Paul Demenok.

Pros and cons of incorporation

At the next full meeting of the Area C Governance Study Committee, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Blind Bay Community Hall, several guest speakers will be addressing the pro’s and con’s of incorporation based on their experiences.

Virginia Smith, the current mayor of Barriere and Mike Fennell, the first mayor of Barriere will talk about their reasons for moving forward with incorporation nine years ago, and their experience since that time.

Grace McGregor, Electoral Area C Director and Chair of the Kootenay Boundary Regional District has participated in several governance studies in her area (Christina Lake) and will share her reasons for not moving forward with incorporation.

This meeting will provide the Area C Governance Study Committee and all attendees with some important first hand observations and information with respect to incorporation. I would strongly encourage all residents of Area C to attend this meeting to become fully informed.

A number of Governance Study Open Houses have yet to occur, and if you have not participated, please make every effort to attend one of the following sessions from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:

• Thursday, June 8- White Lake Community Hall,

• Friday, June 9- Eagle Bay Community Hall,

• Tuesday, June 13 Notch Hill Community Hall,

• Wednesday, June 14 Shuswap Lake Estates Lodge.

The draft interim report, overview report and online survey can all be accessed on the CSRD website at http://www.csrd.bc.ca/area-c-governance-study.

Please take a few moments to learn about the information generated by this study and to provide your opinions.

On another note, the South Shuswap Canada Day Committee have been working very hard and promise that our Canada 150 celebration on July 1st will be bigger and better than ever.

The day’s schedule includes:

• Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m.

• Parade at 10 a.m.

• Opening ceremonies at 11:30 a.m.

• Entertainment starting at noon and finishing with Cod Gone Wild at 8:30 p.m.

• Fireworks display after dusk.

You will find more information on www.shuswapcanadaday.ca. Our sincere thanks go to the Canada Day Committee for all their hard work.

If you’re ever looking for things to do, the tourism kiosks, which were designed, built and erected by the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce, represent an ongoing source of great local information. At each kiosk you will find handouts of maps, schedules of events, and a wide variety of local tourism guides and business information to help you enjoy the South Shuswap and all it has to offer. The kiosks look great and will fill an important need to support tourism in our area.

Our thanks and appreciation are extended to the South Shuswap Chamber, and especially to Mark Lane of Dreamcycle and Karen Brown for their efforts in making this idea become a reality.

-Paul Demenok is the Area C Director for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.