NOTES July 30
AGENDA Sept 14
Calendar to Sept 24

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

hope you enjoyed your summer......... :-)
=  Main items Ccl mtg Sept 14: Ev Dr; DVPs for 6080 Blink Bonnie and 3751 MDr; Town Hall Mtg Oct 6; Devt Applications; LOTS of correspondence
Vive le Canada (Labour Day, Bare Buns, Quebec 1759/1948); ANIMALWATCH (Swans, Fillies, Leopards); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Dining/Views; Cheese rolling); WVPD (CompStat, THE BEAR FACTS); UPDATES (Secondary Suites; State your Vision for WV; Adult Learning at WVCC)
=  CALENDAR to September 24th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre, Music, Art, Photography, Film)
= NOTES from July 30 and Ccl Mtg Agenda Sept 14th
= INTERIM INFO (New Police Chief, Salmon, Field Trips, NON-VIOLENCE); INFObits (Identity -- What's in a name?); WOMANWATCH (No choices); BEERWATCH; HISTORYWATCH (1909 facts and Ford pic); NEWSWATCH (Lost PQ River, Water in Israel/Palestine); SCIENCEWATCH (Happy Salmon story); PHILOSOPHYWATCH (Monty Python); LANGUAGEWATCH (Importance of Q, Harper's booboo; a rare language; Acronyms/Abbreviations); Silly Section (Traffic Cameras; Leopard); MAIKU; Quotations/Puns

===  Vive le Canada  ===
LABOUR DAY -- As you know, International Workers' Day is May 1st in many socialist (and some other) countries.
According to Wikipedia:
May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half of a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and neopagan festivals such as Samhain. May Day marks the end of the uncomfortable winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations, regardless of the locally prevalent political or religious establishment.
As Europe became Christianized the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays as with Christmas, Easter, and All Saint's Day. In the twentieth century, many neopagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival again.
The first Monday in September as Labour Day started in Canada in 1872 and the US copied us!
Again, Wikipedia:
The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced back to April 14, 1872 when a parade was staged in support of the Toronto Typographical Union's strike for a 58-hour work-week.[2] ...
George Brown, Canadian politician and editor of the Toronto Globe hit back at his striking employees, pressing police to charge the Typographical Union with "conspiracy."[2] Although the laws criminalizing union activity were outdated and had already been abolished in Great Britain, they were still on books in Canada and police arrested 24 leaders of the Typographical Union. Labour leaders decided to call another similar demonstration on September 3 to protest the arrests. Seven unions marched in Ottawa, prompting a promise by Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald to repeal the "barbarous" anti-union laws.[2] Parliament passed the Trade Union Act on June 14 the following year, and soon all unions were demanding a 54-hour work-week.
The Toronto Trades and Labour Council (successor to the TTA) held similar celebrations every spring. American Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was asked to speak at a labour festival in Toronto, Canada on July 22, 1882. Returning to the United States, McGuire and the Knights of Labor organized a similar parade based on the Canadian event on September 5, 1882 in New York City, USA. On July 23, 1894, Canadian Prime Minister John Thompson and his government made Labour Day, to be held in September, an official holiday. In the United States, the New York parade became an annual event that year, and in 1894 was adopted by American president Grover Cleveland to compete with International Workers' Day (May Day).
While Labour Day parades and picnics are organized by unions, many Canadians today simply regard Labour Day as the Monday of the last long weekend of summer. Non-union celebrations include picnics, fireworks displays, water activities, and public art events. Since the new school year generally starts right after Labour Day, families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer.
After a sigh of relief we don't have 50+-hour weeks (unless you're in business!), here's a bit of a giggle:
Bare Buns Run: http://www.time.com/time/picturesoftheweek/0,29409,1909668_1908330,00.html
Much talk about reading the FLQ Manifesto when the commemoration of the 1759 Battle on the Plains of Abraham was cancelled but it's only one of about 100 items.  IMO they ought to have marked the battle as a critical event in Quebec's and and to read Le Refus Global (1948) wch presaged the 60s and The Quiet Revolution  (Tranquille).

===  ANIMALWATCH  ===  quite a selection
>SWAN -- doting mother swan:
>HORSES --  fabulous fillies (horses who've been to the hair salon!)
***  Recently got an astonishing series of photos of a leopard befuddled watching a tiny rodent eating the leopard's dinner.
1.The Committed Sardine - blog -- In the picture above, perturbed Sheena the leopard looks on as a cheeky mouse nibbles her food at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. ...
See: http://www.committedsardine.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=189
BTW, my theory is that since having been brought up in a zoo, Sheena has never had to hunt and catch her food -- it's always been given to her ready to eat (skinned, etc), so this wd be another creature, not food esp when you see the pieces of bite-sized meat.  If not hungry, she might take it for a toy!
Trying to find the source of what had been forwarded to me here's what I looked at first and it has photos of several varieties of the rare cats, like the clouded leopard, the Persian leopard, etc.  This is the place the photos were taken; unfortunately closed end of August apparently.
1. Santago Leopards Project, Welwyn, Hertfordshire.SANTAGO RARE LEOPARD PROJECT, HERTS. Puma & Black Panther & more. Santago Leopards in Hertfordshire is a long standing favourite of many nature ...  See:  http://www.photographersonsafari.com/pages/santago.htm
***  Here are some photos of a few of the big cats:
***  sent around:
***  news item in Australia wch points out it's not a mouse, it's a Norwegian brown rat:
***  On this site, the San Diego Zoo, http://www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo/index.php on the top righthand side there's a short under-two-minute zoo video that's funny.

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
+++  What a fabulous summer!  Even summer cried at the end (rain all Labour Day weekend!)
Had told you about the pleasures of dinner outside at Rockwell's and the Howe Sound Inn in Squamish.  Rockwell's overlooks the Garibaldi Springs golf course and forest at base of mountains -- have seen bears, coyotes, an otter, all sorts of ducks/birds and then once after it got dark, coyotes howling to each other.  The Howe Sound Inn Brew Pub has an excellent range and new for September is a yummy blueberry Hefeweizen (so I suggested they float a few blueberries in the glass and they do now) as well as a Eclipse the Hops Imperial IPA -- so bitter and hoppy and carrying a whack at over 7% alc).
+++  Our British heritage of silliness is still intact.  You may have heard about the cheese rolling event in England (it's round, goes down the hill with the participants).  They had one recently at Whistler -- and it might even have been the second annual!
+++  With over a month break, subscribers got some updates.  Main items from the updates have been put in this issue to give some idea of some things that happened (Interim Info below).
+++  More on the significance of Le Refus Global next issue.

=== WVPD === Crime Maps and COMPSTAT
The West Vancouver Police Department carefully examines the number and types of calls for service it receives. Computer Statistics (COMPSTAT) is employed by police analysts to focus the efforts of police proactively in your community to reduce crime and the fear of crime.  Click here to read more about COMPSTAT.
The West Vancouver Police Department is pleased to present the 2009 Semi-Annual CompStat Report.
The Four Principles of COMPSTAT
   Accurate and Timely Intelligence; Effective Tactics; Rapid Deployment; Relentless Follow-Up and Assessment
   Property Crime UP 7% YTD; Violent Crime DOWN 2% YTD; Read More...
   Click here to view an interactive map showing the current crime in West Vancouver.
Date: 2009 September 04 Contact: Cst. Jeff Palmer                                Telephone:  604-925-7348
West Vancouver Police are asking residents for extra focus on Bear Safety this month as we head into a time of year with rising potential for bear-human conflicts.
Bear sightings in West Vancouver are down substantially this year, however bears are now entering hyperphagia - the time of year when they need to eat large amounts of food in preparation for hibernation.
WV Police have responded to 90 bear sighting calls since June 1st of this year, compared to 231 bear calls between June 1st and September 1st of 2008.
The BC Conservation Officer Service advises environmental factors, including different weather, and better feeding conditions for bears in alpine and sub-alpine areas are helping reduce bear intrusions into residential areas. The Conservation Officer Service also notes a number of bears repeatedly found in urban areas were successfully relocated last year. Compliance with West Vancouver Bylaws prohibiting placement of garbage at curbside before 5am on assigned collection days is also considered a contributing factor.
Bear sightings in residential areas can be reported to police or directly to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1 877 952 7277.
WV Police encourage all residents to do their part to avoid drawing bears into contact and possible conflict with humans.
* Place garbage at curb side no sooner than 5am on the morning of pickup.
* Store all garbage in the house, garage, shed or other secure enclosure.
* Regardless of where your store your garbage container, keep it clean and odour-free.
* Freeze smelly items, such as meat trays and the skin and bones of poultry and fish, until the morning of pickup.
* Keep diapers inside. There are products on the market that enable indoor storage.
* Remove all bird feeders, including hummingbird feeders, until the winter.
* Ensure that barbecues are kept odour-free. Turn them on high for 10 minutes when you are finished cooking and scrub off the food remnants. Remove any grease catchers and take indoors. (Do not store the propane tanks indoors.)
* Pick fruit from trees as soon as it is ripe, and remove any fruit that falls to the ground.
* Turn compost to reduce smells. Only add raw fruit and vegetables and yard trimmings, and keep a lid on the bin. Metro Vancouver has a helpful brochure available at www.metrovancouver.org
* Keep pet food inside.
* Keep refrigerators and freezers inside.
Additional information is available at www.NorthShoreBears.com or www.bearaware.bc.ca or phone 604 990 BEAR (2327) or 604 317 4911
===  UPDATES  ===
*  Secondary Suites  Your input is being requested as this issue comes to Ccl in October. Do you want them? without restrictions? in some nbrhds or in every nbrhd?  what about traffic? enough parking space? better close to commercial nodes? See http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=20326
*  Strategic Planning Update
Very important, $75K and counting, please give them input.  The mission list looks good but IMO the vision need some work.  At the moment the initial wording is just a prediction, please help make it a vision of what we want to strive for to have.  See http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=17440
*  Watch this WG
Started as PPWG, then became HPPWG; all before Terms of Reference reviewed by the CEC or coming to Ccl.
*  WV Community Centre Introduces Adult Learning  Friday, September 04
The District of West Vancouver and the West Vancouver School District are working together to provide the community with adult and community learning opportunities.  The municipality and school district both believe that adult learning is essential for the community. We are working together to transition selected programs that were previously provided by the school district to new homes at the Community Centre and Seniors' Activity Centre.
The programs -- offered for the Fall and Winter Terms -- have been selected as manageable for the new locations. The Community Services Department will review these selections in the future and expand the offerings where there is community interest and support.  Please see the Leisure Guide to view course descriptions.
Community Centre: 925 7570.  For more info see: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=20680

