Ccl Agenda Apr 24th
Budget Input
Calendar to May 2nd

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Hope you had an enjoyable and re-invigorating Easter, ready to face a new year.  The flowers are bursting out all over, rebirth from their sleep.
In the last issue, we wished a very happy birthday to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on her 80th birthday, April 21st.  This may be the time to pass on a few remarks Her Majesty made last fall at the centenary of Alberta and Saskatchewan when visiting Canada:
....so many memories; familiar memories, pride being part of the Canadian family
I want the crown in Canada to represent the best and most admired in the Canadian ideal
I will do my best to make it so in my lifetime and I hope you will help me do so

This issue:
Language & Global Warnings then Main Items Apr 24th (too many! extremely long/ambitious agenda); Calendar to May 2nd; INFObits and UPDATES (Budget 2006; at Variance?; Swearing-In; Gleneagles Clubhouse, 11th & Mathers); Sea-to-Sky/Eagleridge UPDATES (DWV press release re Sea to Sky hwy project; news from Coalition for Eagleridge Bluffs); Apr 24th Ccl Agenda; Christian Peacemaker Team Reflections; Haiku; Quotations.

Many of you know of my fascination, some might say obsession, with language.  World Wide Words is one of the email lists I'm on as a reader (I'm the language guru at AWAD wch has a circulation of over 600,000).  Michael Quinion has a section on new words, and here's one essential for you to be aware of if you do email:
SPEAR-PHISHING  The ability of computer professionals to come up  with fresh jargon never ceases to intrigue observers. We have just about got used to the idea of "phishing" (a respelled "fishing") for an attempt by e-mail to persuade you to visit what seems like your bank's [website -- ] which is actually fake -- and hand over your password. Now the idea has been extended. A spear-phisher targets  you as an individual with an e-mail message that appears to come from your employer or from your firm's help desk or a colleague -- anybody who might legitimately ask you for your password. If you make the mistake of giving it, your company's entire computer system is open to fraud.
Watch it on PBS.  Just watched it.  Alarming.  I hadn't heard of "sundimming", just global warming.  Turns out that sundimming has slowed down global warming.  Riveting to learn about the connection.  I still think they all miss the fact that pollution is excess CO2, blamed for global warming but not enough attention is paid to this being accelerated by deforestation.  Trees absorb the CO2 and supplies live-giving oxygen.  Plant trees! (don't block views, just frame views and have views through trees wch after all, are part of the view and give WV its park-like character)

>>>  MAIN ITEMS for Ccl Mtg April 24th <<<
+ MINUTES: very strange -- March 27 and Apr 3 only to be provided ontable but Apr 10 and 12 in package
+ DELEGATIONS: Unique Minds Initiative; Westport Nbrhd Assn; Youth Week Events
+ REPORTS: DVP Applications (public input possible) for 8935 Lawrence Way; 1204 Keith; 6619 Nelson; Dundarave Landing Interim Parking Plan; Commercial Dogwalking (amendments to bylaw); Budget 2006 Resident Comment; $1.6b Federal funding for affordable housing
+ NOTICES OF MOTION: proposed legislative change to UBCM limiting mayors to two consecutive terms {don't agree!!!}
+ CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS: DVPs to be considered -- 5340 Seaside Place June 5 and 1426/16 Inglewood; Hay Park Information; Devt Project Status
+ CORRESPONDENCE: besides minutes (Lib Bd, BoV, Disability, HAC) lots! including from MLA Sultan re 11&Mathers, WVCmnty Fdn, Streamkeepers, ADRA, Dundarave Parking, Hugo Ray Park, Gleneagles clubhouse, Seniors' Advocacy Project, equestrian ctr for WV
+ REPLIES: Signage on Hwy 1 re Caulfeild Village; Sea to Sky; Parking 2200 Haywood; Homeowners' Grant; water metering

>>>  CALENDAR to May 2nd  <<< [All mtgs at M Hall unless otherwise indicated]

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 ~ FAC: what's the future of the present adv cmte structure?  Heaven forbid look at the budget being discussed!
~ 6:30* - 9pm ~ Evelyn Drive Area Planning Study Open House at the Seniors' Ctr (Presentation at 7:15, write evelyndrive@westvancouver.ca or get a feedback form, accepted until Apr 24; see info on DWV website)
~ 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
~ 5:30pm ~ Clovelly-Caulfeild Nbrhd Plan Open House at Caulfeild Elementary School (till 8pm), with Presentation at 7pm followed by a general Q & A.  The purpose of this meeting is to share the Working Group's background information, summary of planning issues, and draft vision for the neighbourhood; and to seek public input on possible District actions to address the issues.  If anyone has any questions about the planning process, they can contact the Planning Department at 604.925.7055.
***  West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society Public Meeting
                St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 855 -22nd Street
~ 7:30pm Guest Speaker: Chris Bunn, Guardian Patrol for DFO
PowerPoint presentation on Central Coast Fisheries and Stock Assessment from the Perspective of the Guardian Patrol
~ 8:30 ~ Public Meeting Agenda: including reports from the DFO Cmnty Adviser, Rob Bell-Irving, and the DWV Environmental Coordinator, followed by the Hatchery Report, and Creek Reports (Nelson, Eagle, Wood, Rodgers, McDonald, Brothers and tributaries, Claymore, Willow, and Cypress) as well as from the North Shore Wetland Partners and the WV Shoreline Preservation Society.  Next WVS mtg, May 18th.

