NOTES July 20
Agenda July 27
Calendar to August 2

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Harmony Arts Festival starts July 31 * RoyalTea-by-the-Sea Aug 1st
=  MAIN ITEMS July 27th:
Looks as if the District is still having problems with ccl mtgs on the website.  For the 20th they had difficulties and lacked links and this one for the 27th has a note, July 24 when I checked: "*Due to technical difficulties the July 27, 2009 Regular Agenda is unavailable in PDF format. Our apologies for the inconvenience."
= Spirit Trail Greenway Report; Strategic Planning Update; Devt Permits: for 1431/1437 Clyde; for Park Royal Shopping Ctr; Secondary Suites Discussion Paper; Nbrhd Zero-Emission Vehicles; Evelyn Drive Devt Area: Road Closure, removal of Hwy Dedication; Remedial Action 2558 Garden Court; Ccl mtg Sept 21 added and Sept 28 mtg cancelled {NB: after July 27 next planned mtg is Sept 14;  ADDED: July 30 9am sp ccl mtg re Park Royal signs, colour}; Bylaws for adoption -- Smoking Regs; Zoning amendment for 5775 Marine Dr (Takumi); OCP Plan amendment for Fisherman's Cover Marina; Zoning for 6520/6540 Marine Dr (HBay Firehall site); Govt Grant programs (field hockey and Ambleside "A" field artificial turf; covered walkway Srs' Ctr; Playground Ambleside Child Care Ctr; Aquatic Ctr Lighting Upgrade; sport field improvements; Civic Site flagpoles; interpretive signage for Western Rec Ctr); Heritage/Commemoration/Olympic grant; DVP 3751 Marine setting date for consideration; Devt Applications Status List; then Correspondence -- giant hogweed in blossom (poisonous); complaints about traffic calming and roundabouts; and some answers from staff.
Brain Teaser; Vive le Canada (1812, 1907); ANIMALWATCH (world's weirdest); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Mea Culpa; Fireworks); UPDATES (Fire Danger; Energy Incentives; Measuring Up; Tree-cutting; WV Archives; WVPD)
=  CALENDAR to July 31st, Peek at August; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre, Music)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES July 20th: PUBLIC HEARING re Devt Permit exemption, Fisherman's Cove Marina; CCL MTG: Measuring Up WG; Climate Action WG; Report from UBC Master's Landscape Architecture Studio; 6520/6540 Marine (Fire Hall Site) zoning; Remedial Action re 960 Sentinel and 2558 Garden Court; OCP Amendment 5920 Marine; Biz Licence bylaw amendment; West Bay Elementary portable classrooms; Correspondence (Field Hockey Turf Field A in Ambleside; Salish Sea; WRA's aphid problem; Spuraway cmnty bus; etc)
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA July 27th
=  NEWSWATCH (Education: Mandatory school in India at last; local language prohibition); WOMANWATCH (Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Canada); LANGUAGEWATCH (hated phrases); WORDWATCH (Lying); Cat got your password?; QUOTATIONS/Answer; RoyalTea-by-the-Sea

+++  BRAIN TEASER  +++    :-)
Brad stared through the dirty soot-smeared window on the 22nd floor of the office tower. Overcome with depression he slid the window open and jumped through it. It was a sheer drop outside the building to the ground. Miraculously after he landed he was completely unhurt. Since there was nothing to cushion his fall or slow his descent, how could he have survived the fall?

===  Vive le Canada  ===  July 29 in Canadian History
1907  London England - Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms the Boy Scout movement, with assistance from Canadian financier Lord Strathcona.
1812  London England - Word of the US declaration of war arrives in England 41 days after it is declared.
{Ah, the War of 1812.....This made me wonder how long it took to learn of the burning of the White House and that the Americans had been defeated....}
From Wikipedia:  The Burning of Washington took place in August 1814, during the War of 1812 between the British Empire and the United States of America. British forces occupied Washington, D.C. and set fire to many public buildings. The facilities of the U.S. government, including the White House, were largely destroyed, though strict discipline and the British commander's orders to burn only public buildings are credited with preserving the city's private buildings. Historians assert that the attack was in retaliation for the American looting of York, Upper Canada (now Toronto) after the Battle of York in 1813, and the burning down of the Parliament Buildings of Upper Canada. The British Army commanders said they chose to attack Washington "on account of the greater political effect likely to result,".[3] Governor-General Sir George Prevost of Canada wrote to the Admirals in Bermuda calling for a retaliation for the American sacking of York and requested their permission and support in the form the provision of naval resources. At the time, it was considered against the civilized laws of war to burn a non-military facility and the Americans had not only burned the Parliament but also looted and burned private homes and warehouses. [4] Further proof of the retaliation was that after the limited British burning of some public facilities, the British left. There was no territory that they wanted to occupy and no military facility that they had planned to attack.

===  What's special about West Vancouver?  ===
Please tell me what you think are the top ten things you like about WV
and want to keep (in order of importance -- okay to have ties). Write to: myWV@westvan.org
        {Most say our setting, our parks -- what do you think?}
===  ANIMALWATCH  === 
        No need to say anything: http://english.pravda.ru/photo/report/fauna-3501
===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
Anyone who's involved in printing or publishing is well aware of typo gremlins, unintentional errors, etc.  Sometimes kind souls write to point out a mistake.  Luckily, the printed version comes out after the email one, and it's put on the website after that so there are two more chances to get it right if need be.  The next issue will have a list of WVMs so far this year.  If the change is small, after the number you'll see a . or maybe a + and with revisions, an r.  That will explain why you'll see that the WVM17 is listed as WVM17r
-  As for the draft partial transcript, since I type during the ccl mtg while ppl speak, to try to keep up there are lots of abbreviations and even gaps; and of course names are best guesses.
-  These days there just isn't enough time, so sorry for delays.  As I've said before, subscribers (to do so write subscribe@westvan.org) get updates.  For example, the ebroadcast of the July 27 agenda went out July 24.
Canada has won the Celebration of Light in the past, but sorry to say it wasn't impressive July 22 except for the last few minutes.  South Africa on Saturday had competition from the thunder and lightning storm.  On top of that, Saturday evening not only had an apricot gold glow from the setting sun but a full rainbow from the North Shore mountains right over to the city.  An unforgettable evening.

===  UPDATES  ===
+  Forest Fire Danger Rating  Monday, July 20, 2009  The current rating is High.
Barbecues: Only in designated areas   Closures: None at this time  Forest Use: Unlimited
Note:  Cooking is NOT allowed in Lighthouse Park at any time by any means and please remember to dispose of charcoal in provided bins at Ambleside, John Lawson, and Whytecliff Parks.
To report a forest fire: call 9-1-1 anywhere in the Lower Mainland; in the rest of the Province call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell; Emergency Ph Nos: 925 7130 WV Parks Dept Ofc Hours 7:30am to 4pm; Emergency Only: 925 7100
+  Energy Efficiency Incentives for Homeowners
Make an energy efficient improvement to your home and receive a cash rebate.
Did you know ...West Vancouver produces 20 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions per capita than the City of Vancouver?  The Climate Action Working Group has reported that this is mainly because of the high number of single family homes in West Vancouver. 
There are many things that you can do, as a homeowner, to reduce your home's greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficient products lower your energy bills and help the environment. Take advantage of B.C.'s new home energy efficiency incentives to better insulate your home, install low energy appliances, heating, and lighting options. Save on power bills, heating, and cooling costs, and potentially save hundreds to thousands of dollars.  More info www.livesmartbc.ca/rebates / Email EfficiencyIncentives@gov.bc.ca / Tel 1-866-430-8765 / List of Eligible Improvements
+  Measuring-Up Initiatives
If you are interested in learning more about the District of West Vancouver's Measuring-Up Initiative, please contact: Leanne Sexsmith, Community Planner - Social Services at lsexsmith@westvancouver.ca or ph 921 3404; or Kelly Diamond, Access Coordinator at kdiamond@westvancouver.ca or ph 925 7279 Link to the District's Measuring Up WG webpage: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Government/Level3.aspx?id=3922
 +  Questions About Cutting Trees?
For information about the Tree Policy, Tree Cutting Permits for private property, and trees on municipal property, visit the "Trees and Forests" section of the website: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=13704
+  The West Vancouver Archives
Just launched: new website feature www.westvancouver.ca/archives
This online tool provides valuable resources for learning about West Vancouver's past. With a searchable database of descriptions of archival holdings, and more than 1,000 scanned historic photographs and documents, the database will continue to be developed with the growth of our Archives. As part of the municipality's ongoing efforts to preserve and provide meaningful access to our history and heritage, the website contributes to the awareness and appreciation of our community memory.  The West Vancouver Archives provides research assistance and access to original documents during weekly public hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 4:30pm. For more information please call: 925 7298 or email.
WV POLICE in News ---  FOI re influence, Kash Heed and Nancy Farran
NSN:  http://www2.canada.com/northshorenews/news/story.html?id=a840c4d2-86cb-4ebd-b705-8e5d2066079a
VSun:  http://www.vancouversun.com/Heed+must+step+aside+while+mail+affair+investigated/1822386/story.html

