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November 6, 2009

December Trust Council Program Announced

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 1:23 pm

From the Islands Trust:
The Islands Trust Council will hold its next quarterly business meeting December 8-10, 2009 at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island.

The public meeting starts December 8 at 1:45 p.m. and finishes by 2:00 p.m., December 10.

The 26-member Council makes decisions about overall policy, staff resources and financial management for the Islands Trust and has broad responsibilities to uphold the Islands Trust mandate. Trust Council invites members of the public to participate in a town hall session, a regular forum to promote informal dialogue between islanders and trustees, starting at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9.

Persons or organizations wishing to reserve time to make a formal delegation to the Islands Trust Council at the beginning of the town hall session must receive an appointment through the Executive Committee. Please forward your request to the Islands Trust Victoria office, to the attention of Marie Smith (email: msmith@islandstrust.bc.ca; fax: 250.405.5155) including the subject, and the speaker’s name and address, by Tuesday, November 24. Guidelines to help those planning a presentation to Council are available on the Islands Trust website at: www.islandstrust.bc.ca/tc/addresstips.cfm.

Please note that the Islands Trust Council does not make local land use decisions, which are the responsibility of the local trustees within their respective local trust area.

A copy of the agenda package for the December Council meeting will be available for viewing at our Victoria, Salt Spring and Gabriola offices after December 1.  For more information, including the agenda, visit:  www.islandstrust.bc.ca

October 22, 2009

Water referendum upcoming…

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

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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:  www.crd.bc.ca/southerngulf/magiclake/

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.

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

July 2, 2009

Community housing examined…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 11:57 am

From the Islands Trust:

ISLANDS TRUST COUNCIL LAUNCHES COMMUNITY HOUSING TASK FORCE

VICTORIA ⎯ The Islands Trust Council has created a new Community Housing Task Force to develop a housing strategy for the Islands Trust Area.  Trust Council unanimously approved the task force at its quarterly meeting on North Pender Island June 17-19.

Membership on the task force will be determined by the Local Planning Committee of Trust Council.  The task force will have nine months to complete its work.

Trust Council has allocated $15,000 to develop the strategy and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities has provided an additional $10,000 to specifically address seniors’ housing needs.

For the full news release, go here: newsjul022009.pdf

June 17, 2009

Apply Fisheries Act to fish farms… update

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 12:50 pm

Good news hot off the presses:

We Really Won!

Marine Harvest has now filed their Appeal from the BC Supreme Court decision of Mr. Justice Hinkson and they conceded the main issues in our case – that Provincial regulation of fish farms is unconstitutional!  

Thank you to all who made this happen, there are not many success stories in this saga.

Please go to “updates” at www.adopt-a-fry.org for more information.

The Province has no mandate to protect wild fish and this is the crux of the mismanagement that both the industry and the rest of us in BC have faced for 20 years. The farms are now sited in the wrong places, ensuring social conflict and degradation of our wild salmon. To fix this the industry will have to down-size at the very least and be removed from the crucial wild salmon migration routes.

Federal Fisheries Minister, the Honourable Gail Shea, will need all the support we can give her to deal with this monumental mess that she inherited. Please do what you can to let people know about our letter in case they want to sign. In response to all of you who have written asking “what can I do” I have posted a new page on our website “Actions Please go there if you can and consider the very important request by my colleague Michelle Young, who grew up in the Broughton Archipelago before fish farms and knows personally what is at stake.  Two gigantic fish farms are attempting re-zoning right on Johnstone Strait, guaranteeing all wild salmon that travel that route will be traveling through fish farm effluent. Given what we know now if these two farms go in we can know wild salmon are no long a priority in BC waters.

Thank you all for your hundreds of messages and best of all your great ideas! – alex 

Recent article from The Tyee entitled ‘Good Luck BC’: Morton’s Cry of Despair

Earlier from Alexandra Morton and Carol Budnyk:

Hello All,

Fisheries Minister the Honourable Gail Shea finally answered us.Please go to www.adopt-a-fry.org “The Letter” to see her response.Here is my response to her:  letter-to-minister.pdfand a follow up to our strategy:  morton-follow-up-letter.pdf

Also go to www.farmedanddangerous.org to see that large environmental groups in BC are calling for immediate closure of salmon farms on the crucial Fraser River migration route.

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Juvenile wild pink salmon sucked up from inside Marine Harvest’s Canada’s Pott’s Bay fish farm in Knight Inlet and transported via the “Orca Warrior” and lying on the road in Port McNeill, 5 pm, June 16, 2009  (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Morton)

May 13, 2009

June Trust Council Program Announced

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 2:18 pm

From the Islands Trust:

The Islands Trust Council will hold its next quarterly business meeting June 17-19, 2009 at the Pender Islands Community Hall on North Pender Island.  The public meeting starts Wednesday, June 17 at 1:00 p.m. and finishes by 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19.

Trust Council invites members of the public to participate in a town hall session, a regular forum to promote informal dialogue between islanders and trustees, starting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.  Persons or organizations wishing to reserve time to make a formal presentation to the Islands Trust Council at the beginning of the town hall session must receive an appointment through the Executive Committee.  Please forward your request to the Corporate Secretary, including the subject, name and address of the speaker, to the Islands Trust’s Victoria office.  Guidelines to help those planning a presentation to Council are available on the Islands Trust website at

http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/tc/addresstips.cfm.