===  Friday, April 21st at the Ka= y Meek Centre (to May 6)
"Office Hours"
Theatre West Van presentation of Norm Foster's witty comedy. This homecoming production will officially open the newly completed Studio Theatre. Tickets will be available from Festival Box Office on 604.257.0366 www.festivalboxoffice.com Ticket Prices $18/$15. See www.kaymeekcentre.com

===  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.
o  from the Eagleridge Bluffs Coalition:
Join our Earth Day Celebration at the Bluffs -- all day, starting at 10am
o  THE LAND CONSERVANCY staff will be celebrating Earth Day, 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.
Artist's Talk at FBG at 2p.m.

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

===  Monday, April 24th ==== Ccl Mtg at 7pm

===  Tuesday, April 25th
~ 5pm ~ NSACDI at CNV M Hall Conf Room
~ 7pm ~ FREE at FBG: Special Artist's Lecture:  BARRY COGSWELL
                Neighbourhood Information Meeting
Proposal: New Building - 1783 Marine Drive - 18th and Marine
Meeting Location: WV Seniors' Activity Centre, Visual Arts Room
The applicant, Ted Murray Architect Inc., is conducting the meeting as part of a Development Application to present the proposal for public review.  A community planner from West Vancouver well be in attendance to respond to questions on policy and process.  The public will have the opportunity to submit written questions or comments on forms to be provided.
The meeting is being held by the applicant.  Council will receive a staff report regarding any issue raised at the meeting and will formally consider the proposal at a future council meeting.
The proposal is for a two-storey commercial bank building of approximately 4990 square feet, located at the north-east corner of Marine Drive and 18th Street (the old KFC site). The building is to be located adjacent to Marine Drive with 11 on-grade parking spaces located to the rear of the property, accessed from 18th Street.
There will be an informal open house from 6:00-7:00pm, with a presentation at 7:00 followed with questions and comments. Light refreshments will be served.

===  Wednesday, April 26th
~ 5pm ~ PAC (check to see if on; they've been cancelled for months)
and  at 7:30pm ~ HERITAGE VANCOUVER
with LARRY BEASLEY, FCIP, Director of Current Planning, City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street; Admission: Non-Members $5.00; Members Free
For information (604) 254-9411 or info@heritagevancouver.org
Join us for a lively, humorous presentation by Larry Beasley as he looks back at 30 years of heritage preservation in the City of Vancouver.   Larry's last guest appearance at a Heritage Vancouver event in his current capacity as Co-Director of Planning and Director of Current Planning promises to be a tell-all presentation as he exposes some of the best and the worst of heritage preservation during his 30 years with the City of Vancouver.
PIBC Continuing Professional Development: Members may earn 1.5 CPD Learning Units for attending this event.

===  Thursday, April 27th
~ 4pm ~ Police Bd mtg in Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
~ 4:30 ~ DAC
~ 5pm ~ NSACDI at CNV M Hall, Conf Room A
~ 5pm ~ NS Task Force on Substance Abuse at CNV at M Hall, Conf Room B

===  Friday, April 28th
~ 9:30am - 4:30pm ~ Annual Youth Justice Conference at Capilano College (Sat too)
~ 5- 9pm ~ Spring Home & Garden Show in the Arena (Sat and Sunday too)

===  Saturday, April 29th
~ 9am - 12:30pm ~ Annual Youth Justice Conference (cont'd)
~ 11am - 6pm ~ Spring Home & Garden Show in the Arena (Sunday too)

===  Sunday, April 30th  ~ noon - 5pm ~ Spring Home & Garden Show in the Arena

===  Monday, May 1st ~ Cmte of Whole CANCELLED; instead Youth Ccl Mtg

===  Tuesday, May 2nd
~ 3:45 - 5:45 ~ YAC
~ 4:30 - 6:30 ~ EAC

NB: enjoy BOOKtopia at Library, look for activities during Youth Week end April/beginning of May.

