Ccl Mtg NOTES Jan 24
Calendar to Feb 24th

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

As the new year hops further in, BUDGET RIP?
MAIN ITEMS on Ccl AGENDA Feb 7th: WVHS Delegation (re their book in progress on WV nbrhds); 2010 Cmnty Survey; Cmnty Climate Action Plan Update; Foreshore Protection Strategy Update (GREAT!); Non-Owner Occupied Sec Stes zoning amendment and Fees and Charges (first reading, PH Feb 21); Ambleside Revitalization Commission Bylaw (for three readings!); OCP Amendment,Rezoning, Devt Permit re Safeway site; Update on Housing Pilot prog (IMO -- say NO to the exemptions!); Five-Yr Financial Plan, aka Budget 2011, Bylaw for adoption; Design Review Apptmts; DVP Applic 2667 Haywood; Correspondence: more letters re no tax rate increase; Regional Growth; Hollyburn Heritage Society; Wetmore site; Heritage Wk (Feb 21 - 27); incredibly, a letter (8) from the Library continuing to deny they have custom furniture even though manufacturer's email says it is custom, and then making more outrageous statements such as being unable to reach the citizen (he is, after all, rather small and unnoticeable) who made a presentation, etc (see Corresp in agenda below)
Surprising to see in NSN Jan 26 "allegations to the contrary", thus demanding proof the assertions were indeed true; response in NSN  Friday Feb 4.
=  Vive le Canada (three anniversaries); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Monarchy, Library); UPDATES & INFO (WVSk, WV Cmnty Fdn, Cmnty Survey, Leisure Guide); SUBSCRIBER HEADSUP (Feb 4)
=  CALENDAR to Feb 24th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Art; Music; Opera; Photography)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES Jan 24th: Delegation from WV Streamkeepers regarding EPN; AmblesideNow Project Presentation; Budget 2011 for Third Reading; 3390 Radcliffe Blvd Encroachments; Proposed Rogers Wireless Communication Tower; Extension for LocalMotion Project; Zoning and Subdivision Control Amendment (to remove lot size provisions re RS2 zoning) Bylaws for Adoption; Sec Stes Report; DVP for 2317 Haywood (for Feb 21); Disposition of M Property at 2301 Ottawa; Report on  Devt Applications Status List to Jan 14; Ccl Apptmts to boards, cmtes, etc; Correspondence Jan 3 -14 re Budget, Regional Growth Strategy, Wetmore site, etc
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Feb 7th
=  ANIMALWATCH (orangutan and hound; rabbits); CANADAWATCH (Queen's Diamond Jubilee/Medal); SCIENCEWATCH (anthykithera/ancient astronomy); PEACEWATCH (Budrus); CPTWATCH (stories, Reflection/Neighbour's Life); GAZAWATCH (Rights; SFUMSA); EGYPTWATCH; HERITAGEWATCH (Feb 21 - 27); NERDWATCH; BOOKWATCH (poverty); MAIKU; QUOTATIONS/THOUGHTS/PROVERBS/PUNS

Wch is your favourite WV park and why?  Email to mywvpark@heritage.westvan.org
My favourite West Van park is _____________________________
because ____________________________________________________

===  Vive le CANADA  ===  Diamond Jubilee (PM 2011 Feb 3 -- Ottawa, ON)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the following remarks at the unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Medal design and emblem:
"Good day everyone and thank you, Your Excellency, for welcoming us here today.
"Your Excellency, your remarks at your installation inspired us all. You spoke of giving volunteerism a higher profile, and of encouraging more Canadians to become volunteers so as to create a more generous and compassionate country.
"This is an objective shared by all Canadians from across the country. In pursuit of this objective -- the encouragement of volunteerism in order to create a more generous and compassionate country -- we are gathered here today, Your Excellency, ladies and gentlemen, to announce an important new honour.
"It is a medal to be awarded on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Canada to recognize significant public service and it will be awarded next year as part of the celebrations planned for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.
"Her Majesty's 60th anniversary is an incredible milestone, and I will have more to say about it in a few moments. However, first, I would like to offer a brief reflection.
"Canada is a proud country, with much to be proud of, and in the year to come, we will be marking some important national anniversaries. Of course, when I speak of national anniversaries, I know that it is not in our national character to dwell on the past. Our natural endowments and our sense of purpose as a country have always focussed us on the future. Yet, anniversaries remind us not just of where we have come from, but also of who we are.
"They provide the threads in the common bonds that we share. They are landmarks on the road we have travelled as a people. Without them, we would become without history, without a journey, directionless, rootless, more of a crowd, less of a nation.
"So, in the year 2012, we shall recall three things. First, it was in 1812 that the hardy Selkirk settlers began our true migration westward, moving into the area and laying the foundations of what we today recognize as the great province of Manitoba. With hindsight's unerring precision, it looks as though it could hardly have been otherwise.
"But of course, there was nothing inevitable about it. That Canada today stretches from sea to sea to sea is a testament to the courage, perseverance, and iron will of people who dared to dream dreams and then take the risks big enough to take half a continent, and make of it a country.
"Canada itself was never inevitable and here is the second event that we will be commemorating during the year. Today, our alliance with the United States of America is central to our national objectives, a unique understanding between nations based on common values and underpinned by the world's largest two-way trading relationship.
"But, of course, as we all know, that wasn't so in 1812. It took a war* to establish that what lay north of the United States would be a different country. Only by force of arms, the combined efforts of the British army, First Nations warriors, and colonial militias - English and French speaking - was Canada saved and did Canadians become a people apart from Americans - a people with two languages, embracing cultural diversity, seeking freedom within the bounds of order and tradition, including a parliamentary government, and importantly for today's business, a constitutional monarchy.
"And that brings me to the third object of next year's national observations. On February 6, 1952, Canada proclaimed Elizabeth Queen, the first Commonwealth country to do so. And thus, in 2012, we shall also celebrate Her [Majesty's] Diamond Jubilee.
"It will be a celebration of Her service to the people of this country and indeed, through Her leadership of the Commonwealth, to almost a quarter of the people in the world, during almost the entire course of her long and devoted adult life. Her love for Canada was first expressed the previous fall, when the young Princess made her first visit to this Dominion.
"And, nothing has changed. I recall with pleasure Her Majesty's remark last summer as she stepped off the plane in Halifax, that she felt she had "come home".
"And, of course, we all recall how readily Canadians reciprocated Her affection, when more than 100,000 people came to Parliament Hill to greet Her Majesty on Canada Day, making it the largest national party ever hosted there.
"Through more than twenty Royal Tours and countless official functions as our Head of State, she has earned the admiration of all who have witnessed her deep commitment to public service. It is with that in mind, therefore, that we have chosen to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, by recognizing others who also serve in their many capacities.
"Today I am announcing that our government will present, with Her Majesty's blessing, the Diamond Jubilee Medal to recognize thousands of outstanding Canadians, of all ages, for service and achievement.
"The Diamond Jubilee Medal will acknowledge those unsung heroes from all walks of life who support and contribute to their communities, each in their own unique ways. Medal recipients will reflect the diverse range of volunteer service and Canadian success stories from coast to coast to coast.
"The formal call for nominations will come in the spring. Today I am publicly launching the program, and I invite everyone to think about various people in their community who are deserving of this medal. This is only the first in a series of Diamond Jubilee programs for 2012. The Diamond Jubilee Medal presentations will give us all an opportunity to recognize people that make a difference in communities right across Canada.
"Thank you, and now, Your Excellency, would you be so kind as to join me in unveiling the official emblem of the Diamond Jubilee?"
PM unveils Diamond Jubilee Medal design to honour Canadian contributions.
*  cf, see The War of 1812                     {More on the Diamond Jubilee in CANADAWATCH toward end.}
===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
More in next issue but the situation in Egypt cd hv bn diffused had they had a constitutional monarchy.  Really value that safety valve Canada has.
===  UPDATES & INFO  ===
⇒  WV Streamkeeper Society
The delegation at the Jan 24th ccl mtg was informative, but the presentation Prez John Barker made at the WVSk mtg Jan 20 was longer of course and gave a v good overview of past, present, and plans for the year.  For activities, see http://www.westvancouverstreamkeepers.ca/activities.html and for more info, call 628 1123.
⇒  The West Vancouver Community Foundation
WVCF began in 1979 with the help of generous donors who created a charitable endowment of over $4.5 million, the income from which supports non-profit organizations, community projects, and scholarships, today and into the future.
To donors, the WVCF offers expert assistance in learning more about the causes they care about, and the ability to make positive change by contributing with others that share similar interests. To the community at large, the Foundation offers a permanent, growing source of funds for community projects, leadership grants, and scholarships.
Some of the projects the WVCF supports as a partner to the District of West Vancouver is Community Day, the Harmony Arts Festival, Ambleside's new Rutledge Field, and Lawson Creek Bridge in addition to the many awards, grants, and scholarship opportunities offered to students and community members each year.
The WVCF has brought a great deal of support to our community and WV's ofc of Cultural Affairs and Corporate Partnerships is proud to feature them as their February Partner. For more info on the WVCF please visit their website.
⇒  The Community Survey Results Are In
Council will be considering the 2010 Community Survey results at their February 7th meeting. The survey, conducted by an independent company in October 2010,analyzed written responses from 889
randomly-selected households. Ninety-nine per cent of respondents rank their quality of life in West Vancouver "very good" to "somewhat good". Similar rankings arise "as a place to raise a family" (98%),
and "as a place to retire" (94%).
Though citizens greatly value the services they receive (55% indicate a willingness to pay higher taxes to retain them),
{NB: the fly in the ointment is that they didn't ask how much higher in taxes do they want to pay -- so some take this as a carte blanche invitation to do whatever.  I have suggested several times in the past, and this time, that if that is asked, then there shd be a range, such as 2%, 5%, 10% more.  Also however they shd consider enabling residents to express an opinion about staying the same or cutting taxes (and by how much).}
they are equally open-minded that this service level could be achieved through cost reduction strategies such as contracting out or privatizing services.
Satisfaction with District services remains high, with the library, fire and rescue, parks and trails, and garbage collection earning particularly high ratings from residents.
The complete report with details of citizen responses to the many questions in the survey is available on westvancouver.ca
⇒  The Spring/Summer Leisure Guide
will be available online Feb 18th and delivered in your North Shore News Feb 20th. Copies of the Guide and the Summer Camp Guide will be available at all recreation facilities and the M Hall starting Feb 21st. Registration for programs in the Guides begins at 6am on Wed Mar 2nd for WV residents. All other participants may register starting at 8am on March 2nd.
To view either of these guides online, starting February 18th, visit westvancouverrec.ca

===  SUBSCRIBER HEADSUP -- sent January 28; other info in this issue
Ccl Mtg Jan 24 -- brief summary {Cclr Sop absent (sick)}
Delegation by WV Streamkeepers; AmblesideNOW presentation (starting with great 100-second slide show of WV's 100 years); four speakers to Budget 2011 -- but no answer to my question re the Land Stewardship Fund with $950K that inexplicably had appeared -- but 1.1% passed third reading (next is adoption; they can rescind third reading but not done often); blvd encroachment 3390 Radcliffe declined; telecommunication tower to have public info mtg (but Ccl's power/role v limited); Extension of LocoMotion Infrastructure Stimulus Funding (DWV's share ~$700K+); Ccl Apptmts; at PQP: no explanation re LSF, wait for future mtg; apparently no costing for items in BSC (!); temp position* for overseeing/implementing BSC not filled (?!)
*    http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/161.asp?jobpostingid=8259
The District of West Vancouver has a two-year term position available for a Project Manager reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer.
This exempt position is responsible for supporting the District's enhanced budget and performance reporting process. This is an important project that has a high profile.
Working with Finance, you will be instrumental in ensuring that the District achieves compliance with the GFOA Distinguished Budget Award criteria for the 2010 budget. You will also be involved in a Balanced Score Card initiative (or a similar strategic management system), that will translate the District's strategic goals into a performance measurement system. You will be working collaboratively with Divisional and Communications staff at various levels in the organization to develop the required processes and documentation to achieve these objectives.
