Ccl NOTES May 11
Calendar to June 7

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Anyone remember that the 24th of May is the Queen's Birthday (Queen Victoria, that is)
and if we don't have a holiday, we'll all run away?
=  MAIN ITEMS Ccl Mtg May 25th: MetroV Draft Regional Growth Strategy and Consultation; MetroV Draft Liquid Waste Mgmt Plan; Ccl gives conditional support to both; Public Hearings on June 15 for 5775 Marine, 2330 Cypress Bowl Lane, 567/571 Craigmohr; 2451 Palmerston; addition of ccl mtg June 22; Correspondence: Aboriginal Title, bikepath need, Whitby cmnty shuttle, Dundarave Traffic letter from Aug 2008 and later, MFA dividends, answer re water and sewer rate increases, Field A in Ambleside Park, cage-free eggs, encroaching bears.
Vive le Canada (Arthur Erickson); ANIMALWATCH (Some in Day in Pictures; Week in Wildlife; Coral; Robofish); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Voting); UPDATE (WV's Strategic Planning)
=  CALENDAR to June 7th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Music; Art; Paleolithic pornography)
=  Mtg NOTES May 11th (with link to videos of all three):
+  4pm -- Ccl Workshop on Strategic Planning
+  6:30pm -- Sp Ccl Mtg: Adoption of Tax Rates; MetroV Delegation to Sweden re Waste (Mayor to go); MetroV's appeal of expropriation of land by prov without consultation, negotiation, or compensation
+  7pm -- Youth Ccl Mtg: Presentations by Rotary, WVPD; Transportation; Appreciation Awards
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA May 25th
=  NEWSWATCH (around the world May Le Monde diplomatique; West Bank); LANGUAGEWATCH (May 22 is sesquicentennial of Arthur Conan Doyle); WORDWATCH (boborygmus); PEOPLEWATCH (portrait of the famous, incredible to click on); PLACENAMEWATCH; QUOTATIONS

===  Vive le Canada  === Arthur Erickson, architect of international renown.....
Subscribers got the news the same day and one wrote back:
"A calm, quiet, monastic man in his private domain and in the other a giant in his career.  A super-star, a visionary, a leader who is and will remain a cultural treasure of our city, country and world."
My msg was: Sad to learn of the passing of Arthur Erickson.  His architecture, so sensitive to nature,  forms a part of our heritage.   How amazing that within a matter of hours, it was in Wikipedia!
Arthur Erickson from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Arthur Charles Erickson, CC (June 14, 1924 - May 20, 2009) was an internationally celebrated Canadian architect and urban planner. He studied Asian languages at the University of British Columbia, and later earned a degree in architecture from McGill University.[1] ...from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Erickson
Then I wrote in an update to subscribers:
Sorry to report the passing of a national treasure (wd that we had that title as Japan does), Arthur Erickson, aged 84 on May 20.  CTV News May 21st had photos of some of his works, including -- so sad to say -- the glowing Graham house WV was not able to preserve though many tried; such insensitivity and slap in the face not to honour Canada's/Vancouver's own artistic genius (the house was built on a site considered unbuildable, rocky waterfront).
Trevor Boddy on CBC TV News that Erickson said concrete was the marble of the 20th century.  For more quotations see: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/arthur_erickson.html

Oh, it's addictive.  Came across the Guardian Weekly's 'day in pictures':
and then got tempted by the Week in Wildlife (wild boars and brown bears; mountain lions; startled pygmy owls; baby Chinese leopards; surprised hippo; series from Feb 6; etc):
Coral are animals.  Here are some remarkable photos of endangered coral reefs:
Now for something completely different:
ROBOFISH?  The future of fresh and marine water habitat monitoring?  on this website:                                          