>>>  INFObits & UPDATES  <<<
***  MORE BUDGET INPUT: Submissions/Comments/questions Apr 12th
Good evening.  My name is George Pajari and I reside at 2545 Queens Avenue.
Tonight I wish to address four areas related to your budget deliberations.
                1. Need for leadership.
                2. Lack of time and information.
                3. Labour costs
                4. E-Comm
* 1.  Need for leadership
Staff is excellent but are there to implement the policy you set.  If you decline to set clear policy then staff will do what they think is best but that may not accord with the wishes of your constituents.
You must provide leadership. In the absence of leadership it is only natural to expect staffing levels to rise inexorably, costs to increase steadily, and the burden on the taxpayer to grow ever larger.
Managing the budget requires hard work and diligence.
* 2.  Lack of Time and Information
        - too short a period
        - answers to several questions raised last week still not answered
        - too little information
        - budget information package
                        for 2002 on the web: 111 pages
                        for this year: 11 pages
*3.   Labour Costs
The larger issue I wish to raise is the apparent fatalistic attitude that surrounds staff costs. Whenever a member of the public raises the issues we hear the response "There is nothing we can do." "It's all fixed by contract." Well, who signed that contract? Who is responsible for signing those cheques? Again, you need to take leadership to ensure that labour costs are managed carefully.
Owing to the complexity of labour negotiations and the difficulty of comparing different labour agreements, it is impossible for a lay member of the public to provide detailed suggestions on how you can take leadership in this area of the budget, but I will point ought that municipal wages and benefits  are said to be increasing at about 3% pa. Compare this with the recent BCGEU settlement at 2.4% (albeit before the signing bonus is included) and national averages for public sector employees of 2.25%.
More important than the actual numbers is my concern that Council appears to be resigned to whatever labour costs they are asked to pay for, abdicating responsibility to ensure that municipal cost increases in the area are in line with other sectors outside of the rarefied air of GVRD settlements.
*4.  E-Comm
in note/point form:
=> white elephant, not my words but those familiar with the project
=> $200 million to handle dispatch
=> excuse by City of Vancouver to get the rest of the GVRD to pay for Ken Dobell's upgrade to Vancouver's radio system
=> degree of planning and fiscal prudence comparable to the fast ferries
=> all of the safety issues faced by Police can be addressed technically without assuming a share of the $200 million debt
=> the problem is that E-Comm refuses to cooperate unless we write them a large cheque
=> in short, E-Comm is holding the safety of West Vancouver's police officers hostage in order to raid our piggy bank
=> this is another example of the GVRD, with the Province as the enforcer, unfairly downloading costs to our municipality
=> Council must protest in the strongest possible terms. If quiet diplomacy doesn't do it, you must not be afraid to go public to tell West Vancouverites that E-Comm's failure to cooperate is putting our finest at risk and that the ransom being demanded is extortion pure and simple
=> Do not be misled by the Province's claim that this is all necessary for 2010 -- security for a two-week event does not require that we sign up for a $200 million dollar debt and ludicrous operating costs.

*** Minor Variance?
The last couple of issues had reports of residents complaining to Ccl about a variance passed that they considered major as well as affecting neighbours' enjoyment of their property (the BofV's mandate is to approve minor variances b/c of hardship and without affecting the enjoyment of adjacent properties). Note that this is a new dwelling so it's not like a renovation or addition needed b/c of hardship.
You be the judge:
Here's the item copy and pasted from the agenda.
What the Board of Variance considered a 'minor' variance and passed with a vote of two to one.
8.   Application #06-014 (5255  Gulf Place) regarding a proposed new single family dwelling with the following variances:
a)     17.93 ft. to Highest Building Face Envelope
b)     33% to Highest Building Face Exemption
c)      13 ft. to Building Height
d)     1 storey to Number of Storeys.

