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April 26, 2010

Reduction of greenhouse gas emmissions…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 7:00 pm

The following is from the Islands Trust:

ISLANDS TRUST NORTH PENDER ISLAND LOCAL TRUST COMMITTEE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE is hereby given that the North Pender Island Local Trust Committee will hold a public hearing within a Local Trust Committee Business Meeting on:

Proposed Bylaw No. 182 – cited as “North Pender Island Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 171, 2007, Amendment No. 1, 2010”

for the purpose of allowing the public to make representations to the Local Trust Committee respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw at 9.:45 a.m., Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Pender Island Community Hall, 4418 Bedwell Harbour Road, North Pender Island, BC.

At the public hearing all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions respecting matters contained in the proposed bylaw.

Proposed Bylaw No. 182 – cited as “North Pender Island Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 171, 2007, Amendment No. 1, 2010”

In general terms, the purpose of Proposed Bylaw No. 182 is to meet the requirements of Bill 27 (Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendments Act) by amending the North Pender Island Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 171, 2007 to include a target, policies and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed amendments would include a target of a 33% reduction in emissions, consistent with the provincial target, and new policies and amendments to existing OCP policies that would support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions within the local trust area.

A copy of the proposed bylaw and any background material that may be considered by the Trust Committee in respect of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at the Islands Trust Office, #200 – 1627 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, inclusive, excluding statutory holidays, commencing April 14, 2010 and up to and including April 28, 2010.

For the convenience of the public only, and not to satisfy Section 892(2) (e) of the Local Government Act, additional copies of the proposed bylaw may be inspected at various Notice Boards on North Pender Island, B.C., commencing April 14, 2010.

The proposed bylaw can also be viewed on the internet at www.islandstrust.bc.ca and selecting www.islandstrust.bc.ca/ltc/np/bylaws.cfm or downloaded here:  proposedbylaw182.pdf

Written submissions may be delivered to:

1.    The office of the Islands Trust by mail at #200 – 1627 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C. V8R 1H8, by Fax (250) 405-5155 or can be sent on-line by going to the Islands Trust Website at the following URL:

www.islandstrust.bc.ca/ltc/np/meetings.cfm

and completing the “Public Hearing, April 29, 2010, Submission Form”, prior to 4:30 p.m., April 28, 2010;

2.    After 4:30 p.m., April 28, 2010 to the Trust Committee at the Public Hearing at 9:45 a.m., April 29, 2010.

The public is asked to send any electronic response by using the on-line public hearing submission form. The Islands Trust does not guarantee that any email submission will be received by the North Pender Island Local Trust Committee. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide email submissions, if they are opened and received, to the North Pender Island Local Trust Committee for consideration, but the public should not rely on email as a means of providing a written submission.

Written comments made in response to this notice will also be available for public review.

Inquiries regarding the proposed bylaw may be directed to the Islands Trust Office, Robert Kojima, Planner, at (250) 405-5159 or, for Toll Free access, request a transfer via Enquiry BC: In Vancouver 660-2421 and elsewhere in BC 1-800-663-7867.

NO REPRESENTATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED BY THE NORTH PENDER ISLAND LOCAL TRUST COMMITTEE AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC HEARING.

Italicized emphasis by Jocko, moderator, PenderBlog

April 14, 2010

Travel expenses disclosed…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 6:18 pm

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From The Tyee  online newspaper:

Your Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Minister of State for Sport

Gary Lunn racks up $180K in travel expenses

By Bob Mackin, Vancouver 24 hours April 13, 2010 05:44 pm

Canada’s Minister of State for Sport billed taxpayers $180,476.52 for travel expenses since Jan. 1, 2009.

Records show Gary Lunn racked up a $10,213.49 Olympic hotel bill from Feb. 4 to March 1 in Vancouver and Whistler. That’s an average $392.83 a night. By comparison, deputy minister Judith LaRocque, the federal government Olympic mission coordinator, spent $5,693.73 on 23 nights of accommodation for a nightly $247.55 average.

Lunn’s spending peaked at $46,225.64 from Sept. 2 to Dec. 1 when he attended the Olympic flame-lighting in Greece, International Olympic Committee session in Denmark and Pan American Sport Organization assembly in Mexico.

Spokeswoman Vanessa Schneider said the Victoria-area Conservative minister’s accommodation “was booked by the department in accordance with government guidelines.”

For the complete story go here:  Lunn travel expenses

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)

February 10, 2010

Islands Trust Proposes Tax Hike

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 1:04 pm

To all you loyal and esteemed PenderBlog readers, I have just returned from a three week vacation and back in the saddle at PenderBlog.  Thank you all for your interesting suggestions and submissions over the past three years of PenderBlog’s existence.  It has been fun, let it continue!  Jocko, moderator, PenderBlog

From Mike Aston:

Dear Friends, Fellow Penderites et al,

Opposition to Islands Trust 2010 Proposed Tax Hike…

I hate politics, so apologies for this political message.  However, I feel strongly about this, so contacting you seems like a good place to start… (since you are all likely directly affected).  It all adds up to more taxes = less money in community pockets = Less money for local economy = more pressure on our communities = less feel-good factor.  Need I say more….?