=====  CALENDAR to September 24th  =====
Farmers' Markets: Dundarave Saturdays 10 - 4pm; Ambleside (13th & Bellevue) Sundays 10 - 3pm
[Pls note that all mtgs are at M Hall usually in the MFCR (Main Floor Conference Room), but sometimes in the chamber, unless indicated otherwise.  Additions and changes can occur at any time so best to check the DWV website calendar wrt cmtes and WGs that are of interest to you.]
= Thursday, Aug 20
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Pilot Project WG
        ~ 6pm ~ NSh Family Court/Youth Justice Cmte, DNV M Hall
= Wednesday Aug 26 ~  pm ~ the PPWG has changed its name to HPPWG but who knows by the time it belatedly goes through the CEC and Ccl; they also met Aug 20
= Thursday, Aug 27 ~ 5pm ~ NSh Advisory on Disability Issues in DNV Boardroom
Starting Tuesday, Sept 1st, the Nifty Thrifty Shop at St. Monica's Church Hall will accept donations every Tuesday between 5 - 7pm.  Please ensure that donations are clean and in good condition.  Large items cannot be accepted. Shop the Nifty Thrifty's First Fall Sale!  Sat, Sept 26th 12 - 4pm
= Wednesday, Sept 2
        ~ 5pm ~ Cmnty Engagement Cmte; Mtn Room, WVCC -- CANCELLED, moved to Sept 9
        ~ 5pm ~ NSh Adv Cmte on Disability Issues, DNV M Hall
        ~ 5pm ~ Strategic Transportation Plan WG
        ~ 7:15pm ~ Field Sports Forum WG in Cedar Room, WVCC
= Thursday, Sept 3
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Strategic Plan WG, Cedar Room, WVCC
This notice was in WVM19 as was the Orca Festival on the weekend:
Community Centre Craft Market Jury  http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=20390
Your invitation to submit handmade crafts to be juried for the WV Community Centre Craft Market! This year the Craft Market will be held on Sunday, Nov 15th from 10 am - 3 pm at the NEW WV Cmnty Ctr.  Artisans who have not participated in the Cmnty Ctr Craft Market within the past two years must attend the jury scheduled: Thurs, Sept 3.
= Saturday, Sept 5th ~ 10am to 4pm Concours d'Elegance
        Display of 75 classic and heritage cars; Gastown
= Saturday/Sunday, September 5/6
~ Party at the Pier -- Maritime Cmnty celebration features entertainment by Sinfonia, Norman Foote, Babe Gurr, Shona LaMotte Band, Tim Readman, Bobs & Lolo, and others, with roving performers, Tugboat Ballet, and more
~ Orca Festival ~ 8am to 4pm in Hugo Ray Park
It's time to start gearing up towards the Labour Day Long Weekend and the Orca Festival hosted by West Vancouver Field Hockey Club at Hugo Ray Park.  Take in four games over the two days, and there will also be a dinner on the Saturday night. The clubhouse will be open as will the BBQ featuring salmon burgers.  For more information, visit www.wvfhc.com or email Ted Baggott.
= Sunday, Sept 6th ===  DOGWATCH, DOGWASH -- part of Paws for a Cause?
Bring your dirty dog to our pre-event Dog Wash fundraiser!
Sunday, August 30 and Sunday, September 6 from 10am to 3pm
WV SPCA shelter, Ambleside Park, 1020 Marine Dr.  and http://spca.bc.ca/walk/westvan.shtml
= Tuesday, Sept 8
~ 5pm ~ Value for Services WG; Cedar Room, WVCC
~ 7 to 9pm ~ Pacific Salmon Foundation Community Roundtable
The Pacific Salmon Foundation is developing a proposal that aims to identify probable causes of declines and to identify strategies to improve the production of Coho and Chinook stocks in the Strait of Georgia. They will be hosting a community meeting at the WV Cmnty Ctr to inform the public about this proposed initiative, and to gather information regarding ongoing community initiatives, observations, and ideas with respect to changes that have been noticed in the estuarine and marine environments of the Strait of Georgia. Refreshments will be provided. You can also subscribe to http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/SOGProgram/join and post messages online. Please feel free to distribute to other interested parties.  If questions, please do not hesitate to contact: Isobel A. Pearsall PhD, Proposal Co-ordinator, Strait of Georgia Coho & Chinook Program (Nanaimo), 250 716 3424 (tel)
= Wednesday, Sept 9
        ~  5pm ~ Strategic Transportation Plan WG in Arts Studio, WVCC
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Cmnty Engagement Cmte (lack of quorum, ended early, next maybe Sept 23)
        ~ 7pm ~ Bd of Variance
= Thursday, Sept 10
        ~ 4pm ~ Climate Action WG; Mtn Room, WVCC
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Housing Pilot Project WG -- CANCELLED

=  Saturday, Sept 12
~ 8am - 1pm ~ Garage Sale at Municipal Hall  
This is the BIG one. Join us for a HUGE garage Sale in West Vancouver. Over 40 tables available. Cost is $26.  Info and registration: 925 7108.
***  Summer Sessions at Ambleside
A Premiere Benefit Concert in Ambleside Park featuring Sarah Mclachlan, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young. 
The Sarah McLachlan Foundation and the District of West Vancouver are proud to present Summer Sessions at Ambleside on Saturday, September 12th. The one-day premiere benefit concert will be the first of its kind in West Vancouver, featuring performances by megastar artists Sarah Mclachlan, Sheryl Crow, and Neil Young. Alongside the premiere artists, the all-day festival will include performances from an eclectic array of talented Canadian artists. All proceeds from the concert go to the Sarah McLachlan Foundation.  [Ambleside Par 3 will be closed for the day.]
Event Details
Gates Open: 12:00 pm; B Stage Performance Commences: 2:15 pm; Main Stage Performance Commences: 4:15 pm
Concert Concludes: 10:00 pm (main stage) & 10:50 pm (B-Stage);
Questions?  Call Ania Mafi at 921 3421
Schedule [subject to change]
12:00 pm - Doors open / 2:15 pm - Dustin Bentall / 3:15 pm - Meaghan Smith
4:15 pm - The Canadian Tenors / 5:10 pm - Luke Doucet / Melissa McClelland
6:20 pm - SM Foundation Band/Choir
7:05 pm - Sheryl Crow / 8:10 pm - Neil Young / 9:15 pm - Sarah McLachlan
10:00 pm - Mainstage ends / 10:00 - 10:50 pm - Bstage / DJ

