January 10 Ccl Mtg AGENDA
Calendar to Jan 27

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

***  HAPPY NEW YEAR  ***
MAIN ITEMS on Ccl AGENDA Jan 10th: Public Hearing on the Zoning Amendment/ReWrite.
Then: NSFC/YJC Annual Report; Dundarave Festival of Lights Society; Blvd encroachments 3390 Radcliffe; Five-Year Financial Plan (think this is Budget 2011) to second reading for input; Zoning Amendment ReWrite to third reading; Extension of Infrastructure Projects (costs and prov/fed contributions); TransLink Report; LMTAC Discussion Paper re Addn-to-Reserve Process; listed CORRESPONDENCE!
Manglo Saxon (silly linguistic acrobatics); Vive le Canada (royal weddings; Cdn connection); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Taxation; ASSESSMENTS!); UPDATES & INFO (NSWP; WV Cmnty Arts Ccl)
=  CALENDAR to Jan 27th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Art; Music; Photography)
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Jan 10th
=  List of WVM2010 Topics 1 - 29
=  ANIMALWATCH (adorable month-old white lion cubs, dime-sized gecko, tiger cubs, napping polar bear,+); INFObits (Dubai's Christmas tree; English/Chinglish; C15 Chinese Muslim Explorer; +); SKYWATCH (Winter Solstice's full lunar eclipse; Eratosthenes); NEWSWATCH (Israel/Paln Marriage, +); WEBWATCH (Wikileaks; Digital Nativity); CPTWATCH (fires set; dangerous walk); GAZAWATCH (Cdn, Jewish Boats); HERITAGEWATCH (New Minister; HWk); TREEWATCH (Int'l Year of Forests); HOPEWATCH!; LANGUAGEWATCH (glossary); WORDWATCH (Kwanzaa); MAIKU; QUOTATIONS/THOUGHTS/MANGLO SAXON/PUNS

AQUAPLANE: nonsparkling spring water
        "A surf and turf for me, please.  And could we have a little aquaplane."
AVOIRDUPOIS: in possession of peas
    "Am I to assume from the weight of the shucks in your pockets that I've caught you avoirdupois?"
CHEVROLET: with goat's milk
                                "Wd you like that chevrolet?"
                                "No, thank you.  I prefer black."
===  Vive le CANADA  === Monarchy, Canadian Connection
Second British royal wedding announced following Prince William's engagement -- Zara Phillips to wed rugby star Mike Tindall  by Robin Millard, AFP December 21, 2010
 LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II's eldest grand-daughter Zara Phillips is to wed her rugby-playing boyfriend Mike Tindall, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday, in a marriage of world-beating sports stars.
Setting up the prospect of two royal weddings in 2011, the announcement comes a month after her cousin Prince William, the second in line to the throne, revealed his engagement to university sweetheart Kate Middleton.
Phillips, 29, the daughter of the Queen's only daughter Princess Anne, is an eventing world champion and 12th in line to the throne.
Tindall, 32, who played in England's 2003 World Cup-winning team, proposed on Monday at their home in Gloucestershire, southwest England.
The couple have been together for seven years and have largely kept their relationship out of the spotlight. They have not yet set a date but it seems likely they will tie the knot next year.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Second+British+royal+wedding+announced+following+Prince+William/4009603/story.html#ixzz1ACqCajt2
{NB: since this is from a Dec news story, it means this year.  This also made me wonder if a (maybe subliminal?)  connection with a new son-in-law who's a rugby player resulted in the unusual topic of sports in the Queen's Christmas message, hm?}
Britain is changing and the monarchy must change with it by Mary Riddell, Daily Telegraph, Dec 13
Always look on the bright side. The car carrying the next King of England is attacked by a howling crowd, and the future Queen is reportedly poked with a stick. Still, it could have been worse. Suppose, The Sunday Telegraph invited us to imagine, that the two passengers in the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI had been David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Britain+changing+monarchy+must+change+with/3969664/story.html#ixzz1ACpmsLBT              
Royals: Queen Elizabeth's great-daughter named
from: In the Media  YESTERDAY by ? KJ Mullins   http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/302195
Queen Elizabeth's family is in the news with her great-granddaughter given a name and both Prince William and Zara Phillips having upcoming weddings. Her son Prince Charles was also named the busiest Royal of 2010.
Prince Charles took part in a total of 499 official engagements during 2010 making him the busiest British Royal. His mother, Queen Elizabeth also was busy throughout the year logging 444 public engagements, many of which were overseas. Both Prince William and Prince Harry were able to be on hand for royal events while also working or training with the British military. William is a RAF rescue pilot and Harry is training with the Army Air Corps....
Peter Phillips and wife Autumn made Queen Elizabeth a great-grandmother over the holidays. The little girl has been named Savannah according to the Rector of Sandringham the Reverend Jonathan Riviere at a church service.
{Quick facts:  HM The Queen is 84.}  As most of you know, Autumn is Canadian, born in Montreal.  The Princess Royal, Princess Anne declined titles for her children.  Kate spent Christmas with her family while Prince William was on duty, Search and Rescue, since unmarried pilots work during the holidays.}

STOP THE PRESSES!  INSERTED at last minute --
In NSN Friday Jan 7 (p10), just received, is a statement so outrageous (willful misstatement or misunderstanding?) that I must write continuing my efforts to dispel the incorrect and misleading term  'zero budget increase'.  It is surprising and disappointing however to have a former cclr, if quoted correctly, wrongly interpret the chorus.  Indeed, for those listening and paying attention, ADRA, ITAC, and others are now also using the more accurate (but still not quite exact) term, no increase to the tax rate.  B/c of new devt, even with the same tax rate, DWV receives higher revenues -- no one I know who understands the budgeting has advocated, at least for 2011, that DWV have a budget of the same dollar amt.  (There are some, of course, who want the budget reduced but at this point one can only hope to achieve no increase in the tax rate, that is, keeping our same tax rate.  In fact last year, I wrote to the NSN b/c several used the erroneous term 'zero budget' (thus alarming and confusing ppl).  Pls note that with the same rate in 2010, when there was no or zero increase to the tax rate, the result was a surplus of over $500K.)
NOT a budget or tax freeze, keep the tax rate.  Don't change the tax rate, pls -- live within our means; predictability helps residents with their finances.  Ccl/Staff, pls get used to operating with the same tax rate.  Plan for it.  Do not increase it even though that up escalator is tempting.
BUDGET: Staff component over 80% of operating budget (see WVM17 for 2009 salaries!)
Most speakers, not just ADRA and ITACkers, have urged Ccl not increase the tax rate.
As you know, the last WVM had assessment figures from the DWV Dir/Finance:
"... The average assessment for West Vancouver is $1,498,616
and the median assessment is $1,061,400
The current tax rate is 2.0551 (per 1,000); the proposed tax rate equates to 2.1034 (per 1,000)"
Below see assessments in WV (showing changes in the nbrhds, ALSO that with assessments up $405M from new construction, developments, etc. alone (not counting increased value of existing homes) keeping our taxes the same does not necessarily mean cuts many fear -- in fact revenue will increase by 1.6% without increasing the average taxes paid);
>  ASSESSMENTS FOR 2011  www.bcassessment.ca We Value BC
NEWS RELEASE  For Immediate Release  January 4, 2011
Value of provincial assessment roll exceeds $1 trillion for first time
WEST VANCOUVER - More than 16,000 property owners in the District of West Vancouver can expect to receive their 2011 assessment notice in the next few days.
Assessments are an estimate of a property's market value as of July 1, 2010. This common valuation date ensures there is an equitable property assessment base for property taxation.
Real estate sales determine a property's value which is reported annually by BC Assessment on assessment notices. Local governments and other taxing authorities are responsible for property taxation and, after determining their own budget needs this spring, will decide their property tax rates based on the assessment roll for their jurisdiction.
"The majority of homes in the District of West Vancouver are worth more on this year's assessment roll than they were on the 2010 assessment roll," said Jason Grant, Area Assessor. "Most home owners in the District of West Vancouver will see increases in the 10% to 20% range."
Changes in property assessments reflect movement in the local real estate market and can vary greatly from property to property. When estimating a property's market value, BC Assessment's professional appraisers analyze current sales in the area, as well as considering other characteristics such as size, age, quality, condition, view, and location.
Overall, the District of West Vancouver's assessment roll increased from nearly $23.2 billion last year to over $26.4 billion this year. This growth reflects changing market values for many properties but also includes $405 million in subdivisions, rezoning, and new construction.
The examples below demonstrate local market trends for properties by a geographic area; trends are affected by many variables.
District of West Vancouver   (Sample Assessments)
2010 Assessment Roll: Valuation Date July 1, 2009 & 2011 Assessment Roll: Valuation Date July 1, 2010
Dundarave - Single Family Dwelling:    $1,100,000    --->   $1,321,000
Ambleside - Single Family Dwelling:     $1,151,800    --->   $1,229,400
Gleneagles - Single Family Dwelling:    $1,116,000   --->   $1,285,000
British Properties - Single Family Dwelling:    $1,446,200    --->   $1,528,000
Westmount - Single Family Dwelling:   $1,522,000    --->   $1,828,000
Waterfront - Single Family Dwelling:   $2,900,000   --->   $3,337,000
Dundarave - Two-Bedroom Apartment:  $636,000  --->  $692,000
Panorama - Three-Bedroom Townhouse:  $1,040,000   --->   $1,143,000
"Property owners who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2010 or see incorrect information on their notice should contact the BC Assessment office indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January," said Grant.
BC Assessment's website provides a listing of property assessments and sales to help property owners understand their property's market value and provide comparable sales information. Go to www.bcassessment.ca and click on the e-valueBC link. Copies of neighbourhood assessments are also available at local area offices and most municipal halls and government agent's offices across the province.
"If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31, for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel," said Grant. The panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints.
The Vancouver Sea to Sky assessment office is located at Suite 200 - 2925 Virtual Way in Vancouver. During the month of January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.
For the first time in British Columbia's history, the total value of all 1.9 million real estate properties on the provincial assessment roll has surpassed $1 trillion. For more information on the 2011 assessment roll and regional and province-wide real estate market trends please visit www.bcassessment.ca and click on the 2011 assessment roll information link.
For More Information:  Jason Grant , Area Assessor - Vancouver Sea to Sky Region
                                            BC Assessment   Office Phone:  604 739 2450   Toll Free: 1 800 661 1780 local 450
>  SALARIES 2011 (aka the gorilla in the corner; 80% of Op Budget)
How to deal with him?
Commentary from The Economist: http://www.economist.com/node/17851305
 "Industrial relations" are back at the heart of politics - not as an old-fashioned clash between capital and labour, fought out so brutally in the Thatcherite 1980s, but as one between taxpayers and what William Cobbett, one of the great British liberals, used to refer to as "tax eaters". People in the private sector are only just beginning to understand how much of a banquet public-sector unions have been having at everybody else's expense (see article). In many rich countries wages are on average higher in the state sector, pensions hugely better and jobs far more secure. Even if many individual state workers do magnificent jobs, their unions have blocked reform at every turn. In both America and Europe it is almost as hard to reward an outstanding teacher as it is to sack a useless one.
While union membership has collapsed in the private sector over the past 30 years (from 44% of the workforce to 15% in Britain and from 33% to 15% in America), it has remained buoyant in the public sector. In Britain over half the workers are unionised. In America the figure is now 36% (compared with just 11% in 1960). In much of continental Europe most civil servants belong to unions, albeit ones that straddle the private sector as well. And in public services union power is magnified not just by strikers' ability to shut down monopolies that everyone needs without seeing their employer go bust, but also by their political clout over those employers....
...Politicians have repeatedly given in, usually sneakily-by swelling pensions, adding yet more holidays or dropping reforms, rather than by increasing pay. This time they have to fight because they are so short of money. But it is crucial that the war with the public-sector unions is won in the right way. For amid all the pain ahead sits a huge opportunity - to redesign government. That means focusing on productivity and improving services, not just cutting costs. (Indeed, in some cases it may entail paying good people more; one reason why Singapore has arguably the best civil service in the world is that it pays some of them more than $2m a year.)
The immediate battle will be over benefits, not pay. Here the issue is parity. Holidays are often absurdly generous, but the real issue is pensions. Too many state workers can retire in their mid-50s on close to full pay. America's states have as much as $5 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities. Historic liabilities have to be honoured (and properly accounted for, rather than hidden off the government's balance-sheet). But there is no excuse for continuing them. Sixty-five should be a minimum age for retirement for people who spend their lives in classrooms and offices; and new civil servants should be switched to defined-contribution pensions.

