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LAST UPDATE June 17, 2017

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Make a comment on air quality in British Columbia and Canada.
Click the link above, then fill out the form, and your comment will be posted to okanaganlakebc.ca here

Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition Memorandum of Understanding
from RDCO Board Agenda Jan 24, 2011

Minister of Health
E-mail: mike.dejong.mla "at" leg.bc.ca
Web site: www.mikedejongmla.bc.ca
Office Phone:  250 953-3547
Constituency Phone:  604 870-5486

NDP Health critic Mike Farnworth
E-mail: mike.farnworth.mla "at" leg.bc.ca
Office Phone: 250 387-3655
Constituency Phone: 604 927-2088

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[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 53

Part 6 — Clean Air Provisions
71 Definitions
72 Control of air contaminants
73 Fuel emission regulations
74 Motor vehicle and engine emission regulations
75 Solid fuel burning domestic appliance regulations
76 Burning regulations
Part 6.1 — Greenhouse Gas Reduction

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.pdf icon Okanagan Airshed Coalition Members 2011

Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd
Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson
Kelowna Councillor Graeme James (1st alternate)

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Environmental Management Act

Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR)

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/air/particulates/

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/solid-fuel/index.htm

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Smoke Control Regulatory Bylaw No. 773 Consolidated at March 30, 2017

"Nuisance" means the emission into the atmosphere of smoke by any means which disturbs the comfort or convenience of persons in the vicinity.

"Open burning" means the combustion or burning of any substance or material in the open air by any means but shall not include:
a. the operation of a permanent outdoor barbeque or outdoor portable barbeque intended for and used solely for the preparation of food.
b. fires used by fire department authorities for the purposes of education, training and other fire department purposes;
c. fires used or recommended by authorities having jurisdiction to manage ecosystems for purposes of silvicultural management, forest fuel management, fire hazard reduction, wildlife enhancement, domestic range improvement and the
use of fire as a means of fire control.
d. campfires

"Permitted burning materials" means untreated wood, prunings, branches, tree trunks, stumps or other vegetation that have been allowed to dry for at least 2 years and that do not constitute:
a. compostible materials or
b. the wood, trees, stumps, shubbery and woody debris that results from land being cleared or partially cleared of vegetation to help prepare the land for a different use.

2. SMOKE CONTROL REGULATIONS AND PROHIBITIONS
2.1 No person shall cause or permit smoke from open burning except in accordance with this Bylaw.

2.6 No person shall cause or permit smoke from open burning except in accordance with the following regulations:
g. All fires shall be maintained so as to not constitute a nuisance.

3. CAMPFIRES
3.1 No persons shall cause or permit smoke from a campfire except in accordance with the following regulations:
a. Only permitted burning materials, including seasoned untreated lumber, shall be used in campfires and firewood must be dry and seasoned.
b. Campfires shall be continuously controlled and supervised by a competent person equipped with extinguishing equipment and material.
c. Campfires shall be maintained so as not to cause a nuisance.
d. Campfires are subject to local fire restrictions in their respective fire districts and are subject to cancellation at any time by any authority having jurisdiction.

7. COST RECOVERY
7.1 A person responsible for open burning or a campfire shall ensure that no nuisance is caused and shall be responsible for all costs and expenses resulting from extinguishment of the fire as authorized by Section 5.5.
7.2 Where the person responsible for open burning or a campfire is the owner of the land or the agent, all costs referred to in this section may be recovered in the same manner as taxes in accordance with the Municipal Act.

9. OFFENCES AND PENALTIES
9.1 Any person who contravenes the provisions of this Bylaw commits an offence and is liable to prosecution pursuant to the provisions of the Offence Act.
9.2 Each contravention of this Bylaw constitutes a separate offence.

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May 1, 2017 at 2:49pm photo taken of 7944 Alpine Road


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April 23, 2017 at 3:19pm unattended campfire smoke

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April 23, 2017 at 3:18pm there were two campfires and a chimney smoking

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April 23, 2017 at 11:38am photo taken of 821 Firwood Road burning grass and taking a pee in his yard as we drove by

Did you not know you can dispose of grass at the transfer station instead of burning it?  There was a lot of grass in that pile along with other stuff that looked like garbage that should have all went to the North Westside Road transfer station.


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April 16, 2017 at 10:11am smoke coming from Herb McGuires at 7973 Alpine Road


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April 3, 2017 at 5:49pm we were parked on Alpine Road to take photos of smoke at 7944 Alpine Road, when we noticed someone coming out of their property towards us onto the public road taking video of us with their cell phone.

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April 3, 2017 at 5:48pm there was lots of smoke around 7944 Alpine Road

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April 3, 2017 at 3:23pm smoke coming from 771 Firwood Road.  Person at the property wouldn't talk to us about his smoke but he would take a photo of us as we pulled up to talk to him about the smoke.  Our dog is allergic to the smoke and gags from the smoke with only a small whiff of it.  Our dog won't stop gagging until he takes pills to calm his respiratory system so that is why we stopped to talk about the smoke.

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April 3, 2017 2:38pm photo taken from Fintry of Lake Country's smoke.

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April 2, 2017 at 1:23pm photo taken from Fintry looking over at Lake Country's smoke

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Smoke coming from 7945 Alpine Road

Burning green tree branches, and that is why you can barely see the person in the video and why you see all the smoke.  The North Westside Road Fire Chief Jason is an azzwipe.  We tried to tell him that wood should be dried for 2 years before its burned, and that the smoke is a health hazard to our dog, and that he should consult with air quality control in Kelowna, but he would rather see no fire hazard he said, so therefore Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files anyone getting a burn permit from North Westside Road Fire Rescue is not subject to RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw #773.  While we were video recording the heavy smoke, a lady came out of her house in her sexy lingerie with a pink baseball bat in her hand for some reason. Think she was trying to say we couldn't park on the side of Alpine Road there maybe, until the dog got her to go back to her house.  Then she video recorded us from her trailer window.  Felt like we were in a movie, Trailer Park Boys.

She said she had a burn permit, and it was a venting day, and so there was burning permitted on this day of March 30, 2017.

March 30, 2017 Venting Index
Source: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/
polled_data/EC_BBS_170330_Thu_March_30_17.txt

RDCO Consolidated Smoke Control Bylaw 773

1. DEFINITIONS
In this Bylaw:
"Permitted burning materials" means untreated wood, prunings, branches, tree trunks, stumps or other vegetation that have been allowed to dry for at least 2 years and that do not constitute:
a. compostible materials or
b. the wood, trees, stumps, shubbery and woody debris that results from land being cleared or partially cleared of vegetation to help prepare the land for a different use.

The RCMP issued a "use electronic device while driving" ticket based on the two videos we were taking of smoke in this table.  The person taking this video was a bit shaky when they zoomed in, and the video looks like someone may have been driving while taking the video, but they were not driving while taking this video.  When zooming in 10x's the video can be shaky.  See dash cam videos in table above this table to prove nobody was driving while taking the videos above in this table.  The officer whom wrote these 2 "use electronic device while driving tickets is going to loose".  Also see 2 videos in the table above.

March 30, 2017 ticket for "Use Electronic Device while Driving" at 10:30am.  This was the day we video taped the smoke on Alpine Road while parked, which we can prove.

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March 29, 2017 at 6:50am smoke from an old wood stove that probably isn't approved

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March 21, 2017 at 5:30pm campfire smoke

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March 17, 2017 at 3:05pm looking towards Vernon from Westside Road near Fintry

You can see that line of smoke hovering over Okanagan Lake


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.pdf icon August 24, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Green Communities Reporting

Efforts by the Regional District to work towards achieving Climate Action Charter commitments have been acknowledged by the joint BC-Union of BC Municipalities Green Communities Committee. The RDCO has created a baseline inventory and reporting of corporate greenhouse gas emissions. Work will now continue on efforts to reduce emissions and achieve carbon neutrality.

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.pdf icon August 24, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Green Communities Committee

*Note* Below is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content

Dear Chair Given and Board Members:

On behalf of the joint Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Green Communities Committee (GCC), we would like to extend our congratulations for your successful efforts to measure and reduce your corporate greenhouse gas emissions for the 2014 reporting year.

As a signatory to the Climate Action Charter (Charter), you have demonstrated your commitment to work with the Province and UBCM to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions in your community and corporate operations.

The work that your local government has undertaken to measure and reduce its corporate emissions demonstrates strong climate leadership and sets the stage for broader climate action in your community. As British Columbia' begins developing a new climate action plan, your leadership and commitment continues to be essential to ensuring the achievement of our collective climate action goals. For more information about BC's Climate Leadership Plan, go to http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2015!05/bc-names-c1imate-leadership-team.html.

The GCC was established under the Charter to support local governments in achieving their climate goals. In acknowledgement of the efforts of local leaders, the GCC is again recognizing the progress and achievements of local governments such as yours through the multi-level Climate Action Recognition Program. A description of this program is enclosed for your reference.
As a Charter signatory who has completed a/corporate carbon inventory for the 2014 reporting year and has demonstrated familiarity with the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory, you have been awarded Level 2 recognition - 'Measurement:

In recognition of your achievements, the GCC is very pleased to provide you with climate action community branding for use on official websites and letter heads. An electronic file with the 2014 logo will be provided to your Chief Administrative Officer. Also enclosed is a 2014 Climate Action Community window decal, for use on public buildings.

Congratulations again on establishing your corporate emissions inventory and your overall progress. We wish you continued success in your ongoing commitment to the goal of corporate carbon neutrality and your efforts to reduce emissions in the broader community.

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.pdf icon August 24, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Board meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be September 10th, 2015.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2).

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Update
.pdf icon Item 5.2 Woodhaven Eco Cultural Centre Annual Report
.pdf icon Item 6.1 Okanagan Regional Library Population Numbers For Electoral Area Levy
.pdf icon Item 6.2 Technical Rescue Service Proposal District Of West Kelowna
.pdf icon Item 6.3 Draft 2015 Budget And 2015 2019 Financial Plan
.pdf icon Item 6.3A Budget Piechart And Budgets Summary
.pdf icon Item 6.3B Tax Requisitions And Rates
.pdf icon Item 6.3C Community Services Engineering
.pdf icon Item 6.3D Community Services Waste Management
.pdf icon Item 6.3E Community Services Planning
.pdf icon Item 6.3F Community Services Fire Protection
.pdf icon Item 6.3G Community Services Policing Services
.pdf icon Item 6.3H Community Services Inspections
.pdf icon Item 6.3I Parks Services
.pdf icon Item 6.3J Finance And Administration
.pdf icon Item 6.3K Corporate Services Administration
.pdf icon Item 6.3L Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement
.pdf icon Item 6.3M Economic Development Commission
.pdf icon Item 6.3N Regional Board

.pdf icon Item 6.4 Quarterly Program Measures Report (missing from RDCO's website)

*Note* below are only a snippets from the documents at the links above*

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the RDCO Governance and Services Committee are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be March 27, 2015.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

You can speak at the March 27th Regional Board Meeting at 9:00am just before they pass the budget.

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon There is no agenda on RDCO's website about RDCO 2014 - 2019 Financial Plan and Chipping Program.  There is agenda about RDCO 2014 - 2019 Financial Plan in the Governance and Services Committee meeting of March 12, 2015

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

You can speak at the March 27th Regional Board Meeting at 9:00am just before they pass the budget.

6. NEW BUSINESS

6.1 Rise and Report from the March 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee Meeting

The following issues were raised and discussed at today's Governance & Services Committee meeting and brought forward for Board approval.

c) Air Quality - Burning Issue
The question was raised regarding the Air Quality budget and the chipping program. Concern was raised regarding the wait-list for the agricultural chipping program. The Administrator confirmed that the air quality program service review remains underway and is to be completed in 2016.

With regards to the chipping program, he confirmed it has always been over-subscribed. There was support for a 4% increase to the air quality program, but not to the $80,000 annual chipping program. Staff is looking at options to determine if there is an ability to have some cost-sharing of this program. This is an item on the workplan for this year. It was further noted that the eleven properties that are on a wait-list for chipping would not improve the smoke in the valley. In addition, there is restriction on the program who qualifies for the program - it is limited to orchardists taking out old trees and replanting. The program is not available to the average hobby farmer/small acreages. Further review of who qualifies will be reviewed as well. Farmers have the right to burn under 'Right to Farm' legislation. The Province and the farming community stakeholders need to be involved in discussions going forward.

Other best practices will be reviewed. RDOS is funded to the same level, but has a cost sharing agreement. NORD rescinded the service a few years ago. There is a small window of opportunity for burning in the valley as the proper venting index (above 65) in the Central Okanagan and the number of good venting days (as determined by Environment Canada) are limited throughout the burning period.

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.pdf icon February 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 Air Quality Management Report

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Purpose:
To present the Regional Airshed Management Plan - Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy.

Executive Summary:
The Regional District has a Regional Air Quality Service that all jurisdictions participate in including Westbank First Nation. This service is managed by the Regional District and delivered through the City of Kelowna by service contract. In 2014 an update to the Regional Airshed Management Plan was completed and circulated to stakeholders for comment.

There are sixteen (16) recommendations in the new Regional Airshed Management Plan.

When this report was presented to the Regional CAO Committee there was general support for many of the recommendations however there was significant concern about the cost to implement all of the recommendations. Questions were asked about a mitigation strategy to lower or share the costs of the program through user fees. Concern was also raised that RDOS & RDNO, who share our airshed, do not have an air quality service and question the
effectiveness of our strategy without their participation in a similar program.

A recommendation to support a 4% increase in 2015 with a request to find ways to reduce costs was approved by the CAO Committee members.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Regional Board support the Central Okanagan Clean Air strategy in principle and refer the Regional Airshed Management Plan - Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy back to staff to develop a cost mitigation strategy;
AND FURTHER THAT the request for a 4% increase in 2015 be referred to the 2015 Financial Plan deliberations.

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Recommendation:
THAT the Regional Governance & Services Committee supports the Regional Clean Air Strategy in principle;
AND THAT the Regional Governance & Services Committee support the implementation of the Regional Clean Air
Strategy in year one (2015) and that years 2-5 be referred back to staff to identify areas for revenue opportunities and
expenditure efficiencies;
AND THAT the Regional Governance & Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board refer this matter to the
2015 Financial Plan deliberations.

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.pdf icon February 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

8. Corporate Services

8.1 Air Quality Management Report - presentation by Jerry Dombowsky, City of Kelowna and Cariad Garratt, Pinna Sustainability

The RDCO's regional air quality service, that all jurisdictions participate in, including Westbank First Nation, is delivered through a contract with the City of Kelowna. In 2014, an update to the Regional Airshed Management Plan was completed and circulated to stakeholders for comment. There are 16 recommendations in the Management Plan. Concern has been raised regarding the cost to implement all of the recommendations-a 4% increase in funding is being requested in 2015. In
addition, the fact that both the North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen do not have an air quality service questions the effectiveness of our strategy without their participation in a similar program.

• Transportation problems are not necessarily tourism related but school related with students being driven to schools. The Safe Routes to School program aims to identify and make infrastructure and design improvements to improve safety for
walking and biking to school. Regional Services will continue to seek resources and partnerships to continue and expand this program,
• One component is to expand the Agricultural Wood Waste chipping program to reduce wood smoke from orchards due to replants and burning the heavy density, large trunk sizes. Initial target is the orchard replants but also the prunings that
are burnt on the open burning days, It is the intent to continue to fund the program until there's a trend showing a reduction in orchard replanting.
• It was clarified that Okanagan-Similkameen has inquired about again partnering with the Central Okanagan's Regional Air Quality Program.

BASRAN/BAKER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board support the Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy in principle, and refer the Regional Airshed Management Plan-Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy back to staff to develop a cost mitigation strategy;
AND FURTHER THAT the request for a 4% increase in 2015 be referred to the 2015 Financial Plan deliberations.

CARRIED (opposed Findlater and Hanson)

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.pdf icon February 12, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regional Airshed Management Plan

The Regional Board has given support in principle to the Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy. It was developed after consulting with the public and local stakeholders and updates the Regional Airshed Management Plan that was adopted in 2007. The Strategy provides guidance for all local governments to manage air quality and greenhouse gas emissions for the next five years. During 2015 budget deliberations the Regional Board will consider a request to increase funding for air quality programming by four per cent. Staff will develop a plan to manage program costs and identify possible revenue opportunities from 2016-2019.

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.pdf icon February 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

9. NEW BUSINESS

9.1 Rise and Report from the Feb 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee Meeting

a) Regional Airshed Management Plan - Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/STACK
THAT the Regional Board support the Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy in principle, and refer the Regional Airshed Management Plan - Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy back to staff to develop a cost mitigation strategy;
AND FURTHER THAT the request for a 4% increase in 2015 be referred to the 2015 Financial Plan deliberations.

CARRIED (opposed Findlater, Hanson)

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Open Burning Season Begins in the Central Okanagan

In light of the current weather conditions, open burning season in the Central Okanagan will begin on October 1st.

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws, permitted open burning may start October 1st and must be complete by April 30th. Fire chiefs may change the dates depending on the fire hazard in their area.

Starting Wednesday, October 1st, those people with properties greater than one hectare will be allowed to burn outdoors, but only after receiving a permit from their local fire authority and only after confirming that burning is allowed on a particular day. Farmers and large lot owners must also follow any regulations before lighting any fire.

Eligible property owners within the Central Okanagan East or the Central Okanagan West electoral areas may obtain a permit by calling the Regional District at 250-469-6223 (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted) weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays. All other eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their municipal fire department.

Before lighting any fire, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline: 1-855-262-2876 (BURN). It will tell them if open burning is allowed on a particular day. Both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good in order for burning to occur within Central Okanagan fire jurisdictions. This information is also available each day after 7:15 am at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, creating nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, District of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.

Violators could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire. Residents are encouraged to report anyone illegally burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.

All Central Okanagan property owners regardless of property size are encouraged to take advantage of other options to dispose of their yard waste. The bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection program is underway through the end of November and residents are reminded to only place leaves, grass, pine needles and small prunings inside their wheeled yard waste cart with the green lid closed. Residents may also choose to use the year-round free yard waste program at either the Glenmore landfill (Open seven days a week 7:30 am to 4:45 pm) or at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Centre (Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Friday through Monday). Yard waste and pruning’s weighing up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and 20 centimeters or less in diameter may be dropped off for free at either location. When transporting loads for disposal, please make sure they are covered. As long as yard waste is separated from regular garbage, loads exceeding the maximum weight up to 20 centimeters in diameter will be charged $40.00 per tonne while those with a larger diameter will be charged $65 a tonne. As well, a number of private companies offer wood chipping and grinding services or rent portable chippers. Some may also pick up yard waste for disposal.

Most of the burning permits that are issued in the Central Okanagan are for agricultural burning, which is allowed under Provincial Right to Farm legislation. However, before starting any fire farmers must also call 1-855-262-2876 (BURN) or visit regionaldistrict.com/airquality to ensure burning is allowed. The Regional Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage the use of the Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate disposal method. In addition, the program offers a Best Management Practices handbook and DVD to help farmers.

Central Okanagan residents are reminded to check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions regarding campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood fire burning devices.

(September 29, 2014)

Source: RDCO Whats New

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Air Quality on a Valley-Wide Basis

Discussion ensued regarding Why air quality issues are no longer being dealt with on a valley-wide basis as air quality issues have no boundaries. In the past, the North Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen Regional Districts, along with the Central Okanagan, formed the Okanagan Airshed Coalition and the question was raised why that was dissolved. The question was raised if the next Board could take the lead to bring it back together, or whether this is an issue that the Okanagan Basin Water Board would be interested in pursuing.

GRAY/BAKER
THAT staff be directed to bring forward to the new Regional Board for further discussion the issue of working cooperatively with the North Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen Regional Districts on air quality issues on a valley-wide basis.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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Corporate Services:

002 - Administration
Strategic Community Investment Funds of $79,415 were received. SCIF funds continue to minimize tax rate increases by supporting and offsetting general corporate services administrative costs, and administrative projects which have included Strategic Planning, ortho photo updates, service reviews, service agreement reviews, energy efficiencies, building improvements and working toward meeting economic and climate change targets.
Fringe Area Planning, Ellison Transit Service and Parks Service reviews are underway. Air Quality review will also be completed as part of the implementation of a regular service review 5 year cycle.
RESOC continues to review the Regional Rescue Service. Final approval of Amendments to Westbank First Nation (WFN) Agreements for inclusion in Crime Prevention, Economic Development Commission and Air Quality Program services are under consideration by WFN. RCMP Community Policing Office leased space in Administrative offices main floor effective spring 2014. Reporting to the Director of Community Services, the Fleet and Facilities Manager position was filled effective
September 8, 2014.

102 - Air Quality Monitoring
As a result of the informal service review, the Air Quality service will likely eventually be considered as part of Sustainable Transportation Partnership. An official call for proposals for a 2014-2015 Woodstove Exchange Program is scheduled for September. The provincial Woodstove Exchange program and the $250 rebate was not offered in 2014. The Regional District, in coordination with the industry and participant retailers, will continue to promote wood stove exchanges in the region. To June 30, 2014, 7,274 cubic metres were chipped for Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program.
Open Burning Program: the online option to verify if the open burning conditions are met has been operational though 2014 and promoted through the open burning phone line. A total of 1,353 burning permits were issued during the 2014 season, 34% within the City of Kelowna and 32% within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The Districts of Lake Country, West Kelowna and Peachland make up the remaining 34%.
Gas Tax Funding of $38,000 was approved in 2012 for a review and update of the Regional Air Quality Management Plan originally released in 2007. Funds in the amount of $12,000 were also provided from the Ministry of Environment. The Phase I report was presented February 14, 2014, to the Governance & Services Committee and Phase II of the update has included an online public engagement and media campaign. Input generated was reviewed and incorporated in the Phase II report.
For better understanding of the plan, the Regional Airshed Management Plan name was changed to Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy. Final reporting is underway.
Through all the programs and activities of the Air Quality Department and other Transportation Demand Management Programs, approximately 96.8 tonnes of particulate matter, 199 tonnes of Carbon monoxide and 25.5 tonnes of Green House Gas-Carbon Dioxide equivalents were not released into the air to June 30, 2014.

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6. Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-To-Date June 30, 2014

Staff report dated September 4,2014 outlined the program measures to June 30, 2014. A summary of the highlights was presented. It was noted that staff continue to review the quarterly information presented to ensure the Committee is well
informed on the regional services and issues arising.

CONDON/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon February 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Corporate Services

Regional Air Quality:

6.1 Regional Airshed Management Plan - Update on Phase 1 and Approval of Phase 2 Consultation and Preparation of the Final Plan - Nancy Mora Castro, Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator & Jerry Dombowsky, Regional Programs Manager-City of Kelowna

J. Dombowsky introduced the new air quality coordinator and the consultant for the management plan, Cariad Garratt of Pinna Sustainability.

Phase 1 of the regional airshed management plan which started in April 2013 has been completed. The timeline was adjusted due to staff vacancy.

The consultant reviewed Phase 1 of the project:
• Review of the 2007 air quality management plan
• Three sets of pollutants were focused on for the Central Okanagan: fine particulate matter (PM2.5); ground-level ozone; and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
• Types of impacts resulting from these pollutants highlighted.
• Primary source of pollutants in the Central Okanagan include: cars/trucks 32%, industry - 21 %, miscellaneous - 11 %, residential wood burning - 11 %, non-road equipment - 10%, outdoor burning - 7%, planes and trains - 5% and other building heating - 3%.
• Major source of GHG emissions 2010; personal vehicles - 46%, residential buildings - 19%, commercial vehicles - 15%, commercial buildings - 10%, community solid waste - 7%, large industrial buildings - 2%, agriculture 1%.