{sound familiar?}
>  Friday JANUARY 28  --  from our Legion:
Come on down to Branch 60 this Friday night! 
Chris Haley will be performing in the Lounge from 7:30 to 11:30.
Have some fun and dance the night away!
>  Saturday JANUARY 29
from the Old-Growth Conservancy:
This year's Annual Snowshoe Hike in the Conservancy is on Sat Jan 29th and you're invited.
The hike is expected to take about four hours and will include the Eustace Smith blazes (assuming that the snow won't go away this month). Plan to meet at High View Lookout at 10am to car-pool up or meet in Parking Lot #5 at 10:30am.
The hike will span the lunch hour, so pack some food and a beverage. Water-resistant outerwear over layered winter clothing is recommended, as are sturdy, water-resistant boots. On past hikes footwear has varied from boots to snowshoes to crampons to skis. Hiking or ski poles are always a good idea.
Please email us at ogcs.wv@gmail.com if you will be coming. We'll be sending out last-minute weather reports and advice about renting snowshoes.
Herb Storm, Treasurer, OGCS
>  Monday JANUARY 31
Community Grants  --  apply by January 31
The Community Grants Program is an essential strategy to support North Shore non-profit organizations serving West Vancouver residents' needs. The District provides these grants to assist groups to deliver services that reduce social, economic, or physical disadvantages; improve the quality of life for residents; or support and promote arts and culture initiatives.  Guidelines and application forms are available at westvancouver.ca/grants
For more information call 925 7200 or email pjones@westvancouver.ca
>  Tuesday FEBUARY 1
from the Ferry Building Gallery:
"Small Stories", mixed media, (Tu Feb 1) Opening Reception 6 - 8pm
(Saturday, February 5) Artists in Attendance, 2 - 3pm
***  Heritage Week 2011 Feb 21 - 27 *** 
want to participate in WV's activities? pls call 922 4400 or write to heritage@westvan.org
http://heritagebc.siraza.net/events/heritage-week or  http://www.heritagebc.ca/events
⇒  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 ~ http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/BCParks100/
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. 

===  CALENDAR to Feb 24th  ===
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.
== Tuesday Feb 1   ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG [added after last WVM out]
Now the challenge for this issue.
Field Sport Forum WG:
The WG's webpage has:
2011 Meetings for this Working Group 
The next meeting of the Working Group will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:30am in the Cedar Room at the Community Centre
Meeting Date / Agenda / Notes
...March 9
...February 9
...January 27 ... PDF   xxx 
The DWV website's calendar has Feb 8 and if you click on it you get:
7:30am Field Sport Forum Working Group Mtg.
February 8, 2011  Location: Operations Centre   Start: 7:30 AM  End: 9:30 AM
{On Thursday, Feb 3, I reported that on the DWV website there were two different dates and two different places for the next mtg (in Feb) but by Sat when I had to send out, it had not been fixed and I had not been informed wch is correct.
Wch reminds me.  The Climate Action WG (a letter re budget for this ccl mtg) has had no notes for its mtgs since October 2009.
etc :-)}
== Thursday Feb 10
~ 5 - 8pm ~ 4th Annual Chocolatefest at Whole Foods, Park Royal
   Hello, Wetland Friends !
   We're excited to be the cmnty beneficiaries (cost $10); support your local wetland group, NSWP !
   Whole Foods placed the following announcement on their website:
PASSPORT EVENT! 100% of the funds raised from this evening will benefit the NSh Wetland Partners
Celebrate the richness and diversity of chocolate during the Whole Foods Market exclusive event, Chocolatefest.
This store-wide tasting event will feature tantalizing concoctions and combinations of chocolates and other great Valentine's Day ideas at a number of tasting stations.
100% of the money raised from this event will be donated to the North Shore Wetland Partners. Formed in 2004, the North Shore Wetland Partners promote wetlands through education, research, restoration, and stewardship. They provide opportunities to participate in local habitat mapping & restoration projects and are currently monitoring Mountain View Park and Lynn Creek (North Vancouver), as well as Larsen Creek and "Swáy'wey"Ambleside (West Vancouver). For more information, visit their website at http://www.nswetlandpartners.com/
~ 6 - 8:30pm ~  Hockey Night in West Vancouver
Celebrate the spirit of hockey and the Olympics in WV with an evening of fun festivities including hockey for beginners, Olympic highlights on the big screen, take a photo with local torch bearer, and more!  Free public skate.  For more info contact customer service at 925 7270.
            For schedule, see: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=32440
Cost: All events are free and everyone is welcome!
== Friday Feb 11 / Saturday Feb 12  -- Columba Light Festival
To celebrate the winter season, peace, and unity - the Columba Light Festival will have West Vancouver sparkling February 11-12, 2011. Hosted by the District of West Vancouver and the West Vancouver Community Arts Council, the festival celebrates togetherness with two days of evening and afternoon celebrations along the waterfront and at the West Vancouver Community Centre.
The constellation Columba - "Dove" in Latin - will appear in the skies above West Vancouver during the month of February, lending its name and theme to the festival.
Sponsored by Park Royal Shopping Centre, the event will feature a live outdoor concert by Mother Mother with special guests Said the Whale, a Phoenix Rising Fire Show, performance by the Eagle Song Dancers, jazz melodies by Emma Postl Trio, outdoor skating and much more! All events are free to public.
Skate rental & sharpening by donation. All donations will go towards parks stewardship initiatives. Everyone welcome.
Date: Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12, 2011
Time: Various times (check website for more details, www.westvancouver.ca/columba)
Place: John Lawson Park (Friday); Community Centre, Ferry Building Landing, Silk Purse (Saturday)
More details at: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=32194
Also from Park Royal, one of the sponsors: http://www.shopparkroyal.com/insidescoop/?p=95
== Tuesday Feb 15
     ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG
     ~ 7:30pm ~ OPEN HOUSE: Presentation on AmblesideNOW -- doors open 6:30); Cmnty Ctr gym
                See www.amblesidenow.ca
== Wednesday Feb 16 at 7pm
        Library Bd at Library, and Bd of Variance in Ccl Chamber
== Thursday Feb 17
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte -- CANCELLED
        ~ 7pm ~  War, Lies, and Wikileaks: SFU Hbr Ctr: A Public Forum organized by StopWar.ca
Join anti-war activists and media commentators in discussing the
significance of the Wikileaks revelations, especially in relation to war and
foreign policy.  Featuring Gail Davidson of Lawyers Against War and other speakers.  For more info, contact stopwar@resist.ca
== Friday Feb 18
        ~ 9am ~ Cmnty Grants Cmte -- Cmnty Ctr, Cedar Room

11:45 --  Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist
LUNCHEON at Fraser Institute: Patrick Moore at Fraser Institute
In 1971, Dr. Patrick Moore helped co-found an environmental group that would eventually become Greenpeace. But as Greenpeace grew, Moore found himself increasingly at odds with the group's radical anti-science, anti-business, and downright anti-human agenda. After 15 years, he quit Greenpeace.
Now he has written a book recounting his experiences with Greenpeace and its devolution into environmental extremism. The book also outlines his vision for a sustainable world based on a more sensible, science-oriented approach to environmentalism.
Join Moore as he discusses critical issues ranging from energy independence to climate change, and genetic engineering to aquaculture, during a presentation and book signing February 18 in Vancouver.
Learn more about the Fraser Institute's research on this topic and other areas of public policy.
Registration & Lunch: 11:45am; Presentation: 12:15pm; Q&A: 12:45pm; Adjourn: 1:30pm ($35 + HST)

        ~ 3:15 - 4pm ~ Community Concert in Cmnty Ctr atrium
Looking for a great way to spend a Friday afternoon? The Community Concert Series hosts a different band each month, in the Atrium at the Community Centre. This month features the Capilano University Jazz Combo. All concerts in this series are free and open to the public.
== Thursday Feb 24
        ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte
        ~ 5pm ~  NSh Advisory Committee on Disability Issues; DNV Municipal Hall
        ~ 5:30pm ~ Public Police Board Meeting; WVPD

+++  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 Feb 4, 18, 25  --   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
⇒  Monday Feb 7  Teen Movie Night: Easy A -- 7pm Welsh Hall
⇒  Kay Meek Offstage Presents (Welsh Hall)
Wednesday Feb 9 -- Welsh Hall 10:30am
From Solo to Symphony, the music, work, and life of a cellist. In conversation with Lee Duckles, first chair cellist of the VSO.
⇒  AUTHOR VISITS: 7 - 8:30pm, Welsh Hall
=  Thursday Feb 3  -- Steven Heighton
Steven Heighton will read from his latest novel, Every Lost Country, and from his new book of poetry, Patient Frame.
=  Wednesday Feb 16  --  - Katherine Govier 
Award-winning novelist Katherine Govier will speak about her latest novel, Ghost Brush, which tells the story of O-Ei, a great woman artist born in the dark of feudal Japan.
Friday February 18, 10:30 am - noon, Welsh Hall East. Admission is $5.
Is Kris Kristofferson right when he sings: "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose"?
=   Tuesday Feb 22 -- KMC 7:30pm
Join parents, educators and community members at an interactive forum with celebrated Canadian researcher Dr. Fraser Mustard, an international leader in early childhood development and a passionate advocate of the importance of early brain development for the lifelong health, learning, and behaviour of our children - and humanity.
Tickets $15., available online or by calling 604 913-3634.
=  Friday February 25
Join us for an intimate evening with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director Bramwell Tovey. An internationally-renowned conductor, composer, and jazz pianist, Bramwell Tovey is also a master communicator with an unsurpassed wit and sense of humour. Maestro Tovey will share stories of his personal experiences in the music world, talk about his brand new opera, The Inventor, and perform an eclectic selection of music on the piano. Don't miss this very special evening.
~ 7:30 pm. Main Hall. Seating is limited so please come early. Doors open at 7 pm.
+++  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
⇒  SMALL STORIES -- mixed media --  February 1 to 20
                    Featuring Artists: Gloria Shaw, Ruth Casselman,Cathy Gibson, Joanne Frewer
⇒  WEST COAST FOLK ART --  February 22 to March 6
Be sure to visit this mixed media exhibition featuring the works of Jens Diercks, Lynsey Paterson, and Aleksandar Visnjic.
Opening reception Tuesday February 22 from 6 to 8pm
Artists in attendance on Saturday February 26 from 2 to 3pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++   http://www.silkpurse.ca/gallery2.html
=  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 media.
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.
=  February 22 - March 6  ~~  "For the Love of Colour"
A solo show featuring oil paintings by artist Lynn Webster, Lynn has active status membership with the Canadian Federation of Artists, and has exhibited in shows at the Canadian Federation of Artists Gallery, the Ferry Building Gallery, the Seymour Gallery, the West Vancouver Library, and North Shore Artists' Guild Shows.
Opening Reception: Tuesday Feb 22 from 6 to 8pm
Complete list of events: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
Electronic newsletter: http://kaymeekcentre.weebly.com
Simplest way to get on email list, call 913 3634 or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
Espana: The Spanish Cello with Lee Duckles, Friday, February 11 at 1:30
Musically Speaking: Espa=F1a,Friday, February 11, 1:30pm
Movies at the Meek: Waste Land. Tuesday, February 15, 7:30pm
Baltimore Consort: Wednesday, February 16 at 8pm, pre-performance chat at 7:15
ARTS CLUB ON TOUR: The Seahorse, Monday, February 21, 8:00pm
Early Childhood Development Community Forum with Dr. Mustard, Tuesday, February 22, 7:30pm
Pro Arte Showcase 2011, Saturday, February 26, 7:30pm
Visit our website for details or call our box office at 913-3634.

Movies at the Meek -- 2011 Winter Season  --  sponsored by Park Royal and HomeCare West
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie -- Tuesday, February 1, 7:30PM
With special guest Peter Robinson, chief executive officer of the David Suzuki Foundation
watch the trailer
Discover the complete Movies at the Meek series here.
NEXT:   MOVIES AT THE MEEK: WASTE LAND  ~~  Tuesday, February 15 at 7:30pm
Call the Kay Meek Centre Box Office learn about the fantastic savings with our Movies at the Meek Flex-Pass. Tix start at $9.
