Calendar to Dec 9

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

FINANCE, BUDGET, LIBRARY, and a couple of AGMs
MAIN ITEMS on Ccl Mtg Agenda Nov 15th: Delegation from WV Shoreline Preservation Society; DVP Application 1222 Duchess (FAR increase); Jt Operating Agreement for WV Cmnty Ctres Society; Public Consultation mtgs for Budget 2011 (Nov 22, Dec 6); Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw (three readings!); Amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Control Bylaws; Three Readings of the Building Bylaw re Secondary Stes; Water Utility Fees 2011 and Waterworks Regulations; Solid Waste Utility Fees; NOTICE OF MOTION re Street Level Crossing MDr/PkR; Ambleside Field House Facility; Lowering Age Reqmt for SAC mbrship (to 55); Devt Applic Status Report; alas, NO Correspondence under "Other Items" but hope springs eternal......
=  Vive le Canada (The Last Spike); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Budget; 60th Anniversaries: Library, Park Royal tix); POLICEWATCH (Suspects); UPDATES & INFO (Operation Red Nose; Parking Limits; Branch 60 Legion History)
Subscriber Updates/Info after last WVM (including mtgs, events; Legion,veterans, Juno, memories)
=  CALENDAR to Dec 9th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Art; Music, Photography); NATURE (windstorm 2006)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES Nov 1st: Veterans' Week; Delegation re Norouz festivities at Ambleside; DVP 1119 Keith; Road Closure/Removal 23rd and Ottawa; DWV, MetroV, and ISWRMP ($$$); Final 2010 Cmnty Grants; Ambleside Arts on Argyle Facilities ($$$); NO PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE
=  Finance Cmte Mtg Notes, Nov 8th -- presentation by Garrett Polman; stats from Cclr Lewis; Sop wants zero!
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Nov 15th
=  ANIMALWATCH (Frogs; Seals); INFObits (Israeli Film); NEWSWATCH (Free Speech in Canada); GAZAWATCH (George Galloway); CPTWATCH (Loving the Land); FISHWATCH (fish farms): HOUSEWATCH (rotating!); HERITAGEWATCH (Now & Again Vancouver; Starry Tix; TLC); MAIKU (Verdi's Requiem); QUOTATIONS/PUNS

      Check to see if announcement Public Correspondence will be back on the Agenda

===  Vive le CANADA  ===  The Last Spike
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the 125th anniversary of the last spike
November 7, 2010, Ottawa, Ontario
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement marking the 125th anniversary of the completion of Canada's first transcontinental railroad.
"On this day, 125 years ago, the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven into the ground at Craigellachie, British Columbia, completing this country's first transcontinental railroad.  It was one of Canada's most ambitious projects and a massive undertaking that took more than a decade to complete."
Rest on the Prime Minister's Web Site (http://www.pm.gc.ca/)
===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
+  Find out about the proposed Budget 2011 -- do you want an increase of 2.35% or zero as some cclrs advocate?  Tell Ccl what you wd cut, reallocate, get more efficiency from, and/or where/how raise the revenues.
+  What an incredible decision: far-sighted and quality.  The returning veterans fighting for us in WW2 didn't want a statue to themselves, they wanted to promote learning and freedom of reading -- books are so precious to our cultural life.  They chose to be remembered by a library, hence the West Vancouver Memorial Library, opened in 1950 and at 1950 Marine Drive, across from Memorial Park.
What a legacy.
Displays all month in our beloved library, celebrating its 60th anniversary.
+  Park Royal is also celebrating its 60th Anniversary.  As Chair of Heritage West Van, may I urge you to buy your tickets to Pk Royal's Starry Nights from HWV (write starrytix@heritage.westvan.org or call 922 4400).  Nov 29 and 30, Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 to 10pm, $10 for one night, $15 for two -- lots of discounts and a draw, plus get an early start on Christmas shopping.  (See www.shopparkroyal.com/starry-nights and also details in HERITAGEWATCH below.)

===  POLICEWATCH  ===  Identify Suspects!
Suspects To Identify @ wvpd.ca - Updated
Date: 2010 November 12 Contact: Cst Kellie English Telephone:  925 7349   
West Vancouver Police thank you for your ongoing attention to the "Suspects To Identify" page of our website.
On November 10th, patrol officers identified and arrested three suspects in relation to a robbery and assault file.  For that reason their photos have been removed.  The identification of all three suspects was attributed to calls received from the public.
We have a new suspect to identify. Please review all images at the link and contact the named investigators if you are able to assist.    wvpd.ca/breaking-stories/296-suspects-to-identify-can-you-help-us

===  UPDATES & INFO  ===
+  OPERATION RED NOSE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
As we approach the holiday season, we would like to bring your attention to Operation Red Nose, a FREE,
volunteer driving service during the holiday season in B.C.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Between the hours of 9pm and 3am on Nov. 26 and 27 and Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, and 31st, volunteers
working in teams of three people, will be the designated drivers to escort car owners and their cars home safely. 
The service is FREE, but donations are welcome.  All you have to do is call 1 877 604 NOSE.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
+ Parking Updates at the Civic Site  Wednesday, November 10
from:  http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=31170
Why are Parking Rules changing at the Civic Site?
West Vancouver recognizes that there is an existing parking challenge at the Civic Site; in anticipation of the future re-development of the Wetmore Lands (parking located to the west of the Civic Site) we are revising our parking plan well in advance of the loss of these parking spaces.
What does the parking signage look like?
You will find two types of signage at the Civic Site:
This applies to all parking stalls on the Civic Site excluding the south-east parking lot beside the Seniors' Activity Centre (see map below)
20 spots are reserved for Vancouver Coastal Health, as per their lease agreement, and can only be used by individuals with an appropriate parking decal during specified times. The spaces are available for the general public outside of the restricted times. The four-hour maximum will apply to those people parking in the Vancouver Coastal Health stalls outside of restricted times.
What areas on the civic site does this apply to?
All underground and surface parking lots on the Civic Site are [four-]hour parking with the exception of the lot beside the Seniors' Activity Centre (south-east corner of the Civic Site).
Detailed maps of each parking lot are available here 
How is the [four-]hour limit being monitored?
After an educational period, West Vancouver Bylaws will be monitoring the [four-]hour limit. Tickets will be issued to those who violate the [four-]hour limit.
What do I do if I have a class or program that lasts longer than four hours?
If you need to remain at the Civic Site longer than four hours please park off-site.
Does the [four-]hour limit apply to disability parking spaces?
Yes, a handout on specialized parking, including disability parking, is available here
Are there any additional parking changes?
Yes. Based on discussions with community user groups and monitoring of parking usage, a number of specialty stalls which were not being used frequently have been converted to regular stalls.
Who do I contact for more information?  --  Jill Lawlor, Community Recreation Manager, 604-921-3402
+  West Vancouver LEGION Branch 60 History                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The history of the Royal Canadian Legion's West Vancouver Branch 60 dates back to 1919, when The Great War Veterans Association formed a branch in West Vancouver.
After joining the Canadian Legion, the West Vancouver Branch was formed on June 28, 1926. Meetings were held in the upstairs hall of the Ferry Building, a practice that continued until 1930.
Over the years, as the membership grew, it was clear that Branch 60 needed their own space. The Municipality made tax sale land available, and construction was started on the Legion Hall.
In 1957, a South African Veteran, Joe Chamberlain, made the first group of white crosses to mark the veterans' graves at Capilano View Cemetery. These were placed on Remembrance Day. This practice continues today, with cemetery staff and Legion members placing more than nine hundred crosses in November 2009.
The West Vancouver Legion's Branch currently has 700 members and continues to support our Veterans in need and our larger community.  Participating and supporting in many local community events such as our Community Day Parade, Canada Day , and the Remembrance Day Parade & Service, the Legion's contribution and partnership with the District of West Vancouver is incredibly valued and appreciated.
For more information about the West Vancouver Legion, please visit their website.
from Nov 5 Update 24a:
wrt the Budget 2011 (FinCmte) mtg Monday Nov 8 I asked if it was going to be taped as ccl mtgs are and answer were no and I don't know.  Good news today is that the DWV webalert said both mtgs, Nov 8 and 22 (added), will be taped...... {See Mtg's highlights below}
Also just appeared on the Calendar is a Ccl Mtg 9am Tues Nov 9th but it's marked "Closed". The agenda cites "security of the property of the municipality" and land matters as the reasons.
Rather hectic day -- Campbell's resignation earlier than anticipated; Ujjal Dosanjh's comments on CBC radio in afternoon of interest.
Yesterday's surprises were a gay couple (male) winning the lottery $50M and another gay couple (female) in Israel competing in Dancing with the Stars shown on CBC's The National.
o  Diwali takes place Nov 2 to 7 (details given, here will just give website: http://www.vandiwali.ca/ )
o  Cmnty Ctr Craft Market 10am to 3pm Sunday Nov 14 (details were in Update 24a)
from Nov 7 Update 24b:
o  Legion informs me re Remembrance Day (not 10:50 start as stated on DWV website): 10:35am M.C.'s speech; 10:40 Mayor's speech (re Library's 60th Anniversary); 10:45 Parade start from 18th; followed by tea and reception by Friends of the Library
o  btw, pls remember 2010 is the Diamond Anniversary for our beloved Library (1950 - 2010). -- lots to celebrate.
***  More from our Legion:
Hello Folks,
My documentary Shooters (about the Canadian Army Film and Photo unit in WWII) will play on CPAC on November 11 at 4 pm Eastern.
I am pretty sure CPAC doesn't time shift so, adjust for your time zone. There is a schedule at the CPAC website: http://www.cpac.ca/forms/index.asp?dsp=template&act=view3&template_idF&lang=e
This is the first basic cable national broadcast, and I am glad that it will play on the day.
If you haven't seen it, have a look. if you have, have another.
All the best, James O'Regan, oregan@jamesoregan.com
"Storming Juno" will feature the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, the Regina Rifle Regiment, and the 1st Hussars. The three men who are followed in the docu-drama are Sgt Dan Hartigan (1st Canadian Parachute Battalion-C Company), Lt Bill Grayson (Regina Rifle Regiment-A Company), and Leo Gariépy (1st Hussars-B Squadron).
D-Day veterans were interviewed in a number of locations across Canada for a companion program called "Remembering Juno".
Link to Storming Juno trailer. Right click and then click on "open hyperlink".  Stormingjuno.com
Show times:  http://www.history.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=251000
Storming Juno is a landmark 90-minute docu-drama based on the true stories and events that took place on D-Day, June 6, 1944 at the Juno Beach, where Canadian troops stormed ashore to join in the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.
This important historical event will be told through the eyes of three young Canadians, Paratrooper Cpl. Dan Hartigan, who dropped behind enemy lines the night before the invasion, Lt. Bill Grayson of the Regina Rifles as he and his men fought their way off the beach, and Sgt. Leo Gariepy, who commanded the only one of 19 tanks to complete its mission as the invasion of Normandy began. The individual stories are interwoven to provide viewers with a real-time experience of the day - from the Channel crossing, to the landing, into the heart of battle.
airs Thursday, November 11 at 2:00 PM EST
airs Thursday, November 11 at 8:00 PM EST
airs Friday, November 12 at 12:00 AM EST
airs Monday, November 15 at 6:00 PM EST
airs Tuesday, November 16 at 12:00 AM EST
Please note that the project's interactive website will also debut on Nov 11th. I'm not certain of the link, but would suggest looking for it then at Stormingjuno.com
My uncle Lt Glenn Dickin (RRR) was KIA on D-Day. Because of my research of the WWll men of the Regina Rifle Regiment, I was asked to be a consultant for the film, attended the shoot of the beach scenes at Sauble Beach, ON, and also located D-Day veterans for interviews for Remembering Juno. To say that a trip to Normandy in October, accompanied by a daughter of Lt Bill Grayson MC was a memorable experience is an understatement. I'm looking forward to attending the screening at a Toronto theatre this month prior to the television debut.
If you have questions or comments, please get in touch.
Dolores Hatch (nee Dickin), 464 Sunnyside Cres, London, ON N5X 3N7 519 642 2287 doloreshatch@sympatico.ca
World Peace Forum=95 Teach In 2010 =95
The World Peace Forum Society is delighted to announce that preparations have been completed for our third Teach In.
The Fifties -- Reconstruction vs Revolution and the First "War on Terror" will take place on Nov. 11, 13, & 14.
Nov. 11 will celebrate Remembrance Day with an afternoon program at the WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac St. www.wisehall.ca   It will feature a speech by Cuban Revolution veteran, diplomat and journalist, Manuel Yepe, a set of songs by Vancouver neo-folk cabaret icon Geoff Berner and a showing of the peacenik=92 1951 film classic, The Day The Earth Stood Still.
1 - 4pm Admission by donation, $10 suggested. Youth Free.
Saturday Nov. 13 & Sunday Nov. 14 will feature the Teach In. It will take place at Langara College 100 West 49th Ave. www.langara.bc.ca  Almost 30 different speakers will address a wide variety of issues that include both Canadian and international issues from the postwar decade and a half.  A complete list of participants and the schedule are at www.peaceforumteachin.org  For more information -- info@worldpeaceforumbc.ca
Update with AGENDA for Nov 15
        also had details on Crackerjack, artists at the Music Box Nov 12 to 14.
and earlier a notice about CBC's showing of Billy Bishop Goes to War (written in Vancouver); a Canadian classic.  Read all about it:

===  CALENDAR to Nov 19th  ===dec????
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.  Check the DWV Calendar: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Calendar.aspx  .  Notices/mtgs/changes too late for the last WVM or too early for the next one are sent to subscribers as updates.  They then, unfortunately later, appear in the newsletter.

