Moon Light Ski Friday, January 18, 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

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting October 1, 2018

In Attendance: Jen Coffman, Sophie Cais, Ginette Therrien, Denise Toulouse, Helen Barry, Ryan Cameron, Bryan Keefer, Karla Gaffney, Brenda Selkirk, Dave Selkirk, Carla Evans, Elizabeth Truslow-Evans, Rick Kubian, Chris Allen, Mike Furfaro, Ron Oszust, Jon Wilsgard, Karen Cathcart, Paulina O’Brien, Kathryn Cameron, Sally Watson

1. Presentation: Core Services Establishment Bylaw Karen Cathcart, Director Area A Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), Ron Oszust, Mayor, Town Of Golden and Jon Wilsgard, CAO, Town of Golden

Director Karen Cathcart’s presentation and Frequently Asked Questions information sheet are attached to the minutes email.

To receive updates from CSRD Area A Director, please send an email message to kcathcart@csrd.bc.ca.

Vote will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The polling place is at Field Community Hall from 8 am to 8 pm. Advance voting available at Town of Golden Town Hall on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information visit www.csrd.bc.ca.

2. FRAA Report Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

First of all, a great big shout out to all the volunteers and leaders and presenters who support programs and events in our community. That includes people who help set up for events, cleaning before and after, tending bar, making and serving food, attending meetings and responding to emergencies or information or activities even though we say we’re taking a summer break – except for the first responders in our community who do not take breaks! This summer we were steady on.

Passages: Field’s oldest dog, Sophie, age 19 (human years) died on Thursday, September 27. She was Boomer’s faithful companion, and best friend to Vic, Elias, Pavo and Sally. Sophie joined the Lahti family after she grew too tall to live at the Husky Trailer court in Golden. To live there she couldn’t be over 12” in height. Sophie grew to a very dainty 15” stature! It was a heartbreaking loss to her former family, but a nugget of joy for her new family when she moved up the valley to Field. Farewell Sophie.

Canada Day, July 1, 2018: Lots of participation in every event throughout the day, except for the bocce tournament, which was affected by the cold and rainy weather. However, the Chrysifidis/Stichelbout family soldiered on and enjoyed a good game! BC Ambulance Service’s pancake breakfast was delicious. Players enjoyed lots of fun at the pickleball tournament. The parade was wet and wild as usual. Great Field Fire and Rescue barbeque. Our inaugural Canada Day Dance was rockin’ – thank you Flint! The Final Activity Report for the FRAA Celebrate Canada event was submitted to Canadian Heritage on August 14, 2018. The FRAA is eligible to submit a grant application for 2019 Canada Day celebrations; the grant application is due by the middle of November.
Summer Kicks, July 5, 2018: This was joint venture between the FRAA and Flintaroo Productions. Good music, good dancing, good food, good event.

Yoho Yoga with Cindy Kelly, July 4 through August 29, 2018: We bought some props to support yoga programs (blocks, bolsters and straps). Participation was down from last year, but still worthwhile for Cindy. She’ll be back next summer!

Sunday Start-Up Yoga with Carly Bowers, Sundays at 10:00 am through summer until late August. Carly is taking a break for now. Stay tuned for update on this program.

Just Breathe Yoga with Hayley Markel, 6:00 pm Wednesday September 13 through October 10, 2018: Fall session underway.

HIIT: Continued program faithfully throughout the summer on Sunday nights with Laura Penner and Wednesday evenings without her, and still follows the same schedule. Thanks to all the HIITers for your flexibility on changing your Wednesday evening schedule to accommodate yoga classes.

Pickleball: We purchased a new net system to replace the sun-rotted nets, which gave us two courts to use this year. Unfortunately, a youthful bike rider took a couple of charges at the downed net after a storm and ruined the new net. No replacement net available in the size we need. His family will purchase a new system next summer.

Hall Rentals: Private rentals – September 20 to 25, 2018 (complete), October 20, 2018 – Municipal Election (vote on the Core Services Establishment Referendum as residents of Area A) and November 9 to 11, 2018 (upcoming).

Friends of Yoho hosted an event on September 29, 2018, 7:30 at the Community Hall – Fran Drummond and Twin Falls Chalet. Fran knows where the skeletons are buried! She shared some great history and personal stories of her time in the Rockies that started in 1951.

Catholic Church Update: Lot survey complete and paid for. Meeting with Lynda Lafleur from Columbia Basin Trust on July 13, 2018 to discuss project and options for grant applications. Had an initial meeting with designers from Canmore on September 25, 201 to discuss project and get quote on having plans drawn. Anticipating a fee proposal this week. Parks Canada Development Office has offered important guidelines that have been shared with the designer. Before we commit to final plans, the FRAA will talk to the community. Not sure exactly how or when, but we’ll let residents know what, when and where. The propane tank is really old, with leaky valves and needs to be replaced. We’ll coordinate with Superior Propane.

The Friends of Yoho Historic Walking Tour ended at the Church this year; thanks for the promotion!

Constitution Update: Working on descriptions of duties.

British Columbia Referendum on Proportional Representation: will take place by postal ballot between October 22 and November 30, 2018. Lots of information available online. Check it out and participate in the decision. It’s important.

Volunteer Appreciation: Ideas? We want to thank our wonderful volunteers by doing something kind for them.

Honorarium: Received from Parks Canada. Thank you.

Annual General Meeting and Election of Board Members on Monday November 19, 2018: Nomination papers will be available at the Post Office, and will be sent out to the community email lists. If you are interested in participating as a Board Member, don’t hesitate to talk to one of us to find out what it’s all about.

3. Treasurer’s Report Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA

Financial Reports attached to the minutes email.
No motion to approve. One error to correct. The revised report will be presented again at the November 19, 2018 Town Hall Meeting for approval.

4. Parks Canada Reports Rick Kubian, Acting Townsite Manager and Associate Superintendent, LLYK Field Unit, Parks Canada

Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Billing: Rates will remain the same for the 2017/2018 fiscal year. An error in the solid waste calculation formula means that the most recent bills are not accurate. If you have already paid the bill, then the correction will be shown on the next quarterly bill. If you haven’t paid the last bill, don’t pay it; a corrected bill will be sent – pay that one. Rick will give a presentation on the billing system at the next Town Hall Meeting in November.

