May 3 Ccl NOTES
May 10/12 AGENDAs
Calendar to May 20

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

The Magic of May
how can one not be overcome by the perfume of lilac and orange blossoms and the panoply of colours?
MAIN ITEMS on May 10th:
> Special Ccl Mtg 6pm:  Annual Tax Rates/Bylaws; Transfer of $2.5M from Endowment Fund to the Capital Facilities Fund (Cmnty Ctr $1.7M, Almondel Bridge $850K, 1528 Argyle $1M) then $2.6M from Cap Fac
>  Youth Ccl Mtg 7pm: Presentations (Rotary); Ambleside (debate); Youth Awards; Reception (7:30)
> SPECIAL CCL MTG   > 9:30AM WED May 12th <  [Adoption of Bylaws]
= Vive le Canada (65th WW2 Anniversaries); ANIMALWATCH (World's Weirdest; Dancing Dog); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Correspondence still MIA; cryptic text in WVM); UPDATES (Youth Services WG; DWV wants comments re Leashed Dogs)
=  CALENDAR to May 20th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre, Music, Art)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES May 3rd: mtg at 5:45 (!) to change PH date for Ambleside Waterfront Initiatives from May 3 to May 17; Closed mtg at 6pm; Regular Ccl Mtg 7pm: Implementing Cmnty Dialogue/Nbrhd Character/Housing WG Recommendations -- Housing Pilot Prog; National Water and Wastewater Benchmarking Initiative; Food-Scrap Colln Demo project to be extended, cost $9K; Proprietary transit shelters (translation: ads); PURCHASE of 1466 and 1488 Argyle (to be rec'd for info!); SALE of 1360 and 1370 Ottawa; Adoption of Capital Facilities Fund and Endowment Fund bylaws (Process and $$$; Questions and Answers)
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDAs May 10/12
=  HERITAGEWATCH (Gleneagles Grand Hall Opening/PGJ); ARTWATCH (Picasso: $100M+ for a painting that took one day); NEWSWATCH (Peace; Dilemma); WHALEWATCH; GREENWATCH (Walkable Cmnties; Carbon Hunter): BARDWATCH; LITERATUREWATCH; LANGUAGEWATCH (Key to transcripts; Initialisms, etc); QUOTATIONS and PUN

===  Vive le CANADA  ===
>  MAY 5th
Liberation Day (The Netherlands)  From Wikipedia
In the Netherlands, Liberation Day (Dutch: Bevrijdingsdag) is celebrated each year on May 5th, to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II.
The nation was liberated largely by Canadian troops, with the assistance of the British and American Armies (see Operation Market Garden) and French airborne (see Operation Amherst). On the 5th of May 1945, the Canadian General Charles Foulkes and the German Commander-in-Chief Johannes Blaskowitz reached an agreement on the capitulation of German forces in the Netherlands in Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen. One day later, the capitulation document was signed...
...Finally, in 1990, the day was declared to be a national holiday, when the liberation would be commemorated and celebrated every year.
On May 4th, the Dutch hold the Remembrance of the Dead for the people who have fought and died during World War II, and wars in general.
>  MAY 8th
from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8665112.stm
The Prince of Wales has led veterans in a service marking 65 years since the end of World War II in Europe. ... The national ceremony at the Cenotaph in London commemorates VE Day - declared on 8 May 1945. ...
Up to 580,406 UK and Commonwealth forces were killed in the six-year conflict, and 67,073 civilians died in the Blitz. ...  Elsewhere in Europe, French President Nicolas Sarkozy laid a wreath at the statue of General Charles de Gaulle near the Champs Elysees, and on Sunday Russia will hold its 65th victory Parade in Moscow's Red Square.

===  ANIMALWATCH  ===  [See also WHALEWATCH below]
World's weirdest animals:  http://english.pravda.ru/photo/report/fauna-3501
+  Britain's got talent! dancing dog
===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
* CORRESPONDENCE -- still none but maybe b/c of youth ccl mtg.  Stay tuned; hope was week of May 3rd.
* New to WVM?  Subscribers got the May 10th agenda at 6:29am Friday May 7th.  The newsletter goes out later and it's put on the website sometime after that.  Kept guessing by the Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms? click on http://www.westvan.org/acronyms/ for the key/glossary.

===   UPDATES   ===
>  Volunteers Wanted for Youth Services Review Working Group
This Working Group will assist the District in undertaking a Youth Services Review. The purpose is to come forward with an updated municipally delivered Youth Services Strategy for the next 5 years. The Strategy will enhance the effective use of finite resources by providing a focus for the future development and implementation of youth services and local government participation.  It will enable us to evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of municipally funded youth services to ensure that the growing and changing needs of youth in our community are being met.
For more info, pls contact the Parks and Community Services Dept at 925 7125.
Application forms and detailed information are available in the Legislative Services Dept at M Hall. Call 925 7004 for more info.  Applicants are requested to mail, fax (925 7006), or deliver to the Legislative Services Dept, completed applications with a brief personal resume, or e-mail to committees@westvancouver.ca
The application deadline for this WG has been extended to 4:30pm on Friday, May 21.
>  Leashed Dogs on Centennial Seawalk
West Vancouver is considering allowing leashed dogs on the Centennial Seawalk:
                between 18th and 24th
                on the Ambleside Seawalk from the park entry at foot of 13th to the dog off-leash area
                along the new waterfront path between Millennium Park and John Lawson Park
What do you think? Your comments would be appreciated by May 31st.
Find out more Read about the bylaw + Complete the easy on-line questionnaire  + email us or call 925 7275

===  CALENDAR to May 20th  ===
Pls note all mtgs are at M Hall unless indicated otherwise.
PLEASE NOTE: shown are mtgs known at this date; often there are changes, cancellations, and new mtgs added. See the DWV Calendar: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Calendar.aspx
Late posting: ~~  8:30am Friday May 7 ~~ Cmnty Grants Cmte (Cedar Room in Cmnty Ctr)
May is Child Care Month
Mayor Pam Goldsmith-Jones joins the Mayors of the District and City of North Vancouver and is supported by our West Vancouver Council in extending thanks to the Child Care providers of the North Shore.  "We recognize and appreciate quality child care as an essential component of liveable communities and healthy child development. Thank you!"
In West Vancouver we have been working on child care initiatives that promote the healthy development and well-being of families and young children.  We believe that collaborative, community-based, co-located programs and services provide convenience and improved access for families, offer more effective use of community resources and improve quality of care. If you would like more information on Child Care Initiatives in WV please contact :
Leanne Sexsmith, Manager of Community Development, Youth, and Families by phone at 921 3404 or by email. 
Laura Lee Kent, Child Care Hub Coordinator by phone at 921 3403 or by email. 
= Monday May 10
NB Ccl mtg at 6pm; Youth Ccl at 7pm followed by reception; ccl mtg 9:30am Wed May 12
= Tuesday May 11
Metro Vancouver Integrated Solid Waste and Resources Management Plan
~ 6 - 10pm ~ Tuesday May 11 -- Public Mtg at Lonsdale Quay Hotel
Metro Vancouver is responsible for managing the garbage (called solid waste) produced by residents and businesses in the Lower Mainland. A solid waste management plan, evaluated and approved by the region's Board and the provincial government, directs how our waste is managed.
The current goal is to improve reduction, reuse, and recycling efforts so that by 2015, a minimum of 70% of our waste is diverted from disposal (landfill or waste-to-energy). The top priority in managing waste is to reduce our garbage as much as possible through the Zero-Waste Challenge
Several public meetings will be held during May and June. See the Metro Vancouver Draft Plan for background information, additional meeting dates and to provide written feedback. 

= Thursday May 13
        ~ 7:30am ~ Field Sports Forum WG in Cmnty Ctr (Mountain Room)
        ~ 2 - 11pm ~ Spring Swing, Sip, and Savour in Gleneagles Clubhouse Banquet Hall
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Cmnty Engagement Cmte  --  CANCELLED

= Saturday May 15
~ 11am = 1pm ~ Spirit Trail Opening  Park Royal South, Trail Head at base of Taylor Way
~ 7pm ~ SPCA Art and Jewellery Silent Auction at the FBG                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
The West Vancouver SPCA is holding an Art and Jewellery Silent Auction on Saturday, May 15.  All proceeds will be directed to providing animal care at the West Vancouver shelter.  A wine and cheese reception will be held in conjunction with the auction.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
        Tickets: $20, may be purchased at the door or from the West Van SPCA, 922 4622

Don't forget to give your views to Ccl on the Ambleside Waterfront plans, Monday May 17

= Tuesday May 18

~ 7:30pm ~ Regular WRA Mtg, Gleneagles Clubhouse --> CANCELLED! off to Housing Forum!
Our guest speaker will be Brent Leigh, DepCAO.  One topic will be how the new budget will affect the Western Neighbourhoods.....
PLUS: Ready for the Next Nifty Thrifty? Drop-Offs Tuesdays 5 - 7pm at St. Monica's Parish Hall

~ 7pm ~ Free Public Forum on Housing at KMC  -- See www.westvancouver.ca/housing
Homes That Fit Us and Fit In
The District of West Vancouver is hosting a free public forum as part of our Housing Pilot Program. The focus of the forum is to learn about new housing forms and green building innovations and opportunities for addressing community concerns over limited housing options. The speakers' panel will share experiences from other communities including examples of built projects.
When: Tuesday, May 18, 7-9pm (information displays in foyer start at 6pm)
Where: Kay Meek Centre, 1700 Mathers Ave, West Van
Limited seats available on a free shuttle service from the Seniors' Activity Centre to Kay Meek. To register for a shuttle seat, call 604.925.7270 (please quote bar code 719917)
More Info: Housing Pilot Program Update + Event Poster with Speakers + Phone 925 7055
but at 5pm:
Ambleside "A" Artificial Turf Sport Field Info Drop-In
The District of WV is very excited to receive a $3 million Infrastructure Canada grant to build an artificial turf playing surface designed for field hockey and [usable] by soccer and other field sports on Ambleside "A".  Ambleside "A" is the gravel field near the corner of 13th Street and Marine.  This project includes an upgrade to artificial turf from gravel, improved lighting, a new field house, and warm-up areas for field hockey and soccer.  The field hockey and soccer communities in WV are eagerly anticipating this facility which supports health and fitness for people of all ages, and are contributing $1.5 million toward the project.
Since the Infrastructure Canada grant was announced in September 2009, staff have been working on a preliminary study to identify project constraints, one of which is the timeframe as the grant stipulates that the project must be completed by March 31, 2011.
Ambleside 'A' Field Artificial Turf Project Public Information Drop-In May 18th
Join staff and representatives from the WV Field Hockey Club and the WV Soccer Club to find out more about the Ambleside 'A' artificial field project. 'A' field is the gravel field near the corner of 13th Street and Marine. Information about phasing of work and early design will be available. Questions and comments are welcome.
Date: Tuesday, May 18th  Time: 5 - 8pm  Place: Community Centre Atrium
Please see the web page, http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=25808 , updated as the project proceeds. For more info, pls contact the Parks Dept at 925 7275. You can also email comments and questions to Parks Email.