===  UPDATES & INFO  ===
+ North Shore Wetland Partners
        For info and to join, pls write to north.shore.wetland.partners@gmail.com
+ West Van Cmnty Arts Ccl  --  OUR MISSION:
Information about all upcoming art exhibitions and music programs can be found at www.silkpurse.ca
Tickets and information, call 925 7292  --  Why not Join Us? 
Individual members receive: advance newsletter, opportunities to exhibit art, voting privileges at the AGM, 10% off Chez Michel, 15% off at Saltaire, 10% off Maple Leaf Garden Centre - Dundarave, 10% off Classes (Cap College), 10% off Ambleside Drycleaners, 50% off all custom framing at Michael's, the Arts & Crafts Store (NV and WV)
Music & Group Members receive: our advance newsletter, opportunities to display art, voting privileges at the AGM, two recital opportunities per year; Meeting space opportunity, Advertising in newsletter, Website linkage

===  SUBSCRIBER HEADSUP sent Jan 6: info included in this newsletter

===  CALENDAR to Jan 27th  ===
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 an issue or too early for the next are sent to subscribers as updates.  They then appear in the next newsletter.
ONGOING:   Dundarave Festival of Lights (to Jan 6)
-  2 0 1 1  -
== Saturday Jan 8
~ 3pm ~ WV United Church, 2062 Esquimalt
      AN AFTERNOON OF SCHUMANN, HAYDN, AND CHOPIN -- Admission pay-what-you-can
CHOPIN          Piano Concerto no. 1 in e minor
SCHUMANN        Adagio and Allegro op. 70
HAYDN           String Quartet op. 20 no. 2
Tiffany Butt, piano; Ari Barnes, cello; Nancy Dinovo & Carolyn Cole, violins; Isabelle Roland, viola
A Subscriber wrote:
Tiffany Butt is a West Vancouver gal who is a concert pianist in Europe.  She is home for a Christmas visit and has agreed to perform -- pressure from her family and friends.
Tiffany Butt wrote:
I would like to invite you to my concert on Saturday, January 8th at 3pm at West Vancouver United Church. The concert will feature my wonderful musician colleagues from the Vancouver Symphony and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and we will play the chamber music version of Frederic Chopin's First Piano Concerto. I recently performed it in the Netherlands with the Rotterdam Kammerorkest, and look forward to playing it again here for you! We will round out the afternoon with works by Schumann and Haydn.
~ 7:30pm ~ The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
     Building Peace Pacific Dialogue at UBC Between Israelis & Palestinians
Free Tix: Chan Centre Box Office; Hours: Jan 4 - 8: noon to 5pm; Limit: four per person
See events.ubc.ca/pacificdialogue  At the launch of the Peace It Together 2011 program, the University of British Columbia and Peace It Together invite you to a dialogue with:
Dr. Gershon Baskin, Co-Director, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Dr. Sami Adwan, Co-Director, Peace Research Institute in the Middle East
Hosts:  Reena Lazar, Executive Director, Peace It Together
        Stephen Owen, UBC VP External, Legal, and Community Relations
*  from Peace It Together (at UBC)
The University of British Columbia and Peace it Together invite you to a free event titled,  "Building Peace between Israelis and Palestinians," part of the Pacific Dialogues @ UBC.
Stephen Owen will moderate peace builders Dr. Gershon Baskin and Dr. Sami Adwan, who will talk about their personal perspectives on the topic and their work for peace in the Middle East. Peace it Together <http://www.peaceittogether.com/> Executive Director Reena Lazar will announce the summer 2011 dialogue and filmmaking program to take place at UBC.
Tickets are available at no cost at the Chan Centre ticket office from January 4 (hours of operation: Monday to Saturday 12pm to 5pm). There is a limit of four tickets per person. Remaining tickets will be available on the evening of the event at the door.
Dr. Sami Adwan
is a Palestinian professor of education at Bethlehem University, and Co-Director of the Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME <http://www.vispo.com/PRIME/> ).  His research focuses on the role of education in building peace, and co-existing between different beliefs and religions.  Dr. Adwan and PRIME have won numerous international awards recognizing their peace-building efforts in the Middle East.  He is well known for his and former Co-Director's work titled "Learning Each Other's Historical Narratives", a high school text book that shows both the Israeli and the Palestinian narratives on key historical events.  He is currently co-leading a joint Palestinian-Israeli research team to analyze Israeli and Palestinian text books from grades 1 to 12.  PRIME is the Regional partner of the Peace It Together Society.
Dr. Gershon Baskin
is the Co-Director and Founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and information (IPCRI), <http://www.ipcri.org/> a joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think and "do" tank in Jerusalem.  He has a regular column in the Jerusalem Post, a weekly radio show in Hebrew on All for Peace Radio and has won numerous awards for his work. Before founding IPCRI he spent ten years of work in the field of Jewish-Arab relations within Israel, in Interns for Peace, the Ministry of Education and as Executive Director of the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence. Dr. Baskin has published books and hundreds of articles in the Hebrew, English and Arabic press about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  He meets regularly with Israeli and Palestinian policy makers at their invitation.
Stephen Owen
is UBC's Vice President of External, Legal, and Cmnty Relations. He is a former Canadian cabinet minister and has worked on peace-building projects in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe.
== Sunday Jan 9
+  Ambleside Tiddlycove Lions Club: Christmas Trees Info: tiddlycovelions.com
         Annual chip up is Sunday from 10am - 3pm. Place: Ambleside Park (entrance)
+ Howe Sound Lions Club  Annual Christmas Tree Chip Up is Sun 10am - 3pm Jan 9
~ noon - 4pm ~  Health Fair at WV Cmnty Ctr
Stop by the WVCC Atrium for an afternoon of FUN fitness and wellness activities as well as a selection of healthy living resources provided by our Community Health Partners:
WV Cmnty Centres Society; Compliment Health; Aquatic Centre Physiotherapy; VCH Quit Now Services; YogaPod; WVCC Personal Training
Special Feature -- Complimentary Fitness & Wellness Classes (Spirit Room):
12:00-12:45pm - Zumba  //  1:00-1:45pm - My First Fitness Class (Beginner's Invited!)
2:00-2:45pm - Bollywood  //  3:00-3:45pm - Yoga for Stress & Anxiety
Drop-in and try some of the most popular activities in the industry! Must be 16yrs+ to participate.
== Tuesday Jan 11 
        ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG -- CANCELLED
== Wednesday Jan 12
         ~ 4 - 8pm ~ Rutledge Field Artificial Turf Public Information Drop in; Cmnty Ctr Atrium
== Thursday Jan 13
          ~ 6:30pm ~ Information Mtg on Alternative Approval Process for Lease to Pacific Arbour
              {v important b/c this is wrt the Wetmore Devt}
== Friday Jan 14       ~ 9am ~ Cmnty Grants Cmte; Cmnty Ctr (Cedar Rm 3rd floor)
== Tuesday Jan 18            ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG
== Wednesday Jan 19
~ 7pm ~ Board of Variance
~ 7pm ~ Library Board at Library (Welsh Hall)
~ 5:30 - 7:30pm ~ Ambleside Business Assn ~ Social Networking Event
Saltaire Restaurant & Terrace (235 - 15th Street, Second Floor)
You are invited to our next event.  We are calling for all Ambleside business owners and managers to attend this evening at Saltaire. Please RSVP to info@amblesidevillage.com
The evening will include:
o  Introduction to ABA by President, Todd Whiting; Membership Benefits; Membership News; Words from WV Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Leagh Gabriel.
o  Presentation by Andrew Pottinger - H Y Louie Group's DWV application to redevelop 1600 Block of Marine Dr (Safeway Site).
o Closing & Social Networking.
WV Cmnty Centre (in the Cedar Room, 3rd floor); Doors open at 6:30pm
For info contact Bruce McArthur or write ogcs.wv@gmail.com
Another busy year for the Society -- come and hear an update on last year's activities including:
 - Completion of the Conservancy Crossing Trail
 - Monitoring activity and boundary issues
 - Web site progress
 - Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the referendum that saved the forest from becoming
          "Pebble Beach North" (photos attached from 1990 and 2010)
 - Election of Directors
== Thursday Jan 20
        ~ 4:30pm ~  Design Review Cmte
        ~ 7:30pm ~ WV Streamkeeper Society mtg at St Stephen's (885 - 22nd)
                Workplan for the year; stream projects; spawner surveys, newsletters, and more!
                Info: 628 1123 and www.westvancouverstreamkeepers.ca
== Friday Jan 21
   ~ 1:30pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG Site Visit (Central WV; meet near concession at Dundarave Pk)
== Saturday Jan 22  --  Robbie Burns Dinner, 6:30pm to midnight
Robbie Burns dinner is back for another year of celebration.  Featuring the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra, Gleneagles Scottish Country Dancers, and a fabulous catered roast beef buffet dinner.  
$45.00 HST included; Gleneagles Community Centre Info: 925 7270
== Tuesday Jan 25  ~ 6pm ~  Parks Master Plan Input Forum; Gleneagles Clubhouse
== Thursday Jan 27
     ~ 5pm ~ N.S. Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, DNV Municipal Hall
     ~ 5:30pm Police Board Public Meeting; WVPD (boardroom)