Federal Infrastructure Investment: Parks Canada received 2.9 billion dollars to repair infrastructure across the country that had not been maintained for over a decade. Currently entering year five of a five-year program. The money has been spent on existing infrastructure like highways, bridges, canals, locks, campgrounds, and bunkhouse accommodations. The Yoho Bunkhouse at Boulder Creek, which houses 25, was identified and approved for repairs and upgrade. The work will be done in 2019. This means the facility will not be used as staff accommodation next summer and staff will live in Parks Canada housing in Field next summer. Housing is not included in the FII program; it is a separate operation. The goal over time is to fix and fill Parks Canada houses in Field.

National Office Project to Develop a New Regulatory Process for Granting Permits: Parks Canada will hold an Open House in Field to explain the project and get public input into the new process. Once the date has been set the community will receive an invitation to participate.

Highway Service Centre: Mike Vanderveen not able to attend tonight due to weather and highway maintenance demands. The snow maintenance map for 2018/2019 has been sent for review, and will be shared with the community soon. Bridge construction at the entrance to Field expected to be finished by the end of October. Contractors are sandblasting and resurfacing the underside of the bridge.

Stone Wall Repair on Stephen Avenue at School: The facing rocks were knocked off by a snowplow last winter. Contractor has been hired, just waiting for a window of warmer temperatures to do the work. May happen this fall; may happen in the spring. Highways will pay for the repair.

Field Emergency Plan: No word on update progress. Field has an existing plan.

Field VRC: Parks Canada operations continue until October 8, 2018. Friends of Yoho will be open until October 28, 2018. No personal visitor services available there this winter. Washrooms will continue to be open 24 hours, seven days a week. Visitors can purchase permits at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre. FRAA Board of Directors continues to advocate for year-round visitor services and Parks Canada presence in Yoho National Park at Field Visitor Centre.

5. Friends of Yoho Report Helen Barry, President, Friends of Yoho

Some summer programs were cancelled due to smoke and the fire ban, so no S’Mores at the campgrounds in the summer of 2018. However, the store is doing well, Historic Walking Tours of Field were popular as always and two evening presentations – The Gummo Lumber Company Logging in the Rockies and Fran Drummond’s Twin Falls Tea House – were both well-attended. The model train at the Visitor Centre works most of the time! Member’s Appreciation Day on October 4, 2018, 35% off for members.

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

Members – Sitting at 19 members.
o 6 Officers, 4 Firefighters, 7 Probationary Members, 2 Recruit,
• 1 Auxiliary Member (Elaine)
Call Outs – 44 as of 01 January 2018.
o 8/Jan, 5/Feb, 3/Mar, 5/Apr, 1/May, 1/June, 6/July, 8/Aug, 7/Sept.
New and Planned Purchases
o New Turnout gear. Planned to order by end of first week in Oct.
o Odds and Ends (Blankets, small tools for hall repairs, etc)
Completed Training
o 15 Sept – In House Auto Ex (11 Members)
o 29-30 Sept – APO (1 Member)
Upcoming Training – CSRD Fall training courses.
o EVD, Interior, Exterior, S&T, Hazmat Aware, ISO
o First Responder – In House (Nov. 9-11, 23-25)
• First Responder Program – A few more steps to be completed before in place
Battery Storage Facility
o 28 Sept. Call out – SO2 Alarm
o Bunkhouse Evacuation
o BC Hydro and P.C.
o 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
FFRD AGM – 30 Oct. 2018
o Vote for Fire Chief, President, Secretary (admin)
o Appointment of Officer roles by Fire Chief

7. Round Table

Bridge Construction and Mail Delivery: Current equipment and supply storage limits mail truck access to Field. Dave Allen, Project Manager for Parks Canada to coordinate with contractors and Post Office to resolve issues.

Poo Bucket at Dog Park: Dog owners are reminded to take poo bags to the nearest dumpster, and refrain from setting up unsightly on-site disposal systems that no one maintains.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Minutes Board Meeting September 11, 2018

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Kathryn Cameron

1. Summer Wrap-up

Canada Day, July 1, 2018: Lots of participation in every event throughout the day, except for the bocce tournament which was affected by cold and rainy weather. However, the Chrysifidis/Stichelbout family soldiered on and enjoyed a game! BC Ambulance Service’s pancake breakfast was delicious. Players enjoyed lots of fun at the pickleball tournament. The parade was wet and wild as usual. Great Field Fire and Rescue barbeque. Our inaugural Canada Day Dance was rockin’ – thank you Flint! The Final Activity Report for the FRAA Celebrate Canada event was submitted to Canadian Heritage on August 14, 2018. The FRAA is eligible to submit a grant application for 2019 Canada Day celebrations.

Summer Kicks, July 5, 2018: This was joint venture between the FRAA and Flintaroo Productions. Good music, good dancing, good food, good event.

Yoho Yoga with Cindy Kelly, July 4 through August 29, 2018: We bought some props to support yoga programs (blocks, bolsters and straps). Participation was down from last year, but still worthwhile for Cindy. She’ll be back next summer!

Just Breathe Yoga with Hayley Markel, September 13 through October 10, 2018: Fall session underway.

Pickleball: We purchased a new net system to replace the sun-rotted nets, which gave us two courts to use this year. Unfortunately, a youthful bike rider took a couple of charges at the downed net after a storm and ruined the new net. No replacement net available in the size we need. His family will purchase a new system next summer.

Upcoming Hall Rentals: Private rentals – September 20 to 25, 2018 and November 9 to 11, 2018. No HIIT at the Community Hall on Sunday, September 23; Laura Penner has been informed.

Friends of Yoho host an event on September 29, 2018, 7:30 at the Community Hall – Fran Drummond and Twin Falls Chalet. Admission by donation.

2. Financial Report: Full report will be presented at the Town Hall Meeting on October 1.

3. Catholic Church Update: Lot survey complete and paid for. Meeting with Lynda Lafleur from Columbia Basin Trust on July 13, 2018 to discuss project and options for grant applications. Organizing initial meeting with designers from Canmore in near future to discuss project and get quote on having plans drawn. Friends of Yoho Historic Walking Tour ended at the Church this year; thanks for the promotion!

