FRAA Update Community Hall October 27, 200

Field Recreation Advisory Association (FRAA) has resumed programs at Field Community Hall, based on guidelines from the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer. 

Please visit:  http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

Keep your hands at your side when possible.

When you are out in public, keep 2 metres between yourself and others. 

Stay home when you are sick, even if symptoms are mild.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.

Avoid social activities in large gatherings.

Wear a mask indoors when physical distancing is not possible.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting October 19, 2020

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Kathryn Cameron, Paulina O’Brien (virtual attendance)

Excused: Sonya Leenders, Greg Dowman, Flint Palmer

1. Meetings

Field Utility Board (FUB) Meeting scheduled for November 4, 2020.

Agenda Items from FRAA:

  • 2nd Quarter reports
  • Fire Protection for Field Townsite and Yoho National Park
  • Circulate Snow Removal map and Best Practises digitally to residents
  • CP Staff Accommodation Plan to replace three residences with a new facility
  • Report on Mt. Dennis de-watering project 

Annual General Meeting scheduled for November 16, 2020, 7 pm at Field Community Hall. We’ll use the same format used for the Town Hall Meeting on September 28, 2020: up to 28 people in person in the Community Hall, and, via Zoom for people who want to attend virtually.  It worked quite well for the September meeting. Nomination papers are at the Post Office. Please put your name forward!

2. Programs

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at Field School Gym: self-lead on Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, no admission fee; and on Wednesday evenings with Laura Penner, $12 Admission fee. Cleaning protocols after each use to be developed.

Yoga Flow with Julie starts on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Field Community Hall. Admission by donation. Please bring your own mat and props. If you don’t have the equipment you can sign out what you need for the duration of the program. Cleaning protocols after each use to be developed.

Ice Rink: How can we operate this winter under COVID-19 guidelines? The FRAA needs a rink champion to oversee the program. Here’s what we discussed:

  • Hand washing/hand sanitizer on entry to the change room
  • Bring your own equipment, and take it home with you. All equipment on site will be boxed up and put in the storage room.
  • Physical distance of 2 meters on the ice and in the change room when interacting with people outside your personal bubble
  • Maximum 10 people in change room to warm up. Masks recommended when indoors
  • Alcohol consumption on site is prohibited. Please police yourself and comply. When people drink, their inhibitions are suppressed and commitments to follow health guidelines tend to disappear. 
  • Clean and disinfect washrooms daily
  • Designated Kubota operators

Feedback, suggestions welcome.

Kid’s Room: In really good shape. Clearly getting use, care and attention. Thank you parents and kids.

COVID-19 Update for Community: Last update was posted July 22, 2020. FRAA will review current Provincial guidelines, and update our community guidelines.

Potential Hall Rental – FFRD use of Community Hall for Annual Emergency Services Christmas Supper: Community Hall provides large space that may be safer than restaurant option. FRAA to get more information about potential number of people who will attend, and food service plan. We will research and may submit the plan to Interior Health for guidance. Hall rental guidelines apply.

3. Certificate of Incorporation – Update:

Definition Member: The FRAA amalgamated two definitions (“voter” and “qualified voter” in the By Laws, Part 1.1.f. to read: 

1.1.f. “member” or “qualified voter” means a person 19 years of age who has resided within the geographic area of Yoho National Park for not less than one year.

Change to be made and updated document circulated with minutes for discussion at the AGM.

Quorum: Discussion regarding questions about Part 4.16.1: “A quorum is three directors present or such greater numbers as the directors may determine at a general meeting.” and Part 6.29.2. “The directors from time to time fix the quorum necessary for the transaction of business and unless so fixed the quorum shall be a majority of the directors then in office.” This may seem contradictory. The Board feels that it is a way to allow decisions to deal with specific situations that require immediate action. The FRAA has a long history of managing the programs and assets of the organization through communication and consultation with the community. It’s a two way street. The FRAA welcomes advice and guidance that keeps our operations legal, proper and without personal gain.

Borrowing: Discussion about Part 8 – Borrowing refers to borrowing money for operations of the organization. At no time will individual Directors be allowed to personally borrow funds from the FRAA. The FRAA does have a policy that residents and local organizations/businesses may borrow tables, chairs, and/or kitchen equipment on a per request basis for dinners or events. Each request is considered on risk to assets.

4. Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Grant In Aid

The FRAA received Grant In Aid funds of $1260 to subsidize participation in HIIT and Yoga over the last year. We have used all the grant money. A report to CSRD is in process.

5. St. Joseph Project

The FRAA anticipates receiving revised conceptual plans from Alasdair for review very soon. Then, community consultation: first, send the narrative and plans to residents by email with one week to respond, and; second, hold a one-day open house for further comment and discussion. Following community review the conceptual plan will be complete and sent to the Development Office for review and then on to engineered drawings and architectural review. It’s on a tight timeline to meet the December 16, 2020 deadline to spend grant money from the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program.

6. Gym Facility at Field Elementary School

Equipment purchase has started. The FRAA will work on a License of Occupation with Parks Canada to sign when the lease surrender for the lot and building from Rocky Mountain School District process is complete.

7. Kicking Horse Ski Club – Operations 2020/21

  • Marilyn is training volunteers to oversee membership and communications. 
  • Michael Furfaro and Dave Allen have cleared 97 trees from the Emerald Connector. 
  • Joe will continue to clear trees and track set trails this winter.
  • Insurance on the skidoo trailer has been renewed for the season.
  • Memberships are starting to come in. Sally to set up e-transfers as payment method.

8. Round Table

Diane Tammen, BC Hydro Community Relations Manager for East Kootenay retires on October 27, 2020. Sally MacDonald will take on the role following Diane’s retirement. Sally’s email address is: sally.macdonald@bchydro.com

Parks Canada payments for the Contribution Agreement and use of the public washroom facility for 2018 and 2019 have not been received.

