Ccl AGENDA Jan 12th
Calendar to Jan 18th

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Happy New Year!
   Today's riddle: Why shdn't you throw away a phantom boomerang?
MAIN ITEMS Jan 12th: Cmnty Ctr Update; $6M Loan for Water Meters; Cmnty Grants Cmte apptmts; TREES and snow removal in Correspondence
=  Vive le Canada (Parliament/govt); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Senate); ANIMALWATCH (Mr Bully; Skidboot, smart dog!); UN Human Rights; UPDATES (MLA Sultan's Newsletter; Heritage Award Nomination deadline Jan 23); Snow, Rain, and Flood Alert; Engg Project/Question; Significance of SDEROT
=  CALENDAR to Jan 18th -- AFAIK and Cmnty Grants: Deadline Jan 30
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Jan 12th: 856 Anderson Cr; DVPs for 1350 Ottaburn and 610 11th St; Sponsorship/Partnership Policy Amendment; Cmnty Ctr Qtrly Update; $6M Loan from MFA for installation of water meters; Establishment of Cmnty Grants Cmte; Apptmts (WGs, Library); NSh Substance Abuse WG Report; Correspondence on TREES (with info), 1434 Marine, lots on snow removal, standards for property inspectors, garbage collection, SmartGrowth re Sea-to-Sky Greenbelt Initiative, etc
=  NEWSWATCH - Bright, NEWSWATCH - Gloomy; BUSHWATCH, Bushmissed
=  WVM2008 List of Topics/Titles 1 to 34
=  BAILOUTs Explained: Fred Thompson, Santa Claus, Beer; LANGUAGEWATCH (Cupertino; the Perils of Spellcheckers); HAIKU (Death, Life, New Year/Gaza); Quotations and Riddle Answer
===  Vive le Canada  ===
Here's Josee Legault's column recently in VSun; I also deplored the misrepresentation of a coalition and the role of the Governor General in our system of govt (not that I was necessarily in favour of a coalition, just appalled at how poorly explained and understood).
Coalition fight reveals our ignorance of Parliament
Canadians don't elect a prime minister and government -- Parliament does
click on: http://www.vancouversun.com/Coalition+fight+reveals+ignorance+Parliament/1129551/story.html

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
Senate appointments -- for our house of sober, second thought.
Reform, yes; all elected, no -- that wd just be a larger House of Commons.
Commons re population, Senate re area?
Independent respected Canadians who can apply objective criteria in the best interests of all Canadians.  Not partisan.  Not political.  Not needing to appeal to parties or lobbies or special interest groups.  More on this later.
Most are unaware of the good work in committees senators do -- and these are on top of the days in session (wch ppl have used to imply they hardly do anything; presence in the Chambers, whether Commons or Senate, is little indication of how much time or work mbrs spend on govt work).
Eugene Forsey in the Senate was a well-recognized authority on the Constitution.  Senator Pat Carney (now on Saturna Island) had many projects including preservation of Canadian lighthouses (historical monuments).  One can also be proud of Senator Romeo Dallaire -- a man of stature fighting for justice.

*  Just loved this story of the rescue of Mr Bully in Langley:
* Here's an incredibly well-trained intelligent dog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysIlOyd7DbY
This gives more background: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5249518974978628334

=== UN Human Rights Council Report (January 2009)  ===
Statement of Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967
For Presentation to the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Situation in the Gaza Strip, 9 January 2009
January 11, 2009  by Richard Falk  Source: UNHCHR

===  UPDATES  ===
+  MLA Ralph Sultan's Winter Newsletter
*  The Balance Sheet -- Economy
The global economy is beleaguered. British Columbia, with house prices floating down and workers returning home from the tar sands, is hardly immune.  What is the appropriate government response? The  Full Story Here
*  Steelhead Summit
Ralph Sultan participated recently at the "Steelhead Summit" where approximately 50 steelhead biologists, stakeholders, government officials, and MLAs gathered at BCIT in Burnaby to consider how to save and increase abundance of this iconic BC fish.
The Honourable Barry Penner, Minister of Environment and MLA for Chilliwack-Kent, addressed the summit, praising the passionate involvement of ordinary citizens and activists in this important cause. He noted that steelhead are among the strongest and feistiest of our native fish, and merit intensive stewardship and recovery attention.
Anglers come from all over the globe to fish (catch and release) steelhead in British Columbia's pristine waters. MLAs commented that  Full Story Here
* Read the whole newsletter: http://www.ralphsultan.com/images/2006/banner06-750-Welcome.jpg
*  HERITAGE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: 2009 Nominations (by Jan 23)
Info: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=1136 (Don't you just love the URLs that DWV has!)

===  After the Snow, RAIN ===  Flood Alert
Heavy Rain Prompts Flood Prevention Efforts
Friday, January 09, 2009
Crews continue to prevent flooding by clearing street catch basins, monitoring problem areas, repairing road shoulder damage, and removing additional snow to widen bus routes and more isolated local roads. Crews are also monitoring creeks closely and receiving regular updates from the BC River Forecast Centre via the Provincial Emergency Program.
Please take these precautions to ensure personal safety and minimize the impacts of flooding on your property:
        Check street catch basins around your property to ensure they are clear of ice and debris.
        Shovel snow away from the house or basement windows and check catch basins on the street to ensure they're not blocked.
        Avoid small creeks and rivers as their channels tend to be narrow and can fill up quickly. Also, eroded banks result in unstable ground. Most importantly, keep children and pets away from stream banks. 
        Drive carefully. Never try to drive through floodwater. If a car stalls in floodwater, get out quickly and move to higher ground. If you are planning to travel, check the Drive BC website to follow current highway conditions and any road closures.
        Organize your individual and family emergency kit. It should contain important documents, prescription medication, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight and first aid kit. 
        Always follow the instructions of local emergency officials and check the Provincial Emergency Program website for emergency preparedness information.  
If rising waters become a threat to your safety, obey emergency officials who are involved in rescue or flood control operations, including those directing traffic. 
Please report severe flooding by calling the Operations Centre Service Request at 604-925-7101 or the 24-hour Emergency and After Hours Service Line at 604-925-7100. 
See: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=13194