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  === 
Everyone exercised the right to vote!
Yes, as far as I'm concerned those who didn't take a trip to the polls to actually put an X were voting "any of the above".  That's a choice.
Basically, if you don't vote and you're not involved and promoting your views, your right to complain about the results lacks some credibility.
There were about ten political parties and several independents on display for us.
Many however are not hungry enough to come to the democratic buffet.
Few can find a party or person with wch they agree entirely.  It's often not just the lesser of two evils, usually the least of all the evils presented.
Again, if you can't find someone or a party to support, then your only choice is to run yourself -- we are responsible for the govt, the representatives, we choose.
Are you a single issue voter?
Not concerned some of the other aspects of govt will affect you negatively?
The tradition, or some call it the stranglehold, of parties in our system is one of the reasons lobbying has been the mode of involvement to be effective -- just think what wd happen if all the Greens joined the Conservatives, Libertarians, or the Liberals for example.  Wdn't that make it more likely to result in a candidate promoting those measures and such policies hence the possibility of coming about?
For some time I've been a proponent of adding a box "none of the above" as easier than spoiling the ballot.
By the time a party has chosen a candidate, the amount of your influence may be diminished.  Voters who come to the festivities too late have missed out on that fun and/or a seat at the dinner table.
If ppl don't want to join a party, that's their prerogative.  Same with not voting.  They are not, then, justified in grousing about govt.
We have responsible govt.
Ppl voting when not well informed can do more damage/harm than those who don't vote......
We are responsible for the govt we choose -- and so many forget that.
We get the govt we deserve {see quotations at end for who said that}
        (the one we've chosen by whatever system we have, directly or by default)
If ppl prefer to spend the time and energy on their own world and/or narrow interests they risk having the handle of the great umbrella that covers and governs our society wrested from their grasp leaving them vulnerable, exposed to exploitation even dictatorship.
B/c of not bothering to find out about the candidates and policies, a high number of ppl vote emotionally (quite apart from those who vote selfishly, ie companies and unions) and are susceptible to the appeal of a pied piper.
The Nazis were elected with little more than 30% of the vote.
Who said the price of liberty is ever vigilance?
It's even more than constant vigilance, alas.  It takes real effort and time.
The media reported that from a poll, more knew about the hockey games/standings than the prov election issues (and probably also pop music).
As Shakespeare had Cassius say, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars [systems], but in ourselves"
(even without the rest of the verse, "that we are underlings")
Education is an answer, think of the madrassas; but it needs tremendous organization even after deciding whose.
Can responsibility be taught? enforced??
Shd there be a qualified franchise?  (only those who know the basics of economics, how govt functions, the policies offered, the ability and integrity of the candidates)
Whatever change you may want, start working on it today.
I may explore the 1-2-3 vote to get over 50% if most don't want to have run-offs for the top two candidates if neither got more than 50%.
There is, however, no doubt in WV however, one MLA got over 50% and the other, Ralph Sultan, got the highest vote of all elected Liberals -- just shy of 70%.  Whether we agree or not, they deserve our congratulations.  And I'm sure residents who go to them for help will be listened to.
Votes do count -- look at Wally Oppal's two-vote win now awaiting counting of the absentee votes.
In some cases, depends where you live.
Over to you -- one vote at a time.
        ....like a drop of water on a rock, numbers and over time...........

===  UPDATE  ===  Have a hand in shaping WV's future!
Strategic Planning Update  -- see http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=17440
Under the guidance of Brent Leigh, Deputy CAO, throughout 2009, the District will be developing a community-based Strategic Plan, expecting to achieve: a long-term vision for the Community; clarity of mission for the District; a set of long-term community goals; a financial plan that enables those goals; and a measurement system to ensure the goals reached
Public Consultation - Next Steps
The questions or topics arising out of April's public dialogues have been presented to the community for discussion. The two World Cafés will look at the main goals identified by the community and develop specific action plans. These sessions are open to all. To participate, please register by email. 
        Wednesday, June 3rd - 6 - 9 pm  West Vancouver Community Centre
        Friday, June 5th - 6 - 9 pm   Gleneagles Community Centre
Brent wants to hear from you. There will be a number of opportunities for the community to contribute to and participate in the development of the Strategic Plan including an online forum. For details, visit westvancouver.ca/strategicplan 

===  CALENDAR to June 8th  === Dundarave Farmers' Market Saturdays 10 to 4pm
[Pls note a) that all mtgs are at M Hall unless indicated otherwise and b) with such a long gap between ccl mtgs and WVMs along with often no or v short notice of mtgs on the DWV website, this section, while hoping to be, cannot possibly be complete.  Please check wrt cmtes and WGs that are of interest to you.]
Last minute additions to the DWV Calendar were two Spirit Trail WG mtgs, at 5:15pm 14th and 21st; the Measuring Up WG was cancelled;
= Sun May 24th  ~ 3pm ~  Thomas Pandolfi, concert pianist [Last minute change; call for info]
                          St Francis in the Wood Anglican Church. 4773 South Piccadilly, 922-3531
                          $15 at the door includes refreshments at reception following
= Tues May 26th ~ 5pm ~ NSh Adv Cmte on Disability Issues, DNV cmte room
= Wed May 27th  ~ 1:30pm ~ Arts and Cultural Facilities WG -- CANCELLED
                ~ 5:15pm ~ Measuring Up WG
= Thurs May 28th        ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte
                ~ 5:30pm ~ Spirit Trail WG
                ~ 5:30pm ~ WVPB in Police Boardroom -- MOVED to 20th! (too late to tell you!)
                ~ 7pm ~ Horseshoe Bay Biz Assn Townhall Mtg, Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr                                                      
                        Come and discuss your vision for Horseshoe Bay!
= Sat May 30th ~ 9am to 1pm ~ Garage Sale at Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr
= Sun May 31st 
        ~ 9am to noon ~ Westie Walk Dog Walk at Lighthouse Park
        ~ 10am to 2pm ~ Motorcycle Ride for Dad in Ambleside Park
        ~ 10am to 2pm ~ Eagle Harbour 5km Fun Run in Parc Verdun       
~ 7:30 - 11am ~ WV Rotary Seawall Run at The Village at Park Royal
This year the beneficiary will be Canuck Place Children's Hospice, and they have donated two amazing prizes in addition to the numerous other draw prizes that participants can win:
* The runner who raises the most money will receive a hockey stick signed by the entire Canucks team
* The team that raises the most money will receive a flag signed by the entire Canucks team
The course of the Rotary Sea Walk Run covers some of the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia and I hope you can join us this year. Please also pass this message on to your friends and encourage them to support a worthy cause.  To sign up on line for the Run click on : http://www.eventsonline.ca/events/seawalkrun/
Breakfast: A runner's breakfast will be waiting for you at the finish line
Run Gear: An original design T-shirt is included in your race package.
Awards: Awards will be presented from 8:45 onwards
        For more information on the Run visit www.seawalkrun.com
= Thurs June 4th  ~ 6:30pm ~ Field Sports Forum Input mtg at Cmnty Ctr, Cedar Room
= Sat June 6th  ~ 8am ~ Masters Mile Race, WV Srs' Ctr
*  COMMUNITY DAY -- 9:45am - 4pm -- PARADE/DISPLAYS  *
                Theme: Everything Old is New Again; info ph 925 7194
Details on the DWV website: http://www.westvancouver.ca/residents/level3.aspx?id=13836

