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ANDREW FALL

Regional Director

REGIONAL DISTRICT NEWS

The scattering golden hues of the first falling leaves portend changes soon to come.

LIVFD Dispatch System Survey: Thanks to everyone who filled the survey. I don’t yet know when the results will be released. There are no Board meetings in Oct (due to the election), so results might not be released until Nov.

LIVFD Honourariums: I continue to advocate for fair and full allocation of honourariums for all LIVFD members. The next step is for staff to recommend a draft policy to the Board (with input from regional fire chiefs). A timeframe for this hasn’t yet been provided to the Board. When this draft honourarium policy comes before the Board, there will be an opportunity for public input, and potential for the Board to make revisions as needed.

Election Candidacy (Election Day: Oct 15): I have submitted my candidacy papers, and so have officially stepped up to run again as your Regional Director. Last month, I outlined the main topics on which I would like to focus if I am re-elected, including completing the dispatch issue, working on equitable allocation of LIVFD honourariums, working with LIVFD on emergency incident location/mapping, clarifying the community preferences for use of the parking lot near the Arts Centre, and improving waste management. In addition, I would continue to work with the qRD to liaise with the Connected Coast and LIAS regarding the fibre optic project underway to improve internet connection in rural coastal communities, including public consultation as early in the process as possible (I will write on this once I have any new information).

If there are other regional issues of interest to you, please let me know.

Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention: Sept 12-16 I will be attending the UBCM convention to work with local governments from across BC to advocate to the Province on issues of interest to communities (or to argue against advocacy proposals from other local governments that are not supportable). The qRD Board will also meet with Minister Heyman, Ministry of Environment, to advocate for the Province to take more action to prevent Styrofoam from entering the sea where it harms the marine ecosystem and food supply (as well as for the Province to help marine-based businesses to transition to more benign alternatives).

I will only be able to return from UBCM on the afternoon of the 16th – the day before the Fall Fair (on Sat the 17th). This means that the Fall Fair team needs additional help with set up and organization – please consider stepping up to help.

Please feel free to contact me. I am honoured to be your regional representative.

Director Andrew Fall, qathet Regional District
Contact: Tel: 250-333-8595