Duncan operations update conference call, June 23, 2020

We’re hosting a conference call to provide information regarding the operation of our local facilities, expected summer reservoir levels,, and the Duncan Water Use plan.

When: Tuesday June 23, 2020

Time: 6pm to 7pm

Location: Conference Call

We hope you can join us. Please email Dayle Hopp at dayle.hopp@bchydro.com by Tuesday, June 16, 2020 to register for the call. We will distribute a copy of the presentation and dial-in instructions to all registrants in advance of the call.

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The Valley Voice article on CCC cut-block plan Argenta-Johnson’s Landing face, June 4,2020

Cooper Creek Cedar removes cutblock 6 from Argenta-Johnson’s Landing Face plan

by Jan McMurray

Cooper Creek Cedar has made some changes to the Argenta-Johnson’s Landing Face logging plan. Cutblock 6 has been removed from the plan, and the road proposed for cutblock 1 has been downgraded to a forwarding trail. The changes come as a result of discussions with Will Halleran about his terrain stability assessment and discussions with communitymembers during recent eld trips.

“We’re particularly pleased that block 6 has been deleted from the plan,” said Karen Newmoon, a member of the liaison committee. “That’s the block where Brenda [Herbison, biologist] found caribou scat and tracks, so it’s good news for slope stability and for protecting caribou habitat, as well.

“I think this is a testament to the value of relationship-building between the community and the tenure holder.”

The liaison committee was formed to be the communication conduit between the broader community and Cooper Creek Cedar. There isalso an ad hoc group, which consists of vecommunity members with technical knowledge.

“The two groups have different functions but we work together and share information,” Newmoon explained.

She said the community has communicated its concerns and feedback to the liaison committee through an ongoing email participation process and a series of community meetings that began last summer.

“We’ve found Cooper Creek Cedar to be responsive to the community’s concerns, and very open to communication with the liaison committee,” Newmoon said. “No logging plan will be satisfactory to everyone in the community, but we’ve had a lot of back and forth with Cooper Creek and have been able to work towards a reasonable plan.”

The liaison committee and ad hoc grouphave been on several eld trips with CCC repslast fall and this spring. Newmoon notes that the area’s RDCK director, Aimee Watson,recently joined a eld trip. “Aimee has beenvery present in the process. The community appreciates the involvement of our regional director,” Newmoon said.

Cooper Creek Cedar conducting sound forest practices, audit nds

by Jan McMurray

Cooper Creek Cedar got high marks in the Forest Practices Board’s audit of its forest licence near Kaslo.

“On the ground, the licensee carried out sound forest practices in the areas of harvesting, road construction and maintenance, and silviculture, as well as good proactive efforts to engage the public. The licensee is also making significant investments to address the legacy issues arising from poor reforestation in the past, and the quality of practices on the ground exceeded legal requirements in several respects. As this is a very challenging area in which to operate, the Board acknowledges these results,” the audit report states.

The FPB also found that CCC fully complied with legal requirements for old growth management and mountain caribou habitat protection.

The audit found one non-compliance: an excavator crossed a bridge that was not rated to handle the weight of the machine, and one area for improvement: the preparation of site plans for roads built outside of cutblocks. The report notes that the company is now developing the required site plans.

The audit report acknowledges that the area is “challenging for engineering, harvesting and silviculture, has many sensitive environmental values, and is the subject of local public interest in sustainable forest management.”
It also notes that a Forest Practices Board investigation of this same forest licence area in 2012, when Meadow Creek Cedar held the licence, found “some of the highest levels of non-compliance” that the board has ever encountered.

The audit report provides an update onthe Healy Creek area, which was aggedas an area of concern during the 2012 investigation. The Healy Creek drainage was placed into a ‘no harvest area’ in 2008 to conserve mountain caribou habitat, and government and licencees have been discussing who should take responsibility for outstanding forestry obligations here ever since. In the 2012 report, the FPB recommended that government coordinate a maintenance/ deactivation strategy for all roads in the Healy Creek drainage and involve all resource users. Unfortunately, the recent audit report indicates that there has been little progress on this. However, the report notes that the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has informed the FPB that it has secured funding to plan deactivation work in Healy Creek this year. “The proposed actions are encouraging; timely action is needed by both the licensee and the Province to address the long-term safety and environmental risks from roads and bridges in Healy Creek,” the audit report says.