+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
Website: http://www.westvan60.com/  --  ofc: 922 3587; lounge: 922 1920
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Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 17:25:37 -0800
Hi Everyone!
The last two Friday nights of live music have been very well-received!
And it continues, with the Road Runners performing in the Lounge tomorrow night, Feb 4th, from 7 to 11pm.
What a great way to unwind after the week's end!
+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
~ 7:30am ~ Wednesday February 16 --  Gleneagles Country Club                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
75% of Canadians are now online!  Can they find YOUR business?  Please join us for our first breakfast meeting of the New Year for Social Media 101.  Learn how simple, inexpensive and effective it is to tweet, facebook, and blog about your business and products.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Guest Speaker is Chris Breikss, President of 6S Marketing Inc.  Chris Breikss honed his skills as a member of the Internet marketing team at Stratford Internet Technologies, providing Web site promotion services for their Web design and development clients. Chris also worked on the Web team at Infowave Software in the wireless division, as an Internet Marketing Specialist. Chris is a sought after speaker in the industry and has lectured on Internet marketing at various conferences and venues across North America. In 2008, Chris was awarded the prestigious distinction as one of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
There will be a Q&A session for all of your questions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER -- Cost: $30 Mbrs / $40 Future Mbrs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We encourage you to secure your seats as soon as possible for this sought after event.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Our host, Gleneagles Golf and Country Club, requires advance numbers for set up and food preparation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

+ Vancouver Playhouse ~ www.vancouverplayhouse.com  (873 3311)
  Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; Feb 12 to Mar 5 at 8pm with matinees
+ Arts Club (687 1644) www.artsclub.com
- Granville Island Stage: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee (Feb 10 to Mar 12 wuth a 7:30 start)
- 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
+ Presentation House Theatre
PHT Welcomes The Chutzpah! Festival to the North Shore  February 10-27 
Visiting Mr. Green -- A Third Street Theatre Series and The Chutzpah! Festival Co-Production
+ Hendry Hall  983 2633 -- Driving Miss Daisy at 8pm, Feb 1 to 26
+ Studio 58 (Langara) 684 2787 -- Comedy of Errors to Feb 20 at 8pm
    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
⇒  A Romantic Valentine's Concert, with the music of Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak
Spend Valentine's with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, listening to some of the greatest and most Romantic music ever written! Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 is an incredible work, possibly the most famous and beloved piano concerto ever written. The concerto is a grand, sweeping Romantic statement of beauty and melody, a celebration of the lush, rich, melodic possibilities of orchestral music - perfect for a Valentine's concert. Dvorak's 'New World' Symphony No. 9 is a breathtaking symphonic achievement; bold, confident, and brimming with complex, exciting and memorable melodies. Maestro Bramwell Tovey, pianist Sarah Davis Buechner, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra bring you a Valentine's celebration you will never forget!
Saturday & Monday, February 12th & 14th, 8pm, Orpheum
⇒  A Night Out With the VSO
Exclusive restaurant deals for ticket holders
Featured Special: Wedgewood Hotel & Spa - Bacchus Restaurant
VSO patrons can enjoy complimentary valet parking and 25% off the cost of their meal on the same day as a VSO concert. Discount only available on the Restaurant Dinner Menu. Seating from 6 - 6:30pm. Please inform Bacchus restaurant staff at the time of booking and upon arrival that you hold a VSO ticket for the same day. Please also have your ticket on you as proof. Offer excludes alcohol, gratuity and holidays.  Click here for more offers
⇒  A great evening:
The VSO recommends the following restaurants for the pre or post-concert meal - or any time! Your VSO ticket opens up a variety of discounts and special treats, depending on which restaurant you choose.
list: http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/co_visit_dining.php
+ 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
The Elizabethan Court
A presentation by Rhoda Friedrichs
5pm Wednesday, February 9
Green College at UBC - Coach House 6201 Cecil Green Park Rd, UBC. Free; limited seating
Parking at the Rose Garden Parkade off Marine Drive.
The Elizabethan court was a large and intricate organization, which combined the functions of government and royal residence. Above all, it existed to demonstrate the magnificence of the queen. In the early modern period this was considered essential to the strength and security of the state: foreign diplomats, ambitious nobles, and the general population all had to see that the queen had wealth, obedient and adoring subjects, and the qualities of personality that made for a great and powerful ruler. At the court of Elizabeth I this required displays of cultivated taste in poetry, music and comportment, not only by the queen herself but by those who surrounded her.
Rhoda L. Friedrichs received her BA (hons) from Barnard College, and her MA and PhD from Columbia University. Her major area of concentration was in European medieval history, and her minor area was modern British history. She has taught at Brooklyn College in New York, in the UBC Arts I Program, in the Humanities program of the UBC Engineering Faculty, and has also offered a number of courses on specialized historical themes for UBC Continuing Education. Since 1989 she has taught at Douglas College, where she teaches courses in 20th Century World History, European History from 1500-1789, European History from 1789-1900, Europe in the Early Middle Ages, and Europe in the High Middle Ages.
For more info, please visit: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/W-Lectures-GC.html
~~~~~~~  For our next concert at the Kay Meek Centre, one of North America's most popular early music ensembles returns to Vancouver after a long hiatus with a programme of music from the English Renaissance. The Baltimore Consort's remarkable programme "Musick's Silver Sound" illustrates the undercurrent of music in Shakespeare, with pieces by Thomas Morley, John Dowland - and more!
"Musick's Silver Sound":
Heavenly Harmony and Earthly Delight in Shakespeare's England
Pre-Concert Introduction at 7:15pm  Wednesday, February 16 at 8pm  Kay Meek Centre
The Baltimore Consort:
Mary Anne Ballard, viols & rebec; Mark Cudek, cittern, viols, & renaissance guitar;
Larry Lipkis, viols & recorders; Ronn McFarlane, lutes; Mindy Rosenfeld, flutes;
with guest artist Danielle Svonavec soprano
One of North America's most popular early music ensembles returns after a long hiatus with a programme of music from the English Renaissance.
Tickets for this concert at $42 (adult), $37 (senior) or $30 (student), are only available from the Kay Meek Centre Box Office: 913 3634 or www.kaymeekcentre.com.
Rush Seats for Students with valid ID on sale for $10, at the door only, from 2:00 pm on the afternoon of the concert.
This concert is included in our "Bring a Youth for Free" programme.
For more info, please visit: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/CWVb-Baltimore.html
Early Music Vancouver, 1254 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver BC
T: 604 732-1610; F: 604 732-1602; E: staff@earlymusic.bc.ca  W: www.earlymusic.bc.ca
+ Pacific Spirit Choir
                Saturday February 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Canadian soprano Natalie Choquette is a unique entertainer who performs opera with an irresistible humorous twist. Her show, "Whoever said opera was boring?" captivated audiences around the globe and captured many new opera fans.
She loves to portray colourful zany divas (such as "La Fettucini from il Teatro Bolognese") dressed in outrageous costumes, singing the most famous and beautiful opera arias while interacting with the audience, the musicians and even the Maestro!
Her unique and stellar performances finds her impeccably singing Verdi while doing a head stand on a piano or rendering a poignant interpretation of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" while eating spaghetti and gargling with wine!
She is currently touring across Canada and the Choir is thrilled that she has accepted their invitation to perform "Love is in the Air" at the WV United Church.
Pacific Spirit Choir, under the direction of Conductor, Gerald van Wyck, will join Mme Choquette, together with Calvin Dyck and the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra.   The Pacific Spirit Choir is an auditioned community choir, based at the WV United Church. They are passionate about singing great choral masterpieces, but also enjoy the challenge of other musical repertoire.  The Choir is currently working towards its fourth European tour in 2012.
Tickets  $25/$20 from the Church 922 9171  
Media Contact:  Gerald van Wyck, Conductor, Pacific Spirit Choir, www.pacificspiritchoir.ca
   gvanwyck@shaw.ca  Tel: 604-808-5231
* VANCOUVER OPERA http://www.vancouveropera.ca/la_clemenza_di_tito.html
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.
All-Canadian cast!
Caroun Photo Club (CPC): www.CarounPhotoClub.com / Caroun Photography Studio: www.MasoudSoheili.com
Caroun Art Gallery (CAG) exhibits "Group Painting and Drawing Exhibition" with different styles, different media and sizes, February 1 - 14
Works by: Ehsanollah Soltani, Farkhondeh, Hartounian, Mahshid Zamani Mazdeh, Maryam Hatami, Nafiseh Tabari, Nasrin Hoshmand Nik, Roberto Gonzalez, Sian Piper Woodward, Tabatabaei and Uryel Cho
Opening Reception: Sat February 5, 2011, 4-8 pm

===  CCL MTG NOTES January 24th  ===
Note: At 6pm the regular Council Meeting will commence in open session in the MFCR and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session,... At 7pm the open session will reconvene in the Chamber.
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:
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; and
k.  negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.
7:00 PM
   {Cclr Sop absent; sick}
          Following conclusion of the closed session, the following items will be considered:
     add: to Item 10 3390 Radcliffe (submissions from homeowners); a new item 15.7, NSEMO report
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.
JB provided an introduction and overview
Two students, Joseph McDaniel and W Kim, spoke to slides and the surveys they had done showing increase in returns, etc.
They requested, referring to Oct 18 2010 [position?], WV support PSF, others etc to designate the wild Pacific salmon as a provincial symbol.
Mayor: you are our treasure as well
know creeks, ...
TP: Lawson Crk estuary partnership been successful
elaborate a bit more; look at other creeks
Student: more consistent numbers
TP: Mr Hamilton no longer on board; he's Mr Streamkeeper
met him on Parks Adv Cmte
wd like to acknowledge participation over last ten years
{yes, he's done a lot of work; perhaps, and not to diminish HH's valuable contributions, TP is unaware that Paul Berlinguette actually started Streamkeepers, worked tirelessly, and has also started the North Shore Wetland Partners.  I was happy, naturally different times, to nominate/support both for Heritage Awards.}
Mayor: Thank you as well
Joseph, have you the motion?  Cclr Ev to thank, then the motion
Ev: I've had opp to observe; these young ppl do a lot of grind, hard work, on the creeks
thank them sincerely for that
if you can read out the motion I can move it
{Joseph did}
Ccl write a letter to the Premier and the Min of the Envmt expressing support for the proposal of the Pacific Salmon Fdn, Fraser Basin Ccl, and Living Rivers of the Georgia Basin and Vancouver Island, to designate the Wild Pacific Salmon as the provincial symbol under the Provincial Honours and Symbols Act.
REPORTS [7:20]
8. AmblesideNow Project (File:  0500-01)    Presentation to be provided.
Mayor: from March 12, 1212
We as a Ccl have examined...  some changes
first an overview of last 100 years in 100 seconds [SLIDES 7:22; GREAT SERIES]
"This is a unique opportunity to prudently capitalize on municipal assets and meet the desires that have been expressed by the community for a revitalized Ambleside, a Public Safety Building and an enhanced cultural precinct around Ambleside Village and the beach," said Goldsmith-Jones. "AmblesideNow, can all be realized with no burden to the taxpayer. It's up to us."
a lot of info on the website: Media Release: District of West Vancouver Launches AmblesideNow 
For the slide show is visit amblesidenow.ca 
Press Release:
West Vancouver Council voted Monday, January 24th to begin a public consultation process to implement the revitalization of Ambleside Village.
Named AmblesideNow, the initiative will seek community input into future use of the District's surplus municipal lands and the development of the 1300 Block of Marine Drive. The goal is to enliven Ambleside Village with greater commercial and residential use as well as provide additional public amenities.