NOMINATIONS FOR 2009/2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Nominations close 5pm  Friday May 29.
Info: 926 6436.  Simply complete the form and mail, fax, or deliver to:
WV Chamber of Commerce, 1846 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1P7; Fax 604-925-7220
To All Members; It is our pleasure to invite you to nominate a local business person to serve on the Board of The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce . All nominees must be members, in good standing, of the Chamber. You are welcome to submit your own name. Each Director elected will begin a two-year term of office on June 3rd, 2009.

- for Events and Programs: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/index.php?page=5
- for Event Calendar: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
= Booktopia
Events/exhibition ongoing to May 31.  See http://www.booktopia.ca/index.html
= Thurs May 28th ~ 10:30am - 12:30pm --  Philosophers' Café: Cross-Cultural Wisdom
What wisdom could travel well and be accepted by all world cultures? Admission: $5
+  Fridays English Corner ~ 10 - 11:30am ~ practise English conversation [May 22, 29, June 5]

=  May 19 - June 7 =   "From the Same Earth"
Pottery by Ray and Bev Niebergall, Tim Niebergall, Carlie Sanford; Paintings by Jane Armstrong and Lil Chrzan
Artists' Talk: Saturday, May 23rd at 2pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++  www.silkpurse.ca
=  May 19 - 31, 2009  "Flower Fusion"
Renowned Taiwan artist in oils, Michelle Lan developed her passion for painting flowers living in Vancouver for the last 14 years. She has always been moved by Canada's large variety of wildflowers in the summer. This unique blend of colours and shapes is thus found in her artistic vision, further lending a rare sense of poetry to her art.  Michelle describes her life and art, saying that her love for flowers has pushed her to interpret them as a symbol of emotion and character.
Opening Reception: TUESDAY May 19th from 6 - 8pm
= June 2-14, 2009  "Grey Matter"
Join us for the first solo exhibit of talented self-taught Vancouver figurative artist
Charles Keillor. His strengths include precise draftsmanship, a direct sense of design, and the ability to capture both likeness and character within a portrait. There is a quality of stillness found in many of his drawings, and they are done in a monochromatic graphite medium.
Opening Reception: TUESDAY June 2nd from 6 - 8pm
o  To see a list of events: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
o  To see the electronic newsletter, the address is http://kaymeekcentre.weebly.com.
o  Getting onto the mail list: the simplest method is to call the box office (604 913 3634) or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
o  Sunday May 24th ~ 7:30pm ~ 2009 Festival on the Lake Concerto Gala with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Ken Hsieh, Conductor
o Theatre West Van Wins Four Prizes
Following a successful run at Kay Meek Centre, Theatre West Van went on to perform Table Manners at Theatre BC's North Shore Zone competition for community theatre.  Adjudicator Stephen Drover was presented with many high-calibre productions and fine performances during the competition. However, one production stood out above all others and captured four prizes. Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn, presented by Theatre West Van, will now go forward to represent the North Shore Zone at Theatre BC's MAINSTAGE, the drama festival which encompasses winning groups from throughout British Columbia, to be held this year in Maple Ridge, July 3 - 11, 2009.
Main Awards presented to Theatre West Van by Adjudicator Stephen Drover:
-- Best Overall Production (and Zone Festival Winner)
-- Best Performance by an Actor (male) to Kevin Scott, Table Manners (Theatre West Van)
People's Choice Awards presented to Theatre West Van by Martin Millerchip of the North Shore News:
-- Outstanding Production: Table Manners (Theatre West Van)
-- Outstanding Performance:  Kevin Scott, Table Manner

+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
***  The Spring-Summer issue of "The Torch" is now available via Branch 60's website: to view the newsletter, just click the following link for direct access: http://www.westvan60.com/Images/The%20Torch%20Newsletter%20-%20Spring-Summer%202009.pdf
The newsletter is available to any non-member who is interested.  Please contact Legion for info 922 3587

+++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
North Star: The Art of Lyle Wilson  [March 4 to May 30]
May 23, 10am - 11:30am -- Caulfeild Walk - Natural History
Course Code 630171, $7, Guide: K.Wade
Discover some of the interesting and beautiful native plants typical of sunny, more open coastal habitats and learn how this now relatively rare and threatened habitat relates to our overall coastal forest ecosystems.
KEITH WADE has recently retired from teaching thirty-nine years in the Biology Department at Capilano University. As an Ecologist and Bio-geographer, Keith has travelled and conducted research over vast expanses of the globe. He is a board member of the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society and a well-known tour leader both for local and international natural history.