4. Constitution Update: Working on descriptions of duties.

5. Field Utility Board Meeting Agenda, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:30 am Field Admin

1. Outstanding Items List review

2. Quarterly Reports – Received fourth quarter bills for 2017/2018 fiscal year. When will first quarter bills be sent for the current fiscal year? Have the water meter issues been resolved?

3. Federal Infrastructure Investment Projects Update – When will construction start on new staff housing in Field to replace the dollhouse and the teacherage duplex? Three staff houses became vacant in the last year, two on Kicking Horse Avenue and one on second avenue; all three remain empty. What are Parks Canada’s plans for these three units? What is the status of the Superintendent’s House?

4. Field Community Plan and Yoho Management Plan Reviews – We understand these are part of a larger review for the Field Unit. Housing in the community continues to be a critical issue for businesses and the viability of the village. It was really busy this summer season. Without adequate and affordable housing, it’s hard to recruit and retain employees. Both The Siding and Truffle Pigs reduced their hours of service this year because of staff shortages. Summers continue to be overwhelmingly busy. Both the Field Community Plan and Yoho National Park Management Plan identify the importance of fall, winter and spring visitor services. Field businesses continue to offer services year round. Will Parks Canada open the Field Visitor Centre this winter to support shoulder and winter season operations in the park and village of Field? What are Parks Canada’s marketing plans for the less busy seasons to alleviate some of the pressure we experience in the summer?

5. Recycling Program Update – China stopped buying plastics. How has this affected the plastic recycling program here?

6. Facilitated Meetings and MOU Update

7. Firewood collection discussion – The area above 2nd Avenue has been cleared as part of Fire Smart work. Lots of trees are down in that part of the forest. Is it possible for residents to use the fallen trees for firewood?

8. FRAA Update – Where we’re at with our projects and programs.

9. Round Table

6. Town Hall Meeting Agenda

Presentation – To be confirmed
FRAA Report
Treasurer’s Report
Parks Canada Reports: Townsites, Highway Service Centre, Visitor Experience, Resource Conservation
Friends of Yoho
Field Fire and Rescue
Round Table

7. Round Table

Municipal Election October 20, 2018: Issues that will affect Field residents are: a referendum to decide if Area A residents will pay 20% of the operating costs of the Golden Swimming Pool, Seniors Centre, Rec Plex and Civic Centre through taxation; and, electing a Director for Columbia Shuswap Area A. Kathryn to ask Karen Cathcart to give presentation at Town Hall Meeting on how this will affect Provincial Property Taxes.

British Columbia Referendum on Proportional Representation: will take place by postal ballot between October 22 and November 30, 2018. For more information, go to your search engine and enter British Columbia electoral reform referendum 2018. You’ll have lots of sites to examine.

Volunteer Appreciation: Ideas? We want to thank our wonderful volunteers by doing something kind for them.

Honorarium: Received from Parks Canada. Thank you.
We need to determine a formula for distributing the money to Board Members.

Canada Day 2018

Field Recreation Advisory Association Minutes Town Hall Meeting June 18, 2018

Field Recreation and Advisory Association
Town Hall Meeting – Monday, June 18, 2018

1. FRAA Report

Passages

Congratulations to Talia Galligan and Chloe Lenstra who graduate from Golden Secondary School at the end of the month. Good work! All the best on your future adventures.

The community offers condolences to Paul, Karen and Esther Hagen and their families on the recent death of their wife, mother and grandmother, Gail Hagen. Gail was a frequent visitor to Field to spend time with her family and became a friend to many. She was lively! She loved her family.

Event Review

Farewell Potluck Supper for Matt, Julie, Liam and Noa, Mike and Debbie on May 10 was great! Both families have left town: Matt and Julie and kids are in Invermere now, settling into their new home. Mike and Deb are on the road in their RV, to explore North America for however long they want!

Spring Fling on June 3 was a barnburner. At one point I counted 97 people. Huge Thank You to DJ Flintaroo for incredible dance music that started at 9:00 and kept people on their feet and moving until 1:00 am, to our volunteer bar tenders (especially Ron Allen who served for the whole event) and to Steven Lay for getting the word out to and the bus here from Moraine Lake Lodge. Staff from Emerald Lake Lodge, Cathedral Mountain Lodge, Moraine Lake Lodge, Great Divide Lodge, Parks Canada, Yoho Trading Post, The Siding, and Truffle Pigs were out in force. Very fun event. We almost sold out of alcohol – only some wine and Proseco left in the fridge.

Just Breathe Yoga with Hayley Markel wound up for the spring session on June 13, 2018. Thank you Hayley for wonderful winter and spring seasons of Wednesday afternoon yoga. Looking forward to next winter!

Upcoming Events

Canada Day, Sunday July 1 will be action packed again this year with some added events. Rest up because you’ll need plenty of resources to participate in everything! Here’s the schedule of events:
8:30 -10:00 am Pancake Breakfast hosted by BC Ambulance Service
8:30 -10:00 am Pickleball Tournament – new!
11:00 am Parade hosted by FRAA
11:45 am Barbeque hosted by Field Fire and Rescue
12:45 pm Cake and Ice Cream
1:00 pm Anything Goes, Non-Motorized Boat Race
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Friends and Family Bocce tournament
9:00 pm to 1:00 am Canada Day Dance with DJ Flintaroo – new!

We’ll have the usual contests: water balloon pick up, cake contest, best float. Details will be posted on the Bulletin Board (thanks for the clean-up there Paulina!) and our Facebook page. As always, The FRAA invites all local businesses and organizations to enter the parade. We hope to have another strong showing from the Golden/Field RCMP Detachment to lead the parade.

Quick note to all water fight participants: please use biodegradable balloons and take some time to pick up the carcasses (of water balloons!). Even though they disappear over time, it’s still the best idea to clean up after the event.

