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Degree of local involvement divides council ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Council was sharply divided on Tuesday evening over a motion prepared by Coun. Kathy Moore and strongly supported by Coun. Andy Stradling and Coun. Laurie Charlton to create an advisory


committee to assist the “owner’s representative” — likely building inspector Jason Ward or someone similarly qualified — who will be the chief interface between council, the engineers, and other contractors in the management of the Columbia-Washington infrastructure project.

The advisory committee would consist of city staff, a councillor, and several experienced residents — namely retired engineers — who would volunteer their expertise to help look over plans and discuss ideas as they are developed through the design phase before putting the project out for tender.

The motion was defeated 3-3, with Mayor Greg Granstrom, Coun. Smith, and Coun. Wallace against and Coun. Jill Spearn absent. Moore championed the idea of a committee “adding additional brains to our competent staff.”

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Questions of accountability lead to the motion’s defeat

He felt the committee’s accountability could be easily addressed with careful terms of refer“These are not people who will interface with ence and staff, “particularly Jason, who is probISL or contractors,” she said. “Whoever is the ably the ideal candidate to be the owner’s rep point person for the city, whether that’s Jason for this project,” would “appreciate the wealth [Ward] or anyone else, would take the input of experience that is available from members of that this committee offers [and] be the one to our community.” interface.” “An engineer needs to oversee an engineer,” “It’s just a ‘force multiplier’ on the city’s team,” Stradling emphasized, suggesting Ward could she explained, citing the “open, collaborative” use the committee as a support team to bounce experience of a similar type of committee used ideas off and ask questions like, “what does this in Warfield for their water treatschedule look like?” and “what do ment project. you think of these drawings?” “I don’t think it’s reasonable to “Jason has worked on tendering expect a small community of our several municipal works projects,” size to have all the expertise reSmith pointed out, and so he has ex“We’ve hired quired for a project like this,” she an engineering perience specific to municipal proadded, “but we do have [highly firm. Account- cedures. “It might be a slightly difexperienced] people in the comferent animal than people in other ability must munity who are willing to help industries are used to dealing with,” remain with the she suggested. [for free.]” Granstrom and Wallace were professionals. I Stradling reiterated, “I don’t see decidedly against the proposal, want there to be this council having the experience largely on the grounds of ac— and I’m an engineer — to manage a professional countability. They felt introducwho is respon- ISL and to ensure that ISL delivers ing volunteers into even an adviscope and quality of engineering sible for the is- the sory role might compromise the that this project warrants.” city’s ability to hold ISL and other sues that arise.” “The committee proposed by professionals accountable for deMoore would offer very valuable sign decisions. Coun. Kathy Wallace advice,” Charlton argued. “No matThe mayor said: “At the end of ter how good the engineering firm, the day, if [the committee] gives they’re going to do things from their advice that is wrong, who do we perspective, and that’s not always go to? Who’s responsible? If this going to be what we were expecting committee wishes to be accountor what we wanted.” able to the process, that’s a differ“This project “I do like ISL, I think they’re fabent kettle of fish.” ulous, but we are the other party to belongs to Wallace agreed, noting the council. It serves the contract,” Moore said. city’s ability to successfully sue The mayor said no one was disno purpose the contractors who made errors puting the importance of communito say the in the construction of Rossland’s ty input and Wallace said, “I want to [volunteer water treatment facility. hear those voices, but I don’t think it The other side of the debate committee] needs to be from a committee.” also used this example, but rather Smith, for example, suggested is not accountto point out how both the water that CAO Victor Kumar’s idea to able. They’re treatment plant and the Ophir hold weekly public briefings to inproviding reservoir have encountered probform citizens and encourage feedadvice. We’re lems that might have been avoidback. The firs session is scheduled accountable.” ed with a better process. for June 13. “We’ve hired an engineering Wallace agreed, saying that from Coun. firm,” Wallace countered. “AcISL’s material it seemed they were Laurie Charlton countability must remain with very receptive to community input, the professionals. I want there to but she questioned that “adding be a professional who is respona couple community members is sible for the issues that arise.” somehow going to be better than regular briefCharlton noted that final accountability rests ing sessions.” on council, regardless of advice accepted or reMoore replied that it would be better to do jected. both. “This project belongs to council,” he said. “It Charlton said a public briefing was insuffiserves no purpose to say the [volunteer com- cient on it’s own. “A committee would be able mittee] is not accountable. They’re providing to review [details] and be in a position to ask advice. We’re accountable.” for more detail as to what is proposed and the Stradling was clear: “In tackling and feeling options considered. A public briefing is not an accountable for a $6-million project,” he con- appropriate place to review the details of an entinued, “I’m not comfortable that either council gineering report.” or staff have the necessary experience to manHe said council needs the advice now regardage and oversee ISL or to deliver this project on ing such decisions as scope and schedule, “not time and on budget over the next two years.” when we get up to instructions for tenders.” He believed that the Warfield water plant Before the motion was defeated, Wallace “was a great example of a community com- summarized: “Council is responsible for the mittee working together with a city to achieve end decision. We’re going to take input from a project on time and on schedule, in contrast our staff, from the hired engineers, and from the to our own experience that preceded it, which community in whatever way we can get it.” we’re still dealing with the aftereffects of.” Continued from P. 1

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Debate Polling stations open on May 2 at coverage 7 a.m. in Rossland and Warfield online ANDREW BENNETT

Rossland News Reporter

The federal allcandidates forum in Rossland took place Wednesday evening at the Miners' Hall, after this edition of the Rossland News had already gone to print. For full coverage of the event in advance of Monday’s vote, visit this week. /Rossland News

Election day is May 2 and polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Rossland Secondary School in Rossland (2190 Jubilee), and at Warfield Community Hall in Warfield (900 Schofield). Voters are each assigned a particular polling station — to find out where to go, use the contact information below. To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen and at least 18 years old. You must also bring ID to the polling station. There are several options. The first is to bring a single piece of government-issued photo identification with your name and ad-

dress, like your driver's licence. The second is to bring two pieces of authorized identification with your name, and one of which shows your address — a health card and a hydro bill, for example. The third option is to take an oath and bring along a verified elector from the same polling division as you — someone who knows you and can vouch for you, like a neighbour or roommate. This person can only vouch for one person. If you have not received a "voter information card" in the mail, are unsure if you are registered to vote, or are unsure which polling station to go to, visit or call 1-866-546-7619.