=  Sunday, Sept 13
~ 9am to noon ~ Annual Terry Fox Run in Ambleside Park
The Run is a non-competitive event where people get together as individuals, families, and groups to raise money in Terry's name. It is a day of celebrating Terry's legacy and helping to keep his dream of a cure for cancer alive. For more information visit: www.terryfoxrun.org
~ 9:30am to 1pm ~  WV SPCA Paws for a Cause Walk in Ambleside Park
This year, Paws for a Cause takes place from June to September in 39 communities across BC. The campaign culminates with local walk events on Sunday, Sept 13, for two- and four-legged BC SPCA supporters alike! For more info visit: www.spca.bc.ca/walk
Walk Length: 5km and 2.5km. Suggested Minimum Donation (or Pledge Total) to Participate: $20; Our Fundraising Goal: $50,000 We welcome everyone to join us for the event on Sunday. Registration begins at 9:30am, and the walk starts at 10:30am.
There will be lots of entertainment and fun for all with our traditional pipe band, professional face painters from "Imagine That", animal companion photos, exhibitors, dog and people games, a large silent auction full of goodies, food, music, and lots more.  We'll also have prizes for the top pledge earners!
Want to get involved? Encourage family, friends and neighbours to donate. Start collecting pledges by registering online, form a Pack or donate online. It's easy!  To see how your support makes a difference, please watch and share the video.
~ 10am to 2pm to 6pm ~ Coho Festival in Ambleside Park
The festival includes a 14km run, live music, lots of kids' activities and a salmon barbecue.  Coho Walk in the Capilano River Regional Park is from 10 am - 2 pm.  For more information: 604-926-6956 or www.cohosociety.com
= Tuesday, Sept 15
  ~ 6pm ~ Lower Caulfeild Review mtg
  ~ 7:30pm ~ WRA Meeting at St Monica's Church at the Horseshoe Bay roundabout
      Guest Speaker: Grant McRadu, Chief Administrative Officer for the District
The Spirit Trail and Council's responses to changing housing needs are two examples of projects which will affect our area.
= Wednesday, Sept 16
        ~ 5pm ~ Strategic Transportation Plan WG; Cedar Room, WVCC
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Strategic Plan WG; Arts Studio, WVCC
        ~ 6pm ~ Child Care Services WG
        ~ 7pm ~ Library Bd mtg at Library
        ~ 7pm ~ Bd of Variance mtg moved to Sept 9
        ~ 7:15pm ~ Field Sports Forum WG in Mountain Room, WVCC
= Thursday, Sept 17
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Housing Pilot Program WG (renamed)
        ~ 6pm ~ NSh Family Court/Youth Justice mtg in DNV M Hall
        ~ 7:30pm ~ WV Streamkeeper Society AGM at St Stephen's (22nd & Gordon)
***  North Shore Heritage Weekend Friday Sept 18 to Sunday Sept 20 -- many lectures, tours, etc  ***
A few: Talk 7pm Friday 18th, Simon Scott on The Architecture of Arthur Erickson at DNV M Hall
WV Infobooth outside Ferry Building Gallery Saturday Sept 19 from 2 to 4pm -- find out about our heritage and various groups such as the WV Historical Society and others preserving our past and the gift of our environment.
Antique Roadshow at the Mollie Nye House; Waterfront Tour Lower Lonsdale; Perilous Crossing exhibit at NV Museum; History Display Seymour Mtn; Tree Tour; Home Tour (tix include entry to Capilano Suspension Bridge, info 990 2387); Harbour Boat Tours (tix where you board).
Pick up a brochure and see www.heritage.westvan.org or call 922 4400.
= Saturday, Sept 19th
~ 11am - 1pm ~ TAKE PART in the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up
Wear old clothes, bring gloves and your own drinking water, and meet at the foot of 17th Street in West Vancouver, beach access.  For more info call Kim Vogt at 922 1359.
= Wednesday, Sept 23rd = ~ 5:30pm ~ CEC (to be confirmed)
= Thursday, Sept 24th
        ~ 5pm ~ NSACDI at DNV M Hall
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Housing Pilot Prog WG
        ~ 5:30pm ~ WV Police Bd at WVLibrary (Musto Rm)        

- for Events and Programs: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/index.php?page=5
- for Event Calendar: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
We will resume Sunday hours this month (10am - 5pm) starting on Sunday Sept 13th.  The Library is excited to announce that we are issuing a new 2010 Olympics-themed library card. Come in and get yours!
Fridays English Corner ~ 10 - 11:30am ~  Practise English conversation, discuss interesting topics, make new friends. September 4, 11, 18, & 25.

+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++ http://ferrybuildinggallery.com/
Sept. 8 - Sept. 27  --  ZOLTAN KISS  --  New Works: pottery and paintings
Opening Reception: Tuesday Sept 8, from 6pm to 8pm
Artist in Attendance: Saturday, Sept 12 at 2pm
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/
ends September 6  --  "Take Rest"
There is nothing to rest the heart like the corners of the world in which we daily busy ourselves. Acrylic paintings by local, long time artist Rose-Marie Goodwin share scenes from her corner. Depicting her subjects with colours she describes as pure, Rose-Marie encourages us to view her work and take rest.
+  September 8 - 20  --  "Meander"
This watercolour and egg tempera painting exhibition by artists Mong Yen and Lorenzo Leung exudes serenity and quietude. Their works reflect the curious, tranquil nature of the great outdoors along the Fraser River Delta area and the Lower Mainland, often reminiscent of their homelands in Asia.
Opening Reception: TUESDAY Sept 8th from 6 to 8pm
+++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://westvancouvermuseum.ca/
+ Sept 9 to Oct 31 -- Joan Balzar 1960+
Since the 1960s, Joan Balzar has experimented with industrial materials such as neon light and vivid colour to create sensory experiences through her large scale paintings. Her abstract designs are executed through the careful arrangement of colour and strict configuration of form. Balzar, a long-time resident of West Vancouver, is recognized as an important figure in the development of abstract painting on the West Coast.
Please join us for the opening reception on Sept 8th at 7pm
Artist's Talk: Sept 19th at 1:30pm
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
Friday, Sept 18 at 6:30pm  General Admission $20  This event is not recommended for Children under 12
Tickets for Sept 18th are available through Kay Meek Box Office Tel. 604 913 3634 Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm
This year's festival consists of two evenings and venues for screenings:
SEPTEMBER 18th: AMATEUR SCREENINGS at The Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver.
SEPTEMBER 19th: ADVANCED SCREENINGS at The Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver.

+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
The Summer-Fall issue of "The Torch" is now available.
To view the newsletter, just click the following link for direct access:
The newsletter is available to any non-member who is interested.  To sign up, please fill in the form at the bottom of the webpage, http://www.westvan60.com/newsletter.html
The next newsletter will be going out in early December.  Please email me at thetorch60@telus.net, if you would like to submit an article, or if you have any questions or comments.
Thank you for your interest.
Best regards,  Janice Mackay-Smith, The Torch

+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com/
= Thursday September 17th
The Park Royal Village is Celebrating its Fifth Year Anniversary and you're invited!
Park Royal Mall is partnering with The WV Chamber of Commerce in hosting this wonderful event!
Guest Speakers:
Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
Rick Amantea, Vice President Park Royal Mall
Gary Mussatto, President of West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Doug Smith, Vice President, North Shore Credit Union and Chair, Spirit of BC, North Shore
Time:     5 - 9pm
6 - 6:30pm Centre Stage Presentation; 6:30 - 8pm Chamber Members and Sponsor Reception
Cost:  Free to attendees
A variety of festivities including live music, a presentation, give-a-ways, and prizes will mark this fun-filled evening!
A Private Networking Event for Chamber Members and Community Partners will be hosted from 6:30 to 8pm.  Enjoy a glass of wine while you mingle and network.

