Ccl NOTES Jan 10
Calendar to Feb 10th

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

 1.1% rate increase or keep our present tax rate? Tell Ccl !   925 7000
Happy New Years (five!)
Chinese (Year of the Rabbit), Vietnamese (Year of the Cat).
Korean New Year (Seolnal), generally same day as Chinese, Mongolian, and Tibetan New Years, also Vietnamese New Year (Tet). A Western name, although scientifically incorrect, is Lunar New Year.

MAIN ITEMS on Ccl AGENDA Jan 24th: WV Streamkeepers re EPN; AmblesideNow Presentation; Budget 2011 (Third Reading); 3390 Radcliffe Blvd; Proposed Communication Tower; LocalMotion Project funding (WV's share $700K+); Adoption of Zoning/Subdiv Control (removing RS2 lot size provisions) Bylaws; Sec Stes Report; DVP 2317 Haywood (Feb 21); M Property, 2301 Ottawa; Jan 14 Devt Applics Status List; Ccl Apptmts; Correspondence Jan 3 -14 re Budget, Regional Growth Strategy, Wetmore site, etc
=  Vive le Canada (Sir John A Day); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Assessments; Popn vs Budget increases); UPDATES & INFO (CRA and Non-Profits); SUBSCRIBER HEADSUP Jan 9 and 10 (Toronto's Budget Battle; Mayor Ford to fire any Mgr not cutting 5%)
=  CALENDAR to Feb 10th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Art; Music; Opera; Photography)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES Jan 10: PH Zoning Amendment/ReWrite; NSFC/YJC Report; Dundarave Festival of Lights; Five-Year Financial Plan (Lively Budget 2011 Input); Zoning Amendment/ReWrite; Extension of Infrastructure Projects (costs); TransLink Report; LMTAC Discussion Paper
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Jan 24th
=  ANIMALWATCH (Voice-overs; Sheepherders); CPTWATCH (Hebron; Tuwani); HERITAGEWATCH; TREEWATCH (Int'l Year of Forests); BOOKWATCH (2.5M!); WORDWATCH (sesquipedality; quasquicentennial); MAIKU; QUOTATIONS/THOUGHTS/SNIGLETS/PUNS

===  Vive le CANADA  ===  Statement by the PM on Sir John A. Macdonald (Jan 11)
"Today, Canadians celebrate the lasting legacy of our first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.
"A principal architect of Confederation and of Canada's Constitution, Sir John A. Macdonald was instrumental in laying the foundation of the Canada we know today, including the post-Confederation addition of three provinces, Manitoba (1870), British Columbia (1871) and Prince Edward Island (1873).
"Among his many nation-building accomplishments over almost nineteen years as prime minister are the foundation of the Northwest Mounted Police, Canada's first national park, and the transcontinental railway.
"Macdonald's statement that Canada stands 'amongst the first of the nations in the world in credit, in resources in standing, in reputation, and in fruition,' rings true with Canadians as much today as it did when he made it in 1881."

>  ASSESSMENTS FOR 2011 -- to appeal assessment, must by Jan 31; phone: 739-8588
>  POPN INCREASE vs BUDGET INCREASE Numbers for the general fund operating budget:
     1990    $31,174,600
     1991     $36,932,900
                                      2000   $47,760,550
                                      2001   $49,609,750
                                                                       2010  $75,367,019
                                                                                                       2011  $76,881,153 proposed
The popn of WV was just over 40K in 1990 and was about the same in 2010 (it even went down one year).  Wasn't it around 42K in 1990 and under 44K in 2010? [stats 1996 = 42,269 and 2009 = 43,307] so the GFOB more than doubled (~140%?) while popn went up by about 3%? ~47 times the popn increase?
tax rate --> mill rated = budget divided by assessments
With no tax rate increase, anyone whose assessment is the same as the average will not pay higher taxes; given the av assessment increase is (roughly) 13%, anyone whose assessment is less than that will pay less and if higher than that, will pay more.

===  UPDATES & INFO  ===
One Reader sent me a couple of links wrt charities/non-profits, that I found informative:
Sadly, fund raising in Canada does have problems.
  The CBC talked about this a while back.  Have a look at these sites:
===  SUBSCRIBER HEADSUP -- other info included in this newsletter
>>  sent Jan 9:
Below, couple of excerpts and then the whole article.
"Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is looking for a five per cent cut from all city departments as the 2011 budget process begins."
"Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is promising a no new taxes - and no major service cuts - in the city's 2011 budget."
from: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2011/01/09/toronto-budget-council.html
Toronto's 2011 budget battle set to start
Last Updated: Sunday, January 9, 2011 | 1:51 PM ETCBC News
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is promising a no new taxes - and no major service cuts - in the city's 2011 budget. (CBC)
Toronto's new city council will get down to the nitty-gritty Monday morning. That's when the city's budget committee will meet to listen to staff recommendations for the 2011 departmental budgets.
Mayor Rob Ford has said he wants to see a five per cent reduction from each city department.
But last week at least three departments - police, public health and libraries - said they'll be looking for more money, not less, in 2011.
Ford is scheduled to speak to the committee about the budget process before it begins the formal review process.
Following that, "budget chair Mike Del Grande will invite City of Toronto staff to introduce the staff recommended 2011 budgets," said a news release from the mayor's office.
Ford promised no new taxes during his election campaign, as well as getting rid of the $60 vehicle registration tax - which he delivered on in December.
He is already on record promising no spending increases and a property tax freeze for 2011, while at the same time promising no major service cuts.
"We're going to have a zero per cent tax increase and we're going to put more money in the taxpayer's pocket," Ford told CBC News in an interview in December.
Every department, he said, will need to find "efficiencies."
"There's fat in every department. There are no sacred cows around here ... you have to find efficiencies and savings," he said.
Last year, the city's operating budget totalled $8.7 billion of which nearly $900 million was designated for police and another $1.3 billion for the Toronto Transit Commission - a total of more than $2 billion for the two departments alone.
Although Ford has about $280 million left over from 2010, that's not enough to offset an overall five per cent cut.
The draft budgets tabled on Monday will give some indication of where Ford expects to find those savings. But more meetings and negotiations will take place before the final capital and operating budgets are approved on Feb. 18.
Residents will have the opportunity to give their input into the budget process on Jan. 19 and 20 when budget sub-committees will hold local meetings.
Read more:
>>  sent Jan 10:
Rob Ford threatens to fire city managers who don't trim budgets
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY  Toronto- Globe and Mail Update  Published Monday, Jan. 10
this just in -- excerpts below from:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has issued a clear warning to any managers or staff who defy his cost-cutting edicts: Rein in spending or find a new job.
"If they are unable to manage effectively in the best interest of the taxpayers, then we will have to find new managers that can," Mr. Ford said Monday. ...
Mr. Ford singled out Toronto police for its proposed 3-per-cent budget increase and summoned Chief Bill Blair to his office at 2pm Monday.
... As the mayor revealed his first budget - balanced in large part by the previous year's surplus - he also told Torontonians they can look forward to a 10-cent TTC fare hike as of Feb. 1.
Mr. Ford, who promised a "no tax increase, no major service cut" budget, said he doesn't like the recommended hike and pledged to keep working on a way to avoid the increase.
"I did not want to agree to this. I am not happy about this," Mr. Ford said.
The mayor confirmed reports he plans to use the city's surplus to balance this year's budget.
Though he lauded the staff and councillors who worked to bring forward a budget that allows for not only a property-tax freeze but also the elimination of $64-million in revenue from the vehicle-registration tax, Mr. Ford issued a clear warning to anyone who defies his cost-cutting orders.
"Unfortunately, a few of the city's arm's-length agencies chose not to meet their directives. Their managers and their boards of directors decided their interests were more important than the taxpayers' interests. I will assure you, as part of our upcoming department review process, we will focus on these agencies first and foremost."
The city manager has told departments to cut spending by 5 per cent this year.
Among the agencies in Mr. Ford's sights are the police board and the library board, which last week went against staff suggestions to trim costs by closing the urban-affairs library and moving its materials to the city's reference library at Yonge and Bloor. In the budget presented Monday, city staff recommended closing the branch. ...
The "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to complete the 2011 budget by the end of February is "hugely important for the taxpayer," Mr. Ford said. Leaving budget completion until April, as is customary, "is called spending without a plan, folks."
"The people of Toronto were very loud and very clear what they wanted from the city and their elected representatives," Mr. Ford said. "It's time for the city to tighten its own belt and give the taxpayers some breathing room."...
===  CALENDAR to Feb 10th  ===
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.
== Monday Jan 24 ~ 7pm
Building Bridges Vancouver  --  Compassionate Listening Presentation  A short DVD on the Compassionate Listening Project will be shown, followed by discussion.  Facilitator:  Barrie MacFadden who participated in the Compassionate Listening Project trip to Israel/Palestine in 2010.  Entrance free, no reservations necessary.
More info:  http://aplaceformoderates.shawwebspace.ca/pages/view/upcoming_events/
Building Bridges Vancouver / Compassionate Listening Project / Compassionate Listening Project Online Community Page
== Tuesday Jan 25   ~ 6pm ~  Parks Master Plan Input Forum; Gleneagles Clubhouse
Doors open: Opportunity to view displays, discussion 5:45 - 7pm Formal opening, welcome and Introductions: 7 - 7:15pm
Input portion of Session:      
Group #1        Friends of Cypress PP                   7:15 PM
Group #2        Hollyburn Heritage Society              7:30
Group #3        Hollyburn Ridge Association             7:45
Group #4        Old Growth Conservancy Society          8:00
Group #5        North Shore Mountain Bike Assoc         8:15
BREAK                                           8:15 - 8:30 PM
Group #6        WV Streamkeepers                        8:30
Group #7        NS Wetland Partners                     8:45
Group #8        Lighthouse Park Preserv Society         9:15
Group #9        Invasive Species - Hugh Hamilton                9:30                   
Group #10       Shoreline Preserv Society (presentation not confirmed) 
Group #11       Heritage West Vancouver
Group #12       North Shore Hikers (presentation not confirmed)
Thank you and wrap-up                           9:30 - 9:45
== Tuesday Jan 25 (NV) and Thursday Jan 17 (WV)
Hello North Shore Area Transit Plan Stakeholders, please RSVP to Kate Grossman kate.grossman@translink.ca or 453 4660 and let her know which stakeholder workshop you will attend.
The 6 - 9pm workshop dates and locations are:
Tuesday, January 25  -- Pinnacle Hotel, 138 Victory Ship Way, NV                                                                        Thursday, January 27 -- Gleneagles Club House, 6190 Marine Dr, WV
== Wednesday Jan 26   --  The Great British Columbia ShakeOut
At 10am, thousands of British Columbians will "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history.  Our goal is to have all NS residents participate in this simple two-minute Drop, Cover, Hold On drill.  Check out the ShakeOut BC website for details.
== Thursday Jan 27
     ~ 7:30am ~ Field Sports Forum Working Group Mtg; Cmnty Ctr, Cedar Rm
     ~ 5pm ~ N.S. Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, DNV Municipal Hall
     ~ 5:30pm Police Board Public Meeting; WVPD (boardroom)
== Friday Jan 28
Community Concert Series  The WV Community Centre and Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities presents the Community Concert Series in the Atrium of the West Vancouver Community Centre.  The monthly performances feature musicians from around Metro Vancouver. All concerts in this series are free and open to the public.
Capilano University Jazz Combos directed by Dr. Jared Burrows  Time: 3:15 to 4pm
See full schedule of performances in Community Concert Series.
== Sunday Jan 30
~ 1:30 to 3:30pm ~   THE NORTH SHORE CELEBRATES YEAR OF RABBIT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John Weston invites all residents of the North Shore to the first ever formal celebration of [Chinese] New Year coordinated by the Member of Parliament at the WV Recreation Ctr.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Admission is FREE, but space will be limited to the first 500 people. This exciting event will include Lion [Dance performances], live music, [lucky draws], and complimentary oriental snacks and drinks.  Special guests invited to attend the festivities include John Weston (MP, West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country), Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (The Mayor of WV), and sponsors.  [They] will speak about [hopes] and prospect for the year to come.
Organized by the Chinese Outreach cmte of the ofc of John Weston.  
This community event is sponsored by the Municipality of West Vancouver and OSAKA Supermarket.                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                   == Tuesday Feb 1   ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG     
+++  WV MEMORIAL LIBRARY +++  www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
Music at the Library http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/music_event.php?event_id=54
Fridays Jan 28, Feb 4    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.
⇒  Kay Meek Offstage Presents (Welsh Hall)
~ 7pm ~ Monday Jan 24 -- A Theatrical Legacy: in conversation with Bill Millerd, Artistic Director of the Arts Club Theatre Company.
Tuesday, January 25, 7:30 - 9pm, Welsh Hall.
Join Kerri Sutherland, Support & 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.
⇒  Saturday January 29 -- FAMILY LITERACY DAY
This year's Family Literacy Day theme is "Play for Literacy" which brings together all types of play that encourage literacy and numeracy. This includes board games, card games, and word games as just a few of the fun activities that promote reading, spelling and numeracy.  Join the Library for playful Family Literacy Day Storytime at 10:30am. Bring your children, parents, and grandparents. Refreshments and games to follow. For more info  visit the Library website.
⇒  Monday Feb 7  Teen Movie Night: Easy A -- 7pm Welsh Hall

