July 26 Ccl Mtg NOTES
Calendar to Sept 12th

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Here's your summer reading issue; next WVM about Sept 10  (subscribers may get updates)
        NB: No ccl mtg until Sept 13
=  Vive le Canada (400yrs, 65 yrs, 150 yrs, 100 yrs, $15M); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Wch census?; Refugees; PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE CAMPAIGN); UPDATES (PAY; Mid-Year Operating Review; Rec Progs; ACDI; new Dir/Fin; Knotweed in Caulfeild Pk); POLICEWATCH (Summer Safety)
=  CALENDAR, best efforts to Sept 12 ; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Art; Photography; Sculpture; Extreme Cellos!)
=  Sp Ccl Mtg NOTES July 26th: Wetmore Site (consultation in Sept); Sec Stes Mid-Year Report; Knotweed Control Pilot Project; Adoption of 2009 Annual Budget Amendment, Cemetery Regulation, Animal Control and Licence bylaws; Child Care Ctr Licence Agreement; NO CORRESPONDENCE OR LIST APPEARS ON AGENDA.
=  ANIMALWATCH (gorillas; another large loving seal); TREEWATCH; INFObit (burqa/niqab banned even in some Muslim countries); CPTWATCH (good and bad things; Colombia; (CNN) Bedouins; At-Tuwani, Hebron); WEBWATCH (Iran); SCIENCEWATCH (YERT, solar roadway); NEWSWATCH (Ottoman Army; Cdn Boat to Gaza); GAZAWATCH (Oxfam); MONEYWATCH (US bankrupt); HERITAGEWATCH (RoyalTea Report; B C Binning house tours; endangered Klee Wyck); SENIORWATCH (Retirement; Age vs Youth); BOOKWATCH (and a canal -- typos) / LANGUAGEWATCH (Internet Language) / WORDWATCH (AAP for WVM Glossary; punny words); MAIKU (Musings); QUOTATIONS/THOUGHTS/PUNS

===  Vive le CANADA  ===
+  Cupids, Site of Cupers Cove, Canada's Oldest British Colony, founded in 1610
Cupids is one of the most significant historic sites in North America. It was settled in 1610 by John Guy. Cupids is the oldest official British colony in Canada and the second oldest British colony in North America. The 400th anniversary celebrations planned in 2010 include historic reenactments and a series of festivals.
+  World War II: 65th Anniversary of the end, Japanese surrender -- 15 Aug 1945.  My girlfriend's father was a Canadian POW in Hong Kong; terrible memories.
+  Fisgard Lighthouse at the entrance to Esquimalt is the oldest lighthouse in Canada.
        Craig McInnes's article (V Sun Sat Aug 14 p5) brought this to my attention so googled: built 1860.
+  The PNE celebrates its centenary this year -- Happy 100th Birthday!
See Stephen Hume's excellent story of the PNE in VSun Sat Aug 14 pC1.  The VSun plans a special edition on the PNE Wed Aug 18.
+  $15M! Great news for our Aquarium!
The proposed upgrades will help the Vancouver Aquarium in its efforts to conserve aquatic life, provide educational programs, and conduct scientific research. The Vancouver Aquarium has a unique mandate in this respect, one that is not shared by any other such facility in Canada.
The upgrades include the revitalization of aging infrastructure and the expansion of the Aquarium. These structural elements must be addressed to ensure the viability of the facility and the well-being of the 70,000 animals that are currently housed there.
The Aquarium employs 350 people, and has more than 900 volunteers.
The Vancouver Aquarium is the largest aquarium in Canada. It currently houses more than 70,000 fish and animals. More than 35 million people have visited the Vancouver Aquarium since the centre opened in 1956. Every year 80,000 school children learn about aquatic life through its educational programs.

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
o  TO CENSUS OR NOT TO CENSUS, TO COUNT OR NOT TO COUNT, that is the mandatory/voluntary question.
Your Editor's view:  Other countries are using other ways and let's leave it to experts to debate.  My opinion is that you use what you have until you've introduced and explained/justified a different system.  So I'm not against using something else for our planning but we shd have it in place and accepted first -- rather strange simply to stop.
Pls explain to me what I'm missing.  Refugees flee desperately and seek the first refuge they can find, no?
These refugees are Tamils, right?  Tamil Nadu (where they originally came from before settling in Sri Lanka) is only a few miles away -- why didn't they go there?
Or why not stop at the many islands and countries on the way to Canada, wch they say took three months to reach?
Certainly doesn't indicate desperation or haste to me.
And is it true, each paid about $40-60,000 for the trip? complaining about poverty/conditions in Sri Lanka?
then not poor? or who paid that?  families in Canada?  not a better way or thinking guarantee as refugee?
A lot of mysteries.........
CBC/CTV news said processing them will cost the Cdn taxpayer $35M.
Minister Toews's legal opinion was that they cd not intercept the ship in international waters.  Why does that not stop the US from intercepting or sending back those in boats from Haiti and Cuba? or the Israelis a ship not even going to Israel (was headed to Gaza)?
Look at how Australia has stopped the ships from pitching up on their shores?
Canada is one of the most desirable countries in the world.  We simply can't accommodate all those who wd prefer to live here.  Not even all who deserve help -- we're not even 40M and we can't bankroll the millions who want to come.......
Our immigration laws have to have solid selective fair defensible criteria not to be ignored or abused, abetted by locals from the same cultural group.
As van Falkenburg Jr says, Failure is the path of least persistence.  So, no, I haven't given up.  Let's review how far we've come.  That's some encouragement and we have only one tiny babystep to go for an acceptable solution.
1 = Correspondence disappeared unannounced.
Why'd they all go along with total removal?  I was told it was presented at a closed mtg, the one they have before the ccl mtg starts, and that it wd save $10-15K a year -- wch then points to gullibility, facts withheld (and they didn't ask), and lack of taking a pledge to openness seriously.  Multiple Choice.
2 = Brought to Ccl's attention, Ccl asked it be put on the website (but, unfortunately, did not say where) -- good news indicating they didn't fully realize staff's intentions/actions.
Slow climb from here, but at least on way up.
African saying: eating an elephant starts with the first bite.
3 = Staff cd say it was on the DWV website but public didn't know where.
4 = I found it on the page with "Mayor & Ccl" -- now, tell me, seriously, who'd look there for correspondence that has always been on the ccl mtg agenda?
5 = Announcements on the home page fall off in chronological order (Cclr Sop pointed that out) so they said they'd put it somewhere else but didn't say where.
6 = The Mayor said we just had to 'scroll down' to find the letters but it was not so (Ccl cd but we cdn't b/c not there) and mumblings were made about its being difficult to get to, "three clicks".  (If not resolved in September, my company is willing to have an engineer or two volunteer to help staff and the webmaster, but I'm still hoping they can do it on their own -- especially seeing those salaries and for 2009 so more now!)  More incredibly, statement made: that's how the Internet/website works -- hence the Mark Twain quotation below (QTN section).
7 = Happy to say that the Correspondence is now closer to the Agenda and Minutes, on the webpage.  At this point, if you go to the very bottom of the page we go to to see the ccl mtg agenda, you can click on:"Ccl Correspondence is AVAILABLE", while not specific, at least it's a clue.
8 = At this stage, my suggestion is that the list of correspondence be put back on the ccl agenda (as it was until March 24) and on that agenda item have the link to click onto the correspondence wherever they want to put it.  This list is already compiled and appears at the beginning of each week's correspondence.  Easy, doncha think?
9 = As far as I can tell right now, Cclr Smith is all in favour of having the Correspondence back on the ccl mtg agenda, Cclr Sop even asked about putting it on the agenda but the question was dismissed at the Ccl mtg (July 19) and not answered; Cclr Lewis may be wavering; Cclr Evison gave a vague answer; Cclr Walker gave a strange answer wrt staff workload (that did not apply); and Cclr Panz did not return my three phone calls (in July before recess). 
POWER however, is in the Mayor's hands and whereas at first it seemed she was unaware since they cd 'scroll down' and it wd be quickly rectified, that did not happen and she said it was up to cclrs if they wanted it on the agenda.  Funny.  I thought the public might want it there.  (Let them know.)   Doesn't she?   The Outlook poll showed 96% wanted the Correspondence returned; the Georgia Straight urged it be returned to the website; unusual no comment I ever saw in the North Shore News.  No opinion expressed by the CAO.
not only is the Correspondence informative with letters
(from govts (prov/fed), bodies (eg, MetroV, TransLink, UBCM), cmnty groups, residents (concerns but kudos as well as complaints wch are good to learn about so they can be addressed), and staff answers to citizens' questions plus info on devt),
but also
that information/notices/correspondence is received by Ccl thus part of the ccl's business
(it was part of the Consent Agenda and was simply rec'd for information unless someone on Ccl asked to discuss or make a motion about an item listed; without the list of letters -- and action items named who wd be handling the issue -- looking at the evening's ccl mtg agenda gives absolutely NO indication there are letters for Ccl to consider let alone know what they're about).
INTOLERABLE -- why this step backward?
Other Ms have the correspondence on their agendas, WV prides itself for being a leader (quite apart from vaunted claims of, ahem, 'openness', 'transparency', and 'accountability'), why close this door? why seemingly reluctantly and obtusely just open a back door by inches and then a side door slightly?  Doesn't make sense.
Now it appears some staff are on board.  Have been promised this will be resolve by/in September.  Let's watch.  In the meantime, pls let mbrs of Ccl know you're in favour of this access to information to material being considered at a ccl mtg RETURNED to the ccl mtg agenda, where it shd obviously, legally, and logically be. 
WV's "Vision" and "Cmnty Engagement" INDEED!
 ===  UPDATES  ===
+  PAY (our $$$s at 'work')
The Premier of BC's salary is $186K -- if you saw the list of DWV salaries/remuneration in WVM2010-17 (it listed those over $100K) or looked at the Annual Report info for a more complete list (see just 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 underappreciated -- and our Council is paid pittance considering their responsibilities and the time they put in, representing US.
OTOH, our M staff are laggards compared with an LA suburb with about the same popn as WV:
In the scandal about public-employees' pay in the tiny Los Angeles suburb of Bell, California's state controller said that their salaries needed to be more transparent. It recently emerged that the city manager of Bell (which has a population of fewer than 40,000) had an annual compensation package of nearly $800,000, and that council members were paid to attend meetings, some of which ran at the same time or for only a minute.
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)
+ Mid-Year Operating Review Reports
This segment includes a detailed review of actual results to June 30 with commentary on work plans and highlights and issues.  The focus is on ensuring Divisions will complete their work programs within their approved budgets by the year-end.
        2010 Mid-Year Operating Review (PDF 348 kb) - Received | Regular Meeting of Council (July 26)
Registration Begins August 18th -- The Leisure Guide will be available online August 9th, and paper copies will be available in all Community Centres August 12th. Registration for all programs and services begins on Wednesday August 18th, at 6am for WV residents, and 8am for all other participants.  (Seniors' Activity Centre programs are not affected by priority registration).  See westvancouverrec.ca 
ACDI Members Wanted -- Apply by September 10th
Do you have what it takes to be an advocate for persons with disabilities? The North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (ACDI) is made up of people with various disabilities, and advises the Mayors, Councils, and staff of the three North Shore municipalities on a wide range of issues affecting persons with disabilities.  Prospective members should have a disability, be a resident of one of the three North Shore municipalities, be available to attend meetings on a monthly basis, and be willing to actively participate in task group work.
The deadline to submit applications is Friday, September 10th.
For more information contact Lindsay Hoeberechts at 604 990 2463 or HoebereL@dnv.org or visit any North Shore municipal web site: * dnv.org * cnv.org * westvancouver.ca *
For the entire Tidings: http://www.westvancouver.ca/uploadedFiles/Publications/Tidings/2010_Tidings/West_Vancouver_Tidings_August_1_web.pdf
+ Nina Leemhuis Appointed Director of Financial Services
Wednesday, July 28,  from: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=29426
On Wednesday July 28th, DWV Mayor and Council appointed Nina Leemhuis as the new Director of Financial Services for DWV. 
Nina is a West Vancouver resident with over 20 years of outstanding achievement in financial management.  Nina previously worked as the CFO at BCIT where she provided leadership in the area of financial affairs to a public sector organization with 50,000 students and 2,300 full-time employees.  Since graduating from BCIT, Nina's career in the field of financial services has included senior finance roles responsible for financial management, strategic leadership and budget formulation, and execution processes.
Nina brings extensive experience in implementing and monitoring financial policies and procedures with financial accountability measures, and the ability to motivate and mentor administrative teams. Nina was instrumental in initiating and providing direction to the strategic planning process for the financial and administrative areas, ensuring alignment and support of the vision and mission of BCIT, and also initiated and directed the Institutional Campus Master Plan and cyclical maintenance of facilities and infrastructure.
Nina has specific expertise in a number of areas including budgeting and forecasting, operations and financial analysis, best practices implementation, financial policies and procedures, and employee-mentoring, training, and leadership.
+  Japanese Knotweed Control Project
Japanese knotweed are tall (1 to 5 m), bamboo-like plants with long, hollow stems and heart-shaped leaves. It is an aggressive invasive plant that is threatening native plant species in Caulfeild Park. 
Beginning August 20th, knotweed stems will be injected with the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) in two areas of Caulfeild Park. The work will be performed by a qualified contractor under the supervision of the Parks Department. Funding for this project is gratefully accepted from the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society and is managed through the DWV. 
This project was considered by Council on July 26, 2010, and at that time, the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society offered $3,000 in order for this project to begin immediately. August is the best time to perform this work. Council accepted the offer with thanks.  Signs will be posted in the park early in the week of August 16th. Questions? Email us or call 925 7130.
More Information: Report to Council about Japanese Knotweed Stem Injection; North Shore News article about Knotweed Project; Lighthouse Park Preservation Society; More info about knotweed from the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council  >>> Knotweed is different from Hogweed  <<<

