May 8/15 Ccl Mtgs' Notes: Calendar to May 31st

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

The joy of song!
The Jubilate! Chamber Choir's performance of Shakespeare Sings Sunday in WV was most enjoyable.  Shakespeare himself visited in the form of the inimitable Christopher Gaze.  Inspired me to write some poetry during the singing even (see end; singing, and one special piece Five Fathom Bells from The Tempest).
Late and little time so throwing this issue together; apologies now if anything omitted.  May put more of the ccl mtgs' transcript/info/questions/answers in a future newsletter.
A few snippets first.
Tues (16th) WRA mtg at 7:30 at the Gleneagles Fire Hall, and -- no surprise -- FAC cancelled (Wed 17th, after all not many mtgs this year and they never discussed Budget 2006 anyway).
The main issue at the cmte of the whole mtg May 15th was the new cmnty ctr, presentation and discussion of wch was from 7 to 9pm {if you watch it on TV, you'll see they pass $39.7m in spite of so many unanswered questions -- I'll put in answers as/when given}, followed by a short regular mtg around a variance involving a Creek (14th & Inglewood) then Reports.  Next Ccl mtg is May 29th (uncancelled!).  Enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend!
>>>  This issue:
Calendar to May 31st (includes Chamber of Commerce); Eagleridge Update; HERITAGE VANCOUVER (background and ideas for WV); Tidbits re May 8th Ccl Mtg; Ccl Agendas for May 15th with some notes of what happened between *****s; Tanka and Haiku; Quotation

Correction: the letter in the last issue with the email re no estimates for tunnel was listed as from E. Byrd and thought it was Liz Byrd (E for Elizabeth), however it was from her husband, Edward Byrd.  At least same family!
Also, re last issue for INFObits:
May 8th was VE Day -- how much we owe our veterans.
Check it out:  Russia lost 30m people; during WW2 Canada had the fourth largest navy

=== CALENDAR to May 31st! ==============
There was a special ccl mtg Wed 9am on May 10th to adopt the five-year capital plan and the 2006 budget.

===  Saturday, May 13th at the Ferry Building Gallery
A Mixed Media Exhibition featuring the artworks of graduating students of Collingwood, Mulgrave, Rockridge Secondary, Sentinel Secondary & West Vancouver Secondary Schools
~ 6 - 8pm ~ Opening Reception; Exhibit continues to May 23rd
Gallery Hours: 11a.m.-5 p.m. daily (closed Mondays); Admission to all shows is free

===  Monday, May 15th -- CCL CMTE OF THE WHOLE then regular ccl mtg (see below) ===

===  Tuesday, May 16th
~ 9am ~ see press release from Coalition re Eagleridge Bluffs in UPDATES below
~ 3:45 - 5:15pm ~ YAC
~ 7:30pm ~ WRA mtg, Gleneagles Fire Hall #2 (6272 Marine Drive)

===  Wednesday, May 17th
~ 5:30 ~ FAC [CANCELLED]
~ 7pm ~ Board of Variance
~ 7pm ~ Library Board (Peters Room in Library)

===  Thursday, May 18th
~ 5:30pm ~ North Shore Family Court & Youth Justice Cmte at CNV M Hall, Conf Rm A
~ 7:30 - 9:30pm ~ West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society Public Meeting   
                St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 855 -22nd Street
        o  DFO Community Adviser - Rob Bell-Irving
        o  DWV Issues - Steve Jenkins, DWV
        o  Hatchery Report - Elizabeth Hardy
        o  Nelson / Eagle / Wood Creeks - Elizabeth Hardy
        o  Rodgers Creek - (HH),
        o  McDonald Creek - Ken Bryden
        o  Brothers Creek and Tributaries - Michael Ritter
        o  Claymore / Willow / Cypress Creeks - Barrie Adams
        o  North Shore Wetland Partners - Fiona Wright
        o  West Vancouver Shoreline Preservation Society - Ray Richards
        the WVS Directors seek your input for this year's needs and priorities.
        o  WVS Annual General Meeting September 21, 2006
        o  Bring your community events, times, and dates to the meeting.
~ 8pm ~ Early Music Vancouver -- Verkl=E4rte Nacht and Das Lied von der Erde
Music by Sch=F6nberg and Mahler
A concert in collaboration with the Turning Point Ensemble:
Kenneth Slowik guest director; Marc Destrub=E9 concertmaster
with vocal soloists: Jennifer Lane mezzo-soprano, Robert Craig tenor
This event will mark a unique exploration of performance practice in late 19th- and early 20th-century repertoire. For this concert, Vancouver's highly regarded Turning Point Ensemble will be directed by Kenneth Slowik of the Smithsonian Institution. The programme will include Sch=F6nberg's string sextet Verkl=E4rte Nacht, and a performance of Gustav Mahler's unparalleled symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth, 1907), in the arrangement for chamber ensemble by Arnold Sch=F6nberg & Rainer Riehn.
Thursday, May 18, 2006 -- Concert at 8:00 pm | Pre-Concert Introduction at 7:15
University Chapel, 5375 University Blvd, near the UBC Golf Course
Please see our web site for programme notes, biographies, and more details:
Tix at $26 ($20 seniors/students), on sale through Early Music Vancouver' office. Please call 732-1610.

===  Friday, May 19th
Hand-woven Persian Carpets --  Exhibit at Library (till May 31st).
From Tabriz, Iran, a modern twist to the traditional Persian rug. [By] incorporating details of light and colour to a weaving method honed over three generations, Abtin (Asghar and Bahram Babaie) bring subject matter to life.
~ 6:30 - 8pm ~ Artists' Opening Reception - All welcome, refreshments served by the Friends of the Library.

