Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin – January 1st, 2017

   Table 1 - BC Snow Basin Indices – January 1, 2017
Basin
% of Normal
Basin
% of Normal
Upper Fraser West
59*
Boundary
73
Upper Fraser East
62
Similkameen
100*
Nechako
90
South Coast
114
Middle Fraser
82
Vancouver Island
98
Lower Fraser
111
Central Coast
87*
North Thompson
87
Skagit
110*
South Thompson
100
Peace
59
Upper Columbia
88
Skeena-Nass
65
West Kootenay
80
Stikine
54*
East Kootenay
87
Liard
49*
Okanagan
79
Northwest
NO DATA


The January 1st snow survey is now complete. Data from 77 snow courses and 69 automated snow weather stations around the province, collected by the Ministry of Environment Snow Survey Program and partners, and climate data from Environment and Climate Change Canada have been used to form the basis of the following report1.

Full details on the snow bulletin, including the snow basin index map and snow survey data can be found at: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/bulletins/watersupply/current.htm

Weather
Fall and early-winter weather had been variable across the province. October featured near-normal temperatures across most of the province, with wet conditions through southern BC and the North-East, and drier than normal conditions through the Central and North Coast.

November was extremely warm across the province, with most areas experiencing monthly average temperatures that were 2-5˚C above normal. Weather patterns were dominated by Pacific storm cycles. November was generally wetter than normal across the province, and much wetter than normal in south-west BC. Numerous significant storm events in November led to flooding on Vancouver Island and the South and Central Coast.

Weather patterns flipped in December, ushering in the dominance of Arctic air across British Columbia. Monthly temperatures were typically 2-5˚C below normal across the province. Precipitation through December was generally below normal to near normal across the province, with some areas of the South Interior experiencing above-normal precipitation. While precipitation amounts were not exceptional, cold temperatures led to much higher than normal (typically 130-300% of normal) snowfall throughout December for low elevation areas of south-west BC.

Two key weather factors have been driving the seasonal snowpack development this year. First is the extremely warm November period across the province. This led to a delay in the early season accumulation of snow, and in some areas led to melting of the early season snow that had fallen in October. During November, river runoff from melting snow and moderate to heavy rainfall, led to extremely high seasonal flows for most river systems in the BC Interior. The second key weather driver has been the dominance of Arctic air across the province through December. This has led to dry conditions, particularly across northern BC, and cold conditions across the province. Colder than normal temperatures in south-west BC has led to much greater snow accumulations at low elevation, while the impact on higher elevation snowpack has been modest. Snow at low elevation has been much higher than normal through December, with many areas receiving twice as much snow as normal, or more.

Table 1 - BC Snow Basin Indices – January 1, 2017
Basin
% of Normal
Basin
% of Normal
Upper Fraser West
59*
Boundary
73
Upper Fraser East
62
Similkameen
100*
Nechako
90
South Coast
114
Middle Fraser
82
Vancouver Island
98
Lower Fraser
111
Central Coast
87*
North Thompson
87
Skagit
110*
South Thompson
100
Peace
59
Upper Columbia
88
Skeena-Nass
65
West Kootenay
80
Stikine
54*
East Kootenay
87
Liard
49*
Okanagan
79
Northwest
NO DATA

*Note January 1st snow basin index values are based on limited observation points

January’s snow survey schedule features fewer individual snow survey measurements than occur in later survey periods in the year. Some January 1st snow basin indices are therefore based on a very limited number of surveys (e.g. 1-2 surveys within the snow basin) (Table 1) making the data interpretation less robust compared to survey periods later in the season. All available January 1st snow measurements are provided at the end of this report.

Outlook
Weak La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean appear to have peaked. The Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) at the U.S. National Weather Service/NOAA is forecasting La Niña conditions to weaken through the remainder of the winter, and is forecasting a high likelihood of neutral ENSO conditions by the January to March period. Typically, La Niña is linked to cooler and wetter winters across British Columbia.  Snowpacks tend to be higher than normal; however, there has been a large range of variability in snowpack during La Niña winters in the past. Given the weak nature of the current La Niña cycle, there is greater uncertainty regarding how it will influence this year’s conditions.

Seasonal forecasts from Environment and Climate Change Canada are indicating an increased likelihood of below-normal temperatures across northern and western British Columbia over the January to March period. Short-to-medium term forecasts are suggesting colder temperatures through the middle of January, and an increased likelihood of warmer conditions into the second half of the month.

