July 27 Minutes
Sept 11 Agenda
Calendar to Sept 12

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

After the wettest May I've ever experienced, a glorious summer.   And apparently it's not over.  We're having a spectacular September!
Still perturbed at the ccl mtg agenda July 27 -- little notice and given impression tying up loose ends.  Well, wait till you see the 'ends' tied up!  (maybe in next WVM)  The hit-and-miss notification for cmte mtgs made the quotation from Paul Valery catch my attention.
= Main Items Sept 11, finally up on DWV website Friday afternoon -- Good news is that the changes to cmte structure and ccl procedures are not on the agenda as had been stated on the website so that does give time for public input: Devt Applications Status List; lots of requests for delegations, LOTS of correspondence, some minutes, and many replies re traffic/noise; plus (bad news?, well incomplete/unsatisfactory) delayed update re tree at 2142 Argyle (see items 65 and 66) -- it does NOT explain how a condition of development (leaving an 80-year-old 125ft tree used by eagles) was changed without knowledge of Council or neighbours.
= Calendar to Sept 24th (w/ Ch of Commerce info at end); UPDATES (DWV Initiatives; Ambleside Park Vision Plan; Hay Park/McDonald Creek; Lawson Creek); July 27 Ccl Minutes (Sorry, no can do; DWV website still does not permit copy and paste of agenda items); Sept 11 Agenda; INFObits (DWV Website; Science: Mme du Chatelet) Haiku; Quotations

===  CALENDAR to Sept 24th (starting from where last WVM left off)   ===
Farmers' Markets still on on weekends in Ambleside and Dundarave, but first --
West Vancouver Memorial Library presents
During the month of September, people all over the world will come together in public places like libraries to share ideas that matter. Neighbours will join to participate in public forums, performances, and other creative expressions about democracy, citizenship, and freedom. To date, 1,100 libraries in 34 countries are participating. To learn more visit www.theseptemberproject.org
The West Vancouver Memorial Library is pleased to present the following documentary from our DVD collection. The film will be presented in the Peter J. Peters room on Thursday, September 7. There will be a discussion after the film moderated by Harry Greenwood.
This documentary, based in part on the Governor General Award winning book of the same title, is a searing, emotional journey of Canadian Lt-General Rom=E9o Dallaire, who commanded the U.N. peacekeeping mission to Rwanda in 1994. Over 100 days, 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the Rwanda genocide as the international community turned its back and ignored Dallaire's cries for assistance. This experience led to Dallaire's own life tragedies as he dealt with the psychological fallout of witnessing a genocide he was powerless to stop. Filmed during General Dallaire's first return to Rwanda in April 2004.
Running time - 91 Minutes. / BC Classification: 14A / Warning: Theme of genocide and violence.

FRIDAY, Sept 8
In the Musto Room at the Library, two subcmte mtgs of the Fiscal Sustainability Task Force (FSTF):
the Economics s/cmte will meet from 2 - 4 pm (see agenda below; can't wait for the minutes to be released to the public!) and then the Best Practices s/cmte from 4 - 5pm (can't find agenda; perhaps presented at mtg).  See Sept 14 below.
Ambleside Park Sunday Sept 10:
***  WVSPCA Walkathon 10 - noon, and the Coho Festival all day!  ***
Sept 11 = Ccl resumes, first meeting after the summer break (see agenda section below)
Sept 12 = FBG Opening Reception 6 - 8pm of EVERYWHERE IS MEMORY; Exhibition closes Sept 28
        Paintings: Acrylic on wood by Marion Llewellyn; Artist's Talk 2 - 3pm Sept 16
=  4 or 4:30 FSTF s/cmte Reports:: Communications; Trends/Issues; Economics; Best Practices and Budget Management Procedures
*** Wednesday, Sept 13 (see also Ch/Commerce info below; Coho Festival, breakfast mtg, and more)
~ 7pm ~ Townhall mtg at SENIORS' ACTIVITY CTR re Evelyn Drive proposed devt ***
= Thursday, Sept 14 ==
The FSTF is preparing for their report.  They have some questions the public are welcome to provide answers to.  The questions will be posted on westvancouver.ca on Thursday, Sept 14th.  Responses can be emailed to FSTF@westvancouver.ca or by attending the Public Meeting on Sept 26 (Tues 7pm at Hall) and providing the Task force with your suggestions on how West Vancouver can become more fiscally sustainable.