Lots of good plays and music this weekend -- VSO always great and they'll be doing Carmina Burana June 13 and 15!  See http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/index.php
And don't forget that it's now Bard on the Beach season -- previews start Thurs May 28 (Othello) and opening night is Thurs June 4 -- see www.bardonthebeach.org and/or phone 739 0559.
MUST SEES (from the reviews): Antigone Undone by Leaky Heaven Circus is at the Russian Hall (600 Campbell) reconstructs the Greek tragedy by Sophocles (tix 687 2787 or leakyheaven.com); Top Girls at the Playhouse by Caryl Churchill about a career woman (tix 873 3311 or vancouverplayhouse.co).
Another of interest: Palace of the End -- Touchstone Theatre, Felix Culpa and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades present the Western Canadian premiere of Judith Thompson's searing trio of monologues based around the war in Iraq. Directed by David Bloom, Katrina Dunn, and Mindy Parfitt, and starring Alexa Devine, Russell Roberts and Laara Sadiq. May 21-June 6, Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 4pm. PAL Theatre (581 Cardero). Tix: $16-26, Tickets Tonight: 684 2787 or www.ticketstonight.ca. Info: www.touchstonetheatre.com.
+  ART
o  Mme Recamier
Ahead of an exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lyon, Le Monde's Philippe Dagen explores how Madame Récamier became an icon of European neoclassicism
Literary buffs will remember her relationship with Chateaubriand. Some may recall she was also close to Madame de Sta=EBl. Historians know she was on very poor terms with Bonaparte, but there was much more to the life of Juliette Récamier (1777-1849), however remarkable these episodes may seem.
The prime merit of this exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lyon is to conjure up the woman who set a new trend in society. It also ?explains how she achieved this, playing on her beauty, clothes, relationships, friendships and influence to develop her image. Here, in short, is the story of a woman who became a star before either photographs or films existed.
Even her early life was extraordinary. She was born in Lyon, the daughter of a local notary, Jean Bernard, and his spouse Marie-Julie Matton. In 1793, aged 15, she married a 42-year-old banker Jacques Récamier. Her husband was a longstanding lover of her mother and was very probably her real father. He married his daughter at the height of the revolutionary terror to ensure that she would inherit his fortune if he was guillotined. In fact, he survived and was put in charge of the Bank of France in 1800, opening the way for his wife to become a figure of fashion....  continued at http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk/?page=editorial&id=1068&catID=17
Palaeolithic pornography
Unveiled  May 14th 2009  From The Economist print edition
Smut carved from a mammoth tusk

===  Ccl Mtg NOTES May 11th ===
= VIDEOS of the three mtgs
Here's the video of the Strategic Planning workshop held May 11th from 4 to 6pm:
Cclr Evison was absent; apparently only about five mbrs of the public and twice as many staff.
The report they're discussing is on the two meetings held (Apr 1 a couple of hundred; Apr 25 just over 30): http://www.westvancouver.ca/uploadedFiles/Your_Government/Agendas_and_Minutes/2009/May/DWV-Council-Workshop-May-11-2009.doc
Video at: rtsp://
Video at  rtsp://

