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Trail, BC
May 31, 2019
11:00 a.m. PT

RDKB A mountain ash marks 100 years of Local Government Management Association

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary participated in the Local Government Management Association (LGMA) Centennial Tree Planting Campaign this month by finding a choice spot for a mountain ash tree in beside the new First Nations arbour at Beaver Creek Provincial Park between Trail and Montrose in Electoral Area 'A'.

"I knew we wanted to find a place in one of our electoral areas where lots of people would see a beautiful local tree and a plaque that describes the century of hard work by local government staff and the association that is so important in promoting professionalism, education and information sharing among us," said Theresa Lenardon, LGMA BC Chapter provincial board member for the West Kootenay (2013 to April 2019) and Corporate Officer at the RDKB.

"In my daily interactions with RDKB staff I see how the LGMA promotes best practices in staff across local governments. As elected decision-makers tasked with ensuring our residents have the services they need, we rely on professional staff to inform our decisions and actually get things done for our communities. The LGMA plays a key role in fostering the knowledge and expertise to do that well. I wish the association and all its members in BC and across Canada another century of great work," said Roly Russell, RDKB board chair.

Beaver Creek Provincial Park was selected as a good place for the tree because the new First Nations arbour to be officially opened in October 2019 already marks a number of important milestones and relationships. These include the Waneta Expansion Project, local First Nations, the work of the Trail Kiwanis Club in the park, and now a tree to recognize the LGMA.

Funding for the trees comes from BC Hydro's Community Regreening Program. This program works with tree planting partners across the province to help with the regreening efforts of municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations communities. Regreening grants are designed to assist in planting appropriate trees with an awareness and sensitivity to the proximity of power lines. To learn more about the Community Regreening Program visit BC Hydro's website.

The LGMA's history dates back to 1919 when the Municipal Officers Association of BC was created to encourage the interchange of ideas and support efficiency in the work of municipal officers. For more information visit their site.

Trail, BC
May 29, 2019
3:00 p.m. PT

Trail bench to memorialize victims and survivors of crime

Bench unveiling part of federally funded Victims of Crime Week events taking place across Canada from May 26 to June 1.

Representatives from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Greater Trail Victim Services Program, the RCMP Trail Detachment and the Greater Trail Community Justice Program gathered with Metis and First Nations representatives, the Trail Kiwanis Club and dozens of other community members to unveil a bench to memorialize victims and survivors of crime on May 28 at Jubilee Park.

"To see this many people come out in the middle of a work day to participate in our event bodes well for the health and well-being of our community," said Brianna Reilly, Trail Restorative Justice Committee member and manager of the Greater Trail Victims Services Program. "To provide direct service to victims and survivors, we need the support and dedication of the whole community. This gathering and the new bench with its plaque shows victims of crime or other trauma that we see, acknowledge and support our fellow community members. We are here to walk with them on their journey."

The event was organized by the Greater Trail Community Justice Program which focuses on restorative justice as an alternative process to the formal criminal justice system. The program is run by a volunteer board comprised of community members, RCMP, local government, and victim services.

"Youth and adults who are able to take part in the restorative justice process tend to learn valuable principles about the harm caused through crime and typically avoid further interaction with the justice system. This can result in a better outcome for victims of crime who are able to speak to the offender directly about the harm that has been done to them," said Gail Birks, Restorative Justice Committee chair. "This event is emblematic of how victim services, the RCMP and restorative justice programs like ours collaborate closely to address the harmful impacts crime has on our community members and on our communities as a whole.

"Metis elder Gerry Rempel and Jessica McLeod from the Aboriginal Family Connections Coordinator at Circle of Indigenous Nations Society ended the event with a ceremony that included sacred songs and smudging.

Anyone who is a victim of crime or other trauma and needs help or knows someone who needs help can call Greater Trail Victim Services at 250-368-2184 or 250-364-2566.

Residents advised to stay clear of rapidly rising creeks and rivers.

RDKB Emergency Program closely monitoring river levels in the Boundary

Emergency officials at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Program are currently monitoring river levels forecasted to rise quickly in the Boundary. Between 15 and 30 millimeters of rain are expected in the region over the next 48 hours.

"After such a long stretch of sunny weather, we just want residents to be aware that there may be a rapid rise in stream and river levels and muddy water that contains debris lifted from banks and channels," said Mark Stephens, Interim Manager of Emergency Programs at the RDKB. "We ask that residents exercise an abundance of caution around watercourses because riverbanks that may have been stable in the past could now be unstable after damage from 2018 flooding and may give way."

Current river levels in the Boundary are below a two-year return level, which can be interpreted as average or typical for freshet in the region.

The RDKB is working collaboratively with the BC River Forecast Centre who have indicated that the snowpack in the Boundary is almost gone. The snow that remains now is about one third of the amount that remained in the mountains this time last year. The expected rise in river levels will occur due to rain in the forecast rather than melting snow.

The RDKB encourages residents to register for the RDKB Emergency Alerting System. 

Anyone who sees erosion or flooding can contact the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre at 1- 800-663-3456.

More Information:

Mark Stephens
Interim Manager of Emergency Programs

Frances Maika
Corporate Communications Officer
250-368-0233 or 250-231-3172 (cell)