*** New Chief Constable: Swearing-In  (with pipes and Squamish Nation drumming)
Scott Armstrong:
       Ladies and gentlemen, it is with a great deal of humility and honour that I stand before you this afternoon.  I can tell you that I am completely overwhelmed by this occasion.
       Madam Mayor I can assure that no other Chief Constable has ever had such an investiture.  I would like to thank each of you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be here today.
       I would especially like to recognize Chief Constable Jamie Graham and the Director of Police Services Kevin Begg, Chief Byron Joseph of Squamish First Nations, and Band Councilor Dennis Baker for their kind words. 
       There is an Irish proverb that says "the two quickest ways to disaster are to take nobody's advice and to take everybody's advice."  I am fortunate to have four very wise and astute men whose counsel I will heed with judicious care.
       I would also like to acknowledge my First Nations friends.  At the risk of being provocative I would like to say that First Nations participation in this ceremony is not because it is a politically correct thing to do and it is not for window dressing.
       I, along with several other members of the force am on a committee called Caring For Our Youth.  It was started by Doris Paul who is one of the most remarkable women I have ever met.  She has brought together so many people from so many agencies that are absolutely committed to reducing drug and alcohol related problems on the reserve. 
       We have made significant strides to deal with these issues and these people have confronted and stood up to the drug dealers and rapists in their community.  One by one we are making the Capilano Reserve a safer place to live. 
       In nearly 30 years of policing I can honestly tell you that it is one of the most gratifying and meaningful things I have done, and I am thrilled that my friends are here today.
       Madam Mayor asked me to say a few words about my vision of the future for the West Vancouver Police Department.  I spent a great deal of time thinking about this and I wrestled with the various challenges currently facing our police officers as well as those future mountains we have to climb.
       Unfortunately, I am not adept nor do I feel comfortable throwing out gratuitous management buzzwords such stakeholders, ownership, or thinking outside of the box.
       Quite honestly, visions are often amorphous, generalized statements that appear on the front cover of a company's annual report.  By way of example I recently came across a story that deals with vision:
The story is this:
Two men went camping in the desert.
After they set up their tent, both men fell sound asleep.
Some hours later, the first man wakes up the other and asks,
"Look towards the sky, and tell me what you see?"
Woken from a sound sleep the second man says "I see millions of stars."
"And what does that tell you?" asked the first.
The second man pondered the question for a minute and said,
"Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.  Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.  And Time-wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant.  Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow."
The second man turned to his friend and asked "Now tell me what you see when you look up to the stars." 
His friend was silent for a moment, and then said,
What it tells me is someone stole our tent."
My vision is that assuming this tent was stolen in West Vancouver and not on Brokeback Mountain I would expect our officers to take a theft report and begin their investigation.
       In all seriousness, our vision is something that we as an organization aspire to do together.  Our vision is simply to keep West Vancouver safe.  We have a strategic plan in place to accomplish this vision and we know that it works. 
       We have the lowest crime rate in the GVRD; we currently have a citizen satisfaction rate of 96% and most importantly people feel safe in West Vancouver. 
       Many of you will recall Sisyphus in Greek mythology.  Sisyphus fell out of favour with the gods and was sentenced to push a boulder up a mountain only to have it roll back down just as he reaches the top.  Sisyphus is doomed to spend the rest of his life pushing this rock up the hill and have it fall back to the bottom. 
       My job as the Chief Constable is to make sure that boulder stays at the top of the mountain.  Without the help of the men and women I work with, this would be an impossible task.  However, I happen to be on a team of 80 extraordinarily talented and dedicated police officers and twenty-two support staff who, with shared goals and a common purpose together we can stay on top of that mountain. 
Once again, thank you very much everybody. = ; It means a great deal to me and my family that you are here today.
Thank you
{All of us at WVM wish Scott all the very best!
Was there at the Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr March 24, and heard Scott's remarks and thank him for sending them along for those not fortunate to be able to attend the ceremony.
Asked the Mayor for hers, but not yet received.}

*** Gleneagles Clubhouse -- Ideas re future
Info from WRA; edited:
Re: Enhancing the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse
Quick tour: hosted by Bruce McArthur, highlighted: the 'Grand Hall', the 'Fairway Room', the outstanding view, and zipped past what's left of the kitchen, (a true lesson in what happens when you fail to maintain your facilities!) as well as some minor office spaces.
 After the tour ... the launching pad for David Patrick's brainstorming session regarding the Clubhouse's future.  Tom Bowen, an architect with much experience in saving 'panabode' structures also gave his own assessment of the situation.  The banter back and forth covered the following basics:
1.  A new facility should not be built; no funds exist to support this notion.
2.  The existing facility could be saved, retaining as much of the 'great' hall as possible.
3.  Updated facilities could provide a small restaurant -- post-golf burgers and beer.
4.  The on-site kitchen could be dismantled; and on-site catering facilities (food warmers etc.) could be provided.
WRA members were informed that $895,00.00 has been set aside in the District's budget for an improved Gleneagles Golf Course Facility.  The staff at the District have (apparently) been instructed to take a look at the Clubhouse's future.  Yet, it will be the enthusiasm of this community which will be the driving force behind any such initiative.  So far, David Patrick and the WRA Clubhouse committee have begun the necessary preliminary research that a project of this size warrants.  What needs to happen now, is the focusing of our community's (stretched) energy towards developing a savvy business plan that will guide the enhancement of the Clubhouse and possibly of the Golf Course itself.
If you have suggestions for improving the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse, please send your ideas to my e-mail address, and I will be happy to pass them along to David Patrick.
Thanks very much for your interest.
Sian  pitman8724@shaw.ca

*** Those Lots at 11th and Mathers for Sale
Updated information (edited) from MLA Ralph Sultan, April 11, 2006, with a *footnoted comment; this letter with DWV email correspondence and map attached are in Correspondence in Apr 24th Ccl mtg package.
re   Disposal of Surplus Crown Lands, 1113 and 1125 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver
{As a result of his research:}

o  BCTFA interest in disposing of these properties was first triggered by a neighbour who expressed an interest in purchasing one-half of one of the properties.
o  As is standard practice, a letter was sent to West Vancouver Municipality dated October 4, 2005, asking if they were interested in purchasing the properties.
o  An email response from West Vancouver staff indicated that the District was not interested in purchasing the properties.*
o  At the request of West Vancouver staff, BCBC registered a right-of-way to accommodate an existing waterline on the property, and also discussed drainage issues and the existing trail on the property
o  Previous discussions with District indicated that the trail over the property did not belong to the district. No interest was expressed in the trail. I am informed there is another trail about 200 metres westerly, which can accommodate walkers and which is not affected by the proposed properties sale.
o  The properties are currently listed for sale. As of April 10, 2006, there is no signed agreement for the sale of the land.

