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Municipalities dealing with more extreme weather events – Listen to Ripple Effect!

Municipalities dealing with more extreme weather events - Listen to Ripple Effect!

Tuesday morning brought another edition of Ripple Effect with the Red River Basin Commission. Don Wiebe, Reeve of the Municipality of Rhineland, is also a Director with the Commission. He joined CFAM Morning Show Co-Host Chris Sumner, in studio, for this week’s program.

The two chatted about the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, using this Spring’s very wet conditions turning dry as of late as a jumping off point for the discussion. You can listen to the entire conversation below.

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Langley municipalities host sports, culture and arts events for Youth Week – Aldergrove Star

Langley municipalities host sports, culture and arts events for Youth Week - Aldergrove Star

Langley’s young people have been at the forefront this week as celebrations for the 2022 Youth Week head into the final days.

Acknowledging the accomplishments and diversity of youth, BC Youth Week is celebrated annually during the first week of May. Locally, the Langley City and Langley City Youth have collaborated to bring a series of events for youth aged 12 to 24.

Upcoming events are as follows:

1. Youth Art Gallery

Coming up on May 5, a gallery will celebrate young artists by hosting an art exhibition that is open to everyone. Langley City is inviting the public to Timms Community Centre from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, as art pieces of students in Grade 6 to 12 are showcased.

There will be more than 25 pieces displayed.

“We know youth love to create and make art so we are celebrating young artists by hosting an art gallery to show their pieces. Anyone can come to Timms and see the amazing talent that youth in our community have,” said Taran Kingsbury, recreation programmer at the city.

There is no registration required, and the event is free for everyone. Timms Community Centre is located at 20399 Douglas Cres.

2. Movie Night

A comfy seat and a big screen at the Timms Community Center – Langley City is inviting youth in Grade 6 to 12 to watch Encanto, a 2021 animated movie.

The event planned for Friday, May 6, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. The entry is free for all youth. Attendees can bring snacks.

“It’s just like the theatre. Relax and watch in the mini movie theatre.” said Kingsbury.

3. Youth Week Festival

For the final day, celebrations will be held at Douglas Park. Activities such as button making, art station, raffle, cultural shows, crafts, goodies bag distribution, and more are planned to mark the end of 2022 youth week.

Drop-in is free for ages 12 to 24 for the Saturday, May 7 event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m.

“We are trying to bring out multi-culturalism through this activity. Meet new people and hang out with friends and staff,” Kingsbury added. “It is something they deserve.”

The idea to acknowledge the contributions of youth was first shared in 1995 by a small group of local municipal planners and youth recreation leaders in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Initially, discussions revolved around the idea of organizing a Youth Day.

Later the group decided to dedicate a full week focused on youth, and Youth Week was born. More than 20 years later, Youth Week has become a provincial celebration to promote awareness of youth.

For more information, people can contact Langley City Youth at 604-514-2999.


The Township is celebrating Youth Week by hosting Active Youth Swims at Township pools and an Active Youth Skate at George Preston Recreation Centre.

Youth, 13 to 18 years old, are invited to come out to swim and skate during a youth-only designated time where they can enjoy fun activities and music.

Choose from these Active Youth activities still to come:

• Active Youth Skate

Location: George Preston Recreation Centre

Date: Thursday, May 5

Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.

• Active Youth Swim

Location: W.C. Blair Recreation Centre

Date: Friday, May 6

Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.

• Active Youth Swim

Location: Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Admission is $4.26 for each activity.

All activities require advance registration. Register now at


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CNL title sponsor for new Water and Dirt Festival, with events in four municipalities this summer

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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has signed on as the title sponsor for the inaugural Water and Dirt Festival which is coming to four Renfrew County municipalities this summer.

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This new and unique festival, which is a partnership between the Town of Petawawa, City of Pembroke, Township of Laurentian Valley and North Algona Wilberforce Township, will feature nine events spread across the municipalities between Aug. 4 and 14. It was born out of the successful Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival with the new event adding land-based outdoor adventure races to the already popular water-based sports. The events include mountain bike races, skateboarding, triathlon, whitewater kayaking, BMX and trail running which have been added to the long-running events such as the Upper Ottawa River Race, OSPCA Doggy Paddle and the Kayak Fishing Tournament.

CNL donated $15,000 and this title sponsorship will allow the event to offer live musical performances and activities for all ages in an event that plans to present new opportunities to residents and tourists from near and far, according to Colin Coyle, Petawawa’s recreation program co-ordinator and one of the key organizers of the festival.

“We are truly grateful to our sponsor, CNL as this event could not happen without them and we are looking forward to work alongside our neighbouring municipalities to bring this exciting event to the Ottawa Valley,” he added.

CNL president and CEO Joe McBrearty and Patrick Quinn, CNL director of Corporate Communications, recently presented the cheque to the mayors of the partnering municipalities and the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association, which is supporting the festival along with the Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization.

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“It’s a beautiful valley abounds with tourism opportunities; we believe this contribution and our participation in the community will really benefit everyone involved,” McBrearty said. “We believe our sponsorship for this event goes to show our commitment to the environment and to the Ottawa River here in the Ottawa Valley.”

Since 2015 CNL, through its parent company Canadian National Energy Alliance, has supported local community initiatives. CNL had previously served as title sponsor for the Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival so this is a continuation of the company’s involvement in this event, which some of the 2,800 employees from CNL’s Chalk River Labs have taken part in over the years.

“We believe our participation is critical for our success in gaining support in local communities,” McBrearty added. “The response we see from our employees and the communities that we live in and we service we think it’s been an absolutely fantastic response. It goes to grow the beauty and the potential of the Ottawa Valley.”

CNL typically sponsors a couple dozen events throughout the year and this year staff had a chance to choose the local events and groups that were supported through a crowd-funding initiative which presented 20 different opportunities.

“The participation from our staff was enormous,” McBrearty noted.  “It goes from the impacts of COVID that we’ve all gone through over the last two year and the sense of wanting to give back to the community.”