Field recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting September 28, 2020

In Attendance:  Sally Watson, Kathryn Cameron, Paulina O’Brien, Sonya Leenders, Craig Chapman, Tracey LeBlanc, Alex Kolesch, Ryan Cameron, Jen Coffman, Brenda Selkirk, Karla Gaffney, Lloyd Lafrance, Patrick Caïs, Pauline Boisier, Doug Mostert, Karen Cathcart, Carla Evans, Pierre Lemire, Wendy Edge, Annaick Balsan, Dave Allen, Sophie Caïs

1. FRAA Report 

         Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

Welcome to everyone present at the Town Hall Meeting in the Community Hall, and welcome to everyone who has joined us via Zoom – thanks for organizing and monitoring this virtual communication method Craig Chapman. It’s safe to say that Covid-19 has catapulted us into the “virtual” world, the “strategic behaviour” world and the “so many new ways of looking at our lives” world. Critical thinking is important.

Field Recreation Advisory Association (FRAA) has met virtually and in person to determine best actions for offering programs and sharing information with residents of Field. Basically, the usual events we celebrate together in the community were either modified (Earth Day) or cancelled (Easter Pot Luck Brunch and Bunny Hop, Spring Fling and Canada Day, some Town Hall Meetings) in 2020 to meet Provincial Health Officer guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The FRAA will continue to follow the guidelines and do what we can to keep each other informed and connected as we find our way through the maze of a global pandemic in a community that is fuelled by tourism and friendship. The FRAA continues to communicate via email with the community email list through our new email address: fieldraa@gmail.com, on our Facebook page, The Village of Field, and on our website: www.fieldbc.ca.

Kudos to everyone for making Field look so beautiful this summer! The gardens and flowers are gorgeous. Sally, the flowers at the Community Hall offer a beacon of welcome. The hall isn’t seen a lot of community use this summer, but the public washroom, the chairs and benches, the tiny library and the veranda have seen plenty of traffic.

Programs

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) continues strong with Laura Penner continues on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and self-lead on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, either outside on the rink at the Community Hall or inside at the school gymnasium if the weather or air quality are poor.

Yoga Flow with Julie will resume later this fall. Details to be announced. 

If you have a proposal for an event or program, put together the plan from the perspective of health and safety (Covid-19 guidelines), risk and consequence assessment (for insurance coverage), budget, location, and communication plan. The FRAA welcomes ideas that promote health and well being in the community.

Grants

Winding up the Columbia Shuswap Regional District grant of $1260 to promote participation in fitness programs in Field.

Two grants from Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program are in process: engineered drawings for the St. Joseph Project ($45,625.00), and to establish a community gym facility ($9450.00).

Constitution Update

A draft will be circulated via the community email list. It’s dry but short, so please read through the document and send comments by return email to the FRAA. Have coffee, or tea, or another caffeinated drink of choice to help you stay awake! Actually it’s not that bad. We plan to vote on the amendments at the Annual General Meeting.

Contribution Agreement

New agreement with Parks Canada has been signed by both parties: Parks Canada on July27, 2020 and FRAA on August 13, 2020. Honorarium not received to date.

St. Joseph Project

Basically, we have gone back to the drawing board to develop a new, smaller conceptual plan that leaves the structure in place with a slightly larger addition to replace the back section, new foundation and modified basement plan. The Board asks residents to bring us your concerns and ideas as we work through this process. We want to get engineered drawings, tender the construction process and have all our ducks in a row when we apply for more grants, complete the development process and proceed with construction in 2022. Stay tuned for plans to review in the coming month.

Kicking Horse Ski Club will operate as normal this year, under the exceptional guidance of Marilyn Toulouse and Bruce Bembridge, with Joe Nixhipi on the grooming. Given the response of Canadians to visit the National Parks this summer, it’s fair to expect we will see cross country skiing experiences in high demand this winter. On this note, kudos to the Yoho National Park trail crew team who made safe passage over the washout at the west end of the Amiskwi River bridge in June, and cleared the major piles of blown down trees on the Kicking Horse Trail in August. It is a beautiful trail in all seasons of the year. 

Power Outages and BC Hydro

Diane Tammen from BC Hydro has kept us informed on maintenance and repairs to the Energy Storage Facility (ESF) which we tend to refer to as the battery back up. To learn more about the program, visit the website at: https://www.bchydro.com/news/press_centre/news_releases/2013/bc-hydro-completes-energy-storage-project-in-field.html

To receive information when the battery is on, the Twitter account is Field_Outage_Status, @FieldOutageInfo

The FRAA will ask Diane Tammen for an overall update on the pilot project. The FRAA asks Parks Canada: Does the Highway Twinning Project include plans to move the power line from CP’s mainline right-of-way to underground along the TransCanada Highway right-of-way?

CP Rail Operations Concerns

Ongoing problems with the crossing arms, lights and signals; trains covering the crossing for extended periods of time (44 minutes just before noon on September 8); old, noisy, diesel spewing engines used for work trains left idling in the yard along Stephen Avenue for days/nights; maintenance vehicles speeding through town and in the yard (creates dust); zero communication with the community about any of these issues leaving all responsibility on residents to call the CP Police line to find out what is going on and why.

The FRAA passed these concerns to Parks Canada LLYK Townsites. We feel that corporate to corporate conversations are more effective than individual to corporate conversations. This doesn’t mean that as residents we should not call the CP Police at 1-800-716-9132 to let them know what’s happening. Still call. We want to add weight to our concerns and get resolution.

British Columbia Provincial Election

We go to the polls on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Field Community Hall is the polling station. Covid-19 measures will be in place. There will be many details communicated as the process unfolds.

Annual General Meeting

Scheduled for Monday, November 16, 2020. Currently six members on the Board of Directors. Nomination papers will be in the Post Office on October 1, 2020. If you are interested in volunteering with the FRAA, please talk to one of the Board members and file your papers to be part of our tiny democratic process! Operating during a pandemic has presented challenges that we seem to manage well in our community. Offer your expertise and ideas to operate and connect in ways that keep us all safe and healthy.

Passages

The FRAA and community of Field offer condolences to the families of Gordon Allen and Bruce Wiebe who both died this spring. 