--  SPECIAL CCL MTG NOTES  [Cclr Evison absent]
BYLAWS for Adoption [rec'd three readings May 4]
2. 2009 Annual Tax Rates Bylaw 4601, 2009 (File:  1610-20-4601)
3. 2009 Specified Area and Local Area Service Tax Bylaws (File:  1610-20-4593/4594/4595)
        In response to Sop's question, some of these have a year or two yet to run.
4. Metro Vancouver/Canadian Delegation to Sweden (File: 0145-01)
Report dated May 5, 2009 from the Mayor received for information.  MetroV decision, one 15 from across Canada (six days, $6500); Sweden is far ahead; Mayor said although she can read about it wants to look forward, not use old technology or make mistakes; "stuck at every turn by prov govt"; local govts do it and in Sweden heavily taxed (another challenge).  {The Mayor will be away on this trip (studying waste), paid for by MetroV, May 21 to June 1}
5. Consent Agenda Items - Correspondence
6. Correspondence List (File: 0120-24)
No Action Required (Receipt Only)
1.   Metro Vancouver, May 4, 2009, media release titled "Metro Vancouver will continue to contest Provincial Expropriation of Lands without Consultation"
Mayor explained that it was MetroV's decision to appeal expropriation out at UBC by prov govt without consultation, negotiation, or compensation; prov govt has written legislation to allow them to do that.  Sop wondered then about our [over] 600 hectares of 'green canopy' with possibility of having terms dictated. The Mayor said dilemma, she did not want to overstate the concern but the prov govt has provided several examples of  giving themselves the power to override local govt, with new relationship the need to consult, negotiate, and compensate is fundamental. 
Sop mused about flying over and prov seeing trees to log but Mayor urged staying on topic.  She continued saying the [metro] Board grappled about how to take this on.  Decided compensation is basic to any kind of agreement; just b/c M lower [level of govt] with less legislative authority, there's moral obligation to work together.
TP asked if any more we cd do and Mayor said that's why release there but at this stage just let it run its course. 
7.  PUBLIC QUESTIONS/COMMENTS [none]      8.  ADJOURNMENT (after eight minutes and 22 seconds!)
Impressive as the Mayor said that there was standing room only -- and on a hockey night!
Youth Mayor: Tracey Hinder, Grade 12 WV Sec
Cclrs: Kelly Trach, Grade 10 Rockridge; Yeji An, Grade 10 WVSec; Conny Yang, Grade 11 Rockridge; Jenna Hassan, Grade 11 Mulgrave; Dae Won Kim, Grade 11 WV Sec; Irene Kim, Grade 11 WV Sec.
$7K to Youth Initiative
Student Work Adv Grp; percentage of proceeds come back to Police wch we give back to Youth
{Mayor gave thanks}
Ray Fung, Director made presentation slides
many years ago the Guinness family funded a bridge to access their land; many years ago we had passenger ferries, disappeared, ... UL Hwy went through 70s to access Sea to Sky Hwy
250 km of paved roadways; sidewalks, bridges, etc
unique in that we operate the Blue Bus system, oldest continuously operated bus service in NAm
Min of Trans $40M for MDr, includes the replacement of the Blue Bridge
re TransLink, looking at a revenue shortfall...
re 2010, how WV is going to keep ppl moving through the region while having Olympic Games
2009 Project Examples slide:work on Spirit Trail behind Pk Royal starts tomorrow; new Almondel bridge; Annual Road Capital Rehab prg; school traffic safety prog; sp projects: traffic calming -- Gordon, 21st and Queens, etc
2004 OCP; 2005 Envmtal Strategy; 2007 Cycling and Greenway; 2009 Strategic Transportation plan
SLIDE of Spirit Trail/Greenway/Cycling Plan Route
Opportunities for Youth Involvement: sch traffic safety, sch crossing guard prog, Spirit Trail WG, Strategic Trans Plan, etc.
{Then debate: shortage of buses, stops; buses can only take two bikes; free or subsidization of tix; carpooling; etc}
MOTION passed: to encourage youth to participate in WGs, etc.
        -- on activities and events of Youth Week; Youth Week from 1995.
{Closing remarks by Mayor G-Jones; dedicated mtg to Peter Chisholm now in GF Strong, helped a senior wrongfully convicted get back in, etc.; congratulated Youth Ccl on tenor of debate; ...work on further initiatives and events...have a number of ideas and resources going forward.}
Mayor Goldsmith-Jones and Youth Mayor Hinder will present the annual Youth Appreciation Awards
This is a very long list -- really impressive but much too long to reproduce here.  If it's put on the DWV website, I'll put it in a future issue of WVM.  There's a wide range of activities they've been involved in -- from streams to Darfur, mosquito nets to the Cinderella project, from garbage to raising funds for juvenile diabetes ($115K by Rockridge), cancer to Liberia,......
The Mayor concluded with congratulations, support for the strategic planning process, and the need for energy to keep WV the wonderful place it is.

