Michelle Mungall’s monthly newsletter…

Welcome to my monthly newsletter with highlights from the last month.
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During a short break from our current Legislative session I spent some welcomed time at home in the Kootenays. Joining me was Barbara Szymczyk, one of our Legislative Interns. Over four days we toured Creston, Kaslo, Salmo and Nelson.

We had meetings with many organizations, including the Kaslo Housing Society, Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre Society, and Salmo Community Resources. We also toured the Jersey Emerald Mine, the Kaslo Mining Museum and Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort.

Our visits to Salmo Secondary and Prince Charles Secondary resulted in some great conversations with students and a stop at Salmo Childcare gave me the chance to teach preschoolers about voting. Pizza won the majority of votes over tacos.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at TAPS in Creston as we connected with seniors in the community. And in Nelson we celebrated the grand opening of the new Front Counter office (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=d136c092c4&e=c2581b5a82) which will provide in-person help with applications and permits for local economic development.


Bill 15
Last week I introduced Bill 15, the Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 to clean up the increase in the number of orphaned natural gas wells and prevent them in the future. These changes will allow us to better protect our land, air and water while also ensuring greater fairness in the industry.

Our government continues to work hard on a variety of issues.

You may have heard that we announced legislation on cannabis last month. With public health and safety as the top priority, this legislation will provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia. Click here (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=05b02fe1b6&e=c2581b5a82) to learn more.

We’ve taken bold action to address both housing demand and supply. We’re funding 14,000 new, affordable homes for renters, cracking down on tax evasion, and giving local governments the power to protect and encourage the building of rentals. Click here (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=73d36ff036&e=c2581b5a82) to learn more about these proposed changes and how they will improve housing affordability for people in B.C.

As government, we proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act that, if approved by the legislature, will add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders to the list of conditions that are recognized as being presumptive conditions associated with specific types of jobs. I know people in our riding who have been working extremely hard on this issue and I would like to extend a special thanks to them. READ MORE (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=564d7c2b12&e=c2581b5a82)

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hear from you!

Nelson-Creston Community Office
433 Josephine St. Nelson V1L 1W4


Mobile MLA Office

The next mobile office is Thursday May 10 at Kaslo’s Selkirk College Centre at
421 Front St from 11am to 3pm.

Drop by to visit with staff to access in-person services of my Community Office

Farm certification in the Kootenays…

Kootenay Mountain Grown Farm Certification is now simpler than ever with new application forms, pay-what-you-can fees (as low as $30), and an expanded region stretching from Rock Creek to Revelstoke to Fernie. APPLY NOW and help us create a bigger and more vibrant community of sustainable, ethical, earth-friendly farms than ever before!

Details in the newsletter… https://mailchi.mp/81d752bd0831/klas-agm-1270365

MAY DAYS curious? May 20, 21st and 22nd 2018

 This year marks the 125th Bday of Kaslo and we hope to make this one heck of a great May Days celebration. Information on events, vendors, entertainment etc can all be found at: http://www.kaslochamber.com/May-Days-Events.      We still have a few spots for non-profit groups to have a table during that weekend. contact kaslomaydays@gmail.com

As always we are in desparate need of volunteers for:
* helping to pick up trash in the park
* putting recyclables in the proper places
* street closers on the Monday for the Parade

AND… there is still lots of time to get your floats and costurmes together for this years parade;

Naturally, the theme is KASLO 125 years, so that leaves lots of ideas for birthday outfits, mining, logging and all the other wonderful things that have gone into making Kaslo, what it is today.

So come out and support May Days 2018. and yes, Saturday of May Days is still Kid Centric!!

for more info. http://www.kaslochamber.com/May-Days-Events or kaslomaydays@gmail.com


March 26, 2018  PHOTO : In September 2017, the ʔaq̓am community experienced a wildfire. It will now be reducing fuel in high-risk areas with support from a wildfire mitigation grant from Columbia Basin Trust.