===  Monday, May 22nd = -- Holiday, no ccl mtg  ===

===  Wednesday, May 24th
~ 5 - 7pm ~ PAC
~ 7pm ~ West Vancouver Historical Society Annual General Meeting at the Seniors' Ctr
Speaker: Isaac van der Horst;  Topic: The Last Tack: Disappearing BC Salmon Trollers

===  Thursday, May 25th
~ 4 - 6pm ~ Police Bd Mtg in Ch of Commerce Boardroom
~ 4:30 - 7:30pm ~ DAC
~ 5 - 7pm ~ NSACDI, CNV Hall, Conf Rm A
President's Dinner and Business Excellence Awards at the Capilano Golf and Country Club
Annual spring gala and awards dinner.
This year, awards will be given out in five categories: Corporate Business of the Year, sponsored by GTM Group of Companies; Retail Business of the Year, sponsored by the North Shore News; Service Business of the Year, sponsored by Loren and Company, CGAs; Community Service Citation, sponsored by the North Shore Outlook; and the Citizen of the Year.
In addition, we will be honouring West Vancouver member businesses that have been in operation for 75 plus years. These firms will receive one of the new President's Awards of Distinction. Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones has agreed to present these awards to the recipients at the gala event.
The evening will include a sumptuous buffet, the Awards ceremony and a live auction.
There will be a trip for two to Whistler on the new Whistler Mountaineer; a fabulous evening for four that will include a lovely dinner provided by the Boathouse Restaurant in Horseshoe Bay, followed by a Sewell's Marina, Sea Safari outing to the Fireworks on Wednesday July 26th 2006. Also, local renowned artist Sol Maya, of Solart Studios, has generously provided a piece of his original glass artwork for the live auction.
Tickets are $75 per person and include GST. Be sure to book your seat today!  Info 926 6614

===  Friday, May 26th
~ 11am - 9pm ~ Library Foundation Croquet Tournament, Ambleside Par 3

===  Saturday, May 27th
~ 10am - 5pm ~ 18th Annual WV Fire Dept Car Wash for Children's Hospital (13th & Bellevue)

===  Sunday, May 28th
~ 8:30 - 11am ~ 10 km Rotary Fun Run, Park Royal Village
~ 9am - noon ~ Westie Walk Dog Walk, Lighthouse Park

===  Monday, May 29th<= b> -- Special Ccl Mtg 7pm  ===

===  Tuesday, May 30th  ===
~ 10 - noon ~  Philosophers' Cafe in the Peters Room at the Library
Moderator Joe Ronsley will discuss British, Irish, and American poets of the early 20th century


--- Meanwhile at the CHAMBER:

Board of Directors Call for Nominations 2006-2008 Term
Members in good standing are invited to nominate a local business person to serve on the Board of The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. You are welcome to submit your own name.  Each Director elected will begin a two-year term of office at our Annual AGM on June 14th, 2006.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 9th at Noon. For more information please phone 926 6614.

   Call from BC Chamber for Assistance
in Working to Improve the BC Labour Code
The BC Chamber of Commerce is looking for three to five small/medium-sized businesses in the Lower Mainland who have had an unfortunate experience with the BC Labour Code in recent years. These businesses would be part of a larger group of similar minded business people who would assist the BC Chamber of Commerce, and ultimately the Coalition of BC Business to formulate a response to government, as to what ails the present Labour Code. If you meet the above criteria, and have an interest in participating with this group, please contact kathleen@westvanchamber.com.

=== UPDATES re EAGLERIDGE ==============

As you probably already know, the judge's decision Monday (15th) noon was to grant the injunction to Kiewit.  At this time (of my writing) the Coalition will appeal and suggest a cooling-off period.  Some First Nations and university scientists are joining the protest.
For my part, I think all of us want what is safer, cost efficient, and as environmentally sensitive as possible for this special part of our mountainside, but we are confused with confusing and competing facts. I have to be an engineer to compare the costs of tunnels in Norway, Seattle, and WV?  Do I have to be a fly on the wall to know what estimates the prov govt was given?  The Coalition has produced some figures and alternatives, Falcon so far has named companies but given no dollar amounts so a comparison can be made, quite apart from the validity of the figures.
We need a Blue Ribbon panel or an inquiry to sort this out.
Was I alone getting shivers of deja vu when I saw on the TV news residents from Delta telling a govt open house what part of NO do they not understand about the Gateway going by their homes and through their residential nbrhd?
Is the Liberal govt risking outdoing the NDP's fast ferry fiasco with unpopular and expensive decisions re RAV, Bluffs, and Gateway route choices?
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2 - 4  pm -- Saturday May 13
Bring your family and friends for an afternoon at the bluffs. As usual we'll be there to answer your questions at our information booth. We're planning an informal variety show, so bring along your talents (and a chair or blanket). Rumour has it that a few of our supporters will be entertaining us with some mean song and dance numbers!
ONE LAST THING: Please take the time to vote in the North Shore Outlook's online question of the week: " Do you agree with the provincial government's decision to build an overland highway at Eagleridge Bluffs?" www.northshoreoutlook.com
The Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs at Horseshoe Bay  West Vancouver, BC
Immediate Release -Monday, May 15, 2006
When: 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Where: Eagleridge Bluffs Parking Lot, Exit #2, Highway 1
What: Uncovering the truth about the highway costs AND the preferred options: the tunnel and the third lane
The Coalition is trying to uncover the THE TRUTH about these costs. The decision-making process and the bidding [were] deficient and Minister of Transportation Kevin Falcon's statements have left the public confused and very suspicious.
This is the third in a series of press conferences sponsored by the Coalition. Each time we are focusing on an issue related to the destructive overland highway route at Eagleridge Bluffs versus more viable, safer options: the four-lane divided tunnel or a third lane added to the existing highway.
After all, the highway narrows from four lanes to two lanes north of Lions Bay. This choke point will not change for 15 years. Do we really need six lanes at Eagleridge Bluffs?
If we do, let's go for the best long-term option. When all costs are accounted for, the tunnel is by far the least expensive option.
Backgrounder will be posted on our website tomorrow.
About the Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs at Horseshoe Bay
The Coalition consolidates public support for protecting the ecosystems that will be destroyed with an overland highway route, while working to inform the provincial government that viable alternatives would save irreplaceable natural environments while meeting all criteria for function, longevity, safety, and cost.
For more information visit:    http://www.eagleridgebluffs.ca

===  HERITAGE in VANCOUVER ==============

Recently I was fortunate enough to attend a most interesting lecture by Larry Beasley of Vancouver's Planning Dept.  What a lot I learned.  How much we owe him for his work and ideas.  Here's what he said, printed with his permission:
"A Retrospective on Heritage in Vancouver: 1976-2006"
Remarks by Larry Beasley, C.M.
to Heritage Vancouver, April 26, 2006 [given at the Vancouver Museum] 

This lecture is dedicated to Jane Jacobs, who passed away earlier this week.