Sept 15 - 17 ~ North Shore Heritage Weekend (See brochures and posters; I'm trying to get a url.)

===  Sunday, Sept 17  ===
+ To the Terry Fox Run  9am
Run or walk the seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave Beach in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. Call 604-464-2666 to register.
+ Caulfeild Village Mall Oktoberfest - noon to 5pm
+ Tour Natural Gardens 11am - 4pm 
Visit gorgeous gardens on the North Shore and learn sustainable gardening techniques.  Free guidebooks are available at local garden centres and hardware stores.  Visit www.naturalgardenstour.com or call 604-984-9730 for more information.
+ Call for Entry Information re FBG Christmas Gift Sale; drop off  9 - 11am
Call for Entry, Great Stuff 2006 -- Christmas Gift Sale NOV 24 - DEC 17 at the Ferry Building Gallery
An exhibition and sale of unique crafts, fine artwork and distinctive gifts at affordable prices, just in time for the Christmas shopper!
Drop-off three (3) samples of your work:            9am =96 11am
          Results & Pick-up:    2pm =96 3pm  //   Jury Fee:            $15.00 (cash or cheque)
 If you are selected to participate, the Gallery will install and handle the sales for the duration of the exhibition.  All sales go to the artist except for a 30% commission fee that the Gallery retains and an exhibition fee of $25.

===  Tuesday, Sept 19  ===
~ 10:30 - 12:30 ~ at the Library: start of a series of readings of James Joyce's Ulysses by former McGill English Prof Joe Ronsley, now living in Lions' Bay.
~ 4pm ~ Remember Tuesdays the FSTF meets at the Hall
~ 3:45 - 5:15pm ~ Civic youth Strategy Working Group at the Srs' Activity Ctr, Marine Room.
===  Thursday, Sept 21  ===
~ 4 - 7pm ~ Police Board mtg at Chamber of Commerce boardroom
~ 7 - 9pm ~ Board of Variance
~ 7:30 ~ West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society AGM, St Stephen's 884 - 22nd
To receive and consider:
===  Friday, Sept 22  ===
Doors open at 7:30pm at the Library for the North Shore Celtic Ensemble
Don't miss this lively throng of young musicians performing traditional Celtic and Canadian folk
music using a wide range of instruments. This free, non-ticketed event is part of Memorial Library's
Free Friday Night Concert Series, funded by the generous bequest of Robert Leslie Welsh. Everybody is welcome. Reception hosted by the Friends of the Library. For information call 604-925-7402.

===  Sunday, Sept 24  ===

+ Closing night for Bard on the Beach!

+  "Walk for Heart" in Ambleside Park, 10am
A fun-filled walk in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation where friends and families raise funds and increase awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death among women. For more information or to register visit www.heartandstroke.ca or call 604-983-8492.

