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.\ \ 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 (email@example.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.\ \ 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.\ \
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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):
* 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
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.
Strong Start Parent and Child Time will begin again in Kaslo on Monday, September 17th, and in Meadow Creek on Tuesday, September 18th.
The schedule this year will be as follows:
Tuesday 8:45 – 11:45 am
Thursday 8:45 – 11:45 am
***Please note for the evening Strong Start dinner program families who attend must have at least one child who is 5 years old or younger.
In Kaslo on Wednesday, September 19^Th., Liam Fitzpatrick from the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society will be joining us at Strong Start. Beginning at 10:45 Liam will be with us to share cultural teachings and traditional drumming on the Grandmother Drum. We hope you can join us.
Some additional information for Kaslo is that our gym time has changed again this year to fit in among the other scheduling needs the school has. Our daily schedule in Kaslo for the year will be:
8:45 – 9:10 – Welcome and free play
9:10 – 9:25 – Circle time
9:25- 9:45 – Snack
9:45 – 10:45 – Gym time (families will also be invited to use the school library during this time)
10:45-11:30 – Activity/storytelling/free play
11:30 – Clean up and goodbye
Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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.
** 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!
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.
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