July 19 Ccl NOTES
July 26 AGENDA
Calendar to Aug 8th+

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Harmony Arts starts July 30 and have a cuppa at the RoyalTea-by-the-Sea!  Saturday July 31st!
MAIN ITEMS  special Ccl Mtg July 26th: Wetmore Site consultation plan (paid for? we have a choice?); Secondary Stes Mid-Year Report; Knotweed Control Pilot Project; Adoption of the 2009 Annual Budget Amendment, the Cemetery Regulation, the Animal Control and Licence bylaws; Child Care Ctr Licence Agreement; NO CORRESPONDENCE OR LIST APPEARS ON AGENDA (yet :-) -- let's be hopeful)
however :-(
{Since the implication is that the website and links are complicated or too difficult, can't we at least have the list on the agenda?  That's minimal, negligible time and effort.  Only seven listed last week including info on UBCM appointments and extension of 2010 Cmnty Excellence Awards.  How can DWV be nominated if they've taken away the information on Correspondence from the ccl mtg agenda? -- yet Ccl still gets it.  Go figure.  We're unterMensch.}
= Then Brain Teaser :-)
=  Vive le Canada (Monarchy, Queen's Plate, Metis 125); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Fireworks; Hugs & RAK); UPDATES (New Dir/Fin; BC Premier's salary $186K -- WV's remuneration near and above!; Popn; Ambleside Waterfront)
=  CALENDAR to July 31st; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre, Music, Art: VAG; Mona Lisa's shadows)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES July 19th: NSh Restorative Justice Society Annual Report; 2009 Annual Report and Budget Amendments FOR PUBLIC INPUT; DVP Applics for 2972 Park Lane, 925 Sentinel, 1395 Haywood; BCFerries Non-Enforcement of Noise Bylaw Jul 23 - 25; Animal Control/Licence Bylaw; Cemetery Regs/Fees; OCP Amendment for Housing Pilot Prog and Sec Stes Fees/Charges Bylaws for Adoption.
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA July 26th
=  ANIMALWATCH (unbelievable story of a walrus in Sask; BC Salmon); CENSUSWATCH; NEWSWATCH (Frum Maclean's; US Jails; World's most expensive cocktail); INFObits (Israeli Watch Grp; Avigdor Lieberman); WEBWATCH (Peaceful Kurds); SOCCERWATCH (and footballers); NEWS from America; LANGUAGEWATCH/WORDWATCH (WVM Glossary addns; Etymology: words, music, and nude dancing; Pronunciation: Metis, Kabul, Apartheid; Esoterica/Architecture: Hylozoism); MAIKU (Saturday's Fireworks); QUOTATIONS/THOUGHTS/PUNS/BRAINTEASER ANSWER

Brad stared through the dirty soot-smeared window on the 22nd floor of the office tower. Overcome with depression he slid the window open and jumped through it. It was a sheer drop outside the building to the ground. Miraculously after he landed he was completely unhurt. Since there was nothing to cushion his fall or slow his descent, how could he have survived the fall?
===  Vive le CANADA  ===
+  Canada is a monarchy (constitutional) as you know but few realize that Quebec has always been a monarchy b/c it became part of British North America before France's Revolution (1789) so the tradition is part of all of Canada's history, including the Amerindians who had (some still have) hereditary chiefs.
+  During Her Majesty's visit, Queen Elizabeth II attended the Queen's Plate wch started in 1860 making it the longest thoroughbred race in NAm.
+  Buckingham Palace announced July 25 it's on Flickr.  It has up-to-date as well as archive photographs.  In 2007 a Royal YouTube channel was launched and a British Monarchy Twitter account in 2009.  Who doesn't say Royalty Rocks!
+  This year is the 125th anniversary of the Metis (pronounced may-TEECE or may-TISS; see WORDWATCH below) in Canada.
===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
Oh, such a beautiful city!
The magic of sparkling fireworks that light up the sky over the water between the arms of Point Grey and Point Atkinson.
This is Celebration of Light time.  The American display was surprisingly low key with only a couple of ooooos and aaahs and a bit of applause.  Spain however was varied with great synchronicity along with an amusing and well-timed passage from 2001, Thus Spake Zarathustra, and multi-coloured burst at the end.
* HUGS and RAK *
An email colleague sent this to me; I'd heard of this in several places but hadn't seen a video.
"Sent with a hug from me to you ......http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=hN8CKwdosjE "
While I haven't gone that far, I long have advocated RAK, Random Acts of Kindness.
In my years of travels, there were many incidents of kindness extended to my girlfriend and me, acts that likely there'd be no opportunity to return the consideration or favour, so I think of it as passing it on.  Kindness makes the world go round -- and more fun!
===  UPDATES  ===
+ Breaking News
>  Port Coquitlam has voted in favour of giving themselves a hefty raise (after 15 years without), with a 27% increase for councillors and a 42% boost for Mayor Greg Moore.  DWV has the lowest salaries for the politicians (and among the highest for staff re pay and numbers given the size of the M).
Nina Leemhuis Appointed Director of Financial Services
For details, see: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=29426
+  PAY
The Premier of BC's salary is $186K -- if you saw the list of DWV salaries/remuneration in the last issue (WVM17) that listed those over $120K or looked at the Annual Report info (see below), you'll see that many of our staff make nearly that much and even more.  WV has a population of under 45K, BC has 4.5M.  The relative responsibilities scream.
Politicians are really underpaid -- and some under-appreciated -- and our Council is paid pittance considering their responsibilities and the time they put in, representing US.
The Mayor's remarks at the beginning of the July 19th ccl mtg (see that section below) provide some context and background.
The Annual Report is available for inspection at the Finance Department in Municipal Hall and is on the DWV website:
2009 Annual Report (PDF, 4.5 MB)  and 2009 Financial Information Act Report (PDF, 659 KB) 
The CAO says that resident comments and input are still welcome.
In response to a query from a subscriber as to what the popn stats include
(more info in WVM 17: 2005 - 43,967; 2006 - 44,272: 2007 - 44,097; 2008 - 44,452; 2009 - 44,452)
Bob Sokol, Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits kindly provided further clarification:
The population figures below do not include the Squamish Nation Reserve (the source for this data was BC Stats municipal population estimates). The Squamish Nation Reserve is included in the population total for the West Vancouver Local Health Area (West Van, Lions Bay, Bowen Island, Cap 5). 
 BC Stats population estimates use the Census as a base, but also take into account a census undercount of approximately 4% (i.e people missed by the census) along with other factors (such as births/deaths).
 As the intent of the Census is to enumerate everyone living in Canada, Statistics Canada tries to count every resident regardless if they live in a legal or illegal suite, therefore the assumption is that population totals include residents of secondary suites.  
+ Ambleside Waterfront Plan
Update: June 2, 2010  --  Three projects that support the Ambleside Waterfront Plan's goal to increase public access to the waterfront are making good progress.
                The extension of the Seawalk from John Lawson Park to 15th Street has been completed. 
                Millennium Park at the foot of 15 Street is once more open to the public after being upgraded.
                Demolition of the publicly-owned houses on the waterfront is currently underway.
The District is working to open up green spaces around John Lawson Park, giving the public greater access to the Silk Purse and Music Box. The area will continue to be freshened up for everyone's enjoyment this summer.
Other Initiatives
Council has decided to retain the boat ramp in its current location for the present. As a result, the Beach Seafood stand is also temporarily on hold. A Public Open House was held on May 27th and was well attended. Your comments are still welcome.  Feedback Form - Ambleside Waterfront Plan 
Update: April 13, 2010  --  At the April 12th Council Meeting, staff and Council presented the Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan, including some projects that are going ahead for the summer season.
Report to Council, April 12, 2010   Ambleside Concept Plan Drawing   Ambleside Town Centre Strategy 
...The goals of the Ambleside Waterfront Plan are to: 
                Increase public access, use, enjoyment of the waterfront
                Increase vibrancy and vitality to the area by offering a diversity of experiences
                Strengthen connections with Ambleside Business Area 
            Foster environmental protection and stewardship
                Build community identity and pride through the arts
...Other initiatives intended to create new experiences along the waterfront in Ambleside include:
1756 Argyle Expression of Interest - The District is considering potential commercial uses for this property to further activate the Ambleside waterfront. This is an expression of interest for food services to explore the opportunity at 1756 Argyle.
For the complete webpage, see: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=26578

===  CALENDAR to August 8th+  ===
All mtgs are at M Hall unless indicated otherwise.  NOTE: shown are mtgs known at this date; often there are additions, changes, cancellations after WVM goes out.  Notices/mtgs/changes too late for the last WVM are sent to subscribers as updates.  Check the DWV Calendar: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Calendar.aspx

Dundarave (Saturdays) and Ambleside (Sundays) Farmers' Markets

***  A sparkling gem in Vancouver's summer crown: July 21, 24, 28, 31  *** http://www.celebration-of-light.com/
== Wednesday July 28
        ~ 5:30pm ~ CEC --  CANCELLED
== Thursday July 29  ~ 5pm ~ NSh Cmte on Disability Issues mtg --  CANCELLED

*** Friday July 30 ~~ Harmony Arts Festival to Aug 8
see http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=26032

*** Saturday July 31 ~~ RoyalTea-by-the-Sea in Dundarave Park
from 2 - 4pm See http://www.royaltea.ca/ ph 922 4400; reservations@RoyalTea.ca

