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Okanagan Regional Library

One of the duties I have as the elected representative for Central Okanagan West is to represent both RDCO Electoral Areas on the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) Board. As a lifelong user of the Library System it is an honour to be on this Board. I am amazed at the cooperation between...

Governance … on the way?

KISS FM Vernon has done another online news story on the request by the North Westside Communities Association for a Provincially Funded Governance Study for the North Westside Fire Protection District as a whole. This email response to the North Westside Communities Associations shows the intention by Minister Fassbender to do the Study...

Power Pole

Here is the November 10 CHBC 5 & 11PM report on the ongoing saga of the power pole on a Killiney Beach Park waterfront site. The RDCO spokesperson personifies the lack of any concern for the wishes of the residents that pay the taxes and end up funding all this nonsense. As a member...

Editorial on Governance – Morning Star

The "bad blood" that exists is the frustration felt by the elected representatives of the two electoral areas to have their voices heard on their own local services rather than only that of the Chair and CAO. I can not think of a "regional" project or function that bad blood or even...

Westshore Bandstand – Completed

The Bandstand and drinking fountain projects at Westshore Community Park are completed and looking good. Thank you to the RDCO Parks Service we didn't make Canada Day 2016 but we are in good shape for the important 150th Canada Day Celebration in 2017. I spoke with some of the local musicians and...

Minister Fassbender Meeting – Kelowna Airport

A meeting with Minister Fassbender from the Ministry of Community, dosage Sport & Culture was obtained by the Electoral Area Directors for us to bring forward our issues and complaints regarding the governance model currently applied to our communities and their residents. It was the hope of the EA Directors...

Terms of Referance

It was the hope of the Area Director and the North Westside Governance Committee to vet this document through and with the help of the RDCO Administration and Staff. Several times between August 22 and the September 19 meetings I made this request to the Board and this request was ignored. The...

RDCO Board Delays Decision for North Westside Study

At the September 19 2016 Regional Board meeting the Governance Issue for the North Westside Area came back to the Board for a decision on support for the North Westside Communities Association's request for support for a Provincially funded Governance Study. The promised Staff Report was nowhere to be seen and the resolution...

North Westside Communities Association – 2016 AGM

To-night 73 residents and members of the North Westside Communities Association met for the Annual General Meeting and election of Officers. This is twice last years turnout and a larger crowd than we've seen in the last five years. See the North Westside web site for details and election results. Of interest was the...

CBC Radio Daybreak South Show

7 O'Clock Monday morning both myself and Chair Given were invited to discuss the North Westside bid for self governance. Chris Walker the CBC host was well prepared and good exchange of information was made available to all listening. Opportunities to get our story in the media are increasing as the momentum within...

Latest Governance Media Related Links

Looks like the media in both Vernon and Kelowna are taking an interest in the search for Self Governance currently taking place within the North Westside. Here are some of the stories in the local media.

Vernon Morning Star Thanks Richard it's always nice to know the Vernon Morning Star...

Updates Coming

I will be posting updates for the last couple of weeks in the next week to catch up any missed issues. My web site along with many of the WordPress sites hosted by Rebel.ca have come under attack apparently by the Russians! And I thought they would have been busy with Hilary's emails....

Governance Study Request to RDCO Board by the North Westside Community

This is the North Westside Communities Association's Press Release following the North Westside Governance Committee Delegations presentation to the Regional Board of the Central Okanagan. It's history in the making!  The North Westside  Communities  Association's Governance  Committee delegation made a presentation to the RDCO Board last night. Bob Andrews, the association president and committee...

Governance Committee Update

A condition in the feasibility study process that the Provincial Government funds necessitates that a community considering changes should manage their approach to governance in as inclusive a manner as possible. It's important to avoid any costly duplications of services, functions and/or administration. To meet this objective in both deed and spirit  the NW Governance Committee approached Central Okanagan East as...

Directors salary released … Media

The Vernon Morning Star has an article with my salary and expense disclosure for last year. I find it ironic that with the salaries in the bureaucratic end of the local government skyrocketing that no emphasis was put in that direction. All the correspondence I have received has...