Columbia Basin Trust delivered benefits report

NEWS RELEASEBASIN SEES INCREASED SUPPORT FROM THE TRUST

$57 million in benefits delivered through 65 programs and initiatives last year

(Columbia Basin) – Columbia Basin Trust delivered a record $57 million in funding benefits and commercial investments to residents and communities in the Columbia Basin region, as released in its 2017/18 Annual Service Plan Report recently.

This included $2.7 million in capital investments related to broadband and economic development, $5.3 million in business loans and commercial properties and $49 million to support 1,600 projects and partnerships through 65 active programs and initiatives.

“Being able to deliver this many programs is a testament to how much effort Basin residents, organizations and communities put into making this region the best it can be,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “While we’re proud to be able to deliver such extensive support, we’re even more proud of how people in the Basin use this support to make a difference.”

In 2017/18, the Trust earned $64 million in revenues—up from the previous year’s $59 million. This was primarily due to the solid performance of its investment in local hydropower facilities which account for 85 per cent of the revenue. Other sources of revenue include business loans, real estate investments and market securities.

“Our continued strong fiscal performance is a result of carefully investing to ensure we generate a predictable, sustainable and growing income stream to support our delivery of benefits to the region,” Strilaeff said. “The performance of our power facilities exceeded our expectations, contributing to a boost in revenue.”

The Trust supports the ideas and efforts of people and communities in the Basin to strengthen the region’s social, economic and environmental well-being. Through extensive consultation, the Trust developed 13 strategic priorities for 2016-2020, and has made significant progress with many new programs and initiatives announced in 2017/18, including:

  • $28-million partnership with BC Housing to create new affordable housing units over three years and $4.5 million to support First Nations communities with affordable housing over three years.
  • $10-million Ecosystem Enhancement Program that will help maintain and improve ecosystem health and native biodiversity over five years.
  • $3.6-million child care support program to maintain and create new child care spaces over three years.
  • A fibre-optic link between Kaslo and Balfour to increase broadband capacity in the area through the deployment of a 36-kilometre underwater optical fibre cable in Kootenay Lake.
  • Expanded support for arts, culture and heritage, with $11.6 million in programs and support over three years.Join staff and the Board of Directors at the Trust’s annual general meeting in Fernie on Friday, September 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. MT at the Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge. The AGM will be followed by a free, family-friendly community barbeque from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fernie Community Centre that will also feature live, local music. Visit ourtrust.org/ferniebbq for details.

September 13, 2018

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NEWS RELEASE

Read more about the Trust’s fiscal performance in the 2017/18 Annual Service Plan Report atourtrust.org/annualreport.

Learn more about the Trust’s progress on its strategic priorities at ourtrust.org/priorities.
Watch for Our Trust magazine in your mailbox this fall for stories of some of the projects the Trust supported, or sign up for the Trust’s monthly e-newsletter at ourtrust.org/newsletter. -30-

MEDIA CONTACT:

Emily Gilmar Columbia Basin Trust 1.800.505.8998egilmar@cbt.org

Farmers Market Trail

Launch of Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin Farmers’ Market Trail will strengthen relationship between farmers, markets, and market-goersBC Association of Farmers’ Markets new online tool connects people to farmers’ marketswww.bcfarmersmarkettrail.com

Sept. 10, 2018, Vancouver, BC – The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is launching a new online tool connecting locals and tourists in the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin region to markets and farmers offering local, in season foods. The launch is part of the province-wide BC Farmers’ Market Trail initiative, a website and promotional platform supported through partnerships with Destination BC, Columbia Basin Trust, and Kootenay Rockies Tourism. The Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin focused website highlights the region’s unique farmers’ markets, foods and farms for locals and visitors to discover when planning their culinary travels through the region.

“We are so proud to showcase the amazing farmers’ markets, farmers and food in the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin on the BC Farmers’ Market Trail website,” says BCAFM Executive Director, Heather O’Hara. “There is exciting potential to build on this platform and support even greater marketing collaboration between farmers’ markets and vendors from the region in the years to come.”

