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. 

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting, May 5, 2020

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

Excused: Greg Dowman

1. Covid-19: Community health discussion – where we’re at, where other people are at, who needs support, options
         We’re in a unique situation in Field – so close to the Alberta/British Columbia border, and on Federal Land. Provincial authority governs public health guidelines here; the FRAA recognizes that British Columbia authority guides our decisions. Communication from Parks Canada on March 16, 2020 also recognizes the Public Health Officer of British Columbia as the lead authority on managing the pandemic in our area.

Field has a well-established bubble now, but as restrictions ease in Alberta and British Columbia there will be more traffic to the community. Last weekend the parking lot at Field VRC was full. Mothers Day is this weekend, and the Victoria Day long weekend is just over a week away. There may be some anxiety about increased traffic in Field and Yoho National Park and the bubble isn’t as well defined. Seeing an increase in traffic from the Calgary area, a Covid-19 hot spot in Alberta, is a concern. 

Golden RCMP Traffic Division is fully staffed, so able to do more patrols in this area. Greater presence noted in Field and Yoho National Park.

Field residents walk a fine line. We travel for groceries and supplies to other communities, who feel the same way we do regarding “outsiders” entering their space. It’s critical to recognize the dichotomy we face at the moment.

General feeling is that residents are patiently riding out the travel and physical distance restrictions (like everyone else on the planet!), demonstrating confidence in leadership, and resiliency. Good work everyone! Stay the course. Wash your hands, keep your distance and be calm.

2. Meeting Schedule Review

Field Utility Board Meeting – May 6, 2020: Postponed. Kathryn will send questions pertinent to current operations to Alex Kolesch, Interim Townsite Manager.

Town Hall Meeting – May 11, 2020: Postponed. Questions or concerns? Please talk to one of the Board Members or send us an email to fieldraa@gmail.com.

Next Board Meeting – May 11, 2020 will be held outside on the rink at Community Hall, 3:30 pm.

3. Event Schedule Review

Spring Fling – June 3, 2020 and Canada Day – July 1, 2020: Cancelled Guidelines from British Columbia’s Public Health Officer will determine how and when the FRAA will proceed with programs and events in the future. We anticipate information from Premier Horgan on May 6, 2020 on easing restrictions. 

FRAA Board is exploring possibility of hosting a Social Distancing Party, following group gathering guidelines. We’re being cautious.

4. Financial Report
         No money coming in. Invoices sent to Parks Canada in late October/early November for public washroom billing 2018/2109 and Honorarium still outstanding. Both FRAA and Parks Canada have signed the two-year contribution agreement that paves the way for the Honorarium. Reminder to be sent to Parks Canada re: outstanding invoices.

5. FFRD 

        Six-month contract has been signed. Both the Golden Fire Department and Lake Louise Fire and Rescue declined requests from Parks Canada to provide road rescue service to Yoho National Park at this time.

6. St. Joseph Project

  • Discussions with neighbours (re: setback variance, garage access) are in process. Once we have agreement in place the FRAA will communicate with designer Alasdair Russell to go ahead with engineered drawings.
  • Helen Irwin has sent the FRAA a revised Basic Impact Analysis.
  • Owls appear to be nesting in the belfry again this spring. Ongoing monitoring by residents is in process for the duration. Record your observations and send the information to fieldraa@gmail.com. Bruce Bembridge is keeping a journal and some residents have passed their observations on to him. He’s fine with that!
  • Little brown bats are also a species of interest. They are generally active just before dark until just before dawn. If you see any bat activity near the church, please send the information to fieldraa@gamil.com

7. Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Grants Announcement

         Field Recreation Advisory Association received both grants we applied for in February: St. Joseph Project for cost of Engineered Drawings and Architectural review (requested $45,625.00), and; to purchase gym equipment (requested $9450). Thank you to Golden and District Foundation Selection Committee for choosing our projects to receive financial support from Columbia Basin Trust. Press release to be drafted and sent May 6, 2020.

8. Parks Canada Seasonal Operations: Concerns to Communicate to Parks Canada in Lieu of Field Utility Board Meeting May 6, 2020

  • As we all know, it was a snowy winter with lots of gravel deposited on the streets to mitigate icy driving conditions, followed by a very dry, windy spring giving us high dust levels in Field. Mike Vanderveen has indicated we’ll have the street sweeper in town in the “next few weeks”. Given the current conditions, the FRAA feels that we need the street sweeper here sooner rather than later. We need an imminent date for Field to be cleaned up. Good work to all who have been sweeping in front of their property. Thanks.
  • The landscape contract has expired. What is the plan to put the landscape contract out for bid?
  • The normal date to open the public washroom at Field Community Hall is June 1. With anticipated lifting restrictions on businesses opening again, and the role the public washroom plays in reducing use of washrooms in The Siding and Truffle Pigs, will Parks Canada go ahead with opening the public washroom at the community Hall on June 1, 2020? The FRAA supports opening the public washroom on that date.
  • What is the status of installing a traffic light at the Field Intersection on the TransCanada Highway this summer?
  • Can Parks Canada post signs at the border to direct travellers to visit the Public Health Office website for Provincial orders for the destination province (westbound for BC; eastbound for Alberta)?

9.  Hall Clean Up and Maintenance Plan

  • Weekly building walk-through to check for issues continue. Good work all who have kept an eye on the health of the Community Hall!
  • Padlocks on the outside storage sheds have been replaced. Ice rink equipment has been put away for the summer. Thanks rink people!
  • Pickleball won’t be set up until we can figure out how to sanitize the paddles and balls between users. Any suggestions?
  • Kathryn and Sally to meet at Community Hall on May 6, 2020 to draw up plan for cleaning and maintenance plan for hall (inside and outside) to prepare for eventual use for programs and meetings. Board members to select cleaning duties and do the work.

10. Round Table

No spring bins this year. People are using their time at home to clean out; the Golden landfill is open. That’s the option for disposal this year.

Sonya will update the community bulletin board to showcase the St. Joseph Project, and promote to Health and Safety in the community, including social and sexual health in addition to information on Covid-19. Concerns expressed that when people consume alcohol, good judgement on maintaining physical distancing can also be impaired.

Paulina to draft a letter by Friday, May 8, 2020 to CP Rail about malfunction of the new safety system at the crossing; the gates come down when there are no trains or when the crews are changing at the crossing. People are not only driving around the gates in the absence of trains, but report that crews have waved them around on occasion. The FRAA is very concerned that there will be a collision between a vehicle and a train at some point unless the malfunctions are repaired immediately. The whole purpose of the gates, lights and bells is for safety but has served to create less safety. 