Key activities over the last six years:
Federal - national GHG emission reduction targets, new vehicle regulations, national standards for PM2.5 and ozone (lower levels for 2015-2020)
Provincial - provincial GHG emission reduction targets, Local Government Act requirement to include GHG targets in Official Community Plans and Regional Growth Strategy, new ambient objectives for PM2.5, program support (Woodstove Exchange, BC Scrap-It program); greening the BC Building Code

Locally -- AQMP activities: Strategy 1: reduce emissions (Woodstove Exchange program, agricultural wood waste program, Cash for Clunkers program, open burning bylaws). Strategy 2: information and public awareness (85,000 people engaged through the various programs). Strategy 3: facilitate research - Environment Canada's emission inventory.

Phase 2 considerations highlighted:
• Transportation-aligning with work currently underway
• Residential wood smoke and open burning
• Monitoring and data

Next steps:
February - report to the advisory group, revise and update goals and strategies
March - April - public consultation
May - finalize plan
June - final report to the Board.

Discussion:
• Desire for staff to provide a presentation to municipal councils on the management plan.
• Stronger enforcement of idling is one issue municipalities can take to reduce emissions.
• The provincial government is in charge of the monitoring station. There is the potential for a mobile monitoring station. Ministry of Environment is reviewing this with staff.
• GHG emissions - how will reductions in GHG occur with the increase in population? Reduction in GHG emissions have occurred but it is difficult for the public to understand what reductions look like. We need to show what it means to individuals and how they can help achieve GHG reductions.
• Funding for phase 2 is included in the current budget.
• Is there new data available-the current data is from 2006. Staff noted that the data is developed by Environment Canada and that it takes 4-5 years for inventory data to be updated. This is a standard amount of time to complete and is a complex inventory system. Data from the provincial monitoring station is done annually by BC's Ministry of Environment.
• We have a strong air quality function here - staff continues to work with provincial/federal agencies. Part of the role of the function is that we have a voice for our unique concerns.
• It was noted the final draft should include 'personal level' changes as well. Need something that is practical that can be used personally by the public.

STACK/FIELDING
THAT the key findings of the preliminary report for the Regional Airshed Management Plan Phase 1 draft be received for information;
AND FURTHER THAT the Committee approve advancing to Phase II of the project which entails community consultation and preparation of a draft final version of the Regional Airshed Management Plan.

CARRIED

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Regional Airshed Management Plan Update

The Regional Board has approved proceeding with the second phase of updating the Regional Airshed Management Plan that was adopted in 2007. The update will identify changing sources of air pollution including vehicle emissions which are the primary source of many local pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. The update will also provide recommended strategies in order to address air quality concerns across the Central Okanagan. In the coming months there will be opportunity for public and stakeholder consultations prior to presenting an updated draft Airshed Management Plan for Regional Board consideration.

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8. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

8.1 Rise & Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 13, 2014

b) Air Quality - Regional Airshed Management Plan

FINDLATER/FIELDING
THAT the key findings of the preliminary report for the Regional Airshed Management Plan Phase 1 draft be received for information;
AND FURTHER THAT the Committee recommend to the Board to approve advancing to Phase II of the project which entails community consultation and preparation of a draft final version of the Regional Airshed Management Plan.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon January 16, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule

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Purpose:
To provide a schedule for a formal review of all service establishment bylaws on a regular 5 year cycle.

Executive Summary:
The Board has approved a resolution that directs staff to bring forward all service establishment bylaws for regular review on a 5 year cycle. A spreadsheet summarizing all of the regional and sub-regional services provided in the Regional District of Central Okanagan is attached to this report as Schedules "A" and "B" respectively. These spreadsheets indicate what the service is, what bylaws or regulations apply, and when the service was last reviewed. Schedule "e" attached to this report recommends the years in which these services would be reviewed by the Board based on a 5 year cycle. The recommended schedule takes into account all of the service reviews that have been recently conducted as well as trying to group services for review in a logical sequence to evenly distribute the workload as much as possible.

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5.3 Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 9,2014 provided a schedule for formal review of all regional service establishment bylaws on a five year cycle. An outline of the services and review targets was presented for consideration.
Of note:
- Why is the STPCO (Sustainable Transportation Partnership in Central Okanagan) not in the schedule? This service is provided by the City of Kelowna it is not an RDCO service (Transportation Demand Management is for the electoral areas only). Air Quality review has been included in 2016 as that is when the STPCO agreement expires.
- Okanagan Library is not a regional service, it has its own Board and issues should be raised at their Board.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board approve the recommended schedule of service reviews outlined in the January 9, 2014 Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule report.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 12, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

102 - Air Quality Monitoring

The informal service review requested by the District of West Kelowna has been completed and a recommendation has been adopted by the Board to request the Sustainable Transportation Partnership to look at assuming responsibility for the Air Quality Program. Open Burning Website update: a new online option for the open burning index is under development by the City of Kelowna staff. Open Burning season ended April 30, 2013. The program works with farmers to encourage the use of the Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate method for disposing of wood waste resulting from orchard removal. To June 30 there were 9,185 cubic metres chipped for the Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program and 15 wood stove exchanges in the Central Okanagan.

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.pdf icon January 17, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regional Airshed Management Plan

The Regional Board has authorized staff to proceed with a Request for Proposals to update the Regional Airshed Management Plan. The current plan has been in place since 2007 and needs to be updated to reflect changes in Federal and Provincial air quality objectives and monitoring along with changes in various emissions that impact health and air quality.

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6.2 Terms of Reference - Central Okanagan Airshed Management Plan Update (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 7, 2013 provided a review of the air quality service provided to residents of the Central Okanagan. It was noted that the Regional Board had previously approved Gas Tax funding (Regionally Significant Program funds) for an update to the Central Okanagan Airshed Management Plan. Staff report provided an outline of the scope and deliverables for the update and preliminary timelines (final report by January 2014).

Existing plan was created in 2007 with the goal to update every 5 years.

A report will be brought forward to the Board at end of Phase 1 - July 2013 Phase 2 is the consultation phase - Aug-Nov 2013.

The question was raised whether the plan deals with issues such as smoking regulations ie: near doorways. It was noted that the airshed management plan, as well as the regional air quality programs scope is limited to 'outdoor' air quality. Smoking is under provincial jurisdiction.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Terms of Reference for the Regional Airshed Management Plan be received for information;

AND THAT staff be directed to proceed with issuing the Request for Proposal process for the Regional Airshed Management Plan update.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about West Kelowna withdrawing from some services provided by RDCO.

(Economic Development Commission, Regional Planning, Transportation Demand Management, Noxious Weeds and Insect Control, Air Quality)

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6.4 District of West Kelowna re: Participation in Regional District Services (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The District of West Kelowna's letter of November 14, 2012 outlined Council's request to initiate an informal review of West Kelowna's participation in Economic Development Commission and regional planning; as well as initiate discussions regarding withdrawal from Transportation Demand Management (TDM), Noxious Weed Control, Noxious Insect Control and Air Quality services.
The letter included a request to facilitate changes prior to adoption of the 2013 Financial Plan.
The Board noted that to cease funding before the next budget year would not be reasonable. Discussion will need to occur with the other service partners and decisions made whether the District can withdrawal from the service, and if so whether to 'pare down' or stop a service entirely. Concern was expressed that withdrawing from regional services impacts the partners and, as example air quality impacts all residents in the valley and beyond.
Staff noted that the Ministry has been contacted with regard to 'dispute resolution' to determine how issues would be resolved--what would the framework be should there be disagreement. Staff will need to determine the amount of work it will take to properly review the request and, if required, the Board will need to further determine priorities for the CAO for the remainder of his secondment.

BLANLEIL/GRAY
THAT the November 14, 2012 letter from the District of West Kelowna regarding the notice for an informal review of participation in the Economic Development Commission and regional planning, and withdrawal of service from Transportation
Demand Management (TDM), Noxious Weed Control, Noxious Insect Control and Air Quality services be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the Chief Administrative Officer be directed to prepare a timeline and process for consideration of the request by the District of West Kelowna and report back to the Board in due course.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report (Year-to-Date - September 30, 2012)
Staff report dated November 1, 2012 outlined the program measures report year to- date September 30, 2012. Staff highlighted the executive summary comments.

- Corporate Services
o Recruitment process for new CAO has begun

- Waste Reduction
o Launch of paper reduction program
o Commercial waste quantities reduced by 2.8%
o Curbside collection radio frequency identification system
  • 1331 non-compliant customers identified and contacted, only 52 reoffenders
o Recycling - market downturn, budget effect

- Environmental Services
o Falcon Ridge Water - exploratory drilling for a new well
o Trepanier Bench Water - fire effects - 110 risk evident
o Leak Detection program for Westshore Water resulted in 43% reduction, and at Killiney Beach 20% of m3 pumped
o RDCO lift stations/collector systems - all pumps being investigated for deterioration
o Killiney Beach Water - reduction to scope of upgrade
o Reduced clerical staff by 0.5 FTE
o WWTP - Stage 3 design work completed.

- Information Systems
o MOU Lake Country has yet to sign the agreement. Concern regarding 2013 impact to partners if Lake Country does not sign on.

- Development Services
o School site acquisition
o Inspection Services - staff reduction
o Dog Control- review report received in October. Implementation plan will be coming forward for Board consideration.
o Noxious insect control - low complaint numbers.

- Protective Services
o Trepanier Fire
o Black Mountain grass fire
o Wilsons Land Volunteer Fire Department - volunteer fire chief leaving

- Regional Rescue
o 4 total EOC activations, 27 ESS activations
o Operation exercise - Sept 13
o Review of service is under way

- Parks Services
o Parkland acquisitions - 3 properties closed
o Mission Creek - upgrade to playground
o Trepanier Creek Greenway fire
o Bear closures
o Interpretation programs 8% increase in participants

- Crime Stoppers
o Vehicle donated to the program
o Sponsorship packages being developed
o Tips provided lead to info on two major homicides

- EDC
o Recruitment of United Airlines flights into Kelowna
o Export development - increased interest from China

- Purchasing
With the hiring of a purchasing manager, total quantifiable savings to date are $201,902, including risk reduction to RDCO, time savings for managers and staff and stronger contracts.
It was noted that the full report is in the Board's Reader file.

Discussion
-It was noted that West Kelowna is interested in receiving further information on the RFID program and staff will update Council in the future.
-West Kelowna will look at trunk lines in the near future. It's a low priority for them.
-School site acquisition - approved by the Province, developers will be required to pay a fee in the future.
-Information provided to Kelowna for review of boundary extension.
-What are the financial implications of reduced recycling and reduced income is there a way to offset costs? Staff is focusing on reduction programs (paper free program) paying less processing costs when it ends up in the recycling bins - it's the only thing that can be done to offset costs. Material is not being returned to the landfill. There is no shutdown for recyclables. The material that is recycled here is sent to relatively local markets (not China) plastics go to the Lower Mainland, paper to Washington. We can stockpile if required but there is no ability for reduced transportation costs as we use local markets. Where does the money go for electronics? The Electronics Stewardship of BC - they run the program, collecting, marketing, hauling, processing and they fund depot operations.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures report year-to-date September 30, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6.2 Briefing on 2013-2017 Financial Plan & Overview of the Process
Staff report dated October 30, 2012 outlined general impacts to consider during the 2013-2017 Financial Plan discussions. Full reporting will be completed through the budgeting process beginning in February. General impacts for 2013 were highlighted as a heads-up for the budgeting process.

BAKER/CONDON
THAT the 2013-2017 Financial Plan overview be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon October 22, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regionally Significant Projects Approved

The Regional Board has received a letter from the Union of BC Municipalities outlining approval of Federal Gas Tax funding for several Regionally Significant Projects totalling more than $3.5-million. Among the projects approved for Gas Tax funding:

• Regional Active Transportation Project - $2,247,315
• Septic Treatment Upgrades Project - $780,000
• Upgrade and provide backup Centrifuge at Regional Septage Treatment facility - $317,900
• Regional Household Travel Survey - $150,000
• Review and update Regional Air Quality Management Plan - $38,000

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.pdf icon October 22, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda Kelowna City Hall Council Chamber 1435 Water Street

.pdf icon Item 7.3 UBCM Regionally Significant Fund Application Approvals

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At its October 4, 2012 meeting, the Gas Tax Agreement's Management Committee made funding decisions for the Regionally Significant Project Fund applications. I am pleased to advise that your applications for the following projects have been
approved for RSP funding of the lesser amount indicated or 100% of the actual eligible costs of each approved project:

Regional Active Transportation Project, $2,247,315.00
Regional Housing Strategy Project, $150,000.00
Air Quality Management Project, $38,000.00
Septic Treatment Upgrades Project, $780,000.00
Centrifuge Project, $317,969.00

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7.3 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) - Approval of Regionally Significant Project Fund Applications (for information only)

FINDLATER/FIELDING
THAT the October 12, 2012 letter from the Union of BC Municipalities confirming approval of the Regional Significant Project Funding for the following projects be received:

• Regional Active Transportation Project $2,247,315
• Regional Housing Strategy Project (Household Travel Survey) - $150,000
• Air Quality Management Project - $38,000
• Septic Treatment Upgrades Project - $780,000
• Centrifuge Project - $317,969

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 20, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regionally Significant Gas Tax Fund Projects

The Regional Board has approved submitting three Regionally Significant projects to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) for consideration and approval through the Central Okanagan share of Gas Tax Funding. Of the total $8.7-million in Regionally Significant Project funding for the Central Okanagan, almost $506,000 hasn’t yet been allocated. The Board proposes spending $317,969 to upgrade and provide a backup centrifuge at the Regional facility that treats septic tank waste; $150,000 for a Regional Household Travel Survey and Analysis and $38,000 to review and update the Regional Air Quality Management Plan.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Regionally Signficant Gas Tax Fund Project Approval.pdf

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Agenda No: 6.1
Mtg Date: Aug. 20, 2012

TO: Regional Board
FROM: Chief Administrative Officer
DATE: August 16, 2012
SUBJECT: Regionally Significant Gas Tax Fund Projects

REGIONAL DISTRICT of CENTRAL OKANAGAN Regional Board Report

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the Board approve the following projects be forwarded to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) as eligible Regionally Significant Projects (RSP) utilizing the remaining $505,969 of funding available for the Central Okanagan Region:

• Central Okanagan Regional Household Travel Survey and Analysis - $150,000
• Central Okanagan Air Quality Management Plan: Review and Update - $38,000
• RDCO Centrifuge Upgrade - Septic Treatment Facility - $317,969;

AND THAT staff report to the Board as projects making up the Central Okanagan's $8,722,420
allocation are approved through the Gas Tax Management Committee administered by UBCM;
AND FURTHER THAT staff prepare a report to the Board with a recommendation for funding of
the shortfall of approximately $42,000 related to Centrifuge Upgrade.

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6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

6.1 Regionally Significant Gas Tax Fund Project Approval (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated August 16, 2012 outlined the Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funds (RSP) remaining from the approximate $8.7mil allocated for the Central Okanagan. These funds must be allocated by the Regional Board prior to September 31, 2012. Staff from the RDCO and partner municipalities met to review various projects and have agreed to the three recommendations.

These are regional priorities, not necessarily municipal priorities.

The centrifuge upgrade for the regional septic facility in Lake Country is estimated at $600,000. There is $240,000 in reserve funding leaving a shortfall of approximately $42,000. At a future meeting staff will provide options for consideration of this shortfall. The request for the septage upgrade is for a secondary process. It is imperative to have a backup as this is the only
plant that serves the entire Central Okanagan. There will always be properties throughout all areas of the Central Okanagan that will be served by septic, not sewer. If the plant goes down there is currently no backup. The upgrade is budgeted in the 5-Year Financial Plan.
Concern was expressed that the Board is not fully aware of the complete plan for the septage facility noting the Board had discussed that the service should be self-funding operationally but that it would not be possible on a capital basis. Further information needs to be shared on the long-term plans for the facility.

Staff reviewed the requirements for an updated travel survey which will provide data for different modes of transportation (ie: time, purpose, mode) and comparing the results over time. This will be the third analysis completed-the
first in 1996 and the second in 2007 (which was co-funded by the City of Kelowna and Vernon).

Although there is no longer a valley-wide Airshed coalition, the Central Okanagan's air quality management plan requires updating and fits within the criteria of the RSP funding guidelines.

It was noted that the current criteria for the RSP funding is under Tier 2 funding and that cannot be changed for this phase of the federal gas tax funding.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Board approve the following projects be forwarded to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) as eligible Regionally Significant Projects (RSP) utilizing the remaining $505,969 of funding available for the Central Okanagan Region;

• Central Okanagan Regional Household Travel Survey and Analysis - $150,000
• Central Okanagan Air Quality Management Plan: Review and Update $38,000
• RDCO Centrifuge Upgrade - Septic Treatment Facility - $317,969.

AND THAT staff report to the Board as projects making up the Central Okanagan's $8,722,420 allocation are approved through the Gas Tax Management Committee administered by UBCM;
AND FURTHER THAT staff prepare a report to the Board with a recommendation for funding of the shortfall of approximately $42,000 related to the Centrifuge Upgrade.

CARRIED (opposed Findlater, Ophus, Hanson, Blanleil)

FINDLATER/OPHUS
THAT staff be requested to provide a detailed report to the Board on the regional septic service and facility upgrade to include the proposed capital and operating funding requirements.

CARRIED (opposed Basran)

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.pdf icon April 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Corporate Services

6.1 Regional Air Quality Program Update - Kate Bergen, Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator

The Regional Air Quality Program is contracted to the City of Kelowna to carry out the service. Kate Bergen, program coordinator, provided a workplan for 2012 and a review of the program including:

  • Wood Stove Change-Out Program
    o 72 wood stoves were changed out in 2011 for a reduction in particulate matter by approximately 3.5 tonnes.
    o Partnership with RDOS, City of Vernon and RDCO
    o 2012 partnership is between the RDCO and RDOS- $10,000 in new funding received. 117 rebates available.

  • Wood Burning Education
    -Woodstove exchange program.
    -Videos on RDCO and Kelowna website

  • Agricultural Chipping Program
    -9262 cubic meters chipped in 2011
    -111 tonnes of PM 2.5 reduced
    -new brochure created

  • Open Burning Education
    -new opening burning line and brochures
    -change to how emissions are reported so bylaws were updated
    -agricultural waste brochures and DVDs

  • Air Quality and Transportation Demand Management Events
    -staff work with TDM events including bike to work/school week, bike rodeos, clean air day, Mayor's Environmental Expo, Car Free Day, Environmental Grind, In 2012 will be working on bike to work/school week.

  • smartTRIPS education program - pilot program funded by the region and is being launched in the Pandosy area to increase biking, walking, transit ridership, carpooling, car sharing and other smart options

Discussion:
- Do funds need to be shifted to the woodstove program based on demand? All funds for woodstove program come from a provincial program. Generally the funds are gone quite quickly. Over the last few years the Province has said they are going to end the program but to date this has not occurred.
- Agricultural chipping program - is the program well used and are there enough funds to handle requests? Yes, the program basically balances out as orchardists that call for chipping in the fall would get the work done in the spring when new funds become available.
- Vehicle emission testing - legislation is through Federal government (tail pipe emissions). The AirCare program has been looked at for other areas, but the Province does not see it as feasible elsewhere in BC. AirCare is a provincial program, funded by the Province.
- How do you get the old, polluting vehicles off the road? Is it possible to enforce a "blue smoke bylaw'? Not sure of the legalities of such a bylaw, Anyone can report a 'smoking' vehicle to a provincial hotline. There has been programs in the
past that offer incentives to turn older vehicles in.

GIVEN/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Air Quality Program update be received.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon Item 1 Budget Presentation.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1a Budget Piechart.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1b Budget Summaries.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1c Tax Requisitions and Rates.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2 Financial Plan Contents.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2a Environmental Services - Engineering.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2b Environmental Services - Waste Management.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3a Development Services - Planning.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3b Development Services - Protection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3c Development Services - Inspection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 4 Parks Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5 Finance and Administration.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6 Corporate Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6a Corporate Services - Policing Liaison Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 7 Economic Development Commission.pdf

.pdf icon Item 8 Regional Board.pdf

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.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

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Agenda No: 10.1
Mtg Date: Feb 9, 2012

Governance and Services Report

TO: Governance and Services Committee
FROM: Harold Reay, CAO
DATE: January 31,2012
SUBJECT: Committee Structure

The Chair requested that staff review the Regional District's committee structure in order to determine the feasibility of reducing the number of committees to streamline processes and decision making, in order to reduce costs. After reviewing all committees, it is recommended that the Governance and Services Committee recommend to the Regional Board that the committees, for the year 2012, be amended as follows:

HR/ Committee - no longer required, it's terms of reference are now included in the HR/Audit Committee (Chair and Mayors)

Sustainability Committee - this committee is comprised of the Mayors and Chair and meets infrequently. This committee can be eliminated and should issues arise they could be referred to the HR/Audit Committee.

Treaty Advisory Committee - can be eliminated for now and reinstated should treaty negotiations commence.

Watercraft Committee - This committee is community members at large, the mayors, and one other Board member. This committee has met once in the last four years and can be eliminated.

Agricultural Advisory Commission - Comprised of 6 members from the public and one Ministry appointment. Planning staff have found their input to be of value when dealing with ALR applications and OCP development and amendments and wish to see this committee continue. Costs are minimal as one staff attends and meetings are infrequent.

Environmental Advisory Commission - Currently 16 members appointed from the public. Staff has found this committee to provide valuable advice, at minimal cost (staff time for agenda prep and minutes), however the number of members could
be reduced to 9. Our recommendation would be to reduce to 9 by not reappointing any member until we reach less than 9.

Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission - The Director from this Electoral Area wishes to keep this committee as he relies upon it when reviewing applications.

Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission - The Director from this Electoral Area does not wish to continue with this committee and should be eliminated.

Dog Advisory Commission - That this committee be held in abeyance at this time and no appointments be made. This committee will be reviewed by the consultant as part of the Dog Control service review, and recommendations will be forthcoming as to it's structure, if needed.

Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee - this is comprised of one representative each of West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation, and the Regional District. This committee meets only when needed and has been effective and it is recommended that the committee continue.

In addition to the above noted Regional District Committees the Regional District appoints a Director to external committees. Our recommendation relating to these appointments are:

Airport Advisory Committee - continue to appoint the Chair as a representative.

Highway 97 Coalition - Not sure if this committee is continuing so no appointment is necessary at this time.

Okanagan Airshed Coalition - no longer exists, staff will continue to liaison with the South Okanagan Similkameen RD on joint initiatives, the North Okanagan RD no longer participates in air quality programs.

Okanagan Marine Advisory Council - this committee no longer meets.

There will be some savings in reducing the number of committees and meetings. Directors are reimbursed $65 for half day meetings and $130 for full day meetings, plus staff time required for preparation and attendance. It is difficult to quantify the dollar amount, as it is dependent on the number of meetings held.

This is submitted for the Committee's consideration.

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10. Corporate Services

10.1 RDCO Committee Structure Review
In follow-up to direction from the Regional Board, staff was asked to review the Regional District's committee structure in order to determine the feasibility of reducing committees no longer required and to potentially streamline the process of decision making.

Staff report dated January 31, 2012 outlined recommendations for the following committees:

HR Committee;
Sustainability Committee;
Treaty Advisory Committee;
Watercraft Committee;
Agricultural Advisory Commission;
Environmental Advisory Commission;
Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission;
Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission;
Dog Advisory Committee;
Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee;
Airport Advisory Committee;
Highway 97 Coalition;
Okanagan Airshed Coalition and the
Okanagan Marine Advisory Council

Staff noted that due to concerns raised by the Environmental Advisory Commission which is largely made up of technical people, that by cutting back on its size the effectiveness of the Commission would be jeopardized. It was agreed that further
input should be received from the Commission prior to making a final decision on the number of members required.