===  CALENDAR to end of August?  ===
Dundarave Farmers' Market Saturdays 10 to 4pm
Ambleside Farmers' Market (13th & Bellevue) Sundays 10 to 3pm
[Pls note a) that all mtgs are at M Hall usually in the MFCR (Main Floor Conference Room), but sometimes in the chamber, 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 the DWV website calendar wrt cmtes and WGs that are of interest to you.]
WHEELS is Coming to West Vancouver Parks  Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wheels is a mobile information and resource program providing information and resources about early learning and care, health and wellness, parent education and support for families with young children. 'Wheels' is a program of North Shore Community Resources. Representatives from North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program and Vancouver Coastal Health will be on hand to answer questions.  There will be activities for young children.
AUGUST: 10am to noon on August 6th at John Lawson Park, 11th at Ambleside Park, and 18th at Whytecliff Park    
= Thursday July 23
        ~ 9am ~ Finance Cmte mtg was cancelled
        ~ 4pm ~ Climate Action WG (WVCC, Mtn Room)
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Police Bd mtg in WVPD boardroom
= Fri July 24th - Sun 28th
 ~ 9am - 9pm ~ The Sculptors' Society of BC Exhibition at VanDusen Botanical Gardens
= Sun July 26th ~ 8am ~ Beta Run for Diabetes in Ambleside Park
Come out and enjoy a beautiful run/walk on the sea wall in West Vancouver and help raise money and awareness for diabetes. Take in the amazing scenery while making a difference in your community.
All donations and participation money will be given to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Participation for the run/walk is a flat fee of $20.  Info and registration: www.betarun.webs.com
= Tuesday July 28
        ~ 5pm ~ Value for Services WG (and Aug 2nd! NB: They plan to meet ev Tu all through Aug!)
= Wednesday July 29
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Strategic Transportation Plan WG (WVCC, Cedar Room)
= Thursday July 30
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Strategic Planning WG (WVCC, Cedar Room) (NB: date changed)
= Friday, July 31
Harmony Arts Festival
Celebrate Community, Celebrate Art  --  Starting Friday, July 31 and running until Sunday, August 9, the Harmony Arts Festival, the North Shore's premiere summer event, celebrates its 19th year. The public is invited to visit the various seaside venues to experience first-hand all the sights, sounds, and sensations of this award-winning ten-day festival. Everyone is welcome and everything is free.
Opening Reception: On the Park Royal Fountain Stage, Ambleside Landing, 6pm 
Bessborough Brass -- Members of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, The Bessborough Brass is one of Vancouver's finest brass chamber ensembles.  Visit West Vancouver's Harmony Arts Festival's Website  

Tenth annual RoyalTea-by-the-Sea
                2pm Saturday August 1st  in Dundarave Park
See www.royaltea.ca or phone 922 4400.
+++  A Summer of Cinema and Song +++ in John Lawson Park
Concert 7:30pm; film at 9:15pm; from http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=13854
Enjoy your Friday nights at John Lawson Park listening to an outdoor concert followed by a movie on a big screen. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the outdoor experience.  (Fridays, weather permitting)
July 31 ~ Concert: The Paperboys (at the Harmony Arts Festival); Film: Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
August 7 ~ Concert: AJ Woodworth (at the Harmony Arts Festival); Film - Young@Heart (2007)
Presented by Dr Debrah Rovinelli, West Vancouver Optometry Clinic
- for Events and Programs: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/index.php?page=5
- for Event Calendar: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
Summer Hours Reminder:  The Library is closed Sundays in July and August.
Monday - Thursday 10am - 9pm
Friday - 10am - 6pm; Saturday - 10am - 5pm; Sunday -  CLOSED
>  Fridays English Corner ~ 10 - 11:30am ~ practise English conversation, discuss interesting topics, make new friends: July 31).  Requirement: able to read English.  For info call Fariba Rocker at 604-506-6616.  Facilitated by the Baha'i Community of WV in partnership with the WV Memorial Library.

+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++ http://ferrybuildinggallery.com/
July 31 to August 16 ~ Harmony SHOWCASE exhibition ~ Mixed media group exhibition
Opening Night: Friday, July 31, 6 - 8pm
*** SALSA BY THE SEA with LatinDanceForYou
June 25 to August 27 on Thursdays 6:30  to 8:30pm
Open to All Ages  --  You will learn Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha, and Cumbia"
- $5 Drop in -  behind Ferry Building Gallery (weather permitting); Information: 925-7290
***  ART IN THE HALL Municipal Hall  --  July 16 through September 18
Featuring the paintings of Shakun Jhangiani
Shakun is an inter-disciplinary artist who works in a variety of media.  She was born and raised in Bombay, where she received a degree in Economics.  She has worked in photography, interior design, fashion, and has designed jewellery and furniture.  She created costumes, sets, and props for stage, television, and films in the world of Bollywood in India.  She works in a contemporary style, incorporating symbolic colours and forms into her figurative and abstract images. The  spiritualism of her East Indian roots imbues her work with a feeling of joyful serenity.
The series "Inside the Circle" evolved from the image of the bindu or third eye. The circle is symbolic of the chakras, the centre of insight, intuition, and nurturing energy that when opened allow body, mind, and spirit to live in balance.
Shakun is a member of several galleries and works from her studio in her home in North Vancouver. Some of her paintings are in private collections in India, Canada, & the USA.
Please contact the Ferry Building Gallery if you are interested in purchasing a painting.  604. 925. 7290    gallery@westvancouver.ca
Every Saturday & Sunday through October 4 from 9am - 5pm
Artists and photographers creating and selling art outdoors on Ambleside Landing

+++ SILK PURSE +++  http://www.silkpurse.ca/
+  July 31 - Aug 9  "Beyond the Strings"
For centuries young and old alike have been entertained and inspired by the art of puppetry, whether it is cuddly hand-puppets or graceful marionettes, comical ventriloquists or mesmerizing shadow puppets. As part of this year's Harmony Arts Festival the Silk Purse proudly presents a unique exhibition of puppet art from various traditions and disciplines. The exhibition will also feature performances, presentations, and workshops by notable puppeteers from the Vancouver Puppetry Guild and beyond. Join us for this one of a kind experience that will delight the imagination of the young and the young at heart!
Everyone is Welcome!! Opening Reception: FRIDAY July 31st from 5 - 8 pm
+  August 11 - 24  "Garden Riot"
An exhibition of oils, with an extensive use of colour and light, in a floral theme by three talented local artists Debra Kennedy, Pat Rafferty, and Farida Choudry-Ignatius, whose works reflect a passion for the lush, rich forests, flora, and fauna of the world around us.
Everyone is Welcome!! Opening Reception: TUESDAY August 11th from 6 - 8 pm

+++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://westvancouvermuseum.ca/
Simon Scott  ---  The Architecture of Photography -- to August 22
This exhibition profiles the photography of Simon Scott, who studied architecture and graphic design in England before emigrating to Canada in the 1960s. Over the last three decades he photographed numerous buildings, homes and interiors, including the work of renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson and more recently the B.C. Binning house, for books and international magazines. This first solo exhibition of Scott's photography showcases the region's rich, innovative and iconic built-forms.
August 22, 1:30 to 3pm Photographer's Talk (Guest: Simon Scott)

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  To get onto the mail list: the simplest method is to call the box office (604 913 3634) or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
o  To take part in their survey with the opp to win a prize, visit the website!

+++ 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
Saturday Aug 29     C A R I B B E A N     N I G H T
+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com/
New Staff at the Chamber
Tom Young has resigned as the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Executive Director to pursue other dreams.  He did an outstanding job and will be missed.
Leagh Gabriel has been made the new Executive Director.   May Kronert is the Office Administrator, Dyan Woodhouse is the Events Coordinator and Lisa Denton assists with Communications.
Dale Craniford continues to interview and write about New Chamber Members plus our outstanding Board of Directors.

