CERIP Grant Awarded To The Lardeau Valley Historical Society

“Super good news today: Thanks to BC’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP), delivered by Heritage BC, we have been awarded $64,901 to employ local community members to build 3 outdoor structures (a large pavilion and 2 smaller fully-roofed pergolas) to protect, display, and interpret our large heritage machinery. All 3 structures will be of post & beam construction with heritage-style shake roofs; they will have no walls, and thus enable year-round access. The pavilion (as shown in the accompanying photo and floor plan) will house our 3 pioneer tractors and associated agriculture machines; the 2 pergolas will house our 4-ton, 80-yr-old mining steam compressor and our 12-ton steam donkey. This large project will help preserve local history, create some temporary local employment, and significantly add to tourism development of our local community. We are so very thankful to the volunteers who are stepping forward to make this happen, as well as to the various contractors involved: Chris Petersen, Hans Winters, Duane Adrian, David Dwyer P.Eng., and others. Thank you also to the Lardeau Valley Community Club Board (the property owners/managers) for your complete support for the Museum’s longer-term vision.”

Originally Posted on the Lardeau Valley Historical Society Facebook Page

FARMERS SURVEY!

Hello all farmers!

The Central Kootenay Food Policy Council has created this survey to find out how last year went and what farmers are anticipating for 2021. The survey closes in 9 days. PLEASE help to promote the survey widely through your networks. The outcomes of the survey will be shared with key partners for our collective efforts to ensure that our farms are resilient and thriving.

This is the link: https://forms.gle/vMHYfNGwyNWGaHpd6

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance grant application are due by March 5th!

Artists! Writers! Dancers! Musicians! Crafters!

It’s CKCA grant application time. The deadlines this year are . . .
* CKCA Community applications — Friday, March 5, 2021, 5:00 pm
* All other CKCA programs — Friday, March 12, 5:00 pm.
Brochures are available around town, or I can get one to you. (Send me a message.)
You can find complete information and application forms on the CKCA website: http://basinculture.com/funding-programs

If you have questions, e-mail Stephanie Judy at nklarts@kaslo.org

Need assistance preparing your tax return!

NEED HELP WITH YOUR TAXES? During the 2019-2020 program year, more than 18,970 volunteers and 3,810 community organizations filed over 467,500 tax returns for individuals across Canada and helped over 407,410 individuals. Since May 2020, an additional 180,000 tax returns have been filed through virtual tax clinics. Did you know that Kaslo has had its own community volunteer tax clinic since 2014? Well we do and, when the Canada Revenue Agency completes its annual conversion in preparation for the new filing season on February 22nd, we’re ready to help you. If you require additional information or need assistance preparing your return, phone me at 250-353-7725 to discuss or book an appointment.

Improved training supports local meat supply in rural communities!

An updated, mandatory training program for rural abattoir operators in B.C. will help more British Columbians enjoy safe, locally raised beef, pork and poultry, as well as contribute to food security and support businesses in rural communities.

The updated program, called SlaughterRight, offers self-paced and self-guided training for small, rural (Class D and E) licensed abattoirs. The program focuses on improved food safety, slaughter hygiene, facility and equipment design and sanitation, animal welfare, meat storage and record-keeping requirements.

In addition to more thorough training, the program includes the compulsory development of food safety and humane slaughter plans, as well as a set of standard operating procedures specific to each abattoir. The course must be completed as a condition of all new and renewed Class D and E licences. Licensees will be subject to on-farm inspections by ministry inspectors to ensure all food safety and other operational requirements are met.

Class D and E licences support local livestock and meat production in B.C. communities where existing slaughter capacity is limited. The SlaughterRight program is a more comprehensive training program than previous versions. The program was developed following detailed consultation with B.C. ranchers, abattoir operators, local governments and other stakeholders to improve and increase rural slaughter capacity and is part of a larger effort to improve rural food supply and food security in British Columbia.

Learn More:

Information about the SlaughterRight program:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/food-safety/meat-inspection-licensing/slaughterright

For background information on the SlaughterRight program, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020AGRI0045-001549

An overview of meat inspection in B.C., including licence categories and conditions:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/food-safety/meat-inspection-licensing

Ongoing B.C. government efforts to support rural ranchers and food security:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020AGRI0051-001713