== Wednesday August 4
~ 7pm ~  SFU Harbourside -- New Lecture:  A FIELD GUIDE TO TRANSIT DEBATES
        Venue: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission is free; reservations are required.  www.sfu.ca/city  Reserve at www.sfu.ca/reserve
As transit becomes more popular, many cities are having intense and often bitter quarrels about what kind of transit to build or operate. Working from his 20 years of experience as a transit planning consultant, Jarrett Walker examines some of the most common confusions that affect debates about transit, and that often lead to disappointing outcomes. He then suggests strategies for clarifying transit debates, by recognizing the unavoidable "hard choices" that arise from transit's intrinsic geometry and costs.
Jarrett Walker is a consultant specialising in transit network design and policy, with 20 years' experience on four continents. He grew up in Portland and has been based in Portland, San Francisco, and Vancouver. Currently, he is a Principal Consultant for McCormick Rankin Cagney, based in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Ph.D from Stanford University and writes the popular transit weblog humantransit.org.
== Sunday Aug 8
~ 8:30 - 10:30am ~ The Hurdal 5km Summer Shuffle, Walk, or Run for Prostate Cancer
Dundarave Park:  This annual event raises funds for support, treatment, and research for those who suffer from prostate cancer. The 5km course starts in Dundarave Park, takes participants along the seawall to Ambleside Park and back.  Info: 604 786 6131, www.runningposter.com
+++  WV MEMORIAL LIBRARY +++  www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
The Library is closed Sundays in July and August.
        Mon - Thurs 10am - 9pm; Fri - 10am - 6pm; Saturday - 10am - 5pm
Wednesday July 28       A New View on Science and Spirituality
In a talk illustrated with cartoons and compelling graphics, Geoff Olson speculates on what the human connection to light, in all its guises, might mean for our future evolution. 7 pm, Welsh Hall.
+++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
***  MASTER OF THE INSTANT   ~~ to August 28
Cartier-Bresson Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada & Lionel Thomas - Abstractions 1949 - 1990
[July10 home tour was in WVM Update]
Glimpse Of Iranian Culture August 7th
Discover the rich traditions of Iranian culture through traditional dance, music, contemporary fashion, and art. This event will include live performances, a calligraphy demonstration, a presentation on fashion and jewellery, and a contemporary fashion display.
 +++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++  http://ferrybuildinggallery.com
***  Salsa by the Sea is every Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 until August 26th.
At Ambleside Landing behind the Ferry Building Gallery
weather permitting  ~  gallerywestvancouver.ca  ~  ph  925 7290
All ages with all levels of dance experience are welcome!  $6 Drop-in Fee
Harmony Showcase Exhibition  --  July 30 - August 15  --  Mixed Media  --  29 Local Artists
Jane Adams, Richard Alm, Carole Arnston, Patricia Baldwin, Susanna Blunt, Heather Cairns, Liz Calvin, Kendall Cave, Nancy Chen, Elizabeth Cox, Alfred DePew, Natalie Grambow, Xwa Lack Tun, Kiff Holland, Bahram Javahry, Ingunn Kemble, Peter Langer, Anne Love, Olga Ottens, Janice Roberts
+++ SILK PURSE +++  www.silkpurse.ca  925 7292
*  July 27 - August 8  --  Trioscapes in Harmony
During the Harmony Arts Festival the Silk Purse finds friendship and community front and centre as three artists: Betty Ditters, Sachiyo Grossmann, and Jean Vanderley exhibit their "Trioscapes". Each artist has a unique interpretation of the landscape. Although there are often discussions between the three as they critique designs and exchange ideas. These artists assist and inspire on another!
Opening Reception: WEDNESDAY July 28th from 6 - 9pm
Complete list of events: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
Electronic newsletter: http://kaymeekcentre.weebly.com
Simplest way to get on email list, call 913 3634 or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
The Summer-Autumn Issue of "The Torch" is now available
 To view the newsletter, just click the following link for direct access:
 The newsletter is available to any non-member who is interested.  To sign up, please fill in the form at the bottom of the webpage, http://www.westvan60.com/newsletter.html  Please email me at thetorch60@telus.net, if you would like to submit an article, or if you have any questions or comments.
                         Thank you for your interest.  /  Best regards,  Janice Mackay-Smith, The Torch
+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
WEST VANCOUVER CHAMBER WELCOMES TOURISTS TO NORTH SHORE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The WVCC has opened up a Summer Kiosk on the South side of Park Royal Shopping Centre. The Kiosk, located just outside of Extra Foods, is now open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm until August 20th.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide directions to local tourist attractions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Volunteers have been found from WV Secondary schools, the volunteer workforce from West Vancouver 2010, WV Seniors' Centre and other groups from the North Shore community.  We greatly thank them for their generous time and commitment to helping make West Vancouver one of the most friendly and hospitable places to live and work.
Sunday 8th August  --  Under the Tideline: A beach walk
        An event for the Pacific Spirit Park Society. Membership not required.
        Meeting: 9am at Volunteer Park, 2800 Block Pt Grey Road.
About two hours; terrain -- wet, muddy, slippery, and rocky. Trip Leader: David Cook 924-0147
We will look at the intertidal zone between the marine and land worlds and see how adaptations by animals and plants allow them to survive in such a harsh environment. Wear slip-proof and waterproof footwear.
The BC Cultural Crawl is a self-guided tour of community-initiated events: music, theatre and dance performances, visual arts, festivals, museum and heritage exhibitions, culinary arts, community art walks, and more.  Your self-guided exploration of supercultural British Columbia begins here. Browse August-long events, local cultural crawls, and community art walks. Download itineraries and maps, and find all of the resources you need to plan your own exploration on http://www.art-bc.com/  and  http://www.art-bc.com/bc-cultural-crawl.php
+ BARD ON THE BEACH ~~ Tel 739 0559 ~~ www.bardonthebeach.org
        [More comments in earlier issues.]
- Much Ado About Nothing; directed by Dean Paul Gibson
        fun with a touch of flamenco; Jennifer Lines suitably adamant against marriage.
Antony and Cleopatra; directed by Scott Bellis
        absolute tour de force!  Gripping.  Jennifer Lines is brilliant
- FALSTAFF (Henry IV, Parts I and II); directed by Glynis Leyshon
        Shakespeare's endearing comedic scoundrel; Dean Paul Gibson is the rotund rogue.
-  Henry V; directed by Meg Roe
        Alessandro Juliani is Prince Hal in Falstaff and becomes Henry V; intriguing transition
+ Arts Club (tel 687 1644)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn, Granville Island Stage held over to Aug 21 
+  Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden - 662 3207
        China Tea Deal presented by Seven Tyrants Theatre, 7:30pm June 19 - Aug 29
+  Waterfront Theatre tel 685 1731
        The rock musical Hair, July 21 to Aug 1st
+  Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS)
-- to Aug 20. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Singin' in the Rain; ph 734-1917
Vancouver Early Music Festival 2010 starts July 25
        For more details: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/CF0-Overview.html
Tickets for these performances at $35 each (students & seniors $3 discount) can be ordered on-line via our secure connection. These ticket prices include 12% HST.  They can also be ordered by phone (604 732 1610) from the office of Early Music Vancouver. Tickets are also available at Sikora's Classical Records.
o  Friday evening, July 30, 2010 at 8pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15pm)
        UBC School of Music, 6361 Memorial Road, UBC Campus
        Michael Jarvis & Christopher Bagan harpsichords & fortepiano
Three Instruments, Four Hands --  Music from the High Baroque & Early Classical era
Michael Jarvis & Christopher Bagan star in a rare duo recital of Baroque keyboard music for two harpsichords, and seldom-performed Classical repertoire for fortepiano four-hands. Featured this evening: music by WF Bach, JS Bach, Johann Mattheson, Mozart & Beethoven.
        For more details on this concert:  http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/CF2-FourHands.html
Sunday evening, August 1, 2010 at 8pm (pre-concert introduction at 7:15pm)
        UBC School of Music, 6361 Memorial Road, UBC Campus
Bach's Sons: The Legacy of the Baroque
Chamber Music from the late Baroque and the Rococo
A programme of music by four of Bach's sons, heralding the new era of reaction against the baroque style, characterised by an emphasis on the expression of deeply felt emotions within a musical work - an =E6sthetic typical of an age that was much given to the expression of moving sentiments, not only in art but in everyday life.
Marc Destrubé, violin; Julie Andrijeski violin & viola; Wilbert Hazelzet, traverso; Jaap ter Linden, violoncello; Jacques Ogg, harpsichord
For more details on this concert:  http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/CF3-BachSons.html
+  The da Vinci method  --  Shadow strokes  --  The Economist  Jul 22nd 2010
Scientists at the Louvre have discovered the secret to the Mona Lisa's face
...  For a long time, scientists and curators have wondered how da Vinci created shadows on her face with seemingly no brushstrokes or contours. Art experts call this shadowing technique sfumato - like the Italian word for smoke, fumo. Experts have long suspected sfumato shadowing has something to do with the glazes that da Vinci used above the paint layer. But proving this has been difficult because snatching a sample of the Mona Lisa's face for chemical analysis is, unsurprisingly, frowned upon...
See: http://www.economist.com/node/16635928?story_id=16635928&fsrc=nlw%7Chig%7C07-22-2010%7Ceditors_highlights
+ Vancouver Art Gallery
    Calendar of Events: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/calendar_of_events.html
THE MODERN WOMAN: Drawings by DEGAS, RENOIR, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, and other masterpieces from the Musee d'Orsay.  Tel 662 4700; visit http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/
-  PUBLIC PROGRAMS  --  All Programs free for Members.
NOW SHOWING: July 1, 2010 - January 3, 2011
IN DIALOGUE WITH CARR: Douglas Coupland, Evan Lee, Liz Magor, Marianne Nicolson
This exhibition strategically pairs the work of Emily Carr with key contemporary BC artists to draw out a dialogue between Carr's legacy and the myriad ways in which artists respond to it.
For more information on the Gallery's relocation campaign, visit our new relocation website at www.newvanartgallery.com. You can also join the discussion on our Facebook page by clicking here =BB.
-  Did you know that Ian Thom, the Gallery's Senior Curator, Historical, is a Member of the Order of Canada -- the country's highest civilian honour? On Friday, June 18, Ian was bestowed with the honour at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. With his extensive publications on prominent Canadian artists and his organization of hundreds of exhibitions, Ian is recognized for his lifetime contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Canadian art. Visit the Gallery to see Ian's latest curatorial project, Bearing Witness: Works from the Collection Click here =BB to find out more.
+  Caroun Art Gallery
You're invited to visit the "Coffee-Shop Painting Exhibition":
August 3 - 29 (12 - 8pm)  --  Reception: Saturday August 7 from 4 - 10pm
Works by: Alireza Abbasi Isfahani, Kasra Kiaei, Negar Kashian, Salar Ahmadian, and Zarrin Naghsh Isfahani Coffee-Shop Painting is a kind of ancient Iranian Narrative Painting, started with the opening of coffee shops in the Safavid era (16th century), and flourished with the Constitution Movement during the Qajar period (19th century).  If interested in knowing more on "Coffee-Shop Painting & Painters", pls check:
English: http://www.caroun.com/Painting/Iran/CoffeeHouse.html  Farsi: http://www.caroun.com/Painting/Iran/CoffeeHouse-Farsi.html
To check the complete program of the gallery, please visit the "Exhibitions" section of the website at: http://www.caroun.com/CarounArtGallery/Exhibitions/00-Exhibitions.html
Google Map  www.Caroun.net  ArtGallery@Caroun.com; Ph: 1 778 372 0765 (12 - 8 pm Pacific Time)