===  POLICEWATCH ===  WVPD Summer Safety ~ 925 9300 www.wvpd.ca
Date: 2010 July 30 Contact: Cpl. Jag Johal
With the help of our citizens being proactive we will continue to make West Vancouver one of the safest communities in Canada.  If you observe any suspicious activity, do your part and call the WVPD.  For example:
- If canvassers attend your residence ask them if they have a letter from The WV Bylaw Section authorizing them to conduct business in West Vancouver. If the canvassers do not have a letter from the Bylaw Section, they are not permitted to conduct business in our municipality, in fact, the canvassers and the charity they represent may not be legitimate.
- If someone attends your residence and makes an excuse asking to use the phone or asking for directions, err on the side of caution and call the WVPD. Individuals involved in criminal activity may use some of these excuses to determine if anyone is home. If no one is home, these same people may try to gain entry into your residence and then take your valuables.
Familiarize yourself with your neighbourhood, if you see a vehicle that doesn't belong on your street, coupled with who is in or around that vehicle as well as other suspicious indicators, once again call the WVPD.  The WVPD website contains crime maps and other police related information compiled by our Crime Analyst, this information will give you an idea of Crime as it occurs in West Vancouver. Please do your part and keep yourself up to date with this information. The WVPD encourages everyone to be proactive and take all responsible steps to ensure the safety of our municipality.

===  CALENDAR to September 12th  ===
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

Farmers' Markets: Dundarave (Saturdays) and Ambleside (Sundays)
Visit the B C Binning house July 7th to Aug 28th (see HERITAGEWATCH at end)

== Wednesday August 4 +
We at the SFU City Program hope you were able to attend "A Field Guide to Transit Debates" with Jarrett Walker. We've been asked whether there's a recorded version - and alas, not from us.  But you can see the 'Seattle version' in seven Youtube segments, linked on the Seattle Transit blog here.  Alternatively, you can check out TransLink's Buzzer Blog summary of the lecture here, or Stephen Rees's blog for his write-up of Jarrett's Vancouver talk here.
Next up on August 12: Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and its Effect on our Lives," with Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez - hosted by Better Environmental Sound Transportation. You can register: www.sfu.ca/reserve.
If you're intrigued by other City Program offerings, do check out our web site: www.sfu.ca/city.
Application deadline of our certificates for mid-career professionals has also been extended to August 30:
== Thursday August 12
        ~ 10am - 3pm ~ INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO at Cmnty Ctr in the Music Hall
Have you ever wanted to play a trumpet, strum a guitar, bow a violin, or try out a drum set? If so, this event is a great way to get introduced to the wide world of music! Children, adults, families, and musicians of all ages are invited to try out a variety of woodwind, brass, string, and percussion instruments.
All demonstrations are interactive and led by experienced musicians, and we encourage you try as many instruments as possible. This event is free and open to the public.  Visit the WV Rec website for more information or contact dtones@westvancouver.ca.
== Sunday August 15
~ 8:30am - 1pm ~ Kidney Fdn Walk in John Lawson Park
Two-kilometre walk or five-kilometre fun run! Join the Kidney Foundation and participate in an inspiring, community-based event.  Info: 604 736 9775, barbarav@kidney.bc.ca
== Thursday, August 19
        ~ 6pm ~  North Shore Family Court/Youth Justice Cmte Mtg -- CANCELLED
== Saturday August 21 -- WVHS's Third Annual Barbecue!
~ noon to 4pm on the lawn of the Gertrude Lawson House featuring music, food, and a brief look at a sample chapter of our planned book on the "Neighbourhoods of West Vancouver" a celebration of WV's Centenary in 2012.  No reservations necessary; WV Historical Society members and potential members welcome.  Suggested donation $5.  Visit www.wvhs.ca or ph 778 279 2235.
== Thursday, August 26
        ~ 5pm ~ NSh Adv Cmte on Disability Issues, DNV M Hall
== Tuesday Sept 7  ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG, Cmnty Ctr, Cedar Room
== Wednesday Sept 8
        ~ 5pm ~ Awards Cmte
        ~ 7pm ~ Field Sport Forum WG, Cmnty Ctr, Mountain Room
== Thursday Sept 9  ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte
== Friday Sept 10  ~ 8:30am ~ Cmnty Grants Cmte, Cmnty Ctr, Cedar Room
Coho Festival Sunday September 12
The Coho Festival was started in 1980 by the Ch of Commerce.  See the Coho Society of the North Shore website: http://www.westvancouver.com/coho/ and join in and help restore North Shore salmon streams for present and future generations.
This year's festival activities on Sunday include: the Coho Family Walk (down the Capilano River); Entertainment; the Coho Run (Kitsilano/Stanley Park to Ambleside); Youth Programs; Blessing of the Salmon Ceremony (by members of the Squamish Nation); Beach and Field Activities; Famous Salmon Barbecue; Environmental Displays; Beer Garden and classic rock band; and a Visual Arts Exhibition

