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Changes in Lake Country

Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2014 09:00 PM

The recent restructuring at Municipal Hall in Lake Country has brought some controversy and questions. Controversy is pretty common in local government and it is part of what we do. We understand it and we deal with it.

Questions are important in a democracy because people want to know and need to make decisions based on facts.

With respect to the Business Systems Review Lake Country has undertaken recently, I wish to provide some information that hopefully will clarify a few things.

First off, the...

Tale of an infrequent cyclist during Bike to Work Week

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 09:00 PM

For weeks I have been encouraging all in my workplace and community to gear up to participate in cycling at some point during Bike to Work / Bike to School Week May 26-June 1, 2014.

I am a middle-aged mom of teens, a full-time communications officer (read sedentary desk job), not an athlete of any type or regular cyclist. I used to love to cycle and would often pull both kids in a tagalong bike trailer (when they were under 4) around Stanley Park in Vancouver or from Ladner village to Westham Island...

Why Local Governments Count

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 09:00 PM

In November, people in BC will be called to vote in a province-wide municipal election. Elections used to be held every three years, until now, but with the pending legislation change and this year's election, a new chapter of local government history opens in BC as terms will be held for four years. In addition, with the new proposed legislation, all financial matters for candidates will be looked after by Elections BC. This is probably a good thing as Elections BC has the structure and the resources...

Volunteers the unsung heroes of Lake Country

Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2014 09:00 PM

It's National Volunteer Week April 6-12, 2014

The Lake Country community is well known for its strong sense of community spirit. The altruistic activities that take place throughout Lake Country are not just done by the highly-visible volunteer service organizations such as the Lions Club, Kiwanis and Rotary, Food Bank, Hospital Auxiliary, or various church groups. We see every age group and every ability getting involved in diverse aspects of community service in Lake Country.

Volunteers are often...

Innovative technology used to keep drinking water safe

Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 09:00 PM

Would a helmet- and tank-clad commercial diver coming out of a mound of earth high above Okanagan Lake catch your attention? It sure did catch mine . . .when I was invited this very cold February day to check out the innovative technology being used in Lake Country to clean the water reservoirs.

First, I should clarify that the water reservoir is not exactly an open body of water as I expected, but rather a concrete structure that is covered in earth and surrounded by a security fence you would...