===  ENGINEERING PROJECT  ===  can you solve this one?
And there lie the bodies January 05, 2009 by Gideon Levy; Source: Haaretz
The legend, lest it be a true story, tells of how the late mathematician, Professor Haim Hanani, asked his students at the Technion to draw up a plan for constructing a pipe to transport blood from Haifa to Eilat. The obedient students did as they were told. Using logarithmic rulers, they sketched the design for a sophisticated pipeline. They meticulously planned its route, taking into account the landscape's topography, the possibility of corrosion, the pipe's diameter and the flow calibration. When they presented their final product, the professor rendered his judgment: You failed. None of you asked why we need such a pipe, whose blood will fill it, and why it is flowing in the first place.

===  SDEROT  ===
A subscriber sent me an article that contained some background on Sderot (where the mostly ineffectual homemade rockets land) that I was not aware of:
Sderot, where a few homemade harmless missiles have landed, was once an Arab village called Najd, whose 600 Arab inhabitants were expelled by Israelis in 1948. Jewish settlers built over the old town in 1951. Having been ethnically cleansed, the Arabs moved to the Gaza Strip, along with some other 750,000 Palestinians who had been removed from their lands-or murdered, like the villagers of Deir Yassin-before the first Arab-Israeli war had even begun.
It goes on to say:
UN Resolution 194 and Article 13 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights say the people of Najd and Palestine's other 384 demolished villages must be allowed to go home. But they can't because Israel confines them in a small stretch of coastal desert that the Egyptian army held onto in 1949 and became a dumping ground for the displaced population of southern Palestine. Ninety per cent of Gaza's 1.5 million people are refugees and their descendants. Israel won't let them come back, nor will it let them have a state of their own in Gaza and the West Bank even if they relinquish their right of return.
The article is from http://www.takimag.com/blogs/Theodoracopulos/ and entitled Israel: The Bernie Madoff of Countries, posted by Taki Theodoracopulos on January 07, 2009
===  CALENDAR to Jan 18th  === [mtgs at M Hall unless indicated otherwise]
There was no DWV New Year's Eve celebration this year.......
= Wed Jan 7th ~ 6pm ~ Child Care WG
= Thurs Jan 8th ~ 5:15pm ~ Measuring Up WG
= Wed Jan 14th ~ 2pm ~ Heritage Achievement Awards Selection Cmte at WV Museum (GL House)
= Thurs Jan 15th
        ~ 8:30am ~ Cmnty Engagement Cmte (CEC)
        ~ 6pm ~ NSh Court/Youth Justice Cmte at the DNV M Hall

+++  WV MEMORIAL LIBRARY +++  See: http://www.westvanlib.org/
Fridays: Jan 9 and 16 -- English Corner -- 10 - 11:30am practise English conversation in the Elizabeth Musto Room.

=  January 6-18, 2009  --  "A Whimsical Interpretation"
Mixed Media: Luciana Alvarez, Graham Eagle, Lynsey Paterson, Carol Shumas, Bettina Weidemann
***  Opening Reception: 6 - 8pm Tues Jan 6  ***  Artists' Talk: 2pm Sat Jan 10  ***

= Jan 11: Deadline for Submissions: "STRINGS ATTACHED"
        a mixed media exhibition on the theme of APRONS from February 24 to March 16
APRON: (noun) An apron is a piece of clothing worn over the front of normal clothing to protect it.
        (think mother, think home, think chef, think industry, think retro=8A)
The Ferry Building Gallery will be jurying for an exhibition on the theme of APRONS.  Works in a variety of mediums will be accepted including: painting, drawing, collage, photography, ceramics, printmaking, short film that can be played on a dvd player, jewellery, poetry, textiles, sculpture, wood, and metal.
  o  past and present residents of the Sea To Sky region, including Sunshine Coast, Bowen Island, Squamish, and Whistler.
  o  artists chosen for an exhibition in 2009 at the Sept 28 jury for the Ferry Building Gallery, are also eligible to submit for this exhibition.
+  Jury date/location:  Sun, Jan 11 * Drop-off: 9-11am; Pickup: 2-3pm; Music Box, 1564 Argyle
+  Contact: 925 7290, fax 925 5913 * gallery@westvancouver.ca * WV Cultural Services, 1414 Argyle at Ambleside Landing * www.ferrybuildinggallery.com

=  Jan 8 to Mar 8 in DWV's M Hall's Lobby: Paintings by Jill Royall
Royall works with images from the visible world transformed through the action of imagination on colour and form, to create autonomous paintings on canvas that offer their discovery to viewers.*

+++ SILK PURSE +++  [will reopen Jan 20]

