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Trail Bike Rodeo Event – May 2019

In Trail the RCMP detachment participated in a Bike Rodeo and shared it with us. Kudos to them for doing this. It would be nice if our detachment and staff had the resources to put one on here: I keep seeing people riding without regard for safety or the law.

Grand Forks is the first place I ever noticed people riding their bicycles on the wrong side of the street and I still encounter this. I’ve even seen parents teaching their little children to do that and I have to resist the urge to yell at them and ask what happens when your kid, doing it wrong, encounters another kid doing it correctly? And there’s a curb on one side and traffic on the other? Whose kid will get hurt and whose fault will that be?

Okay – that’s enough ranting on my part. Here’s the post that Sgt. Mike Wicentowich from the Trail detachment shared with us.

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, from 10:00 am to 12:00 am the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP participated in the Trail Bike Rodeo Event that took place at the Trail Memorial Arena, in Trail, BC. 

Approximately 60 youth participated in the event in which they could show off their biking handling skills to two RCMP officers.   Constable Mike Flewelling and Constable Ben Smith were kept running all morning as they guided each youth through the obstacle course and course challenges.  Both officers did an outstanding job from setting up the event to working with each youth to improve their understanding of biking safety rules.  Each participant received a certificate of completion at the end of the course.  The youths could also have a mechanical inspection on their bikes and have their helmets properly fitted thanks to Gerick Sports.  Additionally, 2 youth won new bikes amongst other prizes given away at the event by sponsors.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment would like to thank its partners in the event which included:
Trail Park and Recreation
West Kootenay Brain Injury Association
Gerick Sports

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Whispers Of Hope AGM

The Whispers Of Hope Benevolence Association held their Annual General Meeting May 15, 2019 at the Legion Hall.

Deb Mcintosh from Castlegar addressed the meeting. She shared hers, and Castlegar’s, experience supporting those in need and the homeless. Melissa Shulga talked about the past years’ trail for Whispers. It has been a tough one with being evicted from their facilities, criticism from some in the community and city hall. And the flood. Melissa’s slide show didn’t work out during the meeting but we’ve recreated it to play alongside her talk in the video. The financial report got the same treatment.

Over 50 people showed up for the meeting. It was contentious at times – some in attendance have been critical of the organization and concerned about the behaviour of some of its clients. But the meeting proceeded in a civil fashion and people generally behaved themselves well.

The Board had 7 positions open and there were more than 7 nominees so a vote was held. Counting the tally took just over an hour. And there was a tie. That was settled by a show of hands from those still present. By the end of the meeting at least one of the people critical of some of Whisper’s operations found herself a member of the Board.

We had hoped to live stream the event but technical issues prevented that from happening. So we have the next best thing – the recorded for later viewing on-demand AGM meeting.

Public Meeting May 1, 2019

A Public Meeting was held at Perley School on May 1, 2019. The group Citizens For A Better Grand Forks put the event on with the City sponsoring it. Over 160 people showed up.

The meeting was Moderated by Michael Strukoff.

The links in the list below should open a new window with the meeting video cued up at the position in the meeting that the link referred to. All you have to do after that is press Play.

OR you can watch the video in its entirety below.

Apologies in advance to anyone whose name I’ve misspelled or associated with the wrong organization. And if I’d had more time I’d have put in the actual question text instead of ‘question ##’ . . . but people who did not show up want to see it so I’ve put it up in this fashio for now.

Preparedness Week 2019

Preparedness Week saw things happening in Grand Forks from April 11 to 13th

Beginning on April 11 with a presentation on Your Finances After The Flood from Grand Forks Credit Union and Community Futures hosted by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy at Selkirk College.

On April 12 and 13th 2 blocks of Market Ave. in Grand Forks were closed to traffic so a number of demonstrations and information booths could be set up for preparedness week

One of the things they wanted to point out to people was how to properly do sand bagging. Flooding in your home or store is bad enough but imagine the frustration after a lot of hard work placing sandbags only to have that water infiltrate past them. There are ways to make that less likely to happen and make the barriers better. Paul Edmonds from Red Dragon Consulting takes us through it.

Remember what it was like trying to stay abreast of the changing threats over the last few years? Do you listen to the radio? Which website has the most up-to-date information? Are there public postings for those who aren’t on the web? Where? How do you know?
Well the Regional District has take a step forward in keeping you informed about threats as they happen. They’ve brought out an App (Voyent Alert) for phones and tablets that will get Push notifications about threats as they unfold. Push means you don’t have to make the App visit the website – it gets a notification all by itself. So if there’s a wildfire coming to where you are right now. or a flood, the App will let you know. It runs on both Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android systems.
Listen to RDKB’s Interim Emergency Program Manager Mark Stephens explain more.

What if you’ve gone out into the wilderness hiking, biking, snowmobiling, or hunting and something happens and you need help. What are you going to do?
Did you bring a GPS? Good – You know where you are.
But how do you get that information to Help?
Do you have a Satellite phone? No? How about a Two-Way radio? One that works in the mountains . . .
Or as you lie there with your broken leg / burst appendix / cuts and scrapes will you be wondering how long your body will be there before its found?
It doesn’t have to be that way or have that bad an outlook if you have an In-Reach device . . . with one of those rescuers can know exactly where you are and you can let them know what is wrong so they bring the right supplies to help you. Listen to Scott Lamont from Grand Forks Search and Rescue explain.

Politicians from various levels of government (not the feds) were present. Local city councillors were serving up pancake breakfast with the Elks on Saturday. Other were there to talk about what has happened, is happening and will take place in the future. Mayor Taylor, RDKB Chair Roly Russell and Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness Jennifer Rice spoke.