Field Summer Kicks, Thursday July 5. Wow! Flint has put together an evening of good music with six bands/entertainers: Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra; John Jenkins and Small Town Revival; Fifth Floor; Eric Laroque; Ricky Diamonds; and, Sean Burns. Poster is out – on the Bulletin Board and on Facebook. This event has prompted the FRAA to find out the Occupancy Load for the Community Hall. The number is based on 4 ft2 per person in addition to Exit capacity. Once we know the number, we’ll post it at the entrance to the Hall.

We’ll need volunteers to help set up, run the bar at both events and clean up during and after. Sign-up sheets will be circulated via the town e-mail list.

Programs

Pickleball is set up on one court, and will be set up on the second court as soon as the new net arrives, probably by late this week. The new net apparatus is similar to the original – the poles are held by water-filled plastic supports. They are really hardy and don’t get blown around by wind events.

HIIT continues Sunday, with Laura Penner, and Wednesday evenings, with volunteer leaders, at the Community Hall at 7:00 pm. Kathryn to check with Craig on progress of using the school for some FRAA programs.

Sunday Start-Up Yoga with Carly Bowers continues at the Community Hall Sunday mornings at 10 am, by donation.

Yoho Yoga with Cindy Kelly starts the summer session Wednesday, July 4 at 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm through to Wednesday, August 29. Cost $12 per class or $90 for all nine.

Hall Rentals

Busy throughout June with lots of Parks Canada orientation/training programs. One rental so far in September with Rainbow Jaguar.

Church Update

Lot Survey estimate received from WSP, $2310 plus taxes. Project Proposal Acceptance signed and sent. Waiting for date work will be done.

Estimate for plans not yet received. Kathryn to follow up with designer.

In the meantime, the Church has been cleaned and is ready to receive visitors as the final stop on the Friends of Yoho Historic Walking Tours which start the first week in July on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Thank you to the Fireweed Team who cleaned out the basement as well as cleaning the upstairs and making the yard look great. A few interesting items were found, including the collection plate and an unopened envelope with at least some change in it was still in the collection plate! It hasn’t been opened yet – that will be an event, something special.

Facilitated Meetings with Parks Canada

Nothing to report. No meetings held since the last session on March 12. A Memorandum of Understanding template has been circulated with some draft details but it’s very broad and undefined at this point.

Currently, FRAA is working on points for updating the FRAA constitution so that process is underway.

Field Utility Board, June 13 2018

The FRAA submitted an agenda of items to discuss with Parks Canada:
Outstanding Items List to Review and discussion about Town Walk About;
Quarterly Reports;
Budget 2018/2019;
Timeline for repairs to broken retaining wall on Stephen Avenue by School;
Water seepage on Stephen Avenue at base of Emily’s Hill – Cause, Mitigation, and;
VE Strategy Planning Process – Representation from Field stakeholders not included until third and final meeting on June 13, 2018, the same day as FUB, so FRAA did not attend.

Parks Canada cancelled the meeting at 8:30 am June 13. We will work with Parks Canada to reschedule the meeting.

The May 29, 2018 Solid Waste Presentation was pretty interesting. Unfortunately, few people attended. Townsites indicated the presentation would be circulated to the town e-mail list and would leave it up to residents to indicate if they want to have a public presentation at a Town Hall Meeting in the future. It’s worth taking time to look at the information and make sure that your lease is properly billed for solid waste. Circumstances change and it may affect the rate you are charged for garbage disposal.

No spring bins this year. On track for 2019.

2. Treasurer’s Report

Files attached to distribution email.

3. Parks Canada Reports

Townsites – Elaine Lemieux
The missing Kicking Horse Avenue street sign has been replaced.

Parks Canada hired a qualified contractor to complete a tree assessment on the perimeter of Field and 24 trees were deemed hazardous around 2nd Ave. The trees will be fallen and removed from site starting tomorrow, June 19 from 10am until approximately 6pm. The project should be completed by the end of the day Wednesday. For safety measures the road will be closed to all traffic and no vehicles should be parked on it while the work is taking place.

Highway Service Centre – Michael Vanderveen
Some challenges experienced last year with blasting in the corridor west of Great Divide Lodge remedied by hiring a new contractor who seems to have a better grasp of controlling the amount of material that comes down. The new pavement west of Field will have new lines painted in the next week. Parks Canada staff will sweep up gravel left from highway repair work. Speed sign at Field intersection discussed. Historical records of accidents at the intersection show 14 incidents in 10 years and less than half are considered to be speed related. Highway engineers are not recommending a change to signs at this time.

Resource Conservation – from Dwight Bourdin
Elk collaring and monitoring project in Field area that will occur in winter 2018:
• With the potential future twining of the TCH through Field Flats we would like to gather data on elk movements to inform wildlife mitigations related habitat connectivity across the highway.
• Collar data from the 1980s indicates elk from the Field area historically migrated up the Yoho Valley in summer; however, no monitoring of elk movements has occurred since that time.
• Early this winter we will be collaring up to 10 elk from the Field area to monitor their movements before, during, and after the potential twinning project.
• The main objectives of the collaring project will be to
1) inform adaptive management and evidence-based mitigations, such as crossing structures and fencing and
2) monitor the success of mitigations in terms of maintaining established seasonal movement patterns.
Captures will likely occur in the immediate vicinity of Field. Residents and businesses will be informed of capture dates in advance. All capture and handling techniques will be pre-approved by the Parks Canada Animal Care Committee.

Visitor Experience – from Lee Smith
Emerald Lake Service level – Yoho Campgrounds has been doing compliance in the afternoons at Emerald Lake over the last 2 weeks. Evening shift has just started and will continue to spend some time out there each afternoon – generally between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm. They assist visitors, answer questions, provide info, litter pick and help with parking. At 4:30 they do a full clean of the toilet buildings and empty the garbage.

VRC – Camping in parking lot – compliance, we are looking at overflow camping options for next season.

Kicking Horse Campground Update – In the process of tendering clean up contracts to remove debris and damaged assets. Damaged assets include the self registration kiosk and kitchen shelter. We are trying to assess the damage to the electrical system and water systems, but are trying to locate these in the avalanche deposit that is still frozen in. Public Safety hazard is the avalanche deposit on either side of the river, it is a straight drop to the river, similar to a cornice and is unsafe and will be challenging to manage if open. With the warm weather we are hoping the hazard will melt away.
Priority – Water and electrical to Monarch campground and septic dump.
Look at a possibility of partial opening in July depending on outcomes, but will be reassessed based on asset repairs and hazards.

