Support for Seniors during Covid-19

The pandemic has been especially hard on BC seniors, who may feel overwhelmed by social isolation, health concerns and financial struggles. Several federal and provincial supports are available to help seniors through the pandemic, including:

• One-time, tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for Old Age Security with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
• A $300 COVID-19 Crisis Supplement for 3 months until June 2020 to those who receive the BC Senior’s Supplement.
• A one-time special GST payment in April, providing an average of $375 to single seniors and $510 to senior couples.

For more information on supports for seniors, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/covid-19-provi…/financial-benefits

Seeking feedback on the proposed all season rec- resort between Kaslo and New Denver by June 22nd

The B.C. government is seeking public feedback around a proposed all-season ski, boarding and bike resort near New Denver.

According to an expression of interest prepared by Brent Harley and Associates, Zincton Mountain Village would be located on crown land approximately eight kilometres east of New Denver and 38 kilometres west of Kaslo around Highway 31 A.

At the bottom of the resort, restaurants, cabins, a general and retail store would be constructed for perspective visitors. A day-use parking area would be built around the resort near Kane Creek.

A chairlift up the mountain would take backcountry users to a luxury mountain lodge in Goat Canyon and let people access around 4,500 hectares of backcountry terrain around London and Whitewater Ridge leading up to Whitewater Mountain.

Chef and staff at the mountain lodge would be able to provide services for up to 24 guests at a time.

In the winter, gladed terrain and ski outs would be constructed to help lead people to chairlifts and the base of the resort. No ski runs would be developed.

In the summer, a hiking and mountain biking trail network would be established beneath Whitewater Ridge.

In total, up to 1,750 guests and 1,550 skiers would be able to use the resort at any given time.

The project is being led by David Harley, founder of the Valhalla Pure Outfitters chain.

The project still needs approval from the provincial government.

You can provide feedback on the proposed project by sending an email to MountainResortsBranch@gov.bc.ca with the subject line Zincton Resort to the province by Monday, June 22.

An interview request to BHA about project timelines and costs for the resort weren’t immediately returned.

Wearing a mask is now officially recommended, May 19th Covid update.

The Government of Canada has announced that wearing a homemade non-medical mask or facial covering in the community is recommended when it is not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre distance from others. Especially in crowded public settings, such as:

🛍 stores
🛒 shopping areas
🚄 public transportation

For more information, visit the Government of Canada website 👉https://bit.ly/3e4nsGP

Duncan Dam forecast from BC Hydro, May 16th UPDATED LINKS, FRIDAY MAY 22

From BCHYDRO-UPDATED LINKS FOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 16, 2020 2020 – 2 SPECIAL ADVISORY: POSSIBLE HIGH DUNCAN RIVER FLOWS AT THE LARDEAU CONFLUENCE 

Lardeau at Marblehead (MHD)

https://www.bchydro.com/info/res_hydromet/data/mhd.txt?WT.ac_id=hd_mhd

Duncan River at the Lardeau Junction (LDR)

https://www.bchydro.com/info/res_hydromet/data/drl.txt?WT.ac_id=hd_drl

The following information is provided to those who have expressed an interest in the reservoir level and discharge rate at Duncan Dam. Please note that this forecast is subject to change if there are significant changes in the projected weather pattern. 

The flows on the Duncan River at the Lardeau Confluence (DRL) are currently at approximately 240 m3/s (8,500 cfs). We expect flows to continue to increase over the next several days due to increasing snowmelts.

Depending on the Lardeau River discharge, flows at DRL could potentially reach 350 m3/s (12,400 cfs) by Monday, May 18. 

We will be reducing flows from Duncan Reservoir to manage these potential high flows. For current reservoir levels and discharge information, please visit BC Hydro’s website at bchydro.com in the search bar type in Lardeau, a list of all the matches will appear, scroll down to the 2nd one DLR and your will be on your way to find the info needed.

For additional information, or if you do not have access to the internet, please call 1-877-924-2444. 

