Hey everyone, there’s an online event about Understanding Complex Behaviours taking place tomorrw — the FSI Family Zoom Meeting page to register is here!
…from July 22nd is available online here!
Hey everyone, there’s a cool event happening next week for anyone interested in doing some exploring: click here to be taken to the event page on the FSI calendar.
Hey everyone, CLBC has issued an update as we move into Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan — check out the update here.
Hey everyone, you can click here to read the June 30th COVID-19 update for individuals and families. This update includes more information about what we can expect as BC moves into Step 3 of the provincial Restart plan, an update on the Accessible British Columbia Act, and an opportunity to have your say in the Government of Canada Disability Inclusion Action Plan.
Hey everyone, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations centre has been activated to support the opening of several cooling centres, in response to the heat warning issued by Environment Canada, and has circulated an information bulletin with additional information — we are passing on the information in that bulletin here for you.
Elevated temperatures over several days put seniors, children, people with underlying health conditions and those who do not have access to air conditioning at greater risk of heat-related illness.
Starting June 27, the following locations will be available as cooling centres for the community:
City of Kelowna
- Parkinson Activity Centre, 1700 Parkinson Way, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Rutland Activity Centre, 765 Dodd Rd., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
City of West Kelowna
- Lakeview Heights Baptist Church, 2630 Alhambra Dr., 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
District of Peachland
- Peachland Community Centre, 4450 6th Street, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations bulletin outlines COVID-19 safety at cooling centres:
- Centres will follow Provincial Health Orders for COVID-19 to keep populations safe
- Centres will have supplies of water, masks and hand sanitizer on-hand
- Physical distancing measures will be in place
- Wearing masks in the cooling centres is required per the guidelines for cooling centres from the BC Centre for Disease Control.
The cooling centres will remain open until the heat wave subsides. Additional cooling centres may open in the coming week. Keep an eye on local news and cordemergency.ca. CORD Emergency officials recommend checking on neighbours and family to ensure that they are staying cool, keeping hydrated and determining whether they need any assistance.
Hey everyone, a heat warning has been issued by Environment Canada for much of the Province, including the Okanagan and the West Kootenays. Record temperatures are in the forecast from Saturday until Tuesday. Watch for heat-related illness, and be aware of the increased risk of wildfires due to drought conditions.
We’ve got information posted on sun safety on our Health and Safety page and we’ve posted SPOTLIGHTS on sun safety on our blog. There are also tips and resources on weather hazards and safety on the Government of Canada website, including how you can prepare for summer weather.
The Government of Canada website also has a page for natural hazards with information about Wildfires here.
Stay safe and healthy, and stay cool!
The Government of Canada recognizes that you may be planning to take part in a holiday celebration with people outside your immediate household. If so, check with the local public health authority to find out about gathering size (and other) limits. You can prepare for celebrations by:
- Checking with your local public health authority about gathering size limits.
- Ensuring that you have enough space so guests can remain at the greatest distance possible from one another.
- Taking a COVID-19 self-assessment before attending the celebration.
- Having pre-portioned food rather than dips and shared snack bowls.
- Staying outside.
It is important to assess the current COVID-19 activity in your community before planning for celebrations. Only engage in celebrations if it is safe to do so. You can find more information here.
We thought we would take this opportunity to highlight some PRIDE activities, resources, and organizations for you here:
- As you may have noticed, we made some changes to the CCSS website with our Justice & Diversity statement
- The United Nations Free & Equal campaign has promoted equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI since its launch in 2013
- CBC created a slideshow about using they/them pronouns, included in this article
- CBC also made a list of 16 books to read by Canadian LGBTQ authors, along with a list of 17 books for kids and teens
- These are links to local Pride organizations in Kelowna, the Kootenays (on Facebook), Cranbrook (on Facebook), and Fernie
- The Fernie Pride Society is conducting a diversity and inclusion survey for people identifying as part of the LGBTQ2+ community, for businesses, and for allies
- Here is a list of Pride celebrations taking place around BC
- CBC featured the “Trans Canada Project” started by Kelly Schwab and Cary Scott to highlight gender diverse voices (check out their videos below)
Let us know in the comments what’s going on in your community for Pride month!