===  Ccl Mtg AGENDA May 25th  ===
May 4, 2009 Regular Council Meeting; May 11, 2009 Special Council Meeting for adoption;  May 11, 2009 Council Workshop notes received for information.
3. J. Carline, Chief Administrative Officer, Metro Vancouver, regarding Metro Vancouver Draft Regional Growth Strategy and Consultation Program (File:  0185-01)
        PowerPoint to be provided.
4. F. Nenninger, Metro Vancouver, regarding Metro Vancouver Draft Liquid Waste Management Plan (File: 0185-08-07)
        PowerPoint to be provided.
5. Comments on Metro Draft Regional Growth Strategy (File: 0185-01)
1.   Council affirm that the District supports the foundation and the policy directions of the February 2009 Metro Draft Regional Growth Strategy, but does not support adoption of the Strategy at this time, unless the key issues identified by the District can be satisfactorily addressed.
2.   Council direct staff to submit the letter to Metro on key issues affecting WV from the February 2009 Metro Draft Regional Growth Strategy as outlined in the May 13, 2009 report from the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits entitled, "Comments on Metro Draft Regional Growth Strategy".
6. Metro Vancouver Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) (File:  0185-08-07)
        PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
1.   The draft Liquid Waste Management Plan for Metro Vancouver and member municipalities, dated March 2009 be supported; and
2.   Further that:
the District [support] advancement of the Lions' Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant secondary upgrade by 2020, only on the condition that Metro Vancouver [receive] senior government cost-sharing grants;
Metro Vancouver [undertake] an Integrated Resource Management Study on the North Shore as soon as possible, in cooperation with the three North Shore municipalities;
the District continue to complete Integrated Stormwater Management Plans for remaining watersheds within the municipality; and
Metro Vancouver be encouraged to work with the Province to obtain legislative authority for municipalities to address infiltration from aging, private property sanitary sewer service connections.
7. Strategic Planning Update (File:  0270-07)
        Verbal report to be provided.
8. Request for Order of Non-Enforcement of Sign Bylaw No. 4499, 2007 the Canadian Snowboard Federation - Free Standing Sign - 1538 Fulton Avenue (File:  1605-18)
1.  Council approve the request from the Canadian Snowboard Federation who are leasing Fulton House at 1538 Fulton Ave for an Order of Non-Enforcement of ... Sign Bylaw until June 1, 2010 to permit a maximum 2 square foot free-standing sign at 1538 Fulton advertising their office location.
2.  Council authorize staff to waive the required $250.00 fee under the Fees and Charges Bylaw ... for processing Orders of Non-Enforcement of regulatory bylaws with work/project time frames of more than two weeks.
9. Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4602, 2009 (5775 Marine Dr) (File: 1610-20-2200)
        Information to be provided.
   RECOMMENDED: THAT "Zoning Bylaw ... be read a first time.
   RECOMMENDED: THAT the M Clerk be directed to give notice of a Public Hearing on Monday, June 15.
10. Changes to the 2009 Council Meeting Schedule (File: 0120-01)
     RECOMMENDED: THAT an additional Meeting of Council be scheduled for Monday, June 22
11. Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Consent Agenda items as follows be approved:
Item 12 - Devt Permit Application, 2330 Cypress Bowl Lane (Mulgrave School) (to set consideration date for June 15, 2009)
Item 13 - DPA for 567 and 571 Craigmohr Dr (to allow subdivision of difficult terrain and provide for watercourse protection) (to set consideration date for June 15, 2009)
Item 14 - DPA for 2451 Palmerston Ave (to set consideration date for June 15, 2009)
Item 15 - Correspondence List.
12. Development Permit Application No. 09-010, 2330 Cypress Bowl Lane (Mulgrave School) (File:  1010-20-09-010)
1.  The M Clerk give notice that the Devt Permit Application, which provides for an Early Learning Centre at the Mulgrave School Site will be considered on Monday, June 15; and
2.   The notice of the DPA be expanded, beyond the 100 m set out in the Devt Procedures Bylaw, to include all owners and occupiers within the area shown on the map attached as Appendix B to the May 15 report from the Senior Planner, Urban Design.
13. Development Permit Application No. 08-038 for 567 and 571 Craigmohr Drive (to allow subdivision of difficult terrain and provide for watercourse protection) (File:  1010-20-08-038)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated May 15 from the Manager, Community Planning ... be received for consideration on Monday June 15.
14. Development Permit Application No. 08-002 for 2451 Palmerston Ave (File:  1010-20-08-002)
        Information to be provided.
15. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)
Correspondence received up to May 1, 2009
Requests for Delegation  --  No items presented.
Action Required  --  No items presented.
No Action Required (receipt only)
(1) D. Welch, Union of BC Municipalities, April 21 regarding 2008 Emergency Planning Grant Completion
(2) Hon. J. Cummins, April 28, 2009, regarding Letter to the Editor on Aboriginal Title
(3) May 1, 2009, regarding Need for Bike Path in West Vancouver
(4) M. Eterman, Woodcroft Estates Association, May 1, regarding Whitby Estates Community Shuttle
Responses to Correspondence
(5) C. Matheson, Manager of Cultural Affairs and Corporate Partnerships, regarding Ambleside Park Noise Complaint
Responses to Questions in Question Period  --  No items presented.
Correspondence received up to May 8, 2009
Requests for Delegation  --  No items presented.
Action Required
(6) E. Collins, Advisory Board of the Seniors' Activity Centre, May 6, 2009, regarding Continuing Parking Issues at the Civic Site
        Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
(7) May 5, 2009, regarding Community Dialogue on Neighbourhood Character and Housing Working Group - Proposed Development of Unitarian Church Property on Mathers Street
        Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
(8) R. Carder, Dundarave Terrace Strata Council, May 4, 2009, regarding Dundarave Traffic and Parking
        Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
No Action Required (receipt only)
(9) S. Smith, Terasen Gas, May 4, 2009, regarding Terasen's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission
(10) F. Leonard, Municipal Finance Authority of BC, April 20, regarding MFA Program Dividends
(11) M. Lenzen, Northshore Volunteer Steering Cmte, May 4, re Scotiabank Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk
Responses to Correspondence
(12) R. Fung, Director of Engineering and Transportation, May 6, 2009, regarding Water and Sewer Rate Increase
(13) C. Ambor, Acting Manager of Parks, April 29, 2009, regarding Restricted and Selective Use of Field "A" in Ambleside Park
Responses to Questions in Question Period  --  No items presented.
Correspondence received up to May 15, 2009
Requests for Delegation  --  No items presented.
Action Required
(14) May 13, 2009, regarding Klahanie Seniors Lodge Fire Safety
        Referred to Fire Chief for consideration and response.
(15) L. Jackson, Metro Vancouver Board, May 5, 2009, regarding Support for Cage Free Eggs
        Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
(16) R. Carder, Dundarave Terrace Strata Council, May 13, regarding Dundarave Traffic and Parking
        Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
No Action Required (receipt only)  --  No items presented.
Responses to Correspondence
(17) B. McCuaig, Cmnty Forester, May 12, regarding Encroachment of Bears into Residential Areas
Responses to Questions in Question Period  --  No items presented.

