"Gear up for 2014 Bike to School and Work Week"

The City of Vernon and the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) are encouraging North Okanagan residents to ride their bikes in support of the 2014 Bike to School and Work Week from May 25 to June 1. To promote the event, the City is inviting new and returning team leaders to a free information workshop on Wednesday, April 30, from 4:45 to 6:45 pm at Vernon City Hall Council Chambers. Team leaders will be provided with a number of resources, including support to register their teams on the new provincial Bike-to-Work website. The updated site includes new features that allow cyclists to plan routes online, calculate their total distance and calories burned, as well as the reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs) from riding rather than driving to work. Along with a t-shirt and promotional package, team leaders will also be provided dinner by event sponsors, Domino’s Pizza. In 2013, more than 35 communities around B.C. participated in this event.

In the North Okanagan, 56 teams comprised of 401 riders rode a total of 12,894 kilometres, which equaled 2,991 kilograms of CO2 offsets.

To preregister for this workshop or for more information on Bike to School and Work Week, please call 250.550.3634 or visit www.vernon.ca/vernonmoves.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2014

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"Pleasant Valley Road construction to begin April 21"

Beginning the week of April 21 and continuing into the fall of 2014, Pleasant Valley Road construction from 41 Ave to 48 Ave will commence, including road reconstruction, new water main, replacement of storm and sanitary sewer piping, and new sidewalk. Work will progress in two phases: Phase I on 41 Avenue to 16 Street is planned to start on Monday, April 21, and will take approximately 12 weeks to complete; Phase II, from 16 St to 48 Ave, will last approximately eight weeks. The active construction area on Pleasant Valley Road will be closed to through-traffic but open to local residents and business traffic. Detours will be in effect for the duration of construction.

The contractor for the Pleasant Valley Road project is R355 Enterprise Ltd, the engineer is Monaghan Engineering and City of Vernon contact is Greg Thompson. For more information regarding this project please contact Monahan Engineering at 250-503-1023 or visit http://www.vernon.ca/index.php/projects/pleasant-valley-road-reconstruction.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2014


"City of Vernon seeks public input for Parks Master Plan"

The City of Vernon is developing a Park Master Plan following the shift of management of local parks from RDNO to the City on January 1 of this year. They are asking for the public’s input in order to develop a Parks vision to manage the local parks and outdoor recreation system responsibly in Vernon.

The parks and outdoor recreation survey measuring community satisfaction and priorities is the first opportunity for many to get involved. The survey is being mailed out in upcoming utility bills and is also available online. Residents will be able to share how satisfied they are with parks and outdoor recreation in the city, including what improvements or changes they would suggest.

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Posted: Apr 11, 2014

"City of Vernon streamlining internal committees of Council"

City of Vernon staff have been directed to complete a detailed review of all select and standing committees as part of the follow-up to the 2013 Core Services Review. The review, completed by KPMG, was an initiative of Council in as part of their mandate to make sound budget management a priority while protecting essential services for City residents. Council has asked staff for clarification of roles, opportunities for consolidation to reduce duplication or overlap, and possible elimination of identified committees of Council. Restructuring the City’s committees will involve folding some committees or initiatives into others. The restructuring process is expected to be completed by May 1, 2014.

“Our goal through the reorganization of Council's committee structure is to provide cost effective means of public and organization input to important policy decisions and direction for our community,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky. “However, Council and myself have tremendous appreciation and gratitude for the volunteer work of those who have sat on these committees. We will continue to be grateful for the dedication of those who gave their time to make Vernon the great city it is.”

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Posted: Apr 10, 2014

"Collaborative efforts bring two high-profile events to Kal Tire Place"

When Kal Tire Place’s multifunctional facilities were in demand for two high-profile events-the 2014 Okanagan Military Tattoo and the 2014 BC Junior B Lacrosse Provincials-on the same August long weekend, there were concerns that one of the events would have to be bumped to another weekend or moved to another location. However, City of Vernon’s recreation services staff worked closely with organizers from both events to come up with a solution that will allow Vernon area residents the chance to enjoy two diverse events that showcase the facility’s versatility.