Flint announced that Field Summer Music Festival for 2020 will not go ahead. Planning now focussed on 2021. For details, please visit the Field Summer Music Festival Facebook page.

For more information on current Covid-19 guidelines in British Columbia, please visit British Columbia Centre for Disease Control website: www.bccdc.ca.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting, April 6, 2020

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

Excused: Greg Dowman

1. Events at the hall.

Last events at the Community Hall were the Town Hall Meeting on March 9, Yoga on March 12 and self-lead HIIT on March 15. Laura has settled up with the FRAA as of March 11. Kathryn to contact Mardi to settle yoga account when she is able.

Until pandemic physical distancing guidelines are lifted, all meetings and events at the Community Hall are suspended including: Early Earth Day and Easter Bunny Hop and Pot Luck scheduled for Monday, April 13; FUB is on May 6 and Town Hall Meeting scheduled for May 11. Not certain about Spring Fling on June 7 at this point; let’s see how it all plays out. We’re flexible.

Craig has set up a Comcast option on the TV at the Community Hall. Unfortunately wifi isn’t working, again. Might be time to purchase a new router; Sally to talk to Chirs about a recommendation. Craig also did a walk through the building to make sure all was well. So far so good. 

2. Contribution Agreement

Received the Contribution Agreement from Parks Canada for signature. Signed and initialled with corrections for FRAA mailing address and quorum. Document e-mailed to Superintendent’s office for his signature.

3. FFRD

Looks like Parks Canada and Field Fire and Rescue Department have reached agreement on short term coverage while both parties continue to work on long-term options. Alex Kolesch indicated there would be an announcement by Parks Canada soon.

4. Church Project

Working on tasks to complete before the Development Permit application can be submitted. Helen Irwin has sent us the first draft of the Basic Impact Assessment required for the Development Permit. Helen has done an amazing, thorough job. Citizen Science project is in the works to monitor owl nesting in 2020, and potential bat use of building over the spring/summer/fall 2020. So far, Bruce Bembridge and Axel Cameron have signed up to provide observation data. If you are interested in participating, please contact kathryn.cameron105@gmail,com

5. Public Workout Space at Field Elementary School Gym

Once Parks Canada completes the lease surrender from School District #6, the FRAA will enter a License of Occupation with Parks Canada to use the gym. Proposed that HIIT classes will move from the Community Hall to the gym. General discussion about program options and rental policy once we enter into a License of Occupation agreement .

6. E-mail transfers via account at Columbia Valley Credit Union.

Sally to talk to Kaela L’Heureux at CVCU to see what we need to do to institute online banking to pay bills and receive e-mail transfers. 

7. Heather MacNeiil’s idea about funding a track setting position for Kicking Horse Ski Club

The Lake O’Hara Trails Club does quite a lot of fundraising, and actually funds two Parks Canada trail crew positions at Lake O’Hara. Heather suggested that perhaps Parks Canada would consider a similar agreement with KHSC, so Parks Canada would hire a track setter, provide all equipment and KHSC would direct fundraising activities to fund the service provided by Parks Canada. Takes the onus off Kicking Horse Ski Club for hiring staff, equipment purchase and maintenance but still allows for businesses and users to contribute. FRAA will discuss the proposal with Parks Canada. Intent is to work on the options for the 2020/21 winter season.

8. Community Small Grants

Craig and Aleysha have applied for money to purchase art supplies for people who are interested in participating in a project to commemorate the current state of hand-washing, staying home and physical distancing as we move through the Covid-19 experience.

9. FRAA Email account

fieldraa@gmail.com is our new FRAA dedicated communication account. Community e-mail notifications will come from this account now. It will also be used for e-mail transfers when the process has been set up.

10. Elements Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy from Golden are interested in renting the Community Hall one day per week in the summer season to offer services in Field.

Antoinette has seen the interior of the building and has talked to Sally about a better rate than $150 per day, our standard rental fee. The other option is 20% of gross revenue, like we charge to program leaders for yoga and HIIT, or other classes where people pay a fee to attend. Board members agreed that if Elements proceeds with the plan, they will be given the option to chose whichever option is least expensive for them. Sally to talk to Janice Ottoson about insurance requirements from Elements and FRAA. Board feels that the relationship can be handled through the existing Hall Rental Agreement document. Great service to offer in the community.

10. Round Table

In a recent round of communication with the Townsites Office in Field regarding emergency use of Field Community Hall by CP in the event of a bunkhouse evacuation, it became clear that knowledge of the existing Field Emergency Plan as well as updating the plan are critical for all parties involved. Kathryn will communicate with Alex about training and a possible timeline to update the plan.

Flint: In discussion with fellow organizers about going ahead with Field Summer Music Festival for 2020 in the face of so much social uncertainty. Needs to sell 350 tickets to succeed; 50 tickets sold to date. It’s a fluid situation. Track FSMF Facebook account for Elk Run and Riot live stream concert coming up in about two weeks, and announcements about FSM 2020.

Paulina and Flint: Is there something the FRAA can do in the near future to bring people together? Street dance with 10’ squares marked on the road with chalk; one square per person? Physical Distance Party? Amazing community of amazing people – we miss getting together these days.

Sonya: Concerned about potential second wave of Covid-19 in the fall. Suggested monthly Skype meetings in addition to regular e-mail communication to stay in touch until regular meetings and events can proceed. Board meeting by Skype set for May 4. Sonya and Paulina will coordinate virtual Easter message to community.

Truffle Pigs offers a mail-order grocery service. To participate, please contact coffmanej@gmail.com

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting, March 9, 2020

In Attendance: Patrick Caïs, Brenda Selkirk, Heather MacNeill, Christine Selkirk, Dave Selkirk, Ginette Therrien, Stephen Selkirk, Hollie Tataryn, Ryan Cameron, Carla Evans, Lorraine Zirke, Craig Chapman, Mike Vanderveen, Alex Kolesch, Paulina O’Brien, Kathryn Cameron, Sally Watson

Excused: Sonya Leenders, Flint Palmer, Greg Dowman

1. FRAA Report 

            Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

Since the last Town Hall Meeting on January 20, a short 7 weeks ago, Field Recreation Advisory Association had some periods of intense activity which include:

Events: 

  • Yoho Blow Winter Festival, January 31 to February 2

Weather is always a big part of the Yoho Blow Weekend story. 2020 saw heavy snow Friday night, changing to rain all night and until 1 pm Saturday, then a beautiful break of sunshine Saturday afternoon, and more snow Saturday night. Sunday was beautiful! Really great event for the community! Financials: took in $4009 in revenue and spent $2623.72 on expenses for a net gain of $1385.25.