Gord Allen lived and worked in Field and Yoho for many, many years. He volunteered with Field Fire and Rescue Department, FRAA and the Friends of Yoho organizations, and on his own, volunteered to restore and mount Parks Canada’s retired rustic signs throughout the Field Townsite. The beautiful map of Yoho National Park displayed on the front of the Community Hall receives huge attention daily from visitors to our community. All those beautiful street markers? Gord Allen is the guy who installed and maintained them. Although Gord spent the last 9 years of his life in care, his presence continued to be felt with in conversations with Vivian and Dave. I always looked forward to Gord’s rapier sharp wit and observations! And visiting his train set upstairs in their garage. Thanks to Karla Gaffney and Marilyn Toulouse for organizing a physical distanced memorial for Gord in the spring.

Bruce Wiebe also lived and worked in Field and Yoho for many years. He lived with his wife Heather and son Jeff at 302 – 1st Avenue until his retirement from Parks Canada when he and Heather moved to Calgary; Jeff has already moved to Alberta by then. Bruce worked on the Highways Team, so we saw him in town and on the Highway maintaining roads and supporting construction and repairs in the park. Bruce was also known for a splendid sense of humour and goodwill. After retirement Bruce stopped in town to visit, and could often been seen enjoying coffee with former colleagues at Melissa’s in Banff.

And life prevails. Congratulations to Doug Mostert and Pauline Boisier on the birth of their daughter Louise Collette on August 31, 2020! Of course, she is perfect. Exactly what we expected from Pauline and Doug! (Bonus on the video feed – we were able to say Hello! to Louise, Pauline and Doug comfortably attending the meeting at home!)

Congratulations to Carter Tataryn, our only Golden Secondary School Graduate this year. All the best in your life endeavours and adventures Carter!

2. Treasurer’s Report 

         Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA

Files attached to the distribution email.

Note: All lights in the Community Hall are LED. Matthew Morrison undertook the project and completed it about five years ago.

3. Parks Canada Reports 

         Tracey LeBlanc, Townsite Manager

Townsites

First quarter (April through June 2020) reports for water, wastewater and solid waste show expenses and revenue are both down which mirrors lockdown conditions at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Not certain all costs have been input. Expect a clearer picture at the end of second quarter (June through September). 

Assets

  • HES signalisation project is underway as per previous email and GANTT chart (traffic lights installation at Field intersection on TCH)
  • Lake O’Hara Road is roughly 3/4 complete
  • KH CG final deficiencies are being rectified
  • Yoho bunkhouse is schedule to be complete mid-late October.  The bunkhouse will be open year round.
  • Boulder compound clean-up in final stages.  Lead by ResCon.
  • Second new triplex is final stages of tender preparation.  Construction in 2021.
  • Recent geotechnical study along 2nd Ave was completed though report is not yet complete.
  • Design work underway for retaining wall replacement at 314 1st Ave. 

Highways Operations Unit

Winter operations and level of service will be the same as usual for this winter in Field. Winter snowplough map attached to the distribution email.

Visitor Experience

  • Yoho Visitor Centre will close on October 12th. Services may move indoors if weather turns cold and wintery before that. Physical distancing and masks will form part of the requirements to ensure safety of visitors and staff.
  • Monarch, Kicking Horse and Takakkaw Falls campgrounds will close on Oct 12th
  • Takakkaw Falls road will close after October 12th
  • Day use areas and highway washrooms in Yoho will look similar to last winter during the COVID-19 pandemic: Emerald Lake, Yoho VRC and the Wapta Lake truckers pull-out will stay open for the winter and cleaned regularly as per our COVID-19 cleaning guidelines. All others will close with snowfall or after Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Lake O’Hara Road is undergoing major upgrades. It will remain gravel but it will be a much-improved driving experience for the busses.
  • For 2021, pending COVID-19 guidance, we are planning to:

         – return to full capacity at Lake O’Hara and Takakkaw Falls campgrounds

         – run the Lake O’Hara bus

         – return to an indoor offer at the Yoho VRC

Resource Conservation

         Some prescribed fire operations went ahead on September 13, but they were limited by the widespread smoke from US wildfires. As a result, only a small piece (about 70 hectares) of the 1571-hectare unit was burned.

Currently, we aren’t planning to complete operations at Alexandra this fall because conditions are no longer favourable (this might change but it’s very unlikely).

Alex Kolesch

Will communicate with Mike Lovecchio, CP Rail Vice President of Community Relations, about community concerns and CP Rails future plans in the community.

Will retain the Field Fire and Rescue Department file. In the spring Parks Canada agreed to conduct a review of FFRD to look at long-term viability. Received the third party contractor’s draft report late Sunday evening. Shared with FFRD today. Has read through it once, needs time to understand. Received communication from FFRD last week that FFRD does not feel prepared to extend their contract, which ends September 30, 2020, with Parks Canada. Alex stated that Parks Canada remains committed to fire protection and road rescue service in Field and Yoho National Park.

Management Plan Review Process: Public consultation may resume in late fall digitally, i.e. share Draft Management Plan.

Questions and comments re: Parks Canada Reports

1. Brenda Selkirk asked Highways to do maintenance on the cemetery road. There are deep ruts in places.

2. Patrick Caïs: Question from a year ago for the Lake O’Hara turnoff for people entering TCH westbound traffic. Drivers don’t seem to understand the merge lane provided but pull out directly into the westbound passing lane. Is there some way to indicate the existence and purpose of the merge lane? Tracey to follow-up.

3. When will the traffic lights on the TransCanada Highway be operational? How are the lights powered? Will power outages affect the lights? If yes, how will they operate when there’s an outage? Will there be enhanced highway maintenance at the intersection, i.e. clear sightlines, mitigation for ice?

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

         The gift shop remained closed due to Parks Canada VRC restrictions to the public.

         Throughout the summer we had our website store providing some clothing, magnets, souvenir map and stuffed animals.

         Sales have been slow. We have had donations and memberships to contribute to funds being generated. September has been a busy month with more sales than all other months.

         The Board is going ahead with the fall newsletter. This is no plan to have any events this fall. Members will need to renew through the website for the upcoming year. A form is available with payment options for this.

         Thanks to Wendy and Sonya for keeping the school flower garden (The Glen and Irene Brook Memorial Garden) in great shape. 

Impromptu reports from Truffle Pigs owner, Jen Coffman, and Velvet Antler Pottery owner, Ryan Cameron. Both businesses were able to adjust to new operation guidelines to keep staff and clients safe, and were busy this summer. Canadian clientele. Truffle Pigs plans to close from October 13 to December 1 for maintenance and to organize for winter operations. The Velvet Antler will be open for winter operations; no break planned right now.