“The City of Vernon Recreation Services is very pleased to see that these groups have worked with our staff in order to allow two great events to take place in August,” said Doug Ross, Director of Recreation Services. “We’re excited to have events like the inaugural Okanagan Military Tattoo and the Jr. B Lacrosse Provincials taking place in our community.”

Military Tattoo performances have a 300-year history and originated with returning militias putting on a show for the home folks. They have now evolved into military and non-military groups and individuals, and from just marching into a multi-layered, multi-ethnic music, marching, singing and dancing events. The Okanagan Military Tattoo will take place Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2.

Norm Crerar, director of the Okanagan Military Tattoo 2014, expressed his appreciation of all parties working to come to a mutually beneficial arrangement for the facilities.

“This show, with 400 performers and needing 200 volunteers, will be the biggest show of its kind to come to Vernon,” said Crerar. “We expect this event to be an annual event and just as important to Vernon as Funtastic and the Winter Carnival”.

The Vernon Tigers Lacrosse Team is hosting the BC Junior B Lacrosse Provincials, which will take place Saturday through Monday, August 2-4.

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Posted: Apr 9, 2014




"Car dealer and lease operator partner with City to promote tourism in Vernon"

Watkin Motors and Marjak Leasing are supporting Tourism Vernon as the official vehicle sponsors for the organization, providing a 2014 Ford Escape - an appropriate name for a tourism vehicle-that allows visitor services to “go mobile”.

“Since we first went mobile by offering visitor services outside of our Visitor Centres in 2009, Watkin Motors and Marjak Leasing have supported us as our official vehicle sponsors,” said Michelle Jefferson, manager of Tourism Services. “During this five-year partnership, we have enjoyed three different vehicles that help Tourism Vernon respond to the changing needs for visitor services. The cars also act as moveable billboards in helping promote our services.”

The tourism vehicles are used to attend tradeshows, events and provide information at locations inside and outside of Vernon, helping to raise awareness of Vernon and our visitor services. They have also been used to provide tours to visiting media and dignitaries when they visit Vernon. The sponsorship of the vehicle also allows the department to manage overall costs.

“We are so grateful for the support of Watkin Motors and Marjak Leasing,” said Jefferson.

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Posted: Apr 8, 2014


"Regional Paralympian medalists celebrated"

The City of Vernon and Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) are encouraging area residents to come show their support and pride for the strong showing by three regional athletes-Sonja Gaudet and Josh Dueck of Vernon and Ina Forrest of Armstrong-in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The Celebrate our North Okanagan Paralympians event takes place April 2 from 5 to 6:30 pm at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre and is open to the public.

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Posted: Mar 31, 2014

"Speed Watch Program in Effect April 2nd"

The Speed Watch Program will be in effect starting at 7:30 am April 2nd at a school zone near you. The program operates in support of ICBC and their Road Sense initiative. The program is directly coordinated by Vernon Safe Communities Unit and is operated by RCMP Citizens Patrol volunteers throughout the Vernon area.

The purpose of the Speed Watch program is to enhance road safety and educate drivers. This is done by increasing the level of awareness surrounding the issues of unsafe speed and distracted driving and reducing the incidents of speeding by reflecting drivers speed and reinforcing the speed limit in that zone. Our trained volunteers use digital speed reader boards and a radar unit and concentrate on areas where speeding is a major hazard. Volunteers will be initially concentrating on school zones in order to keep the motoring public aware of the change in speed now that students are back in class.

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Posted: Mar 27, 2014

"Vernon firefighter receives Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award"

Captain Chris Kulak from the Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS), a recent recipient of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, was recognized in a regular meeting of Vernon City Council by Mayor Rob Sawatzky and Chief Keith Green on Monday afternoon.

“One of the great privileges of my position is that I get the honour of recognizing individuals within our City who make a difference to so many people in Vernon,” said Sawatzky. “Today, I am very pleased to recognize Chris Kulak.” Kulak has volunteered and raised funds for Cancer Society, Hospice House, Salvation Army, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, the International Association of Firefighters, and the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. In 2013, approximately $24,000 was raised through Kulak’s efforts.