If West Vancouver wants now to purchase the land, that possibility still exists.
I trust this clarifies questions raised at council, but I shall be glad to explore the topic further at your request.
Yours truly
Ralph G. M. Sultan, MLA
West Vancouver-Capilano

* I have written to the Mayor recommending that sale of any land, especially land that was purchased to provide a path for school children and has been used by the public for over 30 years, should come to Ccl's attention for information BEFORE staff replies or makes a decision.  Look for Pam's comments on this topic to avoid this happening in the future.


For Immediate Release                                                                                 April 19, 2006
The District of West Vancouver's role
                as construction begins at Eagleridge Bluffs
West Vancouver, BC:   The Ministry of Transportation has acquired the necessary property to commence construction of the overland route through the Eagleridge Bluffs section of the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project.  Although the District of West Vancouver was opposed to this choice, and respects the genuine concerns of the Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs in this regard, we understand that the overland route has been chosen.
       As this major project proceeds, the District will work with the Ministry of Transportation to ensure that the Eagleridge Bluffs section of the Sea-to-Sky Highway meets established standards for the natural environment, for trail relocation, and for minimal disruption to the community.
       We have developed an open dialogue with Sea-to-Sky Improvement Project managers and the contractor through the formation of a Liaison Committee comprised of district, provincial, contractor and community members.  This committee meets monthly in order to raise issues and implement solutions.
       "It is incumbent on Council to ensure that a good working relationship exists with the Ministry of Transportation, notwithstanding a decision that has been very difficult for the community" states Mayor Goldsmith-Jones.  "As the Liaison Committee does its work, it is my hope that suggestions will be accepted in good faith by all parties."

***  Meanwhile, back at the bluffs:
From: Eagleridge Bluffs Coalition
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 10:31 PM
Dear Supporters:
 As so many of you know, our "Taking Back the Bluffs" celebration was a huge success.  In the midst of a media frenzy, 300 plus people came out to enjoy the festivities and band together to tell the provincial government that our resolve to save the bluffs is stronger than ever! Thank you all!
Tent City is getting bigger by the hour! More tents were erected today and more people are volunteering for camping shifts. Last night about 30 people camped at our Eagleridge and Black Mountain sites! Our "command central and info booth" at Eagleridge Bluffs is getting larger and more comfortable. We thank the many individuals and businesses that are donating food, refreshments and supplies.
If we're going to win this, we need to keep the momentum going for both day and night shifts in the coming days and weeks. If you haven't signed up yet, please consider doing so. We can set you up with a tent if you don't own one. We can also coordinate tenting buddies if you are concerned about tenting alone. Please contact Patricia Barnes at P_Barnes@Shaw.ca. Let her know what days/nights work for you.
 April 22 is Earth Day. We'd like you to come out Saturday afternoon and enjoy the beauty of the bluffs with your family and friends. More details will follow.
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 18:03:55 -0700
Subject: Eagleridge Bluffs - Update
Re: Eagleridge Bluffs vs. Kevin Falcon's limited 'vision'.
From Kiewit Construction via WRA Apr 20:
Attachment converted: Macintosh HD:Baden Powell Trail Concepts.pdf (PDF /=ABIC=BB) (000A45B5)

