Kimberley Bulletin

Custom shirts made for 2020 grads who won’t get a ceremony

Two Kimberley women collaborate with Big Magic to give grads something to remember the occasion

  • Apr 16, 2020

Council approves zero per cent municipal property tax collection adjustment

At a virtually-held meeting on Tuesday, April 14, Kimberley City Council unanimously passed a motion to limit the variable property tax rate increase to zero per cent for the 2020 fiscal year.

  • Apr 15, 2020

Wildsight offers home school tips

As parents struggle to keep kids entertained and educated during this period of social isolation and no school, environmental group Wildsight is offering some simple tips for homeschooling.

LETTER: Open letter to Rob Morrison, MP

Hello Rob, My name is Michelle Nex and I live in Kimberley. Together with my husband, and with the help of our 16 year old daughter, we run a short term rental business, wherein we let out several apartments for short term rental through the websites VRBO, Booking.com, and AirBnB as well as through private bookings. We currently do all the cleaning and maintenance for the units ourselves. Because my daughter and I are immunocompromised, we have been in voluntary self isolation since March 14th, only leaving for necessities, and, since Covid-19 began, we have been very proactive in restricting our rentals to necessary/essential travellers only, and only to those who, due to Covid-19, have been left without a place to stay. We have been very proactive in screening for such guests. During this time, I have become increasingly concerned about the number of holiday travellers coming to our area, despite government pleas not to come. These people are either booking or attempting to book our units for "getaways", "to visit friends in our city", and "to escape Covid-19" in their own larger cities and are mainly from Alberta. Non-essential travellers are putting undue strain on our already severely taxed resources, taking groceries when our shelves are already bare for a good portion of the time, and such people could also put an added strain on our medical resources, should they become ill or get involved in an accident and need medical attention. Our medical system already cannot handle the all of the full time residents on the best of days, much less during this time of Covid-19. Almost all of these people are coming from Alberta, either Calgary or Edmonton. Those people buy gas and therefore touch the gas pumps, putting others who follow behind them at risk of contracting the disease. Those people buy groceries once they arrive, and therefore enter grocery stores, putting all the other shoppers and workers at risk of getting it, as well as using the resources needed for locals. And lastly, those people usually stay in short term accommodation, putting people like myself and my daughter at risk of becoming infected. Many people are just not getting the message that we are trying to send, that they need to stay home to help slow the spread. They somehow think that they are the exception, or that they are so special that the rules do not or should not apply to them. It seems that their way of thinking is that if they "mostly" stay away from other people, then it's OK. Unfortunately, we all know this is not true. I have been proactive and canceled all of those types of reservations and told them to please go home. However, I am but one person, and I know that although I have canceled, they will still be coming and just renting another place to someone who may not be as scrupulous as I have been or have the same ethics that I have. I am seeing my business, which was thriving and increasing in revenue, drop to a near zero level, and we could sorely use the income now. However, my husband and I have chosen to make the personal sacrifice and comply with our local government advice because it is simply the right thing to do. But if others are not doing the same, and if the border is permitted to remain completely open unfettered, then the loss of my business will be for nothing, and many lives will certainly be unnecessarily lost. I am attaching 4 screen shots of the messages from yet another booking I cancelled just last night at midnight, through AirBnB, to show you how people are behaving and to show you just how serious this problem is. I am asking that the borders be closed, rather than restrict the short term rental business, because there *is* still a need for it. We currently have a young man in one of our units who had originally planned to give up his apartment here in Kimberley and travel for the first part of April before going back to his job in the north. His apartment had already been rented out when the pandemic hit, and he had nowhere to go, so he came to us. We also have a Telus technician coming to stay with us next week so he can do maintenance here in the area, which is obviously an essential service during this time. As you can see, there is still a need for short term rentals in our area. But as such, we really do need to have our border to the east blocked to everything but essential and necessary travel to stop the holidayers from inundating our little towns and taxing our resources at this critical time. I am asking you to please lobby the Canadian government on our behalf to close the Alberta - BC border. If it can't be completely done, then I ask that Highway 3, through the Crow's Nest Pass, Highway 93, through Kootenay National Park, and Highway 1, through Banff National Park be closed to all nonessential traffic. I believe the survival of our communities and the people within them here in the East Kootenays depends on it. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Sincerely, Michelle Nex Kimberley, BC

MLA Clovechok thanks constituents for staying home

Last week, Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok expressed frustration over people from out of the area continuing to try to visit the riding.

Council to consider zero per cent municipal property tax collection adjustment

At the regular meeting on Tuesday, April 14, City Council will consider options for a zero per cent municipal tax collection adjustment for 2020.

  • Apr 13, 2020

McCormick: ‘it proved on the weekend that everybody in the community is with the program’

With the long weekend receding into memory, Mayor Don McCormick said that though there was apprehension of an influx of visitors, he wound up being very pleased with what he saw.

  • Apr 13, 2020

SD6 teachers and staff ready to support parents with at home learning

Teachers in SD6 have returned to work after Spring Break, although not all are in the same place.

Instructor-led, online courses offered through Kimberley Library

If you're looking for a little something to do from home to stave off boredom, how about taking a course?

Bylaw officer commends Kimberley on proper physical distancing

The City's Emergency Operations Centre offered their kudos to the people of Kimberley for respecting social distancing measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Apr 9, 2020

City suspends backyard fires until further notice

Coinciding with a provincial open fire ban across the region, the City of Kimberley has suspended all backyard fire permits until further notice in an effort to maintain the highest possible air quality, a consideration for people with respiratory problems.

  • Apr 9, 2020

Search and Rescue see 50 per cent call reduction, hope for further decrease

The BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) extended their gratitude to the public after seeing a 50 per cent reduction in the average number of search and rescue calls, but adds they'd like to see people do better, and urge extra caution as we approach the Easter long weekend - historically one of their busiest.

  • Apr 9, 2020

Kimberley Alpine Resort restricts access following complaints of continued gatherings

Although Kimberley Alpine Resort has been closed since March 16, people have continued gathering there and so management has made the decision to close their parking lots and entry points to the mountain as of Wednesday, April 8.

  • Apr 8, 2020

Frustrated MLA begs out of province visitors to stay home

Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok doesn't understand why people aren't listening to good advice

Kimberley’s doctors are here for you

Clinic hours expanded on Saturday and Sunday to take calls

Kimberley provides clarification on role of bylaw officer in enforcing COVID-19 protocols

The office of Minister of Public Safety and the Solicitor General provided orders to municipal bylaw enforcement officers, instructing them in their roles of enforcing public health orders.

  • Apr 6, 2020

McCormick’s weekly address to Kimberley

Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick put out another update on Monday, April 6, detailing what's going on behind the scenes at the city, saying that although it feels that another week has passed and we are essentially where we were last week, this is not the case.

  • Apr 6, 2020

Wasa Triathlon rescheduled for August

The 2020 Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon, originally scheduled for June 13 to 14, has been rescheduled for August 8 and 9, 2020, after the International Triathlon Union (ITU) cancelled all events up to June 30 due to COVID-19.

  • Apr 6, 2020

East Kootenay Track and Field Club cancels season

The East Kootenay Track and Field Club has made the call to cancel their upcoming season due to social distancing requirements.

Evolving situation; evolving bailouts

It has long been a time honoured political tradition to make a big funding announcement and then announce it again a few more times for maximum benefit.