ONGOING:  LPPS: The Phyl Munday Nature Hut in LIghthouse Park is open Sundays from 2 to 4pm.
== Tuesday Nov 16 ~ 7:30pm ~ WRA AGM at Gleneagles Clubhouse
If you have a motion to bring forward, pls provide notice in writing, seven days beforehand (Nov 10), to Barbara Pettit, at 6222 St. George's Avenue, WV or pettit@portal.ca.
== Wednesday Nov 17
        ~ 7pm ~ Board of Variance mtg CANCELLED [moved to Wed 24th]
        ~ 7pm ~ Library Bd mtg at Library in Welsh Room
== Thursday Nov 18
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte CANCELLED
        ~ 6pm~ NSh Family Court/Youth Justice Cmte at DNV M Hall
        ~ 7pm ~ WV Streamkeeper Society public mtg CANCELLED (bd mtg instead)
== Friday Nov 19  ~ 9am ~ Cmnty Grants Cmte
== Saturday Nov 20
~ 1pm ~ OGC ~ Parking Lot #5, half a km walk ~  20th Anniversary of the referendum saving the Old Growth Conservancy area from golf course devt.   Celebration also of the near completion of the Conservancy Crossing Trail in the SW corner. This new multi-use trail was built by NSh Mountain Bike Assn volunteers.  {more info in letter to Mayor & Ccl Oct 25}
== Monday Nov 22
  ~ 7pm ~ Finance Cmte mtg (second on Budget; pls check, may be another Nov 29; on ccl agenda Dec 6)
  ~ 7:30pm ~ former UK MP George Galloway at St Andrew's Wesley re Free Speech (See GAZAWATCH below)
== Tuesday Nov 23
        ~ 6:30pm ~ Lower Caulfeild Heritage Conservation Area Review Nbrhd Mtg
                        St. Francis-in-the-Wood, 4773 Piccadilly South
        ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG mtg
== Wednesday Nov 24 ~ 7pm ~ Bd of Variance
== Thursday Nov 25
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte
        ~ 5pm ~ NSh Adv Cmte on Disability Issues, DNV M Hall
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Police Bd Mtg at WVPD

                at St Stephen's 885 - 22nd (across from Aq Ctr)
AGENDA: Prez and Treasurer's Reports; Election of Directors; Issues of interest for info and discussion: Spot-Zoning, Infill Housing, Public Correspondence, Street Level Crossing/Park Royal, Uplift and Cmnty Benefits/Amenities, Finances and Budget 2011, Ambleside Town Ctr, Secondary Suites, and more.  Bring your questions. Long-time ADRA mbrs Cclrs Smith and Soprovich will be present.
Write board@adra.westvan.org or phone President Gordon Ward Hall (922 7387).

== Friday Nov 26
~ 3:15pm ~ Cmnty Concert Series at Cmnty Ctr in Atrium featuring Capilano University Jazz Combos
Please contact Daniel Tones, Music and Dance Program Coordinator, at 921 3440 or by email at dtones@westvancouver.ca if you have any questions.
== Saturday Nov 27
~ 7pm ~ DANCING LIKE THE STARS --  Community Dance in the Spirit Room
Put on your dancing shoes and dance to a mix of tunes for all your dancing styles. Bring your dancing friends or meet new friends, snacks provided. DJ Music: Michele Perron.  Participants 18 years + are welcome to register online or by phone at 925 7270.
***  Dundarave Fair and Festival of Lights * noon to dusk * Nov 27 to Jan 6  ***
Sat Nov 27 tree lighting; Sat Dec 4 Nativity Installation/Celebration
Food and entertainment -- Mariachi, Morris Dancing, Sarah McLachlan, and more!
***   http://www.dundaravefestival.com/   *** 
== Monday Nov 29 PkR North and Tuesday Nov 30 PkR South from 7:30 to 10pm
STARRY NIGHTS at Park Royal. Wine and cheese at Liberty Wine Merchants and Les Amis du Fromage; lots of discounts; grand prize each evening.  Tix $10 for one night; $15 for both; tix from Heritage West Van (heritage@westvan.org or call 922 4400).  See HERITAGEWATCH below.
== Tuesday Dec 7  ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG
== Wednesday Dec 8  ~ 7pm ~ Library Bd mtg at the Library
== Thursday Dec 9  ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte

+++  WV MEMORIAL LIBRARY +++  www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
The Library will be celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout the month of November. Visit us to view the historical photo exhibit and share your memories of the Library by adding to our "story wall".  {See some history above in from the Editor's Desk.}
=  ONGOING Fridays, Nov 19, 26, Dec 3  --  English Corner  --  10 - 11:30am
        Come practise English Conversation! Free, no registration required.
Wednesday Nov 17 (and 24)
~ 10a - noon ~  Curious About eBook Readers? Let us Show you the Basics
Drop by the Information Desk on the main floor & try our Kindle, Sony & Kobo eReaders.
Friday Nov 19
~ 10:30am to noon ~  Philosophers' Cafe
Throw the Book at Us! Make a case for BC's greatest book(s) - as you would define it. Join guests Linda L. Richards and David Middleton (Greatest Books of British Columbia) for this discussion in the Welsh Hall East. No registration is required. Admission is $5.
~ 7:30pm ~  Free Friday Night Concert Series: Genticorum
Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, Genticorum incorporates the dynamism of traditional Quebecois music with European and North American Folk cultures by blending flute, fiddle, acoustic guitar, jaw harp, bass, and foot percussion with strong vocal harmonies.  Find out more...
~ 12:30  2:30pm ~ Caring for Elders in Canada
Join us for an informative presentation on the practical challenges of supporting elders.
Saturday Nov 20
~ 10:15 - noon ~ Jumpstart your Genealogy Research project with the help of Eunice Robinson, Education Director of the BC Genealogical Society. This genealogy workshop takes place in Welsh Hall West. Visit the Information Desk or call 925 7402 to register.
~ 2:30 - 4pm ~ Tales from Southeast Asia: Why Thailand Is on Our Bucket List
                Welsh Hall. Find out more...
Tuesday Nov 23
~ 2 - 4pm ~ Introduction to eBooks  --  Computer Training Room. For more information or to register, please visit or call the Community Computing Centre at 604 925-7405.
Wednesday Nov 24
~ 7:30 - 9pm ~ Book Launch: A Wilderness Dweller's Cookbook
Join author Chris Czajkowski as she gives a fascinating account of how she feeds herself and the visitors that come to her remote ecotourism resort.  Find out more...*
Thursday Nov 25
~ 1 - 4pm ~ How to Access Home Care
The West Vancouver Library & North Shore Family Caregiver Support Project present a workshop designed to help you or your family navigate the issues surrounding home and community care services.  Find out more...

+++  SFU CITY PROGRAM  +++  www.sfu.ca/city

+++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
KAO TANABE  --  October 26 to December 23
Takao Tanabe is one of Canada's most respected artists with a career spanning over six decades. This exhibition profiles a series of new watercolour paintings of the Rocky Mountains in winter alongside a selection of earlier works from the artist's own collection.  For more info about this exhibition pls visit the Museum website or call 925 7295

+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++ http://ferrybuildinggallery.com ~ 925 7290
+  Nov 19 - Dec 19  --  Great Stuff  --  Christmas Gift & Art Sale
Jewellery, Pottery, Textiles, Cards, Paintings, Prints, Mosaics, and much more...created by 43 local artisans.  One of a kind items just in time for the Christmas shopper!
Great Stuff Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 6pm; Fridays 10am - 8pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++  www.silkpurse.ca
November 16 - 28  -- "Contemporary Transformation"
A contemporary exhibition inspired by the natural beauty of our world, reflecting the diversity of our planet, expressing a moment in time and blending it with an artistic approach by artists Jim Gladden, Dene Rossouw, and Octavia Tosi. You are invited to view the world with wonderment, to take action, or get hooked into a dialogue with the image for this unique exhibit.
Opening: TUESDAY November 16th from 6 - 8pm
November 29 - Dec 1  --  "3 Day Art Auction & Sale"
Well-known and highly recognized Capilano University IDEA (Illustration and Design) students create images of Vancouver, led by faculty member and respected artist, Kiff Holland. Buy that special piece of art for Christmas for a fraction of the cost of other art works!
Opening Reception: TUESDAY November 30th from 6 - 8 pm
December 2 - 19  --  "Photographic Reflections"
An exhibition of photographic reflections reveals an array of fascinating patterns, intense colours, and organic and geometrical shapes. Photos include scenes of Canada, Europe, and the North Shore, and are presented by photographic artists Gary Eder, Keiko Imaizumi, Niloofar Miri, and Ensieh Rastegar.
Opening Reception:  SATURDAY December 4th from 2 - 4 pm
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
> Arts Club --  A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline -- 8pm Monday, Nov 15 SOLD OUT
> Barra MacNeils  8pm Wednesday November 17
These Canadian Celtic ambassadors bring to the Kay Meek stage their favourite vocal and instrumental pieces along with selections from their popular Christmas CDs. This is family entertainment at its highest level. Buy tickets online.
> Fryderyk Chopin, The Greatness That Will Never Be Again  --  6:30pm Saturday Nov 20
> Lynn Valley Black Bear Band Winter Concert --  7:30pm Monday November 22
>  Offstage: Soaring Melody: guest speaker William Bruneau -- 11am Tuesday November 23
Offstage: Jake's Gift: In conversation with Julia Mackey -- 1:30pm Wednesday November 24
>  Collingwood School Presents: Jinglin' All the Way  --  7pm Wednesday, November 24 and 25
>  Amber Avenues: A New Musical Romance --  November 24 through 27
Musically Speaking: Jake's Gift: A Journey to Juno Beach  -- 1:30pm Friday November 26
>  North Shore Celtic Ensemble presents: Flywheel  --  7:30pm Friday November 26
>  Nikki Chooi, Violin  --  3pm Sunday November 28

+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
Website: http://www.westvan60.com/  --  ofc: 922 3587; lounge: 922 1920
"Where Volunteers make the difference." Chartered November 17th, 1926
The Summer-Autumn Issue of "The Torch" is now available
To view the newsletter: http://www.westvan60.com/Images/The%20Torch%20-%20Autumn%202010.pdf
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
Pls email me at thetorch60@telus.net -- if you wd like to submit a article, or if you have any questions or comments.  Thank you for your interest.   Best regards, Janice Mackay-Smith, The Torch
~ 7pm Friday Nov 26 ~
Branch 60 will be having a roast beef buffet dinner upstairs in the Memorial Hall.  We would love you to come and enjoy an evening with good friends, wonderful food, and great music following in the Lounge.
The cost is $22.00 per person.  Tickets will be pre-sold, and will be available behind the lounge bar beginning Monday evening until Tuesday, November 23rd, the cutoff date.  The food needs to be ordered on the Wednesday, the 24th.
Sincerely, Special Events Committee
~ 7pm SATURDAY Nov 27 ~
        Royal Canadian Air Cadets 525 Pathfinder Squadron -- Fundraising Dance and Dinner
{See history of Legion above in from the Editor's Desk}

