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Dr. Ron Clark, who has practiced as a family doctor in Fernie for over 40 years and most recently served as the Chief of Staff at the Elk Valley Hospital, retired last month. Something he admits came earlier than anticipated but is welcomed with open arms. An avid adventurer… of all things, he is ready to spend time doing the things he loves and to continue to learn new things… like golf. Surprising to even him!

More than 2,400 new affordable rental homes are coming for people with moderate and low incomes in 39 communities throughout the province.

The Columbia Basin Trust is providing $2.5 Million towards 114 New Affordable Housing Units in Aq’am, Fruitvale, Kaslo, New Denver, Sparwood and Valemount.

The RDEK is reminding residents about the need to be cautious around all waterways and prepared in the event of seasonal flooding as the warm temperatures this week have resulted in melting of the higher elevation snowpack. 

“We are expecting to see water levels rise as the high-elevation snowpack melts,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. “We encourage everyone to stay clear of creek banks and rivers during this spring run-off and urge anyone who lives in an area prone to seasonal flooding to take steps to protect their properties.” 

First Nations in the Columbia Basin are moving ahead with building and improving housing stock—adding additional affordable housing options and professional development opportunities—while being supported by unique and innovative partnerships.

In spite of a decrease of 4.1% on an average residential assessment for 2021, the Electoral Area A portion of the RDEK’s budget is already making a big impact through the programs and services its supports. 

On August 14, 2017 Council received a report from the late Lloyd Smith, our Director of Leisure Services on the condition of our public works building. For those of us in the room, it was startling. 

“A number of buildings located at the public works yard have not been maintained adequately over the last thirty years. In 2016, the Quonset building was decommissioned after engineers identified structural issues. These issues had been previously outlined in a report completed and supplied to the City in 1997 but were never addressed.” 

The City of Fernie is pleased to support our local food-service providers by promoting pop-up COVID-safe dining options throughout the city.  Picnic tables will be installed on 6th Street, the Station Square parking lot, on City Hall grounds starting on May 21st in time for the May long weekend.