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September 28, 2007

Photo of the week…

Filed under: Photo of the week — Jocko @ 2:12 pm

Jelly fish floats in Swanson Channel. Submitted by Richard Fox

Someone told me jelly fish are actually relatively intelligent. Go figure.

September 22, 2007

Don’t Kvetch – Write!

Filed under: Governance and Legal,Views — Jocko @ 1:24 pm

Submitted by Vortexman:

I’m sending out an SOS…. Does it seem like everyone in government is working against us here on Pender Island…… like we have no advocate to stand up for us?
Well, that’s what it seems like to me. Ferry fares are skyrocketing because of privatization, and our property tax assessments are going through the roof. The revenue is obviously not coming back to the island in the proportion that we deserve (just look at our roads). The bill for the proposed CRD project to improve the water system in Magic Lake Estates (including a million dollars for unneeded water meters) will go back to the residents, over $500/year. Meanwhile the VIHA (Vancouver Island Health Authority) has cut rural doctors’ salaries, making it more difficult to attract physicians here, even though Pender has ample caseload, and a new clinic expansion project underway. Did you know that half the time these days there is no doctor on call? So, Pender, what do you think? If anyone feels the same way about our plight, please write a letter to our representatives. Who knows, if they feel the next election will be a close one, they may just listen. Here are some links from which you can also get mailing addresses and phone numbers:
Federal MP: Gary Lunn,
Provincial MLA: Murray Coell,
CRD Director for Gulf Islands: Susan DeGryp
You can also write letters to local papers such as the Times Colonist.


September 19, 2007

Photo of the week…

Filed under: Photo of the week — Jocko @ 12:57 pm

  photo: Jocko

Looking south from Port Washington Rd. east of Corbett Rd.

September 17, 2007

Stop ‘n talk…

Filed under: Views — Jocko @ 2:32 pm

Around the islands, you will sometimes see people behind the wheel of their vehicles talking on a cell phone and driving. With sections of winding roads, blind corners and hilltops, not to mention those oncoming cars and trucks that cross over the yellow line on corners, chatting and driving with one hand could be dangerous.  Perhaps, to be safe, cell phone users should hold that call until properly parked off the road.

September 9, 2007

Photo of the week…

Filed under: Photo of the week — Jocko @ 7:14 pm

Photo by Jocko

Looking south from South Pender on Sept. 9, 2007.  The Olympic Penninsula is seen in the distance.

Lori’s Luscious Scalloped Potatoes

Filed under: Recipes — Jocko @ 1:42 pm

photo by Jocko

This is a fairly rich dish, so you might want to go easy on the second servings!

Yield: approx. 10-12 servings


10 or so medium Pender or Vancouver Island russett potatoes (off island potatoes may be substituted in a pinch) peeled and cut into 1/8 to 1/4 in thick slices (note: one of those slide mandolin slicers makes the slicing go a lot faster)

1 quart whipping cream, or amount depending on personal preference

1/2 white sweet Walla Walla or large type onion, chopped finely

2 c medium cheddar cheese shredded, plus 3 or 4 slices

3 tbsp flour well mixed in 1/3 c cold water

salt and pepper to taste

In a 3 to 4 quart Pyrex or enameled cast iron casserole dish, layer the sliced potatoes, chopped onion, salt, pepper and shredded cheese alternately with the sliced cheddar “treasures” placed in suprise places within the dish. Pour the whipping cream gently over the top and place on a baking sheet with raised edges to catch any overflow during baking. Bake at 350 F for 1 and a half hours. 1/2 hour into cooking, check and if desired, lift the edges gently with a fork to distribute the liquid. Pour the flour and water mixture evenly over the top for the last 15 minutes of baking. Let cool slightly and serve.

September 7, 2007

Local resident publishes…

Filed under: Governance and Legal,Sustainable Living,Views — Jocko @ 2:24 pm

Long time Pender Island resident Mike Harcourt (past Mayor of Vancouver and Premier of British Columbia) and Ken Cameron (regional planner) have written a new book, with Sean Rossiter entitled “City Making in Paradise: Nine decisions that shaped the Greater Vancouver Region”.

Among the The Nine Decisions outlined, were the creation of the ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve), The Livable Region proposal of 1975 – which recognised that planning was a process, not a product; Expo ‘86 with the legacy of the False Creek development and Skytrain; “Choosing our future” which set out for the first time the transportation priorities – pedestrians first, then transit, then freight and only at the end, car use; and The Livable Region Strategic Plan, which for the first time set out a plan for growth management and transportation together as an integrated whole. Long range planning for the Pender Islands, integrating natural, rural, agricultural, commercial, industrial and higher density residential (eg. Magic Lake Estates) land use areas might benefit from the insights in this new book.

September 2, 2007

Turning back time…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment,Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 12:02 pm

Photos: Jocko

Field Trip: The Pender Islands Museum at Roesland.

The Museum, restored and operated by the Pender Islands Museum Society, is located in the Roe House, built in 1908, and situated on one of the properties that now form the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. A knowledgeable and friendly volunteer is on hand to answer questions about the museum collection and the Pender Islands Museum Society. The Museum is open Easter through Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm and 10 am to 4 pm during July and August. Admission is by donation. Note: The Museum can be opened during the “closed period” by pre-arrangement for special visits by families or groups.

The museum will re-open between Christmas and New Year’s Day (Boxing Day to New Year’s Eve) from 1-4 pm.  A complementary hot “seasonal drink” will be served.

Pender Islands Museum, Roesland, 2408 South Otter Bay Rd., North Pender Island (250) 629-6935

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