+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
'Tis the Season...
The Chamber is delighted to hold the 2010 Christmas Party and Auction, Wed Dec 8th.
Once again this fun-filled evening will be hosted at the elegant English style manor house, The Capilano Golf and Country Club.  This year partial proceeds go to the Harvest Project.
6:30 pm - Cocktails - No Host Bar  /   7:00 pm - Dinner 
Tickets: $125.00 (Plus HST) Per Person whether mbr or non-mbr 
Dress attire is elegant holiday or your best business attire.... it is the perfect place and time to celebrate in style!  Please RSVP by 5pm Wed Dec 1st. 
Bring your cheque book as we will have our Live and Silent Auction.
Request for Silent Auction Donations:  If you would like to donate an auction item, please contact Jan Skelly, Events Coordinator at the Chamber at: 926 6614 or jan@westvanchamber.com
+  KMC  913 3634
Living Together, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn presented by Theatre West Van and directed by Alison Jopson -- Cleverly designed so that they can also be enjoyed on their own, Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy, The Norman Conquests, consists of three plays taking place at the same time, with the same people, in different parts of the same house. Last April we saw the family in the dining room in the multi-award winning production of Table Manners.
In Living Together we visit them in the living room. Norman is sulking as his intended weekend with Annie has been cancelled, owing to interference by Sarah.  Reg just wants a quiet weekend to test his new game and Tom is trying to figure out what is going on. Things reach a new level when Norman's wife Ruth arrives. This is Ayckbourn at his best -- a witty comedy with serious undertones highlighting different aspects of human relationships.
From Nov 5 - 20 (Weds to Sats), in the Studio Theatre. Learn more.
+ Deep Cove Shaw Theatre  929 9456
      Boston Marriage: Comedy/Drama about love, cruelty, and vice by David Mamet; Nov 11 - 27
+ Hendry Hall  983 2633
         Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Pantomime; Dec 3 - 19
+ Capilano Theatre  990 7810  ~~~ J.R.R. Tolkien's classic adventure, The Hobbit, to Nov 27
+ Presentation House  http://www.phtheatre.org/thirdstreet/feature1/  990 3464
Dinner and a Show at a GREAT Price   --  We have teamed up with one of our local fine dining establishments to offer a wonderful evening out at a terrific value.  For only $50 you can purchase a ticket for a three-course dinner at Bistro Chez Michel and a performance from the Third Street Theatre Series.
=  Damien  --  A Stagelight Productions presentation by Aldyth Morris
November 16 - 28 @ 8pm Tues - Sat and 4pm Sat, 2pm on Sun
A heart-wrenching story of love and compassion about Father Damien de Veuster who lived among the lepers on Molokai Island. The play confronts his challenges of self-doubt and undying compassion towards what he originally describes as a dumping place for human beings.
Tix $24 - 28; Preview Tues Nov 16 is $12; Wed/Thurs (17/18) is two-for-one calling in advance and giving password "Hawaii"; 4pm Nov 20 is pay-what-you-can
+ Vancouver Playhouse -- www.vancouverplayhouse.com
         Noel Coward's Brief Encounter Nov 27 - Dec 23
+ Arts Club (tel 687 1644)
~  39 Steps, Stanley Stage  Oct 21 - Nov 21
   Comedic adaptation of Hitchcock's 1935 film; four actors play all 150 roles; Dean Paul Gibson directs
+ Jericho Arts Centre
United Players proudly presents Mrs Klein by Nicholas Wright --  Nov. 12 - Dec 5
WHO WAS MRS. KLEIN?  Melanie Klein was an important figure in the history of psychoanalysis.  As a  divorced, self-supporting, professional woman in the 1920s, she was a formidable example of female strength and independence.  More than that, she was a major thinker, making important contributions that continue to affect the course of discussions at major international conferences, even though she had no medical, or even undergraduate, degree. Just this October, the seventh in a series of annual conferences is being held in Seattle to discuss her ideas -- 50 years after her death.  In other words, she was a brilliant, powerful, self-confident woman who used her considerable gifts to offer the world a deeper understanding of what it is to be a human being.  For more on the Story, the Staging, etc....
Thursday through Sunday, at 8 pm; Tix: $14 - $18; Thursday, Nov 18th - Talk-back session after the show.
Reservations, website or call 604 224 8007, x 2; REST-OF-SEASON TICKETS still av from $48 for four plays.
+ Havana Theatre  684 2787  ~~  Hamlet, Nov 18 to Dec 11
+  Firehall Arts Ctr  678 0926
Mimi (or A Poisoner's Comedy) by Allen Cole, Melody Johnson, and Rick Roberts; starring Jennifer Lines; to Nov 20th.
Drawing on the Land: Contemporary Landscape Architecture Exhibition
How did that green space get there? Have you ever thought about who creates the everyday places such as parks, residential developments, public squares, commercial centres, gardens, transportation facilities, and institutional centres around you? Each of these examples of design, planning, and land-use management is the work of landscape architects!
The BC Society of Landscape Architects present 'Drawing on the Land: Contemporary Landscape Architecture Exhibition' at the Pendulum Gallery (885 West Georgia) from November 15 to December 4. Gallery visitors will view a behind the scenes look at the thought process that goes in to designing and humanizing open spaces. Info: www.bcsla.org
    Calendar of Events: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/calendar_of_events.html
Also:  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/e-glance/eglance_sept10.html
-  VAG PUBLIC PROGRAMS  --  All Programs free for Members.
        NOW SHOWING: July 1, 2010 - January 3, 2011
        IN DIALOGUE WITH CARR: Douglas Coupland, Evan Lee, Liz Magor, Marianne Nicolson
For more information on the Gallery's relocation campaign, visit our new relocation website at www.newvanartgallery.com. You can also join the discussion on our Facebook page.
+ MUSIC at the VAG -- Eine Kleine Lunch Musik on Fridays
        Read about Cantoria at http://www.autumnstudios.ca/
+  VSO
There are just so many great things, pls go to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's website:
        http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/ and choose from all those magic musical offerings.
-  Verdi's Requiem!   {We went Saturday Nov 13 and it was wonderful!}
An epic choral masterpiece, and one of the greatest choral works ever written, Verdi's Requiem is brought to life on the Orpheum stage in two breathtaking performances. This monumental work ranks with the Requiem Masses of Mozart, Berlioz, and Brahms, and hearing it live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Bach Choir, and four outstanding vocal soloists is an experience you will never forget. Conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey, Verdi's Requiem will be a major highlight of the VSO's 2010/2011 Season. Don't miss this extraordinary concert experience.  Saturday & Monday, November 13th & 15th, 8pm, Orpheum
Tea & Trumpets: The World of Dance -- Orpheum Theatre
2pm Thurs Nov 18 -- Pierre Simard, conductor;   Christopher Gaze, host; Members of the Goh Ballet
Explore the wonderful world of dance, with the music of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvorák and, of course, Saint-Sa=EBns.
- See website for more: Mozart; Lord of the Rings Symphony; and Firebird Dec 4
+ EARLY MUSIC VANCOUVER --  40th Anniversary Season
Sunday matinée, 3pm November 28
"La Rose Tres Bele" =A7 Women's Voices: Monody & Polyphony by 13th-Century Women Trouv=E8res
Among the 250 well-known trouv=E8res, only eight women have written poems accompanied by melodies. The French medi=E6val ensemble Diabolus in Musica makes its first appearance in Vancouver with a programme that explores all aspects of the feminine presence in this magnificent repertoire.
Diabolus in Musica (France) -- Antoine Guerber director
Estelle Nadau, voice; Aino Lund Lavoipierre, voice; Estelle Boisnard, voice & medi=E6val flute; Evelyne Moser, medi=E6val fiddles, and Antoine Guerber, roman harp & percussion
Pre-Concert Introduction by Antoine Guerber at 2:15; Concert at 3pm; Unity Church, 5840 Oak (at West 42nd Ave) 
=A7  yes, it's [Bele]
Series subscriptions are still available!  If you're interested in seeing several of our concerts, we have a number of series options available this season! There are series subscriptions available for concerts at the KMC, for our concerts at the Chan Centre, for our brand new Marc Destrubé and Friends series -- and more!  For more info, pls visit: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/CA-AllSeriesOverview0910.html
Early Music Vancouver -- 1254 West 7th Avenue Vancouver BC   V6H 1B6
T: 604 732-1610  F: 604 732-1602  E: staff@earlymusic.bc.ca  W: www.earlymusic.bc.ca
* PHOTOGRAPHY  Caroun Art Gallery (CAG), www.Caroun.net
Exhibitions 2010:  http://www.caroun.com/CarounArtGallery/Exhibitions/00-Exhibitions.html
Fourth CPC Annual Photography Print Salon 2010  --  November 16 - 30
                Reception:  4 - 9pm Saturday November 20
Subject: Travel Photography  --  Prizes: CAPA Medals, CPC [Honourable] Mentions
                It will be exhibited at "Caroun Art Gallery", North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
*  NATURE  *  Windstorm Stanley Park 2006
Thursday Nov 18th
        from:  Wind as a Natural Disturbance Agent in Coastal British Columbia Forests
A talk for the Botany Section of Nature Vancouver; 7:30pm (Unity Church, 5840 Oak)
Speaker: Dr Stephen Mitchell.
The December 2006 windstorm that damaged Stanley Park was a surprise to many Lower Mainland residents, but was in fact a typical event in the life of a coastal BC rainforest. Wind is a significant natural disturbance agent in Coastal Western Hemlock zone forests and we recognize three broad disturbance regimes that produce distinctive vegetation structure and species composition and differing soil properties. These are small gap dynamics, cohort replacement, and whole stand replacement. Dr. Mitchell will discuss the storm climatology of coastal BC, illustrate the resulting vegetation communities and soil conditions and comment on the implications for forest conservation and management.
Dr. Steve Mitchell is a former youth member of the VNHS. He is a registered professional forester and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia where he teaches silviculture, forest health and land management planning. He studies wind effects on trees and forests and has research projects in BC, Belize, and Tasmania.
For further information about Nature Vancouver please refer to www.naturevancouver.ca -- David Cook, 924 0147

