Dec 14 & 18 Ccl Mtg NOTES
Calendar to Jan 12th

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Treasure your Christmas presents.....
 Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift - that is why it is called the present.
        NB:  The next Ccl mtg will be in 2010, January 11th
Vive le Canada (HM Queen's Christmas msg); ANIMALWATCH (those incredibly intelligent octopi; a puppy's handy cellphone; a flexible man; an absolutely adorable hippopotamus -- sleeps with a pillow!); from the EDITOR'S DESK (WV Order of Canada!; Imponderables re money for health vs war, global warming; steep tax increase in Vanc); WVPD (do you know who?); UPDATES (Budget 2010; Sustainable Malmo; Maxine's Hideaway; Christmas Trees; Dec 14 Subscriber Summary)
=  CALENDAR to Jan 12th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre, Music including Early Music Vancouver and Entomophonix)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES Dec 14th and 18th:
o  14th: Housing Pilot Projects (2614 Ottawa and 6801 Hycroft) -- My remarks in red/bold include hoping for omitted Uplift info2009 Budget Amendment Bylaw; Fees and Charges Review/Bylaw; Utility Fees -- Solid Waste (way up!), Water, Sewer; Sp Ccl Mtg 8:30am Fri Dec 18; Adoption of bylaws for HBBiz and Sec Stes; DVPs 1313 Fulton Jan 11, 4726 Woodvalley Jan 25; PQP, a question of process wrt $7M taken from Endowment Fund when it wasn't there?
o  18th: Ccl/Cmte Appointments; Snow Removal on 18th between Rosebery and Queens; Letters re oil tank charges, devt on Esquimalt/20th (from ADRA re increased density); Answers re 15th & Mathers and Westmount calming; Answers re $7M resulting in more questions...... And why does it take over three months to reply to an enquiry about a bylaw when it's supposed to be answered within seven days according to the Cmnty Charter?
=  INFObits (Kwanzaa Dec 26 to Jan 1, Cricket Weatherforecasting); WOMANWATCH (Malaysia, Japan); NEWSWATCH (Iraq; Electricity denied); BOOKWATCH (gifts); Initialization vs Acronyms; WORDWATCH (Word of the Year) & NEWWORDWATCH from World Wide Words; MAIKU (Christmas); QUOTATIONS, Christmas Quiz, & PUNNY ANSWERS

o  What do you call fear of Santa Claus?
  . . . and here are a few more Christmas puns/puzzles/riddles:

===  Vive le Canada  ===
=  Really enjoying the torch's trip showing us all those different parts of Canada.
=  The Queen's Christmas Message:
".....It is 60 years since the Commonwealth was created and today, with more than a billion of its members under the age of 25, the organisation remains a strong and practical force for good.
Recently I attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago and heard how important the Commonwealth is to young people.
New communication technologies allow them to reach out to the wider world and share their experiences and viewpoints. For many, the practical assistance and networks of the Commonwealth can give skills, lend advice and encourage enterprise.....
I have been closely associated with he Commonwealth through most of its existence. The personal and living bond I have enjoyed with leaders, and with people the world over, has always been more important in promoting our unity than symbolism alone.
The Commonwealth is not an organisation with a mission. It is rather an opportunity for its people to work together to achieve practical solutions to problems.
In many aspects of our lives, whether in sport, the environment, business or culture, the Commonwealth connection remains vivid and enriching. It is, in lots of ways, the face of the future. And with continuing support and dedication, I am confident that this diverse Commonwealth of nations can strengthen the common bond that transcends politics, religion, race, and economic circumstances.....
I wish you all, wherever you may be, a very happy Christmas."
The video and text of the whole speech can be found at:

* An Octopus's Garden
Well, it was a fascinating clip on the BBC news Mon Dec 14th [ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8408233.stm ] and then it appeared on CBC and CNN on Tues (15th).  Maybe you saw it.  They are v intelligent creatures and can solve problems but now they've found they can use tools.  In this case it's footage of an octopus taking advantage of coconut shells humans discard and using them as protection or even a nest.  Running with them is called 'stilt-walking'.
This two-and-a-half minute clip (Victoria Museum in Melbourne) on National Geographic's website shows an octopus digging up a shell and walking (so the tentacles look like legs and bent/curved at the end so looks like a foot!): http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091214-octopus-carries-coconuts-coconut-carrying.html "We were blown away," said biologist Mark Norman of discovering the octopus behavior off Indonesia. "It was hard not to laugh underwater and flood your [scuba] mask."
* Cute Puppy [click on 'skip this ad' right away!]
* Snakeman
His contortions are amazing -- looks impossible and makes you squirm wondering how he does it.....
* Adorable Hippo, Jessica
What a story.  Found when a day old.  Keep in mind hippos kill more humans than any other animal in Africa does.  This one opens the door to go in the house, is handfed, sleeps on the porch with a pillow (and dogs cuddle), and enjoys massages.  Not in cage, can join pod up the river but comes back.  (Who wdn't with that treatment?  one spoiled hippo!)  See video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3NueKXS6dk

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
        Congratulations to WV resident Michael Audain awarded the Order of Canada Dec 30.
= Is it unbalanced reporting in the US media that Americans are v upset health care might cost money while spending billions and billions on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (either on false premises and/or ineffectively/poorly), or is that really the (incredible) case?
= why waste time arguing over global warming when the Earth has gone through these swings, and there's no doubt Man's practices may be exacerbating this trend -- major, minor, or marginally a detail -- why not curb, control, and prepare?
TAXES -- can any biz cope with some recent increases in taxation and the mill rate?
For example, in a letter to the editor in the VSun Dec 22, the owner of Art Works Gallery of Vancouver reports her annual biz prop taxes:
$28,158.04 in 2002
$36,470.77 in 2003
$43,983.34 in 2004
$53,745.25 in 2005
$60,745.25 in 2006
$71,826.69 in 2007
$78,204.34 in 2008
$96,804.56 in 2009
From a bit more than $2K a month to $8K a month, more than three times what she was paying!  Has her biz's income increased that much?  Inflation's increase was ~15% -- but this difference represents an increase of 243%, from a mere seven years ago!
Well, Vancouver can fight their own battles.  WV decided to be primarily residential about 1926 so our small biz cmnty's share is tiny while over 92% of our taxes raised from residents.

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===  UPDATES / INFO  ===
Cclr Lewis on mend!  He's fine and was at the ccl mtg Friday 8:30am (Dec 18), the last mtg of the year.
*  Budget 2010
Well, we'll be offered crumbs after Ccl and staff have digested the draft Budget 2010.  IMHO unreasonable to release Budget 2010 on Jan 11 and hold the mtg for public input a mere week later (Jan 18).  In the past there's usually been at least a month for residents to read about, expenditures, increases, changes.  This year of decreased revenues (for DWV and citizens) and a sizable utility rate increase, Ccl needs the suggestions from the cmnty as to where cuts (if any) and where to generate more revenue (user fees, partnerships, sponsors, funding campaigns, etc).  Let Ccl know how much time you want -- or we cd wait until we see it to ask for more time.
* World's First Sustainable City?
Climate Action!  CBC's the National Tu Dec 15 at about 10:30pm had a news item on Malmo, Sweden, after conference in Rio (1992), aiming to be the world's first sustainable city explaining various measures they've taken from solar power to the recycling of waste and use as fuel; 50% of the rain is absorbed, gardens on roofs.  The wave of the future all in Copenhagen hope......
* Maxine's Hideaway
Vancouver has just voted to replace it (on Bidwell in West End, ~100 years old) with a 20-storey highrise, but may leave the front (facadism).  Will Millennium do it sensitively with due attention to a piece of Vancouver's heritage?
* Christmas Trees
Studies show that farmed Christmas trees are more environmentally sound than artificial trees, even if used for many years.
Howe Sound Lions Club and WV Boy Scouts Annual Christmas Tree Sales
The West Vancouver Boy Scouts are selling trees daily at the corner of Taylor Way and Clyde Ave beside Park Royal.
The Howe Sound Lions Club are selling trees from 9am to 8pm daily at the entrance to Ambleside Park.
Annual Christmas Tree Chip Up is January 10, Sunday 10am - 3pm
* Ccl Mtg HIGHLIGHTS Dec 14  from summary sent out to subscribers just after the ccl mtg
Just at 7pm and the mtg was about to start, we all heard the smash of glass and tinkling.  Turns out that Cclr Lewis had broken the plate glass to the right of the door, after tripping and hitting it with his hand and head.  He was stabilized and rushed off.  Once satisfied all handled, the mtg started (7:25).
=  Debate on having more than the two housing pilot projects (2614 Ottawa, 6801 Hycroft) noted in the memo was interesting.  The cost of staff time will have to be in the budget.  (Amount for each was never mentioned. See list of properties and proposals in the staff memo.)
No one asked about the relative acceptance for the proposed projects but on hearing the Mayor say she favoured the two rather than including some other projects wch, while good, were not as accepted by the nbrhds, Cclr Smith quite rightly reacted to being put in the position of making a decision when others had more complete information. You know me, the opinion of the nearby nbrhd shd hv been sought before coming to Ccl, AND if mbrs of Ccl did not see that information on each of the five 'serious' ones presented, they shd hv asked for it.
BTW, I thought the addresses shd hv bn public earlier -- happy at least they now are with nbrhd consultation planned --, and was positively elated to hear something I'd suggested at a WG mtg now being considered.  At a mtg (I had not gone to the ones at the beginning -- you may recall that this WG bolted out of the gate the end of July without going through the process of establishment by the CEC with terms of reference and approval by Ccl) I mused that the experts, the WG with staff, maybe shd have described the kinds of alternative housing that wd be desirable for WV, made those types public, and then invited nbrhds to offer to have one.  That wd assure an area's acceptance before starting and remove a major element in plunking pilots into a block midst surprised nbrs.  This way, and they are interesting choices, for any of the proposals, there is considerable cost for the applicants and it isn't fair IF, after listening to the nbrhd's objection, stopped.  Sort of seems to me most nearby shd accept the experiment before anyone, whether DWV or applicant, spends any more time, money, or energy.
Don't get me wrong.  I think this is a great concept to explore a variety of housing types, have residents see them, and then it's practical, demonstrated, and a more informed decision as to whether or not we want more of these in WV or some of another type.  Instead of foisting diversity on us, it's an inclusive and considerate approach to have us see what may be suitable for WV and for the many who want to downsize, have smaller units, and stay in WV -- so full marks for this effort.
=  Appointments deferred to Friday; DVP dates set for January
=  Announcement Budget to be released to public at mtg Jan 11, public input Jan 18, aim to pass Budget 2010 by end of January (mtg Jan 25 follows the one on the 18th)
=  PQP:  A resident asked for the details of Council's authorisation for the $7 million that was borrowed from the Endowment Fund to pay for the Civic Centre, and why staff have not responded to frequent emails and phone calls over the past three months requesting a copy of the relevant bylaw. It was, however about 9:58 and the Mayor cut him off before he got out his second question, asking he come back to Friday morning's ccl mtg.  Stay tuned.  (A case of whatever it takes to pay off the cmnty ctr? -- maybe we all wd agree with doing it that way but wd prefer to know beforehand about the options and prefer it done in public and according to Hoyle, so to speak.)