O’hara paving update – Confirmed with Terry McGuire: Paving the approach to O’Hara road to parking, grading the parking lot and doing the final design this year

Traffic/Shuttle update from Brad Tataryn –

Yoho Traffic Update
No parking signs have been reinstalled on Emerald Lake Road.
An electronic message board will be located again this year (for July 1st) at the Field Access Road to warn of congestion.
No Parking signs were placed at Takakkaw Falls to allow buses to manoeuvre the first corner and alleviate roadside parking there.
Lake Louise Traffic Management Update
This season has started off very strong as far as visitation and demand for local shuttle services. Traffic and visitor numbers seem to be as always directly related to weather almost as much as the day of the week. Weekend traffic is still a bit higher than most weekdays but mid week traffic and shuttle usage is extremely high on favourable days.
Statistics show an increase of shuttle use over 2017.

4. Friends of Yoho Report – Brenda Selkirk
Doing super well this year!

5. Field Fire and Rescue Report
Fire Chief has been on vacation. Greg provided this report: There was one callout in the past month. There are some new members. Routine practises are held Tuesday nights 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to maintain state of readiness.

6. Round Table
Get ready for Canada Day Celebrations on July 1 and Field Summer Kicks on July 5!!

Meeting adjourned 8:30 pm. Next Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 1.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting May 7, 2018

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Paulina O’Brien, Flint Palmer, Karla Gaffney, Helen Barry, Bonnie Brandt, Andrew Bullock, Mike Furfaro, Craig Chapman, Dave Selkirk, Brenda Selkirk, Lorraine Zirke, Ginette Therrien, Elaine Lemieux

Excused: Karen Schmidt, Sonya Leenders, Greg Dowman, Heather Galligan, Kathryn Cameron, Mike LeGrice

1. Presentation by Bonnie Brandt on the Impact of Scented Dryer Sheets

Dryer Sheet presentation

I moved to Field almost 3 years ago and one thing I love most about this place is the clean, fresh air. I go outside and I smell the forest, I love to fill my lungs with that beautiful air. We are so lucky to live here. I came from a big city and worked in downtown office, so I spent my days breathing in all the chemicals of the office.
All the chemicals my co-workers wore on their bodies and washed their clothes in and the cleaning products used by the cleaning staff. On my walk home, I walked through kilometers of car exhaust.
All of this was not doing my health any favors.
So when I came here, I literally breathed a sigh of relief to be so far removed from such a toxic environment.
But I’ve noticed something very unfortunate since I moved here;
The use of scented dryer sheets.
It saddens me to see this pristine, clean air being unnecessarily polluted with these toxic, lingering chemicals.
On a calm day, household vents pump these poisons out of homes where they sit outside, heavy in the air.
Personally, I have instant reactions to it and I’m not the only one. The number of people who tell me they are negatively affected by these chemicals is growing.
Dryer sheets affect not only personal health, but also public and environmental health. The chemicals go into the air, down the drain and into bodies of water.
They are considered toxic to wildlife, and even trigger reproductive toxicity in animals.

Here are some stats:
Dryer sheets are coated in synthetic fragrance chemicals.
Studies analyzing the compounds found in laundry dryer emissions identified more than 25 VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Some of these VOCs are classified as hazardous air pollutants and carcinogens—unsafe at any level of exposure.
In many cases, none of these VOCs are listed on the product label.
Why? At this time, laws do not require individual fragrance ingredients to be listed on labels.
Companies can avoid disclosing the ingredients, saying that they are ‘Trade Secrets’.

Fabric softening agents in dryer sheets contain quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats”), known to release formaldehyde. Quats cause a variety of asthma-like symptoms and formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and is related to birth defects.
Further to this, we now know fabric softeners contain a distressing array of compounds—methanol, butane, pentane, benzyl acetate, camphor, chloroform, A-terpinol, and others—but these never appear on product labels, and all of them certainly contribute to the overall toxic load in your body.

When exposed to these chemicals, some may experience immediate reactions, including headaches, shortness of breath, eye and throat irritation and contact dermatitis.
Others may experience adverse reactions such as sore throat, dizziness, poor concentration and even anxiety.
These chemicals over the long term are neurotoxic and carcinogenic and even contribute to depression.
Many other toxic, immune disrupting ingredients on the list are also considered endocrine disruptors: AKA: compounds that toy with your hormonal health that can trigger weight gain and even set you up for disease.
I even believe that these chemicals are influencing rising rates of Alzheimer’s as well.
These are dangerous chemicals you definitely don’t want filling your family’s airspace or venting into the outdoor air!

And when there are completely non-toxic options available, why put that stress on your body?

At this point, I hope it goes without saying that dryer sheets are not the only problem. Toxic chemical scents are added to thousands of products, like laundry detergent, perfume, air freshener and much more.

Don’t worry, there are many Alternatives to Store-Bought Dryer Sheets

• My favorite is this: Purecosheet reusable chemical free dryer sheets. These sheets eliminate static without chemicals. They can be found at Nutters and any other health food store, or online.

• Try adding wool dryer-balls to your dryer (Nellie’s). This also cuts down on drying time. You can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to the balls for a little fragrance, if you find you’re missing that.

– There are many YouTube videos with DIY ideas for using essential oils in your dryer.

• Hang your clothing outside to dry, which I know many of you do already.

• Look for plant-based, unscented laundry detergents.

• Reduce static cling naturally by adding a quarter cup of white vinegar to your washer’s rinse cycle.

• Beware of “green” laundry products. Even some of these released toxic compounds in some studies.

Final Thoughts

I propose we encourage the residents of Field to give up the dryer sheets, for our health and the health of the environment and the animals.
And I’m willing to bet that those with guesthouses will have customers who will appreciate this action as well. Many people are sensitive to scent chemicals but don’t come out and tell you.
We can become known as the chemical-free destination, the healthiest place to go for vacation.
Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas.
I’m hoping we can work toward making Field a scent-free Village.