===  CCL MTG NOTES Nov 1st ===
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 October 18 regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
(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;
(g) litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality; and
(i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.
7:00 PM
Mayor: special ccl mtg, sp welcome to mbrs of the Legion
Invite Rosemary Block of the Royal Canadian Legion
R. Block, President, West Vancouver Branch 60, Royal Canadian Legion, regarding Veterans' Week November 5-11, 2010 (File:  0055 20 RCLE1)
RB: dedication of Veterans' Week.
Branch 60 active for over 80 yrs; rec'd charter Nov 17, 1926
raised money for many charities on the NSh including the Lions' Gate Fdn
an ex-serviceman's club; not all servicemen, helping......
entirely volunteer-oriented, no one is paid
poppy campaign, money to
donated $10K for LGH for their hospice being built in NV; over $60K......
still many veterans from WW2 and Korean War; Cdn peacekeepers, military mbrs in Afghanistan now
thank you; respectfully request you proclaim Veterans' Week Nov 5 to 11, culminating at 11am.
[pls stand to remember]
Mayor: and an honour for me; and will celebrate Memorial Library's 60th Anniversary
TP: building of WVML; 1950; dream from 20s; largest cmnty undertaking the history of WV
Key milestones, bylaw 1945; cmnty chose Library as WV's War Memorial
Legion said fitting tribute to WV fallen soldiers: a public library exemplifies the spirit and meaning of free democratic institutions; its shelves are open to writers of all opinions; it is free from political influence; its services are av to all classes of society and all economic, racial, or religious groups; one of the first acts of a totalitarian state was to purge the libraries of all volumes expressing enlightened democratic principles; as a memorial to our fallen we submit that a public library is uniquely suitable; the library was dedicated as a living monument and an everlasting commemoration to the gallant men who sacrificed their lives in WW2.
Their names live forever in the Book of Remembrance wch is housed in the Library and the Library wd like to invite Mayor, Ccl, and all of the public to view that book and enjoy refreshments on Nov 11th.
Library will be celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout November so pls come in and see the photos and their 'story wall'.
Mayor: and remember it's the WV Memorial Library
MS: thank you; speaking of the poppy campaign, the Legion is still looking for a signif number of taggers so if interested, drop by the Legion Hall pick up some poppies; I'll be out there--
Mayor: --I will be--
MS: --setting my usual sales record
Mayor: they're not for sale! surely you know that by now
RB: donations only
6.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA for November 1
Mayor: before approval of agenda want to recognize our Mgr of Legislative Services, Sheila Scholes, for leading the District's United Way campaign.
All-out effort, can't believe how you do it while keeping Ccl on track
raised $19K; tremendous effort, particularly in this economy, and we app yr leadership
thank you on behalf of United Way
SSch: I'd also like to express my gratitude to my team as well.
Mayor: Approval of Agenda
Sop: amend agenda by withdrawing Item 14 re rezoning of Arts on Argyle
7.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES for October 18, 2010 Regular Council Meeting.
Lewis moved and
MS seconded: to clarify: the motion that was made after much debate about the crossing at PkR, there was some confusion as to what exactly was approved; want to make sure b/c Mr McRadu, our CAO, was not in attendance, that the second part of the motion -- authorize staff to approve -- think it's implied in that motion that it wd be his approval that we wd be looking for, final design and final agreements
Mayor: I think so; is there another concern you have?
MS: just think that there were parts of that motion worded that it wd not be M intersection b/c we wd hv the right to consult with PkR but not actually approve it
what passed was that it wd be approved by our staff
Sop: on that same, wd you consider a recall on Item 10? have it rescinded so we cd hv a public mtg on the issue?
Mayor: well, I believe the item itself was on the public agenda at our public ccl mtg and was debated and voted on by Ccl; but I do think it wd be really imp to the cmnty to make sure, as this unfolds, that it's public, available information, so it cd even be something that comes for Ccl's information as it proceeds
Sop: if time allows, wd I be able to give a notice of motion with a seconder to bring about a recall, rescinding till a mtg of WV citizens wrt the crossing?
Mayor: have to consult Ms Scholes; used to be if you voted in the negative, you cdn't do that b/c obviously you voted in the negative, and you had to have somebody on the other side who said I'd like to reconsider that, but that might be out of date.
SSch: the standard practice is to have a notice of motion added to the agenda at the time the approval is made, so we can make the process av for Cclr Sop to make the notice of motion at the next ccl mtg
Sop: will proceed in that fashion, if I may
Mayor: always your prerogative; but the minutes stand as printed with that clarification
..... fun to have a little discussion on the adoption of the minutes
D. Ghavami, President, Iranian Canadian Congress of Canada, regarding support of Norouz festivities at Ambleside (File:  2180-02)
Mayor: pleasure; bring us up to date on Norouz
DG: Thanks and appreciation for support of our culture and traditions......
All here to say thank you
multiculturalism, Canada envy of the world today; enrich Cdn culture -- many other cmnty events and festivals: Chinese, East Indian in Surrey, Italian in East Vancouver
tremendous growth in our celebration; welcome others from all walks of life
the Cdn landscape, cities, culture, identity, int'l reputation, .....
I call, Ms Harandi, Ms BC, who happens to be a resident of WV, to present a plaque, token of appreciation of Iranian cmnty, thank you.
Mayor: thank you
{APPLAUSE: also gave a bouquet of flowers}
Mayor: wd like to read the inscription [did]
That is a real honour; proud to participate together with you, and especially in the heart of Ambleside where we're wishing to continue to support the life and the art and the culture of all of our cmnties within one WV. Thank you.
SW: thanks and for yummy delicacies
Mayor: lovely to have you in our Chamber; will see more of you as we work on cmnty festivities.
9. Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-046 (1119 Keith Road) (File:  1010-20-10-046)
At the Oct 4 regular meeting Council received the report dated September 8 from the Cmnty Planner regarding DVP for 1119 Keith Road and set the date for consideration for November 1, 2010.
=  Reports received up to October 28, 2010:
        G. Boyle and J. Allan September 8  FOR COUNCIL CONSIDERATION:  October 4, 2010
=  Written Submissions received up to October 28, 2010  NONE
G Boyle, Planning: bare land strata, a bit different
created under Devt Permit in 1994 and sharing the driveway
nbr to the west built a new house to the west
applicants now losing a view to the west
asking to add 5ft onto deck so view
current coverage of lot without driveway is 37% and with 39%
All written and verbal submissions received for information.
Ev moved approval: THAT the DVP Application to vary the Zoning Bylaw to allow construction of a new main floor deck, be approved.
Sop: roofline stays as is?
GB: correct
Sop: are these drawings part of the DVP? or separate?
GB: will be basis, part of the building permit
Sop: legally
GB: not part of bldg permit, part of DVPermit
Sop: are these drawings the legal part?
GB: yes
Sop: any deviation wd hv to be on the drawing
GB: yes
ML: clarify how high above ground level the deck is?
GB: on drawing [slide], the deck is about a storey above the grade
ML: to the left enclosed or open?
GB: this is the glass deck here, area underneath the deck is open
ML: existing?
GB: yes
[MAN in gallery had hand up]
Mayor: sorry you can't speak now
Man: that's too bad
10. Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw No. 4633, 2010, located at 23rd and Ottawa Avenue - Opportunity for Public Input and Adoption (File:  1610-20-4633/0510-04-23-Ottawa)
This bylaw received three readings at the March 1, 2010 regular Council Meeting.
Sokol: plsd to report heard from two nbrs, not from other three; aware of this mtg, may be here this evening
retains the path
visited homes, addressed concerns; in effect this is a pilot project, infill
preserving nbrhd character
pass mike to Karl Gustavson [architect]
KG: thought I'd put up the drawing; dealing with an unopened road allowance
looks straight down 23rd and fronts on Ottawa
currently a public stair [alongside the prop]
to dispersal of this prop; undertook consultation with five adjacent nbrs
tried to identify issues and came up with a number of options
SLIDES of drawing of the several lots and views
list: issues re access at the back; open ditch at back; devt with covenant re tree height; why not access front, some congestion in lane;
Mr Gray loses some view but gains with that tree cut down
hedge will be cut down too so net gain for Mr Gray, but will see more house than green
photo from 2295 Ottawa -- have most to lose b/c assumed nothing wd be built next to them; recently built, lots of windows there
compromise: nbrhd character, massing/bulk, reasonable expectation of privacy -- not everyone got what they wanted
first issue: subdiv was based on reduced lane width, tried to make it work; Mr Hill wanted to put a garage in at the back, can drive down, nbrs contributed to that
2309 steep slope; went down tried manoeuvring with his car to try to make it work
even though some wd like to see the ditch closed in, better to reduce the lot and increase the lane width
good turnaround for garbage truck, etc
so this 7096sf, 7048 less but bylaw also has [7:42 to check figs]
min house size is 2500?
loss of 200sq ft of house size so lost area but not opportunity
2151sf is not unusual size of home in WV; can add garage and accessory bldg
in theory, you have a basement exemption
b/c of slope? cd have a basement exemption
about 4000 ???? sf
recommended by myself [sic] and staff; have allowed for setback; maintains view
drawing also shows a theoretical bldg envelope
15ft instead of 25ft setback
roof height felt max 37.15?
a lot of discussion and heartache; don't think anyone wants a house on a land allowance [?]
think this was a good process, best cd achieve
Mayor: questions? was a comprehensive presentation
Ev: of all eight recommendations you make to staff
staff felt ht of trees too onerous; how imp was that?
KG: my belief, I didn't warrant or guarantee tree covenant
felt good to include; how to implement...
really imp issues, setback, access to lane
discussion points and staff came back with a reasonable response
we're dealing with the core issues
Mayor: wd like to stick to question about the tree
Ev: will come back to that
Sop: will speak later
Mayor: first to speak is David Hill
DH: 2302? Palmerston
my nbr to east, Gary Gray met with Gordon Reid, met to better understand
He took the time to explain what the process was
unfortunately Gary's out of town; but reflect views
opp for a win-win soln -- over past few months, Mr Gustavson has worked hard, he has produced a plan xxx
bldg restrictions, roof, setbacks, trail, -- balanced strategy
a couple of items, not adopted in staff report
not deal-breaker -- ht setback is.....
beg to differ on the tree issues
adopt including the trees think we will have achieved what set out in April
Thank for fair process and cooperation
Mayor: anyone further wishing to speak? who's not on our staff? no?
MS moved: THAT
1. Ccl adopt Road Closure and Removal of the Hwy Dedication Bylaw
2. For the purposes of addressing concerns raised by neighbourhood residents, Council direct staff to take all steps necessary to:
a. rededicate as highway those areas shown on the plan attached as Appendix B; and
b. place conditions and restrictions on development of the resulting closed road parcel as set out in section 3.1 of the report from the Land and Property Agent dated Oct 20.
3. Council direct staff to publish a notice of intention to dispose of the resulting closed road parcel for use as a single family dwelling building lot.
MS: remember the mtg we had; quite lively; proposing to turn a M asset into cash; nbrs quite rightly concerned; challenge to developing that lot with minimal impact on the nbrs
hired Mr Gustavson right choice, came up with a design surrounding nbrs can live with; when house there will be an asset to the cmnty
good news story
pls I will be vociferously supporting the motion, one we can be quite proud of
when ppl are buying an old house, if they were to go through this process, work and find what can live with be better
Sop: plsd [Cclr Smith is] learning to speak as long as me
Mayor: he's got a long way to go!
Sop:  xxx  walked it  xxx
Mr Gustavson's done a good job; plsd with process
concern of mine, FAR reduction re basement, garage, etc
are we going to have a situation  smaller houses on small lot but end up with a monster?
KG: we're dealing with 2151sf above ground
depends on who you hire as what impact
to speak to the basement exemption xxx
if it's all rock have to blast it out and that's a cost
if full basement, doesn't have an impact on the size of the lot
not a large house crammed on a small lot by any means

{we got partially enclosed decks counted in FAR -- they contribute to monsterishness -- now have to address consequences of basements resulting in larger mass since many, b/c of special definitions we ought to look at, escape being included in FAR calculations}

ML: v impressed with what I see
apply this process to xxx; mtg with the nbrs, doing in context of envmtal, xxx, and xxxx
maybe we didn't hit a homerun on some of our pilot projects but have here
Ev; I too commend process perhaps by default; xxx
wd like to talk about limitation of tree ht
two [issues] in WV: trees and dogs
take one step further
Ccl says an onerous restriction for the owner, I don't think so,
within that general ht, lots of choice
wd give nbrs opp to contest xxx;  xxx
Mayor: are you making an amendment then?
Ev: in some parts of the prov have done; xxx
yes, Madam Mayor, wd like to include the covenant that ht of landscaping be limited to 25ft
[Sop seconded]
Mayor: Mr Sokol, add "also to include".
Sokol: yes
MS: I'm opposed; anybody buying that lot isn't going to buy a 25ft tree
landscaping xxx; opposed to picking on that lot
always opposed to nannyism and that's what this is
do it for everybody or nobody
SW: support; we're already telling this owner how to build this house
if an opp, to save ppl's views, we've already gone to
M has shrunk this prop xxx
take to nth degree and give nbrs what they want
Ev: this is not picking on this particular owner
must remember, all v well to say an owner wd xxx tree; and it happens too frequently
ppl are building xxx
TP: we have a process in place for dealing with trees on public prop
Mayor: this is on private
TP: point to fairly large trees coming down so more view
uncomfortable, we've done an incredible job
wd be uncomfortable
ML: I support Cclr Ev's suggestion; based on consultation, covenant is approp
elsewhere for another day
Sop: I too will support the motion
new thing of planting trees in blvds, going to rear its ugly head one day; xxx

{Oh, say it isn't so, Sop!  Trees are a beautiful thing -- more scenic than most houses; I'd rather see nature.
The mantra for WV is: the view is through the trees and/or framed by the trees.
Keep the tree but limb it for the view.
Thus keeps the oxygen-creation and prevention of erosion by absorbing the (plentiful) rain, esp on a hillside.}

lot we own, we're going to sell it
Mr G's proposal, covenant wd be logical
whole other area of private prop, not there
Mayor: support as well
in broad  xxx ; how we can work best in existing context
get a lot of requests re trees
as we're adding landscaping, what suits xxx; wording?
SSch: go back to Cclr Ev
STAFF mbr: I can suggest wording; add an 11th item to that list; limit height of trees to 25ft
Mayor: question on amendment?
[CARRIED with MS opposed]
Mayor: motion?
[CARRIED 8:08]
11. Metro Vancouver's Integrated Solid Waste Resource Management Plan - Endorsement of Municipal Actions (File:  1775-01)
RF: hand over to
Phil Bates (?): over at Min of Envmt right now seeking approval
recently cabinet shuffle so don't know if it will take longer
today to review plan at high level; endorsement of goals 1 and 2
Just a Waste Mgmt Plan; all solid waste in the region.
Current plan is circa 1995 so out of date; plan is over at the Ministry seeking his review and approval
re prior resolns, DWV was one of few ccls that endorsed 70% target, and endorsed zero-waste challenge.
October endorsed plan to go to MetroV  {check this???}
Concern about cost of tipping fee costs MetroV increase for next five years
goals to deal with remaining 30%; MetroV is seeking endorsement of Goals 1 and 2, 3 and 4 are for the region
formal endorsement will help plan through the process
to get to 70% is taking the organic waste and the wood waste out of the stream
SLIDE re Goals 1 and 2, 70% target
new treatment plant on the NSh is an option
Plan divided into M and regional commitments; language purposely vague
partner with MetroV, assist MetroV with
M will be dealing with the public education piece of the plan
tipping fee dealt with at the board level
{ xxx rate 8:15}
how make best use of resources?
the recycle rate on the NSh is 55%, higher than the av rate
Cost-sharing, 25%, so only pay 25% of salary of a staff mbr hired
MetroV's latest five-yr tipping fee graph SLIDE
xxx and organics
been flat and static till 2008 economic [crash]; less and less so b/c of fixed costs, cost more

{sounds contradictory; even so if fixed costs so high, start thinking what to do about it.}

this slope here 2010
less and less garbage in the system
garbage tipping fee escalates further
organics tipping fee fairly flat
so moving to organics is a way of saving costs
A lot on this slide, but will go through
Change for the region 55 - 70%; low-hanging fruit gone
WV well-positioned to move forward
completely a food-collection xxx
planning to impose biweekly garbage in 2012, force ppl to take advantage of into organics waste
some ppl take more advantage of yard trimmings than others do xxx
working to improve so can deposit both X and Y loads {8:20} wch wd service restaurants
don't want ppl in HBay to drive out to xxx if MetroV imposes an organics ban.
other issue we're xxx DNV CNV expanding sgl-fam to xxx
SLIDE of Recommendations
recommend endorsing Goals 1 and 2 but want to make clear to Metro there are limitations of what we can do xxx
re delivery of education material to public and biz
who is actually gathering the organics from ICI sectors
our efforts will always be overshadowed
limit to what xxx
ML: one pt of clarification -- av percentage of organics vs other garbage?
Ans: about 50% by weight; half food
Ev: help me reconcile one of the statements made in your report
$15 and $20 increases, using reserves, reconcile that going back to April 2009 when we endorsed 70% xxx on the basis that increased costs can be borne by those who generate waste
RF: in that session, I recall that principle; ppl who generate waste pay
that is a level of service increase; $15 to 20 xxx
looking at land dvprs, land xxx; those producers of waste wd be responsible for paying for those
try to apportion to diff users
TP: on 3.2, financial implications -- are they included under implications?
want to get...    Goals 1 and 2; we're not at Goals 3 and 4
so trying to reach Goals 3 and 4, access there? xxx
RF: way we wd incur costs
b/c the only means MetroV has access to ev is in the tipping fee rate
uncertainty as to what Ministry is going to approve
some sort of assumptions in that graph line
allow for those capital expenditures
Sop: wd you pls put back on the cost of rise?
$60 to over $180 over a number of years, as gospel, we shd accept that
when I hear assist with Metro, ...  I get xxx!
you've been there
when will staff xxx ... put pressure on MetroV to stop, costs, out of control
our taxpayers; something wrong with that
Mayor: or at least the southern part of the prov
RF: believe MetroV has wanted to add some conservativeness
don't know how, know part is
know part recovering b/c of the economic downturn
had to draw on the reserve of past couple of years and need to make that up
one way is that $15
Mayor: kind of an awkward tool but the only tool
solid waste reduced b/c of economy
using reserves, b/c xxx ...
organics, to get out of our waste stream
thirdly, and I xxx
extremely high b/c you're not supposed to be taking anything to the xxx
reflective of the same
so it's shifting; we've said we want to anticipate
early days, and it is a challenge, no doubt about that.
[8:32] Sop moved: THAT
1.  The municipal actions identified in Metro Vancouver's Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ISWRMP) be endorsed with the following comments:
(a)  Whereas the ISWRMP contains municipal obligations expressed with phrases such as "Partner with Metro on...", "Assist Metro with...", "Work with Metro on...", and "In collaboration with Metro...,"
i.  Clarification from Metro Vancouver is required as to the extent of municipal responsibility specific to the delivery of public and business information and education programs; and
ii.  Clarification from Metro Vancouver is required as to the extent of municipal expectation specific to the diversion of organics from the multi-family and ICI sectors;
(b)  Whereas the ultimate success in attaining the goals in the ISWRMP is subject, in part, to a test of municipal affordability, such as the District's ability to raise annual fees and generate new fees from residents and businesses to fund the programs contained within,
i.  An understanding is needed from Metro Vancouver that the level of municipal effort is tempered by local affordability; and
ii. Flexibility with respect to target timelines and municipal actions may be required;
2.  A copy of the above resolution be forwarded to Metro Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver for their information; and
3.  Staff be directed to prepare 2011 Solid Waste Utility rates and bylaw on the basis of ISWRMP endorsement.
Sop: ... when you see new initiatives you think prices wd escalate downwards and that's not the case
for us to make a local decision on what rates going to be, we won't be discussing till sometime in not-too-distant future
shd endorse this; staff to ...
b/c draft just goes up ... those days are over
ML: what bothers me is (b).  That reads as if it just came out of the Metro budget ...
watched on TV a week or so ago
a sgl
ours have three
in fact had a camera so ability to audit and record it
think the model we have for solid waste xxx
tipping fee is not going to go down
whether gaps $80 or $180 xxx only input we have is into the tipping fee
look at supplier ev efficiency and
RF: the way garbage collected in this M, is a five-year contract and we're one year in; so committed for next four years
worked well xxx ...
signif changes during to XXXX
Staff have tried to get a better deal; have renegotiated a slightly better deal; always trying to get the best deal for our residents
MS: don't think we shd dismiss Cclr Sop's comments
graph shows xxx
drops, think fee shd drop
why aren't they reducing their fixed costs
ea M can't do it themselves
colln of garbage, provision of water, sewers
think that wd be the vision
but the vision stmt says "... xxx nurtured by a healthy envmt xxx ... "
Mayor: know in brochure
MS: sustainable future ...  mumbo jumbo ...  think a bunch of lefties and loonies .....
Sop is right on
if going down  ...  lay offs  ...  can't
that's the way the world works
Ev: wonder if pt 3, instruct staff to prepare a bylaw
report from staff references a $15 and $20 increase, and more than a suggestion, we shd use reserves.
think we need more information therefore more debate
need to make a bit clearer?
RF: in next cpl of weeks, Ccl is going to be asked
water, waste, solid utilities, xxx
Ccl wanted a base to xxx
try to explain how to get there; staff merely asking for the instructions from Ccl to put something together for Ccl's discussion
not rubber-stamping
preparing something for Ccl's consideration and certainly Ccl will have opp to debate that
Mayor: when you go back ... question ask
I was only one of six directors who voted against, precisely b/c we hadn't seen xxx
surprising; know not xxx
$600M budget and they cut $2M, well  !!!!  pressure
now I don't have to give my report on the budget...
said ... your assumption that it can just be passed on is false, but we are in the minority
12. Final 2010 Community Grants Recommendations (File:  0920-07-02/0116-20-CGC)
TP: look at how we can deal with the pressures of the non-profits
want to acknowledge the mbrs of the Grants Cmte [named them]
know staff Leanne Sexsmith here to answer any questions
I move THAT
1. The Community Grants Committee recommendations for "One Time Only" 2010 Community and Social Services Grants be approved as follows, Total: $15,500:
Hollyburn Family Services Society - Dinosaur Social Skills $1000
Lions View Senior Planning - Eviction Reduction Program $700
North Shore Building Connections/LINKS - Silver Harbour $800
North Shore Community Resources - Seniors One Stop $1000
North Shore Connexions $2000
North Shore Keep Well Society $1000
North Shore Restorative Justice Society $500
Pets and Friends $1000
Senior Citizens Special Services Society - Shuttle $4000
West Vancouver Track & Field $2000
2. The Community Grants Committee recommendation for a Youth Competition and Recognition Fund Grant be approved as follows:  West Vancouver Soccer Club - U17 Spuraways Team $1000
Ev: one example
second $6K requesting $12K and giving $1K
LS: a number of these are receiving grants through xxxx
the two Cclr Ev mentioned offer some core cmnty needs xxxx substantial
when we opened the one time it was open to XXXX as well as existing
so over and above what
Mayor: good to see the seniors' shuttle there
and thank you for all your good work
13. Ambleside: Arts on Argyle Cultural Facilities (File:  0545-02/3006-11)
Mayor: not sure if
ML moved: THAT
1. The report dated Nov 1 from the Manager of Cultural Affairs and Partnerships be received for information;
2. Council support the capital budgets proposed within the framework to be advanced to the 2011 budget process;
3. Council support the allocation, not exceeding $200,000, from the Amenities Fund for upgrades to 1756-1758 Argyle Street to enable programs to transfer from Klee Wyck by May, 2011.
{All costs shd be identified clearly.  Money from the Amenities Fund is supposed to be allocated after public consultation for a ccl decision.}
bldg permits may be issued
ML: commend the report; mainly maintenance and upkeep; consistent with where we are today
proliferation charm along waterfront and v supportive
Ev: staff have said $200K from the Cmnty Fund
intention $150K from that source
BL, DepCAO: fund through the year; not through a special levy
Ev: through amenity fund?
Dep CAO: -->
Mayor: part of budget
MS: speak to process again
through budget process; this shd be part of the budget process
why cherry-picking and looking at it now?
re xxx ... I was told when capital requests come forward ... xxx
nothing about how much annual cost to taxpayer?
no mention of tenant?
1 premature
2 ongoing operating expense, groups -- what rent?
on that basis, I can't support this
Mayor: can Cathy M or Brent?
SW: I also had the same concern
wonder if part of xxx and really what the biz plan is
BL: we can provide the income stream from Klee Wyck, groups relocated to xxx
the context of this request
Klee Wyck movement from the facility to Argyle prop was proposed to Ccl some time ago
were looking at that re the real costs of getting to code wd be
bringing to current code for public occupation $200K
we can come back to Ccl and show the income component; minimal
arts on argyle a xxx of Ccl; that and necessity to move tenants out of Klee Wyck
perhaps not offer a biz case but at least run it xxx
Mayor: Ccl, we cd also split the motion
ML: don't want to lose site $200K from the Amenity Fund
2011 Budget items $4K FBG, $5K xxx and $5K for xxx
{Silk Purse? Music Box?}
so we're speaking of $14K and a draw from the Amenity Fund wch was for that purpose
SW: think that's fair
FBG needs roof done sooner or later
problem with report, not succinct
xxx ... don't find I get what they xxx
Sop: words of wisdom of Smith and Walker well-taken
we said we'd move from Klee Wyck to the water
also future costs that will escalate to some degree
proper way, shd be budget and lay it out properly
how these biz plans shd come out
shd decide on this
running game
look at 2011 budget draw $200K before even looking at budget; those days are gone
Mayor: wd like to speak entirely in favour
arts xxx
we are making change; took out floral clock and...
we're solving a serious prob, ask to vacate KW, victim of neglect
don't get ahead by supporting neglect
want to reaffirm
into 1756 Argyle, imp; made change down there; to our strength
if we don't wish to renov 1756, 1758 an even bigger problem
what do we do with Klee Wyck and $200K not going to go anywhere
happy to debate 1, 2, and 3
continues to build; v simple, modest, that suit Ccl so well
Ev: bit ???
been discussing for a long, long time; bring them up to the standards we expect
.... to position
have a facility; have money from Amenity Fund
commitment we're making for 2011 is pretty small
when I asked if from Amenity Fund I'd suggest xxx; perhaps that not an option
wd be a pity to deny that to go forward
TP: I appreciate the operating budget has not been debated in 2011 but this just speaks so solidly to what has been xxx; what's down there is treasured
for $155K is xxx; over five-yr period of time, is minimal
appreciate the process not quite what Cclr Sm and Walker prefer but I xxx
Sop:  I don't think we are against what is proposed in Amb for the arts
when I look at this in the broader context
Klee Wyck, home of the arts; cd be another annex of arts in relnship with those on the waterfront
$300K plunked down refurbishing three houses, has to be...... Arts on Argyle
get a breakdown, sustainability and what going to end up with
spending $200K prior to the budget
already $200K before xxx
doing little bits
SW: I'm totally supportive of using 1756 for arts
but when reports come to Ccl have to have xxx
{details? biz plan?}
doesn't give you a lot of meat
we've had stronger debates over $15K and this is 200 grand
needs more meat to xxx
completely in support of that but  want to know what  XXX
