Ccl Notes Apr 3
Agenda Apr 10
Calendar - Apr 23

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Ramping up for Easter!
This issue:  Main items Apr 10th (Heritage Plan, Dund Parking); Calendar to Apr 23rd (BUDGET MTG on Wed 12th!); INFObits & UPDATES (WV artist; Heritage); Apr 3rd Ccl Mtg notes; Agenda Apr 10th; INFObit Clarification/Correction re Date Notification; American History Lesson; Quotations

>>>  MAIN ITEMS at CCL Apr 10
New format.  Ccl of the Whole at beginning with main items presentation of Heritage Strategic Plan and Dundarave Parking, followed by a regular ccl mtg to pass any recommendations made.
Date for mtg for public input to Ccl re Budget 2006 has just been set and time short so could ask any questions you have at PQP Monday night to be ready to tell Ccl what you think on Wednesday.  Shd be short mtg with only two items.  B/c of Easter, next Ccl mtg is 24th and it's Youth Ccl on May 1st so nearly last chance since it requires two mtgs and must be adopted by May 15th.

>>>  CALENDAR to April 23rd  <<<

===  Saturday, April 8th
~ All day ~ Seniors' Annual Flea Market in Arena (9am - 2pm)
~ 2 - 4pm ~ at Ski-witsut -- Lighthouse Park Preservation Society presents a talk by Dr Lori Daniels: "What does old growth mean to you?  Understanding old-growth forests are unique"

===  Sunday, April 9th
~ 8am - noon ~ 15th Annual Walk/Run for MS, Seawalk Ambleside to Dundarave
~ 11am - 3pm ~ Rotary Club Duck Race, Ambleside Park

=== Apr 10th for 12th -- WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
*  Deadline to RSVP for Coho Society AGM Breakfast Apr 12th is noon April 10th. Call 926 6614.
Victor Elderton, principal of the North Vancouver Outdoor School, is the guest speaker.  He will talk about the Outdoor School in Brackendale, its science lab studies, field trips, effect of caustic spill on Cheakamus fish and wildlife that depend on the river.
The cost is $20.00 for WVCC members, Coho Society of the North Shore membership, and the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (with proof of membership). Otherwise, the fee is $30.00. (GST is included.)

===  Tuesday, April 11th  ~ 5pm ~ HAC
===  Wednesday, April 12th
~ 6pm ~ PEAC (check to see if cancelled)
~ 6 - 9pm ~ COUNCIL MEETING re BUDGET 2006 -- Give input to Ccl!
At present staff recommend a 4.2% increase.  They've included some supplementals and not others -- see which ones you want and if you want Ccl to include more with a greater increase, or make recommendations so they can lower the tax rate increase.  Council will listen to you before making their decisions.

===  Friday, April 14th  ~ Good Friday -- Southern Straits Race starts from Dundarave Pier
===  Saturday, April 15th ~ Dundarave Merchants' Easter Egg Hunt ~
===  Sunday, April 16th ~ Lions' Club Easter Egg Hunt
LIBRARY closed Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive
===  Tuesday, April 18th
* Mayor said there'd be a joint mtg of Ccl and Police Bd on this date; confirm time/place
~ 3:45pm ~ YAC
~ 7pm ~ CSAC

Paintings in acrylic on birch ply by BARRY COGSWELL
Opening Reception:  Tuesday April 18 from 6 - 8pm
Artist's Talk: Saturday, April 22, 2p.m.
Special Artist's Lecture  BARRY COGSWELL  Tuesday  April 25, 7pm   FREE

+++  North Shore Writers' Festival --  Apr 19 - 29  +++
The North Shore libraries present the seventh annual festival celebrating Canadian authors. Readings at the West Vancouver Memorial Library will be by renowned mystery writer Peter Robinson, historical fiction author Jack Whyte, and B.C. historian Jean Barman. Aislinn Hunter is our Writer in Residence. Check www.westvanlib.ca for the full programme of author readings in the North Shore or pick up a flyer.  Brought to you by your North Shore Public Libraries, with the assistance of B.C. Government Writers in Libraries program of the Public Library Services Branch, the Friends of the Libraries, Canada Council for the Arts, the Writer's Union of Canada, 32 BOOKS, CBC Radio One & Two, and the North Shore News.
++ Wednesday, April 19  -   7:30pm  -   NVCL
Pam Freir, columnist for the Victoria Times Colonist, offers up a feast of gastronomic memories, musings and laughter in Laughing With My Mouth Full.
++ Thursday, April 20  -  2pm = ; -  WVML
Best-selling novelist Jack Whyte sets the timeless story of King Arthur in a realistic historical context in his A Dream of Eagles series.
+ Friday, April 21  -   7:30pm  -  NVCL
Eden Robinson, a member of the Haisla First Nation, pleases the many fans of her novel Monkey Beach with a newly-published novel of gritty urban life, Blood Sports.
++ Monday, April 24  -  7:30pm  -  WVML
B.C. historian Jean Barman turns her attention to hidden stories in Stanley Park's Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point.
+ Tuesday, April 25  -  7:30pm  -  NVDL-Capilano Branch
Poet, activist and teacher Gregory Scofield is the author of four poetry collections and an autobiography: Thunder through My Veins: Memories of a Metis Childhood.
++ Wednesday, April 26  -  7:30pm  -  WVML
Author of the popular, award-winning, Chief Inspector Alan Banks mystery novels, Yorkshire-born Peter Robinson joins us from his Toronto home.
+ Thursday, April 27  -  2pm  -  Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd, NV
Join historian Linda Granfield, author of Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes: Stories from Canada's British War Brides, in celebrating 2006, the Year of the War Bride.
+ Thursday, April 27  -  7:30pm  -  NVCL
In Being Caribou, film and book, wildlife biologist Karsten Heuer recounts his epic five month, 1500 km journey with his wife following the Porcupine Caribou herd in 2003.
+ Friday, April 28  -  7:30pm = ; -  NVDL Capilano Branch
In Vancouver lawyer Anne Shields Giardini's first novel The Sad Truth About Happiness, she reveals "an attractive curiosity about the infinite variety in people's lives, sad and happy."

