Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Art in the Park, 2015

Cranbrook and District Arts Council celebrated art, in the park on Saturday August 29th with a masquerade theme.  Several artists demonstrated their talents including Jon Chale from Kimberley who wowed those who watched with his graffiti skills.  Children were able to paint masks and banners and there were some colourful costumes wandering through the crowd lending a masked party atmosphere.  Summer Sounds provided the great musical entertainment.

CDAC reminds people that their fall Raffle tickets are now on sale at the Gallery.  First prize $2000, second prize $500. Tickets are $5.  The popular Rockies Art 2016 Calendar is also now in stock.

Councillor Blissett watches as Jon works

Jeannie Miller with her beautiful watercolours

Brian Woodward from Canal Flats

Some of the work from the Children's summer art camps

a young helper assists with an Art in the Park banner

More work from the Summer Art Camps

Children make masks

members selling the Rockies Art Calendar and raffle tickets

children love streamers

Masked family

Val Sawyer adds finishing touches to her cat

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fire Update, Saturday August 29th 6:00pm

Good afternoon,

We have a new small wildfire south of Moyie townsite next to Highway 3 which was caused by a tree falling onto a power line.   BC Wildfire Service has an initial attack crew onsite along with 2 officers and a helicopter dropping water.  There are no evacuation alerts or orders in place and we are told that this fire is not threatening any structures at this time.

The BC Wildfire Service reports that the Cherry Lake wildfire grew quickly yesterday and today due to gusty winds and dry conditions.  This fire is now estimated at 1250 ha but it is not threatening any structures or communities.  There are 43 firefighters on the ground, 6 helicopters and 7 pieces of heavy equipment.  Please note:  To assist Wildfire Service crews in being able to action the Cherry Lake area fire, a public access restriction is in effect for the Caven, Wickman, Larch, Bloom, Teepee and Teepee / Jim Creek Forest Service Road. This restriction will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.  BC Wildfire Service has a map showing the closure area on their website at: Cherry Lake Wildfire  Let's stay out of their way so crews can fight the fire most effectively!

The forecast for the next couple of days says the gusty winds should die down around sunset tonight and there’s a possibility of thunder showers in the wee morning hours.  The winds will likely pick up again on Sunday and they’ll still be from the south west, so smoky conditions will continue.  Sunday has possibility of more showers or thunder showers in some areas with possible amounts of up to 5-10 mm.

If you plan to travel this weekend, check the DriveBC website: for up to date information on road closures.

The campfire ban remains in place.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation on Crown or private land, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.  Within a municipality, please contact the municipality directly for information on fire bans and/or reporting.

-Tracy Van de Wiel
Information Officer

Road Closures, Cherry Creek Fire

click to enlarge

My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper from Wildsight on Vimeo.

Dam Expert Arrives at IdleWild

This expert of dam building was spotted at Idlewild this week.

photo Stewart Wilson

Friday, August 28, 2015

According to Tom Fletcher BC is not burning

FLETCHER: No, B.C. is not burning
read the title of Tom Fletcher's opinion piece, which ran in many of Black Press's local newspapers including the Townsman, this week.

Well, if it is not burning somewhere close to where you live, it likely is or has been smoking. The reason why someone would write this, what could be interpreted as a deliberately provocative and offensive column is a mystery, unless it is an attempt to minimize the real issue of climate change, which looms large on many minds and is a serious election topic of great concern for many voters.

"Snowpacks for southern B.C. were indeed the lowest on record this past winter, but that record only goes back 31 years. When were high snowfall records last broken?” “That would be 2011.",  wrote Fletcher as if to dismiss the considerable body of long term statistics, which point to much more serious evidence for climate change than fluctuating precipitation alone, in just this part of BC.   It is a lot more complex than that and one only has to go to a source such as NASA to find the global trends, which affect us all.

We have been advised by many scientists, as the result of much research and proof, to prepare for extremes of everything, floods, drought, wind and temperatures. It was only last week that we read, “The Earth experienced its hottest June and the hottest first half of the year since records began, according to scientists.”
Climate change is not an hypothesis any more.