5. Field Fire and Rescue Report 
         Patrick Caïs, Acting Chief, Field Fire and Rescue Department

  • Most quiet summer on record. No call-outs in July or August; 1 call-out in September. Observation: primarily regional traffic, people travelling from point A to point B, familiar with the road, not sightseeing.
  • 16 members, not all are active. 4 new recruits: Brad, Heather, Slade and Lauren. 
  • One senior member/officer has resigned due to stressful situation with Parks Canada. Additional resignations possible. Members have shifted personal priorities. Training Officer has prepared effective training sessions but attendance is poor. Training opportunities uncertain with loss of use of Boulder Creek Compound for storing derelict cars to use in Auto Extrication training. No new site identified to date.
  • Overall members feel demoralized, and not appreciated. There has been a big turnover in the Fire Chief position; five Chiefs in five years. 
  • Raised concern in July 2019 that no one wanted to take the position. Sent a memorandum with concerns to Parks Canada. No written response. Later in the fall met with Superintendent Rick Kubian and were told FFRD would remain a volunteer department with no full-time paid personnel. Generally the Fire Chief spends 300 hours per year and officers/members spend 250 hours per year on FFRD duties.
  • Well-being of members is FFRD prime concern of Acting Fire Chief. Hears frustration. Being ignored, loss of motivation and lack of consideration has led to level of low morale in department. Not feeling confident in level of training at this point to respond to highway rescue. Members must be legally compliant with increased level of competence as shown in training records to offer all services.
  • Received draft audit report today. FFRD will take all aspects into consideration. FFRD does not want to turn their backs to the community. Feels that current operation of FFRD is too big to request from a volunteer department. It is time for a stronger department, not a weaker department.
  • Parks Canada is the governing body, authority for Townsite of Field and Yoho National Park.
  • FFRD not moving away from the table. Compliance and safety are top priorities.

Alex: Not much to refute in anything Patrick has stated. Understands situation. Important to take time to understand and digest draft report. Welcomes open dialogue.

Sonya: Stakeholders are highly motivated to see FFRD onsite, compliant and operational.

Kathryn: Parks Canada relies heavily on volunteers and residents’ goodwill to offer services in Field and Yoho as noted by Field Fire and Rescue, Friends of Yoho, Kicking Horse Ski Club and FRAA. We have a small population. People have their own priorities. But, we love our community and we love Yoho. We want Parks Canada to love us back.

Craig: Is Parks Canada legally required to provide fire protection and road rescue service in Yoho National Park?

Alex: Yes

6. Round Table 

1. Karen Cathcart, Area A Regional Director attended the meeting via Zoom. 

Karen offered to work with the community and Parks Canada in discussions with CP Rail on its operations in Field, and also offered the assistance of Columbia Shuswap Regional District staff in finding resolution to sustainable fire protection services for Field and Yoho National Park. Karen also reported on the progress of the proposed aquatic centre in Golden. In October, Area A residents will receive a link to a website that gives costs to selected options participants want to have in an aquatic centre, and calculates what that person will pay in property taxes to pay for the centre based on property assessment. It’s all about the money. Stay tuned. Thanks Karen.

2. Karla Gaffney advised residents that although there is now a controlled crossing that may have received a permanent fix to problems, always Look, Listen and Live – in other words, be aware of what is happening when you enter or leave Field via the controlled crossing. 

Kathryn commented that it begs the question of why the crossing, with increased noise and disruption, was installed since it’s not necessarily providing the increased safety we were told it would serve.

Meeting adjourned 9:06 pm

Guidelines and Information to Attend Town Hall Meeting September 28,2020

The Field Recreation Advisory Association is excited to offer two options to participate in the Town Hall Meeting. We ask you to consider which option is best for you and follow directions for your choice. It’s a different scenario for a time that asks all of us to take care of ourselves and our neighbours.

Option 1: In-Person Attendance at Field Community Hall

Maximum attendance including Board Members and Presenters: 28

Please RSVP to fieldraa@gmail.com or call 587-222-6065 to confirm attendance by noon on Sunday, September 27, 2020, with the number of people in your bubble who will be seated together.

Dress warmly. The FRAA plans to have windows and/or doors open for good ventilation inside the Community Hall.

Bring a mask. Please wear it to protect others in attendance.

Hand sanitizer will be at the entrance. If you prefer to use soap and water, a hand washing station will be available inside the public washroom.

Please maintain 2 meters distance between others in attendance who are not part of your bubble.

If you feel unwell, please stay home.

Option 2: You are invited to a Zoom Virtual Visit.

Broadcast starts at 7:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join the Virtual Visit

https://phsa.zoom.us/j/64428229179?pwd=QzM1TkFlWlhkbk5wZU9SNjF0NlJVUT09

Meeting ID: 644 2822 9179

Password: 666238

Can’t join by computer or mobile device? Join by telephone: 1 833 955 1088 (Toll-free)

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting September 11, 2020

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Sonya Leenders, Kathryn Cameron

Excused: Paulina O’ Brien, Greg Dowman, Flint Palmer

1. FRAA Overview

            Field Utility Board (FUB): Wednesday, September 16, 2020 by conference call; Sally, Sonya and Kathryn to call in. Agenda items sent to Parks Canada Townsite Manager Tracey LeBlanc on September 8, 2020:

  • Introductions
  • Priorities of Townsite Office over the next year
  • Quarterly Report – First Quarter, April 1 to June 30, 2020
  • Honorarium: Contribution Agreement has been signed. When will the Honorarium be sent to FRAA?
  • Field Emergency Plan Update Timeline
  • Rocky Mountain School District #6 Lease surrender of Field Elementary school and FRAA License of Occupation for community use of gym
  • Yoho National Park Construction Projects Update
    • Traffic Lights on Highway 1 at Field Intersection
    • Repairs on Lake O’Hara Road
    • Status on Prescribed Burn plan for Float Creek area
  • Evaluation of Covid-19 measures on Parks Canada operations over the summer. What can Field residents expect for Parks Canada winter operations? 
  • Minutes of FUB meetings – Parks Canada responsibility.