While more than 145 farmers’ markets across BC are currently showcased on the new informative website (23 being in the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin), added investment by regions ensures richer photography, and additional content like unique characteristics of each farmers’ market in the region, what’s currently in season, and features on specific farmers’ markets highlighting what they have to offer.

“Our region is showcased for many reasons, but I believe this is the first time that our farmers’ markets are being placed front and centre,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust president and CEO. “This website will bring attention to our region and its agricultural products, support access to healthy food and enable agricultural producers to expand their markets and grow their businesses.”

Farmers’ markets are the leading distribution channel for farmers’ in the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin region. Farmers in the region say the most significant challenge to come in the next three to five years is distribution, transportation and storage, and say the greatest opportunity is increasing sales and demand at farmers’ markets specifically.

With more than $150 million contributed to the provincial economy each year from farmers’ markets, tapping into BC’s growing tourism economy is hugely important.

“A huge portion of farmers’ markets rely on tourism dollars, but sometimes visitors don’t know where to go,” says Forest McCormack, owner of McCormack Farms, a ‘century farm’ located in West Kootenay region. “With the trail, people now have the ability to plan their vacation around what markets are in the area.”

Key drivers for the launch of the website highlighting the unique food and farm offerings of various British Columbia regions, is for the public to gain insight into where food comes from and how it is produced while appreciating local environmental and regional influences. Additionally, with the growing trend surrounding farm-to-table and in-season products, shopping at farmers’ markets is increasingly becoming an important part of weekly grocery shopping routines.

“Buying local not only tastes good, but it feels good – you can put a face to your food,” says McCormack. “I run an open-door policy at our farm, so people can come see where their food is produced, there are no closed doors.”

Although some may mourn the end of summer, autumn brings harvest season, meaning plenty of fresh, hearty produce to go around, with many farmers’ markets open well into the fall if not year-round. For the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin region, a great variety of foods continue to be in season for September, including blackberries, apples, corn and much more.

The BCAFM anticipates that farmers’ markets in all regions of the province will be highlighted over the next two years, in line with ongoing marketing campaigns and support from regional tourism marketing organizations and Destination BC.

To explore the Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Basin farmers’ markets on the BC Farmers’ Market Trail visit www.bcfarmersmarkettrail.com/region/kootenay-rockies-columbia-basin.

About BC Association Farmers’ Markets

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is a non-profit organization committed to developing and strengthening the capacity of farmers’ markets in all regions of British Columbia. The BCAFM educates, engages and inspires people to create a vibrant farming sector in BC, one that nourishes and supports BC’s natural environment and communities. To learn more about the BCAFM and membership, people may visit www.bcfarmersmarket.org. To explore 145 BC farmers’ markets across the province, go towww.bcfarmersmarkettrail.com.

Instagram: @BCFarmersMarket

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCAFM Twitter: @BCFarmersMarket

Media contacts:

Jenna Hickman, Beattie Tartan: 250-592-3838 or jenna.hickman@onlybeattie.comGeorgia Stanley, BCAFM: 604-734-9797 or georgia@bcfarmersmarket.org

Slocan Integral Forestry Co-operative. Sept 19th

Friends of the Lardeau River invite you to a presentation on wildfire management practices presented by

SIFCO- Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative.

7pm Wednesday September 19th at the Argenta Hall.

Strategic Landscape Protection Plan

Save this date: September 19, 2018 7:00 p.m. Argenta Hall: “Developing a Strategic Landscape Level Wildfire Protection Plan – An example of Climate Change Adaptation using an Ecosystem Based Approach”

 

Join the Friends of the Lardeau River to get glimpses inside a viable option for forestry operations that is being very successfully modeled by Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo). Learn how the right approach can provide local economic opportunities, safeguard regional ecosystem values, and develop a landscape-level fuel management scheme to substantially reduce fire risks arising from fuel loads in unmanaged forests. So, what can you expect to learn?

