Open Burn Ban Rescinded

Open Burning (Category 2) is once again allowed within the Village of Midway boundaries. A valid burning permit is required. If you don’t have one, they are available at the Village Office. Also, a reminder that no person shall ignite or cause to be ignited any household waste, refuse, rubbish, garbage, plastic, or styrofoam, industrial or commercial waste under any circumstances.

Province seeks feedback to ban, reduce, recycle more plastics

News Release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019ENV0084-001516

British Columbians are invited to have their say on proposed new actions to reduce the plastic waste polluting the province’s waterways, environment and landfills.

“The message from British Columbians is loud and clear – we need to take action to reduce plastic waste, especially single-use items like water bottles and plastic bags that often find their way into our waters, streets and environment,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “We have all seen the striking images of animals and fish being caught up in everyday plastic waste like grocery bags or beer can loops that ensnare these beautiful creatures and it cannot continue. I look forward to hearing from people about how we can all play a part in reducing plastic pollution and plastics use overall.”

British Columbians are encouraged to share their opinions in an online survey and read the Province’s consultation paper: cleanbc.ca/plastics

Government is proposing action in four connected areas to reduce plastic pollution and use less plastic overall:

  • Bans on single-use packaging: determining which types of plastic packaging to phase out altogether, as well as any necessary exemptions, such as those for health, safety and accessibility, to keep products available for the people who need them
  • Dramatically reduce single-use plastics in landfills and waterways: requiring producers to take responsibility for more plastic products, ensuring more single-use items like sandwich bags, straws and cutlery get recycled
  • Plastic bottle and beverage container returns: expanding the deposit-refund system to cover all beverage containers – including milk and milk-substitutes – with a 10-cent refundable deposit, keeping millions more containers out of landfills and waterways
  • Reducing plastic waste overall: supporting effective ways to prevent plastic waste in the first place and making sure recycled plastic is reused effectively

“B.C.’s system is the envy of North America,” said Brock Macdonald, CEO, Recycling Council of BC. “By bringing industry to the table, extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs make it possible for materials to be recycled much more efficiently. That’s good for business and good for the environment. Today’s addition is a targeted and strategic increase to B.C.’s already expansive series of EPR programs.”

The Province is also reviewing new ways to make plastic recycling easier, including a proposed system of electronic refunds for empty bottle returns. This would eliminate the need to sort bottles and provide the option to have refunds processed electronically or donated to community organizations.  

“Surfrider Foundation Canada strongly supports the Government of British Columbia’s consultations regarding meaningful action to eliminate and reduce plastic waste and pollution,” said Lilly Woodbury, representative, Surfrider Foundation Canada. “This timely discussion will set out the next major steps in British Columbia’s ongoing efforts to build a prosperous and pollution-free province. We highly encourage all British Columbians to step up and be heard at this crucial time.”

While B.C. is a North American leader with 22 industry-led recycling programs, the Province is working with counterparts Canada-wide to develop national standards specifying the minimum amount of recycled plastic in new packaging and products.

These proposed changes support the Province’s CleanBC efforts to reduce pollution and divert waste from landfills.

“We have a responsibility to British Columbians to curb the significant impacts of plastic pollution on our environment and marine life,” said Andrew Weaver, leader of the BC Green Party caucus. “Taking action on plastic waste is a priority the BC Green caucus shares with this government, as well as with the local governments that have already shown leadership in this area. I look forward to hearing from British Columbians on their priorities for action on plastics.”

British Columbians are encouraged to comment on the recommendations until Sept. 18, 2019.  

Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT)

On February 27, 2006 the Government of British Columbia enacted legislation launching the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust with a $50 million one time allocation paid into a Regional Account. The Trust has the full powers and capacity of an individual and is not an agent of the government. The objective of the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust is to help grow and diversify the economy of the Southern Interior of British Columbia through economic development initiatives in 10 key sectors.

SIDIT’s service area covers the Southern Interior of British Columbia, an area generally described as bounded by the US border to the south, the Alberta border to the east, Hope to the west and Blue River to the north.

SIDIT’s funding programs are specifically targeted toward investments in self sustaining projects that support the ten mandated themes as defined in legislation. Performance measures include job creation, retention and enhancement, increased revenues, sustainability, leverage and economic diversification to the Southern Interior area of British Columbia.

For more information, please visit their website: https://sidit-bc.ca/

Phoenix Foundation Vital Signs Survey

Grand Forks, BC June 24th 2019 – A new community survey released today by Phoenix Foundation encourages residents of all ages in the Boundary Communities to share their feedback by completing the survey.

The Vital Signs survey, created as part of a national program led by Community Foundations of Canada, provides a comprehensive, reader-friendly, easy to complete survey with the aim to look at how Boundary communities are faring in key quality of life areas. 

The goal of the survey is to present a snapshot of Boundary communities’ vitality and well-being. The final report brings together local data and knowledge on a wide-range of interconnected topics from health and housing to education and the environment.  This will provide valuable information which the Phoenix Foundation can then use in determining their priorities. 

“The Phoenix Foundation is asking residents of all ages to give us a few minutes by sharing insights on life in the Boundary. We want to find out what is important to you”, says Gary Smith, Phoenix Foundation President.

Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities: Supporting your vision for a happier, healthier Boundary.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VitalSigns2019BoundaryRegion

Invasive Weeds – Hoary Alyssum

Hoary Alyssum, in particular, is starting to spread rapidly in Midway and the surrounding area. If you see this plant growing on your property it is important to know how to dispose of it properly. An informational fact sheet with this information and full description, can be found here

Personal Emergency Preparedness – Are you Prepared?

Are you prepared?

The Rock Creek Fire of 2015, and the threat of wildfire activity in Northern BC and Alberta during the summer months, are good reminders that emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. Your own personal preparedness can go a long way in assisting you in managing the emergency and recovery afterward. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has made a variety of guides and plans from PreparedBC available on their website to help residents prepare in case of an emergency in the area.  Pamphlets are available at the Village Office.