ZIMMERMANN/EDGSON
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends to the Regional Board that the committee structure for the year 2012 be amended as follows:
• HR Committee - no longer required
• Sustainability Committee - no longer required
• Treaty Advisory Committee appointments - eliminate until treaty negotiations commence
• Watercraft Committee - no longer required
• Agricultural Advisory Commission - continue as previous
• Environmental Advisory Commission - staff to consult with the EAC on membership and report back to the Board.
• Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission - continue as previous
• Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission - discontinue
• Dog Advisory Committee - hold in abeyance until Dog Control Service Review is completed.
• Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee - continue.
• Airport Advisory Committee - appoint Chair Hobson
• Highway 97 Coalition - no appointment
• Okanagan Airshed Coalition - no appointment
• Okanagan Marine Advisory Council - no appointment

CARRIED

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Regional Committee Structure Review

The Regional Board has approved adjustments affecting its advisory committees. Among the major changes: the Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission will be eliminated. Staff will present a report to the Board at a future meeting on the membership options for the Environmental Advisory Commission. The requirement for a Central Okanagan Dog Advisory Committee will be considered during the overall review of the Dog Control Service. Several other inactive Board committees have also been discontinued. The Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission will remain active.

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7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 9, 2012

d) RDCO Committee Structure (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/STACK
THAT the Regional District's committee structure for the year 2012 be amended as follows:

• HR Committee - no longer required
• Sustainability Committee - no longer required
• Treaty Advisory Committee appointments - eliminate until treaty negotiations commence
• Watercraft Committee - not required
• Agricultural Advisory Commission - continue as previous
• Environmental Advisory Commission - staff to consult with the EAC on membership and report back to the Board,
• Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission - continue as previous
• Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission -discontinue
• Dog Advisory Committee - hold in abeyance until Dog Control Service Review is completed
• Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee - continue
• Airport Advisory Committee - appoint Chair Hobson
• Highway 97 Coalition - no appointment
• Okanagan Airshed Coalition - no appointment
• Okanagan Marine Advisory Council - no appointment

CARRIED

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RDCO's Climate Action Annual Report

Through its participation in the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP), the Regional District of Central Okanagan publicly shares the accompanying CARIP Progress Report each year.

The report details actions taken in 2011 and proposed actions for 2012, related to the Regional District’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click on the following links to view the report:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


(December 22, 2011)

Source:  RDCO's What's New

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Burning issue costs neighbour $270,000
THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR  - (May 9, 2008)

A Hamilton judge has ordered a Niagara couple to pay their next-door neighbours $270,000 in damages and legal costs for the nuisance caused by smoke from a wood stove in their garage.

It's believed to be the first Canadian court ruling involving health effects of wood smoke, which some experts say is as dangerous as tobacco smoke. Ontario Superior Justice James Ramsay blamed Travers Fitzpatrick of Fonthill -- who was Welland city manager when the suit was filed in 2002 -- for acts he called "reckless, destructive, persistent and heedless of their neighbours' physical integrity and property rights;" and blamed his wife, Valerie, for allowing them to happen.

In his judgment Feb. 28, Ramsay held them jointly responsible for paying David and Brenda Deumos general damages of $80,000, punitive damages of $20,000 and legal costs of $170,000.

Hamilton lawyer Lou Frapporti, who represented the Deumos, said he had "literally begged" the Fitzpatricks to settle for $5,000 to avoid a trial.

emcguinness "at" thespec.com

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A'burg to tackle nuisance smoke with bylaw
By Monica Wolfson, The Windsor Star - November 22, 2011


Amherstburg resident Shirley Brandie complains about chimney smoke from her neighbour in this April 2008 file photo.
Photograph by: Nick Brancaccio, The Windsor Star

Council decided Monday to protect residents from toxic, "nuisance" smoke that fouls homes and is harmful to health.

Councillors voted to have administration draft a bylaw to deal with nuisance smoke after an Amherstburg couple won a court settlement after being smoked out of their home.

Shirley and Jim Brandie got a $50,000 settlement against a neighbour for burning toxic materials in a residential wood-burning stove and damaging their home.

"I'm am so grateful that the council members have approved a bylaw that protects the health of their residents and the environment," Shirley Brandie said.

"They've saved a lot of other people and future generations from going through what we did."

Brandie estimated she's spent more than $100,000 on legal and cleanup costs. Toxic smoke from the burning of plastics, construction materials and treated wood wafted into her home, stinking up carpets, furniture, clothes and mattresses. After two years, the Brandies moved out of their home in 2004 for eight months and got a lawyer.

They won a court injunction against the neighbour in May 2005 and he stopped burning toxic materials.

The case was finally settled in September and a ban on burning was affixed to the property deed. No smoke can be emitted from the home, not even from the fireplace, Brandie said.

Coun. Bart DiPasquale wanted administration to model the bylaw after one used in Oakville that allows bylaw enforcement officers to prove that emissions are a nuisance. The town would have to buy special measuring equipment as well enforcement officers would have to conduct some surveillance to gather evidence.

While the vote was unanimous, Coun. Carolyn Davies argued against the bylaw.

"There have been only three complaints in the past 18 years," she said while recommending the town have an education program. "I think they don't understand the toxins."

Brandie said education didn't work.

"It just gets the backs up of those that burn," Brandie said. "We tried so hard to explain that to our neighbour, but then he burned even more."

Coun. John Sutton said a town can't legislate good neighbours.

"Sometimes neighbours end up in disputes in courts," Sutton said. "If we can help that's great. Let's research that, but sometimes the best solution is neighbours talking across the fence."

Coun. Bob Pillon said action was required even if complaints were minimal over the past two decades.

"But what if this were to happen again and we did nothing?" Pillon said. "I think we can do something to help our residents."

mwolfson "at" windsorstar.com or 519-255-5709 or Twitter.com/WinStarMonica

Copyright (c) The Windsor Star

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Air Quality Advisories
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2011; 1:59 p.m.

An air quality advisory has been issued for Grand Forks (PDF: 39 KB/2 pages) because of high concentrations of fine particulates which are expected to persist until Saturday.

Voluntary Emission Reduction Actions for Grand Forks:

* Avoid the use of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces unless used as the sole source of residential heat.
* Where wood-stoves or fireplaces are the sole source of residential heat, use only CSA/EPA emissions approved wood-burning appliances and well-cured wood, and ensure an adequate supply of combustion air.
* Follow local backyard burning bylaws, and avoid backyard burning where a bylaw prohibiting this practice does not already exist.
* Reduce the use and idling of vehicles.
* Do not ignite or add fuel to all category 2 and 3 piles within a 20 kilometre radius from Grand Forks through the duration of this advisory.

http://www.bcairquality.ca/

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Hello Mr. Adams (Ralph Adams of the MoE):

With daylight hours shortening achieving clear shots is becoming more difficult. Mild weather also allows longer smoldering periods, during these periods of time near invisible emissions are spewing from the OWB. Information provided by the ministry of health suggest these near invisible gasses are even more harmful than the dense smoke, which you seem to be fixated upon. I understand the danger, and harm, is because of the minute particulate size of the poisonous gasses, which settle deep in the lungs and cannot be discharged from the lung tissues, thus becoming breeding grounds for disease and worse. I advise you again, this OWB is very well hidden, a drive by will not reveal the poisons emitting from its' chimney. The ministry of health has in its' possession pictures taken by the operator himself which clearly show the almost invisible emissions. I understand you have received a copy of this from the ministry of health, well over a year ago. Does this not constitute some form of evidence, which you state not to have? Please attend to this matter urgently, your neglect and refusal to acknowledge my communications is being monitored closely, and will come to light as I proceed.

Bill Barker

See post "A Burning Concern".

And the post May 20, 2011 - Salmon Arm Council rejects exemption for new wood-burning heaters

OWB means outdoor wood burner

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Corporate Services:

102 - Air Quality Monitoring (Page 135): Great Okanagan Wood Stove Change Out Program: As of October 12, 2011, there have been 79 wood stove exchanges. The Province has confirmed program funding will continue in 2012. Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program: As of October 12, 2011, 5,077 cubic metres chipped. Open burning permits are available starting Oct. 15th. This year, before lighting any fire, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call a new toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline to discover if open burning is permitted on a particular day. Both Venting and Air Quality must be good in order for burning to occur. The Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage the use of the Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate disposal method. Bylaw amendment has been approved by the RDCO Board regarding changes to the open burning information line. Currently working on an updated bylaw for the City of Kelowna and will provide the same information to other member municipalities to update their corresponding bylaws. Smoke Control Bylaw fines have been increased from $100 to $150. Research on anti-idling bylaws has been compiled for City of Kelowna Sustainability coordinators. As precursors to ozone information, NO and N02 measures have been added to the reporting.

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8. Corporate Services

8.1 Regional Air Quality - Neighborhood Trip Planning Pilot Project & Reallocation of Funding

Staff report dated November 3, 2011 highlighted the air quality programs currently underway. Transportation Demand Management and Air Quality service, which is contracted to the City of Kelowna, are currently developing a pilot program to help address the air quality concerns associated with vehicle emissions. The pilot project is a Neighborhood Trip Planning program that will assist local communities in reducing single occupancy vehicle use and increasing levels of active transportation. The plan is for the pilot program to occur in the City of Kelowna's South Pandosy area-the results of the program having the potential to benefit the entire Regional District. In order to carry out the pilot project a request for reallocation of existing carry-over funds of $32,069 from 2009/2010 is being requested. These funds will be used to help design and implement the pilot program. This is a one-time pilot project request.

#GS101/1 SHEPHERD/BAKER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend that the Regional Board approve the re-allocation of $32,069.00 of existing budget within the Regional Air Quality program to the pilot project - Neighbourhood Trip Planning Program.

CARRIED

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Air Curtain Burner Sale Approved
The Regional Board has approved the sale of the Regional District Air Curtain Burner to Stone Pacific Contracting Group for $23,250 plus HST. Since it was purchased in 2006 to assist with fuel disposal from the pine beetle outbreak, the unit has seen limited use by the region and member municipalities due to the small scale size of forest fuel and pine beetle mitigation projects and disposal options such as the sale of merchantable timber or wood chips.  The air curtain burner was purchased from Gemaco Sales Ltd. on January 22, 2008 at the cost of $90,206.76 plus taxes and shipping.

Regional Parks Fire Fuel Modification Project
The Regional Board has approved two contracts for fire fuel hazard modification projects in two regional parks. Nine companies responded to the tendering process and after review, Landmark Forest Management Limited was recommended as the most cost effective and experienced for the proposed work on 50-hectares in Rose Valley Regional Park and 10- hectares in Glen Canyon Regional Park. The contract for Rose Valley is worth $303,710.40 and in Glen Canyon the contract is valued at $74,872. Funding for both projects is being provided through a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative. It is anticipated work will begin later in the month. As needed, collected debris in Rose Valley Regional Park will be chipped or burned only when air quality and venting conditions permit and with approval and permits from West Kelowna Fire Rescue. In Glen Canyon, only non-merchantable materials will be chipped and removed from the site or burned when conditions allow. Merchantable timber from this site will be stockpiled for sale by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Air Quality Program Funding
The Regional Board has adopted allocating some existing funds from the Regional Air Quality Program to launch a Neighbourhood Trip Planning pilot project. Just over $32,000 in unused funding will be utilized to help develop and test the pilot project which is designed to reduce single occupancy vehicles and boost levels of active transportation. While the pilot project is planned for Kelowna, it is intended the Neighbourhood Trip Planning program would be available throughout all areas of the Central Okanagan.

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Memo

Date: November 3, 2011
To: Regional Governance and Services Committee
City of Kelowna
From: Kate Bergen, Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator
Subject: Air Quality Program Funding Reallocation

Recommendation:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee adopt the recommendation of re-allocation of $32,069.00 of existing budget within the Air Quality program to the Neighbourhood Trip Planning program;
AND THAT the recommendation be forwarded to the Regional Board for their consideration and approval.

Central Okanagan Regional Air Quality Program Budget Update November 4, 2011
Central Okanagan Regional Air Quality Program Budget Update November 4, 2011
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Air Curtain Burner

RECOMMENDATION
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board approve the disposition and sale of the RDCO Air Curtain Burner LLC Model S-220 for a submitted bid value of $23,250 (plus HST) to Stone Pacific Contracting Ltd.;

BACKGROUND
The air curtain burner was purchased from Gemaco Sales Ltd. on January 22, 2008 at the cost of $90,206.76 plus taxes and shipping. During the period between 2006 - 2008 the Okanagan Valley experienced an escalating outbreak of pine beetle and RDCO staff were directed to evaluate and provide the RDCO Board with recommendations on how to mitigate the pine
beetle outbreak on both public and private lands. In anticipation of future operational needs in both RDCO Regional Parks and via future public service delivery needs, a forced air burner (Air Curtain Burner) was secured to assist in wood waste disposal from anticipated pine beetle mitigation activities within RDCO Regional Parks and the broader Central Okanagan land base.

In all identified surplus asset sales, a reserve bid value was established based on 2011 - 2015 Financial Plan staff estimates of proceeds of sale value of $75,000 for this asset. Due to the specialized nature and a declining market for this type of equipment, staff attempted a 2nd disposition process for this asset in August/September 2011 based on revised market conditions and a reserve bid value of $55,000 was established for the Air Curtain Burner. In all cases described above, reserve bids were not met. RDCO staff have since reposted the availability of this surplus asset and have received a bid of $23,250 (Plus HST) which is the highest value received to date.

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7. PARKS SERVICES

7.1 Award of Contract - Rose Valley & Glen Canyon Regional Parks Operational Fuel Treatment Contracts (Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 3, 2011 provided an overview of the tenders received for the fuel management treatment in Rose Valley Regional Park and Glen Canyon Regional Park. Nine submissions were received. Staff reviewed criteria used including: treatment plan, past performance, submission of safety plan, geographic location of contractor, lowest bid - and points were awarded and scored. The recommended proponent has met all conditions of the bid process and references have been contacted.

It was noted Board members had received correspondence this morning from two of the proponents expressing concern around the process and lowest value not being selected. Staff defended the process used. Staff noted they will speak directly to the proponents who have contacted the Board to reexplain the process used. It was suggested on future reports to the Board, that the weighting of categories and sum total of points be included in the staff report.

Staff was asked, as has been done in the past, if private land owners in area will be informed should they wish to dispose of forest fuel at their own expense. Staff confirmed this will be done.

FINDLATER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board authorize the award of contract for the operational forest fuel management treatment in Rose Valley Regional Park to Landmark Forest Management Ltd. for the amount of $303,710.40 inclusive of HST;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board authorize the award of the contract for the operational forest fuel management treatment in Glen Canyon Regional Park to Landmark Forest Management Ltd. for the amount of $74,872.00 inclusive of HST.

CARRIED

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9. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

9.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of November 10, 2011

b) Surplus Asset Sale - Air Curtain Burner (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board approve the disposition and sale of the RDCO Air Curtain Burner LLC Model S220 for a submitted bid value of $23,250 (plus HST) to Stone Pacific Contracting Ltd;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to adjust 2011 capital equipment purchases as identified in the regional parks service general capital funds budget to accommodate a revised lower proceeds of sale revenue allocation.

CARRIED

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9. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

9.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of November 10, 2011

c) Regional Air Quality - Neighborhood Trip Planning Pilot Project & Reallocation of Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

RULE/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Board approve the re-allocation of $32,069.00 of existing budget within the Regional Air Quality program to the pilot project - Neighbourhood Trip Planning Program.

CARRIED

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RDCO board highlights
by Castanet Staff - Story: 67160 - Nov 10, 2011

The following are highlights from the Regional District of Central Okanagan board meeting held Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Westside Road Development Rezoning - The Regional Board has adopted a Zoning Amendment Bylaw for South Okanagan Land Developments Incorporated for its proposed ‘Rockchild Landing’ development. The rezoning approval comes after the applicant registered a legal covenant on the approximately 127-hectare property adjacent to Westside Road, restricting any building, construction and site disturbance until letters of credit are provided to the Regional District. The development proposal calls for a 43-lot residential subdivision along with a dedication of approximately 88-hectares to the Regional District for parklands.

Regional Parks Fire Fuel Modification Project - The Regional Board has approved two contracts for fire fuel hazard modification projects in two regional parks. Nine companies responded to the tendering process and after review, Landmark Forest Management Limited was recommended as the most cost effective and experienced for the proposed work on 50-hectares in Rose Valley Regional Park and 10-hectares in Glen Canyon Regional Park. The contract for Rose Valley is worth $303,710.40 and in Glen Canyon the contract is valued at $74,872. Funding for both projects is being provided through a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative. It is anticipated work will begin later in the month. As needed, collected debris in Rose Valley Regional Park will be chipped or burned only when air quality and venting conditions permit and with approval and permits from West Kelowna Fire Rescue. In Glen Canyon, only non-merchantable materials will be chipped and removed from the site or burned when conditions allow. Merchantable timber from this site will be stockpiled for sale by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Air Curtain Burner Sale Approved - The Regional Board has approved the sale of the Regional District Air Curtain Burner to Stone Pacific Contracting Group for $23,250 plus HST. Since it was purchased in 2006 to assist with fuel disposal from the pine beetle outbreak, the unit has seen limited use by the region and member municipalities due to the small scale size of forest fuel and pine beetle mitigation projects and disposal options such as the sale of merchantable timber or wood chips. The Regional District originally paid about $95,000 for the Air Curtain Burner three years ago.

Air Quality Program Funding - The Regional Board has adopted allocating some existing funds from the Regional Air Quality Program to launch a Neighbourhood Trip Planning pilot project. Just over $32,000 in unused funding will be utilized to help develop and test the pilot project which is designed to reduce single occupancy vehicles and boost levels of active transportation. While the pilot project is planned for Kelowna, it is intended the Neighbourhood Trip Planning program would be available throughout all areas of the Central Okanagan.

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Letter of the week
By Vicki Morell, Vancouver Courier November 2, 2011

To the editor:

Where is our protection? I can't help but wonder who our elected officials are really working for. It sure doesn't seem to be for the ordinary person. My circle of friends and neighbours are very health conscious, they work hard at keeping fit, they eat right and get out into nature whenever possible. But it seems harder and harder to do.

There is a big black cloud hanging over our cities. Our politicians are not standing up for our health. They are not protecting us from the severe health hazards from wood smoke pollution or the harm that smart meters pose. Politicians, health officials and other government officials seem to stick their heads in the sand and ignore the desperate pleas from the people who elected them. Again, where is our protection?

A lot of governments have adopted the new "green movement." Never have I seen so much concern, so much anger and so little respect for our elected officials. Plain and simple they aren't protecting us. They aren't protecting our health or the air we breathe. Maybe following the money trail is the real "green" movement.

Vicki Morell, Canadian Clean Air Alliance (B.C. Chapter-Vancouver)

Copyright (c) Vancouver Courier

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Town starts process to enact possible nuisance smoke bylaw
Brandies have wanted action from town for years
By Ron Giofu/The Amherstburg Echo - October 4, 2011

AMHERSTBURG — Town council has instructed administration to bring back all options with regards to a possible nuisance smoke bylaw.

The motion comes on the heels of a court decision, in which Simcoe St. residents Jim and Shirley Brandie are slated to receive $50,000 from a neighbor with that neighbor, Salvatore DeSantis, also agreeing to a restrictive covenant on his property that prohibits him or any subsequent owner to ever burn and produce smoke. That legal agreement ended an issue which the Brandies said lasted almost a decade, avoided a trial and started the debate at the council table.

Councillor John Sutton cautioned that council "can't move too quickly" on the matter and that all options should be explored thoroughly. Councillor Bob Pillon agreed, with Pillon stating he'd "hate to see us move ahead to fast" as he didn't want the town to have a "knee-jerk reaction."

Town council defeated a motion by a 4-3 vote that was put forth by Councillor Bart DiPasquale. DiPasquale's motion called for administration to research and report to council, in consultation with the fire and building departments, a change to the existing minimal standards bylaw, to include nuisance smoke from both indoor or outdoor burning or any other bylaws dealing with nuisance smoke "that would help deter the detrimental impact on the enjoyment of properties in the vicinity of the residences, as occurred in the just completed court case."

DiPasquale's motion also called for the town's burning bylaw to be examined "to add an additional clause addressing the release of smoke onto neighboring properties, which would protect residents from detrimental effects on the use and enjoyment of their properties."

DiPasquale noted the plight of the Brandies, including health and financial impacts. He believed his motion did not bind the town in any way at this sage.

"It's not going to tie anyone's hands the way I worded it," said DiPasquale.

In a press statement issued by Shirley Brandie, the couple states it is a victory and "ended the wood smoke that forced us from our home."

"This was not only important for us but for all the others that are suffering with their neighbor's wood smoke invading their homes and properties," said Brandie. "I have been networking with people from all over the globe as we seek solutions to the problem of residential wood smoke. There is little help available and the only viable solution is to have our municipalities create of amend bylaws to cover this issue."

Brandie said "our victory marks a milestone for others pleading for help" and also demonstrates to those who discharge smoke onto their neighbors "must stop or chances are good they will also face a judge."

Brandie was also critical of the town, stating little support came from town hall or from elected officials.


"Knowing, as they did, of our suffering, one would think that a bylaw could have been put in place in three readings as they so often do," she stated "When I asked to be on the council agenda to discuss creating a bylaw, they put me under unfinished business to be dealt with after litigation. It has been sitting there for years. Not long ago I discovered that they had removed my request and spoke to a councillor who had it reinstated."

The couple stated they were fortunate to have a place to go for the nearly eight months it took to get the temporary injunction and to restore it to a condition where they could move back home. Brandie said she was concerned with those who have similar problems but do not have the money for legal assistance.

"People cannot smoke in restaurants, public buildings or with children in their cars, yet those same people and children can be forced to breathe wood smoke in their own homes and property," said Brandie. "None of this makes sense. Does it?"

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Cheers to the Brandies
By John McCrossan, The Windsor Star - September 30, 2011

Re: "Man levied wood burning ban" by Sarah Sacheli, Sept. 16

The Brandies are to be commended for their determination in seeing this issue through to a fair and healthy conclusion. It is sad that Mr. DeSantis would wait until the day of trial to acquiesce to the agreement ratified by the court. This speaks more of his attitude and belligerence than any "mental deterioration".

What is more sad is the ineffectiveness of local government agencies to protect their residents from the dangerous health hazards of raw wood burning. That the Brandies needed to invoke a "nuisance" law and not have the backing of local health and environmental laws speaks volumes to the cavalier manner in which Canadian agencies with authority and influence are treating our environment and the health of Canadians.

Ten per cent of adults and 15 per cent of children in Canada have asthma. Thousands more have lung cancer and other dreadful diseases. Burning wood in residential neighbourhoods accounts for 20 per cent particulate matter in winter months (source: Air Quality Group, Metro-Vancouver, Jan. 2011), this PM is a major trigger of breathing difficulties, heart arrhythmias, and asthma attacks. I hope that the Brandies have escaped serious and long-lasting health issues as a result of this wood smoke exposure.

It is a real pity the burning injunction is not attached to his person also - has Mr. De-Santis not heard of neighbourhood, regional, and global pollution?

Tonight I will have a glass of brandy and raise a toast to the Brandies of Windsor. Well done. Now I ask that all rational and thinking residents of Canada build on this small but important victory.

Step 1: Write to your municipal governments and insist they implement strong antiburning regulations starting with urban residential areas.

Step 2: Assess electoral candidates before you next vote and choose those who have a track record of caring for their people and our local environments.

JOHN MCCROSSAN, Richmond, B.C.

Copyright (c) The Windsor Star

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Please sign the petition

The use of Indoor and outdoor Wood Boilers need to be banned in villages and Hamlets .These appliances create enormous amounts of pollution for inhabitants. Houses are all in close proximity to each other.

The operation of these boilers creates a smoke that is high in particulate matter. The smoke is heavy and stays close to the ground thus affecting the inhabitants.

Houses are all in close proximity to each other. The operation of these boilers creates a smoke that is high in particulate matter. The smoke is heavy and stays close to the ground thus affecting the inhabitants clean air. With Kids and a high rate of asthma in the US there need to protect them and their families. This pollution has gone on for 10 years with no action.

