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March 23, 2010

Trust Council debates budget…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 11:32 am

From the Islands Trust:

The Islands Trust has released a revision of it’s proposed budget for 2010-2011 (download the budget document here:  budget2010-11summary-1.pdf).

If approved by Trust Council, the proposed Islands Trust budget for 2010-2011 would increase the Islands Trust’s portion of property taxes by approximately 3.7 percent. This represents an increase of about $10.00 for a typical residential property with an assessed value of $450,000.

Who Makes the Final Decision About The Islands Trust Budget?

Decisions about the Islands Trust budget are made by the Islands Trust Council, which consists of 26 trustees elected from across the Islands Trust Area.  In March of each year, the Islands Trust Council meets in public to debate the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  This year, the meeting will be held on Hornby Island on March 23-25.

Trust Council considers the recommendations of its Financial Planning Committee and reviews all of the input received from the public. This process may lead to changes in the final budget. Once an agreement is reached, Trust Council approves a budget bylaw and forwards it to the Minister of Community and Rural Development for approval.  The budget is not final until it receives ministerial approval.

Providing Your Input

All input provided by the public will be considered by Trust Council before it adopts a final budget for fiscal year 2010- 2011.  In early February, those interested in providing written comments were requested to do so by February 19.  All comments received by that date were included in the Trust Council’s agenda for its meeting that begins on March 23.

If you have additional comments, please talk to one of your elected trustees: You can find the names, email addresses and phone numbers of our 26 elected trustees on the Islands Trust website at www.islandstrust.bc.ca

Make a presentation to the Islands Trust Council meeting on Hornby Island on March 24.  Some individuals have already booked time to make a formal delegation to Trust Council on March 24.  Trust Council will give persons or organizations without a reserved appointment an opportunity to speak if time permits.

March 30 UPDATE:

On March 24th, the Islands Trust Council approved a new annual budget for 2010/11 that will enhance environmental preservation and protection. Trustees debated the funding challenges associated with the core work of the Islands Trust for several hours, taking into account public input about the current economic situation, public requests for services received throughout the year, and legislative changes that have created new workloads for staff and trustees.

Trust Council approved a budget of $6.4 million, representing an increase in property tax of 4.6%* or approximately $2.77 per $100,000 of assessed property value. A typical residential property assessed at $450,000 can expect a property tax increase of approximately $12.45 as a result of the Islands Trust’s budget decision. For a typical property owner, Islands Trust taxes only account for approximately 10-20% of total property taxes, depending upon location and other components of the tax bill.

The most significant budget additions relate to two new staff positions: a Planner for Salt Spring Island and a Legislative Services Manager.

*Note:  The inflation rate in Canada was 1.60% in February of 2010.  Inflation rate refers to a general rise in prices measured against a standard level of purchasing power.

Read more about the inflation rate here:  http://www.tradingeconomics.com/Economics/Inflation-CPI.aspx?Symbol=CAD

(emphasis by Jocko, moderator of PenderBlog)

March 16, 2010

Last chance to register…

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 1:13 pm

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From Janice Oakley on Galiano Island:

Hello friends near and far!

Well, the long-anticipated time has come! The Inter-island conference on Agriculture, Community and the Environment is upon us (This Sunday, March 21, 2010, Galiano Island), preceded by Nettlefest on Saturday.
We would like to emphasize how lucky and privileged we are to be able to host such a conference on our island (Galiano)! The line-up of speakers is very impressive indeed! This truly is the culminating point of the past few years for us and we hope you can join us.
If you have not registered for the conference yet and wish to attend, please do not delay and register right away via our website (please note that this applies to presenters as well- except our four main speakers):
galianofoodprogram.ca
Seating is limited and filling up fast! The $30 admission fee includes breakfast and a delicious lunch, and full access to the conference. We will provide transportation to and from the ferry to all registrants who require it- please let us know ahead of time, in order to ensure we have enough vehicles!!
**If you can provide accomodation for some of our guests, please let us know, we still require billetting for a few of them. Also, if you wish to volunteer for the event, we still require a few drivers, cooks and set-up/clean-up crew. Admission fee will be waived for volunteers.

We will be e-mailing the final information packages to all registered conference participants on Thursday.

Hope to see you all there!
All the best,


Martine Paulin
Janice Oakley
Galiano Food Program Coordinators

250-539-2175 option 2 (Food program)

March 12, 2010

Let’s talk about mental health…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 3:10 pm

From Kim Brown:

Over 100 Pender Island residents attended the play written and performed by Alan Weeks entitled “That’s Al Folks!” last September and more than 50 stayed after the production to talk about mental health needs on our island. The Pender Island Mental Health Initiative invites you to continue the dialogue…

On Saturday March 27th at 7:30 PM at the Pender Community Hall you are invited to view the critically-acclaimed film “House of Sand and Fog.”  Admission by donation.

“This 2003 film is a modern day tragedy about life and death that is profoundly emotional and poignant.  The movie stars Jennifer Connelly as Kathy, a depressed, recovering alcoholic, and Sir Ben Kingsley as Behrani, a former high-ranking Iranian colonel working hard at two menial jobs to create success for his family.” (From Movies and Mental Illness.)

Everyone is invited to stay afterwards for an open discussion.  Mental health professionals will be in attendance to answer questions.

Thanks to PIRAHA (Pender Island Recreation and Agricultural Hall Association) and the Pender Island Film Group for their assistance and support.

About Alan Weeks, author of “That’s Al Folks!“:

“Alan Weeks, from Mayne Island, was diagnosed with schizophrenia ten years ago. Before his illness he’d acted in eight Mayne Island Little Theatre productions, so once he had recovered from his psychosis, it was natural for him to want to write and act out a play about his illness. At times the play is humorous, so don’t be thinking it’s going to be a downer!” – from ActiveGaliano.org

and from the Pender Island Health Centre website:

Crisis and Mental Health Counselling
250 629-0032
24 Hour Help Line, Call Anytime
Rob Willingham, Crisis and Mental Health Counsellor
iona2@shaw.ca
Program Description: Crisis intervention, mental health support, information and referral. For individuals, couples and families. Visits in the home or at the Health Centre by appointment.

Island neighbours sharing…

Filed under: Island Neighbours — Jocko @ 12:48 am

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Ideas from our friends on Galiano Island:

Hello everyone!

Wanted to remind everyone that the first Community Kitchen Group meets this Monday the 8th at 7pm at the south hall.  Please join us if you are interested in gaining confidence in the kitchen, trying new things, cooking as a group and having food to take home to keep in your fridge/freezer.  On Monday we will be introducing the idea, choosing recipes for the future and making some quick and easy snacks.  There is no cost for this first visit, and in the future the community kitchen cook-offs will require a contribution of no more than $10.

Also,  Nettlefest 2010 is around the corner!  It will be taking place on Saturday March 20th.  This is our first call out for kitchen volunteers.  If you can help or are interested in learning about how to cook with nettles we would love to have you!

If you have nettle related products,  then we would like to extend an invitation for you to have a table at this year’s Nettlefest.  Please contact us by email or phone.

Cheers and enjoy the sun!

Nicole
Galiano Food Program Intern

Martine Paulin
Janice Oakley
Galiano Food Program Coordinators

250-539-2175 option 2 (Food program)

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