By early January, nearly half of the annual BC snowpack has typically accumulated. At this early stage in the season, there is limited indication that any regions of the province are developing increased seasonal flood risk. Currently observed low snow pack in some regions of the province, particularly the northern third of the province, is an early indication of the potential for lower than normal stream flow in the spring and summer this year. However, with three or more months left of snow accumulation, these outlooks could change significantly.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor snow pack conditions and will provide an updated seasonal flood risk forecast in the February 1st 2017 bulletin, which is scheduled for release on February 7th.

BC River Forecast Centre
January 9, 2017
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Tax on Tax Signature Update: (GST being charged on Carbon Tax) (5 days online)

From VernonBlog!

Please Consider supporting this petition at.

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-713

e-713 (Tax system) 42nd Parliament

Petition to the Government of Canada
Whereas:
The Government of British Columbia instituted a carbon tax in 2008 and the federal government GST (currently at 5%) is still being charged on this carbon tax.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to eliminate the GST being charged on this or any other future carbon tax enacted by the provinces or territories.

Initiated by bob spiers from Vernon, British Columbia, on January 4, 2017, at 1:32 p.m. (EDT)
Sponsor Mel Arnold North Okanagan—Shuswap Conservative British Columbia

Open for signature : January 4, 2017, at 1:32 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : May 4, 2017, at 1:32 p.m. (EDT)

Signatures (926)
Province / Territory Signatures
Alberta 33
British Columbia 855
Manitoba 7
Newfoundland and Labrador 1
New Brunswick 1
Nova Scotia 2
Nunavut 1
Ontario 20
Quebec 1
Saskatchewan 4
Other Countries 1 (citizens of Canada)

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Gym Gets Support For Non Farm Use

Packed house at Regional District of North Okanagan meeting, with an estimated 150 supporters of the Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club
Pete McIntyre/Kiss FM photo
 
Posted on 1/4/2017 5:21 PM by Pete McIntyre
  
It was one of the biggest turnouts for a regional district meeting in recent memory.
 
About 150 people packed RDNO's boardroom and foyer, showing their support for the Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastic Club.
 
The club had faced having its gym on East Vernon Road in the BX shut down due to a zoning conflict, but the board's electoral advisory committee unanimously agreed to work with the business to allow non-farm use, pending approval from the agricultural land commission.
 
Owner Camille Martens is pleased they can keep operating, but wonders why they have to get building code approval.
 
"We've given them reports from engineers saying its safe. The fact that now we would have to conform to new building permit rules, I don't totally understand the implications of what that means. I hope it's good news," Martens told Kiss FM and other media.
 
Board chair Bob Fleming says he would be surprised if the ALC didn't support the non farm use, noting the huge support the club has.
 
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TAX on TAX (GST being charged on Carbon Tax)

Councillor Spiers is petitioning the Government of Canada to eliminate the GST on the Carbon Tax charged by the Province of BC (and presumably by other provinces in the future). This GST defeats the claim that the carbon tax would be revenue neutral as this money leaves the province and becomes part of the Federal tax revenue.

If you support this initiative and wish to sign the petition you may do so by accessing the signing link. For further information please visit the Vernonblog.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Maintenance causes Highway 6 traffic disruption

Motorists are being advised of some traffic disruptions on Highway 6 this week.

Electrical maintenance will take place in Coldstream from Ricardo to Murphy Road daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, Jan. 6.

The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic during maintenance.

For updates visit Drive BC.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Readers write - Comments on the plight of the Rhythmic gymnasts.

Good evening Mike, Rick, Bob, Hank, Herman, and to the rest who I have copied this email to.

Today in the North Okanagan it has come to light that 4 directors are trying to shut down a privately run gymnastics facility that has been in operation since 2009.  I feel this needs to be addressed.

The GVA and areas that NORD serves has a critical shortage of sports, and recreational facilities.  If a sports association wanted to establish a facility the amount of dollars required to do so would be astronomical.  When I look at the facilities that we get to enjoy the common them is they are in Vernon and owned by the taxpayer leased or rented back to the user groups. 

Here we have a facility that is privately owned and operated.  This facility does not appear to be a tax burden to the residents.  It also frees up floor space other groups can use in municipal owned facilities. 