Shinny Hockey: Torpedoed by the weather. The weather was too snowy, the rink was too soft and there was no way to improve conditions.

Bocce: Total revamp of the tournament that happened on Friday night with discussion about Round-Robin vs. Elimination models, and Round-Robin won! Which meant games every hour with the team winning most number of games winning the tournament. Great idea! Lots of good competition! 2 hour break for Heritage Relay on Saturday. Bocce all day on Sunday. 

Heritage Relay: A couple of changes to the challenge line-up that everyone loved. Energized by Saturday afternoon sunshine. Good participation with 11 teams; good generational representation.

Dance: 54 people attended. The band was good.

Anything Goes Downhill Race: Second last event of the weekend. Seven participants on skis, snowboard and toboggan! Mass start this year – that was fun, and not as dramatic as you think. Great big Thank You to Kicking Horse Ski Club track setter Joe Nixhipi for grooming the race course, and starting the race from the upper reservoir in 2020 rather than the lower, easier start point at the cemetery. Superb snow conditions at the top, a bit icy toward the bottom. 

Pot Luck Supper: Delicious as always. Lovely way to end the weekend. 

Suggestions for future:

Hold the Anything Goes Downhill Race earlier in the day on Sunday, during a scheduled Bocce break, similar idea to Saturday line-up. 

Reschedule for one weekend later, tentatively February 5, 6 and 7, 2021. 

Find ways to encourage Emerald Lake and Great Divide Lodge staff to participate in events and come to the dance.

  • Vegan Pot Luck Supper and Information Evening, February 9

25 participants, delicious food, plenty of good information via samples, literature and videos about vegan options. Thank you Bonnie and Jana!

  • Groove Is In The Heart, February 14

Elk Run and Riot from Canmore played for the dance. Great band! They are in the line-up for Field Summer Music Festival so it was really nice to get a sneak preview. 27 people attended. Door proceeds went to the band. Bar proceeds to FRAA. Lots of social media promotion. No posters printed for the event; in the future will definitely print and post to augment digital communication.

  • Yoho Nordic Challenge, February 15

Organized and run by Kicking Horse Ski Club. Superb turnout of around 80 participants. Great weather and ski conditions this year. Well done KHSC!

Programs: 

  • HIIT going strong with two sessions weekly, one lead by Laura Penner on Wednesday evenings and a self lead session Sunday evenings
  • Yoga with Mardi Elliott on Thursday evenings

(Both programs have been subsidized by a grant from Columbia Shuswap Regional District since September, to boost attendance and promote personal health and well being for participants. The FRAA will do a second accounting this month of grant monies used since the end of December to see how much is left.)

  • Learn to Make Healing Foods Vegan Cooking Class with Bonnie Brandt on February 23. Full registration of 8 participants, great program! Well organized and presented, delicious food, lovely to spend a few hours together making food, eating food and visiting – everything we love as a community. More courses in the works.

Meetings:

1. Constitution Update Meeting on February 10, full review, identified areas that need amending, call to Societies Branch for definition and process clarification. The organization defines terms in the By-Laws and if the By-Laws are submitted as a package for update, then we pay one fee, rather for each article changed. Hope to have a draft to circulate in the next month.

2. FRAA Board Meeting February 17 – see minutes circulated in mid-February.

3. Meeting with Parks Canada management on February 18 to touch base and discuss community concerns.

            a. Volunteer contribution to community of Field compensates for lack of Parks Canada presence. 

Role of Kicking Horse Ski Club and track setting; out dated Winter Trails Map – needs to be updated and reprinted; YNP twitter account promotes winter recreation without acknowledging that KHSC is providing the service – encounter with snowshoers on the trail shows misunderstanding of role of KHSC; aging volunteers. FRAA feels it is in everyone’s best interest for Parks Canada to maintain winter trails and provide up-to-date information that gives users accurate trail info and critical safety messages.
            b. Field Fire and Rescue: solution to impasse, role of FFR for community and Yoho National Park, burn-out, recruitment, retention long term vision, administrative continuity re: ensuring propane tank is full and insurance policy is paid and current. Role of FFRD is primarily public safety on TransCanada Highway. 57 call-outs in 2019. Structure fires are rare.
            c. Yoho VRC open year round to offer services to visitors. Average daily use since October 2019 averages 438 people per day. 

            d. Community access in winter: snow removal and storage. We need a new model, not same old method that leaves Field at the end of the maintenance line, looking like an abandoned village. Concern about top-down attitude of Highway Operations Unit (HOU) staff toward maintenance in Field; this community is seen as a burden when the reality is insufficient funding to HOU in the Field Unit. Entrance to community is not inviting: snow is piled in front of the Village of Field sign, summer banners are still up, and are in tatters. Note:Banners have been replaced.
            e. Emergency Plan Update: During the communications blackout and power failure on February 3, 2019 Field Fire and Rescue Department (FFRD) played a leadership role in organizing a response plan, communications door-to-door to assess needs, and staffed the Community Hall as an emergency shelter. When the CP train derailed in the early hours of February 4, 2019, CP Bunkhouse was put on evacuation notice due to oil tankers in the Field yard and uncertainty of what would actually happen to the out of control train. Residents heard after the fact; there was no evacuation protocol in place for residents (keeping in mind that particular emergency situation unfolded very fast).
            f. Status of Contribution Agreement: Alex is working on Contribution Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding options.

            g. Community use of school gym when Parks Canada finishes paperwork for lease surrender from Rocky Mountain School District 6. Very close to signing all paperwork for lease surrender, then Parks Canada will start process to renovate structure for use as National Park Administration Building. Use of school gym for community recreation and events will be managed through a License of Occupation between Parks Canada and FRAA

            h. Reinstate Outstanding Items List that identifies maintenance issues in Field. Provides a guideline and priorities. Addresses general state of neglect.

            i. Individual issues between Parks Canada and residents need resolution before acrimony develops. FRAA supports cooperative, reasonable, logical solutions to issues.

            j. Overall, what does Parks Canada envision for Field over the next 10+ years? Aging demographic, volunteer burn-out, steady loss of services over the past 25 years – it’s easy to be demoralized. Any movement on CPR land not used for CPR operations reverting to the Crown?