***The precautionary principle denotes a duty to prevent harm, when it is within our power to do so, even when all the evidence is not in. (although, in this case, the evidence is in)***

2. FRAA Report: Sally Watson

Events

Bunny Hop and Easter Potluck Brunch – April 2, 2018
Turnout – 5 kids at the Hop and 19 people at the Brunch. Really lovely morning and early afternoon. Delicious food as always! Shout out to Steve and Andrea for all their help.
Thursday May 10, 2018 Farewell Party and Pot Luck Supper for Mike and Deb, and Matt, Julie, Liam and Noa at the Community Hall. Bar is open at 5:30 and supper will start at 6:00 pm. Come on out to wish both families the best in their new lives! Bring some food to share with neighbors. And stories too! There are cards at the Post Office for each family. Community gift donations also accepted at the Post Office.
Pierre Lemire has an exhibit of photographs at the Art Gallery of Golden until May 13.
Sunday June 3 is the Annual Spring Fling. Paulina and Heather are working on details. Stay tuned for posters and announcements.
Sonya has expressed interest in putting on a community garage sale at the hall in June. Details to be determined and announced.
Canada Day, Sunday July 1. We’re adding a dance and morning pickleball to the festivities this year.

Programs

High Intensity Interval Training with Laura Penner continues weekly on Sunday evenings $12 drop in fee) and without Laura Penner weekly on Wednesday evenings. Both sessions start at 7:00 pm.
Just Breathe Yoga with Hayley Markel is in week three of an eight week session, Wednesday afternoons from 5:30 to 6:45. $12 drop in fee. The last class is on June 13.
Sunday Start-Up Yoga with Carly Bowers starts again May 20, community Hall at 10:00 am. Fee: by donation.
Cindy Kelly returns late June or early July with Yoho Yoga for the summer. Details will be sent out when she gets home from her bike trip to Spain in about two weeks.
We’re getting a new net for the pickleball court. However, we have one net that’s still in good shape, lots of paddles and a few balls so that will be set up and ready in the next week.
If you are interested in offering programming at the hall, please contact a Board member. We charge 20% of fees collected.

New Societies Act Registration

Application was submitted on April 6, 2018.

Constitution Update

In progress. Kathryn has put together a job description of Secretary. Sally to write down duties for Treasurer, Mike will be in charge of writing duties for Social Media. Hope to identify one Board Member to be responsible for overseeing functions. A list of how to prepare for a function would be helpful. Ongoing process.

Insurance

Parks Canada has paid FRAA Insurance. Thank you.
Janice Ottoson, Johnston Meier Insurance, says the FRAA is insured to use the School for programs such as HIIT, Yoga, Floor Hockey etc. Craig is currently communicating with Operations Manager Steve Jackson to find out if we have permission to use the School. The FRAA would be required to make an application listing each event.

Church Update

We have received a $10,000 grant from the Rural Dividend Fund and a $5000.00 grant from CSRD. Estimate for plans may be around $11,000. Quote for the lot survey received from WSP is around 2500.00 including GST. Estimate for completion of the church, somewhere between $ 250,000 – $ 500,000.
Construction will start next year. Contract for the Church renovation will be put out to tender. There are three interested Contractors so far. The FRAA will decide on a contractor based on work, bid and if they’re willing to sign a contract.
This summer The Friends of Yoho would like to finish the historic walking tour at the Church. Storyboards to tell the building’s story and a donation box will be located inside the church. A Go-Fund me Page will be started as well in addition to applying for grants.
Throughout the summer months, volunteers will be needed to maintain the landscaping around the Church. Mowing the lawn, sweeping the sidewalk and stairs. A walk around the building to ensure there is no garbage etc. A sign-up sheet to come soon. Estimated 16-20 weeks of maintenance, if we have 20 volunteers who each take a week, we’ll be covered.
Church will be a community gathering place for weddings, memorial services, live music, a wellness centre. The building will be Accessible. We plan to have a
bride’s lounge/suite in the basement with a kitchenette and two washrooms. Full time employee will be hired to look after the Church. The Church will be surrounded by beautiful gardens. Perfect for wedding photos!

Facilitated Meeting with Parks Canada

No date set for the next meeting. Draft Memorandum of Understanding has been sent to participants. Very general. Lots of work to do. Kathryn feels the MOU needs to have specifics, especially regarding meetings. Feels that current format for Field Utility Board Meetings not comprehensive enough.

Community Update
Truffle Pigs closed for annual maintenance until May 11. The Siding is open daily until May 9, then will close from May 10 to June 1.
Window Cleaning: Contact Craig Chapman, 250-343-6441
Community Hall washroom will be open to the public from June 1 through September 30, 2018.
In light of recent thefts, keep an eye out for your neighbours’ property, put your things away and out of sight.
Lots of Hall rentals through May and June.

3. Treasurer’s Report: Sally Watson

Files attached to the email.

4. Parks Canada Reports: Elaine Lemieux

Townsite

– Staff working from Field Admin Office:
• Elaine has returned.
• Helena Waddock, Business Licence Admin Services Officer
• John Cattie, A/Staff Housing Coordinator, starting Monday, May 14th

– Garbage billings
• Quarterly billings have been sent out
Still working on 2018/2019 rates, delayed due to year end in Finance. Hope to have those update by end of May

Highways
The sweeper is scheduled to come back to Field and the supervisors will notify prior to them being in town.

Seasonal openings have taken place (Spiral Tunnels, Natural Bridge, Monarch Campground, Finn Creek and Faeder Lake) Wapta Falls will be once the snow melt off is complete on that road. We have been digging out Moraine Lake road for the past few weeks, and once that is done, we will start on Lake O’Hara Road, then into Takkaka falls road.

Construction season is here, so various contractors are mobilising on the highway in different areas from the 6 km twining, to the rock scalers on the Field Hill. Some paving will take place in Yoho this summer too in a few different areas.