+++  WV MUSEUM +++  Visit: http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
        The Prints of Alistair Bell  to February 7, 2009

o  FRIDAY Jan 9th  Shakespeare's Songbook [more details below*]
The music of Shakespeare's time comes alive with The Newberry Consort, "one of America's most innovative and accomplished early music ensembles." This Early Music Vancouver presentation features "the Baroque music diva" Ellen Hargis, and the "genius" of the lute Paul O'Dette, in an evening of songs, ballads and dance tunes that delighted the patrons of London's Globe Theatre. Co-presented by Early Music Vancouver.
Friday, January 9 (8pm). Pre-concert chat at 7:15pm.  Buy tickets to Shakespeare's Songbook.
-  Shakespeare's Songbook with The Newberry Ensemble; Fri, Jan 9 (8pm); Pre-Concert chat at 7:15pm
-  OneDance Presents: Dance Distraction; Saturday, January 10 (2pm)
-  The Last Continent, Movies at the Meek; Friday, January 16 (7:30pm)
-  Canadian Brass; Saturday, January 17 (8pm)
Friday, January 9, 2009    8pm
Pre-concert chat provided by Ross Duffin, professor in musicology at Case Western University (7:15pm)
The Newberry Consort is proudly sponsored by Elaine Adair
The Newberry Consort with
Ellen Hargis (soprano)
William Hite (tenor)
Paul O'Dette (lute)
David Douglass (violin)
Shakespeare loved music, using it to establish a mood or an entertaining diversion.  Ellen Hargis, "the Baroque music diva" (New Yorker) and Paul O'Dette, "genius" of the lute (Globe and Mail), join one of the finest early music groups, The Newberry Consort, to perform the songs, ballads and dance tunes that once enriched the Bard's plays and delighted the patrons of London's Globe Theatre.
"The Newberry Consort is one of America's most innovative and accomplished early music ensembles."   Fanfare
Single Tickets available at Kay Meek Centre: Adults: $42; Senior/Student: $37
Early Music Series (Three Performances - Phone Only):  Adult $36.67/performance = $110; Sr/Stu $33.34/performance = $100
Kay Meek Box Office  (604) 913-3634 -- 10am - 4pm Mon - Friday; Rush Seating for Students, at a very special price!
To see a list of events: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
To see the electronic newsletter, the address is http://kaymeekcentre.weebly.com.  Getting onto the mail list: the simplest method is to call the box office (604 913 3634) or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
To view the latest newsletter, just click the following link for direct access:
The newsletter is available to any non-member who is interested.  To sign up, please fill in the form at the bottom of the webpage, http://www.westvan60.com/newsletter.html  Please email thetorch60@telus.net, if you would like to submit an article, or if you have any questions or comments.

+++  Community Grants  +++  [think the deadline is Jan 30]
The West Vancouver Community Grants Program
The District of West Vancouver's grants program is an essential strategy in helping the residents of West Vancouver to equitably access the resources, services, and programs they need and desire.
Across West Vancouver, there are many non-profit community organizations that deliver important social services, sports and recreation, and arts and cultural programs and activities.
The funding of non-profit community organizations through the grants programs has several unique objectives:
   -  Supporting a diverse infrastructure of community organizations and programs that allows for creativity, innovation, and responsiveness to different community needs and interests;
   -  Providing local government endorsement for community organizations and programs to better attract funding from senior levels of government, donors, and foundations;
   - Encouraging innovation and responsiveness to changing and unmet community needs and interests.
The Grants Program Framework
There are three distinct categories in the grants framework:
        1.      Arts and Culture - Application Forms:   Project    Operating
        2.      Social and Community Services - Application Forms:  Guidelines     Project     Operating 
        3.      Youth Competition and Recognition - Application Form 
The framework is designed to make the best use of available resources and ensure that funds are available each year to respond to new issues and support innovative projects. 
Arts & Culture and Social & Community Services
We have two types of grants for Arts & Culture and Social & Community Services:
        Operating grants: are used to support on-going programs and services, and the on-going operating costs of non-profit organizations.
        Project/Program grants: are used to support the development of new projects/programs and services.
Youth Competition Grants
Youth Competition Grants recognize individuals, teams and groups participating as ambassadors of West Vancouver in regional, national and international tournaments, competitions, competitive festivals and civic leadership conferences.  They are reviewed on an ongoing basis quarterly.
You may also call the following individuals for clarification on the above: Leanne Sexsmith, Community Planner - Social Services (604 925-7178); or Cathy Matheson, Office of Cultural Affairs and Partnerships (604 925-7224).
The District of West Vancouver is committed to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for all residents in our community, and it is hoped that the new community grants framework will further that commitment.  Accountability Form  and see http://www.westvancouver.ca/grants.aspx