       Tonight I will talk to you about looking both backwards and forwards regarding heritage -- because I've been here a long time (30 years) and because I'm now leaving government in September.  Note that I am not retiring, I am just transitioning into a new phase of my planning career.
       The announcement for the event said I would make a "lively and humorous presentation" -- I can do "lively" but is heritage "humorous"? Probably not.
       I took over heritage management about ten years ago -- there was quite a history of people before me: Ann McAfee, Ray Spaxman, Jacquie Forbes-Roberts (who did much to set us in our current direction, including the heritage inventory with Marta Farevaag), Jeannette Hlavach (who did a lot of the pioneering work on heritage policy), and most of all, Robert Lemon (who provided the deep content and progressive policy for heritage).  And now Gerry McGeough is working with me and carrying a high, contemporary heritage agenda.

       I'm a little vague about the heritage history of Vancouver - actually, I'm a little vague about all memories because I'm becoming heritage myself!  But, we all remember the defining moments; they seem somewhat nostalgic in light of our current efforts:
=  Remember those mass designations without compensation in the early 1970s? That was a heady time.
=  Remember the creation of the Gastown and Chinatown heritage districts by the Province?  They could not trust us to manage our heritage and then turned over the management of it to us lock, stock, and barrel.  That was an early case of "downloading"!
=  Remember the first inventory?  The windshield survey where we were trying to go out among the thousands of buildings to identify the ones with heritage?  And then the "battle of the isolated 'C's -- because people were so leery of the liabilities of heritage that they wanted to avoid being on our list, using any excuse possible.
=  Remember the heritage legislation that straight-jacketed our powers with the "no designation without compensation" philosophy - to get us back in line?

       How many people have said to you through the years, "You mean to tell me you can't just designate an important heritage building if it merits that, [as] they do in Europe?......how backward."
       And then remember the great leap forward when we put in place the "heritage bonus and transfer of density" provisions and started to work that up into a program to offer compensation in the absence of municipal cash to cover compensation?
       This story is best told by Robert Lemon.  It was the turning point in my opinion:  HB vs. HA: "heritage as burden" vs "heritage as asset".  We started to turn heritage into an opportunity which helped people meet other development objectives by employing the magic of the "quid pro quo", as Ray Spaxman used to say.
       Remember how our competence grew as a community? From the time when we glued a fa=E7ade onto a new building at Hastings/Burrard ("heritage as wallpaper") to the experimentation of Tudor Manor to the desperation of the Scotiabank Dance Centre.  From the extraordinary revival of a whole district in Yaletown (a little told story) to the amazing interface of old and new in the Segal Graduate School of Business at SFU and the remarkable rediscovery of so much at Christ Church Cathedral (I used to go home and pray, after some of those meetings, for divine intervention -- which then did happen through the person of Charlotte Murray). And, from the transfiguration of Chinatown from people against heritage, seeing it as a barrier to revitalisation to now embracing heritage as a key strength of revitalisation.
       There was a time when we went more on instinct.  I had my own experience with this as a heritage owner. At some point the owners of the building, concerned about building security issues, decided to install ornamental wrought iron gates in front of the exterior entrances to the ground level suites fronting Beach Avenue. The building owners designed the gates to complement the heritage architecture of the building. They designed them so well, that when the City was assessing the building for heritage designation, they thought the gates were original and insisted that they be included in the designation! We said 'absolutely, we agree, the gates must be included in the designation!' And that's how it was.
     Of course, some of our more sophisticated contemporary activities, with all our smart thinking, can still have us running around in circles.  Think about the propositions for Burrard Bridge or a particularly zany moment when in SEFC, we had the proposal to move all the heritage buildings around like toys to create a "heritage village".
       Ah, as Eleanor of Aquitaine said to King Henry in Lion in Winter, "we have had our ups and downs."
       And now, I think we're in a definite and sustained upswing for heritage in Vancouver -- we can be optimistic.
       The Heritage Incentive Program in Gastown and Chinatown is going like gang-busters: we now have nine projects approved and 16 projects in the applications stream. Within 18 months we will start to see results on the ground and these areas will shift (they are already shifting).  And now Victory Square and Hastings Street have been added into the incentive equation.
       The Woodward's project portends to be a big success -- it shows the consumer confidence in the heritage district.
       The Jameson House project will show us the state of the art for heritage in a context of new, sustainable construction.
       And the amazing accomplishment of rescuing the Evergreen Building from the brink of disaster (although I am having trouble coping with the fact that I'm so old that heritage designated buildings are younger than me).

       But we must pay attention to the dark clouds that could shadow these successes.  These matters are giving Gerry McGeough his challenges:
The growth of the density bank (this represents the dialectic of success).  We are monitoring this   carefully and will report soon on a strategy to give us more security.
=  The future of the Burrard Bridge - the best policy is to leave it more or less alone.  This shows how vital your list of "endangered buildings" is -- so keep up the good work.
=  The impacts of the proposed soccer stadium on Gastown.  We have to be very clear about this before we move forward.
=  The pressures now being put on our historic schools by changing educational needs, seismic anxieties, and just plain old age.  We must have a proactive strategy with the School Board and the Ministry of Education to preserve and revitalize these schools. Fortunately the School Board understands the issue and is working hard to find solutions. This is a big area for you to monitor closely.