The vision of AmblesideNow is to:  SEE http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=32426
place of excellence
committed to natural environment; better connected to our FN nbrs; love our quiet nbrhds
unique lifestyle; on edge of 2M urban
needed now
heart and entrance to cmnty
Joe Redmond from Whistler recently joined us
exciting; unique, opp for cmnty to participate
asked by Ccl
grad architect never practised, went to dark side and became a devpr
to Whistler; completion for Olympics -- ensuring built on time, finished on time, sell units for Whistler
UBC Properties Trust; background cmnties as a whole
revit of Amb, waterfront; public Safety bldg, post bldg
Sokol: open houses; will engage; first will be Tues Feb 15 at Cmnty Ctr
we've been consulting for years; park and art uses along Amb
xxx sites; acquire props; add'l housing; key public views respected; enhanced
density determined by finances...
optimizing value of our props
Chief of Police: [bldg] can't withstand earthquake
roof, leak, flood -- Sept 2010
relocate communications ctr to RCMP in NV
Chief Cook (WVFD): directed to post-disaster; cannot guarantee bldg will survive
currently NO post-disaster bldg in WV
our firehall ageing; seismic, roof cd collapse; [doubt] remain operational in post-disaster
move in with Police Dept
Mayor: innovative in country to have Police and Fire together
Jennifer Marshall -- architect and arts
JM: Arts in Ambleside; point to consolidate
a vision and services, facilities, operations, services; critical mass; one-stop shopping
inc'd opps for partnerships; opp improve efficiencies in staffing also
waterfront cultural zone a living room for the cmnty; improve our social setting
engagement and celebration; rec and visitors -- bring them to visit us
opps right now can only be held over the bridge
170K visitors; 395% without Harmony Arts, prov av 43%
part of our heritage
Mayor: building on tremendous success of what is already on the waterfront
introduce Grosvenor's James Patillo (Sr VP and Gen Mgr), and James Cheng (of James K. M. Cheng, Architects); will be working on 1300 blk
James Patillo: Sr VP and Gen mgr
excited to be part of Amb of 1300block
in biz over 350 years; London estates in Mayfair and Belgravia (list of countries)
City; came in 1953, purchase of Annacis Island
focus: residential, retail, and mixed use; living cities
1300block great opp to realize those ideas; work within vision
Amb Village Ctr Strategy -- agree with that
world-class site
ensure project a proper fit; openness and access to waterfront
excited to have James Cheng, a local icon
visionary, integrity; block has landmark potential
James Cheng: extremely honoured to be here, my mentor Arthur Erickson, Bing Thom, and Barry Downs
interested in spaces between bldgs
our first is for Concord Pacific, on marina side; completed seawalk
well used -- SLIDES -- cmnty -- Urban Fare, now [urbanafair????]
waterfront, beachfront -- cmnty participated in a one-week charrette
VAG installation, right on street; artist from LA, light structure; Burrard Landing, green roof
more important, ppl spaces on the ground
Rmd waterfront next to speed-skating oval, bringing back wetland and habitat
SLIDES of WV -- call this a hinge site
FBG block to tie pieces together
example of Mykonos, Portofino, Rome ;.... Moscow, NY
why we want cmnty input
Mayor: really like to thank WGs providing.....
proud each mbr agreeing to make it a priority
make motion that Ccl proceeds [sic]
{the written text on agenda has the wrong verb tense and she just read it; I've corrected it below.  Unusual for the Mayor to make the motion.}
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.
TP: a lot of info for the public to take in
standing on shoulders of all mayors and councils to this point
vision of this cmnty; expect input will be robust; let's get going
SW: really thought shovel wd be in ground by election and guess not
thank staff; really hard slog, not just last two years
hope public will come, give support, need it -- Police and need it as a cmnty
Ev: been dealing with this for some time, some ppl, 12 years
only the tip this evening; there's so much more; between major projects and small ones
from 18th St, integrating some of the original parts
outstanding and exciting; I too look forward to great participation of public
ML: this is the beginning of the journey
lots of disc, density, xxx
cost neutral -- density pay; these sorts of amenities
encourage citizens to get out and talk b/c these sorts of amenities require a certain critical mass
like Cclr SW, wish a shovel or backhoe working before Nov
beginning of a journey, interesting long overdue
MS: wasn't going to say anything; b/c time for talking is over; need action, need to get going with this project
build on Cclr Lewis said, critical public realize nothing cast in stone
as the ppl from Grosvenor and the architect said, they want public input, and the public get to play in this; I think it's an exciting part of the project.
Mayor: thank you. [vote] Motion passes unanimously
{great news but it will not have escaped the notice of many that this has been planned for some time behind closed doors and we wonder if more than only minor changes possible.  It was said that Police and Fire will be in one bldg so we have no say there, and it seems no say as to the location either.  Window-dressing?
Great hopes for this immensely important part of WV, described as the heart of the cmnty.}
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.
Mayor: ...
Diana Hill: Westmount area
thank M&Ccl for all the good work they do
balancing budgets thankless, been balancing it for years
budget has run amok; your own published reports -- 80% salaries and benefits
making over $100K has gone from 9 to 75 in last six years
really large salary increases over... last several years
evaluate needs and services
9% per year for last five years
if Ccl can't agree, bring in an outside consultant
xxx   ppl
burden on each resident
David Marley: since last
sincere praise for work done
[want] zero tax rate
two years in a row profound stmt
if 1.1%, will still be 1.1% over two years
passed this early in the year, reflects well
hopes re Cclr Smith's [comments] about spending more time on budget
not as arduous a tax as in times gone by
two weeks ago asked Ccl to bring forth xxx
[find] $600K
ev pleased to note what staff have to make
Maggie Pappas:
ev ccl and finance
discussed... spoken out ...  against a rigid ideology

{rigid ideology? knowing more efficiencies can be achieved?]

here's why
reviewed months and months
wanted our cmnty to be...  deeper engagement
rev of loss and ...?
inclusion ... expanded  xxxx
read of ev; can speak for thousands
cuts, poor quality staff

{speaking for thousands is rather a bold claim; cuts do not necessarily mean poor quality staff -- if volunteers can do a good job, that's proof a person's contribution is not always dependent on financial remuneration}

resp to this cmnty
unmitigated disaster ... years of zero
1.1 means just $40 to $75
not by starting
listened to many
only in this room, ideological line

{these are the ppl who care so much they take the time and trouble to come to the ccl mtg!}

use maestro's baton, not a hatchet
Mayor: ...
CR: Good evening
Before I make my comments
as you know, as Editor of West Van Matters, I get a lot of questions, and a couple of questions I got today, perhaps you can answer.
I hadn't intended to say some of this; I tried a few questions.
One, is I was asked about a Land Stewardship Fund of $950K.  I did get to ask a couple of cclrs but nobody knew what it was for, so I wd like to know what that's for.  $950K.
Last month I asked about the priority for the Amb Biz Assn in the BSC and I asked how much money had been allocated to that but I didn't get an answer for that.
and, just a few hours ago,
one of my readers sent me an excellent memo from the Finance Cmte signed by the CAO, Mr McRadu.
The date of the memo is 2008.
It has excellent ideas from the FCmte -- having each dept present ideas for decrements, and I want to know if they followed that recommendation from the FCmte, and signed off by Mr McRadu, b/c it's an excellent idea, and I think it wd give us some idea of where, whether it's reallocations or reorganization or whatever.
We're only at $600K and I think with an artist's sculpture we cd get rid of that.

{or an ever-so-careful scalpel! (in reaction to hatchet reference from prev speaker)}

but anyway, now for my remarks.
thank you for your efforts so far
As Cclrs Lewis and Soprovich pointed out, to my surprise -- if their comments were/are true -- individuals' incomes have gone down 9% and some seniors' 30%.
yet we are continually increasing our budget.
and I know you're trying hard, and certainly a lot of credit to you.
You on Ccl get paid about $25K a year, and you're overlooking staff who get four times, six times, some even eight times what you make -- even more than the Premier of BC.

{The Premier makes less than $200K and DWV staff passed that in 2009 -- with raises since!}

and so we must honour the effort that you've put in, for I'm sure [of] your sincere intentions, certainly not for the money.
I did make a few comments about how to lower some of that.
maybe some ppl, well-paid, a lot or ppl wd prefer some time off.
and we have many volunteers -- Streamkeepers tonight -- and they do it out of the goodness of their hearts, but I do think we can get this last little bit.
Some ppl talked about a $100 for dinner or $45 or $100, but as some speakers said, a lot of ppl can't afford that anymore.
So, we must keep in mind that when we keep raising the tax rate, there are ppl
here who don't have much in the way of income.
So, I don't think we're going to decrease 1.1% over this year to get back down but we can't keep going--
I heard the bell--so I'll just try to cut some of this
what I--
I had some ppl come up to me and say, pls speak out against the continual tax rate [increases]
and I said but why don't you get up and do it; I don't want to keep getting up
and they--
Mayor: --oh, come on
SOME LAUGHTER  {hard to guess -- cd be several interpretations to this....}
{Many more than I have felt it's v often less than a pleasant experience; you have to be brave and thick-skinned to withstand the treatment, esp when they counter what you say even if you have the truth and facts.}
CR, a bit disconcerted: --and they--
{re speaking at Ccl} I'd rather someone else did it
                        and I'd rather it all be happy stuff--
but what they said to me was
I don't want to get up and say that and ppl look at me as if I can't afford it, I'm embarrassed.  Wd you, pls.
So, your mission statement says to lead by example, you WILL lead by example is what you said, not that you're going to try to, but that you WILL lead by example so I think you shd
90% of the ppl who've written in have said keep the tax rate,
they have to stay within their budgets, wd you pls try to stay within your budgets, and DO in fact lead by example, stay within your budget, and keep the same tax rate
MS: started at 5%; next 3.2%; pushed back 2.3%; last 1.1%
even pushed at the last mtg; asking staff to get it down to zero

{didn't you get the list of decrements? (see my questions in PQP)}

staff replied, bottom line is that we reduce staff and need direction from staff as to wch eliminated
{is it realistic or practical to expect staff, in negotiations, to recommend they cut their numbers or their wages???}
so cd reduce those progs and staff
good management pushing hard, knowing when to back off

{faked out?
in any case, it was a nine-month battle to get the Correspondence back.
guess it depends on the issue/principle, how important, how much you believe in it, etc}

last year zero, 1.1% over two years

{clever spin}

1/6 of NV in last two years
time has come to end budget debate, move on and get on with difficult work

{bit hard to come to terms with this.
It almost seems as if the budget is too difficult so back off (can't find a way forward) -- naturally staff will fight hard for their own salaries and their depts -- but then get on with difficult work, so not shrinking from difficult work.
If difficulty is not a problem, what's the point or difference?)

look at staff, services
offer possibly more effectively
some arguing for more efficiencies and xxxx
that's constant
bureaucracies inefficient; got to do it; simple; cd stop fixing; rolling stock
all we wd be doing is passing down the road
makes no sense, inflation, printing money like going out of style
why postpone purchases?
think we need to -- what sort of WV do we want to live in?
between 17th and 18th, 15th and 16th, past Music Box for cost of can of paint now usable
Spirit Trail used minimal cost; field of hockey, soccer, clubhouse
stopped for coffee at corner of 16th
[M vehicle] it stopped in front of Safeway
young girl, young lady, and stopped
b/c a couple of coffee cups on street -- [DWV staff] didn't have to, to pick up
how can you, services you need
have to take a step back and see what you're doing
look at this executive team
new D/Fin, xxxxx
we keep saying, thank you; but xxxx
not sure
will do job to best of ability
when best recs being ignored
don't want to ramble on incessantly
all want to know
painstakingly want to xxx
by this time next year, new ccl shd have an easy go of it
1.1% increase is an excellent value for xxx
I've lived in WV for 55 years
first time, no one wants to talk about -- for or against, not facts

{Sorry, this is hard to believe.  Many speakers, both for and against, have given reasons and facts.
A pity and misleading to paint with  broad brush.....}

saw 100 years
want to leave it better than found it
goal; looked for consensus
sad situation budget gotten down to black and white, no greys; in the world a lot of grey

{personal note: yes indeed, I did notice life wasn't black and white, but I also noticed not just grey as well, it's even mottled, spotted, striped, and many shades.
Taxpayers wd prefer the M not be in the red -- anyway by law, it can't be -- and not that the solution is only and always taking more money out of their much smaller pockets.