===  Wednesday, April 19th
~ 5:30pm ~ resurrection of FAC?
~ 6 - 9pm ~ Evelyn Drive Area Planning Study Open House at the Seniors' Ctr
~ 7pm: Library Bd in Library; Bd of Variance in Ccl Chambers

===  Thursday, April 20th at 5:30pm
~ N Sh Family Court & Youth Justice Cmte at CNV Municipal Hall
~ Clovelly-Caulfeild Nbrhd Plan Open House at Caulfeild Elementary School (till 8pm)

===  Saturday, April 22nd
West Vancouver Streamkeepers and the Coho Society of the North Shore in cooperation with the West Vancouver Library and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will conduct their annual Adopt-a-Fish program. This is a fun event designed to introduce children to the life cycle of salmon and the importance of the role  of healthy streams in this cycle. 
Between 10am and noon children can pick up an adoption certificate from the Coho Society booth located in front of the library. With this certificate they can then pick up a batch of salmon fry in Memorial Park, opposite the library to release them into McDonald Creek.
If there are children in your household who would enjoy participating in this program, make sure to set the morning of April 22 aside for a visit to the library and Memorial Park. In past years hundreds of children have helped to release salmon fry in McDonald Creek with the hope that they will return as adult salmon in the years to come.  We hope to see you.
THE LAND CONSERVANCY staff will be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, 11am-3pm at Bear Creek Park (88th Ave & King George Hwy) in Surrey. As part of the Surrey Park's Environmental Extravaganza, TLC will have an information booth and be making animal badges for kids. If you have any questions about TLC, please stop by and talk with Rich Kenny.

===  Sunday, April 23rd  ~ start of BOOKtopia (to Apr 29 at Memorial Library)

>>>  INFObits & UPDATES  <<<
Though Dutch traders had established several colonies in the Guyanas region before around 1600, the Dutch did not gain full control of what is now Suriname until the Treaty of Breda, which marked end of the Second Anglo-Dutch War. The Netherlands 'traded' Manhattan, in the current state of New York, for Suriname.
Pilar Izzard, Manager 604-922-3474 e-mail izzardstudio@shaw.ca
     On Sunday March 26, 2006 Daniel J. Izz=E1rd, a senior lettered member since 1974 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver, BC. "in recognition for his long and illustrious career, his work in support of non-profit institutions and his leadership in forming the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists".
     Izz=E1rd has had over 50 "one-man" exhibitions and has an impressive list of public, private and corporate collections all over the world.  [He was born] in England in 1923.
     [Izzard is a self-taught artist, an] impressionist in oils.  He works boldly, loosely, and generously with both paint and feeling. But now, as he said, "In my old age I am painting much [more slowly] and producing more careful renditions," as an example, his famous Ballerinas series. He has been called the last of the true impressionists.
     This widely-travelled W.W II ex-Royal Navy veteran finds inspiration everywhere, but nowhere more happily than in the beauty of British Columbia. He has made West Vancouver home for the last 41 years.  In 1987 the Mayor and Council recognized him with a 75th Anniversary award as one its outstanding achievers in the past 75 years.
     The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was established in 1941 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and professional development of artists, raising the artists' standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of achievement. FCA opened the first completely artist-sponsored gallery-workshop-studio in Canada, which is now recognized and respected from Coast to Coast.
Please visit: www.danielizzard.com
Best regards,  Peter Langer, Associated Media Group
Historic Joy Kogawa House Given Another Month to be Saved
     TLC announced that it has negotiated a 30-day extension on its option to purchase the culturally-significant <http://www.conservancy.bc.ca/content.asp?sectionid=179>Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver.
     The historic Joy Kogawa House first came to TLC's attention in early 2005 through the Save Kogawa House Committee. On November 30th, the City of Vancouver granted a 120-day delay on the demolition permit for the house. In early December, TLC publicly announced they would spearhead the campaign. On February 8, the Kogawa House was listed on Heritage Vancouver's 2006 Top 10 Endangered Sites. Mid March, TLC received a 30-day extension (April 30) on the option to purchase the home. The original deadline for funding was March 30. To date, $215,000 has been raised from 340 donors around the globe.
     Canadian Studies departments at universities in Europe and the USA are aware of the threatened demolition, and the faculty association at York University in Ontario, contributed $1,000 to the campaign, challenging other universities to match their donation. Several primary and secondary schools in BC have also donated to the campaign. One Vancouver book club member has even taken it upon herself to challenge other book club members to donate.
     Once protected, the historic Joy Kogawa House will be a used as a home for a writers-in-residence program, enabling new and emerging writers to create new works focusing on human rights issues and Canada's evolving multicultural and intercultural society. It will also be open for public and school tours to educate people about the Japanese Canadian experience during World War II. Donations can be made at <http://www.conservancy.bc.ca/>www.conservancy.bc.ca or by calling (604) 733-2313.

