Support Victims Of Pacific Heights Fire

Support Victims Of Pacific Heights Fire

Editor’s note: More than 85 people lost their homes after a Campbell River apartment building, on the corner of 9th and Dogwood, caught fire on April 8. Two firefighters were injured, when the floor collapsed underneath them, and four people needed to be rescued, but no lives were lost. The Strathcona Regional District put out the following appeal to support victims of the Pacific Heights fire. Accommodation and food support for residents affected by the fire at the Pacific Heights apartmentbuilding in Campbell River has been extended until April 22. The support comes through the provincialemergency support services (ESS) program. Confirmation of the extended support came less than a day after the City requested an extension.“The City of Campbell River is extremely grateful to Minister Selina Robinson and staff with the Ministryof Municipalities and Housing for the quick response to a very unfortunate incident,” says Mayor AndyAdams. “The province-wide teleconferences that help connect us with the Province are invaluable forkeeping up to date on the changing COVID-19 situation, and available support. This was also anopportunity to ask for help with exceptional circumstances, such as this case, where we need a bit moretime to work with provincial and local agencies to assist people who require accommodation, furniture,clothing and other supplies.” Today, the Canadian Red Cross will conduct a needs assessment for tenants displaced by the fire todetermine any additional support requirements in areas such as health, income support, long-termshelter options. In addition, three pet cats have been reunited with their family through the Strathcona EmergencyProgram’s Canadian Animal Disaster Response Team (CDART). This team of volunteers helps displacedanimals and is primarily...
Open Burning Prohibitions

Open Burning Prohibitions

April 8, 2020 – Open Burning Prohibitions in the Region implemented by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources - Starting April 16 Campbell River, BC – With the pleasant spring weather upon us, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is reminding everyone about open burning prohibitions to reduce demands on firefighting resources, help protect the health and safety of the public, help reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective next Thursday, April 16 at noon, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed. The following activities will be prohibited, and restrictions remain in effect until public is otherwise notified:  Category 2 open fires – a fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size; Category 3 open fires – a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.Resource Management open fires; The use of fireworks; The use of sky lanterns; and The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).  These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within British Columbia, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw).  For the Strathcona Regional District’s Electoral Areas, this prohibition directly applies to: North Quadra Island (outside of the Improvement District) and the remainder of Electoral Area C (Quadra & Discovery Islands)All...
All Recreation Sites with Camping Facilities are Closed

All Recreation Sites with Camping Facilities are Closed

The following Recreation Order is effective April 7, 2020. Pursuant to Section 58 (1) (b) of the Forest and Range Practices Act, and by order of the Director of Recreation Sites and Trails Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. All Recreation Sites with Camping Facilities are Closed All recreation uses are prohibited in Recreation Sites with camping facilities. This Order is made to address public health and safety concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and aims to discourage social gatherings and regional travel of public recreationists. This Order will remain in effect until May 31, 2020 or until rescinded or until replaced by another order. John HawkingsDirectorRecreation Sites and Trails...
Important Info For Seniors & People With Medical Conditions

Important Info For Seniors & People With Medical Conditions

Campbell River, BC – Because older adults, and people with medical conditions are at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19, the Strathcona Regional District and City of Campbell River are sharing important information to help keep community members healthy. Available now is a list of resources that can be printed and shared with those who don’t have a computer or internet access. Find it at SRD.ca/COVID-19 and campbellriver/COVID-19 under Community Resources. To request a paper copy by mail to you or someone you know who may need it, please phone the City call centre at 250-286-4033, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. How does COVID-19 spread? COVID-19 is a virus that is spread through liquid droplets. People are infected if those droplets enter their mouth, nose or eyes. The virus is spread primarily when sick people cough or sneeze without covering their nose and mouth. Even people with mild symptoms can transmit the virus. That’s why it’s extremely important that everyone follows all public health instructions and orders. Best Ways To Protect Your Health Clean hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds, always before eating and after washroom use.Use hand sanitizers frequently when soap and water are unavailable.Cough or sneeze into your elbow.Avoid touching your face.Maintain a two-metre distance from other people.Avoid public spaces and large groups of people.Clean and disinfect surfaces that other people might have touched.Stay home as much as possible.If you are sick, or have recently returned from travel outside Canada, you must follow quarantine requirements. Tips For Coping With Change Being quarantined or staying home and away from other people as much as...