4. Field Utility Board Meeting February 27 – Alex will report

General Business:

  • CPR Lease has been signed for five years, in place to October 31, 2024
  • Working on repairs and maintenance in the Community Hall. Miles has agreed to do important plumbing repairs to the hot water tap in the bar and a leaking toilet in the women’s washroom. Joe and Flint looking at the change room door replacement/repair.
  • Grant Applications submitted to Columbia Basin Trust for St. Joseph Project for cost of Engineered Drawings and Architectural review submitted to CBT Community Initiatives (requested $45,625.00) and to purchase gym equipment (requested $9450). Presented February 24 to selection committee in Golden. Anticipate hearing results of applications by the end of March.

In case you didn’t already know:

  • Styrofoam meat trays stamped P6 made from Expanded Polystyrene can be recycled through the British Columbia program and are accepted at the Golden Bottle Depot. They are not accepted through the Town Of Banff recycle program – that is where our recycle program materials are sent. So, if there is P6 material in our plastic recycle bin, the load is contaminated and ends up in the landfill, which none of us want.
  • Neighbourhood Small Grants “program helps residents of any age, experience, or background take part in building community”. Grants up to $500. Check out details and info at the website: www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca  

Overall, lots of opportunities to get together to have fun, learn, participate and talk about the issues that are important to our community. As always, volunteers support activities that enrich our lives and manage the details required for a Society registered in the Province of British Columbia that operates in a National Park with one asset on CPR land and one asset on Parks Canada land. Great big shout out to everyone! FRAA always welcomes new Board members. If interested, please talk to one of us.

Passages

Former resident and retired Parks Canada Highways employee Bruce Wiebe died in early March 2020. Bruce, Heather and their son Jeff owned and lived in the home currently owned by Susan and Ian McIlreath, They moved to Calgary when Bruce retired; Heather continued to work for CPR in Calgary. Bruce was a great neighbour and colleague. We offer our condolences to his family and friends.

2. Treasurer’s Report 

            Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA

Motion by Paulina, seconded by Kathryn: to accept financial reports as presented. Carried.Files attached to minutes email, and posted on inside bulletin board at Post Office.

3. Parks Canada Reports 

            Alex Kolesch, Acting/Townsite Manager

Highway Twinning Basic Impact Assessment and Mitigation Plans Open House on February 5, 2020 was well-attended. 

Field School: Parks Canada recognizes the important role of the school in the community. Will preserve memory in renovations; feedback is welcome as are ideas for commemorative space/presentation. Renovations will also enable entrance for use of gymnasium, access to washrooms for gym users. Building will be Parks Canada Administration Office. Considering parking area for staff, currently looking at playground area for parking. Once all offices have been moved to new space, Parks Canada will end its lease with CPR in the present Admin Building; status of building is responsibility of CPR. Site may be developed as community green space, possibly site for new playground, picnic area.

Parks Canada Housing: New triplex ready to be let to staff. Contains two 2-bedroom suites and one 1-bedroom suite. Anticipate start of construction this season on second triplex on former Dollhouse lot. Boulder Creek Bunkhouse renovations will be complete for winter staff residence, not ready for summer staff in 2020. Superintendent’s Residence is ready for tenants. It’s very expensive to heat; potential renters are hesitant to take it on. Ideas for use other than housing? Contact Alex. Parks Canada is committed to improving staff accommodation. Assets team is preparing a report on some properties to determine if they could be sold or should be demolished.

Field Utility Board Report: Review of quarterly reports. Rates for water and sewer continue to be frozen and will remain the same. Parks Canada anticipates the subsidy for 2019/2020 fiscal year will drop from around $18,000 down to between $12,000 and $13,000. In previous fiscal year there were major equipment, and wage expenses (wage increase and retro pay due to contract settlement) that are not repeated in current year. May see increase in solid waste costs. These rates are not frozen. 

            Alex is doing research on insurance and honorarium options as part of Contribution Agreement update.

            Covid-19: Parks Canada takes direction from Health Canada. No special direction at this time regarding visitors however this could change; the situation is very fluid. Parks Canada will look at policy and direction over the next 2 to 4 months. In the meantime, follow Health Canada’s advice. It sounds like Parks Canada is looking at visitation and economic impacts as a result of the virus spreading worldwide.

            Michael Vanderveen, Highway Service Centre

Nothing new to report. Currently in late winter/early spring operations, cleaning medians and pushing back snow build-up on TransCanada Highway shoulders. Freeze/thaw cycles, more snow forecast. Will have water maintenance team look at frozen storm drain south of Community Hall to mitigate water pooling at bottom of Centre Street.

Nothing to report at this time from Visitor Experience, or Resource Conservation.           

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

The nice winter break is almost over! Store opens April 2, 2020; April is a busy month for the Friends of Yoho store. Come on down and see what’s new! Two full-time staff positions filled; one part-time position is still open. Parks Canada plans to open May 1, 2020.

5. British Columbia Emergency Health Services

            Craig Chapman, Community Paramedic

Quiet in general. Covid-19 is a big part of conversations. If you are elderly with existing health conditions risk is higher. It’s important to take precautions to protect yourself: don’t travel; carry hand sanitizer, avoid large gatherings. The virus is passed by large droplets. Cough or sneeze into elbow. Wash hands frequently using soap and water. Don’t touch your face. No cruises. Use of masks more effective on clean-shaven face, but ultimately masks are an illusion of protection. If you have symptoms (fever, runny nose, dry cough) call 811 for information and direction, i.e. isolate in place or call 911. Follow Get Prepared www.getprepared.ca advice on stocking food and supplies in event of quarantine; assess support systems. If you run a business, have hand washing facilities and hand sanitizer readily available on site. For reference visit British Columbia Centre for Disease Control website: www.bccdc.ca

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

  1. Call Outs: 7 in November, 13 in December, 4 in January, 3 in February – 27 for 2019/20.
  2. Members: One new recruit with Brad Tataryn
  3. New and Planned Purchases
    1. No new purchases
    1. Propane generator is in place in case of power outage with an automatic switch.
    1. Bunker gears are going through their annual clean up.
    1. The hydraulic pump and extrication tools have been maintained by KGC.
  4. Completed Training: No external training during the winter.
  5. Upcoming Training: Spring training is posted with CSRD facilities in Salmon Arm.  Strategies and Tactics, interior fire, exterior fire, ventilation, pump operators, emergency driving, etc…
  6. Apparatus
    1. Engine 1 (all good) 
    1. Rescue 1 (all good) 
    1. Rescue 2 (all good considering its age).  
  7. Ongoing Projects
    1. Discussions with PCA about importance of fulltime fire chief on FFRD (Fire Chief) ongoing
    1. Last meeting was on Feb 18 with Pauline Boisier (FFRD president), Rick Kubian (PCA), Alex Kolesh (PAC), a new representative for PCA and Patrick Cais (deputy chief). 
    1. PCA met with Sophie (FFRD secretary) later through a phone conference to look at improving the administrative procedure. FFRD has not received any news from PCA since regarding this development.