===  NEWSWATCH  ===
*  Stories from the current issue of Le Monde diplomatique: May 2009
 ...Israel, new threat to Palestinian citizens; Afghanistan, questions for Obama; Ukraine in the world downturn; focus on Africa, concerns in Kenya and Zambia ... on Revolution, the May dossier... Wikifying expertise and more...  at http://mondediplo.com/

*  FIGHTING OPPRESSION IN THE WEST BANK from the Guardian Weekly {peacefully!}
For Israeli national and Anarchists Against the Wall activist Ronnie Barkan, 32, joining the nonviolent Palestinian struggle against the occupation is the obvious choice of humanity over nationalism. He describes his experiences of peaceful demonstrations that have turned ugly, and how Israelis and Palestinians are standing side by side to fight oppression
A lot of my friends tell me it's dangerous to come to the West Bank, and that the vast majority of Israelis are brainwashed and think all Palestinians are terrorists. I keep responding that it is dangerous because there are Israeli soldiers here. When I cross over into the West Bank - and sometimes I come here on my scooter, so I'm totally exposed - the only people I'm afraid of are the Israeli soldiers, who are armed and dangerous. Very dangerous actually.
My friends don't believe me when I say this, but when such a horrible incident like 31-year-old Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahma's death here in Bil'in [on 17 April], or when my good American friend Tristan Anderson was critically injured; when you show them video footage of all this, some still try to deny it and come up with all kinds of excuses, but some people are genuinely shocked by what they see.
Bassem embodies the spirit of the non-violent struggle. Up until the very last minute of his life, he was engaging with the soldiers near the segregation wall and talking to them about what we are doing here. He tried to tell them: 'Calm down, don't shoot, this is a nonviolent demonstration'. The very last thing he told the commander who is in charge of his murder was that there was an Israeli woman - she was actually French but he believed her to be Israeli - who was hit. And as he was telling them this he suffered a fatal blow in the chest from a teargas canister.
I held him in my hands as he was dying. I will remember him as a really great person, always smiling, with a lot of energy and charisma, and who would never let go of this spirit of struggling for his land and engaging with people. He would approach every single person and say hello, shake their hands, ask if they need anything. Upon hearing of his murder, everyone in Bil'in reacted emotionally and everyone said he never picked up a stone. He was such a non-violent person.
... continued:  http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk/?page=editorial&id=1070&catID=1
* Ronnie Barkan was talking to Karl Schembri in Bil'in, West Bank. Anarchists Against the Wall is an Israeli group that supports Palestinian resistance to the Israeli separation wall.

Israeli administration taking another 12,000 dunams of Palestinian land for illegal settlements  -- 05.05.09 - 11:09
Jerusalem / PNN - Settlement expansion is rapidly on the rise in the West Bank and East Jerusalem prompting President Abbas to ask Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to help him pressure the Israeli administration into stopping.
The US has complained to the Israelis about the illegal practice. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated, and continue to do so, in the nonviolent Palestinian resistance movement in protest of Israeli settlement policy. 
The occupying Israeli authority is confiscating another 12,000 dunams of Palestinian land for settlement expansion. Illegal under international law as all Israeli settlements are, Ma'ale Adumim and Qedar will now be linked.
The settlements are built on Palestinian land blocking the West Bank from East Jerusalem. This latest affront is drawing the ire of millions, yet Israeli settlement policy pushes forward unabated.
Today the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights issued a "strong condemnation" of the Israeli Ministry of the Interior's plan. Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi said that Interior Minister Eli Yishai's comments were "racist".
The Israeli administration is consolidating its annexation, also illegal under international law, of the holy city. The aim of the policy is to establish a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem, as has been stated by Israeli officials who express concern that Palestinians would be the majority.
Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai issued a decision this week to adopt the recommendations of a committee established by his office to study the issue of linking the Qedar Settlement with Ma'ale Adumim, which is among the largest of all Israeli settlements.
Ma'ale Adumim is on East Jerusalem land with Qedar three kilometers east of that where the PCHR reports that the "Israeli media unveiled another plan to construct 6,000 new housing units in 'Qedar' settlement." The human rights organization continued to comment, "The implementation of these plans will disrupt geographical contiguity between the north and south West Bank, and will isolate Jerusalem from the West Bank as a whole. These decisions fundamentally undermine the viability of any future Palestinian State."
Another settlement is being imposed in southeast Jerusalem's Al Sawahra neighborhood. Home demolitions and distribution of evacuation notices are both on the rise with some 20,000 houses under threat according to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood coalition. The latest orders were levied against the top two floors of the Armenian Church, built 150 years ago, in the Old City.
PHCR writes: International law explicitly prohibits the annexation of land consequent to the use of force (Article 47, Fourth Geneva Convention), a principle confirmed in Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter. International humanitarian law is unambiguous in this regard: occupation does not imply any right whatsoever to dispose of territory. Annexation is straightforwardly illegal.
 Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention also explicitly prohibits the transfer and settlement of parts of the Occupying Power's population in occupied territory. PCHR wish to highlight the underlying purpose of this provision, as noted in the authoritative commentary to the Geneva Conventions: "It is intended to prevent a practice adopted by during the Second World War by certain Powers, which transferred portions of their own population for political or racial reasons or in order ... to colonize those territories. Such transfers worsened the economic situation of the native population and endangered their separate existence as a race."
The United Nations estimate that there are currently between 480,000 and 550,000 illegal settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
PCHR strongly condemns all Israeli policies and measures aimed at consolidating the annexation of occupied East Jerusalem, and: ...
to see the list, this continues at  http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5222&Itemid=
{Pls note that among the conditions establishing the State of Israel by the UN was shared Jerusalem, and the division of the British Mandate of Palestine was 55% for Israel and 45% Palestine.  This changed to 78% Israel and 22% Palestine as of 1967, after that 100% Israeli control.  The Arab League of 22 countries since 2002 have stated they will recognize Israel in the pre-1967 borders, already an enormous compromise.  Since 1978 Israel has promised not to expand the illegal settlements -- at that time there were 20,000 and the promise was made to Prez Carter.  Ever since, at the Oslo Accords etc and at Annapolis 2007, that same commitment has been made, yet now the illegal settlers number half a million.  It is remarkable some ppl are still trying for peace and have not given up.  We must encourage the moderates and try to go forward instead of closing more doors.  There are almost 700 checkpoints on the West Bank making it difficult for Palestinians to travel in 'their' territory, quite apart from not being able to drive on Jews-only highways.  Gaza is still stifled with food, fuel, and medical supplies restricted.}