Columbia Basin Trust small business supports

June 4, 2020

Columbia Basin Trust adjusts four programs to meet evolving needs

(Columbia Basin) – Businesses, social enterprises and the workforce in the Columbia Basin now have access to even more support to help them in these challenging times. In response to ongoing COVID-19-related developments-including the re-opening of many businesses-Columbia Basin Trust is expanding the ways it can help people and businesses move forward.

“The current phase of the provincial government’s restart plan has introduced new requirements with public health and safety as the priority,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “To help the region’s businesses and workforce navigate these changes, we are adjusting our programs and services to provide relevant support, such as low-interest loans to help with modifications to business operations, free advice on how to become more tech-savvy, wage subsidies to hire summer students, and support for short-term training.”

The Trust has revised four programs:

Small Business Working Capital Loans: These loans provide working capital and operating funds to help small businesses and social enterprises adapt to the new re-opening requirements. The low-interest loans can now be used for capital expenses, such as equipment needed for re-opening, and the maximum loan amount has increased to $40,000. Applicants may now apply even if they have received funding from other programs. The financing can also be used for items like rent, wages, inventory, renovations and personal protective equipment. Learn more at ourtrust.org/wcloans


Basin Business Advisors: This program is putting an emphasis on helping small- and medium-sized businesses, including social enterprises, become more tech-savvy. This is in addition to its ongoing goal of making businesses stronger through free, confidential, one-to-one business advisement. For example, a business might need to increase their online presence, develop an e-commerce website, create a digital marketing plan, move to cloud based file management or boost manufacturing productivity. This program is delivered by Community Futures. Learn more at http://bbaprogram.ca

Summer Works: The Trust is increasing the number of small businesses that can receive wage subsidies to hire students. Although the program had already closed for the 2020 summer season, it is being re-opened to accept applications as of June 5, 2020. Administered by College of the Rockies, this program provides wage subsidies to help small businesses hire high school and post-secondary students, in part-time or full-time positions, over the summer. Learn more at ourtrust.org/summerworks


Training Fee Support: This program helps unemployed and underemployed people take short-term courses, online or in-person, that help them secure employment. Now, even more people will be eligible. This includes self-employed people, plus workers who have been temporarily laid off, have had their hours reduced or need to diversify their skills to adapt to businesses that have modified their products or services due to COVID-19. People can now access $1,000, up from $800. The program can also support up to $7,500 of training costs for Specialized Skills Training, now including early childhood, health care and agriculture related certification. Learn more at ourtrust.org https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/training-fee-support

The Trust has also increased assistance through existing programs like the Impact Investment Fund<https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/impact-investment-fund

Basin RevUP https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/basin-revup and the Career Internship Program https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/career-internship-program

See all the resources and support available at ourtrust.org/covid19 https://ourtrust.org/our-work/community/support-for-covid-19-impacts or call 1.800.505.8998.

Langham Cultural Centre June 2020 update!

Hello Friends!
We are very happy to announce that the Langham is partially re-opening to the public! 

Our art galleries and Japanese Canadian Internment Museum will be open starting the weekend of Saturday June 6 & Sunday June 7 from 1-4pm. We will then be on regular gallery hours – Thursday thru Sunday 1-4pm.
 ***COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, including occupancy limit to ensure physical distancing***
 The Museum will be open starting June 6. It is on the 2nd and 3rd floors, is self-guided and accessible anytime the front door is unlocked.
The Langham announces its 2020 Corporate Sponsors!
We are especially grateful during these difficult and uncertain times for the support of these wonderful local & area businesses.
Please do all you can to help support these champions of community arts and culture!
What’s Happening with The Langham Theatre??

Sad to say that there currently is no definitive timeline for reopening the theatre for performances with a live audience. However, as we wait we are forging ahead with some creative projects and physical upgrades – plus we have a full line-up of great professional performers ready to go for 2021 – fingers crossed! 

Cool stuff that’s in the works:
 Live From The Langham video series summer of 2020 – 

We’ve secured funding to produce a video series of live-off-the-floor mini-concerts from some of our best local and area performers! We’ll be working with local filmmakers to capture brief musical and theatrical presentations and share them with the community through video shorts posted on-line.
 Shooting scheduled to take place this July – we’ll keep you in the loop!