+++  WV MEMORIAL LIBRARY +++  www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
Music at the Library http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/music_event.php?event_id=54
The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged, and technically awe-inspiring. Marc Atkinson is backed by Michael Hamilton (rhythm guitar) and Joey Smith (bass).
Fridays Jan 7, 14, 21    ENGLISH CORNER 10 - 11:30am, Welsh Hall
Come and practise English conversation at the Library. English Corner is facilitated by the Baha'i Community of West Vancouver in partnership with the Library. Requirement: able to read English. For information call Fariba Rocker at 604 506 6616.
Wednesdays Jan 5, 12  ~ eBook / eReader Drop-in ~ 10 am - noon
Curious about eBooks and eReaders? Let us show you the basics! Drop-in to the Research Centre (next to the Information Desk on the Main Floor) and we will show you our Kobo, Sony, and Kindle eReaders (or bring your own!).
⇒  Kay Meek Offstage Presents (Welsh Hall)
~ 10:30am ~ Monday Jan 10  Mystery and exoticism in 17th Century chamber music (with Marc Destrubé).
~ 10:30am ~ Wednesday Jan 19   
Celebrating 200 Years of the Musical Genius, Franz Liszt. In conversation with Eugene Skovorodnikov. 
~ 7pm ~ Monday Jan 24
A Theatrical Legacy: in conversation with Bill Millerd, Artistic Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company.
AUTHOR VISIT: ANNE GIARDINI   7pm Monday, January 17,  Welsh Hall
Local author Anne Giardini will talk about writing, and her two novels: The Sad Truth about Happiness and Advice for Italian Boys.
January 21: Foreign Aid -- 10:30am - noon
How should foreign aid be handled in light of the world's economic collapse? With guest Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun columnist.
Discuss the issues of the day at our Friday morning Philosophers' Cafe., Welsh Hall East. No registration required. Admission is $5.
Tuesday, January 25, 7:30 - 9pm, Welsh Hall.
Join Kerri Sutherland, Suupport & Education Coordinator at the Alzheimer Resource Centre North Shore/Sunshine Coast, for an informative workshop on brain health & strategies for improving the health of mind, body, and spirit.

+++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
Time (Time Again): Late Works by Lionel Thomas + John Vanderpant
January 12 to February 26
Opening Reception:  7 - 9pm January 11
Lionel Thomas (1915 - 2005) and John Vanderpant (1884 - 1939) were central figures within the professional art communities of Vancouver. In the final stages of their mature careers, both Thomas and Vanderpant (in their respective fields of painting and photography) were inspired by the prospect of discovering new (modernist) approaches to traditional (conventional) conceptions of portraiture. Their late works record complex / modest subjects (flowers, plants, and vegetables) from an unconventional point of view: their innovation was to keep both objectivity and observation in a state of constant flux.
Time (Time Again) places their work in juxtaposition for the first time, presenting fourteen vintage photographs by Vanderpant (from the period 1929 - 1936) and fifteen paintings by Thomas (from the period 1985 -1987).
 Locating a thematic relationship between painting, photography and aesthetic / social orientation, the exhibition's guest curators [Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts] have noted: "In the final stages of their mature careers, both artists articulated open, unconventional points of view, sustaining new (modernist) potentialities of form and function from their respective media."
Guest Curators: CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts)

+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++ http://ferrybuildinggallery.com ~ 925 7290
FROM THE LANDSCAPE -- mixed media -- January 11 to 30
Patricia Adams, Mary-Jean Butler, Rod Gildersleeve, Greg Kawczynski, Ji Soo Lee, and Kathryn Wright Opening Reception Tuesday January 11 from 6 to 8pm
Artists in Attendance, Saturday January 15 from 2 to 3pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++   http://www.silkpurse.ca/gallery2.html
January 11 - 23
The Klee Wyck Monday Painters Group presents: 'It's About Paint!" Underlying every work of art, regardless of subject, composition, artist, or medium, is the paint. What kind of paint? How is it applied? What message is it conveying? This group has been meeting to paint together and explore these questions for 25 years. Members of the group include: Florence di Florio-Allardice, Anne McMahon, Shelley James, Mary Johnson, Tess Johnston, Heather Luccock, Marguerite Mahy, and Jacquie Manning.
Opening reception:  Tuesday Jan 11from 6 - 8pm
January 25 - Feb 6
"A World of Impressions"
Paintings influenced by the great Impressionists, and by inspirational images and landscapes experienced on travels around the world. This exhibition features the work of West Vancouver artists Annie Bohni and Vancouverite Teresa de la Boursodiere.
Opening Reception: Tuesday January 25th from 6 - 8pm
Complete list of events: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
Electronic newsletter: http://kaymeekcentre.weebly.com
Simplest way to get on email list, call 913 3634 or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
+  3pm Sunday Jan 16 ~ Marc Destrube and Friends,Stylus Fantasticus, pre-performance chat at 2:15
+  7:30pm Tuesday Jan 18 -- movies at the Meek: Mao's Last Dancer
+  1:30pm Friday Jan 21  --  Happy Birthday, Franz Liszt with pianist Eugene Skovorodnikov
+  8pm Wed Jan 26 -- Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, pre-performance chat at 7:15
+ more!
+++ 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 Winter Issue of "The Torch" is now available
 To view the newsletter, just click the following link for direct access:
 The newsletter is available to any non-member who is interested.  To sign up, please fill in the form at the bottom of the webpage, http://www.westvan60.com/newsletter.html
Sunday January 16th-Veterans Social in the Lounge 2 - 4pm.
Over countless years, West Vancouver's Archivist, Cde. Bas Collins has video-taped Branch 60 and its members to mark special occasions and memorable moments of the Branch.  Cde. Collins has kindly donated copies of these precious tapes to Branch 60.  We are pleased that Cde. Peter Cherry will be showing a selection of these tapes at the Veterans Social being held on Sunday, January 16th between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. It should be a very interesting afternoon evoking fond memories for many.
Saturday January 22nd-Robbie Burns Dinner at 7pm.
Tuesday January 25th-General Meeting at 7pm.