The Islands Trust is proposing a 4.9% Tax Increase for 2010.  Public input is required by noon on 19 February 2010. (for final decision in March).  The Islands Trust taxes are already between 10% and 20% of our annual property tax bills, depending on which island you live on.

Many lslanders are already struggling to get by on their fixed or reducing incomes.  Meanwhile the bureaucrats always seem able to spend more, even going into deficit, if necessary, on the taxpayer’s account.  This is a global phenomenon, and history proves it to be folly.  (If you need proof, look at Japan, which is still languishing in recession and debt after 2 decades of government “stimulus” packages and tax increases.)

So, if you like the idea of a 4.9% tax hike (and that’s just from this particular level of government) then DO NOTHING !

If however, like me and many others, you think a tax increase is unjustified, or that the Islands Trust should become more efficient and do MORE FOR LESS, not take on extra staff, then please send your opinions to budget2010@islandstrust.bc.ca as soon as possible.

You could also email your local trustees…
(North Pender Island Trustees Gary Steeves <gsteeves@islandstrust.bc.ca> and Derek Masselink dmasselink@islandstrust.bc.ca)
(South Pender Island Trustees David Greer dgreer@islandstrust.bc.ca and Wendy Scholefield wscholefield@islandstrust.bc.ca
(For a full list of trustees for various islands see: http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/contact/trustee.cfm )

When, over time, an increasing portion of our money is being handed over to government, it will be very, very difficult to turn back.  Government austerity measures must kick in somewhere and soon for everybody’s sake.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU KNOW WITH AN INTEREST IN THE ISLANDS TRUST AREA.

Please share this, share the responsibility, share the pride that you are able to say No!  Enough is enough!

Cheers,  Mike

P.S.  You could tell these guys too…  murray.coell.mla@leg.bc.ca; ida.chong.mla@leg.bc.ca;  gordon.campbell.mla@leg.bc.ca;  premier@gov.bc.ca ; lunng@parl.gc.ca;   lunnmp@garylunn.com;  pm@pm.gc.ca     Somewhere, I got the impression they are paid to listen to us… although they may perhaps be  suffering from a dose of the porogues right now…

……………………………………………………………
Mike Aston
www.mikeaston.ca

“If, in my lifetime, I can help eliminate just one small piece of wanton bureacracy, then my life will have been worthwhile.”

December 15, 2009

Islands Trust responds to BC Ferries

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 4:13 pm

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From the Islands Trust:

December 11, 2009

To the Editor, Times Colonist
Re: “Islands Trust at fault for high fares, Ferries says

Dear Editor:
The Islands Trust will not be the scapegoat for BC Ferries’ fare increases or loss of ridership. The Islands Trust is celebrating 35 years of fulfilling a provincial mandate to preserve and protect the Gulf Islands for all British Columbians. BC Ferries has a provincial mandate to provide transportation for those islands. We are doing our job, working to sustain complete communities on our islands despite complex external pressures. We would like BC Ferries top executives to do their job, and take the time to understand our communities before they blame fare increases on our locally elected representatives.

For the full letter, click here:  trustletter.pdf

November 16, 2009

Magic Lake Estates Water Treatment & System Upgrades Approved

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 12:57 pm

From the Capital Regional District (CRD):

On November 14, 2009 qualified electors of the Magic Lake Estates water local service area on Pender Island voted on the following question:

Referendum Question

“Are you in favour of the Capital Regional District Board adopting Bylaw No. 3633, “Magic Lake Estates Water System Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1, 2009″ to authorize the borrowing of up to $2,560,000 for upgrading water treatment and water systems for the Magic Lake Estates Water Local Service.

YES or NO?”

Official Voting Results

YES    NO
326    43

Purpose of Bylaw 3633

The purpose of Bylaw 3633 is to authorize the borrowing up to $2,560,000 toward upgrading water treatment and water systems for the Magic Lake Estates water local service. The upgrades include replacing the Buck Lake and Magic Lake water treatment plants by a single new plant, in order to meet regulatory requirements, improvements to the water distribution system and improvements to the Buck Lake dam.

Taxation Impact

The total estimated cost of all these upgrades is $8,812,500. An infrastructure grant of $5,250,000 has been received for the treatment plant and distribution system upgrades. The annual costs to operate the new infrastructure and the borrowing of up to $2,560,000 are expected to be accommodated within the current parcel tax charged to property owners.

November 8, 2009

Clarification on desalination…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 4:22 pm

From Jim Petrie:
As Chair of the Magic Lake Estates Water and Sewer Local Services Committee,  I feel I must respond to the misinformation that Peter Kearvall has submitted to PenderBlog regarding the upcoming referendum for improvements to our Water and Sewer System.