+++  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
+++  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
+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++  http://ferrybuildinggallery.com/    925 7290
***  Salsa by the Sea is every Thursday 6:30 - 8:30pm until August 26th.
At Ambleside Landing behind the Ferry Building Gallery
All ages with all levels of dance experience are welcome!  $6 Drop-in Fee
+  Jurors' Choice - August 17 - 29 -- mixed media
Farnoush Vaziri, Barbara Matthews, Shakun Jhangiani, Jane Scheffler, Maggie Huang, Gordi Moore, Druh Ireland, James Elton, Birgitte Nordin, Melissa Vejins, Lorraine Surcouf, Marion Webber, Bruno Tiffanee Scorer, Riitta Peirone, Leslie McGuffin, Peter Tregale, Michel Matil, AJ Ballard, Marnie Boullard, Tudor Serban, Zsuzsa Vitalis
Opening Reception: Tuesday August 17, 6 - 8 pm
Artists in Attendance: Saturday August 21, 2 - 3pm
+  AT THE MUNICIPAL HALL ~ July 29 - Sept 3
Jane Richardson, with degrees from the University of Victoria, SFU, and UBC, is a fibre artist and painter, who has exhibited in a wide range of galleries in five solo and nine group shows. Jane likes large canvasses for abstract works and landscapes. She is represented by the Leighton Studio Gallery, Vancouver.
Jane Armstrong, a West Vancouver artist who works in watercolour, oil, and acrylic, paints landscapes and still lifes, inspired by nature at home and abroad. She belongs to the Federation of Canadian Artists and the North Shore Artists' Guild, and is represented by the Jenkins Showler Gallery in White Rock and the Rendezvous Gallery in Vancouver.
+  September 3 - 25
Inspired by Nature: Parks of West Vancouver   --   Mixed Media
See poster:  http://ferrybuildinggallery.com/exhibitions/upcoming_exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday September 3,  6 pm - 8 pm
Artists in Attendance: Saturday September 4, 2 - 4pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++  www.silkpurse.ca  ~ 925 7292
*  August 10 - 22  --  "Floral Essence"
Marnie Boullard and Adrienne Moore paint still life, flowers in the garden, and flower arrangements in an expressionistic abstract mode, whimsical, with a strong sense of colour. North Shore artist Marnie's impressionistic style employs her own matchless approach about the interpretation of the flower with stunning outcome. Adrienne is a well-known Richmond-based painter, illustrator. and educator. Her work has been showcased internationally in numerous solo and group exhibits.
Opening Reception: TUESDAY August 10th from 6 - 8pm
*  August 24 - September 5  --  "Pulp Friction"
Director, writer, and animator, Iranian artist Bahram Javahry brings his unique collection of paper sculptures to the Silk Purse. What started as a childhood fascination with the beauty and versatility of paper and the field of animation, has turned into an internationally acclaimed career. He has exhibited throughout BC and has won awards in film and animation in the US, Canada, Egypt, Korea, and the Czech Republic. Come and see this unique collection of paper art sculpture!
Opening Reception: TUESDAY  August 24th from 6 - 8pm
*  September 7 - 19  --  "Natural Tranquilities"
Long-time Lower Mainland artists Christine Collison, Martin Henry, and Judy McKinnon exhibit their beautiful collection of still lifes, wildlife, and landscape paintings in watercolours and acrylics. This striking group of work creates a soothing, tranquil look at the beauty of nature in the relaxing atmosphere of the intimate Silk Purse.
Opening Reception: TUESDAY September 7th from 6 - 8pm
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
o  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.
o  THE 2ND ANNUAL VILLAGE BLOCK PARTY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ~ 4 - 7pm ~ Thurs Sept 9 ~ The Village at Park Royal (Outside Whole Foods/Cactus Club)                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Park Royal in partnership with the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.  Festivities kick off at 4pm with roaming performers, live entertainment, a Kids' Corner, a mini-Trade Show, and a Wine/Beer Tent.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
To reserve your table at the mini-Trade show, please contact Jan Skelly at the WV Chamber of Commerce at jan@westvanchamber.com or at 926 6614.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
+++  WALKS      with David Cook  924-0147
=  Sunday August 22  --  Stanley Park Geology: A walk along the sea-wall
        An event for the Stanley Park Ecology Society (Discovery Walks Programme).
Meet at 10am at the Third Beach concession stand.  Duration: two to three hours.
A walk along the Stanley Park Seawall to learn about the geology of the area as seen in the sea cliffs and around the shores of Burrard Inlet. There is a fee of $5 for SPES members and under 18, and $10 for non-members.
Sunday August 29  --  Old Growth Conservancy, West Vancouver
        An event for Nature Vancouver
Meet at 9am at McDonald's, Park Royal for car pooling.  Duration four to five hours.
        Terrain: Moderate, hilly.  Elevation Gain: 180 metres.
This will be the first ever field trip by Nature Vancouver to the Old Growth Conservancy in WV.  We will be walking the Trans-Canada Trail which passes along the northwest margin of the Conservancy and through the old growth forest now protected as a park by the Municipality of West Vancouver. Bring lunch and water.
=  Sunday September 5 --  Ascent of Mt Strachan, Cypress Provincial Park, WV; a slow hike
        An event for Nature Vancouver.
Meet: 9:30am at McDonald's, Park Royal, for car pooling; duration: five to six hrs; elevation gain: 500 metres.
Terrain: A steep ski run with a loose, pebbly surface that is treacherous on descent. Deep-tread hiking boots with ankle support are essential. Sneakers not recommended. Walking poles recommended.
Join me for a hike from the downhill ski area at Cypress Bowl up the Collins Ski Run to the peak of Mt Strachan (1454 m). On the way there will be numerous opportunities to view the geology of the area in rock-cut exposures formed during the construction of the ski-run. While this field trip will be primarily to look at the geology, there will be an opportunity to make a short side-trip to look at an area of sub-alpine pasture recovering back to forest after an ancient lightning fire. The highlight will be the southern peak of Mt Strachan where there are magnificent views and the glaciation has smoothed a remarkable pavement of metamorphic rocks, the oldest rocks to be found in the region. This is a full day's hike, so bring lunch and water, and prepare for changes in weather. If a clear day, a hat will be required, as the full length of the route is open to the sky. Registration is not required. Membership in Nature Vancouver is not required but non-members are limited to three field trips.
{Your editor notes that Strachan is Scottish and pronounced STRAHN, for those who have only read but not heard it}
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TERRIFIC SEASON ~~ Much Ado About Nothing; Antony and Cleopatra; Falstaff; Henry V Pt 1 and 2
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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/
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CAROUN: 4th Annual Caroun Photo Club (CPC) Photography Competition/Exhibition:
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Masoud Soheili, Caroun Photo Club (CPC)  www.CarounPhotoClub.com
Zimsculpt Stone Sculpture from Zimbabwe -- more than 150 stone sculptures from Zimbabwe at VanDusen Botanical Garden Aug 13 to 26.
+  Vancouver Early Music Festival: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/
Since 2003, the Extreme Cellists have taken musical performances to new heights, and depths, by giving performances in many extreme locations.
Coast-to-Coast Challenge:  Between 24 July and 6 August 2010, the Extreme Cellists successfully undertook the English Coast-to-Coast walk (as made famous by Alfred Wainwright), carrying and playing their cellos as they go. This was to raise money for two charities, Aspire, and PACT - at the time of writing, over =A34,500 has been raised!
See the cellists' daily blog!
Previous challenges:  In previous years the Extreme Cellists have successfully negotiated a number of other challenges, including the Four Peaks Challenge (climbing the tallest mountains in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland with cellos, and giving a performance at the top of each), running the Sheffield Half Marathon (carrying cellos and stopping to play twice along the way), the Cathedral Roof Tour (playing on the roofs of all 42 Anglican Cathedrals in England in just 12 days), walking from 45-mile route from Manchester to Sheffield in a single day, and the Monopoly Board Challenge, playing at each of the streets on the London Monopoly board in just one day.
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===  SPECIAL CCL MTG NOTES 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
Mayor: quick announcement: our 2010 Mid-Year Review will be posted on our website as of tomorrow.
Amended by adding minutes to No. 6, adding Item 7.1 re 1300block MDr and M Hall precinct, adding report to Item 16.
        Adoption of July 19, 2010 Regular Council Meeting Minutes  --  Information to be provided.
Mayor: amended b/c I said two Ms in BC
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.
Sokol gave background and continued: 132Ksf excluding parking garage and exempt -- kitchens, etc. 8Ksf commercial, 3Ksf Capilano Elder College
ht 65ft and six storeys; site slopes down 14 ft toward MDr; 76 and seven storeys on MDr side
the top floor and the one immediately below are set back to min
44% ht coverage across north end passage so greater separation from Tudor Gardens
cypress and beech trees where house removed will be kept
91 underground stalls, 2...  8 for DWV; bicycle and scooter stalls
LEED Gold Certification
reduction of potable water use, etc
architectural design slide with aerial view; John Richardson Park with walk and trail connection; more slides with design, etc
Pacific Arbour Project
if take out for consultation, a number of steps:
lane closure, unopened roadway,
Alternative Approval Process required by Cmnty Charter b/c going into JR Park
to do swap need the AAP; after second posting two months to respond and if 10% of electors protest has to go to a vote
OCP Bylaw Amendment; Rezoning (H3), Design/Devt
OCP Policy H3, specifically mentions Wetmore site
Next steps: consult with the public, public mtg in Sept 2010 but already have had some mtgs with nbrs and public and some ideas incorporated -- issues on parking raised and concerns on height, expect to hear more and see how proj addresses these concerns
after public mtgs will report back to Ccl and then either not proceed or prepare bylaws
Pacific Arbour here
Sop: paid back Endowment Fund to bring back up to $24/25M
seniors' bldgs in cmnty are full; shd take a serious look at providing this in our cmnty
SW: anxious to get underway to provide add'l housing
Ev: worth adding that in my view, having been through the plans that the architects and the proponents have articulated some of the concerns in a v sensitive way
look at a proj with many commendable points
Mayor: public mtg then when expect back so?
Sokol: probably hold mtg later in month third week in Sept so ppl have enough notice so reporting back in Oct