            Town Hall Meeting: Monday September 28, 2020 at Field Community Hall in-person meeting. Estimate about 25 to 28 people can attend and meet guidelines set by British Columbia Public Health Officer and posted on the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control website: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19. The FRAA plans to broadcast the meeting via Facebook Live or Zoom. Agenda, and details for attendance, either in-person or by remote connection, will be sent to the community email list.

Town Hall Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome and FRAA Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Parks Canada Reports
    • Townsite Manager
    • Highways Manager
    • Visitor Experience
    • Resource Conservation
    • Assets
  • Friends of Yoho
  • Community Paramedic
  • Field Fire and Rescue
  • Round Table

            Programs: 

Yoga Flow with Julie will resume later this fall.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Laura Penner continues on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and self-lead on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, either outside on the rink at the Community Hall or inside at the school gymnasium if the weather or air quality are poor. Do you want to receive text message reminders and updates for HIIT? Send a message with your phone number to fieldraa@gmail.com.

If you have a proposal for an event or program, put together the plan from the perspective of health and safety (Covid-19 guidelines), risk and consequence assessment (for insurance coverage), budget, location, and communication plan. The FRAA welcomes ideas that promote health and well being in the community. 

            Financial Report: The FRAA has very few expenses, but no income right now. Discussion about fundraising options, including donations. One hall booking for weekend of September 18 to 20, but anticipate that it will not go ahead. Sally to confirm.

            Grants Report: Doing final report on $1260 grant from CSRD to promote attendance at programs promoting health and fitness. Two grants from Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program are in process: engineered drawings for the St. Joseph Project, and to establish a community gym facility. 

            St. Joseph Project: Reviewing plans for a smaller project. Community consultation planned once the new conceptual plans are firm. Now looking at construction in 2022.

            Kicking Horse Ski Club: Status quo for the upcoming season. 

2. Fall and Winter Operations in Field

The FRAA asks all businesses to let us know what winter operations will be for the upcoming season. Please send an email to fieldraa@gmail.com.

3.Annual General Meeting

Scheduled for Monday, November 16, 2020. Currently six members on the Board of Directors. Nomination papers will be in the Post Office on October 1, 2020. If you are interested in volunteering with the FRAA, please talk to one of the Board members and file your papers to be part of our tiny democratic process! Operating during a pandemic has presented challenges that we seem to manage well in our community. Offer your expertise and ideas to operate and connect in ways that keep us all safe and healthy.

4. Round Table

Kudos to everyone for making Field look so beautiful this summer! The gardens and flowers are gorgeous.

BC Hydro Energy Storage Facility kicked in during the outage on June 3, 2020 but failed to operate for three subsequent outages (August 2, August 24 and September 11). Received notice from BC Hydro that repairs have been complete and there will be test outages on September 22, 2020 to confirm the battery works. 

Field Fire and Rescue Department audit report due by the end of September.

CP Rail operations: Ongoing problems with the crossing arms, lights and signals; trains covering the crossing for extended periods of time (44 minutes just before noon on September 8); old, noisy, diesel spewing engines used for work trains left idling in the yard along Stephen Avenue for days/nights; maintenance vehicles speeding through town and in the yard (creates dust); zero communication with the community about any of these issues leaving all responsibility on residents to call the CP Police line to find out what is going on and why. FRAA will ask Parks Canada to talk to CP about how these issues can be addressed to improve quality of life in the community.

Bulletin Board: Sonya working on it.

FRAA Update Public Health Guidelines July 22, 2020

Field Recreation Advisory Association (FRAA) has resumed programs at Field Community Hall, based on guidelines from the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer. 

Please visit:  http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

Keep your hands at your side when possible.

When you are out in public, keep 2 metres between yourself and others. 

‎Stay home when you are sick, even if symptoms are mild.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.

Avoid social activities in large gatherings. 

Field Recreation Advisory Association (FRAA) Board Meeting July 20, 2020

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Paulina O’Brien, Kathryn Cameron

Excused: Flint Palmer, Sonya Leenders, Greg Dowman

1. Meetings, Programs and Events through the lens on Covid-19 guidelines

FRAA Board Meeting: Scheduled for August 31, 2020, 7:30 pm at Field Community Hall. Going ahead with the meeting!

Field Utility Board (FUB) Meeting: Scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Going ahead with the meeting!

Town Hall Meeting: Scheduled for Monday, September 28, 2020. Going ahead with a public meeting! Maximum attendance based on how many 2 meter-distanced chairs we can fit into the Community Hall. Exploring the option of live-streaming the meeting on Facebook or via Zoom, with options for questions and comments.

HIIT: Going well, either outside on the rink space behind the Community Hall or inside at Field School. Two sessions per week: Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm with Laura Penner, $6 admission, and Sunday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, group lead, no admission fee. Craig to confirm with Rocky Mountain School District #6 that school gym use by the FRAA is still allowed until the lease surrender process between SD6 and Parks Canada is complete.

Yoga Flow with Julie: One session per week on Thursday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at Field Community Hall. Admission by donation.

Public Washroom at Field Community Hall: Opened on June 22, 202 and will operate until September 30, 2020. Facility is cleaned twice a day. Maintained by Parks Canada staff.

Social Distance Party: Not at this time. We’re proceeding with caution to offer programs and hold meetings. Not prepared to host any events.

2. Constitution Update

FRAA Board will present updated Constitution at the September 28, 2020 Town Hall Meeting. Shouldn’t be too painful! Looking forward to hearing comments from community.

3. St. Joseph Project

Meeting weekly to move the process along. Requested a meeting as soon as possible to discuss two options with designer Alasdair Russell of russell and russell design. For both options the building will not be moved, but will be placed on a new foundation (full basement).

            1. Ramp access to front entrance that is not exposed to snow shedding from the roof in winter. Expand back addition to include bathrooms and only have storage in the basement. Basement access by level entrance at front and by inside stairs. This would be a simple building with multi use space and bathrooms on main floor and storage in the basement. Full basement with potential to finish in the future. Cheaper and keeps similar architectural profile.