+++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
January 12 to February 26
Time (Time Again): Late Works by Lionel Thomas + John Vanderpant
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
SMALL STORIES -- mixed media --  February 1 to 20
                    Featuring Artists: Gloria Shaw, Ruth Casselman,Cathy Gibson, Joanne Frewer
+++ SILK PURSE +++   http://www.silkpurse.ca/gallery2.html
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
February 8 - 20  "Learning to Paint"
A solo show by 11-year-old West Van artist Jessica Beddis, talented young artist Jessica Beddis is in grade 7 at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver. She first started drawing on doodle boards at age two and has been developing her talent since that time, with the help of her parents who are both amateur painters, and who encouraged her to explore all kinds of paints and drawing mediums.
The artist's reception will be held on the final day of the show, Sunday Feb 20th 2 - 4 pm. Jessica is a committed young animal advocate and at her request, all sales proceeds of the exhibition will be donated to her favourite animal rights protection charity.

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Friday, January 21    7pm   General Admission $10
DOXA Documentary Film Festival's Motion Pictures Series is proud to present the Western Canadian Premiere of Joonas Berghall and Mika Hotakainen's extraordinary film Steam of Life at The Kay Meek Centre, 'West Vancouver's Cultural Jewel'.
In ramshackle homemade saunas, beautifully appointed wooden steam rooms, even a roadside phone booth (that serves as an impromptu hotbox) men reveal their deepest emotion to each other while sitting naked in the sauna. Conversations range from how to please women ("daily massage is key") to the pure unadulterated joy of new fatherhood. Amidst clouds of superheated steam, a type of humble poetry unfurls, vulnerable, lovely and deeply human.  Set against the stunning magnificence of the Finnish landscape, Steam of Life is a moving ode to life, love, and the role of genuine and heartfelt conversation.
"The Finnish sauna documentary, Steam of Life, had a reputation for being a tear-jerker. I didn't believe it until I went to see it myself, and all the men in the cinema were in tears."  - BBC
+  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
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Tuesday January 25th-General Meeting at 7pm.
+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
~ 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
Description -- Mayor and Council's Reception for the Ambleside Revitalization Kick Off!
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. 
Thursday, January 20  at  7:30 pm, Unity Church, 5840 Oak St., Vancouver
Plants and Pollinators in BC's Garry Oak and South Okanagan Grassland Ecosystems.
Speaker:  Dr. Elizabeth Elle
An event for the Botany Section of Nature Vancouver (Vancouver Natural History Society)
British Columbia is home to incredible wildflower diversity, the vast majority of which rely on insects (mostly bees) for successful reproduction.  This lecture will introduce you to the diversity and pollination needs of wildflowers in two of Canada's most endangered ecosystems.  You'll also learn the natural history of wild bees; we have more than 300 species in BC, that look and behave nothing like the introduced European honeybee.  Our "charismatic microfauna" come in all shapes and sizes and colors of the rainbow and may be threatened by habitat loss, potentially impacting the persistence of wildflower populations.
Dr. Elizabeth Elle is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Simon Fraser University.  Her main research focus is the estimation of pollinator biodiversity and pollination services in both wild and agricultural ecosystems of BC.  In her frequent public talks, Elizabeth can have a hard time remembering she's a serious scientist and shouldn't refer to bees as "cute".

+ 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 - 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) -- For more info, call 604-872-1861 or email info@pitheatre.com
>  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
Dances for a Small Stage=AE 23  Presented with MovEnt
January 26 - 28, at The Legion on the Drive. Mix fabulous contemporary dance, an intimate cabaret space and a ridiculously small stage, and find yourself at Dances for a Small Stage. The evening boasts an impressive array of local and national talent, including Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Billy Marchenski, Delia Brett, Kim Tuson, and Toronto artist Susie Burpee... Read more
- RSVP to Dances for a Small Stage on Facebook
 - CURATORIAL STATEMENT by MovEnt Artistic Producer, Julie-anne Saroyan
After nine years and 23 instalments of Dances for a Small Stage, we have become a well-oiled machine.  Now, we are starting to mix things up a bit to keep our "small" series fresh. I am very excited about the direction of Dances for a Small Stage 23. For this particular instalment, I have invited two of the most skilled character performers in Vancouver to help me curate and host the evening.  Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Billy Marchenski are amazingly talented performers and have
+ 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.
~  Out for Lunch -- Eine Kleine Lunch Musik  Select Fridays, 12:10 - 1pm
~  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.
                       Salome's Dance and more........
+ 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
Wednesday January 26 at 8pm Pre-Concert Introduction at 7:15 at the Kay Meek Centre
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto):; Jeanne Lamon music director
Toronto's baroque orchestra, directed by Jeanne Lamon, has become a perennial favourite. The ensemble returns with a programme of music from the Baroque and the Rococo: orchestral music by CPE Bach and Lully, and two well-loved double concertos by JS Bach and Vivaldi.
Tickets for this concert at $42 (adult), $37 (senior) or $30 (student), are only available from the Kay Meek Centre Box Office: 604 913-3634 or www.kaymeekcentre.com.
For more information, please visit: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/CWVa-Tafelmusik.html
* VANCOUVER OPERA http://www.vancouveropera.ca/la_clemenza_di_tito.html
Opera Speaks @ VPL  --  THE QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP -- 7 - 9pm Tues Jan 25 Alice MacKay Rm
What makes a great leader? What qualities do we want in those who govern us and lead us? Compassion and generosity, or hard-nosed efficiency?  Vancouver Opera examines these questions in conjunction with our production of Mozart's magnificent last opera La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus), where a strong leader finds power in mercy rather than revenge. Panelists include political scientist Michael Byers, BC Housing Chair Brenda Eaton, Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird and Superintendent of Schools for WV Chris Kennedy. Admission is free. Seating is limited.
La Clemenza di Tito: Opens February 5
Mozart  --  February 5, 8, 10, 12 --  All performances 7:30pm
                Queen Elizabeth Theatre; In Italian with English SURTITLES=81
Roman Emperor Titus's compassionate nature is severely tested when Vitellia, daughter of the deposed emperor, conspires to have Titus assassinated because he has passed her over as his wife. When the plot fails and the assassin is charged, Titus does not waver from his principles, even when Vitellia, now his intended bride, confesses to the crime.
Mozart's striking portrait - of a great ruler who finds power in mercy rather than revenge - is a model for modern times. Composed in the last months of Mozart's life, La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus) contains some of his most glorious music for the female voice, along with dazzling ensembles and stirring choruses.
* PHOTOGRAPHY Gallery 1403 Bewicke NV, noon to 8pm 778 372 0765
Persian Calligraphy Exhibition -- January 18 - 30
Caroun Art Gallery exhibits different sizes of framed Calligraphy & Calligraphy-Painting
       (water colour on paper) by: "Hossein Kashian"Reception: Sat January 22 from 4 to 8pm
CAG Exhibitions: http://www.caroun.com/CarounArtGallery/Exhibitions/00-Expositions.html
Exhibitions are (and will) be posted on FaceBook (at "Photos") too.
Visit www.Caroun.net for more info.  More Art: www.Caroun.com
Caroun Photo Club (CPC): www.CarounPhotoClub.com / Caroun Photography Studio: www.MasoudSoheili.com
Farsi Books at Caroun Art Gallery: http://www.caroun.com/CarounArtGallery/Books/00-CAG-Books.html
English books soon! Online Shopping in 2011!  At present, you can purchase books from the gallery.