Mayor: work in 1300block
MS: BSC Initiatives, staff report back about a new public safety bldg plus residential
funding, comprehensive public mtg strategy
BSC, staff report back to Ccl on Amb Village strategy wrt redevt of 1300 MDr
MS: ev wondering what's going to happen, and our decaying Police Bldg
this directs staff to bring back a plan for that block and how we're going to pay for it
need for a Police bldg; possibly redevping lands around this site
get started on a length planning proc
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.
RFung: Brent Dozzi will
mbrs of this partnership here, &min of infra, TransLink, PkRoyal and Gareth Williams Blue Bus
BD: plans will support OCP Section 7; safety benefits for the corridor
this proj responds to long-standing commitments, pursue strategies....... Lower Level Road....enhance transportation.....improve to downtown..... WG.... better access to LGB....
$1.6M; no direct cost to DWV taxpayers; substantial benefits to M
transit access, buses to head of queue (typically now have to wait four to six cycles); transit turnaround and layby in vicinity to the Village
aesthetics: maintain trees, add some, match with gateway proj, poles removed, chainlink fencing removed replaced with ornamental.....
safety re PkRoyal Towers
pedestrian access today does not provide access for those with disabilities
U-turns at Pound Rd to enter Village now rather than go up and over
congestion at TWay and MDr, provide another plus controlled access intersection at the Village to go to PoundRd/Lower Level Rd
Rick Amantea from Pk Royal: VP of Shopping Ctr
Brent took my whole notes; but one more time, the buses that move downtown in morning, use PkRoyal to jump the queue to get downtown, make it efficient
at some time in the future that may not be av and may have dire consequences
imperative that Ccl take a look at this b/c a bit under the gun; our part of the funding is at $2.6M; govt funds only av for a certain time period
we'll be providing some of the fencing, lighting, etc
imp to understand the funding is there today including access for emergency vehicles to PkR
movement of our customers and vehicles to move from one to the other without having to navigate that two-lane ramp
Mayor: av to answer some questions?
RM: certainly
Sop: wanted to ask some Qs after the motion.  May I
Mayor: certainly
Sop: you speak of xxx  why are we being held for ransom [7:32] .....
RM: looking at my notes; goes back to 2007
at the outset when asked to give up some of our land
facilitate buses in and around our property so no longer have to rely on us
on table for three yrs
wd not say held to ransom, working together xxx
some lay-over on MDr so minimizes use of our prop and makes more efficient
Sop: I'll have a followup
Ev: read the report through in full detail but asking
you're eliminating two overpasses
RM: one is in front of NSh Credit Union and the other is the pedestrian
Ev: easterly not in this drawing
logic for removing the ped overpass?
RM: used infrequently at best and doesn't address disability concerns
xxx enable ppl to cross at grade there
ML: pedestrian crosswalk by Keg remains?
RM: yes
MS: the purpose of the ground level light is not for the proposed theatres we've heard so much about this
Mayor: can have more wide-ranging when motion on the floor
[7:36] Roy Bartholomew: Eastmont Drive
portion of Item 8 is section 2, we've heard a little bit about
the at-grade intersection to replace PkR's overhead routes
on reading the report, I note on p 3 that the authors did some historical research and state that extension of the Lower Level Road (LLR), terminating at Amb...    has been shown in Sq N plan since 2004
v interesting
if we did some historical research, we might have done a bit of research on WV
perhaps Cclr Clark or former Chair of Engg Adv Cmte had they been av
did a bit of research myself
the famous 1980 OCP , prepared by Dr Robert Collyer, considered one of Canada's outstanding planners and v lucky to have him
warned hazard of 15th, 21st, ..... gridlock at TWay
alignment was at 11th St
interesting, no battle between the cmnty and administration
Mayor Humphreys, champion, no way will we allow WV to become a corridor to move traffic outside of Pk Royal
solns shd be elsewhere and named sev
Collyer wrote in this doc [held up]
the termination to LLR........ and serve south Pk Royal shopping ctr and NOT terminate at 11th xxx
Mayor: wrap up soon?
RB: interesting Mr Nicholls incorporated that into the 1988 OCP
heard about 2004 OCP but always whose perception
a couple of v imp things in our current OCP
one states, future road devt limited to new streets in future nbrhds
no changes such as a level crossing in PkRoyal
he attached a road map and it does not show a connection
so our current OCP also support the original plan of Dr Collyer and Mayor Humphreys
[7:42] Ev made motion, then said: one question I have, and we can plan for five, ten, 20 years and this anticipates ten yrs or so
anticipate the plans for the Sq Nation further south -- what I've seen, they exit here
will this be adequate or have to look at some alternatives
RF: the LLR modelling suggest that there's a majority of movement, indeed PkR
even with the approval doesn't mean LLR will be a reality overnight; just looking at where enters into PkR today; funding gap that bridge and until funded doesn't look as if that connection is going through in the near future
this facilitates what's anticipated at this point
if LLR goes through, will be xxx
SW: I'm more apt to support what staff's asked solely b/c of the funding
need more due process b/c don't know how residents are going to react with another xxx
I do think Pound is another issue, coming out of xxx
unfortunate PkR so congested, assist Blue Buses
RF: the concept of another intersection at MDr that has some precedence in some other guiding docs of the District and other Ms
at this point support in principle for those high-level docs
consideration wrt landscaping and design to prevent that queueing
although approval in principle at this point, staff will have the opp to work with PkR to review design to make sure performs satisfactory to District, look and feel to gateway
Mayor: return to Ccl?
RF: if Ccl wishes after that
Sop: 13 years ago when another incident hostility with PkR
now we sit down and talk and I applaud that
passion for PkR to expand and Sq Nat same
but this is not about PkR and Sq Nat but about travelling public
last years been two or three lanes to LGB
we've known there's been gridlock -- on a Sat night when everyone leaves, gridlock at LGB
we've looked at bus links with TransLink and PkR
there's one little catch, if they don't get the ground level light they won't support the proj
as a favour; I wd prefer our staff call a public mtg to talk about that specific ground-level light
once feedback, carry on with process
if tied with business why not xxx
Mayor: and I'd add that the complete plan come back
just a suggestion
Sop: there may be sev ppl who don't want another light at MDr
one speaker ... don't know ... expansion ...
what are impacts of traffic patterns?
not criticizing staff,
major decisions, get public okay then go ahead
little disappointed PkR tied to xxx
their endeavours, what about ours?
PkR successful and brings more
abide by TransLink
forget WV
not xxx, it's whether to put a light there in the first place
ML: little bit concerned being asked to approve in principle
Sop: xxx
Mayor: that's xxx
ML: well, I don't approve in principle b/c not sure that's the proposal being made
five street lights, four within a couple of blocks!
don't see removal of overpasses, one by NSh Credit is going to be an improvement
a priority bus lane in parallel with having an at-grade intersection
if we think a high-vol behind, no idea but think disaster to PkR
think a bit out of sequence; do analysis before approving in principle
RF: wrt the public mtg, the proponents have always proposed a public mtg in the mall
all partners wd have a presence, Ministry and District as well
diff to hold a public mtg if not a proj
staff's view make sure a proj first then look and have public get used to idea and feel
wd be a public info mtg
re traffic situation, the intersection of TWay and MDr and the only way you can improve is another relief point so provide another
for those travelling eastward, shave some of the traffic off that wd go straight into PkR and xxx
for westward, takes some pressure off left-turn that takes a lot of green-phase time
shorten time at TW intersection then turn left
in theory that's how the intersections wd work; look at timing and phasing
PkR N to S, design wd hv to be done so not bottlenecks
Mayor wd it be okay to add third part that this analysis be returned to Ccl?
MS: don't know where to start
so will start on process, I'm big on process
you can't improve in principle things dependent on staff review [and listed several], so what are we approving? basically nothing
confusing two things
PkR is a value, taxes, value to WV
this Ccl shd be going out of our way to facilitate ingress and egress to their prop
but we don't have any facts, all subject to
so ask Staff to work with(?) to get bus done, then work with PkR as to traffic about devts on Sq Lands, etc
all addressed with facts not in principle, subject to all these drawings and meetings, and ... direct staff to work with Pk Royal re staff xxx
then work with what cd be there next ten to 20 years; right not flying blind; xxx
not approving something in principle I don't know what I'm approving
BD: maybe add a bit more clarity to the discussion
staff have done some analysis; UrbanSystems three years ago was asked to study re full buildout -- showed splits and volumes so we do have that info at hand
where traffic coming from and going to
XX [name] of TransLink here today; they're stringent on how we handle that road, truck, bus movement
if some dire consequences of what staff proposing TransLink wd be the first to object so we have a watchdog
committed to taking that info from three years ago
looking at change so we have a good picture of what's happening on MDr
doing new coordination on MDr
to ensure traffic moving West wd be green, green, green
Mayor: xxx
MS: that reinforces my point -- if all that info exists, why not in front of us so we can make a decision?
TP: a bit confused; in favour of bus
what consequences re timeline and funding
RF: there is a little bit of a push wrt funding and timeline
current Min of Transp, Blue Bridge replacement, opp to get fed govt funds and work with prov and funding to add that to proj
also minimizes disruption to the public; so opp to coord
expires Mar 31 -- matching funds
TP: want to carry on; we need to be looking out to the future
public transp has to be a big part of that
look forward; wd be sad to see that not move fwd
understand Cclr Smith's concern, he is a process guy
shd be our priority to get the Blue Bus moving through
if we get bogged down in process, lose
can light at grade be separated or joined together in that funding process?
RF: construction of the widening piece for the bus priority lane does not depend on the at-grade intersection itself wch is sole resp of PkR and it cd proceed v closely after the bus priority lane
right now focus on bus priority lane
reason they're linked is transit improvement along the whole corridor has been looked at in a singular way; specifically to widen the lane, there's a section of leased land required by TransLink
PkR has done a lot in terms of facilitating transit from allowing the layovers and the crossings within their private property on a courtesy basis, and so at this point they have requested to gain some certainty over the at-grade intersection as part of the mix thereby linking the two projs
Mayor:  before cclrs speak, I think Ccl v supportive of the dedicated bus priority lane and v appreciative of the work that the Ministry and TransLink and the fed/prov infrastructure funding have put into WV and this is a function of the replacement of the bridge, and a piece of that budget that can be applied to this
Part of high-functioning is getting the bus from 11th to Bridge
recommend approving the first part, bus priority lane on south side, and refer the second part back to Ccl for more info
not to say the at-grade crossing might not be the best thing; Ccl is exercising caution b/c we all know part of next 20 - 30 years WV is going to evolve b/c all the action is right there.
Both PkR plans and Sq Nat; cd easily argue if ped can cross the road and catch bus better that is liveability, that is life in the slow lane, and it's not putting the cars first
We want to make really sure the next step is the right one and it is in a bigger context
Most ppl b/c of that Big Box debate, feel PkR is better off
so that PkR too is well served by the process Ccl is in charge
so will go back around but I'm suggesting we split the motion
Sop: who owns MDr to TWay?
BD: M has ROW and the road and infrastructure are the co-managed by M and TransLink so we have to adhere to the Act wch governs what and how and when we can do to MRN
Sop: when? it happened, I know
Mayor: wd be nice to hear from TransLink
Sam Hussein (sp?): Dir of Roads with TransLink.  Welcome to Ccl
Marine is part of the Major Road Network wch is the regional network, voluntary process; Ms nominate their major roads they want part of the MRN; co-managed by M and TransLink
TransLink provides annual funding for operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the MRN so that's what the District gets back
we co-manage the major decisions, ppl-moving capacity, safety, efficiency of the MRN with the Ms
our mandate is to maximize ppl-moving capacity and maintain reliability, safety, goods movement
Sop: this cmnty based on assessment pays tremendous amt of money to TransLink and we get money back to improve from TWay to 21st for Marine Dr, that's the extent--
Mayor: --Cclr Sop--
Sop: --what I'm trying to understand
when you look at bus lane, etc, appreciate efforts, the blue bridge, wonderful things for us
how do you know a ground-level light is good for us?
we haven't even asked our own ppl who supply the money in taxes
how do you know?
SH: we work with your staff, we respond to requests and applications for road improvements; it's a continuous dialogue to look at efficiency, reliability, and safety for the MRN
We've committed to come back to MDr and do a v thorough assessment not just of this intersection but of the corridor as a whole way from TWay all the way west, look at series of intersections, how make work best we can; will be undertaking that review next year
will be looking at all major roads on NSh next year, focusing specifically on MDr
Sop: doc today says if we don't support ground-level position tonight, PkR will back away from the deal
Mayor: I was suggesting we refer the second part back to staff for the kinds of info Ccl wishes to have
Sop: may I ask that we ask staff to call a townhall mtg, not a public marketing display by PkR where we invite citizens to comment on the ground-level light that PkR, TransLink, and staff say are good for us, and get feedback
if okay go, if not, look for alternate means
process cannot bypass the ppl who pay the bills; those days are over
Mayor: I don't think I've ever participated in those days nor can we propose something with fraction, without the whole picture
Ev: my question is our ability to protest
refer to staff report on p3; states TransLink has some jurisdiction and has agreed
are we bound by those two statements?
SH: TransLink reacts to M, usu staff comes to us with requests for improvements, when staff and mall came to us, we said we were supportive b/c of the bus lane, looking at three to five minutes savings per bus during peak periods, so that signif improvement, our primary mandate is ppl-moving capacity; achieving that for next 20, 25 years, is signif
estimating operational benefits for transit passengers in the region
signal will delay but have to always balance modes, naturally will delay vehicles compared to today's condition but we look at multimodel; like the trade-off -- buses save one to two cycles as conservative est, and possibly three to four as Mr Fung referred to
redistribute, releasing pressure on TWay; see even further improvements
Ev: use of word jurisdiction implies some power, authority, to tell us what to do?
occurs to me that's a poor word; asked if we're bound and now feel we're not bound by your decision
SH: we can't impose, just work with you on what you propose, but respond to staff recommendation; make sure it adheres to the Act.
Ev: so we're not bound
Mayor: there are a few rules you have made us abide by
SH: as long as part of MRN, wch is your choice; what's the best for the road as part of MRN
MS: follow up on your excellent suggestion; report says there are options as to how this proceeds
we agree all want the bus priority lane, so why not direct staff to sit down and make that happen?
there are options; b/c PkR wd be reasonable; in PkR's interest in keeping us happy b/c want us to approve those theatres when those proposals come forward
get the proj moving so we can get sr govts' money
as Sop says, the presentation, design, crossing at grade, see how that's going to meet our future needs
Mayor: are you moving part one? close off debate?
{MS yea Sop: second}
Mayor: for second part adequate, just the further report and public process, and back to Cc
MS: exactly what we shd do
Mayor: so that's a referral motion
CARRIED [8:20]
does that give you enough direction, Mr Fung?
RF: yes
Mayor: tyvm; beginning of a new era, one we're going to be v diligent about: communicating with the public ev step of the way. Thank you.
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".
ML: note received that shd be Hi-View
Sokol: received same and research not about hyphens
google place on phone might not type in hyphen
maybe diff to locate but no red flags
ML: doesn't make a diff to the recommendation but maybe think about that?
SW: fine with spelling as it is; residential street; hyphen
Mayor: anachronistic?
SW: and doesn't deserve time for debate
sop: says Hi, View?
Mayor: maybe after Hi-View name of the lodge at the top
Ev: refreshing shd come up with something with some meaning
Highview fine but maybe come up with xxx
TP: if staying with Hi rather than Hello, in keeping with the quirky things in WV like the spelling of Whytecliff Park; stick with it
MS: let Brit Props do we really care?
SW: multimil houses, quirky doesn't work
Mayor: Brit Prop has the opp to elevate
in this case pretty close; studying books; xxx
agree with Cclr Smith and Walker we're not the street-naming cmte, we set the Policy, I'd refer to the WG
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.
Sop: xxx some are treed and don't need to do it
do you think xxx ... remove ev tree on their lot in future
this tree bylaw, there are concerns about that
asking you point blank -- see as a major consideration?  I think it is
Sokol: new homes to be ready
do not see somebody's going to say ..... b/c this conduit I'll put this and cut down all trees and ask nbr to cut
at future date make it a bit easier
make it easier in a cost effective manner
Sop: never a doc ... so ... never going to happen again?
Sokol: cannot guarantee
Mayor: sometimes. xxx
worried, where conditions ... well-treed lots facing the wrong way
hope we're not encumbering xxx
Sokol: wd be an administrative decision
person meets one or two of the above
TP: certainly supportive
I did look at solar for my house and b/c of the trees, the payback wasn't there
but what I am doing is putting conduit
b/c at some future time might be good to be ready
you might not have to take down any of those trees
the cmnty ctr is piped for solar
the last three houses in front of us for variances, solar
think this is sensible, BC Housing Code, new houses only
think ppl don't realize what solar capacity av, even if just pool
huge savings from energy and money
toward 33% reduction for 2020
Sop: not in the BC Code; if they put it in they'd still be spinning
trees take in CO2 around the home
xxx and $1200 for retrofit
SW: only $3-400 now
my father built a new house; regret not putting in xxx
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
CARRIED [8:33]
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.
Mooi: report is result of Ccl's request
Andrew Banks: glyphosate {herbicide Roundup?} interjected selectively, safe approach
don't have anything in 2010 budget year, propose for 2011
work with LPPS and want to thank them for their research on this
ML: injecting basically Roundup
AB: right
ML: xxx why don't we spray it on
AB : risk of hitting other plants, best time is late July August when plants 7ft high
injecting more controlled and found spraying not so successful, drenches the leaves
ML: makes perfect sense; thought injecting wd be a lot more
Alexandra Mancini, Prez of LPPS: thank Parks for support, in Caulfeild
stem injection is 90% effective; done once each season
Parks Report importantly also acknowledges knotweed a threat to the Caulfeild Park
while respectful of xxx of budget
acutely aware of ideal time, wch is August
an patches not treated now by next year will be double or triple by next year
as xxx
support with volunteer hours and financially
our $3K be used in 2010, is assured Parks Budget will be used in 2011
this will eradicate in a few open places where it will spread faster
also by doing some work this year, provide info to Parks WG
once policy devpd, wd help Parks devt practical and reasonable xxx for xxx
opp to educate the cmnty by doing some work this year
can educate more broadly our Society can facilitate
demonstrate our commitment and District's
Mayor: Mr McRadu or Ms Mooi about advancing this?
Mooi: we wd be v pleased to work on a small proj this year
wd help inform the Parks Master Plan WG; in advance, tyvm
ML made motion and added: 3. that staff be directed to work with the LPPS in Caulfeild Park to implement an immediate prog respectful of the amt of funding being proposed by the Society.
Mayor: will be some funding implications; contingency?
Mooi: with the $3K will be able to implement a small proj
will bring forward $9,500
$3K has bn contracted out to an expert who injects the knotweed
Mayor: a v gracious gift
MS: group who identifies a need and staff agrees and puts their own funds
we shd at v least we shd look at matching the $3K from our Grants, think not fully
ask Mr McRadu if possible to match; obviously in our interest
group identifying a need coming fwd with a plan, why not encourage by matching money raising
not way we can? ... but at least investigate to see if our finding wd allow us to match
Mayor: lots of groups will come forward with $3K
and I totally agree, how much more effective we'll be
is there anything in the $3K xxx
Mooi: currently we do not have the money in our budget
MS: did not want to put staff on spot
if money ... don't expect xxx
ABanks: we will support the $3K contributions with staff and xxx
in addn, this work has to be undertaken in Aug
so if Grant process, time wd be against us
so support from POV of staff time, notify the public, and xxx ... LPPS
MS: I didn't mean to prolong this
happened to be watching the news last night, Japanese knotweed and it's pretty frightening
Mayor and others: that's hogweed
MS: then I'll just shut up