            2. When new basement is added footprint is expanded at the rear and at front of the entrance to create additional space needed for bathrooms, kitchen facility, office and storage. This plan includes an elevator. Office can be used by bride as a “get ready room” if separate room is no longer possible. This keeps the concept of the full service facility but would be smaller and other than expanded back section and basement (front and rear) keeps the same profile.

We hope to have a new concept to present to the community at the September 28, 2020 Town Hall Meeting.

4. Kicking Horse Ski Club

Exploring options for cross-country ski trail maintenance.

5. Community Hall Maintenance and Improvements

Outdoor plug-in: Used by RV campers on Sunday, July 19 to charge their battery; they made a $10 donation when informed that the electricity they were using was the property of a not for profit group with no current revenue (no pun intended). Checked to see if it’s possible to turn off the power to the outlet but it’s on the breaker is for the whole main floor of the Community Hall, so not possible.

Change room door and windows: Flint to confirm timeline with Joe.

Bar sink tap replacement: Kathryn to confirm timeline with Miles

6. Bulletin Board 

Sonya is working on the project.

Guidelines for Community Hall use have been updated to post on the Bulletin Board and at the Community Hall. To be circulated with minutes.

7. Round Table

Seems to be an increase in amount of litter at the pond, i.e. hand wipes and Kleenex. If you spend time at the pond, please take your garbage home for disposal. Leave no trace . . .

Resident Passes are now available at Field VRC outdoor information service.

Garbage outside the kid’s room back door entrance: Kathryn to take to the dump.

CBC Radio One Reception in Field: For several months, FM 97.1 in Field has had spotty reception: cutting out intermittently, and volume levels drop off considerably or occasionally get really loud. In response to information submitted to https://cbchelp.cbc.ca/hc/en-ca/requests/new, CBC Audience Services has sent this information: 

“Currently for this site, the main transmitter is undergoing repairs. 
            In the meantime this site has been transmitting on it’s backup transmitter. 
This could be the reason why you are not getting a signal at certain times. 
            We will follow up with the transmission department and update you when possible. Thank you for your patience.”

Field Recreation Advisory Association Community Update June 30, 2020

1. FRAA Report – Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

Meetings, Programs and Events Review – We are cautiously starting programs again.           

  • HIIT:  (High Intensity Interval Training) with Laura Penner on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, $6 admission, and group-lead on Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, no charge, outside on the paved surface (skating rink/pickleball court). Please text Craig if you plan to attend.
  • Yoga: Yoga Flow With Julie on Thursday evenings at Field Community Hall from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, by donation. Social distancing measures in place for us to flow safely and stay healthy. Mat placement will be taped on the floor. Bring your own mat 
  • Field Utility Board Meeting: Held on June 16, 2020. Information included in Parks Canada report below.
  • Town Hall Meeting June 22, 2020: The Board feels that it is too soon to hold a public Town Hall Meeting in an inside venue, so this meeting has been cancelled. Minutes of both the FRAA board of Directors Meeting and Field Utility Board Meeting will be circulated by email to the community email list and posted on the fieldbc.ca website.
  • Canada Day Celebrations normally held throughout the community on Canada Day are cancelled for 2020. However, the FRAA encourages everyone to decorate their house or yard or business, and have a family/household/bubble Canada Day barbeque to love your life, love your family and celebrate our good fortune to live in this remarkable country! 
  • Community Social Distance Street Party has been in discussion for a couple of months now. Again, the Board feels that it’s too soon to host an event but are exploring options that give us chance to get together, stay safe, visit and enjoy some music. It’s on the radar.
  • Community Hall Clean-up and Standards/Protocols: The FRAA will follow Infectious Diseases Protocols when cleaning the Community Hall after it has been used. Sally to forward guidelines to Board members.

Hall Rentals

            Elements Physiotherapy and Massage from Golden have expressed interest in renting the Community Hall one day per week during July and August to offer services to visitors and residents. The Board feels that since we are basically mid-pandemic now, 2021 is probably a better time to embark on this option. Sally to communicate the decision with Elements Physiotherapy and Massage.

            No recent hall rentals, and none on the horizon.

Landscape Contract

            Contract has been awarded to Burgess Lawn Care and Maintenance. Mowing and planting have started.

Community Bulletin Board

            Sonya presented concept. Feels that the corkboard is in good condition. Working on organization and headings. Budget of $150 approved. 

Community Garden Proposal 

            There is interest for a community garden in Field. It is a complicated process. The group is scouting potential locations with a timeline to have the community garden established for 2021.

CP Rail on malfunctions of new crossing and plans for mitigation/repair 

            This will be referred to Parks Canada for action. The new crossing has been in place since late November. The physical crossing is extremely rough/unfinished. The signal mechanism malfunctions frequently. Both need to be addressed.

Constitution Update 

            The Board members will review proposed changes by September. Proposed changes will be presented to the community and if approved will be filed with the BC Government. The changes are minimal. Sally will file the Annual Report this week.

St. Joseph Project 

  • Sally, Craig and Kathryn met with Bryan and Joanie on June 15, 200 and it was good. Basically, they have important points about the size of the project and the impact on their living space and lifestyle. The most important issue is the purpose of the project, which Craig spoke to right at the beginning of the conversation: the church restoration and renovation project is meant to bring the community together, build everyone up and not to create division or anger. We talked about setbacks, site potential and implications for the immediate neighbours as well as for the community. Long story short, it’s back to the drawing board for a smaller project, but not back to square one. A lot of work has been done that is very relevant to the project, including suggestions from the Keefer family. We have to remember too that the world has changed since we started all of this.
  • Helen Irwin has completed the first draft of the Basic Impact Assessment, and all current information has been forwarded to russell and russell design in Canmore. 
  • Owl monitoring continues. One owlet fledged in 2020, on June 24.
  • Sally to pay WSP invoice for last work done on the lot survey, covers registering info with Government of Canada.

Go International Volunteers

Ron Allen reports that there will be changes to the program this year to manage participant safety. He recommended that we put together a short list of ideas for FRAA projects. The Board identified cleaning and staining the deck, and painting the outside doors. Other suggestions?