>>>  CCL MTG NOTES Apr 3rd <<<

The Mayor called the meeting to order and said: before agenda, a couple of announcements.
On a happy note, congratulations to Cclr Ferguson who became a grandmother on the weekend, her first grandchild.
Carter William is doing well, or Carter William Elliott, not sure how many names
(JF's comment was not intelligible, something about last name.)
Secondly, I'd like to pay respects on behalf of the cmnty and Ccl and to our friend and nbr, Don Mann, who passed away March 20th.
He was a long time resident of WV, and a strong, steady, and sincere advocate of the natural heritage and natural setting of Lower Caulfeild, very well known to our Parks staff.
Service was held on Saturday at St Francis in the Woods, to an absolutely packed church
certainly missed by friends and nbrs; left a legacy of high regard, and how much work it is wrt importance of WV's heritage and natural setting, and I think we will try to live up to that standard that he set; I'm sorry that he's gone
Finally, our Administration Dept -- it was a finalist on the weekend; I have the award here
Presented to Mr Beauchamp for work we've done on bylaw dispute adjudication system
we've pioneered that along with the two NV Ms, so successful, became an example for the entire province.  Since then Chilliwack, Kent, Hope, Bowen Island, and Lions Bay have moved forward with the same approach, and Surrey and Rmd have made applications -- congratulations, Mr Beauchamp
v well done [held up photo; applause]
2.  AGENDA APPROVAL  [Some on-table items added]
3.1       Council Meeting Minutes, March 20, 2006 -- To be provided on-table
{why? it was two weeks ago and not ready till Monday Apr 3rd, put on table at ccl mtg???}
[no reason given for delay]
4.         DELEGATIONS
4.1       S. Allan, regarding WinterSong Festival Event
WV's newest festival -- rock, classical, etc
I had an idea in the dark days one winter and went to Oksana Dexter [staff], she said let's do it;  involved WV 2010 Olympic Cmte, WV Arts & Culture Cmte, and DWV.  The District came up with some cash, a whole lot of services, and help from staff who were incredible.   Steering cmte got it off and running, some here tonight [listed them and asked them to stand up; to applause].
Got sponsors [listed them].  Launched Feb 12 at Kay Meek Ctr.  [Listed groups who sang/performed.  Other events at Silk Purse, St Stephen's, WV United, etc.]
.... at Irwin Park School two children's choirs; kids sang "Songs my Grandma Taught Me"; WV Srs' Choir also performed, separately and together; at one point a 92-year-old accompanist played a piece by Handel with an 11-year-old boy.  Pretty extraordinary... 
[continued list of events]
Future:  already been contacted; planning to add A Night at the Opera, It's Only Rock and Roll,  world ethnic folk music; looking for other places/locations.  Looking at expanding, world cultural choral event, looking at 2010.
Here's a sample for you, film clip; presentation for marketing.
[film -- great!  do watch it!  applause!]  Thanks for support, looking forward to more and bigger.
Sop: wonderful event, know Harmony started slow.  How was attendance?
SA: about 3000, and -- unheard of -- we broke even! annual event in February
Sop: and in 2010?
Ans: most of the performance spaces are 3-500, so we'd have two or three going on at the same time
JF: thank all the volunteers
what I attended, joyous; amazed hope bigger every year
5.         REPORTS
5.1       Presentation:  Mayor Goldsmith-Jones and D. Stuart, Chief Administrative Officer regarding 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy
[commentary while showing slides]
Mayor: Passion lives here is what Torino said, and it's true
driver didn't meet us so saved the taxpayer $250 and took the train for $11
saw benefits of public transport
Stayed at the Fiat Factory, only five-star hotel
The grocery store at the bottom was called Pam so I got a lot of teasing.
Here's BC Place, spectacular hit, attended by over 100,000 Italians
log house out of a fairy tale but they'd never seen one
became a home away from home for our athletes
five blocks away -- photo of a great night
up for 36 hours, went straight to women's gold hockey game
Swedes were behind us and we were playing them
When we sang the Cdn anthem, they sang along!  I asked why they knew and they said everyone knows the words to the Canadian national anthem
went up to snowboarding
tried to take a picture of a tunnel, there are about seven on the way
overlay is three times larger, temporary for games, snowboarding
An event was 45 min and it took an hour and a half to get there, wait for finals
saw opportunity for Cypress, to have entertainment while they wait.
tix for anything, get them for speedskating