+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
~ 7:15 - 9am ~ Thursday, January 13 -- Pinnacle Hotel -- 138 Victory Ship Way, NV
The North Vancouver Chamber is extending an invitation to West Vancouver Chamber Members to join them for their Networking Breakfast at the Member rate, with Hon. Scott Brison, MP.
Mr. Scott Brison, a Liberal Member of Parliament, who currently serves as finance critic for the Official Opposition.  Mr. Brison has had extensive private sector experience ranging from business start-ups and U.S. market development to serving as Vice-President of a Canadian investment bank.  His presentation is sure to be informative. 
Members $35; Future Mbrs $45  For catering purposes, the deadline for registration is 1pm Friday January 7.  Call 987 4488                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
~ 6pm ~ Wed Jan 26 -- Reception: WV Chamber -- Looking Ahead
Place: Hollyburn Country Club, 950 Cross Crk  Price: $50 Members / $60 Future Members
Register: Please register online at www.westvanchamber.com or call 926 6614.
Appetizers and Cash Bar
Gold Sponsor: WV Cmnty Fdn; Silver Sponsor: Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities; Bronze Sponsor: H.Y. Louie
Mayor and Council's Reception for the Ambleside Revitalization Kick Off!
$50.00 Members / $75 Future Members
More details on this exciting, EXCLUSIVE Chamber Event, immediately after the holidays!   Watch for it.  It will Sell Out.
Please note that we are unable to give a refund without 48 hour notification; however a delegate substitution is welcome at anytime.  Thank you for your cooperation. 
{This was the notice in December; it appears they've lowered the cost of non-mbr tix.
FYI, when I received a DWV webalert about this event on Th Jan 6 I was alarmed.  Why shd the public have to pay to find out Ccl's plans?  Why info as a fundraiser for the Chamber?
I support the Chamber but the conundrum is that if there's a public info mtg beforehand, then that's not fair to the Chamber b/c who'd want to pay for the same thing?}
+ Presentation House 8pm www.phtheatre.org (990 3474)
         - St Mark's Gospel, read by Antony Holland; Jan 7 - 19
         - Tuesdays with Morrie, starring Antony Holland; Jan 11 to 21
+ Vancouver Playhouse ~ www.vancouverplayhouse.com (873 3311) 8pm; Jan 8 to 29
  This by Melissa James Gibson; urban comedy about complicated relationships, starring Megan Follows
+ Arts Club (687 1644) www.artsclub.com
- Revue Stage, part of PuSh Festival: Floating -- A strange and beautiful comedy; a Welsh island makes a break from Britain, and reality, in this inventive adventure...  Jan 20 to Feb 5
- Industrial Alliance Stage: August: Osage County, the blistering Broadway sensation; Jan 27 to Feb 27
+ Jericho Arts Centre  (1675 Discovery)
WASTE  by Harley Granville Barker, directed by William B. Davis
Waste is a rich portrait of early 20th century society which, in dramatizing the hypocrisy, sexual scandals, and ruthless power machinations of the time, is as powerfully relevant today as when it was first written in 1909.  This play, controversially banned by the Lord Chamberlain when first presented at the Imperial Theatre, had its first full public performance 29 years later at the Westminster.  It was revived at the Almeida Theatre in London in September 2008.
BOOK YOUR TIX: Jan 21 to Feb 13; Th - Sun, 8pm; Tix: $14 - $18; Preview: Th Jan 20 - all tix $8
Thursday, Jan 27th - Talk-back session after the show
CLICK HERE for reservations, or call 604 224 8007, ext. 2
REST-OF-SEASON TIX still available from $36 for three plays
+ Pi Theatre (with PuSh)
Please join us, Thursday January 13th for our Annual General Meeting (at Performance Works, 1411 Cartwright St, Vancouver). Learn how your support makes a difference, celebrate the past year with a drink and vote for our incoming board. Everyone welcome!
Annual General Meeting --7pm Thursday January 13th
For more information, call 604-872-1861 or email info@pitheatre.com
In The Solitude of Cotton Fields -- Performance Works (1218 Cartwright) January 19th - 22nd
Pi Theatre, with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, presents Radoslaw Rychcik and the Stefan Zeromski Theatre of Poland's production of In the Solitude of Cotton Fields.
Director Radoslaw Rychcik's contemporary vision of French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltes=92 play In the Solitude of Cotton Fields features two actors in black suits backed by the talented musicians of The Natural Born Chillers. The action follows the Dealer and the Client as they conduct a seemingly illicit and unnamed deal. Featuring Wojciech Niemczyk and Tomasz Nosinski from the Stefan Zeromski Theatre of Kielce, Poland.
Tix are now available through Tickets Tonight, or by phone 684 2787. This show is also fully eligible for PuSh pass access.
In Polish with English Surtitles. Contains strobe lights, smoke, nudity, and foul language.
Performance space combines seating and standing room, arrive early for preferred seating.
+  PuSh
>  Terminal City Soundscape
Presented with Music on Main and CABINET Interdisciplinary Collaborations
January 23 - 25 at Heritage Hall. Discover the essential aesthetics that have come to define Vancouver musically. Through intercultural music and free improv, through the World Soundscape Project and a musical fascination with beauty, Vancouver's leading composers, performers, and musical thinkers have shown us how the local is universal.
Performances by Standing Wave, musica intima and many more. Curated by Music on Main's David Pay who brought us Steve Reich's Drumming in 2009 and So Percussion in 2010...Read more
- Visit Music on Main online  - Visit Veda Hille, musica intima or Standing Wave online
- RSVP to Terminal City Soundscape on facebook   - Read about the World Soundscape Project
>  City of Dreams
125TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES  Presented with Urban Crawl
January 22 - 29, at the Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre, London-based theatre artist Peter Reder and sound designer Tom Wallace collaborate with Urban Crawl and local artists to bring us Ciy of Dreams -- an evocative performance piece that explores the interconnections between memory identiy and place.  The central image of the work is a poetic map of the City of Vancouver made from hundreds of found objects that are assembled during the performance....   Read more
CITY OF DREAMS - CURATORIAL STATEMENT -- by Urban Crawl Artistic Director - Caleb Johnston
The opportunity to adapt City of Dreams in Vancouver was not to be missed. I began to form a sense of this piece as my conversations with London-director Peter Reder deepened. I gleaned bits of video of the show's light-filled performance in Singapore set afire by hundreds of [tea]-candles, and then the tracing of sand set against a styrofoam skyline of Brisbane. These snippets of other places filled my imagination with powerful images. What would such a mapping look like in Vancouver? I was hooked....Read more
- Visit artist Peter Reder online
- Read a review of City of Dreams from the Singapore publications The Flying Inkpot and the Strait Times.
- RSVP to City of Dreams on facebook
- Are you a Vancity member? If so, receive a $6.50 discount to City of Dreams and other 125th Anniversary shows.
>  Counter Mapping  --  125TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES
A visual art exhibit to accompany the performance City of Dreams, presented with Urban Crawl. FREE
January 18 - 29; Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Gerry Thorne Exhibition Gallery.
If maps are the instruments of power, how might we produce and circulate a poetic, even, radical cartography?
Counter Mapping is curated by Caleb Johnston of Urban Crawl, and features artists Vincent Andrisani, Jordan Bent, Aja Rose Bond, Nathan Clarkson, Natalie Doonan, Milena Droumeva, Jamie Hilder, Eli Horn, Simon Levin, Jason Levis, Gabriel Mindel, David Murphy, Ruth Scheuing, Jennifer Schine, Matt Smith, and Katherine Somody alongside students from SFU and UBC...Read more
City of Dreams and Counter Mapping are supported by Vancity, the British Council, the Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre, the City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, Koerner Foundation, Hamber Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, and Simon Fraser University.
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 604 605 8284  info@pushfestival.ca  pushfestival.ca JAN  18 - FEB 6
+ Firehall Arts Ctr
The Pavilion -- tragicomedy about a high school reunion at wch long-lost love gets another chance; directed by Bob Frazer.  8pm Jan 8 to 31 (689 0926)
    Calendar of Events: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/calendar_of_events.html
~ VAG PUBLIC PROGRAMS  --  All Programs free for Members.
~ NOW SHOWING till Jan 16
                             Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs
~ 8pm ~ Monday January 10 (Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville)
Brian Eno: An Illustrated Talk
Musician, producer, ideologue, futurologist, visual artist, political activist - Brian Eno is a visionary and iconic figure within global contemporary culture and is best known for his work in music. Eno has written, performed, and produced some of the most memorable recordings in the history of modern music, from his early days as a founding member of the genre-busting art pop group Roxy Music and his creation and development of Ambient music, to his acclaimed collaborations with artists as diverse as David Byrne, U2, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and, most recently, Coldplay, to name but a few. The illustrated talk offers a rare opportunity to see and hear this internationally-renowned visionary in person, in Vancouver, for the first time.
SPECIAL OFFER to OUR MEMBERS -- The evening is sure to sell out. A limited number of tickets are being held for VAG Members.  To purchase, order online with the codeword "ambient" at www.voguetheatre.com
TICKETS: $55/$50 plus charges.  For more information click here.
Brian Eno: An Illustrated Talk is presented by International Arts Initiatives in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery. Brian Eno's visit to Canada is made possible by the Glenbow Museum in association with One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo 2011 in Calgary.
~  Out for Lunch Eine Kleine Lunch Musik  Select Fridays, 12:10 - 1pm
Jan. 14  Jongkyung Kim and Kathy Jongeun Kim, four-hand piano
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, Mozart: Sonata in F K. 497 Debussy: Petite Suite, Poulenc: Sonata
Jan. 21  Peter Lang, violin, Bo Peng, cello, Richard Epp, piano, Babadjanian: Piano Trio; Robert Fuchs: Violin Sonata
~  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.
+  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.
    Beethoven, Night of Opera (Opera in Love), Tea and Trumpets, ....
+ EARLY MUSIC VANCOUVER --  40th Anniversary Season --  http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca
Early Music Vancouver -- T: 732-1610  F: 732-1602  E: staff@earlymusic.bc.ca  W:
Early Music Vancouver is pleased to announce our ongoing series of educational activities, jointly presented with Green College at UBC, for the Spring of 2011. 
"Stylus Phantasticus": Fantasy and Imagination in Baroque Instrumental Music
    A Presentation by Alex Fisher
Wednesday, January 12 at 8pm; Green College at UBC, Graham House, 6201 Cecil Green Park Rd.
Admission is free; limited seating; parking at the Rose Garden Parkade off Marine Drive.
This lecture, which is offered in connection with Early Music Vancouver's upcoming presentations of "Stylus Phantasticus: Mystery & Exoticism in 17th-Century Trio Sonatas", will explore the rise of independent instrumental music in the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Sundered from vocal models, new, "abstract" genres of music for keyboard, strings, and winds encouraged composers to use their imagination and fantasy to find new means of structure and expressivity. The result was a body of music that exploited the fullest capabilities of instruments and revelled in displays of virtuosity and expressive power.
Alex Fisher is Associate Professor at the School of Music of the University of British Columbia, where he directs the Early Music Ensemble and teaches in the fields of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. His research focuses on the relationship of music, sound, and religious culture in the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.
For more information, please visit: http://earlymusic.bc.ca/W-GC-Lectures.html. Additional lectures will be announced shortly.

If you enjoyed this lecture, don't miss the upcoming performances of: 
Stylus Phantasticus: Mystery & Exoticism in 17th-Century Trio Sonatas Marc Destrubé, violin; Chantal Rémillard, violin; Byron Schenkman, harpsichord; Natalie Mackie, viola da gamba.
Friday evening, 14 January at 8pm; Pre-Concert Introduction at 7:15pm
                                   Unity Church, 5840 Oak Street (at West 42nd Avenue)
Sunday matinée, 16 January at 3pm; Pre-Concert Introduction at 2:15pm
                                   Kay Meek Centre - Studio Theatre, 1700 Mathers Avenue, WV
Our series "Marc Destrubé and Friends" continues with a programme of virtuoso Trio Sonatas from the early Baroque, featuring leading musicians from Canada and the West Coast. Come and explore a rich and dazzling period in the development of instrumental music!
Tickets for the Friday evening performance at Unity Church at $35 (adult) or $32 (student/senior) can be ordered on-line via our secure connection. These ticket prices include 12% HST.
They can also be ordered by phone (604 732 1610) from the office of Early Music Vancouver. Tickets are also available in person at Sikora's Classical Records.
Tickets for the Sunday matinée performance at the Kay Meek Studio Theatre in West Vancouver at $35 (adult) or $32 (student/senior), are only available from the Kay Meek Centre Box Office: 604 913 3634 or www.kaymeekcentre.com.
Rush Seats for Students with valid ID on sale for $10, at the door only, from an hour before each performance.  These concerts are included in our "Bring a Youth for Free" programme.
For more information, please visit: http://earlymusic.bc.ca/CM5-TrioSonatas.html
* PHOTOGRAPHY www.Caroun.net ~ Gallery 1403 Bewicke NV, noon to 8pm 778 372 0765
Ancient Style Paintings & Prints Exhibition
Framed works of ancient styles of the EAST and WEST (China, India, Iran, Europe, Mexico...): Miniature...
January 4 - 16, 2011  Reception: Saturday January 8 from 4 to 8pm
CAG Exhibitions: http://www.caroun.com/CarounArtGallery/Exhibitions/00-Expositions.html
Caroun Art Gallery (CAG) has made a portfolio on FaceBook recently; CAG invites you to visit it: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Caroun-Art-Gallery/185765774772749?v=info
If you want to exhibit your works at Caroun art Gallery in 2011, you need to register in 2010.
For your individual or group exhibition, please check Apply for Exhibition.
For taking part in CAG Calls, please check Call for Artists.  Visit www.Caroun.net for more info.
Caroun Photo Club (CPC): www.CarounPhotoClub.com
Caroun Photography Studio: www.MasoudSoheili.com
More Art: www.Caroun.com     Farsi Books at Caroun Art Gallery:
http://www.caroun.com/CarounArtGallery/Books/00-CAG-Books.html  English books soon!

Note: At 6pm the regular Ccl Mtg will commence in open session (in the MFCR), and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session. The Council Meeting will reconvene in open session in the Council Chamber immediately following the Reconvened Public Hearing regarding Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010.
At 7pm in the Council Chamber the Reconvened Public Hearing will be held. The Ccl Mtg will commence in open session in the Chamber immediately following the Reconvened PH.
6:00 PM
1. Call to Order.
RECOMMENDED: THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the January 10, 2011 regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
(a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality;
(c) labour relations or other employee relations; 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
1. CALL TO ORDER in Ccl Chamber
Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4662)
        To view Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 please click here.
The Public Hearing opened on December 13, 2010 and was adjourned to January 10, 2011.
The Director of Planning, Lands and Permits will describe the proposed Bylaw.
Applicant: The District of West Vancouver
Affected Lands: The proposed Zoning Bylaw applies to all lands in the District of West Vancouver.
Purpose: To repeal Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, and to replace it with a new zoning bylaw that is a "technical re-write" which aims to improve clarity by standardizing and updating the wording, minimizing redundancy and reducing the potential for ambiguity.
A consequence of this proposed new zoning bylaw is proposed Subdivision Control Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010. The current subdivision bylaw includes minimum lot size provisions for certain lands currently zoned R.S.2. Under the proposed new zoning bylaw these lot size provisions are integrated into the proposed new zoning bylaw. Consequently, the current regulation regarding the minimum lot size for certain R.S.2 zoned lands would be redundant. Proposed Subdivision Control Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010 removes these lot size provisions and is to be considered concurrently with consideration of the new zoning bylaw. Further, while not required as part of the Public Hearing process, the public will be given an opportunity to provide comment on the proposed subdivision control bylaw amendment at the Reconvened Public Hearing for the proposed new zoning bylaw.
Mayor Goldsmith-Jones will describe the procedure for the Reconvened Public Hearing.
Members of Council may ask questions of you following your presentation but our function tonight is to listen to the views of the public, not to debate the proposed bylaws.
After the Public Hearing has concluded, Council may, without further notice, give whatever effect Council believes proper to the representations.
Your only opportunity to comment on Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 is during the Public Hearing. We are not permitted to receive further submissions once we have closed the Public Hearing.
...  Please limit your remarks to five minutes (a bell will sound with 15 seconds to go) and to the subject of the proposed bylaw. Please be respectful to others.
...  After everyone has spoken once, you will have an opportunity to speak again if you wish.
1) Reports received:
Reports received up to and including December 13, 2010 Public Hearing
Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 - Creating an Updated Zoning Bylaw; Subdivision Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010 / October 29, 2010  /  November 15, 2010, December 13, 2010  /  R-1
List of Proposed Amendments to Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 from Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits / December 13, 2010 / December 13, 2010 / R-2
Reports received December 14, 2010 - January 6, 2011
Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 Public Hearing Follow Up Report / December 22, 2010 / January 10, 2011  R-3
2) Written submissions:
Submissions received up to and including December 13, 2010 Public Hearing
R. Harrington  /  December 6, 2010  /  December 13, 2010  /  C-1
British Pacific Properties Limited  /  December 10, 2010  /  December 13, 2010  /  C-2
British Pacific Properties Limited  /  December 13, 2010  /  December 13, 2010  /  C-3
Chapman Land Surveying Ltd.  /  December 13, 2010  /  December 13, 2010  /  C-4
Collingwood School  /  December 13, 2010  /  December 13, 2010  /  C-5
U. Kummel  /  December 13, 2010  /  December 13, 2010  /  C-6
Submissions received December 14, 2010 - January 6, 2011  None received to date.
On November 15, 2010 Council set the date for the Public Hearing. The statutory notice of Public Hearing was published in the North Shore News on December 5 and December 8, 2010. The Public Hearing opened on December 13, 2010 and was adjourned to January 10, 2011. The Municipal Clerk will note written submissions received.
If there is no further public input and Council does not request a further staff report, then:
RECOMMENDED: THAT all written and verbal submissions be received and that the Public Hearing be closed.
If Council requests a further staff report, then:
RECOMMENDED: THAT staff report back to Council regarding the January 10, 2011 Reconvened Public Hearing be adjourned to ____________________ (date, time, location).
Members of Council are not permitted to receive further submissions once the Reconvened Public Hearing is closed.
December 13, 2010 Special Council Meeting; December 13, 2010 Public Hearing; December 13, 2010 Regular Council Meeting; and December 20, 2010 Special Council Meeting.
7. North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee (NSFC/YJC), regarding 2009/2010 Annual Report (File:  0115-20-NSFC1)
        RECOMMENDED: THAT Council thank L. Block and T. McCabe
8. Dundarave Festival of Lights Society, regarding Appreciation of District Support for the Christmas Festival of Lights (File:  2180-06)
        RECOMMENDED: THAT Council thank G. Allison and M. Markwick
9. Request to Retain Boulevard Encroachments at 3390 Radcliffe Avenue (File: 1010-20-04-002)
1.  The request for a Boulevard Encroachment Permit and Licence of Occupation for 3390 Radcliffe Avenue, to retain a fence and shrubs located in the boulevard, be declined; and
2.  The owners of 3390 Radcliffe Avenue remove all encroachments within the boulevard adjacent to their property and reinstate the boulevard to an acceptable condition within 30 days of Council's resolution at their expense; and,
3.   If the boulevard encroachments are not removed and the boulevard not reinstated within the 30-day period, District staff conduct the work and charge the cost to the owners.
10. [Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4671, 2011 (File:  1610-20-4671)
This is Budget 2011 by another name.
Bylaws are passed by a simple majority affirmative vote unless otherwise noted.
RECOMMENDED: THAT "[Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4671, 2011" be read a first time.
RECOMMENDED: THAT "[Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4671, 2011" be read a second time.
My understanding is that public input will be permitted. Ccl is allowed to make amendments at second reading.
At this time the bylaw is for a 1.1% tax rate increase.  In itself an achievement, since staff got a 4% increase last year and will in 2011. To cut 1.1%, must find under $600K -- efficiencies, deferrals, reorganization, reallocation, outsourcing, seeking more revenue, and/or ?. Most speakers and letters in correspondence have urged keeping the same tax rate as in 2009 and 2010. Please note that with an increase in assessments, even with the same rate, more money was collected (there was a $500K surplus in revenue in 2010).
The BC Assessment Authority has reported an increase in $405M in assessments this year.
Speak up and tell Ccl what you want, what you think shd be done.
11. Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4662)
To view Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 please click here.
Bylaws are passed by a simple majority affirmative vote unless otherwise noted.
This bylaw received first reading at the November 15, 2010 Council Meeting, was the subject of the Public Hearing held and adjourned on December 13, 2010, and the subject of a Reconvened Public Hearing held earlier this evening.
If the Reconvened Public Hearing is closed, Council is not permitted to receive any further submissions on this bylaw, and second and third reading of the bylaw may be considered.
RECOMMENDED:THAT the report dated December 22, 2010 regarding Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 - Public Hearing Follow Up be received for information.
RECOMMENDED: THAT "Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010" be read a second time.
RECOMMENDED: THAT Proposed Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 be amended as set out in Appendices "E" and "F" as attached to the report dated December 22, 2010 regarding Zoning Bylaw 4662, 2010 - Public Hearing Follow Up.
RECOMMENDED: THAT "Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010" be read a third time.
12. Subdivision Control Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010 (to remove lot size provisions for certain lands currently zoned R.S.2) (File:  1610-20-4668)
Bylaws are passed by a simple majority affirmative vote unless otherwise noted.
This bylaw received first reading at the November 15, 2010 Council Meeting.
RECOMMENDED: THAT "Subdivision Amendment Bylaw" be read a second and third time.
13. Extension for Infrastructure Projects under Canada's Economic Action Plan (File:  1765-14/1815-05/3002-09)
1.  The federal and provincial governments will make a one-time extension of the deadline for funding of projects under the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component and Infrastructure Stimulus Fund from March 31, 2011 to October 31, 2011;
2.  All funding from the Government of Canada and the Province will cease after October 31, 2011;
3.  The District of West Vancouver has asked the provincial government for an extension to October 31, 2011 for the following project(s):
Project Number / Project Title / Total Eligible Cost / Federal Contribution / Provincial Contribution
14396 / Ambleside Sewer Rehabilitation / $2,476,600 / $825,600 / $825,600
25966 / Montizambert Creek Water Treatment / $2,615,100 / $871,700 / $871,700
25997 / Artificial Turf and Ancillary Facilities / $4,500,000 / $1,500,000 / $1,500,000
NOW THEREFORE Council resolves as follows:
1.  The District of West Vancouver attests that it will continue to contribute its share of the required funding for the aforementioned projects;
2.  Actual claims for all eligible costs incurred by March 31, 2011, for the aforementioned projects must be and will be submitted no later than April 15, 2011 to the Province; and
3.  The District of West Vancouver will ensure that the projects will be completed.
The following Consent Agenda items may be considered separately or in one recommendation.
     RECOMMENDED: THAT the Consent Agenda items as follows be approved:
14.1. TransLink Customer Service Performance Report for Quarter 3, 2010 (File:  1305-05)
     RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated Dec 10 from the Transit Manager be received for info.
14.2. Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee (LMTAC) Discussion Paper: Local Government Issues and Interests on the Federal Additions-to-Reserve Process (File:  0055-20-LMTA1)
     RECOMMENDED: received for information.
14.3. Annual Appointments to Municipal Insurance Association (File:  0115-01/0055-20-MIAB1)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the following appointments to the Municipal Insurance Assn for 2011 be approved:
Mayor Goldsmith-Jones as the Council representative; and
G. McRadu, Chief Administrative Officer, as the alternate District representative.
14.4. Correspondence List (see link on electronic agenda)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the correspondence list be received for information.
December 6 - 10
Referred for Action
1.  A. Pottinger, December 7, 2010, regarding Request for Delegation (West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce - Climate Smart Program) (Referred to Mayor for consideration)
Received for Information
2.  Committee and Board Meeting Minutes: West Vancouver Memorial Library Board, October 20 and November 17, 2010
3.  R. Harrington, December 6, 2010, regarding Technical Changes to the Current Zoning Requirements in Ambleside (Referred for Public Hearing on December 13, 2010)
4.  December 6, 2010, regarding Park Royal/Marine Drive Intersection
5.  December 4, 2010, regarding Turf Field A Lighting - Discussions and Outcomes
6.  Township of Langley, November 29, 2010, regarding Information Session on Regional Scrap Metal Bylaw
7.  E-Comm 911, December 2, 2010, regarding Third Restatement of Members' Agreement
8.  4 submissions, dated December 6 - 7, 2010, regarding Proposed 2011 Budget
December 13 - 17
Referred for Action
1.  December 14, 2010, regarding Cypress (Cypress Mountain Property) (Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)
2.  December 16, 2010, regarding Towed Vehicle (Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)
Received for Information
3.  Committee and Board Meeting Minutes: Design Review Committee, November 25, 2010
4.  Rotary Club of West Vancouver, December 13, 2010, regarding Operation Red Nose
5.  Four submissions regarding Proposed 2011 Budget, dated December 11-14, 2010
Responses to Correspondence
6.  R. Fung, Director of Engineering and Transportation, December 10, 2010 response to Stonethro regarding Gordon Avenue, Loose Gravel Nuisance
December 20 - 24
Referred for Action
1.  CKNW AM 980, December 20, 2010, regarding Request for Proclamation for Bullying Stops here - Pink Shirt Day (February 23, 2011) (Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration)
2.  Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee (LMTAC), December 10, 2010, regarding LMTAC Discussion Paper on First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act and First Nations Certainty of Land Title Act Legislation (Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response)
Received for Information
3.  Committee and Board Meeting Minutes: NSh Advisory Cmte on Disability Issues, October 28, 2010
4.  Union of BC Municipalities, undated, regarding Province-wide Community to Community Forum (Tuesday, March 1, 2011)
5.  S. Hean, December 19, 2010, regarding Proposed 2011 Budget
6.  Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, September 29, 2010, regarding First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act
7.  Hon. M. Coell and J. Slater, Parliamentary Secretary for Water Stewardship, Ministry of Environment, December 17, 2010, regarding Policy Proposal on British Columbia's New Water Sustainability Act
December 27 - 31
Received for Information
1.  December 24, 2010, regarding Proposed 2011 Budget
15.  OTHER ITEMS  --  No items.
{To see the Correspondence for the year: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=27458 }