Library elects new board members and lays plans to stay relevant in digital age ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Rossland's public library recently held its AGM, elected two new board members to its ranks, and soon the board will choose a new chair to move forward in a year that holds both challenges and opportunities. One new board member is Erik Knudsgaard, a retired Teck employee who has been an active library volunteer helping to shelve books, research materials, and work the check-out. The other is Adam Howse, a relatively new member of the community. "I hope it goes well for the new chair," said Marie-Paule Tremblay, the chair for the past two years. She will step down in May but remain on the board to finish her seventh and eighth years — the B.C. Library Act legislates that library board members may only be elected for up to four consecutive two-year terms. "We have a couple challenges on our

plate," Tremblay said, although detailed not available in Rossland's relatively strategies have yet to be hashed over at small library can be quickly brought in frOM other B.C. libraries. future board meetings. Mayor Greg Granstrom attended the "The challenge is always to keep the AGM in an informal capaclibrary in the eye of the ity, and was thanked by the community, to keep it library board for council's relevant," said Tremblay, “So much in- continued support. who works as the secformation is Nevertheless, another isretary for the École des Sept-Sommets. "So much available online, sue that may surface on the information is available some people horizon — alluded to by Coun. Jill Spearn during online, some people wonwonder what budget discussions earlier der what use libraries are use libraries are this year — is how changes to anymore." RSS and MacLean may im"We have to look beanymore.” pact the library. Some feel it yond the original manis fiscally prudent to consider date of the library being Marie-Paule ways that the public library a building with books to Tremblay can fuse with the two school borrow," she said, noting libraries. "we have two computers "We're not sure how that that patrons can sign in to check email and for any other com- will impact the library," Tremblay said "but it's on the radar and if anything puter needs." As another example, she pointed to comes up regarding amalgamation, we'll interlibrary loans as a way that books consider it more thoroughly then."

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Workshop for would-be councillors ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

For anyone with an inkling to run for city council this fall, Mayor Greg Granstrom will host an information workshop on May 17 and May 19 to help answer any and all questions people may have. “I want to keep it simple,� Granstrom said. “The first goal is to have people ask questions and learn the basics. If anyone wishes to go further, I’m certainly more than willing to give them all the information they need.� “This is not my election campaign, absolutely not,� he said. “I’m trying to give [prospective mayors and councillors] the best information so they can decide whether they want to enter the fray or not.� “What people want to know is how much time it takes,� he said, “What is the commitment?� He figured the basic commitment consists each month of two regular meetings, a rough average of one special meeting or committee-of-the-whole, plus attendance at one or two other committee meetings. That comes to about four hours per week, plus research and conferences on the side. The annual stipend for a councillor is $5,500, so it’s hardly a get-rich-quick scheme, and Granstrom figures the mayor’s job entails about three times the time commitment for double the stipend. Stipends are set by council itself. “At that rate, you get people who don’t do it for the money, they do it as a public service and as a commitment to their community,� Granstrom said. The next most important attribute of a councillor that occurred to Granstrom was an “open mind.� “You can see the ‘single issues’ and it bogs down the process,� he said. “What happens, when you come in with that single issue, is you find out that there’s way more involved than your issue. You’re going to find out in a hurry that you have to pay attention, there’s a lot of reading involved.� “Everyone has to understand that we’re running a business,� he explained. “How it’s run is by a staff who are led by a group of volunteers. There’s no professional politicians here, that’s for sure.� “If you have good people working for

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the city, it makes your job a lot easier,� he said, “and we do have that.� Family support is also vital for an elected municipal official, and Granstrom strongly encouraged people to bring their partners to the information session. “Without support from home, it’s hard,� he said. For example, he said it is possible to hold another job and be mayor at the same time. Granstrom did so in 2005 when a coin toss knocked him up from councillor to mayor for the rest of the year while he held a job as public works manager in Warfield. He said it’s possible, but a “huge strain� on the family. A term is three years and Granstrom said he “would like to think that anyone who put their name forward would be planning on staying the full term, but things happen. If you have to go, you have to go. It happens all the time, it’s not the end of the world.� If someone leaves council prior to the third year of the term, there has to be a by-election at a cost of about $10,000. “We have battles here,� Granstrom said about some of the more heated moments in council, “but when we meet in the street, or we phone, we’re good. That’s an attribute. You can fight like hell in here. But when the meeting’s over and the gavel goes down, we’re all the same.� For Granstrom, the biggest reward of

the job is “making a difference in your community.� He said, “You can take a huge amount of information, and a huge amount of opinions, and you turn it into something positive for the whole community.� “You get the odd phone call from somebody who says, Thanks a lot for looking after that, we really appreciate it,� he said. “When you get those, it’s really heartwarming.� By contrast, the other kind of phone call comes in about half as frequently, Granstrom said, quick to crush the myth of “people phoning you at all times of night. It doesn’t happen.� “You get way more queries and irate people phoning when you’re the manager of public works than you ever do as a councillor,� he said. “It’s not like your phone’s ringing off the hook, and most people that phone you are people that know you,� he said. “It’s either to offer you a suggestion, or sometimes to tell you that you’re wrong, but most people are very respectful.� The session on May 17 (Tuesday) will run from 6 to 8 p.m. The second session on May 19 will cover the same ground, but run in the morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is through Rossland Recreation and the $5 fee will go to KidSport, an organization that ensures all children can afford to play.

Council allocates CBT funds ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Council approved on Tuesday the recommendations from the April 18 committee-of-the-whole for the amounts to be allocated to different applicants for Rossland’s share of the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program grant. “I thought we were very successful in allocating the CBT’s money to these worthy initiatives,� Coun. Kathy Moore said. “And I think we’re really lucky to

have such an active community with so many fantastic volunteers.� “Our job was particularly challenging,� she noted, “as we had 28 requests totalling nearly $70,000, although we were only allocated $46,000.� She compared that to Warfield who had 15 requests totalling $15,000, but were allocated $31,000. “They were in the enviable position of being able to allocate more money than was requested,� she said. “All the groups said they would be grateful to receive some portion of their

request, rather than nothing,� Moore noted, so she felt good about this year’s approach that spread the funding broadly — last year, fewer groups received funding, even though more received 100 per cent of their request. “I was really glad we were able to disperse the CBT’s money so evenly.� The 27 organizations and the amounts they will receive (with the exception of $1,275 allocated to Rossland REAL Foood) are listed in the minutes of the April 18 meeting, available online at

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Land swap would provide snow storage for city ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

A land exchange has been proposed by the owner of 1960 and 1980 Kootenay Ave. — two empty, recently excavated lots — to reduce the front setback in exchange for a wider alley at the back for the city to store snow and better manage drainage issues. The neighbours at 1992 Kootenay Ave. have agreed with the proposal which will extend to their property and make their house compliant with set-backs. At present, the house at 1992 crosses the property line on both the south and east sides. The staff recommendation is for an equal (one-to-one) land exchange with the owners to result in what Coun. Kathy Wallace called a “winwin” proposal.

The proposed exchange will put the three lots a few meters to the south, and 1992 Kootenay will also gain a narrow strip on its east side. Public works staff are confident they can still manage the snow on the narrowed section of Kootenay boulevard to the south of the lots. Exact distances will be determined at the surveying stage and will depend on making the house at 1992 compliant with set-backs, but also ensuring that the land exchange is exactly one-to-one. Other issues, such as access to the storm drain from Kootenay Avenue, will also figure into the final lot line that will be drawn during the survey. Council unanimously passed the proposed bylaw through first and second reading and scheduled a public representation for May 9.

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1960 and 1980 Kootenay Ave. — the excavated area at right — and 1992 Kootenay, at left, as seen from the hill below the Prestige last fall. These three lots are in the process of establishing a land exchange with the city: roughly five metres in their front yard in exchange for five more metres of laneway in the back for the city to dump snow behind the Prestige and better manage snow melt.

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Youth on the rise It’s not just a right, it’s a responsibility: It’s time to vote! A total of 47,915 people voted in the BC Southern Interior riding in 2008, for a 64-percent turnout. While that was better than the nationwide turnout of roughly 59 per cent, it was still down significantly from the regular 75-to-80-per-cent marks we saw in the 1960s and 1970s. Our democracy has a head cold, for sure, but the youth vote is truly sick — and by “sick” we don’t mean awesome. In 2008, less than 38 per cent of eligible voters aged 18 to 24 bothered to cast ballots. The problem is not simply that youth don’t care. A Dominion Institute study before the last election found that 78 per cent of young people think their vote matters. So what’s the problem? Apparently many young people feel uninformed, say organizations like Apathy is Boring. They say the solution is a simple matter of candidates actively addressing youth issues and soliciting their vote. We’re not sure that has happened in this campaign, as most candidates have tended to focus on the older demographics, as usual. This is simple strategy, for the most part, as there is no point in appealing to people who don’t vote. And despite the emergence of youth “vote mobs” across the country, it’s still not clear if young people will actually mobilize in any significant numbers on May 2. But we get the feeling that might actually happen this time around. Turnout at advance polls is up about 35 per cent across Canada and there is a general buzz in the nation about politics for the first time in a long time. This buzz seems to extend to the youth, and least judging from what we see on the Internet. And if young Canadians match their rhetoric on YouTube with action at the polls, you can bet politicians will be paying a lot more attention to youth issues on May 3. We want to hear from you.

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Early pool use by appointment Are you interested in an early morning lap swim at the pool this summer? We can’t make that happen on a regular basis due to staff scheduling, payroll and pre-programmed lessons and camps, but we can work with groups who would like to schedule specific dates or weeks. For instance, if an organization wanted to commit to a week, or several weeks over the summer, and pay the hourly rental rate, we would schedule the staff to open early. Please contact the recreation department if you would like to schedule an early morning lap swim session for your organization. Don’t forget the inaugural Mutt Strut, this Sunday, May 1. The Kootenay Mutt Strut is two awesome things in one; it is a fundraiser for a new SPCA shelter and a chance for everyone to show off the charm, talent and ‘awwww’ factor of their best, furry buddies. From 11 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 the Centennial Field will be overrun with some of the cutest dogs in the Kootenays. Animals will be judged in weight classes, and those deemed to be the cutest of the cute will strut away with the title. Registration takes place between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Volunteers are still needed for this event, If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Ida Koric at As spring tries to settle in, there are a few adult sports that will be getting started in May. Men’s baseball, co-ed softball, ultimate frisbee, bike polo and adult soccer will all take to the fields in the next few weeks. If you’re interested in playing any of

these sports please contact the recreation department for contact details. The Red Mountain Racers Spring Sport Swap is Saturday April 30 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Trail Fieldhouse by J.L. Crowe Secondary. This is a great opportunity to clean out your garage and get rid of any golfing, biking, tennis, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, soccer and baseball equipment. Basically, anything spring related – but NO skis or snowboard equipment. The recreation department is excited about bringing Amber Oosthuyzen’s “Redefining Beauty” course to Rossland! Amber is a local teen from Trail who has developed a course for girls and young women, that helps them to channel their selfworth, develop healthy relationships and teaches them to set the bar high. This year’s program focuses on mental and physical health and stripping away an obsession about body and image. The participants figure out what makes them tick through discussions and activities while enjoying the support of the group. The course will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Miners’ Hall. The course is designed for girls ages 13 – 18, but girls who are turning 13 this year are invited to attend. The fee for the course is $20 and includes a healthy lunch. This workshop is a great opportunity for any young woman in Rossland — if you have a daughter, granddaughter or niece, consider registering them for this important course. With summer right around the

corner you may want your son or daughter to take their babysitting course. The Babysitter Training Course was first released in 1970 and has since trained over 500,000 Canadian youths to become educated, responsible babysitters. This eighthour course consists of eight topics, including: responsibilities, child development, nutrition, behaviour, emergencies, safety and first aid, illness, physical challenges and special needs issues. Students are required to obtain a passing grade of 75 per cent on the final examination. The course is being offered Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The course is for teens and preteens who are turning 12 this year and will be held at the Rossland Pool. Sr. men’s basketball at RSS has started on Mondays between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The program is open to all men, ages 35+ who want to play basketball and have some fun. Please bring a water bottle and a clean pair of indoor running shoes. Yoga at the MacLean Annex will be ending at the end of April. Our instructor, Norma, will be moving on to her next adventure and is leaving Rossland. Hula hooping with Shauna Davis on Monday nights in the Miners’ Hall has also ended due to Shauna’s next adventures. The second session of “Make a Homemade Lasagna Pan” class is Saturday May 7 and Saturday May 28. This class would make a great gift for Mothers Day!! The Recreation Department will be working on the Summer Brochure in the next few weeks.

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Clarifying some things about the APRIL menu at the BCSPCA fundraiser This is in response to letter to the editor from Madelon Keij of Surrey (‘Who’s preventing cruelty to the animals on the dinner plates?’) in the April 14 edition of the Rossland News.

Dear Madelon, I understand where you are coming from and in retrospect I should have done better — I should have been conscious of the menu, but I was focussed on organizing a successful fundraiser. Now that my first one is behind me I will put more effort into these types of details. I, for one, would like to make the whole world vegetarian (or even vegan); however, since that is unrealistic I spread the word (but didn’t do a good job of it this time) that there are humane sources of meat. When I buy meat I have to know the history of the animal from start to finish — and to know that the animal lived and died humanely. I usually buy from an SPCA-certified source. (I buy from Vale Farms in Lumby.) I’m

not sure if you’re aware of the SPCAcertified program? It is aimed at exactly what I am referring to. Check out The BCSPCA is always actively pursuing new regulations for the transport of animals and have had a little bit of success ( but want to see a lot more changes still. Anyway, next time I will source any meat served from an SPCA-certified farm — it would also be a good way of raising awareness for the welfare of farm animals. As for funding, first of all, I should have clarified that I was specifically referring to the lack of provincial government funding, since I was talking about the BCSPCA’s legal obligation to enforce the Provincial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act. The 2010 financial reports have not been posted yet, but the 2009 report is at about/governance-documents/2009management-discussion.pdf

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Quoting from this document: “Provincial Government Grants: In 2009, provincial government grants totalled $250k as a direct access grant from gaming funds. In both 2007 and 2008, provincial government grants totalled $325k, $250k from gaming funds and $75k as a training grant for Special Provincial Constables.” After 2010 the BCSPCA has been informed that they will no longer be getting the $250,000 gaming fund grant. The $75,000 was discontinued in 2009, although on April 5 (after the initial article had appeared in the Rossland News) the BCSPCA received the good news of a one-time grant of $100,000 from the provincial government. I am involved with the BCSPCA because I truly believe it is an excellent organization. No organization is perfect, but they are constantly striving for perfection. I appreciate your comments.

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det training. Trophies and medals are presented to the most proficient cadets. The aim of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Organization is to develop in youth between the ages of 12-18 attributes of good citizenship, and leadership. The cadet training develops skills in; drill, leadership, survival, aviation training, marksmanship and citizenship events that support our community. In addition, the cadet training promotes physical fitness, and stimulates interest in the areas of aviation and aerospace. There is no requirement to join the Canadian Forces while in cadets. The new training year starts Sept. 7 at the Trail Armoury, 1990 7th Avenue. For further information contact Michelle Szabo: 250-2315000. /Submitted by 531 Trail Air Cadets Sponsoring Committee

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Rossland residents on the crawl, April 30 bottle drive to learning why ‘chickens are fun’ raise funds for RSS grad ANDREW BENNETT


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The Earth Day chicken crawl on April 22 drew a crowd from young to not-so-young for a tour of three backyard coops that have been built since last year’s chicken crawl. The tour stopped at the homes of chicken lovers Sarah Flood, Ali Meredith, and Rachael Roussin. Sarah Flood let her three silver-laced wyandottes and a black australorp out for a scratch in her veggie garden as she discussed how easy it is to meet their basic needs — water, food (including grit, to grind food in the chicken’s crop,) and shelter. Shelter is a big issue in Rossland, and all three coops in the tour used burly construction of the hen house to keep out bears, raccoons, and other predators. The birds’ other needs are easily met. “Chickens are awesome recyclers,” Flood said. “They turn kitchen scraps and waste food into eggs — four chickens average three eggs a day.” And those three eggs are mighty healthy, “with more omega-3 fatty acids and less cholesterol than store-bought eggs.” She also pointed out that chickens are good garden helpers. “They eat bugs and weeds, Andrew Bennett photo provide fertilizer, and turn Sarah Flood talks chicken to a group of enthusiasts on the over soil with their scratching,” she said as her chooks did crawl. exactly that around our feet. Speaking of fertilizer, Flood dog barking, 90 decibels,” she out of all kinds of recycled and noted, “One 40-pound dog said, “but you don’t need a repurposed bits and pieces, showing that keeping chickproduces more poop than rooster to get eggs!” ens need not be expensive so Over at Ali Meredith’s, kids 10 chickens, but composted long as you are creative. in their bike helmets crowded chicken poop makes great garBy the time the group around the coop’s window den fertilizer.” reached Rachael Roussin’s to see the four bantam hens. She also said that there’s bombproof coop built by her Bantams are a good deal no reason for neighbours to partner, Jarrod MacLean, evsmaller than regular hens, so a worry about noise, chickens eryone was happy to live in a smaller coop goes a long way are quiet. town that looks favourably on for them, and the only trade“Their clucking is about as backyard poultry and could off is that their eggs are a bit loud as human conversation, agree with Flood’s main point: about 60 decibels. A rooster smaller too. “Chickens are fun!” Meredith made her coop crowing is about as loud as a

The 2011 graduating class of RSS has organized a bottle drive for April 30 to support their endof-high-school festivities. “The grads are going to Silverwood for their trip, plus part of it is going to decorating the gym,” said Mary Ann Davies, the bottle drive organizer. Silverwood, the Northwest’s largest theme park, is a “mini Disneyland just north of Coeur d’Alene in Idaho,” Davies explained. Going to the theme park has become something of a tradi-

tion over the past years. “It’s like a ritual for them,” Davies said, although the students vote on their trip anew each year. The funds should help cover a meal, the tickets, and perhaps some of the gas and school bus rental that teacher Rick McKinnon is organizing. The bottle drive itself should be a fun time too, with a barbecue and treat table to fuel the sorters in the lot beside the Garage Restaurant, plus all the sanitary necessities. For a pick-up at your curb, or if you missed the drive and have cans and bottles to contribute, contact Davies at 362-7302.

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A merry band of United Church goers and friends gathered at the Kerby’s farm in Happy Valley to welcome the bright rays of dawn on Easter Sunday. As the Kerby’s fruit trees were bathed in eastern light and their barn filled with the sounds of chickens laying and baby goats asking their mothers for milk, Janet Marshall led the early bird congregation in hymns about walking with God in gardens and seeing the divine in the breaking dawn. Church minister Keith Simmonds took a moment to reflect on the origins of Easter traditions, going back long before Christian missionaries brought Christ’s message to the British Isles. Back then, Ancient Saxons worshipped Eostre (or Oestra), the Saxon version of the even more ancient Germanic moon and fertility goddess, Ostara. The Germanic tribes believed that Ostara conceived a child with the sun god one spring and gave birth nine months later to Yule, the winter solstice. The Saxons held a feast on the full moon following the spring equinox and celebrated with symbols of new life: bunnies and eggs. In one legend, Eostre found an in-

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Easter tradition that predates Christianity. Originally the cross represented the four directions, or the four quarters of the moon, but now also recalls Christ’s crucifix. In later years, the buns were given to monks for success in learning the scriptures, Simmonds said. The United Church describes itself as an “inviting, open and accepting community where young people of all ages can explore and celebrate their spirituality.” Services are Sundays at 9 a.m.

Local dancers picked for Salsa dancing some high-level events ‘easy to pick up ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Several dancers from the RSS Dance Academy and Kootenay DanceWorks have been nominated to attend the prestigious B.C. Provincial Festival to be held in Kamloops on June 4 to 9, and three dancers have auditioned and been accepted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Alberta Ballet for summer training. The latter opportunity could, in the fall, lead to the dancers’ acceptance into these professional ballets’ 2011-2012 season programs. Directed by Renee Salsiccioli, the dancers recently attended Kiwanis Music Festivals in Kamloops, Penticton, and Trail, and the Just Dance festival held earlier this month in Castlegar. Their excellent training afforded them high standings in all categories — jazz, modern, and ballet. “Dance is a very specific fine art which requires careful, safe, and technical training,” Salsiccioli said. “[These students] are part of a fine arts program which is reflected in the beautiful performances of each student,” she continued, “a

program that instills grace within the dancer, love of oneself, and the opportunity to work with a professional who is able to help them attain their goals and passions.” Following the area festivals, Sally Turnbull received two nominations to attend the B.C. Provincial Festival. Her dance in Kamloops earned her a nomination for Intermediate Ballet and her performance in Trail earned her one for Intermediate Modern, which she has accepted. Anna Cooper received a nomination to attend the Provinials as an observer for Junior Ballet, Jill Amantea received the nomination as an alternate for Senior Modern, and Cyndey Streadwich received a nomination as an observer for Senior Modern as well. Sally Turnbull, Anna Cooper and Michaela Skuce all auditioned for and were accepted into summer programs by the Royal WInnipeg Ballet and the Alberta Ballet. The dancers are very excited by the honours, reported Salsiccioli who was also very pleased by the excellent performances and the recognition her dancers have achieved.

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CASTLEGAR GARDEN AND NATURE FEST May 14, 10am-3pm. Vendors ($30/space) and


non-profit groups (free space) wanted. Contact 399-4439,

SAFETY VILLAGE, AGES 5-8 May 14, 10am to noon. Bicycle and fire safety, bring bike and helmet. Parental participation required. Pre-register at Aquatic Centre, 364-0888.

SPRING FLING DANCE May 14, 7-11pm, Genelle Hall, $10 includes light lunch. Music by

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Lesley Anderton presents on local wildflowers. Snacks served. Info: 365-6276.

JUNE BUGS Apr 28, 8pm, Miner’s Hall, $12 advance, $15 door. Youth under 16 and seniors over 65 for $5. Tickets at Out of the Cellar and Charles Bailey Theatre(1-866-368-9669).

COUNCIL 101 May 17, 6pm and May 19, 10:30am, Arena Lounge. Learn what it takes to be a city councillor or mayor - elections are coming this fall and candidates are needed.

WEST KOOTENAY CAMERA CLUB PHOTO SHOW 21st annual, Apr 29 deadline for submis-

TRAIL GYMNASTICS CLUB Register for preschool, co-ed, and boys classes only. 364-5688.

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YOGA WITH KERRY Power Flow: Tues/Thurs. 6:30-8pm. Yoga for Peace (restorative):

RSS GRAD BOTTLE DRIVE Apr 30, curbside pickup or drop-off at lot beside Garage restau-

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HIP HOP CLASSES For all ages. Contact Megs: 362-3381,

SPRING SPORT SWAP Apr 30, Trail fieldhouse, J.L. Crowe. Check-in from 8:30-11am, sales

HOOLA-HOOPING CLASSES Tues., Miner’s Hall, with Shauna:

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WEST KOOTENAY OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP May 16, 2 pm, Kiro Wellness Center, Trail.

from 12-2:30pm. Biking, tennis, camping, watersports, etc. No winter sports. WOMEN’S FITNESS AND FLASH-FIGHT DEFENSE Free introductory class, Apr 30, 9am, Bet-

ter Life Fitness, 13 yrs and up. Then regular classess, May 2 to June 20, Sat. 9-10am, Mon 6-7pm. Contact RADIO BINGO Apr 30, 7-9pm, tune in to 101.1FM. Bingo cards $2 at Ronnie’s Best Food

Mart and entrance of Ferraro’s, Apr 23 and 27. Buy a Rossland Radio Co-op membership and receive 5 cards free. DRAGON BOAT - KOOTENAY ROBUSTERS Tue/Thu evenings, Sat morning, May to Sept,

Christina Lake. Carpool from Rossland. Contact Mary Hatlevik, 362-9452. All women welcome. Raise awareness of breast cancer, support wellbeing. KISS-OFF CANCER COOK-OFF May 1, 5pm, RSS. Sponsor a celebrity chef, enter a dish, or

ZUMBA! Mon/Wed 9:30-10:30am. Tues. 6-7pm, Miner’s Hall, dance with Amber: a_, 362-7447, $55 for 10, first time free.

INTERMEDIATE PILATES WITH JACKIE Mon 7:30-8:30pm, Fri 6:30-7:30am, at Better Life

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URBAN DANCE Tuesdays, 5-6pm, $8 drop in or 6/$40, Better Life Fitness - 2086 Washing-

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SATURDAY MORNING GROUP TRAIL RUNS Meet 8am at Mountain Life (BMO building) and carpool to adventure. Free drop-in, all levels, year-round.

come out and eat. Proceeds to Prevent Cancer Now. Tickets at The Grind, Bear Country Kitchen, Prestige, Drift, and Steamshovel.

MOTHER GOOSE Rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories, 10:30-11:30am, Thursdays at

KOOTENAY MUTT STRUT May 1, Centennial Park, regional dog show, all entries accepted.

KOOTENAY DANCE WORKS Ages 3 to adult. Ballet, African, modern and more. Contact

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SENIORS GAMES SLO-PITCH First practice May 1, 6pm, Haley Park, Warfield. All those 55

STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY Fridays at the Rossland Library: Tots (ages 3-5) 10:15-

and older by end of the year are welcome to come out and play. Register by May 15. More info: Fred at 250-362-7624 or

10:45 am and Books for Babies (under 3) 11:00-11:30 am. Drop-in. A parent or guardian must remain in the program room for the duration.

LESSONS AT LOOLU’S LOST SHEEP Sweater class starts May 3; lace shawl for intermedi-

PUNK ROCK BINGO 9pm to last call, every Wednesday. Join Rosie and Katie at the Fly-

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ing Steamshovel. $3/one card, $5/three cards. Proceeds to local families in need.

ROLLER DERBY - SINFUL DE MAYO May 6, 7pm whistle, Castlegar Community Complex.

ROSSLAND RADIO CO-OP Join, volunteer, host a show. Meet the 2nd Wed each month, 7pm at the radio headquarters, Rotary Health Building, 1807 Columbia Ave.

Dam City Rollers vs. Babes of Brutality, then Nelson Killjoys vs. Rossland’s Gnarlie’s Angels. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door, $2 for kids under 12. TRAIL PIPE BAND SPRING FLING 2011 May 7, Trail. Silver City Days parade at 11am. Pipe

ROSSLAND SKATEPARK COMMITTEE 6-8 pm, first Tuesday each month at the Rossland Library. Come be part of the process.

medley competition at Butler Park, 1pm. Dances, skits, and Italian dinner at 4:30pm, Memorial Gym. Tickets $35 ($17.50 for kids 4-10). Call Glenda, 364-1700.

COLUMBIA DISTRICT GIRL GUIDES Columbia District Girl Guides has units from Rossland to Salmo for girls aged 5 to 17. Call 250-367-7115. Leaders also wanted.

LILAC TEA - ST ANDREW’S UNITED CHURCH May 7, 1:30-3:30pm, $4. Bake sale also.

SCOUTING For boys and girls, now at the Rossland Scout Hall. Beavers (ages 5,6,7)

HOUSE CONCERT WITH LOWRY OLAFSON May 10, 7pm, at Terry & Janet Marshall’s house,

Wed. 6-7pm. Cubs (ages 8,9,10) Thu. 4-5:30pm. Contact Shanna Tanabe: 362-0063.

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YCDC YOUTH NIGHTS Free drop-in, 1504 Cedar Ave, Trail. Call 364-3322 or contact

FOLK DANCING - ENGLISH & CONTRA Next: Friday, May 13, 7-9:30pm, Miners’ Hall, Art Night: Tue. 7pm; Movie Night: Wed. 6-8pm.

Newcomers welcome! $5 drop-in. Contact Dave Cornelius, 362-3319.

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The Rossland Skatepark Association (RSA) has just released a report researched and written by Les Carter in which he interviewed key individuals — typically planners or directors — from 40 communities operating skateparks in B.C. Carter and the RSA urge everyone with an interest to read and consider this wealth of skatepark experiences before the public meeting on May 10 to begin the process of site selection. "At the first public meeting I facilitated about a skatepark in Rossland [in January], the participants agreed that a survey of other communities would be useful to find out how they created their skateparks and how they turned out," Carter said. The survey and report consider issues such as neighbourhood impacts, maintenance and so forth. Other communties' experiences suggest, Carter writes, that the skatepark


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should be placed "front and centre in the community ‌ to recognize the legitimate desire of young people to gather and recreate in a place that does not marginalize them." Similarly, the park should be accessible to "the largest number of potential users." Communities found a distance of 100 meters to residences is sufficient to make noise levels manageable, that most communities (36 out of 40) have had no difficulties of any kind caused by their skatepark, and that long term viability depends on a community institution committed to looking after the park and "re-engaging young people as the population changes." Carter also writes that communities found "a poor process leads to the wrong park in the wrong place." The full report can be downloaded from the RSA's website: The RSA's public consultation process continues on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Miners' Hall. Rossland News Reporter

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As the warm season gets going it's time to put away the skis and get out the bikes and baseball bats, the camping stuff and kayaks — sport swaps are around the corner to clear out old gear and buy something different. On April 30, the Red Mountain Racers are holding their annual Spring Sports Swap at the field house at J.L. Crowe. Check-in is from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and sales will run from noon to 2:30 p.m.

The Racers' swap welcomes gear for any and all the summer sports — biking, tennis, golf, camping, watersports, and more. They ask that no skis, snowboards, or other winter gear be brought, however. The same day, Gericks in Trail is holding a Bike Swap, with check-in from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and sales until 2 p.m. On May 7 and 8, Whitewater enthusiasts won't want to miss Endless Adventure's sixth annual paddle sports gear swap up in the Crescent






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Sports Report finds most Angels’ fans encouraged to cities in B.C. happy invade Castlegar on May 6 with their skateparks to jam Gnarlie circles around the bigcity blockers. Fans are encouraged to sport their best derby wear and be pumped to get raucous with cow bells and, dare we say it, vuvuzelas. Salmo's Babes of Brutality take on the Dam City Rollers at the 7 p.m. whistle, and the Angels’ match will follow. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at RossVegas, $20 at the door, and $2 for kids under 12.

Plenty of gear to be bought and sold at spring swaps Valley at 1286 Highway 6. Organizers ask that gear to sell be brought in before 6 p.m. on May 6, and a consignment fee of $5 will be charged to support Borderline Boater, a not-for-profit paddle club. Everything paddlerelated will be up for sale: boats of all kinds, skirts, wet and dry suits, life jackets and helmets, roof racks, and more. Contact 1-877-386-8181 or visit www.endlessadventure. ca for more information.

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New tax review panel hears its first complaints ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The three-member parcel tax review panel convened on April 21 to hear complaints against the tax and, after receiving statements from Carmel O’Flanagan against the Ophir Reservoir parcel tax, the panel authenticated both that tax and the water and sewer parcel tax. O’Flanagan began with an objection to Jackie Drysdale and Stephen Knox being on the panel because they were on council when the parcel tax bylaw was passed. CAO Victor Kumar interjected: “This is not the place for those objections. This is not a council meeting.” O’Flanagan responded, “I did send it to council, and it didn’t go to them.” She questioned whether the calculation for this tax she and others will be paying for the next 20 to 25 years would be based on the number of units now, despite zoning changes in the future. Manager of finance, Deb Timm, responded: “Every year the parcel tax will be open for counter-inspection, and we will adjust it as necessary if there are differences in zoning.” Then O’Flanagan hit the crux of her opposition: “I don’t believe we’re getting what we paid for,” she said. “The project went considerably over budget and the council changed the design specification in order that it be completed.” She felt, therefore, that the obligations to the taxpaying owners in the local service area were not yet fulfilled. She further objected to the exclusion from the parcel tax of 65 condos and houses at the base of Red Mountain. “It was blatantly unfair that these properties were excluded,” she said. Timm explained that the area “had no more potential for development” at the time of the Ophir Reservoir, and they had already installed their own servicing

at their own cost. O’Flanagan countered with her suspicion that “three property owners passed this bylaw” who couldn’t have “controlled the vote” if 65 owners in these original Red Mountain developments had been included. Next, O’Flanagan argued that the taxes on her property should be waived because “we have our own water, we have our own sewer, and we have a water licence for a large amount of water.” She further argued that she felt the “units” the parcel tax is based on should be based on developable land, “not the whole lot size.” But panel member Bill Trewhella said “I believe they take [land] out of consideration if it’s a bunch of rocky hill,” a statement supported by Kumar. “The whole document was presented to the [B.C. Supreme Court],” Kumar said. “The method of calculation was presented to the court. The court accepted it.” O’Flanagan disbelieved this, saying “I have never seen it,” but Kumar assured her the documents were in the possession of her lawyer. Knox questioned O’Flanagan. “For me to make a decision, it’s up to you to tell me why [the calculation] is wrong.” But O’Flanagan could not pinpoint what was wrong with the methodology, having not seen any documents to support Kumar’s assertion that it considered the site’s physical characteristics. “I will now look into it to see if it is right or wrong,” she said. O’Flanagan maintained, “we don’t like being litigious,” and said they had originally gone to court because they had been assessed nearly $20,000, in addition to $17,000 in property taxes “for raw land.” Since then, the O’Flanagans have changed their zoning so they are only paying $4,500 in additional parcel tax. Drysdale, who chaired the committee, commented that it was “a complicated matter.” She noted it was “a decision made in the years when development was going to be rampant, and we wanted to get the costs for

infrastructure.” A choice was made to plan for development to pay for improvements in the water system, to increase its capacity with a new dam and water treatment upgrades to prepare the way for future developments. “On the one hand,” Trewhella said, “it seems like someone’s getting a hefty bill for something they’re not using, and yet that’s what council has agreed to in their deliberations. Is there anything we can do to ease the situation?” Drysdale hit the crux of the city’s point of view: “Are people allowed to sit on a developable piece of property and pay minimal taxes, and at some point in the future make a killing on subdivision? It’s part of the overall planning of the city.” Knox supported this point. “We’ve seen this many times over, where people erase their property lines for 20 years. Then there’s a boom and they come and ask for the property line back so they can sell and make money — and they’ve saved taxes for years.” “We’ve heard this multiple times before: We’ll never develop it,” Knox continued. “Next thing you know…” He also noted, “[O’Flanagan] has it up for sale, with signs that say ‘developable property.’ That’s playing a two-sided coin in my opinion.” Drysdale came back to the matter of paying for a utility that primarily benefits the local service area: “Out of the percentage of the cost, you’ve got federal and provincial grant money, you’ve got the city kicking in some money, but the rest is to be picked up by the people who are sitting on developable land.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The headline which appeared in last week’s Rossland News above the story about the parcel tax review panel being appointed was written in error. The person who wrote it (me) misread the story originally and thought council had only appointed two members to the panel so far and had accepted a recommendation to appoint a third member, but hadn’t done so yet. In fact all three members were appointed at that time.