{Actually both have been in the news, but CBC did do a piece on giant hogweed}

TP: congratulate; working on invasive species for a long time; generally needed
know Parks WG will be looking at invasive species
long term and critical we have a sound policy we can fund; VERY supportive
looking at that 2011 budget and working with that Parks WG invasive policy
wd like public to be aware in BSC and a 2012 milestone, maybe can be moving that and shifting that to 2011
Mayor: $3K critical, v grateful; will leverage more as we get formal invasive species policy under way and funded
that's knotweed, not even hogweed ... obviously will xxx
Cclr Panz was right, I was criticized in the paper for not being successful at attacking this and that's b/c it takes at least four votes on Ccl, not just one, so it's great to see Ccl so supportive.
PASSED [8:49]
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.
Sop: I and Cclr Smith voted in negative
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.
ML: map; can project map
Mayor: map of FBG? the slight change Ccl made last week?
Holitzki, pointing: this map shows the 5m radius around the Ferry Building
all here permitted; always here,.....
edge of hard surface
ML: I had a couple of ppl call thinking limited to 5m around the building and that's all
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}
                        ***  R.I.P.?  NOPE -- NOT ON MY WATCH !  ***
MS: I always like to report on something staff has done that costs little and delivers maximum benefit
plsd to see walking along new waterfront, what was previous eyesore; Music Box now smartly painted same as Silk Purse, tremendous improvement
commend staff, doing small things with small dollars....
Mayor: True.  Anything further?
wd like to invite everybody to the Harmony Arts Festival opening Friday night
7:30 is the main stage event; we have a record number, 82 musical acts this year wch is the most ever, and we're going to try an intimate wine garden at the foot of 15th St, Millennium Park, for the first time in our history
hope it's a success and that everybody enjoys it and delights in WV at its best.
Thank you.  Anything further?
CR: tyvm.  I hope after the wine garden Friday night, ppl will be tempted to have some of the tea at the RoyalTea-by-the-Sea on the Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 at Dundarave Park.
Carolanne Reynolds, Editor of West Van Matters; Chair of Heritage West Van.
After 20 years of travelling and seeing lots of different countries, over 100 of them, I'm really pleased that Canada has become multi-cultural and we have rainbow smiles, and it's always great, but we shdn't forget some of our British history and traditions, so I hope that all of you wd be, uh, I'd be pleased to have all of you come to the tea from 2 to 4 on Saturday.  You can reserve by reservations@royaltea.ca or phone 922 4400.  There'll be some bagpipes -- you won't have to cover your ears all the time if you don't like them; and you'll really enjoy them if you get excited by the skirl of the bagpipes.
So we hope you all can come and thank you very much.
Have a nice summer.
Mayor: Thank you. You too.
This is Ccl's final mtg before it breaks for the month of August, so thank you Ccl for all your hard work; and also enjoy the break; and same to our senior staff
We've got a v ambitious fall ahead of us.