Look at the letters, speak to pensioners.  Their income has either gone up minimally, say ~3% over ten years or so as one wrote in (Corresp Jan 17 - 21), while taxes have doubled and staff salaries have gone up many many times a pensioner's 3 or 4%s.}

TP: agree with all that Cclr Sm has put out to the public
1.1% responsible, realistic

{on what basis? has she responsibly reviewed the expenditures for those areas she's liaison, let alone all the depts???}

embraces concept of sustainability

{sustainability is possible maintaining present tax rate with efficiencies, reallocations, outsourcing, etc but it takes will and the ability and time (plus of course the information; if not given must ask for it) to thoroughly examine expenditures, not to mention how effectively and other options.}

long view
maybe if we're only here for three years
supportive of the 1.1 and looking fwd to engaging more in the detail
{good news}
DFin meeting, xxx, ...
survey gives us good sound feedback

{yeah, but look at the questions.  If it's the one discussed at a cmte, it did not go to residents and the Ccl publicly for comments.
You may see something like: are you willing to pay more to maintain services?
Was the critical question "if so, how much more?" omitted so they have a carte blanche and no limit re raising taxes?}

Ev: whether we shd pare expenses
all in favour of better govt for less, that's what the discussion is
not what we have to do but what we have to do to achieve that
some pressure on some mbrs of Ccl for zero, but to take that tack at the moment wd be the easy way out
{gosh, and Cclr Sm and others just said too difficult....}
alternative route, zero for the sake of zero is not the goal we shd be striving for
{and haven't heard anyone say that...}
may even get a bit of applause in the back of the gallery
need to sit back, Cclr Sm has mentioned some points I cd hv mentioned
executive in the main, been with the M for last three years
believe we have overhauled the xxx in the M
some control changes
probably none, not moving as fast as we can
think it's worth mentioning, averaged a bit over 1% in past three years
zero last year lowest, lowest the year before

{yes, good spin again}

if you try to quantify in round numbers; fixed costs, the obvious one is payroll, more than 4% when you add in some of the benefits
take those two individual factors
4 to 5%, we've achieved 1 to 1.5%
somewhere we have been able to achieve a net saving of 3 points maybe [X?] points a year for last xxx
pulled back $5 - 6M
someone the other day said flogging till morale improves

{Alex Tunner did}

doesn't make sense

{that was his point}

the right approach is to cut some down at the knees

{er, um; didn't hear anyone say that.......  strawmen to set afire?}

from my biz experience doesn't work like that
last few years, have done things differently
challenge is to do a little bit better next year
agreed collectively
two weeks ago, I believe the budget process shd start in two weeks' time, and that's now
can do better than zero for the sake of zero

{that's true but rather zero for the sake of insisting on efficiency
do recall last year during budget debate and deciding not to appoint a finance cmte/WG it was said that budget planning/discussions wd start in June.  We swallowed that, but did it?  No.  And here are in February finalizing.  Faint hope, though possible, albeit remote, third reading can be rescinded before adoption coming up soon.}

somewhat of a radical approach
SW: hope no one considers me to be a radical; can't be everything to everyone
utilities going up by 8%
accept bureaucracy? inefficient by nature
fresh staff that can look inward
looking at egovt
look at benefit pkg, can refine; huge part
4% across the board is wrong way; strong performances
skate through, shdn't get 4%
in deference of moving this forward
D/Fin only been here for four months
purporting, if a friendly amendment
[if found, the] 1.1% savings of $500K, directed into infrastructure
do think there are xxx can be found
don't think it will kill the morale of the staff

{that's more practical and optimistic -- not radical! but maybe to some who've given up or haven't the boobs for battle.
Personal interests produce strong motivation.}

&&& ...  xxxx on us but in the most efficient way possible
Mayor: separate motion or work plan but don't think it works with the 1.1%
sep motion
ML: two weeks ago I said this Ccl and staff cd do better and public deserve better
wd like CAO to provide some clarity about the motion that staff was to bring forth, specific recs
Mayor: that was referred to an in camera mtg; remains in camera
CAO: was passed by Ccl
wd be looking at the staffing positions; in camera mtg last week

{~8:42 why no report of what happened at the mtg, of course with privacy issues omitted.
It does not mean with an in camera mtg, the report or result can't be made public, eg the only way to cut the budget (wch, overall is over $100M) by $590K is to cut staff so it was decided not to.}

ML: I don't see this as us or them
a zero per cent tax increase is not a mantra
to drive an analysis that has been promised
I was a citizen rep -- when the doc put forward earlier was approved
haven't moved on it; find disconcerting
staff are committed to the sort of analysis of 2008; hard pressed 2008, 2009, 2010; qualify for the GFOA
goal one and goal two still a long away

{yes; why?}

simple things like org charts, xxx
Mayor: --- I
ML: I know Grant and Nina have said will meet it this year
CAO: stated twice tonight and once before
we did a reorganization; number of positions realigned, some eliminated
this year a review of Police payments, resulted in surplus
the xxx with Cmnty Ctr Bd, ongoing savings
Cclr Lewis said he was on the cmte that made these recs
went out
to the M over past year
implemented the BSC
we don't have all the metrics in place
now accepted throughout the organization
don't have all the metrics in place
BSC is right direction to go
task of FCmte over next year
Cclr Ev strong statement of what's going to happen
costs of operating
BC has seen xxx [8:46]
shd be celebrating
have we achieved, lead by example
before 2009 budget
brought decrements forward
about what's included in the budget bylaw

{when, where, did we see them?}

going to become GFOA compliant for 2011


D/Fin: stress strong enough efforts
re requests made -- 11 items, 9 achieved
one of them being five-yr trending; the other justifying changes
will be going forward if F/Cmte
F/Cmte at earlier stage
proposed budget book that is GFOA compliant

{sounds good!}

Mayor: re Lewis and Walker?
staff still 2.35% but we're still driving for 1.1%
we are expecting xxx
talking to DFin will be speaking with Ms L
appointed two cochairs so throughout year
at a good compromise
thank Ccl for really listening to one another
not intended to divide us or the cmnty
provide room for each other's comments
MS: just in case one of my former employees are [sic] listening
not that [8:50]
nature of all bureaucracies......
Mayor:.....  use Library as an example
sort we try to
from my POV how we partner XXX
key priorities for this term
[third reading passes with LEWIS and WALKER, opposed; SOP wd hv been but he was home sick, alas.]
[8:52: Ev declared conflict of interest and left]

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.
Sally: to discuss our home
retaining wall seems to be causing a lot of confusion
granted a DVP
... hedge ... troubled not there and it's been since 1902
B Smith, lawyer: tried to wrap
first spoke to Mr James Allen [staff], and X and McRadu and Sokol; thanks for time
understand how this confusion came about
nbrs hope speak, more clarity
way confusion; perspective
on receipt of a complaint letter, staff came out and inspected, unfortunately in absence of ccl mtg 2004 [minutes] in wch discussed where hedge, where vestibule afterward.
when snapshot came back, it juts out onto the setback
said we had to take out the hedge
paving stones to allow for nbrs to park
a review of that ccl session -- retaining wall aka concrete strip
helped tremendously to watch that video
not a lot of clarity wrt reference to xxx
Mayor: three min, you can come later
Lawyer: excavate no comment; wall was there for last 100 years
if there'd been an obligation, shd hv bn made clear; hedge had to be removed
south of the concrete strip, Mr Sop asked pointed questions
Mr Jenkins ... I was under same confusion
understood had to remove hedge parking
now to review six years later to remove visually appealing,  xxx  [9pm]
an undue hardship; an assessment ip? for traffic reasons
these inches do not ... impediment
an improvement wch is why allowed
instead of xxx now 9 {parking spots?}, albeit 4 for the owners; nbrs use.....
take the point of ... those few inches ... reality
discretion; thank you for ...
Mayor: you may sit down; don't have any other speakers
oh sorry, C Theodoropolos
C Th: thank you for your service; esp evening, short film; joyous occasion keep comments brief
with all due respect to owners, if you look at May 31, 2004 minutes
this 100-year-old wall -- had nothing; was to preserve 100yr old dogwood tree, and we know what happened to that!
look through the minutes; reading through: variances to retain the 100-yr-old dogwood tree
Mr Nicholls referred to prev applic wch was rejected by Ccl
after the May '04 mtg, Brent Dozzi has a report, reviewed in a public mtg
re encroachments, his report said no hard encroachments and all agreed
this encroachment is not in compliance with this xxx
not three inches, it's three feet
with all due respect to [lawyer], he was misinformed
two ppl went out of their way
staff and my wife went out of way to speak to Mr [X]
ppl will park there and you can't have it
one of the reasons didn't oppose b/c of allowance for parking and no encroachment onto the street
respect for Mr Yehia
ask Ccl to follow rec of staff; unfortunate situation
totally unfair; they were totally aware of
now to try to get that add'l space onto street now xxx
Mayor: anyone else?
ML: motion to decline.....
TP: second
Mayor: sorry Cclr Sop not here tonight; has a cold; he's been v involved
Ev: M Clk asked me to explain conflict of interest; my company did some tree planting on the prop
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.
Gerri Boyle, Planning, gave background:
Rogers started with consultation of nbrs in area; have now extended to mid-Feb; recommending a public mtg
[Mr Reeve here from Rogers -- hear from him?]
Mayor: yes, pls; then hear from public
Gary Reeve: Dir of Network Implementation with Rogers for Western Canada
been asked to explain and to discuss how Rogers can work with staff and cmnty in building this structure
wireless demand is growing out of xxx
answer any specific questions
ML: you have existing wireless coverage there and it works; I drive along there and it works
Mayor: not at the same time!
ML: there, why add'l?
GR: that's how you add
ML: spent a large part of my life working for Telus; you can xxx
GR: you cell-split; can't use adjacent; cell-splitting requires add'l xxx
ML: can't take all you have reconfigure to increase capacity
GR: function of spectrum
splitting spectrum up; like looking at a human cell, as it grows, it splits....
Ev; we don't have any argument with services being provided, and thank you for that
have you looked for other sites in this reqion?
for all the offending sites you cdn't have picked a [worse one? more intrusive?]
GR: looked at a number of opps; and this was best to meet demand
Ev: what as the second choice?
GR: same corridor
Ev: define corridor, no of kms
GR: within hundreds of metres
number of points in the recs, committed to working with the cmnty
extension of notification period, public session; xxx
ML: if you were to go further east, Hugo Ray Park where forested area, where
GR: cellular is sight xxx; to put in forested area must be above the trees
Mayor: Shaku Pond
SP: resident of Hadden Dr; given this information just two days ago
Rogers a month ago, none or the ppl I know xxx at that time
I've lived in this cmnty for 30 years and on cmtes eight years, BPAHA eight yrs
put in a lot of volunteer hours; love this cmnty; given several thousands of volunteer hours
remember Mayor Derrick when we celebrated 75th anniversary; said cmnty par excellence
applaud Streamkeepers and Amb project; ppl doing things to enhance
applaud Cclr Sm's remarks, leave this a better place
not just MDr, wd like it to be equally beautiful above the Upper Levels
indulge me for a minute more
do not give an inch either to Industry Canada or Rogers
this pole that goes up in front of us; not NIMBY; not along the hwy anywhere
property terribly devalued; not just visual impact, also footprint for radiation
in woods, have to be high; like Grouse Mtn -- if cmnties wanted to devp, they cd choose if wanting to beside or not someone just come in and hold us hostage to devt
MaryLou Phinney Tindle: prez of BPAHA
recently alerted to this by Bill Soprovich
copy of this letter mailed to you today, Weston, Sultan
[read letter, 9:27]
serious concerns TWay and Hwy 1; strongly opposed, gateway to our cmnty
look at alternate design, fit in better
by Carol E Reynolds, Carol E, not Carolanne
sad Cclr Sop not here but do appreciate his call
said Ccl really didn't have a say on this
app Rogers, use your service, but xxx
Mayor: our role is re consultation
[we] were going to ask Cclr Sop to make motion but he's not here
SW: motion; unfortunately we don't have any control
don't see middle of hwy
struggle why there; app comments; xxx to have a big pole in the middle of the hwy
Mayor: have our own policy, Ms Boyle?