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Posted: Mar 24, 2014


"City of Vernon seeking community suggestions to remember Patrick Nicol"

The City of Vernon is seeking suggestions from the committee on a way to remember and honour Councillor Patrick Nicol. Since Nicol passed away in January, the City has received countless stories of his kindness, generosity, love of this city and its people, and his unwavering commitment to making Vernon a better place for everyone. Councillor Juliette Cunningham is heading a committee that has opened the question of the best way to memorialize Nicol to the people of Vernon.

Cunningham sat next to Nicol in Council sessions, and fondly remembers him as a man of the people.

“He was absolutely dedicated to the individual citizen and their right to be heard and informed,” she said.

In remembering Councillor Nicol, the committee is seeking suggestions that:

• Reflect Councillor Nicol’s values;
• Can be accessed by the entire community; and
• Build on existing City infrastructure.

The City has set up an online survey to collect responses from the public. The deadline for submissions is April 11, 2014. Once all of the suggestions have been collected, an open house will be held in late April to discuss the submissions, at which point the public will be given a second opportunity to vote on selections to be brought forward.
The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NVVJKPG.

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Posted: Mar 21, 2014

"Large community attendance at City workshop provides best routes input"

City of Vernon staff were very pleased with the turnout on March 12 at East Hill Community Church, where 47 attendees responded to an invitation to review and provide input for a Vernon “Best Routes” cycling and walking trail map. The feedback was positive, and participants were pleased to support the City’s promotion of walking and cycling within Vernon.

“The comments from this workshop will be included in the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, which is part of the revised Transportation Plan and Official Community Plan (OCP),” said Wendy Majewski, the coordinator of Transportation Demand Management. “Everyone was very positive and wanted to thank Mayor and Council for the ongoing efforts to promote walking and cycling. It was noticeable that participants appreciated that additional infrastructure—although desirable to make certain routes complete and fully connected-needs to be constructed in a prioritized manner and within available budgets.

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Posted: Mar 19, 2014


"The Crash Reel” presented by BrainTrust Canada, City of Vernon and BMO"

BrainTrust Canada, in partnership with City of Vernon and BMO, is presenting a one-time-only viewing of the documentary The Crash Reel, the story of U.S. snowboarder Kevin Pearce who sustained traumatic brain injury just weeks prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The presentation, which brings awareness to the serious issue of brain injury through Kevin’s story, takes place on March 25 at 7 pm at the Vernon Alliance Church in the Sanctuary, with tickets $10 and available at BMO in Vernon, smartticket.ca or at the door. The event offers festival seating and doors are open at 6 pm.

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014

"City updates parking meters to accept quarters, loonies and toonies."

The City of Vernon has recently replaced City parking meter mechanisms that allow the meters to accept all Canadian quarters, $1 and $2 coins. Previously, approximately 200 parking meters were not able to be modified to accept the new $1, and $2 coins minted after 2012. While the meters were marked to indicate this problem, the City recognized that this was confusing for many residents, and is committed to providing greater clarity and convenience when it comes to parking control in the downtown core and elsewhere in Vernon.

Metered parking, with a maximum time limit of 2 - 4 hours as indicated on the meter, is in effect 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday. The City’s current parking rate matches nearby cities such as Penticton and Kamloops; Kelowna recently adopted an hourly rate of $1.25. Time limitations are in effect to ensure that there is turnover of parking, and that spaces become available for new users. However, extended hourly or daily parking at reduced rates is available in the downtown Parkade, open Monday through Saturday, as well as at the City’s CSB parking lot. Free parking is available Saturdays and Sundays in the City’s CSB and 29 Avenue parking lots and the Parkade.

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014

"Vernon fire chief summarizes 2013 VFRS incidents and accomplishments"

Fire Chief Keith Green presented the Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) 2013 annual report to Council on Monday, March 10, 2014, and included several highlights of VFRS's significant accomplishments over the last year. Among these were unifying the firefighting force from Stations 1 and 2 into a single command structure, assuming management responsibility for the Regional Fire Training Centre, significant investment in training hours to ensure consistency within the new deployment model, and mitigation of several large-scale incidents. Furthermore, the efficacy of VFRS planning in deployment and training were proven by the department’s responses to fires at the recycling plant and landfill, as well as 37 structure fires, a large-scale hazardous material incident in downtown Vernon and the Capri Garden multi-unit apartment fires.