Twenty communities focus on mitigating wildfire with over $800,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

(Columbia Basin) – Wildfire can rapidly destroy homes, communities and lives. To brace against this danger—now becoming more of a risk than ever because of a hotter, drier climate—20 communities are implementing 28 projects that will help them prevent or brace themselves against wildfire. These projects are being supported by $822,406 from Columbia Basin Trust.

“Basin communities are part of forested landscapes, which gives us beautiful scenery and rich ecological values but also hazards to communities such as wildfire,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Communities are well aware of this risk and came to us for help to both prepare for the possibility of these dangerous situations and to reduce their likelihood. This work aligns with our priority to support community resilience in a changing climate.”

With support from the Trust’s Community Development Program, local governments and First Nation communities are implementing projects focused on educating residents about how they can reduce wildfire risks on their properties, managing wildfire fuels, protecting critical community infrastructure and developing emergency response and evacuation plans. The Trust will continue to accept applications from local governments and First Nations until June 30, 2018. To see the full list of projects funded, visit ourtrust.org/wildfiregrants<https://ourtrust.org/?ddownload=11776>.

Here are a few of the current projects:

Close Call
The First Nation community of ʔaq̓am is well aware of the need to prepare for wildfire. “In September 2017, the ʔaq̓am community experienced a 400-hectare wildfire that threatened property and resulted in the evacuation of 36 on-reserve homes,” said Julie Couse, Director of Lands and Natural Resources. “Approximately 110 individuals were displaced for a period of three days. The Wildfire Mitigation Grant will allow us to treat the highest-priority sites to protect our collective ʔaq̓amnik citizens.”

The community will conduct activities like tree felling, pruning and thinning to reduce fuel for wildfires on 63.4 hectares of high-risk areas, where wildfire may pose threats to human safety, structures, critical infrastructure or cultural heritage sites. It will also do Home Ignition Zone assessments on all on-reserve structures, plus do FireSmart activities with the goal of becoming a designated FireSmart-certified community.

Bring on the Students
The City of Castlegar is taking a collaborative approach to reducing the risk of wildfire within the community by working with students from Selkirk College’s Forestry Technology program. Students will conduct FireSmart assessments for private property owners, plus help reduce wildfire fuels on high-risk municipal lands by creating prescriptions and carrying out fuel reduction activities.

Through these efforts, “members of the public will learn the benefits of fire smarting their private properties,” said Lawrence Chernoff, Mayor of Castlegar. “By protecting private assets and the assets of the community, this project will reduce the risk of mass disasters and increase public safety.”

Creating a Good Example
If you want people to do something, show them how it’s done. That’s one of the City of Fernie’s approaches to reducing the risk of wildfire. It will create a FireSmart demonstration forest, in which residents will work alongside professionals to thin trees and reduce fuels for wildfires.

“This public participation approach will transfer wildfire risk mitigation awareness, knowledge and skills by showing and involving stakeholders, not just telling them,” said Ted Ruiter, Fire Chief and Director of Fire and Emergency Services. “It will encourage them to use skills gained in building the site to reducing vegetation and fuel hazards near their own homes and neighbourhoods, in ways that retain an attractive forest while respecting wildlife and other habitat requirements.”

Educating and Supporting the Public
From setting up information booths, to doing demonstrations, to speaking to students and recreation groups, the City of Revelstoke will be taking a multi-layered approach to educating the public about how to become FireSmart. The City will also help residents assess their properties and suggest debris removal methods, plus will establish clear guidelines for developers building in areas adjacent to wildlands.

“Since 2006, the City has had wildfire protection activities under way, particularly targeting municipal properties and community infrastructure,” said Dwayne Voykin, Emergency Program Coordinator. “The focus is now on continuing to educate the community about local wildfire risks, especially from human ignitions, helping private property owners reduce their risks of wildfire damage and giving developers clear requirements for new builds.”

The wildfire mitigation grants are just one of the ways the Trust is helping communities adapt to climate change. Learn more at ourtrust.org/environment<http://www.ourtrust.org/environment>.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org<http://www.ourtrust.org/> or call 1.800.505.8998.

Emily Gilmar
Columbia Basin Trust

Do You Want a More Open Government?

See two links below: One to an article from TheTyee, and the second a link to the BC Government page regarding information access and privacy: