Mar 15 Ccl NOTES
Calendar to Apr 30

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Now that we've been norouzed, passovered, eastered, and vaisakhi'd
bring on spring!
Main Items on Agenda Apr 12th: WV 2010 Olympic Celebrations; DVP Applications (6135 Gleneagles, 1425 19th) but existing!; * AMBLESIDE WATERFRONT PLANNING * (Guiding Principles, Implementation Initiatives, Zoning Bylaw); Local Govt Elections Task Force; Devt Applic Status; TransLink Customer Service Report; NSh Emergency Mgmt Ofc Report; NO CORRESPONDENCE AGAIN!  new policy we didn't know about and not discussed at a ccl mtg???
= Vive le Canada (Invasion of Canada, Vancouver 1958); ANIMALWATCH (Orangutan, Lions); from the EDITOR'S DESK (ALARMING if PRECEDENT!; Olympics; Budget 2010); WVPD (District Watch; Suspects); UPDATES (Heed Kashed; Amb Waterfront)
=  CALENDAR to Apr 30th; Nature Walks; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre, Music, Art, Opera, Photography)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES Mar 15th:  SAFERhome Standards Society Delegation; Cmnty Climate Action Plan; NSh Adv Cmte on Disability Issues (2009 Report and 2010 Plan/Budget); Design Review Cmte 2009 Annual Report and 2010 Proposed Workplan; DVP Apps for 6135 Gleneagles and 1425 19th set for Apr 12; Devt Applic Status List
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Apr 12th
=  INFObits (Trees: T4T); NETWATCH (Photos: Jerusalem; Israel/Palestine); WEBWATCH (Seniors; Music); WOMENWATCH (Saudi poet); WORDWATCH (chexting; twitterpidity; a twettle); MAIKU (salmon are sacred); QUOTATIONS / PUNS (and some Easter wisdom sent to me)

===  Vive le CANADA  ===
+  Letter authorizing invasion of Canada goes to auction
        BY RANDY BOSWELL  The Vancouver Sun  26 Mar 2010
The U. S. auction house Sotheby's is set to sell a faded and fragile letter written 235 years ago by George Washington in which the newly appointed commander of the American revolutionary army passionately outlines his strategy for conquering...read more...
On the auction block -- will give you a bit more of the history/background re the US Revolutionary War.
+ Quaint film promoting Vancouver --  ROCKIES FLIGHT TO VANCOUVER 1958

*  The Orangutan and the Hound
        Humans Are Not the Only Beings with Interspecies Friends
National Geographic: When Surya, the orangutan, meets a hound dog by the river, the two carry on like long lost friends. http://5thworld.com/Paradigm/Postings/!Wisdom/OrangutanAndHound.html
*  Lions in Africa up close (featured in March BBC Wildlife Magazine)

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
+  ALARMING PRECEDENT -- Ghost of Monster Houses Past
The mysterious case of 26xx Palmerston........
Someone contacted me asking if I was aware Ccl had just approved increasing the FAR of a house from .34 to .43.  I said no, the FAR was not mentioned during the ccl mtg.  Naturally curious, I asked some cclrs and none cd tell me the FARs though a couple thought it was a bit larger.
FYI, the maximum is .35 -- that means going to .43 is makes the house almost one quarter larger.
I recall that Sop has made comments about twice there had been stop work orders put on the house (that means some staff were vigilant and doing their jobs!) and when it was taken to the Bd of Variance, they turned it down (and not a hardship).
So the Devt Variance Permit Application was brought to Ccl.
When I wrote to staff, I had to ask about the relative FARs at least twice before getting an answer -- and then the .43 was on the penultimate page of a report.
Now it is true that without that information being provided during the mtg, Ccl shd hv asked/verified, but some may have assumed had it been relevant or significant, they wd hv bn told.
Finally got some answers, but they were not reassuring.
This cd set a horrible precedent if allowed to stand; and if we were serious about limiting 'monster' houses, this ought not be a recipe for how to skirt the bylaws.
Even more alarming was to learn this increase was recommended by staff! and with IMO totally unsupportable reasoning.  I'm now trying to find out if Ccl were aware of this staff policy and if they agreed.
Here's some of the correspondence (several msgs so some duplication).

Staff wrote:
"The report specifically stated that it exceeded the maximum FAR by 679 sq. feet. The attached DVP states that the allowed FAR (under this DVP) is .43."

Nowhere in the agenda item's material does it say .35 FAR is the maximum allowed.
Interesting to give the impression the FAR is "allowed" -- it says under the DVP but that's not so.  At that time it was a DVP APPLICATION to increase to .43, and Ccl had not yet allowed/approved it.
I wrote:
IMO, staff shd hv mentioned in the presentation that this was a large increase -- .34 to .43FAR -- and if not brought out for the public's benefit so they know what's going on, someone on Ccl shd hv asked.
Sop touched on it by bringing up the fact that a stop-order had been issued twice.  Put that with going to the Bd of Variance, turned down b/c not hardship, and it appears the intent for years has been a larger house.
Persistence pays?
It's the precedent that is alarming.
I've seen the house and filling in the open space wd not affect sightlines, agreed, but had it been closed in from the beginning the upper part wd hv had to be smaller.  And that was the whole intent of the bylaw when we lowered the FAR from .45 to .35 (I was on Ccl then and it was considered a major achievement in trying to reduce the appearance of monster houses).

Staff reply:
"Staff supported this DVP based on its compliance with criteria that staff have developed

I asked:
so the policy was developed by staff?
missing the first step?
been approved by Ccl?

for evaluating such requests.  The criteria are stated in section 2.3 of the Council report."

My reaction:
Pardon me for suppressing my disbelieving mirth wrt the beginning of 2.3 (Implications -- indeed!).
Wanting to do this b/c cold and animals can get in?
Does anyone seriously think the owners and/or the architect did not realize/anticipate this obvious result of an open area below?
They did not think adding insulation underneath the exposed upper floor would address the problem with the "cold"?
Staff or Ccl might have guessed something 'unusual' with two stop-work orders (good work by those staff upholding our bylaws!) and that the Bd of Variance was not so naive as to fall for simply filling in an empty space in all innocence, thus getting a larger house than had it been designed with a lower level.  Something, btw, other owners do -- design the whole house.
Is it open season on hillside space?
Somewhat akin to not counting decks in the FAR b/c of the number of walls?  (this started being taken advantage of before [...)]
If allowed and a policy, what a precedent!
Just as the loop-hole that permitted covered decks open on one side to be exempted from FAR, we can now expect houses to be built with overhangs like this in hopes that staff will later recommend approving a variance to well over .35?  (Assuming they even ask for a variance.  What might have happened had they planted a suitably high hedge before closing in the space -- the stop-work orders might never have been issued.)

"This same criteria have been used in the past on other DVPs."

then no doubt will again.
and we're back to .40 - .45 FARs!
This is rather murky
                but still serious.
wrt FAR
Have talked to several cclrs.  One claimed not to have seen anything about FAR, even those who said they thought it was a 'bit' larger (~20 to 25% can hardly be termed a bit larger), seemed to be unaware of how much difference.  Apparent obliviousness to bulk.  One tried to say no bigger b/c same footprint!
You wd know there can be a one-storey house or a four-storey building on the same footprint.
What was mostly missing as far as I cd tell was the difference between .34 (or .35, the allowed maximum) and .43, amazing as that might seem.
I tried to get across the point that had the house had the bottom open area enclosed and been within the maximum of .35, then the top, even if one floor, wd have had to be SMALLER.  Had enclosing the bottom open part still made the house .35 or less, it wd not look so big on the property -- and this is what monster houses are all about, the appearance of being large.
btw, I've always said there's no such thing as a monster house, just a lot that's too small.  There are, after all, castles on estates and they do not look like 'monsters'.
As you see in the previous msgs below the reluctance to give the information of the FAR -- it took more than one attempt.
FAR information shd automatically, readily, and publicly be given.
Pls think about making that required in future.

From the staff memo {my replies in italics}:

2.3 Implications

The large open area below the rear of the house results in the main floor being
supported by columns, approximately 8' above the ground. This open area allows
the elements in, creating a cold floor and reducing the energy efficiency of the
house. Wildlife is also able to get under the house and create a nuisance.

If not owner-built, it is not credible that an architect, competent, designed it without knowing the conditions or ramifications/consequences.  Is ignorance of or rejection of results of a design deserving of an exception, in fact an advantage in this case an increase in the FAR?
Would the original plans not have had to be approved by the hall in the first place?
Perhaps such plans ought to be rejected in future?

The owners wish to complete the enclosure of the area to solve these problems and to
create additional living space for their family.

The first predictable but done anyway, the second desirable for many.

Staff have no concerns


with the proposal for the following reasons:

all right if it didn't also increase the FAR!

           under the house;

Pardon me? so an aesthetically inferior design justifies increasing the size of a house beyond that permitted?
as if the 'void' was not intentional or part of the design???
how valid as a precedent?
what discretionary power staff hold to bypass bylaws!
aesthetics testing?
One man's aesthetics is another man's bulk?

           is barely visible from 26th street and is not visible from Palmerston Avenue;

this omits the fact that the upper part of the house wd be smaller and have less of an impact on the nbrhd if it had been designed with the maximum FAR limit in mind.
          Avenue have provided their written approval of the proposal (see Appendix

Well, good that the one nbr next door was nice but does that nbrhd or WV want the maximum FAR to be increased from .35 to .43 if everyone can fill in an empty space later?
Shd an increase to .43 be considered?
We've already had houses well over the intended FAR balconies and basements not counted -- is this another category?

PS Dear Readers
NB: From my experience, asking for letters from nbrs is dicey b/c ppl want to be 'good nbrs'.  Good and bad.  At least asked.  OTOH, if the whole block doesn't want to comply with the bylaws, is that all right?  Do hope this loophole, or rather gaping hole, will be closed by Ccl and/or staff b/c it makes a mockery of a maximum FAR.

Some of us have been somewhat sloppy and others may not know the difference.
In WVM 5 the word TAX was inadvertently omitted from "zero per cent tax increase", the correct description for Budget 2010 but it was there in the printed copy's title.
This is DIFFERENT from a zero-based budget wch means you start with a clean slate and justify each amt of money, and something I urged from when first on Ccl in 1988.  No support.  And staff of course said no need to do that since they'd already "cut everything to the bone" and "were as efficient as possible".  I didn't buy a bridge either.
Confusingly the North Shore News editorial had zero-based and I wrote pointing out what was passed was not that.  It was a surprise therefore to see Sunday's NSN with a column referring to WV's "zero-based budget" and a "zero per cent increase budget".  Not so.
In fact, the budget is larger than last year, but the increased expenditures are covered by the larger tax base (increased assessment roll) and increases in user fees and other sources of revenue (such as govt grants), plus some creative accounting (using capital reserves to pay for what some might consider operating expenses) -- so the net result is, that if your property value increased by the average in the municipality, your tax bill ought to be the same as last year.
Also, this doesn't take into account the utilities increase that will be an average increase of $238.
To be super clear re Budget 2010:
It is NOT zero-based wch means starting with a clean slate
It is zero per cent tax increase.  Note, however, it is not that the budget is the same size (2009: $127,667,532 and 2010: $128,367,019), it's that the increased expenditures are covered so that there will not be any increase in the tax paid by the "average home" owner.
IN ANY CASE, Ccl and Staff to be congratulated for reining in the continuing increase momentum.
As my poem indicates, the glow remains -- such an uplifting experience.
In the rush getting last WVM out sorry I omitted mentioning the memorable Charles Hamelin and Marianne St Gelais (and their celebratory hugs and kisses!), and Jasey Jay Anderson.

===  WVPD  === West Vancouver's Most Wanted!
*  Announcement by DWV and WVPD: District Watch. The crime prevention program will capitalize on the day to day presence of municipal workers conducting duties throughout the District of West Vancouver. Under District Watch workers are asked to be alert to any unusual or suspicious persons or circumstances and to report the circumstances to police.
*  Please review all images at the link below and contact the named investigators if you are able to assist.
See: wvpd.ca/breaking-stories/296-suspects-to-identify-can-you-help-us
===  UPDATES  ===
***  Friday Apr 9th, astonishing resignation, stepping aside, of Solicitor General Kash Heed, former WVPD Chief.  Apparently campaign finance investigation.  Mike de Jong will step in.
***  Look at what's being proposed for the waterfront, unveiling Apr 12th:
Ambleside Waterfront Plan -- http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=26578

===  CALENDAR to April 30th  ===
{Pls note a) all mtgs are at M Hall unless indicated otherwise and b) with such a long gap between ccl mtgs and WVMs along with often no or v short notice of mtgs on the DWV website, this section, while hoping to, cannot possibly, be complete.  Pls check the DWV website wrt cmtes/WGs/mtgs of interest to you.}
See the DWV Calendar: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Calendar.aspx
PLEASE NOTE: at this time the next Ccl mtg is April 26th, so this is all the information re mtgs known at this date.  Certainly more will appear!  Just below are some events subscribers got a headsup email about b/c not in last WVM.
*  Dundarave Pier 9am, race begins at 10:25 (Friday April 2)
Southern Straits Classic -- WVYC's 42nd sailing regatta, an Easter Weekend ritual with pancake breakfast, music by the WV Pops Band, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  www.southernstraits.ca
Dundarave Village Saturday April 3  Annual Easter Egg hunt at 11am.  
Join the fun -- over 12,000 Easter eggs will be handed out. Children will be provided with a ticket for the bunny draw, and at 12 o'clock, the plush bunny give-a-way will take place!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
*  Ambleside Park: Iranian picnic on Sunday (Apr 4)
*  Thursday Apr 8 ~ 6pm ~  Pub Night to Support the SPCA
The West Vancouver SPCA is hosting a Pub Night to benefit North Shore animals; Mosquito Creek Bar and Grill, NV.  Tix $20 include a veggieburger, fries, and a drink; available from the WV SPCA, call 922 4622.
Dog Washes  The WV SPCA holds a dog wash on the last Sunday of the month, from 11 am to 3 pm.
Runs March 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, and August 29th.
Cost = $20 per dog. Owners can enjoy free coffee and a tour of the shelter while their dogs get cleaned up!
*  Friday Apr 9
~ 7pm ~ Friday Apr 9 -- FERRY BUILDING GALLERY -- Benefit Event for the Earthquake Victims -- Multi-media IMPRESSIONS OF CHILE with The Ultimate Traveller, Peter Langer; Net Proceeds to Canadian Medical Assistance Teams
~ 8pm ~ by donation ~  Discover the Majesty of BUTE INLET
Slide Show & Talk: Rob and Laurie Wood live on Maurelle Island near the mouth of Bute Inlet. They have an intimate knowledge of the power, glory, and stunning beauty of the mountains, rivers, forests, and wild animals that are the BUTE INLET. They will be at the Brackendale Art Gallery for a special presentation of their photos and to share their knowledge. Rob & Laurie are members of the Friends of Bute Inlet www.buteinlet.net
=  Tuesday Apr 13th
~ 5:30pm ~ Cmnty Engagement Cmte in Mayor's ofc
~ 6pm ~ Ambleside Business Association (A B A); Notice of Election 2010 at Saltaire's Restaurant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Annual elections of Officers/Board Members; for info: Carey Hooge, careyh@cwalkergroup.com or Todd Whiting, Saltaire@telus.net                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
=  Wednesday Apr 14th
~ 10 - 11 am ~ Friendship Circle in the Atrium
Parents, caregivers, and preschool children are invited to a Friendship Circle in the Atrium at the West Vancouver Community Centre on Wednesday, April 14th. This event is in support of Bullying Stops Here - Pink Shirt Day in British Columbia. The circle will include stories, songs, and games.
North Shore Community Resources 'Wheels' program (a mobile resource service for families with young children) and a community health nurse will also be on hand to answer parent/caregivers questions on social/emotional development in young children. For more info pls contact Laura Lee Kent, Child Care Hub Coordinator, at 921 3403 and see http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=26568
  ~ 5:30pm ~ Housing PP WG in Library, Musto Room
  ~ 7pm ~ Library Bd mtg, Library, Welsh Hall
  ~ 7:15pm ~ Field Sports Forum WG -- CANCELLED, rescheduled for Apr 15
=  Thursday, Apr 15th
***  Community Day June 5: "Power of Music, Power of People - celebrating a great Canadian community".  DEADLINE for Parade Applications Apr 15 http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=26104
~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte -- CANCELLED
~ 6pm ~ NSh Family Court / Youth Justice Cmte at DNV M Hall
        ~ 7:15pm ~ Field Sports Forum WG
~ 7pm ~ FREE PUBLIC LECTURE -- A 22nd Century City: Reinventing our DNA
        Venue: SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
        Admission is free, reservations are required. Reserve at www.sfu.ca/reserve
What will it take to transform our cities? What changes do we need to make in the basic operating code in how cities function? In this lecture, Thomas Osdoba will argue for creating a culture of innovation around sustainability - and ways to make it happen.
Thomas Osdoba is Managing Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices at Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon, and Principal at Tao Strategies. He is the former Sustainability Manager for the City of Vancouver and has served as the Acting Director of the Canada Carbon Trust. He has 20 years of experience in environmental policy development and initiatives to promote and support sustainable development.
Sponsored by HB Lanarc Consultants Ltd and the SFU City Program.
     SFU City Program  2300 - 515 West Hastings, Vancouver; Tel: 778-782-5254; www.sfu.ca/city
Many SFU City Program public lectures are videotaped. Check out the latest, "The Chicago School - Insights from Sadhu Johnston and Mike Shiffer" along with an archive of over 30 lectures.

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SATURDAY * 2010 April 17th * 10am - NOON
West Vancouver Memorial Library and Memorial Park
        Come and see the fish tank and displays.
Ask questions and learn about our fish and streams.
The West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society & The Coho Society
For information, write streamkeepers@westvan.org or phone 604 628 1123
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The West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society and the Coho Society have jointly put on this event for the past six years in Memorial Park . DFO supplies the coho smolt which the children release into McDonald Creek. The WV Memorial Library assists us by allowing the Coho Society to put up a registration tent in front of the library and also puts out information on salmon inside the library.
The event starts at 10 am and finishes at noon. Children and their families register at the Coho Society tent and the children are given a certificate of adoption of a fish. They are then escorted by students from WV Secondary School from the Environmental Protection Network (EPN) club across the road and into the park area where they pick up their coho smolts and then release them into McDonald Creek. West Vancouver Streamkeepers will have a tent near the creek with drinks, cookies, and information on salmon.
We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday the 17th of April.
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=  Monday Apr 19th
        ~ 8 am ~  Cmnty Grants Cmte in Cmnty Ctr, Vista Room
=  Tuesday Apr 20th
        ~ 3 pm ~ Police Bd Finance Cmte at WVPD
~ 7 pm ~ Sharing the History of the Ambleside Neighbourhood (in Srs' Ctr atrium)
The West Vancouver Historical Society is looking for long-time residents to share their memories - and photographs - about their neighbourhoods for possible inclusion in the Society's book, planned to coincide with West Vancouver's 100th anniversary.   If you would like to share your memories, please attend one of the special meetings the Society is holding to gather information on our various nbrhds.  This meeting will focus on the Ambleside neighbourhood.  For submissions on any WV nbrhd, interested residents can email the Society, wvhs@shaw.ca.
=  Wednesday Apr 21st
        ~ 5:30 pm ~ WV Police Bd mtg at WVPD
        ~ 7 pm ~ Board of Variance  -- CANCELLED
= Thursday Apr 22 to Sunday Apr 25
West Vancouver Police Department - S.W.A.T. Family Carnival
Park Royal South -- The WV Student Work Advisory Team promises thrilling rides and novelty games for the whole family to enjoy at this exciting event. Tix for these West Coast amusement rides can be purchased on site.  Apr 22/23 from 4 to 10pm; Apr 24 from 11am to 11pm; Apr 25 from 11am to 6pm
Sunday Apr 25
        ~ 8am - noon ~ Scotiabank MS Walk in Ambleside Park and
                ~ 9am to 1pm ~ Garage Sale at WV Cmnty Ctr
Thursday Apr 29
        ~ 5pm ~ N.S. Advisory Committee on Disability Issues at DNV M Hall
Friday Apr 30
        ~ 5 - 10pm ~ Valborg Celebration in Ambleside Park.
Gleneagles Clubhouse Grand Opening Celebration
Join us to celebrate the official opening of the Gleneagles Clubhouse on Saturday, May 1st. 
The Clubhouse, located at Gleneagles Golf Course, is opening its doors and welcoming the community to an Open House and tour of this newly-renovated building, which includes a new restaurant. This beloved community facility is ready to host community celebrations in the Great Hall again, such as events for families and friends, weddings, and private functions.  This is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to get a closer look at this stunning space overlooking West Vancouver's beautiful Larson Bay and the sixth fairway.
When: Saturday, May 1st from 1 to 4 pm.  Official Remarks: 1:30 pm
For more information, please visit westvancouver.ca/gleneaglesgolf 

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+  Tuesday Apr 13
        Mozart's Operas  Welsh Hall, 10:30 pm - 12:30 pm. No registration required.
+  NSh Writers Festival Apr 19 - 22
What a line-up!
Prize-winning author Annabel Lyon, The Golden Mean, Mon Apr 19 WVML 7:30pm
Joy Fielding, The Wild Zone, Tu Apr 20, DNV Library, 7:30pm
Anosh Irani, Dahanu Road, Th Apr 22, CNV Library, 7:45pm
Celebrate upcoming Earth Day with a discussion on Water. The U.N. has appointed you as "World Water Czar." What policies would you implement?  10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Welsh Hall. Admission $5.
About Philosophers Cafe   Vibrant discussions on burning issues of the day. Snacks and coffee provided. Registration not required.  Co-sponsored by S.F.U.   Moderator: Randall MacKinnon has a Master's degree in Social Policy and Planning. He is an IDEASage with MackINNOVATION, a service consultancy.
Earth Day is April 22, and we will be celebrating from April 16 - 25. Check out our display, attend an event, or borrow an energy meter.  Our Staff, Library Board and Foundation are committed to making the Library a model of sustainability in the community. You can read about what we're doing on our Sustainability webpage.
EARTH DAY LECTURE BY ARTIST K.A. COLORADO: THE COW ON THE ICEBERG: THE RELEVANCY OF DEEP COLD  A report on artistic impressions through observations and sightings in the Antarctic, and the physical spiritual and psychological significance of absolute cold.  Thursday, April 22, 7 pm, Welsh Hall.
+  ENGLISH CORNER in the Welsh Hall from 10 to 11:30am
Come and practise English conversation at the Library every Friday beginning --  Apr 16, 23, 30.
Requirement: able to read English.  Info: Fariba Rocker at 604 506 6616. Facilitated by the Baha'i Cmnty of WV.

 +++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
Monster  --   to May 8
Presented with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad with the support of the Audain Foundation
Monsters have appeared throughout the ages and in most cultures. Fear, paranoia, and the triumph of good over evil manifests itself in horror, polarized societies, and intolerance giving rise to monsters rooted in folklore, mythology, legend, literature, art, and popular culture. This contemporary art exhibition features innovative works by leading Canadian and international artists Shuvinai Ashoona, Shary Boyle, Lutz Braun, Beau Dick, Marcel Dzama, Alexandra Flood, Sandra Meigs, Nick Sikkuark, Corin Sworn, Joseph Tisiga, Howie Tsui, and Nicola Tyson who explore monstrous sensibilities in their practice.

+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++  http://ferrybuildinggallery.com/
o  Subliminal Meditation March 30 - April 11 -- Mixed media: Angela Rae, Michela Sorrentino
o  ARTISTS OF AVALON April 13 - May 2
Women in recovery from addiction discover their creativity.
Mixed Media art by Artists:  Andrea Baxendale, Vicki Canada, Lyse Cote, Debbie Davidson, Kathy Deyell, Gwen Dirks, Nikki Ducharme, Vicki Frederiksen, Monica Glass, Cindy Hambrook, Shirley Hrkac, E'Lana Long, Jennie Marsh, Ruth Peters, Dani Rubin, Cheryl Wheeler, and others. . .
Opening Reception: Apr 13 Tuesday 6 - 8pm
Artists in Attendance:  Apr 17 Saturday 2 - 3pm
Addiction Awareness Evening -- April 27 Tuesday 7 - 8:30pm -- A Speaker Panel public event designed to raise awareness about addiction, recovery and Avalon, FREE Admission.
Artist's Talk:  Artists will share their stories of recovery as it relates to their creativity, FREE Admission. 

+++ SILK PURSE +++  www.silkpurse.ca
"Oh La La!: French Exhibit" April 6 - 18
The world's most romantic country, France has welcomed lovers and patrons of the arts for centuries. France offers everything you need to indulge your passions and at the Silk Purse we are capitalizing on those passions with a unique exhibition of all things France including paintings, clay art, and photography by 12 Lower Mainland artists. Opening reception to follow-with all things French!
Opening Reception:TUESDAY April 6th from 6 - 8pm
"In House Creations" April 20 - May 2
Kicking off Arts & Culture Week and National Volunteer Week and celebrating over 42 years, the West Van Arts Council at the Silk Purse will host a very special exhibition honouring the long-time volunteers that have made the Silk Purse such a special place. This exhibit represents the creativity and talent of our dedicated volunteers and is a unique way to draw attention to the major contributions volunteers make in our community each and every day!
Opening Reception: TUESDAY April 20th from 3 - 7pm
To see a list of events: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
To see the electronic newsletter, the address is http://kaymeekcentre.weebly.com.
Getting onto the mail list: the simplest method is to call the box office (604 913 3634) or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com  For a complete list: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
+  Fri Apr 9
o  7pm ~ Wed Apr 14 ~ SD45 BAND NIGHT
o  8pm Fri Apr 16 (to May 1) ~ Theatre West Van presents A BENCH IN THE SUN
o  Arts Club on Tour 8pm Tu/Wed Apr 20/21, MOM'S THE WORD REMIXED
o  7:30 Fri Apr 23 ~ Reception and Talk; Dr Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Laureate
        The Human Rights Situation in Iran Today, hosted by MP John Weston
o   8pm Sat Apr 24 ~ Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble
+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
The Spring Issue of "The Torch" is now available; just click the following link for direct access: http://www.westvan60.com/Images/The%20Torch%20Newsletter%20-%20Spring%202010.pdf
The newsletter is available to any interested non-member.  Pls fill in the form on the webpage, http://www.westvan60.com/newsletter.html   Pls email me if you wd like to submit an article or if you have any questions/comments. Thank you for your interest.
--  Best regards,  Janice Mackay-Smith, The Torch
Honour the WW1 veterans on Friday, April 9th, Vimy Ridge Day:
        11am at the Memorial Arch across from the Library and 4:30pm in the Branch lounge
Across Canada, the govt is providing Books of Reflection for the public to sign and pay their respects. 

Marking the End of an Era

Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs, officially launched an advertising campaign to commemorate the sacrifices made by our First World War veterans. This complements other commemorative events planned by our government to mark the
"End of an Era", culminating with a
National Day of Remembrance to be observed on
Vimy Ridge Day, April 9th 2010.

Canada's contribution to the First World War helped define us as a nation and shape the country in which we live today.

This campaign will help spread the message that on April 9, Canadians will stand united in remembrance of and gratitude to those who authored one of the most important chapters in our nation's history. As well as the national commemorative ceremony on April 9, international commemorative ceremonies and activities in the provincial and territorial capitals are planned to recognize all those who served Canada during the First World War.
The Government of Canada is also providing the opportunity for the public to pay their respects by signing special Books of Reflection which will be on display at various locations across the country and overseas and also available online at www.vac-acc.gc.ca. Canada marks the End of an Era - the passing of a generation that asserted our independence on the world stage and established our international reputation as an unwavering champion of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

The Royal Canadian Legion, North Shore & Howe Sound Zone, and West Vancouver Branch 60, extend and invitation to our members and the community to join with us in a Commemoration Ceremony in honour of our
First World War Veterans.

West Vancouver Memorial Arch
Friday April 9th, 2010 - 11:00am

For those unable to attend this ceremony,
a tribute will be held in the Branch Lounge at 4:30pm
to commemorate the passing of John Babcock (at 109!), Canada's last WWI Veteran, and to pay tribute to those WWI Veterans who have gone before him. WWII Veterans,
Comrades Harry Greenwood and Donald Sinclair
will be speaking on behalf of our Veterans and Branch members.

Friday, April 9th-Runaway Jukebox, live music in the Lounge 7 - 11pm
Saturday, April 10th-Leadership and Business Management Workshop 9am - 4pm, registration at 8:30am; FREE
Sunday, April 18th-Veterans' Social in the Lounge 2 - 4pm
Saturday, April 24th-Furry Creek Golf Tournament & Dinner
Tuesday, April 27th-General Meeting at 7pm
Friday, April 30th / Saturday, May 1st-Greg Hampson, live music 7 - 11pm

+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
Mark Your Calendars! 
Taste of the Bay in Horseshoe Bay is returning on Thurs 5 - 8pm April 29th.  This fun-filled family evening invites you and your neighbours to stroll through Horseshoe Bay as you enjoy the tastes and treats that the local stores and restaurants have to offer. Tickets are yet to go on sale, but details soon.
There are limited spots for Table sponsorships.  To reserve your table, please contact Leagh Gabriel at the                                                                                                                                                             WV Chamber of Commerce at 926 6614 or leagh@westvanchamber.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                        --  Events for April courtesy of David Cook 924 0147
Thursday 8th April  +
Geology of Point Grey Peninsular & Burrard Inlet:
        A talk For Pacific Spirit Park Society (Walk & Talk Series); Speaker: David Cook, P.Eng
~ 7pm ~ St Philip's Church 3737 W 27th
This will be a 400-million-year PowerPoint journey through the geological history of the area. Some of the highlights will be sandstones with coal beds laid down in the deltas of 50 to 70 million-year-old rivers, the roots of 37 million-year-old volcanoes, giant granitic boulders brought to the area during the Ice Age, clues to former sea levels left in the cliffs, and evidence that even today we live in an area of dynamic geological change.  Visit: www.PacificSpiritParkSociety.org.
Thursday 15th April  +
Forty Years of Vegetation Change on the Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island.
        For Nature Vancouver, Botany section; Speaker: Jenny McCune
~ 7pm ~ Unity Church, 5840 Oak St
Massive changes have occurred on the landscape in Southwestern BC in the past few decades, with rampant urbanization and the loss of much of the original vegetation.  But what's going on in the understory of the forests that are left?  Are we losing rare native species in these forest fragments?  How many, and how quickly?  And how quickly are exotic species expanding?  We can use historical datasets to find out.  As part of her PhD research, Jenny McCune returned to 184 vegetation plots originally surveyed in the late 1960s by Dr. Hans Roemer on the Saanich peninsula.  In this talk she will discuss her experience following in Hans's footsteps, and what has happened to plant communities that now find themselves in someone's backyard.
Jenny McCune is a PhD student in the botany department at UBC. She earned her BSc in Biological Science at the University of Guelph, MSc in ethnobotany at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and has worked as a plant ecologist in Florida, Oregon, California, and Maryland.  For further info visit www.naturevancouver.ca.
Saturday 17th April  +
Geology of Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve:
        A walk or Nature Vancouver; Field trip leader: David Cook
Meeting Location: Rice Lake parking lot; Time: 1000 hours
A walk along trails paralleling the west side of the Seymour River in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR) to view geological features that tell the story of this valley during and following the ice age. Some highlights will be 30,000- to 40,000-year-old peat beds, raised sea-level benches, rhythmite clays deposited in a glacial lake, and the site of the fatal Riverside Drive slide.
The length and duration of this walk will be about 12 km and five hours respectively, mainly along Twin Bridges Trail and Fisherman's Trail.
Bring lunch and water and dress for changes in weather.
Meet in the Rice Lake Parking lot near the Learning Lodge in LSCR at 1000 hours. The parking lot is at the end of Lillooet Road which is accessed from the Mount Seymour Parkway near the Holiday Inn and Capilano University. There is no bus access (unless you know how to walk in from the top of Lynn Valley Road), so if you require a lift I can collect up to four people from Phibbs Exchange or Lynn Valley Mall at prearranged times.  For further information, visit www.naturevancouver.ca.
+  Sunday 18th April  +
Geology of Pt Grey & Burrard Inlet:
        A walk Pacific Spirit Park Society (Walk & Talk Series)
Meeting Location: Volunteer Park (N of Tatlow Park), Point Grey Road between McDonald and Bayswater
Instructor: David Cook P.Eng; Time: 1100 hours; Duration: About 2.5 hours.
Walk at low tide along sections of Jericho and Kitsilano Beaches to view the rocks and land features that form the Point Grey Peninsula and surround Burrard Inlet. See sandstones, mudstones, and coal beds in ~50 million year old (Tertiary) rocks of the Georgia Basin stratigraphic sequence of rocks which have been intruded by volcanic dykes.  We will see fossilized leaves of such plants as Glyptostrobus and Metasequoia which are related to the present day swamp cypress and dawn redwood.
Looking across Burrard Inlet we will observe rocks and land forms created over the last 400 million years by plate tectonics, erosion, and ice. For further information visit www.PacificSpiritParkSociety.org.
Monday 19th April  +
Geology & Forest Ecology, Lynn Canyon Park:
                        A walk For Elder College; Field trip leader: David Cook
Meeting Location: Ecology Centre parking lot; Time: 1000 hours; Cost: $5
A five-hour geology and forest ecology walk along the trails of Lynn Canyon Park, the largest piece of natural parkland in the District of NV. The park follows the valley of Lynn Creek and is a major wildlife corridor. We will see how Lynn Creek has cut a deep canyon down into hard granitic rocks in the relatively short time since the ice receded from the area. We will see other artifacts of the area's recent past such as a 33,000- to 48,000-year-old peat beds, a giant glacial erratic, glacial lake deposits, and raised sea-level benches. We will be able to view a pristine flood-plain forest which contains the largest population of Sitka spruce on the North Shore and some old growth Pacific yew trees.
Bring lunch and water and dress for changes in weather. Meet in the car park near the Ecology Centre of Lynn Canyon Park at 1000 hours.
Registration and payment is required before April 19th. To register call 984 4901 and quote course reference number 20003 or visit www.capilanou.ca/ce/north-shore/eldercollege.html and click on "Forms" or click on the myCE link and register online.
Sunday 25th April  +
Geology & Old Growth, Cypress Falls Park:
                A hike for Nature Vancouver; Field trip leader: David Cook
Meeting Location: McDonald's, Park Royal; Time: 0930 hours; Duration: four or five hours.
We will be hiking along the trails of Cypress Falls Park in WV and the adjoining Cypress Provincial Park.  Meet at 0930 hours at Mc Donald's, Park Royal for car-pooling or if you are coming by bus and require a lift. Alternatively, meet in the parking lot at the end of Woodgreen Place off Woodgreen Dr, WV at 1000 hours.
The field trip area contains one of the North Shore's oases of old-growth forest with two waterfalls in a pocket canyon formed by Cypress Creek.  The trails are poorly defined and poorly maintained in many places. Caution is required where there are steep drop-offs into the canyon. Hiking boots with ankle support are essential. Bring lunch and water and dress for changes in weather.
Estimated time of return: Mid-afternoon.
For further details visit www.naturevancouver.ca or refer to Parks and Nature Places Around Vancouver, a book recently published by Nature Vancouver.

+  Presentation House Theatre, NV
West Coast Premiere of Queen Lear by Eugene Stickland in association with Western Gold Theatre; ends April 10 -- excellent!
+ Deep Cove Shaw Theatre
Vincent in Brixton by Nicholas Wright, Apr 16 to May 1st; tix 929 3200 or deepcovestage.com
+  Vancouver Playhouse
The Love List by Norm Foster, starring Norm Foster and Peter Anderson; ends April 10; Playhouse Theatre Company
+  Jericho Arts Centre
Canadian Premiere of The Breath of Life by David Hare, United Players, Apr 2 to 25; tix 224 8007; jerichoartscentre.com
+ Arts Club (tel 687 1644)
Paradise Garden -- A modern romance against all odds; at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage; ends Apr 11
-  Billy Bishop Goes to War, our own Canadian classic; Granville Island; to Apr 17
+  Metro Theatre
Opening Night by Norm Foster, Apr 3 - May 1st; tix 266 7191; metrotheatre.org
+   Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
Savage Parade about Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, Apr 8 - 10; tix 1 800 838 3006
+  VSO -- See www.vancouversymphony.ca --
+  VAG Out for Lunch 12:10 - 1pm www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/out_lunch.html
April 9th, Rachel Fenlon, soprano, and Richard Epp, piano. Messiaen: Songs
*  OPERA @ 7:30pm
Mozart: Marriage of Figaro -- April 24th, 27th, 29th, May 1st, 4th
Figaro and Susanna are to be married. But their master, the Count, is enamoured of the bride and Figaro is being eyed by a much older woman. Also a reckless young man is in love with the Countess, who longs for her husband's embrace. And that's not the half of it.  Figaro is an unmatchable opera that combines comedy, social commentary and heart-breaking tenderness. The plot is deliriously twisty and the characters are deeply sympathetic. Mozart's genius work connects to our lives with humanity and compassion.
= Thurs Apr 15 All Opera Speaks events are 7 - 9pm in the Alice MacKay Room of the central branch of Vancouver Public Library.  Seating is limited. Arrive early!
 *  ART at the VAG in April -- View full Calendar
Try one! They're free!  (maybe just for mbrs) Brown Bag Tour, Buggy Tour, Crit Night, Early Morning History Tour, Exhibition Tour, Hot Spot, Staff Pick.
CAROUN PHOTO CLUB  778 372 0765 (12-8pm) www.Caroun.net
Painting Exhibition:  Exhibition: April 15 - 30; Reception:  4 - 8pm April 17
Subject: Open
For more info visit www.Caroun.net at "Call for Artists" (http://www.caroun.com/CarounArtGallery/Calls/00-Calls.html).
Subject: Nature
Call for Photographers  --  Deadline: April 25
Exhibition: May 16 - 31; Reception: 6 - 8pm Saturday May 22
Caroun Photo Club: www.CarounPhotoClub.com  Photography: www.MasoudSoheili.com

