Bylaw change could be tough to bear

The regional district board of directors discussed extending a bylaw currently in place in Electoral Area “E” to Areas “D” and “F”

The regional district board of directors discussed the possibility of extending a bylaw currently in place in Electoral Area “E” to Areas “D” and “F” at the October 4 Environmental Committee meeting.

The bylaw would limit residents to placing their garbage at curbside only after 5 a.m. on the day of pick up – an edict that will probably not be too popular with many residents of the electoral areas affected.

The board is contemplating such a change on the evidence presented by Bear Aware coordinator Zoe Kirk, who claims that nuisance bear shootings are down from seven in 2010 to one last year.

Based on this evidence, it would appear that the bylaw does help to ease bear – human interaction, but at the same time it will represent an additional inconvenience for residents – especially seniors.

In a survey of  Kaleden, Kirk found that 17 per cent of residents curbed their garbage the night before. Obviously, there is a reason for this – most people have more time in the evening, and many retirees, after a lifetime of work, it allows the opportunity to be a little late arising in the morning.

Residents who are on the early part of the pick up route, may have to set their alarm clocks prior to sunrise in order to get their trash to the curb on time.

If the regional district determines this is the way they wish to go, a possible solution to the problem facing forced early risers might be to offer low cost bear proof garbage receptacles to local residents.

Perhaps an RDOS sponsored mass purchase could help bring the price down.


A bear proof container would allow residents the opportunity to place their garbage the night before -for if nothing else, it might spare the garbage man the wrath of an ornery resident who’s morning was rushed or spoiled by a frantic need to curb the week’s waste.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

EDITORIAL: Revisiting alcohol consumption

A proposal to allow alcohol consumption in some public spaces in Penticton deserves consideration

Be prepared for high water, says RDOS

Higher than average water detected around the Ashnola Rover and Similkameen River

Poll: Should Penticton allow drinks on the beach?

Legally drinking in some Penticton parks and beaches could become a reality as early as June 5

Playgrounds to reopen across the Okanagan on June 1

After nearly two months closure, playgrounds are set to reopen

100 miles in 24 hours: a B.C. man’s mission to support the less fortunate

Merritt’s Darius Sam felt he needed to help his community after an encounter with a struggling woman

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Parts of the TCT through Princeton will open to motorized vehicles Monday

Parts of the KVR trail through Princeton will open for motorized vehicles… Continue reading

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

North Okanagan farmers’ markets excited to welcome artisans back amid COVID-19

Provincial health officer announced non-food items to return to markets this weekend

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Mother duck and babies rescued from Highway 97 in Lake Country

The mother and nine ducklings were taken to Duck Lake

Chef brings farm-to-table approach to new Shuswap restaurant

Darren Bezanson opening Bistro 1460 at Hilltop Inn

Most Read