The last Strong Start days this year will be on June 13 in Kaslo and June 14 in Meadow Creek…
The last Strong Start days this year will be on June 13 in Kaslo and June 14 in Meadow Creek…
Come out for some great music on Friday the 25th… $10 and up sliding scale at the door….and an opportunity to sign up for bowling through out the evening. See you there. And then.!
13 – 18 year olds are invited to join us for the Youth Art and Culture program on Monday, May 28th from 12 -4pm at the LVCC.
Pastry baking and decorating with Letitia Hamilton.
Free, registration required, limited spaces. Snacks and supplies provided.
For info/registration contact Sarah Evans at 250-353-7691 #207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society and funded by Kaslo Protective Cup and Province of BC.
Directors Report- Part 2
Area D Lead Advocacy Initiatives (Non RDCK services)
Water Systems Support
• The RDCK is taking a lead role in preparing a refined proposal for funding that would enable small water systems to access the necessary resources to create a planning road map to direct what their water systems would require for success. This road map will outline:
o System design specific to the communities’ geography and layout
o Governance model for managing the water system
o Financial management
o Regulatory guidance for both the Drinking Water Protection Act (DWPA) and the new Water Sustainability Act (WSA)
• I am also funding several Area D water systems
o Fletcher Creek Improvement District $10,000 (previously funded $35,000)
o Schroeder Creek $20,000
o Backroad Water Society $25,000
o Mirror Lake Water Users Society $20,000
• Kaslo Backroad is preparing a proposal for feasibility of water and power generating system
Lardeau Valley landlines
• Telus has updated and installed new batteries that should allow for a 30 hour back up when the power is out
• Thank you to our RDCK Emergency Program Coordinator Travis Abbey, Gord Smith of Telus and local residents Marlene Johnston and Rik Valentine for the expertise and advocacy
Forestry in Area D
The RDCK has supported Area D’s request to write to Minister Donaldson, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development, for overview of the slope stability and terrain assessments that Cooper Creek Cedar is conducting for the Argenta / Johnson’s Landing areas. We hope to follow up with the Minister directly within the next month
• District Manager Tara DeCourcy has also provided support for a third party peer review of these assessments. However, given that government’s role is limited under current regulations, I felt it was necessary to bring the serious concerns to the attention of the Minster. Should the slope stability raise concerns of risks, the District Manager for Ministry of Forests cannot prevent the approval of a cutting permit- this is called the Professional Reliance model.
• Area E Director Ramona Faust is facing similar concerns in her community. This is why the letter that was sent by RDCK Chair Karen Hamling includes both Area E and Area D community safety concerns.
• The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy campaign is gaining traction. I have received over 20 emails requesting my support. While forestry is not a jurisdiction local government has decision making power over, I have suggested residents take the campaign to the MLA. Your MLA as the Provincial elected official has jurisdiction to discuss and advocate on your behalf.
• What I can say as your local elected official is that I am committed to wildfire mitigation, which can proceed whether the land is under tenure for logging or a protected park. I will continue to focus primarily on the need to protect all Area D communities with best assets, tools and funding available including in the interface forest
Directors Report- Spring 2018
May 5th and it looks like winter may actually be over. Hard to imagine we are already planning for flood and fire season.
There are two parts to this report, part 1 is RDCK services and part 2 is the advocacy I am pursuing as your director (but do not fall under the RDCK or local government authority).
PART 1: RDCK Services
• I am very pleased to announce two communities in Area D have achieved Fire Smart Community Recognition. This is a milestone in protecting homes and communities from the threat of wildfires.
