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While the current COVID-19 situation has closed many retail stores and restaurants across Fernie, you can still support local businesses by shopping and ordering online, and in some cases even ordering take-out.

Thank you to Tourism Fernie for compiling information on what businesses are providing. Visit the link here.

In response to COVID-19, Columbia Basin Trust is postponing the public engagement process to renew its strategic plan, including community meetings scheduled this spring and the two regional Symposia this fall.

The message this week has been clearly delivered by both federal and provincial health officials: the time for social distancing is now. As a result, the March RDEK public hearings and community meetings have been postponed and a new approach is being planned for the April Board Meetings.

On March 17, 2020, the City of Fernie announced that it activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in support of Provincial measures responding to the ongoing COVID-19 Situation.

The EOC provides a central point of information sharing, planning, and coordination for the municipality, and ensures coordination across all local, regional and provincial agencies involved at this time. The City of Fernie is committed to working with the lead agencies in reducing the impact of COVID-19 in our community to protect the health and safety of our citizens.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors has adopted its 2020-2024 Financial Plan.

The 2020 operating budget totals $33,980,391, which results in an increase in taxation, on average, of 4.6%. “I would like to thank staff, the Board and the many other stakeholders who have been working for months on preparing this plan,” says RDEK Chair Rob Gay. “As a board and a region, we are always mindful of the need to provide quality service to our taxpayers while balancing the tax impacts. I believe we have maintained that balance in this budget.”

In Fernie, there is no lack of inspiring, bold women. As business owners. As community advocates. As volunteers and pioneers. It is truly a privilege to work, recreate, create, parent, and live among them.

The Board of Directors of the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurel Douglas as its CEO effective May 4, 2020.

Students in the Columbia Basin can learn about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through JA British Columbia (JABC). Columbia Basin Trust is providing JABC with $460,500 over three years to provide support to students throughout the region.

Service level reviews, examining needs, swimming through the sea of wants. It’s really an everyday process in local government, one that keeps us balancing strategic priorities designed to insulate our community from poor investment choices that do not support our infrastructure needs, against the always present ‘emerging needs.’