       Let this be the "winter of our discontent", as the famous [bard] put it.  As we move forward, we will address these anxieties because we now have the confidence, the tools, and the credibility to do so.  But we will have to do so as a community, through a coherent collaboration and alliance among all heritage interests groups.  And you must remain vigilant because with every building taken out of harm's way, another building becomes endangered. It's a never-ending process.
       I have great expectations for the upgrade of the heritage register that Council has called for.   This could help us stabilize the seemingly random quality of our management program for heritage and help us have an "early warning system" for endangered resources.  I hope we are comprehensive about this.  Let's try to get as much heritage as possible identified.
       I hope we are creative about this.  Let's go beyond an inventory to start seeing and identifying heritage [as] a question of urban fabric and ensembles rather than just a list of individual resources.
       And, I hope we are progressive about this. I want us to add the dimension of "cultural landscapes" into the picture to get beyond just direct experience into meaning.
       But, here again, that dark cloud is out there. With all the budget drama at City Hall, the money to do the work is always at stake.  Council has committed the funding for the project to start in 2007 and [that] is very positive. But, we need your help in emphasizing to Council on an ongoing basis the importance of this work.
       As we move to the future, there is more to be done to build on the positive culture we now have for heritage. This will be the message that I communicate to the new Director of Planning.  In our current 'HA' world, we can make more strides if we try hard enough.
       We have to dream about heritage conservation legislation that has more teeth and more imperatives. While the compensation principle is important, we need the power to insist on preservation if the community value of a building is high enough.
       We have to dream about bringing more senior government resources into the heritage sector.  The current federal offering is good as far as it goes, but it needs to go so much further. The expansion of the federal grants program is vital, but the American tax credits program is much more potent.  We're also now starting to explore the potential of TIFs -- tax increment financing for a pervasive program of public and private space enhancements.
       We have to dream about taking the Heritage Foundation to a new level.  Diane Switzer and the board have done a brilliant job with such limited resources, but they need access to more resources and more tools to generate resources. I'm thinking of the success of the heritage preservation organization in Savannah with their "revolving fund" approach which led to over 1000 buildings going through the revolving process and been thereby preserved and protected.
       We have to dream about some form of civic "Emergency Fund" for heritage.  Think of the struggle for the Joy Kogawa house.  Just as the City has a housing fund, it should also have a heritage fund replenished from operating budgets, capital budgets, and community amenity contributions.
       I think we also have to find a way to celebrate the people that are making the heritage agenda sing. We have a great awards program for projects but maybe we need a similar program for people. I am thinking of the concept of "national treasures" that is applied in Japan to artists and craftsmen who create and sustain Japanese culture. I would like to see a similar recognition for Vancouver's heritage warriors.
       At the beginning, I dedicated my lecture to Jane Jacobs. I think if Jane were here tonight she would be egging all of us on to not accept the status quo of heritage conservation in our city. She would remind us of the humanity that is wrapped up in historic buildings and places. She would remind us that conservation of historic fabric is a matter of high sustainability. She would remind us that in a world overwhelmed by globalization and the homogenization that goes with that, historic buildings and districts, with all their uniqueness and character, help to differentiate our city and give it a competitive edge -- that heritage is a matter of economic development. She would remind us that heritage engenders diversity, her guideword for great urbanism. She would remind us that every heritage building is valuable and that we continue to lose too many of these buildings in the frantic pace of development that characterizes Vancouver.
       So, in the spirit of Jane Jacobs, let's dare to dream of a heritage agenda for Vancouver that will offer our children those glimpses of their past that give them roots and stability and pride of place. And let's not settle for anything less than those dreams.
Thank you.
[Reprinted with permission; Your Editor attended the talk, most informative and enjoyable, as it was to meet others first met ~ 20 years ago on the Vancouver Cmnty Arts Ccl's Heritage Cmte!  Heritage types have longevity!]

===  Tidbits from May 8th Ccl Mtg  =========  (may have = more later)

Ccl mtg from (just before 7pm) to just after 10:30.
Ccl will have another mtg Wed 9am (why they didn't know until Monday night is a mystery) and have decided to have a mtg on May 29th.
The offer to lease and lease agreement have been signed by someone at the VCHA according to staff so John Clark asked when Ccl wd get to see it.  He said what I was thinking b/c I'd asked last week if the public wd get to see it before it was signed -- it never had occurred to me that Ccl wdn't see it either.  Maybe it's just someone at Coastal Health agreeing to some of the conditions now for Ccl to agree.  Wd have been better if the draft had been made public so we knew what the arrangement was.  Cmnty Ctr will be on the agenda May 15th.  (And will be discussed at DAC Tuesday at 4:30.)
As WVM12 said, cuts of some millions of dollars to the plans for the cmnty ctr have been made (joining Srs' Ctr to Cmnty Ctr is one) b/c costs have gone up since the $40m estimate last year.  John Clark was incredulous seeing that some of the items cut were fire places (outside, I think) and balconies outside staff offices.  He wondered what other items there were like this.
{The bubble over my head also had a ? with $$ when Jeanie said construction costs going up 1% a month -- her reason for building it all now.  Rod reported a mtg he went to said health will be 72% of the budget by 2017.  Comment made we need the activities for a healthy aging popn lowering costs....}
Even though Five-Year Capital Plan and Budget 2006 on agenda, guess what?  Over an hour listening to the pros and cons of the new dogwalking bylaw wch was then deferred.  See a pattern stifling budget comment?  At last mtg a resident interrupted b/c of Youth Ccl mtg on agenda to start soon; at mtg before that another resident cut off after the parking on Bellevue in Dundarave was given an hour and a half.  A minute left at this meeting.  From my point of view, that's three strikes so they're out.
Anyway you'll hear Mike venting again at so little time for budget issues.  (Does the Purchasing Dept really cost $500K?)  Vivian brings up some good points too -- if WV residents affluent enough for the tax increase not to be a problem (av home of $1m it means $90, not counting water/sewer, etc), why subsidize rec activities?  And a resident wanted to know why some activities were subsidized and others weren't.
The good news is that they all agree on having the Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, or Task Farce as a resident calls it.  Well, it'll be what they make it -- unless they're refused budget info as FAC was.  I did mention that computer information I'd requested had still not been received.  OTOH, I ascertained that even with passing the Five-Year and the Budget, minor adjustments cd be made.