Chinese got the bronze but due to a technicality given to Italians, brought house down!
Media Ctr; Vancouver was on everybody's mind; NBC said Seattle NBC, runup starts now
A Walking Tour: photo of one of the five types of police forces
local knowledge was key -- stop and ask anyone for help
museum biggest for Egyptian things outside of Egypt
Torino's been lighting up the castles, streets; had lines of poetry in the trees
Sponsorships -- Coke, controversial: "If life was [sic] an Olympic event, wd you win a metal?" (medal?)
cars parked everywhere; two big nights of festivals
Sam Sullivan's reception, Premier's, Richmond's
message from Mayor of Torino was to make sure lines of communication strong with VANOC.
Gov General there
Closing ceremonies [photos]
First Nations represented; two there were at the Swearing-In for our Police Chief
went to a concert in a local church; local churches, mosques, etc have music, natural fit
Sop: issue of transportation and gaps of what ppl will do
Will VANOC or Cypress entertain WinterSong on site?
Mayor: some call this inside and outside the tent; tightly controlled largely due to sponsorship and security issues
want to showcase our local talent and cmnty sport
Sop: security strict?
Mayor: they call it mag and bag, same as airport
Sop: who'll supply the nec security, road up and down
CAO: events done by VANOC; well in advance of events monitor Cypress Rd
RCMP in charge of security for Olympics
will be contracts for local security; police forces and crowd and traffic control
MS: can you comment whether those closing ceremonies looked as dreadful as they came across on TV
Mayor: expected more of Vancouver and BC; but we weren't involved in that at all
Furlong said this is Torino, we've got a long way to go
CAO: one long confusing spectacle; delightful to look at but difficult to understand.
Mayor: Cclr VV
[who read motion]
Mayor: thank you Cclr Ferguson
{some titters and funny looks but nothing said}
5.2       2006 Annual Operating Agreement - TransLink
            Complete copy of agreement available for viewing in the Clerk's Department.
            RECOMMENDED:  THAT
            1.         The report dated March 13, 2006 from the Transit Manager re 2006 Annual Operating Agreement for the West Vancouver Conventional Transit Services be received;
            2.         The Mayor and Municipal Clerk be authorized to execute the Agreement as presented and that any mid-term amendment to this Agreement, that may be considered, has the approval of the Municipal Manager.
EB, Dir/Engg: roughly same each year
2.1% increase
Sop: has TransLink given any consideration to minibuses?  we'll be carriers before and after 2010; opp to exploring opportunities
EB: ongoing conversations through our transit mgrs
have always promoted community shuttles
one between HBay and Lions' Bay implemented
Transportation Plan in 2007, will look at that.
5.3       Development Project Status (File:  1008?01)
            RECOMMENDED:  THAT the report dated March 20, 2006 from the Manager of Community Planning regarding Development Project Status be received for information.
{Take a look.  List of devt projects under consideration}
Mayor: new addition to our Ccl agenda
will have an ongoing account of what DPs Planning considering
{Great -- thanks Mayor and Ccl!}
SJN: also will be on website
only significant projects; can be at any stage so wd probably be updated at least once a month
requires multiple staff to update
made a note that we highlight anything that's new
JF: really a wonderful document
did occur to me, if there were projects that had not yet been before Ccl but date set to come to Ccl, perhaps put that date up?
SJN: they come to Ccl for various reasons
contacted by BPP who were v disappointed that their Rodgers West devt was not on list
sometimes not just residents want it on list
JF: even if date not set, maybe have some indication when it might be
public may watch and stay tuned
SJN: stage just receiving information, anticipating ppl coming?
JF: time
SJN: yes
Sop: see there are some dates in this
the actual day it shows up at Hall, starts for us and public
helpful to have this information
if homes meet bylaws we won't see it, yet we might get a call asking about it
good piece
JC: think this is terrific to have
presume the numbers besides the names are street numbers?
Argyle first one?
Ans: yes
CAO: wrt Cclr Sop's query, often an applicant hasn't met all the criteria so we have nothing formal
these are the ones we have
sometimes it takes six months to work out the bugs (of a devt)
Mayor: an effort to streamline
RD: we used to do it in past, somehow it lapsed, coming back to it now
good to keep track, good on Web so ppl can keep track of what's going on