 >>>  CCL AGENDA Apr 24th <<<

1.         CALL TO ORDER
3.1       Committee of the Whole Minutes, March 27, 2006
            To be provided on-table
3.2       Regular Council Meeting Minutes, April 03, 2006
            To be provided on-table
3.3       Committee of the Whole Minutes, April 10, 2006
3.4       Special Meeting of Council Minutes, April 10, 2006
3.5       Special Meeting of Council Minutes, April 12, 2006
4.         DELEGATIONS
4.1       K. Wilson regarding Unique Minds Initiative (File:  0055-01)
4.2       R. Nieuwenburg, Westport Neighbourhood Association, regarding Improvements to Westport Road Neighbourhood
4.3       C. O'Krainetz, Youth Advocate, regarding Youth Week Events (File:  0120-12)
5.         REPORTS
5.1      Development Variance Permit Application No. 06?002 (8935 Lawrence Way)
At the March 30, 2006 meeting, Council received the report dated March 09, 2006 from the Community Planner titled "Development Variance Permit No. 06?002 (8935 Lawrence Way)", a copy of which is attached for reference.
THAT all written and verbal submissions, regarding Development Variance Permit Application No. 06?002 (8935 Lawrence Way) up to and including the Council Meeting held on April 24, 2006, be received.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then:
THAT staff report back to Council regarding submissions received at the on Development Variance Permit Application No. 06?002 (8935 Lawrence Way).
THAT the Development Variance Permit Application No. 06?002 (8935 Lawrence Way), which would permit a garage with variances and setbacks be approved.
5.2       Development Permit Application No. 05?028 (1204 Keith Road) (File:  1010?20?05?028)
            At the March 30, 2006 meeting, Council received the report dated March 09, 2006 from the Community Planner titled "Development Permit Application No. 05?028 (1204 Keith Road)", a copy of which is attached for reference.
THAT all written and verbal submissions, regarding Development Permit Application No. 05?028 (1204 Keith Road) up to and including the Council Meeting held on April 24, 2006, be received.If Council wishes a further staff report, then:
THAT Staff report back to Council regarding submissions received at the April 24, 2006 meeting to allow Council to make a determination on Development Permit Application No. 05?028 (1204 Keith Road).
THAT Council approve the Development Permit Application No. 05?028 (1204 Keith Road) which would provide for a new duplex with variances to siting and driveway access location for the proposed Unit B garage as presented in the March 09, 2006 report from the Assistant Planner titled "Development Permit No. 05-028 (1204 Keith Road)".
5.3       Development Permit Application No. 05?024 (6619 Nelson Avenue)
            At the April 03, 2006 meeting, Council received the report dated March 13, 2006 from the Urban Design Planner titled "Development Permit No. 05?024 (6619 Nelson Avenue Duplex)", a copy of which is attached for reference.
THAT all written and verbal submissions, regarding Development Permit Application No. 05?024 (6619 Nelson Avenue Duplex) up to and including the Council Meeting held on April 24, 2006, be received.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then:
THAT Staff report back to Council regarding submissions received at the April 24, 2006 meeting to allow Council to make a determination on Development Permit Application No. 05?024 (6619 Nelson Avenue Duplex).
THAT Council approve the Development Permit Application No. 05?024 (6619 Nelson Avenue Duplex) which would provide for a new duplex with variances to siting as presented in the April 03, 2006 report from the Urban Design Planner titled "Development Permit No. 05-024 (6619 Nelson Avenue Duplex)".
5.4       Dundarave Landing Interim Parking Plan - Traffic and Parking Study (File:  1800?02)
            RECOMMENDED:  THAT
            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.
5.5       Commercial Dog Walking - Amendments to Animal Control and Licence Bylaw No. 4208, 2000
            THAT "Animal Control and Licence Bylaw No. 4208, 2000 Amendment Bylaw No. 4464, 2006" be introduced and read a first, second and third time.
5.6       Budget 2006 - Resident Comment (File:  0860?01)
            RECOMMENDED:  THAT
            1.         Council receive the summary record of questions and answers from the "Budget 2006 Information Session" held on April 05, 2006; and
            2.         A schedule for Council discussion of budget proposals be established to enable the preparation of Budget and Tax Rate bylaws for consideration at the May 08, 2006 Regular Meeting of Council.
5.7       Federal Commitment to $1.6 billion in Affordable Housing Funding (File:  2515?02)
            RECOMMENDED:  THAT
      1.          the Federal Government be urged to:
                   (a)     allocate the June 2005 Parliamentary commitment to $1.6 billion in affordable housing funding as soon as possible;
                   (b)     direct a portion of the funding to the provinces and territories for locally based affordable housing and homelessness initiatives, including those aimed at developing new affordable non-market housing (capital projects);
                   (c)      work towards a comprehensive national housing framework;
      2.          Copies of this recommendation be sent to the Mayors and Councils of the other North Shore municipalities, the GVRD, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, National Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, local members of Parliament, and the Province.
6.1       Proposed Notice of Motion regarding a legislative change to provide for a maximum of two consecutive terms of service by a Mayor.
 THAT Notice pursuant to Council Procedure Bylaw section 10.18.13 be waived regarding the proposed Notice of Motion regarding a legislative change to provide for a maximum of two consecutive terms of service by a Mayor; and that the proposed Notice of Motion be considered.
THAT the following resolution be forwarded to the Lower Mainland Municipal Association for approval and subsequent delivery to the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities:
 THAT Council request the UBCM to support a legislative change to provide for a maximum of two consecutive terms of service by a Mayor.
            The following Consent Agenda items may be considered separately or in one recommendation.
7.1.1   Development Variance Permit No. 06?009 (5340 Seaside Place) (File:  1010?20?06?009)
            THAT the Municipal Clerk give notice that Development Variance Permit Application No. 06-009 (5340 Seaside Place), which would allow for a new home with a variance to combined side yard setback, will be considered at the meeting of Council on Monday, June 05, 2006.
7.1.2   Development Permit No. 06?008 (1426 / 16 Inglewood Avenue) (File:  1010?20?06?008)
            THAT the Municipal Clerk give notice that Development Permit Application No. 06-008 (1426/16 Inglewood Avenue), which provides for the development of the site consistent with the Development Permit guidelines to protect and enhance watercourses, including variances to front yard setback, highest building face and garage setback for the proposed home at 1426 Inglewood, will be considered at the meeting of Council on Monday, May 15, 2006.
7.1.3   Hay Park Information Update
7.1.4   Development Project Status (Active Development Applications)
            THAT the report from the Manager of Community Planning regarding Development Project Status be received for information.
Action Required
7.2.1          N. Rogers, Parent Community Liaison, North Shore Community Resources, April 07, 2005, regarding Child Care Month