===  CCL MTG NOTES July 19th ===
3pm in M Hall MFCR and 7pm in Ccl Chamber
No, not a typo -- the closed session will start at 3pm -- four hours of in camera?
3:00 PM
RECOMMENDED: THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the July 19, 2010 regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
c.   labour relations or other employee relations;
d.   the security of the property of the municipality;
e.   the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;
k. negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.
7:00 PM
        Following conclusion of the closed session, the following items will be considered:
TP moved: Add Item 9  Correspondence, to Item 10, to Item 11; also move 9, 10, 11 following the delegation (moving up)
Mayor: is there a seconder?
Sop: second
Mayor: Lewis had his hand up first; further discussion?
Sop: do you put your hand up when you make a motion?
Mayor, somewhat stunned by the remark: he was seconding it.
All those in favour?
{who knew how important seconding was?  :-) now wait for what comes next}
June 28, 2010 Special Council Meeting; and  July 5, 2010 Regular Council Meeting.
[SW moved adoption]
Mayor: is there a seconder?
ML: over to you, Bill
Mayor: Cclr Sop!
Sop: second, Madam Mayor
Mayor: all those in favour?
Mayor: Before I invite the delegation up
I just wanted to make an imp correction to a letter to the editor and a subsequent editorial in the NSNews about our budget in 2009.
It's important for the cmnty to understand that in a normal fiscal year there are 26 pay periods and in 2009 there was 27, wch happens once every 11 years.  As a result we had $2M add'l employment expenses.  Secondly, WV completed a negotiated settlement with our Firefighters' Union in 2009 wch resulted in about $644K of retroactive payments, wch applied to 2007, 08, 09; this settlement was consistent with those reached in the rest of the Metro Region.
When you take those two anomalies -- well, the agreement isn't really an anomaly, but certainly the 27th pay period is -- out of the reported 11% increase, our increase becomes 6.4%.
Furthermore, there were 65 individuals* who reported earnings in excess of $100K rather than the 183 suggested, and of those that's 35 more ppl than in 2008, 28 of those are firefighters, and that's b/c they were pushed over the $100K threshold b/c of the renegotiated settlements and the pay period.
I just wish to put that in the public record and I've written a letter to that effect.
In spite of all of that, we were one of two Ms in the prov that did not increase prop taxes in 2009.
And I appreciate the interest the NSNews takes in ensuring the public are well-informed.
{* As you saw in my report of remuneration in the last issue of WVM (17), my notes had 65 so I also wrote pointing out the discrepancy since my count was 65 for WV.  Marley's reply was that 183 was the number for all the North Shore and he wd do a mea culpa.}
Now to the delegation
A. Abramson and G. Tolliday, North Shore Restorative Justice Society (File:  0115-20-NVRJ1)
                2009 Annual Report.
Mayor: invite Dep Chief Jim Almas and also the Restorative Justice Society.
Jim Almas, WVPD: pleasure to introduce mbrs of NShRJ
As you know, WV has an evidence-based crime-reduction strategy that we've implemented and a big part of that is being committed to initiatives that focus on long-term outcomes.
The Restorative Justice play a vital role.
They hold offenders accountable for their actions; bring offenders and victims together to deal with the impacts that those crimes have on those victims.
Worked closely in the last eight years with our Victim Services and mbrs in the field.
Prog v well-received esp with our youth.
not just charging, getting ppl on the right track.
Alana Abramson and Greg Tolliday.
AA: thx for having Greg and [me] here tonight.
thx supporting us for past few years; WV's been on board (funding) since 2007
our org has been around since 1997; I've been with the org for eight years
cannot believe how much I have seen the growth of acceptance of this way of responding to crime and conflict.
my background is in criminology, I'm currently teaching restorative justice at SFU, I'm a doctoral candidate there
when I first learned about restorative justice ten years ago no one had ever heard of it
now we have four courses; all my students eager, embracing new
not only in academia excite, also on the ground
our training is renowned; I speak at int'l conferences...
support, from volunteers, v small budget, cdn't do without them; gave 750 hours last year
growing leaps and bounds, particularly in WV
more peaceful ways, rather than justice system and punitive
in schools; int'l movement
every year more and more referrals, most from WVPD
last year 95 cases, 20 from WVPD; might not sound like huge numbers but we served 80 ppl in those 20 cases
approach is holistic, serve victims, offenders, and their cmnties of care, so that cd be parents, cd be caregivers, ... if seniors, their adult chn, all the ppl who care about them
we include those in the justice process
inviting them to share their needs in the aftermath of a crime or a conflict
seeking an approach seeking to resolve that in a peaceful
able to move forward
also deal with cmnty conflicts like assault, break-and-enter, theft, and mischief -- and before it gets to that stage
WVPD sends us files on nbrhd disputes, way to help have conversations, like tree issues, noise complaints; know quite prevalent on NSh; help cmnty mbrs process those
some of the highlights: 90% who responded to our survey were extremely satisfied with the process
caring facilitators, volunteers from this cmnty; feel included, respected, felt had needs met, closure -- different from dealing with the criminal justice system, not approp for all cases
$6500 restitution was paid from offenders to victims
training 20 new volunteers in the fall, so will increase our capacity
only see police using our resources more; lowers load, resoln
from research reduces recidivism
tremendous opp for growing; thank you for your support
Greg, as a resident of WV has come to share his perspective as a mbr of the board
        {Readers: you may wish to visit their website for more into: http://www.nsrj.ca/ }
G Tolliday: Alana doing wonderful job; I'm on the board
Peter McKnight talking about restorative justice in the paper about Reena Virk, parents came to find peace
that kind of experience so important, victim will also help that offender cope with what he has done, and change for future
we serve NSh, Bowen Island to Deep Cove, two assistants and Alana is one; volunteers; $55K budget last year, clearly non-profit, shoestring rather than a budget
bit of a warning
Mayor: thank you; glad you mentioned that; we don't like delegations to come asking for funding
but you skirted that beautifully
when we gave tiny bit of money initially, wanted to know how it wd work
want to see something constructive, not destructive
Sop: was on Court Watch
question for Dep Chief Almas, see break-in
physical weapons
do these go through Rest rather than court
JA: think that's wrt youth, brawl at lunch time, rather than charging, consult with Alana
some may go to Crown Counsel
Alana: such a great Q
consult altercations; sometimes two will agree to have an assault
Police are forced to consider alternate methods rather than going to court
as a practitioner, assault cases, some of our xxx
questions not answered; sit down, see effect they've had
Sop: arson and weapons? youth offenders not prosecuted?
Alana: possession of weapons, maybe only think of two fires started as a joke
sit down and meet with Fire Dept to learn what cd turn out, xxx
Ev: wd like to thank both of you for presentation and clearer understanding
pleasure of sitting on Youth Court and Justice with Alana, pleasure and privilege to have her
benefit of the two speakers
thanks on behalf of whole cmnty
Mayor: now Ccl has altered the agenda a bit in consideration of the ppl here tonight and move to Item 9
9. Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-018 (2972 Park Lane)
(File:  1010-20-10-018)
At the June 21 regular mtg Council received the report dated June 10 from the Community Planner and set the date for consideration for July 19, 2010.
Reports received up to July 15, 2010:
Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-018 (2972 Park Lane) June 10; for Ccl June 21
Written Submissions received up to July 15, 2010: None
Sokol: a lot of variances but many benefits to the cmnty
garage set back so cars going by, less steep, cars pulling in and out so safety
will have reduced height; nbrs less impacted
you received a letter from the nbr of the east, came from his solicitor.  Mr Walker wrote about a wall and it is not with what you have tonight -- you are not being asked to approve the wall tonight
Ev: refers to considerable amt of work on foreshore and says will go through our staff, but it doesn't specifically say that work shall be carried out.  Is that a specific XXX ?
Belief it is a requirement by our Mgr of Sust
in fact shows stepping down from pool
final plan must be agreed upon so think so
Mayor: we'll have a presentation by the architect
Sop: are the plans attached xxx
Gordon Hlynsky: architect for this project, owner is here also; Bob explained it v well
this prop is extremely steep so siting v difficult
Marie is downsizing and wants it to reflect the cottage
further down slope higher the house so closer to street, so lower and nbrs better view of waterfront
the present house is nonconforming as are others on the street
we're in compliance with sideyard but not setback, 1ft
you can build a fence 8ft as long as less than 3 inches
proposing walls with 1ft??? with landscaping so softer
discussed with nbrs; nbr to the east, his fence is encroaching on the blvd; he's an older gentleman and didn't really understand but if there's a problem we'll discuss it
the pool deck, sewer ROW along rear setback line so can't build xxx
cantilever out from pool
the old bylaw allowed structures but now xxx have to be within
cantilever for pool equipment room
last week, the waterfront, met with Steve Jenkins and he suggested we consult with an envmtal consultant wrt xxx
nbr on west, raised and with patio
ours is 6ft back so a 12ft difference
thought was to improve the scouring effect on beach with this biologist
some study, envtal consultant and biologist came up with don't quite meet with the zoning
have to raise to accommodate so leaving the beach the way it is, been like that for.... don't want to be back here
it's been four months, so many little variances
Sop: on the prop lane, treatment into M land, what's that treatment?
GH: conditions of Permit, plan by consultant
Sop: realize any movement upward from the ground; v narrow there; emergency vehicles will never get by
if cars start parking, serious probs
GH: we're increasing the setback so more off-street parking
you're aware that street is v narrow
pulled garage back so two cars
Sop: saw it from water, good fit
Mayor: no one on list, anyone wishing to comment? Cclr Smith?
MS: didn't realize this was Sentinel
Mayor: oh, sorry, have you down for Park Lane
MS: I'm flexible; move received for information.
construction of a new house, pool deck, accessory building and landscape walls, be approved.
10. Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-039 (925 Sentinel Drive) (File:  1010-20-10-039)
At the June 28 regular mtg Council received the report dated June 17 from the Manager of Community Planning and set the date for consideration for July 19, 2010.
Reports received up to July 15, 2010:
Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-039 (925 Sentinel Drive); June 17; for Ccl June 28
Written Submissions received up to July 15, 2010:  No items received to date.
Sokol: worked with nbr, remove blockage of views, building rather than two storeys
so it's a one-storey house but then exceeds the site coverage
in Corresp received a letter from Aubeneau Crescent
Staff recognizes this but the bldg envelope cd in fact be wider; since view from lane staff does not recommend any changes
Sop: lot size 10,535sf?
Sokol: yes
Sop: overall sqftg of bldg?
Sokol: 3680sf
Mayor: no one signed up.  Anyone?
Don Stuart: I'm the applicant.  If anyone has any questions happy to answer.
Mayor: none? any further input? then motion
[All written and verbal submissions received for information]
MS: think we shd recognize Mr Stuart's letter; excellent, accompanying applic, explaining reasons not negatively affecting nbrs
covering letter, adding something to the applic; salute to Mr Stuart
Mayor: excellent standard, thank you
[Motion: THAT DVP Applic ... to allow construction of a new dwelling, be approved.]
Moving to Item 11; presentation again by Mr Sokol.
11. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-032 (1395 Haywood Ave) (File: 1010-20-09-032)
At the June 28 regular mtg Council received the report dated June 16 from the Community Planner and set the date for consideration for July 19, 2010.
Reports received up to July 15, 2010:
Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-032 (1395 Haywood Ave); June 16; for Ccl June 28
Written Submissions received up to July 15, 2010:
S. Cullen / July 13 / July 19; M. & A. Best / July 13 / July 19; K. Parker / July 13 / July 19
Ev: excuse me, Madam Mayor, may I just speak?
Mayor: sorry, certainly; thank you for reminding me
Ev: For the record, I wd note that I was retained by the applicant about a year ago to do the landscape plan and I submitted it to the applicant last Oct.  I've had no involvement with the applicant or the plan or the designs or architectural work since then and I wanted that to go on record.
Therefore no conflict of interest.
Mayor: thank you for full disclosure and apologies not going to you first
Sokol: nec b/c corner-flanking lot
lots behind xxx
it is required to have the setback on both
25ft setback v constrained, distinct from 1407 across the street wch only requires front
what that means front on xxx
b/c of signif setbacks v small footprint
this proposal has more of a front setback, more than the existing house had
roof pitch this way blocks views less
extensive landscaping and a rain garden, xxx
planting of six globe maple trees to block facade; others claim will block view; typically they grow to 20ft
Sop: finished grade line; bottom floor the sec ste?
Sokol: majority below ground level, will be a patio letting daylight in
Sop: what appears below almost first floor xxx ...?
Sokol: will be light av to the apt, uh, sec ste
Sop: on both upper and lower floor, above 25ft
is av house floor 10 ft?
Sokol: can't say; typical but can't say average
Sop: if floors 8ft each, wdn't ask for a variance
met with nbr and owner
concerned no trees stay at 20ft
owner said not obligated to put those trees on the boulevard
nbr wd app trees not built there
Sokol: says plans must be submitted for approval
staff will approve plans that meet the intent: screen house and plant in blvd
Sop: no trees there now, a grass patch
other side, south xxx
if nbr says in some years blocked view; 20ft and more and wide
owner willing not to, so still required?
Sokol: required by District ...
Mayor: that's the answer from staff
is applicant here?
R Bradbury: I'm the architect; a lot of these houses were built in the 1940s
what's being proposed is 8ft back, columns 6ft
so views being enhanced considerably
ht conforming, FAR conforming, only the setback the one variance
unusual, bylaw is clear and grounds for hardship
conform and wd block more views
conforming with ht; moved the bldg further down the site, created more daylight for the unit below
Mayor: maple tree question?
RB: other trees we cd look at; discussed with owner and willing to discuss with staff
we've done many things to mitigate effect on nbrs so willing to do more
Mike Best: we hv strong objections to these maple trees b/c will impact our sightlines
they refer to a front garden on this prop, shd be on Haywood but will be on 14th
the sec ste is on Haywood, so is this legitimate?
Sokol: the principle entry will be on 14th
MBest: but that's not the legal address
Sokol: cd be looked at as part of the bldg process
Cclr?: are we voting on this, b/c it's not legal
Mayor: many are diff ...
sec ste bylaw, doors not on same wall, so this wd fit
Ccl can raise this in their discussion
so we have trees, front garden, and xxx ...
concerns about variance, feel rules there for a reason
you are setting a precedent here
H Durford: owner of 1070 14th St
on the 16th last week, met with Cclr Sop to discuss the tree biz
Mr Akani said they must be planted, is that so?
Sokol: the reqmt for planting the trees is attached to the Permit; last page of plan
if Ccl approves this,
Mayor: and if Ccl were to take into account some of these concerns?
Sokol: cd be a tree of lower height
Mayor: so Ccl can give that direction
HD: this section has no sidewalk; don't understand why we have to plant trees in the middle
we have chn that walk to school in the middle of the street
don't understand this
and Mr Akani agreed not to plant the trees
RB: may I make a clarification?
Mayor: sure
RB: I was negligent in not mentioning the history of this house
main 14th and xxx off Haywood; so keeping same location since 1940s
Sop moved: received for information.
Sop moved: DVP Applic to allow construction of a new house and detached garage, be approved.
Trees; everyone walks in the middle of the road there
at some point we'll put in sidewalks; a lot walk here; consider safety
if trees on blvd, where will sidewalk go
corridor for views so why build large maple trees that will block views and applicant said he wdn't
I'd move that staff work with applicant that trees not be planted
re looking sec stes in future -- buried in ground with a patio to let light in
not quality of life
if above ground, wd be way over limit; not quality living, that's my concern
Mayor: they used to be called basement stes
presumably will conform
MS: purpose of these PHs is to get input from the public, hear from public
any questions raised, wd ask for a staff report to comment on public comments received tonight rather than approve this
suggest we ask for a staff report rather than approve this bylaw tonight
Mayor: contrary to motion on the floor; wondering what concerns were and we cd deal with them right now
MS: we make policy on the fly? deciding what trees to plant -- bizarre way to operate
Mayor: what I heard Sop say was applicant wd work it out with the nbrs, facilitated by our Planning Dept
MS: and if they don't approve?
Mayor: then wd hv to bring it back
Sop: that's my amendment, that staff wd work with the applicant
look at tree issue, they are there; in order to alter that we wd have to have some consideration wch wd take precedent
all I'm asking; cd be approved with staff giving the recommendation
MS: so ignore five responses from the public without issues other than trees, and we ignore those and carry on -- why not wait a week and ask for a staff report?
Mayor: fine, so if this fails, that is what we'll do
TP: support Cclr Sop's amendment on this
hear the tree and blvd the major issues
opp for nbrs and the owner to come together and come up with a resoln
ML: logistically, we defeat this and introduce a new motion?
Mayor: if majority of Ccl wishes; if clear on amendment, can do that as well
ML: wd that be a modified DVP?
Mayor: you wish to introduce that amendment on the floor? okay, Cclr Sop?  modified approved?
Sokol: more direction, appropriate tree species other than five globe maples, what tree wd be helpful
approve DVP directing staff to work out that one issue
comfortable with that, anything less specific than that, need to bring it back
Sop: amendment to guarantee some consideration done
if we approve this, Cclr's Smith point, and the answer is no, what have we resolved?
there are other issues, several others talked about
just talked about and left
Mayor: but it was your prerogative to make a motion
Sop: I did; I made a motion
moved staff work with applicant
Mayor: adding the word modified isn't nec if clear what it is
Cclr Ev, find a way forward
Ev: some other species may be more appropriate; there are other species; don't why these specifically specified here
no bearing on trees north; there is quite a signif slope down 14th and a grade so the trees wd be 10ft shorter
SW: Cclr Smith's point re various letters
variance is talking about setbacks and we're talking about nbrs and trees, so no sense
Mayor: the variance is less than the variance of what's been there for 60 years, charm in WV
hope less of an impact than what has been sitting there
shd vote on this and then wording for blvd
Sokol: approve modified DVP .... directing staff to look at the six globe maples, staff explore trees with lower height less impact on views
Sop: means trees will still be there; safety, sidewalk in future
Mayor: also policy about blvd
don't wish in any way incursion into sightlines and looks like applicant has so far accommodated other concerns; if stuck will get back to us.
now return to Item 8
REPORTS [8:10]
8. Annual Report 2009 and 2009 Annual Budget Amendment Bylaw No. 4653, 2010 (File: 0300-01 / 1610-20-4653)
                A presentation will be provided.
Mayor: duly advertised to be discussed Jul 19; Finance Cmte mtgs with auditors
we expect to reach GFOA again this year, fourth time/year, ev year I've been mayor, and expect to again in year five.  Turn over to Grant McRadu.
CAO:  Typically our Dir/Fin wd make this [presentation] but he's not here and our Acting Dir has laryngitis.  Will try to answer any questions you have.
WV reporting standards reflect the PSAB and other legislative reqmts, and Best Practices, generally, resulting in our 2008 Annual Report receiving the Cdn Award for financial reporting and expect to receive it again for 2009, wch is from the GFOA of US and Canada. This will be the fourth year; 2009, anticipate  Annual Report [AR] to continue to qualify.
imp to note however that the AR for 2009 along with the 2009 Annual Budget Amendment Bylaw and 2009 Cap Fac Fund Expenditure Resoln and FIA schedules were received by mbrs of the Audit Cmte over a total of three mtgs, and on the rec of the Audit Cmte are submitted here this evening for Ccl approval.
The 2009 AR has been available to residents for comments since June 30th and it's availability and the date of this mtg have been advertised in the June 30 and July 7th issues of the NSNews.
To date, hv received one email response commenting: "v well prepared and structured set of financial statements, notes and explanations are clear and explicit" and this is from a gentleman who has commented on our AR for a number of years.
At this point, it wd be appropriate to review our 2009 financial results
on p 45, Stmt of Operations, Consolidated shows a deficit of $111K however breaking that down on a segmented basis, pp 48/49, gen fund actually generated surplus of $5.5M whereas water and sewer funds show deficits of $3.3M and $2.6M respectively
new reporting model, wch no longer recognizes capital expenditures as a current cost but rather substitutes a depreciation calculation
by comparison under the old rules we wd have shown an overall consolidated surplus of $450K+
made up of xxxxx as FCmte discussed
statement of financial position on p 44 shows the District's financial assets less liabilities resulted in a NET DEBT position of $16M at end of 2009
This is a reflection of the signif capital progs of the past sev years, notably in the investment in renewed rec facilities with the asset amts being recorded separately from financial assets.
Liabilities include $11M of long-term borrowing that will be repaid between 2010 and 2029, as well as $21M of DCCs wch are really a deferral of revenues wch will be brought into future operations as related capital expenditures are incurred
accumulated surplus, unchanged from prev year, includes unappropriated surplus accts including totally [sic] $3M as well as reserve balances of ~$27M
AR contains a great deal of explanatory material; contains explanatory material by Mayor and [me]
Comments on BSC for the work undertaken in 2009 and to be undertaken in 2010.
As well, five years of statistical data and residents shd consult that doc for details
Welcome further public input, questions, or submissions at this time or later; all comments will be acknowledged and answered will be provided in writing
Ccl dealt with this at three Finance Cmte mtgs
Ray Richards: Director of ADRA  [text supplied]
Ambleside & Dundarave Ratepayers' Association
Good evening, Madam Mayor and members of council.
My name is Ray Richards. I live at 2336 Marine Drive and I am speaking as a director of [ADRA].
 a.        We commend you for your insistence on reducing costs in order to arrive at an average property tax that does not exceed last year's. Many of us, particularly we who are retired, have seen reductions in our disposable income in the past year or two and it is commendable that council recognizes this.   And many of the taxpayers in business have undoubtedly seen their incomes reduced.
b.         ADRA strongly recommends that you insist on having quarterly financial reports prepared and promptly presented showing the expenditures to date compared to the annual budget.    Note, we are not asking for quarterly budget figures.    This is not a difficult task as 80 per cent of these numbers come from the payroll which is available without delay we assume.   It is important to show the expenditures for various cost centres together with the revenue that may be applicable.    This also includes expenditures on capital.
c.        We would be disappointed if the cuts you are making in expenditures simply defer necessary maintenance, emphasis on necessary, resulting in significantly increased costs in subsequent years.   You must make some reductions that will also reduce ongoing expenditures in subsequent years. This will undoubtedly require reducing the number and cost of employees, a real reduction in administrative overhead - not just passing it off to other departments.
d.       Core services and what constitutes, or should constitute core services, as well as how these services are delivered, must be thoroughly examined with a view to  reducing expenditures that bring little benefit to property taxpayers. This is especially true of fire, police, recreation, library, etc. often out-of-date expenditures continue long past their best before dates and should be eliminated. The ever-increasing burden on property taxes needs to be halted and even reduced.
e.         Negotiating collective agreements should be reconsidered. They should not be negotiated by management who it seems obtain benefits at least as good as those they negotiate for non-management employees.
There is much more that can be said and that probably should be said, however, the obligation is on council to do the right thing and [ADRA] endorses council's move to stop the spiralling increase in property taxes.
Thank you 
SW: ML put a resoln [at F Cmte]; quarterly report on projects so we will be seeing that
hope first in the fall
Mayor: will our midyear review come in Sept?
CAO: to FCmte this week then can come to Ccl
Call for Public Input - Submissions and Questions
THAT Council receive the Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2009, as attached as Appendix A to the report dated July 8, 2010 from the Acting Director of Finance.
THAT "2009 Annual Budget Amendment Bylaw No. 4653, 2010" be read a first, second, and third time.
Mayor: anybody further?
SW: feel discussed this numerous times, to death actually
do want to publicly acknowledge Mr Won for all of the work that he and his very light team