+  Bard on the Beach -- See www.bardonthebeach.org and/or phone 739 0559
This is Bard's 20th season and they will welcome their millionth audience mbr. CLOSING NIGHT is Sept 26. Brief comments on Othello, Comedy of Errors, All's Well That Ends Well, and Richard II in previous issues -- no doubt you'll enjoy and find thought-provoking admiring the talent. 
+  The Fringe Festival starts Sept 10! See www.vancouverfringe.com
+  Sept 10 to 26 in NV:
  -  Doubt by John Patrick Shanley is at Hendry Hall; North Van Players (983 2633 for tix).
  -  As You Like It at the Deep Cove Shaw Theatre (929 9456)
+ The Arts Club -- Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy starts Sept 15 at the Stanley
+ At the JAC (224 8007):
  -  Sharing Shakespeare under the umbrella of veteran actor Antony Holland, Sept 14 to 16; 21 to 23
  -  Restoration Comedy,The Way of the World by Congreve performed by United Players Sept 4 to 27
+  Intrigued byThe 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, and pleased to hear it will be put on again.
*  MUSIC  -- Sept 17
Vetta Chamber Music at St Stephen's (22nd at Gordon): Reception 9:30am, concert 10:30am
*  ART
Zimsculpt at VanDusen to Oct 4: travelling exhibition of more than 150 stone sculptures by Zimbabwean sculptors.
Bulletin 5 (summer 2009 issue) of Caroun Photo Club has been published.
Copies are available in WV at the Silk Purse Gallery 1570 Argyle and Kerrisdale Cameras, 1564 Marine Drive
Mike Grundon, Shetland reporter, BBC News
The bus shelter cinema has a capacity of two people
A new record-breaking cinema has opened in Shetland to critical acclaim.
It is not only Britain's newest cinema, it is also the country's northernmost and its smallest, with accommodation for a capacity audience of two.
The cinema has been set up in a bus-shelter in north-east corner of the island of Unst.
etc at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/8239248.stm

===  Sp Ccl Mtg NOTES July 30th  === ABSENT:  Cclrs Smith and Walker
In particular: MOTIONS PASSED
=  re Park Royal Makeover:
1 -  that requirement for a public mtg for DPA be waived and no further notification be required
2 -  that the DPA allowing for exterior bldg and signage upgrades excluding an LED msg ctr be approved
3 -  that staff be directed to work with Pk Royal wrt entrance signage to further explore the addn of a msg ctr and report back to Ccl
=  re DELEGATE to the SymbioCity Learning Exchange and Technical Tour of Sweden:
1 -  that Ccl designate the Dir of Engg/Transp as a staff delegate to be held Sept 19 to 26
2 -  that a travel budget of $7500 be approved from the Solid Waste Utility Fund
{Cclr Trish Panz informed Ccl that she will be attending as well on her own finances.}

===  Ccl MTG AGENDA Sept 14th  ===
July 20 Regular Council Meeting; July 27 Special Council Meeting; and July 30, 2009 Special Council Meeting.
3. Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw 4551, 2009 - Evelyn Drive Development Area (File:  1050-20-09-004)
  1.  ... 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.
4. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-002 (6080 Blink Bonnie Road) (File:  1010-20-09-002)
At the July 6 meeting Council received the report dated June 23 from the Manager of Community Planning and set the date for consideration for September 14, 2009.
Reports received up to September 10, 2009: NAME / DATE / DATE RECEIVED
   DVP Application No. 09-002 (6080 Blink Bonnie Road) / June 23, 2009 / July 6, 2009
Correspondence received up to September 10, 2009: NAME / DATE / DATE RECEIVED
   W. R. Chapman / September 4, 2009 / September 10, 2009
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
RECOMMENDED: THAT the proposed DPA, which provides for a reduced front yard, side yard, combined side yard and waterfront yard which will allow the retention of a constructed glass guard rail on the roof of an accessory building and a covered front entry and the installation of glass roof panels on a trellis covering a BBQ, be approved.
5.  Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-016 (3751 Marine Drive) (File:  1010-20-09-016)
At the July 27 meeting Council received the report dated July 15 from the Manager of Community Planning and set the date for consideration for September 14, 2009.
Reports received up to September 10, 2009: NAME / DATE / DATE RECEIVED
   DVP Application No. 09-016 (3751 Marine Drive) / July 15, 2009 / July 27, 2009
Correspondence received up to September 10, 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
RECOMMENDED: THAT the proposed DPA, which provides for a dwelling to be constructed exceeding the maximum permitted height and Highest Building Face Envelope, be approved.
{why doesn't it say by how much???}
6. Update for Remedial Action Order regarding 2558 Garden Court (File:  1605-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the verbal update for Remedial Action Order regarding 2558 Garden Court be received for information.
7. Motion to schedule a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 (File:  0120-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT a Town Hall Meeting be scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2009.
{why doesn't it say on what???}
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS (rec'd for information)
8. Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
Item 9 - Active Development Applications Status List
Item 10 - Food Scraps Collection Demonstration Project
Item 11 - Correspondence List.
9. Active Development Applications Status List (File:  1010-01)
10. Food Scraps Collection Demonstration Project (File:  1776-03)
        Report dated Sept 3 from the Director, Engineering & Transportation
11. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)
Correspondence received up to August 4, 2009
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required
(1) R. Sleath and H. McCain, Access Transit, July 23, 2009, re Increase in Accessible Bus Stops in WV
   Referred to the Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
(2) July 24, 2009, regarding New Water Connection and Sanitary Inspection Chamber
   Referred to the Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
(3) August 1, 2009, regarding Extreme Traffic Congestion at Exit 3 of the Upper Levels Highway
   Referred to the Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
(4) S. Vennesland, August 4, 2009, regarding Resources for Invasive Species Program
   Referred to the Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
No Action Required
(5) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
   (a) Design Review Committee Minutes - July 16, 2009
(6) D. McKee, BC Sustainable Energy Association, July 29, re Climate Change Education Results for WV
(7) T. Byrnes, the Harvest Project, July 28, 2009, regarding Request for Support
(8) R. Strong, Capilano Community Services Society, July 27, regarding Support for Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program
(9) R. Hobson, Union of British Columbia Municipalities, July 24, 2009, regarding 2009 Library Grant Freeze - Call to Action
(10) S. Dowey, City of North Vancouver, July 23, 2009, regarding 2009 Children and Youth Initiative Fund - Youth Initiated Projects and Events - Kids Help Phone
(11) Regarding Fisherman's Cove Marina Fuel Facility (the following correspondence was received after the public hearing closed and could not be distributed until after bylaw adoption which occurred on July 27).
P. Stanley, Council of BC Yacht Clubs, July 25, 2009
R. Sultan, MLA, July 22, 2009
July 28, 2009
(12) Regarding 6520 & 6540 Marine Drive proposed 3 lots (the following correspondence was received after the public hearing closed and could not be distributed until after bylaw adoption which occurred on July 27).
July 5, 2009, July 6, 2009, July 6, 2009, July 5, 2009
Responses to Correspondence
(13) A. Mooi, Director of Parks/Community Services, July 30, regarding Giant Hogweed on Marine Dr
(14) R. Fung, Director of Engineering/Transportation, July 28, re Power Lines Constructed Along Argyle
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.
Correspondence received up to August 10, 2009
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required
(15) August 9, 2009, regarding Budget Comments
   Referred to the Director of Finance for consideration and response.
(16) August 7, 2009, regarding Ambleside Bird Refuge
   Referred to the Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
(17) J. Carline, Metro Vancouver, July 31, 2009, regarding Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant Rent Review
   Referred to the Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
No Action Required
(18) August 6, 2009, regarding Ambleside Park
(19) M. Choquette, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, August 6, 2009, regarding Open House - Old Capilano Bridge Replacement - August 12, 2009
(20) Undated, regarding Ambleside [Farmers'] Market
Responses to Correspondence
(21) B. Dozzi, Manager of Roads/Transportation, August 7, re Extreme Traffic Congestion at Exit 3
(22) B. Dozzi, Manager of Roads/Transportation, August 4, 2009, re Traffic Islands on Westmount Ave
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.
Correspondence received up to August 17, 2009
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required
(23) August 15, 2009, regarding Dundarave Swimming Pool
   Referred to the Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
(24) B. Leavold, North Vancouver District Firefighters, August 10, 2009, re WV Fire Cuts
   Referred to Fire Chief for consideration and response.
(25) N. McKinnon, August 12, 2009, regarding Sea to Sky Ride on September 11, 2010
   Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
No Action Required -- No items presented.
Responses to Correspondence
(26) B. Sokol, Director of Planning, Lands and Permits, August 14, 2009, regarding Potential Rezone and Development Permit Application for 1590 Bellevue Avenue
(27) L. Sexsmith, Acting Director, Parks and Community Services, August 13, 2009, regarding Increase in Accessible Bus Stops in West Vancouver
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.
Correspondence received up to August 24, 2009
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required
(28) August 22, 2009, regarding Redevelopment of Wetmore Site
   Referred to the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
(29) August 20, 2009, regarding Dog Walking on the Seawall
   Referred to the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
No Action Required
(30) T. Carney, Lionsview Seniors' Planning Society, August 10, regarding Community Grant Funding
(31) August 18, 2009, regarding In-Fill Housing
(32) M. Broughton, Vancouver Coastal Health, August 21, 2009, regarding Table Matters Event
Responses to Correspondence
(33) B. Dozzi, August 18, 2009, regarding Bellevue Avenue at 21st Street -Safety Issues
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.
Correspondence received up to August 31, 2009
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required
(34) C. Wilkes, Translink, August 25, 2009, regarding Ride-Share Week 2009
   Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response.
(35) August 24, 2009, regarding Traffic Calming Measures on Westmount Road
   Referred to the Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
(36) August 25, 2009, regarding Hazardous Intersections
   Referred to the Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
(37) August 24, 2009, regarding Ambleside Seawall
   Referred to the Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
No Action Required
(38) August 30, 2009, regarding West Vancouver Fire and Rescue Staffing Cuts
(39) E. Waugh, BC Hydro August 25, 2009, regarding Funding Available for Electric Beautification Projects
(40) T. Enemark, Public Policy and Government Relations Consulting, August 24, 2009, regarding The Issue of Excessive Class 4 Taxation in Some BC Municipalities
Responses to Correspondence -- No items presented.
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.
Correspondence received up to September 9, 2009
Requests for Delegation -- No items presented.
Action Required
(41) Councillor T. Briffa, Hobsons Bay City Council, September 3, re Human Rights in Local Government
   Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
(42) Acting Mayor N. Volkow, City of Burnaby, September 3, re Non-Payment of Industrial Property Taxes
   Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
No Action Required
(43) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
   (a) West Vancouver Memorial Library Board - June 17, 2009
(44) W. Chapman, Chapman Land Surveying Ltd., September 4, 2009, regarding Development Variance Permit No. 09-002 - 6080 Blink Bonnie Road
(45) August 30, 2009, regarding Snow Clearing
(46) September 8, 2009, regarding Support for British Columbia's Arts and Culture
(47) August 31, 2009, regarding Staffing of West Vancouver Fire Trucks
Responses to Correspondence -- No items presented.
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.
12.  REPORTS FROM MAYOR AND COUNCILLORS (Including updates on working groups)