===  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Jan 12th ===
2.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES: Dec 8, 2008 Special Council Mtg; and Dec 15, 2008 Regular Council Mtg.
3. Request for Reconsideration of Remedial Action for Excavation at 856 Anderson Crescent (File: 1605-07)
RECOMMENDED: the report from the Acting Mgr of Permits and Inspections/Bylaws be received for information.
4. Development Variance Permit Application No. 08-044 for 1350 Ottaburn Road (File: 1010-20-08-044)
At the Dec 15 meeting, Council received the report dated Dec 5, 2008 from the Community Planner.
RECOMMENDED: THAT all written and verbal submissions ... be received for information.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then:
RECOMMENDED: THAT Staff report back to Council regarding submissions received
RECOMMENDED: THAT DVP Application No. 08-044 for 1350 Ottaburn Road, which would provide for a subdivision creating two lots with a variance to the minimum site width requirement for proposed Lot 2 and a variation to the front yard requirement on proposed Lot 1, be approved.
5. Development Variance Permit Application No. 08-027 (610 11th Street) (File:  1010-20-08-027)
At the Dec 8 meeting, Council received the report dated Nov 27, 2008 from the Community Planner
RECOMMENDED: THAT all written and verbal submissions ... be received for information.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then:
RECOMMENDED: THAT Staff report back to Council regarding submissions received
RECOMMENDED: THAT DVP Application No. 08-027 for 610 11th Street, which provides for a new dwelling to be built with a reduced front yard and access from Duchess Avenue rather than the lane, be approved.
6. Amendment to the Sponsorship and Partnership Policy #02-70-307 (File: 0942-00)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the amendment, as follows, to the Sponsorship and Partnership Policy be adopted:
"New and existing facilities may be considered for naming but only if the financial contribution is significant and in-line with current market values;" and
"The granting of naming privileges must not result in additional costs to the District of West Vancouver other than those costs born through securing the naming rights;" and
"Agreements for naming privileges shall be for a fixed term, typically 10 to 20 years, but in any event shall not exceed the life of the asset. No agreements will be contemplated that carry the expectation of open-ended or perpetual time frames."
{My thought-bubble -- who defines 'significant'?}
7. Community Centre Quarterly Update - Volume IX - Nov 10, 2008 (File:  3002 04/0592-02)
RECOMMENDED: report dated Dec 18 from Dir/Olympic Services & Projects be received for information.
8. Markets for Recyclables (File: 1776-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated December 16, 2008 be received for information.
9. Borrowings for the Universal Metering Project (File: 0890-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT Council approves borrowing from the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia, as part of their 2009 spring issue, $6,000,000 as authorized through Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 4407, 2004 (a bylaw to authorize borrowing for the acquisition and installation of water meters) and that the Greater Vancouver Regional District be requested to consent to our borrowing over a [15-year term] and include the borrowing in their security issuing bylaw.
10. Establishment of Community Grants Committee (File: 0115-01) -- Information to be provided.
11. Appointments (File: 0115-01/0117-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the following appointments for 2009 be approved:
Arts & Cultural Facilities Working Group: Councillor Evison
Childcare Services Working Group: Councillor Smith
Measuring Up Working Group: Councillor Soprovich.
RECOMMENDED: THAT the following appointments to the North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee and the West Vancouver Memorial Library Board be approved:
North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee [to 2009 Dec 31]:
Jill [Wiersma] be appointed as a Member at Large;
Diane Bryden and Norm Brown be re-appointed as Members at Large
Pejman Pirgheibi be appointed to the Professional Category of the Committee; and
Andrew Van Eden, Mary-Ann Booth, Alana Abramson, Clark Chu, Constable Marlene Morton, and Constable Jeff Palmer be re-appointed to the Professional Category of the Committee.
West Vancouver Memorial Library Board:
Marcia Bergen, Kirsty Farquharson, Rosalind Foucault, Harry Greenwood, Ann Hamilton, Sherry Parrott, and Fanny Patterson be re-appointed for a [two-year term] expiring December 31, 2010.
12. Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
13. North Shore Substance Abuse Working Group Status Report to the Partners, September 2008 (File: 0180-50)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated December 16, 2008 be received for information.
14. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Correspondence List be received for information.
Correspondence received up to December 12, 2008
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required -- No items presented.
No Action Required (receipt only)
(1) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
(a) West Vancouver Memorial Library Board - November 19, 2008
(2) Hon. B. Lekstrom, Minister of Community Development, December 4, 2008, regarding Trees for Tomorrow Initiative

Inserted info for you -- I'm a passionate treelover!  This is exciting news; from http://www.treesfortomorrow.gov.bc.ca/
Trees for Tomorrow is a Province of British Columbia initiative designed to support urban and rural communities in the planting of millions of trees in schoolyards, hospital grounds, civic parks, campuses, parking lots and other public spaces throughout British Columbia over the next five years.
This initiative is part of the Province's strategy to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by at least 33 per cent below current levels by 2020.
Projects selected for funding must meet the following criteria:
        *       ecologically sound project and site plan;
        *       volunteer and community engagement;
        *       partnered funding;
        *       linkages with other provincial government initiatives; and
        *       stewardship, monitoring and long-term sustainability plans.
Eligible applicants include local governments, First Nations and institutional landowners such as school districts, hospital and universities. Environmental and stewardship groups are invited to apply in partnership with another eligible applicant.
The first application intake deadline is January 16, 2009.
Planting Our Future Guide [PDF - 3.42 Mb]

(3) December 10, 2008, regarding Application for a Liquor Store at 1434 Marine Drive and Design Review Panel
(4) D. Welch, Union of British Columbia Municipalities, December 9, 2008, regarding Community Health Promotion Fund - Approval and Terms and Conditions
Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department.
Responses to Correspondence -- No items presented.
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.
Correspondence received up to December 26, 2008
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required (All referred to Dir/Engg and Transportation for consideration and response)
(5) December 16, 2008, regarding Snow Removal on 18th Street Between Queens Avenue and Rosebery Avenue
(6) December 23, 2008, regarding Snow Removal
(7) December 26, 2008, regarding Cul-De-Sacs and Snow Removal
(8) December 28, 2008, regarding Snow Removal on Sidewalks and Cycling Networks
(9) December 27, 2008, regarding Snow Removal and Secondary Streets
No Action Required (receipt only)
(10) December 25, 2008, regarding Snow Removal
(11) B. Dewar, 2010 Legacies Now, December 11, 2008, regarding Annual Review
   Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department.
(12) S. E. Dowey, City of North Vancouver, December 18, 2008, regarding North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee 2007 Annual Report
   Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department.
(13) S. E. Dowey, City of North Vancouver, December 18, 2008, regarding Long-Term Transportation Plan for the City - Implementation and Monitoring Strategy
   Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department.
(14) S. E. Dowey, City of North Vancouver, December 18, 2008, regarding 2008 Children and Youth Initiative Fund - Youth Initiated Projects and Events - Ubuntu Talent Show
   Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department.
(15) O. Dickie, Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (BC), December 8, 2008, regarding Regulating Standards for Property Inspectors
(16) O. Dickie, Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (BC), December 19, 2008, regarding Update on Regulating Standards for Property Inspectors
Responses to Correspondence -- No items presented.
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.
Correspondence received up to January 4, 2009
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required
(17) January 4, 2009, regarding Garbage Collection
   Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
(18)  January 3, 2009, regarding Chelsea Place Snow Removal
   Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
No Action Required (receipt only)
(19) G. W. Powell, Provincial Health Services Authority, December 16, 2008, regarding Provincial Health Services Authority Publication
   Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department.
(20) I. Smith, Smart Growth B.C., undated, regarding Sea to Sky Greenbelt Initiative
  Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department.
(21)  M. Young, Georgia Strait Alliance, December 16, 2008, regarding Request for Support for Aquaculture Research
  Attachments available for viewing in Legislative Services Department.
(22) Hon. M. Polak, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, December 12, 2008, regarding Host City for the 2015 Canada Winter Games
(23) Hon. B. Lekstrom, Minister of Community Development, December 19, 2008, regarding Towns for Tomorrow and LocalMotion Grant Programs
(24) J. Gordon, District of North Vancouver, December 15, 2008, regarding North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee 2007 Annual Report
(25) R. Hobson, Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), December 22, 2008, regarding UBCM-Administered Grants to the District of West Vancouver for 2008
(26) January 4, 2009, regarding Snow Removal
Responses to Correspondence -- No items presented.
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.