===  NEWSLETTER TOPICS/TITLES West Van Matters 2010: 1 - 29   ===
    2010 Jan 11th Council Mtg AGENDA; Calendar to Jan 31st
    Budget 2010 Intro; public input Jan 18 * WVM Titles 2009: 1-28
    2010 Jan 11th & 18 Ccl NOTES; Jan 25th AGENDA; Calendar to Feb 5th
    RiNC Funding * Strategic Plan / BSC / V4S * Version 5 BUDGET 2010
    2010 Jan 25th Ccl Notes; Feb 1st AGENDA; Calendar to Feb 11th
    WV Streamkeepers / EPN * Budget 2010 .69% --> ? * SFMP * Oil Tank Update
    2010 Feb 1st Ccl Mtg Notes; AGENDA Feb 8th; Calendar to Feb 28th
    Sec Stes Fees / Charges * Strategic Planning WG Report * Budget 2010
    2010 Feb 8th / 10th Ccl Mtg NOTES; AGENDA Mar 1st; Calendar to Mar 17th
    Zero Tax Increase 2010 Budget Adopted! * Olympics (WV Plan & Now)

    2010 Mar 1st Ccl Mtg NOTES; AGENDA Mar 15th; Calendar to Apr 17th
    Balanced Scorecard * Capital Fund Controversy * CEC Terms of Reference
    2010 Mar 15th Ccl Mtg NOTES; AGENDA Apr 12th; Calendar to Apr 30th
    Monstrous Precedent? * SAFERhomes * Cmnty Climate Action Plan
    2010 Apr 12th Ccl Mtg NOTES; AGENDA Apr 26th; Calendar to May 4th
    Olympics/Thx * Letters MIA! * Election Task Force * Ambleside WATERFRONT
    2010 Apr 26th Ccl Mtg NOTES; AGENDA May 3rd; Calendar to May 16th +
    Lighthouse Pk * Strat Transp WG * Dogs! * Road Closure & Sale * Endowment $$$
    2010 May 3rd Ccl Mtg NOTES; AGENDA May 10/12th; Calendar to May 20th
    Housing WG Report * Gleneagles Opening * Endowment/ Funds Bylaws Qs & As

    2010 May 10/12th Ccl Mtg NOTES; AGENDAs May 17th; Calendar to June 5th
    More (Unanswered) Endowment Fund Qs * Mill Rates Set * Youth Ccl / Awards
    2010 May 17th Ccl PH/ Mtg NOTES; Ccl AGENDA May 31st; Calendar to June 12th
    Still NO Correspondence on Agenda * Ramp Rant * Utility Rates to Increase
    2010 May 31st Ccl Mtg NOTES; Ccl AGENDA June 7th; Calendar to June 24th
    Library/LEED * Boat Ramp Kept * Esq & 20/21 Deferred * Turf Field Update
    2010 June 7th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Ccl AGENDA June 21st; Calendar to June 30th
    Green House Gases & OCP * Old-Growth Conservancy * DVP 3113 Marine Dr.
    June 21st Ccl Mtg NOTES; June 28 AGENDAs; Calendar to July 9th
    Correspondence still MIA * Black Bear Society * Community Grant$

    June 28th PH/Ccl Mtg NOTES; Ccl AGENDA July 5th; Calendar to July 23rd
    Letters/hide-and-seek * Housing Pilots OCP PH * Finance, Annual Report$
    July 5th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Ccl AGENDA July 19th; Calendar to July 31st
    Staff Pay $100K+ * Dogs * Heritage Homes; Pilot Projs * Corresp Obfuscation
   July 19th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Ccl AGENDA July 26th; Calendar to Aug 8th +
   Restorative Justice * Dogs * 2009 BUDGET Amendment & ANNUAL REPORT
   July 26th Special Ccl Mtg NOTES; Calendar to September 12th
   Wetmore * MDr PkR Light? * Letters Still MIA * Mid-Year Review * Keep Klee Wyck?
   2010 Sep 13th Ccl Mtg AGENDA; Calendar to Sept 26th
   DWV Stats * Financial/Annual/Midyear Reports * WVM2010 Titles 1 - 19r

   2010 Sep 13th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Ccl Mtgs CLOSED Sept 20th/22nd; Cal to Sept 26th
   Arts Ctr Trust * Hwy Noise * Uplift/Cmnty Benefits? * Pleas for Letters on Agenda
   2010 Oct 4 Ccl Mtg AGENDA; Calendar to Oct 21st
   Taylorwood (20 -> 160 units) * Governors General * Letters still eclipsed
   2010 Oct 4th Ccl Mtg NOTES, Oct 18th AGENDA, Calendar to Nov 5th
   Girl Guides' 100th Anniversary * Liquid Waste Mgmt $$$ * Plea for Uplift
   2010 Oct 18th Ccl Mtg NOTES; Nov 1st AGENDA; Calendar to Nov 19th
   Wetmore Devt * New Traffic Light for Park Royal * Secondary Suites Update
   2010 Ccl Nov 1st, 8th NOTES; Nov 15th AGENDA; Calendar to Dec 9th
   Legion/Remembrance * Library at 60 * Finance Cmte / Proposed Budget 2011

   2010 Nov 15th Ccl NOTES;  Nov 22nd  Finance Cmte AGENDA; Calendar to Dec 9th
   Promised Correspondence? * WV Shoreline Preservation * Finance/Budget/Fee$
   2010 Nov 22nd Finance Cmte NOTES; Dec 6th AGENDA; Calendar to Dec 18th
   2010 Dec 6th NOTES; Dec 13th/15th AGENDAs; Calendar to Dec 22nd
   MORE BUDGET 2011 INPUT * PARK ROYAL Level Crossing, Marine Drive
   2010 Dec 13th NOTES; Dec 20th AGENDA; Calendar to Dec 31st+
   Zoning Bylaw PH * MORE BUDGET Info/Input * Wetmore AAP * LCAC

Photos: Astonishing shots from the animal kingdom
One-month-old white lion cubs stun crowds in Buenos Aires and more in this week's top animal photos.  January 5, 2011
Also a gecko the size of a dime, tiger cubs, lemurs, Cdn wolf, squirrels, and ....
See more:

===  INFObits  ===
~=A7~  Dec 17 ~ Christmas Tree in Dubai, over $11M (jewelled decorations)
~=A7~  Dec 23 ~ China has banned all English and Chinglish from the media.
Apparently no longer permitted to say hello or bye-bye.  If English used, must have the Chinese explanation.
~=A7~ The Economist reports the United States has revoked the visa of Venezuela's ambassador to Washington in retaliation for the rejection by Hugo Chávez of Larry Palmer, the nominated American ambassador to Caracas, who had criticised his government.
~=A7~  Chinese Explorer (from Le Monde diplomatique, January 2011)
 In December 2008 China announced it was sending warships to the sea off Somalia, to protect its oil supply and exports to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal. In March 2010, two Chinese vessels arrived at Abu Dhabi's Port Zayed. As regional media noted, this was the first time since the 15th century that Chinese ships had sailed the Indian Ocean. Admiral Zheng He, a Chinese Muslim, commanded the emperor's fleet between 1405 and 1433, sailing to Hormuz, the Red Sea, and the east coast of Africa. (According to a controversial theory, he circumnavigated Africa and ventured as far as the Antilles (11).)
~=A7~ The first tranche of statistics to be released from America's census showed the population stood at 308.7m on April 1st 2010, a rise of 9.7% from 2000. Texas gained more people than any other state, up by 4.3m to 25.1m, fetching it four more congressional seats in the House. See article
~=A7~  Some info on the oh-so-pleasant meteorologist on CBC TV.
Claire Martin BSc is a national television weather presenter with CBC Television in Canada. She is a niece of Barbara Edwards, who in 1974 became the BBC's first female weather presenter in the UK. She has been Chairman of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorologists since October 2007.  Claire worked with the UK Met office before coming to Canada in 1990.

===  SKYWATCH  ===  Moving dates on CBC but still rare

Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:22:23 -0800
From: Carolanne Reynolds <EditorWVM@WestVan.org>
Subject: Solstice Lunar Eclipse Tonight
TONIGHT!  Not since 1554: a full lunar eclipse at the winter solstice!
Lasts an hour and a quarter; starts at 11:41pm, mid eclipse is 17 minutes after midnight; moon in front of stars of Milky Way so will look three-dimensional.
Dark orange to brick red colour, origin of expression "blood on the moon".
December 20th  ~~~  Dear Diary (email list)
{NB: Follow-up Research --  Intellectual Alert, only read if curious and want the background and the truth.
Found that CBC has published a correction.
Cdn't resist INFObit at end, for mathematicians/geographers -- all hail, Eratosthenes!}
Investigated b/c CBC this afternoon said 1638 whereas the astronomy educator of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada said 1554 this morning.  There must be an explanation.
Did she make an astronomical mistake?     :-)
Here are the facts.
[CBC's] On the Coast said 1638 so had to google.
Well, my info was from listening to The Current this morning on CBC (Radio) when Mary Lou Whitehorne of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada was interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti.  Here's the intro on its webpage (Note: it has 1545 in the first paragraph and 1554 in the second -- no wonder I found it confusing):
Winter Solstice & the Lunar Eclipse
Tomorrow is the winter solstice. And this year, it coincides with a lunar eclipse. That hasn't happened since 1545. And that has astronomers, astrologists, Wiccans and pagans alike very excited. ..
...The last time there was a total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice was 456 years ago in 1554 when the future Queen Elizabeth the First was languishing in the Tower of London. So, with a lunar eclipse and winter solstice both coming in the next 24 hours, there are a lot of people in the state of anxious anticipation.
Now for millennia, humans have put a lot of stock in natural phenomena such as eclipses, supernovas and comets. Although today, it is primarily astronomers who continue to gaze upwards at the skies.
Mary Lou Whitehorne is an astronomy educator and the President of the Royal Astonomical Society of Canada. We reached her in Halifax.
... from http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2010/12/20/winter-solstice-the-lunar-eclipse/

How did she make such a mistake?
or is there another explanation?
will her face be as red as the moon tonight?
And what will Anna Maria say tomorrow morning?