Mayor: still working on this [how to handle/proceed]
[simply pass or] separate items anyone wants to discuss; let us know and we'll pull it out
Sop: quite an array of items, uh Correspondence
Mayor: that's separate
MClk: no it's not, it's in the Consent Agenda
{indeed it is; they're just getting used to what gets passed automatically and what they can talk about.}
Sop: take out  6.2.7
MS: take out 6.1.4
Mayor: budget; that's a good idea
Pass the rest with the exception of those
6.1.1   Development Permit 05-024 - 6619 Nelson Avenue Duplex
            RECOMMENDED: THAT The Municipal Clerk give notice that the Development Permit Application No. 05-024, 6619 Nelson Avenue, which would provide for a new duplex with variances to siting, will be considered at a meeting of Council on Monday, April 24, 2006.
6.1.2   Appointment of Council Representatives to Advisory Committees
            RECOMMENDED: THAT the following appointments of Council representatives and alternates to advisory committees be approved:
Design Advisory Committee
=B7         Councillor Day / Councillor Ferguson (alternate)
Community Services Advisory Committee
=B7         Councillor Vaughan /  Councillor Clark (alternate)
Engineering Advisory Committee
=B7         Councillor Vaughan / Councillor Day (alternate)
Finance Advisory Committee
=B7         Councillor Smith / Councillor Vaughan (alternate)
Heritage Advisory Committee
=B7         Councillor Day / Councillor Vaughan (alternate)
Planning Advisory Committee
=B7         Councillor Clark / Councillor Smith (alternate)
Parks and Environment Advisory Committee
=B7         Councillor Soprovich / Councillor Day (alternate).
6.1.3   Appointment of Council Review Committee for Advisory Committee Appointments
            RECOMMENDED:  THAT the appointments of Councillors Day and Ferguson to the Council Review Committee for Advisory Committee Appointments be approved.
6.1.4   Budget 2006 Presentation at March 27, 2006 Committee of the Whole Meeting
            RECOMMENDED: THAT the recommendation regarding the Budget 2006 Presentation passed by Council at its March 27, 2006 Committee of the Whole Meeting be approved, namely:
            1.         Council receive the staff presentation of the proposed draft budget for 2006;
            2.         Copies of the draft budget documentation be made available to residents on the District web site and at Finance counters in the Municipal Hall;
            3.         Staff host a community meeting at the Municipal Hall on April 05, 2006 at 7:00 pm to answer resident questions on the contents of the draft budget; and
            4.         Council receive resident comment and input into the 2006 budget at a Committee of the Whole meeting to be scheduled during the week of April 10, 2006.

MS: re budget 6.1.4; understand mtg tomorrow with public, mtg Apr 10
ask MMgr how massage process
CAO: our standard process is for ccl to receive budget
last week Ccl received as Cmte of Whole staff recommendations
this week staff will hear public
next week Ccl will have opp to hear from public
will set a date
Staff will incorporate public's and Ccl's views and come up with something for Ccl
Mayor: you're saying Ccl has the opp to say what we want to see in the budget
always happens with new budget
CAO: often happens
recognize it's higher than earlier years
we know Ccl wants to set out a process prior for next year
might want to make substantive changes
last week, we don't think the current approach is sustainable so look forward to that dialogue, and new direction to be set
MS: Ccl Vaughan and I are new to the process
my impression is that most of the tax increase is a carry over from previous years
we have five of the previous seven still on Ccl
we're a quarter through the year
it's 25% into the year --
my concern is that we're going to delay -- agree with Mr Stuart's need for review -- but only change after we pass this
CAO: is an opp for Ccl to put changes in for this year
happens ev three years; identifying new biz plan
recognize decisions made ev year that affect next year
Sop: 2000 to 2006 we were below
strove hard and diligently for a number of years
doing the rec renewals, knew it wd cost money and went pay as you go
it was a plan that was sound
we didn't have to put a referendum for the budget as others did
we have three, NV has nine -- we're way ahead of the game
this year some increase, a bit of a crossroads
willing to sit down and look where to cut services
wd say to anyone we did a good job
water, sewer, will know when Eagle Lake gets going
... my only concern is whether it will be year after year
VV: I share Cclr Smith's concern
in terms of carrying over from prev Ccl
we're left to wonder why public make signif change to leadership
public indicating wanted us to go in a diff direction
this may be out of step
Mayor: the irony of prev two Ccls working hard to keep below rate of inflation
we were always underfunding what was needed out of an interest of being conservative
compromises what you do down the road
wage increases have outstripped cost of living
all of us say we want a fundamental change
not sustainable to increase ev year (like this)
CAOs across NShore, looking where to cut: getting a solicitor for NSh
in order to provide for that we feel we need the balance of 2006 for 2007 budget
we can shave some things, within Ccl's prerogative
long term, we'll have to look
a way to go on 2006
if process hasn't served everyone as well, hope we'll put ourselves to this for 2007
we can still for 2006 but always tough to cut services to the public

CAO:  motion on Consent confirming it but separated need separate motion
[RD did so; "affirmed"]
CAO: rather than have Ccl re-affirm, we'll try to make sure at the end of the Cmte of the Whole mtg go into Ccl and 'affirm' at the same time so not have to repeat it at another mtg.
{and that's what they've done for the Apr 10 Cmte of Whole Mtg -- an improvement}

6.1.5   Cancellation of May 01, 2006 Committee of the Whole Meeting (File:  0120 01)
            RECOMMENDED:  THAT the May 01, 2006 Committee of the Whole Meeting be cancelled, [owing] to the annual Youth Council Meeting scheduled for May 1, 2006.