Theatre Ventilation System to be installed – 

We’re happy to announce that we’ve also secured funding for a long-needed ventilation system for the theatre! It will be a state-of-the-art energy recovery ventilator system that will bring in fresh air and eliminate the heat stratification issues in the theatre – improving both comfort and safety. Installation scheduled for June.

Check out our weekly display ad in the Pennywise and our website and FaceBook page for updates on all our coming events…
…And See You at The Langham!
Step into the rich visual world of artist Deborah Thompson

The Langham is producing a short video featuring Nelson collage artist Deborah Thompson, whose exhibit Once We We’re Whole was in our main gallery when the COVID lock-down occurred. The film includes the entirety of the exhibit – rich with mythic themes and the narrative potential of gesture – as well as interviews revealing Deb’s creative process and technique.

Coordinated by Langham Curator Seathra Bell, shot and edited by local videographer Louis Bockner, the video is currently in post-production and scheduled to be released soon – stay tuned!

Friends of Kootenay Lake, Zoom AGM, and membership registrations, June 2020

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society wants you to connect with you online!

Register and take part in our 2020 Annual General Meeting via Zoom on June 3rd from 7 pm -8:30pm 
Friends of Kootenay Lake Annual General Meeting 2020
June 3, 7-8:30 PM
As spring rounds the corner and more of us are spending time around the lake. This is the perfect time for people to get informed on where FOKLSS is working and how they can get involved in stewarding our lake ecosystem. An ecosystem that has supported us all during this isolating time in so many ways.We encourage all who attend to consider becoming a member or renewing your annual membership.Become a member here! Register for the Friends of Kootenay Lake 2020 AGM Do you want to get involved with FOKLSS but don’t have time to volunteer?

Consider donating or becoming a member. 
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Kootenay Meadows Farm, local dairy looking for support! June 2020

Local Dairy Threatened!
You can Help!

If local milk and dairy are important to you please help support the future of True Local Kootenay Meadows Farm. We’re advocating to the B.C. Minister of Agriculture and B.C. Milk Marketing Board for a fair and sustainable price structure for small farms who process their own milk.

As part of the supply management system, all dairy farms in Canada sell their milk to provincial Milk Marketing Boards, and the Marketing Boards sell it to processors. Kootenay Meadows supports supply management but is concerned that the current pricing and licensing structures put unfair financial pressure on small on-farm processors.

Farms like Kootenay Meadows sell their milk to the Board as a producer, and then purchase it back to process it themselves on the farm, at their own facility. The cost differential between what Kootenay Meadows receives as a producer for their milk and what they must pay, as a processor when they buy it back is a whopping 35.6%! This is a mark-up for milk that never even leaves their farm.

This pricing structure is so unsustainable and the ongoing financial burden so large, family farms who locally process their own milk could be pushed out of the dairy business completely.

Kootenay Meadows has proposed the following policy changes to the Milk Marketing Board. These changes would create a more equitable and sustainable pricing structure for small dairies that process their own milk on-farm.

1: Create an On-Farm Processing Class: This means any milk that is produced on-farm would be priced to the on-farm processor at blend price. Any additional milk transferred in would be paid at standard Class pricing.

2: Adjustments to current D licensing (cottage industry): Allow larger volume of fluid milk to be processed, 3000 L daily, and still operate within a quota, but do not sell milk to board and purchase back.

Either of these suggestions would allow smaller on-farm processors to continue to provide their community with fresh bottled milk at affordable and realistic prices. It would also support local food systems and provide food security at a time when this is more important than ever! We need innovative solutions to ensure we have a resilient food system that provides access to products grown and processed in our region.

JVH Kaslo Green Team, June tips!

JVH Kaslo Green Team

Check out these Carbon Footprint Calculators to learn about your Carbon Footprint and get tips on how to reduce it!

This calculator is perfect for younger kids and their families to do! It doesn’t take long and gives great tips as you go along!

This one is more extensive than the easy calculator. Make sure to “Add details to improve accuracy” to get the most accurate results! This one is particularly cool because it will tell you how many earths we would need if everyone lived like you!

This one is very extensive and will require a lot more information to complete. Perfect to do on a rainy afternoon with the family!