GB: yes; with Rogers agreement, public mtg with Rogers; then staff will provide comments to Industry Canada
Mayor: xxx and plsed to be with that
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? $709,497?)
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
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS {15.7 added at Agenda Approval}
15. Consent Agenda Items
15.1. Secondary Suites - January 2011 Report (File:  1605-20)
   -- received 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)
   -- M Clerk to 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)
    -- 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)
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)
{List from Jan 3 to 14 in last issue; Not listed here but some good letters re the Budget Jan 17 to 21}
mayor: remove [from receipt]?
Ev: re 15.7  [report from NSEMO]
drill to be held Jan 26 at 10am in morning -- drop, cover, and hold on
BC is a high-risk area; BC earthquake Alliance
I've seen the material; add'l info; ShakeOut BC
16. OTHER ITEMS --  No items.          
17. REPORTS from MAYOR/CCLRS [9:36]
MS: positive note; commend Mr Fung and Brent Dozzi, fabulously successful light at 15th and Mathers; even at 3 o'clock when school gets out.  Congratulations
        {yes yes yes; mucho thanks!}
ML: pleasure last Wed, prog at Lib
invited by Kirsty Farquharson, part of her estate to fund a reading prog for chn with special needs
remarkable, inspirational; good work Lib does
two chn with their aides from school; reading time, working toward socialization skills
ack, how much I enjoyed, thx for inviting me
Mayor: inclusive

CR:  thank you
I just want to reinforce that I hope that I and some of the colleagues that I have are not in the same category that Cclr Smith referred to
        we're not doctrinaire
        we do want to help
I think a lot of us feel that we have helped and we've been most appreciative of what staff and Ccl have done to get things down further
Many of us thought that maybe with just a bit more encouragement wd help
Ccl Smith in fact had warned at the last mtg that the economic situation is going to get worse, and I think that's what a lot of ppl are afraid of.
Anyway, none of us is in favour of "flogging ppl", none of us is in favour of "cutting ppl off at the knees"
I believe that most of the ppl in the cmnty really really do want to help you
and as I said
I commend the efforts that you and staff have made
I found that the Dir of Finance, Ms Leemhuis, has been extremely helpful -- night and day -- but the couple of questions I got today, as I said, I'm wondering when they're going to be answered
for example
       when will I get an answer on the Land Stewardship Fund?
       when will I get an answer on how much is going to go to the ABA?
the other thing I was sent, just hours before this mtg, and so I was asked to find out what happened to this
There was a call for -- see if I can get this to work in the right place....
{had my laptop trying to pull up the DWV advertisement I'd been sent}
in 2008 for a temporary full-time position for two years, and it was for a Project Lead on performance reporting -- was that position filled?
I was asked that, as I said, just before I came here, if there was in fact someone to look at the performance and it was wrt the BSC initiative
Mayor: all right; maybe answer those questions, one at a time
CR: I'd be delighted if you wd
CAO: the last question, was that position filled?  no, it was not
we advertised for a considerable length of time but if the cmnty can remember, there was a period of time when it was extremely difficult to get any type of staff of that calibre.
We did not fill that position.
Mayor: but we did complete the BSC and we are doing that kind of tracking
CAO; yes
Mayor: so on the LSF?
D/Fin: it wd probably be-- I can answer in a relatively short fashion, but it shd probably be part of a larger discussion as well; that's probably the best idea, so I'd be happy to provide a full report at the next ccl mtg or finance cmte
Mayor: okay, thank you.
Mr Leigh, on the ABA, I know on the BSC we oriented toward working with these partnerships.
I'm not sure that there was a funding piece

{you mean there's no cost estimate with each priority item in the BSC???  at least an annual estimate if not the full cost; but the full cost wd be good too b/c then can check if on track, under or over budget.}

DCAO: the BSC acknowledges that we are attempting to identify how, approp level of support for each of the biz cmnties across the M
{I'd asked at another mtg why only one, Amb, why not others so now he's saying others???
in any case the sound system was v poor here.}
The ABA -- staff has offered some resources meaning staff resources, time, on after-hour time
{but that all costs money!
as for after-hour time, staff either take equivalent time off or get paid overtime!
and they have no dollars attached to the items?!}
to attend their mtgs and offer whatever service we can
at this time we have no financial support to the Assn but the Assn does have a board, they have been proceeding with their work and progressing well with their Amb X works
{dare we ask how much it has cost so far???}
Mayor: great, thank you
CR: so that brings it back to the BSC
the two questions then are:
Are things put in the BSC without approx/estimates of money or staff time involved?
Is there no one now who is overseeing the BSC? b/c that's what that [Project Leader advertisement] was for?
CAO: we cd probably provide that response quickly
we are all responsible for the BSC, it is ingrained throughout this entire organization,
and we report biannually to Ccl, out to the public, wrt the funding of specific issues,
{didn't want to extend this time, but when last was the funding reported publicly?}
a lot of those are ingrained right into the actual work programs of our staff
{! optimistic}
Mayor: yep, all right, thank you
CR: so was the intention of the BSC to have some amts though, or not, or just time--
Mayor: --certainly new items had budgeted amts with them,
{where? where?}
I think we've answered your question and it sounds like there's going to be a followup report wrt some of them
CR: so I'll pass that on to the ppl who've asked me, and if you cd put it at a ccl mtg then more ppl will be informed
so, tyvm
Mayor: thank you
19. Adjournment ~9::56

===  CCL MTG AGENDA February 7th  ===
Note: At 6pm the regular Cci Mtg will commence in open session and will be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public in order to hold a closed session,... At 7pm the open session will reconvene.
6:00 PM
1.  Call to Order.
THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the February 7, 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:
(d) the security of the property of the municipality;
(e) the acquisition, disposition, or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;
(j) information that is prohibited, or information that if it were presented in a document would be prohibited, from disclosure under section 21 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; and
(k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.
7:00 PM
6. ADOPTION OF MINUTES:   January 24, 2011 Regular Council Meeting.
7. West Vancouver Historical Society, regarding "Cottages to Community - the Story of West Vancouver's Neighbourhoods" (File:  0055 20- WVMH1)
           RECOMMENDED: THAT Council thank ...
8. 2010 Community Survey Presentation (File:  0270-03) PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
     RECOMMENDED: THAT Ccl receive ... and refer to the Finance Committee for further consideration
9. Community Climate Action Plan Update - Report Card (File:  0332 01/0117 20-CLMA )
     PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
   1. Ccl receive this report dated Jan 25 as the second update on the Cmnty Climate Action Plan.
   2. Ccl request staff to expand the report card system to track broader env'tal initiatives within the District.
   3. Council request that staff report back in six months on progress.
10. Foreshore Protection Strategy Update (File:  0332-04-01)
                PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
   1. The report dated Jan 28 from the Mgr of Sustainability and Healthy Communities be received.
   2. Ccl request staff, in consultation with the Shoreline Preservation Society, WV Streamkeeper Society, and senior regulatory agencies, to complete a [three-]year plan update to the existing Foreshore Protection Plan reflecting the integrated nature of the current works.
   3. Council request staff to report on progress of foreshore works bi-annually.
11. Non-Owner Occupied Secondary Suites - Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 4672, 2011 and Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4673, 2011 (File:  1610-20-4672/4673)
1.  Zoning Bylaw Amendment as attached to the report from the Dir/Planning, Lands and dated Jan 24 be read a first time;
2.  Zoning Bylaw Amendment be presented at a PH on Mon Feb 21 at 7pm;
3.  The M Clerk be directed to give Statutory Notice re the PH
4.  Fees and Charges Bylaw as attached to the report be read a first time; and
5.  Further consideration of Fees and Charges Bylaw Amendment Bylaw take place concurrent with Zoning Amendment Bylaw.
12. Ambleside Revitalization Commission Bylaw No. 4674, 2011 (File:  1610 20 4674)
                   RECOMMENDED:  read a first, second, and third time.
13. Official Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Development Permit Application for 1650 Marine Drive (Safeway site) (File:  1010-20-10-061)
1. Staff consult with WV owners and occupiers, the Design Review Committee and Ambleside Business Association on the development proposal for land at 1650 Marine Drive between 16th and 17th Streets, known as the Safeway site;
2. Community consultation be initiated with a public meeting in early March 2011 and include direct notification to owners and occupiers of lands shown in Appendix D, notice of the meeting in North Shore newspapers and notice on the District website; and
3. Following the cmnty consultation on the devt proposal for the land at 1650 Marine, staff report back to Ccl on the comments provided by the cmnty and provide a complete review of the devt proposal.
14. Update on Housing Pilot Program (File: 2515-02)
1. Implementation of the Housing Pilot Program be continued as a 2012 Milestone in the Corporate Balanced Scorecard, to provide a more realistic time-line for realizing a built housing prototype(s), and for engaging the public in this program;
2. 'Pilot Projects' selected by Council be exempted from:
a. payment of application fees for municipal development applications that may be required for project implementation; and
b. for projects requiring rezoning, the expectation of a public amenity contribution.
  {NO to 2 a and b!}
3. District-owned lands proposed for disposition be considered as the next housing pilot project site(s);
4. Should Council not approve the use of District-owned lands for this purpose, that a new proposal call be issued for the next pilot project(s), with a focus on the examination of 'coach houses' as a potential infill housing form; and
5. No new working group be established at this time, given ongoing implementation of the Housing Pilot Program by staff, including a program of public engagement.
BYLAW for Adoption
15. [Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4671, 2011 (File:  1610-20-4671)
This bylaw received first and second readings at the Jan 10 regular Ccl Mtg and third reading at the Jan 24 Mtg.
16.1 Appointments to Design Review Committee (File:  0116-20-DRC)
RECOMMENDED: appointments and reappointments for the term ending Jan 31, 2012 be approved:  
Tom Bunting, Stuart Hood, Eric Lees, Donal O'Callaghan, Karl Ray, Michael Richardson, Duane Siegrist, Kim Smith
16.2 Development Variance Permit Application No. 10-053 (2667 Haywood Avenue) (to set date for consideration) (File:  1010-20-10-053)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the M Clerk give notice that the DVP to allow a new two-storey dwelling with basement and a secondary suite to be constructed, will be considered on Mon Mar 7, 2011.

16.3 Correspondence List (see link on electronic agenda)
January 17 - 21
Referred for Action
(1)  December 31, 2010, regarding Burst Water Pipes (Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response)
(2)  Two Submissions, P. Whittaker, January 12, 2011, regarding Proposed Property Tax Increases and Population and Needs of West Vancouver (Referred to Director of Financial Services for consideration and response)
{for no tax rate increase}
Received for Information
(3)  Five Submissions regarding Proposed 2011 Budget, dated January 6-20, 2011
{again, all for no tax rate increase; note one, the Climate Acton WG urge its progs be funded without mentioning tax rates}
(4)  G. Helten, Jan 14, 2011, re A Vote for the Regional Growth Strategy is Against the Public Good
(5)  Metro Vancouver, January 14, 2011, re 2011 Apptmts to Standing Cmtes and/or External Agencies
(6)  Canadian Cancer Society, January 18, 2011, regarding Daffodil Campaign
(7)  Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon, January 20, re Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Places
(8)   Hollyburn Heritage Society (HHS), Jan 18, re HHS Annual Report for 2010 to Mayor and Council
{v interesting}
Responses to Correspondence
(9)  L. Sexsmith, Manager of Community Development, Youth and Families, January 14, 2011, response regarding Disabled Parking Stalls at West Vancouver Rec Centre
January 24 - 28
Referred for Action
(1) Stonethro BCS 1593 Strata Corporation Council, January 21, regarding Gordon Ave Loose Gravel Nuisance (Referred to Director of Engineering and Transportation for consideration and response)
(2) January 22, 2011, regarding Wetmore Motors Site - Pacific Arbour Development (Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)
(3) January 23, 2011, regarding Questions from an Art Student (Referred to Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits for consideration and response)
Received for Information
(4) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes: Board of Variance, November 24, 2010; West Vancouver Memorial Library Board, December 8, 2010; and Design Review Committee, December 9, 2010
{minutes in wch the Ccl liaison told the Lib Bd wrt the 2.35% tax rate increase that input was about 50-50!!!  Not true!!!}
(5) Three Submissions regarding Proposed 2011 Budget, dated January 17-24, 2011
{yet again, not wanting a tax rate increase! one even suggesting where to cut unnec work such as sidewalks, and another about the WRA mtg (wch I did not attend) portraying concerns residents re taxes/wages by C Parker.}
(6) Heritage BC, January 17, 2011, regarding Heritage Week 2011: February 21-27
{and I'm madly planning WV's activities during the week; call 922 4400 to participate}
(7) Metro Vancouver, January 19, 2011, regarding Submission of Metro Vancouver's Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw for Acceptance by Affected Local Governments
(8) West Vancouver Memorial Library Board and West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation, January 24, 2011, regarding Submission for Council Meeting (Summary of Findings for Council regarding Library Expenditures)
{knock me over with a feather! -- why not put that behind them and go forward?  why make more inaccurate/misleading statements that are provably untrue so they have to be corrected?  We all in WV love the Library -- that is not the point here.  Few look into financial management, of any DWV dept.....