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Posted: Mar 12, 2014

"Vernon councillor calls for national dementia strategy"

VERNON, B.C.- Councillor Catherine Lord presented a motion in Council Chambers today in support of Bill C-356, and recommended that the City of Vernon join a call to all levels of government and the Federation of Municipalities to adopt a national dementia strategy in response to national figures on the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. Included in the motion was a call to action for citizens within Canadian communities to become more aware and engaged about the far-reaching effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Alzheimer's disease and other dementias take a tremendous toll on hundreds of thousands of families and caregivers, and an estimated 3 million Canadians face challenges of providing care for those suffering.

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Posted: Mar 11, 2014

"We need to stop getting burned"

The first week of February each year is a time that the Fire Service across Canada has traditionally set aside to remind the general public that injuries caused by burns are a serious problem and, for the most part, entirely preventable. Unfortunately, burns remain a problem: the facts and numbers haven’t improved and people are still needlessly getting burned.

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Posted: Mar 10, 2014

"City of Vernon lifeguard supervisor recognized for saving lives"

Gary Lefebvre, the aquatic supervisor for City of Vernon Recreation Services, is being recognized by the Lifesaving Society of BC & Yukon on March 29 in Vancouver for his role in rescuing three canoeists on Kalamalka Lake last summer.

Lefebvre was playing volleyball with family on the beach of Kalamalka Lake in the evening of August 7, 2013, when he heard a faint call for help. He noticed that a trio of canoeists had capsized their vessel, so he and three Vancouver Island-based youth immediately reacted. Only one of the canoeists was wearing a personal flotation device, and none were strong swimmers. Although the canoeists were all brought safely to shore, Lefebvre said it was obvious that they were all frightened by the events, and without the intervention of Lefebvre and the three youth, the outcome might have been much worse.

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Posted: Mar 3, 2014

"2014 Burn permits for open burning now available"

Property owners can burn with a permit between February 28 and April 30 on properties two hectares (five acres) or over as long as they follow BC Regulation 145/93, which can be found at www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/34_145_93 and follow the regulations detailed in Bylaw 5263 on the City’s website at www.vernon.ca/images/uploads/council/bylaws/Fire_Prevention_Bylaw_5263.pdf.

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Posted: Mar 3, 2014

"City of Vernon explains proposed business license bylaw and fee structure"

The City of Vernon is currently reviewing its business license bylaw and fee structure and is looking for input on the proposed changes.

The City has already received a number of comments to date on the proposed changes. One common issue has been the calculation of floor area. It is important to note that these calculations are based on square metres and not feet.

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Posted: Mar 3, 2014

"Vernon Citizens Patrol Volunteers begin patrolling in March"

The Vernon Citizens Patrol (COP) Program, part of the City of Vernon’s Safe Communities Unit, has graduated 12 new volunteers who start patrolling the communities in Vernon starting March 1, 2014.

For over 21 years, the community-based volunteer group has helped to minimize the amount of crime occurring throughout Vernon. COP members assist the RCMP by acting as an extra set of eyes and ears while patrolling our city. Duties involve patrolling streets, business areas, parks and shopping center parking lots, and documenting suspicious activities and calling them into the RCMP. COP programs also include Speed Watch, Cell Watch and Lock-Out Auto Crime.

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Posted: Feb 26, 2014

"Mayor of Vernon sponsors party to celebrate hometown Olympians"

Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky is helping to celebrate Vernon’s Olympic spirit and hometown Olympians Kevin Hill (snowboard cross) and Justin Dorey (half pipe) from 3 – 6 pm on February 26, 2014 at Kal Tire Place. Sawatzky was approached by Kevin’s father, Don, and sister, Shanda, to be a sponsor of the event to welcome home Kevin, who finished 2nd in the small final of his event, placing eighth overall. (Dorey, who is unable to attend the celebration, finished 12th.) Sawatzky said he was honoured to lend his support to the occasion.

“We share the pride the community feels for the standards of Olympic sports excellence that Kevin and Justin have achieved,” said Sawatzky. “We are proud to help the community in honoring them for their dedication and for the joy their endeavors have given us.