Having privately owned facilities in our area benefits our community.  We are currently undertaking a huge ice sheet expansion that is going to cost taxpayers millions of dollars just to construct, funds to furnish, and an ongoing expense to maintain.  Think of the tax dollars our citizens could be using to address other issues that is now tied up in the hockey rink expansion. 

Had we allowed a private company to come in buy land, build and operate a new arena we would have the needed ice surface for this community at 0 cost to our taxpayers.  Here we have a person who saw the need for a gymnastics club in our area that is furnished to the needs of her program.  It costs no money to the taxpayer.  In fact her property generates tax dollar for you to spend.  She attracts people to the area through competitions and programs.  She also keeps our local youth at home with their families while pursuing their dreams and training in gymnastic and theater skills.

As some will know I will be running in the upcoming 2017 provincial elections.  One of my points I will be marketing is we need to as communities find ways to be open for business.  Closing down businesses, because a building is to big is not encouraging growth.  Shutting down sports programs because they do not lease city owned facilities is a conflict of interest.  Instead of closing this facility may I encourage you to try a novel idea.  Keep it open, work with Camille to market her facility and program, and look for way to attract more private owned facilities to open up shop in not just your electoral areas but in NORD communities as well. 

Lets actually move forward in 2017 to build our communities and attract development.  We need to get past the trap of "not in my backyard" and start thinking "How can we get this in yard or my neighbors yard" 

Lets start here.  Support Camille and her program.  It isn't going to cost you a dime.  I will be a win for the entire area. 

Thank you for your time,  I trust you will do well in making Vernon and Coldstream a stronger community.

Your Sincerely,
Don Jefcoat
Posted with permission from the author.
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Happy New Year!!!




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What British Columbians will pay more for in 2017

CBC News



British Columbians can expect to pay more for electricity, public transit and car insurance in the new year.

ICBC, BC Hydro and Translink are all bumping their rates in 2017, and Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums will rise for more than half a million West Coasters as well.

Premier Christy Clark says she's considering rejigging the way B.C.ers are taxed, including changing MSP and property taxes, but nothing concrete is in the works yet.

Here are some of the services British Columbians will, or could, be shelling out more for in 2017.

MSP

Approximately 530,000 families in B.C. will see an MSP increase next year, according to NDP leader John Horgan.

For example, the new rates will see couples with an annual household income of more than $45,000 paying an extra $14 a month, or $168 a year.

The median total income for a family in B.C. is $76,770, according to Statistics Canada.

Senior couples who make over $51,000 will also see a bigger bill, landing in the highest price bracket without a chance at a discount.

There are some breaks for single parents who make less than $40,000 a year — they could save up to $1,248 annually, or $104 every month. Single parents with two kids could keep at least $900 in their pockets each year.

The provincial government said the new MSP rates are meant to give low-income families a break.

BC Hydro

BC Hydro's rates are slated to rise by 3.5 per cent on Apr. 1, 2017, keeping in line with the corporation's 10-year pricing plan.

The increase means the average monthly residential bill will go up by about $3.74.

The new rates are to help update BC Hydro's aging infrastructure and enable the corporation to keep up with the ever-growing need for power.

The demand for electricity hit a three-year provincial high on Friday in the midst of a two-week cold snap on the South Coast.

BC Hydro rates are going up by more than 3 per cent next April.

ICBC (read more)

Here is a "legal" question: do I have to be dead to be able to cash this cheque?


There is an incentive to call it quits: $58.00!
 

Selected Morning Star Newsclips - In case you missed them.

 

See also the report on the Vernon Blog by Kate Bouey!

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Coldstream Committee of the Whole Meeting


https://coldstream.civicweb.net/document/36381

Note: Council will discuss of 2017 GVWU water rates and long-term financial plan.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Bob Kingsmill's Pottery Sale

Mary Anne would love to see all interested visitors!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Coldstream Ratepayers News! All Coldstream residents are ratepayers!

The opinions expressed by "Coldstreamer" are strictly his own and do not represent the opinions of Coldstream Council!

Because I value your thoughtful opinions, I encourage you to add a comment to this discussion. Don't be offended if I edit your comments for clarity or to keep out questionable matters, however, and I may even delete off-topic comments.

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I have been a resident of Coldstream since 1976. I have had 15 years of experience on Council, 3 years as Mayor. As a current Councillor I am working to achieve fair water and sewer rates and to ensure that taxpayers get fair treatment. The current direction regarding water supply is unsustainable and I am doing all I can to get the most cost effective water supply possible.