===  CCL MTG NOTES JANUARY 10th  ===
Note: At 6pm the regular Ccl Mtg will commence in open session and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session. The Ccl Mtg will reconvene in open session in the Ccl Chamber immediately following the Reconvened PH.  At 7pm in the Ccl Chamber the Reconvened PH will be held. The Ccl Mtg will commence in open session in the Chamber immediately following.
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...
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.
Sokol, six issues; correction to p 8
ML: accessory bldgs?
Sokol: not sec stes
Sop: not as units
Sokol: does not allow being a dwelling unit
Sop: Batchelor Bay R3 and R4 wonder why changed; the sideyard has been changed -- why?
Sokol: can't answer that question
Sop: how can I vote on it? steep slopes changing from R3 to R4; only saw sideyard
Sokol: ...
Sop: include fences
Sokol: same as previous ... if changed ...
6. PUBLIC INPUT [7:07]
MClk: have received further input [listed]
Mayor: no one signed up -- to Ccl
Sop: on understanding zoning bylaw, an expectation with the public wrt environment; ...
Mayor: ...
Sop: ...
Mayor: it's the technical rewrite [TRW]
Sop: point of order
Mayor: how we may get to this is how we get
whether or not to Ccl
Sop: ...
Mayor: not on TRW
Sop: how unfold; how look in future years?
Mayor: if that affects the PH or are you prepared to ... ?
Sop: how?
Mayor: make motion and get secondary
Sop: what timeline are we looking at  ....
Sokol: there are a number of issues ....
have that ...   issues and policy
one satisfied with ReWrite, bring other issues forward
Mayor: no reason to close
Sop: so you're suggesting not close it?
Mayor: no, just the TRW
TP: look forward to those questions, so close so can get to that.
    [7:14] All written and verbal submissions received and PH CLOSED
Mayor: announcements:
exprop for SeatoSky (Eagleridge Bluffs) was settled $6.3M; received an add'l $6.7M
thank staff, particularly Mark Chan -- agree
Recent announcement from a watchgroup re growth
will be discussing on Fri; Upper Lands, recreation and xxx; study area; Parks zoning may
UL review must be  done again; stronger, rebuilt xxx
wd like more control than MetroV; the status quo for sure is the standard for now, or stronger.
                withdraw 9, add 11; replace xxx; adding 15.1 an 15.2
December 13, 2010 Special Council Meeting; December 13, 2010 Public Hearing; December 13, 2010 Regular Council Meeting; and December 20, 2010 Special Council Meeting.
{Wait till you see the difference between the minutes and what speakers said!}
Mayor: Pleasure tonight to welcome two delegations
7. North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee (NSFC/YJC), regarding 2009/2010 Annual Report (File:  0115-20-NSFC1)
Lynne Block: mix of professional and....
ears eyes and hearts of xxxx numerous stakeholders
TMcC: simultaneous to all three
47% stayed; ends, so of concern
silence prevalent so recommend follow-up
domestic violence; unreported high
cheering group; general lack of respect
concern over-representation of aboriginal
youth, bullying a concern in our cmnty
invite you all to roundtable discussions to enhance our work on the NSh
Sop: find increase of 41% in domestic violence in five years, shocking
long time before seeing a decline
where are the courts on this that about 50% charges stayed?
continued to be battered?
TMcC: go through yourself
that's our concern that no follow-up
the majority do resume the relnship
Sop: enough done?
TMcC: aim agencies work together better; integrated and collaborative approach; through criminal system seems there's a gap
given the legal system we have -- if don't recant, proceed
ML: your first or second slide, domestic violence under-reported
10% WV -- less reporting or less occurrence?
TMcC: personal experience; I practised family law in WV
under-reported -- other options than for residents of NV
quite prevalent in WV
[MOTION THAT Council thank L. Block and T. McCabe]
Ev: work done extraordinary
here in WV we have a tremendous number of problems not recognized
pointed out to me recently, number of homeless ppl in WV
there is, and a lot of them
8. Dundarave Festival of Lights Society, regarding Appreciation of District Support for the Christmas Festival of Lights (File:  2180-06)
M Markwick: SLIDES  another successful year
thx to District for support success due to Markwick, corps of volunteers
G Allison: marks end of ... 20th anniversary ... vote of thx
WV's only outdoor celebration of arts and culture in WV
you inspired us; sp thx to Anne Mooi and Grant McRadu
Federal Heritage -- four Sats of ...
Funding ...  mariachi, Morris Dancers, and ......
WVYB to use the ... to celebrate their 80th year
new perf space on Dund Beach, blessed by natives
forest of Christmas trees [listed groups]; raised $25K for shelter
$75K over past three Christmases
passion for ppl who are homeless
support NSh culinary arts prog
ppl sleeping in ravines and beaches, dignity of xxx housing
congratulate WVML -- Christmas tree of the year
anonymous donor
WVML jubilee year
labour of love, second king {7:40 get name}; Festival founders [listed]
Dec 17? ...  thank you for helping us shine
Mayor: sure have taken the ball and turned into
Congratulations ... thanks for lookout shelter, and arts culinary ...skill in the kitchen so won't be unemployed
MOTION THAT Council thank G. Allison and M. Markwick
REPORTS [7:42]
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.
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.
D/Fin: brief summary re market values, explain process wrt prop taxes
Assessment role done on Dec 31, you have received
prop owners have until end of January to appeal if unfair
to March Review Panel to see if changes; final assmt role March 31st
any requests, pls go to BC Assmt; good website
the impact of the increased assessments -- most WV [assessments av increase] between 13 - 15%
market value is neutralized so prop values don't trigger an automatic increase
mill rate is discounted for the amt of increase to the av resident
if no tax rate increase wd not see increase to prop taxes as a result of market
Mayor: average assessment?
D/Fin: av 2010 $1.3M; 2011 $1.5M
Sop: so the adjustment in the mill rate is how you bring about averaging
so if av 15%, those above will see an increase and those below won't nec'ly see that increase
D/Fin: exactly right
ML: any idea how many will lose their HOG?
D/F: only got that info Jan 4 so looking at that
wd like to give a brief summary as to how we got there
2011 Budget and Five-Yr in front
represents current level of services WV residents accustomed to
many mtgs; cmnty-based, xxx
our 2011 budget went through a much more rigorous based process, activity-based
also BSC
signif drivers: labour 80% (includes benefits and pensions)
determined not on historical but on a needs based; diff this year
looking forward to a more long-term view
first budget was 2.35% in order to achieve objectives
further disc with public, reduced to 1.1% and achieved manly by reducing? capital expenditures
steady state of operations
current levels of service ...  generally increases by 2%.....  recognizing labour obligation; previously negotiated
changes going forward, not determined what
xxx, best practices; will be reflected in 2011 and 2012; have not been quantified.
Mayor: questions?
MS: looking at 5yr plan, second line is Cmnty Engagement $2.1M
thought all our staff involved in Engagement, what is it?
don't understand why an expense line Cmnty Enggmt when our entire org shd be cmnty engagement
Mayor: Brent, wd you like to explain; or you?
think shd define it
[7:50] D/Fin: the division of Cmnty Enggmt and partnership
BL: this year it did include Cultural Services, the Sustainability Dept, my Dept, and the Communications Dept.
The  Communications Dept will be reporting to the CAO
cmnty engagement and partnerships division will be those depts
MS: suggest if administration it shd be expensed as administration so a taxpayer can go back five years, and look at how our administrative costs have grown over the years

{good point; and has it ever!!!}

and if it's Cmnty Services, Cultural Services, then it shd be listed as Cmnty Services
don't understand why a sep expense line; makes no sense to me
Mayor: Mr McRadu
CAO: It's a matter of how we want to define it
Cclr Smith has made a point of how we track the ongoing costs in future years; it's noted and we take that under advisement
Mayor: I agree and it's hard to understand what's in there
work generally in there, underway; is NSh emergency mgmt in there as well?
CAO: correct
Mayor: and native services? a whole bunch of things ... need to be better understood, what that stands for
Sop: from 2011 to 2015, I see levies from other levels of govt, in five short years some $12M increase and see revenues certainly will be up in prop tax, from $54M in 2011, to $56M+ in 2015
where is the appetite for a change? from way doing biz today and where we're going tomorrow? as rare as a plan laid before us in 2011, how budget shd proceed
say with all conviction, we are waiting for something to come forth
FinCmte and yourself, come forth and deal with this in formal way in front of the public
in honesty, find these figures of increases over the next five years absolutely alarming
to look at burden, not only ours but Metro, TransLink
see throughout the world, Canada.... we want to be leaders
need definitive answers about changes to take place
Mayor: is there a question?
Sop: six months into year before? where is the plan?
consideration of org
we have a no-growth
Mayor: need to get to.....
Sop: if I can't vent here, where can I debate it?
Mayor: good start, rationale
D/Fin: increase in levies, or arrangement with TransLink
based on our best guess steady going forward ... looking at 2% increases ... av of CPI
Sop: may I follow up and won't be too exuberant
see these increases over five years
any idea of our bureaucratic system -- grow same decrease
Sop: where's it going?
D/Fin: where we intend to go
service reviews throughout the org -- within ...  and other Ms
looking at doing things in a more efficient manner
also will require a fairly extensive dialogue with the cmnty re level of service
we are engaging with the public -- informal; one this Thursday with V4S group and others with great expertise, dialogues with the Ch of Comm
see direction cmnty wd like to go ... how to deliver services more efficiently
Mayor: wd like to get to public input; beginning with GWH
> [8pm] GWH: ... not going to address the five-yr budget b/c I haven't seen it
{Ccl minutes for adoption say: "spoke in support of a zero tax rate and commented relative to the proposed budget"
and here's the transcript:}
[TEXT SUPPLIED with some addns after listening to video]
Listening to some of the presentations by residents at the previous meetings it is apparent that ADRA and others have not adequately explained their position against an increase in the tax rate.    So I will attempt to clarify our position.
The original District budget presented showed an increase in revenue for 2011 over that for 2010 of  $1,000,000 based on the same tax rate as in 2010 and this differential increases to $1,500.000 when the money received for the 2010 Olympic celebration is excluded from the 2010 revenue, wch I think it shd be.  However because the original budgeted costs for 2011 were approximately 5 % above the projected costs for 2010 the District proposed an increase in the tax rate to cover this shortfall.
Continuing tax increases have been the result of overspending by municipalities during the past ten years.  The average in B.C. was twice the sum of the rate of inflation and population increase.   For West Vancouver it was three times.   But municipalities did not cut back their spending when the recession started and in 2008 West Vancouver awarded a high wage increase for a four-year contract.   The result is that West Vancouver's costs have continued to increase at over 5% a year (while private industry and government agencies are reducing their costs).  In fact during the last six years West Vancouver has increased the number of full-time employees by 100, has added further levels of senior management and awarded them high salary increases.  This continual increase in operating expenses is not sustainable especially when ratepayers' ability to pay has decreased.
So where do we stand at the beginning of 2011?
  a. The 2011 budget shows a projected increase in revenue of $1,000,000 - $1,500.000 based on the 2010 tax rate.   This sum is equivalent to a 3% increase in tax revenues.
  b. In 2010 we had no tax [rate] increases and that was achieved by reducing incidental and capital expenses to cover the increased cost of staff salaries.
  c.. We ended 2010 with a $500,000 dollar surplus even though there was no concentrated effort to reduce labour costs and operating expenses.
  d. There has been and continues to be an unjustifiable increase in operating expenses.
  e. In 2011 Union employees will receive another 4% increase in their wages that was negotiated in 2008.
  f. There will be an increase in the utility rates of approximately 8%, which will be equivalent to about a 3% increase in property taxes.
  g. Residents want to maintain the existing services, and we agree to that.
  h. Many residents are facing a reduction in their income due to continued recession.
So, with all these facts in mind, where do we go from here?
On the basis that the staff projects an increase in revenue of $1.5M for 2011 without a tax [rate] increase, we recommend a zero tax [rate] increase and no cuts to services.
The increased revenue should be sufficient to cover [any] extra costs if there is a concentrated effort by Council and management to {review} operating expenses in all depts, {increase efficiency, and reduce costs in all departments.}  This is essential and achievable considering the increase in employee numbers and operating expenses in the past ten years.
At the moment there's a 1.1% increase in the tax rate moved by Ccl.  The danger is, if the 1.1% tax [rate] increase is approved, incidental and capital cost expenses will be reduced to allow for this, but no action will be taken on the crucial issue of reducing the high level of operating expenses.
That's where my main theme is.
We HAVE to reduce operating expenses.
We've been increasing them for ten years; we must reduce them, not just carry on as is.
By approving a zero tax rate increase, West Vancouver will be demonstrating its commitment to containing operating expenses and will lead other municipalities to control their spending as well.
Thank you.
        Gordon Ward Hall President ADRA, 1449 Fulton Avenue, West Vancouver. // January 3, 2011
Mayor: Bev Sharp and Jackson Marshall [8:04] -- together?
> B Sharp: hv resided in WV over 25 years; struggle to balance my sgl-parent income; sp-needs daughter and send son to U
set same high expectation that I have for this Ccl
with an already large budget of $61M, I want Ccl to commit to 0% tax rate increase; you can do this
> Jackson Marshall: lived in WV for all my life
student at Cap U
enjoy long drive along M Dr... , WV, actually love it; look forward to raising a family here...
want to live in a M that properly manages its budget and agrees to zero per cent increase; that is the right thing to do.  Pls vote on a 0% increase
Mayor: next Dennis Perry
> Dennis Perry: currently many many articles being written across Canada and beyond about excessive M spending and taxation
xxx, popn growth inflation; excessive wrt the taxpayer's ab to pay
if not apparent now, will be; not sustainable, has to change
WV has the opp to take leadership for all BC
M election coming up this year and if this Ccl can agree on a 0% tax increase for this year, give us two in a row, impact on this prov
think we're going to be the focal point of the media, other Ms, taxpayers across the prov, and candidates
ev will be saying, look at what WV has ; why can't we do that
at the v least, wd expect them to move closer to our position
budgetary process and taxation
if I felt it was an either/or situation zero or services; if I believed we cdn't; I wdn't be sitting here today; I've listened to Cclrs and looked at the numbers
we can have both zero and a situation we can maintain all our services
am asking Ccl to agree to zero per cent tax increase and with this leadership, felt across BC; this cd well be a catalyst
cd be sea change how Ms handle budget process and taxation
sincerely hope you can agree on tax increase b/c right for WV and BC
> Keith Pople: [8:09 TEXT NOT YET RECEIVED]
ADRA and the ITAC org spent considerable time preparing and making submissions.....
Both grps have expressed concern re continuing increases; not sustainable and must be brought under control
Staff's original budget was 2.35% reduced to 1.1% by reducing some capital and some misc expenses however no consideration was given to reducing staff payroll wch accounts for more than 80% of our operating costs.
bn pointed out staffing level considerably higher than most....
suggest Ccl review this situation and consider if justifiable
thank you
{Ccl minutes for adoption say: "provided recommendations regarding staff salaries and vacancies for 2011 to 2013"
and here's the transcript:}
> [8:12] Alex Orr-Ewing: always assumed govts operated to give guidance and admin to carry out;
as this is evidently not the case, I want to propose two motions from the floor
Main ignored by staff and denied by Ccl too many ppl earning too much money -- it's that simple
The motion I propose is that the fiscal years 2011 - 2013, that all salaried staff receive no monetary bonuses, raises, step increases, or any other form of increased financial remuneration, and any promotions, draws, or ... red circle ... existing pay rate, prior to a motion of transfer; also includes any increase in benefit package or......
Motion No 2: all existing job vacancies, hourly or salary, from Jan 1 2011 to 2013 not be filled; all vacancies --retirement, resignation, termination or death; includes police, fire, and library staff; the sole exception are the ambulance service and paramedic staff who are required to meet existing staff levels for 2010.
Any variance from the above must be presented to all taxpayers by mail prior to a public roundtable session and ccl mtgs with each vacancy needing a specific motion.
This is not a hardship b/c the av wage of $80K and certainly Ccl discusses a lot of items far below that
The Ccl decision must also be unanimous.
In closing, leave you with a
quotation from 2000 years ago: temerity is not always successful
thank you
8:14  {NB -- In case you were not at the last ccl mtg, Dec 13, and George Pajari's remarks at this mtg are in response to those made Dec 13 (Item 7), a mtg at wch he was not present, I'll save you the trouble of remembering or reading the transcript in WVM2010-29, here is the relevant part (in particular that wch I've underlined for this WVM).}
FROM WVM2010-29, Ccl Mtg Dec 13:
7. Proposed 2011 Budget (File:  0865-01) --  Information to be provided.
Mayor: continuing discussion on our budget
left off with unprecedented amt of participation by the cmnty as well with a wide range of excellent suggestions for further tailoring of the budget by mbrs of the public and all mbrs of Ccl.
I think that's a measure of success.
but before I outline where our discussion is at, I do want to address the headline in the NShNews about custom furniture and landscaping budget draw criticism.