Learn what Integral Forestry means and what its purposes include:

  1. Integral Forestry partakes of practices that first determine the ecological limits to human uses of a specified land area, and then, given these limits, seeks to apply management strategies that will maintain a fully functioning ecosystem over time; and,
  2. It employs management strategies that consider humans as part of the ecosystem and that aim to improve social conditions such as local employment levels, community stability, local economic opportunities, community safety, fire preparedness and respect and understanding among residents;

Learn the benefits SIFCo sees coming from this innovative approach:

1.To serve as a model of integral forestry by owning and managing forest lands in a manner that is ecologically and socially responsible, economically sustainable, and that provides the community with all the amenities of a fully functioning ecosystem.

  1. To fulfill the following specific purposes:

(a) To manage the community forest license area according to site-sensitive, ecologically based forestry practices modeled on an ecosystem-based approach that is peer review defendable.

(b) To stimulate local employment and economic opportunities from these forest lands that are ecologically sustainable and socially responsible.

(c) To establish a financially viable forest product business that:

(i) provides forest management services and forest products marketing services;

(ii) supports forest-related educational, recreational, business and employment opportunities for the Slocan Valley;

(iii) supports the preservation of ecologically sensitive lands and the restoration of degraded forest lands;

(iv) enhances community safety and fire preparedness by reducing fuel loading in the WUI zone within the Slocan Community Forest;

(v) provides a meaningful public participation process for the planning and development of domestic use watersheds;

(vi) preserves water quality, quantity and timing of flow in the community forest license area.

See SIFCo website at https://www.sifco.ca/ for additional information about the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative

 

Deadline for Arts and Culture Grants, Sept. 13

Hello arts and cultural friends,

I just want to make sure you are aware of the September 13th deadline for the Trust’s Arts and Culture Venue Grants Deadline: September 13.

Projects must be for a venue with a clear and dedicated arts and cultural focus that provides arts and cultural programming to residents without exclusion to anyone.

Venues may be a full facility or a space within a facility. If a venue is used for multiple functions and/or disciplines (i.e. community centre, cultural centre), you must demonstrate that 50 per cent of the venue or greater is dedicated for arts and culture purposes.

Various types of project costs that may be eligible under this program include, but are not limited to:
1. The purchase, construction, renovation or expansion of a venue.
2. Upgrades or improvements that extend the life of-or increase the capacity or quality of-an existing venue (e.g. accessibility improvements; electrical or plumbing upgrades for improved functionality, safety and/or comfort; sprung flooring; soundproofing; lighting grids; expansion of existing spaces; etc.).
3. The purchase of equipment that is essential to the operation of the venue including:
a. heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; boiler systems; plumbing and electrical systems; lighting systems;
b. furniture, appliances, light fixtures or curtains/blinds; and

c. audio/visual systems or equipment, computer or communication systems or equipment that is fully dedicated to the venue and the arts and culture purposes.

https://ourtrust.org/grants-and-programs-directory/arts-and-culture-venue-grants/

Best regards,

Kelvin Saldern / Manager – Community Relationships, West
Columbia Basin Trust
Direct 1.250.304.1622 Toll-free: 1.800.505.8998
Mobile: 1.250.687.4917   ourtrust.org<http://www.cbt.org/>

Non-Profits: Law and Governance 101 & Record Keeping & Privacy

 

Register Now for Arts and Heritage Workshops:

Legal Bootcamp for Non-Profits: Law and Governance 101 & Record Keeping & Privacy for Non-Profits