{The full list was in the previous newsletter (2006 - 7) so is not repeated here except for the letter separated for discussion.}

6.2.7         R. Fassler, March 15, enclosing 29 signatures regarding vacant lot at 11th Street & Mathers
                 Referred to Director of Planning, Lands & Permits for consideration and response.

Sop: letter from resident at 1140 Mathers about a lot owned by prov govt; he's here tonight
Cclr Day and I went to see it this afternoon; has a trail up to the hwy
has a for sale sign so end of that
the trees on the south side of Mathers are a buffer so concerned about those staying
what about if we purchase it as a park?
SJN: the prov in acquiring lands for hwy, did return some to us and kept some for use by themselves
six remainders of lots on Tyrol but M refused to recognize those as building lots
left consolidation of those six into one and it now has a house
we refused to acknowledge two lots so prov consolidated into single lot; prov gave us water ROW if we paid for survey but wdn't for trail; we asked prov to recognize trail and services going through it.
Prov is in biz of selling off surplus and is doing that
look into trail, a dirt path
Sop: when we look at trails in nbrhd and signif for 30 years, is that not important?
cd trail continue along down part?
SJN: believe Mr Pike's staff looking at that
Sop: is this a fait accompli?
KPike: don't know any more
Sop: Mr Fassler's here, wants to speak?
Mayor: wd let him at PQP
Sop: we own a tunnel there, to the right a bldg housing hydro
SJN: believe we own some of the road allowance
abuts, not quite sure of location of bldg
Sop: hope for a report about the trail; a sizable number of ppl concerned about this
sale of one lot not imp if they can give away a water lot
CAO: maybe have that motion changed to referral to Dir/Parks wrt the trail
Sop: second point.  Are the trees south of Mathers on lot?
cd be windowed, topped, shorted, cut down
understand we have a bylaw preventing topping
ppl buying recognize no view now
CAO: then add to motion no cutting of M trees
JC: time? cd be transferring it tomorrow
SJN: no idea; been on market for a month
JC: dilly dally
SJN: we never dilly dally, nor do we xxx? trees
VV: prov owns this land and wishes to sell it
in residential area, can build a house
if we have power of zoning, do we not have power to change to park?
SJN: M is not allowed to zone land for public purposes, can buy it
VV: if we purchase, not residential
SJN: in effect you are prevented from doing something that is expropriation
{This discussion is picked up again by residents during PQP below, Item 8.}

JC: over past weeks, seen articles re licence to occupy re shooters
I attended a mtg on your behalf
won't comment one way or another on validity or reasoning behind termination of their licence
asked indiv if they carried insurance
he said he thought they did
asked if he carried third party coverage insurance at GVRD
he wasn't sure
asked GVRD div mgr and she cdn't answer about anyone carrying out activities on GVRD land
Mr Carline cdn't either!
found it rather unusual, for something that far-reaching and costly
in our org, that question wd be answered instantaneously
as a mbr of the GVRD Fin Cmte will bring that matter to their attention
Mayor: Pacific Shooters' Assn was topic last week
Carline was water commissioner, closed down during construction
that decision stands but Bd directed him to try to open the range, lower reserve find another location or some accommodation


Mayor: Mr Fassler is first on the list  [11th & Mathers]
Mr F: the 29 ppl who signed the petition seriously concerned, another 17 sigs
we've lived in that nbrhd for 36 years, my address on agenda not quite right
prop in that area had been expropriated by prov
[held up drawing]
nbrhd depends on that trail, down to 11th to bus stop; the major concern -- that route is totally cut off
pushes the path into trees that help screen the hwy and so steep into bank
ppl are pushing baby strollers, walking dogs, really important connection to nbrhd
ev was absolutely surprised no public discussion, no mtg
for 35 years been in that nbrhd; makes walking nicer
amazing going around how many were fired up about this issue
after 35 years!  such marginal properties, perhaps we shd have done something
over this time you've spent time, gone in cleaned it up, put boulders in; acknowledged as a staff
first of all ppl are saying can't we stop the sale
seems unfair
if it really is sold, can we not keep the path, reduce the lot size to let the path stay
greenery, we know trees don't buffer sound
devpr puts pressure for views
also trees, buffer along the hwy -- there's a way trees have accidents during construction
exactly the issue that reduces quality of life
use your imagination
just a money grab by prov govt
sat there for a long time, someone says whoa, we can make some money
ppl said where can I sign; ppl put notices up
if we don't put pressure....
Mayor: we appreciate knowing about this
seems like this is something our MLA shd be getting involved
trail and rest of lot can be sold; it is a govt asset
think we shd write to the MLA on behalf of the residents
effect a solution that wd allow this to remain in place
JF: suggest residents also approach MLA Sultan
Ans:  polite but said someone was concerned about money
CAO: will bring it to attention to prov and see if that's successful
Sop: that's solid, that's going to happen?
CAO: said we'd do it, didn't say it was going to happen!

