Community Conversation Notes from March 15, 2018


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Housing – Table 1

  • Not risk community $$$
  • Empty buildings – too many
  • What are the Needs?
    • Short term rentals (like motels) are essential to support and house the construction workers - need housing while here
    • Potential house/acreage @10K North Fork road to create a free community
    • Billeting – for events, to support them
Questions:
  • What is the City’s role in supporting affordable housing?
  • Should the city be involved or in charge?
  • 20 acres with 5 or 6 developments (coal shute to A &W) owned by CPR
  • Land cost $400,000
  • City controls zoning thus controls building development
  • Maybe city leases the land is a better idea for long term planning
  • Is affordable the appropriate nomenclature?
  • Trails are a vital part of our community development
  • GF lives and dies on summer events – billeting is one housing option – but would need organization
  • Municipal government to accept their role
  • Need zero barriers (@no cost) to obtain housing… for those with hopelessness, requires a support system to be sustainable
  • The cost saving/benefits to the community should be self-evident!!!




Belonging – Table 2

  • Newcomer article weekly in Gazette (template/interview)
  • Explore “newbie” potluck at City Park
  • Monthly newcomers meeting
  • Cultural inclusion – eventual weekend
  • Local community ambassador program restructured (City Hall) - Especially youth ambassadors – find out what would motivate them
  • Volunteer grandparents – integrate generations
  • Ways to find common ground with new immigrants
  • Follow through - very important intentions verbalized
  • Consider language used to describe relationships (eg change not for profit to public benefit; “neighbor” can be anyone)
  • Provide room for new ideas conversations - requires skilled facilitation
  • Feelings that safety is important – respect appreciated, involved, and enhances belonging – must be two ways
  • How to enhance youth’s sense of belonging
  • Creating space where youth can be themselves; just hang out
  • Volunteering – claim hours as tax write off (put in total hours)




Food Security – Table 3

  • Kettle Valley Food Coop & Ag Society – do they connect?
  • Farmers Market – provide food to KVFC?
  • Food distribution and storage network
  • Incentives for local producers and distributors
  • Make a local supply available for local commercial facilities ie hospitals, restaurants, care facilities
  • Community fruit picking for trees left unattended
  • Community fridge hubbub.com
  • Rezone large agriculture properties to small acreages 5+ to allow more opportunity for small scale farming
  • Controlled atmosphere – environment – shared?
  • Where is the market (grapes)?
  • Community Gardening – big farms vs small farms. Supplemental income vs profitable farm
  • Tool library/loaning – shared services
  • GMO concerns – do we have any control?
  • Environmental impacts
  • Air/soil quality
  • Teach people how to farm - Lost skills
  • Need more hands helping
  • Crop diversity
  • Market control imports undermine out crops
  • Learning garden – do something
  • Farm training
  • Lifestyle
  • Value added products
  • Youth engagement and education
  • The deer harvest
  • Fencing
  • Match land owners with young farmers “age in place”
  • Shared land plots
  • Best practice and recommendation for contracts
  • Fibre production was part of boundary history
  • Seed capital of the world!!
  • Aging beekeepers
  • Celebrate heritage
  • Transfer of knowledge



  • Air Quality – Table 4

    • How reliable is data? Need to have good data to know if needs to improve Check on woodstove program
    • Assess quality of data being collected
      • Enough locations?
      • Changes in elevation?
      • Quality equipment?
    • What is industry doing to meet or exceed standards?
    • Why is outdoor burning permitted in RDKB?




    Garbage, Compost & Recycling Table 4

    • Institutional efforts
    • Personal efforts | all three have different costs
    • Business efforts
    • Varied costs
    • Loss of local transfer bins in town
      • leads to more going into garbage
      • Harder to recycle if you can’t get to the dump
      • Dumping is a problem
      • Environment
      • dumpsters
      • We all get good marks for doing well overall in addressing issue – build on this!
      • What is the barrier?
      • Cost
      • livability
      • City Campground does recycling
      • Possible solutions
      • Use $ spent on dumpsters from illegal dumping to hire someone to sort and educate reinstate local bins
      • Shredding service
    • Questions why isn’t glass and Styrofoam included?
    • Educate to reduce waste generation
      • Zero waste shops
      • Compost




    Water – Table 4

    • Long Term Plan (Kettle River Watershed Committee working on this)
      • Need to buffer against floods & droughts by storing excess water
      • Fire protection - would not have capacity in event of a forest fire
      • Conversation and education to avoid future water shortages
      • Lawns - pros and cons of watering – doesn’t need so much
      • Improve and protect riparian areas
      • Buffer zone between agriculture land and river – should not have cattle in river!! RDKB and Province of BC




    Arts & Culture Table 5/6

    • Teaching opportunities
    • Youth engagement
    • Arts programming for kids
    • Capacity for growth and resiliency
    • Community centre – theatre
    • Co-op, fill in the gaps
    • Welcome Wagon!!!
    • Support standard of living through paid positions




    Designing Probes Notes


    Project – Alternative Health

    • Need – Reduce medical costs, bankruptcy
    • Purpose -
    • What is the Action?
    • Births not allowed in GF - midwife & dula
    • Training and education




    Project – Arts

    • Need – continuity
    • Purpose -
    • What is the Action?
    • Culture – Doukabour houses
    • RDKB Community Centre




    Project – Air Quality

    • Need – Data and better monitoring
    • Purpose – Improve quality for Boundary Residents
    • What is the Action?
      • Check out wood stove program
      • Assess quality of data being collected
      • Ban outdoor garbage burning (esp RDKB)
      • Increase number of stations throughout
      • Measure at different elevations
      • What is industry doing to meet or exceed standards?
    • Why Does It Make Sense to Try This
      • Health and well being
      • Economic benefits
      • Environmental stewardship
      • Future health costs will go down
    • Expected Success
      • Clear skies
      • Consistent and reliable data that shows improving trend
      • Industry partners demonstrate commitment to improving air quality
    • Possible Failure
      • Date shows air quality is getting worse
      • Industry resists going beyond the minimum standard




    Project – Make Recycling efforts More Successful

    • Purpose -
    • Need – Reduce Garbage
    • What is the Action?
    • Ask why glass and Styrofoam can’t be included
    • Bring back local bins, with steward




    Project – Transfer of Wealth

    • Need – Improve volunteerism, age in place
    • Purpose – Transfer of knowledge
    • What is the Action?
      • Volunteer hour tax credit – Provincial and federal
      • Age in place agricultural plan – young people working farm land – contract or transfer or sell land
    • Why Does It Make Sense to Try This
      • Bring young folks to town
      • Age in place
      • Keep volunteers enriching organizations
    • Expected Success
      • More volunteers
      • Seniors and young folks working together to strengthen the Boundary
    • Possible Failure
      • Contracts not suitable
      • Tax credit not granted




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