Local news… briefly

Magician Leif David, shown here entertaining a young fan, will be performing at the Community Centre this Monday. Photo courtesy of Leif David

Magician Leif David will awe the wee ones and delight older kids — and adults — next Monday when he presents the Ali K Zam Magic Show at the Community Centre, starting at 1:30 pm.

This is a FREE presentation and you can pick up your tickets at the Community Centre’s main desk and the Revelstoke Child Care Society office at Okanagan College. If you have questions, please call 250-837-6669 or 250-837-9351.

The show, which is appropriate for children over age 3, is presented by the Revelstoke Child Care Society, the Revelstoke Early Childhood Development Committee, School District 19 and the City of Revelstoke. Please click here to view the poster.


Now we recycle even more of our old or broken electrical products as ElectroRecycle expands its small appliance recycling program to include more products such as power tools, sewing machines, carpet cleaners, large microwaves and table saws.

“We’re very pleased the orovince has expanded this program,” Carmen Fennell, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s waste reduction facilitator, said in a statement released on Thursday. “Now people can take these products to the depot instead of the landfill.”

ElectroRecycle is the first small appliance and power tool recycling program of its kind in Canada and the only government-approved small-appliance and power-tool recycling program in BC.  With the new items on the list, ElectroRecycle now accepts over 300 different types of electrical products.

“We have a provision in our bylaw that prohibits recyclable material from going into the landfill but with so many new products on the list, it can be a little confusing,” Fennell said. “Starting in July, the recycling fees are attached to the product at the point of sale. As a non-profit program, ElectroRecycle is funded by a recycling fee applied on the sale of new electrical products brought into B.C. by manufacturers and retailers.”

For a list of items that are recyclable please go to: Recycling Council of BC’s website rcbc.bc.ca or contact the Recycling Council of BC’s hotline at 1-800-667-4321.

“I’m sure the expansion of this program will be popular with local residents because it will save them money on tipping fees and reduce what’s going into our landfills,” Fennell said.

At this time the local depots are not equipped to accept some of the larger items in the expanded program.  Please contact your local depot for more information.

Recyclable items may be dropped off at the Revelstoke Bottle Depot at 97 Cartier Street.

For more information contact CSRD Waste Reduction Facilitator Carmen Fennell at 250-833-5936.


Wanna flaunt your hot bod? The Revelstoke Beach Volleyball Tournament is set to begin July 21 and conclude on July 22.

Held each year in the soon-to-be-sand-filled parking lot at the Powder Springs Inn, the tournament is seeking teams of five or two-on-two competitors.

Call 250-837-5151 if you think you have what it takes to compete in this annual event.


The Columbia Basin Trust has just issued its 2012 Report to Residents

The report, which is available online (click here to read it in PDF format), describes how the agency has delivered a record $18.2 million in direct funding benefits to the region in 2011/12 — 60 per cent more than in the previous year.

In 2011/12, we introduced three initiatives that shift decision making from CBT into the hands of Basin communities and residents, who are better placed to set their priorities and make their own decisions on how to allocate funds,” the report said. “These are:

  1. the Community Directed Youth Funds program, a six-year, $2.25-million program that funds new activities and services for youth;
  2. the Social Grants Program, a three-year, $3-million program that will provide grants to projects that support social well-being and address social issues;
  3. and Community Directed Funds, an innovative new way to foster collaboration between groups of communities (sub-regions) or communities of interest that will work together to administer funds to support their priorities.”

The report also described how the CBT is moving forward on affordable housing issues through a new partnership with BC Housing. This past year the CBT committed $5 million to the Affordable Rental Housing initiative, a three-year, $10-million program that will see the creation of new affordable rental housing in the region.

“On the economic side, for the past two years CBT has offered wage subsidies for summer jobs for students; we are now also offering a wage subsidy for part-time work during the school year,” the report said. “We made a three-year, $4.5-million commitment to these two programs.”

CBT also supports environmental well-being. In 2011/12, it provided $1 million to support the efforts of the Nature Conservancy of Canada to conserve the ecologically and culturally important Lot 48 on the eastern shore of Columbia Lake near Fairmont Hot Springs. In addition, its Environmental Initiatives Program supported nearly 90 community-initiated and -supported environmental projects to reduce the impacts humans have on local and regional ecosystems.

The Basin is also already looking to the future.