==  2010 CALENDAR to Jan 12th  =====
{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.  Often cmte/WG mtgs are not posted or confirmed until a couple of days beforehand so this is a moving target!}
May have been missed (went to subscribers but not in newsletter?), hope an annual tradition:
~ 6 to 8pm ~ Thursday Dec 10  = Lantern Parade & Carols
Starts at St. Monica's Church down Nelson and Royal to beach.  Bring your lanterns and your whole family.  Sponsored by Horseshoe Bay Business Association and supported by Western Residents' Assn, St Monica's Church, and Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr
~ 10am ~ Friday Dec 11th -- Holiday Music in the Lobby of the Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr
        Carol Singing in Horseshoe Bay? and come for coffee.....
= Wednesday Jan 6th ~ 5:30pm ~ Housing Pilot Prog WG
= Thursday Jan 7th ~ 7:30am ~ Field Sports Forum WG at Cmnty Ctr (Mtn Rm)
= Tuesday Jan 12th
 ~ 7pm ~ MetroV Regional Growth Strategy Public Consultation Mtg; Eagles Club, 170 W 3rd, NV

- for Events and Programs: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/index.php?page=5       
- for Event Calendar: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
Italian Bel Canto Opera -- Lecture Series  (at WVML in the Welsh Hall)
The Library presents a six-week course that will explore the lives, works, and influence of the three great Italian bel canto composers: Gioacchino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Vincenzo Bellini. The operas discussed will include the popular comedies Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L'elisir d'amore, tragic operas such as Lucia di Lammermoor and Norma, and a few lesser-known masterpieces.
Wednesdays, Jan 6th - Feb 3rd from 10:30am - 12:30pm; call 925-7400 for more information

+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++ http://ferrybuildinggallery.com/
        -- closed Dec 20 to Jan 4; reopening Jan 12
MIXED MESSAGES -- January 12 - 24
Mixed Media / Artists:  Anni Hunt, Bahram Javahry, Fariba Mirzaie, Aileen Marie Vantomme, Claire Sunok Choi
Opening Reception:  Tuesday, January 12, 6 - 8 pm
Artists in Attendance: Saturday, January 16, 2 - 3 pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++  http://www.silkpurse.ca/  -- closed Dec 21 to Jan 19
+++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://westvancouvermuseum.ca/
        -- next exhibition, MONSTER, from Feb 4 to May 8
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 (913 3634) or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
Marc Destrube and Alex Weimann
Vancouver's Leading Baroque Musicians Perform All-Bach Program
3pm Sunday January 10
Supported by Pacific Baroque Orchestra; presented by EARLY MUSIC VANCOUVER
Violinist Marc Destrubé, a founding member of the Tafelmusik Orchestra, has appeared with leading period-instrument orchestras in North America and Europe including the Academy of Ancient Music and the Hanover Band.  Harpsichordist and conductor Alexander Weimann, one of the world's leading Baroque interpreters, is one of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber musicians of his generation.  This programme features Sonatas by Bach, including his Suite BWV 1025 - a transcription of a Lute Sonata by Leopold Weiss.
Buy tickets online or call 913 3634.  Early Music Vancouver at KMC is proudly sponsored by HomeCare West.

+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
The Winter Issue of "The Torch" is now available.
To view the newsletter, just click the following link for direct access:
As well, here is the link to the Military Service Recognition Book Submission Form mentioned in Peter Cherry's Memorabilia Report. Page 1 - http://www.westvan60.com/Images/scan0013.jpg  Page 2 - http://www.westvan60.com/Images/scan0014.jpg
The newsletter is available to any non-member who is interested.  To sign up, please fill in the form at the bottom of the webpage, http://www.westvan60.com/newsletter.html
Please email 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
>>>  Hi Everyone!
Soon it will be New Year's Eve, and if you do not already have plans, maybe you will consider coming down to Branch 60 to ring in 2010! We had a sellout crowd of 70 people last year, and a good time was had by all!
At 8pm on Thursday, December 31st, the party begins!  (Please note the lounge will be closed between 7 and 8pm for setting up).
For $25 there will be party favours, appetizers, dancing to the music of Ray O'Toole, and a champagne toast at midnight.  Tickets are now on sale behind the lounge bar.
Merry Christmas to you all, and a healthy, happy, prosperous, New Year!
+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
> Post Olympic/Paralympic Legacies - Economic and Health                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
        Tuesday, Jan 12th ~ 7 to 9pm in Atrium, Park Royal South
MP John Weston Invites you to join him with Minister of State Gary Lunn, Senator Nancy Greene Raine, and Olympic/Paraplympic athletes so YOU can influence the post Games health and economic legacies. Pre-registration is free but please pick up your ticket during office hours at our WV office between Monday, January 5th and Friday, January 10th, 
Join us for this Special Olympic Breakfast with Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones who will share plans for the Games and beyond.  Also included in this discussion will be new Chief of Police Peter Lepine who will discuss security during the Games.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
~ 7:30 - 9am ~ Wednesday January 20th, 2010 -- The Capilano Golf and Country Club
Sponsored by the West Vancouver Community Foundation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Come Celebrate West Vancouver as an Olympic Venue City!  We will have special Olympic give-a-ways and a door prize!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Please RSVP by 5pm Thursday January 14th on our secure website www.westvanchamber.com or call 604 926 6614. Our host, Capilano Golf and Country Club, requires advance number for preparation. Please also note that we are unable to give a refund without 48 hours' notification; however a delegate substitution is welcome at any time.

.. and don't forget Vancouver's cultural event -- the Polar Bear Swim on New Year's Day at 2:30pm in English Bay.......  :-)  A WVM correspondent will be daring to dunk.
+   BLACKBIRD THEATRE at the Cultch: Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  Dec 28 to Jan 16
        Visit TicketsTonight.ca or call 604 251  1363
+  THE ARTS CLUB (687 1644)
        Irving Berlin's White Christmas  at the Stanley until Dec 27
        It's a Wonderful Life on Granville Island until Jan 2
+  VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE  -- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels until Dec 27; tix 873 3311
+  Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery
THEATRICS AT MANSFIELD PARK created & directed by Joan Bryans
        January 2 - 9 (excl Monday), Matinee 2pm on Sat Jan 9th
Tix: $16 (includes refreshments); call 224 8007 extn 3; more info at: VITAL SPARK THEATRE
Vital Spark Theatre
Back by popular demand!  You are once again invited into the Jane Austen household to experience the warmth of a Regency winter entertainment.
In this play, inspired by the Austens who regularly put on entertainments for their family and friends to brighten the dark winter days, you will be welcomed into the warmth -- a blazing fire, a hot drink, and above all, the wit and cheer of the entertainment itself.  Join the Austen family as they entertain you with music, song, poetry, and a theatrical -- this one based on the work of Jane's Mansfield Park:
   Meet the Bertram family. While father is away the play's the thing. Behind the guise of theatricals.
   romance, temptation and indecorum reign.  Will Edmund, with Fanny Price's help,  win the battle
   against such goings-on or will he succumb to the oh-so-tempting Miss Mary Crawford?
Theatrics at Mansfield Park is created and directed by Joan Bryans whose previous winter entertainments include the popular Looking for Mr. Darcy, Regency Revels, and A Jane Austen Holiday Fayre.  Joan also wrote and directed the very well received Birthright (subsequently published by Playwrights Press), Two Years in Nicola, and By Some Divine Mistake, the story of Alma Rattenbury which ran at the Jericho Arts Centre last season.
Banish old Winter! Thrill to Austen's wit and wonderful characters! Hot mulled drinks and regency treats provided!
+  VSO -- See www.vancouversymphony.ca -- way to go, support Bramwell Tovey at the Olympics!
+  Vancouver Opera -- Salute to Vienna!
January 1st @ 2:30pm, Orpheum, Tix: 604-280- 4444 www.salutetovienna.com and www.ticketmaster.ca
Join the Vancouver Opera Orchestra in celebrating the new year with Salute to Vienna as it returns for another sensational performance!  Inspired by Vienna's world-famous New Year's Concert, Salute to Vienna brings the same charm and beauty to Vancouver. Fall in love with Vienna's "Waltz King", Johann Strauss Jr., in an uplifting performance of music, song, and dance!  Enjoy a cast of over 75 musicians, European singers and dancers: a brand new cast and a new program features operetta excerpts, popular waltzes, polkas and marches.  Guaranteed to inspire and delight!
+ National Broadcast Orchestra -- Benefit Concert Gala at Chan Ctr, 8pm Friday Jan 8th
Presented by the National Broadcast Orchestra in partnership with the Chan Centre
The National Broadcast Orchestra is the new Canadian ensemble formed to carry on the 70-year legacy of the CBC Radio Orchestra. The benefit concert on January 8 is the NBO's inaugural performance in its home venue, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.  Special guest pianist Anton Kuerti and trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann join the NBO and conductor Alain Trudel for this premiere performance, to be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio 2.
from BBC Music Magazine (Dec 09 p12)
If Robert Jarvis wins a British Composer of the Year Award on 1 December for his Entomophonix, we hope that he'll be inviting some of his performers along to accept the prize.  Admittedly, this might be a little difficult, as said performers all have six legs and measure less than an inch.  Entomophonix saw Jarvis figuring out how to record the noise of insects, from a fly cleaning its wings to the bustle of an [ant] nest, and then combining the results into a single work.  The piece is shortlisted in the Sonic Art Category at the British Composer Awards.
UPDATE: No, he didn't win, but if you're curious and want to hear this most unusual piece:

=====  CCL MEETING NOTES Dec 14th  =====
Smash! Bang! Tinkle, tinkle! Concern, much scurrying, gallery quiet but unsettled
[7:25]  Mayor: I apologize for the delay this evening.  Cclr Lewis has had a fall and he's all right but he won't be with us tonight
1. Approval of December 14, 2009 Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Amended by adding new Item 14.1: a verbal report from the Chair of the Finance Committee titled "Finance Committee Report"; adding to Item 19: report from the Community Planner titled "DVP Application (4726 Woodvalley Place); adding to Correspondence List item (7.1).
2.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES  --  No items.
3. North Shore Housing Forum (File:  0055-01)
D Peters: was here in May, Forum has come and gone, a great success; thank you for our support last year; thank Cclrs Lewis, Panz, and Evison who attended, thank also Stephen Mikicich.
watched Housing Action Cmte, Lionsview, and others; have participated
Clear the issue of variety of housing was becoming a bit thing
aim to bring ppl together; housing continuum; concern of ppl who live here and I mean the North Shore and who want their chn to live here
Your Cmnty Dialogue.... [great] and it has continued, it has 'legs' as they say.
We'll continue these forums across the NSh and certain themes: we must have a greater number of facilities for the ageing, infirm, and homeless
increase stock and preserve stock
nasty in July crunch with HST and rent price controls
devprs will be building market housing wch for most will be unaffordable
low cost; many willing to be flexible
three key questions: who owns the land, whom can I partner with, and how
answer does not lie in Big Govt -- they gave up on us in 1993
still haven't opened their eyes to the crisis
can't give up, can't wait for them
renewal and protection of rental stock -- and I see that in all the documents
by working together, listen, can work together [new ways]
more balanced, caring cmnty
at centre of school crisis, and....
applaud your efforts to provide a diversity of types.
esp seniors -- the over-80 group fastest growing
applaud your approval of secondary stes
applaud infill housing, lane houses, two small houses on one large lot
across the NSh, 80% of those 65 and over moved into duplexes, townhouses, and apartments
Those who move to other Ms, move into attached housing
housing for seniors is most sorely needed across the NSh
over 80% of ppl are concerned about future housing affordability
three or four forums and next is Jan 20
look forward to opp to learn from each other
Mayor: tyvm and I think our local effort was v well-timed across the North Shore
Sop [motion]: thank delegation.... carry on with the good work you're doing
Mayor: next we have a brief update on the Olympic Games
the Leisure Guide has just come out, appropriate to have Charlene [Warrington] highlight our plans
CW: as you indicated, pleasant opp to update
some weeks ago honoured the chn who designed the pins; I have them here -- the kids will have them first; will begin for public in January
let the pin-collecting and trading begin.
My second update, Leisure Guide, distributed
primarily evening events; honour our cmnty leaders, ....etc; one of our leaders is Frank Kurucz, we can inspire others to embrace the spirit of cmnty and the Games
{Note from Editor: Frank was Director of Parks in WV for many years}
Olympic Torch Relay celebration likely to be the largest single cmnty celebration during the Games time; Feb 10; official opening of the Cdn Space Agency's debut of Sports in Space; it's an exceptional Olympic tradition, expect 8 - 10K cmnty mbrs during the celebration
Following the Torch Relay celebation, the cmnty will be invited to come and enjoy a whole variety of activities at the Cmnty Ctre, Space Exhibit,....., meeting athletes, to watching CTV live feed, outstanding performances, Inuit and Dene
Schools stand down so opps to explore sports.... 2010 Explorer Camps for kids (from age six) and youth 8am to 4pm
for those kids outside Lower Mainland, running educational outreach progs, opps for them
Other facilities activating cultural presentations
At our Museum, we have the Cultural Olympiad MONSTER [Exhibition] featuring works from across Canada; FBG, Library, Silk Purse, all profiled in this guide
Spirit Square comes alive for 17 days; this guide is a map as to what's going to happen -- encourage everyone grab a copy
Mayor: tyvm; in meeting with NBC they said doesn't really ramp up till after the Super Bowl
{looked it up, it's Feb 7}
so Leisure guide something to look through, hope you'll come back then, in January
4. Housing Pilot Program: Recommended Pilot Projects for 2010 (File:  2515-02-01)
1.  Proposals to undertake housing pilot projects at 2614 Ottawa Avenue and 6801 Hycroft Road be selected as "pilot projects" for 2010; and
2.  Staff proceed to advance the Housing Pilot Program including working with proponents of the two selected pilot projects to initiate required development applications.
Jacquie Gijssen: Chair of the WG, here with Christine Banham and staff, Stephen Mikicich, and some mbrs in audience
Here not long ago, Nov 16th, and this is the moment we've been looking for
SM will speak to two; WG wants to endorse four
Goal to expand housing options; greater choice
regulations for new housing types not av in WV now
real-life examples to understand what works and what can be replicated
exploration of housing options
Selection criteria: seven proposals, looked at a couple of key aspects -- including proponents' capability (skills, experience, and frankly financial capability)
cd this get built?
fit with cmnty Plan; demonstrated understanding of goals and structure
address a defined housing gap in WV?
is the site approp?
did the project fit within the nbrhd's character, not fake heritage or replication, and did it fit,
replicable -- can be in the M?
innovative aspects worthy of note?
17 EOIs, WG evaluated and asked seven to come forward with more detailed proposals
wd like to thank all those who participated in the 17 and the seven; an enormous amt of work and enthusiasm
great credit to our cmnty eagerness and willingness to respond
all seven highly regarded by the WG... wd also like to thank the WG
not easy to evaluate such high quality, imaginative, and wonderful opps
came in range of stages from conceptual to ready-to-go
difficult to find right ones ..... explore the options
addressed limited housing choice and affordability in different ways; respond to Cmnty Dialogue on Nbrhd Character
most in the 1K to 1.5K sf units each one or more add'l housing unit on one lot
five add'l units on sgl fam, two proposed multiple units on one lot
each wrt ageing in place
flexibility as owner, occupant changes in needs over time
WG is recommending four, staff two
{Editor's Note: the WG was requested to provide three.  As you see they want to recommend four, and the staff recommendation to Ccl for this item is two -- one from WG and one from staff}
The first three the WG recommended most closely matching the goals and objectives as result of rigorous evaluation process are 2614 Ottawa, 1155 Keith, 6035 Marine Drive
The WG also supports the addition of a fourth, 6801 Hycroft
a number of ways of looking at the goals and proposals; feel these four most closely match
recognize staff caught in a resource question, how much they can take on and do
we feel shd be a minimum of three projects, have ranked them in order, and ideally four
feel it's critical that we [not] stop at two; critical to moving this project forward
stagger implementation, a layering of engagement with cmnty, perhaps matches resources availability of staff time
want to make sure critical mass in this prog, not the time to dwindle ourselves down {uh?}, time to ramp up the engagement with the cmnty and the dialogue, interest and exploration
the WG has spent quite a bit of time
encourage all of us to think in larger context
the pilot prog has just begun to tease out ideas from the cmnty; first two, another two, then two after that.....
ideas we are familiar with and ideas we haven't even begun to imagine
opp something unique and that works for our cmnty
think of the dialogue the passionate, if not fierce, attachment to their nbrhd; we might even think about a pilot project per nbrhd, to realize those opps specific to each, the character of the nbrhd
We're not recommending that today however

{Well, I was ecstatic over this.  Did they really listen to my suggestion?  Well, part of it anyway, glad to say.  Maybe the rest soon.  At a WG mtg I had suggested to get the nbrhd on board, to send out an invitation to the nbrhds, to the ratepayer/cmnty groups, for them to reply saying if they'd like a pilot project and what kind.  Examples cd be given, but not limited to them, to provide the greatest range of experimentation.  That's a way to engage citizens, make them feel part of the planning and exploring rather than having them imposed.  I groaned over the secrecy the WG/staff delaying making the addresses of the applications public, but at last now you have them.  I hear residents saying, why not include us, don't you trust us?  And any Ccl wd be relieved to have pilot projects presented to them that already have general acceptance, maybe even eagerness, rather than looking at the hurdle of area opposition.  Great all round -- for citizens and Ccl! 
Don't get me wrong.  Having the pilot projects is a great step forward for DWV, with refinement maybe we can 'lead by example'.
Don't leave the people out -- as said, ppl in WV are passionate, even fierce, about the character of their nbrhd and quality of life.}

Turn over to Christine to look at the four
Christine Banham:
*  2614 Ottawa by prop owners and designers, Susanna and Lewis Morris, in Upper Dundarave
concept to devp a detached two-level unit of approx 1Ksf in the rear yard of the prop
rear lane access; retention of 1930s' carriage heritage house
opp for owners to age in place, to accommodate their family's changing needs
two houses on one lot, retain nbrhd character rather than larger sgl-fam home; considers view impact,...
[slide with drawings, explained]
1155 Keith, by prop owner Adrian Rowland and Don Stewart, architect
detached infill unit of approx 1100sf; proposed either for rear yard or rear lane with retention and renovation of a modest bungalow on a long narrow lot (33 x 200ft)
prop located in a mixed area of sgl-fam and duplex units, close proximity to Amb Town Ctr
existing house includes a sec ste in the basement
key focus of this proposal is to provide a devt alternative to one larger replacement house, by providing two modest-sized houses on one lot
currently in duplex zone so meets wrt total sq ftg of the lot but narrow 33ft width wd not meet minimum reqmts
proposal wd accommodate three modest-sized dwellings and three modest-sized households: two households in existing house and one in new detached unit
[slide, pix]
 *  6035 Marine: by CamCon Construction and Fritz Devries, architect
odd-shaped vacant lot; three or four modest-sized houses ranging from 1000 to 1500sf;  all detached units, as an alternative to a large sgl-fam home wch cd be up to 5Ksf
near golf course, quite level
the site itself is challenging: wide yet narrow, shallow, steeply sloped
focus is to provide new ownership housing, to enable downsizing or ageing in place or for younger households to purchase a more modest house/unit in an established nbrhd
opp for District to explore site-specific design, sustainable devt practices; massing for nbrd context
*  6801 Hycroft by prop owner Rick Bruno and architect Barry Downs
to devp detached modest-sized dwelling of ~1400 to 1500sf on an enlarged remnant lot; infill housing on its own fee simple lot
adjacent to Whytcecliff Park and adjacent to owner's existing home on the lot nbring it at 6803
the subject site, where they wd proposed to build, remnant lot of just over 2Ksf and adjacent to lot ~11,700Ksf, with common ownership, proposes lot-line adjustment such as a subdivision to create a buildable lot to build a house on the smaller lot
highlights, provides opp for empty nesters to stay in nbrhd and to downsize into more appropriate-sized housing
will retain an existing 3Ksf home and allow for infill for up to 1500sf
new home up to 1500sf; as an alternative to replacing the existing home with one that cd be up to 4500sf

{Oh, that long-playing record.  Flash a boogieman in front of our eyes so we're more likely to agree with whatever is being proposed.
Steady, folks, here's some context.
If 'monster' homes can still be built in WV, then amend the zoning!  Just having this one case to avoid one hardly protects the rest of WV!
Happy to say I was on Ccl when we reduced the maximum .45FAR to .35FAR to address monster houses.  Unfortunately, when staff drew up the bylaws they left gaps devprs took advantage of (such as not counting basements, decks, balconies in certain circumstances).  Some of this was addressed by the last Ccl (a nbrhd presentation/submission, getting at-the-time Cclr Day, whom I sat next to when we reduced the FAR, to commit to and introduce closing that loophole).  Clearly more has to be done to prevent the monsters we are seeing today -- but that needs residents to express that opinion to Ccl and then mbrs of Ccl to carry through.
It is so blatant that there are examples of houses on lots where they're only allowed something like 3Ksf being advertised for sale citing 5Ksf!
A bylaw closer to the intent of that Ccl when we reduced FAR, and staff dedicated to the spirit of what nbrhds want is needed.  Start your campaign now!
My POV is simply that if you want a bigger house, buy a bigger lot!
Monster is really a question of proportion.}

can be design with nature concept on a challenging site, steep terrain
Will turn over to Stephen
Stephen Mikicich: before I begin, wd like to bring to your attention a late item of correspondence, circulate
Staff fully endorse WG recommendations, wd be excellent pilot projects
in moving from recommendations to implementation
staff have to consider resources re all four at the same time
overview of prog
following selection by Ccl, proponents will ... sign an MoU, how process will unfold; what role of ... will be
a collaborative design, in first quarter of 2010; bylaw stage second quarter, with public hearings held before Ccl's summer break
... working toward a target of beginning construction by end of year
opp time for public edu and consultation; timeline an ambitious one
staff have had to assess District's ability to deliver the prog in light of deptal work progs for 2010, and found there is capacity for only two at this time without add'l $$/resources and realignment of priorities
in recommending two, difficult task to choose from four meeting objectives...  broad range; char; demonstrated nbrhd interest in support for undertaking; haven't been subject to nbrhd opposition and controversy; completion by year's end
based on this, staff are recommending 2614 Ottawa and 6801 Hycroft, but it does present Ccl with options
one is to select all four and have staff report back wrt resource requirements; cd include longer time line, staggering projects; or other suggestions WG may have
the report does speak to current apptmts to WG, WG runs to Jan 2010
CEC will need to consider new apptmts beyond this date in order for the WG to complete mandate
TofRef, est and evaluation, monitor, construction and completion
public engagement
evaluation, .....review progress at key implementation
JG: I've been involved in a lot of M activities, been around a long time
the Housing Dialogue WG evolved to Pilot Proj such an important topic not just to WV, globally
passion, expertise brought to bear, as well as mbrs of the cmnty
Many said time; 81% supported pilot projects integrated; 84% spoke Synovate of housing variety
opp following on Housing Dialogue; set standard for engagement
no piece will be easy, so important to move forward with vigour and strength
WG strongly urges Ccl to support not only two but the four
opp to leverage ourselves to next phase
WG feels important continued engagement to implementation -- our term ends in Jan but urge you to seek public engagement, continue WG model
eval process not taken lightly; how succeed
need to assess, to understand what outcomes are
also the engagement -- the Dialogue really set the tone taking perspectives to a policy place
to where we can learn b/c that's what we're doing, learning about options and opp
learning, this is new territory for WV and we must modernize our housing approaches; those we know and those we haven't begun to imagine
have an opp to build something v innovative unique to our M and our cmnty; we look forward to working with you in those stages coming forward.
Mayor: tyvm, any questions, Ccl?
Sop: a project worthwhile devping, continuing
caution, in early stages urge you to take some small steps ... render some decisions, we'll see some examples
have you looked at what impact on what  this cmnty was built on, sgl fam?
in nbrhd character, did you witness, have an impact -- alter face of WV forever?
did you ever consider the fact that if one wanted to really make this work properly after it's said and done, that you wd come to the cmnty with a referendum asking if that was the right thing to do?
JG: not for I to challenge Cclr Sop's knowledge of history b/c he and I have worked closely on this in the past
resid character came in 1926, resource-based before that
Mayor: were you on Ccl then, Cclr Sop?
JG: No but he and I have had many experiences in the museum together
{Editor's Note: JG used to be the curator of WVMuseum}
answer in two ways: cmnties, change 1926 from resource to resid
nothing ever stays the same; engage with change or witness it happening around you
we prefer to engage with it, moving forward in that way
wrt nbrhd character, sensitivity -- absolutely, not an imitation
nbrhd character defined by many things, landscape, massing, and scale
we're powerless

