowna.ca or 250-469-8408

Useful information and videos on how to burn smarter and get the most from your wood heating appliance can be found at rdco.com/airquality.  The RDCO Air Quality Program helps protect and improve the region’s air through education, awareness, and pollution prevention programs.

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Highlights from the Regional Board Meeting - January 29, 2019

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday evening January 27.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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October - December 2019 Program Highlights

This video shows the highlights of various Regional District of Central Okanagan service and program accomplishments between October and December 2019 in the four key areas of the Regional Board Strategic Priorities: Economic Development, Environment, Transportation and Mobility and Sustainable Communities.

Among the highlights a new Moving Forward to 2025 Strategy positioning the EDC and region for future success; a hugely successful expanded Winter Magic event brought several thousand residents out to celebrate nature and the launch of a new Business Watch program in partnership with members of the Greater Westside Board of Trade.

 

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February 29 Deadline to Save on 2020 Dog Licenses - (January 24, 2020)

This leap year provides an extra day for Central Okanagan dog owners to renew or purchase a new license for 2020 and save $20 from regular annual license fees.

Starting March 1, a license for a dog that's spayed or neutered costs $40 and for one that isn't it's $80.  Don't wait, renew or purchase today as a current license is the easiest way to ensure your dog is returned to your family if it gets away.

Licensing fees, information and purchases can be found online at rdco.com/dogs or by downloading the My Dog Matters App mydogmatters.ca/MDMApp.

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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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Highlights from the Regional Board Meeting - January 16, 2019

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday morning January 16.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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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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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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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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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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