September 2018

Exercise Your Right to Vote

Last Saturday, September 15th was International Day of Democracy while September 14th was the closing of the nominations for the 2018 General Local Elections in BC. As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a democracy, with the opportunity to contribute and participate in the governance of our local communities.

While voter turnout in local government elections has been in decline in recent years, it is generally higher in our region compared to the province. In 2014, average voter turnout across the Columbia Basin-Boundary region was 41%, compared to only 33% for municipalities and 23% for regional district electoral (unincorporated) areas across BC. The highest voter turnout in our region in the 2014 election was in Greenwood, where 70% of eligible voters cast a ballot. The lowest was in East Kootenay Area C at 17%. In 2014, 14 Area Directors and three municipal councils were elected by acclamation (no other candidates ran for the positions). For full details on community-level voter turnout in past local government elections, check out the  2017 State of the Basin report [http://datacat.cbrdi.ca/sites/default/files/attachments/2017SOTB_FullReport.pdf].

For the 2018 local government elections, there are 341 candidates running for positions across the municipalities and regional district electoral areas of the Columbia Basin-Boundary region. That’s up from 319 candidates who ran in the 2014 election. A village or town will elect a mayor and four councillors, while a city or district in our region will elect a mayor and six councillors. Each regional district electoral area elects one Director. Civic Info BC provides a  list of candidates [https://bc.localelections.ca/candidates/index_m.html] for all local governments.

Elections are the basic democratic practice for selecting the people who will make decisions on our behalf – affecting the well-being of residents, businesses, and community groups. Voter turnout is the most common and easily measured indicator of political participation and level of civic mindedness in a community. Studies generally show that voter turnout is lower among younger people, those with lower levels of education, and those that experience lower levels of economic well-being. These findings suggest that key population groups are inadequately represented in the political process and the policies that stem from it. Further, there are important social and economic barriers (e.g., available time, transportation) that affect some people’s level of civic engagement.

This fall, exercise your right to vote with the local government elections, and take time to learn about the  Referendum on Electoral Reform [https://elections.bc.ca/referendum/]. The referendum is being held by mail from October 22 to November 30. All registered voters can participate in this important decision that will impact the voting system for future provincial elections.

Transitioning to the New Rural Cannabis Economy

Recreational cannabis will officially be legal to cultivate, produce, distribute, retail and consume on October 17, 2018. Join this free  Rural Policy Learning Commons webinar [https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FRLCHzBCS-eh5QDxbWeNrA] on September 27 to explore current research related to the socio-economic impacts of this momentous policy change.

Canadian Rural & Remote Housing & Homelessness Symposium

Being held October 24-26 in Canmore, Alberta, this  symposium [https://www.ardn.ca/ardn-initiatives/canadian-rural-and-remote-housing-and-homelessness-symposium-2018/] is the first of its kind in Canada. Topics will include research, policy, and best practices related to rural and remote housing and homelessness.

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B.C. Land Matching Program

Please find linked below, and attached, a media release announcing the B.C. Land Matching Program. The Province distributed the release to various media yesterday. This is a great initiative for farmers and landowners in the Basin region.

One of the Trust’s priorities is to foster agricultural production, and for residents to have access to healthy food. We’re supporting the agriculture sector in a number of ways, including providing support to the Columbia Basin Land Matcher. Learn more at ourtrust.org/agriculture.<https://ourtrust.org/our-work/agriculture/>

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or the contacts listed below. Thanks for sharing this news.

Thanks,

Rachel

Rachel Lucas | Manager, Communications
Direct 1.250.426.1103
Mobile 1.250.417.7254

Kootenay Lake Summit

summerphotoSAVE THE DATE!   Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society’s annual Kootenay Lake Summit is taking place on November 3rd, 2018.   The Kootenay Lake Summit is a free event offering an opportunity for community members to engage by attending talks and presentations hosted by experts in their field. Last years event allowed over 100 residents to participate and the chance to learn about stewardship activities going on around the lake that they can actively participate in. The focus of the 2018 Summit will be to provide residents with sound knowledge on the history of Kootenay Lake including related cultural and archaeological history. Come and enjoy some delicious food and engaging conversation!

Where: J.V Humphries School – 404 Front Street,  Kaslo V0G1M0 (https://maps.google.com/?q=404+Front+Street,%C2%A0+Kaslo+V0G1M0&entry=gmail&source=g&mc_cid=25ebc3273e&mc_eid=[UNIQID])     When: Saturday, November 3, 2018. 4:30pm – 9pm.   For details please refer to our website (http://www.friendsofkootenaylake.ca/events-calendar/?mc_cid=25ebc3273e&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) , more information will be posted as it becomes available. To be the first to hear when tickets are released, we recommend you sign up as a member (http://www.friendsofkootenaylake.ca/take-part/become-a-member/?mc_cid=25ebc3273e&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) . All of our members get priority on exicitng opportunities through our organization like the summit and wildlife and water quality monitoring opportunities.