+  There are only 720 wild gorillas left on earth.
                CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, promotional brochure, May 2010.
+  Amazingly, another seal story! -- major awwwwww factor -- was sent this:
How to cuddle with an elephant seal. You can't tell me animals don't have feelings.
You may recall a story only a couple of months ago in WVM16 when I wrote about a story in Dispatches on CBC radio and added a videoclip.
[  WVM-16: Dispatches with stories from many different parts of the world.  Recently there was a fascinating bit on Paul Nicklen's visit to Antarctica. It's even emotional.  Here's the link: http://www.cbc.ca/dispatches
for the program June 24 (the story of the huge leopard seal is about halfway).  The segment is about Paul Nicklen's polar obsessio.  He wanted to save the leopard seal's Antarctic environment.  Then it took his head in its jaws.  Here's the link for a videoclip on YouTube about a encounter with a huge loving leopard seal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxa6P73Awcg  ]

===  TREEWATCH  ===
Trees are under-appreciated by many; essential for our earth and make oxygen for us to breathe.  In my travels the difference between places with and without trees was dramatic -- from flying south into India from Nepal/Himalayas and seeing the dust rising up from the brown earth, to flying over islands in the Caribbean seeing those with trees attracting clouds that give rain, much needed water.  Protection of trees has been controversial and problematical, even in 'enlightened' WV with its 'vision'.
in VSun pB4 Aug 12
        by Peter Foster, from Daily Telegraph and Agence France-Presse:
... China's govt is under growing pressure over this week's disaster after it emerged that there had been repeated warnings of the dangers of potential landslides around Zhouqu after decades of mining, logging, and damming rivers for hydroelectric power.
...experts warned that the landslide had been "an accident waiting to happen".
A 2006 report by Lanzhou University warned of the dangers of deforestation around Zhouqu for mining and agriculture.
"The hills have become highly unstable and easily subject to natural disaster of landslides and mudslides," it said.  Zhouqu, in Gansu province, has had more than ten major landslides since 1823, but experts said the risk had been largely increased by the deforestation of more than 126,000 hectares [well over 300,000 acres] from 1952 to 1990.
Prof Fan Xiao, a geologist, told a local newspaper: "Local authorities have ignored daunting warnings about the severe consequences of dam-building and viewed dams as their key source of taxation.
Had those warnings been taken seriously, the disaster may have been averted." ...

 ===  INFObit  ===  "Covering" cultural, not part of religion (Islam)
And to what extent, varies.
In Daphne Bramham's article (VSun pB5), it clarifies that the burqa and the niqab are being banned, not the abaya or simple scarf over the head.  You may have seen the burqa, a cloak (some say a tent) from head to toe with only a thick crocheted mesh for the eyes to try to peer through.  The niqab is a head covering with only a slit for the eyes, but it is only a narrow slit that is open. 
Quebec has banned public services for those wearing them.
France has banned these two with a $200 fine for women and a $40K fine for men who force wives/daughters to wear them.
Spain, Italy, and Belgium are thinking of banning these two.
Syria has banned, through legislation, the burqa and the niqab at universities.
In Egypt, the highest ranking Muslim cleric banned students and professors at Cairo's Al-Azhar University from wearing full-face veils.
Christian women used to have to cover their hair/heads at church, but that requirement has faded away.
And we see some Muslim countries/areas drawing the line at extreme covering.
Just wait till those women have more education!

===  CPTWATCH  ===  Christian Peacemaker Teams: Colombia, At-Tuwani, Bedouins (CNN), Hebron
COLOMBIA: One year later: palm, displacement, and murder
CPTnet  -- 10 August 2010  --  COLOMBIA: One year later: palm, displacement, and murder by Julie Myers
July 14 marked one year since the displacement of the Las Pavas community from their land. One year since the riot police showed up and forced 123 families out of their homes. One year since 60 hectares of their food crops were uprooted, 14 homes were demolished, their trees were cut down, and everything was burned. One year since the families began sleeping under plastic tarps, displaced from their ravaged land. A lot can change in a year, but unfortunately, a lot has remained the same.
A mono-crop of oil palm, the invasive export crop fueling the "green revolution" in the global north, continues to fill the once diverse land of Las Pavas with oil that is sold to The Body Shop to make cosmetics. [Mono-cropping is the large-scale planting of one crop year after year. This agricultural business model, used to increase efficiency and profits, also depletes the soil of nutrients, increases vulnerability to disease and pests and destroys the livelihood of small-scale farmers.]
Meanwhile, in the department of Sucre, the farmers of La Alemania farm are slowly returning to their land, after paramilitaries violently displaced them ten years ago. But their return is not without consequences.
On May 18, five masked gunmen killed Rogelio Martinez, a campesino leader and human rights activist of La Alemania. Martinez had accompanied families back to their farms. For refusing to accept the theft of his land, he was killed. And he is not the only casualty from the La Alemania farm; paramilitaries have murdered fifteen people of that farm in their struggle for land since 1998. Martinez is the 45th human rights activist murdered in Colombia in the last year and over 400 have received threats. Not a single arrest has been made.
These are not unrelated events.
In a country where less than half a per cent of landowners own 61% of rural land[1], the continual displacement of campesino communities in Colombia is a strategic one. In Las Pavas, it was to make way for oil palm planting by the Daabon company. The oil is then sold to The Body Shop to make cosmetics. In the department of Sucre, the fertile land is rapidly being usurped for mega-projects like mono-cropping. Rogelio Martinez was murdered because the land is valuable to big business. It is very possible that the farm of La Alemania is intended for oil palm as well.
Where do we go from here? First check out Las Pavas's video message entitled, "Listen to us, dear friends." Secondly, keep an eye open for news and action requests in solidarity with the Las Pavas community. We can't wait until more human rights and land rights activists like Rogelio are murdered. They pay for their resistance with death. We must join their struggle for justice.
Click here for "Listen to us, dear friends."
[1] "Poverty, Inequality, and Drugs." ABColombia.
+  A Good Thing -- At-Tuwani/Hebron, WB
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 08:42:26 +0300
At-Tuwani Reflection: A Good Thing: Festival of Nonviolent Resistance --  August 9, 2010
The 3rd Annual At-Tuwani Festival of Nonviolent Resistance took place on Saturday, 7 August. That's a good thing. The festival was a celebration.  A celebration of the successful completion of the 9th annual summer camp, a celebration of the forthcoming availability to electricity and water for the village, and a celebration of the general success of defeating ethnic cleansing as the people of the South Hebron Hills have remained on their land for yet another year.
Representatives from nearly all of the villages in the South Hebron Hills were present and were recognized for their continued presence in the area and their ongoing resistance to occupation forces and policies.  Certain individuals were also recognized for their exceptional courage and perseverance in the face of settler violence. Several hajjis (a respectful name given to older women) in their 70s and 80s were recognized for their lifelong support of their families and their sweat and tears which have nourished this arid land for decades. Others were recognized for the physical signs of settler violence and racist hatred that their bodies bear, but all who came forward undoubtedly carried emotional scars and painful memories that are both invisible, yet unmistakably present.
Various NGOs and individuals who have been involved in At-Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills were recognized. The awards and recognition went on for quite some time which showed the level of support that these communities have in Israeli, Palestinian, and international networks. The number of people involved in the South Hebron Hills also demonstrates the level of support that is needed for the South Hebron Hills to not be wiped off the map through a slow process of ethnic cleansing which seeks an entirely Judaized Judean desert.
But despite all of these recognitions and formalities, the children were in the limelight and were the highlight of this festival. Children from the area performed skits and informally entertained by running around with balloons while being generally cute. The At-Tuwani dance troupe performed a couple of short dabke routines (a traditional form of Arabic dance). A group of clowns from Italy, who had been in At-Tuwani as part of the summer camp, also assisted with skits and entertainment.
The 3rd Annual At-Tuwani Festival of Nonviolent Resistance was a good thing. People didn't have to send lookouts up on the hillside to watch for approaching soldiers or settlers, people didn't have to worry about the months they might serve in jail if arrested, people didn't have to call CPT to come videotape their cisterns or fields of wheat that soldiers or settlers demolished. Rather, people attended a festival where their lives, traditions, and courage were celebrated and where their kids smiled.
That's what a good thing is.
+    A Bad Thing -- Continued Ethnic Cleansing - CNN
Israel again razes Bedouin village by the CNN Wire Staff  August 10, 2010
Jerusalem (CNN) -- On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Israeli police re-entered a Bedouin village Tuesday to repeat the demolition of homes they had razed only a few days earlier.
Israeli police closed off entrances to Al-Araqeeb, in southern Israel's Negev Desert, and tore down houses that had been partially rebuilt in the past week, confiscated water tanks, attacked livestock, and arrested five people, said Talab El-Sana, an Arab member of the Knesset.
Even the village sign was taken down, he said. And villagers, who were getting ready for Ramadan, set to begin Wednesday, resorted to the cemetery for shelter.....
According to Israeli civil rights groups, more than a 150,000 Bedouins live in villages like Al-Araqeeb, not recognized by the Israeli government, not provided with any municipal services.....
Tuesday's raid was the third time the village has been demolished.
Whole article: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/08/10/israel.village.razed/index.html?hpt=T2#fbid=rVBeZ6ENexE&wom=false
+  Another Bad Thing  ~~  CPT - HEBRON; more ethnic cleansing
[NB: Shuhada is a street Palestinians not even allowed to walk on; not just roads they're not allowed to drive on]
Israeli Military and Policemen Shut Three Palestinian Shops
14 August 2010  --  HEBRON  --  Every Saturday for the last several months, Youth Against the Settlements has led a nonviolent action -- "Open Shuhada St."-- at the entrance to the Old City of Hebron.  On Tuesday, 10 August 2010 the Israeli military and police forcibly welded shut three stores that stand directly behind the area of the weekly Saturday action and across from the gate of an Israeli military base.
A local friend alerted CPT at 2:45 pm that the shopkeeper had received a warning that the military would close his shops, and he had half an hour to remove all his merchandise. After arriving at the site, CPTers alerted other internationals, partner organizations and media to come.  A crowd of about 75 people assembled in front of the stores.  As they waited, Palestinians removed and hid two of the shop doors.
A little after 4pm, 30 soldiers and three policemen arrived and pushed their way into the shops where internationals and Palestinians were waiting. The soldiers pulled the civilians out of the shops, scattered much of the merchandise, and dragged a Palestinian behind the gate. Red Crescent of the International Red Cross came shortly thereafter and examined the Palestinian man who had been injured while being dragged.  They determined he had a brain concussion and advised the police that he needed hospitalization. The police replied they would take the Palestinian man to the jail, question him, and then decide if he needed hospitalization.
Declaring the area from the military base to the stores a "closed military zone", the soldiers formed two lines and progressively forced the crowd away from the stores being closed.  Other soldiers retrieved the two hidden doors and welded shut the three shops. An Israeli policeman pushed the shopkeeper's large cart of merchandise into one of the stores before the doors were welded shut.  One of the CPTers urged the policeman to bring the cart out of the shop or allow her to retrieve it for the shopkeeper, but the policeman refused.  One British man and four Palestinians were arrested.
The British man was released the next morning at 2:30am on the condition that he immediately leave the West Bank and not return for 15 days. The four Palestinians are now in Ofer Prison. The brother of the man with the brain concussion reported to CPTers that his brother was never hospitalized.
not only settlements growing and illegal outposts established (sometimes the IDF tries to remove them but also great resistance) but Israel declares more and more of the West Bank as 'closed military zones' wch means Palestinians removed, homes demolished, villages razed, etc.
and the world, sadly, remains mostly silent let alone protesting these inhumane insensitive acts against a ppl without a military to defend themselves while trying to live in the shadow of one of the most powerful and modern militaries in the world.  The US is quiescent not just b/c of elections in November but also b/c two thirds  of the Congress and Senate stand to lose if not supported by Zionist organizations in the US (AIPAC, etc).  {Actual figures in The Economist.}
Harper has changed Canada's policy from being neutral/objective to siding with the Israeli govt and not criticizing its policies that violate human rights -- either a result of Harper's evangelical faith (Christian Zionist) or a crass grab for the Jewish vote traditionally Liberal, or both.
Canada has several Jewish organizations, such as Jews for a Just Peace and Independent Jewish Voices, who bravely work for justice.