Mayor: next, George Noble
GN: 4265 Gulf Place
this is a request wrt a Bd of Variance
[passed out info/drawings]
The variances are very large, exceedingly large
the Board's awarding
110ft long 36 ft hi 8ft from our lot line
this obliterates the sun and leaves us in the shade a good number of months of the year
look at diagram D; this is the wall we are facing
this whole lot put in shadow -- wdn't mind if just house but whole length of lot
see effect re sunlight on our lot
Board has made a decision outside of its authority
[read page from Act]
it says only minor variances and not affect enjoyment of adjacent land
I feel they have gone beyond their jurisdiction
can there be a hold put on it, on the Devt Permit
Mayor: this is major variance not minor is one of your points, outside of purview, sunlight
RD: item 2.2 enjoyment of adjacent land -- BoV can't make decision affecting
Sop: I understand what is being said
but I'm adamant that in future we don't see the ability of a devpr or someone seeking a variance seeking this
it's at their discretion but shd never have gone to BoV
good ppl but not elected, way beyond their scope
now indiv is left only to go to court
MMgr may correct me if wrong
I wanted to see, we were there today, that high, that long, absolute injustice
Mayor: we are all already aware of that, as of today, asked staff to report
CAO: and we've asked the solicitor if anything can be done, report next week
GN: next week
CAO to solicitor, Ccl will decide if made public
GN: when wd we know?
CAO: Ccl makes a formal decision whether or not to make public
GN: wd that mean holding the DP
CAO: a legal matter; don't know, will ask tomorrow morning
VV: wanted to assure Mr and Mrs F that we wd not issue a bldg permit until we reviewed it
so Mr and Mrs N not have to undertake legal action on their own
Mayor: we'll have to be careful
BoV is a quasi-judicial body
CAO: very restricted how to  act
GN: has bldg permit been issued already?
CAO: don't believe so

Dina Zeitler: Prez of Amb Biz Assn
we have submitted a letter of what we wd like to see done this summer
before budget closed off, when can we discuss, when will we know it will be done
CAO: staff is just in process of getting costs wrt the request
if ABA wanted to press for those costs to be included in budget, get in touch week of Apr 10 to find out when mtg for public to tell Ccl what they want included in budget
DZ: thought lamp posts hv bn passed -- when?
CAO: have been included in 2006 budget and when that's passed in May, will see/know

Is it appropriate to speak now? [re lot at 11th & Mathers]
O Newton [sp?}: 1117 three houses from west end of trail, lived there for 36 years
bus stop as Mr Fassler has said, used by seniors, students, ESL students
mailbox for ppl who don't want to walk far
families with young chn and will be using that trail to go to Ridgeview School so just one crosswalk
dog walkers, cyclists, families who take toddlers
terrible loss to nbrhd
RD: Cclr Sop and I went up there
used to be when govt owned land thought wd be kept public but govt today doesn't take that position
sell, make a profit, find that an unfortunate position
can't do much to stop that, but will try
told them they made a mistake re BC Ferries re toll booths but they did it and it was a mistake
same with Sea to Sky
Nepal Cr needs that -- very long cul de sac
we sympathize, will do best we can to save trail
take it back to MLA Sultan, try to persuade him

Bob Clark: Rockridge, Chair of SAC Adv Bd
in view of your recent deliberation re social funding and budget, thought it wd be good to talk to you about the Srs' Ctr
fully appreciate funding we get; generate revenue equal to about 70% ; other ctrs are about 30% of cost and it's b/c of the huge effort of our volunteers
our flea market will be this Sat from 9 to 2
main fundraising, one of reasons -- come to arena between 9 and 4, amount of stuff unbelievable
encourage you to come to flea market from 9 to 2, you might find that treasure you've been looking for
Sop: if we came in early cd we?
Ans: we might let you come in and browse
have a membership
RD: they start at 60; what's the mbrship?
Ans: around 4800 and around 800 volunteers
RD: lots of volunteers
Ans: looking around the flea market today, we cd have used a few more

Linda Darling (sp?): 5280 Gulf Place upland of Mr and Mrs Noble's prop
support what he said
eight letters of objection at that BofV mtg
lived there for 28 years
perceive a dangerous precedent if Bd allowed to make decisions not minor
Act provides for minor variances and in addition must find that provides hardship and wd not affect enjoy and defeat intent of the law
height 25 to 38ft plus and add'l storey
at time given told not minor variances, not hardship, told wd affect enjoyment
notwithstanding that two of the three voted in favour
the chairman clearly stated it was not minor
trust he does not understand jurisdiction
decision alarming, effect on nbrhd and for precedent
pleased you'll investigate that
you've indicated you'll consult lawyers
my understanding can be a judicial review, less costly
feel strongly BoV acted outside its jurisdiction
urge you to have our lawyer seek a judicial review
RD: b/c there are legal implications I can't comment; was out at the Noble property
can't say more
wd like to ask Ms Scholes [about mtg]
MClk/SSch: verbatim minutes are not taken
recording secy
there is no audio or visual recording
RD: did you take them?
SSch: I had a recording secretary
RD: using a computer to take notes
not everything?
SSch: not verbatim
MS: this is one issue Ccl is sympathetic about
this charming lady pointed out, eight nbrs opposed to this
variance clearly not a minor so won't speak any more
seem to have a BoV overstepping its bounds and not reflecting decisions charged with making
refer; see if recommend, shd we have a mtg with BofV [mbrs] so everyone understands what role is or whether if we need take any further action he cd recommend?
CAO: that will be included in the report.