===  INTERIM INFO  === Some updates sent to subscribers between July 30th and now 
DWV Update 2009 Aug 19/20
WVPD  -- Great news!
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:57:21 -0700  For Immediate Release
New West Vancouver Police Chief Constable Hired
West Vancouver, BC:   "It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mr. Peter Lepine as Chief Constable for the West Vancouver Police Department.  Mr. Lepine comes to West Vancouver after a 30 year career in policing with the RCMP.  His passion and his strength in community policing will enable us to serve our residents best.  He has an outstanding reputation for his ability to solidify his team and I know the dedicated men and women of our department will welcome and benefit by his leadership," says Police Board Chair, Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.
     "This is a truly exciting opportunity that came along at a perfect time in my career," says Peter Lepine.  "In three decades as a Mountie, I have had the chance to work with some extremely dedicated and talented people on some innovative policing initiatives, and I am very proud of what we achieved together.  Now I am looking forward to getting to know the community of West Vancouver; working with a new team of police, civilians, and volunteers at WVPD; and applying all my policing and leadership experience to the unique public safety context of this community."
     The West Vancouver Police Board thanks Interim Chief Constable Jim Almas for stepping up and leading the department since last February.  "His personal and professional commitment to West Vancouver is second to none and we will continue to benefit by Jim's experience as he supports the new Chief Constable," says Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.  "I am extremely proud of the groundbreaking community outreach initiatives that the West Vancouver Police officers and support staff have implemented, and I am confident that Chief Constable Lepine's strong leadership and three decades of law enforcement experience will build upon the progress we have achieved.  I look forward to assisting the new Chief in enhancing these essential relationships," added Jim Almas.
Peter Lepine was raised in Quebec and, after joining the RCMP in 1980, transferred to Surrey Detachment where he spent his first 10 years of service.  He also served at the RCMP Training Academy as well as in Port Alberni and Parksville, before taking up duties as a senior officer at Halifax Detachment.
     In 2005 Mr. Lepine took command of Coquitlam Detachment, which serves the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam as well as the villages of Belcarra and Anmore.  During his four and a half years as Officer in Charge, Mr. Lepine led the introduction of an evidence-based crime reduction strategy that has succeeded as a result of strong support from municipal Councils and community partners, and the hard work of frontline police officers and civilian staff at Coquitlam Detachment.
      In addition to frontline policing and managing municipal police organizations, Mr. Lepine has also been actively involved in policing professional organizations at the provincial and federal level throughout his career.  He is currently serving as the Secretary Treasurer of the BC Association of Chiefs of Police (BCACP).  Mr. Lepine is married to Lori, a 17 year member of the RCMP, and has an adult daughter who is also pursuing a career in criminal justice.
      Mr. Lepine will commence his service as Chief Constable for West Vancouver on September 14th, at which time he will be available for comment.
Media Contacts:
        Patricia Leslie, DWV 925 4736
        Lisa Wanless, WV Police Cmnty Services  925 7429
        Cst. Brigitte Goguen, Coquitlam RCMP Media Relations Officer, 604 999 7411
*  SALMON -- from The Globe and Mail
Fraser River's salmon stocks 'beyond a crisis'
MARK HUME  August 13, 2009
The mysterious collapse of the B.C. sockeye run has dashed hopes raised just weeks ago of a good return this year
The Fraser River is experiencing one of the biggest salmon disasters in recent history with more than nine million sockeye vanishing.
from: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/fraser-rivers-salmon-stocks-beyond-a-crisis/article1250175/
PLEASE, help Alexandra Morton to save the Wild Pacific salmon!
PLEASE, sign the petition if you haven't done so already and forward to as many people as you can.   16,000 have already signed the petition but that wasn't enough to impress DFO Minister Gail Shea......what about 100,000 or a million?
Reconnecting with Nature -- Natural history interpretive field trips for August
David Cook (924 0147; cookeco2@yahoo.com) Unless otherwise noted all these events are for the Vancouver Natural History Society (Nature Vancouver). Membership in Nature Vancouver is not required for the first three field trips attended.  Registration is not required.
>>>  Saturday August 22nd
In Search of the Hollyburn Fir
We will be walking the circuit of trails between Hollyburn Ridge and the Cypress Parkway, West Vancouver known as the Forks-Skyline Circuit. A little-used side trail to the north will take us to the magnificent Hollyburn Fir, an old growth veteran  ~1100 years old that stands 43.7 metres with diameter 2.96 metres.
Elevation gain: 270 metres.
Meet at 0930 hours at McDonald's, Park Royal to collect people travelling by bus or for car pooling as there is limited parking at the trail head. Alternatively meet at 1000 hours at the trail head at the intersection of Eyremont Drive and Millstream Road in the British Properties, West Vancouver.
Estimated time of return: Mid afternoon.
Bring lunch and water and dress for changes in weather. There are many rough, rooty, and muddy sections on the trail, so deep-tread hiking boots with ankle support are essential.
>>>  Saturday August 29th 2009
Geology & Forest Ecology, Cypress Provincial Park
Join me for a hike from the down-hill ski area at Cypress Bowl up the Collins Ski Run to the peak of Mt Strachan (1454 m), an elevation gain of about 500m. On the way there will be numerous opportunities to view the geology of the area in rock-cut exposures formed during the construction of the ski-run. We will make a short side-trip to look at an area of sub-alpine pasture recovering back to forest after an ancient lightning fire. The geological highlight will be near the summit of Mt Strachan where the glaciation has smoothed a remarkable exposure of metamorphic rocks, the oldest rocks to be found in the region. We may return via trails through the forest if time and trail conditions allow.
This is a full day's hike, so bring lunch, water and prepare for changes in weather. The trails are rough and slippery, particularly during the descent, so deep-tread hiking boots with ankle support are essential.
As there is pay parking for Cypress Provincial Park at this time of year we will car pool at McDonald's, Park Royal to cut down on costs.
Meeting time at Park Royal is 0900 hours (0930 at the trail head) with estimated time of return mid-afternoon.
>>>  Sunday August 30th 2009
The Champion Trees of Stanley Park
Stanley Park retains some specimens of Douglas-fir and western redcedar that are between 500 and 800 years old.  Also in the park you will see two of the oldest bigleaf maples in BC, and a large red alder designated as a Champion BC tree. Our route will also take us past two of the most publicised cedars in BC; the Hollow Tree and the National Geographic Redcedar. Share my fascination with these veteran giants and discover why some trees in the Pacific Northwest have reached such a great age and size.
Meet at the Third Beach concession stand at 1300 hours.
This two-hour walk is for the Discovery Walks Programme of the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES).
Cost: $5 for SPES members, students & under 18 and $10 for non-members.
 >>>  Saturday September 12th 2009
Dog Mountain, Seymour Provincial Park
This hike up to Dog Mountain (1050 m) will be an opportunity to learn something of the geology and ecology of this Provincial Park. Elevation gain is about 50 metres over a distance of 4 x 2 km. Estimated time of return: early afternoon.
Bring lunch as well as water and dress for possible changes in weather. Wear deep-tread hiking boots with ankle support as the trail is steep, rooty, and slippery in places.
We will be meeting near the entrance to Safeway in Parkgate Mall (corner of Mt Seymour Parkway & Mt Seymour Rd in North Vancouver) at 0900 hours for car pooling as some people may be coming by bus and there is pay parking in the park.
NON-VIOLENCE  [I value first-person reports; just received this]
CPTnet  --  19 August 2009
AT-TUWANI BLOG: "Newsflash-Palestinian nonviolence abides"
by Sam Nichols
[Note: This blog has been edited.  To see the original and Nichols's other blogs, go to http://samuelnichols.blogspot.com/]
Today there was a nonviolent training in the South Hebron hills village of At-Tuwani.  There were workshops for women and for men.  People came from Mfaqqara, Rakiis, Juwayya, and of course, At-Tuwani.
This goes out to all the doubters.  This goes out to Obama, for critiquing Palestinian violent resistance without acknowledging Palestinian nonviolent resistance or mentioning Israeli violence.  This goes out to all the people who believe Hamas militants are representative of 100% of the Palestinian population.  This goes out to people who don't recognize that there is an occupation of Palestine, and thus fail to correlate the ongoing resistance with the ongoing occupation.  This goes out to all the people who think the sword is more powerful than the pen.  This goes out to all the people who believe that guns are more powerful than the voice.  This goes out to all the people who believe that power and oppression are louder than the cries for justice and peace.  This goes out to all the people who don't believe there is hope.