How the Hall does DWV work???  :-)
= Organization   http://www.westvancouver.ca/Government/Level3.aspx?id=3850
The District of West Vancouver is responsible for governing the Municipality under the authority of the Local Government Act. The District operates under a Council/Manager system. This means an elected Council  provides policy direction to staff which then implements Council policy.  Committees, panels, and working groups also provide advice to Council and staff. The Police Board and Library Board working with Council, are responsible for the delivery of police and library services.
The District of West Vancouver is one of three local governments on the North Shore, and covers 87.4 square kilometres. It has a combined annual operating budget of $82 million and an annual capital budget of roughly $56 million. The District employs more than 875 people and provides services to about 44,000 residents and 3,200 businesses.
Many of the District's services are provided directly or indirectly through partnerships with various Boards such as the Police and Library Boards, other North Shore municipalities and regional governments such as Metro Vancouver, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and Translink. The District also acts as a tax collector for a number of agencies that provide services such as education, health, transit, and Metro Vancouver.
= Office of the CAO http://www.westvancouver.ca/Government/Level2.aspx?id=1996a
The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer is responsible for corporate administration, and the Information Desk at Municipal Hall.  Contact information:
Information Desk/Office of the Mayor and CAO  --  925 7000
Chief Administrative Officer  - Grant McRadu  -- 925 7008
[Deputy CAO - Brent Leigh   --   ]
Executive Assistant to the CAO - Jennifer Ficocelli  -- 925 7008
The Chief Administrative Officer is Grant McRadu.
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the District of West Vancouver is appointed by, and reports to, [the Municipal] Council. The CAO oversees the overall administration of the corporate body of the District, its officers and employees. In addition, the CAO is charged with keeping Council up to date on corporate matters and ensuring that Council policy is implemented and bylaws are enforced.
The CAO also leads the senior executive team and sets the overall strategic direction to ensure achievement of Council's Goals.
The major responsibilities are:
The Deputy Chief Administrative Officer is Brent Leigh
The Deputy CAO will be responsible for the Office of Cultural Affairs and Corporate Partnerships managed by Cathy Matheson; the Office of Sustainability, Environment and Healthy Communities managed by Stephen Jenkins; and Emergency Planning.  Leigh will also lead the organization through the development of a long-term Corporate Strategy.
= Departments: http://www.westvancouver.ca/government/level2.aspx?id=128
                Office of the Chief Administrative Officer 
        Engineering and Transportation 
        Financial Services 
             Fire & Rescue Services 
        Human Resources & Payroll Services 
                Legislative Services 
           Memorial Library 
               Parks & Community Services 
                Planning, Lands & Permits 
= Bylaws  See: http://www.westvancouver.ca/government/bylaws.aspx

===  NEWSWATCH Bright === These reflect the optimism until Boxing Day 2008

***  HOLY LAND TREK  :-)
Aleem Maqbool has been walking from Nazareth to Bethlehem, retracing a journey made by Joseph and Mary...
Part three of his diary began in al-Bireh, near Ramallah, and has taken taken him through Jerusalem to Bethlehem in time from Christmas Eve.
[This is Part Three but you can click on Part One and Two, see photos of the five donkeys along the Nativity Trail: the Israelis stopped one b/c it didn't have documentation (wch wd take 30 days to obtain), one was too slow, and the third was his favourite.  You can also click on the map of the trip and his diary, plus send him a msg.]
***  More Good News
        Jenin: A model for the West bank?
***  Hopeful Reflections
CPTnet  26 December 2008  --  AT-TUWANI REFLECTION: Hope for the New Year
by Janet Benvie
   As I write this, Advent and Christmas are over.  The new Christian year has begun; the new calendar year is about to begin Gregorian and Hijri.*  It is a time for looking forward to the New Year, the lengthening of the days again and, in due time, the earth's new growth in spring.
   Here in At-Tuwani I see hope and new growth everywhere I look. In the midst of the Israeli occupation and its attendant violent oppressions imposed on the villagers, I see such amazing signs of hope.
   Just south of At-Tuwani, in Humra valley, a family has planted a new olive grove.  On the rocky hillside they have created a small walled 'garden'.  The olives they planted are Roman variety, they told us?around four times more expensive than the common variety, but superior and longer lasting.  A carefully crafted stone wall surrounds this new olive grove.  A little lower in the same valley, other villagers have repaired a wall around an existing grove.  Considerable time and great care was taken with the work, and the result is attractive, but practical, new walls.
   As I walk around the village I see numerous families undertaking home repairs and extensions. Some are re-building demolished homes, others building new homes.  One family who returned this summer to re-build their home, demolished by the Israeli military in 2004, is walling in small garden areas around their new house and planting trees and shrubs.  Another family, who is repairing and extending their home, is carefully building a stone outer wall to match the stonework of the original house.
   It takes hope for the future to build a new home when the occupying power has already threatened all the houses in your village with demolition.  It takes hope for the future to invest time and money in olive groves and gardens.
   As we enter the new year, my hope for the future is that the world's politicians (the quartet of the European Union, the United Nations, Russia, and the USA), will recognize Israel's occupation for what it is?brutal, oppressive and immoral?and will stop sending it military funding.  My hope for the future is that people around the world will say to Israel "enough" and will boycott this immoral state in the same way so many people boycotted apartheid South Africa.
  My hope for the future is that peace with justice shall prevail.  Living in At-Tuwani nurtures that hope.
   For photos of some of the walls and gardens, go to http://cpt.org/gallery/Tuwani-walls-of-hope
* The Gregorian calendar is used almost universally, with twelve calendar months in each year. Muslims use the Hijri calendar, based on lunar months, which is eleven days shorter than the Gregorian.  The new Gregorian year will be 2009; the new Hijra 1430.
CPT's MISSION: "Getting in the Way". What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war? Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks to enlist the whole church in organized, nonviolent alternatives to war and places teams of trained peacemakers in regions of lethal conflict.
COMMENTS: To ask questions or express concerns, criticisms and affirmations send messages to peacemakers@cpt.org.