Fireweed Hostel Closed

Owners Kim and Craig Chapman announced on June 19, 2020 that CP would not renew the lease and would take over the building. Fireweed Hostel has been an integral part of the Field Community for 14 years. This is not only a big loss to Kim and Craig, but to Field too. Fireweed welcomed local, national and international visitors, hosted family and community celebrations and made Field a better place. Thank you to the Chapman and Lucas families for giving us a remarkable, beautiful, iconic and unfortunately short-term operation. 

What’s Open in Field and Yoho – A moving target these days


2. Treasurer’s Report – Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA

Files to be distributed July 2, 2020.

3. Parks Canada Report June 19, 2020
 – Alex Kolesch, Acting Townsite Manager

  • Water/sewer/garbage rates: Rates for the 20-21 fiscal year will be unchanged, as we have reached the rate cap for cost-recovery and the remaining cost recovery amount will be subsidised by Parks Canada.
  • Outstanding invoice for public washroom use: Parks Canada had some questions about the water consumption on these invoices. Sally was helpful in providing some additional information and we will follow up on this item.
  • Contribution Agreement for FRAA: Parks Canada made some errors related to our internal processes for approval of this. The errors were corrected and the agreement is being vetted internally.  A new agreement will be forthcoming, which will allow contribution payments to be made for honoraria.
  • Traffic signals at Field/TCH intersection: Some off-highway work will begin in June or July, with the signals expected to be installed in September.
  • Community Hall public washroom: I followed up after our discussion – we will maintain and clean this facility this year. We’ll follow up when we are ready to proceed.
  • Kicking Horse Ski Club: Parks Canada will begin discussions with the club regarding the club’s funding of a Parks Canada track setting position to be in place for the 20/21 winter
  • Field Community Emergency Plan: Parks Canada is investigating consultants that can take this work on. This will likely be the most efficient approach to getting this work done. More to come…
  • Field Fire and Rescue: Parks Canada met this week with a consultant undertaking a review of the department. The objective of this review is to look at options that will result in a sustainable service in the long term. The consultant met with current and past fire department staff during his time in Field.
  • CP Crossing: Work is ongoing (as of Thursday, June 18) and we agreed we would see what the finished product looked like.
  • Fireweed Hostel: Parks Canada is now aware of the recent developments on this and will be following up with CP to understand their intentions.
  • Field VRC: Outdoor service started on June 25, 2020

4. Friends of Yoho Report June 24, 2020 – Brenda Selkirk, Manager Friends of Yoho

  • The Friends of Yoho had their 32nd AGM on June 19 with Goggle Meets. We had members from the US, Saskatchewan and Calgary joining us. We had a good 2019 with improvements, good sales and ongoing programs to see us through. The Board has renewed their positions for the upcoming year. Helen is president, Karla is vice president, Ginette is secretary, and Trisha is treasurer. Sarah and Lorraine are continuing as directors. 
  • Day to day operations due to COVID-19 affect a wide range of issues such as employment matters, fundraising, hosting events and meetings.
  • The gift shop remains closed in the VRC. We do have clothing items and magnets on the website that can be purchased on-line.
  • The Historical walking tours are not being offered this year. This is a tough decision based on the current safety of others.
  • Donations and memberships are being accepted through the website. 

6. Field Fire and Rescue Report June 26, 2020 – Patrick Caïs, Acting Chief, Field Fire and Rescue Department

  1. Call Outs –
    1.  7 in November, 13 in December, 4 in January, 3 in February . 
    1. 1 in March, 0 in April, 2 in May (vehicle fire and stand down), 3 in June (power pole fire, gaz leak, STARS landing assistance).  Total 33.
  2. Members
    1. New recruits coming with summer.
  3. New and Planned Purchases
    1. No New purchases
    1. SCBAs have been serviced.
  4. Completed Training 

No external training during this spring because of COVID 19.

In house Tuesdays night trainings stopped mid March because of Covid 19.  Members could follow on line Zoom training every Tuesday nights.  These online trainings were led by Sean Coubrough, CSRD.

  • Upcoming Training
    • Tuesday nights training resumed on June 23rd with equipment check.  
    • Focus for the upcoming summer Tuesday nights training will be fire and extrication.
  • Apparatus
    • Engine 1 (all good) 
    • Rescue 1 (all good) 
    • Rescue 2 (all good considering its age).  
  • Ongoing Projects
    • Discussions with PCA about importance of fulltime fire chief on FFRD (Fire Chief)  ongoing
    • FFRD signed a contract with PCA for the service of fire protection and anything related to fire within Yoho National Park and limited road rescue (vehicle fires and extrication only).  This contract is valid until September 30th.
    • A functional audit of the fire department is going on.  The consulting firm met with members on June 18th.  Final report is due for mid September.

FFRD has been advised that it entirely lost its mutual aid agreement with Lake Louise Fire Department (LLFD).  Until recently, LLFD was coming across the border to respond to vehicle incidents and was also automatically dispatched for structure fires.  LLFD does not come across the AB/BC border anymore.

FRAA Board Meeting June 8, 2020

In Attendance: Sally Watson, Sonya Leenders, Kathryn Cameron

Excused: Paulina O’Brien, Flint Palmer, Greg Dowman

1. Meetings, Programs and Events Review – We are cautiously starting programs again. 

HIIT:  (High Intensity Interval Training) with Laura Penner on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, $6 admission, and group-lead on Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, no charge, outside on the paved surface (skating rink/pickleball court). Please text Craig if you plan to attend.

Yoga: Yoga Flow With Julie on Thursday evenings at Field Community Hall from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, by donation. Social distancing measures in place for us to flow safely and stay healthy. Mat placement will be taped on the floor. Bring your own mat 

Field Utility Board Meeting: Scheduled for phone meeting on June 16, 2020. FRAA to send items for discussion to Parks Canada by Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Town Hall Meeting June 22, 2020: The Board feels that it is too soon to hold a public Town Hall Meeting in an inside venue, so this meeting has been cancelled. Minutes of both the FRAA board of Directors Meeting and Field Utility Board Meeting will be circulated by email to the community email list and posted on the fieldbc.ca website.

Canada Day Celebrations normally held throughout the community on Canada Day are cancelled for 2020. However, the FRAA encourages everyone to decorate their house or yard or business, and have a family/household/bubble Canada Day barbeque to love your life, love your family and celebrate our good fortune to live in this remarkable country! 