= Wednesday May 19
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Cmnty Engagement Cmte
        ~ 6pm ~ Child Care Services WG at Cmnty Ctr (Cedar Room)
        ~ 7pm ~ Bd of Variance
        ~ 7pm ~ Library Bd in Library (Welsh Hall)
= Thursday May 20
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte
        ~ 5:30pm ~ WV Police Bd mtg (WVPD Bd Rm)
        ~ 6pm ~ NSh Family Court / Youth Justice Cmte mtg at DNV M Hall
        ~ 7:30pm ~ WV Streamkeeper Society Public mtg (creek reports and more!)
at St Stephen's, 885 - 22nd St
- for Events and Programs: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/index.php?page=5
- for Event Calendar: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
        Stay up to date with what's going on at the Library - Register now for our Monthly eNewsletter!
* even after May 8 -- http://www.booktopia.ca/events.html
+  ENGLISH CORNER in the Welsh Hall from 10 to 11:30am
Come and practise English conversation at the Library  Friday --  May 14
Requirement: able to read English.  Info: Fariba Rocker (604 506 6616). Facilitated by WV Baha'i Cmnty.
Friday May 21  - Philosophers' Cafe - The Art of Poemoirs
With guest poet Franci Louann. 10:30am - noon; Welsh Hall E. No registration required. Admission is $5.

 +++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
Next Exhibition starts June 8:  MASTER OF THE INSTANT
Cartier-Bresson Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada
+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++  http://ferrybuildinggallery.com/
REFLECTIONS VANCOUVER 2011  ~~  May 4 - 16 
Capilano University IDEA Program: Paintings & 2011 Calendar launch  [see www.capreflections.com]
GRAD SHOW 2010 ~~  May 18 - 30  ~~ West Van high school students  Mixed media
                  Opening Reception: Tuesday  May 18 from 5 to 8pm
           Artists in Attendance: Saturday, May 22 from 2 to 3pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++  www.silkpurse.ca
+  May 4 - 16  "You're the Song in my Art"
The closest bond in the family is the one that is shared by a mother and her daughter. Theirs is a bittersweet relationship, which goes through numerous ups and downs in life and in the end, still turns out to be the most intimate of all the other relations. Join us as we celebrate a special exhibition during Mother's Day, by mother and daughter artists Elodie Ellingsen, acrylic artist from London (England) and her mother, long-time West Van artist Vange Brossard. They have both exhibited throughout Canada, the US, Mexico, Ireland, and the UK.
+  May 18 - 30  "The Last Picture Show: Floral & Fantasy"
"This is my last hurrah - I won't do any more" says the graceful octogenarian and long-time West Van artist Ruth Coxon Lewis. She started painting when her children were grown, working mainly with oils, later discovering more joy and flexibility in watercolours. She has been juried into many prestigious galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the North Shore Artists' Guild. Join her as she celebrates her 85th birthday with her latest artistic creations!
Opening Reception: Tuesday May 18th from 6 to 8pm
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

+++ 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 contact Janice Mackay-Smith to submit articles, questions, comments for The Torch.
SEE PHOTOS: Public Gallery --  http://picasaweb.google.ca/westvancouverlegion
EVENTS AT THE LEGION:  Sunday, May 16th-Veterans' Social in the Lounge 2 - 4pm

+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
Announcing The first Annual Cypress Mountain BBQ Social!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
WV Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the first Annual Cypress Mountain BBQ Chamber Social!  We are inviting members from a host of Chambers including the West Vancouver Chamber, the North Vancouver Chamber, the Bowen Island Chamber, and the Squamish Chamber of Commerce to come together for a fun evening of networking and making connections.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
~ 5:30 - 7:30pm ~ Thurs May 13th; Crazy Raven Pub, Cypress Mountain Lodge; Tix $25 ($35 non-mbrs)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

+++  RECONNECTING WITH NATURE  +++  David Cook 924 0147

== 9:30am SATURDAY, May 8th  --  Candelabra Fir & Heritage Walk: A hike
                An event for Nature Vancouver.
Meet: McDonald's, Park Royal; Duration: three to four hours; Elevation gain: 280 metres.
We will be walking the trails of lower Hollyburn Ridge east of Lawson and Brothers Creeks primarily along the route of the Brothers Creek Forestry Heritage Walk designed by the West Vancouver Historical Society, West Vancouver Museum, and the District of West Vancouver. On the way we will have an opportunity to view various sites relating to the logging that took place in the area between 1870 and the 1950s as well as items of botanical interest. Side trips will take us to some of the veteran Douglas-firs and redcedars that survived the logging. We will try to find what is left of the famous Candelabra Fir.
Meet Park Royal for car pooling or to collect persons travelling by bus. Alternatively, meet at 1000 hours at the trail head at the intersection of Eyremont Drive and Millstream Road in the British Properties
Bring lunch and water and dress for changes in weather. There are many rough, rooty, and muddy sections on the trail, so hiking boots with ankle support are essential.
== 10am SATURDAY, May 15th  --  Belcarra Regional Park: A walk
                An event for Nature Vancouver
Meet: The parking lot at the corner of Franklin and Penticton Streets behind the East Hastings St McDonald's two blocks east of Nanaimo St; Duration: three to four hours
First we will walk along the Admiralty Point/Burns Point Trail to look at the forest ecology. Highlights will be a grove of mature Cascara and an old growth Douglas-fir that was used as a nest tree by Bald Eagles in the 1970s. On our return the tide should be low enough to walk along sections of the beach to look for First Nations shell middens, glacial lake deposits, and other geology that underlies this southern section of the Indian Arm fjord. For those interested in intertidal life there should also be a good display. Wear hiking boots, but be prepared for some damp spots as we walk along the beach.
For car pooling meet at 1000 hours in the parking lot at the corner of Franklin Street and Penticton Street.

+ Presentation House
Plan B -- Sea Theatre is pleased to present the West Coast premiere of Michael Healey's Plan B, a political Canadian farce addressing the complexities of intimacy using the tenuous relationship between Québec and English Canada to explore the topic of betrayal, both personal and political. Michael Healey is a Governor General Award-winner for his play The Drawer Boy. Plan B won the 2002 Dora Mavor Moore award (Toronto) for Best New Play.
Opens Friday, May 14; 8 pm, Tues to Sat until May 29; a Saturday matinee at 2pm on May 29. Tix are $22/28, except Tuesdays, which are 2-for-1; available at the PHBox Office: 990 3474 or www.phtheatre.org.
+  Vancouver Playhouse
        Dangerous Corner by J B Priestley, May 1st to 22nd (873 3311)
+ Arts Club (tel 687 1644)
World Premiere of My Granny the Goldfish by Anosh Irani at Arts Club Revue, Apr 22nd to May 15th
+  VSO -- See www.vancouversymphony.ca --
VSO with Bach Choir, last night for Bruce Pullan, Last Night at the Proms! 8pm Friday May 14 at the Orpheum 280 3311
+ Centennial Theatre NV at 7:30 on Saturday May 15th
        Sinfonia Orchestra and Cascadia Society Present Animal Tales
*  ART at the VAG -- View full Calendar
CAROUN PHOTO CLUB  778 372 0765 (12 - 8pm) www.Caroun.net
Call for Photographers Deadline: Apr 25; Exhibition May 16 - 31; Reception 6 - 8pm Sat May 22
Caroun Photo Club: www.CarounPhotoClub.com  Photography: www.MasoudSoheili.com
Caroun Art Gallery, 1403 Bewicke, NV; More Art & Culture: www.Caroun.com
Caroun Photo Club: www.CarounPhotoClub.com    Photography: www.MasoudSoheili.com
Group Painting Exhibition
Effat MirNia, Hossein Kashian, Nafiseh Tabari, Nazanin Khaledi, Reyhaneh Bakhtiari, Shahla Damabi, Shahla Homayouni, & Tary Majidi

=== COUNCIL MTG NOTES -- May 3rd ===
Note: At 5:45pm the sp Ccl Mtg will commence in open session (in the main floor conference room), and at 6pm the ccl mtg 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.
5:45 pm
* Special Ccl Mtg  re Ambleside Waterfront Implementation Initiatives
[3. Proposed Zoning / Amendment Bylaw No. 4634, 2010 (File: 1610-20-4634)]
        The bylaw with Public Hearing May 3 was rescinded; new one with PH date May 17.
6:00 pm
RECOMMENDED THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the May 3 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:
(c) labour relations or other employee relations;
(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
Mayor: wd like to begin with an apology
we were intending at 7 o'clock tonight PH on the rezoning of the boat launch area of Ambleside; that requires two advertisements in the local paper and the paper published one and forgot, an honest mistake, to publish the second one.  Regrettably, on behalf of all of us, cannot hold the PH; rescheduled for May 17.
The NSNews is fully committed to publishing two ads.  Recognize some of you may be here to comment; we like them in writing b/c become part of the official record for May 17. You're welcome to come and speak [now] but doesn't become part of the official record.
I apologize on behalf of the North Shore News, our Ccl, and our staff who work v hard to get things in the right order.
At this time, wish to comment, you're more than welcome.
Voice from gallery: between now and 17th what's going ahead and what's not?
Mayor: the path for the seawalk will be extended in the upland area, under way right now related to removing the floral clock.  That's all.
CAO: correct; some demolition as well taking place; nothing will be done that affects the rezoning
Voice: removing or changing any part of the boat launch?
Mayor: absolutely not; sorry for the inconvenience; tyvm; see you on the 17th.  Anyone else?
Open with a couple of announcements.
May is National Hearing Awareness month in Canada and we're so proud of the work our Measuring Up WG has done to improve access and inclusion for all in WV, hearing was a part of that, it's award-winning work, and certainly hearing was a part of that. ...
Remind the public hearing loss cannot be restored, only prevented.
Cclr Ev who has bn standing in for me as Acting Mayor has another announcement
Ev: May is also awareness month for Multiple Sclerosis; MS NSh launched their fundraising campaign a week last Sunday, wch I attended.  Huge number of ppl, v v successful start.
MS affects up to 75K ppl in Canada, somewhat over 8K in BC.  The flower emblem is the carnation and will be sold; encourage ev to support as much as they can.
            Adding to Item 7 (report); to Item 12 Correspondence re Endowment Fund; item 16 withdrawn.
{BUT BUT BUT there's no Correspondence section and no letter with a link so we can read it!}
6.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES  --  No items presented.
7. Implementing Community Dialogue on Neighbourhood Character and Housing Working Group Recommendations and Presentation by Housing Pilot Program Working Group (File:  2515-02)
        Information to be provided.
Sokol: received by Ccl in Sept 2008 with 20 recommendations: seven wrt Character and seven to Housing Choice and Affordability, two re future Nbrhd Planning, and three wrt continuing the dialogue they undertook.  Staff to report back on implementation of that report. District staff have implemented those recs in a number of ways.  As I reported to you in early 2009, the Planning [Dept's] workplan was structured around implementation of those recs, and in 2010 implementation identified strategic initiatives in the BSC out of the strategic planning process in 2009.
District has moved forward on sev topics from recommendations: sec stes prog (approved by Ccl 2009; as of Mar 2009 sec stes now legal, will report later on this); two housing pilot projects (WG will report on this later in this presentation); Bill 27 OCP amendments wrt GHG (had first reading and PH scheduled for May 17); disposition of M props (green standards for lots selling; Ottaburn, HBay firehall lots); DWV small sgl-fam lots in HBay for sale can have sec stes; at Wetmore selected devpr, negotiations for final terms wch will result in 129 units for seniors; Heritage Plan, part of BSC, heritage revitalization/incentives (two underway: Merrick house, design w/ nature approach will have second dwelling on lot; Tobe house context-sensitive add'n and subdiv outside of riparian area); implementing Lower Caulfeild Area heritage review, working with that cmnty over past year; Strat Transportation Plan WG report; public forum scheduled for May 18th at Kay Meek Ctr, "Homes that fit us and fit in" with a number of speakers including Michael Geller.
Happy to answer any questions, or cd report on Sec Stes
Mayor: hear from Cclr Ev and WG making a presentation; when Sec Stes?
Sokol: now.
Enquiries.  As of Apr 23, only received 15 applications and five have come in in the last week.
As of this week, one has been approved -- our first legal sec ste! in Horseshoe Bay, approved and on the books. We've publicized the prog, advertised in Tidings, been sending mailings to realtors; I'll be speaking at the Real Estate Town Hall mtg Friday morning... make legal will improve marketability of those homes; sending letters to those we know have suites; perusing Craig's List and flagging ads and contacting owners -- four applications that came in last week were a direct result of that.
We had originally thought more coming in without outreach so b/c trickling in have increased the outreach.  Notifying ppl in a non-threatening manner; before Sept 1st save $200 on permit fee.
One of the issues raised is that when Ccl adopted the bylaw (set first year fee), wanted the Finance Cmte to discuss further before setting annual renewal fee; will be bringing that forward to FCmte during the next month.  Questions at this time?
ML: when wd you like to discuss the Sec Ste, uh, different than what we're about to launch?
Mayor: looking at the order; best to have at the time.
Ev: I had prepared a 45-min intro to the WG report tonight but the Dir/Planning has saved me that task.  I was going to explain that the WG started way back in 2006 culminating with the report in Sept 2008 on Nbrhd Character and Housing, led through to the pilot house prog, and final report April of this year (tonight).
Wd like to introduce mbrs of WG [did; some present], and thank them.
From bottom of my heart thank Jacquie Gijssen.
SMik: for clarity, the Housing Pilot Prog WG Report and covering staff report [are] in Appendix C.
For background.  District Stats and Facts. Evolved from traditional family household with two parents and 2.6 kids, to a diverse cmnty -- emptynesters, seniors, smaller families, sgl-person households as well as multi-generational extended families.
Housing Dialogue: How provide right size and right type of housing for an ageing popn; ppl who need assisted living and younger households?
Cmnty Survey: 80% wd like to see greater diversity; 63% new sgl-fam homes in their nbrhds were too big; wd like to see more housing units 1000 to 1500sqft; housing accessible, adaptable, green; more duplexes and modest scale infill housing.
Something that bridges the gap between a sgl-fam house and an apt, and gives you a little piece of land.
Pilot projects how to integrate, design with nature.
SLIDES outlining WG's steps to date.
First pilot projs: two sites: 6801 Hycroft Rd, 2614 Ottawa
Upcoming newsletter will arrive in postboxes next week.
Hycroft: to take a remnant lot and enlarge it through subdivision to create a bldg site for a v small footprint house
Ottawa: to build a coach house in the back yard.
Staff have been meeting re this; hope to come soon for Ccl's/zoning approval. Hope to hold nbrhd mtgs soon.
Ottawa to allow owners to downsize and stay on prop; also involves retention of 1930s character house; seen as low-impact ... site-servicing reqmts fairly modest on this site
Hycroft -- devt of oddly sized lots; team working to subdivide without signif landform alteration;  difficult site; slope stability issues and servicing considerations; design is currently being refined to ensure fit with nbrhd character; privacy objectives.
Pass to Jacquie for the WG report.
JG: plsd to be here, awful weighty report.  WG term comes to end with this.
Genesis from Cmnty Dialogue... take pro-active steps; 20 recommendations
WG to take this to the next stage.  Thanks to [list]
Purpose was pilot projects.  Two approved and now underway.
Evaluation will take place throughout and at their conclusion.
17 EOIs; recs for evaluation framework, MOU, and cmnty engagement process
Public Forum coming up May 18.
WG Recommendations in three areas:
- some of the learnings from the prog overall
- add'l projects we wd like to recommend process for adding
- next steps
Direct your attention to this SLIDE.
Learning: v focused project in somewhat uncharted terrain
staff and WG learned a great deal including challenging questions of how to motivate and sustain cmnty prop owners to participate; how to make the process manageable for staff and volunteers; how to provide a safe context in wch the cmnty and Ccl cd be willing to push the boundaries of standard practice, pilot projects being the ideal tool for controlled exploration and experimentation.
Also need for shared understanding and commitment, critical to implementation -- and that needed to be achieved through good communication and some time, time we did not have a lot of.
Recs break out into four: selection and evaluation of pilot projs
o  future pilot projects be directed to address key gaps in policy to pro-actively solicit proposals that address critical issues
o  site servicing needs to be considered a little bit earlier on -- we didn't really think that through but it has a huge impact on the project's feasibility and viability wch equates to affordability
o  importance of the interdisciplinary staff support team cannot be underestimated; creative team that has direction and authority to look outside the box, to look for new creative solutions and think of new ways to devp and implement policy is really critical
o  rec an arm's length adjudication panel, after the staff technical review, to make recs to Ccl wch is the final place for approving pilot projects moving forward.  This wd remove the WG and Ccl mbrs from real or perceived conflict of interest in the adjudication and assessment process.

{two comments:
At the outset I'd asked why not determine what type of housing wd be most useful/needed and then have pilot projects to demonstrate how that can be addressed however they'd decided to go straight to asking for EOIs and then to choose three or four pilot projs.  This results in having to choose whatever pitches up from the potentials seen by devprs and owners (some with $$ in their eyes).  Glad to see this approach has made it into the final report for going forward, as you'll read later on below.
It was startling to learn that site-servicing and their costs were not part of the information and selection process before a project chosen such that an owner wd not want to pay them.  One can understand that as a stumbling block if a substantial amt.  While not all mbrs are planners nor expected to be, this is rather basic and to overlook that is a serious omission.  Good to see here a note is made so that it will be in future.
We await finding out if Ccl or staff will cave in and subsidize an owner finding it so costly as to risk carrying through.}

Cmnty Engagement: really didn't have time between August and now for a lot of cmnty dialogue; didn't harm process but didn't allow it to go as far as possibly it cd have.  Recommend sufficient time and District involvement shd be provided; will address contextual questions by hosting info sessions, form for cmnty feedback, communicating key goals from the outset.  Will have accurate information and a better understanding and why.  Benefit if District wd make clear opp for public input and feedback throughout the pilot prog and devt applic process.  Many unaware of opps.

Attracting Innovative Pilot Projects: prop owners, without them we don't have a prog; encourage and motivation.  Three factors: ease of process including timeliness; cost to owner; and value of outcome or final product.
Finally, a commitment to exploration of housing alternatives.  Evaluate on basis of value to the greater WV cmnty as well as the local nbrhd.  Ppl's passion for their nbrhds and differences across the cmnty.  Tools for implementing.
If not ready in a nbrhd, consider other/alternative technology.  Key is to move forward and to figure out what the right tool is for moving forward.
Two areas more.
Adding add'l pilot projects: we're recommending in accordance BSC, staggered, adding two in nine- to ten-month periods; learning; policy achievements
We're recommending the two recommended but not approved in Dec go forward; feasibility,....
.... then new call for pilot projects

Next steps
o  making policy recommendations based on those pilots
o  having renewed focus on nbrhd character (this was on pilot projects)
o  having further engagement with cmnty and nbrhd

Conclude and thank you for your support.

{BRAVO! altogether a thorough and thoughtful report.  Well done.}

Mayor: applaud you; sophisticated answer to sophisticated Q, and one WV is beginning to make progress on.
Sop: hear some say, not in our nbrhd
need zoning amendment
I've seen a smaller house on a smaller house..... xxx
monster houses  ...
recommendation 3.3 need for young families, young adults
smaller units about
Recently 1500sf sold for $1.9M
how cd a young family?
don't want to throw hot water b/c you've done a good job
technical rewrite of our bylaws
where and how many of these units you wd see in this cmnty?
nice to have a lane house, what happens if seven houses in a row?

{yes, good question.  Drastically changes character of the street, potentially the nbrhd wch is why even with sec stes I asked if there cd be a limit to the number per block or area.}

if we allow two small houses
take an area like Altamont -- massive mix of small houses in these palatial lots
follow bylaw, said and done
Jacquie: I can only address a few of them, and staff the rest
WV is a colln of nbrhds, whatever develops
system that applies to whole cmnty and not work xxxxxxxxxx
what works in HBay may not work in Dund or xxx
specifics, I leave to Planning staff
affordability, no easy answer
working through the pilots
a lot being done now about shrinking size of houses all over N Am, first time
you asked about new houses
that's what the pilot proj is about testing and {learning?}
we may not like but we're going to learn
no surprise houses {springing?} up in Altamont
engagement, leads to policy change
Sop: in your interpretation of two small houses on a lot
Sokol, a subdiv of that prop
Brit Prop? no subdiv allowed? so most impact below hwy down to the water
what wd be the max lot size and xxx?
Sokol: the answer is we don't know and that's why we're doing the pilot proj
strata, other ways to move forward
rather than wholesale rezoning and realize, Gee, it didn't make a lot of sense
before allowing in other parts of cmnty
ML: looking through the recommendations
esp cmty involvement ... sequence ... articulating nbrhd character ... in established nbrhds
want your help in how sequencing this
worried about too many pilot projs; nbrhds say not approp
Jacquie: our WG struggled with that
more time for first two; cmnty engagement strategy; envmt...
Don't have to do one; engagement and pilot projects; xxxxx
ML: Cedardale ... in terms ot driving that forward
Jacquie: ... District lead in those discussions; ... two-pronged ...
TP: ... how ... may be a barrier
SMik: too early xxx
{EOIs? 17} xxx
and those were well-evaluated
a site may have challenging geog issues and render it unfeasible
add another step; sit down with team; to assess what services; services standards
what's needed to make realistic
TP looking at Item 4; cmnty dialogue
Keith and Marine West -- still motivated?
SMik: talk to owners to see if still interested, revised?
looking at other feasibility issues
Mayor: maybe take these one at a time
o  Secondly,
{well, well, well, here we are at a disadvantage; motions missing b/c info provided on-table; have to refer to minutes when adopted}
o  Thirdly
draft terms of Ref; once first two pilot projs sufficiently advanced
ML: point re quantifying nbrhd character
2.1 of original report, think that needs to be a priority
if new WG, go back and clean up what we didn't xxx from the first report
Ev: you said exactly what I was going to say
cite from one of the recs xxx; further work
nbrhd char issues what actions immediately and xxx
ask staff, ref in motion, go ahead once first two pilot projs significantly advanced
not like to see this left until -- a lot we can do in immediate timeframe; wd be reasonable
WG cd be put together even as soon as end of month
Sokol: staff is going full-bore getting these two before month of June
b/c PHs in month of June; once PH, can get OCP and zoning amendments
plan to move on it; significantly advanced; get in front of Ccl
cmnty discuss more
Ev: suggest write terms of ref, advertise, that process takes sev weeks; preparing the outlines cd be done a little bit sooner
Mayor: focusing on T of Ref; Ccl wd like to have input from xxx
so a few things; go to other mbrs of Ccl and see how shakes out
TP: when coming back to Ccl for approval
we are looking for the housing pilot prog to move forth
obviously xxx piece of it; strategy and moving forward
pilot proj moving forward in that context
Jacquie: embracing ...  moving forward ... broader ... to bring back that nbrhd character
no loss of any X or energy?
integration of other.....  ScoreCard, etc
Sop: I look at it as a case setting
what bothers me, when we have pushed along ... like them or not
b/c such a diverse cmnty, this will not fit in ev cmnty we have
from zoning and OCP xxx anywhere ... but we know won't, lot size or desire not to have it
excellent opp for this group to do a public process
if you took an area and had a town hall mtg; discussion, how do you think it will fit your nbrhd
in bylaw, never hear from them again
don't know
Mayor: Mr Sokol
Sokol: what we're bringing forward is site-specific, then can say to a nbrhd what change wd you like to fit in your nbrhd?
MS: what's imp to the cmnty... reading this report: four things
how do we integrate, new better, more nbrly, site alteration, design with nature
that's what cmnty focused on and were on two projects
questioning our priorities
Mayor: ... and do this in a sensitive manner
don't think ... not dealt with that yet; prev Ccl chose pilot, hoping to learn
Sokol: work is underway re... the OCP, zoning; make more nbrly, blasting bylaw
not in public realm yet, staff work, not seen xxx
area I'd like to do more in, in my time here haven't done enough
Mayor: those four criteria will form the xxx
b/c two months
MS: last WG ... all we're doing is having another WG ... if that's progress
Mayor: it's the momentum in the cmnty we want to build on
just to keep the momentum going
ML: Cclr Smith is right looking at those four
nbrhd; not simply an articulation; how we're going to go about doing that
assured, if doing that
Mayor: best next step staff come back, be more specific
doesn't have to be perfect; imperfect as it may be
vote on
Ev: Keith and Marine West motion
SMik: ev nine to ten months; total of six pilot projects
Mayor: No, five
Ev: motion on sec stes
ML: not getting a big take-up on this Bob, what ... are we going to do it?
Sokol: doing more outreach
come forward; ramping up; providing info out there; are being more active; writing letters to ste owners
at some point we will begin more aggressive stance ...xxx
carrot, hoping come in xxx
ML: what was the stick? fine?
Sokol: work with Ccl when become more aggressive; letters will go out; notice, you have an illegal suite
fine up to sev hundred dollars a day
ML: orig debate ...  notwithstanding sec stes paying fair share; talked about 1000

{oh ho ho -- some realtors say there are 6000!  and say almost no new house today is without a sec suite (as a mortgage helper.}

...  smoke detectors, etc
if we don't get the take-up; do what we can to get them to the surface
Sokol: no doubt stes out there; have Sept deadline so wait ... xxx
SW: re financial snapshot -- you were going to hire an add'l clerk and xxx; have they been filled?
Sokol: yes we have; we expected a lot coming in and had we not hired we wd hv been caught flatfooted; we were prepared
they've been doing researches ... process, ... in place; no doubt applications coming in
Ev: before you call the question and while I have the floor xxx
you've all had a taste of the extraordinary work of WG; thank WG; tremendous amt of work
mayor: Motion carries; look forward to next quarterly report
{for full information/reports, pls see www.westvancouver.ca/housing
http://www.westvancouver.ca/Residents/Level3.aspx?id=21128&utm_source=redirect&utm_campaign=housing }

8. National Water and Wastewater Benchmarking Initiative (File:  1700-07)
RF: benchmarking but this is the first report -- John McMahon of Utilities
JM: all tied to water and wastewater utilities
benchmarking is basically to compare and learn from each other
began with four Ms and grown to 45 and across Canada
DWV has been involved five years and storm water last three years
performance indicators
how much to replace sewers?  replacing different ones; compare apples to apples
examples of bench indicators; graph, water distribution
compare with elsewhere in the country, a way to go, but we have improved a lot
number of customer complaints, per 1000 ppl, been decreasing; we're in the middle
number of employees we're expecting to retire -- roughly half of the utility employees, next five years none, we'll have a few....
staff have access to all the Ms but no names on graph includes sick time, vacation time, etc
catchbasins -- we clean half every year, only a couple of cities doing more
unplanned maintenance
we're spending more than other Ms -- light pink is unplanned, emergency
five years so now able to use the data; consistent; can draw conclusions
benchmarks indicate have to focus more on our infrastructure
take all this info and move forward; another good thing, gives us a good base line
can start tracking how improving, compare with other Ms across Canada
Ev: I read the presentation last night; clearer ...
disappointing only four; two on the NSh, any expectation they wd participate?
Ans: there is some interest
takes a lot of staff time; sometimes you have to change the way you measure things
the consulting diligent, makes sure apples, not an orange
SW: what's the cost of belonging to this?
Ans: without staff time $15K a year, $5K for each utility
Mayor: while we're beginning to address the capital shortfall, there's also an operating shortfall ...
as a result of our ageing infrastructure ...  see ... proactive govt
way for us to show public ...  b/c we have good data; where it shd be and room for improvement
9. Food-Scrap Collection Demonstration Project - Results and Recommendations (File:  1775-01)
RECOMMENDED: extend for the remainder of 2010 with the additional cost of $9,000 to be funded by the Solid Waste Reserve Fund; and develop a service delivery option that includes District-wide [food-scrap] pickup from [single-family] homes for consideration during the 2011 Solid Waste Utility rate setting exercise.
Mayor: another way we're trying to manage the cost of .... to reduce what's in the waste stream
Phil Bates: you have a staff report from our six-month
led by XXX and four other Ms; for region, for WV, XXX
at core zero-waste challenge from 50 to 70% diversion rate; endorsed last year
staff looking for ways to get rid of garbage; given we're mostly sgl fam here, targeted that
through pilots, 43% is compostable items at street edge -- landfill, incinerator, Cache Crk,
burning not good; landfilling if we hadn't been you can imagine ????
incinerator of landfill for Cache Crk
we chose Western Caulfeild 500 homes for a pilot
Rmd has [system?]; testing contamination levels; composting for landscapers, gardeners
Open House at Caulfeild Shoppng Ctr, attended by 80 residents
SLIDE -- Cclrs there
sp thx to UBC food and ??; Rockridge High School
Mayor: Secondary, just so
Ans: did I say???
see outreach; knocked on ev door; 90% expressed an interest
encouraged to backyard composting and xxx
SLIDE Containers with stickers, and the foodwaste container
Participation, voluntary prog successful, 35% and that rate didn't fall off
capturing the early adopters
North Shore Transfer Station
[Slide of results 8:32]
tonnage did decline in the six-month test period; direct haul to Rmd is cost prohibitive
OPTION: continue the pilot, down to about $1K a month to keep those homes going
and wd like to add a full food scrap [?] pickup
Sop: at the Ccl of Ccls, subject came up and Coq well into this
why wd be spend $9K on a pilot when we can go to Rmd and get on with it?
Ans: we need to negotiate the colln contract, wd be an amendment to our contract
wd something ironed out with MetroV so we don't have to haul to Rmd
A few things to iron out; staff recommendation
Sop: do you have to carry on as a pilot?  why not go into it right away?
Ans: need to update the Calendar, xxx
only 500 homes know about this, xxx
Mayor: imp to know that Coq did it independently; $9K is v little to pay
Ev: concern re cost
500 and $1K a month, that comes to $22K a month though I'm sure there are economies of scale; appears to be a high price for this prog
Mayor: let's focus on the $9K for the next six months; Ccl debate
Ev: true but if costs that high I'd say scrap it on now
RF: ... solid waste
Finance Cmte told us willing to look at some increase in service but not without a ... approach; two-can limit; yet another cost
want this time for the rate-setting exercise in Oct
may look at decreasing xxx  .... wrt an extra garbage tag
... onto the users who are demanding it
looking at one-can limit, or bi-weekly; some limitation on the containers
in the mix to keep the ... manageable
Mayor: Coq has biweekly
ML: presume $9K from an existing budget not a [add'l?]
RF: in fact this is a request for an add'l $9K; we do have a reasonable reserve cd come out of
reason, takes a lot of marketing to get things going; wd be a shame to tell this ppl to stop
esp if District-wide; maintain the service for xxx
ML: can you pick it up from your budget
RF: cannot
ML: xxx
ML: we already do yard recycling, etc
really the add'l cost to the District wd be the transfer getting this to the Rmd landfill as opposed to the Seymour [?]
RF: when you get into this, gets more complicated than it seems
...  anticipated participation rate by the contractor
not ... yard trimmings throughout year
food-scraps guaranteed every week throughout
ML: 35% participation rate with public ...
these ppl already; others have gardening services and don't do this anyway
TP: there's a preference for garburetor use
RF: there is a debate curbside vs down garburetor {sp? have seen two ways! but it is a Cdn word.....}
add'l burden to sanitary sewers
sewage treatment plant ... global studies
garburetor more expensive but there's a bit of a debate out there; better to go the composting method
TP: tipping fee?
RF: defer to Mr Bates for that
TP: where the incentive is for green waste p 5
Ans: Metro anticipates $80 to $150 paying for an add'l X option
replacement or incinerator; organics for foodwater fairly stable
separate green waste, food waste, that's around $60 and not projected to go up much in the next few years
Mayor: tipping fees; one person to speak then wd like to get motion on the floor
Jim Kearns (?): 101 Argyle Ave;
I think we are to be congratulated and xxx; must address organics seriously
we learn from each other; how much are we learning from each other?
on Annacis? Island they've been doing composting for a long time
walk before run; they looked around, where is; low-hanging fruit; food stores, restaurants, and ...
check with Regional District of Nanaimo; focused on this; only recently door-to-door; close to 14% in v short time; wd estimate close to 70%; let's learn from others
surprised Metro, four identical progs
make sense to do one across from food stores restaurants and institutions b/c they pay to get it taken away
not giving a recommendation
recommendation to the approach not necessarily the system, there are several
I'm not in favour of stopping, shd keep going but shd give serious thought -- where is the low-hanging fruit?
Mrs Jones [asking] where's ...? are you going to xxx? are you going to increase my taxes?
have some serious thought as to the type of pilot project you do.
[ML made motion]
Mayor: when the report goes back, Mr K makes a good point
pay vs looking as a resource we can sell ...
ppl make money collecting
in Sweden they wd change this into biofuel that's recycled; shd be the producers who pay
look fwd to report shift as to how we make money
expectation not always constantly a service that will cost us more
10. Proprietary Transit Shelter Service (File:  3295-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT Council direct staff to issue a Request for Proposal for the provision of proprietary transit shelter services by a third party at up to 22 locations along commercial corridors.
RF: all engg evening tonight.  Mr Brent Dozzi
BD: possibility ad potential
before you a report from staff
most recently, .... Finance Cmte WG ...  2006
replacement of the existing bus shelters we have in the biz districts
SLIDE of history
cost of new shelter $20K installed, ongoing maintenance ~ $3K per year
present ones rather small and not much coverage; toward end of service life
SLIDE of shelter called the Arbutus, fairly expensive, $20K, if to replace all 22, net benefit of $400K
aesthetic important; canopy, good coverage
really liked the 'Arbutus' fairly clear so high personal safety and good visibility
enhance transit experience
encourage public, one way is high quality service; custom glass etching ...
hope receive Ccl's direction to proceed with a suppler with an RFP
aesthetic maintenance costs, advertising
Ev: mntnce and graffiti
as applied to other Ms, satisfied with removal of graffiti -- fairly quickly
{~ 9pm Mayor left Chamber; Cclr Walker in Chair}
BD: ...  quality of their ...
they do respond quickly to graffiti vandalism, broken glass
SW, Acting Mayor: Question
[Sop left; Mayor came back]
Mayor: sorry I missed it. Did you introduce Item 11?
SW: Yes, just waiting for Mr Chan
Mayor: one mbr of the public to speak, Mr Pajari
GP: it's item 12; ... my writing???
BYLAWS for Adoption
11. Capital Facilities Fund Bylaw No. 4641, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4641)
Mayor: I'm looking for Mr Chan.  Are you going to come to the microphone?
{much shuffling of papers}
Mark Chan, staff: last week bylaws received three readings
approach we've taken is to redraft the bylaws in order to modernize them, to take into account the opportunities arising from prov legislative amendments.
In preparing the bylaws, staff have tried to retain the current operation of the existing bylaws, philosophical changes such as regarding the threshold, rationale of the funds, and appropriate uses have not been addressed and will be scheduled for a future mtg together with public consultation in Phase Two of this process.
IOW, we will be coming back with Phase Two to address the philosophical parts of the bylaws.
Mayor: thank you, we'll move to the motion then can have some public input on the next part and then you can continue.
Sop: move adoption
SW: Second
12. Endowment Fund Bylaw No. 4642, 2010 (File: 1610-20-4642)
Mayor: Endowment Bylaw and I have Mr Pajari
GP: tyvm, Your Worship and Ccl
I understand that the issue before us is the modernization of the Endowment Fund Bylaw and that it is your intent as Ccl primarily to bring the existing bylaw into agreement with the requirements of prov legislation without any changes to intent and philosophy, and it's not my intention to speak to the philosophical issues surrounding the EFund.
My concern however is, as was explained to us for the first time by the M solicitor last week, the existing bylaw does not reflect the intent of Ccl or the cmnty as it was expressed at the time the original bylaw was adopted.
There are some subtle issues wrt this bylaw that are still not clear.  I posed a questions at PQP last week wrt the transition beween the old bylaw and the new bylaw.  Staff indicated they wd be getting back to me with answers.  No answers were forthcoming; I was told on Friday that there wd be an ontable document tonight addressing my concerns and questions.  That document is not in front of us, and so I wd suggest, YW, that if the issues surrounding merely moving to a modern version of this bylaw are so complex that your staff cannot answer these questions in one week, you must table this motion and wait until we have some clarity before the final adoption.
I have sent, as you may have in front of you, a detailed list of further questions that were sent by email to you, copied to the M solictor.  Again, questions that shd hv bn addressed in the staff memo that came to Ccl with the original bylaw and since they were not answered then, and remain unanswered, I do think the only thing to do is to table this until we have clarity and truly understand what the new bylaw is, compared to the old bylaw, and the intents expressed by Ccl.

{GP's letter is appended to the end of this transcript.}

Mayor: Thank you. Mr Chan is going to give us some response to the questions asked last week wrt the EFund bylaw, so you can come forward and address that now.
MChan: we indicated some information wd be presented at tonight's mtg, and that's some of the information I will be presenting to you now.
This presentation responds to some of the questions raised in correspondence and during the April 26 mtg, discussion of the EFund and CapFac bylaws.
[Text Supplied]
At the outset, it is important to note that, in general, the meaning of a bylaw is determined by the wording of the bylaw itself, not by intentions or expectations not found in the wording of the bylaw. That is why it is critical to look at the wording of the 1992 bylaw when comparing it to the new Bylaw.
Q1:  The new Endowment Fund Bylaw provides that the Endowment Fund shall only be repaid principal plus interest.  Is this correct?  Can the Fund retain capital gains?
A1:  Under the new Bylaw, the Fund is repaid principal, interest AND any capital gain (except as otherwise directed).  This is provided for in section 6.2 (which provides the minimum amount that must be repaid) and section 5.2.4 (which refers to the depositing of "net proceeds from the sale of real property" which would include capital gains).  This ability to capture capital gains is in both the new and old Endowment Fund Bylaws.
Q2:  The new Endowment Fund Bylaw deletes the requirement for a bylaw and replaces it with the ability to act by resolution.  Does this mean that Council can pass resolutions in closed meeting?
A2:  Yes - this is correct.  The new Endowment Fund Bylaw will permit Council to act by resolution as opposed to by bylaw.  Such a resolution could be passed at a closed meeting of Council.  This is a result of provincial legislative amendments which affect all municipalities (and apply despite any wording in a District bylaw).
Having said that, a Council meeting may only be closed to the public in certain specific circumstances listed in section 90 of the Community Charter.  It is therefore only legally qualifying matters that would be permitted to be considered in camera.
These provisions have been included in provincial legislation for legitimate reasons, including for reasons to protect the public interest. 
Q3:  The new Endowment Fund Bylaw relies on the Community Charter which places fewer limits on Council.  Is this true? 
A3:  In summary, because Sections 189(4.1) and (4.2) of the Community Charter are not restricted by the Endowment Fund threshold, it can be said that there are fewer limits on Council in certain respects. 
The Endowment Fund Bylaw is governed by sections 189(4.1) and (4.2) of the Community Charter which expressly provides the only statutory authority for the District to in effect "borrow" from the Fund.  Section 189 provides that Council may transfer money from the Endowment Fund to another statutory reserve fund provided that the amount transferred must be repaid with interest.  Sections 189(4.1) and (4.2) apply regardless of any contrary wording in any District Bylaw and, for reasons explained later, are not affected by the threshold restrictions in the Endowment Fund Bylaw. 
Q4:  Why was section 7(b) of the old Bylaw referring to a 30% limit deleted and not incorporated into the new Endowment Fund Bylaw?
A4:  Section 7(b) of the old Bylaw specifically relates to "loans" under section 6 of the old Bylaw and provides a limit of no more than the lesser of 30% of the Threshold Value or market value of the Endowment Fund.  This 30% limit relates only to "loans" made under section 6 of the old Bylaw, yet the new "fund transfer" provisions of the Community Charter in sections 189(4.1) and (4.2) expressly apply despite any bylaw provision. Accordingly, the Municipal Solicitor has advised that this provision should be deleted from the new Bylaw and "loan  transactions" must now be under the Charter.
The Municipal Solicitor's concern is that retaining this provision in the new Endowment Fund Bylaw:
=B7   would be seen as a departure from the legislation (i.e. section 189(4.1) and (4.2) of the Community Charter);
=B7   would be inapplicable since the Charter states that it operates despite the Bylaw; and
=B7    would be confusing and lead to the impression that a municipal bylaw may amend or supersede the provincial legislation.
Q5:  What was the discussion about "intent" at the April 26 Council Meeting?
A5:  As mentioned above, in general, a bylaw is only interpreted based on the wording of the bylaw itself. Accompanying reports/memoranda are not the law, and it should be noted that some people have conceptions about the Endowment Fund that are not reflected in the wording of the old Bylaw itself.
In 1992, the Director of Finance, on behalf of the Advisory Finance Commission, delivered to Council a report to describe the old Endowment Fund Bylaw.  The report has often been quoted and relied upon as the authority governing the interpretation and construction of the old Bylaw.  This report set out the Director's interpretation of the "intent" of the Council when it adopted the old Bylaw.  The old Bylaw; however, differs from this "intent".
Staff prepared a new Bylaw that would not change the philosophy or operation of the old Bylaw.  The current Bylaws are Phase 1 of a 2 Phase process.  Phase 1 is to modernise the Bylaws while retaining the operation of the old Bylaw.  We will be scheduling a future meeting in June to discuss the philosophy of the new Endowment Fund Bylaw and will address this together with public consultation in Phase 2 of this process.
Q6:  Has the new Capital Facilities Fund Bylaw been changed with respect to the allowable uses of monies in the Fund?
A6:  The use of funds provisions are contained in section 5 of the new Bylaw and section 4 of the old Bylaw.  The Municipal Solicitor has confirmed that the operation of the use of funds provisions remains the same with the new Bylaw.
Q7:  The new Bylaw appears to allow monies to be used for land purchases without the Endowment Fund obtaining an interest in the asset.  Could this allow monies to be diverted below the Fund's threshold value until the fund is depleted?
A7:  As mentioned earlier, Section 189(4.1) and (4.2) of the Community Charter apply to all municipalities "despite any other enactment".  In summary, section 189 of the Community Charter provides that money in the Endowment Fund, if not currently required, can be transferred to another statutory reserve fund to expend on, for example, land acquisitions.  A bylaw cannot override this.  Having said that, section 189(4.2) of the Community Charter requires that the municipality would need to repay to the Endowment Fund the amount used together with interest.  Section 189(4.2) therefore provides some form of "guarantee" for the Endowment Fund to be repaid the transferred funds.
Section 189 of the Community Charter therefore could allow monies to be transferred out of the Endowment Fund below the threshold value stated in the Endowment Fund Bylaw.
The issues regarding threshold and other important policy issues will be addressed in June in the upcoming Phase 2 of the process for the Endowment Fund Bylaw.

{My underlining.  Isn't this cart before horse?  Isn't policy decided and then bylaws drawn up to reflect the intent of Ccl?}

MChan continues: This concludes my presentation.  If I have not addressed some of the questions raised by the public then we will be responding to the public by way of correspondence.
Mayor: Thank you for doing a thorough job.
Sop: if Charter prevails despite bylaw provisions, why have bylaw provisions?
MChan: current bylaw provisions are somewhat misleading in that what happens is that a mbr of the public or some other person involved may review those provisions and not be entirely sure of what the interpretation of the bylaw is.
They may form the view that do we need to follow the bylaw or do we need to follow the Charter.
What we tried to do with the present drafting is to bring the two in line
Mayor: And continue in June with a good robust discussion among Ccl and the cmnty about the things we wish to be guided by, many of wch spring from 1991/92 and what the public sense of the EFund really is.
There may be some differences on Ccl about that as well.
Regardless, we know we will have a bylaw that conforms with prov legislation wch is imperative, mostly at this point b/c we have to file our 2009 Year End Reports and we didn't want to rush a good discussion about the framework of the bylaw b/c we need to go through that.  Okay?
Call for adoption.
[SW moves; Ev seconds; carries but no hand motion by ML]
13.  OTHER ITEMS -- No items.
14. Consent Agenda Items for approval:
15. 1466 and 1488 Argyle Avenue - Land Acquisition (File:  0510-03-01)
RECOMMENDED:  THAT the report dated April 27th from the Land and Property Agent re the acquisition of the properties located at 1466 and 1488 Argyle be received for information.
16. Sale of 1360 and 1370 Ottawa (File:  0510-05)  Information to be provided.
MS: Cmnty Ctrs Services AGM
Sure Ms Mooi willing to ans
Sop: on Sat, Ccl of Ccl mtg
integrated mgmt plan; air pollution; monitoring system; materials for roads, down to 4%
why shd taxpayers pay for garbage of producers' products?
you don't have grandchn yet but I buy a lot of toys
Mayor: ...
Sop: ... plastic; planted today, find 10K years from now
this has got to stop; has to be a levy
3.5M tons; $50K; 150M tons per year; looking for ways
a little more work has to be done on the reporting side; end result is the cost
following new procedures, will go down
Ev: on a more serious note, represented yourself 65th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic in NV
24? lost during the War and still some veterans there
TP: last ccl mtg went on rather long
Climate Action WG showdown with engg at school
idle free, local food; look forward prog come to fruition
Taste of the Bay incredible success taking charge; local ppl local nbrhd; huge success
Earth Day happened in WV, v small out west; UN int'l initiative
showcased our park trail capacity up to White Lake; enjoyed
hope we can showcase parks with that new trail
ML: acknowledge opening with the new.... Gleneagles; restoration of the Great Hall; remember high school reunions [there], terrific
operator of the restaurant utility; celebration on Sat
Ms Mooi has had a meal there; omelette
av for bookings; looking forward to many
Mayor: congrat to our staff; about 1400 there
recog former Cclr Carolanne Reynolds, Rod Day, Liz Byrd
to see commitment long past; golfers, residents; our staff took all those views
recognize staff [NAMED]
leadership; taken something that had been forgotten
scared us; without a whole bunch of pulling together
Cclr Smith and Sop; that wasn't good enough
risk on a renovation xxx; we did it and it really shone
{See the Mayor's remarks below under HERITAGEWATCH}
18.  PUBLIC QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS   -- none           19.  ADJOURNMENT at 9:24

2010 May 3
From: George Pajari <George@Pajari.ca>
To: mayorandcouncil@westvancouver.ca
Subject: Questions with Respect to the DWV Endowment Fund
Dear Mayor and Council:
The discussions surrounding the Endowment Fund (EF) raise a number of questions that I should appreciate your answers to.
(1) The existing EF Bylaw requires Council act by bylaw. Is it the case that Council is no longer permitted to require EF expenditures be authorised by bylaw and must permit such actions be authorised by resolution?
(2) The municipal solicitor spoke at some length that his interpretation of Paragraph 7 (a) of the existing EF Bylaw requires that real property acquired using monies from the EF must be held outside of the EF. He based his interpretation on Driedger's guidance in The Construction of Statutes (which he incorrectly referred to during the Council meeting as Enactment Construction) that the word "plus" in 7 (a) "the market value of the real property held in the Endowment Fund plus the real property being acquired" must be interpreted to mean the real property held in the EF is separate from the real property being acquired.
The problem I have with Mr. Lidstone's interpretation is that it makes the bylaw internally inconsistent. Driedger clearly indicates (2nd Edition, 1983, at 105)  that:
"If, notwithstanding that the words are clear and unambiguous when read in their grammatical and ordinary sense, there is disharmony within the statute, statutes in pari materia, or the general law, then an unordinary meaning that will produce harmony is to be given the words, if they are reasonably capable of bearing that meaning."
Giving paragraph 7(a) the meaning Mr. Lidstone would infer (that property paid for by the EF is held outside the EF) gives rise to a disharmony within the bylaw, to wit, if such property is held outside the EF, how is it that there could be any property "held in the Endowment Fund" as envisioned by 7 (a)?
Since the drafters of the original EF Bylaw (in 7(a)) clearly anticipated the EF would hold real property, any interpretation of the bylaw which says the EF cannot hold real property would render the bylaw internally inconsistent.
According to Driedger, we must therefore reconsider 7 (a) and look for an interpretation that is consistent with the entire bylaw as well as assigns a meaning to the word "plus" that Mr. Lidstone is concerned about.
We would suggest that what 7 (a) requires is that immediately prior to the acquisition of property by the EF, one must arithmetically add the market value of the real property already held in the EF with the value of the property about to be acquired and proceed with the acquisition only if that sum is less than 75% of the Threshold Value AND less than 75% of the market value of the EF at the end of the preceding year. Since the property being acquired is still in the process of being acquired and is not yet acquired, 7 (a) must describe the existing (already acquired) property separately from the not-yet-acquired property but this separation does not indicate that the not-yet-acquired property is to be kept separate from the Fund after the acquisition is complete.
We would appreciate your comments on Mr. Lidstone's interpretation in light of the above. Is it still Council's opinion that the Endowment Fund cannot and does not hold the property it acquires?
(3) If it is still your (and Mr. Lidstone's) opinion that property acquired by the EF is held separately from the EF, then could you please explain how the Wetmore property acquisition was accounted for and why the value of that property appears as part of the EF in the District's audited annual reports?
(4) If it is still your (and Mr. Lidstone's) opinion that property acquired by the EF is held separately from the EF, then could you please explain how the EF would ever be in a position to hold the real property described in 7 (a)?
(5) Your Worship made it clear that, to the extent permitted by the current provincial legislation, the new bylaw mirrors the existing EF bylaw. Given that goal, would Council please explain how loans from the EF (see Paragraphs 6 and 7 (b) of the original EF bylaw) are governed? Are loans permitted? Are there any limits on the amount of money the EF can lend? It is not at all clear from reading the new bylaw what has happened to paragraphs 6 and 7 (b) of the original bylaw and the staff report is silent on this matter too.
Given the considerable confusion surrounding this bylaw, combined with Mr. Lidstone's revelation (entirely missing from the staff report describing the proposed bylaw) that the neither the original bylaw nor the proposed bylaw actually reflects the original intent of Council and the community, I would ask that final adoption of the new bylaw be tabled until the questions above can be answered and clarity brought to the discussion.
Yours truly,  George Pajari
===  COUNCIL AGENDA May 10th at 6pm  === [Youth Ccl at 7pm]
6:00 PM
2.  Approval of May 10 Special Council Meeting Agenda
3.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES  --  April 26, 2010 Regular Council Meeting Minutes
4. 2010 Annual Tax Rates Bylaw No. 4640, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4640)
        RECOMMENDED: be read a first, second, and third time.
5. 2010 Specified Area and Local Area Service Tax Bylaws (File:  1610 20 4637/4638/4639)
        RECOMMENDED: be read a first, second, and third time:
        --  Specified Area; Parcel Tax (Garrow Bay); Parcel Tax (Eagle Harbour)
6. 2009 Endowment Fund and Capital Facilities Fund Year End Resolutions (File: 0910-11/12)
WHEREAS under Sections 189 (4.1) and (4.2) of the Community Charter Council may use money in a capital reserve fund for the purposes of a second capital reserve fund;
AND WHEREAS Council considers that the money is not currently required for the capital purpose of the first fund;
AND WHEREAS Council wishes to fund 2009 capital expenditures relating to the Community Centre and Almondel Bridge;
NOW THEREFORE Council in open meeting [resolve] as follows:
1)  $2,536,980 be transferred from the Endowment Fund to the Capital Facilities Fund.
2)  The sum of $2,536,980 be repaid to the Endowment Fund, no later than when required for the purpose of the Endowment Fund, and in any event within ten years, with interest that would have been earned if it had remained in the Endowment Fund.
WHEREAS under Sections 189 (4.1) and (4.2) of the Community Charter Council may use money in a capital reserve fund for the purposes of a second capital reserve fund;
AND WHEREAS Council transferred $2,536,980 from the Endowment Fund to the Capital Facilities Fund, to be repaid with interest within ten years;
AND WHEREAS Council wishes to fund 2009 capital expenditures relating to the Community Centre ($1,686,393), Almondel Bridge ($850,587) and the 1528 Argyle Avenue Property ($101,879);
NOW THEREFORE Council in open meeting [resolve] as follows:
That Council [approve] the expenditure of $2,638,859 from the Capital Facilities Fund to pay for capital costs associated with the Community Centre, Almondel Bridge, and 1528 Argyle Property.

===  YOUTH COUNCIL AGENDA May 10th at 7pm  ===
5.  DEBATE TOPIC: Ambleside Area (1300 Block and waterfront)
        - what should be included/considered in planning for the future of this area
                  with  .......  RECEPTION TO FOLLOW IN THE MAIN FLOOR FOYER

===  COUNCIL AGENDA Wed May 12th at 9:30am  ===
1. Call to Order.
2. Approval of May 12, 2010 Special Council Meeting Agenda
3. No items.
BYLAWS for Adoption
4. 2010 Annual Tax Rates Bylaw No. 4640, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4640)
5. 2010 Specified Area and Local Area Service Tax Bylaws (File:  1610 20 4637/4638/4639)
         RECOMMENDED: THAT "Specified Area Tax Rates Bylaw No. 4637, 2010" be adopted.
         RECOMMENDED: THAT "Parcel Tax (Garrow Bay) Bylaw No. 4638, 2010" be adopted.
         RECOMMENDED: THAT "Parcel Tax (Eagle Harbour) Bylaw No. 4639, 2010" be adopted.
6.  No items.

[text provided]
Mayor's Afternoon Welcome Speech
at the Opening and Rededication of the Gleneagles Golf Clubhouse
     Hoy See-yem See-eye. This is the Squamish for "Respected leaders and friends", including our MP John Weston and MLA Joan McIntyre, who are joining us today.
     Thank you for coming to the re-opening of our contemporary, recycled and refined, sustainable and sustaining, Gleneagles Golf Clubhouse, almost one hundred years after the Larson Station train stop opened right here, at Peter Larson's ranch. After Mr. Larson sold his ranch to a development company, Gleneagles Limited, a large part of the Larson Estate became known by us as the Gleneagles Golf Course - which opened in 1927 and was named, of course, after somewhere in Scotland. The actual clubhouse was opened in 1952, built by the Jewish Cultural and Heritage Society. As this was the only golf club where Jewish people were welcome at the time, it is appropriate, I think, to say Shalom vebrukhim habaim, welcome to all.
     The inspiration for the new clubhouse comes from this interesting mix of European pioneering and rail lines, boats, apple trees and picnics, residential property development, the playing of golf, and the importance of inclusion. The municipality bought the golf course in 1958 because that's what the people of West Vancouver told the Council to do.
     Today, we celebrate the future of West Vancouver, The story of how we got here is a bit of a mish-mash, I have learned a great deal about leadership as a result of the journey of our little clubhouse over the past eight years, beginning with when the restaurant was condemned, and watching as the entire place was boarded up, the victim of neglect.  I would come out here by myself, which I am sure many of you have done, and I would try to figure out what should stay in the past, what should play through into the future, what sort of investment the taxpayer would be willing to make, how to attract strong business people to help, and how to get the community going in the same direction.  And the answer became clear - just let go.  Council needed to recognize just how many people really care and want to contribute.  Today's opening should stand as an example of the sheer goodwill arising from the quiet strength of this neighbourhood and its history, brought to life by quite a cross section of people with talent and vision.
     Tom Bowen is the architect who, as an interested West Van resident and volunteer with a passion for panabodes, sketched out early design ideas and told us on Council that this place could be restored (many said it couldn't). He gave everything to this project - his own time and personal investment, his professional services, his creative commitment to reclaiming old materials, and his good nature.
     Peter Moir of Tamlin International Homes was dealt, in the way only West Vancouver can, a very tricky project with a very tight budget and high expectations that are as important as tiny details.  He met these constant challenges with tenacity and charm, and we are most fortunate that it was Peter we were working with and he deserves a lot of credit for following through and delivering us this dream.
     Rob and Alex Merletti of Merletti Construction do a lot of work for the municipality but not on this project.  However, they were early supporters of the vision, and their generous contribution to the community has paid for today's party.
     This gives you an idea of the professionals we work with, and of the role our staff plays as great relationship builders, facilitators and problem solvers.
     Clay Nelson manages our building construction and contracts and just makes things work.  I can never remember his job title, because we just say "ask Clay" all the time.  Mike Miller runs Parks Operations.  This project has been tricky.  Resurrecting its significance created a challenge to our budgets and our staff and Mike endured very tense meetings, deadlines and expectations.  Andrew Banks is pretty new to us as our Senior Manager of Parks but West Van residents are bringing him up to speed, don't worry.  His experience has taken good ideas or projects underway and infused them with possibility and pragmatism.  Pam Fretz and Mark Chan are our business management and special corporate initiatives behind-the-scenes leaders.  They are elegant problem solvers with a can do attitude, and they persevered to find the very best operators for the clubhouse.  Anne Mooi is our Director of Parks and Community Services - this whole thing is on her shoulders.  Thrown in the deep end as this project was partly underway, she brought out the best in our team, and contributes only to their success each day.
     The professionals in the private and public sector wouldn't be doing any of this if not in response to the power of public ideas like renovating the panabode, improving public golf, creating a public place for parties, and allowing people to pitch in.  West Vancouver is unique, and a very, very special place because of its citizens.
     Ivor Davies, who I know as the lithe PE teacher who ran from Gleneagles to West Van High School everyday to get to work - he's never had a carbon footprint - more recently spent this winter, building the benches outside the Eaglesnest Room, out of logs from the original panabode. 
     The members of the Gleneagles Golf Society - who were fairly critical of Council as we all watched the decline of the clubhouse, and they were right - came to early meetings at Liz Byrd's house, at the municipal hall, and privately with me.  All they wanted to know was how to help, and how to improve golf for everyone's benefit.  Many of the golfers are the parents of the kids I grew up with, just like Ivor Davies is.  The golfers donated the beautiful trophy case in the foyer and the furnishings in the Eaglesnest Room, but really, they have given themselves throughout their lives, to West Vancouver.
     And of course, the pesky Western Residents Association made restoration of the Gleneagles Golf Clubhouse a key question for candidates for Council over the past few elections, and for anyone who purported to be involved in any way with our Parks and Community Services division.  My first engagement on this issue was through the grand dame of the WRA, Liz Byrd. I would like to thank Liz for all the work she does to drag people to meetings no one really wants to go to. 
     Similarly, Carolanne Reynolds also served on Council and her dedication to West Van's heritage and history is, in itself, legendary and evident today.  And former Councillor Rod Day is also here, who is very proud to have said "spend the money".  Councillors Bill Soprovich and Mike Smith also voted for this project during the last term, and it was a tough decision because as you all know, renovations are unknowns.  When you think about it, Liz, Carolanne, Rod, Bill, Mike - what group - this is how the community works, over time, to do the right things.
And now I would like to introduce, representing the Western Residents Association, Bruce McArthur.
~ Bruce's Remarks ~
Thank you Bruce.  Choosing the order of speakers is tricky sometimes.  I decided that since Bruce grew up in these apple trees, he should go first.  Now, it is a pleasure to invite Judy Gosney to speak on behalf of the backbone of this facility and also of our future success, the Gleneagles Golf Society.
~ Judy's Remarks ~
Thank you Judy.  Now I would like to introduce the real stars of the new game in town.  We are so thrilled with the fact that the business partners who will operate this facility are all West Van residents, with a commitment to good food, families, and above all, our mutual success -- Berndt Rohde.
~ Berndt's Remarks ~
In closing, we all understand the foundations this facility has been built on.  I would also like to acknowledge the leadership of the Councillors who are here with us today, Councillor Michael Lewis, Councillor Michael Evison and Councillor Trish Panz.  They are a pleasure to work with, and I know they will continue to aim high.  On behalf of all of us on Council, thank you for helping us see where the community wants to take itself.   I would like to invite Flip from the Golf Society and Liz from the WRA to unveil the plaque with me. (Unveiling)  Thank you for coming today, and see you at Larson Station.
- Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
===  ARTWATCH  ===  2010 May 5
Picasso Sells at Auction for $106.5 Million, a Record for an Artwork
A painting that Picasso created in a single day in March 1932, "Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur (Nude Green Leaves and Bust)," sold for $106.5 million, a world record auction price for a work of art, at Christie's Tuesday night. Bidding for the Picasso lasted 8 minutes and 6 seconds; there were six
===  NEWSWATCH  ===
+  CPTnet  6 May 2010 --  THAILAND LETTER: A day in the Buddhist Peacemaker Team camp
[Note: With the support of the CPT-Philippines regional group, CPTer Rey Lopez travelled to Thailand as a peace observer to document how the Red Shirts nonviolent movement is playing out in Bangkok.  The letters have been edited for length and clarity.]
For this article, go to http://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2010/05/06/thailand-letter-day-buddhist-peacemaker-team-camp