Parks Canada asks the community for time to resolve the negotiation with FFR on issue of full-time Fire Chief. Advised by community that FFR understand their operation and are a very valuable resource to consult. Observation that this has been in process for nine months, the current contract expires on March 31, 2020 and with no Fire Chief in place (it’s an onerous task that no current members want to take on under present contract model) no one has the authority to sign new contract. 

7. Round Table

Not offered for open discussion, sorry. However, Go International Volunteer program, operated through Lake Louise Ski Area is interested in any projects individuals or businesses may have in mind for this summer. If you have a project in mind, contact Ron Allen:yohoguesthouse@gmail.com

Field Recreation Advisory Association Board Meeting, February 17, 2020

In attendance: Sally Watson, Paulina O’Brien, Bonnie Brandt, Andrew Bullock, Flint Palmer, Kathryn Cameron

Excused: Sonya Leenders, Greg Dowman

1. Event Recap

            3rd Annual Pond Hockey Tournament January 10 & 11, 2020: Organized by Kurt Devlin, who pays all expenses out of entry/registration fees. FRAA received tips ($486.05), net bar revenue ($1522.00) and hall rental ($300), for a total of $2308.05 for the weekend event, plus a donation of $160 to the St. Joseph Project. Thanks for your generosity Kurt!

            Yoho Blow January 31, February 1 & 2, 2020: Weather is always a big part of the Yoho Blow Weekend story. 2020 saw heavy snow Friday night, changing to rain all night and until 1 pm Saturday, then a beautiful break of sunshine Saturday afternoon, and more snow Saturday night. Sunday was beautiful! Really great event for the community! Financials: took in $4009 in revenue and spent $2623.72 on expenses for a net gain of $1385.25.

Shinny Hockey: Torpedoed by the weather. The weather was too snowy, the rink was too soft and there was no way to improve conditions.

Bocce: Total revamp of the tournament that happened on Friday night with discussion about Round-Robin vs. Elimination models, and Round-Robin won! Which meant games every hour with the team winning most number of games winning the tournament. Great idea! Lots of good competition! 2 hour break for Heritage Relay on Saturday. Bocce all day on Sunday. 

Heritage Relay: A couple of changes to the challenge line-up that everyone loved. Energized by Saturday afternoon sunshine. Good participation with 11 teams; good generational representation.

Dance: 54 people attended. The band was good.

Anything Goes Downhill Race: Second last event of the weekend. Seven participants on skis, snowboard and toboggan! Mass start this year – that was fun, and not as dramatic as you think. Great big Thank You to Kicking Horse Ski Club track setter Joe Nixhipi for grooming the race course, and starting the race from the upper reservoir in 2020 rather than the lower, easier start point at the cemetery. Superb snow conditions at the top, a bit icy toward the bottom. 

Pot Luck Supper: Delicious as always. Lovely way to end the weekend. 

Suggestions for future:

  • Hold the Anything Goes Downhill Race earlier in the day on Sunday, during a scheduled Bocce break, similar idea to Saturday line-up. 
  • Reschedule for one weekend later, tentatively February 5, 6 and 7, 2021. 
  • Find ways to encourage Emerald Lake and Great Divide Lodge staff to participate in events and come to the dance.

            Vegan Pot Luck Supper February 9, 2020: 25 participants, delicious food, plenty of good information via samples, literature and videos about vegan options. Thank you Bonnie and Jana!

            Groove is in the Heart Valentine Day Dance February 14, 2020: Elk Run and Riot from Canmore played for the dance. Great band! They are in the line-up for Field Summer Music Festival so it was really nice to get a sneak preview. 27 people attended. Door proceeds went to the band. Bar proceeds to FRAA. Lots of social media promotion. No posters printed for the event; in the future will definitely print and post to augment digital communication.

            Yoho Nordic Challenge February 15, 2020: Organized and run by Kicking Horse Ski Club. Superb turnout of 85 participants. Great weather and ski conditions this year. Well done KHSC!

2. Upcoming Events are on track. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details.

            Early Earth Day & Easter Bunny Hop/Pot Luck Brunch – April 13, 2020: Sonya
            Spring Fling – June 7, 2020: Paulina – band or DJs? In discussion.
            Canada Day – July 1, 2020: Kathryn – Dance? Pot Luck? Both?
            Field Summer Music Festival – July 11, 2020: Flint

3. Winter Programs
            HIIT: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm with Laura Penner from Lake Louise, $6, and Sundays from 6:30 to 7:30 self lead, no charge.
            Yoga: Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm with Mardi Elliott from Banff, $6.
            Cooking Classes: First one is Learn to Make Healing Foods Vegan Cooking Class on February 23, 2020. To register: please contact Bonnie Brandt at 250-344-1548, $25 fee.
            Grant application for equipment purchase: Submitted to CBT Community Initiatives. Intent is to set up activity centre in gym at former school with ping pong tables and circuit training options. Presentation to selection committee scheduled for 6 pm on Monday February 25, 2020. Requesting $9450. Once Parks Canada has formally secured the building from Rocky Mountain School District #6, the FRAA will enter a License of Occupation Agreement to use the space for community programs and functions.

4. Hall Rentals

CSRD Information Session Friday, March 13, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Field Community Hall:Columbia Shuswap Regional District is researching the feasibility of advancing an indoor aquatic facility in Golden that would service the Town of Golden and Electoral Area A.  The first round of public engagement is being scheduled for March 12, 2020 in Golden and March 13, 2020 in Field.  The CSRD will be developing a website and survey which is set to go live on February 24th. Poster on the bulletin board.

5. FRAA Discussion Items for Meeting With Parks Canada February 18, 2020

            a. Volunteer contribution to community of Field
 compensates for lack of Parks Canada presence. 