+  Bard on the Beach -- See www.bardonthebeach.org and/or phone 739 0559 (fireworks nights too).
This is Bard's 20th season and they will welcome their millionth audience mbr. 
Othello (wch I call "Iago" b/c of Bob Frazer's compelling performance) opened Thurs June 4th, the official opening of the season.  Christopher Gaze commented that night on how hot it was -- in contrast to last year when to was so cold he hiked up the bottom of his trousers to reveal longjohns!
David Mackay's creative touches in his interpretation of Comedy of Errors add fun (started June 13, bound to sell out soon).
All's Well That Ends Well opened in the small tent July 2nd.  It was fabulous!  Rachel Ditor adapted the play and it's so well done, very funny.  Lois Anderson is good throughout, Alan Morgan and Scott Bellis spark off each other outrageously and Scott got a round of applause for his exposition on virginity, Duncan Fraser reigns as King.  Better buy your tix soon!
Richard II opened July 11, a difficult play.  It helps if you know in advance that Richard II was rather weak.  For John Murphy's strong performance, I'd call this play "Bolingbroke".  Haig Sutherland's delivery of Richard II's final monologue was captivating.
+  If you haven't seen The Number 14 (written in Vancouver and went int'l), then DO -- you'll get a good chuckle. Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island starting July 2, tix 684 2787, till July 26.  G and I have seen two earlier productions and enjoy the Vancouver references (but every city has such nbrhds).
+  Salt Water Moon by David French July 15 to Aug 1 at the Jericho Arts Ctr by Hoarse Raven Theatre. Tuesday through Saturday, at 8 pm; Tix $15 - $20 (two-for-one Wed July 15 and Tues July 21 and 28), see  http://www.jerichoartscentre.com/.  ONLINE RESERVATIONS or 604 224 8007, ext. 3
+  BTW, there's a special offer for those on United Players' Jericho Arts Ctr mailing list.  If you are on the mailing list you'll be given a code to quote when paying and receive $6 off ADULT price / $3 off Student price. 
See  www.unitedplayers.com  also for UP's special promotion celebrating its 50th season.  If you buy two season tickets before July 31st you get a third one free! 
The Arts Club
Les Miz is at the Stanley going gangbusters has been extended to Aug 6th now (tix 687 1644)
Altar Boyz at the Granville Island Stage is getting good reviews and has been held over until August 29; for tix tel 687 1644
+  Theatre Under The Stars in Stanley Park has two musicals: Annie and Thoroughly Modern Millie, July 10 to Aug 22. See www.tuts.ca or contact the raccoon: www.ticketstonight.ca or 1 877 840 0457.
+  Will try to take in drama The China Tea Deal put on by Seven Tyrants Theatre about the Qing Dynasty, European trade, and the start of opium use in Suzhou; at the Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall).  Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30pm to Aug 30; tix 662 3207.
Vancouver Early Music Festival ~~
     LuteFest 2: Nigel North in Recital - Tuesday, July 28th at 8pm
     LuteFest 3: Robert Barto in Recital, with Marc Destrubé - Friday, July 31st at 8pm
   "The League of Purcell" - Sunday, August 2nd at 8pm
   A Haydn Celebration - 1: Songs and Fortepiano Sonatas - Tuesday, August 4th at 8pm
   Purcell's 'The Faerie Queene': A Restoration Spectacular - Thursday, August 6th at 8pm
The Festival is jointly sponsored by Early Music Vancouver and the UBC School of Music, and includes several co-presentations with MusicFest Vancouver.
"Early Music in Context": a series of free lectures/presentations
        All lectures take place from 5:30pm - 6:30pm at the UBC School of Music
Thurs, July 30th: An Embarrassment of Lutes: Hosted by Ray Nurse and Pat O'Brien
Wed, August 5th: Purcell and the Fairy Queens: Presented by Stephen Guy-Bray
Tues, August 11th: Dutch Masters at the Vancouver Art Gallery: A lecture by Bronwen Wilson
===  PH/Ccl Mtg NOTES July 20th  === [Cclr Smith absent]

=  Public Hearing
        7pm -- The Council Meeting will commence immediately following the Public Hearing
Mayor: Good evening, everybody.
It's wonderful to see so many ppl, I didn't think this many ppl were still in WV.
This is a Public Hearing.....
Cclr Panz has a statement to make
TP: want to declare that a family mbr is presently the Eagle Hbr Yacht Club commodore and there is no pecuniary benefit that wd result from Council's vote either for or against for this particular project.

{Well, yes it wd save money and time for all those mbrs; same for the voters, sorry, I mean boaters at the West Van Yacht Club.  Peculiar definition of pecuniary?}

OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW NO. 4360, 2004, AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 4612, 2009  (File:  1610-20-4612)
The Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits will describe the subject application.
Applicant:  District of West Vancouver
Purpose:  The proposed Official Community Plan amendment bylaw deals with the Marina and Yacht Club Development Permit Designation BF-C9.
The existing bylaw exempts a renovation or addition to an existing building, with an area of less than 10% of the existing building, where:
(a) the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw are met; and
(b) the facility results in either no substantial change to the external appearance of the premises or conforms to guidelines BF-C9.
Proposed OCP Bylaw Amendment:  The proposed bylaw, if approved, would add an exemption to the current list of exemptions.  Specifically, a replacement marine fuel storage and dispensing facility on Fisherman's Cove Marina in the 5800/5900 block Marine Drive would be exempt from the requirement for a development permit if:
(i) the storage tanks are located adjacent to each other, do not exceed a capacity of 45,000 litres, and are setback a minimum 15 feet from the High Water Mark and 60 feet from Marine Drive; and
(ii) conditions (a) and (b) set out above are satisfied.
Geri Boyle, Planning Staff: short bylaw; deals with Devt Permit regulations for marinas and yacht clubs (designation); govt allows exemptions; this bylaw adds an exemption and it provides for a replacement facility if adjacent, etc; builds on existing exemption.
{SSch said one report and 16 pieces of correspondence, all distributed.}
1) Reports received up to July 16, 2009:
Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 4360, 2004,Amendment Bylaw No. 4612, 2009
(to exempt the proposed replacement fuel distribution system at Fisherman's Cove Marina from Development Permit Area Designation BF-C9)  July 4, 2009  July 6, 2009  R-1
2) Correspondence received up to July 16, 2009:
K. H. Priebe  July 15, 2009   July 20, 2009   C-1
On July 6, 2009 Council set the date for the Public Hearing.  The statutory notice of Public Hearing was published in the North Shore News on July 12 and 15, 2009.  The Municipal Clerk will note written submissions received for the July 20, 2009 Public Hearing.
Simon Scott: don't intend to be here every Monday -- WV is much better to be outside than inside
[then text supplied]
   I don't like gasoline or diesel or oil or fumes but until our world at large develops a better way of propelling ourselves by land, air, and sea they are very needed materials.
   The whole Vancouver area, including West Vancouver and particularly the Fisherman's Cove, Eagle Harbour location, is the starting point for hundreds of boats en route to the amazing shore line of our British Columbia coast. Fuelling facilities are a necessary part of this West Coast recreation activity. This is the largest boat basin in the District of West Vancouver. 
   From the point of view of water safety, which definitely includes refuelling, Fisherman's Cove is the closest point for departing and returning vessels to and from the Strait of Georgia. A fuelling dock is not only a convenience in this location but a positive necessity.
   Bruce Falkins has supplied regular boating services to thousands of both home-based and visiting boats in the entrance of this harbour. He has been a critical facility for many in terms of water safety. I being one. He has also supplied a valuable service to a few.  Those few are the property owners of Passage Island to whom he has offered valuable water taxi service to and from his fuel dock.  West Vancouver has no responsibility for Passage Island, however Passage Islanders do support West Vancouver in many ways.
   On behalf of all boaters and as a Passage Island owner I urge West Vancouver Council to proceed with the approvals, at all levels, towards the replacement and continuing use of the fuel dock and its many facilities in Fisherman's Cove.
Mayor: did you get the address for Mr Scott?
{other remarks: beautiful area; largest boat basin/bay; Passage Island owner, but address 1130 Fulton Ave}
SSch: yes
Bruce Falkins (sp?): no prepared remarks; wanted to thank you for the hard work your staff has done on my behalf to get this done
Bob Sokol and Gordon have done v good work, been v supportive
lived here my entire life, never realized what great staff we have; thank you for bringing this forward and taking action tonight
Mayor: ask for address again, don't want PH to be invalidated
Ans: 5620 West Port Place
Mayor: Next, Peter McCarthy
PMcC: 5736 Maple Place, current commodore of the WV Yacht Club
support getting his fuel barge reopened
[we have] 700 mbrs
safety issue; boats in Thunderbird, danger, fuelling from jerry cans
Bruce has operated for many years; much needed
Steven Panz: 5746 Avalon Place, current commodore of the Eagle Hbr Yacht Club, friendliest little yacht club in BC, supported here with mbrs and here with WVYC commodore, Peter McCarthy
limped along without; another boating season; imperative facility be restored
elimination of spillage
thank the staff for all the work they have done, incredible job pushing this through; support official amendment to OCP
Michael deFyffer (sp?): with Thunderbird Marine, VP; 5776 Marine nothing I can say will
we represent 600 to 650 clients; receive dozens of emails a day, many on this issue
spillage is huge, signs, asked them not to use jerry cans
H Bay congestion
not having Bruce at head of cove; critical; comfortable with Bruce there; been missed for past two years
urge you to support staff as do 100% of our clients
John Adams: 1365 29th St; resident for 35 years
going to take this PH in a little bit different direction
feel like I've got the BC Lions here and I prefer the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and I'm going to 'get beat up'.
been a mbr of one of the largest yacht clubs in Vancouver for 34 years; boated up and down coast
been involved as a professional engineer; built marine facilities all up and down the coast
big concern about the environment
when I looked in the newspaper -- see applicant is WV
no problem with the applicant making an application; if applicant makes presentation and applicant applies for it
I've spent too many years of my life, being called out, engineer, called out for emergency response team, cleaning up oil spills, and dealing with problems in the environment
WV is going to lock themselves into; making this their application gives me great concerns legally
certainly potentially ramifications, and I don't think we need to get there, I think applicant shd make the proposal and go forward
availability of fuel; heard there are facilities, some alternate facilities, relatively nearby
over on Bowen Island the other day, a freighter heading up to Sq.  The BC ferry I was on had to divert -- almost went to FCove, didn't take us long and back in HBay
so there are alternates--
Mayor: important that everyone have their point come across
JA: exactly
fuel available; make sure safe
filling of portable containers: the yacht club I belong to is in Vancouver, Imperial Oil closed facility in False Creek as well
we've had to deal with that as a yacht club; a lot of pressure to do it safely
if you are going to transfer, there are safe ways to
being in the petroleum industry for 32 years, as a boater myself, I've seen boaters transport fuel for years
all you have to do is look at the price of fuel
quick survey last week: Mosquito Creek $1.16, $1.14 at the X? Hbr, and filled up my car in Ambleside and it was $1.11; some ppl always go to lowest
if you have good procedures in place; I read it in my yacht club's newsletter every month, be careful
strongest Act is the Fisheries Act; if you spill you'll get charged
wrt fuel facility
I urge look at all options
aboveground storage tanks inherently bring challenges
I'm concerned about the selected location of these storage tanks, immediately adjacent to a travel crane and you're going to put a truck in there; conflict
have a look at what cd happen there
I did turn in a complete document but in summary
Mayor: five minutes -- don't know what happened to our little bell; one minute?
JA: go back to OCP -- for marinas there's basically three items:
- promote high quality of building design and landscaping;
- be sensitive to water envmt; I'm concerned about 15 ft from waterfront, and then transferring fuel
- minimize visual, noise, and traffic impacts in the adjacent residential area; abutting this facility are residential lots; certainly aboveground storage tanks are highly visible, tank trunk so pump engine has to be running all the time
at Sewell's [in HBay] on Sunday morning and there was truck making a delivery, he shut off his engine, and gravity dropped [it] into the underground tanks, and that's immediately adjacent to the srs' facility right next door
if you start setting precedents, and saying aboveground storage tanks are fine, then Sewell's is already in for a look at a Devt Permit, looking at relocating tanks
wd like to thank Geri Boyle for time she spent with us last week -- she asked what wd you be happy with
Said to have WV not involved in it; certainly I've heard probably a thousand 1000 vessels down there and Thunderbird Marina is probably one of the largest.  I really wish they wd all work together to resolve the problem, and get fuel that is safe and protects envmt
Lastly, Port of Vanc has an envmtal ofcr who is currently reviewing the status of all the marinas in the port's area; Coal Hbr one, Mosquito Crk, Deep Cove, and one further up the inlet; shd really look at what Port is doing and be consistent
don't expect to get a cheer
Many of my friends behind [me] including my..brother's lawyer in the back.  He lives on Passage Island
been an interesting day
[APPLAUSE anyway]
Roger Garriock: Sherwood Land, mbr of WVYC; I support this
I played hookey today, my wife and daughter at an outstation; and coming back we needed fuel
Monday afternoon so shdn't be too busy so diverted to Sewell's -- think this shd be supported for safety reasons -- as we approached Sewell's Marina, there were three watercraft, the kind you ride on, doing 60mph right until the gas dock, and depowered
At the same time a 30ft Sea Ray cut me off doing 20 knots, powered down to beat me to it
I'm in a 42ft powerboat; two ferries docking; two novice boaters leaving Sewell's
thinking, this wd never happen at FCove; strongly endorse
Michael K (sp?): 5826 Passage Island; search and rescue
safest place is a fuel dock, concrete and steel, safest place for a burning boat to be
don't have staff trained to deal with fire
spill response kit at a fuel dock, as well as training; in support personally for a fuel dock
Bruce McArthur: 6345 Nelson, don't have a particular objection but have a nagging question at the back of my mind re Uplift
if we're adding an exemption to an existing bylaw to help and support a few West Vancouverites who happen to be boaters, and the entrepreneurial benefits of an individual who wants to run an operation, I think it behooves them to present a proposal that shows some Uplift that benefits the whole cmnty not just the boating part of it
Larry Hughes: 22xx Inglewood, born here in 1928, a mechanical engineer
support, mbr of WVYC since 1964
as to Uplift, I believe that WVYC and EHYC are v supportive of young ppl 
over 600 students in the summer time -- you'll see many small sailboats in the Sound
Mayor: ... for third time, anyone wishing to speak?  If not, move to Ccl
        [Sop moved submissions received and moved PH closed]
Members of Council are not permitted to receive further submissions once the Public Hearing is closed.
[7:30 gallery clearing]
=  Regular Council Meeting Agenda  7:35
1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA July 20 -- item 10 has been withdrawn
2. Adoption of July 6, 2009 Council Minutes -- Public Hearing and Regular Council Meeting.
3. Measuring Up Working Group - Final Report and Recommendations (File:  2620-10/0117-20-MSUP)
1. The expanded and updated 2009 "Access and Inclusion" policy developed by the Measuring Up Working Group and attached to the June 22, 2009 report titled "Measuring Up Working Group - Final Report and Recommendations"  be approved to replace the existing 2004 "Accessibility" policy;
2. In accordance with the expanded and updated 2009 "Access and Inclusion" policy, the following be implemented:
a) The Director of Parks and Community Services report back with an implementation plan for District leadership, coordination, and communication of the policy initiatives;
b) In accordance with the direction and guiding principles outlined in the 2008 "Blueprint for Social Responsibility and Change," Directors from each Division identify immediate and long term actions to respond to the proposed policy initiatives in their departmental work programs;
c) Staff incorporate the proposed policy definition and initiatives into the Social Action Plan to be developed in 2010;
3. The "Accessibility Means Business" brochure developed by the Measuring Up Working Group be promoted in the broader community; and
4. Access improvements at John Lawson Park initiated by the Measuring Up Working Group be celebrated and publicized through the District website, park signage, and other communications tools.
Anne Mooi: MUWG is here with final report; invite them to make presentation
Kelly Diamond: staff liaison; thank mbrs
invaluable direction and support from our ccl liaison, Sop
John Bannister: Patricia Lepp and I are co-chairs
like to start with an exercise
23% of our popn over 65, 15% a disability that limits their daily activities
{Mayor given a motorized scooter to go around the chamber -- off she went!
Sop was given an umbrella and a stroller
SW given glasses b/c ppl with cataracts sensitive to glare