(Columbia Basin) The WK Regional Arts Council is offering two workshops with a focus on arts and heritage organizations, presented by Martha Rans, Lawyer. Legal Bootcamp for Non-Profits is a one day program designed for senior leadership and Board members in the non-profit and charitable sector. The course provides foundational knowledge and capacity to identify, plan for and respond to legal issues that can arise in the managing of an arts and heritage non-profit and will include: governance & accountability, privacy, employment & human rights and changes to the Societies Act in BC.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore real-life situations, identify the distinctions between legal and non-legal problems, gain knowledge about how lawyers and the legal system address such issues, discuss relevant legislation governing non-profit and charitable organizations and strategies for risk management. Time & Date: September 14, 10 am – 4 pm. Location: Nelson Chamber of Commerce, 91 Baker St., Nelson, BC. Cost: $15.00 for WKRAC members, $25.00 for non-members.Travel Subsidies: Limited travel subsidies (partial, towards mileage) are available to WK arts and heritage organizations who are located further than 80 km.

The new BC Societies Act includes changes to record keeping / access to records. Record Keeping & Privacy for Non-Profits is a 2 hour session (offered prior to the WKRAC AGM) highlighting the changes to organizational record keeping & access to records for non-profits. How do you remain compliant with the Societies Act while still ensuring you are compliant with the Personal Information Protection Act? Are you aware that members of your Society now have a right to access the Official records of the Society? Do your members know that their contact information can be shared with other members? If this is news to you then this workshop is for you. When was the last time you looked at your privacy policy? Learn what to look for and how to keep your organization PIPA and CASL compliant. Date & Time: September 15, 10 am – 12 noon. Location: Hume Hotel – Emporium Room, Nelson, BC. Cost:This workshop is free of charge for WKRAC members, $10 for non-members.

These workshops are provided with the generous support of The Province of British Columbia. To attend, pre-registration is required as space is limited. For further information or to register, visit:www.wkartscouncil.com and click on “workshops”.

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Media Contact: Lily Andersen wkracprojects@telus.net 250-351-2421

The Langham Super September

A Super September of events coming to The Langham!Fall is in the air, bringing passionate Celtic-Folk music, a mind-bending science presentation on Gravity Waves, a beautiful Chamber-Folk harp concert, and the return of our Guest Artist Series for the 2018-2019 season!

** Get ready for the return of the fan-favorite Celtic-Folk duo The New Customs. Hailing from that hot-bed of musical creativity Winnipeg, the Customs are the compelling blend of guitarist Emma Cloney’s haunting voice with the eclectic riffing of multi-instrumentalist Dale Brown – fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, cigar box guitar, and harmony vocals.

www.thenewcustoms.com

** Gravity Waves coming to the Langham Theatre!

Café Langham presents a mind-bending multi-media presentation by amateur astronomer Sandy Nichols exploring the nature and significance of gravity waves, what causes them, and why they are important to the future of astronomy.

This presentation will focus on the events of Aug 18 2017. On that date a gravity wave was detected, triggering a worldwide detective effort to locate its origin.

The talk will provide background information needed to better understand this finding that confirms theories first proposed by Albert Einstein in 1916.

** Independent Concert in the Langham Theatre

Diemm – Debut Album Launch! Kaslo’s own Dawna McLennan plays from her new album – transformative Chamber Folk music, gorgeous vocals, & spoken word that borders on the shamanic.
Prepare to be inspired!

www.diemm.ca (http://www.diem.ca)

In Honour of Kaslo’s 125^th Anniversary
The Langham Theatre kicks-off its Guest Artist 2018-2019 series with a Special Langham Production

A Beginner’s Guide to Kaslovia Written and Performed by Lucas Myers

A comedy celebrating the unique story and character of Kaslo

Come find out as Lucas Myers presents a tongue-in-cheek lecture for new and old alike: A Beginner’s Guide to Kaslovia. Witness Myers transform into various inhabitants of Kalso’s diverse populace who all manage to speak their truth, whether it’s through sock puppets, songs or absurd TEDTalk-like presentations.

Copyright © 2017 Langham Cultural Society, All rights reserved.

Our Contact Info is:
Langham Cultural Society
PO Box 1000, Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0
Phone:  250 – 353 – 2661
Email:  ** langham@netidea.com (mailto:langham@netidea.com)

Website:  www.thelangham.ca