=== COUNCIL MTG NOTES Mar 15th ===

Note: At 6pm the regular Cci Mtg will commence in open session (in the main floor conference room), and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session, pursuant to section 90 of the Community Charter. At 7pm the open session will reconvene (in the Council Chamber) for consideration of the scheduled agenda items.
6:00 PM
RECOMMENDED: THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the March 15, 2010 regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
(a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality;
4.  the security of the property of the municipality;
5.  the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;
(k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.
7:00 PM  --  Following conclusion of the closed session, the following items will be considered:
5.  Approval of March 15, 2010 Regular Council Meeting Agenda
6.  ADOPTION of MINUTES:  March 1 Regular Ccl Mtg; and March 8, 2010 Special Council Meeting.
7. P. Simpson, SAFERhome Standards Society, regarding SAFERhome Standards Society and Certification Program (File:  0055-01)
Mayor: Welcome.
PS: 19-point bldg standard related to housing [SLIDES]
under Sustainability; esp around seniors and small chn
Cdn Stats in 2032, 48% over 65; CMHC have to retrofit/renovate 50K homes a year just to keep up and we're not even close to that
19pt certification checklist of bldg codes and regulations
updating v old bldg standard; clarification; breaking cycle of old habits
thresholds -- we know what they are comes from 100s of years ago, the days when we had dirt floors and we put straw or thresh down on the dirt floor and a block of wood under the door to hold the thresh in place, why we have thresholds today
slide showing putting 2 x 4 in walls so grab bar can be put in more easily later
[do this] lowering sink, costs little compared with doing it later
re height of light switches
adapting houses to needs
SAFERhome program only measurable one out there
environmental efficiency
electric lines to front door, many uses, telephone wires, etc
over 800 seniors last year in BC died from falling accidents -- three seniors every day
over 40K chn visits to hospital emerg wards in 2008, 80% were preventable accidents in the home
11% of all ambulance call-outs are for falling accidents in the home
scary part: [slide] senior tsunami so even larger number going into healthcare system
if over 65, break your hip, 30% chance you're dead within a year; 50% chance never coming out of the healthcare system -- these are falls in the home
tsunami staggering
can fight this off -- build new houses adapted to needs
put into house $1100, into suite $700; to retrofit an existing house $100K+, into apt $40-50K
been showing it, even exported it -- down to Barbados
I'm here to ask you to become pro-active, bylaws
four years provincial and fell short
do it simple, straightforward, all you have to do is to tell the public
be pro-active, come together with other Ms
Sop: thx
you tell of seniors and small chn, going to have to expand horizon, inclusiveness, to handicapped or challenged ppl
PS: as a former mbr of the BC Paraplegic Assn and a former wheelchair-user, I wd prefer to grow up in a SAFER home b/c not labelled
does make it acceptable
Ev: read all the material supplied and pts raised common sense
figures, costs, staggering -- $118K for hip replacements, etc
is staff generally in agreement?
if so, how and when wd be implement?
Sokol: District will be evaluating the SAFERhomes prog as well as other progs as part of our workplan this year, eg Evelyn Drive devt; report back within the next six months on evaluating the two progs
Ev: any way we can make this info av to builders and contractors?
Sokol: sev diff standards out in the market: SAFERhomes, BC Bldg Code (new accessibility standards), CNV has certain accessibility standards
all have pros and cons, bldg cmnty is aware of them
we wd like to have a consistent standard in DWV and working through ACDI, uniform standard across N Sh
ML: ask you engage ACDI and they'll have lots of input
Mayor: mention refer to staff in motion so we get a response
[DONE, and report within six months]
8. Community Climate Action Plan (File:  2150-01/0117-20-CAWG)
Mayor: presentation, the public, the ccl discussion
TP: exciting night for me; achievement, challenging task; thank all WG and if here tonight pls stand; cochairs were Nora Gambioli and Freda Pagani [names rest, staff, and UBC students]
Most important, core is took on daunting task, delivered something quite spectacular for this cmnty and global one
Matt Alexander and Stephen Sheppard
MA: we're here to present the report
mix of experts and lay ppl, I'm one of the lay ppl; my first opp to work on a WG, v impressed; wd suggest carrying on
looked at what other places were doing re GHG
recommendations and measures M can take; see how well doing over time
realize bigger than originally thought, so need to find where we are
what ppl can actually do
not light bulb, turn off pilot light on fireplace
did 250 residences, all but three Climate Action of interest and M shd provide leadership
98% of emissions in WV come from residences
District getting its assessed; leadership, give us guidance
SS: slightly over half from bldgs and almost half from private vehicles
Bill 27, all have to set targets on carbon reduction
BC govt has mandated 33% by 2020, and 80% by 2050, consistent worldwide
CAWG thinks District can meet those reductions
Where do numbers come from? as you can see on the screen [slide]
trajectory we're on, carbon production going up in prov and in WV
prov target is at bottom right
how do we work back to get to 2050?  rise if we do nothing; a couple of examples how might work
numbers in WV
av home (in 2007) emits nine tons of carbon a yr, fairly high footprint and mainly from natural gas

{electricity better than gas and many changed from oil to gas about forty years ago, but we didn't know...}

I have students in my UBC class who put out less than a third of that
so if 33% reduction, series of things to be done
we're going to be seeing increasing energy costs for homeowners
to be done: audits, retrofits, energy efficiency improvements, for a start
switching to other sources of heat and energy, such as air-source heat pumps or geo-exchange
already see happening in WV
look at overall plan, 19 components
[slide] look at item one, will not go through all....
happy to see examples as Eagle Island, already embarked
bldg, transportation, others in action plan
MA: 70% of the homes that will be here in 2050 are here today so can't count on new
SS: can't stress that enough, that's where the gains
even if all new homes zero, still have prob with current homes
Slide with many choices
getting audited is imp first step
replacing natural gas with other systems
transportation plan underway right now
we have large vehicles, sgl occupancy; if half wd switch to half the carbon footprint
save energy costs, net benefit
MA: tried to provide measurements can be done on semi-annual basis
back-casting to get to 2050
zero in on a few measures
science says we have to change; citizens agree
DWV providing leadership, getting ready
lots each of us can do; objective to come up with recommendations
Call to action:
 energy audit -- find out how much your home uses and find ways to reduce
 walked here today -- or bike and if one day a week that's a 20% reduction
Mayor: now to public input part
John Cooksby (sp?): my qualifications such as they may be -- I'm a TV writer, I started making a movie, How to Boil a Frog, and in the process interviewed climate experts, journalists, etc, been an education for me
from NV, makes me feel like an interloper
Mayor: extra welcome
JC: struck me as odd when we're talking about something so global
in newspaper: methane is being released faster from the permafrost ....xxx Siberia....xxx {hard to hear} ... scientists...
methane is 21 x more effective as a global-warming gas than carbon is
that's catastrophic and it gets no coverage
interview 98% interest but believe less....... matters what M does
not adapting near fast enough
whatever prov goals are gobbledygook
read George Monbiot we're talking about 80% reduction by 2020
change needs to happen fast
remarkable what you're doing here
SAFERhome great
systemic collapse happening as babyboomers age, in their homes cuz not going to be rest homes
threat they face is economic
focus on gas tank not exhaust pipe
using 30B barrels of oil a year, putting out 30B tons of CO2
threat that maybe within the decade high price of oil, get from but Mexico (no 2 supplier) may become net oil importer
Saudi Arabia selling all its oil to China
gas prices will follow oil prices up; heating homes incredibly expensive
threat to seniors on fixed incomes
home with no heating and no air condition, best possible thing you can do
Mayor: so I take it you're in support
JC: v much
Mayor: next is Ruth Brock
RB: live on Eagle Island; v much support the Action Plan
tell you a story; a short story b/c just begun
here with my nbr, Tara Stafford
didn't want to stand in a desolate land -- you are the grandmother of five so you'll want to help me
talked to Trish Panz and the Mayor, mtg with Stephen Jenkins
you won't believe the wonderful things WV has in place and the support they can offer us
Tara Stafford: sore throat, lost voice
...  most progressive Ccl we've ever had
pretty close to the end of the oil era; don't want to be in a crisis situation
imp to be realistic move toward a lower energy future
friends and nbrs telling them what we've been doing on Eagle Island; say we can do that in our nbrhd; at Regalade dinner party engineer said we cd do that in our nbrhd
have a party and get started working on this
cynics and dreamers have to debate; where do I start, who wants to join us
thank the WG, thank Ccl made up of both; get a lot more support than you realize
Mayor: ask Cclr Panz to put motion on floor then Ccl can debate;
1.  Council receive the "Community Climate Action Plan" as the first steps toward the Official Community Plan amendments required for Provincial Bill 27;
2.  Council request staff to apply for the $10,000 grant from BC Hydro for the "Mayors Task Force on Climate Change";
3.  Staff return to Ccl with an implementation plan and report card as outlined in the report of March 4, 2010.
Maybe add here refer to District and City and Prov
Mayor: maybe add as 4
TP: wow!
critical ...  Eagle Lake ...
put out these three things b/c I wasn't involved in any of them
we're doing things; active; in this cmnty
large piece and as you've heard tonight, many support and need to be encouraged
incredible piece of work
easy to put numbers into an OCP, making those numbers real
want to say how much fun it's been over the past year and have at least three engineers on..
MS: say what...
hold up my broken wrist to show what happens when you disagree with Cclr Panz
        {joking but yes, he was sitting there with his right wrist/hand all taped}
wd add to No 3 the time it wd come back
BL: on the BSC, June
Mayor: June 2010; Ms Scholes add that to No. 3
Ev: 80%....xxx by 2020 ... how do we accommodate
if we stick with 33 1/3 % unless we.......
Mayor: Mr McRadu or Mr Leigh or Mr Jenkins
SJ: true, starts 2007 and everything after that have to account for that
it's 33 1/3% from 2007 levels
Mayor: how?
Ev: how
SJ: how do we make change
17,000 homes, retrofit, 1700 units a year and make 1/3 each
cd make 66 2/3 in each home and reach 1/3
gas connection xxx
take them off gas and put on electricity, even if tripled still under one ton
our task is to wean ourselves off gas use
Terasen has seen this; Terasen has started offering incentives
focused on natural gas
Ev: 2015 if retrofits not meeting targets; how implemented?
SJ: cd ask for mandatory energy audits
our first goal is energy audits and retrofits through to 2015
Eagle Island got 80%
put water meters
draconian in some measure, but it has been done
??? % reduction, substantial
Sop: a couple of questions; section 9.1 of LGA
permits use of Devt Permit Areas for xxx
introduced in May 29, 2008
        so new construction
comments today are with retrofit and as you heard from SAFERhomes, the cost is staggering
think wd be prudent of cmte/staff in relation to the economic side as to what's done in a single home
Second, lots of ideas but environmental ....benefits? are not quantified
a lot of good thought process, thanks to Cclr Panz and group, leads to our Strategic Transp Plan coming soon -- what are the alternates?
turn this switch off? this off?
what facing in ten years-- can't get unit through basement and ??? cost
think we have to get to xxxx
SJ: some v good questions there
fortunate here xxx Can; four to six year return heat pumps?????
My friend said CostCo had heat pumps on sale -- over 100 ppl had signed up for heat pumps just on the weekend
this cmte went around and around; each house is diff, it's $150, or $225 for larger homes, for an audit; get the audit then xxx
congratulate Eagle Island for first step; hope offer that profile
will work with financial institutions so pay as you save
        saving $80 a month, pay that a month till loan paid
has to make sense from a financial perspective as well
ML: commend group; all agree have to start locally
energy audits performed by whom and assured the aluminum siding salesman isn't going to turn up the next day
when I look at MetroV, bets the issue if that sort of growth is sustainable -- look at capping growth rather than expanding
don't know how that fits in
SJ: stand back from MetroV, shoulders not big enough
xxx  ENERCAN??? developed software xxx...
here's audit stay away from xxx
SW: what are the next steps? how many ppl building gardens in their back yards?
SJ: report card ev six months
working through how get ppl to report
working with Eagle Island
TP: it is on our BSC; it's documented there; work will carry on
Mayor: thank WG for making it so obvious
house; car they drive
M only 1%; advertise what we're doing
and being pro-active
climate action -- biz case; it's a political and xxx reality
wish to arm... with tools; shd be a status symbol to have had your audit
2015 mean we have failed
smart thing and financially prudent thing; ppl in WV understand the biz xxx
the No 1 issue at the Wosk Ctr and the Library was the Environment
can I call the question on all four?
Sop: number four?
Mayor: forward to all the ccls in MetroV and xxx
9. North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues Review of 2009 Committee Work and 2010 Work Plan and Budget (File:  0180-18-06)
1.  The North Shore Advisory Cmte on Disability Issues 2010 Work Plan be approved; and
2.  The budget request for a one third share ($4200) of the total budget ($12,600) be approved utilizing existing funds within the Grants in Aid budget.
Sokol: split with DNV and CNV, includes $7500 for the clerk who serves the cmte
Cclr ML, concerned re costs:  xxx
my understanding 20hrs a month supporting ACDI
responding to corresp; other forms of outreach; staff feels cd reduce; approve
cd reduce it somewhat, a few hundred dollars
approve and we'll look at 2010 to see if can reduce for 2011
ML made motion:
Mayor: in two parts
PASSED unanimously
ML: no question on value of work, I serve
I wd, however, like staff to explain to me, staff and hours
I find it a bit difficult supplying 20 hrs of clerical staff for a mtg that lasts three hours
not just ACDI, also Substance Abuse and Family Court North Shore Youth Justice
think it bears examination
Mayor: do you wish to hold this up or ?
ML: no
Mayor: so follow up
ML: to refer the clerical costs of the three cmtes to staff to report back to Ccl
CAO: understand this was discussed at the ACDI mtg
ML: I'd like it discussed at Ccl how this works
somewhat large in comparison to the mtgs
10. Consent Agenda Items - Reports  {No Correspondence; no reply as to why or if cancelled}
Ev: no 12
Mayor: have one mbr of public wanting to speak
REPORTS FOR CONSENT AGENDA (to be rec'd for info)
11. Design Review Cmte 2009 Annual Report, 2010 Proposed Workplan (File:  0116-20-DRC)
12. Proposed Personal Communications System (PCS) Antennae on Lion's [sic] Libby Lodge at 6645 Nelson Avenue (File:  0140-01)
mbr of public {didn't catch name}: some challenged physically, wheelchairs, as well as financially
putting three antennas cd possibly interfere with the health
understand already one
some reports from Botswana, Karl Muller, U of Wits
researched and encountered cellphones
severe headaches, xxx
aching gums, tinnitus, ringing in the ears, disorientation including neurological disorders
also cancer-causing
in immediate vicinity of cell towers -- Germany, Austria, Israel -- increase 2-300%
not just the roof of the residence, also whole of Horseshoe Bay
cellphone towers shd not be placed on private residents, shd be placed where not ... on health of the individuals
health of ppl at 6645 Nelson Ave -- already challenged, already extreme health disorders; not able to take off and move elsewhere (financially challenged)
prior to permit on roof, be careful
b/c down the line cd hv serious health hazards
endangering health to a ... degree
Mayor: Cclr Evison
Ev: I chaired the mtg? with the Design Rev Cmte
Sokol: what DWV can do
heavily guided by federal regulations
as long as meet guidelines we cannot
        on perceived impacts
appearance and general location
in this instance, staff was alerted to construction on roof
was xxx; stop work order issued
comply with District policy
going to Design Review, public, and notifying local residents
mtg held last Friday night, six ppl in attendance and three letters
health issues
regs do not allow us re health issues
probably the antenna measurements; so they do not stick up above; will be painted to match colour to blend in
Monday, likely staff will be issuing permit
Mayor: so we're treating this as a forum but Ccl has no jurisdiction on the health side
Ev: the Dir wasn't at the mtg but he's been v well briefed
Coastal Health have approved similar on a number of hospitals; they cd be wrong but have approved
debated at length by Design Review a number of papers
felt Cmte was thorough and diligent
stated beyond our control; under fed regulation
Sop: that's typical, passing the buck
some years ago Cclr Wms and I  xxx
        put on .... the Craig.... then ......
we brought forth a bylaw, don't put close to ppl, put them in the bush -- and it's in our bylaw!!!
again these things not reported to Ccl, done by staff
xxx  fry your brain xxx
Madrona, top of the hill
if we make any common sense
we shd say to those coming forth, we will not allow near ppl, put them in the bush!
the one on Craigmore
pointing as walking up hill
asked them to test the site; they came at 3:30 in the morning so no one around
we must continue to push to protect our
not near ppl
Mayor: remember and we have approved in the woods above the hwy
when you say general location, what do you mean?
Sokol: wd have to report back
Mayor: design, matching colour of bldg
Sokol: control on a District facility have to come to us we have ability as a prop owner
Mayor: in this case the Lions themselves have given approval for this
MS: what we have before us
prop owner; perfectly within the law; not much of a place to withhold this application
Sop: what is it that has to be altered in our bylaws?  to bring
what are we going to allow in our cmnty?
when fed enough is enough
all over the place; see them all over; threat to human health
when are we going to lead?  look at new ways and means; out of control
almighty dollar; can get $15K for putting an antenna up on your roof
ML: we are opening a can of worms
cell sites and cell signals, microwaves and high voltage dispersals out of hydro lines
this isn't the forum to debate; not suggesting not serious; no offer much to the discussion
Mayor: you're welcome to bring forth a motion or
Sop: ... with Sokol and ppl
TP: was done in 1997; huge, updating
Mayor: accept 12; no Correspondence
13. Development Variance Permit Application 09-036 (6135 Gleneagles Drive)
        (to set date for consideration) (File:  1010-20-09-036)
PASSED: THAT the M Clerk give notice that the Applic (6135 Gleneagles Drive), to vary the Zoning Bylaw to allow retention of an existing deck, construction of a second storey and new deck on an existing house and a detached garage, will be considered on Monday, April 12, 2010.
14. Development Variance Permit Application 10-005 (1425 19th Street)
        (to set date for consideration) (File:  1010-20-10-005)
PASSED: THAT the M Clerk give notice that the Application for 1425 19th Street, to allow a property to be subdivided into two new lots, will be considered on Monday, April 12, 2010.
15. Development Application Status List (File:  1010-01)
Mayor: an update on the Paralympics
AM {hoped notes wd be sent; good report}: briefly
Measuring UP initiatives: provs from as far away as NFLD expressed interest in our work
exemplary model  .... and inclusion
best practice  DWV M-U Initiative features at ..... showcase in Vancouver
Mar 12 to 21 at Cmnty Ctr in Atrium
skate  Feb 25  250 ppl
Mayor: hour line-up to try the sledge
AM: on display
Mar 17 Cascadia Society performing
Mar 18 landmark documentary
Mark Romero Heroes of the Slopes been featured on PBS
Finally residents can continue to watch events on the big screen
www.westvancouver.ca/paralympics for more info
TP: attended ... night to celebrate Int'l Women's Day at Centennial
packed; spectacular; depth of Iranian cmnty on the North Shore
Mar 25th Open House
a couple of days ....   Climate Solutions
wonderful for me as the only politician.... on the ground moving forward
distinguished Prof Sheppard ...  exciting mind-expanding
Ev: draw public's attention; attended on Fri, Elections Task Force;  contributions, xxx
covered in NSN, although inadequately in some areas
asking input by Apr 15; go to localelectionstaskforce@gov.bc.ca
v good website; issues, discussion papers
gives ev an opportunity to contribute to better or smoother M elections in future
Mayor: will be on our agenda April 12
April is Daffodil Month, may have to change to March
xxx is Autism Day
Irwin Park to thank for taking lead on that
.. and Cclr Lewis is Prez of the Autism Society of Canada
MS: Wed Mar 17th St Patrick's Day
go from.... drinking green beer
Mayor: Keith Fenton, about curling
KF: and it's my birthday Apr 10
{text provided}
"Good Evening. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share a  few thoughts with you about curling.
My name is Keith Fenton. I live ... in West Van and have lived at the same address for 44 years, except for a short hiatus in Kamloops.
I'm here to represent all of the public curlers on the North Shore who curl at the NSWC. I've been a curler for over 55 years and have curled on the North Shore for 40 years. First at the Hollyburn Country Club for 20 years, and now at the NSWC for the last 20 years. By the way my team doesn't always consider me to be a curler, since, after a shot, I quite frequently have to say "Sorry Guys".
In the interests of time I won't go into to the history as why I am here now except to say that financial support is absolutely necessary to keep public curling on the North Shore. If that doesn't happen, there is no doubt that curling for the public at the NSWC will cease to exist, possibly as early as this coming season.
In August we wrote a letter to all [three] North Shore municipalities requesting financial support. Today we received a letter from your Director of Parks and Community Services advising that our request has been denied. We are extremely concerned about this decision in particular since we have already received a commitment for funding from the DNV and there is every indication that financial support will also be forthcoming from the CNV.
Financial assistance is not only very important to us full time curlers but also to the up-and-coming young curlers. Did you know that there are over 700 students from North Shore schools that come to the NSWC for curling lessons with over ? of these students, or 370, coming from schools in West Vancouver. With the high profile of curling during the Olympics, it is highly likely that there will be more and more students participating in the learn-to-curl programs offered at the NSWC. The future of the sport depends upon the young people. The exciting Brier on Sunday will certainly generate further interest in the sport. That was quite a show. We also shouldn't lose sight of the fact that curling is important to the older generations from both an exercise and social interaction point of view. We have curlers many curlers in their 80s who actively participate in the sport.    
We realize that you are faced with budgetary constraints as we all are in this current economy. But we need your help in the worst way to ensure that curling for the public will continue on the North Shore.  We have requested a contribution of $10,600. On behalf of all of us public curlers, it would be great to see Council dig in and find the funds somewhere. We're virtually at a point where it is now or never.
In summary, curling has probably never been on your radar screens in the past because there are no public curling rinks in West Vancouver, but we just cannot afford to lose this very worthwhile sport on the North Shore. As a point of interest, we curlers will be doing our bit by paying in the range of at least 25% - 35% more to curl next year.
Thank for listening to me and I welcome any questions that you may have. "
need the young ppl to carry on the curling
not just for the young ppl; a lot of curlers over 80 years as well
physical action
all-inclusive sport; youth to post-retirement
Olympics have added a lot -- went to three events of curling; young seeing Kevin Martin getting a gold medal
if you watched the brier on Sunday, cdn't get a....
if the money doesn't come from all three, may be terminated at North Shore Winter Club
already agreed to pay 25%; some groups increased their fees over 50%
some curlers may drop out so the ones staying will have to contribute even more
dig into your minds and hearts, to come up with $10,600 to permit curling to continue at NShWinter Club
Sop: did you look at forming a society to perpetuate the sport?
KF: there was when terminated at xxx
does exist, think of resurrecting to manage; believe on our agenda to do that
Sop: unless you take some steps to formalize, you have to do that
opens up doors for you re funding
we went over the budget and zero increase, hard to meet demand
first I've found
we all marvelled at wonderful curling during the Olympics
form a society to ...
KF: we'll
Mayor: can't solve that right here but I'll follow up with you.