Role of Kicking Horse Ski Club and track setting; out dated Winter Trails Map – needs to be updated and reprinted; YNP twitter account promotes winter recreation without acknowledging that KHSC is providing the service – encounter with snowshoers on the trail shows misunderstanding of role of KHSC; aging volunteers. FRAA feels it is in everyone’s best interest for Parks Canada to maintain winter trails and provide up-to-date information that gives users accurate trail info and critical safety messages.

            b. Field Fire and Rescue: solution to impasse, role of FFR for community and Yoho National Park, burn-out, recruitment, retention long term vision, administrative continuity re: ensuring propane tank is full and insurance policy is paid and current. Role of FFRD is primarily public safety on TransCanada Highway. 57 call-outs in 2019. Structure fires are rare.

            c. Yoho VRC open year round to offer services to visitors. Average daily use since October 2019 averages 438 people per day. 

            d. Community access in winter: snow removal and storage. We need a new model, not same old method that leaves Field at the end of the maintenance line, looking like an abandoned village. Concern about top-down attitude of HSC staff toward maintenance in Field; this community is seen as a burden when the reality is insufficient funding to HSC in the Field Unit. Entrance to community is not inviting: snow is piled in front of the Village of Field sign, summer banners are still up, and are in tatters. 

            e. Emergency Plan update: During the communications blackout and power failure on February 3, 2019 Field Fire and Rescue played a leadership role in organizing a response plan, communications door-to-door to assess needs, and staffed the Community Hall as an emergency shelter. When the CP train derailed in the early hours of February 4, 2019, CP Bunkhouse was put on evacuation notice due to oil tankers in the Field yard and uncertainty of what would actually happen to the out of control train. Residents heard after the fact; there was no evacuation protocol in place for residents (keeping in mind that particular emergency situation unfolded very fast).

            f. Status of Contribution Agreement: Through communication with a person in the Townsite Office in Lake Louise the FRAA learned that it will include the Honorarium and FRAA Insurance policies. No other discussion; Parks Canada drawing up the agreement without consultation.

            g. Community use of school gym when Parks Canada finishes paperwork for lease surrender from Rocky Mountain School District 6. What does Parks Canada see? Contact person?

            h. Reinstate Outstanding Items List that identifies maintenance issues in Field. Provides a guideline and priorities. Addresses general state of neglect.

            i. Individual issues between Parks Canada and residents need resolution before acrimony develops. FRAA supports cooperative, reasonable, logical solutions to issues.

            j. Overall, what does Parks Canada envision for Field over the next 10+ years? Aging demographic, volunteer burn-out, steady loss of services over the past 25 years – it’s easy to be demoralized. Any movement on CPR land not used for CPR operations reverting to the Crown?

6. CPR Lease: Signed document received. Lease is in place until October 31, 2024. FRAA discussed a cap on land rent in the future. 

7. Constitution Update: Initial meeting on February 10, 2020 to review, discuss changes to reflect current operations and start changes. We have questions about definitions to discuss with Society Act office. It’s really happening.

8. Building Maintenance
            Leaking toilet in Women’s Washroom – Kathryn to talk to Miles
            Change room door and window replacements – Flint to explore other contractor options.
            Hot Water tap cartridge replacement in bar sink – Kathryn to talk to Miles

9. St. Joseph Project
            Designer update: FRAA has asked russell and russell design to go ahead with engineered drawings and architectural review for Development Permit Application

            Grant application for cost of Engineered Drawings and Architectural review submitted to CBT Community Initiatives. Requesting $45,625.00.

            Helen Dickinson is working on the Basic Impact Analysis, also needed for the Development Permit application.

10. Agenda Field Utility Board 9:30 am Yoho Admin on February 27, 2020: Determined after meeting with Parks Canada Tuesday morning. FRAA Board sees the opportunity to build on some of the things we talked about Tuesday morning. Here are the FRAA proposed agenda items:

1. Clarification of the purpose of Field Utility Board Meetings; 

2. Review quarterly reports and the subsidy; 

3. Talk about the contribution agreement; and, 

4. How we proceed in our relationship i.e. Terms of Reference, or Memorandum of Understanding, or other method.


11. Agenda Town Hall Meeting March 9, 2020
Presentation: Constitution Update

FRAA Report

Treasurer Report

Parks Canada Reports

            Townsite Manager

            Highway Operations Unit

            Assets

            Resource Conservation

            Visitor Experience

12. Round Table

Go International Volunteers: What projects can the volunteers help us with this summer? Volunteers can assist individuals, businesses or organizations. Ron Allen coordinates the program.

Rachel Fernandez-Ubell is the new Townsite Manager for the Waterton Townsite in Waterton Lake National Park. Rachel and Laurie are moving to southern Alberta! Sally to talk to Rachel about a date for a going away roast . .  no, we mean party . . .

What does Parks see as Community use of the school gym under their ownership? To discuss at meeting Tuesday morning.Flint is negotiating job offers that will probably take him away from Field. Will keep us posted.

Field Recreation Advisory Association Town Hall Meeting, January 20, 2020

In attendance:  Sally Watson, Flint Palmer, Kathryn Cameron, Paulina O’Brien, Greg Dowman, Michael Vanderveen, Alex Kolesch, Hollie Tataryn, Kim Chapman, Lloyd Lafrance, Jandi Škriantová, Carla Evans, Jen Coffman, Darren O’Brien, Pauline Boisier, Doug Mostert, Patrick Caïs, Craig Chapman

1. FRAA Report 

         Kathryn Cameron, President FRAA

Paperwork for all six Board Members is now complete, and filed.

We are over five months into our operating year, which started on August 6, 2019. Winter and spring are traditionally the busiest seasons of the year for the FRAA, and the pattern holds! Volunteers rock.

The Christmas Concert on December 19 was great – exactly what Flint and Karen planned when they tossed out the idea to Make the Christmas Concert Great Again, hold it at the school gym, challenge the community to perform for the first time, and welcome event favourites. Thanks!

Skate With Santa and Christmas Pot Luck Supper on December 22 – super special as always. Fit Santa, thank you.

Winter programs continue with: 

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Laura Penner on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, $6 admission and self-lead on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, no charge. Introductory HIIT was a sound success, and participants have either dropped out, left the country or graduated to regular HIIT. We are approaching the 2nd Anniversary of HIIT with Laura in Field. Excellent program; and

Yoga with Mardi Elliott on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, $6 admission fee. Mardi is away for the next three Thursdays; classes with Mardi resume on February 13 at the Community Hall. We’re planning to do TV Yoga on January 23, 30 and February 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm as long as we can get the internet and Wi-Fi working.