Selected artists=92 work will be scheduled for an exhibit at the FERRY BUILDING GALLERY in 2007.  You may be chosen for a group show or solo exhibit, depending on the jury's decision.
=A8     must be a past or present resident of the North Shore
=A8     must enter three finished & framed pieces of artwork (three-dimensional work welcome)
=A8     must present Print photographs of current work (4" x 6" prints or larger preferred)
=A8     must provide short written concept or proposed theme of exhibition (optional)
=A8     must give curriculum vitae (Bio)
$15 jury fee
*must not have had a solo exhibition in any of the Ferry Building Gallery, Silk Purse Gallery or West Van Library in 2005 or 2006, and must not have shown in the Ferry Building Gallery, Silk Purse Gallery or West Van Library in a Group Exhibit in 2006.
Drop-Off:             Sunday, September 24, 9am-11am
Pick-Up:               3 - 4pm same day.
LOCATION:    West Vancouver Seniors' Centre Activity Room, 21st Street/Marine Drive
For more information, please call 925-7290   
+++  September 10
Coho Festival This Sunday
This Sunday, September 10th annual Coho Festival will be held at Ambleside Park.
Many activities are scheduled for this fun-filled day. You can take part in the Coho Walk on the path along the Capilano River, or turn out for the14K Coho Run from Kitsilano Park to Ambleside Beach. Celebrity chefs will be on hand to serve over 1400 barbecued salmon meals. Residents and visitors will find a variety of art exhibits, stage presentations, environmental displays and games for children. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Coho Festival!
[Members of the Chamber are associate members of the Coho Society.]
+++  September 13
Breakfast at Hollyburn, 7:30am Wednesday -- "Trends and Forecasts in the Retail Industry"
The Chamber is delighted to kick-off the fall season breakfast series with Rick Amantea, Vice-President of Park Royal Shopping Centre and The Village at Park Royal.
With over twenty-five years of experience in the retail sector, Rick will tell us about current trends and share some interesting ideas on where retail might be heading in the future. He will also touch on the positive aspects of welcoming out-of-town visitors to our community, including how they help sustain local business. Stemming from his first hand experience as a retailer during the 1988 Calgary Olympics, Rick will also offer insight as to what retailers might expect for their business during 2010.
Reserve by calling 926 6614.  Also, please be aware that due to a cost increase at Hollyburn, the breakfast will now be $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members (including GST).
+++  September 20
Introducing the Member Showcase
From 5 - 7pm Wednesday at Steamworks at The Village at Park Royal (*formerly known as Business After Business)
The intention of this bi-monthly event is to feature member businesses and showcase their products and services to our members and guests.  Steamworks will be providing appetizers at no charge. A full no-host bar will be available as well.  Sponsor tables are still available for $135.00 plus GST. Call 604 926-6614 to book your spot now.
+++ To receive Chamber information, write to admin@westvanchamber.com to receive email notices.

===  UPDATES  ===
=1=     Initiatives now on the DWV website (see home page)
                Old Growth Conservancy
                        > Old Growth Conservancy Final Strategy is available
                Arts & Culture Facilities Study
                        > Developing the Arts on Argyle
                Evelyn Drive Area Planning Study
                        A Town Hall Meeting will be held on September 13 at Srs' Ctr
                Hugo Ray Park Reconstruction
                        > A Centre for Excellence for Field Hockey and Cricket
                Environmental Strategy
                        > 2006 Progress Report now available

The recently updated Ambleside Vision Plan section of the District website can be accessed  by clicking on the link above.  There you will see a recent slide presentation and also the latest Council Reports.
The Ambleside Park Vision Plan went before Council on July 19 and again on July 24th.  At the meeting on the 19th the Vision Plan was received by Council and at the following meeting, more information was presented to Council to respond to particular interest by Council members related to a possible new concession/restaurant facility. Staff have been directed to refine the Ambleside Park Vision Plan to understand issues and opportunities for implementation in more detail.  We will find out more about the park in the next few months and will do our best to keep you informed and involved as opportunities to arise.
Following are the resolutions (all passed with Mayor breaking ties) of Council from the July 24 regular meeting:
Item 5.3 Ambleside Park Vision Plan: Further Information
-  the report dated July 19, 2006 titled "Ambleside Park Vision Plan: Further Information from the Manager of Parks & Environment" be received.
-  Staff be directed to continue to refine the Ambleside Park Vision Plan, report back to Council with a budget.
-  Staff be directed to explore possible partnerships with respect to development of a beachfront concession/restaurant/visitor use building and report back to Council by the end of September 2006.
-  Staff be directed to explore partnerships with the Squamish Nation to address the restoration of, and ensure the health and stability of, the lagoon in Ambleside Park.
-  Staff be directed to continue planning a sports field house and special events venue.
-  the Vision Plan be incorporated into the Ambleside Area Master Plan.
{Your Editor's recommendation: find out also about the Area Master Plan!}