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LONG TERM PLANNING FOR HEALTH AUTHORITIES

Local Government:
Ministry:
TOPIC 1: LONG TERM PLANNING FOR HEALTH AUTHORITIES

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KOOTENAY
2018 UBCM Ministerial Meeting

Briefing Notes

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Regional District of Central Kootenay and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Board of Directors
Health, Honourable Adrian Dix

The most challenging parts of budgeting for regional hospital districts is that it is done solely on an annual basis. There may be some general idea of what projects are 2 – 5 years out, however the request from health authorities for capital contributions are done only annually. This limits the ability for RHDs to plan long term on taxation and reserve balances. Having a longer term plan would allow us to manage our taxation and improve communication to our residents.

TOPIC 2: KOOTENAY BOUNDARY REGIONAL HOSPITAL – SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT PHASES II AND III

The RDCK and RDKB Boards would like to thank the Ministry for the continued support for the KBRH project.

TOPIC 3: UPDATE ON PRIMARY CARE PROJECT

TOPIC 4: RURAL SERVICE DELIVERY

The minimum distance to acute health care centres as determined by health authorities is based on an“as the crow flies” straight line distance determination. In many locations in BC, particularly in thesouthern interior, this is not representative of the actual driving distance to these centres.

Contact:

Stuart Horn

Chief Administrative Officer

shorn@rdck.bc.ca

Long term planning for rural health needs

REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KOOTENAY2018 UBCM Minister Meeting

Briefing Notes

Local Government: Regional District of Central KootenayMinistry: Health, Honourable Adrian Dix
Meeting ID: 60

TOPIC 1: RURAL HEALTH CARE PLANNING AND RURAL TRANSPORTATION

Long term planning for rural health needs requires more support and communication between health authorities and hospital district boards. Services are moving to larger centres and access to services is becoming more and more difficult for residents.

The current transportation criterion is not adequate for rural health needs. Drive times are much longer through mountain passes and in the winter and do not align with the “as the crow flies” measurement used by health authorities for the minimum distance to acute health centres. With bus service in the province all but disappearing, those who cannot drive and do not have support people to assist them do not have the ability to get to appointments or surgeries. Further, if transported in an ambulance they then become stuck at the hospital with no transportation home.

This makes access to health care significantly inhibited for many people in the RDCK and without change or new ideas, will continue to worsen.

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The RDCK Board respectfully requests that the Ministry change the minimum distance to health care centres and rural centres be based on driving distance rather than an ‘as the crow flies’ measurement.

The RDCK Board respectfully requests that the Ministry request that Interior Health engage the Hospital Districts in its service area improve service delivery in rural areas through long term planning and communication to meet the needs of their rural communities.

Contact:

Stuart Horn

Chief Administrative Officer

shorn@rdck.bc.ca

New Non-profit Workshops This Fall

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New Non-profit Workshops This Fall
Hello ,

Are you part of a non-profit organization? Would you benefit from learning more about:

  • Board governance and leadership
  • Fundraising and grant funding
  • Financial management
  • Transitioning to the new BC Societies Act

Selkirk College and College of the Rockies will be offering workshops to help build the knowledge and capacity of your non-profit in Basin communities in September, October and November.

Some workshops will also feature an additional one hour session on transitioning to the new Societies Act provided by Law for Nonprofits. See details below or visit here and click on the Workshops tab.

Our first workshops include:

Financial Management

September 26 – Kimberley
College of the Rockies – Kimberley Campus
Register by calling 250.427.7116 or here.

September 27 – Creston
College of the Rockies – Creston Campus
Register by calling 250.428.5332 or here.
*Additional one hour session – Transitioning to the New BC Societies Act

Fundraising and Grant Funding

September 29 – Trail 
Selkirk College – Trail Campus
Register here.
*Additional one hour session – Transitioning to the New  BC Societies Act

Board Governance and Leadership

September 29 – Trail
Selkirk College – Trail Campus
Register here.
*Additional one hour session – Transitioning to the New BC Societies Act

In October and November, workshops will take place in:

  • Invermere
  • Kaslo
  • Nakusp
  • Valemount

For all workshop dates, descriptions and registration links and info, visit here and click on the Workshops tab.

To learn more about how the Trust works with non-profit organizations, click here.

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info@cbt.org
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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