{yeah, like losing the Fin/Dir and the Acting Fin/Dir so third on list now Acting}

did to put this package together, and Mr McRadu, b/c it's been a difficult six months with our staffing in the Finance Dept, along with the PSAB rules we've all struggled with, none of us CAs, and they are rather challenging
with the commitment for qtrly reporting, we're becoming, don't want to overuse the word, transparent, definitely more able to monitor our situation on a qtrly basis, and we're looking at ways of cutting costs and continuing our monitoring of the budget and integrating services
the hardest thing for us is looking at pull of MetroV and TransLink as they try to take more from our prop tax
Mayor: discussion
Sop: first, explanation needed re passing $1.2M
Mayor: can we do that when we get there?
Sop: we're there, discussing? aren't we there?
Mayor: I suppose we cd have the whole debate now but will certainly allow
Sop: will wait
Mayor: when we get there
MS: don't think shd pass without comment; numbers deserve commenting on
Mayor: excellent
MS: starting with cash and investments for 2009 where our total was $36.9M and in 2005 it was, four years ago it was $71.8M, so we're down $35M in cash
as I've said countless times, the demand for capital never goes away
big mistake if assume the only ones are what you're dealing with at particular time
the other numbers that I think deserve comment
our total spending is up 5% over last year, and our taxes, fees and charges, and utility charges up 7%
so the taxpayer cd rightly say the days of taxing and spending still with us
specific expenditures, it really concerns me that our M&Ccl expenditures are up 6.9% vs last year, this is not what I wd call, leading by example
we need to put that item on the agenda and have a thorough discussion on it
a third of our stipend is tax free to pay for expenses so I fail to understand why ppl are submitting expenses, it doesn't make sense; either you shd pay tax on the full amt or you shdn't submit any expenses, in my opinion.

{he has a point however, IMO any mbrs of Ccl who represent WV to go to the major conferences for Ms such as UBCM and FCM shd be funded and not noted as that/those councillor/s expenses since it can be argued we want WV to be represented.  In those cases there is little room to manoeuvre b/c the fees, almost always the hotel, and some other costs are the same for everybody who attends.}

Police costs up 33% over the last four years; recognize limited control over Police Bd, but this really is a shocking figure
we can just continue to fund this or finally step up and say, while we don't have any direct control over Police Bd, we do control the money that they get to operate their dept.
WVFD, I've commented on before -- thought their costs up excessively -- they're up 26% over four years
we've got serious work to do, particularly in those items
a further number deserves comment is amt of our Endowment Fund -- currently sits at $15.7M and threshold is $20.7M
An Endowment is for the use of future residents; when you spend below the threshold you're robbing future citizens of what shd be an asset, and I really struggle with that
Gets even worse -- if we hadn't got that $7M windfall from Eagleridge Bluffs expropriation, wch every ccl mbr unanimously opposed, the hwy going through, our Endowment Fund wd be down to $8m  --  a real concern
to wrap up my comments, it also concerns me, ah, I'd be interested in Carolanne Reynolds, who stoically attends all these ccl mtgs, wch triggers another question whether or not she's just dedicated or really needs a psychiatric assessment
{some laughter in gallery}
Mayor: I think that's uncalled-for.  Wd you like to retract that?
MS: No, I think it's a fair comment.
Mayor: well, I don't
MS: Well, Carolanne Reynolds can comment on it if she takes offence by it.
Anyway, the point that I'm trying to make here is, it's a matter of focus, and the reason I asked and wd be interested in hearing her comments, is b/c I'd like to get her take on what percentage of the time does this Ccl spend on financial and fiscal matters.