As part of the community consultation conducted by the Parks Department this past spring, feedback indicated a desire to see adjustments to the backwater channel in McDonald Creek which runs through Hay Park.  The Parks Department agreed to undertake this work in the fall of 2006.
In-stream work to increase water flow into the fish channel is scheduled to begin during the week of September 18th.  This will improve the functionality of the backwater channel by enhancing the rearing habitat for cutthroat trout resident in McDonald Creek.  Essentially, the work will involve increasing the depth of the pond by increasing the height of an existing weir, which will have the effect of ensuring water flow into the channel even during low-flow times.
This project has been reviewed by a professional hydrologist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the West Vancouver Parks/ Environment Department.  Work will be overseen by the Parks Department and undertaken by a qualified contractor and advisory consultant.  Work is anticipated to take two days and will involve a small backhoe and other equipment.  Access will be from the northeast corner of Hay Park (Kings & 19th).  Exact dates of work depend on dry weather.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Doug Leavers or Corinne Ambor at (604) 925-7192, or email dleavers@westvancouver.ca or cambor@westvancouver.ca.  Alternatively, visit www.westvancouver.ca/article.asp?a=4404&c=853 where more information is posted.

Ken Bryden of WV Streamkeepers has been keeping watch on Lawson Creek and put out the first notice about it in June 2003.
The West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, along with the Municipality, started preliminary work on Lawson Creek, both with the goal to make it accessible to salmon so they can once again swim up the creek to spawn.
There were many obstacles in the way.  The first and greatest was the large concrete culvert that runs from the salt water to the Legion Hall.  Investigations were done to see if this can be "baffled" so the salmon can swim up.  Going upstream there are other obstacles such as road culverts that will have to be modified with fish ladders, baffles, etc. All this will take both time and money.
Our Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans Community Adviser, Rob Bell-Irving, has already placed several thousand Coho fry into the creek, and things are improving.
It is therefore very important not to dump anything toxic into the creek as this will kill the fish. Please note that the following are very harmful: swimming pool and hot tub water, car wash soap, pesticides, paints, cleaners, etc. The rule of thumb is: If you won't drink it, don't pour it into a creek!
Fast Forward to now.
WVS is happy to report that wild coho and chum salmon can spawn now for the first time in 30 years thanks to restructuring paid for by public donations, now totalling $60K.  Previously b/c of development fish cdn't go further than the mouth of the creek.
Amounts from $1,500 to $15,000 have been received plus in-kind donations from engineers and surveyors -- without advertising.  Steve Jenkins, DWV Environmental Coordinator has been installing baffles (six of 27 have been installed) with the money -- you can go see them.   The District has even put in a stainless steel salmon sculpture at Argyle (between 17th and 18th).  Donors' names will be engraved on the salmon plaques on an archway below it.
As Readers know, your Editor is very interested in heritage so I hasten to point out that restoring habitat is part of honouring our heritage, just another one of its many aspects.
Jennifer Moreau of the Outlook reported that Steve says old-timers stop at the salmon monument and reminisce of the days when they caught 20-pound salmon in the creek.
The first coho were spotted on Christmas Eve last year.
Lawson Creek gets its waters from Cypress Mountain. The stream forms in the upper British Properties, winds down past the Royal Canadian Legion on 18th Avenue, under Argyle Street and opens into the ocean at the west end of John Lawson Park. Call 604-925-7192 to get involved or make a donation.
Rob Bell-Irving (DFO) is suggesting a big ladder complex or "overly large weir/baffles" so that besides the eddies provided by the baffles, an upwelling, "raised backwater" effect can be created and then salmon cd swim up a slope rather than having to jump.  Save them energy and us money?
 ===  CCL= MINUTES of July 27th  === not available from DWV website to copy and paste so will try to get it for the next issue.