===  Then NEWSWATCH Gloomy  ===  Israel breaks ceasefire, bombs and invades Gaza
When doing some research and asking some questions, one contact sent me this compilation of reports (from Israel, UK, US, Canada) wch is much more complete than most of what we've been getting on the TV news:
While I did know no Israeli had been killed during the ceasefire (but Palestinians had and that's not been mentioned), I was not yet aware of its terms for both sides.  Also, possibly a reason we aren't aware that Israel broke the ceasefire, is b/c the IDF went into Gaza Nov 4th and killed six Palestinians -- guess most ppl were watching the American election results to find out who the next US President wd be -- so only Hamas had kept to the terms and resumed lobbing the home-made rockets after Israel resumed killings.  It then become an element in the political parties jockeying for votes in Israel's election in February.   Here's the beginning of the article:
The Facts about Israel's War on Gaza by Adam Sheets, January 1, 2009
It is crucial that one has her/his facts straight about Israel's war on Gaza.  What events brought about this dreadful situation?  What needs to be done to make it stop?  These questions will be answered in the content of this article, using concrete facts from a variety of news sources. 
Let's first investigate the recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.  The cease-fire began in June 2008.  The terms were as follows:
1. Israel would drastically reduce its military blockade of Gaza.
2. Israel would halt all military incursions into Gaza.
3. Hamas would halt all rocket attacks into Israel.
From the outset of the cease-fire, Israel did little to ease its military blockade.  As a result, Gazans continued to suffer from a lack of food, fuel, financial aid, electricity, clean water, medical supplies, and more.  This has been, inarguably, an attack on innocent Palestinian civilians.  
[So those are the conditions and Israel's breaking of the ceasefire by killing six Palestinians (as well as not lifting the siege) went largely unreported, but that was the trigger, so to speak that made the militants resume firing rockets -- guess nothing to lose.  Put pressure.  Click on link above for rest of the info from the BBC, Washington Post, Haaretz (Israel), and CNN transcripts. Latest outrage is herding 100 into UN school for safety and then bombing it:  UN: IDF bombed building in Gaza that housed civilians - Haaretz ... - 12:40pm10 Jan 2009 ... There are no bomb shelters in Gaza," she said" ... boy recounted how his family came to be herded into the building that was later targeted ...  www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1054217.html]

===  BUSHWATCH  === Bushmissed
Countries that will miss George Bush by Kim Ghattas, BBC News, Washington
A lot has been written about George W Bush's unpopularity around the globe - but what about those places where the outgoing president was popular?
Read the article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7821449.stm

=== NEWSLETTER TOPICS/TITLES West Van Matters 2008: 1 - 34 ===

       2008 Jan 7th Ccl Mtg AGENDA; Calendar to Jan 16th
       Newsletter Topics List WVM2007:1-41 * Updates and Heritage Matters
       2008 Jan 7th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Jan 14th AGENDA; Calendar to January 25th
       Chamber Cleared Mid-Debate * Shd taxpayers donate $36,400+ to skiing event?
       2008 Jan 14th NOTES; Jan 21st AGENDA; Calendar to Jan 31st+
       NO Letters and NO List! * CSB/NV * Unfair Utility Rates * Budget
       2008 Jan 21st Ccl Mtg NOTES; Feb 4th AGENDA; Calendar to Feb 13th
       Dog Strategies * Envtal Awards * Resurrection of F&A and Correspondence?
       2008 Feb 4th Ccl NOTES; AGENDA Feb 11th; Calendar to Feb 22nd
       Budget 2008 * To receive or not to receive * Behind-closed-doors decisions!

       2008 Feb 11th BUDGET Input NOTES; AGENDA Feb 18th; Calendar to Feb 29th
       2008 Feb 18th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Mar 3rd AGENDA; Calendar to Mar 13th
       HERITAGE Awards * Ccl Pay * Gleneagles Golf/Great Hall * Cmnty Ctr
       2008 Feb 3rd Ccl NOTES * Mar 10th AGENDA * Calendar to Mar 20th
       Fire & Rescue * Wetmore? * Five-Yr Capital Budget * H Quiz Answers
       2008 Mar 10th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Mar 17th AGENDA; Calendar to Apr 7th
       OPERATING BUDGET 2008 * Information Technology Dept INFObit
       2008 Mar 17th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Calendar to April 16th
       BUDGET 2008 * Wetlands * Heritage * Rodgers Crk * Lake Water