Mayor: anything further this evening?
CR (Yours Truly) who was not going to speak but that item brought up something from the past that was relevant:
Good evening.  Carolanne Reynolds, editor of West Van Matters, former cclr, and have bn involved in many adv cmte mtgs
fyi, I wd just like you to know in the past, secretaries who were taking minutes of adv cmte mtgs always had a tape recorder there.  The reason it was there, is that if at the next mtg someone challenged the minutes -- although the minutes that are produced for the cmte are of necessity of course a summary or just the motions -- if there was any discussion, then at least they cd play the tape to satisfy themselves what was actually said.  They needn't be kept, they usually, uh, once the minutes were passed, then that was they end, and they cd reuse them -- but I thought it wd be interesting for you to note that recording devices were allowed, they were used in a practical manner.  They cd hv bn used for this, and I wd urge Your Worship and Ccl to permit audio recording once again at those mtgs, precisely to avoid any dispute over minutes [such as this].  Thank you.
Mayor: thank you

Dina Zeitler: just a quick reminder for AGM for Coho Festival is on 12th Wednesday; hope you've received invitations; wd like to see you there, Mayor, Cclrs, and staff
Mayor: thank you we have.
9.         ADJOURNMENT   8:48

>>>  CCL MTG AGENDA Apr 10th <<<

1.         CALL TO ORDER  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA  3. ADOPTION OF MINUTES -  No items presented.
4.         REPORTS
4.1       Heritage Strategic Plan
1.   The Heritage Strategic Plan be received, and referred to the following committees for information and input:
        =A7         Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC)
        =A7         Museum and Archives Advisory Committee (MAAC)
        =A7         Parks and Environment Advisory Committee (PEAC)
        =A7         Design Advisory Committee (DAC)
        =A7         Planning Advisory Committee (PAC)
        =A7         Arts & Culture Strategy Implementation Committee; and
2.         Staff undertake a program of community consultation, and report back to Council in June 2006.
4.2       Dundarave Landing Interim Parking Plan - Traffic and Parking Study
            1.         Council receive the report titled Dundarave landing Interim Parking Plan - Traffic and Parking Study from the Manager Roads and Transportation.
            2.         Council direct staff to implement the additional measures described in this report and report back on their effectiveness within six months of their implementation.
1.         CALL TO ORDER  2.         APPROVAL OF AGENDA
4.         ADJOURNMENT

>>>  INFObit Clarification/Correction  <<<
The last issue (7) had this:
DATE NOTATION -- btw, if you use the American date notation:
On Wednesday of next (this) week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.  That won't ever happen again!
{I must admit I passed that on without checking.  It has now been pointed out it will happen again in 100 years, etc. so one reader wrote that at least it won't happen again in our lifetime!}
FYI, do please however use the international form (as our banks and govt do) wch is year, month, day -- less confusion and used virtually everywhere except the US!  Some do write day/month/year (logical to go from big to small or vv) so wait for 01:02:03 04/05/06 (as May 4th).

It was the first day of school and a new student named Pedro Martinez, the son of a Mexican restaurateur, entered the fourth grade.
The teacher said, "Let's begin by reviewing some American history.
"Who said 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death?' " She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Pedro, who had his hand up.
"Patrick Henry, 1775."
"Very good!" apprised the teacher. "Now, who said, "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth?"
Again, no response except from Pedro: "Abraham Lincoln, 1863."
The teacher snapped at the class, "Class, you should be ashamed!  Pedro, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do!"
She heard a loud whisper: "Screw the Mexicans!" "Who said that?" she demanded.
Pedro put his hand up. "Jim Bowie, 1836."
At that point, a student in the back said, "I'm gonna puke." The teacher glared and asked, "All right! Now, who said that?"
Again, Pedro answered, "George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991."
Now furious, another student yelled, "Oh yeah? Suck this!"
Pedro jumped out of his chair waving his hand and shouting to the teacher, "Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinsky, 1997!"
Now, with almost a mob hysteria, teacher said, "You little sh*t. If you say anything else, I'll kill you!"
Pedro frantically yelled at the top of his voice, "Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, 2001."
The teacher fainted, and as the class gathered around her on the floor, someone said, "Oh sh*t, we're in BIG trouble now!"
Pedro whispered, "Saddam Hussein, 2003."
Finally someone throws an eraser at Pedro, someone shouted "Duck"! Teacher, just waking, asked "Who said that?
Pedro blurts,  "Dick Cheney, 2006!"


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