MS: it's rather unfair, in my view, to say that we don't support
.... like believe in kicking chn and dogs
Mayor: ...
MS: that's what's being said
if going to budget process in favour ev
Mayor: wd you make that motion
MS: let me finish
requ, staff request
capital request
in budget process with ev other budget req
not that we don't support arts on argyle
[want] proper biz-like
Mayor: and dealing with items in front of us
seems re 3 support in principle; can bring .....
MS: think we shd receive the report
and then, ...(4) as part of the 2011 budgetary discussion
Mayor: so referral for 2 and 3
2 is already to the budget process so 3?
MS: yes
Mayor: add?
MS: hv said my bit
Sop: have
ML: implications of a time delay?
sort of a damned if you do and damned if you don't
found this better than some prev ones
BL: intention was that staff can pull that into the budget disc
will not unduly delay moving tenants of Klee Wyck but thanks for mentioning
Ev: think it wd be unfortunate
damage the intent of this report and had background for some time
November and will have it approved in eight weeks
I'd be willing to wait the eight weeks, if in Feb, different
Mayor: recognizing imp part of Amb strategy
... will work through one by one; not 3
on referring pt 3 -- PASSES
receiving  --  PASSES
2  --  CARRIES
4  continue with same used as in past
WITHDRAWN:  14. Zoning for Arts Facilities on Argyle Avenue (File:  1060-01/3006-01)
re 1564 Argyle (Music Box on Argyle); 1570 Argyle (Silk Purse Arts Centre);
and 1756/1758 Argyle Avenue (currently a vacant building), collectively, the "Properties".
15.  CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS  --  No items.
16.  OTHER ITEMS  --   No items.
{Oh, groan.  Rumour had it that Public Correspondence wd be here -- will it be like last time, requested by Cclr Sop, and we have to wait till the next ccl mtg for restoration of the 'public' correspondence?
Among the letters there's one from ADRA wrt the devt 20th and Esquimalt, one from the UBCM re RCMP costs and accountability, letters re the proposed intersection/crosswalk for PkR on MDrive.
Oct 29 the letters for that week appeared including one from UBC re "Opportunity to comment on Proposed Changes to the Ultimate Limitation Period", OGC's invitation re 20th Anniversary and Opening of the Conservancy Crossing Trail, and another long subject line:  "October 22, 2010, regarding I think WV councillors Evison, Panz, Smith and Walker's approval Oct 18 of a NEW signalized crossing for Park Royal on Marine and Main St,, based on a hurried flawed consutant [sic] report in Aug, could cause GRIDLOCK for eastbound Marine Dr traffic flow!"
wrt the Limitations Act letter, comments are to be sent to the Justice Services Dept in Victoria by Nov 15 -- How will WV residents find out about this to give their views to Ccl to pass on???
Ev: WW2 luncheon
Mayor: ...fabulous turnout at BPAHA AGM last week
...Library's 100th birthday
asked them to think about cmnty-driven process
this cmnty will have to put its mind to this
what's been accomplished by xxx
also been in a series of mtgs with TransLink
in a real crunch; Evergreen Line, challenging; will keep Ccl apprised
will be speaking at M campaign school
Sop: maybe you shd explain that you and other mayors opposed TransLink funding
Mayor: been active for a year
opposed further prop taxation
under the gun last year $132M to keep it -- life-support; didn't want to do any harm; we feel that was the end of the line for us; now a $400M shortfall; and another $450M
think that's putting pressure
deadline imposed by prov and fed govt
understand that RFPs have gone out; and we have a serious funding gap.
Mayor: it's 9:15 two ppl wishing to speak
Carmina Gouch: 4005 E PLace, NV; the [ xxx] group
in favour of banning the sale of bunnies from pet stores
most rabbits discarded within months of purchase
U Vic as Kelowna watched as popns grew; humane and proactive measures instead
I and others in this field take
sudden appearance of rabbits in their nbrhd
in parks, golf course, and in one case in a cage after the homeowners had moved
if WV wants to avoid, pro-active measures
risk and costs
Rmd, Kelowna, Coq, X, have banned the sale of rabbits
other Ms are putting together similar bylaws; implementing nec legislation; combined strategies; overall cmnty
have 150 signed postcards; broadbased support for this initiative
Mayor: give them to X
next is Tony Michaud
AD: I'm speaking for Mr Michaud
{fyi, Annette Denk is a realtor and past prez of BPAHA}
Annette Denk, 1925 {gave WV address} for Mr Michaud, NV
the Michaud family have been the owners
Mayor: don't understand the Cypress Mtn address
AD: halfway up Cypress; owner of 40 acres for past 42 years
paying taxes and asked nothing; no privileges and no services
sold parcels of 5 acres, 2 acres ...
put in a logging road 40 years ago
thought it wd be there and enjoy
all cabin owners used it
two years ago City put a gate across the road
negative from staff; Upper Lands ...
always been told one cabin on the 40 acres; even though it says one per five acres; frustrated
can't do anything with the prop
feel treated unfairly
feel xxx; shd be able to put three or four on the prop
so family can enjoy prop, xxx ...
really asking Ccl and Mayor for three to four cabins and keep one prop
Mayor: nice to meet you; have met you before
TM: took a walk up
totally neglected; runoff, sod being washed away
large trees on side of the prop; if continues trees will come down
laid down some piping; xxx been neglected
Mayor: what I'd like to say is that most ppl wd not be familiar with the prop
TM: have met a few times with staff xxx
Mayor: most don't know; will meet with you
TM: thanks for bringing to attention
19. ADJOURNMENT [9:24]
======= FINANCE Cmte Mtg Monday Nov 8  =======
SW in chair since Chair of Fin Cmte
Nina = Nina Leemhuis, (new) Director of Financial Services (Finance Dept)
... = short and ..... = long gaps
on agenda: REPORTS
4.1 2010 3rd Quarter Review; 4.2 Cmnty Strategic Plan Monitoring via Balanced Scorecard;
4.3 2011 General Operating Fund Budget
.....Nina:  $435K surplus  ...
large, legal, add'l unanticipated exp re Sea to Sky
Ev: why legal as operating expense?
Nina: b/c of PSAB  .....
Ev: so higher net yield
Nina: will be a matter we can bring forward to the auditor
Ev: drop in rev from the Sq N of $138K; how establish xxx charge
Nina: SqN service level agreement
somewhat definite contract amt
variance within that what comes out of the BC Assessors' notice
prior to going, didn't anticipate the assessed value
Ev: why assess value? what we need
Nina: we don't have any say
this one wrt assessment
Mayor: we don't know our value of our share of prov traffic fines
Nina: will not know till late Nov, mid Dec
ML: expectation around growth
give us some est of our FTE count 2008, 9, 10
Nina: that's an easy one
no FTE growth between 2010 and 2011
740; 2009 they were 738 .....
prior I wd hv to report back to Ccl
in Sept of this year, the labour model was validated throughout the Dist; we established a standard
FTEs now reported on a consistent basis and will be 2010 and 11
Sop: was going to challenge that but will leave it
under Spirit Trail .....
MS: arts and sustainability, what's that? not professional
CAO: point taken
{BL provided some information}
Sop: ...  why not take $435K surplus and apply it to 2011?
Ev: just been explained
Nina: flow into the budget and offset expenditures for that year
if in Reserve wd not
therefore revenue wd be lower and net effect on tax higher .....
ML: so we're not going to have public input?
SW: anyone?
RR: have just received it !
Nina: this was posted to the Web on Friday afternoon and
{SW: ITEM 4.2} .....
Nina: Salaries/wages + 2.5%, no FTE growth, kept to agreement and staff moving up steps .....
2011 overall increase in net expenditures $1.261M
we have a $77M budget
considering we have a salary increase of $2.6M
$251K; offset by increase in revenues --  SEE THIS SLIDE  -- carrying forward $600K from 2010 budget
ML: I'm finding this ... $2,590K ... but not quite that bad b/c
bulk of new revenue as a result of (higher) assessment role
Nina: salary increases of $2.6M
ML: focus on actual rather than net b/c tends to minimize
Nina: ..... 2011 Budget represents resources required ...
proposing a tax rate increase of 2.35% wch means $85 year about $7 a month
..... will turn over... and Chief Constable Lepine; their legislation requires they report separately
all related to salary increases
ML: all non-discretional
Nina: all managerial
ML: then they wd be discretionary .....
-- IT also part; have not grown; increase owing entirely to salaries and labour .....
FIRE -- new charge; reducing FTEs from 109 to 108.....
ENGG .....[slide]
PLANNING ..... [slide]
PARKS ..... [slide]
increase driven only by salaries
ML: in the past list of ... I was after 2010; not comparable to 2011
Nina: two components
whether received equipment in your package; some rec'd and some not done, but it was done
the larger piece, they will be discussed at the next mtg .....
Sop: thank you for your presentation .....
large part of the increases salaries and wages and steps within .....
46 states in US in trouble, in debt, printing money; six nations in Europe difficulties; Canada
TransLink out of control
down to little WV, now, you talked about steps and levels
the private sector ...
they're downsizing, laying off, and doing other things
we're growing with no FTEs but in salaries
how are we going to sustain?
... no detail how depts came up with increases.
Nina: in depts; is a comparison to 2010
divisional expenditure; salaries and non-salary items; wd be happy to go into more detail with you
we have to make detailed plans; ...
Chief Constable Lepine; chair of fin cmte, D Murphy; Barbara Brink; chair Mayor
{Chief and Murphy make presentation; I asked for copy but not received at time of this writing; comment on priorities [8:05]}
2011 Provisional Operating Budget
81 sworn staff; 83.5 non-sworn staff and volunteers
most who commit crimes in this cmnty do not live in this cmnty, in fact not on the NSh
wd have "beat out" Pt Moody
if not Sq Reserve wd be lowest [crime rate]
WVPD solve more crimes than any other in Vancouver
crime rate per capita even lower
five-yr strategic plan 80% complete
Capilano Reserve; no longer sustainable, popn increasing .....
recommendations from the Braidwood Inquiry
investigations that took hours to do 15 years ago now take days
we're doing more work on less crime
2010 electronic crimes, small but disproportionate level of resources .....
Sop: what will the mbrship look like in buildout of Sq N lands in 2020/25
Lepine: normal Police ratio potentially 12 police officers depending how fast .....
ML: $12M -- trouble reconciling that to the Chief's numbers
$11.5M and yours to $11.9M, like his numbers better [sic]
Nina: in future the Chief and I will spend more time together
into JDE system; also same budget; but the District has not included some cost-recover items.....
ML: so there's $400K discrepancy here
Nina: we'll bring reconciliation back; just saw this this morning
ML: I didn't see it till now...
crime rate or are we overmanned and achieve same number
if fewer constables and smaller budget?
ANS: although I don't have all the numbers
but if NV as an example, even though CNV and DNV same service yet discrepancy
if you were to combine their crime rates, wd sit at 63
not how many ppl you have in your pol dpt it's what you do with them
you're not just fighting crimes; there's crime prevention
does not account for forced vacancy patterns
offset by dollar numbers but not pol ofcrs (integrated)
not to compare M with RCMP b/c done differently
ML: compare with another, such as Oak Bay; trying to get a metric...
ANS: WVPD is sort of middle of the pack wrt cost per capita
do have the highest solve rate the lowest crime rates .....
Ev: you've contained $400K one year not the next without an explanation
find it difficult to reconcile
your salaries, we were given in one here, $10.8M the proposed salaries $11.6M
some measure of comfort; if we can do $400K less last year why not.... and then adding to it
ANS: we're projecting a $400K surplus ... factors we cdn't predict
Mayor: entire cmnty shd be proud of
apprehend prolific offenders; watch crime rate drop overnight; keeping crime rate low as it is requires vigilance
prof standards not required a few years ago; new changes to Pol Act; need more lawyers; huge changes
SW: confusion with the line items; p5 $237 differential
Nina: legislative reqmts
Mayor: ev police ofc up $500
ANS: and will go up again
[8:35] SW: to gen questions
Sop: enlightening
no qualms about saying 2.5% increase not acceptable; go to zero again this year .....
I don't see why we can't do ev we need to do and not have a tax increase as we see here
collective agreements we have no control over

