Monday, July 24, 2017

CPI For June 2017 (B.C. & Canada)

The August 2015 CPI for B.C. of a 1.2% increase was used on Dec 1, 2015 to increase the Councillors and Mayor's base rate.

The August 2016 CPI for B.C. of a 2% increase was used on Dec 1, 2016 to increase the Councillors and Mayor's base rate.

The August 2015 CPI for Canada of 1.3% was used Jan 1, 2016 in relationship to the Facilities agreement contract for GVAC Members.

The August 2016 CPI for Canada of 1.1% was used on Jan 1, 2017 in relationship to the Facilities agreement contract for GVAC Members.
The Dec 2015 CPI for B.C of 1.9% was used to increase the Directors Stipend at RDNO as well as Committee Pay (From $147/meeting to $150.)

The Dec 2016 CPI for B.C of 1.9% was used  on Jan 1, 2017 to increase the Directors Stipend at RDNO as well as Committee Pay. (From $150/meeting to $153)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

DCC Amending Bylaws on GVAC Agenda Thursday Oct. 6, 2016

In October of 2016 amendments to the DCC bylaw for Parks and Water were approved and sent to the Provinces Inspector for approval.

Finally at the last RDNO meeting of July 19 they were unanimously approved and are now in effect.
(a) Pursuant to section 563(1 )(a) of the Local Government Act, Development Cost Charges for not-for-profit rental housing as defined in this bylaw are waived in their entirety.
(b) No Development Cost Charges shall be required to be paid where the building  permit authorizes the construction, alteration or extension of a building or part of a building that will, after the construction, alteration or extension:
(i) Contain fewer than two (2) residential dwelling units; and
(ii) Be put to no use other than the residential use in those dwelling
What is the effect of these changes:
"Not-for-profit rental housing" means low income housing that is owned by a nonprofit corporation incorporated under the Society Act or a government organization and occupied or intended to be occupied under tenancy agreements as defined in the Residential Tenancy Act,

For Non-Profits DCC's will be waived.
1 unit water DCC = 1857
1 unit Parks DCC = 3644
Total = $5501 per unit.

No fires allowed in parks

By Darren Handschuh - CASTANET Jul 21, 2017 / 12:06 pm
Vernon Fire Rescue Services is reminding people fires of any sort are not allowed in any area parks. VFRS issued a notice that campfires and fire appliances such as portable barbecues or camp stoves that use liquefied or solid fuel are prohibited in all City parks and open spaces due to the extreme risk of wildfire in the region. “Liquefied and solid fuels include, but are not limited to, seasoned wood, charcoal briquettes, propane or natural gas. The ban will remain in place until further notice,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, city spokesperson. “The maximum fine for a fire in a public place is $200. A summary conviction for any infraction in the park could result in a maximum fine of $10,000.” The ban does not extend to barbecues on private property, however, the public is reminded be cautious regarding the extreme conditions in the North Okanagan. “In extreme conditions, new fires will start easily, spread rapidly and challenge fire suppression efforts. Disposal of lit cigarettes should be done safely using closed containers. Do not park or drive on dry grass, as heat from a vehicle can potentially start a fire,” said Laing Gahr. “Ensure compost piles are not close to any dry materials that could ignite. Do not leave grass or tree cuttings on the ground that could be potential fuel for fires.”

Friday, July 21, 2017

2016 annual water report
Prepared for: Interior Health and RDNO Prepared by: Renee Clark, Water Quality Manager, RDNO Contributors: RDNO Engineering Department Regional District of North Okanagan 9848 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream, BC June 30, 2017

Cultural process proceeds

RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Thu Jul 20th, 2017 6:00pmNEWS

Greater Vernon residents may get a chance next year to vote on the future of cultural amenities.On Thursday, the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee initiated a request for proposals to design and plan a multi-use cultural facility.“We will start working on the location and viability of mixed space,” said Juliette Cunningham, chairperson.Depending on how the process unfolds, a borrowing referendum for construction may be held by November 2018.“Ultimately, it will be the taxpayers that decide,” said Cunningham.