Visitor Experience

– Traffic control starts May 18 within Lake Louise village. This will be conducted and managed as it was last year (daily until October 8, as needed)
– Local shuttles start running daily May 18 – October 8 from the Lake Louise over flow to Samson Mall and Lake Louise free for visitors with a valid National Parks Pass. Moraine lake route runs from Sept 10 to October 8 only (also from the overflow),
– Lake Louise residents and staff should be displaying decals in vehicles, pick up from Lake Louise Visitor centre
– Digital hotel and guest decals have been distributed to Lake Louise Hotels and lodges, if anyone was missed, contact us directly traffic.pc.gc.ca
– All transit information is now live on the web, at pc.gc.ca/banff-transit or explorethepark.ca
– No Parking signs are scheduled to be reinstalled along Lake Louise Drive and Emerald Lake Road the week of May 14th
• Kicking horse CG delayed due to avalanche debris and assessment of clean up, expect June.
• Monarch Campground is open.
• Little Yoho road dependent on snow clearing and melt..
Yoho VRC operating hours: April 1 to May 30, 2018: 9 am to 5 pm &
June 1 to September 30th , 2018: 8:30 am to 7 pm
October 1 to October 8, 2018: 9 am to 5 pm
October 9, 2018 to April 30, 2019: *Closed

Assets

1) Mt. Dennis Slope Stabilisation
Parks Canada has extended the duration of the existing monitoring program (conducted by Tetra Tech) to include one additional year of slope monitoring. This monitoring consists of quarterly GPS surveys conducted to quantify the movement of 25 survey points. Recent data has shown a considerable decline in the velocity of movement since project inception May 2016. Tetra Tech and Parks Canada are also working to establish risk mitigation measures that will be backed by risk analysis modelling software, currently underway. Parks Canada continues regular inspection and maintenance on the water diversion system installed in fall 2015.

2) Second Avenue Drainage
Parks Canada continues to monitor issues related to ground water near second avenue in Field. Residents should report and document any issues on their property to the Parks Canada Agency LLYK Townsites office.

3) Staff Housing (Superintendent’s House and new structure construction at 207 Kicking Horse Ave.)
Renovations are still underway at the Superintendent’s house, and are expected to be completed early this summer. 207 Kicking Horse Ave (the old duplex) tentative construction start date for this is as early as August 2018.

5. Friends of Yoho: Helen Barry

Deb is now a board member and Brenda Selkirk is the manager.
Walking Tour will begin in July on Tuesday and Thursday 8 pm (moving to 7 pm late August and September) All donations will go to the church. Helen asked if Craig was talking to the Bishop and the Diocese if we could get the collection plate back. The FOY would like to pass the plate so to speak at the end of each evening. The tour will end at the church.
Planning an evening presentation at Kicking Horse Theatre. ‘Lumbering in Yoho’ – Story of Gummo Lumber and their operation here in the Park.
S’mores at the campground fire circles July in Kicking Horse Campground and August up at Takakkaw Falls Campground.
Project to install a water bottle filling station at the Yoho VRC.
AGM is May 29th 6 pm at the Plaza. Join the friends for a wiener roast.

6. Field Fire and Rescue: Mike Furfaro

1. Members – Sitting at 20 members. (down from 23, Matt, Jason,Tom)
a. 6 Officers, 3 Firefighters, 9 Probationary Members, 1 Recruit, 1 Auxiliary Member (Elaine)

2. Call Outs – 21 as of 01 January 2018.
a. 8 in January, 5 in February, 3 in March, 5 in April, none in May yet.
i. 31 March, Locomotive Fire
ii. 05 April, 301 K.H. Avenue Structure Fire

3. New and Planned Purchases
a. New Turnout gear. Draft proposal letter to Marthe. Asking $50,000
b. Emergency Scene Ahead Signs (X2), IC Boards, Radio Mics + Battery
c. In progress, Future Large Purchase Plan (5 years)

4. Completed Training
a. Air Brakes (4 members)
b. S-131 (4 members)
c. ISO (4 members)
d. Hazmat Awareness (1 member)
e. S&T (1 member)
f. Ventilation (4 members)
g. S-115 (3 members)
h. APO (1 member)
i. Battery Storage Facility (April 27th)

5. Upcoming Training – Spring training courses.
a. Interior Fire, EVD, Exterior Fire
b. Wildland Fire with L.L. Fire March 22

New Chief’s Cell Number – (250)344-0957
I will be away from May 25th to June 25th.
Primary contact for FFRD will be Patrick Cais – (403)760-5635
Secondary contact for FFRD will be Chris Allen – (403)431-0326

7. Round Table

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting April 23, 2018

In attendance: Kathryn & Ryan, Paulina, and Heather

Excused: Karen, Flint, Mike, Sonya, Greg and Sally

1. Review Meeting Calendar:

Town Hall Meeting – May 7, 2018

Next FRAA Board Meeting – June 4

Field Utility Board Meeting June 13 – Budget for 2018/2019
Trying to figure out the billing for the Community Hall. In the past we were charged a factor of .5 so our Solid Waste Bills were very small. Now paying a factor of 1. Over the next year we will keep track of how much garbage and cardboard we dispose of in the bins to determine an accurate factor.

Town Tall Meeting – June 18

Summer Break – Next FRAA Board meeting is scheduled for September 10. Kathryn requested that it to be moved to Tuesday, September 11, if everyone is in agreement.

2.Town Hall Meeting Agenda for May 7, 2018

Health and Wellness Presentation, Bonnie Brandt – Consequences and impact on the environment on the use of dryer sheets and alternatives

Life Kit Update – Craig Chapman, Community Paramedicine

Reports: FRAA,Treasurer, Parks Canada (Townsites, Highway Service Centre, Resource conservation, Visitor Experience), Friends of Yoho, Field Fire & Rescue

3. New Societies Act Registration:
Application was submitted on April 6, 2018.

4. Constitution Update:
In progress. Kathryn has put together a job description of Secretary. Sally to write down duties for Treasurer, Mike will be in charge of writing duties for Social Media. Hope to identify one Board Member to be responsible for overseeing functions. A list of how to prepare for a function would be helpful. Ongoing process.

5. Insurance:
Parks Canada has paid FRAA Insurance. Thank you.

Janice Ottoson, Johnston Meier Insurance, says the FRAA is insured to use the School for programs such as HIIT, Yoga, Floor Hockey etc. Craig is currently communicating with Operations Manager Steve Jackson to find out if we have permission to use the School. The FRAA would be required to make an application listing each event.