===  WEBWATCH  ===    IRAN
Nothing Short of Nukes Will Work by Gwynne Dyer
August 06, 2010 "New Zealand Herald" -- When Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking American officer, was asked recently on NBC's Meet The Press show whether the United States has a military plan for an attack on Iran, he replied simply: "We do".
General staffs are supposed to plan for even the most unlikely future contingencies. Right down to the 1930s, the US maintained and annually updated plans for the invasion of Canada - and the Canadian military made plans to pre-empt the invasion.
But what the planning process will have shown, in this case, is that there is no way for the US to win a non-nuclear war with Iran.
The whole article can be found at: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26099.htm

===  SCIENCEWATCH  === Solar Roadways -- Your Environmental Road Trip
Solar Roadways: The Prototype
The Solar Roadways project is working to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. Co-founder Scott Brusaw has made some major steps forward since our first visit back in 2007, so we visited him again earlier this year for an exclusive update on the project, including the first ever video recorded of the Solar Roadways prototype! For more information visit www.solarroadways.com .
Hwys made of glass strong as steel; video at: http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/video/2010/061810.htm

===  NEWSWATCH  ===  Israel and the law
+   Palestinian Man Served In The Othman [Ottoman] Army Lives In Jerusalem
11.08.10 - 15:19  Mayssa Abu Ghazala - PNN - Shuhada Suliman, is a 118-year-old Palestinian man from Jerusalem, spends most of his days in his room. ...
Suliman was born in Nablus city, in the northern west Bank, in 1892. He then moved to the Beit Safafa town with his family were he is living till today. ...
He [has] lived during the British mandate, under Jordanian rule, and now lives under the Israeli occupation.
As many Palestinians living in Jerusalem, Mr. Suliman also suffers from the Israeli policies against the city residents. The Israeli state refuses to provide him with medical assistance because the government based a law which made all Palestinians born before 1907 unable to receive government help.
The whole article: http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8640&Itemid=56
...was sent this about a Cdn boat to Gaza
Your friend thought you might be interested in this link:
They also left you these comments:
My favourite bit: "Does Israel occupy Gaza or doesn't it? The answer cannot be sometimes one and sometimes the other. If Israel occupies Gaza, then it is responsible for the needs of the 1.5 million Palestinians who live there. If it no longer occupies it, then it has no right to block access to it by sea or air, or to restrict the movement of people in and out."
[sounds like a Catch-22 to me!  YT]
===  GAZAWATCH  === just found out Oxfam reports weekly
Oxfam Gaza Weekly Update - 1 to 7 August 2010   11.08.10 - 13:28
The international NGO Oxfam released on Wednesday its weekly report on the Gaza Strip. The following is the summary of the report.
Mortars/rockets/casualties/incursions: ...
Fishermen:  There was one reported incident of Israeli naval vessels firing at Palestinian fishermen this week. The previous week, 1 incident was reported. Since January 2009, Israeli naval forces have restricted the access of Palestinian fishing boats to three nautical miles from the coast; in practice, access is sometimes restricted to as little as one nautical mile.
Tunnel related fatalities: ...
Palestinians in the "buffer zone": ...
Rafah border crossing: ...
Power plant and electricity supply:  812,006 litres of industrial fuel were delivered this week for Gaza's power plant, which is only 23% of the 3.5 million litres of fuel needed weekly at the current maximum capacity of 80Mw. The power plant shut down on 7 August for lack of fuel. Gaza's only power plant has closed down on several occasions in the past because of fuel shortages. ...
Cooking gas:  654 tons of cooking gas reportedly entered Gaza this week, 37% of the normal weekly level of need of 1,750 tons. 754 tons of cooking gas were reported to have entered Gaza last week. The overall cooking gas shortage has been a main concern for humanitarian agencies since November 2009.
Diesel/petrol:  No diesel or petrol was delivered this week to Gaza. Last week, no diesel and no petrol were delivered to the private sector. A near total ban on fuel imports for public sale was put in place by the Government of Israel in October 2008. Around 100,000 litres of diesel and 100,000 litres of petrol are reported to enter Gaza every day through tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border (OCHA, 4 May 2010).
Truckloads of supplies:  1,142 truckloads of supplies were permitted entry this week (993 through Kerem Shalom crossing and the equivalent of 149 through the Karni conveyor). This is the equivalent of 41% of the pre-blockade weekly average of all trucks entering Gaza*. 871 trucks were allowed into Gaza during the previous week. ...
The week before the attack on the Gaza flotilla (23 to 29 May 2010), only 631 truckloads were allowed into Gaza - 22% of the pre- blockade weekly average.
While imports remain limited, and raw materials severely restricted (with the exception of materials for local biscuit production industry), exports remain banned entirely. As a result, the scale of economic activity remains heavily dependent on demand in Gaza, which in turn is constrained by the low purchasing power of the population and the relatively small size of the local market. Until crossings are opened for export, the impact of the easing of the blockade on unemployment, poverty and food insecurity rates will remain extremely limited.
Pre-blockade weekly average (2,807 truckloads) is calculated based on the monthly average of all truckloads that entered during the first five months of 2007, before Israel's imposition of the blockade
Exports:  No exports have left Gaza since 18 April 2010. No change in the policy prohibiting exports implemented since June 2007 has been announced by the Israeli authorities so far.
Internal violence: ...
See complete report: http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8639&Itemid=63

===  MONEYWATCH  === from The Sydney Morning Herald
US is bankrupt and we don't even know it
        LAURENCE KOTLIKOFF  August 12, 2010 - 8:33AM
Let's get real. The US is bankrupt. Neither spending more nor taxing less will help the country pay its bills.
What it can and must do is radically simplify its tax, health-care, retirement and financial systems, each of which is a complete mess. But this is the good news. It means they can each be redesigned to achieve their legitimate purposes at much lower cost and, in the process, revitalise the economy.
Last month, the International Monetary Fund released its annual review of US economic policy. Its summary contained these bland words about US fiscal policy: "Directors welcomed the authorities' commitment to fiscal stabilisation, but noted that a larger than budgeted adjustment would be required to stabilise debt-to-GDP."
But delve deeper, and you will find that the IMF has effectively pronounced the US bankrupt. Section 6 of the July 2010 Selected Issues Paper says: "The US fiscal gap associated with today's federal fiscal policy is huge for plausible discount rates." It adds that "closing the fiscal gap requires a permanent annual fiscal adjustment equal to about 14 per cent of US GDP."
The fiscal gap is the value today (the present value) of the difference between projected spending (including servicing official debt) and projected revenue in all future years.
Rest: http://www.smh.com.au/business/us-is-bankrupt-and-we-dont-even-know-it-20100812-12056.html


+  THE LAND CONSERVANCY of BC: http://blog.conservancy.bc.ca/
A National Historic Site in WV -- the B C Binning House
Come see a groundbreaking example of West Coast modern architecture designed personally by artist and architect B.C. Binning in West Vancouver.  This national historic site, designed in 1941, was one of the first of its kind to set the stage for West Coast modern architecture, and eventually serve as a primary influence for Arthur Erickson.  The residence, following principles of early twentieth century modernism that influenced architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and in conjunction with the artistic style of the abstract expression, is truly unique. Binning was renowned for his virtually unparalleled ability to amalgamate art, architecture, and education.  He was in the vanguard of West Coast modern art an architecture.  Come view the lush gardens, innovative architecture , and stunning view (2968 Mathers Crescent).
Carpooling and public transit are recommended as parking is limited.  Admission by donation.
Tours (limited to ten): Wednesdays (1pm), Saturdays (11am and 2pm); July 7th to August 28th. 
Reservations advised; add'l info contact Kerrie Taylor at 604 733 2313 or ktaylor@conservancy.bc.ca
More info on the house: http://blog.conservancy.bc.ca/get-involved-with-tlc/campaigns/b-c-binning-residence/
Register soon so you can learn more about this West Coast icon in our cmnty !