{must interject here -- Ccl/you/we are NOT powerless!!!  Fix the dang zoning bylaws as I explained in my insert context note above.  You speak, if Ccl agrees, then action taken.  If think helpless, of course nothing will happen.}

to stop the onslaught on nbrhd currently by the taking down of smaller modest homes and building v v large homes and I think nbrhd char is under assault and this an opp to help mitigate and preserve and enhance it into the future.
Sop: there's logic in that but 80% of 600 ppl surveyed who supported the idea
some still look at WV as sgl fam, and cherish, that's how we grew and built; to question asked what you like today or what do you like about WV

{Right, Sop.  Will you take the lead to protect, preserve, nbrhds?  or who? or who will join you?  The nbrhds have different characters.  Remember, 40% of WV residents live in high-rises, we also have duplex and other zones.  It's a question of where sgl-fam is wanted.  Again, as I said above, size of homes can be regulated by the zoning.  If a nbrhd wants to go further than that to try to keep character, then it shd form a cmnty group and draw up the guidelines they want to see in their area.  It can be addressed by having a Conservation Area.  It requires residents to get together, agree, and then present -- unlikely any Ccl wd turn down what residents (read: voters) want!  And we all know how important residents feel their nbrhds are.  Comes tops in surveys.} 

re impact of change, don't know if you addressed this -- basically from hwy down
BPP above, different row to hoe work well with us
this is below UL hwy
end result, say, finished, up to staff and Ccl to consider a future, when these in place, is it staff to give us a report to allow that zoning to take place
Geri Boyle: when projects finished, evaluation, WG participate in drawing up checklist
aim to inform our policies; hope totally positive experience; what things you shd do to provide for change in future
Rick Bruno: two comments
Mayor: may we have your address?
RB: we reside at 6803 Hycroft Rd and we have one of the proposals
two comments, when my wife and I purchased our house 20 years ago bought a remainder lot next door; at that time, thought not allowed, we dreamed that we might build a small little jewel in the woods
thank Ccl for potential make that dream a possibility
second comment, more abstract, 40 years ago I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Urban Geography and I was going to become a Planner.  My career took me in a different direction and this process brought out the planning side of me that has been suppressed for a long time
Along the way had good fortune to meet and become quite close  friends with Barry Downs, one of WV's treasures in terms of architect, architecture, and design
if this pilot process is the sort of thing encouraging dialogues with nbrs, ppl come over and discuss
calls, nuclear power plant {!}, we're with you
opened up discussions with ppl we've barely talked to; kind of cmnty-building exercise
plsd to have this recommendation
look forward to continuing to talk about the passions we have
I think our proposal is a throwback, modest sgl-fam dwellings on small lots ..... with lovely gardens and natural landscape -- that's our vision and our project
Mayor: motion on the floor
ME made motion, then: what I wd like to do first of all; the chair mentioned a number of cmte mbrs here and I wd like to publicly acknowledge [listed]
All of those ppl have done just an outstanding job
passion in whole project has come forward so clearly this evening
in this process, I wd like to propose we amend somewhat the second part to strengthen the process and guiding principles we've established so far
Mayor: amendment? wording and seconder, otherwise go with this motion
ME: rather than wording here, that we direct staff -- when third and fourth projects be undertaken
Mayor: maybe better as a third part, b/c second works with proponents, Ms Scholes?
SSch: yes
ME: I wondered why one and two were separated
Mayor: staff to?
ME: identify when third and fourth and other projects proceed; important to have this continuum
Mayor: Cclr Panz, do you accept the third?
TP: I will
Mayor: and I think we shd vote on them separately
ME: want to reflect continuity, work done, not just two projects and step back in sev months or sometime later on; crucial continuity and passion; we're developing a new culture
confronted with, housing under siege, is changing; the indiv character changing b/c of monster housing
this attempts to change that course, to allow indiv nbrhds to be protected, not destroyed

{...however, Cclr Ev, you can go further than a structure here and there replicating a pilot project throughout the M -- see my previous notes above -- you can work with Sop to make sure our zoning bylaws prohibit monster housing and with nbrhd groups to come up with their own special character guidelines.
What about it?}

TP: want to start with what's in front of us; two for 2010
needs more discussion; all four are innovative, don't want to lose any of them; tricky decision-making we have to go through
Looking at Keith Rd in ctr of cmnty, part is educational part; critical piece; understanding that public process and what we learn
my theory is we do what we do well, explore, and the other piece, quite new for WV, carriage houses
WV approaching this in a sensitive fashion is really working well within this cmnty
These two, not wanting to lose, understanding staff
start of an incredible journey; must do extremely well and learn from it; support
My sense is Ottawa and Keith is what shd be done first
Mayor: that varies from what's on floor, see how that motion does, or alternate; we'll see
Sop: Mr Mikicich, Ms Boyle -- what amt of money involved?  who will be paying?
GB: wchever nominated/chosen, the actual construction costs totally resp of owners/proponents, will have to file devt applications, a bit of a special branding, so applic fees for zoning, subdivisions
standard application fee costs
there is a District resource allocation, but there'll be a higher level of staff involvement
collaborative design; wd sit down with their team, Planning, Bldg, Engg staff, add'l involvement of staff, how this all fits together
the number of the projects part of staff's concern/angle more than your standard applic
exciting public and working with WG
Sop: we have some v good planners in our staff but I don't know a lot, how many; efforts in Amb
don't think there's a WG out there we don't support been on several
one coming in Jan; looking forward exciting, better be listening
not going away I wd only support these two at this time
education, get feeling from public, if positive will move forward; wise
staff know better what capabilities at this time
Cclr Ev, not to put damper, but I'm only going to support two
SW: what criteria was Hycroft judged on to put it second in line?
SM: all the projects were evaluated against the same criteria
Hycroft, WG quite split, some ranked highly, some thought didn't stand out as well as others
staff felt interesting proposal and brought back; WG didn't want to supplant any of the other three but felt worthy of add'n to the list
SW: what I read from report, WG felt first was Ottawa, second was Keith, Marine Dr third, and Hycroft was fourth; and staff came in and said they felt Hycroft presentation strong therefore No. 2
did staff feel Hycroft further along, easier, faster to get it running?
SM: staff did add'l evaluation, how advanced concepts; relative complexity and public input to date
the two before you most likely able to go through process and commence within timeline
SW: imp to get moving on this; Dialogue been going on far too long; v supportive of staff
... start with first two; for ME's next two in next quarter
all this interest and only two; not fair to evaluate on only two projects; four quite interesting
re CEC, part of the focus for 2010 is supposed to be educational component, residents, hope can run parallel; take off staff resources; CEC and WG, work in tandem
v imp from a Ccl perspective respect the budget out find way, WG worked far too hard and too long, app time they put into it
MS: the report is quite clear, the WG recommended three, and wd like to see four go forward, and only one of the three is on the list, staff's recommendation two
agree with Cclr Panz, as I usually do; got four....
sensible to defeat the three parts of this motion on floor and pass option B to select three and ask staff to report back on resource requirements in 2010 to allow more
WG says A, B, and C, and now we have D
no logical explanation why D instead of B and C
think what we shd do,  as Cclr SW said imp subject cmnty wants to see pilot projects to move ahead
if just a question of staff time, can deal with that; instead of choosing, say all four and have Mr McRadu to figure out how to make it work
Mayor: let's go with on floor, then see
GB: perhaps clarification in the staff examination of the four projects, really felt best of
fell into two groups
one group well-devpd, consultation with immediate nbrs, support from nbrhd
another group, some well-developed but some with no site plans or details but interesting both applicants went to nbrhds to appraise them of the project, one went forward after receiving petitions against, the other took initiative to meet with nbrhd
these two have some concerns b/c obviously some opposition out there
tough on private project to go forward knowing some immediate nbrhd concerns
that differentiates the four projects from staff's perspective
MS: don't want to debate with Ms Boyle, wd get my head on a platter, won't go down that route
your concern re public valid but that addressed when in PHs
if one of the projects has signif opposition then delayed or even fall out, wch is an even stronger argument for going forward with all four, I wd say
SW: a caveat to Cclr Smith's recommendations wch I agree with; from my POV it's not with add'l resources b/c we all know how tight resources are so it has to be staggered to achieve throughout the year with resources we have
Sop: ah
Mayor: we're in debate now, ask question then we'll decide
Sop: Ms Boyle okay? if strong opposition, how will that be handled?
early Feb now, Transportation WG looking at alternate modes -- walking, bus -- with sust ideas for future
did you look at feasibility? did you look at biz areas, ppl cd walk? be close to
impact on this nbrhd, Amb? did you look at all those components?
GB: as to how wd opposition be handled, do know two of the four nbrhd opposition, not saying wdn't happen with the other ones but road looks smoother than with those
wd devp projects better and have a nbrhd info mtg, devpd better; PH, maybe another public mtg, tweak the project; that's when Ccl wd formally weigh in
ME: listening to my colleagues here and trying to assimilate from WG; importance of going forward with the four projects
need to learn, if a fault, need to find out why; won't go there a second time
speculate, a restricted debate here; shd broaden debate to learn from those experiences
much as I respect staff's issues, having to judge what they can do and when
by same token, imp for this Ccl is to lead, point of motion we direct staff to proceed with a number
Mayor: I'm going to insert myself into this discussion; am completely in favour of motion on the floor
reason is what comes shining through, for those two pilots is love for those residents of their nbrhd, desire to stay in WV, and to continue to improve WV, wch is what we need
For me, you lead with with your best foot
this is new -- you can hear Ccl's support for the WG, so to not go ahead with all four tonight, does not mean we don't value that work
certainly I was at a v heated mtg for one of the applications in the second half of the list; there was NOT cmnty support; partly perhaps proposal not well-formed maybe so ppl don't know what it means -- more so, it seems like a lot
these two exciting b/c mostly about the character of WV and the char of WV is beginning to be about the ppl
the ppl, designs, homes, and families are what we're legislating about
the other two not as far down the line and don't enjoy same kind of support in the cmnty
we're taking a bold step, adapting to families that live there
not there
wd caution Ccl about not going too far too fast out of abundance of interest in this issue, respect for the WG, and gratitude to cmnty
.... can also have another ccl mtg
your motion Ccl Ev, that staff report back to us, I'd say rather than two more, make it future projects
exercise caution
Sop: may I have a polled vote?
Mayor: remind me, you say yay and nay?
Sop: yes
Mayor :-): he's been here since 1926!
TP: clarification, motion re Ottawa and Hycroft
Mayor: yes; go round horseshoe; Ccl, whenever requested must do
[ME in favour, SW in favour, Sop aye, Mayor aye, TP aye, MS aye]
[passes unanimously]
Mayor: Part Two?
{all ayes}
Now thirdly, staff report back re third and fourth projects, and future?
I'd make an amendment: staff report back how future projects will proceed
have mover and seconder on amendment
Sop: wch first?
Mayor: amendment: how future projects proceed -- amending 'third and fourth' to 'future'
Sop: just want to be clear; Cclr Ev motion on floor
Mayor: I've proposed an amendment; suggest just say future projects
His was just third and fourth
MS: I'll speak to the amendment
troubles me that you seem to have information not in report; I wasn't aware of
not aware of opposition; nothing about that in the report
as a matter of common sense, how are we supposed to deal with factual matters at this ccl when not all the facts in the report?
really troubles me
GB: in terms of detail, you're correct, there is no specific note on this project there was nbrhd opposition
general statement at bottom of page five when we talk about why these two stand out
simply saying they've demonstrated nbrhd interest in and support of for undertaking a pilot project or have not been subject to preliminary nbrhd opposition
Mayor: wch is v couched, I felt, but you make a good point

{'couched' is perhaps a euphemistic way of putting it.
As a way of helping/clarification, maybe that's why the Mayor felt it important to let Ccl know what happened at the nbrhd mtg on that pilot project, esp since negative.
Some have expressed the view that the way staff can manipulate Ccl and get the decisions/directions they want is by controlling the information provided.  In this case, giving the full information wd have bolstered staff's recommendation, but that is not always so.
Some staff don't even give Ccl the documentation they ask for!
Whatever, maybe the CAO can inspire/convince staff to of the excellence of FULL and COMPLETE details/documentation/information on topics PLUS anything else Ccl or a WG/Cmte wd like to see.}