{YES!} .....

not zero ev year
but suggest enough flexibility not to have an increase this year; bring back that consideration
SW: Ccl Qs, then public
Ev: ...  two points, both for Planning ...
with licences and permits we are showing an increase of 5.33% ...
increase of 5.8% b/c dept did much better; need to reconcile somehow
Sokol: a few things going on
bylaws and licensing over last year make the numbers confusing
wd be happy to come back and explain
signif new rev for sec stes but not as much as we thought
we have a much better picture now for next year ......
Nina: our budgets are our best guess for going forward
MS: Sustainability and Culture for 2010 has popped up as Cmnty Engagemet
preset expensed; namby pamby group groping ..... need a biz case
BL: cmnty engagement 09, implementing it in 2010
thrust in realm of capturing some kind of intent around Arts and Culture
expressed in part a strategic plan and xxx
engage with cmnty in a meaningful way
seems arbitrary but not, work has not been arbitrary
cmnty engagemt and partnerships -- how we can move forward, through partnerships
arts on argyle in economical way, grow
portfolios needed to be brought forward; targeted to achieve that
what you mentioned, Cclr Sm, we have moved all of the staff (arts, envmt, communications) into Fulton house, operating in an effective manner
one position being requested fulltime .....
TP: status quo is 6.5%; so we've cut $2.5M?...
so if we're looking at a zero budget, how impacting what expecting to see?
Nina: I wd like to ask what Ccl's priories are direction, give us, guidance on where to go
SW: before to Ccl, to public, a couple of comments
Communication Dept $400K increase over last two years
realignment or increase in staff?
Nina: no increase in staff, increase in salary step
SW: benefits?
Nina: extensive, financial and payroll services will be working on it
SW: wd like to invite ppl to come forward; another opp Nov 22
Mr Tutsch and Barbara Brink as well as Andy Krawcyzk
Ray Richards: priorities for who?
SW: come up
RR: found this v confusing to listen to tonight
net, numbers we don't see; when Ccl mbrs asking, if you wdn't mind referring to page .....
Nina: that's a revenue fig not a XXX
RR: but you've already rec'd $462K so how drop
Nina: terribly sorry Mr Richards
I'm looking at a diff page; oh -- there, hm, wd have to sit down with Brent [to figure out]
RR: you said the surplus for 2010 wd go into 2011 and act as a fund for one-time items
but then you say IT reductions signif...
RR: confusing capital and operating
Nina: amt going to xxx as relates to T $700K+  xxxxx then stay in capital
RR: so IT reductions were reductions of capital not mntnce
Nina: were mntnce but xxx
but instead of flowing from op to capital, flow less
RR: so you're going to put less in to the capital fund
Nina: for IT
RR: HR negotiates salaries and don't they get the increase as well?
I'd like to neg my own!
TJ (staff): quick answer, no the HR Dept doesn't receive the same as unions
last year didn't nor did exempt group
RR: in dollars, but in benefits -- seven weeks vacation for one and for another
TJ: certainly Terms and Conditions not the same
not all the same and not all through collective bargaining
RR: I understand that but still...  some things I'll have to look that
Nina: I'd be happy to take some suggestions
RR; Y/E you shd project that
I also had to work from my projected year end not what budget was last year
am sure you've noticed revolution against high costs in Ms Toronto, reduce, and a Mayor in Calgary sim approach
good time for this group to consider a signif reduction
once again we request, as we do annually, a Dec 2010 final stmt where we're starting from
balance sheet
Nina: balance sheet rather than rev and expenditures
RR: we've also in the past asked reg and fixed assets; these shd be readily av
I was told three years ago wd be av b/c they wd be hiring to finish them off in the summer, av Dec 2007...
rev for each facility -- payroll, repairs, insurance, and capital
want to know the cost of owning and operating the artificial turf fields ...
see a discrepancy get when what's charged and
the JD Edwards Acct system -- must be at the stage click click and
and come up then if not why spend so much on it; why the hell
Mayor: excuse me
RR: why [the heck?].....
shd fund through user fees; been recommended by past adv groups for years and years
.....  no items expensed at end of the year
Nina: no; PSAB; v transparent approach, continue going forward
RR: re user fees
super senior rate, at Aq Ctr a discount from the senior discounted from adult rate
ridiculous I get a discount b/c of my age; put these in did Ccl put that in
Nina: that was approved by Ccl last year
SW; a lot of srs on fixed sal
RR: a lot with [money]
Ccl complains about downloading
what right do you have to tell me have to make a grant to xxx, donate to xxx
will you let me tell you how much to donate to some orgs?
Alex Tunner: 2Qs
2009 req for two metrics; not in 2010, wdn't take much time to put in; suggest collected and put in
go back for 2010 and put in 2011
we had a V4S WG and sev rather useful tables; comparing with other Ms...
let's not forget good work V4S did
[9:08]  Garrett Polman: Q and comments
what is each percentage in dollars?
Nina: $535K for 1%
GP continued [TEXT SUPPLIED, my bolding]:
   2010 has been a tough year for politicians in democracies around the world.  Coming out of the worst recession since the thirties it became clear that the trajectory of public expenditures is unsustainable.  Pensions are unfunded, health costs are going up too fast, so is public debt, and our municipal infrastructure right across North America is creaking. 
   These issues have resulted in violent demonstrations and deep social divisions in Greece and France.  Britain is slashing the budgets of many departments by 20%-25% over the next four years and is laying off hundreds of thousands of employees.  In the US frustrations with government boiled over last week.  In some communities even fundamental protection services have been cut.  And here, in BC, the premier resigned after unprecedented public opposition to the HST. 
   Here at the foot of the mountain, not even quiet, scenic West Vancouver is immune.   You've told us our taxes for Metro Vancouver and TransLink will increase tenfold over the next decade.  In West Vancouver we've boxed ourselves into budgets where 80% or so of our operational expenditures go for employee costs.  Earlier this year you told us we need $900 million to replace our water and sewage pipes.   
   West Vancouver's population is 1% of BC's.  That means our $900 million would be $90 billion at the provincial level.  That's more than twice the provincial debt.    
   I don't think the good citizens of West Vancouver are going to march with their wheelchairs, walkers, and canes and set fire to the municipal hall.  But we've just seen what happens when democratically elected officials don't listen to the public.  At a certain point public dissatisfaction boils over.  It did in 2010.  In Europe, in the US, in Japan, in Toronto, and in B.C.  Everywhere.
   Fortunately, we, and you as our elected representatives, still have a choice.  We can continue on the current path of ever higher taxes, add to what is already the most expensive cost base in Metro Vancouver, and do nothing about replacing the pipes below our streets until they burst and flood neighbourhoods as happened in North Vancouver.  That's the path of failed American municipalities and irresponsible European fiscal policies. 
   Or we can look at increasing municipal efficiency and resolve: 
Why we spend up to 50% more per capita than any other municipality in Metro Vancouver for a whole range of services.
Why we, with only half the population, have almost as many police as the District of North Vancouver with virtually the same crime rate.
Why we have so many staff when others do with fewer.
   As our new Director of Finance said last month, our most significant challenge is to address the fiscal gap we have.  We've all known this for years.  The Sustainability Task Force told us this.  ITAC has.  In the last election the residents told us.  But we need to move to action.       
   I was a corporate controller for a large international corporation with over a quarter of a million employees.  If someone told the board this was our biggest challenge, the only question around the table would be, where is the plan to address this?  And that is my question here, where is the action plan?  I don't see the $900 million issue addressed anywhere-either in the Budget or in the Balanced Scorecard.  It's fine to pose challenges, but I think the community would expect the CAO and Director of Finance to be proposing solutions also.
   I suspect all of us living in West Vancouver share the same goal: to maintain and improve our living environment.   For this water and sewage are of crucial importance.  Let us act now before not only the pipes below our feet bursts but our fiscal pipeline erupts.
   This is not a one-year budget problem, and it needs a long-term solution that shifts funds from efficiencies to infrastructure.  We have the highest per capita expenses in Metro Vancouver; 30% to 50% more than our North Shore neighbours.  That gives plenty of room to find savings and efficiencies.   
   My suggestion is that you direct staff to develop a long-range proposition that, over time, let's say a three-year horizon, reduces operating costs by, say, 15%, and shifts this to fund the infrastructure.  Set the tone by setting an objective of a 5% expense reduction for 2011.  Hold senior management to your objective so they can figure out what to do on January 1st and not wait until June 1st when nearly half the year is gone.
   I thank you for the time you and your families devote to the betterment of our community and thank you for the opportunity to speak tonight.
SW: anyone else wanting to speak?  quiet crowd
Mayor: .....
last year zero was really tough ...
like in HR, they're not keeping up; staff working more than five days a week
not doing; blvds, signs not painted
most common call I get general appearance
are we prepared to do more?
repercussions from zero budget from last year
don't want to lose big picture
leave some of Mr Polman's comments for a cup of coffee
Sop: don't know why we can't have a budget even a reduction from zero of millions of dollars...
incumbent on us to be rigorous in how we proceed...
not zero for sake of it, millions and some left over for infrastructure...
we can't go back to same old...
just want a plan saying we can do all this ...... pay $$$ out to uncontrollable metroV
ML: drives home to me
we're spending other ppl's money
easiest thing in the world to do
Mayor: I don't think anything about this job is easy--
ML: --thank you; it is easy but only one pocket
MetroV, quarterly payments, etc
realities: WV popn 2004 to 2009 went up 500 ppl just over 1%
operating budget grew by 45% and salaries and benefits 38%
2005 - 2009 CPI ?%
CPI plus population growth in WV = 10.3%; DWV operations expense in same period up 45.7% [DWV up 46%]
median income in this cmnty down 15%
for seniors down 30.9%, individuals down 9.6 %
[what's? ] down 23%
% of WVan popn aged 65+ at 23%
we have some obligations
Canada av wage increases by year 2007/8/9/10 are: public sector 3.4%, 3.5%, 2.5%, 2.2%; private sector 3.2%, 2.5%, 1.8%, 1.8%. On a jurisdictional basis for 2010 BC is at +0.2 wage adjustments whereas AB is at 5.6%
average wage increase in BC 0.2%
looking at the proposed 2011 budget revenue up 991K and expense up.... $2.253M
I believe efficiencies can be made
have to understand balance between micromgmt and .....
over $1M in benefits around this horseshoe
Sop: not my $1.48 per hour
ML: believe we're capable of getting more; I do hear from gallery
look for reallocations...
agree with Smith we don't do enough biz case
this is the first time this year I've seen if projects coming in at over or under budget
sure this is going to be a fun time
[9:27] TP: wd like to ask Cclr Sop and Lewis what to get to a xxx budget
come forward with some suggestions.....
this Ccl voted to supported a strategic plan and a BSC
I'm prepared to put that 2.35% out for public and have debate.....
LPPS came forward to ask for some funding for invasive species; others do, we had no funds, had none to match it so they came forward (LPPS)
have to see how this impacted
don't know why strategic plan if not prepared to fund part of the BSC
MS: agree with most that has been said: Lewis, recovery from 2008 and history will be a minor blip recession and will come [bigger/greater]
unfunded pensions and benefits
we all choose to ignore it
also agree with Cclr Panz; we put through a zero tax increase and we spent 5% more
where it comes from, we just reduced about Infrastructure
so increase 4.49% and if hold to zero, Panz is right, these are where we're going to make cuts
question of cuts .....
need to get to that so we can intelligently debate where we're spending our money
Panz right, if zero, tell us where you're going to cut
we have a general idea but not specific
budget as it's laid out shd be out for public input; then hope to make a decision
Mayor: this go out?
MS: yes
TP: will second
MS: inordinate time preparing budget
change it, or assume best efforts and send out to public
Mayor: will support motion .....
disaster in Calif, underfunding prob.....
Sop: can't believe my ears
Mayor: I let you off the hook
Sop: didn't see much diff last year; successful year
were talking about millions of dollars collected here
can't tell me we can't; priorities have to be adjusted.....
we can bring back, here's the direction we want to go.
to Panz of the $2M increase this year; cd say find in reduction of staff
TP: saying that?
Sop: ... millions of dollars to play with here
are we top heavy? preparing ourselves for the future?
prioritizing differently, no biz plan
we've added to ev year; always a percentage increase back to 1912
Mayor: what have you been doing?
Sop: I've been doing for years.....
Ev: cutting budgets easy, but our resp is to get a balance.....
been fairly well run for the 42 years I've lived here; build from there
SW: app what's been said; struggle ...
there are services we've got to provide, but there's a balance has to be achieved
and think we can do better than 2.35%
don't want ev gets 4% with 20% benefits
more than willing to go through more public consultation
wd be unfortunate if we take this debate into new year
I'm willing to support 2.35% to public but want lower
as Cclr Sm it's not over
from my own private experience we're not seeing raises, ppl are happy to have jobs now
Mayor: for last three years; 2.35%
we've asked for 5% , MetroV asked for 17%, NV 10%
we have consistently low among many
SW: but we cd tell Metro
Mayor: leading
SW: that's what I'm saying
TP: Mayor has been challenging those metro budgets and done it ev time
Sop: 2.4%  Accept to accept?
SW: no
MClk: that the 2.35% go out for public input
SWpassed with Sop opposed
for discussion; hope more discussion; since just posted on Friday  [9:49]

===  CCL MTG AGENDA Nov 15th ===
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: In the public interest, members of the public excluded from part of the Nov 15th regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
(d) the security of the property of the municipality; and
(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;
7:00 PM
Nov 1, 2010 Regular Ccl Mtg; Nov 8, 2010 Special Ccl Mtg; and Nov 9, 2010 Special Ccl Mtg.
7. R. Richards, West Vancouver Shoreline Preservation Society regarding Shoreline Preservation and Enhancement (File:  0055-20-WVSPS)
8. Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-043 (1220 Duchess Avenue) (File:  1010-20-10-043)
At the October 18, 2010 regular meeting Council received the report dated October 6, 2010 from the Community Planner.
Reports received up to Nov 10: G. Boyle and J. Allan; October 6; for Oct 18 ccl mtg
Written Submissions received up to Nov 10: A. Chorley; October 29; for Nov 15
RECOMMENDED: THAT all written and verbal submissions be received for information.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then: RECOMMENDED: THAT staff report back to Council
RECOMMENDED: THAT the DVP Applic to vary the Zoning Bylaw to allow floor area within the attic of an existing house to be retained, be approved.
9. Renewal of the Joint Operating Agreement between West Vancouver Community Centres Services Society and the District (File:  1135-33)
THAT the renewal of the Joint Operating Agreement, with grammatical amendments, between the West Vancouver Community Centres Services Society and the District, attached as Appendix A to the report dated October 26, 2010, be approved for a further [two-year] period commencing November 1, 2010 and expiring October 31, 2012.
{if this involves financial commitments, shdn't it be deferred to Budget 2011 discussions?}
10. Schedule of Public Consultation Dates for Proposed 2011 Budget (File:  0860-01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT public consultation regarding the proposed 2011 Budget be held:
at the Nov 22 Finance Committee meeting; and at the Dec 6 Council Meeting.
11. [Five-Year] Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4631, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 4664, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4664)
RECOMMENDED: THAT ["Five-Year] Financial Plan be read a first, second, and third time.
{when time for public to review and provide input to Ccl???}
12. Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 - Creating an Updated Zoning Bylaw; and Subdivision Control Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4662/4668)
1.  Zoning Bylaw as attached to the report from the Dir/Planning dated October 29 be introduced and read a first time in short form;
2.  Zoning Bylaw be presented at a PH on Mon Dec 6 at 7pm in the Ccl Chamber;
3.  The M Clerk be directed to give Statutory Notice that a PH...;
4.  Subdiv Control Bylaw, as attached be introduced, read a first time in short form; and
5.  Further consideration of Subdivision Control Amendment Bylaw take place concurrent with Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010.
13. Building Bylaw No. 4400, 2004, Amendment Bylaw No. 4663, 2010 regarding Secondary Suites (File:  1610-20-4663)
                      RECOMMENDED:  be read a first, second, and third time.
14. Water Utility Fees for 2011 and Waterworks Regulation Bylaw No. 4490, 2006, Amendment Bylaw No. 4667, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4667)
        Information to be provided.
15. Sewer Utility Fees for 2011 and Sewer and Drainage Utility Fee Bylaw No. 4538, 2007, Amendment Bylaw No. 4665, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4665)
        Information to be provided.
16. Solid Waste Utility Fees for 2011 and Solid Waste Utility Fee Bylaw No. 4118, 1998, Amendment Bylaw No. 4666, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4666)
1.  Solid Waste utility fees be increased for 2011 to the amounts set out in Schedule A of Bylaw No. 4666 as attached to the report dated Nov 5 from the Mgr/Engg Services; and
2.  "Solid Waste Utility Amendment Bylaw" be introduced and read a first time.
17. Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw No. 4659, 2010 (2200 Block Marine Drive) (File:  1610-20-4659)
18. Consent Agenda Items
       The following Consent Agenda items may be considered separately or in one recommendation.
18.1. Notice of Motion regarding Street Level Crossing at Park Royal Shopping Centre (File:  0120-06)
Take Notice that at the Monday, December 6, 2010 Council Meeting, Councillor Soprovich, with a seconder (Councillor Lewis), will move to provide a motion as follows:
WHEREAS the July 26, 2010 Council Meeting minutes, Item 8, in respect to the proposed at grade intersection and traffic light at Park Royal and Marine Drive, states:
"THAT part 2 of the original motion be referred back to staff for a further report and a public process."
AND WHEREAS the report from staff dated October 7, 2010 was first made available for the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting
AND WHEREAS a play back of the July 26, 2010 Council Meeting Item 8 video clip indicates to the public that the staff report would be made available for public review and discussion at a public meeting hosted by the municipality in a municipal facility
AND WHEREAS the report from staff dated October 7, 2010 was made available only for the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting and therefore there was no opportunity for review by and discussion with the public at a public meeting
AND WHEREAS the motion made at the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting in Item 10 states:
"Council authorize staff to approve the detailed design drawings for the intersection including landscaping and signalization design subject to conformance to district standards and requirements"
AND WHEREAS the above noted motion made at the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting does not specify who would construct the intersection nor does it say who would pay for the new intersection
AND WHEREAS the impact on traffic patterns and traffic flow of the completed Lions Gate bridgehead and Capilano Bridge modifications is unknown and of concern to many,
NOW THEREFORE Council resolves THAT
1. The street level crossing from Park Royal shopping centre south to Park Royal shopping centre north across the District of West Vancouver's dedicated highway known as Marine Drive not proceed until Council has specifically approved design drawings and further consulted with the public, and
2.  Ccl host a public meeting as indicated in Item 8 of the July 26, 2010 Ccl Meeting.
18.2. Recognizing the Vulnerability of Transit Workers (File:  1305-05)
RECOMMENDED:  THAT further to the report dated October 27, 2010 from the Transit Manager, the Mayor on behalf of Council write to the Federal Minister of Justice urging the Government of Canada to recognize the vulnerability of transit workers and the dangers they face in their profession and to take action to protect them.
18.3. Ambleside Field House Facility (File:  3002-09)
        RECOMMENDED:  THAT the report dated November 3, 2010 be received for information.
18.4. Lowering the Age Requirement for Seniors' Activity Centre Membership (File:  3000-01)
RECOMMENDED:  THAT the report dated November 1, 2010 be received for information.
{Recommends lowering the age to 55 -- why not put that here???}
18.5. Development Application Status Report to November 5, 2010 (File:  1010-01)
19.  OTHER ITEMS  --  No items.
{No?  No items?  what happened to the Public Correspondence several keep saying will be here??? who's holding back???  foot-dragging an Olympic sport?}
20.  REPORTS FROM MAYOR/CCLRS   21. Public Questions/Comments   22.  Adjournment

