Regional Rundown: Change must be embraced by Canal Flats

This time around, I would like to talk a little bit about community engagement.

This time around, I would like to talk a little bit about community engagement.  You may have seen some articles in the paper lately regarding a proposed RV development within the Village of Canal Flats.  This application sparked a huge reaction from the residents, which included a 300-plus signature petition and a large number of letters.

In the end, the applicant withdrew his application and the project will not go forward. Regardless of what side of the issue people were on and regardless how council would have voted, I was impressed with the involvement of the community.  We received so much feedback that, during a recent planning meeting, council decided to start working on a campground/RV bylaw to implement some of the suggestions that were made and to help us make our decision a little easier should another similar application come forward. This will also help any potential developer who will know from the start what is expected in the Village of Canal Flats. One message that kept repeating itself during this application process was that nothing should change; everything should stay as it is. If that means that we should stay a small village where everyone knows each other and looks out for each other, I hope that is what happens.

However, I would like people to think about this: that in order to survive and keep our village running without putting too much pressure on the taxpayers, change is unavoidable. We need change, but change does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. If we are smart about it, we can keep our small town atmosphere and still achieve economic growth. It is my hope that the community keeps this in mind when we ask for input in upcoming surveys, open houses, etc. In the meantime, council is still working on our planning process, which will, among other things look at the OCP (Official Community Plan), zoning bylaws, etc. We hope to see a lot of public engagement and participation during that process as well.

Ute Juras is the mayor of Canal Flats and can be reached at 250-489-9070 or by e-mail at

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Video invites visitors back to valley

Chamber video says: “Hey, hey! Come back and play, play.”

Invermere deer ‘hoofs’ woman and dog

Aggressive deer incidents increase this year, as woman and dog left bruised and injured

School District 6 nominated Summit Youth Hub for award

Hub nominated for a B.C Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association (BCPVPA) Partnership Award

Invermere library reopens for summer

Summer Reading Club and Pop-up Story Time return

Free beach camps for kids

The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are offering free summer camps for kids at James Chabot Beach.

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Feds announce $8.3M to deal with ‘ghost’ fishing gear in B.C. waters

Ghost gear accounts for up to 70 per cent of all macro-plastics in the ocean by weight

Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

2018 was the worst year on record for wildfires

B.C. orders Coastal GasLink to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands

The 670-kilometre pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from northeast B.C. to Kitimat

Most Read