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October 16, 2008

Creative Flow

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 12:35 pm



Exploring all corners of our minds, expanding our perception, opening our throats and experiencing expression – refined and in-the-raw!

My vision is of a continual connective space serving as a calaborative, creative outlet, providing both feedback and inspiration and offering spontaneous sparks with resultant curious connections and funky friendships.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 18th, 2008,  from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Community Hall Lounge.

By donation to cover rental of space.

Come on out and drum, sing, beatbox, guitar it up, whatever you fancy, whatever your style!

Please contact Sarah for more info/to help out: 250-629-3742

October 14, 2008

Public Lecture

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness,Services,Views — Jocko @ 5:38 pm

Is Disease Mongering the Greatest Threat to Healthcare?

by Alan Cassels

Canadian health care is in crisis and the escalating cost of prescriptions is recognized as one of the key elements of this problem.  University of Victoria drug policy researcher Alan Cassels provides important information on the causes of the increased cost of medications and insights into solutions to tackle this growing problem.  His entertaining prescription for this problem includes a dose of healthy skepticism, humour and poetry.

In Cassels’ new book, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering: An epidemic in 26 letters (Emdash Publishing, Victoria, 2008), the well-known commentator on drug policy tickles your funny bone with his new take on the very real and growing phenomenon of Disease Mongering – the practice of convincing more and more of us that we’re patients, in order to sell us health treatments of all sorts.

Cassels, the co-author of the bestselling Selling Sickness: How the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us all into patients (GreyStone 2005), diagnoses this growng epidemic through the use of engaging rhymes, insightful illustrations and scholarly research.  The book not only gives a fresh new perspective on a health care issue of concern to us all, but creates a new literary genre: Pharmaceutical Policy Poetry.

“By sugar-coating the message with humourous rhymes, maybe we can painlessly spread the word about an epidemic that’s threatening our health and the sustainability of our health care systems”, says Cassels.

Cassels will discuss the phenomenon behind his book, The ABC’s of Disease Mongering, at a public lecture which takes place at the Pender Island Library, 7:00 pm on Thursday October 16th.  All are welcome.

For more information go to:

Sponsored by the Pender Islands Health Care Society

October 13, 2008

CRD Director, SGI nominees

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 11:20 pm

Capital Regional District nominations for Director, Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area have been received as follows:

Roy Smith of Galiano Island


Ken Hancock of Pender Island

Go to Candidates for more information.

Of note is that all CRD Board directors are modestly remunerated in the form of an annual stipend, and expenses.  All remuneration must be sanctioned by a new bylaw every year.

The Chair of the Board is paid a salary that is in addition to the sum paid as a regular

Electoral Area Directors, because of their greater responsibility as sole CRD Commission representatives for their electoral area, are paid more than directors from municipalities, who, however, are also in receipt of payments as municipal councilors.

For current salaries and remunerations, contact the CRD or for more complete information about CRD structure go here:  Commission Handbook

October 11, 2008

An evening with…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 12:52 pm

 Submitted by Morning Bay Winery:

TIMOTHY TAYLOR, author of Story House, Stanley Park, and Silent Cruise

Join us for an evening with one of Canada’s most exciting new writers, Timothy Taylor, at 6 pm on Saturday November 22.  Three-course dinner with wine and reading is $95 per person.

What’s been written about Taylor’s Stanley Park:

“Not since Babette’s Feast has so lavish a table been set.” – National Post

“…unflaggingly intelligent…” – Maclean’s

and about Story House:

“…a big brainy novel…” – Globe and Mail

“… a thrilling tour de force, a most impressive achievement of idea and implementation…” – Ottawa Citizen

For more information about the author visit: Timothy Taylor

Tickets available at Morning Bay Winery 250-629-8351 or or at Talisman Books at the Driftwood Centre.

Morning Bay Winery, 6621 Harbour Hill Drive, Pender Island

October 10, 2008

Juno winner performs on Pender…

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 6:52 pm

Coming to Pender on Friday October 17th at 8:00 pm at the Pender Island Community Hall will be ALPHA YAYA DIALLO & Guest DOURA BARRY

Guitarist and singer Alpha Yaya Diallo, from Guinea in West Africa, is one of the hottest acts on the current world music scene and one of the most inspired and inspirational artists on today’s World Beat circuit.  Three time Juno Award winner, described as ‘the greatest African artist ever introduced to America’, Alpha Yaya Diallo and his band and guest Doura Barry will get you dancing on the Penders.

Tickets are $18 in advance at Talisman Books and Southridge Farm Store, $20 at the door.

Candidates nominated…

Filed under: Governance and Legal,News — Jocko @ 4:59 pm


Island communities elect their local government representatives every three years.  Voters in each of the twelve Local Trust Areas elect two local trustees to serve on a Local Trust Committee and to represent it on the Islands Trust Council.  Local trustees serve a three-year term and make land use planning decisions for their communities.  They are responsible for decisions about Official Community Plans, zoning and subdivision regulations and a variety of development applications.

A preliminary list of candidates for N. and S. Pender Islands Trust positions is provided below.  A final list will be determined by Chief Election Officers on Monday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m.  Candidates may withdraw from the election until Friday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m.

On South Pender Island the nomination period has been extended until 4:00 p.m. October 14 because there is only one candidate for the two local trustee positions.

Voting day is Saturday, November 15, 2008.

The candidates are: (*incumbant)

North Pender – Barbara Johnstone Grimmer; Victor Jones; Derek Masselink; Gary Steeves*

South Pender – Wendy Scholefield*

October 9, 2008

Media Watch

Filed under: News,Services,Views — Jocko @ 2:31 pm


CBC News item:

BC Ferries workers get bonuses, despite service cuts, price hikes

View story here: Employee incentive package

Short term vacation rentals probed…

Filed under: Governance and Legal,Views — Jocko @ 12:51 pm

 The following post was submitted by Rodger Moore on Pender:

I would like to know more about the pros and cons of the STVR issue.  As far as I have heard it is a problem, or potential problem, with unruly guests disturbing the neighbours.  Is that true?  What about the Poet’s Cove Resort rentals, I have heard that they rent homes on the island and then re-rent them to their workers.  This seems ok but, again I have “heard”, they rent them back to the workers on a daily basis.  Is this true?  Is that not a Short Term Rental?  I used to work at Camosun College in Victoria, If I was to do a house swap with my friends in Victoria for a week in July is that a Short Term Rental.  If the concern is noise and partying there are perfectly good noise bylaws for that in place and a police force to call to enforce them.  We live in paradise, let’s share it.

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