{Well, folks, CR's not going to touch this one at this time.  We're not allowed to speak once Ccl starts debate anyway.  Cclr Smith did speak to me after the mtg was over to apologize, appreciated, but I really didn't mind b/c it was a compliment wanting my opinion, however probably better addressed another time.
Also after the mtg a resident came up to me to thank me for my reports -- was glad to hear that.  He was referring to this newsletter.
My efforts for an informed engaged cmnty, more fruitful when Ccl deigns to seek public input.}

Our Number One objective I think is squeezing the maximum value out of every dollar we receive from taxpayers
We spend probably less than 1% of our time in this chamber discussing how we spend our money, reviewing depts as to what they're doing, why they're doing it, do they need to be doing it, are there different ways of doing it
it's a question of process; been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the corporations that put a focus on safety have a better safety record than those that don't
If we put more focus on examining our budgets and how we spend our money, I think we wd deliver better value to the taxpayer
I'd like to see us focus more on reviewing our entire org and where the money is spent
Mayor: v useful
since we're looking at a five-year perspective, the reason the Endowment Fund has dropped by $40M or more is b/c we have a new pool, the Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr, the new cmnty ctr, and that was all fully supported by several Ccls.
In fact the intent of the EF when it was set up was specifically for rec facilities.
The fact that we're below on Endowment Fund is a function of the Wetmore property, and when that is concluded that will put us well above the threshold level, as Cclr Smith knows
wrt the Police budget being up 33% over the past four years, this Ccl in its effort to support Police Board's reform efforts, as required by the prov, chose to hire a crime analyst wch we'd never had, chose to implement CompStat wch we'd never had, chose to put professional standards person on staff wch we never had -- we've seen the kind of risk exposed to as a result of not having that --, chose to join E-Comm as the last place for that service in the region b/c our radios weren't interoperable with others
also have made signif improvements where we felt we were behind, where we felt the cmnty supported a much higher standard than the ageing, decrepit rec facilities we were coping with
Finally, I'd like to congratulate Cclr Walker on her attention as chair of the Finance Cmte b/c this Ccl has met in more Fnance Cmte mtgs than any previous I've participated in; and Cclr Smith you certainly had your opp to chair the Finance Cmte as well, so I'm glad to see you're keen on that b/c there's no question we're facing challenges now that are not of our own making and we've been through a period of building, and I think that's been supported in the cmnty, but whether we want to give up our tax room for our quality of life in WV over to provincial and regional exigencies, I don't know.
The Police Bd budgets, for instance are v much driven by prov standards, you name it -- closed circuit tv in the jails, or fingerprinting technologies you now have to have in a police car, things that are just mandated.  PRIME BC rates are doubling and there's no discussion about that.
we have those kinds of challenges
imp to recog that our BSC is going to be on our budget; we're seeking gold standard for our 2011 budget process; a real challenge for this Ccl but think we have the right structure in place and perhaps discuss bringing more profile to our FinCmte mtg and alternating them with ccl mtgs
certainly at the Metro level, WV is leading in the kinds of costs we're facing b/c we pay such high assessments, and it's not fair, just the v basis of good tax policy
Sop: First, wd like to take issue with the extravagance of the local cclrs.  My $1.45 an hour, I have to pay for my gas.
Mayor: I don't see you on the bus--
Sop: --to criss-cross the cmnty; I have to pay for events out of my own pocket.
The issue you're talking about is whether one attends the FCM or UBCM, wch is paid for by the District
from the line item of $23K a year for the amt of work that I've put in with no raise for 15 years, I think you got good value for your dollar, thank you v much
Secondly, I did some calculations; I'm not going to get into details
Mr McRadu, recently in the paper, there was an issue basically about Low Growth WV and $56M in salaries vs the DNV wch is twice as large at 48 approx, some 30% higher
how are we looking at this wrt growth, staff, bureaucracy? in relation to growth of popn?
ie number of employees?
what avenue will we look at this coming year to address those concerns?
CAO: think the question is how will we be able to afford the standard of living WV residents wish to have
V4S to answer that question; determine core services -- that was a challenge in itself
core service for one not for other
Ccls in the past have chosen to have a Fire Dept and added firefighters over the past years
review of Police on NSh, WV chose to retain
question try to probe is efficiencies-- I believe over past few years and with the BSC made great strides
I believe there is wriggle room now to move around
the question really shd be, are citizens plsd with services they're getting, I think on the whole they are hear from surveys
continue to push for greater efficiencies, to make sure effective, wch is why introduced BSC
so Ccl clear on direction given to us, and we're held accountable to produce that type of info
tough question for me to answer today; will have discussion
BSCard next year, have a three-year budget cycle introduced
trying to have discussion
real major discussion going to have is, what are the costs, discretionary dollars
face future costs borne by MetroV and TransLink
and how that translates into our ability to pay
all Ms facing enormous costs for infrastructure; have to maintain and improve that infrastructure; going to be a major challenge; you've put our feet to the fire
and through BSCard hope to achieve what you're expecting
Sop: second point I have is to look at Supplier Financial Information Act Report
in amts and figs this year, $69M on suppliers -- is there a time staff, under Best Practices,  look at these suppliers  at how we, look at bidding process and efficiencies in finding value for dollar
these are v large numbers; find through due diligence, maybe savings, if adopted new processes
CAO: two examples recently; will continue, use of cellphones; started looking at them and at first surprised at cost we pay, so embarked and been able to reduce cost of tel services by our staff

{will want to look at this; Yours Truly pointed out in 2008 hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by DWV for tel services NV obtained for thousands.  Maybe addressed.
What is skipped over, you'll notice, is why they paid too much in the first place so that now they have to research to lower costs.
Who made the too-high-cost decision?
See any accountability let alone repercussions?}

looked at vehicle maintenance, have undertaken an RFP for that and been able to reduce our costs comparatively; looking at NV re fire services and purchasing over entire NSh
As these items come up for renegotiation, staff to look at each of these items.
Sop:  Blue Cross $1.3M Municipal Pension Plan of $4.4M -- are these included in the $56M or over and above?
half by deduction and half by employer; all deduction or over $56M?
Kerry Won, Dep Dir/Fin: cost to Employer
Sop: so over and above grand total of remuneration to staff $56M?
Won: on top of that
Sop: so add another $5M to $56M for salaries, or benefit.
Won: yes

{VERY GOOD QUESTION, SOP.  This means salary remuneration is really $61M -- an even
higher proportion of the operating budget....}

ML: interesting discussion, didn't think we were going to have it this evening b/c thought we were just about to embark on some direction to staff around the 2011 Budget through the FinCmte shortly

{ah, yes.  Last year decided not to have the new FinCmte look at 2009 Budget b/c they cd get started on 2010 in June.  Did they?  No.  When was Budget 2010 passed? This spring.
Here we are in July so maybe Lewis is dreaming that we shd be discussion 2011 now remembering the statement for last year.
oh well.}

but I think it's fair to say this Ccl has done commendable job over the two budgets; 2.5% the first year, and zero, this time
is there more efficiency that can be wrung?  I'm of the opinion there are, so going to be an interesting discussion in fall
we are stewards of the public purse and there's nothing easier than spending someone else's money, and I think this Ccl is doing a v good job to ensure we are doing diligence
I'm quite positively encouraged by the trending I'm seeing
staff stepping up to mark taking ownership of budgets, reporting on budget; thinking of alternates of service keeping level of service, do more efficiently
commend my fellow councillors for being supportive of that
our payroll costs have gone up 25% in three years; bears scrutiny
on right track and at end of our term we'll be able to say we've accomplished something
THAT Financial Information Act 2009 Reports be approved, as attached as Appendix C to the report dated July 8, 2010 from the Acting Director of Finance.
SW moved THAT:
WHEREAS on April 6, 2009 Council adopted [Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4592, 2009 approving capital expenditures totalling $3,099,323 and with funding to be provided from the Capital Facilities Fund;
AND WHEREAS the actual amount expended was $1,260,975 for the following approved capital projects:
Actual Budget
Eagle Island Docks              $ 78,374                $ 50,000
Public Safety Building Renovations      $ 196,751       $ 300,000
Civic Facilities Review $ 29,962                $ 150,000
Fire Hall Major Improvements            $ 164,890       $ 200,000
Child Care Hub - Ambleside*             $ 6,582         $ 210,400
Child Care Hub - Gordon House*  $ 38,305                $ 119,600
Seniors Envelope/Roof   $ 727,638       $ 1,875,000
Hydraulic Rock Breaker  $ 18,473                $ 19,000
* cost shared project
NOW THEREFORE Council resolves as follows:
Council approves the expenditure of $1,260,975 from the Capital Facilities Fund to fund 2009 capital projects as budgeted in [Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw.
Sop: speaking list?
Mayor: yes
ML: clarification -- these are not all completed projects? or are they?
see actual and budget and see considerable variance between the two; wondering, got a carry-over into next fiscal year?
Won: these are {aren't? hard to hear b/c of his laryngitis} carried forward in 2010 capital budget
offhand I can say srs' envelope and roof in 2010 major capital; the civic facilities review is carried forward as well as the Police Safety Bldg
Sop: the actuals presented to us tonight
Question 1 is why are they not in the consideration of the 2009 budget rather than in the summation of the five-yr financial plan?
acctg procedure missing?
Won: five-year plan includes 2009 capital budget so they are actually part of the 2009 Capital Budget that was approved Apr 6
Sop: so all here, spending $1.2M approving here was in 2009 budget
of items here, the civic facilities review and the hydraulic rock breaker, are those considered Capital Fund necessities?
Mayor: better if Mr McRadu answers; feel badly b/c [Mr Won is] not well
CAO: facilities review? hydraulic rock breaker
Mayor: rationale
CAO: rock breaker, yes, it's a capital item

{but Sop asked if it was a necessity, so ???}

Civic Fac review, we have practice that if there is anything with land wrt sale or lease, definitely as capital item
MS: following up on Cclr Sop's question, -- were any of these dollars spent before May 3rd 2010?
Won: wd you repeat the question?
MS: were any of these dollars spent before May 3rd 2010?
Mayor: rhetorical question?
MS: No
Won: these items listed here all 2009 capital expenditures
MS: then how can we approve these items to come out of a fund that we only approved on May 3rd, 2010?
I'll read from the bylaw we approved--
Won: --bit of a housekeeping item
were approved for expenditure in 2009, year-end coming back now to say here's what was exactly spent, what we'll be taking out of the Cap Fac Fund, wch is a statutory reserve and the reqmt is that through resoln we get final approval from Ccl to permit funding entry into 2009 financial statements
MS: I understand the intent
but the reality is the Cap Fac Fund bylaw we passed May 3rd specifically says: moneys in this fund purposes only paying for FUTURE capital works
we're opening a can of worms for ourselves, pay for past out of a something not in place in 2009
Mayor: think we're confusing funds
CAO: can you say that again?
Won: can't hear the question
MS: moneys were expended in 2009 and are now going to be paid from a fund we passed on May 3rd, 2010, specifically by the terms of the bylaw that we passed, moneys can only be used for future capital works
I'm quoting directly from the bylaw
so don't understand how can we pay these items out of a Cap Fac Bylaw we established this year
Won: the Cap Fac Fund Reserve has been in existence for 20 years; not a new bylaw establishing a new fund
bylaw passed May 3rd was a clarification of terms to bring up to regulations in the Cmnty Charter
ev year we come forward with a Cap Fac Fund expenditure bylaw at the end of the year
May 3rd was approve by resoln rather than by bylaw
Ccl can approve simply by resoln
Mayor: but I do recall what deserved to in there; are you requiring more clarification so we can all be clear?
MS: don't know how can be more clear
fund was est'd by this Ccl, to pay future capital works.
Future means past May 3rd when we set the funds up
app what Acting/Dir said, traditionally we do do this and it's a housekeeping item, but this year is different b/c we have est'd a new fund as of May 3rd, as part of establishing new fund, we repealed the old cap fund
Mayor: I saw it more as updating an existing fund
Won: the 2009 cap budget, all those items were approved at that point; expenditure was approved, funding source was approved
as a housekeeping item at year end; we come forward to do final accting
this is what was actually spent out of a budget of $3M and the final piece of books for the year
Mayor: think I shd call the question but don't want to leave any doubt in Ccl's mind about what we're doing; seems we're going around in circles
Sop: the May Capital Fund Budget we introduced, was it with new reqmts?
Won: 2010 five-yr financial plan?
in that, items were set out as well as the funding; as we do ev year so no mistake how paying for those
Mayor: think I'll call the question; b/c Mr Won not well, not fair to keep asking him questions;think we shd bring this back
Cap Fac Fund long-standing, identify re projects; that we update it
Mr McRadu, anything further you wish to add?
CAO: I'll explain it to Cclr Smith; and if any changes will advise Ccl
Mayor: and Cclr W suggests bringing it to FinCmte as well
[CARRIED; Smith and Sop opposed]
skipping to item 12
12. BC Ferries Inc. Request for Order of Non-Enforcement of Noise Control Bylaw - Power Washing After-hours (File:  1605-15)
1. The report dated July 9, 2010 from the Manager of Permits, Inspections, and Bylaws regarding BC Ferry Services Inc. request for an Order of Non Enforcement of the Noise Control Bylaw - Power Washing After-hours be received.
2. Council approve the request from BC Ferry Services Inc. for an Order of Non Enforcement of the Noise Control Bylaw No. 4404, 2005 Section 6.1.2 (b) on
Friday July 23, 2010, Saturday July 24, 2010 and Sunday July 25, 2010 in order to conduct late night power washing; of the waiting area concrete surface and the planters around the Administration area: the Administration building including the outside windows; foot passenger walkway windows and the Control Tower.
[Ev moved all above]: and add nbrs be advised
Mayor: asap b/c that's this weekend
Sop: for a period of how long?  all night?
Sokol: ask permits and bylaws
Holitzki: decibel levels will vary b/c depends on XXX
BC Ferries doesn't work beyond midnight wch is why stretched over three days
not beyond 80dB
call out
Sop: train goes by my apt and those squealing wheels drive me crazy
Ccl...  xxx
Mayor: till midnight but it's not in here
Sop: but it says to 7am
Mayor: holding them to midnight
Holitizki: depends; can't hold it; can't do during public working hours; so didn't put it in
already been stopped once b/c &&
only certain at of time they can delay this as well.
13. Animal Control and Licence Bylaw No. 4545, 2008, Amendment Bylaw No. 4654, 2010 (Ambleside Dog Path) (File:  1610-20-4654)
1. The report dated July 13, 2010 be received for information; and
2. Animal Control and Licence Amendment Bylaw (Appendix A) be read a first, second, and third time.
TP: is it appropriate at this time to put in?
Mayor: let's have receipt first
[TP moved read a first, second, and third time]
Mayor: Ms Mooi cd you summarize what that means
Ask Mr Banks Mgr Parks and Ms Hol, bylaw ofcr
AB: the report outlines the dog path and map
Mayor: I have a question about the resolns passed at the July 5th mtg
doesn't deal with FBG and xxx
AB: correct
Hol: the FBG in particular, within five metres around that still prohibited to dogs
15th too
SW: still prohibited when clock was still there?
Mayor: we were forgiven for last X years
so opp to continue or to vary since now allowing dogs on leash in greater area/part
Sop: what were the guidelines around FBG and beach in last two years
Hol: staff discretion but made sure not on Amb pier; if dogs around FBG well behaved allowed
Sop: Millennium Park too?
Hol: yes
TP: in light of the confusion and not quite sure ... and letters