===  CCL Mtg AGENDA f= or Sept 11th  ===
2.         Adoption of July 24, 2006 and July 27, 2006 Regular Council Minutes.
3.         Development Variance Permit Application 06-035 (3356  Radcliffe Avenue)           
4.         Development Variance Permit No. 06?032 (6836 Copper Cove Road)
...receipt of report for consideration Sept 18.
5.         New Municipal Officials Indemnification Bylaw No. 4486, 2006 (File:  1610?20?4486)
6.         Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
7.         West Vancouver Solid Waste Utility - Information Update & North Shore Recycling Program - 2005 Annual Report to be received for information purposes.
8.         Development Applications Status List (File:  1010?01)
9.         Correspondence for Action and Information
*  Requests for Delegation
10.       B. A. O'Connor, Medical Health Officer, July 28, 2006, regarding request for proclamation of Homeless Awareness Week (October 16 - 22) and Delegation to Council by Representatives of the North Shore Homelessness Task Force
            Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response regarding delegation scheduling.
11.       L. Bean, Administrative Supervisor/Teams Support, North Shore Emergency Management Office, July 31, 2006, regarding request for delegation to Council re North Shore Tsunami Risk Report
            Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response regarding delegation scheduling.
12.       P. Duggan, North Shore Tourism Committee, August 11, 2006, regarding Delegation to Council re North Shore Tourism Committee
            Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response regarding delegation scheduling.
13.       B. Maclellan, North Shore Community Resources, August 28, 2006, regarding request for delegation re North Shore Festival of Volunteers
            Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response regarding delegation scheduling.
**  Action
14.       C. Maretic, President, Consumer Advocacy and Support for Homeowners (CASH) Society, July 23, 2006, regarding Council Agenda Items - BC Housing Issues
            Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
15.       K. Bergen, UBCM Meeting Request Coordinator, July 31, 2006 regarding Cabinet Minister Meeting Request
            Referred to Director of Administrative Services for consideration and response (Previously distributed due to timing of event).
16.       D. Robertson, July 24, 2006 regarding follow-up to Hugo Ray Park Upgrade
            Referred to Director of Parks & Community Services for consideration and response.
17.       J. Neumann, Executive Director of Information and Advocacy Services and B. Bell, President of the Integrated Fitness Society, North Shore Disability Resource Centre, July 07, 2006, regarding obtaining a Hollyburn cabin lease
            Referred to Director of Parks & Community Services for consideration and response.
18.       M. Angus, July 27, 2006, regarding hedges and motor vehicle accidents in West Vancouver             Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
19.       D. Bridges, July 30, 2006, regarding Mobilization Against War and Occupation Hip-Hop Festival at Ambleside Park
            Referred to Director of Parks & Community Services for consideration and response.
20.       L. Kazakoff, Meeting Coordinator, City Clerk's Department, City of Vancouver, regarding Sport Hosting and Vancouver Sport Strategy
            Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
21.       C. L. Gauld, Director of Development, Pacific Dreams Theatre Society, July 18, 2006, regarding Pacific Dreams Theatre Society request for sponsorship
            Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
22.       M. Itkonen, July 20, 2006, regarding Skate Park sponsorship
            Referred to Director of Parks & Community Services for consideration and response.
23.       L. E. Jackson, Chair, Greater Vancouver Regional District Board, August 02, 2006, regarding Local Government and PST
            Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