===  INFObits  === What's in a name? 
Date: Sat,  5 Sep 2009 06:24:53 -0500 (CDT)
From: "CPTNET: the news service of CPT" <cptnet@mailman.cpt.org>
Saturday 22 August 
Schroeder, Evans, and Peters observed the settler tour from 4:40 to 6:10 pm. On this first day of Ramadan, the Old City was full of Palestinian men coming from prayers and shopping for Iftar. TIPH (Temporary International Presence in Hebron), ISM, and EAPPI as well as CPT accompanied the tour, which eight Israeli soldiers also escorted.  The soldiers were polite as they held a path open for Palestinians who were making their way through the crowd of people on the tour. The guide spoke first in Hebrew and then in English.  Schroeder asked the tour guide, "Have you told the people here that the Jews and Muslims all lived peacefully here in this city at one time?"  He said in response, "There is no such person as a Palestinian.  That was a name made up in the 15th century."

===  WOMANWATCH  ===
+ Helpless in Afghanistan?
My heart just sank when I saw the photo of a ten-year-old girl sitting next to a turbanned old bearded man looking at him sideways.  She was photographed meeting her husband for the first time.  What can we do?  I can't even imagine how she feels, how she'll handle the coming night, and her resignation since no education, no help, no power, no choice -- how cd we help?
+  A Malaysian court ordered the review of a sentence of caning given to a woman caught drinking beer in 2007. The case has sparked a debate about the use of Islamic laws in the country.
+ Court jails woman over trousers
8 Sep 2009  The Vancouver Sun  BY GUILLAUME LAVALLEE  Agence France-Presse
Journalist refuses to pay $200 fine imposed by a Khartoum court
KHARTOUM - Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed alHussein was sent to jail on Monday after refusing to pay a $200 US fine imposed for wearing trousers deemed "indecent", one of her lawyers said.
"She has been taken to the women's prison in Omdurman," the twin city of Khartoum, Kamal Omar said.
Earlier on Monday, a Khartoum court spared Hussein, who has vowed to appeal against any conviction, a whipping for wearing "indecent" trousers, but instead fined her.  ...
Speaking as they emerged from the court hearing which was barred to the press, witnesses said the court had ruled that Hussein be jailed for a month if she failed to pay the fine.
Under Sudanese law, she could have been sentenced to a maximum of 40 lashes for "indecency" under Islamic principles after being arrested with 12 other women wearing trousers in a Khartoum restaurant. ...
Ten of the women arrested in July on the indecent dress charge, including Christians, were subsequently summoned by the police and each given ten lashes....
More than 100 supporters, mostly women in trousers, chanted slogans and waved placards saying "No to whipping!" in support of Hussein as she entered the hearing, her hair covered in a traditional Sudanese scarf. ...
Article 152 of Sudan's 1991 penal code - which came into force two years after the coup that brought President Omar alBeshir to power - stipulates a maximum of 40 lashes for people convicted of wearing "indecent clothing." ...
+ UPDATE from The Economist Sept 10
A Sudanese woman, Lubna Hussein, was found guilty of wearing trousers, a practice said by the authorities to be indecent. Her case has sparked an international furore. She was freed from prison after journalists paid a fine of $200 (against her wishes). She also faced up to 40 lashes if convicted, but that punishment was not imposed.

===  BEERWATCH  ===
from PNN: http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6826&Itemid=
Oktoberfest in Taybeh: the fifth annual festival will be held on the third and fourth of next month
05.09.09 - 12:26
Maria C. Khoury - During the 5th Annual Taybeh Oktoberfest, 3 and 4 October 2009, the Taybeh Beer tour is surely to be popular.
   Amazingly, people from all over the world somehow discover Taybeh and actually visit without having been enticed by major advertisements. Taybeh Beer tours are given daily but even when the brewery is closed on Sundays, if a family member is available, the brewery is immediately opened when we see visitors outside our kitchen window since we live with the famous beer in the Middle East.
   We coined the slogan, "The Best in the Middle East" since every successful company has to have a great motto. But truthfully speaking, after the Oslo Agreement (1993) we had the dream that, if the world recognised Palestine and we had freedom, we, too, could make excellent products like other countries. The message came loud and clear from the master brewer, Nadim Canaan Khoury, my brother-in-law, by his personal signature on each and every Taybeh Beer bottle reflecting the high quality and premium status of the Palestinian brew. He is proud to craft the best product made in Palestine.
   Oh! Dear Lord! Palestine and Beer? Now that does not sound proverbial. To the shock of many international visitors, we too in Palestine want to be normal people, and like human beings all over the world, want to have a chance to excel in all fields. We Palestinians in Taybeh produce excellent beer, thus keeping a tradition since before the time of Christ, who in his first miracle changed water into wine at the Wedding in Cana.
   Cana to Taybeh is a fairly long way whether geographically or historically, but either way we invite all to join us in Taybeh for an incredible open day called the Taybeh Oktoberfest, which has been happening every year since 2005 and has inspired festivals in other locations. As one creative way to survive under strict closure, the Oktoberfest was originally held in order to boost the economy since it's so difficult to take Palestinian products into Jerusalem (although Israeli products flood the Palestinian supermarkets and take advantage of the lack of awareness regarding the support of local Palestinian products). Thus, Taybeh Beer, using its good name for high quality and excellence in Palestine, started to invite people to the village for a day of fun. While spending the day there, visitors actually buy honey, olive oil, and all of the natural and local products made in Taybeh. As a consequence, the ailing economy - with 50 per cent unemployment - experiences a tremendous boost.
   Along with the Taybeh Brewery, you can visit the factory that makes ceramic lamps, the Old Palestinian House of Parables, the Old City of Taybeh, recently renovated by Riwaq in cooperation with the Taybeh Municipality, which displays the beauty of Palestinian architecture, and the most amazing historical site of all, the fourth-century ruins of St. George Byzantine Church, now a precious archaeological site. The church was built by St. Helen, the Mother of Constantine the Great, when she built the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
-- Dr. Maria C. Khoury, an educator and activist, has served as the Taybeh Oktoberfest organiser for the last five years, since her husband became mayor of Taybeh.  She can be reached at khourymaria@hotmail.com.
The Taybeh Oktoberfest will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2009 in Taybeh-Ramallah, Palestine, both days, 11am to 10pm.  Taybeh, being one of the most ancient places in Palestine will welcome visitors from all over the world to experience local Palestinian dance and music while highly inspiring people to travel to this tiny village where Taybeh Beer, the Finest in the Middle East is produced.  Please come and experience Oktoberfest, Palestinian style.
Dr. Maria C. Khoury, Oktoberfest Organizer
Directions:  www.taybehmunicipality.org

===  HISTORYWATCH  === [NB: I haven't verified these US stats but even some are amazing]
1909 FORD Model R
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1909.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes! Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :
The average life expectancy was 47 years.
Only 14 per cent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 per cent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars andonly 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year ...
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year,
A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
A mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year..
More than 95 per cent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety per cent of all doctors had  NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!  Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard'.
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason..
Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30 !!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two out of every ten adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 per cent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.  Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." ( Shocking? )
Eighteen per cent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!
Now I'm forwarding this to someone else without typing it myself. From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD - all in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.  IT STAGGERS THE MIND