” While many Vernonites gathered to watch the competitions as they were occurring, Shanda said it was important for Kevin to be able to personally thank the community that supported him so much.

“Kevin is a true ambassador for Vernon,” said Shanda. “He has traveled all over the world and yet he is passionately in love with Vernon and the Okanagan, and all who know him will attest to that.”

Other event sponsors include Real Canadian Superstore, Tim Horton’s, Save-On Foods, Rancho Vignola and Sure Copy. Anyone wishing to meet and congratulate Kevin, his family, and the family of Justin Dorey are welcome to attend.

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Posted: Feb 20, 2014

"VFRS conduct confined space training"

On February 11 and 12, Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS), along with participants from Greater Vernon Water, held a two-day course in confined-space rescue as part of their annual skills maintenance training at Duteau Creek Water Treatment Facility. The course involved two different confined-space rescue scenarios. Confined spaces are defined as containing or having the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere, which may include safety or health hazards such as gaseous materials, unguarded machinery, exposed live wires heat stress.

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Posted: Feb 20, 2014

"Feedback asked for updated City business licensing"

Vernon business owners are being asked to review and provide feedback to the City’s proposed business license bylaw and fee structures that are being considered by Council in late March.

In September, 2013, Council directed staff to review the business license bylaw and fee structure. The existing bylaw has been in place with few revisions since 1985, and is inconsistent with current legislation, incompatible with the latest licensing software and inconsistent with future plans for on-line processes. Further, a committee comprised of City staff, a member of Council and a representative from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce set a goal to develop regulations that were both transparent and easily understood. The proposed changes include a revised application process and fee structure as well as a shift toward fees being based on the size of the business premises.

Business owners are encouraged to review the proposed bylaw, fee schedule and other explanatory materials by visiting www.vernon.ca/services/bylaw_enforcement/ doc/PP_Business_Licence_Bylaw_Review_Presentation.pdf. Comments can be directed to Council’s attention before March 14, 2014, via email (tmuska@vernon.ca) or by mailing Business Licensing, 3001 32 Avenue, Vernon, B.C., V1T 2L8.

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Posted: Feb 17, 2014

"City of Vernon Council supports initial proposal for Celebrity Sports Invitational"

Tourism Vernon, with the support Mayor and Council of the City of Vernon, will provide $50,000 to support the organizational requirements of the 2014 Celebrity Sports Invitational in September of this year. Tourism Vernon was asked to be the initial local supporter for a proposal to secure the event.

Celebrity Sports Invitational is a made-for-TV event that partners with Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization that raises funds for the protection of rivers, lakes, bays and streams on six continents. The four-day event has taken place in other notable locations including Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta, as well as Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. These events have previously been attended by high-profile celebrities such as Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close and Robin Williams. The event is filmed for a one-hour syndicated show for network television in North America (180 stations including ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox TV) as well as a one-hour special on Fox Sports Net. Canadian media outlets also attend the event for features on Entertainment Tonight, Canada AM, E Canada and The Insider.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2014

"Media Are Invited To Project Save-A-Life"

Media are invited to attend Silver Star Rotary “Project Save-A-Life” Mass CPR Training in conjunction with Vernon Fire Rescue Services.
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Address: Clarence Fulton Secondary School (Front Entrance)
2301 Fulton Road, Vernon

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Posted: Feb 13, 2014

"City of Vernon commitment to health and safety recognized by WorkSafeBC"

The City of Vernon’s commitment to safety is being acknowledged by the WorkSafeBC (WSBC) Certificate of Recognition (COR) program in conjunction with their certifying partner the BC Municipal Safety Association and will result in the City receiving up to $50,000 in annual incentive payments for three years to support the further improvement of worker health and safety practices within the City.

“This is a great achievement for the City, considering it is one of only 31 local governments and naturally aligned organizations to achieve COR across British Columbia,” said City of Vernon Health and Safety Coordinator Clay Fredin. “It highlights the level of commitment and continuous improvement towards health and safety in the work place that City employees demonstrate at all levels throughout the organization.”