{And that's only what caught attention enough to bring up publicly at this mtg?
Isn't it much more important that a headline said most approved of a tax hike when the opposite is true?
Not only that, that most who spoke and who wrote opposed the tax increase were verifiable right at that mtg simply by counting -- no need to go back and check.
Furniture (something from the past) and landscaping (less than $50K in 2011 budget) may be worth mentioning but pale in comparison with reporting the public's opinion to be the opposite of what was heard at the mtg.
Perspective and context are important considerations in these discussions over budget and whether or not to raise the tax rate, esp if dependent upon finding efficiencies and savings so taxpayers pay at the same rate as the past two years rather than an ever-increasing tax rate.}

First of all, a budget drawing criticism is a fine thing, we're here to listen to constructive criticism and work with that.
No one on our library staff or board who've worked for the District for years and years has any idea what that custom furniture reference is to, we've gone back in our history.
What the Library is representative of is an extraordinarily well-supported library, particularly by its Foundation.
And there [is] a higher level of service that is provided b/c of that Fdn.
And that is not tax dollars.
but I'm concerned that on a lack of fact-checking by the media, we are entirely available to answer the questions to the media at any time, and we wd never wish to curtail public thoughts and input, but I think it's really important for the sake of all of us, who are committed to this process to make sure we agree on verifiable information.

{hm.  Criticizing the newspaper for not fact-checking but didn't contact the speaker to see where his facts came from?  double standard?
Don't get me wrong.  Incumbent on all to present verifiable information but when questioning, go to the source.}

As well, we just had a cmnty survey that will come to Ccl in January and the Library has a 98% approval rating by the general public.
You know, we cd improve, by 2%.

{Flippant remark for effect but pls notice it misses the mark.
I think the Library is great and I know we all love the Library.
Isn't the survey question about how much we love it?  and we'd all, well almost all -- and I sure don't know any of that 2% -- love the Library.
How many of us however know what its budget is or how the money is spent.  I sure don't.
How many when answering if satisfied with the Library wd think of budgeting and allocation of money?
Maybe that 2%.
IMO, anyway, orthogonal.
I have no idea, and I'd guess most wdn't nor give it a second thought.
So, wdn't that approval be separate from expenditures?
I do know a few years ago they decided to upgrade the library cards to have the colours of the stained glass in the memorial window, at a greater cost than what they had since more.  Pretty.  Wd guess some wd approve the extra expense and others wdn't.  A matter of opinion, and maybe not much money.
They have newer library cards now so maybe less costly.}
[deletions; later:]
As for the statements about the Library, when I heard that, I think that if someone disagreed they [sic] shd hv called the speaker to find out where that information was so that the onus was on the speaker to prove it.

{In case this was too subtle for some, the point I was making was that if anyone was going to criticize the press for writing something they hadn't checked, then same about calling the speaker to check before criticizing.  Guess we haven't heard the end of this yet.  Can't wait for the mystery to be solved.}

Now, I adore the Library, I think it's absolutely fabulous, and I asked about that, and that was the experience and observation of something, and it can be documented.
All I can say to that is that I hope that was in the past, and that those things won't be done in the future--
Mayor: --wasn't done in the first place--
{has that speaker been asked?  I will then or ask he explain at next budget mtg.  Give a person to defend himself at least!}
CR: Well, I think that we shd, I'm waiting to find out where it came from b/c I understood it was done and I'd like to see the proof.
[Kirsty] Farquharson, Lib Bd mbr: comment last week and in NSN, did today some extensive investigation at the Library
looking at our bd minutes and records of what has been approved over last four to five years; also talked with our long-standing dept heads, some who've been at the Library for 30 years; cd find no information whatsoever on a $40K purchase made for custom furniture; I cd make no reference to any inlaid veneer custom furniture that exists in the Library, no one has any knowledge of that whatsoever to put this matter to rest please
My apologies to everyone that the name of the head of the Library was missing from the transcript.
Pam was speaking as I returned to my seat so that minute or so were unclear to me; I didn't hear everything and the name of the person speaking was not given.
HERE IS THAT SECTION, EXPANDED (new part is underlined, red):
Mayor: thank you
CR: to end, what I'd say, I think that the idea that the Ch of Commerce has is really great.  That wd be a new beginning, and I support that as well.
Mayor: thank you v much
CR: thank you
Mayor: I have Kirsty Farquharson on the list again.  Is this b/c of serving on the Lib Bd?
KF:  Yes
Mayor: All right.  And I see that our Director of Library Services is here as well.
If either one of you wd wish to just, pls, put this to rest, this budget item to rest, I think we wd all appreciate it.
{No name, as you see below, so I assumed KF whose name had just been given; turns out from the  ccl mtg minutes just approved, that in fact it was Jenny Benedict, whose position I know as
Chief Librarian and who only started late summer}:
Madam Mayor and to Ccl, good evening.
Reading the comment that was made at Ccl last week and then that appeared in the North Shore News, I did today, do some extensive investigation at the Library, looking both at our board minutes and records of what has been approved, and certainly over the last four to five years.  I also talked with our long-standing dept heads, some of whom have been at the Library for 30 years.  I cd find no information whatsoever on a $40K purchase made for custom furniture.  I cd make no reference to any inlaid veneer custom furniture that exists in the Library.  No one has any knowledge of that whatsoever, so I wd like to put this matter to rest pls.
Mayor: tyvm; That concludes public input for the evening.

THIS IS WHAT rather cryptic WVM2010-29 had:
Christine Farquharson, Lib Bd mbr: comment last week and in NSN, did today some extensive investigation at the Library...
>>> It shd have had Jenny Benedict, Chief Librarian
btw, the video of G's remarks below can be seen at
         (at time of drafting WVM, over 300 views)

We resume tonight's programming, 2011 January 10 [8:14pm]:

{Ccl minutes for adoption say: "referred to comments made at the previous ccl mtg, spoke relative to Library expenditures regarding furniture, his previous comments regarding the budget, Library Foundation expenses and spoke in support of a zero tax rate"
and here's the transcript of what he actually said :-) :}

> George Pajari (computer scientist and WVM correspondent):  Your Worship and Councillors.
My name is George Pajari.
At the previous Council meeting my credibility was called into question by Council and a member of the gallery, so I beg your indulgence if my response takes slightly more than three minutes.
Mayor: we're going to try to stick to three minutes.
GP: Several weeks ago I made a presentation related to fiscal prudence within the Municipality, some of which was quoted in the media. This triggered a response from Your Worship, from a Library Board member, and a letter published in the North Shore News from the Board Chair who wrote:
"The claim that the library board spent $40,000 on custom furniture with inlaid veneer carved to match the pattern on the carpet is erroneous."
She is right.
I was wrong.
It wasn't $40,000, it was $43,561.03.
{laughter from audience}
And it wasn't custom furniture with carved inlaid veneer, it was custom furniture with engraved veneer.
You excoriated the North Shore News for a lack of fact-checking. You want facts?
 - these are the minutes of the Board mtg that approved the expenditure;
{holds them up}
 - here is the Financial Report from the District detailing the expenditure;
{held aloft}
 - here's a photo of the furniture I sent to the manufacturer; and
 - here is their email confirming they made it and it was custom.
And to the claim that even people who worked at the Library for 30 years had no information on any custom furniture?  The Library was so proud of the furniture, they put a photo of it in their annual report.
{waved it while laughter behind him}
And this was around the time, you, Your Worship,--
{laughter and guffaws from gallery}
Mayor: --pardon me?
And that was around the time, you were the Council rep to the Library Bd, Your Worship.
So, more than the denials--
Mayor: -- so I wasn't the Mayor, that's for one thing, and one mbr of Ccl is still on that same ccl [sic] {Lib Bd?}, so I think that--
GP: cd I finish, Your Worship?
Mayor: Well, I'm counting my seconds that I'm using up, so you won't have to hurry, but I think that Ccl believed you were referring to this last year.  Carry on.
{does it matter wch year?}
GP: More than the denials and selective amnesia about this extravagant expenditure, it is fascinating to note what elicited a response. Last month I commented on three things:
 - $40,000 in questionable spending,
 - roughly a million dollars in a wasteful and untendered contract
 - and a lack of transparency surrounding the $20 million Endowment Fund.
Of these three amounts -- which one concerned people the most and generated the only responses?
The one for $40K.  Not a peep about the million spent on the gold-plated telephone system.  Not a murmur about my claim the community was misled about the $20M Endowment fund.  Interesting that the $40K bothers some more than the millions.
It was also interesting to hear you, Yr Worship, mention how well we're served by the Library Foundation. You really want to bring up the Library Foundation?  Were you aware that their financials filed last year showed that they raised $127K but spent $134K on overhead?  That's right, if the Canada Revenue Agency's figures are correct, the WV Library Foundation spent $7K more on overhead than they raised. That effectively means that of that $127K donated to the Foundation in 2009, not one penny went to the Library.
All that money you helped raise for the Library at the Croquet Tournament that year? Eaten up in expenses.
And you want fact-checking? -- here's the CRA [Canada Revenue Agency] tax return for that year.
{threw the pages down; titter from gallery}
You said that 98% of West Vancouverites approve of the Library -- as if that excused this waste. That's not the point.  I personally approve 100% of the Library. I love the Library -- as a volunteer I wrote the original Wikipedia entry on our Library.  We're not talking about how wonderful the services we receive are, we're talking about efficiency -- how the money is spent to deliver the services. That's the point that those who defend this waste, are completely missing.
So I ask every member of this Council and Your Worship -- if you are serious about ending this attitude of complacency, this attitude that we have 98% approval so can spend money any way we want, then you will hold the line on taxes, and you will direct staff to find the savings in the operating budget and not merely by again mortgaging our future through deferred infrastructure maintenance.
Thank you.
{loud applause}
Mayor: thank you.
The above presentation can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p87lVEjQls     
{The Mayor apologises to George Pajari after the last speaker.  See ***}
I'm going to continue on with Garrett Polman
> [8:19]  Garrett Polman: [TEXT SUPPLIED]
  I know you're all struggling with finding ways to reduce our municipal expenses,  I'd like to make a suggestion that could reduce the budget by $500K or close to 1% of the 2011 budget w/o in any way affecting services to the public or staffing levels.
  Most budgets assume 100% of the planned salaries and benefits will be used.  In practice, because of turn-over and retirements there are often gaps between one person leaving and that person's replacement arriving.  In fact that's one of the reasons the 2010 forecast is under budget.
   In a small organization this tends to be volatile, but once an organization reaches several hundred employees, you get a more meaningful average.  In the corporations I worked for we found this on average amounted to 1% of the S&B budget, and practice was to reduce the budget accordingly.  It's one of the approaches, a "best practice", that kept funds that weren't going to be used anyway out of the budget.
   As I mentioned, this in no way affects services to the public or staffing levels.  It does take some discipline.  Thank you.
> [8:21] Alex Tunner: [TEXT SUPPLIED]
W-Van Budget Debate, January 10th, 2011
Reflecting briefly ... ... where we are, on Budget & Financial Planning.
Start was CE process in early 2007,  initiated by Mayor & Council;
Since then, more than two dozen Working Groups;
In 2009, Value for Service WG - it was not universally welcomed;
Input from V4S WG and others like ITAC & Residents' Associations, led Council to decide on a 0% Property Tax increase for 2010;
That was a Landmark ... much lower increase than originally proposed by staff.  That objective was met & there was no catastrophe. 
In the Past Year ... ...
We've seen major changes to the System and to staff leadership;
Timely budget planning & financial reporting  -  Quarterly Reports;
A change from resistance, to a welcome of Community input;
In that regard, two specifics should be noted:
1.  System is aware efficiencies needed & possible - starting to act;
NOTE: Nobody suggested cutting services - focus is on efficiencies;  Threats of service cuts wrongly assume that all is 100% efficient;
2.  System has initiated process to solicit input - in-depth follow-up of observations & suggestions made at recent Council meetings.
Conclusions ... ...
Council & Staff have charted a new course for W-Van's Financial Future;
It's a collaborative & on-going journey (Council, Staff, Community);
Last year was a Landmark  ...  a Starting Point;
This (2011 Budget) is merely a point along the way - not a final step.
On that basis, while 0% would be nice, the proposed 1.1% is reasonable.
There are constraints, & the judgement of Staff must be respected;
V4S WG survey (Fall, 2009) found that nearly 70% residents considered 1% increase reasonable - vs. only about 15% regarded 3% reasonable.
Also, 1.1% is well within the 2 - 3% margin of error (found by V4S WG) to be typical between budgets & actual finals in recent years.
So, from a practical point of view, the difference between 0% & 1.1% is not very significant.
And, nobody wants (or should want) to stray into the counter-productive territory of:  "Floggings will Continue Until Morale Improves".