Also, please pass this on to as many people as you can so we can get the signatures even quicker.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ban-indoor-and-outdoor-wood-boilers-in-villages-and-hamlets/

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Residents urged to lobby for fresh air
Salmon Arm Observer - September 14, 2011

I read with interest the ongoing pass-the-buck saga that Bill and Shirley Barker are experiencing in Gleneden, thanks to the inconsiderate actions of John Olsen, and the apparent reluctance of those involved to do anything about it.

You should know that this story is not the only case of a fire/health impasse in Salmon Arm.

For the past several years, the residents of lower Hillcrest have been plagued by the operation of a burn barrel in the vicinity of Auto Road and 20th Street SE.

This barrel, which seems to be fed a daily diet of wood and garbage, starts up almost every evening at about 8 and continues to spew its toxic smoke to the adjacent residents, even when the fire hazard rating is high or extreme and when any burning is prohibited within city limits.

In spite of calls to 911, the fire department and the City of Salmon Arm, the operation of this barrel continues so as to prevent those living downwind from opening up their houses in the summer months in order to cool things down.

Surely there must be a solution to these incidents of outdoor burning, whether they occur in Gleneden or in Salmon Arm.

I would urge others who consider that their health and safety are at risk by this apparent lack of regulation to contact Interior Health, the fire department, the City of Salmon Arm and even Ministry of the Environment, so that this issue of toxic smoke can be quantified and dealt with.

Paul Burrows

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We received the following info by email on Sept 19, 2011 from someone passionate about air quality:

The article below created some controversy so I contacted Ralph Adams of the MoE and asked if the pile in the pic contained restricted materials under the OBSCR. He replied that the demolition falls under the WDR and that the MoE would never grant such a permit for burning it

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20110816/KAMLOOPS0101/110819826/who-dunnit-old-one-room-school-torn-down

"The Environmental Management Act (OBSCR and WDR) prohibits the discharge of waste to the environment unless specifically authorized by the Ministry of Environment. This web site describes the processes for applying, amending or cancelling an authorization or registration to discharge waste, as well as the suspension and abandonment of an authorization."

So here are the links to the Waste Discharge Authorizations

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/waste_discharge_auth/intro.htm

and to the Waste Discharge Regulation (WDR)

http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/50_320_2004

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TOOK 6 YEARS BUT THEY WON

Man levied wood burning ban
By Sarah Sacheli, The Windsor Star September 16, 2011

Salvatore DeSantis shows off his stack of wood in 2008.
Photograph by: File photo by NICK BRANCACCIO, The Windsor Star

In a case that proves where there's smoke there's ire, an Amherstburg couple has won a six-year legal battle to prevent a neighbour from burning wood at his home.

"Thank heavens! It's been a long haul," said Shirley Brandie Thursday.

Brandie and her husband, James, first took their neighbour to court in 2005 after what she described as three years of non-stop burning next door on Simcoe Street. According to the Brandies, Salvatore DeSantis was burning pressure-treated lumber, painted wood and composite materials in addition to logs and tree limbs.

Shirley Brandie said the smoke made being outside impossible. It even permeated her home despite her keeping her windows closed tight. She had to replace mattresses, furniture, carpeting, window coverings and ductwork. Her eyes burned, her throat hurt and she felt dizzy all the time.

A Superior Court judge granted the Brandies an injunction that prohibited DeSantis from burning anything that would result in the release of smoke from the property.

But the Brandies wanted the injunction to be made permanent and they wanted damages.

They got both this week when DeSantis agreed to a restrictive covenant on his property that prohibits him or any subsequent owner to ever burn and produce smoke. In addition, DeSantis must pay the Brandies $50,000.

"You can certainly call it a victory," said the Brandies' lawyer, James Ball.

Shirley Brandie said the couple is still out about $38,000 in legal fees, repairs to their home and replacement of their belongings.

But she said, "It's worth it . No matter who ever lives there, no one can ever burn."

The agreement came on the day the case was set for trial. The Brandies were armed with photographs of DeSantis's chimney and piles of wood products in his yard.

DeSantis wasn't up for a fight, said his lawyer, Luigi DiPierdomenico.

DiPierdomenico said DeSantis, 77, is suffering from "mental deterioration" and would not have been able to testify at trial. In a 2008 interview with the Windsor Star, DeSantis proudly gave a tour of his property, including the wood-burning stove and brick wood-burning oven in a greenhouse-like addition he built himself off the back of his home. He also showed his barn on Meloche Road filled to the rafters with hundreds of cords of firewood he said he hoped to burn.

"Mr. DeSantis does not believe he has done anything wrong," DiPierdomenico said Thursday. He suspects DeSantis may move.

"He may end up on his farm on Meloche Road where he doesn't have any neighbours to worry about and he can burn all he wants."

Shirley Brandie said throughout her battle, she sought the help of her town council, the fire department and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. But all were powerless to help.

She founded an international lobby group called the Wood Smoke Activist Network, publishing a monthly newsletter on the Internet that gets submissions from around the globe.

She said she will use this week's court ruling to push Amherstburg for a bylaw banning what she calls "nuisance smoke."

Copyright (c) The Windsor Star

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Smoke Control and Fire Prevention Bylaws

The Regional Board has approved an amendment to the Regional Fire Prevention and the Smoke Control bylaws regarding the air quality reading affecting open burning permits. As the Federal and Provincial governments no longer utilize the Air Quality Index (AQI), each bylaw has been amended to replace the AQI and prohibit open burning when the 24 hour rolling average of PM 2.5 concentration is 15 micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter of air or greater, based on information that is provided by the Ministry of Environment from air quality monitoring equipment based at Okanagan College.

In addition, the Regional Air Quality Coordinator has advised the Regional Board that starting this fall, a new toll free Open Burning Hotline telephone number will be advertised and promoted for those with Open Burning Permits to call advising whether burning parameters is allowed on any particular day. The new phone line is required as the service is no longer being provided by Environment Canada staff.

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b) Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire Prevention and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1295, 2011, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Fire Prevention and Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 1295,2011 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 22nd day of August 2011.

CARRIED
c) Regional District of Central Okanagan Smoke Control Regulatory Amendment Bylaw No. 1296, 2011, 1st , 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

SHEPHERD/CRAIG
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Smoke Control Regulatory Amendment Bylaw No. 1296, 2011 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 22nd day of August 2011.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

102 - Air Quality Monitoring (Page 140): Great Okanagan Wood Stove Change Out program for 2011 has received a $41,250 grant from BC Lung Association to be allocated to the RDCO, RDOS and City of Vernon. As of July 13, 2011, there have been 61 wood stove exchanges. The Province has confirmed program funding will continue in 2012. Presentation to Regional Fire Chiefs included a report on new air quality regulations and changes to the open burning information line. Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program budget for 2011 is $125,700 (includes $45,700 in carryover from 2010). As of July 13, 2011, 6,400
cubic metres chipped. Free transit all day for Clean Air Day was on June 8th. The Program provided free anti-idling signs to community groups and businesses that have adopted an anti-idling policy. The Environmental Mind Grind competition for 2011 included two high schools, 11 middle schools and 14 elementary schools testing their knowledge about all things green. TOM Events included Bike Rodeos, Glenmore Footprint Days, Mayor's Environmental Expo and Bike to Work / School Week.

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11. Finance

11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-to-date - June 30, 2011

The Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2011, Executive Summary was presented for information and review. Staff highlighted any areas of financial concern to date within the Executive Summary.

The Committee was reminded it is staff's responsibility to identify any change from their original plans including goals, revenues, expenses and that it's the Board's responsibility to ensure the documents are reviewed and any concerns raised.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Quarterly Measures Report, Year-to-date June 30,2011 be received.

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

8. Air Quality

8.1 Open Burning Bylaw Amendment Recommendations

Staff report dated August 2, 2011 outlined the requirement to amend the Regional District's Smoke Control and Fire Prevention bylaws which includes an air quality index (AQI) as defined by Environment Canada and the Ministry of Environment.

The provincial and federal governments have stopped using the air quality index and therefore the AQI information is no longer available to residents with a burning permit. The 24 hour average concentration of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is
recommended to replace the AQI, as these measures are strongly correlated.

In the past the open burning line was operated by Environment Canada but the Regional District has been informed they will no longer operate the line. It is being suggested that the Regional District will now operate the line ourselves. Staff will
work with all the fire dispatch operators to work out the details of this service.

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive for information the proposed amendment to Regional District bylaws No. 773 and 1066 and the update on the open burning information line;
AND THAT the Committee recommends that the Regional Board amend bylaws 773 and 1006;
AND FURTHER THAT member Councils be requested to amend their local smoke control and/or fire prevention bylaws accordingly.

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"A Breath of Fresh Air for all Generations"

This is what I know for sure. We only have one source of air to breathe! Are our governments really protecting it or have they willfully embraced the so called green energies at a price of adding more pollution to the only air we have to breathe?

New words and sayings have been popping up to address climate change/global warming under the umbrella of new "green energies" but are they really? Biomass, bioenergy, biofuel, carbon neutral, gasification, wood waste burners, burning garbage to get rid of waste-to-energy and now torrefaction (which is the process of removing moisture from wood pellets to create "biocoal"). These ideas may all sound good but are they?

Our government has embraced these new sources but at what cost? To our health and irreversible damage to the environment?

I struggle in my own neighbourhood, in the beautiful City of Vancouver, to breathe clean fresh air at times because the toxic emissions from a neighbour's wood burning fireplace crosses property lines and pollutes the only air I have to breathe, 'legally'.

In British Columbia the government allows agriculture burns, open burning for residents yard waste, open burning brush to "prevent" forest fires, fire pits, wood burning appliances and now they want to add bioenergy, gasification, wood waste burners and garbage burners and who knows what next oh yes torrefaction.

What about embracing the only true green energies like solar, wind and geo-thermal as other countries have?

Dangling job creation in Merritt for a BC Hydro bioenergy project, burning wood waste largely from sawmills and backcountry logging is in the works but at what cost to the people that live there?

Is it not time to put the brakes on and take responsibility for our contribution to Air Pollution and Global Warming and re look at how we can really protect the only air we have to breathe and Mother Earth before it is too late?


Vicki Morell Vancouver BC, Canada

Submitted to okanaganlakebc.ca on August 27, 2011 via email - Thats a great letter Vicki!

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Dear Editor, enclosed please find a letter for publication in your Paper, if you please..
Thank you, Brie Oishi

The Editor,
Cancer has claimed a life in Canada’s political arena.
And with the passing of Jack Layton, NDP leader of Canada, this dreadful disease has, once more, become the main focus throughout our nation and throughout the world.

And as we people will mourn the loss of this political figure, we can not help but wonder if his death could have been prevented. Many lives could be saved, if cancer causing elements were removed from our daily lives.

Scientists work diligently to find a cure for cancer and to find cancer-causing agents. They have found some in tobacco smoke, in chemically scented household cleaners and laundry products and in wood smoke. Many of these molecules are also linked to respiratory diseases, lung and heart problems!

All of these hazardous, airborne, molecules are finding their way into peoples body systems. We need to remove these carcinogens from our neighbourhoods in order to avoid being beaten by cancer.

Brie Oishi,
1636 Mary Hill Rd.
Port Coquitlam
(604) 942 7652

Submitted to okanaganlakebc.ca on August 25, 2011

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A Burning Concern

A burning concern
Salmon Arm Observer - By Martha Wickett - August 09, 2011

Photo not published here
Smoked out: Bill and Shirley Barker say a neighbour’s wood burner is damaging their health.

Bill Barker quit smoking more than 20 years ago but he’s still breathing smoke.

According to Barker, smoke from his neighbour’s outdoor wood boiler, which was installed four years ago, is making his life miserable and ruining his health. When it’s burning, he says, smoke can envelope his home, making it impossible to open the windows or go outside. To make matters worse, the fresh air intake on his furnace brings in the smoke.

Diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), he now spits up blood. He’s gone to the Ministry of Environment, Interior Health and the City of Salmon Arm, but they say they can’t help.

“I want it shut down. I need it shut down. My quality of life this last four years has just been hell. This stuff is hazardous,” says Barker. He has a letter from a lung doctor in Kamloops that says he will have continuing and worsening symptoms if he keeps breathing the smoke.

Meanwhile his neighbour, John Olson, who’s 85, says he has used a wood stove for 40 years. He started using an outdoor wood boiler four winters ago, safety being one of the reasons.

“I’m 85. That why I wanted to play it a little safe, have the fire outside where it wouldn’t burn the house down.”

He says he and his wife enjoy the heat from it and also use it to heat their water. He thought he was doing a good thing based on saving hydro-electricity.

Olson said he has signatures of 13 neighbours who have stated the smoke doesn’t bother them.

“Some people are closer than him, and not one had a complaint.”

He doesn’t see why he should stop using the boiler, noting that six or seven other people are using them in Gleneden, and he says an Interior Health official has seen it.

“I burn two-year-old wood. It isn’t that there is any green wood being burnt. He (Barker) has just got a thing going and won’t let go of it.”

Barker, meanwhile, says a Ministry of Environment official came out and did a wind study that explains why other neighbours aren’t concerned.

“Without a doubt it shows the winds go directly from his burner to my house.”

He said in the fall of 2010, he offered to pay for his neighbour to put a higher stack on his chimney or to install a natural gas furnace, but he declined.

“If I get a breath of it, my day is gone. I get into hyper-ventilation. Last time I went into emergency, they couldn’t get my heart rate under 105...”

Barker says government should be taking action, particularly the city, which he believes should enforce its own bylaw on outdoor or open burning, which forces people to get a permit that can be revoked if there’s excessive smoke or odour.

Carl Bannister, the city’s chief administrative officer, says the only bylaw that applies to the boilers is one adopted in 2007. It doesn’t allow new outdoor wood boilers, but ones that were already installed are grandfathered in.

“I think Mr. Barker’s issue is with Interior Health and the Ministry of Environment who have primary responsibility for air quality.”

Neither of those agencies is stepping in, however. Medical health officer for Interior Health, Paul Hasselback, who was not familiar with this case, says there’s currently a shortcoming in the legislation.

“It’s a significant challenge to demonstrate there is a health impact, so there is a legislative gap.”

The province has apparently been working on legislation to regulate the sale of outdoor wood burners, but several years have passed.

Hasselback said most systems sold don’t meet Environmental Protection Act standards, but should. Interior Health shut down a burner in the Hillcrest neighbourhood in 2008 after neighbours were impacted. Former medical health officer for Interior Health, Digby Horne, issued an order under Section 63 of the Health Act, indicating the boiler was creating a health hazard. However, complaints had been received from dozens of neighbours regarding that particular location.

At the Ministry of Environment, meteorologist Ralph Adams said provincial legislation has been revised but not yet enacted.

“Even if the amendments came into effect, they would not affect the operation of the boiler in Gleneden. The ministry continues to encourage local governments to enact bylaws prohibiting the installation of these boilers.”

Adams stated the ministry will continue to observe the boiler when staff visit the area.

“We have no intention at this time of issuing a Pollution Abatement Order against this boiler as we do not have sufficient evidence to support it.”

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.pdf icon July 25, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Highlights

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12. OTHER BUSINESS

12.1 Director Items

b) Airshed Coalition - Director Shepherd noted that the North Okanagan Regional District will no longer participate in the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition. The Central Okanagan will continue meeting in partnership with the RDOS and will continue to apply for grants.

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Free Signs Encourage Motorists to Reduce Idling

The Regional District Air Quality program is launching an initiative to encourage motorists to join the effort to reduce vehicle idling and unnecessary pollution. Even a slight change to avoid idling can help keep our air clean!

Central Okanagan organizations and businesses that would like to support the No-idling endeavor can request some free signs through the Regional Air Quality Program.

The metal signs (12” X 18”) display an image of a vehicle with exhaust emissions and $$$ icons inside the internationally recognized red circle with a line through it and the words ‘BC is Idle Free – Turn Engine Off – Idling gets you nowhere’. The signs were funded through a Provincial grant by the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition Committee which works cooperatively on initiatives to improve outdoor air quality.

The Central Okanagan Air Quality Program Coordinator says, “Anti-idling policies have been adopted by the Regional District, City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland as a practical way to help reduce vehicle emissions from their fleets. Central Okanagan motorists can also play a major role in improving our air quality. By simply avoiding idling for just three minutes every day, residents would reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by more than 6,000 tonnes every year.”

Kate Bergen adds “recent emissions data shows that vehicle emissions are responsible for the greatest proportion of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted in the Central Okanagan, as well as a large proportion of other air pollutants. These air pollutants can seriously affect human health, and have negative effects on our local environment and the economy.”

She says, “The anti-idling signs are available without cost to community groups and businesses that have adopted an anti-idling policy. If any business is interested in adopting a policy, they can contact me and I’ll provide more information to help them get started.”

Requests can be directed to kbergen "at" kelowna.ca or by calling 250-469-8408.

For more information on Regional Air Quality Program initiatives in the Central Okanagan visit: regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

(updated July 4, 2011)

Source: RDCO's What's New

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

12. OTHER BUSINESS

12.1 Director Items

h) Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition
Director Shepherd noted that the Coalition met recently to review issues such as: the wood stove exchange program, best practices guide for agriculture

Okanagan, reference guide for new elected officials, looking for funds to review all burning bylaws. The Coalition will continue to meet for those regional districts' wishing to meet. Discussion occurred around amending the MOU for the future as the City of Vernon may wish to participate on their own as NORD no longer participates.

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This letter authored by Vicki Morell, Director of the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Clean Air Alliance was recently published in the June 2011 Kicker newsletter on page 14.  http://vickimorellphotograp.photoshelter.com/

Residential Wood Smoke Pollution is a burning issue...

Whether it is from a forest fire, agriculture burn, fire pit, backyard burning or residential wood burning appliance, old or new, they all have one thing in common, they all emit toxic emissions.

Like cigarette smoke, residential wood smoke contains hundreds of dangerous air pollutants, gases and fine particulates that can cause cancer and other serious health problems such as: blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, lung disease like asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, and bronchitis; irritation of the lungs, throat, sinuses and eyes; headaches; allergenic reactions; increased hospital admissions and even premature death.

The particles in wood smoke are too small to be filtered by the nose and upper respiratory system, so they wind up deep in the lungs and act as vectors for bacteria, toxins and virus. Wood smoke is more than a nuisance, wood smoke is chemically active in the body 40 times longer than cigarette smoke.

Wood smoke contains hundreds of dangerous air pollutants and gases such as:

Particulate Matter 2.5
Carbon monoxide,
Sulfur dioxide,
Nitrogen oxides,
PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons)
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Dioxins,
Furans,
Benzene,
Lead,
Cadmium,
Arsenic,
and many other harmful substances.

Most people do not report wood smoke pollution instead they suffer in silence thinking that it is only a nuisance not realizing that it is a severe health hazard. Residential Wood Smoke Pollution (RWSP) makes people sick and kills many.

The American Environment Protection Agency estimates that the lifetime cancer risk from wood smoke is 12 times greater than that from an equal volume of second hand cigarette smoke. (The Health Effects of Wood Smoke, Washington State Department of Ecology); Studies show that people who heat their homes with wood have more respiratory problems than those who don’t.

Smoke particles also invade neighbouring homes. Research shows that children in wood burning neighbourhoods are more likely to have lung and breathing problems. (From Focus on Wood Smoke Pollution - Washington State Department Of Ecology).

Is it not time to take this chronic, severe form of Air Pollution seriously and protect the health of everyone? Why is it that all levels of government have chosen not to inform the public about this deadly form of Air Pollution? Burning is an option... breathing is not!

Vicki Morell, Director of the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Clean Air Alliance

Vicki Morell Vancouver BC, Canada
Burning is an option... breathing is not!

Director of the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Clean Air Alliance
http://www.canadiancleanairalliance.ca
http://coalitionagainstwoodburning.com
"A breath of fresh air - for all generations

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May 20, 2011 - Salmon Arm Council rejects exemption for new wood-burning heaters.

May 20, 2011 - Salmon Arm Council rejects exemption for new wood-burning heaters.
click article for a larger copy

The article above talks about outdoor wood-burning hydronic heaters and grandfathering the heaters that are already in place and working.

--------  WE WERE SENT THE FOLLOWING BY EMAIL SO THERE IS NO LINK --------

Shirley wrote in to say this about wood-burning hydronic heaters.

Subject: A wise decision by Salmon Arms Council members

I want to take this opportunity to thank the council members for their wise decision not to allow outdoor hydronic wood burning heaters.

Much has been published by the wood burning appliance makers that might lead one to believe that wood burning is safe. Not so! This is the manufacturers ‘hype’. Many people are unaware of the dangers to those that are forced to breathe the output from a neighbour's wood burning appliance.

There is no such thing as ‘safe’ smoke. All smoke carries particulate matter that can be drawn deep into the lungs to cause severe damage. If you can smell smoke then you are inhaling these particulates and the damage has been done.
You cannot escape the wood smoke that makes its way into your home through ventilation systems and even minute spaces in doors and windows. No air cleaner will clear the air to make it safe to breathe.

I, along with many others, thank you for helping to keep wood smoke pollution at bay.

Shirley Brandie
Amherstburg, Ontario
http://WoodBurnerSmoke.net

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Dear Editor

In response to the recent letter printed in your paper, addressing smoke from outdoor wood boilers, we would like to point out a few discrepancies in the writers’ remarks.

Firstly, Salmon Arm council is NOT prohibiting the use of such burners. Council has put a calendar date on the usage of such instruments of death, and allows them to burn provided they were in use before the enactment of bylaw No. 3625, July 7, 2007.

Health Canada has labeled these units a hazard to health, particularly to the young, and those with heart and lung conditions.

There are at least 6 of these units operating in the Gleneden area, two with commercial applications.

We are in the direct wind path of one of these units, only a few hundred feet down wind.

This unit has been operating for four years.

The ministry of environment has done a wind pattern study on this unit and confirms that effluent from its’ chimney does in fact flow directly in to our living space.

The Ministry of Health has visited the area numerous times.

The operator of this unit has been advised on numerous occasions that the unit in causing us severe health issues. He is adamant in his legal right to use this unit and refuses to consider an alternate heating source, which we have offered, in the past, to pay for.

This offer, after several years, has been withdrawn.

Discussions over the telephone to city representatives have assured us that the Citys’ hands are tied and they can do nothing.

A letter from the City to the Ministry of Health advises the city is aware of “ historic” burners in the area but that the City “ has not undertaken nor is it considering any other initiatives.”

Several heart and lung specialists have advised in writing that they are of the opinion that the emissions from this burner are doing harm. The operator of this unit, as well as the Ministry of Health are fully aware of our health concerns, yet all refuse to take action.

We feel that the congratulations addressed to the City are somewhat misleading.

We feel the Ministry of Health is not responsive to the health needs of those they supposedly represent.

Bill and Shirley Barker
Gleneden

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Dear Canadian Cancer Society,

I was surprised to receive the email below suggesting that woodsmoke does not cause cancer. In fact, there is now considerable evidence that the number of cancers from woodsmoke is of a similar order of magnitude to those caused by passive smoking.

Woodsmoke is not just an outdoor problem. The particles are very small, ranging from .2 microns at the start of the burn period to .05 microns as the burn cycle progresses. Particles of this size behave like gases. The only way to keep them of houses out is to make our homes airtight and risk dying from lack of oxygen. When emitted on cold, still nights, woodsmoke builds up outdoors and then seeps into our houses. A study in Vancouver (Intake Fraction of Urban Wood Smoke, Ries et al.. Envir Sci Tech, 2009) reported that woodsmoke particles are 7 times more likely to be breathed into our lungs than the average PM2.5 particle in Vancouver's air.

Once breathed in, woodsmoke particles are much more dangerous than environmental tobacco smoke. Organic extracts of ambient particulate matter containing substantial quantities of woodsmoke were found to be 30- fold more potent than extracts of cigarette smoke condensate in a mouse skin tumour induction assay. In human cell lines, woodsmoke caused more DNA damage than traffic-generated PM per unit mass and was found to induce lung cancer in mice. Oncogene mutations in human patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer have been associated with exposure to wood smoke as well as active tobacco smoking.

Woodsmoke contains several known human carcinogens, including benzene, benzo[a]pyrene and formaldehyde. Burning 1 kg of wood in a modern heater produces more benzo[a]pyrene than in the smoke from 27,000 cigarettes and more benzene and formaldehyde than in the smoke of 6,000 cigarettes.

Predominant wood (fuel) users in North America and Europe had a 21% higher risk of lung cancer. In developing countries, exposure to woodsmoke is associated with lung, mouth and throat cancers, and even cervical cancers in women who test positive for the HPV virus.

In OECD countries, lung cancer increases by 14% for every additional 10 ug/m3 of annual PM2.5 exposure. It is the largest single-source of

PM2.5 emissions in most Australian cities - 67% of PM2.5 emissions in Canberra (where 3.9% of households have woodheaters) and 34% in Sydney (where 4.3% use wood as the main form of heating). The situation is similar in Canada, e.g. Quebec, where wood heating is responsible for 61% of fine particle emanations.

Based on the estimated 14% increase in lung cancers per 10 ug/m3 of annual PM2.5 exposure and the high proportion of PM2.5 from woodsmoke, the number of cancers from woodsmoke is likely to rival or perhaps exceed the number from ETS. Thanks to the excellent work of all cancer councils, most people are able to avoid exposure to ETS at work and in restaurants, so population exposure to this toxin is probably less than exposure to woodsmoke, which has been shown to cause many more cancers per unit of exposure than ETS.

I trust you will review the attached information. Once you have confirmed that cancers from woodsmoke exposure rival those from ETS, I'd be grateful if you could reply letting me know your thoughts on this important public health issue.

With thanks and kind regards,
Dr Dorothy L Robinson,
Snr Research Scientist,
Adj A/Prof, University of New England.

 

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On Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 7:24 AM, Al Clear <alforcleanair "at" yahoo.ca> wrote:

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY

I had written to express my concern that the cancer society has not warned the public of the first known cause of lung cancer: namely residential smoke. I was shocked to be told that there is no evidence that wood smoke causes cancer. I enclose just some of the research material I have received. I suggest that more could be achieved by supporting smoke-free urban centres than all the fund raising activities such as races and head shaving put together. I note that the British Cancer Society identified fireplace smoke as a cause of lung cancer before it was realized that cigarette smoking could cause the same disease.

Several heart and lung specialists have advised in writing that they are of the opinion that the emissions from this burner are doing harm. The operator of this unit, as well as the Ministry of Health are fully aware of our health concerns, yet all refuse to take action.

We feel that the congratulations addressed to the City are somewhat misleading.

We feel the Ministry of Health is not responsive to the health needs of those they supposedly represent.

Bill and Shirley Barker
Gleneden

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This is a copy of Air Quality Specialist from Interior Health comments on the OBSCR Intentions Paper sent through the Ministry comments referral process.

Greg Baytalan, B.Sc., C.P.H.I.(C), E.H.O.
Air Quality Specialist
Interior Health
#200 - 1835 Gordon Drive
Kelowna, BC V1Y 3H5
ph. (250) 980-5050 fax (250) 980-5060
greg.baytalan "at" interiorhealth.ca

Radon Gas - Tested your indoor air yet?

http://www.interiorhealth.ca/health-and-safety.aspx?id=10438

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Green Facts

The following facts from various credible sources paint a grim picture of the negative impact typical gas mowers have on our environment.

Greenhouse Gas
• According to the Government of Canada (One-Tone Challenge) a gasoline powered lawn mower emits about 48 kilograms (106 lbs) of greenhouse gas in one season.
• There are about 8 million gasoline powered lawn mowers sold per year in North America and Europe. If a typical person keeps his lawn mower for 7 years, it would mean that there are 56 million lawn mowers in operation.

These lawn mowers produce around 3 million tones of greenhouse gas per year (106/2000 x 56 million).

Air and Noise Pollution
• Gas-powered lawn mowers are very inefficient, which means that despite their small size they produce a lot of air pollution. In fact, running an old gas-powered lawn mower for one hour can produce as much air pollution as driving a new car 550 kilometers. Source: Ministry of the Environment-Canada
• A gasoline-powered lawn mower run for an hour puts out about the same amount of smog-forming emissions as 40 new automobiles run for an hour. Source: California Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board. May 20, 1999
• A typical 3.5 horsepower gas mower, for instance, can emit the same amount of VOCs – key precursors to smog – in an hour as a new car driven 340 miles (540 km), say industry experts. Source: South Coast Air Quality Management District. "Clean Air Lawn Care". California, USA. March 31, 1996
• Each weekend, about 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of gas per year and producing tons of air pollutants. Garden equipment engines, which have had unregulated emissions until very recently, emit high levels of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides, producing up to 5% of the nation's air pollution and a good deal more in metropolitan areas.
• A conventional lawn mower pollutes as much in an hour as 40 late model cars for an hour. Source: EPA statistics for Replacing Gas Power Lawn Mowers
• A gasoline-powered lawn mower creates as much pollution (NOx, CO, VOC) as a late model car driven 550 kms. Source: California Air Resources Board
• Assuming that a typical car travels 18,000 km per year, 33 gasoline lawn mowers would produce as much pollution a car produces all year. The 56 million gasoline-powered lawn mowers generate as much pollution as 1.7 million cars.
• The replacement of every 500 gas mowers with non-motorized mowers would spare the air:

• 212 pounds of hydrocarbons (smog ingredient)

• 1.7 pounds of nitrogen oxides (smog ingredient)

• 5.6 pounds of irritating particles

• 1,724 pounds of carbon dioxide
• Cordless electric mowers offer noise levels about half those of their gas-powered counterparts. Source: Clean Air Foundation


Fuel Spillage
• A big problem with gasoline lawn mowers is the fuel spilled during refueling. Lawn and garden equipment users in California spill 17 million gallons of fuel each year while refilling their outdoor power equipment. Source: Clean Air Foundation
• If each gasoline-powered lawn mower spills one litre of fuel per season, there would be 56 million liters of fuel spilled. This is the amount carried by about 2,800 tanker trucks.

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Now if you include small engines used in lawn tractors, chain saws, weed eaters, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, snow blowers, roto tillers, ATVs, motor cycles, snow mobiles, sea doos, out board motors, portable generators.........

Signed Westsider

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A CONCERNED CITIZEN WROTE THIS EMAIL TO okanaganlakebc.ca May 2011

Hi okanaganlakebc.ca

Last year Kelowna removed and burnt 1000 infested trees. This year they are removing 211 haul them to the landfill to be grounded in to mulch killing the beetles in the process CBC Daybreak this AM

If the City can do it why not Forestry for a healthier air shed?

Concerned citizen

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From: Roos, Susan FLNR:EX
To: email address removed
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011 11:35 AM
Subject: response to enquiry on Burn Permits

Hello Concerned citizen. I am sending this on behalf of Ian Meier, Acting Director BC Wildfire Management Branch:

Cliff #175783

May 16, 2011

Dear concerned citizen:

Thank you for your email on May 2, 2011 concerning the use of fire to manage post harvesting debris. I have been asked to respond directly.

To support high air quality standards and utilize post harvest debris appropriately, the Clean Energy Act was implemented in British Columbia in 2010. The objective of the Act is to ensure that biomass is utilized for bioenergy purposes wherever feasible. This will allow for the best use of resources as well as improve air quality for the residents of British Columbia. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) recognizes that there is an economic use for post harvest debris and also supports maintaining air quality standards. To support the objectives of the Clean Energy Act, the MFLNRO is working with the forest industry to ensure debris is utilized rather then burned wherever possible. Since this is a relatively new industry for British Columbia, however, it may take some time before all possible sources of debris are utilized in bioenergy initiatives.

Also, please note that burn registration numbers for Open Burning Category 3 fires are used for the purposes of tracking fires so that false wildfire reports are minimized. A registration number is not a burn permit and therefore, no fee is required.
Thank you for your letter and your support for biofuel initiatives in British Columbia is appreciated. More information about the Clean Energy Act can be found at: http://gov.bc.ca/yourbc/bc_energy/be_planet.html.

Sincerely,
Ian Meier
A/Director
BC Wildfire Management Branch

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Infested pine removal in City parks
May. 13, 2011

More than 200 infected trees to be removed
The City of Kelowna will remove more than 200 infested Ponderosa pines from City parks this spring to stop the spread of pine beetle infestation within Kelowna.

Six locations have been targeted for removal of 211 infested trees, including Knox Mountain, Dilworth Mountain, Rutland Lions park, Gopher Creek and properties along Chute Lake Road. Residents might notice some of this work starting Monday.

"We are seeing an increased pine beetle infestation in the areas surrounding Kelowna," says Blair Stewart, Urban Forest Health Technician. "There are approximately 600,000 ponderosa pine trees within the city and provincial experts suggest we could lose up to 80 per cent of those over the next five to eight years."

The public is asked to stay out of areas where crews are working. Only infested and dead trees will be removed. Infested Ponderosa pines at this time of the year can appear green and healthy and show little sign of attack. Infected trees have been marked with paint or flagging tape.

"We're also encouraging land owners to watch for and remove infested pine trees," notes Stewart. "However, in order to stop the spread of the beetle, it is important to remember that infected wood should not be used as firewood, transported, or stored for any length of time unless it is first debarked. Infested bark must be chipped, burned or buried."

The cumulative area of B.C. affected by the pine beetle is estimated at 13.5 million hectares - about four times the size of Vancouver Island.

Residents can learn more about the pine beetle and tree removal at kelowna.ca or call the City's Pine Beetle Hotline at 250-469-8457.

Thank you.
Sue Roos
Director's Assistant
BC Wildfire Management Branch
Susan.Roos "at" gov.bc.ca
Phone: (250) 356-1068
Fax: (250) 387-5685

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Now is the season of our discontent - Fire pit season!

Fire Pits Nuisance, Health Hazards or Both?

While some municipalities have banned fire pits out right others still have rules and regulations which address the safety issues but fall short of adequately addressing the health risks posed by backyard fire pits.

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This is the html version of the file http://www.dieppe.ca/doc/Presentation_3-EN.ppt.


Outdoor Fire Pits –
Public Health perspective
Denis Allard m.d., MSc, FRCPC
Regional Medical Officer of Health,
East Region, NB Health department
presented July 31 2007


Summary of Presentation
• Risk Assessment
• Adverse Health Effects
• Population Groups at Higher Risk
• A Question of Exposure
• Strategies to Mitigate the Risk


Assessing Risk/Impact
Risk = Toxicity x Exposure
Impact = Severity x Incidence


Risk Assessment
• Hazard identification
• Review key research to identify any potential health problems that contaminant can cause
• Exposure assessment
• Determine amount, duration, and pattern of exposure to the contaminant
• Dose-response assessment (hazard characterization)
• Estimate how much of contaminant needed to cause various degrees of health effects that could lead to illness
• Risk characterization
• Assess risk for contaminant to cause cancer or other illnesses in general population and sub-populations


Hazardous Compounds
in Wood Fire Smoke
• Fine Particulate Matter (PM2,5)
• Carbon Monoxide (CO)
• Nitrous/Nitric Oxydes (NOx)
• Acrolein and Formaldehyde
• Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
• Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
• Dioxins et Furans
• Others …



Effets nocifs sur la sant
• Irritation of respiratory tract (all)
• cough, sore throat, pain on inspiration
• Mucosal irritation (acrolein and formaldehyde)
• Headache, nausea, dizziness (CO)
• Worsening of pulmonary diseases (PM2,5;CO)
• bronchitis, emphysema, asthma
• Worsening of coronary disease (CO)
• Pulmonary edema (NOx)
• Reduced pulmonary function (PM2,5)
• Mutagenic; Carcinogenic (VOCs; PAHs; dioxins)
• Premature death (PM2,5; CO; others)
• Immunosuppression …?



Population Groups at Higher Risk
• Foetus; newborns; toddlers
• Elderly
• Individuals with chronic cardio-pulmonary diseases
• Individuals with hypersensitivities



Factors modifying
Community Exposure
• Size and duration of fire
• Density of smoke
• Combustion
• Type of fuel/wood
• Type of fireplace/stove (design, efficiency)
• Physical proximity (… chimney)
• Number of users
• Frequency and timing of use
• Unfavourable topographic and climatic conditions
• Wind speed and direction, temperature, seasons, …
 

Air Pollution
• Smoke from outdoor fire pits … but also
Other contributors with similar biological effects
• Gases from vehicle exhausts
• cars, trucks, public transportation
• Smoke from in-home wood stoves and fireplaces
• Incomplete combustion
• Tobacco smoke
• Industrial emissions (local and from afar)
• Forest fires …


Risk Mitigation
• Reduction of exposure
• reduce/modify use
• minimize contact
• Take into account total exposure
• Strategies
• legislation, regulation, standards, guidelines
• incentives; deterrents
• raising awareness, providing education
• protective measures (equipment, practice, distance, warnings)
• monitoring (exposure, impact, compliance)
• research/access to alternative solutions


Do you want to smoke?

ATTENTION

The OBSCR means Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulation. Someone wrote in by email May 4, 2011 and told us the following:

In the OBSCR Intentions Paper, there is

No buffer zones or set back distances for the protection of Creeks, Streams, Rivers and Lake Shores from the leaching of toxic compounds in ash residue from Open Burning.

No buffer zones or adequate set back distances for the protection of parks, playgrounds and beaches (sensitive zones) that are use all year round by the public

The MoE has been delaying the enactment of the proposed changes since 2008. As a result the Health of the citizenry the majority who live in the valley bottoms and are impacted the most, and the Health of the environment are put at risk by the outdated 1994 OBSCR.

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Here is some information we found about the Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulation Intentions Paper

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/open_burning/index.htm

.pdf icon http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/open_burning/pdf/obscr_intentions.pdf

Below is just a snippett from the link below:

.pdf icon http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/open_burning/pdf/obscr-paper.pdf

1. Introduction
The Ministry of Environment intends to review and revise the Environmental Management Act’s Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. The review process follows the ministry policy of continuous improvement and the ministry’s commitment to review regulations on a regular basis and revise provisions as appropriate.

The Environmental Management Act (EMA) was brought into force in July 2004. It prohibits the introduction of waste into the environment in such a manner or quantity as to cause pollution, except in accordance with a regulation, permit, approval, waste management plan, or code of practice issued under the Act.

The Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR) governs burning of vegetative material associated with a range of activities, including land clearing and forestry-related resource management. It sets out the conditions under which the open burning of specified non-prohibited debris material can be authorized, and has not been substantively revised since the regulation was enacted in 1993.

The regulation review process consists of five phases:

1. Scoping – including a review of lessons learned through implementation and of advances in science, law and the management of open burning smoke control since the regulation was enacted in 1993.
2. Policy Intentions Paper for Consultation (intentions paper) – outlining the ministry’s proposed revisions for the regulation and any outstanding issues or questions.
3. Consultation – with affected stakeholders and the general public, using the intentions paper and response forms posted on the ministry website, and other means as required.
4. Drafting – preparation of legal language for consideration by the Minister and Lieutenant Governor-in-Council.
5. Implementation – informing ministry staff and external stakeholders, and developing guidelines and/or best management practices.

The purpose of this intentions paper is to seek responses and comments from stakeholders and the public on the proposed revisions to the regulation.

The paper provides: a summary of ministry and government goals; background information regarding open burning, air quality and the regulation of open burning; proposed revisions to the regulation; and information on the development of best management practices and assuring compliance. The paper also describes the avenues for providing comment on the
proposed revisions.

The intentions paper and response form for providing comments to the ministry, and links to related legislation, are posted on the ministry’s website:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/.

Further information can be accessed by clicking on the address below, or from the Ministry of Environment homepage, by following the Environmental Protection Division and “Air” links (see:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/air/particulates/.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Regional Air Quality Program Update.pdf

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Central Okanagan Air Quality Program

Update on Provincial and Federal Air Quality Regulations

Introduction
Federal and Provincial Air Quality regulations are currently under review, and significant changes will be coming in the near future. Changes to Provincial regulations will affect the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR) and the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation (SFBDAR). Federal changes will affect air quality standards across Canada and will set new standards for industrial emissions through the establishment of a Comprehensive Air Management System (CAMS). The proposed changes and potential impacts on the Regional District Central Okanagan Air Quality Management plan and bylaws are discussed below.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/solid-fuel/index.htm

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/open_burning/index.htm

Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment (CNHHE)

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6. Corporate Services

6.1 Regional Air Quality Program Update (Kate Bergen [City of Kelowna] Regional Air Quality Coordinator)

The Regional District's Air Quality Program is contracted to the City of Kelowna to carry out the region's air quality service.

Kate Bergen provided a review of the region's 2010 air quality programs including the wood stove change-out, agricultural chipping program and joint air quality/active transportation initiatives. The 2011 work plan was provided for information. It was further noted that although the budget request for 2011 had not changed from previous years, it is expected that future budget requests will be increased to expand programming. Highlights included:
-Wood stove change-outs (a partnership with RDOS-no longer with NORD although Vernon will participate this year). Educational workshops completed. A $41,250 grant from BC Lung Association for 2011 has been received. The 2011 program is underway and will continue all year. The program has been ongoing for four years but the Province has said this will be the last year for program support.
-Agricultural chipping - 39 participants in 2010 - 140 tonne reduction. New contractor is in place for the next two years. In 2011 20 orchardists have registered. New brochure has been created for the program, Agreement has been made with BCFGA to mail the brochure to all the orchardists in the region.
-Run joint programs with TOM. Future work in program development stage: neighborhood travel planning, school travel planning-targeted planning.
-Recent emissions inventory data reviewed.
-Changes to provincial regulations re: open burning and smoke control regulations; solid fuel burning domestic appliance regulations-a few changes to the region's bylaws will be required.
-Federal regulation changes - comprehensive air management system. What it will mean is there will be tighter restrictions on ground level ozone and PM2.5 levels as well as enhanced regional cooperation in airshed management.
-A review of the management plan required. This will be worked on in this next year.
-2011 air quality budget reviewed.

Discussion
-A presentation to Kelowna Council was requested. Staff will follow-up on the request.
-Will the neighborhood plans be done in all municipalities? Staff noted it will possibly be a pilot in Kelowna and easily adopted in other municipalities. Staff was asked to look at pilot projects throughout the region as this is a regional program.
-Is there any move to vehicle emissions testing in the Central Okanagan? The Province is not looking for an AirCare program outside the lower mainland.
Previously had identified this issue with the Province and there was no desire for this program to be expanded.

EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT the 2010 Year End Summary, 2011 Work Plan and 2011 Budget and update on provincial and federal air quality regulations be received for information.

CARRIED

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6.5 Regional District of North Okanagan re: Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition

The Regional District of North Okanagan's letter of February 22, 2011 confirmed that the regional district has passed a bylaw dissolving their regional air quality service in the North Okanagan. Their Board has not renewed the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition Memorandum of Understanding and is not a party to a further extension of the MOU.

It was noted that the City of Vernon is discussing options to participate in some air quality programs such as the wood stove exchange program. Without NORD participating in the Coalition, it is understood that grants for interregional air quality programs from the Province may be affected. It was further noted that it is not fair to expect our staff or RDOS to carry out any air quality services for the North Okanagan. Discussions continue between staff at the RDOS and RDCO on options for the future of the Coalition.

OPHUS/FIELDING
THAT the Regional District of North Okanagan letter of February 22, 2011 confirming that the Regional District has passed a bylaw dissolving their air quality service in the North Okanagan and that the Board has not renewed the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition MOU be received;

AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the Regional District of North Okanagan that the Central Okanagan is disappointed the Regional District has made the decision to dissolve their air quality service and participation in the OkanaganSimilkameen Airshed Coalition and that should the Regional District wish to participate in air quality programs they will have to initiate the process.

CARRIED

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Agenda No: 10.1
Mtg Date: January 24, 2011

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
FROM: Mary Jane Drouin
Corporate Services Coordinator
DATE: January 4, 2011

SUBJECT: Memorandum of Understanding & Minutes of November 24, 2010

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition minutes of November 24, 2010 be received;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board approves signing of the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition Memorandum of Understanding for a period of one year.

BACKGROUND
The Okanagan Airshed Coalition has been in existence for eight years. Two elected directors are appointed from each regional district to the Coalition. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines the background, purpose, committee structure and guidelines.

The Coalition's final meeting in 2010 was held November 24th (draft minutes are attached).

The Coalition members discussed the MOU's previous three year agreement (expires in March 31, 2011) and which needs to go back to each Regional Board for signing authorization. Going forward, it was agreed that the MOU would be for a period of one year for 2011.

The MOU has been forwarded to the Regional Districts of Okanagan-Similkameen and North Okanagan for consideration. To date, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has signed the MOU.

This is for your consideration.

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COALITION PURPOSE

The three Regional Districts are entering a partnership with the goal of improving outdoor air quality in the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed and, thereby, improving health and quality of life. The purpose of this partnership is to develop a comprehensive strategy for air quality management by assessing issues, prioritizing problems, and developing appropriate actions to protect public health and the environment. The partnership will provide the following benefits:

- A forum for exchange of information among federal, provincial, regional and municipal governments pertaining to airshed analysis, management, and policy development.

- Increased co-operation and collaboration among federal, provincial, regional and municipal governments to achieve an integrated airshed approach to resolving air quality problems in the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley.

- Increased leverage when applying for provincial or federal funding.

- Expanded monitoring and research to better understand the air quality of the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed.

- Common policy and program development on clean air strategies.

- More efficient and effective communications strategies to raise public awareness of air quality issues.

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10. NEW BUSINESS

10.1 Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition Memorandum of Understanding & Minutes of November 24, 2010 (Unweighted Vote All Directors)

It was noted that the Regional District Chairs and CAO will be further discussing the Airshed Coalition at an upcoming meeting. With both the Okanagan-Similkameen and North Okanagan eliminating staff dedicated to air quality and the North Okanagan Regional District in the process of repealing its air quality bylaw, the future of collaboration/cooperation of the regional districts for valley-wide air quality issues is uncertain.

Concern was expressed regarding the comments presented in the Coalition minutes of November 24th regarding dedicating positions and taxing authority.

There was no consensus for this approach and the question was raised whether there was an actual plan. Directors Shepherd and Edgson are the Central Okanagan appointments to the Coalition-it was noted that there is a region-wide approach to a number of initiatives including the wood stove exchange, air quality monitoring and vehicle emission program.

One of the challenges raised is that provincial funding may be reduced or eliminated due to the lack of commitment by some of the partners. It is not known at this time whether the North Okanagan will sign the MOU but the City of Vernon may consider providing assistance with programs such as the Wood Stove Exchange program.

SHEPHERD/RULE
THAT the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition minutes of November 24, 2010 be received;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board approves signing of the OkanaganSimilkameen Airshed Coalition Memorandum of Understanding for a period of one year (January 1, 2011-December 31, 2011).

CARRIED

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT staff be directed to provide an update to the Governance & Services Committee on the Central Okanagan's air quality program as well as what the challenges are for the program due to the lack of support from other regional districts.

CARRIED

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13. OTHER BUSINESS

13.1 Director Items (requiring action)

a) Interior Health Authority

Director Baker noted that the Interior Health Authority has recently paid for carbon offsets and questioned whether the Regional Hospital District will be expected to fund this. Staff noted that the Hospital Board funds capital costs not operating costs but will confirm there is no request to fund this.

b) Friends of Gibson House (Kopje Park)
Director Baker noted that 2011 will mark the 100th Anniversary of Gibson
House and that he has received a request to fund the framing of 35 pictures
from the early 1900 for display in the house.