24.       S. Whiffin, Director, 0746400 B.C. Ltd, August 09, 2006, regarding Alteration Permit re 4769 The Highway, Lower Caulfeild
            Referred to Director of Planning, Lands & Permits for consideration and response.
25.       T. Webster, Regional Loss Prevention Coordinator, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, regarding "Zero Crash Month"
            Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
26.       K. Bunting, August 14, 2006, regarding Vehicle Idling
            Referred to the Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
27.       Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Executive, August 15, 2006, regarding Business Case - Full Time Funded Coordinator for the BC Municipal Safety Association
            Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
28.       D. C. Harbottle, August 09, 2006, regarding First Nations Band Signage Near First and Second Narrows Bridges
            Referred to Director of Administrative Services for consideration and response.
29.       D. Close, August 17, 2006, regarding Blasting in Green Belt Behind 5100 Block Keith Road Properties
           Referred to Director of Planning, Lands & Permits for consideration and response.
30.       B. and I. Satchwell, August 16, 2006, regarding Hollyburn Ridge Cabin Permits
           Referred to Director of Parks & Community Services for consideration and response.
31.       L. Lindsey, August 25, 2006, regarding street lighting on Argyle Street
            Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
32.       T. Vu, August 17, 2006, regarding Cycling and Pedestrian Safety
            Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
33.       L. Funt, August 22, 2006, regarding First Impressions
            Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation and to Director of Parks & Community Services for consideration and response.
**  No Action Required
- Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
34.       (a)       Board of Variance Hearing Minutes, June 21, 2006
            (b)       West Vancouver Memorial Library Board Minutes, June 21, 2006
            (c)       Design Advisory Committee Minutes, May 09, 2006
            (d)       Design Advisory Committee Minutes, April 27, 2006
            (e)       Design Advisory Committee Minutes, March 23, 2006
            (f)        Fiscal Sustainability Task Force Meeting Minutes, July 11, 2006
            (g)       Fiscal Sustainability Task Force Meeting Minutes, July 04, 2006
35.       D. R. Corrigan, Mayor, City of Burnaby, July 26, 2006, regarding Rent Supplements and Housing Allowances
36.       K. Bryden, July 02, 2006, regarding 2253 Lawson Avenue
37.       B. A. O'Connor, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health (North Shore), August 01, 2006, regarding 2005 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
38.       Local Government Program Services Secretariat, August 02, 2006, regarding Community Health Promotion - Round 2 Request for Preliminary Project Proposals
            Previously distributed due to timing of event.
39.       B. Rogers, Executive Director, Harvest Project, July 21, 2006, regarding appreciation for operating grant
40.       Public Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, July 26, 2006, regarding community crystal meth response grants
41.       D. & A. Fleming, July 23, 2006, regarding 40?foot, $1 million structure at Ambleside
42.       S. Bader, President, North Shore Mountain Bike Association, August 03, 2006, regarding installation of trail signs and kiosks with support of Mountain Equipment Co-op
43.       A. Boyd, Executive Assistant, Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia, July 26, 2006, regarding 2006 Semi-Annual Meeting of the Members
44.       V. Philip Boname, President, Urbanics Consultants Ltd., August 05, 2006, regarding proposed development "The Terraces at Ambleside"
45.       I. Bennett, August 04, 2006, regarding curb and sidewalk extensions at Haywood and 22nd Street
46.       J. Carline, Commissioner/Chief Administrative Officer - Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), August 01, 2006, regarding Draft Biosolids Management Plan Framework (BMPF)