===  Ccl Mtg AGENDA April 12th   ===
Note: At 6pm the regular Cci Mtg will commence in open session (in the main floor conference room), and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session, pursuant to section 90 of the Community Charter. At 7pm the open session will reconvene (in the Council Chamber) for consideration of the scheduled agenda items.
6:00 PM
RECOMMENDED THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the April 12, 2010 regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
1.  personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality;
4.  the security of the property of the municipality;
5.  the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;
7.  litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality;
11.  negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.
7:00 PM
6.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES  --  March 15, 2010 Regular Council Meeting.
7. West Vancouver 2010 Olympic Celebrations (File:  3085-01)
1.  Richard Warke, John Brodie, Stuart McLaughlin, Andrea Southcott, and John O'Neill be thanked for their tremendous leadership, service, and contribution towards the District's celebration of the 2010 Olympic Games; and
2.  As a result of the WV 2010 Olympic Leadership Cmte meeting and exceeding its goals, and completing its mandate, Delegation Bylaw No. 4580, 2008 be brought forward for repeal.
8. Bylaw Repeal Bylaw No. 4636, 2010 (to repeal Delegation Bylaw No. 4580, 2008 and Delegation Bylaw No. 4580, 2008, Amendment Bylaw No. 4591, 2009) (File:  1610-20-4636/4580/4591)
RECOMMENDED: THAT Bylaw Repeal Bylaw No. 4636, 2010 be read a first, second, and third time.
9. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-036 (6135 Gleneagles Drive) (File:  1010-20-09-036)
At the Mar 15 reg mtg Council received the report dated Mar 3 from the Cmnty Planner regarding DVP for 6135 Gleneagles Dr and set the date for consideration for Apr 12.
Reports received up to April 8, 2010:
DVP Application No. 09-036 (6135 Gleneagles Drive) rec'd March 3 for April 12, 2010
Correspondence received up to April 8, 2010: No items received to date.
RECOMMENDED: THAT all written and verbal submissions ... be received for information.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then:
RECOMMENDED: THAT staff report back to Council
RECOMMENDED: THAT DVP to allow retention of an existing deck, construction of a second storey, and new deck on an existing house and detached garage, be approved.
{Variance, so what FARs??? under the max? deck built without permit? non-conforming?}
10. Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-005 (1425 19th Street) (File:  1010-20-10-005)
At the Mar 15 reg mtg Council received the report dated Mar 3 from the Cmnty Planner regarding DVP for 1425 19th Street and set the date for consideration for April 12.
Reports received up to April 8, 2010:
DVP Application No. 10-005 (1425 19th Street) rec'd March 3, 2010 for April 12, 2010
Correspondence received up to April 8, 2010:  No items received to date.
RECOMMENDED: THAT all written and verbal submissions ... be received for information.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then:
RECOMMENDED: THAT staff report back to Council
RECOMMENDED: THAT DVP for 1425 19th St, to allow a property to be subdivided into two new lots, be approved.
{not according to our bylaws so opportunity if Ccl approves variance to sell a lot, no?  $$$}
11. Ambleside Waterfront Planning - Guiding Principles and Implementation Initiatives and Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4634, 2010 (File:  2515-21/1610-20-4634)
1.  Waterfront Guiding Principles
The draft Waterfront Guiding Principles be endorsed in principle and that Staff report back on any modifications after consultation with the community.
2.  Ambleside Waterfront Plan
The draft Ambleside Waterfront Plan, in diagram format, attached as Appendix A to the report dated April 2, be endorsed in principle and that Staff report back on any modifications after consultation with the community.
3.  2010 Waterfront Implementation Initiatives - Phase 1
(1) Seawalk Path Extension with Enhancements to 15th Street-End Park (Millennium Park)
Work commence on the Seawalk Path extension and enhancements to the 15th Street End Park (Millennium Park) consistent with the drawings in Appendix B of the report noted above in clause 2.
(2) 1488 and 1528 Argyle Avenue
Staff proceed with the demolition of the house at 1488 Argyle Avenue and the house at 1528 Argyle Avenue once the previous owner has vacated the property and that both properties be incorporated into an enlarged 15th Street-End Park.
(3) District Boat Ramp next to Hollyburn Sailing Club
The District boat ramp next to Hollyburn Sailing Club be decommissioned for motorized boats and boats requiring trailers this spring to coincide with the construction start date of the Ambleside artificial field.
(4) Beach Seafood Stand (See Appendix C & D)
The District apply to rezone the new proposed location of the Beach Seafood Stand to commercial zoning.
1.  Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, Amendment Bylaw No. 4634, 2010 as attached to the report dated April 2, 2010 from the Director of Planning, Lands and Permits regarding Ambleside Waterfront  ... be read a first time.
2.  Zoning Bylaw No. 2200 ... be presented at a Public Hearing on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 7pm in the Municipal Hall Council Chamber.
3.  The Municipal Clerk give Notice [re] Public Hearing regarding Zoning Bylaw No. 2200...
(5) 1756 Argyle Avenue
Staff explore the potential commercial use of 1756 Argyle by issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest for an operator of a food and beverage establishment.