Community Social Distance Street Party has been in discussion for a couple of months now. Again, the Board feels that it’s too soon to host an event but are exploring options that give us chance to get together, stay safe, visit and enjoy some music. It’s on the radar.

2. Hall Rentals

Elements Physiotherapy and Massage from Golden have expressed interest in renting the Community Hall one day per week during July and August to offer services to visitors and residents. The Board feels that since we are basically mid-pandemic now, 2021 is probably a better time to embark on this option. Sally to communicate the decision with Elements Physiotherapy and Massage.

No recent hall rentals, and none on the horizon.

3. Community Hall Clean-up and Standards/Protocols

The FRAA will follow Infectious Diseases Protocols when cleaning the Community Hall after it has been used. Sally to forward guidelines to Board members.

4. Landscape Contract

Contract has been awarded to Burgess Lawn Care and Maintenance. Mowing and planting have started.

5. Community Bulletin Board

Sonya presented concept. Feels that the corkboard is in good condition. Working on organization and headings. Budget of $150 approved. 

6. Community Garden Proposal 

There is interest for a community garden in Field. It is a complicated process. The group is scouting potential locations with a timeline to have the community garden established for 2021.

7. Letter to CP Rail on malfunctions of new crossing and plans for mitigation/repair 

This will be referred to Parks Canada for action. The new crossing has been in place since late November. The physical crossing is extremely rough/unfinished. The signal mechanism malfunctions frequently. Both need to be addressed.

8. Field Fire and Rescue Department (FFRD)

Parks Canada has hired a consultant to audit operations. Report to be complete by mid-September. FFRD has signed a contract with Parks Canada to provide fire protection services, and road rescue for extrication and vehicle fires in Yoho National Park until the end of September 2020. 

9. Constitution Update 

The Board members will review proposed changes by September. Proposed changes will be presented to the community and if approved will be filed with the BC Government. The changes are minimal. Sally will file the Annual Report this week.

10. St. Joseph Project 

Site meeting scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2020 to discuss variance issues. Helen Irwin has completed the first draft of the Basic Impact Assessment, and all current information has been forwarded to russell and russell design in Canmore. We need engineered drawings to apply for the gas tax grant. Owl monitoring continues. We’re making progress.

11. Go International Volunteers

Ron Allen reports that there will be changes to the program this year to manage participant safety. He recommended that we put together a short list of ideas for FRAA projects. The Board identified cleaning and staining the deck, and painting the outside doors. Other suggestions?

12. Field Utility Board Agenda items to discuss with Parks Canada

  • Invoices for public washroom use and Honorarium have not been paid to date, numerous reminders have been sent
  • Traffic lights at Field Intersection update
  • Kicking Horse Ski Club proposal to fund PC position to maintain ski trails
  • Opening public washroom at Community Hall in 2020 
  • Field Emergency Plan Update timeline
  • Communication with CP Rail about plans to finish the crossing (extremely rough) and mitigate signal malfunctions that have plagued operations since November. 

13. What’s Open in Field and Yoho

Yoho Bros Trading Post: Open Friday to Sunday 9 am to 7 pm,  and Monday to Thursday 10 am to 7 pm

Velvet Antler Pottery: www.velvetantlerpottery.com open daily from 11 am to 6 pm

Truffle Pigs Bistro and Lodge: www.trufflepigs.com open

The Siding Café: The Siding Café on Facebook, closed

Emerald Lake Lodge: Open as of June 3, 2020 https://crmr.com/covid-19/

The Boathouse Trading Co. : Open daily 10 am to 5 pm https://sites.google.com/theboathousetradingco.com/emeraldcanoes

Cathedral Mountain Lodge: Plan to open August 1, 2020 https://www.cathedralmountainlodge.com/special-advisory/

Lake O’Hara Lodge: www.lakeohara.com News release April 22, 2020: Lodge not open for the 2020 summer/fall season.

Great Divide Lodge: www.thegreatdividelodge.com Call for information.

ACC Backcountry Lodges: https://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/web/ACCMember/Huts/Home.aspx?hkey=2859ab1c-3d06-42d6-ab37-5a2e0c77f2ec

Parks Canada stakeholder update dated June 1, 2020 will be circulated with the minutes.

14. Round Table

Sally to pay WSP invoice for last work done on the lot survey, covers registering info with Government of Canada.

Village of Field website, www.fieldbc.ca  is almost up to date with minutes of Board and Town Hall Meetings. To be complete by end of June. 

FRAA Outdoor Physical Distance Board Meeting May 11, 2020

In Attendance: Sonya Leenders, Sally Watson, Kathryn Cameron

Excused: Flint Palmer, Paulina O’Brien, Greg Dowman

1. Community Garden Proposal

Submitted to Parks Canada by Sonya and Andrea. We’ll keep you posted.

2. Flower Beds at Superintendent’s Residence

Burlap protection very effective; there was not much gravel contamination this year. Kudos to snow plough operators for keeping the area relatively clean this winter!

3. RCMP Report from Sergeant Rob Haney, Golden – Field Detachment

  • Traffic Services concentrating on speed enforcement, not enforcing “essential travel only” which is a recommendation, not legislation.
  • Integrated Road Safety Unit will have a strong presence on Highway 1 between the Alberta/British Columbia boarder and Sicamous on the long weekend, starting May 14 in Field and Golden area. 
  • Discussion about Rural Crime Watch Program. Field was part of the Neighbourhood Watch Program until it was disbanded. Field is not currently part of the Rural Crime Watch Program.

4. Community Bulletin Board

Design and content in process. Focus on Community Health and Safety with information about British Columbia recommendations and orders re: Covid-19, community news and information.

5. Programs and Meetings

  • Interior Health Public Order, dated April 2, 2020 and in place until May 31, 2020, prohibits operation of “a gym, fitness centre, training studio, yoga studio, exercise room , or similar facility”. File attached for reference. So, no HIIT or Yoga for now. 
  • The Board discussed the possibility of holding a Town Hall Meeting in June. We will use our best judgement based on provincial guidelines and the risks to all people involved.
  • Field Utility Board Meeting rescheduled for May 20, 2020 by conference call. 

6. Constitution Update

Revision done February 11, 2020 to be circulated to Board for comment.