The Greater Vernon Museum would like a new facility from 23,0000 to 30,000-square-feet in size while the Vernon Public Art Gallery has stated 18,000-square-feet is needed for programming, exhibitions and storage.It has previously been suggested that the cost could be about $35 million, but the preliminary design and planning process would identify a more concrete price tag. A new art gallery was formerly targeted for the old flower shop site on 31st Avenue while it was previously proposed that the museum be expanded, but Cunningham says GVAC has no preconceived notions about location.“We want a comprehensive analysis on where it could be located,” she said, adding that while the issue of cultural facilities has been around for years, she is confident action is being taken. “I get the sense that there is political will to address it in a meaningful way.”
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Tax on a tax remains

By Kate Bouey - CASTANET Jul 21, 2017 / 5:00 am

A local politician's effort to end a federal tax on B.C.'s carbon tax has come to naught. Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers launched a parliamentary e-petition, garnering 1,596 signatures from across the country between January and May, in a bid to get the matter before the House of Commons. And get there it did.

In May, North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold presented the e-petition to the Commons, forcing the government to respond. “Pricing carbon pollution is a central component of the pan-Canadian framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change that was announced by Canada’s first ministers in December 2016,” said a statement issued by Liberal MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor on behalf of the finance minister this week. “The pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution will expand the application of carbon pricing, already in place in Canada’s four largest provinces, to the rest of Canada by 2018.”

In other words, once the other provinces impose the carbon tax on sales of gasoline and home heating fuel, that will be taxed by Ottawa, too. In B.C. and Alberta alone, the federal government stands to raise as much as $280 million in GST revenue off provincial carbon taxes in the next two years, despite claims carbon taxes would be revenue neutral for Ottawa, according to a report. “The previous government didn't address it, and now all the provinces could be saddled with this carbon tax and the GST,” said Spiers.

Spiers said his last hope is in a private member's bill, which is expected to get second g when the Commons returns after the summer break, although he is doubtful that will pass.
Feds Won’t Drop GST On Carbon Tax
Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre July 21, 2017 06:52 am
The federal government has rejected Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers’ attempt to drop the GST from the carbon tax.
"Whatever model a province chooses,
 Trudeau said, it will be revenue neutral
 for the federal government, with
any revenues generated
 under the system staying
 in the province or territory
where they are generated."
His online petition received one thousand 596 signatures. The government says on its website that pricing carbon pollution is a central component of the pan-Canadian framework on Clean growth and Climate Change. It goes on to suggest that other provinces will also see the GST applied once they implement a carbon tax.“Very disappointed but it wasn’t unexpected. They’ve been doing it for eight years.” Spiers says he hoped the government would see the reasoning behind it, especially since the Prime Minister has said all the revenue from the carbon tax would remain in the province in which it’s collected. “Again, fighting this one since 2008 I guess. But that is the response and that ends that portion of the thing.” Spiers notes a private member’s on the same proposal goes up for 2nd reading in the Commons in the fall.He doesn’t expect that to go anywhere.

Spiers says he might start a campaign to dump the carbon tax on home heating fuel.“If it was removed from there, therefore the GST would also be removed on the federal level because there wouldn’t be any carbon tax on your bill when it came in from Fortis.” He admits that’s probably a pipe dream. Spiers says he thinks what’s really stupid is there’s a carbon tax on cremation. ” Talk about death and taxes.” North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold tabled the petition in the House of Commons on behalf of Spiers.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Income assistance going up

by Wayne Moore - CASTANET Jul 20, 2017 / 2:20 pm |
Just two days on the job and the new NDP government in B.C. is making good on an election promise. Premier John Horgan announced today the government is ending a freeze on income assistance rates. Beginning with the Sept. 20, 2017 cheque, people on income assistance and disability will receive an additional $100 a month. The new monthly rates will be $1,133 for a person receiving disability assistance and $710 for a person on income assistance. Horgan says the Liberal government left B.C. with the highest poverty rate in the country. He says reversing that trend will take time, but today's increase - which needs 60 days to take effect - is a good first step. This lift will move B.C. from one of the lowest assistance rates to the third-highest among Canadian provinces. "Lifting families out of poverty starts with raising income assistance rates and assistance for people with disabilities," said Horgan. "We're raising the rates to support people and help them live in dignity."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gst will continue on carbon Tax !!! . 1/2 billion on GST on carbon tax in B.C. since 2008
The Government of British Columbia instituted a carbon tax in 2008 and the federal government GST (currently at 5%) is still being charged on this carbon tax.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to eliminate the GST being charged on this or any other future carbon tax enacted by the provinces or territories.