                  Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
7.2.2         B. McArthur, Co?Chair, Western Residents' Association, April 10, 2006, regarding Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse
                   Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
7.2.3         C. Reddington, April 07, 2006, regarding ferry parking at Horseshoe Bay (File:  1800?02)
           Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
7.2.4         H. Hamilton, President, West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, May 04, 2006 regarding Hay Park Tree Falling
                   Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
7.2.5         H. Hamilton, President, West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, April 05, 2006, regarding Cypress Creek Watershed Plan
                   Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
7.2.6         W. & P. Elliott, April 04, 2006, regarding Hugo Ray Park Enhancement
                    Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
7.2.7         J. Jones, Chairperson, Seniors' Advocacy Steering Committee, March 13, 2006, regarding Seniors Advocacy Project
                     Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
7.2.8         D. McKee, April 06, 2006, regarding Liveable Region Coalition delegation request
                      Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response regarding delegation scheduling.
7.2.9         R. G. M. Sultan, MLA, West Vancouver-Capilano, April 11, 2006, regarding Disposal of Surplus Crown Lands, 1113 and 1125 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
                      Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
7.2.10       D. J. Brant, Cardinal Management Ltd., March 17, 2006, regarding licensing of security companies
                       Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
7.2.11       L. Feil, Executive Director, North Vancouver Arts Council, regarding request for delegation re Mountain Mardi Gras Festival
                        Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response regarding delegation scheduling.
7.2.12       D. Harbottle, February 06, 2006, regarding Eagleridge, Horseshoe Bay, Ferries and Whistler Interchange
                         Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
7.2.13       M. and B. Alikashani, April 19, 2005, regarding Development Permit Application No. 05?028 (1204 Keith Road)
                         Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
7.2.14       H. Hamilton, President, West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, April 04, 2006, regarding Watercourse Protection and Enhancement
                         Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
No Action Required (receipt only)
7.2.15       Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
                  (a)       West Vancouver Memorial Library Board Minutes, February 15, 2006, (File:  1905?03)
                  (b)       Board of Variance Minutes, February 15, 2006 (File:  2310?02)
                  (c)       North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues Minutes, October 27, 2005 (File:  0180?18)
                  (d)       North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues Minutes, January 26, 2006 (File:  0180?18)
                  (e)       North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues Minutes, January 05, 2006 (File:  0180?18)
                  (f)        Heritage Advisory Committee Minutes, January 17, 2006 (0055?20?HAC01)
7.2.16       D. Derreth, March 28, 2006, regarding Coordinating Social Services - North Shore
7.2.17       Correspondence to E. Pearce, President, West Vancouver Police Association, February 17, 2006, regarding donations to Ambleside Youth Centre
7.2.18       West Vancouver Community Foundation, Youth Philanthropy Council, March 23, 2005, regarding donation from West Vancouver Police Association
7.2.19       R. Whiting, April 04, 2006, regarding Fire Department Budget Proposed Increase             7.2.20       B. & L. Dyer, March 14, 2006, regarding 2400 Block Bellevue (File:  1800?01)
7.2.21       C. A. Jackson, March 26, 2006, regarding Bears and Boors (File:  2150?30)
7.2.22       M. & G. Madden, March 31, 2006, regarding Tax Increase Above the Rate of Inflation             7.2.23       S. E. Dowey, City Clerk, March 23, 2006 regarding Dog Tax and Regulation (File:  0190?01)
7.2.24       A. Shwetz, Manager, Community Relations, BC Hydro, March 27, 2006 regarding 2006 Lower Mainland Municipal Association Conference (File:  0055?20?LMMA1)
7.2.25       S. Fry, April 18, 2006 regarding parking on Bellevue Street between 24th and 25th Streets             7.2.26       R. Carder, April 17, 2006 regarding one way 2400 Block Bellevue (File:  1800-01)
7.2.27       D. Tait, April 17, 2006 regarding diagonal parking on Bellevue
7.2.28       M. Hunt, President, Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), Local Government Program Services, April 11, 2006 regarding 2006 West Nile risk reduction funding            
7.2.29       J. Battista, Murphy Battista Lawyers, April 18, 2006 regarding Traffic changes - 2400 Block north and south Bellevue Dundarave
7.2.30       S. E. Dowey, City Clerk, March 23, 2006, regarding Review of Municipal Support for Community Social Services (File:  2620?01)
7.2.31       E. Fonseca, President, Ambleside and Dundarave Ratepayers Association, March 21, 2006 regarding attendance at annual general meeting
7.2.32       K. Glynn-Morris, Chair, North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee, undated, regarding thank you to Parks and Community Services
7.2.33       D. R. Comis, City Clerk, March 29, 2006, regarding update on riparian areas regulation
7.2.34       G. Davis, April 05, 2006, regarding North Shore Artist's Guild Paintings Exhibit             7.2.35       D. R. Comis, City Clerk, March 29, 2006, regarding Request for Council Support to Create a Bylaw Requiring the Installation of E-Comm Wide-area Radio Systems in Renovated or Newly Constructed Buildings in Burnaby
7.2.36       L. Ekramoddoullah, Acting District Coordinator, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, April 05, 2006, regarding contribution from West Vancouver Fire Fighters, Local 1525 (File:  2700?01)
7.2.37       A. D'Angelo, North Shore Emergency Management Office, April 03, 2006, regarding Emergency Social Services Annual Volunteer Recognition Evening (File:  0180?16)
7.2.38       D. Perry, April 06, 2006, regarding proposal for equestrian centre in West Vancouver
7.2.39       M. Jones, Executive Assistant to Mayor, April 05, 2006, regarding GVTA Board and TransLink Governance Review
7.2.40       Correspondence regarding Commercial Dog Walking - Proposed Amendments to Animal Control Bylaw {36 names listed on DWV website but too long for here}
Responses to Correspondence
            7.2.41       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation, to L. Sopena, Caulfeild Village Business Association, March 13, 2006, regarding Service and Attraction Signage on Highway 1
            7.2.42       E. Barth, Director of Engineering and Transportation, to D. Ramsay, April 07, 2006, regarding Sea-to-Sky Highway Project
            7.2.43       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation, to D. Scrivener, March 13, 2006, regarding Parking in the 2200 Block Haywood Avenue (File:  1800?02)
            7.2.44       R. Laing, Director of Finance, to T. Close, April 11, 2006, regarding Home Owners Grant
Responses to Questions in Question Period
            7.2.45       R. Fung, Manager of Utilities, to R. Richards, April 04, 2006, regarding water metering in West Vancouver



