ISSUE 10 - Fall 2007
Green Cities Award
This fall, the Province recognized the Regional District of Nanaimo for the many steps we are taking toward building more sustainable communities. At the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention in September, Premier Gordon Campbell presented the RDN with one of the Provincial Governmentís seven inaugural Green Cities Awards. The Premier established these awards in the fall of 2006, to encourage local governments to think green in as many areas of their operations as possible.
In choosing the first-ever Green City Award recipients, the Province evaluated nominated communities on criteria including liveability, climate change, and innovation, as well as the extent to which social, environmental and economic values are integrated throughout the communities.
In its size category, the Regional District of Nanaimo competed successfully against Metro Vancouver (formerly the Greater Vancouver Regional District) for the Green Cities Award. According to Premier Gordon Campbell, the RDN was chosen because of its green thinking in terms of solid and liquid waste management, regional transit, and regional development including urban containment.
This is a tremendous achievement for the Regional District of Nanaimo Board of Directors, as we have worked hard over the past few years to maintain our commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability. We will continue to make improvements in our operations as we work toward this important goal.
Winter Emergency Preparedness
As the days get colder, we face the probability of winter rain, wind and snow storms. Last year, many residents faced challenges at home and on the road as a result of the weather. Itís important to be prepared for such situations in order to keep ourselves and our families safe, warm and dry.
Itís a good idea to keep home and vehicle emergency kits stocked up with blankets or a change of clothes, personal medications, a flashlight and/or candles with matches, bottled water, and nutritious foods. Vehicle emergency kits should also contain items such as road maps and a compass, work gloves, flares, an ice scraper, a shovel, sand and traction aids.
Power outages are a frequent occurrence during stormy weather. If you experience a power outage and you live close enough to your neighbours to see their homes, check to see if their lights are still on. If so, check your circuit breaker panel or fuse box. If not, call BC Hydro at 1-888-POWERON (1-888-769-3766). Report the power outage and your location so that they can send crews out to fix the problem. Keep in mind that if the weather is stormy it may take awhile for BC Hydro to restore power to you, since hundreds of residents may be encountering the same problem.
If you have a home generator, please keep in mind that these items can be extremely dangerous. If generators are not used properly, you could risk carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, or electrocution. Always follow the manufacturerís instructions, and remember that portable generators should only be used outdoors, in an area where exhaust cannot enter your home or other structures through the doors or windows. For more information, visit BC Hydro . This link is also available at www.rdn.bc.ca under the Emergency Planning section. The Regional District of Nanaimo Emergency Program has many more excellent tips about how to prepare for an emergency. For more information, visit www.rdn.bc.ca and go to the Emergency Planning section of the Development Services page, or call 954-3798 and ask for the Emergency Coordinator.
Recreation Opportunities in Electoral Area H
The Christmas season is upon us, bringing with it holiday good cheer, festive food and shopping stress. Why not take some time to unwind by taking advantage of the recreation programs offered in Electoral Area H and neighbouring communities?
Recreation in Electoral Area H is provided through our local volunteer group, the Lighthouse Country Recreation Commission, and through various clubs and organizations. We have three main facilities, the Bowser School, Lighthouse Community Centre and the Bowser Legion. From badminton to yoga to floor hockey and fitness classes, a variety of indoor activities is offered every day. If you prefer to get your exercise outdoors, there are numerous trails, beach accesses and community parks used for recreation in Electoral Area H. Explore these areas on your own time, or with the local walking group. Contact the Lighthouse Country Recreation Commission or check the Lighthouse Country Community Directory for more information.
Just a short drive from home, two outstanding Regional District of Nanaimo recreational facilities await. Swimmers can enjoy lessons, lengths or family time at Ravensong Aquatic Centre in Qualicum Beach, and ice skating and hockey is offered at Oceanside Place in Parksville. Both of these facilities are open seven days a week. Check the current schedule in the RDN Active Living Guide at www.rdn.bc.ca for specific activities and times.