NKLCSS AGM Monday, Sept 23

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society Annual General Meeting will be:

Monday September 23 @ 7pm
St Andrews Uniting Church Hall
500 Fourth Street, Kaslo

Keynote speakers:
Chelsea Van Koughnett – Executive Director, Hospice Society of North Kootenay Lake
Patrick Steiner – The Kaslo Food Hub, North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

It’ll be a great opportunity to hear about the depth and breadth of the work undertaken by the whole organization!


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Aimee Watson update, Sept. 15th

September is the busiest month!! I am currently away in Kimberly at the Transboundary conference where all matters relating to the Columbia River Treaty are being discussed. As a member of the local government committee, I was able to meet with the chief negotiator for Canada and BC. All questions, ideas and suggestions are received with open minds. We discussed community input from our meetings in Meadow Creek last year and will provide these updates and responses, such as options to decommission Duncan and fish passage, back to the community late November.
You can see conference details here:

Next week is our board week. I have 6 meetings over three days.
Tuesday I will join the provincial webinar with RDCK staff on the Clean BC Plastics policy discussion,you can review and provide input on the plan here:

then a meeting with emergency services to discuss first responders in NKL. Later in the day, Central Resource Recovery Committee. You can find the agenda here:

Wednesday we have Rural Affairs Committee:

and then All Recreation:

Then the grand finale, the RDCK Board meeting agenda. Items of highlight:
9.3.2 Clean BC Plastics Action Plan:
– you can see the boards draft submission
9.5.4 Evacuation Route Planning:
– this funding includes Argenta Johnsons Landing, stay tuned for engagement.


I am back home for the weekend then off to the annual UBCM conference to meet with ministers and discuss a myriad of issues. If you are interested in what I will be raising at UBCM, reach out to me via email and I will happily send you our briefing notes. As Chair, most of my meetings are for the board as a whole. This is the busiest conference I attend where opportunities for discussions are endless and most days are 10-12 hours days between meetings, conference sessions and resolutions.

Mother Goose Story Kits program Starts soon!

Mother Goose Story Kits Program for parents of young children!  Create story kits for your family using a variety of simple crafting techniques!  NO COST!  Kaslo Family Centre.  Fridays for 4 weeks.  October 4, 11, 18, November 1st. 9:30-11:30.    Childcare provided.  Register with Barb Cyr at 250-353-7691 ext. 209 or barbcyr@nklcss.org   Offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society with funding from the Province of BC and the Village of Kaslo.

Please provide the following information at the time of registration:  Your name and phone number, names and ages of any children you will be bringing and a list of food allergies.

School bus precautions!

You shall not pass: a B.C. school bus with its red lights flashing

Fall is right around the corner and with the changing of weather comes the necessary changing of driving habits. Students will be boarding the school bus once again as class is set to resume next week.

The No. 1 reminder to drivers, RCMP said, is do not pass when the red lights flash. A school bus’ red lights has the same authority as any other stop sign.

Those caught blowing past buses will be fined $368 and handed three demerits.

READ MORE: B.C. education minister says focus is on new curriculum, filling on-call teacher ranks

It is not safe to pass any school bus until the flashing red lights and signals are shut off, officials said. Vehicles travelling in the same or opposite direction of the bus with its red lights flashing are required to stop.

Motorists will have to take extra precaution as foot traffic and a higher volume of traffic will be expected around schools and the surrounding neighbourhoods, RCMP said.

ICBC said 380 children are injured in crashes while walking or riding their bike to school every year across B.C. On average, five children are killed.

Seventeen Kelowna children are involved in incidents every year.

The 30-kilometre speed limits will be in effect every school day between 8-5 p.m. and failure to comply could land you a $196-$253 ticket.

READ MORE: Central Okanagan school district continue strong growth

Director Watson update, July 14th

Area D Snapshot- Summer 2019

We have just completed two days of strategic planning at the RDCK. Highlights were watershed planning, recreation and cultural supports. The plan will be finalized and submitted to the board do final approval. Stay tuned for a link if you would like to read it.

Schroeder Creek Survey
Due to consistent congestion and access issues on Bickel Rd., I am working on a survey for residents of North Kootenay Lake. Bickel Rd is under Provincial jurisdiction as a public access point. The survey will glean information to assess needs and opportunities for access on the west side of Kootenay Lake.
Through discussions with community members and with the help of LINKS, I hope to have this survey out in the fall

Cooper Creek Flood Mapping assessment
Cooper Creek will see crews doing ground data collection to assess flooding risks. See media release here:

Wildfire mitigation fuel prescription plan completed. This plan is now out to the community with a vote on options for where they would like to see wildfire mitigation implemented, if at all.

Johnsons Landing/Argenta
CCC presented proposed logging operations to the community early June. I committed to source a professional who would be willing to peer review the terrain assessment for the area. Purpose of the peer review is to ascertain if the logging plans will mitigate, where indicated it is needed, all potential risks to community safety.
As a follow up question, I inquired with the Ministry of Transportation on speed limits for the Argenta-Johnsons Landing road. It is a declassified road and unless posted (40 Km area), the speed limit is 80Km. I have asked that they work with CCC to ensure there is a safe speed limit established. I suggested 40km for logging trucks.

Jewett School
As a follow up to the community meeting held in May regarding Jewett, I sent a letter to SD8 requesting they engage the community to ensure education services in the Lardeau Valley are sustained. My letter and SD8’s response, can be found on the LINKS website or contact me and I will send it.

Allen Subdivision
I have received several complaints about the household materials spilling onto the right of way on Victoria Ave. There is no unsightly bylaw in place for the is area (if you would like one, you can contact me to discuss) however, Ministry of Transportation can work with the RCMP when it is the right of way (crown property) that is impeded. I have contacted MoT and they will be investigating.

Kaslo Back Road
The Back Road Water Society was funded to conduct a feasibility study to establish a water system for the area. That report will be completed fall 2019. In the meantime, I will continue to advocate for them and all other community water systems to have the option to self-govern via improvement districts.
As well, I have had numerous discussions with both Ministry of Health and IHA regarding supports for small water systems including a proposal that would provide road maps for small systems. We have not heard back.

Wildfire mitigation prescription plan near completion. Community ready to see funding for implementation. A unique note about this prescription is the creation of a ‘Lady Slipper Orchid Reserve’.

Economic Development
This is a shared service with Kaslo. We were successfully awarded funds to carry out multiple projects to support North Kootenay Lake revitalization. Those projects are:
1. Farmer Innovations:
– Through Lardeau Valley Opportunity Society (LINKS), farmers have grants available for internships and capital infrastructure
– Through North Kootenay Lake Community Services, there will be an Organic Waste Diversion Feasibility (compost) plan completed for Kaslo and Area D.
2. Business and Economic Supports
– Currently out on request for proposals, this project will provide a variety of supports that were recommended from the 2014 Kaslo and Area D Business Retention and Expansion Survey.

Kaslo Info Net Society
I have been assisting KiN in funding discussions. I was pleased to see board support for a $75,000 grant to them for services at the North end of Area D. These funds support a larger application to Network BC and Northern Development Initiative Trust. I have had several follow up meetings with the funders to discuss the plans in relation to larger telecommunications in the area. KiN is a leader and sometimes more so than can be well understood. I am grateful for their continued dedication to serve us.