Incredibly, they admit the purchase after denying it and now say it's not custom furniture when the speaker had the proof.  Also, outrageously they claim unable to reach the citizen who made the presentation, and, instead of speaking about donations vs overhead, change donations to investment income and coffee shop sales.....
'Tis to weep.}
(9) North Shore Arts Advocacy Group (NSAAG), January 24, 2011, regarding Correspondence from NSAAG
(10)  British Properties Area Homeowners Assn, Jan 24, re Proposed Rogers Communication Tower
(11)  Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), Jan 24, re UBCM Membership
17.  Other Items.  -- none
18.  Reports from Mayor/Cclrs  19.  Public Questions/Comments  20. Adjournment

+  nat'l geographic; we're all in this together...
                       SOMETHING TO PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE....  Click here:  Orangutan and the Hound
+   from  spca.bc.ca    Year of the Rabbit
2011 is Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese lunar calendar, which means there is no better time to show some bunny you care! Check out your nearest BC SPCA branch to enquire about adoption, fostering, volunteering or joining our advocacy campaign to help abandoned rabbits in your community.

February 3, 2011  Ottawa, Ontario
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in the unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Medal design and the Diamond Jubilee emblem, to mark the 60th anniversary in 2012 of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.
The planned Diamond Jubilee Medal will be awarded to Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to their communities and country. The Prime Minister was joined by Governor General David Johnston in the unveiling of the medal design and emblem.
"Her Majesty has consistently earned the admiration of all who have witnessed her deep commitment to public service," said Prime Minister Harper. "To commemorate, the Diamond Jubilee, a national moment, we will recognize and celebrate Canadians who also demonstrate a dedication to service."
The Diamond Jubilee emblem, the official symbol to commemorate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, represents The Queen's service to Canada. The design places the Royal Cypher (The Queen's monogram) in a garland of maple leaves.
Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee - the only Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria's in 1897 - will establish a historical legacy for Canadians for generations to come.
Diamond Jubilee Medal
February 3, 2011  Ottawa, Ontario
In 2012, Canadians will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne. This is the second Sovereign Diamond Jubilee in Canadian history. The first Diamond Jubilee, in 1897, honoured the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's accession.
On February 3, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston unveiled the designs of the Diamond Jubilee Medal and emblem which will be part of the 2012 celebrations. Her Majesty The Queen of Canada acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal will be awarded in 2012, the Diamond Jubilee Year, to Canadians who have exemplified outstanding service to their communities and nation.
The front of the Diamond Jubilee Medal portrays a contemporary effigy of The Queen wearing the Royal Crown. The reverse of the medal includes stylized maple leaves and the years 1952 and 2012, denoting 60 years of Her Majesty's reign as Queen of Canada.
The Diamond Jubilee emblem, which will be the official symbol used to commemorate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, symbolizes The Queen's service to Canada by placing the Royal Cypher (The Queen's monogram) in a garland of maple leaves.
Over the years, Her Majesty has had more than 20 Royal Tours to Canada - more than any other Commonwealth country - including her most recent tour in the summer of 2010. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh first toured Canada in the fall of 1951, where they were greeted in Toronto by an estimated 500,000 people. Five decades later, Canadians turned out in record numbers to greet The Queen during Golden Jubilee celebrations in Canada in 2002.
For Diamond Jubilee Medal design and emblem please visit: http://pm.gc.ca/grfx/docs/jubilee.pdf

===  SCIENCEWATCH  === Ancient Astronomy
+  Lego Antikythera Mechanism -- v geeky:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLPVCJjTNgk
+  Ancient astronomy: Mechanical inspiration
The ancient Greeks' vision of a geometrical Universe seemed to come out of nowhere. Could their ideas have come from the internal gearing of an ancient mechanism?
Jo Marchant
Two thousand years ago, a Greek mechanic set out to build a machine that would model the workings of the known Universe. The result was a complex clockwork mechanism that displayed the motions of the Sun, Moon and planets on precisely marked dials. By turning a handle, the creator could watch his tiny celestial bodies trace their undulating paths through the sky.
See http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101124/full/468496a.html
===  PEACEWATCH  ===  http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/passionateeyeshowcase/2011/budrus/
Budrus: The Village that Didn't Give Up
Sunday January 30 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC News Network
Related Video  BUDRUS: THE VILLAGE THAT DIDN'T GIVE UP  Watch the film online.  66:54 min  /  Watch the trailer online.  1:04 min
The story of a father and daughter who unite Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save their small Palestinian village and its olive trees from being divided by Israel's Separation Barrier. In this action packed documentary, we witness Ayed Morrar and his 15-year-old daughter Iltezam launch what many believed impossible. an inspiring yet little known non-violent movement.in the Occupied Territories that's still gaining ground today. While many documentaries about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict either romanticize peace or dwell on suffering, Budrus focuses on the success of non-violence, and tells a much bigger story about what is possible in the Middle East
{give us hope: dedicated to non-violence, Israelis and Palestinians together}
===  CPTWATCH  === and (the Italian) Operation Dove
>>>  Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:14:03 +0200
Subject: [cpthebron] VIDEO UPDATE: Armed man kills two animals near Maghayir Al-Abeed
 village; Escapes to Havat Ma'on settlement
Video testimony and documentation is now available from the 23 January 2011 incident in which an armed man shot and killed a dog and beat a sheep to death in the South Hebron Hills. The video includes the testimony of Hani Salaami Mukahmri, the owner of the animals, who was present at the scene of the shooting.
The video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plUUbmnqgp0
Maghayir Al-Abeed, South Hebron Hills, West Bank - In the early afternoon of 23 January 2011, an armed man killed two animals near the South Hebron Hills village of Maghayir Al-Abeed. Two teenage shepherds reported that they were watering their family's flock at a well just above their village when a man running through the area, carrying an M-16, fired four or five shots at the dog which accompanies their flock. The shooter proceeded to chase the flock, kicking a ewe and throwing rocks at its head. The dog died immediately from four gunshot wounds and the incapacitated sheep died approximately two hours after the beating.
The two teenage shepherds, Mohammed Mahmoud Mukahmri, 15, and 'Awli 'Ali Mukhamri, 13, ascended the hill, following the assailant from a distance, in time to see the man enter the grouping of trees which surrounds Ma'on settlement and Havat Ma'on outpost. They reported the man had a dark brown beard and was wearing black pants, a black shirt, and a yarmulke.
Ninety minutes after the incident, Israeli authorities arrived to investigate the crime scene and take testimonies from those present during the incident.
Hani Salaami Mukhamri, the owner of animals who arrived at the scene mere moments after the shooting, reacted sharply to the police investigator's doubts that Mukhamri could be certain the assailant that he saw was an Israeli settler, and not an Arab. "Palestinians in this area don't have guns, never in my life have I seen a Palestinian civilian with a gun. Only settlers have guns here." Mukhamri also lamented the utter disregard for the lives of his animals, "three lives were lost here today: my shepherding dog, a sheep, and the unborn lamb that the ewe was carrying."
The well where the shooting took place is a main source of water for the families in Maghayir Al-Abeed . In early 2001, Mukamri's mother was shot in the leg by an Israeli settler while she drew water from the very same well.
International peace activists from Christian Peacemaker Teams arrived at the scene after the shooting, taking testimony and photo and video documentation.
Pictures are available here: http://cpt.org/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=22150
Video will be available soon.
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.]
>>>  CPTnet  3 February 2011
SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Two Karmel settlers attack Operation Dove members, steal camera
[Note: The following release was written by members of Operation Dove who, along with CPT live as an international presence in At-Tuwani, South Hebron Hills.
To view the on-line version click here.  or http://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2011/02/02/south-hebron-hills-two-karmel-settlers-attack-operation-dove-members-steal-camera
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:53:48 +0200
Subject: [cpthebron] SOUTH HEBRON HILLS RELEASE: Israeli settlers attack international peace activists in Umm al Kheir
The following release was written by Operation Dove.
Umm al Kheir, South Hebron Hills, West Bank - On Sunday, 23 January 2011, two volunteers from Operation Dove, who were accompanying shepherds of the village of Umm Al Kheir, were attacked by two settlers from Karmel settlement.
At about 9am the volunteers arrived in Umm Al Kheir village to escort the Palestinian shepherds across a nearby hill. Previously on 21 January 2011, settlers from Karmel, under the protection of the IDF and the Border Police, planted a row of trees on the top of the hill, thus obstructing Palestinian shepherds' access to the land where they usually graze their flocks.
The Palestinians villagers asked for an international presence to monitor the situation and to help prevent any incidents with the settlers.
Ten minutes after the beginning of the accompaniment, the volunteers were attacked by two settlers from Karmel settlement who kicked and punched them. The settlers succeeded in grabbing one volunteer's video camera, but the other volunteer managed to take pictures of the event and of the two settlers' faces.
After the attack, the volunteers headed for a Border Police jeep that was in the area but hadn't witnessed the event. After explaining what happened, the Border Police retrieved Operation Dove's video camera from the settlers. After a while the police arrived.
One of the settlers, who didn't physically take part in the attack, came close to the internationals who were next to the Border Police and Police. He told that he would have given back the video camera, provided that the internationals had deleted all the pictures of the attack and of the settlers' faces.
The volunteers categorically refused to accept the deal and after about one hour they had their video camera back. The camera was not broken, but all the video had been deleted. Accompanied by the police the internationals went to the Israeli police station in Kiryat Arba to make a complaint.
Episodes like this are frequent in the South Hebron Hills, where the national-religious settlers from the settlements and the outposts attack both internationals, Palestinian shepherds and farmers to intimidate and force them to leave their lands. These kinds of illegal actions are usually left unpunished and many of them occur with army and police complicity.
>>> CPTnet
29 January 2011
HEBRON:  Israeli military arrests two young Palestinians
A call came for the members of the Hebron team to come quickly to the street on Friday, 21 January 1:30pm. The military had stopped people going home after Friday prayers at the Mosque and CPT found the people bottled up in the narrow exit tunnel of the Old City.  Soldiers and the Palestinians were yelling at each other, and soldiers were pointing guns at the crowd.  CPTers encouraged the soldiers to calm down, stop yelling,  and let the people go home.
Instead, the soldiers continued bellowing and tried to force the people to move back, by putting guns in their faces.To protect the people whom the soldiers were threatening, young boys with fruit carts lined up their carts to form a blockade that gave the crowd some space from the soldiers.  While a soldier shouted into one boy's face, the 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, CPTers learned from the boy that he was simply asking the soldiers to let his father get to the hospital for a shot.  The boy said that after the soldiers arrested him, they blindfolded him, made him kneel, tied his hands behind him, and pounded on his head.
When asked why they were behaving in this manner, the military said they saw someone with a gun.  The soldiers chased one or two young men and accused them of carrying the gun.  The soldiers then brought one terrified youth down to their gate with great show.  At that point, soldiers released the crowd.  Some, however, stayed on, concerned for the boy whom the soldiers had detained.  One of the merchants from the souk told the CPTers, "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 when he asked them to let his father go to the hospital 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 said the other boy remained in custody.