ME glasses xxxx
Brent: macular degeneration ..... difficulty xxxx
Sokol: assigned a wheel chair
SSch: assigned a pair of crutches
JB: variety of scooters, most require use both hands to steer the scooter, speed control button; three and two-? wheel models; steer, beeps; needless to say impossible to have an umbrella
wheelchairs can be manual or electric and are always four-wheeled; usually shorter in length than scooters but can be wider, as electric wheelchairs have controls on their arm rests
some with attachments for canes or shopping bags, equipped with a canopy; limits ab to use transit
walkers used by increasing numbers limitations with mobility
walker styles vary inside two wheel outside use four, seats and with baskets for shopping
ppl using walkers need both hands to open doors (that aren't automatic)
affected by residential foliage over sidewalks, passing dogs, plants, etc
hedges and plants sometimes make passing by v difficult
encourage properly trimmed back
bus can accommodate a maximum of two
Engg progs guidelines for size of scooter/wheelchairs
Check with Blue Bus about sizes
thank you for exercise, what experience each day
recognize your participation with a certificate, well done
Mayor: thank you for helping us to participate and understand.....
JB: any questions?
previous slide shows what like to view this presentation with certain forms of vision loss
[PowerPoint Presentation]
2,500 of WV CNIB say have vision loss, can affect anyone, any age
after 80, a third of the popn has a significant degree of vision loss
most common, glaucoma and macular degeneration, most often occurring after 65 years of age
with hearing loss, background noise makes it difficult to understand speech sounds
[Japanese spoken to demonstrate]
what it sounds like for someone who doesn't understand the language
Pat Lepp: Mar 2008, $20K prov grant to set up MU group, ten mbrs, two from NSACDI
since 2007 other cmnties receive funding
projects to enhance accessibility; ...policy devt; ....improvements
Access & Inclusion Policy: WG updated policy from 2004
"Accessibility cultivates inclusivity by eliminating barriers and creating social physical and economic xxx"
Inclusion xxx
Policy Initiatives: five points plus three
- Leadership role for cross-deptal coordination
- social action plan 2010
Raising Awareness
in the Biz cmnty by:.....
Slide of Brochure; 1400 copies mailed out this year
featured at ACDI's access event, at Cmnty Day this year
Beach Access -- our third project -- improvements to John Lawson Park; automatic door openers in the washrooms, wheelchair accessible picnic tables, etc
Successes: St John's Nfld, request to use, etc; WV MUWG in forefront
[Chart showing initiatives/what done, eg buses and bus stops]
Sop read motion above with recommendations: thank John Bannister and Patricia Lepp for co-chairing this cmte; new steps, new direction
thank you all
TP: as a former physio, I find this doc absolutely incredible
so many times the challenges ppl faced were daunting
no matter how much ppl understand, different when you have to do it ev day
inclusion essential ...  delight to read doc; thanks
question: do you as a WG have a project outstanding? or do it all?
JB: do it all; beaches, John Lawson a start
TP: maybe Eagle Hbr?
ME: Thank you for an outstanding report
thorough, diligent; thank you for the certificate
as you know sufferer of glaucoma, my exercise was to wear the glasses and read it, and it was sobering to me that I wasn't able to read
my ability and others' lack of ability
also thank re reference to biz "accessibility means biz" ... exec dir here ...  on behalf of Chamber appreciated ... Chamber's willingness to promote that brochure
ML: John, I was particularly taken by your definition of accessibility and inclusivity
come at it, I guess, from a somewhat diff perspective as the parent of a child with a developmental disability
we have made marvellous inroads but fair to say we have a long way to go wrt inclusivity
flabbergasted by time spent by teams; long, long way to go wrt inclusivity
intellectual, fiscal resources and social responsibility
hope we see the same progress on inclusivity that we've made in accessibility
my pleasure to be rep to ACDI each mtg is a joy
JB: ACDI looking for new directions and I think your input wd be most valuable
SW: tonight was one of the most refreshing and creative presentations we've seen
reading doc on weekend, dedication emanates through doc, really impressed
look forward to seeing some of these policy changes come to implementation
really wd hv liked to hv seen Bill use a doublestroller!
Mayor: you've made Ccl v proud, pleasure for us to share in your success
inclusion must go into Strategic Plan, a word that's missing; part of my definition of a strong cmnty
propel into front and centre
wdn't have gotten here without your full participation
take our lead from you
you have tremendous champions in your staff: Anne Mooi, Leanne Sexsmith, and Kelly Diamond, always in my office championing this
wd also like to welcome Peggy Hunt from TransLink -- have their attention; not often here in Chamber
we've worked hard to improve our bus stops
another guest, Kimberly X (sp?), tireless advocate for her child re accessibility on public transit; think from Anmore; she's following what we're doing
privileged to be leading the province and coming straight from the cmnty, so thank you v much
Passes and look forward to following up on the challenges
4. Climate Action Working Group - Interim Draft Climate Action Plan (File:  0117-20-CLMA)
RECOMMENDED: THAT Council receive the Climate Action Working Group's Interim Draft Plan and instruct District staff to consider the Action recommendations within and collaborate with the Working Group regarding an implementation plan in alignment with the District's forth coming strategic plan.
BL, Dep CAO: before passing on, introduce their draft plan
ack that with this draft plan, ...... are left blank
intention to bring forward in draft plan
staff collaborate with staff; final plan later in the fall
TP: July 1959 when I was four
[National Geographic?] Magazine -- how do man's activities influence
scientific cmnty been saying for a long time.  .. clear and make it worse
.... optimistic and engaging
WV action plan inspirational; dedication to getting it right; know group is looking forward to Ccl's questions
[introduced co chairs and mbrs who stood]
Freda Pagani: enjoyed working on this; present draft action plan
believe critical for humanity; chance to improve if get it right
Others are experts on problems of Climate Change
[Slide with AGENDA 8:14]
95% ... scientists/panel... believe human activity main cause of global warming
2% rise irreversible impact
sea level rise and forest fires; we do have resources to address
many parts of world haven't
Slides showing retreating snow packs -- affect water supply
20% more GHG emissions per capital than the City of Vancouver -- sgl fam
Nora Gambioli: What our group has done.......
informal survey done at Cmnty Day, 79%, residents of WV, somewhat idea of climate change; 92% believed the WV govt shd actively encourage residents to respond to climate change
final report by end of year
Vision: to facilitate the cmnty's rapid move towards fossil fuel freedom
Sweden has committed to be off oil by 2020; renewable energy by 2050
working toward fossil fuel freedom
today fourth anniversary of moon landing; when JFK said, most didn't think achievable
We've come up with a set of solutions:
   home retrofits, home heating, encouraging sec suites; transit close to homes, etc.. .protecting forested lands
solutions for adaptation
New Innovative Opportunities for Leadership
applaud for water metering, shoreline work, etc
ask you take next steps
citizens .....
Benefits: reduced car traffic, better heath, etc
[Action group list on slide 8:27]
Sop: your survey 92% --- how many?
Ans: 84 outside eating hamburgers and salmonburgers
Sop: passion before on ccl to protect hillside
ask for some of these, a bit of apple pie
alternates shd be in front of us
eg Spirit Trail will alter the life style of many,  how they get around
difficulty I have is the big one -- man, his car, and the cellular phone -- solve?
put guidelines, ie 2012 meet certain things, 2020, .....
thx Cclr Panz for your inspiration, know you drive a hybrid car
Mayor: this is for questions Cclr Panz will lead discussion
ME: listening to the presentation I feel like standing to attention and saying "yes, sir"
[TP made motion]
TP: fund? ...  you brought that up; the latest Scientific American has something on "grassoline" -- ... grass and weeds
moving toward fossil fuel freedom
look at me funny -- look at it this way, it's leading you to making decisions
since I've worked with this group, I have driven a Prius for four years, feel I shd ride bus more so take it to CAWG
audit on my older home, 1955; exciting, my old panabode is rated at energy efficiency at 62 and can get to 80 mark
reduce my energy consumption to 50%
2.2 tons per year
know we're looking at 20 audits in 20 days
audit again
have an energy audit done on your home
you say, the sun to dry your clothes! novel
so it doesn't impact my nbrs
anti-idling; turn it off and we do have an anti-idling bylaw
Sop: on the right track
SW: really interesting presentation
not to sound frivolous but thought bylaw against hanging clothes
Sokol: not aware of one but will look into it
ML: arguing against the envmt is like arguing against xxx
what really bothers me is the jargon around it
pop religion xxxx of the decade and undermines the good work
pp 93 to 98, all sorts of specific things I can do -- that means something to me
the rest of the report didn't turn my crank; a lot of this is marketing
turn off.....  xxx these are real
take leadership and achieve results if much more specific
Trish's house energy audit is fabulous
turn the block heater off -- nothing to do with WV, undermines credibility of whole process
fabulous work and commend you
TP: thank you for feedback
we've signed on to some charters so need to do these things
as far as the energy audit, across the whole prov
ML: for $150 you can take out the block heater xxx
Mayor: thank you for your approach; you took out sustainability
Climate Change not much xxx
pleased to hear Sop refer to sec suites and apple pie
Ccl will be expecting a set of priorities
thank you for work, when back?
Dep CAO: before end of year
5. UBC [Master's] of Landscape Architecture Studio (File:  2190-01)
1.  Council receive this Report and the attached Report from UBC for information;
2.  Council refer this Report to the Climate Action Working Group; and, 
3.  [Council request] a staff update by the end of 2009 on strategies being pursued.
Steve Jenkins: thank you for allowing me to summarize
believe you all have a copy of the report
where from here?
students --> Albert Einstein Qtn:
        "I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not just accumulation of facts
converted Capilano Golf Course into a farm; students; great job of visualizing
looked at Character....xxx
How we can use this:
Character; provided great collateral, maps, etc, how impacts nbrhd *****
broke up BPP into stages of devt
in BC clean electricity
bigger and bigger --> Whitby; Panorama lower
Transportation -- counting cars and will be passed on to Transportation Group
Waste and Food
Water (outdoor swimming pools); densify not as much pervious area (Rodgers)
CO2 reduction of 89%
WHERE does the team go from here
toolkit; so homes in 20 days prog
number of grants, cd get $12K
closed loop; converting buildings
target -- have to get into retrofit biz
great thing about students -- opened up everybody's minds
Conclusion: funicular, groundtruthing
Thank profs, Geoff Croll and Walter Thornloe; special thx to Ellen Pond -- did last presentation; Raymond and his crew
Mayor: when launching?
SJ: Sept; cclrs eager for audit: $150 you get that back, rebate
Mayor: for those not able to participate
Ccl may be last  --  how???
SJ: public session with ppl who have done the audit
providing ppl info will have ready for Sept
Mayor: federal funding
SJ; prov
Mayor: xxxx
Sop: Rodgers Crk, village up there; footpathways
taken time; progressive improvement, taken by BPP; have you seen that?
SJ: phenomenal change; eight years since I've been here
        ppl coming here to see what we're doing, not only Rodgers Crk
we've come a long way
ML: want to commend group; fabulous report, a whole lot  can go home and do
[read motion above]
6. Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4608, 2009 (6520 and 6540 Marine Drive - former Horseshoe Bay Fire Hall site) (File:  1610-20-4608)
This bylaw received first reading at the June 22, 2009 Regular Meeting of Council and a Public Hearing was held and closed on July 6, 2009.  Council is not permitted to receive any further submissions on this bylaw (either electronic, verbal or written) until after the bylaw is adopted.
        RECOMMENDED:  be read a second time. ... be read a third time.
SW: lots of discussion about these sites; unfortunately not here when came in; good initial pilot
Mayor: this is the zoning bylaw; a further one will come wrt design
ME: we've all spent a great deal of time reviewing this
hate to think of it as in favour or xxx
wrt Housing Study that proceeded this bylaw
80% of the residents support pilot projects how can be integrated
of all the issues ppl approached me about to discuss, instead of three lots, shd be two; did simple arithmetic, there are two existing lots facing the three lots we propose
the three lots are only 6% smaller than two; we need to advance some of the points
small step, voting in favour
Sop: I think staff made the right decision two or three years ago as three lots; there was interplay more, on that site....
utilize those monies; mover, get on with it
TP: some multifam; and others two sgl fam; will add to nbrhd and value of nbrhd