+  ROYALTEA-by-the-SEA ~ 31 JULY 2010  http://www.royaltea.ca/
Great photograph of Bill and Vivian Vaughan in the Aug 6th North Shore News pA11.
Vivian's outfit was an elegant turquoise and black, dress and matching hat.
A most dapper Bill showed and told us about his swagger stick, but most remarkable of all is that someone walking along the seawall recognized his boater as from Whitgift School [ http://www.whitgift.co.uk/ ] in the UK!  And yes, indeed, Bill had attended that independent boys' school some decades ago.
What a coincidence!
What are the odds/chances???
100% now!
Only in West Vancouver you say?
Thanks again to Paul McGrath and the North Shore News!
Furthermore, incredibly, Bill said he had a call from an Old Whitgiftian who lives in North Van. He saw the photo in the NSN and recognized the crest and the boater so called Bill!
It's a small world after all!

Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 20:44:25 -0700
From: Carolanne Reynolds <carolanne@heritage.westvan.org>
Subject: Klee Wyck Irretrievable Catastrophe?
Dear fellow former Heritage WG/Cmte mbrs and others:
Rather upsetting to see the article in NSN Aug 13, pA4:
WV's Klee Wyck faces closure
Arts programs may be forced out  by NIAMH SCALLAN, N SHORE NEWS AUGUST 13
Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/entertainment/Klee+Wyck+faces+closure/3394723/story.html#ixzz0wjnlK9HP
Well, I'm sure Brent is pleased at the assumption/promotion to CAO to the bemusement of (the real CAO) Grant......
While some tiny bit of comfort can be squeezed from reading there'll be some consultation as to the future of Klee Wyck -- albeit on the agenda of the Parks WG, not (the more appropriate but defunct) Heritage WG/Cmte -- DWV ought to be embarrassed that they're considering demolition because of neglect.  It's been in DWV hands for decades!  Others let structures deteriorate so they can justify demolition and build what they want, but how did DWV allow Klee Wyck (bequeathed to them in trust) in their charge to fall apart to the present state?
An insult to Dr Ethlyn Trapp? an unpleasant occurrence so others thinking of bequesting need beware?
Can DWV not be trusted to be stewards of what property/gifts they are given from citizens?
The much-quoted "Vision" of WV as a place of Excellence?
Leading by example?
'Tis to laugh were it not so sad.
Sincerity is demonstrated by actions, not words.
Klee Wyck lost?
not even referred to a heritage group(s)? no WG or cmte? for input? even TO the Parks WG?
and right now no DWV heritage body, not even a heritage liaison councillor AFAIK.
Several steps forward and a great leap backward?
how can we rescue this situation?
any ideas?
Traditionally yours,
Carolanne Reynolds, Chair, Heritage West Vancouver/North Shore Heritage Forum
tel 604.922.4400; fax 484.5992  www.heritage.westvan.org
Well, that was my first reaction dashed off quickly but it wd probably be of some benefit to provide background and context.
And to look at this as a wake-up call.
Some years ago, I only learned about the demolition of Hugo Ray's cabin as it was being done.  (For newcomers, Hugo Ray Park is named after this early pioneer.)
A few years ago (and this also was before Brent's arrival), I heard that the Gleneagles clubhouse was to be demolished.  A cmte (on wch there was at least one architect) said building new wd be cheaper than repairing/restoring and it could be a restaurant as well.
As soon as I and others got wind of this we went to Ccl and pointed out that a year or two before, Ccl had made a motion to restore the clubhouse wch was on the Heritage inventory.  Vivian Vaughan was the heritage liaison on Ccl then and with her support and under her leadership on Ccl plus actions by WRA and others we rallied to make sure the original motion was honoured and got things in gear to have the refurbished heritage Gleneagles clubhouse we have today.  A success story b/c saved in time!
What others are at risk?
At least we must make sure, perhaps even if we meet informally, we shd review the bequest and the situation to see what can be done.  There shd be full information and then public input, not irrevocable decisions made by staff (another tactic is waiting till too late to do anything else), not recommendations simply by a WG (valuable as they are); input from residents -- and even Ccl! -- shd be solicited.
There has been talk of a heritage precinct at the waterfront -- move GLH and Klee Wyck there?
Put the new museum and art gallery at Klee Wyck with improved access (and adequate parking)?
Develop the site as an Environmental Park (the small house as offices for Streamkeepers, Old-Growth Society, Friends of Cypress, Wetland Partners, Shoreline Preservation Society) and have displays, run awareness/green/sustainability courses, and so on there, maybe as an Interpretive Centre?
The coverage by NSNews is much appreciated; it has brought this serious situation to our attention, but it is my fervent hope that, and again even if informally we meet, there can be a total review of all the heritage assets with a report on their present condition and prospects for use, maintenance, restoration, expansion, demolition, removal, or whatever.
We do not want to be surprised again.
As you must realize, as the first WV councillor for Heritage -- and it was heritage that spurred me to act, to run for office, and to get a heritage policy developed (not just the heritage celebrations!) -- this is very close to my heart and while disappointed another break in the chain, let's not only repair the link but also strengthen the chain.
Looking forward to hearing from you (fellow heritage-groupies) as to your suggestions as to what to do next --
and soon!
= roof has been in bad shape for a long time; tarp; told staff..........
= ... the basement was a fire trap with old paint covered easels, coir liners for hanging baskets and boxes of scraps of paper and fabric.  ... the main problem was the sealing of the exterior with some type of water tight and air tight coating which has trapped water causing serious decay.
= ... Probably the most serious loss is not the house but the loss of the garden.  ... the garden, it is apparent that many of the rare rhododendrons have been reduced to a single stem and will die out in a couple of years.  I understand that there was a complete inventory of the garden commissioned but all trace of this has been lost.
=  It would seem that there has to be some type of review of the conditions and responsibilities when it comes to the District accepting gifts from its citizens.
=  The garden around the house was designed by Dr. Trapp and a landscape gardener.  Many of the plants were imported from the USA, China, and Japan especially for the garden.  At some time in the '60s, the West Vancouver Garden Club gave $300 to Heinz Berger to buy rhodos from a nursery on Vancouver Island that was going out of business (this information confirmed in Elspeth's View Through the Trees.)
Some of these rhodos were put in Memorial Park.  These plants are in very bad shape and some of the rarest have already died out.

===  SENIORWATCH  ===  And They Ask Why I Like Retirement !
Question: How many days in a week?
     Answer: six Saturdays, one Sunday
Question: When is a retiree's bedtime?
     Answer: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.
Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb?
     Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees?
     Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.
Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors?
     Answer: The term comes with a 10 per cent discount.
Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire?
     Answer: Tied shoes.
Question: Why do retirees count pennies?
        Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.
Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire?
            Answer: NUTS!
Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic, or garage?
     Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.
Question: What do retirees call a long lunch?
     Answer: Normal.
Question: What is the best way to describe retirement?
            Answer: The never-ending coffee break.
Question: What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree?
            Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents.
Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with?
            Answer:   He is too polite to tell the whole truth.
FINAL QUESTION: What do you do all week?
                                               ANSWER: Monday to Friday nothing; Saturday and Sunday I rest!
The strong young man at the construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough.
"Why don't you put your money where your mouth is," he said.
"I will bet a week's wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won't be able to wheel back."
"You're on, old man," the braggart replied. "Let's see what you got."
The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles.
Then, nodding to the young man, he said...
"All right. Get in."!


+  BOOKWATCH, but about language
A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: 'The Great Typo Hunt'
The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing The World, One Correction At A Time  by Jeff Deck And Benjamin D. Herson
August 9, 2010 --  Incensed by a "no tresspassing" sign, Jeff Deck launched a cross-country trip to right grammatical wrongs.  He enlisted a friend, Benjamin D. Herson, and together they got to work erasing errant quotation marks, rectifying misspellings, and cutting unnecessary possessive apostrophes.  The Great Typo Hunt is the story of their crusade.
Read the article/review: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129086941&sc=emaf
+  LANGUAGEWATCH, but about words
How the internet is changing language
        by Zoe Kleinman  Technology reporter, BBC News -- 16 August 2010
'To Google' has become a universally understood verb and many countries are developing their own internet slang. But is the web changing language and is everyone up to speed?
The web is a hub of neologisms
In April 2010 the informal online banter of the internet-savvy collided with the traditional and austere language of the court room.
The whole article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10971949
+  WORDWATCH, about words!
=F8   WVM Glossary [ www.westvan.org/acronyms ] addition:
      AAP = Alternative Approval Process
      For details, see http://www.cd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/gov_structure/community_charter/governance/alternative_approval_process.htm
=F8    Paronomasia is the act or practice of punning

===  MAIKU  === 2010 August 15/16
                love weaves its way in
                              out and around lives
                                                   knitting and unravelling
                               summer's full heat pounds
                                                  surrounds our bodies
                                                                           melting together
                   close-knit families
                                       bound, constrained, rarely leak, break --
                                                                                           sometimes ripped apart


Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
                                -- Sir Tom Stoppard, British playwright (b 1937)
If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing.
                                -- Kingsley Amis, English novelist and poet (1922 - 1995)
Failure is the path of least persistence.
                                -- George M. Van Valkenburg, Jr, American writer and inventor (b 1938)
Civilisations are not murdered.  They commit suicide.
                                -- Arnold Toynbee, British historian (1889 - 1975)
                                                   makes me think of govts/political parties do not win; they lose.
Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public.
Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.
                                -- Dr George W Crane, American newspaper columnist (1901 - 1995)
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
        -- Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete (1854 - 1900)
The biggest obstacles are not the ones we encounter, but the ones we erect and put in our own way.
                                -- Dr. Mardy Grothe, American psychologist and writer (b 194x?)

+  It's odd that bees make honey; earwigs don't make chutney.
                                                     -- Eddie Izzard, British comedian and actor (b 1962)
+  Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?
                                                    -- Mark Twain, American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

o  There are three kinds of people.  Those that can count and those that can't.

o  He can flawlessly set up a tent.  He has perfect pitch.

o  Did you hear about the nervous preacher?  He had sweaty psalms.