The FRAA received a wellness grant of $1260 from Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) in the fall of 2019 to subsidize HIIT and Yoga for $6 per attendee per session to boost attendance at both programs. To date, we have used $618 of the grant, and will review attendance again in two months to see where we’re at with it.

3rd Annual Pond Hockey Tournament organized and operated by Kurt Devlin took place on January 10 and 11. Thanks Kurt! Financial reports in process.

This has been a really challenging year to keep the rink maintained. Thanks to the tractor operators, shovellers, flooders and skaters for keeping the rink as clean as possible, and for cleaning up the change room. Looks really good downstairs. Suggestion by Jen Coffman to train additional people to use the Kubota and share the workload of rink maintenance. Kathryn to talk to Dave Allen about how to implement.

Gentle reminder to all hall and change room users: please make certain the lights are off inside and outside the hall; close all the windows and turn down the heat; change room rules are posted on the wall – read them and take them seriously, specifically, please put the skates back on the shelf and take ALL your garbage when you leave. It’s a public space.

Yoho Blow starts in less than two weeks. We have confirmation that Craig and team will again design and administer the Heritage Relay and Small Town Revival will play at the dance on Saturday, February 1. Posters and details like sign-up sheets will be on the bulletin board this week.

Parks Canada Trans Canada Highway Twinning Project Open House – Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Vegan Pot Luck ‘Supper and a Movie’ on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Details and poster in process. Start looking for vegan recipes!

Groove Is In The Heart with Elk Run and Riot from Canmore on Friday, February 14, $10 entry fee. 

3rd Annual Yoho Nordic Challenge hosted by Kicking Horse Ski Club on Saturday, February 15 starting from Field VRC at 10 am. Poster has been circulated and is on the bulletin board as well.

Kicking Horse Ski Club has also faced weather and snow challenges this year, but as always, has cleared, packed, groomed, set and maintained the trails really, really well. Thanks Joe, Flint, Lorraine, Heather, Paulina, Lucy, Hans and all others who give residents and visitors fantastic trails in Yoho National Park.

The Mould Remediation Project is complete. The FRAA now does a weekly walk-through of the building.

Change Room Door replacement is in process. Flint is dealing with Olson Construction to get an estimate.

Board is working on the Constitution. Really. Working meeting scheduled for February 10, 2020 to start revising specific articles. Changes will be presented at public consultation meeting.

The FRAA renewed the lease for the Community Hall property at 315 Stephen Avenue with CP for five years, effective November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2024. 

St. Joseph Project: Received word from the Gaming Grant application submitted in July 2019 that our request for $200,000 was not approved, based on their belief that we would not have enough money to complete the project and to apply again on the next intake when it’s posted. Waiting to hear from designer on engineered drawings; once received we will put the project out to tender. Lots of discussion about timeline, grants to pursue, fundraising ideas, impact of highway construction and Development Permit Application. Helen Dickenson has offered to do the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Development Permit process, pro bono. Thanks Helen.

Snow Removal and Storage in the Townsite of Field continues to be an annual conversation. General feeling is that the Field Unit is underfunded given the scope of the kilometers on Highways, secondary roads and townsites to maintain in a high elevation environment. 

Discussion on adequate resources: Highway Services Centre (HSC) will probably never have the resources they need.

BC Hydro Line Update from Diane Tammen, January 20, 2020: 

“Our understanding is that CPR has removed over 200 dead hazard trees with the recent work they have done through the Yoho corridor. They have also slashed out regrowth and completed some widening of the corridor. Overall it looks to be in excellent condition.  Please check with CPR if you wish to confirm this information, or for more details.

BCH currently has a contractor working on the distribution feeder between the ESF and Town. They are slashing regrowth and removing the four hazard trees we identified last year. This work is planned to be completed by week’s end.

There are still some hazard trees on Parks Canada property and a small section of regrowth to slash this year.  A BCH vegetation specialist is meeting with Parks today to look at these remaining hazard trees, and if conditions are favourable we are going to try to attend to these over the next month.”

Working with Jen Coffman to post information in the washroom lobby at Field VRC on services available in Field in the winter season. Parks Canada has offered to translate and format the information. The FRAA feels that it would be far more beneficial to have the facility open in winter to serve visitors and support leaseholders in Yoho National Park. Request noted by Alex Kolesch.

Next Meeting Cycle:

February 17, 2020: FRAA Board Meeting

February 26, 2020: Field Utility Board/Municipal Services Meeting

March 9, 2020: Town Hall Meeting

2. Treasurer’s Report

         Sally Watson, Treasurer FRAA
Reports attached to the Minutes distribution email.

Motion by Greg, seconded by Flint that Financial Reports be accepted as presented. Carried.

3. Parks Canada Reports 

         Alex Kolesch, Interim Townsite Manager

  • Parks Canada working through steps with Rocky Mountain School District #6 (RMSD 6) to surrender RMSD 6 lease to Parks Canada. Renovation planned to increase office space. Gym slated to be available for community use. 
  • When Parks Canada is able to move out of current Administration Building the lease with CP will be terminated. Use of building post Parks Canada? Community Plan identified site as public park. May be options for community commercial opportunities.
  • Snow removal guidelines and Plough Map will be circulated this week.
  • Field Fire and Rescue (FFR): Parks Canada understands the efforts required by members to operate FFR and is working with FFR to find acceptable solutions that will give a year to come to better solution.
  • Park Management Plan Update: Drafts are in process. Public consultation in spring.

Michael Vanderveen, Highway Service Centre

  • Best Management Practises are not necessarily written in stone, guidelines HSC hopes to achieve. Matter of patience as there are many variables that guide actions. There is a higher level of residential service in Field than in Lake Louise.
  • Private contractor to fill in when HSC not able to meet desired timeline is an option, but given that CP now has their own snow removal service and is no longer contracting with an operator from Golden the cost of bringing a company occasionally from Golden is prohibitive. Option for a local contractor? Worth examining.
  • 2019/2020 is a year with above average snowfall. Frustration comes with more demand on places without the resources to maintain and offer services.
  • Craig Chapman observed that windrows present a challenge for some residents, especially in light of the aging demographic in Field. In Golden, people who need assistance with clearing snow have their properties marked with a flag, and after ploughs clear the streets, Town of Golden employee comes around in a bobcat and clears the windrow. Michael Vanderveen said a similar program in Field is not an option; recommended establishing a Snow Angel Program.
  • Residents noted that there are no street signs for Burgess Avenue.
  • Patrick suggested different transportation management options during Yoho Blow weather events to give Travel Advisory that travel is not recommended, specifically for 10 k section of Highway 1 from top of Big Hill to Boulder Creek Compound, i.e. road signs, Drive BC. 
  • Is closing the Highway an option when conditions are exceptionally bad? Michael says that criteria for closing the highway are fatality or avalanche; political pressure to keep Highway 1 open is applied as soon as the highway is closed, no matter the reason. Apparently the loss of commerce is $1,000,000 for every hour the closure is in place.