>>>  From: "CPT Hebron" <cptheb@cpt.org>  Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:15:20 +0200
Hebron:  A Normal Day in the Lives of my Palestinian Neighbors
Paulette Schroeder
Our neighbor Haniya shrugged her shoulders as she spoke in a disheartened way:  "This is all normal for us now.  What can we do anyway?" Yet, when I see armed Israeli soldiers on the rooftops, and when I witness Palestinians going through checkpoints to go to the Mosque, I see this Occupation as an ongoing, huge human tragedy.
It's been a long 40+ years now that the Israeli Occupation has ruled a huge section of the West Bank. Here Martial law governs thousands of people=EDs lives in almost every aspect of their days:  travel: to their families, to schools, to health services, to their farms or to their stores.
My friend Fatima lived in a small outlying village, but due to lack of money, she moved to H2, Hebron, where she could work in a small shop owned by her sister. Fatima's seven children are now all teens, and one daughter is married.  The two sons, though certainly bright enough, have quit high school.  The reality of finding a good job after schooling is almost nonexistent, they reason.  Because there is no mandatory schooling for Palestinian children, the children roam the streets, smoke, or help their family. Two times in the recent past, the Military snatched two of these working young men.  One of these boys was using a cutting knife to help his father unpack boxes of store goods.  The other boy was sent by his father on an errand, but the child's coat resembled a policeman's coat. The Military took him and questioned him for hours while his father reasoned with the soldiers.
Fatima, like many shopkeepers, opens her shop each morning very early, hoping that tourists will buy a dress or an embroidered pillow case or small purse or shawl that day. She and her sister have plenty of women who want to embroider for them, but Fatima barely makes enough money for her own family.  Since her husband is not able to work, the family depends entirely on Fatima's scant income.  She and internationals constantly assure visitors there is no need for them to fear entering the Old City. Visitors see guns and soldiers throughout H2, but they soon learn that only the Palestinians are the target of M-16s.
Fatima, like most parents, tries to live through the day as 'normally' as possible with a good sense of humor. Already, one of her two sons, 15 years old, has been accused of throwing a stone at a soldier and despite all his insistence and those of eye witnesses who said  he did not throw the stone, he served two =87 months in an Israeli prison.  Like many other families this family too borrowed and paid 1200 shekels on the release of their son.  Israel makes a fortune from the 'stone throwing' accusations dished out to young Palestinian men.
The day isn't over when it's over for these people.  Parents with teenage sons rarely sleep soundly.  Like a mother with a newborn baby, they worry that the night will bring soldiers breaking  into their home, awakening everyone, locking the family into one room and then taking their teenage son with them to a prison.  CPT's first-year university friend, grabbed from his home at 1:30am, served six months in prison with no official charge against him. I ask myself:  "How can anyone, any country not hear the cries of these people for compassion and justice?" Don't they deserve a truly normal life also?
p.s.  Paulette welcomes comments or questions from readers:  pauletteosf@hotmail.com
link for an example of a Palestinian child threatened by soldiers:  http://www.imemc.org/article/60538
Christian Peacemaker Teams. Hebron / Land line 00972 (0) 22228485 / Mobile     00972 (0) 543420117
===  GAZAWATCH  ===
=== Saturday Feb 12
~ 6:30pm ~ Free Public Forum at SFU Harbour Ctre 
Understanding recent attempts to silence criticism of Israel in Canada
Featured Speakers:
        Jenny Peto, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto)
        Omar Chaaban, Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights - UBC
        Brian Campbell, Seriously Free Speech Committee
Over the past few months, two student organizations at UBC have come under attack for their efforts to oppose Israel's illegal siege of the Gaza Strip.
The situation at UBC began when the Social Justice Centre approved a donation for the Canadian Boat to Gaza at the request of the UBC chapter of Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR). The Canadian Boat is part of an international effort to break the illegal siege on Gaza and expose the Canadian government's unjustified support for Israel.
Since then, zionist groups on campus have engaged in a vicious campaign to both block this donation from being granted and to undermine the work of these student groups.
This campaign is part of a wider strategy by pro-Israel groups in Canada to undermine solidarity work for Palestine. As recently documented by Al Jazeera, attacks on Palestinian-solidarity organizations and individual activists are escalating in Canada, from the defunding of the Canadian Arab Federation and KAIROS to the banning of British MP George Galloway from entering Canada, the condemnation of Israeli Apartheid Week, and the attempts to ban Queers Against Israeli Apartheid from the Toronto Pride Parade.
This repression is happening at a time when, around the world, opposition is growing to the ongoing human rights violations and war crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinian people. It is also happening at a time of increased repression within the state of Israel itself, where efforts by both Palestinian citizens of Israel and Israeli human rights organizations to challenge Israel's apartheid policies are increasingly criminalized.
Join us for a free public forum to discuss why these attacks on free speech are happening in the context of Palestine support work in Canada, and what we can do to stop them.
About Jenny Peto:
A member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Toronto, Jenny has a Master's degree in Sociology and Equity Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the U of Toronto. Her Master's thesis, entitled  'The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education,' has been at the centre of a recent firestorm generated by pro-Israel groups in Canada. Jenny has faced personal attacks in the media and her work was condemned by three members of the Ontario legislature. These attacks have been met with a powerful response from hundreds of outraged individuals and from a wide range of organizations including Faculty for Palestine, PACBI, IJV, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).
For more background information please check out the following links:
Sponsored by the SFU Teaching Support Staff Union Social Justice Committee
For more information: organizer (at) tssu.ca
==  Wednesday February 23 at 6:30pm  GAZA (at SFU)
Simon Fraser University's Muslims Students Association is proud to present an awareness event aimed towards Gaza and its fate. We will be having some renowned speakers with us to help us delve into the history, present situation and future visions of the Gaza strip. Please join us for this incredible opportunity to learn more and contribute towards preventing Gaza from becoming the world's largest concentration camps since history.
Speakers: Kevin Neish*, Jase Tanner, Omar Chaaban, and Bassam Abunnadi
Venue: SWH 10081, Academic Quadrangle at SFU (Burnaby Campus)
*Tickets: $5/person (includes refreshments)  For tickets please contact:
Brothers: Maan (778 241 3346)  Amir (778 227 6506)
Sisters: Mariam (604 780 3205)   Hina (778 688 4610)
Please view attached event poster for further details or email contact-msa@sfu.ca for further enquiries.
* Keith, from Victoria, was on the Turkish Boat, Mavi Marmara, to Gaza in May
===  EGYPTWATCH  ===  An end or a beginning?
As Hosni Mubarak fights back, where Egypt's revolt will go, and how far it will spread, are still unanswered questions
The upheaval in Egypt
Feb 3rd 2011 | CAIRO | from PRINT EDITION
IS the greatest drama to shake Egypt since the killing of Anwar Sadat in 1981. Huge nationwide protests have challenged the long rule of President Hosni Mubarak, threatening to dislodge him. As yet, the denouement remains unwritten. Will it match Tunisia, where a popular uprising sent another strongman president into exile, toppled his ruling party and opened the way to real democracy? Or will it look like Iran in 2009, where a hardline regime crushed a popular protest movement with iron-fisted resolve?
The protests have left hundreds dead, frozen Egypt's economy, forced a cabinet to resign, brought the army onto the streets and prompted Mr Mubarak to promise reforms. Egypt's tough 82-year-old president, in charge for the past three decades, now says he will go-but only at the end of his term in September, with dignity and with a subtle threat that if he does not get his way, things could turn uglier still. While offering a bare minimum of concessions, he has driven a wedge between millions of protesters who demand change and millions of others who fear chaos and want a return to normal. By February 2nd the two sides were battling each other.
from http://www.economist.com/node/18063746?story_id=18063746&fsrc=nlw%7Cwwp%7C02-03-2011%7Cpolitics_this_week

                  want to participate in WV's activities? pls call 922 4400 or write to heritage@westvan.org
Heritage Panel Wed Feb 23 to be confirmed; Heritage Fayre 2 - 4 Sat Feb 26 Pk Royal N; Restaurants recognizing heritage; website www.heritage.westvan.org and a flyer will have events; Heritage posters at Library and Ferry Building Gallery;
~~  Heritage Week 2011 ~~ Feb 21 - 27 ~~ http://www.heritagebc.ca/events/ for more
   o  A Century of Conservation: Parks and Cultural Landscapes
   o  BC Parks 100       o  Conserving Historic Places in BC Provincial Parks
   o  Strathcona Expedition Re-enacted  See www.wildisle.ca http://www.wildisle.ca/strathcona-park/expedition/
BC Parks 100   Events and Contests  http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/BCParks100/
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.
The Strathcona Centennial Expedition =BB
To kick off the Parks 100 celebrations, BC Parks partnered with the Strathcona Centennial Expedition to re-enact the original 1910 expedition through Strathcona Provincial Park to Port Alberni, including an ascent of Crown Mountain, in July 2010. An enthusiastic group of trekkers retraced the footsteps of the park's original exploration party, following the original historic route as closely as possible. Find out more =BB
Heritage Conservation / Preservation Overview
British Columbia's historic places - buildings, other structures, landscapes, historic districts, and other places - are crucial to our understanding, appreciation, and sustainability of our communities.  By conserving and celebrating these places, we value our communities, our future, and ourselves.
{Next WVM will have the activities/events during Heritage Week; see www.heritage.westvan.org for updates.}

===  NERDWATCH  === the beginning of the Internet.........
   Well, you might have thought that you knew how the Internet started, but here's the TRUE story ... In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.
And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had often been called Amazon Dot Com.
  And she said unto Abraham, her husband: "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
   And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said: "How, dear?"
   And Dot replied: "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
   Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.
   But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and began to siphon off some of Abraham's business. But he was discovered, arrested, and prosecuted for insider trading.
   And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS. And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the drum maker, Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum maker in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would work only with Brother Gates's drumheads and drumsticks.
   And Dot did say: "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."
   And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. He said: "We need a name that reflects what we are."
   And Dot replied: "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO," said Abraham. And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
   And that is how it all began. Truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuly!
                                        =    OR WORDS TO THAT EFFECT!
===  BOOKWATCH  ===  The Haves and Have-Nots [NYT Review of Books]
'The Haves and the Have-Nots'  By BRANKO MILANOVIC   Reviewed by CATHERINE RAMPELL
"Anna Karenina", Manchester United, and Nero are all grist for this analysis of global inequality.
...  In his second and third essays, Milanovic switches to his obvious passion: inequality around the world. These sections encourage readers to better appreciate their own living standards and to think more skeptically about who is responsible for their success.
As Milanovic notes, an astounding 60 percent of a person's income is determined merely by where she was born (and an additional 20 percent is dictated by how rich her parents were). He also makes interesting international comparisons. The typical person in the top 5 percent of the Indian population, for example, makes the same as or less than the typical person in the bottom 5 percent of the American population. That's right: America's poorest are, on average, richer than India's richest - extravagant Mumbai mansions notwithstanding. ...
from: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/books/review/Rampell-t.html?_r=1&nl=books&emc=booksupdateema3

===  MAIKU  ===   2011 February 3

           light rain symphony --
                                 droplets from branches, straight drops,
                                                                                             rhythmic bass from roof


Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
        -- Michael Jordan, American former professional basketball player (b 1963)
My problem is I say what I'm thinking before I think what I'm saying.
        -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter, Vancouver-born American educator and "hierarchilogist" (1919 - 1990)
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.
                      -- Charles de Montesquieu, French philosopher and writer (1689-1755)
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
                -- Cicero, Roman philosopher and statesman in De oratore (106 - 43 B.C.)
CHINESE PROVERBS  .......  for Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit
o  To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.
o  A good fortune may forbode a bad luck, which may in turn disguise a good fortune.
o  He who hurries can not walk with dignity.
o  That the birds of worry and care fly over you head, this you cannot change,
                                       but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.
o  Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
o  Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.
o  If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.
o  The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
o The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be.
          I get distracted by all the meats in the deli section, must be my short attention spam.
{for Lighthouse Park explorers:}
I saw something similar to moss the other day, but I didn't know what to lichen it to.
oxoxo  On Valentine's Day many people take heart.  oxoxo