Michael Brydon's blog

Should we scrap the deposit system

I requested a meeting with the Minstry of the Environment at the annual UBCM convention to discuss merging the deposit recycling system with the curbside recycling system.  There has been ample critical commentary (e.g., Facebook), so I thought I should take a few minutes to sketch out the issues and underlying rationale for this.

We have two recycling systems in BC:

Emergency notifications by text, email, and phone

See the notice from the RDOS for information about a new emergency notification service.  You will get a text on your phone, for example, if your water system is hit with a boil water order or your property is put on evacuation alert.

A shortcut to the Area F-specific regisistration is here: https://rdos.ca.regroup.com/networks/rdos/locations/electoral-area-f-/location_register

 

The RDOS can now send instant emergency notifications to residents directly to their email, mobile phones and landline phones!

CivicReady® Mass Notification System is now live on our website at www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/civic-ready/ and we encourage you to spread the word to your constituents to sign up!

Solar bollards on West Bench Hill Road

You may have noticed two black solar bollards near the walking path on West Bench Hill Road.  Yes, I know they are different heights, the wrong color, and pretty pathetic looking.  These are two test installations of a product we are considering for unlit portions of the path.  We want to see how the bollards perform in action (light, durability, and so on) before we spend a bunch of money.

Neighborhoods: 

Annual request for participation as Parks Commission member

Every year we send out a call for volunteers for the Area F Parks Commission.  The Parks Commission is a group of local residents who volunteer their time (handful of times per year) to help make decisions regards parks, trails, and recreation.  Their role is primarily to help the RDOS proiritize spending and service levels.

Most Parks Commission members serve for a few years.  But we put the call out every year to help cover natural attrition.  Please see the call for interest below if you would like more information.

Invitation to Serve as a Member of a Local Parks and Recreation Commission

Make water work (and crush Naramata)

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has launched a pledge program to increase awareness of its Make Water Work conservation program. The focus on the program is on domestic outdoor "non-working" water: lawns and shrubs that (a) look nice but don't do anything and (b) lose water to evaporation.  Working water, in contrast, creates economic benefit (agriculture, golf).  And domestic indoor water use is generally returned to the basin (through the water treatment plant or eventually seepage to the aquifer from your septic field).

West Bench tennis courts closed for upgrades

From Justin at the RDOS:

Just a heads up the tennis courts at Mariposa are closed until next week. The closure is to accommodate the installation of the new tennis and basketball nets. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you receive any call feel free to forward them to me.

 

Justin Shuttleworth ● Parks & Facilities Coordinator

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9

p. 250.490.4136 ● tf. 1.877.610.3737 ● f. 250.492.0063

www.rdos.bc.ca ● jshuttleworth@rdos.bc.ca

Neighborhoods: 
Issues: 

Conservation Fund Technical Advisory Committee

[The following ad has been posted on several websiteshttp://www.soscp.org/2017/news/rdos-seeks-technical-advisory-committee-for-south-okanagan-conservation-fund-2/]

The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen (RDOS) is seeking qualified individuals to volunteer as a member for the newly established South Okanagan Conservation Fund Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

Rural-urban divide?

Anyone looking at a map of the 2017 provincial election results has to notice the "beyond Hope" issue.  The interior of Britsh Columbia is largely represented by the Liberal party, whereas the urban areas of the lower mainland and island are represented by the NDP.

At the same time, Metro Vancouver is calling foul when it comes to school and property taxes.  Just a heads-up.

Issues: 

May 2017 flooding

The main RDOS site has a page for its Emergency Operations Centre:

http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc/

You can check this for the most recent updates about flooding in the the RDOS.  It also has contact information for getting sandbags.

The RDOS emergency management page has some advice on dealing with flooding (about half-way down the page):

http://www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/community-services/emergencyprotective-services/emergency-management/

 

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