{bit if a stretch; it is obvious that just as Ccl while not going to keeping the same tax rate, residents did convince them to at least go down to 1.1%.  Lewis, Sop, and Walker are agreed and It is hoped one more cclr will agree........}

> [8:27] CR: Happy  New Year!

{Ccl minutes for adoption say: "spoke relative to the proposed budget, queried relative to support for business and resident associations, Balanced Scorecard and costs, spoke relative to the upcoming Chamber of Commerce reception, the proposed 2011 tax rate and suggestions regarding the budget process. 
Discussion ensued."
and here's the transcript:}

Thank you for giving more time for budget input.
Thank you also for the add'l effort to lower the increase.
Laudable as the goal of passing the budget by the end of the year is, residents will probably be more appreciative of keeping costs under control.
2.35% to 1.1% -- now, just a bit more effort to find under $600K, and the budget, the total budget, is over $100M, so this shd not be too difficult.
We need not go so far as Mayor Ford in Toronto who threatened to fire any mgr who did not cut by 5%.
Some areas to look at wrt efficiencies have already been mentioned by speakers, as well as more formally by ADRA, ITAC, and me (in WVM).
There are some issues for wch I have not yet received a reply.
The Balanced Score Card (BSC) has the Ambleside Biz Assn as a priority but I didn't see how much was to be spent.
Quite apart from that, in the interests of fairness, will there be support for the Dundarave Biz Assn,  the Caulfeild Village Biz Assn, the Horseshoe Bay Biz Assn?
And then why not for ratepayer groups -- Brit Prop, ADRA, WRA?
How does advocating such priorities, presumably at some cost, help keeping costs down?
It sounds good but where's the biz plan?
Last week the District website posted a notice for a Ch of Commerce Evening Reception in a couple of weeks "to find out what Ccl has planned for this year" -- at a cost of $50 to $60 per person.
This seems rather strange.
No problem with the January breakfast the Chamber has had during wch the Mayor gives the "State of the District".
As for plans for the coming year and with the major project for Ambleside, it seems to me that this shd be done at a ccl mtg or a townhall mtg.
{Afterthought: and strange to emphasize the biz cmnty, agreed really important, but again shows the residents, the taxpayers (not to mention the high proportion) who live in the area secondary! }
The puzzle is that if that's done, why wd residents want to pay $60 for the same information?
That wdn't be fair to the Chamber.
Note, I'm not suggesting Ccl try to get revenue or fundraise by charging the public to find out what's going on or what's being planned.
Let's assume residents will be providing input before devt plans finalized.
As for now, since the deadline for the budget is May 15th, a task force or WG cd be struck to look at possibilities for efficiencies, reallocation, revenue, etc.
Aim for no tax rate increase this year and/or think about what to do for 2012.
Keep in mind that while depts and even you, Ccl, have a great approval rating, that is separate from prudent spending of taxpayers' money since most have not examined or evaluated expenditures.
You know there are many willing to volunteer their time and expertise to help in these difficult times.
It is difficult and complex but with your policy of cmnty involvement, take advantage of their valuable contributions.
Good luck.
Thank you.
I will say though, that ppl have made some interesting presentations.  Some may know that I do a transcript of the mtgs, so anybody who wants to see a written transcript of what ppl say and what ppl have said tonight, they can be found in West Van Matters at www.westvan.org -- tyvm.
Mayor: thank you
Mayor: they cd go on line to westvancouver.ca and see it verbatim
{Yes, that's the video on the DWV website but it takes a long time to watch it all or to find the part you're interested in.  Faster to read.  Besides, you can grep/search for items or topics on the westvan.org website.}
just to clarify, the exact same presentation that is coming to Ccl Jan 24th is going to be repeated at the Chamber event in the evening, and there's a charge for that b/c it's a fundraiser, and it was a fundraiser last year at the same price.  They do v well, and we support the Chamber, but of course, it's all public first as it shd be.
{Note, however, that the notice that appeared over a week ago on the DWV website's home page made NO mention of the plans for the year being given in public at a ccl mtg so left with the impression, only or first chance.  Good to hear will be announced at a public mtg first.
One can't help wondering if a fundraiser for the Chamber, why not a fundraiser for the resident assns....).
I don't have anyone further wishing to speak
oh, I'm sorry, Maggie Pappas
> [8:31] Maggie Pappas: thank you, Madam Mayor, second VP of Ch of Commerce
thank you for clarifying the Chamber's role in the Amb presentation, that is, in lieu of a breakfast that is held on an annual basis where the Mayor reviews the entire year, the coming year of course being Amb front and forward, this is a different sort of gathering, and it is one -- there's always a charge as I'm sure Ms Reynolds is aware.

{Yes, Ms R is.  The State of the District has been a January breakfast mtg for years, yes.  For specific plans, no.  Isn't this the first time an evening reception. Also, it was by itself on the DWV website saying the first chance to find out what Ccl's plans for Ambleside are, with no reference to a public mtg and with a substantial charge, $60.  Obviously implying exclusive and before everyone else.}

At any rate, I wanted to bring forward what the Chamber is going to be doing in the next little while.
Cclr Sop said where is the appetite for change.
The Ch is v aware of an appetite for change in transparency and education on the budget, therefore Ms Leemhuis and I will be meeting towards the end of this month for a good bit of time to go through the budget to decide how to present it in public education mtgs.  We are targetting starting those discussions in March
This year public education and transparency on the budget will be from March until basically the budget is passed some time in December.
That will go right through the election campaigns and so forth and so on
There's where I think the appetite for change
different format where the public can come and ask questions directly of Ms Leemhuis or Mr McRadu or Mr Leigh or whoever is there from Ccl or executive
hope to have some speakers from UBC or SFU, who will also illuminate different aspects
I welcome the public to come; we're going to be talking to Shaw Cable, hope to cover
Then I take off my Ch pin to speak as a mbr of the public
v much in favour of Cclr Smith's 1.1%, reasonable, fair
agree with Alex Tunner on pretty well everything he said tonight, is reasonable, achievable
hoping Chamber will assist; over time, in a process of reinventing the we deliver services
time to break things apart and say how can we do this better
in holistic way, not in a line by line way.
So I'm v much in favour, as a citizen, of a 1.1%
Mayor: thank you.  Anybody?
sorry, did I miss you?  I ticked your name off, my mistake
> Lyle Fox: thank you for permitting me to say a few words on this subject
in WV for 46 years, never seen the assessment go so high as this time though, for starters
I volunteered, attended, one of these cmtes, budget, four or five years ago
had $40-50M in reserve funds for capital works
When I listened to the dialogue and was introduced. then I asked to speak or make a comment, I was promptly told by the chairperson that "you're here only as an observer at the behest of the chair; we'll tell you if you can ask questions"
so I walked away from the situation

{Absolutely true!
As it happens, I was at that mtg when that happened.  It was embarrassing and of course frustrating for Mr Fox (whom I did not know).
I started to go to Finance mtgs b/c three or four ppl before me had attended (some accountants) had been going and letting me know what happened but they ALL gave up in frustration so rather than have no information, b/c I wanted something about the finances and budgeting in WVM, it turned out I had to go myself.
Mr Lyle was not the only one to have been silenced in various cmte/WG mtgs and that's why I worked ceaselessly when on the Cmnty Engagement Cmte for residents to be allowed to attend and to speak if on a "point of information" b/c not being a mbr it was not really the time/place for debate but IMO it wd be helpful for the members to have all relevant information before making a recommendation to Ccl.  I'm happy to say it was generally agreed at the CEC but has been v unevenly implemented with some staff and chairs claiming not to be aware of the procedure.
Some on Ccl claim to advocate public involvement but do not ensure it takes place, or even that residents are made to feel welcome.
It's not meant to be carte blanche.  At one mtg a devpr started to make a pitch and was ruled out of order, with wch I totally agreed -- it was not information per se.
Indeed at one mtg I was prevented from speaking, not recognized, yet a staff mbr just spoke up and was allowed to continue speaking.
We have to get across that residents are really important -- not staff first, not biz/devprs first, rather all included, and not so lopsided.
It wd help if you reminded Ccl of that.
Residents shd not be treated like second-class citizens.}

