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/

 

Organics, carts, and landfills

The Campbell Mountain Landfill is the destination landfill for Penticton and most of Area F (rural Summerland uses the Summerland landfill).  The landfill itself is owned by the City of Penticton but leased by the RDOS on behalf of a slightly larger service area that includes Penticton but also Naramata, West Bench, and so on.  The RDOS, in turn, pays a contractor to manage the landfill.

(photo iNFOnews.ca)

There are two things I need to acknowledge about the landfill before talking about new initiatives:

A walking tour of finances in Area F

I have posted a webinar "walking tour" of finances in Area F of the RDOS.  It is just under 30 minutes long and attempts to explain (for example) why our taxes are generally higher than those in Naramata:

 

This webinar follows-on from my previous video in which I looked at the 2017 Area F budget.

 

In both cases these are pretty amateur affairs based on my dashboarding tool, which can be found here if you wish to explore on your own:

Understanding the 2017 RDOS budget

One of the things I teach at Simon Fraser University is a course called Business Analytics.  Part of that course is the emerging field of "visual analytics", which is really just a fancy way of saying charts and graphs.  I personally am a big fan of charts and graphs and have been trying to create a tool to translate the massive RDOS budget into a series of pretty pictures.

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