47.       T. Turner, August 10, 2006, regarding First Nations Billboards
48.       L. McGinn, Executive Director, Capilano Community Services Society, August 10, 2006, regarding Appreciation for Grant
49.       K. Higgs, August 15, 2006, regarding Water Treatments at Eagle Lake
50.       D. Bridges, August 16, 2006 regarding Mobilization Against War and Occupation Festival Event Held July 21, 2006
51.       P. Treadwell, Unity in Diversity Committee, West Vancouver Baha'i Community, September 2006, regarding Unity in Diversity Awards
52.       T. Weldon, Information Services Coordinator, Recycling Council of British Columbia, August 25, 2006, regarding request for proclamation
53.       R. Thorpe, Minister, Ministry of Small Business and Revenue and Minister Responsible for Regulatory Reform, August 15, 2006 regarding review of the property assessment and appeal system
54.       J. & R. Reimer, August 30, 2006 regarding Anti-Smoking Bylaws
55.       B. Gautschi, Vice-President, BRAC Systems Inc., BG Excel Plumbing Ltd., BC Distributor for BRAC Systems Inc., August 23, 2006, regarding Brac Systems
- Responses to Correspondence
56.       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation to J. and N. Peterson, August 03, 2006, regarding STS Highway Improvement Project - Project Noise
57.       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation to M. Crombie, August 03, 2006, regarding Harmony Arts Festival - Accessible Parking Spaces
58.       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation to W. Alden, August 03, 2006, regarding Harmony Arts Festival - Accessible Parking Spaces
59.       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation to J. Zurbrugg, July 20, 2006, regarding STS Highway Improvement Project - Project Noise
60.       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation to K. and D. Powers, July 20, 2006, regarding STS Highway Improvement Project - Traffic Noise
61.       E. S. Holitzki, Manager of Bylaw & Licencing [sic] Services to H. Ruiterman, July 24, 2006 regarding Traffic Fine
62.       G. J. Minaker, Park Programs Manager to N. McLaren, August 08, 2006 regarding Capilano View Cemetery
63.       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation to E. Waddell, July 20, 2006, regarding STS Highway Improvement Project - Project Noise
64.       K. Pike, Director of Parks & Community Services to K. Steig, August 14, 2006, regarding Ambleside Park and Restaurant Plans
65.       C. Parsons, Urban Design Planner to Owners Strata Plan VR?93 ("The Argyle"), August 10, 2006, regarding Replacement of Tree at "The Argyle"
66.       C. Parsons, Urban Design Planner to J. Cairns, August 10, 2006 regarding Replacement of Tree at "The Argyle"
67.       S. Scholes, Manager of Legislative Services/Municipal Clerk to S. Vennesland, August 11, 2006, regarding Speakers Time at Council Meetings
68.       K. Pike, Director of Parks & Community Services to Hugo Ray Park Neighbours, August 16, 2006, regarding Hugo Ray Park Sport Field Improvement Plan
69.       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation to J. and K. Doyle, August 14, 2006, regarding Eagle Harbour Road - Community Sign
70.       K. Pike, Director of Parks & Community Services to D. Robertson, President, LMS 2681 - Esker Lane, regarding Hugo Ray Park Proposal
71.       B. A. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation to N. Stibbard, President and CEO - Capilano Suspension Bridge, August 15, 2006, regarding Moyne Drive Construction Access
72.       D. Leavers, Manager, Parks/Environment to B. & I. Satchwell, August 28, 2006, regarding Hollyburn Cabin Permits
73.       C. O'Krainetz, Community Engagement - Youth Coordinator to M. Itkonen, August 17, 2006, regarding Skatepark Sponsorship for 2007
*  Responses to Questions in Question Period -- None.
74.       Oral Reports from Mayor and Councillors
75.       Public Questions and Comments (3 minutes per speaker)
76.       Adjournment of September 11, 2006 Meeting of Council