         Travis Wert, Asset Manager

Report given by Alex Kolesch on behalf of Travis Wert:

  • Construction on triplex at Dollhouse lot (next to Superintendent’s Residence) slated to start spring 2020.
  • Triplex on former teacherage duplex lot now complete and ready for occupants.
  • Bunkhouse renovation is underway and expected to be ready for occupants for 2020 season. Generally 25 employees are housed at the Boulder Creek Bunkhouse facility.

         Jed Cochrane, Visitor Experience

No Report

Dwight Bourdin, Resource Conservation

Report given by Alex Kolesch on behalf of Dwight Bourdin:

  • TransCanada Highway (TCH) Twinning Project Open House coming up on February 4, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Graduate student is working in Yoho, studying elk behaviour and movement, interactions with TCH with goal to improve migration route movement for herd.
  • 2020 Aquatic invasive Species: Mandatory Self-permit system will continue to clean, drain and dry all equipment used for aquatic recreation – boats, fishing gear, wet and dry suits, basically everything
  • Emerald Lake has tested negative for whirling disease. Closest location that tested positive is Little Herbert Lake, just north of Lake Louise on the Banff-Jasper Highway; the lake was depopulated. Discussion about status of Ross Lake? There have been anecdotal reports of erratic fish behaviour there.  Alex doesn’t know if the lake has been tested but will follow up.

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

No report presented tonight.

5. British Columbia Emergency Health Services

         Craig Chapman, Community Paramedic

Calling for Emergency Services.

  • Four agencies that we can reach through calling “911” – Fire, Ambulance, Police, and Parks Canada.
  • CP Rail can be activated through “911” but for specific railway related situations call – 1 (800) 716-9132.
  • For all emergencies calling “911” is the best plan. If you want to try other options get someone else to call “911” while you pursue those. Contacting a local member of the Fire Department / Ambulance or trying to call other numbers can slow down the response to an emergency.
  • Calling “911” can involve lots of questions, transferring call to different dispatch centers, but it is necessary. There are processes in place to protect everyone and they need to be followed. So when you call you need to be patient and stay on the line as long as required.
  • 911 call goes to Burnaby and is answered “911, do you require Police, Fire, or Ambulance” – default is ambulance.
  • Transferred to BCEHS Kamloops dispatch. “BC Ambulance, for what city?”
  • No ambulance is dispatched without this information. This can be challenging if the location is a highway. If it is an MVA they will ask for cross streets / landmarks to reference. 
  • What is the address? Very important, no help coming without this information. Landline phones were better for locating callers, with cell phones if caller does not know this information it is not easy to get coordinates from A cell phone and the response will be delayed. Have your address written in a prominent place in your home; if there is child in the house show them how to use a cell phone and can override the pass code for an emergency call.
  • What is a phone # that you can be reached at? This is not a stopping point and dispatcher can continue if this information is not known.
  • Exactly what happened?
  • Now dispatcher will provide assistance. BCEHS dispatchers are mandated to stay on the phone for “Not alert” patients or patients with breathing difficulties.
  • When expecting an ambulance – unlock door, put outside lights on, put pets away, move vehicles blocking access. If there is an entry code for the building let the dispatcher know and make sure your address is visible on the side of house.
  • Parks Canada is an additional piece for our area. Think of it as a backcountry vs on the pavement situation. Parks Canada will be involved in all wildfires / rescues / human wildlife conflicts. 
  • In BC the coordination with Banff Dispatch is not as smooth as in Alberta but you still need to call “911” and be specific in your request. If another person is present have them call Banff Dispatch directly.
  • If human life is endangered call:
  • Banff Dispatch Emergency:           (403) 762 – 4506
  • For other situations call:
  • Banff Dispatch Non-emergency:    (403) 762 – 1473
  • Often residents of Field who call an ambulance want to decide which hospital they go to. The attending crew will decide based on presentation of patient, location, road conditions, and direction from employer.  
  • In BC for residents getting transported to a hospital the cost is $86.00. Inter-facility transfers between BC hospitals following an admission by BC Ambulance are generally not charged. If we transport a BC patient to an Alberta hospital and there are inter-facility transfers by ambulance within Alberta the patient can expect to be charged. It will probably be over $1000.00. 
  • 8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. 
  • By calling 8-1-1, you can speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health information and services; or connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. 

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

Call Outs –

  • 7 in Jan, 7 in Feb, 1 in March, 2 in April, 3 in May, 3 in June, 2 in July, 4 in August, 3 in September, 5 in October, 7 in November, 13 in December.  57 for 2019.
  • 10 on Sundays, 11 on Mondays, 8 on Tuesdays, 3 on Wednesdays, 7 on Thursdays, 14 on Fridays and 5 on Saturdays. 
  • Wires down 2, vehicle fire 2, mva rescue required 33, mva 12, investigation 1, hazmat 1, gasoline diesel spill 2, grass fire 1, assistance call 3, alarms 1

Members – Sitting at 13 members. 

  • 5 Officers, 5 Firefighters, 5 Probationary Members, 3 Recruits

New and Planned Purchases

  • New purchases
  • Heat in blankets, new pads for AED, bottles for gas monitor, new software for beacons,  
  • Propane generator is in place in case of power outage

Completed Training 

  • ICS 300 2 members.

Upcoming Training 

  • Nothing until springtime.

Apparatus

  • Engine 1 (all good) 
  • Rescue 1 (all good) 
  • Rescue 2 (all good considering its age).  
  • Ongoing Projects
  • Waiting from BCEHS for our agreement for first responders.
  • Discussions with PCA about importance of fulltime fire chief on FFRD (Fire Chief) ongoing

7. Round Table 

  • Discussion on how residents can support more resources for emergency services like Field Fire and Rescue, and ongoing maintenance requirements for services in Yoho National Park. Residents can appeal to government representatives and other organizations. Parks Canada employees cannot advise.
  • New CP Rail crossing malfunctions often. In event of malfunction, call CP Community Connect at 1-800-716-9132.

Meeting adjourned at 8:44 pm.