{letters? letters?  aaah.  The Correspondence -- but it's not on this agenda, not even a list so anyone even with an agenda has no idea what she's referring to; however some might have noodled about and found it elsewhere.}

I'm suggesting leave dogs on leash around FBG
now foreshore, beach issues, but know FBG a meeting place
Mayor: bylaw an exemption for the FBG?
Mooi: allows for an exception
ML: I don't have a copy of that; clarification, how far around the FBG and when on the pier?
Hol: pier mentioned in schedule A, prohibited
the lead-in sentence is within five metres so Ccl cd amend
Mayor: TP will make motion
TP: I didn't think they were going in the FBG
SW: think this is going a bit backwards
at least shd be able to go through the park to get to the [off leash] park
hope better protection for dogs along the fence along Centennial sea wall
ML: let's just define what we're saying -- five metres from FBG you're on Argyle!
Mooi: the recommendation is that you can be within 5m of the FBG
ML: 15 ft so I can ring my dog and he can pee against the FBG?
Mooi: correct
Sop: if on leash and they can go around the FBG relaxed that last two years
pier and each out of bounds but XXXXX YYYY  exempt from fining
new line on the north side; latter half dogs a good compromise
one rub is enforcement
I saw a chap walking his dog without a leash on the seawall today
for those who behave and those who don't
those with those behave ...  suffer ... xxx   told to screw off
enforcement has got to follow and has been xxx [9:08]
Ev: wd like to take Cclr W's one step further
Mayor: with all respect, focus on FBG, or are you wishing to add a further area?
Ev: yes; cooperation and compromise
don't believe we've had adequate debate on at least two issues: trial period and different hours
Mayor: then introducing an amendment or come back another time?
don't know if Ccl's interested
Ev: ask staff to reconsider some things not
Mayor: think it wd be asking Ccl to reconsider.  Seconder?
Seeing none, go back to
Ev: parameters, good step
Mayor: Ms Scholes and I have to rewind this
the confusion at Amb Park didn't serve anybody
FBG was sort of the end; came down on my head when dogs have been drinking out of the water bowls put out by our staff
..... sit and walk
dogs on leash
"read this note from Maureen"
... and reintroducing, correct?
SSch: motion has not been called; perhaps withdraw the bylaw; then make motion wrt FBG
amendment and then if passes, three readings
Mayor: an add'n to the bylaw
SSch: add'l amendment to Schedule A
ML: I wd rather defer this a week and have someone give me a map and show me where dogs can go rather than general area
Mooi: certainly we can do that
Mayor: discussion on deferral motion?  No?
so it's on the agenda
Sop: defeat?
Mayor: was withdrawn
SSch: original
..  motion on floor????
[TP made motion 2]
14. Cemetery Regulation Bylaw No. 4651, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4651)
             THAT [it] be introduced and read a first, second, and third time.
Mayor: sorry Mr Banks; appreciate all work you've done; see if Ccl has questions
Sop: a question?
Mayor: no, but on No 15 you may
15. Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4652, 2010 (Cemetery Fees) (File:  1610-20-4652)
RECOMMENDED ... be read a first, second, and third time.
Sop: no
Ev: anything scientific in the 10% figure you came up with
Mooi: I'll ask X to answer
Staff mbr X: meant to cover costs over past three years
Sop: last page, Schedule 12, certain items, dropping from $XXXX
what was the explanation?
X: wch page?
Sop: Sched 12, back page
X: wasn't aware these had dropped
Sop: $2K, stroked out, and new line of $650
[lots of shuffling]
X: look -- believe that fig is wrong
ML: p 175 reflective of numbers Cclr Sop
X: instead of $2K is $380; the old numbers in the crossed out copy, any inurnment was $380 and been moved up to $460
$2K is in error it was $380 and for stat holiday is $570
those $2K numbers were in error
16. Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 4360, 2004, Amendment Bylaw No. 4643, 2010 (Official Community Plan Amendment for Housing Pilot Program) (File: 1610-20-4643)
This bylaw was the subject of a Public hearing held on June 28, 2010. The Hearing has closed and Council is not permitted to receive any further submissions, in any form.
This bylaw received first reading at the June 7, 2010 Council Meeting, was the subject of a Public Hearing which was held and closed on June 28, 2010, and received second and third reading on July 5, 2010.
Sop: can we talk about it?
Mayor: no, it's for adoption

{Actually, a cclr is allowed to speak so this is rather strange.}

17. Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4650, 2010 (Secondary Suites) (File:  1610-20-4650)
18. Consent Agenda Items --  No items.
19.  OTHER ITEMS  --  No items.
{This is where a mbr of Ccl can bring up a letter from Correspondence for discussion; however not only are the letters not attached to the agenda or the agenda item, there isn't even a list -- surely the minimum that cd be done so the public has all the material for the mtg, just as Ccl has.}
> MS: at last mtg of cmnty ctr services society; getting traction. moving ahead, add value to cmnty services
fundraising campaign, buy a brick, $500, permanently enshrined on the plaza
communication with Ccl discussed, you're now getting copies of minutes; anxious to &&&&
wrt dogs, was on sea wall both Sat and Sun there was a park ranger there explaining
congratulations, to those both with and without dogs; after previous debate
> TP: carrying on with first class library
first in Canada to lend out Kindles; incredible press; articles
five to lend out, 47 holds and climbing
pilot project; not to move books out; embracing the e-world
first mtg of the Parks WG last week, looks like a stellar team
> Sop: perhaps Cclr Lewis will speak  ...  Mayor Brodie  ...
shake their heads, fighting hard to keep; how do you expect ppl to exist?
don't know why Cclr Lewis doesn't stand up and want a forensic audit; it's out of control
> ML: thank you Ccl Sop!
last had a presentation from Prof; retained to do an analysis; look at impact; look and apparently they're v efficient
what's being floated is funding mechanisms -- sales tax, personal income tax ec???
really just drives home to Cclr Sop's point
looking into billions of dollars Mr Fung's been talking about
not for me to say; does beg the question; we pay a disproportionate share b/c of high assessments of prop as mayor said
lack of fed and prov govts re any funding for these projects
you articulated it v well, Madam Mayor, the 1/3 1/3 1/3 is not a given
the point Cclr Smith made
commitment -- ????  where we're going
on that happy note
> Mayor: the Kitchen Report came, disappointed not part of the debate
did vote come to Ccls
concern I have was to alert the cmnty the $$$$$
to focus
has become a justification for what MetroV's done in the past rather than intent
that's past xxx ...
it isn't a myth, field hockey fund, and xxx, but that's peanuts
hundreds of millions of dollars; Annacis Island, water treatment plans; no consequences for the $200M overrun; b/c we're so xxx;
and try to use this report to the benefit of all
Dr Kitchen is an economist and seems to feel b/c its 'essential'? public as no choice but to pay
bring to a FCmte mtg
that was last week
PQP/COMMENTS [none]   22. ADJOURNMENT [9:31]