       2008 Mar 17th Ccl Tidbits; Ccl AGENDA Apr 7th; Calendar to Apr 19th
       Marine Dr Gateway * ADRA Newsletter * Rodgers Crk * Streamkeepers 2008
       2008 Apr 7th Ccl NOTES; Apr 14th AGENDA; Calendar to Apr 27th
       BUDGET 2008 DEBATE * Rodgers Crk Devt Plans * Ev Dr Devt Permits
       2008 Apr 14th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Apr 21st PH/Mtg AGENDAs; Calendar to April 30th
       Rodgers Crk Devt * Fire WG * 2007 Salaries * CBs/Tendering * 2008 BUDGET
       2008 Apr 21st/May 1st Ccl NOTES; May 5th AGENDA; Calendar to May 15th
       Uplift/Windfall * Pat's Restaurant site at 13th PH * TransLink --> SCBCTA
       2008 May 5th Ccl NOTES; Ccl AGENDA MAY 12th; Calendar to May 29th
       RODGERS CRK DEVT * Dog Walking Regs * Housing Dialogue

       2008 May 12th Ccl NOTES; May 26th AGENDA; Calendar to June 8th
       HERITAGE REGISTER * Youth Awards * Rodgers Crk Devt UPLIFT CALCULATIONS
       2008 May 26th/28th Ccl NOTES; Agenda June 2nd; Calendar to June 18th
       MORE on UPLIFT * Finance Cmte * Wentworth/Collingwood Parking Lot
       2008 June 2nd Ccl Mtg NOTES; June 9th AGENDA; Calendar to June 22nd
       Hugo Ray Park Merry-Go-Round * Heritage Register * Cmnty Engagement
       2008 June 9th Ccl Mtg NOTES; June 16th AGENDAs; Calendar to June 30th [+ July]
       Staff Power? * HUGO RAY PARK PLANS * Heritage Register
       2008 June 16th Ccl Mtg Notes; July 7th AGENDA; Calendar to July 16th
       Cmnty Ctr Report * Firehall Site Rezoning * Staff or Ccl Approach?

       2008 July 7th MTG NOTES; July 14th AGENDA; Calendar to July 25th
       PHs: Bylaws for Ambleside & Rodgers Creek * Social Action Plan * CEC Status
       2008 July 14th Ccl NOTES; July 21st AGENDA; Calendar to July 31st
       Housing Status Report * Cmnty Ctr Society * Climate Action Charter
       2008 July 21st Ccl NOTES; July 28th AGENDAS; Calendar to Aug 5th+
       Ambleside Town Ctr PH/Bylaws * Park Exchange Caulfeild * Cmnty Ctr Loan
       2008 July 28 Ccl Mtg NOTES; Calendar to Aug 31 +
       RODGERS Crk Bylaws/PH * Wetmore Options * ChildCare * New Budget Process
       2008 September 8 Ccl Mtg NOTES; Calendar to Sept 15
       DWV SALARIES 2007 * List of WVM Titles/Topics 2008: 1 - 24

       2008 September 8 Ccl Mtg NOTES; Sept 22 AGENDA; Calendar to October
       TransLink * Cmnty Ctr Update * Fraiche Complaints * Closed Planning Mtg
       2008 September 22 Ccl Mtg NOTES; Sept 29 AGENDA; Calendar to Oct 10
       Climate Action * SHA Survey * Housing aka Cmnty Dialogue WG Report
       2008 Sept 29th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Oct 6th AGENDA; Calendar to October 26th
       Interim Devt Zoning Bylaw * Impermeable Site Coverage * ELECTIONWATCH
       2008 Oct 6th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Oct 20th AGENDAs; Calendar to Oct 31st
       Cmnty Sport WG Report * Joint Agreement re Cmnty Ctrs * HBay Firehall Site
       2008 Oct 20th PH/Ccl Mtg NOTES; Oct 27th AGENDA; Calendar to Nov 13th
       ELECTIONWATCH * Public Hearing re Decks/Blasting/etc * Spirit Trail WG
       2008 Oct 27th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Nov 17th AGENDA; Calendar to Nov 30th
       Heritage WG Final Report * Eagle Island Docks $500K * Hugo Ray Park
       Ccl NOTES Nov 17 & Dec 1; AGENDA Dec 8; Calendar to Dec 15
       Rodgers Crk Area 1 * 1434 Marine * Inaugural Mtg * ELECTIONWATCHed
       2008 Dec 8th Ccl NOTES; Dec 15th AGENDA; Calendar to Dec 24th
       Seniors' Ctr Report * 1434 Marine * Ccl Apptmts * B C Binning House
       2008 Dec 15th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Calendar to Dec 31st (to Jan 12th)
       WV Family Place Society * Stop Work Order: Construction Endangers Nbrs

===  BAILOUTs Explained  ===
Fred Thompson on Bailouts: Sarcasm at its finest! Click on: http://blip.tv/file/1528079
Santa Claus Bailout Hearings: National Lampoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxBl9BXLom4
*  Bailout Bitter: The newest beer from Howe Sound Brewing (in Squamish) -- so we just had to taste it!  It's been on local TV news here and have been told it even made it to CNN and CBS!