Fletcher also questions the predictions of ‘periods of drought being the new normal’ with the question:
“Is drought also the “new normal”? “The B.C. government’s own climate-change forecast is for increasing overall precipitation, albeit with more rain and less snow”, he wrote.
Either Fletcher has a real lack of understanding of what climate changes really are, in this article or there is a motive to soothe our souls into thinking we need not do anything about the changes.   

Fletcher refers to the upcoming Climate Summit as, “the latest global climate doom festival in Paris this fall”, a patronizing and dismissive characterization of what, for many, is of major importance for every economy and survival of much of life as we know it.

What's Happening........

Friday August 28th and Saturday August 29th

Photography Workshop with Joel Robison
Call Cranbrook and District Arts Council

Saturday August 29th

Cranbrook Farmer's Market
9:00am - 1:00pm
Tenth Avenue South

Summer Sounds
Rotary Park
11:am - 2:00pm

Art in the Park
Graffiti demos
mask making
and more
Rotary Park
11:am - 2;00pm

Meet the Author
Corinne Jeffery
Cole's Book Shop
Tamarack Mall
12 noon - 4;00pm

September 1st to 25th

The 'We Paint Group'
exhibits in
The Cranbrook and District Arts Council Gallery
135, Tenth Avenue S.

Thursday September 3rd

Noah Derksen
contemplative folk music
Cranbrook and District Arts Council Gallery

Fish Dinner

Life as we don't see it most of the time.
This snake beside Mark Creek had caught a good fish dinner this week.

photos Jenny Humphrey

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fire Update Thursday August 27th, 2015

Good afternoon everyone,

As you may be hearing in the news, BC Wildfire Service crews have been actioning a fire in the Cherry Lake area, which is more than 20 kms from Cranbrook.  The Wildfire Service’s online mapping program shows the fire is located in the backcountry approximately halfway between Moyie and the Newgate area which is on Lake Koocanusa.  The BC Wildfire Service has 29 personnel onsite (with more arriving today) and several pieces of heavy equipment and aerial support, so if you see helicopters, that’s why.  There are no evacuation alerts or orders in place and we are told that this fire is not threatening any structures at this time.

Please be cautious if you’re heading out this weekend.  The campfire ban remains in place and conditions remain very dry.  The weather forecast is calling for a chance of a thunder shower this afternoon in the Invermere area, but the rest of the region is expected to remain similar to the past couple of days with a mix of sun and cloud.  The smokey conditions are expected to stick around as long as the wind direction remains the same, at least until Monday or so.  The smoke is still coming from the large fires in the USA and in the boundary region.  

If you plan to travel this weekend, check the DriveBC website: for up to date information on road closures. 

To report a wildfire or open burning violation on Crown or private land, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.  Within a municipality, please contact the municipality directly for information on fire bans and/or reporting.

Have a great weekend!

-Tracy Van de Wiel
Information Officer


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New approach to eradicating nasty weeds.....

The last few weeks of August don’t just mean bidding goodbye to summer; for many allergy sufferers, it also means the agony of ragweed season.
But the town of Hudson, Que., is turning to a new idea to give its residents some relief: setting a bounty on the nasty weed.
Hudson has begun paying residents to pull out ragweed, offering five cents a pound for the weed, or 10 cents a kilo.
Julie Schroeder, the town’s director of parks and recreation, has even upped the ante with a grand prize.
“Whoever brings in the most, I am personally putting up $100 of my own money to sweeten the deal,” she says.
Some residents are taking on the challenge with gusto. Seven-year-old Kyle Secours has become known as Hudson’s own “Ragweed Terminator.” He’s managed to slice and dice nearly three times his own weight in less than two days.
That’s 139 pounds (63 kg) for a kid who weighs only 51 lbs (23 kg) himself.
Now, if we would all just pull the noxious Knapweed that is invading the many trails and empty lots about town!

Muskrat Love

This muskrat appears to be loving the new shoots growing out of the newly exposed muddy bank at Idlewild.

Photos Stewart Wilson