===  SP CCL MTG AGENDA July 26th ===
6pm in MHall Main Floor Conference Room; 7pm ccl mtg in chamber
Note:  At 6pm the reg Cci Mtg will commence in open session and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session, pursuant to section 90 of the Cmnty Charter.
6:00 PM
RECOMMENDED: THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the July 5 reg Ccl Mtg on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a ccl mtg may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
b.  personal information about an identifiable individual who is being considered for a municipal award or honour, or who has offered to provide a gift to the municipality on condition of anonymity;
d.  the security of the property of the municipality;
e.  the acquisition, disposition, or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;
(i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose (added July 23, 2010);
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.
3. Council will then proceed with the closed session.  At its conclusion, the ccl mtg follows.
7:00 PM
        Adoption of July 19, 2010 Regular Council Meeting Minutes  --  Information to be provided.
7. Official Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Design/Development Approval for Land, at the Northwest Corner of Marine Drive and 22nd Street, known as the Wetmore Site (2203 Marine Drive and 787, 793 and 815 22nd Street) (File:  1010-20-10-040)
1.   Staff consult with WV owners and occupiers on the devt proposal for land, at the northwest corner of Marine Drive and 22nd Street, known as the Wetmore site;
2.   Community consultation take the form of a public meeting in September 2010 and include direct notification to owners and occupiers within 100 [metres] of the site, notice of the meeting in North Shore newspapers and notice on the District website; and
3.   Following the community consultation on the development proposal for the land at the northwest corner of Marine Drive and 22nd Street, staff report back to Council on the comments provided by the community and provide a complete review of the development proposal.
8. Marine Drive Bus Priority Lane Project (File:  1785-22)
1. Further to the report from the Director, Engineering, and Transportation dated July 15, 2010 entitled, "Marine Drive Bus Priority Lane Project", Council [support] the option, where the constructed works can be accommodated south of the existing median thereby preserving median and north boulevard street trees;
2. Council [approve] in principle a proposed, at-grade intersection on Marine Drive near The Village to replace Park Royal's existing westerly vehicular overpass and pedestrian overpass, subject to:
* staff review of detailed design drawings, including streetscape and landscaping standards; and
* staff review of traffic modelling and signalization design to prevent [queueing] towards Pound Road along Marine Drive west of the proposed intersection.
9. Street Naming Request for Area 2 of Rodgers Creek Development: Highview Place (File:  0115-20-SNC01)
     RECOMMENDED: THAT the new cul-de-sac servicing Area 2 of the Rodgers Creek Area be named "Highview Place".
10. Solar Hot Water Ready Provision in BC Building Code (File:  2410-02)
     RECOMMENDED: THAT the District request inclusion in the list of local government jurisdictions that will be "Solar Hot Water Ready" under the Provincial initiative.
11. Request for Order of Non-Enforcement of Noise Control Bylaw No. 4404, 2005, Section 6.1.2- from Metro Vancouver - Hollyburn Interceptor 1400 and 1500 Blocks of Argyle Avenue (File:  1605-18)
     1. The report dated July 19, 2010 from the Manager of Permits, Inspections, and Bylaws entitled "Request for Order of Non-Enforcement of Noise Control Bylaw No. 4404, 2005, Section 6.1.2- from Metro Vancouver - Hollyburn Interceptor 1400 and 1500 Blocks of Argyle Avenue" be received;
     2. Council approve the request from Metro Vancouver for an Order of Non Enforcement of the Noise Control Bylaw No. 4404, 2005 Section 6.1.2 for a maximum 2 night period between August 15, 2010 to October 15, 2010 for construction work for sewer utility disconnection - Hollyburn Interceptor -1400 and 1500 Blocks of Argyle Avenue; and
     3. Metro Vancouver notify the local area residents of this work project, by way of a "letter drop", a minimum of 72 hours prior to the work commencing.
12. Secondary Suites - Mid Year Report (File:  1605-20)
RECOMMENDED: THAT Council receive for information the report from the Manager of Permits, Inspections, and Bylaws dated July 19
13. Knotweed Control Pilot Project in Partnership with the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society in Caulfeild Park (File:  1610-20-4377)
1. The report dated July 15, 2010 be received for information; and
2. Staff bring forward a proposal for consideration in the 2011 budget for an allocation of $9,500 to proceed with the Knotweed Control Pilot Project.
BYLAWS for Adoption
14. 2009 Annual Budget Amendment Bylaw No. 4653, 2010 (File: 1610-20-4653)
     This bylaw received three readings at the July 19, 2010 Council meeting.
15. Cemetery Regulation Bylaw No. 4651, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4651)
     This bylaw received three readings at the July 19, 2010 Council meeting.
16. Animal Control and Licence Bylaw No. 4545, 2008, Amendment Bylaw No. 4654, 2010 (Ambleside Dog Path and Ferry Building Area) (File:  1610-20-4654)
Information to be provided.
     This bylaw received three readings at the July 19, 2010 Council meeting.
17. Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4652, 2010 (Cemetery Fees) (File:  1610-20-4652)
     This bylaw received three readings at the July 19, 2010 Council meeting.
18. Consent Agenda Items
18.1. Licence Agreement for the Ambleside Park Child Care Centre (File:  1145-02-AMBL)
   RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated July 20, 2010 be received for information.
18.2. Development Application Status Report to July 16, 2010 (File:  1010-01)
   RECOMMENDED: Report to July 16, 2010 be received for information.
18.3. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-044 (6275 Taylor Drive) (To set date for consideration) (File:  1010-20-09-044)
   RECOMMENDED: ... notice to allow construction of a new detached garage with basement, new driveway and stairs, will be considered on Monday, September 13, 2010.
19. OTHER ITEMS --  No items.
        {This space is for Correspondence}

===  ANIMALWATCH  === the walrus in Saskatchewan / BC Salmon
+  Farmer Finds LIVE Walrus In Saskatchewan Field
From oil to meteorites, prairie farmers have found many things in their fields over the years, but we've found one Saskatchewan farmer whose recent discovery might be the most unusual of them all -- a LIVE walrus.
Listen to the story that has scientists baffled: from http://www.cbc.ca/thisisthat/
Well, it's not April 1st so you make up your own mind.  "This and That" is on Tuesdays and Saturdays -- just discovered it.  You may be able to hear the story by clicking on the above link then for Tues July 27th (5 min).
+ Salmon as BC's provincial fish/emblem?
Pacific salmon names are sockeye, pink, chum, coho, and chinook, and salmon include as well as steelhead trout and cutthroat trout.  British Columbians are invited to comment on a proposal to have Pacific salmon become a provincial emblem by visiting www.thinksalmon.com.
Comments gathered will be conveyed to provincial officials, and then summarized on Think Salmon.

===  CENSUSWATCH   ===
who'da thunk it?  Figs and stats boring and for beancounters but it has started a bonfire this summer.  To count or not to count? how? mandatory or voluntary?  Some views:
+  Census, here and there  -- by Andrew Potter on Friday, July 16, 2010 2:09pm - in Maclean's
It's no small irony that just at a moment in history when we've collectively decided to put every last fricking detail of our lives on some social networking site or another, for no reason other than raw narcissism, the government has decided that a survey that any given household will be asked to fill out on average four times a century is just too intrusive, notwithstanding its paramount value to setting public policy of all sorts.
There's been all sorts of speculation as to just what Harper and his statistically illiterate sockpuppet Tony Clement are up to, but it's probably not a coincidence that the UK has also decided to scrap its ten-year census (on grounds ranging from "too intrusive" to "too expensive"), and the just-completed census in the US was marked by widespread opposition from both the left and the right, in a counting that saw 379 census workers assaulted. From the right, Ron Paul went on some weirdo tinfoil hat rant against the counting of persons by the federal government, until other, more planet-Earth bound Republicans pointed out that if a bunch of right-wingers abstain from the census, then it will affect seat distribution and lead to a loss of Republican seats in Congress.
Read the rest: http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/07/16/census-here-and-there/
Counting people  --  Jul 15th 2010 from The Economist
Leviathan's spyglass: The traditional census is dying, and a good thing too
GOD is, according to the Bible, in two minds about censuses. The Book of Numbers is so named because of God's command to Moses that he should count the Israelites in preparation for war. Years later when King David does the same thing, the Lord wastes no time in smiting him for his trouble....
Now this centuries-old tradition is slowly coming to an end. If statisticians in Britain get their way, for instance, the census planned for next year could be the country's last. Instead, they are considering gathering information from the vast, centralised databases held by government, such as tax records, benefit databases, electoral lists and school rolls, as well as periodic polling of a sample of the population. It is a global trend, pioneered, inevitably, in Scandinavia. Denmark has been keeping track of its citizens without a traditional census for decades; Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Slovenia, among others, have similar systems. Germany will adopt the approach for its next count, also due in 2011.
There are two reasons for the change. The first is that computerisation allows statisticians to interrogate databases in a way that was not possible when information was stored on cards in filing cabinets. The second is that counting people the traditional way is getting harder, and less useful. ...
As a result, compliance rates are falling. The decline of deference raises worries about reliability: last time, when asked about their religious affiliation, 0.7% of Britons replied that they were Jedi Knights.
Give the shoes a rest
There is some resistance to change. America's constitution requires it to conduct a shoe-leather census, which is why this year's effort is going to cost it over $11 billion. The Finns, by contrast, spent about =A41m ($1.2m) on their last one. That's about $36 per head in America and 20 cents in Finland.
The rest of the article is at  http://www.economist.com/node/16590962
At the time I read this article there were 13 comments. 
-  One worth reading is from Farid Matuk, Chief Statistician in Peru, referring to a census operation carried out in 2005 was included as exemplary by the United Nations Conference of European Statisticians / Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing (see pag. 162).
-  and the v amusing:
Jul 20th 2010 6:03 GMT P.M. Jaworski wrote:
Sir - Jedi Knights demand continuation of the census! http://jedicensus.com

===  NEWSWATCH   ===
+  Maclean's: Olympics; blood donations; David Frum fired; logomancy and more
See  http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/04/02/olympic-aftermath-the-man-with-the-'golden-arm'-and-did-tea-partiers-scald-david-frum/
+  Rates of Incarceration  --  Rough justice in America
Too many laws, too many prisoners  --  Jul 22nd 2010 | SPRING, TEXAS
Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little
Justice is harsher in America than in any other rich country. Between 2.3m and 2.4m Americans are behind bars, roughly one in every 100 adults. If those on parole or probation are included, one adult in 31 is under "correctional" supervision. As a proportion of its total population, America incarcerates five times more people than Britain, nine times more than Germany and 12 times more than Japan.
This story was in The Economist last year:
Ex-US judge pleads guilty to child prison scam:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10747919
+  World's most expensive cocktail costs $1300 per glass
        11 Jul 2010, 2227 hrs IST,AGENCIES
MELBOURNE: A Mai Tai, served in Belfast's The Merchant Hotel, has earned the distinction of being the World's Most Expensive Cocktail.  http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6156234.cms

===  INFObits  ===
B'Tselem, an Israeli Information Ctr of Human Rights for the Occupied Territories:
        1.      B'Tselem - Publications - By Hook and By Crook, July 2010
By Hook and By Crook: Israel's Settlement Policy in the West Bank. Some half a million Israelis are now living over the Green Line: more than 300000 in 121 ...
        2.      www.btselem.org/English/.../201007_By_Hook_and_by_Crook.asp - Cached
B'Tselem Publication July 2010, Comprehensive report
By Hook and By Crook: Israel's Settlement Policy in the West Bank
Some half a million Israelis are now living over the Green Line: more than 300,000 in 121 settlements and about one hundred outposts, which control 42 percent of the land area of the West Bank, and the rest in twelve neighborhoods that Israel established on land it annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality. The report analyzes the means employed by Israel to gain control of land for building the settlements. In preparing the report, B'Tselem relied on official state data and documents, among them Attorney Talia Sasson's report on the outposts, the database produced by Brigadier General Baruch Spiegel, reports of the state comptroller, and maps of the Civil Administration.

{See video wch explains how land is taken.  A Palestinian man says the British ruled/governed them, so did the Turks and, more recently, the Jordanians, and none of them took their land.}

In addition, the settlements seized control of private Palestinian land. By cross-checking data of the Civil Administration, the settlements' jurisdictional area, and aerial photos of the settlements taken in 2009, B'Tselem found that 21 percent of the built-up area of the settlements is land that Israel recognizes as private property, owned by Palestinians.
To encourage Israelis to move to the settlements, Israel created a mechanism for providing benefits and incentives to settlements and settlers, regardless of their economic condition, which often was financially secure. Most of the settlements in the West Bank hold the status of National Priority Area A, which entitles them to a number of benefits: in housing, by enabling settlers to purchase quality, inexpensive apartments, with an automatic grant of a subsidized mortgage; wide-ranging benefits in education, such as free education from age three, extended school days, free transportation to schools, and higher teachers' salaries; for industry and agriculture, by grants and subsidies, and indemnification for the taxes imposed on their produce by the European Union; in taxation, by imposing taxes significantly lower than in communities inside the Green Line, and by providing larger balancing grants to the settlements, to aid in covering deficits.
+  Israel's foreign minister  --  Might Avigdor Lieberman go?
Strains between the prime and foreign ministers could reshape the coalition
                The Economist Jul 22nd 2010 | JERUSALEM
AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN, Israel's foreign minister, has asked European countries to consider building a power station, a desalination plant and a harbour in the Gaza Strip, promising Israel's full co-operation in bringing in the necessary raw materials....
Mr Netanyahu has been increasingly irritated by Mr Lieberman's ideas. Some say that strains in the coalition are worsening. Mr Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party, backed largely by immigrants from the former Soviet Union, has 15 seats in Israel's 120-member parliament; Mr Netanyahu's Likud has 27. At a recent cabinet meeting, Mr Lieberman's lot voted against budget proposals for next year, saying that ministries it runs had been singled out for particularly savage cuts. Mr Netanyahu and Mr Lieberman have also clashed repeatedly over key diplomatic appointments.
But their bitterest discord is over legislation drafted by Mr Lieberman's party to ease conversion to Judaism. Some 350,000 Israeli citizens originally from the Soviet Union are not recognised by the state rabbinate as Jewish. Many are deterred from trying to convert by the rigours of the rabbinical courts. The bill would empower more liberal rabbis to convert people. But it has run into furious opposition from the large non-Orthodox Jewish communities in the United States, which want their rabbis, too, to be able to do conversions under Israeli law....
Rest: http://www.economist.com/node/16646272?story_id=16646272&fsrc=nlw%7Cwwp%7C07-22-2010%7Cpolitics_this_week