GOVERNMENT'S Tabled Response:
Response by the Minister of Finance SIGNATURE
Minister or Parliamentary Secretary
Tax system
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based tax on consumption in Canada. Applying the GST to a broad base of goods and services keeps the tax more efficient, simpler and lower.
The GST is calculated on the final amount charged for a good or service. The general rule that was adopted at the inception of the GST is that this final amount includes other taxes, levies and charges that apply to the  good or service and that may be embedded in the final price. This final amount includes customs duties,  federal and provincial fuel and tobacco product taxes, as well as carbon taxes and other environmental levies.  This final amount does not include general provincial sales taxes. This longstanding approach to calculating the GST helps to maintain the broad-based nature of the tax and  ensures that the tax is applied evenly across goods and services consumed in Canada. It also simplifies the  vendor’s calculation of the amount of tax payable, since the vendor is not required to back out other taxes,  levies and charges at the point of sale in order to determine the amount of GST payable. This approach is likewise easy for consumers to understand and for the Canada Revenue Agency to administer.
Pricing carbon pollution is a central component of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate  Change that was announced by Canada’s First Ministers in December 2016. The pan-Canadian approach to  pricing carbon pollution will expand the application of carbon pricing, already in place in Canada’s four largest  provinces, to the rest of Canada by 2018.  Recognizing that each province and territory has unique circumstances, the pan-Canadian approach allows  provinces and territories flexibility to choose between a direct price on carbon pollution and a cap-and-trade
system. As part of the Pan-Canadian Framework, the Government of Canada will introduce a backstop carbon
pollution pricing system that will apply in provinces and territories that do not have a carbon pricing system in place that meets the federal carbon pricing benchmark by 2018. The details of the proposed federal carbon  pricing backstop are outlined in a technical paper which can be accessed at
Comments on the technical paper are welcome up to June 30, 2017. As committed in the October 3, 2016 document Pan-Canadian Approach to Pricing Carbon Pollution, the federal system will
return direct revenues from the carbon price to the jurisdiction of origin.

Vernon Adds Staff For Infrastructure Growth

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre July 19, 2017 06:26 am
The City of Vernon will be adding another staff member — but it may not be permanent. Council approved a full time position to the Community Infrastructure and Development Services Division. Mayor Akbal Mund says it’s needed due to the work load. “Two years ago we were doing about seven million dollars. Next year we’re going to be doing fourteen million dollars worth of infrastructure work. We can’t do that if we don’t have the staff to go through all the particulars.” The Mayor says funding for the position may come from the 1.9 per cent infrastructure levy. “We’re not going to try to take this and dump it on the taxpayer. Legally, we can take it from the infrastructure levy. That’s what we’ll do because you can apply that.” Mund says the position will be for two years, with a review after that.
P.11 agenda

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Park camping clarified

RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Tue Jul 18th, 2017 8:00 am NEWS
Rules regarding camping in Vernon parks are being clarified. On Monday, city council gave three readings to the parks and public places (temporary overnight sheltering) amendment bylaw. “There’s been a lot of work done by staff and council to make sure we’re doing the right thing,” said Mayor Akbal Mund. Under the proposed bylaw, an individual camping in a park or public space must dismantle and pack up the temporary shelter prior to 9 a.m. the following day. That does not mean that they have to leave the park with the shelter. “They could have it in their backpack just like anyone else (who goes in the park),” said Mund. Under the bylaw, no person shall make or cause to be made noise, vibration, odour, dust, illumination or undertake any activity that is liable to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of individuals or the public in a public place, including but not limited to failing to remove objects from the park that interfere with public park use. Temporary shelters will also not be allowed on sidewalks or boulevards. It’s anticipated the bylaw will be adopted by council Aug. 14. As a result of recent court rulings, municipalities cannot prevent people from camping in parks if there isn’t space available at homeless shelters.
Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyreJuly 19, 2017 06:21 am
Camping In City Parks Clarification
Vernon council has clarified the rules covering camping in city run parks, such as Polson. The proposed bylaw would force people camping in a park to take down and pack-up their temporary shelter prior to 9 am the following day.Camping will only be allowed if local shelters are full. Mayor Akbal Mund says final approval and enforcement of the bylaw could start in mid August. ” I don’t think it’s going to be overly aggressive. They’ll pack up and they’ll get out. That’s as simple as it will be, right. We’ll see what they do after that. I don’t know.” However, it doesn’t mean they have to actually get out of the park after 9 am. “You have to take down your shelter by 9am and cannot have anything that is existing in anything like a campsite. They can take it down, but they can carry it around.” The city is also banning temporary shelters on sidewalks or boulevards.
As well as banning temporary shelters on sidewalks & boulevards, the following public spaces ban temporary shelters.