 ===  NEWSWATCH  ===
In an extract from Le Monde, Nobel prizewinning writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio writes on a nomadic Quebec tribe that is losing its lifeblood
* Israelis restrict Palestinians' water supply
August 24, 2009 -- World Bank report: Israelis have access to four times as much water as Palestinians due to restrictions http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=4136
* Israeli Military Destroys Three Water Cisterns in Beqa'a Valley
CPTnet -- 9 September 2009
AL-KHALIIL/HEBRON: Israeli military destroys three water cisterns in the Beqa'a Valley
by Paulette Schroeder, Hebron, Palestine  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  --  3 September 2009
At 9:15 on September 3 CPTers received a call from the ISMers  asking us to come immediately to the Beqa'a Valley. Bulldozers had arrived to carry out demolition orders on farmers=92 water cisterns (open, walled ponds for collecting water) which irrigate this fertile valley of grapes.
   When we arrived at the scene, two "stingers" (five-ton jack hammers) had already begun their path of destruction.  Away from the demolition action, two handcuffed men and a woman sat on the ground in powerlessness. Earlier, the soldiers had blindfolded these men, but later removed the blindfolds. Within an hour, the family owning this cistern had lost the source of water for their many dunams of grapes. Many Palestinians from the Valley watched, mostly in silence.
  Onward!  The caterpillar "stingers" crawled to the next site.  Soldiers ordered the men and boys away from the cistern. Internationals too were ordered away. This was now a "closed military zone".  Within a short time this second cistern too was useless. The claw-like "creatures" pushed their way to still one more prey -- a much larger well-built cistern providing water for three families.  Now three caterpillars took their positions and began to bang against the well-constructed cistern with determination, cracking, smashing the walls with tons of machine force.  The whole lopsided battle of machines against the work of these farmers' hands lasted one hour. The owner, who had also experienced demolition of the same cistern in 1999, looked on in grief.
http://cpt.org/gallery/ September 2009 Beqa'a Valley Water Cisterns' Demolitions.
The harm was done.  Reporters and Internationals went home. But for these families, the work of the military has sown tears, hearts that are now heavy, broken.
Later, in winding down with one of the  families, the father commented: "We have nothing.  We have lost everything.  We are poor; we have no weapons; we have little water and food. The only thing we have to leave our children is our land.  Sometimes I ask myself: Why did God put us here?  You tell me:  Why did God put us here?"
Pictures of the cistern demolitions are available here.  See http://cpt.org/gallery/album285
Christian Peacemaker Teams is an ecumenical initiative to support violence reduction efforts around the world.  To learn more about CPT's peacemaking work, visit our website www.cpt.org Photos of our projects are at www.cpt.org/gallery A map of the center of Hebron is at http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/fullMaps_Sa.nsf/0/5618737E38C0B3DE8525708C004BA584/$File/ocha_OTS_hebron_oPt010805.pdf?OpenElement The same map is the last page of this report on closures in Hebron: www.humanitarianinfo.org/opt/docs/UN/OCHA/ochaHU0705_En.pdf
===  SCIENCEWATCH  ===  a good news salmon story for a change
Pink salmon making major comeback in Nanaimo harbour
After being rendered virtually extinct in the Nanaimo harbour since the 1950s, pink salmon are now returning to the area by the thousands.
The rest at: http://www.timescolonist.com/Pink+salmon+making+major+comeback+Nanaimo+harbour/1955445/story.html

===  PHILOSOPHYWATCH  === Humour :-)
Monty Python Bruce's Alcohol Philosophy song
The drunken philosophers, sung by 'Monty Python': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE7Fe1cGLPk

===  LANGUAGEWATCH  ===  Harper's booboo; a Rare Language; Acronyms/Abbreviations
From:         Michael Quinion <wordseditor@WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG>
Organization: World Wide Words
Subject: World Wide Words -- 29 Aug 09
Pedants and clever-clogs reviewers complain that the title of my book Why Is Q Always Followed by U? is incorrect, citing words like "Al Qaida" or "qat" as counter examples (one e-mailer went so far as to call me a liar because of the title). I've become slightly depressed through having to point out repeatedly that a) these are Arabic words, not English ones; b) they're part of the point of the question that's answered in the book; and c) I didn't choose the title anyway. An awful gaffe in a press release last week by the office of Stephen Harper, Canada's Prime Minister, demonstrated how ingrained putting the two letters together is in English and at the same time found for me another language in which Q isn't always followed by U. It's Inuktitut, spoken by the Inuit of Nunavut.  Their capital is IQALUIT ("many fish"), but the PM's office spelled it Iqualuit, which means "people with unwiped bums".
+++ Ancient faith of their Middle East fathers
Guardian Weekly reader Catherine Ann Lombard writes on a visit to Mor Ephrem, the Syrian Orthodox Monastery at the far eastern border of the Netherlands and meets 45 boys who are learning to read and chant in kthobonoyo, the liturgical language that only about 300 people in the world speak today...
        Rest at: http://www.guardianweekly.co.uk/?page=editorial&id=1231&catID=23
        Mayor = Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
        Councillors:    ME = Michael Evison
                        ML = Michael Lewis
                        TP = Trish Panz
                        MS = Michael Smith
                        Sop = Bill Soprovich
                        SW = Shannon Walker
        Staff:  CAO = Chief Administrative Officer, Grant McRadu
                BL or DepCAO or DCAO = Brent Leigh, Deputy CAO
                RL or Laing or Dir/Fin = Richard Laing, Director of Finance
                AM or Dir/Parks = Anne Mooi, Director of Parks(, Recreation, Cmnty Services)
                Sokol or Dir/Plan = Bob Sokol, Director of Planning(, Lands, and Permits)
                RF or Dir/Engg = Raymond Fung, Director of Engineering
                MClk or SSch = Municipal Clerk, Sheila Scholes
Other staff and mbrs of the public will be named (in full) first, then abbreviated or initials; CR of course is Carolanne Reynolds.  Many acronyms and abbreviations when typing quickly.  Missing are those you'll know such as PM, MP; MLA; SFU, UBC, BCIT, EU, UN, ...
ABA = Ambleside Business Association
AC, adv cmte = advisory committee
ACA = Altamont Community Association
acct - account
ADRA = Ambleside and Dundarave Ratepayers' Association
add'l/add'n = additional, addition
adv = advisory
AFAIK = as far as I know
AGM = Annual General Meeting
Amb = Ambleside
amt = amount
ans = answer
applic = application
approp = appropriate
apt = apartment
Aq Ctr = Aquatic Centre
asap = as soon as possible
Assn = Association
asst = assistant
AWAD = A Word A Day; a new word M - F; read subscribers' comments in AWADmail on the weekend
        b/c = because
        bd / bdrm / bd mtg = board, boardroom, board meeting
        biz = business
        bldg = building
        blk = block
        bn = been
        BoV = Board of Variance
        BPAHA = British Properties' Area Homeowners' Association
        BPP = British Pacific Properties (company)
        btw = by the way
CBA = Caulfeild Business Association
CBRL = Cypress Bowl Recreations Ltd
ccl, cclr = council, councillor
cd = could
Cdn = Canadian
CEC = Community Engagement Committee
char = character (with neighbourhood)
chn = children
CLUC = Caulfeild Land Use Contract
cmnty = community
cmte = committee
CN = Canadian National (Railway)
colln = collection
corresp = correspondence
CPT = Christian Peacemaker Team
ctr = centre
DBA = Dundarave Business Association
dept = department
devpr, devt = developer, development
diff = difficult, different
Dir - Director
DFO = Department of Fisheries and Oceans; now FOC, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (wch is why we still write and say DFO)
DNA = Dundarave Neighbourhood Association
doc = document
DP / Devt Permit / DPA = Development Permit Application
Dund = Dundarave
DVP = Development Variance Permit
EAPPI = Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel
EHYC = Eagle Harbour Yacht Club
emerg = emergency
engg, engr = engineering, engineer
esp = especially
EvDr = Evelyn Drive
        FAR/FSR = Floor Area/Space Ratio (square feet in house as part of square feet of lot/property)
        FBG = Ferry Building Gallery
        FCM = Federation of Canadian Municipalities
        Fdn = Foundation
        fed = federal
        FOI = Freedom of Information
        ft = foot/feet
        FWIW = For What It's Worth
        fyi = for your information
GARPA = Gleneagles Area Rate Payers' Association
GLH = Gertrude Lawson House (WV Museum)
govt = government
grp = group
GTG = Got to Go
        H = heritage
        HBay = Horseshoe Bay
        HBBA = Horsehoe Bay Business Association
        HHS = Hollyburn Heritage Society
        hv = have
        HR = Human Resources
        HRA = Heritage Revitalization Agreement
        HSBC = Heritage Society of BC
        HWV = Heritage West Van
ICAHD = Israeli Committee Against House Demolition
IMO/IMVHO = In My Opinion or In My (Very) (Humble) Opinion
imp = important
IOW - In Other Words
ISM = International Solidarity Movement (often with CPT)
        JAC = Jericho Arts Centre
        jr = junior
K = 1000
KMC = Kay Meek Centre
kph = kilometres per hour
        LC = Lower Caulfeild (LCAC, Lower Caulfeild Advisory Cmte)
        LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (all the rage now with silver and gold levels)
        LGB = Lions' Gate Bridge
        Lib = Library
        LM = Lower Mainland
        LOL = Laughing Out Loud
        LPPS = Lighthouse Park Preservation Society
M = municipal
m = metre, a measurement, as opposed to meter as in water meters
$M = million
M&Ccl = Mayor and Ccl
mbr(s) = member(s)
MDr = Marine Drive
MetroV = Metro Vancouver (formerly GVRD, Greater Vancouver Regional District)
mgr, mgmt = manager, management
min = minimum (max = maximum); sometimes minutes
msg = message
mtg = meeting
        nbr/nbrhd = neighbour/neighbourhood
        NS or NSh = North Shore
        NSACDI = North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues
        NSHC, NSHF = North Shore Heritage Committee, now Forum
        NSHPS = North Shore Heritage Preservation Society
        NShHWeek = North Shore Heritage Week (always starts third Monday in February)
        NSHWknd = North Shore Heritage Weekend (third weekend in September)
        NSWP = North Shore Wetland Partners
ofc = office
OGC = Old-Growth Conservancy
opp = opportunity
org = organization
OTOH = On The Other Hand
        ph = phone
        pls = please
        popn = population
        ppl = people
        pkg = parking
        PkR / Pk Royal = Park Royal
        PQP = Public Question Period (comments also allowed)
        POV = Point of View
        prez = president
        prob'ly = probably
        prog = program
        prop = property
        prov = province
        PSF = Pacific Salmon Foundation
        pt = point
        PWV = Preserve West Van
Q = questions; Qs and As = questions and answers
QET = Queen Elizabeth Theatre
        RCL = Royal Canadian Legion
        rec'd = received
        regs = regulations
        rept = report (when typed in a rush)
        resid = residential
        rlwy = railway
        ROTFL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing
        ROW = Right of Way
SAC = Seniors' Activity Centre
sch dist / SD / SD45 = School District (WV is No. 45)
secy = secretary
sf, sq ftg = square feet, square footage
sgl-fam = single-family
shd = should
signif = significant
SOS = Statement of Significance, used in descriptions of heritage assets
sp = special
sp? = spelling?
Sq = Squamish
sr = senior
stes = suites; sec stes = secondary suites; 2ndary/2ry = secondary
stmt = statement
stn = station
        TAFN = That's all for now
        TBC/TBD = To be Confirmed/Determined   
        techn = technical
        TLC = The Land Conservancy (otherwise Tender Loving Care)
        transp = transportation
        TPTB = The Powers That Be                      
        treas = treasurer
        TTFN = Ta Ta For Now
        TWay = Taylor Way
        tyvm = thank you very much
UBCM = Union of BC Municipalities
UL = Upper Levels, as in Highway
        v = very
        VAG = Vancouver Art Gallery
        VANOC = Vancouver Olympic Committee
        VO = Vancouver Opera
        VP = vice president
        VSO = Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
wch = which
wd = would
WG = Working Group (there are many, so many look for the list to find the initials that fit)
wk = week
WRA = Western Residents' Association
wrt = with regard/reference to
WVCC = WV Cmnty Ctr; cf WVChC/WVChamber for WV Chamber of Commerce
WVCGG = WV Citizens for Good Government
WVFD = WV Fire Department
WVHS = WV Historical Society
WVM = West Van Matters
WVML = WV Memorial Library
WVPD = WV Police Department
WVS = WV Streamkeeper Society, so also WVSS but that can be WV Senior Secondary
WVSPCA = WV Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
WVSPS = WV Shoreline Preservation Society
WVYC = WV Yacht Club
        YT = Yours Truly
ZWC = Zero Waste Challenge

