NDCC Pool Open Again!

Nelson, BC
Nelson Aquatic Centre Opened October 20

The highly anticipated opening of the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC) Aquatic Centre was at 6:30 am on October 20, with a grand opening celebration on Sunday, Oct 23, the RDCK announced.

“We are thrilled to welcome the public back to their facility,” said Valerie Warmington, chair of the Nelson and District Recreation Commission. “We are grateful to the public and user groups for their understanding and patience during the service interruptions and are confident that everyone will enjoy the changes to this community centre.”

The pool was completed last week with final tile being laid and the installation of the sauna wood walls and the 3-metre diving platform. The entire space was also cleaned in preparation for the public.

Renovations to the facility were initiated in April 2015 and included:

  • new deck, gutters, tank and deck tiles and water proofing membranes
  • new underwater lighting
  • a relocated lifeguard station for better staff access and supervision
  • new sauna and storage
  • new wall finishes
  • new mechanical systems and heat recovery
  • replacement of electrical panels and equipment
  • building envelope repairs
  • renewal of change areas including lockers, fixtures mechanical/chemical rooms with loading lift
  • improved pool access into the shallow end and a new bulkhead with a gate opening to the main pool
  • a new 3-metre dive platform
  • a re-contoured dive tank and new pool drains to meet current aquatic safety standards
  • ultraviolet light water treatment (will replace ozone as a secondary treatment and result in less airborne chlorine and odor)
  • new exhaust and gutter systems (which result in improved air quality throughout the facility)
  • repairs to water-damaged walls and the floor in the cardio room.

“Our pool is the first renovation project of its kind in British Columbia to incorporate tri-chloramine exhaust into the design,” said Joe Chirico, the RDCK’s general manager of community services. “This feature will improve air quality for our patrons.”
The $5.9 million project was helped by a $4.597 million federal Gas Tax Fund grant which enabled the RDCK not to borrow funds for the renovations.

“We expect that these upgrades will allow us to operate this important community facility for another 40 years,” said Marty Benson, recreation manager at the NDCC.


BC Rural Dividend – 25M to Assist Rural Communities

BC Rural Dividend – Province of British Columbia

BC Rural Dividend

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The Rural Dividend Program is open to applications from October 3 – 31, 2016.

Please note that a new online application form has been developed for the Rural Dividend. Some components of the online application form (i.e. council/board resolution) may require additional time and planning to complete.

The online application form only allows you to proceed through questions one section at a time. To see all questions, please download the Application Questions from the documents section of this page.

Program Overview

The BC Rural Dividend is providing $25 million a year over three years to assist rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies. It was developed to recognize both the contribution rural communities have made to B.C.’s economy, and the unique challenges they face to diversify beyond natural resources.

The program will contribute to the strength and sustainability of small rural communities, making them more attractive places to live and work. The program is focused on supporting worthy projects that help rural communities navigate changes impacting their economies, such as attracting and retaining youth, using innovation to drive economic growth, and developing new and effective partnerships to support shared prosperity.

The program was developed in consultation with the Rural Advisory Council, made up of 13 members from across rural B.C. with a mandate to advise the government on how to best support rural prosperity and thriving rural communities across the province.

The Rural Dividend is administered by the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

2nd Annual Fire Extinguisher FREE Inspection Day – Tomorrow, Oct 1

Don’t forget that tomorrow you can bring your Fire Extinguisher(s) to Gray Creek Store starting at 11:00am for a FREE inspection.  Also you can have your Extinguisher recharged or replaced as well.


ELECTORAL REFORM? – Meetings Held Soon

Locals tour Kootenay-Columbia to discuss electoral reform

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Local FairVote volunteers, Ann Remnant and Sjeng Derkx, will be touring Kootenay-Columbia to hear from residents on electoral reform . The feedback they receive will be sent to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, ERRE, which wants to hear from Canadians on a new voting system for Canada.

During the election campaign,  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that 2015 would be the last election held under ‘first past the post’. Including the Greens and NDP, over 60%  of Canadians voted for parties which ran on electoral reform.  “Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef,  said she will not implement a new electoral system without broad buy in from Canadians”, according to Derkx.  “This is the best chance in a generation to make our voting system fair and inclusive for all voters” said Remnant, “the committee is accepting public input until October 7,  so now is the time.”

Remnant and Derkx will be making 8 stops in communities throughout Kootenay-Columbia between Sept 22 and Oct 2 to discuss:

  • why our current electoral system needs to be updated
  • which options are being considered, and their pros and cons
  • what the impact would be in Kootenay-Columbia

“Our meetings are non-partisan, free and everyone is welcome,  we want people to have their say” said Remnant.  There will be a short presentation followed by conversation about what electoral reform may mean for Canada, for Kootenay-Columbia and for individual voters.   Participants will be asked to share their opinions about key issues, which will then be forwarded to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, ERRE. “The current system works just fine for some political parties, but leaves too many voters out in the cold” said Derkx. “ This is one of those very rare moments when political parties are open to change, let’s take advantage of it.”

Here’s the schedule:

Sept. 22 Revelstoke 7-8:30pm Conversations Cafe 205 MacKenzie Ave
Sept. 23 Golden 7-8:30pm St. Andrews’s United Church 901 – 11th Avenue South
Sept. 25 Nelson 7-8:30pm Senior’s Centre, Branch #51 717 Vernon Street
Sept. 27 Kaslo 7-8:30pm Bluebell Bistro 347 Front Street
Sept. 28                            Riondel   2-3:30pm Senior’s Room Riondel Community Cntr
Sept. 30 Creston 4:30-6pm Public Library 531 16 Ave S
2016-10-01 Kimberley 1-2:30pm Public Library 115 Spokane St (2nd flr)
2016-10-02 Cranbrook 3-4:30pm TBA

Ann Remnant, whose Proportional Please postcards were a hit across Canada,  is the Kootenay lead with FairVoteCanada, an advocacy group for proportional representation.