GB: it is a good point, thank you
Mayor: Amendment, future projects? All in favour
on main motion?
SSch: do you wish a polled vote?
Sop: I asked, I wanted polled vote on the issues, and thought all through
new process, want to be v clear we're supportive; normally carries name of unanimous or carried
things come up, quite unique, time for polled vote
Mayor: so far we've had unanimity; ask for polled vote again; on third
[Ayes all round]
passes unanimously and thank you to WG

{v good point, Cclr Smith.  Possible remedies: go to the WG mtgs (anyone can, they're open, and that way you get the latest info); and attend the local nbrhd mtgs (but that wd require they be put on the DWV Calendar, something I've advocated but they don't do -- yet.  Wise for the WG to have the nbrhd mtgs to get an idea of acceptance/suitability -- maybe staff didn't want to report negativity/resistance and just decided not to recommend that project preferring others more accepted and to provide time for possible changes nbrs wd like.}
        hope this information will be provided ASAP.
As you know, a lot that can have one house on it is worth less than a lot with more units.
It's so frustrating that in so many devts staff omit reporting what the UPLIFT is (the increase in the value of the lot (or lots, ie property involved)  As you know it took about 15 years of my harping for Ccls to admit there was such a thing even though every realtor can tell you how much more such a property is worth (more for the owner but can lower the value of adjacent properties), and other places have other terms (Windfall i nthe US).  A stroke of the pen increases the value of a property.  A gift from the M, the ppl of WV.  We must keep reminding Ccl to ask for that if ever left out of a report.
Then, it took about another five years to try to get Ccls to then mention it or ask for it, and establish a formula -- ballpark 75%? -- for COMMUNITY BENEFITS in return so that while the owner doesn't have to pay the full amount that he'd have had to pay if buying the property, he gets about a 25% discount and the cmnty gets about 75% of the value (in 'benefits', sometimes it's two thirds, sometimes projects and sometimes cash).
Don't these properties now with increased density have a higher value?
The question is, how much.
Then how much do we get?
This is not meant as a money-making project for owners, though that's obviously what wd be part of the motivation, however if they do get that windfall/profit as a result, let's share.
Cclrs Lewis and Smith concern themselves with finance -- maybe they will speak up.  Cclr Smith has in the past.}
5. 2009 Budget Amendment Bylaw - [Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4592, 2009, Amendment Bylaw No. 4624, 2009 (File:  1610-20-4624)
        RECOMMENDED: be introduced and read a first, second, and third time.
        RECOMMENDED: be introduced and read a first, second, and third time.
RL: 2009 Budget challenge; in midst of recession; pressure on operations and wd need to monitor closely
midyear review (operating results to June 30, projections to end of year) resulted in a 37-page doc posted to website in late July
That identified $280K of add'l resources wd need to be provided from surplus in order to cover certain financial challenges that had arisen
challenges two main issues: $130K add'l to Engg b/c of extreme winter weather, and anticipated $215K shortfall in bldg permit revenues due to reduced building activity
Since report in June, staff have continued to monitor operations, successfully instituted a number of measures to eliminate that shortfall: eg deferred hiring of two ppl in Finance, deferred filling of certain vacancies in Police Dept, and identified additional revenue eg from accelerated traffic fines in rev-sharing prog, and now with three months of add'l data projecting bldg revenues will recover to within $45K of original budget.  All and other details described on pages 2 and 3 of the report.
no longer a requirement for add'l resources from surplus, so amended budget continues to be balanced, does not require amendment, but does require some line-item reallocations
In add'n, some new decisions occurred subsequent to 2009 budget adoption and we propose to include the in the amendment before you.
add'n, activity for 2010 leadership team, and I believe Mr McRadu will speak to that.
CAO: the Dir/Finance deals with detailed numbers and I get to talk about exciting projects and news
In amendment there's a figure of $2.3M that is offset by an equal amt of expenditure; think needs to be explained
Adjustment is first part of the story
first line of our vision statement says WV will inspire excellence and lead by example; this is truly one WV can be proud of and WV is truly leading by example
The $2,350,000 is really contributed, and we can congratulate the leadership team and DWV staff in raising money to allow us to celebrate Olympics
The leadership team has raised over $2M and of wch $1,240,000 was raised this year, 2009, and that's part of this budget amendment of $2.3M
The second is $250K, contribution by Vanoc, for completion of the temporary parking lot at McGavin field
The third part, the most rewarding, District has raised almost $600K through various grants and in-kind donations, wch is over and above the money that the leadership team has raised, thus only looking at $54K cost to our taxpayers (and being worked on), and staff under direction of Ccl looking to lower that
Thus the $54K out of a budget of $2,350,000 wch is within budget amendment
Even though shows that amt of money, v gd news for District and citizens
Mayor: Mr Laing, concludes your report?
RL: a couple; new solid waste contract signed effective July 1st, and the impact on the six months is $392K of add'l contract costs; at that time Ccl decided rather than raise user fees, decided to use rate stabilization fund -- and that's why that fund exists in the first place
There are two new capital items that need to be reflected, McGavin field wch will be partially constructed in 2009 and that's the $250K contribution from Vanoc, and lastly there's an increase to the Gleneagles golf project budget to support the new biz model
Submit that for Ccl's consideration, three readings
MS made motion: Think report's clear, Mr Laing in his usual way shown all puts and takes, and if you took your calculator out, and if you add up all the pluses and minuses you'd end up close to zero so housekeeping matter, really
Mayor: and shows efficacy of midyear review to help us stay on budget
Sop: so we taxed for 2009 then there was overages, such as snowclearing wch rose, and comes from a fund, is that substantial to meet demand?
Mayor: is your question about--
Sop --stabilization fund? reserve that's where we take it from?
RL: solid waste increase?
Sop: yes
RL: for last few years our contract, known in a competitive market, we learned it was probaby less than what we were going to renew at; during those years we had accumulated surpluses each year so set aside deliberately in what we called a Rate Stabilization Fund b/c we knew on renewal of next contract wd be facing large increases, that has happened and we have more than sufficient reserves to cover what we needed to cover for 2009
2010 will be increases and will see them later this evening
that contract was a combined contract for the three NSh Ms so we're all in
Sop: seems to be the spike upward, years coming up appear not the same
Mayor: think we shd focus on the budget amendment b/c we have subsequent items wch address your concerns
Sop: this is taking out of five-year financial plan, talks about taking money out to meet--
Mayor: no, that's not correct; this is amending the 2009 Budget so we're straight with the public on monies we have spent, and we are showing we have reallocated as the year went by so we are presenting a balanced budget.
Sop: just going by what's in the report.  It says Solid Waste
Mayor: Item No 5?
Sop: took a hike [spike] so wondered where that money came from; you'll see next report levels off
RL: that correct
CARRIED [8:55]
6. Fees and Charges Review, and Proposed Bylaw Amendments - Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4615, 2009   (File:  1610-20-4615)
        RECOMMENDED: be read a first, second, and third time.
{Sop made motion, SW seconded}
Sop: over the years we've done this; give credit to staff, work out assumptions, highs and lows, difficulties some years
nobody likes to see increase; what wd be favourably to us in future wd be to give indicators of those that are going to be, and that's going to be communications; no problem looking at these realistically
don't go by line items in our system been used to date; logically have certain increases; we demanded a few years ago wanted to see higher prices in certain areas; and staff came back and said provincial limitations, fines for certain things, so we got that straightened out.
Today we're getting a little bit of flack in a couple of areas, if those things going to be hotspots, we as a Ccl, shd have an indicator, that's only consideration that I have for the future
or due diligence going through line by line
SW: I hope next year when we review the fees and charges we take a v innovative approach to some admin fees we currently utilize; instead of continually addressing inflation and adding to the cost of the fees
....start to look at doing things differently; know we've talked about e-govt, know processing biz fee online make simple for residents, and perhaps lower costs to our budget
CARRIED [8:58]
7. Solid Waste Utility Fees for 2010 - Solid Waste Utility Bylaw No. 4118, 1998, Amendment Bylaw No. 4610, 2009 (File:  1610-20-4610)
1.  Solid Waste utility fees be increased for 2010 to the amounts set out in Schedule A as attached to the report dated Nov 5 from the Manager, Engineering Services;
2.  ...Amendment Bylaw be introduced and read a first, second, and third time.
{Wait till you read the above report!
"...solid waste user fees for sgl-fam homes will rise to 53% to $211.80 (net of discount), while multi-fam homes will experience a 119% increase to $61.43 per unit (net of discount)."....
Staff recommend a rate revenue increase of 63% be approved for 2010...
[my abbreviations; look at rate increases for water and sewer in next two agenda items]}
RF: presentation, then each bylaw individually
SLIDES: 2010 Utility Rates
remind Ccl it's a standalone Utility Fund; two M sources, Eagle Lake and Montizambert -- mains, hydrants, pumping stations, reservoirs, capital and xxx
success story of the Eagle Devt plan Awards: 2009 APEGBC, and xxx
MetroV Bulk Water Rate graph 9
looked at biz case, in second one MetroV rates higher; expand to full membrane capacity
our biz case a positive one for devping the M source; cd have abandoned and then 100% by MetroV then cost that red line
Universal Metering [slide with graph]
Sgl-Fam Consumption
since we started water-metering, sgl-fam consumption has dropped 20%
Metering Benefits [slide; median consumer has benefited paying less than under prev flat rate]
29% of expenditures for bulk treated water; want to try cut that down
Capital 19% for renewal of water mains
Water Infrastructure Renewal [graph on slide]
last week suggesting a higher level of investment as it ...
Water Utility Cost Drivers
11.9% increase in 2010 then 17.4%, 8.7, x, 6.6
successful in grants for Montizambert CF project
{CF: Canada Fund?}
means we pay 1/3 of the $2.6M
Water Utility Rate Approach
what staff proposed and Ccl endorsed is that we pass on MetroV increases
accommodate infrastructure grant project accelerated
requires a reven....
median sgl-fam user $81, a 25% increase to what they wd hv paid last year
Median Bill Impacts  [slide graph]
how it pushes our rates up
Mayor: wd you like questions?
RF: no at end; put it all together, have a summary slide;
Sewer Utility -- drain and storm
Citrus Wynd stormwater treatment plant in Sunset.. area
Sanitary and Storm Accomplishments
new cclrs may not know
2005 ... construction award for that year
lower xxx bio swale and xxx
Metering Benefits
since 2007 basis of charge is winter 1st and 4th quarters
that's how sanitary charge is based
2007 was last year flat rate was charged
median family home lower last two years than flat rate
Sewer Utility
60% is a GVSDD Sewer Levy
Combined capital only 16%
sanitary Infrastructure Renewal  [slide graph]
done in 20 years so xxx
call it a nec cure, quite typical of a lot of Ms in NAm
av annual req $4M current annual just $1.3M  check
Storm Infrastructure....
Sewer Utility Cost Drivers
regional sewer levy 11% 6%  5.5% 9%
pass on MetroV increases
accommodate, accelerate, defer to 2011, use that time to engage the public
the results
median sgl-fam increase $84, a 21% increase over last year
capital needs from 2011 onwards
Solid Waste Utility
also standalone; garbage and yard trimming pickup NSh recycling prog in partnership with other two NSh Ms
colln services external contractors, reviewed ev five years; just renewed
Note rates unchanged since 1998; favourable contracts and realignment now so need to look at increases
Solid Waste Accomplishments
Ccl has endorsed a commitment to a 70% diversion target, zero-waste challenge
participation in food waste composting pilot
graph shows declining volume wrt garbage tonnage
WV's diversion rate is about 52%
Solid Waste -- Expenses
[slide] due to contract increases, 35% for recycling and 31% for garbage and organics; those two alone more than half of all the expenditures, then add garbage tipping fees and organic tipping fees charged to us from MetroV, that really is the bulk of all the expenditues
Solid Waste - Cost Drivers Impacts
75% increase for garbage and organics with this new five-year contract and 225% increase for Recycling colln
MetroV Garbage Tipping fees for 2010 a 15% inceaase
means an increase for a sgl fam $73, represents 53% over last year; keep in mind hadn't increased for ten years; staff still exploring options for future cost mitigation b/c differential between garbage and organics tipping rate -- if we cd find way to expand the foodwaste colln to District-wide in a cost-effective manner then we wd also mitigate some of our expenditures on the tipping fee side wch wd be quite favourable
Another way considering, change service, bi-weekly or change one can limit; staff will be investigating that
organic pilot finished in March
2010 Median Residential Summary SLIDE
for median consumer $1,106 per year (~$277 a quarter), represents $238 increase
we bill quarterly; for those metered will be dependent on consumption patterns
~$153 increases just for MetroV and contract increases for solid waste; those direct flow-through
conclude; staff recommend three readings as in the schedules
Staff in audience to answer questions: John McMann, Mgr of Utilities, and Phil Bates, Mgr of Engg Services here
re Cclr Sop's question: item no 7, look at Appendix C p 177 of ccl pkg, believe he's alluding to line at top of page, solid waste fee 53% increase in 2010, levels off to 6% for years after
reason we've been able to do that b/c Ccl endorsed earlier in summer not going to increase for 2009, pass to 2010
even with plateauing, there is a gradual erosion of stabilization reserve; mitigate the impact
with that will go back to horseshoe
Mayor: ask from there?
RF: here for now, then go back
Sop: wrt water, annual rate 14% increase constant to 17%.... through to 2014 down 6%... fluctuations
variables .... from 11.9%, 17.9%
actual operations almost equals amt of water purchased from GVRD
next four years will still see need to purchase from GVRD
some questions I get, b/c we did the metering, less from consumer, but all in all the investment for membrane, in lake, wd hv to make significant decrease from GVRD, when will that ever occur/decrease, if ever?; it's up well over $3M just to operate the system
increases why not do everything we can to increase capacity of Eagle Lake to keep bill reasonable?
RF: staff in general are in agreement with your approach; constraint is hydraulics; there are a number of xxx pumpers
Brit Prop close to feed from MetroV side; hydraulically possible from Eagle Lake but wrt pressure zones, still need to rely on MetroV source
we have seen increase from 44 to 55% from Eagle lake
comb of conservation and optimization, higher?  we're hopeful
wrt dollar, the MetroV increases are at a rate higher than what we can provide from Eagle Lake so see overall numbers still increasing..... b/c of steepness of curve
try to offset that as much as possible ... rate of increase in future years
Sop: frustration is, as I've been asked sev times, when we went on this exercise--
Mayor: --we're one at a time, don't want to do water until we get to water
Sop: we did them all and now one at a time
water, 55% now, will it ever be 100%?
RF when we first discussed the biz case, don't think we ever suggested that MetroV purchase ever reduced to zero; there was an optimum size for Eagle Lake
beyond that wd hv been higher than purchasing; knowing we can always buy at the peak to reduce overall; exactly what we're working toward
ME: I'd like to wrap up, for all the pain--
Mayor: have you got a question? we're not in debate now, just technical or procedural questions for Mr Fung
MS: I'd like to ask on Schedule B of the Water Utility, the debt services for 2009 is $858K, it's going to go to $1,629K and up to $1,871K in next two years; wondering why doubling of the debt service for the water utility
RF: try to answer, then Mr Laing add supplementary
agreed to underwrite the Eagle Lake devt plan as a debt-supported type of project, and also the universal watermetering was debt-supported
we have not drawn down all the loans to support those two projects
some ramping up that you see is due to carrying on with the orig plan to draw down that debt through loans
RL: there are still capital expenditures for the Eagle Lake project being incurred and all funding for Eagle Lake by debt; now essentially finished; may be add'l projects six, seven years out
for the moment that project is finished so that debt shd be capped at this point
MS: I'm confused, how much is our debt?
figure in here that says we borrowed $20M so at 4% that's $800K, I'm just wondering why we ramp it up to $1.6M, $1.8M in the next couple of years
is our debt $50M then?
RL: it's related to year wch we draw the debt down; spring of 2010 is when debt gets drawn down, and then first payments don't commence until about a year after that.
we've been paying interest only to the general fund; large amts will be drawn down in 2010
we've held off as long as we can, want to offset what other reserves we have, DCC colln and other things; minimizing amt lock in, once locked in, in it for the long term
MS: I see you're including the debt repayment as an expense, now I'm following you
TP: in this waste contract locked in for five years; if one can, how much save or too early to discuss
RF: Yes, too early to talk about that; we do have a contract with some unit rates for some various scenarios; we're looking at diff alternatives; we need to respect that
at this point, staff's recomm is just to wait and see effect of food waste pilot is completed to see what impact that might have on the utility; then look at maybe District-wide, then look at ways of mitigating
TP: lots of ppl only put out [one] can now and some put out two and they pay the same
some flexibilty in system, incentive for generating less waste?
RF: will try to structure that type of rate structure but has to do with contract's plan re trucks, routes, technologies, etc
so even if we offer them that way may not work out to savings
Mayor: tyvm; now to Item 7
8. Water Utility Fees for 2010 - Waterworks Regulation Bylaw No. 4490, 2006, Amendment Bylaw No. 4622, 2009 (File:  1610-20-4622)
1. Water Utility fees be increased for 2010 to the amounts set out in Schedule A as attached to the report dated Nov 23 from the Manager, Engineering Services;
2. ... Amendment Bylaw be introduced and read a first, second, and third time.
{AFTER moved; here are great comments by the Mayor:}
Mayor: wd like to add, looking at how much blue box and blue cart recycling costs have gone up; shd serve as a warning to ppl that M taxpayers shd not be paying for that; producers shd be paying for that. And that's what extended producer responsibility is all about
To be blunt, they have been passing the cost of their garbage onto us, and we feel fairly virtuous putting things in the blue box, but we're paying for it, and we really shd be starting to insist on ppl not packaging so much or at the v least, their paying or how that ends up getting recycled or re-used
So I think these have been hidden costs this fee structure is not hiding any more
It is a call to action and I hope this is the last five-year contract
b/c ppl who collect our garbage need to get a strong msg from the public, they're not in charge, we are
Item No 8 is the Water Utility fees
9. Sewer Utility Fees for 2010 - Sewer and Drainage Utility Fee Bylaw  No. 4538, 2007, Amendment Bylaw No. 4623, 2009 (File:  1610-20-4623)
1.  Sewer Utility fees be increased for 2010 to the amounts set out in Schedule A as attached to the report dated Nov 23 from the Manager, Engineering Services;
2.  ...Amendment Bylaw  be introduced and read a first, second, and third time.
MS: the three fees represent a $238 increase to the average home
we argue about budget increase 2.9 or 2.6% and this represents a 4% increase
a signif increase in taxes and fees for the av homeowner
in the water utility fund, the reserve is to grow to $4M; means the current users are paying more so that future users will pay less
too late this year but next year we have to look at.....
don't know why needing $4M, so someone down the road paying less
something must be done here
doesn't make sense
Mayor: think that .... exactly b/c we're overtaking ...  2011
RF: definitely but the reason that reserve is showing that right now
replacement of all is over $333M now and some of those assets quite expensive
faced with that last year, accelerated replacement plane, two reservoirs, $1m each and if not much in reserve not xxx
we'd be looking at an appropr level
ME: an omnibus comment, from all the pain we've understood tonight
appreciate the diligence, thoroughness, xxx of staff
we are, as a M, leading by example
for all the pain, we are in a better shape that we wd otherwise be; recogn staff for those efforts
Mayor: Sewer Utility fees, Cclr Smith
MS: don't know why I always do sewer
Item no 10
10. Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw No. 4626, 2009 Adjacent to 4112 Burkehill Road (File:  0510-04 4112 Burkehill/1610-20-4626)
1.  Road ... Dedication Bylaw be read a first, second, and third time in short form;
2.  Council authorize staff to issue statutory notices of Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw 4626, 2009 setting February 1, 2010 as the deadline for written and oral submissions.
CARRIED [9:41]
11. Appointment of Ccl Representatives to Metro Vancouver Board/Cmtes for 2010 (File:  0185-01)
        Information to be provided.
Mayor: ready or Friday?
Ans: Fri
Mayor: then on Dec 18
DEFERRED to Dec 18:
12. Appointment of Council Representatives to Boards/Committees for 2010 (File:  0115-01)
        Information to be provided.
13. Appointments of Citizens to Boards and Committees for 2010 (File:  0115-01)
        Information to be provided.
14. Change to Council Meeting Schedule (File:  0120-01)
        RECOMMENDED: THAT a Special Ccl Mtg be scheduled for Friday, Dec 18, at 8:30am ...
ADDED: 14.1 --  Report from Chair of Finance Cmte
Mayor: a verbal update
SW: been a year since elected and think for the four of us been a steep learning curve; experience of working together and with staff
bn a fairly ambitious year from my perspective, starting in April mtg at Wosk Ctr re outreach for Strat working plan
out of the Strat Plan, a number of corporate goals to work on for 2010
devpd BSC, had never used by Ccl before; worked with Value for Services; working with both cmtes, hoped draft 2010 budget and the three-year capital plan
Ccl and staff recogn difficulties in coming years we have to be strategic in how we spend our taxpayers' dollars, evident in Mr Fung's presentation
residential tax base accounts for 92% of our revenue, obviously not enough to sustainable to care for ageing infrastructure or for services required to deliver to our residents
have to look at other means of user-pay models and be more entrepreneurial and maximizing our land assets, esp not embracing the status quo
this Ccl is stepping up to the plate; demanding more of our staff and our expectations
staff is delivering on those expectations
we're about to present the BSC and the draft 2010 budget and V4S WG findings all within the Strategic Plan
will be bringing that forward Jan 11, public Finance Cmte mtg on Jan 18 so public chance to let their input be known; shortly thereafter adopting
believe first time in history of WV done before end of first quarter