Trust Council Sessions will include:

Wednesday, June 17

Land Use Planning Session – Trustees will receive a presentation on community land use planning, followed by a review of work programs and priorities with trustees and staff from the Northern, Southern and Salt Spring planning teams.

Thursday, June 18

Strategic Planning Session – Trustees will take a further step towards creation of Trust Council’s strategic plan for the current term, by discussing priorities and the various strategies and actions that will enable them to reach their objectives.

Riparian Area Regulations – An update will be provided with respect to a joint effort of the Islands Trust and the Ministry of Environment to fulfill the requirements of the Riparian Area Regulation within the Islands Trust Area.

Delegations and Town Hall Session – Trust Council encourages members of the public to participate in dialogue between islanders and the trustees.  The public is invited to discuss issues, ask questions and make suggestions about the work of the Islands Trust.

BC Farm Industry Review Board – Representatives from the Farm Industry Review Board will provide trustees with an introduction to the role of the Board.

San Juan County Council Liaison – Trustees will meet with the San Juan County Council to discuss common issues and interests. Amy Windrope, Project Manager of the San Juan Initiative, will give a presentation about this partnership of local, state, federal and tribal representatives who are working together to protect natural areas.

Information and Decision Items – Trust Council will consider a variety of routine business updates and decisions and will review recommendations from each Council Committee regarding its proposed work program for the coming quarter.  Highlights include a decision about the recipients of Council’s annual Community Stewardship Awards and consideration of a new approach to bylaw enforcement.

On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the Trust Council meeting will be closed to the public under Section 90 of the Community Charter.  The closed meeting portions will include a session with the Chief Administrative Officer, an update on current litigation, a legal session and a report from the Trust Fund Board’s Long Term Funding Committee.

For more information, visit the Islands Trust website:  http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/index.cfm

March 21, 2009

Short term vacation rental debate reignited…

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 6:34 pm

Submitted by Carol Budnyk, President, Pender Island Chamber of Commerce  www.penderislandchamber.com

March 20, 2009

The owner of a North Pender Island resort is being forced by the B.C. Supreme Court to shut down, reigniting the debate over short-term vacation rentals on the Gulf Islands.

Robert Conconi, owner of the Timbers on North Pender Island, has been operating a commercial resort on residential land since 2003, violating an Islands Trust bylaw prohibiting short-term vacation rentals in residential areas.

The Timbers, which sits on 55 acres of waterfront land, has five cottages that accommodate up to six people each. The largest rents for up to $2,900 a week in peak season.

Residents in the area complained “en masse” about the resort, said Gary Steeves, a trustee for North Pender Island.

They were concerned about planes flying in, music from weddings, and strangers driving around their neighbourhood, he said.

It was the first time the Islands Trust has gone to court to resolve what has become a longstanding dispute across the Gulf Islands, between property owners who rent out their idyllic cabins and cottages to short-term guests and the residents who dream of a peaceful neighbourhood without a mini-hotel operating next door.

Sheila Malcolmson, chairwoman of the Islands Trust Council, said the ruling will send a message to property owners that “neighbourhoods are for neighbours.”

But Carol Budnyk, president of the Pender Island Chamber of Commerce, said the decision could threaten North Pender’s tourism industry, a major driver of the tiny Island’s economy. “With the Trust attempting to prohibit short-term vacation rentals, it is definitely detrimental to our economy as a whole.”  See letter to the Islands Trust from the Pender Island Chamber of Commerce here: conconicase.pdf

Budnyk said she hopes the Timbers, whose guests spend money at other area businesses, will not have to shut down.  For the full Victoria Times Colonist story, go here: STVR article

For a thread of past posts on PenderBlog regarding STVR’s, enter STVR in the search box at the bottom of the left hand column of the blog and hit “search”.

December 9, 2008

Relief in sight!

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 6:05 pm

  photo: Jocko

A BC provincial government circular landed in my mailbox a couple of days ago with the following proclamation:

33% Off Ferry Fares!

“During the holiday season, many families will be travelling on BC Ferries between the Lower Mainland, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.  To make things a little easier through the holidays, ferry fares are being cut by one-third through December and January.  In addition, BC Ferries has reduced the fuel surcharge by 50 per cent and plans to phase it out completely by December 19th.”

Now that’s a Christmas present for all of us.

Further information on tax relief and provincial initiatives to address the financial crisis can be obtained at Enquiry BC.

November 16, 2008

Election Results

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 2:46 pm

Unofficial results of the North Pender Islands Trust elections held on November 15th, 2008 are in. Official results will be available on November 20th.

Gary Steeves  611 (incumbent)

Derek Masselink  575

Barbara Johnstone Grimmer  510

Victor Jones  494

On South Pender, David Greer and Wendy Scholefield were acclaimed as Trustees.

Southern Gulf Islands CRD Director:

Ken Hancock  1646

Roy Smith  879

School District 64, Gulf Islands School Trustee

Pete Williams  elected, margin not available (incumbent)

Russ Searle

The South Pender Local Trust Committee invites you to meet them at an informal gathering at the South Pender Firehall from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, November 22, 2008.  Come and talk about your priorities for the South Pender Island Community.

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