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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN
October 8, 2015
Temporary Open Fire Ban RESCINDED
Due to the change in the season within our region, the Regional District of Okanagan-
Similkameen (RDOS) is rescinding the Temporary Open Fire Ban at 12 noon on October 9, 2015.
The temporary open fire ban included open fires, campfires, and fires in portable wood burning
fireplaces within the RDOS Fire Protection Areas, defined as Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden,
Keremeos, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Tulameen and Willowbrook Fire Areas. This rescind will
also be in conjunction with the municipalities of Penticton, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos,
Princeton and the Village of Keremeos.
The public is encouraged to continue to restrict their campfires to not larger than half-metre by
half-metre in size and have a hand tool such as a shovel or at least eight litres of water nearby
to extinguish it.
Remember, never leave a campfire unattended and make sure the ashes are completely cold to
the touch before leaving the area.
For more information, please call 250-492-0237 or toll-free 1-877-610-3737 or visit our website
Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
By ROY WOOD
The issues discussed at this week’s Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum are a microcosm of the problems facing our planet as it struggles to survive global climate change, Tom Siddon told the closing session Friday afternoon.
Siddon, a director of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, a former science professor and one-time federal secretary of state for science and technology, referred to a conference presentation from Dr. Meade Krosby “underscoring the irrefutable evidence that climate change is a reality.”
Krosby is a climate research scientist at the University of Washington.
The three-day water science forum brought together specialists, scientists, local government officials and others from Canada and the U.S.
Issues discussed included climate variation, cross-border water supplies, fisheries recovery, the effects of fire on water quality, drought, water conservation, invasive species and more.
The Osoyoos forums are held once every four years, with earlier ones in 2011 and 2007.
Siddon said one the hardest tasks facing him and others concerned with the effects of climate change is “to try to change the minds of people in government” to take action.
Lamenting the difficulty of altering the views at the upper levels of government and elsewhere, Siddon said, “I heard a candidate for Parliament on CBC radio denying that climate change has anything to do with human activity on the planet.
“He is running for the incumbent party in North Okanagan and I’m told he is likely to win,” said Siddon. The Conservative candidate in North Okanagan-Shuswap is Mel Arnold.
“I don’t want to talk about current (Canadian) leadership,” he said, “but I thank the courage of U.S. President (Barrack) Obama in coming face to face, unlike his predecessor, to the reality of climate change. He said in his inaugural speech we have to deal with a warming planet.”
- Water Conservation Metering Assessment – Urban Systems presented by Jacob Scissons and Peter Gigliotti.
- We Day 2016presented by Mr Miller and students from the Osoyoos Elementary School
· Water Management and Staged Restrictions Bylaw 1273/Bylaw 1241 Irrigation Districts 8 & 9 – Council approved returning to normal water use practices.
Staff to research the feasibility of using the level meters on the pumps to measure the levels of water in Town aquifers and furthermore bring aquifer levels (data) back to Council to assist in determining future water restrictions.
· Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1313, 2015 – First Three Readings
· City of Nelson Community Voters Challenge – Look into finding the stats of how many have voted and perhaps the local newspaper can put an article in and have everyone in the community encourage everyone to vote.
- We Day support request from Osoyoos Elementary – Council approved $1,000 to offset the costs of the We-Day trip and approve the use of the bus with appropriate insurance in place.
- Museum Society Board is looking for Board members and volunteers.
- Encourage people to google We-Day and get more information.
- Recently attended a joint Council meeting with the Osoyoos Indian Band.
- Airport Steering Committee will be meeting later on this week. Committee consists of representatives from the RDOS, DO, Town, Airport Society and OIB.
- Small business week October 19 – 23
- UBCM Convention met with Minister Shirley Bond (Tourism) – Resort Municipality Funding
Minister Suzanne Anton (Solicitor General) – Victim Services Funding
Premier Clark and Minister Polack (Environment) – National Park
Internet voting – was endorsed.
- October 19 is Federal Election Voting Day – encouraged everyone to vote. Encourage young people of voting age to exercise this right.
Mt. Baldy Ski Area
Baldy Capital Corporation announced today that preparations are now underway for a full opening of the Ski Resort for the 2015/2016 winter season.
Maintenance for all lifts (including the Eagle Chair) is scheduled to begin this month, Season’s Passes are scheduled to be available for purchase commencing October 21st and opening is scheduled for December 18th.
More detailed information (including employment opportunities and ticket pricing for this season) will be forthcoming shortly and will be posted at http://www.skibaldy.com.
For further information please contact:
Baldy Capital Corporation