6. Programs:

HIIT – Currently every Sunday. Laura Penner proposed adding Tuesday as an option, however a majority of participants are on the Field Fire Department and Tuesday evening conflicts with their Tuesday night Fire Practice. It was suggested that the HIIT participants work that out themselves.

Just Breathe Yoga – Starts up again Wednesday April 25 – Wednesday June 13

Sunday start up Yoga – Will resume when Carly Bowers gets back from 3 weeks vacation. TBD

Yoho Yoga – Cindy Kelly. Starts on end of June or early July and will go until end of August, possibly into the fall. Time will be 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Once Cindy knows the schedule a poster will be sent out to let everyone know.

Pickleball – We need a new net. Kathryn has been pricing out nets online with Amazon. Cost will be under $200.00. Will have to be authorized by the board first. An idea would be to have a pickleball game going on morning of Canada Day and to use some of our Canada Day Grant of $450 to purchase a new net.

Ultimate Frisbee – Put a call out to see if someone would be interested in organizing Ultimate Frisbee. Paulina will be putting up a notice on the Community Bulletin Board and on Field BC Classifieds page on Facebook.

7. Events:

Bunny Hop and Easter Potluck Brunch – April 2, 2018
Turnout – 5 kids at the Hop and 19 people at the Brunch. It’s a smaller event, but a favourite event for many so let’s keep it going. It was noted that the kids’ bags of treats should contain less chocolate/candy and more fun activity toys.

Farewell Potluck for Matt and Julie, Mike and Debbie – One Potluck for both families, Thursday May 10, 2018. Gift ideas discussed – Ryan to research. Cards will be Post Office on April 30, donations accepted. We’ll use the tip fund to pay the difference. This will be a smaller, community function and the liquor license will reflect that. Invitations will be sent out for this function.

Spring Fling – June 3, 2018

Heather & Paulina have volunteered to chair the Spring Fling! “Bring on Spring, let’s celebrate”! Will oversee: liquor license, liquor order, advertising; Community Bulletin Board, Town email list and social media, volunteers for the bar, someone to cook and sell hotdogs during the dance, decorations & props. *Secretary’s side note: Volunteers for after party Hall clean-up will be greatly appreciated as well :)*
Flint has agreed to be in charge of the music. DJ Flintaroo to the rescue! Yay Flint!
**Important note ** During our discussion of events involving liquor sales, Kathryn mentioned those who do not have SIR Certification, the FRAA will cover the cost for board members and community volunteers to take the course online. Heather and Paulina have said they are willing to take the course and will arrange with Sally when she returns from Australia.

Canada Day – July 1, 2018

Kathryn has volunteered to oversee the Canada Day events. Thank you Kathryn!

Pickleball game and Bocce Ball tournament. Pancake Breakfast, parade, face painting and a boat race are planned activities. Are we having a dance? Yes! Advertise on social media, put up posters. Indicate in all advertising any people travelling to attend our celebrations (i.e. from emerald Lake Lodge or Great Divide Lodge, or from Lake Louise) should have a DD. There will be Cake & ice cream and a cake contest. FRAA will be buying a cake as well. We discussed ideas for a prize for the winner of the best cake. A cake decorating set, cake pans, silicone oven mitts, cake turntable were ideas. A suggestion was made to give out prizes to the person(s) who pick up the most broken water balloons. 5 drink tickets for an adult(s) volunteer and a super soaker for kids.

8. Church Update:

We have received a $10,000 grant from the Rural Dividend Fund and a $5000.00 grant from CSRD. Estimate for plans may be around $11,000, lot survey may be up to $5600.00. Estimate for completion of the church, somewhere between $ 250,000 – $ 500,000.

Construction will start next year. Contract for the Church renovation will be put out to tender. There are three interested Contractors so far. The FRAA will decide on a contractor based on work, bid and if they’re willing to sign a contract.

This summer The Friends of Yoho would like to finish the historic walking tour at the Church. Storyboards to tell the building’s story and a donation box will be located inside the church. A Go-Fund me Page will be started as well in addition to applying for grants.

Throughout the summer months, volunteers will be needed to maintain the landscaping around the Church. Mowing the lawn, sweeping the sidewalk and stairs. A walk around the building to ensure there is no garbage etc. A sign-up sheet to come soon. Estimated 16-20 weeks of maintenance, if we have 20 volunteers who each take a week, we’ll be covered.

Church will be a community gathering place for weddings, memorial services, live music, a wellness centre. The building will be Accessible. We plan to have a bride’s lounge/suite in the basement with a kitchenette and two washrooms. Full time employee will be hired to look after the Church. The Church will be surrounded by beautiful gardens. Perfect for wedding photos!

9. Facilitated Meeting with Parks Canada:
No date set for the next meeting. Draft Memorandum of Understanding has been sent to participants. Very general. Lots of work to do. Kathryn feels the MOU needs to have specifics, especially regarding meetings. Feels that current format for Field Utility Board Meetings not comprehensive enough.

10. Financial Report & Hall Rentals:
Sally is in Australia until April 30 so no financial report.
Wednesday May 9th – Parks Canada has booked the Hall for the day.
Yoga Programs ongoing.
Sally to send all board members a copy of the Hall rental agreement.
Paulina has volunteered to help with Hall rentals.

11. Round Table:
Kathryn is going to send an email to Elaine regarding when the street sweeper will be in Field and the expected delivery of the garbage bins for 2018.

Sonya suggested we hold a community garage sale in June. Stayed tuned for details.

Condolences go out to the family & friends of the O’Connor family on their recent loss of Pat O’Conner.

The Vagina Monologues was a huge success. We sold 50 tickets resulting in the Golden women’s Resource Center receiving $450.00. Will we be hosting the Monologues again next year, in Field or perhaps in other locations like Lake Louise & Golden?

Ryan mentioned there is a male version of the monologues called Cocktails…maybe host this next year?

Another suggestion was in conjunction with the Arts Council, possibly have a Poetry reading featuring Canadian Poets. The Church would be the perfect setting. There are grants available through Canada Council for the Arts: canandacouncil.ca. Heather is going to do some research online for the grants available for community groups.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:00 pm.