A man was driving when a traffic camera flashed. He thought his picture was taken for exceeding the speed limit, even though he knew he was not speeding.
Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more  slowly, but again the camera flashed.
He thought this was quite funny, so he slowed down even further as he drove past the area, but the traffic camera flashed yet again.
He tried a fourth time with the same result. The fifth time he was laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past at a snail's pace.
Two weeks later, he got five traffic fine letters in the mail for driving without a seat belt.
Men! And they say blondes are dumb.
A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa taking her faithful aged poodle named Cuddles along for the company.
One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and before long, Cuddles discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.
The old poodle thinks, 'Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!'  Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.  Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old poodle exclaims loudly, 'Boy, that was one delicious leopard!  I wonder if there are any more around here.'
Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.  'Whew!' says the leopard, 'That was close!  That old poodle nearly had me!'
Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the entire scene from a nearby tree figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard.  So off he goes, but the old poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.
The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, 'Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!'
Now, the old poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, 'What am I going to do now?', but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says:
'Where's that damn monkey?  I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!'
Moral of this story....
Don't mess with old f*rts.  Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill!  Bullsh*t and brilliance only come with age and experience.
If you don't send this to five 'old' friends right away there will be five fewer people laughing in the world.

===  MAIKU  ===  Aug 22

                        Exult -- fill your life
                                with memorable moments
                                        --  then make even more!

===  QUOTATIONS and PUNS  ===

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
                -- Alexander Pope, English poet (1688 - 1744)
Ninety per cent of life is how you respond to what happens to you, not what's happening.
--  BILL CLINTON, Henry Louis Gates Jr. television interview, Looking for Lincoln (documentary), PBS, 11 February 2009.
In resorting to misguided ideology and distortions of the truth to take the nation to war [against Iraq], President Bush broke the basic bond of trust between government and the people. If Congress and the American people had known the whole truth, America would never have gone to war. The President deserves to be held accountable. We don=92t need a sign on the desk in the Oval Office that says, "The buck doesn't stop here anymore."
--  EDWARD M. KENNEDY, "Iraq and US Leadership", Nation, 29 March 2004. Kennedy died on 25 August 2009 at 77.
     1. If a father does an injustice, it is the duty of his children to leave the parental roof.... If the chairman of a corporation is corrupt, the members thereof must wash their hands clean of his corruption by withdrawing from [the corporation]; even so, if a government does a grave injustice, the subjects must withdraw cooperation wholly or partially, sufficiently to wean the ruler from his wickedness. (Young India, 16 June 1920)
     2. Cooperation with good is as much a duty as is noncooperation with evil. (modified, courtroom statement, Ahmadabad, India, 23 March 1922)
     3. The highest moral law is that we should unremittingly work for the good of mankind. (Ethical Religion, p. 36, 1930)
     4. No human being is so bad as to be beyond redemption. (Young India, 26 March 1931)
     5. It is not nonviolence if we love merely those who love us. It is nonviolence only when we love those who hate us. (letter to a friend, 31 December 1934)
     6. Nonviolence is a power which can be wielded equally by all =97 children, young men and women or [older] people =97 provided they have a living faith in the God of Love and have, therefore, equal love for all mankind. (Harijan, 5 September 1936)
     7. The principle of nonviolence necessitates complete abstention from exploitation in any form. (Harijan, 5 September 1936)
     8. A nonviolent revolution is not a program for the seizure of power. It is a program for the transformation of relationships ending in a peaceful transfer of power. (1942, Gandhi on Non-Violence, edited by Thomas Merton, p. 28, 1964)
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
                -- Clarence Darrow, American lawyer and author (1857-1938)
Of course you will insist on modesty in the children, and respect to their teachers, but if the boy stops you in your speech, cries out that you are wrong and sets you right, hug him!
        -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
We are rearing a generation of kids who are in danger of becoming emotionally stunted, inarticulate hedonists, with the attention span of a gnat.
-- Baroness Greenfield, CBE (born 1950), one of Britain's foremost scientists, is a writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords.  She is Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford, and Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In 2006, she was installed as Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you.
-- CHARLIE CHAPLIN (English actor), remark to Albert Einstein at the Hollywood premiere of City Lights, 1931, quoted in Richard Panek, "The Year of Albert Einstein", Smithsonian, June 2005.
Intelligence and learnedness do not guarantee wisdom and integrity.
                -- Leonard Roy Frank, editor of "Frankly Quoted", American (b 1932)
Society cannot exist without inequality of fortunes and the inequality of fortunes could not subsist without religion.  Whenever a half-starved person is near another who is glutted, it is impossible to reconcile the difference if there is not an authority who tells him to.
                -- Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and politician (1769 - 1821)
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
                -- John Locke, English philosopher (1632 - 1704)
A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.
The apple crossed the street because he wanted to get to the other cider the road.
In some conifer forests, you can't cedar wood for the trees.
When kissing flowers, tulips are better than one.
Sod farms provide instant grassification.