I'm back here today
I worked for major entrepreneurs in town as a CFO: Sam Belzberg, Ted Rogers, Sid {Welsh/Rousch, cdn't quite hear}, Frank Griffiths, those guys
We never tackled a budget not knowing how to finance
so the first thing you have to do is find out what you wd like to do and then what you can afford to do
intermixing of capital expenditures and funds in capital, getting involved with operating revenues, disbursements, is not, .... they don't mix; that's not the right way to go about it
I was astonished at data, reason I'm here is paper I picked up, last couple of days, about the increase in wages, of employees
They don't come without any tools, equipment, trucks, vehicles, and whatever
every time adding someone they need something whether computers, or whatever
either wdn't be hiring them; have to do a job
do it, afford the costs, pay their way
that's the essence re approach to budgeting
what you can afford to do without burdening the taxpayers
one other thing; a classic example was the imposition of the water meters in the M
GVRD said you have to pay our share for water; then meters came in
nobody asked or told us how much it wd cost till all done
then these huge water bills, never anticipated
replacement cost of the storm sewers and water pipes now all added into that metering bill
never that way before
we have dropped and lost the sinking fund reserves we had for capital expenditures that were used on good things, a lot to cmnty ctrs that we built, addns to facilities, and that's not taking the whole picture into account
have to look at what you can afford to do before you start to do it, what you can afford to employ and utilize before utilizing it otherwise you'd never make a cent in biz
thank you
[8:38] Mayor: thank you for your input and thank you for coming back [1.1%]
TP: read the first time
MS: second for discussion
TP: always appreciate all the input from the cmnty
go back to fiscal sust task force
wages and benefits substantial
neg contracts and need to honour them
opp in 2012; unfortunately tied into across LM
decision to save on expenditures -- to cut services
imp for me to go back to ... the reality of public opinion
interested to know when we'll get the latest survey, a broader presentation of what wanted and how deliver it
widening the financial base; think we've been moving in that direction
not ideal and won't be; restraints around negs
as Sop mentions those regional levies
what we have been doing; been exploring partnerships
last two years, significant
sports field user groups; field coming to conclusion -- contributing $1.5M
entirely in favour of new funding
for young; trend now for all ages, be active
make sure we have facilities to be healthy in this cmnty
come up with a diff model
those benefit more .....
[8:43] $130K
came forward with sports
Sports Master Plan -- no more money, more partnerships and be more efficient
got to have a plan to use funds wisely ...
user pay
working on egovt
allowing ppl in and be part of the discussion
..... pilot, ......
Parks WG looking at our Parks Master Plan not done for 30 years, time done
how do it differently
......passion of mine, need to be taking care of it
am supportive of 1.1%, we have been changing direction
this new team to deliver that
zero doesn't mean anything -- based on .......
not zero for zero's sake
not from what I'm hearing from the cmnty
utility infrastructure -- our dept has done a first class job
... clear we've underfunded it
there's tax increase there -- will be part of your overall prop tax
we've done an excellent job of tackling
ea resp three times ... Vancouver
Police and Fire probably valued as No 1
not looking at changing them
Fire Chief looking at efficiencies with NV
think we're going in the right direction
look to deliver services more ......
maybe zero for next year, and look at
Mayor: ev five minutes; make sure all get a chance
MS: half of Ccl want to spend more and half less
Smith screwed up and move on
think we have to talk about the big picture
$35 per yr not signif
talk about what's coming down the pike
cities, states, ... collapse of the two major currencies; Europe and US
unless you think the Germans will work to 70 ..... so Greeks can retire [early]....
into our org going forward
these are the things we shd begin to talk about
not three to five years down the road, it's coming soon
reason I proposed 1.1%
general fund proposed 5%
take from Op reserves, take on debt, or xxx
I'm not prepared -- a budget of more than 5% and 1.1%
after five years
Ms L ... proper budget process, no debate
falls ... and that's what you do
staff here, look bored
Mayor: more a function of the set up
MS: may I finish?
I hear around the cmnty, no traffic bulges

{good point; I've also heard from residents who wd happily delay those bulges -- anyone know how much each one costs?}

Mr Fung no idea
MS Mooi no idea
lower, why?
won't know plans for tennis
got to change how we do things, time to do it; stop unnec debate and questions
the gold standard is that we have to treasure ev dollar
xxx budgetary process to do that
whether you want zero or 1.1, can't spend 5%
[8:53] ML: process -- before amendment discussion?
Mayor: ...
ML: you don't have to look v far; VSun, xxx, ... all starting to wake up
don't want to rehash
I do believe District and and staff can do better
and residents deserve that
Mayor: we need some specifics so will come back to you
ML: after motion?
Sop: I was expecting something on the floor that wd get me worked up
Mayor: doesn't take much
Sop: agree with no [increase?]
will go a long way
quality staff, do hard work for us; witnessed over the year, no question
.... size of bureaucracy
look at size of govt in relnship with the size of this cmnty
if we're as close to zero increase, this is not a hard thing to do
the stmt is profound
with what we've heard from Nina and CAO ev will have to pitch in
next year, a new direction.
timely for you to be here, new CFO; we will embark on that
wd like to see emphatically
see incredible growth figures for taxpayers; can't sustain if we don't have a plan for the future
working with the cmnty and some of us
look at it as positive; look at you to make motions, Lewis, but will expect no
SW: it's 1.1, not that difficult to get to zero
inspire excellence; will be a task
Dir/Fin is committed to ev dept, seriously looking at this
support what Cclr Lewis
Mayor: 1.1% is on the floor
Ev: agree with most of what has been said tonight
hoped we'd come up with xxx
believe abundance of expenses that can be cut; heard some from public
we've got to balance something that is sustainable
zero year after year is not sustainable
{yes, it is b/c it isn't actually zero!}
we're committed to increases of 4%
CPI in excess of 2%; in Canada 1.5%
got somewhere between 1 and 5%
through efficiencies we've been able to achieve somewhere between those figures
think going in right direction
over last few years, take av we've approved
take 1.1% on the table at the moment
little over 1% in each of three years
we've had the lowest increase of the last two years, this M
doing something right
need somebody to tell us where to make cut
Mayor: sorry you missed that mtg. Cclr Walker, ev xxx
what we all love is that ev cares so much
reminds (??) us what we did five years ago
reducing staff and not filling jobs
reducing firefighters or number of police for good?
        know what a windstorm means
throughout the year
predictable stable change
cmnties with low or no popn growth are the ones with the highest quality of life
ever justify
number of employees -- direct transit; increases in recreation
no $10M invested by Min of Health
B standard re Fire Dept
We believe ... we hold ... highest standards in BC
sorry to interrupt exciting
staff can speak
good no party system
other mayors can count on votes before walking in
here no more diff for staff
decision-making may seem xxx
Dir/Fin; ccl apptmts; Evison and Walker
thank you, Mr Fox, xxx

*** [9:06]
And I wd like to apologize to Mr Pajari on the Library b/c I asked our Chief Librarian.
When we redid the entrance to the Library, you'll remember we did purchase new furniture and a new rug there, and I asked the Chief, and I said, ah, maybe that was six years ago? five? and I cdn't get verification of that.
OTOH, the entrance looks great.
so important to pay attention to long-term trends
salaries for staff will come under scrutiny; will continue; will ask more of our citizens

{somewhere support for1.1%}

diversify our xxx
we take 20 to 40% hit b/c no ... commercial
future residents cd change
three times the number of pipes; four times firehalls than CNV
I'm going to support this
Ev: before we call the question; pity we can't defer decision
find out where Ccl can xxxxxx
not opposed to 1.1%
if someone can come up with [cuts to zero], I'd go for it
if this motion were defeated; new discussion
zero, then climb back up zero
Mayor: those arguing against 1.1, their prerogative
ML: vote on this or table and bring forth another
we have a motion
what Cclr L, Ev
Mayor: ...
ML: I don't support this
vote on this motion and then another
Mayor: go to MS
MS: Cclr Ev
last year cut ...
all we're doing is passing on; not prepared to play that game
if ppl have the magic formula to zero
if, in fact, that is a actual stmt
think we shd table, not defeat it,
get that spending down to freezing taxes
Mayor: to Ms Scholes -- possible to table?
MClk: Ccl can further defer
Mayor: ...
MClk: cd call on first; cd to second reading
[9:12] Mayor: if accepted xxx
MS: don't want to belabour this
I think there's an obligation for those who support zero to step up
budget 5% there
cannot freeze taxes and spend 5%
can xxx
if there are those who want to freeze taxes
want to hear specifically what they want to take out
Mayor: I agree with
Sop: come  on
we don't have the luxury sitting down with staff
with $76M
you can't tell me
complemented working with staff
I've got the floor now
we're trying to do something correct
prime example
this staff; cd make some significant cuts
move ppl into different depts
ways of saving, haven't even been examined
don't tell me can't
don't tell me ... this is game-playing
Mayor: spent a lot of time
Sop: ...
MS: if so easy, what have you been doing for 14 years?
move forward!
we shd pass a motion, exactly where CAO and Dir/Fin
Sop: Cclr Lewis
ML: confused; have a motion wrt Smith and Sop
Mayor: xxx staff at 2.35, ended up with 1.1%
we chose not to go to zero in Dec
in the absence of further recommendations; haven't heard what will be
Ev: sorry, Madam Mayor
Mayor: we're all aware a motion we can entertain... but this brought forward
so first reading
Second reading  TP/MS
Mayor: debate
MS: at what stage; not going to pass this
Mayor: ...
MS: can xxxxxx
[9:18] SW: we're close
freeze Ccl salary, doesn't amt to much
if we're going to ask org to make, these cuts
there are 70 potential retirements in 2011; something that can be addressed at that time
other indivs
Dir/Fin and I have talked about number of redundancies
don't know number or scope but in an org this size you know they exist
we've been talking about e-service delivery models
processing of licences; examples where we can start to chip away and deliver ...
zero symbolic; sends a msg to other Ms
every one of us ran [fiscal prudence?]
willing to work with DirFin over next couple of weeks to get to zero
Ev: one of the speakers mentioned
over course of year ppl do leave and that position not filled immediately
any idea of what the value of that wd be in the coming year?
easy to say that person's position will be filled immediately but might not be
must be a margin there -- any idea what that wd be?
experience from last year, had a surplus, more than what we anticipated
analysis of $500K? over number of depts or?
Dir/Fin: have tightened up the labour model to a greater degree this year
in prev year salary listed for a particular grade, may hv bn higher; now listed at value
vacancy adjustments hard to manage
particularly how we came out of zero last year; all depts managed v well
looked at closely last year
reiterate, all vacancies go through an internal review
rigorous progress right now
is there wriggle room?  in an org this size there has to be; not quantifiable most give adequate notice
I too appreciated suggestion that came forward from the gallery
also a large portion of the surplus from tightening by Police
looked at their pay grade; they planned when out to education, when coming back in; other depts have done the same
I looked at newspapers' surplus, v dangerous
operation dependent on a surplus
there is a surplus this year, still working on finalizing that number
in two to three weeks can give you that number
take advantage ... or ...
ML: not sure I got an answer wrt deferring retirements, xxxx
CAO: believe question is not replacing or how
mtg before Christmas asked how many
Dir of HR gave answer, and haven't got those answers
most in Transit -- funded by TransLink
wrt Fire; have chosen to keep complement; keep Police and Fire Services
as Dir/Fin pointed out; beginning of last year or year before, ev vacancy has to be considered, if work required for his org, and someone else do it or contracted out
done with ev position
supervisor, to director to me; all documented
Mayor: talk about it
CAO: Ms Mooi
combined a number of positions; some vacant
Mayor: anything
ML: I'm still confused
what to do if unhappy with 1.1% -- do we either approve it or vote against it
at what point do we
Mayor: if you're in the minority; give it now
to second reading
again, invite you to suggest an alternative
ML: my sense is that staff bring forth Jan 24, wch wd negate any tax increase
Sop: second
Mayor: then xxx
ML: we shd not micromanage professional staff
go back; wd hope we not have the [ridiculous, such as] shut down Library, etc
that wd hv bn my commentary
Mayor: that was the general comment in Dec
glad ev knows what your suggestion is
Sop: we talk about fed govt, grants, improved; talked about... fed, provs, that
all one taxpayer and all comes out of one pocket, our citizens
utilities absolutely staggering
if we're going to make a stmt; old game easy -- you go find it
I'm not CFO, sit with them
maybe shd be, that's xxx [9:33] prepare for future
Cclr Smith you were there the last five of 14
didn't b/c wasn't the will, hope there is now
TP: our role in this M and a lot of levies are not in our control
that doesn't mean we don't do our best
ask Cclr L what he's doing at Metro, can't sustain
keep squeezing all in this cmnty
it is, Cclr Sop, it is!
those levies continue to rise; Mayor and CAO xxxx
be careful how you put it in a bundle
a lot of the other levies xxx
like Eagle Lake, xxx
we have asked our prof staff and this is their prof decision
been through line items and came to 1.1%
happy to see examples down to zero
Sop: my hair was dark when I started this and now it's white
nonsense; there are several areas
Mayor: b/c you're the elder statesman; I've allowed
MS: do not need to pass this budget tonight; logical to defer or xxx
direct cclr  ...   CAO; cuts in general fund  xxx
Mayor:  ... too bad you weren't here
Sop: don't mean to interrupt you
Mayor: yes, you do
{too fast, lost track; sketchy notes:
Sop: defer to 24th
what Cclr Lewis has put forth  xxxx
at third reading
Mayor: defeat
Sop: deferral
Mayor: not
wd hv been great to have that in front of us
[Second reading carries]
third reading Jan 24; serve us all to have further suggestions}
MS: why wd we not debate Cclr Lewis's motion; otherwise flailing away
Mayor: difficult to have something to be entertained
read motion see if
ML: move ... recommendations on general fund
wch wd negate any staff increase in 2011
CAO: need clarification -- negate? zero?
ML: ...
Ev: another half million
[9:41] Mayor: want to make direction given approp
do you need us to be more specific?
D/Fin: ... reduce capital or labour; not a lot of room in any other area
MS: this shd not be ...
if Ccl said tonight cut $600K
all we're asking, bring that list where recommend where to cut
bring forth on 24th for consideration by this Ccl
directionally shd be something staff can do
Mayor: any diff than in Dec?
D/Fin: absolutely; this will cause throughout the org
will also require a dialogue with Ccl before going forward
bring suggestions; not without implications
Mayor: wch is why we landed at 1.1%
CAO: most like labour wch means in camera
Mayor: have in camera next Monday
b/c Ccl doesn't have a shared understanding perhaps staff cd bring an outline in general
CAO: next Monday? we'll try
Mayor: really unfair not to know what we're talking about
we'll work with you, Cclr Lewis
Sop: have a ton of time
Mayor: ...
Sop: some mystery
Mayor: that's as far as we can go
now move to vote?
Mayor no seconder
MOTION carries  [9:46]
{Most left}
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 as amended.
CARRIED [9:47]
Mayor: congratulations, Bob
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)
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)
Mayor: deferred b/c of weather
Ev moved without the whereases:
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:
{14.2 pulled out}
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.
Mayor: 14.2; Ev wanted to draw attention to
Ev: Bill C24
imp consequences esp First Nations (FN) land
large number of non-FN ppl living on those lands
in favour of that and rights/privileges
some consequences; need to ensure adequate service agreements between ourselves and other
typically only water and sanitary whereas in the future others such costs as school, TransLink, regional district costs
precluded from service agreements we have at the moment
arrive at something equitable
not suggest cd or shd be done but look to you, Mayor, xxx how to address these issues
Mayor: letter came giving us a headsup
Sq N been very xxx
comm devt act
did speak with Min Abbott about xxxx
entirely reasonable to get an update; long evolution for them; not sure how much we're getting into [?]
CAO: have had a number of discussions......; wd be govt to govt; look at what costs they wd bring to the M
know City of V and District of Sq having some discussions with them
on the minds of all of us
SqFN not in the treaty; strictly, for us, service agreements
possible different implications; discuss with xxx re impact
discussing with RAAC; ... negotiation
Mayor: X is in Mexico for two months
when he gets back will do that.
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)
Correspondence list Dec 6 to 31 [all in prev issue] received for information.
15.  OTHER ITEMS  --  No items [9:55]
TP: OGC AGM on Jan 19
Mayor: I'll mention that next
{Correspondence for the year 2010 at: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=27458 }

