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December 4, 2008

New newspaper launched!

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 9:58 pm

Submitted by Barbara Johnstone Grimmer:

Just in time for Christmas, a real gift is arriving in all Pender Islanders’ mailboxes every second Friday.  A new Gulf Islands newspaper, The Islands Independent, was launched on November 7, 2008 on Pender Island.  The brainchild of Laurie Kay, it promises to be a source of news, culture and entertainment on Pender and the Southern Gulf Islands.  It may also be picked up at TRU VALUE FOODS at the Driftwood Centre, and at a variety of other outlets, including the Southern Gulf Islands routes of BC Ferries very soon.  And it’s free!!  Check out what’s happening in our community, and let the community know what’s on your mind.  Classifieds, too.   Soon to be on the other islands………

November 26, 2008

Media Watch

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 4:41 pm

 

Here is an article brought to my attention today.  Go to Ferries may be lemons for the full story.

News and Views for British Columbia

BC’s German Ferries May Be Lemons

BC Ferries’ Coastal Renaissance

Heavy fuel use, noise, vibration and air-sucking propellers said to be problems.

By Andrew MacLeod
Published: November 18, 2008

TheTyee.ca

On Dec. 13, 2007, the first of three Super C-class vessels built for $542 million in Germany arrived in B.C. to much fanfare. Less than 10 months later, B.C. Ferries announced the Coastal Renaissance would be spending more days tied up at the terminal than it would carrying passengers. The publicly owned company that runs the ferries has yet to fully explain why.

Back when the Coastal Renaissance arrived, B.C. Ferries’ chief operating officer Mike Corrigan said the ship’s diesel-electric propulsion system was 30 per cent more efficient than the engines on older ferries. Once all three of the new vessels were operating, he said, the ferry company would save about $5 million worth of fuel each year.

But in early October, B.C. Ferries’ cost savings measures included replacing the Coastal Renaissance four days a week with the 32-year-old Queen of Cowichan. The two vessels carry about the same loads, but according to the watchdog citizens’ group Save Our Ferries, the Super C-class vessel requires almost 20 percent more fuel to cross the Strait of Georgia.  (news item continued… see link above)

Further to this story, is a follow up on Dec. 4, 2008 (excerpt):

While B.C. Ferries is working on the various problems, the fuel guzzling may prove the most difficult to solve. B.C. Ferries is taking steps to reduce the ships’ fuel use, but observers wonder if the company, with the board’s approval, simply ordered the wrong ships.

See full story here: Changing Light Bulbs – B.C. Ferries Battles Fuel Costs

October 10, 2008

Candidates nominated…

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

 CANDIDATES NOMINATED FOR ISLANDS TRUST POSITIONS

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

September 25, 2008

New Health Centre Opens!

Filed under: News,Services — Jocko @ 4:00 pm

The expanded Health Centre is now open to better serve the community!

The Pender Island Health Care Society cordially invites you to attend the opening of the new Health Centre on Friday October 3, 2008  from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  The Pender Island Health Centre is located at 5715 Canal Road on North Pender.  The official ceremony begins at 4:15 pm with an Open House and refreshments from 4:45 – 6:00 pm.

Financial Information:

To August 31, 2008, $1,388,511 has been raised for the new addition and renovation of the existing Health Centre!

Of the total raised, $648,615 was donated through the generous support of the Pender community.  The Capital Regional District (CRD) contributed $597,396, and the Vancouver Island Health Authority provided $142,500.  An additional $45,000 was received from individuals and several community events specifically for the purchase of equipment and furnishings.

However, $12,562 is still required to meet final construction expenses and an additional $20,000 is needed to pave the new access road to the Emergency Treatment Room.  So… your on-going support is needed and appreciated!  To make a contribution please call Muriel Jones at 250-629-9936.  Contributions can take the form of publicly traded stocks, life insurance, “in memory” or “in honour” gifts, or even monthly donations.  This is a registered charity and a tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $10.

July 11, 2008

Fatal fall…

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 1:04 pm

Fall Update

FATAL FALL ON PENDER ISLAND

Jul 11, 2008

THERE ARE STILL ONLY THE BAREST OF DETAILS COMING FROM PENDER ISLAND, WHERE A MAN DIED IN A FALL LAST EVENING.

THE LOCAL RCMP AND A SEARCH AND RESCUE SQUAD WERE INITIALLY CALLED OUT ON A MISSING PERSON REPORT, TO LOCATE AN OVERDUE HIKER. BY 11 PM, THE BODY WAS LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF EIGHT METRE CLIFF.

RCMP HAVE NOT REVEALED THE IDENTITY OR THE AGE OF THE VICTIM.

– fms

July 6, 2008

Meeting reminder…

Filed under: Governance and Legal,News — Jocko @ 12:30 pm

The Local Trust Committee Meeting originally scheduled for July 19, 2008 has been rescheduled.

The meeting will now be held on Saturday July 12, 2008, starting at 10 am at the South Pender Fire Hall meeting room, 8961 Gowlland Point Road, South Pender.

Please make a note on your calendar.

July 4, 2008

Power Off…

Filed under: News,Services — Jocko @ 5:58 pm

When:  Wednesday, July 9, 2008 from 8 to 12.

Area:  Schooner Way and area; Privateers Road; Pirates Road; Capstan Lane; Plumper Way; and Trincoma Place, including side roads.

“To ensure continued good electric service, we are proceeding with line and distribution system improvements.  However, for safety reasons, it will be necessary to interrupt your power supply.  Following the interruption, if you experience any electrical problems, or require further information, please call 1-888-769-3766” – BC Hydro

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