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October 31, 2009

New Solstice Theatre production!

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 1:04 pm


Pender Islands Solstice Theatre society is putting on “One Of America’s Greatest Plays”, the ever popular ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder.

Directed by Barry Mathias and Produced by Clare Mathias.

Friday, November 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 at 7:30pm and Sunday Nov. 15 matinee at 2:00pm at the Pender Islands Community Hall.

Tickets:  Adults $15. Children 12 and under $10. at Talisman Books & Gallery and Southridge Farms Country Store.  Buy early!  Do not be disappointed.  Seating is restricted and tickets may not be available at the door.

For more information about the play, visit the Our Town wiki:  Our Town

By kind permission of Samuel French, Inc.;  Poster by Minsky Designs;  photos by Jacquie MacDonald.  The  Solstice Theatre Society has been active on Pender Island for more than 15 years.

Open house for new ecosystem maps

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 12:18 pm


A touch of frost on a mossy knoll in Abbott Park, Magic Lake Estates last winter (photo by Jocko).

From the Islands Trust:

The Islands Trust and Islands Trust Fund will host open houses throughout November to introduce new ecosystem maps to Gulf Island communities. Join Kate Emmings, Ecosystem Protection Specialist, as she leads a journey into the world of ecosystem mapping.

A diversity of plants and animals – many of them rare and endangered – make the ecosystems of the Gulf Islands unique in the world. The natural landscapes that support this diversity are fragmented and in urgent need of conservation. For example, less than 1% of the region’s old forests remain. The Islands Trust and Islands Trust Fund have partnered to identify and map these fragile ecosystems to meet conservation goals.

In collaboration with Parks Canada and the Province of British Columbia, ecosystem maps are being created for the entire Islands Trust Area using the most recent aerial photography and field data collection. These maps are the foundation of the Islands Trust Fund’s 2010-2015 Regional Conservation Plan. The new five-year plan will focus staff and volunteer attention on the most at-risk ecosystems and on identifying a possible network of protected areas. The ecosystem mapping will also be available to local trust committees for land use planning.

The Islands Trust and Islands Trust Fund invites Gulf Island communities to the November open houses to learn more about ecosystem mapping and to provide feedback on maps of their islands.

An open house will be hosted on South Pender, Thursday, November 26th 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. South Pender Fire Hall 8961 Gowlland Point Rd.

Drop by at the start of the open house for an introductory presentation to learn how and why the maps were created and how they might be used by your community. Stay to interact with the digital mapping displays and 3-D air photo viewing that will enable you to dive into the many layers of ecosystem mapping. Kate will be available during these times to answer questions and receive community feedback. Come out and try your hand at mapping.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information about the Islands Trust Fund, visit

or telephone Shawn Black,  A/Manager,  Islands Trust Fund at 250.405.5191 or Mac Fraser,  Director,  Local Planning Services at 250.812-6944

October 30, 2009

The eagle has landed!

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 10:14 am


Brad Powell photo

For more amazing eagle photos visit

October 23, 2009

Allison Crowe’s Tidings Concert

Filed under: Arts and Entertainment — Jocko @ 3:30 pm

 From Allison Crowe Music:


Expect plenty of holiday cheer, laced with overtones of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, jazz and more, when fun and exciting musician Allison Crowe brings “Tidings” to the Pender Islands Community Hall, Friday, November 27, 2009 at 8 pm.

Music for the season and all time.”  Tidings stirs together traditional Christmas carols and holiday favourites with an organic blend of rock, jazz, folk, gospel and soul.

The Yuletide find of the year,” says The Record.

Be prepared to be amazed,” chimes

Longtime NPRbroadcaster Ross Hocker calls Allison Crowe’s show, “The most honest, heartfelt, and directly intimate concert in my entire life.

Advance Tickets: $20 General/$15 Students & Seniors   (Door: $22/$17)

Tickets now on sale online in Allison Crowe’s Box Office and available soon @: Talisman Books & Gallery, & Southridge Farms Country Store

October 22, 2009

Climate Change Learn-In

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 5:15 pm

From Peter Carter and Julie Johnston (pictured above):

International Day of Climate Action is October 24

We’re having a Pender Island Climate Change Learn-In

October 24, 2009 is a global day of action, with thousands of climate change events taking place all over the world.  Here on Pender, we will hold a learn-in so that we can all understand, with compassion, why climate change has become a planetary emergency for all of us (despite what our eyes tell us here in our beautiful community), and how we can all have some impact on the upcoming Copenhagen climate talks in December – the most important meetings in human history.