Note: At 6pm the regular Council Meeting will commence in open session and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session,... At 7pm the open session will reconvene.
6:00 PM
2. RECOMMENDED:  THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the January 24 reg Ccl Mtg on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
1.  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; and
11.  negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.
7:00 PM
Following conclusion of the closed session, the following items will be considered:
Jan 10 Regular Council Mtg; Jan 10, Reconvened Public Hearing; and Jan 17 Special Council Mtg.
7. J. Barker, West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society and West Vancouver Secondary School Students regarding Environmental Protection Network (File:  0055-20- WVST1)
PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
8. AmblesideNow Project (File:  0500-01)    Presentation to be provided.
1. The District [proceed] with the next level of planning and consulting the public on the AmblesideNow initiative in order to implement the revitalization of Ambleside.
2. Staff report back to Council with the necessary information to establish the Ambleside Revitalization Commission.
3. A draft budget for the AmblesideNow initiative be presented to Council for consideration.
9. [Five-]Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4671, 2011 (File:  1610-20-4671)
This bylaw received first and second readings at the January 10, 2011 Council Meeting.
RECOMMENDED: THAT ... Bylaw be read a third time.
10. 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 to retain a fence and shrubs located in the boulevard, be declined;
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.
11. Proposed Rogers Wireless Communication Tower on Highway 1, East of Taylor Way (File:  0135-03)
{edited for grammar}
THAT Rogers Communications and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure be advised of the following District concerns with respect to a proposed 29.5 metre wireless communication tower on Highway 1, between the westbound travel lanes of Highway 1 and the exit to Taylor Way on the north side of the highway:
(a) Rogers Communications has not provided the District and residents with a statement of intent for coverage and future installations in West Vancouver;
(b) Rogers Communications has not provided to the District and residents of a visual impact analysis of the proposal; and
(c) the current proposal detrimentally affects the scenic quality of the Upper Levels corridor and the views of neighbours to the north near Eastcot Road and Mathers Avenue
THAT Rogers Communications and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure  be informed:
(a) a site along the Upper Levels corridor could be considered where:
1. it is adjacent to densely treed slopes and rock faces;
2. the proposal is for a monopole design;
3. a design treatment is applied to a wireless communication structure to minimize / reduce the visual impact of such facilities. For example, a monopole design that mimics surrounding trees; and
4. landscaping is appropriately placed at the ground level around towers / facilities to minimize their visual impact;
and further, THAT
(b) Rogers Communications should hold a Public Information Meeting, as per District policy on Personal Communications Systems facilities, and provide the results of the meeting and a summary of public comments on the proposed facility for District consideration in formulating a response to Industry Canada.
12. Extension for LocalMotion Project Funded from Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (File:  1785-19)
A. The federal and provincial governments will make a one-time extension of the deadline for funding of projects under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund from March 31, 2011 to October 31, 2011;
B. All funding from the Government of Canada and the Province will cease after October 31, 2011;
C. The District of West Vancouver has asked the provincial government for an extension to October 31, 2011 for the following project:
Project Number / Project Title / Total Eligible Cost / Federal Contribution / Provincial Contribution
32321 / Spirit Trail Greenway - PkRoyal/LGBridge to McGuire Ave (DNV) / $1,200,000 / $245,251 / $245,252
(why not give WV's share?)
NOW THEREFORE Council [resolve] as follows:
1. The DWV attests that it will continue to contribute its share of the required funding for the aforementioned project;
2. Actual claims for all eligible costs incurred by March 31, 2011, for the aforementioned project 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 project will be completed.
13. Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4662)
This bylaw received first reading at the November 15 Ccl Mtg, was the subject of the Public Hearing held and adjourned on December 13, and the subject of a Reconvened PH held and closed on January 10. This bylaw received second and third readings at the January 10 Ccil Mtg and received Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure approval on January 18, 2011.
14. Subdivision Control Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010 (to remove lot size provisions for certain lands currently zoned RS2) (File:  1610-20-4668)
This bylaw received first reading at the November 15 Ccl Mtg and received second and third readings at the January 10 Ccl Mtg.
15. Consent Agenda Items
15.1. Secondary Suites - January 2011 Report (File:  1605-20)
RECOMMENDED: THAT Council receive for information the report from the Manager, Bylaw and [Licensing] Services
15.2. Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-055 (2317 Haywood Avenue) (to set date for consideration) (File:  1010-20-10-055)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the M Clerk give notice the DVP to allow a new dwelling with attached garage to be constructed, will be considered on Monday, February 21, 2011.
15.3. Disposition of Municipal Property Located at 2301 Ottawa Avenue (File:  0510-05)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated January 12 from the Land and Property Agent be received for information.
15.4. Development Applications Status List to January 14, 2011 (File:  1010-01)
15.5. Appointments of Council Members to Boards, Committees, Task Forces, and Working Groups for 2011 (File:  0055-01)
RECOMMENDED be approved:
Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
Audit, Community Engagement, and Finance Committees
Councillor Michael Evison
Audit, Cmnty Engagement, Design Review (as Alternate), Finance (as Co-Chair), Lower Caulfeild Adv, and NSh Family Court/Youth Justice Cmtes; NSh Emergency Mgmt Ofc
Councillor Michael Lewis
Audit, Awards, and Finance Cmtes; Gleneagles Adv Cmte and School Traffic Safety Cmte (non Ccl cmtes); NSh Adv Cmte on Disability Issues; NSh Substance Abuse Task Force
Councillor Trish Panz
Audit, Cmnty Grants, and Finance Cmtes; Memorial Library Bd; Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel; Field Sports Forum and Parks Master Plan WGs
Councillor Michael Smith
Audit and Finance Cmtes; Cmnty Ctr Services Society Bd; Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel
Councillor Bill Soprovich
Audit, Cmnty Engagement, and Finance Cmtes; [Seniors'] Activity Ctr Bd;; Coho Festival Society
Councillor Shannon Walker
Audit, Design Review, Finance (Co-Chair) Cmtes; Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel; WV Chamber of Commerce
Recommendations for regional government appointments:
Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
MetroV Bd of Directors; MetroV Waste Cmte; TransLink Mayors' Council (Vice-Chair); E-Comm Bd of Directors
Councillor Shannon Walker
TransLink Mayors' Council (Alternate)
Councillor Michael Lewis
Metro Vancouver Board of Directors (Alternate); Metro Vancouver Finance Committee
15.6. Correspondence List (see link on electronic agenda)
January 3 - 7
Referred for Action
1.  January 6, 2011, regarding Proposed 2011 Budget - Council Meeting January 10, 2011
        (Referred to Director of Financial Services for consideration and response)
Received for Information
2.  Ambleside and Dundarave Ratepayers' Assn, January 3, 2011, re Proposed 2011 Budget
3.   Old Growth Conservancy Society, January 4, 2011, regarding Invitation to the Annual General Meeting of the Old Growth Conservancy Society
4.   Vancouver Coastal Health, Jan 6, reTable Matters: Follow Up Meeting Jan 17 at 6:30pm
5.   CityHallWatch, January 7 re Please Postpone MetroV Bd Vote on the Regional Growth Strategy
6.   Pitch-In British Columbia, undated, regarding Pitch-In Week 2011
January 10 - 14
Referred for Action
(1) January 13, 2011, regarding Disabled Parking Stalls at West Vancouver Rec Centre
        (Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response)
(2) L. Hedalen, January 3, 2011, regarding Traffic on December 30th
        (Referred to Police Chief for consideration and response)
Received for Information
(3) B. Anthony, Dec 31, re Pacific Arbour Proposal for the Wetmore Site at 22nd and Marine Dr
(4) Statistics Canada, December 21, 2010, regarding 2011 Census and National Household Survey
(5) MyOwnSpace Housing Society, undated, regarding Organizational Purpose and Strategic Vision
(6) 525 Air Cadets, January 9, 2011, re Air Cadet Invitation (Invitation to Change of Command Parade)
(7) CityHallWatch, January 13, 2011, regarding Invitation to Emergency Media Briefing: Critical Questions on Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy
16. OTHER ITEMS --  No items.
{If the Hall hasn't put up the link yet, this shd help:
Not listed here but there are some good letters re the Budget Jan 17 to 21}

