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Avian Influenza Order for distribution to Central Region

On behalf of Dr. Robert Cooper, Deputy Chief Veterinarian, please see the amended General Order (General Order AIV2022-06) click here . This order amends General Order #AIV2022-04. Here is some key information on this order: With this Order, the General Order requiring bird owners to not take their birds to commingling events (General Order #AIV2022-04) has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on June 19, 2022. Bird owners must not take their birds to commingling events starting...

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Morgan V. Township of Spallumcheen Supreme Court Decision

The Township of Spallumcheen recognizes and respects the courts decision in the matter of Morgan V. Township of Spallumcheen. Since 2017, the Council of the Township of Spallumcheen has undertaken significant review of our processes and has instituted substantial changes which has included changes to administration and changes in process, ensuring legislative requirements are met. The Township insurer, Municipal Insurance Association of BC, has provided legal direction and oversight throughout...

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Ground Water Well Notification

For residents normally receiving water from Local Area Services that receive bulk water from the City of Armstrong, please note that the City has switched to their ground water wells due to spring runoff and heavy rain. The City anticipates that the main water supply will stay on ground water sources throughout the weekend and possibly into next week.  This will impact residents in the following Local Area Services: Pleasant Valley Silver Star  Lansdowne...

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Small flocks in Richmond, Kelowna test positive for avian influenza

On May 4, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that small poultry flocks in Kelowna and Richmond have tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus. These are the third and fourth small flocks in B.C. that have contracted the virus, presumably through contact with infected migrating wild birds. Owners of small or backyard flocks are urged to continue to be vigilant and have appropriate preventative measures in place. Full information on this press...

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Wild, domestic bird avian influenza in BC: update

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that a small poultry flock in the Regional District of Central Kootenay has tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus. B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food continues to work closely with the CFIA and B.C. poultry producers to ensure enhanced prevention and preparedness measures are in place to protect poultry flocks in B.C. Full details of this press release from the Ministry of Agriculture can be...

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Avian Influenza Detection RDCO

On Sunday, April 24, 2022, a backyard poultry premises in the Regional District of Central Okanagan was confirmed positive for high pathogenicity H5 avian influenza (AI). AI viruses can be classified into 2 categories: low pathogenicity (LPAI) and high pathogenicity (HPAI) viruses, based on the severity of the illness caused in birds. In Canada, highly pathogenic avian influenza (subtypes H5 and H7) viruses are considered to be Notifiable Avian Influenza, which is a reportable disease under...

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Ministry of Agriculture Outreach on Avian Influenza and Small Flock Health

The Ministry has released a General Order for Avian Influenza as per the Animal Health Act (AHA), restricting the commingling of birds during events that include poultry swaps, auctions, flea markets, bird shows, fairs, public displays or competitions where birds from multiple sources would be present. The order can be found here: General Order; April 19, 2022: Avian Influenza (Commingling) (PDF, 286 KB) The ministry strongly requests and recommends that all small lot and backyard flock...

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Minister Popham's statement on positive case of avian influenza in BC

Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Food, has released the following statement in response to a confirmed outbreak of avian influenza at a farm in the Okanagan.

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Presentations from the Ministry of Agriculture, Wildfire BC, the Township of Spallumcheen, City of Armstrong and Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department will include a variety of topics focusing on Wildfire Preparation.

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Agri-Hub Feasibility Survey - Have your say about agricultural producing in the Okanagan

The Council of the Township of Spallumcheen knows that our Agricultural industry has been hit hard over the past year. From wildfires, to heat domes to floods our producers have seen losses in all areas of agriculture locally and Council had to take action. “The first step is to identify where the gaps are locally. What types of processing do we need? We have the producers but they can’t get their product to processing facilities.” Christine Fraser, Mayor indicated. “That’s why we sought out funding to perform this study. We need to hear from agricultural producers and partners to know where to focus our efforts.”

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