BAKER/HODGE
THAT the funding request by Director Baker on behalf of the Friends of Gibson House at Kopje Regional Park for the framing of pictures for the 100th Anniversary be referred to the regional parks 2011 budget discussions.

CARRIED

c) Okanagan Airshed Coalition

Director Shepherd noted that 2011 MOU for the Coalition will be coming forward for Board approval.

The Administrator will report to the Board at a future meeting on staffing discussions held by the Regional District Chairs/Administrators regarding the Coalition.

d) Success by Six (RDCO G&S members are having their BRAINS EXAMINED by these guys LOL  ... listen to the audio)
There was consensus by the Board for a presentation by 'Success by Six' to be given at a future Governance & Services Committee meeting.

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13.2 RDCO Committee Appointments - 2011

Chair Hobson presented the committee appointment listing for 2011. It was noted that Peter Austin had resigned from the Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission.

HODGE/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board approve Committee/Board appointments for 2011.

CARRIED

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Woodstove Exchange Funding Letter
The Regional Board supports a recommendation from the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition regarding funding for the Provincial Woodstove Exchange Program. The Regional District will send a letter to the Minister of Environment urging continued Provincial Government funding of the program. Each member municipality will also be encouraged to write a letter of support for the province-wide initiative. The program, supported by province, local governments and the industry, provides incentives for people to replace old air-polluting wood burning appliances with newer model clean burning ones.

okanaganlakebc.ca says: the standards for Wood Stoves are also changing, but there is nothing mentioned about the wood stove emission standards, unless you read the Agenda below consisting of 22 pages.

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Item 1.1 Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition.pdf (22 pages)

Agenda NO: 1.1
Mtg Date: August 12, 2010
TO: Regional Board
FROM: Regional Air Quality Service
DATE: August 4, 2010
SUBJECT: Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition Recommendations from June 23, 2010 meeting

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August 12, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

1.1 Regional Air Quality Service.

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
WHEREAS the B.C. Air Action Plan was released in 2008 and contained 28 specific actions to improve air quality across the province. Action 24 of the B.C. Air Action Plan aims to "get rid of smoky old wood stoves" through the Provincial Woodstove
Exchange Program with a long-term goal of 50,000 old wood stoves for newer more fuel-efficient models thus reducing emissions of fine particulate matter by more than 3,000 tonnes per year.

AND WHEREAS the Province has put three years, the Hearth Industry ten years and millions of dollars into stove change outs; and our regional communities have invested thousands of dollars into the Wood Stove Exchange program;

BE RESOLVED THAT the Regional Board send a letter of support for continued provincial funding of the wood stove exchange program;

AND FURTHER THAT each member municipality be encouraged to consider sending a letter of support for continued provincial funding of the wood stove exchange program to the Minister of the Ministry of Environment.

CARRIED

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Central Okanagan Regional Board supports the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition's review and recommendations (below) of the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Intentions Paper and that staff provide comment to the Ministries of Environment and Healthy Living and Sport as noted below;

AND FURTHER that the Regional Board forward the report to their member municipalities for review and comment.
Recommendations on the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation (SFBDAR) Intentions Paper:

Recommendation:
THAT the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form, items 1 to 5.3 to include that all appliances must meet the BC Standard of the new proposed BC Standard of 4.1 grams/hour.

Recommendation:
THAT the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form section 6.0 intention to require cook stoves to meet the B.C. emission standards starting in September 2014 is acceptable, however, the OSAC suggest that there
is consultation with the manufactures before implementation.

Recommendation:
THAT the SFBDAR section 7.2 (b) Acceptable Fuels and fuel for starting fires also include that manufactured fire logs to be made up of compressed wood and void of other components. That clean paper (releases dioxins & furons), cardboard (glue content) be omitted

AND FURTHER THAT only black and white newspaper for starter paper be used and seasoned wood with a moisture content of 20% or less.

Recommendation:
THAT staff complete the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form based on the comments and resolutions provided by the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition;

AND FURTHER THAT the recommendations on the Response Form be forwarded to the Ministry of Environment.

CARRIED

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August 12, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance & Services Committee Meeting Agenda

Item 5.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

Agenda No: 5.1
Mtg Date: August 12, 2010
TO: RDCO Directors and Department Heads
FROM: Donna Adams, Accounting Analyst; Marilyn Rilkoff, Manager of Finance and Administration
DATE: July 30,2010
SUBJECT: Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year to Date June 30, 2010

*This is only a snippet of the 8 pages*

The following are some of the highlights for the year from the Quarterly Report, but are certainly not all inclusive. We do recommend that the report and each program be reviewed, particularly with respect to "Department Initiative Status Reports", the "Summary of Year to Date Results", and Project Updates for the various programs. There are too many items too be covered in this summary, and everyone's level of interest in the various programs and departments varies.

Executive Summary:

102 - Air Quality Monitoring (Page 136): Anti-idling policies are under review and staff will prepare a report for consideration of the Governance and Services Committee regarding a proposed anti-idling campaign for the Central Okanagan. An amendment to the RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw is being prepared to address permit approval issues related to the installation of outdoor wood burning boilers which do not currently have EPA standards. The amendment would also reflect the new Provincial and industry emission standards under consideration. Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program: Approximately 126 acres have been chipped which is equal to 7,507 cubic metres. Program communications included an ad in the Orchard and Vine industry magazine, two full page spreads in BC FGA newsletters, and the program information and booklet are on all partner websites. Great Okanagan Wood Stove Changeout Program: There have been 111 exchanges to date with plans for another 76 stoves by the end of 2010, for a total reduction of 93.5 tonnes. Emission reductions: 83.7 tonnes of PM per year are prevented from being released into our airshed (1350 stoves exchanged to date in 10 years. Province of BC estimates each stove exchanged means a reduction of 62 kg of particulate matter per year).

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5. Finance and Administrative Services

5.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report - Year-to-date, June 30, 2010 Executive Summary

Staff presented the Quarterly Program Measures report, year-to-date June 30, 2010 Executive Summary which highlighted key areas in the Regional District services.

Questions:
• Dog Control- is that being enforced? Yes, except for the one section in the City of Kelowna.
• What is the T-Card system? An accounting form provided to the Ministry of Forests for tracking equipment and services used by the Regional District.
• Joe Rich Volunteer Fire Department - Medical First Response. Are we being compensated for accidents where the boundaries are in question? We are negotiating a mutual aid agreement with Big White. No costs are being reimbursed at this time. RDCO subsidizes this service. Staff have unsuccessfully tried to recover costs from the trucking companies, ICBC and the province.
• What role does the Province play? They provide ambulance services.
• Is the RDCO covered by insurance for calls outside of our jurisdiction?
Believe that we are, but will confirm.
The Chair noted that this is a provincial problem.

#GS50/10 SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report - year-to-date June 30, 2010 Executive Summary be received;

AND FURTHER THAT Staff bring back a report on the status of the Mutual Aid Agreements with the Kootney Boundary Regional District for Big White;

AND FURTHER THAT Staff confirm the insurance coverage for Medical First Response call outs outside of the RDCO jurisdiction.

CARRIED

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Item 7.1 Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition.pdf

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Agenda No: 7.1
Mtg Date: Aug. 12, 2010

TO: Governance & Services Committee
DATE: August 4, 2010
SUBJECT: Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition - Minutes (for information only) and resolutions of the June 23, 2010 meeting which require Regional Board Approval

Recommendation #1
Whereas THE B,C. Air Action Plan was released in 2008 and contained 28 specific actions to improve air quality across the province. Action 24 of the B.C. Air Action Plan aims to "get rid of smoky old wood stoves" through the Provincial Woodstove Exchange Program with a long-term goal of 50,000 old wood stoves for newer more fuel-efficient models thus reducing emissions of fine particulate matter by more than 3,000 tonnes per year.

AND WHEREAS the Province has put three years, the Hearth Industry ten years and millions of dollars into stove change outs; and our regional communities have invested thousands of dollars into the Wood Stove Exchange program;

BE RESOLVED THAT the Regional Board send a letter of support for continued provincial funding of the wood stove exchange program;

AND FURTHER THAT each member municipality be encouraged to consider sending a letter of support for continued provincial funding of the wood stove exchange program to the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment.

Recommendation #2
THAT the Regional Board supports OSAC's review and recommendations of the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Intentions Paper and provide comment to the Ministries of Environment and Healthy Living and Sport as noted below;

AND FURTHER that the Regional Board forward the report to their member municipalities for review and comment.

Recommendations on the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation (SFBDAR)
Intentions Paper:

Recommendation:
THAT the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form, items 1 to 5.3 to include that all appliances must meet the BC Standard of the new proposed BC Standard of 4.1 grams/hour.

Recommendation:
THAT the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form section 6.0 intention to require cook stoves to meet the B.C. emission standards starting in September 2014 is acceptable, however, the OSAC suggest that there is consultation with the manufactures before implementation.

Recommendation:
THAT the SFBDAR section 7.2 (b) Acceptable Fuels and fuel for starting fires also include that manufactured fire logs to be made up of compressed wood and void of other components. That clean paper (releases dioxins & furons), cardboard (glue content) be omitted

AND FURTHER THAT only black and white newspaper for starter paper be used and seasoned wood with a moisture content of 20% or less.

Recommendation:
THAT staff complete the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form based on the comments and resolutions provided by the OSAC committee;

AND FURTHER THAT the OSAC recommendations on the Response Form be forwarded to the Ministry of Environment.

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3.1. 2010 Wood Stove Change Out Update - Janice Johnson, Air Quality Coordinator, RDOS - Schedule B

Janice Johnson, provided information to the Coalition on the number of old wood stoves changed out during the Okanagan Simikameen Wood Stove Exchange Program. The 2010 totals for each area were RDCO 25; RDOS 58; RDNO 24 a grand total of 107 change outs. It is expected that there would still be further change outs by the end of the year as the goal is 240 - 245 change outs. The Wood Stove Exchange Program has resulted in 1347 wood stove change outs in the three regional districts since its inception in 2001. It was noted that the exchange program
has been extended beyond March and April and there are still rebates for the public.

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3.5. Interior Health on Wood Boilers - Greg Baytalan, RDCO Staff (Ray Paterson/Rhoda Mueller) Schedule D

Greg Baytalan, Air Quality Specialist, Interior Health Authority (IHA), addressed the Coalition regarding IHA's concern that a permit to install a wood boiler was recently issued for a rural residential dwelling within the Central Okanagan. He noted that the Ministry of Environment views Section 4.3 as adequately written to prevent the installation of wood boilers not meeting CSA B415.1 or EPA wood stove emissions and that the present wording of Section 4.3 of the RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw substantiates adherence to this original intent. Interior Health recommends that no further installation permits be granted for units not meeting CSA B415.1 or EPA wood stove emissions standards. Interior Health suggested that this would be proactive and grant time for a Bylaw review in light of future industry, CSA, EPA or regulatory changes.

Ray Paterson, RDCO Chief Building Inspector and Rhoda Mueler, RDCO Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer provided background information on the issuance of the permit referred to in IHA letter. They noted that in the Bylaw it states that it is CSA 8415.1 or EPA and the problem is with the or in the Bylaw, as the EPA standards do not have emission controls. Rhoda Mueller noted that other items such as nuisance and smoke definitions within the Bylaw needed to be addressed.

Ralph Adams, MOE noted that CSA B415.1 now has standards for inside and outside
boilers as of March
. One way to amend the bylaw would be to change the bylaw to say it must meet the CSAB415.1 standards, which includes an emission rate for inside wood boilers and (white tag) standards for outside boilers. Staff raised the concern that the PM emissions from the CSAB415.1 for boilers would still be too high for use in valley
communities and recommended that boilers not be allowed until technology improves the boilers so they are not emitting more than the indoor wood stove emission standards/regulations of BC.

#20/10 MOTION: SHEPHERD/LETKE
That the OSAC receive the letter from Interior Health Authority and refer it back to the RDCO with a recommendation that "no further installation permits should be granted for units not meeting CSA B415.1 or EPA wood stove emissions standards";

AND FURTHER that the wording within RDCO Bylaw No. 773, 1998 be changed to remove the "or" in CSA 8415.1 or EPA;

CARRIED

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The Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation (SFBDAR) was enacted under the Environmental Management Act (EMA) for the purpose of reducing air pollution from domestic wood heating. The regulation sets particulate matter (PM) emission standards applicable to specified new solid fuel burning domestic appliances (such as wood and pellet stoves) manufactured or sold in B.C. The regulation has not been revised since it was enacted in 1994.

The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport intend to review and revise the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation in keeping with actions set out in the B.C. Air Action Plan (www.bcairsmart.ca). The ministries intend to revise the regulation in two phases as described in the intentions paper. Phase 1 revisions will be initiated in 2010, following review and consideration of consultation comments. Revisions undertaken during this phase will address elements where the Ministry of Environment has both existing legislative authority to act and sufficient information to revise regulatory provisions.

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11.2 Do you have any other comments or suggestions for the ministries regarding the regulation of solid fuel burning domestic appliances?
Yes, the regulation should also cover the not allowing of resale or install of wood heating appliances emitting more emission greater than 4.1 grams/hr And that the BC Building Code be updated to include this regulation.

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7. Regional Air Quality Service

7.1 Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition - draft minutes of June 23, 2010 and proposed recommendations

The Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition met June 23, 2010, minutes provided for information, and recommendations for consideration by each member Regional District (North Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen).

#GS54/10 SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition draft minutes of June 23,2010 and recommendations be received.

CARRIED

#GS55/10 SHEPHERD/EDGSON
WHEREAS the B,C, Air Action Plan was released in 2008 and contained 28 specific actions to improve air quality across the province. Action 24 of the B.C. Air Action Plan aims to "get rid of smoky old wood stoves" through the Provincial Woodstove Exchange Program with a long-term goal of 50,000 old wood stoves for newer more fuel-efficient models thus reducing emissions of fine particulate matter by more than 3,000 tonnes per year.

AND WHEREAS the Province has put three years, the Hearth Industry ten years and millions of dollars into stove change outs; and our regional communities have invested thousands of dollars into the Wood Stove Exchange program;

BE RESOLVED THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board send a letter of support for continued provincial funding of the wood stove exchange program;

AND FURTHER THAT each member municipality be encouraged to consider sending a letter of support for continued provincial funding of the wood stove exchange program to the Minister of the Ministry of Environment.

CARRIED

#GS56/10 SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board supports the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition's review and recommendations of the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Intentions Paper and that staff provide comment to the Ministries of Environment and Healthy Living and Sport as noted below;

AND FURTHER that the Regional Board forward the report to their member municipalities for review and comment.
Recommendations on the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation
(SFBDAR) Intentions Paper:

Recommendation:
THAT the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form, items 1 to 5.3 to include that all appliances must meet the BC Standard of the new proposed BC Standard of 4.1 grams/hour.

Recommendation:
THAT the Solid Fuel burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form section 6.0 intention to require cook stoves to meet the B.C. emission standards starting in September 2014 is acceptable, however, the OSAC suggest that there is consultation with the manufactures before implementation.

Recommendation:
THAT the SFBDAR section 7.2 (b) Acceptable Fuels and fuel for starting fires also include that manufactured fire logs to be made up of compressed wood and void of other components. That clean paper (releases dioxins & furons), cardboard (glue
content) be omitted

AND FURTHER THAT only black and white newspaper for starter paper be used and seasoned wood with a moisture content of 20% or less.

Recommendation:
THAT staff complete the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation Response Form based on the comments and resolutions provided by the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition;

AND FURTHER THAT the recommendations on the Response Form be forwarded to the Ministry of Environment.

CARRIED

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July 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Highlights of the Special Board Meeting

Smoke Control Bylaw

The Regional Board has approved a resolution asking staff to prepare an amendment to the Regional District of Central Okanagan Smoke Control Bylaw No. 733. The amendment is expected to address permit approval issues related to the
installation of outdoor wood burning boilers which do not currently have Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.

New Provincial and industry emission standards are being considered and the bylaw amendment would reflect these initiatives.

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Audio - Revised Note Regarding This Meeting.pdf

Windows Media File Icon Audio of entire Regional Board meeting - Audio_Brd_July 8, 2010.mp3 -  (229 MB) RDCO had technical difficulties with this meetings audio.  There is nothing in the audio about the smoke control bylaw or wood boilers.  Its like RDCO skipped or forgot about Board Agenda Item 1.1 Review of the RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw (Outdoor Wood Boilers)

July 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Agenda

Item 1.1 Review of RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw.pdf

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Audio - Revised Note Regarding This Meeting.pdf

Windows Media File Icon Audio of entire Regional Board meeting - Audio_Brd_July 8, 2010.mp3 -  (229 MB) RDCO had technical difficulties with this meetings audio.  There is nothing in the audio about the smoke control bylaw or wood boilers.

July 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

1.1 Review of the RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw (Outdoor Wood Boilers) (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
WHEREAS legislative changes to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation and the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation are currently being reviewed by the Province, industry is working to improve wood boiler emissions around CSA
and EPA criteria, and amendments to the solid fuel burning domestic appliance regulations are expected;

AND WHEREAS the Regional District is unable to prohibit the issuance of permits for the installation of outdoor wood boilers as Section 4.3 of the RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw No. 773 (consolidated) forms part of the bylaw and is in force;

AND WHEREAS given the problems that are caused by these boilers, and the current lack of CSA approved units, or experience with field operation of units meeting CSA and EPA standards;

THEREFORE, that staff be directed to bring forward an amendment to RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw No. 773 (consolidated) to remove the section referring to the EPA standard in Section 4.3 around the installation of outdoor wood burning boilers.

CARRIED

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Audio - Revised Note Regarding This Meeting.pdf

Windows Media File Icon Audio of entire Regional Board meeting - Audio_Brd_July 8, 2010.mp3 -  (229 MB) RDCO had technical difficulties with this meetings audio.  There is nothing in the audio about the smoke control bylaw or wood boilers.

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July 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Agenda

Item 4.1 Outdoor Wood Boilers.pdf

*This is only a snippett, please click link for entire contents*

BACKGROUND:

Currently Section 4.3 of the RDCO Smoke Control Regulation Bylaw is as follows:
No person shall install, or allow to be installed, either indoors or outdoors, a solid-fuel burning appliance, furnace or boiler which is used for the space heating of a building, the heating of water or other such purpose unless it meets the emissions standards of CAN/CSA-B415. 1 standard "Performance Testing of Solid-Fuel-Burning Heating Appliances" published by the
Canadian Standards Association as amended from time to time or the emissions standards of the "New Source Performance Standards, Title 40, Part 60, Sub-part AAA of the Code of Federal Regulations (USA) (7-1-92 Edition), published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency" as amended from time to time.

It is the position of Interior Health and the Ministry of Environment that Section 4.3 of the bylaw is adequately written to prevent the installation of wood boilers not meeting the emission standards of the CSA B415.1 or EPA wood stove emission standards - in other words that an OWB cannot be installed unless it emits 7.5 grams of particulate matter per hour or less. This was the intent, as clarified by former members of the Air Quality Committee and Air Quality Technical Committee present at the aforementioned meeting. Additionally, the RDCO Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer reviewed the bylaw in 2005 and deemed It enforceable.

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Audio - Revised Note Regarding This Meeting.pdf

Windows Media File Icon Audio of entire Regional Board meeting - Audio_Brd_July 8, 2010.mp3 -  (229 MB) RDCO had technical difficulties with this meetings audio.  There is nothing in the audio about the smoke control bylaw or wood boilers.

July 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

4. Regional Air Quality

4.1 Outdoor Wood Boilers - N. Marzinzik (Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator)

Staff report dated July 8, 2010 outlined the discussions which occurred at a recent Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition meeting regarding arguments from the Interior Health Authority and the Ministry of Environment on the importance of regulating the installation of outdoor wood boilers.

It was noted that there may be upcoming regulatory changes to the provincial Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulations and it is believed that the Regional District's Smoke Control Bylaw No. 773 requires amendments particularly to section 4.3. The Airshed Coalition recommended that the Regional District stop issuing permits for the installation of outdoor wood boilers until a review is completed.

Staff noted that a legal opinion was sought and the Regional District is unable to stop issuing permits-the bylaw would have to be amended to prevent the installation of outdoor wood boilers. Staff noted that there are currently no manufactured outdoor wood boilers that have been submitted for testing to meet the CSA-B415.1 or EPA standard stated in the Regional District's bylaw. As the current bylaw wording is up for interpretation, it is recommended that the section referring to the EPA standard for outdoor wood boilers be removed from the bylaw.  If no standards exist, boilers should not be allowed.

The question was raised whether a ban would be retroactive. The Committee did not want to consider this option at this time. Staff is hoping to prevent more from coming into the area as companies may try to get rid of boilers they currently have.

Staff highlighted the difference between wood stoves versus wood boilers. Wood boilers are used every day, all year. They heat water, air in the home and can heat all outdoor buildings. No company has submitted an outdoor wood boiler for emission testing by the CSA as of yet. The technology is very different that a wood stove.

It was noted that new provincial standards will likely be much more stringent.

When the new regulations come into effect, the Regional District may want to look at whether installation of boilers should be allowed at all in the electoral areas and, in particular areas which now have become more residential than rural. Zoning regulations may need to be reviewed in the future.

It was further highlighted that the Central Okanagan's Regional Smoke Control Bylaw has been used as a model bylaw in other communities.

#GS46/10 SHEPHERD/OPHUS
WHEREAS legislative changes to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation and the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation are currently being reviewed by the Province, industry is working to improve wood boiler emissions around CSA and EPA criteria, and amendments to the solid fuel burning domestic appliance regulations are expected;

AND WHEREAS the Regional District is unable to prohibit the issuance of permits for the installation of outdoor wood boilers as Section 4.3 of the RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw No. 773 (consolidated) forms part of the bylaw and is in force;

AND WHEREAS given the problems that are caused by these boilers, and the current lack of CSA approved units, or experience with field operation of units meeting CSA and EPA standards;
 

THEREFORE, that staff be directed to bring forward an amendment to RDCO Smoke Control Bylaw No, 773 (consolidated) to remove the section referring to the EPA standard in Section 4.3 around the installation of outdoor wood burning boilers.

CARRIED

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Audio - Revised Note Regarding This Meeting.pdf

Windows Media File Icon Audio of entire Regional Board meeting - Audio_Brd_July 8, 2010.mp3 -  (229 MB) RDCO had technical difficulties with this meetings audio.  There is nothing in the audio about the smoke control bylaw or wood boilers.

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.pdf icon April 26, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting

Anti-Idling and Air Quality Initiatives

The Regional Board has asked staff to provide information on anti-idling policies of Central Okanagan local governments to the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition. As well, staff will prepare a report for consideration of the Governance and Services Committee regarding a proposed anti-idling campaign for the Central Okanagan. The Board also supports efforts of the Airshed Coalition to seek outside funding sources in order to update public information pamphlets on chipping and air quality.

.pdf icon April 26, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 4.2 Air Quality Service Recommendation.pdf

* This is only a snippett, please click link above for entire document *

4.6. Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation Intention Paper Feb. 24,2010

Ralph Adams provided background information on the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation Intention paper and informed the Committee that the process has started again with a stakeholder group in place. He noted that there might be a delay on the Intention Paper as the decision as to whether there should be high sensitive smoke areas seems to be an obstacle. He noted that there is agreement that the Intention Paper will have mechanisms for burning plans
that could be developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Forests and Range, Local Governments and Fire departments, which would allow for interface and fuel reduction burning.

It was brought to the Coalition's attention that there was a legal opinion from Crown Counsel that the Ministry of Environment does not have the authority to enforce open burning on Federal Land however; the Canada Health Act may provide a mechanism to improve burning practices.

ACTION: Ralph Adams to obtain relevant Health Act information in regards to open burning practices.