+++  Voice-over:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ssXJtzFOjA
+++  It's called "extreme shepherding".
Rarely do I gush about these things but it is surprising:
        sheep = dumb; border collies = smart; humans: imagination and creativity
Sent to me as Scots but turned out to be Welsh: WHAT SHEEP HERDERS DO WHEN THEY ARE BORED ... DELIGHTFUL.
                            Can't help wondering if last bit 'helped a bit' http://www.wimp.com/sheeplight/
===  CPTWATCH  ===   HEBRON (2)
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:41:53 +0200
[1] HEBRON REFLECTION:  They left their mark everywhere by Paulette Schroeder
   Her dropped head, her clasped hands, her sad face continue to haunt me.  I ask myself:  How anyone could endure this kind of pain, especially a mother.
   I sat in a stupefied silence as the fifty-six-year-old woman told us about the invasion of her home last October.  Soldiers had awakened the family and their relatives next door by banging on the door at 12:00 a.m. They then ordered the families out of their homes, locked the women and young children in the shop next door handcuffed, and blindfolded the men and adolescent boys  and told them to stand in front of a shop.
   In the next twelve hours, the Israeli military shot and killed two Palestinian men accused of killing four settlers. Afterwards soldiers entered the same house although the family had no connection to the killings, shot randomly into the bed, through the blankets, under the bed, into the windows, doors, and table. I wept within when the mother pointed out a beautiful blanket meant to be a wedding gift for one of the sons and his wife, now riddled with bullet holes.
   The aggression did not end there.  While forty to fifty military vehicles blocked the streets outside, two bulldozers demolished the part of the house where a newly married son lived with his wife.  They then destroyed another part of the complex prepared for another son soon to be married.  Furniture and remains of furniture now hung from the skeletal frameworks, where once a -family building stood.
   One week after they had arrested her sons, the military came for the mother. She remained in prison for 26 days.  When asked how the soldiers treated her, she said they "used words that no woman should hear." At one point, they ordered her to strip, then checked her private areas, using a detector on some places of her naked body.  She said that if the soldiers did this to a woman in prison, what must her sons  be experiencing. I had no words to convey my sorrow to this mother. I assured her that God would give her strength, but my words sounded like "a ringing brass cymbal"-- so weak.  I felt burdened with the sadness of this family that had lost so much, sad for the soldiers who now must carry the crimes they have committed into their future, ashamed of my country that continues to fund such aggression.
   The mother told me that whenever she tells the story, she feels a headache coming on.  She is worried too because her four sons are not working and supporting the family, and her husband is sick.  One daughter earns 600 NIS (about $150.00) a week, but that must carry the family through all its needs.
   When, Lord!  Why do these Palestinian people not count in world politics?  Where shall help come for a people who have no defense? Will these words I am writing also fall on deafened ears? Now it is I who hang my head.
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Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:53:53 +0200
[2] HEBRON RELEASE -- Israeli Military Arrests Two Young Palestinians by Jean Fallon
A call came for the Hebron Team to come quickly to the street Friday, January 21,1:30pm. The military had stopped the people going home after Friday prayers at the Mosque.  CPT  found the people bottled up in the narrow exit tunnel of the Old City.  It was an explosive situation. Some of the people had managed to push out into the Plaza where the soldiers were yelling at the people who were yelling back, asking the soldiers to let them return home.  Fortunately two CPT-ers from Tuwani joined the Hebron Team in front of six soldiers who had their guns pointed at the crowd.  Each of the Team tried to get the soldiers to calm down, to stop yelling, to let the folks go home.  Instead of listening to reason, the soldiers yelled more at the people.  They tried to force the people to move back. They put their guns into people's faces, young or old-anyone trying to sneak by. 
 CPTers noted with joy the nonviolent ways the Palestinians were resisiting.  The young boys with the fruit carts were the heros of the day.  They lined their  fruit carts up to form a blockade to protect the people and give them a little space apart from the soldiers.  When a soldier was yelling in his face, one young boy calmly ate his apple and refused to budge.  Someone else passed out candy.  One upset young man went up to the soldiers and pleaded with them. The soldiers eventually arrested him and  forced him into the military compound. Later, CPT heard from the boy himself that he was simply asking the soldiers over and over to let his father get to the hospital for a shot of medicine.  The boy said, after the soldiers arrested him, they blindfolded him, made him kneel, tied his hands behind him and hit him with full force on the head.
  A man from Jordan who was in the crowd could not believe his eyes.  When asked why they were doing this, the military said they saw someone with a gun. Once this word was spoken, the soldiers chased one or two young men and accused them of carrying the phantom gun.  Finally, the assemblage of military men managed to find one terrified youth whom they brought down to their gate with great show.  At that point the crowd was released. Some, however, stayed on concerned for the boy who had been detained. One of the merchants from the souk told us: "Forget any gun. This is a military exercise, the purpose of which is to discourage people from coming to Friday worship at the mosque."
 The young boy the soldiers had arrested earlier came by to tell CPT his story and to thank the CPTers who had tried to monitor what happened to him inside the gates.  He was the fortunate one of the two the Military had arrested.
From: Tuwani Team <cpttuwani@cpt.org>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 09:45:16 +0200
Subject: [cpthebron] AT-TUWANI RELEASE: Israeli settlers lay in front of tractors; attempt
 to prohibit Palestinian agricultural work (Video and Pictures included)
At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills, West Bank - On Saturday, 22nd of January, Palestinian farmers successfully plowed fields in Khoruba valley, despite heavy harassment by settlers from the nearby settlement of Ma'on.
In the early morning, about twenty farmers from At-Tuwani started sowing seed and plowing fields in Khoruba valley, southeast from At-Tuwani. Soon thereafter, five settlers arrived from nearby Havat Ma'on outpost and positioned themselves in front of the tractors, in an attempt to prevent the farmers from completing their work. As more settlers arrived, tempers flared and the farmers attempted to move the settlers and physically block them from interfering with the land cultivation.
Approximately thirty minutes later, Israeli soldiers and Border Police arrived and immediately stopped the tractors from plowing. The Israeli forces took the ID cards of three farmers while removing both settlers and farmers from the immediate vicinity of the tractors.
The Israeli District Coordinating Office (DCO), the branch of the Israeli military responsible for the coordination of civilian affairs, later confirmed the right of Palestinians to plow the fields but the Border Police requested that all Palestinians and international peace activists leave the area, except for the farmers directly involved in the agricultural work.
Three settler youths moved from Khoruba valley to an area one kilometer south where they stopped another tractor from plowing and proceeded to throw stones at a Palestinian shepherd and his flock. Israeli forces again intervened, removing the settler youths from the area.
After the completion of the agricultural work, one Palestinian farmer was taken to the Kiryat Arba police station for questioning, and later released, after a settler made a formal complaint that he was assaulted.
An international delegation with four British MPs, was present for part of the incident and spoke with Palestinian farmers, Israeli forces, and an Israeli settler.
In the last five years, through several coordinated nonviolent actions, Palestinians from At-Tuwani and Yatta have successfully cultivated fields previously made inaccessible due to settler violence and harassment, Through the reacquisition of this land, Palestinians are asserting their right to the land and working to ensure their food security for the coming seasons.
Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.
[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.]
Pictures of the incident: goo.gl/zqaGY
Video of the incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w24lt4Kvbw
For further info:  Operation Dove, 054 99 25 773  Christian Peacemaker Teams 054 25 31 323

                  want to participate in WV's activities? pls call 922 4400 or write to heritage@westvan.org
⇒  Heritage Week 2011 ~~ Feb 21 - 27 ~~  http://www.heritagebc.ca/events/ for more
⇒  A Century of Conservation: Parks and Cultural Landscapes
⇒  BC Parks 100       ⇒  Conserving Historic Places in BC Provincial Parks
⇒  Strathcona Expedition Re-enacted  See www.wildisle.ca http://www.wildisle.ca/strathcona-park/expedition/
BC Parks 100   Events and Contests
There will be a range of events, activities, contests, conservation projects, and other fun ways that you and your family can get involved in Parks 100 and share in the province-wide celebration!
BC Parks will celebrate its 100th birthday on March 1, 2011. This date marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the very first provincial park in BC - Strathcona Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. Working with communities, First Nations, youth, and sector areas such as arts, heritage, and tourism, BC Parks is excited to host celebrations and events across the entire province to mark this magnificent and historic milestone.
Whether it's through camping, hiking, swimming, boating, wildlife-viewing, sightseeing, or participating in a community event in our parks, we are hoping you will join us on this amazing adventure!
"The BC Parks centennial in 2011 is an opportunity to bring British Columbians together to celebrate the role, both past and present that our province's parks have played in making British Columbia world renowned. More importantly, I encourage everyone to join in and help build a legacy for future generations, who in their time will take up the challenge to share in the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources that we all recognize and value in what is a world-class parks system."
Minister of Environment, Murray Coell.
Get involved with BC Parks 100
BC Parks is working with a variety of cmnty groups to ensure collaboration in the planning.  If your cmnty or agency has any suitable events that celebrate BC Parks 100th anniversary, please email us at: BCParks100@gov.bc.ca
Arts in the Parks
In partnership with the Assembly of B.C. Arts Councils and the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, and Investment, BC Parks is hosting arts and cultural events in parks and protected areas from March to December of 2011.  To learn more about Arts in the Parks, please visit http://assemblybcartscouncils.ca.
A schedule of the successful Arts in the Parks events will be posted on the BC Parks 100 website (www.bcparks100.ca) and can be viewed by clicking on the events calendar. 

===  TREEWATCH  ===  Celebrating Forests for People
Welcome to the International Year of Forests, 2011 (Forests 2011) website, a global platform to celebrate people's action to sustainably manage the world's forests. The UN General Assembly declared 2011 as the Int'l Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation, and sustainable development of all types of forests.
Events are being organised throughout the Int'l Year ; there are 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. http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/
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
===  BOOKWATCH  === 2.5M!  --  VSun 2011 Jan 20 pD1
More than 2.5M books were bought or borrowed in Canada last week.  This means that during a typical week in January, Canadians bought or borrowed as many books as they purchased tix to the top box-office film, the National Reading Campaign said in a news release.  It also means it's more likely that ppl picked up a book than watched Hockey Night in Canada.  The first National Book Count, organized by the National Reading Campaign to promote a passion for reading in Canada, counted 2,714,956 books either sold by retailers or borrowed from public libraries.
===  WORDWATCH  === sesquipedality  and quasquicentennial
noun: The practice of using long words.
ETYMOLOGY: From Latin sesqui- (one and a half) + ped- (foot). First recorded use: 1759.
NOTES:  Literally speaking, sesquipedality is using words that are one and a half feet long. A related word is sesquicentennial (150th anniversary). Nothing wrong with using a sesquipedalian word once in a while, if it fits, but it's best to avoid too many long, polysyllabic words. This dictum doesn't apply to German speakers though, as Mark Twain once observed, "Some German words are so long that they have a perspective."
There's a bean subspecies commonly known as a yardlong bean. It's really misnamed as it's "only" half a yard long. Its scientific name, Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis, is more precise.
A subscriber wrote (and appeared in AWADmail):
Titin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titin is the longest 'word' in the English language, being 189,819 letters long. But as it's a chemical formula some consider it not a word but a collection of words strung together.
This is a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx0kMizIioI of someone saying the word.
125 years       Quasquicentennial  --  Term is broken down as quasqui- (and a quarter) centennial (100 years). Quasqui is a contraction from quadrans "a quarter" plus the clitic conjunction -que "and". The term was coined by Funk and Wagnalls editor Robert L. Chapman in 1962.

===  MAIKU  === 2011 night of Jan 11/12

sudden snow blanket / soon melt-trickling, sound of rain / our wet coast winter

+  Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
+  Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
                     -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter, Vancouver-born American educator (1919 - 1990)
Your silence gives consent.
-- Plato, Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world (428/427 BC - 348/347 BC)
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.
It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body.
It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
                  -- Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, British politician and statesman (1874 - 1965)
Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.
         -- Doug Larson, American columnist (b 1926)
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
         -- Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet, travel writer (1850 - 1894)
       Aquadextrous - adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.
       Doork: A person who tries to enter through a door clearly marked 'Exit'.
        The indecisive rower couldn't choose either oar.
Is fear of sliced bacon irrational?
A prefix is what a man does just before his wife has a word with a tradesperson.