• Funding has been awarded for forest fuel modification prescriptions for:
o Backroad and airport
o Glacier Creek
• Mount Buchanan Lidar report and mitigation plans. RDCK has applied for funding for mitigation works. Once we hear we will inform the community of what actions will be taken
Please: Be Flood Aware. See RDCK Media release with contact information here:
Kaslo and Area D Economic Development (EDC)
• We were not successful with our Rural Dividend Application for the North Kootenay Lake Agriculture Innovation Program. Although we were not successful, Area D will continue to fund a year two program that LINKS will offer with wage subsidies for farmers and capital infrastructure supports. Looks for ads out soon. The plan was to offer:
o Farm internship program
o Capital infrastructure support
o Organic Diversion (compost) feasibility study to design a region program
• The Kaslo and Area D EDC is preparing to submit a proposal that would see several initiatives funded. Organic diversion feasibility is slated to be one of them
• All minutes for the EDC can be found at the RDCK website under our agendas. Follow here: http://www.rdck.ca/…/kaslo-and-area-d-economic-development-…
Planning Services- Spot Zoning in Area D
• While I have not personally been a fan of zoning in rural areas, over the past three years it has become more apparent why zoning can be an effective tool.
• Zoning is the tool that provides local government regulatory oversight on land use. It starts with an Official Community Plan (OCP), — the vision – and then zoning which leads to bylaws.
• Out of the 24 communities in Area D, only Ainsworth has zoning and subsequently land use bylaws.
• The Building Code is a separate bylaw that does not require zoning or an OCP. It applies to all buildings within the RDCK.
• Without zoning, local government has little control over land use. In rural areas the pressures for industrial land use mixed in with residential use is not as likely or problematic as in urban centers where populations are more concentrated.
• In Area D, the following issues have risen that have residents requesting local government to review zoning:
o Businesses with high volume traffic operating in quiet residential neighborhoods
o Medical marijuana facilities in residential neighborhoods with no control over use of community water systems and safety measures;
o Free roaming domestic animals of all sorts including cows, pigs and horses. Zoning would allow local government to regulate fenced animals
o Temporary and seasonal homes that are currently prohibited due to the inability to monitor use. Seasonal homes can collapse under large snow loads with residents remaining in them is a community safety concern.
• While not all communities have the need for zoning, some do and would like to see it implemented. For these reasons, I will be initiating a survey to be mailed to all residents inquiring as to their interest in zoning. It may only be one or two out of 24, it will be the communities who decide
CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Annual Funding
• Community Initiatives funding is pooled between Kaslo and Area D for a total of $53,000 in 2018. Request for funds exceeds $140,000. The ballots will see some serious cuts due to funding constraints. Mayor Hewat will lead the Community Initiatives meeting on April 16th at JV Humphries school
• Affected Areas is for communities affected by the Duncan Dam. Total funds available this year is $85,000 with a request for $104,000. We will see on the ballot the all applications will be recommended but with a reduction due to availability of funds.
Area D 2018 Budget
Below are the approved allocations for several Area D services. For the full budget, please contact the RDCK or me and we can send one out to you.
Area D Services total from Area D Mill rate Kaslo Portion
Community Sustainability $8,141 0.021
Economic Development $12,049 0.031 $5,451
Search and Rescue $15,891 0.042 $7,190
Emergency Planning $21,830 0.057 $9,877
Resource Recovery $127,108 0.332 $57,511
Parks & Rec $149,119 0.39 $67,470
Transit $31,763 0.083
Mosquito Control LV $54,000 1.13
Mosquito Control PR $11,690 0.486
Library $59,747 0.187 $32,353
Kaslo Fire $138,766 0.794 $137, 607
Area D 2018 funding commitments
These funds are payments in lieu of taxation from BC Hydro. Area D receives approximately $79,000 annually.
Seniors Center Association story collecting $3,500
Kaslo Logger Sports annual May Days event $500
Kaslo Jazz Fest bus charter for festival $1,200
IdidAride 2017 event sponsorship $500
LV Mosquito Abatement 2018 $10,000
AInsworth Fire Society building/equipment needs$15,000
LINKS operational funds $4,000
Kaslo 150 Celebration 125th anniversary $2,000
Arena condenser $10,000
NKLCSS Christmas hampers $1,500
NKLCSS Nobody’s Perfect $500
Backroads water society planning study $15,000
Lardeau Valley Historical Society 100 years event$1,000
Kaslo Fire Service remuneration $10,000
Area D Fuel Interface 2018 prescriptions $13,000
Lardeau Park planning $25,000
Kaslo Search and Rescue new vehicle $5,000
JB Fletchers Society facility remediation $2,000
These are gas tax funds from the Federal Government. The Federal Government sets the criteria and application with specific funding areas. Area D receives approximately $65,000 annually
** Need Tree Pruning Advice?
Join us next Wednesday for a hands-on workshop with certified arborist Christian Dube. You’ll get practical advice on how to properly prune fruit trees, and even get to try your hand at it on some of the fruit trees in our area.
