BC Budget SURVEY, June 25th, 2020

The deadline for input is Friday, June 26 at 5:00 p.m.*

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services invites British Columbians to share their ideas and priorities for the next provincial budget.

You can participate by making a written, audio or video submission, or completing the online survey.

If you require assistance, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250-356-2933 (toll-free in BC at 1-877-428-8337).

Quote, Aimee Watson “Two consultations to raise the issues of systemic change. Across all aspects but foundational: the economy. The economy is the root of all disparities, it is what MLK was talking about when he first started and its why there are so many lives that matter- our common ground is the economy we depend on and interact with every day. Income disparity, poverty is how we built societies ripe with racism and all forms of oppression. This is our chance to really change how we do business. Literally. “

1. Fri, June 25 5pm BC Budget consultation -NEED to register to make a submission or take SURVEY https://consultations.leg.bc.ca/Submission/Create
2. Jul 21 4pm B.C. government wants input on how $1.5 billion will be spent to address post-COVID-19 economy – SURVEY

Argenta Post Office hours, June 18th, 2020

Argenta Post Office is Returning to Regular Hours in July

Thank you to everyone for your flexibility and patience these past few months

Please note times and dates

   Monday June 29th               9:30 – 1:30

   Wednesday July 1st       Closed for Canada Day

   Friday July 3rd                       9:30 – 1:30

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   Monday July 6th                   9:30 – 1:30

   Wednesday July 8th             9:30 – 5:30*  

    *closed for lunch   1:30-2:30

   Friday July 10th                     9:30 – 1:30

Thanks for allowing until noon for the mail to be sorted

Post Office phone number    250-366-4608

RDCK, board meetings agenda’s, and CIP/AAF projects, June 18th

If you are an applicant to the Community Initiatives or Affected Areas program, item 7.4. 3 on the board agenda is the recommendations for approval. You can see if your project is listed and at what amount. 

For Area D recreation halls that did apply but may not see your hall on the recommended list, I will be reaching out to you for alternative funding options.

A week of meetings, here are the agenda’s for your reading pleasure:

Monday June 15th, Sustainability Service:

Wednesday, June 17th, Rural Affairs Committee:

Thursday, June 18th, Board:

Meadow Creek Bar & Grill restaurant improvised with style! June 18th

Wow, is summer here? What a long, strange spring it has been.
We have had to make a lot of changes; and depending on the ever-changing rules, some are temporary, and some may be permanent.
We have been doing extra cleaning to ensure that we are all safe.
Our amazing cooks have improvised and have been providing the fresh baked bread, sandwiches, homemade sweets, and ready-made meals to the store…. but they are getting restless 😊; they want to see you all again!

We have made a few changes in the restaurant to work with supply and safety issues and to accommodate the rules:
1. we have simplified the menu (to work with suppliers and 
to avoid substitutions, etc.)

2. we will offer PICK -UP SERVICE
– phone ahead
– pick up and pay at the counter

3. we will offer TAKE-OUT SERVICE
– order and pay at the counter
– shop or relax with a drink while you wait

– order and pay at the counter
– take a tray with drinks, cutlery, etc. to any designated
(6 feet apart) seating in the dining room, bar, or patio
– when your food is ready, we will call you for pick-up, or 
deliver to your table if we have time.

We are all excited to start safely-socializing with you! We look forward to feedback.

Mark & Kris

Be sure to join us on Fathers Day, this Sunday June 21st!

BC Wildfire Service, open burning temporary lift in bans, June 17th

For Immediate Release
June 17, 2020

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service

Open Burning Temporarily Allowed in Southeast Fire Centre

CASTLEGAR – Effective at noon Pacific Time on Thursday, June 18, 2020, the following amendments have been made to both Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibitions within the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

Given consideration to weather patterns and time of year, the BCWS has identified a brief window to temporarily allow category 2 open burning throughout the entire Southeast Fire Centre and category 3 open burning to be allowed in specified areas.

Category 2 open burning:
Category 2 open burning will be temporarily allowed throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Category 2 open burns include: 

one or two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
stubble or grass burning over an area of less than 0.2 hectares in size;
the use of fireworks;
burn barrels and burn cages;
sky lanterns; and
exploding binary targets;

Reminders About Category 2 Open Burning: 
Anyone planning to conduct category 2 open burning, should always check the ventilation index, follow the open burning smoke control regulations and practice safe burning. Create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material. Have an adequate source of pressurized water on hand. Never leave a fire unattended and make sure the fire is fully extinguished with ashes cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

More information on category 2 open burn safety: http://ow.ly/qLxI50A9qTN

Category 3 Open Burning: 
Category 3 open burning will be temporarily permitted for the Arrow, Kootenay Lake, and Columbia fire zones within the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. 

However, category 3 open burn prohibitions will remain in effect for the Boundary, Cranbrook, and Invermere fire zones where the following activities are still prohibited:

any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
three or more concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide; and
the burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares;
the burning of one or more windrows.

Anyone wishing to light a Category 3 open fire must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1 888 797-1717. A burn registration number is not required to light a Category 2 open fire.

Reminders About Category 3 Open Burning: 
As a reminder, all Category 3 open fires must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. This requires individuals to not only check local venting conditions prior to lighting a fire, but to also understand what Category Area your burn is carried out in along with all other obligations associated with these regulations.

A summary of Good Practices related to fire preparedness for the forest industry can be found online at:  https://www.bcfpb.ca/…/…/SIR30-Summary-of-Good-Practices.pdf

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://ow.ly/tNa850Aasv5

The BC Wildfire Service thanks the public for its continued support, vigilance and co-operation during this fire season. The Southeast Fire Centre encompasses the area extending from the United States border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands or Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk and Rocky Mountain natural resource districts.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

Learn More:
A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect


Kimberly Wright
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service  
Southeast Fire Centre  
250 608-8951