Noodled around CBC and found:
Lunar eclipse, winter solstice to coincide
Last Updated: Monday, December 20, 2010 | 12:02 AM ET  CBC News
For the best time to witness the cosmic event, NASA suggests being outside at 3:17 a.m., 'when the moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most  fantastic shades of coppery red.' (Associated Press)
This year's winter solstice on Tuesday will fall on the same day as a full lunar eclipse for the first time in 372 years.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/12/17/lunar-eclipse-winter-solstice-coincide.html#socialcomments#ixzz18hntUm5x
Corrections and Clarifications
*    The last time a lunar eclipse fell on the winter solstice was 372 years ago, in 1638, not 456 years ago, in 1554, as reported in a previous version of this story. Dec. 20, 2010| 2:11 p.m. ET
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/12/17/lunar-eclipse-winter-solstice-coincide.html#socialcomments#ixzz18hkb5E5q

With our clouds guess we'll have to watch it on our computers unless a TV station shows some glimpses.
Can't leave you without adding another INFObit:
Quick Fact
When astronomers in ancient Greece observed that the shadow of the Earth on the moon during a lunar eclipse was always circular, they realized the Earth was a sphere.
And from a book when I was teaching Math in London, Eratosthenes measured the shadow from a plumb line (I think) on the coast (Alexandria, I think) and then in Upper Egypt.  Noticed the difference and calculated the Earth was round with a circumference of about 25,000 miles.
When Wiki is so handy
       had to see what the real story was, so off to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes
to find out more:
Eratosthenes of Cyrene (Ancient Greek; c. 276 BC - c.195 BC) was a Greek mathematician, elegiac poet, athlete, geographer, astronomer, and music theorist.
He was the first person to use the word "geography" and invented the discipline of geography as we understand it.[3] He invented a system of latitude and longitude.
He was the first person to calculate the circumference of the earth by using a measuring system using stades, or the length of stadiums during that time period (with remarkable accuracy). He was the first person to prove that the Earth was round. He was the first to calculate the tilt of the Earth's axis (also with remarkable accuracy). He may also have accurately calculated the distance from the earth to the sun and invented the leap day.[4] He also created a map of the world based on the available geographical knowledge of the era. In addition, Eratosthenes was the founder of scientific chronology; he endeavored to fix the dates of the chief literary and political events from the conquest of Troy. ...
... In On the Circular Motions of the Celestial Bodies, Cleomedes credited him with having calculated the Earth's circumference around 240 BC, using knowledge of the angle of elevation of the sun at noon on the summer solstice in Alexandria and on Elephantine Island near Syene (now Aswan, Egypt).
And then it has this!:
Eratosthenes criticized Aristotle for arguing that humanity was divided into Greeks and barbarians, and that the Greeks should keep themselves racially pure, believing there was good and bad in every nation.[8]

That's what I found in my travels around the world.  You can find ppl like you everywhere -- takes a bit longer in some places than others b/c you drop in as a stranger.
Agree with Eratosthenes, not Aristotle in this case!
Come to think of it, there's good and bad in every person -- in different proportions, however.

===  NEWSWATCH  ===  Israel (Marriage); Palestine (lost PR war)
Dr Juan Cole is a U of Michigan professor, an expert on the Middle East
The letters also follow on a demonstration in Bat Yam against Jewish-Israeli girls dating Palestinian-Israeli men.
Inter-faith marriage is frowned on by religious Israelis, and there was criticism in Israel of Chelsea Clinton's wedding.
Israel, like Lebanon and some Muslim countries, for the most part makes no provision for civil marriage, requiring individuals to marry within the religious law of their sect. Israel's rabbinate opposes civil marriage in part out of fear it would encourage inter-faith marriage. At the moment, couples of different faith heritages in Israel must go to Cyprus or elsewhere abroad to marry, and have the marriage recognized on their return. Such a marriage cannot be performed in Israel itself.
The recent racist calls and demonstrations were condemned on Wednesday by the Israeli Labor Party. Party head and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak issued a statement saying, "The Labor Party under my leadership is active in bringing together the various groups of Israel's citizens, in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence." Labor only has 19 seats in the 120-seat Knesset or Israeli parliament. Conservative rabbis also condemned the racist calls, but it should be noted that Orthodox Judaism has legal supremacy in Israel and so the Conservatives are not very powerful there.
 ⇒ Fighting a Winning War Against Israel (???!)
03.01.11 - 16:25  by: Mitri I. Musleh - Ever since Israel, supported by the world's imperialist powers, managed to militarily defeat the Palestinians and illegally occupy and exploit Palestine for the past six decades, Israel and its imperialist allies managed to drive and win a propaganda war which made Israel look like the victim and the Palestinians as the instigators who are committed on destroying the helpless and defenseless state of Israeli...
...one reason or another, all of the Palestinian people's efforts in combating such a powerful enemy ended in total failure.
===  WEBWATCH  ===
As to the threat to US security, Defence Secretary Robert Gates seems quite relaxed: "The fact is, governments deal with the United States because it's in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us, and not because they believe we can keep secrets" (2).
(2) Pentagon press conference, 30 November 2010.
+  Digital Story of the Nativity
How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the Nativity.
Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon...
Times change, the feeling remains the same.
Click on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA

===  CPTWATCH  ===
+  Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:21:29 +0200
Subject: [cpthebron] CPT Tuwani: Israeli Settlers set fire to a house-tent in the Palestinian village of Susiya
*Press Release: Israeli Settlers set fire to a house-tent in the Palestinian village of Susiya*
29th December, 2010 / Susiya - During the night of the 28th December 2010, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian village of Susiya, setting fire to a house-tent containing a sleeping family.
   Around 3.00 am, the Palestinian villagers were awakened by the fire caused by flaming bottles. The fire was presumably set by three men who were seen running away to a car.
   According to the witnesses, the men who set the fire were Israeli settlers from the nearby settlement of [Susiya].
   This is the last of several acts of violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers against the Palestinian communities of the South Hebron hills.
   A villager declared: "Someone who throws a bottle of oil here it means to kill people... We want the police to investigate fairly and to arrest the settlers."
   The owners of the burned house-tent made a complaint to the Kiryat Arba police station.
   According to Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization, 92% of police investigations following complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers end in a failure: the complaints are lost, or the files are closed after the police failed to find suspects or present sufficient evidence against suspects.
Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills since 2004.
Pictures: http://goo.gl/APStE  //  Video: http://goo.gl/VFHFx  //  Courtesy of Operation Dove
[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma'on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]
Date: Sat,  1 Jan 2011 10:38:52 -0500 (EST)
From: "CPTnet: the news service of CPT" <cptnet@mailman.cpt.org>
Subject: [CPTnet] SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli Settlers set fire to a house-tent in the  Palestinian village of Susiya
To view the on-line version click here.
1 January 2011
SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli Settlers set fire to a house-tent in the village of Susiya
[Note: According to the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Hague Regulations, the International Court of Justice, and several United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements and outposts in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal.  Most settlement outposts, including Havat Ma'on (Hill 833), are considered illegal also under Israeli law.]
During the night of the 28 December 2010, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian village of Susiya, setting fire to a house-tent containing a sleeping family.  Around 3.00 a.m., the fire, caused by bottles filled with a flammable substance, awoke the villagers.  They then saw three settlers from the nearby settlement of Suseya running toward a car.
The owners of the burned house-tent made a complaint to the Kiryat Arba police station.  One villager told members of Operation Dove, who with CPT have had a presence in the village since 2004, "Someone who throws a bottle of oil here it means to kill people...We want the police to investigate fairly and to arrest the settlers."
According to Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization, 92% of police investigations following complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli settlers end in a failure: the complaints are lost, or the files closed after the police fail to find suspects or present sufficient evidence against suspects.
Operation Dove photos are available here.  Video is available here.
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.
COMMENTS: To ask questions or express concerns, criticisms and affirmations send messages to peacemakers@cpt.org.
NEWSLETTER: To receive CPT's quarterly newsletter by email or in print, go to http://cpt.org/participate/subscribe
+  Date: Sun, 02 Jan 2011 11:06:21 +0200
Subject: [cpthebron] CPT At-Tuwani: Mondoweiss article: Settlers set fire to homes in
 Susiya village [1 Attachment]
[Attachment(s) from cpttuwani included below]
CPT'er Samuel Nichols recently wrote this article about the recent Israeli settler attack in the Palestinian village of Susiya, where settlers burned three tents, one of which contained a sleeping family. His article appears in the on-line news magazine Mondoweiss.
The link below is for the Mondoweiss article.
+  Date: Tue,  4 Jan 2011 13:43:36 -0500 (EST)
From: "CPTnet: the news service of CPT" <cptnet@mailman.cpt.org>
Subject: [CPTnet] AT-TUWANI REPORT: "The Dangerous Road to Education. Palestinian Students  Suffer Under Settler Violence and Military Negligence"
To view the on-line version click here.
4 January 2011
AT-TUWANI REPORT:  "The Dangerous Road to Education-Palestinian Students Suffer Under Settler Violence and Military Negligence"
Operation Dove (Nonviolent Peace Corps of Association "Comunit=E0 Papa Giovanni XXIII") and Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) announce the publication of the 2009-2010 report on the Israeli military escort to the Palestinian schoolchildren from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al-Abeed.
     An average of 18 Palestinian children from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed attend school in the neighbouring village of At-Tuwani.  To reach school, the children typically use the primary road that connects their villages with At-Tuwani and passes between the Israeli settlement of Ma'on and the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'on (Hill 833).
     Since 2001, Israeli settlers from Havat Ma'on have routinely attacked the children on their journey to and from school, but it was not until November 2004 that Israeli authorities established a daily military escort.  Despite the Israeli military escort, the children have been victims of violence 104 times between November 2004 and June 2010.  The soldiers carrying out the escort have at times failed to protect the children and have frequently arrived late, causing the children to wait, sometimes for hours, before and after school.
     During the 2009-2010 school year, children missed almost twenty-seven hours of school and waited fifty-three hours for military escort after school.
     In addition, the soldiers regularly failed to provide a complete escort of the children, almost always leaving the children to walk unescorted beside settlement buildings, in an area where settlers have attacked them.
     Despite the children's right to access education, the military fails to provide a consistent escort for the children.  When the military does not arrive, the schoolchildren must take alternative routes that take up to two hours by foot through a rocky, hilly landscape.  Furthermore, settlers attack the children and their relatives on these longer paths.
Members of Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have had a continuous presence in the village of At-Tuwani since 2004 and daily monitor the military escort of the schoolchildren.
The report "The Dangerous Road to Education.  Palestinian Students Suffer Under Settler Violence and Military Negligence" is available as a PDF.  Click here to download.