“For 2012/13, we have budgeted $20 million for our funding activities, an increase of $1.8 million over last year,” the report said. “We have also been identifying potential new roles and opportunities to work with Basin communities. Over the coming year, we will further explore some of those opportunities and their implications for CBT.


The City has just issued its Annual Report for 2011. In this document, which you can find online by clicking here, the municipal government reports on all the good, bad and indifferent events of last year.

The City of Revelstoke was an exciting and vibrant community through 2011 as our residents and visitors shared in our vision and the transition to a balanced economy with a significant tourism component,” said Mayor David Raven in his introduction to the report. “There were many challenges and opportunities and many accomplishments to be very proud of by year end. A few highlights of 2011:

  • Welcomed a new Chief Administration Officer, Tim Palmer;
  • Grand Opening of the new High School;
  • Continued work with the school board on new Elementary School, Theatre and Early Childhood Center;
  • Hosted the Provincial Mine Rescue Competition;
  • Appreciate and acknowledge the on going operations of Downie Street Sawmills through market challenges;
  • Saw Significant increases in Winter Tourism with increased numbers of skier visits to Revelstoke Mountain Resort;
  • Held two successful Town Hall meetings;
  • Took delivery of a new American La France fire engine;
  • Continued to host Music in the Plaz during the summer evenings in Grizzly Plaza;
  • Continued with evolutionary improvements in communications, fiscal controls and city spending;
  • Buildings – ongoing work on the new Sutton Place at RMR;
  • Fall Civic election – two new councilors, Linda Nixon and Gary Starling;
  • Return of Councilors Steve Bender, Chris Johnston, Tony Scarcella and Phil Welock;
  • I was returned as Mayor for a second term;
  • Ongoing work to bring the Big Bend property development into a state where the developers can market the property;
  • Completed replacement of the City’s main water reservoir with a new steel tank along the Trans Canada;
  • Completed sewer upgrades and extensions in the Clearview Heights area;
  • Completed an energy upgrade to the swimming pool, bringing two very short payback periods by the City;
  • New pedestrian bridge across the Illecillewaet as an extension at the Green Belt pathway system in cooperation with the province, CBT and the Kingsbury foundation (and the Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society); and
  • Completed the Downie Lift Station project.

“Overall 2011 was a good year for Revelstoke and I have been proud to serve the community,” Raven said.


The local Bylaw Enforcement Officer was busy in June issuing, among other things, 31 tickets for parking infractions.

Want to know the details? Please click here to view the report.


Council has approved a request for $2,000 from the Council Contingency Fund to assist the Revelstoke Golf Club as it undertakes an assessment of the club’s operations.

A report to Council noted that the club has experienced a decline in membership over the past few years, with a resultant reduction in revenue.

“To ensure the ongoing viability of the golf club, the club executive would like to hire an external contractor to undertake an assessment of the club’s operations,” Community Economic Development Director Alan Mason said in a report to Council on Tuesday. “The total cost of this assessment will be between $5-6,000. The CSRD Regional Director has agreed to contribute funds toward the cost of this assessment. The Revelstoke Golf course is an important community and tourism asset for the City.”


Looking for land in the Industrial Park?

The City is seeking expression of interest from developers regarding three lots the City owns at the end of Powerhouse Road.

Formal requests for expressions of interest are to be advertised in the city’s two newspapers.

Please click here to view a map of the area.



The local RCMP detachment has gained a new member with the arrival of Cpl. Thomas Blakney who arrived in Revelstoke on June 18 and who was introduced to City Council last Tuesday. A statement from detachment commander, Staff Sgt. Jacquie Olsen, said Thomas is originally from from Strathmore, Alberta. He spent several years working for the Alberta Justice Department with the Strathmore Young Offender Centre and the Calgary Young Offender Centre before joining the Calgary Police Service in 2003. Within the Calgary Police Service, Thomas policed the downtown area, working mainly in the General Investigations Unit and Fugitive Apprehension Program. In October of 2009, with an opportunity to expand on his career in policing, he joined the RCMP and was posted to Sicamous. “With Thomas’s varied policing background and his ability to conducted criminal investigations, he was a natural fit for a supervisory position in the community of Revelstoke,” Olsen said. “Thomas is an active member of the community and he brings with him a proactive approach to policing.” David F. Rooney photo