** New Food Cupboard Coordinator
We’ve had a staffing change here at the Kaslo Food Hub. We’re happy to welcome Erin Carr as our new Food Cupboard Coordinator. Erin is responsible for coordinating the services of the Food Cupboard program, our weekly food bank service. Erin has worked as the back-up coordinator for two years now, and is familiar with the position, making this a very seamless transition.
We say thank you to Dustin East, who has been the FC Coordinator for the past two years. Dustin has taken a new position as Operations Manager at The Sentinel retreat centre and we wish him all the best. Thank you Dustin for your enthusiasm and great contributions at the Kaslo Food Hub!
Hunger Count 2018
As a member of Food Banks Canada, we participate in an annual survey of our food cupboard clients, gathering information that can help Food Banks Canada provide better services and resources for it’s members. We’ve just wrapped up this year’s survey. One statistic that is gathered is the number of individuals who utilize our food cupboard service in the month of March. This year it was 83 individuals, up slightly from 81 last year, and 75 in 2016. This steady rise in food bank usage mirrors statistics across the country.
Tool Library Fundraiser
Goal: New Apple Press!
We’ve been lucky to have local Kaslo business the Angry Hen Brewery host a fundraiser for us that has netted $250 so far. We say so far, because the folks at Angry Hen are committing to hold a few more fundraisers for us over the course of the summer. The goal, to purchase a new Apple Press for our Tool Library. We’re hoping to buy a double-barrel apple press, with an electric grinder. This is one of the items respondents to our Tool Library survey have indicated they want us to buy.
Our tool library rented out 71 items in 2017! It’s a popular service that helps build a more food-secure Kaslo and Area D. If all goes well, we’ll have a new apple press ready for people to rent this fall. If you or someone you know has an apple press like the one we described above and would like to sell it to us, please get in touch.
Our culinary Tool Library has a wide selection of food processing aids that can help make your job easier. Juicers, dehydrators, fruit press, food processor, canners, vacuum sealers, smoker, grain mill, meat grinder, oil press and more. Rent a tool from us for $5-$10/week and let it help make your job of preserving the harvest easier and more efficient. See our complete tool selection at
Food Recovery Program asks…
“Grow A Row for Us”
As the gardening season starts we want to ask our supporters in the community to consider donating any of your surplus garden produce to us throughout the season. We’re blessed to have many generous gardeners in Kaslo stop by to share some of the abundance of their gardens, allowing us to distribute fresh cucumbers, lettuce, greens, tomatoes, zuchinis and more. It makes a big difference to our Food Cupboard offerings when we can put out wonderful fresh produce. So please, keep us in mind when your garden is bursting with so much food you can’t even eat it all. Or, if you have room, consider planting an extra row of carrots, radish or beans, just to donate to the Food Hub. Your contributions make a big difference!
If you’ve been a community donor to this program in the past, thank you. It’s your generosity that allows us to distribute healthy and nourishing food.
Thanks to our partnership with the Kootenay Local Agriculture Society, we are able to offer access to the rental of a BCS walking tractor with several implements. This tool, which looks like a large rototiller, is excellent for prepping your farm, homestead, or large garden area. Powerful and compact it can do a lot of work for you. Check out the videos showing the two implements we have for rent.
Tractor and rototiller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jAr6K_hB7U
Tractor and rotary plow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HB1ltZc5is
Call us to book your rental this spring!
** Call for Garden Volunteers
Are you interested in volunteering your time with the Kaslo Food Hub? We are seeking volunteers to help in our Food Hub gardens in 2017. If interested, please call us at 353-7120. We’d love to talk to you!
We’re proud to be a Good Food Organization, aligned with many other organizations across Canada who work to build food security in our communities.
Contact the Kaslo Food Hub: