Minutes from FCC and FRAA meetings.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting, September 9, 2019

1. Calendar Review

  • Sally is away from November 9 to December 14.
  • Motion by Greg, and Seconded by Flint that we reschedule the AGM from November      18, 2019 to November 4, 2019. Passed. 
  • Kathryn is away from October 24 to 28.
  • Paulina is away from October 26 to November 14.
  • Greg will be away in early October.

2. Events Recap
Canada Day

  • Two thumbs up on events throughout the day, especially for the Pot Luck Supper. 
  • Let’s keep the option of a Canada Day Dance open next year, potentially to hire a band for the dance.
  • Final Report to Canadian Heritage sent August 29, 2019. Celebrate Canada grant application for 2020 due November 16, 2019.
  • Receipts submitted to Sally. 

Field Summer Music Festival

  • Overall really superb event.
  • Much support was received from Flint’s Mom and aunts cooking up loads of great eats! There were 35 music people and 45 volunteers.
  • Date for 2020 set for Saturday, July 11. Music line-up almost filled, with completion expected in a month. Considering groups like Barney Bentall, Red Elvises, The Boom Booms. Hotels and hostels booked for performers. Having the date announced now means festival attendees will be able to book accommodation in town or at Kicking Horse Campground. Potential to have block of sites set aside in Kicking Horse Campground for festival attendees. 
  • Different price strategy for ticket sales in 2020.
  • Identified more funding agencies and partnerships. 
  • Some vendors still to submit % of sales. 
  • Discussion about continued operation under the umbrella of FRAA until Field Summer Music Festival (FSMF) has completed Not For Profit Organization process. Flint to share spreadsheet with Board. Board is comfortable with current arrangement and supports FSMF move to society status. 

Summer Programs at Community Hall

  • Last Just Breathe Yoga session with Hayley Markel was on August 21, 2019. Hayley has moved to Edmonton to work for Indigenous Services. Thanks for all the great yoga Hayley; we wish you all the best!
  • Tabata High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) continues to be a big hit . . . 
  • Shake It Up With Paulina will end the current session on Friday, September 13, 2019. Stay tuned for winter high-energy dancing!

Perennial Plant Swap: Wednesday, August 28 at Sonya’s place. Really nice, low-key event. Good opportunity to share plants and ideas. Nice start to the fall!

3. Fall Programs and Upcoming Events
Yoga: We’re looking for an instructor.
HIIT: There will be a new winter schedule, and poster available soon. In the meantime, HIIT will meet at 6:30 pm on Sunday evenings (group lead, no charge) and 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings with Laura Penner, $12 drop in fee. 
Pickleball: The weather is good. Pickleball nets are set upon the courts behind the community Hall.

Retirement Party for Reg Hawryluk: At the Government Ranch, Friday, September 27 from 2 pm to 5 pm. Poster attached to minutes email.

Farewell Party: for Mike, Charisse and Estelle, who are moving to Sparwood, in the Far-East Kootenays at the end of October. The FRAA will host a farewell party for them in October. Kathryn to coordinate a party date with them.
AGM: New date is Monday, November 4, 2019. Pot Luck Supper, slide show and election. Mark your calendar!

4. Hall Rentals
Only summer rental was Erin Evans’ Yoga teacher training in August. One fall booking at this point for the Federal Election on October 21.

5. St Joseph Project

  • Final Reports submitted to CSRD (for $5000, used for the Lot Survey and designer plans consultation) and Rural Dividend Fund ($10,000 used for conceptual drawings).
  • $150,000 grant from Built Heritage (managed by Columbia Basin Trust) confirmed.
  • $150,000 grant from Columbia Basin Trust confirmed, contingent on approval of Gaming Grant or Gas Tax Grant.
  • $200,000 grants application submitted July 30, 2019 to the Gaming Commission. Anticipate an answer in October.
  • Once we have engineered drawings, the FRAA will put the project out to tender. We need three bids to submit an application to the Gas Tax.
  • Working on Development permit with Parks Canada Development Office.
  • Working on final conceptual drawings, then the FRAA will hold community consultation to get resident feedback and go-ahead.
  • Fundraising options in discussion.

6. Hall Repairs

Kathryn will talk to Miles about plumbing repairs and Flint will talk to Joe about the other work. We would like to have everything done by the end of September.

7. Parks Canada Honorarium: Dispersal Proposal sent by email to Board Members June 6, 2019 – Motion by Sally and Seconded by Flint to accept proposal.
            Honorarium Payment, Based on Meetings, Events and Operational duties:
Board (6), Town Hall (6), Field Utility Board (4) meeting attendance: $25 each = $400 x 8 potential attendees = $3200
Event lead/organizer: $50 each event, 12 events per year and generally 2 organizers per event = $600
Operational duties: Treasurer 18 probable sessions – 6 financial reports, 12 monthly entries: $50 each = $900
Secretary – 12 sets of minutes: $50 each = $600
Total: $5300, which leaves us $700 for volunteer appreciation or board development or in the event we have more people who take a lead on organizing an event. Any amount not used for meeting attendance can also go into this fund.

The Board agreed it’s better that Board members make individual cash donations to the FRAA if that’s their interest.

8. FUB Agenda, Wednesday September 18, 2019 10:30 am at Field Admin

            1. Quarterly Reports

            2. Recycling Protocol Review

            3. Discuss Memorandum of Understanding or Terms of Reference option for Advisory Board role with Parks Canada, and Contribution Funding Agreement

            4. Set date for Snow Removal Meeting, preferably before the end of September

            5. TransCanada Highway Construction Project – What information does Parks Canada have about the project and how it may impact the community of Field

            Flint, Paulina and Kathryn will attend the meeting.

9. Town Hall Meeting Agenda, Monday September 30, 2019

            1. FRAA Report

            2. Treasurer’s Report

            3. Parks Canada Reports

            4. Friends of Yoho Report

            5. Field Fire and Rescue Report

            6. Round Table

10. Round Table

  • Flint, Paulina and Kathryn to attend Not For Profit Workshops at College of the Rockies in Golden: October 2, Financial Management and October 9, Fundraising. 
  • Discussion about CP Rail rumours re: closing Field Bunkhouse. Kathryn to call Brenda Lam at Community for clarification.

In the Gaming Commission grant application process, we found that Columbia Valley Credit Union is very customer service oriented, and offers fee-free banking to societies and not-for-profit organizations. Motion by Greg, seconded by Paulina that the FRAA move our banking to the Credit Union. Kathryn and Sally to coordinate research and process. Greg expressed support for great service offered to residents and FRAA by Columbia Valley Credit Union.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting, June 24, 2019

In attendance: Pierre Lemire, Wendy Edge, Dave Selkirk, John Schlichting, Brenda Selkirk, Karla Gaffney, Randle Robertson, Mike Furfaro, Pauline Boisier, Lloyd Lafrance, Sophie Cais, Carla Evans, Dennis Evans, Sally Watson, Flint Palmer, Kathryn Cameron

Excused: Sonya Leenders, Karen Schmidt, Paulina O’Brien, Charisse D’hamers, Greg Dowman

1. Information from CP Rail on Projects in Field slated to start in August 2019 Peter Bayerle, Senior Manager for Projects and Public Works was originally scheduled to attend the Town Hall Meeting to present this information and answer resident’s questions about the projects, but not able to attend the meeting. In his absence, CP Rail recommended that residents visit www.cpr.ca for information and send comments or concerns to Community Connect. Here’s the website information:

“Track reconfiguration / extension project – Field

Beginning in early August 2019, and running until the end of November 2019, Canadian Pacific (CP) is completing a track reconfiguration project in Field Yard. The project will extend the length of CP tracks through the 2nd Street crossing to the west end of CP’s yard.

         Currently, long trains staged at Field must be split among a number of tracks. This type of train movement requires the intermittent occupation of the 2nd Street crossing, blocking the passage of vehicles and pedestrians. Once complete, the track extension work will accommodate longer train lengths on a single track, resulting in fewer blocked crossings.

         As part of the project, and to further enhance public safety, CP will be installing a full railway crossing warning system with bells, lights and gates. 

         During the project timeframe, people should expect to see or hear heavy machinery, rail equipment, banging, idling trucks waiting to proceed, dust, voices, and reversing trucks. Construction-type work will occur during daytime hours; night time work is also expected.

Contacts

         Residents with questions or concerns about our operations can call our 24/7 toll-free Community Connect line at: 1-800-766-7912 or email community_connect@cpr.ca.”

Action

FRAA will communicate with Parks Canada and CP Rail with the intent to work together to minimize construction noise and to secure an exemption from Transport Canada in order to have a silent crossing. Apparently Canmore has silent crossings, achieved by a local bylaw. The FRAA will confirm the information and process. FRAA supports existing Parks Canada construction guidelines of 7 am to 7 pm. Leases stipulate quiet hours in the community are from 11 pm to 7 am. These guidelines are in place to protect quality of life in the community.

         What can residents do? Email Community Connect; let CPR know now what your concerns are and offer suggestions on how to mitigate noise issues, during construction and post construction with a “full protection” crossing. 

1. FRAA Report 

         Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

Event Recap: Two successful events since our last Town Hall Meeting. 

         On June 2, the FRAA hosted the annual Spring Fling. Great participation. Thanks to Paulina and Flint for organizing the evening. Thanks to Logan, Connor and Flint for their DJ skills. Thanks to the volunteers who worked in the bar and did clean-up.

         On June 15, we held our second offering of Music at the Church featuring Pablo euphoria from Golden. Really fun outdoor evening at St. Joseph’s. Super entertainment! Thanks Flint and Craig for organizing the evening.

Upcoming Events: Canada Day!! Monday July 1, 2019

Schedule of Events

8:30 am to10:00 am – Pancake Breakfast at Field Community Hall, BC Ambulance

8:30 am to 10:30 am – Pickleball Tournament, Field Community Hall

11:00 am – Parade 

11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Barbeque at The Pond, Field Fire and Rescue

1:00 pm – Happy Birthday Canada!! Cake Contest Judging, Sing Oh Canada,                     cake and ice cream

1:30 pm – Boat Race at The Pond

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Friends and Family Bocce Tournament, Soccer Field

6:30 pm – Pot Luck Barbeque and Supper at Field Community Hall, outside if the                weather is good, inside if the weather is bad

  • Posters and Sign Up sheets are on the bulletin board by the Post Office
  • To reduce waste, Bonnie Brandt has opted to wash dishes at the pancake breakfast. Don’t hesitate to support this initiative by rolling up your sleeves and taking a turn at the sink. Bonnie has also scoured thrift shops for glassware for the Community Hall. Thanks Bonnie!

Field Summer Music Festival, Sunday July 7, 2019 – Flint Palmer

The countdown is on!

  • Tickets are still available.
  • Parking will be in town on the west end of Stephen Avenue to the yard waste station and on 2nd Avenue. Community supports the plan.
  • Email confirmation to include green message in addition to logistics for the day.
  • Outside water station will be fed by hose from inside the Community Hall.

Next meeting cycle:

FRAA Board Meeting Monday, September 9, 2019
Field Utility Board Wednesday September 18, 2019
Town Hall Meeting Monday, September 30, 2019

Summer Programs at the Community Hall

HIIT – Sundays, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, free admission, and Thursdays, 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm, $12 Drop-in fee
Just Breathe Yoga Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm from June 5, 2019 to July 17, 2019 $12 Drop-in Fee or $70 for all seven sessions

Shake It Up with Paulina Fridays, starting June 7, 2019, by donation

Pickleball on the paved surface behind the Community Hall

Friends of Yoho Historic Walking Tour of Field, Tuesdays and Thursday at 8:00 pm starting July 2, 2019 to September 12, 2019

St. Joseph Project

Working with designer on revisions to include an elevator to meet accessibility codes. Once plans are complete we will move to the next step in the Development Permit process with Parks Canada.

Waiting for announcement by Columbia Basin Trust on Built Heritage Grant application for $300,000.

Online Training for Volunteers with RCMP Victim Services Program

It is a more formal process than anticipated. Will continue to work with program coordinator Nuala Wolfe.

Hall Repairs

Hipi Construction contracted to replace the change room exterior exit door and repair the door frame; replace shingles on the shed roof, repair shelves in the kitchen and replace the broken window in the change room.

Honorarium and Insurance

Thank you to Parks Canada for sending the Honorarium and for paying the FRAA insurance with Johnston Meier of Golden.

Spring Bins

In the parking lot behind Truffle Pigs Lodge. Both are now full and ready to be taken away. Suggestions that the garage sale take place in May rather than June, and that we hold at least one “Weekend Givaway” event prior to getting the bins in the future. This gives residents the chance to dispose of usable items and pick up items they need rather than just tossing them into a bin. Reminder that the cost of spring bins is included in calculating solid waste costs.

2. Treasurer’s Report 

         Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA

Financial reports are attached to the minutes distribution email.

3. Parks Canada Reports 

         Juliet Van Vliet, Townsite Manager

  • Is community interested in pursuing the pilot project to have a 15 minute parking zone in front of the Post Office? Response from people at the meeting was “It’s not really necessary.” Pilot project will not proceed.
  • Townsites Office has moved back into the Lake Louise visitor Reception Centre. Visitor Experience anticipates moving back and opening the centre once renovations are complete, around mid-July. 
  • Hollie Tataryn is the first point of contact with concerns about Townsite management. She can refer people to the proper department or answer questions immediately. General email: pc.llyklotissementsurbains-llyktownsites.pc@canada.ca. Contact Hollie: 403 343 6106 hollie.tataryn@canada.ca
  • Discussion about speeding in Field, the need for line painting at STOP signs and a request to have the seasonal STOP sign installed at the intersection of Wall Street and Stephen Avenue.
  • Discussion about shovelling snow off the sidewalk on the bridge in winter. Added to the August meeting with Highways about winter maintenance along with notification methods for snow removal, i.e. email or portable signs.
  • Townsites supports a pedestrian friendly community. Reminder to residents that parking on sidewalks is illegal.
  • Some water meters still to be upgraded. Assets are working on the project; all upgrades will happen. Questions about billing? Contact information is on invoices. Questions about water meters? Keith Parkinson: 403-522-3623 ext. 31
  • As noted at the last Field Utility Board Meeting on May 1, water and sewer rates will not increase for the 2019/2020 budget year. 
  • Parks Canada has contracted with the Town of Banff to deal with solid waste as of July 1, 2018. Their service is more expensive but also more efficient so increase in solid waste removal costs expected to be minimal if there is any change. 
  • Parks Canada confirmed that Field recycling is still being picked up by highways and brought to the Banff recycle centre. 
  • Baptiste Caïs and Lucy Schmidt both collect refundable containers. If you don’t want to go to a bottle depot yourself, please contact either Baptiste (250-343-6380) or Lucy (250-343-6813) for pick-up or delivery options.
  • Thank you to Chief Furfaro for his leadership skills and service during his tenure as Fire Chief. Parks Canada appreciates everything he has done to manage and help develop Field Fire and Rescue.

4. Friends of Yoho Report 
         Brenda Selkirk, Manager Friends of Yoho

Everything is great!

  • Members can renew their membership at the store.
  • Historic Walking Tours of Field on Tuesday and Thursday evenings start on July 2, 8:00 pm and go until September 12.
  • The Friends of Yoho plan to celebrate Parks Day on Saturday, July 20 with S’Mores at Kicking Horse Campground –weather, fires and construction dependant! Stay tuned for details.

5. Field Fire and Rescue Report 
         Mike Furfaro, Chief, Field Fire and Rescue Department

  1. Call Outs –24 as of 01 January 2019.
    1. 8 in Jan, 7 in Feb, 1 in March, 2 in April, 3 in May, 3 in June
  2. Members – Sitting at 21 members. 
    1. 6 Officers, 5 Firefighters, 7 Probationary Members, 3 Recruits
  3. New and Planned Purchases
    1. New purchases
      1. No new purchases as of last meeting
    1. Planned purchases
      1. New Helmets, Flash Hoods, Heated one time use blankets
  4. Completed Training 
    1. Team Leader, Exterior Fire, Incident Safety Officer, Ventilation, High Hazard Flammable Trains (Crude by Rail in Colorado), Interior Fire, APO, EVD
  5. Upcoming Training
    1. Awaiting Fall Training Calendar (CSRD), Auto-Ex
  6. Apparatus
    1. Engine 1 (all good) – Annual Inspection done last week
    1. Rescue 1 (all good) – Annual Inspection to be done this week
    1. Rescue 2 (Siren and light Issues) – Annual Inspection done last week
  • Field Emergency Plan
    • Field Emergency Plan? Review old Plan, Review new plan
      • FFRD will conduct initial size-up and potential initial containment then may assist in notification and evacuation of residence of Field.
      • Town notification options (Siren=1min continuous blast, Vehicle PA systems, door to door)
      • FEP hopefully to be reviewed by PCA and updated
  • Ongoing Projects
    • Work with PCA to formalize mutual aid agreements with L.L. (ID9) and Golden BC
    • Discussions with PCA about importance of fulltime members on FFR (Fire Chief)
    • Generator for Firehall – PCA Assets working on this
  • Mike Leaving FF&R
    • I have bought a house in Golden and I will be moving next week. I will be stepping down as Fire Chief of the FFRDS as of 02 July 2019. Patrick Cais will step into the Acting Chief position until the Elections at the end of October. I will continue to work as an Auxiliary Member for the FFRDS for the purpose of discussions with PCA in regards to a fulltime Fire Chiefs position. All enquires to the Chiefs’ Email will be forwarded to Patrick Caïs.

Field Recreation Advisory Association recognizes the great commitment to training, equipment maintenance and prepared emergency service Field Fire and Rescue provides to the community of Field and visitors to Yoho National Park. We support at least one full-time paid position on the department. Volunteers in the department juggle responsibilities of family, employment, and personal interests along with meeting the demands of a volunteer position in an organization that offers critical service when people are vulnerable and need help. It becomes an unreasonable expectation for a volunteer Fire Chief to successfully manage all these elements without burning out. Michael, thanks for the initiatives you sparked (pun intended!) to improve the department. We’re so glad you are staying on as an Auxiliary Member to see the processes through to resolution.

6. Round Table

Noise

1. Residents noted that Music at the Church on July 15, 2019 lasted until 1:35 am, with a fire pit and music piped through the speakers used during the performance. Discussion again about lease stipulation of quiet hours between 11 pm and 7 am, and that in the future, FRAA events at the Church will follow that guideline. Concern also expressed that this was an indication of how future events will unfold once the Church is renovated and rented for weddings, meetings, exhibitions, etc. The FRAA commits to following guidelines of quiet hours, with respect for residents and visitors. Discussion included options; noise complaints can be directed to the RCMP.

2. The FRAA received a letter from a resident expressing concern about late night noise from staff accommodations. Advised of lease stipulations regarding quiet hours, advised to call the Townsite Office to have Parks Canada remind the leaseholder of quiet hours guidelines, and that there is also the option of calling the RCMP with a noise complaint.Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting, June 3, 2019

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Paulina O’ Brien, Flint Palmer, Kathryn Cameron, Greg Dowman

Excused: Karen Schmidt, Charisse D’hamers, Sonya Leenders

1. Calendar Review
Sally away June 12 to 19 (?)
Town Hall Meeting Monday, June 24, 2019: 7:00 pm
Kathryn away August 15 to 24
FRAA Board Meeting Monday, September 9, 2019
Field Utility Board Wednesday September 18, 2019
Town Hall Meeting Monday, September 30, 2019

2. Events Recap
RCMP Presentation – Thanks for organizing the presentation Sonya.
Spring Fling – Thanks to Paulina and Flint for organizing a very excellent and fun event! Thank you Connor, Logan and Flint for the DJ extravaganza! Thank you bar shift and clean-up volunteers!

3. Upcoming Events
Clean-Up Work Party, June 10, 2019 7:30 pm

Yoho National Park and Field Community Spring Clean-Up, Wednesday June 12, 2019, 9:30 am with bbq lunch at noon, hosted by Parks Canada and Friends of Yoho.

Spring Bins in parking lot behind Truffle Pigs June 11 to 24, 2019
Garage Sale Saturday, June 15, 2019 10 am to 4 pm

Commemoration Ceremony, Natural Bridge, June 22, 2019 
Canada Day Monday, July 1, 2109, 8:30 to sundown! 
Field Summer Music Festival Sunday, July 7, 2019

4. Spring/Summer Programs at the Community Hall
HIIT – Sundays, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, free admission, and Thursdays, 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm, $12 Drop-in fee
Just Breathe Yoga Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm from June 5, 2019 to July 17, 2019 $12 Drop-in Fee or $70 for all seven sessions

Shake It Up with Paulina Fridays, starting June 7, 2019, by donation

Pickleball on the paved surface behind the Community Hall

Friends of Yoho Historic Walking Tour of Field, Tuesdays and Thursday at 8:00 pm starting July 2, 2019 to September 12, 2019

5. Hall Rentals
June 4 – Parks Canada

June 11, 12 – Parks Canada
June 21, 22, 23 – Jill Drader

July 4, 5 – Parks Canada (tentative)

July 16 – Parks Canada
August 16, 17, 18 – Erin Evans
October 18, 19, 20 – Jill Drader
November 8, 9, 10 – Jill Drader

6. Constitution Update – Tabled to next meeting

7. St. Joseph Project
Reviewing proposed plan revisions and Alasdair’s comments and recommendations.

No word yet on the Built Heritage grant application for $300,000 submitted March 15, 2019. Expect to hear from the committee soon.

8. Online training for Volunteers with Victim Services

Kathryn to contact Nuala Wolfe, RCMP Victim Services, for details on how  to initiate the training.

9. Amber Church – Field Reunion Question

Ian Church, Amber’s Dad, was Superintendent of Yoho National Park for several years. He died about 2 years ago. His family plans to come to Yoho in September 2019 for a visit, and may host an event to bring people together. Kathryn to communicate with Amber re community hall availability and options.

10. Field Emergency Plan Update
Protocols for major vehicle incident with mass casualties are already in place and most responders at the meeting feel they use the guidelines/protocols for every incident. Researching transportation options in area in event large group of people need to be moved to a safer location.
Next meeting in the fall.

11. Hall Repairs:
 Flint to ask Joe for timeline to do the work.
Change room outside exit door
Replace shingles on shed roof 
Shelves in kitchen

Replace broken window in change room

12. Banff Fire and Safety (BFS) Recommendation & Conversation with Field Fire and Rescue (FFR)

Following the annual inspection, BFS recommended that the FRAA install a tie-in feature to communicate with the Fire hall if a fire starts at the community hall. Initial installation cost is around $1700 with an annual monitoring fee of $700 to $800. Field Fire and Rescue has offered to pay installation costs for the system. The FRAA Board doesn’t feel that it’s a necessary function at this time. Further conversation with FFR has identified new nets at each end of the rink and support poles as a potential project to work on together.

13. Town Hall Meeting Agenda

FRAA Report

Treasurer’s Report

Parks Canada Reports

Friends of Yoho 

Field Fire and Rescue

Round Table

14. Parks Canada: Honorarium and Insurance

Honorarium has been received. Kathryn to work on formula for dispersing Honorarium to Board members based on meeting attendance, volunteer hours to organize events, and operational work.

Insurance has been paid.

15. Round table

  • Date for community bins: Flint to talk to Hollie.
  • Water station for Field Summer Music Festival: Board has opted for potable water hose from the tap in the janitor’s room to an outside water dispensing system rather than to install a permanent outside water tap on the outside of the Community Hall.
  • Parks Canada has asked to use tables and chairs from the Community Hall for a Commemoration Ceremony at the Natural Bridge on June 22, 2019. New panels that explain the history of immigration detainees at Camp Otter during World War I will be unveiled at the ceremony. Board approved.
  • Policy discussion about events that we co-host with performers, DJs, etc. FRAA takes the bar, and co-hosts take the door. Events we collaborated on this year have confirmed this model works.

Issues with our former website host. Chris moved us to a new host, and ensuring systems work.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting, May 13, 2019

1. Special Presentations: Field/Golden RCMP 

         Sexual Assault and Harassment/ Safety Awareness

         Nuala Wolf, Golden RCMP Victim Services Program Manager

Identified as a cultural problem. There are cultural shifts taking place with increased reporting. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are a pervasive problem. No community is immune.

What can community members do to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault? A really important tool involves a change in response through bystander intervention. A bystander is a witness to an event that makes someone uncomfortable, from verbal to physical attack. Speak out; intervention can reduce severity of an attack or an incident.

1. Direct intervention: Using a statement like “Please stop doing that.”

2. Delayed intervention: You see something happening but it might be a bit tricky to deal with at the moment. Give reassurance to the person through a statement like “We’re going to talk to your supervisor.” 

3. Distraction: Talk to the harasser, say “Excuse me can you tell me what time it is?” It’s a small intervention that takes the pressure off the target. 

4. Delegate the response: If you can’t do anything about the situation call 911, or get help from a friend, or communicate with the supervisor – ask for help. Using bystander intervention can lead to impactful cultural change. Don’t be afraid to say “Your behaviour makes that person uncomfortable. You need to stop.”

To have a full understanding of sexual assault or sexual harassment, to know what is legal or illegal, here’s the definition: unwanted touch of any kind that is sexual in nature is sexual assault. 


Sexual-harassment falls under harassment in the Criminal Code of Canada. Verbal messages, text messages, inappropriate photos are all considered harassment. It’s important to make an effort to stop any behaviour that makes a person feel unsafe. The RCMP takes all files seriously. There is no statute of limitations on sexual assault.

Work safe BC is an excellent resource for definition of harassment. It’s important for employers to have a policy in the workplace. Employees have the right to ask what the employers’ policy entails.

There are many options for reporting depending on the comfort level of individuals involved. People can report to the RCMP or to the Women’s Resource Centre in Golden. There is also the option of third-party reporting where a person doesn’t want to give their name but wants to report a person or certain behavioural traits that identify a person. RCMP keep information-only file for example on what you have witnessed


The RCMP recognizes these are heavy topics but it is important to talk about sexual assault and sexual harassment in order to create change. We are all responsible to create the community we want to live in.

         Property Protection and Community Security

         Robyn Diddams, Field/Golden RCMP

In the past three months, Field has experienced an increase in property crime, for example: vehicle theft, and break and enter in sheds, workshops and vehicles. Basic rule of thumb: lock things – doors, bikes, everything. The RCMP recognizes there are different cultures in different towns but remember, Field is on Highway One that provides easy access for crimes of opportunity. Often addictions drive the behaviour.

Crime prevention can be achieved through environmental design; for example, bright motion-sensor lights are a big deterrent. Ensure your home is visible from the road – no shrubs over 4 feet tall. Establish a nightly routine to lock your doors, cars, sheds, bikes. Use bike identification systems like registration numbers. Cars are easy to break into; leave nothing visible in your car – no cash, no charging cables, keep your car clean.

In terms of police presence and Field, there are eight RCMP members to give 24 hour coverage as far west as Rogers Pass, south to Spillimacheen and east to the Alberta/BC border. In four years Constable Diddams has been to Field four times for property or personal offences, most in the past year. RCMP traffic presence can serve as a deterrent.

If you see suspicious behaviour or changes in the community that concern you, call to report. The RCMP have an obligation to respond and investigate. If you see something that concerns you, you can take immediate action: call the RCMP, activate a car horn, turn on lights. Report vehicles you see in place for several days. Suspicious vehicles or suspicious people – call it in. 

Response time in the event of an emergency can range from 17 to 30 minutes depending on conditions. Stay safe. Don’t put yourself at risk or in a position of committing an offense. Golden/Field RCMP communicates with RCMP offices in Lake Louise and Banff. Lake Louise can respond to incidents in Field when the response time needs to be fast. 

2. FRAA Report          

Events Recap – Kathryn

  • Sam Weber “Ain’t It Always a Tour?” at Field Community Hall on Thursday, March 28. Great evening!
  • Earth Day Town Clean Up, Bunny Hop and Easter Pot Luck Brunch, Monday, April 22. Lots of clean-up participants, great Bunny Hop, and the Easter Pot Luck Brunch was delicious!

Upcoming Events – Kathryn

  • BC Hydro Planned Power Outage Friday, May 24 midnight to 6:00 am. Field will be on the Energy Storage Facility (ESF) for the duration.
  • Ladies Night, Sunday May 26, 6:00 pm at Carla Evan’s place 202 Burgess Avenue
  • Spring Fling, Sunday, June 2 at Field Community Hall: Field welcomes resident DJs to give generational approach to music!
  • Garage Sale Event, Saturday, June 15: Community event, at people’s own homes rather than at Community Hall, advertise in social media, radio.
  • Canada Day, Sunday, July 1: Details TBA

Spring Programs at the Community Hall – Kathryn

  • HIIT: Thursday evenings with Laura Penner, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, $12 drop-in fee. Sunday evenings 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, no fee.
  • Just Breathe Yoga: Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm until May 29 with Hayley Markel. No classes on April 17 or 24. $70 for all seven classes or $12 drop-in fee
  • Shake It Up With Pau Pau!: Zoomba on Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, starting May 27 at the Community Hall.
  • Pickleball, outside behind the community Hall. 
  • St. Joseph Project – Kathryn
  • Final report for Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) grant for $5000 submitted April 8, 2019. 
  • BC Built Heritage Grant for $300,000 submitted to Columbia Basin Trust on March 14
  • Discussing other grant applications
  • Conceptual plan revision in process
  • Development Permit process started
  • Fund raiser dinner and silent auction postponed to fall

Field Summer Music Festival: Sunday, July 7 – Flint

  • Exciting line up of performers
  • Tier two tickets on sale now $40, available by contacting fieldsummermusicfestival@gmail.com
  • Received $1000 grant from Columbia Valley Credit Union, applying to CSRD for funding
  • Continue to work on plans for food, toilets, parking, vendors, merchandise

Field Utility Board Meeting Report – Flint

  • Snow Removal Meeting will happen in August or September rather than November.
  • Rates for Water, Sewer and Garbage (WSG) remain frozen for one more year.
  • Parks Canada to establish billing for WSG one month after end of each quarter. If you have concerns about billing, please contact Hollie Tataryn by phone 250-343-6016 or email hollie.tataryn@canada.ca.
  • Spring Bins: Hollie is working the contract and dates. Request by FRAA that the bins be placed so guests at Truffle Pigs Lodge and Bistro are not privy to contents of the bins.

3. Treasurer’s Report 

         Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA

Motion Kathryn, Seconded by Sonya to accept financial report as presented. Files sent out as email attachments with minutes, and posted inside Post Office.

4. Parks Canada Reports 

         Hollie Tataryn, Realty and Municipal Officer:

  • Street cleaner returning this week. Residents ask for notification so vehicles can be moved from streets.
  • Booking bins for second week in June to cover Garage Sale Day.
  • Highway line painting in process.
  • Highways currently clearing snow off Moraine Lake Road, then will clear Lake O’Hara Road and Yoho Valley Road.

         Keith Parkinson, Asset Management – Water and Waste Water

  • Water meter upgrade almost complete. Remaining work to be done May/June. Townsites will notify residents whose meters are slated for change.
  • Streamlined how meter readings are reported to Finance.
  • Tracking meter reading to compare to past use, identify discrepancies, and examine trends and averages.
  • 93 subscribers to the system.

         Dave Allen, Asset Management

·      Planning to re-establish the drainage ditch on 2nd Avenue.

·      Monitoring the water issues on Emily’s Hill. Existing abandoned water lines to be tied into storm sewer.

·      Mount Dennis Slope Stabilization project: continue to monitor dewatering system as well as regular GPS surveys to monitor slope movement. Plans to have detailed design for mitigation complete by December 1.

·      Work on bridge over Kicking Horse River from Highway to Field to start this week with scattered instances of alternating traffic over the next two weeks, then work to start again in the late summer/fall.

·      Construction to start soon on Parks Canada staff housing project on Kicking Horse Avenue. Contract  awarded to Olsen Construction from Golden.

·      Boulder Creek Bunkhouse renovation project going to contract tender soon.

5. Friends of Yoho Report 
         Brenda Selkirk, Manager Friends of Yoho

  • Store is open at Field Visitor Centre, which also staffed by Parks Canada and Travel Alberta staff now.
  • Annual General Meeting will take place Saturday, June 1, 6:00 pm at the Plaza again this year, with a wiener roast to follow the business meeting.
  • Hoping to bring Fran Drummond, Twin Falls Chalet, back for a presentation in June.
  • Historic Walking Tour of Field program will start in July on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Looking for volunteers; a script is available. Contact Lorraine Zirke if interested in leading a few evening walking tours: zirke@uniserve.com

6. Community Paramedicine Report

Craig Chapman, Community Paramedic

  • 911 has been quiet; Field crew has been giving cross coverage in Golden.
  • Home Health Monitoring program available for persons in the community who are being treated for diabetes, congestive heart failure or COPD. If you know anyone who may benefit from the program, contact Craig. Recommended that the potential participant(s) consult their doctor.
  • Babylon app available from Telus; connects to doctor.
  • No identified opioid issue in Field, but if you or someone you know may be at risk, contact Craig. Naloxone kits are available.

7. Field Fire and Rescue Report 
         Mike Furfaro, Chief, Field Fire and Rescue Department

  1. Call Outs –18 as of 01 January 2019.
    1. 8 in Jan, 7 in Feb, 1 in March, 2 in April
  2. Members – Sitting at 21 members. 
    1. 6 Officers, 5 Firefighters, 5 Probationary Members, 5 Recruits
  3. New and Planned Purchases
    1. New purchases
      1. Thermal Imaging Camera, Turbo Flares, Hose Wrenches, Glass Cutter
    1. Planned purchases
      1. New Helmets, Flash Hoods
  4. Completed Training 
    1. Team Leader, Exterior Fire, Incident Safety Officer, Ventilation, High Hazard Flammable Trains (Crude by Rail in Colorado)
  5. Upcoming Training
    1. Interior Fire, Emergency Vehicle Driving, Apparatus Pump Operator
  6. Apparatus
    1. Engine 1 (all good)
    1. Rescue 1 (all good)
    1. Rescue 2 (Siren Issues)
  7. Field Emergency Plan
    1. Field Emergency Plan? Review old Plan, Review new plan
      1. FFRD will conduct initial size-up and potential initial containment then may assist in notification and evacuation of residence of Field.
      1. Town notification options (Siren=1min continuous blast, Vehicle PA systems, door to door)
      1. FEP hopefully to be reviewed by PC and updated
  8. Ongoing Projects
    1. Work with PC to formalize mutual aid agreements with L.L. (ID9) and Golden BC
    1. Discussions with PC about importance of fulltime members on FFR

8. Round Table 

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting April 8, 2019

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Paulina O’Brien, Flint Palmer, Sonya Leenders, Kathryn Cameron

Excused: Charisse D’hamers, Karen Schmidt, Greg Dowman

1. Calendar Review 

  • May 1, Wednesday: Field Utility Board Meeting (FUB) 10:30 am at Field Admin. Flint and Paulina to represent FRAA
  • May 13, Monday: Town Hall Meeting 7:00 pm at Field Community Hall. Sonya to chair the meeting
  • June 3, Monday: FRAA Board Meeting, 7:00 pm at Field Community Hall

2. Events Recap

Sam Weber “Ain’t It Always a Tour?” at Field Community Hall on Thursday, March 28. Great evening!

3. Events Future

Earth Day, Bunny Hop and Easter Pot Luck Brunch, Monday, April 22: Sonya and Paulina to create poster, decorate, purchase chocolate. 

  • 9:00 am Meet at Community Hall, bring rubber gloves and bucket or bag(s), select an area to clean and pick up winter-accumulated debris!
  • 11:00 am Return to Community Hall, consolidate garbage, photo op
  • 11:15 am Bunny Hop – Indoor Easter Egg Hunt!
  • 11:30 am Pot Luck Brunch

Spring Fling, Sunday, June 2 at Field Community Hall:

  • Field welcomes resident DJs to give generational approach to music! 
  • Flint talking to DJs, create poster
  • Paulina to get liquor license, do liquor order and coordinate sign-up sheets.

St. Joseph Project Fundraiser, Saturday, June 8: 

  • Dinner and silent auction. In planning phase. Circle the date on your calendar and stay tuned for details!

Garage Sale Event, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 15 (depends on dates for spring bins):

  • Format discussed, community event, at people’s own homes rather than at Community Hall, advertise in social media, radio.

4. Spring Programs at the Community Hall

HIIT: Thursday evenings with Laura Penner, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, $12 drop-in fee. Sunday evenings 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, no fee.

Just Breathe Yoga: Wednesday evenings 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm until May 29 with Hayley Markel. No classes on April 17 or 24. $70 for all seven classes or $12 drop-in fee

Shake It Up With Pau Pau!: Zoomba on Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, starting May 27 at the Community Hall. Details TBA! 

5. Hall Rentals
April 15 – Parks Canada: Park Planning Open House 4 pm to 6:30 pm

May 31, June 1 and 2 – Yoga

June 21, 22 and 23 – Jill Drader

August 16, 17 and 18 – Erin Evans

October 18, 19 and 20 – Jill Drader

November 8, 9 and 10 – Jill Drader

If you are interested in renting the Community Hall, please send an email to rentals@fieldbc.ca.

6. Constitution Update
Andrew Bartels, Sonya Leenders and Kathryn Cameron to: 

  • identify current operations and programs
  • research by-law suggestions 
  • examine current Constitution to determine what to keep and what to strike
  • develop draft to discuss with community
  • 7. BC Hydro Conference Call, Tuesday, March 26: Communications Protocols and contact information confirmed; role of FRAA in emergency situation; discussed Twitter notification system when battery (ESF) is in service; new cell to be installed in ESF in May, currently operating at 90%; current BC Hydro Fire Protocols for ESF to be shared with Field Fire and Rescue; ensure training is up to date; BC Hydro working with CP Rail on tree removal along line in September. 

8. Emergency Plan Update:

  • Initial meeting March 15 with Parks Canada, Field Fire and Rescue, BC Emergency Health Services and FRAA to update contact information and protocols in the event of a power outage. 
  • When the updated protocol has been jointly agreed on by Parks Canada and BC Hydro it will be circulated. 
  • First step in updating Field Emergency Plan. 
  • Second meeting scheduled for April 24, 2019 to look at protocols in Field Emergency Plan for Motor Vehicle Incident with mass casualties.

9. St. Joseph Project

  • Final report for Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) grant for $5000 submitted April 8, 2019. Money was spent on the lot survey ($3,786.83) and part of the conceptual plan cost to date ($1,213.17)
  • BC Built Heritage Grant for $300,000 submitted to Columbia Basin Trust on March 14
  • Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser planned for June
  • Discussing other grant applications
  • Conceptual plan revision in process
  • Development Permit process started

10. Field Summer Music Festival: Sunday, July 7 – Flint 

  • Exciting line up of performers
  • Tier one tickets on sale now $35, available by contacting fieldsummermusicfestival@gmail.com
  • On Facebook: Field Summer Music Festival
  • Received $1000 grant from Columbia Valley Credit Union, applying to CSRD for funding
  • Continue to work on plans for food, toilets, parking, vendors, poster

12. Round Table Discussion

Sonya in talks with Golden-Field RCMP Victim Services Coordinator Neela Wolfe about a presentation on Community Safety with focus on Sexual Misconduct or Inappropriate Behaviour in the Work Environment to give people information on what to do and where to go for assistance. Education, awareness, knowledge. Could be presented at next Town Hall Meeting on May 13. This is an opportunity for employers to develop training sessions for staff, ongoing education for managers and employees. Also educational opportunity for clients to understand acceptable behaviour in a social /professional setting.

13. FUB Agenda – Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:30 am Field Admin

         1. Quarterly Reports – all four quarters to review

         2. Snow Removal – We need a more reliable system:

  • Identify snow dump sites that do not include the flower beds in front of the superintendent’s house, in front of the church nor on private property
  • Piles of snow on 1st Avenue between 1st Street and Centre Street were not removed all winter. Safety issue re: lines of site for pedestrians and drivers exiting driveways. Covered storm drains which are still frozen and not able to help drain snowmelt as designed. Huge piles of snow create hidden spaces for vandalism and vehicle theft.
  • Goal is a professional and respectful relationship between residents and highways crew.
  • We had two major snow events this winter, one in early January and one in early February. The rest of the winter was fairly dry.
  • FRAA requests a meeting with Townsites and Highways Manager and Supervisors in October 2019 for winter snow removal plan for next winter
  • FRAA AGM in November good time to remind residents of guidelines for snow removal from sidewalks/driveways on lease

         3. Water Meters – Results of discussion with Assets re: process to    secure readings and potential for inaccurate readings

         4. Spring Bins – FRAA suggests dates that cover June 10 through 17

         5. Street Sweeper – ETA? Sooner rather than later will mitigate high dust levels we’re experiencing now.

14. Town Hall Meeting Agenda – Monday, May 13, 2019 7:00 pm Field Community Hall

Presentation (To be confirmed)

FRAA Report

Treasurer’s Report

Parks Canada Reports

Friends of Yoho

Field Fire and Rescue

Round Table Discussion

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting, March 11, 2019

In Attendance: Lloyd Lafrance, Ryan Cameron, Juliet Van Vliet, Julie D’Avignon, Katrina Froese, Heather MacNeill, Helen Barry, Charisse D’hamers, Estelle LeGrice, Craig Chapman, Sonya Leenders, Bonnie Brandt, Andrew Bullock, Ginette Therrien, Lorraine Zirke, Darren O’Brien, Steve Christy, Patrick Cais, Paulina O’Brien, Kathryn Cameron, Sally Watson, Dale Culler, Steve Jackson, Rick Kubian, Gregg Walker

Excused: Karen Schmidt, Greg Dowman, Flint Palmer

1. Special Presentation: Rocky Mountain School District #6

The School District has decided to return the leased land to Parks Canada and is negotiating the process. Parks Canada plans to use building and is negotiating a price to pay the School District.

Presentation information not received yet. Revised minutes will be circulated when the file is available. 

2. Special Presentation: Greg Walker, Parks Canada Fire and Vegetation

Parks Canada is working on Fire Management Plan for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. Public consultation process is open until April 30, 2019. 

Presentation information not received yet. Revised minutes will be circulated when the file is available. 

3. Special Presentation: Steve Christy, Peak Broadband

PEAK BROADBAND PLAN FOR FIBRE OPTIC CABLE INSTALLATION IN YOHO NATIONAL PARK

What’s up?

Peak Broadband is installing underground fibre optic cable from Field to the Boulder Compound and Emerald Lake Lodge to provide high speed internet to remote areas

What you need to know

The alignment starts at Truffle Pigs near their propane tank and heads down beside 1stAve/Stephen Ave and goes all the way down the back road to the highway.  It splits there up east side of the TCH to the Boulder Compound and to just past the bridge to head down the Emerald road

The installation will mostly be completed by ploughing in conduit and direct bury cable, with some directional drilling and minimal open excavation

We are currently planning to start the project towards the end of May, or as soon as the frost is out of the ground

Expect minor delays and speed reductions while travelling in these areas at that time.  

Please join us on twitter at @peakbroadband OR Facebook at Peak Broadband for regular updates of the schedule and progress

All construction will take place during daylight hours

Residents from Centre Street down 1st Ave and Stephen Ave toward the back road can expect temporary construction noise as the Plough passes by

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause, the project should be completed within a month

Benefits

Providing high speed internet to Park and Emerald staff will provide a better living experience for seasonal and full time staff in outlying areas that contribute to the financial viability of the Village of Field.

The end result will also enable Peak Broadband to provide better packages at competitive prices to our existing customers.

4. FRAA Report: Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

It’s been a busy seven weeks since our last Town Hall Meeting on January 21.

On February 1, 2 and 3, the FRAA hosted the 42nd Annual Yoho Blow, Field’s winter festival. It was a memorable event. Really great community participation and celebration – until the real Yoho Blow started late Saturday afternoon. Cancelled the Anything Goes Downhill Race due to extreme cold weather and rescheduled the Pot Luck Supper to Sunday, February 10 due to power outage on February 3. All other events went ahead. Congratulations to all the teams and people who excelled in contests. Event organizers excelled in the challenge making!

Kudos to Field Fire and Rescue and engaged residents who responded so positively to make certain all people in Field were in warm, secure housing during the power outage Feb 3, 2019. Thank you to BC Hydro crews who worked in extreme weather conditions to restore power as quickly as they did. This event sparked the current work to update protocols and contact info through the Field Emergency Services Questionnaire. If you have not filled out a questionnaire, they are available at the Post Office. If you have not returned your completed questionnaire, you can return it to the Post office.

FRAA offers condolences to families of the three men who died in the CPR derailment on February 4, 2019, and to our neighbours who work for CP and at the bunkhouse who knew the men.

February 10 we wrapped up the Yoho Blow with another delicious Pot Luck Supper.

February 14 we danced and celebrated Valentine’s Day with Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra at Groove is in the Heart.

Kicking Horse Ski Club hosted a Moonlight Ski on February 15 and the Yoho Nordic Challenge on February 17.

BC Hydro Conference Call Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am to discuss specific power outages of February 3 and February 8, outages in Field in general and performance of the Energy Storage Facility (ESF). Here is information provided by BC Hydro:

  • During the February 3rd outage the manager in charge relied on the cold temperatures and concerns for the community as justification to have crews remain on site until the work was completed.  Following the outage February 3, BC Hydro learned that only one battery bank discharged during the outage so basically it provided half the normal backup.  BC Hydro noted during that outage that the demand in Field was far higher than normally seen and both of those things in combination account for the ten hours of backup provided. 
  • During the second outage on February 8/9 crews hit an access window that allowed them to get on the tracks as soon as they arrived in Field and were able to make the repairs right away.
  • The life expectancy of the battery banks is between 12-15 years. The ESF is a “demonstration project” and since July 2013 the ESF has provided back up during 47 outages (planned and unplanned) for a total of 328 hours. As for an assessment of the demonstration project, BC Hydro is monitoring performance ongoing  and will conduct an overall assessment as we move closer to the facility’s life expectancy.
  • Parks Canada highway twinning project is currently (only) in Definition stage, and IF funding is approved, would take approximately 20 years to construct starting with the eastern boundary of the park.  Parks Canada has approached BC Hydro with an offer to supply and install underground direct buried conduit and civil works as part of their work to twin the highway, to be turned over to BC Hydro upon completion.  Cables are not included in the offer. BC Hydro has tentatively agreed to the offer and is currently in discussion with the Parks Canada project team to provide Engineering support.
  • If constructed, the empty 5” conduits and precast concrete manholes and junction boxes will be turned over to BC Hydro to own, operate, and maintain. Then, at some point in the future, BC Hydro may choose to allocate additional capital to install cables into the civil infrastructure.  This would allow the overhead Distribution circuit that is currently installed on the CPR right of way between ESF and Field to be decommissioned, as well as other downstream infrastructure as the twinning progresses towards Leanchoil/Golden.
  • Even with Parks Canada providing the civil infrastructure, the net present value of remaining works for BC Hydro to take over the installation, install cable, and reconnect all existing customers is still in excess of $12M.  The undergrounding/civil works represents approximately 32 Km of Distribution re-work.
  • As part of the proposed twinning project it is expected that if all goes according to plan, the overhead line between ESF and Field will be prioritized for conversion; however, there are several financial, regulatory, and schedule hurdles that must be approved before that could occur.

The new stoves were delivered on February 27, and installation complete on March 1.

The St. Joseph Project is moving along. We submitted a pre-grant application to BC Built Heritage on March 8 and the actual grant application is due March 15. Today we met with Kathleen Wilker from Parks Canada Development Office. She gave us feedback on our conceptual plan and will send us the Development Permit Application package right away. Notes from the meeting will be shared with russell and russell.

Winter Programs are going strong:

  • Tabata High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on Sunday and Thursday evenings.
  • Just Breathe Yoga on Wednesday evenings, current session goes until March 27, and we’re negotiating a spring session with Hayley Markel. Stay tuned for details.
  • The ski trails are in great shape, we still have plenty of snow and it’s spring conditions!
  • Early Childhood programming continues as parents’ schedules permit.

Future events to include in your calendar:

  • Thursday, March 28 – Live Music at the community Hall with Sam Weber. Admission by donation.
  • Monday, April 22 – Earth Day Community Clean-Up and Easter Pot Luck Brunch
  • Sunday, June 2 – Spring Fling
  • Saturday June 8 – Garage Sale at the Community Hall
  • Early June – spring bin(s)
  • Monday, July 1 – Canada Day Celebrations. Canadian Heritage has approved a $500 grant to FRAA for the event
  • Sunday, July 7 – Field Summer Music Festival (FSMF). Flint has signed Whitetooth Brewery as a sponsor for the event, responsible for Beer Garden, including staffing and will make a donation to FSMF. Scat Cat on board as partial sponsor; will provide 4 porta-potties for $940 plus tax. Volunteer Coordinator to manage 25 volunteers from security to runners, ticket handlers, etc. Brings FSMF to 4 volunteer staff. Flint is opening a bank account so people can purchase tickets via e-mail transfer.

For those people interested in follow up on a request for information about a person who worked in Field 25 years ago that was discussed at the January 21st Town Hall Meeting, we found the person and the guitar. The two parties are in contact.

The Board continues to work on:

  • the constitution update
  • a Memorandum of Understanding with Parks Canada that will probably include a Contribution Agreement to have everything in one document
  • support for two full-time positions for Field Fire and Rescue
  • snow removal on 1st Avenue

5. Treasurer’s Report: Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAAMotion to approve report as presented: Sonya. Seconded: Paulina

Files attached to the distribution email.

6. Parks Canada Townsite Report: Juliet Van Vliet, Townsite Manager

  • Thank you to the Field Fire Department volunteers and to Chief Furfaro for the response to the CP derailment. 
  • Thank you to the Field Fire Department and the FRAA for teamwork with BC hydro in post-incident discussions regarding the February Power outage. 
  • Guest house inspections complete, thank you Field!
  • Idea for community discussion: Parking pilot in front of post office (15 minutes).
  • What are the most pressing parking concerns in Field?
  • Snow removal and spring preparations. Any outstanding issues? We keep a record of all snow removal comments/questions/complaints, please contact Townsites to provide comments outside of townhall meetings.
  • Park Management Plan engagement process – scoping phase until April 30 2019.
    • Parks Canada will discuss what the focus of the future management plans should be. We invite you to participate and have your say on Canada’s mountain national parks. Visit www.letstalkmountainparks.ca for more information. 
  • Fire Management Plan engagement process  – engagement open until April 30 2019
    • Parks Canada is developing a plan to guide fire management in Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks. Learn more and let us know what you think from February 6 – April 30, 2019 at: www.talkwithparks.ca
  • Pricing Consultations
    • New prices will come into effect on January 1, 2020. Prices on Parks Canada fees including admissions, camping/accommodations and experiences such as guided tours and programs will increase by 2.2% on 2018 rates. Admission fees will also be adjusted on a limited number of locations including some in the mountain parks because of the increased level of service and available infrastructure.
  • Update on billing for utilities: water, sewer and garbage 
    • Bill for quarters 1, 2 and 3
    • Any issues with payments please chat with me.
    • Future bills will be on time.
  • Terms of Reference / MOU discussions
    • Drafts to come, for review.
  • Updated contact information for Parks Canada Townsites and Realty
    • Currently based out of Lake Louise Superintendent’s office
    • Weekdays telephone 830am to 430pm 430-522-1186 

7. Friends of Yoho Report: Brenda Selkirk, Manager 

No report tonight.

8. Community Paramedicine Report: Craig Chapman, BCEHS

13 calls since the last town meeting on January 21. Wide range: MVA’s, medical calls, train derailments. There was a significant event today with avalanche east of town. 

On Feb 2 – 3 the community suffered a loss of power and telephone/cell service.  This can cause considerable concern especially when the weather conditions are extreme. In this event we coordinated with the Field Fire Department who were staged at the hall and could be dispatched by radio. In the event of a similar situation and you need an ambulance go to the designated command centre, or if you have access to a radio with Parks Canada channels call Banff Dispatch. If we are in service we can be reached by radio. We are currently working with the Fire Department and Parks Canada on the Emergency plan for Field.

Columbia Valley and our area are getting busier and we are being utilized more for inter-facility transfers and x covering Golden.  This can mean the ambulance is out of town for extended periods.

B.C. Auditor General Carol Bellringer released a report last week on the BC Emergency Health Service. The report found that access to emergency health services varies depending on where you live, with fewer or no paramedics trained to provide advanced care in rural and remote communities.

The target response times are nine minutes for urban, 15 minutes for rural and 30 minutes for remote. We are considered remote.

BCEHS says it is meeting those targets 79 per cent of the time for rural calls and 77 per cent of the time for remote calls. If the ambulance in Field is not in service or out of town residents could expect a response from Golden in approx. 40-45 minutes for a call that is considered high priority.

On Tuesdays andWednesdays Craig has scheduled hours in the role of Community Paramedic. For a variety of reasons that work does involve spending some time in Golden but Community Paramedic role continues to work on initiatives to support Field being a healthier community.  Currently working with the FRAA on the Church redevelopment. Community Paramedic is at the Community Hall on Wednesday most weeks between 1 and 3pm. Drop by and chat, check your blood pressure, information available on a variety of topics.

9. Field Fire and Rescue Report: Mike Furfaro, Chief

  1. Call Outs –16 as of 01 January 2019.
    1. 8 in Jan, 7 in Feb, 1 in March
  2. Members – Sitting at 21 members. 
    1. 6 Officers, 5 Firefighters, 7 Probationary Members, 2 Recruits

1 Auxiliary Member (Elaine)

  • New and Planned Purchases
    • New purchases
  • Completed Training 
    • 2 Members to Team Leader last weekend
  • Upcoming Training
    • 2019 CSRD Spring training calendar is in.
    • 2 Members to Crude By Rail course in Colorado in May.
  • Apparatus
    • Engine 1 (all good)
    • Rescue 1 (all good)
    • Rescue 2 (Siren Issues)
  • Field Emergency Plan
    • Field Emergency Plan? Review old Plan, Review new plan
      • FFRD will conduct initial size-up and potential initial containment then may assist in notification and evacuation of residence of Field.
      • Town notification options (Siren=1min continuous blast, Vehicle PA systems, door to door)
  • Upcoming Projects
    • Work with PC to formalize mutual aid agreements with L.L. (ID9) and Golden BC.
    • Having discussion with PC about importance of fulltime members on FFR.
  • My Absence from Chief’s Position  – Gone from 20 March to 20 April
    • Patrick Cais will be Acting Chief and all FFR enquires go through him.
    • 2nd to Patrick will be Dave Allen, Chris Allen, Doug Mostert.
  •  Thank you to everyone for their great work during the 03 Feb. 2019 extended power outage. Thank you to Craig Chapman for driving into cell range to initiate conversations with BC Hydro and Telus, and to keep everyone posted with updates. Thank you to Sally and Kathryn with the FRAA for running the Community Centre and a huge thank you to everyone who offered up rooms and accommodations for people to stay the night and to stay warm.

10. Round Table – Nothing brought forward

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting Minutes February 18, 2019

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Paulina O’Brien, Greg Dowman, Sonya Leenders, Kathryn Cameron, and Charisse D’hamers

Excused: Karen Schmidt, Flint Palmer

1. Meeting Schedule Review – Trip plans for the next couple of months: who’s here, who’s away.

Kathryn – away February 19 to 22, April 25 to May 6 and May 10 to 17.

Paulina – away for a week in May.

Sonya – away May 3, 4 and 5.

Charisse – away April 10 to May 10.

Sonya to chair Town Hall Meeting on May 13.

2. Event Recap and Reports

Hockey Tournament (January 18 and 19) hosted by Kurt Devlin was great. Role of the FRAA in the event is to pay for liquor; Kurt manages all other parts of the event, including volunteers.

Yoho Blow 2019 (February 1, 2 and 3) was a memorable event. Really great community participation and winter celebration – until the real Yoho Blow started late Saturday afternoon. Cancelled the Anything Goes Downhill Race due to extreme cold weather and rescheduled the Pot Luck Supper to Sunday, February 10 due to power outage on February 3. All other events went ahead. Congratulations to all the teams and people who excelled in contests. Event organizers excelled in the challenge making! Event checklist seems like a functional tool. Template to be circulated to board members – will be added to the FRAA Operations Manual.

Groove is in the Heart, Valentine’s Day dance with Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. Good music, good turnout, great dancing! Our arrangement with the band is that they receive door admissions and the FRAA receives all bar profits. 

Sally to present event financial reports at the Town Hall Meeting on March 11.

3. Volunteer Appreciation

FRAA relies on volunteers to make community events and programs succeed. Thank you to all the people who find the time and energy to help build the community. Discussion on how to say thanks and ways to encourage increased volunteer participation so we don’t burnout the current willing cadre of volunteers. 

Volunteer appreciation could include a drink ticket or (a drink at end of shift), event entry, a paid out for night of fun somewhere for bowling, curling, a great fun evening at @ High Rollers; purchase a ticket for Field Summer Music Festival; host a supper event for volunteers. Suggestions? Requests? FRAA will pay for ‘Serving it Right’, a $35 value. Apply for grant money to seniors’ Federal Government New Horizons Grant. Paulina to make a list of folks to approach directly to ask if interested in helping us in bar shifts and cleanups during and after events. 

 4. Winter Programs and Upcoming Events

Tuesdays 3:30 pm – St. Joseph Project meeting at Truffle Pigs

Wednesday 6:00 pm – Just Breathe Yoga with Hayley Markel at the Community Hall

Thursday 7:30 pm and Sunday 6:30 pm – Tabata High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)with Laura Penner on Thursdays and self-directed on Sundays at the Community Hall

Early Childhood Programming: Charisse meeting with resource people in Golden to tap in to available programs that can be offered in Field. Currently, the local group gets together as schedules permit. Use of Community Hall not limited to room downstairs.

Monday, April 22, 2019 – Earth Day Community Clean-Up and Easter Potluck Brunch. Clean-Up starts at 10 am. Potluck at noon.  Sonja will take lead on this event. Candy for the kids; Easter Egg hunt in the Community Hall.

Sunday, June 2, 2019 – Spring Fling. Paulina will take the lead for this event. Will ask Flint if he can do tunes for door receipts, or if he knows of a band that may be interested. FRAA to run the bar. Yoga rental until early afternoon this date; to decorate and set up after rental group has finished.

Monday, July 1, 2019 – Canada Day. Kathryn will take the lead for this event. $500 grant received from Canadian Heritage. Will follow same model as last year. 

Note: Organizations, like the FRAA, are allowed to apply for up to 3 liquor licenses per month, not to exceed more than 24 liquor licenses per year.

Hall Bookings for 2019 to date:

March 11 – Parks Canada

May 31, June 1 and 2 – Yoga

June 21, 22 and 23 – Jill Drader

August 16, 17 and 18 – Erin Evans

October 18, 19 and 20 – Jill Drader

November 8, 9 and 10 – Jill Drader

5. Emergency Preparedness Update

Kudos to Field Fire and Rescue and engaged residents who responded so positively to make certain all people in Field were in warm, secure housing during the power outage Feb 3, 2019. Thank you to BC Hydro crews who worked in extreme weather conditions to restore power as quickly as they did. This event highlighted the need to update protocols and contact info.

Field Emergency Services Questionnaire circulated to community to update contact information and residence information, i.e. people who live in the home, rental suite, heat sources. If you have not filled out a questionnaire, they are available at the Post Office. If you have not returned your completed questionnaire, you can return it to the Post office.

BC Hydro Conference Call Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:30 am to discuss specific power outages of February 3 and February 8, and outages in Field in general; communications protocols and distribution lists; Field Emergency Plan status and update timeline; vegetation management update; and Energy Storage Facility (back-up battery). 

FRAA offers condolences to families of the three men who died in the CPR derailment on February 4, 2019, and to our neighbours who work at the bunkhouse and knew the men.

6. St. Joseph Project Development Update

Board continues to research grant options/eligibility. CBT Heritage Grant deadline for application is March 15, 2019, the final intake for this grant. Kathryn and Craig in discussion with Jennifer Dunkerson, Heritage Planner Columbia Basin Region. Grants preferable to loans for the project.

Meeting with Kathleen Wilker, Parks Canada Development Officer on March 11, 2019 to discuss plans for the redevelopment and development application process. Next step with the design phase is engineered drawings if our proposal meets guidelines. 

7. Field Summer Music Festival (FSMF)

Flint has signed Whitetooth Brewery as a sponsor for the event, responsible for Beer Garden staffing and project. Will make a donation to FSMF.

Scat Cat on board as partial sponsor. 4 porta-potties for $940 plus tax.

Volunteer Coordinator to manage 25 volunteers from security to runners, ticket handlers, etc. Brings FSMF to 4 volunteer staff.

How can people purchase tickets?

8. Constitution Update and Operations Manual

Sonya, Kathryn and Andrew Bartels working on draft. Suggested that we look at FFRD constitution for template.

9. Contribution Agreement Status

The Contribution Agreement between FRAA and Parks Canada expired March 31, 2018. New agreement is in process.

10. Field Utility Board Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 10:30 am at Field Admin

1. Quarterly Reports for 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters
We haven’t had a FUB for several months and I don’t think we’ve seen any reports for this fiscal year.

2. Where is Parks Canada at with billing for water, sewer and garbage?

3. Field Emergency Plan – What is the timeline for updating the existing document?

4. Field Fire and Rescue – Currently a ‘volunteer’ organization. Field Recreation Advisory Association supports a shift to two full-time positions for FFRD, and upgrades to the Fire Hall to accommodate needs of the department. This option has been in discussion for over three years now. Volunteer firefighters in the community provide excellent service in emergency situations to national park visitors, people travelling through Yoho National Park en route to other destinations to the east and west of Field, to CPR and to residents. It’s a big commitment for people who have jobs, families and full, rich lives. The FRAA feels it’s important to acknowledge the amount of time involved in administration of the department. What are Parks Canada plans for these positions and hall upgrades?

5. Snow Removal – 1st Avenue is down to one lane of traffic, and snow banks are so high that sight lines are impacted and it’s difficult to get in and out of driveways safely. Stephen Avenue downtown also has very high snow banks and limited parking for businesses. Who is the current manager of Highway Service Centre?

6. The contribution agreement between Parks Canada and the FRAA expired on March 31, 2018. What is the status of the new agreement?

7. FRAA insurance invoices have been submitted to the Townsite Office in Field. Have they been sent for payment?

8. What is the status of Facilitated Meetings and the MOU between Parks Canada and the FRAA?

9. 2019 is year for spring bin(s) for the community. Generally they are here the first two weeks in June. Please confirm this will happen this year.

11. Town Hall Meeting Agenda

Monday, March 11, 2019 7:00 pm at Field Community Hall

1. Presentation School District No. 6, with support from Parks Canada to provide additional information if necessary and answer questions

2. Presentation Parks Canada Fire and Vegetation Manager Greg Walker

3. Information Update Peak Broadband

4. FRAA Report

5. Treasurer’s Report

6. Parks Canada Reports

         Townsite Manager

         Highway Service Centre

7. Friends of Yoho

8. Field Fire and Rescue

12. Round Table

Paulina hopes to offer Zoomba this summer. Best option is as an FRAA program, admission fee to cover instruction, license fee to Zoomba and 20% fee to use the hall. Greg interested in providing live percussion for classes.

Charisse working on Early Childhood Development grant application and programming for next year.Sonya proposed holding a garage sale and plant swap in the Community Hall on June 8, 2019. Details to follow.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting, January 21, 2019

In Attendance: Brenda Selkirk, Dave Selkirk, Lorraine Zirke, Juliet Van Vliet, Michael Vanderveen, John Stichelbout, Craig Chapman, Ryan Cameron, Pierre Lemire, Wendy Edge, Patrick Cais, Jen Coffman, Andrew Bartels, Marilyn Toulouse, Michael Furfaro, Sally Watson, Paulina O’Brien, Kathryn Cameron, Flint Palmer

Excused: Karen Schmidt, Greg Dowman, Charisse D’hamers, Sonya Leenders

Welcome and introductions. 

Field residents are passionate about our community. Town Hall Meetings are held about every two months to provide a venue to share information with each other and provide feedback on events, projects and townsite management. The intent of these meetings is to communicate respectfully with each other, recognizing there are many perspectives on what happens in our community. This is the venue to hear and discuss those perspectives that promote well being in the community and also promote ability for businesses and residents to function even in tough circumstances like the big weather event at the beginning of the year. So, let’s keep it clean and productive!

1. FRAA Report  – Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

It’s been an active two months since our last Town Hall Meeting on November 19, 2018. First and foremost, thank you to all the volunteers who organize, promote and participate in events organized for the community. For a village of around 140 people, we have a lot going on. Residents step up in official and unofficial capacity to clear and flood the rink (which is getting lots of use this winter), plan and host events at both of our facilities and on the ski trails, work on projects (the church renovation, grant research and very soon now grant application writing), communicate with followers on the website and Facebook page and have discussion with Parks Canada about salient issues like snow removal. Volunteers are at the heart of everything the FRAA offers.

Events Recap  

Christmas Pot Luck Supper, Skate with Santa and Christmas Concert:
 Saturday December 22, 2018. What a great evening! 

Thanks to Marcus Selkirk for his MC skills and establishing that it was our 101st Annual Christmas Celebration. Who knew? 

Thanks to our prep cooks and carving chefs. 

Field people – the food was outstanding. 

Santa – your diet works and your skills with kids haven’t changed at all – you were wonderful on the ice and handing out gifts. We’ll see you next year!

Concert performers – rock on, especially on the fashion runway. Totally entertaining and fun evening. Standing room only. Delicious food. Visiting. Entertainment. Everything we love as a community. Kudos to the clean-up crews who prepared and decorated the Community Hall before the event, brought order to the chaos during the event, and undecorated and washed the Hall after the event.

Music at the Church: Friday, December 28, 2018. Our first event at St. Joseph’s featured music from Carrington and Syena Mitchell of Golden, with support from their Dad, Charlie. Guitar and fiddle, harmony. Surprise solos from Slade. Really nice evening. Good turnout. Great donations. 

Moonlight Ski with Kicking Horse Ski Club took place on Friday, January 18, 2018, 8:00 pm at beautiful Emerald Lake. Six people attended.

Pond Hockey Tournament happened Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, 2019, organized by Kurt Devlin. Congratulations on a great event Kurt. Congratulations to Dave Allen, who apparently now looks like a real hockey player, Scott Matheson, Brandon Feuz, Mike Nelson, Bailey Christianson, Hannah Macklin and Hannah’s boyfriend Mike on taking the gold.

Events Future

Just Breathe Yoga:
 Starting again this Wednesday on January 23, 2019, with Hayley Markel at the Community Hall, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm, $12 drop in fee.


HIIT: Two weekly sessions. Thursday evening with Laura Penner at the Community Hall, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, $12. Sunday evening, group lead at the Community Hall, no charge.

Yoho Blow: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 2019.

         Friday evening: Crib Tournament, Pick Up Hockey Game

         Saturday: Bocce Tournament, Heritage Relay, Dance with John        Jenkins and Small Town Revival

         Sunday: Bocce Tournament, Anything Goes Downhill Race, Pot Luck        Supper

         All Weekend: Church Fundraisers: 50/50 draw, 50/50 Squares; Bar and Food Service (daytime Saturday and Sunday); Visiting
         Tasks: Confirm champions for events(bocce and heritage relay champions confirmed, waiting for confirmation on downhill race champion), Fire Pit Restricted Activity Permit application for 2019 (complete), liquor license and order, food, volunteer sign up sheets, communications. Poster to be sent out this week, with updates posted on Facebook pages and website. 

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) awarded the FRAA a $1000 grant in support of the dance. Thanks again CBT!

Groove is in the Heart: Thursday, February 14 with The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra at Field Community Hall, $15 at the door, cash bar. Seriously. Valentine’s Day Dance with an exceptionally groovy group.


St. Joseph Project: Second set of conceptual plan revisions received and presented at meeting, including rendering or proposed appearance. Almost ready to hold second public consultation. It’s exciting.

Thanks to the Friends of Yoho for your generous donation of  $3305.19, presented musically at the Christmas Concert. 

One-hour weekly project management meetings, 3:30 pm at Truffle Pigs lounge. Project management team core members: Sally Watson, Craig Chapman, Kathryn Cameron. Board members sit in as their schedules permit. 

Working on website that will accept donations.

Working on dedicated stationery for project correspondence.

MP Wayne Stetski’s Parliamentary Office has researched federal grants the FRAA is eligible to apply to for the project and Board members are researching provincial and foundation grants to help us have a big picture of what’s available and what we‘re eligible to apply for. Learning the grants process! 


Field Summer Music Festival: Sunday, July 7, 2019 from mid afternoon to 11 pm outside on paved area of Community Hall lease; inside for wind down until midnight. 

Six bands confirmed to date. Negotiations in process with seventh group. 

Organizing accommodation for performers.

Budget on target. Plan is to sell 300 to 350 tickets this year.

Logo contest posted on Facebook

Sponsorship from local businesses in process.

Merchandise, staging, licenses and food options all in process.

Applying for grants. Leaving no stones unturned.

Looking for assistance – volunteers can contact Flint Palmer: flintaroo@hotmail.ca


Stoves: Ordered two 30” GE gas ranges from Barrault Home Furnishings in Golden on November 29, 2018 during their annual GE appliance sale. Total cost $4558.01 after taxes, $1700 savings and $75.00 delivery fee. Fully paid. On back order. Hope to have them installed before Yoho Blow.

Once new stoves arrive, Sonya to purchase one fully functioning stove for $100 and Flint to dispose of stove without oven function.

Ski Club Update: CIBC provided copies of cancelled cheques from purchase of snow machine in 2013 that show it was purchased by FRAA. Now ready to transfer registration to FRAA from Kicking Horse Ski Club without paying PST again. It’s on the short list of things to do. Visit www.khsc.ca for trail reports and Club updates.

Constitution Update: In process. Kathryn and Sonya working on it. May have draft for review at Town Hall Meeting on March 11, 2019.

Communications: Flint and Kathryn held training session on process for updating www.fieldbc.ca website. 

Vagina Monologues in Golden: Sonya talking to Golden Women’s Resource Centre about staging the production in Golden this year, potentially March 10, 2019 with same cast as last year.

Snow removal following January 2 and 3 snowfall event: Granted, it was a substantial amount of snow. However, one week later there were still huge windrows on both sides of streets that should have one windrow on one side or no windrows, parking issues through the community, concern about emergency vehicle access to all residences, access and egress for large delivery vehicles like the mail truck and grocery trucks, and a perceived lack of interest from Parks Canada to keep the community able to function. If you have concerns about snow removal, please contact the Townsites Office by email: PC.LLYKTownsites@canada.ca or hollie.tataryn@canada.ca or phone 403-522-1212.

John Jenkins does equipment repair now. We’ll take our damaged speaker to him once he’s back home in Golden from a winter getaway to somewhere hot.

We have a Free Library on the porch of the Community Hall, donated by Sean Higgins, which she originally placed on the lawn at the Allen residence. It’s a great addition to the Community Hall offering. Thanks Sean.

We received a request for contact information on a resident named Raymond R who lived in Field about 25 years ago. Long term residents – any ideas? The contact phone number was 604-344-7164. The 250 area code didn’t come into effect until October 1996 so that would have been a Golden number. Does anyone recognize it? Two potential follow-up ideas determined. Action by Craig and Kathryn.

Want to know what’s happening? Check out our Facebook Page: The Village of Field or the website: www.fieldbc.ca

2. Treasurer’s Report 

         Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA

Motion by Paulina, seconded by Flint to accept Financial Reports as presented. Motion Carried unanimously.

Files attached to the minutes email.

3. Parks Canada Reports 

         Juliet Van Vliet, Townsite Manager

  • Thanks for the welcome! Field is a really lively, important community.
  • Outline of Park Management Plan engagement process launching January 29, 2019
    • From January 25 – April 14, 2019, Parks Canada will discuss what the focus of the future management plans should be. We invite you to participate and have your say on Canada’s mountain national parks. Visit www.letstalkmountainparks.ca for more information. 
    • Mailing address: Parks Canada, Integrated Land Use and Planning, 7511 Columbia Ave, Box 220, Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0
    • Upcoming meeting in Golden in March, date will be on webpage.
  • Outline of Fire Management Plan engagement process launching Feb 6, 2019
    • Parks Canada is developing a plan to guide fire management in Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks. Learn more and let us know what you think from February 6 – April 30, 2019 at: www.talkwithparks.ca
  • Pricing Consultations
    • New prices will come into effect on January 1, 2020. Prices on Parks Canada fees including admissions, camping/accommodations and experiences such as guided tours and programs will increase by 2.2% on 2018 rates. Admission fees will also be adjusted on a limited number of locations including some in the mountain parks because of the increased level of service and available infrastructure.
  • Update on billing for utilities: water, sewer and garbage 
    • there is a bill coming in the next couple of weeks for quarters 1, 2 and 3
    • This can be paid in installments
  • Terms of Reference / MOU discussions
    • Drafts to come, for review.
  • Guest house inspections
    • Data gathering exercise to ensure that guesthouses do not have a negative impact on the community in the future (parking etc.).
    • Requirement to renew guesthouse business licence
    • Great response so far, most guesthouses have booked inspections
    • Book through Townsites office
  • We keep a record of all snow removal comments/questions/complaints, please contact Townsites to provide comments.
  • Updated contact information for Parks Canada Townsites and Realty
    • Weekdays telephone 830am to 430pm 430-522-1186 

         Michael Vanderveen, Highway Service Centre

Halfway through the winter. Doing the mid-season transition for day and night crews where they exchange schedules. Record snowfall January 2 and 3, 2019, over 70 cm of snow. Three new staff coming on strength this week. Crew will be in Field on Wednesday to haul snow and clean up lines of sight at intersections. Discussion about more comprehensive communication to advise when people need to move their vehicles from streets so ploughs can clean roads. Sandwich board? Village of Field Facebook page? Not everyone has internet or email. Parking lot behind Truffle Pigs Lodge and Bistro is cleared and available for short-term parking.

4. Friends of Yoho Report 
         Brenda Selkirk, Manager Friends of Yoho

The Friends of Yoho are happy to report two new Board Members have joined the team: Lorraine Zirke and Flint Palmer. Currently offering a $1000 scholarship for post secondary education; working on details.

5. British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) Report

         Craig Chapman, Community Paramedic

Station 409 has been busy the last several months averaging about 10 calls per month. Mostly motor vehicle accidents. 

There are 4 members working at the station that live out of town and stay at the station when they are working. The station is not ideal for having people live there due to lack of separate bedroom and layout; we are actively looking for other rental options for them. Please contact Kim or Craig if you know of any space in town.

This increase in out of town members is linked to changes in the remuneration for part time members working on rural / remote stations. Members now get paid a minimum 4 hours for being on call for a 12 hour shift and this has lead to Station 409 having much less time out of service.

Community Paramedic works Tues and Wed, 20 hours per week. Originally rolled out provincially as a service for seniors with chronic disease this program is now much more involved in all aspects of community health.

Starting Wednesday, February 6, the Community Paramedic will be at the Community Hall from 1 – 3pm. There will be information on various health topics, opportunity to discuss specific concerns, discuss and work on possibilities for health promotion in the community, get vitals and blood pressure checked and coffee / tea. Poster is forthcoming.

Reviewed when to call “911” and “811”. If you think you need an ambulance you probably do. Better to call “911” than spend time trying to decide if it is an emergency. “811” is a great resource for general health concerns or questions. 

Public AED locations in the area are at the Truffle Pigs lodge, Information Centre and Emeralds Lake Lodge.

6. Field Fire and Rescue Report 
         Mike Furfaro, Chief, Field Fire and Rescue Department

  1. Call Outs – 4 as of 01 January 2019.
    1. 2018 calendar year saw 63 emergency responses from FFR
      1. 2 fires, 2 investigations, 2 medical assists, 3 Stand downs, 4 Hazmat, 50 MVAs
  • Members – Sitting at 19 members. 
    • 6 Officers, 5 Firefighters, 7 Probationary Members 1 Auxiliary Member (Elaine), -Anna newest Probationary member
  • New and Planned Purchases
    • New purchases – Turnout Gear, 5 SCBAs, Sawzall, Rescue Knives, Heavy duty ratchet set.
    • No foreseeable small purchases at this time. 
  • Completed Training
    • First Responder Course – November 2018
  • Upcoming Training –  Awaiting 2019 CSRD Spring training calendar 
  • Apparatus
    • Engine 1 (all good)
    • Rescue 1 (all good)
    • Rescue 2 (Siren Issues)
  • Upcoming Projects
    • Work with PC to formalize mutual aid agreements with L.L. (ID9) and Townsite of Golden
    • Future large purchase plan for PC (5 years +) 

7. Round TableCoordinate and update FRAA town email list with Parks Canada’s town e-mail list. Some residents didn’t receive notification about Telus cell tower service interruption and repair on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting January 7, 2019

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Flint Palmer, Paulina O’Brien, Kathryn Cameron, and Sonya Leenders
Excused: Greg Dowman, Karen Schmidt, and Charisse D’hamers.

1. Events Past – Recap

Christmas Pot Luck Supper, Skate with Santa and Christmas Concert: Saturday December 22, 2018. What a great evening! Thanks to Marcus Selkirk for his MC skills and establishing that it was our 101st Annual Christmas Celebration. Who knew?
Thanks to our prep cooks and carving chefs.
Field people – the food was outstanding.
Santa – your diet works and your skills with kids haven’t changed at all – you were wonderful on the ice and handing out gifts. We’ll see you next year!
Concert performers – rock on, especially on the fashion runway. Totally entertaining and fun evening. Standing room only. Delicious food. Visiting. Entertainment. Everything we love as a community. Kudos to the clean-up crews who prepared and decorated the Community Hall before the event, brought order to the chaos during the event, and undecorated and washed the Hall after the event.

Music at the Church: Friday, December 28, 2018. Our first event at St. Joseph’s featured music from Carrington and Syena Mitchell of Golden, with support from their Dad, Charlie. Guitar and fiddle, harmony. Surprise solos from Slade. Really nice evening. Good turnout. Great donations.

2. Events Future

Moonlight Ski with Kicking Horse Ski Club: Friday, January 18, 2018, 8:00 pm at beautiful Emerald Lake. Poster on bulletin board.

Just Breathe Yoga: Starting again on January 23, 2019. Wednesday evenings with Hayley Markel at the Community Hall, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm, $12 drop in fee.

HIIT: Two weekly sessions. Thursday evening with Laura Penner at the Community Hall, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, $12. Sunday evening, group lead at the Community Hall, no charge.

Pond Hockey Tournament: Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19, 2019, organized by Kurt Devlin. Eight teams have registered. Games go from 6:30 to 10 pm Friday night, and from 8:30 am to 10 pm Saturday. Dance on Saturday evening at the Community Hall with The Carbons (holy cats they sound good – check out their Facebook page), starting at 10 pm. Food service Saturday afternoon. Bar service both days. On Facebook: 2nd Annual Pond Hockey Tournament in Field, BC.

Yoho Blow: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 2019.

Friday evening: Crib Tournament, Pick Up Hockey Game
Saturday: Bocce Tournament, Heritage Relay, Dance with John Jenkins and Small Town Revival
Sunday: Bocce Tournament, Anything Goes Downhill Race, Pot Luck Supper
All Weekend: Church Fundraisers: 50/50 draw, Squares; Bar and Food Service (daytime Saturday and Sunday); Visiting
Tasks: Confirm champions for events, Fire pit Restricted Activity Permit application for 2019, liquor license and order, food, volunteer sign up sheets, communications

Groove is in the Heart: Thursday, February 14 with The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra at Field Community Hall, $15 at the door, cash bar. Seriously. Valentine’s Day Dance with an exceptionally groovy group.

3. Upcoming Rentals: So far, only the Pond Hockey Tournament January 18 and 19.

4. St. Joseph Project

Lots to report!

First set of concept plans received from russell and russell design in Canmore on December 3, 2018. Revisions sent December 18, 2018. Second set of concept plans received January 3, 2019. Revisions in process. Almost ready to present to community and hold second public consultation. It’s exciting.

Thanks to the Friends of Yoho for your generous donation of $3305.19, presented musically at the Christmas Concert.

One-hour weekly project management meetings, 3:30 pm at Truffle Pigs lounge. Project management team core members: Sally Watson, Craig Chapman, Kathryn Cameron. Board members sit in as their schedules permit.

Working on website that will accept donations.

Working on dedicated stationery for project correspondence.

MP Wayne Stetski’s Parliamentary Office has researched federal grants the FRAA is eligible to apply to for the project. Lots of leads for us to pursue.

4. Field Summer Music Festival: Sunday, July 7, 2019 from mid afternoon to 11 pm outside on paved area of Community Hall lease; inside for wind down until midnight.

Six bands confirmed to date. Negotiations in process with seventh group.
Organizing accommodation for performers.
Budget on target. Plan is to sell 300 to 350 tickets this year.
Logo contest posted on Facebook
Sponsorship from local businesses in process.
Merchandise, staging, licenses and food options all in process.
Applying for grants. Leaving no stones unturned.
Looking for assistance – volunteers can contact Flint Palmer: flintaroo@hotmail.ca

5. Stoves

Ordered two 30” GE gas ranges from Barrault Home Furnishings in Golden on November 29, 2018 during their annual GE appliance sale. Total cost $4558.01 after taxes, $1700 savings and $75.00 delivery fee. Fully paid. On back order. Hope to have them installed before Yoho Blow.

Once new stoves arrive, Sonya to purchase one fully functioning stove for $100 and Flint to dispose of stove without oven function.

6. Ski Club Update

CIBC provided copies of cancelled cheques from purchase of snow machine in 2013 that show it was purchased by FRAA. Now ready to transfer registration to FRAA from Kicking Horse Ski Club without paying PST again. Visit www.khsc.ca for trail reports and Club updates.

7. Constitution Update

In process. Kathryn and Sonya working on it. May have draft for review at Town Hall Meeting on March 11, 2019.

8. Meeting Schedule Review

Update your calendars!

FRAA Board Meeting, Monday evenings at 7:00 pm, Field Community Hall
January 7, 2019 – held
February 18, 2019
April 8, 2019
June 3, 2019
September 9, 2019
October 21, 2019
Field Utility Board Meeting, Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, Field Admin
February 27, 2019
May 1, 2019
September 18, 2019
November 6, 2019
Town Hall Meeting, Monday evenings at 7:00 pm, Field Community Hall
January 21, 2019
March 11, 2019
May 13, 2019
June 24, 2019
September 30, 2019
November 18, 2019 – also Annual General Meeting

9. Round Table

Communications: Flint and Kathryn to go over process for updating www.fieldbc.ca website

Vagina Monologues in Golden: Sonya talking to Golden Women’s Resource Centre about staging the production in Golden this year, potentially March 10, 2019 with same cast as last year.

Snow removal following January 2 and 3 snowfall event: Granted, it was a substantial amount of snow. However, one week later there are still huge windrows on both sides of streets that should have one windrow on one side or no windrows, parking issues through the community, concern about emergency vehicle access to all residences, access and egress for large delivery vehicles like the mail truck and grocery trucks, and a perceived lack of interest from Parks Canada to keep the community able to function. If you have concerns, please contact the Townsites Office by email: PC.LLYKTownsites@canada.ca or hollie.tataryn@canada.ca or phone 403-522-1212.

John Jenkins does equipment repair now. We’ll take our damaged speaker to him once he’s back home in Golden from a winter getaway to somewhere hot.

Sonya taking recycling to depot on Wednesday.

Want to know what’s happening? Check out our Facebook Page: The Village of Field

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting and Annual General Meeting November 19, 2018

In attendance: Elaine Lemieux, Greg Dowman, Paulina O’Brien, Kathryn Cameron, Sally Watson, Flint Palmer, Denise Toulouse, Ginette Therrien, Brenda Selkirk, Dave Selkirk, Ryan Cameron, Mike Furfaro, Doug Mostert, Boomer Lahti, Mike Legrice, Charisse D’Hamers, Estelle Legrice, Helen Barry, Lorraine Zirke, Patrick Cais, Bruce Bembridge, Marilyn Toulouse, Jen Coffman, Pauline Boisier

1. Pot Luck Supper – Doors and Bar Open at 5:30 pm, Supper from 6:00 pm to 6:45, Clean-Up and Meeting Set-up, Meeting starts at 7:00 pm
Great supper! Field cooks rocked it again.

2. FRAA Report
Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

The FRAA operational year is August 6 to August 5 the following year, so the Annual Report covers this period of time. Here are the highlights:

Recreation programming expanded to include yoga (with Cindy Kelly to the end of August 2017, Alana Jung to the middle of December 2 and Hayley Markel and Carly Bowers throughout the winter, spring and early summer, and the return of Cindy Kelly for July and August 2018) and Tabata High Intensity Interval Training with Laura Penner ongoing from early February. Thank you to the instructors and participants who have made these programs a resounding success! Yoga and HIIT programs join the tried and true activities we all know and love so well: skating, hockey and cross-country skiing. All of these outdoor activities require a substantial amount of rink and trail maintenance. Thank you to the snow removal and rink flooding crews who kept the ice in great shape all cold winter long last season. Thank you to the volunteers, coach and groomers who manage Kicking Horse Ski Club memberships, communications, Full Moon Skis, the Yoho challenge and grooming. It takes a community to raise a recreation program! Pickleball continues to be an important summer activity, and we have good news: Rocky Mountain School District # 6 has given permission for the FRAA to use the school for winter programs like indoor pickleball and HIIT. Stay tuned for details. Kicking Horse Ski Club is ramping up operations for the 2018/2019 season, and is also looking for people to take on running the club next year and beyond.

Facilitated Meetings with Parks Canada to develop a Memorandum of Understanding between the FRAA and Parks Canada will start again when the new Townsite Manager arrives to take up the reins.

Field Recreation Advisory Association has registered with the Province of British Columbia under the new Society Act. The FRAA continues to be legal entity.

In November 2017, the FRAA was gifted St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. We received grants to start the redevelopment process. A lot survey has been done, we have accepted the design proposal from russell and russell design in Canmore and we have had our first public consultation on the project. Friends of Yoho ended the summer 2017 Historic Walking Tours of Field at the church to help raise the profile of the project.

Christmas Celebrations were focussed at the Community Hall in 2017, with the Christmas Concert held in conjunction with the traditional Christmas Pot Luck Supper and Skate with Santa. Once again, Field Fire and Rescue gave us a highly entertaining theatre and dance production!

The Life Kit Program was introduced by BC Ambulance Service Community Paramedicine Program in January 2018. It gives residents guidance on documenting personal medical history and medications that can be referenced by respondents in the event of a medical emergency, and, what to do for pets and how to personally prepare for 72 hours of self-sustainability in the event of an emergency.

The Yoho Blow was held February 2, 3 and 4, 2018. It was a year to welcome former residents to relive their glory years at the crib table, on the bocce courts and in the Heritage Relay and to introduce new residents to a true Yoho Blow complete with a wild snowfall, full-on blizzard and really cold temperatures. What a weekend! It wrapped up with a surprisingly well-attended Pot Luck Supper.

We discovered that the siren at the Fire Hall does not work if there’s a power outage.

Charisse Legrice assumed responsibility for Kid’s Room programming, taking over from Julie Champagne.

We lost a true and quiet community builder when John Morrison died in early March.

Twelve amazing volunteers presented The Vagina Monologues March 10, a co-presentation by the FRAA and Golden Women’s Resource Centre, produced by FRAA Board Member Sonya Leenders.

We celebrated Easter with the Bunny Hop and Pot Luck Brunch on April 2.

At the May 7 Town Hall Meeting, Bonnie Brandt presented information about chemicals used in scented dryer sheets and offered recommended alternative options to their use.

We bid farewell and best wishes to long-term residents on May 10: Deb Bancroft and Mike Finn (off on retirement adventures), and Matt Morrison, Julie Champagne and their two children, Liam and Noah (moving on to Invermere adventures).

Parks Canada Townsite Manager Marthe Boissonnault gave an afternoon community presentation on May 29 to explain how Solid Waste costs are calculated. The presentation was also circulated to residents by email.

The Spring Fling on June 3 welcomed summer staff with a rockin’ dance at the Community Hall.

Canada Day on July 1 – a co-production of BC Ambulance Service, Field Fire and Rescue and the FRAA – started with good food and pickleball at the Community Hall, moved on to the parade (lead by RCMP in red serge) and water fight (featuring Field and Rescue against everyone else . . . ) followed by events at Church Pond (just a little tribute to former Parks Canada Superintendent Ian Church, I know we call it The Pond) at the Visitor Centre – FFR bbq, birthday cake and ice cream, and the tiniest friends and family bocce tournament to date, and ended with another barn-burner of a dance at the Community Hall.

Our final event of the operational year was a mini music festival and dance presented by the FRAA and Flintaroo Productions on July 5, with performers from Winnipeg, Sweden, Golden and Vancouver Island.

Currently, Field has a population of around 140 residents, and five volunteer organizations: the FRAA, which includes Kicking Horse Ski Club; Field Fire and Rescue; Friends of Yoho, and BC Ambulance. Volunteers from all five groups support recreation, culture, heritage and emergency services to residents of the community and visitors to Yoho National Park. Quite an accomplishment for a community of very motivated and enthusiastic people who also have full time jobs and businesses, families and lots of desire to get out and enjoy the environment we live in. Kudos to everyone who plays a volunteer role in the community. Thank you.

Now, let’s look at the future. This is my last year on the Board of the FRAA. I want to work on the St. Joseph Project, finally get the Constitution updated, approved by the community and registered with the Provincial Society Act to replace our current, out-dated model, and have a signed Memorandum of Understanding between Parks Canada and the FRAA. The FRAA will continue to offer events and programs that bring the community together – let’s face it, we all like to have fun! And we will continue to work with our sibling volunteer organizations in the community on shared goals and events. Rock on! It sounds like Bruce and Marilyn will carry on administration duties for Kicking Horse Ski Club this operating season and then will turn the operation over to others. Given the Government of Canada’s initiative to increase tourism in the country it seems like a really good time for Parks Canada to reassume a more active role in winter tourism in Yoho National Park. Let’s open the discussion, and open Field Visitor Centre as a year-round service again.

A quick report on what’s happening right now:
• Updating insurance to cover the snow machine and trailer to bring it all under the FRAA.
• Canada Day grant application for $500 has been submitted, two days before the deadline. Woohoo!
• Next steps in the St. Joseph Project are site planning and building design then meeting with Parks Canada Development Office to start the permit system.
• Shopping for a new stove – looking very, very promising for a two oven, 10-burner Garland. Really. We’re really doing it.
• Yoga continues until December 12, 2019, Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm with Hayley Markel. No class on December 19 as previously advertised,
• HIIT continues with Laura Penner on Thursday evenings and informally on Sunday evenings.
• Looks like the rink preparation is underway. Good work rink team.
• Pickleball has been set up in the gymnasium. Stay tuned for details.
• Now that Josephine and Estelle are back in town, Children’s Programs at the hall are on again. Welcome back ladies!

The community offers deepest condolences to Jenny and Charlie on the sudden death of Jenny’s son Matthew, and the death of Charlie’s Mom. We also offer condolences to Rick and Sam on the death of Rick’s Mom, and to Max on the recent death of her Dad. To all of you, we are very sorry to hear your families’ sad news.

3. Treasurer’s Report
Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA

Annual Report presented. Motion by Paulina to approve as presented. Seconded by Greg.
November Financial Reports also presented. Sally noted that the Carmel Colonna Cemetery Fund monies have been moved to the St. Joseph Project (shown as Church in the reports) as requested by Mary Colonna. FRAA to send a Thank You card to Mary. We appreciate her steadfast support for the community. Motion by Paulina to approve as presented. Seconded by Greg.

Files are attached to the distribution email of minutes.

4. Parks Canada Reports
Elaine Lemieux, Realty and Municipal Officer, LLYK Field Unit, Parks Canada

Last Quarter invoice: Everyone should have received the corrected last quarter invoices

In Home Accommodations: Parks Canada will be completing a comprehensive overview of the approved in-home accommodations in Field. The intention of this is to focus on the community plan and how it is being executed.

To ensure we are properly executing the community plan, Parks Canada needs to understand more clearly how approved in-home accommodations are being managed. Specifically we need to ensure that bed numbers, kitchens, bathroom spaces, overall layout and parking all align with the business licences and Community Plan. We intend to complete an inspection of all in-home accommodations prior to this year’s business licence renewal process.

The in home inspections will be starting from January 14th and will be completed by February 8th. In December a letter will be sent to each in-home accommodation requesting you to book an appointment for the inspection over one of these days. We can be flexible if one of these days does not work for you. The inspection is a mandatory part of the business licence renewal process and must be completed prior to the renewals. Also as part of the business licence renewal requirements, Parks Canada will request a simple drawing of the layout of your in-home accommodation.

Flint: Is Parks Canada issuing more accommodation licences for town?
Elaine: Good question as Parks is considering that Field is nearing capacity of # of pillows. If a house in town currently licensed as a guesthouse is sold, and new ownership isn’t interested in operating the house as a guesthouse then the pillows will go back into inventory for the town as a whole.
Jen: What/How was number of pillows determined for Field?
Kathryn: Field Townsite plan c.1999
Jen: Lots of changes since 1999 so would a revision be in order for the townsite plan?

Housing:
202 Kicking Horse – Superintendent’s House, still getting worked on. Will be dorm for summer 2019, then should go up for application in the Fall
208 Kicking Horse – Basement room being made legal.
214 Stephen Ave and 204 Kicking Horse – Waiting to hear whether or not there’s asbestos

Cannabis: Parks Canada will follow provincial legislation and regulations in the approach to cannabis legalization.

In the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, public consumption is permitted. Accordingly, in places administered by Parks Canada, including Lake Louise and Field, public consumption is permitted.

In Parks Canada’s campgrounds, cannabis consumption will be limited to a visitor’s campsite (with a valid camping permit). It’s important to note that public consumption is not permitted in common areas within campgrounds (e.g. playgrounds, kitchen shelters, washrooms, trails, roads). This is similar to the approach Parks Canada follows for other regulated substances, like alcohol.

In day use areas and on trails, public consumption is permitted. Provincial regulations pertaining to smoking and vaping, no closer than 5 metres from buildings unless otherwise posted, continues to apply and includes cannabis.

Elk update: A study of elk movement and habitat use is starting in the “Field Flats” area of Yoho National Park. Between November 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, up to 15 female elk will be captured and fitted with radio-collars. The GPS-equipped collars will record their movement for the next three years.

This study is part of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) twinning project. It will inform plans to prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions and keep habitat connected along this stretch of the TCH.
The school retaining has been repaired and Pierre’s stairs reaching to his property have also been repaired.

Highway Service Centre: is a 24 hour operation, and the same levels of service as previous years can be expected for both TCH and the town site. Michael Vanderveen met with Al Ure a month ago, and they had a chat about the school bus and any concerns, they both have the same expectations.

Townsite Manager: Juliet Van Livet will start in early December and she will be taking over in the New Year.

Asset Management:
1) 1st Ave/Stephen Ave Water Leak and Ice Situation: We have summarised all info related to the water leak and believe the leak to be coming from a water service line for the Emerald Lake staff house on “Emily’s hill”. A contractor will be on site to excavate and repair the leak hopefully as early as Wednesday, November 21. We are aware the issue has been present for several seasons now. Previous to this fall, the emerging water had only been present seasonally in the spring and was not confirmed as being either ground water or treated water.
2) Stephen Creek Slope Monitoring: We continue to work with Tetra Tech to develop mitigation works that will be constructed along Stephen Creek to minimise impact to the town of Field in the event of a debris flow. Proposed works to date will impact the layout of the town and so we have requested that Tetra Tech quantify the risk reduction by only implementing works closely surrounding the cemetery bridge location. The survey crew monitored the slope throughout the 2018 year with a total of 6 surveys. Survey data revealed typical movement/creep of the slope which was accelerated during periods of snow melt and precipitation (typical of the last few years of survey data). Engineers from Tetra Tech had no concerns with the data collected and magnitude of the movement.
3) Field Access Road Bridge Rehabilitation and Maintenance (Kicking Horse River Bridge): The contractor was able to complete approximately 75% of the bridge deck work required, and approximately 50% of superstructure (repainting the steel girders). Remaining work will continue in spring of 2019 with the same traffic impacts for approximately 6-7 weeks beginning as early as April. There is a possibility that the contractor will return in the fall of 2019 so that time sensitive work can be completed on several bridges in Lake Louise also included in their work program.
Flint: can some changes happen when contractors return with traffic control? Access to town is restricted to 3 or 4 car lengths when the temporary signals are in place because access to Yoho Trading Post and Field Information Centre is so short.

Kathryn: Very happy to hear that Parks Canada views the Field Community Plan as a document that will be properly executed. It states that Field Visitor Centre will be operated year-round to offer services to visitors. Parks Canada can’t pick and choose what will be properly executed in the Field Community Plan.

5. Friends of Yoho Report
Helen Barry, President, Friends of Yoho
A great fundraiser at the Truffle Pigs on Saturday, November 17. Many thanks to Jen for this! Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the St. Joseph Project. Store is closed for season. Brenda and Karla are completing inventory. A Hydration Station will be installed at field Visitor Centre in the near future, funded by Friends of Yoho. We are looking for more Board Members if anyone is interested.

6. Field Fire and Rescue Report
Mike Furfaro, Chief, Field Fire and Rescue Department

1. FFRD AGM – 30 Oct. 2018
a. Fire Chief (Mike), President (Pauline), Secretary/Treasurer (Sophie)
b. Appointment of Officer roles by Fire Chief
i. DC- Patrick, Cpt’s- Dave, Chris, Doug, Eng- Miles

2. Call Outs – 54 as of 01 January 2018.
a. 8/Jan, 5/Feb, 3/Mar, 5/Apr, 1/May, 1/June, 6/July, 8/Aug, 7/Sept.
b. 6/Oct, so far 4 in November (all 4 on Nov. 09)
c. 59 total for 2017/18 fiscal year (2016/17 saw 64 calls)

3. Members – Sitting at 18 members.
a. 6 Officers, 5 Firefighters, 6 Probationary Members, 1 Recruit,
1 Auxiliary Member (Elaine)
-Greg newest Firefighter

4. New and Planned Purchases
a. New Turnout gear. Sized and ordered on 16 Oct 2018
b. Awarded 35k for New SCBAs

5. Completed Training
a. EVD, Interior, Exterior, First Responder (mid-course at this time)

6. Upcoming Training – Awaiting 2019 CSRD Spring training calendar

7. Apparatus
a. Engine 1 (transmission fixed- power distributer, internal harness, temp. sensor)
b. Rescue 1 (turbocharger replaced)
c. Rescue 2 (all good)

8. Field Emergency Plan
a. Field Emergency Plan? Review old Plan, Review new plan
FFRD will conduct initial size-up then assist in notification and evacuation of residence of Field

7. Election of Officers
Thank you to all board Members who served over the past year: Sally, Mike, Sonya, Greg, Paulina, Heather, Karen, Flint and Kathryn. Thank you Mike and Heather for your contributions and we wish you well in your future endeavours! All other Board Members are staying on for another term, joined by Charisse D’Hamers as the eighth Board Member. All elected by acclamation.

8. Round Table
Flint is looking to make summer kicks bigger and better; aiming to sell 400 tickets (up from 150). Plans also for 6 portapotties, a few more acts, better accommodation and possibly to happen sometime near July 1st, in conjunction with Canada Day.

Saturday Dec 22 is Christmas Potluck and Concert. Maybe a 50/50 this year.

Meeting Adjourned 8:54 pm