===  AGENDA with NOTES of May 15th CCL MTG  ============

1.         CALL TO ORDER
3.         REPORTS
3.1       Community Centre at the Civic Site - Cost and Strategy Update (File:  3002?04)
            This item was deferred from the May 10, 2006 Council Meeting.
            THAT the report dated April 28, 2006 from the Director of Parks & Community Services re Community Centre at the Civic Site - Cost and Strategy Update be received.
5.         ADJOURNMENT
May have more on this mtg in a later issue.
Although the meeting started at 7pm, I didn't arrive until 8pm still coming out of a general anaesthetic.  Heard Mike ask about the parking -- now only 87 extra spaces?  No doubt this will not be enough b/c as a member of the Civic Site Advisory Group (also before the Gleneagles Ctr was built, more on that later), we were told it wd need ~464 parking spaces -- and that was with one gym and before they found out the Aquatic Ctr wd get three times the usage/visitors than anticipated.  All that and an atrium with concerts/events means we need far more parking and they're planning less!  We asked what measures were being taken to prevent overflow parking crowding the residential nbrhds.  Let's see what they can come up with.
Sop rightly asked about sub-leasing -- we await that info, and if the WV Youth Band, wch has committed to raising $1.6m for their space, wd get to keep money they get from renting their space.
This had a confusing reply so seeking clarification.  It seems  the WVYB gets so many nights and can rent out if not using it.  IMO that money shd go to Parks and not considered part of the $1.6m.
Bill Vaughan asked even if committed to this amount, $40m, what wd they do if it went over since being done in stages.  Not clear on the answer.
Ray Richards asked that even if the province/Coastal Health is leasing the second floor (and part of the first floor), what about payment for use of that expensive land?  One answer was that it is the same pocket/taxpayer.
ANYWAY, in spite of the criticisms, the lack of planning, costing, parking, etc., Ccl passed the $39.7m new cmnty ctr.
(immediately following Committee of the Whole meeting)
1.         CALL TO ORDER
            THAT the recommendations from the May 15, 2006 Committee of the Whole meeting be ratified.
4.1       Special Regular Council Meeting Minutes, May 01, 2006
            To be provided on table.
            RECOMMENDED: THAT the Minutes of the Special Regular Council Meeting May 01 be adopted.
{The minutes were withdrawn!  what's the problem?  Clerk's used to have the minutes the next week and now we can't even get them two weeks later!!!}
5.         REPORTS
5.1       Development Permit Application No. 06?008 (1426 / 16 Inglewood Avenue) (File:  1010?20?06?008)
            At the April 24, 2006 meeting, Council received the report dated April 07, 2006 from the Community Planner titled "Development Permit 06?008 (1426 / 16 Inglewood Avenue", a copy of which is attached for reference.
THAT all written and verbal submissions, regarding Development Permit Application up to and including the Council Meeting held on May 15, 2006, be received.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then
            THAT Staff report back to Council regarding submissions received at the May 15, 2006 meeting to allow Council to make a determination on Development Permit Application No. 06?008.
           THAT Council approve the Development Permit Application No. 06?008, 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 as presented in the April 7, 2006 report from the Assistant Planner titled "Development Permit 06?008 (1426 / 16 Inglewood Avenue)".
Sop questioned what was being done to the creek and why changing the original route.  Ccl approved this.  I'm looking into the condition of the watercourse b/c this approval results in changes; and I want to find out if WV Streamkeepers was warned, b/c I hadn't seen at a board mtg.}

5.2       2006 Community Shuttle Operating Agreement - Lions Bay/Caulfeild (File:  3294-01)
1.         The report dated April 17, 2006 from the Transit Manager regarding the 2006 Community Shuttle Operating Agreement for transit services between Lions Bay and Caulfeild  Village be received;
2.         The Mayor and the Municipal Clerk be authorized to execute the Agreement covering the period January 01, 2006 to Dec 31, 2006.