The Team in Iraq made headlines but there are others at work elsewhere, for example in Palestine and in Colombia, neither reported.  Neither is the ethnic cleansing, many Christians, going on now in Myanmar (Burma) -- also rarely reported.
Doug Pritchard in Canada was the spokesman for CPT wrt the Canadians taken hostage; their endurance, commitment, and gratitude are exceptional.
As for Israel/Palestine, the suicide bombings and the killings are dreadful (three times as many Palestinians as Israelis have died); let us hope the cycle will stop.
There'll be little hope of justice or fairness or compromise and resolution if the facts on both sides are not reported and the reasonable aspirations of both sides not recognized.
Ethnic cleansing continues and unreported.
This is worse than South Africa's apartheid system and is now approaching veiled genocide.
The dedication and bravery of the CPTs are humbling.
It is rare to get an eye-witness local account of what things are like on the ground, what daily life is like, not to mention the patience and perseverance of those with little power, pawns in a struggle.

From: CPTnet.editor.guest.445947@MennoLink.org (CPTnet editor, Webster, NY)
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 13:32:12 CDT

At-TUWANI REFLECTION: "Though the fig tree does not bud--"

The verses of Habakkuk 3:17-19 are familiar to many who look to the Bible in times of stress.  "Though the fig tree does not bud . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord."

These thoughts reflect the hardships resulting from natural disasters.  Rarely do we interpret these verses in the light of international conflict.  However, the preceding verse reads, "I wait patiently for the day of calamity to come to the nation invading us."

Christian Peacemaker Teams has had a team for the last year and a half in At-Tuwani, a Palestinian village south of Hebron, because the nation that has invaded this land, the West Bank and Gaza, is wrecking the livelihood and the lives of these people.  This invading nation has destroyed many of their olive trees, burned their crops, decimated their herds and flocks, poisoned their water and land.  On top of this destruction, these villages have now experienced drought.  The rains that have come are too little and too late.   Water supplies will dry up in the next month or so, and community members are deeply troubled about how they will find a source of water for themselves and their animals.  The nation that has invaded them controls the distribution of water, impedes the shipment of relief supplies, and restricts the travel of the residents within the region.

Community members fear not only the loss of their way of life, but loss of life itself.  Their chances of survival depend upon the intervention of the international community to hold the nation of Israel accountable for the treatment of the people within the land that Israel has occupied.

When Habakkuk wrote the words quoted above, the nation of Israel was the victim of other invading powers.  Today, paradoxically, it is Israel who is the invading power.  The question for the people suffering from this invasion and occupation is whether they can draw on their faith to sustain their spirit, or whether their struggle to survive will turn violent.  The question for the nations in power is whether they have the resolve to seek justice and peace from a position of domination and prosperity, or whether they turn to their faith only in times of need.

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks to enlist the whole church in organized, nonviolent alternatives to war and places teams of trained, peacemakers in regions of lethal conflict.  Originally a violence-reduction initiative of the historic peace churches (Mennonite, Church of the Brethren and Quaker), CPT now enjoys support and membership from a wide range of Christian denominations.
To express concerns, criticisms or affirmations to CPT's Chicago office send messages to peacemakers@cpt.org. To express concerns, criticisms or affirmations to CPT's Canadian office, send messages to guest.996427@MennoLink.org.
To receive news or discussion of CPT issues by e-mail, fill out the form found on our WEB page at http://www.cpt.org/subscribe.php

meanwhile, we lucky ones celebrate spring.........
>>>  HAIKU  <<<  2006 April 16

                crocus, daffodil
                        new leaves of chartreuse
                                tulips and primrose rainbows

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        Italian - chi non punisce il male, comanda che si facci
        English - he who does not punish evil, commands it to be done

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