Parking An Issue For A New Rental Apartment In Vernon

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre July 18, 2017 06:15 am
Vernon Council is supporting a proposal for more rental housing in the city — despite concerns from nearby residents. Council has granted a parking variance to a company planning a 60 unit rental apartment on Centennial Drive. Development manager Pascal-Toupin- Selinger says it will be a mixture of 1 to 3 bedroom units. “We have come to Vernon because there is a very lack of rental housing for all ages. We have identified a need, especially for young people to have rental apartments available.” The variance will allow the building to have 69 parking spaces, instead of the normal 99, which opponents say is a dramatic change. Stan Lawlor from the nearby Royal Village strata says it will cause on-street parking and other problems.” We believe as we will attempt to demonstrate that it set a dangerous precedent in the community and basically it will have a tendency to gut the zoning bylaw as it relates to parking.” Pascal-Toupin-Selinger says each unit will get one parking space, and other forms of transportation will be encouraged. “Using transit passes, increased bicycle storage. We believe we have a development here that will cater to the client market.”The company behind the project is Ironclad Developments based in Winnipeg and has built several other rental apartment complexes.
Also read castanet article.

Fundings Cut For O’Keefe Ranch

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre July 18, 2017 06:41 am
Vernon council has decided how it will implement a funding cut to the O’ Keefe Ranch. The City’s funding for the heritage site will go from 150-thousand dollars  to 100 thousand next year. Ranch Manager Glen Taylor says they will have to look deep into the operation. “It will be a major deal because we are so dependent on that funding. But we are going to have to come up with some other funding alternatives and other funding sources.” The ranch will get the funds in three instalments, starting with 50-thousand dollars in January. That’s going to make it tough for the ranch, “We need the money at the beginning of the season, not in August and even not in May because even this year we found that we needed more money before opened up because once we get operational we can kind of sustain ourselves.” The city will also provide 40-thousand dollars to allow the ranch to complete a business plan. ” That’s a great thing and hopefully that will give us some direction on moving forward and hopefully being sustainable in the future.”The ranch is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant UV UpgradesTender

Awarded Bids (So Far)
Bid No. Description Closing Date Awarded to: Award Value
2017-E372.09.1 Ultraviolet Disinfection at Duteau Creek Water
Treatment Plant Project – Engineering Services
20-Jan-2017 Opus International Consultants (Canada) Ltd.
$399,870.00 (plus GST)

2017-E372.09.2 Ultraviolet Disinfection at
DCWTP Project - Equipment
23-Mar-2017 Xylem Canada Company
 1,243,340.00 (plus GST)

Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant UV UpgradesTender No. 2017-E372-09.4  Closing Date: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 2:00 pm

The Regional District of North Okanagan, hereinafter referred to as “Owner”, invites tenders for Regional District of North Okanagan Tender No. 2017-E372-09.4, the Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant UV Upgrades (DCWTP UV Upgrades).
The work includes the supply of all labour, materials and equipment to construct the Duteau Creek WTP UV Building and related facilities. The work includes, but is not limited to, the earthworks, concrete works, structural, installation of owner supplied UV equipment, mechanical and electrical systems necessary for the complete upgrade as detailed in the Contract Documents.

Multi-use Cultural Facility – Preliminary Design and Planning RFP

Thursday, July 20, 2017 Boardroom - 9848 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream, BC 9:00 a.m.

Multi-use Cultural Facility – Preliminary Design and Planning RFP
Staff reported dated June 14, 2017


That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, staff be directed to issue the RFP #2017-P12 – Greater Vernon Multi-Purpose Cultural Facility Functional Program, Site Analysis and Conceptual Design, as included in the staff report dated June 14, 2017.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

IHA engaging on drinking water


It’s a lofty goal for Interior Health: provide clean, safe, reliable water for all people at all times, and be 100 per cent compliant with the guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Lofty, yes. Attainable, though? “There is this interesting understanding or belief system through most of the Interior Health region, but certainly in the Okanagan, that water is pristine; that the water around us is clean and fantastic,” said Dr. Trevor Corneil, IHA’s chief medical officer, addressing Greater Vernon Advisory Committee directors on his report: Drinking Water in Interior Health, released in January. “Well it is, but it’s not necessarily clean enough for drinking and that’s the problem.” As an example, Corneil talked about the discovery of arsenic in the water after the Mt. Polley mine disaster in the Cariboo a couple of years ago, and how the discovery was upsetting to the community. “There’s arsenic in all the water in lakes in B.C.,” he said. “The belief system is the water is pure, but that’s not the reality. The reality is water has limitations in terms of health, particularly when dealing with large populations, and we need to address that with all the tools we have in our tool box.” Corneil’s report looks at the progress of water purveyors in meeting provincial standards, and reviews health impacts from waterborne diseases, assesses the number of public notifications in relation to water system improvements and the implementation of a multiple-barrier approach to protecting public health.

