Nominate youth

The Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake Society invites individuals or organizations to nominate youth whose activities have benefitted individuals or communities in our region.\
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With consent of the youth (under 19, no lower age limit), please write to CFNKLS Box 661 Kaslo BC V0G 1M0 or e-mail or phone Joe Johnston (joejohnston@lardeauvalley.com or 250 366 4474) identifying the youth or group of youths together with their beneficial activities before Thursday, November 1. You do not have to be an adult to nominate.\
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Announcements and a celebration will be held on or near Philanthropy Day, November15. Nominated youth will be asked how best to distribute at least $500 to local charities as well as some ideas about community needs. (food will likely be included)\
If you would like to participate in or financially support this project of CFNKLS, please contact us.\
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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.

Selkirk College RDI Focus is a monthly e-blast highlighting stories of well-being in our region. You are receiving this email because you have attended an RDI event or have subscribed to receive updates on RDI.

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The Langham Theatre kicks-off its Guest Artist 2018-2019 series

In Late September our Guest Artist Series kicks-off with Lucas Myers’ comedy A Beginners Guide to Kaslovia, then early October brings two great new exhibits to The Langham Galleries!

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 explore the joys of living in our little patch of paradise as Myers transforms 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.

NOTE: PG-13ish – SOME ADULT MATERIAL.

Shows Fri, Sat, & Sun Sep 28, 29 & 30 at 7pm each night.

Advanced Tickets $20 Sunnyside Naturals & Willow Home Gallery in Kaslo. $22 at the door 6:30pm.

BIG thanks to the Village of Kaslo and the RDCK for supporting this production!

New October Exhibits in the Langham Galleries

Opening Night Reception Friday Oct 5th from 7-9pm

…And See You at The Langham!

Childcare Resource and Referral program

Hi all,

Please mark your calendars that Heather from the Childcare Resource and Referral program will be visiting the Meadow Creek Strong Start program on Thursday, October 11th.  For a $40 annual membership, families can borrow from a wide range of toys and resources including puzzles, infant toys, games, books, gross motor equipment (slides etc.), and can also purchase low-cost art supplies  Please bring cheques or exact change.  Financial assistance is also available to cover the cost of the membership for eligible families.

Please contact Heather directly to let her know if there are any art supplies, toys or resources you would like her to bring. 250-352-0407 or heatherb@kootenaykids.ca

Sarah Evans

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

Little ones with cold or flu and the Family Centres

Hi everyone,

After hearing from several families about a summer cold/flu making its way through our community we want to remind everyone of our guidelines around when to avoid coming to the Family Centres.

Please stay home if you or your child have any of the following symptoms (guidelines based on recommendations from Interior Health Authority):
* coughing
* sneezing
* fever – please stay home for 24 hours after the fever is gone
* vomiting or diarrhea – please stay home for 24 hours after the last episode
* sore throat
* redness, swelling or discharge of of eyes, ears or skin

If a member of your family has any of these symptoms that are related to another health issue that is not contagious, we invite you to speak with a staff member to let us know.

We appreciate your support in helping to minimize the spread of illnesses to others.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 250-353-7691.

Thank you,

Sarah Evans