{er, nope; but it is not usual}

exciting time; have to recogn all the work staff has put into Balanced Working Card [sic] and the Strategic Planning; exceptionally ambitious, hoping when residents see what staff has come up with, will be plsd with plans for next three years
Mayor: will you move a public mtg in Chamber Jan 18 -- 5 or 7pm?
SW: move public Finance Cmte mtg at 5pm
Mayor: wondering if 7pm wd be better, b/c that's our routine
looking forward to that then; motion to receive and set dates.
15. Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4603, 2009 (Home Craft, Occupation or Business) (File:  1610-20-4603)
This bylaw was the subject of a Public Hearing held on October 5, 2009 and reconvened and closed on November 2, 2009.  Council is not permitted to receive any further submissions on this bylaw until after the bylaw is adopted.
16. Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4617, 2009 (for Secondary Suites) (File:  1610-20-4617)
This bylaw was the subject of a Public Hearing held and closed on November 16, 2009.  Council is not permitted to receive any further submissions on this bylaw until after the bylaw is adopted.
TP: move third reading on Dec 7 be rescinded
Mayor: just moving date out (to March); on rescission?
TP: amending part 7 as follows; effective on March 1st, 2010
Mayor : allowed rescission at third reading?
Sop: Ms Boyle, as to how encourage -- want them to come forward
have been some indicators that there's not a certainty as to how a ste will be viewed, as to send someone out to look at safety; wdn't be spelled out; someone from Bldg Dept to go out and scrutinize
one that concerns me, as I mentioned to the Mayor today
assuming more liability by .. sec stes than if we had not
what about those challenged who need ramps, wheelchair lifts
as to looking at safety
Mayor: can see, answer that pls
GB: will ask the Mgr of Permits
requirement for an individual is different from a unit
indiv reqmts might be higher
Liz H: certainly will be inspected by bylaw and fire, may included electrical and xxx
for the existing stes already in place, insp won't be required b/c onerous, usu cannot be met
sprinkling, etc far too onerous
life safety issues, those standards will be met