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Take notice that the Council of the City of Rossland intends to adopt a bylaw that will close a portion of the road abutting 1960 Kootenay Ave, 1980 Kootenay Ave and 1992 Kootenay Ave, legally described as Lots 1,2 and 3, NEP 82582, DL 535, Kootenay Land District, which will form part of the lots noted above in exchange for an area of land to be used as snow storage. A copy of the Highway Closure Bylaw #2510 and plan may be inspected at City Hall between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Persons who consider they are affected by the highway closure bylaw may make representation to City Council at their Regular meeting on Monday, May 9, 2011 commencing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall. Tracey Butler, Corporate Officer 250-362-2321

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Two motions regarding extending the conversation with municipalities and questioning the Ministry of Education’s funding formula were brought to the table at Tuesday night’s School District 20 (SD20) board meeting, and were met with heated opinions. Trustee Vince Morelli brought both motions forward because he felt recent events – the Planning for the Future consultation and budget process – could have been handled better. He explained the budget process would have been easier if the Planning for the Future consultation with municipalities had gone further. For example, he said a conversation date should be held with Rossland first because of the expression of a willingness to have one school closed if it means introducing a K-12 school. However not all trustees thought bringing the municipalities into the process made sense. “They are going to further taint what we’re trying to do,” Trustee Mark Wilson said. Morelli clarified the meetings wouldn’t be open to the public, but rather with city officials only. “I still think what unfortunately happens is the councils are going to come back with their vested interests and you can’t blame them for

that,” Wilson said. Trustee Lorraine Manning said before the board pursues meetings to get verbal or written approval from the municipalities regarding school reconfigurations, the board should ask for information from the Ministry of Education first to see if the process would make a difference. Once the discussion closed, the motion passed and Morelli continued with his second motion of the evening: asking the board to write a letter to the Ministry of Education regarding the rural-versus-urban funding formula. “Beyond Hope, everything is different on the Lower Mainland,” Morelli told the board. Manning agreed, however said urban areas such as Vancouver also have difficulties. “Urban areas have a harder problem than we have in some respects because of English as a second language,” she said. “I have met with lots of trustees on the coast that have far more problems than we have.” Some trustees thought writing a letter was pointless. “I don’t think we’re going to get any more money whether we’re rural or urban,” trustee Bev Maloff said. Morelli said it was worth a try regardless. “If you don’t ask, they don’t have the opportunity to say no,” he said, before the motion passed.

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Here in B.C. we often take our tap water for granted, but it is a finite resource that we should value

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Q 25% of Canadians have no idea where the water that flows out of their taps comes from. Q Canadians use an average of 329 litres of water per day - twice the amount used by Europeans. However, the average Canadian thinks they use only 79 litres per day. Q Canadians admit to knowingly engaging in water wasting activities such as leaving the tap running while washing dishes (44%) and hosing down their driveways (19%). Q Canadians are more concerned with saving electricity than water: 29% of Canadians don’t know what they pay for their water, but only 10% don’t know what they pay for their electricity bill.

We need to value our drinking water industry and agriculture, and the effects of climate change all place enormous pressure on our water supply.” Drinking Water Week, May 1st - 7th, is dedicated to creating awareness of the value of our water, our water systems, and the people who make it accessible and safe for us to drink. Many communities throughout B.C. are holding events to celebrate Drinking Water Week, including hosting tours of their local reservoirs and treatment plants, and we encourage you to take the time to visit them. Check your local newspaper to find out about events in your community, or visit www.drinkingwaterweek. org for activities and educational resources provided by the BC Water & Waste Association.

*Source: 2010 Canadian Water Attitudes Study, commissioned by RBC and Unilever Canada

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Q Take shorter showers Q Check your toilets and faucets for leaks Q Turn-off the water while brushing your teeth Q Purchase water-efficient appliances Q Install low-flow shower heads

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Q Wash your car with a bucket instead of a hose Q Install low-flow toilets that use less water

True and False: Test your water knowledge by trying our quiz. 1. British Columbians use less water each day compared to other Canadians. 2. Most indoor water use occurs in the bathroom. 3. It does not matter what we put down our drains, as all of our wastewater gets treated in B.C.

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ANSWERS: 1; F. British Columbia residents use an average of 490 litres of water per day compared to the national average of 329 litres. 2; T. We use 65% of our water in the bathroom, 20% for laundry, 10% for drinking and kitchen needs, and 5% for cleaning. 3; F. While it is true that most wastewater in B.C. is treated before it is returned to its source, we should be careful not to put harmful substances down our drains or in our gardens. These substances can harm fish and other aquatic creatures (check with your municipality to find out how to properly dispose of harsh chemicals).

When you turn on your tap and clean, safe water comes out,do you ever stop to think: how does it get there? Who brings it you? Where does it end up when you’re finished with it? BC Water & Waste Association and the Province of British Columbia have officially proclaimed Drinking Water Week May 1st to 7th, 2011. We invite you to celebrate this exciting week by “getting to know your H2O” – including where it comes from, where it goes, and how you can protect and conserve it. Here in B.C., where we have an abundance of natural resources, we often take our tap water for granted. However, there is no such thing as ‘new water’ – the water that we use continually cycles through the environment, and is reused again and again. British Columbians personally use an average of 490 litres of water per day compared to the Canadian average of 329 litres per day. That is about double what Europeans use! Although it may not be apparent to all of us, the costs and energy required to deliver water to our taps, treat it to be safe and clean, and safeguard the environment by managing wastewater, add up to billions of dollars every year in Canada. Daisy Foster, CEO of the 4,400-member BC Water & Waste Association notes, “Increases in our population, the growth of


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