{So strange given need for money to keep our taxes down.  Wise?  Other possibilities cd hv bn small suites for seniors in one building, surrounded by landscaping so a visual asset to the area; Given allowing secondary ste bylaw proposed, three lots can mean already six units.  If six or eight smaller than house and one building footprint, more greenery than just sideyards.  Devt of the firehall site was supposed to pay for the new public building in HBay -- have not researched but the rumour was that that bldg went way over budget and what DWV will get from selling three lots nowhere near.  Someone pls send the figs?}
7. Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 4360, 2004, Amendment Bylaw No. 4612, 2009 (5920 Marine Drive) (File:  1610-20-4612)
This bylaw received first reading at the July 6 Regular Meeting of Council and a Public Hearing is scheduled for July 20, 2009. If the Public Hearing is closed, Council is not permitted to receive any further submissions on this bylaw (either electronic, verbal, or written) until after the bylaw is adopted.
        RECOMMENDED: be read a second time. ... be read a third time.
SSch: ...majority of all ccl mbrs in order to proceed
Sop moved read a second time: first off wd like to qualify -- environmental concerns? how we will?
Mayor: stick to topic of OCP amendment
CAO: question we were going to be following re any contamination on site?
Sop: any other problems
CAO: we'll be coming back with reports
Mayor: Mr Sokol reiterate; zoning, not full plan future use
Sokol: solely restricted to exempting this site from Devt Permit; will still need to meet all envmtal regulations
Mayor: a different decision will come forward
CAO: keep public informed xxx
Sop: marinas v important; sev factors
put a road around, it slowly dies, Granville a prime example
what wd happen to ...  if never had ability to serve their clients and all went around the corner to HBay
look at sensibility ... well-established ... needs of boaters in the area ... sensible move
SSch: for clarity: second and third reading on .... regarding 5920 Marine Drive
[second reading carries, then third]
8. Update for Remedial Action Order - 960 Sentinel Drive (File:  1605-01)  Verbal update to be provided.
LH: prop was to be cleaned by June 21st; for firefighting purposes
relocate the piles for access requirements; remove debris and material; ventilation issues
Fire Dept made statement prop owner to make prop clear
initially photos; Ccl was .... about releasing
have short powerpoint presentation -- ready, Ccl can see or speak
Mayor: speak
LH: can?
Mayor: am sure Ccl will act on your advice
LH: last inspection June 30
some work done, some rearrangement; large tent erected now removed and material inside shifted to outside of prop, stacked
ev underneath the deck placed in more orderly fashion now access through rear door and windows
ladder can be placed to roof; stacked in rear of yard severe tripping hazard
far from complete but narrow strip; hard to tell if anything removed
just a matter of the owner having difficulty letting go of this material
explain tripping hazards, need more time working with him so don't suggest ..... moved in
we'll be more specific with the owner; appears no room in house and no accessory structures
ML: recall some concerns about nature of these materials and nature?
removing them from site?
LH: was some gasoline storage on the prop, asked them to be labelled but understand will be
other containers appear to have been removed but some things stacked on top of others
not getting as clear access as before; have to make apptmts
ML: am I missing something or is basically some of the piles been moved around
LH: apologizing for not photos; wd see on screen
stacked, a bit neater; a ways to go working to get removed
ME: if same kind of report in six or eight weeks what shd we do then vs today
LH: if still have not gained compliance, use agents
ME: wd that likely be your recommendation
LH: yes
Mayor: expect xxx ... courtesy re time.... homeowner
fire risk beyond homeowner; maybe Ccl wish to put a deadline, eg resolved by Sept
CAO: state date in Sept
Mayor: Sept 21
CAO: if Friday before, gives staff opp to review it
Mayor: Sept 18
LH: homeowner asked me to bring up about the gate; said a gate had been installed inside the prop line; make that clarification with Ccl; always there, just closed and locked it.
Mayor: option to receive?
SSch: that wd be preferable
9. Request for Remedial Action - Geotechnical Issues - Required Construction of Rock Blanket Protection - 2558 Garden Court (File:  1605-07)
THAT Council considers that the south slope between the two existing concrete retaining walls located on the Property at 2558 Garden Court, West Vancouver, and legally described as Lot 30, DL 793 GROUP 1 NWD Plan BCP 20797 (the "Property") creates an unsafe condition that poses a significant risk to the safety of both persons on the Property, to persons on adjoining properties and potential damage to the municipal roadway;
AND THAT Council therefore resolves that within 30 days of receiving a copy of this resolution, the owner of the Property is required to:
Construct the "rock blanket" as set out and designed in the attached drawings from Horizon Engineering Inc. dated February 2009 attached to the report entitled Request for Remedial Action - Geotechnical Issues -  2558 Garden Court as Appendix 1 or other such similar design pre-approved by the District of West Vancouver.
In the event the Owners have not performed all or part of the Remedial Action Requirement within 30 days after notice of this resolution is delivered to the Owners, the District may, by its own forces or those of a contractor engaged by the District, enter the Property and perform the Remedial Action Requirement.
In the event the District takes the [above-referenced] action the District may recover the expense from the Owner, together with costs and interest, in the same manner as municipal taxes in accordance with sections 17, 258 and 259 of the Community Charter.
If a person with notice of this resolution wishes to request reconsideration of these requirements by Council, written notice of this request must be provided to the Municipal Clerk within 5 business days of that person receiving this notice.
LH: staff are requesting remedial action to stabilize this slope
sgl-fam dwelling being erected, permit Jan 2008...
stop-order on the site
staff have been working with Horizon Engg to get owner to stabilize....
need to resolve before rainy season, b/c go down into Marr Creek
something needs to be done; do something fairly quickly within 30 days
[TP moved as written]
Sop: had a little look today; surprised a large slope cd get to this condition -- somebody not paying attention?
Mr Sokol, we adopted a policy some years back, re progressive devt, stay away from a lot of rock fall
BPP to plant up a slope and part responsibility of owner
35 degree slope, maybe foundation on top part of hill
hold mtnside in place; why go in that direction; halfway down the slope 4ft wall
supporting motion but why allow this when two doors over got a xxx
Mayor: this motion, but wrt policy change
Sokol: each site has a geotech engr sign off
some may have xxx...; some note, they stand by their recommendations
Mayor: require this for safety of cmnty
Sop: why did engr pull away his?
Sokol: believe as this project has moved on, some sloughing on the slope, advice to owner who is not following it so engr no longer wants to take resp for the site
ME: give staff more authority; takes far too long to correct the issue
like prev issue, some unsatisfactory; we require staff to negotiate, run around, to dodge
all say something shd be done
we say District MAY, shd be more forceful; not done by a certain date
not MAY, but DO
up to deadline then extensions; same will be true in Sept
Mayor: think written this way so Ccl knows can exercise powers
Sokol: crafted by solicitor xxx
SW: I was thinking the same thing; a line we can put into this
30 days, District will go ahead 31st day; rather than wasting staff time, come back; esp safety risk
going to Collingwood kids go by, thoroughfare
LH: clear on intent; owner entitled to reconsideration
SW: does it mean in 30 days? without power
LH: yes
Mayor: five biz days
10. Outstanding Building Permit Files (File:  1605-07)
1. The report from the Manager of Permits, Inspections, and Bylaws on Outstanding Building Permits Files be received as information. 
2. Council direct staff to systematically review outstanding building Permit files and resolve each file in an appropriate manner as outlined in the Report from the Manager of Permits, Inspections, and Bylaws.
Bylaws are passed by a simple majority affirmative vote unless otherwise noted.
11. Business Licence Bylaw No. 4455, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4611, 2009 (File:  1610-20-4611)
This bylaw received three readings at the July 6, 2009 Council Meeting, and the statutory notice was published on July 12 and July 15, 2009. An opportunity for public comment on the bylaw is required pursuant to the Community Charter section 59 (2).
SSch: to this date received no comments
12. Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
The following Consent Agenda items may be considered separately or in one recommendation.
Mayor: 10, 9 will be on our agenda so 8, 9, 10
13. Appointments to North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee (File:  0115-20-NSFC1)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the following appointments to the North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee be approved:
*   Constable Tara Gueulette (North Vancouver RCMP) for the term ending December 31, 2009
*   Andrea Stone-Mockle for the term ending December 31, 2009.
14. West Bay Elementary - 3175 Thompson Place, Temporary Portable Classrooms (File:  3175-20-THO)
1. The Temporary Portable Classroom for West Bay Elementary School be exempted from the provisions of Section 21-105 of Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968 regarding temporary buildings.
2. The Assistant Manager of Permits and Inspections be authorized to issue a building permit for the portable classroom as illustrated in Appendix A of the report dated June 24, 2009 from R. Maki, Assistant Manager of Permits and Inspections.
15. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)
Correspondence received up to July 14, 2009 
Action Required
(8) Geographical Names Board of Canada and British Columbia Geographical Names Office, June 30, 2009, regarding Proposal to Adopt the Name "Salish Sea" to Describe the Inland Waters Adjacent to Washington State and Southwest British Columbia
        Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
(9) July 14, 2009, regarding Farmer's [sic] Market and Fees
        Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
(10) B.  McArthur and A. Brown, Western Residents' Association of West Vancouver, July 6, 2009, regarding WRA Members' Aphid Problem
        Referred to Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for consideration and response.
SW: problem for that family
DepCAO: tree, family want it removed; arborist has been there; not resolved
Mayor: letter of notification went around to the nbrhd; perhaps Mr Jenkins can report to us next Monday
{nope; no report on the 27th}
Sop: on June 30; pesticide placed on rlwy tracks
give the benefit of doubt to CN; one, not five or six
pesticide xxx? without notice to residents who have gardens, tomatoes, etc
point: we've come a long way wrt pesticides and use; tried to educate along with other cmnties in this nation; poisons and derivatives, shd try to find an alternate source
Cdn corporate citizen as CN is, be considerate at least follow wishes of cmnty and not xxx
low portions
better find a better way; area frequented by a lot of ppl ....probably a poison; under charter we have some rights
Mayor: ... invasive species
DepCAO: have asked for .... plan xxx
Sop: a couple of letters to editor chastising Ms for using the
not right msg, to those two individs, do your research
what poison does to ppl and animals, and critters and creatures
ML: Value for Services WG has commenced ....  meeting weekly into fall
wd like to acknowledge the participation of .....
work is underway, v exciting, great energy around it
Mayor: wonderful; any other WG reports?
Sop: second mtg Transportation, Mr Fung
RF: a little bit special, services of a consultant; compilation of research; presenting issues to maximize
four-hour workshop, breakout sessions; want to schedule another mtg before summer break
Sop: July 27th final report from the Spirit Trail; helping assisting staff; positive effort
CR:  Good evening
I just thought I'd say, listening to the excellent reports from the WGs and things, that the Strategic Planning WG is still wondering about a slogan.