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Posted: Feb 11, 2014

"City of Vernon Director of Financial Services receives Canadian Award for Financial Reporting"

Today during a regular open meeting in Council Chambers, Kevin Bertles, the Director of Financial Services for the City, received a Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Achievement from Mayor Rob Sawatzky on behalf of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). Bertles was given the honour as the individual designated as primarily responsible for preparing an award-winning financial report—the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting—that The City of Vernon received for its annual financial report for the 2012 fiscal year. This is the fourth year in a row the City has been received the distinction.

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Posted: Feb 11, 2014

"Vernon ambassadors sought for 2014 Sister City Tour to Europe"

The City of Vernon Sister Cities Committee is inviting members of the public interested in becoming Vernon ambassadors to join a 14-day adventure to Europe leaving on September 19, 2014.

Visits will be made to Vernon’s sister cities Tavullia, Italy, and Frankenburg, Austria, with a special stop at the Swarovski Crystal Factory in Innsbruck, Austria. Other stops include Vienna, Venice, Florence and Rome and will feature a gondola ride with dinner, theatre shows, visits to museums and galleries, a visit to Vatican City and much more. The tour also includes 20 meals, step-on city guides, a bilingual tour escort, centrally located hotels and service of a coach and driver.

Those interested should contact Georgia Atwood at Carlson Wagonlit Travel 250-558-1010 for a detailed schedule and further information.

Photos: Swarovski Crystal Factor in Innsbruck – Edgar Marscopp photo Frankenberg landscape photos Courtesy Gunther Zierler

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Posted: Feb 6, 2014

"Signage changed around schools and playgrounds in Vernon"

VERNON, B.C. - The City of Vernon and the RCMP are asking drivers to pay close attention to the signs in and around local schools and playgrounds within the city, as signs around schools such as BX Elementary and Ellison have recently changed. There is a new process in place, following national standards, to determine which roads around schools and playgrounds do and do not have posted 30-kilometre speed limits. Using this new process, the City will review signs around all schools and playgrounds over the next two years.

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Posted: Feb 6, 2014

"Vernon residents and elected officials gather to remember city councillor"

Memorial services for City of Vernon Councillor Patrick Nicol were held today at Trinity United Church, with satellite services at Kal Tire Place and The Schubert Centre. Nicol passed away on January 15 after a long battle with cancer. Approximately 1,000 people attended the services across the city. There were many regional officials in attendance, including Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick, Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper, Enderby Mayor Cyr Howie, Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton, Spallumcheen Mayor Janic Brown, Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) Chair Rick Fairbairn and RDNO CAO Trafford Hall, as well as Vernon city councillors Juliette Cunningham, Brian Quiring and Catherine Lord.

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Posted: Feb 3, 2014

"City prepares for Councillor’s memorial services"

The City of Vernon is working with the family of Councillor Patrick Nicol and Trinity United Church for the memorial service that is to take place at 2 pm on Monday, February 3rd. In order to accommodate additional public parking, the right-hand driving lanes on Alexis Park Drive between 30th Avenue and 39th Avenue will be closed to use on Monday between 1 pm and 4:30 pm.

The City is requesting the public’s co-operation in reducing congestion and increasing safety by avoiding the Alexis Park Drive area during this time period. Bylaw officers along with Community Policing volunteers and staff will be on hand to direct traffic.

Because of the limited parking spaces at Trinity United Church, street parking will be accommodated and drop-off areas will be provided at the church. There is limited seating at the church, so a live video feed of the service will also be held at Kal Tire Place and The Schubert Centre.

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Posted: Jan 30, 2014

"City supports governance model study for Greater Vernon"

Today, during the Regular Open Meeting for the City of Vernon, Mayor and Council resolved to support the recommendation of the Greater Vernon Governance Society in asking the Province to undertake a restructure study for Greater Vernon. Council moved to support a request to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to commence a fact-finding study to determine the most efficient and cost-effective governance model, including the current model, specific to the Greater Vernon Area. Additionally, it was moved that that the Mayor write to the District of Coldstream and the Directors of Electoral Areas B and C to encourage supporting the request to the Ministry in order to have a thorough and independent analysis of governance models and costs.