Interior Health oversees more than 1,900 individual drinking water systems in its region, and Corneil said IH works collaboratively with its First Nations partners with respect to hundreds more. The IH team within its Drinking Water Program “works hard to understand the challenges and opportunities of each water system.”“Our biggest focus is around community engagement,” he said, referring to the up-and-running website “The website is an opportunity to begin a dialogue and educate those who need education on what clean water is from a health perspective. That’s a piece we haven’t done at the regional level and we are committed to moving forward with that.”

Corneil told GVAC directors there is support available in terms of funding capital improvements. “There are infrastructure funding grants and capital grants,” he said. “Interior Health’s role is to help provide you with what you need to put together your applications. The better the application,and the more criteria it meets with respect to the Canadian Drinking Water guidelines, the stronger letter of support we’re able to write in terms of funding. “Our job is really to help you as a committee address what grants are available to you and how you might look to fund what is full treatment, including filtration, of both your major sources (Duteau Creek and Kalamalka Lake) in the years to come.”

GVAC chairperson Juliette Cunningham said it’s encouraging for directors that discussions are happening about the recognition that the Regional District of North Okanagan need help in term of funding. “For us that’s been the biggest challenge,” said Cunningham. “It appears to me there is a willingness to work with us.”
Thursday, July 6, 2017 Boardroom - 9848 Aberdeen Road, Coldstream, BC 9:00 a.m.

1. Drinking Water in Interior Health - Report Presentation
Dr. Trevor Corneil, Chief Medical Health Officer, Interior Health Authority Gordon Moseley, Specialist Environmental Health Officer, Interior Health Authority
• PowerPoint Presentation Page 8 - 17
1. Drinking Water in Interior Health
• Staff report dated June 21, 2017
Excerpts: (Click to enlarge)

Saturday, July 08, 2017

RDNO Functions and Participant Listings

Vernon 2017 Tax Requisition

RDNO Tax Requisition by Cost Centre (function)

RDNO Tax Requisition by Cost Centre (function)

Tipping fees waived for flood wood waste Regional District of North Okanagan waiving fees until Aug. 20

ROGER KNOX Fri Jul 7th, 2017 3:30pm MORNING STAR
Tipping fees for grindable wood waste resulting from the 2017 floods will be waived from July 10 to Aug. 20 at the following Regional District of North Okanagan recycling and disposal facilities (RDFs):

1) Greater Vernon Recycling and Disposal Facility: 120 Birnie Road;
2) Armstrong/Spallumcheen Recycling and Disposal Facility: 3367 Powerhouse Road;
3) Lumby Recycling and Disposal Facility: 221 Trinity Valley Road.

“The tipping fee will be waived for grindable wood waste only such as dock lumber, tree limbs and other wood waste resulting from the 2017 flood,” said Nicole Kohnert, RDNO’s regional engineering services manager. “This wood waste will be chipped, mixed with soil and used for daily landfill cover.”  Loads of grindable wood waste are allowed to contain nails, screws and small hardware (such as small hinges) but must not contain any large pieces of metal such as rebar or any other debris such as plastic drums, styrofoam, miscellaneous garbage, or other contamination.

Persons wishing to have tipping fees waived are required to complete the 2017 Flood Event – Grindable Wood Waste Tipping Fee Waiver form prior to entering the RDF.

Forms are available at the RDNO office, online at and at each RDF facility.

A resident or property owner may use a representative or hauling contractor to haul grindable wood waste on their behalf. Be advised that all loads requesting a fee waiver will be weighed inbound and outbound to track the quantity of wood waste received and will be inspected to ensure the load does not contain unacceptable material. Loads found to contain material other than grindable wood waste will be charged the regular, applicable tipping fees.

A list of disposal facilities and hours of operation is available on the RDNO website: locations.