{whoops, I really mean "vision".  Poorly explained by me.  There's meant to be a short sentence at the beginning that can be used at the bottom of letters, etc.  After that the WG has listed some action items as to how WV will do this, and as I said, that expansion is excellent.}

What occurred to me when I listened to some of the excellent work being done that they cd shorten it and the explanation that the WG has done is excellent but maybe they cd shorten it and say,
West Vancouver values quality of life
{of course, cd be values/prizes/treasures/promotes/cherishes/ whatever}
cuz all the examples tonight, all the efforts everyone is making, to make sure we have a good quality of life, I think that's really great work that we've been doing and that's a nice short one we cd have, we're demonstrating it, West Vancouver values quality of life.
Thank you
Mayor: thank you; we'll see you at the ext Strategic Plan WG mtg.
18. ADJOURNMENT [~ 9:37]

===  Sp Ccl MTG AGENDA July 27th  ===

2.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES  --  July 20, 2009 Public Hearing.
3. Spirit Trail Greenway Community Engagement Strategy: Working Group Report and Recommendations (File:  1785-19/0117-20-STRL)
- 1.   Council receive for information the report from the Chair, Spirit Trail Working Group dated July 16, 2009
- 2.    Council request that staff report back on implementation and resource requirements for implementing the Report Recommendations by October 2009.
- 3.    Council consider re-establishing a Working Group to assist staff with the implementation of the community engagement process for the Trail.
4. Strategic Planning Update (File:  0270-07)
Council receive for information:
- 1.    The enclosed update regarding the conclusion of Phase 1 of Public Consultation;
- 2.    The summary of work, within the Strategy Development Phase, being led by Strategic Planning Working Group; and
Further, support:
- 1.    The enclosed draft of the West Vancouver vision and mission for the purposes of further review by the public, with final version to be presented to Council in September, 2009.
5. Development Permit No. 09-012 for 1431 -1437 Clyde Avenue - Proposed Building Renovation including addition, along with a shared parking arrangement (File:  1010-20-09-012)
At the July 6, 2009 meeting Council received the report dated June 23, 2009 from the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits regarding Development Permit Application No. 09-012 for 1431-1437 Clyde Avenue and set the date for consideration for July 27, 2009.
Reports received up to July 23, 2009:  NAME / DATE / DATE RECEIVED:
Development Permit No. 09-012 for 1431 -1437 Clyde Avenue - Proposed Building Renovation including addition, along with a shared parking arrangement / June 23, 2009 / July 6, 2009
Correspondence received up to July 23, 2009: NAME / DATE / DATE RECEIVED: None to date.
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 the proposed DP ... be approved.
6. Development Permit Application No. 09-021 - Park Royal Shopping Centre (765 Marine Drive) (File:  1010-20-09-021)
- 1.    The requirement for a Public Meeting be waived and no further notification be required; and
- 2.    Devt Permit, which would allow for exterior building and signage upgrades to the existing shopping centre, excluding an L.E.D. message centre, be approved.
- 3.    Staff be directed to work with Park Royal to finalize the colour scheme.
7. Secondary Suite Program (File:  1000-01)
- 1.    Staff be directed to make the Secondary Suites Discussion Paper attached to the July 17, 2009 report from the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits available for public for review and comment via the District website and newspaper advertisements; and
- 2.    Staff be directed to prepare for Council consideration a Proposed Secondary Suite Program including a Proposed Bylaw for new suites and a Program for addressing the issue of existing suites by October 26, 2009.
8. Neighbourhood Zero Emission Vehicles (File:  1800-00)
- 1.    Staff be directed to amend the Traffic and Parking Bylaw 4370, 2004 to allow Neighbourhood Zero Emission Vehicles on District roads with speed limits of 50 kph or less; and
- 2.    Staff be directed to identify exceptions as required to ensure safe operation of Neighbourhood Zero Emission Vehicles and the safety of others.
9. Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw No. 4551, 2009 - Evelyn Drive Development Area (File:  1050-20-09-005)
- 1.    Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw be introduced and read a first, second, and third time in short form; and
-2.    Staff be authorized to take the necessary actions to give effect to the bylaw, including public notification under the Community Charter.
10. Reconsideration of Remedial Action Requirement - 2558 Garden Court, Lot 30 (File: 0120-01)
At the July 20, 2009 Council Meeting a resolution was passed regarding a remedial action requirement for 2558 Garden Court. The owner has requested reconsideration of the resolution and an opportunity for representations will be provided.
11. Changes to the 2009 Council Meeting Schedule (File: 0120-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT a Council Meeting be scheduled for September 21 and the September 28 Regular Council Meeting be cancelled.

BYLAWS for Adoption
12. Smoking Regulation Bylaw No. 4607, 2009 (File:  1610-20-4607)
13. Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4602, 2009 (5775 Marine Drive - Takumi Japanese Restaurant) (File:  1610-20-4602)
14. Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 4360, 2004, Amendment Bylaw No. 4612, 2009 (Fisherman's Cove Marina) (File:  1610-20-4612)
Each reading of an Official Community Plan bylaw or bylaw amendment must receive an affirmative vote of a majority of all council members (majority is 4 members) in order for the bylaw to be adopted.  A public hearing regarding the proposed bylaw was held and closed on July 20, 2009.  The bylaw received 2nd and 3rd reading on July 20, 2009.
15. Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4608, 2009 (6520 and 6540 Marine Drive - former Horseshoe Bay Fire Hall site) (File: 1610-20-4608)
A public hearing regarding the proposed bylaw was held and closed on July 6, 2009.  The bylaw received 2nd and 3rd reading on July 20, 2009. 

16. 6520 and 6540 Marine Drive (former Horseshoe Bay Fire Hall site); Green Building Requirements and Design Guidelines (File: 1610-20-4608)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the proposed green building requirements and design guidelines attached to the July 16, 2009 report from the Manager, Community Planning be conditions of sale of the three lots at the former Horseshoe Bay Fire Hall site and that the Design Review Committee review building plans for each lot to ensure consistency with the design guidelines and the Permits Department assure compliance with both sets of conditions at building plan review and construction.