12. Submission to Local Government Elections Task Force (File:  0175-01) -- Info to be provided

13. Consent Agenda Items [recommended for approval]
Item 14 - Development Application Status List to April 1, 2010
Item 15 - Translink Customer Service Performance Report for Quarter 4, 2009
Item 16 - 2009 North Shore Emergency Management Office Annual Report
{Again, Reports but no Correspondence???}
14. Development Application Status List (File:  1010-01)
                to April 1, 2010 be received for information.
15. Translink Customer Service Performance Report for Quarter 4, 2009 (File:  1305-05)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated March 29, 2010 from the Transit Manager for Quarter 4, 2009" be received for information.
16. 2009 North Shore Emergency Management Office (NSEMO) Annual Report (File:  0180-16)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated April 6, 2010 from the Director, NSEMO, regarding 2009 NSEMO Annual Report be received for information.
17. REPORTS FROM MAYOR AND COUNCILLORS (Including updates on working groups)

===  INFObits  ===TREES for Tomorrow     [T4T]
Welcome  Trees for Tomorrow is a Province of British Columbia initiative designed to support urban and rural communities in the planting of millions of trees in schoolyards, hospital grounds, civic parks, campuses, parking lots and other public spaces throughout British Columbia.
This initiative is part of the Province's strategy to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by at least 33 per cent below current levels by 2020.
Projects selected for funding will address all the following criteria:
     *       ecologically sound project and site plan;
       *       long-term stewardship and maintenance plan;
     *       volunteer engagement and community education;
   *       outreach, promotion plan and budget;
Eligible applicants include local governments, First Nations and institutional landowners such as school districts, hospital and universities. Environmental and stewardship groups are invited to apply in partnership with another eligible applicant.
Further Information:  Ministry of Community Development, Strategic Initiatives Branch, 4th Floor, 800 Johnson Street, P.O. Box 9838, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9T1  Tel: 250 356 6386  Fax: 250 387 7972; Toll-free through Enquiry B.C. 1 800 663 7867
Trees for Tomorrow Website:  Toolkit and additional info on urban afforestation is available on the Internet at:  http://www.treesfortomorrow.gov.bc.ca/

===  NETWATCH  ===   PHOTOS -- Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine
+  BBC -- Page last updated at 01:17 GMT, Friday, 19 March 2010
        In pictures: Jerusalem's African quarter
+  Christian Science Monitor
===  WEBWATCH  ===  Seniors; Music
Subject: Fw: Seniors dancing to Michael Jackson's music.
Some of us old folks still have a little vim and vigour!
MUSIC  --  Robert Tiso
o  Toccata and fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach played on glass harp (musical glasses)
Dance of the sugar plum fairy from the Nutcracker suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
o   Swan Lake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwCR1FpbnhQ&feature=related
===  WOMANWATCH  ===
Saudi female poet whose verse inflames and inspires
25 March 2010 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8587185.stm
===  WORDWATCH  ===  Chexting; twitterpidity; the twettle
Michael Quinion's World Wide Words Apr 10:
2. This week
CHEXTING  A humorous piece mentioning this word came from Reuters on 1 April, so I was suspicious of it. But it had been recorded in the Urban Dictionary back in November 2006 and it had appeared in various publications the previous week in response to a "report" by a PR company, so the Reuters article was more probably a tongue-in-cheek follow-up than an April Fool joke. CHEXTING is said to be a blend of "cheating" and "texting", a close relative of "sexting", and refers to text messages sent between lovers who are cheating on their spouses. The Reuters article noted, "But don't be fooled into thinking you're safe. If you've sexted and chexted, you might soon be 'exted' by your spouse." Ouch. There's also BREXTING, I'm told, from the same source, which is breaking up a relationship by means of a text message. I suspect that both terms are already past their sell-by date.
TWITTERPIDITY  Dozens of slangy terms have recently been invented in connection with Twitter, such as twittersphere, twitterrhoea, twitterer, and twitterati -- all examples of twitterspeak. Two UK
inventors - an advertising consultant and a retail designer -- have come up with the TWETTLE, a wireless-enabled kettle that sends you a tweet when it boils. As a result, you could spend an extra minute or two doing something really useful, instead of impatiently waiting for the water to boil for that nice cup of tea. I'd guess the old-fashioned whistling kettle is too low-tech for them?
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Well, I had to follow that up -- here's info from the two inventors/entrepreneurs:
Introducing The Twettle Project | The Kettle That Tweets!  MARCH 13, 2010  |  MOBILE CONCEPTS, TWITTER  | 
The following post is a blow-by-blow account of our mission to design and manufacture a socially networked kettle that can update to Twitter/Facebook. It's a bit lengthy, for those of you who can't be bothered to read it all and just want to look at the pictures, head to the bottom
How it started
Six months ago myself and good friend Ben Perman (3D designer @Me Him & Her) were out in Clapham, trying to get drunk in the wonderful chain bar Vodka Revolution on the high street. Unfortunately our attempts were disrupted by a barman who had never served a drink or given the correct change to anyone in his entire life before that day.
During the 40 minute wait for the creation of 3 drinks and a shot, we began a conversation about how we could make some Google-style moneyz, or at least enough to buy a boat and a few steak dinners. After several ridiculous (and slightly illegal) ideas, I suggested to Ben that we needed to exploit some trends while we had the chance, number one on the list - Twitter.
Sadly like 95% of my friends, Ben did not use Twitter. This presented quite a challenge considering I was asking him to put his time and money into an idea based around a service he barely knew. If I could sell the concept to Ben, then surely I could win over the Twitter massive?
[continues: http://www.mobileinc.co.uk/2010/03/introducing-the-twettle-project-the-kettle-that-tweets
looked for more info: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/04/twettle-the-story-of-a-tweeting-kettle/

===  MAIKU  ===  2010 Apr 6
As most of you know, Alexandra Morton has been trying to protect/preserve our wild salmon and trying to have the fish farms removed b/c of the lice infestations.  She's started a campaign "The Get Out Migration"; here's the itinerary: http://www.salmonaresacred.org/blog/press-release-march-2310-get-out-wild-salmon
To raise awareness, she suggested we write 'salmon are sacred' in chalk on a rock or a sidewalk or path.  There's a website,  www.salmonaresacred.org <http://www.salmonaresacred.org> and she wants it to be passed on (there's also a petition).
When I received the email, my mind seized the words and transformed it into a quasi-haiku.

        they pass in silence, fewer;
                speak out, little time --
                        salmon are sacred

they wrote to me asking to put it up.  Of course I gave permission and wrote one as a 'call to action':

                sacred heritage --
                        do not stay silent
                                as wild salmon disappear

===   QUOTATIONS / PUNS   ===

Once we assuage our conscience by calling something a "necessary evil", it begins to look more and more necessary and less and less evil.
                -- Sydney J. Harris, journalist (1917 - 1986)
The acceleration of change has overpowered the decisional capacity of our institutions, making today's political structures obsolete, regardless of party ideology or leadership. [1980]
                -- Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist (b 1928)
The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.
                -- Carl Sagan, American astronomer and writer (1934 - 1996)
The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.
                -- Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer (1828 - 1910)
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death," warned Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous speech at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, 43 years ago this Easter Sunday.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading.
Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.
It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
                -- Christopher Morley, American writer (1890 - 1957)
Easter Wisdom sent to me:
* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
* Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
* Drive carefully.  It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.
* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
* The second mouse gets the cheese.
In the novel, there is an unexpected secret meeting of the lovers. It is a plot tryst.
When kissing flowers, tulips are better than one.
With fronds like you, who needs anemones?