===  LANGUAGEWATCH  === Beware of Cupertinos!
World Wide Words is copyright (c) Michael Quinion 2008. All rights reserved. The Words Web site is at http://www.worldwidewords.org  This is from Michael Quinion's World Wide Words, Dec 13 and 20, as a result of a question in the Dec 6 issue:
6. Elsewhere
You may recall that in the issue of 22 November the Sic! section included an item about a menu that listed "Ground veal patties with aborigine", when "aubergine" was meant. This turns out to be a more
widespread and subtle error than it seemed at first sight. Arnold Zwicky, Visiting Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University, has written about it on Language Log (http://wwwords.org?BRGN).
DEC 13:
5. Q&A: Cupertino
Q. In last week's issue of your newsletter, you gave a link to an article by Arnold Zwicky at Language Log. He writes "there's a remote possibility that some of the hits for aborigine on its own are Cupertinos." What's a Cupertino - and why? [M Nease]
A. I had a feeling this might come up. This answer is based in part on Benjamin Zimmer's discussion of the topic, also in Language Log.
   An automated spelling checker attached to a word-processing program is one of the curses of our age. In the hands of an inexperienced, over-hasty or ignorant user it readily perpetrates dreadful errors in the name of correctness. One example appeared in a piece in the New York Times in October 2005 about Stephen Colbert's neologism "truthiness": throughout it instead referred to "trustiness", the first suggestion from the paper's automated checking software. In September 2006 an issue of the Arlington Advocate included the sentence, "Police denitrified the youths and seized the paintball guns." The writer left the first letter off "identified" and the spelling checker corrected what remained.
   In 2000 the second issue of Language Matters, a magazine by the European Commission's English-language translators, included an article by Elizabeth Muller on the problem with the title Cupertino and After.
   Cupertino, the city in California, is best known for hosting the headquarters of Apple Computers. But the term doesn't come from the firm. The real source is spelling checkers that helpfully include the names of places as well as lists of words. In a notorious case documented by Ms Muller, European writers who omitted the hyphen from "co-operation" (the standard form in British English) found that their automated checkers were turning it into "Cupertino".  Being way behind the computing curve, I'm writing this text using Microsoft Word 97, which seems to be the offending software (more recent editions have corrected the error); in that, if you set the language to British English, "cooperation" does get automatically changed to "Cupertino", the first spelling suggestion in the list.  For reasons known only to God and Word's programmers, the obvious "co-operation" comes second.
  Hence "Cupertino effect" for the phenomenon and "Cupertino" for a word or phrase that has been involuntarily transmogrified through ill-programmed computer software unmediated by common sense or timely proofreading.
   A search through the Web pages of international organisations such as the UN and NATO (and, of course, the EU) finds lots of examples of the canonical form of the error. A 1999 NATO report mentions the "Organization for Security and Cupertino in Europe"; an EU paper of 2003 talks of "the scope for Cupertino and joint development of programmes"; a UN report dated January 2005 argues for "improving the efficiency of international Cupertino". And so on.
   Other notorious examples of the Cupertino effect include an article in the Denver Post that turned the Harry Potter villain Voldemort into Voltmeter, one in The New York Times that gave the first name of American footballer DeMeco Ryans as Demerol, and a Reuters story which changed the name of the Muttahida Quami movement of Pakistan into the Muttonhead Quail movement.
   It could be worse. Leave out one of the "o"s from the beginning of "co-operation" as well as the hyphen and you might be offered not "Cupertino" but "copulation". Now that would be an error to write home about. Or perhaps not.
DEC 20:
1. Feedback, notes, and comments
CUPERTINO  Fr Paul Gargaro commented on last week's piece about this term for an error caused by a spelling checker: "It seemed ironic that St Joseph of Cupertino is a patron saint of people taking exams. Microsoft seems to have failed that one, even if, as you mention, it seems to have passed the re-sit!"
  Subscribers supplied examples of spellchecker horrors. "About twenty years ago," Stan Fleischman recalls, "using a word processor on an Apple Macintosh with a primitive spell checker, I typed the phrase 'professional software developer'.  To my dismay, the word processor 'corrected' this to 'professional software deviant'."
   Richard Street remembers: "It was only as a letter was going in its envelope that something made me read it through again. I'm glad, for I had unwittingly accepted a suggested spell checker change from the unrecognised 'Dear Mr Cookson' to the alternative 'Dear Mr Coonskin'."
  "A standard intro to linguistics textbook," notes Miriam Miller, "is commonly known by the surnames of its authors: Frumkin and Rodman. Some years ago a student handed in a term paper which referred to this text frequently. The student had the spellcheck enabled and didn't bother to proofread the final product, so every reference to the textbook appeared as 'Foreskin and Rodman'."
   Dr Morgiana Halley is suffering along with other teachers who have reported one spellcheck issue in particular: "The one that is driving me right round the twist at the moment could probably be fixed, but I have no idea to whom I should address a complaint. It seems that if one writes 'definately', the spellchecker's first response is 'defiantly' instead of 'definitely'. In this autumn term alone, with about a hundred students in four classes, I must have received over 500 papers with 'defiantly' in place of 'definitely', and I credit them all to automatic spellcheckers.  Several students have brought their papers back to challenge my manual correction, because 'that's what the spellchecker said'."
   Randall Bart's e-mail sent me not to a spellchecker but a medical dictionary: "When I was using Forte Agent 1.x, which included an early release of the Wintertree spellchecker, I found that 'ehrlichiosis' was corrected to 'hermaphrodism'."

===  HAIKU  ===  2009 January maiku musings re death (personal), life, Gaza)

   death affects people
                       brings out the best and the worst
                                                             chiaroscuro grief
                life's a mystery
                        and along the way
                                there's a sense of the divine
                life's path floats in time
                        shrouded in mystery
                                suffused with sense of divine
        new year's door opens
                            bombs, blood, burning fog
                                     phosphorous cloaks caged confined

===  QUOTATIONS  ===
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
                -- John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)
Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.
                --  Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, preacher, journalist, and activist (1802-1861)
The man who loses his honour for doing business loses both business and honour.
                -- Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.  -- Martin Luther King
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.  -- George Orwell
There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.  -- Sun Tzu, general (6th century BCE)
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
                                -- Denis Diderot, French philosopher and writer (1713 - 1784)
* Today's riddle: Why shdn't you throw away a phantom boomerang?
                                        Because it'll come back to haunt you!