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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Johnny Cash Comes to Memorial Arena

Celebrating his 83rd birthday and what Cranbrook experienced in 1957.
These clips are from The Cranbrook Courier April 1957.

From Rolling Stone:"The Man in Black, who would have turned 83 today, performs on Tex Ritter's 'Ranch Party' TV show in 1957 Had Johnny Cash lived past the age of 71, he would've turned 83 today." 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What's Happening....

Friday February 27th

Fly Fishing Film Festival
7:00pm, Key City Theatre
Tickets $15 advnace, $20 at the door
Tickets available at key City Theatre, St. Mary's Angler, and Mountain Man

Saturday February 28th

Columbia Theatre
Royal Opera Company
Andrea Chenier 
Also showing Monday March 9th 6:30pm

Cranbrook Farmer's Market
10:00am - 1:00pm
Ktunaxa Gym

Girl Guides
Tea and Bake Sale
Cranbrook Guide Hall
1421, 2nd St S

Introduction to Oils
Cranbrook and District Arts Council
Call 250-426-4223 for supply list and registration
$35, 2:00pm

Sunday March 1st

The Irish Rovers
Key City Theatre
Tickets $45 and $40 for members

Monday March 2nd
Big Sugar
Key City Theatre
Tickets $40, $35 for members

Wednesday March 4th
Canadian Indie Film Series
Columbia Theatre
The Valley Below

March 5 -7

Rockies Film Festival

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Suicide Prevention

What's the Buzz in Bee Biology?

Bringing Genomics Home
“What’s the Buzz in Bee Biology?”
Please join us for a free evening of discussion about genomics and
learn about various interesting aspects of bee biology.

Presented by Dr. Leonard Foster,
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
5:30pm – 7:00pm
College of the Rockies
Lecture Theatre, Room 250 – Cranbrook Main Campus

Registration is required:  



 Event presented in conjunction with the College of the Rockies

This upcoming public talk will be taking place at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook on Wednesday, March 4th. This free event hosted by Genome BC will offer attendees an evening of enlightenment with Dr. Leonard Foster, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC, about genomics and various interesting aspects of bee biology. Bees epitomize hard work and if it weren't for bees we would have a very bland diet indeed. Bees have been domesticated for thousands of years and humans have collected honey from them for even longer but bees importance to us goes far beyond honey: they pollinate a huge variety of crops for us. On top of their importance to agriculture though, bees are just fascinating creatures! In his presentation, Dr. Foster will talk about some of the most interesting aspects of bee biology, what threats bees are currently facing and how his research is trying to improve bee health. For more information and registration
please visit [ ]

Sheila Driscoll
Communications & Education Coordinator
Genome British Columbia
“A catalyst for a vibrant, genomics-driven life sciences cluster on Canada’s West Coast”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Post Notes from the Council Meeting of February 23rd 2015


5.1 Sgt. Brendan Mckenna RCMP 4th Quarter & Year End Statistics


6.1 To consider first and second reading of a housekeeping amendment to the R-7, Mobile Home and Single Family Residential Zone in the City's Zoning Bylaw. The proposed amendment will specify the p~rmitted types of permanent foundations required for mobile home placements. RECOMMENDATION BY: Staff THAT Council give first reading to "City of Cranbrook Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3818, 2015"; THAT Council give second reading to "City of Cranbrook Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3818, 2015", and refer to the Advisory Planning Commission for recommendation, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval, and submit to a Public Hearing to be scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on March 9,2015.

6.2  To consider first reading of a proposed amendment of the Official Community Plan to re-designate part of a property located on Theatre Road from a "Light Industrial" designation to a "Heavy Industrial" designation. 
RECOMMENDATION BY: Staff THAT Council give first reading to "City of Cranbrook Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3819,2015", to change the land use designation of a portion of Lot 1, District Lot 27, Kootenay District, Plan 5155 (PID 014-539-659), from "Light Industrial" to "Heavy Industrial", and authorize staff to undertake public consultation on the proposed amendment.