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Audio: Interview With Yonatan Shapira Crew Member Of Jewish Boat To Gaza
30.09.10 - 13:04  Bethlehem - PNN - On Tuesday this week the Israeli navy intercepted Jewish Boat to Gaza, Irene. Despite claims by the Israeli Military that the boarding of Irene was conducted in a non-violent manner and was without incident, those onboard had something else to say.
The following is an Audio interview with Yonatan Shapira a crew member of Irene.  Go to: http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8839 and see these videos as well:
                Bethlehem: Christmas 2010
                Christmas in Bethlehem: business is slow as usual
                The Palestinian Oktoberfest 2010

⇒ New Minister for Heritage
   A new minister has taken responsibility for heritage following the recent cabinet shuffle on October 25, within a revamped ministry. The Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid is the Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment.  A family physician for 23 years, she is a rookie MLA for Vancouver Fairview, who has already served over a year as education minister.  Her new portfolio has a strong business focus, and includes tourism strategy, aboriginal tourism, and heritage conservation. 
   Heritage may appear a little out of place, teamed up with international trade policy and export market development. However, this is a large and important ministry as the B.C. government makes economic recovery the top priority, and Dr. MacDiarmid clearly has the confidence of the premier and her colleagues.
   Arts and culture are split from heritage - an unusual arrangement.  They are with the new Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development.  Given that this ministry also holds local government, it might seem a more logical home for heritage.  The new alignment indicates that the government sees heritage as a significant element to the province's tourism industry and an economic contributor.

             Make Your Voice Heard!
Happy New Year from Heritage BC! It's time to make a fresh start, so here is an item to consider for your list of New Year's resolutions:
Write to the heritage minister, the Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid, to express your support for heritage, and your concerns about the present state of the province's heritage program.
We urge everyone who supports heritage conservation -- members, community associations, local governments, professionals, and individuals -- to make your voice heard.  Heritage BC has taken a number of steps already, the latest being to request a meeting with the heritage minister to present our concerns to her directly.  The more voices that are heard, the stronger our collective advocacy will be.
Click here for a sample letter to the heritage minister plus news, media releases, background reading, and what others are saying!    =BB Call to Renew.  Send your message to:
Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid
Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment
Room 347, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Email: margaret.macdiarmid.mla@leg.bc.ca
Please send a copy of your message to the Premier and your local MLA too! Heritage BC would also appreciate a copy by post or email.
⇒  Heritage Week 2011 ~~ Feb 21 to 27 ~~  http://www.heritagebc.ca/events/ for more
A Century of Conservation: Parks and Cultural Landscapes
The 2011 Heritage Week theme has been selected to honour the centennial of B.C. Parks.  
British Columbia is known around the world as a place of great natural beauty and unspoiled wilderness.  It makes sense that we would have one of the greatest park systems in the world.
Today parks are a responsibility of all levels of governments. And our parks are not just places of natural beauty and wilderness. Some have great cultural significance, or are noted for their historic landmarks and structures.  Many city parks are a conscious blend of nature and planned landscape.
Whatever its size, makeup or purpose, every park is a testament to the culture of conservation which unites the values of heritage and environmental protection.
March 1, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the very first provincial park in British Columbia - Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. Find out more:  =BB www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/BCParks100/
⇒  BC Parks 100
Find out more about historic role and legacy of B.C.'s incredible network of parks, as Heritage BC follows some of the news and events for the upcoming centennial.  =BB BC Parks 100
⇒  Conserving Historic Places in BC Provincial Parks
20ll marks the 100th anniversary of British Columbia's provincial park system - a great opportunity to focus on the history of our provincial parks, record the significance of key historic places located within them, and plan for the ongoing care of these historic resources.
BC Parks recently partnered with BC Heritage Branch and community stakeholders to create Statements of Significance (SOS) for historic places within 11 provincial parks.  Denise Cook Design, Birmingham & Wood Architects and Planners, and Unfolding Landscapes undertook the research, site assessment, stakeholder consultation and document preparation. The final report was presented to BC Parks senior staff in March.
The BC Parks Register Record Project documents the physical and historic context, heritage values and character-defining elements of 24 historic places in provincial parks.  These include farmsteads, engineering works, historic trails, fire lookout towers, Canada's first backcountry Rocky Mountain ski lodge, and BC's last remaining inland lighthouse.
⇒  Strathcona Expedition Re-enacted
On Friday, July 29th, 1910, an expedition, led by British Columbia's Chief Commissioner of Lands, the Honourable Price Ellison, reached the summit of Crown Mountain in central Vancouver Island. Their objective was to explore the surrounding region for the purposes of establishing a park. On the advice of Ellison, legislation was enacted in March 1911, to create British Columbia's first Provincial Park, Strathcona.
This summer the Strathcona Centennial Expedition is following in the footsteps of the original party and re-enacting Ellison's journey to kick off celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the creation of Strathcona and all of B.C.'s Provincial Parks.
Find out more! =BB www.wildisle.ca http://www.wildisle.ca/strathcona-park/expedition/
===  TREEWATCH  ===
A happy 2011 to all! The United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests .
Celebrating Forests for People
Welcome to the International Year of Forests, 2011 (Forests 2011) Web site, a global platform to celebrate people's action to sustainably manage the world's forests. The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.
Here, you will find information regarding events being organised throughout the International Year as well as interactive web tools and resources to promote dialogue on forests. Tell us how you plan to celebrate "forests for people" during 2011, so that we may showcase your stories and initiatives through this website.
January 21 - 30  --  International Green Week national awareness campaign launch
       Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany; Berlin, Germany
January 24 - 4 February  --  Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests / Launch of the Int'l Year of Forests 2011
       UNFF Secretariat, UNHQ, New York

===  HOPEWATCH  === 
Muslims attend Coptic churches, wish them Merry Christmas in a show of solidarity with Christians.
Egypt's Muslims support Coptic Christians on religious holiday
                         by the CNN Wire Staff  January 7, 2011 -- Updated 1627 GMT (0027 HKT)
(CNN) -- Egyptian Muslims attended Christmas services Friday in a show of solidarity with Coptic Christians days after a bombing killed 23 congregants in the country's north.
Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas Day according to the Julian calendar, and observed it on Friday this year.
.......  About 9 percent of Egypt's 80 million residents are Coptic Christians.
Coptic Christians base their theology on the teachings of the Apostle Mark, who introduced Christianity to Egypt, according to St. Takla Church in Alexandria, the capital of Coptic Christianity.
The religion is known for its rift with other Christians in the fifth century over the definition of the divinity of Jesus Christ.
The rest: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/01/07/egypt.coptic.church.attack/index.html

===  LANGUAGEWATCH  === Reading cryptic WVM
The glossary so you can decipher abbreviations, etc. in this newsletter has been updated to the end of 2010 and can be found at www.westvan.org/glossary
Some recent additions include RAAC, DINKs, and KIPPERS
===  WORDWATCH  === Your word for today from the OED is: Kwanzaa, n.
Kwanzaa, n.   ~~ Pronunciation: Brit. /?kwanz?/, U.S. /?kw=AE=AAn?z=AE=AA/
Forms: 19- Kwanza, 19- Kwanzaa.
Etymology: < Swahili kwanza firstly, first (infinitive of anza to begin) in the full name of the festival, matunda ya kwanza, lit. 'first fruits (of the harvest)' (Maulana Karenga 1966: see note below). The spelling in -aa was originally chosen to lengthen the word so that the seven children to whom the festival was first taught would each have their [sic] own letter.
orig. and chiefly N. Amer.  A secular festival observed by many African-Americans from 26 December to 1 January, as a celebration of family, community, and culture.
The festival is based on the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).
The festival was initiated in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, an African-American activist and scholar.
1971 N.Y. Times 24 Dec. 28/1 Mr. Sharpton told a visitor that the purpose of conducting the Kwanza for black children was a 'way of de-whitizing or talking [sic] the commercialism out of this time of year. As black people, we need to stress the educational, cultural and communal aspects of the holiday.'
1977 Newsweek 19 Dec. 45 The first Kwanza was celebrated in the U.S. in 1966.=C5d Kwanza is now flourishing as an Afro-American alternative to Christmas. .....
1995 Gazette (Montreal) 23 Dec. (Weekly Review section) b 1 Since 1966, a growing number of black communities in the United States, Canada, Brazil and the Caribbean have been observing Kwanzaa. The seven-day festival aims to heighten self-esteem, hope, and dignity, and is deliberately secular.

===  MAIKU  === 

Dec 8/9

                          timelines of our lives
                                              woven, interleaved, layered
                                                                             but never reversed
2010 December 28/29

               pause at precipice
                              of new year -- then plunge
                                                                           into possibilities

                                      The Future: time inchoate --
                                                                                  we carve out the year
                                                                                                                with daily actions

Each age has deemed the new-born year
                       The fittest time for festal cheer
                             -- Sir Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet (1771 - 1832)
New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
                 -- Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)
{Thinking of Public Correspondence on the DWV ccl mtg agenda............}
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
                                   -- Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and abolitionist (1813 - 1887)
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.
                                   -- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political (pacifist) leader (1869 - 1948)

                              Marvellously mangled meanings for well-worn words.......with sample sentences
DEFOLIANT: a contraceptive for horses
       The herd hasn't grown since I started spraying the paddock with defoliant
GNOME: the sort of grassland where and the antelope and the gnu live
       Gnome, gnome on the range.
NINCOMPOOPS: the guano of the nincom bat
       Watch out for those batty guys or you're going to get covered in nincompoops.
DUMPLING: an abandoned child
       "Is it true you're not my real Mommy?"
       "Well, yes, my little dumpling."
MELANCHOLIC: a stomachache from eating too many cantaloupes
       Just one more slice or the consequence might be melancholic.
Hints b/c it is the first time and you need to know how to 'play':
foal, a baby horse; song, "Home on the Range"; too easy; dumping a child; melon, colic (indigestion)
So can you figure these out?
AQUAPLANE: non-sparkling spring water
                       "A surf and turf for me, please.  And could we have a little aquaplane.
AVOIRDUPOIS: in possession of peas
      "Am I to assume from the weight of the shucks in your pockets that I've caught you avoirdupois?"
CHEVROLET: with goat's milk
                     "Wd you like that chevrolet?"
                     "No, thank you.  I prefer black."
(Links: aqua means water, so plain water; avoir means 'to have' and pois means 'peas' in French; chevre means goat, then think of cafe au lait (with milk).
o  What do Streamkeepers say at Christmas?     Co-ho-ho
o  Greengrocers earn a meager celery, come home beet and just want to read the pepper, take a leek, turnip the covers endive into bed.
o  Mine safety is riddled with legal pitfalls.
o  The envelope's favourite thing to watch, just happens to always be on paper view.