{It is heartening to see the increase in 'peacemaker' approaches to conflict.  The Christian Peacemaker Teams work with Islamic Peacemaker Teams and several Israeli peace groups advocating for change in nonviolent means.
Just as there are peace-loving ppl in all groups, so are there fanatics in all the groups.
Wd like to support the former........}

+  Israel's Troubling Tilt Toward Apartheid
By Robert Parry  March 19, 2010
The United Nations General Assembly may well have been wrong in 1975 to equate Zionism with racism, since many early Israelis rejected extremist notions regarding separation of Jews from Arabs. But today a virulent form of Zionism is turning Israel in the direction of an intolerant apartheid state.
This ultra-conservative strain of Judaism is now represented at senior levels of Benjamin Netanyahu's government, especially in the Housing Ministry, which recently humiliated Vice President Joe Biden by announcing 1,600 more Jewish housing units in East Jerusalem as Biden was arriving to reaffirm U.S. solidarity with Israel.
An under-reported element of the flare-up between the Obama administration and Netanyahu's government is that Israel's Housing Minister Ariel Atias, who sprang the announcement during Biden's visit, is a religious fanatic whose ultra-Orthodox Judaism is about as intolerant of others as many extreme forms of Islam are....
In Atias's vision for Israel, certain lands would be sold to Arabs, others to ultra-Orthodox Jews, and still others to secular Jews, creating a nation segregated along inter- and intra-religious lines.
"I, as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, don't think that religious Jews should have to live in the same neighborhood as secular couples, so as to avoid unnecessary friction," Atias explained.
Some of that friction between the ultra-Orthodox Jews and secular Jews relates to the anger of the ultra-Orthodox Haredis against Jewish women dressing in ways that are considered immodest or against secular Jews who don't follow strict rules against using machinery on the Sabbath.
These tensions are similar to those in strict Islamic states, where morality police arrest or humiliate women whose bodies are not adequately covered.
Atias noted that the ultra-Orthodox Haredis "need synagogues and do not want any traffic on Shabbat. Seculars demand cultural facilities."
... Last September, in announcing favorable housing decisions for his ultra-Orthodox brethren, Atias reaffirmed his goal of achieving a segregated society.
... Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a Labor Party representative in Netanyahu's government, has warned that the extreme Zionist vision of a Greater Israel could lead to either a single state with a Palestinian majority or special rules to limit Palestinian civil rights.
"If, and as long as between the Jordan and the sea, there is only one political entity, named Israel, it will end up being either non-Jewish or non-democratic," Barak said at a recent security conference. "If the Palestinians vote in elections, it is a bi-national state, and if they don't, it is an apartheid state."
{ The whole article: http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/031910.html }
===  WHALEWATCH  ===  Grey whales
Here in Howe Sound, False Creek, and now the Mediterranean (not seen there for 300 years)
+  The Squamish grey whale (first half brief glimpses, scoot forward; then shots of Shannon Falls)
stefperrron - May 06, 2010 - First grey whale in a hundred years comes to Squamish harbour at head of Howe Sound, and stays, feeding, for five days.
This footage was taken over a period of one hour on May 4, 2010, starting around
10:30 am.
The whale would come up for a breath with a big spray, and then maybe spray again within one or two minutes, then a short while after would crest its back across the surface of the water, dive, and not be seen again for four to eight minutes. It was great to see so many people come to the spit and take an interest in this whale.
+ The Great Grey whale on BBC 2 (with Stephen Fry) Oct 2009 [closeups]

===  GREENWATCH  ===
VIDEO:  Dan Burden of Walkable Communities recently gave a talk, "Active in Action: New Principles for a Sustainable World".
Check out the full-length video here: http://www.sfu.ca/city/city_pgm_videos.htm
+ COMING TUESDAY: The Carbon Hunters
Airs May 11th, 9pm ET (check local listings) and repeats
In this week's FRONTLINE/World, we take a journey to the remote rainforests of Brazil, where several American companies have been on the hunt for a strange, but increasingly valuable new commodity -- carbon.
In "The Carbon Hunters" -- an outgrowth of our year-long "Carbon Watch" project with the Center for Investigative Reporting -- reporter Mark Schapiro and producer Andres Cediel do some hard travel to track down what exactly happens when we talk about carbon "offsets". They find some of the nation's biggest polluters investing in big tracts of forest -- some the size of Manhattan -- in order to soak up the carbon that the Obama administration may force them to account for in a proposed new energy bill. They also find the coming carbon market already having an impact on the ground in Brazil, where saving the trees to slow global warming is not without its local costs.
"If you come to an Amazonian and ask him, 'Give up all your jobs, all your economic base, because we need to save the trees'" the governor of Brazil's Amazonas state tells FRONTLINE/World. "They are going to say, 'No, I need to feed my kids.'"
Also in this hour: On the two-year anniversary of the immigration raid at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa -- one of the largest workplace raids in history -- an affecting look at the human cost of the crackdown on both sides of the border. And, in Uganda's "Impenetrable Forest" a new approach to the threat of diseases that cross the species barrier threatening people and mountain gorillas alike.
We hope you'll tune in Tuesday night. And check out FRONTLINE/World's web site for more "stories from a small planet."
                                Ken Dornstein, Senior Editor
===  BARDWATCH  ===
Was Shakespeare's Ghost writer ... Shakespeare?
Theory, Literature, Hoax
What strange force is stalking departments of literature? A philosopher investigates.
We love stories as much as we need them, but a funny thing has happened to departments of literature. The study of literature as an art form, of its techniques for delighting and instructing, has been replaced by an amalgam of bad epistemology and worse prose that goes by many names but can be summed up as Theory.

===  LANGUAGEWATCH  ===  Trying to read WVM transcripts?  See http://www.westvan.org/acronyms/
EF / EFund = Endowment Fund
envmt = environment
exec = executive (eg Executive Assistant, sometimes EA)
        F/Cypress = Friends of Cypress, not to be confused with DFO
proj = project(s)
        sec = with sec stes
WTF = Wisconsin Tourist Federation -- name had to be changed to Wisconsin Federation of Tourism

===  QUOTATIONS and PUN  ===
Most of us spend our lives as if we have another one in the bank.
                -- Ben Irwin
The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.
-- George Marshall, US Army Chief, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Nobel laureate (1880 - 1959)
All that we are is a result of all that we have thought.      -- Buddha
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
                -- Chinese Proverb
Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand.
                -- Bodie Thoene, American author (b 1951)
What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are.
                -- Edgar Z. Friedenberg
+  The telegraph operator who accidentally sent the same message twice was remorseful.