New Business

8.1 Councillors, Cardozo, Hockley and Graham appointed to the Sustainable Community Builder of the Year Award Committee.

8.2 Corporate Communications Strategy. Chris Zettel explained that this is a generic overview of what the strategy is and that it is open for discussion. 

8.3 and 8.4 both concerned the Variance and Development permits for the extension of Elizabeth Lake Lodge.
Both permits approved

8.6 Report Recommendation from Cranbrook in motion - that a Stop sign be installed at 30th Av and 9th St.

8.7 St Mary's Crosswalk Request
The recommendation That Council not approve the installation of a crosswalk at the intersection of 4th Street South and 16th Avenue South.

8.8 To extend insurance coverage to volunteer workers belonging to the Cranbrook Heritage Association, for conservation work that will be done as part of the Cranbrook Water & Electrical Building Rehabilitation project.
RECOMMENDATION BY: Staff That Council approve the City of Cranbrook extending liability insurance coverage to the Cranbrook Heritage Association, as per the conditions outlined in the Service Provider Agreement attached.
Administration Update

Recommendations that the Recovery Strategy for the Lewis Woodpecker be referred to the Rocky Mountain Naturalists, that the invitation for Cranbrook to host the 55+BC Games, that Council approve the request from the Sam Steele Society to receive flow through funds for a shelter over their monument project all were approved.

for Public Works Week May 17 - 23rd was approved

Announcement by Mayor Pratt regarding the IdleWild Dam - see press release below.

Idlewild Lake to be Lowered Due to Safety Concerns

Idlewild Lake Being Lowered Due To Dam Structural Failure Concerns

Public Safety Is Biggest Concern, City Says

Cranbrook, BC (February 24, 2015)

After a review of the findings and recommendations of an engineering report on the safety of the dam at Idlewild Park, Cranbrook City Council has made the decision to lower the lake in order to protect public safety.
“Council understands how significant and important Idlewild Lake and the park are to our residents and neighbours, so I hope everyone will understand why this is being done,” says Mayor Lee Pratt. “The lowering of Idlewild Lake is a temporary measure to protect the public should the dam fail.”
The Dam Breach Inundation Study notes that in the event of a dam failure, the uncontrolled release of water from Idlewild Lake would follow Joseph Creek, the natural path through the City, and has the potential to flood approximately 21 per cent of the City, impacting up to 2100 residential properties and nearly 500 businesses with the potential for loss of life.
“We need to lower the Lake to protect the public, but looking ahead we plan to build a new dam, restore and enhance the Lake and park along with the rehabilitation of the dam and the spillway system,” adds Pratt. “Idlewild is an important asset and we want to include residents in the discussion about what a rehabilitated Idlewild Lake should look like.”
The City of Cranbrook and the Regional District of East Kootenay have also been discussing the future of Idlewild Park and the potential for a partnership. “We recognize the significance of Idlewild to the residents and visitors of the area, and look forward to the opportunity to work with the City to create a new plan for the lake and park,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.
“This is a big project and an important one,” emphasizes Mayor Pratt. “Lowering the lake to protect the public is only the first step of many. We will make sure our residents and our neighbours are kept up to date on what is happening and we look forward to consulting with the public on the future of Idlewild Lake and the park.”
Idlewild dam, built in the 1930’s, is an earth-fill dam with a concrete core. The Dam is classified as a very high consequence dam as categorized by the MFLNRO and confirmed by the Dam Breach Inundation Study, completed by Urban Systems in 2014.

For more information, please contact:
Chris Zettel, Corporate Communications Officer
City of Cranbrook
Phone: 250-489-0238
Cell: 250-420-1686
Skype: chris.zettel1

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Celebrating Main Street Heritage - The Fire Department

One hundred years and counting....
Heritage Week runs February 16th to 22nd 2015

Cranbrook Courier February 21st 1957
click to enlarge images

July 26 1956

August 7 1952