{hm? legal?}

Sop: if you were to inspect a ste and have a narrow doorway,
to rent, I'm challenged can't go
partly market
Liz: safety issues, windows so all can
hallways; must be a doorway; smoke detectors; all those will be met
there are some stes for access, those the market meets
not necessarily reqmts of District
Mayor: setting to Mar 1st is time to work these things out
17. Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
        RECOMMENDED:  THAT the Consent Agenda items 18 to 24 be approved
18. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-038 (1313 Fulton Avenue)  (File:  1010-20-09-038)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the M Clk give notice that proposed DVP for 1313 Fulton Avenue, to allow an existing dwelling with an addition to the main floor and basement, will be considered on Monday, January 11th, 2010.
19. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-029 (4726 Woodvalley Place) (File:  1010-20-09-029)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the M Clk give notice that proposed DVP for 4726 Woodvalley Place, to allow construction of an addition to an existing dwelling and to retain a non-complying shed, will be considered on Monday, January 25th, 2010.
20. Lease for Complementary Health Care at the Community Centre  (File:  1145-02 WELLNESS)
        RECOMMENDED: be received for information.
21. Lease Agreement for a Café at the Community Centre  (File:  1145-02 CC CAFE)
        RECOMMENDED: be received for information.
22. Lease with Canadian Snowboard Federation for Rental of Fulton House (File:  1145-06 SNOWBOARD)
        RECOMMENDED: be received for information.
23. Development Applications Status List (File:  1010-01)
        RECOMMENDED: be received for information.
Mayor: anything to discuss?
Sop: item 2
24. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)
No Action Required
(2) Honourable J. Weston, Member of Parliament, November 13, 2009, regarding Tackling Crystal Meth and Ecstasy Head On
Sop: looked at this letter and looked at his bill that he's trying to promote
wd the substance abuse WG want to look at this?
AMooi: v good suggestion
advocate solutions and cmnty awareness; leadership; First Nations; co-ord approach
think that wd be a v good
{Fuller remarks provided:
"The North Shore Substance Abuse Working Group represents Leaders across the North Shore who take a coordinated approach to address the issues of substance abuse across the North Shore.
The North Shore Substance Abuse Working Group acts as a catalyst to bring together those in the community who are working to reduce the impact and incidence of substance abuse.  The Leaders that make up the North Shore Substance Abuse Working Group recognize the opportunity and responsibility they have to advocate for solutions, and to raise community awareness and include community partners.  
If Council wishes, Leanne Sexsmith, who is responsible for social services in West Vancouver will bring this important request forward to the NSSAWG at their January meeting".}
Sop: a staff recommendation?
Mayor: Ccl cd refer the letter to the WG
AM: Leanne Sexsmith, can take this letter to next mtg in January
ME: you and I attended the opening of the First Nations Ctr at QE plaza
splendid structure and opp to demonstrate; extend their culture
also, by coincidence you and I attended the Northern Canada House
Mayor: Northern House
ME: northern house ... wonderful art
Mayor: 2010 is starting to open up
TP: Sports Field WG, coming up with a funding model; be presenting in Jan
Sop: Strat Transp WG needs a bit of an extension, to Feb
make sure everyone will be here b/c will be an incredible presentation
Mayor: George Pajari, and I'm looking at the time
GP: only need three minutes
Mayor: three minutes, perfect, made for you.
        {Well, he'd timed it b/c aware that's what's allowed}
GP: 545 Clyde
Your Worship
I was reading the 2008 Annual Report and noted that it states that the Endowment Fund has dropped well below the minimum permitted threshold because of loans to the Municipality for the Civic Centre. As you well know, when the Endowment Fund was set up by Council, they were particularly concerned that this nest egg not be touched except in certain carefully prescribed circumstances.
In particular, the Bylaw that set up the Endowment Fund requires that such loans be authorized by bylaw and be limited in size.
The 2008 Annual Report implies that the $7 million taken from the fund was authorized yet the Report does not mention the bylaw and an extensive search of the municipal website did not reveal any such authorisation bylaw. Also, the $7 million amount appears to be much larger than allowed.
So the first questions I have are related to this authorisation. When did Council authorise these loans, and given that the loans appear to exceed the maximum amount that may be borrowed from the Endowment fund, when did Council amend the loan provisions of Endowment Fund to make such large loans legal?
The second question is what process should concerned citizens follow to obtain timely answers to these types of questions. I wrote to the Municipal Clerk on September 25th, almost three months ago, requesting this information. She forwarded my request to the Director of Finance who in turn kindly confirmed receipt of the request five weeks later, saying he would have an answer by the end of that week.
Two weeks later, having heard nothing, I wrote back to the Director of Finance. No response. I wrote to the Municipal Clerk formally requesting a copy of the bylaw under S. 148 (d) of the Community Charter. No Response. Last week I started leaving voicemail messages almost every day. No response.
This request is not a Freedom of Information request. I'm not asking staff to dig back through files looking for documents--
Mayor: --may we answer your question?
GP: All I want is a copy of the bylaw
Mayor: So I think what wd be best b/c it's 10 o'clock at night and I doubt I'm going to get a motion from Ccl to continue, but that's not b/c those aren't v good questions.  We're reconvening here Friday at 8:30, and may we provide you a response in public then?
GP: That wd be gratefully accepted.  Thank you, Ccl.
Mayor: Just before we adjourn, just want to wish everybody on behalf of Ccl a v merry Christmas and a happy winter holiday with your family and friends, and also, support our NSh Rotary Clubs and Operation Red Nose wch is sponsored by ICBC and CTV for travelling to and from parties this weekend and on New Year's Eve.  All you need to do is go to operationrednose.com and make a charitable contribution, and you'll have a safe ride home.  It's a wonderful service supporting the wonderful Rotarians on the NSh.
Cclr Sop has a special wish
Sop: don't have my hat, think Cclr Clark absconded with it, but Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
===  Special Ccl MTG NOTES Dec 18th  ===
Added to Item 6: Report from the Deputy CAO titled "Council Appointments to Boards, Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces".
        Bylaws are passed by a simple majority affirmative vote unless otherwise noted.
2. 2009 Budget Amendment Bylaw - 5 Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4592, 2009, Amendment Bylaw No. 4624, 2009 (File:  1610-20-4624)
        This bylaw received three readings at the December 14, 2009 Council Meeting.
3. Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4615, 2009
(File: 1610-20-4615)
        This bylaw received three readings at the December 14, 2009 Council Meeting.
4. Utility Fees for 2010: Solid Waste Utility Bylaw No. 4118, 1998, Amendment Bylaw No. 4610, 2009; Waterworks Regulation Bylaw No. 4490, 2006, Amendment Bylaw No. 4622, 2009; and Sewer and Drainage Utility Fee Bylaw No. 4538, 2007, Amendment Bylaw No. 4623, 2009
(File: 1610-20-4610/4622/4623)
        These bylaws received three readings at the December 14, 2009 Council Meeting.
5. Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4617, 2009 (for Secondary Suites) (File: 1610-20-4617)
This bylaw was the subject of a Public Hearing held and closed on November 16, 2009. This bylaw received third reading as amended on December 14, 2009.
6. Appointment of Council Representatives to Metro Vancouver and West Vancouver Boards and Committees for 2010 (File:  0115-01)
        Information to be provided.
Mayor: before putting motion on floor, have a change in that Ccl Walker is not being recommended on the Cmnty Engagement Cmte (CEC) in spite of her excellent contribution over the past year, and I will continue on that given its focus and the time that will be required.
With that change, Cclr Smith, wd you be prepared to put the motion on the floor as printed?
MS: happy to do so as soon as I find the motion
Mayor: as printed
ME: this has I'm sitting on Grants cmte, but have had a discussion with Cclr Panz--
Mayor: --oh, that's right; this is not; thought we had gone over that; updated one?
BL: updated one; this morning
Mayor; oh, slipped in there
BL: this went through Admin Services Dept yesterday; had a change yesterday afternoon, and so tabled one is the one with the change
Mayor: thank you for drawing attention to that, Cclr Ev; Cclr Panz will be on the Cmnty Grants Cmte, wch had been discussed previously.
We're looking at the white copy, only other question
and that includes regional govt recommendations for Ccl; all purview of Board Chair Jackson; good role for everyone, and I always push hard for those:
6. Council Appointments to Boards, Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces (File: 0115-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Council appointments to Boards, Committees, Task Forces and
Working Groups as set out in the report dated December 14, 2009 from the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer be approved.
Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
* Finance & Audit Committee
* Chair, WV Police Board
* 2010 Leadership Team
* Community Engagement Committee
Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones: Regional Boards
* Metro Vancouver Board of Directors
* Metro Vancouver Waste Committee
* Metro Housing Committee
* Metro Mayors Committee
* [TransLink] Mayors' Council
* E-Comm Board
Councillor Bill Soprovich (Acting Mayor - December 2009 / January 2010)
* Finance & Audit Committee
* Community Engagement Committee
* [Seniors' Activity Centre] Board
* Coho Festival Society
* Strategic Transportation Working Group
* Spirit Trail Consultation Working Group
Councillor Michael Evison (Acting Mayor - February/March 2010)
* Finance & Audit Committee
* Family Court and Youth Justice Committee
* Community Engagement Committee
* Lower Caulfeild Advisory Committee
* North Shore Emergency Management Office
* Design Review Panel (Alternate)
* Land Trust Task Force
* Housing Pilot Project Working Group
Councillor Shannon Walker (Acting Mayor - April/May 2010)
* Design Review Committee
* Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel
* Land Trust Task Force
Councillor Michael Lewis (Acting Mayor - June/July 2010)
* Finance & Audit Committee
* NS Advisory Committee on Disability Issues
* NS Substance Abuse Task Force
* Awards Committee
* Chamber of Commerce Board Appointment
* School Traffic Safety Committee
Councillor Mike Smith (Acting Mayor - August/September 2010)
* Finance & Audit Committee
* Community Centre Services Society Board
* Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel
* Land Trust Task Force
* Childcare Working Group =01 Youth Working Group
Councillor Trish Panz (Acting Mayor - October/November 2010)
* Finance & Audit Committee
* Library Board
* Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel
* Field Sports Forum
* Climate Action Working Group
* Community Grants Committee
Regional Government: Recommendations for Council
Councillor Bill Soprovich
* Metro Vancouver Environment & Energy Committee
* Metro Vancouver Labour Relations (alternate)
Councillor Michael Evison
* Metro Vancouver Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee
Councillor Shannon Walker  * [TransLink] Mayors' Council (Alternate)
Councillor Michael Lewis
* Metro Vancouver Finance Committee
* Metro Vancouver Board of Directors (Alternate)
Councillor Mike Smith * Metro Vancouver Labour Relations
Councillor Trish Panz  * Metro Vancouver Parks Committee

Mayor: Item 7 is Citizen Appointments:
7. Citizen Appointments to Boards and Committees (File: 0115-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the following appointments and reappointments be confirmed:
Library Board (for a two-year period ending December 31, 2011):
Paul Tutsch (reappointment); Mary-Jo Campbell; Zia Rahimi
Design Review Committee: (reappointments for a one-year term ending January 31, 2011)
Alexandra Bennett, Tom Bunting, Stuart Hood, Eric Lees, Jennifer Marshall, Donal O'Callahan, Karl Ray, Michael Richardson, Duane Siegrist
North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (reappointment for a two year term ending December 31, 2011):
Jean Chambers; Additional information to be provided.

8. Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
9. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Correspondence List be received for information.
Sop: Mr Fung
Mayor: item 2?
Sop: yes, Rosebery
{Full list here b/c not in last newsletter}
Requests for Delegation  --  No items presented.
Action Required
(1) P. Akerhielm, President, Sentinel Parents Advisory Council, December 8, 2009, regarding Intersection at Cross Creek Road and Chartwell Drive
        Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
(2) December 2, 2009, regarding Snow Removal on 18th Street Between Queens Avenue and Rosebery Avenue
        Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
Sop: Mr Fung, know work done by staff in Rosebery area, bin there for salt
steepness of road, getting there difficult task
even out; a lot of hardship on that road
work is done; steepness; difficult at best of times; ask that area be looked after a little more than last year
RF: we have a hierarchy; various priorities for road network in ploughing, consistent throughout NV as well: arterials first, stabilize then local roads
Ccl has affirmed that approach given our budget, equipment, and resources we have; recogn many roads in WV have particular circumstances similar to Rosebery
Others, perhaps writers have not weighed in on; even though we have not specified roads after arterial and collector roads, we recognize diff circumstances and try to respond as best as possible to those
You can have every assurance we shall try to provide best services possible and work with the nbrhd to try to respond the best we can even within the local road networks, given slightly higher priority with how we address them, however wrt formalizing a certain level of service expectation within that framework is v difficult for us to guarantee.  Every assurance staff will work with the nbrs and residents, work within budget expectations, best we can given resources
Sop: tyvm
(3) December 13, 2009, regarding Oil Tank Removal Permit Fees
        Referred to Fire Chief for consideration and response.
(4) December 11, 2009, regarding Fuel/Oil Tank Monitoring Permit
        Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
(5) December 9, 2009, regarding Council Procedure Bylaw
        Referred to Chief Administrative Officer for consideration and response.
(6) Pitch-In British Columbia, undated, regarding Program and Membership
        Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response.
(7) G. Ward Hall, President, Ambleside and Dundarave Ratepayers Association, December 12, 2009, regarding Proposed Rezoning of Properties at Esquimalt and 20th Street
        Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
No Action Required
(8) December 13, 2009, regarding Sunset Lane, BC Railway Company and the District of West Vancouver
(9) December 13, 2009, regarding Support for Renaming the Seniors' Centre to "The C. Peter Jones Memorial Seniors' Centre"
(10) S. Dowey, City of North Vancouver, December 10, 2009, regarding Conference of the Parties 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark - December 7-18, 2009, Greater Vancouver Regional District Board Resolution
        Attachments available for viewing in the Legislative Services Department.
Responses to Correspondence
(11) B. Dozzi, Manager, Roads and Transportation, December 14, 2009, regarding Traffic Signal at Intersection of 15th Street and Mathers Avenue and Traffic Calming Along Westmount Road
Responses to Questions in Question Period  --  No items presented.

10. Public Questions and Comments (3 minutes per speaker)
Mayor: Beginning with George Pajari
GP: tyvm
Mayor: you asked some questions; have you the letter from us?
{See letter at http://www.scribd.com/doc/24397099 }
GP: yes, tyvm
Mayor: for the benefit of Ccl and the general public, I wd just like to state that the Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw, we've provided a certified copy of that for you, and that the the M auditor expressly considered the transaction you referred to and determined that the $3.9M was expended as a loan, under Section 6 of the Endowment Fund Bylaw under the authority of a provision in the Financial Plan Bylaw.

{UPDATE: Apparently after an initial search for this GP cdn't find a provision in the Financial Plan saying this is a Section 6 Loan, so for the time being, this is still to be clarified.}

GP: Thank you, Your Worship
Was Ccl in receipt of a legal opinion that supported that interpretation that passing a bylaw that mentions nothing about borrowing or lending is actually an authority to borrow and lend?
Mayor: ask Mr McRadu to respond further.
CAO: not sure of your question
{hm, what part of legal opinion made him unsure? or is it the authority part?}
GP: the bylaw that created the Endowment Fund required money that was lent from the EF to be authorized by bylaw. The bylaw that's been provided to me does not mention that any of the funds that were to be taken from the EF were a loan or constituted borrowing below the threshold, and so I was asking Her Worship if you were in receipt of a legal opinion that said that a bylaw that says nothing about borrowing is an authority to borrow.
CAO: I'm not quite sure the questions -- and I can have a discussion with Mr Pajari directly.
I believe what is being asked clearly is that are our auditors supportive of the actions that have been undertaken, and the auditors are.

{perhaps he didn't hear GP say a legal opinion, or he's confusing/equating lawyers with auditors?
Rather than ask yet again, hv bn told that GP has written to M&Ccl asking about a legal opinion.}

And so I'll certainly have a discussion with you off-line on this, and I can report back to Ccl
Mayor: okay, thank you
GP: My second question from last mtg, was the question of the fact that under the Cmnty Charter, requests for copies of the bylaw must be satisfied within seven days, and my request was still unanswered after three months and required a personal appearance at Ccl before I got a copy of the bylaw.  I was wondering how I cd hv approached this differently, and does Ccl have any concerns about the duration it takes to obtain copies of the bylaw when the Cmnty Charter does require staff to respond in seven days.
Mayor: Mr McRadu?
CAO: I'm not quite sure exactly the problem, and I'll certainly speak with Mr Pajari, but I believe the bylaw is a public document, and so I'm not quite sure why you had difficulty receiving it when it's a public document.
GP: I have no idea why I had difficulty receiving it either, but I'd be happy to discuss it with you. TYVM, Your Worship
CAO: It's a public document
Mayor: Exactly.

{Well, with all due respect, not exactly.
Clarification: Whether or not a bylaw is on the website or public is NOT the issue.
If citizens cannot find a bylaw authorizing something they're asking about, they can ask the MClk for a copy.  Sometimes it's difficult for them to find and sometimes it doesn't exist.
The reason GP asked is b/c he cd not find the bylaw and now wrt the bylaw he's been given, he does not think it in fact is sufficient or legal authorization according to the EF conditions, hence repeated requests.  Maybe staff had trouble finding it too b/c there was no reply until he asked at the Dec 14th ccl mtg, and indeed it is not certain the bylaw cited at this mtg meets the requirements.
IOW, the issue never was about obtaining a copy of Bylaw 4569, the question that took three months for staff to answer was WHICH bylaw authorised the loans from the EF -- and since no such authorisation bylaw was passed, they had to determine if they could present the budget bylaw as sufficient, rather than admit/reveal that there had not been authorisation (protocol followed) before borrowing the money.

Carolanne Reynolds?
CAO: Madam Mayor, just as a follow-up on that.  I believe the bylaw is on our website.
Mayor: shd be.
CAO: yes
CR: I just wanted to-- It was late the other night and I just wanted to wish you all a v Merry Christmas.  I'm glad to see Cclr Lewis is back with us, hale and hearty.
Mayor: so are we. Thank you.
Sop: move mtg end and the stocking was hung by the Christmas {?} with care you know and of course we all have to say Merry Christmas all and to all a good morning.
Mayor: we're adjourned and have a wonderful time over the holidays!
13.  ADJOURNMENT [8:44am]

===  INFObits  ===
+ Google gets 3B hits a day!
+ Bethlehem was 80% Christian; in the 70s it was 60% just heard it is now 12%
+  Entirely Esoteric
Only for the rare nerdy mathematician who likes crickets, or maybe a budding meteorologist: "Chirping Crickets and Temperature": http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~jmahaffy/courses/s00/math121/lectures/linear/linear00.html
+  Kwanzaa
A cultural holiday created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa starts on December 26 and ends on January 1.  More info: http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Holidays/Kwanzaa/How-to-Celebrate-Kwanzaa.aspx?source=NEWSLETTER&nlsource=10&ppc=&utm_campaign=Inspiration&utm_source=NL&utm_medium=newsletter

===  WOMANWATCH  === Price/Pillow = Equality for Women?
Of course that is for most a goal.  So it was with great interest I read the story in the VSun (Mon Dec 14 pC8).  The Islamic Religious Dept in the Malaysian State of Selangor has decided one improvement in the status of women wd be to increase the value of the dowry women must be paid by prospective husbands.  The rates have not been changed since 1968 and currently stand at the equivalent of $25 for a single Muslim woman and $12.50 for one who has been previously married.  There will now be an across-the-board dowry rate equivalent to $93.
Boyfriend pillow for Japan singles -- The Boyfriend's Arm Pillow gets a warm welcome from single Japanese women wanting something to cuddle up to. < http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/asia-pacific/3699516.stm >

===  NEWSWATCH  ===
= Iraq insurgents 'hack into video feeds from US drones'
Drones can be remotely controlled from thousands of miles away
Insurgents in Iraq have hacked into live video feeds from unmanned American drone aircraft, US media reports say.  Shia fighters are said to have used off-the-shelf software programs such as SkyGrabber to capture the footage.  The hacking was possible because the remotely flown planes have an unprotected communications link.
Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8419147.stm
Subject: [cpthebron] UPDATED Video: At-Tuwani's efforts to bring electricity to their village.
CPT reports: The last link we sent out regarding this video contained some glitches.  This link below is for a version of the video without the glitches.  Please feel free to spread this video through your networks.  CPT At-Tuwani has put together a video that documents the village's struggle to be connected to the Palestinian electrical grid. You can watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qknYiNTKZ-c

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First of all some typo leprechaun put in the present year.  Of course this Ccl was elected in Nov of 2008.
Secondly, you all know what an abbreviation is but what about those infernal initials?  If those initials can be said as a word, then it's an acronym, if they can't then it's just initialization.
CF = Canada Fund (fed stimulus $)
GVSDD = Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District
*  Quinion in WORLD WIDE WORDS writes:
3. What I've learned this week
REDD AGAIN  It turned up in reports about the UN climate-change conference in Copenhagen. It's among the many jargonistic acronyms created by negotiators; according to my newspaper it stands for "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries". Surely that makes REDFDDC? But a look online shows that REDD is based on a mercifully shortened form of that unwieldy phrase -- "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation". That ought to save a few trees by itself.
Swarming around the delegates in Copenhagen were large numbers of observers, mostly members of non-governmental organisations, NGOs.  UN bureaucrats grouped them acronymically. There were BINGOs  (business and industrial NGOs), ENGOs (environmental NGOs), RINGOs (research-oriented and independent NGOs) and TUNGOs (trade union NGOs). To be complete, we should add the IPOs (indigenous peoples' groups) and the LGMAs (local government and municipal authorities). There were also youth organisations, who came to call themselves YOUNGOs, presumably in satirical commentary rather than slavish imitation.

===  WORDWATCH  === Sic! section from World Wide Words e-newsletter
Isthmus Magazine of 30 October discussed a public Halloween bash, Marjorie Van Handel tells us. It wrote, "The desire to strut your Sexy Noun outfit can be powerful stuff." She wrote, "Most people prefer a Sexy Nun, except perhaps those wild and crazy English majors."
We've been here before, I think, but Charles Patrick felt that the London Free Press of Canada put it so pithily on 5 November: "All pregnant women urged to get shot".  Child control, as practiced in Medford, Oregon: Seymour Collins came across this reference in the Mail Tribune of 11 November: "If you own guns and have children, it is important you store them in a locked cabinet."
Language purists might feel similarly about a term that has just been chosen as Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary. It's UNFRIEND, a verb meaning to remove a person as a "friend" on a social networking site such as Facebook. Christine Lindberg, who is senior lexicographer for Oxford's US dictionary programme, was quoted as saying "Unfriend has real lex-appeal." She wrote in the Dictionary's blog: "It has both currency and potential longevity. In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year." For more, and to discover some other terms that were considered (including "hashtag" and "intexticated"), go via http://wwwords.org?UNFR.
-- from Michael Quinion's http://www.worldwidewords.org

===  MAIKU  ===  2009 December 17 Vancouver

        In the glow of the Christmas lights
                        her bright eyes glisten
                                then tears start to flow
                silver and tinsel
                        kaleidoscope Christmas lights
                                    smiles with sparkling eyes

My thoughts realizing sad for some and a happy time for others.  Here's a romantic version:
                silver and tinsel  / reflect Christmas lights his smile and her eyes sparkle

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
                -- Charles Dickens, English author, from 'A Christmas Carol'  (1812-1870)
Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree."
                -- Charlotte Carpenter.
The bad news: we often find ourselves in trouble.  The good news: in trouble, we often find ourselves.                 
                -- Dr Mardy Grothe, American psychologist and writer
Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.
                -- W. C. Fields, American actor and writer (1880 - 1946)
THEN there's Charles Dana who wrote:
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.
 -- Editorial in the New York Sun, 1897, responding to a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon

Down the Chimney  What's red and white and black all over? Santa Claus entering a home through a chimney. He loves sliding down chimneys because it soots him. But he actually has a fear of getting stuck. That fear is called Santa Claus-trophobia. The way to get him out of the chimney is to pour Santa Flush on him. Occasionally Santa falls down a chimney. Then he's Santa Klutz. Since Santa has to go up and down a wide variety of chimneys on Christmas, should he have a yearly flue shot?
Many thanks to Richard Lederer.