Sjeng Derkx, originally from Holland,  has a life long passion for democracy, has worked in an executive role in both federal and provincial elections, and ran as a provincial candidate in 2013.

Ann Remnant annrem1@gmail.com  250 505 0329
Sjeng Derkx sderkx@gmail.com  250 505 0755
FairVoteCanada www.fairvote.ca
ERRE http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ERRE

Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up


Annual Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up: Coming this fall to a community near you!

“This has been a valuable and extremely well received program for our folks and the feedback has been all positive,” says RDCK Joint Resource Recovery Committee Chair Ann Bunka. “We are pleased to continue this important service across the region.” Residents may especially be interested in using this opportunity to safely dispose their motor oil products if they do not already have a receiving depot nearby.

Find an event near you and join in the round-up!

Saturday Sept. 17, 2016 11:00am-2:00pm

Sunday Sept. 18, 2016 10:00am-2:00pm

SALMO RECYCLING DEPOT (Curling Club Parking Lot)
Saturday Sept. 24, 2016 11:00am-2:00pm

Sunday Sept. 25, 2016 10:00am-2:00pm

Saturday Oct. 1, 2016 11:00am-2:00pm

Sunday Oct. 2, 2016 11:00am-2:00pm

Check the Hazardous Waste Round-Up page at the RDCK website www.rdck.ca for updates and a complete list of acceptable waste.

For information on BC’s product stewardship programs, including depot locations, visit: www.rcbc.bc.ca or call 1-800-667-4321.

Fires in Sanca and Twin Bays

Nelson, BC
August 31, 2016
3:07 pm PDT

Three Wildfires Burning Near Sanca
No threat to homes
Three fires are currently burning in the Sanca area, approximately 12 km south of Boswell.
The South East Fire Centre reports that the fires are not posing a threat to structures or
The status of the fires is as follows:
• Fire south of Sanca Creek: 0.5 ha in size. One initial attack crew is on scene.
• Twin Bays Forestry Service Road: 0.3 ha in size. One helicopter and airtankers attacking the
• Another fire in the Twin Bays area is 0.009 ha in size and is being attached by airtankers.
Anyone who spots a wildfire is asked to call *5555 on their cell phone or call 1.800.663.5555.

Beach Party “Swim-In” Planned in Support of Preserving Queen’s Bay

Event: Queen’s Bay Beach Party “Swim-in.”

When? 1:00 pm Sunday 21 August 2016; This is a rain or shine event.

Why? To show support for keeping the Kootenay Lake ferry terminal in Balfour and preserving the Queen’s Bay beach.

Where? Bike, hike, boat or drive to Turtle Rock beach approximately 4 kms north of Balfour along Highway 31; please park only on the lakeside of the highway.

What? Beach tours of the precious shoreline proposed for filling and paving if the Balfour ferry terminal is moved to Queen’s Bay. 2:00 pm giant “swim-in”; prizes for kids, short speeches, fun.

Swimmers, sun-tanners, kayakers, pleasure-boaters, paddle boarders, fishers, hikers, wind surfers, bird watchers, canoers, water skiers, and anyone else who appreciates Queen’s Bay is invited to a beach party 21 August in support of preserving this unique stretch of Kootenay Lake shoreline. The event will start at 1:00 pm at turtle rock beach approximately 4 kilometers north of Balfour along highway 31. There will be tours of the popular beach marking out the half-kilometer that our Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is considering filling in and paving as parking lot for a proposed new ferry terminal. At 2:00 pm participants will rally for the bay’s first official “swim-in” to recognize its environmental, cultural-historical, and recreational value to the local community and the region as a whole. There will be prizes for the kids, some very short speeches, and a chance for everyone to take some (in)action in support of the bay by enjoying themselves at the beach.

There has been lots of rain and/or shine this summer. So please plan to attend whatever the case as a show of support. Parking along the highway by the beach will be limited so boat, bike or hike if you can. So add this to your calendar. We look forward to seeing you.

Backgrounder: This event is part of an ongoing campaign spearheaded by the Queen’s Bay Residents’ Association and local businesses in Balfour, where the ferry terminal is currently located. It’s in response to last June’s release of a feasibility study by our Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recommending moving the Kootenay Lake ferry terminal to Queen’s Bay.

  • The Balfour businesses and local residents are widely and deeply opposed to this proposed move. Opposition to relocating the terminal to Queen’s Bay also comes from tourists and the larger community outside the region who appreciate keeping Kootenay Lake the special place that it is. More than 3000 signatures so far have been gathered petitioning the government to keep the ferry terminal in Balfour.
  • Closing the Balfour terminal would likely be the end of the ferry landing businesses costing our local economy dozens of jobs and millions in tourist and local dollars. Dredging and filling the north end of Queen’s bay with 6000 truck-loads of fill covered in pavement would irretrievably ruin a precious and popular stretch of warm water beach including rare Kootenay Lake shallow water fish habitat as well as historical and cultural values
  • The Queen’s Bay Residents’ Association and the Balfour Ferry Businesses Coalition have conducted a technical review of the government study recommending moving the terminal and found it grossly deficient as a fair appraisal of the other options besides relocating the terminal to Queen’s Bay. The document has been found by subject matter experts to be incomplete,  biased and unfit to base a decision to move the ferry terminal.

For more information, contact: John Betts 250-229-4380 or Maureen Jansma 250-229-4661 – Queen’s Bay Residents’ Association