Friday, April 30, 2010
The southern Vancouver Island segment of the provincial Kill HST campaign has reached agreements with both Serious Coffee and A&W restaurants on the Island to set up petitions within the store locations. "Right now we're just working on the logistics -- when we can ensure we will have canvassers there on site," said campaign organizer Brad Slade, who hoped details would be worked out by mid-week. The agreements will allow canvassers with petitions to set up shop within the Island's 25 Serious Coffee locations and eight A&W locations to collect signatures. The exceptions will be stores within shopping malls.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday May 3rd, 2010 from 7:00 -9:00 pm at the Women's Institute Hall, there will be an Open House organized by Coldstream Council and the Environmental Advisory Committee. This meeting is part of Phase 1 of Community Involvement in Creek Action, and will include a brief presentation of the results of the Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM) that was done on Coldstream, Brewer, and Craster Creeks last summer. You will have an opportunity to view the maps, to ask questions and to find out what you can do to help protect the Creeks, and ultimately... to help improve the quality of Kalamalka Lake water.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
With the recent approval of the Shared Services Plan for the Thompson Okanagan Management Area for all Natural Resource Ministries, development of the Okanagan Shuswap, Compliance & Enforcement Implementation Plan is underway. Two of the key priorities in the plan are:
1) Off Road vehicles causing environmental damage.While C&E is aware of some structures and sites we, by no means, have a full picture of known structures and ORV (off road vehicles) sites. To that end I am asking if you could take some time out of your day to assist us in addressing these priorities.
2) To address unauthorized structures such as cabins, homes, constructed
bike trails, docks and any other structure that has not been authorized by
government (ie) ILMB, MFR, MTCA).
I have established contacts within the Okanagan Shuswap Field Unit, that will aide in this collection process.
For the ORV Environmental Damage, the contacts will be Randal Kohlhauser (Randal.Kohlhauser@gov.bc.ca) for the South; and Dan Krywonos(Dan.Krywonos@gov.bc.ca) for the North. For the abandoned/unauthorized structures, the contacts will be Don Lemp (Don.Lemp@gov.bc.ca) for the South; and
Todd Smith (Todd.Smith@gov.bc.ca) for the North.
If you come across or are aware of these sites, take the time to send to the respective contact, the following information:
i) geographic locationAnother helpful method would be to pinpoint the location of the site on Map view and send a copy, with some detailed information noted above
ii) nature of the site impacted
iii) directions on how to get there if required
iv) GPS coordinates if you have them
v) Any significant environmental, social(safety) economic issues you have noted
Give some thought to the potential, positive impacts that your information may have. We all know there are issues with squatters, environmental damage and the like occurring in scattered locations across the district. With recent authorities that C&E staff have been issued (Special CO and Lands Officer status) we now have additional “tools” available to effect some positive outcomes related to these unauthorized activities.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
“Dear Mr. Betts:NORD opposed the city’s attempt to a partial withdrawal from the water utility. They won. Now the city appeals that decision and NORD Directors (the majority, including the three from Vernon) are unwilling to stand up and defend the appeal. Should the city succeed Coldstream and B&C customers would be paying significantly higher rates than city customers. Here is the city’s claim submitted to the Court as sworn to by Mr Leon Gous (in part):
File No.: 200034
RE: City of Vernon v. Regional District of North Okanagan et al. S.C.B.C #5-102268 - Vancouver Registry
Enclosed is a copy of the Petition filed by the City of Vernon and the supporting Affidavits. I have filed an Appearance on behalf of the Regional District and emailed you a copy of the Appearance and the letter delivering that Appearance to counsel for Vernon.
The Petition does not set out the grounds upon which the application is being made as required by Section 14 of the Judicial Review Procedure Act. I have invited counsel for the City of Vernon to amend the Petition in order to comply with that requirement. I attach a copy of the letter which I have sent to Mr. Hildebrand and I will advise you of his response. At this time there is no date set for the hearing of this application.
I would recommend that the Regional District oppose the application by Vernon since it seeks to overturn the Arbitrator's decision on the lack of jurisdiction which was based on the Regional District and District of Coldstream interpretation of the legislation and application to the Arbitrator.
I look forward to receiving your instructions.
“Vernon believes it has reasons which are both proper and practical for wanting to administer and control water distribution within its municipal boundaries. Vemon believes that water rates currently set by NORD are unfairly prejudicial to Vemon residents, and result in Vernon residents paying approximately $2.5 million more per year in aggregate than they would pay if Vernon controlled its own water distribution. In addition, control of water distribution creates operational difficulties in the administration of Vernon's other activities. Examples of this include the following:...”Obviously, if the city can save $2.5 million then the rest of the customers have to make up that $2.5 million. That is not what the spirit and the letter of the utility establishment agreement intended. They agreed that all domestic customers would pay the same rate. In fact, they all pay the same even though Coldstream and B&C customers have been receiving inferior quality water. Even after the Duteau Creek treatment plant is put into operation the water from this source will continue to be inferior. There will not be ultra violet treatment such as the one Kalamalka Lake water customers receive. Had the Directors understood the ramifications of their action they might have voted differently. Why did they even support arbitration in the first place if they were not willing to follow through? Now Coldstream has to bear all the costs of defending the action by the city but electoral area residents will share the benefits when Coldstream achieves victory.
Apparently, logic is a scarce commodity among local politicians!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Staff reported that reservoir levels are at an all time low: as of April 19 water volume in the Duteau Creek reservoir was 2,500 acre feet (about 3,100,000 cubic meters). Previous low registered at 4,700 acre feet (about 5.8 million cu. meter). The situation is desperate at present. So, prepare your plants for the bad news. Stage three watering restriction are likely to proceed immediately and a number of drought emergency measures will be instituted.
Reporting on the Duteau Creek treatment plant we are told that it is about 80% complete and appears to be within budget. The bad news is: it is three months behind schedule. So far $22.3 million were paid out to the contractor.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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.
- 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.