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Special event promotes kids’ health — en anglais et français

The city’s Francophone school, L’école des Glaciers, is inviting all members of the community to a special event on Wednesday, May 29, in the Arrow Heights Elementary School gymnasium at 6 pm.

(1950 Park Drive) at 6 pm.

“That’s when La Grande Traversée group of cyclists will make a bilingual presentation about their national campaign to promote student health,” says Chantale Desmarais told The Current.

“Come and join us!”

The presentation will be bilingual.

“I was the Vice Principal and Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program at both Rose-des-Vents Elementary School, and Jules-Verne, a new secondary school within the Francophone School Board (CSF) of British Columbia,” Grande Traversée founder Laurent Brisebois said on the group’s website.

“I found myself fortunate to be able to work in schools with such great students and parents. However, I soon found there was still something missing. It was at that time I made it my goal to promote and implement the following: improve student health and fitness by teaching and promoting healthy habits, as well as to motivate students to get involved in the development of their francophone school environment and cultural enrichment.”

Click here to learn more — in French and English!


Blues caravan concert is cancelled

For reasons beyond her control, Performing Arts Centre Manager Miriam Manley says Saturday night’s Blues Caravan concert has been cancelled.

“For people with tickets they can take them to ArtFirst! for a full refund, or hang on to their tickets and exchange them for one of our concerts next season,” she said in an e-mail to The Current.


Columbia Basin Trust keen to hear your views

What are the challenges in your region? How can these challenges be addressed? CBT wants to hear what you feel are the key social, economic and environmental issues in your region, and invites you to have your say at by June 3.

“Over the coming months, CBT is renewing its social, economic and environmental strategic plans,” CBT President ande CEO Neil Muth said in a statement. “We invite everyone to share their thoughts and ideas to ensure we are considering a wide variety of opinions as we, and others, plan for the years to come.”

This engagement has two steps. First, residents will have an opportunity to respond to six open-ended questions. Next, in a few weeks, participants will be asked to review thoughts and ideas from other residents and assign “stars” to the ideas they like best. Participant information remains confidential. Finally, CBT will share a final report with all participants.

CBT will be piloting an online engagement tool called THOUGHTstream. An evolution of the typical survey, this tool allows people to contribute individual thoughts on an issue and then arrive at a shared understanding by collectively prioritizing those thoughts.

“This online tool is as easy to use as email, making it accessible to a majority of Basin residents, which means broad public engagement can be done meaningfully and cost-effectively,” Muth said. “This is an opportunity to nurture mutual understanding—for us to learn from residents and for residents to learn from each other.”

To have your say, visit Input is welcome until Sunday, June 3, 2013.


BC Hydro to provide info about its dams and reservoir water levels?

BC Hydro is hosting an open house to provide information about the operation of its Columbia facilities, in particular Revelstoke and Hugh Keenleyside dams as well as about the expected Arrow Lakes, Revelstoke and Kinbasket reservoirs’ water levels during the summer of 2013.

Information will also be available about its capital projects and Columbia River Water Use Plan programs and projects in the area.

The open house is to be held this Monday, May 27, at the Community Centre from 4 until 7 pm.


Court House roof to be repaired this summer

City Council has awarded a contract to repair the leaky court house roof to a company called Mid-City which had the lowest bid — $200,245.00 + GST — for this project.

Two other companies, Flynn Canada and Objective, had bids of $298,651.00 + GST and $298,178.00 + GST, respectively.

Copper was the preferred option for the roof dome repair when Council originally discussed it last year. However, due to budget constraints the Kemper cold process, liquid applied waterproofing membrane was selected. The color cool mint was selected which resembles the copper patina. Warranty on the Kemper product is 20 years, with a life expectancy of 35 + years.

The repairs are expected to be completed by June 15.


Council approves the 2013 City budget

City Council has approved the 2013 City Budget. All Councillors except Tony Scarcella approved the document.

The budget foresees expenditures of about $20.8 million and revenues of about $22 million.

Click here to read the full budget.


No room at the inn for the Theatre Company

A request by the Revelstoke Theatre Company that it be permitted to store backdrops, props and other materials at the Centure-Vallens Building has been turned down by City Council.

A report to Council said the building is the largest and most central storage space the City has for storage by the Parks Department, Aquatic Centre, and

The City has received a number of requests over the years by groups to use this storage area and Public Works even budgeted for a new storage building when the old Centennial Pool building was demolished a few years ago. However, that budget item was rejected by Council. The cost of building a new storage building for the City would cost between $75,000 and $100,000, the report said.


Report explores threats to our drinking water

Residents Robin Brooks-Hill and Virginia Thompson talk with the Columbia Basin Trust's Jeff Zukiwsky (left), Revelstoke Environmental Coordinator Penny Page-Brittin (left center) and Patti Amison of Golder Associates (right) about the recent Greeley Creek Source Protection Plan, during an open house last week. David F. Rooney photo
Residents Robin Brooks-Hill and Virginia Thompson talk with the Columbia Basin Trust’s Jeff Zukiwsky (left), Revelstoke Environmental Coordinator Penny Page-Brittin (left center) and Patti Amison of Golder Associates (right) about the recent Greeley Creek Source Protection Plan, during an open house last week. David F. Rooney photo

 Click here to read the full report on potential threats to our drinking water and ways to beat them.


 New to Canada? Don’t know where to turn for child care? This workshop can help!

Revelstoke Settlement Services is holding a workshop intended to introduce immigrants to the wide range of child-care services available in Revelstoke. The workshop is to be held on Thursday, May 10, from 10 am until 11 am at Begbie View Elementary School located at 1001 MacKenzie Avenue.

This is a free workshop and childcare will be provided with very young children. Juice and cookies will be provided after the workshop.