For more information, contact: Mary Anne Coules Stakeholder Engagement Advisor Phone: 250-608-1885 Email: maryanne.coules@bchydro.com

Jeff Henderson, Stations Field Manager, Duncan Dam Phone: 604-612-9006 Email: jeffrey.henderson@bchydro.com

Director Watson updates, links to board agenda & more, May 19th

While that was an odd and kind of eerie May Days, it was sure great to see the maypole go up and a parade! All of our emergency services providers plus the Village of Kaslo pulled off a heart warming May Day parade!! I got pics of everyone I could and will post soon. 

In the meantime, we have a busy board week ahead. The board is continuing to meet remotely with only the committee and board Chairs attending in person. Navigating 7-8 hour meetings via phone is a whole new skill I am developing and with a serious decrease in driving, I am not complaining! I miss the engagement in person provides, but it is not a hard compromise to remain home and still achieve our business. 

With that, the public can still participate! WE post the number and all of the agendas on the RDCK website- will link below. Public time for questions is generally at 11:45, this is when the public can query the board, rest of the meeting is listening to our discussions and debates. Bring popcorn!

Here is this week’s board agenda. I will also post our resource recovery and rural affairs agenda’s below. 

Items of interest:
1.4 We will have our first delegation via telephone. Tara D’Courcy will present on the Central Forestry Revitalization plans. Delegations generally run from 9:05 to about 9:30

2.2 wildfire Mitigation -Crown Land Update. The RDCK has been working on crown land wildfire mitigation for about 15 years. There have been significant changes to how this work will be conducted and funded from the Ministry of Forest. The attached report outlines those changes and recommended actions for the board in response to the changes. With 7-9 Area D communities having completed or in the cue for FireSmart Communities, five fuel prescriptions in 4 communities written and several more communities working in their own regard in wildfire mitigation- Argenta Johnson Landing, Shutty Bench and Allen Subdivision, this is important information to follow. 

3.1.1 + 3.1.2 + 3.1.4 Kaslo and Area D Economic Development Commission minutes. You can read the business of the shared economic development commission for Kaslo and Area D. Most recently, we have amended the contract for economic action plan, in progress right before COVID, to include an immediate support position for the region to access programs in response to COVID, a virtual downtown for Area D businesses and planning for recovery and resilience. Please follow North Kootenay Lake page on Facebook and watch the local papers for updates. If you are business or other entity needing support, do reach out and I will be sure to connect you with this new service. 

3.3.12 + 3.3.3 Letters of Support from Area D. Here you can see what projects/programs Area D is supporting

8.1.3 Recreation Service Update. Our recreation services is by far one of the hardest hit by COVID. Over 200 employees were laid off and many of our facilities remain closed. For a fill review of the state of our recreation services with the budget implication and plans for re-opening, read the report. For Area D, this report addresses Glacier Creek, rest of the services are outside of Area D. Local community halls are operating and managed by their respective boards. 

8.4.1 Overall RDCK Services COVID update. For a review of all other services, impact to service levels, budgets and projects openings for those that have reduced services, read this report. It is a great overview of all of the budgetary adjustment made, proposed, staffing changes and proposed changes moving forward.

8.6.3 Area D is providing funds to JazzFest to work on alternative entertainment options as we see the floating stage stay docked for the first year in ….28?

10.2 Basin Wide Food Security Plan. This is my motion on an action that started when our Emergency Operations Center was first activated in response to COVID. The item on this agenda is the full plan proposed and an interim action plan for immediate needs. Motions are for a letter of support and funding to act on the interim plan while the wider plan is reviewed by neighboring Regional Districts and funders. 

Board agenda: https://rdck.ca/…/Go…/Documents/2020-05-21-BRD_Agenda-lr.pdf
Call in details: https://rdck.ca/…/event…/meetings/rdck-board-meeting-17.html

Joint Resource Recovery agenda:
https://rdck.ca/…/joint-resource-recovery-committee-meeting…

Rural Affairs agenda:
https://rdck.ca/…/Admin…/Documents/2020-05-20-RAC_Agenda.pdf
Call in details:
https://rdck.ca/…/…/meetings/rural-affairs-committee-28.html