As I had transmitted to him via the Pender Post Editor two weeks ago, we had indeed looked at the prospect of desalination while we were formulating our business plan on the system upgrade and if you will check the posted committee and the engineering reports to us, you will see the information we received from the CRD Environmental Dept. on the subject, also that the report is current, May 2007 rather than 10 yrs. old as suggested in his circular.

I am including the email I sent via the Pender Post Editor to him, which I thought would  be satisfactory, obliviously not, as he sounds confused enough to enlarge on this issue within the community.

Reply to Peter Kearvell’s suggestion of desalination:

During the planning phase of the water treatment plant upgrade the Committee looked at various options  for water treatment. One of the options discussed was the feasibility of utilizing a desalination process.

The CRD Environmental Dept. did research for the Committee and  submitted a report back to us which indicated that the equipment costs would be much higher than the cost for  a  conventional  treatment plant, the operating costs would be significantly higher due to the large amounts of electricity used in the process, the system would be more labour intensive in operating and monitoring the system and there was the problem of disposing of the effluent created by the process.

In discussions with the Islands Trust Representatives, the suggestion was that we would find it very difficult or impossible to get the various Govt. approvals to remove water from the ocean and  discharge the residue effluent back into the environment, especially given the fact that we had access to a fresh water supply on Island.

The decision was made by the Committee to discard this option and work on securing the most efficient and cost effective system to replace the current Buck Lake filtration system which does not treat water to present standards during periods of water turbidity in the reservoir.

The CRD report which was presented to the Committee on May 13th. 2008 can be read on their website under Magic Lake Estates Water and Sewer Local Services Committee and is headed Evaluation of Desalination as a Potential Drinking Water Source.  (see Item 6 below)

Jim Petrie, Chair
Magic Lake Estates Water and Sewer Local Services Committee

The following is from:

Minutes of the Magic Lake Estates Water and Sewer Local Services Committee Held Tuesday, 13 May 2008 CRD Offices, Room 333, 625 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC

Item 6  Evaluation of Desalination as a Potential Drinking Water Source
Colwyn Sunderland presented a written report further to a motion adopted at the committee meeting of April 8, 2008. The report presented a preliminary assessment of the feasibility of desalinating seawater as a primary source of drinking water for Magic Lake Estates.

The report concluded that the proposed approach to supply water from both Buck and Magic Lakes to a single treatment plant would be more cost-effective than seawater desalination for the supply of drinking water to Magic Lake Estates. Regulatory approval and eligibility for infrastructure grants may also be impediments to seawater desalination.

The Magic Lake Estates Water and Sewer Local Services Committee received the report for information and agreed to continue deliberations to proceed to referendum based on the proposed Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF) treatment plant.

November 7, 2009

Desalination?

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 5:39 pm

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Post from Peter Kearvell:

In connection with North Pender Island Referendum Magic Lake Estates Water Treatment And Water System Upgrades, November 14, 2009, this proposal is politely submitted for your consideration:

My name is Peter Kearvell and I have been a full-time resident of Magic Lake Estates for over 19 years.  Since my arrival, in 1990, the population Magic Lake Estates has increased significantly.  I will come to the point at once!  In my view, spending more money on the Buck Lake/Magic Lake Water System is only sending more good money after bad, even if on this occasion the majority of the money is “only” Government money!

The Buck Lake/Magic Lake Water System is both inadequate and unreliable.  “Inadequate”, resulting in the numerous water use restrictions with which we are all familiar.  “Unreliable” because it is dependent upon our Annual Rainfall.

Pender Island is surrounded by water – the Pacific Ocean.  For over sixty years it has been possible to convert saline water to potable water through a process known as Reverse Osmosis.  Modular systems are relatively simple and economical to upgrade, to accommodate population increase.

My proposal:

1.  Engagement of, preferably an organization experienced in the installation and operation of modular desalination systems; alternately, engagement of a qualified expert, to report on the feasibility and cost (including the cost to consumers) of installing and operating such a system for Magic Lake Estates, and the submission of the report, or reports, to Residents.

2.  Meeting, or Meetings of Residents to consider the report, or reports.

3.  A Referendum, whereby Magic Lake Residents can decide whether or not to replace the Buck Lake/Magic Lake Water System by a system of desalination, employing modular reverse osmosis techniques.

Privately, I have been informed that such a study was undertaken by the Water & Sewer Committee some ten years ago, and that the Committee rejected the concept because the cost of water purification by desalination was triple that of the current system.  Personally, I have no recollection that such a study was undertaken, or its report circulated to residents.

Sincerely, Peter Kearvell  250 629-3220 or pmk@shaw.ca

For the full text of the circular I distributed about this on November 6, 2009 go here:  kearvellcircular.pdf

For information I requested from  Lenntech BV of the Netherlands, a water treatment services provider, www.lenntech.com, go here: LenntechInfo.pdf

To read my email inquiry and their reply go here:  emailinquiry.pdf

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