            The following Consent Agenda items may be considered separately or in one recommendation.
7.         OTHER ITEMS
            Correspondence items 7.1.1 to 7.1.4 be approved for action as indicated; and correspondence items 7.1.5 to 7.1.13 be received for information.
             Delegation Requests
7.1(a)        M. Pattenaude, Chair, Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, regarding request for delegation to appear before Council
Action Required
7.1.1          G. Fromme, May 09, 2006, regarding John Wallace House for sale in 1957 (File:  2585-03)
                  Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
7.1.2          A. Nixon, Councillor, District of North Vancouver, May 01, 2006, regarding Family Court and Youth Justice Committee
                  Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
7.1.3         [van der Sande], May 02, 2006, regarding Tree removal and replacement (File:  2190-01)
                  Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
7.1.4          D. Korbin, Chair, Board of Directors, E-Comm, April 28, 2006, regarding Annual General Meeting on May 25, 2006
                  Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
No Action Required (receipt only)
7.1.5          Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
                  (a)       Engineering Advisory Committee Minutes, January 17, 2006 (File:  0115?20?EAC01)
                  (b)       North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues Minutes, February 23, 2006
                  (c)       North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues Minutes, March 30, 2006
7.1.6         P. & H. Scholefield, May 09, 2006, regarding [Barbecue] at Eagleridge Bluffs (File:  0050?06)
                               (previously distributed due to timing of event)
7.1.7         J. Hylands, April 29, 2006, regarding Development Permit 06-008 (1426/1416 Inglewood Avenue)             7.1.8         K. Higgs, May 03, 2006, regarding "Switchboard in the Sky" (File:  0055?01)
7.1.9         Residents of Eagle Harbour Road, undated, regarding Eagle Harbour Road traffic calming measures
7.1.10       525 Pathfinder Squadron, undated, regarding Annual Review (File:  0050?06)
7.1.11       D. Cave, May 07, 2006, regarding 2006 Budget (File:  0860?01)
7.1.12       A. Lynch, May 02, 2006, regarding Recycling Media Release (File:  0190?09)
Responses to Correspondence
7.1.13       P. Goldsmith-Jones, Mayor, to West Vancouver Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 1525, April 28, 2006, regarding 2009 World Police and Fire Games
7.1.14       D. Trussler, Fire Chief to D. Smaller, May 01, 2006, regarding Archive, Storage and Restoration Building
Responses to Questions in Question Period  --  None.
{There was discussion about Hollyburn Ridge Cabin (re improvements, loss of lease b/c not done), an item added to the agenda however at time of this printing the District website, after kindly replacing the blue for links when I pointed out they were gone and items cd not be accessed, has put the sp reg ccl mtg agenda in both slots, ie the one for the Cmte of the Whole as well (and it had been up before!).
Vivian reported that the Lower Mainland Municipal Association (LMMA) has changed its name to LMLGA (Local Govt Assn) and is recommending a four-year term for councillors.
Some of you may know that the term used to be two years -- for my part I'm against a four year term unless staggered elections b/c it's important the public have a say at least every two years -- otherwise it's a dictatorship they have little control over until the fourth year when bread and circuses can be offered.}

=== TANKA and HAIKU - 2006 May 7 ==============

Jubilate! Choir performance
After speaking with the Conductor, Scott Goble who asked me if I had synaesthesia (if I were a synaesthete), I said no, I didn't see the sounds in colour, but I then added two lines, making it a tanka:
                with black band base
                a fine soprano ribbon
                mandelbrots along
                        the low tones of thick velvet,
                        the upper, rippling silver

At the end of the piece about bells, the last note/sound was really like the resonance of a bell or a gong.  It was a memorable sound and a magical moment; the resonance akin to my Tibetan singing bowl, not like voices at all.
My first reaction was:
the resonance shivers and fades
the sustained resonance of a gong
then silence

                the singing ceases
                        with sustained resonance ~~
                                        gong fades to silence . . . . . . .

=== QUOTATION =========== ====

Clarence Edwin Ayres (1891 - 1972) was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on 6 May 1891.  He received his PhD in philosophy from the U of Chicago in 1917.  He taught at the U of Chicago for three years before moving on to Amherst College and Reed College, and then he joined the Dept of Economics at the University.

"A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation."

Add'l Mtgs/Info

After WVM13 went out found out about Cypress walk [1], got a notice about the Hay Park mtg -- have managed to put it in the printed/distributed version but of course without any details (see [2] below).
there's more information on the WVHS AGM with speaker next week [3]  and the Cmnty History Ctr Open House at NV M&A [4] as well as update on Eagleridge [6], plus a heritage walk on Bowen Island ([5] cuz it's short).


Spring at Cypress Provincial Park
Vancouver Natural History Society is hosting a walk with Katherine Steig through the Hollyburn Ridge and Yew Lake areas on Sunday May 21st.  Car pool from McDonald's in Park Royal at 9:20 am, or meet at the Hollyburn Ridge cross-country parking lot at 10am.  Info: 737 3074 or www.naturalhistory.bc.ca.


 Hay Park Community Meeting

Wednesday May 24th, 4 - pm at Hay Park, 1900 block Inglewood Avenue
As discussed at the Hay Park Community Meeting on April 5th, you are invited to a follow-up Community Information Meeting about Hay Park on Wednesday, May 24th.  Drop in anytime between 4 PM and 6 PM.
Several comment forms, emails, and letters have been received, representing a spectrum of views about the park, recent and planned trail work, re-vegetation and stewardship, the creek, trees, and general park maintenance.
Thank you to all who took the time to respond.  We received some truly helpful suggestions which we will bring to the meeting on May 24th.
Further information about Hay Park is available on the municipal website at www.westvancouver.ca; or call the Parks Department at (604) 925-7138.
If you are unable to attend the meeting on May 24th, but would like to comment, please call (604) 925-7138, email parks@westvancouver.ca, or write to the Parks Department at 3755 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver, BC  V7S 3E7.
See you there!
Yours truly,

Doug Leavers, Manager


Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 24th at 7pm at West Van Seniors' Centre

Speaker: Isaac Van der Horst
Topic: The Last Tack: Disappearing BC Salmon Trollers
A look at the unique, fading subculture of our province's coastal fishing industry: the BC salmon troller. Through a serious of historic photographs, artifacts, and a number of engaging stories, the presentation will chronicle the history of the men and women who once roamed our coast in pretty little boats in search of the elusive Spring and Coho salmon.


North Vancouver Museum and Archives

         Community History Centre Open House

Join us on Saturday, May 27th from 11am to 3pm at the District of North Vancouver's newest public building, the Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Road, Lynn Valley, North Vancouver.
This Centre, located in the former stone and brick 1920s' Lynn Valley Elementary School (next door to the 2004 school), this Centre is the new home of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission and the Archives Research Room.
Enjoy some cake at noon, meet our Museum and Archives staff, and see some of the behind-the-scenes spaces and the treasures they hold.
For more information, please call 604.990.3700



In other regional spring fun, boaters enjoy the natural beauty of Bowen Island's Snug Cove in the 1920s, as pictured in the photo below.  [NSNews, May 17, p42.]
The island's geological history will be the focus of an upcoming heritage tour offered by the WV Museum & Archives.  Join geologist and biologist David Cook on a walking tour of the beaches and trails of the island's southwest coast and discover rock formations created up to 400m years ago.  The tour takes place May 27, 10am - 2pm.  The cost is $12.  For more information or to register, call 925 7295.


Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 21:55:17 -0400 (EDT)
From: Eagleridge Bluffs Coalition <info@eagleridgebluffs.ca>
To: Editor, West Van Matters
Subject: Eagleridge Bluffs - We Haven't Lost the War

Dear Supporters of Eagleridge Bluffs:
Dennis Perry's response to the BC Supreme Court's decision to grant an injunction to Kiewit to keep protesters clear of construction says it all : "We have lost a battle but we haven't lost the war".
The Coalition will file an appeal of the ruling. It has also requested that the government establish a 60-day cooling off period during which time the Ministry of Transport could get bids for the four-lane tunnel and third lane options.
This fight is far from over and we have had a huge influx of support from individuals and organizations since the occupation began one month ago. At this morning's press conference at the bluffs, Squamish Nation hereditary chief, Chief Capilano and Squamish elder Harriet Nahanee formally announced their opposition to the destruction of this land and their plan to stand in solidarity with Eagleridge Bluffs supporters.
Please continue your support, we need you more than ever! An enforcement order of the injunction is expected later this week and we need all of you present when this happens. If you have not already signed up so that we can call you to come out, please do so now at additions@eagleridgebluffs.ca  (please provide your phone number and indicate that you are volunteering for "first response").
The outcome of the Eagleridge Bluffs battle will speak volumes about what value we place on our most important resource - and what Canada is famous for worldwide. Stand up and save our incredible natural environment while keeping Canada's promise to the world of a sustainable olympic games!
Please read Mark Hume's article in today's Globe and Mail for more details on yesterday's court ruling.
GLOBE AND MAIL: MAY 16, pg.1 BC section, pg. 8 national edition

B.C. court orders protesters off bluffs


VANCOUVER -- Protesters who have been blocking a highway right-of-way at Eagleridge Bluffs in West Vancouver for nearly one month remained defiant yesterday despite a Supreme Court of British Columbia order that they clear the way for construction crews.

"We have lost a battle, but we haven't lost the war," Dennis Perry, president of the Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs, said after the court issued an injunction against the protesters.

Under the ruling, protesters have to stay off Crown and private lands along the right-of-way for a project that will blast a route for the Sea-to-Sky Highway right through the middle of Eagleridge Bluffs, a popular hiking spot in West Vancouver.

Peter [Kiewit &]  Sons Co., the contractors who are trying to build the road, have to give 24-hours' notice of blasting and tree-cutting activities and post a map showing the out-of-bound areas before they can proceed. Once that is done, protesters will have to stay between 25 metres and 300 metres away from the right-of-way, Mr. Justice William Grist of the Supreme Court said.

Judge Grist said the order restricts the protesters "from physically impeding or otherwise interfering with" the construction crews. Included in the no-go zone for protesters are two public parking lots adjacent to the construction right-of-way and private lands that for years have been used by hikers.

Judge Grist said protesters, who established a "tent city" on the right-of-way on April 17 could continue to demonstrate on Crown land at some distance from the site.

"I have judged safety concerns to be paramount," he said, in explaining why a buffer zone of up to 300 metres was being established.

Defying a court injunction could lead to arrest for contempt of court. However, immediately after the reading of the judgment in court, protesters did not sound as if they were in any mood to fold their tents.

"It's not over," Mr. Perry said.

He said the coalition would file an appeal of the ruling and, in the meantime, will look for other ways to continue its fight to stop the project and to convince the government to accept an alternate route.

The Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs has proposed a tunnel under the site or a third-lane addition to the existing highway, which is being expanded in a $600-million project to improve safety and travel time between Vancouver and Whistler in time for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Mr. Perry called on the provincial government to establish a 60-day cooling-off period, during which time he said the Ministry of Transportation could get firm bids for the two alternative proposals.

He refused to say what the protesters would do if construction crews show up, but he hinted that some protesters may be prepared to defy the courts and face arrest.

"I think you can see the resolve is very much here . . . and that just doesn't disappear over night," he said outside court, where about 50 protesters cheered his statements to the media.

"We're not giving up in our battle to save the bluffs," coalition member John Bannister said. "What we'd do next is not totally clear. But today's ruling is an insult to us. All the court gave us is a position from which we're supposed to watch our bluffs destroyed."

Mr. Bannister said the Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs will probably escalate its efforts to put pressure on the provincial government by doing more to link the controversial development to the Olympic Games.

"We've just started the Olympic war," he said.

The protesters have already written to the International Olympic Committee raising concerns, and have been contacting the news media in Europe, hoping to embarrass the B.C. government.

Mr. Bannister said the next step may be to have coalition representatives go to IOC offices in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Sea-to-Sky Highway upgrade was not part of B.C.'s bid for the Olympic Games, but it was promised by the provincial government after IOC officials mentioned concerns about the travel time between Whistler and Vancouver.

In 2001, Jack Poole, who spearheaded B.C.'s bid for the Olympics, said it was unlikely the games would be awarded to Canada unless the Sea-to-Sky Highway was improved. That prompted government officials, by the fall of 2002, to promise a major upgrade of the highway.

The project has not generated any controversy -- except for the small section that would cut through the middle of Eagleridge Bluffs. "There is no other part of the Sea-to-Sky Highway that is destroying eco-sensitive lands," Mr. Bannister said.