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Posted: Jan 29, 2014

1"Memorial services planned for Councillor Patrick Nicol"

Memorial services for City of Vernon Councillor Patrick Nicol will take place on from 2:00 – 3:30 on Monday, February 3, 2014, at Trinity United Church in Vernon, B.C. Because of the expectation that a large number of residents will wish to pay their respects to Nicol and his family--and because the church can only seat 900 people—the City is also looking at the possibility of providing satellite locations with a live video feed of the services.

The City hopes to confirm these locations early next week. Nicol was first elected as councillor in 1985 and was well known for his dedication to the citizens of Vernon and his passion for bringing their voices forward to Council. He passed away on January 15 after a long battle with cancer.

“It is an honor to represent Vernon citizens,” Nicol had written for his bio on the City's website. “Equally, it has been a team effort because the best ideas frequently are produced by the citizens I represent.”

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Posted: Jan 23, 2014

1"2014 Budget approved by Council"

The 2014 Financial Plan presented to the Mayor and Council of the City of Vernon was approved today after three days of presentations by all City departments. The final budget has an overall increase of 3.1 per cent, which is inclusive of a 1.9 per cent capital expenditures increase as well as a 1.2 per cent increase for operating expenses and service changes, below Council’s budget goals of a maximum increase of 1.8 per cent.

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Posted: Jan 20, 2014

1"City of Vernon Councillor Nicol remembered by colleagues"

Mayor and Council for the City of Vernon remembered their colleague, Patrick Nicol, who passed away on Wednesday evening at age 64 after a long battle with cancer. In the final session of the City’s budget presentations on Friday morning, Nicol’s customary seat was empty but marked with two single roses, one red and one white, as a poignant reminder of the dignified man who was first elected as councillor in 1985.The session opened with a minute of silence to observe Nicol's long years of service and friendship.

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Posted: Jan 17, 2014

1"City saddened by Councillor’s death"

It is with great sadness that Mayor Robert Sawatzky, City Council colleagues and staff at the City of Vernon recognize the passing of councillor Patrick Nicol.
His length of service on Council was amongst the longest of any Councillor in our province. His dedication to his community was a foundation of his life and work. We will all greatly miss his wisdom and kindness, as well as his efforts to make his community a better place. He acted with dignity and respect for others and we, the members of his family at the City of Vernon, extend our condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2014

1"Vernon City Council budget review ahead of schedule, on target for financial goals"

City of Vernon 2014 Financial Plan presentations concluded ahead of schedule in Council Chambers on Wednesday. Operating budgets for the City’s Fire Rescue Services, RCMP, Operation Services, Recreation Services, Community Development, Engineering and GIS, Human Resources, Corporate Services, Finance and Administration were all delivered and accepted by Council, with capital and change requests to be reviewed following the public input session at 11 am on Thursday, January 16.

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Posted: Jan 16, 2014

1"Recruiting Begins for February Intake of Vernon Citizens Patrol Candidates"

The RCMP Citizens Patrol (COP) program is recruiting now to train new volunteer candidates in the classroom February 18 to 20, 2014, in Vernon. For more than 20 years, this community-based volunteer group has helped to minimize the amount of crime occurring throughout Vernon. COP volunteers are extra eyes and ears for the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP. The program provides a valuable crime prevention service to our community.

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Posted: Jan 13, 2014

1"Recreation Services, RCMP and Bylaw Officers take action on teen dance"

City of Vernon By-law officers and RCMP attended the Vernon Recreation Centre late in the evening on Saturday, January 11, 2014, because of reports of intoxicated youth at an event run by a third-party company based in Toronto. The agreement between the organizers and Recreation Services stipulated that the event, scheduled to run from 9 pm until 12 am, would be a high school student, alcohol-free dance.

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Posted: Jan 13, 2014

1"Vernon City Council to review 2014 budget, public input invited"

VERNON, B.C. - The proposed 2014-2018 Financial Plan for the City of Vernon will be on the agenda for three special regular council meetings: Wednesday, January 15 at 9 am, Thursday, January 16 at 11 am, and Friday, January 17 at 9 am. The meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, with opportunity for public input at 11 am each day. The goal for the plan is to meet Council’s commitment to “looking after our house,” and offers a roadmap for providing professional, efficient and economical services to the citizens of Vernon while recognizing budgetary realities.

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Posted: Jan 9, 2014

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