SEALS:  read about the rehabilitation of seals by the Seadoc Society (VSun Mon Nov 1 pA4) so clicked on http://www.seadocsociety.org/harbor-seal-rehabilitation-study
then was curious about the pups; they are sooooooo cute! http://seadocsociety.org/track-a-seal

===  INFObits  ===  Israeli Film
          Knowledge Network, documentary movie: To See If I'm Smiling: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1112866/

===  NEWSWATCH  ===  Free Speech in Canada?
Excerpt from: http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/hate-vs-free-speech.html
Here is the story of why Adbusters has been blacklisted:
A walled off ghetto, an occupying military that controls the entry of food and daily necessities, desperate attempts by hungry civilians to smuggle commodities through tunnels, and punitive collective punishment against all those who resist ... there are never-to-be-forgotten differences, of course, but also some striking similarities between the Warsaw ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II and the open air prison of Gaza in Israeli-occupied Palestine today. And yet the Canadian Jewish Congress is accusing Adbusters of anti-Semitism for making this historical comparison, and it has successfully lobbied one of Canada's biggest pharmacy chains to remove Adbusters magazine from its shelves.  .........
Check out the Canadian Journalism Project's article on this issue: Adbusters, ghettoes and Shoppers: Anti-semitism or free speech?
If you think that publishing side-by-side images of the Gaza and Warsaw ghettos is a valid expression of free speech, send an email to Shoppers Drug Mart's CEO J=FCrgen Schreiber - jschreiber@shoppersdrugmart.ca and investorrelations@shoppersdrugmart.ca - and tell him that you are boycotting his store until Adbusters is back on the shelves. Be polite but clear. Then send a note to the Canadian Jewish Congress - www.cjc.ca/about-cjc/staff/ - reminding them that in a free country we debate rather than censor.

===  GAZAWATCH  ===  Free Speech in Canada?
~ 7:30pm ~ Monday Nov 22 at St Andrew's-Wesley United Church (Burrard and Nelson)
Come and hear the person Jason Kenney tried to prevent from speaking in Canada. George Galloway's Vancouver appearance is part of a ten-city pan-Canadian speaking tour...
George Galloway speaks:  Free Palestine, Free Afghanistan, Free Speech
Tickets: $15 / unwaged or low-income $10. Available at: People's Coop Bookstore (1391 Commercial Dr.), UBC: at the Outpost in Student Union Building, Surrey: at the Al-Iman grocery story (10700 King Edward), New West: BC Market (930 12th St.)  You can also reserve your ticket online at: http://georgegallowayinvancity.blogspot.com/
For more information contact stopwar@resist.ca or call 604 737 1299.
Background Information
Eighteen months ago, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney blocked then-British MP George Galloway from Canada, labelling him a terror supporter and a national security risk. At the time, Galloway was scheduled to appear in four Canadian cities on a speaking tour called "Resisting War: from Gaza to Afghanistan".
Galloway and his supporters protested, saying the move was a crass political attempt to silence criticism of Canadian foreign policy on Afghanistan and Palestine. Weeks before the ban, Galloway had led a humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza as part of an international campaign to break Israel's illegal blockade. This October, Galloway and the Viva Palestina movement once again successful delivered aid to Gaza in defiance of Israel's siege.
Galloway and his supporters were vindicated.
Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley issued his 60-page decision on the matter. (Read more here: http://www.rabble.ca/news/2010/09/what-galloway-court-decision-means-free-speech-canada ).

===  CPTWATCH  ===  http://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2010/11/15/al-khalil-hebron-reflection-we-love-land
CPTnet  15 November 2010
by a CPTer
     I am a proud Ohio farm girl living and working as a Christian Peacemaker with our Palestinian partners in Palestine. My rootedness to the earth has helped me feel at home here in West Bank, Palestine where the land is valued so strongly. Back home in the States, however, I never had [seen] my home demolished, my trees uprooted, my land confiscated, my irrigation lines destroyed as my Palestinian friends have.  I have never been threatened with the possibility of losing my home so other families may move in by what they say is their legal right. No one ever forced me to leave my lemon tree or my huge fig tree shading my courtyard, or my terraced garden that feeds my soul.
     The Jabers see and love the amazing capacity of their plots of land to give them almost everything they need.  They marvel, as I do, at the mysterious productivity they see in front of them every growing season.  For them the earth is mother.  It provides for their families.
     Ghassan raises tomatoes.  For him the earth is teacher.  It teaches lessons every day during this long Occupation about learning to receive the good, the bad, the blows, the storms, and the sun in life.  It teaches strength, endurance, ways to cope, and creative ways to survive.
     For Zabadie and her husband the earth is friend. Its sands and soil soothe their hands, their feet and their spirit.  The clusters of plump grapes hanging heavily from the vines close to their front door provide daily pleasure and gratitude and are shared generously with friends around their table.
     Since four settlers were killed recently in the area, none of these farmers feel safe.  Their farms border Rt. 60 where the murders happened.  Because the settlers who live in the nearby settlements always demand revenge, these families fear for their farms, their land, and their families.  They have seen the path of settler vengeance often.  They have experienced burned fields, home invasions, confiscation of land and homes, ruthless violence on their properties from these settlers.  Recently one of our farmer friends said, "I don't mind if the settlers eat my grapes, but why do they cut them and throw them on the ground?"
     During this harvest time of the year when earth's largesse fills our granaries and our cupboards, may we all extend our vision a little farther to these people whose ownership of the land is daily challenged.  May we find in love for our own land enough motivation to pick up the phone, call our legislators, and ask them to take more seriously the plight of the Palestinian people who lose their precious livelihoods daily to Israeli settlers and settlement policy.
CPT's MISSION: What would happen if Christians devoted the same discipline and sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies devote to war? Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) seeks to enlist the whole church in organized, nonviolent alternatives to war and places teams of trained peacemakers in regions of lethal conflict.
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===  FISHWATCH  === open net fish farms?
For Immediate Release  November 15, 2010
MP Donnelly calls for strengthening the fisheries act by moving to closed containment
COQUITLAM - Today the federal Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans began their week-long tour of both open net and closed containment aquaculture systems in British Columbia and Washington State to see first-hand the implications of open net salmon farms on wild BC salmon.
 "British Columbians are concerned about the environmental damage associated with open net fish farming and the impact on wild salmon. Experts have told us that fish farms can use closed containment systems and be economically viable," said NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody), who has been instrumental in ensuring that the committee visit British Columbia.
 "This week we're visiting both open and closed system fish farms and hearing first hand from operators and those with an interest in wild salmon to determine how this transition could be made."
 In May, Donnelly introduced Bill C-518, which would strengthen the Fisheries Act by moving harmful open net fish farms to safe closed containment systems while promoting sustainable aquaculture jobs in British Columbia.
 Since then, he has been joined by Canadian television and film icon, William Shatner, award-winning salmon activist Alexandra Morton, executive Chef Robert Clark, Chief Bob Chamberlin, and over 5000 British Columbians who have signed postcards or the online petition to support his bill.
 "I have seen tremendous support for my bill across the province and the country," said Donnelly. "People want the Harper government to protect our wild salmon. That's why I encouraged the committee to visit the west coast so members could see first- hand why we need to make my bill law."
For More Information:  Melissa Sanderson, Office of Fin Donnelly  604 664 9227 or 604 351 8447

===  HOUSEWATCH  ===  Rotating!
Love it! Wanted to learn more about it and discovered that the house has its own website: http://www.everinghamrotatinghouse.com.au/
In response to my initial elist item on the rotating house in Australia, a WV architect wrote to say there's also a rotating house on Passage Island (just off-shore along WV's shoreline).
Friends of ours used to live on Passage Island but they've left BC; obviously before that house was built.  We visited on occasion and stayed over night.  Lovely spot away from it all.
[Passage Island is about 1.5 miles off of Fisherman's Cove in West Vancouver. Just east of Bowen Island.]

===  HERITAGEWATCH  ===  Fundraisers

+  NOW & AGAIN: Vancouver's History in Moving Pictures
Annual gala fundraiser * 7:30pm Fri Nov 19 * at CBC Vancouver (700 Hamilton)
Hosted by CBC personality Bill Richardson, this year's event will feature a live musical performance by Veda Hille, and archival footage of Vancouver courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives and CBC Archives. There will also be a silent auction featuring many fabulous items, great food from Subeez, and an open bar sponsored by Storm Brewery and Peller Estates. Don't miss this great event!  Tix $35.  http://www.doxafestival.ca/

+ Park Royal is also celebrating its 60th anniversary.
* STARRY NIGHTS !  * 7:30 to 10pm * Monday Nov 29 PkR North * Tuesday Nov 30 PkR South
Entertainment; wine and cheese at Liberty Wine Merchants and Les Amis du Fromage; sweets from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Purdy's, and Cupcakes.  Get started on your Christmas shopping early -- lots of discounts; grand prize each evening.
Tix $10 one night; $15 both; from Heritage West Van (for delivery to you, call 922 4400 or write starrytix@heritage.westvan.org ).   http://www.shopparkroyal.com/starry-nights for more info

+ The Land Conservancy  www.conservancy.bc.ca 1 877 485 2422
Check TLC's display and holiday gift ideas at Park Royal N (next to Cobb's) until 9pm Friday Nov 19th.
~ 5:30 - 7:30pm ~ Saturday, November 27 at  the B C Binning Residence, 2968 Mathers Cr.
Come view this National Historic Site. For more information call 604 733 2313. http://blog.conservancy.bc.ca/get-involved-with-tlc/campaigns/b-c-binning-residence/

===  MAIKU  ===   Verdi's Requiem: VSO and Vancouver Bach Choir (2010 Nov 13)

I Kyrie  [written/completed 8:30pm]

                                 silence, stillness, then
                                               with soft velvet slippered steps
                                                                               to floodgates of sound
II  dies irae  [written then completed 8:53pm]

              burst blast beginning
                                voices carried on and up
                                                            soaring over strings

III  [later but still during performance]

                                          (warm) waves of music
                                                             (bathe,) wash over us
                                                                                        lapping, swirling, crashing, calm

                                    soprano weaves in, out, and
                                                                over the chorus;
                                                                                 bass underpinning


Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
                                                                                                  -- Winston Churchill
Our lives begin to end the minute we become silent about things that matter.
                                                                                                  -- Martin Luther King
A politician thinks about the coming elections, the statesman about the next generations.                                                          
                               -- Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, Prussian/German statesman (1815 - 1898)
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
                                                                            -- Mahatma Gandhi
The worst walls are never the ones you find in your way.
                                                    The worst walls are the ones you put there -- you build yourself.
                                                                                          -- Ursula K. Le Guin, American writer (b 1929)
The abuse of information spreads ignorance with the illusion of annihilating it.       
                                            -- Carmelo Bene, Italian actor, film director, and screenwriter (1937 - 2002)
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
                                                                                            -- Jules Renard, French writer (1864 - 1910)                       
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
                                                                   -- Anne Herbert, American writer (b 1952)
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather to teach them to long for the sea.
                                                             -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer and aviator (1900 - 1944)
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.  Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.  That's relativity.
Reminds me of Catch-22. It was boring visiting Yossarian in the hospital.  Life was going too quickly, so Dunbar visited him to slow it down.
Louis XIV, the Sun King, once said:
              Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate. d
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, or a new country.
                                                               -- Anais Nin, French author (1903-1977)
Have turkey and a pun on Thanksgiving
He ate so much over the holidays that he decided to quit cold turkey.
o  We're not getting anywhere in geometry class. It feels like we're going in circles.
o  Deafness is getting to be quite a problem for me lately. I never thought I'd hear myself say that.
o  Did the reproducing amoeba get a splitting headache?
o  The most important thing to know about becoming a urologist is that you have to be able to go with the flow.
o  Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.
o  Many people think that Edgar Allan Poe was a raven madman.
Cane sugar can't be beet.