(Federal Land possibly means Reserve land)

.pdf icon April 26, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Minutes

Click link above for RDCO minutes regarding Item 4.2 Air Quality Service Recommendation

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April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition.pdf

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program.pdf (for some reason RDCO has this under Bylaw Dispute Adjudication)

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OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN AIRSHED COALITION MINUTES Feb. 24,2010

1. ELECTION OF OSAC CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR

Election of Chair
Nominations for the position of the Chair for the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition

MOTION: EDGSON/LlTKE
That Director Allan Patton be nominated as Chair for the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed
Coalition.
Director Patton was not in attendance to accept the nomination; however he had earlier
indicated that he wished to resume the role of Chair.
There were no further nominations.

Director Allan Patton was acclaimed Chair of the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition.

Election of Vice Chair
Nominations for the position of the Vice Chair for the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition

MOTION: EDGSON/LlTKE
That Mayor Sharon Shepherd be nominated as Vice Chair for the Okanagan Similkameen
Airshed Coalition.
Mayor Shepherd accepted the nomination.
There were no further nominations

Mayor Sharon Shepherd was declared acclaimed, Vice Chair of the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition.

Vice Chair Shepherd assumed the Chair

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3.6. BC Transit strategic Planning Session held November 17,2009

Discussion:
.. It was noted that not one of the top five priorities of the Transit Plan dealt with greenhouse gas reductions. As this is a provincially mandated requirement for local governments discussion ensued as to why this is not a priority.

MOTION:
Whereas the average British Columbia community has 2.5% of its citizens using public transportation and that the current BC Transit objective is to double ridership to 5% and

Whereas the BC Transit Strategic Plan is being developed to the year 2030, and the Province has set the green house gas emission reduction targets to be reduced by 80% to the year 2050;

AND Whereas not one of the top five priorities of BC Transits draft strategic transit plan deals with greenhouse gas reductions,

THEREFORE, the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition recommends that the BC Transit Strategic Plan include in their strategic plan a higher objective than doubling ridership in order to reduce greenhouse gases;

AND FURTHER THAT BC Transit should consider green house gas reduction and improving air quality as part of their list of major priorities to address Provincial climate change and air quality
mandates.

AND FURTHER THAT this resolution be forwarded to the three Regional Districts Boards for support of the resolution prior to a letter being forwarded to BC Transit.

MOVED BY: Sharon Shepherd SECONDED BY: Buffy Baumbrough

CARRIED

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4.5. Anti-idling - Mayor Shepherd, Nicole Marzinzik

Staff provided information to guide the Coalition in a discussion on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from idling vehicles and provide recommendations to the participating Regional Districts.

Ideas:
• Educating and modeling should be the priority, target schools and corporations.
• Develop broad based campaigns (plans) working on behavioral changes using social marketing (resources may be available from Fraser Basin).
• Have sectors set up their own clear objectives on how to reduce emissions.
• Participating Regional Districts should lead by example regarding anti-idling awareness.
• Need to determine where the resources of the emissions are (traffic patterns, talking on cell phone, drive thrus) and who can look at this through their portfolios and promote the reduction of idling.
• Inquire if the Federal Government has funding and if they are providing anti-idling ambassadors again this year.

It was agreed that the Coalition should raise awareness and show leadership in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, before recommending an anti-idling Bylaw to their Regional Districts. The marketing could be done by one Regional District and then share the message throughout the valley. It was noted that it would be a challenge for the RDNO, as there is no
dedicated staff person for Air Quality.

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MOTION: SHEPHERD/EDGSON

WHEREAS the UBCM Climate Action Charter, requires each Municipality to become carbon neutral by 2012 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020 to meet the BC Climate targets,

THEREFORE the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition recommends to the three Regional District Boards that they receive the anti-idling discussion and the Cracking Down on Idling papers and request that they consider a social marketing program for anti-idling,

AND FURTHER THAT the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition request regional and municipal governments forward any anti-idling policies to the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition for their review.

CARRIED

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OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN AIRSHED COALITION MINUTES

4.6. Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation Intention Paper Feb. 24, 2010

Ralph Adams provided background information on the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation Intention paper and informed the Committee that the process has started again with a stakeholder group in place. He noted that there might be a delay on the Intention Paper as the decision as to whether there should be high sensitive smoke areas seems to be an obstacle. He noted that there is agreement that the Intention Paper will have mechanisms for burning plans that could be developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Forests and Range, Local Governments and Fire departments, which would allow for interface and fuel reduction burning.

It was brought to the Coalition's attention that there was a legal opinion from Crown Counsel that the Ministry of Environment does not have the authority to enforce open burning on Federal Land however; the Canada Health Act may provide a mechanism to improve burning practices.

ACTION: Ralph Adams to obtain relevant Health Act information in regards to open burning practices.

It was noted that calls have been received inquiring if the Agriculture Chipping Program also covers Band Land.

RDOS have noticed more growers are participating in the alternative to burning programs.

ACTION: Staff to inquire if the First Nation Health officer in Kelowna would like to attend the OSAC meetings.

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.pdf icon April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Air Quality

5.1 Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition

Nicole Marzinzik, the region's air quality staff person contracted through the City of Kelowna, noted the Okanagan-Similkameen chipping brochure needs to be updated and that there is an opportunity to apply for external funding. It was noted that the Regional District and City of Kelowna have anti-idling policies and that those should be circulated to the Coalition for their information.

#GS31/10 EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT the Governance & Services Committee receive the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition minutes of November 17, 2009 and February 24,2010;

AND THAT staff provide information to the Coalition on the Central Okanagan's anti-idling policies;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to report to a future Governance and Services Committee on the proposed Central Okanagan's regional air quality anti-idling campaign;

AND FURTHER THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends the Regional Board support the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition's application for external funding to update brochures on chipping and air quality.

CARRIED

ACTION: Staff to forward to the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition a copy of the April 7, 2010 letter from Steve Harvard, BC Transit regarding BC Transit's Strategic Plan update.

A copy of the winning entry for the Clean Air poster contest with School District No. 23. was circulated for the Committee's interest.

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Regional district abandons air quality service
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - March 20, 2010

The final plug has been pulled on the air quality activities.

The North Okanagan Regional District board has officially abandoned its air quality service.

“We’re supporting air quality 100 per cent. We’re just doing it another way,” said director Jack Gilroy.

Directors recently eliminated $49,576 from the 2010 tax requisition and will use reserves to fund remaining activities. On the expenditure side, the budget has been cut from $87,780 to a projected $23,068.

“We have to be responsible to the taxpayers,” said Gilroy of the need to try and reduce the district’s expenditures.

As a result of the function being abandoned, the vacant air quality co-ordinator’s position won’t be posted.

“It didn’t make sense to have another person when everything is in place,” said Gilroy, referring to the Okanagan Airshed Coalition and technical expertise from the City of Vernon.

“The valley (wide initiative) is what we’re interested in.”

However, not everyone is pleased with the direction being taken.

Directors Gyula Kiss and Mike Macnabb voted against scrapping the function.

“I support having air quality and we should be at the table. To pull out is disingenuous,” said Macnabb.

“We should hang our heads in shame on this one.”

While Macnabb agrees that being part of the Okanagan Airshed Coalition is positive, he insists there are specific matters pertaining to the North Okanagan and that requires a staff person addressing them.

“We should work on local issues. It’s a step backwards,” he said.

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.pdf icon February 22, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Minutes

Planning: (Unweighted Vote)

6.4 Report regarding endorsement of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen - Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 2421, 2007 (All Directors)

Staff report dated February 15, 2010 highlighted a letter from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen requesting the Regional District of Central Okanagan to formally accept their Regional Growth Strategy.

The Board expressed concern considering projected population projections and climate change that under Vision and Approach (Pg 8) no reference is being made to water, air and social concerns.

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan endorses the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No 2421, 2007 as required under Section 857(3) of the Local Government Act.

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen consider further work in the areas of air, water and social concerns.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Regional Air Quality

6.1 Nicole Marzinzik, Regional Air Quality Coordinator re: 2009 Year-end Summary and 2010 Program Summary and Draft Budget

It was noted that the Regional Air Quality program is a joint initiative between the Regional District (electoral areas), City of Kelowna, Districts of Peachland, West Kelowna and Lake Country. The Regional District's air quality service is contracted out to the City of Kelowna. Regional Air Quality Coordinator, Nicole Marzinzik's, report dated February 11, 2010 provided a year-end summary of the program, including the 2010 initiatives and draft budget.

#GS09/10 EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Air Quality program 2009 Year-end summary, 2010 Program Summary and 2010 draft budget be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon December 14, 2009 Highlights of the Inaugural and Regular Regional Board Meetings

Air Quality Coordinator Announced

The Regional Board has received information about the appointment of the new Regional Air Quality Coordinator from the City of Kelowna which provides the air quality service on contract to the Regional District. Nicole Marzinzik recently held a similar position with the North Okanagan Regional District.

.pdf icon December 14, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Agenda

.pdf icon Item 3.2 City of Kelowna-Air Quality Coordinator.pdf

November 25, 2009

Robert Hobson Chair, Regional District of Central Okanagan
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC,
V1W 3Z4

Dear Mr. Hobson,

Re: Air Quality Coordinator position

It is my pleasure to introduce the newest member of our staff who is formally taking on responsibility for the Air Quality function provided by the City of Kelowna to the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Nicole Marzinzik joined us as our Air Quality Coordinator (Environment Tech II) as of November 16, 2009. Nicole has a strong background in Air Quality in the region, most recently coordinating the Air Quality program in the North Okanagan. Prior to that, Nicole was Waste Reduction Coordinator for the Regional District of North Okanagan and previously worked for the Regional Waste Reduction Office in Kelowna. Nicole also worked for the City of Kelowna in 1998, doing research used to develop our regional Air Quality program.

The Air Quality Coordinator is accountable for coordinating the strategies and programs developed under the regional Air Quality program which ensures achievement of the region's air quality management objectives for protection and improvement of air quality in the Central Okanagan Regional District. This includes delivering programs such as the Agricultural Wood
Waste Chipping Program and Wood Stove Exchange program, among many others. She will also fulfill an active educational and social marketing role, and will be the local technical expert on air quality issues.

Nicole will be the main contact for Air Quality issues and will work with RDCO staff to deliver the function efficiently and effectively. She will report to Jerry Dombowsky, Regional Programs Manager, and will rely on his overall direction to fulfill her job duties.

Thank you;

Jerry Dombowsky
Regional Programs Manager

cc: Director, Regional Services

.pdf icon December 14, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

3.2 City of Kelowna re: Hiring of an Air Quality Coordinator (Regional District contract to the City of Kelowna for the Regional Air Quality Service)

City of Kelowna letter of November 25, 2009 confirmed the appointment of a new staff person, Nicole Marzinzik, who will be responsible for carrying out the Regional District's contract for service of the regional air quality program.

It was noted that the Regional District Chairs, municipal mayors and CAOs have had preliminary discussions on a possible new method for providing air quality service to the three regional districts. Further review and discussion will continue over the next year.

SHEPHERD/RULE
THAT the November 25,2009 letter from the City of Kelowna announcing the hiring of an Air Quality Coordinator for the Regional District's contract to the City of Kelowna for the Regional Air Quality Service be received.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon October 8, 2009 - Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting

Airshed Coalition Memorandum Supported

The Regional Board has approved renewing the Memorandum of Understanding for the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition for another three years. The Board will write to the North Okanagan and Okanagan-Similkameen regional districts
encouraging their continued support for the interjurisdictional organization. The coalition partnership works to improve outdoor air quality across the three regions in order to improve the health and quality of life of all residents through cooperative clean air programs, funding and research.

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October 8, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

1.1 Regional Air Quality Service

a) Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition - Recommendation to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for a 3-year period

EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Board support renewal of the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition (OSAC) Memorandum of Understanding for a period of up to three years;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District send a letter to the Board of the Regional District of North Okanagan and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen encouraging their regional district's to sign on for a three year term.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon October 8, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Regional Air Quality Service

6.1 Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition - Recommendation to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for a 3-year period

The Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition (OSAC) at its last meeting discussed the desire to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for more than one year. For the last two years the MOU has been signed annually.

As noted in the MOU, there is no financial commitment for the Regional Districts to sign the MOU. Staff time in terms of administrative and clerical support for the Coalition is 'in kind'. An agreement from each Regional District is required for Provincial or Federal grant applications for funding the airshed research and emission reduction programs.

#GS98/09 EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends the Regional Board support renewal of the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition (OSAC) Memorandum of Understanding for a period of up to three years;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District send a letter to the Board of the Regional District of North Okanagan and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen encouraging their regional districts to sign on for a three-year term.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon September 21, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

6.7 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointments (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

SHEPHERD/RULE
THAT Wendy Leskosek and Frans Pynappels be appointed as Bylaw Enforcement Officers and Dog Control Officers for dog control bylaws and dog related issues of the Parks Bylaws.

CARRIED

6.8 City of Kelowna Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointments (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT the following City of Kelowna bylaw enforcement officers be appointed as Regional District of Central Okanagan bylaw enforcement officers for the purpose of enforcement of Regional District of Central Okanagan Smoke Control Regulatory Bylaw No. 773 within the jurisdiction of the City of Kelowna:

1. Ken Black
2. Kevin England
3. Tracey Krenn
4. Len Ingvarsson
5. Robert Schewe
6. Greg Wise

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 13, 2009 Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting

Wood Burning and the BC Building Code

The Regional Board supports a recommendation from the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition to request the Provincial Government update the BC Building Code. The Coalition says the Building Code does not include the BC Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation that has been in place since 1994 in the Province. The regulation only allows the
sale of wood burning appliances that meet Canadian Standards Association or U-S Environmental Protection Association emission requirements. As a result, the coalition says there is nothing in the BC Building Code that prevents uncertified wood burning appliances from being installed in new or renovated buildings, unless a local government has created a more stringent bylaw.

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.pdf icon August 13, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

8. NEW BUSINESS

8.1 Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition - Request for support of BC Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation and the BC Building Code (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

In its minutes of June 24, 2009 the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition requested the support of the three Okanagan regional districts to send a letter to the Ministries of Healthy Living & Sport, Housing & Social Development and the Environment stating the following:

  • That the Emission Standards of BC be referenced in the BC Building
    Code;

  • That the BC Building Code specify that solid fuel burning appliances that
    area installed, must be appliances that can be legally sold in BC as
    referenced in the BC Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation.

SHEPHERD/RULE
THAT the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition minutes of June 24, 2009 be received

CARRIED

SHEPHERD/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan supports the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition's recommendation in its minutes of June 24, 2009 to send a letter to the Province (Ministries of Healthy Living & Sport, Housing & Social Development and the Environment) stating the following:

  • That the Emission Standards of BC be referenced in the BC Building Code;

  • That the BC Building Code specify that solid fuel burning appliances that are installed must be appliances that can be legally sold in BC as referenced in the BC Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation.

CARRIED

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June 11, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes (Pg. 5-6)

Chair Hobson left the meeting at 10:33 a.m., Director Baker chaired the meeting.

6. Air Quality

6.1 Update on Regional Air Quality Programs

Staff report dated Jun 4, 2009 updated the committee on the regional air quality programs including:

• Wood Stove change-out program
  o Program is funded through a $65,00 Ministry of Environment grant
  o 68 wood stove change-outs were completed in 2009
  o 70 people attended the burning workshop

Cash for Clunkers Vehicle Scrappage Program
  o Province is the funding partner for the program (previously it was a federally funded program).
     There has been a delay in the implementation of the program this year. It is expected the
     program will be rolled out in the Okanagan next year.

• Orchard Chipping Program
  o 14 orchards will be chipped this year.
  o Program is for replanting of orchards.
  o $80,000 in funding is provided by the Regional District.

• Air quality monitoring results
  o Technical difficulties so no results available.

• Central Okanagan Regional Air Quality Management Plan (blueprint for the Okanagan)
  o The Plan has been adopted by the Regional Board
  o The goals of the Plan were reviewed.

ACTION: Circulate the Air Quality Management Plan to the new Board members

• Okanagan Airshed Coalition update provided.

Directors Shepherd and Edgson are the Central Okanagan's representatives on the Coalition. It was noted that the North Okanagan Regional District has yet to sign the MOU (they have signed in the past). The Coalition will continue to review this issue and discuss options. Open smoke regulations recommendation are being reviewed by the Coalition.

The question was raised regarding the Cash for Clunkers program and whether there will ever be the ability to pull 'polluting vehicles' off the road. It was noted there are no regulations to allow this to occur. The program here has been very successful in the past, but it is voluntary and depends upon funding. The Federal funding was always used up qUickly with advertising and incentives. Ideas for the Coalition to pursue include issues such as: gas lawn mower exchange, lobbying for AirCare program to be continued and expanded, wood fireplace exchange programs.

#GS49/09 SHEPHERD/FINDLATER

THAT the June 4, 2009 Regional Air Quality program update be received.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 27, 2009 - Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Wood Burning Appliance Action

The Regional Board has ordered a North Westside property owner to take remedial action regarding an unauthorized wood burning appliance. The property owner has 30 days to either have the device certified as a solid fuel-fired central heating appliance and obtain a building permit for it, or remove and destroy it. If those actions aren’t taken, the Regional District
will remove the unauthorized wood burning appliance at the expense of the property owner. A building permit was never issued for the appliance and there has not been any documentation presented that the device is certified.

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.pdf icon April 27, 2009 - Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Airshed Coalition Memorandum Signed

The Regional Board has approved signing a one year extension to the Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed
Coalition Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Two elected directors from each the three regional districts are appointed to the Coalition board. The
updated MOU recognizes the important expertise provided by stakeholders and invites their participation in meetings, public workshops, educational programs and other air quality initiatives.

The Coalition has been in place for six years.

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.pdf icon April 27, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. NEW BUSINESS

8.1 Memorandum of Understanding - Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated April 20th outlined the recommended changes to the MOU including:

  • Name change from Okanagan Airshed Coalition to Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition to reflect all members and areas.

  • Under "Coalition Committee Structure"
    "The Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition Committee will meet four times per year to focus on Okanagan Similkameen Airshed management issues."
    Add: meet a minimum of four times.

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.pdf icon April 27, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. NEW BUSINESS

8.1 Memorandum of Understanding - Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated April 20th outlined the recommended changes to the MOU including:

  • Name change from Okanagan Airshed Coalition to Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition to reflect all members and areas.

  • Under "Coalition Committee Structure"
    "The Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition Committee will meet four times per year to focus on Okanagan Similkameen Airshed management issues."
    Add: meet a minimum of four times.

  • Under "Coalition Guidelines", No.4:
    "The OSACC may utilize the expertise of stakeholders, and that the stakeholders will be asked to participate in meetings, in planning for projects, public workshops, educational programs, public displays, preparing media releases and other air quality initiatives."

  • Under "Coalition Guidelines", NO.9:
    "This Memorandum of Understanding will be updated within one year." (from "reviewed every three years")

EDGSON/GIVEN
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan approves signing of the Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition Memorandum of Understanding for a period of one year, as amended.

  • Under "Coalition Committee Structure"
    ''The Okanagan Similkameen Airshed Coalition Committee will meet a minimum of four times per year to focus on Okanagan Similkameen Airshed management issues."

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 9, 2009 Governance &Services Committee Meeting Minutes (Pg. 1)

3. Delegation

3.1 Grant Lawrence, Okanagan Residential Communities Against the Proliferation of Urban Mining Practices Grant Lawrence and Heather Larratt addressed the committee. The organization had previously addressed the Board last February and wished to update the committee on progress since that time.

• What's new since February 2008: lower demand in aggregate with slow down in the economy, Fraser Valley Pilot Project not yet complete.
• Community remains in the dark regarding what the Province's plan is for the future of aggregate mining including whether a pilot project will be done in the Central Okanagan.
• Provided update on what aggregate mining is being done in the valley including areas in Peachland, Joe Rich, Lake Country.
• Highlighted impacts of dust on health and groundwater. Suggested monitoring of dust in areas where aggregate mining occurs.
• A mine plan should be "flexible, technically competent business smart and respectful of the community and the environment" out of the mining's guide best practices.
• Three zone model for the Central Okanagan reviewed.

It was noted the aggregate study previously completed by the Regional District was to be updated as part of the Regional Growth Strategy update.

Discussion:
o UBC-O might be interested in being involved in air quality monitoring. Director Shepherd will follow up with UBC-O and the Okanagan Airshed Coalition.
o Nothing will happen until the provincial election is completed and a minister is named.
o Believe the Province does not need to wait until the Fraser Valley pilot study is completed before beginning a study in the Central Okanagan. This is a different area worthy of a study.
o Soil removal bylaw has been on hold as Ministry staff felt it should wait until the Fraser Valley report is completed. Provincial staff have said they will come back to the Board once the pilot study is completed.
o Legislation is outdated. Municipalities/regional districts are not part of the decision making process.
o Some gravel pit operations do operate effectively including dust control and noise, etc. It is up to the pit operator to continually monitor these issues.
o The Regional District could strike a committee to design a three-zone study at the same time as reviewing what options are available to local governments to limit the issues around aggregate mining.

#GS26/09 HAYES/BAKER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board directs a letter be sent to the Province stating that although the Fraser Valley Pilot Study on aggregate has not yet been completed, and that as Central Okanagan is a completely different region with different issues, the Regional Board requests the Province immediately initiate an aggregate three-zone pilot project in the Central Okanagan;

AND THAT any new aggregate applications be put on hold until a pilot study is initiated in the Central Okanagan;

Amendment to the main motion

FIELDING/SHEPHERD

AND FURTHER THAT the Province consider redrafting legislation governing approvals for gravel extraction to incorporate issues such as health and environmental concerns, the referral process and the social impact to residents.

Amendment CARRIED
Main motion CARRIED

Further discussion ensued regarding the need to update the Central Okanagan Growth Management Strategy - Aggregate Supply and Demand Study (June 2000). Next steps: direct staff to report on how to proceed including what issues could be done immediately, committee process, committee membership including why individuals are being recommended, stakeholder involvement, timing, costs and staff allocation required.

#GS27/09 SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board consider forming a committee to review updating the Central Okanagan Growth Management Strategy - Aggregate Supply and Demand Study;

AND FURTHER that staff be directed to review the previous process (2000) and report back to the Governance and Services Committee on next steps inclUding: identifying costs, membership of the committee, and stakeholder involvement.

CARRIED

ACTION: Director Reid to forward aggregate conservation strategy information from Ontario to staff for distribution to the Regional Board.

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.pdf icon March 23, 2009 Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Provincial Government Funding

The Regional Board has received a letter from Community Development Minister Kevin Kruger advising of some Federal-Provincial cost-sharing funds for the Central Okanagan.

• Town for Tomorrow - $400,000 for development of wells for the North Westside Water System project.
• Strategic Community Investment Fund – first instalment of $143,191
• Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program - $3,373 for carbon taxes paid by the Regional District

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.pdf icon March 23, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

d) Clean Air Forum

Director Edgson noted that at the recently attended BC Clean Air Forum there was discussion regarding changes to outdoor burning regulations.

EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT staff clarify with the Province any changes to regulations for outdoor burning in follow-up to discussions at the Clean Air Forum.

CARRIED

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People complain about smokers but why don't they complain and have something done about the tailpipes as much as they complain about smokers?  There are many more tailpipes than people smoking cigarettes.  I want to be able to relax and smoke a cigarette, and I surely don't want to suck on a tail pipe too!

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Reducing emissions a huge challenge
Castanet.net by Wayne Moore - Story: 51201 - Dec 1, 2009

Kelowna faces a 'huge challenge' if it hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020.

According to Policy and Planning Director Signe Bagh, reducing greenhouse gas emissions is something the city has no choice but to try and achieve.

"It has been mandated by the province under the Local Government Act which states the OCP must include targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions," Bagh told City Council Monday.

"It must also include policies and actions to address those targets. It must be in place by May of next year."

Bagh says the process won't be easy.

She says greenhouse gas emissions in the city are higher now than they were just two years ago.