Aram Jamal Sabir was glad to be interrupted from his work as Executive  Director of the Kurdish Institute for Elections to talk with CPT Iraq about  his passion for nonviolence. He began to participate in nonviolence training in 2004. He now teaches others about the topic.
"I can't tell you exactly when I started to believe in nonviolence - sometime during all the wars here," he said. "In the university I felt that violence could be used against the enemy. With time I saw that violence didn't change the situation."
..."The difference between violence and nonviolence is that with violence, both parties lose," he explained. "With nonviolence both parties win. You can persuade your enemy to believe in it. We aren't against people, but against situations. In any person there is some humanity. Nonviolence tries to develop the 'bad' part of a person along more human lines."
Aram paraphrases a quote by Gandhi: "It doesn't take courage to befriend people who like us. It takes courage to befriend people who don't like us."
Aram believes that it is most important to have nonviolence programs in the education system. That brings it into children's lives, which will bring it into the culture in the future.
From: http://cpt.org/cptnet/2010/07/20/iraq-aram-jamal-sabir-kurdish-institute-elections-director

+  Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 15:20:11 -0700
This world cup is already determined by the numbers....
1. Brazil won the World Cup in 1994;   before that they also won in 1970.  Adding 1970 + 1994= 3964
2. Argentina won its last World Cup in 1986; before that they also won in 1978. Adding 1978 + 1986= 3964 3. Germany won its last World Cup in 1990; before that they also won in 1974. Adding 1974 + 1990= 3964 4. Brazil also won the World Cup in 2002; before that they also won in 1962. Adding 1962+ 2002= 3964
5. Therefore if you want to know what nation is going to win the World Cup in 2010, you only have to subtract 2010 from the magic number that we have determined: 3964.
3964 minus 2010 = 1954...   In 1954 the World Cup was also won by Germany!!!  Probably not scientific...  but interesting.. LETS WAIT & WATCH......
So what happened?
Paul, the octopus, Soccer Psychic, was right -- Spain -- and the parakeet in India was wrong (Holland).
 Quotes from the wisest of the wise!!!
How soon before we see Beckham on Question Time???  (who's criticising the footballers, eh?)
David Beckham: My parents have always been there for me, ever since I was about seven."
Mark Viduka: "I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league."
David Beckham:  "Alex Ferguson is the best manager I've ever had at this level. Well, he's the only manager I've actually had at this level. But he's the best manager I've ever had."
Neville Southall: "If you don't believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day."
Paul Gascoigne: "I've had 14 bookings this season - 8 of which were my fault, but seven of which were disputable."
Alan Shearer: "I've never wanted to leave. I'm here for the rest of my life, and hopefully after that as well."
Mark Draper: "I'd like to play for an Italian club, like Barcelona "
Peter Shilton: "You've got to believe that you're going to win, and I believe we'll win the World Cup until the final whistle blows and we're knocked out."
Stan Collymore: "I faxed a transfer request to the club at the beginning of the week, but let me state that I don't want to leave Leicester "
Ade Akinbiyi: "I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Sunday when it flashed on the screen that George(Ndah) had scored in the first minute at Birmingham . My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was out there playing."
Ian Wright: "Without being too harsh on David Beckham, he cost us the match."
Ugo Ehiog: "I'm as happy as I can be - but I have been happier."
Jonathan Woodgat: "Leeds is a great club and it's been my home for years, even though I live in Middlesborough."
Stuart Pearce" "I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel."
Lee Hendrie: "I took a whack on my left ankle, but something told me it was my right."
Ian Rush: "I couldn't settle in Italy - it was like living in a foreign country."
Steve Lomas: " Germany are a very difficult team to play...they had 11 internationals out there today."
Barry Venison: "I always used to put my right boot on first, and then obviously my right sock."
David Beckham: "I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don't know into what religion yet."
Phil Neville: "The Brazilians were South American, and the Ukrainians will be more European."
Mitchell Thomas: "All that remains is for a few dots and commas to be crossed."
Alan Shearer:  "One accusation you can't throw at me is that I've always done my best."
Johnny Giles: "I'd rather play in front of a full house than an empty crowd."
Thierry Henry: "Sometimes in football you have to score goals."
===  NEWS from America  ===
The  U.S.A. economy is so bad  that...
I got a  pre-declined credit card in the  mail.
African  television stations are now showing 'Sponsor an American Child'  commercials!
I ordered a  burger at McDonald's and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"
CEOs are now  playing miniature golf.
Exxon-Mobil laid  off 25 Congressmen.
My ATM gave me an  IOU!
I saw a Mormon  polygamist with only one wife.
I bought a toaster oven and my free gift with purchase was a  bank.
If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds", you call them and ask if  they meant you or them.
McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.
Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America .
Parents in  Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's  names.
My cousin had an exorcism but couldn't afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed  her!
A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .
Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.
A picture is now only worth 200 words.
They renamed Wall Street "Wal-Mart Street".
When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a  room.
The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali  pirates.
Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

        DCC = Devt Cost Charges
        GFOA = Govt Finance Officers Assn
        LLR = Lower Level Road
        MRN = Major Road Network
        RAK = Random Acts of Kindness
        FROM:  A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg [July 5]
It's a good thing we don't have to go with the literal meaning of words or we'd be exercising in the nude in the gymnasia. The word gymnasium is derived from the combining form gymno-, meaning nude or bare (in ancient Greece, they did train in their birthday suits). Other words similarly formed are gymnoplast (protoplasm without surrounding wall) and gymnosophy (a form of philosophy practised by those refusing to wear clothes).
What are combining forms? You can think of them as the Legos of language. As their name indicates, a combining form is a linguistic atom that occurs only in combination with some other form.
From: AWADmail [July 10, a subscriber wrote:]
Subject: Combining form of gymno
Here may be seen a touching illustration of the idea of a nude dancing ritual (unless feathers count as clothing), ostensibly based on an ancient Greek custom that may have inspired the French composer Erik Satie to write his piano pieces called Gymnopedies. In this instance though it is more like nude bathing instead of nude dancing.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBiPQKK1upk
=  Q and A: Pearls of wisdom from World Wide Words
A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.*
This is another of that set of extroverted and fanciful words that originated in the fast-expanding United States of the nineteenth century (I see a snollygoster as a outsized individual with a carpetbag, flowered waistcoat, expansive demeanour and a large cigar). These days it's hardly heard. Its last burst of public notice came when President Truman used it in 1952, and defined it, either in ignorance or impishness, as "a man born out of wedlock". Many people put him right, some quoting this definition from the Columbus Dispatch of October 1895, with its splendid last phrase in the spirit of the original: "A Georgia editor kindly explains that 'a snollygoster is a fellow who wants office, regardless of party, platform or principles, and who, whenever he wins, gets there by the sheer force of monumental talknophical assumnacy'." But an American dictionary fifty years earlier had defined it simply as a shyster. The origin is unknown, though the Oxford English Dictionary suggests it may be linked to snallygoster, which some suppose to derive from the German schnelle Geister, literally a fast-moving ghost, and which was a mythical monster of vast size - half reptile, half bird - supposedly found in Maryland, and which was invented to terrify ex-slaves out of voting.
World Wide Words is copyright =A9 Michael Quinion, 1996-2009. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
{* Editor's Note: British publication; does not apply to WV politicians.}
If you know the etymology and history, however, the correct pronunciation is: may-TEECE (a few say may-TISS, and in the Quebecois accent it might even be may-TSISS b/c T in Quebec is often pronounced something like TS).
It's related/from Mechif/Michif (and F is close to S), but is also a shortened form of metisse (mixed).
On a linguistic note most not aware of, even the ppl themselves, is that Metis is pronounced may-TEECE b/c it comes from metisse meaning mixed (mestizo in Spanish).  My prof at UBC pronounced it that way and if you've ever seen one of those Heritage Moments on CBC, the narrator also pronounces the S.
Anyone who speaks French, however, and has never heard the word, wd automatically say may-TEE using the usual phonetic rules for French, but its etymology and historical origin is S at the end.
Other such anomalies in French: bis (shouted at end of a performance, wanting a repeat), also in biscuites (pronounced: beece-kweet).
Googled to see if I cd find something to prove or give an example; found this: http://www.forvo.com/search-fr/metis/
you can click where indicated to hear the pronunciation.
As I said, most ppl mispronounce it b/c they've never heard it and/or have never had it explained to them, and now so many say mayTEE, even Metis themselves, that it's assumed correct and is widespread.
Let's honour the Metis heritage and restore its historical pronunciation -- it's special!
After all, the term Eskimo was replaced by Inuit.
While we're at it, Kabul is pronounced KOBul, and
Apartheid is pronounced aPARtate (b/c it's Afrikaans, NOT German -ide).
While watching CBC's The National (Friday night July 16), was absolutely captivated by the story on the Cdn architect Philip Beesley.  His book is Hylozoic Ground and his 'architecture' to be shown at the Venice Bienniale in August.  When you see the video you will not believe it -- looks like made of thick cobweb strands -- and it changes shapes and makes sounds, responding to air, etc.
Here's the link to the story on CBC's The National: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/ID=1545468229
(There's an annoying commercial when you turn it on but the story is fascinating.)
The first thing I thought of when the story started was the fact that our Amerindians think of the land -- rocks, whatever -- having 'life' or spirit.
Some years ago when I learned that each rock has a different identity, I was taken aback by the wonder of it -- marvellous and magical.
What on earth is hylozoism?  Had to google: here's Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hylozoism
Then I wondered about the book:
        1.      Hylozoic Ground - Homehylozoic ground logo. Home =B7 Introduction =B7 Team =B7 Philip Beesley =B7 Rob Gorbet =B7 Rachel Armstrong =B7 Venice Biennale =B7 Project =B7 Gallery =B7 Sponsors =B7 Press ...
        2.      www.hylozoicground.com/ - Cached - Similar
        3.      Hylozoic Ground - Team - Beesley With the Hylozoic Ground project, Philip Beesley is demonstrating how buildings in the future might move, and even feel and think. ...
        4.      www.hylozoicground.com/team/index.html - Cached
Show more results from www.hylozoicground.com
        5.      CBC News - Art & Design - Hylozoic Ground represents Canada at ...15 Dec 2009 ... The visually arresting Hylozoic Ground art installation will represent Canada next summer and fall at the 2010 Venice Biennale.
        6.      www.cbc.ca/arts/artdesign/.../hylozoic-biennale-architecture.html - Similar
        7.      Images for hylozoic ground - Report images
What a wonderful planet we live on and with so many incredible aspects we know nothing about and can't even guess about -- stretches our imagination.......

===  MAIKU  === July 24/25 -- fireworks followed by full moon!

                            blue to pink, darkens
                                                 fireworks blaze from sea
                                                                      full moon's silver water path

When your heart speaks, take good notes.
        -- Greg Mortenson, American humanitarian and writer (b 1957) and Wiki,
        while informative, doesn't do him justice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Mortenson
It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
                        -- Helen Walton, American, wife of Wal-Mart founder (1919 - 2007)
The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life.
                -- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (b 1935 July 6)
SUMMER means book-reading so here's what Jorge Luis Borges (Argentine novelist, 1899 - 1986) said: A book is one of the fonts of joy available to us.
Illustrating the importance of using the right word, Mark Twain once said, "The difference between the almost-right word & the right word is really a large matter -- it's the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning."
Good friends and excellent teachers --
Stick close to them!
Wealth and power are fleeting dreams
But wise words perfume the world for ages.
     -- Ryookan, from Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf, Japanese zen poet (1758 - 1831)

Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it, and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.
                        -- Ann Landers, American columnist (1918 - 2002)
Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.
                                -- Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813 - 1855)
        {and sometimes it can't be understood backwards either......
                                -- Carolanne Reynolds, Canadian Nationalist and WVM Editor}
A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.
        -- James Callaghan, Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, former UK Prime Minister (1912 - 2005)
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed.
                        -- William Faulkner, American author (1897 - 1962)
Failure is the path of least persistence
                        -- George M. Van Valkenburg, Jr, American writer (b 1938)
o  Shakespeare walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a beer. "I can't serve you." says the bartender.
    "You're Bard!
They arrested the bartender for taking liquor home. I believe the official charge was "emboozlement".

              Brad was so sick and tired of window washing, he opened the window and jumped inside. :-)