All are welcome,  Saturday, October 24,  2 to 4 pm,  Fairway Restaurant at the golf course

(Best suited to adults.  Please bring quiet activities for young children.)

Free admission.  Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Julie Johnston or Peter Carter at 250 629-3811.  If you can’t attend, please visit or

Water referendum upcoming…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 3:26 pm


Buck Lake in autumn.  Photo by Jocko

From the Capital Regional District (CRD):

Magic Lake Estates
Upgrade Project – Referendum 14 November 2009

The CRD has received a $5,250,000 federal-provincial infrastructure grant toward a major upgrade project for the Magic Lake Estates water service that includes a new water treatment plant capable of drawing water from either Buck Lake or Magic Lake. Other elements of the proposed project include:

• the construction of a spillway for the Buck Lake dam,
• improvements to the efficiency of the water distribution system,
• and upgrades to the wastewater system to accommodate increased flows from water treatment.

The overall cost of the proposed project is $8,812,500.

A referendum is planned for Saturday November 14, 2009 from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the School (advance voting is Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 12th from  8:00am to 8:00pm at the School) to seek the assent of the electors of the Magic Lake Estates water service area to borrow $2,560,000 for the project. The remaining $1,002,500 required to complete the project will be provided from available reserve funds and the operating budget. No increase in taxes or fees from the current levels is required in order to fund the upgrade project.

For more information on this important referendum, visit:

Update from Sue Bailey:

The Magic Lake Property Owners Society’s Board of Directors encourages you to support the Water & Sewer Referendum and vote – YES – in favour of the borrowing referendum on November 14th.   Without that committment, we stand a chance of not qualifying for the funding committed by the senior levels of government.

The Buck Lake water treatment plant has to be replaced regardless of the voting outcome, and could place a higher cost on the property owners if the borrowing was not approved.

Sue Bailey, President,  Magic Lake Property Owners Society,  2636 Shoal Rd.,  Pender Island, BC   V0N 2M2
Phone/Fax:  250-629-3703  Email:

October 21, 2009

Bees that work

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 1:37 am

 beehouse.jpg  Mason Bee house

From Trish MacKinnon:

Mason Bee Workshop…

Sunday Oct 25 th, 2009:  10:00am – 12:00noon

at Lester Quitzau’s home on Port Washington Rd.
(call 250-629-6028 for details)

Learn how to take care of Mason Bees and collect the eggs for next years bees.  Mason Bees pollinate more fruit, vegetables and flowers than honey bees and are not aggressive like yellowjacket wasps can often be.

For more information about Mason Bees, visit Mason Bees

October 15, 2009

Climate Smart Islands

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 1:44 pm



The Islands Trust will take another step towards its long-standing goal of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) as island communities amend 19 Official Community Plans over the next eight months. Trustees will engage islanders in discussions as they identify GHG reduction targets and strategies to meet those targets.

Current Community Climate Actions on the Pender Islands:


Moving Around Pender (MAP) Alternative Transportation Society, Pender Islands. Goal to make cycling and walking safer and more accessible, including the car stop program and a partnership with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to develop and designate cycling paths on the highways network.

Car Stop Program, Pender, Mayne, Hornby, and Gabriola Islands. Initially launched by Moving Around Pender on North and South Pender Islands where 29 car stop locations now exist, the Car Stop Program is rapidly expanding to other Gulf Islands: 25 car stops are planned for implementation on Mayne Island in September 2009, and Hornby and Gabriola are well along in the planning process. Contact: Barry Mathias

Transportation Advisory Committee (through LTC), Pender Islands. Working with Paths on Pender; bike path designated, working with MoT to create pullouts for community shuttle.

Food Security

Pender Organic Community Garden Society, Pender Island. Building community garden space through individual plots, shared plots, and community supported agriculture. The project aims to enhance food security, reduce climate change impact, provide affordable and nutritious food, and foster sense of community.

Natural Areas

Pender Islands Conservancy Association, Pender Islands. Promotes NAPTEP program and administers the fund that pays fees associated with qualifying NAPTEP applications.

Detailed information on this initiative is available on a new climate change section of the Islands Trust website at The webpage includes key decisions and other resources about climate change relevant to island communities.

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