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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

City of Cranbrook 2014 Financial Statements

Corporation City of Cranbrook Financial Statements for 2014 in draft form can be found at:

and to see the complementary schedules of staff salaries and more financial information go to:

Council Meeting Tonight 6:00pm, Council Chambers, Open to the Public

The full agenda for the Council meeting of May 25th 2015, 6:00pm can be read at:

Please, Don't Fence Me In

The fence designed to keep people out at Idlewild can be seen to be a problem for turtles who need to get out.  Word has it, the problem is under discussion - let's hope it is resolved soon.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Donate to Nepal and receive 'Heart of the Himalaya' by Pat and Baiba Morrow

IN LIGHT OF THE TRAGEDY THAT HAS STRUCK NEPAL AND THE PEOPLE OF THE HIMALAYA, Pat and Baiba Morrow (and Bungalo Books) have decided to make Heart of the Himalaya, their multimedia portrait of the Himalaya people, free to everyone until May 31st. We hope that our readers will donate $10 or more to one of the charities involved in the rescue effort. We recommend donations be made online to the Canadian Red Cross effort.
We are not sure what financial impact this offer will have for the relief cause but the gift will provide a small reward for people’s generosity — and give donors some insight into the Himalayan people they are helping. Thank you for your generosity.
Frank B. Edwards, Publisher

Heart of the Himalaya is a rich photo tribute to the people of the world’s highest mountain range by Pat and Baiba Morrow, two photojournalists who have travelled extensively through it for the past 33 years.

What's Happening...

Saturday May 23rd

Cranbrook Farmer's Market
10 - 1:00pm outside at the Ktunxa Gym

Sunday May 24th

Aspire Dance Recital
Key City Theatre
Key City Theatre

Sunday May 31st

Great Lake Swimmers
Good "ol Goats and The Weather Station
Key City Theatre
Tickets Key City Theatre

Frivolous Spending

Frivolous spending
Six months ago we had a city election where the candidates put forth their positions.  Many listed deplorable roads and the need to address our broken infrastructure.  A number were concerned with wildlife roaming city streets.  Wesly Graham wanted to look at the possibility of an overpass (Townsman, Aug. 29, 2014).  Lee Pratt said, “I’ve seen a lot of frivolous spending on unnecessary projects when our infrastructure, our roads, are just crumbling.”  (Townsman, Oct. 2, 2014)
Now the City sees potential opportunities to enhance and redevelop Idlewild Park. (Townsman, May 8, 2015).  The public input deadline is May 25—a whopping 17 days.  What’s behind the rush?
The City “sees opportunities to enhance and redevelop Idlewild Lake.”  Where did these spending opportunities come from?  Is this a round-about way to more frivolous spending by City Hall?
Idlewild Lake was not an issue for any candidate during the recent city election, and I haven’t heard of people in the streets marching for “enhancement and redevelopment” of Idlewild.  The City’s suggestion that we turn Idlewild into an off-leash dog park or that we add a beach area—requiring endless truckloads of sand—is unwarranted.  Idlewild is a gem the way it is; and if we need more frivolous spending, do it elsewhere—and not on other Cranbrook jewels, Elizabeth Lake and the Community Forest.
The Conservative government is scattering $150 million all across Canada for park enhancement and development.  The deadline for applications is June 27, so announcement and photo ops can occur on the eve of the October federal election.
The City Council needs to realize that chasing federal grants skews the mission and goals of the City, and it ties the City to future maintenance costs forever. 

William G.Hills
Cranbrook, BC


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blast from the Past

Chamber Dreamed Big.
Sam Wormington was a well-known figure in the area and he eventually moved south to manage Schweitzer Ski Hill near Sandpoint.

Cranbrook Courier October 17th 1962
click to enlarge

Portraiture of Cranbrook's Historic Figures

The Sam Steele Society and the Cranbrook and District Arts Council are sponsoring the first Historic Figure Portrait Contest for Sam Steele Days 2015. We would like  you to use your talents to produce an original portrait of one of the local historic figures from the nineteenth century. It could be Sam Steele or Kootenay Brown or Chief Isadore or any of the other famous people who helped to develop our area.

Pick your favourite character from the rich history of the Kootenays and illustrate him or her in the visual medium of your choice. 
There will be prizes offered for the best portraits in four categories: 
Junior, Secondary, College and Adult.

Entry forms will be available at the CDAC office located at: 135 - 10th Avenue South.  Entries close and should be brought in to the Arts Council on Friday June 12th at 5pm. There will be a display of entries in the CDAC gallery during the week of Sam Steele Days (June 16th – 19th) and then in Rotary Park on Saturday, June 20th.

Elementary school pupils can be involved, too. There will be T-shirt painting on a Sam Steele theme in Rotary Park on Saturday June 20th starting at noon. Kids can apply at the CDAC booth for a free T-shirt and spend part of their morning doing their best illustration of Sam Steele on their own shirt. There will be a limit on entries depending on the time and number of shirts available. So sign up early!

Marisa Phillips
CDAC Administrator

Cranbrook & District Arts Council
P0 Box 861, Cranbrook, BC V1C 4J6
Tel: (250) 426-4223

Fire Restrictions in Effect

Effective at 1pm MDT this Friday, Category 2 and 3 Open Fires will be prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre.

This does NOT apply to campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. 

The activities that WILL BE prohibited include:
·         the burning of any waste, slash or other materials.
·         stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.
·         the use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels or cages of any size or description.
·         the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for rifle target practice).
·         the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems).

This prohibition covers the RDEK (including all 6 of our Electoral Areas), all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of municipalities that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department.

I’ve attached the news release and a poster from the Southeast Fire Centre that provides an overview of the different categories of fires.

It is extremely dry out there this year. Even though campfires are still permitted, please make sure you keep them small and ensure they are fully extinguished (cool to the touch) before leaving them.