===  LANGUAGEWATCH  === from The Vocabula Review:
Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes  by Richard Lederer
This month we celebrate the sesquicentennial of Arthur Conan Doyle, who was born May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh. Doyle created the most universally famous of all literary characters -- Sherlock Holmes, the world's first consulting detective. The intrepid sleuth's deerstalker hat, Inverness cape, calabash pipe, and magnifying glass are recognized by readers everywhere, and the stories have been translated into more than sixty languages, from Arabic to Yiddish.
Like the heroes of so many popular stories and myths, Sherlock Holmes was born in poverty and nearly died at birth from neglect. Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle was a novice medical practitioner with a dearth of patients. To while away his time and to help pay a few bills, Doyle took pen in hand and created one of the first detectives to base his work squarely on scientific methods. More ... http://www.vocabula.com/

===  WORDWATCH  ===   borborygmus from AWAD Apr 24
MEANING: noun: A rumbling noise caused by the movement of gas through the intestines.
ETYMOLOGY:  From Greek borborygmos (intestinal rumbling), an onomatopoeic word to describe the sound.
NOTES:  Borborygmi are usually harmless, they are simply a result of gas movement around the stomach. And the rumbling sound doesn't mean one is hungry either. We can't really do anything about the sound of a stomach growling, but we can take comfort in the fact that at least we know a fancy word to describe it.
"And the piece de resistance: 'He was woken early by borborygmus as his insides fermented and his intestines ballooned with gas beyond their capacity.'"
Ruth Dudley Edwards; Book Review / Straying Into A Dark, Ugly And Sick World; The Independent (London, UK); Sep 21, 1994.
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===  PEOPLEWATCH  ===  This is simply incredible!
Of course I haven't had time to click on each person but you'll find it amazing that you can click on a figure you know and get the person's background/history.  From an email friend:
The painting itself is great but as you run your curser over the people it tells you who they are and provides a link (if you  click on it) to get more information on each person. This could keep you occupied for hours.  Move the task bar to the right to see the entire picture. http://cliptank.com/PeopleofInfluencePainting.htm

===  PLACENAMEWATCH  ===  Obituary
Margaret Gelling  May 14th 2009  From The Economist print edition
Margaret Gelling, an expert on English place names, died on April 24th, aged 84
AT WIVENHOE, in Essex, the low line of the hills has the shape of the heels of a person lying face-down. The name contains the shape: a hoh is a ridge that rises to a point and has a concave end. At Wooller in Northumberland, however, the hilltop is level, with a convex sloping shoulder. The hidden word here is ofer, "a flat-topped ridge". Early Anglo-Saxon settlers in England, observing, walking and working the landscape, defined its ups and downs with a subtlety largely missing from modern, motorised English. Dozens of words, none of them synonymous, described the look of a hill, the angle of slope and the way trees grew upon it. And after the Anglo-Saxons, no one looked at the landscape in quite that way until Margaret Gelling.

===  QUOTATIONS  ===
~~~  Arthur Erickson quotations: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/arthur_erickson.html  ~~~
Elector: one who enjoys the sacred privilege of voting for the man of another man's choice.
                        -- Ambrose Bierce, American satirist (1842 - 1914?)                            
At the bottom of a good deal of the bravery that appears in the world there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion.
                        -- Edwin Hubbel Chapin, American minister and orator (1814 - 1880)
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
                        -- George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856 - 1950)
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
                        -- Albert Einstein, German theoretical physicist (1879 - 1955)
Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.
                        -- Confucius, Chinese philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)
What monstrosities would walk the streets were some people's faces as unfinished as their minds.
                        -- Eric Hoffer, American philosopher and author (1902-1983)
[1976] Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.  We women are doing pretty well. We're almost back to where we were in the twenties.
                        -- Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901 - 1978)
I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
                        -- Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian poet and mystic (1207-1273)
A man with outward courage dares to die, one with inward courage dares to live.
                        -- Lao-tzu
To fail to experience gratitude when walking through the corridors of the Metropolitan Museum, when listening to the music of Bach or Beethoven, when exercising our freedom to speak, to give, or withhold, our assent, is to fail to recognize how much we have received from the great wellsprings of human talent and concern that gave us Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, our parents, our friends. We need a rebirth of gratitude for those who have cared for us, living and, mostly, dead. The high moments of our way of life are their gifts to us. We must remember them in our thoughts and in our prayers and in our deeds.
--  WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR. (writer and founder of National Review, 1925-2008), speech, quoted by Richard Lowry, panel discussion, The Reagan I Knew, Manhattan Institute, New York City, 27 January 2009, television broadcast, C-SPAN2, 8 March 2009.