RDCK reviewing procedures for large events at regional facilities

Regional-District

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will be reviewing procedures when it comes to the use of regional facilities for events.

It's in response to concerns raised by the public about a controversial speaker who headlined a recent event at the Pass Creek Exhibition grounds.

The RDCK owns the land, which is managed by the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society.

According to CAO Stuart Horn, for large events, like the recent Mighty Men's Conference, the RDCK takes the lead on coordinating the booking process to make sure the proper event planning, insurance and licenses are in place, and to accept the damage deposit and booking fee.

Organizations sign a facility use agreement with the RDCK which requires event organizers to abide by the laws of BC, that encompasses laws regarding discrimination and human rights.

Horn says the RDCK's responsibility is to make sure the opportunity is open and the process is fair to all organizations.

He says while it's not their role to anticipate or investigate the subject matter of the events, they are aware of the community's concerns and will review their existing agreement and process to make sure the expectations they set for event organizers are clear.

Any concerns about the subject matter of the event should be directed to the organizers of the event.