"If we continue on with business as usual, we will be significantly higher than we are today. If we are to achieve our 33% reduction, that would see us going in the opposite direction of where we are heading today."

According to Bagh, Kelowna lags behind only Prince George in the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted per capital in the province.

"On the positive side, there's lots of room for improvement."

She adds that because of population growth, in order to achieve a 33% community reduction, citizens would have to reduce their individual emission levels by 50%.

In order to reach a 33% reduction, Bagh says a number of drastic measures would need to be taken, including:

•45% of trips taken by transit, bicycle or foot

•Half of SUVs, vans and trucks replaced by smaller vehicles

•12 trips per household eliminated per week

•800 old homes weatherized per year

•30,000 trees planted

•Widespread recycling etc.


Bagh says the city has to acknowledge that achieving a 33% reduction won't be possible without help.

"Getting to 33% is more than just a local effort. It will require the input and assistance from other senior levels of government."

While the targets are lofty, Councillor Robert Hobson says they are not all gloom and doom.

"We are making a significant investment in transit. It is a huge part of our budget," says Hobson.

"We are the biggest of the small systems in the province and with the bus rapid transit we are putting in we are making a significant investment. I think we can improve our targets through that investment."

Hobson says he also believes the city is on the right track in terms of land use.

"We need to build in sustainable measures to all our new developments. I think there are a whole bunch of things we could be doing in new developments that we are not doing."

Councillor Graeme James says that while the city has been doing some positive things to reduce emissions, there are things out of its control, such as automobile use.

"I sometimes wonder where we are going because the province puts these rules in but they won't come to the table with any money," says James.

"If we really want to combat this issue then the province should anti up and come to the table. I think that is going to be the main problem in the future."

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Regional Governance and Services Committee Meeting October 9, 2008

Regional Air Quality Program Update

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Growers told they need to fight government regulation
By Judie Steeves - Kelowna Capital News - Published: January 31, 2009

New regulations about open burning could make growing tree fruits uneconomical in the Okanagan, and must be fought by orchardists, resolved growers attending the first day of the 120th annual convention of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association Friday.

“It’s ironic that the Liberal government said it would deregulate when it came in and now our industry is being targeted by new regulations. Chippers and air curtain burners are expensive,” said Lake Country grower Penny Gambell.

Summerland grower Denise MacDonald, chair of the BCFGA’s water and environment committee, noted that new regulations restrict the distance burning can take place from neighbours

“It’s too late now. They’ve built houses all around us.”

She warned growers they must be very vocal about the needs of the orchard industry in commenting on the new regulations.

A resolution on the economical disposal of plant waste passed with little discussion by the delegates.

It called on the environment and health ministries to work with the industry to maintain the current air quality regulations and to develop programs that support economical disposal of plant waste in the industry.

Growers also passed a resolution to create an agricultural water reserve to ensure B.C.’s food production capability survives and to avoid dependency on foreign agricultural imports.

Since agricultural land is protected through the Agricultural Land Reserve, and agriculture is impossible without a secure water supply, growers resolved to lobby the government to create a reserve that guarantees sufficient and affordable water for agriculture.

The concern is about competition with residential and commercial development for limited water supplies in the valley, said growers.

They also oppose the transfer of agricultural water rights, and voted to oppose selling such rights.

“Once we open the door to commodifying water rights, where will it stop? asked Gambell.

“It’s an issue that could see us end up with land in the ALR without water rights.”

Labour was another issue growers are concerned about, and a number of resolutions were passed on that issue.

Growers agreed to work on a grant program for sanitary facilities for seasonal farm workers on-farm.

Gambell said she felt it should be part of the Environmental Farm Program, but BCFGA president Joe Sardinha said it is more closely linked to food safety, and likely will be included in upcoming food safety programs.

As well, growers approved a resolution to work to develop a provincial grant program to assist growers to construct seasonal farm worker housing.

This year’s convention format was changed to a two-day event from the one-day event held in recent years, and included an address by interim Minister of Agriculture John van Dongen on Saturday.

jsteeves [at] kelownacapnews.com

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Air quality report ‘not surprising’
Vernon Morning Star - Published: August 19, 2008

Interior Health’s senior medical health officer is not surprised by a new report which says as many as 21,000 Canadians will die prematurely this year because of the effects of air pollution.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all. As a matter of fact I think over the last few years there has been a significant expansion of our understanding of the impacts of poor air quality on health,” Dr. Paul Hasselback said.

He added that gone are the days when people could assume air quality was fine until an alert saying otherwise was issued.

The Canadian Medical Association released the report, No Breathing Room: National Illness Costs of Air Pollution, on Wednesday.

“With the start of the Olympics in Beijing, much has been made about the poor air quality in China and the effect it is having on our athletes,” said CMA president Dr. Brian Day.

“But we have a serious home-grown pollution problem right here and Canadians, ranging from the very young to the very old, are paying the price.”

The report found that while most of this year’s air pollution-related deaths will be the result of chronic exposure over many years, almost 3,000 cases will be from acute short-term exposure.

It predicts that by 2031, almost 90,000 people in Canada will die from the acute effects of air pollution and 710,000 will die from long-term exposure.

Air pollution is known to have negative effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

The CMA report says 42 per cent of air pollution-related acute premature deaths will be the result of cardiovascular disease.

It expects the number of premature deaths related to chronic exposure to air pollution in Canada to rise 83 per cent between 2008 and 2031.

During that same time, the accumulated negative economic impact of air pollution is predicted to go from $10 billion to over $300 billion.

The report says there will be 306 acute premature deaths related to air pollution in B.C. this year, along with 1,158 hospital admissions and 8,763 emergency department visits.

By 2031 those totals are expected to rise to 585 acute premature deaths, 1,985 hospital admissions and 14,975 emergency department visits, further stressing our health care system.

Hasselback said residents of the Okanagan are relatively lucky when it comes to air quality.

However, “we live in a valley and that valley is subjected at certain times to what meteorologists call inversions and it traps poor air quality,” he said.

“And we keep adding to that by using vehicles, burning wood fuels (and emitting) other types of pollutants that get into the air.”

On top of the pollution generated locally, pollutants from far away can travel here and get trapped, as happened recently with the forest fires burning in California.

People with existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, as well as the elderly and young children are most at risk from air pollution.

Hasselback suggested people become familiar with the air quality index at www.airhealthbc.ca and at what point poor air quality affects their health.

“And for those who do have chronic diseases (they should) have discussions with their health care provider on what, if any changes need to be made to their treatment regimes to manage poor air quality days,” he said.

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Pollution linked to death of thousands
By Adrian Nieoczym - Kelowna Capital News - Published: August 14, 2008

Interior Health’s senior medical health officer is not surprised by a new report which says as many as 21,000 Canadians will die prematurely this year because of the effects of air pollution.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all. As a matter of fact I think over the last few years there has been a significant expansion of our understanding of the impacts of poor air quality on health,” Dr. Paul Hasselback said.

He added that gone are the days when people could assume air quality was fine until an alert saying otherwise was issued.

The Canadian Medical Association released the report, No Breathing Room: National Illness Costs of Air Pollution, on Wednesday.

“With the start of the Olympics in Beijing, much has been made about the poor air quality in China and the effect it is having on our athletes,” said CMA president Dr. Brian Day. “But we have a serious home-grown pollution problem right here and Canadians, ranging from the very young to the very old, are paying the price.”

The report found that while most of this year’s air pollution-related deaths will be the result of chronic exposure over many years, almost 3,000 cases will be from acute short-term exposure.

It predicts that by 2031, almost 90,000 people in Canada will die from the acute effects of air pollution and 710,000 will die from long-term exposure.

Air pollution is known to have negative effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The CMA report says 42 per cent of air pollution-related acute premature deaths will be the result of cardiovascular disease.

It expects the number of premature deaths related to chronic exposure to air pollution in Canada to rise 83 per cent between 2008 and 2031.

During that same time, the accumulated negative economic impact of air pollution is predicted to go from $10 billion to over $300 billion.

The report says there will be 306 acute premature deaths related to air pollution in B.C. this year, along with 1,158 hospital admissions and 8,763 emergency department visits.

By 2031 those totals are expected to rise to 585 acute premature deaths, 1,985 hospital admissions and 14,975 emergency department visits, further stressing our health care system.

Hasselback said residents of the Okanagan are relatively lucky when it comes to air quality.

However, “we live in a valley and that valley is subjected at certain times to what meteorologists call inversions and it traps poor air quality,” he said, “And we keep adding to that by using vehicles, burning wood fuels (and emitting) other types of pollutants that get into the air.”

On top of the pollution generated locally, pollutants from far away can travel here and get trapped, as happened recently with the forest fires burning in California.

People with existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, as well as the elderly and young children are most at risk from air pollution.

Hasselback suggested people become familiar with the air quality index at www.airhealthbc.ca and at what point poor air quality affects their health.

“And for those who do have chronic diseases (they should) have discussions with their health care provider on what, if any changes need to be made to their treatment regimes to manage poor air quality days,” he said.

adrian"at"kelownacapnews.com

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No Room to Breathe: Photochemical Smog and Ground-Level Ozone June 2008

Photochemical smog occurs in the lower portion of our atmosphere, and is mainly produced by vehicle emissions. Its main unhealthy ingredient is "ground-level ozone." This brochure describes what smog is, how it affects our health, and how you can become part of the solution.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/air/vehicle/

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Air quality report ‘not surprising’
Vernon Morning Star - Published: August 19, 2008

Interior Health’s senior medical health officer is not surprised by a new report which says as many as 21,000 Canadians will die prematurely this year because of the effects of air pollution.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all. As a matter of fact I think over the last few years there has been a significant expansion of our understanding of the impacts of poor air quality on health,” Dr. Paul Hasselback said.

He added that gone are the days when people could assume air quality was fine until an alert saying otherwise was issued.

The Canadian Medical Association released the report, No Breathing Room: National Illness Costs of Air Pollution, on Wednesday.

“With the start of the Olympics in Beijing, much has been made about the poor air quality in China and the effect it is having on our athletes,” said CMA president Dr. Brian Day.

“But we have a serious home-grown pollution problem right here and Canadians, ranging from the very young to the very old, are paying the price.”

The report found that while most of this year’s air pollution-related deaths will be the result of chronic exposure over many years, almost 3,000 cases will be from acute short-term exposure.

It predicts that by 2031, almost 90,000 people in Canada will die from the acute effects of air pollution and 710,000 will die from long-term exposure.

Air pollution is known to have negative effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

The CMA report says 42 per cent of air pollution-related acute premature deaths will be the result of cardiovascular disease.

It expects the number of premature deaths related to chronic exposure to air pollution in Canada to rise 83 per cent between 2008 and 2031.

During that same time, the accumulated negative economic impact of air pollution is predicted to go from $10 billion to over $300 billion.

The report says there will be 306 acute premature deaths related to air pollution in B.C. this year, along with 1,158 hospital admissions and 8,763 emergency department visits.

By 2031 those totals are expected to rise to 585 acute premature deaths, 1,985 hospital admissions and 14,975 emergency department visits, further stressing our health care system.

Hasselback said residents of the Okanagan are relatively lucky when it comes to air quality.

However, “we live in a valley and that valley is subjected at certain times to what meteorologists call inversions and it traps poor air quality,” he said.

“And we keep adding to that by using vehicles, burning wood fuels (and emitting) other types of pollutants that get into the air.”

On top of the pollution generated locally, pollutants from far away can travel here and get trapped, as happened recently with the forest fires burning in California.

People with existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, as well as the elderly and young children are most at risk from air pollution.

Hasselback suggested people become familiar with the air quality index at www.airhealthbc.ca and at what point poor air quality affects their health.

“And for those who do have chronic diseases (they should) have discussions with their health care provider on what, if any changes need to be made to their treatment regimes to manage poor air quality days,” he said.

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Minutes of the AIR QUALITY COMMITTEE of the Regional District of Central Okanagan 28th day of November 2007

Conclusions reviewed: good work has been done; reduction strategies to be implemented but many rely on senior government financial and regulatory support; significant support from senior government seems to be forthcoming;
coordination with other airsheds in province on education program and emission reductions in specific sectors sill reduce the burden on the Coalition; goals and performance measures can be fine-tuned; most emission reduction strategies can and should be implemented valley-wide and doing so would benefit the entire airshed.

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Air Quality Committee Meeting, August 29, 2007 (Pg.3-4)

3. BUSINESS ARISING

3.1 Fire Prevention and Smoke Control Bylaw Amendment (report K. Roth)

The Air Quality Committee requested staff reviewed the Fire Prevention and Smoke Control bylaws to determine if changes are necessary to clarify that the Regional District of Central Okanagan is only responsible for burning regulations in the established fire protection areas.

BAKER/CLARK
THAT the Air Quality Committee recommends to the Regional Board the following amendments to the Regional District of Central Okanagan Smoke Control Bylaw:

That a new Section 2.0 be added to the Smoke Control Bylaw as follows:

“2.0 The application of this bylaw shall be limited to the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country and the areas included within the boundaries of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Service Area Fire Departments.”

That a new definition be added to the bylaw as follows:

“Service Area Fire Department” means Wilson’s Landing Fire Protection Local Service Area, Ellison Fire Protection Local Service Area, North Westside Road Fire Protection Local Service Area, June Springs Fire Protection Service Area, Brent Road Fire Protection Service Area, Lakeshore Road Fire Protection Service Area, Joe Rich Fire Protection Local Service Area and Westside Fire Protection Service Area.

CARRIED

The amendment will brought forward to the Regional Board for approval.

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Central Okanagan Air Quality Management Plan - May 2007

2.0 AIR QUALITY IN THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN
The Central Okanagan’s air quality compares favourably to that of other similar sized Canadian cities.

However, we still do not meet our ambient air quality objectives all of the time. Air quality monitoring in the Central Okanagan reveals that of the six air pollutants measured; only particulate matter exceeded provincial air quality objectives.

Main Pollutants
What are the main pollutants? The two air pollutants of greatest concern in the Central Okanagan are Particulate Matter (PM) and Ozone (O3), because they are widespread and can have serious impacts on our health and environment. There are also several other pollutants to be concerned about, which are described in Table 1.

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Establishing a Visibility Goal for Wilderness and Urban Areas in British Columbia and Canada
W08-1088 March 31, 2008 - Posted April 25, 2008
This report provides considerations involved in developing a visibility goal for urban and wilderness areas in British Columbia.

5.0 IMPLEMENTING A VISIBILITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
page 25-26

The most efficient and effective way to implement a visibility management program would be to integrate it with existing air quality management systems in the province. One of the key ways air quality is managed in B.C. is through community airshed planning. The Provincial Framework for Airshed Planning (MOE 2008) and associated website tool incorporate visibility goals, indicators and targets into community airshed planning process. The following communities have airshed plans in place:

• Metro Vancouver
• Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD)
• Bulkley Valley-Lakes District (BVLD)
• Prince George
• Quesnel
• Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO)
• Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS)
• Sea-to-Sky Region
• Williams Lake

Note* Central Okanagan Regional District is NOT on this list?

Metro Vancouver has clearly indicated that improving visibility is important by making it one of only three goals in its 2005 AQMP. As Metro Vancouver has regulatory authority for air quality in its region, it could adopt a visibility objective or index. In all other jurisdictions of B.C., the MOE has regulatory authority and therefore it would need to adopt a provincial visibility objective or index that other communities could adopt in their airshed plans. An example visibility goal could easily be added to Step 5 of the online air quality planning tool (http://www.airqualityplanning.ca/ website not longer works). Notwithstanding their lack of regulatory authority, all communities could adopt a visibility goal in their airshed plans.

A visibility management framework also needs to consider outreach, integrating with other air quality goals, and monitoring and data analysis. As discussed in Section 3.3, adopting a format for the visibility index that is similar to the AQHI and potentially integrating it with the AQHI would likely accelerate public acceptance. In any case, use of a website to inform the public of the visibility goal and to track progress is highly recommended. Consideration could also be given to providing this information to other media (newspapers, television etc.) as is done currently for the Air Quality Index. Public perception is an important component of any visibility goal. Cameras could be used real-time to give the public access to visibility information for a given location. On the web, a discussion of the links between visibility, measured parameters, and photos could be a useful tool.

Since a number of air quality regulations and goals already exist, and these will be complementary to any visibility management program, visibility goals should be integrated with other air quality goals, especially PM2.5. Reductions in other pollutants can have co-benefits for visibility and should be included. In particular, a visibility monitoring network could be added to existing networks with other air pollutants to meet a broader range of goals. Speciated PM2.5 data, collocated with meteorology and other measurements, will be critical to help regulators and analysts understand the impacts of specific components and sources on visibility. In this way, existing air quality regulations, monitoring and analyses can be leveraged with the visibility framework.

Results from these additional monitoring efforts will need to be analyzed to both better understand the nature of impaired visibility and to justify them. The new data should be examined in the context of other similar data collected throughout B.C. and the rest of Canada, as well as being “mined” to better understand the potential causes of haze. Specific analyses could include reconstruction of visibility extinction, source apportionment, trajectory analysis, and comparison with emission inventory/modelling analyses.

7.4 IMPLEMENT THE VISIBILITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The visibility management program should be integrated with existing air quality management systems in the province such as the community airshed planning process. Communities with airshed plans in place and those that are in the process of developing a plan could incorporate visibility goals using the form and metric developed for the province.

Summary of Public Comment: Provincial Ambient Air Quality Criteria for PM2.5 Ministry Intentions Paper  Posted April 25, 2008

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/air/airquality/aq_criteria_pm25/pm25criteria_summary.pdf
The Ministry of Environment intends to establish provincial ambient-air-quality criteria for PM2.5. A key part of this process is stakeholder consultation, based on an intentions paper released in January 2008. This report summarizes the stakeholder submissions. A final decision on the proposed criteria is expected later this year.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes – April 16, 2007 (Pg. 15)

9. NEW BUSINESS

9.1 Okanagan Airshed Coalition – Support for an Okanagan Valley-wide Air Quality Management Plan (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The April 5, 2007 report outlined the plans of the Okanagan Airshed Coalition for an Okanagan Valley-wide Air Quality Management Plan. The Coalition has received a grant of $20,000 for development of the Plan.

#171/07 KNOWLES/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan supports the development of an Okanagan Valley-Wide Air Quality Management Plan by the Okanagan Airshed Coalition.

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board supports the funding request to the Ministry of Environment by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen on behalf of the Okanagan Airshed Coalition for the development of an Okanagan-Similkameen Valleywide Air Quality Management Plan.

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Speech from the Throne, 6th session, 37th parliament, February 8, 2005. http://www.leg.bc.ca/37th6th/4-8-37-6.htm

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Air Quality is one of seven key regional issues examined through Growth Strategy Discussion Papers. (page 2)
Copies of the Discussion Paper are available from
Regional District of Central Okanagan
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4

Fast Facts…
Environment Canada samples air quality hourly in the Central Okanagan and monitors for five pollutants – fine particulates, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and ozone. Two pollutants – fine particulates and ground level ozone – periodically exceed national standards.
From 1996 to 1999 monitoring data has shown that the air quality in Central Okanagan was “good” on average 88% of the time, “fair” 11% and “poor” 1% of the time. Human caused instances of “fair” or “poor” air quality are primarily due to vehicle emissions, dust attributed to vehicles and smoke from burning. Other instances when national standards for particulates
were exceeded are attributed to forest fires or dust carried from outside the Okanagan Valley.

The Okanagan also has high levels of ozone attributed to natural sources and vehicle emissions; however, more research needs to be completed before it is known how fossil fuels and natural background levels affect ozone formation in the Okanagan.

The Okanagan Valley lies perpendicular to the prevailing winds, resulting in an increased number of calms and therefore greater air stagnation. In summer months, higher temperatures and increased sunlight can result in greater concentrations of ground-level ozone. In winter months, thermal inversions trap cold air below a layer of warmer air inhibiting the dispersion of pollutants.

More people equate to more vehicles. There are 104,000 registered vehicles now in the Central Okanagan and increased growth will produce more emissions that can result in deteriorated air quality.
A 1995 study by Levelton and Associates predicts that, by the year 2013, vehicles in the Central Okanagan will emit over 7,500 tonnes of fine particulates annually into the airshed from tire wear, brake linings, engine emissions and road dust. That works out to 20 tonnes daily.
Outdoor air pollutants, primarily fine particles and ozone, are causing health problems in our region. About 10% of the population is considered most "at risk". If conditions worsen, the entire population will be affected to some degree.
People most affected by air pollution include the very young (ages 0-5) and the elderly.  People with lung conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema are particularly sensitive as well as people with heart conditions and those with sensitive eyes.

.pdf icon http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/planning/pl_aq_sum.pdf

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.pdf icon November 1, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes


e) Air Quality

Director Shepherd noted the Air Quality Committee is reviewing:

Agriculture chipping program wrapping up, recommendation is to extend the pilot program for another year for a total cost of $50,000 while considering other funding sources and researching the SIR program and replant program. Forestry will be burning throughout the winter. Cash for Clunkers program has removed 185 vehicles. Wood Stove Exchange Program will be held March 1-31. Our region’s program template is being used throughout the province. The Okanagan Airshed Coalition will be meeting with Minister Barisoff to bring him up-to-date on activities in the Okanagan.

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.pdf icon September 15, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes

e) Air Quality

The next meeting of the Air Quality Committee is scheduled for September 29th. At the August meeting the Committee discussed trench burning and requested the Regional Fire Technical Committee to review recommendations; the City of Kelowna has extended the dates for fall and spring burning; Agricultural Chipping programs continues; Cash for
Clunkers program has been a great success—210 applications have been received and 135 cars have been sent to the scrap yard. The City of Kelowna and the Abbott street resident’s association is planning a car free day on Abbott Street in September.

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.pdf icon May 3, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes (Pg. 9)

e) Air Quality

Director Shepherd highlighted discussions from the April 28th Air Quality Committee meeting: Kelowna Fire Department evaluating trench burning as a tool; wood waste chipping and Cash for Clunkers projects are ongoing; North Okanagan Regional District confirmed funds have been put towards developing an air shed plan; Director Shepherd and Director
Harriman attended a health seminar with Dr. Bates where air quality concerns were discussed e.g.: smoke related illnesses, pollutants from sulphur in diesel.

ACTION: The Air Quality Committee to send a letter to the UBCM Environment Committee regarding the harmful effects of sulphur in diesel fuel expressing the need for UBCM to lobby the Federal government.

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.pdf icon December 8, 2003 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes

e) Air Quality
Director Shepherd noted the proposed indoor wood burning amendments to the Smoke Control Bylaw will be discussed at next Governance & Services Committee meeting.

Staff have not yet received confirmation on the agricultural wood chipping project grant application.

The Committee has expressed concern that the air quality advisory system did not work
during Okanagan Fire Storm.

Staff are working on an anti-idling program.

An invitation was circulated for the kickoff of the Cash for Clunkers program.

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CITY OF KELOWNA STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT 2003

1.1.1.4 Activities that Contribute to “Fair” and “Poor” Air Quality Days
1.1.1.4.1 Vehicular Traffic
Vehicular traffic in the City of Kelowna (from page 8)

Vehicle exhaust is a significant contributing source to ozone formation. Growth projection patterns estimate Kelowna’s population to increase to 153,222 in 2020. A growing population contributes to increased vehicle usage, which results in additional vehicle emissions.
Assuming travel habits and modes of transport remain the same, Kelowna’s personal automobile use during peak travel periods is expecte

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Source Links

RDCO - Air Quality Programs, Information, and Committee

RDCO - Smoke Control and Burning

RDCO - Wood Stove Change Out Program - rebate on your old wood stove when you buy a new one

Kelowna's air quality program

Central Okanagan Air Quality Management Plan

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/air/airquality/aq_criteria_pm25/pm25criteria_summary.pdf

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/air/airquality/pdfs/airshedplan_provframework.pdf

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/air/vehicle/

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/air/

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