17 Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
... Item 22 - Correspondence List.
18. Local Government Infrastructure Building Canada Grant Program (BCF) and Recreation Infrastructure Canada Fund Grant Program (RInC) (File:  0160-04)
- 1.    The submission of a grant application to the Building Canada Fund - Community Component, under the Recreation category, for an artificial turf field designed for the sport of field hockey but with multi-use capability located at "A" field in Ambleside Park, be approved.
- 2.    The submission to the Recreation Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Fund, be approved for the following expanded list of grant application components:
-- 1.    Artificial Turf at "A" field in Ambleside Park (authorized by Council, April 6, 2009)
-- 2.    Covered walkway at West Vancouver Seniors' Activity Centre
-- 3.    Playground at the Ambleside Adventure Play Child Care Centre - accessible for the public
-- 4.    Lighting upgrade at the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre
-- 5.    Sport field improvements at various locations in West Vancouver
-- 6.    Flagpoles at the Civic Site
-- 7.    Interpretive signage at the Western Civic Site
19. Canadian Heritage Celebration and Commemoration Program - Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration Program Grant (File:  3110-04)
        RECOMMENDED: THAT Council [authorize] submission of an application for the Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration Grant with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Celebration and Commemoration Program.
20. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-016 (3751 Marine Drive) (File:  3110-04)
        RECOMMENDED: THAT the Municipal Clerk give notice that the DVP Application which would provide for a dwelling to be constructed exceeding the maximum permitted height and Highest Building Face Envelope, will be considered on Monday, September 14, 2009.
21. Development Applications Status List (File: 1010-01)
        RECOMMENDED: THAT the Devt Applications Status List be received for information.
22. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)
Requests for Delegation  --  No items presented.
Action Required
(1) July 16, 2009, regarding 895 Highland Drive
        Referred to the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
(2) July 19, 2009, regarding Giant Hogweed
        Referred to the Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
(3) July 15, 2009, regarding Traffic Calming - Roundabouts
        Referred to the Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
No Action Required
(4) July 16, 2009, regarding Invitation to Slow Food Vancouver Summer Cycle Tours of the Fraser Valley (August 22 & 23)
(5) July 16, 2009, regarding Support for Senior Shuttle
(6) July 19, 2009, regarding Ambleside [Farmers;] Market
(7) July 19, 2009, regarding Ambleside [Farmers'] Market
(8) B. Liddle, North Shore Volunteers for Seniors, July 14, 2009, regarding Social Services and Community Grants 2009
(9) J. Happer, 39 Combat Engineer Regiment, July 15, 2009, regarding 2009 Arts & Culture Grant
(10) L. Jackson, Metro Vancouver, July 7, 2009, regarding Next Steps in the Development of Metro Vancouver's Draft Regional Growth Strategy
(11) K. Shymanski, E-Comm 9-1-1, June 30, 2009, regarding Annual Report
(12) P. Landry, British Columbia Trucking Association, July 15, 2009, regarding Traffic and Parking Bylaw No. 4370, Section 10.5
Responses to Correspondence
(13) B. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation, July 14, 209, regarding Westmount Road
(14) B. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation, July 14, 2009, regarding Municipal Infrastructure Spending
Responses to Questions in Question Period  --  No items presented.

===  NEWSWATCH  ===  Education
+  India votes to make school mandatory for all children
BY DEAN NELSON  --  The Vancouver Sun  --  22 Jul 2009
NEW DELHI- The Indian parliament voted Tuesday to provide universal, free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of six and 14. The law, passed more than 60 years after India won independence, has been hailed by children's rights...read more...
+  EDUCATION: Mother Tongue Absent in Thousands of Classrooms
by Haider Rizvi
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 16 (IPS) - Millions of children across the world fail to receive a basic education not only because they are born into poverty, but because local authorities do not allow them to read and write in their native language at school.
According to a study released Thursday by a London-based rights advocacy group, more than 100 million children in the world are out of school, and most - estimated between 50 and 70 per cent - are minorities or indigenous peoples....
In "The State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009", prepared in collaboration with the U.N.'s children agency UNICEF, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) details how minority and indigenous children have been systematically excluded, discriminated against, or are too poor to afford an education.
It shows that in developing countries with the largest number of children out of school, such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan, minority and indigenous populations enjoy far less access to schooling than majority groups.
In Pakistan, for example, children are not allowed to read and write in Punjabi, although it happens to be the language of the majority of that country's population. School-going children are often beaten with sticks by teachers if they fail to score well on tests given in English or Urdu.
===  WOMANWATCH  ===
As you know, women aren't allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.  Recently it was reported that in Sudan a woman was arrested and cd receive 40 lashes for wearing slacks.  A charge something about indecent clothing -- but in Pakistan, a Muslim country, the national dress is slacks, although with a long overshirt.  And in Canada an Afghan man (Muslim), only here two years, has been charged (along with his son) of murdering his first wife, and three of his daughters.  Apparently a daughter had brought dishonour on the family b/c her boyfriend was Pakistani.

===  LANGUAGEWATCH  ===  ** 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate **
Management speak - don't you just hate it? Emphatically yes, judging by readers' responses to writer Lucy Kellaway's campaign against office jargon. Here, we list 50 of the best, worst examples.
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7457287.stm >
Here are two I picked out for you:
2. "My employers (top half of FTSE 100) recently informed staff that we are no longer allowed to use the phrase brain storm because it might have negative connotations associated with fits. We must now take idea showers. I think that says it all really."
Anonymous, England
49. "Thanks for the impactful article; I especially appreciated the level of granularity. A high altitude view often misses the siloed thinking typical of most businesses. Absent any scheme for incentivitising clear speech, however, I'm afraid we're stuck with biz-speak."
Timothy Denton, New York

fyi -- One term I don't like is the redundant 'upcoming'; reminds me of upchucking.....

===  WORDWATCH  ===  Lying: When politicians can get away with it, and when they can't
Pants on fire  Jul 9th 2009  From The Economist print edition
Politicians frequently lie. So does everyone else. Why all the fuss?
THESE days Bagehot spends a lot of time pretending not to know there is a penguin in his wardrobe. It is his job to search for the penguin, while his toddler feigns ignorance about its whereabouts. Then she opens the wardrobe and triumphantly pulls out her toy. It is (naturally) very endearing. The game is also, if you stop to think about it, in the same cognitive family as lying.
Lying, as developmental psychologists have shown, is natural. It is an automatic, necessary, sometimes virtuous skill. For politicians it is-in a technical rather than pejorative sense-an essential one. These are eternal truths about falsehood. Yet, periodically, politics is dominated by lies. This seems to be one such time. The fixation of commentators and practitioners with them is telling, though not mainly about mendacity.
         The rest at: http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13984033

===  Top Nine Signs Your Cat Has Learned Your Internet Password ===
9.      Email flames from some guy named "Fluffy".
8.      Traces of kitty litter in your keyboard.
7.      You find you've been subscribed to strange newsgroups like alt.recreational.catnip.
6.      Your mouse has teeth marks in it... and a strange aroma of tuna.
5.      Hate-mail messages to Apple Computers, Inc. about thier release of "CyberDog".
4.      Your new ergonomic keyboard has a strange territorial scent to it.
3.      You keep finding new software around your house like CatinTax and WarCat II.
2.      On IRC you're known as the IronMouser.
      the No 1 Sign Your Cat Has Learned Your Internet Password...
                                                         1. Little kitty carpal-tunnel braces near the scratching post.

===  MAIKU  ===  West Vancouver 2009 July 21
... sparked partly Iranian 'uprising', revolt against election results felt to be fraudulent; and Obama saying that an idea cannot be killed/suppressed militarily

                             bamboo shoots break through
                                                  burst from earth -- like ideas,

BBC quoted Obama: Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away (speech in Cairo June 5)

===  QUOTATIONS  ===

I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us.
                -- Konrad Lorenz, Austrian ethologist, Nobel laureate (1903-1989)
An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. -- Bonnie Friedman, author (b. 1958)
Albert Einstein quoted in ccl mtg by SJ:
          "I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not just accumulation of facts."

The legacy of education -- Leonard Roy Frank (American editor, b 1932):
Education at its best offers a series of enchantments with each enchantment raising the student to a higher level of awareness, understanding, and compassion.
he also wrote:
       There are silences that speak louder than words.
and from his monthly email "Frankly Quoted":
o  Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
MARGARET CHASE SMITH (Maine senator), speech, Westbrook Junior College, Portland, 7 June 1953, quoted in Stephen Donadio et al., editors, The New York Public Library Book of Twentieth-Century American Quotations, p. 245, 1992.
o  If there is one defining characteristic of Western civilization, it is its capacity for renaissance. No other civilization has shown quite the same ability to hit the refresh button on its own principles and ideals and to find a spark for renewal where others only see darkness and chaos.
ARTHUR HERMAN (writer and author of Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age, 2008), "The Pessimist Persuasion," Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2009.

A Matter of Opinion
A reporter was interviewing a 104-year-old woman: "And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked.
She simply replied, "No peer pressure."

Brad stared through the dirty soot-smeared window on the 22nd floor of the office tower. Overcome with depression he slid the window open and jumped through it. It was a sheer drop outside the building to the ground. Miraculously after he landed he was completely unhurt. Since there was nothing to cushion his fall or slow his descent, how could he have survived the fall?
  Brad was so sick and tired of window washing, he opened the window and jumped inside.