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Mayor McDougall and area representatives attend the mining breakfast at UBCM

Mayor McDougall and area representatives attended the mining breakfast at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) this morning. John Pumphrey, Chief Operating Officer for North Coal Ltd., spoke on their project for a new metallurgical (coking) coal mine and was a sponsor of the breakfast.

We’re asking you to butt in as we consider butting out

Clean Air Bylaw 1229, 2018 governs where tobacco and cannabis smoking and vaping will be allowed in Sparwood.

Council wants to hear from you as we consider if we need to amend the bylaw so that it reflects the current community views on smoking in public places. A short survey poll has been created to get input from the community on smoking and vaping in public places. 

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Thinking of running for office but need more information?

If you are running for office or are considering running, you are encouraged to attend the Candidate Information Night to find out information first hand regarding election campaigning and advertising, compensation if elected, and what you could expect your role to include.

Call for Youth Commission Representatives

The District of Sparwood maintains a youth commission which is responsible for overseeing the Youth Action Sparwood (YAS) initiative and we are looking for new commission members! 

More information can be found here.  

New Garbage Collection Service Begins September 4

Starting September 4, the District will roll out changes to its curbside garbage collection services. All household garbage will now be collected from standard 242L bear-resistant carts which are scheduled to be delivered to residents the week of August 27.

More information available here. 

Temporary Closure: Highway 43 Pedestrian Crosswalk

This is to advise that the Pedestrian Crosswalk on Highway #43 near Aspen Drive remains closed until construction of the
new pedestrian controls for the Middletown Highway 3/43 Intersection Improvements Project are completed. Detour is available under the Highway 43 Railway Overpass. More information available here

Donations for Ponderosa Manor will be accepted up to September 15, 2018

District of Sparwood will continue to collect cash donations (cheque, debit, visa gift cards, etc.) up until September 15, 2018 for the residents of Ponderosa Manor who lost their home in the August 9 fire. Donations will then be disbursed based upon greatest need. 

More information on donating and applying for funding is available here

Evacuation ALERT in Corbin Area Rescinded

The evacuation ALERT for the Corbin area has been rescinded for 10 properties in the community of Corbin and Teck’s Coal Mountain Mine property.

The BC Wildfire Service is reporting the fire is 95% guarded and being held. It remains estimated at 30 hectares in size.

More information can be found here

Notice of Nomination for 2018 General Local Election

Nomination forms are available now at the District Office or online at Sparwood.ca until the close of the nomination period. 

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Provincial State of Emergency Declared

The B.C. government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

More information available here

Evacuation Order in Corbin Area Downgraded to Evacuation Alert

The evacuation ORDER for the Corbin area has been downgraded to an evacuation ALERT for 10 properties in the community of Corbin and Teck’s Coal Mountain Mine property.

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Sparwood Heights fire evacuees update

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) approved an extension of the 72-hour emergency social services assistance for the evacuees from Ponderosa Manor, building B, in Sparwood Heights.  This extension will expire on August 15, 2018 at which time the Red Cross will step in and provide whatever assistance they are able to assist residents with their recovery.

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Donations for the evacuees of the Sparwood Heights fire

4:27 PM:  The Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society has generously offered to match donations towards the residents of Building B who were impacted by Thursday night's fire to a maximum of $10,000. Cash donations (cheque, debit, visa cards, etc.) will be received by the District of the Sparwood and turned over to a local non-profit for disbursement.  Funds will be provided in priority of need.

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Do you have a recreation or rental property that you would consider renting out to a resident in need?

The District is calling upon all property managers and owners in the Elk Valley to contact us if you have any rental properties available that could be rented out on a short or long-term basis.

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Reception Centre for Sparwood Heights fire evacuees

Reception Centre is closed and will re-open on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 8:00 and will remain open until 6:00 pm.

Residents Affected by Sparwood Heights Fire Asked to Register with ESS

Officials with the District of Sparwood and Emergency Support Services (ESS) are asking anyone displaced by the overnight fire in Sparwood Heights to register at the ESS Reception Centre.

Full post here. 

Firefighters and Volunteers Acknowledged For Their Efforts

Update 6:05 pm: Mayor McDougall extends the District's appreciation to firefighters and community volunteers from around the Elk Valley for their support and assistance during this tragedy.

Residents of Ponderosa Manor Buildings A, C and D return home

Update 7:30pm: Residents of Ponderosa Manor Apartment Buildings A, C & D are now all able to go back into their units however the units in Building D will not have hot water for the next two days.

Campfires prohibited throughout the District of Sparwood

Effective at noon Mountain time on Thursday, July 26, 2018, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, including the District of Sparwood, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

2017 Carbon Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey

The District of Sparwood has completed the 2017 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Public Report as required by the Province of BC. The CARIP Report summarizes the actions taken in 2017 and those proposed for 2018 to reduce corporate and community‐wide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and reports on progress towards achieving carbon neutrality.