City Bylaw Enforcement Officers Joseph Marcoffio, Blaine Schraeder, Darryl Cancelliere made a first-time-ever presentation to Council outlining their annual activities.
Marcoffio and Schraeder made the actual presentation while Cancelliere distributed handouts to Mayor Mark McKee, Councillors and the news media.
They talked about their training, powers as peace officers and the kinds of events they are frequently called upon to deal with in the course of the year ranging from traffic problems to animal control issues.
You can click here to see a PDF of their slide show or you can click on the YouTube player below to watch their actual presentation to City Council. Their presentation begins at the 4:04 mark.
Registration is now open for the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology’s Environmental and Social Assessment Forum in Cranbrook February 23-24.
The Forum will address recent changes in environmental assessment legislation, policy and process.
“Participants can learn how to work through the process from either a stakeholder or proponent position,” the CMIAE said in announcing the opening of registration. “Attendees will be able to choose from five different seminars to learn the tools required to successfully engage in or navigate through the environmental and social assessment process.”
The institute is also holding a workshop in Revelstoke on Climate Change in the North Columbia on March 11.
This all-day event at the Community Centre will be led by Greg Utzig of Kutenai Nature Investigations and Cindy Pearce of Mountan Labyrinths.
“The changing climate is becoming more obvious each year,” the Institute said on its website. R”ecent analyses for the North Columbia Mountains illustrates potential long-term changes for the climate and local ecosystems. Greg Utzig of Kutenai Nature Investigations Inc. will describe these analyses and explain how these changes might impact forestry, tourism, recreation and other land-based activities.”
Utzig and Pearce will also deliver a public talk summarizing workshop material open to the public for a small fee on the evening of Friday, February 11 at 7 pm, at the Community Centre.
City Council will use at least some of their annual strategic planning weekend to participate in a ‘debriefing’ on the highly divisive Hall Pacific highway mall project.
The failed proposal split the community and even fractured long-standing relationship.
Members of the Economic Development Commission, which originally made the proposal for a debrief, said in a report to Council on Tuesday, January 12, that “the intent of the debrief session is to review and improve communication with respect to development processes, and to help the community work together to identify challenges, discuss solutions and focus on moving forward proactively with future development applications.”
The EDC said its members the debrief session “would be a good first step in trying to bring the community back together.
Shirley Bond, BC’s minister for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Development has sent City Council a background report on the Syrian refugee situation.
No action was required and the Revelstoke for Refugees, which is taking the lead in trying to bring at least one Syrian refugee family here, received the same document.