WVM Update 13.75 (Sultan/ChComm/Eagleridge)

Well, after WVM13 came out, sent out a notice 13.5 with some events [1 - 6] I got notice of later.
So, now an update -- Release 13.75?
This time there's a notice about MLA Ralph Sultan on Shaw May 20th [7], then updates on the Chamber's dinner [8] and Eagleridge [9].
Meanwhile  ~ ~ ~


Subject: Ralph Sultan Constituency Report on May 20
Ralph Sultan, MLA to appear on Constituency Report
 Tune in to Constituency Report with MLA Ralph Sultan for the latest news and views on West Vancouver-Capilano on Shaw Cable TV this Saturday, May 20 at 8.30 a.m. and again at 5.30 p.m.  
Get the latest updates on the Taylor Way/Marine Drive traffic engineering study.  Find out what's happening with BC's white hot economy and more 
 Who:    Ralph Sultan, MLA West Vancouver-Capilano
What:   Interview on Constituency Report
Where:  Shaw Cable TV
When:   Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 am and 5:30 pm
For more information on the West Vancouver-Capilano Constituency, check out the Ralph Sultan Report: www.ralphsultan.com
President's Dinner and Business Excellence Awards
RSVP Deadline Tuesday May 23rd at Noon - 926 6614
Please join us
for our annual spring gala and awards dinner next week on Thursday, May 25th at the Capilano Golf and Country Club. This year, awards will be given out in five categories: Corporate Business of the Year, sponsored by GTM Group of Companies; Retail Business of the Year, sponsored by the North Shore News; Service Business of the Year, sponsored by Loren & Company, CGAs; Community Service Citation, sponsored by the North Shore Outlook; and the Citizen of the Year.
In addition,
we will be honouring West Vancouver member businesses that have been in operation for 75 plus years. These firms will receive one of the new "President's Awards of Distinction". Councillor Michael Smith will present these awards to the recipients at the gala event.
The evening
will begin with a no-host bar at 6:30pm with live music by pianist Sean Baynton. A hot and cold buffet will follow. At 9pm we will hold a live auction.
There will be a trip for two to Whistler on the new Whistler Mountaineer; a fabulous evening for four that will include a lovely dinner provided by the Boathouse Restaurant in Horseshoe Bay, followed by a Sewell's Marina Sea Safari outing to the Fireworks on Wednesday, July 26th, 2006. Also, local renowned artist Sol Maya, of Solart Studios, has generously provided a piece of his original glass artwork for the live auction.
The Awards ceremony will commence at 9:15pm.
Cypress Mountain has also generously donated a terrific door prize.... The Cypress Mountain Prize Pack....including two winter lift tickets, two tubing tickets, two cross-country tickets with a logo fleece vest and logo cap.... but you have to be present to win!
Tickets are $75.00 per person and include GST. This event is for members and non-members alike. Everyone is welcome!
Be sure to book your seat today!

Community Affairs Committee Meets Wed. May 24th   
The Community Affairs committee, consisting of representatives from our local business associations and groups and other interested individuals, will be meeting this Wednesday at noon to discuss signage issues. Brent Dozzi, Manager of Public Works and Transportation at the District of West Vancouver will be our guest. If you are interested in attending this important session please contact kathleen@westvanchamber.com


Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 12:51:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: Eagleridge Bluffs Coalition <info@eagleridgebluffs.ca>
To: Carolanne Reynolds, Editor WVM
Subject: Eagleridge Update - Injunction Served



At approximately 5:00pm Thursday, May 18 Eagleridge Bluffs supporters at both the Eagleridge  and Black Mountain camps were served with an injunction.  Maps have been  posted  delineating areas that are "out of bounds" for protesting.
A few hours ago (Friday morning), Kiewit representatives requested access to the site, but not surprisingly protesters did not budge.While we are uncertain about the timing of the enforcement order we expect that it could be as early as Friday afternoon, or possibly on Tuesday following the long weekend.
Many of you have volunteered to be part of our "first response" effort and be at the camp as soon as we get word of the enforcement order. We can't stress enough how important it is that we have a strong showing for this event. This is our last chance to make an impact. Please be on alert today and come to the camp as soon as you are phoned or hear of it. Remember that we are not asking anyone to get arrested (although there are many who have indicated a willingness to do so). We simply need your presence there en masse.
 With your support we will stop this madness!
Thank you!  
The Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs
PS: Thank you to those people who have been dropping off flowers at the entrance of the camps in support of the continuing protest -- [your] sign of encouragement and support is appreciated.. We welcome others who may wish to do the same. Remember, the battle is not over!

WVM 13.8: Taxation and Eagleridge

First, CKNW Monday, then Bluffs BBQ and Update

--- UPDATE 10 --- "Talking Taxes" -----------------------

David Marley (who made some presentations re DWV Budget 2006) and Ed DesRoches, co-chairman of the Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition, will be "talking property taxes" on the Bill Good Show Monday, May 22nd, from 9 - 10am on CKNW, 980.  (You can listen to the show later by going to CKNW's audio-vault on the InterNet.)

--- UPDATE 11 ---  Eagleridge Enforcement Order Hearing Delayed / BBQ Tues -----------

We have just been informed that the hearing for the enforcement order will take place on Wednesday, May 24. This means that if the enforcement order is granted, the earliest we can expect to see it served at our camps is midday on Wednesday.
We were in the court of appeal today (Friday) and expect a decision on the appeal early next week. Of course depending on the outcome, this will affect the injunction/enforcement order.
We encourage everyone to "stay on alert" but know that there will not be a threat of enforcement over the long weekend. We hope that you will take the opportunity to come to the bluffs this weekend, enjoy a peaceful hike, and support the many volunteers who are now into DAY 33 at tent city.
Please bring your friends and family to another wonderful "wild salmon" BBQ at the bluffs beginning at 5:30 pm on May 23. Only $5/person for a delicious meal amidst the most spectacular scenery in the world (donations of course are gratefully accepted). Bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy a break from cooking while supporting all of our efforts in saving Eagleridge Bluffs!
This is a critical time and as we've witnessed over the last few days events change quickly. Please check your email and our website frequently!
The Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs
www.eagleridgebluffs.ca http://www.eagleridgebluffs.ca/