===  INFObits  ===

+++  DWV Website
+ Some have asked me how to get to the Calendar on the DWV website.  Here's how I do it.
Go to www.westvancouver.ca and you'll see the good news that DWV wants feedback on the website, so here's your chance!
+  Website Usability Evaluation
+ Now to get to the Calendar:
Click on "Your Government"= ; (a list on the righthand side) and click on "Meetings", and then you'll see
        *       For an overview of current meetings and events in West Vancouver, see the Council, Committee & Community Calendar.
When you click on that you'll get the Calendar.  To go directly (don't ask my why, but) it's: 

+++  The scientist whom history forgot......

Emilie du Chatelet
In an August issue of the Guardian Weekly:
Science / The scientist whom history forgot / David Bodanis uncovers the research of an 18th-century Frenchwoman /
A few years ago I was researching a book about Einstein when I stumbled on a footnote about an obscure Frenchwoman of the early 18th century. Her name was Emilie du Chatelet; according to the note, she had played a role in developing the modern concept of energy, and had acquired a certain notoriety in her day.
It left me intrigued. And what I discovered, as I tracked down her letters and books over the next few months, astounded me. That footnote had understated her significance entirely. Emilie du Chatelet had played a crucial role in the development of science. What's more, she had had a wild life.
She had been raised in Paris in the 1710s, growing up in a townhouse of more than 30 rooms overlooking the Tuileries gardens. Her mother had been appalled at having a child who refused to stay politely at children's parties, or to gossip about clothes, but who instead loved listening in when educated guests - especially astronomers - came to visit.
Du Chatelet's father, luckily, doted on his sole daughter. He kept the mother from sending her off to a convent, as was regularly threatened; he hired tutors to teach her Latin, Greek and mathematics. At Versailles, where her black curly hair and rapid-fire speech won her admirers, he merely sighed when she used her skill at mathematics to win at cards, and then used the money to buy more books, rather than more clothes. But he helped her, with family money, to arrange a marriage with a wealthy army officer who - luckily - would be away with his regiment most of the time.
In her late 20s, after an affair with the individual who inspired the character Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (she was the only partner he had who ever willingly dumped him), she met the poet and writer Voltaire, then in his 40s. He was delighted with her youth and intelligence:
Why did you only reach me so late?
What happened to my life before?
I'd hunted for love, but found only mirages.
She teased him for that, but was thankful that she had finally found someone with whom she could let her intelligence pour forth.
Together she and Voltaire created something of a modern research institute in an isolated chateau they had rebuilt in eastern France. The chateau was like a berthed spaceship from the future. Visitors from intellectual centres in Italy and Basle and Paris came to scoff, then stayed, and became awed by what they saw.
I found accounts of Du Chatelet and Voltaire at breakfast, reading from the letters they received - from the mathematician Bernoulli, and Frederick the Great of Prussia (earlier there had been correspondence with Bolingbroke and Jonathan Swift) - and in their quick teasing at what they heard, coming up with fresh ideas. Then they returned to their separate wings of the house and competed to elaborate.
This is where the great problem with her subsequent reputation began, for Voltaire wasn't much of a scientist, but Du Chatelet was a skilled theoretician. Once, working secretly at night at the chateau over just one intense summer month, hushing servants to not spoil the surprise for Voltaire, she came up with insights on the nature of light that set the stage for the future discovery of photography, as well as of infrared radiation. It was a humiliating contrast for Voltaire, and especially grating when she began to probe into the still recent mathematical physics of Sir Isaac Newton.
Voltaire could not follow any of the maths, but on political grounds he wanted to believe that Newton was perfect in all respects. Du Chatelet, however, began a research programme that went beyond Newton and led to her glimpsing notions that would lead later researchers to the idea of conservation of energy fundamental to all subsequent physics.
For that, and other reasons, she and Voltaire broke up: he was immensely proud, and couldn't bear to have as a lover someone who could so clearly see his weaknesses.
Now though, in the early 1740s, while Voltaire was in his imperious sulk, she tried to insist that she would be fine without him; indeed, she wrote that it was preposterous to think that an intelligent woman needed a man to be happy.
And then, when she was 41 - in 1748 - she met a fit young poet at a provincial court, and fell in love with him. At first he loved her back, but then he got scared, for he knew he couldn't keep up with her or her sophisticated friends. He became cruel to her, and got her pregnant.
At that time it was a death sentence to be pregnant in one's 40s. Voltaire went back, out of friendship, to support Du Chatelet. She had always worked at night, but now began staying up later and later to finish the manuscript on Newton that she hoped might be her claim to immortality. Voltaire wrote that she wasn't angry, just sad to have to leave before she was ready. She finished her text at the end of August, 1749, a few days later she gave birth, and within a week she -- and the child -- were dead.
Almost immediately after Du Chatelet's death, sharp-tongued gossips began to disparage her work. Then, as her insights entered the scientific mainstream, the idea that a woman had created these thoughts was considered so odd that even scientists who did use her ideas came to forget who had originated them.
In the late 1930s, better scholarship brought at least some of her achievements back to life, but in 1957 Nancy Mitford wrote a biography of Voltaire that set historians on the wrong path again: it painted Du Chatelet as a cut-out character who had dashing adventures, but for no discernible reasons.
Emilie du Chatelet deserves to be brought back to life, in all her stumbling excitement and fears.

David Bodanis is the author of Passionate Minds: The Great Enlightenment Love Affair, published by Little, Brown

===  HAIKU  ===   written in West Vancouver, May 2006

                Not knowing history means
                                doomed to repeat it.
                                                   Same for denial.

===  QUOTATIONS  ===

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
                --  Jeremy Bentham, jurist and philosopher (1748-1832)

Paul Val=E9ry (1871-1945) was a French author and Symbolist poet. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath. In addition to his fiction (poetry, drama, and dialogues), he also wrote many essays and aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events...
> French - la politique est l'art d'emp=EAcher les gens de se m=EAler de ce qui les regarde
and translated it as:
>> English - politics is the art of seeing that people do not become interested in that which concerns them
but I did not agree totally with the Logos Quotes translation (have noted mistakes in the past) so looked for others.  Here are two:
>> Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
>> Politics is the art of stopping people from minding their own business.  (Tel Quel)
Well, there is similarity, but here's a literal translation for you:
>>>  Politics is the art of impeding (barring) people from getting involved (mixed up) in what affects (regards) them.

Timeless, eh?